The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has called on the video games industry to commit to removing gambling-style elements such as loot boxes from games targeted at under-18s. Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter RSPH calls on games sector to introduce loot box safeguards 20th December 2019 | By contenteditor The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has called on the video games industry to commit to removing gambling-style elements such as loot boxes from games targeted at under-18s.It is also urging the sector to develop a set of criteria and employ technology to help identify disordered spending on loot boxes and content with gambling-style mechanics within mobile and console titles.This should be accompanied by efforts to better educate young people about the risks of gambling and activity that mimics gambling, the RSPH continued.It believes this education should start at primary school, as part of the Health Education Curriculum, supported by programmes to ensure parents, carers and teachers are better informed and able to help young people deal with gambling harms. Mental Health Support Teams in schools and colleges should also be trained to address the ill effects of gambling in young people.“Young people have told us that gambling and gambling-like activity are slowly but surely polluting hobbies and past-times that have traditionally been beneficial to their wellbeing,” RSPH chief executive Shirley Cramer said.The RSPH spoke out following the publication of its Skins in the Game survey, a report based on research funded by GambleAware, that surveyed 1,100 young people aged between 11 and 24 years old.The survey found that purchasing loot box or betting using skins as collateral (skin betting) were generally accepted by respondents as normal activity for young people. Of those surveyed, 90% believed buying loot boxes was normal for someone of their age, while 67% said the same of skin betting.However, it was generally accepted that respondents were not partaking in these activities without being aware each was a form of gambling, with 58% classing loot boxes as a game of chance, and 60% skin betting.Those that were aged between 11 and 14 years old were found to be more likely to have bought a loot box, with over a quarter (27%) doing so in the past week, compared to 16% aged 18 and over. Skin betting was also more prevalent in this age group.Yet this 11-14 segment was also less likely to classify such activities as gambling, and to associate gambling harms with experiencing mental health issues. The age group was also against loot boxes being classified as a form of gambling, with only 25% agreeing that this should be done. This jumped to 73% for those aged between 22 and 24.“Today, the vast majority of young people take part regularly in video-gaming and no doubt many will receive video games as Christmas presents,” Cramer said. “However we, and the young people we’ve spoken to are concerned at how firmly embedded gambling-type features are in many of these games.“The rise of loot boxes and skin betting have seen young people introduced to the same mechanisms that underpin gambling, through an industry that operates unchecked and unregulated on the back alleys of the internet, which young people can access from their bedrooms.”The survey also revealed potential concerns among younger people about the relationship between sports and gambling. While only one in ten had been to a stadium sponsored by a gambling operator in the past month, 55% of respondents said the relationship between sports and gambling was negative for young people.To address this, RSPH is calling for legislation to prevent gambling operators from acting as title sponsors for sports clubs, and for a prohibition on professionals from endorsing gambling-related activity to be written into athletes’ contracts.“As with any public health issue, this is one that requires a combination of measures focusing on both education and regulation,” Cramer said of the recommendations put forward by the RSPH.“Young people are not universally opposed to gambling and gambling-like activity; they simply want to be able to recognise where it appears in their lives and to make an informed decision as to whether to avoid it altogether, or to participate in a way that lowers the stakes for their health and wellbeing.” Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance People Sports betting Social gaming Video gaming AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Video Gaming Casino & games Regions: UK & Ireland
Switzerland’s Casino du Lac launches online offering Topics: Online casino Email Address Last month, the ESBK added a further 36 domains to its blacklist of unlicensed gambling websites that had been targeting players in Switzerland. 17th November 2020 | By Robert Fletcher Legal igaming launched in Switzerland in July 2019, and ESBK in July this year revealed licensed operators generated CHF23.5m (£19.5m/€21.7m/$25.8m) in revenue within the first six months of the market opening. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Pasino.ch will operate under Casino du Lac’s online gambling licence, which it secured from the Switzerland National Council (Bundesrat) in April, after the permit was ratified by the country’s federal gambling regulator Eidgenössische Spielbankenkommission (ESBK). Casino du Lac in January partnered with Evolution to power its online casino, allowing users to play across mobile, tablet and desktop. This agreement included Evolution providing live dealer roulette, baccarat and poker variants. The Pasino.ch website went live yesterday (16 November) and offers players access to a range of slot and casino-style table games. Regions: Switzerland Some 142 domains now feature on the list, with Bc.game, Allrightcasino.com, Campobet.com and Sportsbet.io among the latest additions. The latest launch comes after Casinos Austria International’s Grand Casino Bern in Kursaal also rolled out a new online gambling website in September. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Online casino Tags: Casino du Lac Land-based casino revenue in 2019 reached CHF742.5m, of which category A licensees – larger venues in urban areas – contributed CHF449.0m. Partouche Group-owned Casino du Lac in Meyrin has become the latest land-based casino in Switzerland to launch an online gambling offering.
