Norsk Rikstoto to retain Norwegian horseracing monopoly

first_imgSports betting Email Address Regions: Europe Nordics Norway Norway’s government has ruled that national tote Norsk Rikstoto should retain its status as the horseracing betting monopoly in the country after its current concession expires in 2021. Norway’s government has ruled that national tote Norsk Rikstoto should retain its status as the horseracing betting monopoly in the country after its current concession expires in 2021.The government had been considering transferring the monopoly from Norsk Rikstoto to national lottery Norsk Tipping when the former’s rights to organise wagering on racing conclude at the end of next year.However, the government ruled that the current model and system for betting on horseracing should remain in place for the foreseeable future.“Our main concern is to ensure a responsible and coherent gaming policy,” Norway’s Minister of Culture Abid Raja said. “In connection with the development of new gambling laws, it was therefore natural to consider whether the organisation of horse race betting in a separate gaming company is the best solution for doing this.“After a thorough overall assessment, we have concluded that the horse race betting should remain under the control of Norsk Rikstoto. At the same time, we will take some steps in the new gambling law to increase accountability and public control of horse race betting.”The ruling comes after Oslo Economics, under guidance from the government, had forecast how the market could perform after Norsk Rikstoto’s monopoly rights expire. Oslo Economics said that in order for the transfer of the betting monopoly to be successful for all parties, Norsk Rikstoto and Norsk Tipping would need to merge.The Ministry of Culture is due to submit a proposal for a new Gambling Act for consultation later this year, and will include further details of its plans for the horseracing betting monopoly in this proposal.As part of this approach, the Ministry of Culture worked with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food to ensure a strong focus on responsible gambling in the new Act.Agriculture and Food Minister Olaug Bollestad said the Minstry supported the decision to allow Norsk Rikstoto to retain the monopoly after 2021.Bollestad added: “The equine industry is important to many across the country, and the horse organisations have expressed a strong desire to have their own gaming company dedicated to horse race betting.“We believe that the model we have today is both suitable for ensuring a responsible gambling policy for the future, while at the same time this solution is for the best for Norwegian equestrian sport.” Topics: Sports betting 3rd April 2020 | By contenteditor Tags: Spread Betting AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Norsk Rikstoto to retain Norwegian horseracing monopolylast_img read more

Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited ( HY2008 Interim Report

first_imgBotswana Insurance Holdings Limited ( listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2008 interim results for the half year.For more information about Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited (  2008 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileBotswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL Group) is a leading financial services group in Botswana which operates through three subsidiaries. Botswana Insurance Fund Management (BIFM) is an asset management company and wholly-owned by BIHL Group; managing in excess of P23.9 billion in assets across equity, fixed income, real estate, liquidity and alternative investments. The subsidiary company is also invested in non-traditional assets which include the healthcare industry, tourism sector and property development. Botswana Life Insurance Limited (BLIL) is the leading life insurer in Botswana; with an estimated market share of 80%. Legal Guard is a legal expenses insurer which provides clients with access to personal legal counseling and assistance with experienced attorneys based in 11 branches located in the major towns and cities of Botswana. Legal Guard represents clients in civil, criminal and labour matters.last_img read more

