Danish regulator begins video game gambling education effort

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: Europe Nordics Denmark Casino & games Tags: Video Gaming Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Video gaming AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address Danish gambling regulator Spillemyndigheden has launched a new initiative aimed at improving public knowledge of gambling linked to video games, namely skin betting and so-called loot boxes. Danish gambling regulator Spillemyndigheden has launched a new initiative aimed at improving public knowledge of gambling linked to video games, namely skin betting and so-called loot boxes.Spillemyndigheden has seen an increase in the number of parents contacting the regulator over concerns related to skin betting and loot boxes, it said, with many that do get in touch having limited or no knowledge of such activities.Loot boxes offer random rewards and can be acquired by players either through gameplay or by spending real money, while skin betting allows gamers to use virtual items from the games as collateral for wagering. Spillemyndigheden has been particularly keen to crack down on skin betting over the past year, due to concerns that it may encourage underage gambling. In April it revealed it had successfully petitioned the country’s telecommunications providers to block access to 15 of these sites.The regulator will deliver free presentations to help boost awareness of skin betting and loot boxes and set out its own rules and regulations for such activities.It will focus on three key target groups: parents and other interested parties; children and adolescents under 18; and a combination of children and their parents. Sessions will take place at various locations such as school, sports club and esports association venues.“We would like to tell children and young people, as well as parents and other interested parties, about the framework and rules for skin betting and loot boxes,” Spillemyndigheden explained. “We pay special attention to when it comes to money games.”Image: Max Pixel 12th June 2019 | By contenteditor Danish regulator begins video game gambling education effortlast_img read more

Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc (MBENEF.ng) HY2019 Interim Report

first_imgMutual Benefits Assurance Plc (MBENEF.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the half year.For more information about Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc (MBENEF.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc (MBENEF.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc (MBENEF.ng)  2019 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileMutual Benefits Assurance Plc is a general and life insurance company in Nigeria providing services for underwriting and risk management as well as retail and microfinance banking. General insurance covers the protection of assets and indemnification of other parties; and Life insurance covers risk of premature death, disability, critical illness and other accidents. The company also offers property insurance, fire and special perils insurance, professional indemnity, liability/bond insurance, goods-in-transit insurance, personal insurance, keyman assurance and mortgage protection. Mutual Benefits Assurance has business interests in real estate development and management and operates a Microfinance Bank which provides retail and microfinance banking services at a community level. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Stock market crash: 3 cheap shares I’d buy to make a million

first_img The recent stock market crash may have dissuaded some investors from buying UK shares. However, purchasing undervalued shares after a market decline could prove to be a sound move.Many highly successful investors, such as Warren Buffett, have used this strategy in the past to make money. 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…As such, here are three cheap shares that could be worth adding to your portfolio after the stock market crash. Stock market crash bargainsMedical company Convatec (LSE: CTEC) produces essential products for the management of chronic conditions. This gives the business a defensive nature. At a time when so many other companies are reporting losses, Convatec is expected to report a healthy profit for 2020. Analysts are forecasting a 43% increase in earnings per share for the year. Despite this projection, shares in the healthcare company are currently dealing around 10% below their one-year high. This may suggest they offer a margin of safety after the recent stock market crash. Going forward, the company is planning to invest $150m to improve operations. This may lead to larger profit margins and more substantial growth rates in the years ahead. As such, now may be a good time to snap up a share of this business after the market crash as its growth starts to pick up. Spirent CommunicationsSpirent Communications (LSE: SPT) may be a great way to play the rollout of 5G networks across the country.The company believes the world is only a third of the way through what could ultimately be a 12-year 5G cycle. This suggests the demand for its equipment and experience is only really just getting started. Analysts are forecasting steady growth for the next few years. If the company’s projection for a multi-year 5G rollout does come to fruition, this growth could last well into the late 2020s, and possibly early 2030s. Therefore, Spirent may have many years of growth ahead of it. The stock market crash has presented investors an opportunity to buy into this business at a low price. It might be worth snapping up a share of this telecommunications leader before growth picks up in the next decade.XP PowerAfter any stock market crash, buying high-quality shares that produce a niche product or service can be a great strategy. XP Power (LSE: XPP) may fall into this bracket.XP Power designs power supplies for blue-chip customers. It caters to four primary sectors, semiconductor equipment, technology, industrial, and healthcare.All of these are relatively defensive sectors. Keeping the power on is essential for many businesses, so they’re unlikely to cancel orders with XP Power. As such, now to be a great time to take advantage of the recent stock market crash and buy shares in the company while they trade at a low level.Analysts are forecasting a double-digit increase in earnings for the group this year, and a similar performance in 2021. That suggests shareholders could see a healthy return on their investment in the years ahead.  Rupert Hargreaves | Sunday, 2nd August, 2020 | More on: CTEC SPT XPP 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. Stock market crash: 3 cheap shares I’d buy to make a million “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img Image source: Getty Images See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Rupert Hargreaves owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended XP Power. 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. Enter Your Email Addresslast_img read more

