September 24, 2021

Casino drives Kindred to revenue growth in first half

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address Tags: Online Gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Kindred Group has reported a year-on-year rise in revenue during the first half of the year, despite its business being impacted by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.Gross winnings revenue for the six months through to 30 June totalled £484.8m (€531.9m/$617.7m), an increase of 7.6% from £450.6m in the same period last year.Kindred, which earlier this month forecast revenue growth for the period, said that this rise was down positive performances across a number of markets, as well as its ongoing focus on product differentiation.Gross winnings revenue on sports betting amounted to £190.0m in the first half, down 11.8% from £215.4m in the first six months of 2019, with Kindred putting this down to the cancellation or postponement of many major sports events due to Covid-19.However, Kindred said this area of the business began to improve towards the end of the period, following the return of certain sports, including a number of major European football leagues and horse racing in various markets.Gross winnings revenue from other products – including casino, poker and bingo – came in at £294.8m, up 25.3% from £235.2m last year. Casino revenue totalled £263.3m, while poker revenue hit £17.2m and bingo £14.3m.Kindred noted that the reduced sports betting market during H1 saw more of its players switch to other products, which in turn led to the overall rise in revenue.Looking at geographical performance, Western Europe remained Kindred’s most active market by some margin, with revenue amounting to £293.8m, up 6.7% from £275.3m.Nordics revenue in the first half came in at £126.9m, while revenue from Central, Eastern and Southern Europe amounted to £43.1m. Revenue from other markets totalled £21.0m during the six-month period.Kindred added that it expects revenue in its ‘other market’ sector to increase in the second half, given that it is due to launch in Indiana – its third US state – via a partnership with Caesars Entertainment at the end of this month. After this, the operator is seeking to launch in at least two more states in 2021.“Our US business continues to develop very strongly, despite the loss of offline revenues and the disruption to sports,” Kindred chief executive Henrik Tjärnström said.“After less than a year of operations, the US already accounted for more than 2.5% of the group’s gross winnings revenue and this share is expected to accelerate in coming quarters, especially as further states go live.”In terms of spending for the period, cost of sales amounted to £204.2m, up 1.6% from £201.0m last year. Betting duties spend was slightly down to £98.1m, while marketing revenue share was relatively level at £25.3m and other costs edged up to £80.8.Operating costs in H1 were up slightly to £212.2m, with salaries costs jumping 20.3% to £56.2m, despite Kindred reducing its workforce in the period in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Marketing costs were cut from £106.8m to £96.6m. Other operating costs fell slightly to £33.6m in H1.Despite costs edging up in the first half, revenue growth meant that Kindred was able to end the period with $68.4m in underlying profit, compared to £38.1m at the same point last year.After taking into account other spending, including £10.8m worth of accelerated amortisation of acquired intangible assets and £8.6m in foreign currency loss, the operator posted £33.7m in profit before, up 4.0% on last year.Kindred paid £5.9m in income tax during the first half, which meant it ended the six-month period with £27.8m in profit after tax, slightly up from £27.6m in 2019.In addition, Kindred noted that the actions it took to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on the business led to earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation of £94.2m, up 51.9% from last year.The interim report also included details of Kindred’s performance in the second quarter, during which some major sports events returned and thus boosted the operator’s sports betting arm.Revenue for the three-month period totalled £235.1m, up 4.0% on the previous year, while profit after tax rocketed 114.4% to £26.8m. Underlying EBITDA was also up 67.3% to £51.7m in the quarter.“Our teams around the world have worked incredibly well in the new environment, both in dealing with the challenges from the pandemic and in driving efficiency as our cost reduction programme continues,” Tjärnström said.“Kindred remains conscious of the risk of further disruption both to sports and the wider economy, so we will continue to manage the overall cost base carefully.”The operator also offered an insight into its current performance, saying that in the period to 19 July, sportsbook margins were 20% higher than average, while gross winnings revenue was 40% above average.In the US, average daily gross winnings revenue for the period increased by 32% compared to the daily average for the second quarter 2020.Analysts at Regulus Partners also offered their view on the first half performance, saying that the results show Kindred “demonstrated the value of geographic and product diversity”. However, Regulus also warned that Kindred could face challenges following the return of sports.Regulus said: “During the acute period of Covid-19 disruption it has helped enormously to have a high gaming mix. However, as mainstream sports and mass market engagement returns, increasing sports-led global and local competition is likely to re-exert pressure on Kindred’s waterfront .com – regulated business model, in our view.” Casino & gamescenter_img Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Kindred Group has reported a year-on-year rise in revenue during the first half of the year, despite its business being impacted by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. 24th July 2020 | By contenteditor Casino drives Kindred to revenue growth in first halflast_img read more

