Italy iGaming Dashboard – March 2020

August 24, 2021

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Italy iGaming Dashboard – March 2020 Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Poker Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 31st March 2020 | By Joanne Christie Regions: Europe Southern Europe Italy After a record-breaking start to the new year, Italy’s igaming market fell back in February as coronavirus and sporting cancellations started to bite Tags: Card Rooms and Poker Mobile Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Email Address After a record-breaking start to the new year, Italy’s igaming market fell back in February as coronavirus and sporting cancellations started to bite.Online revenues for the month totalled €180.27m, down 7.2% on January’s all-time high of €194.28.While GGR fell on a month-on-month basis, February’s total did represent a 23.9% rise on the same month the previous year. It’s worth noting also that February figures have trailed January figures in each of the past three years.While sports betting continued to take the biggest share of the online pie last month, it was here that the drop was most pronounced. Online betting revenues fell almost 10% to €86.68m, from €95.25 in January.The drop in GGR was less significant in online casino, which fell by 4.5% to €78.13 in February, from €81.82 the previous month.The end result was that betting accounted for 48.09% of online activity (down from 49.02% in January), while casino and slots made up 43.34% (up from 42.12%).It’s likely the gap between the two main verticals will narrow further as the coronavirus pandemic continues to cause the cancellation of sporting events around the globe.Bet365 continues to lead the online betting market, though its market share fell to 15.0% last month, from 15.8% in January. Its closest competitor, Playtech-owned Snai, meanwhile, saw its share grow to a record high of 13.5%, up from 12.9% in January.PlanetWin365 continued to lose ground and with 11.4% of the market in February (down from 12.2%) is now in danger of being overtaken by Sisal, whose share rose to 11.1% in the month, up from 9.7% in January.In retail, sports betting revenues suffered a greater fall than was the case online, with GGR falling to €98.58 in February, down 15.6% from January’s €116.74.Snai overtook Goldbet to become Italy’s leader of the combined retail and online betting market, with its 15.7% share (up from 15.1% in January) nudging Goldbet (15.5% in both months) off the top spot for the first time in five months.In online casino, PokerStars extended its lead even further, with its market share rising to 10.71% in February, from 10.12% in January. In contrast, second-placed Sisal saw its share fall to 8.12% from 8.48% the previous month.After four consecutive months of growth across both tournament and cash games, poker revenues dipped last month, by 9.9% and 11.5%, respectively.PokerStars remains the market leader by a long way across both markets, with 55.25% of the tournament market and 42.59% of the cash market.Scroll down to see the full interactive datasets.All data and figures are processed by leading European corporate advisory firm Ficom Leisure, a specialist in all segments of the betting and gaming sector.Ficom Leisure also provides monthly figures on the New Jersey online market in the New Jersey iGaming Dashboard, Pennsylvania in the Pennsylvania iGaming Dashboard, Indiana in the Indiana iGaming Dashboard and Iowa in the Iowa iGaming Dashboard, all of which are available on iGB North America.It also provides quarterly figures on the Spanish online market in the Spain iGaming Dashboard, on the Danish market in the Denmark iGaming Dashboard, and on the Portuguese market in the Portugal iGaming Dashboard. Casino & gameslast_img read more

