Long read: Business as usual

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: US During the rush to build new US-legalised sportsbooks, many believed illegal sports wagering would immediately die down — but they were wrong. Larry Gibbs explores why this is and asks whether initial post-PASPA actions are to blameMembers of the casino industry and sports bettors alike will forever see May 14, 2018, the day that PASPA was repealed, as Independence Day. When an act or law is enforced, its intention is often to prevent or at least slow down the progress of an illegal act.However, as we approach the five-month mark post-PASPA, it seems obvious that things haven’t changed much in the illegal offshore wagering market. Nor, for that matter, in the illegal street-level bookmaking game. Although change takes time, is it possible that individual states are moving through the legislative path too slowly?Will new federal legislative outcries from prominent US Senators including Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) further delay the process and help illegal factions maintain a two-decade competitive advantage?Will their intentions for uniformity, taxation and mandates for “integrity” work?Or potentially enable the public and bettors to carry on believing that political forces should not join the sports leagues enforcing their games. In effect, now that it’s unbroken, let’s not fix it. These are all good questions to be debated and answered. But shouldn’t they have been settled first before opening the doors to the store? Meanwhile, the “illegal” competition is seizing any advantage for as long as possible. And like any competitive business, they’re utilising any potential incentive to maintain a long-standing customer base.State vs. federal rule Besides incumbent Nevada, the honeymoon for state rule had barely begun in four new states (New Jersey, Delaware, Mississippi and West Virginia) before a dangerous call for divorce from the US Senate emerged. While several states, including New York, Florida and California, are stalling in their legislative progress, momentum is building again to collect support for a federal plan.Senate Minority Leader Schumer is trying to initiate a bipartisan debate in Congress based on three core principles: ensuring consumer protection, protecting problem gamblers and maintaining the integrity of the game.His proposal comes on the heels of a similar proposal by Senator Hatch of Utah.In response to Schumer’s proposal, the NBA, MLB and PGA Tour issued a joint statement, which read: “As legaliaed sports betting spreads across the states, there is a need for consistent, nationwide integrity standards to safeguard the sports millions of fans love.“We strongly support the legislative framework outlined by Senator Schumer, and we encourage Congress to adopt it.” The problem here is timing. Nearly one-third of the Senate is up for re-election in November, with any federal legislation focused on sports betting unlikely until after the midterm election.In the interim, it is more likely that calls for federal legislation will build coinciding with league support.Also, Schumer’s plan proposes strict guidelines banning players under the age of 21, while restricting advertising for the young and vulnerable.Both Schumer and Hatch’s plans unite in protecting the purity of the game. But if progress is slow and individual states start dragging their heels then illegal wagering will be the winner.Understanding ‘the market’ Street bookmakers have been around for decades, offering unsecured credit and the opportunity to create their own terms. Latterly, personalised websites have also become part of their 21st century convenience.Although this segment will never completely disappear, swifter uniform policies and well-known national guidelines could help.In the offshore segment, well-trained teams of phone operators often take a significant portion of the action (perhaps as much as 30% for call-in wagers), catering to an older clientele who shun the internet.Many personal relationships have been established for several years and VIPs have utilised their long-standing status to acquire bonuses, rewards, etc. For the sophisticated bettor, the opportunity exists to play within a more even or global wagering line. At present, bettors within each US state are restricted by law to wager within state borders.As an example, a player should expect a crush