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first_img Iowa’s regulated sports betting market has recorded a 36.4% month-on-month decline in revenue for November, after a rise in handle was accompanied by an increase in payouts to customers. Amounts wagered for the month were up 27.6% from October at $59.3m, with signs that the gap between retail and internet is starting to widen.Total retail handle for the month climbed 24.8% to $25.7m, with online ahead on $33.7m, up 29.9%, the figures from the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission show. However, a total of $55.7m was paid out to customers in November, leaving revenue of $3.6m, compared to $5.7m for the prior month. Retail’s revenue contribution – $2.1m – was once again higher than online, which accounted for the remaining $1.5m. Looking at the individual licensees, the William Hill-powered sportsbook at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino continued to lead the market, with revenue of $1.0m, down 40.6%. This comprised $159,449.60 from its retail sportsbook, and a further $879,136.11 from online.Read the full story on iGB North America. 13th December 2019 | By contenteditor Iowa sports betting revenue falls 36.4% in November Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Race Track and Racino Iowa’s regulated sports betting market has recorded a 36.4% month-on-month decline in revenue for November, after a rise in handle was accompanied by an increase in payouts to customers. Regions: US Iowa Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Casino & games Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Horse racinglast_img read more

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Portugal’s online gambling market has seen the strong performance in the first half of 2019 continue into the third quarter, with total revenue up 39.4% year-over-year.iGaming Business and Ficom Leisure are pleased to present the Portugal iGaming Dashboard, providing revenue, product and game metrics on the dot.pt regulated market.The data is updated quarterly following the official release of the figures by Portuguese regulator the Serviço de Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos (SRIJ).For the nine months to 30 September, igaming revenue stands at €149.8m, meaning that even a weaker Q4 will see the market comfortably surpass 2018’s full-year total of €152.1m.This was aided by a new quarterly revenue record in Q3, of €54.1m, driven in particular by online casino. Sports betting has consistently been the most popular product in the market until the second quarter of 2019, at which point casino has forged ahead, with its Q3 total of €28.2m representing a 45.4% year-on-year improvement.This was driven by slots, which accounted for 67.7% of total online casino turnover over the three month period. The only other product to account for more than 10% of turnover was roulette, on 13.2%.Revenue from betting still continues to grow, however, and was up 33.5% in Q3. This, however, was largely down to a high win percentage benefitting operators – turnover, after hitting a high of €131.3m in Q1, dropped to €112.1m in Q2, though marginally improved to €114.0m in the third quarter.This was almost all staked on football, which accounted for 77.5% of the total, with a further 16.9% going on tennis. All other sports made up the remaining 5.6%.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 provides monthly figures on the New Jersey online market in the New Jersey iGaming Dashboard and Pennsylvania in the Pennsylvania iGaming Dashboard, 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 Italian market in the Italy iGaming Dashboard. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 17th December 2019 | By contenteditor Portugal iGaming Dashboard – Q3 2019 Email Address Portugal’s online gambling market has seen the strong performance in the first half of 2019 continue into the third quarter, with total revenue up 39.4% year-over-year. Casino & games Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Slot Machines Regions: Europe Western Europe Portugal Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Slots Table gameslast_img read more

first_imgZambia Sugar Plc (ZMSG.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Agri-industrial sector has released it’s 2008 abridged results.For more information about Zambia Sugar Plc (ZMSG.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Zambia Sugar Plc (ZMSG.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Zambia Sugar Plc (ZMSG.zm)  2008 abridged results.Company ProfileZambia Sugar Plc is the largest sugar producer in Zambia. The company has interests in growing sugar cane and producing raw sugar and specialty sugar products for domestic and export markets. Zambia Sugar produces sugar products under the Whitespoon brand name, and exports niche-market sugars countries in the European Union. The sugar enterprise has cane estates and a sugar factor in Nakambala in the South West Province of Zambia. Its total annual sugar production capacity ranges from 200 000 tons to 450 000 tons. Zambia Sugar is a subsidiary of Illovo Sugar which in turn is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Associated British Foods Plc. Illovo produces raw and refined for local and export markets with sugar cane grown by independent out-growers. Zambia Sugar Plc is listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchangelast_img read more