Wales heartbroken after tough Australia tour – Tour review

June 23, 2021

first_img Lions contender: Leigh Halfpenny produced an almost faultless kicking display Down UnderBy Paul WilliamsWhat have we learned about the Welsh team during the three game series?The tour should be viewed as a success.IT WON’T be of course. A three nil series defeat in Australia will be greeted as a failure by many. And if you are dealing purely in wins and losses, that judgement is unequivocal. However, what the Welsh team and their supporters now consider a success is very different from what was considered successful a decade ago. Ten years ago Wales were grateful to be within ten points of southern hemisphere opposition. Five years ago narrow defeats at home were accepted. Having made a World Cup semi-final and a won a Grand Slam in the last 12 months, Wales are now cursing if they lose to southern hemisphere teams, even when playing on their turf. Wales have lost these three tests by a combined points difference of just 11 – an average margin of under four points a game, and they lost both the second and third tests in the closing minutes. Both the Welsh team and their supporters keep moving the goalposts as to what is acceptable for this team. It is a very good sign. I wonder where the goal posts will be this time next year.Classy: Berrick Barnes finds spaceNo Roberts. No backline.The vacuum left by Jamie Roberts’ absence has been marked. Without him the Welsh backline simply does not function. Pre-tour, Roberts was criticised for his limited passing ability and running angles – he doesn’t have a plan B the wags carped. However, you don’t often need a Plan B when Plan A is 6’4 and 17st 4lbs. His ball carrying is the Welsh blueprint. All set piece running patterns and initial phases are built around his ability to get over the gainline. His impact on the opposition’s 10 and 12 is often so inhumane that it flies in the face of his ambitions to become a doctor. Put it this way, Berrick Barnes’s performances over the past few weeks would have been very different if Roberts had been repeatedly running down his channel. As it was, his defence was rarely tested. There is no more important cog in the Welsh team than Jamie Roberts. There, I said it. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Halfpenny is a world class goal kicker.Leigh Halfpenny is fast becoming a goal kicker with Neil Jenkins levels of reliability. He only missed one kick during the entire Australian tour striking an upright. He has the best kicking percentage of all the kickers who were involved in fixtures with the ‘big three’. The All Blacks goal kickers had a combined kick success rate of 78%, Ireland 61%, Australia 79%, England 80% and South Africa 52% – Halfpenny kicked at 94%. His stats are made even more impressive by the distance from which he takes many of his kicks. Many goal kickers have an overinflated kicking percentage due to the fact that they shun long range opportunities and opt only for shots that are safely within range. Halfpenny turns down nothing and misses little. It will add an interesting dynamic to next year’s Lions selection at fullback. Many would currently opt for Kearney at 15, but this time next year, Halfpenny may be the best goal kicker in the British Isles. MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 16: Berrick Barnes of the Wallabies breaks passed the defence during the International Test Match between the Australian Wallabies and Wales at Etihad Stadium on June 16, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images) Contest: Bradley Davies stretchesPriestland, the scapegoat.No position in Welsh rugby receives as much scrutiny as the No 10 shirt. It is for this reason that Rhys Priestland has carried the can for the first two Welsh losses. In fact he’s carried so many cans that at times it’s looked like he’s putting out the recycling. In truth Priestland’s performances in the first two tests weren’t his best. However, he has been playing outside a backrow creating slow ball at the breakdown, a scrum-half who doesn’t help matters and an inside-centre stepping into the international arena with ‘L’ plates. Priestland’s performance in the third test proved that he is a test quality outside-half. With near parity in possession and territory, his high balls were accurate and his tactical and clearance kicking was assured. He also dealt with slow ball effectively, often carrying it into contact himself. Priestland showed strength of character in the third test and hopefully his detractors will show patience.Set piece errors cost Wales games.We’re not talking about the scrum here. The Welsh scrummage is highly reliable. In fact they only lost two on the entire tour. The same cannot be said of the lineout. Over the three tests it operated at 81%, the lowest percentage of all the nations involved in test matches with the ‘big three’. It restricted Wales’ ability to control territory on this tour and as a result has limited their try count. The problem has also spread to kick restarts. Although not technically considered a set-piece, kick restarts essentially involve the same mechanic as a lineout, which may explain why Wales had such a problem with it in the third test. Restart turnovers are lethal – they occur when your defensive line is at its weakest. Three of your forwards are involved in the lifting pod and are therefore unable to quickly readjust into the defensive line. Your outside half is generally sitting deep to make a clearance kick and the rest of the backs are set up for a kick chase. The result is a panicky scramble defence which often concedes a penalty or a scrum, usually just outside the 22. It cost Wales 6 points in the 3rd test. Not ideal.last_img read more

Secret Player: “I learnt of my Lions selection whilst sunbathing”

