Danske Spil takes ownership of TivoliCasino.dk

first_imgCasino & games Danske Spil takes ownership of TivoliCasino.dk Topics: Casino & games Strategy Tech & innovation 9th May 2019 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Danish gambling operator Danske Spil has agreed a deal to take ownership of Tivoli Casino’s online gaming business. Danske Spil will be able to use the TivoliCasino.dk brand as part of its business for the next 10 years. Danish gambling operator Danske Spil has brokered a deal to take ownership of Tivoli Casino’s online gaming business.Under the agreement, Danske Spil will be able to use the TivoliCasino.dk brand for the next 10 years. After this period, the two parties will evaluate the success of the venture and decide whether the arrangement should be extended.Tivoli’s online casino, named for the amusement park in central Copenhagen, has been operational in the Danish market since 2012 and Danske Spil will aim to build on its success by adding new games and features to the platform.Danske Spil has been offering various gambling services in its native Denmark for more than 70 years.“The partnership with Tivoli makes great sense for us; like Tivoli, we are a brand the Danes know, and like Tivoli, our goal is to entertain and delight the Danes in a good and responsible way,” Danske Spil’s CEO, Susanne Mørch Koch, said.“Our core competencies are games. We can use it to develop Tivoli Casino, and take it to the next level for the benefit of both players and our new partnership.”Tivoli director, Lars Liebst, added: “We are proud of what we have achieved with TivoliCasino.dk since we launched it in 2012. Now the project will have more air under the wings, and we look forward to the cooperation with Danske Spil, which can bring many, new commercial benefits.“It has been important for us to choose a business partner who fully meets our own values when it comes to gaming – including responsible gaming – and we have got that with Danish Games.”Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.Image: Kanijoman Tags: Online Gambling Regions: Europe Nordics Denmark AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Addresslast_img read more

