first_img to go further Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the injunction issued by a Ljubljana district court on 6 August banning the daily Dnevnik to mention Italian businessman Pierpaolo Cerani as controversial or involved in corruption scandals.Dnevnik can report about him only in positive way, without mentioning his involvement in former scandals until there has been an outcome to the libel suit he has brought against the newspaper. Dnevnik could be fined 50,000 euros for every violation of the injunction up to a ceiling of 500,000 euros.“The Slovenian courts are legalizing a form of censorship that is unacceptable in a European Union member country,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Cerani can use his right of reply to defend himself. He can also, as he has already done, sue the newspaper for damages before a Slovenian court and wait for the court to issue its verdict.” “The information reported by Dnevnik already appeared in other international media without prompting any lawsuits,” the press freedom organisation added. “The injunction clearly aims to prevent the media from examining important business deals, in which Cerani is trying to acquire one of Slovenia’s biggest industrial groups.”Cerani, who has reportedly obtained control of three of Slovenia’s biggest business groups Mercator, Lasko Brewery and Radenska, was the subject of a report in Dnevnik on 29 and 30 July. At the start of this month, Cerani’s company, Iniziative Generali 96, also reportedly obtained a major stake in Boško Šrot’s company Kolonel, which would allow him to control Slovenia’s drinks industry. Thereafter, he reportedly acquired two of Slovenia’s leading dailies, Delo and Vecer. June 2, 2021 Find out more News News August 19, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court injunction backed by heavy fines silences newspaper RSF_en SloveniaEurope – Central Asia Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Organisation Dnevnik has also written about Cerani’s links with former Italian crown prince Vittorio Emanuele and his involvement in several alleged scandals, including one involving former Bulgarian Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and one involving the sale of medical supplies of allegedly questionable quality to Eritrea.“The fines that could be imposed under this injunction are completely disproportionate and directly violate the newspaper’s editorial freedom,” Reporters Without Borders added. “We urge the Slovenian media to support Dnevnik by continuing to publish reports about all the personalities involved in business issues of national interest. This information is a matter of vital public interest and the Slovenian courts should be protecting it.” May 21, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Slovenia News News Receive email alerts Public media independence under threat in the Czech Republic and Slovenia Help by sharing this information Six press freedom NGOs ask the European Commission to respond publicly to Slovenian Prime Minister’s attacks on the media SloveniaEurope – Central Asia March 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

first_img Submit Will Whitehead, mkodo: Achieving sportsbook and casino differentiation through UX April 29, 2020 Share Covid concerns see Clarion Gaming move ICE 2021 to April    July 15, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Delasport elevates online casino offering with Betsoft deal June 3, 2020 It’s undeniable that in a market as competitive as iGaming, diversification is paramount when attracting new customers writes Claire McDaid, VP of Bingo at Pragmatic Play.Ever-increasing competition from new suppliers rapidly entering the market has led operators to undertake more streamlined relationships with their providers. The higher level of competition has also forced these operators to focus their resources on providing the best experience for their players in both UI and added-value tools such as gamification. Players are now savvier and demand a more bespoke service with more gaming options. At Pragmatic Play, we have long recognised the potential that comes with embracing a multi-product approach, becoming a one-stop-shop for bingo, live casino, scratchcards and video slots for those operators looking to expand their verticals. The introduction of our Live Casino marked a step forward in our omnichannel offering, allowing both land-based and online operators to successfully deliver a live dealer solution to their players. The games have proved hugely popular and offer a completely unique gaming experience available from desktops and laptops to smartphones, tablets and VR gadgets.Our bingo product continues to grow since we brought it to market. It provides gaming operators with every tool necessary to deliver a gaming experience true to their brand, giving players a fresh bingo experience in a familiar environment. Simplicity is also key. The back-office tool is intuitive for both scheduling and analytics. Available through a single API, operators receive seamless access to a highly customisable bingo product, which allows for a true on-brand experience to help the operators make the product look and feel as close as possible to their guidelines. The product also comes with