first_img NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL ENJOYS THE SUN KCS-content Monday 30 August 2010 9:13 pm Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky Share whatsapp Tags: NULL whatsapp Revellers at Notting Hill carnival enjoyed the sunshine yesterday after a damp start to the celebrations on Sunday. Hundreds of thousands of people descended on West London for the 46th carnival, which the Metropolitan Police said “went smoothly and to plan”. last_img read more

Svenska Spel tipped for success in regulated Swedish market

first_img Tags: Online Gambling Payments AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Svenska Spel tipped for success in regulated Swedish market Topics: Legal & compliance Marketing & affiliates Legal & compliance Email Address 28th February 2019 | By contenteditor Regions: Europe Nordics Sweden Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The opening months of the Swedish online market were always destined to be tricky for the operators and suppliers to negotiate given the strictures imposed from the off by the country’s gambling regulators.Seemingly taking a leaf out of the UK Gambling Commission’s book on proactive regulation, the Swedish Gambling Authority (Spelinspektionen) has already sent warning letter to all licensees with regard to self-exclusion violations while the minister with responsibility for gambling has also warned on the tone and content of advertising.It all means that, as Kristoffer Lindström, analyst at Stockholm-based investment bank Redeye, put it in a note issued one month into the new era, the first quarter will be “bumpy” for any company with a high degree of exposure to Sweden.This isn’t just the licensees. Comments from some of the listed super-affiliates, which to differing degrees derive revenues from the Swedish market, suggest the regulated market is proving to be as tough as was expected.Raketech, for instance which Lindström estimates generates around 60% to 70% of revenues from Sweden, said it had put in place “robust new compliance criteria” and had discontinued partnerships with Swedish-facing unregulated entities.The company noted that the whole market was still in the stabilisation phase, but it noted that though traffic numbers were high, the average deposit level was lower and that average lifetime values were likely to be lower in the first quarter.Gaming Innovation Group, which also reported in early February and has both operational and affiliate interest in Sweden, said meanwhile that the market would likely follow a “similar pattern” to other newly-regulated territories with SEO set to be “more challenging” due to paid adverts being allowed at the top of Google’s rankings.Catena Media – which Redeye estimates has at most a 10% exposure to Sweden – said comparatively little about Sweden although it noted it would “only maintain contractual relations” with operators that were compliant in Sweden.One obvious show of faith in the long-term of the Swedish market came from Better Collective which in December bought the Swedish-facing sports-betting affiliate Ribacka in a deal worth up to €30m.Hjalmar Ahlberg, analyst at Stockholm-based investment research and advisory firm Kepler Cheuvreux, said that it was clear that most operators were positive on the long-term prospects for the market, even as in the short-term the market becomes a tougher one to negotiate in terms of regulations.“My impression is that all the larger established operators have already implemented much of the requested player protection and are also familiar with this from other regulated markets such as UK and Denmark,” he says.Noting the drop off in player values, Lindström suggests that there are three main factors behind the falling numbers. First, the self-exclusion scheme Spelpaus is “working.“So far 17,000-plus players have signed up for Spelpaus,” he notes. “The self-exclusion will obviously lead to smaller market so the effects during the first quarter will be direct.”
Second, they believe it will take time for the customers to understand fully the dynamics of the new deposit and withdrawal limits. Interestingly, they add that a lot of the customers are using the Pay N Play concept, with fast deposits and withdrawals, “which leads to a high deposit turnover.”“If the limit is hit the customers can choose to increase the limit, but there is a three-day delay before that change comes into effect. We believe the new deposit system will influence the player value during the first few quarters, but the impact will decrease over time as players get used to how it works.”Third, Lindström believes that going by Google search trends, Svenska Spel’s online casino debut is attracting “significant volumes”.“As Svenska Spel Casino Online now offers the same games as the other operators, it looks like at least some of the players chooses to play at the site, which obviously will hurt the customer intake and volumes for the other operators,” he says.“The state-owned operator has also been relatively aggressive with marketing campaigns during the first-month post regulation.”Finally, they add that the new bonus restrictions are also having an effect, making it harder for operators to drive engagement marketing. “Previously they could send out bonus offerings to players that had not played for a while; this is now gone. We find it likely that the customer’s engagement has decreased with fewer login sessions, which also drives down the player value.”It remains likely the top operators working previously in the grey market will maintain their market share, albeit on reduced margins. But Ahlberg suggests that alongside Svenska Spel claiming a share of the online casino market, some smaller operators might struggle.“Smaller companies which might have trouble adopting to tougher regulations and the cost for tax will lose out,” he says.None of which, Lindström suggests, is helping investors work out who will be the winners from the listed operators with an exposure in Sweden. “It’s evident that the current investor sentiment for the sector is low as the regulation creates uncertainty,” he says.Moreover, he doesn’t think the first quarter reports either that we have already seen or those upcoming will “help to calm down the investors,” although he does think that the new landscape will encourage even more M&A.“The long-term winners will be the ones who can handle the new conditions, create the best products and continue to innovate,” he adds. Swedish gaming regulator Spelinspektionen’s proactive approach to regulation means that any business with a high degree of exposure to the country’s newly regulated igaming market faces a tricky first quarter, writes Scott Longley.last_img read more