of local money invested on popular local teams — an uneven amount wagered on, say, the Jets, Giants, Yankees or Mets in New Jersey or New York. Depending on perspective, this remains a competitive advantage.Winning with a low profile Another unfortunate tradition has been rumoured among new legalised US sports wagering bettors. Long common in illegal offshore wagering and in Europe, it sees successful, large bettors being flagged by casinos and barred from further sports wagering action.The prevailing excuse has been to protect against money laundering or against illegal wagering funds becoming incorporated in the pools.It’s reminded many of the argument involving skill vs. luck in daily fantasy sports. However, this time the adversary is the casino.Echoing the birth of legalised online gaming in the US, New Jersey has again been first out of the gate when it comes to legalised sports wagering. And the state that led the charge repealing PASPA has an interesting policy involving skill and wagering. “Patrons cannot be barred from wagering based solely on their winnings or skilled play,” David Rebuck from the Division of Gaming Enforcement of New Jersey announced.He went on to explain that New Jersey’s Supreme Court had previously ruled that only those on an exclusion or self-exclusion list, or who had violated the Casino Control Act or State regulations, would be excluded. “These same rules apply to sports wagering,” Rebuck continued. “However, a facility can act against skilled players, such as lowering an individual’s bet limit. Additionally, online accounts may be closed by an operator for misconduct.” To date, two bettors have reportedly been banned under these clouded conditions. These could be the first of many cases as legalised sports wagering spreads throughout other US states. As an interesting footnote, should this policy become stricter and more pervasive, a restricted legal sports bettor may have only a few sportsbook choices available to them per state — but they’ll be able to choose from hundreds of illegal online wagering sites.Legally convenient Undoubtedly, the ability to settle bets is the biggest selling point that new legal US sportsbooks have over any illegal competition. For two decades, anyone choosing to wager sports online has had to accept the risk of NOT getting paid.Legalised wagering brings with it a guarantee that all winning bets will be honoured at all US casino and racetrack sportsbook locations.Behind this is another potential major legal advantage. Still largely unknown to new bettors and account holders, most current state policies dictate that all tickets must be cashed at casino and/or racetrack sportsbook locations. This includes online account withdrawal requests paid onsite. While this is a useful marketing strategy for casinos, as it encourages ancillary wagering, it’s not so useful for punters.This is especially true if they’re used to online horse racing websites, where winning funds can be paid into users’ bank accounts as soon as 24 hours after a race.A giant advantage could be obtained by negating the need for an extra trip to a location to pick up winnings. In retrospect, we cannot blame the four initial states for opening their sportsbooks as soon as possible after the PASPA ruling. While more states consider joining them, shouldn’t everyone be on the same page with a set of rules to live by?Most crucial, like any business, shouldn’t the priority be a plan based on what customers prefer? In this case, that could mean observing what worked or currently works to provide optimum results.Here’s hoping that all US legislators, casinos and gaming affiliates unite as quickly as possible to seize every advantage, while at the same time protecting bettors.But for now, it’s business as usual this week legally AND illegally in the sports wagering industry.Larry Gibbs is vice president of US Gaming Services, a full-service consulting and marketing research organisation with 15 years’ experience in US online gaming. Legal & compliance 15th October 2018 | By Stephen Carter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Online Gambling Spread Betting Long read: Business as usual During the rush to build new US-legalised sportsbooks, many believed illegal sports wagering would begin to die down — but they were wrong. Larry Gibbs explores why Topics: Legal & compliance Marketing & affiliates Email Addresslast_img read more

