Halfords says finance director to take over the reins at Dunelm

first_img whatsapp Show Comments ▼ KCS-content Wharton will leave the company on 30 November but before his departure he will present Halfords’ interim results and oversee the renewal of its banking facilities.Chief executive of Halfords, David Wild, said Wharton had “played a central role in Halfords’ transition from a subsidiary of Boots, through private equity ownership to become a growing and successful plc”.Meanwhile Dunelm yesterday reported a rise of 46 per cent in pre-tax profit to £76.8m in the year to 3 July. Dunelm is the third largest firm in the £12bn UK homewares market with 106 stores. Current chief executive Will Adderley will remain on the board of Dunelm and advise on strategy. Halfords says finance director to take over the reins at Dunelm whatsapp center_img Tags: NULL Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof HALFORDS group finance director Nick Wharton is to leave the cycle and motoring retailer to become chief executive of budget home furnishing chain Dunelm Group. Thursday 16 September 2010 8:26 pm Sharelast_img read more

VLT performance drives revenue growth for OPAP in Q3

first_img Operator posts year-on-year growth in revenue despite declines from lottery, sports and instant win verticals Finance VLT performance drives revenue growth for OPAP in Q3 Topics: Finance AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 28th November 2018 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Soaring revenue from its video lottery terminal (VLT) division saw Greek gaming operator OPAP report a 3.2% year-on-year increase in gross gaming revenue for the third quarter of 2018, despite declines across all other product verticals.The operator saw amounts wagered for the quarter ended September 30 fall 3.9% to €1.0bn (£883.8m/$1.13bn), with gross gaming revenue for the period up at €368.9m. This was largely due to VLT revenue growing 212.2% from Q3 2017, to €50.8m. As a result of this growth it now accounts for 13.8% of total group revenue.This helped offset the struggles of OPAP’s other product divisions. Lotteries still account for 51.4% of group revenue, but saw revenue fall 2.2% year-on-year to €189.6m. This was blamed on a decline Kino revenue, though the operator noted this was partially offset by the performance of the Joker game.Betting also struggled, with revenue down 13.2% at €97.5m, as a result of customer-friendly sporting results, especially in the latter stages of the FIFA World Cup. Instant win game revenue fell 11.0% to €31.0m, which after the VLT growth is now the smallest product vertical, contributing 8.4% of total income.The declines in lottery and instant win games led to a slight drop in commission paid out to OPAP sales agents during the quarter, which fell 0.1% to €90.3m. However with other commission rising 15.0% to  €11.3m, total gaming revenue-related expenses grew to €101.6m. Payroll expenses, including staff-related costs, were up 6.1% from the prior year at €18.5m.Marketing expenses, however, fell 10.9% year-on-year to €10.4m, largely as a result of a 24.6% decline in investment in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sponsorship, which was down at €3.4m. Advertising spend also fell, though at a slower rate, to €7.0m.Other operating expenses, including IT-related costs and exceptional items, were up 44.7% to €37.0m.As a result earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation fell 6.1% to €87.2m for the quarter, with operating profit declining to €62.7m. Once finance-related costs and taxes for the quarter were stripped out, including income taxes of €17.2m, OPAP saw its net profit for Q3 2018 decline 10.1% year-on-year to €39.1m.For the nine months to September 30, 2018, amounts wagered fell 1.8% to €3.2bn, with gross gaming revenue rising 5.8% to €1.1bn. Operating expenses rose 5.5% to €213.0m, with EBITDA up at €244.6m.The operator saw its net profit for the first three quarters of the year climb 12.8% to €105.2m.“Our Q3 performance confirms OPAP’s steady progress in the delivery of our 2020 Vision,” OPAP chief executive Damian Cope commented. “Despite some unfavourable sports results, including the World Cup Final match itself, and the ongoing macroeconomic challenges, the OPAP team delivered strong like-for-like EBITDA growth, plus year on year revenue growth for the fifth quarter in a row.“Our VLTs operations once again increased their contribution while we continue to maintain a close control on costs across the company.”Looking at the early activity in the fourth quarter of the year, Cope said OPAP had enhanced its retail offering with the launch of new lottery and betting products, which had been well received by customers.The operator’s new online betting platform is also live, following OPAP’s acquisition of Stoiximan Group in September.“As we approach the seasonally busiest period of the year we remain confident in meeting both our own expectations and the long-term ambition of establishing OPAP as a world class gaming entertainment company,” Cope added. Email Addresslast_img read more