June 23, 2021

first_img WHERE HAVE those 12 years gone? That’s 12 years since the Lions last headed to New Zealand for a good old-fashioned shellacking, with me along for the ride. That’s right, somehow I was on that plane (then again, who wasn’t?), and I know I wasn’t the only guy who, deep down, knew that travelling down there with any belief in our chances of success involved one gigantic leap of faith.Strip away all the Clive Woodward-led corporate hoopla, the slogans and hubris, and the majority of the squad’s experiences against the All Blacks suggested there would only be one outcome. To be fair, England had scraped a couple of victories against them, but many of the main men from that team had either had their edge blunted by winning the World Cup or were, quite simply, old and knackered. Looking through the squad list, it is full of names which seem from a different epoch.Big tickets: Gavin Henson and Jonny Wilkinson in 2005These 12-year cycles serve as a pretty good barometer of how rugby, and the world around it, has changed. We went from New Romantic in ‘81 to Grunge in ‘93; from big Gav Hastings in ‘93 to reality TV star Gav Henson in ‘05. Things change – not always for the better. But the pace of change can hardly ever have been so fast, and from here 2005 looks a quainter, more innocent time.Can we imagine the 2017 squad going through all the hackneyed, mildly embarrassing team-building tasks so beloved by Sir Clive and Geech (Ian McGeechan), painting murals and shaking tambourines? The management would get laughed out of town, and in reality the players of different nations now follow each other so closely on social media, ‘bantering’ away, that much of that getting-to-know-you stuff is obsolete.To check out the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here.Without wishing to come over all “Whatever happened to white dog poo?”, there was a simplicity to the world back then which could bring a tear of nostalgia to a has-been’s eye. I learnt of my selection whilst sunbathing in Hyde Park – and reading an actual book, made of paper and everything – only when a friend called my Motorola to congratulate me. Back then a notification was still something the court sent you.As soon as we arrived in Auckland, half of the squad went straight out on a massive bender to “get over the jet lag”, with not even a thought about being caught on camera, and certainly no fear of causing a Myspace storm. And mercifully we hadn’t yet reached peak comments section, so leading up to the tour didn’t have 18 months of tedious, circular online selection debate. This column first appeared in the June 2017 edition of Rugby World magazine. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Huge match-up: The Lions faced Manawatu back in 2015 center_img But what about the rugby? Well, Sir Clive’s main concern seemed to be that we all learnt the words to the horrific anthem he had commissioned, The Power of Four, and it was clear from the muttering amongst the English players that they’d had a gutful of his gimmicks and this was very much his last hurrah as a serious coach.On the other hand, Phil Larder – despite looking like a grandad who’d come straight from the Costa del Crime – definitely knew his stuff, and Dave Reddin, the English conditioning coach, had clearly been a major factor in their success in the early 2000s, and was ahead of his time. He had me doing all sorts: wrestling, tugging, crawling… Oh my, I’ve never been so tired in my life.Dream team?: Phil Larder (centre) with the rest of the coaching teamApart from forward-thinking conditioners, the core of the party felt like grizzled veterans thrown together for one last mission (think The Wild Geese or Where Eagles Dare). There is a confidence to be had in being surrounded by guys who’ve been there and done it, but Kiwi rugby is no respecter of experience or reputation. The first signs that we might be seriously under-, or perhaps over-, cooked came as we laboured to put away the provincial teams. If we struggled against guys we’d never heard of, it didn’t bode well for the Tests. As disquiet grew, the unwieldy squad became more and more fractured, which was reflected on the pitch. But at least that anthem was ditched after a couple of games.I think lessons were learnt from that tour. And who knows, maybe one of the past dozen years’ greatest inventions, the wittily titled WhatsApp group, can provide that one percenter the Lions need…last_img read more