102 The Mill / Carter Williamson Architects

first_img Projects CopyHouses, Adaptive Reuse•Balmain, Australia CopyAbout this officeCarter Williamson ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentAdaptive reuseBalmainAustraliaPublished on September 25, 2018Cite: “102 The Mill / Carter Williamson Architects” 25 Sep 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Australia Save this picture!© Brett Boardman+ 31Curated by Fernanda Castro Share “COPY” Builder: Area:  420 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs:  Brett Boardman 2018 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard 102 The Mill / Carter Williamson ArchitectsSave this projectSave102 The Mill / Carter Williamson Architects Andrew Burton Constructioncenter_img 102 The Mill / Carter Williamson Architects Photographs Landscape: Houses Year:  “COPY” ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Engineer:Cosmo Farinoia, CardnoProject Team:Shaun Carter, Patrick Fitzgerald, Lisa MerkesteynCity:BalmainCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Brett BoardmanRecommended ProductsDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceDoorsVEKADoors – VEKAMOTION 82Porcelain StonewareApavisaFloor Tiles – RegenerationDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20Text description provided by the architects. The ambition for 102 The Mill was to preserve the industrial and varied history of Balmain while creating an inspiring and generous home. It’s vital for our suburbs to grow and change, however there is an opportunity to balance the use of existing industrial materials with a sensitive selection of new elements that continue to tell the story of the area, while adapting to new uses.Save this picture!© Brett BoardmanOur client came to us with a Development Application on the site that approved the demolition of all structures on the site, and the construction of a new residential apartment building. However, as a long-term landowner and resident of the area, our client wanted to do something special. Save this picture!© Brett BoardmanOur response was to re-use the remnant structure and form of the warehouses and create 4 individual dwellings. 102 The Mill is one of these transformations. Using the existing warehouse framework, we were able to create beautiful volumes including a 12m high void that brings light down four levels of winding stairs.Save this picture!© Brett BoardmanThe plan is divided into three areas, from east to west: vertical circulation, a service wall and place for living which is freed from the plan to look outwards. This design strategy allows the most used spaces to experience maximum amenities of light, air and openness through the north, west and south facade.  Save this picture!© Brett BoardmanInside 102 The Mill, its past industrial life is wonderfully evident. The recycled three storey brick wall follows the staircase up, perfectly complimenting the steel beams elements on display for all to see throughout the home. Enveloped by the staircase, uncovered above the kitchen; The Mill embraces its structural elements instead of hiding them.Save this picture!Section AA 1:100Where materials have been inserted or replaced, they’ve contributed to turning a warehouse into a home.  Carter Williamson consider tiles as thin bricks, and bricks as thin tiles. Rich black tiles have been used to line warehouse façade to create a new sophisticated identity for the home.Save this picture!© Brett BoardmanThe main sustainability aspects of 102 The Mill are the adaptive reuse of a character filled warehouse that was approved for demolition. The re-use of structural steel, including heritage BHP hot rolled sections, timber flooring, ground floor slab, and brick walls. Through the adaptive re-use of 102 The Mill, the embodied energy inherent in these materials continues to be locked up.Save this picture!© Brett Boardman102 The Mill enjoys north facing living spaces, and a 12m void that allows natural daylight through all levels of the home. While, corrugated shutters provide protection from the western sun. Save this picture!© Brett Boardman102 The Mill lives and breathes its industrial past; sympathetically updated from a former Balmain timber factory, the building excels through its use of natural, recycled materials, cavernous space and free-flowing design. Penned by Carterwilliamson, the four-storey building stands as an exemplary example of architecture allowing its residences to feel safe and secure, confident and expressive, quiet and reflective; a philosophy of Carterwilliamson. Accommodating four residents across its large living areas, the glossy black tiles and use of natural wood welcome them in through the lit aged steel entrance framed by a tall wooden front door.Save this picture!© Brett BoardmanInside The Mill, its past industrial life is wonderfully evident. The recycled three storey brick wall follows the staircase up, perfectly complimenting the patinaed steel beams supporting the staircase. As much an engineering marvel as an architectural, 102 The Mill’s structural elements are on display for all to see throughout the home, enveloped by the staircase, uncovered above the kitchen; The Mill embraces its structural aspects instead of hiding them.Save this picture!© Brett Boardman102 The Mill takes full advantage of its north facing location, wraparound windows atop the staircase capture sunlight which effortlessly floods down past the staircase. Corrugated tin awnings not only compliment the glossy black tiles enveloping the west facing façade, but diffuse natural light into the bedrooms.Save this picture!© Brett BoardmanThe motif of natural materials follows further inside, the master bedrooms ensuites tall walls clad with gorgeous light grey fan tiles, perfectly complimented by patinaed steel fixtures. The kitchens, black benchtop and cupboard sit with ease the original untouched wooden ceiling. Leading through the kitchen is The Mills’ large courtyard. Accessible through floor to ceiling sliding glass doors, the courtyard is lined with natural stones and cocooned in tall wood panels, capped in the familiar black steel. The Mills’ façade places utmost importance on its landscaping, set under the master bedrooms balcony sits a small pond lined in the recycled brickwork, skirted by the familiar aged steel.Save this picture!© Brett Boardman102 The Mill responds to its context whilst being in dialogue with neighbouring buildings. By maintaining the original height of the warehouse, the street composition is held and the additional third floor balcony reinterprets and is in conversation with the traditional terrace opposite the street.Save this picture!© Brett BoardmanWith these gestures, 102 The Mill acts as a mediator and transition piece as Balmain straddles the past and present, and a place of industry and homes.The living area is a case in point, where a matte black joinery suite forms the service wall spine releasing the western façade to be a ribbon of sliding windows. The six-metre kitchen island bench sits in the middle of the space as a sculptural meeting point for family and friends to congregate over cooking, eating and conversations.Save this picture!© Brett BoardmanBy embracing its former factory life, The Mill manages to capture the gritty feel of industrial Balmain, sympathetically redefining the traditional Sydney terrace house. The result sits with an inevitability, blending in with its inner Sydney surroundings, yet striking forward as a jewel of modern Australian architecture.102 The Mill is an example of considering existing buildings as an opportunity can result in the creation of generous, robust, and character filled home.Project gallerySee allShow lessThe Shougang Ertong Warehouse Renovation / China Architecture Design & Research GroupSelected ProjectsMecanoo and Metaform Win Mondorf-les-Bains Velodrome and Sports ComplexArchitecture News Share Melissa Wilson Landscape Architects Architects: Carter Williamson Architects Area Area of this architecture projectlast_img read more

