Cejuego blasts government over delayed casino reopenings

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Bingo Cejuego blasts government over delayed casino reopenings Email Address 3rd June 2020 | By contenteditor Spanish gambling trade association the Consejo Empresarial del Juego (Cejuego) has hit out at the country’s government over its decision to delay the reopening of gaming venues until phase three of the country’s exit from lockdown.All gambling facilities across Spain have been closed since 14 March, when the country entered lockdown in an effort to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (Covid-19).As the Covid-19 situation is now improving in Spain, the country’s government has relaxed some restrictions as it proceeds with a phased exit from lockdown, with certain facilities now permitted to reopen in select regions.The most recent update from the government placed gambling facilities in phase three of the process. As of 1 June, only the Canary Islands of El Hierro, La Gomera and La Graciosa, and the Balearic Island of Formentera, were classed as being in phase three, meaning gambling venues in these regions can now reopen.Last week, Spanish gambling regulator Dirección General de Ordenación de Juego (DGOJ) issued a warning to gaming venues not to reopen until they were permitted to do so by the government.Cejuego has now criticised the decision to delay the reopening of gaming venues to this latter stage, despite such facilities being similar to that of bars and retail stores that have already been permitted to reopen.“According to the Royal Decree of March 14, once the de-escalation began, it would be carried out by health-related criteria and not by area of activity: this is not being respected,” Cejuego chief executive Alejandro Landaluce said. “It is being carried out in a discriminatory way and as a sector we feel disadvantaged.”Cejuego also criticised some of the criteria that venues must adhere to when they are permitted to reopen, with the Ministry of Health saying gaming rooms may open at 50% capacity but not have more than 50 people inside, including staff. The association said that while this may be possible for some gaming rooms and betting shops, it is “incompatible for the opening of casinos and bingo halls”.Landaluce said: “We do not understand that a restriction of 50 people is applied to the gambling venues, regardless of the capacity of the room, as it is a measure that does not adhere to sanitary reasons and that is not applied in other activities similar to gambling.“Establishments such as bingo halls and casinos require a large number of staff to operate, so this measure is incompatible with the opening of the activity in many cases.”Landaluce also noted that if venues were to reopen at such limitations, it would be difficult for operators to reactivate employment and remove some staff from ERTE (furlough). According to Cejuego, over 47,000 people are employed in the retail gambling sector in Spain, with a further 174,500 indirect jobs related to the market.“It is difficult to explain to your workers that they have to continue to be on furlough while they see how other sectors with similar characteristics are returning to work,” Landaluce said.“We face daily the uncertainty of whether the opening authorisation will take place or not within a period of less than 24 hours, without prior notice that allows us to prepare the venues and employees for the opening.”Last week, it was also confirmed that professional sport in Spain will resume this month following the Covid-19 enforced suspension, with horse racing to return from 3 June, followed by the country’s football leagues on 11 June. Spanish gambling trade association the Consejo Empresarial del Juego (Cejuego) has hit out at the country’s government over its decision to delay the reopening of gaming venues until phase three of the country’s exit from lockdown. Regions: Europe Southern Europe Spain Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Sports betting Bingo Tags: OTB and Betting Shops AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more

Kindred: Match-fixing threatens “fundamental idea of sports”

first_img Kindred: Match-fixing threatens “fundamental idea of sports” 5th June 2020 | By Conor Mulheir Sports betting AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Kindred Group chief executive Henrik Tjärnström described match-fixing as one of the biggest threats facing professional sport, when announcing the operator’s involvement in Fair Sports 4 All, its latest collaboration with the European Football for Development Network (EFDN).Kindred originally partnered with the network last year, becoming its first commercial community partner. It has since collaborated on projects such as Active Fans, a programme aimed at encouraging over 35s to keep physically active, and #supporterofeachother, a campaign to encourage individuals, sports teams and companies to support one another through the Covid-19 pandemic.Fair Sports 4 All is the latest in this series of collaborations, and focuses on the battle against match-fixing in professional sport.The project will involve online education and networking for elite sports clubs, athletes, players and managers. Although the project is aimed primarily at the football industry, other mainstream sports will be able to benefit from its guidelines.The aim is to increase awareness of match-fixing among players, managers and other stakeholders in professional sport. Those receiving the training will also learn coping skills for resisting the temptation of match-fixing, and how best to report suspected match-fixing to the relevant authorities.“Match-fixing is a threat to the fundamental idea of sports,” Kindred CEO Tjärnström said. “Billions of people around the world enjoy participating in or consuming sport, and if the unpredictability of sport events is taken away, this fundamental idea is in severe jeopardy.Explaining the relevance for Kindred, he continued: “Match-fixing is also a threat to the gambling industry. If people lose faith in the honesty of sports events, they will lose faith in betting products as well. Therefore we are excited for the Fair Sports 4 All project where we can, together with EFDN, truly make a difference and together fight this very important battle.”Hubert Rovers, CEO of the EFDN added: “We are proud to launch the programme together with Kindred, a competent partner with a sustainability-driven approach for sponsorships and community initiatives.”While the betting industry is vocal about the dangers of match-fixing, the scale of the problem is difficult to ascertain. The industry’s main integrity watchdog, the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA), reported an increase in suspicious activity for the first quarter of 2020, while the Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) which monitors betting across lottery-operated sportsbooks, highlighted a decline. Kindred CEO Henrik Tjärnström today explained the importance of the operator’s latest collaboration with The European Football for Development Network; Fair Sports 4 All.center_img Regions: Europe Topics: Sports betting Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

