WestSpiel revenue jumps 27% in 2019 ahead of privatisation

first_imgCasino & games Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 5th June 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Regions: Europe Central and Eastern Europe Germany AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Westdeutsche Spielbanken (WestSpiel), the land-based operator owned by the German state of Nordrhein-Westfalen (North Rhine-Westphalia), made €136.8m in gross gaming revenue in 2019, up 27.0% year-on-year.WestSpiel paid €65.8m in taxes for the year, up 30.6% and employed 1,020 people at the year’s end, up 3.1%, while the number of visitors to its casinos increased above one million.The numbers were announced as part of the operator’s annual player protection report, which also included the latest data on problem gambling at WestSpiel casinos.A total of 622 players were excluded, either voluntarily or by the operator, from playing WestSpiel games in 2019, up 55% from 2018 and bringing the total number of exclusions to 5,182.While the operator did not break down 2019’s exclusions between self-exclusion and other blocks, it said that at the end of the year, 3,603 players were self-excluded while 1,444 were blocked by WestSpiel itself and 135 by third parties.Of those excluded in 2019, 566 were male and 56 female. Under 30s made up slightly over half of those blocked with 312 players, while 219 were 31-45 years old and the remaining 91 were older.WestSpiel also noted that half of those who were excluded in 2019 typically played slots, while 21% tended to play roulette, 8% blackjack and 6% poker.The most common reason for exclusions was a risk of gambling addiction, which applied to 66% of those blocked in 2019. A further 16% were due to risky wagers, while 8% were put down to overindebtedness.The first quarter of the year saw 151 exclusions, with 130 in Q2;159 in Q3; and 182 in Q4.The operator said it had a robust training plan in place for its employees to recognise and deal with signs of problem gambling. This training programme includes information on early signs of gambling addiction and on WestSpiel’s social responsibility code, as well as a second phase that includes specialisation in a single topic area.“A central requirement for successful player protection is to have optimally trained and competent employees in every situation,” WestSpiel explained. “The training programme is an integral part of our social responsibility plan.”The operator also found, through the two-question lie/bet questionnaire that 28.9% of a sample of 696 customers may be at risk of gambling problems. The questionnaire asks customers the questions “ Have you ever had to lie to people important to you about how much you gambled?” and “Have you ever felt the need to bet more and more money?” with anyone who answers yes to either one viewed as someone who could be at risk.Men were more likely to answer yes to either question, as were customers aged under 55 and those with secondary education or less.Of these players who answered one of the questions affirmatively, 21.1% had never thought on gambling less, 22.5% had previously thought about gambling less but determined they did not need to and 14.1% and thought about gambling less but was still unsure.A further 10.6% were already planning on gambling less, while 8.8% were currently in the process of reducing their gambling and 4.0% had reduced their gambling in the past but no longer did so.In terms of measures that exist to fight problem gambling, WestSpiel found that its informational brochures were the most well-known, cited by 56.3% of customers. However, only 5.6% of customers said they had actually used these brochures.Self-exclusion was recognised as an option by 55.2% of customers, but only 3.3% said they had used it. The most commonly used measures against problem gambling were speaking to an employee – which 45.8% of customers said they understood was an option and 5.9% had done – and the self-test for problem gambling behaviour – of which 43.3% customers were aware and 6.6% had completed.Online information was recognised as an option against problem gambling by 35.6% of customers and was used by 2.4%, while problem gambling hotlines were mentioned by 33.6% of customers and used by 2.3%.Dr Anke Quack, head of addiction prevention at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz medical school, who helped conduct the survey, said WestSpiel could improve its player protection through greater use of data.“The introduction of behavioral data-based, automated player protection interventions in casinos can help operators better reach problem players and help to promote change,” Dr Quack said. “This includes, for example, the introduction of personal player cards or pop-up messages with personalized feedback on individual players in slot machines.”Earlier this week (2 June), Nordrhein-Westfalen passed a bill to facilitate the privatisation of the four WestSpiel-owned casinos. This will see a tender process conducted to select a new concession holder for the venues, with this operator to be granted rights to construct two more casinos in the state. Local media has strongly linked Gauselmann Group, an industry giant based in the state, with a bid. .center_img Westdeutsche Spielbanken (WestSpiel), the land-based operator owned by the German state of Nordrhein-Westfalen (North Rhine-Westphalia), made €136.8m in gross gaming revenue in 2019, up 27.0% year-on-year. WestSpiel revenue jumps 27% in 2019 ahead of privatisation Topics: Casino & games Finance Strategy Email Addresslast_img read more

