Rolling with the punches

first_img Rolling with the punches Tags: Mobile Online Gambling 13th August 2019 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter In GambingStartup.Ventures’ latest dispatch from the start-up frontline, Jonny Robb discusses how start-up founders quickly become used to operating at extremes. What may appear to be a precarious moment in a business’ development can quickly seem just another obstacle to be conquered. In GambingStartup.Ventures’ latest dispatch from the start-up frontline, Jonny Robb discusses how start-up founders quickly become used to operating at extremes. What may appear to be a precarious moment in a business’ development can quickly seem just another obstacle to be conquered.I recently met a start-up founder at a conference who casually explained how she’d raised £600,000 but the business wasn’t performing and the end of the runway was fast approaching. She said this calmly in passing, like it was some kind of a side note to the general humdrum of her day.It reminded me of a founder friend who runs a brilliant, but at times precariously balanced, digital agency. More than once he’s confided in me that if their latest pitch doesn’t land, he’s not sure where he’ll find £80,000 to pay his upcoming wage bill. Muttered between casual sips of his pint.Incredible, I thought. How on earth do these people sleep at night?That’s the funny thing about running a start-up, though, there’s only so long you can remain aghast at what lies ahead before you do the only thing you can – anything that moves you forward. When under pressure, faced with an obstacle, it’s quite remarkable how resilient and creative you’re forced to be.The longer you’re in the start-
up game, however, the more you recognise that when one door closes, as cataclysmic as it might seem at the time, other doors inevitably open. These doors can lead to fantastic places, and once you venture through them, your skin becomes that bit thicker and your sleep that bit deeper.This month we caught up with some of our start-ups in GamblingStartup.Ventures to find out what doors have been opening for them.First up is SkillCorner with their live match visualisation product that’s powered by Computer Vision and AI video tracking.“Our live ball tracking has improved considerably over the past few months and we are now close to 96% accuracy, including 3D ball trajectories,” explains head of business development and operations Morgan Jacquin. “We’ve also progressed the automatic detection of performance data such as ball possession, which we should have incorporated into our live match product later this year.”This is something we at Bettor Faster UX are excited to play with and take to our clients. Being able to connect real- time player stats to slick, low bandwidth visualisations presents some really exciting, unexplored UX opportunities for in-play.“On the business side, we are proud to have reached an agreement with a leading Premier League club to provide them with raw tracking data to help them with player scouting,” Jacquin adds.
“It’s the latest sign that SkillCorner is on the right track to revolutionise football data collection with fast, accurate and previously unavailable tracking data.”Next we caught up with Ukraine-based Fireswan, the guys behind a new mobile-focused automated betting strategy product, whose app is evolving at an impressive pace.“Currently we’re working on our killer feature – backtesting comparison,” says co-founder Max. “In the near future, our users will be able to follow a strategy knowing how it performed last season and if current performance correlates with it.“We expect return on investment (ROI) to be increasingly more predictable in the next version of our app too.”Like many of our start-ups, Fireswan is seeking investment and has been out there treading the boards.“The lesson we’re learning is that every investor wants to see how your product will hit mass market, how easy it is to use and what value it brings,” Max explains. “My advice to every start-up is to be flexible and accept the feedback. It is not easy when your product is criticised, but this is the way to success.”Wise words and a lesson many start- ups quickly learn. You’ll meet every type of person from those who tell you to stop wasting your time to those who visibly buzz from your vision.New to GamblingStartup.Ventures, we welcome Lotto Punto who remind us that there’s a whole world of unrealised opportunities out there beyond Europe and America.
“Colombia has a love-hate relationship with cash and paper-based transactions fueled by a deep distrust of internet payments and high online fees,” points out founder Victor Espinosa.Victor is using this to his advantage to create the first network of patent- pending IoT lottery vending machines installed in high footfall suburban areas. But he’s not content with stopping at gambling.“If Mariana wants to pay her electricity bill she has to take a one-hour bus ride into the city centre, then queue for an hour and a half, before riding the bus back home,” laments Victor.“Bringing an unbanked population into the internet economy in Latin America is a tough challenge. In addition to lottery, we will generate cross-selling with
mass consumption virtual products and banking services such as prepaid cell phone time and bill payments.”With 15 state lotteries onboard and ambitions to sell over USD $132 million via 5,000 Lotto Punto machines over the next five years, he is now seeking $500,000 investment to make it a reality.Closer to home in East London Tech City (aka Silicon Roundabout) we have the Wager team. Elliott and Leo, like us, are pinning their vision of the future on social betting by building an app to let you bet against your friends.“We are well aware that we are not the first to the party here,” explains co-founder Elliott Robinson. “Many start-ups have tried this and failed. in 2001 was too early (pre-mobile, pre- social networks). More recent attempts have neglected odds and required offline payments.”But perceptions are now changing. “Sky’s Group Bet feature allows friends to create and place bets together,” Robinson tells me. “But these bets are ultimately still placed against faceless institutions.”Going after a youth market, he explains, “Millennials check their phones around 150 times a day. On a weekend filled with live sport, I’d wager it’s double that.And therein, he believes, lies a golden opportunity with a new generation of bettorBettor Faster UX and Bet Blocks Messenger founders Jonny Robb and Nilesh Mistry have established GamblingStartup.Ventures, in a bid to connect early-stage gambling businesses around the world.center_img Topics: Casino & games Lottery People Sports betting Strategy Tech & innovation Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address Casino & gameslast_img read more