Fincorp Investment Ltd (FINC.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Investment sector has released it’s 2014 abridged results.For more information about Fincorp Investment Ltd (FINC.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Fincorp Investment Ltd (FINC.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Fincorp Investment Ltd (FINC.mu) 2014 abridged results.Company ProfileFincorp Investment Limited operates solely as an investment company that is fully owned by the Mauritius Commercial Bank. The company offers services in funds management, property investment, and specialised services in mortgaging, property investment products and property development. Fincorp Investment Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.
Stanbic IBTC Bank (IBTC.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2015 annual report.For more information about Stanbic IBTC Bank (IBTC.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Stanbic IBTC Bank (IBTC.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Stanbic IBTC Bank (IBTC.ng) 2015 annual report.Company ProfileStanbic IBTC Plc is a financial services company in Nigeria offering banking products and services for the retail, corporate, investment and wealth management sectors. The Personal and Corporate Banking division provides a full-service offering ranging from transactional accounts to residential accommodation loans, vehicle and equipment finance and instalment finance. The Corporate and Investment Banking division offers products and services for foreign exchange, fixed income and equity trading as well as transactional banking, corporate and property lending and custodial and trade finance services. The Wealth Management division provides services for investment management, pension management, portfolio management, unit trust/fund management and trusteeship services. Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc undertakes venture capital projects and private equity investments; acts as an executor and trustee of wills and trusts; and provides agency, insurance brokerage and stockbroking services. Founded in 1989, Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc is a subsidiary of Stanbic Africa Holdings Limited. Its company head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Stanbic IBTC Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
DCMS committee chair Julian Knight said: “It’s very disappointing and a real missed opportunity. It would have given fans hope for the future to see a national event that brings people together was being protected for all. That’s a message that becomes even more important in a time like this.”Rugby World recently ran a poll on Twitter asking if the Six Nations should remain on free-to-air television and an overwhelming majority said yes. Close-up: A TV camera catches the action during England v Ireland (Getty Images) Six Nations not added to protected free-to-air listThe chances of the Six Nations moving behind a paywall have increased after the Government rejected a request to ensure the championship remains on free-to-air television.The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Select Committee had called for the Six Nations to be added to the list of sports events on the protected broadcast free-to-air list.MP Gavin Newlands tabled the motion, which stated that the possibility of the tournament moving to a pay-to-view subscription service “risks losing an audience that has been build up and will stymie the ability of the sport to attract young players to the game”.However, this motion has been rejected by the Government. Yet with Six Nations organisers not allowing joint bids from broadcasters, as is the case with the current deal involving the BBC and ITV that runs until 2021, it is now more likely to move behind a paywall.Sky Sports are reported to be the favourites to secure the live broadcasting rights for the championship from 2022, with a deal worth £300m being mooted. Government rejects motion to keep championship on terrestrial television LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The protected list includes the Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup Finals, Wimbledon, the FA Cup final, the Grand National and the Rugby World Cup final. These are classed as Group A in the listed sporting events and must be given full live coverage on free-to-air terrestrial broadcasters.There are other events, classed as Group B, that can be covered live on subscription channels provided there is secondary coverage – highlights for example – shown on free-to-air broadcasters.The Government has ruled that the Six Nations will remain in this category, along with the Commonwealth Games, Ryder Cup, Cricket World Cup and World Athletics Championship. The April issue of Rugby World magazine – focusing on a new generation of Six Nations stars – is out now.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
