App sales to hit $35bn

first_img Tags: NULL APP sales are set to rocket to $35bn (£22.2bn) a year by 2014, according to new research by IDC.A staggering 10.9bn apps for devices including smartphones and tablets such as Apple’s iPad will be downloaded this year alone, with the number rising to 76.9bn annually in 2014 – a growth rate of around 60 per cent a year.Scott Ellison, vice president of Mobile and Wireless research at IDC said: “Mobile app developers will ‘appify’ just about every interaction you can think of in your physical and digital worlds. The extension of mobile apps to every aspect of our personal and business lives will be one of the hallmarks of the new decade with enormous opportunities for virtually every business sector.”The roaring growth is great news for app marketplaces including Apple’s app store, which keeps 30 per cent of the sale price of every download. Google and Microsoft both charge a lower commission for access to their app platforms.At present analysts estimate Apple’s app store contributes just one per cent of its gross profit – roughly $198m. However, the rapid growth combined with the firm’s new iAds platform, which allows it to charge for adverts contained within adverts, is set to drive this far higher.Apple has also shown its belief that apps will drive future sales by allowing them to be installed for the first time on its new generation of laptops as well as its hand held devices.Angry Birds is among the most successful app, with 7m downloads in the 12 months since its release, with $4.9m of that going to developer Rovio. Doodle Jump, another simple but addictive game, has similar sales figures. App sales to hit $35bn Share Tuesday 14 December 2010 8:41 pm whatsapp whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap KCS-content last_img read more

IG highlights client ‘quality’ as ESMA measures hit

first_img Investment services provider IG Group has highlighted an “improvement in client quality” after new regulations by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) led to a slump in retail clients in the first half of the 2019 fiscal year.IG Group confirmed today (January 22) that in the six months through to November 30, the company’s net trading revenue fell year-on-year by 6% to £251m (€285m/$324m), with a 4% rise in operating expenses ensuring an 18% drop in operating profit to £112.5m.ESMA’s renewal of a ban on the sale of binary options to retail customers, followed by fresh restrictions relating to the provision of contracts for difference (CFD) products to retail clients, led to a total of 22,744 of the company’s clients applying for ‘professional’ trader status by the end of November.However, IG Group revealed today that it had accepted only a quarter of the applications – 5,675. Of those who were not accepted as professional clients by IG Group, 40% are no longer trading with the company.In a conference call today though chief financial officer Paul Mainwaring defended the company’s strategy, saying that the application process had been “appropriately rigorous” and adding: “We believe this approach is an essential part of running a sustainable business.”Mainwaring, who assumed the CEO role on an interim basis last year following the departure of Peter Hetherington in September and before the arrival of June Felix a month later, added that the number of professional clients in the UK and EU had approximately doubled over the past year.Some 69% of the group’s ESMA region revenue in the second quarter was generated by professional clients, although the number of new over-the-counter leveraged clients fell in the first half from 18,027 to 14,626 year-on-year.Despite warning of the H1 revenue fall in December, IG Group’s share price on the London Stock Exchange slumped by more than 10% in early trading today before recovering to a fall of just over 6% by 11am.The company also spoke of the need to broaden its product offering today.IG Europe, the company’s client-facing subsidiary in Germany, and IG US, the group’s US subsidiary operating as a retail foreign exchange dealer, are both expected to launch by the end of this month. Spectrum, IG Group’s multilateral trading facility, is expected to launch in May.Felix said that she is confident the company will return to growth after the 2019 financial year.“The actions that have been taken over the last two years have resulted in the company successfully navigating the introduction of the ESMA measures,” Felix (pictured) said. “At the same time the business has developed innovative new products, continued to on-board new, valuable clients, and has continued to deliver a high-quality service.“IG has experienced significant change and will continue to do so in the future. Change will be driven by regulation, by shifting patterns of wealth, and by the continued development of financial markets around the world.“I believe that IG has the capability to adapt and thrive in this evolving market. The size and quality of our client base and our broadening product offering, all underpinned by our culture and values, provide an excellent platform for sustainable growth in the medium term.” Finance Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: Europe Investment services provider IG Group has highlighted an “improvement in client quality” after new regulations by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) led to a slump in retail clients in the first half of the 2019 fiscal year. Topics: Finance Tags: Binary Options and Forex 22nd January 2019 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter IG highlights client ‘quality’ as ESMA measures hitlast_img read more

