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NetEnt blames Nordic struggles as revenue dips in first half

first_img Casino games supplier NetEnt has put a year-on-year decline in revenue and operating profit in the first half of 2019 down to ongoing weak development in Nordic countries, again citing Sweden as a market of particular concern.Revenue for the six months through to June 30, 2019 amounted to SEK837m (£71.7m/€79.8m/$89.6m),, down 3.4% from SEK867.3m in the corresponding period last year.NetEnt said that this decline was down to a weak performance across the Nordic region, primarily in Sweden. In that market, NetEnt saw player numbers fall and reported a lower average revenue per user (ARPU) since new regulations were introduced at the start of 2019.Outside of Sweden and NetEnt saw more success, with revenue from its activities in regulated markets up 1.7% year-on-year in the second quarter. In total it generated 49% of revenue from locally regulated markets in the second quarter.NetEnt signed 16 new licence agreements during the first half and also launched casinos with 19 new customers.The supplier was able to slightly cut overall spend in H1, with expenses down from SEK584.4m in the first half of 2018 to SEK581.4m. This was mainly due to a decrease in personnel expenses, which fell from SEK268.3m to SEK248.5m.Other operating expenses also fell from SEK214.7m to SEK191.5m, but costs related to depreciation and amortisation were up year-on-year from SEK101.m to SEK141.3m.Lower revenue during the first half led to a decrease in operating profit, with the SEK256.1m posted for the six-month period down 9.5% from the prior year.Profit before tax also slipped from SEK209.7m to SEK261.8m. Despite paying less tax of SEK21.6m compared to SEK24.6m last year, profit for the period declined 15.8% to SEK240.2m.For the second quarter of NetEnt’s financial year, ended June 30, 2019, revenue was down 4.1% year-on-year at SEK419.4m. Increased depreciation and amortisation costs saw total operating expenses rise marginally to SEK289.3m, leading to operating profit declining 12.6% to SEK130.0m. While the operator saw profits boosted by financial income, its post-tax profit was down 13.9% at SEK119.9m. Reflecting on the results, chief executive Therese Hillman said both quarters of the first half were similar in terms of operating performance, with revenue and profit down in each quarter due to regulatory headwinds in the Nordic markets.However, Hillman (pictured) remains optimistic about NetEnt’s future, saying that the supplier continues to invest in long-term growth.“Now we take the next step in developing our technical platform as we are creating an open platform with new types of functionality and aggregation of third-party content for operators, services that will be launched on a broader scale during 2020,” Hillman said. “The transformation of live casino continues at full speed and we added several new functions during the quarter to make our product more competitive. The customer response is positive, and we expect growth in the coming quarters from this segment, but it will take a few more quarters before we can see more meaningful revenues.“The industry is going through significant changes, and we see opportunities to strengthen our position in all our markets. Through our strategy to invest in increased game production, a technical platform featuring more functionality, and live casino – supported by our brand, global distribution and customer relations – we have the right basis to defend, and over the longer term increase our market shares.” Casino & games 12th July 2019 | By contenteditor Tags: Online Gambling Casino games supplier NetEnt has put a year-on-year decline in revenue and operating profit in the first half of 2019 down to ongoing weak development in Nordic countries, again citing Sweden as a market of particular concern. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwittercenter_img NetEnt blames Nordic struggles as revenue dips in first half Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Casino & games Financelast_img read more