Responsible Gaming: Reaching the right players

first_img Responsible Gaming: Reaching the right players 23rd September 2019 | By Stephen Carter Tags: Online Gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Legal & compliance Legal & compliancecenter_img WrB’s free monthly webinar series kicked off with IGT, GVC and other stakeholders dissecting the state of play in responsible gambling solutions. Clarion Gaming’s Gabriela Martins da Silva rounds up proceedings for iGamingBusiness.com. WrB’s free monthly webinar series kicked off with IGT, GVC and other stakeholders dissecting the state of play in responsible gambling solutions. Clarion Gaming’s Gabriela Martins da Silva rounds up proceedings for iGamingBusiness.com. The year has seen more heavy fines and penalty packages issued to operators from multiple European regulators – to large and small brands – for responsible gambling (RG), source of funds and anti-money laundering (AML) failings. This year has also seen a number of documentaries highlighting gambling addiction and operator shortcomings in detecting and preventing these unfortunate incidences, most recently BBC1’s Panorama in August, go viral.In this environment, there is a clear need for discussion and training around responsible gambling to be both free and accessible to the industry.Following three successful years of WrB London, gathering gaming’s top executives and regulators for integrated discussion on best practise, Clarion Gaming now offers free training and regulatory advice looking specifically at how to mitigate gambling-related harm.Our free monthly webinar series kicked off on 24 July with industry stakeholders IGT, Threat Metrix, 1710 Gaming, GVC, Sustainable Interaction, GamRes and Onfido, our industry sponsor. Two episodes looked at game design and in-play monitoring, to be followed by two further two-part segments in the coming months.Looking at what can be implemented from the moment a customer signs up to prevent harm and increase customer education, Episode 1 took on the perspective of game designers and Episode 2 looked at the second step in the process, data collection and assessment of players.Some of the conclusions drawn – we provide four headline takeaways below – are to be expected. No RG debate is complete without highlighting the need for a standardised system of analysing players, greater collaboration between operators and discussion over where responsibility lies. This series, however, aims to highlight some solutions to the industry’s biggest obstacles to implementing RG measures.Takeaway 1: The responsibility we attribute to the game designer ends once the product goes B2C, but RG can be implemented from conception More research than ever before is being conducted in to game design from a psychological point of view – in recent years, game designers have been receiving more training on harmful game design from behavioural experts. Stefania Colombo, senior manager, CSR for IGT revealed the company was working “with expert Dr Jonathan Parke to provide training to designers on how we can minimise harm from design, and what we can leverage to lower risk”.Designers now also use analysis of how the brain reacts to stressful game situations, spin speed, so-called ‘fake’ wins, reality checks and more to show how different features are designed to aggravate customers, said Christina Thakor-Rankin, 1710 Gaming.Thakor-Rankin added: “It’s also incredibly difficult to know which features will be successful and which games specifically are going to be popular and in what markets – especially grey markets”.Ultimately, the question becomes this: are these specific mechanics ultimately necessary – and would their modification greatly affect the overall gameplay?Takeaway 2: The timeline of a player’s history required to identify risk level needs to shrink In order for responsible gambling measures to be effective, they need to be faster to identify harmful habits and suspicious financial activity. Paul Foster, speaking in his capacity as digital compliance and responsible gambling development director for Ladbrokes Coral owner GVC, told the audience that “previously, operators may have had to collect up to two years of data from a customer to be able to identify behavioural habits, changes, and markers of harm.”Richard Wood, owner at RG research consultancy GamRes, added: “this period of time should even shrink down to one weeks’ worth of recorded play needed to assess a customer’s habits”.Furthermore, we discussed what data must be collected and what can be omitted which could confuse your data – with a practical how-to from Richard’s intro to the Positive Play Scale.Takeaway 3: All players need to be evaluated, not just the ones showing problems According to GamRes’ Wood, who discussed his successful Positive Play Scale, sustainable play involves “only spending what is affordable to lose and sticking to personally allocated spend and time limits” and “recognition that gambling will always involve some degree of chance”.By evaluating positive as well as negative play, the wealth of data is far expanded, allowing operators to identify different habits in different games and jurisdictions, instead of only the small percentage of players who are being harmed.“Players can be at different levels of ‘responsible’ and smaller instances of harm can be avoided as well as full-blown addiction, contributing to overall safer gambling”, said Wood.Takeaway 4: Industry collaboration across operators has been achieved already on a small scale and can extend further All of our speakers discussed the migration of customers to alternate gambling sites and how to monitor and educate customers in different jurisdictions.Foster, now managing direcotr his own consultancy Crucial Compliance, stated that “the industry needs a central database of players that can be used to prevent migration to alternate and foreign gambling sites – and it can be done in compliance with GDPR”He added that organisations like Senet Group have already managed to achieve this on a smaller scale.Christofer Hagstedt, chief business development officer for technology-focused addiction treatment specialist Sustainable Interaction, concurred that “a single operator in a single market cannot be completely responsible on its own.”The fact remains, a single operator may not have the reach to make a positive impact on its own, but just one operator does have the reach to cause irreparable damage, making collaboration the key to the sustainability of the industry. Final thoughts From the webinar discussion, it is clear that far more can be done to monitor players from the time they sign up with a gambling site, and monitor their play from day 1 to prevent and spot cases of harm.The same tools can be used to re-assess the same players over time, including reanalysing old data, to help understand how industry strategies have lacked in this area in the past and what can be improved.However, 1710’s Thakor-Rankin neatly summarised a recurring theme in our discussions so far with the observation that “we can bring the horse to water but we cannot force it to drink”.Meaning that all the tools can be in place, but if they are not presented and executed effectively, some customers will continue to overlook them –  and it’s exactly this type of customer that operators that must be able to reach. Gabriela Martin da Silva is a production executive at Clarion Gaming with responsibility for the WrB webinar series in partnership with iGB. The next edition of the free WrB webinar series on Categorizing different kinds of interaction is taking place 25 September. You can register here AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Addresslast_img read more

