What’s driving growth in social casino?

first_img Topics: Casino & games Sports betting Strategy Poker Social gaming Table games Email Address Tags: Card Rooms and Poker Mobile AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Having reported a 33% increase in revenue for 2018, KamaGames chief executive Andrey Kuznetsov outlines what he believes will be the key drivers of growth in the social casino market in 2019.The social casino market continued to impress in 2018, growing 15% according to Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, which recently estimated that the value of the industry now stands at an impressive $5.20bn.At KamaGames we have grown for the last three consecutive years, and at the end of 2018 reported gross revenue of $76.4m, which saw us grow at more than double the rate of the overall market.These results beg the question – what exactly is driving the growth of social casino gaming?As mobile technology has progressed, its purpose has shifted from purely functional to partly recreational, especially in terms of online gaming. Where initially gaming was an activity exclusive to either computers or consoles, the development of the mobile gaming platform has introduced a new wave of games and, in turn, has given rise to social casino gamers.According to App Annie, mobile games was the fastest growing sector of the overall gaming market in 2018, beating consoles, PC/Mac and handheld gaming.Unprecedented choice It also predicted that mobile gaming will account for 60% of consumer spend in 2019, up 35% from 2013. But unlike a time when mobile games consisted of few options, today’s users have millions of games to choose from and unprecedented access to these games anywhere they go.Most players that are drawn to social casino are already somewhat familiar with the games. The industry has flourished because its operators then give their players new experiences with innovative variations on these games.A prime example of this reinvention can be seen with our own flagship title Pokerist. We’ve introduced titles such as Split Bet Poker and Set Poker to keep players interested and engaged with something new, while still playing the casino-style games they love.Another powerful driver of the social casino market can be personalisation – a trend which has dominated the majority of online activity in recent years.In gaming, this can come in the form of reaching out to players with specific offers that operators feel may appeal to them based on their previous activity or through the use of personalised promo campaigns, such as the ones we employed throughout 2018. For us, this positively resulted in an increased number of paying users and increased average revenue per paying user (ARPPU).Another boost for social casinos has been recognising how their players differ from real-money casino players and capitalising on that difference. As the name suggests, social casino players are driven by social engagement and operators have built their gaming model around this.Creating communities In gaming, socialisation focuses on the ability to interact with other players over the course of the many highs and lows of the game, engaging with them through in-game chats. For example, in Pokerist, not only can users engage with one another via chat options, but they can even send each other gifts and transfer dice throws in games like Craps.We believe these socialisation opportunities are responsible for creating ‘stickier’ communities within our own app and have resulted in the steady increase of daily active users (DAUs), which now sits at 630k, a 23.5% increase from the previous year.So what’s next for social casino games? For this industry, innovation is always the driving force.In 2018 we released Teen Patti, a social card game popular throughout India. Games of this sort are something we can certainly see being expanded further by the industry as developers target emerging markets with regionally popular games.Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) also offer fantastic potential for the market and will form an increased presence as social casinos continue to attempt to create a more immersive and realistic casino experience for players.It has also been suggested that the next frontier for operators will be to branch out into other forms of competitive gaming, still within the realm of social. This comes with the rise of esports and sports betting and without saying too much, you can expect to see KamaGames make moves  into these fields in 2019.Andrey Kuznetsov served as managing director for KamaGames for the last five years and as acting CEO for the past two, before being formally appointed, chief executive officer in 2018. In his role, Andrey is responsible for the planning and the implementation of operations across the entire KamaGames business on behalf of the KamaGames board of directors. Subscribe to the iGaming newslettercenter_img Having reported a 33% increase in revenue for 2018, KamaGames chief executive Andrey Kuznetsov outlines what he believes will be the key drivers of growth in the social casino market in 2019.  What’s driving growth in social casino? 11th March 2019 | By contenteditor Casino & gameslast_img read more

