GB bookmakers to pay additional streaming and data fees for horseracing

first_imgNick Mills, commercial director at Racecourse Media Group, which is owned by 34 British racecourse shareholders and provides both streaming and data to bookmakers from 35 British and all 26 Irish racecourses, also welcomed the financial support. “This will help compensate our racecourses for some of the revenues lost from our licensed betting office) business, while shops are closed,,” Mills said. “This shows what can be achieved by racing and betting working effectively together, which is especially important in these times.” “There has always been a close relationship between betting and racing. So, with the government’s ongoing Covid-19 restrictions affecting the sport so severely, it’s welcome that bookmakers are stepping up to further support the sport,” BGC chief executive Michael Dugher said. British sports betting licensees have agreed to pay additional fees on existing streaming and data deals until 2 December, to help provide extra revenue for the horse racing industry during England’s second lockdown. “This extra funding for streaming and data rights will undoubtedly help racing’s finances for the next month and I’m delighted to see BGC members assisting the sport in this way.” Tags: Sports Betting Horses Bookmakers agreed to similar increased pricing in June and July when betting shops were closed during the first UK-wide lockdown, with shops in England having been closed from mid-March to 15 June. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 9th November 2020 | By Robert Fletcher According to the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), more than half of racecourse revenue comes from spectators, meaning they have missed out on a significant amount of income since fans were banned from attending in March. GB bookmakers to pay additional streaming and data fees for horseracing Regions: UK & Ireland While professional sport, including horse racing, will be permitted to continue during the lockdown, there is currently no sign of spectators being allowed back into sports events. Finance Email Address The additional payments will help racecourses fill some of the void left by the funding shortfall caused by the closure of betting shops in England and Ireland for the next month due to novel coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown measures. Last month, the Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) also agreed to contribute £31.9m in funding towards the first four months of British racing in 2021. Topics: Finance Sports betting Horse racing Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Shops had also been closed in Wales for three weeks in line with the country’s ‘fire-break’ lockdown, while some Scottish shops have had to close due to local restrictions.last_img read more

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Capital Oil Plc (CAPOIL.ng) Q12016 Interim Report

first_imgCapital Oil Plc (CAPOIL.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Capital Oil Plc (CAPOIL.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Capital Oil Plc (CAPOIL.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Capital Oil Plc (CAPOIL.ng)  2016 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileCapital Oil Plc is a petroleum marketing company operating in the downstream sector of the oil and gas industry in Nigeria. The company sources and supplies a wide range of petroleum products including industrial supplies, automotive gas oil, premium motor spirit, dual purpose kerosene, liquefied petroleum gas bottling, lubricants and chemicals. Capoil imports automotive gas oil in commercial quantity for the industrial and retail sector. The company has a 14-metric ton LPG plant in Ogun state in Nigeria and a 10-metric ton LPG in the Ogun state. Capital Oil Plc was rescued from near collapse in 2012 and has gone through a major turnaround exercise; profitability was restored and value to shareholders was restored. The company has 11 service outlets which were reactivated and are profitable. Capital Oil Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Capital Oil is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Wema Bank Plc (WEMABA.ng) Q32019 Interim Report

first_imgWema Bank Plc (WEMABA.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Wema Bank Plc (WEMABA.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Wema Bank Plc (WEMABA.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Wema Bank Plc (WEMABA.ng)  2019 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileWema Bank Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria providing banking products and services for the personal, commercial and corporate sectors. The company provides a full-service offering ranging from transactional accounts, savings account, loans and overdrafts to revolving credit, warehouse financing, letters of credit and invoice discounting/receivable refinancing. Trade services include bills for collection, shipping documents handling, trade finance, invisible trade, offshore guarantees and advisory services. Other products and services support small and medium-sized enterprises, foreign exchange, cash management, retail management and integrated revenue services. Founded in 1945, Wema Bank Plc now as an extensive network of some 125 branches in the major towns and cities of Nigeria. Its company head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Wema Bank Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Wales rugby: Five things we learnt – July