The state of the AI revolution

first_imgMontik says: “ML technologies are growing very fast. Three years ago doing what we do now was unbelievable, but it is now possible due to the significant increase of GPU processing speed and the massive amount of data that is available for machine learning and deep learning algorithms to feed on. We believe there is no visible limit – the fun has just begun!” This may only be the tip of the iceberg, however, as Montik continues: “Although much has been done in the last years, there’s still a great potential for growth and improvement.  “As an online gamer, you will be entering an online casino tailored specifically for you, with the design, sounds and content completely meeting your expectations. Amplified by VR, such games will take over the whole igaming world.” “An area where a lot of progress has been made is in design and UX. The world of games has become much closer to reality due to breakthrough AI technologies and smart ML modelling. For example, it’s really hard to recognise the artificial nature of rendered shadows, clouds, or water, which amplifies the presence effect.” Montik echoes this, saying: “The progress made in terms of responsible gambling is immense. AI helps analyse user’s actions and detect potential problematic behaviour.  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Tech & innovation Online casino Artificial intelligence Artificial intelligence Applying AI Tags: Artificial Intelligence SoftSwiss He continues, highlighting security and AML as major focus areas for the development of AI applications: “It is extremely important to know how to recognise unscrupulous players and prevent their fraudulent actions.  Email Address In addition to personalisation and automated customer care assistants, which have become fairly widespread applications throughout the industry, Montik says SoftSwiss have improved casino management by launching customised bonuses and smart free spins.  Montik is a passionate supporter of democratic rights and freedom of speech, collaborating with the OSCE mission at the 2004 and 2008 parliamentary elections and the 2006 presidential elections in Belarus. He became one of the founders of the European Center for the Freedom of Press in Leipzig and signed the European Charter on the Freedom of Press adopted on May 25, 2009, in Hamburg. Ivan Montik is the founder of SoftSwiss, BGaming, and Merkeleon. Since 2009, he has been running a number of projects in IT, fintech and igaming. Montik also founded CoinsPaid and Cryptoprocessing.com, crypto payment processing solutions for e-commerce, PSP, igaming, and streaming.  He begins: “It’s been over 20 years since the world chess master Garry Kasparov lost to the computer. Since then, there has been no doubt that a computer can be a serious partner in games. “There have been several cases of players making major wins on casino games by applying different probability programs or just using AI bots themselves. When it’s all happening online, it’s hard to track.” As the technology moves from hype to reality, how does AI fit in the gaming ecosystem? Ivan Montik discusses its potential… “The system also recognises fake documents which a player might submit at the registration or for cash out, and blocks any further activities.” The scope of change “Several years ago we created our own Research and Development department to focus on implementing AI, machine learning and data analysis in our online casino platform. The team is working in different directions to cover all major aspects of AI in online gaming. So, with so much on-the-ground innovation already happening, what comes next for AI? The results have been strong, says Montik: “All of that increased the lifetime value of a player by 7 – 10%, so figures speak for themselves.” “It’s a work in progress,” he continues, “but certain features are already in production and enjoyed by both operators and players.” Companies: SoftSwiss To counter this challenge, SoftSwiss developed its own anti-fraud system using machine learning: “It analyses player’s behaviour in real-time and if any suspicious actions are detected, immediately reports to the operator.  From personalisation to automated assistants and anti-fraud, machine learning has come on leaps and bounds in recent years, catching the attention of forward-thinking software and platform providers the world over. One such company would be SoftSwiss, a gambling software developer that offers a complete igaming solution. We spoke with Ivan Montik, SoftSwiss to learn more about the state of play for AI in igaming. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter “In this case, the online casino operator can be notified and the user account will be suspended. It’s a real benefit for players with gambling addiction as they can get real-time help.” The state of the AI revolution Beyond the aforementioned anti-fraud system, Montik details other exciting AI applications in SoftSwiss’ portfolio. “From the whole scope of possible AI penetration in all spheres of online gaming, only about 30% has been covered so far. Many software providers still ignore the benefits that machine learning can bring to online casinos and are not implementing AI either for UX personalisation or for anti-fraud systems. In five years, they won’t be able to stand up to the competition.” The conversation around AI, slowly but surely, is shifting from being theoretical to practical through many different use cases. Additionally, he adds, SoftSwiss have created a lifetime value prediction feature, which analyses the player’s behaviour and predicts the situation in which the player might decide to leave the casino. In this case, the system makes corresponding changes to motivate the player to stay a little longer.  Regions: Europe Once AI development is in full swing, Montik sees an entirely different landscape for both igaming and land-based casinos: “Casinos will be fully powered by AI with minimal engagement of the operator’s employees.  Another area of great significance to the rollout of AI is responsible for gambling. While many share concerns about the negative impact AI may have on consumer protection as a result of increased personalisation and retention, the technology can be applied for the greater good. 15th March 2021 | By Josephine Watsonlast_img read more