Sa Vigia House / Jorge Vidal

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Sa Vigia House / Jorge VidalSave this projectSaveSa Vigia House / Jorge Vidal CopyHouses, Renovation•Spain Area:  518 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Spain “COPY” Save this picture!© José Hevia+ 19Curated by Clara Ott Share ArchDaily Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” Sa Vigia House / Jorge Vidal Year:  2019 Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Duravit, Microsoft, Trimble NavigationSave this picture!© José HeviaRecommended ProductsRenders / 3D AnimationVectorworksVectorworks ArchitectUrban ShadingPunto DesignPavilion – CUBEMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoText description provided by the architects. The intervention proposal focuses on three existing volumes. The main volume, the guest pavilion, and the barbecue pavilion. The aim is to achieve a compositional unity between the three in a clear and concise way.Save this picture!© José HeviaSave this picture!Floor PlanSave this picture!© José HeviaTotal integration in the Menorcan landscape and its architectural tradition is aimed for, on a chromatic level with white colours, as well as regarding the indigenous materials of the island such as Marés stone, glazed ceramics, and terracotta ceramics.Save this picture!© José HeviaSave this picture!© José HeviaThe proposal also seeks to find an improved relationship between the exterior and interior spaces through better window openings, courtyards that enclose the exterior spaces linked to the bedrooms by means of white painted lattice walls, etc. The chromatic unification of the house and its materials is sought at all times, wanting to create relaxed environments with Mediterranean atmospheres. Atmospheres typical of the island of Menorca.Save this picture!© José HeviaSave this picture!© José HeviaSave this picture!© José HeviaProject gallerySee allShow lessThe Chase Residence: The History Behind One of Texas’ Most Radical HousesArticlesLe Lupin House / Atelier Pierre ThibaultSelected Projects Share Houses Architects: Jorge Vidal Area Area of this architecture project Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CopyAbout this officeJorge VidalOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentRenovationOn FacebookSpainPublished on March 22, 2021Cite: “Sa Vigia House / Jorge Vidal” [Casa Sa Vigia / Jorge Vidal] 22 Mar 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisMill Finished Copper: Nordic StandardMetallicsHAVER & BOECKERArchitectural Wire Mesh – MULTI-BARRETTE 8130Enclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsSealantsEffisusGutter Repair – TiteGutter3Aluminium CompositesSculptformAluminium Click-on BattensTiles / Mosaic / GresiteMargresPorcelain Tiles – Linea PrestigeMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Click Roll CapsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteTerrealTerracotta Cladding TileDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE UnilateralWindowsJoskoWindows and Sliding Doors – ONE SeriesMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?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 streamlast_img read more

