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Nektan sells Respin stake to Alternative Investment Partners

first_img Regions: US 17th April 2019 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Finance Strategy Tags: Online Gambling Nektan sells Respin stake to Alternative Investment Partners Finance Gaming platform and services provider Nektan has sold a 57.5% majority stake in its Respin US subsidiary to Alternative Investment Partners Limited (AIP) for an initial cash consideration of £300,000 (€346,350/$391,680).Nektan has been in talks with a number of provisional buyers for several months, but until now has not revealed the identity of any businesses involved in these discussions.The deal with AIP also includes the provision of $800,000 in working capital to Respin, as opposed to the agreement comprising a £2m cash fee and £300,000 in working capital that Nektan had previously announced.Nektan has said the reason behind the change in terms of the deal are the result of the original proposed purchaser not being able to complete the transaction in the required time period and the new buyer renegotiating fresh terms.   “The majority sale of our US subsidiary allows Nektan to retain a material stake in the emerging US market without funding it on an ongoing basis,” Nektan CEO Lucy Buckley said. “We look forward to continuing to work closely with Respin as we firmly believe in our US mobile casino product.“As previously announced, Respin has steadily been gaining traction in the US, signing deals with some of the biggest land-based casinos in the world and we are excited about the macro trends in the market.”“Removal of the cash burn of the US business will allow Nektan to focus on the profitability of its core European business and continue to grow the company globally.”As a result of the sale, Nektan has said that a number of other inter-conditional transactions have been reconfirmed and are expected to complete no later than April 30. These include a credit-linked note conversion,  equity placing and subscriptions.Should these transactions go through as expected, Nektan says that it will have sufficient working capital for its present operational requirements.However, Nektan has said that it is still in talks with UK tax authority HMRC in relation to a point of consumption tax bill of around £3.6m that is due at the end of April. Nektan said if the discussions are not successful, this may mean it needs to raise additional funding.Earlier this month, Nektan reported a 5.9% year-on-year increase in revenue for the third quarter, though noted that performance in the period was impacted by a number of factors.While revenue for the three months ended March 31 was up from £5.1m in the prior year to £5.4m, this represented a 15.6% decline from the second quarter of the current financial year. Nektan said this was down to factors such as seasonality, tighter UK regulations around player marketing and verifications and a delay in its Swedish operating licence being granted.The supplier only released figures on revenue, staking and customer numbers in its trading update, meaning there was no update on its bottom-line performance. Gaming platform and services provider Nektan has sold a 57.5% stake in its Respin US subsidiary to Alternative Investment Partners Limited (AIP) for an initial cash consideration of £300,000 (€346,350/$391,680). The price is significantly below the original £2m consideration that the supplier had previously announced. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Addresslast_img read more

BHA extends British racing suspension, targets May restart

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Sports betting Horse racing BHA extends British racing suspension, targets May restart The British Horseracing Association (BHA) has extended the suspension of all British racing, but aims to resume activities next month. Email Address Tags: Race Track and Racino Horse racing The British Horseracing Association (BHA) has extended the suspension of all British racing, but aims to resume activities next month.Racing has been suspended since 18 March and had not been set to resume until the end of April, due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. However, with the UK still in lockdown and the government set to extend these measures for a further three weeks, the BHA has now said that racing will not resume this month.Though the BHA did not set an exact date for ending the suspension, it said plans are in place so that racing can resume as soon as is possible and appropriate in consultation with government.The BHA said it hopes to resume racing at some point in May, but only if this is possible and in line with government measures. The organisation said it would continue to work with trainers, racecourses and other participants to develop a phased plan for resumption.Racing would likely take place behind closed doors until June at the earliest, with the BHA saying there is a “very strong likelihood” that the current restrictions on mass gatherings would remain in place. The BHA had initially floated the idea of holding races behind closed doors before the lockdown was announced.For staff required to operate racing, the BHA said that it would implement “tough biosecurity measures” to help keep any health risks to a minimum.“We stopped racing in March to protect the health and safety of the public and to limit demands on the NHS,” BHA chief executive Nick Rust said. “It’s right to continue this suspension until the pressure on the NHS allows for a resumption and we can assure the safety of those taking part.“We’ll continue to develop a range of options drawing on the expertise of our participants and racecourses. But for now, we are all focused on supporting the national effort, maintaining social distancing restrictions and taking care of our people and our horses.”The UK is not the only horse racing market to have been hit by the coronavirus, with Ireland, France and New Zealand among the other countries to have also stopped racing during the outbreak. Regions: UK & Ireland Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 16th April 2020 | By contenteditorlast_img read more