Svenska Spel to close Casino Cosmopol site in Sundsvall

first_imgCasino & games Regions: Europe Nordics Sweden 14th August 2020 | By contenteditor Svenska Spel to close Casino Cosmopol site in Sundsvall Swedish operator Svenska Spel has announced that it is to permanently close its Casino Cosmopol land-based venue in Sundsvall due to a decline in profits and footfall at the property. Topics: Casino & games Strategycenter_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Swedish operator Svenska Spel has announced that it is to permanently close its Casino Cosmopol land-based venue in Sundsvall due to a decline in profits and footfall at the property.Casino Cosmopol Sundsvall opened in 2001, with Svenska Spel describing the site as the first international casino in Sweden, but the operator has seen a drop in demand at the facility in recent years.According to Svenska Spel, the number of players visiting the casino has fallen constantly over the last 10 years, which has in turn had a negative impact on the financial performance of the property.The operator also said that the transition of players from land-based gambling to online also harmed the casino. The closure comes into immediate effect, with the decision to impact all 68 staff employed at the property.The operator said it will invite former Sundsvall employees to apply for other jobs across its network.“It is a sad message to have to give to our talented employees, but we must adapt to prevailing market conditions,” Svenska Spel president and chief executive Patrik Hofbauer said“With a constantly declining customer base, the casino in Sundsvall is no longer profitable and then it is unfortunately not commercially defensible to continue to run the business.”Svenska Spel said the closure of the Sundsvall site will not impact its properties in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö, though all of its locations are currently shut due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The casinos were shuttered on 29 March, with 800 of its 900 land-based staff furloughed, and no reopening date has yet been set.The operator has since launched a retraining scheme, allowing furloughed employees to retrain as healthcare workers. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Addresslast_img read more

Kindred Group reports record gross revenue in Q3

first_imgActive customers for the quarter amounted to 1.65m, which was an increase of 19% compared to the same quarter last year. 9th October 2020 | By Richard Mulligan Kindred said underlying earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) for the three months to 30 September is estimated to be in the range £73-75m. This is higher than its current consensus and around double the EBITDA of £37.2m from Q3 2019. Finance “The strong revenue growth, combined with Kindred’s prudent management of marketing investments due to Covid-19 and continued focus on other operating costs, are the main factors driving the increase in EBITDA,” said Kindred. It added that sports betting margin after free bets was just over 8% – down year-on-year – but this was offset by continued strong activity levels across the business. The Stockholm-listed group, which owns Unibet, said in a trading update that gross winnings revenue was up 24% year-on-year to a record £280m. “The sports calendar has of course continued to be disrupted, but the delay in completion of many 2019-20 seasons and short break before the start of 2020-21 seasons has meant a continuous stream of events,” the group said in the update, issued in advance of its Q3 interim report on 6 November. “The level of marketing investment remained unusually low in July, as a result of Covid-19, but has returned towards levels slightly below the long-term average in the second half of the third quarter.” Tags: Kindred Group Unibet AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Companies: Kindred Groupcenter_img In July, Kindred reported that revenue for Q2 totalled £235.1m, up 4.0% on the previous year thanks to a strong performance from casino, poker and bingo. Profit after tax rocketed 114.4% to £26.8m, while underlying EBITDA was also up 67.3% to £51.7m in the quarter. Email Address Kindred-owned Unibet launched its first online sportsbook in the US in September 2019, going live in New Jersey through its partnership with the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City. Kindred Group saw a double-digit rise in its share price rise today (9 October) after it announced record gross revenue and significant marketing savings in for the third quarter of 2020. The trading update led to Kindred’s share price rising 10.11% to SEK74.92 by lunchtime on Friday. Regions: Europe Sweden Kindred Group reports record gross revenue in Q3 Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Marketing spend came in at approximately 21% of gross revenue in the quarter. Topics: Finance Q3 results 2020last_img read more