South African Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa, July 15.With growing threats to the independence and sovereignty of the African continent, the African Union held its 2012 summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on July 15-16. The meeting was originally scheduled to be held in Malawi, but the country’s new president, Joyce Banda, refused to host the event if Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir attended.Bashir has been targeted by the International Criminal Court, which has issued warrants for his arrest along with other leading officials in the Republic of Sudan government. The AU has over the last few years since the warrants were issued refused to acknowledge the efforts of the Netherlands-based entity due to the problems such actions pose for maintaining the organization’s unity.Under its previous leader, the late Bingu wa Mutharika, Malawi hosted the Sudanese leader last year at the regional summit meeting. President Banda, the country’s first woman leader, said that she is seeking to rebuild relations with donor states that had been at odds with the former head-of-state, resulting in severe economic problems for the impoverished Southern African country.This year’s summit was marked by a struggle over control of the full-time position of commission chair. Jean Ping of Gabon had held the post since it was established, and his continued tenure was a source of conflict within the organization.The AU has an annual rotating presidency now held by Benin’s president, Thomas Boni Yayi. The position of commission chair is a post whose appointment lasts for four years and is more administrative in nature.In Addis Ababa, the vote over who would control the position took on gender and regional dimensions. Since the formation of the AU in 2002, the commission chair position had not been held by anyone from the Southern African region.Also, the position had never been held by a woman until now. This year’s decision by the African leaders brought about the election of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the minister of Home Affairs for the Republic of South Africa and a longtime member of the ruling African National Congress.The ANC, in a statement responding to the election of one of its members to the post, said, “Comrade Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has the potential and the capacity to take the AU to new heights owing to her accumulated experience in the liberation movement led by the ANC both in exile and in the country, women structures as well as a minister in government including international relations.” (allafrica.com, July 16)The statement went on to point out: “As a Minister of Foreign Affairs, she (Dlamini-Zuma) championed a number of initiatives in the multi-lateral forums where she argued consistently on the need to re-organize these forums to accommodate developing nations as equal partners. … She is known for her views on issues of women empowerment and those on the receiving end of poverty.”Challenges for the AU including imperialist interventionA number of critical issues are facing the AU during this period. One positive outcome of the Addis Ababa summit was the meeting held between Republic of Sudan’s president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir and Republic of South Sudan’s president, Silva Kiir.The two recently separated states have numerous issues that remain unresolved involving border demarcations, the utilization and compensation for oil resources and the ongoing conflict in the western Darfur region. Both Bashir and Kiir agreed to hold further negotiations in order for these outstanding questions to be agreed upon in a manner satisfactory to both governments.In reference to the situation inside the Republic of Sudan itself, the AU Peace and Security Council stressed the importance of resuming talks between the government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army/Movement-North in order to reach an agreement over the status of South Kordofan and Blue Nile. Both states are areas of dispute between Khartoum (Sudan capital) and Juba (South Sudan capital). They are areas where fighting is continuing between the SPLA-N and the central government.A statement issued by the AUPSC says, “The Council welcomes the acceptance by both Parties of the need for the resumption of negotiations, and urges them to commence these negotiations immediately under the facilitation of the AU and the Chair of the Inter-regional Governmental Authority on Development.” The same statement urges both Parties “to maintain the neutrality and integrity of humanitarian assistance consistent with respect for the sovereignty of the Republic of Sudan.” (Sudan Tribune, July 15)In April, the two countries were on the verge of the re-emergence of full-scale war when the South Sudan army took control of the Heglig oil fields near the border with the North. South Sudan had complained over differences related to the compensation for and distribution of oil in the region.The tensions were eased when the SPLA-N agreed to withdraw its forces from Heglig. Nonetheless, the oil industry in South Sudan remains paralyzed after relations broke down between