iGaming booms under lockdown as Portugal sets H1 GGR record

first_img Online gambling revenues drastically increased in Portugal during lockdown, with operators bringing in revenue of €138.9m, up 44.2%, in the first half of 2020, new figures from the Serviço de Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos (SRIJ) have revealed. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Casino & games 24th August 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Email Address iGaming booms under lockdown as Portugal sets H1 GGR record Portuguese online gambling revenue drastically increased under lockdown, with operators bringing in revenue of €138.9m (£125.4m/$164.4m) in the first half of 2020, up 44.2% year-on-year, new figures from the Serviço de Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos (SRIJ) reveal.However, this boost appeared to be short-lived, with June revenue already returning to pre-pandemic levels.Over the first half of 2020, sports betting revenue increased by 15.9% compared to the same period in 2019 to €55.2m, while online casino revenue shot up 74.1% to €83.7m. This €138.9m revenue figure came on stakes of €2.53bn, a 62.5% year-on-year increase.Despite the growth in revenue, sports betting stakes declined 1.5% to €239.9m. Online casino stakes, meanwhile, grew roughly in line with revenue, to €2.29bn.“We can conclude that the closure of the casinos contributed to a significant increase in the respective volume of online gambling, which gradually stabilised, approaching the values ​​prior to [the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic,” the SRIJ said.“This reality seems to indicate a preference of the players to bet in a regulated and controlled environment, because even though they are ‘used’ to frequenting physical spaces to play, they chose, instead, to play on legal online sites.”The regulator did not break down revenue by quarter but sports betting stakes for the second quarter of 2020 totalled €90.7m while casino stakes came to to €1.32bn. This three-month total was higher than amounts wagered over the six months to 30 June, 2019.Sports betting stakes were highest in January and February – before Covid-19 cleared the sporting calendar – at €61.7m and €56.7m respectively. Stakes then fell to €30.8m in March, and declining to just €7.7m in April. The vertical then began to recover in May, with amounts wagered rising to €27.4m, before returning to pre-pandemic levels in June, at €55.6m.Football was by far the most popular sport for betting before, during and after lockdowns, ranging from a low of 71.7% of stakes in January to a high of 86.3% in June.Tennis followed and saw a significant jump in stakes in May, making up 22.7% of bets, before falling back to 9.4% in June, close to pre-pandemic levels. Basketball was the third most popular sport for betting, but the suspension of the NBA, which only resumed in July, meant stakes were much lower in the second quarter of the year than the first.Turning to casino games, stakes came to €304.9m in January and €286.5m in February, before increasing under lockdown when land-based casinos were closed. In March, players staked €381.8m while in April this figure grew to €479.3m and stakes remained high in May at €468.3m before June saw amounts wagered fall to €371.9m.“The increase in the volume of bets on online games of chance was observed in all types of games, keeping the relative weight of each game stable over the period,” the regulator noted.Online poker helped drive the growth in revenue, however, as it saw a growth in stakes from 9.4% of overall casino stakes in February to a high of 14.4% in April. However this again appears short-lived, as poker made up a smaller portion of casino revenue in June than in January or February.Online slots remained the most popular game, but declined in popularity slightly under lockdown, from 69.9% of stakes in January and 74.4% in February to 61.3% in April before growing to 66.9% again in June.While revenue grew, there was not as an significant increase in the number of new account registrations during the lockdown period. While new registrations did peak in March at 60,000, this was not far above January’s 53,500 of February’s 43,900, while registrations then fell in April to 53,200 and to a low of 33,500 in May before recovering slightly in June.New registrations made up 18% of casino players in March and April, compared to just 3.5% of sports bettors.As of 30 June, 10 licensees were permitted to offer sports in Portugal, and 13 were licensed to offer casino games, an increase from 8 and 10 respectively at this point in 2019. Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Poker Slots Regions: Europe Western Europe Portugal Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Card Rooms and Poker Mobile Online Gambling Slot Machineslast_img read more

