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Higher stakes drive revenue up 8% at FDJ

first_img Topics: Finance Lottery Sports betting La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has reported a 7% year-on-year increase in revenue for the first nine months of 2019, with the French gaming operator experiencing a rise in stakes across all of its business units.Revenue for the nine months to 30 September amounted to €1.42bn (£1.27bn/$1.56bn), up from €1.33bn in the corresponding period last year. This builds on a 5.5% increase in revenue during the first half of the year.Gross gaming revenue, comprising stakes minus prizes, climbed 7% from €3.74bn to €4.02bn, while net gaming revenue – gross gaming revenue minus contribution to public finances – was also up 6% from €1.31bn to €1.39bn.FDJ noted an 8% increase in overall stakes, with customers spending a total of €12.54bn across its verticals, up from €11.64bn in the opening nine months of 2018.Lottery remains the primary source of income for FDJ, with stakes up 6% from $9.39bn to $9.98bn. Instant games stake climbed 8% to €6.02bn, boosted by the launch and re-launch of 10 games since the start of the year, while draw-based games stakes were up 5% to €3.97bn.FDJ also saw significant growth within its sports betting division, with stakes up by 14% from €2.25bn to €2.56bn, driven by higher wagering activity around football, tennis and basketballStakes placed offline, via land-based facilities, was up 6% to €11.8bn, but FDJ did note a big increase in online stakes, with this total rising 38% from €1.74bn to €2.41bn for the nine-month period.Based on year-on-year growth in the nine months, FDJ said it expects total stakes to amount to €16.9bn for the full year, which would be up 7% on €15.8bn last year.Revenue is also expected to climb from €1.8bn to €1.9bn, with lottery revenue set to increase from €1.48bn to €1.55bn and sports betting revenue from €297m to €370m. Revenue from other activities, including the integration of Sporting Group, is also expected to jump from €23m to approximately €50m.Group earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation is on course to increase from €319m to €325m, despite a rise in distributor’s commission rates introduced at the beginning of the year.“The positive momentum recorded by FDJ since the start of the year has continued in the third quarter,” FDJ chairwoman and chief executive, Stéphane Pallez, said. “A continuous increase in revenue and stakes across all segments confirms the favourable outlook and that the group is on track to meet its objectives for 2019.“FDJ benefits from a new, stable regulatory framework, granting 25-year exclusive rights over lottery, and sports betting at points of sale. Combined with the strength of our business model, this gives us confidence that this momentum is set to continue in 2020 and up to 2025.”Looking ahead to 2020, FDJ is seeking to increase total player stakes by between 4% and 5%, with this set to be boosted by betting around the Uefa European Championships national team football tournament.Revenue is forecast to grow by approximately 5%, with 5% growth in lottery and 6% for the sports betting division.The French state’s majority stake in FDJ is set to be sold off before the end of 2019, with a consortium of banking groups appointed by the country’s privatisation body Agence des Participations de l’Etat (APE) to handle the sale of the majority of its 72% stake in an initial public offering. Following the IPO to private and institutional investors, France will hold a stake of no more than 30% of FDJ shares. This will have a knock-on effect on the rest of the market, with L’autorité nationale des jeux (ANJ) to become the country’s new national regulatory body for online and land-based gambling. This has raised hopes that taxation models for online operators will shift from a turnover- to a revenue-based model, and that new verticals such as online casino will be legalised. Finance Higher stakes drive revenue up 8% at FDJ Tags: Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter La Française des Jeux (FDJ) has reported a 7% year-on-year increase in revenue for the first nine months of 2019, with the French gaming operator experiencing a rise in stakes across all of its business units. Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 7th October 2019 | By contenteditor Regions: Europe Western Europe Francelast_img read more

