The Stars Group targets double-digit UK growth in 2019

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The Stars Group targets double-digit UK growth in 2019 The Stars Group chief executive Rafi Ashkenazi believes the operator can achieve double-digit growth in highly competitive and mature UK market in 2019, by leveraging the Sky Betting and Gaming assets acquired in 2018. 7th March 2019 | By contenteditor The Stars Group chief executive Rafi Ashkenazi believes the operator can achieve double-digit growth in a highly competitive and mature UK market in 2019, by leveraging the Sky Betting and Gaming assets acquired in 2018.Ashkenazi (pictured) said the PokerStars operator would look to build on the foundations laid by the Sky Bet team in the years before it was acquired in a $4.7bn deal in April 2018.He said Sky Bet had a “very large, significant customer base” in the UK, which he claimed was the biggest in terms of market share.“And leveraging on this customer base is something that allows us to grow faster in the market,” he added.He denied that a softer fourth quarter performance, in which staking growth slowed to 10% in local currency, suggested that the business was losing market share to competitors.Looking beyond the UK, chief financial officer Brian Kyle admitted that the core poker vertical had been impacted by currency restrictions and the removal of its app from local iOS App Stores in its 2018 financial year. Among the markets to be impacted was Russia, which stepped up payment blocking during the third quarter, though Kyle added that strategies to mitigate the impact of these developments were working well.“The impact of these changes will continue to be a year-on-year drag on our revenue during 2019,” he said. “However, Russian revenues are now growing on a sequential basis, and we are optimistic that our poker business in Russia will return to year-over-year growth in due course.”The Stars Group is also targeting the Swiss market, where it will look to partner a local land-based casino operator to ensure it can continue offering poker. However, until it secures a path into the market, it has suspended its Swiss casino offering and discontinued sports betting there.It has also temporarily withdrawn from the Slovakian market, which recently voted to introduce new regulations, while it applies for a licence. This, Kyle said, would have a temporary negative impact on revenue in 2019. The operator is also planning on moving into the newly regulated Dutch market as soon as possible.Elsewhere in Europe, Ashkenazi revealed that the operator was lobbying the Italian authorities to join the European pooled liquidity framework alongside Portugal, Spain and France. Despite working to establish the cross-border player pools, Italy has given no indication that it is preparing to join the network.Despite this, Ashkenazi said he was still hopeful it would eventually join: “Italy joining the shared liquidity or the pooled liquidity would be very meaningful for our poker business. So we will definitely push for that.”Finally, the CEO added, The Stars Group is in active discussions with media companies, which he described as its preferred strategy in the US. Should such a deal be finalised, Ashkenazi said the operator would revise its US guidance to reflect the investment required for such a launch.He offered a bullish assessment for the year ahead: “We enter 2019 with confidence. We believe we have the assets, brands and capabilities in place to deliver on our strategy of becoming the global leader in this exciting and high-growth industry.“Today, we are diversified global market leader with unrivalled product and geographic reach in our industry,” Ashkenazi continued. “Additionally, our business has significant and sustainable competitive advantages that support ongoing market share gains in these markets and provide us with a platform for expansion into new markets.” Email Address Topics: Casino & games Sports betting Strategy Poker Slots Casino & games AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: Europe UK & Ireland US Central and Eastern Europe Southern Europe Western Europe Russia Slovakia Switzerland Italy Netherlands Tags: Card Rooms and Poker Mobile Online Gambling Slot Machineslast_img read more

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CIEL Textile Limited (FKL.mu) 2006 Annual Report

first_imgCIEL Textile Limited (FKL.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Investment sector has released it’s 2006 annual report.For more information about CIEL Textile Limited (FKL.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the CIEL Textile Limited (FKL.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: CIEL Textile Limited (FKL.mu)  2006 annual report.Company ProfileCIEL Textile Limited is engaged in the manufacturing and sale of knitted garments locally and internationally. The countries in which the company sells these products include Mauritius, Madagascar, Asia, and South Africa. Within the company’s production line, there are fabrics, jersey-wear garments, t-shirts and polo shirts, sweatshirts, joggers, and knitwear. CIEL Textile Limited operates the sale of its products through the company’s subsidiaries such as Harris Wilson, Blu River, Aquarelle Shirt, and Floreal Boutique. The company is a subsidiary of CIEL Group and is based in Ebène, Mauritius. CIEL Textile Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