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William Hill buys Green (and a touch of grey)

first_img Regions: Europe Nordics Western Europe Norway Sweden Austria Netherlands Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Finance Legal & compliance 31st October 2018 | By Stephen Carter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Financecenter_img Email Address William Hill’s proposed buy of Mr Green is more bolt-on than transformational but boss Phil Bowcock tells Scott Longley it ticks some important boxes William Hill’s proposed buy of Mr Green is more bolt-on than transformational but boss Phil Bowcock tells Scott Longley it ticks some important boxes for the businessPhilip Bowcock, chief executive at William Hill, gives every impression of being a man in a hurry. Stung perhaps by criticism that his company had been left behind in the consolidation game, particularly compared to the deal-laden bandwagon of domestic rival GVC, William Hill has added a European acquisition to a relative recent spate of agreements in the US.The proposed acquisition of Mr Green for SEK2.82bn (£242m) is important for William Hill both strategically (moving to a multi-brand structure in more international jurisdictions) and operationally (a Malta hub) and it takes some of the pressure off the company when it comes to the current swirl of M&A.But it still represents a gamble on Mr Green successfully navigating the transition of the Swedish online gambling market to a regulated status in January while also juggling grey market exposure in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Norway.The acquisition is more bolt-on that transformational. In the nine months to September this year, Mr Green’s revenue rose 44% to SEK1.24bn while EBITDA was up 22% to SEK166.8m. It brings with it strong-challenger positions in Denmark and the soon-to-be-regulated Sweden as well as a presence in eleven other territories.It also adds online casino expertise and not insignificantly with Brexit looming a working hub in Malta with circa 300 employees enabling William Hill to accelerate its plans to end its offshore reliance on Gibraltar.The deal comes with irrevocable undertakings from individuals representing 40% of the shareholders and if anyone was looking to crash the party, there are stipulations that the offer would need to be at least 8% above the current William Hill bid level.The price is 13 times EBITDA for the past 12 months although this falls to a multiple of around seven times prospective EBITDA in 2019 when relatively skinny synergies of around £6m are included.Speaking to iGaming Business, Bowcock was keen to suggest this was on a par with multiples from other deals within the sector. “We don’t think that is expensive given the valuations and multiple achieved by other deals,” he said. “It is comparable to the (multiple for the) Stars buyout of Sky Bet, for instance and that was only one territory.”He was keen to point to the diversification that will be achieved by adding Mr Green’s current geographic footprint to William Hill’s current revenue profile. “The diversification is really important and is a big move for us,” he said. “It puts us in 13 territories.”In terms of group revenues, adding Mr Green will bring the percentage of group revenue William Hill generates internationally to 21% while the percentage of online revenues from international territories rises to 47% from 42%.“We are buying a leading player in many markets with leading brands particularly in the online gaming and casino areas,” he added. “It is a good cultural fit.”Grey risk factors It’s also buying a degree of regulatory risk. William Hill is saying that 77% of Mr Green’s revenues are from regulated and taxed jurisdictions, but this includes the grey markets Germany, Austria and the Netherlands as well as the much darker Norway.Sources suggest the percentage of Mr Green revenues from the latter market are “not material”. A spokesperson for William Hill said it “continually reviews the legal situation in all grey markets on an ongoing basis.”Mr Green has had its regulatory run-ins over the years including a legacy fine payable on its Austrian activities and a recent issue with the Dutch authorities (where the company copped a fine over €300,000) which, as Simon Davies, analyst at Canaccord Genuity suggested, might imperil the chances of the company gaining a licence there.William Hill has snared Mr Green at what is likely an inflection point in the company’s history. It has been undergoing something of a turnaround strategy for the past couple of years and has achieved significant growth rates in that period.In the third-quarter, Mr Green reported revenue up 51% to SEK445m for the three months helped by the completion of the integration of Evoke Gaming. Organic growth came in at 36% while EBITDA rose 49% to SEK75.5m.Now comes the challenge of the dawning of the regulated Swedish online market in January. Along with the rest of the Scandinavian-facing brands, Mr Green will be entering the relatively unknown and how that launch effects the business will be one of the KPIs that the company and investors will be keeping their eye on in the months ahead. Davies pointed out that the forecasts suggested Swedish taxes will account for 16% of revenues next year.The share price rose marginally on the news, up 3% midway through Wednesday, with investors still digesting the news this week on the implementation of the new stakes limit of gaming machines in UK shops and the UK government’s hike in remote gaming duty from 15% to 21%.But Morgan Stanley was more positive: “While some investors appear concerned with duty headwinds in Sweden and the Netherlands, (these are) more than offset by a combination of synergies and growth.” William Hill buys Green (and a touch of grey)last_img read more

