More merger mania as NYSE enters talks

first_img whatsapp Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ More merger mania as NYSE enters talks Share center_img KCS-content whatsapp EXCHANGES worldwide are being swept up in an accelerating wave of consolidation after Deutsche Börse yesterday afternoon revealed it was in advanced talks with NYSE Euronext to create the world’s largest exchanges operator by revenues. Coming just hours after the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and Canada’s TMX Group said they would join forces to create the world’s largest stock exchange by number of listings, the merger frenzy indicates that consolidation of the bourses has begun in earnest.All exchanges are battling to survive as rapid changes in technology and increased competition from new types of trading platforms steal their former monopoly.NYSE Euronext and Deutsche Börse said the combined company would “create an important counterweight to the proliferation of alternative trading venues that operate with less transparency and far fewer regulatory requirements than [our companies].”While the LSE and Toronto-based exchange TMX Group yesterday billed its £4.3bn deal as a “merger of equals”.Steve Grob, director of group strategy at Fidessa, which provides trading software to stock exchanges, said the news was “not too much of a surprise.”“The fragmentation of trading means the dominant position of any national stock exchange is being constantly eroded by alternative platforms,” he said. Grob said a merger would raise question marks over the EU’s markets in financial instruments directive. “The point of MiFID was to reduce the monopolistic power of national stock exchanges – but the way exchanges are fighting back is to merge to realise economies of scale,” Grob added.MARK WARHAMBARCLAYS CAPITALMARK Warham led Barclays Capital as joint lead financial advisers to the LSE.The managing director and co-head of M&A previously served as director general of the Takeover Panel.Morgan Stanley’s joint lead advisory team included Christopher Carter, Simon Robey,Matthew Jarman, Max Mesney and Dougal MacDonald.RBC Capital Markets was also a financial adviser to the LSE, headed by Mike Carter and Josh Critchley in London.PHILIP NOBLETBOA MERRILL LYNCHPHILIP Noblet and Matthew Watkins are leading the Bank of America Merrill Lynch team as joint lead financial advisers to TMX with Bank of Montreal Capital Markets.Noblet also advised on last year’s Korea National Oil Corporation hostile takeover of Scottish energy firm Dana Petroleum.He is co-head of EMEA mergers and acquisitions.Andre Hidi and Ariel Walsh led the Bank of Montreal team. Wednesday 9 February 2011 8:17 pmlast_img read more

Industry faces major financial hit from German State Treaty

first_img Regions: Europe Central and Eastern Europe Germany Industry faces major financial hit from German State Treaty Email Address Casino & games Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Sports betting The German state of Hesse is gearing up to begin the process to award the country’s sports betting licences, with analysts warning that operators could see up to 70% of revenue disappear as a result of the restrictive operating model.The Regional Council of Darmstadt, the body in the state of Hesse responsible for overseeing the licensing process under the third amended State Treaty on Gambling, held an informational meeting yesterday (13 August), attended by more than 200 company representatives. Attendees heard how the Council plans to handle the licensing process and enforce the terms of the State Treaty.The legislation will only be in place until 30 June, 2021 as work continues on developing a new, permanent model to replace the existing State Treaty and Schleswig-Holstein’s liberal regulatory framework. The Treaty, which has been signed by the Minister-Presidents of Germany’s 16 federal states, must still be ratified by each state government by 31 December in order to come into force.All interested parties will be required to submit a new application, regardless of whether they are already licensed under Schleswig-Holstein’s breakaway regulatory model or if they were already approved until the first attempt at issuing licences in 2012.Processing of applications will begin from 2 January, 2020, the first working day of the year, with operators to submit documentation then declare that they are satisfied that the application is complete. This will be followed by an initial examination, at which point the Council may ask for additional documents or information before an in-depth investigation is carried out.However applicants will be required to shut down all non-sports betting activity in the market upon receipt of a licence while in-play wagering will be prohibited, customer spend limited to €1,000 per month and a 5% turnover tax imposed on operators.In addition, operators will be required to provide an in-depth social responsibility plan, or ‘Sozialkonzept’. This comprises a concrete plan to ensure customers gamble responsibly, tailored to each business and including integration with the national self-exclusion system OASIS, staff training and addiction prevention measures. A separate licence for advertising will also be required from the Düsseldorf District Government in Nordrhein-Westphalen.Regulus Partners said the operating restrictions alone would create major structural problems for operators. Coupled with the social responsibility controls, however, Germany would be “very unlikely as a profit centre for anyone”, it said.This, Regulus explained, left operators with three options. The first would be to comply with the State Treaty, leading to betting revenue declining by up to 70%. Gaming revenue would disappear entirely, though licensees would be well-placed to benefit should a more favourable regulatory system be introduced from July 2021.Operators could also partially comply, accepting a betting licence but challenging the gaming ban, in a bid to preserve profits. However, with Hesse and Niedersachsen preparing to uphold the Treaty, it was likely that companies would quickly face enforcement action.Finally, Regulus suggested, operators could continue their dot.com operations and challenge the Treaty.“This would be tempting and could hope to play the long game by keeping revenue at least until 2021 with some level of legal cover,” Regulus said. This, however, could lead to problems in jurisdictions such as the UK and US, potentially leading to the loss of licences in these markets.Ultimately Regulus concluded that with Hesse taking a very clear position on enforcing the State Treaty in full, operators and suppliers with exposure to German gaming, high-value bettors and in-play should prepare to see revenue disappear in the short term. 14th August 2019 | By contenteditor Tags: Mobile Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops The German state of Hesse is gearing up to begin the process to award the country’s sports betting licences, with analysts warning that operators could see up to 70% of revenue disappear as a result of the restrictive operating model. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more