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Pharma-Deko Plc (PHARMD.ng) Q32014 Interim Report

first_imgPharma-Deko Plc (PHARMD.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Pharmaceuticals sector has released it’s 2014 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Pharma-Deko Plc (PHARMD.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Pharma-Deko Plc (PHARMD.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Pharma-Deko Plc (PHARMD.ng)  2014 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfilePharma-Deko Plc manufactures, packages and markets a range of pharmaceutical and consumer products in Nigeria. Pharmaceutical products include Parkalin cough syrup, Revitone blood tonic, Salins liniment, Hexdene mouth wash, Brett mouth wash, Omepraz, Pharmadec drops and syrups, Phardol suppository and drops, Amycin dry powder and capsules, Anuproct suppositories, Vitacee drops and syrups, Antasil tablets, garlic tablets, Amoquin anti-malarial tablets and Parkprim suspension and tablets. The company also produces and sells a non-sugar cream soda; and manufactures and packages pharmaceutical and consumer products under contract. Established in 1962 and formerly known as Parke-Davis & Company (US), the company changed its name to Pharma-Deko Limited in 1990. It is now known as Pharma-Deko Plc. The company head office is in Ogun State, Nigeria. Pharma-Deko Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Six Nations Analysis: The Last Pass

first_imgSlick as you [email protected] scores @IrishRugby’s first try of the Championship with a beuatifully executed play #IREvSCO #GuinnessSixNations pic.twitter.com/YBhf06kzps— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) February 1, 2020Ireland’s way of holding defenders before delivering the killer pass was a little bit different. Conor Murray carries the ball towards the line, which forces Scotland’s Adam Hastings to stay put.Jordan Larmour runs the hard line to keep both half-backs Adam Hastings and Ali Price put. By the time Price knows the ball is not going to Larmour he does not have time to get across to Johnny Sexton. The Ireland fly-half scythes through the hole created by his team mates holding the defenders in place.ConclusionThe last pass before the try is the most important in rugby. The key to making that last pass a success is to either force the defence to show you where they want to go, as we saw with the two-on-ones, or force the defence to go where you want, as we saw in the second section.When you next watch a game have a look for how teams try to make the last pass as easy as possible. Look also for the two-on-ones, they happen all over the pitch. They may happen during an attack where the defence has a prop in midfield, and so the attackers run at him to force a two-on-one. Once you start to spot those opportunities you can see opposition weaknesses and you are beginning to think like an analyst. A moment @FranceRugby captain Charles Ollivon will never forget#FRAvENG #GuinnessSixNations pic.twitter.com/RUL557OjFH— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) February 2, 2020The final French try is more of the same, with Ollivon again the recipient. The footwork of scrum-half Antoine Dupont gets past the bulk of the English defence and through into the backfield.This is actually a three-on-one as Rattez is an option on the far touchline. Dupont can pass to Ollivon or Rattez, and because Jonny May is coming across the pitch Ollivon is the best option (May’s momentum carries him towards Rattez). Ollivon is unable to outpace Ben Youngs but the slick surface carries him over regardless. Dan Biggar > through the legs > Josh Adams > TRY!It’s all about the skills for @WelshRugbyUnion#WALvITA #GuinnessSixNations pic.twitter.com/lsFsPvAh0l— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) February 1, 2020In the above clip you will see the second Welsh try scored again by Adams. The Dan Biggar