Nektan boosted by B2C performance in H1

first_img Nektan boosted by B2C performance in H1 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Mobile Online Gambling 25th March 2019 | By contenteditor Topics: Finance Financecenter_img Nektan has cited growth within its core white label operations as the key driver of a 48% year-on-year rise in revenue during the six months to December 31, 2018, with the company’s chief executive Lucy Buckley describing H1 as a “landmark” period for the business.Net gaming revenue for the first half amounted to £13.0m (€15.2m/$17.1m), compared to £8.8m in the corresponding period in the previous year. This also represented a 17.6% sequential increase in the second half of Nektan’s 2017-18 financial year, ended June 30, 2018. This was aided by strong growth in Nektan’s core B2C white label division, which saw customer stakes rise 36% to £346.2m. This comes despite first-time depositors remaining relatively flat year-on-year, at 75,334.Cost of sales for the period were up 47.2% to £4.5m, leaving a gross profit of £8.5m, up 48.1% year-on-year. Once marketing, partner and affiliate costs of £6.1m and administrative expenses of £2.1m were stripped out, Nektan was left with adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of £336,000, an improvement of on the £916,000 loss in the prior year. Nektan said this swing to profitability reflected its focus on efficient growth, with a view to achieving European EBITDA break-even by the end of its 2018-19 financial year on June 30, 2019.Once depreciation, amortisation and other exceptional items were subtracted, Nektan posted an operating loss of £201,000, an improvement on the previous year’s £1.9m operating loss. The business’ post-tax loss from continuing operations amounted to £868,000, though this increased to a net loss of £4.8m once a £3.9m loss from discontinued operations, namely the US arm Respin, were factored in. Lucy Buckley, who took over as CEO at Nektan in December, has said the first six months of the financial year has been a landmark period for the supplier, citing the BetVictor contract win as one of several big highlights during the period.“Having signed some significant partnerships during the period, we are increasingly being seen as a major mobile and online casino technology business, providing premium gaming content from some of the best game developers in the world to some of the biggest gaming brands globally,” Buckley said.“Achieving EBITDA break-even during the period is a key milestone for Nektan and our key focus for the remainder of FY19 is on maintaining and improving profitability.”Buckley also updated on progress of Nektan divesting its majority stake in its Respin US subsidiary, saying this is still ongoing and will help reduce the cash burden on the business. Buckley said Nektan will keep a material stake in the US as the supplier sees it as an important emerging market.“Whilst we believe in our US mobile casino product, and are excited about the macro trends in the market, the proposed sale of the majority shareholding of our US subsidiary is a major contributor to our profitability plan by removing Nektan funding for the US going forward, but retaining a material stake in the emerging US market,” Buckley said.“In Europe, Asia and Africa, our emergent B2B division is generating new high margin revenue by licensing our proprietary technology to leading operators,” she explained. “Nektan is in a strong position to build on the success of the first half of FY19 and we look forward to providing further updates.”Despite this, Nektan said that B2C trading in Q3 2019 was flat year-on-year and down from the second quarter. This, it said was due to a range of factors impacting first-time depositors on its white label network, namely increased UK regulation around player marketing and verifications, as well as a delay in the the business being awarded an operating licence in the newly-regulated Swedish market.“However, the Board expects trading to improve in the next quarter as we now have a record number of 152 casino brands on our network and are continuing to sign up new white label partners, as well as enhancing our player retention and loyalty tools,” Nektan added. “Our B2B division grew significantly in H1 FY19 and the pipeline is very positive, especially in high growth regions such as Asia and Africa. We also continue to seek regulation in jurisdictions that we believe will be value accretive and lead to improved trading in the next quarter.” Nektan has cited growth within its core white label operations as the key driver of a 48% year-on-year rise in revenue during the six months to December 31, 2018, with the company’s chief executive Lucy Buckley describing H1 as a “landmark” period for the business. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