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Veritas Kapital Assurance Plc (VERITA.ng) Q42019 Interim Report

first_imgVeritas Kapital Assurance Plc (VERITA.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the forth quarter.For more information about Veritas Kapital Assurance Plc (VERITA.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Veritas Kapital Assurance Plc (VERITA.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Veritas Kapital Assurance Plc (VERITA.ng)  2019 interim results for the forth quarter.Company ProfileVeritas Kapital Assurance Plc is a leading insurance company in Nigeria licensed to cover all classes of non-life insurance products and services. The company was formerly known as Unity Kapital Assurance Plc and incorporated in 1973 as a private liability company under the name Kano State Insurance Company. Non-life insurance products and services offered by Veritas Kapital Assurance Limited includes auto insurance which covers motor third party, fire and theft; home insurance which covers risk of fire, flooding and burglary; aviation insurance which covers hull losses as well as liability for passenger injuries, death, environmental and third-party damage caused by aircraft accidents; marine insurance which covers hull and cargo damage; engineering insurance which covers problems related to production capacity and financial losses; oil and gas insurance which covers all issues related to employees, physical assets, balance sheets and long-term viability; and bond insurance which is a financial guarantee taken out by contractors to indemnify them against any defaults. Veritas Kapital Assurance Plc offers medical insurance and pension fund administration services through its subsidiaries; Health Care Security Limited and FUG Pensions Limited. The company’s head office is in Abuja, Nigeria. Veritas Kapital Assurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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ARDOVA PLC (ARDOVA.ng) HY2020 Interim Report

first_imgARDOVA PLC (ARDOVA.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the half year.For more information about ARDOVA PLC (ARDOVA.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the ARDOVA PLC (ARDOVA.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: ARDOVA PLC (ARDOVA.ng)  2020 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileARDOVA PLC formerly (Forte Oil Plc) sources and markets petroleum products in Nigeria which includes fuels, production chemicals, lubricants, greases and power generation for automobiles, aircraft, machines and equipment. The Fuel division supplies white petroleum products, aviation turbine kerosene and Jet A-1 aviation fuels; the Upstream division supplies ancillary products for the exploration and production sub-sector of the oil and gas industry; retail and industrial products include lubricants and grease; organic and petro-chemicals; premium motor spirit, automotive gas oil, dual purpose kerosene and fuel oils. Forte Oil Plc also has business interests in power generation through the 414MW Geregu power plant located in Kogi state. Established in 1964 and formerly known as African Petroleum Plc, the company changed its name to Forte Oil Plc in 2010. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. ARDOVA PLC is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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UK shares: this is why the Just Group share price has soared 17% today!

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. Royston Wild | Thursday, 14th January, 2021 | More on: JUST 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. UK shares: this is why the Just Group share price has soared 17% today! “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares UK share markets continued to trade sideways on Thursday as the ongoing Covid-19 crisis dampens investor confidence. The FTSE 100 for instance was last trading just half a percent higher from Wednesday’s close around 6,780 points.Market appetite for Just Group (LSE: JUST) has been much stronger today however. In fact, its share price was ripping 17% higher on Thursday following a positive reception to a full-year trading update. The financial services giant was last trading at 80.5p per share. This is the most expensive the UK share has traded at since late last February.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…Defined benefit market sales boomJust Group has rocketed on news that annual sales soared 12% in 2020 to come in at £2.15bn. This was driven by a 22% increase in defined benefit de-risking premiums, the UK company said, to £1.51bn. This more than offset a 7% decline in guaranteed income for life products, which dropped to £637m.The financial services provider, which specialises in retirement income, is reaping the rewards of what it described as a “buoyant” defined benefit pensions market. Just Group reported that 2020 was the second-highest year for market transaction volumes. It added that defined benefit de-risking sales of above £1bn during the second half resulted in a record six months.Just Group also gave investors plenty to look forward to in 2021 too. It described the defined benefit pension market pipeline as “very strong.” It also noted that demand for guaranteed income for life products has continued to recover, following Covid-19-related sales disruption during the early part of the year. Sales here during the second half of 2020 were similar to those reported during the corresponding 2019 period.What Just Group saidTo cap off a stellar trading update, Just Group said its Solvency II ratio had improved 9% year-on-year during the second half of 2020. This was up from 145% as of the end of June, thanks to a £177m debt issue in October.Chief executive David Richardson commented: “I am pleased that we continued to deliver on our commitments to shareholders during 2020 to improve the Group’s capital position. We have also taken steps to improve balance sheet resilience and reduce our exposure to UK property prices.”Just Group sold £540m worth of lifetime mortgage balances in 2020. The UK share completed a third no negative equity guarantee (NNEG) hedge covering £280m worth of lifetime mortgages as well.“I am also delighted with the new business performance, where the strong pipeline we indicated at the time of our interim results in August has converted well,” Richardson continued. “We have maintained strong pricing discipline throughout, which is reflected in further reductions in our capital strain percentage on new business.”He added: “We have a strong pipeline of new business and we start the year with increased confidence.” Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img Image source: Getty Images 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares 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. See all posts by Royston Wildlast_img read more

