OPAP reports revenue and profitability growth in Q1

first_img Topics: Finance Lottery Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter OPAP reports revenue and profitability growth in Q1 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 31st May 2018 | By contenteditor OPAP has cited the performances of both its betting and video lottery terminal businesses as among the main reasons behind year-on-year financial growth in the first quarter. Gross gaming revenue during the three months to March 31 totalled €377.3m ($441.8m), up 5.1% on €358.9m in the corresponding quarter last year. Net gaming revenue climbed 5.9% year-on-year to €253.1m, while the amount wagered by customers also increased by 2% to €1.08bn. Gross profit from gaming operations was up 4.9% to €147.9m, while net profit jumped 20% to €39.9m. OPAP also noted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) for the quarter increased 11.1% to €87.2m, with a higher margin of 23.1%. Damian Cope, chief executive of OPAP, said: “Q1 was a strong quarter and demonstrated good growth in both revenues and profitability, as OPAP benefited from many of the investments made in 2017. “Both our betting and VLT categories performed well and the new relationship with our agents also helped to realise tangible improvements. “We continue to invest in the optimisation and modernisation of our retail estate network, with several hundred new OPAP stores opening during 2018. “Our comprehensive technology transformation programme is also approaching the final phase as we plan for the completion of all our main retail platform migrations, plus our new online platform, by the end of Q3. “The rollout of our new products, notably VLTs and SSBTs, continues at pace and is helping to build a more balanced product portfolio. “However externally we still see that the macroeconomic challenges in Greece continue to affect the disposable income of our many loyal customers.” Cope added: “Looking ahead, we have a particularly busy few months in front of us, including the World Cup in Russia next month, and the OPAP team remains focused on meeting our objectives within the delivery of our 2020 Vision.”Related article: OPAP profits hit by rising costs in 2017center_img OPAP has cited the performances of both its betting and video lottery terminal businesses as among the main reasons behind year-on-year financial growth in the first quarter Tags: Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Finance Email Addresslast_img read more

