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Wi-fi to be installed at tube stations by Olympics

first_imgFriday 25 March 2011 11:24 am 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 WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe Wrap Share Commuters will be able to check emails on the Tube by the start of the London Olympics. Transport for London (TFL) said a successful trial at Charing Cross meant wi-fi coverage wouldeventually be installed on the whole Underground network. London Mayor Boris Johnson said: “Wi-fi technology will allow Londoners to use mobile devices to pick up emails, access social media sites and traverse with the world above.”As well as helping commuters, wi-fi is a future source of revenue for London Underground.A contract will be given to the chosen bidder by the end of this year. Wi-fi to be installed at tube stations by Olympics Tags: NULL Telecoms companies will now bid to set up the network with 120 stations to be ready for wi-fi by June 2012, with front-runners likely to be major UK telecoms companies 02, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone.Orange said it and and the other three companies were all in discussions with London Underground.“The four network operators are working together,” an Orange spokesperson said.“The mobile phone companies remain in discussions to explore mobile phone services for the London Underground in time for the Olympics.” 02 also said it was in talks with TFL but would not comment further on the wi-fi network as it said it was “commercially confidential”.The Charing Cross project was carried out by BT Openzone. Technology to allow mobile phones on the Underground is also being investigated. Staff at 16 stations currently use wi-fi and it is this service that will be provided for passengers.center_img John Dunne by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSenior Living | Search AdsNew Senior Apartments Coming to Scottsdale (Take A Look at The Prices)Senior Living | Search AdsSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.com Show Comments ▼ whatsapp whatsapplast_img read more

Losses widen at Nektan despite revenue growth in 2019

first_img Email Address Finance Tags: Online Gambling 27th January 2020 | By contenteditor Losses widen at Nektan despite revenue growth in 2019 Topics: Financecenter_img White label and gaming content provider Nektan has reported a year-on-year rise in operating losses for 2019, despite also experiencing an increase in revenue for the year.Net gaming revenue for the 12 months through to 30 June 2019 amounted to £22.6m (€27.8m/$29.6m), up by 13.5% on £19.9m in the previous year.Nektan’s primary source of revenue was its B2C division, with this segment of the business bringing in £21.6m in net gaming revenue, 10.0% more than last year.However, this contribution will all but disappear after Nektan this month sold its UK B2C business to Grace Media for £200,000 as part of a restructuring effort. Mark Phillips and Julie Swan of PCR London were appointed as joint administrators of its Nektan Gibraltar subsidiary by court order, with the pair finalising the deal.Meanwhile, Nektan, which this month was also suspended from trading in London after failing to publish its accounts before the end of 2019, saw B2B net gaming revenue grew by 308.3% to £1.0m. This comes after a decision to focus more on this area of the business.Though Nektan reported a 16.3% decline in first-time depositors to 131,128, it did note a 6.8% increase in B2C cash wagering to £597.8m.In terms of spending, total administrative expenses were up 33.9% year-on-year to £8.3m. Administrative expenses, excluding exceptional items, depreciation, amortisation and share based payment charges, jumped 26.2% to £5.3m as Nektan incurred increased costs associated with its managed services division.There was also a sharp rise in exceptional items, with spending up 273.8% to $1.5m, mainly due to a full impairment of £919,000 against the goodwill arising on its acquisition of Mfuse. There was also a full impairment of £147,000 related to investment in Respin, and a £332,000 impairment provision for amounts due from certain partners in respect of net house loss.In addition, Nektan reported a slight increase in marketing, partner and affiliate costs, with this rising 1.1% from £9.5m in 2018 to $9.6m in the past year.Higher spending meant Nektan was hit elsewhere, with operating loss for the year standing at £5.1m, up 54.6% from a loss of £3.3m last year. Adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation loss also expanded from £1.3m in 2018 to £2.0m.Loss before tax from continuing operations widened from £5.0 to £6.5m, while loss for the year from discontinued operations expanded by 47.4% from £1.9m to £2.8m. Nektan noted that the loss from discontinued operations included a loss for the period of £800,000 and a £2.0m loss resulting from the disposal of assets.The overall loss for the year increased 31.4% from £7.0m to £9.2m, with Nektan putting this down to increased trading losses, the impact of restructuring and the loss on disposal of £2.8m, compared to a loss of £1.9m from discontinued operation in 2018.Reflecting on the results, Nektan’s interim chief executive Gary Shaw highlighted how the provider was able to perform well against a “backdrop of challenging conditions in the UK B2C market”, citing growth in its B2B arm as a key factor moving forward.“Significantly, this financial year saw Nektan develop and deliver commercial opportunities in emerging international markets, which have the potential to grow our revenue, margin and profitability in the coming years,” Shaw, who took over from former CEO Lucy Buckley in August last year, said.“We believe that our proprietary technology is unique, and we continue to attract major global partners who wish to use the feature rich gaming content we have worked so hard to populate our platforms with.“By working closely with the best developers of casino games globally, we can provide our partners with engaging, socially responsible and compliant content, suitable to the geographical location of their players and the local mobile technology.“The growth in B2B we have seen during this financial year reflects the progress we have made in adding more content and providing this to a growing list of partners.”Shaw added: “With the restructuring completed we enter 2020 with a clear focus on our strategy – to deliver enhanced casino technology and gaming content into emerging international markets with leading operators. A truly global approach supporting local and international partners in new territories underpins our year ahead.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter White label and gaming content provider Nektan has reported a year-on-year rise in operating losses for 2019, despite also experiencing an increase in revenue for the year. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more