Canada: Algoma diocese suggests closure of 16 churches in Muskoka

first_img Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Press Release Service Comments are closed. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Smithfield, NC William Funk says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Pittsburgh, PA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET 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 Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Tampa, FL Anglican Communion Associate Rector Columbus, GA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Shreveport, LA By André ForgetPosted Aug 17, 2016 Submit a Press Release Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books 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 Submit an Event Listing [Anglican Journal] The Muskoka region in the diocese of Algoma is famous for its idyllic lakes, rocky shorelines, and—in Anglican circles—its rich history of missionary activity by the Society of St. John the Evangelist.But following years of declining membership and ongoing disagreement among its clergy about how best to adjust to shifting patterns of religious affiliation and church attendance, the bishop and the diocesan executive committee have approved a set of recommendations for reorganization that, if adopted, will lead to the shuttering of 16 of the deanery’s 35 churches.Full article. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Albany, NY Submit a Job Listing Youth Minister Lorton, VA Comments (1) Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Washington, DC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Belleville, IL Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Bath, NC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Featured Events In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Hopkinsville, KY Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ August 17, 2016 at 7:29 pm The spirit of Lord Beeching (rationalizer of British rail lines in the 1960s) lives on! Rector Collierville, TN Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Martinsville, VA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Tags Canada: Algoma diocese suggests closure of 16 churches in Muskoka Course Director Jerusalem, Israel last_img read more

