Entain completes first phase of new customer protection initiative

first_imgData from the new models is to be assessed prior to further development of ARC in the coming months, with Entain to continue to work with the Harvard Medical School Faculty, Division on Addiction, as part of its ongoing multi-year research project. Launched in November as part of its rebrand from GVC Holdings to Entain, ARC was developed to deploy the group’s proprietary technology platform and behavioural play data to provide end-to-end player protection and interaction across its network. Entain chief executive Jette Nygaard-Andersen said: “We are putting customers first, both by prioritising their safety through our use of technology to limit individual exposure to risk, whilst also enhancing their experience across all our brands.  Social responsibility Entain completes first phase of new customer protection initiative Entain also said it would make use of Mindway AI’s Gamalyze self-identification test, to provide users with feedback about their decision-making, as well as offer advice and guidance on how to keep control of their gambling. Entain said its end goal is to offer all of its customers both a personalised playing experience and protection tailored to their individual risk profile. 18th February 2021 | By Robert Fletcher Entain has completed the initial stage of its new Advanced Protection and Care (ARC) customer protection strategy, extending the behavioural indicators it uses to identify players potentially at risk of gambling-related harm. Peter Marcus, group operations director at Entain, who is overseeing the development of ARC, said: “We’re using our technology, leveraging our data and behavioural science, to deliver a fundamental shift in customer care. The initial phase of ARC activity has also seen Entain partner with independent game data specialist Future Anthem, and neuroscience, neuroimaging and problem gambling expert Mindway AI to develop two new pilot initiatives. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwittercenter_img Data scientists at Entain have also started to develop models to test the extended range of indicators in real situations, with the aim of identifying customers who may show signs of potential problems, as well as those exhibiting intermittent signs of being at potential risk. Working with Future Anthem, Entain in November announced plans to pilot the Anthemetrics Safer Play Responsible Gambling solution, to help strengthen its existing detection technology and allow for earlier identification of players who exhibit potential early signs of problem gambling. “We will do this not only in our traditional markets of sports betting and gaming, but also as we grow into new areas, like video gaming and esports as a global entertainment company.” Topics: Social responsibility Email Address The initial phase of this saw Entain expand its behavioural indicators to include new factor such as fluctuations in stake levels, erratic play during a single session and signs that a player might be chasing losses. Entain plans to launch ARC first in the UK this summer. “The real innovation is to apply hyper-personalisation to customer protection – using insight into the individual behaviours of customers to manage their exposure to risk in real time.” Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Entain Advanced Protection and Carelast_img read more

Bychemex Limited (BYCH.mu) 2012 Abridged Report

first_imgBychemex Limited (BYCH.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2012 abridged results.For more information about Bychemex Limited (BYCH.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Bychemex Limited (BYCH.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Bychemex Limited (BYCH.mu)  2012 abridged results.Company ProfileBychemex Limited is a subsidiary of Harel Mallac & Co. Limited and specialises in the manufacturing and sale of specialized chemical products and auxiliaries for the textile industry in Mauritius. Bychemex Limited handles its operations through the segments of textile auxiliaries, bleaching and dyeing chemicals, and scouring chemicals, where the company produces detergents, wetting agents, anti-crease agents, sequestrates, dispersants, and softeners, hydrogen peroxide, brine solution and caustic solutions. Bychemex Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius’ Development and Enterprise Market.last_img read more