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Africa Prudential Registrars Plc (AFRIPR.ng) Q32013 Interim Report

first_imgAfrica Prudential Registrars Plc (AFRIPR.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Financial sector has released it’s 2013 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Africa Prudential Registrars Plc (AFRIPR.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Africa Prudential Registrars Plc (AFRIPR.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Africa Prudential Registrars Plc (AFRIPR.ng)  2013 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileAfrica Prudential Registrars Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria providing share registration services for investors, businesses and institutions. The company offers a range of other services which includes maintaining registers, paying dividends and interest on investments, issuing shares and debenture certificates, managing shareholder enquiries, managing scrip and right issues for clients as well as IPOs, Right Issues and State government bonds. Africa Prudential Registrars are leaders in the field of automation and have pioneered innovative solutions that have transformed how shares are managed on the African continent. The company’s head office is based in Lagos, Nigeria. Africa Prudential Registrars Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Interlinked Technologies Plc (INTERL.ng) HY2017 Interim Report

first_imgInterlinked Technologies Plc (INTERL.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Engineering sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the half year.For more information about Interlinked Technologies Plc (INTERL.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Interlinked Technologies Plc (INTERL.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Interlinked Technologies Plc (INTERL.ng)  2017 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileInterlinked Technologies Plc develops, manufactures and markets porcelain and jointing materials for the energy, telecommunications and industrial sectors in Nigeria. The company was established to market and distribute the innovative Heat Shrink Technology pioneers by Raychem Corporation of Menlo Park, California. It has diversified into component design and manufacture, systems designs and upgrades, procurement and installation of complete power distribution substations and networks and engineering facility management. The ceramic products are marketed under the brand name Insulex and Aquakleen. Interlinked Technologies Plc’s head office is in Ikeja, Lagos and has a liaison office in Abuja for infrastructural development work in the Federal Capital Territory. Interlinked Technologies Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Black Forest / Stocker Dewes Architekten

first_img Year:  Award:Hugo-Häring-Auszeichnung 2014 BDA Kreisgruppe Freiburg/Breisgau Hochschwarzwald [Award]City:FreiburgCountry:GermanyMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Yohan ZerdounRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsWoodHESS TIMBERTimber – GLT HybridFiber Cements / CementsULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Leioa School RestorationFiber Cements / CementsRieder GroupFacade Panels – concrete skinText description provided by the architects. Building task was to re-use a former horse stable to a residential and office building. The space program includes office space with the necessary ancillary rooms and a residential unit for a three – person family.Save this picture!Floor PlanThe building is situated on a plot, at the end of a valley, with a surrounding forest landscape.Save this picture!© Yohan ZerdounThe design idea was to reflect again the structure of the forest in the choice of the material of facade and roof.Save this picture!© Yohan ZerdounThe facade was covered with wavy-grained fir wood, symbolizing the tree trunks of the surrounding forest landscape, the intensive green roof the pine green.Save this picture!© Yohan ZerdounWith the long, narrow shape, the building obtains inside a clear separation of the two functions of living and working.Save this picture!© Yohan ZerdounThe main entrance opens up to a tall office space, with the necessary desks on the gallery level. Then to the ancillary rooms, using the former feed alley and the residential unit in the rear of the building.Save this picture!SectionWith few materials in the interior, mainly plaster on the inner surfaces of the exterior walls and roof surfaces, exposed concrete ceiling, oak and silkscreen plates for the internals, as well as screed and concrete on the ground constitute with the outside facade a restrained elegance.Save this picture!© Yohan ZerdounProject gallerySee allShow lessStudents of Ball State Construct Parametric Tensegrity Structure for Local Art FairSelected Projectsmatterbetter Launches Competition in Honor of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17Architecture News Share Houses Black Forest / Stocker Dewes Architekten ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/551717/black-forest-stocker-dewes-architekten Clipboard ArchDaily Save this picture!© Yohan Zerdoun+ 13 Share CopyHouses, Adaptive Reuse•Freiburg, Germany “COPY” Architects: Stocker Dewes Architekten Year Completion year of this architecture project Black Forest / Stocker Dewes ArchitektenSave this projectSaveBlack Forest / Stocker Dewes Architekten Germany Year:  Projects Photographs 2014 photographs:  Yohan ZerdounPhotographs:  Yohan Zerdoun Structural Engineers: CopyAbout this officeStocker Dewes ArchitektenOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentAdaptive reuseFreiburgHousesRefurbishmentGermanyPublished on October 03, 2014Cite: “Black Forest / Stocker Dewes Architekten” 03 Oct 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemPlasticsMitrexSolar SidingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BronzeArmchairsAndreu WorldGrand Raglan – Lounge ChairSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Frequency® FL-SeriesPlantingSikaGreen RoofsStonesCosentinoSilestone Surfaces – Ethereal CollectionMetal PanelsLongboard®Aluminum Battens – Link & Lock – 8″Panels / Prefabricated AssembliesFranken-SchotterFacade Panels – Dietfurt LimestoneWindowsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Casement Windows – Rabel 8400 Slim Super Thermal PlusWoodGustafsWood Cladding in St. Erik Eye HospitalLightsKKDCLighting – Groove FLEXMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/551717/black-forest-stocker-dewes-architekten Clipboard Scherberger und Fritsch Beratende Bauingenieure GmbH 2014 “COPY”last_img read more