Riverbank House / Wilson Architects

first_imgCopyLandscape Architecture, Houses•Brisbane, Australia ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Contractor: 2020 Riverbank House / Wilson Architects Landscape Construction: Australia “COPY” ArchDaily Initial investigations into whether an existing small post war single storey house could be remodeled was dismissed due to both it’s decrepit state and extensive evidence of asbestos. Almost all of the adjoining ‘Brisbane character’ houses had long been removed but despite this the development approval was held up to ensure the new building followed their ‘character’ guidelines.Save this picture!© Alex ChomiczSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Alex ChomiczThe house taps into deeper characteristics of living in the sub-tropics.  Blurred boundaries between interior and exterior spaces.  Dealing with heat and glare.  Achieving privacy amongst other detached dwellings. Save this picture!© Alex ChomiczStrategies emerged in response to the site and context.   One of the coolest places of the Queensland high-set house is under it. The bedrooms occupy the ‘high-set’ component which is articulated to the street with a finely crafted timber screened veranda. This archetypal device is often latticed or covered in timber blinds to provide both privacy and control of glare. Here it forms a patterned façade left to age to grey and repeated as a patterned motive.  The landscape is an important part of the Queenslander story.Save this picture!© Alex ChomiczSave this picture!First Floor PlanThrough lack of reliable water supply many of these landscapes were left as grass lawns that would brown off in the dry season and remarkably come back to life after rain. At the edge of the house one would find the exotic plants that could be reasonably be hand watered as well as a vegetable patch to offset market supply. Native trees would develop where their territory was not controlled. Here all parts of this story are revealed.  A small patch of lawn is part of the foreground to the North with a vegetable patch easily accessed off the kitchen. Beyond the lawn boundary to the North a native garden artificially rises to replicate the distant hills whilst editing out the foreground other homes.Save this picture!© Alex ChomiczTo the South, the landscape recognizes its uniquely particular place in Brisbane.  The river is revealed through the an old growth riverbank plantings. An original concrete stair winding down to the river, cut into the bank, is lovingly retained.  (once ubiquitous, there are very few of these left in Brisbane) From the North through to the South the landscape seems seamlessly connected.  Prescient, managed and wild.Save this picture!© Alex ChomiczA high concrete wall/fence defines a private edge to both the internal and external terrain as well as establishing a theatrical journey from public to the intimate domain. Constrained by a street that awkwardly falls tightly up to their boundary, a new ‘footpath’ extends from the street corner, heavily planted to conceal the awkwardly parked vehicles, toward a small timber pavilion attached against the high concrete wall.  An expressed opening in this wall heightens the transition from outside to inside arriving ‘under the house’ amongst a garden.  A pond extends the full width of the garden pushing light onto the timber soffit.Save this picture!© Alex ChomiczSave this picture!SectionThe principal idea for the house was about connecting a captured North courtyard landscape to an expansive Southern landscape that comprised a river and a mature treed bank. Although the tenders came in high the concrete wall which enables the materially to seamlessly flow from inside to outside was universally agreed to not compromise and instead to sacrifice some internal area to bring the building in on budget. Save this picture!© Alex ChomiczProject gallerySee allShow lessHotel Le Bouton / D1 Architectural StudioSelected ProjectsUncommon Store / Atelier [email protected] Projects Share “COPY” Architects: Wilson Architects Area Area of this architecture project Manufacturers: Boral, Modular Lighting Instruments, SNB Stone, Astra Walker, Country Floors, Regency Fireplace Save this picture!© Alex Chomicz+ 19Curated by Hana Abdel Sharecenter_img Landscape Architecture Projects Photographs Riverbank House / Wilson ArchitectsSave this projectSaveRiverbank House / Wilson Architects Photographs:  Alex Chomicz Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Year:  InnovaScape ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard MCD Constructions Architects:Wilson Architects, Wilson Architects, Nick Lorenz, Maddie Zahos, Hamilton WilsonLandscape Architects:John Harrison, Ilka SalisburyCity:BrisbaneCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Alex ChomiczRecommended ProductsWindowsAccoyaAccoya® Windows and DoorsWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroWindowsStudcoSteel Window Reveal – EzyRevealWindowsRodecaAluminium WindowsText description provided by the architects. This was the client’s second house after their renovated 1930’s house in Clayfield Brisbane had tragically burnt down. They agonized over whether to rebuild or sell and start again. A property came up for sale in Highgate Hill which had the most extraordinary location. Riverfront, high above the water looking through trees to the south with unimpeded northern views. It also had a landscaped easement (un-trafficable) down to the river which visually extended the width of the property. Area:  252 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeWilson ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsLandscape ArchitectureResidential ArchitectureHousesBrisbaneOn FacebookAustraliaPublished on June 04, 2021Cite: “Riverbank House / Wilson Architects” 03 Jun 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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Home alone?

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.  27 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Online charity fundraisers now have an ever-increasing market of consumers using the Internet from home to consider. In its fifth annual report, Continental Research reports that 5 million UK adults access the Internet from home. A total of 40% of the population now have access to the Internet from home, work, school or university. Sixty per cent with Internet access – 11.1 million people – had used the Net at least once a month.UK Internet users part with their money online, spending £2 billion online last year, about £170 per person. While online purchases represent less than 1% of high street spending, 56% of regular users had bought a book online in the past year. The average user remains well-off, with average annual household income of £40,000.Online and offline advertising has an effect: 25% of users “read or glanced” at Web-based banner adverts, and 75% visited sites after seeing an address mentioned in a print publication. Radio advertising was also particularly effective in generating visits to Web sites. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Home alone? Tagged with: Digital Research / statistics Howard Lake | 23 November 1999 | News read more