Swedish regulatory costs hit Kindred as profit dips in Q2

first_img24th July 2019 | By contenteditor Tags: Online Gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Swedish regulatory costs hit Kindred as profit dips in Q2center_img Casino & games Kindred Group has reported a year-on-year increase in revenue for the second quarter, but saw its gross profit decline partly as a result of new regulations in the Swedish market. Kindred Group has reported a year-on-year increase in revenue for the first half of its financial year, but saw its profits decline in part due to new regulatory costs in Sweden.Revenue for the six months ended June 30, 2019 was up 6% to £450.6m, though significant increases in operating costs hit earnings over the period. The Unibet operator saw cost of sales rise 19% to £201.0m, including a 32% increase in betting duties to £100.5m. This cut gross profit for the period, which fell 3% to £249.6m. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) totalled £61.0m, down from £88.8m in the corresponding period last year.Higher marketing costs (£106.8m) and administrative expenses (£105.6m) then contributed to operating profit declining by more than 50% from the prior year, to £37.2m. After finance-related costs, pre-tax profit was down 32% to £32.4m, with net profit falling 50% year-on-year to £27.6m.For the second quarter of the year, gross winnings revenue amounted to £226.2m (€252.5m/$281.5m), up 3% on £219.0m in the corresponding period last year.This growth was driven by a rise in sports betting, which was up from £104.9m in Q2 of 2018 to £108.9m. This rise comes despite Kindred having to contend with a tough comparative period last year, which included the early stages of football’s Fifa World Cup.Revenue from casino, poker and other games remained relatively level at £117.3m for the quarter.Western Europe remains Kindred’s core market by some margin, generating £135.9m in revenue in Q2 and accounting for 60% of overall revenue. Nordics followed with revenue of £67.4m – up from £61.9m last year – and a 30% share of total revenue.However, Kindred also noted an increase in costs across the business during the second quarter. Cost of sales climbed from £86.0m to £96.9, while marketing costs increased from £51.3m to £53.2m and administrative expenses from £46.9m to £55.6m.This had an impact on profit for Q2, with profit from operations down from £29.7m last year to £16.5m and EBITDA falling from £41.5m to £30.4m.Profit before tax also slipped from £28.9m to £14.7m, while profit after tax more than halved from £25.5m to £12.5m.Reflecting on the results, chief executive Henrik Tjärnström praised Kindred for achieving an increase in revenue in what he said was a period with “very tough” comparatives in 2018. He noted an 11% year-on-year rise in mobile revenue in Q2, pushing this to 77% of gross winning revenue in the period.Tjärnström ultimately put the EBITDA and profit declines down to new regulatory measures in Sweden.“As we have highlighted for a long time and as we saw in the first quarter of 2019, the new licensing regulation in Sweden has resulted in significant short-term margin pressure driven by higher betting duties but also higher marketing as we are investing for the longer term,” Tjärnström“In the Swedish market, we saw a significant improvement quarter-on-quarter, but EBITDA contribution was still down £9.2m when compared to the second quarter last year.”Tjärnström also spoke about increased spend in Q2, saying marketing costs were at their highest since 2013 when compared to other second quarters in non-major football tournament years. Kindred also continues to invest in technology and other operating expenditure to help drive future growth.“Whilst this may reduce profitability in the short term, we are confident that, as we have previously proven, this will drive future growth in gross winnings revenue and profits, particularly in locally licensed markets,” he said.“Other significant items affecting the quarter were the planned investments in the US, both in marketing and operating expenses, that contributed £1.6m of negative EBITDA in the quarter.”Tjärnström signed off with an update on the period from July 1-22, during which the daily average gross winnings revenue in GBP was 7% lower than in the full third quarter last year. Email Addresslast_img read more

