Stride enjoys revenue and profit growth in first half

first_img Stride Gaming has cited the ongoing success of its real-money gaming business as the main reason behind year-on-year revenue and profit growth in the first half Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Stride enjoys revenue and profit growth in first half Finance 23rd May 2018 | By contenteditor Stride Gaming has cited the ongoing success of its real-money gaming business as the main reason behind year-on-year revenue and profit growth in the first half. Net gaming revenue (NGR) in the six months to February 28, 2018, amounted to £44.9m (€51.3m/$60.1m), up 14% on the corresponding period in the previous year. Adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) was down slightly to £8.7m, while adjusted earning remained level at just over £8m. Profit after tax and discontinued operations rocketed by 114% from a loss of £10.3m last year to a positive figure of £1.5m in the first half of the current year. As a result, basic profit per share jumped 113% from a loss of 15.3 pence to a plus of two pence, with Stride proposing a final dividend of 1.3 pence per share. In a statement, Stride said: “Driven by continued growth in our core real-money gaming business, and underpinned by further investment in Stride’s customer offering, proprietary technology and people, the group has delivered solid financial results with NGR up 14% to £44.9m. “After adjusting the prior period cost of sales to reflect the new point-of-consumption tax, which became effective on August 1, 2017, like-for-like adjusted EBITDA also increased by 19% to £8.7m. “Whilst the UK remains the largest regulated online gaming market in the world it is experiencing greater regulatory and fiscal focus than ever before which is making it a more challenging market to operate in. “At this stage, it is difficult to predict whether the pending further increases in UK taxation and regulatory compliance will present growth and consolidation opportunities for Stride or not. “Meanwhile, the board will continue to appraise the best growth options for the group. “Our focus will now shift towards accelerating our international growth plans in line with our strategic focus to diversify the business and expand in attractive regulated markets globally. “As an agile operator with our own proprietary technology at the core of our business and customer offering, I believe Stride is well placed to adapt, evolve and flourish.”Related article: Stride hands international development role to Sagercenter_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Finance AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Addresslast_img read more Group hires Kambi’s Bichsel as VP for US sales

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter group has appointed Max Bichsel, formerly director of US sales for Kambi, as vice president with a focus on its US business. Group hires Kambi’s Bichsel as VP for US sales Casino & games 5th November 2019 | By Daniel O’Boyle group has appointed Max Bichsel, formerly director of US sales for Kambi, as vice president with a focus on its US business.Bichsel’s goal in the position is to develop and expand’s partnerships with brands in the US market.“Performance marketing will play an important role in the growth of the sports betting and online gambling industry in America and Group is best positioned to benefit from this expansion of regulated online gambling in the United States,” Bichsel said.“I look forward to working with the Group’s clients, building teams and creating new partnerships to expand the Group’s footprint in the U.S. and solidify the company’s position as leaders in iGaming and sports betting.”Read more on iGB North America.center_img Topics: Casino & games Marketing & affiliates People Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: US Email Addresslast_img read more

Investing your first £500? I think this share makes a great bargain buy as the FTSE 100 falls

first_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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. The stock market is falling again. After a great start to June, last week was disappointing. The FTSE 100 index ended the week almost 6% down from the week before. As I write, it’s trading below 6,000. If it closes below 6,000 today, it’ll be the first in three weeks. Bad as this sounds, it’s actually a good time to invest your first £500.Here’s why. Stock markets can react sharply to short-term developments. But over time, growing companies with strong track records stand out, reaping rewards for investors. If I invest my first £500 when stock prices are especially depressed, I’m likely to make even bigger gains. Most of these gains are from the increase in the value of my capital. In these uncertain times, companies have slashed dividends. So generating passive income isn’t as easy as it was a few months ago. I’m focusing on growth stocks in this environment. 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…Separating the risers from the fallersBut the catch is that it’s not always easy to identify which stocks are going to perform over time when investing your first £500. If we look at shares that are part of FTSE 100, there are many of them that are in a state of decline. Consider well-known retailer Marks & Spencer. There’s hardly anyone who doesn’t know this brand. Yet bricks-and-mortar retailers have suffered in recent years as online shopping becomes the go-to option for buyers. M&S has been struggling as a result of this (and other issues) and tumbled out of the FTSE 100 last year. On the other hand, there are others that are gaining prominence. Online retailer Ocado (LSE: OCDO), in sharp contrast to M&S, is one of them. It joined the FTSE 100 group of shares in 2018. The coronavirus crisis and ensuing lockdowns have strengthened its position further. It’s still a loss-making company, but I wouldn’t let that deter me when investing my first £500. Unlike M&S, which is likely to struggle unless it manages a dramatic turnaround, Ocado’s likely to go belly-up only if it does something dramatically wrong. So far though, it seems to be doing more right than wrong. It just raised £1bn with a combination of debt and equity funding to expand further. Investing your first £500 in promising prospectsClearly, investors believe in the Ocado story. That’s part of what’s driving its share price. From the time I wrote about it almost a year ago, Ocado’s share price had risen by 57% at the last close. This is after it fell in the past few days. At its highest level in 2020,  it would have given me a return of almost 80%. And I’d like to reiterate that this is in less than a year. I imagine my first £500 would more than double at least with a longer-term time horizon. I’m looking at more such shares to put my money in. Enter Your Email Address Manika Premsingh | Monday, 15th June, 2020 | More on: OCDO Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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.center_img Investing your first £500? I think this share makes a great bargain buy as the FTSE 100 falls See all posts by Manika Premsingh 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. Image source: Getty Images Manika Premsingh 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shareslast_img read more

