Vietnam to allow punters to bet on overseas football matches

first_img Topics: Legal & compliance New legislation has been introduced in Vietnam that will allow the country’s inhabitants to place bets on football matches overseas.Vietnam’s National Assembly approved the law yesterday (Thursday) as football’s 2018 Fifa World Cup got underway in Russia. However, the new law is not expected to come into force until 2019.With sports betting having been illegal in the country for decades, the shift by the authorities has been seen as an attempt to stop money flowing out of the country.The Nikkei Asian Review reported that a single operator will be granted a five-year licence and will be able to offer wagers on the World Cup, as well as other sporting events, including the Asian Games and Southeast Asian Games, and matches that do not involve Vietnamese athletes. The licences will be issued by the country’s Ministry of Finance.The report added that the illegal gambling market in Vietnam is estimated to be worth several billion dollars each year, with police in 2017 having uncovered illegal sports-betting operations worth more than $300m.The Vietnam Football Federation has been one of the organisations lobbying for a more relaxed approach to sports betting in the country.Related article: Vietnamese police make arrests in $39.5m illegal betting probe Legal & compliance AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Online Gambling Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 15th June 2018 | By contenteditor Regions: Asia Vietnam Vietnam to allow punters to bet on overseas football matches New legislation has been introduced in Vietnam that will allow the country’s inhabitants to place bets on football matches overseas.last_img read more

Delaware igaming revenue slips to year-low in October

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 13th November 2019 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Online gambling revenue in Delaware fell to $246,092 (£191,479/€223,370) in October – the lowest monthly total of the year to date – primarily due to a sharp month-on-month decline in revenue at Dover Downs. Regions: US Delaware Finance Online gambling revenue in Delaware fell to $246,092 in October – the lowest monthly total of the year to date – primarily due to a sharp month-on-month decline in revenue at Dover Downs.Total market revenue was down 36.1% from $384,830 in September, which was incidentally the highest monthly total so far in 2019. Consumers spent $9.4m on igaming in October, down from $11.8m in September.Video lottery was the primary source of revenue for the market’s three licensed operators, accounting for $184,224 of the total.Table games followed on $40,428, but this was significantly lower than $171,156 in September. Poker rake and fee revenue was relatively level month-on-month at $21,439.Players won a total of $9.6m, including $6.4m from table games and $3.2m from video lottery.Read the full story on iGB North America.Image: MPD01605 Tags: Online Gambling Topics: Finance Email Address Delaware igaming revenue slips to year-low in Octoberlast_img read more

Spain looks to limit gambling ad exposure with new controls

first_img Regions: Europe Southern Europe Spain Spain looks to limit gambling ad exposure with new controls Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Marketing & affiliates Sports betting Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The Spanish government has published its long-awaited overhaul of gambling advertising regulations as it bids to significantly reduce the public’s exposure to gambling promotions. 24th February 2020 | By contenteditor Casino & games Tags: Mobile Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter The Spanish government has published its long-awaited overhaul of gambling advertising regulations as it bids to significantly reduce the public’s exposure to gambling promotions.The regulations have been published as part of a consultation, with the government explaining that it had taken action following a noticeable increase in gambling advertising. This, it said, had resulted in growing concerns about the negative effects of this proliferation.The ubiquity of gambling ads could desensitise citizens to the risk of problem gambling and gambling addiction, it explained, necessitating the need for new controls.The government aims to implement significant restrictions on broadcast advertising, restricting operators to promoting their brands via TV and radio between 1:00AM and 5:00AM. Two exceptions will be made, however, for advertising around live sports broadcasts and real-money contests.Real-money contests can only be advertised around programming not suitable for those aged 18 or below, and only between 10:00PM and 6:00AM.Advertising around live sports broadcasts, meanwhile, will be permitted for events that kick off between 8:00PM and 5:00AM. These ads must not make any reference to promotions or bonuses, or contain direct inducements to bet, such as “play now” or “bet now”. In addition, no information on live odds can be shared in these ads.Operators will still be able to strike sponsorship deals with sports teams, though again under strict new conditions. Gambling branding on youth shirts will be banned, while sponsorship of entertainment venues or stadiums is to be prohibited, alongside in-stadium advertising.This prohibition also applies to entertainment venues and public spaces, such as those where films, theatrical works or musical performances are held to which minors are admitted. This may include billboards and bus stops, at the discretion of local authorities.The 18+ age restriction, as well as responsible gambling messaging, must also be included throughout visual ads, or as a 2-second audio clip at the end of such ads. For radio advertising, these social responsibility messages must be heard in one of every two broadcast for an operator.Operators will no longer be able to use public figures to endorse their products, while ads must also avoid overstating the chances of winning and avoid promoting gambling as a path to financial or social success.For promotions and bonuses, a new cap of €100 for acquisition offers will be introduced. Free-play games may still be offered, though only to players logged into a gambling site, and must use the same random number generator as real-money games to avoid giving players unrealistic expectations about their chances of winning.Advertising on websites will still be allowed, though pop-ups may only be shown to players registered with a gambling operators, which effectively bans site takeovers. As with TV and radio, web ads must only appear on sites targeted at adults.Email ads, meanwhile, can only be sent after checking whether the recipients are listed on Spain’s self-exclusion database, or whether they have been classed as an at-risk player. On social media, ads are restricted to portals that have a filtering solution to avoid targeting minors, while a responsible gambling ad must be shown for every four standard ads.Operators will also be required to develop a comprehensive corporate social responsibility policy. This must set out their strategies for preventing and repairing the negative effects of gambling, as well as how they will intervene when there is evidence of a player suffering from gambling harm.This, under the new regulations must be complemented by a helpline for customers, and daily, weekly or monthly limit-setting controls.The public consultation runs until 16 March, with industry stakeholders, citizens and other interested parties invited to submit their comments until then. Email Addresslast_img read more