a bespoke mini games area that players can access whilst in a bingo room which allows operators to cross-sell and upgrade the player experience. A multi-view feature lets them choose the play mode.As well as a customisable UI, we have developed a product that offers all the key features expected in bingo and ensures operators have several variants (90, 80, 75, 50 and 30-ball) and unique, innovative, new-to-market features. We also offer a Chat Host feature in multiple languages to support a great bingo experience tailor-made for the locality. What we offer is an all-round solution, with a bingo team who have decades of experience among them, having previously worked on market-leading bingo brands. The team has the expertise to internally support operators by managing and optimising network schedules, prices and promotions.  With the year now coming to a close, like many of the industry’s biggest and brightest our gaze is focused on ICE 2020 taking place between 4-6 February at the Excel in London. The largest event of the year is always a superb forum to develop relationships with new and future partners. We will be at Stand N8-120 where we aim to showcase our offering. Not only will attendees get the opportunities to learn about our multi-product offering, and meet the team, but we can explain how operators can diversify their products to help promote growth in 2020.last_img read more

first_img Warwickshire’s Robert Ransford scored a first when he joined Hampshire’s Julie Rawdon in the winners’ circle at England Golf’s senior midlands tournament at Leamington & County Golf Club.This was the first in a series of events which now offer men’s competitions, played alongside the established women’s events. It attracted a number of husbands and wives, including Yorkshire’s Jim and Judy Butler, who were both among the prizewinners.Robert, who is a 12-handicap member of the host club, became the first winner of the men’s event, while Julie took the women’s honours, and he gave the new venture a seal of approval: “It’s a fantastic idea and I think it will catch on. It’s a great tournament and I like the format, with the two rounds played over two days.”He scored a total of 73 points, returning cards of 37 and 36 from 36-holes of golf played in scorching heat, which called for special measures. “We struggle with the heat around here, it gets trapped in and become very sultry,” said Robert, 61, who was armed with cool towels in an ice bag, as well as the usual fluids and hat.His precautions clearly paid off, because he played steadily throughout the event, notably without a single three-putt. He notched up his best spell on the back nine of his first round, which he completed in three over par.Home advantage was a help: “Leamington & County is quite a difficult course if you don’t know it, especially if you don’t put the ball on the fairway,” said Robert.Julie Rawdon won the women’s event with 68 points, finishing four points clear of the field – and was loudly cheered. She was among a group of eight ladies from Stoneham Golf Club, most of whom are annual regulars at regional seniors’ events.She has been taking part for five years and this was her first win. “It’s very nice to win, but I didn’t expect it at all,” said Julie, a 13-handicapper who is ladies’ vice-captain at Stoneham and a past club champion.She was tied for the lead after returning 36 points in the first round and held on well, despite the temperatures, to return a second round score of 32.“It was a bit hot!” said Julie, who had a birdie in each of her rounds. “But I kept my wet towel with me and my ice blocks.”Meanwhile, Jim Butler had grabbed the opportunity to join his wife, Judy, at a regional seniors’ event and was rewarded with the bonus of the men’s second prize.“I’ve followed Judy to quite a few of these events and pushed her bag,” said Jim, who plays off nine at Kirbymoorside. This event fitted their personal schedule perfectly because it meant they could combine it with a visit to their son, who lives in Leamington.“The last thing I expected was to win a prize,” said Jim. “I came here hoping to avoid the wooden spoon! It’s the first time I’ve won anything away from my club.”Judy, who plays off four at Malton & Norton, was the women’s clubhouse leader for most of the afternoon, before two late cards edged ahead of her and left her in third place.Further men’s and women’s senior regional events will be held at Liphook, Hampshire, on 28 and 29 August; and at Pannal, Yorkshire on 5 and 6 September.PrizewinnersLadies68 Julie Rawdon (Stoneham) 36 3264 Elizabeth Moverley (Copt Heath) 33 31, ocb from Judy Butler (Malton & Norton) 36 28Men73 Robert Ransford (Leamington & County) 37 3667 Jim Butler (Kirbymoorside) 33 34, ocb from Michael  Abbotts (Northamptonshire County) 37 30Image © Leaderboard Photography: Robert Ransford and Julie Rawdon 20 Jul 2013 Robert scores a senior first last_img read more

