Cirsa sees income and profit drop amid Covid-19 closures in Q1

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Spanish gambling operator Cirsa has reported a year-on-year drop in operating income and operating profit for the first quarter, primarily due to the closure of land-based gaming facilities across a number of markets as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.Revenue the three months to 31 March amounted to €355.7m (£318.8m/$391.5m), down 6.1% from the corresponding period last year.Though Cirsa did not go into further detail on its financial performance for the period, it did state that operating profit for the quarter amounted to €88.8m, down 14.1% from the previous year.Cirsa said that it enjoyed a strong start to the quarter, with the business performing well in January and February. However, the total closure of its gaming machine business in bars and gambling venues in March halted any progress.Covid-19 enforced closures took place across a number of markets, beginning in Italy on 8 March, through to the temporary shutdown of activities in Mexico on 25 March. Venues are yet to reopen, but Cirsa said its online business Sportium, which remained operational throughout the land-based shut-downs, partially mitigated this disruption. Despite customers having their betting options limited due to the cancellation and postponement of many sports events worldwide, Cirsa said Sportium had performed in line with expectations in Q1. Cirsa acquired GVC Holdings’ stake in its Sportium joint venture in October last year.Looking at land-based activities, Cirsa said its casinos operations performed well in the early part of the quarter, noting an improvement in results, but adding that momentum was checked by the shut-down.Cirsa’s slots arm in Spain also reported growth in January and February prior to the closure of gambling venues in the country, while its Spanish bingo business posted solid results in the early part of the quarter.Focusing on Italy, Cirsa said its business in the country performed well in January and February, while its Mexican arm was boosted by the incorporation of seven new gambling rooms early on in Q1.Cirsa said that its Unidesa B2B division also saw some level of growth during the quarter, whereas its salons segment continued the trend of the previous quarter, consolidating the incorporation of the Giga Game business and renovation of its products and venues.“Given the exceptional situation at the social and economic level, management is focused on safeguarding the sustainability of the company, managing decisions that protect its short, medium and long-term future, including measures related to the liquidity and solvency of the company and others aimed at a significant reduction in operating costs, in order to minimise the impact derived from the total closure of the business to date,” Cirsa said.“The other focus of attention is the implementation of comprehensive health protection measures for all employees and clients at the time of reopening, thus transmitting the necessary security for a return to the activity that the company expects to be produced from gradually and at the rate in which the different competent authorities allow it.” Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 27th May 2020 | By contenteditor Spanish gambling operator Cirsa has reported a year-on-year drop in operating income and operating profit for the first quarter, primarily due to the closure of land-based gaming facilities across a number of markets as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Tags: Slot Machinescenter_img Cirsa sees income and profit drop amid Covid-19 closures in Q1 Email Address Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Bingo Slots Bingolast_img read more

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Few facts about England wing Charlie Sharples

first_imgLONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 06: Charlie Sharples of England in action during the Investec international friendly match between England and Wales on August 6, 2011 in Twickenham, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) He had booked a holiday with his girlfriend last June, but had to cancel when called into England’s World Cup training squad.He ran 40 metres in 4.82 seconds in pre-World Cup training – quicker than anyone else in the squad.You can follow him on Twitter @CharlieSharples. A recent tweet reads: “About to watch Twilight with the missus, would rather stab myself in the eye with a needle!” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Sharlples in action against Wales (friendly) August 2011The England EPS squad was named today, and included the Gloucester wing, Charlie Sharples. Here’s a little bit about him…Charlie Sharples was born in Hong Kong on 17 August 1989 and spent two years at the Dursley club from the age of 14.The year after winning the 2006 Daily Mail Cup final, he toured Australia with England U18.Sharples made his Premiership debut for Gloucester against London Irish on 8 March 2008 and scored a maiden top-flight hat-trick against Sale Sharks on 7 May 2011.He won the Gloucester Young Player of the Year award for 2010-11 and was also among the nominees for the Land Rover Discovery of the Season.He made an instant impact with England Saxons, scoring a try against the USA only 17 minutes into his debut off the bench in the 87-8 win over the USA last June. To find out more about Charlie, and read the rest of his interview pick up our February issue now!Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK. Or you may prefer the digital edition on your MAC, PC, or iPad.last_img read more

