SBTech builds B2G momentum with lottery hat trick

first_imgLottery Between June and September, SBTech has signed three sportsbook deals with World Lottery Association members, announcing the business as a major new presence in the state-owned gaming market. Chief development officer Andrew Cochrane discusses the challenge of bringing legacy offerings into the 2020s. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 26th September 2019 | By contenteditor SBTech builds B2G momentum with lottery hat trick Topics: Lottery Sports betting Tech & innovation Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Between June and September, SBTech has signed three sportsbook deals with World Lottery Association members, announcing the business as a major new presence in the state-owned gaming market. Chief development officer Andrew Cochrane discusses the challenge of bringing legacy offerings into the 2020s.Once may be chance and twice a coincidence, but SBTech — with three agreements with World Lottery Association (WLA) members since June — has made a habit of securing sportsbook supply deals with state lottery operators.First came the Oregon Lottery in June, as SBTech was selected over high-profile competitors to power the operator’s retail and mobile sportsbooks in what was arguably the largest US lottery contract for the vertical to date.Then it was Veikkaus, Finland’s gambling monopoly, a month later. This time, SBTech were tasked with a major overhaul of the existing pre-match and live sports betting products, as well as building a new user interface. It comes at a time when calls for an end to Veikkaus’ monpolopy status is growing, with the operator in the midst of a digital overhaul to fend off competition from offshore operators.Earlier this month, SBTech completed the trifecta with Svenska Spel, helping the lottery operator adjust to the newly re-regulated market in Sweden that has tripped up plenty of newly licensed private operators.SBTech’s chief development officer Andrew Cochrane says the supplier’s hat trick is a statement to the industry.“The word is momentum,” Cochrane says. “Ambitious, growing, forward-thinking businesses like working with the same type of businesses, and today in the industry SBTech has a good reputation as a good, innovative, forward-thinking, product-led business that is successful and has been chosen by Tier-1 operators.“Companies can see that we have momentum.”Strong brands, weak product? For Cochrane, the move to secure more lottery all started with a simple observation: the operators involved could perform much better.In 2018, live betting made up only 16.4% of Veikkaus’s sports betting revenue and 2.4% of the monopoly’s overall revenue, a figure SBTech felt could be improved. Cochrane says, however, that Veikkaus, and indeed other partners were being held back with poor in-play products and legacy technology.“We saw it as an opportunity where the sector has very low-quality product for end users,” Cochrane explains. “The majority of lottery operators have archaic, monolithic technology solutions, inflexible products and not a very strong live offering for sports.“They’ve all got these complex, bespoke builds that are slow and inflexible and not built with modern technology,” he continues.While this may have held them back, he says, they had the in-built advantage of strong brands. Veikkaus, for example, is the only gaming brand legally available to Finnish players. Svenska Spel, until January this year, stood alone in Sweden. Yet both, and the Oregon Lottery too, are predominantly land-based businesses.“They’re really strong brands,” Cochrane says. “[We] see great potential to take these very large retail footprints through a strong omni-channel journey, to engage players online and drive online revenue.“For us it’s about omnichannel product, and we felt that it suited the sector particularly well and we’re delighted that three lottery operators in the last few months said they also agree.”While the moves all lined up in a short space of time, however, they have been a lot longer in the making.Cochrane pointed to his experience building relationships with both Veikkaus and Svenska Spel dating back to his time at Sporting Solutions. This work continued when he joined SBTech in 2017, while the procurement process for each Scandinavian business lasted over a year.But perhaps the most significant steps along the way were the company’s deals with Sazka Group in 2016 and Danske Spil in 2017.“For us there’s been a number of milestones at SBTech over the last three years,”  Cochrane said. “The first was Sazka signing with SBTech to operate the online sportsbook in the Czech Republic.“Then this really gave Danske Spil the courage to say, ‘These guys have a WLA member client, we feel confident in choosing them.’ And then I think Danske Spil was a real milestone client for SBTech and helped up with Veikkaus and Svenka for sure, if not all three.”Focus on flexibility Key to securing these contracts, Cochrane continues, was the ability to offer a flexible solution. They wanted new technology, yes, but they also wanted to maintain in-house trading teams, and handle risk management internally.“I think they’re looking for flexibility,” he says. “If you look at these lottery operators, they typically have their own in-house trading teams. They don’t want to shut those down, make people redundant and hand over the keys to their risk management to somebody else overnight.