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Panorama House / Sosu Architects

first_imgArchitects: Sosu Architects Area Area of this architecture project CopyApartments•Dong-gu, South Korea Manufacturers: Domus Tiles, DuraVent, VEKA, Ecolex, Inusbath ArchDaily Construction: Panorama House / Sosu ArchitectsSave this projectSavePanorama House / Sosu Architects Save this picture!© Kyung Roh+ 27Curated by Clara Ott Share Year:  “COPY” Area:  479 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Lead Architects: Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/915314/panorama-house-sosu-architects Clipboard Apartments Photographs:  Kyung Roh Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Photographs Seokhong Go, Mihee Kim “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/915314/panorama-house-sosu-architects Clipboard 2018 3-SQUARE Design Team:Esther SeoCity:Dong-guCountry:South KoreaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Kyung RohRecommended ProductsMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Arctic White – Colorfeel CollectionWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsHouse Where Scenery FlowsThe house is located in Geumhogang Riverside, Bangchon-dong, Daegu. The corner plot where two roads intersect is wide open to the riverside. For residents, the openness of this site is the perfect condition for bringing in the scenery of Riverside inside the house. For neighbors walking along the riverside, it’s a great chance to see the change of the building while walking along the riverside. Also, it would be completely different to observe the building in a height of river bank and on a road.Save this picture!© Kyung RohSave this picture!First Floor PlanSave this picture!© Kyung RohEvery house faces the river. The height of the window is adjusted so that the scenery observed from inside the house would feel like a widely spread panorama. Also, the linear pattern is emphasized in the exterior so that the scenery would flow along with the road and river. In addition, sequential lines are created by laying concrete blocks with different sides along with the exposed concrete. Like origami, the pitched roof is pointed toward various directions and the points seem to be overlapped when observed by the people walking along the riverside. That provides 3-dimensional effects to the building. Also, the pitched roof pointing toward various directions provide a sense of formation in the inner space.Save this picture!© Kyung RohMaterial Becomes SceneryThe building becomes the scenery which is forcibly shown to someone. As a part of the scenery, the building is seen once a day or every moment. When neighbors walk along the nearby river bank, they get tired of the same scenery. Most small buildings composing the town are decorated with various materials and colors to break the monotony. That’s how the buildings are mixed with monotony and disorder.Save this picture!© Kyung RohA new house in a town needs to be composed of one material while creating various sceneries. In response, ‘High-Strength Concrete Blocks’ are used as the main materials for composing the house. This single concrete material mainly composes the wall around the house. This concrete material shows a slightly different texture depending on the angle. The horizontal classification method shows the material as it is in each area while the wall is built up based on the meticulous calculation process. The meticulous process and efforts will provide pleasing monotony to people looking at the building.Save this picture!© Kyung RohSave this picture!Section ASave this picture!© Kyung RohSpace Embraces Scenery4 lessors households and 1 tenant household will be living in the house where scenery flows. The living rooms of all houses face the scenery of Geumhogang Riverside. Also, the concrete blocks wall creates a screen and it prevents people from walking in the river bank from peeping into the house. During the night time, the lights from the houses come through the screen wall to create completely new scenery. Also, the highest floor of the building has a maximum floor height. The inner space shows high floor height and roof shape for a new experience. The change in short light and shadow gets reflected in the white wall and ceiling of various angles along time seasonal and time change. The scenery changing every moment becomes the background of an affluent life.Save this picture!© Kyung RohProject gallerySee allShow lessJinhong Middle School Gymnasium / Le Architects StudioSelected ProjectsShop Zung / Studio ZungSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Hwarang-ro 88-gil, Bangchon-dong, Dong-gu, Daegu, South KoreaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Panorama House / Sosu Architects South Korea CopyAbout this officeSosu ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsDong-guSouth KoreaPublished on April 18, 2019Cite: “Panorama House / Sosu Architects” 17 Apr 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Poptel Technology offers win-a-Web site competition