In Zambia, cathedral indaba eases political tensions

June 20, 2021

first_imgIn Zambia, cathedral indaba eases political tensions Faith & Politics Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Pittsburgh, PA Submit a Press Release Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Hopkinsville, KY Africa, Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Tampa, FL Rector Washington, DC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Press Release Service [Anglican Communion News Service] The announcement that Zambia would go to the polls for a tripartite general election in August sparked an increase in violent incidents, of a kind rarely seen in the Central African nation. And as the tensions rose, political leaders from all the main political parties turned to the Church for help.What followed was a marathon seven-hour indaba session that all sides say has eased the tensions and created a new kind of political rhetoric amongst the campaigners.“Zambia is an oasis of peace,” businessman David Thompson, a member of the congregation of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross said. “If you look at the last 50 years of Zambia we have never seen bloodshed of any magnitude; and all around us Zambia has countries that have poor records of democracy, of violence. We stand unique in regard to this.“What was beginning to fester in the last few months, once the date for the elections was announced and finalised, was we saw pockets of violence stemming from the different cadres [campaigning activists] within the major parties. That was a major concern for us because Zambia has been an oasis of peace for the past 50 years.”The national Christian “mother bodies” – the Roman Catholic bishops’ conference, the Evangelical Alliance, and the Council of Churches – worked to create a powerful lobby calling for talks aimed at securing “fair and non-violent peaceful elections.”David Thompson said that “the lobby was so significant that if the political parties didn’t come to it, they would have been seen as non-compliant.” When a venue was sought for the talks, only one place stood out: the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.“There was a comfort zone here,” David Thompson said. “We are the City Cathedral so it was very significant that we became the crossroads for such an important meeting of reconciliation.”It is also a venue that has a history as a venue for competing political views: “Zambia was the platform for where the region found its independence,” David Thompson said. “Our founding president, Kenneth Kaunda, was instrumental in liberating many other countries: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Angola, all these countries – we hosted their talks and we negotiated reconciliation and a way forward.”The Dean of the Cathedral, the Very Revd Charlie Thomas, said that a change of mood in the political discourse was noticeable “immediately” after the talks had taken place; and he was delighted that the cathedral was able to play its part: “That’s why cathedrals are here,” he said. “Cathedrals exist for that purpose – as a centre for people to come and meet at times of mourning, pain, rejoicing, [and] when we have conflict.”Some 23 parties were invited to the talks, and 19 attended. The cathedral site hosted the party presidents, their wives and the party general secretaries – including the President of the Republic of Zambia, Edgar Lungu – but the political party cadres were told to stay away.“That helped because the cadre presence always aggravates mob psychology and violence,” the Dean said. “And the main reason this meeting was being called for was the language of campaign had deteriorated to violence.“The activities of certain parties – the larger groupings – had also deteriorated to violence and so this was a time when they should sit together and agree on the modalities of campaign; on the modalities of how to use state media; how to use public private media – all of that was being dealt with at that meeting.While the Anglican Cathedral acted as hosts, the meeting itself was chaired by the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Lusaka, flanked by representatives from the Council of Churches, Evangelical Fellowship and the Pentecostal and Episcopal conference.“The meeting was supposed to start at 2.30 pm,” Dean Thomas said. “The President arrived before 3 pm and the meeting started. And they sat in this cathedral until 10 pm at night. Nobody complained about it being too long. They exhausted everything they had to say about each other and their complaints about each other.”He said that the indaba heralded a change of rhetoric and an end to the use of violent language. The parties agreed to talk about peace, and to talk about the issues; while ensuring that their cadres were “not brandishing military type tactics” the Dean said.