Sameer Africa Limited ( 2009 Annual Report

first_imgSameer Africa Limited ( listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2009 annual report.For more information about Sameer Africa Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Sameer Africa Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Sameer Africa Limited (  2009 annual report.Company ProfileSameer Africa Limited manufactures and imports tyres and automotive products and sells them through distribution outlets in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. Products in its range sold under the Yana brand name include passenger textile and steel-belted radials, light truck radial and bias and tyres for trucks, buses, agricultural, industrial and off-road vehicles. Sameer Africa also produce a range of tube and tubeless tyres as well as flaps which are sold under the Bridgestone brand. It services the retail sector, large fleets and government sectors through wholly-owned and branded tyre centres found in the major towns and cities of Kenya. Sameer Africa has interests in property investment and manages a property letting agency. Formerly known as Firestone East Africa (1969), the company changed its name to Sameer Africa Limited in 2005. Sameer Africa Limited is a subsidiary of Sameer Investments Limited. Its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Sameer Africa Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Dell USA to recycle PCs for charities – at a price

first_imgDell USA to recycle PCs for charities – at a price Howard Lake | 30 September 2003 | News Tagged with: corporate Technology Trading AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Dell USA is responding to environmentalists’ criticisms and will recycle customers’ old PCs for schools and hospitals. But it will charge them for the privilege.It’s difficult giving away old PCs to charities and good causes. Even if you are offering a relatively recent machine in good condition you usually have to deliver it yourself.Dell USA, as a major manufacturer of PCs, has only just bent to environmentalists’ requests and agreed to recycle customers’ old machines and give them to schools and hospitals. However, it will charge $49 (about £30) to do so. In other words, you have to pay to Advertisement  60 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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 Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Government announces £1.57bn of support for UK arts

first_imgGovernment announces £1.57bn of support for UK arts  807 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 Tagged with: arts COVID-19 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 Melanie May | 6 July 2020 | News  806 total views,  2 views today The Government has announced a £1.57 billion support package for the arts, heritage and culture sectors to help with the impact of Covid-19.Announced yesterday, 5 July, it is the biggest ever one-off investment in UK culture, and includes:£1.15 billion for cultural organisations in England delivered through a mix of grants and loans. This will be made up of £270 million of repayable finance and £880 million in grants.£100 million of targeted support for the national cultural institutions in England and the English Heritage Trust.£120 million capital investment to restart construction on cultural infrastructure and for heritage construction projects in England paused due to the coronavirus pandemic.An extra £188 million for the devolved administrations in Northern Ireland (£33 million), Scotland (£97 million) and Wales (£59 million).Organisations including Arts Council England, Historic England, National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute will help with the award decisions, and further details on the repayable finance terms will be set out when the scheme opens for applications in the coming weeks.Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer said:“Our world-renowned galleries, museums, heritage sites, music venues and independent cinemas are not only critical to keeping our economy thriving, employing more than 700,000 people, they’re the lifeblood of British culture.That’s why we’re giving them the vital cash they need to safeguard their survival, helping to protect jobs and ensuring that they can continue to provide the sights and sounds that Britain is famous for.” Advertisement Mark Cornell, Group Chief Executive of Ambassador Theatre Group, commented on the announcement, saying:“No doubt this will give institutions across the arts, culture and heritage sector a welcome shot of confidence.“It is essential that these funds are made available to all areas across the cultural ecosystem, from the subsidised sector to independent contractors, artists, producers, technicians and venue operators. This is an important step towards securing the future of Britain’s cultural life and I’m very grateful to the Secretary of State and his team for their determination and perseverance in bringing this about. We now need to unite to restore audience confidence and work in close partnership with the health authorities to remount British theatre as soon as is appropriately possible.”Future Arts Centres, which represents over 100 arts centres and cultural venues across the UK and recently outlined its own proposals for how government could provide stimulus for the arts industry, has also welcomed the announcement, with its co-Chairs Gavin Barlow and Annabel Turpin commenting:“We have consistently argued for support for the arts during and after the pandemic crisis, and like thousands across, we feel a sense of relief at the government’s announcement of a package worth more than one billion pounds to be distributed across the sector.“We hope that the government will look to not just fund institutions, but to provide support in the immediate and medium term for thousands of individual culture workers across the UK, using grassroots venues to channel vital funding to the people and projects that need it most.“We believe tax incentives via the Theatre Tax Relief programme can help many venues to start looking to the future with confidence.”“We also continue to call on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to put culture sector training and apprenticeships in the very heart of his plans for a post-Covid recovery. With the right support, the UK’s world class arts and creative industries can provide meaningful and sustainable employment for generations to come.” 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 read more

