Show Comments ▼ Thursday 10 March 2011 7:02 am whatsapp Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe Wrap The Bank of England has frozen the interest rate at 0.5 per cent again.The number of Bank of England policymakers backing an interest rate hike increased last month as inflation with Spencer Dale, chief economist at the Bank, joined fellow MPC members Andrew Sentance and Martin Weale in voting to lift rates.With inflation rising, pressure to increase the rate has been growing.Edward Menashy, Chief Economist at Charles Stanley said: “The downward revision to fourth quarter 2010 GDP from -0.5 per cent to -0.6 per cent when most economists, including those at the Bank of England, had expected an improvement that had clearly not materialised, confused further deliberations.” “The Bank of England is sticking rigidly to its view that the rate of inflation should be declining by the year end due to the dropping out of higher base factors and the existence of ample spare capacity.” Interest rate held at record low 0.5pc John Dunne whatsapp Share Tags: NULL
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 20th March 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Galaxy Gaming revenue and earnings increase in 2019 Topics: Casino & games Finance Poker Table games Table games supplier Galaxy Gaming’s revenue increased 14.5% to $21.3m for 2019 and said it remains confident that it has the funds to survive the closure of many casinos due to the outbreak of Covid-19. Email Address Table games supplier Galaxy Gaming’s revenue increased 14.5% to $21.3m for 2019 and said it remains confident that it has the funds to survive the closure of many casinos due to the outbreak of Covid-19.The business’s earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation EBITDA, meanwhile, came to $8.8m, up 33.3% year-on-year.The business ended 2019 with cash reserves of $9.7m and long-term debt of $48.0m.As a land-based supplier, the casino closures and social distancing measures caused by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) have had a major effect on Galaxy in 2020.Read more on iGB North America. Regions: US Casino & games Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Card Rooms and Poker
After paying SEK360m in gaming duties and SEK260m in gaming-related costs, the operator’s net revenue from gaming operations for the three months to 30 September came to SEK1.30bn, down 8.0%. Tags: Svenska Spel She joins from her own consulting business and brings experience in local, regional and national politics. Svanström has worked in public affairs with a focus on international competition, changing legislation and government-related issues in sustainable business. Operators, as well as industry association Branschföreningen för Onlinespel (BOS), criticised the measures and suggested they would harm the market and its licensees, while encouraging players to use offshore, unlicensed operators. Topics: Casino & games People Sports betting People moves Restrictions imposed by the nation’s government in response to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic saw casino and slot players limited to a weekly deposit limit of SEK5,000 (£436/€431/$566), with a cap on bonuses of SEK100. Results published earlier this month that Svenska Spel’s third quarter revenue fell 8.2% year-on-year as growth in igaming and lottery failed to mitigate the ongoing shut-down of its Casino Cosmopol network and reduced numbers of land-based slots. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter He went on to describe major changes taking place in the gaming industry, including the Swedish government’s ongoing investigation into the market. “As a state-owned gaming company, Svenska Spel will be a role model for the industry. We want to take that responsibility on a broad front,” Mörnefält continued. “This includes creating increased knowledge and awareness of the challenges that the industry faces in the long and short term vis-à-vis our decision-makers.” Joakim Mörnefält, the operator’s communications director, commented: “I am very happy to welcome Erika Svanström to Svenska Spel. She will have an important role as responsible for our activities in public affairs.” Email Address Svenska Spel appoints new head of public affairs 28th October 2020 | By Conor Mulheir People Regions: Sweden She has been an advisor on public affairs issues at Svenska Spel since April 2019, and prior to that was communications manager at Sveriges Åkeriföretag, an industry association for transport and haulage. Swedish state-owned gaming operator Svenska Spel has appointed Erika Svanström as its new head of public affairs, effective as of 2 November.