2 FTSE 250 shares to buy now

first_img2 FTSE 250 shares to buy now I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. The FTSE 250 index can be a great place to find lucrative investment opportunities. This index, which contains the largest 250 stocks on the London Stock Exchange outside the FTSE 100, is home to some top companies.Here, I’m going to highlight two FTSE 250 shares I’d buy right now. Both of these companies have strong momentum right now and their share prices are trending up.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…A top FTSE 250 tech stockOne of my favourite stocks is Computacenter (LSE: CCC). It’s a leading provider of technology solutions to businesses and government organisations. Its customers include the likes of Heathrow Airport, Linklaters, and Costa Coffee.Computacenter has a lot of momentum right now as it’s benefitting from the ‘digital transformation’ trend. In its full-year 2020 results, posted in mid-March, the group reported a 47% rise in pre-tax profit and a 50% rise in earnings per share.More recently, CCC advised that in Q1 it had seen “strong demand” across the business, particularly for its Professional Services in the UK and Germany, and “significant revenue growth” in Technology Sourcing in the UK. Looking ahead, the company said that due to the strong recent performance, it expects 2021 to be a year of “good progress” in its reported profits.One risk to the investment case here is that demand for IT services could slow, post Covid-19. If future growth is disappointing, the shares could experience weakness. With the stock trading on a reasonable price-to-earnings ratio of 20 however, I think the risk/reward position here is favourable. It’s worth noting that analysts at Citi recently raised their price target to 2,985p — 14% above the current share price.This industry is boomingAnother FTSE 250 share I’d buy today is Howden Joinery (LSE: HWDN). It’s the UK’s largest kitchen supplier. Currently, it has around 750 depots in the UK and around 30 in Continental Europe.The UK home renovation industry is booming right now and Howdens is benefitting. This is illustrated in its recent trading update for the 16 weeks to 17 April. For the period, UK revenue was up 47.1% on the same period in 2020 and up 13.1% on the same period in 2019. In Europe, growth was even stronger. On a local currency basis, depot revenue in Continental Europe for the period was up 108% year-on-year, and up 38% on the figure in 2019.Looking ahead, I think the outlook here remains favourable. Many Britons have saved a lot of money during lockdown and I expect plenty of this capital to go towards home renovations. Meanwhile, the group plans to open around 35 new depots in the UK and 11 in France during 2021, which should boost sales further. The company has said it remains confident the group is on track with its plans for the year.One risk here is the cyclical nature of the industry. Sales can fall during periods of economic weakness. Another is the stock’s valuation. A forward-looking P/E of 23.9 probably doesn’t leave much room for error. Overall however, I think the long-term growth story here is attractive. Edward Sheldon, CFA | Tuesday, 11th May, 2021 | More on: CCC HWDN Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Sharescenter_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Image source: Getty Images Enter Your Email Address Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Edward Sheldon owns shares in London Stock Exchange. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Howden Joinery Group. 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England name EPS squad for QBE Tests