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WIN a copy of the official Rugby World Cup 2011 game

first_imgWednesday Oct 5, 2011 WIN a copy of the official Rugby World Cup 2011 game By now you’re probably well aware of the official Rugby World Cup 2011 game, and have no doubt seen the trailer too. We’ve got a gameplay tutorial video today that highlights some of the new features. We’ve also got copies of the game to give away. The task of writing a review for the game is a fairly challenging one. We’re not exactly spoilt for choice these days when it comes to rugby games, so any rugby game is a good rugby game. The last big one was Rugby ’08, which is actually made by the same people who bring us this version.That’s a bit of a double-edged sword because while the newer game has updated features, player likenesses, stadiums, and far better graphics, there’s a similiarity there which is quite difficult to ignore. If you’re like most of us, you played Rugby ’08 on your pc, over and over again. This year, you can play it on your console, which is a massive improvement right off the bat.Does it live up to expectations? Possibly not, as the player models and movements don’t seem to have changed too much. There’s also a lack of gameplay modes and different tournaments. But, lets not forget that this is the Rugby World Cup game afterall, so that’s what you get. Great stadiums, expert choices in commentary, and all 20 teams to choose from and play against.In summary, it’s an enjoyable game. Once you get the hang of it, it’s a big improvement on the previous version. The on screen graphics give a great RWC feeling and some of the new features, as explained in the below tutorial video, make certain aspects of the game far more complete.You can find out more on the game’s official website, Facebook page, or Twitter.You could WIN a copy of the game by leaving a comment below! Make sure you’re registered, and state which version you’d want, Xbox or PS3.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Rugby World Cup Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO If you can get your head around it, these… 47 WEEKS AGO You’ve never seen any Rugby World Cup drop… 49 WEEKS AGO TOP 10: Rugby World Cup 2015 was filled with… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsHere’s the Purpose of These Little Bumps in the F and J Keys on Your KeyboardNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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1/3 House / Rever & Drage Architects