BK Group Plc ( 2005 Annual Report

first_imgBK Group Plc ( listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2005 annual report.For more information about BK Group Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the BK Group Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: BK Group Plc (  2005 annual report.Company ProfileBK Group Plc formerly (Bank of Kigali Limited) is Rwanda’s largest commercial bank by assets and licensed by the country’s banking regulator, National Bank of Rwanda. It offers a full spectrum of products and services for retail banking, corporate banking and central treasury. Bank of Kigali SA commenced operations in 1967; initially as a joint venture between the government of Rwanda and Belgolaise, with each owning 50% of the ordinary share capital. In 2007, the government of Rwanda acquired the Belgolaise shareholding which increased its direct and indirect shareholding in the Bank of Kigali to 100% of the entire Issued Shares. The Bank changed its name to Bank of Kigali Limited in 2011 under a new law relating to companies. Bank of Kigali Limited now has 79 branches located in the main towns and cities of Rwanda with its head office in the capital city, Kigali. BK Group Plc has a primary listing on the Rwanda Stock Exchange and a secondary listing on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Stirling House / Mac-Interactive Architects

first_imgSave this picture!© Tom FergusonThe (Grey Box) timber cladding to the exterior was a direct homage to the derelict weatherboard cottage that previously sat on the site and the house makes reference to both the original and new building lines that create the streetscape.Save this picture!South ElevationColour and materiality were used to articulate the client’s brief to separate the living space (passive – entertainment) from the kitchen/dining (active – entertaining). At the same time there was a desire to link the two spaces indicate the journey that could be made either through to the rear of the house or upstairs.Save this picture!© Tom FergusonInternally the programmatic intent was to avoid a white box and ensure that the ground floor did not feel like a ‘tube’ of living spaces. To achieve this, the living room and dining/kitchen area were separated by a joinery form that wrapped around the staircase, housing kitchen, under stair W.C./laundry and TV/Stereos. Save this picture!© Murray FredericksProject gallerySee allShow lessSuppakids / ROKSelected ProjectsPhotography Panels Become “Pop-Up Habitats” in this Exhibition by People’s Architect…Architecture News Share ArchDaily Houses Spyker, Taylor Constructions Stirling House / Mac-Interactive ArchitectsSave this projectSaveStirling House / Mac-Interactive Architects CopyHouses•Sydney, Australia ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Save this picture!© Tom Ferguson+ 27 Share Architects: Mac-Interactive Architects Photographs photographs:  Murray Fredericks Photographs:  Tom Ferguson , Murray Fredericks Projects Australia CopyAbout this officeMac-Interactive ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSydneyHousesAustraliaPublished on December 15, 2014Cite: “Stirling House / Mac-Interactive Architects” 15 Dec 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogFaucetshansgroheKitchen Mixers – Aquno Select M81Vinyl Walls3MVinyl Finishes in HealthPartners Regions HospitalPartitionsSkyfoldWhere to Increase Flexibility in SchoolsCoffee tablesBoConceptMadrid Coffee Table AD19SkylightsLAMILUXFlat Roof Exit Comfort DuoMetallicsTrimoMetal Panels for Roofs – Trimoterm SNVSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights in Atelier Zimmerlistrasse OfficeStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Iron Moss – Iron CollectionCeramicsTerrealTerracotta Facade in Manchester HospitalWoodBlumer LehmannConsulting and Engineering in Wood ProjectsGlassBendheimLuminous Mirrored GlassWire MeshTwentinoxMetal Mesh – Golf Romeo 7More products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?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 Builder: Project Team:Ian Lim, Emanuele Rattazzi, Robert KalocayArchitect In Charge:Andy MacdonaldCity:SydneyCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Tom FergusonRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsCeramicsApariciPorcelain Tiles – TangoWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesText description provided by the architects. A new-build house replacing two very narrow 2-storey weather-board cottages on the same lot but in a very derelict state. After much discussion with Heritage it was felt that it would not be possible to restore them to anything other than museum status as they could not be brought up to current BCA standards. It was also felt that they were not of that much interest and very little original fabric existed. A fairly unique opportunity presented itself to insert a contemporary building into a heritage conservation area – allowing for a future reading of this particular period of Sydney’s development.Save this picture!© Murray FredericksThe Client’s brief was clear – they did not want a white box minimalist house. Nor did they want a house that dictated the style under which they should live.  Visiting the Client for the first time to take the project brief, we observed that they had a very eclectic and interesting collection of artworks, designer furniture, industrial junk and ‘found-objects’.  This diversity combined with the brief that the style not dominate, seemed to lend itself to a more quirky and complex form (both internally and externally). From here the project became about creating a child friendly house that had character and a story to tell.  The house has already been dubbed The Ark by the locals.Save this picture!Section 1This project presented an opportunity to re-visit the Sydney terraced house typology, which in recent years has been going through extensive re-assessment, as all terrace-houses are turned on their heads to connect the living area (previously a formal room at the front of a terrace) with the rear yard – the new focal point. The kitchen has now become the central, less formal hub of the contemporary house.Save this picture!© Murray FredericksTo improve the quality of space (height) the entire building was dug marginally below pavement level to allow for more generous headroom within all levels.  Advantage was taken of the (council-owned) pocket park which had the benefit of mature planting and is a much used facility in the community.  Whilst the design clearly benefits from the pocket park on one side; the design could work equally well without the side windows.Save this picture!© Murray FredericksThe rumpus/play space in this house; in what would have been the attic in a traditional terrace remains connected to the rest of the house by being a mezzanine/loft configuration.  Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanArchitecturally, the form came directly from combining both the context of the surrounding 2/3/4 storey buildings and the numerical planning controls determined by Council – as well as book-ending the urban block and addressing the park.Save this picture!© Murray FredericksAs the diagram above seeks to demonstrate – once the numerical planning parameters were established they were then manipulated to respond to the context a mixture of 2, 3 and 4 storey neighbours) – thus deriving a form which was then articulated / sculpted by windows/fenestration that further erode the building “block”. 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Sujiva Living / Somia Design Studio