pass is, admittedly, a little showy but he fixes the Italy scrum-half Callum Braley. That means that Braley and Jake Polledri mark Biggar leaving Adams in a one-on-one against Leonardo Sarto.The Biggar pass, but more importantly the threat that he would run with the ball, held the defence in position. Without that Adams would have needed to beat both Sarto and Braley to score in the corner. #LeCrunch didn’t disappoint…Catch up with all the key moments from a ferocious encounter at the Stade de France#FRAvENG #GuinnessSixNations pic.twitter.com/jKh699R2Xv— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) February 2, 2020If you watch the above video from France v England at 0.34 you can see Vincent Rattez and Charles Ollivon link up for an obvious two-on-one. Rattez is not running at full pace once he gets into space; he is waiting for Ollivon to get on his shoulder but he also wants to make the skill easier.George Furbank makes the tackle on Rattez but the winger has already released the ball and Ollivon is over for the try. Of course, France are assisted by most of the England players giving up because they anticipated the whistle blowing. This try is a much harder proposition with more that just Furbank and Sam Underhill still playing. French flair: Antoine Dupont gets ready to release Charles Ollivon for a try (Getty Images) The perfect start for @WelshRugbyUnion….Highlights from Cardiff as the defending champions start with a BANG!#GuinnessSixNations #WALvITA pic.twitter.com/1lcbCeG7Lc— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) February 1, 2020 The opening round of the Six Nations showed the importance of the last pass – Sam Larner looks at the key facets of this skill LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Six Nations Analysis: The Last PassRugby is a complicated game made up of very simple building blocks. One of the simplest skills, perhaps the first skill you learn when you pick up a rugby ball, is how to pass.When you learn the basics you can then expand on that: spin pass, miss-pass, one-handed offloads, flicks out the back of the hand etc. The most important pass in rugby is the final pass, the one that leads to the try.In this series of articles during the Six Nations we will be explaining the intricacies of rugby and hopefully helping you to understand the game a little more.The Two-on-OneOne of the simplest skills you will see in a match is a two-on-one. As the name suggests two attackers face a lone defender. The defender cannot tackle them both so he must decide which player to take.The most threatening attacker is always the one with the ball so the defender should choose him. When it is clear that the defender has made that choice, the ball-carrier simply passes to the other attacker and he scores. As you can see, not all two-on-ones are created equal. The first clip in the above video is just a longer version of the two we saw previously. Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny runs at Matteo Minozzi, which forces the Italy full-back to step in and stop him.When Minozzi shows his hand Halfpenny throws the pass out to Josh Adams. The winger still has a lot to do but he is arguably the best finisher in the world at the moment and he scores his first try.The key to delivering the final pass in a two-on-one is to force the defender to make their decision and then either give the pass, if the defender will tackle you, or carry, if the defender has set their sights on the support runner.Holding DefendersBecause the attacking side in rugby does not have more players than the defenders, to score you either need to beat an opposition player or attract two defenders to one attacker. The March 2020 issue of Rugby World magazine – a Six Nations special – is on sale now.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

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Presiding Bishop appoints new board chair for Episcopal Relief &…