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Hopscotch House / Hiramoto Design Studio

first_img “COPY” CopyHouses•Saitama, Japan Houses Hopscotch House / Hiramoto Design StudioSave this projectSaveHopscotch House / Hiramoto Design Studio Japan 2018 Architects: Hiramoto Design Studio Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/902398/hopscotch-house-hiramoto-design-studio Clipboard Projects Hopscotch House / Hiramoto Design Studiocenter_img Year:  Area:  155 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs ArchDaily Manufacturers: Lixil Corporation, Panasonic, Time & Style, YKK AP, NIPPON STEEL, NOYES – Sofa, SK KakenSave this picture!© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & PartnersText description provided by the architects. This family who had lived individually decided to live together under one roof. In this project I tried to design a space that allowed these people who were used to living alone build an agreeable friendship by keeping a moderate distance from each other.Save this picture!© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & PartnersSave this picture!PlanSave this picture!© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & PartnersCaring for ease of access, a one-story house was requested. I thought hard about how to bring light and wind into the center of the house.Save this picture!© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & PartnersI divided the building into parts, each with their own function, and placed them in a layout “1+2+1+2+1” like Hopscotch game. By doing this, I led the house to the following solutions;1. Since these divided parts were joined on each shifting position, with this train of spaces I could make some Waists (joining/dividing points) and some Pools (spaces with each function) in the house. When you make an excursion within the house, you can feel refreshing rhythms. And a resident can relax in a pool which was chosen while maintaining a distance from others.Save this picture!© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners2. The double position (split parts) created a patio which would bring light and wind into the center of the house.Save this picture!© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners3. Double spaces in this position (split parts) are also useful as corridors for connecting between single units. With this I could not only cut the space which would have been needed for corridors but also gave some opportunities to feel closer to others easily. It is important to measure the distance from others.Save this picture!© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & PartnersProject gallerySee allShow lessCummins Indy Distribution Headquarters / Deborah Berke PartnersSelected ProjectsUSUS Architectes Propose Modular Design for Millevaches Plateau CompetitionArchitecture News Share Save this picture!© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners+ 29Curated by María Francisca González Share Photographs:  Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/902398/hopscotch-house-hiramoto-design-studio Clipboard CopyAbout this officeHiramoto Design StudioOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlass#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSaitamaJapanPublished on September 22, 2018Cite: “Hopscotch House / Hiramoto Design Studio” 22 Sep 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialCoffee tablesFlexformCoffee Table – GipsyCurtain WallsIsland Exterior FabricatorsPace Gallery Envelope SystemWoodSculptformTimber Battens in Double Bay HouseStonesCosentinoSilestone and Dekton in Villa OmniaBricksNelissenInner Wall Bricks – LückingPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsAir Facade PanelsWoodBlumer LehmannData Processing for Wood ProjectsEducational ApplicationsFastmount®Hidden Panel Fastener at Massey UniversitySealants / ProtectorsTOPCRETMicro-Coating – Baxab®More products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?‘跳格子’住宅,五个盒子组成的亲密家 / Hiramoto Design Studio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

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Justice for Freddie Grey! Baltimore FIST says No to police terror!