Paging all voters: The election is calling

first_img Mama Mia March 28, 2017 at 1:11 am March 27, 2017 at 11:33 pm Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSGreg Jackson Previous articlePublic Safety Day includes First Responder Fitness ChallengeNext articleIs Sam Ruth running for office in 2018? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR How many of us, when we are looking for competent, professional services (i.e., doctor, mechanic, lawyer, plumber, accountant, etc.), would even consider using a person without first checking their professional background and pedigree? If you are anything like me, if you go to a doctor’s office and see a medical degree on the wall from a school you have never heard of or cannot pronounce, you will have no problem getting up and walking out. In fact, whenever my wife has been able to convince me to see a doctor, I spend the bulk of the time in the waiting and examination rooms looking around at the walls, checking for evidence of his or her experience and capabilities. The more degrees, articles, plaques, etc., I see from reputable publications, associations or institutions, the more comfortable I am with letting that person evaluate and make recommendations about how I should go about leading a healthier life. On one of the rare occasions when I ignored the tell-tale signs of a health care provider with “paper but-no-substance,” I ended up with an unnecessary procedure, wasted money and lost time that I can never recover. But I accepted fault for my failure to “vet” that person and figured I got what I deserved for not being more vigilant.Unfortunately, with political candidates, it is much the same way. It is no secret that I have placed myself up for public scrutiny on two occasions when I sought elected office. I only did so after I figured I had the skill, knowledge, experience and time necessary to dedicate myself to serve the citizens of Central Florida. Basically, I had become the type of candidate that I would not have had any problem supporting. I also recognized that there were other candidates in the races that I ran in who had the qualities I could support. But (taking a pregnant pause), there were other candidates who I looked at and said, “If this is all we have to look forward to, not only is our district lost, but the future of our state is at risk.” The reason I say that is because many times the folks who should not run for office, do so for the very same reasons that they should not be seeking public office. They feel entitled, they have no other options, they lack the experience to be successful in the private sector, they are all over the place (figuratively and literally), they do not know issues, they want to validate themselves, they have an inflated perception of who they are and what they can do, and unfortunately the list goes on. Individuals like this are dangerous while running for office because of the things they are willing to do and say to offset their shortcomings. However, they are equally dangerous if they are actually elected to public office because they become distractions and feel that their way is the only way to go. Even more so, once in office, they feel as if no one can question their actions or motives as if they become untouchable. (Hey, that may be a good topic to explore in another piece – The Untouchables: How Elected Officials have Evolved from Public Servants to Public Distractions – but I digress.)In short, all I am saying is this, as citizens we must make a concerted effort to educate ourselves on those who come forward to represent our community. Many times the candidates who come forth are good, upstanding citizens. Other times, which are the times we need to be very cognizant of, candidates who come forward are really just running because they lack the skills, experience, ethical fortitude, etc., to work in the private sector or any place else. If you ever have any doubts, here are some things to check for: If the candidate’s professional salary is less than that of the office they are running for, be cautious. If the candidate has never worked in the private sector, be cautious. If the candidate has personal financial issues, be cautious. If the candidate has a questionable background or history, be cautious. If the candidate says “I”, “me” and/or “my” more than he or she says “we”, “us” and “our”, be cautious. As the election cycle continues to pick up, I may find it necessary to provide more information to help our community to evaluate those seeking to represent us, and I will give my honest assessment of each, which of course will be done – in my humble opinion.Greg Jackson is a past Assistant Attorney General for the State of Florida, military veteran, current Orange County District 2 Representative on the Board of Zoning Adjustments, and General Counsel for the Community Redevelopment Agency. He has been as an active member of the Central Florida community for nearly 20 years. He was most recently a candidate for the Florida House District 45 seat. Reply Please enter your name here As the election cycle continues to pick up, I may find it necessary to obtain a barf bag……….LOL Sure hope Mayor Juana is coming soon………… Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 With an early start to the election season, educate yourself on the candidatesOpinionBy Greg Jackson, Esq.Greg Jackson UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Yada yada yawn yawn…….everybody, have you got that election advice down pat now??? LOL March 27, 2017 at 11:56 pm Reply 3 COMMENTS Mama Mia Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Mama Mia Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