Want to retire as an ISA millionaire? Here’s how I’m working to achieve this right now

first_imgWant to retire as an ISA millionaire? Here’s how I’m working to achieve this right now Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source Enter Your Email Address Jonathan Smith | Friday, 4th December, 2020 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. jonathansmith1 has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Barclays and Diageo. 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.center_img 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. 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have an investment pot of seven figures? Being able to call yourself an ISA millionaire is something quite a lot of people can already do and I want to be one of them. I began the process a few years ago, and if my maths is correct, I really can achieve this later in life. But there are some common mistakes I see new investors making, and also some tips that I’ve personally found very beneficial. Before I get into it, I want to clarify what I mean when using the term ‘ISA millionaire’. The term has been used a lot more in recent years, and refers to an investor who has over £1 million in current valuation of stocks and shares. The Stocks and Shares ISA is a specific account as a provision from the Government. It allows investors to accumulate stocks within it without having to pay capital gains tax on the profits when the stocks are sold or any tax on the dividend income received.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…Common mistakes to avoidThe most common thing I’ve seen over the years with people trying to become an ISA millionaire is a lack of patience. Let’s assume I’m starting from scratch and plan to invest my full £20,000 ISA allocation each year. Even with an average stock return of 10% per year, it’s still going to take me almost two decades to reach ISA millionaire status. This makes the pursuit of my goal a marathon, not a sprint!This ties in with long-term investing in general. I mustn’t get too frustrated if I don’t see bumper profits from my first few months. Yes, the stock market crash and subsequent recovery means that achieving high returns in a short space of time has been possible this year. But this isn’t always the case. Sometimes the market may be flat for several months. But having the correct mindset will ensure I don’t make mistakes of pushing too hard to generate high short-term returns. If an investor wants to be a ‘trader’, then this isn’t the right article to be reading.My tips for achieving the millionaire markI’ve tried to do a few things in my pursuit of ISA millionaire status. For example, I’m trying to pick fundamentally strong businesses to invest in. If it’s really going to take me at least two decades to reach seven figures, I want to invest in a company that’ll still be around then! I recently wrote a piece on how Barclays and Diageo are on my watchlist to buy. Both firms have been listed publicly for decades. It’s these types of businesses that I think are the right ones to be buying for achieving the ISA millionaire goal.Finally, I always try to put funds in my ISA pot that I don’t need for expenses. One of the main elements that helps the value of my ISA to accumulate is compounding over time. If I keep taking funds out of the ISA, this ruins it. Also, the ISA allowance will be used up faster if you reinvest funds you’d already taken out.So becoming an ISA millionaire is something I’m working towards, and with the above ideas, hopefully others can too! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Jonathan Smithlast_img read more

Rolls-Royce share price: could the company be a Tesla competitor in the future?