“We have already seen this call that if you don’t comply then you are advocating violence and therefore you are an outsider. That is very significant and that is in a week. All the political parties will have to re-address their strategies.”The Vice President of Zambia, Inonge Wina, praised the Church for its “critical partnership” with the government when she addressed ACC-16 members at a gala dinner, saying that it comes from “our strong belief that there can be no meaningful development without putting God first.”She continued: “The government continues to look up to the Church to provide spiritual guidance in state affairs. You contribute to the harmonisation between government and other government institutions. The church has been a key factor in promoting peace and prosperity in our nation.“Just recently, the President called for a peace discussion indaba with the opposition political parties to discuss ways in which we can continue to live in harmony in spite of our political affiliations as we head towards the August 2016 General Elections.“This meeting was actually moderated by the Anglican Church. This is how highly we place the Church and church leaders in our country.“Let us all follow the footsteps of our Lord Jesus Christ who preached love and peace. Let the Church continue to remind us of the need to accommodate each other and to live as brothers and sisters.”The President of Zambia, Edgar Lungu, referred to the church’s role in the political parties’ indaba when he met the Archbishop of Canterbury for talks at State House on the eve of the ACC meeting.Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby meets the President of the Republic of Zambia, Edgar Lungu, at State House, ahead of this month’s ACC-16 meeting in Lusaka. Photo: Gavin Drake / ACNS“We involve [the Church] in politics from time to time,” President Lungu told Archbishop Welby. “When we differ, we go to them. . . When we fail to agree in the political arena we call on the Church and the Anglican church has stood out – they really help us to talk to each other.“When we call on your bishops in Zambia and the region; don’t think we are politicising them – it is because we realise that they are part of us.”Commenting on the indaba meeting, President Lungu said that the outcomes agreed by the political parties had already begun; and that the parties were now “trying to get our followers to buy into the discussions that were held.“I think it is so-far so-good. We are on course. We just pray that our colleagues and partners in the political game will apply seriously what we discussed and agreed upon; and then it has to trickle down to the lowest ranks. It can’t happen overnight but it will certainly happen and we will get there.“The encouraging thing is that we stand head and shoulders above other countries in the region and it would be sad if we fall back and stop being the light that we are supposed to have been.”Archbishop Welby told President Lungu that it was “wonderful” to hear of the Church’s involvement in political reconciliation. “It is something that we find in the Anglican Church around the world,” he said. “In all our provinces . . . one of the common features is [that] the Church is involved in bringing people together in reconciliation; in enabling them – not necessarily to agree – but to disagree well.”Later, Archbishop Lungu returned to the theme when he addressed the congregation of 5,000 worshippers at the opening eucharist of ACC-16. He urged the Church to continue to intervene when politicians cross over the line.The President of the Republic of Zambia, Edgar Lungu, praises the Church’s role in the country’s political discourse when he addresses a 5,000 strong congregation at the opening eucharist of ACC-16 in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka. Photo: Gavin Drake / ACNS“In the 51 years of Zambia’s independence, the Church has played a pivotal role in the general welfare of our country,” he said. “The spiritual and other interventions from the Church has made us . . . the very proud nation that we are.“We cannot forget that among the numerous progressive activities achieved with the intervention of the Church in Zambia, was the return to multi-party democracy in 1991. It goes down in history that this venue where we are standing now – the Cathedral of the Holy Cross – provided the much needed conducive platform and atmosphere for the purpose of achieving transition from one-party state to multi-party state.“This seemingly very difficult transition was made possible by the Church. We achieved what has become a model for many African countries because of the Church’s intervention and I thank you for that.”He said that the result of the Church’s interventions in the country’s political discourse was that “Zambia continues to be . . . an oasis of peace and human fellowship in the African continent and the world at large.”President Lungu continued: “My government continues to appreciate the role the Church plays in national affairs and I wish to pay glowing tribute to the Anglican Church in Zambia for being monumental partners in our country’s growth throughout the decades that the Church has existed here. Indeed, you have been valuable allies to all successive Zambian governments and we thank you for that and stand ready to support you in your work.“Your partnership with us in education, health and, indeed, good governance, continues to be your Christian witness. 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A cappella groups look to start next year on a high note