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Digital Technology Poptel Technology offers win-a-Web site competition  25 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 8 August 2003 | News Poptel Technology is celebrating its first birthday in September by giving away a Web site in a competition.They are offering organisations the chance to win one of their ‘Click 2 Build’ Web sites, worth £4,875, together with a banner and stylesheet design or a Website Accessibility Audit worth £750.The competition closes on 25 December 2003. Advertisementlast_img read more

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In trial of killer cop, Black jurors struggle for guilty verdicts

first_imgAfter 27 hours of deliberation over six days, the jury in the trial of Robert Olsen, a DeKalb County officer charged with killing a nude, unarmed Anthony Hill, delivered its verdict Oct. 14. It found Olsen guilty on four of the six charges, but not guilty on the most serious — two charges of felony murder.Olsen’s claim that he had feared for his own safety when shooting the unarmed man — the often-used reason that self-defense is granted to police agents — found justification with some jurors. Numerous studies have shown that despite thousands of killings involving police, very few are indicted, and even fewer are convicted of any wrongdoing. There was hope that this time the circumstances surrounding Anthony Hill’s death would be different.Trial testimony from multiple witnesses revealed that Hill, an Afghanistan war veteran, the quiet, likeable 26-year-old Black man, who lived in an apartment complex with mostly Latinx residents, had been acting most unusually on March 9, 2015.He first appeared at the door of the leasing office, barefoot, wearing only shorts, unsteady on his feet and gesturing erratically.Two maintenance workers approached him and told him he should go home. When he said he didn’t know where he lived, they guided him back to his apartment. Minutes later he appeared climbing down from his second-floor balcony, totally nude.The staff of the complex saw him wandering in a playground area, crawling military style and peering around trees, and then crouched on a parking lot curb. Worried for his safety and well-being, they called 911 three times, seeking help for Hill.Olsen got the call for a possible “demented person” and, upon arriving at the complex, observed a naked man sitting on the curb.Hill, who had just been told by one of the maintenance workers that he should go back home because the police had been called, responded, “Don’t worry. The police are my friends.” He began moving toward Olsen with his hands outstretched. The cop drew his gun, shouted “stop” and fired two rounds into the naked Hill, killing him. Olsen initially claimed that Hill had physically pounded on his chest, forcing him to shoot. All evidence proved that to be a lie.Olsen’s defense team offered no witnesses and rested.The multiracial jury of seven women and five men deliberated for six contentious days while all the press gathered on the courthouse steps. It was the statements of Juror 31, the sole Black man on the jury panel, that received the most attention. He had decided to speak with Hill’s parents to let them know why Olsen was acquitted of murdering their son.This unidentified forklift driver emerged as the leading voice in the deliberations for guilty verdicts on all charges, along with four Black women and another juror. He described to the media how difficult it had been to hear some jurors repeat that Olsen had acted in self-defense.Once it became clear that it would be impossible to get a unanimous verdict on the felony murder charges, he said, this group of six stood firm that the evidence warranted guilt on the remaining four charges, including aggravated assault. Juror 31 explained why two of the Black women jurors cried when the verdicts were read in the courtroom. He had convinced them that making the compromise assured that Olsen would be found guilty of causing the death of Anthony Hill and would serve jail time. He told them that there was no guarantee that another jury would render justice and that “we can be part of something that could make a change.” (Interview, www.11alive.com)Robert Olsen’s conviction on four felonies, including aggravated assault, violation of oath of office and lying, carries a maximum of 35 years. Olsen is 57.DeKalb Superior Court Judge LaTisha Dear-Jackson will announce the sentence Nov. 1 to a courtroom that will be packed with the Hill family and community supporters.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Do foreign media regulations apply in Henan province ?