CR House / DAS

first_img 2012 “COPY” CR House / DAS Mexico Houses Save this picture!© Yoshihiro Koitani+ 19 Share CR House / DASSave this projectSaveCR House / DAS Save this picture!© Rafael GamoThe project consists of refurbishing a home in the neighborhood of Tlacopac San Ángel. The ambition is to re-program a 2 bedroom apartment on one floor, into a house with 2 floors, recording studio, yoga room, suite and roof garden, with the intention of expanding the garden area downstairs.Save this picture!Upper Floor PlanThe design language seeks clean lines and the neutrality of the elements in their natural condition, white walls, windows, domes, natural color woodwork, a deck intervened by elements of spatial continuity for its everyday use and minimal maintenance.Save this picture!© Yoshihiro KoitaniThe house revolves around a patio that comes from the original structure as a focal point between the ground floor, double height, and second floor.Save this picture!© Yoshihiro KoitaniIn terms of sustainability, we implemented several measures: reduction of energy consumption in the house based on orientation, lighting, and natural ventilation, thus providing thermal comfort to the living spaces. Re-conditioning green areas with controlled irrigation; rainwater harvesting; agglomerated recycled material with rice husk (renewable fiber) and polyethylene for the deck on terrace; recycling existing structure and materials for the expansion on the second floor; use of the fifth facade to double the green footprint on the site.Save this picture!© Rafael GamoProject gallerySee allShow lessRedevelopment of the Praia dos Moinhos Beach / M-ArquitectosSelected ProjectsA Theory of Architecture Part 2: The Adaptive Design MethodArticles Share Architects: DAS Year Completion year of this architecture project ArchDaily CopyHouses, Renovation•Mexico City, Mexico Year:  “COPY” Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyAbout this officeDASOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentRenovationMexico CityMexicoPublished on March 31, 2014Cite: “CR House / DAS” [Casa CR / DAS] 31 Mar 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassCompositesMitrexPhotovoltaic Solar Cladding – BIPV CladdingPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemArmchairsUniForArmchair – ParigiLouvers / ShuttersBruagShading Screens – Perforated Facade PanelsAluminium CompositesSculptformAluminium Façade BladesCultural / PatrimonialIsland Exterior FabricatorsSeptember 11th Memorial Museum Envelope SystemWire MeshJakobWebnet in a Gymnasium in GurmelsDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Pocket Door | MareaPaintKEIMMineral Paint for Concrete – KEIM Concretal®-WLouversReynaers AluminiumSolar ShadingHandlesFormaniFitting Collection – ARCMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more