first_img Year:  CopyAbout this officeSomia Design StudioOfficeFollowProductsConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior DesignOffices InteriorsDenpasar SelatanIndonesiaPublished on August 25, 2016Cite: “Sujiva Living / Somia Design Studio” 25 Aug 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialPlastics / FibersRodecaTranslucent Building Elements in Downton Primary SchoolSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights – LonglightBathroom FurnitureBradley Corporation USAToilet Partition CubiclesSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – One-offAcousticFabriTRAK®FabriFELT™ for Walls and CeilingsBoardsStructureCraftStructural Panel – Dowel Laminated TimberThermalSchöckInsulation – Isokorb® Concrete to SteelDoorsJansenSmoke Control Door – Economy 60Louvers / ShuttersShade FactorExternal Venetian BlindsMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Sujiva 住宅 / Somia设计工作室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 Projects Photographs “COPY” “COPY” Save this picture!© Mario Wibowo+ 26 Share Sujiva Living / Somia Design Studio CopyHouses, Offices Interiors•Denpasar Selatan, Indonesia ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Housescenter_img Sujiva Living / Somia Design StudioSave this projectSaveSujiva Living / Somia Design Studio Photographs:  Mario Wibowo Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project 2016 Indonesia ArchDaily Area:  372 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Architects: Somia Design Studio Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Manufacturers: Daikin, Dulux, PC Henderson, Toto, Conwood, Grundfos, Modena & Samsung, Roman CeramicsDesign Principal(S):WidiadnyanaDesigner In Charge:Ayu Trisna Sri Hapsari.Interior Design:Maekayu Interior & furniture.Lighting :Somia Design Studio.Landscape:Somia Design Studio.Main Contractor :2 brothers construction, Bali.Structure Consultant:Saka Undagi Bali.Mep Consultant:AMEP design.City:Denpasar SelatanCountry:IndonesiaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Mario WibowoRecommended ProductsDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingText description provided by the architects. MEANING “sujiva” (Sanskrit) means a comfortable life.Save this picture!© Mario WibowoINSPIRATIONThe abode design principle is influenced by the Balinese house principle—Asta Kosala Kosali and the tropical contemporary architecture style. Save this picture!© Mario WibowoAsta Kosala Kosali is the organizing principle for traditional houses in Bali based on the “Nawa Sanga”—nine cardinal directions around the center point of Siva—and the mountain-sea axis and sunrise-sunset axis, whereby dividing the site into nine areas, which serves a different function each. The “Sanggah Kemulan” or main temple area as the most sacred places for praying is located in the north-east (kaja: mountain direction), whereas “aling-aling” or the entrance gate as the dirtiest place is located in the south (kelod: sea direction). The “kaja-kelod” or north-southwill be different in every part of Bali because it is centered in the sacred mountain that is believed as the dwelling place for the gods and derities, Mount Agung, which is located in the East of the Bali island. Save this picture!SectionSave this picture!SectionAlthough it’s rather unlikely to apply Asta Kosala Kosali in the design—since it requires several separated buildings, thus demands a larger site area—the building design still honors the principle in a different implementation. For instance, the position of the temple area is located in the east (kangin) and the entrance gate is in the south (kelod), while the entrance direction through the main door is from the west to the east, whereby this consideration is given by the priest (pedande), the expertise in the local belief. Save this picture!© Mario WibowoFurthermore, responding to the tropical climate condition, the building configuration embraces the modern contemporary architecture style & details. In which, the building configuration is simplified, by replacing the ornaments which are existed in traditional style to a carefully chosen building material selection, which simultaneously minimizes the budget for both construction and maintenance.Save this picture!