Five things we learnt about rugby in August

first_imgShould the All Blacks not win this World Cup, the centres selection may be one of those that receives the most scrutiny. But with Jack Goodhue and Anton Lienert-Brown both only 24, Hansen felt the need to opt for experience in SBW and Ryan Crotty.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. On debut: Rhys Carre tries to find a way through Ireland’s defence (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS However, don’t for one second think that he merely uses his weight as flesh-scaffold holding up a scrum; he is so much more that. Carre is a loosehead who carries like a No 8.And whilst his selection may seem premature, he could have a big impact should he be required. If you need any further evidence, just look at Saracens’ recruitment history over the past five years. They don’t buy anything that isn’t Test standard and beyond – and they’ve just bought him.Test players shouldn’t be failing drug testsWhen a young player fails a drug test, my initial response is to feel sorry for that individual. The potential and desire for that athlete to succeed often supersedes the seriousness of what they have done, and age-grade players are more susceptible to doping.However, that is not the case when you become a Test player. As a Test player, you have access to the best doctors and supplement manufacturers in the world. To risk throwing away your career by taking performance-enhancing drugs is as naïve as it is stupid.Wide man: Wing Aphiwe Dyantyi on the attack for the Springboks last year (Getty Images)South Africa’s Aphiwe Dyantyi was one of, if not the, most exciting wings in the world last season. He was my favourite player to watch for 12 months.Then last week news broke that he had returned a positive drug test and faces a four-year ban. Dyantyi released a statement that said: “I want to deny ever taking any prohibited substance, intentionally or negligently, to enhance my performance on the field. I believe in hard work and fair play. I have never cheated and never will.”Dyantyi is set to fight the charge, but the odds are against him. He could go from the 2018 World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year to 2019’s biggest career breakdown.Front-rows under scrutiny for the World CupWhen Rugby World Cup squads are selected, the paying public are usually obsessed with which outside-halves have made the cut, which back-row players will travel and which back-three players won’t. But this year’s squads have been slightly different. Many of the big omissions have been at prop. Owen Franks, Rob Evans and Samson Lee have arguably been the highest profile causalities, and this shows how the role of the prop has changed over the past decade.Long server: Owen Franks was left out of New Zealand’s World Cup squad (Getty Images)Props are no longer just big lumps who anchor the scrum. They’re now ball-carriers, the third or fourth jackler and, in some cases, a well-disguised second receiver.The fact that Franks, Evans and Lee haven’t made the squads is no comment on their skill or ability, but on the reality of them being able to do it over six weeks.Props can no longer carry a string of injuries. Such is the intensity of their role that they have to be some of the most robust players on the field. And thus, many of the leading coaches are selecting younger, fresher options.Professional sport can be a cruel game.Emergency tens are key for Japan 2019Like a spare pair of underpants in case of an accident, the emergency outside-half is rarely used but vital should you need them. The past two weeks have seen Garry Ringrose selected as an emergency ten by Ireland and we’ve also learnt that Liam Williams would be called into that position for Wales should the situation require it.New role? Garry Ringrose could be used as a fly-half by Ireland (Getty Images)The discussion of the emergency ten is never more pertinent than during a World Cup, where tight squads and the inevitable injuries mean the teams that fly out to Japan will have very different boarding passes to those who come home.Both Williams and Ringrose have the skill-set to be an emergency ten. Their goalkicking percentage will be above 70%, they have good line kicking skills and neither would let much through the ten channel.With a bit of luck, no team will need their emergency pants, but when things get a bit scary, Warren Gatland and Joe Schmidt will be glad to have a spare pair in the kit bag.All Blacks couldn’t risk three young centresNgani Laumape wasn’t selected in the New Zealand squad for Japan 2019, in a season when he really couldn’t have done much more to impress. Steve Hansen instead opted for more senior options in midfield.Attacking threat: Ngani Laumape is tackled during New Zealand’s win over Argentina (Getty Images)It wasn’t an easy decision. Play Sonny Bill Williams, who has done it all for many a season but not this season. Or pick Laumape, who hasn’t been around for that long but who lives a long time in a defence’s memory. From front-rows to emergency tens and failed drug tests, Paul Williams assesses rugby’s latest goings-on The rise of Rhys CarreIf you’ve ever seen Rhys Carre, it may seem strange to suggest that he has ‘risen’ from anywhere. He looks like he was born like that and thus perfect for a career in rugby. He is massive for a 21-year-old.Whilst his physical stature clearly hasn’t gone unnoticed in the Wales camp, his inclusion in the World Cup squad was a surprise for even his biggest supporters.last_img read more