John Holt Plc (JHLT.ng) HY2019 Interim Report

first_imgJohn Holt Plc (JHLT.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the half year.For more information about John Holt Plc (JHLT.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the John Holt Plc (JHLT.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: John Holt Plc (JHLT.ng)  2019 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileJohn Holt Plc assembles, sells, leases and services power and cooling equipment in Nigeria and has business interests in the energy, infrastructure and construction sectors. The company sells, leases and maintains Holt Star air conditioners for home and industrial use; sells, installs and maintains diesel generators; provides after-sales service and spare parts for its product range; and supplies fire and safety equipment and services. John Holt Plc has business interests in warehousing and inventory management, facility management, property development and the construction of glass reinforced plastic boats. Other business interests include construction and maintenance of power projects, supply of power equipment such as transformers, hybrid generators, gas generators and pre-pad meters, and providing services to the power sector which includes power plant management, energy audits, capacity building, technical training and power system redesigns. John Holt Plc is involved in designing and constructing roads, bridges, drainages, residential and industrial buildings, warehouses, shoreline protection facilities, jetties and telecommunications masts. The company also provides professional services for the exploration and production sectors and oil and gas sectors. John Hold Plc is a subsidiary of John Hold & Company (Liverpool) Limited. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. John Holt Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

SIT Land Holdings Ltd (SIT.mu) HY2019 Interim Report

first_imgSIT Land Holdings Ltd (SIT.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the half year.For more information about SIT Land Holdings Ltd (SIT.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the SIT Land Holdings Ltd (SIT.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: SIT Land Holdings Ltd (SIT.mu)  2019 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileSIT Land Holdings Limited is an investment holdings company. The company is involved in the growing of sugarcane in Mauritius. SIT Land Holdings Limited also engages in the acquisition, holding and disposal of agricultural properties. SIT Land Holdings Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img

Should I buy Biogen shares?

first_img See all posts by Nadia Yaqub “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Nadia Yaqub | Wednesday, 9th June, 2021 | More on: BIIB Should I buy Biogen shares? Nadia Yaqub has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Barclays and Biogen. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Biogen (NASDAQ: BIIB) shares are receiving a lot of attention. The stock rallied on Monday after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave approval for the company’s Alzheimer’s drug.I’m not surprised that Biogen shares soared on this news. But should I buy now? No, but I’ll be monitoring the stock. There’s a lot of hype now surrounding this biotech firm. Firstly, I’m waiting for this euphoria to subside. Secondly, I’ve analysed the FDA’s statement, and the company still has a lot of work to do. Unfortunately, the approval isn’t straightforward.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…The approvalLet me start by saying that it’s always a big deal for a biotech company when a regulator, like the FDA, gives an approval. And this certainly applies for Biogen. Biogen has developed an Alzheimer’s drug called aducanumab, which is sold under the brand name Aduhelm. On Monday, the FDA gave this drug an accelerated approval. But what does this mean?Well, the FDA has indicated that the drug could provide a clinical benefit to Alzheimer’s patients. But I think the key thing to note is that the FDA now requires Biogen to conduct new randomised and controlled clinical trials to verify this.I reckon the hard work for the company has just started. If the additional trials fail to confirm clinical benefit, then the FDA may have to withdraw the approval of the drug. There’s no guarantee the drug will be successful. Now that Biogen shares have rallied and are trading close to all-time highs, the stock is likely to be sensitive to any negative news.The opportunityIf the biotech firm can get this right, then the upside is huge. According to the FDA’s website, Alzheimer’s is a debilitating disease that affects 6.2m Americans. It’s a progressive brain disorder that slowly attacks the memory and thinking skills. Eventually, it can impair the ability to carry out simple tasks.Now here’s where Aduhelm comes in. So far the drug is the first of its kind approved for this devastating illness. In fact, scientists have been trying for years to treat the disease. This approval is the first new treatment approved for Alzheimer’s since 2003. In my opinion, this is a crucial inflection point for the battle against the illness.But as I mentioned, Biogen has to conduct further trials. This will come at an additional cost to the firm, which could place pressure on profitability.Market consensusJust as Biogen shares rallied, institutional investors have also become bullish on the stock. Several investment banks have increased their price targets.For example, Barclays has hiked its price target for Biogen to $395 from $265, but still maintains an ‘equal weight’ rating on the stock. Citigroup has upgraded the shares from a ‘sell’ to a ‘neutral’ and lifted its target from $200 to $440.My viewI think Biogen has made a huge amount of progress to develop a treatment to tackle Alzheimer’s. And for this I commend the biotech company.But there’s still a lot of risk involved and no guarantee the drug will be successful in future trials. So for now, I’ll be watching the stock closely. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Image source: Getty Images. Enter Your Email Addresslast_img read more