© Mario WibowoNEEDS The man of the house is a principal architect for a design studio, who wants to have an ideal house for his family and a small studio for his architecture office, while his wife is a pioneer in the customer experience service field in Indonesia. The combination of both brings the design to a level, where it possesses a rare and incomparable space experience for each occupant. Save this picture!© Mario WibowoThe 40:60 ratios for the built-up area and the green area are established to cherish the indoor and outdoor relationship, subsequently resulting in more activities outside and indirectly forming more mobile and flexible working space for everyone. Save this picture!© Mario WibowoThe same ratio is also applied for the public and private zone, where the public serves as the office area and the private as the living area. To delineate both sides, a divider wall is formed to produce a significant constraint between the two contrastive functional spaces. Save this picture!© Mario WibowoServing as a design-oriented architecture consultant, the studio is designed to preserve a maximum number of 8 people to work under his supervision. The desired ambience for the studio is a friendly and warm working atmosphere to support the creativity in the architecture industry, whereby it doesn’t rule out the possibility for working mobile at the provided space around the site. A small meeting room is developed next door, admiring the garden view with the ultimate opening towards the garden & deck area.Save this picture!© Mario WibowoBetween the massive the divider wall, a 2.85 x 2.85 meter center-pivot door is fabricated to connect the public and private area, yet maintaining the privacy of the house complex. Right after the door rotates, the comfortable feeling welcomed you with the tropical contemporary landscape design. The soil is covered with the loose pebbles, accompanied with a row of timber deck with a floating concrete bench, functioning as the outdoor gathering space. Save this picture!Plan 0Save this picture!Plan 1Despite the spacious landscape, the house is, however, designed to meet the ideal and ergonomic needs of the householders. Entering the house from the black timber frame sliding glass doors, the open living area, which consists of the living and the dining area, greets the occupant with a pleasant mood with a remarkable composition of specialized red brick wall. The border adjacent to the park is filled with glass doors and windows, making it easier for the occupant to have an inside-out experience from every corner.Save this picture!© Mario WibowoThe master bedroom is located on the east side, next to the grass-covered steps towards the garden, letting the room to have the amazing view of the garden, as well as enabling the sunlight to enters the room graciously. Next to this compact and cozy room is the master bathroom, where it provides an individual scope for the shower area and the closet area, along with the vanity counter at front. Save this picture!© Mario WibowoOn the upper floor, two common bedrooms are prepared for the upcoming members of the family, facilitated with a share bathroom and a small family lounge area, to act as the gathering space for the kids. Save this picture!© Mario WibowoDETAIL & MATERIALTo generate a consistent design language, three finishing material colors are chosen. For the accent, exposed red brick is selected, as it is a local product which occupies the natural character, as it is also one of the material that are regularly used in Bali traditional buildings. In contrast, the color black is also inserted to produce an elegant and masculine feel in the building. To balance out the combination of the brick and the black, cement exposed color is picked to act as the neutral color balancer. Save this picture!© Mario WibowoProject gallerySee allShow lessHouse in Atsugi / Masashi Kikkawa + Hisashi IkedaSelected ProjectsHAT / APOLLO Architects & AssociatesSelected Projects Sharelast_img read more