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Wine for Thanksgiving Dinner

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSThanksgiving DinnerWine Previous articleThanksgiving: A Family PortraitNext articleOrlando Philharmonic presents Women in Song Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here No judgment if you need a lovely glass — or four — of wine to get through Thanksgiving with Uncle Fred. (Who has been known to blow his nose with your monogrammed napkins.)We asked wine experts to share four great wines that pair well with turkey and all the trimmings.1.Alexandria Nicole, 2014 “Shepherds Mark” Destiny Ridge Vineyard, White Blend, Horse Heaven HillThis limited edition white, from the Destiny Hill Vineyard in Washington State, Shepherds Mark has aromas of warm peach, apple pie and caramel. A light oak finish with silky tannins, this is a delicious, extravagant Rhone-style white wine.Pair with buttery shrimp scampi, macaroni and cheese and roast turkey.2.Chateau Graville-Lacoste Graves 2014A rich, full aromatic wine from the iconic Bordeaux region of France, it offers a clean mouth feel. This is a crisp invigorating blanc with notes of pear that works with both turkey and seafood perfectly. If you like a less woody wine with a fresh taste to the tongue, this wine is a perfect fit.Pair this wine with your Thanksgiving bird or anything with lots of garlic (the citrus notes are the perfect counterpoint) or roast chicken. 3.Conundrum 25th AnniversaryWonderfully effusive, this is a flowery wine with a bouquet of honeysuckle and jasmine. The taste develops into ripe, fleshy peach, pear, tangerine and melon notes. Rich flavors and supple textures are matched by a refreshing acidity.Pairs with turkey and seafood such as scallops or mild fish, pasta with cream sauces and Greek and Indian foods.4.Montinore Estate Gerwurtzaminer 2014A floral wine in our traditional dry style, making for a crisp wine that pairs beautifully with food. A bouquet of rose water with hints of kaffir lime leaf and a palate bursting with tropical notes and powdered ginger. The finish is dry and bright, leaving the impression of fresh citrus.Pair with Asian Cuisine with soy sauce, grilled meats with fruit sauces or chutneys (think turkey and cranberry sauce) and roast pork. Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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Golf House / BAM! arquitectura