Mandela, the ANC and the African-American struggle

first_imgWith the death of Nelson Mandela on Dec. 5, 2013, the impact of his life and political work was recognized not just by the people of South Africa and the African continent but oppressed and struggling peoples throughout the world. People of African descent outside of Africa cherish the legacy of Mandela that remains an inspiration to the African-American people’s movement for genuine equality and self-determination.Yet what is often not recognized is the more-than-a-century-old linkage between the South African and African-American peoples that extends back even prior to the founding of the South African Native National Congress in 1912, later renamed the African National Congress (ANC) in 1923.One of the SANNC founders, Pixley ka Isaka Seme, was born in Natal in 1881. At the age of 17 he was able to travel to the United States to study.He called for unity, noting, “My conviction is that here in Africa, as in America, the Africans should refuse to be divided. I cannot ever forget the great vision of national power which I saw at Atlanta, Georgia in 1907 when the late Dr. Booker T. Washington L.L.D., presided over the Annual Conference of the Negro Business League of America with delegates representing all Negro enterprises in that New World and representing 20 million Africans in the United States of America, the most advanced of my own race.” (Seme pamphlet, “The ANC, Is It Dead?” 1932)John L. Dube (1871-1946) was also a co-founder of the SANNC, and through his connections with the U.S.-based African Methodist Episcopal Church, founded by African Americans in Philadelphia, he was able to travel to the U.S. and study.Dube returned to South Africa to establish a school inspired by Tuskegee Institute founded by Booker T. Washington. Dube wrote he “was inspired by Washington’s initiatives, and after meeting Washington in 1897, he returned to South Africa and founded the Zulu Christian Industrial Institute (1901), renamed the Ohlange Institute. Like Tuskegee, Dube’s Ohlange focused on improving blacks’ labor efficiency and increasing the skills of black laborers. This assisted the indigenous African population by giving them more opportunities and increasing their abilities.” ( Tshekisho Plaatje, a SANNC leader, met with Marcus Garvey and W.E.B. Du Bois in 1921. Plaatje wrote articles for the Universal Negro Improvement Association newspaper, The Negro World, founded by Garvey and circulated broadly throughout the U.S. and the world.During the 1940s, the formation of the ANC Youth League was led by Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Anton Lembede and others. A program of action was drafted in 1949 transforming the ANC into a mass political organization.Solidarity actions carried out by the Council on African Affairs in 1946 during the Rand Miner’s Strike raised money and material aid to assist the South African workers. The CAA was founded by Paul Robeson, William Alphaeus Hunton, and would later enjoy the membership of ­DuBois.During the course of the 1952-1956 Defiance Against Unjust Laws Campaign led by the ANC, the Congress of Democrats, the Natal Indian Congress, the Colored People’s Organization, the Federation of South African Women and the South African Congress of Trade Unions developed tactics employed by South Africans that would influence the mass Civil Rights Movement of the late 1950s and 1960s.Anti-apartheid struggle inspires U.S. solidarityIn 1962 the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made a joint statement with the then-ANC-President Chief Albert J. Lutuli. King actively supported the struggle of the South African people against apartheid. (Electronic Intifada, March 25, 2007)The statement reads, “In 1963 the UN Special Committee against Apartheid was established and one of the first letters the committee received was from Martin Luther King, according to Nigerian ambassador Leslie O. Harriman. Together with the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1960, the ANC leader Chief Albert J. Lutuli, Martin Luther King made an ‘Appeal for Action against Apartheid’ on Human Rights Day, 10 December 1962.”The appeal reads: “Nothing which we have suffered at the hands of the government has turned us from our chosen path of disciplined resistance, said Chief Albert J. Lutuli at Oslo. So there exists another alternative — and the only solution which represents sanity — transition to a society based upon equality for all without regard to color. Any solution founded on justice is unattainable until the Government of South Africa is forced by pressures, both internal and external, to come to terms with the demands of the non-white majority. The apartheid republic is a reality today only because the peoples and governments of the world have been unwilling to place her in quarantine.”On March 19, 1965, 750 people protested in New York City at the Chase Manhattan Bank on the fifth anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre. The demonstration was organized by the Students for a Democratic Society and gained the support of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Congress on Racial Equality, Pan-African Students Organization of the Americas and other organizations. The aim of the demonstration was to demand withdrawal of financial support for the apartheid regime by the U.S.-based financial institution. ( June 1967, a SNCC-led delegation consisting of International Affairs Director James Foreman and attorney Howard Moore attended an international conference in solidarity with the people of Southern Africa in Kitwe, Zambia. Forman later addressed the 4th Committee on Decolonization at the United Nations where he expressed support for the armed struggle in South Africa and Rhodesia (later Zimbabwe). (“The Political Thought of James Forman,” 1970)By the mid-1980s, the solidarity movement with South Africa inside the U.S. had reached unprecedented levels. The primary foci were a demand for total divestment from corporations doing business with South Africa, the isolation of all racist South African business dealings inside the U.S. and solidarity with the liberation movements fighting settler-colonialism in South Africa and Namibia.Student organizations on campuses throughout the U.S. began to take decisive actions through demonstrations, sit-ins and speaking engagements by representatives of liberation movements. Municipalities began to be pressured to ban all economic and political dealings with apartheid.Organizations such as the Patrice Lumumba Coalition in New York, the U.S. Out of Southern Africa Network, the American Committee on Africa, the Pan-African Students Union and many others took a leadership role in these efforts. The work of such organizations on the grassroots, academic, workplace and legislative levels led to the passage of the Anti-Apartheid Act of 1987, the first federal legislative sanctions imposed on apartheid South Africa.When Nelson Mandela visited the U.S. in June 1990 after being released from 27 years in prison, he was met with a tumultuous welcome. In New York, Detroit and other cities tens of thousands of African Americans and other progressive forces came out to see him and to express their solidarity.Memorial programs for Mandela have been held throughout the country over the last three months. There is much to be learned from the struggles of the South African people and the international solidarity movement that grew up in its ­defense.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Students and faculty in Paris reflect on attacks