New York State Supreme Court judge dismisses Bishop Sauls’ suit

first_img Curate Diocese of Nebraska Episcopal Church Office of Public AffairsPosted Mar 13, 2019 Back to Press Releases Rector Knoxville, TN Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Belleville, IL An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Collierville, TN Submit a Job Listing This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Bath, NC Submit an Event Listing Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT 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 Press Release Service Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Submit a Press Release New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Pittsburgh, PA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Featured Jobs & Calls 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 Featured Events Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Director of Music Morristown, NJ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group center_img Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Tampa, FL Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Martinsville, VA New York State Supreme Court judge dismisses Bishop Sauls’ suit Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Smithfield, NC A New York State Supreme Court judge March 12 dismissed substantially all the claims in a lawsuit against the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (DFMS), the corporate name of The Episcopal Church, filed by Bishop Stacy Sauls, who was removed from his post as chief operating officer in April 2016.Sauls’ suit against the DFMS and an unspecified number of unnamed defendants associated with the church claimed that the church’s decision to replace him as chief operating officer breached Sauls’ contract, damaged his reputation and made it difficult for him to find a job elsewhere in the church.Judge Paul A. Goetz found that Sauls’ contract was not breached because he was an “at will employee;” and that “nothing in the [DFMS] handbook limits the defendants’ right to terminate plaintiff’s employment for any reason.”Goetz dismissed the claim of defamation because the one-year statute of limitations had lapsed. Sauls argued that the statute was retriggered by the re-publication of allegedly defamatory material. However, Goetz said the more recent claims did not meet the standard of re-publication because it failed to identify “‘the particular words complained of’ nor specify ‘the time, the manner and the person to whom the publication was made,’ nor identify the person who made it.”In dismissing the claim that the DFMS had interfered with Sauls’ employment prospects, Goetz wrote: “There is no allegation that defendants were aware that plaintiff had sought these employment opportunities or that they intentionally interfered with these opportunities.”The judge also dismissed Sauls’ claim for indemnification for legal fees related to the suit he filed against DFMS. In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI 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-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Shreveport, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Hopkinsville, KY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DClast_img read more

TSB Bank offers 10 £500 donations to charity heroes

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 3 January 2016 | News Tagged with: corporate Funding TSB Bank plc is giving away £5,000 to UK charities in a two-stage online prize draw. The final stage of the draw takes place today, but there is still time to take part.Entries can take place between 10.00 on Monday 14 December 2015 and 23:59 on Sunday 3 January 2016.Enter via Twitter or FacebookTo enter, you must either:• follow @TSB or @TSB_News on Twitter and tweet using #CharityHero to tell them who your charity hero is and where possible provide the JustGiving page URL for that nomination;or• follow TSBBankUK on Facebook and comment on its post including the #CharityHero hashtag to tell them who your charity hero is and where possible provide the JustGiving page URL for that nomination.The first prize draw took place on 23 December when five winners were announced. Five more will be announced when the second takes place on 4 January 2016. The ten winners will each receive a prize of a £500 donation to a UK based charitable organisation of their choice.TSB already supports over 500 local charities and causes throughout the year. TSB Bank offers 10 £500 donations to charity heroes  48 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Land O’Lakes Honors Ceres Solutions with Outstanding Ag Retailer Award

first_img By Hoosier Ag Today – Apr 3, 2019 Previous articlePerdue at Purdue: Shutting Down the Southern Border on the HAT Wednesday Morning EditionNext articleNextGen Expo, agBOT Challenge Ask ‘What IF High-Speed Broadband Reached Everyone?’ Hoosier Ag Today Home Indiana Agriculture News Land O’Lakes Honors Ceres Solutions with Outstanding Ag Retailer Award Land O’Lakes Honors Ceres Solutions with Outstanding Ag Retailer Award SHARE Facebook Twitter Farm sustainability can be easier to achieve with the right tools, advice and support. That’s why farmers rely on agricultural retailers as trusted advisors and suppliers of the right technology for their operations.At the recent Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN Partners In Excellence Summit, Land O’Lakes leadership was proud to honor just a few of the many outstanding ag retailers across the United States and Canada who are helping to drive improved environmental outcomes while supporting farm profitability and resilience. Ceres Solutions Cooperative, based in Crawfordsville, received recognition as a leader at this event.Ceres Solutions has helped drive the success of Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN program for the past two years. Ceres Solutions expert agronomists have enrolled nearly 100,000 acres into their SUSTAIN Program, and have taken an active role in educating their local community about soil health and conservation by hosting multiple field days for customers.Ceres Solutions is also a key leader in the Big Pine watershed conservation project focused on improving water quality in western Indiana. Ceres is also a key partner in our recently-announced collaboration to source sustainably-grown corn from the Midwest for global ingredient supplier Tate & Lyle.   The relationship enables Tate & Lyle, a significant user of U.S.-grown corn, to enhance sustainable agriculture by helping corn farmers target and measure the impact of their environmental stewardship efforts, using the latest technology.Ceres Solutions is committed to supporting and partnering with local farmers as they combine tried and true practices like planting cover crops with cutting edge technology tools.   Combining deep agronomic knowledge with precision ag technology, ag retailers like Ceres Solutions offer tools, practices and advice that maintain farm profitability while reducing environmental impact and supporting climate resilience. Land O’Lakes is thrilled to have such innovative retailers as part of our network, and was proud to recognize their good work with the Outstanding Ag Retailer Award.For more information: see Land O’Lakes blog post here.Source: Ceres Solutions SHARE Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