“So SBTech offered a hybrid solution: if they want to keep their staff, if they want to keep their trading teams, if they wanted granular control over risk management, we’ve given them the ability to do that and that’s definitely been really important.”As much as lottery operators may have similarities, however, each of the three sits in a very different position. Svenska Spel as a former monopoly in a market that has only recently opened to competition. Veikkaus remains a monopoly, but may find itself in a situation similar to that of its Swedish counterpart in the future. The Oregon Lottery is a new entrant to sports betting in a market where the ability to even consider regulating wagering was only granted a year back. But Cochrane said he believes the company can help its partners succeed in each situation.“We believe that we can help a lot of these operators protect their market share,” Cochrane said. “If you look at the numbers across Europe, a lot of lottery operators’ market shares are under pressure or in some cases falling. So I think SBTech’s product fits really well into helping operators regain that momentum and protect that market share.”“We work in partnership with our partners, it’s not about a customer-supplier relationship, so we’re always looking at the markets that our partners operate in and make sure that we have a product that’s competitive in that specific market. We welcome open market competition because we have a strong product that can compete with any online sportsbook.”For SBTech now, the focus is on the launch of each product. With Oregon Lottery’s product initially scheduled for the start of the NFL season on 5 September, Cochrane said the release is now imminent. Veikkaus and Svesnska Spel, meanwhile, are expected to roll out the new sportsbooks in the first half of 2020.“It’s great that we have that reputation in the industry, now we have to deliver on these contract and get them live,” Cochrane adds. “The proof is in the actual product when we get them live; we have to do what we said we would do in the agreement.“So we’re really excited about getting Veikkaus live early next year, Svenska Q2 next year and Oregon sooner than both of those – Oregon should be very, very soon.” Regions: Europe US Nordics Finland Sweden Oregon Tags: Mobile Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Email Addresslast_img read more

The National Investment Trust Plc ( Q42020 Interim Report

first_imgThe National Investment Trust Plc ( listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange under the Investment sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the forth quarter.For more information about The National Investment Trust Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the The National Investment Trust Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: The National Investment Trust Plc (  2020 interim results for the forth quarter.Company ProfileThe National Investment Trust Plc (NITL) manages a closed-end fund that invests in a diversified of Malawi Stock Exchange listed shares and unlisted private securities. The principle objective of NITL is to provide a vehicle for the public to participate in equity investment in Malawi. The fund is a product of Malawi’s progressive privatisation policy and provides income and capital growth opportunities for investors. Financial gain from investments are tax free if held for more than a year. NITL manages a portfolio of investments with funds raised by selling units allocated according to the amount invested in the fund. The NITL manages two Unit Trusts; the NITL Local Equity Fund and the NITL Global Opportunities Fund. Both provide favourable middle- to long-term performance with controlled risk and tax-free earnings. The holding company is based in Mauritius. The National Investment Trust Plc (NITL) is listed on the Malawi Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Jesus is ‘always making us new’: Archbishop Justin’s Easter sermon

first_img Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Submit a Job Listing Rector Hopkinsville, KY Anglican Communion, Archbishop of Canterbury, An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Press Release Service Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Knoxville, TN Featured Events Rector Shreveport, LA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI [Lambeth Palace — Press Release] Archbishop Justin has said in his Easter sermon that pinning hopes on individuals in politics and public life is “always a mistake”. But he said Holy Week and Easter remind us of the power of God and the fallibility of human beings – lessons which liberate us to be merciful with each other.Speaking at Canterbury Cathedral 10 days after his inauguration, the Archbishop of Canterbury used his first Easter sermon today to warn against “hero leader culture” in our public life.Archbishop Justin said: “Setting people or institutions up to heights where they cannot but fail is mere cruelty. A cynical abandonment of all except my own security is as bad. One is ignorant of human nature and the other of God.”By contrast, he said, Holy Week and Easter “show us the reality of God and human beings.”The disciples, he said, had pinned all their hopes on Jesus – and on the people of Israel to recognise Him. But “the rulers of Israel held on to what they knew, for fear of something unexpected and worse, and did what we all do: failed to see the evidence of God in front of them.”The Archbishop continued: “It happens again and again. Familiar discomfort is often reassuring compared to the fearful consequences of change. Tenuous semblances of power are better than the apparent gamble on God’s faithfulness.”But the reality of God and human beings emphasised over the Easter period, he said, is one “that equips us for action in the world, action that is based on hope and realism, not on cynicism or fear.”Archbishop Justin stressed that “a joyful and celebratory church is based not in vain human optimism but in the certainty that God raised Jesus from the dead and will also raise us.