Former Mr Green CEO Kärrbrink to chair Pariplay

first_img Aspire Global has appointed Jesper Kärrbrink, previously chief executive of Mr Green and Svenska Spel, as chairman of its recently acquired Pariplay business.Currently chairman and creative director of games developer Green Jade Games, Kärrbrink will take up his new position at Pariplay with immediate effect from today (3 March).Kärrbrink spent three years as chief executive of Mr Green, serving in the role between April 2016 and April 2019 before departing after it was acquired by William Hill.Prior to this, he was chief executive at both Euroflorist and Eniro after an earlier spell as chief executive of Sweden’s Svenska Spel from July 2004 to May 2008.“Pariplay is an exciting company with a strong position in a time of transition for the igaming industry,” Kärrbrink said. “I look forward to supporting the management of Pariplay in strengthening the offering to operators in terms of innovation and competitive strength.”Aspire Global chief executive Tsachi Maimon added: “Jesper Kärrbrink brings extensive experience from the iGaming industry and game development in particular, including deep knowledge about especially the European iGaming market.“We have high expectations for Pariplay as an important addition to our B2B-business and as chairman Jesper Kärrbrink will contribute to the refining of Pariplay’s strategy and in realising the full potential of our acquisition.”Aspire Global finalised its purchase of 100% of the shares in GMS Entertainment Ltd, the owner of Pariplay, for €13.1m (£11.4m/$14.7m) in October of last year.Last month, Aspire Global reported a 97.5% year-on-year decline in net profit for 2019, putting this down primarily down to a tax settlement in Israel, though the provider was able to report an increase in revenue for the year.Net revenue for the 12 months to 31 December 2019 totalled €131.4m, up by 26.0% from €104.6m in the previous year. Former Mr Green CEO Kärrbrink to chair Pariplay Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Online Gambling AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Aspire Global has appointed Jesper Kärrbrink, previously chief executive of Mr Green and Svenska Spel, as chairman of its recently acquired Pariplay business.center_img Topics: People Strategy People 3rd March 2020 | By contenteditor Email Addresslast_img read more

Sisa Koyamaibole cited

first_img SISA KOYAMAIBOLE of Sale Sharks has been cited for kicking Saracens’ Richard Wigglesworth during the Aviva Premiership match at Edgeley Park on January 2.Koyamaibole has been summoned to appear before a Rugby Football Union Disciplinary Panel of Antony Davies (Chair), Clif Barker and David MacInnes at the Haydock Holiday Inn on Tuesday, January 11 (6.30pm). LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Sale SharksSaracens center_img The charge follows a report from the independent citing officer Matt Bayliss.last_img read more