June 13, 2021

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Here Comes Treble Facebook Welcome TCU Class of 2025 It has been three years since Fritz formed the group — she said with each passing year they sound even better. “We love to have fun together and invest deeply in our friendships, prioritizing the experience over being competitive,” Fritz said. “We’re all very close to each other and it’s a great group of women to be with.”Alison Mueller, a sophomore neuroscience major, said one of her favorite parts of competing is hearing all the other groups perform their sets.“We always perform with multiple groups so the audience gets a wide range of styles and sounds,” Mueller said. “If you like listening to music, you will like listening to a cappella.” Marcus McGarity, a senior nursing major and member of The Horned Tones, said he wouldn’t change a thing about the way their group performed.“We went out there and left it all on stage,” McGarity said. “There were some excellent groups that competed this weekend — we were one of them! The competition was stiff but we were prepared. I couldn’t be more proud!”Each competing group gets 10-12 minutes to woo the panel of judges — hoping that their unique blend of songs will catch their attention.Judges critique groups on factors such as stage presence, balance and rhythmic accuracy, according to the judge summary sheet.“We haven’t gone through the scored sheets, but I know the creative choreography including the worm and our beatboxer doing a backflip was definitely a fan favorite,” Fritz said. “For us personally, I think our sound was the best it’s ever been, including dynamics and blend.”A cappella vocalists perform without instrumental accompaniment with singers utilize various aspects of their voice to harmonize, blend tones and emulate instruments.A capellaVenngage InfographicsFritz said their group accomplished nearly every goal they set for themselves.“It felt like it was our best performance as a group and at the end of the day that is the most important thing to us,” Fritz said. “We definitely left it all on the floor. We just all kept smiling and everyone was so excited — it was an amazing feeling.”Here Comes Treble’s final concert of the semester is Apr. 14 in the Ed Landreth Auditorium. Fans can stay up to date with them on their Twitter, Instagram or website.McGarity said The Horned Tones plan to continue making music and entertaining audiences.“The ICCAs are definitely not the end of our journey,” McGarity said. “We will keep singing — this is still honestly just the beginning!”Anyone interested in auditioning for either group should contact Here Comes Treble at [email protected] or reach out to The Horned Tones on their Twitter or Instagram. Grace Amiss Facebook Previous articleBaseball adjusts to losing numerous key players from previous seasonsNext articleHoroscope: March 1, 2018 Grace Amiss RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Grace Amiss ReddIt Flu activity remains high in Texas World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Linkedin Twitter ReddIt print<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>TCU’s a cappella groups did not make it past the quarterfinals in last week’s collegiate competition, but they still considered the year a success. Although neither Here Comes Treble nor The Horned Tones will be advancing to the semifinals, both groups said they have no regrets about the way they sang.“I wouldn’t change anything about the day,” President and Founder of Here Comes Treble Demi Fritz said. “I think it was great and everyone was really pleased.”Here Comes Treble and The Horned Tones faced off against seven other Texas-based teams in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA), a showcase similar to the final competition seen in the movie “Pitch Perfect.”Other teams included the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University and the University of North Texas.Here Comes Treble, TCU’s only all-female a cappella group, have been practicing two times a week for the past semester in preparation for this event. They were the sole all-female group competing in the Southwest Quarterfinals.The women performed three songs at the competition all centered around women empowerment: “Stronger,” “You Don’t Know About Me” and “Brave.” The judges and audience praised the group for their “unique sound” and “energetic moves.” TCU cancels offer to trade tickets for canned food Grace Amiss Language barriers remain in TCU’s alert system Grace Amiss TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Twitter Grace Amiss Revamped enrollment process confuses some students + posts Grace Amiss is a senior journalism major and managing editor for TCU360. When she is not reporting she is most likely raving about her golden retriever or taking a spin class. Grace is currently writing about student life at TCU, so feel free to drop her a line if you come across a story you feel is worth sharing! TAGSa cappellamusic Linkedinlast_img read more