US First Circuit Court rejects DOJ Wire Act appeal

first_img Tags: Wire Act Department of Justice Topics: Legal & compliance Lottery Online casino Legal Online lottery Regions: US New Hampshire However, in 2018, the OLC issued its new letter, which said that the Act was “not uniformly limited to gambling on sporting events or contests”. Instead, it said only the portion referring to “assisting in the placing of bets or wagers” was limited just to sports. The First District Court of Appeals in the US has ruled that the 1961 Wire Act applies only to sports events, rejecting the Department of Justice’s contention that it also prohibits other forms of inter-state gambling. Read the full story on iGB North America. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter In 2011, the OLC had issued an opinion clarifying that this only applied to sports bets and not to other forms of gambling such as online lottery sales, multi-state lotteries such as Powerball and Mega Millions or inter-state shared liquidity poker. Legalcenter_img However, the New Hampshire Lottery Commission and its supplier NeoPollard – concerned that the interpretation would make online lottery sales illegal – both challenged this in the state’s district court. The case concerned a letter from the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), titled “Reconsidering Whether the Wire Act Applies to Non-Sports Gambling”. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The letter examined the Interstate Wire Act of 1961, which states that using “a wire communication facility for the transmission in interstate or foreign commerce of bets or wagers or information assisting in the placing of bets or wagers on any sporting event or contest” is illegal. US First Circuit Court rejects DOJ Wire Act appeal 20th January 2021 | By Daniel O’Boyle Email Addresslast_img read more

Seeing God in the Olympic Games

first_img February 11, 2018 at 10:31 am LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Don Lindsey is a follower of Christ, son, husband, father, and a survivor.  Originally from Dayton Ohio, and resident of Apopka for six years, Don sees his life as a dedication to his wife, parents, children, and community. 2 COMMENTS charles towne Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here You have picked up on one of the most beautiful things about life Donnie, and that is the fact that God can be found anyplace, everywhere. Blessings on you and yours, Chuck Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSDon LindseyInspiration Previous articleFace the danger!Next articleHow a thrill-seeking personality helps Olympic athletes Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR He is everywhere and that’s a wonderful feeling to have. No matter what we’re going through, He’s there. Thanks for the comment Chuck and God bless!-Donnie Reply The VOICE of InspirationBy Don LindseyBeing a sports fan, I’ve always loved the Olympics.  Two-plus weeks of sports and it didn’t matter if it was the summer or winter games, one thing was to be sure, I would be glued to the television from the opening ceremonies until the events were over.When I was younger, it was all about the athletic competition.  I can still remember hearing Al Michaels asking me if I believed in miracles, a line that gave me chills just thinking back to it.  I remember the ’92 men’s basketball team chocked full of my favorite NBA players slaying everyone in their path and then seeing all of these guys who were my idols standing on stage accepting their gold medals with tears of pride in their eyes.  I have fond memories over my lifetime of these awesome sporting moments, but as I was watching the opening ceremony with my wife and daughter last night, I realized that in all of the years I have watched these games, I’d missed the most important thing.God’s influence.The more I think about it, the more embarrassed I become.  It was right there the whole time in the majestic beauty of the host country and allowed me to see the breathtaking scenery of these places without leaving my house.  It was in the graceful movements of the competitors and the sportsmanship these people would show when helping fellow athletes cross finish lines or overcoming diversity to win for their country.  These games have shown time and time again that as humans, we can compete at the highest levels against each other and still show love and respect towards each other.  Sure, there has been cheating and spitefulness, but the examples of good behavior outweigh any of the negative examples I have seen over the years.At some point last night as we were watching the event, I looked to my right at my daughter who was sitting next to me and saw wonder, excitement and awe in her eyes as the performance unfolded in front of us.  Being a big fan of oriental culture, she was thoroughly impressed and was making a point to explain aspects of the show to me that went over my head.  It was then that I saw God again in the way that He was bringing my family and me together to watch His awe-inspiring creations play out on our T.V screen.  Now that I’m looking for it, I see our Lord everywhere in these games, and it’s making the viewing experience much more enjoyable.Even at this moment, I’m sitting here typing away, while I watch curling.  Now, I have no idea how this game is played, and I’ve watched it a lot over the last four decades. However, where before I just saw a game that I didn’t understand, I now see how graceful these folks are, and I am impressed with how they glide up and down the ice chasing a rock.  It turns out, there is a quite a bit of precision that goes into this game, and I no longer see it as a boring contest that I need to watch to pass the time until hockey starts.  Even in curling, God can be found, and that’s the biggest lesson I take away from this, He’s everywhere, and all you need to do is look for Him.God Bless. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The Anatomy of Fear Don Lindsey Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here Reply February 11, 2018 at 9:33 amlast_img read more