first_img Projects Argentina Houses Year:  Architects: BAM! arquitectura Area Area of this architecture project 2018 Manufacturers: Cavatori, Ing. Pedro Gea, Las Marinas, Pasto, Perfil y ServiciosSave this picture!© Javier Agustin RojasRecommended ProductsWindowsFAKRORoof Windows – FPP-V preSelect MAXWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsWindowsLibartVertical Retracting Doors & WindowsDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ArcText description provided by the architects. With the premise of a businessman whose main hobby is to play golf, this house was conceived as an exploration of a composition with volumes and its materials; heavy and light, closed and open, therefore creating a design with great simplicity and beauty in harmony with the landscape.Save this picture!© Javier Agustin RojasThe project is built in Escobar, on a terrain with views to a golf course and a lagoon, which, although it has been shaped by man, it has a strong presence of nature that invites us to create an architecture and an atmosphere, taking into account main concepts such as: nature as a space generating element, the void, the blurring of limits, the landscape, the noble materials, the beauty.Save this picture!© Javier Agustin RojasThe morphology of the house is configured by closing it towards the front with an imposing concrete base and dematerializes towards the rear, creating a wide view opening of the main areas towards the golf course, generating several framings that emphasize the view of the user.Save this picture!© Javier Agustin RojasA white volume is placed in contraposition on this base and works as a great viewpoint, which enables us to contemplate the horizon from a height and frames the landscape.Save this picture!Section B-BSave this picture!© Javier Agustin RojasThe creation and distribution of every space has been carefully thought out. Every sequence and image is part of an architectural tour. From the beginning of the tour, the access welcomes you and invites you to enter, but at the same time invites you to pause, and finally ends in spaces that open their views and framings to the golf course.Save this picture!© Javier Agustin RojasOne of the main materials of the architecture was natural light which was used in this project as an atmosphere generating element. Starting with a subtle light thanks to skylights placed in the access area, then passing through different atmospheres due strategically placed windows, and finally ending in a more intense light generated by the windows located in the rear.Save this picture!© Javier Agustin RojasSave this picture!Golf Ideograms 06The materiality of the house was conceived by the use of materials in their pure state, such as concrete, wood and glass, which not only enables the creation of unique spaces thanks to its warmth but also requires low maintenance.Save this picture!© Javier Agustin RojasSave this picture!Golf Ideograms 01Sustainability was worked out through a bio-environmental design by means of an implantation taking into account the orientations, the rotation of the sun and winds, natural lighting in all spaces and cross-ventilation that makes thermic comfort possible in a natural way.Save this picture!© Javier Agustin RojasThere is also a green roof with local vegetation, with all the benefits that this provides, which makes the reduction of paved surfaces possible, the production of oxygen and the absorption of CO2, prevents the overheating of roofs, reduces temperature variations throughout the day and works as a great thermal insulation as well.Save this picture!© Javier Agustin RojasAs a result, the project evokes a viewpoint to contemplate nature subtlety in the use of light and opening views. Simplicity prevails in every decision of the design.Project gallerySee allShow lessV&A East Revealed with New Designs by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and O’Donnell + TuomeyArchitecture NewsJean Nouvel’s Vibrant La Marseillaise is Completed with 27 Shades of Red, White, and…Architecture News Share Golf House / BAM! arquitecturaSave this projectSaveGolf House / BAM! arquitectura “COPY” CopyHouses, Sustainability•Belén de Escobar, Argentina “COPY”center_img Area:  2454 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/905045/golf-house-bam-arquitectura Clipboard Photographs:  Javier Agustin Rojas Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CopyAbout this officeBAM! arquitecturaOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSustainabilityBelén de EscobarArgentinaPublished on November 02, 2018Cite: “Golf House / BAM! arquitectura” [Golf House / BAM! arquitectura] 02 Nov 2018. 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MPs’ report blames charity trustees for fundraising failures