the neighbors.In the North, the drastic decline in oil revenues from fields in the South has brought about the imposition of austerity by Khartoum. These austerity measures have prompted demonstrations against the Bashir government by students and opposition groups which have called for his resignation.Another major issue facing the AU is the continuing crisis in Mali, where a military coup in the capital of Bamako and a secessionist movement in the North have divided the country politically. Several armed groups, including the Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) Ansar Dine, the Arab National Liberation Front and others, have been struggling over control of the region.The AU has largely relied upon the Economic Community of West African States, the 16-member regional organization, to take the lead in resolving the Mali crisis. However, there has not been the previously discussed intervention of ECOWAS troops to put down the rebellion in the North as well as stabilizing the government in the South, where differences exist over a negotiated coalition regime composed of both military and civilian elements.In regard to the escalating tensions in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the AU announced on July 15 that it is preparing to send a peacekeeping contingent to the area. Presidents Joseph Kabila of the DRC and Paul Kagame of Rwanda both attended the Summit.Rwanda has been accused of supporting a mutiny by DRC military forces in the eastern region, a claim which President Kagame has denied. The M23 rebel group, which has taken several towns in the area, says that it only wants grievances addressed and is requesting dialogue with the DRC government based in Kinshasha.The post-colonial African situation has created numerous conflicts throughout the continent that preclude genuine independence, sovereignty and unity across national and regional boundaries. The current conflict in Somalia is a case in point, where several neighboring states allied with the U.S. are inside the country fighting to prevent the al-Shabab resistance movement from taking power.With the formation of the United States Africa Command in 2008, the political stability of the continent has been seriously threatened. In Libya during 2011, Africom and NATO waged a war of regime change that led to thousands of deaths, including that of the leader, Col. Moammar Gadhafi.Africom has a base in Djibouti and is increasing its surveillance and reconnaissance missions throughout East, Central and West Africa. The U.S. deployed at least 100 Special Forces to four different countries in Central and East Africa last October.Therefore, if the AU does not take action to resolve these ongoing conflicts, the imperialist states led by the U.S. will deepen their penetration of the continent. Imperialist intervention will only worsen the economic and humanitarian crises in Africa, as the situations in Libya and Somalia have proven.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Nelson Mandela y Fidel Castro28 de noviembre de 2016Ninguna otra figura política fuera de África simbolizó la solidaridad global con las aspiraciones del pueblo, desde las regiones del norte hasta el subcontinente, más que el Comandante Presidente Fidel Castro Ruz, de la República de Cuba.Los lazos históricos, políticos y culturales entre el pueblo de África y Cuba se remontan a más de cinco siglos. Cuba fue colonizada por imperios europeos utilizando el trabajo de africanos esclavizados, cuya súper-explotación sentó las bases para el surgimiento del capitalismo mundial y el imperialismo.En un discurso pronunciado en La Habana el 19 de abril de 1976, en conmemoración del décimo quinto aniversario de la heroica victoria sobre los mercenarios exiliados coordinados por los agentes de la CIA en Playa Girón, el dirigente cubano dijo: “Somos un pueblo latinoafricano enemigo del colonialismo, el neocolonialismo, el racismo y el apartheid a los que protege y apaña el imperialismo yanki”.Castro estaba respondiendo a la propaganda estadounidense que castigaba el papel del Estado socialista que había desplegado 55.000 de sus propias tropas a partir de octubre de 1975 a petición del Dr. Agostinho Neto, líder del Movimiento Popular para la Liberación de Angola (MPLA), el frente independentista liderado por marxistas.El MPLA había luchado contra el colonialismo portugués desde 1961. Cada vez estaba más rodeado por fuerzas reaccionarias respaldadas por EUA: el Frente para la Liberación Nacional de Angola y la Unión para la Independencia Total de Angola.La intervención de Cuba en 1975-76 resultó decisiva para la rápida consolidación del MPLA como partido gobernante de Angola, país rico en petróleo. Los internacionalistas cubanos permanecerían en Angola hasta 1989, tras la derrota de las fuerzas racistas sudafricanas y la independencia de la vecina Namibia (Sudáfrica occidental), que había estado bajo la ocupación del régimen del apartheid.Africanas/os lamentan muerte de FidelNumerosos líderes políticos africanos han expresado sus condolencias al gobierno y al pueblo