Forget the top Cash ISA rate! I’d pocket 10% here

first_img The best flexible Cash ISA interest rate on the market at the moment is just 1.36%. With interest rates expected to stay low for the foreseeable future, it is unlikely this level will increase any time soon.As such, investors may be better off seeking an income from high-quality, high-yield dividend stocks. In many cases, these companies also offer the potential for capital gains as well as income.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…With that in mind, here are two 10% yielding dividend stocks that could offer long term income investing potential and capital growth.NewRiver REITReal estate investment trust (REIT) NewRiver REIT (LSE: NRR) has seen its share price underperform over the past 12 months due to challenges in the retail sector.However, despite these issues, the company has continued to report rising incomes from its property portfolio.Management has also been repositioning the portfolio, selling low-quality properties and reinvesting the proceeds back into high-quality assets with trustworthy tenants. This strategy has so far helped the company avoid some of the pain its peers are suffering.Still, despite this progress, NewRiver currently trades at a significant discount to its net asset value, with its price-to-book (P/B) ratio being 0.8. On top of this, the stock currently offers a dividend yield of 11%. With the payout backed by income from property rents, as well as asset sales, this yield looks exceptionally safe.These metrics indicate that NewRiver’s shares offer excellent value for money with a wide margin of safety at current levels. Therefore, now could be a good time to take advantage of the continued uncertainty surrounding the business and buy a share of this income champion.Redde plcAnother income stock that yields more than 10% today is Redde (LSE: REDD). Like NewRiver, Redde has fallen on hard times over the past 12 months. A poor trading update at the beginning of 2019 cut the stock in half.After this setback, the accident management assistance and vehicle management company has been working flat out to return to growth. It seems as if trading has improved since the profit warning with analysts expecting a slight improvement in earnings per share for 2019, which implies that the business has started its turnaround.Despite this progress, the company’s shares continue to trade on a low valuation. The stock has a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of just 8, which suggests that the capital growth prospects for it could be high.It also supports a dividend yield of 10.9%, with the payout being covered 1.1 times by earnings per share. These metrics imply that Redde’s total return prospects could be big.With the company committed to returning to growth, now could be the time to buy Redde and take advantage of the stock’s low valuation, as well as its market-beating dividend yield. These metrics suggest the business has the potential to deliver a growing sustainable passive income to its investors for many years to come. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Rupert Hargreaves owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Forget the top Cash ISA rate! I’d pocket 10% here I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves Image source: Getty Images center_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Rupert Hargreaves | Wednesday, 8th January, 2020 | More on: NRR REDD Enter Your Email Address I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. 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Resources for Advent waiting

first_img Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Posted Nov 26, 2014 Rector Albany, NY Featured Events 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 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem 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 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Pittsburgh, PA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Press Release Service Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Belleville, IL Rector Smithfield, NC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Resources for Advent waiting Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Bath, NC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA center_img Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest 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 Rector Tampa, FL Youth Minister Lorton, VA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Submit an Event Listing Rector Knoxville, TN 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 Submit a Job Listing Rector Hopkinsville, KY Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Advent Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Shreveport, LA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Martinsville, VA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Tags Submit a Press Releaselast_img read more

Final grants awarded in CAF’s 2005/06 Grant Programme

first_imgCAF’s Collaborative Fund works with up to five organisations that share CAF’s own mission – to increase effective giving. The support offered is individually tailored to fit the needs of each organisation, combining flexible funding which will actively leverage in other resources through consultancy support, links with other organisations and importantly links with CAF.In Kind Direct has benefited form the latest round of grants from the Collaborative Fund. Established in 1996, the charity distributes goods donated by some of Britain’s best known manufacturers and retailers to hundreds of voluntary organisations both in the UK and overseas. CEO of In Kind Direct, Robin Boles, commented: “In Kind Direct is undergoing an exciting and challenging development phase to enable us to extend our service to hundreds more voluntary organisations and the people they serve. The support we are receiving from CAF – both in terms of expertise and flexible funding is crucial and so very much appreciated. “The way CAF administers the grant to ensure it best suits recipients is so impressive and could be enlightening for other grant makers.”The 2006/2007 CAF Grant Programme runs from 1 May 2006 to 30 April 2007. Charities Aid Foundation reports that in the past year it was made grants to 235 charities from its Training and Consultancy Fund and the Collaborative Fund. The next grant programme is already open for applications.CAF’s Consultancy and Training Fund aims to strengthen and develop small and medium-sized charitable organisations, providing flexible funding, time with consultants and funds to cover training costs.One organisation to benefit from this approach is the Mudchute Association, the UK’s largest urban farm and parkland based on the Isle of Dogs. Following rapid expansion, the charity received 23 days of consultancy including a Health Check Plus. Advertisement Final grants awarded in CAF’s 2005/06 Grant Programme AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  16 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 12 June 2006 | Newslast_img read more