first_imgMedine Ltd (MSE.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2010 annual report.For more information about Medine Ltd (MSE.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Medine Ltd (MSE.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Medine Ltd (MSE.mu)  2010 annual report.Company ProfileMedine Limited is involved in the agriculture, education, property, as well as leisure and hospitality activities. Through these segments, the company plants and mills sugar cane for the production of sugar and sugarcane by-products, generates and sells electricity through bagasse, offers provision landscaping and nursery services, produces vegetables and fruits, operates poultry farming, provides nursery, pre-primary, primary school, secondary school, higher education, and executive training services. Medine Limited also deals in property development activities, rental of office and commercial buildings, and other related land transactions. In addition, the company operates Casela World of Adventures park, Tamarina golf and spa boutique hotel, sports aquatics and recreation centre, a full-fledged sports, health, and leisure complex, Yemen lodge, Yemen Pavilion, as well as offers deer ranching and hunting services. Medine Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

first_imgDiamond Trust Bank of Kenya Limited (DTK.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2013 abridged results.For more information about Diamond Trust Bank of Kenya Limited (DTK.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Diamond Trust Bank of Kenya Limited (DTK.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Diamond Trust Bank of Kenya Limited (DTK.ke)  2013 abridged results.Company ProfileDiamond Trust Bank of Kenya Limited is a financial services and insurance group providing products and services to clients in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi. The company offers a diverse range of products for transactional banking as well as a full service offering for mortgages, asset financing and an insurance premium finance facility. Its treasury services include spot and forward foreign exchange transactions, cross currency swaps and deals, fixed income securities, corporate bonds, fixed income securities, structured treasury products and money market products. Its trade finance services include letters of credit, documentary and clean collections, negotiation of export bills, suppliers credit financing and bank guarantees. Formerly known as Diamond Trust of Kenya, the company changed its name to Diamond Trust Bank Kenya Limited in 1997. Its head office is based in Nairobi, Kenya. Diamond Trust Bank of Kenya Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

first_img Howard Lake | 22 March 2006 | News Billion Dollar Babes, the premiere fashion sale for women in the US and London is coming to Dublin on Saturday, 25 March at the Custom House Quay, IFSC Dublin Docklands,’ with the door money going to the Irish Cancer Society.BDB is an invitation-only event featuring exclusive access to heavily-discounted garments & accessories from more than 35 contemporary fashion designers, including: Diane Von Furstenberg, Vivienne Westwood,Ghost, Jenny Packham, Issey Miyake, Ann Louise Roswald, Louise Kennedy, Alex Gore Brown, Ella Moss and more. All proceeds from a ‚€4 door fee will go to Action Breast Cancer, a project of the Irish Cancer Society. Meanwhile, ICS will launch its annual Daffodil Day event on Friday. The cancer charity hopes to raise ‚€3 million, making it the biggest charity event in Ireland. Advertisement Tagged with: Ireland AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  33 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Billion Dollar Babes comes to Dublin 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.last_img read more

first_img  174 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis15 Andrew Day joins Gifted Philanthropy as chief executive AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis15 Tagged with: Charity People Recruitment / people Melanie May | 7 December 2016 | News Andrew Day has joined full service fundraising agency Gifted Philanthropy as chief executive.Day joined Gifted Philanthropy in November from Compton Fundraising Consultants where he was group chief executive for 28 years. Originally from Australia and with 30 years’ experience in the fundraising sector, Day moved to the UK in 1996. Day was the first non-North American to serve as Chair of the Washington DC-based CFRE examination board, and was also chairman of the Association of Fundraising Consultants from 2005 to 2009.Day also co-authored Capital Fundraising in the UK, is a regular conference speaker and commentator. He is also currently chairman of trustees at St Chad’s Centre Trust Company in Warwickshire, trustee for the National Churches Trust, and Ward Councillor for Warwick District Council.Director Chris Goldie said:“I’ve watched Andrew rise to the top of his game, serving cathedrals, hospitals, education and heritage clients with a rare blend of wisdom and attention to detail. No other fundraiser in the UK has Andrew’s breadth of experience or insightful understanding of major donors.”  173 total views,  1 views today Advertisement About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