Conoil Plc (CONOIL.ng) Q32015 Interim Report

first_imgConoil Plc (CONOIL.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Conoil Plc (CONOIL.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Conoil Plc (CONOIL.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Conoil Plc (CONOIL.ng)  2015 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileConoil Plc is a petroleum exploration and production company in Nigeria that extracts, produces and sells crude oil as well as supplies a range of lubricants and household and liquefied petroleum gas for use by the domestic and industrial sectors. The company supplies what is referred to as White products, which is premium motor spirts, aviation turbine kerosene, dual purpose kerosene, low-pour fuel oil and automotive gasoline/grease oil. Products in its lubricant range include transport lubricants, industrial lubricants, greases, process oil and bitumen. Products in its liquefied petroleum gas range include liquefied petroleum gas sold in bulk, gas-packed, cylinders and valves. Established in 1984 and formerly known as Consolidated Oil Nigeria Limited, the company changed its name to Conoil Producing Plc. The company has exploration licenses for 6 highly prospective blocks in the Niger Delta which it acquired and paid for after competitive bidding rounds organised by the Federal Government of Nigeria. Conoil Producing has discovered hydrocarbon offshore southeast of Niger Delta and initial logging interpretations is looking promising. Conoil Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Conoil Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Discussion on Francois Louw injury from Richie McCaw cleanout

first_imgSunday Sep 21, 2014 Discussion on Francois Louw injury from Richie McCaw cleanout Francois Louw is out of the Rugby Championship after getting injured in the All Blacks and Springboks clash in Wellington. The injury occurred when Richie McCaw smashed into him at a ruck, causing some debate amongst fans and pundits.Bob Skinstad and Nick Mallett discussed this, and other points, on Boots & All in South Africa in the week after the match. They weren’t fully condemning what McCaw did, but did hint that it should have been at least looked at by the officials.Louw fell to the floor immediately and wasn’t part of play for the next few minutes, which led to the McCaw try in the corner after that wonderful bit of skill from number eight Kieran Read.The Springbok flanker has since been ruled out for the remainder of the tournament, as the collision caused a pinched nerve in his neck.Schalk Burger has been called into the squad as a replacement, heading over to Cape Town after playing for his Japanese club, Suntory. The 71 times capped flanker will continue his Test comeback after being out of the game for two years with injury and illness.The video below shows the incident that brought about the change in the Bok set-up. There are some interesting points made, but overall we’re sharing it as there were requests and discussion about it via social media since the match took place.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Four ways of using space for social good