first_img Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Martinsville, VA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Episcopal Relief & DevelopmentPosted Jan 4, 2019 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Shreveport, LA People Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Belleville, IL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Associate Rector Columbus, GA Presiding Bishop appoints new board chair for Episcopal Relief & Development as organization welcomes new board members An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Back to Press Releases Submit a Press Release New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Curate Diocese of Nebraska Episcopal Relief & Development, Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Director of Music Morristown, NJ 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 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit an Event Listing Rector Hopkinsville, KY Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Tampa, FL Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Bath, NC Rector Knoxville, TN Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA 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 Rector Albany, NY Press Release Service Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, has appointed Teri Lawver as Board Chair for Episcopal Relief & Development. Ms. Lawver replaces Neel Lane who served as chair from 2015 until the end of 2018.Episcopal Relief & Development welcomes Lawver and also new board member Matt Silva. Lawver was previously on the board of the organization from 2008 to 2013 and has continued to serve on the Advancement Committee.“I am thrilled to welcome Teri back to the Board of Directors as Board Chair,” said Presiding Bishop Curry. “Teri and Episcopal Relief & Development know each other exceedingly well and I am confident that together with the rest of the board and staff, we will create lasting change.”Lawver was named Board Chair, effective January 1, 2019 as Lane completed his term on the board.“Teri brings vast governance experience from the private sector to her new role as Board Chair,” said Lane. “She will become the first woman to chair the board at a time when the organization’s strategic priorities are directed more than ever to improving the lives of women throughout the world—including, most obviously, our work with Anglican partners to eliminate gender-based violence (GBV).”Lawver is the Global Commercial Strategy Leader, Global Vice President, for the Immunology Therapeutic Area with Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson (J&J). She has more than 20 years of global healthcare and business leadership experience spanning four continents, three healthcare sectors, and dozens of disease areas. A vocal advocate for diversity and inclusion, Teri has a proven track record of building new businesses, delivering sustainable, innovation-based growth and leading high-performance teams.  Prior to joining J&J, Teri was an Associate Principal with McKinsey & Company in the firm’s New Jersey, Atlanta and Sao Paolo offices, and was a leader in the firm’s global healthcare practice.  She began her career as a Derivative Analyst with Bloomberg Financial Markets, LLP.Active with community and philanthropic causes, Lawver serves on Board of Trustees for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and has served on the Board of Trustees for the Seminary of the Southwest.  A New Jersey native, Lawver was named to the NJBiz “Best 50 Women in Business” list in 2016.“I am honored to be asked to serve in this capacity and to rejoin this strong board for an organization that has such commitment to empowering others to live healthier, more fulfilling lives,” said Lawver. “Episcopal Relief & Development’s work is unique. I am humbled to be a part of creating long-term solutions in the lives of the most vulnerable.”Matt Silva also joined the board effective January 1st. He is the Director of Sales for Labatt Food Service in San Antonio Texas and manages the Labatt sales force responsible for $1.3 Billion in revenue per year in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Silva volunteered frequently at the Good Samaritan Center while growing up, where he was Director of the Good Sam basketball camp in high school. He served as an acolyte for St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in downtown San Antonio, where he and his wife, Virginia, are now members.“Teri and Matt’s multifaceted professional experience and passion will make them tremendous assets to the Board of Directors,” said Rob Radtke, President & CEO of Episcopal Relief & Development. “I look forward to working with them to expand our impact in our priority areas of women, children and climate.”For over 75 years, Episcopal Relief & Development has been working together with supporters and partners for lasting change around the world. Each year the organization facilitates healthier, more fulfilling lives for more than 3 million people struggling with hunger, poverty, disaster and disease. Inspired by Jesus’ words in Matthew 25, Episcopal Relief & Development leverages the expertise and resources of Anglican and other partners to deliver measurable and sustainable change in three signature program areas: Women, Children and Climate. Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Featured Events Submit a Job Listing Rector Smithfield, NC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Tags Rector Washington, DC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Collierville, TN 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 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS last_img read more