Atlanta cop indicted for murder

first_imgDeravis Caine RogersA 23-member Fulton County grand jury unanimously voted on Aug. 3 to indict Atlanta police officer James R. Burns on multiple charges including felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and violation of oath of office in the shooting death of 22-year-old Deravis Caine Rogers.On the night of June 22, Burns responded to a call for backup at a northeast Atlanta apartment complex from an officer involved in the foot chase of a suspect in a car break-in. According to witnesses, Rogers had calmly gotten into his car and was beginning to drive away when Burns jumped out of his patrol car, gun drawn, and fired a single shot into the passing vehicle. Rogers, a warehouse worker who had just started his own clothing line, was hit in the head and died at the scene.Burns, a 34-year-old expert marksman and former high-risk security coordinator for nongovernmental organizations in Pakistan, Haiti and Somalia, claimed Rogers was trying to kill him with his car.In media interviews, a grand jury member declared that the police dash camera video and two eyewitnesses proved that “he clearly lied.” (Atlanta Journal-­Constitution)Burns was fired July 1 by Atlanta police Chief George Turner, following an internal investigation. Announcing his decision, Turner wrote that Burns’ use of deadly force was “unnecessary and unreasonable.” Saying that Burns had no information about any alleged suspect, Turner stated in the termination letter, “The driver of the vehicle posed no threat to you.”A follow-up police investigation determined that no car had been broken into at the Buckhead complex.Rogers’ parents and family members participated in a 24-hour vigil outside the Fulton County Courthouse on Aug. 2, along with hundreds of activists from numerous organizations, including Atlanta Black Lives Matter, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, the NAACP and the National Action Network. The protest included a live radio broadcast by station WAOK personality Derrick Bozeman; disc jockeys and musical performances; marches around the courthouse; food distribution to the participants and the many homeless men and women that congregate in the area; and street visibility with banners, signs and leafletting on a major Atlanta thoroughfare. Dozens of people participated for the entire 24 hours. Security was provided by members of the Nation of Islam, and people’s attorney Mawuli Davis emceed the proceedings.Among the many speakers who called for justice and an end to police terrorism were the mothers of Nick Thomas, Ariston Waiters and Jamarion Robinson, all young Black men from the metro Atlanta area shot by law enforcement agencies.Robinson was killed on Aug. 5 by U.S. marshals who were serving him with an arrest warrant. After breaking down his apartment door with a battering ram, they fired off some 90-plus rounds, with 67 of them hitting the 26-year-old. According to investigators working for his family, there is evidence that three bullets were fired from a position standing over him before the body was dragged down the stairs, leaving a bloody trail.An extensive study by reporters from the Atlanta Journal Constitution and Channel 2 exposed that between the years 2010 to 2015, although some 200 police officers had shot and killed a civilian in the state, not one was ever charged. However, Robert Olsen, a DeKalb County police officer, became the first in July when he was charged with felony murder in the death of Anthony Hill, a young veteran who was experiencing a mental breakdown and walking naked in the parking lot of his apartment complex. Olsen claimed he feared for his life and shot the young man dead.While the crowd outside the Fulton County Courthouse celebrated the indictment of Burns, all understood what Caine Rogers’ father said to the media: “This is a first step in getting justice for our son, justice for Caine.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

