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Petrobras raises $70bn in record share offering

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IGT hit by service revenue decline in H1

first_img International Game Technology (IGT) has reported a marginal year-on-year decline in revenue for the six months to 30 June, 2019, which resulted in a drop in service revenue over the reporting period. Tags: Mobile Online Gambling 2nd August 2019 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter IGT hit by service revenue decline in H1 International Game Technology (IGT) has reported a marginal year-on-year decline in revenue for the six months to 30 June, 2019, which resulted in a drop in service revenue over the reporting period.Total revenue for the first half declined 1.3% to $2.38bn (£1.96bn/€2.14bn), the result of service revenue for the period falling 4.0% to $1.97bn. This was offset in part by a 14.9% increase in product sales, to $408.1m, though not enough to avoid a year-on-year fall.Operating expenses for the half fell to $1.98bn, down to reductions in costs of sales (to $1.19bn) and research and development (to $131.5m). However due to the lower revenue, operating income for H1 was down 1.0% to $401.9m.Non-operating expenses rose to $166.4m, with a slight drop in interest expenses to $206.9m offset by a lower foreign exchange gain for the period, of $17.5m. After $116.0m was set aside for income tax, net profit for the half was down 8.6% at $119.5m. Once income attributable to IGT’s non-controlling interests of $74.4m was stripped out, H1 profit was down 22.7% at $45.1m.This followed a second quarter in which IGT saw revenue rise, but earnings hit by increased costs and foreign exchange losses. Revenue for the three months to 30 June was up 2.7% to $1.23bn, with a drop in service revenue to $980.0m offset by a 30.2% increase in product sales to $254.2m.Growth was driven by the North America gaming and interactive division – up 8% at $274m – and the International segment, up 20% to $229m. IGT saw more marginal growth in Italy, where revenue rose to $422m, both on a constant currency basis. This offset the North American lottery unit, which saw revenue remain flat at $309m.However operating costs for the quarter rose to $1.01bn, as a result of increased product sales expenses, selling, general and administrative costs and other operating expenses. This was offset by the revenue growth, leading to a 7.0% increase in operating profit to $223.7m.Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation for the quarter amounted to $454m, up 3% year-on-year.However, interest expenses and foreign exchange charges weighed on the operator’s bottom line. Interest expenses grew to $103.9m, while the company incurred foreign exchange expenses of $41.1m, compared to a $172.5m foreign exchange benefit in the prior year. This resulted in non-operating expenses soaring to $121.4m.After income tax provision of $63.3m, net income stood at $39.0m. After $34.1m, related to income from IGT’s non-controlling interests, profit for the quarter stood at $4.9m, down from $161.5m in Q2 2018.Despite seeing profits fall sharply in the period, IGT chief executive Marco Sala hailed what he called a strong second quarter fo the business.”We had a strong second quarter, with top-line growth driven by a sharp increase in gaming product sales and impressive gains in global lottery same-store revenues. Profits were up nicely in our North America Gaming and Italy segments,” Sala said. “I am pleased with the broad-based improvement in key performance indicators for our main businesses.“EBITDA in the quarter was the highest we achieved in three years and translated into substantial free cash flow for the first half,” IGT chief financial officer Alberto Fornaro added. “Recent capital markets activity strengthens our financial structure, enhances flexibility, and positions us well for the coming years.” Casino & games AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: Europe US Southern Europe Italy Email Address Topics: Casino & games Finance Lottery Sports betting Strategylast_img read more