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Tsubomi House / Flat House

first_imgArchDaily Tsubomi House / Flat House CopyHouses•Tokyo, Japan “COPY” Year:  Tsubomi House / Flat HouseSave this projectSaveTsubomi House / Flat House Save this picture!©  Takumi Ota+ 24Curated by Fernanda Castro Share Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/578076/tsubomi-house-flat-house Clipboard “COPY” CopyAbout this officeFlat HouseOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesTokyoIcebergHousesWoodJapanPublished on December 17, 2019Cite: “Tsubomi House / Flat House” 16 Dec 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialMetal PanelsDri-DesignMetal Panels – CopperIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsExterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsPure + FreeFormCustom Metal Cladding – Legacy Fund 1 BuildingWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodWood Fiber Partition Walls – ValchromatDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Vertical Pivot Door | BrezzaSkylightsFAKROEnergy-efficient roof window FTT ThermoToilets / BidetsBritexToilets – Accessible Centurion PanMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?日本住宅 Tsubomi / FLAT HOUSE是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Japan ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/578076/tsubomi-house-flat-house Clipboard Photographs:   Takumi OtaSave this picture!©  Takumi OtaRecommended ProductsWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40WindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeWindowsLibartVertical Retracting Doors & WindowsText description provided by the architects. The footprint of this house, including the biscuit shop that is part of the house, is only 26m2. The entire house is divided into seven split levels without partitions and all levels are connected by a staircase situated in the middle of the house.  From the shop on the ground floor, this metal staircase connects the kitchen and the dining on 1.5 level, then the living space on 2 level, and finally the sleeping area on the top floor that is shared by all family members.  The second set of concrete steps continue from the ground floor to the basement, housing the shop and its bathroom.Save this picture!©  Takumi OtaEvery split level is small – there is barely enough space to place essential furniture.  But each space feels sufficient and roomy. This is because all spaces are divided and isolated by different levels but connect one space from another.  This gives a feeling that each resident lives in multiple small spaces yet one large space simultaneously.Save this picture!SectionAlmost all interior surfaces are made of larch plywood. Each panel is cut into a parallelogram and laid out in herringbone pattern. This pattern is repeated on the ivory façade made of galvanized steel sheets and consistently applied to the exterior as well as the interior, evoking more three-dimensional experience. Today, people communicate, get information and watch television by mobile phones or smartphones in a public space, like an inside train. Each family member already has his/her private media even without his/her own private room. So, no one feels the inconvenience.Save this picture!©  Takumi OtaWith every space being so small and further without walls, it can be advantageous – residents can move quickly from one space to another. This constant movement can be compared to “mutters of Twitter” where short messages are sent out through the internet. Each space is very small but every action in these small spaces is unique.  And the various actions connect one another.  Sometimes, the wife stands talking with a customer in the biscuit shop on the first level, then drinks a cup of tea at the dining space on the 1.5 level, then moves up to the second level and watch TV, all in a very small time frame. We hope the house resembles a closed flower bud squeezed into a metropolis.Save this picture!©  Takumi OtaOriginally published on December 17, 2014.Project gallerySee allShow lessHohohot East Coach Hub Terminal / CSADI A2 StudioSelected ProjectsHuitong Hybrid Tower / Jaeger Kahlen Partners ArchitectsSelected Projects Share 2010 Photographs Architects: Flat House Area Area of this architecture project Area:  77 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Houseslast_img read more

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Purdue Extension Director: Ag Banks Denying More Ag Loans

first_img This report was created by Jason Henderson, Associate Dean in the Purdue College of Agriculture and Director of Purdue Extension, and is entitled “Highlights on Agricultural Bank Financial Conditions”. It originally appeared in the Agribusiness Council of Indiana Newsletter.Low commodity prices and the lack of farm profitability are straining the agricultural finance sector. Agricultural banks report denying more agricultural loan applications that in recent years as farm repayment rates continue to deteriorate. In addition, agricultural banks report shrinking liquidity (funds) available for agricultural lending, which typically places greater demand on Farm Service Agency loan guarantee programs. Below is a brief highlight of agricultural finance conditions based on Federal Reserve publications.Agricultural banks are denying more agricultural loan applications. Almost half of the agricultural banks in the Tenth (Kansas City) Federal Reserve District report denying more than 4% of loan applications in 2018, compared to a third in 2015. The share of banks reporting denying more than 10 percent of agricultural loans has increased sharply from 7.8% in 2015 to 17.8% in 2018.Farmers are struggling to repay farm loans, especially in the Corn Belt. Agricultural banks responding to Federal Reserve surveys indicate continued deterioration in repayment rates for agricultural loans. The Chicago Federal Reserve District reported severe declines in repayment rates, suggesting more intense farm financial stress in the Corn Belt states of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan. Deterioration in loan repayment rates was less severe west of the Mississippi River as the Dallas Federal Reserve District reported the smallest decline in repayment rates and the Minneapolis and Kansas City Federal Reserve Districts reported substantial, but smaller declines in the first quarter of 2018.Liquidity at U.S. agricultural banks has declined recently and remains well below historical levels. Deposits are a primary source of funds for lending at agricultural banks. Loan-deposit ratios have reached 0.8 percent recently and agricultural banks report having fewer funds available for lending activity. As a result, farm loan guarantee program funding could be more critical for agricultural lending in the coming year as banks try to mitigate risk. Previous articleFarm Bill on the Campaign TrailNext articleCommentary: Farmer Alexa, Coming Soon Hoosier Ag Today SHARE SHARE Purdue Extension Director: Ag Banks Denying More Ag Loans By Hoosier Ag Today – Oct 21, 2018 Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Purdue Extension Director: Ag Banks Denying More Ag Loans Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Turkey demands “patriotic” coverage of military offensive in Syria