House in Kfar Vitkin / Levy-Chamizer Architects

first_imgSave this picture!© Amit Geron+ 17 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/773377/house-in-kfar-vitkin-levy-chamizer-architects Clipboard House in Kfar Vitkin / Levy-Chamizer ArchitectsSave this projectSaveHouse in Kfar Vitkin / Levy-Chamizer Architects Israel Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/773377/house-in-kfar-vitkin-levy-chamizer-architects Clipboard House in Kfar Vitkin / Levy-Chamizer Architects Projects Photographs Architects: Levy-Chamizer Architects Area Area of this architecture project CopyHouses•Kfar Vitkin, Israel Area:  370 m² Area:  370 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” 2014 photographs:  Amit GeronPhotographs:  Amit Geron Supervisor:Yehuda ZimbrisCollaborator:APEXStructure:Sayag ingenierosLighting:TRIGONCity:Kfar VitkinCountry:IsraelMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Amit GeronRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAFiber Cements / CementsEQUITONEFiber Cement Facade Panel NaturaFiber Cements / CementsApavisaTiles – Nanofusion 7.0Text description provided by the architects. The proportions of the plot of land is a narrow and deep rectangle, which led to building the house in an manner to make the most of the width of the property, leaving a large garden to the front that allows a long walkway up to the house.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanThe front facing the street is more closed than the back, which the large openings of the living room and the bedrooms, pool and the large back garden.Save this picture!© Amit GeronThe building is composed of several white volumes that are “semi-patios” with each one serving a different purpose.Save this picture!© Amit GeronThere are three floors: the basement with the playroom and TV, the ground floor with the public areas and the master bedroom, and the upper floor with the children’s rooms.Save this picture!© Amit GeronThe flooring is concrete, the staircase is made of black iron and the windows are made of black aluminum.Save this picture!© Amit GeronBy strict customer request we did not introduce any color in the design, except in a few pieces of furniture.Save this picture!© Amit GeronProject gallerySee allShow lessJan Gehl: “Civic Culture Needs Cultivating and Curating”Architecture NewsMartha Thorne Appointed Dean of IE School of Architecture and DesignArchitecture News Share 2014 Houses Year:  ArchDaily “COPY” CopyAbout this officeLevy-Chamizer ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesKfar VitkinIsraelPublished on September 11, 2015Cite: “House in Kfar Vitkin / Levy-Chamizer Architects” 11 Sep 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – MetrisVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Cross HairlinePartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Mirage®SinksThe Splash LabTrough Sink – Monolith A SeriesSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights in Helmkehof Cultural CenterBathroom AccessoriesBradley Corporation USAWashroom AccessoriesConcrete FloorsSikaDecorative Floor CoatingsMetal PanelsSherwin-Williams Coil CoatingsFluropon® Coating in Thaden SchoolWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodViroc Nature for Partition WallsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMMineral Wood Stain – Lignosil®-VeranoDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – MAGNEOSinksECOPIXELWashbasin – Light Basin LTBMore products »Save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 streamlast_img read more