Spanish language Bible stories brought back to life in Texas

first_img Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Belleville, IL September 23, 2016 at 11:40 am Sarah and Marthe, the Church Periodical Club awards grants for enterprises such as this. Go to http://www.ChurchPeriodical.com for grant instructions for National Books Fund and Miles of Pennies. The application forms and more information about this ministry are there also. Of course, we also accept fund-raising efforts for the Church Periodical Club. Betty A. Morris says: Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Tampa, FL Comments are closed. Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Featured Events Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Comments (2) Submit a Press Release Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA September 30, 2016 at 2:48 pm Thank you, Betty! We will pursue this. 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Fountain teaches reading to Central Americans with his biblical character stories in the 1940s.[Episcopal Diocese of West Texas] When she was an infant, Sarah Willingham’s father and mother loaded her in their 1939 Plymouth, hooked up a trailer filled with their household furnishings and an old pump organ, and headed off to Mexico. It marked the beginning of a journey that would take them on a lifelong mission of bringing the Gospel to Spanish-speaking peoples around the world.Thomas E. Fountain, or Tomás de la Fuente as he was known in the Spanish language books he wrote, was driven by a desire to spread the Bible to the indigenous people in Mexico, Honduras and other South and Central American countries. A prolific author in English, he expanded his writing skills to translate Bible stories into Spanish and retell them in a culturally sensitive way so that those with limited literacy could read, understand and apply their lessons to their own lives.Among his books for this audience was a series on biographical characters in the Bible, starting with Abraham, followed by José (Joseph) and then Sara. They have been out of print for years but now, nearly 75 years after she travelled to Mexico with her parents, Willingham is bringing them back to life.A member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Marcos, she has started Libros de la Fuente, a not-for-profit publishing house in Wimberley, located southwest of Austin. Her goal is to bring her father’s books back into print and placed into the hands of Spanish speakers today by parishioners on mission trips from the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas and other Episcopal churches and denominations. Willingham said the books also have a place in Spanish-speaking congregations in the U.S. as well.Her work started about nine years as Willingham came across her father’s booklets after his death. “Pretty soon the Holy Spirit was poking at me” to reprint them, she said. Working under her Spanish name, Sarita de la Fuente, she did some editing on her father’s original work, and then tested their readability based on a program developed by her sister. “We have it at a grade level that not only is useful for the person who has basic reading skills but all reading levels as well,” she said.In addition, she developed study questions for the books so that they can be read all the way through or in segments.Currently, she has published the books on Abraham, Sarah and Joseph, but has plans to add more, including reprinting some of his other titles on the Parables and Jesus. “He wrote 18 of these,” she said. “Right now we have only the first three.”She’s also planning to write one herself on Isaac, based on instructions left by her father on how to write for this particular audience. “We’re naming it Isaac and his twin sons,” she said. “We’re trying to give it a little bit of a family feel to the title.”The books cost $7 each. The Diocese of West Texas is making the booklets available to team leaders going on mission trips to Spanish-speaking countries, said Marthe D. Curry, the diocese’s director for the Center for World Missions.“Everyone has loved them,” Curry said. “We will be pushing them more this fall with the new Sarah editions.”The diocese was also planning to offer them as part of a panel workshop on Sunday schools in the Mexican churches held in conjunction with Frontera Unida, a partnership of the clergy of Rio Grande Valley and New Mexico diocese.The Episcopal Church’s Office of Latino/Hispanic Ministries is also aware of the books. They have been used by other denominations as well.“People from Mexico in particular said that doesn’t read like translation speak,” she said. “It’s like it was written for me rather than written for someone else and translated for me.”She said readers feel the books make the biblical characters more approachable “and pertinent to their lives today. One person said that up until now these people were like cardboard characters or icons on the wall. Now they seem real to me.”Raised in New Jersey, Fountain’s work began with a draft deferment during World War II. Being a husband, father and Baptist minister, he was given a draft deferment for the military. However, he still wanted to help others through his ministry.Although he spoke nary a word of Spanish, he joined up with the Mexican Indian Mission group, was sent to Mexico City to learn the language, and then sent to rural Mexico in Husuchinango, Pueblo.“Dad felt these people really needed to read scripture,” Willingham said. The problem was that many had such a limited literacy level, people “were totally intimidated by trying to read the Bible at their skill of reading.”“He discovered that because of the limited readership that even those in seminary had a hard time with translated materials,” she said. “Some of the cultural bias was one thing. The other was that sometimes the vocabulary was just beyond them.”“That became the foundation for what he did,” she said. “He decided to go back and get an advanced degree in literacy and went to Honduras with the objective of teaching people how to read. They had only a 40 percent literacy rate. He felt that was fertile ground.”He used radio programs to reinforce readings and “then said to himself that he needed to find things for them to read. That’s when he began writing these booklets,” she said.“He took different biblical characters and retold their story in contemporary language and used a vocabulary list that inexpert readers or the newly literate could understand,” she said. “What he discovered was that not only did these people who were newly literate respond to these but a lot of the ministers and Bible study leaders found the material very useful.”Ministers even began referencing his work for sermons and Bible study leaders used his material for their work.“He really wanted folks to feel a personal connection with scripture and with the Gospel,” she said. “That it was not something that was out there but it was something they could really relate to.”Writing the books of Bible stories was not Fountain’s only publishing success. He also formed a publishing company in Mexico with offices in Costa Rica and published the writings of many Christian authors as well as some of his own work. One of his most notable books was Hermeneutics, which is still being used in some seminaries in South America.“He wrote all the time,” she said. “His passion was for people to really be able to access scripture. If they felt that the Bible that was put in their hands was beyond their capability to understand then there had to be another way to help them access that. That was really his passion, that they know the Gospel, that they know the Bible.”Willingham’s vision is to carry on her father’s mission by continuing to provide material that’s readable for any level, primarily in Spanish. For more information, contact Libros de la Fuente at [email protected]— Mike Patterson is a freelance writer and photographer. He attends St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Blanco, Texas. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit an Event Listing Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Hopkinsville, KY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Smithfield, NC Spanish language Bible stories brought back to life in Texas This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Collierville, TN Rector Bath, NC last_img read more