Topics: Finance Lottery Sports betting Results 2020 State monopoly Online sports betting Retail sports betting Results 2020 Amounts staked via the Intralot-powered Gambet app climbed to $4.2m, with customers winning $3.4m. Assuming there were no adjustments, revenue was up 64.8% to $822,101 for the month, Gambet’s strongest to date. Washington D.C.’s lottery saw stakes grow 27.8% month-over-month in October, though its city-wide mobile offering continues to be outstripped by William Hill’s retail sportsbook at the US capital’s Capital One Arena. Read the full story on iGB North America. Tags: Intralot William Hill DC Lottery Gambet This also meant that since the app’s launch in May, customers have staked $10.6m via Gambet, winning $8.8m, for revenue of $1.8m. William Hill retains retail lead as D.C. market grows in October Amounts wagered at the venue were up 17.8% from September to $14.4m, with customers winning back $11.6m. This left revenue of $2.7m, up 108.2% month-on-month, and taxes of $271,777 for the city. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter However, the William Hill-branded temporary sportsbook at the Capital One Arena continues to outperform Gambet, despite its limited reach and lack of a mobile offering. 16th November 2020 | By Robin Harrison Regions: US Washington DC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address
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Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT [Episcopal News Service – Auckland, New Zealand] Much happens each day during the Anglican Consultative Council‘s (ACC) 15th meeting. In addition to Episcopal News Service’s regular coverage, here’s some of what else went on Oct. 28-29 (local time).Young Anglican authors offer book on ‘life-widening mission’Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams officially launched Life-widening Mission: Global Anglican Perspectives, calling it a new road map for mission in the Anglican Communion.The Rev. Irene Ayallo, a Kenyan priest and one of the contributors to “Life-widening Mission: Global Anglican Perspectives,” talks with a member of the Anglican Consultative Council Oct. 28 (local time), after the official launch of the book in Auckland. ENS photo/Mary Frances SchjonbergThe book is a collection of reflections and perspectives by a group of young Anglicans compiled after their attendance at Edinburgh 2010, an event that commemorated the historic ecumenical Edinburgh 1910 Conference. The essays are written from the attendees’ personal contextual backgrounds in the light of the Anglican Communion’s Five Marks of Mission.Young Anglicans from Brazil, Canada, Central Africa, Hong Kong, Kenya, South Africa and the U.S.-based Episcopal Church wrote the major chapters. Cathy Ross from New Zealand edited the collection.“We had a common vision … of how to be effective in God’s mission,” said the Rev. Irene Ayallo of Kenya, one of the authors, during the launch.Williams said that up until now most of the maps used to chart the course of mission in the Anglican Communion have been drawn “largely by men, largely by men over 55, largely by ordained men over 55 and largely by ordained men over 55 with a slightly paler complexion” than most of the people of the world. He noted that those traditional maps “don’t always get you to the goal because events are changing on the ground.”Echoing a theme he has stated earlier during the ACC meeting, Williams said that youth are not the future of the church, but are instead the present of the church. And the young writers whose works are collected in the mission book show that the youthful contingent of the communion is “making its own maps, charting its own course,” not in rebellion against tradition, “but simply getting on with it.”All provinces accepted ACC invitation; all but one province is attendingAnglican Communion General Secretary Kenneth Kearon said an Oct. 29 (local time) press briefing that while no province is officially staying away from the ACC15 meeting, there are some people missing.Anglican Communion News Service reported that out of 87 delegates, 10 are not yet present. They include three members from Uganda and one each from Congo, Ireland, North India, Pakistan, Philippines, Tanzania and from among those invited by the Anglican Communion Standing Committee to ensure diversity of membership on the council. Some of those seven are still in transit while others have declined because of personal or administrative reasons, or because of visa issues.“There’s no province staying away,” Kearon said.The Church of the Province of Uganda is not represented at the meeting, but only because it forgot to choose its members, he said. The province was due to have chosen its three members this past summer at the same meeting during which the Rt. Rev. Stanley Ntagali was elected the 8th Archbishop of the Church of Uganda.“The intention was there; which is good,” Kearon said, “But I am genuinely sorry that they didn’t come because there’s a history to that.”That history includes Uganda deciding to boycott the decennial gathering of the communion’s bishops in 2008 because Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams had invited the Episcopal Church’s bishops. The Ugandan bishops objected because of recent developments in and actions by the Episcopal Church, including its decision in 2003 to allow its Diocese of New Hampshire to ordain and consecrate Gene Robinson as its bishop.Ugandan Anglicans were involved in a dispute at ACC’s last meeting in 2009 in Jamaica when Philip Ashey, a former Episcopal Church priest accepted into the Church of Uganda in 2005, was not been allowed to be seated as a Ugandan delegate because, the Standing Committee said at the time, his relationship with the East African province is “a result of a cross provincial intervention.”And, Uganda was also one of seven provinces to boycott the January 2011 Primates Meeting.A list of the ACC members is here.Council gets