The Boohoo share price: is now the perfect time to buy?

first_img Image source: Getty Images Rupert Hargreaves | Sunday, 1st November, 2020 | More on: BOO “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Rupert Hargreaves owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended boohoo group. 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. The Boohoo share price: is now the perfect time to buy? 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. 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves 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. The Boohoo (LSE: BOO) share price has lost around a third of its value since the end of September. That followed the decision by the company’s auditor it would no longer be working with the group, due to reputational concerns. The company’s stock was sold off despite Boohoo’s fantastic trading figures for the year. In the six months to the end of August, the group’s sales lept 45%, and adjusted profit rose 53%. 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…Based on this performance, some investors have used the recent decline in the Boohoo share price to top up their holdings. However, I think there’s a high chance the shares may face further near-term turbulence. Boohoo share price outlook Boohoo has come under pressure this year due to concerns about the working conditions at some of its suppliers. For its part, Boohoo has commissioned an independent inquiry. It has also announced it will take a more proactive approach to supply chain management.These developments have been welcomed by the market. What’s more, it’s clear the company’s customers haven’t been put off by the allegations.There have also been some questions raised about the company’s corporate governance. This has been cited as the reason why the firm’s auditor, PwC, decided to step down. In my view, all the above are a concern. I’m a big fan of the billionaire investor Warren Buffett. He believes a company’s management should do everything to maintain its reputation. He’s also said if there’s something clearly wrong with the way a business is run, it might just be the tip of the iceberg. “There’s never just one cockroach in the kitchen,” Buffett once stated. That’s why I’m not buying the Boohoo share price. While there’s absolutely no proof the business has other problems, I reckon it’s better to err on the side of caution. No reason to avoid the companyThis isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. If we know and understand the risks of investing in Boohoo, there’s no reason to avoid the business. The organisation is one of the fastest-growing companies listed in London. As it gobbles up other struggling brands, it doesn’t look as if the group is going to slow down anytime soon. If the firm can put its current problems behind it, I reckon we could see large profits from the Boohoo share price in the long term. Therefore, the decision of whether or not now is a good time to buy the stock rests with each investor. If one’s comfortable investing in the fast-fashion industry, then the recent pull-back in the Boohoo share price could represent an opportunity to enter this fast-growing business at an attractive price.On the other hand, if investors aren’t comfortable, then there are plenty of other growth stocks out there which could offer similar returns without the additional uncertainty. last_img read more