first_img 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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. Could Tesla affect the Rolls-Royce (LSE:RR) share price? Here’s what I think. Currently, numerous Tesla competitors occupy a strange position in the market. Although they compete against a company with immense resources, many Tesla competitors have high valuations. For many bulls, it seems the thinking is, If Tesla is worth a lot, companies in the same sector as Tesla might be worth a lot too.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…We’ll have to see whether that thinking proves correct. Given Tesla’s bullish valuation, the market expects Elon Musk’s company to capture a lot of market share in the future. If that happens, many Tesla competitors might not have as much market share themselves. On the other hand, companies with great execution in the future could always beat expectations.Speaking of Tesla competitors, some investors believe Rolls-Royce could become one. Here’s why some think that and what I reckon it could mean for Rolls-Royce share price.Tesla competitor?When people hear the name Rolls-Royce, many think of aviation and aircraft engines. Indeed if Rolls-Royce and Tesla were to compete in a big way, I reckon it could be in the area of electric aircraft such as ‘flying taxis’. Given where emission regulations are going and how battery technology is expected to improve, electric flying taxis will likely be economically competitive one day.Since manufacturing quality aircraft engines is one of Rolls-Royce’s specialities, I think it’s only natural to think the company might enter the market to sell electric engines for those flying taxis in the future. If Rolls-Royce management decides on that path, I reckon the company could also come up with a flying taxi of its own one day.Given Tesla’s has immense financial resources, some investors think the company could also enter the electric aircraft market one day. If Rolls-Royce and Tesla both were to sell electric aircraft at some point, the two would could indeed be meaningful competitors.Whether that ever actually happens, however, is very uncertain. When asked about the potential for electric planes in the near term, Elon Musk said,I think it’s incredibly difficult to bring an aircraft to production and meet all the regulatory requirements worldwide. It’s a very difficult thing… It takes a massive amount of effort to do any one of these things, so you can’t do them all.Given Musk’s comments, perhaps it’s not likely that Tesla will compete in the electric aircraft market in the near future. Nevertheless, the market could be so huge that I believe it could still be a possibility in the long run.How I reckon it could affect the Rolls-Royce share priceBecause I don’t see Rolls-Royce meaningfully competing against Tesla any time soon, I don’t think the Rolls-Royce share price will benefit from being perceived as a Tesla competitor.Many believe electric planes that carry hundreds of people are decades away. Although electric taxis could become viable sooner, they could still be a quite a number of years off.Nevertheless, I’d still hold Rolls-Royce stock. I think the current Rolls-Royce share price is attractive given the company’s long-term potential in future green fields. Jay Yao has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Tesla. 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. Image source: Getty Images. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”center_img See all posts by Jay Yao Jay Yao | Wednesday, 10th February, 2021 | More on: RR Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address Rolls-Royce share price: could the company be a Tesla competitor in the future? 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.last_img read more

RIP: Nancy Marvel, former Episcopal Relief & Development executive director

first_img Cathedral Dean Boise, ID People Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Comments (1) Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ April 27, 2017 at 7:13 pm I was fortunate to be a colleague with Nan, always a big smile and great energy. RIP Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Ronald L. Reed says: Obituary, Rector Bath, NC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Submit a Job Listing The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Shreveport, LA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Washington, DC Comments are closed. Rector Pittsburgh, PA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Martinsville, VA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Posted Apr 27, 2017 RIP: Nancy Marvel, former Episcopal Relief & Development executive director Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Featured Events Featured Jobs & Calls Press Release Service Rector Smithfield, NC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Submit an Event Listing Associate Rector Columbus, GA Director of Music Morristown, NJ [Episcopal Relief & Development]  A longtime resident of Pelham, New York, Nancy Marvel died on Monday, April 17, 2017, at the age of 85. Affectionately known as “Nan,” she served as the executive director from 1995 to 1998 for Episcopal Relief & Development, formerly the Presiding Bishop’s Fund for World Relief. Marvel was hired by the Episcopal Church in 1976 to work under Presiding Bishop John Allin. In 1981, she joined the Presiding Bishop’s Fund for World Relief  (the PB Fund) to work on the grants program. Eventually, she was promoted to the director of grants, overseeing its domestic and overseas granting work. During her tenure, the PB Fund was undergoing a major programmatic and operational shift to expand the focus on disaster response and recovery, and to incorporate sustainable development into its small grants program. Marvel recognized the Church’s growing interest and awareness in addressing challenges such as hunger, poverty, disaster and disease worldwide. Before Marvel retired to become a national representative and ambassador for the PB Fund, Hurricane Mitch ravaged parts of the U.S., Central America and the Caribbean in late 1998. She led the PB Fund’s initial response in Honduras and other neighboring countries. Over a four-year period, the community of Faith, Hope and Joy was constructed in Honduras, with 200 houses, a school, a clinic and a church. Microfinance activities and agricultural projects were launched to create economic opportunities and to help spur growth in the devastated region. This integrated approach became a core element of the organization’s disaster relief work as well as the first long-term recovery program in its history. After retiring from the PB Fund, Marvel actively volunteered with her congregation, Christ the Redeemer Church in Pelham, the Westchester Junior League, The Manor Club and other organizations. Marvel was a committed and long-serving staff member who contributed significantly and faithfully to the PB Fund, helping to shape and plant seeds for Episcopal Relief & Development’s future efforts. “On behalf of our staff and board, I express sincere condolences to Nancy’s family, friends and colleagues around the Church,” said Rob Radtke, president of Episcopal Relief & Development. “She played a critical role in the evolution of this organization. Her compassion and numerous contributions will remain with us.” Marvel is preceded in death by her husband, Robert C. Marvel. She is survived by a son, daughter, two stepdaughters, five granddaughters and many other relatives. In lieu of flowers, Nancy Marvel’s family has requested that memorial gifts are sent to:Episcopal Relief & DevelopmentP.O. Box 7058, MerrifieldVirginia 22116-7058Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 29 at Christ Church, 1415 Pelhamdale Avenue, Pelham, NY. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Tags Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Tampa, FL Episcopal Relief & Development, 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 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Knoxville, TN Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Submit a Press Release Rector Hopkinsville, KY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Albany, NY last_img read more