Munster’s Ronan O’Gara facing ban for deliberate kick on Sean Cox

first_imgTuesday Jan 15, 2013 Munster’s Ronan O’Gara facing ban for deliberate kick on Sean Cox Munster flyhalf Ronan O’Gara is well known for his kicking ability, but against Edinburgh at the weekend it wasn’t only the ball he directed his famous boot at. The Ireland star lashed out at Sean Cox, so will face a disciplinary hearing in Dublin on Thursday.The Heineken Cup fifth round game was won 26-17 by Munster, but was marred on Monday by the news that O’Gara had been cited for his second half offence. Despite winding O’Gara up with a shoulder block, Edinburgh’s Cox was clearly incensed by the kick that sparked a bit of a scuffle. Cox predicted, via a few choice expletives, that O’Gara will be spending some time out of the game.Despite being missed by the match officials at the time, the incident was picked up by citing commisioner Alberto Recaldini, who promptly cited the 35-year-old Munster legend. He looks likely to be suspended for foul play, which could mean he will miss a significant chunk of Ireland’s upcoming Six Nations campaign. They face Wales in Cardiff on February 2nd.He would also miss Munster’s final Heineken Cup pool game, against Racing Metro, at Thomond Park on Sunday. The offence could result in a ban of anything between four weeks and a year. Judge Jeff Blackett will be the one making the decision on Thursday.In the 2010 Six Nations Ireland’s Jerry Flannery kicked Frenchman Alexis Palisson’s legs, but later admitted his guilt, saying he was deserving of a red card. He was cited and received a six week suspension. O’Gara has yet to be red carded in the Heineken Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Cloud no 9 / Andrew Simpson Architects

first_img Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/170802/cloud-no-9-andrew-simpson-architects Clipboard Year:  2011 Cloud no 9 / Andrew Simpson Architects Australia “COPY” CopyHouses•Australia Projects ArchDaily “COPY”center_img photographs:  Christine FrancisPhotographs:  Christine Francis Text description provided by the architects. This project involves alterations and additions to a historic 1830’s building located in the inner city suburb of Fitzroy. Originally operating as private horse stables for a nearby mansion, the triple brick building consists of a double height warehouse space with timber trusses and clerestory windows, adjacent to a two storey hay loft. The conversion of the building to a single family residence required a response that balanced the heritage value of the existing building (which had been deemed individually significant), with the desire of the client for a high tech environmentally sustainable house that reflected their needs as a tight-knit family. Although sited in a dense urban setting, the brief called for a “sense of the natural environment and the seasons with views to the sky from the interior”. The clients also commented that the family members “tend to gravitate towards one another from different areas of the house”. Save this picture!© Christine FrancisRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreSitting on “cloud 9” refers to the 1896 International Cloud-Atlas in which, of the ten cloud types, cloud No. 9, cumulonimbus, was the biggest, puffiest and most comfortable-looking. Clouds exhibit both wave-like patterns and fractal geometries – one of which is referred to as an Apollonian gasket. This geometry forms an underlying system of organization for the house in both plan and section. The main stables area is a large open plan volume where functions are delineated by 360 degree free standing joinery. A winding mezzanine extends overhead, maintaining visual connection between the two levels to reinforce the notion that this is a house that celebrates “family” as a form of social engagement or gemeinschaft. Text provided by Andrew Simpson Architects.Save this picture!© Christine FrancisProject gallerySee allShow lessBlurry Wall Proposal / Yaohua Wang, Scott Chung, Qing Cao, & Lennard OngArticlesre:CONNECT Open Ideas CompetitionArticles Share 2011 CopyAbout this officeAndrew Simpson ArchitectsOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesAustraliaPublished on October 03, 2011Cite: “Cloud no 9 / Andrew Simpson Architects” 03 Oct 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogShowerhansgroheShowers – RainfinityVinyl Walls3MArchitectural Finishes DI-NOC in Ned Ludd Public HousePartitionsSkyfoldMarkerboard Finish for Folding WallsBedroom furnitureFlexformMirror – EgonWaterproofing/SealantsEffisusPre-Fab System – Ecofacade Pre-fab TrueSealConcreteKrytonConcrete Hardening – Hard-CemSkylightsVELUX CommercialAtrium Longlight Skylights in ExperimentariumBlinds / Mosquito Nets / CurtainsBANDALUXRoller Shades – Arion Large SizedWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Mass TimberTiles / Mosaic / GresiteTerrealSunscreen – Terracotta BaguettesWoodHESS TIMBERTimber – GLT BauBucheLightingLumenpulseLED Projector Lumenbeam GrandeMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Save this picture!© Christine Francis+ 20 Share Photographs Year:  Cloud no 9 / Andrew Simpson ArchitectsSave this projectSaveCloud no 9 / Andrew Simpson Architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/170802/cloud-no-9-andrew-simpson-architects Clipboard Architects: Andrew Simpson Architects Year Completion year of this architecture project last_img read more