Alteo Limited (ALT.mu) 2019 Annual Report

first_imgAlteo Limited (ALT.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Energy sector has released it’s 2019 annual report.For more information about Alteo Limited (ALT.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Alteo Limited (ALT.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Alteo Limited (ALT.mu)  2019 annual report.Company ProfileAlteo Limited is a holding company, which deals in cane farming, sugar milling, sugar refining, energy production, real estate and hospitality in Mauritius and regionally. The company was established in September 2017 and is headquartered in San Pierre, Mauritius. Alteo Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Should I buy last week’s 10 biggest FTSE 250 fallers?

first_imgSIG Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images. As world stock markets crashed last week, the UK’s top index, the FTSE 100, slumped 11.1%. The mid-cap FTSE 250 fared no better, falling in step, with a drop of 11.2%.In an article earlier today, I looked at the FTSE 100’s 10 biggest fallers. I asked if we should be greedy contrarians, and look to buy these stocks in anticipation of high returns in the longer term. I certainly felt there were some bargain buys in the top index. Here it’s the turn of the FTSE 250.5G 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…Falls of up to 28%The table below shows the 10 biggest fallers, their sectors and current share prices. It also shows their forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratios and dividend yields. Company Sector 6.9 Premier Oil 11.3 Yield (%) 30.3 149 2.1 4.4 7.7 3,415 Should I buy last week’s 10 biggest FTSE 250 fallers? SSP IWG 63 0.0 13.9 Share price fall (%) Construction & materials -20.6 250 William Hill -28.0 G A Chester | Monday, 2nd March, 2020 160 6.0 -27.0 -20.9 -22.6 Jupiter Fund Management Mining 78 See all posts by G A Chester Asset management 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. Oil & gas Leisure goods Frasers Group Enter Your Email Address 384 -22.0 0.0 13.8 Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 12.0 Travel & leisure 15.4 Current share price (p) Retail P/E 16.4 352 Travel & leisure Repeat themeBig hits to travel & leisure stocks were a big theme of the FTSE 100 fallers. As you can see, we have the same theme in the FTSE 250.Budget airline Wizz Air was hammered, like its larger Footsie carrier peers. Worldwide operator of food and beverage travel concessions SSP Group was another heavy faller.Despite the near-term impact of the coronavirus on travel, I like Wizz Air’s balance sheet, margins and longer-term growth prospects. I rate it a ‘buy’ today, and see an opportunity to start building a stake in the company.SSP told the market on Wednesday it’s seen a sharp fall in sales in China and across the Asia Pacific region. Covering the update, my colleague Paul Summers concluded that “this is one stock firmly on my watchlist as a potential long-term buy.”GambleWilliam Hill made no reference to the coronavirus in its results last week, unlike gambling software firm Playtech that said the outbreak is significantly affecting two of its largest markets, and warned 2020 results are likely to be below the City’s current expectations.Due to regulatory risk, I’m not sure about gambling stocks right now. However, covering last week’s results, my colleague Kevin Godbold concluded William Hill “could make a decent recovery play.”Fund manager fallsFTSE 100 asset managers took a beating last week, as crashing markets aren’t generally helpful for them. I’m not surprised Jupiter Fund Management has also fallen heavily. I’ve long felt this one was overvalued against its assets under management. And I’m not sure the valuation is yet attractive enough to interest me.Mixed bagGold and silver prices beat a retreat last week, as did the shares of precious metals miner Hochschild. I think it’s a solid business, and the stock looks very buyable to me at the current level. Natural resources bargain-hunters may also have Premier Oil on their radar.Elsewhere, serviced offices group IWG still looks richly valued to my eye, Mike Ashley’s Frasers Group isn’t among my favoured retail picks, while an update from construction & materials firm SIG last week was somewhat unsettling. It said both its chief executive and chief financial officer are leaving with immediate effect.Happy hunting, if you’re in the market for discount stocks! Business support services Playtech 300 -23.2 2.1 Hochschild Mining Travel & leisure -24.4 6.5 -23.9 Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 11.1 5.4 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. 2.5 G A Chester has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of SSP Group. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Wizz Air Holdings. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. 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. 0.0 Wizz Air 507 -22.5 “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”last_img read more