Andy Powell – Wasps and Wales

first_imgMark JonesChris Horsman Andy Powell on tour with the Lions to South AfricaPrior to making the headlines about his party hard ways, Andy chatted to Rugby World about The Lions Tour to South Africa, life after rugby, and [worryingly] fake tan.RUGBY WORLD: So how did you enjoy the Lions tour?ANDY POWELL: There were some really good characters in the squad so there was plenty of banter. Smiler – Matthew Rees – got everyone to come up with random German words. We didn’t even know what most of them meant, but my favourite was schnitzel (cutlet).RW: Who was your worst room-mate?AP: Phil Vickery – he snores really loudly. I tried to snore back to wake him up but it didn’t work. Being with Melon – Gethin Jenkins – isn’t good either. He just saps your energy.RW: You were known as the joker on tour…AP: Yeah, I had to get up at the front of the bus and cheer the boys up, come up with a few jokes. Euan Murray was brilliant too, and he was missed when he went home. He came up with great jokes – one got him the nickname Woodeye.RW: Did you get many fines on tour?AP: One, for being late for physio. We fined Ryan Jones 500 rand (£40) for arriving late on tour and then 12 hours later he was flying home. That was quite harsh – but we didn’t give it him back.RW: What are your bugbears?AP: What really bugs me? On tour I had to weigh in every morning and rate how I’d slept from one to five. When you’re tired, you just want to have breakfast.RW: And phobias?AP: Spiders. We stayed in little cottages in Rustenburg and I was sharing with Stephen Jones. There were loads of spiders above us on the ceiling. We kept saying to each other, ‘Look, there’s a spider’ and couldn’t get any sleep.RW: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?AP: I’d want to call all the shots on a tour so whatever I say goes.Stupid purchases, Party tricks and Rugby League…RW: What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on the pitch?AP: If someone is having a bad game, Gethin Jenkins always tells them, ‘You’re having a shocker’. He said to Nicky Robinson in one game, ‘You’re breaking us, you’re crap.’ He once told me to hit more rucks and stop being so lazy.RW: What’s the silliest thing you’ve bought?AP: The pair of jeans I paid £380 for in Jo’burg. I thought they were expensive, say £200, but not that much. They fill your head with stuff about how good they look on and I bought them. I got loads of stick off the boys about it.RW: What would you do if you were Prime Minister for a day? AP: I’d shut down the country for a day and get everyone out for a massive party.RW: Do you have a party trick?AP: Taking my top off. I did it once on tour, just to get a few women over for the boys. Guys like Gordon D’Arcy were struggling big time so I had to help them out.RW: Who’d you like to be stuck in a lift with?AP: There are a lot of nice women out there. I’ll say Lindsay Lohan – and a bottle of champagne. She’s a party girl and I like a party girl.RW: If your house was on fire, what three things would you save?AP: My dog, Barney. He’d definitely be first out. Then my bed because it’s so soft. That would be it – I don’t have much in my house.RW: What would you like to achieve outside of rugby?AP: I’d like to play rugby league. The way I play, I think league would suit me. I’ve just signed a three-year deal at the Blues so I’ll see what happens after that. Outside of rugby, I’d like to open a bar in Spain, maybe with a salon on the side. Then I could get Mike Phillips and James Hook to work in it.RW: They do like the fake tan…AP: Yeah, those two and Lee Byrne brought a box of stuff out with them so you went to their room if you wanted any. They even got Paul O’Connell putting some on – he’s pretty white.RW: How would you like to be remembered?AP: As a down-to-earth, easy-going guy who’d do anything for a laugh.Check out his profile for WalesCheck out some rugby stars taking part in the Weakest Link …Learn more about Andy’s teammates at Wales…Ryan Jones LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Wasps last_img read more

Los Informes Parroquiales de 2018 deben estar en las diócesis…

first_img Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Cathedral Dean Boise, ID AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Pittsburgh, PA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET 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 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 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 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release Press Release Service Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Albany, NY Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Tampa, FL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Washington, DC La presentación en línea del Informe Parroquial de 2018 de todas las congregaciones de La Iglesia Episcopal ahora está disponible en el sitio web de La Iglesia Episcopal. Además del formulario, la página también ofrece instrucciones paso a paso y libros de trabajo para guiarle a usted a través de este proceso.“El informe anual de parroquial ha desempeñado tradicionalmente un papel importante a medida que la Iglesia planifica su misión y su ministerio”, dijo el Reverendo Canónigo Dr. Michael Barlowe, Oficial Ejecutivo de la Convención General.Barlowe también señaló que todas las congregaciones deberían haber recibido su paquete del Informe Parroquial 2018 por correo. El correo del Informe Parroquial incluía una carta explicativa junto con la información de inicio de sesión de la congregación.Las congregaciones que no puedan presentar su solicitud en línea pueden utilizar un formulario imprimible, disponible en el sitio web de La Iglesia Episcopal aquí.La fecha límite canónica para el Informe Parroquial 2018 a su Diócesis es el 1 de marzo. Sin embargo, consulte con su diócesis para conocer en particular los requisitos diocesanos.Para el 1 de mayo, todos los informes deben haber sido revisados ​​y marcados como completos por sus diócesis para la Oficina Ejecutiva de la Convención General.Las congregaciones que no recibieron el correo del Informe Parroquial 2018 deben comunicarse inmediatamente con su administrador diocesano para obtener su información de inicio de sesión.Las instrucciones y los libros de ejercicios están disponibles aquí.“Estoy agradecido por el considerable esfuerzo del clero y el liderazgo congregacional en la preparación cuidadosa del Informe Parroquial”, agregó Barlowe.El Informe Parroquial es la recopilación de datos más antigua y continua de La Iglesia Episcopal. Por tradición y canon, los requisitos de información son desarrollados por el Comité de la Cámara de los Diputados sobre el Estado de la Iglesia, utilizando un formulario aprobado por el Consejo Ejecutivo de la Iglesia. Visto como un rito anual de paso en La Iglesia Episcopal, y supervisado por el Oficial Ejecutivo de la Convención General, el Informe Parroquial afecta a todas las congregaciones de la Iglesia. Junto con otros datos, incluido el del Registro de Ordenaciones y el Registrador de la Convención General, el Informe Parroquial proporciona una perspectiva del estado de la Iglesia. Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit a Job Listing Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Knoxville, TN This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Posted Feb 8, 2019 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Martinsville, VA 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 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Belleville, IL Rector Hopkinsville, KY Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Featured Jobs & Calls Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Collierville, TN Submit an Event Listing Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Shreveport, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Bath, NC Los Informes Parroquiales de 2018 deben estar en las diócesis el 1 de marzo y en la Oficina de la Convención General el 1 de mayo: la presentación en línea está disponible The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Featured Events Associate Rector Columbus, GAlast_img read more