cubano.La nación de Argelia en el norte de África declaró ocho días de duelo oficial en honor al líder revolucionario, quien ayudó en la defensa del país durante los primeros años de lucha por independizarse de Francia.El presidente argelino Abdelaziz Bouteflika saludó al fallecido revolucionario cubano como “auténtico defensor de los valores de la paz, el respeto y la soberanía nacional, y de su inquebrantable lucha por los derechos de las personas a la libre determinación. … Esta es también una gran pérdida para el pueblo de Argelia que tiene una relación especial con El Comandante, forjada de respeto, admiración y afecto mutuo”. (Agencia de noticias Xinhua, 27 de noviembre)El presidente José Eduardo dos Santos de la República de Angola llamó a Castro “una figura extraordinaria de trascendente importancia histórica”. Aproximadamente un total de 350.000 cubanos internacionalistas sirvieron en Angola durante la guerra contra las fuerzas de contrarrevolución apoyadas por EUA, incluyendo al brutal ejército sudafricano.El presidente de la República de Namibia, Hage Geingob, de la Organización del Pueblo de Sudáfrica Occidental (SWAPO), el movimiento de liberación nacional que luego se convirtiera en partido político gobernante que ha mantenido el poder en el estado post-apartheid desde su independencia en marzo de 1990, dijo que la lucha en Angola “fue el momento decisivo en la liberación del África meridional”.Las unidades militares de SWAPO lucharon junto a las fuerzas de defensa angoleñas, las Um Khonto we Sizwe – el ejército guerrillero del Congreso Nacional Africano – y los internacionalistas cubanos en batallas por la total independencia de Angola.El presidente Jacob Zuma, actual líder del partido gobernante de Sudáfrica, dijo: “Castro lideró la revolución cubana y dedicó toda su vida no sólo a la libertad del pueblo cubano y el derecho del Estado cubano a su soberanía y autodeterminación, sino también por la libertad de otros pueblos oprimidos en todo el mundo”.El ministro de comercio de Sudáfrica, Rob Davies, enfatizó cómo “Castro fue uno de los gigantes de la revolución en el siglo XX. Él desempeñó un papel fundamental en la liberación de África meridional, particularmente en la batalla de Cuito Cuanavale – el Stalingrado del apartheid. Castro mostró una increíble solidaridad y aseguró que nuestros combatientes prevalecieran, haciendo que la transición en Sudáfrica fuera imparable”.El ministro de salud Aaron Motsoaledi subrayó: “A través de la iniciativa Mandela-Castro, Castro envió médicos a Sudáfrica para trabajar en hospitales rurales. A los médicos cubanos se les enseña a trabajar en la atención primaria de la salud, que es lo que el mundo necesita, y de esta manera Castro fue un hombre que se adelantó a sus tiempos”. (Iol.co.za, 26 de noviembre)El Zimbabwe Sunday Mail citó al presidente Robert Mugabe diciendo en numerosas ocasiones que Fidel era un gran amigo de Zimbabue y África. El imperialismo estadounidense ha impuesto sanciones tanto a Cuba como a Zimbabue durante muchos años. (27 de nov.)El Sunday Mail también señaló cómo tanto el Presidente Mugabe como Joshua Nkomo, líder de la Unión del Pueblo Africano de Zimbabue-Frente Patriótico (ZAPU-PF), estaban en deuda con el apoyo proporcionado por Cuba en el proceso revolucionario africano.El ala militar del ZAPU-PF, el Ejército Revolucionario del Pueblo de Zimbabwe (ZIPRA), contó con el apoyo del gobierno cubano durante la campaña de guerrilla contra los ejércitos de Rhodesia y Sudáfrica.El ex cuadro de ZIPRA Grace Noko dijo: “Cuando fuimos a entrenar en Cuba, fuimos bien recibidos y recibimos un buen tratamiento durante el curso de nuestro entrenamiento. … Castro era un hombre cálido que odiaba el racismo y la opresión. Odiaba a las personas que despreciaban a los negros por su color.Noko agregó que “nuestros líderes, como el Dr. Joshua Nkomo, fueron inspirados por Castro. Los aconsejó sobre el derecho a la independencia, la libertad económica y la necesidad de luchar contra la desigualdad. El entrenamiento fue bien conducido, duro y de alto nivel. Estábamos entrenados no sólo para luchar en la guerra, sino también para luego liberarnos económicamente”.Enorme asistencia cubana por epidemia de ÉbolaEn 2014, el personal médico cubano fue desplegado a Liberia y Sierra Leona después de la rápida propagación de la pandemia del Ébola. El brote, el peor de la historia, afectó a tres estados de África Occidental: Liberia, Guinea-Conakry y Sierra Leona.Hasta los medios corporativos y el gobierno de EUA se vieron obligados a reconocer la contribución fenomenal de Cuba a los esfuerzos para contener y erradicar la enfermedad, que dejó más de 11.000 muertos y miles más gravemente enfermos, incluyendo profesionales de la salud en los tres países.Un artículo publicado por este autor durante la epidemia de la pandemia del Ébola el 4 de noviembre de 2014 fue re-publicado en agosto de este año por el sitio web del líder cubano, fidelcastro.cu. Hizo hincapié en que “los trabajadores cubanos de la salud han desempeñado un papel primordial en el continente africano durante décadas. El gobierno revolucionario ve su trabajo en la lucha contra la enfermedad del virus Ébola (EVD) como una manifestación del internacionalismo y solidaridad con África”.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