What’s in the new issue of Rugby World?

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The latest issue of Rugby World is the perfect accompaniment to the climax of the 2015-16 domestic season. There are exclusive interviews with Billy Vunipola, Stuart Hogg, Robbie Henshaw and Rob Evans, amongst others.Stephen Jones writes an open letter to soon-to-be World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont laying out how to improve the world game while we also ask: Is there too much rugby?On top of those hot topics, we highlight 14 players impressing in Super Rugby, report from the Hong Kong Sevens and see how Premiership Rugby is trying to crack America.Here’s a full list of contents – find out how you can download the digital edition here.NEWSSevens players who have transferred from other sports, the Rugby Innovation Summit, 30 Minutes with England Sevens player Dan Bibby, a rant about dissent, Hotshots and moreCOLUMNISTSNick Mallett – The former South Africa coach provides the lowdown on new Springboks chief Allister CoetzeeThe Secret Player – Our former pro gives an insight into his days in sevensCharlie Hodgson – As the Saracens fly-half nears retirement he talks past, present and futureSPOTLIGHTSGeoff Parling – As the Premiership play-offs loom, the Exeter Chiefs lock is dreaming bigAlasdair Dickinson – The Scot explains why touring Japan will get the juices flowingNew face: Stuart McCloskey made his Ireland debut in the Six Nations. Photo: Getty ImagesStuart McCloskey – Having bided his time, the Ulster and Ireland centre is making a big impactGareth Anscombe – The Wales playmaker is finding his rhythm at Cardiff BluesFEATURESBilly Vunipola – Discover how England’s No 8 has finally found his feet on the Test stageRob Evans – Get to know the many sides of the Wales prop, a squad joker and a serious competitorRunning man: Rob Evans takes on Scotland in the Six Nations. Photo: InphoStuart Hogg – Scotland’s full-back talks lessons learnt and upcoming challenges Robbie Henshaw – The Ireland centre explains why he prefers playing 13 or 15 to 12Stephen Jones – Our columnist writes an open letter to Bill Beaumont ahead of his appointment as World Rugby chairmanNew Super stars – 14 players who have impressed in Super Rugby and could face the home nations in the summer TestsTry time: Damian McKenzie has stood out in this season’s Super Rugby. Photo: Getty ImagesHong Kong Sevens – How this event has become such a highlight on the rugby calendarPlayer welfare – Is there too much rugby? We debate whether professional players’ wellbeing is being sacrificed in the rush to make moneyThe French election – Find out all you need to know about the two men battling for the presidency of the FFRNew York – We relive Premiership Rugby’s trip to the Big Apple to see how the game is cracking the USAREGULARSClub focus – A round-up of news from grass-roots clubs across the country as well as exclusive interviews with World Cup winner Liam Messam and Canada Sevens star Magali HarveyPower surge: Liam Messam in action for New Zealand Sevens. Photo: Getty ImagesEssentials – Book reviews and new products on the rugby marketUncovered – Wasps fly-half Jimmy Gopperth talks through his life and timesTour Tale – A gun-toting story from North AmericaADVICEPro Insight – Exeter coach Ricky Pellow’s tips on how to execute the perfect passNutrition – How to get the right amount of caffeine in your dietFitness – Exercises to help you spin out of a tackle like a proPro Playbook – An attacking move from London Welsh scrum-half Rob Lewis Great eight: Billy Vunipola on the charge for England. Photo: Getty Images Mini Rugby – How to drop a goal and learn to play Freeze BallFor the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. A full list of contents for the June edition of Rugby World TAGS: Highlight last_img read more