Life is like a river

first_img February 12, 2018 at 8:41 am NH charles towne TAGSCharles TowneInspiration Previous articleBreaking news: Apopka police arrest hit and run driverNext articleIn defense of “the rat race” Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply Reply Hi Charles, I’m so glad you lived to tell this tale. You may have gone into the river foolishly but it seems you emerged having learned some important lessons. You gained some wisdom! Thankfully, God takes us through our folly while we are in this process of living and learning. Appreciate you! 23 COMMENTS February 6, 2018 at 8:07 am Mike McFadden Another wonderful column Chuck! You are so right with the idea that life is very much like a river. It can be incredibly beautiful or it can overwhelm you and drown you when you least expect it if you underestimate it.Great thing about it though, is that Jesus is a awesome life saver and it certainly sounds like He was with you as you wrestled with the raging waters. Thanks for another great one Chuck, and God bless. EJ charles towne charles towne Reply Don, pal, you are soooo right! And with some few of us age does have a tempering influence, at least we can hope. I look back, and it is only in retrospect that I am able to see the merciful hand of God lifting me up and preserving my life. God bless you Don, Chuck Please enter your comment! Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Reply Reply Dear Tahara, God bless you my friend. What you say is so very true. He is our God, our protector, and our friend! What could possibly be better than that? Chaz Reply February 5, 2018 at 5:20 pm February 9, 2018 at 5:55 pm Dear old what’s his face, Plague, not plaque, ya dummy! Chaz February 7, 2018 at 7:11 am Reply Reply Reply Linda, for most of my life I have tackled each day as an adventure, sort of like roping deer, wrestling alligators, catching diamondback rattlesnakes, getting into cages with lions, leopards and tigers, getting married, raising kids, or getting out of bed each morning, there is always a risk involved along with the reward. Thanks for the comment Sissy, Unka Chuck Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your name here Kristin, Usually, in retrospect, all of my hairy adventures seemed like good ideas at the time, but then reality set in and I realized just how fortunate I was to come out on top. Life is an adventure that Papa God would like for us to learn from and the fact that I have survived this long attests to the fact that just maybe I have learned something, and it also proves that my mama’s prayers really were effective. Thanks so much, Chaz February 9, 2018 at 8:30 pm Reply February 5, 2018 at 5:21 pm charles towne Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter February 5, 2018 at 5:31 pm charles towne Reply Tahara February 9, 2018 at 7:33 pm I believe a loving God allows us to test the rivers of life! Sometimes we venture into areas that will have the ability to change or take our life. We struggle and fight to win, even when it may look like we are losing. Then we feel the support we need to regain a firm footing, and the temptation is to think “We Did It!” I have been guilty of that feeling all my life! Jump in and test the waters, without thinking what my actions might have. As I have gotten older I’ve come to realize that I have never been alone, but have had a loving God watching over me! What a blessing that is! charles towne Mike, yeah, I have read about it. People coming together as you describe is really christianity in action, its what turns a city into a community. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone but this sort of disaster often brings out the very best in people. One of the horrors of the flood was the washing away of the historic Forty Fort cemetery. It was said, and I have to agree, the flood didn’t respect the living or the dead. The wonder is that there were no more deaths. Thanks so much Mike, Chaz February 4, 2018 at 1:24 pm What a powerful metaphor for life! Living next to a river was both blessing and curse. Sounds like a great teacher for “life-lessons”. Hmmmm….maybe God uses nature to teach those that are stubborn? What do you think Charles? CSG February 4, 2018 at 5:25 pm Don Lindsey Reply Reply Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom February 7, 2018 at 12:07 am Dear GYMRAT, Yes, good thought. It seems that we usually are struggling, constantly swimming against the current! Could the currents that sweep us downstream against our will be the status quo, the “ordinary” of life? If I had not fought the current and just gone with it I would have been swept down the river to only God knows where? That oblique angle wasn’t “upstream” but it did allow me to reach a point within sight of my objective. Surrendering to the status quo is not an option for the Christian, or the winner in any situation. Chaz Dear CSG, if our spiritual eyes were opened so we could actually see the number pf times He has delivered us from situations that could have turned out