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Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers) Breaking in: Gloucester’s Henry Trinder has shown enough to force his way into England’s EPS for the TestsSTUART LANCASTER has had his hand forced as he brings in three centres and a flanker for the upcoming QBE Internationals.With Brad Barritt and Manu Tuilagi out for the duration of the Test series and with so many players in form it is no surprise that the coach has called up three differing uncapped centres, with Luther Burrell of Northampton Saints, Henry Trinder of Gloucester and Joel Tomkins of Saracens coming in, with Burrell seen as injury cover.Exeter Chiefs’ Tom Johnson also sees his fine form rewarded with a spot in the squad, replacing Tom Croft who has a serious knee injury.Talking at the aanouncement, Lancaster said: “Inevitably there have been some injuries and there is still a big European weekend ahead. But injures always create opportunities and we are pleased to call up Tom Johnson, Joel Tomkins, Henry Trinder and Luther Burrell into the Senior EPS, with Luther joining us as injury cover so it will be great for him to come in and put a marker down in what is going to be a competitive selection leading into the Australia game.center_img “We have three major Tests ahead of us and we are looking forward to the challenge.”England Elite Player Squad for QBE Internationalslast_img read more

Florida gas prices fall again after 8-cent hike

first_imgFlorida$2.248$2.252$2.284$2.119$2.650$2.92 (5/25/2018)$4.08   (7/17/2008) From AAA Gas prices in Florida are declining again, after rising 8 cents two weeks ago. Florida gas prices have fallen an average total of 5 cents in the past 10 days. After reaching nearly $2.30 per gallon, the state average is now $2.25/g; 3 cents less than this time last week.Florida now ranks 23rd for most expensive gas prices among all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Despite hovering above $2.20 per gallon during the past 26 days, the state average remains 40 cents less than this time last year.Click here to view AAA’s state and metro gas price averagesMost expensive gas price averages: West Palm Beach-Boca Raton ($2.35), Panama City ($2.35), Naples ($2.29)Least expensive gas price averages: Pensacola ($2.18), Jacksonville ($2.21), Punta Gorda ($2.21)Gas prices around the United States rose an average of 2 cents, during the past week. The national average price for regular unleaded is $2.28 per gallon.“Drivers continue to find gas prices that are well below what they paid this time last year,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Low oil prices have helped keep gas prices relatively low, so far this year. However, prices should bounce higher this spring, as demand climbs and refineries switch to a more expensive-to-produce summer-blend gasoline. AAA forecasts the national average to peak around $2.75 per gallon by Memorial Day weekend.”Crude oil prices trended lower last week. The US benchmark WTI settled at $52.64 per barrel on Friday – $2.62 per barrel less than the week before. This was the first weekly decline in crude oil prices in five weeks. Concerns reemerged late last week, that the ongoing US-China trade war could slow global demand. This overshadowed optimism in the market that OPEC cuts and sanctions against Venezuela exports are helping to balance global supplies. So far this year, the highest daily settlement of WTI was $55.26 per barrel on February 1.Gas Price ToolsGasPrices.AAA.com – Daily national, state, and metro gas price averagesAAA Mobile app – Free app that compares gas prices near youGas Cost Calculator – Determine how much gasoline will cost on your next road trip SundaySaturdayWeek AgoMonth AgoOne Year Ago2018 HighRecord High Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply National$2.278$2.280$2.257$2.235$2.583$2.97 (5/26/2018)$4.11   (7/17/2008) Georgia$2.137$2.139$2.142$2.045$2.463$2.84 (5/27/2018)$4.16   (9/15/2008) TAGSAAAGas Prices Previous article21 Valentine’s Day DealsNext articleHome ownership: Let’s Talk About It Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gas Price Survey MethodologyAAA updates fuel price averages daily at www.GasPrices.AAA.com. Every day up to 130,000 stations are surveyed based on credit card swipes and direct feeds in cooperation with the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) and Wright Express for unmatched statistical reliability. All average retail prices in this report are for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline.About The Auto Club Group The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, insurance, financial services and travel offerings to over 9.8 million members across eleven states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 59 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile. Visit AAA on the Internet at AAA.com. Click here to view current gasoline price averages Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Nigel Owens warns all thirty players, as only Nigel Owens can do