Closing the circle

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Sports betting Through its acquisition of platform provider Optima, Sportradar can now claim to offer every link in the betting chain to clients. Chief executive Carsten Koerl and Optima boss Jacob Lopez talk Daniel O’Boyle through the deal Topics: Sports betting Strategy 25th October 2019 | By Stephen Carter Tags: Online Gamblingcenter_img Closing the circle Through its acquisition of platform provider Optima, Sportradar can now claim to offer every link in the betting chain to clients. Chief executive Carsten Koerl and Optima boss Jacob Lopez talk Daniel O’Boyle through the dealAs any executive knows, proper due diligence is key to the success of any acquisition. And in this respect, Sportradar held an advantage over most when it was on the hunt for a sports betting platform.Working with a variety of suppliers as a data provider, the company has an intricate knowledge of the range on offer in the industry.“Being in our position, we work with almost every player in the market and we get a very good look at what kind of features and what kind of platforms are in the market,” Sportradar chief executive Carsten Koerl explains.“We are operating with most of the platforms who are out there. We have a very good view of what the companies are in the market and what features they offer, so we looked into many players.”In the end it proved to be Optima, the Spain-based platform provider founded in 2012 by former Stan James chief technology officer Jacob Lopez, that Sportradar purchased for an undisclosed fee.Rather than being an obviously hot property in its sphere, Optima, by Lopez’s own admission, wasn’t growing rapidly. Sports betting, after all, is a highly competitive space in which the likes of SBTech, SG Digital’s OpenBet, with the likes of Playtech, Amelco, Kambi are all jostling for market share.While the product Sportradar had seen as a data provider played a part, Koerl said that it was just one in a range of factors the supplier considered when picking its target.“We base our decisions not only on product but also based on price, based on integration and based on future features,” Koerl says. “On those metrics, Optima turned out as the most attractive.”It wasn’t a quick decision, he adds.“It was really a mix of factors, but what was very important for us were some questions: What is the scalability of the platform?, What is the underlying technology behind it? and How can we really process a high volume and guarantee to clients a very high service level?“Those were very important to us and we believe Optima is top level for this,” he says. “There are for sure others in the market who are not bad, but we believe from a scalability perspective and a stability perspective Optima is outstanding.”For Optima, meanwhile, the prospect of a deal wasn’t always particularly attractive.Since the company’s formation in 2012, it had never received outside investment. This, Lopez says, was deliberate, as it allowed the business to avoid external pressure for short-term gains, and instead focus on longer-term, sustainable growth.“One of our main concerns if we would do a deal like this is that we wouldn’t have the same flexibility and let us continue to have the same attention to detail with operators we have today,” he explains.However, he adds, Lopez ultimately concluded that Sportradar was prepared to support this approach, which played a key role in convincing him the deal was right for his company.“We have a very well-aligned vision,” he says. “The vision, the technology and the product that we have and the way we approach business. We work very hard to make sure sure our product stands out.”Completing the set And now Sportradar can provide every link in the sports betting supply chain, a huge leap from its early days as a pre-match data provider. It’s been a gradual process, which has seen it add an odds comparison tool, live data, client registration, liquidity management and managed trading services over the years, slowly but surely filing any gaps in the business.“It was very clear from the very beginning that we started with the basement, which is data and we made our way to the core function which is the platform,” Koerl explains. “And we developed that step by step.”This also means that it will now find itself competing against the companies it works closely with as a data provider. Of course, all its related solutions will remain platform agnostic, allowing these relationships to continue.And it’s not as if Sportradar is going to aggressively compete from the off. Koerl estimates the process to fully integrate Optima with its products and services will take up to two years, though the platform is immediately available to existing and prospective clients.While he claims Sportradar is targeting deals with top-tier operators, Koerl is under no illusions as the competition it will face for these deals, not just from rival platforms, but also from in-house solutions.“This can be difficult because they have their own platforms [that] they all believe in,” he says.“But we believe that betting providers should maybe focus more on the licensing and marketing because looking at things from an efficiency perspective we can do these things more efficiently than in-house – that’s the underlying assumption.”It’s a major step forward that many have believed to be coming, and one that opens up a new front for Sportradar to compete on. The US, where it serves as an official partner to the likes of the National Football League, Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association, is one. Koerl even suggests China may offer opportunities in the near future.It’s a bold move, and the competition will be fierce, but should Sportradar successfully position itself and the Optima platform as a viable alternative to the host of solutions already on the market, the rewards could be significant. Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more