Why I’d buy these 2 FTSE 100 dividend stocks for an ISA in this market crash

first_img 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. Why I’d buy these 2 FTSE 100 dividend stocks for an ISA in this market crash “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” It’s scary out there at the moment. As I write the FTSE 100 is down by another 6%. This means that the big-cap index has now fallen by more than 30% in 2020. It’s painful today. But for long-term investors, I think the market is providing some golden opportunities to buy quality FTSE 100 dividend stocks at bargain prices.If I’m right, then it makes more sense than ever to invest in a Stocks and Shares ISA to avoid any future tax bills.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…I’m not claiming any special power of foresight. I don’t know when the current crash will end. And I don’t know how long it will take the economy to start recovering from COVID-19.But I do know that markets always look forward. At some point, investors will start buying shares that look like long-term winners. Today, I want to look at two companies that I’m confident will survive the storm and remain successful.Built to lastFTSE 100 firm Associated British Foods (LSE: ABF) owns food businesses including AB Sugar, Allied Bakeries (Kingsmill, Allinson’s), Twinings and Patak. The group also owns budget fashion retailer Primark.The ABF share price is down by 12% as I write, after the company warned that compulsory Primark store closures in Europe meant that stores accounting for 30% of the retailer’s sales are now closed. These shops were previously expected to generate £190m of sales over the next four weeks.UK stores generate 41% of Primark sales, but management said sales here have been falling over the last two weeks. If UK stores end up being forced to close too, which seems likely to me, then Primark will face bigger losses.The only good news today was that supplies of clothing from the firm’s China factories are now returning to normal.However, I don’t think shareholders should be too worried.Firstly, ABF says that sales in its groceries business have been largely unchanged.Secondly, this business has very strong finances. At the end of February, the group had net cash of £800m and “significant” unused bank facilities.Shares in Associated British Foods are now trading on about 12 times last year’s earnings, with a dividend yield of 3%. 2020 will be a terrible year, but I’m confident this business will recover. I think FTSE 100 dividend stocks could be a great buy for long-term investors.Always in demandMy next pick is another company whose products should remain in demand during the coronavirus outbreak and in the future. FTSE 100 member Coca Cola HBC AG (LSE: CCH) is one of the bottling companies used by US giant Coca-Cola Co.It operates in 28 European countries — broadly speaking, it covers some of Western Europe, all of Eastern Europe and Russia. Although 58% of sales are of typical soft drinks such as Coke, Fanta and Sprite, the group also bottles and sells a wide range of waters, fruit drinks and other non-alcoholic beverages.The coronavirus outbreak is likely to hit demand from restaurants and tourism. But I’d expect supermarket sales to remain strong. And I’m confident that wider sales will recover once the virus outbreak comes under control.Like ABF, Coca Cola HBC now trades on about 12 times 2019 earnings, with a dividend yield of about 3%. For long-term investors who can overlook short-term uncertainty, I see this valuation as a good starting point for a successful investment. Enter Your Email Address 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! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img Image source: Getty Images. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Roland Head | Monday, 16th March, 2020 | More on: ABF CCH Roland Head has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Associated British Foods. 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. See all posts by Roland Headlast_img read more

Dos programas diarios desde la Convención General: Adentro de la…

first_img Posted Jun 28, 2018 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Albany, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET General Convention, Dos programas transmitidos diariamente desde el evento ofrecerán una perspectiva interna de la 79. ª Convención General a todos los miembros de la iglesia episcopal.“Para muchas personas, la Convención General puede resultar abrumadora”, dijo el Rdo. Lorenzo Lebrija, el anfitrión de los dos programas Adentro de la Convención General e Inside General Convention “sin embargo este año queremos cambiar eso. Vamos a llevarlos a todos los rincones del centro de convenciones. Vamos a conocer a todo tipo de personas dentro de la Iglesia y les daremos una perspectiva privilegiada”.Adentro de la Convención General se estrena el 4 de julio a las 6:30 de la tarde (Hora del Centro de los Estados Unidos). Junto con Lebrija estarán los corresponsales Hugo Olaiz para Adentro de la Convención General y Hannah Wilder para Inside General Convention.Tanto Adentro de la Convención General como Inside General Convention son producciones de la Oficina de comunicación. Los programas se transmitirán por 30 minutos y tendrán formato de revista. Cada programa ofrecerá noticias y temas destacados además de su propia lista de invitados y entrevistas. A partir del 4 de julio los espectadores pueden encontrar Adentro de la Convención General o Inside General Convention aquí. Los programas también estarán disponibles en el Centro de Medios de Comunicación, en vivo y por pedido (on-demand).El productor Jeremy Tackett, evangelizador en los medios digitales dijo, “usamos por primera vez este formato en marzo pasado durante la conferencia “La Evangelización Importa” y de inmediato supimos que era el método ideal para nuestra cobertura durante la Convención General”.El Servicio Episcopal de Noticias también proveerá cobertura diaria de la Convención General.La 79.ª Convención General de la Iglesia Episcopal se llevará a cabo del jueves 5 al viernes 13 de julio en el Austin Convention Center, en Austin, Texas Diócesis de TexasConozca al presentador y a los corresponsalesEl Rdo. Lorenzo Lebrija es el Director General de Desarrollo de la Diócesis Episcopal de Los Ángeles, un papel que asumió después de servir en varias congregaciones en el área del Sur de California.Hugo Olaiz es editor asociado de los recursos Latino/Hispanos de Forward Movement, una agencia de la Iglesia Episcopal encargada de inspirar a los discípulos y empoderar a los evangelistas. Sirve en la sacristía de la iglesia de la Santa Trinidad (Holy Trinity Church) y en el Consejo Asesor del Misionero para el Ministerio Latino/Hispano de la Iglesia Episcopal.Durante los últimos once años, Hannah Wilder, ha sido la directora de comunicaciones de la diócesis episcopal de San Diego. Ella es una apasionada acerca de transmitir un mensaje cristiano progresivo y socialmente-activo y está siguiendo un periodo de formación para convertirse en una sacerdote episcopal.La Convención General de la Iglesia Episcopal se celebra cada tres años para deliberar los asuntos legislativos de la Iglesia. La Convención General es el organismo bicameral que gobierna la Iglesia, compuesta de la Cámara de los Obispos, con más de 200 obispos activos y jubilados, y la Cámara de los Diputados, con más de 800 diputados clérigos y laicos elegidos, de entre las 109 diócesis y las tres zonas regionales de la Iglesia. Entre convenciones, la Convención General continúa su trabajo a través de sus comités y comisiones. El Consejo Ejecutivo de la Iglesia Episcopal lleva a cabo los programas y políticas aprobados por la Convención General. Featured Events Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC Dos programas diarios desde la Convención General: Adentro de la Convención General e Inside General Convention Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Knoxville, TN Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit an Event Listing Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Featured Jobs & Calls Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Collierville, TN Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit a Job Listing Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Martinsville, VA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Press Release Service Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Belleville, IL Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Shreveport, LA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Associate Rector Columbus, GA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Episcopal Office of Public Affairs, General Convention 2018 Rector Washington, DC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Hopkinsville, KY Director of Music Morristown, NJ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Smithfield, NC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Tampa, FL Submit a Press Release Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Tags Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZlast_img read more