Apopka Burglary Report

first_imgVEHICLE 9/30 3:01 pm 1200 BLOCK HONEY RD Apopka Police Department Burglary Report: Week Ending October 3rdThe Apopka Burglary Report for the week ending October 3rd shows nine burglaries reported in Apopka.Chief Michael McKinley of the Apopka Police Department tells us that many vehicle burglaries could have been prevented if everyone remembers to do just two things:Remove all valuables from your vehicleLock your car doorsThe breakdown of the burglaries reported to the Apopka Police Department last week:1  – Business3  – Residential5  – VehicleHere is a list of the burglaries: 70 BLOCK W 1ST ST 600 BLOCK ZACHARY DR 9/28 8:11 am 9/28 6:06 pm 500 BLOCK MONICA ROSE DR 1100 BLOCK MOUNTAIN WAY VEHICLE 5000 BLOCK PLYMOUTH SORRENTO RD The Anatomy of Fear Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter 10 BLOCK E SANDPIPER ST 9/29 1:31 pm 400 BLOCK E MAIN ST VEHICLE 10/2 12:11 pm 1700 BLOCK S ORANGE BLOSSOM TRL VEHICLE 9/27 11:30 pm 10/2 8:23 pm You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate RESIDENCE RESIDENCE BUSINESS TAGSApopka Burglary ReportApopka Police DepartmentBusiness Burglary ReportResidential Burglary ReportVehicle Burglary Report Previous articleThe Zoo Boo Bash is back for a local way to celebrate HalloweenNext articleThe aching blue: Trauma, stress and invisible wounds of those in law enforcement Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 9/29 1:13 pm 10/2 3:52 pm Please enter your comment! VEHICLE Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. DATE/TIME              TYPE               LOCATION RESIDENCElast_img read more

Filipino groups condemn martial law

first_imgBAYAN-USA, Anakbayan-USA and GABRIELA USA issued a statement on May 23 condemning the imposition of martial law in Mindanao by Philippine President ­Rodrigo Duterte’s administration. Headlined “Filipino Americans to Duterte: Revoke martial law in Mindanao,” it is posted at bayanusa.org. Below are some excerpts.Bernadette Ellorin, BAYAN-USA chair­person, states: “Martial law will never lead to peace in Mindanao. It will only aggravate the roots of the armed conflict in the region and place thousands of innocent civilians in danger of violent attack.”Irma Shauf-Bajar, GABRIELA USA chairperson, says, “With more military operations, women and children will be even more vulnerable to rape, harassment and other sexual abuse.”The organizations call on Duterte “to pursue diplomatic and peaceful means to address not only the attacks by the Maute group in Marawi, but also the roots of the armed conflict in Mindanao. This includes implementing urgent reforms outlined in the “Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms.” Discussion of these reforms is part of the ongoing peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, “which include respecting the Moro people’s right to self-determination and respect for ancestral domain.”Adrian Bonifacio, Anakbayan-USA chair­person, says, “The declaration of martial law throughout the island of Mindanao denies the historic right of the Moro people to self-determination, and it puts those who continue to legitimately fight for their right to land and self-determination, including the Moro people and the Lumad, at increased risk of state repression.”“The social unrest and armed conflict in the Bangasamoro region of Mindanao must be placed within the proper socioeconomic and historical context. Lanao del Sur, the province where the Maute group operates, has the highest poverty rate in the Philippines, yet remains one of the most resource-rich in the country, a prime attraction for foreign corporations for lucrative investments and large-scale extractive operations.”Poverty, landlessness amidst natural wealthA 2006 WikiLeaks cable revealed the Liguasan Marsh has “the largest deposits of oil and natural gas in the Philippines and in the region, worth hundreds of billions in U.S. dollars.”Ellorin explained: “The armed conflict in the Bangsamoro territory … is essentially rooted in the Moro people’s legitimate struggle for self-determination, including aspirations for genuine sustainable development that would allow for [their] livelihood off of their own land. It would also mean freedom from over a century of U.S. counterinsurgency operations that continue until this day, designed to keep the natural resources of the region under foreign control.” [Mindanao has the largest concentration of U.S. military personnel in the Philippines.]Stop U.S. military interventionEllorin asserted: “But the U.S.-backed mainstream media and die-hard militarists in the Duterte administration … opportunistically distort the narrative into one of so-called Islamic extremism, so-called terrorism and drumbeat a pretext for greater militarization, especially U.S. military intervention.”BAYAN-USA, Anakbayan-USA and GABRIELA USA call for “greater vigilance against increasing U.S. intervention in the region, as the Trump administration recently increased the U.S. defense budget by $59 billion, resulting in $639 billion for U.S.-led war and militarization abroad, and especially in Asia.”Bonifacio stressed, “The Trump administration’s increase in military spending goes hand in hand with a proposed $9.2 billion cut in the national budget for public education, alongside cuts to other social services. We condemn the diversion of funds that should be spent on the people toward war and militarization in the Philippines and around the world.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Urgent appeal for the release of prisoners of conscience and all detainees in Syria