Police riot in Philadelphia, attack peaceful protesters

first_imgReleased after 23 hours in Philly jails: Chananiah Maxwell, Andrea Jacome and Cindy Miller.WW photo: Joseph PietteAt the start of the Memorial Day weekend, established to honor veterans, Philadelphia police demonstrated their “respect” by arresting a Black homeless veteran who had just been thrown off a public bus for lacking the $2.25 fare.Several anti-police-brutality activists, who happened to be walking near Temple University in North Philadelphia around 9:30 p.m. on May 21, stopped to question why police were arresting the man, who had already been put off the bus. The police responded by brutally attacking and beating members of the group.Nearly 50 police rushed to the scene, accompanied by two police helicopters overhead. Two women were pushed to the ground, one suffering a broken wrist in the process. Five people, including the woman with the broken wrist, were arrested.When activists gathered outside the 22nd Police District to show solidarity with those arrested, police responded by arresting three more people and seizing the bullhorn they were using. One transgender individual was punched in the face and suffered a black eye and contusion. Two of those arrested were put in chokeholds by the police in clear violation of department policy.Witnesses at the scene described it as a “police riot.” After 22 hours in jail and faced with multiple charges, the last of those arrested were finally released on their own recognizance, with no bail required. They were welcomed by dozens of area activists who had maintained jail solidarity at two separate holding centers.Workers World spoke with the women as they came out of the main police jail. They described police behavior as outrageously racist, misogynist and disrespectful. They had repeatedly been called “bitches” and threatened with further assault. They were driven around in a police van for hours and told they would be sprayed with mace if they complained about the conditions in their cell, which had only one bare metal “bed” for four women.Vigil for Black women, transwomen, children murdered by policeThe confrontation with the police had begun to develop over an hour earlier, before the bus incident, toward the conclusion of a two-hour #SayHerName vigil in remembrance of Black women, transwomen and children murdered by racist police and vigilantes.Nearly 50 demonstrators had gathered at the corner of Cecil B. Moore and N. Broad streets to light candles and chalk the names of hundreds of victims on the surrounding block. Toward the end of the event, people took turns reading the names of the victims, including women and children who had been lynched by racist mobs.The event was organized by the REAL (Racial, Economic and Legal) Justice Coalition as part of the National Day of Solidarity with Black Women and Girls to remember police brutality victims, including seven-year-old Aiyana Stanley Jones, killed in her sleep by police in Detroit on May 16, 2010. Speakers also called out the name of Rekia Boyd, killed by Chicago police who were never charged for her murder.Just days earlier, a transgender woman, London Chanel, had been brutally stabbed to death not far from the rally site, a victim of domestic violence.As the event was winding down, three cop cars suddenly showed up and officers aggressively approached the peaceful gathering, demanding to know who was in charge. Demonstrators responded with chants of “Hands up, fight back” and “The cops and the Klan work hand-in-hand.” While no arrests were made then, witnesses reported that more police were massed a short distance away.Nevertheless, people peacefully concluded the vigil and many headed home, only to get calls a short time later alerting them to the arrests at the bus stop and the need to be present outside the precinct where the arrestees had been taken. Despite the late hour, nearly 60 people turned out, with many staying into the night.In addition to the police assaults, witnesses reported that the fire department showed up and hosed away the hundreds of names that had been chalked on the sidewalk, apparently so that Temple students would not see them as they passed by. Chalking on sidewalks is not considered illegal in Philadelphia, where it’s common for people to use this form of expression.In response to the police riot, Megan Malachi, a member of REAL Justice and Action Against Black Genocide, stated, “The police conspired to destroy a peaceful vigil honoring the lives of Black women, girls and transgendered individuals. They disrespected our sacred place and became violent when people resisted their aggression. The police have once again demonstrated their lack of respect for the people they are charged to protect and serve.”This massive, militarized and overly aggressive response by Philadelphia police comes just two months after the release of a U.S. Department of Justice study of the Philadelphia police department’s use of deadly force, which claimed over 400 victims from 2007 to 2013. The DoJ study made 91 recommendations to address what it called “serious deficiencies in the department’s use of force policies.”Apparently Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, who co-chairs President Barack Obama’s task force on 21st century policing, which is supposedly designed to “improve police and community relations,” has failed to address any of the recommendations made by the DoJ to improve his own department.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Venezuela: ‘The people united will never be defeated!’