Deparment of Health funds second round of BHF’s anti-smoking posters

first_imgDeparment of Health funds second round of BHF’s anti-smoking posters Tagged with: Individual giving The adverts will remain on prominent roadside billboards and underground stations until 15 May 2004. 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.  47 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Department of Health has contributed an extra £1 million to fund a second burst of the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) ‘Give Up Before You Clog Up’ anti-smoking campaign.The extra funding is paying for poster advertising at more than 1,700 poster sites across England. The posters feature the arresting ‘goo’ imagery linking a cigarette tube and a fat-filled artery. The Department had already pledged £15 million in 2003 over three years for charities to run tobacco control campaigns on its behalf. It contributed the additional £1 million after the BHF reported that almost half of all smokers who called its anti-smoking helpline since 1 January 2004 have quit smoking. Advertisement Howard Lake | 4 May 2004 | Newslast_img read more

Europe tackles disinformation – Attention is good, political will makes the difference

first_img Online freedomsProtecting sources Freedom of expressionCouncil of Europe Help by sharing this information News March 12, 2018 Europe tackles disinformation – Attention is good, political will makes the difference Organisation Online freedomsProtecting sources Freedom of expressionCouncil of Europe center_img Together with 38 individual experts and representatives of companies, associations and institutions, the Paris-based press freedom watchdog Reporters without borders (RSF) participated in a High-level Expert Group (HLEG) that the EU Commission had assembled to tackle the phenomenon of so-called ‘fake news’ and disinformation. The final report of this group was received and published today in Brussels by EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel. ©Veni Markovski Reporters without Borders welcomes the elevated interest of Member States and the European Union itself to better understand and combat the phenomenon of disinformation and propaganda online. For being the only human-rights-related CSO that had been selected to contribute to the HLEG, we consider it to be our primary role to hold politicians and also other powerful stakeholders to account in their different roles related to this topic. In this regard it remains to be seen to which extent the recommendations of the group will bear fruit and RSF will monitor the following developments closely. “Behind the High-level Expert Group’s report we have seen tremendous effort, brain-power and expertise at play, concluded Christophe Deloire, RSF’s Secretary General. Now everyone expects the EU Commission to live up to its role and make use of it. An all-too soft and platform-friendly policy would not only disappoint many, but also send a dangerously wrong signal to the perpetrators of spreading falsehoods and propaganda.” Deloire added that Commissioner Gabriel had raised expectations by appointing the High-level Group and must now deliver. “Attention to this topic is good, but an expression of tangible political will is still forthcoming and makes the difference. We’ll watch closely”, he demanded. Support in principle, but… When the final report was put up for a vote within the HLEG last week, Reporters without Borders opted for a support in principle, but requested a dissenting statement to be included in the annex. Large parts of the final document, to which RSF contributed substantially along with all other Members of the HLEG, are important and useful manifestations for further reference. We are particularly appreciative of the introductory section describing the problem as well as the extensive references to fundamental freedoms and values upon which Europe is built. As large parts of the public debate seem confused by terminology, causes and symptoms, the HLEG report comes as a timely and lucid, much needed statement of clarity in this regard. First and foremost, RSF salutes the invaluable contribution of academia in this field, that should receive more support and attention when investigating the phenomenon we are only beginning to grasp fully. Reporters without Borders, however, remains firmly opposed to the paramount recommendation of the HLEG report. According to the document, a multi-stakeholder ‘Coalition’ should be mandated to develop a ‘Code-of-Practice’ for different sectors, such as legacy media, fact-checking organizations and platforms. Reasons for concern Our dissent is based on the following observations and concerns:Distortion of priorities – We believe that, yes, journalists and legacy media should do more to tackle disinformation, but they are not the biggest problem. We believe that independent initiatives in Civil Society, such as NGOs, fact-checking or media literacy organizations, individual activists and bloggers could do better, yes, but they are not the biggest problem either. The main leverage to limit the distribution and monetization of falsehoods, propaganda and disinformation rests with platforms in their exclusive role as information intermediaries. The so-called