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Entain to give customers voice in policy debate with Players’ Panel

first_img Regions: UK & Ireland It is designed to allow them discuss issues related to gambling. They will also be connected to political decision-makers, the media and other stakeholders, to share their individual perspectives on the industry. Tags: Entain Gambling Act Review Entain to give customers voice in policy debate with Players’ Panel “No one wants to see kids betting or people putting themselves at risk, but freedom of choice and personal responsibility are also really important. There must be more that can be done to protect people, but we have to get the right balance.” Entain said the panel would support this process, by allowing customers that gamble responsibly an opportunity to contribute to a balanced debate. The Players’ Panel is made up of customers from across Entain’s brands such as Ladbrokes, Coral and Gala Bingo. Members sign up voluntarily, with no payment in return.  Formation of the panel coincides with the UK Government’s review of the 2005 Gambling Act, which launched in December last year.  Its survey suggested that 30% of customers had either indirect or indirect experience of gambling with unlicensed operators, and 45% claimed they would consider moving offshore if they were required to provide proof of income in order to gamble.  While it did not provide figures for this statement, it said younger consumers were more likely to have experience of gambling with black market operators, and were more likely to consider it as an option should a £2 stake limit be imposed.  Elizabeth, one of the Players’ Panel members and a health and safety executive from Walsall, said there were “loads” of people like her, who played slots and bingo for fun. Furthermore, 81% of Entain’s customers believe that it is down to the individual to decide whether to gamble. The number that believe that individual responsibility extends to how much each player gambles fell to 68%. Topics: Legal & compliance Social responsibility Licensing Regulation CSR Problem gambling Responsible gambling “Until now we didn’t have any voice in the elite debate about gambling – even though it’s our hobby that’s being discussed,” she said. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Another member, library worker Ken from Newcastle, said bingo and sports betting were his form of social entertainment, whereas others may go to the cinema or the pub. center_img “Betting and gambling is a popular pastime for many people, yet the individuals who take part in it regularly and recreationally are rarely asked their opinion,” Entain’s corporate affairs director Grainne Hurst commented. The launch of the panel was accompanied by the results of polling carried out by Entain, gathering views on key issues around betting and gambling. This saw 1,781 customers polled, in July 2020.Of those polled, 73% were of the opinion that betting and gaming was a normal leisure activity, with 79% of respondents stating individuals should be free to choose what activities they participate in.  1st February 2021 | By Robin Harrison “Like most people I’m fair with my betting,” Ken said. “The small amount that I am prepared to lose is around the cost of two pints of beer a week, and I believe I get good value for money.  Regulation “There are so many people out there like me and I’m glad to get our voice heard through The Players’ Panel.” The call for evidence issued by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport runs until 31 March, and will see issues such as stake limits, gambling advertising and the role of the GB Gambling Commission come under the spotlight.  For staking limits, 71% were of the opinion that these should be voluntary and set by players themselves.  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Those that believe individuals are best placed to decide how much they can afford to gamble then fell to 64%.  Entain has formed a new Players’ Panel, to give its customers a platform to discuss gambling-related issues in Great Britain with a range of industry stakeholders. While the Gambling Commission has looked to play down the potential threat from offshore operators, Entain’s survey then looked to counteract these claims. “At Entain we are committed to putting our customers first, and the Players’ Panel is an additional way to ensure that the voice of our regular customers, are considered in the debate about the future of our industry” Email Addresslast_img read more

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I think these are 2 of FTSE 100’s best UK shares to buy after the stock market crash