Taj Pamodzi Hotels Plc 2014 Annual Report

first_imgTaj Pamodzi Hotels Plc (PMODZI.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2014 annual report.For more information about Taj Pamodzi Hotels Plc (PMODZI.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Taj Pamodzi Hotels Plc (PMODZI.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Taj Pamodzi Hotels Plc (PMODZI.zm)  2014 annual report.Company ProfileTaj Pamodzi Hotel Plc is a leading hospitality company in Zambia, offering five-star accommodation and facilities for individual and business travellers. The company owns and operates Taj Pamodzi Hotel which is based in the central business district of Lusaka, and conveniently located to the international airport. The hotel boasts 193 luxury rooms, five meeting rooms and a selection of restaurants. The luxury hotel also has onsite a fully-equipped health and fitness centre with a heated swimming pool, a wellness and beauty spa, medical clinic, hair salon and florist. Taj Pamodzi Hotels Plc is a subsidiary of Tata Zambia Limited, an international automobile assembly and distributor company. Taj Pamodzi Hotel Plc is listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Is the Rolls-Royce share price a bargain after crashing 13%?

first_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by Kirsteen Mackay Image source: Getty Images Kirsteen Mackay | Wednesday, 5th August, 2020 | More on: RR I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Is the Rolls-Royce share price a bargain after crashing 13%?center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Enter Your Email Address FTSE 100 engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce Holdings (LSE:RR) is having a tough year. The coronavirus pandemic brought airlines screaming to a halt, putting parts and repairs on hold. This immediately affected Rolls-Royce, creating unparalleled challenges for the company. The Rolls-Royce share price is down 13% in the past month and 65% year-to-date. Unfortunately, a further slide seems likely.Power-by-the-HourThe Rolls-Royce income model is unusual. Power-by-the-Hour, a Rolls-Royce trademark, was conceived in 1962. It means the company sells its engines at a loss, making its money from aftercare service. This guarantees the buyer a quality service and engines that perform well, while the firm enjoys a steady income based on hours flown. It is a model that worked well for over 50 years, but the pandemic has seen it come crashing to a halt. The business is now haemorrhaging money as the costs to continue far outweigh the money flowing in. Illustrating why the Rolls-Royce share price is suffering so badly. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…£1.5bn rights issueFinancial analysts examining the company have warned that it could need to raise a minimum of £6bn to get through the crisis. Ratings agency Moody’s downgraded the Rolls-Royce credit rating to Junk at the end of July, which makes it much more difficult to borrow sizeable sums of money. As a business that requires large amounts of cash to operate, it is resorting to a rights issue to shore up its funds.A rights issue is basically a share placing, diluting the existing shares, by introducing a batch of new ones. These are offered to existing shareholders, giving them the opportunity to own more of the company at a lower price. In its upcoming rights issue, scheduled for September, it hopes to raise £1.5bn to improve its balance sheet and help recovery from the pandemic-induced aviation crash.It is also considering putting its Spanish turbines manufacturer, ITP Aero, up for sale. From this, it would hope to raise around £1bn. Prior to this it already cut 9,000 jobs and cancelled its dividend, both of which further hammered the RR share price.Rolls-Royce share price woesAlthough the airline business is struggling, Rolls-Royce is a world-leader in other areas of manufacture. I like that it is heavily involved in Artificial Intelligence, which is a business for the modern age. If it can get its financial worries under control, then I think it still has a lot going for it.Geopolitical tensions, on heightened alert for years, now appear to be escalating. This benefits the Rolls-Royce defence division, which continues to receive government orders. There is clearly a lot of concern surrounding how it can get back on track, but I will be very surprised if this company goes under.This may make the shares a tempting bargain at current prices. However, with the rights issue ahead, I imagine they have further to fall. I would wait until later in the year before considering buying any shares. Kirsteen has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool.last_img read more