Vote for Fundraising magazine’s most influential in fundraising

first_img  86 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Advertisement Fundraising magazine has opened its 2016 Most Influential poll for voting, with four weeks left in which to place nominations.The poll asks who the 50 most influential people in fundraising are. Past polls have been topped by donors, fundraising directors, agency people and consultants. Last year’s poll was topped by CRUK’s Richard Taylor after British Red Cross’s Mark Astarita fell to second place after three years at the top, and also featured UK Fundraising’s very own Howard Lake at number 30.This year it asks people to list the ten names who most inspire and influence them in their work in order of influence.The survey can be completed online, and is open until Friday 20th May. The results will be published in the July issue of Fundraising magazine. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Tagged with: Civil Society Media most influential Recruitment / people Melanie May | 3 May 2016 | News  85 total views,  1 views today Vote for Fundraising magazine’s most influential in fundraising About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

African liberation struggles drove Portugal’s April 1974 revolution

first_imgIt was April of 1974. A popular folk song serving as a secret signal to the captains in Portugal’s Armed Forces Movement (MFA) played on Lisbon’s Radio Renascença. Units of the army in and near Lisbon had been scheduled to go out for ordinary maneuvers. Now everything changed.Spurred on by the growing war weariness of their troops, the growing weakness of the police-state regime, the inability of Portugal to win the war against the liberation movements in its African colonies and the growing international isolation of Portugal, the captains acted.They had kept their plans secret from the soldiers they commanded. With troops already in their trucks, they read the new orders: Seize the capital, arrest the government and throw out the fascist gang ruling Portugal. The rank-and-file soldiers, surprised but ecstatic, carried out the new orders, hoping this action might end the wars in Portugal’s African colonies.Each blow struck by the liberation fighters in Africa had weakened the fascist regime in Lisbon. Each strike by Portuguese workers or desertion by Portuguese soldiers boosted the revolutions in the colonies.In Portugal itself, a revolt in the armed forces facilitated overturning the regime. On April 25, 1974, the MFA quickly ended the 48-year-old fascist police state. Still influenced by old habits of respect for power, however, the Portuguese captains politely arrested President Marcelo Caetano and the rest of the top government leaders and later exiled them to Brazil.They replaced the Caetano gang with a military junta led by Gen. António de Spínola. This officer differed with other fascist generals only because he believed the war was unwinnable. Spínola urged Portugal’s rulers to instead work out a neocolonial relationship with the African colonies, much as French imperialism had done in West Africa.Despite this deceptively mild beginning, April 25 was no simple replacement of the palace guard. Emboldened by the coup, masses of workers took over the streets, cheered the soldiers and for the next 18 months pressed the revolution forward.Television news in the days following April 25 showed groups of workers surrounding and roughing up some individuals. Workers and revolutionaries recognized their former torturers from the notorious PIDE, the Portuguese political police, and dispensed justice.Defying Spínola’s commands to leave the prisoners in the jails, the crowds, with the support of the troops, emptied the prisons of revolutionaries and anti-fascists while putting the PIDE thugs behind bars. By May Day — six days later — hundreds of members of the Portuguese Communist Party (PCP) and other revolutionary groups were out of prison or back from exile to organize and agitate in the factories, farms and streets of Portugal.Amílcar CabralAfrican liberation movementThe armed struggles in Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau/Cape Verde and Angola seeking liberation from Portuguese colonialism had undermined the army and made the April 25 Revolution possible. The African battles had opened on Feb. 4, 1961, when Angolan freedom fighters stormed a prison to free their comrades. As the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola sang in its hymn, “The heroes broke the chains.”One of the great African Marxists, Amílcar Cabral, was the leader of the liberation struggle in Guinea-Bissau/Cape Verde, Portugal’s smallest African colony. Cabral organized a popular army to fight for the freedom of a million people; in a dozen years of people’s war, this army had liberated large parts of the small territory and set up a new government.Despite his other priorities organizing a people’s war, Cabral knew how important it was to reach out to the soldiers in the colonial army. His organization, the African People’s Independence Party of Guinea and Cape Verde, even as they fought the Portuguese, arms in hand, also made an appeal to draftees. In a 1963 leaflet, Cabral made it clear the liberation forces would win, and those opposing liberation might well die, but he added:“Be courageous, refuse to fight our people! Follow the example of your courageous comrades who refused to fight on our land, who revolted against the criminal orders of your leaders, who cooperate with our party or who abandoned the colonial army and found in our midst the best reception and fraternal aid.”