first_imgHugo ChávezThe Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) met in Santiago de Chile toward the end of January. From his hospital bed in Havana, Cuba, President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela sent the following message on Jan. 27.Sisters and brothers:On behalf of the people of Venezuela, receive a fervent Bolivarian greeting and living testimony of brotherhood toward each of the peoples of the Great Nation. I really and truly regret not being able to attend this event in Santiago de Chile. As it is known to all of you, since December of last year I am once again struggling for my health in revolutionary Cuba. That is why these lines are my way to be present at the Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, my way of reaffirming, today more than ever, the living and active engagement of Venezuela with the historical cause of the Union.It is impossible not to feel Simon Bolivar pulsing among us in this summit of unity. Impossible not to evoke Pablo Neruda, Pablo of Chile and America, in this land and in this present moment of the Great Nation we are made of:Liberator, a world of peace was born in your arms. /Peace, bread, wheat are born from your blood, /from our young blood which comes from your blood /will come peace, bread and wheat for the world we are to make.Bolivar, Bolivar always. In this 2013 we are celebrating the bicentennial of the admirable campaign: 200 years of that prodigious Bolivarian epic. On May 14, 1813, an army of New Granada and Venezuela departed from Cucuta commanded by then Brigadier Simon Bolivar, advancing with prodigious speed, and fought and won in Niquitao, Los Horcones and Taguanes to liberate central and western Venezuela, entering triumphantly on August 6 of that year of glory in Caracas. The military victory of the patriots had a transcendent political consequence: the birth of the Second Republic of Venezuela.And hence with a vivid memory, I want to share with you a certainty: thanks to the CELAC we are beginning to look like everything we once were and what we wanted to be but was taken from us, we’re looking like the Pachamama, the cosmic belt of the South, the queen of nations and the mother of republics.The spirit of unity has returned with full strength, it is the spirit of our liberators reincarnated in the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean; it is the spirit in which many voices come together to speak with one voice. It was the endearing spirit of the Summit of Latin America and the Caribbean that gave birth to CELAC in Caracas; it is the enduring spirit of this Summit in Santiago de Chile.Since that December of 2011 when we founded CELAC in Caracas, world events have ratified the extraordinary importance of the great step forward we took. There is the crisis hitting the U.S. and Europe and throwing thousands of people into misery. Thousands of men, women and children have lost their homes, their jobs, their social security, their most elemental rights. While the U.S. and Europe, paraphrasing the eminent philosopher Ernesto Laclau, are committing collective suicide, we are weathering the storm, and we will definitely ride it out.Today, we are an example of unity in diversity, of justice, welfare and happiness to the world.At one year and almost two months since its founding in Caracas, CELAC has managed to stand with a character and a well-defined personality, above any judgment or ambition outside its principles and tenets. Today more than ever we can say that when we affirm that we have really and truly resumed the path of our Liberators, a slogan that identifies this Community, we were not making an empty or hollow statement. And now, such a transcendent slogan requires that we fill it each day with more and more historical, political, economic and social content.That is why today we ratify the denunciation and condemnation of the shameful imperial blockade against revolutionary Cuba, the continuous colonization and now the progressive militarization of the Malvinas Islands, both of which are violations of all UN resolutions issued to safeguard the rights of the Cuban and Argentine people, but with no will on the part of this supranational organization to fulfill them. Justice is unquestionably on the side of Cuba and Argentina. If we are a nation of republics, our sovereignty is that of the entire Great Nation, and we must enforce it.When the mournful sound of the drums of war is heard around the world, how valuable it is that the states of Latin America and the Caribbean are