first_imgAn injury to one of Wales’ first and second choice fullbacks this close to the 2015 Rugby World Cup could sharpen Warren Gatland’s mind with regards to Byrne. Giving the armband to the former Clermont fullback follows a solid recruitment strategy at the Dragons and adds to a squad that already includes Taulupe Faletau, Andrew Coombs, Hallam Amos, Jack Dixon, Jason Tovey and this season’s player to watch – Tyler Morgan. The Dragons definitely won’t be the 4th Welsh region next season.Wales Sevens perform well at the Commonwealth gamesYes, Wales didn’t win a medal. Yes, Wales came second in the plate final. But the fact that the Wales Sevens team performed well during the Commonwealth Games is worthy of note. Wales fell just shy of the semi-finals with a two point, ‘clock dead’ defeat to Australia and another two point, last play defeat to England in the plate final. Led by the abrasive Adam Thomas, both Luke Morgan and James Davies excelled on the Sevens stage.Head up high: Wales more than competed on the Commonwealth Games stageBut it was the performances of Lee Williams that once again proved that he is a legitimate force on the circuit. However despite the good performances, as with Wales’ recent 15 man defeat to the Springboks, Wales yet again lost two vital matches with them seemingly won. Whether it is a mere coincidence or a genuine psychological issue it needs to be addressed – defeats in the dying minutes are the only thing currently killing Wales’ potential. It maybe the the off-season but Welsh rugby is rarely quiet. In his monthly round-up Paul Williams ruminates over quality ‘imports’, heartwarming tweets and the painful wait for a Participation Agreement Shrewd moves continue at the DragonsJuly saw Lee Byrne unveiled as this season’s captain of the Newport Gwent Dragons. Andrew Coombs did a fantastic job of leading the team last year, but it could be a shrewd move to name a captain of Byrne’s quality, who can lead the team without the distraction of national duty. Having said that, it may be unwise to rule out Byrne’s involvement with the national squad now that he has returned to Wales.Smooth operator: New Dragons captain Lee Byrne shouldn’t be ruled out of international contention LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS I have never been so happy to see a post on Twitter. Genuinely. Many others obviously feel the same – it has received over 3,300 favourites and 2,000 retweets. Hitting the ‘favourite’ or ‘retweet’ button didn’t quite seem to do it justice. At that moment in time, Twitter required a new button – a ‘Go on son, we’re all behind you!’.Owen’s tweet also said that the messages of support are keeping him going. Well, you heard the man. Keep sending them to @owilliams91. Quality imports continue at Cardiff BluesGareth Anscombe has finally been confirmed as a Cardiff Blues player. It’s another astute signing for the Blues and adds to the already promising additions of Jarrad Hoeata and of course DoR Mark Hammett. But whilst the addition of a quality ten/ fullback is clearly good news for those at Cardiff Arms Park – it’s also positive news for Welsh rugby as a whole. It signals the return – albeit slowly – of quality imports into the game in Wales – although it’s worth noting that Anscombe isn’t an import at all. He legitimately qualifies to play for Wales, but many may initially regard him as such an import.Like it or not the domestic game in Wales needs a handful of quality overseas signings and players such as Xavier Rush, Ben Blair, Regan King (the first time around) and Filo Tiatia genuinely added to the game in Wales during the mid-to-late noughties. Unlike some of the more recent imports into the region which have been of the quality you’d expect when ordering an item online from a dodgy Chinese postal address.Owen Williams. The best tweet ever.Last week, Owen Williams tweeted a picture of himself recovering in hospital with his dog, Riley, by his side. He wrote:“Nice little pick me up today. Visit from Riley. Thanks for all the messages of support. #KeepingMeGoing.” Participation Agreement is slow in comingThe Participation Agreement, or lack of, is normally the first point in these monthly roundups. It is after all the most important issue in Welsh rugby. But July saw no movement – publicly at least. It’s like watching two sloths mating. We’re all vaguely aware that something is happening. There are small periods of activity and the odd grunt. But I’m bored of watching sloths. I’m just waiting for the birth.last_img read more

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Protecting the world’s wetlands: 5 essential reads