A House within Thirteen Steps / Limu Design Studio

first_imgManufacturers: 天格, 恒洁, 慧科技, 旭格, 海福乐, 立邦Architect In Charge:Liu JinruiDesign Team:Feng Qiong, Guo Lan, Luo Di, Wang Jianqiao, Jiao Xinyu, Tang Xuan, Yang Ying, Zhang DongqingProject Manager:Guo LanUrban Consultant:Wang SufanStructural Consultant:Tang XiTechnical Consultant:Zou Mingxi,Hou Xiufeng, Cai XingjieAcoustic Consultant:Yang zhigang, Wen Lisen, Wang MengmengDecoration Design:Zhou YuConstruction Drawing:Limu Design StudioConstruction Drawing Design:Lai WuyiConstruction:Diran Architectural Decoration Engineering Company, ShanghaiConstruction Supervision:Li XiaolongPhotography:Hu YijieClient:Dream Home in Dragon TVAcknowledgement:Duan Hong, Ni Yi, Zhou Yu, Shi Jun, Yuan Bin, Xu HuiCity:ShanghaiCountry:ChinaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Cui Linglong in the living roomRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesText description provided by the architects. Ten years after EXPO-2010 which made the south of Shanghai attractting global attention, the avantgarde temperament in this region fades and a strong smack of everyday life takes the position. Among thousands of households this case of house renovation brings a poetic Garden of Eden in the bustling world. Save this picture!© Yijie HuOverview of the ProjectThis project is presented in the Dragon TV program Dream Home IV (episode 8). The Project is located on the top floor of an old flat in Shanghai. The house plan is L-shaped with no more than 34m2 in measurement and thirteen steps from the north to the south. Here live five people in three generations. The grandparents move here from Zhangye (in Gansu) to take care of their two-year-old granddaughter but they are extremely unaccustomed to the damp weather and rice as staple food. In this house within thirteen steps, the insufficiency reduces using space and living quality, and meanwhile restrict the various hobbies of the family. Grandpa, a previous tenor, now has to lower his voice. Grandma as an artist has to give up piano. Father can not dance in the house and Mother lays aside her artistic brushes. Other interests like yoga, sports and fitness, tea-tasting, movies and board role-playing games all have to give way to the reality of little room and trivial things, leaving burbles of the toddler as the poetic expectation of the family. Save this picture!Master bedroom viewExtension – the Jade and Exquisite Study        Before renovation, linear space cause much inconvenience in living activities and eye-communication, while each of those hobbies needs a large square room. However, it’s important to change the height(2.7m-2.9m) and width(3m) due to the fixed structure of the old flat that allows almost no removal and replacement. How could 34m2 small house appear to be enlarged and be sufficient while there is no room for horizontal and vertical extension?The answer of the designer is to intensify diagonal line just like the Jade and Exquisite Study.Save this picture!The utilization of oblique space after reconstructionSave this picture!Cui Linglong in the entranceThe Jade and Exquisite Study is a visiting spot in the Surging Waves Pavilion in Suzhou. Three rooms connect diagonally with each other in the end of zigzagging walkway. The sequence of repeat makes diagonal room more spacious (because they can be used as either three separate rooms or one combined). In the same way is the house transformed. First, the porch, the entrance hall and the grand’s room compose a prototype of the Jade and Exquisite Study so that the sight distance is prolonged from 1.7m to 6.2m. Save this picture!Before & after for the planIn order to extend the sensed depth when entering the house, the exposed structural beams are covered with wood skin and act in scenic cooperation with the wardrobes in the grand’s room. As stepping inward, one can see the green shadows outside the grand’s room dancing in the breeze. Then the living room, the entrance hall and the kitchen make up of another Jade and Exquisite Study, extending the sight distance again from 3.5m to 7.4m. Through these methods the previous narrow spaces are integrated, and the horizontal distance is extended. Save this picture!Sight communication between the upper and lower spaceMaking the most use of the oblique space saves precious wall space, they are used as the storage space for 22㎡, accounting for 65% of the total interior area.Save this picture!Rammed earth wall Like the Danxia landforms01 EntranceThe Peach Colony writes, “At first it was found to be so narrow that only one person could pass through it. After walking forward for a few footsteps, he discovered that it led to an open air…”Save this picture!EntranceAfter walking pass