multi-stakeholder approach of the HLEG paper not only misses this important dimension of hierarchy, but, worse, it thus distorts the priorities and the different levels of responsibility.Misunderstanding of self-regulation – The labeling of this proposal as being a self-regulatory one is inaccurate, as the planned ‘Coalition’ is supposed to work collectively and not sector by sector. Apart from the fact that in the journalistic profession a solid tradition of and practice with self-regulatory codes exists already, we don’t believe that other stakeholders should have a say in it – and the other way around of course.Process without safeguards – Even though the proposal foresees the ‘Coalition’ to come as being independent and inclusive, the fundamental details, such as appointment procedures, voting mechanisms and other elements of governance, as well as the entity’s funding and mandate remain worryingly opaque. We believe that such an ad-hoc, pan-European press-council-type-of-body should be created, if at all, with greatest care and not in a rush of a few months.EU is overstretching its role – We understand that the Commission might have a role as soon as co-regulatory steps are needed, but it should refrain from initiating and hosting any true self-regulatory initiatives. An EU-sponsored ‘Code of Codes’ for the whole media universe is not only unnecessary and in large parts redundant, at best, but can distract attention away from the real causes of the problem, while putting additional burden on those who are already fighting it. As the composition of the perceived ‘Coalition’ relegates academia and Civil Society organization to a so-called ‘sounding-board’ we see our minority position and role as a watchdog marginalized even more. Constructive approaches On a positive note, RSF has seen a number of promising ideas and proposals being discussed in the HLEG, of which some some made it to be included in the final document, some only a bit hidden, while others remained discarded or postponed for further debate, such as:Adequate funding for media and digital literacy projects, fact-checking initiatives, research and the sustainability of the journalistic profession as a whole seems vital. However we see the challenge in this field not only in the amounts of financial support – or rather the lack thereof, but maybe even more importantly in the interests and strings so often attached to funding. Therefore we strongly suggest to further elaborate the idea of creating an independent funding facility, where contributions from the EU, Member States, corporations – and platforms in particular – as well as philanthropy could be ‘cleared’ in order to protect beneficiaries from undue influence.A multi-stakeholder mechanism could indeed become crucial and productive in the specific field of cross-sectorial trust and transparency indicators to be developed as a ‘whitelisting’ approach. The design of suitable criteria and their implementation, including machine-readability and related incentive schemes would however require an inclusive and transparent mechanism. RSF is actively engaged in this field and bound to launch a related initiative within the coming weeks.The EU Commission should not lag behind Member States in the field of competition proceedings vis-a-vis platforms. While RSF is not expecting that a simple break-up of monopolies in search and social media would reduce the amounts of disinformation automatically, an indisputable market failure in online advertising might contribute to a subsequent de-monetization of quality journalism. We join consumer rights organization in mentioning a sector inquiry in this particular field to be a useful instrument for the European Commission to consider.Last not least, RSF remains frustrated to see the European Commission and the Council of Europe (CoE) working seemingly totally detached from each others on these fundamentally important topics. The “Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to member States on the roles and responsibilities of internet intermediaries CM/Rec(2018)2” of the Council of Europe was adopted and published last week exactly at the time, when the HLEG concluded to develop these recommendations. In parallel, also last week, the Council of Europe launched an “Expert Committee on human rights dimensions of automated data processing and different forms of artificial intelligence (MSI-AUT)”, while the EU announced a new “High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence” to be created.“From a citizen’s and European taxpayer’s point of view, but also in terms of opportunities and political leverage, these initiatives at international levels must be coordinated at least as much as the EU and the CoE expect it from other stakeholders”, said RSF’s Secretary General Christophe Deloire. Reporters without Borders calls on both organizations for an urgently needed step towards collaboration and cross-fertilization. This seems even more important in the fight against disinformation as the respective instruments of soft- and hard-power, ranging from regulation and co-regulation to standard-setting, but also the different geographical scopes of membership should and must be synchronized for a better result. RSF_en last_img read more