first_imgFour ways of using space for social good Advertisement Tagged with: Fundraising ideas social enterprise Space-2 GiveSpace-2 Give offers a way for commercial property landlords, property managers and occupiers to generate money for charities and good causes through the commercialisation of their space. Space-2 promotes and manages the properties on behalf of their owners-occupiers, and offers a reduced commission on its services with the remaining fee paid for the use of the space donated to a charity or good cause. About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. SomewheretoSomewhereto_ is a space booking service with hundreds of spaces across London that works to help young people. Every time someone books a space through somewhereto_ a young person is able access space for free, such as a warehouse for a young film maker, a concert venue for a young performer or desk space for a young entrepreneur. In its six years so far, it has helped 20,000 young people access free space. ChototelChototel was conceived to provide quality housing for people at the bottom of the housing pyramid. It aims to provide hotel rooms starting at $2 a day with uninterrupted water, electricity, and gas, with a mission to supply 1% of the world’s demand for affordable housing by 2025 and to build 5 million super-budget hotel rooms in the next decade. With plans to open elsewhere including in the UK, its pilot project is in Nagothane, approximately 70 km from Mumbai, with 240 rooms and capacity for 960 guests. Features include a crèche and play area, an infirmary, and a community kitchen.center_img  72 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 MyCommunitySpaceWebsite MyCommunitySpace has been designed especially for the community and voluntary sector and acts as an online guide for organisations looking to rent out or hire space. It allows organisations to advertise a property by providing location and facilities details for their buildings and rooms and uploading photographs of spaces for hire, while those looking to hire somewhere can search for spaces in their area by cost, location and facilities.  71 total views,  1 views today Here are a variety of ways that space is being used to help others, including a super budget hotel aiming to help people struggling to afford decent accommodation, to a space booking service that provides free space to young people for every paid for booking.  Melanie May | 5 October 2016 | Newslast_img read more

Boston protest demands: ‘Reinstate our fired leaders!’

first_imgGarry Murchison, Steve Kirschbaum, Andre Francois, Steve GillisBoston school bus drivers held a militant picket line June 18 outside the headquarters of the notorious Veolia Corporation, which has renamed itself Transdev. “Reinstate our fired leaders now!” was the main demand. The drivers’ union, Steelworkers Local 8751, has been fighting since October 2013 to get four fired leaders — President Andre Francois, Vice President Steve Kirschbaum, Financial Secretary Steve Gillis and Grievance Chair Garry Murchison — rehired.Veolia, which the city of Boston hired in June 2013 to manage public school transportation, fired the four over completely trumped-up charges of leading an illegal wildcat strike. In fact, Veolia illegally locked out more than 850 drivers after they attempted to meet with management over unresolved grievances, including the company’s demand that workers — many with 20, 30 and even 40 years of service to Boston’s school children — reapply for their jobs.This June workers let the company know that routine contract violations must stop. For example, every year as the school year comes to an end, management is supposed to work with the union to set up the “summer bid.” Workers bid on jobs that are available during the summer; jobs are awarded based on seniority.Instead of providing the union with information on the jobs that would be available this year, Veolia arbitrarily, without consulting the union, designated June 13 as the date for the bid. When the union objected and threatened a job action, the date was moved to June 20.Workers were prepared to shut down the bidding process by refusing to sign up for any available job. Now the bid is June 27, two days before summer school begins.In this way, without even having to go on strike, workers demonstrated their power to obstruct business as usual.Union members are also demanding the company settle almost 700 unresolved grievances and a number of unfair labor practice charges, as well as offer a just settlement to the contract, which expired in 2014.“We want justice now,” 8751 members chanted on June 18. “If we don’t get it, we’ll shut it down!” President Francois warned: “This is just the beginning, Alex Roman,” referring to Veolia’s general manager.School bus drivers’ union members were joined by labor and community supporters, including UNITE HERE Local 26; Service Employees 1199; Charles Clemons, general manager of TOUCH 106.1 and USW 8751-endorsed candidate for District 7 Boston City Council; and Jean Claude Sanon, endorsed candidate for City Council. Also present were Sandra McIntosh, coordinator of the Coalition for Equal Quality Education; Workers World Party; Nkume Bojah Brock, from Mass Action Against Police Brutality; Nick Giannone III, of the Boilermakers Union and the Communist Party USA Boston; Boston International Workers of the World; and the Student Labor Action Movement.Resolutions of solidarity have been sent to the union from United Auto Workers Local 2322 in New England and the Jeep unit of UAW Local 12 in Toledo, Ohio.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Trade Representative Lighthizer Promises Ag Wins in Japan Deal