first_img June 4, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts Credit: Nazeer al-Khatib / AFP News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the increase in censorship in Turkey – including “patriotic journalism” directives and a wave of arrests of critical journalists – that has accompanied the Turkish government’s three-day-old military offensive against Kurdish fighters in northwestern Syria’s Afrin region.The editors of Turkey’s leading media outlets were summoned to a meeting on 21 January at which Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım – accompanied by the deputy prime minister, the defence minister and the ruling AKP’s spokesman – gave them 15 “recommendations” on how to cover the military operations in a “patriotic” manner.Lesson in “patriotic journalism”Journalists were told to “take account of national interests when quoting international news sources critical of Turkey,” to “remember the care taken by the armed forces not to harm civilians” and to “not highlight demonstrations and statements” by political organisations that support Turkey’s banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).In essence, the aim of the directives is to put the Turkish media at the service of the government and its war goals. The prime minister told them to avoid “news reports liable to boost the morale” of the PKK and the PYD, a Syrian Kurdish party, and to contact government and AKP representatives “to get good information.” He also told them to mistrust reports in the international media, claiming that the PYD uses many foreign journalists, especially in the United States and Europe.“The new flood of propaganda, the increase in the witchhunt against critics and the almost complete absence of any debate about this military offensive all highlight the degree to which pluralism has collapsed in Turkey,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.“Not content with its stranglehold on the media landscape, the government is now trying to assert complete control over everything that the media report, at the risk of undermining public trust and fuelling tension.” Social network arrestsMore than 100 warrants for the arrest of “terrorist propaganda” suspects have been issued in the past two days. The victims have included Nurcan Baysal, a writer and columnist for the T24 news website, who is being held by anti-terrorist police in Diyarbakır, a city in southeastern Anatolia with a Kurdish majority. Her lawyer said her arrest was prompted by tweets criticizing the Afrin military offensive.İshak Karakaş, the editor of the newspaper Halkın Nabzı and a columnist for the exile news website Artı Gerçek, was arrested in Istanbul on the night of 21 January, while Arti TV’s correspondent in Ankara, Sibel Hürtaş, and two reporters for the pro-Kurdish news agency Mezopotamya, Hayri Demir and Seda Taşkın, were arrested last night.This new wave of intimidation has had repercussions beyond Turkey’s borders. Yesterday, hundreds of angry protesters attacked the headquarters of the newspaper Afrika in North Nicosia, the capital of Turkish-recognized Northern Cyprus, smashing its windows with stones and removing a sign with the newspaper’s name while police looked on without intervening.The day before, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had publicly decried Afrika as “immoral” for describing the Afrin offensive as a “new occupation by Turkey” after its occupation of Northern Cyprus in 1974. “They will have to answer for this to my brothers and sisters,” Erdogan warned.First media injury in military offensiveRSF has learned that Ronahi TV cameraman Zekeriya Şêxo was injured by Turkish army gunfire while covering fighting near Rajo, a town 30 km north of the city of Afrin. He was taken to Afrin with injuries to the stomach and legs that were not life-threatening.RSF calls on the belligerents to respect the civilian status of journalists, and reminds journalists that RSF has a safety manual for reporters operating in war zones that can be downloaded from its website.Turkey is ranked 155th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. The already worrying media situation has become critical under the state of emergency that was proclaimed after a coup attempt in July 2016. Around 150 media outlets have been closed, mass trials are being held and the country now holds the world record for the number of professional journalists detained. Organisation “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says News January 23, 2018 Turkey demands “patriotic” coverage of military offensive in Syria Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia News June 8, 2021 Find out more RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan to go further Help by sharing this information TurkeyNorthern CyprusSyriaEurope – Central AsiaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentArmed conflictsViolenceImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeCitizen-journalistsInternet June 7, 2021 Find out more TurkeyNorthern CyprusSyriaEurope – Central AsiaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentArmed conflictsViolenceImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeCitizen-journalistsInternet last_img read more