creating a zone of peace that jealously protects international law and defends political and negotiated solutions to conflicts. We have a duty to face the logic of war with a culture of peace, based on justice and equality.CELAC is the most important project of political, economic, social and cultural unity in our contemporary history. We all have the right to feel proud: the nation of republics, as the liberator Simon Bolivar called it, has begun to emerge as a beautiful and happy reality. How not to recall, once again, the voice of Neruda when he tells us in his memorable poem “The Heights of Machu Picchu”:Rise to birth with me, brother. Let us rise, sisters and brothers, because the time has come to be born again, with all of the past and all of the future illuminating the present.The sacred purposes, the fraternal relations and the common interests that unite the republics of Latin America and the Caribbean, have in CELAC a fundamental instrument not only to guarantee the stability of the governments that our peoples have given themselves, but also their sovereignty and, let us say with Jorge Luis Borges, the perpetuity of each of our nations.Our common path has been long and difficult since we faced the Spanish Empire in the 19th century. The fight for independence, the fight that continues today, was linked, indissolubly linked, to the thoughts and actions of our liberators, to the fight for unity, for the construction of a Great Nation based on the most solid foundation. Let us remember what Bolivar said: There should be one single nation for the Americas, given that we have had perfect unity in everything.But the oligarchy closed the door to a historical project of unity, and we are stillpaying the price. Argentinean writer Norberto Galasso was right: What could have been the victory of the Great Nation became twenty defeats of small nations. This history should not repeat itself. I still have faith in those words I said in Caracas on the historic 2nd of December, 2011, when CELAC was founded: We are either one nation or we are not a nation! We either make a single Great Nation, or no one on these lands will have a nation!How could we not see ourselves in the words of liberator Bernardo O’Higgins, the great disciple of the immense Francisco de Miranda, who wrote to Bolivar in 1818: The cause that Chile defends is the same one committed to by Buenos Aires, New Granada, Mexico and Venezuela, or better yet, it is the cause of the entire continent of Colombia.Everything we do for unity will not only be justified by history, it will also become the most enlightened legacy we can leave to future generations. We will also be actively honoring the memory of our liberators. In CELAC, as Bolivar wanted, we have become one nation.I want to invoke a few words from the wise Andres Bello, who was as deeply Chilean as he was Venezuelan, who was not only the pioneer of international law in our Americas, but also the first lawyer in the world to shape the doctrines of multilateral organizations of integration and unity. Since the 19th century, this great forger of our intellectual independence has continued marking our path: The tendency of the century we live in is to multiply the points of contact between peoples, to unite them, to bind them in friendship, to make the entire human species one single family. To resist this tendency is to descend from the heights of civilization. My belief is that in the 21st century, this tendency ought to be the same as the one so brilliantly stated by Bello.Transcendent politics has room to flourish in CELAC. It has been eloquently stated in the manifesto that our Latin Caribbean America is capable of presenting itself and thinking of itself both within the region and before the world with full autonomy, and is capable of acting jointly.Transcendent politics presupposes that learning is ongoing: it is learning how to live with our differences, to accept and process them, always finding the best way of complementing each other. Transcendent politics impedes schemes from dividing us. Let us not forget that painful warning from Bolivar: A schemer does more in one day than one hundred good men do in one month.But I am convinced that in this amazing hour of our history, those who intend to divert us will fail. That what will prevail, and I say this with Bolivar’s words, is the inestimable good of unity, that the Monroe Doctrine will definitively disappear as an instrument of oppression, domination and disunity in this side of the world.The enlightening words, following a clear Bolivarian theme, of the great Argentinean thinker Jorge Abelardo Ramos in his History of the Latin American Nation (1968), should cause us to reflect: Underdevelopment, as social scientists and technicians now call it, is not purely economic or productive in nature. It is intensely historic in meaning. It is the result of Latin American fragmentation. What happens, in short, is that there is a national question that remains unanswered. Latin America is not divided because it is “underdeveloped;” it is “underdeveloped” because it is divided. Underdevelopment