first_imgHundreds protest on April 21 in the neighborhood where Freddie Grey was killed by police.WW photo: Colleen DavidsonThe following statement on the police killing of Freddie Grey was issued April 21 by Baltimore FIST — Fight Imperialism, Stand Together — a revolutionary youth group dedicated to fighting police terror and capitalism.On April 12, a 25-year-old Black man was harassed and eventually killed by the Baltimore City Police Department. His name was Freddie Grey, and although the exact details of his death remain unclear, what happened to him is no mystery. The circumstances surrounding his death are especially appalling and illustrate the brutal, racist nature of the police under capitalism.Cell phone video from a nearby witness clearly shows Grey laying on the sidewalk, screaming in pain while three police officers drag him to his feet and into a police van.The woman recording the video is heard exclaiming that Grey’s leg looks broken. In addition, his head is hanging, not in a natural position. The police show no concern for his well-being, and it has been reported that he was additionally restrained inside the van.After Grey was in the van, there are conflicting accounts of what happened next. Originally it was claimed that he was taken to the Western District police station before an ambulance was called for him. Later, the police claimed that they took him straight to a hospital.Regardless of the exact timeline of events, Grey’s lawyer reported that by the time Grey was in the hospital, three of his vertebrae were broken and his spine was 80 percent severed.The Baltimore Police Department inflicted these obscene wounds, which caused Grey to fall into a coma soon after the incident. On April 19, Freddie Grey was dead.FIST is in the streets fighting for justiceOn the day before he died, protests were held at the Western District police station to demand accountability for what at the time was a case of brutal police assault but not yet murder. Grey’s death on April 19 only raised the level of anger in the community, and hundreds of people took to the streets of Baltimore to protest yet another death at the hands of the police. Since then, protests have not stopped, and they are expected to continue.Grey’s murder represents another case in a long line of racist police terror and occupation in Baltimore City and beyond. The police in the United States trace their roots directly to the era of slavery. The ancestors of police departments were the men who would hunt down enslaved Black people who had escaped to freedom and return them to brutal exploitation.The modern police forces that exist now came about with the development of capitalism and have existed solely as a means of oppression. At all points, they have been an instrument of class rule, used by the exploiters to repress workers and oppressed peoples.We in FIST stand firmly in solidarity with Freddie Grey and all victims of police brutality. In Baltimore, FIST will be in the streets fighting for justice for Freddie Grey and demanding that the murderers who killed him be brought to justice. In conjunction with other groups, we are also raising the demand that the police be placed under direct, democratic community control as a first step toward their eventual disarmament and abolition.Black lives matter! End police terror! Justice for Freddie Grey!— Baltimore FISTFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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La atrocidad en Charleston: “Que este trauma impulse la lucha por la Liberación Negra’