*In a blow that robbed the world’s oppressed peoples and workers of a great leader, PIDE agents assassinated Cabral in Conakry, Guinea, in 1973. But even this setback failed to stop the liberation struggle. From tiny Guinea-Bissau/Cape Verde, as well as in much larger Angola and Mozambique, the liberation struggles left their mark on Portugal’s army. And the Armed Forces Movement brought the war home.People cheer troops who turned their guns around after refusing to fight for the Portuguese fascist dictatorship against the liberation struggles in Africa.Soldier resistance developsIn a report to the PCP Central Committee in April 1964, PCP Secretary Gen. Álvaro Cunhal described how the liberation war of the colonial people interacted with the struggle against fascism inside Portugal:“The resistance of the soldiers against the colonial war is not only one of the most brilliant examples of solidarity of the Portuguese people with the colonial peoples. It is also a new element in the struggle against the fascist dictatorship, an index of the weakened state of the fascist state apparatus, of the radicalization of the politics of the popular masses and the combat readiness of the youth. …“The Angola war gave new reasons for the development and generalization of the struggle of the soldiers. Given the fascist discipline and the political spying that existed in the armed forces, even if only a half dozen mass actions had taken place against the fascist policies, this would have been enough to represent a strong sign of resistance of the people and the youth to the fascist policies and the colonial war. But it wasn’t only a half dozen. In the last three years [before 1964], hundreds of struggles of the soldiers have taken place.“There was also resistance to being sent to the colonies, including work stoppages in the military quarters and barracks, on ships and military hospitals. … Desertions reached a significant volume.“Sometimes the insubordinations were accompanied by small acts of violence. The soldiers burned their cots or broke windows in their barracks or destroyed the furniture.“The struggle of the Portuguese people against the colonial war reached the colonies themselves. Risking their lives, many soldiers refused to leave for the front or to participate in atrocities. Pilots refused to carry out bombings with napalm or did them off-target. Officers and soldiers organized resistance. Others deserted right on the field of battle.”The long war forced small Portugal to triple the size of its armed forces to 210,000 troops and finally provoked the Armed Forces Movement to turn the guns around. This in turn unleashed a countrywide class struggle of workers against their exploiters inside Portugal.Counterrevolution drives revolutionIn the year following April 1974, two major confrontations between the revolutionary workers and the Spínola grouping took place, first in September 1974, when masses of workers mobilized to stop a reactionary demonstration, and then the following March. They both took the form of defense of the revolution from counterrevolutionary actions.On March 11, 1975, Spínola, working with reactionary forces inside and outside Portugal, attempted a military coup. But again there was a rebellion of the rank-and-file troops. The coup failed when the paratroopers sent to punish revolutionary soldiers instead fraternized with and joined them.Spínola fled Portugal for Spain. The MFA purged the most reactionary officers. The biggest advances for the workers were written into law in the months after this failed coup.Overseas, the liberation movements continued their struggles. By Sept. 15, 1974, Guinea-Bissau/Cape Verde was independent. The following year Angola and Mozambique won their freedom from Portugal. Even East Timor, half of an island in the Indian Ocean, won short-lived independence in November 1975, but was soon occupied by Indonesia.In Portugal, there was reinstatement of rights to unions and nationalization of factories, banks and much of the media, plus a wide-reaching agricultural reform that gave legal rights to land seizures by agricultural workers and established collective farms. Begun by actions of workers and other collectives, nearly all these steps were codified under the governments headed by Prime Minister Vasco Gonçalves, himself a colonel and leader of the MFA. Gonçalves was promoted to general in 1975.Faced with homegrown reaction and U.S.-NATO intervention, the Portuguese movement fell short of completing a workers’ revolution, such as had taken place in Russia in 1917. By the fall of 1975, a more rightist grouping of officers gained control of the MFA and removed progressive elements from the government. The rightists began eroding the revolutionary gains, a process that has continued until today, when the Portuguese working class faces a new crisis.Comparison with GI resistanceDespite differences with the political situation in the United States, the Portuguese revolutionaries’ experience of organizing in the military during a colonial war had many similarities with that of the American Servicemen’s Union and among dissident GIs in general during the war against Vietnam.In an analogous way to the Portuguese experience, the Vietnamese liberation fighters sparked revolutionary feelings among some U.S. GIs, as did the Black Liberation Movement at home. U.S. troops’ resistance during the Vietnam War from 1966 to 1973 mirrored the early forms of resistance among the Portuguese troops during the colonial wars that Cunhal described.Also, in the 1960s and early 1970s, the Portuguese Communists had a conscious and worked-out approach to the soldiers, with the goal of winning the troops to the revolutionary struggle both to sabotage the colonial war and to overthrow the fascist dictatorship.In the U.S., Workers World Party’s goal, shared by the leading ASU organizers, was to break the chain of command in the U.S. Armed Forces so that the U.S. could neither wage imperialist war abroad nor repress workers’ struggles or rebellions in oppressed communities at home.In 1969, some top U.S. generals requested that the U.S. raise the troop level from 540,000 to 1 million. Instead, the U.S. administration chose to begin withdrawing troops, relying on airpower and on building a puppet army. This strategy could not prevent an eventual Vietnamese victory, but it did decrease tensions inside the U.S. military. Lisbon’s rulers, by trying to win the wars in Africa with Portuguese troops, instead provoked the April Revolution.*Quoted from “Collected Works of Amílcar Cabral (vol. II)/Unity and Struggle/Revolutionary Practice,” Seara Nova, Lisbon, 1977. This and the Cunhal quote, which is from “Path to Victory,” pages 191-193, are reproduced at greater length in Catalinotto’s forthcoming book, “Turn the Guns Around: Mutinies, Soldier Revolts and Revolutions.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Police find journalist’s body, say murder was crime of passion

