KCS-content whatsapp Share Show Comments ▼ BP partners cause chaos Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’Sportsnaut’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe Wrap Tags: NULL whatsapp Monday 11 April 2011 8:22 pm THE CHAIRMAN of Rosneft stepped down yesterday, creating further uncertainty for BP and its plans for a £10bn share swap and exploration deal with the Russian state-owned oil giant. Igor Sechin, who is also Russia’s deputy prime minister, announced his resignation at a shareholder meeting yesterday as part of a country-wide removal of politicians from top corporate jobs. His move comes at a turbulent time for BP, which is still awaiting the final decision of the arbitration panel on whether its Rosneft deal breaches the rights of existing Russian partner TNK-BP and its shareholder AAR. TNK-BP management are preparing a separate lawsuit against BP, according to the Financial Times, in addition to TNK-BP’s joint owner AAR’s ongoing legal fight to halt the deal, which is due to expire on Thursday.
Scientific boosts sports data offering with Don Best deal Topics: Sports betting Strategy Tech & innovation AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Scientific Games has raised the stakes in the competitive US sports data market by acquiring leading provider Don Best Sports Corporation. Don Best operates as a real-time betting data and pricing supplier for sporting events in North America. The company has been active for more than 20 years and currently works with 100 sportsbook operators around the world. Upon closure of the deal, Don Best will become part of the Scientific Games SG Digital division. The Don Best team will work with SG Digital’s new Sportsbook Operations team, established last month, to combine sportsbook logistics with Don Best’s trading technology. Scientific expects the acquisition to conclude before the end of the fourth quarter. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Barry Cottle (pictured), president and chief executive of Scientific Games, said: “When it comes to sports betting, we’ve been moving at incredible speed, and the Don Best acquisition will add to our unrivalled B2B one-stop shop sports betting solution, already live in Delaware, New Jersey and Mississippi. “Don Best will bring their unparalleled proprietary pricing services to Scientific Games. “As sports betting rapidly gains popularity in the US, we’re ready to help our customers capitalise on the new US market while solidifying our long-held leading global position.”Sports data is seen as an important area of development in North America, with a flurry of activity taking place since the repeal of PASPA in May. Genius Sports Group was recently bought out by funds advised by Apax Partners, while Sportradar welcomed new investment from North American groups Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Silicon Valley growth equity firm TCV. There have been suggestions DAZN Group – formerly Perform – could sell off its sports data division.Keith O’Loughlin, senior vice-president of sportsbook for SG Digital, added: “Don Best already seamlessly integrates into our OpenBet platform, so they will be able to hit the ground running and guide our customers through the process of launching a sportsbook after the deal closes. “Moreover, upon completion of the acquisition, our customers will immediately benefit from their expertise and firm grip on real-time trading and the data that drives it. “This opportunity will enhance our market position in the US while ramping up our partner relationships in more tested jurisdictions.” Scientific has been one of the major driving forces behind sports betting growth in the US since the repeal of PASPA earlier this year. The company has secured a series of deals in states that have moved to legalise sports wagering in the wake of the Supreme ruling. These include launching with Caesars in Mississippi, following a successful roll-out in New Jersey. Scientific has also signed a deal with the Delaware Lottery and launched virtual sports in Pennsylvania, ahead of the full roll-out of legalised sports betting in the state. In addition, Scientific recently brought in Alexander Ambrose as chief financial officer of its SG Digital division to support ongoing growth plans in the US.Image: Scientific Games 9th October 2018 | By contenteditor Sports betting Acquisition covers Don Best Sports Corporation and DBS Canada Regions: US Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter
As well as the legends tournament, there will be mini rugby, a women’s sevens event and a UK Veterans (Over-35s) tournament open to teams of any standard. It’s £45 per player to enter and that includes a playing shirt. There’s live music too.It’s £35 for adult tickets and £70 for a family (two adults, two kids) – but Rugby World readers can get a 10% discount by using the code LRRW1307. To enter a team or buy tickets, see legendsrugby.co.uk NOT FOR FEATURED TAGS: Leicester Tigers We’re offering you the chance to be the Tigers’ 15th man, so if you’re over 35 and want to win the chance to play with Lloyd & Co, enter here by 14 June. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Rugby return: Freddie Tuilagi is donning a Leicester shirt again at the first Legends Rugby Festival in JulyA HOST of former rugby stars will be pulling on their boots again for the inaugural Legion Legends Rugby Festival on 13 July at Wimbledon RFC.He’s back! Harry Ellis played in Matt Hampson’s legends match recentlyThe tens tournament features teams from Harlequins, Worcester, London Welsh, Bristol and Saracens – amongst others – with the likes of Waisale Serevi, Henry and Robbie Paul, Hugh Vyvyan, David Rees and Craig Chalmers taking part.There is also a Leicester team, with Freddie Tuilagi, Leon Lloyd and Harry Ellis on the team sheet – and you could be lining up with them.
Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Members of Working Together Mississippi, including Mississippi Bishop Brian Seage (second from left), hold a news conference calling for the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the current Mississippi state flag at the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Jackson, Mississippi, on June 11. Photo: Rogelio V. Solis/AP[Episcopal News Service] As Americans reexamine the persistence of systemic racism in the United States in light of recent highly publicized killings of Black people by police, the debate has gone beyond policies, sparking arguments about what symbols should be displayed in public places.The push to remove Confederate monuments around the country, which gathered steam in the aftermath of the 2015 massacre at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, has gained further momentum in recent weeks. Those calling for the removal of statues of Confederate soldiers say the monuments honor and perpetuate the violent white supremacy that the Confederacy was founded on.One symbol that is proving harder to remove than an individual statue is the Confederate battle flag that appears on the state flag of Mississippi. The flag now commonly known as simply “the Confederate flag” – which was used as a battle flag by Confederate troops and formed part of the Confederacy’s official flag from 1863 to 1865 – has occupied the upper left corner of Mississippi’s flag since 1894.The Mississippi state flag, which incorporates the Confederate battle flag, hangs with other state flags in the subway system under the U.S. Capitol in Washington on June 23, 2015. Photo: Jonathan Ernst/ReutersBishop Brian Seage of the Diocese of Mississippi, like many other Mississippians, thinks it doesn’t belong there.“I believe this flag belongs in museums and in archives and in history books,” Seage told Episcopal News Service, calling it a “deeply pastoral and moral” issue rather than a political stance.“When we see the Confederate battle flag, yes, it represents history, but it also represents a painful period for folks – a really painful period … for many of our African American brothers and sisters, of injustice and an intention to not really see their full humanity.”Seage and about 20 other Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith leaders – part of a group called Working Together Mississippi – gathered on June 11 to share that message at a news conference in front of the Roman Catholic cathedral in Jackson, the state capital.Mississippi Bishop Brian Seage calls for the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the current Mississippi state flag at the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Jackson on June 11. Photo: Rogelio V. Solis/AP“It is time for a new flag that truly represents all of us,” Seage said at the news conference. “We call for our legislative leaders to act now.”In a 2001 referendum, 64% of voters chose to keep the flag, and numerous attempts to change it in the state Legislature since 2015 have failed despite bipartisan support. Mississippi’s is now the only state flag that incorporates the Confederate battle flag; that symbol was removed from Georgia’s flag in 2003, although the flag that replaced it is based on the first national flag of the Confederacy.Democrats in the Mississippi Legislature have revived the push to change the flag over the past two weeks, but their efforts so far have been blocked by some Republicans. On June 19, the NCAA announced that it will not hold championship events in Mississippi unless the state removes the Confederate banner from its flag.In 2001 and again in 2016, the Diocese of Mississippi overwhelmingly passed resolutions encouraging the state to change the flag, Seage said. But his outspoken stance on the flag has gotten pushback from “people who really have a strong attachment to the family history that the Confederate battle flag represents for them,” he said.“They’re difficult conversations, without a doubt, because it’s very charged emotionally,” Seage told ENS. “And one of the things that I always try to do is affirm the importance that it serves for their family. … Unfortunately, what the flag also represents for a significant portion of Mississippi’s population, namely the African American population – it represents a picture of non-inclusion. It represents, for them, violence. … It represents a way of life that had the intention of keeping them enslaved.”Although the current effort to change the flag in the Legislature appears to be stalled for now, Seage hopes the gathering of religious leaders sent a positive message to lawmakers.“I hope what was heard was encouragement to consider this [in] our state leadership and encouragement to try to do something about uniting the people of Mississippi versus further dividing them,” he said.– Egan Millard is an assistant editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. 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ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/895281/villa-eiders-hugues-touton-and-edouard-touton Clipboard France Architects: Hugues Touton & Edouard Touton Area Area of this architecture project Projects Villa Eiders / Hugues Touton & Edouard Touton “COPY” Area: 405 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs Villa Eiders / Hugues Touton & Edouard ToutonSave this projectSaveVilla Eiders / Hugues Touton & Edouard Touton ArchDaily Manufacturers: Porcelanosa Grupo, Sapa Building System International NV, Eurochap, Griesser, SiniatSave this picture!