Why is it so stressful to talk politics with the other…

first_img April 8, 2018 at 9:23 pm TAGSPoliticsStressthe conversation.com Previous articleUpdating Breaking News: SCSO investigators arrest Apopka man on murder chargesNext articleThe best news of the week Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here 1 COMMENT Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom By Melanie Green, Associate Professor of Communication, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York and first published on theconversation.comPeople disagree all the time, but not all disagreements lead to the same levels of stress.Even though people can be passionate about their favorite sports teams, they can argue about which basketball team is the best without destroying friendships. In the workplace, co-workers can often dispute strategies and approaches without risking a long-term fallout.Political conversations, on the other hand, seem to have become especially challenging in recent years. Stories of tense Thanksgiving dinners and of Facebook friends being unfriended have become commonplace.Why does this happen?Our research – and related research in political psychology – suggest two broad answers.First, our work shows that divisive topics – issues that are polarizing, or on which there’s no general societywide consensus – can evoke feelings of anxiety and threat. That is, simply considering these topics appears to put people on guard.Second, research on moral conviction by psychologist Linda Skitka and her colleagues suggests that attitudes linked to moral values can contribute to social distancing. In other words, if someone considers their position on an issue to be a question of right versus wrong or good versus evil, they’re less likely to want to interact with a person who disagrees on that issue.An automatic trigger of anxietyIn our research, we define divisive issues as ones that don’t have a clear consensus.For example, just about everyone supports food safety; but if you bring up issues like abortion or capital punishment, you’ll see people fall into opposing camps.People also like to have a general idea of where someone falls on an issue before they start debating it. If you’re talking with a stranger, you don’t know how to anticipate their position on a divisive topic. This creates an uncertainty that can be uncomfortable.With this framework in mind, behavioral scientist Joseph Simons and I designed a series of studies to explore how this plays out.In our first study, we simply asked individuals to look at a list of 60 social issues (ranging from safe tap water to slavery) and estimated what percentage of people are in favor of that issue. Participants also rated how much they would feel anxious, threatened, interested or relaxed when discussing that issue.As expected, people thought they would feel more anxious and threatened when discussing a topic that was generally considered more divisive. (Under some circumstances – such as when people didn’t hold a strong attitude on the issue themselves – they did feel somewhat more interested in discussing these topics.)In a second study, we investigated the experience of a threat at an unconscious level. That is, do divisive topics automatically trigger anxiety?We conducted an experiment that was based on the psychological finding that people don’t always recognize the source of their emotional responses. Feelings that are evoked by one event or object can “carry over” to an unrelated judgment. In this study, we presented participants with a popular topic (for example, supporting veterans), an unpopular topic (high unemployment) or a divisive topic (stem cell research). They then saw a neutral computer-generated picture of a face and had to quickly rate how threatening the face appeared.Participants were more likely to see a neutral face as threatening if they were thinking about a divisive topic. (Unpopular topics showed a similar effect.)A third study replicated these effects using fictitious polling data about direct-to-consumer drug advertising. We told some participants that there was a high public consensus about support for this sort of advertising, and we told others that there was wide disagreement. Specifically, we told them that either 20 percent, 50 percent or 80 percent of the public was in favor of these ads.Participants then imagined discussing the issue and reported how they would feel. As in previous studies, those who were told there was more disagreement tended to feel more threatened or anxious about the prospect of discussing the issue.‘Right and wrong’ adds a layer of complicationAn additional social obstacle goes beyond mere disagreement. Consider two individuals who oppose the death penalty.One person may think that the death penalty is morally wrong, whereas the other person may believe that the death penalty is ineffective at deterring crime. Although both individuals may strongly support their position, the first person holds this attitude with moral conviction.Research by Skitka and her colleagues highlights the social consequences of these “moral mandates.” When it’s a matter of right or wrong, people become less tolerant of others who hold the opposite view. Specifically, individuals with stronger moral convictions tended to not want to associate with those who disagreed with them on certain issues. This social distancing was reflected both in survey responses – “would be happy to be friends with this person” – and even physical distance, like placing a chair farther away from a person with an opposing view.Of course, no one is ever going to agree on every issue. But it’s important for people to learn about where others are coming from in order to reach a compromise.Unfortunately, compromise or consensus is more difficult to come by if people start out the conversation feeling threatened. And if individuals feel that someone who holds an opposite view is simply a bad person, the conversation may never happen at all.In the end, it doesn’t matter if you’re talking to a stranger or friends; the possibility of exclusion or avoidance increases when a divisive topic is raised.There’s no easy solution. Sometimes raising these topics may reveal irreconcilable differences. But other times, a willingness to approach difficult topics calmly – while truly listening to the other side – may help people find common ground or promote change.It might also be helpful to take a step back. A disagreement on a single issue – even a morally charged one – isn’t necessarily grounds for discontinuing a friendship. On the other hand, focusing on other shared bonds and morals can salvage or strengthen the relationship. Mama Mia Share on Facebook Tweet on Twittercenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your name here I am looking at that stressed out soul, lying there in the photo above the article about how stressful it is to talk politics with the other side…..did politics do that, to that poor soul? Well then, I guess another one bites the dust, and another ones gone, and another ones down…LOL!last_img read more

