WH Smith in margin boost

September 4, 2021

first_img Show Comments ▼ whatsapp KCS-content by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepedia Wednesday 26 January 2011 8:57 pm WH Smith in margin boost center_img Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof WH SMITH said yesterday a drop in sales over Christmas had been offset by a rise in profit margins. Sales in the two months to 22 January dropped four per cent at the newspaper, stationery and book chain.Like-for-like sales, which strip out the effect of new store spaces, fell by seven per cent.The company said its sales had been hit by the snow but insisted its profit was on course, with cost savings also playing a part.At railway stations, airports and other travel hubs, the company reported a three per cent sales fall in the 21 weeks to 22 January, with the dire weather causing travel chaos.Chief executive Kate Swann said: “Our staff worked extremely hard during this period to maintain the best possible service for our customers.”However, she urged caution over the year ahead, adding: “We expect the trading environment to remain challenging and we have planned accordingly.”The chain has been focusing on main trading categories such as stationery and books, and away from lower-margin areas such as DVDs and CDs. The company said it was still on track to meet City forecasts of profit around the £93m mark for the full-year.Nick Bubb, retail analyst at Arden, said: “The resilient Christmas profit performance shows that the business was not blown off course by the snow and the obvious contrast is with the struggling HMV.” whatsapp Tags: NULL Sharelast_img read more

SBTech signs strategic partnership with Pala Interactive

August 24, 2021

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Casino & games SBTech signs strategic partnership with Pala Interactive Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: US Tags: Mobile Online Gamblingcenter_img Topics: Casino & games Sports betting Tech & innovation Tribal gaming 30th January 2019 | By contenteditor SBTech has struck a partnership with Pala Interactive, which will see the sportsbook software supplier’s solution made available to all of the tribal gaming operator’s platform partners.Pala Interactive, owned by the Pala Band of Mission Indians, offers its igaming platform as a B2B solution as well as running an offering under its own brand in the regulated New Jersey market.“SBTech lead the way in omni-channel technology and innovation and their sportsbook’s powerful capabilities and flexibility are ideally suited to our customers’ requirements as they increasingly target sports betting and we grow our business across North America,” Pala Interactive chief executive Jim Ryan commented. “This partnership has massive potential to grow even further as more states open and we’re both in a very strong position to capitalise on this.”Tribal operator the Wôlinak Abenakis First Nation will be the first to launch an SBTech-powered sports betting product through the partnership. Wôlinak Abenakis is to launch the CanPlaySports and Vipcasino brands on the platform, and featuring SBTech’s sports betting solution.SBTech said it was selected after winning a highly competitive tender process, with Pala impressed with its risk management and technology expertise, emphasis on product innovation and the flexibility of its solution.“We’re delighted Pala Interactive have selected us as partners ahead of our competitors due to our leading, flexible sportsbook technology that has been specifically tailored to the North American market,” SBTech chief executive Richard Carter said.“This partnership will benefit both companies as we continue to rapidly expand our presence across North America and as more US States regulate in the coming months and years ahead.” SBTech has struck a partnership with Pala Interactive, which will see the sportsbook software supplier’s solution made available to all of the tribal gaming operator’s platform partners, with the Wôlinak Abenakis First Nation to be the first client to launch an offering through the deal.last_img read more

