GAN grows US reach with FanDuel contract expansion

first_img Supplier’s chief executive describes new contract covering West Virginia and Pennslvyania markets as a significant milestone for the business Regions: US New Jersey Pennsylvania West Virginia AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter iGaming platform and software supplier GAN has significantly expanded its US regulated market footprint through a new, expanded contract with long-term partner FanDuel Group.The agreement with Paddy Power Betfair’s US-facing subsidiary will see GAN provide FanDuel a platform to power the launch of online casino, as well as a player account management solution for online wagering in West Virginia and Pennslyvania.This builds on the companies’ existing relationship, which has seen GAN provide a platform and related services for FanDuel Group in the regulated New Jersey market since 2013. The new contract runs from 2019 until 2024.FanDuel has deals in place with West Virginia’s Greenbrier luxury resort, with land-based betting already launched in September 2018. It has a deal in place with the Boyd Gaming-owned Valley Forge Casino in Pennsylvania, which will see it serve as the casino’s sports betting service provider, while GAN already provides player management services to Parx Casino in the state.The expanded partnership will also see FanDuel license GAN’s US patented technology for linking casinos’ on-property loyalty programmes to iGaming accounts, allowing players to collect loyalty points by gambling online. This is designed to boost customer lifetime value and engagement among US casino patrons.GAN said that the partnership would therefore boost the company’s bottom line by growing revenue share and professional services fees, as well as creating scope for more partnerships and opportunities to grow revenue from additional patent licensing deals.“The contract extension combined with US patent licensing represents a significant milestone in GAN’s US evolution and reinforces our view that in the heavily regulated US online gambling market, effective and compliant platforms are a premium component of the supply chain rather than a commodity,” GAN chief executive Dermot Smurfit said.“GAN is therefore very well placed to capitalise on the growth in US online gambling markets in terms of new operator clients, new states and underlying growth momentum.” Email Address 10th January 2019 | By contenteditor Topics: Casino & games Sports betting Tech & innovation Horse racing Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter GAN grows US reach with FanDuel contract expansion Casino & games Tags: Online Gambling Race Track and Racinolast_img read more