Clifftop House in Maui / Dekleva Gregoric Arhitekti

first_imgCopyAbout this officedekleva gregoric architectsOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMauiHousesTop100United StatesPublished on February 27, 2012Cite: “Clifftop House in Maui / Dekleva Gregoric Arhitekti” 27 Feb 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodWood Siding in KSR Villa BodrumGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisMill Finished Copper: Nordic StandardBedsFlorenseBed – UpholsteredSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Qd-ClassMetal PanelsTrimoMetal Panel Finishes – ArtMeSkylightsLAMILUXRooflight F100 CircularWire MeshGKD Metal FabricsMetal Fabric in TransportationSystems / Prefabricated PanelsInvestwoodCement-Bonded Particle Board – Viroc NatureMetal PanelsRHEINZINKSeam Systems – Flatlock TilesSofasMenuDining Bench – EaveTablesArtisanCoffee Table – BloopMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?立足崖边,迎风矗立 Clifftop House in Maui / dekleva gregoric architects是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/210926/clifftop-house-in-maui-dekleva-gregoric-arhitekti Clipboard Area:  10000 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Clifftop House in Maui / Dekleva Gregoric Arhitekti CopyHouses•Maui, United States Year:  Architects: dekleva gregoric architects Area Area of this architecture project Clifftop House in Maui / Dekleva Gregoric ArhitektiSave this projectSaveClifftop House in Maui / Dekleva Gregoric Arhitekti 2011 Manufacturers: Ikea, Magis, Seletti, Black Pearl, Comstock Castle, Nitty Gritty, Technics, ebay (source)Client:Robert & Drazena StrojProject Team:Aljoša Dekleva u.d.i.a., Tina Gregorič u.d.i.a., Flavio Coddou dipl.arch., Lea Kovič u.d.i.a.City:MauiCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Cristóbal Palma / Estudio PalmaRecommended ProductsWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – Revolving Door 4000 SeriesWindowsLibartVertical Retracting Doors & WindowsThe owners and the site Windsurf sail designer Robert Stroj moves from Europe to Maui to lead the design research studio of Neil Pryde in Kahului, Maui. If Maui south coast is gentle and works for indulging all-inclusive holidays, its north coast is a rough surfer’s paradise with strong winds and most important perfect waves.It is in the middle of the ocean, far-off from almost everything. The home in such an environment becomes crucially important. Besides being just a home, this house works also as a social venue for the owners. The evening events are culinary blasts, where every guest realizes that cooking is not just necessity but more an obsession. Therefore the kitchen and the dining form the centre of the house – a fluid space between enclosed private volumes.Save this picture!design concept sketchSave this picture!Floor Plan+ 32The conditions and the response Perfect ocean view, beautiful cliffs, strong winds and unspoiled landscape. Is there any space for a house? It was a very unusual task for us European architects usually dealing with quite dense urban environment. It was hard to understand before its first visit, and easy to respond after some days spent there. The concept defines several ’houses’ under a common roof which also serves as a folded wooden deck and integrates the house with the landscape. Each separate ‘house’ is an U-shaped volume that works as a en-suite double room (bedroom plus bathroom) and opens up to the perfect ocean view.Save this picture!© Cristóbal Palma / Estudio PalmaThe roof concept is strongly related to the rough climate with loads of sun and strong ocean winds. The area of the roof is twice the size of the house, so the size of the covered outdoor space equals the size of the indoor space. It needs no air-conditioning, since it is cross ventilated throughout. The folded roof is carefully attached to the walls of U-shaped volumes and defines specific spaces.Save this picture!© Cristóbal Palma / Estudio PalmaSave this picture!sequence axonThe local materials are used for the finishing of the house. The walls are rendered with the same plaster with beach sand indoor and outdoor and furthermore emphasize the smooth indoor-outdoor relationship. The same IPE wood is used for the floor plus terrace, ceiling and even the roof. On the other hand the house is for US standards atypically constructed out of concrete blocks, which just reflects the European origin of the owner.Save this picture!© Cristóbal Palma / Estudio PalmaConstruction-site control We like to believe the architecture is done on-site with a strong control of the construction process. Here we were not able to visit the site while in process as often as we would want to, but all the essential supervision and site-coordination work was extremely carefully done by the owner – industrial designer.Save this picture!© Cristóbal Palma / Estudio PalmaProject gallerySee allShow less’Album’ Exhibition / Ronan and Erwan BouroullecArticles’365 – Charming Everyday Things’ Exhibition / DGT ArchitectsArticles Sharecenter_img “COPY” United States Photographs:  Cristóbal Palma / Estudio Palma Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Houses ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/210926/clifftop-house-in-maui-dekleva-gregoric-arhitekti Clipboard Save this picture!© Cristóbal Palma / Estudio Palma+ 32 Share “COPY” Photographslast_img read more