BGC proposes five-point Covid-19 recovery plan to Chancellor

August 24, 2021

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter BGC proposes five-point Covid-19 recovery plan to Chancellor In relation to this, the BGC urged the government to ensure the existing 10pm curfew on casinos and other hospitality venues not come back into effect when these facilities are allowed to reopen on 17 May. Topics: Casino & games Finance Land-based casino Retail sports betting Meanwhile, the BGC urged the Chancellor to ensure to government keeps to its timetable for easing restrictions and allow betting shops to reopen alongside other non-essential retail from 12 April. The proposals come ahead of 3 March’s Budget, when the Chancellor will make a series of major announcements for the upcoming financial year. The BGC plan also included a call for the devolved administrations in Wales and Scotland to provide similar help to gambling businesses as part of their own Covid-19 support plans. The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has written to Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak to set out a five-point plan it said would help the gambling industry recover from the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Regions: UK & Ireland Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed this in an announcement earlier in the week as part of England’s exit from lockdown, saying betting shops could start to reopen from 12 April if certain government Covid-19 targets were met. “By any measure, the betting and gaming industry is an important contributor to Britain’s economy,” Dugher said. “It is our hope that the forthcoming Budget will be a springboard to recovery as the country begins to emerge from the Covid-19, unlocking the potential of our high street businesses to return to growth and job creation.” 26th February 2021 | By Robert Fletcher Included in the five-point plan is a proposal to extend business rates relief for a further year, with the BGC saying this would help supports betting shops and casinos that have been forced to close for much of the pandemic. The BGC also called on the Chancellor not to introduce any increase in taxation or duties for gambling operators, again noting how the industry had suffered significant losses in 2020 as a result of Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions. Finally, the BGC said the Chancellor must ensure any future regulation of the betting and gambling sector does not undermine the essential support horse racing receives from betting, adding any changes could harm the racing sector. “With premises shut for much of the past year, this would help protect jobs and remove a major financial pressure on businesses that have suffered a significant loss of income during the pandemic,” BGC chief executive Michael Dugher said. Introduced in March last year, the business rates relief meant retail, leisure and hospitality businesses were exempt from paying business rates for 12 months. This initially did not apply to gambling business, but was eventually extended to the industry following pressure from the BGC. Tags: BGC Betting and Gaming Council Email Address Finance AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more

Changes to England coaching team

June 23, 2021

first_imgTwo members of Eddie Jones’s back-room team step down Changes to England coaching teamSimon Amor and Jason Ryles have stepped down from their coaching roles with England.Amor has been part of the RFU set-up since 2013 when he became head coach of the men’s sevens team and he joined Eddie Jones’s back-room team in 2020 as attack coach.However, he and the RFU “have mutually decided to part company so that he can explore new opportunities” according to a statement from the governing body.Simon Amor works with Max Malins in training (Getty Images)Ryles came into the England set-up full-time in October 2020 from Melbourne Storm and, as skills coach, helped the team win last year’s Autumn Nations Cup.However, he was not involved in the recent Six Nations after he and his family decided not to relocate to England from Australia due to the Covid-19 lockdown. He will not be rejoining the set-up after choosing to stay Down Under.Ryles said: “Due to the ongoing challenges of the global pandemic, the uncertainty around international travel and in the best interests of my young family, I have made the difficult decision to leave my coaching role with England.”The coaching departures come just a few weeks after the RFU finished its debrief of England men’s disappointing Six Nations campaign, when they came fifth and lost to Ireland, Scotland and Wales in the championship for the first time since 1976. Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Jason Ryles with England head coach Eddie Jones (Getty Images) Head coach Jones was given the full support of the RFU following that debrief, but England now go into their summer fixtures – Scotland A, USA and Canada – with a condensed coaching team.Related: Rugby’s July Test scheduleJohn Mitchell (defence) and Matt Proudfoot (forwards) continue in their roles while Jones will oversee the attack until England recruit a new coach for that facet of the game.Jones said: “I would like to commend Simon’s outstanding diligence and his hard work, and I have no doubt he will find a role soon that suits him perfectly.“With Jason, the Covid-19 restrictions have proved too difficult for him and his family to overcome, which we fully understand but are disappointed for us and the team.”last_img read more