first_imgThe Victoria Falls – “the smoke thatthunders” – on the Zambezi River, on theborder of Zimbabwe and Zambia. The flag of Zimbabwe, showing thecountry’s ubiquitous bird motif.(Images: Wikipedia) RELATED ARTICLES• Return to Zimbabwe• A holiday – in Zimbabwe?• To Zim, with love, Jenny• Zim schooling gets $70m boost• The Tour de Kruger – a wild rideMEDIA CONTACTS• Zimbabwe Tourism+263 4 752570 / 75[email protected] ThurmanAs we passed through the entrance to the Victoria Falls, it was there to greet us again: the ubiquitous, mysterious bird that appears on Zimbabwe’s national flag and coat of arms, as well as in countless sculptures and statuettes across the country.There was some disagreement among our group as to the bird’s provenance. Two Zimbabweans were at loggerheads. One insisted that it was a purely mythical creature, based on soapstone renderings found at the ruins of the Dzimba dza mabwe, or Great Zimbabwe. The other felt that it depicted a real bird species – but couldn’t remember which one. So the South Africans offered some (admittedly unhelpful) suggestions: a fisheagle? A francolin? A griffin-like composite of different species?Conversation was abruptly ended by our first, breathtaking view of the falls. It was towards the end of a rainy summer, with the mighty Zambezi River at its fullest and most powerful and the sheer volume of water producing the famous “smoke that thunders”, such a thick mist that the lower half of the dizzying 100-metre drop was obscured.Purists prefer the dry winter months, when the sense of vertigo is greater, but during a summer visit you not only see and hear the falls, you feel them too. It’s a curious but invigorating sensation – standing in the rain under a clear blue sky. And the rainbows are spectacular.We forgot all about the puzzle of Zimbabwe’s avian emblem as we admired the vistas across the world’s biggest waterfall. In the days that followed, our minds were occupied by other concerns. A three-iron or a driver off the first tee at the Elephant Hills golf course? A vertical bungee jump off the bridge that connects Zimbabwe and Zambia, or an equally terrifying gorge-swing? A helicopter flip or a walk with lions?And, the most difficult decision of all, which is the superior local beer – Zambezi or Bohlingers?But let’s not be too trivial: there are serious questions to address when it comes to travelling in Zimbabwe. The ethics of tourism in a country with such profound social, political and economic problems have been a worry to potential visitors. Is it right to stay in luxury accommodation and enjoy the delights on offer at Vic Falls when millions of Zimbabweans are starving and oppressed?Even before the 2009 formation of the unity government, however, locals gave an unequivocal response: yes. Tourist revenue, limited though it was – especially as more and more travellers preferred to see the Falls from the Zambian side – provided a lifeline for many Zimbabweans during the worst years. Thousands are employed in the service industry at Vic Falls, with families in Harare, Bulawayo and elsewhere dependent on their income. And despite government tariffs and “unofficial” charges, the portion of each tourist dollar that went to President Robert Mugabe’s coffers was comparatively small.A measure of stability has been achieved since “unity”, although petty rivalries and megalomaniacal egos continue to obfuscate rather than facilitate the rebuilding of the country. At least new appointees from both the Zanu-PF and Movement for Democratic Change political parties seem more sympathetic to the difficulties faced by businesspeople at Vic Falls – partly because, in a dollarised economy, the foreign currency generated by tourism is vital. But at the same time, a new problem has arisen: the global recession, and with it a slump in the number of people in the US, Europe and Asia who can afford to travel.Still, they’re a resolute bunch at Vic Falls. They managed to find fuel and food, mostly from frequent trips to neighbouring Zambia and Botswana, when the Zimbabwe crisis was at its worst. In the 2008 and 2009 cholera outbreak they managed to keep the disease at bay.And now they’re looking to make the Victoria Falls a regional hub for both southern African and international travellers. The map doesn’t lie: the national parks of Chobe (Botswana) and Hwange (Zimbabwe) are within a two-hour drive from the falls. It’s quicker to fly from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls than it is to Cape Town. And, with airport upgrades in the offing and the possibility of airlines like Qatar and Emirates – and perhaps even some of the cheaper South African carriers – establishing routes to Vic Falls, the prospects are good.The ambitious Santonga Bio-Park project, a combination of wildlife and educational theme park, is due to open in 2010. The popular Victoria Falls Marathon and the Zambezi Rafting Challenge returned in August 2009. If this all sounds a little exhausting, fear not; Vic Falls remains a decidedly laid-back corner of the world. There’s plenty to keep adrenalin junkies busy, but equally popular activities are sundowners on the patio of the venerable Victoria Falls Hotel or lazy sunset river cruises.Indeed, it was while drifting on the Zambezi on the final evening of our visit that we solved the mystery of Zimbabwe’s emblem. The bird is, someone suggested – and despite the ongoing social, political and economic problems by which the country is beset, at that moment it was hard to disagree – a phoenix rising from the ashes. Chris Thurman was hosted by African Sun Limited, Shearwater Adventures and the campaign.last_img read more