World Vision appoints Broadsystem for ’24 Hour Famine’ SMS

first_imgWorld Vision appoints Broadsystem for ’24 Hour Famine’ SMS Tagged with: Digital AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  32 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis International relief and development agency World Vision (UK) multi-channel customer communications agency Broadsystem to manage the text response handling for its annual 24 Hour Famine youth fundraising campaign next March.Broadsystem’s work gets underway from 1 October when a campaign will encourage prospective fundraisers to text ‘Famine’ to 81222 to request a fundraising pack.Broadsystem will collect and validate consumer data “through a series of fully automated text interactions” which will enable accurate and cost-effective fundraising pack despatch. World Vision appointed Broadsystem without a competitive pitch because of its “proven pedigree in the field of intelligent text interaction management”. Advertisementcenter_img Caroline Worboys, CEO at Broadsystem, said: “The use of SMS activity will make it easy for the audience to get involved in the campaign and provide a cost efficient means for World Vision to establish dialogue with its key audience for this campaign.”The 24 Hour Famine itself takes place from 14-16 March 2008. Howard Lake | 26 September 2007 | News 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

IoF calls for higher limits in society lottery consultation response

first_img 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 IoF calls for higher limits in society lottery consultation response Melanie May | 7 September 2018 | News Advertisement The Institute of Fundraising has called for a larger limits for society lotteries and greater flexibility in the 20% rule in its response to the government’s consultation, which closes today.The consultation opened on 29 June for 10 weeks, and asked for views on increasing the maximum draw prize from £400,000 to £500,000, and on increasing the number of tickets society lotteries can sell to a value of £100 million per year and the amount they can raise per draw to £5 million.Having sought the views of its members, the IoF has today submitted its response, which is in favour of the government’s proposals to introduce flexibility into the system and raise the limits for society lotteries, but recommends higher limits in every area under consultation.For large lotteries, it recommends raising the individual per draw sales limit to £10 million rather than £5 million, and the individual per draw maximum prize limit to £1m, rather than the proposed £500,000. It argues that as the limit has remained the same since 2005 it is now worth less in real terms, and that as both prize and cause influence player motivation, increasing prize size could raise lottery demand.For small lotteries, based on its members’ responses, it states that the vast majority said that the per draw limit should be raised to £40,000, with additional multiple comments from respondents suggesting £50,000 would be preferable, and that the annual sales limit should be raised to £500,000.The IoF also notes in its response the problems caused by the minimum contribution rule (the 20% rule). It states that one-off sizeable start-up costs make it difficult for society lotteries to reach the statutory minimum to good causes in the first year of operation and therefore acts as a disincentive for new entrants. It would like to see more flexibility in this area.It also calls for more regular reviews on limits, and for the government to work with The Gambling Commission to provide greater support to charity lotteries, such as through the simplification and streamlining of current processes and rules, or through additional guidance and support for charities.The Institute of Fundraising’s full response can be read on its site, while Lizzie Ellis, its Policy and Information Officer, has also written a blog summarising the key points of its response, also on the IoF site.  75 total views,  1 views today Tagged with: Fundraising Lotteries Institute of Fundraising Lotteries  76 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3last_img read more