Making good progress

Recruitment and HR consultants Charity People have launched a new magazine for people trying to get a first job in the charity sector. Recruitment and HR consultants Charity People have launched a new magazine for people trying to get a first job in the charity sector. Progress is the brainchild of Charity People’s Honey Melville-Brown. “Through Progress, “said Honey, “I hope to help you build a better understanding of the not for profit sector, the organisations and careers within it and the issues that its paid and volunteer staff face.”Progress is published monthly and is available for £1.50 (inc. p&p). Advertisement 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. Making good progress  14 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 28 March 1999 | News read more

What Christmas and Agriculture Have in Common

first_imgIt is time to challenge the comfortable generalities people have about Christmas and agriculture. Push them to look beyond the crass commercial celebration of the holiday and to explore what the birth of a poor Jewish boy in an occupied country centuries ago means to us today.  Likewise people must begin to look beyond the meat case and colorful grocery store shelves to begin to understand the role they play as consumers in agriculture and to rediscover the modern farm families who safely and responsibly produce their food. What Christmas and Agriculture Have in Common Facebook Twitter From all of us at Hoosier Ag Today: Have a very blessed Christmas!By Gary Truitt Actually, it is both; because, when you think about it, Christmas and agriculture have a lot in common. The connection goes beyond miracles and animals, it is no mere coincidence that the first people told about the birth of Jesus were livestock folks, “Shepherds watching over their flocks by night.” And, remember, Jesus was basically born in a barn. Yet, the real connection comes in the way our modern society views Christmas and agriculture.  For far too many people, the real significance of the birth of Jesus is misunderstood — just like the role that agriculture plays in the daily lives of most people. Home Commentary What Christmas and Agriculture Have in Common SHARE Previous articleSeed Consultants Market Watch 11:37 update with Gary Wilhelmi 12/14/2012Next articlePaul Dana Award Presented to Thorntons, Inc. Gary Truitt By Gary Truitt – Dec 16, 2012 Just as retailers stress the “Joy of giving,” animal and environmental activists stress the industrial aspect of modern agriculture by promoting the factory farm myth.  Just as the portrayal of St. Nick in Clement Moore’s The Night Before Christmas had been distorted into Santa Claus, the image of the famer as independent, hard working, and not highly educated with 50 acres, a cow, a few chickens, and a wife who tends the garden and raises the kids has become what many people think a farmer should be. Facebook Twitter SHARE To put it another way, most people don’t have a clue about what Christmas is really about, why it is important, and why we celebrate it in the first place.  This can also be said about agriculture. As I have written over and over in this column in the past year, the vast majority of people have little idea where their food comes from, how and where it is produced, and why they should care.  Like the birth of Jesus, there are major misconceptions about agriculture, its origins, practices, and relevance to today.  Many of these misconceptions are propagated by those who have an agenda. It is something people used to know quite intimately, but now only have a vague idea of what it is all about. It is something most people have a great deal of misconceptions about. It is something that has been highly commercialized. It is something organizations with self-centered agendas like to use to further those agendas. It is something surrounded by more folklore than fact.  It is a subject that can generate a good deal of controversy. So what is it: Christmas or agriculture? In his book Christmas is Not Your Birthday, Mike Slaughter sums up the modern celebration of Christmas this way, “Many Christmas traditions that we hold as Christians are a mixture of biblical truths, blended with some 18th century Victorian practices and a double shot of Santa theology.” He added for many people today Christmas is a blend of The Night Before Christmas and the biblical account of Christ’s birth.  The Christmas story we sing about in carols is a romanticized amalgamation of feel good spirituality designed to make us cheerful, charitable, and full of hope for the future.  Against this backdrop is the most powerful commercial marketing machine ever invented. Christmas shopping and Christmas presents have almost completely subjugated the spirituality of the season in the name of retail profits.last_img read more