Large, small or all charities?The Etherington review excluded consulting museums, universities and academies – which, as excepted charities, are not regulated by the Charity Commission – for the purpose of producing a “swift review”. While the Committee accepted that reason, it still added that:“The new regulator should urgently consult with these charities on its approach to regulating them”.Some of the concerns raised about the new self-regulatory regime and the fundraising preference service in particular are that they might attempt a one-size fits all approach to all charities. Some of the comments in the Committee’s report suggest a recognition of this challenge:• “PACAC also launched an inquiry, to examine both the regulation of charity fundraising and the way in which trustees of large charities govern fundraising” [our italics].• “We have no doubt that most of the charities in the UK do not engage in the practices outlined above…  This makes it all the more essential that greater care is taken over the governance of fundraising in some charities and its regulation is reformed”.• “In the case of some smaller charities, it would be inappropriate to mandate a level of skill and scrutiny that is not required to protect their reputation”.The Daily Mail’s roleThe Committee was enthusiastic about the role of The Daily Mail in raising the issues that had resulted in the this investigation.“PACAC commends the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, and Katherine Faulkner in particular, for the highest standards of ethical investigative reporting, which even the charities concerned have commended to us”.However, it noted that some of the allegations made by the newspapers remained just allegations:• “At the time of her death, allegations were made that she had been pressurised by leading charities to make donations to them”.• “These investigations [by the Fundraising Standards Board] supported some of the Mail on Sunday and Daily Mail’s allegations”.Mail on Sunday v FRSBIndeed, the Committee’s report gave some coverage of the Daily Mail’s criticism of the Fundraising Standards Board over the way it reported on its allegations in its report on Oxfam in December 2015.The FRSB criticised the Mail on Sunday for its headline, ‘OXFAM TARGETS DONORS AGED 98’ which they found to be “not only misleading but inaccurate and untrue.”The Committee’s report offers The Mail on Sunday an extensive right to reply, based on its submission to the Committee:“It [the FRSB] has seemingly wilfully diverted attention away from the serious wrongdoing of Oxfam and its agents which was uncovered by a powerful Mail on Sunday investigation (carried out by an award-winning journalist and shortlisted for the Investigation of the Year award) by giving priority in its report to wholly unfounded criticisms of our article and in particular its headline…“The FRSB has undermined its investigation, and indeed its very raison d’etre and exposed itself as a weak and ineffective regulator that is not fit for purpose”.The Daily Mail then went on to quote three poll sources that report “public concern” about fundraising methods. It is quoted in the report arguing that “these fundraising issues are not isolated episodes”.Recommendations for trusteesThe Committee made a number of recommendations for trustees:• “It is for trustees, in the first instance, to examine whether they are satisfied with their own ability to ensure that their charity lives up to its values”.• “Trustees need to take positive action to ensure that they are not blind to their charity’s fundraising activity”.• The RNLI’s move to opt-in communications from 2017 was welcomed by the Committee although it stopped short of recommending all charities take such an approach.• There should be more training for trustees in their fiduciary and other responsibilities: “The new regulator, and where necessary, the Charity Commission, should validate and recommend suitable training courses for trustees”.Other recommendationsThe Committee recommended that:• the Charity Commission should gain a higher profile and be “more proactive to ensure the new system works”, holding public hearings into subjects such as fundraising in the future. The Government should give the necessary legal powers.• the new Fundraising Regulator should be made accountable to the Charity Commission.• the Commission should act as guarantor of the regulation of fundraising, ensuring that regulators (like the new fundraising regulator and the Information Commissioner) cooperate with each other and that trustees understand their duties.• the Government should immediately bring into force legislation made in 2008 but never yet implemented, that would allow the Information Commissioner to enforce laws protecting use of personal datathe Charity Commission and the Government should consider how to monitor donations from overseas, so that authorities are aware of charities in receipt of “funds from potentially harmful sources”. Tagged with: ethics Fundraising Standards Board governance regulation trustees The Committee’s report added:“Last summer’s controversies were evidence of a failure of governance by trustees. The evidence reported here suggests that there is still some reluctance on the part of many trustees to accept that this was not just a failure of process or an excusable oversight, but a failure of trustees to understand that their primary role is governance, which means their overriding responsibility is to sustain the mission and values of their charitable organisation. Managing reputational risk is central to this role, for without good reputation, no organisation can be effective. In this role they failed.