first_img 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Matthew Dumigan has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Tesco. 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Image source: Getty Images 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. I think these are 2 of FTSE 100’s best UK shares to buy after the stock market crashcenter_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Matthew Dumigan | Saturday, 20th June, 2020 | More on: TSCO TW In the depths of the stock market crash, the FTSE 100 index tumbled by 32%. Fears about the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus were enough to spark a major sell-off in global equities. Since then, however, investor sentiment has improved, and the index has recovered 26% of its value. But that certainly doesn’t mean there aren’t still buying opportunities for savvy investors to capitalise on. With that in mind, here are two FTSE 100 companies that I think are among the best UK shares to buy today, if you’re looking to build wealth over the long term.Supermarket superstarAs the third-largest retailer in the world, measured by gross revenues, Tesco (LSE: TSCO) is a titan of the supermarket industry. What’s more, the defensive nature of the company means that earnings should remain relatively stable regardless of the wider macroeconomic environment. We’ve seen this in practise over recent months as a result of the outbreak of Covid-19.5G 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…In the UK and Ireland, underlying sales rose 0.2%, with like-for-like sales growing by the same amount. That said, the current uncertainty means that Tesco is unable to give guidance for next year. Although the company expects that if trading returns to normal by August, the extra costs incurred will be offset by increased sales and the government’s business rate relief.More positive news for investors came on Thursday when the company announced the sale of its Polish business. Over recent years, the supermarket has gradually been retrenching from its international operations due to various market challenges. Offloading the business in Poland will be a huge relief for the company as in the last financial year, these stores generated a loss before tax of £107m.Housebuilding heroUK housebuilders have been hit hard by the market crash and Taylor Wimpey (LSE:TW) is no exception. The company’s share price is down by around 36% despite many other stocks listed in the index making a strong recovery. The fortunes of housebuilders are very much tied to the recovery of the economy. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that investor sentiment towards the company is poor.However, I’m excited by the news that emerged on Thursday. The company announced that it has successfully raised £522m by issuing new shares equal to 11% of its market capitalisation. Management at the firm believe the pandemic has revealed an opportunity to buy cheap land. Consequently, the extra capital will allow the company to take advantage of this.With the firm already in the midst of a phased return to operations, I think things are beginning to look up for Taylor Wimpey. What’s more, the long-term outlook for the property market in the UK remains favourable in my eyes. There’s still a major housing shortage to be addressed and interest rates are at historic lows, meaning mortgages are cheap. This provides fertile ground for the housebuilder to continue growing its earnings, which should reward investors in the process.The best UK shares to buy today?Considering both of these firms are at the top of their respective industries and bring the possibility of both income and capital growth over the long term, neither appear overvalued to me. Tesco has a forward price-to-earnings ratio of 12, while Taylor Wimpey’s is a only 7. As such, these companies could truly be among the FTSE 100’s best UK shares to buy now. 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. See all posts by Matthew Dumiganlast_img read more

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A message for Rugby World subscribers

first_imgHow to get in touch about your magazine subscription during the pandemic New ordersCurrently our supply chain is working well for the majority of regions, so if you would like to place a new order for yourself, a family member or a friend then please visit www.magazinesdirect.com where you can buy print or digital subscriptions.Thank you for your understanding at this time. Stay safe. A message for Rugby World subscribersWe wanted to take this opportunity to reassure you that we are working hard to ensure you continue to receive your issues of Rugby World magazine as normal. Some regions overseas have experienced disruption to their service. However, for the majority, there are currently no interruptions to the service you would normally receive.We endeavour to keep you as up to date as possible in the quickly changing environment we are currently living in. Please visit www.mymagazine.co.uk to make sure we have your email address, as we will be in touch directly if you have been affected.Customer ServiceUnfortunately, our telephone customer service centres need to close temporarily, in accordance with current advice, to protect the wellbeing of our staff.We can continue to provide you with support online if you visit www.mymagazine.co.uk, where you can renew your subscription, update your address or check the expected delivery date for your next issue.If you have a query that you cannot resolve online, then rest assured you can still email us on [email protected], but please bear with us as response times will be slower as a result of these exceptional circumstances.center_img The May 2020 issue of Rugby World magazine, which includes a proposed British & Irish Lions squad for the 2021 tour to South Africa, an exclusive interview with Wales centre Nick Tompkins and a look at rugby being played in warzones, is on sale until 4 May 2020.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

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Bishop’s son deported from US to El Salvador, where he…