first_img Help by sharing this information At a time when many Arab-world dictators are losing their power, Asmara’s brutal and repressive regime is eager to prevent any attempt to destabilise the government. It continues to use a variety of tactics – including technical barriers and netizen intimidation – to keep the population from gaining access to the Web and its potential as a protest vehicle. EritreaAfrica Prisoner of Conscience Since 2001 – Why has Sweden not managed to bring Dawit Isaak home? January 13, 2021 Find out more EritreaAfrica to go further Technical barriers To date, the Internet is the only space in which Eritreans are free to voice their opinions in a country which President Issaias Afeworki rules with an iron hand. The independent press was wiped off the map in 2001. The state-controlled media merely relay the regime’s ultra-nationalist ideology. The government has proven reluctant to accept Internet growth, fearing the Web’s potential for disseminating independent information. In this last African country to connect to the Net, in 2000, the penetration rate now hovers around 3.5%, which means that virtually all of the population has been excluded from the digital era. Telecom operator EriTel, which owns the network’s infrastructure, is directly controlled by the government. The Eritrean Ministry of Information granted a licence to the country’s four Internet service providers from whom EriTel rents its bandwidth. Since EriTel is under the authorities’ orders, network surveillance and slowing down bandwidth speed are easy tasks.The government has chosen not to increase bandwidth speed – a major technical barrier to connection – which explains why, more than sending e-mails (which can take a very long time) – chat has become the most popular way to communicate. Yahoo Messenger and Facebook’s “chat” function are constantly being used in cybercafés, where connection speeds are particularly slow.In fact, most of the Eritreans who connect to the Web do so from cybercafés, since they cannot access the Internet from their cell phones. To enjoy private access, netizens need to obtain a high-cost special authorisation from the regime.Intimidation of netizens: Arrests, blocking tactics, and surveillanceAlthough the government has not set up any widespread automatic Internet filtering system, it has not hesitated to order the blocking of several diaspora websites critical of the regime. Access to these sites is blocked by two of the Internet service providers, Erson and Ewan, as are pornographic websites and even YouTube. The latter would require too much bandwidth. Sometimes surveillance and self-censorship are enough. The two other Internet access providers, Eritel and Tifanus, do not block opposition websites, since they know that the great majority of Eritrean surfers would never dare to openly consult them for fear of being arrested and imprisoned.The few netizens and webmasters courageous enough to create an independent website, or collaborate in its development, are being threatened and closely monitored. It is commonplace for the authorities to intercept e-mails from individuals whom they consider “suspect.” The forty-odd Internet cafés, most of which mainly operate in Asmara, the capital, and in two or three other Eritrean cities, are constantly closely watched, particularly during periods of social unrest, or when compromising news about the regime is circulating abroad. At least two cybercafés are said to have been closed in 2010 and their owners arrested. The official excuse was that they were used for showing pornography to young netizens.In January 2011, several Internet users and bloggers were allegedly arrested in cybercafés, most of them in Asmara. Questioning such people has had a dissuasive effect on other Internet users.Propaganda and cyberattacksIn the last few years, the government has been waging an anti-Internet smear campaign in the traditional media – over which it has total control – accusing it of being devoted to pornography and media wars and of challenging the country’s cultural values and creating security problems.However, the regime also uses the Internet as a tool to disseminate its propaganda. The two official websites, and, respectively owned by the Ministry of Information and the country’s sole party, the People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), disseminate only government propaganda. Online chat sessions are held to defend the authorities’ views. Some sites hosted in Europe or the United States relay the same positions, including,,,, and The topics are often belligerent, nationalist, anti-West and extremely aggressive towards the regime’s critics. Cyberattacks are regularly launched on sites based abroad and managed by dissidents, such as, and It is thought that the government and its supporters are behind these attacks.Response to uprisings in the Arab regionThe regime is wary of the popular uprisings which have recently shaken the Arab region, particularly in Tunisia and Egypt in late 2010 and in 2011. News about these events has been muzzled by the state-controlled media – the only legal means to circulate updates, while Eritreans have turned to satellite television and international radio broadcasts to keep informed.The Eritrean National Security Office (NSO) is allegedly examining the option of restricting the population’s access to satellite TV channels, which are very popular in the country. In this context, the launching of the terrestrial Channel 2 TV sports and entertainment network, could be seen as a first step towards a gradual ban on satellite dishes, on the pretext that sports and entertainment coverage no longer requires satellite access. At the first sign of unrests, the regime is prepared to cut off the country from the Internet, as was done in Egypt. In a country as repressive and sealed off from the world as Eritrea, Internet users are not as organised as in Egypt or Tunisia, where netizens are the civil society’s vital force. Meanwhile, most online mobilisation efforts are being launched from abroad. Follow the news on Eritrea March 11, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Eritrea News News Receive email alerts April 14, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Swedish prosecutors again refuse to investigate Dawit Isaak case News Organisation RSF urges Swedish judicial authorities to reverse Dawit Isaak decision Reports October 27, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Investigation ongoing at Limerick Prison over alleged staff misconduct