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter 1 COMMENT The Anatomy of Fear TAGSThe Conversationwetlands Previous articleOut and about… and puppy therapyNext articleAfrican-American GIs of WWII: Fighting for democracy abroad and at home Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate “Protecting the world’s wetlands: 5 essential reads” offered reasons for protecting wetlands, but I saw no reference to “essential reads”. Silent Spring (of water)? 1. Does a numbered bullet item constitute an “essential read”?2. Have I just created two “essential reads”?3. A third? LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Jim W Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.center_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 March 14, 2019 at 10:50 pm Reply Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here By Jennifer Weeks, The ConversationWorld Wetlands Day on Feb. 2 marked the date when 18 nations signed the Convention on Wetlands in 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Since that time, scientists have shown that wetlands provide many valuable services, from buffering coasts against floods to filtering water and storing carbon. These five articles from our archive highlight wetlands’ diversity and the potential payoffs from conserving and restoring them.1. Soaking up floodwatersWetlands line coasts in many parts of the world. They act as natural sponges that soak up floodwaters and absorb force from storm surges, protecting communities further inland.Working with Lloyds of London, UC Santa Cruz researchers Siddharth Narayana and Michael Beck sought to quantify the value of these functions. Using insurance industry storm surge models, they calculated that during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, wetlands along the U.S. Atlantic coast prevented more than US$625 million in direct property damage by reducing storm surge. They also estimated that marshes in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey reduced annual losses from flooding during smaller storms by an average of 16 percent, and up to 70 percent in some locations.Narayan and Beck see restoring wetlands as an effective way to make coastal communities more resilient against storms and flooding:“Across the United States, the Caribbean and Southeast Asia, coastal communities face a crucial question: Can they rebuild in ways that make them better prepared for the next storm, while also conserving the natural resources that make these locations so valuable? Our work shows that the answer is yes.”Coastal wetlands can extend well inland, transitioning from saltwater to brackish and freshwater.EPA2. Carbon-rich mudWetlands store large quantities of carbon in plant tissue and soils. But as climate expert Williams Moomaw and wetland scientists Gillian Davies and Max Finlayson point out, no global climate change agreement calls for protecting wetlands as a way to slow climate change. And around the globe, wetlands are constantly being drained, diked and paved over.In contrast, forest protection gets a special section in the Paris climate agreement, which offers developing countries incentives to protect and expand tropical forests as carbon sinks. Moomaw, Davies and Finlayson believe wetlands deserve equal attention:“In our view, instead of draining swamps and weakening protections, governments at all levels should take action immediately to conserve and restore wetlands as a climate strategy. Protecting the climate and avoiding climate-associated damage from storms, flooding and drought is a much higher use for wetlands than altering them for short-term economic gains.”3. ‘Blue carbon’ banksMangrove forests, which grow in salt water in tropical regions, are especially effective at locking up “blue carbon” – so called to distinguish it from “green” carbon storage on land. Louisiana State University scientists Robert Twilley and Andre Rovai estimate that “the wood and soil of mangrove forests along the world’s coastlines hold 3 billion metric tons of carbon – more than tropical forests.”Mangrove forest in wetlands of Lebak, Sultan Kudarat, Philippines.Bonvallite/Wikimedia, CC BY-SACoastal development is an enormous threat to mangroves, whether for vacation homes in Florida or aquaculture farms in Asia. Twilley and Rovai wanted to pinpoint what type of mangroves were the most effective at storing carbon. By comparing conditions in different settings where mangroves flourish, they determined that river deltas and estuaries offer the best conditions for mangrove growth and carbon uptake:“Overall, mangroves in deltaic coasts such as the Mississippi River delta, the Amazon in Brazil and the Sundarbans in India and Bangladesh can sequester more carbon yearly than any other aquatic or terrestrial ecosystem on the globe. These are the world’s blue carbon hot spots.”4. Mangroves versus marshesMangroves are actually benefiting from climate change in some regions, such as Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. Villanova University biologist Samantha Chapman has found that mangroves are becoming more abundant in these areas, moving into zones formerly dominated by salt marshes, which typically are found in cooler zones.Mangroves protect coasts more effectively against large waves, so this change isn’t necessarily harmful. However, as Chapman says,“it is important to note that marsh plants provide important habitats for numerous species of birds and fish. We don’t yet know how these animals will fare as mangroves replace marshes, nor do we yet understand other downsides of plant range shifts due to climate change.”Moreover, she notes, mangroves are not building new shoreline quickly enough to keep up with sea level rise in all locations. As her findings show, there is still much to learn about how climate change will affect different types of wetlands in various locations.The Okavango Delta in Botswana, one of the world’s most unique and valuable wetlands, supports numerous species of animals and birds.5. Small streams, big rolesWetlands aren’t just found along the coasts. Many major rivers, such as the Colorado and the Mississippi, start as networks of small streams, some of which may only flow during certain seasons or when it rains. But as Colorado State University geoscientist Ellen Wohl explains, a lot happens in these small tributaries and isolated wetlands that affects the larger rivers downstream:“Marvelously adapted organisms in dry streams wait for periods when life-giving water flows in. When the water comes, these creatures burst into action. … Amphibians move down from forests to temporarily flooded vernal wetlands to breed. Tiny fish, such as brassy minnows … speed through breeding and laying eggs that then grow into mature fish in a short period of time.”Brassy minnows, found throughout the northern U.S. and Canada, live in cool, slow moving streams, creeks, overflow ponds near rivers, boggy lakes and ditches.Ellen Wohl, CC BY-NDSmall channels in river networks also harbor microbes that are very good at removing contaminants from the water. And these channels slow down heavy rainfalls, allowing water to soak into the ground and reducing the risk of flooding downstream.The Trump administration is seeking to rewrite a key section of the Clean Water Act, eliminating federal protection for many of these small streams and wetlands. Such action, Wohl contends, “will strip rivers of their ability to provide water clean enough to support life, and will enhance the spiral of increasingly damaging floods that is already occurring nationwide.”Editor’s note: This story is a roundup of articles from The Conversation’s archives.Jennifer Weeks is an Environment and Energy Editor for The Conversation. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license.last_img read more