“As a result we know our fallibility and become merciful with each other, we know God’s call and never give up working for and expecting a new shape and life to the church.”He added: “God gives us life in all fullness when we open our lives to Him. The church heals lonely brokenness with love and forgiveness of one another. We find the grasp of the risen Jesus always making us new. We are aflame with the truth that Christ is risen, and life is filled with creative hope and purpose.”The full text of the sermon is below. Audio and video will be added soon.Archbishop Justin’s sermon at Canterbury Cathedral, Easter Sunday, 31 March 2013Isaiah 65:17-end, Acts 10:34-43, John 20:1-18I wonder how many people here think that the future will be better than the past, and all problems can be solved if we put our minds to it. There is a general sense that if that is not the case then it ought to be, and someone must be doing something to stop it. Illusion is replaced by disappointment, both wrong.The hero leader culture has the same faults. A political party gets a new leader and three months later there is comment about disappointment. An economy suffers the worst blow in generations with a debt crisis and economic downturn, and the fact that not everything is perfect within five years is seen as total failure. Complexity and humanity are ignored and we end up unreasonably disappointed with every institution, group and policy, from politicians to NHS, education to environment.Papers reported on Friday that only 40% of churchgoers are convinced that the new Archbishop of Canterbury can resolve the problems of the Church of England. I do hope that means the other 60% thought the idea so barking mad that they did not answer the question.Holy Week and Easter show us the reality of God and of human beings. It is a reality that equips us for action in the world, action that is based on hope and realism, not on cynicism or fear.The disciples had expected that Israel would be delivered, and pinned all their hopes on Jesus as the deliverer, and on the people of Israel, including its leaders, recognising Him as such. That was a double mistake. As human beings we tend to live in the present, holding on to what we can. It is called sin. So the rulers of Israel held on to what they knew, for fear of something unexpected and worse, and did what we all do, failed to see the evidence of God in front of them.It happens again and again. Familiar discomfort is often reassuring compared to the fearful consequences of change. Tenuous semblances of power are better than the apparent gamble on God’s faithfulness. The church has often fallen into the trap. In the eighteenth century the Church of England drove out the Methodists. In the sixteenth century Rome drove out the Reformers. Societies that cling to the present or some golden age in the past fall prey to fear. Groups that cling to power sink into oppression.As well as fear a false view of people leads to hero leaders, who always fail. Put not your trust in new leaders, better systems, new organisations or regulatory reorganisation. They may well be good and necessary, but will to some degree fail. Human sin means pinning hopes on individuals is always a mistake, and assuming that any organisation is able to have such good systems that human failure will be eliminated is naïve.We have to know God as well as human beings, or we are left with cynical despair. The disciples also had a wrong view of God. They did not understand that Jesus must die and must rise from the dead. Human disaster thus became ultimate disaster.The accounts of the resurrection are brutally honest about the pervasive ignorance of the disciples. Key phrases are about not knowing, not understanding, believing without insight. Even Mary, the apostle to the apostles, the first witness, is able to say no more than “I have seen the Lord”, and what He said.The reading from Acts shows the consequence of the Easter revolution. Peter has an open mind to the biggest change that could be imagined, the recognition that God has no favourites and that the Gentiles can be part of the church. He is spending his life in a state of joyful expectation because God is the one who raised Jesus from the dead. He is exploring the love and mercy of God in reaching to a lost and sinful humanity with a saving love for all.That brings us back to our own day. Isaiah was speaking to a people in despair, and his treatment is celebration. “Be glad and rejoice for ever in what I am creating”. A right view of God sees Him as overflowing with such creative force that all our expectations of the future are radically altered and our joy leaps. Alleluia, Christ is risen.A joyful and celebratory church is based not in vain human optimism but in the certainty that God raised Jesus from the dead and will also raise us. As a result we know our fallibility and become merciful with each other, we know God’s call and never give up working for and expecting a new shape and life to the church.Human fallibility recognised, God’s sovereignty trusted; these are also the only stable foundation for human beings in society. Setting people or institutions up to heights where they cannot but fail is mere cruelty. A cynical abandonment of all except my own security is as bad. One is ignorant of human nature and the other of God.This is the triumph of Easter demanding that we reach out through the awareness of our flawed humanity to the love of God who catches us, and fills our lives; RS Thomas wrote:To look forward? Ah,what balance is needed atthe edges of such an abyss.I am alone on the surfaceof a turning planet. Whatto do but, like Michelangelo’sAdam, put my handout into unknown space,hoping for the reciprocating touch?God gives us life in all fullness when we open our lives to Him. The church heals lonely brokenness with love and forgiveness of one another. We find the grasp of the risen Jesus always making us new. We are aflame with the truth that Christ is risen, and life is filled with creative hope and purpose.