National Signing Day marks culmination of football recruitment frenzy

first_imgDean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ Equestrian upsets No. 1 Baylor, swept by Texas A&M at NCEA Championships printArlington Heights High School Senior Patrick Jones is used to getting attention from his football coaches and classmates. He sometimes even gets 10 phone calls a week from college football coaches.The former defensive end and nose-guard for the Arlington Heights Yellow Jackets, and a verbal commit to play at Southern Methodist University (SMU), this fall, will ink his plans to become a defensive-tackle for the Mustangs Wednesday.Jones will join thousands of other high school athletes nationwide in signing letters of intent as part of National Signing Day.For Jones, it’s the end of a long road of recruitment, an opportunity which he can largely thank both a teammate and the digital age for.That’s because SMU didn’t come to Arlington Heights in pursuit of Jones. They went after quarterback Deion Hair-Griffin, who plans to play at the University of North Texas starting this fall.And Jones was in the right place at the right time.“They recruited Deion, and in the process of watching his film, they discovered me,” Jones said. “Suddenly, coaches were watching my film and contacting me. By spring 2015 I had committed to SMU.”It is not unheard of for players to be unintentionally discovered by college scouts pursuing a teammate, but a new era of technology has rapidly accelerated that phenomenon.College football recruiting has grown exponentially since the explosion of the internet and digital media. It has been dominated by the emergence of college athletic recruiting sites including Rivals.com, Scout.com and Hudl.com, packed with highlight reels of players across the country.Gone are the days of colleges having to send scouts to watch players or requesting player footage to be mailed to them. With technology today, scouts are a mere click of a button away from accessing video of nearly any player in the country with talent to succeed at the next level. All it takes is for a scout to stumble across footage of a player, and that player might get their big break.D Magazine Managing Editor Travis Stewart, a former managing editor at Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, said the abundance of video created by the digital age has done wonders for player opportunity in recruiting.“The biggest pro is now you have all these videos of kids who previously wouldn’t get much attention, and players can squeeze into the conversation a little later now,” Stewart said.As a player who gained sudden attention from recruiters, Jones said the process can be a whirlwind for players with situations like his.“There really is no way to prepare for it,” Jones said. “It can get stressful having to talk to so many coaches on the phone each week, especially since I’m not a ‘talk on the phone’ kind of guy, but it’s a privilege.”Along with SMU, Jones was recruited by schools including TCU, LSU, Texas Tech and Purdue.Though Jones has experienced the positives of player footage being more accessible than ever before, the current state of recruiting doesn’t always create positive trends.Jamie Newberg, who has covered college football recruiting for sites including Scout.com and GridironNow.com, says the recruiting process becomes increasingly convoluted as its scope widens.“It has gotten out of hand in so many capacities,” Newberg said. “As coverage grows, more fans get involved, the process starts earlier, players will commit and de-commit and people get big heads.”Newberg isn’t the only expert to voice concern over what football recruiting has become.Stewart fears that technological innovations in the recruiting world may have a cost when it comes to accurately evaluating players.“Recruiting is harder to do correctly today, because it’s easier to rush since player information is more readily available,” Stewart said. “Recruiters used to have to put in a lot of work, and they got accurate results. Now all you have to do is type in ‘Scout’ on Google.”As for early recruitment, Stewart said it is a result of players marketing themselves online as early as their freshman year. At sites such as Hudl.com, players can create profiles and upload highlight footage of themselves to attract scouts.Stewart said it is a gamble for schools to recruit early since the younger players haven’t proven consistency yet on the field.“Lining too many kids up too early can hurt programs,” Stewart said. “Early lock-ups often won’t shape up as expected.”Stewart said recruiting busts can also be attributed to overhyping recruit star ratings assigned by sites such as Rivals. He added that programs often put too much trust in the ratings while not studying the complete profiles of players.“If you look at Texas A&M, they’ve racked up high rated recruiting classes since 2012 when they entered the SEC and Johnny Manziel emerged, but the teams haven’t been great,” Stewart said.After going 11-2 in 2012, Texas A&M went 9-4 in 2013 before going 8-5 in 2014 and 2015. The Aggies hit a low point in December 2015 when quarterbacks Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray, who came to the program as five and four-star recruits per Rivals respectively, transferred out of College Station.Billy Wessels, the publisher of the Rivals’ TCU site PurpleMenace.com, believes the ratings are often exaggerated when powerhouse programs recruit players.“If a kid is recruited by a household program like the University of Texas, they will probably get an extra star from the Rivals board of directors who rate them,” Wessels said. “It’s all about the money. We probably have about 300 subscribers for Purple Menace, and UT has hundreds of thousands for its page.”The frenzy over ratings can be an advantage though for schools who prefer taking the risk of recruiting players they believe the market undervalues.“Usually if you are being recruited by a Power-5 school, you are at least a three-star recruit, but some schools including TCU have had success with lower rated players,” Wessels said.A recent case for Horned Frogs happened in fall 2015, with the breakout of wide-receiver Kavontae Turpin. The true-freshman form Monroe, Louisiana was recruited as only a Rivals two-star player, yet was second among all TCU receivers in 2015 with 649 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.“Turpin literally went from a no-name to an overnight sensation with the Frogs,” Wessels said. “Coach Patterson is great at finding players like that.”Time will tell if Jones, a two-star recruit by Rivals.com, will fall into that category of players such as Turpin who perform above expectations at the collegiate level. For now, the stress of his recruitment will come to an end with the signing day ceremonies Wednesday.It will also be the last chance for the media to capture any drama surrounding the 2016 recruiting class, as order will trump chaos once players ink their offers. While some are critical of the media over-glorifying recruits and potentially giving them large egos, Jones doesn’t take issue with the limelight.“I love what the media does for recruits with all the edits and coverage,” Jones said. “We work hard as players to be wanted, and to have that little moment about you is really special for a lot of guys.”Jones has thrived off the positives of a new-era of recruitment, and his future at SMU could very well be the opportunity of a lifetime. Facebook Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Dean Straka Dean Straka is a senior journalism major from Lake Forest, California. He currently serves as Sports Line Editor for TCU 360. His passions include golf, God, traveling, and sitting down to watch the big game of the day. Follow him on Twitter at @dwstraka49 Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ Men’s tennis clinches consecutive Big 12 titles with win over No. 4 Baylor Linkedin ReddIt Norrie climbs to No. 1 in national rankings Twitter Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ Equestrian defeated in Big 12 Championship Facebook Previous articleMayor, Police Chief host Twitter town hallNext articleHorned Frog football welcomes 22 new signees Dean Straka RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSfootballNational Signing DayrecruitsSMU ReddIt + posts Twitter Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Linkedinlast_img read more