Reporters Without Borders welcomes release of blogger Arash Sigarchi

June 12, 2021

first_img Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 June 9, 2021 Find out more He had previously been arrested, on 27 August 2004, and held for several days for posting an article online with photos of a demonstration in Tehran by families of prisoners executed in 1989. Since then he has suffered constant police harassment.The weblogger had more recently condemned the harassment of journalists arrested in a series of “Internet File” cases (See:, in particular the mistreatment suffered by his colleagues Shahram Rafihzadeh and Rozbeh Mir Ebrahimi. The last message on his blog related to the Southeast Asian Tsunami, in which he expressed his solidarity with the victims and said that the Iranian people could not be unmoved by the tragedy.Another weblogger, Mojtaba Saminejad, and a cyberjournalist, Mojtaba Lofti, also remain in prison (See: March 17, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders welcomes release of blogger Arash Sigarchi Follow the news on Iran Arash Sigarchi, the journalist and blogger arrested on 17 January 2005 and sentenced one month later to 14 years in prison, was released from prison today. “It’s excellent news, we hope it is a positive sign for the four bloggers and cyberjournalists still imprisoned”, Reporters Without Borders said. June 11, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information IranMiddle East – North Africa to go furthercenter_img RSF_en Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists News News IranMiddle East – North Africa Arash Sigarchi, the journalist and blogger arrested on 17 January 2005 and sentenced one month later to 14 years in prison, was released from prison today. “It’s excellent news, we hope it is a positive sign for the four bloggers and cyberjournalists still imprisoned”, Reporters Without Borders said.A court in Rashat, in northern Iran, finally decided to release Sigarchi on 17 March, after payment of one billion Rials (95,000 euros) bail. According to our sources this bail was paid by his newspaper, Gylan Emroz. The blogger, who was able to go home the same day, will still have to await his appeal hearing for confirmation of the ruling.Three webloggers, Mojtaba Saminejad, Najmeh Oumidparvar and Mohamad Reza Nasab Abdolahi, as well as cyberjournalist, Mojtaba Lotfi, are still in prison.________________________________________________________23.02.2005Journalist and weblogger sentenced to 14 years in prisonReporters Without Borders expressed outrage after journalist and weblogger Arash Sigarchi was sentenced to 14 years in prison on 22 February by a revolutionary tribunal in Gilan, northern Iran.The worldwide press freedom organisation called on President Mohammad Khatami to intervene on behalf of 28-year-old Sigarchi, who has been in custody since his arrest on 17 January.The organisation also called on the delegations of countries attending a preparatory meeting in Geneva ahead of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) to contact their Iranian counterparts to demand Sigarchi’s release.”The authorities are trying to make an example of him. By handing down this harsh sentence against a weblogger, their aim is to dissuade journalists and Internet-users from expressing themselves online or contacting foreign media,” it said.”The Iranian president can no longer wash his hands of this by saying he is not responsible for the arrest, since Sigarchi was arrested by the intelligence ministry which in theory is answerable to the head of state.”He should therefore intervene quickly to get this weblogger out of prison. Then it should be the duty of delegations attending the UN conference to publicly condemn this sentence. We call on them to show their courage by demonstrating that freedom of expression is at stake at the WSIS,” the organisation said.Sigarchi, who has been held since 17 January in Lakan Prison, Rashat, was sentenced for espionage and insulting the country’s leaders but in reality he has been imprisoned for his work as a weblogger and journalist and contributing to American Radio Farda. The Iranian revolutionary tribunals are only supposed to rule on cases of high treason, espionage or counter-revolutionary activity. They should not be used to sentence journalists. Since Iranian law does not allow a citizen to be sentenced for a political offence, opponents of the regime and journalists are routinely accused of being spies or enemies of the revolution.Sigarchi, editor of the daily Gylan Emroz, has for the past three years runs a political and cultural blog,, on which he sometimes criticised the regime. The authorities had already blocked access to the site within the country. Organisation Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election News March 18, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Two Somaliland journalists fired, arrested for working for London-based station

June 12, 2021

first_img News RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia News RSF_en SomaliaAfrica Follow the news on Somalia March 2, 2021 Find out more SomaliaAfrica Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img News January 8, 2021 Find out more February 24, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region Reporters Without Borders today accused the breakaway state of Somaliland’s government of abusing its authority by ordering the dismissal and arrest of two part-time employees of state-owned Radio Hargeisa on the grounds that they also worked for a new privately-owned radio station broadcasting from London.”The two Radio Hargeisa employees must be cleared of all suspicion and unconditionally reinstated in their posts,” the press freedom organizations said, stressing that, “their present situation, in which they are threatened with being thrown in prison if they go back to working as journalists, is intolerable.”Reporters Without Borders added: “The situation of press freedom in Hargeisa may not be as catastrophic as in Mogadishu, but the authorities are extremely sensitive about criticism. In the case of these two journalists, it is clear that they wanted to make an example and put Somaliland’s journalists on their guard, while trying to stifle a radio station they dislike by depriving it of local correspondents.”Radio Hargeisa presenter Hodo Ahmed Qarboshe and reporter Ahmed Suleyman Dhuhul were fired on the orders of deputy information minister Ali Elmi Geele on 22 March. The breakaway state’s government said it was an act of misconduct for the two part-time employees to also work for Radio Horyaal, a new London-based station that broadcasts to the Horn of Africa.The Somali Journalist Network (SOJON), a local press freedom organization, said several agents detained Dhuhul at midday on 22 March on the orders of interior minister Ismaaciil Aadan Cismaanla and took him to the headquarters of Criminal investigation department. Qarboshe was arrested the next morning.They were interrogated about their links with Radio Horyaal and its management, and were accused of “spying.” They were finally released yesterday afternoon after the president of the Somaliland Journalists’ Association (SOLJA) paid bail for them.The Somaliland government (which is dominated by the Udub party) claims that Radio Horyaal belongs to the leading opposition party, Kulmiye. The station denies this, although local sources quoted by SOJON maintain that Kulmiye does indeed have links with the station.Located in northern Somalia, Somaliland unilaterally declared its independence in May 1991 but has never been officially recognised by the international community. The government, located in the city of Hargeisa, has never allowed privately-owned radio stations. Organisation March 24, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two Somaliland journalists fired, arrested for working for London-based station Newslast_img read more