General strike rocks French Guiana

first_imgThe last two weeks of March saw the people of French Guiana stand up in a massive struggle for justice, health care, education and jobs, in addition to water and electric service.All 37 trade unions in the Union of Guianese Workers began an unlimited general strike on March 27, which shut Guiana’s economy down completely and was still in full force on April 2.  Before the general strike was called, protests mainly shut schools and set up roadblocks, especially where main roads cross.In France, three of the most progressive unions, the CGT, the FSU and Solidaire held a press conference March 27 to support the unlimited general strike. It has been an issue in France’s presidential campaign.When May 1, International Workers Day, comes up at the end of this month, the struggle in Guiana should have a prominent place in the placards, banners and speeches.French Guiana is a virtual colony of France with the formal status of a French department. Located in the northeast corner of Latin America, it was used as France’s penal colony for 100 years or so. The Guiana Space Center is the main facility for launching European rockets. About 60 percent of the world’s commercial launches are done at the GSC, as its location near the equator gives rockets a 19 percent boost from the Earth’s rotation.March 28 saw a massive demonstration of 20,000 people in Cayenne, the capital of French Guiana, called by the collective Pou Lagwiyann dékolé.  Some 4,000 people people came out in Moroni, Guiana’s second-largest city.  These were historic numbers, given that Guiana’s population is at most 250,000 people.The main chant was “Nou bon ké sa” (“We are fed up”).A people’s militia called 500 Brothers Against Delinquency led the demonstration and kept it on track.  Video clips show the 500 Brothers — large Black men, dressed in black with face-covering hoods — encouraging merchants to remain closed.The demonstrations, while predominantly Black, were very diverse, with many whites and descendants of indentured servants brought from India who mainly live in the interior of Guiana, an area not linked by roads to the rest of the country.  Whole families came, along with nurses and doctors, truck drivers, farmers and teachers.The situation of the majority of people in French Guiana is better than many other places in Latin America. It has drawn a large number of migrants, both those with documents and those without, so that today more than 35 percent of the people there are foreign born. But conditions in Guiana are far worse than those in metropolitan France.Take the basics: electricity, water and roads. Antoine Karma, Guiana’s representative in the French Senate, told Radio France on March 24 that “30 percent of the people in Guiana don’t have access to potable water or electricity.”  Seven out of the 22 communes in the territory are not connected by road. Some women have to travel around 250 miles for maternity care, according to a 2014 government study.Youth have serious problems with education. Less than half the youth between 15 and 24 are in school and only 12 percent pass the “bac,” the test for going on to university or technical school. There is a serious shortage of middle schools and high schools.Some 40 percent of the youth are unemployed, while unemployment overall is 22.3 percent and wages are so low that many more Guianese get government help in order to bring their incomes up to minimum standards than do people in metropolitan France.Food and housing are much more expensive in Guiana than in metropolitan France. Food is 45 percent more expensive because it either comes 4,500 miles from Europe or is imported from nearby Latin America, which means it is subject to significant import duties. Housing is more expensive, since all construction materials have to come from Europe and the French state owns all the land in this former colony.The leaders of the unions on strike and Pou Lagwiyann dékolé refused to meet with a delegation sent from Paris, including a group of high-level bureaucrats. But after the massive demonstration on March 28, the Holland government got its act together and the very next day sent Matthias Fekl, minister of the interior, and Ericka  Bareigts, minister of overseas territories.In their first meeting with the ministers, the Guiana leadership presented a list of 420 demands. On April 1, the government made an offer of 1.09 billion euros in immediate aid, followed by a medium-term grant of 4 billion euros this year.The Guyanese rejected this offer because it didn’t have the changes they want in their relationship with France. On Sunday, April 2, they added a demand for 2.5 billion euros.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Kenyan election campaign hits journalists and media freedom