New funding partnership will support UK fashion & textile workers with disabled children

first_imgNew funding partnership will support UK fashion & textile workers with disabled children  88 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 Two charities have partnered to provide funding help to parents of disabled children who work or have recently worked in the UK fashion and textile industry.Caudwell Children and the Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust will provide shared funding for a range of mobility and sensory equipment, therapies and treatments; including specialist wheelchairs, buggies, car seats, tricycles and light sensory packs. The funding is available for items with a cost of £750 or more.To be eligible for funding, the family must either have at least one parent or carer working in the UK fashion and textile industry, or have one parent or carer who has worked in the industry within the last nine years, and who must have worked in the industry for at least one year.Funding requests must be received by Saturday 31st June, 2017 with those interested asked to phone or email Caudwell Children’s Applications team on 01782 600266 and [email protected] Pangbourne, director of the Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust, said:“We are absolutely delighted to be working in partnership with Caudwell Children to reach many more UK families with disabled children; families who may not realise they are eligible for our support because of where they work.”Image: Mother and daughter with a Caudwell Children family support worker Advertisement Tagged with: fashion Funding AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7center_img  87 total views,  1 views today 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. Melanie May | 27 March 2017 | Newslast_img read more

Ecuador’s presidential election: What’s at stake?

first_imgIbarra, EcuadorApril 9 — The latest polls before the April 11 runoff presidential election here revealed high percentages of null votes and undecided voters and little space between the two candidates. During the last four years, the dominant ruling elites never ceased their desperate and blatantly undemocratic destruction of the Citizens’ Revolution (RC) in an attempt to maintain their hold on state power. This makes the election’s stakes high for Ecuador’s workers. Economist Andrés Arauz is the candidate for the UNES — United for Hope coalition. Former President Rafael Correa and his Citizens’ Revolution movement support Arauz. Arauz’s opponent, banker Guillermo Lasso, is running on the CREO-Social Christian ticket and is closely associated with incumbent Lenín Moreno’s regime. In 2017, Lasso lost to Moreno, who is now considered the “worst president” in the history of Ecuador. After winning, Moreno began implementing banker Lasso’s agenda. In his characteristic stealth mode, Lasso co-governed with the traitor Moreno, who bows to the dictates of the International Monetary Fund and kneels before the U.S. State Department.Elections alone are unable to determine the bitter struggle that decides which class rules. A more central question is who controls the armed forces; who controls the police? Not elections alone but living class struggles determine these questions.Conditions in EcuadorNevertheless, elections indicate what the masses of people want. It is reasonable that millions of Ecuadorians see this election as a matter of life and death. Millions have been driven into poverty by IMF-imposed austerity measures before and during the COVID crisis under the Moreno-Lasso program. Youth are without work, education and a future. Women have multiple economic issues; they have no access to legal abortion even in the case of rape and are victims of rampant femicide. Women are highly exploited as unpaid laborers and low-wage workers in the precarious informal economy that employs more than half of the working class. LGBTIQ+ people are a marginalized population virtually without civil rights. Child labor reached 8.9% of all children aged 5-14 years in 2019, when it was last recorded before the pandemic, the highest percentage in 12 years. Some 38% of Ecuadorians live in poverty. Rural populations suffer most, according to the National Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC), with poverty increasing from 68% to 71% in 2019. Under Moreno, another 1.87 million people entered poverty, with a total of 1.17 million people living in extreme poverty, out of a population of just under 18 million. Moreno imposed a total wage freeze on all workers as the income of the elites soared.Unemployment ravages Ecuador, especially since the pandemic. Precarious underemployment and self-employment is the norm. In 12 months the COVID-19 catastrophe has produced 50,157 deaths more than the previous 12 months. That’s 2,950 deaths per million people. Even worse for Ecuador, the government exploited the pandemic as a shield to enact the antisocial IMF package of austerity measures which were first announced in March 2019. Moreno and