first_imgNews Receive email alerts SyriaMiddle East – North Africa to go further Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law RSF_en Detainees in State security detention centers, military prisons and central prisons remain held “incommunicado” for months, and often for years, in violation of domestic provisions. Thousands are detained in inhumane conditions in underground secret branches and civilians are routinely detained in military detention facilities. At this date, dozens of thousands are subjected to enforced disappearance. Civilians, including peaceful activists are systematically presented before jurisdictions that fail to comply with the most basic guarantees for the respect of principles of fair trial, including military field courts and anti- terrorism courts. Our organizations are also extremely concerned by the fate of hundreds of persons detained by armed groups, notably extremist Islamic groups, which are increasingly gaining power in areas outside the control of the Syrian government. Some of these groups forcefully impose a new social system in regions under their control, preventing the civilian population from practicing their basic rights. Hundreds of cases of kidnapping of those opposing their authority including by peaceful means have been reported, along with other serious human rights abuses. Local “Shariaa” courts that do not meet any basic guarantee of fair trial have also been established. The undersigned organizations remind that the Syrian government is bound by the international human rights principles, even in time of war, and that all parties in an armed conflict are compelled to abide by International Humanitarian Law principles. All parties responsible of and involved in international crimes must be held accountable and prosecuted by independent and impartial competent jurisdiction that fully comply with international standards, either at domestic or international level. The Syrian government should not use the expansive powers of the country’s Anti-Terrorism Law or any other law to target human rights defenders, journalists, humanitarian workers and other peaceful activists. The Syrian government should also guarantee in all circumstances that human rights defenders in Syria are able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and free of all restrictions including judicial harassment. Our organizations hold the Syrian authorities and all parties involved in the conflict responsible for the physical and psychological integrity of the persons they detain. They must immediately take steps to release all persons illegally detained and grant access to independent monitoring mechanisms and in particular the International Committee of the Red Cross to all detention centers in the country. Courts that do not present any guarantees to protect the right of the accused detainees should be abolished without delay whether field courts, anti-terrorism courts or Sharia courts. At a time of renewed attempts for a political compromise that would end violence in Syria, the undersigned organizations urge all parties involved directly and indirectly in the conflict to grant absolute priority to the release of all persons arbitrarily detained. SignatoriesAlkarama FoundationCairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS)Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN)Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR)HIVOSInternational Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)Palestinian Human Rights Organization (PHRO)Reporters Without Borders (RSF)World Organization Against Torture (OMCT)Al Kawakibi Organization for Human RightsArab Organization for Human Rights in SyriaAssyrian Human Rights Network (AHRN)Center for Civil Society and Democracy in Syria Citizenship MovementCoalition of Syrian Women for DemocracyDamascus Center for Human Rights Studies (DCHRS)Equal Citizenship CenterEquality OrganizationEtana PressFardous LeagueKurdish Organization for Human Rights in Syria (MAF)Kurdish Committee for Human Rights (RASED)Kurdish Organization for Public Freedoms and Human Rights in Syria (DAD)Lawyers for DemocracyLegal Center for Documentation of Violations Al RaqeebNational Organization for Human Rights in SyriaSyrian Center for Human Rights (SCHR)Syrian Center for Legal Studies and research Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM)Syrian Democratic Institute Syrian Human rights CommitteeSyrian Human Rights League (SHRL)Syrian Journalists AssociationSyrian League for Citizenship Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR)Syrian Organization for Human Rights – Sawasyah Syrian Women Network ShamsSyrian Women LeagueSyrian Women Organization for State of CitizenshipSyrian Women Platform for PeaceTawasol MovementThe Day AfterViolations Documentation Center in Syria (VDC)This statement is open for signatures by Human Rights Organizations willing to support the campaign for all detainees in Syria. In order to contribute, please contact [email protected]   Urgent appeal for the release of prisoners of conscience and all detainees in SyriaThe undersigned organizations express their utmost concerns as for the fate of tens of thousands of detainees in Syria and urge all parties to guarantee in all circumstances their physical and psychological integrity and release those arbitrarily detained.For more than 2 years and a half, the Syrian government has been carrying out large scale campaigns of arbitrary arrests and has jailed tens of thousands of civilians including peaceful protestors, civil society and political activists, aid workers and journalists, physicians and lawyers without sparing women, children, and people with disabilities and serious medical conditions. Corroborative reports issued by Syrian human groups indicate that thousands of detainees died inside governmental detention centers where detention conditions fall short of minimum human rights and humanitarian standards. The whole criminal procedure fails to comply not only with international standards, but also with the Syrian Constitution and domestic regulations. Detainees in governmental detention facilities face on a daily basis the most severe human rights violations including the widespread and systematic use of torture during pre-trial and post-trial periods, widespread policy of starvation and deliberate neglect of health of some detainees leading in many cases to their death. Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria November 26, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Urgent appeal for the release of prisoners of conscience and all detainees in Syria Follow the news on Syria SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News Organisation News March 12, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information March 8, 2021 Find out more February 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Students use spot for friendship