first_img Previous articleFrogs First leadership applications availableNext articleTCU students staying for the break to cheer on the Frogs Jocelyn Sitton RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter OPINION: Brite Divinity students’ response to Ben Shapiro event Jocelyn is a senior journalism, political science and French major from Nashville, Tennessee. She is a managing editor for TCU360. She’s rarely seen without a Diet Coke and has been known to spill a few near her computer in the convergence center. TCU receives $20,000 grant to become smoke-free Linkedin Twitter + posts ReddIt The French Assemblee Nationale which houses the bicameral Parliament is lit in the French National flag colors, in Paris, France, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015 one week after the Paris attacks. Several TCU students and faculty are studying abroad in France, all of whom are accounted for and safe. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) TCU Christmas tree lighting 2016 TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Facebook The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Fall semester brings new assistant vice chancellor for public safety, assistant chief of police Jocelyn Sitton Linkedin Facebook Jocelyn Sitton printSeveral members of the TCU community abroad in France gave their input on the terrorist attacks in Paris last week.Richard Priem, a professor of management in the Neeley School of Business, is visiting ESCP Europe and was in Paris at the time of the attacks.“Our small street — the one seen in the horrific videos showing people, many wounded, escaping from Bataclan — remains covered in blood,” Priem wrote in a Facebook post Sunday. “The people of Paris are back in the streets, mourning those who were lost.“We shopped for groceries and walked to the Place de la Republique. International media are everywhere, yet the people of Paris seem stoic and resolute.”Many of the TCU students studying Paris were out of town for the weekend when the attacks occurred.Junior mathematics major Alyssa Zellner is studying abroad in Paris this semester and was on fall break in Budapest that Friday.“I got emails from professors and the study abroad office the night it happened trying to make sure I was safe,” Zellner wrote in a Facebook message, “as well as messages from my sorority sisters and other friends on campus.”The Center for International Studies has been working with Zellner to figure out what should happen next, she wrote.Her program has given students the option to end the semester early, but Zellner has decided to stay in Paris for the remainder of the study abroad experience, she wrote.Zellner wrote the attacks have changed the atmosphere of the city.“Things have been pretty quiet around Paris lately and everyone is a little on edge,” Zellner wrote. “People are just trying to move on with their lives.”Junior communications major Avery Crofford is also spending the semester in Paris, but was in Prague when the attacks occurred.“I was literally packing my suitcase as I found out to go back to Paris,” Crofford said in an interview via Google Hangout. “It was about 10 o’clock at night in Prague and about 6 a.m. was when I would be getting back.“I was very, very unsure if I should go because when I was at the airport they had just come out with a statement that the borders were closing, which we weren’t really quite sure how that would affect our flight. But we made it in just fine and I got in 6 o’clock the following morning into Paris.”Crofford said she didn’t seriously consider ending her semester early.“It never crossed my mind because I knew that was something that could happen to absolutely anyone at any point in time,” Crofford said.The international showings of support for Paris such as French flag Facebook profile pictures has elicited mixed reviews, Crofford said.“I personally really appreciate everyone that’s been showing all sorts of support for Paris,” Crofford said. “Some of my Parisian friends, it strikes a discordant note because while people are so connected with Paris… even myself who’s been living in Paris for the past 3 months is not even aware how tragic this event was for some people.”Susan Layne, a study abroad adviser for the Center for International Studies, said all the TCU students in Paris are safe and everyone is trying to move on from these tragic events. ReddIt Jocelyn Sitton Jocelyn Sitton Jocelyn Sitton TCU Frog Camps returning to more traditional look this summerlast_img read more