Pia House / OAX Arquitectos

first_img José García Toledo Photographs:  The Raws ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/925852/pia-house-oax-arquitectos Clipboard Pia House / OAX ArquitectosSave this projectSavePia House / OAX Arquitectos Year:  Projects CopyHouses•Monterrey, Mexico Mexico Save this picture!© The Raws+ 17Curated by Clara Ott Share “COPY” Arquitectos: OAX Arquitectos Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeOAX ArquitectosOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMonterreyMexicoPublished on October 04, 2019Cite: “Pia House / OAX Arquitectos” [Casa Pía / OAX Arquitectos] 04 Oct 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialMetal PanelsDri-DesignMetal Panels – CopperIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsExterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsPure + FreeFormCustom Metal Cladding – Legacy Fund 1 BuildingWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodWood Fiber Partition Walls – ValchromatDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Vertical Pivot Door | BrezzaSkylightsFAKROEnergy-efficient roof window FTT ThermoToilets / BidetsBritexToilets – Accessible Centurion PanMore products »Save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 streamcenter_img ArchDaily Lead Architect: Photographs Houses 2019 Pia House / OAX Arquitectos Collaborators:Eduardo Vásquez Velásquez, Fernanda Roiz Silva, Andrea García Aragón, Luis Carlos Rodríguez González, Sinuhé Machuca Esquivel, Krizia Nasser, Christian LópezHuman Scale:Patricio BetteoCity:MonterreyCountry:MexicoMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© The RawsRecommended ProductsLightsVibiaCeiling Lights – BIGLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – AJ CollectionPorcelain StonewareCeramiche KeopeCeramic Tiles – BackWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsText description provided by the architects. Casa Pía is built on a plot of irregular dimensions located in El Uro, Nuevo León.It is composed of two volumes facing each other with a succession of courtyards arranged longitudinally.Save this picture!© The RawsThe front volume has a single level with the main access in one of its ends, a double height element which is accessed crossing the triangular-shaped concrete tiles resting on a compacted earth atrium as a continuity of the sidewalk and the street.Save this picture!© The RawsSave this picture!Save this picture!© The RawsThe rear volume is of two levels and is separated from the front volume by a central courtyard. This courtyard works as an extension of the social areas, the kitchen and the study on the ground floor, facilitating ventilation, views and access of sunlight to the spaces. This courtyard is sectioned in two by a staircase inside a third glazed volume that integrates the vertical and horizontal connections of the house. The backyard has two landscaped areas that surround the service and laundry area and allow continuity of views from within the house.Save this picture!© The RawsConcrete is highlighted in the materiality as the main resource, it is seen in the formwork of the facade, in the polished coloured cement floors and in the details. As a contrast, steel is used in the pipelines, gates, doors and stairs.Save this picture!© The RawsSave this picture!Endemic plants and plants of low maintenance were chosen for the outdoor areas.Save this picture!© The RawsCasa Pía is the result of a transformation from a country house to a suburban house without losing the sense of connection the building has with its surrounding space, which in turn filters into more private, more intimate and exclusive areas for its inhabitants. It is a reinterpretation of Mexican architecture of the second half of the last century with a new formal character.Save this picture!© The RawsProject gallerySee allShow lessThe Daylight Award 2020: Open for NominationsCall for SubmissionsCopenHill Energy Plant and Urban Recreation Center / BIGSelected Projects Share “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/925852/pia-house-oax-arquitectos Clipboard Area:  200 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project last_img read more