© Denis LacharmeText description provided by the architects. With an impressive architectural program, this house aims to split the volumes, sheltering the functions of such house to reduce their impact and to organize them around a protected terrace, opening to the south on the swimming pool and on a pine forest.Save this picture!© Denis LacharmeThe facade, overlooking the street, is made of wood and concrete opaque volumes, which deteriorates laterally.It welcomes the visitor almost at the middle of the space and leads him through a “fault” between closed blocks until the heart of the house, its terrace.Save this picture!© Denis LacharmeThis facade overlooking the street, rather closed-shaped, is designed to protect children’s rooms from strong sun coming from west as well as a riddle to passersby and reveals a rupture with the consensual habit of the neighborhood to build palaces disguised as huts.Save this picture!Ground floor planFrom the rooms on the ground floor, the house set up transparencies views between interior and exterior spaces. All rooms and flows of the floor above frame the plants of the garden and of the heart of the plot.Save this picture!© Denis LacharmeProject gallerySee allShow lessThe V Golf Club / PONAMASelected ProjectsHouse in a Flat / nitton architectsSelected Projects Share Save this picture!© Denis Lacharme+ 16Curated by María Francisca González Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/895281/villa-eiders-hugues-touton-and-edouard-touton Clipboard 2016 Year: Photographs: Denis Lacharme Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Houses “COPY” CopyHouses•Lège-Cap-Ferret, France CopyAbout this officeHugues Touton & Edouard ToutonOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesLège-Cap-FerretFrancePublished on May 29, 2018Cite: “Villa Eiders / Hugues Touton & Edouard Touton” 29 May 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Facebook Previous articleParade of Lights brings early Christmas cheerNext articleFrogs move to No. 19 in CFP rankings Megan Stookey RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reviving Bistro Burnett Facebook Patio layout of MASH’D. (Megan Stookey/TCU 360) Megan Stookeyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/megan-stookey/ ReddIt Twitter Linkedin printIf what you are craving is a vibrant atmosphere with drinks to match, I would suggest you head down to West 7th St.’s newest addition, MASH’D. Here, modern wood finishes create a warm inviting space for all things from a sunny brunch on the patio to cheering for your team around the bar.Moonshine is the star of the show at MASH’D. Their craft drinks will quench your thirst regardless of your mood, and I must suggest the Bootleg Mule, it provides a refreshing twist by adding a cherry limeade flavor to excite the palate. Aside from environment and drinks, the hype around MASH’D emanates from the impressive menu of indulgent meat-centered dishes. Among these are the Pot of Goat, Turkey Burger, and the Serious Queso (with fried chicken), all of which are good, but better after a glass of moonshine.With all the hype I was expecting a life changing meal, but my dinner fell short. Don’t get me wrong, I would go back, but there was something missing in every dish I tried. The Pot of Goat lacked an integration of flavor; you can taste the marmalade and the goat cheese as individual ingredients, but they did not seem to blend together in a palatable way. As for the Serious Queso, the addition of the fried chicken definitely stepped the classic Tex-Mex staple up a notch. However, the queso itself resembled a thick cheese fondue instead of a well-spiced ‘cheese dip’.The food remains an understudy to the drinks and the environment, but it will satisfy your indulgent cravings. As forthe gluten-free diner, like myself, they do an exemplary job of creating an extensive list of options, which is a big plus in my book. Overall, my experience at MASH’D was pleasant enough to recommend, providing the diner with good food, great ambiance, and exemplary cocktails. + posts Megan Stookey Twitter ReddIt Fort Worth’s first community fridge program helps serve vulnerable neighborhoods ‘Liters for Life’ student campaign raises funds for global water crisis Linkedin TCU social work majors go into the field to help support Fort Worth’s homeless
News News August 27, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 RWB and JDS address open letter to Navi Pillay July 15, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF_en Sri LankaAsia – Pacific News News Follow the news on Sri Lanka to go further January 13, 2021 Find out more Joint appeal from Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and its partner organization, Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka (JDS) to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem (Navi) Pillay. 