New online training resource launched for the arts, cultural & heritage sectors

first_img  192 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis23 New online training resource launched for the arts, cultural & heritage sectors AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis23 Tagged with: arts Fundraising Courses Online Training 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. Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy has launched an online resource of training specifically for the arts.The portfolio offers free online learning and professional development for staff, practitioners and trustees in the arts, cultural and heritage sectors and features arts fundraising trainers sharing their key insights and experiences. It consists of three e-learning courses under the banner Cause4 Advance on the Proversity platform, with more to come over the next four years; as well as a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on the FutureLearn social learning platform, developed by the University of Leeds.Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy will be collaborating with Cause4 Advance, University of Leeds and FutureLearn to deliver the courses, which are also supported by Arts Council England.The courses range from short two-hour training courses for first-time fundraisers to a two-week leadership training course designed for senior leaders. They cover topics such as ethical fundraising, change management, policy making and strategy.With the Cause4 Advance courses, each module is under two hours, and can be watched on or offline at a time that suits the learner. These courses are available free of charge via desktop, laptop and smartphone app.The courses also provide the opportunity to participate in peer forums on the issues that participants are most interested in and to get the latest insight into hot topics in the sector. Participants can measure their own knowledge and learning using our instructor devised assessments.The following three courses are live on Cause4 Advance and via the Cause4 app until 4 May 2018.Asking People for Money: providing an introduction to individual giving, and covering the basics of setting a strategy, cultivating relationships, communicating with supporters, and managing donation schemes and events.Trustee Leadership in Fundraising and Income Generation: covering the key responsibilities of Trustees in fundraising, the regulations around fundraising, and how participants might help build relationships with donors and funders to boost their organisation’s income generation.Ethics in Fundraising: designed to give Trustees, CEOs and Senior Fundraisers guidance as to how to approach issues in relation to ethics in fundraising.The two-week leadership course Effective Fundraising and Leadership in the Arts and Culture on FutureLearn has also just gone live. It covers the importance of developing organisational resilience through effective leadership and management, and how to diversify income streams.Michelle Wright, founder and CEO of Cause4 said:“Many leaders of arts organisations are time poor and we’ve set up these training courses in bite-sized chunks to fit easily within a busy working day. Being online allows us to update the material as legislation and technical information changes. We’re offering practical advice and helping demystify the fundraising process.“Case studies throughout the training modules will help inspire the learners with great examples of new business models and quick wins for the long term and we will combine with micro-learning modules of 3-5 minutes for those practitioners that struggle to fit in learning.”  191 total views,  1 views today Advertisement Melanie May | 13 March 2018 | Newslast_img read more