All change in France

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter France’s gambling market is going through big shifts in terms of both operators and regulators as it nears the end of its first decade. These should leave the igaming industry in a stronger position, says Jake Pollard. Regions: Europe Western Europe France Tags: Mobile Online Gambling All change in France Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Sports betting AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address 28th August 2020 | By Joanne Christie France’s gambling market is going through big shifts in terms of both operators and regulators as it nears the end of its first decade. These should leave the igaming industry in a stronger position, says Jake Pollard.France’s regulated igaming market is 10 years old this year and along with the UK and Italy, it could be described as a pioneer of sorts when it comes to Europe’s regulated markets. After all, of the major European countries, they were three of the earliest to have licensed igaming activity within their borders.France’s regulation in 2010 came amid some fanfare and was followed with enthusiasm by the business, political and media sets in the country. The mood among operators quickly soured, however.The loud and persistent complaints about heavy taxes on turnover or online casino not being licensed led many of them, big and small, to close down or throw in the towel. Eventually, those remaining  found a way to make the market work for them, although in truth it is the online sports betting vertical that is driving the sector forward.On the corporate front the most important news to come out of France this year has been the privatisation of national lottery operator La Française des Jeux in January. The French state reduced the 72% stake it had in the group to 21% and generated €1.89bn from the sale.On the regulatory side the major development has been the restructuring of l’Autorité nationale de régulation des jeux en ligne (ARJEL) into a new regulator, the L’Autorité nationale des jeux (ANJ).ANJ assumed its role in June and is now headed by its new president Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, who was formerly head of the Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (CNIL), the body that enforces data privacy laws related to the collection and storage of all public and private information in France.Nearly 80% of the sector For the industry the key change is that ANJ now regulates 78% of France’s gambling market across both the online and land-based channels, including the country’s 202 land-based casinos. However, the Interior Ministry continues to assume responsibility for any issues linked to money laundering or gaming integrity.This marks a big shift – in the past ARJEL supervised only around 11% of the country’s gambling industry, whereas ANJ now regulates 78% of a market that recorded €50bn in stakes and €11bn in gross gaming revenues in the past year and is the third largest igaming market in Europe. That kind of financial heft carries a lot more weight when discussing regulatory and tax issues with politicians and legislators.And although FDJ’s regulatory aims have always been different, and are likely to remain that way for some time, to those of Unibet or Betclic, the fact that the whole of its corporate entity now comes under ANJ’s regulatory supervision will mean a more cohesive approach when it comes to operators lobbying for regulatory changes.The changes were organised to come into play in chronological order and “as a whole the French online gaming and betting sector views them in a positive light”, Hervé Schlosser, vice-president of the country’s igaming trade body Association Française du Jeu en Ligne (AFJEL), tells iGB.“We have been calling for a single regulator to supervise the whole of the industry for some time, so this is a good sign of progress. The fact that both PMU and FDJ’s land-based activities are now under ANJ’s regulatory remit provides a more efficient structure, a better economic view and some uniformity of thinking between online and land-based activities.”Diane Mullenex, head of the betting and gaming practice at the law firm Pinsent Masons, echoes those thoughts: “ANJ will have oversight of the whole sector so there will be better coordination and a more global perspective, which will be a good thing.”In terms of leadership, the arrival of Falque-Pierrotin as the new president of ANJ is likely to also mark a change to its approach to regulation. “As head of the CNIL she enabled the authority to evolve at great pace and had a major impact on the market,” says Mullenex.Player focus “Whether in terms of execution or governance as well as the data privacy areas CNIL covered, she modernised the organisation and updated its way of working and the outlook it could take on issues that have become hugely important in the online space.”Falque-Pierrotin headed up the CNIL from 2011 and was in post when the pan-European GDPR measures came into effect in 2018. She has always insisted that the major tech giants should respect European citizens’ data privacy rights.As part of her work with the European Commission’s Article 29 Data Protection Working Party she wasn’t shy in reminding the tech giants of their responsibilities under the ‘Safe Harbour’ data agreement between the US and Europe. In other words, she has dealt with (much) bigger fish than igaming operators and has shown that she is not afraid of taking positions on key issues.And as ANJ’s launch document states, with more than half the French population taking part in some form of gambling (lottery included), “the growth of the sector must be based on an offer that is recreational and honest. The regulator must ensure those principles are respected”.She tells iGB in a forthcoming interview: “I wish to place the players at the heart of the regulation. For that to be real and effective, I want ANJ to be as close as possible to the gambling experience and the uses (playing habits) of the players, by articulating its action around three fronts: information, service and capitalisation on the collective intelligence of the players.“Also, the transfer of the management of the file of banned players from the Ministry of Home Affairs to the ANJ starting from September will be an opportunity to make players more in charge of their own gaming activity. Indeed, the ANJ will propose a new registration process and a real tool for self-protection and control of the game, faster and less guilt-ridden. Concretely, a motivational interview with the ANJ staff will be carried out with the players in order to direct them, if necessary, to healthcare professionals.”But while perceptions over how safe (or not) online gambling is can vary substantially according to what people hear or read, and the crossover between channels, notably mobile and how it pervades nearly all aspects of people’s lives, means the borders between physical and remote gambling are getting increasingly blurred. On a regulatory level, the fact that ANJ oversees all platforms means it should have a better view of how, where and when players go overboard in terms of responsible gambling.ODJ stats and detail For Schlosser this is positive as ANJ is a single authority overseeing all these questions and will watch over both platforms. “But it must also look at issues like the fact that it is very difficult for players who have self-excluded or minors to access online games. That is not the case with physical outlets, where there are minimal identity or age verification procedures in place. Those tools are widely utilised in online settings, they should be applied to land-based environments.”This point is often made by executives in the online industry and in their view, it signals a lack of knowledge about how websites ensure the majority of their players are gambling safely. Such stereotypes are also encouraged across much of the mainstream press. The public health study published by the country’s Observatoire des jeux (ODJ) in late June added to that stereotype, says Schlosser.While take up of online poker (2.9% of gamblers) and betting on horse racing (7.7%) fell over the past five years, sports betting participation rose from 6.6% of gamblers to 11% in 2019, but interestingly ODJ’s 2019 annual report also reveals that levels of customer spend dropped between 2014 and 2019.The report states: “The sports betting sector is the main reason for this drop in spending. The average spending levels per player account dropped 10% from 2017 to 2018. A major reason for this is likely down to new recreational players opening accounts during the 2018 World Cup.”Positive overall For Schlosser, “the ODJ data shows that out of three million active player accounts in 2018, average player spending levels dropped from €343 in 2017 to €308 in 2018, which is approximately €25 a month. This shows that stories of players overspending on online gambling are not backed up by the data, while there is little visibility on the offline-online spending split. Sporting integrity is also strong in France and there are very few cases or stories of match-fixing (linked to online sports betting). This is because bets on lower level sporting events are not allowed in order to protect them.”Mullenex says while having a single regulator in the form of ANJ is positive for the French igaming sector, she also cautions: “Post-Covid there will be a desire to protect French companies and as politicians deal with bigger issues to do with the tech giants and privacy, it’s hard to know how much bandwidth there will be for gambling. Much will also depend on the performance of FDJ, as its privatisation and the launch of ANJ were coordinated to go hand in hand.”With online’s share of the French gambling market rising to 55%, it is clear dot fr operators have consolidated their position in the country’s gambling landscape in the past 10 years. And although FDJ’s privatisation and the coming into effect of ANJ are not directly linked to this trend, the igaming sector now holds its own in France’s regulatory structures.As Schlosser of AFJEL says: “Online operators are now meaningful actors, even if offline remains a huge sector; and it is positive to have a single authority overseeing the sector. As operators the tools are in place to ensure the highest levels of player safety and responsible gambling. We want to continue building on these solid foundations and ensure the online sector has safe, responsible and entertaining offers to promote to its players.” Casino & gameslast_img read more