San Francisco Labor Council: Stand with the Haitian people – overturn the stolen elections

first_imgThe following San Francisco Labor Council resolution was adopted Feb. 8 by unanimous vote.Whereas, in December 2003 the San Francisco Labor Council sent greetings of solidarity on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the Haitian Revolution, “which abolished slavery and ended colonial rule in Haiti — an earth-shattering development in the struggle for the emancipation of labor all over the world.”Whereas, on Feb. 29, 2004, the U.S., French and Canadian military overthrew the elected government of Haiti, abducting President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and flying him to exile in Africa on a U.S. military plane. The SFLC passed a resolution on March 8 demanding “an investigation into the Bush administration’s role in the coup” and “the immediate release of Aristide” and his “restoration as the democratically elected President of Haiti.”Whereas, the SFLC initiated the Labor/Religious/Community Fact-Finding Delegation which visited Haiti in April and May of 2004. The delegation concluded that the coup had led to serious attacks on Haiti’s trade unions, deterioration in living conditions, and a wave of killings, jailings and persecution directed at those associated with the popular movement.Whereas, in 2015, after being excluded for 11 years, Aristide’s Lavalas party was finally able to run candidates again, headed by presidential standard-bearer Dr. Maryse Narcisse. However, the Aug. 9 and Oct. 25 “first-round” elections were marked by massive voter suppression, ballot stuffing, vote buying, armed coercion and naked vote rigging all the way from polling places to final tabulation. National police and paramilitaries fired automatic weapons into working-class areas to discourage the vote, killing scores of people. (Report of the Human Rights & Labor Fact-Finding Delegation to Haiti, November 2015)Whereas, despite a mountain of evidence documenting the fraud – which has given the lead position to the party of Haitian President Michel Martelly – the U.S. government has endorsed the elections. The U.S. paid $31 million to finance the elections, plus $2.8 million to the National Police to fund its election duties.Whereas, the defiant Haitian people have mounted huge demonstrations and marches throughout the country to protest the stolen elections, over many months, involving tens of thousands of people in the street, demanding that their votes be counted and the stolen elections thrown out. They have been shot down, tear gassed, beaten and some have been killed. Yet they have come back the next day, denouncing what they call an “electoral coup.” Fanmi Lavalas, long the most popular political party in Haiti, has filed legal challenges. Still, the State Department and the U.N. occupying force continue to push the electoral coup forward.Therefore be it resolved, that the San Francisco Labor Council stands in solidarity with the people of Haiti and their inalienable right to self-determination, including the right to freely choose their representatives through fair elections free of coercion or intimidation. We support the Haitian people’s demand for invalidation of the demonstrably fraudulent Aug. 9 and Oct. 25 elections, and for an end to U.S. support for this “electoral coup.”And be it further resolved, that we support the Haitian people’s demand for an end to U.S. financing of police and paramilitary forces, who have been terrorizing peaceful demonstrators. Haiti’s poor majority is marching for their votes to be counted, and for their country to be free from foreign intervention and control.And be it finally resolved, that we contact our elected representatives and urge them to call a halt to the U.S. government policy of supporting electoral fraud and police terror in Haiti and of interfering with the democratic process in that country.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Getting to know the Top 10 Mr. and Ms. TCU finalists