first_imgCuando nueve personas indefensas son asesinadas en una iglesia, eso no es un “tiroteo”, es una masacre. Cuando un hombre blanco de 21 años de edad que lleva insignias de odio racista en su chaqueta, entra en una iglesia y asesina nueve personas negras indefensas, no  lo llamaría un “crimen de odio” por un “lobo solitario”. Es un ataque terrorista por un supremacista blanco.Desgraciadamente, la siguiente descripción es exactamente lo que ocurrió el 17 de junio en Charleston, Carolina del Sur, entre las 8:00-9:00 p.m.Según testigos e informes recientes, el pistolero de 21 años, Dylann Roof, entró a la Iglesia Emanuel A.M.E. alrededor de las 8:00 de la noche. Se llamó a la policía local alrededor de las 9:00 p.m. De acuerdo con las/os testigos y las/os supervivientes, Roof recargó su arma cinco veces. Ocho personas murieron en el lugar, incluyendo el pastor de la iglesia, el reverendo Clementa C. Pinckney.Después de una búsqueda de 14 horas, Roof fue finalmente arrestado en Shelby-Carolina del Norte, a unas pocas millas al oeste de Charlotte-Carolina del Norte, lugar donde había sido asesinado Jonathan Ferrell por la  policía.No necesitamos tener una conversación sobre la raza. Necesitamos tener una conversación sobre la revolución y la Liberación Negra. Hay una diferencia política muy importante. Irónicamente, la histórica Iglesia Emanuel AME de Charleston tiene una historia profundamente arraigada en la lucha por la Liberación Negra y la resistencia del pueblo.En 1822, Denmark Vesey, uno de los fundadores de la iglesia, fue investigado y capturado por las autoridades de esclavos por su plan para organizar una revuelta de esclavos allí en Charleston. Después de ser traicionado por un informante, Vesey y otros 36 descendientes de africanos esclavizados fueron ahorcados.Por esa participación, la iglesia fue quemada hasta sus cimientos por autoridades locales y vigilantes. Los Códigos Negros y las leyes Jim Crow fueron promulgados rápidamente para restringir todas las asambleas de esclavos, incluyendo las que se celebraran en todas las iglesias del estado. Se impusieron Pases de Viajeros, mientras que la patrulla de esclavos se convirtió en la primera forma organizada y pagada de fuerza policial en los Estados Unidos. Las/os negros fueron literalmente obligados a practicar su culto clandestinamente en esa iglesia por más de 30 años, hasta 1865. El sentido común dice que no se ondea una “bandera confederada” a media asta para conmemorar una historia como esta.Cualquiera que conozca la historia del Sur de los EUA está bien familiarizada/o con el cruel legado del estado de Carolina del Sur. Charleston fue en un momento el puerto más grande e importante de esclavas/os en América del Norte.Esta misma ciudad y municipio local son directamente responsables de la muerte brutal de Walter Scott hace apenas unos meses.  Un policía de Charleston le disparó ocho veces por la espalda.  Solo porque ese asesinato fue capturado en video pudo la verdad llegar a las masas.Cuando las/os jóvenes negros de las comunidades oprimidas de Ferguson-Misuri; Baltimore-Maryland y Oakland-California decidieron levantarse valientemente y se rebelaron contra la brutalidad policial, el racismo y el sistema capitalista, fueron llamados “malhechores”, “alborotadores” y “rufianes”.  Por alguna razón, Dylann Roof, un muy bien entrenado supremacista blanco, está siendo pintado por los medios corporativos como un “lobo solitario” que debía estar “enfermo mentalmente”.  Estos medios han fracasado en abordar las cuestiones básicas, y tampoco han utilizado el lenguaje correcto.Ahora es el momento para que la Iglesia Negra vuelva a sus raíces de resistencia organizada, de la lucha por la libertad y la liberación.  Mientras recordamos también el atentado en 1963 de la Iglesia Bautista de la Calle 16 en Birmingham-Alabama que mató a cuatro niñas, canalicemos esta ira construyendo el movimiento tal y como lo hicieron nuestros antepasados.  Hagamos que este dolor nos inspire para reunir nuestras comunidades y organizar cada bloque.  Hagamos que este trauma conduzca a una nueva generación para que persiga su libertad y su completa liberación.¡Que el pueblo se levante contra sus opresores!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Crackdown on prostitution continues in Limerick

first_imgPrint WhatsApp Advertisement AFTER two years of investigation, a Dubliner, in his 50s, together with his partner, aged in her 30s, were arrested in Limerick last weekend as part of a major operation into the crackdown of prostitution and the running of brothels in Limerick and the surrounding areas. Believed to be a “main figure” in the city’s illegal sex trade, he was arrested and detained as part of a nationwide investigation. Two apartments on opposite quaysides of the River Shannon were searched last weekend, where documents and large number of items were seized.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Gardai described it as a “significant arrest,” and the “file is now with the DPP.Addresses at two city locations were targeted.The crackdown on brothels in Limerick is continuing.Figures compiled reveal that Limerick has one of the highest rates of detection in the illegal sex trade.Operations last month saw gardai raid short term rented apartments, and a number of people questioned.The raids were in connection to a recent increase in “the lunchtime brothel trade,” where two Romanian, two Czech and two Polish women were questioned but released without charge.A Dutch woman and a UK national were also questioned in connection with a raid at an address in Newcastle West. Limerick District Court had fined three Romanian women €200 each after they were charged with soliciting for the purposes of prostitution on Thomas Street on June 6. Twitter Emailcenter_img NewsLocal NewsCrackdown on prostitution continues in LimerickBy admin – July 8, 2011 759 Linkedin Facebook Previous articleIRFU to feature in RWC GameNext articleIt’s straight from the kitchen garden @ No.1 adminlast_img read more