first_img BrazilAmericas 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Follow the news on Brazil April 15, 2021 Find out more News RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America BrazilAmericas RSF_en Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Reportscenter_img May 13, 2021 Find out more Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil October 19, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police find journalist’s body, say murder was crime of passion News Organisation News April 27, 2021 Find out more to go further The journalist Anderson Leandro da Silva was the victim of a crime of passion, the Curitiba police said yesterday after finding Silva’s body and arresting his alleged murderer, who showed them where he left it.The police said that, after learning that Silva had been having a relationship with his wife, the suspect called him and, passing himself off as a client, lured him to a location in Quatro Barras, on the outskirts Curitiba, in order to kill him.—————-17.10.12 – Authorities pressed to find out what happened to missing journalistReporters Without Borders adds its voice to those of all the journalists, media representatives, journalists’ organisations, civil society groups and labour unions that will gather tomorrow in Curitiba, in the southern state of Paraná, to demand to know the fate of Anderson Leandro da Silva, a Curitiba-based independent journalist and filmmaker who has been missing for the past week.The media freedom organization takes note of the solemn undertaking that the Paraná state prosecutor’s office has given to investigate Silva’s extremely disturbing disappearance. Aged 38, Silva works with grass-roots movements. He was last seen in Curitiba on 10 October.”You, the family, friends and colleagues of Anderson Leandro da Silva, can count on our support,” Reporters Without Borders said in a message to the organizers of tomorrow’s demonstration, entitled “Where is Anderson Leandro?””All those who defend freedom of information must take up your call. Too many Brazilian journalists and bloggers have been tragically struck down in recent times. Five journalists have been murdered since the start of the year. The authorities must keep their promises to combat impunity.”When a journalist disappears in this part of the world, many people are reminded of the not-so-distant time when freedom of information was permanently violated by censorship and repression. You are there to remind us that now, under democracy, this freedom still needs to be won through people such as Anderson Leandro.”Reporters Without Borders shares the fears of the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abaraji) and the Paraná Union of Professional Journalists (Sindjor-PR) that Silva is the victim of a “politically-motivated abduction.” According to Sindjor, threats have been received by journalists who have commented on his disappearance.Owner of the Quem TV production company and closely involved with grass-roots labour and civil society groups, Silva has often witnessed police abuses. While covering clashes between police and homeless families on industrial wasteland in 2008, he filmed military police firing on journalists and was hit in the face by a rubber bullet. The case incident was widely reported and commented, and Silva received threats thought to have come from the police.According to his family, Silva left the Quem TV office in the early afternoon of 10 October in order to go to Quatro Barras in the Curitiba metropolitan region. His disappearance was reported the next day. Police investigators say no money has been withdrawn from his bank account and his car has not yet been found. last_img read more