first_img Lead Architects: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyAbout this officeCND ARCHITECTOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesYakarta MeridionalIndonesiaPublished on October 06, 2019Cite: “U House / CND ARCHITECT” 05 Oct 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialMetal PanelsDri-DesignMetal Panels – CopperIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsExterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsPure + FreeFormCustom Metal Cladding – Legacy Fund 1 BuildingWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodWood Fiber Partition Walls – ValchromatDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Vertical Pivot Door | BrezzaSkylightsFAKROEnergy-efficient roof window FTT ThermoToilets / BidetsBritexToilets – Accessible Centurion PanMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Indonesia 2018 Aloysia Dian – Chikman Nadjib “COPY” ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Manufacturers: BATA GAPIT, Conwood Projects Year: center_img Area:  135 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Architects: CND ARCHITECT Area Area of this architecture project CopyHouses•Yakarta Meridional, Indonesia U House / CND ARCHITECTSave this projectSaveU House / CND ARCHITECTSave this picture!© Ernest Siswanto Photography+ 28Curated by Paula Pintos Share Photographs:  Ernest Siswanto Photography Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project U House / CND ARCHITECT “COPY” Photographs Save this picture!© Ernest Siswanto PhotographyRecommended ProductsWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensText description provided by the architects. U House is a Small Urban House built on a land area of 7,5 x 13 meters. It is located in a dense residential area of South Jakarta, off the main road. These things make this site unique and it also poses challenges in completing its design. The challenge is for making a compact house which allows lot of sunlight penetrates through the house, has a good cross ventilation and an interesting circulation pattern, whilst keep maintaining the privacy of its residents.Save this picture!© Ernest Siswanto PhotographyTo allow the sunlight penetrates the entire house, a gap is created in the middle of the U House. The space zones area separated and arranged in a split-level system. This intermediate space creates a void in the middle of the house so that connectivity between spaces is created. The space between the main voids in the middle of the center gives an opportunity for sunlight to penetrates through the skylight.Save this picture!© Ernest Siswanto PhotographyThe skylight roof is also designed to have a gap that serves for heat exchange, so that cross ventilation is created inside the house and makes the environment in the entire house healthier for its residents. The split-level system is also a solution to minimize the debris from old building debris. The split-level elevation setting is adjusted to the volume of existing housing demolition. The living room level is built slightly higher than the neighborhood road, with a touch of terracotta ventilation brick accent as a breathable wall which also creates privacy for home owners.Save this picture!SectionThe face of the building is made to be distorted because of privacy consideration. The facade serves to provide sufficient distance from the window of this house with the neighboring house next door. On the façade, U House uses granite tile travertine texture material combined with an iron plate and touch of wood for the planter box area. The planter box is placed hanging in front of the window of the main bedroom with the aim to enter the ‘green’ view into the main bedroom. The local impression of Indonesian wall is presented through woven bamboo pattern on the terracotta ventilation brick.Save this picture!PlanThis also serves to maximize natural circulation in the entire house. These bricks are designed with construction as if it were floating on glass. It becomes the first local point when entering the U- House. Green areas are inserted on each floor and made integrated with the inner space. Not only in the living room and bedroom area, the children’s bathroom is also made more playful with the dry garden inserted into the bathroom space. All of this uniqueness creates modern tropical urban house impression for U House.Save this picture!© Ernest Siswanto PhotographyProject gallerySee allShow lessShiseido Singapore Office Hub / HASSELLSelected ProjectsMy Dinh Plaza Apartment / HGAASelected Projects Share Houseslast_img read more

Direct mail still dominant

first_img Advertisement Direct mail is not going to be eclipsed by e-mail for the next five years at least, argue analysts.Paper-based direct mail will continue to be the most effective method of reaching people in the UK, according to Bell Howell Mail and Messaging Technologies. E-mail direct marketing will rise to 9-27% of all direct mail campaigns by 2003, but paper-based direct mail will remain dominant. 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. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Direct mail still dominant Howard Lake | 25 July 2001 | News  17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