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Cyberdissident Kamal Sayid Qadir released

first_img April 3, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cyberdissident Kamal Sayid Qadir released News News Organisation December 28, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders welcomed the release on 3 April 2006 of jurist Kamal Sayid Qadir, an Austrian national of Kurdish origin, arrested on 26 October 2005 for posting “defamatory” articles about the authorities in Kurdistan. The cyberdissident had been sentenced to 18 months in prison just a few days earlier. Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Receive email alerts Follow the news on Iraq ————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org center_img News News Help by sharing this information February 15, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Reporters Without Borders welcomed the release on 3 April 2006 of jurist Kamal Sayid Qadir, an Austrian national of Kurdish origin, arrested on 26 October 2005 for posting “defamatory” articles about the authorities in Kurdistan.The cyberdissident had been sentenced to 18 months in prison just a few days earlier. At a first hearing, he was sentenced to 30 years in prison on the basis of the same charge.Welcoming his release, the press freedom organisation said, “We met the Iraqi ambassador in Paris last week and Kamal Sayid Qadir’s case was raised. We asked for the urgent release of the cyberdissident, stressing our concern about the constant adjournments of his case.”Reporters Without Borders also sent an open letter to the UN in Iraq and the Austrian president urging them to interene on his behalf.Qadir had been charged with posting articles on a Kurdish website implicating the president of Iraqi Kurdistan, Massud Barzani, in a corruption case. He was also accused of insulting and defaming the head of state.”This release show the determinaton of the government to suport democracy in this region,” said a local spokesman, Mohammed Khoshna.Qadir had been on remand in Erbil prison since 26 October 2005, in the autonomous region of Kurdistan in the north of Iraq. He was sentenced on 19 December 2005, for “defamation of public institutions”. In a statement posted on the site kurdishmedia.com, the jurist accepted that he had made “inappropriate” comments about certain people referred to in his articles. IraqMiddle East – North Africa to go further December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Guidance issued on making and wearing protective masks

first_img By News Highland – May 5, 2020 News Guidance issued on making and wearing protective masks Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp Google+ Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA center_img Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleGardai investigating criminal damage incidentsNext articleEast Derry MLA John Dallat has died News Highland Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic The British government’s chief scientific adviser says it may be useful to wear masks when it’s not possible to socially distance.Patrick Vallance has told the Commons Health Committee the risk of getting Covid-19 at one metre is about 10 to 30 times higher than at two metres.Meanwhile, a Letterkenny Surgeon who has helped design a template for home made masks, says it’s important that people wear masks correctly if they are to be effective.Michael Sugrue spoke on today’s Nine til Noon Show………Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/sugrumask.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Guidance in making masks can be viewed HERE Twitter Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further last_img read more

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Sheriff gets over 1,000 tips as mysterious search for 13-year-old Jayme Closs continues for 5th day

first_imgABCNews.com(BARRON, Wisc.) — Wisconsin authorities searching for missing 13-year-old Jayme Closs are now asking the public for information about her parents, who were shot dead in their home before they say Jayme was abducted.“We are hopeful to learn more about the Closs family to help bring Jayme home,” Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said in a statement Friday. “If you spent time with members of the Closs family recently, or if you have ever had a misunderstanding with members of the Closs family, or know someone who has, please call the tipline.”The mysterious investigation began Monday when the bodies of Jayme’s parents, James and Denise Closs, were found shot dead at their home in rural Barron.Jayme was believed to be home at the time of the shootings and was then taken from her home by an unknown person, authorities said.Someone dialed 911 from the house but no one spoke on the call. When police responded, Jayme was gone.Since Monday authorities have received over 1,000 tips and conducted hundreds of interviews in the search for Jayme, Fitzgerald said Friday.The sheriff also said he’s encouraging people to recall if their friends or family changed behavior earlier in the week, saying, “People may act differently shortly after committing a violent act.”Fitzgerald said the public should be mindful of someone who missed work suddenly; missed scheduled appointments; suddenly left town without a reasonable explanation; changed appearance; is acting anxious, nervous, or irritable; or is paying an unusual amount of interest — either too much or too little — to the progress of the Closs investigation.It’s unclear if the attack was random or targeted, the sheriff said.An Amber Alert has been issued for Jayme. Anyone with information is asked to the tip line at 855-744-3879. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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