first_imgStudents share stories of discrimination Linkedin Sophia Doumanihttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sophia-doumani/ + posts printThe finalists for Mr. and Ms. TCU have been narrowed to five men and five women.Candidates shared what being crowned would mean to them.Sarah DeHondt is a music education major from Allen, Texas. She said her experience at TCU has been life changing.“This is an amazing school that has an amazing student body,” DeHondt said. “I would love to be crowned Ms. TCU to not only represent this outstanding community of students, faculty and alumni, but to make my family proud.”Jordan Hamilton, from Pittsburg, Texas, is a marketing major. He said Lady Antebellum’s song “I Was Here” best describes why he wants to be Mr. TCU.“I want to do something that matters, say something different, something that sets the whole world on its ear,” Hamilton said. “I want to do something better with the time I have been given. I want to try to touch a few hearts in this life, leave nothing less than something that says I was here.”Rachel Land, from Savannah, Georgia, is a sports broadcasting major. She said she didn’t know anyone when she came to TCU, but once she arrived she felt like she had been here her whole life.“Being Ms. TCU would mean everything to me,” Land said. “To be able to represent a student body and be able to say, ‘Maybe I have this title, but everyone holds a part of it,’ would mean a lot.”Music education major Phil Antinone, from Bedford, Texas, said his friends have jokingly been calling him Mr. TCU every time he joins a new organization.“Getting Mr. TCU would be a validation of the three years that I have been here and of all the things I’ve gotten the opportunity to do,” Antinone said. “Title or no title, I feel like my time here has been phenomenal and blessed.”Parker Levy is a marketing major from St. Louis, Missouri. He said the nomination is an honor, and anything extra would be icing on the cake.“I would like to be Mr. TCU because I feel that I’m a great representation of what TCU stands for, in being a friendly, genuine person that truly cares about all of those around me,” Levy said.Fort Worth native Meredith Kirk, an accounting major, said this university and the people here have changed her life.“TCU has given me the most incredible college experience I could ever imagine and lasting friendships I will always be grateful for,” Kirk said.Chemistry major Caleb Ashbrook, from San Diego, California, said when he first arrived on campus as a first-year, his life began to change.“I have grown immensely,” Ashbrook said. “This nomination is my way of giving back to TCU. To represent this school and to reflect all that it has taught me would be an incredible culmination of my horned frog experience.”Abbie Maynard, from Scottsdale, Arizona, is a journalism and Spanish double major. She said she is humbled to get to represent TCU as a nominee, but the nomination is not about her.“This nomination is about the people on this campus that have believed in me and motivated me to be a leader that serves well,” Maynard said. “TCU has given me more than I could ever express and I am thankful for every opportunity I have been blessed with to be able to learn more about the leader I want to be.”Economics major Daniel Naumann, from San Antonio, Texas, said winning Mr. TCU would be nothing more than a reflection of his peers and how they enabled him to succeed over the past four years.“My biggest accomplishment at TCU has been establishing relationships with some of the greatest people in the world,” Naumann said. “That was made possible through active participation in my fraternity, my two years spent in Sherley Hall, and saying yes to all kinds of crazy opportunities.”Kendal Spooner, from St. Louis, Missouri, is an economics major. She said she is thankful for her experience at TCU and for the community that has become her extended family.“I want to represent the spectrum of students on this campus whose various gifts and talents have collectively contributed to the spirit of this university and made TCU a place we can all call home,” Spooner said.Mr. and Ms. TCU will be announced during halftime at the TCU vs. Texas homecoming game on Oct. 3. Facebook Facebook Sophia Doumanihttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sophia-doumani/ Sophia is a senior broadcast journalism and communication studies double major. She is currently writing and producing stories for TCU 360 and TCU News Now. Previous articleIt’s Homecoming float time in the heart of CowtownNext articleFrogs can add to homecoming success Saturday against Texas Sophia Doumani RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years ReddIt Linkedin Sophia Doumanihttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sophia-doumani/ Sophia Doumanihttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sophia-doumani/ Two of these men and women will soon be crowned Mr. and Mrs. TCU! Sophia Doumani Twitter Rec Center fighting stigma of women and weight lifting TCU may become a smoke and tobacco-free campus ReddIt Twitter Winter weather causes health concerns TCU Frog Camps returning to more traditional look this summerlast_img read more