is the child of division, and that is exactly why it is imperative to resolve the question of a national Americas in the coming years. Today we meet all the objective and subjective conditions to do so.Dear Brothers and Sisters:I am going to briefly touch on a few topics of the CELAC agenda. I have left some out so as not to make this letter too long.I think it is crucial to rigorously comply with two great social commitments included in the Caracas Action Plan in order for CELAC to have value for our peoples: I speak of the development of the Latin American and Caribbean Literacy Program and the Latin American and Caribbean Program for Eradicating Hunger.The only response countries of the first world have had in the face of the crisis has been cutting social spending and public investment. In CELAC, we can maintain economic growth with strong social investments, agreeing to a common agenda for equality and for the recognition of the universal right of each of our citizens, without exception, to free health care and education.Moreover, we must reach accords that will allow us to create and promote a common energy agenda. We have the strength, at the outset, to face the extreme panorama of a world where energy sources have their days numbered. The region’s resources are huge: we only need to create appropriate policies that do justice to the gifts nature has provided. We have the experience of a successful PetroCaribe to show that is it possible to create an energy alliance based on reciprocity.I want to paraphrase Bolivar: what we have done is but a prelude to the great task that remains to consolidate our CELAC. Never before have we had such an appropriate setting. Let us multiply the good effects and the well-managed efforts, and I say this with Bolivar, to make CELAC the center of a new system of unity of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.Dear Heads of State and Government:We have committed ourselves to giving Cuba all our support, as it will hold the pro tempore presidency of our Community following this Santiago Summit. This is an act of justice following 50 years of resistance to the criminal imperial embargo. Latin America and the Caribbean are speaking with one voice, telling the United States that all of its attempts to isolate Cuba have failed and will fail.As fate would have it, and it will go down in history, today, precisely as Cuba assumes the pro tempore Presidency of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, is the 160th anniversary of the birth of the apostle of Cuban independence, one of the greatest Bolivarians of all time: Jose Marti.His prophetic words still resonate today: “we intentionally say people and not peoples so as to not think there is more than one from the Rio Grande to Patagonia. It should be one because it is one. The Americas, even when it does not want to, and when brothers fight, will be together in the end of a colossal spiritual nation, they will love each other then.”The time has come for Marti’s love, Bolivar’s love, the love of our Americas.That is why, from my Bolivarian heart, I hope for the resounding success of this CELAC Summit. Here in Havana I will be watching its development. With all the light of the Great Nation that burns more brightly today in Santiago de Chile, I send an endless and brotherly hug to each and every one of you.Hugo Chávez FríasPresident of the Bolivarian Republic of VenezuelaAlways towards victory!Long live the union of our peoples!Long live CELAC!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_imgNews Receive email alerts RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan December 16, 2020 Find out more After dozens of journalists were prevented from covering opposition protests in recent days in Iraqi Kurdistan and opposition TV broadcaster NRT was closed in Sulaymaniyah on 19 December, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Kurdish authorities and demonstrators to allow the media to freely report the news. News Help by sharing this information February 15, 2021 Find out more RSF_en to go further December 28, 2020 Find out morecenter_img Follow the news on Iraq Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” December 28, 2017 Journalists arrested to prevent coverage of Iraqi Kurdistan protests Organisation News News IraqMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses ViolenceFreedom of expression Rania, 20 décembre 2017, (c) AFP IraqMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses ViolenceFreedom of expression Members of the security forces have subjected dozens of journalists to violence and intimidation with the aim of preventing them from covering the demonstrations, which in some cases have been accompanied by bloodshed. KNN television reporter Ari Luqman sustained a hand injury while covering a protest in Chamchamal, a city located between Sulaymaniyah and Kirkuk, on 19 December. His cameraman, Hemn Ahmed, sustained an ankle injury that was inflicted by the security forces, and his equipment was smashed. Many other cases of heavy-handed intimidation were reported. The victims