Turnall Holdings Limited (TURN.zw) 2009 Annual Report

first_imgTurnall Holdings Limited (TURN.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2009 annual report.For more information about Turnall Holdings Limited (TURN.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Turnall Holdings Limited (TURN.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Turnall Holdings Limited (TURN.zw)  2009 annual report.Company ProfileTurnall Holdings Limited produces and markets materials for the building and construction industry in Zimbabwe. The company operates in a number of segments; building products which includes ceiling boards and roofing sheets, partitioning and fascia boards, flat sheets and ceiling molds; piping products which includes water and sewer reticulation pipes; and concrete products which includes roof tiles. The company also produces a line extension range that includes Turnallware flowerpots and garden décor product, Nutech non-asbestos sheets and Spanish pavers. The fiber cement division targets the low-income housing sector, local authorities and municipalities through two divisions; Turnall Building Products and Turnall Piping Products. Turnall Holdings Limited has distribution outlets in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique, Zambia and Malawi. Turnall Holdings Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Warren Buffett would never make this mistake. To get rich and retire early, neither should you

first_imgSimply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Warren Buffett would never make this mistake. To get rich and retire early, neither should you Harvey Jones | Saturday, 10th October, 2020 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. Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now! Enter Your Email Address 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 Markets around the world are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic…And with so many great companies trading at what look to be ‘discount-bin’ prices, now could be the time for savvy investors to snap up some potential bargains.But whether you’re a newbie investor or a seasoned pro, deciding which stocks to add to your shopping list can be daunting prospect during such unprecedented times.Fortunately, The Motley Fool is here to help: our UK Chief Investment Officer and his analyst team have short-listed five companies that they believe STILL boast significant long-term growth prospects despite the global lock-down…You see, here at The Motley Fool we don’t believe “over-trading” is the right path to financial freedom in retirement; instead, we advocate buying and holding (for AT LEAST three to five years) 15 or more quality companies, with shareholder-focused management teams at the helm.That’s why we’re sharing the names of all five of these companies in a special investing report that you can download today for FREE. If you’re 50 or over, we believe these stocks could be a great fit for any well-diversified portfolio, and that you can consider building a position in all five right away. Image source: The Motley Fool 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. If you want to get rich and retire early by investing in UK shares, you have to think long term. You should be investing across your working life, 40 years or more, so don’t waste your time racing around trying to bag short-term profits. You have to play the long game.Too many investors take a short-term approach instead, and worryingly, their numbers are growing. New research shows that 30% of the shares UK investors sold last year were held for less than two years. That is up from 18% the year before, according to figures from Bowmore Wealth Group. That’s no way to get rich and retire early.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…At The Motley Fool, we encourage investors to invest for the long term. We are in good company too. The world’s greatest investor, US billionaire Warren Buffett, famously said: “Our favourite holding period is forever.” You may not always manage that, but it still makes a lot more sense than holding for a year or two.It takes time to get rich and retire earlyAs Bowmore points out, if you trade too frequently, you drive up your trading costs. While your online platform may charge less than £10 a pop, those charges add up if you keep paying them. Remember, they come out of your portfolio, reducing future growth.Buying and selling too often suggests that investors are chasing short-term gains. They are making the mistake of treating the stock market as a get-rich-quick machine, which it isn’t. The way to generate enough wealth to retire early is slowly, by building up your wealth, year after year. I’m sorry, but two years is not enough.A large part of your return from investing in FTSE 100 shares will come from reinvesting your dividends for growth. By pumping those payouts back into your portfolio, year after year, you will steadily pick up more stock and build your wealth, helping you retire early.Short-term investors typically try to make a quick capital gain, then move on to the next big thing they’ve just heard about. That’s not a good way to get rich and retire early, because you can’t rely on picking stock market winners again and again. The law of averages is against you. Even the world’s best investors can’t do it.Listen and learn from Warren BuffettOveractive investors also risk tempting to time the market in their bid to retire early, which is a mug’s game. Warren Buffett would never do that. As he has said: “I never have an opinion about the market because it wouldn’t be any good and it might interfere with the opinions we have that are good.” Your opinion about the market isn’t any good either, so ignore it. Do what Buffett does, look for stocks with a strong long-term future. “If you’re right about the businesses, you’ll end up doing fine,” he says.Nobody can second-guess where share prices will go next. If you want to get rich and retire early, the best thing you can do is build a balanced portfolio of shares. Then aim to hold for the long term, while forgetting about the short term altogether. Here are some long-term buy and holds to consider. See all posts by Harvey Jones 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.last_img read more