Maestras/os en Detroit exponen crisis escolar

first_imgUna serie de ausencias por enfermedad durante varios meses por las/os maestros del sistema de Escuelas Públicas de Detroit (DPS siglas en inglés), culminó el lunes 11 de enero con el cierre de prácticamente todas las escuelas. Las ausencias continuaron durante el resto de la semana escolar, mientras que cientos de maestras/os y simpatizantes marchaban hacia la sede de las Escuelas Públicas de Detroit y hacia el Capitolio estatal en Lansing-Michigan.Las acciones de las/os maestros pusieron en claro la crisis que enfrentan maestras/os, personal y estudiantado en todas las escuelas públicas de la ciudad y las condiciones deplorables que enfrentan.Con más de quinientos mil millones de dólares en deuda, el sistema de DPS ha estado gestionado durante años por un administrador de emergencia nombrado por el estado, que ha usurpado toda toma de decisiones de la junta escolar electa. El magisterio, que ha sufrido recortes de salarios y beneficios, está severamente falto de personal. A menudo hay 50 o más estudiantes por clase, sin tener suficientes libros de texto y en medio de terribles condiciones.Las/os maestros y las/os estudiantes en aulas atestadas se apiñan con sus abrigos a causa de la inadecuada calefacción en edificios dilapidados, cuya infraestructura está en severo deterioro y que además contienen moho negro y otras toxinas. No son infrecuentes los hongos en las paredes e infestaciones de roedores. En los baños, a veces ni plomería hay o está deficiente y no hay papel higiénico. Los suministros escolares son pocos o inexistentes.Hasta el alcalde Mike Duggan vio un ratón muerto y condiciones “profundamente inquietantes”, cuando él hizo una presentación a la prensa durante una visita a algunas de las escuelas el 12 de enero, el día después de que 64 escuelas fueran cerradas debido a la ausencia por ‘enfermedad’ de las/os maestros.Las escuelas de Detroit perdieron 84.000 estudiantes – o dos tercios de la matrícula del DPS – entre 2005 y 2012. Esto se debió en gran parte a la falta de empleos y la crisis de ejecución hipotecaria que azotó esta ciudad con mayoría afroamericana con préstamos hipotecarios fraudulentos de alto riesgo, junto con la proliferación de las escuelas chárter privadas y la apertura de los distritos escolares suburbanos para robar a Detroit de sus estudiantes de más alto logro académico.El gobernador Rick Snyder, un reaccionario capitalista, nombró a un administrador de emergencias que llevó la ciudad de Detroit a la bancarrota. El administrador de emergencias, nombrado en virtud de una ley que garantiza el pago de servicio de la deuda a los bancos, colocó a las Escuelas Públicas de Detroit en bonos impagables.Prioridad No. 1: Pagar a los bancosAhora, la principal partida en el presupuesto del DPS es el pago del préstamo y el servicio de la deuda a los bancos e instituciones financieras. En febrero, el servicio de la deuda se disparará, con un aumento de hasta 74 por ciento del año pasado, y con pagos de la deuda que representan la friolera de un 97 por ciento del costo de la nómina del DPS. Un pago de deudas del 10 por ciento del costo de la nómina ya se considera alarmante.Snyder está ahora bajo fuego por ignorar información y no tomar medidas mientras las/os niños y las/os residentes de Flint-Michigan – ¡el administrador de emergencia de Flint cuando la crisis comenzó, era el [actual] administrador de emergencia del DPS! – están siendo envenenadas/os por plomo y otros metales tóxicos en el sistema de agua de la ciudad.¿La solución de $715 millones de Snyder a la crisis del DPS? Crear un nuevo sistema libre de deudas junto al actual, para gestionar las escuelas que pagan la deuda.Sin embargo, la cuestión es que las escuelas seguirán siendo dirigidas por una junta directiva dominada por personas nombradas por Snyder.  Las escuelas de Detroit no volverán al control de una junta elegida hasta el año 2017, y aún entonces la junta elegida estará excluida de elegir a un superintendente.Además, la nueva junta escolar no tendrá supervisión de las muchas escuelas chárter que han proliferado en Detroit, ni de la Autoridad de Logro Educativo (EAA por siglas en inglés) un distrito especial que administra las “escuelas con bajo rendimiento”.  La EAA ha estado plagada de corrupción y ha fracasado en proporcionar al menos un mínimo de educación a las/os estudiantes. Acciones de masas por parte de las/os maestros, después de años de quejas que no tenían respuesta, finalmente han traído esta crisis a la luz del día.  Maestras/os, madres y padres, estudiantes y miembros de la comunidad, incluyendo el Consejo Escolar de Detroit en el exilio, continúan luchando contra el estado por el control de las escuelas de Detroit y el fin de la crisis financiera y la austeridad que han traído sufrimiento a tantas personas.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