included Choman Osman, a KNN reporter covering a demonstration in Halabja, a city in southeastern Iraqi Kurdistan, on 20 December. Xendan news agency reporter Dana Sohpi Braim said a bodyguard hit him on the head when he asked one of the security chiefs of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) for a comment about the situation in Ranya, a town in Sulaymaniyah province. He said the members of the security forces arrested him in the street three days later and interrogated him for an entire day because they suspected him of being responsible for opposition pages on social networks. Journalists threatened and arrested Detention and interrogation have sometimes lasted several days. This was the case with Bahoz Nesradin, a reporter for TV broadcaster NRT’s website, who was held from 22 to 27 December in the city of Sulaymaniyah. NRT digital media director Suhaib Ahmed was arrested at Sulaymaniyah airport on the night of 24 December as he was about to fly to Baghdad. NRT managing director Awat Ali says he has beenin hiding since NRT’s closure for fear of arrest. Dozens of other individuals, including politically engaged journalists, activists and human rights defenders, have also had to go into hiding. Erbil-based NRT reporter Hersh Qader said six members of the Asayesh (security forces) stopped him as he was travelling to Sulaymaniyah for personal reasons on 21 December. After asking him to confirm that he worked for NRT, they insulted him, pointed their guns at him and ordered him to return to Erbil. One of them even hit him, according to a local NGO that defends journalists. Although NRT’s journalists have been particularly targeted, they are not the only ones. For example, Ali Qader, a Roj News reporter based in Qaladiza (140 km north of Sulaymaniyah), was detained for several hours on 19 December. “Covering protests is a right and should not be regarded as inciting violence,” RSF said. “On the contrary, the authorities should pay particular attention to the safety of journalists when they cover protests, as stated in UN Human Rights Council Resolution 25/38 of 2014. Furthermore, intimidating journalists by means of arrest campaigns or closing a TV broadcaster linked to the opposition undermines media pluralism, which is essential in a democracy.” NRT’s closure The Iraqi Kurdish authorities said NRT was being closed for seven days when they raided its headquarters in Sulaymaniyah on 19 December and suspended broadcasting by all of its channels (NRT1, NRT2 and NRT Arab). But the security forces confiscated all of its equipment, which suggests that the closure could continue for longer. The authorities accuse NRT of encouraging the protests and the violence, while NRT disputes the legal basis for its closure. The authorities also shut down NRT’s website on 20 December. NRT describes itself as independent but it has close links to the political opposition, which opposes the Kurdistan government’s current push for independence from Iraq. NRT’s founder, who left the NRT management a few months ago to form an opposition party called New Generation, was arrested at Sulaymaniyah airport as he returned to Kurdistan on 19 December and was held for a week. Journalists also targeted by demonstrators On 19 December, demonstrators in Ranya attacked and set fire to the buildings that house Raparin TV and two radio stations, Mashxalan and Yekgrtw. On the same day, demonstrators also set fire to the KNN bureau in Koy Sanjaq, a town 120 km northwest of Sulaymaniyah. The headquarters of many parties, regardless of their political positions, were also the targets of angry protests. Stones were even thrown at Roj News reporter Hawkar Mustafa in Said Sadiq, a city 50 km southeast of Sulaymaniyah, on 18 December. Attacks of this kind against journalists and media outlets recur from time to time and are exacerbated by national and regional tension, the security situation and economic problems. RSF has often had to condemn threats to journalists in its press releases. Iraq is ranked 158th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. last_img read more

first_img Twitter WhatsApp Local NewsBusinessUS NewsWorld News By Digital AIM Web Support – February 15, 2021 Facebook Pinterest UK opens quarantine hotels, pushes on with vaccine drive A coach delivers passengers to the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, near Heathrow Airport, London, Monday Feb. 15, 2021 where they will remain during a 10 day quarantine period after returning to England from one of 33 “red list” countries. New regulations now in force require anyone who has been in a ‘high-risk’ location to enter England through a designated port and have pre-booked a package to stay at one of the Government’s managed quarantine facilities.center_img Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest TAGS  Facebook Previous articlePOLL ALERT: UConn is new No. 1 in women’s AP Top 25, switching places with South Carolina after beating Gamecocks in OTNext articlePower outages paralyze OdessaMost of state also affected Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more