Vietnam: three IJAVN journalists given a total of 37 years in prison

first_imgNews RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang April 27, 2021 Find out more Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison Follow the news on Vietnam VietnamAsia – Pacific Media independence ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Help by sharing this information News All three were convicted of anti-state propaganda under article 117 of the penal code, a catch-all charge that is often used to silence those who dare to stray from the current Communist Party leadership’s propaganda line, although this article contradicts article 25 of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam’s constitution, which proclaims press freedom. Long been near the bottom of RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index, Vietnam is ranked 175th out of 180 countries in the 2020 Index. Organisation The three journalists have been subjected to appalling conditions. They were held incommunicado for months and were not granted the right to see their lawyer until last November. The president of IJAVN Pham Chi Dung (right), its vice-president Nguyen Tuong Thuy (left) and its editor Le Huu Minh Tuan (center, backward) are seen during their trial in Ho Chi Minh City’s people’s court (photo: Luat Khoa – RSF). IJAVN president Pham Chi Dung was given a record 15-year jail sentence at the end of the sham trial, which was completed in less than four hours, while the association’s vice president, Nguyen Tuong Thuy, and its editor, Le Huu Minh Tuan, were each sentenced to 11 years in prison. “The size of the sentences passed on these three IJAVN journalists is extremely shocking,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “Imposed ahead of the Vietnamese Communist Party’s 13th national congress at the end of the month, these sentences are clearly designed to extinguish any form of civil society debate – a debate that these members of the independent journalists association had been echoing. They have no place being in prison.” Arrested at his Ho Chi Minh City home in November 2019, Dung is a former Communist Party member who was named an RSF “information hero” in 2014. Aged 68, Thuy was arrested at his Hanoi home on 23 May 2020, two days after the arrest of another IJAVN member, Pham Chi Thanh. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by sentences totalling 37 years in prison that a people’s court in Ho Chi Minh City passed today on three members of the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam (IJAVN). The sole aim of this purely political trial was to intimidate all Vietnamese citizens fighting for reliable, independently-reported information, RSF said. January 5, 2021 Vietnam: three IJAVN journalists given a total of 37 years in prison RSF_en Appalling prison conditions April 7, 2021 Find out more News Tuan is a representative of the younger generation of independent journalists. He was arrested in June 2020 after covering Vietnamese politics with a particular focus on civil society efforts to democratize the country. VietnamAsia – Pacific Media independence ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam April 22, 2021 Find out more News to go further Receive email alertslast_img read more