© Justin Welby 2013 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 Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Posted Mar 31, 2013 Rector Albany, NY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Jesus is ‘always making us new’: Archbishop Justin’s Easter sermon Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Tampa, FL center_img Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Holy Week/Easter Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Collierville, TN Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY 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 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Martinsville, VA Tags Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Belleville, IL 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 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Curate Diocese of Nebraska AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Bath, NClast_img read more

Obituary: Tony Elischer

first_img “A friend to many of us, a true friend to the Institute over many many years, and one of the leaders of the fundraising sector around the world”.He added:“It is very difficult to put into words how much he will be missed both here and abroad”.Richard Taylor, Chair of the Institute, and Director of Marketing and Fundraising at Macmillan Cancer Support said:“Tony was a true pioneer of fundraising as we know it today. In his early career as a practitioner he paved the way for the future success of the charities he worked for, including what is now Cancer Research UK. He was a truly inspiring fundraising Director. His extraordinary personality enabled him to inspire fundraisers young and old throughout his career. As a personal friend I will miss him enormously but it’s his impact across the entire sector where he was so admired and loved that he will be so missed.” [youtube height=”450″ width=”800″][/youtube] Join me in honouring a #charity sector champion, thought-leader, mentor + friend. #rip @tonyelischer— Tania (Tova) Little, CFRE, CSR-P (she/her) (@tanialittle) January 14, 2016 Tributes to  Tony ElischerThe warmth and respect felt towards Elischer is demonstrated by comments, tweets and blog posts from fundraisers around the world.The Resource Alliance devoted the front page of their website to him: Peter Lewis, CEO of the Institute said:“It is hard to imagine the fundraising world without Tony. His enormous warmth and personality filled any room; his endless passion to make the world a better placed flowed into those around him; and he never ceased wanting to innovate and do things better.”He described him as: Advertisement Howard Lake | 14 January 2016 | News Elischer is included among fundraising pioneers on this mural marking the achievements of the Resource Alliance.   Elischer worked for Help the Aged (now Age UK) and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now Cancer Research UK). He developed a particular interest in the near future of fundraising – what technology, research or business practice could help transform fundraising further?Supporter and defender of fundraisingElischer was an active supporter of the fundraising profession and its professional membership body in the UK, the Institute of Fundraising – or the Institute of Charity Fundraising Managers as it was originally named. He was recognised for his service by being elected a Fellow of the Institute. Peter Lewis paid tribute to this support, saying:“He never ceased to be a true friend to the Institute of Fundraising… over the whole of its history, whether fronting inspiring plenary sessions at Convention, supporting young and up-and-coming fundraisers; or simply acting as a wise counsel and mentor to many that met him, with his unique style of encouragement and enthusiasm.”He worked with charities in many countries, and was a popular speaker at fundraising conferences around the world, from the International Fundraising Congress in Holland to the AFP Conferences in the USA and Canada.     Obituary: Tony Elischer  397 total views,  3 views today “It must have been around 25 years ago that Tony and I sat in a room together and wrote the first ever CFR course for the then ICFM. Realising how much of his input still stands as best practice in the 2016 programme was rather fitting – his legacy will live through so much of our day to day fundraising in not just the years ahead but decades”.Valerie Morton Tony Elischer, fundraising thinker, practitioner and adviser, has died following a battle with cancer. His death on 12 January was announced today via THINK Consulting Solutions, the agency he founded in 2001. The Institute of Fundraising, of which he was a Fellow, paid tribute to him not just for what he had achieved for charities in the UK and around the world but for his contribution to the development of the fundraising profession. “In my books Tony was the number one fundraiser in this world. I had the pleasure working with Tony to bring fundraising knowledge to thousands of fundraisers at Resource Alliance events in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. Tony did so brilliantly in his own inimitable and enthusiastic style.  