first_img to go further Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Reporters Without Borders urges the Chinese government to rein in the authorities in the central province of Henan, where a reporter for a US national newspaper was arrested and a Belgian TV crew were arrested and beaten in separate incidents in the past five days.”The regulations that grant foreign journalists freedom of movement and freedom to interview are supposed to apply throughout China,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The authorities in Henan clearly have no desire to respect the law. We call for an investigation into these two incidents and for compensation for the Belgian TV reporter whose equipment was damaged or stolen.”The Foreign Correspondents Club of China (FCCC) is aware of 177 cases of foreign journalists being obstructed in the course of their work since the start of the year.British journalist Peter Ford, the Beijing correspondent of the American Christian Science Monitor daily, and his assistant were covering a prayer meeting at the home of a member of an underground Protestant church in Nanyang, Henan, on 28 November when about 15 police officers accompanied by local representatives of the foreign ministry and Bureau of Religious Affairs burst in.A dozen members of the church were held for a few hours. The pastor whom Ford had interviewed the day before was arrested and held for a day in a hotel. Ford and his assistant were arrested and questioned for three hours before being taken to an airport and got their flight back to Beijing.The day before, Belgian reporter Tom Van de Weghe of Flemish public TV station VRT, his Australian cameraman and his Belgian assistant were in Henan province doing a report on AIDS in China when they were attacked and robbed by eight men recruited by the Henan provincial authorities, VRT said.The eight men intercepted them while they were on their way to a village and demanded that they surrender the videotape of interviews they had already done. The crew handed over videocassettes after being hit. Their assailants also took money, microphones and batteries.VRT has demanded an apology and compensation. The Belgian government has asked the Chinese authorities for an explanation. Organisation News June 2, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures ChinaAsia – Pacific RSF_en center_img News News Follow the news on China ChinaAsia – Pacific China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Receive email alerts News December 2, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Do foreign media regulations apply in Henan province ? March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Journalist Lina Ibrahim freed