first_img Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent July 8, 2017 Kenyan election campaign hits journalists and media freedom KenyaAfrica Condemning abusesOnline freedomsMedia independence Judicial harassmentEconomic pressureViolenceFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalistsInternet Kenyans are due to elect a parliament and president on 8 August. This should be a routine step in a democratic nation’s life but previous elections have given rise to both grave abuses against journalists and serious loss of life – hence the concern of RSF and the international community. RSF has registered many violations of free speech and the right to inform in Kenya since President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election in 2013 and they have been increasing in the run-up to next month’s elections, in which Kenyatta is seeking another term. At the same time, the authorities have developed an extensive information control system, applying new regulatory measures to both the traditional media and social networks. As a result, the scope for producing and disseminating news and information freely has declined considerably in recent months. The media nonetheless have a key role to play in democratic and pluralist elections. And they must be free and independent, so that the public has adequate access to information about the political parties, their programmes and the way the polling is conducted. Journalists targeted Physical attacks on journalists by the security forces, intimidation and open threats against journalists by politicians, seizure of journalists’ equipment and the suppression of media content are all typical features of election campaigns in Kenya. And this year is no exception. Since the start of 2017, there have been at least five cases of violence against a total of eight journalists by public figures or their bodyguards after the journalists raised sensitive political issues. Journalists sometimes pay dearly for covering election-related events, especially those organized by the opposition, or for negative portrayals of President Kenyatta’s Jubilee party and its flaws. Walter Menya, a reporter for the Nation Media Group’s Nation newspaper, was arrested on 18 June. His arrest came after he wrote stories implicating senior officials in the use of a foundation to provide Kenyatta’s reelection campaign with illegal funding. National Media Group reporter Winnie Atieno was covering the opposition Orange Democratic Party’s primaries on 22 April, when police grabbed her phone and deleted all the photos she had taken at a voting station. Political corruption and misgovernance, especially by the governors of Kenya’s 47 counties, also seem to be off-limits for reporters in the run-up to the elections. Royal Media group reporter Emmanuel Namisi sustained a serious head injury when he was attacked and badly beaten by Bungoma County governor Ken Lusaka’s bodyguards in a restaurant in Bungoma on 5 June, after he accused the governor of corruption in his radio reporting. They said he had damaged the governor’s image and were angered by his report on Radio Citizen and Mulembe FM blaming them for a woman’s death during a demonstration in Bungoma three days before. It was Kakamega County governor Wyclife Oparanya’s bodyguards who gave Standard newspaper journalist Dan Ocholla a severe beating on 7 May when he photographed workers injured by the collapse of a building under construction in Kakamega. His assailants tried to confiscate his phone and camera. Three journalists working for the Mediamax group – Sarah Ndungu and Charles Mathai of People Daily and K24 TV cameraman Patrick Kimanthi – were badly injured by demonstrators while covering a visit by Nairobi governor Evans Kidero to Nairobi’s Dandora district to resolve a land dispute. All of these abuses have gone unpunished and, in most cases, no investigation was even opened although the journalists filed complaints. Impunity is a chronic problem, as RSF noted after regional newspaper editor John Kituy’s murder in April 2016 while investigating the intimidation of witnesses in the International Criminal Court case against Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto. “We call on the Kenyan authorities to end this persecution of journalists and we remind them that the provision of news and information is essential during an election campaign, RSF said. Unpunished attacks of this kind have just one aim – to deter journalists from tackling certain political issues out of fear of reprisals.” Criticism of the media Ever since the December 2007 elections and the ensuing bloody clashes, the authorities have mistrusted the media, accusing them of fuelling hatred and violence and thereby being ultimately to blame for the violence. At a result, they have been tempted to gag the media although the freedom to inform is enshrined in the 2010 constitution. At the start of 2017, the authorities issued a series of directives to the media on how to cover the elections. Francis Wangusi, the head of the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK), announced on 7 March that, in order to “avoid violence,” the media were banned outright from announcing the election results. “We are not going to allow these platforms to be used by people the way they want to,” Wangusi said. This announcement was preceded by a 28 February directive requiring journalist to keep all their notes and recordings for six months and to ensure that guests on radio and TV programmes measure their words and do not incite hatred on the air. The journalists would be held responsible, the directive said. RSF condemns these pre-election directives inspired by mistrust of the media. Banning the media from covering certain subjects or forcing them to follow certain rules in their coverage constitutes a violation of media freedom. Measures of this kind aim to intimidate journalists and force them to censor themselves. More Internet surveillance The authorities have often called for regulation of social networks, publicly accusing journalists, bloggers and others of using them to disseminate hate messages. Although the stated aim is to reduce violent content on social networks, such measures have a concrete and very restrictive impact on freedom of expression. In June, the CAK and the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) finally issued “guidelines” designed to control and restrict comments on Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter during the elections. They provide for fines of up to 7,700 euros and five-year jail sentences for hate speech and incitement to violence. They could also force political bloggers and citizen-journalists to reveal their political leanings and could even impose a pre-publication review and approval system for posts of a political nature. In the past year, Kenya has also developed a technological capacity to monitor mobile phone communications and content on security grounds, reportedly investing 400 million shillings (3.4 million euros) in this in 2016. In February, the government gave itself the authority to monitor mobile phone calls, SMS text messages and mobile money transactions without getting a warrant from a judge. RSF firmly condemns this measure, especially as Kenya has no data protection law. It opens the door to mass surveillance of Kenyan citizens and leaves Kenyan journalists very vulnerable, because there is no protection for the confidentiality of their sources. Net closing on independent media A ban on state advertising in the privately-owned media took effect in March, effectively depriving them of a major part of their revenue. RSF condemned this decision at the time, regarding it as a major blow to media pluralism just five months ahead of the elections. The state media are also no longer completely free of government pressure. According to the information gathered by RSF, journalists with the Kenya Broadcasting Cooperation, a state-owned entity broadcasting in English and Swahili, are being forced to give less airtime to the ruling Jubilee party’s rivals and to portray their activities in a systematically negative light. Out of fear of management reprisals, KBC’s journalists are therefore being forced to censor themselves. This is a disturbing step backwards for the KBC, which was given new management in 2002 and had become more objective in its news coverage. Kenya is ranked 95th out of 180 countries in RSF 2017 World Press Freedom Index. News Ten years after appalling election violence was accompanied by serious media freedom violations in Kenya in 2007, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has been looking at the current election campaign’s impact on press freedom. June 13, 2019 Find out more Kenyan media group trolled by pro-ruling party activists KenyaAfrica Condemning abusesOnline freedomsMedia independence Judicial harassmentEconomic pressureViolenceFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalistsInternet News Follow the news on Kenya Receive email alertscenter_img to go further News RSF_en Organisation The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa November 27, 2020 Find out more April 6, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Reports Uhuru Kenyatta’s supporters (Jubilee alliance) during the campaign in Nairobi, 29th may 2017 © SIMON MAINA / AFP last_img read more