first_imgArchDaily Norway CopyHouses•Norway ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/929985/1-3-house-rever-and-drage-architects Clipboard CopyAbout this officeRever & Drage ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn FacebookNorwayPublished on December 11, 2019Cite: “1/3 House / Rever & Drage Architects” 11 Dec 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialMetal PanelsDri-DesignMetal Panels – CopperIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsExterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsPure + FreeFormCustom Metal Cladding – Legacy Fund 1 BuildingWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodWood Fiber Partition Walls – ValchromatDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Vertical Pivot Door | BrezzaSkylightsFAKROEnergy-efficient roof window FTT ThermoToilets / BidetsBritexToilets – Accessible Centurion PanMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?挪威三分之一住宅,为未来留余地 / Rever & Drage Architects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 1/3 House / Rever & Drage ArchitectsSave this projectSave1/3 House / Rever & Drage Architects Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Country:NorwayMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Courtesy of Rever & Drage ArchitectsRecommended ProductsDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalDoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorDoorsLonghiDoor – HeadlineWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeText description provided by the architects. This detached house was built for a young couple in Sunndal who wanted to build a small home they could afford with limited funds. At the same time, they envisioned that their family would grow and they, therefore, wanted the building to be easily expandable, depending on how life developed. The man wanted a romantic and cosy building while his wife, who is a deer hunter, wanted a building that was practical with room for guns and other hunting equipment. Both saw the need to think simple, especially due to economic concerns, but at the same time, they wanted to think about the future so there would be no big leaps for making changes as their family changed.Save this picture!Courtesy of Rever & Drage ArchitectsThe insulated part of the building has two floors, both with an area of 50 square meters. The uninsulated utility space (the outdoor space under the roof) has about twice that area. The former part responds to the need the couple has for living space today, and this area will probably be able to accommodate a family increase of one or two children. The latter part is the part that has the potential for expansion. In the meantime, the veranda functions as a storage room, garage, workshop, banquet hall and not least, as space for butchering deer. The windows in the insulated section are organized in a traditional way, albeit with a somewhat larger format than usual in such buildings, while the hall/veranda has a more industrial and temporary design.Save this picture!Courtesy of Rever & Drage ArchitectsSave this picture!Ground floor planThe simple economic concept is that the owners have now built the part that they could afford, while the rest has untapped potential for what life might bring. By completely extending the roof at the beginning of the project, they significantly reduce the work for adding space when needed, and they have the area under the roof as a resource in the meantime.Save this picture!Courtesy of Rever & Drage ArchitectsThe floorplan of the insulated part is organized around a warm core on both floors.  On the ground floor the entrance, kitchen and living room encircle the laundry room, while on the second floor the storage space, bedroom, second living room, and TV room are arranged around the bathroom. The front door is facing the courtyard while the back entrance is from the hall/veranda via the laundry room.Save this picture!Elevation northwestSave this picture!Elevation southeastThe roof over the utility space helps up by tilted glulam columns. These are built into the wall panels, but help define the openings towards the views of the landscape.  Under this roof you get an indoor/outdoor feeling – the space is both open and closed at the same time. Due to its expressive form, you also get a dramatic framing of views in different directions.  The utility space has a scale somewhere between housing and industrial, and the experience alternates between large and small.Save this picture!Courtesy of Rever & Drage ArchitectsBecause of the simplistic design, the building appears a little abstract. The similarity between the concept model and the finished building is striking. From the driveway, the building is dominated by the insulated part while the utility space disappears behind. Seen from the sides, the relationship between the two is fairly balanced – one is big and lights while the other is small and heavy.Save this picture!Courtesy of Rever & Drage ArchitectsOne of the most interesting things about this building is that in the future it may end up resembling a completely traditional local farmhouse, once all the potential area has been converted. As such, something that started as an unusual building will gradually develop to become more traditional. The only remaining traces will be the tilted glulam columns from the former hall/veranda. These will be built into the exterior walls and only appear in the window openings, in a way reminiscent of the transept chapel buttress of Gloucester Cathedral.Save this picture!Courtesy of Rever & Drage ArchitectsProject gallerySee allShow lessBest Houses of 2019ArticlesGrand Park Hotel Rovinj / 3LHDSelected Projects Share Tom Auger, Martin Beverfjord, Eirik Lilledrange Architects: Rever & Drage Architects Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Lead Architects: center_img 1/3 House / Rever & Drage Architects 2019 Area:  100 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/929985/1-3-house-rever-and-drage-architects Clipboard Save this picture!Courtesy of Rever & Drage Architects+ 19Curated by Paula Pintos Share Projects “COPY” Houses Manufacturers: Talgø Year: last_img read more

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Bundeena Beach House / Grove Architects