08.27.2013Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and its partner organization, Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka (JDS) calls upon the head of United Nations human rights body visiting Sri Lanka to be uncompromising in her search for accountability on grave crimes committed against journalists and media freedom.The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem (Navi) Pillay commenced her weeklong visit on the 25th of August to a country which is on the Reporters Without Borders lists of “countries under surveillance” and ranked 162nd out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.The top UN human rights official’s visit comes in the wake of a violent attack on the president of the newly formed Sri Lanka Journalists’ Trade Union (SLJTU). In the early hours of Saturday (24) a group of five men armed with knives and hand grenades stormed the residence of SLJTU president Mandana Ismail Abeywickrama, the Associate Editor of ‘The Sunday Leader’. While one of the assailants was killed during shootout with the police, four are in custody due to timely action by her journalist husband. Media watchdogs are highly suspicious as the army spokesman was compelled to officially admit that at least two of the attackers were soldiers attached to Sri Lankan Army. But the police ranking the crime against a media activist as a mere burglary, even before any conclusive investigation was carried out, highlights the perilous environment journalists, media activists and the free media encounter in Sri Lanka.Media workers have been killed, abducted, made to disappear and forced to flee the country while media institutions have been bombed and burnt. Sri Lanka’s only provincially produced newspaper, Jaffna based ‘Uthayan’ alone, has come under brutal attacks over 37 times and at least five of its journalists have been killed since 2002. While all these crimes were committed in an extremely militarised area, no one so far has been brought to book.Reporters Without Borders and Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka expect the High Commissioner to be firm in securing a transparent commitment from the Sri Lankan government to bring justice to those who have been victims of grave crimes against media freedom.“As long as crimes against the media and its workforce go unpunished, while perpetrators feel safe with the implicit assurance of impunity, media freedom in Sri Lanka is facing a grave threat. We urge Navi Pillay to remind Sri Lanka’s leaders of their accountability in delivering justice,” said the two organisations.Navi Pillay’s Sri Lanka visit comes ahead of the UN Human Rights Council regular session in September where she is due to make an oral statement on Sri Lanka. In March last year the UNHRC adopted a resolution upon calling an independent and credible investigation into alleged war crimes. The country’s human rights record came under international scrutiny following the allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during government’s war against the Tamil rebels.“The apparent unwillingness of the Sri Lankan authorities to address threats to media freedom has to be seen as an extension of the same repressive policy adopted during the war. The high handed manner that the Sri Lankan government handled rights activists and organisations during the war is still being continued to restrict the public from having access to independent information and opinion. We urge the High Commissioner to evaluate media freedom in the environment of the government’s overall human rights record challenged by many entities including the UN,” said the two organisations.Photo : Ishara S.KODIKARA / AFP Organisation Sri LankaAsia – Pacific July 29, 2020 Find out more Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial Receive email alerts
News August 1, 2016 – Updated on August 2, 2016 Armenia: RSF calls for end to impunity for police violence against journalists RSF_en RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Armenia April 9, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Credit: KAREN MINASYAN / AFP ArmeniaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityViolence Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the violence used by police against journalists while dispersing a demonstration in Yerevan on the evening of 29 July. At least 12 journalists were injured. Plainclothes police armed with batons and steel bars hit three reporters with the Armenian service of Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty who were clearly identified and who were filming the events. Reporters and cameramen with A1+, CivilNet, Arachin Lratvakan, Panorama.am, Lragir.am and the Russian TV channel Life were injured by smoke and stun grenades fired by the police. Two journalists with state-owned Armenia TV were hit by individuals in civilian dress who also smashed their camera and microphone. A freelance photographer was also hit and his camera was stolen. Several journalists had to be hospitalized with burns and other injuries. “Clearly identified journalists carrying cameras were deliberately targeted,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “Some continued to be beaten after promising to stop filming. Such behaviour must be punished so that it does not recur. We urge the authorities to end the impunity for police violence against journalists and to give the police clear instructions not to do it again.” The police have promised to conduct an investigation in order to shed light on what happened. Last year, 21 journalists were the victims of abuses in similar circumstances but only one investigation was carried out into all the various individual cases and no one was ever charged. Incidents of this kind often recur in Armenia. The demonstration on 29 July was in support of a group of hostage-takers who had seized a police station in Yerevan. According to a health ministry communiqué, 73 people were injured, including police officers. Armenia is ranked 74th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. ArmeniaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityViolence News to go further Organisation News June 8, 2021 Find out more Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh November 11, 2020 Find out more