3 shares to buy today for income

first_img The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radar Rupert Hargreaves has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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. Rupert Hargreaves | Sunday, 21st February, 2021 | More on: DGOC INVP VOD Image source: Getty Images Adventurous investors like you won’t want to miss out on what could be a truly astonishing opportunity…You see, over the past three years, this AIM-listed company has been quietly powering ahead… rewarding its shareholders with generous share price growth thanks to a carefully orchestrated ‘buy and build’ strategy.And with a first-class management team at the helm, a proven, well-executed business model, plus market-leading positions in high-margin, niche products… our analysts believe there’s still plenty more potential growth in the pipeline.Here’s your chance to discover exactly what has got our Motley Fool UK investment team all hot-under-the-collar about this tiny £350+ million enterprise… inside a specially prepared free investment report.But here’s the really exciting part… right now, we believe many UK investors have quite simply never heard of this company before! 3 shares to buy today for income Enter Your Email Address I think there are some great income opportunities available on the market right now. With that in mind, here are three shares to buy today for income that I’m currently considering adding to my portfolio. Shares to buy todayOne of the highest dividend yields in the FTSE 350 at present belongs to Diversified Gas & Oil (LSE: DGOC).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…As its name suggests, this company is an oil and gas producer. At the time of writing, analysts believe the group will return $0.14 (10p) per share to investors as dividends for the 2020 financial year. They’ve pencilled in additional distributions totalling $0.17 (12p) for 2021.Based on the current share price of this suggests the stock could offer a dividend yield of 9.4% in the current year. However, this distribution is far from guaranteed. Commodity prices can be highly volatile. For example, the oil price lost around two-thirds of its value in the first half of 2020. This suggests it could be challenging to rely on Diversified Gas & Oil’s dividend remaining at this level for the long term.Still, I think this is one of the best shares to buy today based on its near-term dividend prospects. That’s why I would buy the stock for my portfolio today. Income investmentAnother high-yielding FTSE 350 stock is Investec (LSE: INVP). Based on current analysts projections, the shares could yield 8.3% in 2022. As well as this income potential, the stock also looks cheap. It is trading at a forward multiple to earnings of 5.8. In comparison, the financial services sector average is around 13. These are only projections at this stage. The company may perform better or worse than expected over the next few years. A prolonged economic downturn could cause income to fall significantly, limiting the amount of money the business has available to return to investors. That’s something I will be keeping an eye on. Nevertheless, I think this is one of the best shares to buy today, considering its valuation and income potential. Investec may face headwinds in the near term, but considering its valuation, I think the risk of investing is worth the potential reward if everything goes right. Vodafone’s dividend Vodafone (LSE: VOD) is one of the FTSE 100’s top income stocks. The company has a reputation for paying out most of its income to investors year after year. Based on current dividend projections, the stock will return 6% to investors in the year ahead.The pandemic has shown just how essential telecommunication networks are in times of uncertainty. It has also accelerated the uptake of technologies such as fibre broadband and 5G. Working from home may become the new normal as we advance, which suggests the demand for these products will remain elevated. That should be good news for companies like Vodafone.That said, the group will face challenges. It is becoming more and more expensive for the company to compete with sector peers, and it has a lot of debt. Both of these factors may hurt profitability, which could limit its ability to meet dividend forecasts. I will keep these concerns in mind, but in the meantime, I think Vodafone is one of the best shares to buy today for my portfolio based on its dividend credentials. center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. Click here to claim your copy of this special investment report — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top Small-Cap Stock… free of charge! 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. See all posts by Rupert Hargreaveslast_img read more