first_imgSave this picture!© Michael Nicholson Photography+ 39Curated by Paula Pintos Share CopyHouses•Bundeena, Australia Manufacturers: Archclad, Breezway, Brodware, Junglefy, AWS, Archier, Giffin Design, Trend Lighting Architects: Grove Architects Area Area of this architecture project Bundeena Beach House / Grove Architects Australia ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/933417/bundeena-beach-house-grove-architects Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/933417/bundeena-beach-house-grove-architects Clipboard Sky Grove Bundeena Beach House / Grove ArchitectsSave this projectSaveBundeena Beach House / Grove Architects CopyAbout this officeGrove ArchitectsOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn FacebookBundeenaAustraliaPublished on February 10, 2020Cite: “Bundeena Beach House / Grove Architects” 09 Feb 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialMetal PanelsDri-DesignMetal Panels – CopperIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsExterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsPure + FreeFormCustom Metal Cladding – Legacy Fund 1 BuildingWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodWood Fiber Partition Walls – ValchromatDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Vertical Pivot Door | BrezzaSkylightsFAKROEnergy-efficient roof window FTT ThermoToilets / BidetsBritexToilets – Accessible Centurion PanMore 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 stream Landscape: 2018 Lead Architect: Photographs Area:  265 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ArchDaily Bates Landscape Design Team:John GroveEngineering:CardnoCity:BundeenaCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Michael Nicholson PhotographyText description provided by the architects. A weekend escape with a strong connection to its environment, this is a house of its context. A house of its environment. A house of its section. A house with a native roof garden as its primary elevation, and a sculptural skylight as its primary interface. A house with a playful interaction between inside and outside, public and private. Save this picture!© Michael Nicholson PhotographySave this picture!© Michael Nicholson PhotographyThe house does not attempt to relate to its built context but rather stands in contrast to it, providing a moment of relief in the street. Set low, the house presents its roof as its primary elevation. Conceived as a native garden, the roof announces the house to the community, connecting the street with the water and expanding the adjacent reserve. A sculptural skylight glows at night, signaling the house beneath, drawing sunlight inside, and connecting the inside out, encouraging a playful interaction with the sun’s movement. Save this picture!Ground floor planSave this picture!SectionBeneath its roof, the house is conceived as an object in its landscape. A corten sleeping box emerges from the hill, floating above a glass living box, intersected by a timber mulit-purpose box. Clearly articulated, each box is clad in a single durable material, selected in direct response to the coastal location. With fixed perforated corten screens to the sleeping box windows and a fixed pergola to the glass box living spaces, operable elements are minimised to reduce maintenance in the corrosive coastal environment. Save this picture!© Michael Nicholson PhotographySave this picture!© Michael Nicholson PhotographyThe house serves to connect the inhabitants with the landscape beneath and beyond while engaging them with the transience of the environment surrounding them. It harnesses that environment for light, breeze, heat, power, and water while protecting the occupants from the harshness of its elements. Save this picture!© Michael Nicholson PhotographySave this picture!© Michael Nicholson PhotographyA large skylight and void invite day-long solar penetration. Its butterfly shape restricts penetration to strategically oriented, vertical triangular panes, preventing overheating, while encouraging a playful interaction with the sun’s movement. Controlled openings with fixed perforated screens to the upper-level windows, and a pergola to the lower level, provide protection from the western sun. Save this picture!© Michael Nicholson PhotographyIn addition to its ecological benefits, the green roof reduces heat absorption, provides insulation, and reduces solar gain and heat loss. Collected rainwater is recycled to irrigate the garden, while a sixteen panel 5.7kW photovoltaic system and Tesla battery, seen as a linear reflection pond within the roof garden design, provides all the owner’s electricity needs. It was important with the PV panels, that they are thoroughly integrated into the house and roof garden design, serving as an example of how environmental features can enhance, rather than detract, from a design. Save this picture!© Michael Nicholson PhotographySave this picture!© Michael Nicholson PhotographyThe house is gas-free, with the PVs providing all electricity, hot water, heating, cooling and cooking needs. The only fossil fuel the house uses is minimal surplus electricity needs from the grid. While it uses collected rainwater for garden irrigation, the house itself is connected to the main water supply. Save this picture!© Michael Nicholson PhotographyProject gallerySee allShow lessModern Ryokan Kishi-ke Guest House / G architects studioSelected ProjectsGIZI_Art Base / BCHO PartnersSelected Projects Share Houses Year:  Projects “COPY” “COPY” Photographs:  Michael Nicholson Photography Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project last_img read more

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Five tweets for fundraisers on 18 July 2017