first_img Previous articleAfrican Swine Fever Continues to Spread Overseas, Now in SlovakiaNext articleThe Glass Barn to Host a Featured Farmer at 2:30 Each Day of Indiana State Fair NAFB News Service Trade Representative Lighthizer Promises Ag Wins in Japan Deal Home Indiana Agriculture News Trade Representative Lighthizer Promises Ag Wins in Japan Deal Any potential trade deal between the U.S. and Japan will include big gains for farmers and ranchers. Politico says that statement comes directly from U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. He says in written comments to the Senate Finance Committee that ag producers will see “significant new opportunities for agricultural exports” once any agreement gets finalized. The Economic Revitalization Minister from Japan will be in Washington, D.C., for trade discussions on Thursday and Friday. Negotiators tell Politico that they’re hoping to get a mini-deal done quickly that focuses on agriculture and automobiles. They’d like to get it done within the coming weeks and months.An agreement on farm products would be a big boost for U.S. farmers and ranchers. Now that the Trans-Pacific Partnership is in effect without the United States, American producers fear losing their share of the large Japanese market to competitors like Canada and Australia. Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will be returning this week from trade negotiations in China and be back in time to meet with Japanese officials. SHARE SHARE By NAFB News Service – Jul 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Turkmen president lines up reelection victory: « Long live one-party rule ! »

first_img TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia News Berdymukhammedov has talked of reforms since taking over as president in December 2006, on his predecessor’s death, but nothing has really changed in what is one of the world’s most repressive countries.At the same time that the authorities were cracking down on those who had managed to let the world know about a deadly explosion in an arms deport in a suburb of the capital, President Berdymukhammedov undertook to introduce pluralism and hold free elections, a first for this totalitarian regime.Officially, the one-party system has been abandoned but no opposition party has been authorized. Government opponents in exile have not dared to return. The incumbent is running against seven complete unknowns, for the most part obscure provincial officials. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has already announced that it will not observe the election on the grounds that the conditions are totally unsatisfactory.The most eccentric aspects of the reign of his predecessor, Saparmurad Niyazov, known as Turkmenbashi (Father of the Turkmen), have been scrapped, and the days and months are no longer named after members of the Niyazov family. But Berdymukhammedov has introduced his own personality cult and he is officially known as Arkadag (Protector).His smiling portrait has replaced his predecessor’s everywhere, his books are bestsellers and, on 8 February, a military unit and a museum were renamed after his father, for having brought up a son who is “infinitely loyal to the people.” Several sources have said Berdymukhammedov is writing a new “holy book” to replace the Rukhnama, a collection of the late dictator’s sayings that are part of the school curriculum at all levels.Independent journalism is unthinkable in this environment. All the media are directly controlled by the state, which uses them to relay its propaganda and severely punishes any departure from the official line. Only a few media based abroad, such as Radio Azatlyk (RFE/RL’s local service) Khronika Turkmenistana, Gündogar and Fergananews, broadcast uncensored news. But they are not available to most of the population, which can only access a completely sanitized Intranet called Turkmenet.The risks are enormous for independent journalists, who have to operate clandestinely. At least two journalists, Sapardurdy Khadjiyev and Annakurban Amanklychev, have been held for more than five years in a prison in a desert area near the western city of Turkmenbashi. Ogulsapar Muradova, a woman journalist who was arrested at the same time as them, died in detention in September 2006, almost certainly as a result of mistreatment. A Radio Azatlyk correspondent, Dovletmyrat Yazkuliyev, was sentenced to five years in prison on trumped-up charges last October before finally getting a presidential pardon a few weeks later. His crime was to have covered the explosion at the arms depot in the Ashgabat suburb of Abadan that killed many civilians.The arms depot explosion shed light on the relative strengths of the forces at play in the new media battleground over news and information. Photos and video footage recorded by ordinary citizens on their mobile phones thwarted the government’s attempts to censor this event but the authorities showed they were ready to react. Many netizens and bloggers were arrested, as well as Yazkuliyev, and Khroniki Turkmenistana, a website that had posted images and information about the explosion, was hacked shortly afterwards. The hackers pirated the details of subscribers and posted the identity of contributors and commentators on the site.President Berdymukhammedov has much to do if he really wants to give some substance to all his talk about democracy. Allowing independent media to operate and the immediate release of all the detained journalists and human rights activists are essential first steps for any evolution in the system of government. The international community, which has eyes only for Turkmenistan’s impressive natural gas deposits, should remind him of this at every opportunity. Four-year jail term for independent website’s correspondent in Turkmenistan TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia to go further RSF_en News Coronavirus off limits in Turkmenistan Help by sharing this information #CollateralFreedom: RSF now unblocking 21 sites in 12 countries Follow the news on Turkmenistan Organisation Receive email alerts December 18, 2020 Find out more February 11, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Turkmen president lines up reelection victory: « Long live one-party rule ! » March 31, 2020 Find out more News News Reporters Without Borders congratulates President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov in advance on succeeding in his bid to be reelected tomorrow with 90 per cent of the votes.“This victory translates the Turkmen people’s full recognition of their undisputed leader, and the accomplishment of the promised democratic reforms,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Invited to cast their ballots in the third presidential election in 20 years, voters have resolutely demonstrated their opposition to the spurious idea of a change of government through the polls. Long live one-party rule!”Reporters Without Borders takes this opportunity to apologize to the entire Turkmen people for its mistake in ranking Turkmenistan 177th out of 179 countries in its latest press freedom index.—–This could be the front page of a Turkmen newspaper on the eve of Turkmen dictator Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov’s programmed “reelection” tomorrow. March 13, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Police arrest two teens who escaped from Nashville jail; two remain on the loose