Harold Sumption taught us that “fundraising is a warmhearted affair”. Tony brought that message to life and pushed us to reinvent fundraising. All of us fundraisers in this world of ours owe Tony a great dept of thanks”.Per Stenbeckcenter_img The Resource Alliance pays tribute to Tony Elischer AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12 Tremendously saddened to hear of the loss of sector giant + guru Tony Elischer. Your huge brain, insights + humour + kindness will be missed #RIP Sending condolences to his family and the THINK team.Posted by Tania Little on Thursday, 14 January 2016 In a week when we’ve lost Bowie, and on the day we lost Rickman, this is a relatively small event, but for me and my…Posted by Gerry Beldon on Thursday, 14 January 2016 “He was forever curious, constantly striving for the best for the fundraising profession and the sector as whole and very, very genuinely cared for the people who worked in our great profession. For all his well deserved “international guru” status it was often Tony that helped make sure some poor lost soul who had several more than one too many at event like the IFC got taken care of”.Daryl Upsall A month or so before his death, the quirky @TheNiceBot tweeted appropriately: Tagged with: obituary Recruitment / people He channelled some of his agency’s income to help develop the fundraising profession. He established the THINK Foundation to support the understanding and development of fundraising skills in the not for profit sector around the world.Elischer in actionHere is Tony delivering the plenary at the 2013 National Fundraising Convention in London. “Tony was an amazing fundraiser, dedicated and inspirational.  We grew up together in this profession and worked together from the start of our careers – he at Help the Aged and me at The Spastics Society.  This is such a loss and a struggle to accept”.Bill Bruty  398 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Tell NYC Mayor Bloomberg— Stop bullying our families!

first_imgFollowing snow storm, 5,000 march across Brooklyn Bridge to rally in Manhattan, Feb. 10.WW photo: Brenda RyanNew York — When more than 5,000 school bus drivers, matrons and mechanics marched across the Brooklyn Bridge on Feb. 10, the brutal nature of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s attacks on their jobs became even clearer.Seeing thousands of faces of the people who care for schoolchildren every day — and whose livelihoods are endangered by Bloomberg’s austerity axe — brings home the stakes in this struggle.Before that day, public opinion was already moving toward the strikers in Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181. The media had shut out anything resembling pro-union coverage for the strike’s first three weeks — but this began to change at the start of the fourth week.On Feb. 8, City Councilor Robert Jackson held a hearing in which City Council members grilled Education Chancellor Dennis Walcott. While Walcott refused to answer questions, the hearing also featured testimony from parents, union members and union officials. Media coverage was sympathetic to the demand that Bloomberg come to the table to negotiate.The city’s line that it was merely trying to cut costs started to unravel. What emerged instead was a stark plan that threatens schoolchildren’s safety, takes away drivers’ job security and throws families with special-needs children into chaos.WW photo: G. DunkelThe powerful rally on Feb. 10 dramatized this battle in favor of the union.Marchers chanted, “What do we want? EPP!” — referring to Bloomberg’s attempt to scrap the union’s job seniority list known as the Employee Protection Provision. Placards read “Bloomberg: Stop bullying our families!” and “Where is the money really going? Open the books!”In a YouTube video, one worker said, “We’re here for our families, as well as for your families and your child. Your child is our child when they’re in our hands.”The composition of ATU Local 1181 is 60 percent women — 95 percent of the matrons are women — and 80 percent people of color, with Haitian the most common nationality.As thousands of Haitian, Latina/o and other workers marched, people could see how a billionaire mayor, one rich enough to buy himself a third term, is blocking the job security of workers whose average salary is $35,000 a year — and endangering the safety of schoolchildren in order to push through an austerity plan.‘Let’s get rid of capitalism’WW photo: John CatalinottoFrom the school bus strike to the so-called fiscal cliff, the banks are mandating austerity for every level of government: the post office, public education, public hospitals, Medicaid, Medicare, school bus service. With the capitalist crisis deepening — and money for war and repression only increasing — banks want to make sure they continue to get their interest payments every month.It’s one of the great absurdities of capitalism: While the banks are awash in cash, they’re imposing poverty on the people.A highlight of the rally was when New York City Councilperson Charles Barron — who is Black — called attention to this. Noting that the city has found hundreds of millions for new stadium projects, while it cuts people’s services, Barron told a cheering crowd, “Capitalism is the real problem here. After we win the strike, let’s get rid of capitalism!”In New York, the city pays banks about $14 billion a year in debt service. The city’s education budget is $1.1 billion. As low as the school bus drivers’ wages are, Bloomberg’s plan to scrap the EPP would mean that, in a best-case scenario, the drivers and matrons would have to apply for their jobs at an even lower rate, without their accumulated seniority and benefits.The worst-case scenario, of course, is that they would lose their jobs altogether.Parents don’t want their children to lose the workers they’ve come to know and trust. While during the strike the corporate media has treated parents as helpless victims caught in someone else’s fight, many feel it’s in their interest to support the union — so they marched in the Feb. 10 demonstration. The group Parents to Improve School Transportation (PIST) was out in force, with banners, placards and a speech by co-founder Sara Catalinotto.Catalinotto said from the stage, “Bloomberg needs to know that the parents blame him for this mess.” She also announced that parents would be holding a protest on Feb. 12 when the city opens the bidding process for new school bus contracts, this time without the EPP. “Parents are going to be there. [The city] told us we can’t go, but we’ll be there.”“We parents are stakeholders in these contracts,” stressed Catalinotto. “We should be a party of interest. We want to be at the table — and we want to see what’s going on under the table!”Marching along with the strikers were contingents from a handful of other unions. Members of the United Federation of Teachers turned out 50 people decked out in blue hats and marching with a union banner. The Transit Workers Union Local 100’s delegation, led by union president John Samuelson, carried the local’s flags. Along with other delegations, the presence of rank-and-file members from other unions showed that people are eager to find ways to support the strikers.Hopefully, this solidarity impulse will find a lot more avenues, from the labor movement as well community and progressive groups. Public opinion is generally on the side of the school bus drivers — when people can break through the media’s uneven coverage of the strike to find the truth.Looking for ways to elevate this struggle in the public’s mind, PIST is calling for Valentine’s Day deliveries of candy, flowers, cards and gifts to ATU picket lines. For more information, call 347-504-3310.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Opposition TV channels finally get airing on cable — for 60 days

first_img RSF_en Organisation Receive email alerts News Follow the news on Georgia News News July 9, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Opposition TV channels finally get airing on cable — for 60 days GeorgiaEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders welcomes as a first step the approval by Georgia’sParliament on 29 June of an amendment to the electoral code obliging all cablenetworks to carry all television channels for a 60-day period in the run-up to anelection.“We acknowledge this decision by Parliament, which will temporarily extend thecoverage of opposition stations at national level,” the press freedom organization said.“On the plus side, it will encourage pluralism and will finally give subscribers amore representative choice of programming. However, we strongly deplore thefact that this provision is for a limited duration. We fear that, once the pre-election period is over, opposition stations will once again be subjected to pressure and boycotts.“The amendment as formulated by members of Parliament offers them no long-term guarantee of protection against censorship. In such a polarized mediaenvironment, it is essential that action be taken to guarantee pluralism of opinion in the broadcast sector.”As the October election approaches, 103 of Georgia’s 150 members ofParliament agreed to modify the electoral code by introducing this amendmentknown, as “must-carry”. Inspired by similar legislation in the United States,from which it gets it name, it legally obliges cable providers to include in theirpackages all channels with an audience share of more than 20 percent.This will allow more than 170,000 subscribers to access for approximatelytwo months three of the country’s opposition stations normally only availablevia satellite. These are Channel 9, co-owned by the wife of the leader of theopposition Georgian Dream party, Bidzina Ivanishvili, as well as Maestro TV and Kavkasia TV.Normally, Maestro TV is not part of the programming package offered by the two biggest cable providers, Silk TV and Caucasus TV. As regards Channel 9, all providers had refused to carry it except Global TV, which is owned by Alexander Ivanishvili, the brother of Bidzina Ivanishvili. The amendment is aimed at ending a long-standing controversy involving GlobalTV. Since March this year, pro-government channels have been exerting strongpressure on tens of thousands of viewers against Global TV’s plan to carryChannel 9 programmes.The managements of Rustavi 2 TV and Imedi TV threatened in writing towithdraw from the package unless Global TV gave up its intention to include theopposition station.Furthermore, tens of thousands of satellite dishes belonging to Global TV wereseized by the authorities on June 22 in a series of raids on warehouses. Thepublic prosecutor who ordered the move ruled that the free distribution of dishesby Global TV just months before an election could be construed as vote buying.An investigation was also launched into the leader of the opposition for illegalvote buying. Under the penal code, such an offence is punishable by a heavy fine or a prison term of between one and three years.After Parliament approved the must-carry amendment, the opposition hadhoped