Progress on bringing more facilities to New Mills Corn & Flax Mill

first_img Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNews Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction By News Highland – November 15, 2019 Previous articleSinn Fein Ardfheis taking place this weekend in DerryNext articleUlster IFC semi-final preview: St Nauls joint manager Barry Meehan News Highland WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Harps come back to win in Waterford FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 center_img Facebook Google+ Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Progress on bringing more facilities to New Mills Corn & Flax Mill Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Progress is reportedly being made on bringing more facilities to the Corn and Flax Mill in New Mills.Currently, the attraction does not have a shop or café on site with tourist numbers said to be dwindling compared to other places in the county.It’s understood that the OPW is to give an update on their plans for the site while further meetings between relevant bodies are also due to take place.Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh believes having more amenities would in turn boost visitor numbers.He also says that there an appetite locally to provide such amenities:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

27 Donegal schools included in expanded Hot Meal Programme

first_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA 27 Donegal schools included in expanded Hot Meal Programme By News Highland – March 25, 2021 Twitter AudioHomepage BannerNews Previous article1,000,000 vaccine doses on the way – HSENext articleNews, Sport, Obituaries and Farm News on Thursday March 25th News Highland WhatsApp Google+ The Hot School Meals programme is set to be significantly expanded this year.Some 35,000 students across 189 schools will benefit from hot meals – an almost 5 fold increase on the number last year.Research from the Department of Social Protection suggests the scheme has impacted positively on school attendance and the mental well-being of students.27 schools in Donegal are included in the programme, the highest number outside Dublin. 24 of the schools in Donegal are Deis schools.Minister Heather Humphreys says it’s particularly important for more disadvantaged families………Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Pinterest Full list of included schools –last_img read more

Storm bringing snow, flooding, tornado threat, with Arctic chill to follow

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — A strong storm is moving from the Rockies to the East Coast, with flood, snow and tornado threats for the Eastern U.S.Already, there are dozens of flooding reports across the South in the last 48 hours from Louisiana to West Virginia, where more than a half a foot of rain fell. Some homes are completely surrounded by water in Alabama.On the cold side of this storm system, in New Mexico more than a foot of snow has already been reported, and up to 3 inches of snow is reported in western Texas.On Wednesday morning, 36 states from the Rockies to New England are under snow and flood alerts, including a blizzard warning for three states in the Northern Plains.As the storm moves east, severe thunderstorms are expected to break out in the South from Mississippi to Alabama and Tennessee, where the biggest threat will be damaging winds up to 70 mph and a few tornadoes.Also, flood watches have been issued from Texas to Pennsylvania, where heavy rain could cause significant flooding.On the northern side of this storm system, snow is expected to break out from Oklahoma to the southern Great Lakes, where a winter weather advisory has been issued. Some areas could see up to a half a foot of snow.By Wednesday night and into Thursday morning, this storm system will head east and will bring rain and snow to the Northeast where a winter weather advisory has been issued from Pennsylvania to Maine. Some areas away from the coast could see up to half a foot of snow.Major cities such as Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York City and Boston will see mostly rain, but as the storm moves in Wednesday night, some precipitation around New York City and Boston could start as snow and then quickly change to rain.Heavy rain is expected Thursday morning from New York City to Boston.In the Carolinas, this storm system could bring strong to severe storms, with damaging winds being the primary threat.Behind this storm system, most of the eastern U.S. will get hit with a blast of Arctic air, which has been rare this mild winter season.Wind chill advisories have been issued for the Midwest, where it could feel as low as -45 degrees.The cold air arrives into the Northeast by Friday, with temperatures crashing — and with the wind, wind chills will be below zero in New England and single digits from New York City to Boston.This will be a major shock to the senses since temperatures been very mild so far this winter. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more