the long narrow corridor, one steps into the porch which is deliberately compressed in order to arouse a depressed feeling before turning relaxed, at the same time spares enough room for storage. Continuous light strips define the outline of an honorable ceremonial entrance of the house. Gleaming in the warm light is the intriguing Jade and Exquisite Study.Save this picture!Linear lights create a sense of ceremony for entrancesIn large scale of whiteness was the wood-skinned beam connecting with wooden cabinet, stretching far across the end of the house. The depressed feeling intrigued by narrow porch and strip light then is released.Save this picture!Logo for new home on white wallAt the moment of hesitation, the wood-colored logo on the white wall immediately catches one’s eyes, which signifies the host’s family name “Qin”. The grand’s house is also within reach of sight. Within this tension and release, the feeling of the entrance is largely improved.The white wall, the black frame, the wooden beam, the diagonal room, and the poetic conception of the secluded courtyard deep in the bottom of the story. 02 KitchenConsidering that the family is more accustomed to the northern dietary habits, the kitchen is designed in two parts with a hidden sliding door in between, trying to insulate the smoke while guaranteeing the transparency.Save this picture!KitchenSave this picture!Inside and outside kitchen separated from each other but keep sight transparentIn order to avoid boredom in cooking meals, part of the wall at the height of eyesight between the grant’s room and the outer kitchen is replaced with glass so that the landscape drawing in the grand’s room reflects into the kitchen as a showcase. Imagine when Grandpa is cooking in the kitchen, Grandma is playing the electric piano, and two look toward one another in accord, then you will appreciate how narrowness fosters intimacy.Save this picture!Watch outside kitchen from inside kitchenThe inner part of the kitchen is U-shaped with 2m long cooking bench and 0.88m multifunctional sink, facilitating cooking and living. The outer part is linear and the extensible black stone bench stretch up to 1.7m to serve as either a noodle-cooking board or an eating table.Save this picture!Compact and efficient inside kitchenSave this picture!View and borrow scenery03 The Grand’s RoomThe grand’s room integrates four kinds of functions into merely 5.4m2 square room, including tasting tea, playing the piano, sleeping and dressing up. The designer chose a whole piece of glass as the window so as to introduce as much green as possible into the room. The hidden sliding door is also well-designed that could fold in 90° in the corner to fully cut off the light and sound outside at night and maintain accessibility in the daytime. The horizontal showcase-like window, also accessible to be covered with a board at night, again relieves the oppressive feeling of the narrow space.Save this picture!Elderly RoomSave this picture!Transparent sight viewInside the integrated furniture hide two piano stool and one dressing seat, showing the thoughtfulness of the designer. 04 Living RoomThe partition wall in the living room is replaced with a more flexible one made of wood, giving enough space in north-to-south direction during the day. Save this picture!Living RoomSave this picture!Activity & sight view analysisRammed Earth WallThe background wall behind TV is decorated with rammed earth, not only because of its fine-grained quality, various color and practicality to insulate noises (which was ever a cause of conflict between neighbors), but also a symbol of Danxia landform in the host’s hometown. The rammed earth wall extends from the entrance hall to the master bedroom door, signifying both space transparency and family nostalgia.Save this picture!Rammed earth wall extend to the master bedroomThe rammed earth wall is totally handmade and is only 150mm thick to spare more usable room. Hiding behind the background wall is a full-length mirror used for dressing and dancing practice.Picture FrameThe former strip window is divided by the mezzanine into square frame-like openings, transforming direct western sunlight into diffuse reflection of light. The window frame captures beautiful scenery from sunrise to sunset as a unique picture in the house. Save this picture!Window | FrameFlexible Furniture – TableAlthough the noodle-cooking board in the outer kitchen can be used as eating table, another folding eating table is designed to meet the demand of big family meals. 