Fawkner Street House / Workshop Architecture

first_img Photographs Manufacturers: Miele, Blackbutt, Copenhagen lights, Darkon Lights, Sycamore CC ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/902803/fawkner-street-house-workshop-architecture Clipboard Year:  Save this picture!© Shannon McGrath+ 24Curated by María Francisca González Share Australia James Staughton ArchDaily “COPY” CopyHouses, Renovation•South Yarra, Australia Projects “COPY” Energy Lab ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/902803/fawkner-street-house-workshop-architecture Clipboard 2017 Photographs:  Shannon McGrath Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Architects: Workshop Architecture Area Area of this architecture project Lead Architect: Area:  270 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Fawkner Street House / Workshop Architecture Fawkner Street House / Workshop ArchitectureSave this projectSaveFawkner Street House / Workshop Architecture ESD Consultant: Houses Engineer:Perrett SimpsonBuilding Surveyor:Anthony Middling & AssociatesQuantity Surveyor:Construction Planning & EconomicsAv Consultant:Carlton Audio VisualClients:Ruth Card, Cormac BarryAssistant Architects:Peter Knight, Aaron HallCity:South YarraCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Shannon McGrathRecommended ProductsWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemDoorsVEKADoors – VEKAMOTION 82Renders / 3D AnimationAUGmentectureAugmented Reality Platform – AUGmentecture™Text description provided by the architects. Sited to the north of Fawkner Street in South Yarra on a block just over 500 m2, this project is a renovation of the existing double fronted Victorian house and a reworking of the early nineties double story extension. The new works are contained within the shell of the existing house with subtle changes to its front and a complete re-configuration of its rear.Save this picture!© Shannon McGrathThis project is designed around the delicate control of circulation, both horizontal and vertical to create an ever-changing unfolding of view. This entices the occupant from one space to the next whilst leaving the residual destination spaces calm and anchored as spatial eddy pools within the plan. This project is one of several recent projects within the office that have engaged with circulation as the primary idea, fuelled by discussions about traditional Japanese architecture, particularly with Katsura Imperial Villa, Kyoto.Save this picture!© Shannon McGrathSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Shannon McGrathOpen vistas are then deliberately denied to invite the viewer to seek out and discover that which lies beyond. These discussions prompted by the conundrum of a dominant existing axis (the hallway of the original house) direct the view straight from the front door to backyard. The sandblasted glass plank wall, a glowing panel, arrests this axial view, allows the transverse living spaces to become restful and contained, framed in turn by the views they offer both internally and externally.Save this picture!© Shannon McGrathSimilar gestures are explored vertically where the bridges across the central void upstairs deny all but slithers of view of the skylights far above, coaxing the occupant to the upper level. Here, open circulation along and over the central void connects bedrooms, bathrooms, and children’s play area. The void hence creates a series of planar visual thresholds both horizontally and vertically that frame views internally looking across the space and upward, the receding perspective capturing one view within another view within another.Save this picture!© Shannon McGrathProject gallerySee allShow lessCoffee Nap Roasters 2nd / Design Studio MaoomSelected Projects2019 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence: Call for Entries OpenBuilt Projects & Masterplans Share CopyAbout this officeWorkshop ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductsWoodPlastic#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentRenovationSouth YarraAustraliaPublished on September 27, 2018Cite: “Fawkner Street House / Workshop Architecture” 27 Sep 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Supreme Court pressed to grant right to marry