Scottish Episcopal Church concerned about cross-border ecumenical agreement

June 20, 2021

first_img Director of Music Morristown, NJ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Anglican Communion, Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME [Anglican Communion News Service] The Church of England and the (Presbyterian) Church of Scotland have reached “an historic agreement that recognises their longstanding ecumenical partnership and lays the groundwork for future joint projects,” the two churches have announced, but the (Anglican) Scottish Episcopal Church has called for a rethink, citing concerns about shared worship and the exchange of ministers.The Primus of Scotland, Dr David Chillingworth, said: “The question here is not whether the development of ecumenical relationships is desirable – for of course it is. The question is about whether that development can take place respectfully and in good order.”The discussions which led to the agreement – dubbed the Columba Declaration – were carried out as both churches have national church status in the UK. The Church of Scotland was afforded “national church” status in 1690; but unlike the Church of England, which is the national church south of the border, is not established and is independent of the State.The report will be discussed by the Church of England’s General Synod next month and the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly in May.“The Columba Declaration recognises the strong partnership that already exists and will help encourage and support new initiatives,” the Revd Dr John McPake, co-chair of the study group and one of the authors of the report, said.“We believe that approval of the Columba Declaration by our two churches will represent a significant step in the long history of their relationship, one that affirms the place we have come to and opens up new possibilities for the future.”The report’s four chapters sets out the history of partnership between the two churches and the shared beliefs that allow for close cooperation between the churches, before exploring how the partnership could grow.The two churches already work jointly on public policy issues and last year established the Churches’ Mutual Credit Union as a response to concerns that low-income families needed access to low-cost banking and loans. They also co-operate in areas including poverty to refugees.In a joint statement prefacing the report, joint study group co-chairs Dr McPake and the Bishop of Chester, the Rt Revd Peter Forster, say: “Our hope is that joint affirmation by our two churches of the Columba Declaration would affirm and strengthen our relationship at a time when it is likely to be particularly critical in the life of the United Kingdom; provide an effective framework for coordinating present partnership activities and for fostering new initiatives; [and] enable us to speak and act together more effectively in the face of the missionary challenges of our generation.”The report emphasises that joint ecumenical work should also include other churches and especially the Scottish Episcopal Church and the United Reformed Church; while it acknowledges the “distinctive partnership in the gospel to which our two Churches are called within the United Kingdom, rooted in our shared history and in our parallel and overlapping roles as the churches of our respective nations.”In a statement, the Scottish Episcopal Church welcomed “the opportunity for . . . further ecumenical discussion” and say that they “fully understand the desire of the Church of Scotland and the Church of England as national churches to discuss and explore matters of common concern”; but they express concern that “certain aspects of the report which appear to go beyond the relationship of the two churches as national institutions cause us concern.”The Primus of Scotland, Dr Chillingworth, elaborated on these concerns in a series of blog posts, in which he said that there were two particular areas of concern.“The first is the commitment that the Church of Scotland and the Church of England will ‘welcome one another’s members to each other’s worship as guests and receive one another’s members into the congregational life of each other’s churches where that is their desire’”, he said.“People will of course make their own choices. But the fact that such a statement is made at all suggests that the Church of England will respond warmly to the idea that its members will worship in Church of Scotland Churches when they visit Scotland. Yet the Church of England’s Anglican Communion partner in Scotland is the Scottish Episcopal Church“The second – and far more serious – provision is that the partners will ‘enable ordained ministers from one of our churches to exercise ministry in the other church, in accordance with the discipline of each church.’ This is in the context of an earlier acknowledgement that the partners ‘look forward to a time when growth in communion can be expressed in fuller unity that makes possible the interchangeability of ministers’”He continued: “The Scottish Episcopal Church now seems to be faced with the possibility that Church of England clergy will minister in Scotland under the authorisation of the Church of Scotland and without reference to the Scottish Episcopal Church. Yet the Church of England and the Scottish Episcopal Church are partner members of the Anglican Communion. The Anglican Communion in Scotland is expressed in the life of the Scottish Episcopal Church.“The Church of Scotland and the Church of England seem to have decided that their commonality as National Churches justifies them in setting aside other ecumenical relationships and etiquette. What would really help this situation – mitigating the damage already done to long-established relationships and avoiding further damage – would be for the two churches to decide to delay publication of the full document to allow time for consultation.“I appeal to them to do so.”Responding to the criticism, a spokesman for the Church of Scotland told the Independent newspaper that the Scottish Episcopal Church had been part of the discussions, firstly as an active member and subsequently as an observer.“The joint study group report and the Columba Declaration are the outcome of ecumenical work that has been under way since 2010,” a spokesman told the newspaper. “The Scottish Episcopal Church was a full partner in the joint study group until it chose to withdraw from active participation in 2013. From that point on, the Scottish Episcopal Church continued to attend as an observer.”If approved by the churches’ General Synod and General Assembly, the Church of England and the Scottish Episcopal Church will appoint co-chairs and members to a new “Church of Scotland – Church of England Contact Group” to “coordinate the different activities that make up our rich relationship and develop new initiatives where these may be needed.”The text of the Columba Declaration can be read here. 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We would certainly be unhappy, a terribly polite and inadequate word, were Church of England clergy to minister at Anglican Church of North America churches. Amazing. Jerry Hannon says: Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Featured Jobs & Calls Youth Minister Lorton, VA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Belleville, IL Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Washington, DC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Submit a Press Release Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Protesters at U.N.: ‘Stop war on children’