first_imgEqual Education has taken to the streets, with the support of pupils, teachers and civil society groups who want to see change in South Africa’s schools. (Image: Equal Education) Mud and shack schools have been part of rural areas for a long time. (Image: MEDIA CONTACTS • Kate Wilkinson  Media officer: Equal Education  +27 82 326 5353 RELATED ARTICLES • Education in South Africa • A winning open education system • SA prioritises quality education • Education goes mobile with Vodacom • Budget big on education, jobsValencia TalaneBasic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has made a commitment to the promulgation of minimum norms and standards for school infrastructure, just days before a court case relating to the matter – brought by the NGO Equal Education (EE) – was to be heard in the Bhisho High Court.EE chairperson Yoliswa Dwane said an out-of-court settlement had been reached with Motshekga that would ensure that the norms and standards were made available for public comment by 15 January 2013 and finalised by 15 May of that year. The case was to be heard on 20 November 2012.“Equal Education welcomes Minister Motshekga’s decision to take this step,” said Dwane in a statement released on 18 November. “Already, prior to her decision, all nine provincial education MECs and the minister of finance chose not to oppose the court case.”Battle for equalityEE, represented by the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) in the case, which was first brought to court earlier in 2012, viewed the move as a small victory in the battle to achieve equality in education for South Africa’s poor.The norms and standards prescribe conditions that have to be in place for a school to be able to function reasonably, regardless of the locality of the school or the number of pupils and / or teachers. Basic services such as water, electricity, sanitation, functioning libraries and science laboratories are just some of the requirements put forward by EE.An amendment to the National Schools Act in 2007, which gave powers to the education minister – Naledi Pandor at the time – to adopt the norms and standards, led to the adoption by Motshekga of the National Policy for an Equitable Provision of an Enabling School Physical Teaching and Learning Environment in June 2010.According to the policy, the minister was to promulgate the regulations by March 2011. It was the delay in achieving this goal that prompted campaign action from EE.Reason to celebrateDwane hailed the work of EE members, whom she said “marched, fasted, slept outside parliament and studied long and hard to understand the issues”.“It is also a victory for our legal team,” she said, “of whom the anchor has been Cameron McConnachie of the Legal Resources Centre.”Brad Brockman, the general secretary of the NGO, said the norms and standards took an abstract right to basic education and made it concrete so far as infrastructure was concerned.“Citizens will be able to appreciate that they are entitled to water and electricity in their schools, and thereafter to libraries and computer centres.”last_img read more

first_imgEverton, Crystal Palace move for Valencia striker Michy Batshuayiby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia striker Michy Batshuayi is being offered a return to England.On-loan at Valencia from Chelsea for the season, Batshuayi has been told coach Marcelino wants him to cut short his loan this month.The Belgium international would prefer to stay, though the Guardian says two Premier League clubs are now in contact about bringing him back to England.Everton and Crystal Palace are both keen, while Olympique Marseille are also watching developments.For their part, Valencia want to move on Batshuayi to free up a loan slot for Marcelino’s squad. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgLiverpool goalkeeper Alisson: Scouse tough to understandby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool goalkeeper Alisson admits he struggles to understand the Scouse accent.The 26-year-old says he finds it easier to understand his foreign team-mates when they speak English than the native Brits.He told the Daily Star: “The British accent is hard for me to understand. In Brazil, we’re used to hearing American-English.“It’s been easier to understand my non-English teammates speaking English than the local ones.“Hopefully, I can improve my vocabulary.”Accents aside, Alisson says he’s “comfortable and happy” with his new life in Liverpool, with his wife Natalia.He said: “It’s been easier to adapt to England than it was moving from Brazil to Italy, probably because I’m more mature and experienced now.“Signing for Liverpool was a huge step forward in my career and I’m really proud to be here.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgGarner on target as Man Utd beat Lincoln in EFL Trophyby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJames Garner helped Manchester United to victory over Lincoln City in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night.It was United’s second consecutive win in the competition after beating Rotherham in the opening game.Neil Wood fielded a back four with the average age of 17.5 years, but it didn’t matter as Garner’s first-half strike was enough to seal victory.United also struck the woodwork on two occasions against the League One Club. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_img The Government’s revenue target for this fiscal year will not be altered. Tax authorities and the Customs Department are examining the effects of the ban Minister Phillips pointed out that while the objective of the regulations is to reduce smoking overtime Story Highlights Minister of Finance and the Planning, Hon. Dr. Peter Phillips, says the Government’s revenue target for this fiscal year will not be altered.He was responding to a question submitted by Opposition Spokesman, Audley Shaw, in the House of Representatives on July 30, as to whether the ban on smoking in specified spaces would impact sales, and by extension the revenues expected from the tobacco industry.Minister Phillips pointed out that while the objective of the regulations is to reduce smoking overtime, the pace at which this will happen is not yet known.“What has been the general pattern is a sharp dip, which then levels off over time…and it is also the case that there is considerable leakage (of revenues) because of the extent of the contraband trade, which we are seeking to close,” he explained.Dr. Phillips noted that the tax authorities and the Customs Department are examining the effects of the ban, but the two weeks since it was implemented, would not give sufficient information as to a trend.“Therefore, we continue to monitor the situation…but I want to make it absolutely clear that the revenue number of the Government as a whole remains, and that there will be no slippage in relation to our overall targets for revenue,” he asserted.last_img read more

first_img “…when a vessel like Disney calls at any port, it adds to the credibility of that port, and the credibility of the people and the service that it offers,” Story Highlights In an interview with JIS News, Minister McNeill said that the Disney brand is an incredibly strong one and the visit of the vessel is a plus for Jamaica and Falmouth. The 2,700-passenger vessel, docked at the Falmouth pier, attracted the interest of hundreds of curious onlookers. The Disney Wonder cruise ship, part of the Disney Cruise Line, called at the Port of Falmouth on Tuesday, October 8, on the first of five calls to the port for the year.The 2,700-passenger vessel, which docked at the Falmouth pier early in the morning, attracted the interest of hundreds of curious onlookers, craft vendors, tour operators, and members of the Falmouth business community.Several local officials, including the Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill and Mayor of Falmouth, Garth Wilkinson, were invited onboard to participate in a maritime tradition of a plaque exchange, which serves the dual purpose of welcoming the ship, and for the captain and crew to celebrate the vessel’s first call in Jamaica.In an interview with JIS News, Minister McNeill said that the Disney brand is an incredibly strong one and the visit of the vessel is a plus for Jamaica and Falmouth.“People know that the company (Disney) is one that tries to have the highest standards and is very discerning about who they do business with and where they do business.  So, Disney coming to Jamaica is a tremendous endorsement of Jamaica,” he stated.The Tourism Minister said that the visit is an opportunity for both brands to learn something from each other, adding that he hopes that the relationship will be a lasting one. “I think that them having come to Jamaica to work with us, and showing confidence in us, and the excitement they have to be here is a great thing,” he stated.Dr. McNeill, in underscoring the economic benefits of cruise shipping, said that both the government and the private sector have to jointly ensure that systems are in place for the country to fully benefit from the cruise shipping.“We have to move with the market trends and ensure that what is available to the visitors is what they want,” he stated.Mayor of Falmouth, Garth Wilkinson, told JIS News that the visit of the Disney Wonder Cruise Ship “is a dream come true for the people of Trelawny”.While accepting that there are still a number of issues that need to be ironed out within the town, he said he is thankful that another cruise ship has decided to call at the Falmouth pier and especially one as notable as Disney Wonder.He said that the fact that the cruise is promoted as a family affair, with a number of children on-board, “speaks volumes for how we are viewed internationally as a safe place, which is what we need in Jamaica, that people know that Jamaica is safe to come and really enjoy themselves and do business.”Meanwhile, former President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dr. Lee Bailey, also underscored the importance of the Disney Brand visiting Jamaica and more so the Port of Falmouth.“Disney is a very successful company, and a well known company throughout the world.  Their standards are extremely high, and so when a vessel like Disney calls at any port, it adds to the credibility of that port, and the credibility of the people and the service that it offers,” he stated.The vessel is expected to return to Falmouth later this month, twice in November and once in December.last_img read more