05 Game Zone on the MezzanineThe host’s mobility makes the mezzanine possible to be a game zone. The 2mx2m square mezzanine is enclosed with ropes and central-glassed board and shaped as an interesting fairytale land. The whole space is covered with software and the ladder is able to slide and laid in a small angel on account of its convenience. The game zone is like a treehouse in the fairytale, with the providential attention and privacy, softness and delicacy, interest and safety. Save this picture!Game Center06 Master BedroomThe 12m2 master bedroom is the largest room in the house which accommodates many kinds of activities: sleeping, working, singing, dancing, painting, yoga, fitness, role game playing and movies, etc. Every square inch of wall is of significant use in meeting these intricate demands.Save this picture!Master BedroomThe bedroom floor is partly lifted as a bed for sleeping, a performance stage for singing, or the spectator seats for watching a movie. The wardrobes on both side provide enough storage room. Underneath the bed are six boxes with activity names carved on the surface, which contain all equipment for various hobbies and a folding baby crib. The folding desk can extend up to nearly 2m for two people to work. The wall is painted with drawing board paint for children to create graffiti works. The hidden full-length mirror is just at hand. The most challenged design, however, prove to be the mini singing hall. Save this picture!Desk, amp, dresserMini Singing HallIn order to provide grandparents with a better space for practicing voice, the rammed earth wall has to extend into the bedroom to insulate sound. Meanwhile, the designer adjusted the length-width ratio of the room by setting wardrobes rightly.Save this picture!© Yijie HuThe designer added a continuous vocal cavity to the bedroom and made the ceiling tilt, with grilling breaking acoustic reflection in order to homogenize the acoustic characteristic. All the surface of the furniture is fine-grained and thickened to reduce absorbing of the sound. Finally the 10m2 narrow space gains a perfect effect of 0.6s of the reverberation time. Save this picture!Singing hall with wooden ornamentsBeside the renovation in space and function, the project has improved warmth, humidity and air quality of the house through a type of blood capillary system to keep constantly comfortable physical conditions, as it is in the hometown Zhangye, 35% in humidity and 26℃ and continual fresh air.Zhangye, the host’s hometown, is two thousand kilometers away from Shanghai. But it is within thirteen steps in this house from the southern landscape to the northern scenery. Within thirteen steps is endless nostalgia and care. Save this picture!Complete activity spaceAs the LOGO indicates, which prototype is character “Qin”, the top three lines signify the earth from hometown, the bottom part “He” is like a boat indicating water from the south area, and in the middle of the logo “Ren” is like a big roof sheltering “He” below – “He” represents the two-year-old toddler Mibao. The entire logo appears like a smiling face, a witness of renovation of house and life. Back to the intention of the renovation, like thousands of other ordinary families struggling in Shanghai, this family deserve full joy of life apart from bitterness in child-raising. We hope the project can enlighten thousands families like this case and bring more kindness to people living in this land. Save this picture!Skylights as a viewfinder frameProject gallerySee allShow lessWhy Landing on Mars Has Become a Design ProjectArticlesResidence in Huajiadi / Wonder ArchitecsSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Shangnan Road, Pudong District, Shanghai, ChinaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Year:  Apartments Area:  34 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” Save this picture!Interior space+ 47Curated by 韩爽 – HAN Shuang Share A House within Thirteen Steps / Limu Design Studio ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/882827/a-house-within-thirteen-steps-limu-design-studio Clipboard “COPY” CopyApartments, Interior Design•Shanghai, China ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/882827/a-house-within-thirteen-steps-limu-design-studio Clipboardcenter_img China Projects 2017 Architects: Limu Design Studio Area Area of this architecture project Photographs CopyAbout this officeLimu Design StudioOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsInterior DesignShanghaiLimu Design StudioApartmentOn FacebookChinaPublished on November 10, 2019Cite: “A House within Thirteen Steps / Limu Design Studio” 10 Nov 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Photographs:  Yijie Hu Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ArchDaily A House within Thirteen Steps / Limu Design StudioSave this projectSaveA House within Thirteen Steps / Limu Design Studiolast_img read more