Limerick Show is moving with the times

June 4, 2021

first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Pictured at the launch of Limerick Show, to be held in the Greenmount Racecourse.on August 22 and 23, are Gus and Denise Sheehy, Adam Casey, Roisin Hussey, with her mum Deirdre, sister Ciara and Holly. UP TO 15,000 visitors and 1,000 competitors are expected to descend on Limerick Racecourse this Saturday and Sunday to attend the city and county’s largest family and agricultural festival.The new marketing manager of the show, Rachel Walsh, says that the show is moving with the times.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The Limerick Show has been a huge part of the Limerick social calendar since the first show took place in 1929. This tradition lives on today and the show is now a place where people from city and county come together. We are delighted to have lots of new attractions at this year’s show; there really is something for everyone.”The Limerick Show is renowned for showcasing the best of Irish horse breeding, and this year is no exception as one of the special features is a Festival of Irish Breeding on Saturday August 22, presented by the Traditional Irish Horse Association.As always, there will be a wide range of show jumping classes, with the Show Jumping Grand Prix taking place on Sunday with riders from all over the country.For cattle enthusiasts a new dairy discussion group competition has been added to the Saturday programme.In addition to the diverse agricultural programme, there are lots of family-friendly additions to the show this year, and all children under 12 attend for free.A new Kids Zone, sponsored by Dublin Coach, will be available with free bouncy castles, face painting, a disco dome, balloon-making and more.If the little ones get tired they can hop on the kiddies train and catch a lift around the show grounds.Another new addition to the show is the Healthy Living Expo, which aims to promote healthy lifestyles and wellbeing.RTÉ One will also be on site filming their new medical series, ‘You Should Really See a Doctor’ on Saturday August 22, which features TV doctors Dr Pixie McKenna and Munster GP Dr Phil Kieran.The family dog show is one of the star attractions on Sunday at 1pm.Visitors can also shop to their hearts’ content at the indoor and outdoor retail village, artisan food stalls, farm machinery and more.Other attractions include sheep, goats, poultry, craft, art, photography, baking classes and horticulture exhibits.Free Dublin Coach buses will leave Brown Thomas and the Regional Hospital in Dooradoyle at 12 noon and 2pm each day, returning by arrangement with the driver. Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Facebook Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WhatsApp NewsLimerick Show is moving with the timesBy John Keogh – August 21, 2015 806 TAGSlimericklimerick racecoursethe Limerick Show Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Linkedincenter_img Previous articleGAA – Limerick U/21’s name side to face GalwayNext articlePatrickswell to benefit from renewal scheme John Keogh Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Twitter Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Printlast_img read more

Plus Appoints Former Amazon Executive Chuck Joseph to Lead Strategic Partnerships

June 2, 2021

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Fresh expenses probe into ten sitting and former Donegal County Councillors

May 27, 2021

first_img Twitter By News Highland – June 21, 2013 Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey News Google+ Donegal County Council has confirmed  anonymous correspondences have been received by the Ethics Registrar in the Council alleging that a number of current and former councillors did not attend for the full duration of certain conferences or seminars.The documentation is signed off on behalf of ‘Tax Payers of Donegal and Rate Payers of Donegal.’It’s being claimed that a number of sitting and former county councillors in Donegal claimed for conferences they shouldn’t have.Detailed documentation relating to ten sitting and ex councillors alleges that they claimed expenses for conferences they did not fully attend.The annonymous complainant claims that it is a ‘possible breach of the code of conduct of councillors’ not to attend a conference for its duration and did not represent good value for money to the tax payer.Details are given of the cost of the conferences, including mileage and subsistence.The cost of the conferences range from 497 euro to over 1,200 euro. The conferences date as far back to 2007.Donegal County Council has contacted those named to make them aware that their names on the documentation. Facebook Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Pinterest Fresh expenses probe into ten sitting and former Donegal County Councillors Google+center_img Pinterest LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Previous articleDerry based American woman on explosives charges gets bail in BelfastNext articleAnyone who hasn’t paid household charge by end of June will be hit with €200 fine News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also WhatsApplast_img read more