first_img OCA top 2 were ESL students Yvette Hays, mother of Isaiah Garza, and her daughter Amerah Hays, a kindergarten student at Gonzales Elementary School, pose March 28 with teacher Valencia Chambers (second from right) and aide Janie Corbin. WhatsApp Twitter Before a group of family members and students, a Buddy Bench at Gonzales Elementary School was dedicated to a former student at the school.Isaiah Garza was a third-grader at Gonzales who died of leukemia July 24, 2016. His mother, Yvette Hays, said one of Isaiah’s legs was shorter than the other so he had difficulty walking and he couldn’t see or hear very well, but he made a big impact everywhere he went.Hays, her daughter Amerah Hays, a 6-year-old kindergarten student and many other family members, were on hand for the dedication March 28. The event included the release of balloons by students. A few of the balloons were in the shape of Mickey Mouse, who Isaiah loved.“We did whatever he said. We jumped when he said jump,” Principal Sunny Rodriguez said. “I’m glad to have known him and to get to know you guys, as well, and still (have you) be a part of our Gonzales family.” 1 of 5 Pinterest Kindergarten students from Gonzales Elementary School, including Isaiah Garza’s sister Amerah Hays, prepare to release balloons March 28 in honor of Garza, a Gonzales student who died in 2016. WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Family members and teachers of Isaiah Garza gather at the Buddy Bench March 28. Kindergarten students from Gonzales Elementary students, including Isaiah Garza’s sister Amerah Hays, release balloons March 28 in honor of Isaiah Garza, a Gonzales student who died in 2016. By admin – April 2, 2018 center_img Family members and teachers of Isaiah Garza gather at the Buddy Bench March 28. Previous articleECTOR COUNTY FELONY DISPOSITIONS April 2, 2018Next articleFive things you need to know today, April 2 admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gonzales Middle School. Facebook Facebook Local NewsEducation Students use spot for friendship Registration set for engineering camp Noel earns award Gonzales Elementary School Principal Sunny Rodriguez talks to a group of family, students and staff assembled March 28 for the dedication of a Buddy Bench in honor of Isaiah Garza, a Gonzales student who died in 2016. Sitting at the top of the campus playground, the Isaiah Garza Buddy Bench, made possible through the Gonzales PTA, means anytime a student doesn’t have a playmate, they can sit on the bench. Students can look up and see there’s someone in need of a friend, Rodriguez said.“This bench has already brought joy to our students,” Rodriguez added.Since its installation, students have been sitting on the bench happy and smiling.“Isaiah’s spirit is already here with us. Our students feel it and it’s just bringing joy to our campus and our students,” Rodriguez said.The school also presented his mother with a laminated book made about Isaiah being assistant principal for a day.Teacher Valencia Chambers said she remembers the day Garza’s family walked into her classroom.“They weren’t sure if he belonged and I assured them that he was going to be part of our family. We were always going to take care of him. That’s the spirit that he had here. He always belonged here. He made friends wherever he went. Everybody knew who he was, so we wanted to keep that spirit alive and make sure that everybody always had a friend, so we have Isaiah’s bench,” Chambers said.His sister Amerah said having the bench in memory of her brother is a good idea.“I just love it,” she said.Hays said everybody at Gonzales was marvelous with Isaiah, who was in third grade.