Rally Celebrating Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Decision Set for 6 p.m. in Pasadena

first_imgHome of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Subscribe People in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Pasadena will celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision on the right of same-sex couples to marry anywhere in the United States with a rally on Friday night near the Metro Gold Line Station on Lake Avenue.The LGBT advocacy group Pasadena Pride Center announced the activity on its Facebook page, calling it the Decision Day Rally.“We are so very happy that the Supreme Court today has acknowledged the humanity of all LGBT people and their right to be with the ones that they love with the full array of legal advantages that come along with the institution of marriage. This is not an end to all discrimination, but the Court has broken one of the bigger bricks in that ugly wall,” the announcement said.At least seven local organizations including the LGBT community of All Saints, the Pride Center and San Gabriel Valley Pride are joining the celebration near 340 N. Lake Avenue starting at 6:00 p.m.The Supreme Court on Friday made the historical decision allowing same-sex marriage anywhere in the U.S., culminating about two decades of litigation over gay marriage and gay rights. Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia already allow same-sex marriage, but the ruling means the remaining 14 states will have to stop enforcing bans on the practice.Among almost one million same-sex couples in the United States, about 400,000 are married according to the UCLA Williams Institute which supports LGBT advocacy. Before the decision came out, about one in every six married gay couples lived in states that didn’t recognize gay marriages. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy HerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Massage Techniques That Will Make You Return For MoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeauty 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News Community News Rally Celebrating Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Decision Set for 6 p.m. in Pasadena From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, June 26, 2015 | 12:46 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday last_img read more

Corteva Agriscience and Genestack Sign Multi-Year Agreement to Implement Omics Data Manager