RSF calls for end to Papua New Guinea police violence against journalists

first_img SOURCE : : Students outside the University of Papua New Guinea’s Michael Somare Library getting ready for the peaceful march to Parliament. Some Uniforce campus security guards in view. Image: Citizen Journalist Papua New GuineaAsia – Pacific WomenViolence to go further Melanesia: Facebook algorithms censor article about press freedom in West Papua News News Papua New GuineaAsia – Pacific WomenViolence August 12, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Papua New Guinea Help by sharing this information June 10, 2016 RSF calls for end to Papua New Guinea police violence against journalists Organisation center_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by a police attack on a woman journalist during a student demonstration that was dispersed violently yesterday in Port Moresby and calls on Papua New Guinea’s authorities to put an end to such violence and punish the police officers responsible. Papua New Guinea: Government minister calls for two reporters to be fired over Covid-19 coverage News reporting hit by Internet blackout in West Papua News RSF_en Several protesters were injured when police opened fire on the demonstration by University of Papua New Guinea students to press calls for Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s resignation. Alexander Rheeney, the president of the Media Council of Papua New Guinea (MCPNG), said Rose Amos, a journalist with the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), was kicked and punched by police officers although she was wearing a shirt with the NBC logo. “Amos ran towards the police for cover only to be punched by a heavily armed policeman and kicked by another, resulting in her losing her balance and falling,” Rheeney said. A third policeman punched her again until a senior police officer intervened and took her to a police vehicle. “We condemn this assault on a journalist who was just doing her job and justifiably tried to seek protection by approaching the police,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “With police violence against media personnel on the increase, the prime minister cannot allow attacks on journalists to go unpunished, especially when they are providing coverage that serves the public interest. Swift measures must also be taken to ensure that such violence does not recur.” The Journalism Students Association at the Fiji-based University of the South Pacific also condemned the violence in a statement released today. Two NBC reporters and a woman journalist with TV Wan were attacked by a plainclothes police officer in a police station in the Port Moresby suburb of Boroko on 1 June while covering the arrests of students suspected of being inebriated. Papua New Guinea is ranked 55th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index but journalists are harassed by Prime Minister O’Neill’s government. The government’s announcement in November 2015 that it was creating a special media tribunal to deal with “deliberate misinformation, spreading of falsities and malice,” as the communications minister put it, increased the likelihood of media self-censorship. April 16, 2020 Find out more News Receive email alerts August 23, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Google back online, Altavista remains blocked