first_imgLast week the Supreme Court of the United States heard arguments for and against legalizing same-sex marriage. Plaintiffs from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee — where state courts upheld same-sex marriage bans — brought cases opposing the bans before the high court. The court’s ruling, expected in late June, will decide whether the U.S. Constitution gives same-sex couples the right to marry. SCOTUS will also decide if states must recognize same-sex marriages conducted in other states or countries. Same-sex marriage is legal in all but 13 states and in 17 countries.The plaintiffs, 19 men and 12 women, are Black, Latino/a, Asian and white and of different ages and occupations. Most had no activist history but are proud to be fighting for their families and for thousands of couples in their home states.For the majority of the plaintiffs, the driving issue was the couples’ need to be recognized as joint parents. The problem hit home for Kentuckian Pam Yorksmith when she took the child she is raising with Nicole Yorksmith to the hospital. The hospital would not authorize treatment until Nicole, the legal parent, gave permission. Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer, two Michigan nurses, sued the state for the right to jointly adopt the four children they are rearing together.Jim Obergefell married his partner of 21 years in Maryland in 2013. When John Arthur died of amyotrophic laterals sclerosis three months later, Ohio would not list Jim as John’s spouse on the death certificate. Denying the right to marry affects the ability to access death benefits that would normally fall to the surviving spouse.For 40 years, Luke Barlowe and Jimmy Meade of Kentucky passed as roommates, keeping their 2009 wedding a secret. But when they learned of the lawsuit, Barlowe remembered trying to commit suicide as a teenager. Thinking about the many lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer teens who still kill themselves, Barlowe explained, “We wanted to do this not for us — it does nothing for us — but we wanted to do it for the kids coming up behind us.” (Detroit News, April 23)Huge throngs packed the courtroom and demonstrated outside for marriage equality, greatly outnumbering the bigots damning LGBTQ people to hell. Poll after poll shows a majority of people in this country support the right to marry. Yet, decades after the Women’s Liberation movement trashed the stereotype of woman as baby-machine, Michigan’s Special Assistant Attorney General John Bursch argued the state had a compelling interest in protecting the “procreative” function of marriage to “serve purposes that, by their nature, arise from biology.” (Between the Lines, April 28)Ban upholders distort human historyJustice Anthony Kennedy is viewed as the swing vote who will decide if the court votes 5-4 in favor of marriage equality or 5-4 against it. He stated during the hearing, “This definition [of marriage exclusive to one man and one woman] has been with us for millennia.” Antonin Scalia, expected to vote to uphold state bans, stated, “You’re asking us to decide it for this society when no other society until 2001 ever had it.”The notion that marriage as an institution has been with us, unchanged, for “millennia,” is contradicted by a mountain of anthropological evidence.Some 150 years ago, Frederick Engels, Karl Marx’s lifelong collaborator, published a historical materialist analysis of human social/sexual relations. “The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State” traced the evolution of “marriage” from the beginnings of hominid sociality, through various stages of band and tribal society, into the first agricultural settlements that witnessed the rise of private property relations and led to the slave-owning, feudal and capitalist modes of production. With each society’s unique economic relationships came an equally unique “definition” of marriage.Before private property relations dominated society, human social/sexual relationships were freely formed and freely dissolved, with men and women having equal rights in marriage as in all matters of human concern. But with the shift from communal ownership to “private property” — prehistorically an inconceivable notion — societies became divided into classes of exploiters and exploited. Not only were the products of human labor appropriated by the dominant class, but human beings themselves, especially children and “wives,” were treated as the property of men.What about same-sex marriage? Information about that, which Engels lacked, is now readily available. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have always been part of the human family. They openly “married” same-sex and same-gender partners in pre-class, tribal societies and continued to do so, but in secret, under the tyranny of patriarchal, class society.That global tyranny is being challenged by powerful social forces, such as the women’s and LGBTQ movements. The reactionary, unelected Supreme Court feels the heat. The long-repressed dream of open, legal marriage is close to realization.One day the burgeoning movement of workers and oppressed will replace dead-end capitalism with a new communalism — socialism — a rational system where people’s needs come first.Bob McCubbin contributed to this article.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Student reported incident being investigated by Fort Worth police as sexual assault

first_imgTwitter TCU community reflects on suicide prevention at vigil Linkedin printA TCU student reported a sexual assault Aug. 24 to the TCU Police Department.Robert Rangel, the assistant chief of TCU police, sent out an email yesterday notifying students of the incident and that the Fort Worth Police Department is currently investigating the incident as a sexual assault.The suspect of the incident was an acquaintance of the victim.As of Friday morning, Fort Worth Sergeant Stephen Hall said there was no further information available. Rangel said TCU police cannot give further information on the incident without the consent of the Fort Worth police.The email sent out by Rangel consisted of safety tips to help prevent such crimes from occurring:People who are incapacitated by alcohol or drugs cannot give consentBystanders should be aware of their surroundings, and if there are signs of a person in distress, bystanders should make themselves known and offer assistance if it is safe to do so and/or seek immediate help from police or security personnelRegardless of what happens during an incident, you have the right to report the crime and to receive services and accommodationTwelve rapes were reported in 2015 to TCU police in on-campus student housing, according to the 2016 Annual Campus Security Report and Annual Fire Safety ReportThe Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network website states 11.2 percent of college students experience sexual assault or rape “through physical force, violence and incapacitation.”RAINN also states only 20 percent of female students aged from 18-24 who are sexual assault victims report to law enforcement.TCU policy prohibits such misconduct in regards to discrimination, harassment and sexual assault, including non-consensual sexual contact, non-consensual sexual intercourse, incest, statutory rape and such dating or domestic violence.TCU policy says consent is defined as, “knowing, active, and voluntary permission between the participants, clearly expressed by words or by actions, to engage in mutually agreed upon sexual activity.”Students who may be victims of a crime can receive resources and services by Campus Life in Sadler Hall. If a student experiences or witnesses a crime, he or she can report it to the TCU police. TCU police can be contacted by calling 817-257-7930.TCU 360 will continue to update this story as new developments occur.  Tamera Hyattehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamera-hyatte/ Tamera Hyatte Tamera Hyattehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamera-hyatte/ Tamera Hyatte is a senior journalism major with a minor in women and gender studies from Anaheim, CA. ReddIt Welcome TCU Class of 2025 + posts World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Facebookcenter_img ReddIt Tamera Hyattehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamera-hyatte/ How the TCU gender ratio affects campus hookup culture Previous articleMen’s golf adds Adrien Mörk to coaching staffNext article‘Revamped’ offense leads to growing confidence in Kenny Hill Tamera Hyatte RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Linkedin Tamera Hyattehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamera-hyatte/ Facebook TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Brite Divinity continues to promote proclaiming pride Students, faculty and administration seek to improve TCU experience for students of colorlast_img read more