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I am a 46 year old unemployed separated man

first_imgIrish Life Health of the Nation research reveals significantly fewer people in Ireland are happier in 2020 Facebook Judy Moloney MIACPHey Jude,I am a 46 year old unemployed separated man.  I am a father to 2 sons and grandfather to 3 gorgeous kids.  I adore my grandchildren and love to see them as much as possible.  I get on with my 2 sons ok, we try to get along, and deep down we do love each other, but we argue a lot.  To be honest, I think we are quite similar.  I’ve found myself in a rut over the past few years.  I was made redundant 3 years ago and I still can’t find a stable job.  I don’t go out much anymore because I don’t have the money or motivation to and I’m feeling a bit low.  What can I do to help myself?Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Tom TAGSadviceMental Healthseparationseperatoiunemployed NewsHealthLifestyleI am a 46 year old unemployed separated manBy Judy Moloney – September 6, 2018 2434 Email Advertisement WhatsApp Previous articleArnold the only change in Munster team for GlasgowNext articleTaoiseach calls for plebiscite to see if Limerick voters want to elect their own Mayor Judy Moloneyhttp://www.judymoloney.comJudy Moloney MIACP is a highly qualified and accredited psychotherapist who works fulltime out of her clinic in Limerick city.Struggling with problems in life, love, work or college? Suffering from overwhelming anxiety or just feeling stuck in a rut?If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, then email Judy your questions [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Karen seeks mental health support for cancer patients Limerick Post Show | Limerick Mental Health Mental Health Charity Let’s Get Talking open new outreach in Midwest Hi Tom,Thanks for writing in, I’m glad you have decided it’s time to make some changes, even if you don’t know what they are going to be yet!  It can be hard sometimes to know what to do to change, because often it feels like there is too much to overcome and overwhelm can set it, and in turn, we do nothing.  That’s totally understandable.  Of course there are things you can do however, I’ll start by breaking down a few of these things.First off, I want to draw your attention to how you perceive yourself.  Your first sentence is quite telling of that.  “I am a 46 year old unemployed separated man.”  That’s quite a statement Tom.  Look at the details, your age is 46 years, you currently don’t have a job, you were married, now separated.  While all of that may be true, they don’t sum up who you are.  You’re talking about your age, marital status, employment record and gender.  Granted, I might sound a bit pedantic here,  but I just want to show you how we can focus on ourselves based on our external status or societal roles, instead of who we are internally.  Your history to date does not define who you are as a person.  Take some time to reflect on that sentence again, “I am ______”.  Are you kind, open minded, shy, cautious, trusting, generous, courageous, loving, protective?  You are many things, but you are not what you described yourself as.  I believe if you start to look at yourself from a different and fresh perspective, that it will help get you out of that rut and limiting mindset.The next thing to look at would be the relationship with your two sons, who clearly mean so much to you.  You are aware that because of similarities between you there is conflict or clashing of personalities at times.  While this can take its toll on familial relationships over the years,  I also hear that you realise there is strong love on both sides.  So again, take some time to reflect on what you can do together, either the three of you, or time with each son separately.  I would suggest an activity that you share a common interest in, something to keep the focus on so that the space for arguments is more limited.  Are there any activities that you enjoyed and perhaps haven’t done in a while?As for not having the money to go out, I understand when your finances are very limited that can impact on your freedom to do the things you enjoy.  However, think outside the box here, there are still ways to go out and interact that don’t cost a lot of money.  There are numerous men’s sheds around Limerick which provide a social space for men and don’t cost money.  There are clubs and groups you can join which aren’t much money either.  Check out your local community centre/hall for more information on these.  Look at notice boards in shops and post offices near you.  Once you start to open your mind a little to what is out there, you will notice that there are opportunities for you to connect with people and bring some meaning and identity back into your life.  Try out these few things I have suggested, because if you choose to do nothing, then nothing will change.  Best of luck! Green Ribbon Month aims to help end stigma and discrimination about mental health Twitter Linkedin Text for mental health support last_img read more

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