“Why is Sakhi Righi being kept in prison although his health is worsening and he could legally be given a conditional release?” said Reza Moini, the head of RSF’s Iran/Afghanistan desk. “His detention is cruel and has gone on for too long. We are extremely concerned for his health. We point out that under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a party, depriving prisoners of medical care can be regarded as violation of the ban on torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.” Follow the news on Iran IranMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Judicial harassmentInternet Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is very worried about Sakhi Righi, an Iranian blogger who has been held for the past nine years and who has been on hunger strike for 26 days in protest against his prison conditions and the prison administration’s refusal to grant him a parole. RSF reminds Iran of its obligations as regards the treatment of prisoners. Ranked 164th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index, Iran is one of the world’s five biggest jailers of journalists and citizen-journalists, with a total of 30 currently held. Furthermore, he is being held in a prison that is 1,600 km from Zahedan, his home town in the far east of Iran, where he was living when arrested in 2009 and where his family still lives. This limits visits by his family, who have not been able to visit him for the past seven months. And he has not been able to call his family for the past week. Organisation March 18, 2021 Find out more News February 25, 2021 Find out more The prison authorities are not only refusing to release him but are also holding him in appalling conditions in Karon prison, in the southwestern city of Ahvaz. Although suffering from hypothyroidism, he is being denied medical care and, in the nine years he has been held, he has never been granted even a short-term parole, although that is also his right. News July 20, 2018 Iranian blogger on hunger strike in protest against continued detention IranMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Judicial harassmentInternet RSF_en Aside from his critical blog posts, Righi’s main crime was to have the same surname as Abdolmalek Righi, the head of an armed opposition group in the region who was eventually hanged on 20 June 2010. News Help by sharing this information News to go further Righi was arrested on 18 June 2009 for posting articles on his Balochistan-s blog that were critical of the situation in the Zahedan region and that month’s controversial presidential election. After torture was used to extract a confession, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison – an unprecedentedly long term for a blogger – on charges of “publishing false information” and “activities against national security.” The jail term was eventually reduced to ten years under article 134 of the new Islamic penal code, under which a person convicted on several criminal charges serves only the longest sentence. After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists June 9, 2021 Find out more Under Iranian law, convicted prisoners can be given a conditional release after completing a third of their sentence and Righi completed a third of his original 20-year sentence more than two years ago. Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Receive email alerts
Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam VietnamAsia – Pacific News April 7, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Follow the news on Vietnam Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison Reporters Without Borders condemns the Vietnamese public security ministry’s decision to prevent the well-known blogger Huynh Ngoc Chenh from travelling abroad.Winner of the 2013 Netizen Prize, which Reporters Without Borders awards annually with support from Google, Chenh and his daughter were stopped at Ho Chi Minh City airport as they were about to board a flight to the United States on 10 May.Reporters Without Borders regards the travel ban as a reprisal for Chenh’s blogging and staunch defence of freedom of expression. His influence as a blogger is growing both within Vietnam as well as internationally and the Netizen Prize is thought to have played a role in the decision to impose the ban.Chenh’s blog is very popular in Vietnam although it is blocked by the authorities and can be accessed only by using censorship circumvention software. Reporters Without Borders has described it as “an example to follow” in a country where freedom of information is openly flouted.When awarded the Netizen Prize on World Day Against Cyber-Censorship, Chenh said in a phone call from Vietnam: “This award represents a great deal for me. It is a new source of inspiration. It is also and above all a reward and sign of hope for bloggers and independent journalists in Vietnam, and all those who are being denied their right to freedom of expression.” He added: “The international community’s support will give us more courage to continue our struggle for freedom of information. It will help all of us to overcome our fears and speak more freely.” Chenh’s international travel ban is not isolated. Several bloggers were prevented from travelling abroad last year. They included Nguoi Buon Gio, J.B. Nguyen Huu Vinh, Huynh Ngoc Tuan and Tuan’s son, Huynh Trong Hieu, who was to have travelled to the United States to accept Human Rights Watch’s Hellman Hemmett Prize on behalf of his father.