Lasso promote xenophobia against Venezuela. Moreno’s only accomplishment in three and a half years has been to dismantle the Citizens’ Revolution. Moreno failed as a president, and he failed to stop the movement led by former president Rafael Correa from contesting this election.Programs of the two contendersFacing off in this election are two opposing visions of the state to manage a capitalist Ecuador. Lasso would consolidate neoliberalism: He supports the privatization of the Central Bank of Ecuador and would drop the government into the lap of the elites. He would try to finish off the citizens’ revolution with four more years of persecution, blocking the return of the exiled leaders. Lasso wants labor flexibility for the masses and privatizations for the superrich. He would cut taxes for the rich and expand the forces of repression. He would submit to U.S. domination for the benefit of the elite owners of big capital — national and foreign. Arauz promises to provide a $1,000 bonus to one million poor families. He conceives of a “post-Keynesian” welfare state that would tax the rich, impede the drainage of resources and develop human capital in a knowledge-based economy. Arauz promises to open space for a constitutionally protected struggle to advance society toward a plurinational state, that would combat racism and violence against women and unite the peoples in participatory democracy.Arauz says he would promote dignity and national sovereignty, support cooperation with other Latin American countries — for example, UNASUR — and especially solidarize with the progressive governments of the region. Neither of two central labor councils, which represent 4% of Ecuador’s workers, have joined UNES. The labor council bureaucrats are either colluding with right-wing candidate on the CREO-Social Christian ticket Guillermo Lasso or they are advocating a null vote. Attitudes of different sectorsThe complex mosaic of Indigenous peoples, Afro-Ecuadorians, Mestizos and whites fractures along the lines of race, region, class and gender. Here in beautiful Imbabura province, most voters backed Arauz in the first round of Ecuador’s  elections Feb. 7. Facebook, WhatsApp and Tik Tok were the most powerful tools of communication for this election, although brigades of Arauz supporters have knocked on doors and leafleted.Sixteen-year-olds have the right to vote in Ecuador. The youth have the most to gain or lose in this election. They are the target of slick Tik Tok messages that have distorted the electoral process, in which 15 competing candidates all attacked the “Correista” Andrés Arauz and obscured compelling issues in the first round. Unemployment, especially youth unemployment, and the sharp increase in poverty grievously affect the health and welfare of the agricultural workers. Will those many who reject Moreno, also reject Lasso?The Indigenous movement is fragmented but still very strong. The Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) is advocating a controversial “ideological null vote.” CONAIE is warning the next government that they are prepared to go with their communities into the streets again as they did in October 2019. That social explosion, sparked by an IMF austerity program, had the approval of 85% of the population.  Following the rebellion, Moreno retaliated by jailing three RC leaders and 27 Indigenous leaders on phony charges of inciting the uprising. He also expelled 382 Cuban doctors, whose work aided Ecuador’s poorest people and might have helped contain the pandemic. Lasso notoriously backed the repression of the October 2019 revolt. One week ago, outraged Ecuadorians blocked Lasso’s caravan of luxury vehicles from entering a small Andean village, Guamote, on Easter Sunday. During Guamote Mayor Delfín Quishpe’s Youtube video of the confrontation, he condemned Lasso for cheering on state repression and blamed him for the death of local community leader Édgar Yucailla.The Indigenous and Mestizo peasants of the Andes and the coastal provinces produce almost all the food consumed by Ecuadorians. They are suffering malnutrition and have been especially oppressed by the Moreno government during the pandemic. The CONAIE promotes a null vote because of the long-standing disputes between CONAIE and Correa-ism over criminalizing the Indigenous form of justice, organization in the territories where Indigenous communities are located, the school system and water management. Indigenous-led protests against mining and “extractivismo” (oil exploitation) were repressed and criminalized under the government of Correa from 2007 to 2017.The options for a “progressive” solution to the great crisis here are limited by laws enacted since then. If Andrés Arauz is elected, he will need to keep his promise to promote participatory democracy. Workers World interviewed a sampling of people from the Indigenous community, who said that they and their communities were voting for Arauz. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Voters aren’t limited to two parties this midterm season