The Ukraine junta’s fascist foot soldiers

first_imgInterview with Borotba leader Victor Shapinov, part 3Simferopol, Crimea — On Sept. 22, Workers World conducted an extensive interview with Victor Shapinov, a coordinator and leading theoretician of the Marxist organization Union Borotba (Struggle) of Ukraine. Shapinov currently lives in exile with other Borotba activists in Crimea, under threat of arrest from the U.S.-backed coup regime in Kiev. Additional installments of the interview will appear in coming weeks.Workers World: What was Borotba’s view of the Maidan movement that overthrew President Victor Yanukovych in February? Washington and the corporate media told U.S. workers that it was a great democratic movement facing repression from a tyrannical dictator. [Maidan took its name from the central square of Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, where it held protests in late 2013 and early 2014. — WW]Fascists burn Odessa House of Trade Unions May 2.Victor Shapinov: Before the Maidan coup, Ukraine was a country without a significant army. Ukraine did not have any real enemies around, so our ruling class only established a police apparatus. The army was something that issued decrees and was used for corruption. Ukrainian military pilots didn’t even have enough hours in the sky to really be pilots.But afterward, when the Maidan forces came to power, we saw a very fast militarization of all aspects of social life.Even when Yanukovych was still in power, we knew they had firearms and bombs on Maidan Square. Everybody knew it. But Yanukovych feared the Western powers. They warned him that if he used police against the Maidan, he would be attacked and eliminated like [former Libyan leader Col. Muammar] Gadhafi. He was afraid, and as a result he lost everything.Of course, we are not upset that Yanukovych disappeared. But you can see the influence of imperialism, its magnetic pull. You may have everything at your command — secret service, police — but you can’t use them if Western imperialism says, “Don’t do it.”The core of Maidan was formed by paramilitary gangs, most of them with neo-Nazi or radical nationalist ideology. Some of them were called “Maidan Self-Defense.”Another component was the “Golden Youth” — wealthy and middle-class young men who drive luxury cars and carry firearms. They hate the people accused of supporting Yanukovych, because, according to them, they are poor and stupid, human livestock. To them, politics should only be for businessmen.These two ideological trends merged on the Maidan and developed a common enemy: the people of Donbass [the mining and industrial region of southeastern Ukraine].They consider Donbass people bad because many of them are Russian speakers, and some of them are pro-Russian. This makes them the enemy of the fascist, nationalistic part of Maidan.Donbass people are poor, most of them are miners and workers, and this makes them the enemy of the Golden Youth. They say the working classes are second-class people who should not vote or have political influence.So it was not only a national question or language question, it was also a social and class question. They had not only Russophobic ideas, but also a kind of class racism against the Donbass “cattle.” The Polish aristocracy used this term for the peasants, and now the Maidan uses it for the people of Donbass.WW: What did these groups do after Yanukovych’s overthrow?VS: After the coup, they formed military brigades, paramilitary groups and started to hold demonstrations against political opponents.Borotba was face to face with it. We were one of the first groups targeted. They came to our office right after the Maidan victory.They wanted to kill us. They have the slogan, “Communists to the tree branch,” meaning communists should be hanged. It comes from the Bandera movement [pro-fascists who fought against the Soviet Red Army during the World War II Nazi occupation].So we evacuated our comrades. When the fascists arrived at our office, they found only empty walls. All they could do was cut up some posters with knives.In this situation, we could not continue our political activity in Kiev. We moved to Kharkov [Ukraine’s second-largest city, located in the southeast]. Odessa and Kharkov became the most important centers of our organization during the AntiMaidan movement.The nationalists and oligarchs sent their paramilitary gangs to the southeast. They called them “Trains of Friendship.” It was very cynical, because they wanted to beat up their opponents. They said, “We will teach you to love Ukraine.”First, they went to Donetsk, but the people there fought back and they lost. After that, the first People’s Militias were formed in response.Before that the resistance in Donetsk was peaceful. Of course there were some people with rifles, because there had also been people on Maidan with rifles, but it was not a militarized movement. They held rallies, like Maidan, but in the other political direction.The paramilitaries also came to Kharkov and there were some fights. In one battle, two comrades from the Kharkov self-defense squad were killed by the fascists. It was a completely neo-Nazi outfit named “Misanthropic Division.” They made videos of themselves where they said, “We don’t fear death, because we will meet the Führer [Adolf Hitler, dictator of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945] in Valhalla.”The high point of these clashes was on May 2 in Odessa. The fascists were very organized, they had several thousand paramilitary people, and they massacred protesters from Kulikovo Field who were against Maidan.After Kiev launched its war in Donbass, many of these people joined the so-called territorial battalions. These are paramilitary groups armed by the state with firearms and artillery, but not within the structure of the official Ukrainian military, and not subordinated to the minister of Internal Affairs. Sometimes they are just private gangs, like the paramilitaries directly armed by the oligarch Igor Kolomoisky.This situation does not exactly resemble classical German or Italian fascism. It’s more like the pro-fascist paramilitary movements of the 1970s and 1980s in Latin America. The oligarchs create paramilitary groups and use them to spread terror.Even Amnesty International, which is supported by U.S. imperialism, published a report of military crimes by one of these groups, the Adar Battalion, which is guilty of marauding, looting, torturing and killing people in Donbass.Next: Oligarchs and austerityFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