The U.S. Civil War was the ‘unfinished revolution’

first_imgThe slightly edited two chapters below are from a 1974 essay written by a Workers World Party founding member, Vincent Copeland, who reintroduced the pamphlet, “A Voice from Harper’s Ferry,” by Osborne P. Anderson, a former enslaved Black man, who wrote a firsthand account in 1861 about the raid on Harpers Ferry, led by John Brown in 1859. Anderson was one of the few survivors of the raid. Go to to download or to order the 2000 edition of the book. Much has been written about the Harpers Ferry raid. But Osborne P. Anderson’s story — in the words of W.E.B. Du Bois, “the most interesting and reliable account of the raid” — has a special significance that has been too long neglected. First, Anderson was one of the actual participants, and being Black, he might be expected to have a somewhat different view of the affair than even the most inspired white supporters of John Brown. Second, he apparently wrote the pamphlet with the hope of encouraging a general slave insurrection. And third, he obviously expected other whites to imitate the action of John Brown and help supply the arms for the insurrection, as well as take up arms themselves. He was interested, like most other Black and white abolitionists of that very revolutionary period, in continuing the revolution that John Brown’s band had begun. But he seems to have based his optimism upon the possibilities of a slave insurrection, rather more than upon white support, which he must have thought of as an important auxiliary force rather than as the main body of struggle. He took pains to emphasize the number of slaves who accepted guns the moment guns were offered to them. He pointed out what few subsequent narrators of the event have: namely that of the seventeen revolutionaries who died at Harpers Ferry (before the legal lynching of Brown and the others after the trial), nine were Black. Eight whites and two Blacks of the original band were killed in the conflict in addition to the hastily armed seven Black slaves. Two other Blacks were executed with Brown. History has finally given Brown tremendous credit for what was indeed a tremendous feat. But Brown had been planning it for decades and the others in the band had been thinking for months and for years about how to strike this dramatic blow. What about the seven nameless Black people who died for Black freedom with no prior notice whatever? They, too, no doubt, had thought for years about freedom — their own freedom. They had lacked all possibility, all weapons, all communication for struggle. But confronted with an opportunity given them by strangers, most of whom were of the same race as the hated master class, they gave their lives in a moment and apparently without a qualm. History, even revolutionary history, treats them as fillers of blank spaces. Did they simply take the guns and shoot and get shot like so many extras in the movies? Anderson did not think so. Although he does not expand upon the facts when he refers to the number of “colored” men killed, his emphasis upon the number is obviously not due just to his racial pride. It must always be borne in mind that he was speaking to a generation to which this incident would conjure up an extremely earthshaking perspective. And even the slightest emphasis would go a long way. A different Civil WarThe Civil War may have begun by the time his story was published, but it is clear from the text that it had not begun when he wrote it. It is also clear that he was not thinking of that kind of civil war; he had a different concept of how the war would be fought, who would fight it, and who would lead it. The war that Anderson had in mind would have required not just a few Black and white guerrillas, no matter how brave and ready to die, but an all-out participation of the slave population, along with fairly massive support from the North. He must have felt — and with good reason — that this would paralyze the U.S. government (which was already divided between “free soil‘‘ and pro-slavery forces) so that especially with Lincoln now president, it would not be able to intervene powerfully on the side of the South, as it had done in the case of Brown’s raid. What actually happened was that the South seceded before such a war could get started and in effect, started its own counterrevolutionary war. When the fighting erupted, it was counterrevolutionary war. When the fighting erupted, it seemed at first to have very little to do with slavery. The official battle cry in the North was not “Liberate the Slaves,” but “Preserve the Union.” Right up until Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, it must have appeared to Anderson (and many thousands of other passionate Black and white abolitionists in the North) that the Northern capitalist government would never fight. Even after Lincoln’s election and even after several states had seceded, it must have appeared that the U.S. government would never wage ruthless war against the slave owners of the South. The formal Confederacy was already established before Lincoln was inaugurated. And Lincoln waited more than a month before he acted. And even then he acted only under the prod of South Carolina’s provocative attack on Sumter. It was, of course, a war against slavery when it did come, regardless of the will of most of its official leaders. In spite of its defects, it was a revolution against the slavocracy that had ruled the whole country. It was a revolution that destroyed forever the power of the slave owners as a class and chattel slavery as a system. But it was a revolution most unsatisfactory to the slaves themselves. The ending of slavery as an institution, as is well known, did not lead to any real amelioration of the actual conditions of life, particularly the economic conditions, for the vast majority of Black people at that time. What would the conclusion have been if the war had been fought as a revolution from start to finish? First, the slaves would have been freed simply by striking off their own shackles. Second, they would have enforced their freedom by expropriating the plantations of the masters and dividing up the land. The Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments, if they took that form, would merely have been legal afterthoughts. The former slaveholders could never have made a comeback of the proportions they actually did, and the whole system of racial inequality that prevails today would have no material basis at all. We are apt to think of the United States as being the capitalist country, as completely money-oriented, nonfeudal, dynamic, etc. But in the more historical sense, it is not so purely capitalist after all. Probably no bourgeois revolution in history was a completely “finished” one that definitively settled all questions of bourgeois democracy and made social and political conditions thoroughly consistent with bourgeois revolutionary ideas. But the Southern United States, and in fact the whole United States, in spite of some small and temporary advances during Reconstruction, is to this day a classical example of the most unfinished of all bourgeois revolutions. And one of the fundamental reasons for this is that there was no general, thoroughgoing slave insurrection, no division of the land.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Media Ownership Monitor: Pakistan a high-risk country in terms of media pluralism