Older donors do it online

first_img Think it’s only young people who give online? Think again. According to a survey by JustGiving found a significant proportion of online donors were over 45 and that they gave the most money online of any age group.More than 5,200 online donors completed the survey. Of these, the biggest number of donations came from the 25-34 age category , but the 35-44 and the 45-54 came very close. The number of over 55s who took the survey was exactly the same as the 23-34 age bracket, proving that just as many older people as younger are actively participating online. Although it was the first time almost a third of the respondents had given online a massive 70 per cent of 55-64 year olds had made a donation online before. Advertisement This shows, says JustGiving, that email is still the most important communication medium with your older donors because they use email more than social networks to communicate with each other. Jonathan Waddingham from JustGiving suggests rethinking how you communicate with older donors by making it easy to adjust the text size on your website and focusing on meeting web accessibility standards for starters. Older donors do it online Howard Lake | 12 February 2010 | News The research also showed that generally, the older you are, the more generous you’re able to be. As a third of all revenue came from just those donors over 45 who gave £50 or more, we can see that trends seen in direct mail are replicated online.center_img The survey revealed that the majority of donation asks are still made by email. Facebook is the next popular channel and 12 per cent of asks were made in face-to-face situations. Only in the 18-24 age group was Facebook above email, but only two per cent of over 64s were asked to donate via Facebook compared to 59 per cent by email. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. www.justgiving.com Tagged with: Digital Individual giving Justgiving Research / statistics  41 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Young anti-racist artists face felony charges

first_imgThe mural was painted on the side of the Youthville building in Detroit.The prosecution of two Metro Detroit youths, accused of painting a mural of protest against police brutality on a building in Detroit, continues with the next court date scheduled for March 17. Taylor Deramy and Marcellus Grey, both 19 years of age and African American, are currently charged with a felony, “malicious destruction of a building,” and could face 5 to 10 years in jail.The mural was painted on the side of the Youthville building, a youth center whose mission statement says its role is to foster positive community ties for the youth of Detroit. The building is kitty-corner from the Detroit Police Department’s 3rd Precinct. The mural depicted a riot cop in a state of submission against the red-brick wall, being arrested by a silhouetted figure of a child-angel.The stencil was sprayed, perhaps deliberately, under a yellow sign on the building that reads, “Safe Place.” The mural under the sign brings to mind all those slain by police nationwide. It reminds everyone how no place is a safe place when the systemic oppression of Black and Brown youth at the hands of racist authorities is commonplace.The mural invokes the names and faces of Aiyana Jones and Tamir Rice, ages 7 and 12, and how they were suddenly taken from their families and community. Detroit Police Officer Joseph Weekley will not serve time for killing Aiyana, and Cleveland officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback have not been charged with Tamir’s murder — in spite of mounting evidence against them and global outcries for justice.The racist double standard is in full swing against Grey and Deramy. This is hardly the first time youths have been reprimanded in a court of law for defacing or destruction of private or public property. In the past most cases ended with a slap on the wrist: probation and a stint of community service. When three white teens from Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., sprayed crude, empty phrases on a building last year owned by billionaire Dan Gilbert, all received probation and community service.Without permission, Gilbert ordered holes drilled in the walls of 1515 Broadway, a progressive coffee house and black box theater that for a time hosted the meetings of Occupy Detroit. This allowed Gilbert’s private security police to mount spy cameras. Cafe owner Chris Jasczak was outraged. No felony charges there!The mural was painted over in short order, and there clearly was no “destruction” of the Youthville building. The motive was not “malicious,” but filled with compassion for slain children. Yet, in addition to facing wildly out-of-proportion felony charges, these two local artists have been billed as common vandals and instigators of anonymous insurrection by the local news. This case is obviously politically and racially motivated, emphatically so in light of national outrage over the epidemic of racist police brutality.Seeing that paramount hypocrisy, one massively twisted limb on a rotten tree, Detroit activists are coming to court for the two youths. “Detroit FIST (Fight Imperialism, Stand Together) is in full support of all exploited and oppressed youth whose necks are pressed by the boot of the law,” said Tom Michalak. “As the authorities and their corporate masters continue to strike blows against the people, they are further creating the conditions in which a rebellion grows. We oppose any and all forms of oppression, and in every instance are on the side of the oppressed in the struggle toward liberation. We demand the charges against Taylor and Marcellus be dropped.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Government urged to clarify new law on cyber-crime