code of conductCouncil members have received a code of conduct concerning discriminatory behaviors, harassment and sexual harassment. The code has been prepared by Anglican Communion Office staff for use at all official communion meetings.The code commits the communion to ensuring that meetings are held “in an environment of hospitality and safety” and declares that “discriminatory behavior, including harassment of any kind – sexual, ethnic, class-based, age-related or otherwise, is not to be tolerated.”Among its principles, the code calls on meeting participants to behave respectfully toward others, not misuse their relationships, “be clear with yourself and others about your personal boundaries,” be sensitive to cultural and social differences and “be swift to apologize” if one thinks one’s behavior has caused offense or been misunderstood.The three-page code also outlines the role of those responsible for addressing reported instances of harassment.Kearon told the council Oct. 29 that he had been asked if members could put the code of conduct to use in their dioceses and provinces.“We are happy for you to bring that back to your provinces,” he said, cautioning however that specific wording had been vetted by United Kingdom attorneys to conform to local law and that members ought to get legal advice to be sure that such a code fits with laws in their jurisdictions.Still, he said, the code “should be the starting point for a conversation in you province.”All ENS coverage of ACC15 is here.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Anglican Consultative Council Tags Rector Bath, NC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit a Job Listing Rector Knoxville, TN Featured Jobs & Calls Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Submit a Press Release In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET By Mary Frances Schjonberg Posted Oct 29, 2012 The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Albany, NY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Director of Music Morristown, NJ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Collierville, TN Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Anglican Consultative Council Digest: Oct. 29 Press Release Service Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Belleville, IL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Estrella Sánchez, left, with her lawyer.Estrella Sánchez, a Mexican transgender woman, emerged on May 22 from immigration court in the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Ga., with her asylum papers in one hand and her other hand raised in a fist.Despite a long, hard-fought battle that took 6 years, multiple denials of her asylum petition, months in detention, physical attacks and psychological trauma, Sánchez had prevailed.The details of her story are brutally painful to recount, but not so unusual for those fleeing violence in their home countries, whether from anti-LGBTQ violence, drug cartels or political repression.In her asylum petition, Sánchez recounted years of sexual abuse and rape while growing up in Mexico, beginning when she was 8 years old. Family members, as well as local authorities, directed their anti-trans animus at her, leaving her isolated and fearful. At 19, she fled for her life and crossed into the U.S. Promised work as a caregiver, she was instead held against her will in a Texas brothel for almost a year before making her escape.When she was picked up by police for driving without a license, she was sent to the Stewart Detention Center to await deportation. Stewart is an all-male facility, and Estrella Sánchez was subjected to harsh treatment and abuse by other detainees and guards. The for-profit facility responded by putting her in solitary confinement. When she was finally released from prison to await a hearing, she was ordered shackled with an ankle monitoring device.The immigration judge who heard her case was Dan Trimble, one of the most intransigent members on the U.S. Immigration Court. From 2012 to 2017, he denied asylum to immigrants in 95.8 percent of his cases, according to Transactional Records Clearinghouse.On three separate occasions, he denied Estrella Sánchez’s petition, rejecting her claims of abuse because of being transgender. The Department of Homeland Security, which also opposed her appeal, claimed that the social situation in Mexico had improved, and her life would no longer be in danger if she returned.When Sánchez was first scheduled to be deported back to Mexico, she finally found legal assistance, first, with Immigrant Equality and then, with pro bono lawyers from the Kilpatrick law firm in Atlanta.While all the legal work was being done, Sánchez became politically active in Atlanta and beyond. She is a constant presence at demonstrations and rallies for immigrant rights and against mass incarceration and deportation. Always wearing her traditional clothing, she has spoken at numerous conferences nationally and supported trans organizations. She was named a marshall for Atlanta’s 2017 Pride Parade, and there is a large, beautiful mural of her in the immigrant community along Buford Highway.In April, the Board of Immigration Appeals overturned Trimble’s third denial of Estrella Sánchez’s petition, finding no evidence that conditions in Mexico had improved so much that she would not suffer persecution as a transgender woman. It instructed Trimble to grant her asylum.Sánchez can now apply for a green card and, after five years, will be eligible to apply for citizenship.Sánchez plans to continue her advocacy for transgender immigrants, a mission she has carried out for the last six years with the threat of deportation always on her mind. Relieved of that burden, Estrella Sánchez is now considering becoming an immigration lawyer.