Interannual variation in cephalopod consumption by albatrosses at South Georgia: implications for future commercial exploitation of cephalopods

first_imgAssessing the consumption of prey by predators in the marine environment is key to fisheries assessment and management. Although environmental and ecological variations can affect the consumption of certain prey by albatrosses interannually, this issue has not been addressed to date. In the present study, the interannual consumption of cephalopods by grey-headed and black-browed albatrosses was assessed while breeding at South Georgia between 1996 and 2000, by comparing consumption estimates from a reparameterised version of the South Georgia Seabird Impact Assessment (SGSIA) model. The reparameterised model showed that there are considerable interannual variations in cephalopod consumption in both albatross species, with the highest consumption occurring in 1996 (5787 tonnes; for black-browed albatrosses) and 1997 (11 627 tonnes; for grey-headed albatrosses), and the lowest in 2000 (2309 tonnes and 772 tonnes for grey-headed and black-browed albatrosses respectively). These interannual variations were linked to oceanographic conditions and changes in cephalopod abundance/availability to predators. The cephalopod species with the most commercial potential (Martialia hyadesi, Kondakovia longimana, Moroteuthis knipovitchi and Gonatus antarcticus) also showed considerable differences in their consumption by predators. Owing to the importance of these squid species in the diet of albatrosses, precautionary measures for future commercial exploitation are suggested.last_img read more

‘We’ll intervene when councils won’t prosecute rogue letting agents’, says NTSEAT boss

first_imgJames Munro (pictured above), head of the National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team (NTSEAT) has revealed that the organisation is to begin intervening when local authorities cannot or will not police rogue letting agents.The initiative is part of his team’s efforts to ensure enforcement of lettings industry regulations is as even as possible across the UK.“The biggest challenge we have from the industry, and rightly so, is the lack of consistency when it comes to enforcement, support and advice,” he tells The Negotiator.“That’s what we really need to address. We can’t stand up to our promise to safeguard reputable agents if we can’t ensure that in Essex for example you’ll be treated broadly the same as if you were in Shropshire.”Munro says the challenge is that there are local politics involved; unlike sales agents, councils are required to enforce letting industry regulations in their own areas but each have different priorities.Priorities“So we need to ensure that they are doing the same thing,” says Munro. “What you will see going forward is that we’ve picked some fairly high level priorities to target.“This includes ensuring that agents are registered for redress and signed up to CMP and are protecting tenants’ deposits.”Munro says he believes these three key areas are ‘paramount’ and should be enforced across the country.“So we have agreed that we will work with local authorities to ensure that all the agents in their areas are compliant and if they aren’t, and where the local authorities won’t or can’t do it we’ll step in and do something about that,” he adds.But Munro admits he has his hands tied; NTSEAT only has 15 staff at the moment and so it can only step in where there are serious problems with an agent and a local authority is unable to do anything about it.     NTSEAT James Munro National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team rogue letting agents November 27, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » ‘We’ll intervene when councils won’t prosecute rogue letting agents’, says NTSEAT boss previous nextRegulation & Law‘We’ll intervene when councils won’t prosecute rogue letting agents’, says NTSEAT bossJames Munro says he wants to reassure agents that NTSEAT wants to end the uneven policing of letting agents that the industry has complained about.Nigel Lewis27th November 201901,019 Viewslast_img read more