first_img Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Access to Google from China has been restored since 12 September. The search engine is still being selectively censored, however, with links to sites dealing with sensitive issues such as Tibet, the Falun Gong or President Jiang Zemin and his likely successor Hu Jintao remaining blocked. According to specialists, the widespread outcry that greeted the suspension of access to Google, as well as pressure from business interests, are the reasons for this about-face. “The Ministry has not received any information about the blocking of Google, and we know nothing about the restoration of access either,” stated a spokesman from the Ministry of Information Industries. It is stilll not possible to access Altavista and dozens of other sites.Internet users in China face a concerted new effort by the authorities to control their access to websites. After a total ban since the beginning of this month on access to major search-engines Google and Altavista, selective blocking of other sites has now increased. These sites remain accessible, but specific articles on them, such as those about President Jiang Zemin, cannot be seen. The new measures have not been announced and government officials refuse to confirm their existence. A US expert quoted by the Associated Press (AP) said the new system “shows in great clarity” the government’s “dedication to restricting access to content they deem undesirable, inappropriate or simply illegal.” An official of the ISP Shanghai Online told the AP that the company had been deluged with complaints about the blocking of access to Google and Altavista._______________________________________________________________ Since 7 September, Internet users in China attempting to access Google are being automatically redirected towards Chinese search engines, in particular Tianwang or Baidu. This operation appears to have been put in place by the Internet service providers run by the state telephone company China Telecom, on the orders of the Department for Public Security, which is in charge of controlling the Internet. According to the South China Morning Post, experts in Beijing have condemned what they described as a “violation of international rules on the sovereignty of Internet sites”._______________________________________________________________ September 16, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Google back online, Altavista remains blocked April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF_en ChinaAsia – Pacific Follow the news on China Receive email alerts ChinaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Newscenter_img News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News Organisation News Reporters Without Borders today called on the Chinese government to stop blocking access to the Google search engine, which has been unavailable to Internet users in China since 31 August.”The authorities were already in the habit of using surveillance, censorship or the outright elimination of overly critical web sites, but the blocking of a search engine sets a surprising and very worrying precedent”, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said in a letter to Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan. “This move against Google strikes at the very ability to find information on the Internet”, the letter said.Google had become very popular in China because of its ease of use and effectiveness as a search engine in the Chinese language. Many participants in online forums have spoken out against the blocking of Google, pointing out that they used it for research, not politics. The authorities have refused to make any comment.Google’s representatives have said they have been in contact with theChinese authorities in an attempt to get the ban lifted. Media specialistsin China suggest that the ban may be related to the approach of the Communist Party’s annual congress in November and other signs of an increase in censorship by a government more than usually anxious to silence any dissident voices. June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

[Breaking] “Confidence Of People In Judiciary At Stake”: Plea In SC Against Andhra Govt’s Press Conference Accusing Justice NV Ramana And HC Judges