New centrist party monopolizes French parliament

first_imgThe new centrist and neoliberal party, la République en Marche (LREM), is only 14 months old, but it was still able to field candidates in all of France’s 577 election districts for the National Assembly and win a solid majority of 308 seats on June 18. Another center-right party and a solid ally of LREM won 42 seats.This LREM majority is going to let the new president, Emmanuel Macron, elected earlier this spring, push through two major projects: thoroughly revising France’s labor law to make it easier to fire workers and harder for workers to organize and protect the rights they have won in the past.Macron says he will give the cops permanent authority they now have under France’s state of emergency laws — to impose house arrests and to search homes, offices, phones and computers without a judge’s order. The large West and North African and Arab communities in France are particular targets of these measures.Two-thirds of French workers, according to Le Monde, abstained from voting in parliamentary elections — and not because they assumed LREM would win and represent their interests. Two workers’ parties — the French Communist Party (PCF) and France Unbowed (FI) — did better than expected.Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the leader of FI, spoke June 18 in Marseille where he was elected to the National Assembly. He characterized the abstentions as a “civic general strike” and proclaimed that the struggle was not over.Historically, French workers have not relied on elections but taken their protests to the streets with mass marches and general strikes. Sometimes the workers win; sometimes they lose. But the French bourgeoisie usually know they have been in a serious struggle.Only two of the 577 candidates LREM fielded were workers, according to Le Monde, which carefully examined all of their profiles. Even though over half LREM’s candidates were women and a surprising number were from France’s Arab and African communities, most were executives, small business owners, professionals and intellectuals, graduates of France’s top schools. Half of LREM candidates were under 47, again unusual in France. (June 8)The French Socialist Party held 280 seats in 2012, but won only 30 in this election. Even though it has been a major French party since World War II, the Socialist’s future is shaky.The French neofascist party, the National Front, which came in second in the presidential race with a third of the votes, only managed to win eight seats, though early projections estimated it would win 50.Only 25 percent of the representatives in the National Assembly before this election managed to hold onto their seats. The French political scene has been thoroughly disrupted. Despite this, the basic role of the French state –- to suppress French workers and promote French imperialism – hasn’t changed.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Indian journalist wrongly accused of “wantonly” inaccurate reporting

first_img RSF_en Help by sharing this information After the young woman died of her injuries in hospital, the police quickly cremated her body the next day, fuelling speculation that they wanted to destroy evidence. The police then blocked access to the district to prevent reporters from interviewing the family. “The police are deliberately lumping together unverified comments by politicians with the MoJo Story’s rigorous journalistic reporting,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “This is clearly a case of judicial harassment aimed at silencing any independent investigative coverage of this case. We urge the Uttar Pradesh prosecutor’s office to immediately dismiss this accusation, which is not based on any credible evidence, and furthermore violates the criminal procedure code by denying Barkha Dutt access to the case.” India is ranked 142nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. News Lumped together News As she reported in a tweet at the time, Dutt tried to circumvent the police roadblock by walking several kilometres across fields but the police caught her, put her in a police van, and deposited her back on the road, outside the sealed-off area. IndiaAsia – Pacific Media independence Judicial harassment The accusation concerns Dutt’s coverage of the death of two teenage girls who are Dalits (members of the Indian group formerly known as “untouchables”). They were found poisoned in a field in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district after going missing on 17 February. February 23, 2021 Indian journalist wrongly accused of “wantonly” inaccurate reporting Organisation News According to the police, Dutt is accused under criminal code article 153 of “wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot,” which is punishable by up to a year in prison. The police were almost certainly annoyed that her reporting included interviews with members of the family of the two murdered girls, who said the police pressured them to quickly cremate their bodies. IndiaAsia – Pacific Media independence Judicial harassment Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the judicial harassment of Barkha Dutt, a reporter in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state, who is wrongly accused of falsely reporting that two murdered girls had been sexually assaulted. The prosecutors must drop the case against this journalist, RSF said. center_img April 27, 2021 Find out more India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival News This is a highly sensitive claim coming just five months after the alleged gang-rape and subsequent death of a 19-year-old Dalit woman in Hathras, another Uttar Pradesh district, in September – a case that received a great deal attention throughout India, as RSF reported at the time. to go further In this photograph taken on June 12, 2020 journalist Barkha Dutt (C) reports from Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) hospital in New Delhi. She is the target of a First information Report filed by Uttar Pradesh police on 21 February, 2021 (photo: Prakash Singh / AFP). Follow the news on India June 10, 2021 Find out more Blocked access RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 The FIR names Dutt’s Twitter account, @themojostory, along with seven other Twitter accounts, including those of several politicians who claimed the girls were sexually assaulted. The MoJo Story report never claimed this, but the FIR says it did. Dutt’s request for a copy of the FIR has been refused by the police, thereby preventing her from legally disputing the accusation. Barkha Dutt, who often reports for the Washington Post and runs a YouTube local news channel called MoJo Story, told RSF that she regards the accusation brought against her, in the form of a police “First Information Report” (FIR) on 21 February, as a “harassment attempt” and “pure intimidation.” Receive email alerts March 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more