New resource for international grantmakers in the USA

New resource for international grantmakers in the USA Howard Lake | 15 March 2001 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  10 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 A new Web site offers resources for US grant-makers that donate outside the USAA new Web site, the US International Grantmaking site, offers services and resources for American foundations that are interested in donating to non-profit organisations outside the USA. It features relevant legislation, and offers advice and application forms. Guidance specific to donating to UK charities is due soon. Advertisement read more

How to Make Lots of Money for Your School: A Teacher’s Guide to Successful Sponsorship

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  12 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 | 22 November 2007 | News How to Make Lots of Money for Your School: A Teacher’s Guide to Successful Sponsorshiplast_img read more

Lucasville Uprising defendants ‘remain unbroken’

first_imgSiddique Abdullah HasanApril 11 marked the 25th anniversary of the Lucasville Uprising. What began as a peaceful protest over the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility’s plans to force Muslim inmates to take a skin prick tuberculosis test that would expose them to alcohol quickly turned into a full-scale rebellion. Ten hostages — nine inmates and a guard, Officer Robert Vallandingham — were killed. A surrender was negotiated after prison authorities accepted a 21-point agreement.However, a no-retaliation pledge was violated soon thereafter. Close to 50 inmates were convicted and sentenced, mostly on trumped-up charges, in relation to Vallandingham’s death. Five — Imam Hasan Siddique Abdullah Hasan, James Were (aka Namir Abdul-Mateen), Keith Lamar (aka Bomani Shakur), James Robb and George Skatzes — remain on death row. Lamar could receive an execution date this year.Four of the five, along with most other Lucasville defendants, are housed at the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown. On the anniversary of the rebels’ surrender, April 21, the four, along with Lucasville defendant Greg Curry, were abruptly stripped of phone and email access. After a four-day hunger strike and a massive countrywide phone-in campaign, their rights were restored.Below is the second part of an interview with Imam Hasan, conducted by Workers World Contributing Editor Martha Grevatt in April.Martha Grevatt: What else can you say about the retaliation?Imam Hasan: [State prison director] Reginald Wilkinson said that no one who was convicted as a result of the Lucasville uprising would be allowed to meet with the media. Why not? If they want the truth to be known, they should be happy that prisoners would be meeting with the media. They was trying to conceal the truth; they swept a lot of dirt up under the rug.They was continuously denying us the opportunity to meet with the media for two reasons. One, based on the content that we would be talking about — the Lucasville Uprising and the conditions that led to it. The second thing was that it would cause undue hardship on the family members of Officer Vallandingham or those who was harmed as a result of the uprising.The court ruled that those were constitutional violations. The court ruled prisoners in the general population who was involved in the Lucasville Uprising can meet with the media. However, the court agreed that prisoners in restricted housing units are not allowed to meet with the media.At one point we was more or less in general population status here. But when the ACLU [American Civil Liberties Union] of Ohio and [longtime supporters] Staughton and Alice Lynd filed a lawsuit, the prison authorities changed our status to “extended restricted housing unit” or some term like that. But we’ve been here for going on 20 years, have not had any major infractions or conduct reports and there’s no reason why we should not be under general population status, so we’re challenging their decision. Hopefully, that will grant us access to the media because the media do want to talk to the four of us [in Youngstown] on death row.When we got here, death row prisoners had access to the computers so they could do research on their cases and participate in the appellate process with their lawyers. We did not have that opportunity. They had access to all the food and sundry packages from the food vendors. We was not afforded the opportunity to do that. We was not given the opportunity to have contact visits with our family like [other] death row prisoners.So, on January the 1st, 2011 — a couple of weeks after Georgia prisoners went on a work stoppage — we were on a hunger strike. And after 14 days we was granted a resounding victory. That’s when we started having access to the computer room. They allowed us to have semi-contact visits with our families, and then it went on to having full contact visits. We were able to touch our nieces, nephews, family, friends and loved ones, and we was given more recreation time out of our cells and other benefits.But up to that point, 2011, we was experiencing