Authorities step up surveillance of online content

first_img June 2, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en April 21, 2021 Find out more Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Help by sharing this information June 29, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities step up surveillance of online content PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists January 28, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to abandon their Internet censorship plans after representatives of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) today told the Lahore high court that it will comply with a 22 June ruling ordering it to monitor certain websites and block links to “blasphemous” and “sacrilegious” content.“The situation of online free expression is deteriorating in Pakistan,” the press freedom organisation said. “The vice has been tightening since access to Facebook was blocked in mid-May. The country seems to want massive Internet surveillance and is moving towards a targeted filtering system that is neither transparent nor respectful of rights and freedoms.”Among the sites to be kept under watch are Yahoo!, MSN, Hotmail, YouTube, Google, Islam Exposed, In the Name of Allah, Amazon and Bing. Thirteen sites have already been blocked including www.skepticsannotatedbible.com, www.middle-east-info.org, www.faithfreedom.org, www.thereligionofpeace.com, www.abrahamic-faith.com, www.muhammadlied.com, www.prophetofdoom.net, www.worldthreats.com, www.voiceofbelievers.com and www.walidshoebat.com.The court issued its ruling in response to a petition from Pakistan lawyer and activist Muhammad Siddiq for the blocking of all sites with blasphemous content. Siddiq is also responsible for a blasphemy complaint against Facebook’s executives that Reporters Without Borders has already condemned.Representing the federal government, deputy attorney general Muhammad Hussain Azad supported the request for the blocking of sites.Article 295-C of the Pakistani criminal codes says: “Whoever by words, either spoken or written or by visible representation, or by any imputation, innuendo, or insinuation, directly or indirectly, defiles the sacred name of the Holy Prophet Mohammed shall be punished with death, or imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable to fine.”The court has scheduled its next hearing on this matter for 22 September.center_img News to go further News Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Follow the news on Pakistan News PakistanAsia – Pacific Organisation Receive email alertslast_img read more

Delays in Stranorlar following accident

first_img By News Highland – August 3, 2020 Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Previous articlePolice in attendance following security alert in DerryNext articleMan treated for hypothermia following rescue off Portnoo News Highland Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Delays in Stranorlar following accident RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further WhatsApp Twitter Google+center_img Twitter Pinterest There’s been reports of a road traffic accident on Main Street Stranorlar.Emergency services are at the scene.Traffic is said to be building in the area with delays expected. Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Homepage BannerNews Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebooklast_img read more

Merrill Lynch cuts global workforce

first_img Previous Article Next Article Investmentbank Merrill Lynch has sent e-mails to all of its 65,000 staff asking them toconsider taking voluntary redundancy.Theinvestment bank, which has staff in 44 countries, has asked all employees fromsecretaries to analysts and brokers to consider the offer.TheUS company is offering 12 to 54 weeks’ salary, depending on length of service,and staff have been given a few weeks to decide.MerrillLynch’s third-quarter results revealed that its year-to-date operating earningswere $1.9bn, 35 per cent lower than the first nine months of 2000.Itemploys around 8,000 staff in the UK and the City of London is its headquartersfor Europe, the Middle East and Africa.Acompany spokesman said, “We are reviewing all areas of business to ensurethey are sized properly for the market opportunity at the moment. The marketcondition is a major factor of that.”Thecompany would not comment on how many positions it is hoping to lose. Related posts:No related photos. Merrill Lynch cuts global workforceOn 30 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more