McKinney Working to Build Market Access for U.S. Ag

first_img Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Nov 18, 2018 McKinney Working to Build Market Access for U.S. Ag SHARE Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News McKinney Working to Build Market Access for U.S. Ag Previous articleINFB: Thanksgiving Meal Cost Down 7% in IndianaNext articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for November 19, 2018 Gary Truitt McKinney Working to Build Market Access for U.S. AgNative Hoosier and Undersecretary of agriculture for trade Ted McKinney has just wrapped up another trade mission, this one to the Philippines and Thailand.In a call from Bangkok, McKinney said these two countries represent significant demand for U.S. farm products, “The Philippines is our 10th largest market for overall U.S. farm exports and Thailand represents our 13th largest market. So they fall into the category of countries that we do business with but where we may have not spent much time with on a senior government level.” He added that both have growing economies and a population that is becoming more western in their eating habits. Thus he feels there is potential growth for value-added products as well as commodities from the U.S.While increasing sales is a goal, so is lowering trade tariffs these nations have on U.S. products, “In the case of Thailand, they still do not let in U.S. chilled or frozen turkey because of our avian influenza outbreak 2 years ago. We discussed market access during our visits.”McKinney made it clear that these nations enjoy good access to the U.S. market and that he is using that as a way to gain better access to their market for U.S. farmers. “This is where some of the leverage the President has created is helping,” he stated. “People take note and want to make sure they are being free, fair, and reciprocal on trade with the U.S.” McKinney said he made it clear in his talks that, if they want to continue to enjoy the access the have to the U.S. market, they must provide better access to their market for U.S. farmers.Since taking office, McKinney has traveled over 350,000 miles promoting U.S. agriculture. SHARElast_img read more