Episcopal Relief & Development highlights friends in Massachusetts

first_img Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Washington, DC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit an Event Listing Featured Events Rector Bath, NC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Tags Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Curate Diocese of Nebraska Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Press Release Service Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Episcopal Relief & Development highlights friends in Massachusetts An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Submit a Job Listing Rector Tampa, FL Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Belleville, IL Featured Jobs & Calls Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR center_img Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group 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 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Submit a Press Release Episcopal Relief & Development Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME 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 Rector Smithfield, NC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Collierville, TN Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Martinsville, VA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem [Episcopal Relief and Development] This month’s Friends of Episcopal Relief & Development celebrates the long-running Holly Day Luncheon and Fair in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts. Members and neighbors of Grace Episcopal Church flock to the parish hall for the annual event, which benefits Episcopal Relief & Development’s work to alleviate poverty worldwide. This long-standing tradition, which began when Episcopal Relief & Development was still the Presiding Bishop’s Fund for World Relief, now includes a “Children’s Shopping Room” where youngsters can browse and choose gifts for their friends and family, and even have them gift wrapped, all on a kid-sized budget.The Power of Partnerships and Friends of Episcopal Relief & Development web features present stories about the agency’s partners in the US and worldwide. Visit www.er-d.org to read past installments, find information about our programs or make a contribution.  Please note that our web features are now on an alternating schedule.  The next Power of Partnerships will be published in January.For more information or to make a gift, please call 1.855.312.HEAL (4325). Donations can also be mailed to Episcopal Relief & Development, PO Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.Episcopal Relief & Development is the international relief and development agency of the Episcopal Church and an independent 501(c)(3) organization. The agency takes its mandate from Jesus’ words found in Matthew 25.  Its programs work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Episcopal Relief & Development works closely with the worldwide Church and ecumenical partners to help rebuild after disasters and to empower local communities to find lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger and disease, including HIV/AIDS and malaria.Reminder: we have a new phone number!  Call toll free, 1.855.312.HEAL(4325) Rector Knoxville, TN Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Posted Dec 20, 2012 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ last_img read more

Villa Mosca Bianca House / Design Haus Liberty

first_img Projects Year:  CopyAbout this officeDesign Haus LibertyOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesLesaItalyPublished on May 16, 2019Cite: “Villa Mosca Bianca House / Design Haus Liberty” 16 May 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassHanging LampsVibiaHanging Lamp – VOLConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight FE PassivhausPorcelain StonewareCosentinoSurfaces – Dekton® Chromica CollectionBricksFeldhaus KlinkerThin Bricks – ClassicGlassDip-TechDigital Ceramic Printing for Interior DesignWoodStructureCraftEngineering – FootbridgesAluminium CompositesCymat Technologies Ltd.Bundang Doosan Tower – Alusion™ Stabilized Aluminum FoamTable LampsRoss GardamDesk Lamp – OraMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?白色别墅,通透的意大利海景房 / Design Haus Liberty是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Italy ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/916988/villa-mosca-bianca-house-design-haus-liberty Clipboard “COPY” Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/916988/villa-mosca-bianca-house-design-haus-liberty Clipboard Products used in this ProjectDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ArcDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ClassicLocal Architect:Roberto ManzettiCity:LesaCountry:ItalyMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Courtesy of Design Haus LibertyText description provided by the architects. To create a secondary holiday home for my retired clients life with his wife and grown children who ocassionally visit.  They wanted a relaxed lifestyle that included gardening, reading, swimming/ wakeboarding, eating on the terrace, cooking with a view, waking up with southern light, a view to the sunset from the bathtub, spaces to meditate and terraces to view the water at different levels.Save this picture!Courtesy of Design Haus LibertyThe context of the actual site dictataed the shape of the house.  We wanted each bedroom experience to have a various enviorment in landscape by inserting fingers into each region. Save this picture!Courtesy of Design Haus LibertyFrom the thick forrest of pine to the water edge of the lake.  The site was key for didcating the unique design.   The house is in three layers.  The heart, the inside, the inside/outside and outdoor terraces.Save this picture!Courtesy of Design Haus LibertyBecause planning is counted on volumn, we wanted to create a central garden which made the home feel bigger but didn’t  necessarily count as part of the area because it was open air.  At the same time, it created a passive central ventilatoin system and added to the brightness and features of the interiors.Save this picture!Courtesy of Design Haus LibertySave this picture!Ground floor planSave this picture!Courtesy of Design Haus LibertyA lot of the interiors included natural stone- completely unpolished and unsealed that we really wanted rough and exposed.  Because the house is so minial and clean we wanted to create contrast within it. Save this picture!Courtesy of Design Haus LibertyUnsealed travertine is so much more beautiful and natural then when it’s completely machined over.  We tried to make the house as simple as possible.  The local fabricators of all of the elements really added to the quality and detail of the home.Save this picture!Courtesy of Design Haus LibertyProject gallerySee allShow lessTRS Studio Converts Shipping Container into Single Family ModuleArchitecture NewsVB Rural House / Lucas y Hernández-GilSelected Projects Share Area:  10000 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description Landscape Architect: Save this picture!Courtesy of Design Haus Liberty+ 35Curated by Paula Pintos Share 2018 Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Manufacturers: Sky-Frame, Ceadesign, Cielo, Davide Groppi, EDRA, DH Liberty Lux, Hans J. Wegner, Hans Wagner, Willy Ballez Architects: Design Haus Liberty Area Area of this architecture project CopyHouses•Lesa, Italy Villa Mosca Bianca House / Design Haus LibertySave this projectSaveVilla Mosca Bianca House / Design Haus Liberty Colin Okasimo Associates ArchDaily “COPY” Villa Mosca Bianca House / Design Haus Libertylast_img read more