first_imgChanting “The people united will never be defeated,” a huge crowd accompanied the 545 delegates elected to Venezuela’s new National Constituent Assembly as they made their way to the Legislative Palace in Caracas on Aug. 4.They carried pictures of Venezuela’s two great liberators, Simón Bolívar and Hugo Chávez, which they put back in the Assembly hall. The right-wing opposition, MUD, had removed them when they took office in January 2016. As the delegates entered the building, they chanted “Volvió, volvió, volvió”(“Returned, returned, returned”). It was the same slogan the masses had shouted when they brought Chávez back from having been kidnapped, after the failure of a right-wing coup on April 13, 2002.Their destination was the Elliptical Room, which from now on will be the headquarters for the NCA, which cancels out the previous National Assembly. That body had had an opposition majority and had been in contempt of the Constitution since its very beginning, when it illegally swore in several assemblymen who had not been validated by a popular vote.The NCA assumed its duties by electing the main leadership body that will help guide its work and will last for two years. By unanimity, Delcy Rodríguez, the previously combative exterior minister, was elected president. Aristóbulo Istúriz and Isaías Rodríguez became first and second vice president, in that order. Fidel Vasquez was elected as secretary and Carolis Pérez as sub-secretary. This NCA has a large representation of youth; in fact, 60 percent of its members are age 35 or younger. The size of the assembly is also noteworthy. While the NCA elected in 1999 had 135 delegates, this one has 545, representing the great diversity of the population.Goals of National Constituent AssemblyIt is important to remember that in this recent unprecedented election, more than 8 million Venezuelans voted, risking their lives in the middle of a counterrevolutionary war. The nine main goals of this NCA are:Achievement of peace;Establishment of a new economic model;Secure the social programs;Broaden the justice system to eradicate impunity and corruption;Secure and recognize the new forms of participatory democracy and their communal organizations;Defense of the nation;Recognize the multicultural character of the nation;Secure the right to access technology, work, etc., for young generations;  andPreservation of the environment of the country and the planet.It is also important to highlight that not all the 8 million voters were poor and Chavistas. In fact, many were from the middle class courted by the opposition. They voted to implement the NCA because they did not want any more murderous street barricades and killings.This NCA now has the people’s mandate to solve the critical situation in their country, addressing above all the war by the counterrevolutionary opposition, which has been expressed in violent fascist and terroristic actions in the streets as well as in a dire economic war through enormous increased prices of basic products and other anti-people maneuvers.While the NCA will engage the people throughout the nation in discussions on these topics, it can also take immediate action on crucial and urgent situations affecting the people and the country. In Venezuela, the power resides in the people, who can change and reform the current Constitution of 1999 in order to secure their country’s stability and a better future.NCA replaces Attorney GeneralImmediate action was taken on the first NCA’s working session on Aug. 5, when it removed Attorney General Luisa Ortega Díaz from her post and replaced her with Tarek William Saab, who until then had been the head of the Citizen Power. This is an entity to which belong the public advocate, the attorney general (Public Ministry) and the general comptroller, who work to guarantee citizens’ rights and ethical conduct in government.Ortega Díaz was removed after the Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice initiated an investigation of alleged serious offenses during her mandate. Even more important, for several months she had shielded those on the right from prosecution for their terrorist actions.The Public Ministry is the independent body in charge of establishing the criteria for political or criminal prosecution within the state and is under the jurisdiction of the Citizen Power. But it failed to find cause for judicial action against the violent counterrevolutionaries, and Ortega Díaz publicly sided with it by denouncing — without any real base — the Venezuelan government. She accused it of acting outside the constitutional framework while she ignored the terrorist actions of the right wing.To further the investigation of violent acts, a Truth Commission was set up on the second day of the NCA sessions on Aug. 6.The days following the July 30 elections have been the most peaceful since April. The counterrevolutionaries have received the message given by the voters, and demoralization has spread to their base. The right has lost its capacity to call people into the streets. Even the opposition media can’t hide the poor attendance to their calls — less than a dozen people could be seen in pictures of several of their rallies.However, by no means is the Bolivarian Revolution out of danger. The victory of the Bolivarian people has meant greater external interference. The hostile media campaign of disinformation against the revolution and the pressure headed by the imperialist United States has pushed 15 countries into declaring that they will not recognize the NCA, among them Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.Even the Vatican, which has been vocal in some human rights issues in Latin America, has demanded that the NCA be suspended. Organizations like the European Union, Organization of American States, the Carter Center and Mercosur also joined this bandwagon. Mercosur held an emergency meeting to suspend Venezuela from membership, charging it with the “rupture of the democratic order” — the accusation made by all those opposed to the NCA. It is interesting that the countries making that charge are themselves prime examples of human rights violators who carry out undemocratic processes and policies against their peoples.Mercenary attack quickly defeatedAt dawn on Aug. 6, a mercenary group dressed in uniforms of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces attacked Fort Paramacay in Valencia, Carabobo State, near Caracas. It was immediately repulsed by the real army, which issued a public statement telling the Venezuelan people and the world that the Bolivarian military is at the loyal service of the revolution. The head of this paramilitary group was a low-ranking ex-officer who had been expelled from the BNAF because of treason and was living in Miami, Fla. The rest were paid civilians.This is by no means accidental. It is a well-known fact that the U.S. hosts many Latin American counterrevolutionaries, as the history of Cuba amply can attest. Was this Carabobo action directed by the U.S. State Department? It would be no surprise. In fact, the State Department released a statement on Aug. 3 condemning the NCA. Its head, former ExxonMobil executive Rex áTillerson, said: “We are evaluating all our policy options (as) to what we can do to create a change of conditions, where either Maduro decides he does not have a future and wants to leave on his own accord, or we can return the government processes back to the constitution.” (state.gov)The U.S. also funds the opposition through several channels. It is clear that U.S. dollars are funding violence against the people of Venezuela in the name of “democracy.”Now more than ever, the international progressive movement needs to strongly and urgently defend the Bolivarian Revolution, regardless of whether they are in complete agreement or not with President Nicolás Maduro. It is not about defending one person, but defending a peoples’ revolutionary process that, if defeated, would be replaced by the most vicious regime of fascist and terroristic forces. The examples are many, but just one is enough: Chile under Pinochet.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Have no fear, poll watchers are here