disastrously? Wow! What a wonderful God we serve! Thank you Lord for keeping me in YOUR ways! Chaz “Alexa, call God.”Charles, if life is like a river, why do we choose to swim upstream? Reply Wow, revitting and so true with life. We so often take the cares if life too casual instead of asking God for guidance thru the day. Always seek you first the Kingdom of God. The bible and our Hooky Spirit is there for guidance. We can read and we can hear, but we have to be doers of HIS written Word and by the leading of theHoly Ghost.Amen. Powerful. February 5, 2018 at 3:45 pm UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 February 7, 2018 at 8:40 am Kristin February 7, 2018 at 8:31 am charles towne Reply charles towne Hey Chuck….wow, what a story! I thinkback on many times in my life thatI didn’t even realize how turbulent thewaters were. What seemed like dog paddling at the time, was actually astruggle to keep my head above water, afight for survival. God protects us from so much, from things we are totally unaware of,like ourselves. I am so grateful He does!Yes, this story really hit home with me, especially the last line. Life, and caregiving, are like a river. Oh how true that is! Thank you, Lord, for keeping me in all my ways. Thank you for keeping me from drowning in the river. With Him, it doesn’t matter what comes our way! He has promised, I will never leave you nor forsake you. And whatever comes to us is Father filtered! He will not give us more than we can handle as long as we stay in His will. Even in our foolishness, He is there, maybe even smiling at our antics! I appreciate your vulnerability, Unka Chuck! I am learning so much about you I never knew. Thanks for showing us your heart! It makes me appreciate you even more! I pray for God’s richest blessings to be showered upon you and Nancy and family! charles towne Gymrat February 4, 2018 at 1:02 pm Chuck – This piece brought back memories of the Wyoming Valley Pa flood of 1972 – better known to those of us that lived through it as “The Wrath of Agnes”. The Susquehanna river crested at 43.6 feet (flood stage was ~ 21 feet) and gave true meaning to the word havoc. The river’s torrent breached the dikes that protected the valley and all we could do was watch and pray. As soon as the waters receded the people came together and worked to restore their homes and communities. Hurricane Agnes was an unwelcome guest in our community but she introduced the valley residents to very many fine folks that came to their aid. It was a true lesson in the meaning of the word “compassion” as the residents and volunteers came together as the core of what was to become known as “The Valley With a Heart”. charles towne charles towne Patricia Holmes Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life. July 1, 2020 at 4:22 pm February 4, 2018 at 2:39 pm February 9, 2018 at 3:49 pm I am so happy to see your story and to let you know I too remember that storm. I lived a little higher on land, at the corner of Adams and Benton Street. My maiden name was Pat Irish. At one time I even lived in the Foss house with my children. I was that girl always playing baseball with the boys in Weiss’ backyard.God has always been first in my life and has guarded me many times. Take care. Reply Stubborn! Stubborn? Did you say stubborn? Never stubborn, bull-headed perhaps but never stubborn! Dear NH, during my childhood on the river I only saw one flood but it was so devastating I hope I never experience another. Yes, the river was a good teacher, never the same, always changing. What an incredible childhood. You know, I still don’t remember what was so important that drove me to swim the river that time. I like to think it was something important. I do know that when I returned I borrowed the neighbor’s boat to get back home and we used that boat until the river returned to normal. Memories? Yeah, pretty neat those memories. Blessings on you and yours, Chaz Reply February 12, 2018 at 7:18 am Reply At times our choices arnt the best, Im reminded of the line from a song, FOOLS RUSH IN! We all Play the Fool at tmes, InspirationBy Charles Towne  “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers; they will not sweep over you.”-Isaiah 43:2I was born on an island located on the beautiful Fox River that flows near the small town of Oswego, Illinois. The Fox River is mysterious and somewhat unpredictable; very much like a beautiful woman. She, the river, could go for years without showing her ugly side by overflowing her banks, but when she did, surprise!  Thank the good lord if you have never been flooded out.A serious flood will invariably wreak havoc as nothing else can.  Property is often swept away, homes and vehicles ruined, and sometimes people are drowned.  But then, gradually, the river would return to the confines of her banks, and the cleanup began.And there is the mud!There is nothing like the stinking, slimy, sticks to everything mud left after a flood.  Everything that has been under water is coated with a thick layer of mud.  