Cops kill, cops lie – Anaheim rebels

first_imgOutside Anaheim police station, July 29.Los Angeles — The city of Anaheim is about a 40- to 50-minute drive south of Los Angeles and is the home of Disneyland. Yet the terror of police repression — so familiar in the Black, Latino/a and immigrant communities of Los Angeles — was unleashed in Anaheim twice, on July 21 and 22.Manuel Angel Diaz was a 25-year-old Latino known in the community. He was shot in the back and in the head by Anaheim police while in a front yard on July 21. Joel Acevedo, 21, was shot by Anaheim police the following day.Why was Diaz shot and killed? The police have simply said that he was talking to someone in a car, then ran from them and that they felt threatened by something at his waist.Yet, even this unjustified excuse for executing a person is false, according to most witnesses. One told the Orange County Register that Diaz had just been eating at her produce truck on Anna Drive, said he needed to use a hose to wash up, and walked across the street to the yard of an apartment complex. She said that three minutes later he was dead.Confronting the cops in Anaheim July 25.That witness also said that the police were forcefully trying to get her to change her story. Others in the neighborhood reported being threatened by police with deportation if they came forward as witnesses.That fear of eyewitness reports was expressed by a reporter from KCAL News at the scene of the shooting later that day. He was reporting on the brutal attack against residents who immediately protested the killing. The reporter mentioned on the air that a few people, who took videos of the police attack with their cell phones, told him they were approached by police offering to buy their phones.The fascist-like repression faced by this community was met by immediate protest and outrage over the shooting. However, police lies could not cover it up since it was captured on video. Police are seen shooting rubber bullets at close range at men, women and women with babies, some in strollers. A police attack dog was let go toward a woman carrying a baby. Fortunately for the baby, an adult person was able to draw the dog’s terrible bite towards himself.It is not surprising that the Anaheim Police Department is desperately trying to spin the events in their favor. To try and justify the racist killing of Diaz, he is being painted by the police as a gang member and danger to the community.Police lies can’t cover up truthIt’s nothing new that police lie, but the events surrounding this killing are filled with an avalanche of police lies, even about the almost daily protests since the killing. On July 24, many were arrested in large demonstrations of more than 1,000 people at City Hall. Police said that most of the protesters were “outside agitators,” that very few were residents of Anaheim. However, the overwhelming majority of those arrested were Anaheim residents, with just two coming from out of the area.Actions are continuing. On July 29, there were demonstrations followed by a “street mass” led by clergy. Many more actions are planned and demonstrations are set to occur every Sunday.Besides character assassination, another tactic used by police is to vilify the solidarity movement growing in support of the community. One example is their attempt to pit anarchists and also the local Occupy movement — which has been helping to organize some of the protests — against Anaheim residents.One group that has been mobilizing support and whose members have been participating in the demonstrations is the Southern California Immigration Coalition. One of the leading organizations of that coalition, Unión del Barrio, issued a statement regarding the police killing. An excerpt reads:“What we are seeing … by the response by the police, is the desperation of a system that is trying to protect its oppressive, unequal, unjust system at all costs. What this should teach many of us is that the undocumented of our community, those without ‘legal papers,’ are not the only ones the system is targeting. All Raza, especially our youth, are under attack because the system knows that in [California] and most places in the ‘Southwest’ we are a growing majority working class. All of us, especially those who oppose this wretched economic system, are targets for this type of state-sanctioned mayhem.”Carlos Montes, recently targeted by the FBI and a steering committee member of SCIC, wrote in FightBack News: “Many in the community are visibly traumatized, but they have united to demand justice and to stop future police brutality. This Chicano community is near Disneyland and many feel the city, along with developers, want to suppress and keep the Chicano community down. The corporations want to promote the area as a major tourist attraction and resort.”Character assassinations, promoting division against those trying to build solidarity and lies are the primary tools the cops are using here. The building of solidarity and the courage to speak truth to power, like that exhibited by the heroic witnesses who are sticking to their story in spite of police threats, will trump those tools every time.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