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Organisation Help by sharing this information RSF joins other NGOs in amicus brief in WhatsApp suit against NSO Group NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say December 23, 2020 Find out more to go further News News March 12, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 United Arab Emirates Despite the fact that the United Arab Emirates are experiencing the highest penetration rate in the Arab world, the authorities have implemented an extensive system to filter sensitive subjects, backed by repressive laws. Netizens are increasingly resorting to proxy servers to access thousands of banned websites.Promoting Internet accessThe United Arab Emirates are playing a technological leadership role in the Arab world, thanks mainly to Dubai Media City and Dubai Internet City – tax-free zones in which major companies in the media and IT sector have set up their operations. In March 2009, the authorities decided to use the country’s domain name in Arabic in order to foster the use of the language on the Internet. They plan to invest several billion dollars to expand Internet infrastructures and access, particularly in government agencies and schools.Over 50% of the Emirates’ population are connected to the Internet. An extremely active community of netizens has developed. Bloggers are broaching topics of general interest, but they are often pressured to use self-censorship. Some of them, however, do tackle controversial subjects, only to face the consequences. The owner of the www.majan.net forum and one of his colleagues spent several weeks behind bars in late 2007 for covering a corruption case in the medical community. The public prosecutor dropped the defamation charges in 2008.Pervasive filtering policyAlthough the authorities are in favor of letting their citizens have access to the Net, they insist on “guiding” them in the process. Under the pretext of fighting online pornography, several thousand Internet sites totally unrelated to this subject have vanished from the Web (blocked sites such as http://www.emarati.katib.org/node/52, for example). Taboo subjects include: alternative political views, non-orthodox opinions about Islam, and criticisms of the social situation, especially of the royal family. The economy is still a very sensitive topic. Mujarad Ensan’s blog (www.mujarad-ensan.maktooblog.com) was blocked after he mentioned what repercussions the royal economic crisis has had on the Kingdom. Finally, sites that provide content considered “obscene,” or censorship circumvention tools, are not accessible either. Censors also target any site denouncing human rights violations in the country. The UAE Torture website (www.uaetorture.com), for example, is blocked.Authorities have allegedly blocked five hundred keywords. The decision to render websites inaccessible is made by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in cooperation with the Minister of Communications and Internet Technology, and implemented by the country’s two Internet access providers, Etisalat and Du. They use the SmartFilter software program produced by Secure Computing, which was bought out in 2008 by the American firm, McAfee.Censorship affecting social networks, participating websites and blog platforms is not uniformly applied. Forums are filtered according to the topics discussed by surfers. Only a few pages or posts are made unavailable. The very popular www.uaehewar.net forum was recently blocked in its entirety. YouTube is partially blocked: a campaign launched in 2009 by Dubai’s Chief of Police, to block all access to the site, failed.Currently, the country has several hundred Internet cafés. Yet they are not the primary point of access for the country’s citizens, who consult the Web from their homes or workplaces. New rules require that users present an ID card and register their personal data, but they are allegedly not being enforced.Cell phones are also being filtered. The latest victim is the Blackberry, whose Internet access has been filtered since December 2009. Authorities tried to install spyware on smartphones in July 2009, but users raised such an uproar that they finally abandoned the plan. Cyber-laws and cyber-policeSince December 2008, UAE cyber-police have been in charge of monitoring the Web and keeping an eye on its users. According to the authorities, they processed over 200 cases in 2009, mainly related to cyber-crime and hacking.Intensified surveillance has been coupled with liberticidal laws. By virtue of Article 20 of the 2006 law against cyber-criminality (the Computer Crime Act), an Internet user may be imprisoned for “opposing Islam,” “insulting any religion recognized by the state,” or “violating family values and principles.”Another victim of the censors, the website www.Hetta.com, has been targeted by judicial harassment. Its chief editor, Ahmed Mohammed bin Gharib, was sentenced to a fine of AED 20,000 (about USD 5,400) for “defaming,” “insulting,” and “humiliating” the Abu Dhabi Media Company, a state-controlled media outlet for publishing an article in May 2009 in which journalists denounced the company’s “administrative corruption” and “embezzlement” practices. The appeal hearing upheld this penalty on January 13. Ahmed Mohammed bin Gharib lodged an appeal with the Court of Cassation.Intensifying cyber censorship and circumvention effortsDespite the fact that, based upon a poll published by the newspaper Khaleej, 95.5% of the respondents opposed the current filtering system, the latter has been intensifying in the last few months according to the OpenNet Initiative. Dubai Internet City and Dubai Media City, which, until now, had been spared by censorship, are now being filtered despite the promises made to investors. Yet UAE netizens are not easily dissuaded: increasing numbers of them are discovering how to circumvent the censorship and regain Internet access. Receive email alerts Follow the news on United Arab Emirates RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance June 8, 2021 Find out more United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News News