to extend the time that it remains in effect to 80 days, i.e. throughout thecampaign and ending with the announcement of the election results. However,Parliament did not take this request into account.Figures from the National Telecommunications Commission show the number ofcable subscribers rose from 135,369 at the start of 2011 to 171,641 by the end of the year. Three companies share most of the cable market — Silknet, with 43,027 subscribers at the end of 2011, Super TV with 37,936 and GNN with 19,140. There are about 70 providers for the country as a whole, concentrated mainly in the main towns and cities.Georgia is ranked 105th of 179 countries listed in the latest World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders.Photo : center_img Mounting pressure on Georgia’s media in run-up to elections At least five journalists attacked while covering Georgia’s election campaign GeorgiaEurope – Central Asia Concern about alleged plot to murder Georgian TV host October 1, 2020 Find out more July 20, 2020 Find out more News to go further June 18, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Talks on nuclear programme cannot ignore terrible situation of human rights and free speech

first_img IranMiddle East – North Africa IranMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iran Reporters Without Borders has written to the foreign ministers of the six countries conducting negotiations with Iran about its nuclear programme – Germany, China, United States, France, Britain and Russia – urging them to raise the subject of freedom of expression in Iran with their Iranian counterpart when talks resume next week.Sent on 21 October, the letter voices “deep concern” about the methods used to suppress free speech, mentioning “the arrests and convictions of journalists, bloggers and netizens” and, in particular, “the long jail sentences recently passed on the bloggers Hossein Ronaghi Maleki and Hossein Derakhshan.”Reporters Without Borders is very worried about the conditions in which these detainees are being held. Most of them are ill or have been badly affected, physically and psychology, by the treatment they have received. Some are being deprived of medical care. The situation of Mohammad Sadegh Kaboudvand, Issa Saharkhiz and Hengameh Shahidi, who have been hospitalised in the infirmaries of Evin and Rajai Shahr prisons several times since their arrest, is particularly alarming.Two German reporters have also been detained in Iran since 11 October. Senior judicial officials have accused them of spying when in fact they were just doing their duty as journalists in a country where the government allows the local media no freedom to cover what is going on and is extremely restrictive with the press visas it issues to foreign journalists.The letter stressed that the situation continues to worsen in Iran. “Since President Mahmoud Ahmadinedjad’s disputed reelection, bloggers and new media have joined journalists in the ranks of enemies of the regime who are subject to systematic censorship and surveillance,” the letter said. “There have been many arrests of journalists and bloggers, who are often mistreated or forced to flee the country. With 26 journalists, nine netizens and one media assistant currently detained in Iran, Iran is the Middle East’s biggest prison for the media.”The letter added: “We would like to ask you to intercede personally with the Iranian authorities on their behalf when negotiations on Iran’s nuclear programme resume. The ‘5+1’ group will represent the international community in these talks, and we are asking the representatives of each of these countries to urge the Iranian authorities to release the imprisoned journalists and bloggers. The issue of human rights must be addressed at the same time as the economic and scientific discussions.”This opportunity for dialogue must be seized. More than 100 political prisoners are still being held in inhuman and degrading conditions in Iranian jails as a result of the major crackdown launched in response to the protests that followed President Ahmadinejad’s reelection in June 2009. December 3, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Talks on nuclear programme cannot ignore terrible situation of human rights and free speech Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists News News Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Receive email alerts Newscenter_img March 18, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information RSF_en After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists June 9, 2021 Find out more Organisation to go further February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Evidence in Dundon trial concludes

first_imgFacebook Gardaí step up operations to tackle Limerick dognappers Email TAGSApril CollinsCourtCrimeDundonIrelandLimerick murderShane Geoghegan WhatsApp Advertisement Previous articleJohn Hunt’s Limerick love affair publishedNext articleDirect selling attracts young guns Guest Writer Discover the wonders of Limerick during Heritage Week Limerick on alert as city hit by Covid outbreaks Natasha [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A DEFENCE witness in the trial of John Dundon, who stands accused of the murder of Shane Geoghegan, has told the three judge non jury Special Criminal Court that he was not in the house when the 30-year-old allegedly ordered Barry Doyle to kill John McNamara.Taking the stand, convicted criminal Liam “Lika” Casey (29) denied being at Dundon’s house and denied ever being at a meeting between Dundon and Doyle.Casey, of Hyde Road, had been listed as one of men at the house.Before