first_img April 21, 2021 Find out more News PakistanAsia – Pacific News Follow the news on Pakistan News January 16, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government urged to clarify new law on cyber-crime Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Related documents Cyber crime BillPDF – 124.09 KBLetter to the MinisterPDF – 85.77 KB to go further Help by sharing this information Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Reporters Without Borders fears that a new law on cyber crime, revealed on 7 January by the authorities, will pose serious obstacles to “citizen journalism” and calls on the government to clarify the definition of some of its provisions.“This law prevents any blogger from posting photos or video showing persons who have not given their consent,” the press freedom organisation said. “Pakistan has understood its right to give itself a law for fighting cyber-crime, but it is vital that this law should not obstruct freedom of information.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We urge the government to clarify the content of some of the provisions that we think are dangerous. With just one month to go to legislative elections, some of the articles of this law look like censorship.”The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act has been in force since 31 December and will be submitted to the new parliament in April, after it has been elected. Reporters Without Borders has written to minister of information technology and telecommunications Awais Laghari asking him to “provide guarantees as regards respect for freedom of information.”The law provides for the death penalty for anyone causing the death of another person by means of email messages. A Federal Investigation Agency representative in Islamabad tried to justify the law by referring to Daniel Pearl’s murder and describing the exchange of emails between the kidnappers as a “cyber-crime.” Aside from the creation of an information and communication technologies tribunal, two articles suggest that this law will add to the censorship measures already applied in Pakistan:- Article 13 on “Cyber stalking” makes it a crime to “take or distribute pictures or photographs of any person without his consent or knowledge.” Citizen journalism of the kind practised by bloggers is based on precisely this sort of activity.- Article 28 on retention of traffic data says: “A service provider shall, within its existing or required technical capability, retain its traffic data for a minimum period of 90 days and provide that data to the investigating agency or the investigating officer when required.” The government can extend the period if it wants.Reporters Without Borders points out that the 2001 Budapest Convention on Cyber-crime reaffirms “the right of everyone to hold opinions without interference, as well as the right to freedom of expression, including the freedom to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, and the rights concerning the respect for privacy.”One month before legislative elections, the Pakistani government is effecting a very significant reinforcement of its control over the dissemination of news and information. A Reporters Without Borders study released on 9 January identified five major problems for the media in the run-up to the elections, including ordinances restricting press freedom that were adopted in November.Read the bill and the letter to the Minister Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists RSF_en PakistanAsia – Pacific News June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Organisation January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

The Koffa Design Group Launches “SOFIA MUSU by Koffa” an African Print T-Shirt Line and One-of-kind-sewn Products Line