first_img Screenshot of the MOM Pakistan July 18, 2019 Media Ownership Monitor: Pakistan a high-risk country in terms of media pluralism “Real freedom of the press means more than the absence of state repression. Only if media landscapes are diverse and pluralistic and only if journalists enjoy maximum independence the media can hold up to its democratic mandate to provide a spectrum of different opinions to inform citizens,” Christian Mihr, Executive Director of RSF Germany, said in Berlin. Due to stringent visa regulations, no representative of RSF was able to enter the country for the course of the research or the presentation of the findings. Cross-media ownership concentration, which measures concentration across media sectors, indicates a medium risk in Pakistan. The top 8 owners reach 68% of audience share across television, radio, print and online. However, the numbers are likely to be higher, since the reach of these owners through various other media outlets they operate were not taken into account due to lack of audience data. The top 8 players in the Pakistani media are Jang Group, ARY Group, Express Group, the Government Group, Nawa-i-Waqt Group, Samaa Group, Dawn Group and Dunya Group – all have significant presence in more than one media sector. In terms of audience share, the biggest cross-media owner (Jang Group) controls over a third of the market among the top 40 media entities. TV and online media outlets are the most prone (7 of 8 media groups) to cross-media ownership, while radio is the least (3 of 8 media groups). The government is among the top three cross-media owners (Pakistan Television Corporation PTV, Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation PBC and the FM 101 stations) in the country. MOM Pakistan researchers also approached the federal and four provincial governments to seek official data on advertisement rates and payments made to the selected sample of media houses. Neither federal nor the provincial governments, however, shared the requested information – except for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, which is ruled by the Tehreek-e-Insaf party of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan and which provided at least partial information. A collaborative research study, the Media Ownership Monitor (MOM) Pakistan – carried out by the global media rights organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Pakistani media watchdog Freedom Network – has found Pakistan a “high-risk country” in terms of media pluralism. More than half of the mass media ownership is concentrated in only a few hands. Besides, the regulatory framework lags behind the current market developments including convergence of technology and emergence of online media. For example, the laws do not specify any thresholds necessary for measuring ownership concentration, either of audience share, circulation, turnover/revenue, the share capital or voting rights. “While it is essential to have comprehensive legislation for protection of net neutrality to safeguard media diversity and guarantee equal ability to access and disseminate information, opinions, perspectives, etc. online, there is no such legal framework in this regard in the country,” the findings read.  January 28, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Pakistan The findings of MOM Pakistan were revealed in Islamabad on 18 July 2019, after a team of researchers worked for eight months to retrieve and analyse all available data from official and non-official sources, including the government, media houses and their owners. Audience share data was acquired form a third party source, Gallup Pakistan, and publicly available data obtained from company registry offices in Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore after fees payment with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan. Information requests were also sent out to all owners of the media outlets investigated, but only one newspaper group owner, one TV outlet owner, two private FM radio stations’ owners and one website owner responded and agreed to share at least partial information. Also the federal government was unresponsive to share the ownership structure, revenue and net profit data of state-owned Pakistan Television, Radio Pakistan and FM 101 for the 2017-18 financial year. Organisation RSF_en High risk to media pluralism The MOM research also analyzed the existing regulatory framework, particularly in terms of both concentration control and net neutrality. The findings were that the regulators are often seen as overtly pushy on regulating the content rather than being facilitators of the industry, setters of professional standards or protectors of media consumer rights. This contributes greatly to the massive concentration of media ownership.  