first_imgTop Stories[Breaking] “Confidence Of People In Judiciary At Stake”: Plea In SC Against Andhra Govt’s Press Conference Accusing Justice NV Ramana And HC Judges Sanya Talwar12 Oct 2020 8:22 AMShare This – xA plea has been been moved against Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh Government’s press conference revealing his complaint to CJI SA Bobde against Supreme Court Judge Justice NV Ramana and judges of AP High Court.Filed on behalf of Sunil Kumar Singh, a practicing lawyer, through Advocate on Record Mukti Singh, the plea seeks a stop on such press briefings by the Chief…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA plea has been been moved against Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh Government’s press conference revealing his complaint to CJI SA Bobde against Supreme Court Judge Justice NV Ramana and judges of AP High Court.Filed on behalf of Sunil Kumar Singh, a practicing lawyer, through Advocate on Record Mukti Singh, the plea seeks a stop on such press briefings by the Chief Minister against judges and to issue “show cause notice” to him as to why suitable action should not be taken against him.Averring in the grounds, inter alia, that the act and deed of the respondent is an attempt to tarnish the Majesty of the Highest court of the country, the plea states that the Press Conference by the Chief Minister made unsubstantiated allegations against an honourable judge of this Hon’ble court.The petitioner contends that Reddy has “crossed the limit” which has been prescribed by the Constitution.”….alleging corruption and bias is prohibited by the clear provisions and mandate of the Constitution of India as provided under Article(s) 121 and 211 of the Indian Constitution. Wherein it has been mandated by the Constitution that no discussion shall take place in Parliament or in state legislature with respect to the conduct of any judge of Supreme Court or the High Court in the discharge of his duty” – Plea In SCFurther, it is averred that freedom of speech and expression guaranteed under Article 19(1)(a) of the constitution is subject to reasonable restrictions in relation to contempt of courts and defamation. “In the society of today, where the discussion in the media and on social media can go wild within days or within hours, it can affect the image of judiciary and hence the confidence of the general public in the judiciary,” the plea reads.”What is at stake is the confidence which a court must inspire in the public in the democratic society.”In this context, the plea stipulates that the Chief Minister is under oath and allegiance of the Constitution and is thus bound by it to respect the Judiciary. Furthermore, the selection of a time like this of making such allegations is highly suspicious and doubtful as the honourable Judge is in the service of Indian judiciary and public since long. “in the present scenario our country is going through various socio-economic challenges as well as external disturbance also…. The respondent has totally failed to understand and appreciate that by this irresponsible statement and behaviour he is trying to destabilise the faith of public at large in system which is not permitted,” the plea states.On October 11, Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, wrote a complaint to the Chief Justice of India, S A Bobde, alleging that some High Court judges are attempting to protect the interests of the major opposition party, Telugu Desom Party, in politically sensitive matters.A striking feature of the complaint – details of which were revealed to the media in a presser by Ajaya Kellam, the advisor of the CM, on Saturday evening – was that it had accused senior Supreme Court judge, Justice N V Ramana, who is next in line to be the Chief Justice of India, of influencing the administration of justice in the High Court.Next Storylast_img read more

Youngest victim of California synagogue shooting says ‘I don’t feel safe’