Impacto del racismo en la maternidad

first_imgEl Mes de la Historia de la Mujer es un evento anual que destaca las contribuciones de las mujeres en los eventos históricos y la sociedad contemporánea. Como mujer negra en la sociedad contemporánea, hay muchos problemas que nos afectan a mí y a mi comunidad en general. El racismo y las formas en que la supremacía blanca muestra su fea cabeza se entrelazan en nuestras vidas a diario, especialmente cuando estamos más vulnerables.Como mujeres negras, durante el embarazo y el parto, somos las más vulnerables al racismo sistémico. Las mujeres negras están desproporcionadamente afectadas por la brutalidad policial, los bajos salarios, la falta de vivienda y la violencia del racismo y el genocidio.Madres negras mueren de insuficiencia cardíacaSegún un artículo del 7 de diciembre en ProPublica, “En los últimos años, mientras las altas tasas de mortalidad materna en EUA han alarmado a los investigadores, una estadística ha sido especialmente preocupante. Según los [Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades, CDC], las madres negras en EUA mueren entre tres y cuatro veces más que las madres blancas, una de las más amplias disparidades raciales en la salud de las mujeres. Dicho de otra manera, una mujer negra tiene un 243 por ciento más de probabilidades de morir por causas relacionadas con el embarazo o el parto”.Ese número, 243 por ciento, es muy difícil de asimilar. La forma en que aparece el racismo en las mujeres bendecidas por ser negras, es especialmente flagrante en lo que respecta a la atención médica. El prejuicio hacia las mujeres y las/os niños negros es la clave del problema. Las mujeres de casi todas las razas no son oídas cuando hablan sobre el manejo del dolor o simplemente cuando no se sienten bien. Imagínese que será para una mujer negra que experimenta un tremendo dolor durante y después del parto, y no se le brinda el cuidado básico, que es un tratamiento adecuado del dolor, como a sus contrapartes femeninas que están soportando el mismo proceso de tratar de traer una vida.Erica GarnerDos mujeres que recientemente han experimentado un parto, junto a una grave crisis de salud o la muerte, vienen a la mente. Una es Erica Garner, que murió por corazón partido el 30 de diciembre después de que su padre, Eric Garner, fuera asesinado por el estado en el 2014 en Staten Island, Nueva York. La otra es la atleta número uno en el mundo: Serena Williams.Erica Garner experimentó el efecto secundario de vivir siendo negra cuando su padre fue asesinado. Este trauma provocó un ataque al corazón después del nacimiento de su hijo en agosto pasado. Esta es una ocurrencia muy común después de que una mujer negra da a luz a un bebé.La Asociación Americana del Corazón dice: “La miocardiopatía posparto (PPCM por siglas en inglés) es una forma poco frecuente de insuficiencia cardíaca que ocurre durante el último mes de embarazo o hasta cinco meses después del parto”. (12 de diciembre)Sin embargo, la AAC también dice que esto es “una ocurrencia rara”, porque no monitorea la enfermedad en las mujeres negras. Si la organización hiciera eso, toda persona en EUA debería indignarse.Megan Brooks, en un artículo titulado “Cardiomiopatía posparto más severa para mujeres negras”, escribe: “Las mujeres afroamericanas con PPCM son diagnosticadas después del parto, presentan una disfunción sistólica más grave, con mayor frecuencia su función cardíaca empeora después del diagnóstico y se recupera con menos frecuencia y, cuando la función cardíaca se recupera, lleva mucho más tiempo hacerlo”. (Medscape, 13 de octubre)Serena WilliamsSerena Williams parió a su hija el 1 de septiembre. Tiene antecedentes de coágulos sanguíneos. Después de parir por cesárea, le costó respirar. En un artículo del 10 de enero de Vogue titulado “Serena Williams sobre la maternidad, el matrimonio y su vuelta”, explica que ella sabía que necesitaba una “tomografía computarizada con contraste y heparina IV (un anticoagulante) de inmediato. La enfermera pensó que su analgésico podría estar confundiéndola. Pero Serena insistió, y pronto un doctor estaba haciendo un ultrasonido de sus piernas. ‘Yo pensaba, un Doppler? Le había dicho que necesitaba una tomografía computarizada y un gotero de heparina’. La ecografía no reveló nada, por lo que la enviaron a la TC, y efectivamente, varios pequeños coágulos de sangre se habían asentado en sus pulmones. Minutos después ella estaba bajo el tratamiento adecuado. ‘¡Yo me decía, “escuchen a la Dra. Williams!’”Mortalidad infantil e ntre afroamericanas/osWilliams, quien tiene fondos ilimitados, inicialmente no fue escuchada por el personal médico. Imagine la situación que enfrenta una mujer que vive en un barrio pobre que va a un hospital con un personal prejuiciado. Sin duda, el resultado habría sido diferente. Esta es una buena información para saber. ¿Qué hacemos con este conocimiento? ¿Quién toma nuestra causa? Además, con la alta tasa de muertes de madres afroamericanas, esto lleva al tema de la tasa de mortalidad infantil entre las/os niños afroamericanos.Cuando estaba embarazada de mi hijo, escuché la estadística de que los niños afroamericanos tenían la tasa más alta de mortalidad infantil hasta la edad de cinco años. No pude dejar de preocuparme por mi hijo hasta que tuvo cinco años. Aún me preocupo porque puede recibir un disparo mientras está en la escuela o mientras sea un hombre negro en cualquier parte de EUA.Según el CDC: “La mortalidad infantil es la muerte de un bebé antes de su primer cumpleaños. La tasa de mortalidad infantil es la cantidad de muertes infantiles por cada 1,000 nacidos vivos. Además de brindarnos información clave sobre la salud materna e infantil es un marcador importante de la salud general de una sociedad”.El Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos informa que las/os afroamericanos tienen 2,2 veces la tasa de mortalidad infantil que las/os blancos no-hispanos y los bebés afroamericanos tienen 3,2 veces más probabilidades de morir por complicaciones relacionadas con el bajo peso al nacer que los bebés blancos no-hispanos. En 2014, las/os afroamericanos tenían más del doble de la tasa de mortalidad por síndrome de muerte súbita infantil que las/os blancos no-hispanos, y las madres afroamericanas tenían 2,2 veces más probabilidades que las madres blancas no-hispanas de no recibir atención prenatal o tardía.La Dra. Joia Adele Crear-Perry, fundadora de National Birth Equity Collaborative, dice: “Estados Unidos es el único país desarrollado del mundo donde la mortalidad materna está en aumento. Las mujeres negras en EUA mueren entre 3 y 4 veces más que las mujeres blancas. Los bebés negros mueren a un ritmo 2 veces mayor que sus homólogos blancos. Con esta clara evidencia de inequidad, esta es una cuestión urgente de salud pública y derechos humanos”.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Still Time to Run for the Indiana Soybean Alliance Board of…