June 15, 2021

first_imgSolidarity with children of Donetsk and Lugansk.Parents, teachers, youth and anti-war activists rallied outside U.N. headquarters in New York on Dec. 10, International Human Rights Day, in solidarity with children in the embattled Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The action was organized by the International Action Center.For more than 2.5 years, the U.S.-backed regime in Ukraine has waged a brutal war against the civilian population of Donbass. People in Donetsk and Lugansk declared independence following the far-right government takeover in Kiev, Ukraine’s capital, in February 2014.According to a Dec. 8 report by the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, nearly 10,000 people have been killed and more than 22,000 wounded in Ukraine’s war on Donbass.Among the dead are at least 101 children. Hundreds more youths have been wounded, thousands orphaned and tens of thousands forced to flee as refugees.Since June, the Komsomol (Communist Youth) of Lugansk has carried out a campaign called “Children of Donbass Write to the World,” gathering hundreds of letters from children and teens about living under conditions of war and blockade. The letters will be presented to U.N. representatives in Europe.Rally participants in New York read excerpts from the youths’ letters, which were translated by student activist Anna Rebrii.Greg Butterfield, an IAC organizer and parent, stated, “The February 2014 coup in Ukraine, which brought to power oligarchs, nationalist demagogues and outright neo-Nazis, received financing and bipartisan political support from Washington.“On behalf of Wall Street and Big Oil, Washington is carrying out a war against children in Donbass and other regions and countries. This war is here at home too, through cutbacks, racist police brutality, Islamophobia and jailing of immigrants, including children, fleeing U.S. military and economic crimes in Central America.”Butterfield noted that the IAC has no confidence in president-elect billionaire Donald Trump to change things for the better. “Trump has already declared open war on children and families in the U.S. In fact, Trump first became a celebrity by persecuting children: the Central Park 5, Black and Brown youths in New York who were framed by the police. Trump called for their execution, and even today, long after they have been exonerated, he refuses to acknowledge their innocence.”‘Children of Donbass Write to the World’Following are excerpts from some of the letters written by Donbass youth:In May 2014, my sister and I, among many other children from … other cities, gripped with war, were taken to Crimea. There we met many other children who survived terrible bombardments. Their stories were eerie. Upon recalling them, many would begin crying and trembling.— Aleksey, 17 years old, MolodogvardeyskWe hope that war will no longer return to our cities, villages, towns. We would like to forget the word “war” forever. What has been happening here is now taking place in Syria. People are fleeing to Europe, as their houses are in ruins; there are no conditions for living ­whatsoever.— Vlada, 13 years oldI am very sorry that the authorities of Ukraine have forgotten that there are peaceful people living in Donbass.— Inna, 2nd grade, KrasnodonWhen shootings started here, my mother, sister and I left. But when we were crossing the border, we came under attack. We were led into a building, and then let out and told to run. We were running, and behind us the customs station was under fire. Then someone shouted at us to lie down; a woman covered me. It was very scary. A car drove up and my mother, sister and I, and some other girl, were put into the car and driven away. When we were in the car, the girl was crying a lot because her mother stayed behind.— Anonymous 3rd grade student, KrasnodonIt was called a “road of death” because cars that drove on it were constantly fired at by Ukrainian military. But in fact, it was the “road of life,” since peaceful residents tried to leave an unsafe region. But all could not leave! Afterwards we were affected by an economic blockade. But we survived.— Andrey, 6th grade, MolodogvardeyskGreetings, people of the whole world! An ordinary girl is writing to you, a second grade pupil. I have a request. Let’s take care of the world around us; let’s not contaminate the woods, seas, rivers. Let’s be friendly; let’s not fight or kill each other. We are children for peace in the whole world and for a happy life!— Polina, 2nd gradeWar is the hardest trial for an entire population. But the most defenseless and vulnerable in this time are children. We have seen the stern face of the war, its cold, pitiless eyes. Our childhood passes by irretrievably; it is replaced by pain, suffering, losses of relatives and close ones, privations. Children who lived through a war will never forget it.— Anastasia, 9th gradeFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