Open letter to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

first_img News April 10, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Paris, 29 November 2005 Follow the news on Singapore SingaporeAsia – Pacific Organisation to go further November 29, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong Robert MénardSecretary-General Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loongc/o The Embassy of Singapore12 square de l’Avenue-Foch75116 Paris Singaporean website prosecuted over election coveragecenter_img Receive email alerts Dear Prime Minister, News News RSF_en News RSF’s denounces Singapore’s disregard of press freedom ahead of its Universal Periodic Review Reporters Without Borders would like to take advantage of your visit to France to convey to you a number of concrete recommendations aimed at achieving a lasting improvement in the situation of press freedom in Singapore.When foreign journalists recently asked Goh Chok Tong, your predecessor as prime minister and now senior minister in your cabinet, about Singapore’s position (140th out of 167 countries) in our 2005 World Press Freedom Index, he said it was a “subjective measure computed through the prism of Western liberals” and went on to defend Singapore’s control of the news media by arguing that “an unthinking press is not good for all countries.”More than a year has passed since your administration’s installation and your statements in support of an “open” society, but we have not observed any significant improvement in the situation of press freedom.We therefore believe that your government should take the follow measures as a matter of urgency:1. Cease to systematically bring defamation actions against Singaporean and foreign news media that try to report Singaporean news freely (and ask your associates to also stop bringing such actions). It is unacceptable in a would-be democratic country that the head of government, his ministers and his associates assail journalists with lawsuits and thereby force them to adopt to self-censorship.2. Amend Singapore’s criminal law in order to abolish prison sentences for press offences.3. Amend the press law, especially those aspects concerning the allocation of licences to publish a newspaper, which prevents the emergence of independent news media.4. Repeal the law on newspapers and publications and the law on films.5. Amend the national security law by abolishing administrative detention which has in the past resulted in the imprisonment of journalists and human rights activists.6. Amend the powers of the Media Development Authority so that it is no longer able to censor and can just make recommendations about television programmes and films.7. Allow members of the political opposition and civil society representatives free access to the public news media.8. Guarantee the editorial independence of all the news media owned by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) and Media Corporation of Singapore (Mediacorp).9. Repeal the law that requires religious and political website moderators to have a licence, as well as certain articles on the malicious use of computer technology which permits the surveillance and arrest of Internet users.10. Rescind the requirement of prior permission to hold external news conferences.The Reporters Without Borders index which you and your closest associates have publicly questioned measures the state of press freedom throughout the world. It reflects the level of freedom enjoyed by journalists and news media in each country and the efforts undertaken by governments to respect and ensure respect for this freedom.We stand by our position that this world press freedom ranking, in which Singapore’s position has remained virtually unchanged, is based on hard facts and not on subjective interpretation.In recent months, for example, we have seen police harassment of documentary filmmaker Martyn See and threats of lawsuits against the business news website FinanceAsia.com.We regret that you, members of your government and your father, the former prime minister, continue to argue that control of the media and the maintenance of draconian legislation is necessary to ensure Singapore’s stability. We would like point out that countries such as Denmark and Finland that most respect press freedom are peaceful democracies. Free expression is not a source of political unrest, quite the contrary.Mr. Prime Minister, there are simple measures that can be taken to encourage both economic development and free expression at the same time. Do not miss this chance to turn Singapore into a prosperous and free country.We also seize this opportunity to again draw your attention to the situation of Ching Cheong, the Hong Kong-based correspondent of the Singaporean daily The Straits Times, who has been in prison in China for more than six months. We urge you to redouble your efforts to obtain his release as soon as possible.We would be very honoured to be able to meet you in order to give you a personal presentation of our comments and proposals for ensuring press freedom in Singapore.Yours sincerely, October 2, 2020 Find out more October 15, 2020 Find out more SingaporeAsia – Pacific last_img read more

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Names Daren Fuster Director of Operations & Artistic Administration