first_imgFive tweets for fundraisers on 18 July 2017 Some more selected tweets for fundraisers, offering ideas, inspiration, and the occasional humour. 3. The new £10 noteBack into more familiar financial territory, the Bank of England has unveiled the new design for the £10 note, featuring Jane Austen (a woman!) on the reverse, marking the 200th anniversary of her death.Time to get ready for handling the note, whether in charity shops, collecting tins or elsewhere.The #NewTenPoundNote featuring Jane Austen: coming 14 September 2017. https://t.co/VMGsueavyh pic.twitter.com/f6PF9DWglM— Bank of England (@bankofengland) July 18, 2017  97 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 1. More valuable 50p coinsHow much is a 50p coin worth? It’s a trick question because, as you’ll know from our coverage of the Kew Gardens design 50p, some are quite rare and worth quite a bit more than 50p.Here’s the full range, so keep an eye out for them in your collecting tins: About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 18 July 2017 | News Tagged with: diversity Facebook Giving/Philanthropy Money Twitter 5. Diverting diversityMany charity and fundraising adverts are based on an awareness of how people should not be depicted – as victims, as stereotypes, as helpless etc. Nevertheless, a new report on advertising and gender stereotypes might help fundraisers challenge their own unconscious bias.Really interesting report on advertising and gender stereotypes. How are charities doing on this in fundraising, storytelling, campaigns? https://t.co/9H1BKaNG6v— Daniel Fluskey (@danielfluskey) July 18, 2017  98 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 4. 10 charities with the largest Facebook audienceThe top 10 UK charities list hasn’t changed very much in the past six months. Explore @onlyoneriot to find a similar list for charities with the largest Twitter followings. 2. Bezos’ billionsFrom 50p pence pieces to billions of dollars. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos recently asked for advice on how he could best use his billions for philanthropy.last_img read more

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Teachers’ strike shuts Puerto Rico’s schools