first_imgBishop’s son deported from US to El Salvador, where he fears for his life Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA 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 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Immigration, Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Featured Events Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Anglican Communion, Press Release Service Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Submit a Job Listing Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI People arrive at El Salvador International Airport near San Salvador after being deported from the U.S. on May 25, 2012. Photo: Ulises Rodriguez/Reuters[Episcopal News Service] The son of the Anglican bishop of El Salvador, who fled to the United States after being kidnapped and threatened in his home country, has been deported back there from the United States, according to his father.Josue Alvarado Guerra, 34, was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement after getting a flat tire in Ohio in November, when police discovered he did not have proper immigration documents. Alvarado Guerra filed a petition for asylum but was denied, and he was sent back to El Salvador on Jan. 28.Bishop David Alvarado of the Diocese of El Salvador, which is part of the Anglican Church of Central America, said his son had to flee El Salvador because his life was in danger. He had been working as a taxi driver in Colón, just northwest of San Salvador, one of the most dangerous cities in a country with the world’s highest homicide rate. Alvarado Guerra was “threatened, kidnapped and persecuted by one of the largest gangs operating in the country” and forced to drive them around, according to his father.In a letter to Ohio Bishop Mark Hollingsworth Jr. and others who have offered support, which his office shared with Episcopal News Service, Alvarado expressed a combination of fear, gratitude and happiness at his son’s return to El Salvador. He added that the danger to his son’s life is so great that he is still trying to make arrangements for him to live in another country.“We thank the God of life for allowing us to have Josue back in our house and share with him the difficult experiences he lived in detention,” Alvarado wrote. “Josue definitely can’t be safe anywhere in El Salvador, we fear for his life. … We want to continue with the plans to get him out of the country as soon as possible.”Alvarado said his family is looking into requesting asylum for his son in Canada and has been in contact about that with the Rev. Charles Robertson, canon to the presiding bishop for ministry beyond The Episcopal Church. However, Robertson told ENS that Alvarado Guerra faces an uphill battle in seeking asylum in Canada after being denied in the U.S.Alvarado is also examining the possibility of getting a missionary visa for his son to do reconstruction work in the Bahamas. Although it might be easier for Alvarado Guerra to move to another Central American country, “the situation of insecurity is the same as that of our country,” Alvarado said.“We know that there is a large list of friends who gave spiritual and pastoral support to our son,” Alvarado wrote. “We are fully grateful for all they did and we beg you to continue supporting us to put [Josue] in a safe place.”– Egan Millard is an assistant editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Submit a Press Release 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 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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BREAKING NEWS: Velazquez returning to City Commission; defeats Baron in Seat…

first_img TAGS2020Apopka City Commission Seat #2City of ApopkaResultsRunoffSpecial Election Previous articleFlorida lawmakers to again ponder pulling the plug on red light camerasNext articleGlen Mills Reformatory Abuses, and Learning from Them Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Photo by Lucas Sankey on Unsplash Please enter your comment! From Staff ReportsIt took a resignation, an election, and a runoff, but Diane Velazquez is returning to the Apopka City Commission. Velazquez defeated Yesenia Baron in the special election runoff for Seat #2 with 3,374 votes (58.36%) of the vote, exceeding Baron, who received 2,407 (58.36%).Diane Velazquez “First, I want to acknowledge my opponent, Yesenia Baron, and thank her for a well-run race,” Velazquez posted on her Facebook page. “I am honored at the trust placed in me by Apopka’s voters to complete the remaining 15 months of the term left by the previous sitting commissioner. I could not have done this without the support of an army of volunteers and the Apopka Professional Firefighters Local 5293. I want to thank each and every person who donated, walked neighborhoods, and waved signs. Most importantly, I want to thank all the residents for coming out to vote in this important local election. I am ready to take my seat to represent you with professionalism, integrity and accessibility.”Baron is hopeful for the future of her community and thankful for the outpouring of support she received.“I’m grateful for so many things – to those who worked on my campaign, heralded my values, and voted for me at the polls…I cannot thank you enough,” Baron said. “This isn’t the end of my path; I’m dedicated to lifting my community and will continue to work hard for my neighbors.”While running again is not off the table, Baron is continuing her advocacy and leadershipthrough other means for now, including participating in the Apopka Chamber of Commerce and Community Action Board.Baron wished newly elected Commissioner Velazquez much luck and encouraged her to make positive changes to improve the lives of our residents, business owners and city personnel.Despite a record-high turnout in the general election (over 24,000), only 5,781 voted in the runoff – with 4,509 of those voting by mail.Alice Nolan, the Seat #2 Apopka City Commissioner, resigned from the City Council in August, which triggered the special election. Nolan defeated then-incumbent Velazquez in a 2018 runoff for Seat #2.Yesenia “Jesi” BaronIn the general election, Velazquez received 10,318 votes, 42.6%, while Baron received 6,157 votes, 25.34%.Tonight’s results were similar to the City Commission elections for Seats #3 and #4 in March. In those elections, Seat #3 Commissioner Doug Bankson claimed 4,393 votes (60%), while Seat #4 Commissioner Kyle Becker received 4,472 votes (62%).Velazquez will have to defend her commission seat again in March of 2022 when the next cycle of Apopka municipal elections take place. Also on the ballot in 2022 will be the City Commission Seat #1 currently held by Commissioner Alexander H. Smith, and the Apopka Mayoral election – Bryan Nelson is the incumbent. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 center_img The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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Quote of the week