first_imgTuesday Sep 26, 2017 Nigel Owens warns all thirty players, as only Nigel Owens can do Referee Nigel Owens was the center of attention yet again this past weekend, as he brought all the Munster and Glasgow Warriors players in for a telling off. It’s not the first time we’ve seen him do that, as you’ll remember way back in 2010 he did the same thing with Leinster and Scarlets.On this occassion he did so because tempers flared and he wanted to calm things down.“That is totally unacceptable, is that clear?” the Welsh referee said.It’s classic Owens, controlling the situation, but causing amusement at the same time.While he is arguably the best referee in the world, what did you think of this?credit: bbc scrum VADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Funnies Related Articles 29 WEEKS AGO WATCH: American reacts to brilliant Nigel… 29 WEEKS AGO Video of John Kirwan apologising while wearing… 29 WEEKS AGO Simon Zebo reveals how ‘absolute lunatic’… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Eleven new courses for fundraisers from CAF

first_imgEleven new courses for fundraisers from CAF Details of eleven new one-day and half-day courses for fundraisers. UK Fundraising has just added details of eleven new one-day and half-day courses for fundraisers from Charities Aid Foundation in London, Bristol and Manchester between March and June this year.Find them on UK Fundraising’s events directory. Advertisement Howard Lake | 21 January 2002 | News 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.center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  13 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

Architects offer consultations to aid homeless

first_imgArchitects offer consultations to aid homeless 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. Tagged with: Ireland The Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) and homelessness charity the Simon Communities of Ireland have launched their nationwide “Simon Open Door” campaign. On 12th April in exchange for a €75 donation to Simon, members of the public will get an opportunity to have a one hour consultation with an RIAI architect.Hundreds of RIAI members are participating throughout the country and members of the public can book a slot with their chosen architect via www.simonopendoor.ie. This is the fourth year that the RIAI have supported the Simon Communities of Ireland. Last year the initiative raised over €38,000 and the RIAI and Simon hope to exceed that figure in 2008. All participating architects are giving their time for free and every cent raised will go directly to the Simon Communities of Ireland.Registration and donations for the event are transacted entirely via the internet.Simon and the architects’ body have produced a “ten top tips” for members of the public who would like to take part in the Simon Open Door Day to make the consultation more productive.www.simonopendoor.ie  17 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 30 March 2008 | Newslast_img read more