first_imgThousands of teachers, students and their families and progressive organizations shook Puerto Rico’s local government as they went to the streets all over the island on Jan. 14 and 15 to demand that the cost of PR’s severe economic crisis is not carried on the backs of the public school teachers.Puerto Rico’s economy defaultingSince last fall, the U.S. financial firm, Moody’s, has been threatening to lower Puerto Rico’s credit rating to junk status because of difficulties paying $70 billion of its public debt.For decades, island administrations have been selling bonds to sustain a parasitic colonial economy. The money obtained from these bond sales have been used to honor public employees’ payrolls, build some infrastructure — not always necessary — and mostly pay back the country’s debts.No significant amount from these bonds has been used to create meaningful jobs that would ease the chronic unemployment, which, as of November 2013, was a whopping 14.7 percent. (tradingeconomics.com)Because of the triple tax exemption on the interest paid by the PR government at local, state and federal levels and the extremely high yield of Puerto Rican bonds, they are greatly sought after in U.S. financial markets. Besides, there is the assurance that they will be paid since the island’s constitution guarantees that holders of bonds get paid before any other creditor. Puerto Rican bonds are held by more than 70 percent of municipal bond funds across the United States.Island’s administrations sell out the peopleSince around 2006, that is, even before the major financial crisis in the USA, the island has been in an accelerating economic downturn. There is a popular saying in PR: “When the United States has a cold, Puerto Rico gets pneumonia.” This saying expresses the colonial condition — that every economic indicator is worse in Puerto Rico because the island lacks self-determination to guide a course that benefits its people instead of Wall Street.Every local administration, be it from the pro-statehood New Progressive Party (PNP) or the PPD, the pro-colony Popular Democratic Party — these parties alternate in government every 4 to 8 years — has imposed austerity measures that have deepened the masses’ plunge into poverty and have sold out the island through privatizations and regressive taxes.The current governor is the PPD’s Alejandro Garcia Padilla. His campaign promise highlighted his “will” to govern for the people. Nevertheless, to satisfy U.S. investors, in the short time he has been in office since January 2013, he has imposed many anti-people measures. He privatized the airport and highways, increased water and sewage service rates by 60 percent, increased the age of retirement and reduced government workers’ pensions.Now Garcia Padilla is demanding reductions of public school teachers’ wages. There are more teachers in the island than government employees: 42,000 active and 38,000 retired teachers. Teachers do not receive Social Security, so any reduction in their pensions will leave them with little to no income.On Dec. 24, as a cruel holiday gift, the governor signed into law (Law 160) the reduction of pensions for teachers and judges.Teachers resist, call work stoppageThis latest attack, with the announcement of pension “reform,” aroused strong popular resistance. Teachers, already organized into a Broad Front, vowed to fight back, calling for a 48-hour work stoppage the first two days of classes on Jan. 14-15.The Broad Front in Defense of the Teachers’ Retirement System is composed of six main organizations: Educators for Democracy; Unity, Change, Militancy and Union Organizing (EDUCAMOS); National Union of Educators and Workers in Education (UNETE); Teachers’ Association of PR (AMPR); National Organization of PR School Directors (ONDEPR); and the Organization of School Directors and Administrators (ODAE).Eva Ayala, the head of EDUCAMOS and one of the main leaders of the Front, spoke with Workers World/Mundo ­Obrero on Jan. 19 about the work stoppage, meetings with the governor, the Front’s demands and strategy, the situation of teachers and the next steps in the struggle.Ayala called the stoppage “very successful” and shared some of the experiences and feedback. Despite her hoarse voice — a product of constant actions and shouting in the rain that led to a cold — she conveyed the great enthusiasm of the striking teachers.“This was a strike in all the barrios in Puerto Rico. I took on the task of visiting several towns, and it was very interesting that there were marches in every town I visited, of teachers, parents and students. It was a scene never seen in Puerto Rico.“I thought that if there were marches in every place in PR the first day, then it would be a sea of people the following day, and that is exactly what happened. I have gone to many protests in my life, but I’ve never seen something like this.“The success occurred because even teachers’ organizations that do not have a tradition of protesting were involved.” She pointed out that the membership pushed the hesitant conservative leadership into action. The organizers divided the island into four regions and visited each one to explain the situation to teachers, students and the communities.Another reason for the success, she said, was the participation of school directors and supervisors’ organizations that usually play a conservative role.“When I was asked the day before how many people will participate, I said 82 percent, based on the responses we had received from teachers, but it surpassed all our expectations.” All the schools were shut tight.Another factor Ayala stressed, besides the participation of students and parents, was the involvement of the labor sector. “An element that has never been in these actions was the participation of every labor sector, encouraging the parents to not send their children to school, giving enormous solidarity, helping in logistics, etc. Definitely the teachers are in the struggle.“Some even called it a ‘perfect work stoppage.’”Front’s demand and strategyMoody’s demanded the Puerto Rican government reduce teachers’ pensions to avoid getting the bonds rated as junk. The teachers’ demand is brief and to the point: Do not touch teachers’ retirement fund.Ayala said, “We know there is a deficit; the retirement board needs $333 millions to solve it. But we have a strategy that we brought to the governor.”Among the nine points of this strategy is to increase by 1 percent the contribution of foreign companies. One of the reasons the economy is in shambles is that PR is a tax paradise for foreign companies. Even after tax-free legislation was overturned in 1996, low taxes and loopholes for these companies still make it lucrative for them. This effectively transfers money from the Puerto Rican people to the pockets of Wall Street financiers.Said Ayala, “These foreign companies get more than $30 billion in profits per year and only pay 4 percent to the government, and this percent will be eliminated in 2017. This [1 percent] increase alone could be assigned to the teachers’ retirement system.”Ayala reminded us that the teachers “have not had a salary increase in more than a decade. And with our low pay, we have to pay for materials needed in the schools, such as newspapers, copies, paint for the building, computers, etc.”The government, which is a colonial government, is at a dead end. Governor García Padilla met with the Front on four occasions before the strike and promised that he would not harm them. Since he is a tool of imperialism, however, a colonial administrator has no power. He very obediently signed into law the Wall Street-drafted law against the largest agency in the island, the education department. In the process he hurt directly or indirectly all the people of Puerto Rico.Next stepsStressing that “in PR, 82 percent of teachers are women,” Ayala continued: “A high percentage of these are household heads. At the elementary level, the proportion of women exceeds 90 percent. This implies that the dismantling of the Teachers’ Retirement System mainly concerns women. That’s why we have always said that the teachers’ struggle in our country — and in this case the fight in defense of our retirement system — has a woman’s face.”This is not the end of the struggle. A Dialogue Committee has been established with the participation of the Front, the government and the Archdiocese. The committee has barely a couple of weeks or so to work.On Jan. 14, the first day of the strike, the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico stopped the implementation of the teachers’ retirement reform law pending a study by a special commissioner who should make a final determination no later than Feb. 7.Teachers continue holding demonstrations and wearing black shirts on Wednesdays, and will continue exposing the grave situation.Regarding the committee, Ayala said that the Front has warned that if no results are seen, they will continue the struggle in the streets.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Threats against seven journalists who criticised ruling party legislator