‘Marriage is a civil right’ — Interview with Kentucky lesbian activists

first_imgShannon and Carmen Wampler-Collins, a lesbian couple for 20 committed years, with two children, fought to exercise their right to same-sex marriage on Sept. 14 in Morehead, Ky. That day, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis returned to work after being jailed for defying the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage. Davis had refused licenses to same-sex couples, including the Wampler-Collinses. Minnie Bruce Pratt of Workers World interviewed Shannon about the couple’s struggle and resistance.Shannon and Carmen Wampler-Collins with the Rowan County Rights Coalition, outside the County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., Sept. 14.Photo: Michael LongWW: You and Carmen met in 1989 and had a commitment ceremony in 1995. Tell us a little about yourselves and how you met.Shannon: Nowadays, I’m a chef. I went to culinary school in 2010, and I’m cooking in a restaurant — usually a man’s world and work! Carmen works with nonprofits as a grant writer and consultant.We met while we were both working the counter at Bart’s Ice Cream in Northampton, Massachusetts. She was a “Smithie” going to Smith College, and I was a “townie,” where growing up we felt overpowered by Smith: “Those rich kids coming here.” But Carmen was not. She comes from a poor background.We had the same sense of humor. We just hit it off and the connection just bloomed. We got together as a couple on my grandmother’s birthday. We were in love then, and we still are now.WW: When’s the ceremony for Kentucky scheduled?Shannon: There’s still contention over the license we received. The ACLU is investigating. Kim Davis crossed off her name as county clerk and wrote in “pursuant to federal order” and changed Rowan County to the name of the town — Morehead. We definitely feel we got the license as second-class citizens. Carmen was born and raised in Rowan County!We are waiting to hear more to have the ceremony, hopefully within the 30-day time limit on the license. We’d planned something small — justice of the peace, lunch out. But the boys protested we’d had one wedding without them and are demanding something big. So we said, “If you want a wedding, you can plan the wedding!” They’re 16 and 11. They are activist children.WW: You’ve said you two were married by your own ceremony long before the Supreme Court decision, but you want “legal protection” for your family.Shannon: In Massachusetts, there’s co-parent adoption, but not in Kentucky. I adopted our younger son as a single mother. My sister carried him — and Carmen carried our older son.We’ve raised both boys together as a family. But in Kentucky, I have no legal relation to our older son — who is my child too — if something happens. And Carmen wouldn’t have any to our younger son, who is also her child.Carmen had a serious medical condition a couple of years ago, so the possibility is real and so scary.WW: Would you describe getting into the County Clerk’s office on Monday?Shannon: We live in Lexington now, an hour’s drive from Morehead. When we got to the courthouse, it was surreal. Bigots had come from wherever they got them from, and were lined up in trucks along the street, using loudspeakers to shout ugly things.Our people were right there, the Rowan County Rights Coalition. They gathered around us in a circle. They got us through the haters on the outskirts who lined the route and were actually inside the courthouse.Then we went up to the counter, and Brian [Mason] was hilarious. He said, “I’ve been waiting for you two!” [Mason is the deputy clerk openly in favor of issuing same-sex marriage licenses—WW.]As