“Trustees are as responsible for the activities of any sub-contractors, as for any part of a charity’s operations. All the chief executives of the charities that gave oral evidence to us admitted that they did not scrutinise fundraising sub-contractors enough. The only possible conclusion is that, by failing in this responsibility, trustees were either negligent, or wilfully blind to what was being done in their names”.The Committee did not suggest that the trustees’ failures were malicious. Indeed:“The Direct Marketing Association told us that “the main problem is that some charities do not properly understand their obligations under current direct marketing regulation”. Weaknesses of current self-regulationThe Committee drew attention to the what it described as the weaknesses of current fundraising self-regulation.It found that the three regulators of fundraising “have not coordinated their work with each other”. Acknowledging that this had been a longstanding situation, it gave examples:“The Institute of Fundraising only adopted guidance that stated that charities had to abide by guidance from the Information Commissioner in November 2015. Prior to that, the code had merely stated that charities must comply with data protection legislation”.In addition,“The Fundraising Standards Board gave us a list of recommendations that they had made to the Institute for revisions of the code since September 2012. Of those recommendations, only 4 of the 13 made were accepted”.It added:“The Institute of Fundraising say that most of the issues discovered by the media relate to compliance with the code, rather than the code itself. The fact that the three regulators themselves disagree about this point underlines the failure of the system”.The Committee noted that the membership element of self-regulatory bodies needed addressing, saying:“We endorse Sir Stuart Etherington’s recommendation that the new regulator should be funded by a levy, rather than being a membership organisation”.It also welcomed a stronger voice for donors in the self-regulation body.“Sir Stuart Etherington is right to propose, in addition to the donor representation envisaged in the review, that there should be a donor representative on the board of the new regulator”.It did not, however, specify whether that donor should be an individual (one-off or regular giver? charity shop customer?), a major donor or a corporate donor.On communicating with vulnerable people, one of the key issues raised by last year’s exposés, the Committee did not go into much detail, beyond arguing that:“The new regulator should set out best practice in this area and make it clear that trustees are responsible for ensuring their charities apply the code”.Instead it recommended:“the new regulator should consult representative groups for vulnerable people to examine how they can update the code of practice on fundraising and ensure that vulnerable are not targeted by unscrupulous fundraisers”.Public profileThe Committee found that self-regulatory bodies to date had not achieved a sufficiently high public profile. For this reason it stated:“The new regulator should take urgent steps to create a public profile, without which the new regulator will be unable to raise public trust and confidence in fundraising and the sector as a whole”.No to fundraising preference serviceOne of the few areas in which the Committee departed from the Etherington review’s proposals was over the proposed fundraising preference service. The bad fundraising practices by some charities highlighted last year in media reports were the result of the failure of trustees to fulfil their responsibilities, according to today’s report by the Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC).The Committee emphasised that the new proposals contained in the Etherington report in September represent the “last chance” for the self-regulation of charity fundraising. If trustees do not improve how they monitor and set standards for their charities’ fundraising, then statutory regulation will follow.The report focused primarily on the importance of good governance within charities, rather than on the techniques used by some fundraisers at some charities and some agencies.Etherington review proposals “do not go far enough”The report argued that, while the Committee welcomed the Government’s full acceptance of the recommendations of the Etherington review, its proposals “do not go far enough”.Moves towards greater transparency in annual reports about fundraising and stronger regulation were welcome, but what was required was “a change of attitudes and behaviour from trustees”.PACAC’s report takes a wider view of the issues and problems:“The Etherington review focussed on the regulatory and self-regulatory structures around fundraising, and less on improvements to governance and leadership, although Sir Stuart Etherington accepted that they had to be part of the solution”. Advertisement “The media also brought to light a number of specific cases, including that of Olive Cooke – who received hundreds of fundraising communications a month, and Samuel Rae – whose personal data was repeatedly bought and sold by charities and commercial companies”.Without numbers, it will be difficult to measure the changes and improvements that the Committee calls for. Numbers?Given the considerable amount of time, expense and effort involved in this report, it is lacking in numbers and data. How many charities were operating in the ways criticised? How many agencies? How many heads of fundraising? How many criminal court cases were made?Instead, broad brush terms such as “large volume” are used, or the unspecific “a number”:“We received a large volume of evidence and representations in reaction to the original allegations, and in response to our inquiry, from charities, representative organisations and from individuals”. • You can view The 2015 Charity fundraising controversy report online or download The 2015 Charity fundraising controversy report in PDF.Failure of trusteesThe report finds that trustees at the charities involved failed in their roles, and cited the acknowledgements of this by the charity CEOs who gave oral evidence to the Committee last year:“Sir Alan Parker, Chair, Save the Children, told us that “it is clear from the Daily Mail’s investigation that we haven’t been doing enough to ensure that these [our charity’s] values are enforced in practice across all our activities”.” “This is the last chance for self-regulation”Bernard Jenkin MP, Chair of PACAC, said:“This sorry episode has damaged the reputation of charities across the board, including those who have behaved properly, and hindered their ability to raise essential funds. This is the last chance for the trustees of charities, who allowed this happen, to put their house in order. Ultimately, the responsibility rests with them. No system of regulation can substitute for effective governance by trustees…“Trustees already have all the powers they need: they must have the right skills, information and attitude to prevent this kind of poor and sharp practice happening again. Government must monitor the sector and not hesitate to use its reserve powers if needs be, but it would be a sad and inexcusable failure of charities if statutory regulation becomes necessary.” 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.  161 total views,  3 views today Howard Lake | 25 January 2016 | News MPs’ report blames charity trustees for fundraising failures  162 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis15 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis15 read more