first_imgReporters Without Borders reiterated its fears about the safety of journalists in Bangladesh today after seven journalists in the southern city of Bagerhat received identical letters on 24 August threatening them with violence if they continued to criticise Mah Selim, a parliamentary representative of the ruling Bangladesh National Party (BNP).”It is outrageous that journalists have yet again been targeted by the BNP,” the press freedom organisation said. “We call on the authorities to devote all the necessary resources to investigating this case. It is vital that measures are taken against those responsible for these threats so that journalists can work normally.”The journalists who received the letters were Hasanul Qaiyun of the daily Manabzamin, Ahad Haider of the daily Prothom Alo, Rob Molla of the regional daily Dainik Janmabhumi, Babul Sarder of the daily Dainik Janakantha, Nihar Saha of the News Network of Bangladesh (NNB), Zakaria Mahmud of the daily Amar Desh and Azadul Huq of the daily Sangbad.Each got a personally-addressed copy of the same letter, which threatened to break their hands and legs if they continued to write anything about Selim and warned that members of the radical Islamist group Ahle Hadith Andolan would be used to carry out the threats.The targeted journalists had all reported on 17 August that two young sisters were tortured in an unoccupied house belonging to Selim.Bagerhat press club general secretary Babul Sarder filed a complaint about the threats at the city’s police station and demanded police protection. The police promised to investigate the case. BangladeshAsia – Pacific Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention Organisation September 2, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Threats against seven journalists who criticised ruling party legislator News May 19, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Bangladesh News Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists Receive email alertscenter_img RSF_en News BangladeshAsia – Pacific to go further Help by sharing this information February 26, 2021 Find out more RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage News February 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Copies of Al-Yaqeen confiscated

first_img February 18, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Copies of Al-Yaqeen confiscated Organisation RSF_en The security forces confiscated issue No. 18 the Aden-based independent newspaper Al-Yaqeen. Editor Abdullah Masleh said the seizure was carried out by a special unit assigned to combating piracy and banditry. The newspaper had given the recent demonstrations a lot of coverage, naming people who had been killed or injured. It also published interviews with the head of the Socialist Party parliamentary group and a political scientist, who discussed the possibility of the Egyptian revolution spreading to Yemen. center_img Help by sharing this information Newslast_img read more

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Quadruplets bring joy to Limerick couple

first_imgEmail WhatsApp No vaccines in Limerick yet TAGSfeaturedLimerick quadruplets babies Twitter Print Facebook LifestyleLife & LeisureNewsQuadruplets bring joy to Limerick coupleBy Bernie English – May 29, 2014 736 Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April First Irish death from Coronavirus center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Dublin’s Rotunda hospitalIT was quadrupled joy for a Limerick couple this week, as they welcomed three baby girls and a baby boy into the world.It was a dream come true for James and Grace Slattery from Caherconlish. The couple had suffered four miscarriages and had just about given up hope of having a family of their own.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up After a 33 week pregnancy, the tots were delivered by Caesarian section in the Rotunda hospital in Dublin on Monday.Amelia Helen weighed in at 4.3 lbs, followed by Lucas James, 3.10lbs, Mollie Rose, 2.15 lbs, and little Lily Grace May 3.4 lbs.James, who has a 13-year old son, Josh, got a call on Monday to say his wife’s waters had broken a day ahead of the planned c-section, and he had just two hours to get to Dublin to see the birth.“I rang the gardai in Henry street and they organised an escort for me – they were fantastic,” he said. Linkedin Advertisement Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Previous articleNo room at Limerick kennels for stray dogsNext articleComputer hackers attempt to shut down Limerick animal charity Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHLlast_img read more

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