Floors will have as much as two inches of the gumbo like corruption.  Walls will be black with the stuff.Are you beginning to get the picture?During a flood, a boat is essential, for attempting to swim those rampaging waters just might end up as your final act, your last hurrah.I swam the flood one time and soon discovered that fools especially need God’s care.The floodwaters forced high above the confines of the river’s banks had carried our boat away the previous night, thus leaving us marooned and at the mercy of the river. During that same night as we lay in our beds, there were strange sounds, whispers of movement that was hard to decipher. Soon we realized that the grinding, scraping and, rumbling noise that could be more felt than heard, where the rocks and boulders being tumbled along the river’s bed by the inimitable force of the rushing, dark waters.The river was swollen with spring snowmelt, and on its crest rode all sorts of detritus.  A dog house, half submerged with a floating something that no longer tried to swim on the end of its tether.   A rubber hip boot, a child’s doll, the entire front of a house with its door hanging open in welcome; a rocking chair, an old tire, all drifted past on their journey from somewhere up there, to…where?I don’t remember why it was so important for me to reach the mainland that day. Perhaps it was a hot date, but fools don’t usually need a cause for the things they do. Wrapping my clothes in a piece of oiled canvas, I donned an old pair of cut-offs and launched myself into the flood, swimming toward the opposite shore.“Swim little fishy, fast as you can, and he swam and he swam…” That was me.  I swam, and I swam, and I swam…The swimming was futile.  I was trapped.  I had spent my life on the river and thought that I knew her.  She had been my friend, an intimate, and here she was, trying to kill me.I knew that the river was constantly changing.  I learned very early in life that every time I stepped into it, though it appeared to be the same, it was a different river. I discovered that the river wore a mask with two faces and the face that I saw that day was not smiling benevolently, and it wasn’t the clown face of comedy, no, in fact, it was scowling at me, dark, ugly, threatening, and full of malicious intent.I was at the quarter waypoint.  Branches and small trees swept past me on the crest of the flood.   I knew that if I were to become entangled in the branches of one of those tumbling trees that would be my demise.  Frightened, I was tempted to turn back.  To heck with whatever so urgently had been calling my name!But I kept swimming.As I struggled in the river’s embrace, I glanced upstream and there, bearing down on me was…?A dead cow, spinning lazily in the current, one unseeing eye staring at me in morbid curiosity as it swept past almost close enough to touch.  The cow grinned at me; its teeth bared in a terrible rictus of agony, fear, and death.I swam and finally, what seemed like hours later, almost at the limit of my extremity, my feet finally touched bottom, and I staggered from the river’s deadly embrace.Exhausted, fearful of what might have been, I looked across the river to my starting point and was grateful that I was alive.  I had been swept at least a quarter of a mile downstream from where I had started my fool’s errand.And yet the river was still trying to beguile me with her beauty for when I gazed upon her surface there was nothing that warned of any danger, in fact, the surface was deceptively calm, almost serene.It is not what is on the surface that kills; it’s what is hidden beneath, those deadly undercurrents; why else do they call them “undercurrents” if not to pull you under?But that, or so it seems is life, yes, life and caregiving; is like a river.A CAREGIVER’S PRAYERDear Father God, you are my keeper and protector; you have always been there for me, even when I thought I was alone.  As the waters of life at times seem about to overwhelm me, you have always carried me to safety.  I praise you and thank you for watching over me when I was foolish enough to think I could do it on my own.  Walk with me now oh Lord, and buoy me up.  Hold me today that I may be what you desire me to be.  I praise you; I exalt you, I glorify you oh mighty God.  In Jesus’ holy and beautiful name I ask this, Amen. Reply February 6, 2018 at 6:43 am See how tough I am on myself folks! Chaz Don Young Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. February 4, 2018 at 6:55 pm charles towne LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply February 4, 2018 at 7:07 pm Reply Linda Reply Don, every move we make, every step we take, He is there. “I am with you!” Is His litany as well as His promise. Without Him we perish, with Him we thrive. Thanks Don, Chaz EJ, AINT IT THE TRUTH! I can’t help but think of the old saying which fits very well with what you are saying, “The good Lord takes care of old men, children and fools!” And that makes me wonder how any of us would have survived without him. Blessings on you and yours, Chazlast_img read more