first_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena designer and owner of The Koffa Design Group, Koffajuah Toeque-Slyusar debuts her new product line, website, one-of-a-kind separates, and t-shirts under the brand name of “SOFIA MUSU by Koffa” an apparel line that infuses African fashion inspired by western fashion culture and style. It is her fresh take on what she loves both about being an American and an Liberian.Koffajuah Toeque-Slyusar has launched SOFIA MUSU by Koffa clothing line, starting with a collection of ‘printed t-shirts’ and one-of-kind-sewn products. It is made 100 percent in the United States with fabric imported from West African Countries and surrounding African nations. The design and development of each piece is done in Pasadena at The Koffa Design Group with a focus on making fun, artistic, and simplistic looks for women and men. The line is starting out with t-shirts for both men and women that are printed with African inspired graphics while the sewn product line is a combination of fun flirty tops and bottoms made from primarily imported African printed fabric and wax cloth. The main idea behind is this line is to bring together Toeque-Slyusar since of style and her cultural background from being American and West African. Toeque-Slyusar was born in Los Angeles, CA and her parents are from Liberia, West Africa. Since she was a little girl, she has be designing fashion with inspiration coming from American, European, and African Designers. She decided to create this line as she has always been inspired to make unique apparel that tells a story of heritage infused with style.SOFIA MUSU by Koffa (which can be found at http://www.sofiamusu.com and Etsy.com) can be followed on the The Koffa Design Groups retail facebook page at SHOPTKDG.In addition, Toeque-Slyusar plans to debut pieces from her upcoming collections during fashion week in Los Angeles.The brand new line ” SOFIA MUSU by Koffa ” is here and will be and continue to roll out designs inspired by Western and African Culture. Top of the News Herbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhy Luxury Fashion Brands Are So ExpensiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeauty Design The Koffa Design Group Launches “SOFIA MUSU by Koffa” an African Print T-Shirt Line and One-of-kind-sewn Products Line A New Line Created Using African Graphic Prints and Fabrication by Pasadena Designer, Koffa From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, April 21, 2014 | 11:19 am Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 13 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Make a comment Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Report Shows Falling Defect Levels

first_img Tagged with: ARMCO Loan Defects loans Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago ACES Risk Management (ARMCO) announced the release of the ARMCO Mortgage QC Industry Trends report for Q3 2016 on Wednesday. The report, using the Fannie Mae loan defect taxonomy, gives insight into loan quality nationwide.The report shows that the benchmark critical defect rate dropped 1.27 percent during the quarter, reflecting a downward trend in 2016 following a 1.92 percent high in Q1, and coming close to Q4 2016’s rate of 1.21 percent.ARMCO’s analysis showed that the legal/regulatory/compliance category and the loan package documentation category appear as problem areas, with defect rates of 38.9 percent and 32.5 percent in Q3 2016, respectively. Legal/regulatory/compliance defects rose 14.4 percent between Q2 2016 and Q3 2016.Within the same category, critical defects dropped to a 12-month low, and comprised 22.69 percent of all critical defects, an improvement over Q1 2016 when the legal/regulatory/compliance category comprised 53.23 percent of all critical defects, though it remains the highest category. Loan package documentation, the second highest category, is a known and continuous problem across the industry, though it rarely affects loan saleability.“The findings in the Q3 Mortgage QC Industry Trends report demonstrate that while the industry as a whole is making progress in mitigating loan defects, there are still recurring trouble areas that must be addressed,” said CEO of ARMCO Avi Naider. “At the same time, as we passed the one year anniversary of the implementation date for TRID, it’s fascinating to see a complex picture emerging among our lender base: Essentially, TRID defects still represent a large percentage of overall defects. Yet, lenders are concluding that minor TRID defects do not impact the saleability of their loans based on their experience in the marketplace.”According to the report, Fannie Mae has guided lenders as to what causes defects and how defects are reported for credit related defects.Read the full Q3 2016 report from ARMCO here. ARMCO Loan Defects loans 2017-03-01 Staff Writer  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Premium Title and LendingQB Announce Integration Next: New Jersey, Blue States Have Most Property Taxes March 1, 2017 1,282 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Report Shows Falling Defect Levels About Author: Staff Writer Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Report Shows Falling Defect Levels Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Wednesday February 19th

first_img Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Wednesday February 19th Harps come back to win in Waterford Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Google+ WhatsApp By News Highland – February 19, 2020 Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+center_img Pinterest AudioHomepage BannerNewsPlayback Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Wednesday February 19th:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/19news.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous articlePulling starts Thursday at Tug of War Worlds in LetterkennyNext articleLYIT ladies through to O’Regan Cup Semi-Final News Highland last_img read more