World Water Day Spotlights Ag’s Water Challenges

June 14, 2021

first_img World Water DayWater is the single most important factor to growing food for the world.  Only 0.7 percent of the world’s water is available for agriculture use.  With the global population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, farmers must feed more people using the same amount of resources. March 22, 2017 was designated World Water Day, an effort to make people aware that water is the key limiting factor in agriculture. Teddy Bekele is Vice President of I.T. with WinField United.“Seventy percent of all fresh water is used for agricultural purposes,” he said. “So one of the things we want to make sure of whether folks live in the country farming or live in the city just going about their day to day life, that you’re aware of water issues and water consumption and you also make sure as a result of having that awareness that you’re conscious of how you use water.”The challenge ahead for agriculture as the world population grows is to produce more food while using the same amount of resources including water. “You have to essentially maximize your crop for every drop,” said Bekele, “and so the idea is that by using technology and sound agronomic insights, you’re making better use of this limited resource you have available to you.”Bekele says a first step for farmers in making better use of water is to be better grounded in the agronomy of growing crops. “Really understand not only the impact of water but also the impact of the other nutrients that go along with it such as nitrogen, potassium and sulfur.”  Bekele added, “As you understand the agronomics, now one of the things you can do is start using some of the technology that can help you make better decisions like remote sensing.”  Remote sensing can involve satellite imagery or drone imagery or aerial imagery so you can see what areas of fields are stressed so you can focus your attention there.  Then you might use a crop model to be able to predict what might be happening on the field and where that stress might have a larger impact.  As a result of knowing that, now you know which areas to take care of and if you do have an irrigated field, where do you turn the irrigator on to make sure you get the most out of that for your investment.”WinField United has teamed with National Geographic to form the Uncharted Waters Initiative.“National Geographic has been on this awareness campaign to really talk about water and to maximize the use of water all around and then when water is limited, what impacts does that have on the world.” said Bekele. “We see that same impact in farming so at Winfield United we’ve partnered up with them so that we can make sure we tell that same story but with a lens on agriculture.  We want to make sure you maximize your water use, whether you irrigate your fields or rely on Mother Nature to deliver that for you.”National Geographic is helping WinField United bring this important message to consumers through the Uncharted Waters™ website www.nationalgeographic.com/unchartedwaters. Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News World Water Day Spotlights Ag’s Water Challenges Previous articlePurdue Ranked Eighth-Best Agriculture School in the WorldNext articleMorning Outlook Hoosier Ag Today Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – Mar 22, 2017 SHARE World Water Day Spotlights Ag’s Water Challengeslast_img read more

Reporter gets one year in jail on defamation and extortion charges

June 12, 2021

first_img Receive email alerts The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Côte d’IvoireAfrica News News to go further November 27, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders condemns the one-year jail sentence and fine of 5 million CFA francs that an Abidjan criminal court has imposed on Traoré Médandjé, a leading reporter for the daily L’Intelligent d’Abidjan, on charges of defaming and trying to blackmail a former health ministry official. The case was prompted by an article headlined “Vavoua’s illegal boutique clinics,” published on 4 September 2009, in which Médjandé accused then departmental director of health André Tia of getting rich by setting up many illegal private clinics in the Vavoua area that had not been authorised by the health ministry.The health ministry reacted to the story at the time by confirming the allegations and firing Dr. Tia for “activities contrary to the ethics of his profession.” This did not stop Dr. Tia from filing a complaint against Medjandé a few months later accusing him of defamation and an attempt to extort money.The court imposed the sentences on 26 July at the request of the prosecutor’s office. The prosecutor in charge of the case claimed that comments by Daha Didier, the head of the Union of Pharmacy Technicians and Managers, that were quoted in the article were defamatory. He also claimed that the fact that Medjandé interviewed Dr. Tia three times, in different places, showed that he was trying to extort money from him.“This conviction is utterly absurd,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Why must Medjandé be made to pay for an article that the government recognised as being accurate? The spurious extortion charge was cooked up in order to be able to impose a jail sentence. Meeting someone more than once does not prove intention to extort. Medjandé’s intention was simply to draw the government’s attention to a widely-known public health issue.”Reporters Without Borders added: “Côte d’Ivoire’s rules of criminal procedure were also flouted in this trial. Médandjé was the only defendant. The police did not look for the person who made the allegedly defamatory comments and that person was not questioned by the judicial authorities. Everything suggests that this trial was staged simply to punish Médjandé.”Médjandé remains free pending the outcome of the appeal filed by his lawyer. A hearing has been set for October. Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election October 29, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information center_img Organisation Reports Côte d’IvoireAfrica August 3, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporter gets one year in jail on defamation and extortion charges RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections October 16, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire Newslast_img read more