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Biden’s appointees aim to restore pre-2016 Washington

first_imgEven as #45 continues to bring lawsuits in a desperate attempt to reverse the vote that should eject him from the White House on Jan. 20, the government office controlling expenses released funds allowing President-elect Joe Biden to appoint staff and nominate officials. Reps. Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez signed a petition to stop Biden from appointing ‘deficit hawk’ Bruce Reed as OMB head.Biden’s earliest nominees and first appointments brought few surprises to anyone who has followed his career or listened to his campaign speeches. The records of the cabinet nominees, for example, show that the new administration will attempt to restore the pre-2016 role of U.S. imperialism. Since the decline of U.S. world hegemony has accelerated, they are not likely to succeed.It’s true that the Biden/Harris “team” will look more diverse than #45’s gang. The nominations point to a continuation of Obama administration policies on domestic questions, which were pro-business and anti-immigrant – except for the DACA program.Biden’s foreign policy indicates a renewed attempt to include Washington’s imperialist allies in its plans to maintain control of the world’s resources and the exploitation of workers worldwide. While more consistent than Trump’s policies, the new administration’s goals will be to reconquer areas of the world that had wrested some sovereignty from imperialism during the period from about 1945 to 1991, when the Soviet Union existed.Biden himself, first as a senator from Delaware and later as vice president, supported the wars against Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and Iraq, which is why his cabinet appointments should be no surprise.Antony Blinken, State DepartmentBiden has nominated Antony Blinken, his longtime aide in the Senate, as secretary of state. According to Politico (Nov. 29), “In his roles in the NSC [National Security Council] under Obama and as deputy secretary of state, Blinken advocated for more robust U.S. involvement in the Syria conflict, and notably broke with his boss, Biden, to support the armed intervention in Libya. He was also a close aide to Biden when the then-senator supported the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.” Politico says Blinken is a fierce believer in the transatlantic alliance and considers  U.S. leadership in multilateral institutions essential. In 2016 Blinken said, “Put simply, the world is safer for the American people when we have friends, partners and allies.” Translating diplomat-talk into straight talk, this means U.S. imperialism has lost its former predominant position and needs to share some of the pillage with other imperialist powers if it wants to keep the rest of the world subdued. Blinken called Europe “a vital partner” and has dismissed the Trump administration’s plans to remove U.S. troops from Germany, especially because “it weakens NATO, it helps Vladimir Putin, and it harms Germany, our most important ally in Europe.” In other words, he thinks if the U.S. dismisses and disrespects German imperialism, it might push the German government into making deals with Russia.Avril Haines, DNIBiden named Avril Haines, a former deputy director of the CIA, as director of national intelligence (DNI). A recent article by CNN national security analyst Samantha Vinograd described Haines as a reliable expert who wants to “depoliticize intelligence.”  This is in reaction to Trump’s dismissal of intelligence that doesn’t support his choices and his appointment of cronies to top positions in the spy agencies.According to the Nov. 23 New York Times, Haines was “the architect of the Obama administration’s program targeting terrorists with drones, some of which killed civilians.” The Times described her as having lots of experience working with covert programs. Haines also strongly supported Trump’s CIA director, Gina Haspel, who carried out and justified torturing prisoners during interrogation. Revolving doors of the MICThe Trump administration is notorious for using its role running the U.S. to enhance its business opportunities. Democratic Party officials have found a way to gain some of the same advantages in a slightly different way.Blinken was one of the founders of WestExec in 2017, along with Michèle A. Flournoy, who is on Biden’s short list for secretary of defense. WestExec’s website offers “unique geopolitical and policy expertise” to companies seeking to navigate “external factors and relationships that affect businesses” in Washington and around the world. (New York Times Nov. 28.)Haines also has worked as a consultant for WestExec, as do other possible appointees being considered by the Biden administration. One of the companies WestExec had as a client, Shield AI, makes surveillance drones. The same Times article reports on this “revolving door” connecting government appointees with the military-industrial complex.Some of the more progressive elements in the Democratic Party are already raising opposition to these appointments from WestExec. Also, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar have signed a petition calling on Biden not to appoint an old crony, Bruce Reed, to head the the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Under Obama, Reed led demands for cuts in Social Security and Medicare.Another questionable nominee is Alejandro Mayorkas, whom Biden has chosen to head the Department of Homeland Security. This nomination caused a stir in the media, which emphasized Mayorkas’s background as a Latinx immigrant who came to the U.S. as a young child and grew up in Los Angeles.Mayorkas’s Romanian mother took refuge in Cuba soon after World War II. Talking of his father, the owner of a steel wool factory who left Cuba with his family in 1960, “He did not want to raise the family in a communist country. He believed in democracy, and he understood the perils and the challenges of living otherwise.” (Los Angeles Times, Nov. 23)While Mayorkas is expect to play a “centrist” role in the NSA, that statement positions him as a strong anti-communist. Biden also nominated former chair of the Federal Reserve Janet Yellen to be secretary of the treasury. Yellen is known to be a “financial hawk” – someone ready at any time to cut social benefits.Many of the other appointees to staff positions that don’t need congressional approval worked in government under the Clinton, Bush or Obama administrations. So far, anyone from the left has been frozen out.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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2015 Biodiesel Consumption Reaches Record Level