House Bleu / Diagrama Arquitectos

first_imgManufacturers: AutoDesk, MOEN, Mosaicos MOOMA, Trimble Navigation 2020 Photographs:  José Juan Rodríguez Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Projects House Bleu / Diagrama Arquitectos Laura Elena Barba Prieto, Luis Aurelio Piña Plaza “COPY” “COPY” Architects: Diagrama Arquitectos Area Area of this architecture project CopyHouses•Guadalajara, Mexico ArchDaily Area:  2200 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  Houses Save this picture!© José Juan Rodríguez+ 22Curated by Clara Ott Share Mexico ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Lead Architects: Design Team:Anaella Aguas, Arturo MolinaCity:GuadalajaraCountry:MexicoMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© José Juan RodríguezRecommended ProductsBulbs / Spots / Wall LightsiGuzziniLight Effects – TrickCeramicsApavisaTiles – JewelsWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsText description provided by the architects. Located within one of the best-kept blocks of Guadalajara’s Centro and Americana neighborhoods, CB is a project that merges a heritage building and a new, mixed-use development, promoting the reactivation and densification of the city’s central areas. The heritage house was in a bad state before the intervention, so the project centered its’ aim on saving the original layout and removing the walls and spaces added throughout the years.Save this picture!© José Juan RodríguezSave this picture!FacadeSave this picture!© José Juan RodríguezThe totality of the original home’s configuration was respected in the redesign; the facade’s ornaments were restored, the central patio was rescued, and the main patio-facing hallway was used to add commercial lots to the street level, placed within the heritage building without damaging any preexisting elements. In the back area — which wasn’t part of the original building and had come to be used as storage space — the annex tops off at five stories, imperceptible from street level. The project includes parking space on the ground floor and 10 residential units, eight of which feature two bedrooms, and two which function as open-plan studios.Save this picture!© José Juan RodríguezSave this picture!PlanSave this picture!© José Juan RodríguezAmong the intervention’s characteristic elements are its thick walls, which allow for shelving that maximizes the apartments’ storage space and reference the density of the heritage building’s adobe partitions. The rooftop functions as a shared-use space with plants, a grill, tables, and bathrooms. The new building’s facades feature windows and arches that emulate the ones of the heritage building, establishing a respectful and subtle dialogue between the old and the contemporary.Save this picture!© José Juan RodríguezProject gallerySee allShow lessTata Medical Center / CannonDesign + Carambiah & GeorgeSelected ProjectsBamboo House / BL Studio de ArquiteturaSelected Projects Share House Bleu / Diagrama ArquitectosSave this projectSaveHouse Bleu / Diagrama Arquitectos ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs CopyAbout this officeDiagrama ArquitectosOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesGuadalajaraOn FacebookMexicoPublished on February 26, 2021Cite: “House Bleu / Diagrama Arquitectos” [Casa Bleu / Diagrama Arquitectos] 26 Feb 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisMill Finished Copper: Nordic StandardMetallicsHAVER & BOECKERArchitectural Wire Mesh – MULTI-BARRETTE 8130Enclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsSealantsEffisusGutter Repair – TiteGutter3Aluminium CompositesSculptformAluminium Click-on BattensTiles / Mosaic / GresiteMargresPorcelain Tiles – Linea PrestigeMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Click Roll CapsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteTerrealTerracotta Cladding TileDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE UnilateralWindowsJoskoWindows and Sliding Doors – ONE SeriesMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Privately-owned radio and TV station shut down

first_img May 27, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Privately-owned radio and TV station shut down Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia News Organisation RSF_en Reporters Without Borders protested today against the shutting down of the privately-owned Somali Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) by the authorities of the Somali region of Puntland and called for the measure to be reversed at once.”This is a serious blow to media diversity in the region and is not the first time press freedom has been threatened in Puntland, where three journalists were arrested last year,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to Puntland President Col. Abdullahi Yusuf. He called on him to see that journalists could work freely and safely in the region.SBC chief Ali Abdi Aware announced on 23 May that the station was going off the air, having received word from the authorities cancelling its broadcasting licence and telling him to close the station. An aide of the president said the station had a commercial licence that did not allow it to broadcast political material.Local observers said SBC had been penalised because it had criticised Col. Yusuf and reported regularly on the activities of the party led by Jama Ali Jama, a former president of Puntland and political opponent of Col. Yusuf.Puntland is in northeastern Somalia and has had an autonomous government since 1998. RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region News RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists March 2, 2021 Find out more SomaliaAfrica center_img News News Receive email alerts SomaliaAfrica January 8, 2021 Find out more to go further Follow the news on Somalia February 24, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Europe no longer so exemplary, Russian tragedy deepens