More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption

June 12, 2021

first_img October 15, 2020 Find out more Another Termez blogger, Behruz Nematov, was kidnapped in broad daylight on 2 April by unidentified persons who held him for four hours and beat him with a rubber truncheon while demanding that he stop covering the proceedings against Sattoryi. News New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses CorruptionImprisonedImpunityFreedom of expressionJudicial harassmentViolence RSF_en RSF is concerned about the fate of an Uzbek journalist extradited by Kyrgyzstan May 11, 2021 More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption The founder and editor of the YouTube channel Xalq Fikri (People’s Opinion), Otabek Sattoryi was clearly aware of his possible fate because one of his last video reports accused the local authorities of fabricating criminal charges against bloggers. Receive email alerts Screenshot Help by sharing this information Uzbekistan fell one place in RSF’s 2021 World Press Freedom Index and is now ranked 157th out of 180 countries. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by the sentence of six and a half years in prison that a court in southern Uzbekistan passed yesterday on YouTube video blogger Otabek Sattoryi on trumped-up charges of extortion and defamation. The Uzbek courts must overturn his conviction and recognise his innocence, RSF says. Organisation Follow the news on Uzbekistan News A specialist in investigating corruption in the Termez region, he has been convicted of libel and “large scale extortion.” After his arrest on 29 January, he was initially charged with extortion of cash and a mobile phone from a businessman, but other accusations later emerged, including one involving the exchange of his home, which was to be demolished, for two apartments. to go further Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term News UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses CorruptionImprisonedImpunityFreedom of expressionJudicial harassmentViolence “This conviction is baseless,” said Jeanne Cavelier, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “The trumped-up charges brought against Otabek Sattoryi testify to a desire to cover up local corruption scandals and intimidate critics. We call on the authorities to review this blogger’s conviction and for him to be freed at once and without conditions.” News February 11, 2021 Find out more Sattoryi was already fined 9.8 million sums (770 euros) in February on charges of defamation and “insult.” In a sign of their hyper-sensitivity, the authorities brought criminal charges of “resisting an official representative” and “interfering in an investigation” in early April against two journalists with the independent media outlet Effect.uz, Elerbek Tadjibaev and Akbar Nurimbetov, who had asked a judge if they could attend Sattoryi’s trial. August 26, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Man charged with sexual assault of teenager

June 2, 2021

first_img WhatsApp Man charged with sexual assault of teenager Facebook WhatsApp By admin – March 5, 2018 Pinterest Pinterest Joshua Howard Deputies charged a man Thursday after he reportedly sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl.The Ector County Sheriff’s Office was first contacted by the victim’s mother on Feb. 10, who told deputies her 13-year-old daughter had been sexually assaulted by a man, 19-year-old Joshua Louis Howard, the probable cause affidavit said.Deputies went to the scene of the assault in the 800 block of Midland Street in Goldsmith, the document stated, where deputies found a mattress stained with blood.A sexual assault nurse examination was conducted on the victim, the report detailed, which revealed the victim had been injured.Investigators later conducted a voluntary interview with Howard, the affidavit said, who admitted he had oral and sexual intercourse with the victim, and was aware of her age at the time of the incident.Deputies charged Howard with aggravated sexual assault of a child, a first-degree felony.Jail records show Howard was taken to the Ector County Detention Center Friday, and was released the same day on a $50,000 bond. Twitter Twitter Facebook Local NewsCrime Previous articleSuspect sought after robbery on West CountyNext articleNRA sign removed at OHS adminlast_img read more