Lack of transparency News media concentration in Pakistan, in terms of both ownership and audience share, is very high. The top four television channels, radio stations, newspapers and news websites cover, in each of the four categories, over 50% of the country’s entire audience share. If diversity of ownership reflects diversity of sources of information, then the Pakistani audiences are restricted by limitation of choice and plurality. The Pakistan media economy, boom – and bust? The new millennium saw a radical transformation in the landscape of Pakistani media in terms of size. In 2002, before the country opened up the broadcasting sector for commercial players, only one state-owned TV channel and one radio station were on air. Now in 2019, a total of 88 TV channels (including news and entertainment) and 209 radio stations are broadcasting, according to Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA). The numbers of journalists in the same period ballooned from about 2,000 to over 20,000 and the overall number of people associated with the media industry to about 250,000. This expansion of the media industry came off the back of improving economic fundamentals, an increase in per capita income and a rise in consumer economy, including a growing surplus in private incomes accompanied by an expanding advertising sector. Flawed legal framework However, the second half of 2018 brought bad tidings. Pakistan’s media industry, once viewed as among the most vibrant in South Asia, started to decline with close to 2,000 journalists and media workers reportedly laid off and several outlets shut down. The situation was partly affected by the ailing economy, partly by the outcome of the July 2018 elections that brought a government to power headed by a party not seen as friendly to business, coupled with the withdrawal of government subsidies and dwindling advertising revenue. This forced even big and stable media groups to shut down publications and lay off journalists. The Jang Group – the country’s largest media group – shut down three of its publications and two bureau offices, leaving more than 1,400 journalists and related staff jobless in one single day. Express Media Group and Dunya Media Group – the third and fourth largest media groups – also laid off over 200 journalists, cutting the salaries of the remaining workers by 15 to 35 percent. To assess the country’s risk to media pluralism, also in comparison with the existing twenty other country editions of MOM, ten indicators were computed, including criteria like media audience concentration, cross-media ownership concentration, regulatory safeguards, political control over media outlets and net neutrality. As a result, 6 indicators showed ‘high risk’, 2 a ‘medium risk’ and only 1 a ‘low risk’. to go further Receive email alerts “This means Pakistan needs more broad-based media ownership to ensure greater diversity in news sources,” Iqbal Khattak, Executive Director of Freedom Network, said to underscore the importance of this unique research which the stakeholders could use to debate whether or not the country needs more diversity in its media ownership as well as news and views. The Media Ownership Monitor Pakistan is now publicly available online at in English and Urdu. Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists June 2, 2021 Find out more News News April 21, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific Reports and statisticsMedia independence Economic pressureJudicial harassment News News Help by sharing this information Pakistan’s official news agency Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported in 2017 that there had been a cumulative investment of USD 4 billion in the electronic media industry in Pakistan between 2002 and 2017 and it was estimated to touch USD 5 billion by end of 2018. It said the overall national growth contributed significantly to the development of the electronic media industry in the private sector and helped expand the work of media groups, content production houses, advertising agencies and the performing arts. Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Out of 180 countries, Pakistan ranks 142th in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. It lost three positions compared to the previous year. PakistanAsia – Pacific Reports and statisticsMedia independence Economic pressureJudicial harassment last_img read more