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Required fields are marked * Community News Business News More Cool Stuff HerbeautyRed Meat Is Dangerous And Here Is The ProofHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday center_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes People Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Names Daren Fuster Director of Operations & Artistic Administration From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 | 12:18 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Subscribe Daren Fuster. Photo courtesy LACODaren Fuster has been appointed Director of Operations and Artistic Administration for the acclaimed Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), announced Executive Director Rachel Fine, who added that Fuster will oversee artistic administration, production, general operations, as well as education and community programs. Fuster replaces long-time LACO administrator Andrea Laguni, who is stepping down after 19 years at LACO to serve as an arts consultant.“We are pleased to welcome Daren to the Orchestra’s administrative staff,” says Fine. “His broad expertise in production, operations and artistic administration of the classical music field will serve LACO well as he steps into this key position with the Orchestra. It is also with deep gratitude that we thank Andrea Laguni for his dedicated service, astute leadership and invaluable contributions to LACO during his long and fruitful tenure. We wish him the very best in his future endeavors.”A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Fuster’s impressive career in the music industry includes arts administration, violin and viola performance and entrepreneurial ventures. He joined the Columbus Symphony Orchestra as orchestra personnel manager and sold performance manager in 2012, managing full-time and per-service orchestra personnel and programming, producing and managing performances. Prior, he served as production manager, donor records manager and artistic and orchestra operations manager at Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. As an entrepreneur, Fuster is the founder and managing partner of the entertainment agency Pro Art Music LLC. Under his leadership, the business accumulated numerous awards and provided music and musicians for thousands of private events and large productions. Pro Art served as the orchestral tour contractor for Princeton Entertainment’s concert production of Legend of Zelda in Columbus and Cincinnati and orchestra contractor for performing artist and composer A.R. Rahman’s (Slumdog Millionaire) Unity of Light tour in Dallas, Houston, San Francisco and Vancouver. With his string quartet in Cincinnati, Fuster performed and recorded with k.d. lang on her 49th Parallel tour for NPR’s Mountain Stage. His artist management agency has managed solo engagements for violinists Nicolas Kendall and Alexandre DaCosta, and cellist Joseph Johnson. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester (Bachelor of Music) and the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati (Master of Music and doctoral studies), Fuster has performed as auxiliary violist for Cincinnati Symphony and Pops, Cincinnati Opera and Cincinnati Chamber orchestras; an auxiliary member of Columbus Symphony Orchestra (violin and viola); and a member of Fundación Sinfonía, Dominican Republic. Fuster has also appeared at the Heidelberg (Germany), Lancaster Music (Ohio) and Grand Teton Music festivals; and as a concerto soloist with the 18th Century Music Ensemble in Italy.Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International and “resplendent” by the Los Angeles Times, has established itself among the world’s top musical ensembles. Since 1997, LACO has performed under the baton of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, hailed by critics as “visionary” and “a conductor of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma,” “effortless musicality and extraordinary communicative gifts.” Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers. During its 46-year history, the Orchestra has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, LACO presents its Orchestral Series on Saturdays at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and on Sundays at UCLA’s Royce Hall; Baroque Conversations at downtown Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall; Westside Connections chamber music series, designed to illustrate the relationship between music and other artistic disciplines, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica; and an annual Discover concert, which features an in-depth examination that sheds new light on a single piece of music, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. LACO also presents a Concert Gala, an annual Silent Film screening and several fundraising salons each year. Additionally, LACO outreach programs, Meet the Music, Community Partners, Campus to Concert Hall and the LACO/USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program, reach thousands of young people annually, nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music. 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Councillor blames youths for Letterkenny fire

first_img Facebook Google+ Twitter A Letterkenny Councillor says that a fire started deliberately to the rear of Glencar Shopping Centre in the town could have spread to the shopping centre if it was for the action of the fire service.Councillor Gerry McMonagle has blamed youths for setting fire to bushes describing their behaviour as irresponsible.He is calling on parents to take a greater interest in what their children are doing especially now during these summer months when tey are off school.[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/26gerraw.mp3[/podcast] Twitter Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Previous articlePublic urged to have their say on Dungloe/Glenties road schemeNext articleFuneral takes place of baby Lisa Gallagher News Highland Pinterest Facebook Google+ By News Highland – July 26, 2010 center_img Pinterest WhatsApp Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Newsx Adverts Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Councillor blames youths for Letterkenny fire Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad alsolast_img read more