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Still Time to Run for the Indiana Soybean Alliance Board of Directors To be eligible to run, Hoosier farmers must sign a Director Expectation Statement and submit an Indiana Soybean Leader Profile form. Download the form at www.indianasoybean.com/elections or call the soybean office at 317-644-2791. Completed paperwork must be postmarked or submitted electronically by March 31, 2015. Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Mar 9, 2015 SHARE Time is running out for Hoosier soybean farmers interested in serving on the Indiana Soybean Alliance board of directors. Applications must be submitted by March 31, 2015. Representing Indiana soybean farmers, the ISA Board of Directors is responsible for the investment of the state’s soybean checkoff funds. Previous articleUSDA Reminds Indiana Producers of March 16 Sales Closing Date for Noninsurable CropsNext articleFinding a Replacement for the Gas Tax Gary Truitt Voting will take place in July by mailed ballots. Those farmers elected in July will begin serving on the ISA board of directors in December 2015. Candidates for the ISA Board are required to have been engaged in the growing of soybeans in Indiana in the last two years. Candidates must certify that they own the soybeans or share the ownership and risk of loss of the soybeans. Facebook Twitter Still Time to Run for the Indiana Soybean Alliance Board of Directors ISA has four voting districts in the state and farmers elected to the 24-member board of directors will serve a three-year term. ISA is seeking candidates to fill two open seats in each of the four districts. SHARElast_img read more

International community urged to react five years after prominent journalist’s murder