Security guards attack TV crew outside parliament

first_img Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says May 29, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Security guards attack TV crew outside parliament AfghanistanAsia – Pacific News Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” to go further March 11, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation Receive email alerts Follow the news on Afghanistancenter_img News RSF_en News AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information May 3, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today condemned an attack by security guards on a three-member Ayna TV crew that went to the Afghan parliament on 27 May 2006 to cover the selection of candidates for the presidency of the supreme court.“This use of violence was a serious obstruction to the work of the press,” the organisation said. “We call on the authorities to punish the security guards responsible and to ensure that journalists have unrestricted access to parliament.”Ayna TV reporter Nasir Ahmadi and the two cameramen accompanying him, Basheer Ahmad Asim and Rafi Osooq, were stopped by security guards outside the parliament building. When one of the cameramen got out of their car to request permission to enter, a guard attacked him. Other guards hit Ahmadi and the other cameraman with their rifles when they began filming the attack on their colleague.The incident comes just a few weeks after a Tolo TV cameraman was attacked by parliamentarians. For more information on that case: see article. News RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistanlast_img read more

Instrument Aboard JPL Mars Rover Extracts Oxygen From Martian Atmosphere

first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Technicians at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory lower the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE) instrument into the belly of the Perseverance rover. (Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech)In a major advancement toward sending astronauts to Mars, a toaster-sized instrument aboard the Jet Propulsion Laboratory-managed Perseverance rover successfully extracted oxygen from the atmosphere of the Red Planet, NASA officials announced today.The feat was accomplished by an instrument known as the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment, or MOXIE. The equipment utilized the Martian atmosphere, which is 96% carbon dioxide, and extracted five grams of oxygen. That’s roughly 10 minutes of breathable oxygen for an astronaut.“This is a critical first step at converting carbon dioxide to oxygen on Mars,” said Jim Reuter, associate administrator of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. “MOXIE has more work to do, but the results from this technology demonstration are full of promise as we move toward our goal of one day seeing humans on Mars. Oxygen isn’t just the stuff we breathe. Rocket propellant depends on oxygen, and future explorers will depend on producing propellant on Mars to make the trip home.”The small-scale MOXIE instrument aboard Perseverance is designed to generate up to 10 grams of oxygen per hour.Future missions to Mars will be reliant on the availability of oxygen, not just for astronauts to breathe but also to launch rockets from the planet’s surface and return travelers to Earth.According to NASA, launching a four-astronaut rocket from the surface of Mars would require 7 metric tons of fuel and 25 metric tons of oxygen.Hauling that much oxygen to Mars to fuel the return trip would be an arduous task. NASA noted that by contrast, four astronauts living and working on Mars for a year would breathe only one metric ton of oxygen.Given those challenges, the ability to create oxygen on-site is essential. NASA indicated that the job could be performed by sending a one-ton version of the MOXIE instrument to Mars. Such a device could create and store oxygen on Mars. The stored oxygen could also be combined with hydrogen to create water.The successful test by MOXIE marks the first time oxygen has been artificially produced on another world.Trudy Kortes, director of technology demonstrations for the Space Technology Mission Directorate, said the technology will help future missions “live off the land” by utilizing the Martian environment, a procedure known as in-situ resource utilization.“This process allows us to convert these abundant materials into usable things — propellant, breathable air or, combined with hydrogen, water.”MOXIE is expected to conduct at least nine more extractions during its experimental period over the next two years. Leaders of the experiments will attempt to extract oxygen during a variety of different environmental conditions, temperatures, seasons and times of day, according to NASA. Subscribe Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena 71 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  HerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Fashion Tips Are Making Tall Girls The Talk Of The TownHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeauty Business News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Community News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Science and Technology Instrument Aboard JPL Mars Rover Extracts Oxygen From Martian Atmosphere CITY NEWS SERVICE Published on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 | 2:34 pm More Cool Stuff STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News last_img read more

Rescue swimmer save man from River

first_imgNewsLocal NewsRescue swimmer save man from RiverBy admin – October 17, 2012 448 Previous articleFireworks warningNext articleFurther suspicious approaches made to children admin Print WhatsApp Twitter Advertisementcenter_img SWIFT water rescue swimmers from Limerick City Fire and Rescue service pulled a man from the River Shannon in the early hours of Wednesday morning last.The alarm was raised shortly after 5.30am when a man in his 40s was seen entering the water at O’Callaghan’s Strand on the banks of the city’s river. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Members of Limerick City Fire and Rescue Service attended the scene with Gardai and ambulance crews when rescue swimmers and a recovery boat were launched to rescue the man. The man was pulled to safety and is recovering at the Mid Western Regional Hospital where he was brought after the incident which has been recorded as the third separate time the city’s Fire and Rescue service have been called to an incident at the river in the last seven days. Email Facebook Linkedinlast_img read more