we were going out, one woman got in my face shouting, “Sex between two women is wrong!” I just want to fight with these people. I get so angry. So I said, “You must not be doing it right!”WW: The people who got you safely into the courthouse — who were they?Shannon: That’s the Rowan County Rights Coalition. One of the forefront leaders was best friends with Carmen’s aunt and mom, part of the family when Carmen was growing up. That woman is an activist extreme. She’s been involved in protest since the 60s and has worked with union organizers.The coalition is outraged people, straight couples, gay couples, people who are trans* and bi, people from Morehead State, new people who’ve moved to the county and some who have grown up there. [“Trans*” is a word currently used, with the asterisk, to indicate the spectrum of all the different genders of people who do not conform to the either/or of male/female.—WW]We have a trans* couple Kim Davis actually signed a license for. One member of the couple identifies as male, but his birth certificate still lists female. Kim Davis looked at the two of them, saw male and female, and just assumed. People make all kinds of assumptions.The coalition has rallied in front of the courthouse throughout. We had one side of the courthouse lawn. The opposition had the other. First, we were flashing peace signs and blowing kisses, and then we started chanting: “Gay or straight! Black or white! Marriage is a civil right!”WW: Right-wing, gun-toting “Oath Keepers” threatened to show up to “defend” Kim Davis. What’s the sentiment of the local community?Shannon: Protest here is a lot more personal. Families are facing off against each other on both sides of the issue.Rowan County is a small, quiet, tight-knit, keep-to-yourself place. Things go on as they have gone. While there are progressive people, it‘s not a place where people rock the boat. People have conflicts, but they don’t like to talk about them.This struggle opened up what has been bubbling underneath. There are gay and lesbian people living here. Until this, they kept it to themselves, lived in the closet, or maybe they were out but not loud about it. The progressives have not had a unified voice until now. This is making a difference. This isn’t just a small, isolated town. There are progressives here as well as fundamentalists.WW: There’s a 30 percent poverty rate in Rowan County. On Facebook one of your local supporters said she saw a right-wing “Sodomy Is a National Sin” sign and wanted to replace it with “Poverty is a National Sin.”Shannon: Poverty is a huge issue here. This used to be a big tobacco area. Lumber mills are a big industry. The hospital and Morehead State University are big employers.For those with less education, Guardian Auto Glass, that’s considered a big, high-paying job starting around ten dollars an hour. Otherwise, it’s Walmart, Kroger, lower-paying, service jobs, no insurance. Some people drive half an hour to Mount Sterling, where there’re more factory jobs. But they’re living in poverty, paying for gas to commute.Morehead is not quite 7,000 people. Rowan County not much more than 20,000.It‘s not a huge place, but it‘s bigger than a lot of towns in the area. It’s an important regional center in the surrounding rural Appalachian area.We are trying to bring the good to it. Now, we’ve met these people. There’s promise. There’s good here that I haven’t seen before.We have a niece, 19 years old. She lives in Morehead and may live there forever. We want to make a better place for her.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Blanket Coverage Podcast – Episode 105 (UGA-Auburn, Baylor Choke, RAVENS, 3-0 Frogs, Harden is wild)