first_imgABC News’(SAN DIEGO) — At the age of 8, Noya Dahan has already fled rocket attacks in the Gaza Strip, witnessed her home in California vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti and, now, she’s survived a shooting at her synagogue that left one beloved member dead and she, her rabbi and her uncle with bullet wounds.The youngest victim of Saturday’s shooting at the Chabad of Poway synagogue near San Diego, Noya told ABC News that the safety of the one place she used to feel secure in, a synagogue, has been shattered.“I never thought that was going to happen to me because like it’s a safe place, you’re supposed to feel safe,” she said.A day after an alleged 19-year-old gunman, identified by police as John Earnest, opened fire inside the synagogue, turning a Passover service into what Noya’s father described as “like a war,” survivors spoke out, offering details on the bullets, blood and chaos they witnessed in the latest gun rampage in America.Noya was hit in the face, near her right cheek and in her right leg by bullet fragments during the attack. She said she will never forget how loud the gunshots were or seeing her rabbi, Yisroel Goldstein, bleeding profusely from both hands after being shot by the gunman.“I saw the rabbi jumping like crazy, and I couldn’t even imagine…,” Noya said. “I felt like I was in a movie or in a dream or something.”Rabbi Goldstein, who founded the synagogue 33 years ago with his wife, said he was just getting prepared to deliver his Passover sermon at about 11:30 a.m. when he went out into the lobby and ran into one of the temple’s members, Lori Kaye, 60.“She’s been a member with us since the ’90s. She’s one of the most kindest persons, an activist, who’s always there to help others, to help the world. That was her mission in life, just to be out, to do kindness and goodness,” Goldstein told ABC News on Sunday.He said Kaye was at the service with her husband, Dr. Howard Kaye, and their 22-year-old daughter, Hannah.“She asked me what time Yizkor was,” he said of a special pray for the departed. “Her mother just recently died and she came to memorialize her.”He said he went to his office to freshen up, and when he came back Kaye had confirmed on her own the time for the Yizkor prayer service.“We both looked and smiled at each other,” the rabbi said. “I turned around to walk into the banquet hall, where I was going to wash my hands, and I heard the first loud noise.”At first he didn’t know if Kaye had fallen or if a table had toppled over.“I turned around and I see the shooter standing there in position with a rifle moving it towards me,” Goldstein said.He said he put both his hands in front of his face in an effort to protect himself. A bullet severed the index finger of his right hand, and another nearly did the same to his left index finger, he said.He saw Kaye, mortally wounded, lying on the floor. Bullets continued to fly by on either side of him, he said.“I was centimeters from death,” Goldstein said. “I turn my back towards him and he’s shooting bullets towards me, trying to get me down in the banquet hall.”He said he saw a group of children in the banquet hall, including his grandchildren and Noya and he immediately began to gather them up to get them out of harm’s way.Noya’s uncle, Almog Peretz, 34, who lives in Israel but is in California on vacation, told ABC News that he was walking from the banquet hall when he heard the shots and saw the gunman.“I turn around and I saw him and the gun, the big gun. He looks at me and he shoots one after one,” he said.He said he picked up a 5-year-old girl walking next to him, lifted another child in his arms and began to direct up to 20 children out a side door, directing them to the rabbi’s house next door.He said he didn’t realize he had been shot in the back of the right leg until a relative noticed that the back of his pant leg was full of blood.His brother-in-law, Noya’s father, Israel Dahan, said he was frantically searching for his three children. He said he initially feared one of his girls who had been in the restroom was dead and sent his brother-in-law in to find her.Israel Dahan, who moved his family to California to get away from the danger of rocket attacks on their former home in the Gaza Strip, said his daughter was frantic, but alive.Rabbi Goldstein, who received a phone call from President Donald Trump while speaking with ABC News, said a U.S. Border Patrol agent named Jonathan, who had become a member of his congregation and another member named Oscar Stewart, a former military soldier, confronted the gunman.“One of the miracles that happened here was that the rifle got jammed,” he said of the gunman’s weapon.He said Oscar and Jonathan chased the gunman out of the synagogue. He said Jonathan, the Border Patrol agent, picked up a gun apparently dropped by another member of the congregation, and fired at the suspect, hitting his car as he drove off.A police K-9 officer saw the gunman nearby, officials said. The suspect jumped out of his car, put his hands up and was arrested, San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit said during the conference on Saturday.Rabbi Goldstein said that once the shooter fled the synagogue he went back inside and saw Lori Kaye lying unconscious on the floor. He said her husband entered the lobby and fainted.Initially refusing medical attention, Goldstein, his bleeding hands wrapped in a pray cloth, addressed his terrified flock.“I saw the sight of fear, of anger and despair on my fellow Jews…, I got up on the chair and I said, ‘Guys, Am Yisrael Chai,’” he said reciting the Hebrew phrase for ‘the people of Israel live.’“‘We are alive,’” he said he told the worshipers. “‘We need to stand tall. We need to be proud of our heritage and do not allow any of this terrorism to tear us down.”Since the shooting, he has asked himself why he survived.“What do I do with this? What do I do with my survival? I think there is a message that I need to share with everyone,” he said. “And we’ve got to get the message out there: People need to be aware that anti-Semitism is a reality. It’s happening now just like it was happening prior to the holocaust. This is how the holocaust started and we have to get up and stop it.”For young Noya, whose home was vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti four years ago, life has changed forever.“I just kept on dreaming about it. I just couldn’t … dream about something good. I just dreamt about the bad things,” she told ABC News. “I really don’t feel safe because this is not the first and definitely not the last time this is going to happen. So now I know just to watch out and stuff for dangerous things to happen.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more