first_imgNewsInvestigation ongoing at Limerick Prison over alleged staff misconductBy Staff Reporter – June 20, 2017 1614 THE new Justice minister has confirmed that an internal investigation is continuing at Limerick Prison after allegations emerged from a whistleblower of fraud, theft and tax evasion.Minister Charlie Flanagan said that he would be reviewing the entirety of the file disclosed by a whistleblower and that he was aware that the internal probe had been launched at the Mulgrave Street facility.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Minister Flanagan, who was appointed by the new Taoiseach Leo Varadkar last week, said that he was anxious to ensure there will be due process in the matter.Speaking at the University of Limerick this week, Fine Gael Senator Kieran O’Donnell said that he was concerned over the allegations made.“I would welcome the fact that this has gone before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), being a former member. It’s a matter that has to be taken very seriously,” the former junior minister and TD.Fianna Fáil deputy Willie O’Dea said the allegations “strike right at the heart of the justice system”.“There has to be an all-systems-go inquiry. The Department of Justice will have to get to the bottom of this, because the last thing we want is to have the prison service undermined,” Mr O’Dea said.Under the previous cabinet, a dossier of information outlining the allegations had been sent to the Frances Fitzgerald when she was the Minister for Justice and to the Public Accounts Committee.Limerick Prison employs 194 staff and a number of individuals are named in the document.Earlier this month, the The Irish Prison Service confirmed it received the allegations and that an investigation was ongoing.It is also understood that the €10,000 in bail bond money that went missing from the prison accounts office at the end of 2015 remains unaccounted for.The cash, which was held at the General Office at the Mulgrave Street Prison, was “unaccounted for” when a two-day search failed to recover it.Subsequently an investigation was launched but it remains unaccounted for.Previously, a spokesperson for the Irish Prison Service said it is normal practice for cash to be held at the General Office of the prison as bail money, anything from €500 up to €60,000, is paid in to prisons to secure the release of remand prisoners.However, the Limerick Post learned at the time that the area where the cash is held is not be accessible to inmates, even those on enhanced regimes or with duties that would allow them movement through other areas of the prison.It is understood that the money had been lodged to secure the release of two inmates in August 2015.At the time, a source close to the prison said that the incident caused “consternation”.“Everyone was in a flap thinking that the money was just misplaced and would turn up but when it didn’t, it became a different story”. Previous article#WATCH Say No campaign to combat ‘sextortion’ of childrenNext articleChamber awards set to reflect Limerick’s rising star status Staff Reporter Twitter WhatsApp Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Facebook Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” center_img Email Advertisement WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Linkedin Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSCharlie FlanaganGardaKieran O’DonnelllimerickLimerick PrisonPACPublic Accounts CommitteeWillie O’Dea last_img read more