first_img Pinterest Local NewsBusiness WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Corteva Agriscience and Genestack Sign Multi-Year Agreement to Implement Omics Data Manager TAGS  center_img CAMBRIDGE, England–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 9, 2021– Corteva Agriscience TM has signed a multi-year agreement with Genestack Limited to implement and license the use of Omics Data Manager, Genestack’s multi-omics data catalog, curation and integrative search product. This agreement will facilitate the full utilization of collected research data, enabling insights to help improve the delivery of products, services and solutions to benefit farmers. Omics Data Manager (ODM) will help researchers at Corteva Agriscience accelerate the characterization of novel seed and crop protection solutions through better aggregation of experimental data. ODM provides a single, modern, interface to identify the biological samples of interest across public and internal datasets, which, combined with powerful curation tools, will enable Corteva researchers to ensure the accuracy and validity of study, sample, and analysis metadata. Ultimately, ODM will empower Corteva to FAIRify (make Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable) and fully utilize their omics datasets. “The software will allow bioinformaticians, discovery scientists and data scientists to collaboratively design new omics studies on a common platform, capture rich metadata and relationships between current and past studies, performing large-scale, cross-study queries across multi-omics datasets. We look forward to implementing these tools across Corteva Agriscience R&D,” said Jochen Scheel, Leader – Data Science and Informatics, Corteva Agriscience. “ODM is our latest product and it builds on years of work with top industry partners. We’re proud of the modern technology stack, flexible multi-omics data, metadata models and APIs, as well as our focus on great user experience. We are really excited to work with Corteva, who are ready to adapt and extend our technology for the needs of agriscience research. We believe firmly that modern enterprise data strategy is not just about software, but also about the right team and an agile, collaborative, long-term thinking approach,” said Misha Kapushesky, CEO, Genestack Limited. About Genestack Limited Since it was founded in 2012 Genestack’s mission has been to accelerate discoveries in biopharmaceutical, consumer goods, healthcare, and agriscience organizations, by tackling the explosive growth of omics data. The company’s flagship product, Omics Data Manager, launched in 2019, helps organizations create a FAIR catalog of multi-omics data (studies, samples, associated omics data of various types), with tools and APIs for metadata templates, curation and powerful integrative search across data & metadata. ODM provides mission-critical technology modules that enable life science enterprises to execute their data strategy. Genestack complements this product with a complete range of professional services including technology consulting, product implementation, managed service and co-development models. For more information about Genestack and Omics Data Manager visit www.genestack.com. Follow Genestack Limited on  Linkedin,  Twitter and  YouTube. About Corteva Agriscience Corteva Agriscience is a publicly traded, global pure-play agriculture company that provides farmers around the world with the most complete portfolio in the industry – including a balanced and diverse mix of seed, crop protection and digital solutions focused on maximizing productivity to enhance yield and profitability. With some of the most recognized brands in agriculture and an industry-leading product and technology pipeline well positioned to drive growth, the company is committed to working with stakeholders throughout the food system as it fulfills its promise to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. Corteva Agriscience became an independent public company on June 1, 2019 and was previously the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. More information can be found at www.corteva.com. Follow Corteva Agriscience on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209005609/en/ CONTACT: Oliver Bayliss Genestack Limited [email protected] Birchmier Corteva Agriscience [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED KINGDOM EUROPE INDUSTRY KEYWORD: BIOTECHNOLOGY HEALTH SCIENCE RESEARCH CLINICAL TRIALS SOURCE: Genestack Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/09/2021 09:00 AM/DISC: 02/09/2021 09:01 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209005609/en By Digital AIM Web Support – February 9, 2021 Twitter Facebook Pinterest Previous articleTravelers Named a 2021 Military Friendly® CompanyNext articleLeading Personalized Patient Health Network PatientsLikeMe Raises $26 Million to Support Next Phase of Growth Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Report Predicts Big Year for Housing in 2015 Based on Recent Government Actions