first_imgJack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ Facebook Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ Twitter Facebook Jack Wallace printJack and Noah switch up the format this episode, having a Tuesday weekly show and then a Thursday preview show. In this episode, we discuss the shakeup with Minnesota, and the big UGA win at Auburn. We go into detail on Baylor’s choke against OU and the dominance of the top three teams. In NFL talk, we look at the red-hot Ravens and the surprising Falcons, as well as talk on the Vikings miracle comeback. For college basketball, we look at TCU’s 3-0 start and Florida’s disappointing start, and end with the NBA, talking about Harden’s historic run and the emergence of an all-star in Luka Doncic. Jack is a junior journalism major and studio art minor from Atlanta, Georgia. He enjoys everything sports and co-runs the Blanket Coverage podcast as well as photographs for TCU360. Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ + posts Twitter TCU News Now 4/28/2021 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC Eastcenter_img Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ ReddIt 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC West Linkedin TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Linkedin ReddIt Previous articleVenezuelan migrant families manage struggles for citizenship in ColombiaNext articleNews Now 11/20/19 Jack Wallace RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special Fort Worth’s first community fridge program helps serve vulnerable neighborhoodslast_img read more

Newspaper editor threatened over corruption coverage

first_img CameroonAfrica October 2, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper editor threatened over corruption coverage News Help by sharing this information News May 31, 2021 Find out more May 19, 2021 Find out more News to go further Receive email alerts Follow the news on Camerooncenter_img April 23, 2021 Find out more Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court Organisation RSF_en Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system Reporters Without Borders calls on President Paul Biya to publicly condemn a series of attempts to intimidate its Cameroon correspondent, Jules Koum Koum, who edits Le Jeune Observateur, a weekly based in the southwestern city of Douala.“In recent weeks, this respected journalist has published several detailed and well-researched reports on corruption implicating a number of prominent people,” Reporters Without Borders said. “In so doing, he has helped Operation Sparrowhawk, an anti-corruption drive that is being promoted by President Biya himself.”The press freedom organisation added: “We urge all of Cameroon’s partners, through the European Commission delegation and through their embassies, to support Jules Koum Koum, both in order to protect him and to encourage journalists who are helping to combat corruption.”In the most recent incident, several individuals tried to enter Koum’s home at around 2 a.m. on 26 September. Aroused by a noise, Koum alerted neighbours and thereby managed to scare the intruders away. Three weeks before that, on the night of 1 September, several gunmen broke into his home and took a briefcase containing work documents and personal items. Following this incident, Reporters Without Borders wrote to national security chief Emmanuel Edou asking him to ensure that the safety of Koum and his family was guaranteed.Someone meanwhile hacked into Koum’s email account and that of his newspaper ([email protected]) on 27 September. “My password was changed without my knowledge, with the result that I can no longer access my email,” he said. A spam message in English has been sent several times to all his contacts. His two telephones are also being tapped, Reporters Without Borders has been told by several different local sources.Listen to Koum describing (in French) what happened on 1st September: News CameroonAfrica last_img read more

Authorities order ISPs to block access to Malaysia Today news website

first_img to go further August 28, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities order ISPs to block access to Malaysia Today news website MalaysiaAsia – Pacific Organisation News MalaysiaAsia – Pacific RSF_en News Malaysian cartoonist Zunar facing possible sedition charge again Receive email alerts Read the Communications and Multimedia Act March 17, 2021 Find out more January 29, 2021 Find out more New Malaysian ordinance threatens very concept of truth Reporters Without Borders calls on the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to immediately rescind the order it issued on 26 August to TMNet, the country’s biggest ISP, and to 20 other Malaysia ISPs to block access to the Malaysia Today news website (http://www.malaysia-today.net). “With the media subject to close government control, websites constitute one of the few areas of free speech in Malaysia,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We remind the commission that under the rules of democracy, only a court should be able to censor a website. This order, which was not the result of any complaint brought before the courts, is not only questionable but also disproportionate, as it was issued because of comments posted on the site about the articles. We call for Malaysia Today to be unblocked at once.”The website has been notified that it is being blocked under section 263 of the Communications and Multimedia Act, which says an ISP must obey a written request from the commission “in the national interest.” However, section 3 of the same law says: “Nothing in this act shall be construed as permitting the censorship of the Internet.”The government also undertook to “ensure that there is no Internet censorship” in the charter of the “Multimedia Super Corridor,” a business consortium formed on the initiative of the ministry of communications with the aim of promoting new technologies. The government endorsed the charter in 1996.Nazri Abdul Aziz, a minister with responsibility for justice, said in July 2007 that the government would not hesitate to use the Internal Security Act against online activists. Under the ISA, someone who is deemed to have threatened state security can be held without trial for two years.Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamarudin has created a “mirror” website at which Malaysia Today can still be accessed from within Malaysia. Its address is http://mt.harapanmalaysia.com. Aged 58 and known as “RPK,” Raja Petra is the country’s first online journalist to be charged under the 1948 Sedition Act. He was arrested on 6 May for linking a senior government official to the murder of a young woman.He was released on bail three days later and is due to appear in court on 10 September. He faces a possible three-year sentence for violating a Sedition Act provision that outlaws inciting “hatred, doubt or contempt” for any government leader or member.Malaysia is ranked 124th out of 169 countries in the Reporters Without Borders world press freedom index. Help by sharing this information February 22, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Malaysia Record fine for Malaysian news site over readers’ comments Newslast_img read more