Baker, Doctson shine on Saturday

first_imgReddIt Twitter Linkedin + posts TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello printTwo Horned Frogs, one current and one former, had outstanding performances on Saturday.Ronnie Baker, a senior TCU track and field star and the defending NCAA champion in the 60-meters, took home the Big XII indoor title in that race with a school record time of 6.51 seconds.That time makes him the 8th fastest man in NCAA history, and is the 2nd-fastest time run in the world this year.His run was captured on camera here:Ronnie Baker is the BIG 12 60 METER CHAMPION! His time of 6.51 is the fastest in the NCAA and No. 2 in the world! pic.twitter.com/9IQwfOIVBt— TCU Track & Field (@TCUTrackField) February 27, 2016While former TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson is no longer playing in the purple and white, he had a stellar day at the NFL Combine.The consensus first-team All-American for 2015 clocked a 4.5-second 40-yard dash, which was a good number for him, as he’s generally considered a possession receiver rather than a speed target.He also had an impressive mark in the standing long jump, with a 10’11” leap.It was his performance in the catching drills that really caught the eye of the scouts, however, as Doctson showed off his elite hands with highlight-reel catches like this one: Grant McGalliard Linkedin Grant McGalliardhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grant-mcgalliard/ Facebook Baseball season recap: Rebuilding turns to reloading after surprise CWS trip Grant McGalliardhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grant-mcgalliard/ ReddIt Grant McGalliardhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grant-mcgalliard/ Grant McGalliard is a senior journalism and political science major from Bay City, Texas. He’s worked in everything from sports to student organizations at TCU, and recently began blogging with the Dallas Morning News. In his spare time, Grant enjoys tweeting far too much, pretending he knows more than he does about Premier League soccer, and listening to the music of Kanye West. Josh Doctson is projected to be a first-round pick this year. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) TCU students receive evacuation text by mistake Previous articleThe revivalry round two – previewing Baylor vs TCUNext articleFrogs can’t overcome No. 19 Baylor, lose 86-71 Grant McGalliard RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook TCU removes Phi Kappa Sigma for hazing and other misconduct Phi Kappa Sigma executive director, chapter president respond to dismissal Grant McGalliardhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grant-mcgalliard/ TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Twitterlast_img read more

RSF decries UAE crackdown on remaining independent voices

first_img June 19, 2014 Find out more Receive email alerts Organisation Help by sharing this information Online activist gets three years for criticizing torture of detainees United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses December 2, 2014 Find out more RSF urges the Emirati authorities to free all three independent news and information providers immediately and unconditionally.One of the few sources of freely expressed opinion in the UAE and recipient of the 2015 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders, Ahmed Mansoor was arrested at his Dubai home late on the night of 19 March and is being held on a charge of posting “false information, rumours and lies” liable to damage the UAE’s reputation.The blogger Osama Al-Najjar should have been freed on completion of a three-year sentence on 17 March but, according to local media reports, his detention has been extended at the department of public prosecution’s request on the grounds that he constitutes a danger to society.He has been detained since 17 March 2014, when he was arrested for tweeting about the mistreatment of his father and all the other defendants in the so-called “UAE 94” case while they were in detention.Tayseer Al-Najjar was sentenced on 15 March to three years in prison and a fine under a cyber-crime law for allegedly insulting “the state’s symbols” in Facebook posts in July 2014 in which he praised the Palestinian resistance in Gaza and criticized various countries including the UAE.Held pending trial since December 2015, he was also sentenced to be expelled on completion of his jail term. He was covering culture for the Emirati weekly Al-Dar until his arrest.“We urge the Emirati authorities to free all arbitrarily detained journalists and bloggers, without delay,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “The recent judicial decisions on journalists and Ahmed Mansoor’s arrest confirm that the situation is worsening for the UAE’s few independent voices, who are being reduced to silence.”Osama Al-Najjar was tortured and placed in solitary confinement after his 2014 arrest and was not represented by a lawyer at the trial at which he was sentenced to three years in prison and a fine of 500,000 dirhams for tweeting about father’s mistreatment. He was also convicted of insulting the state via Twitter, inciting hatred and violence, being a member of Al-Islah (a party affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood) and violating the 2012 cyber-crime law by spreading false information online. He has been held in Al-Rezin prison since January 2017.One journalist and two citizen journalists are currently imprisoned in the UAE, which is ranked 119th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Ugandan journalist’s damning account of UAE media censorship screenshot / Film Portrait – Ahmed Mansoor – Martin Ennals Award Laureate 2015 to go further News News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns well-known blogger and human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor’s sudden arrest two days ago in the United Arab Emirates, as well as the UAE’s decision to keep another blogger, Osama Al-Najjar, in prison and the three-year jail term that a UAE court has imposed on Jordanian journalist Tayseer Al-Najjar. March 21, 2017 – Updated on March 23, 2017 RSF decries UAE crackdown on remaining independent voices News RSF_en Follow the news on United Arab Emirateslast_img read more