City Issues Request for New Public Art Projects in the Civic Center Area

first_imgGovernment City Issues Request for New Public Art Projects in the Civic Center Area Published on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 | 3:58 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS The Culture Affairs Division of the Planning & Community Development Department has issued a Request for Proposals for new public art projects in the Civic Center area. The My Pasadena: NEA Our Town Public Art Project will consist of a series of temporary artist-led public art projects that will engage an expanded community with historic and architecturally compelling Civic Center. The project is intended to build awareness of the contemporary role of government in civic life, enhance the understanding of and participation in civic dialog and community engagement.The My Pasadena public art project has been developed as an implementation measure of the City’s Public Art Master Plan and encourages artists and arts organizations to collaborate with existing projects partners, including the Armory Center for the Arts, the Pasadena Library’s We the People (PPL) Program, Pasadena Heritage, Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) and the City’s Northwest Programs Office. Pasadena’s Side Street Projects is collaborating with Cultural Affairs Division to develop this projects.Funded in part through a $100,000 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town grant award to the Cultural Affairs Division, up to 14 temporary projects will be created to enliven the Civic Center area with award amounts the range from $2,500 to one award of $20,000. Projects may include sculpture, projections, performance, or other media and may utilize the resources of existing architectural tours or educational programs . A selection panel will make recommendations for final artist project awards to the Arts and Culture Commission.The Request for Proposals is available through the on-line Call For Entry system (CAFE). Visit: to apply on or before May 4, 2015.A Community Meeting was held on April 14 to present the Request for Proposals at the Armory Center for the Arts.The goal of the My Pasadena project is to catalyze activity by creating a continuous series of events and changing artworks in the Civic Center area during the project timeframe (Fall, 2015 through Fall 2016). These projects will produce an archive of ideas, images and stories that development of permanent public art projects in the Civic Center area, as referenced in Policy #6 of the Public Art Master Plan.The Request for Proposals is also available through the Cultural Affairs Division website: For more information, please contact Rochelle Branch, Cultural Affairs Manager, Planning & Community Development Department: 744-7062. More Cool Stuff Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News Top of the News Herbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Reasons Why Selena Gomez Has Billions Of FansHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Fashion Tips Are Making Tall Girls The Talk Of The TownHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Subscribe Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimeslast_img read more

Burkina Faso hospitals struggle with new wave of COVID-19

first_img Previous articleThe tennis crowd: players thrive with fans back in AustraliaNext articleGEEK TO ME: Consider replacing Quicken Digital AIM Web Support Burkina Faso hospitals struggle with new wave of COVID-19 Facebook Pinterest Twitter Facebook TAGS  Pinterestcenter_img By Digital AIM Web Support – February 7, 2021 WhatsApp Ousseni Yanogo, 63, sits on his bed at Ouagadougou’s Bogodogo Medical Teaching Hospital Thursday Feb. 4, 2021. Yanogo contracted COVID-19 at his 6-year-old grand-daughter’s birthday. Since November, the conflict-riddled West African nation of Burkina Faso faces a much deadlier second coronavirus wave than the first and health officials worry a lack of knowledge and adherence to coronavirus measures is making it hard to rein in. WhatsApp Twitter Local NewsWorld Newslast_img read more

Louisiana police department invites people to turn in meth for ‘testing’

first_imgmoodboard/Thinkstock(HARAHAN, Louisana) — The Harahan Police Department is very concerned about Zika virus in your meth — and would love for you to just stop on by to drop it off for testing.The department in Harahan, Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans, made the tongue-in-cheek post late Saturday on Facebook.“If you have recently purchased meth in any area of Louisiana it may be contaminated with the Zika Virus,” the post read. “Please bring all of it to your local Police Department and they will test it for free. If you’re not comfortable coming to us, an officer will be glad to come to you and test your Meth in the privacy of your home.” The post was shared about 2,000 times and had garnered about 1,200 reactions in the first 12 hours.For the record, Harahan police officer Keith Moody — who operates the department Facebook page — told ABC News no one had taken them up on their offer for a trip to the county jail.“Although the post was originally a lighthearted attempt at humor, a lot of great (and incredibly raw) intelligence can be cultivated from the comments,” Moody told ABC News in a message. There were in fact nearly 300 comments on the post overnight.“There is a lot of great information obtained by reading threads,” Moody said. “Criminals have a tendency to say/do some pretty incriminating behavior when given the opportunity to ‘blow off.’”Jokes aside, Moody told ABC News drugs continue to be a central fight for the department.“The Methamphetamine and opioid epidemic is alarming and show no sign of slowing soon,” he said. Louisiana saw 7.7 opioid overdose deaths per 100,000 people in 2016, which is in the middle of the pack in the U.S. (36th), according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.Methamphetamines were the fourth-highest drug involved in deadly overdoses in 2016, the most recent numbers available, according to a Centers for Disease Control report issued just three weeks ago.The Harahan Police Department actually did collect 708 pounds of prescription drugs at a take back event last year, according to © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more