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British Library introduces membership scheme

first_img The British Library has introduced a Membership scheme, enabling users to support the Library financially in return for receiving a range of benefits.The scheme has been introduced ahead of the opening of a major exhibition “Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line”, which members will be able to explore at no charge.Graham MacFadyen, Head of Digital and Marketing at the British Library, commented that introducing a paid membership option at an institution that offers free access to many of its services is a challenge. Nevertheless galleries and museums such as Tate and the National Gallery have succeeded in creating and operating such a system. It has become “a popular way… to build up their supporter base, and provides a vital additional source of income alongside public funding and commercial revenue”.He wrote:“It’s an increasingly crowded market, though, so the Library had to think long and hard about a suitably attractive range of benefits that would encourage people to become British Library Members”.On the grounds that the “richness and density” of the Library’s exhibits mean that “they benefit from repeated viewing”, he noted: Advertisement  376 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis16 British Library introduces membership scheme Howard Lake | 3 November 2016 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis16  375 total views,  1 views today 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: library Membership “From the start it was clear that free access to our paid exhibitions would be a key benefit.”Membership and its benefitsBritish Library membership costs £80 a year by Direct Debit or £87 by credit or debit card. Member benefits include:Free entry for the member and a guest to British Library exhibitionsAccess for the member and a guest to the daytime Members’ RoomEntry for the member and three friends to the Knowledge Centre Bar, with food and drink every weeknightFour free event tickets each yearPriority booking and discount for selected events20% off in our public restaurants, cafés and shopsGift membership is also available.The spaces available to members were specifically refurbished for the exclusive use of members.The Library is also increasing the number of events it is running and which members can attend with their four free tickets and priority booking opportunity. Upcoming speakers include Alan Moore, Derren Brown, Ali Smith and Michael Morpurgo.Blogging on the British Library’s site, MacFadyen makes it clear that “Membership is separate from access to our Reading Rooms, which is available to anyone holding a British Library Reader Pass and which remains free”. He is confident, however, that many of the Library’s users will choose to sign up as members to show their support and gain from the benefits.last_img read more

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Four years in prison for Vietnamese blogger

first_img News April 27, 2021 Find out more News February 2, 2018 Four years in prison for Vietnamese blogger April 7, 2021 Find out more April 22, 2021 Find out more VietnamAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence CorruptionJudicial harassmentImprisonedCitizen-journalistsInternet Charged with “anti-state propaganda” under 88 of the penal code, Hai, 52, was sentenced to four years in prison followed by two years of house arrest. After being held for more than a year, he was tried behind closed doors in Ho Chi Minh City without his lawyers being present.Hai was arrested on 2 November 2016 for blogging about education and the environment, and above all for drawing attention to a toxic spill from a steel plant owned by the Taiwanese company Formosa that poisoned millions of fish.“Yet again, a citizen has been severely punished just for trying to inform civil society in a country where all the media are closely controlled,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk.“It is high time to end this terrible crackdown on citizen-journalists that began nearly two years ago. We urge the international community to remind Vietnam, a UN Human Rights Council member, of its obligations. We also call on its trade partners to open their eyes to how Vietnam suppresses freedom of information, and to draw the appropriate conclusions.” The European Parliament adopted an urgent resolution in December 2017 calling on the Vietnamese authorities to stop persecuting citizen-journalists and to free all the imprisoned bloggers.More than 25 bloggers were imprisoned, convicted or expelled in 2017. The reports about prison conditions are alarming. After a prison visit on 29 January, the wife of Nguyen Van Dai, a blogger held since December 2015, said the conditions were shocking . She said he had to sleep on a concrete surface and had almost never left his cell in more than two years.Vietnam is ranked almost at the bottom of RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index – 175th out of 180 countries. After Vietnamese blogger Ho Van Hai’s four-year jail sentence at the end of secret trial yesterday, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the international community to step up its pressure on Vietnam to end its repeated violations of the freedom to inform. News Organisation Help by sharing this information center_img Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam VietnamAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence CorruptionJudicial harassmentImprisonedCitizen-journalistsInternet Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison RSF_en RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang to go further Receive email alerts The blogger Ho Van Hai was arrested more than a year ago. Nguyen Van Dai (right, archive photo) has been held in appalling conditions for more than two years (photos: RFA – Reuters). News Follow the news on Vietnamlast_img read more

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NASA Awards $15 Billion Contract to Caltech to Continue Operating JPL