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Celebrity Events 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. Describing Lord Archer of Weston-super-Mare, Martin Bell MP said: “He was the best charity auctioneer ever.”  34 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Quote of the week Howard Lake | 30 November 1999 | News read more

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Fairtrade charity to auction sending #OneBigTweet to supporters’ Twitter followers

first_img Howard Lake | 21 September 2015 | News Cafedirect Producers Foundation General Manager, Claire Rhodes added:“Our programmes with farmers look to support them in developing and sharing their innovations and knowledge with fellow farmers across our smallholder network. #OneBigTweet is designed to reflect this by leveraging social media to create a new kind of crowd-funding movement.”How do you control the content of the tweet?Of course, CPF will be careful about what kind of tweet is sent out. They are hoping that it will be bought by a philanthropic individual who would buy the tweet in order to support their work. This could of course benefit their personal or social brand.Google Impact ChallengeCafédirect Producers’ Foundation won the Google Impact Challenge in July 2014 and used the £500,000 to launch their first subsidiary social Enterprise, WeFarm.Could other charities do this?The technique to carry out this campaign is possible for other charities to emulate. CPF worked with with Enso on this project, who have previously been involved in an online campaign with Greenpeace. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Cafedirect Producers’ Foundation is running a fundraising campaign by auctioning the one-off opportunity to send a tweet to hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers – or more.Their #OneBigTweet campaign enables Twitter users to donate access to their followers for one message, thereby reaching a potentially vast audience. It won’t cost Twitter users anything, but the Foundation will know exactly how many followers it can reach – and then invite bids for the right to contact them with a single message.By signing up, Twitter users permit the Foundation to auto-retweet their #OneBigTweet from their account. As they point it, it takes just three clicks to join in.When authorising your Twitter account, the Foundation will be able to add the number of your Twitter followers to their total reach.Comforting words (on the right) from OneBigTweet confirming how they’ll use your Twitter account.They also invite you to take more action to make the tweet even bigger:My followers were valued at $188.58 by #onebigtweet.There have been several other donate-a-tweet initiatives including JustCoz.org, which lets you donate a tweet a day to a worth cause, but they don’t have a fundraising element. Thunderclap runs a similar tool where an organisation can gather lots of Twitter (and Facebook) followers to allow their account to send one message on a certain date or time. Again, this access is not offered as a fundraising tool.Support for #OneBigTweetThe novel campaign has already attracted support from inventor of the hashtag Chris Messina and charity Restless Development, together with musicians and activists.In the first three days the campaign attracted over 320 people signing up from around the world, ‘donating’ 700,000 followers.Katie Messick Maddox, Business Development & Investments Manager at CPF, explained:“When we looked around at the saturated fundraising market, we felt that there’s not much chance for a small charity struggling to be noticed in this environment. Rather than wanting to resort to the same old tactics, we at CPF want to set ourselves out from the crowd.” Advertisement Tagged with: Digital Twittercenter_img  36 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Fairtrade charity to auction sending #OneBigTweet to supporters’ Twitter followers 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.last_img read more