punitive punishment. They was treating us in the worst conditions that a person could possibly be treated. They had put us in a position of being some of the most lowdown, psychologically depressed human beings in the world.MG: Talk about the five capital murder cases.IH: There are five of us who were sentenced to death as a result of the Lucasville Uprising. Four of us are on death row for the murder of Officer Vallandingham. George Skatzes, he was charged with Vallandingham’s murder, but he was given a death sentence for other murders.George is being housed at Chillicothe Correctional Institution. When OSP first opened, you had people like Sen. Bob Hagan from the Youngstown area, they didn’t want people who were mentally disturbed being housed here or people who was paranoid schizophrenic, and George Skatzes falls under the latter category. So Staughton and Alice Lynd was successful in getting him from down here. That’s why he’s in Chillicothe Correctional Institution with other death row inmates and [we are] the only people here [on death row from the uprising]. We’ve been here 20 years come May the 7th. Ohio State is a supermax [prison], built as a result of the Lucasville Uprising in 1993.All of our cases is being held up through the discovery process. The only exception is Keith Lamar. He done been through the district court, 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, and to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the case was turned down. So a lot of people are expecting him to get a death sentence some time this year.In Ohio, anybody who gets a date, they gotta go to the back of the line. May 2021 is when the last person is scheduled to be executed.Now if for some reason they move his case to the front of the line, we wouldn’t be surprised, but it would be obvious to the world and it would give us more ammunition to work with. The chances are if he gets an execution date, it’ll be sometime 2021. He has some new attorneys now, they working on his clemency.I’m not a pessimistic type person, nor is he, but him and I have talked and we both agree, let’s be realistic. None of us have anything coming from the Ohio Parole Board, if they haven’t even let model prisoners who’ve been convicted as a result of the Lucasville Uprising regain their freedom and granted them parole. We being on death row, and falsely accused of being the ringleaders within the Lucasville Uprising, what would make any of us think that the parole board’s going to recommend clemency for us? If it does [happen], obviously we’ll celebrate it, but he’s not under any illusion that he going to be granted anything when he is given an execution date.But I would say for the most part the four of us, we’re doing pretty good.MG: Where are the rest of you in the appeal process?IH: All of the other cases is still in the federal district courts. From that [they go] to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, to the U.S. Supreme Court.My case and Robb’s case been sitting for 17-plus years in the same court. The magistrate judge in my case [Judge Michael Merz] just made a recommendation to the district judge, Susan Dlott, and we’re challenging his ruling. A magistrate judge can only review the case and make a report and recommendation to my judge, and my judge can either accept his report and recommendation or reject it.Judge Merz was also the magistrate judge in Keith Lamar’s case, and I remember him granting Keith an evidentiary hearing. [Supporters] from the Cleveland area and other places actually attended that particular hearing, and he commended them. But when all was said and done, his report and recommendation was not favorable in Keith’s case, and is not favorable in my case.The reason my case was held up for so long is because [Merz] made a lot of erroneous rulings, and we would file a motion for reconsideration. He denied them. Then, if a case came out of Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals that was favorable toward some of the same issues I was raising in my case, we would file another motion for reconsideration; he would turn that down. If a new case came out of the U.S. Supreme Court, we would file another motion for reconsideration. He would turn it down. So when he was making all these erroneous rulings, he would actually be giving us the opportunity to bite some time from the same apple.We got until the end of May to refute what [Merz is] saying and then we’ll wait and see what decision Judge Dlott makes. Jason Robb has a different judge.I’m fortunate enough to have a nice defense team. Altogether, I have 10 people currently working on my case, seven attorneys, two investigators and one paralegal.MG: What are conditions like now?IH: At one point, the food actually did get better, but when Aramark came to the system, the food has changed tremendously. The food is basically inadequate nutritionally and unsanitary.After the Lucasville Uprising, there had been some changes with regards to the phone system and the medical system. Then, when the state allegedly went into a financial crunch, they started taking a lot of guys off important medications that they