first_img Receive email alerts For the first time since 2002, the press freedom index’s top 20 is not quite so European. Only 15 of the 20 leading countries are from the Old Continent, compared with 18 in 2008. Eleven of these 15 countries are European Union members. They include the top three, Denmark, Finland and Ireland. Another EU member, Bulgaria, has been falling steadily since it joined in 2007 and is now 68th (against 59th in 2008). This is the lowest ranking of any member of the union.The biggest one-year fall of any EU member was Slovakia’s. It sank 37 places to be 44th. This was mainly the result of government meddling in media activities and the adoption in 2008 of a law imposing an automatic right of response in the press. Two candidates for EU membership also experienced suffered dramatic falls. They were Croatia (78th), which fell 33 places, and Turkey (122nd), which fell 20 places.The impact of organised crime and the targeting of journalists account for the falls suffered by both Bulgaria and Italy (49th), which got the worst ranking of the EU’s six original founders. Il Cavaliere’s harassment of the media, increased meddling, mafia violence against journalists who expose its activity and a bill that that would drastically curb the media’s ability to publish official phone tap transcripts explain why Italy fell for the second year running.France (43rd) did not fare much better, falling eight points because of judicial investigations and arrests of journalists and raids on news media, and also because of meddling in the media by politicians, including President Nicolas Sarkozy.The region’s most repressive countries, Uzbekistan (160th) and Turkmenistan (173rd), have not evolved significantly and their journalists are still subject to censorship, arbitrary treatment and violence. The dialogues they have begun with the European Union and other partners do not seem to have borne fruit in terms of human rights and there is every reason to fear that the international community will sacrifice free expression in the race for energy security. Both Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan are rich in natural resources including hydrocarbons.Russia (153rd) tumbled 12 places, below Belarus for the first time. The reasons for this fall, three years after Anna Politkovskaya’s murder, include continuing murders of journalists and human rights activists who help to inform the population, and physical attacks on local media representatives. They also include the return with increasing force of censorship and reporting taboos and the complete failure to punish those responsible for the murders.Indicators point to a deterioration in the press freedom situation in almost all of the former Soviet Republics except Georgia (81st) and, to a lesser extent, Belarus (151st), whose government has initiated a cautious and so far limited improvement in its relations with the press as part of a renewed dialogue with the EU. It is hard at this stage to predict whether this ripple on the surface will swell or fade away.Georgia was able to leap 39 positions because it did not fight a war during the period covered even if political tension continued to have an impact on the news media. Its South Caucasian neighbour, Armenia (111th), fell sharply because of several cases of physical violence against journalists and political tension that continued to affect the media and society.There was no change in neighbouring Azerbaijan, where the situation continued to be really worrying. This was clear from the Reporters Without Borders monitoring of press coverage during the presidential election campaign in November 2008 and from the National Television and Radio Council’s decision to ban foreign radio stations (BBC, Radio Free Europe and Voice of America) from broadcasting on local frequencies.The decline in press freedom continued in Central Asia, especially in Kyrgyzstan (125th) and its enormous, gas-rich neighbour Kazakhstan (142nd), which both fell more than 15 places. Kazakhstan distinguished itself by the number of libel suits brought against independent and opposition newspapers and its recourse to the time-honoured practice of awarding such colossal sums in damages that the publication is forced to close.Kazakhstan’s worst-ever ranking since the index began in 2002 was also due to intimidation and violence against journalists and the prolongation of a law that subjects websites to the same restrictions as the traditional media. In Kyrgyzstan, concerns were fuelled by an increase in physical attacks and intimidation of journalists that led some to flee the country, one-sided coverage of an election campaign, and pressure on foreign radio stations, which need a prior accord with the authorities to be able to broadcast locally.Turkey’s big fall was due to a surge in cases of censorship, especially censorship of media that represent minorities (above all the Kurds), and efforts by members of government bodies, the armed forces and judicial system to maintain their control over coverage of matters of general interest.In Croatia, which hopes to join the EU very soon, certain aspects of Serbo-Croatian relations are a source of tension and are off-limits for the media. Journalists who violate the taboo are often the targets of violence. Organised crime groups have also been responsible for physical attacks on journalists. RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan News October 20, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Europe no longer so exemplary, Russian tragedy deepens Check the position of your country in the world press freedom index and read the general introduction читать на русском Related documents intro_regional_ru-3.pdfPDF – 159.11 KB RSF_en to go further Help by sharing this information News Organisation “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says June 7, 2021 Find out more June 8, 2021 Find out more Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says News News Europe – Central Asia Europe – Central Asia Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia June 4, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more