first_img GambiaAfrica News Gambia still needs to address challenges to press freedom Organisation News On the eve of the fifth anniversary of the still unpunished murder of Deyda Hydara, the joint editor of the Banjul-based daily The Point, on 16 December 2004, Reporters Without Borders condemns the investigation’s obstruction by President Yahya Jammeh’s government and the international community’s failure to do anything about it.“We express our solidarity with Hydara’s family and colleagues and with the Gambian press, which has been subjected to fear, silence and injustice since December 2004,” Reporters Without Borders said. “In view of the Gambian government’s lack of good faith, we urge the US intelligence services to release the information about Hydara’s death that they have at their disposal.”The press freedom organisation added: “We also appeal to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, which is currently located in Banjul, to move its headquarters to another African capital.”In an interview for the state-owned TV station GRTS in June, President Jammeh denied that the authorities were in any way involved in Hydara’s murder and suggested that his death was linked to his sex life. When six leading journalists, including the editor and publisher of The Point and the editor of the opposition newspaper Foroyaa, issued a statement on behalf of the Gambia Press Union calling the president’s comments “inappropriate” and “provocative,” they were sentenced to two years in prison on charges of defamation and “seditious publication,” spending a month in jail until freed on a presidential pardon.The Agence France-Presse and Reporters Without Borders Gambia correspondent as well as The Point co-editor, Hydara was shot dead by gunmen travelling in a taxi while he was at the wheel of his car in a Banjul suburb on the night of 16 December 2004.After carrying out its own investigation in Banjul, Reporters Without Borders issued a report in May 2005 entitled “Deyda Hydara, the murder of a journalist under surveillance” highlighting the serious grounds for suspecting that the Gambian security services and a semi-clandestine group of Jammeh supporters called the Green Boys were responsible for the murder.The circumstances indicated that Hydara, who headed the Gambia Press Union and was the doyen of the country’s journalists, was targeted because of his frequent critical comments about the government.The Gambian authorities promised to investigate Hydara’s murder but no serious investigation was ever carried out. A “confidential report” by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) was given to the press in 2005 but it contained little aside from a number of mostly absurd theories about his death. It was the only official document about Hydara’s murder ever released by the authorities.Since then, most of the key potential witnesses have disappeared, including the then head of the NIA, Daba Marenah. There has been no word of Marenah since he was arrested after being implicated in an alleged coup attempt. GambiaAfrica January 27, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Gambia December 15, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 International community urged to react five years after prominent journalist’s murder RSF_en center_img August 6, 2020 Find out more July 23, 2019 Find out more Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information News Gambia: former president must stand trial for journalist’s murder Three journalist arrested, two radio stations closed in Gambia to go furtherlast_img read more

US – RSF alarmed by arrest of West Virginia journalist after asking Health Secretary a question

first_img June 7, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News News Organisation News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists June 3, 2021 Find out more MANDEL NGAN / AFP Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is alarmed to learn of a journalist’s arrest last night in West Virginia after attempting to ask United States Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price a question. United StatesAmericas Condemning abuses Judicial harassment center_img to go further Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Dan Heyman, a reporter for Public News Service, was walking behind Secretary Price at West Virginia’s state capitol last night, attempting to ask him a question about pre-existing conditions in the healthcare legislation recently adopted by the US House of Representatives. Special counsel to the president Kellyanne Conway was also with Secretary Price at the capitol.Shortly thereafter, Heyman was arrested and jailed for willful disruption of state government processes. He was later released on bail.”RSF is very concerned to learn of the arrest of a journalist who appears to have simply been doing his job asking a public official a question, says Margaux Ewen, Advocacy and Communications Director for RSF’s North America office. This is not the kind of incident that should be occurring in a country that respects the role of a free press, and certainly not in the country of the First Amendment.”This is not the first time that journalists have been arrested for doing their job in the US in recent months. In January, at least 5 journalists were arrested while covering inauguration day protests, with one of the five still facing criminal charges to this day. At least 10 journalists have been arrested for their coverage of the North Dakota Access Pipeline and the surrounding protests since last fall. In 2016, at least three journalists were arrested and charged with “obstruction of a highway” while covering #blacklivesmatter protests in Louisiana. The US ranks 43 out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index, after falling 2 places in 2016. Image credit: MANDEL NGAN / AFP April 28, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en United StatesAmericas Condemning abuses Judicial harassment Follow the news on United States NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say May 10, 2017 – Updated on May 15, 2017 US – RSF alarmed by arrest of West Virginia journalist after asking Health Secretary a questionlast_img read more