actually need, trying to save money.Usually you take one or two steps forward and then you end up going one or two steps backward; that’s usually how the system works. They take something away and then you end up protesting or taking a stance, and it seems like they giving you something but all they giving is what they already took from you.MG: Did you stop the TB test?IH: It’s been stopped, but not as a result of what we did. I was just telling you about the state being in a financial crunch. The last five years, they no longer give TB tests; they give you a survey and if you answer positive on two of the survey questions, then they will do a follow-up test. Hell, that is the same thing that we basically asked for before the uprising.Had they have given us a survey 25 years ago, 10 people’s lives would not have been lost. Many others would have not been physically harmed or injured; people would have been now out of prison, among their family, friends and loved ones; the state would have not had spent $80 million to build a prison and for court costs. It was a lot of negative things that’s happened physically, mentally, spiritually and financially as a result of Warden Arthur Tate Jr. wanting to adopt a hard-line approach.MG: What would you like from the progressive movement?IH: What we would like to see is for more and more people get involved. If we ever expect to receive some meaningful results, we have to reach out to a cross section of the community, and in the last five years I’ve been actually focusing on that: the national media, working with people in podcasts, speaking on campuses, trying to encourage people to get involved.I understand that people in this society, they have their own problems, some of them are living from paycheck to paycheck. But at the same time, what they may do to us, they may also do it to the next person.Take, for example, when they use humvees and drones and different things overseas. People may say, “Oh, that’s them people over there in the Middle East.” But the reality is that when soldiers and other personnel come back home, [the government doesn’t] just discard and get rid of the equipment. They bring that same equipment back home, bring it to the inner cities and use that same stuff on their citizens.So people must be concerned about our case. They must really be raising the issue about justice, because as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. so eloquently raised from the Birmingham, Ala., jail, “An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” So I’m saying that people have to lift up their voice and be heard, that they’re asking for a complete and impartial investigation with regards to the Lucasville cases.We would like the public to do showings of the documentary [“The Shadow of Lucasville”]. Since the state will not allow us to meet with the media, give us the opportunity to speak on college campuses, religious communities, before organizations or places where people congregate. Because we think if we can get our message out to the people, and have the people to rally around us, at important times — for example, if Keith Lamar is given an execution date — we can use that rallying cry from the people to bring attention to the gross miscarriages of justice that happened with regards to the Lucasville cases and convictions, which are a serious affront and travesty of justice.MG: What are your thoughts, as you reflect back after 25 years?IH: I mean, for all of us, we’re dealing with it. We have no choice, and when I think about what my ancestors who came from the African continent, what they had experienced during the Middle Passage, being in a hostile environment on ships, suffocating from stench, being starved, some of them did not want to tolerate the injustice they was experiencing and as a result, many of them jumped overboard. They had control over their life and they decided that it’s best to go ahead and take it, and give me liberty or give me death, because the slaveholders was not going to grant them their freedom.We still have our sanity. Islam keeps me strong. We put forth our best effort to expose the gross miscarriage of justice.In 2011, I lost four family members, my aunt, my nephew Troy Davis [an innocent man executed by the state of Georgia], my mother and my cousin. Keith, Jason and Nameer lost family members. So we have all been through a lot of trials and tribulations but we remain strong, we remain unbroken.MG: Why is this struggle important for the working class?IH: We have to understand our struggle is one and the same. The same government is oppressing all of us, but they try to pit us against one another. The proletarian has to come together. We are enduring slavery; we’re not provided appropriate compensation, just like Fight for 15. It is a class struggle along with a racial struggle.Trump is catapulting a lot of people to activism and people understand they can’t sit idle. He’s a maggot, a bigot, a racist and a sexist. Enough is enough!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Heavy bias in favour of Pervez Musharraf and allies continues in state TV’s coverage of election campaign