Zimbabwe and the killing of Cecil

first_imgIt has taken the illegal and cruel killing on July 1 of a beloved lion named Cecil by a stereotypically arrogant U.S. “trophy” game hunter to bring Zimbabwe back into the news here. Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer paid $55,000 under the table to have the lion lured from its game preserve to where he could kill it with a powerful, high-tech bow. The magnificent beast never had a chance. The Zimbabwean government has demanded the extradition of Palmer to stand trial for his criminal behavior.Zimbabwe, it should be remembered, used to be called “Rhodesia” after the British explorer and colonialist Cecil Rhodes. One of the last holdouts of outright white racist colonial rule in Africa, it was finally liberated in 1980 by Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe African National Union.White settler control over much of the economy continued, however, until the Zimbabwean government, beginning in 2000, undertook a land reform program in which the richest farmland, monopolized by just 4,000 descendants of settlers who had violently stolen it in the early 1900s, was turned over to African veterans of the independence war. Viciously attacked in the Western media at the time, who predicted the collapse of Zimbabwe’s economy, the land reform eventually brought about a huge improvement in agricultural production and the rural standard of living.The land seizures were too much for the “international community” — read the imperialist U.S. and European ruling classes — who engineered a series of sanctions against Zimbabwe and its leaders that were supposed to topple the government.The good news is that the sanctions didn’t work. At first, the economy was dragged down, and the regime-change engineers thought they’d be back in the catbird seat soon. But something happened in 2008 that started the country back on the road to development. Just when Western economies were falling off the cliff with the financial collapse that year, Zimbabwe’s economy started to grow again.Part of the reason, in addition to the land reform, is that the Republic of Zimbabwe and People’s China began a closer relationship, negotiating a series of economic agreements that are vastly improving the infrastructure of this much-abused country.A complaining headline in a British imperialist broadsheet two years ago said it all: “Zimbabwe is booming but its future lies in Chinese hands — China’s willingness to do business with Robert Mugabe makes a mockery of Western sanctions.” (The Telegraph, Aug. 1, 2013)Last year, according to Zimbabwe’s leading newspaper, the African country and China “signed nine landmark agreements that will see the emerging global giant from Asia providing financial support for the much-needed economic enablers in critical sectors that include energy, roads, national railway network, telecommunications, agriculture and tourism as part of the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation.” (The Herald, Aug. 26, 2014)The article emphasized that, “contrary to media reports that Zimbabwe was to securitize the funding of the agreed projects with minerals, the fact is that no sub-soil assets were used to securitize the commitments.” The agreement was between the governments of China and Zimbabwe, and will strengthen the state-owned institutions in that African country.A despicable “big game hunter” from Minnesota may have succeeded in killing a beloved lion that symbolized the country’s national pride, but the people of Zimbabwe are proudly moving ahead, building an economy and a nation that won’t bow down to the dictates of the imperialist banks and corporations.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Internet writer Al Mansouri gets 18-month prison sentence

first_img LibyaMiddle East – North Africa February 23, 2021 Find out more Voiced outrage at the 18-month prison sentence passed by a Tripoli court on Abdel Razak Al Mansouri, an internet writer and former bookseller, Reporters Without Borders today reiterated its call for his immediate and unconditional release.Following his arrest on 12 January, Mansouri was charged on 28 May with “unauthorised possession of a pistol” but the real reason for his arrest and conviction was almost certainly his articles criticising the regime, which were posted on the www.akhbar-libya.com website.“This disproportionate sentence appears to be a new attempt by the Libyan government to gag free expression,” Reporters Without Borders said. “By convicting a cyber-dissident on a trumped-up charge, Libya’s courts have once against shown that under Col. Gaddafi’s rule they will do whatever it takes to silence dissenters.”Mansouri’s trial was supposed to start at the end of the summer but it was postponed twice, the first time at the request of Mansouri’s lawyer, who wanted more time to prepare the defence, the second time after he was fractured his pelvis in a fall from a high bunk bed and had to be hospitalised.Although he was in the custody of the security services from 12 January to 28 May, these four months will not be offset against his sentence.On 27 October, Mansouri’s close relatives released the text of a letter they had previously sent to the Libyan government, news media and human rights organisations in which they criticised the prison sentence and claimed that the authorities had pressured them to say he was “mentally disturbed.” The text of the letter is available at http://hrw.org/english/docs/2005/11/03/libya11969.htmMansouri is being held in a detention centre run by the internal security services in the Fashloom district of Tripoli. His family has had no contact with him since 28 May, when responsibility for his case was transferred to the prosecutor’s office. Follow the news on Libya Organisation November 7, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Internet writer Al Mansouri gets 18-month prison sentence RSF_en December 17, 2019 Find out more Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img News News On Libyan revolution’s 10th anniversary, authorities urged to guarantee press freedom June 24, 2020 Find out more News LibyaMiddle East – North Africa News Well-known Libyan journalist missing since his arrest Six imprisoned journalists to finally appear in court in Istanbullast_img read more