Receive email alerts to go further News Electoral veto EcuadorAmericas News News News February 8, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authors of “El Gran Hermano” book hit with heavy and ill-timed damages RSF_en Follow the news on Ecuador The conviction of the two co-authors of “El Gran Hermano”, besides being legally dangerous, is politically inappropriate and ill-timed. It coincides with new rules for elections which were approved on 4 February and entered into force two days later. They impose severe restrictions on news coverage during the three months preceding election day. The rules, hotly debated even within the majority Allianz País party, were brought in by the president himself and ban the media from carrying out “any direct or indirect promotion, whether in in-depth articles, reports or other kinds of message, that might exert any influence in favour of, or towards, any particular candidate, proposal, choices, electoral preferences or political doctrine”. The Ecuadorian constitution bans any change to the electoral law less than a year before an election takes place and the new rules would seem to imply that the next presidential election, due on 20 January next year, would have to be postponed until 4 February. “Such rules do not specify the penalties that might be incurred but they can only add to the regrettable impression that the executive wants to restrict the flow of information and opinion, and what is more is doing so against an electoral climate that already favours it” Reporters Without Borders added.“Will these new rules apply to messages broadcast by the government (“cadenas”) and weekly Saturday addresses given by the head of state? If not, one must conclude that only official statements will be permitted. The electoral rules contravene the guiding principles of the latest communication law placed before parliament on 3 February and due to be voted on at a plenary session between now and March.The bill reasserts the responsibility of journalists and the media to inform the public, especially during elections. Despite a regrettable provision requiring that news and information should be “verified, balanced, contrasted and put into context”, it includes what in our opinion are two positive developments: a time limit of five minutes per week on “cadenas” and a return to a fair distribution of frequencies among different types of broadcast media – commercial, government and community – in a ratio of 33 percent for the first two and 34 percent for community media. April 10, 2020 Find out more A civil court in Pichincha, in the Quito region, yesterday ordered two journalists, Juan Carlos Calderón and Christian Zurita, to pay President Rafael Correa heavy damages of two million dollars in a defamation case brought by him over a book they co-wrote which investigates the business affairs of his brother, Fabricio Correa. The book, entitled “El Gran Hermano” (“The Big Brother”), details the generosity and favouritism the elder Correa was reported to have enjoyed, including obtaining state contracts worth more than 150 million dollars, according to official estimates.Believing his personal honour to have been offended, President Correa launched a suit against the two journalists in February last year, claiming 10 million dollars in damages.The verdict against the journalists, although given by a lower court, is reminiscent of the ruling against three co-directors of the daily El Universo – Carlos, César and Nicolas Pérez – and the columnist Emilio Palacio, a case that worsened still further the already tense relations between the presidency and some sections of the media.“The two cases highlight a system of disproportionate penalties, which amount to an incentive to self-censorship,” Reporters Without Borders said.“The scope of the judgement against El Universo and its representatives, despite the extreme nature of the offending comments, raises fears about the future of editorial freedom. This time, it is the ability of journalists to investigate that is jeopardised by the “Gran Hermano’ ruling.“In future, will anyone be prepared to take the risk of publicly criticizing a high-ranking figure? More seriously in this instance, President Correa said his honour was besmirched in published material that did not concern him directly. Furthermore, an attack on his honour, an abstract notion that is impossible to prove as the judge herself acknowledged, is nowhere apparent in the pages of the book.“The president wished to avoid a debate on the key issues, which is why he demanded the two writers to acknowledge they lied in exchange for withdrawing the suit. We hope that, on the contrary, the verdict will be overturned on appeal and that a genuine debate on a subject of public interest may take place.” EcuadorAmericas June 15, 2020 Find out more Organisation Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives December 24, 2019 Find out more Two months before Assange’s extradition hearing, RSF calls for his release on humanitarian grounds and for US Espionage Act charges to be dropped Help by sharing this information