first_img News February 14, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Heavy bias in favour of Pervez Musharraf and allies continues in state TV’s coverage of election campaign Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire April 21, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists June 2, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific With just four days to go to the 18 February parliamentary elections, Reporters Without Borders confirms that the state television station PTV’s coverage continues to be heavily biased in favour of President Pervez Musharraf and his allies. The press freedom organisation has been monitoring the election campaign coverage of Pakistan’s only terrestrial TV broadcaster since 28 January.From 3 to 12 February, 81 per cent of the political items (reports, interviews, analyses etc) on PTV’s four main news programmes were about the president, federal government or ruling party, the PML (Q). As regards political parties alone, PML (Q) got 24.3 per cent of air-time, while the opposition PML (N) got 6.7 per cent and the PPP, the other leading opposition party, got 10.1 per cent. During this 10-day period, the PML (Q) was mentioned for a total of 109 minutes and 38 seconds, while the entire opposition total was just 85 minute and few seconds.”Despite the denials from the government and PTV in response to the first set of results we published, the trend has not changed significantly,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Pakistan’s only national TV station has, it is true, talked a bit more about the PPP and other opposition parties, but this in no way means its coverage is fair.”The organisation added: “We urge international observers to include PTV’s lack of fairness in their conclusions on Pakistan’s electoral process.”The breakdown of air-time allocation in the monitored news programmes was 11.8 per cent for the president, 44.9 per cent for the federal and provincial governments, 24.3 per cent for the ruling PML (Q), 6.7 per cent for Nawaz Sharif’s PML (N), 10.1 per cent for the late Benazir Bhutto’s PPP, 0.1 per cent for the nationalist parties (such as the ANP) and 2 per cent for the MMA fundamentalist alliance. The APDM alliance, which is calling for an election boycott, got no air-time.The coverage given to the ANP, a Pashtun party, was mainly due to a suicide bombing on one of its meetings on 10 February.A significant improvement in the PPP’s share of air-time from 7 February onwards was due to the Chehlum ceremonies held 40 days after Benazir Bhutto’s assassination. PTV’s reports included criticism of the current PPP leadership and comments by politician Mumtaz Bhutto, who was able to condemn the “politicisation of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination” for two minutes. The PPP got as much coverage as the PML (Q) from 7 to 9 February, but the difference resumed the next day, when the ruling party got 13 minutes 20 seconds and the PPP got 5 minutes 20 seconds.It should be noted that the 81 per cent of air-time allocated to the president and his allies was a slight improvement on the first period monitored by Reporters Without Borders, when they were allocated 84.9 per cent.Reporters Without Borders noted that PTV readily broadcasts criticism of the opposition by the regime’s supporters. But the criticism of Musharraf and his allies that is expressed at opposition meetings is rarely broadcast. On 10 February, for example, it broadcast comments by politician Chaudhry Perwaiz Elahi forecasting that Pakistan would break up if the PPP got to power.The authorities have described the Reporters Without Borders monitoring as mendacious. They have claimed, for example, that the government has nothing to do with the president’s political camp. But all observers agree that most government ministers are, directly or indirectly, political allies of Musharraf or the PML (Q). The acting prime minister is a former senate president who was elected as a PML (Q) representative, while the ministers of information and inter-provincial coordination are leading PML (Q) members. A minister in the Balochistan provincial government is even a candidate, in violation of the electoral law.In the programme “Khabar Nama” on 6 February, PTV described the first Reporters Without Borders release on its monitoring as false and fabricated. But it misrepresented the results. Reporters Without Borders never said that 85 per cent of the air-time had been allocated to the PML (Q). It said that it had been allocated to the PML (Q), the president and the government.On 11 February, PTV launched a 55-minutes new programme called “Election hour” that provides a forum for “all the parties”. Opposition parties’ leaders have already been invited, but it is doubtful that it will restore balance in the distribution of air-time before the elections.The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) recently issued rules to the privately-owned TV stations for their election-day coverage. No forecast or estimate of results is to be broadcast until the person in charge of the polling state has announced the official results.Reporters Without Borders has monitored the state-owned TV broadcaster PTV’s coverage of the 18 February parliamentary election campaign since 28 January. Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murdercenter_img to go further Help by sharing this information PakistanAsia – Pacific RSF_en News Follow the news on Pakistan Organisation News January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more