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Credit Availability Fannie Mae FHA FHFA Fitch Ratings Freddie Mac 2015-01-12 Tory Barringer Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Credit Availability Fannie Mae FHA FHFA Fitch Ratings Freddie Mac Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago With 2015 less than two weeks underway, Fitch Ratings is the latest forecaster predicting great things for housing in the coming year. However, unlike other commentators, whose projections were based on encouraging market trends, the ratings agency says it’s a combination of recent government actions that reinforces its view.In a report released Monday morning, Fitch outlined five big events—all of which have taken place in the past few months—that, taken together, “could have a relatively meaningful impact on home buyer psychology, pent-up demand and housing trends in 2015 and beyond,” the company says.The Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) announcement that it will lower insurance premiums to 0.85 percent annually: Historically considered one of the top resources for low-income and first-time homebuyers, FHA has fallen off in the past few years as it’s been forced to raise premiums and require life-of-loan payments to help shore up its capital reserves. As a result of the changes, Fitch estimates that FHA’s share of the new housing finance market through Q3 2014 was down to 11.9 percent from 15.6 percent in all of 2013 and 20.4 percent in 2012. With premiums set to come down by the end of January—a move the White House estimates will save the average FHA borrower $900 annually—the agency expects FHA-insured loans may become a more attractive option again.Fannie and Freddie’s move to lower down payment requirements: In another action to open up mortgage lending, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced in December that it has directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to introduce programs offering down payments as low as 3 percent to qualified homebuyers. To minimize risk, FHFA said the programs will take into account compensating factors to prove creditworthiness and will feature homeownership counseling.FHFA’s clarified rep and warrant framework designed to reduce lender confusion: Taking notice of FHFA’s pursuit of certain originators over loans they sold to the GSEs, many lenders have set up stricter credit overlays (often worse than the GSEs’ minimum requirements) in order to mitigate putback risk. To reassure lenders, both Fannie and Freddie updated their frameworks in November to better define what they consider to be a misrepresentation, a step that will hopefully spur originators to expand their lending criteria.Regulators’ finalizing of the qualified residential mortgage (QRM) rule: FHFA, the Fed, the Comptroller of the Currency, and other financial regulators finalized in October a rule requiring banks to hold on to a portion of loans they sell, cutting out an exemption for low-risk mortgages. The final rule did away with an earlier provision requiring a 20 percent down payment for low-risk loans after mortgage bankers and trade groups voiced concerns about how such a requirement would restrict credit.A welcome decline in oil (and fuel) prices: An oversupply of oil has brought costs down by more than half, slashing costs at the pump considerably (in an interview with USA Today, Saudi businessman Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said he doesn’t expect to see oil prices climb to $100 per barrel again.) The decline has left American drivers with more disposable income, opening up affordable housing options for those who were worried about their commute. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Report Predicts Big Year for Housing in 2015 Based on Recent Government Actions Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Tory Barringer Subscribe  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / Report Predicts Big Year for Housing in 2015 Based on Recent Government Actions Sign up for DS News Daily Tory Barringer began his journalism career in early 2011, working as a writer for the University of Texas at Arlington’s student newspaper before joining the DS News team in 2012. In addition to contributing to DSNews.com, he is also the online editor for DS News’ sister publication, MReport, which focuses on mortgage banking news. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Rogers Townsend & Thomas Elects Two Shareholders Next: ARMCO Announces New COO January 12, 2015 4,811 Views last_img read more

Measuring Mortgage Debt

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago May 22, 2019 1,373 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Investment, Market Studies, News Home / Daily Dose / Measuring Mortgage Debt Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Share Save Related Articles Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago debt Experian Homeowners mortgage 2019-05-22 Seth Welborn Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Americans are experiencing higher levels of consumer confidence alongside increased credit balances, and a recent report takes a look at how credit and debt has shifted since the 2008 financial crisis.“We’re continuing to see the positive effects of economic recovery, especially among younger consumers,” said Michele Raneri, VP of Analytics and Business Development at Experian. “Since the recession, responsible credit card behaviors and lower debt among younger consumers is driving an upward trend in average credit scores across the nation. Over the last ten years, those 18 to 21 increased their credit scores by 23 points on average compared to those 18 to 21 ten years ago.”According to the report, the average mortgage debt increased from $191,357 in 2008 to $208,180 in 2018, however, delinquency rates dropped within that time. In the ten years since the financial crisis, average 30 days past due delinquency rates dropped from 5.4% to 3.9%. Additionally, average 60 days past due delinquency rates dropped from 2.9% to 1.9% in that time, and average 90 days or more past due delinquency rates dropped from 7.1% to 6.7%.Older Americans, aged 72 and up, saw the biggest increase in mortgage debt, up $29,602 for a total of $160,735 in 2018 since 2008. Younger age groups saw smaller increases in mortgage debts, with consumers aged 22 to 35 increasing their average mortgage debt from $192,554 in 2008 to $209,713 in 2018.Year over year, 2018 saw the biggest increase in credit since the financial downturn, despite the fact that credit scores are still lower than they were before the crisis. Overall, the nation’s average credit score is 680, five points higher than the 2017 average of 675.”With this annual report, our goal is to provide insights that help consumers make more informed decisions about credit use to change their financial habits and improve financial access,” said Rod Griffin, Director of Consumer Education and Awareness at Experian. “Understanding the factors that influence their overall credit profile can help consumers lead financially empowered lives.” Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: What’s Holding Black Homeownership Back? Next: How to Approach the Lien-Release Process Tagged with: debt Experian Homeowners mortgage Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Measuring Mortgage Debt The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. last_img read more