first_img News March 12, 2021 Find out more Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law Follow the news on Syria Reporters Without Borders welcomes the release of Lina Ibrahim, a journalist with the pro-government newspaper Tishreen. The news was reported today on Facebook by a support group that had been calling for her release ever since her abduction on 25 October in the Damascus suburb of Harasta. It was confirmed by other sources, which said she had been held by the mukhabarat (intelligence services) in Al-Khatib.Reporters Without Borders reiterates its appeal to the Syrian authorities to immediately release all the journalists and bloggers who are currently detained, as well as all the other people who have been arrested since the start of the wave of protests, as stipulated in the agreement that President Bashar Al-Assad signed with the Arab League.———————————-More arbitrary arrests and disappearances of journalists and bloggers03/10/2011Reporters Without Borders reiterates its concern about the fate of journalists and bloggers who have disappeared or who have been kidnapped of the course of the past nine months of protests against Bashar Al-Assad’s government. The list keeps getting longer.Lina Ibrahim, a reporter for the pro-government newspaper Tishreen, has been missing for the past eight days. A relative said she left her home in the Damascus suburb of Harasta on the morning of 25 October and never returned. Little is known about the circumstances of her disappearance but it is suspected that she was kidnapped by the security forces. Information obtained by Reporters Without Borders indicates she was taken to a detention centre.Ibrahim had worked for Tishreen since 2005. Before that, she worked for Syria Today and Syria Times, two English-language newspapers. Some sources think her disappearance is linked to a critical article entitled “Letter to the sun” that was posted on her Facebook page. It can no longer be found online.Reporters Without Borders is also without any news of the freelance journalist Wael Youssef Abaza, who, like Ibrahim, has been missing since 25 October.Jehad Jamal, who is known by the blog name of “Milan,” was arrested for the third time since the start of the protests on 14 October, just days after being released. He was held for nearly two months after his most recent previous arrest on 8 August. According to a Facebook page created to support Jamal, the last words the blogger posted before his later arrest were: “The people still want the regime to fall.”Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to stop the arrests and abductions, which are tantamount to enforces disappearances. It also calls on them to provide reliable information about all those being held for using their right to free expression, and to release them without delay.This is a list of journalists and bloggers currently detained in Syria. It is almost certainly incomplete:- Hossein Ghoureir, a blogger (http://ghrer.net/blog/) who has been missing since 24 October. He has health problems.- Qais Abatili, a very active netizen who was arrested on 25 September.- Nizar Al-Baba, an online activist who has been held since 21 September.- Malak Al-Shanawany, a blogger and activist who contributes to many websites. She was arrested on a Damascus street on 22 September. She has been arrested twice before.- Jehad Jamal, a blogger better known by the pseudonym of “Milan,” who was arrested on 8 August and then again on 14 October.- Nizar Adleh, a journalist who contributes to many websites. He has been held since 6 September.- Miraal Brourda, a writer and poet who contributes to many websites.- Ahmed Bilal, a producer for Falesteen TV who was arrested in the Damascus suburb of Mo’adamieh on 13 September.- Amer Matar, a journalist with the daily Al-Hayat who was arrested on 4 September. This was his second arrest.- Alwan Zouaiter, a journalist who was written for many Lebanese dailies. He was arrested by intelligence officials in the northern city of Raqqah after returning from Libya. He was initially sentenced to five years in prison for allegedly contacting the Syrian opposition while abroad. The sentence was subsequently reduced to 13 months.- Omar Abdel Salam- Amer Al-As’ad, a first-year information technology student who also writes as a journalist for many Arabic-language dailies. He was arrested on 3 July and arrested again on 4 August. There has been no news of him since then.- Hanadi Zahlout, a freelance journalist who has written many articles for online publications. He was arrested for the second time on 25 July, released four days later and re-arrested on 4 August. He is currently in Adra prison.- Omar Al-As’ad, a journalist who writes for many Arabic-language dailies. He is also a final-year information technology student. He was arrested on 5 July and re-arrested on 4 August. There has been no news of him since then.- Rudy Othman and Asim Hamsho, two bloggers who were arrested at the start of August.- Abd Qabani, a netizen arrested on 8 August.- Ammar Sa’ib, a netizen arrested on 1 August in Damascus.- Mohamed Tahan Jamal, a member of the League of Arab Writers and Union of Journalists, who was arrested on 20 July after signing the “Aleppo Appeal for the Nation.” – Abd Al-Majid Tamer and Mahmoud Asem Al-Mohamed, two journalists working for Kurdish news websites who were arrested on 31 May.- Manaf Al Zeitoun, who was arrested on 25 March. There has been no news of him since his arrest.- Sami Al-Halabi, who according to some sources, was released on 17 August.- Zouheir Al-Mihsan, who writes for the daily Al-Kassiun. He was reportedly arrested on 16 March. He may have been released on 6 October. 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9 Women Lawyers Move SC Challenging MP HC’s Bail Condition Asking Man Accused Of Sexual Assault To Get Rakhi Tied By Victim [Read Petition]