Nepal: Elections marred by many media freedom violations

first_img News NepalAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists WomenJudicial harassmentViolenceImprisoned News to go further Follow the news on Nepal News Help by sharing this information June 8, 2020 Find out more Nepal had not had proper elections for nearly 20 years so 2017’s staggered elections for 753 local councils, seven provincial assemblies and a national parliament made it a crucial year for this renascent democracy, but one marred by many violations of media freedom including arrests of journalists.The latest victims include Prakash Dumre of Garjan Post Weekly, who was arrested by police without any warrant being shown on 21 November, five days before the first stage of the parliamentary elections. At least eight other journalists were arrested during the week of 13 to 20 November. Some were quickly released, re-arrested then released again.Dumre was freed on 17 December. Dipesh Shahi of Madhyanha Daily, who was released a week ago, is currently being treated in hospital for the injuries he sustained when tortured during the 24 days he was held. Other journalists, such as Sudarshan Raj Pandey of Utthan Weekly, are still held.”We demand the immediate release of journalists who have been imprisoned without an arrest warrant.,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “The ten or so journalists arrested during the local elections in the spring bring the total number of reporters arrested while covering this year’s elections to at least 20.”The security concerns cited by the interior ministry cannot suffice to justify arrests of journalists recognized as such by their colleagues. Now that the elections are over, the new government must give concrete evidence of its determination to defend media freedom.”Physical attacksAs well as police intimidation, several journalists have been the victims of physical attacks. During the first round of the parliamentary elections on 25 November, onlinekhabar news website reporter Dinesh Thapa was attacked in his home of a group of individuals led by the head of the local branch of the then ruling Nepali Congress party.A week before that, Naveen Lamichhane, a reporter working inter alia for the National News Agency and Janata Television, was roughed up by a group of activists while covering a political rally in the north-central city of Manang. In all, around 15 journalists have been physically attacked or manhandled, above all by policemen, while covering the elections.Death threatsThese direct acts of intimidation have been accompanied by an increase in threats, including harassment by officials, letters and phone calls. They peaked with a death threat in May against women reporters by a certain Basant Karki in a Facebook post from Canada that referred to Nepali woman journalist Uma Singh’s murder in 2009.Carrying a press ID and “wearing spectacles and sari” do not prove you are a real journalist, Karki said in his post about female reporters covering the local elections. He added: “Be aware otherwise, fate of journalist Uma Singh may repeat.” The post was above all targeted at Sushma Paudel, a woman reporter covering the local elections in the central city of Pokhara for Adarsha Samaj Daily.Banned journalistsMany journalists were also barred from voting stations. They include Janata Television reporter Bidhyananda Ram, who was denied access to a voting station in the southeastern district of Saptari during the provincial elections in September. The chief election officer grabbed his camera, smashed it to the ground and said journalists did not have the right to cover election-related activities. Journalists were prevented from working in at least seven other voting stations.All of these incidents jeopardize the consolidation of democracy in a country that has endured a civil war and a long period of political unrest in the past 20 years. With the new stability resulting from these elections, the next national government and provincial authorities will no longer be able to claim that they cannot guarantee press freedom.RSF therefore insists on respect for Nepal’s 2015 constitution, which proclaims “complete press freedom” in its preamble.Nepal is ranked 100th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. NepalAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists WomenJudicial harassmentViolenceImprisoned News May 29, 2019 Find out morecenter_img Under Chinese pressure, Nepal sanctions three journalists over Dalai Lama story A police officer controls access to a room where voted are being counted in Kathmandu (photo: Prakash Mathema / AFP). After major violations of press freedom during a series of elections held in Nepal from May until earlier this month, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the release of journalists still in prison and urges the newly-elected authorities to ensure that their priorities include respect for media freedom. RSF_en Organisation Nepal: RSF’s recommendations to amend controversial Media Council Bill Receive email alerts Nepalese journalists threatened, attacked and censored over Covid-19 coverage December 19, 2017 – Updated on December 20, 2017 Nepal: Elections marred by many media freedom violations May 17, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more