first_imgLinkedin Brittany Kaskohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/brittany-kasko/ Facebook Twitter ReddIt printWith the midterm election just around the corner, poll watchers are protecting the integrity of voters.According to CNN, a poll watcher is someone chosen to be in the room, while ballots are cast, to observe the process.“Watchers act as a checkpoint for election officials and can be a very valuable ally to raise public trust in the process,” said Heider Garcia, Tarrant County elections administrator. “They are the third party that watches over our shoulders to make sure we follow the right procedures that protect the election.”The goal is for them to display some sort of authority in the room to reassure voters that their vote is legitimate and will not be fixed.“The watcher operates under the same principal as a Subject Matter Expert and can shape the level of confidence of the appointing party in the process,” said Garcia.Poll watchers are chosen differently based on the state, but most have to be approved nearly two weeks before Election Day.According to the Texas Secretary of State, a poll watcher must:Be registered to voteNot be a candidate for public officeNot have held an elective public officeNot be an employee of an election judge or clerk serving in the same polling placeNot have been convicted of an offense in connection to electionsNot related within the second degree of consanguinity or affinityIn order to become a poll watcher, specific educational steps must be taken.According to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, they need to be knowledgeable and helpful to voters on Election Day.Officials should begin education activities early, establish contact with their stakeholders, have documents on Election Day details, have tips to help poll watchers and provide poll watchers with information on what to do after the election.There have not been any poll watchers appointed in Tarrant County for the midterm election thus far. The Leap 2/4/20 + posts Previous articleTCU sports weekend roundupNext articlePublic launch of the school of interdisciplinary studies Brittany Kasko RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin The Leap 3/3/20 Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature The Leap 2/11/20 ReddIt Brittany is the Executive Producer of The Leap for TCU360. She is a journalism major and criminal justice minor from Mansfield, Texas. In her free time, Brittany enjoys exercising and catching up on pop culture. Brittany Kasko A certified identification and credentials of a poll watcher (photo courtesy of elect.hamiltontn.gov) Facebook What we’re reading: Former Vice President dies at 93, Chad President killed on frontlines Brittany Kaskohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/brittany-kasko/ Twitter The Leap 2/18/20 What we’re reading: Chauvin found guilty in Floyd case, Xi to attend Biden’s climate change summit Brittany Kaskohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/brittany-kasko/ Brittany Kaskohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/brittany-kasko/last_img read more