first_img Facebook Twitter 2015 Biodiesel Consumption Reaches Record Level Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE By Gary Truitt – Jan 25, 2016 Previous articleMidwest Fertilizer Finds Partner For $2B ProjectNext articleBeck’s Acquires Former Syngenta Seed Illinois Production Facility Gary Truitt US consumers used a record of nearly 2.1 billion gallons of biodiesel in 2015, according to the National Biodiesel Board. Kicking off the 2016 Biodiesel Conference and Expo in Tampa, Florida, Monday, industry leaders released the production data compiled by the Environmental Protection Agency. Biodiesel industry leaders said the year-end figures demonstrate biodiesel’s rising popularity and its continued success as America’s first and only EPA-designated Advanced Biofuel to reach commercial-scale production nationwide. The data shows fuel companies reported producing 2.09 billion gallons of biodiesel last year, up from 1.97 billion gallons in 2014.The National Biodiesel Board did say however the figures show what it called a troubling trend in which imports are flooding the U.S. market and undercutting U.S. production. Domestic production remained mostly flat while imports jumped more than 25 percent in 2015 to 670 million gallons. Home Energy 2015 Biodiesel Consumption Reaches Record Levellast_img read more

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Fixer for foreign reporters held in Aden for past five months

first_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of Adel Al-Hasani, a freelance journalist working as a fixer for foreign media outlets, who has been held arbitrarily for nearly five months in Yemen’s second largest city, Aden, in the south of the country. February 11, 2021 Fixer for foreign reporters held in Aden for past five months YemenMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflicts YemenMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflicts Follow the news on Yemen RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News December 28, 2020 Find out more January 6, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information February 26, 2021 Find out more News Organisation United Nations: press freedom situation “deeply worrying” in Yemen, according to RSF RSF_en to go further After Hasani’s arrest on 17 September in Aden, which is controlled by the Southern Transitional Council (STC), no one know where he was until he managed to call his wife a week later. Another month went by before she and his lawyer were finally able to visit him in prison and confirm that he was in reasonably good health. Often employed as a fixer by foreign media such as the BBC, CNN and France 24, he was facing possible prosecution on a charge of “illegally facilitating the entry of foreign citizens” into the region controlled by the STC, which is backed by the United Arab Emirates.On the eve of his arrest, Hasani received a call from an Emirati intelligence officer who told him to stop working as a fixer. At the time, he had been working with foreign reporters who were arrested on 12 September by the military police in the nearby port town Mocha, on arriving in the Bab Al-Mandab strait, and were themselves held for six days.Despite diplomatic and political pressure on STC representatives for the past five months, Hasani’s fate still hangs in the balance. When RSF contacted STC spokesman Nizar Haitham at the end of September, he said he would “follow up the case.” While a court decision has approved the journalist’s release in the meantime, he is nevertheless still behind bars.“We call on the South Yemen authorities to release Adel Al-Hasani in the name of the press freedom they claim to protect,” said Sabrina Bennoui, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “Keeping him in detention is just a way to win time because the accusations against him don’t stand up. Adel Al-Hasani must be freed at once in accordance with Yemeni law.”According to the information obtained by RSF, a local security force is preventing Hasani’s release by bringing new accusations against him linked to his past reporting. In an audio message recorded in prison (a copy of which has been obtained by RSF), Hasani says he no longer trusts his country’s judicial system because it is subservient to politics.The STC nonetheless said in a statement in July 2019 that it was “clear about its commitment to the protection of human rights and freedoms across South Yemen, particularly for media personnel who play a critical role in reporting on the realities on the ground.”RSF has meanwhile learned that another freelancer, Mohammed Waleed, was arrested when anti-terrorist forces raided his home in the Aden region on the night of 1 February and finally released him on the 9th. His family does not know why he was arrested.Yemen is ranked 167th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. News News Receive email alerts Yemeni journalist killed, nine wounded in Aden airport explosionslast_img read more