the trial moved to closing speeches, Casey, who is serving seven years in prison for shooting a man in the legs three years ago, said he had often met John Dundon but said that he was not present at the alleged meeting.John Dundon, 30, with an address of Hyde Road in Limerick has pleaded not guilty to the murder of the rugby player at Dooradoyle in 2008.The trial heard how it’s alleged that the popular Garryowen rugby player was shot yards from his girlfriend’s house in a case of mistaken identity.The court had been told that John Dundon would not give evidence in his own trial.Another listed defence witness, Nathan Killeen, did not testify this Wednesday as the trial evidence concluded.An application to have April Collins returned for cross-examination was denied by the judges who said that the defence counsel already had ample opportunity to cross-examine the witness.April Collins gave evidence that she was present when John Dundon ordered the killing.The three judge non jury Special Criminal Court is to give its verdict next Tuesday.center_img Limerick Senator has beef with meat industry Key restrictions ‘significantly’ tightened to combat spread of Coronavirus RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Linkedin NewsCrime & CourtEvidence in Dundon trial concludesBy Guest Writer – August 8, 2013 975 Twitter Woman arrested and €72,000 seized in Westbury last_img read more

BP makes $100m saving since handing HR to Exult

first_img Previous Article Next Article BP makes $100m saving since handing HR to ExultOn 19 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today BP Amoco has saved $100m (£71m) in the past year by outsourcing its HRdepartment to Californian company Exult. Dr Tony Hayward, group treasurer of BP Amoco, told senior HR professionalsin London last week that BP has cut its annual spend on HR support from $350mto $250m since the deal came into operation last summer. The HR staff-to-employee ratio fell from 1:60 to about 1:150 during thefirst year of the five-year contract. The myHR website is now the company’s second most visited Internet siteafter the BP home page, receiving more than 12,000 unique hits a week. Over thenext two years, BP will spend $10m on a new website. HR transactions are quicker to carry out as a result of the new system.”A year ago a department wanted to send someone to Azerbijan. It took theHR group 15 days to figure out what the correct package was,” saidHayward. “Now any employee can go into it using the new web portal and getabsolute clarity on what their overseas package will be.” BP decided to outsource the transactional activity in the UK and US to Exultalthough, as Hayward explained, “It is not about taking BP’s problems andoutsourcing them to someone else to fix.” The delegates at the “Tomorrow’s Organisations” conference,organised by Create, were told that Exult had to standardise more than 150different payroll systems and over 40 employee appraisal systems in BP, andboth partners also had to educate staff and line managers on how to use thetechnology. Hayward said, “It has been about increasing employee satisfaction.There was a great deal of dissatisfaction among staff about the quality ofdelivery of the HR function.” l Last week’s Personnel Today News Barometer showed that 54 per cent ofrespondents do not believe that outsourcing is a more effective way ofdelivering HR. Paul Brewer, HR director Europe of telecoms company ETI, said, “Icannot see anything but trials and tribulations for any company which removesthe HR function to an 0800 number. “You may not see it straight away but the people you employ will becomeless engaged, less motivated and eventually turn-over will reflect this.” By Katie Hawkins Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

High blood pressure among men can be tackled at work

first_imgHigh blood pressure among men can be tackled at workOn 1 Dec 2003 in Personnel Today Moreneeds to be done to raise awareness about the perils of high blood pressureamong men, and the workplace is the ideal place to do it, a charity hassuggested.TheBlood Pressure Association urged MPs, peers and employers at a parliamentaryreception in October to look at innovative ways to tackle ignorance about highblood pressure and men’s health.Thousandsof working men are at risk of severe disability simply because they do not knowtheir blood pressure, and many more face premature death because their highblood pressure has not been detected and adequately treated, it said.Highblood pressure causes half of all strokes and heart attacks in the UK, and theworkplace is the perfect setting for both awareness raising and detection ofhigh blood pressure, said association chairman, Professor Graham MacGregor.“Evidencesuggests that men, especially working class men, are often reluctant to have ahealth check. A simple blood pressure check – and appropriate follow up – inthe workplace could bring immense savings to both the individual concerned andtheir employer,” he argued.Manyemployers took part in the association’s annual national blood pressure testingweek in September, which encourages workplaces to offer drop-in services forblood pressure checks, but more could still be done.OHpractitioners needed to play a central part in this process, urged LutonAirport OH adviser Jackie Parker. “We are in an ideal position to target a‘healthy population’ who do not have any reason to go to their GP and thereforedo not get any checks.”Astudy by the association during the testing week found that men were morelikely to know their partner’s bra size than their own blood Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more