first_imgDanHenson1/iStock(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Police have caught two of the four teenagers who escaped from a juvenile detention center in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, over the weekend. Two of those who escaped were charged with murder, with one of them being caught Tuesday evening.Murder suspect Morris Marsh, 17, remains free after he and three others allegedly ran out of the Davidson County Juvenile Detention Center at around 10 p.m. Saturday night. Brandon Caruthers, 17, also remains free, according to authorities. The Metro Nashville Police Department shared photos of the two other suspects after they were rearrested on Tuesday night in Madison, a suburb of Nashville.The teens were on a work detail when their staff supervisor left them to address a fight at another location inside the facility, according to police. They managed to get onto an elevator and used staff protocols to ride to the ground floor where they went through a series of doors and exited to the outside.Authorities said they are considered dangerous and are asking for the public’s help in locating them. Authorities said at least 35 minutes elapsed before the Metro Nashville Police Department was notified of the escape.Marsh is suspected of killing 19-year-old Charles Easley in April, according to police.Caruthers had been transferred to adult court on an August 2018 armed robbery case in south Nashville, according to police.The department had said it reviewed surveillance footage from a store in Clarksville, Tennessee, located about 50 miles northwest of Nashville, in connection to a possible sighting, but investigators later determined that it was unrelated.“After further review of the Clarksville market video from multiple angles by an MNPD Juv Crime Task Force officer in Clarksville it has just been determined that the persons in the video are not the escaped teens,” the department said in a tweet Sunday. “The investigation is continuing in Davidson County.”ABC News does not normally name juveniles, but are doing so because police said they are dangerous individuals and have released their names and photos. Anyone with information about the remaining two escapees are asked to call Nashville’s Emergency Communications Center at 615-862-8600 immediately.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more