“Many bloggers have, like me, been forbidden to leave the country, which is a human rights violation,” Gio told Reporters Without Borders. “Vague reasons are usually given for these bans such as national security, the reason given in my case. They are reprisals that the Vietnamese authorities use with bloggers they don’t like. The bans just reinforce the feeling that a blog to press for more rights is essential.”Vietnam is the world’s second biggest prison for netizens, with a total of 31 currently detained. Bloggers and other news providers regarded as too outspoken are hounded by the Communist Party, forced to censor themselves or jailed.Recent examples include the use of police violence against participants in “human rights picnics” on 5 May and the record jail terms imposed on bloggers such as Dieu Cay and Ta Phong Tan, who were sentenced on appeal on 28 December to 12 and 10 years in prison followed by five years of house arrest.Vietnam is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Enemies of the Internet” and has been ranked 172nd out of 179 countries in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index for the past two years. April 22, 2021 Find out more to go further VietnamAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang News May 13, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Netizen Prize winner prevented from taking international flight April 27, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Receive email alerts
Facebook Print Advertisement TAGSBallyhoura bike trailsCoillteESBLimerick County CouncilMusic LimerickTom Enright #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Linkedin LIMERICK County Councillors have approved the raising of a loan of €80,000 for Ballyhoura Heritage and Environment Ltd to assist in the development of its mountain bike trails.Director of Services for Economic Development and Planning, Tom Enright confirmed that Ballyhoura Heritage have been given a commitment from ESB Wind Development and Coillte to invest €160,000 in December 2015 pending the Castlepook Wind Farm Development progressing.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Ballyhoura Heritage are now seeking bridging finance of €80,000 from Limerick County Council and a further €80,000 from Cork County Council to ensure that the trails develop into one of Europe’s leading mountain bike destinations.Mr Enright told council members that the funding would be repaid on receipt of the €160,000 from ESB Wind Development and Coillte in December 2015.With the 2014 European Mountain Bike Marathon Championships taking place in Ballyhoura this June, the project was one county councillors were highly supportive of.Cllr Liam Galvin (FG) said he was quite happy to see the loan of €80,000 approved and described the Ballyhoura mountain bike trails as a “great asset to the public”.Cllr David Moloney (Lab) commented, “The Ballyhoura mountain bike trails are a huge success story attracting a large number of domestic, national and international tourists to the region.”Cllr Jerome Scanlon (FG) said the loan was well worthwhile and highlighted the trails’ potential for very high reward.“Other parts of the county need to take a leaf out of Ballyhoura’s book,” he declared.Meanwhile, Cllr James Collins (FF), who himself uses the bike trails, suggested that a similar child friendly bike trail could be provided in Curraghchase.“We should be supporting outdoor adventure tourism. Ballyhoura is a mountain bike trail for adults and we are missing out on another target audience. A similar facility is needed for teenagers and kids,” said Collins.Cllr Stephen Keary (FG) asked where the onus to repay the loan would fall if Ballyhoura Heritage did not receive the investment of €160,000 from ESB Wind Development and Coillte?Director of Services, Tom Enright assured Cllr Keary that Ballyhoura Heritage would still be obliged to pay back the loan.The 2014 European Mountain Bike Marathon Championships takes place in Ballyhoura on June 14 and 15 next. Twitter Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch NewsLocal NewsBallyhoura bike trail follows new market in sports tourismBy Alan Jacques – February 6, 2014 871 #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Previous articleArty jigs and reelsNext articleTravellers claim council is all promises and no action Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick New Music: 40Hurtz