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Women’s inspiring role in Cuban revolution

first_imgMaritzel González from Federation of Cuban Women, March 14.WW photo: Anne PrudenAnnually each March during Women’s History Month, the Federation of Cuban Women sends a delegation to New York City to attend the United Nations Commission on the Rights of Women. A forum was held March 14 honoring the federation hosted by the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization at Fordham University Law School.The federation was established in 1960 as the national collective to drive, secure and protect the rights of women in the new revolutionary Cuban society. The federation continues to fight for women’s liberation, social justice and equality for women, including ending violence against women. In 1965, Cuba declared that abortion is a woman’s right. The rights of women are protected by Cuba’s constitution and laws. In 1997, the federation acquired nongovernmental organization status at the U.N.The federation played a central role in Cuba’s effort to eliminate illiteracy. It has been involved in developing Cuba’s outstanding medical care infrastructure and voluntary health missions worldwide. The women were also instrumental in mobilizing support for the Cuban 5 political prisoners held in the U.S.Cuba’s revolutionary ideals have resulted in women being involved in economic and cultural decision making. Equal rights have resulted in increased employment opportunities in all occupations and professions. Women are well represented in politics and government in the Parliament. The Cuban Communist Party decides the norms of the economic and political revolution, with women participating fully in the party.At the March 14 forum the Cuban women discussed the challenges they face and their accomplishments. In responding to questions regarding President Obama’s recent announcement of normalizing relations with Cuba, the Cubans commented that the U.S. still has the same objectives and intentions as in the past, which are to destroy the Cuban revolution; but now by different tactics, they stated. The U.S. sees Cuba as its backyard and has always interfered in Cuba’s affairs.Even now with state to state U.S.-Cuba discussions underway, Cuba is subject to automatic sanctions from the U.S. list of countries unilaterally deemed to support “terrorism.” The more than 50 year commercial, economic, financial and commercial blockade is still in place. The women pointed out that President Obama doesn’t need congressional approval to end many aspects of the blockade.Regarding U.S. sanctions against Venezuela, the women replied that Cuba takes a protective stance toward President Maduro and the Bolivarian Revolution. Since 1959, there has been unity with Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa.The Federation of Cuban Women state they support the U.S. re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba, but only on an equal basis with mutual respect, not subject to conditions set by the U.S.Cuba will maintain its principles, ideals and autonomy. The revolution is not negotiable, the women emphasized. They are committed to continue working toward a world of peace, justice and equality.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Trial of RSF’s Turkey representative postponed for 4th time

first_img News Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expression Organisation Related documents amicus_erol_vf_signe.pdfPDF – 1020.4 KB Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns today’s decision by an Istanbul court to postpone the trial of its Turkey representative, Erol Önderoğlu, and two co-defendants until 26 December, and reiterates its call for their acquittal. It was the latest in a series of postponements in their trial on the baseless charge of “terrorist propaganda” for taking part in a campaign of solidarity with the pro-Kurdish newspaper Özgür Gündem.Representatives from RSF’s international secretariat (from its German section and its Brussels bureau) attended today’s hearing, the fourth in eight months. Although it lasted no more than ten minutes, RSF managed to submit an amicus brief intended to help the court decide to dismiss the case.The court nonetheless decided to postpone the trial in order to allow time to contact and question one of the other two defendants, the writer Ahmet Nesin, who is now a refugee in France and is being tried in absentia. The third defendant is human rights defender Şebnem Korur Fincancı.“Not only do we want to be acquitted but we also want all the guilty verdicts already issued for other participants in this solidarity campaign to be quashed on appeal,” Önderoğlu said as he left the courtroom. “And we hope that the justice system will use this delay to realize the importance of the role of independent journalism and civil society.”A total of 56 journalists, human rights defenders and intellectuals took part in the solidarity campaign, taking turns at being Özgür Gündem’s “editor for a day” from May to August 2016 because it had been hounded by the justice system. Forty-one of them are being prosecuted.Önderoğlu, Fincancı and Nesin were the only ones to have been placed in pre-trial detention for their role in the solidarity campaign. That was a year ago, when they were held for ten days before being freed conditionally. They are charged with propaganda on behalf of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), condoning crime and inciting crime.Turkey is ranked 155th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index, between Democratic Republic of Congo and the Sultanate of Brunei. The media freedom situation in Turkey was already worrying but it has become critical under the state of emergency proclaimed after the July 2016 coup attempt. Around 150 media outlets have been closed and more than 100 journalists are currently in prison. Receive email alerts TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expression Credit: Yasin Akgül /AFP to go further News RSF_en April 2, 2021 Find out more News April 28, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Turkey June 8, 2017 Trial of RSF’s Turkey representative postponed for 4th time Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law News April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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