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Freddie Mac Transfers $9.1B in Risk

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Freddie Mac Transfers $9.1B in Risk The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Freddie Mac Transfers $9.1B in Risk Share Save Freddie Mac has announced that its Credit Risk Transfer (CRT) program transferred $9.1 billion of credit risk on $231 billion of single-family mortgages from U.S. taxpayers to the private sector in 2019. In 2020, Freddie Mac anticipates issuing between $12 and $16 billion in CRT offerings.“2019 was an incredibly productive year for Single-Family CRT, as we brought 30 deals to market,” said Mike Reynolds, VP, Credit Risk Transfer. “2020 will be another ambitious year as we expect it to be our largest issuance calendar yet.”Through its offerings, Freddie Mac issued approximately $1.8 billion across seven STACR and ACIS transactions in the fourth quarter—five on-the-run deals (DNA and HQA) and two seasoned deals (FTR). STACR DNA4 was Freddie Mac’s first REMIC (Real Estate Mortgage Investment Conduit) transaction.As a result of STACR and ACIS on-the-run transactions this quarter, Freddie Mac transferred between 80% (high LTV HQA series) and 92% (low LTV DNA series) of the credit risk on the underlying reference pools, helping to reduce capital required under the Conservatorship Capital Framework.Since the first CRT transaction in 2013, Freddie Mac’s Single-Family CRT program has cumulatively transferred $53 billion in credit risk on $1.4 trillion in mortgages. In a series of papers authored by former Freddie Mac CEO and Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) Senior Industry Fellow Don Layton, Layton explained the purpose and role of the CRT.“Today, over six years later, more than 70% of the credit risk on new single-family mortgages is transferred to private market investors,” said Layton. “Given that the two GSEs together have about $5 trillion of single-family mortgage credit exposure outstanding, this means very large amounts of risk are being transferred–something almost unimaginable when Freddie Mac introduced the first transaction as a somewhat experimental initiative in July 2013. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily February 20, 2020 948 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Credit Risk Transfer Freddie Mac 2020-02-20 Seth Welborn Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer.  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Southern States Lead Delinquency Drops Next: Regulators Push Community Reinvestment Act Comment Deadline Tagged with: Credit Risk Transfer Freddie Mac The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Loss Mitigation, News Subscribelast_img read more

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Staying Safe From Cyber Attacks

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Cyber risks in financial institutions are evolving, and servicers must adapt to stay safe. A new whitepaper from Proctor Financial covers the top risks to cybersecurity, and how your business can protect itself.Some of the most common cyber risks today include malware,  ransomware,  phishing,  social engineering,  and denial of service.  Ransomware, Proctor notes, has been especially lucrative to cyber criminals recently.  It encrypts the information systems of a victim organization,  requiring a  ransom payment to restore the data.“Cyber criminals no longer have to steal your business’s data in hopes of selling it on the black market. They have a built-in buyer in the victim organization: you.”With many now working remotely, employees are now more vulnerable than ever. On March 13 the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security  Agency (CISA) issued an alert recommending a heightened state of cybersecurity as companies utilize remote work options. Items of consideration included VPNs, malicious phishing emails, and multi-factor authentication (MFA).Employees could benefit from additional cybersecurity awareness training related to increased cyber risks and access privileges could be limited to job roles requiring access to certain networks or information, Proctor notes. Depending on how tech-savvy newly remote employees are, they may benefit by changing the DNS server on their home router in terms of speed and security.In financial institutions, cyber Insurance can provide financial restitution in the event of a breach, and many cyber carriers also provide expert breach response services.“Unforeseen external risks such as increased remote workforce can test the cybersecurity of any organization. Cyber insurance can mitigate those risks through broad coverage, partnership in breach response, and evolving coverage to address new risks.” The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save cybercrime Proctor 2020-05-20 Seth Welborn Previous: FHFA Proposes New Capital Framework For GSEs Next: Helping Servicers Interact with Borrowers Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago May 20, 2020 1,194 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Staying Safe From Cyber Attackscenter_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Home / Daily Dose / Staying Safe From Cyber Attacks  Print This Post Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Technology Tagged with: cybercrime Proctor Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

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