first_imgprintVoters disillusioned with the two party system have a third party option for most statewide races in Texas. The Libertarian Party advocates for minimal government with a focus on individual liberty and personal responsibilities. The party’s core platform argues that people have the right to do as they wish as long as their actions don’t violate the rights of others. Through careful fiscal management, Libertarians promote minimal government spending to reduce the debt and the powers of all federal programs and services not required under the constitution. James Lark, Region 5 representative on the National Libertarian CommitteeJames Lark, a Region 5 representative on the Libertarian National Committee, said that governments aren’t pre-existing and that people form governments, which is why they don’t have organic validity.Because of their establishment, Lark said governments are too big and too intrusive, vastly expanding their legitimate power. “People have the right to life, liberty and personal property,” said Lark. “When government goes beyond its narrow limitations of rights, we feel the right to abolish it.”John Wilford, the state chairman for the Libertarian Party of Texas, said while the third party shares commonalities with both major parties, like social equality, the Libertarian Party advocates for little government interference among human decisions and interactions.John Wilford, state chairman of the Libertarian Party of Texas“We’re trying to get into office and replace those with more authoritarian beliefs,” Wilford said. While recent patterns of voting for the “lesser of two evils” have dominated the way voters cast their ballots, Wilford said the most effective way of voicing an opinion is through voting for what you want and not just for the candidate that is likely to win. “A vote is an expression of your beliefs to the government,” said Wilford. “So if you truly side with a third party, your vote tells the government you approve of a third group.”Some voters have long stigmatized a vote for a third party as ineffective. Wilford said the term “Libertarian” has become a term in people’s minds promoting “anti-establishment” and risky behavior causing them to cast a ballot siding with one of the major parties and ignoring their true beliefs.Ballot success for the Libertarian Party relies in the hands of the voters, and if voters continue to vote for the candidate with the highest chance of winning rather than their actual beliefs, the government’s actions won’t reflect their wants.“A third party vote is more likely to mean something because you’re actually saying what you want,” Lark said. “A vote for something else.” Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Corinne Hildebrandthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/corinne-hildebrandt/ Corinne Hildebrandthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/corinne-hildebrandt/ ReddIt What we’re reading: Controversy in D.C. Facebook (Irwin Thompson/The Dallas Morning News via AP) What we’re reading: Arrivals in Argentina Corinne Hildebrandthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/corinne-hildebrandt/ Corinne Hildebrandthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/corinne-hildebrandt/ Corinne Hildebrandt Linkedin Fort Worth B-Cycle looks to attract more riders Corinne Hildebrandt is a sophomore journalism major and sociology minor from Wayne, Illinois. She enjoys staying active and has a difficult time sitting still for long periods of time. When she’s not reporting, Corinne is most likely on the go exploring the many restaurants (and ice cream shops) that Fort Worth has to offer. + posts Twitter Facebook Parking lot closures cause new problems for students Linkedin ReddIt Previous articleLatin sorority’s politically inspired social media post goes viralNext articleTCU students share what shapes their political views Corinne Hildebrandt RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter What we’re reading: Chauvin found guilty in Floyd case, Xi to attend Biden’s climate change summit What we’re reading: Former Vice President dies at 93, Chad President killed on frontlineslast_img read more