“They treated him just like he was a regular old student, nothing different. The teachers didn’t let him get away with anything. They held him to a standard. It was that standard or nothing. They didn’t accept anything less than that. It was amazing to see that they pushed him and … they drove him to be better and want better and do better in school. To see them do that, it was just amazing,” Hays said.She added that Garza needed to be pushed. When that happened, he advanced and he enjoyed school.Despite the various difficulties he faced, Hays said her son never let it get him down.“He always had a smile. He always was smiling, no matter … what the situation was. If he had a seizure, whatever, he just would wake up and he’d smile every morning. Every single morning there was a smile on that kid’s face,” Hays said.Born in Dallas, Garza’s birthday was July 4, 2016. He died July 24, 2016.She added that it was wonderful to see the impact he made on the school and those around him all on his own. Hays said they would be in stores and Garza would want to hug someone there, or they would want to hug him. Once the hug occurred, it made them feel better.There were few people Garza wanted to stay away from.“He made strangers cry. That kid loved everybody. It didn’t matter who it was. He would see them and he wanted to hug them,” Hays said.She added that he has also prompted her daughter to take up for other children who might be getting hit and she has learned not to hang on to anger, to let things go and live life to the fullest.“I try to see the silver lining in everything,” Hays said. “Even when he passed away, I was very blessed and lucky I was able to say my goodbye to him. I was able to say my piece. It was just him and I, and I’m blessed to have the family that I have. I was blessed to have him. Yes, it’s hard, but it is,” Hays said.Relatives said he bought the family together and inspires them to be strong.His step-grandmother Luisa Rayos said she knows Garza came into the world to make a difference.“That was his goal. That’s (why) the Lord sent him here, to make difference a big difference, and he did,” Rayos said.Rodriguez said she appreciated the family and Hays entrusting the school with Garza.“He just touched everyone’s heart and lives and I’m just glad that he gets to carry on his legacy through Gonzales. I hope that this bench brings joy to other people’s heart like it brought to us,” Rodriguez added.More Information Home Local News Education Students use spot for friendship Southern Style Potato SaladFruit Salad to Die ForVirgin Coco MojitoPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay last_img read more

Carrigans man hits out at the agency that collects the Household Charge

first_img Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Facebook By News Highland – July 25, 2012 Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Carrigans man hits out at the agency that collects the Household Charge Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH A Donegal man is hitting out at the agency that collects the Household Charge after he mistakenly paid the tax and didn’t recieve a refund.Darren from Carrigans paid the charge in March, but he found out a few days later that he shouldn’t of paid the charge, as the estate that he lives in is an unfinished housing estate.He says he filled out the relevant paperwork for a refund after contacting the helpline and he explained the problem.But that was four months ago, and Darren says there is still no sign of a refund…..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/darren.mp3[/podcast] Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+center_img Previous articleCity of Derry Airport back online after website problemsNext articleDonegal County Council unaware of bogus caller claims News Highland Twitter LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published News WhatsApp Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Pinterest Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Google+last_img read more