Impunity continues seven years after Zahra Kazemi’s death in detention

first_imgNews July 11, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Impunity continues seven years after Zahra Kazemi’s death in detention June 9, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts March 18, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Organisation IranMiddle East – North Africa to go further June 11, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election RSF_en IranMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iran Yesterday was the seventh anniversary of Iranian-Canadian photo-journalist Zahra Kazemi’s death in detention.Those responsible for her death have enjoyed complete impunity for the past seven years, thanks in part to the silence and passivity of the international bodies that are supposed to protect human rights. Mistreatment, rape and torture are common in Iranian prisons. Those behind the murders of prisoners, such as former Tehran prosecutor general Sayeed Mortazavi, continue to hold important posts within the political apparatus.A resident of Canada, Kazemi, 54, was arrested on 23 June 2003 while photographing the families of detainees waiting outside Evin prison in north Tehran. She was badly beaten during detention and died on 10 July 2003 from the injuries she had received. The Iranian authorities issued a report 10 days later recognising her death was the result of a blow but failing to explain how it was inflicted.Under duress, Kazemi’s mother, an Iranian resident, agreed to a hasty burial on 22 July 2003. Ever since then, Kazemi’s son, Stephan Hashemi, who lives in Canada, has been asking for the body to be exhumed and repatriated to Canada so that an independent autopsy can be carried out.The Kazemi family’s lawyers have repeatedly condemned all the judicial proceedings in Iran as a sham. Their requests for senior judicial officials to appear in court have never been satisfied, depriving them of key witnesses. Above all, Mortazavi, who ordered Kazemi’s arrest and was present when she was interrogated in Evin prison, has never been questioned in court.Reporters Without Borders supported the civil lawsuit that Hashemi brought against the Iranian government before the Quebec high court claiming damages for his mother’s arrest, detention, torture and death. The press freedom organisation urges Canada and the European Union to support this legal action, in order to end the impunity in this case.Meanwhile, the family of Abdolreza Tajik, a journalist and member of the Human Rights Defenders Centre, has still not been told why he was arrested on 12 June or where he is being held.Cases of activists or journalists disappearing following their arbitrary arrest and detention are still frequent and are even tending to become the norm. Tajik could become another victim of the Iranian judicial system.Reporters Without Borders points out that cases of detainees being held incommunicado can be regarded as forced disappearances and as crimes against humanity. They constitute violations of international law. What is the international community doing about it? Newslast_img read more

Authorities urged to protect school newspaper editor, target of death threats

first_img Organisation June 4, 2021 Find out more FranceEurope – Central Asia News News News (Image: Le Parisien) Reporters Without Borders calls for a thorough investigation into the death threats received by the 17-year-old editor of a school newspaper in the Parisian suburb of Saint-Maur des Fossés and urges the authorities to give him protection.La Mouette Bâillonnée editor Louis Pasquier has been getting death threats ever since he published a special issue on 21 January in solidarity with the victims of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris.Reporters Without Borders has been following the case discreetly and decided to speak out now after teachers and students at Pasquier’s school, the Lycée Marcelin Berthelot, demonstrated yesterday in a show of support for Pasquier and to press the authorities to take action.Although Pasquier has filed many complaints about the threats, he and his family are disappointed about the lack of support they have received from the school administration and education authorities, and the lack of information about the investigation into the threats.“We call for a thorough internal investigation at the school, with the support of the education authorities and the ministry of education, and we urge the prosecutor’s office and the police to treat this case with the utmost seriousness,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said.“La Mouette Bâillonnée’s editor must be given protection. It is unacceptable that this 17-year-old youth has been the target of repeated death threats for months without all possible resources being deployed to identify those responsible. Defence of media freedom must begin with school media, which are dynamic and creative.”Pasquier has so far received a total of seven death threats at his home or his mailbox at the school. The latest was on 4 May, the day after World Press Freedom Day. They have consisted of envelopes containing bullets, swastikas or verbal messages such as “We know where you live, we won’t hesitate” or “Something will happen to you.”“It is as a school journalist that Louis is receiving threats,” said Matthieu Porte, the president of Jets d’Encre, the National Association for Promoting and Defending Young Press Initiative. “It is unacceptable that the administration has not taken all necessary measures to protect this school journalist.”Pasquier’s family says the police advised him to adopt a low profile and say nothing publicly. According to Pasquier: “The education ministry has repeatedly said it wants to combat school harassment, but the management of my school does not appreciate the gravity of this case.” Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Follow the news on France RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story Receive email alerts May 22, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities urged to protect school newspaper editor, target of death threats “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says News FranceEurope – Central Asia RSF_en to go further Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more May 10, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more