Well-known Cameroon reporter held for nearly two years

first_img News April 19, 2021 – Updated on April 20, 2021 Well-known Cameroon reporter held for nearly two years to go further Follow the news on Cameroon Receive email alerts News Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court CameroonAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Covid19ImprisonedWhistleblowersFreedom of expression Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its call for the release of Paul Chouta, a well-known Cameroonian journalist and whistleblower who has been held arbitrarily for nearly two years and has been subjected to an absurdly drawn-out trial on a charge of defamation and spreading fake news. After 26 hearings, the trial’s penultimate stage is finally scheduled for 6 May. RSF_en May 19, 2021 Find out more News May 31, 2021 Find out more Organisation April 23, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information A reporter for the Cameroun Web media outlet, Paul Chouta has been detained since 28 May 2019 as a result of a complaint brought by the novelist Calixthe Belaya over a video of her in a heated argument with a man that he posted online without getting her permission. Chouta’s provisional detention and trial over a video lasting just a few minutes have already dragged on for an absurd amount of time. On 6 May, the judges are due to meet behind closed doors to discuss the verdict they will issue at a later date. Chouta has already been held almost as long as the maximum sentence they could pass, which is six months under the penal code and two years under Cameroon’s cyber-crime law.He is being held in Yaoundé’s main prison, one reserved for the biggest offenders. His cellmates include men charged with terrorism, with links with Boko Haram or links with separatist movements in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions. In May 2020, he was treated for Covid-19 after displaying symptoms of the virus, which is circulating in Cameroon’s prisons.“There is an enormous discrepancy between what this journalist is alleged to have done and the treatment he has received for the past two years,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “The substance of this case could have been examined long ago. What grounds could there be for still detaining him aside from the desire to sideline a journalist who bothers people? We call for his release.”Before his arrest, Chouta was often threatened for reporting that was critical of the authorities, Cameroun Web editor Emmanuel Vitus told RSF. In January 2019, a few months before his arrest, he was the target of a knife attack by three individuals who have never been identified by the authorities. After his arrest, people close to him were subjected to repeated intimidation attempts by the police.Arbitrary arrests of journalists are common in Cameroon and often lead to long spells in prison. The victims include Amadou Vamoulké, 71, the former head of state-owned Cameroon Radio & Television (CRTV), who has been detained on a spurious charge for nearly five years and is being subjected to an interminable trial.He is in poor health but no measures have been taken to protect him against Covid-19, which is circulating as much in Kondengui prison, where he is being held, as it is in Yaoundé’s main prison.Emmanuel Mbombog Mbog Matip, a journalist arrested on a fake news charge in August 2020, is also being held arbitrarily. He was detained provisionally for an initial period of six months that expired on 7 March, but he is still being held.Cameroon is ranked 134th out of 180 countries in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index. CameroonAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Covid19ImprisonedWhistleblowersFreedom of expression Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system Newslast_img read more

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