first_imgTop Stories9 Women Lawyers Move SC Challenging MP HC’s Bail Condition Asking Man Accused Of Sexual Assault To Get Rakhi Tied By Victim [Read Petition] Sparsh Upadhyay11 Oct 2020 1:18 AMShare This – xSupreme Court advocate Aparna Bhat and eight other women lawyers have challenged (before the Apex Court) one of the Bail Conditions in the Bail Order dated July 30 passed by Madhya Pradesh High Court, wherein the Court had imposed a bail condition upon the person (accused of outraging the modesty of his neighbour) to request the victim to tie the rakhi around his wrist.The Plea has been…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginSupreme Court advocate Aparna Bhat and eight other women lawyers have challenged (before the Apex Court) one of the Bail Conditions in the Bail Order dated July 30 passed by Madhya Pradesh High Court, wherein the Court had imposed a bail condition upon the person (accused of outraging the modesty of his neighbour) to request the victim to tie the rakhi around his wrist.The Plea has been moved through Advocate Pukhrambam Ramesh Kumar seeking a stay on the bail condition imposed by the final judgment and order dated 30.07.2020 passed by the Hon’ble Madhya Pradesh High Court at Indore in MCRC No. 23350/2020.It may be noted that the Petitioners have challenged the above-mentioned Bail Condition only (and not the Bail order in toto).The Bail condition which has been challenged in the Petition stated,”(i) the applicant along with his wife shall visit the house of the complainant with Rakhi thread/band on 03rd August, 2020 at 11:00 am with a box of sweets and request the complainantSarda Bai to tie the Rakhi band to him with the promise to protect her to the best of his ability for all times to come. He shall also tender Rs. 11,000/- (Rs. Eleven Thousand Only) to the complainant as the customary ritual usually offered by the brothers to sisters on such occasion and shall also seek her blessings. The applicant shall also tender Rs. 5,000/- to the son of the complainant-Vishal for purchase of clothes and sweets.” – MP HC in MCRC No. 23350/2020Key averments of the Plea· The plea states that the High Court erred in imposing a condition that defeated the very purpose of granting bail by directing the alleged perpetrator to establish contact with the victim and that the HC failed to appreciate that in most cases of sexual violence, the prosecutrix turns hostile and in many of these cases it is because she gets intimidated and/or induced by the family of the accused.· The Petition avers that the High Court ought to have been cognizant and sensitive to the fact that in a case involving a sexual offence having been committed against a woman; it is immeasurably difficult for the survivor to lodge an FIR and pursue a criminal case against the accused at the threshold.· The plea further states,”In the context of Rakshabandhan being a festival of guardianship between brothers and sisters, the said bail condition amounts to the gross trivialization of the trauma suffered by the Complainant in the present case.” (emphasis supplied)· Importantly, the plea also states,”That the present case is of particular concern since it has taken years to undo the damaging approach followed by Courts whereby cases involving sexual offences committed against women are attempted to be compromised by way of marriage or mediation between the accused and the survivor.” (emphasis supplied)· The plea also maintain that imposing a condition whereby the accused i.e. Respondent No. 2 is required to go to the house of the Complainant on the festival of Rakshabandhan and request her to tie a rakhi around his wrist with the “promise to protect her to the best of his ability for all times to come” results in further victimization of the survivor in her own house.Application filed seeking directions of the Supreme CourtIn an application filed by the Petitioners seeking directions from the Supreme Court on Saturday (10th October), it has been stated that it is becoming a rather frequent phenomenon where extraneous conditions/observations are being made in many cases related to women, which tend to trivialize the offences committed.Further, the application states that the violence against women and more particularly sexual violence against women, are extremely serious offences and needed to be treated stringently by the Courts.As has been seen in the recent past, the Application further maintains, the violence is getting gorier and perpetrators of the offences are operating with impunity completely confident that law enforcement is complicit and/or a willing participant in suppressing these complaints.In this context, the Applications lists out those instances where observations have been made in cases relating to offences against women including cases under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (“POCSO Act”) which are totally extraneous and stand to trivialise the trauma suffered by a woman which violates the dignity of a woman as protected by Article 21.[NOTE: The details of such cases along with the observations of different Courts could be found in the Application filed by the Petitioners which has been attached below.]In many of these cases, the Application states, while granting bail to the accused in rape cases and cases under the POCSO Act, the courts, by relying upon the factum of marriage having been arranged/solemnized between the victim and accused, have made extraneous observations.It has been averred in the application that in many cases these conditions are actually like compromise, which dilute or completely obliterate the heinousness of the crime against the dignity of a woman.These observations, the Application opines, by no stretch of the imagination, can be conditions under Section 439 of the Code of Criminal Procedure and are in fact extraneous to the parameters for grant of bail. These observations also have an impact on the trial and in many cases on account of such observations, the accused get the benefit of acquittal or imposition of a lesser sentence.Subsequently, the Application states that the Apex Court can issue directions within its vast jurisdiction and that it is a fit case for issuance of such directions, as may be required, by this Hon’ble Court under Article 142 of the Constitution of India to all the High Courts and Trial Courts to refrain them from passing observations and imposing conditions in rape and sexual assault cases that trivialize the trauma undergone by survivors and which violate their human dignity under Art.21.Lastly, the prayer of the Application states,”Direct all the High Courts and Trial Courts to refrain from passing observations and imposing conditions in rape and sexual assault cases, at any stage during the judicial proceedings, which trivializes the trauma undergone by survivors, adversely affects their dignity besides being against the criminal justice system”The matter will be heard on Friday (October 16) by the Supreme Court.Click Here To Download Petition[Read Petition]Next Storylast_img read more

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