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Belgium

first_img December 2, 2020 Find out more Almost a third of the population uses the Internet, up from only half a million people in 1998. Ninety per cent are men between 24 and 45, two-thirds of them with a university degree or the equivalent.This rapid growth is partly because Brussels, the capital of Europe and site of the European Union’s major institutions, was a pioneer of introducing new technology. The growth of the Internet is also fed by the many commercial incentives offered by fiercely competing local ISPs.Belgium is keen on free expression and human rights, but it was one of the first European countries to pass a law on retention of Internet connection data. In 2001, even before the 11 September attacks, such retention had been extended to a year. The concern to have and use this information is probably because the country has been traumatised in recent years by several paedophilia scandals and the exploitation of children through the Internet. June 19, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Belgium News RSF_en Help by sharing this information Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union Follow the news on Belgium News November 23, 2020 Find out more News LINKS:center_img to go further BelgiumEurope – Central Asia Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU June 2, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts BelgiumEurope – Central Asia -Electronique Libre association- Internet Rights Observatory RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Organisation last_img read more

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Confusion at dangerous junction in County Limerick town

first_imgAdvertisement Email Previous articleConcert setting for Mozart’s Magic FluteNext articleTrumpet supremo Morris Northcutt for Cathedral concert Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Twitter Facebook Michael Murphy at the speed activated traffic sign at Nelson’s CrossTRAFFIC calming measures at an accident blackspot in Castleconnell are causing total confusion.And Fine Gael local election candidate for Limerick City East, Michael Murphy is concerned that this confusion could lead to further serious accidents or fatalities at Nelson’s Cross.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The first-time local election candidate believes that the traffic calming measures introduced at the cross are confusing for motorists.“There has been one fatality and a number of accidents at this junction over the years. Two recent accidents saw one car end up on its roof and another end on its side,” Mr Murphy, a native of Gouig, Castleconnell, explained.Mr Murphy who ran a successful passenger transport business in Castleconnell supporting the local community for many years, explained why the new traffic calming measures are causing confusion.“A vehicle activated sign installed last year is set at 50km per hour. But motorists only become aware of this when you exceed this limit. The road markings either side of this junction on the R525 show the speed at 60km in both directions so everyone is confused. I am asking the council to clarify what is the limit? Is it 60km or 50km? People need to know.“The next Junction R525/L1105 (Skehan’s Cross) has a speed limit from both directions of 50km. People are of the opinion that 50km should also apply to Nelson’s Cross as it is seen as a far more dangerous junction,” he added.He is also calling for the realignment of an ESB Pole at Nelson’s Cross, which he says will help improve visibility at the junction. Patrickswell women get to the heart of the matter Limerick Senator has beef with meat industry Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Enterprise Support Grant should include older self-employed peoplecenter_img TAGSLimerick CountyLocal Elections 2019politicpoliticsTransport NewsCommunityPoliticsConfusion at dangerous junction in County Limerick townBy Alan Jacques – May 12, 2019 731 WhatsApp Jenny Blake | #WeAreLimerick episode 46 Print Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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