Email Address Tags: Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Regions: Africa Southern Africa South Africa South Africa to consider tougher gambling laws South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, has tabled a new bill that sets out harsher rules and regulations for gambling in the country. The 49-page Amendment Bill features mooted changes to how gambling is both structured and regulated in South Africa. Measures set out include the National Gambling Board being repositioned as the country’s gambling regulator. The bill also includes plans for a National Lotteries Commission to assume the regulation of all wagers on the national lottery, foreign lottery, lottery results and sports pools. South Africa is also keen to clamp down on illegal gambling with all unlawful winnings to be forfeited to the National Gambling Regulator. Elsewhere, should the bill pass, dog racing and all bets on the sport would be prohibited in South Africa, while a self-regulating body would be recognised in the horse racing industry. Casinos, limited pay-out machines and bingo would face tougher regulations, with plans to limit both the number of bingo licences and machines, as well as to regulate electronic bingo. New restrictions could also be placed on gambling premises and the location of automated tellers, with plans to introduce ‘separate’ and ‘hidden’ entrances at general public places, such as arcades and shopping malls. Other changes include imposing new restrictions on gambling advertising, as well as providing for broad-based black economic empowerment within the industry. The new Amendment Bill represents the latest move by South Africa to clamp down on gambling in the country, with the bill having existed in various forms since 2016. Jason Foster, the head of iGaming and African markets at Chalkline Sports, a marketing technology platform that supports customer acquisition and retention for regulated gaming, told iGamingBusiness.com in April that mobile was driving growth in the South African gambling market.Consultants at PwC estimate that South African GGR will grow by 24% this year.“Driving forces include increased smartphone penetration, improved awareness of sportsbook brands, increased mobile data availability and the ability to conveniently transact from a smartphone,” Foster said. 24th July 2018 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Sports betting Bingo Bingo Advertising and location restrictions are among the mooted changes AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter
Tags: Online Gambling Race Track and Racino Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter With other operators struggling in Sweden, former horse racing monopoly Aktiebolaget Trav och Galopp (ATG) bucked the trend to report a 12.6% increase in net gaming revenue for the third quarter of 2019 to SEK1.17bn, setting a new company record. With other operators struggling in Sweden, former horse racing monopoly Aktiebolaget Trav och Galopp (ATG) bucked the trend to report a 12.6% increase in net gaming revenue for the third quarter of 2019 to SEK1.17bn, setting a new company record.Hasse Lord Skarplöth, ATG’s president and chief executive, said that it was “gratifying” to see the company’s revenue rise in a year that had proved difficult for the market as a whole.Swedish horse racing — the only product ATG could offer until 1 January 2019 — continued to make up the vast majority of the operator’s SEK1.17bn in net gaming revenue, at SEK1.00bn, down slightly from SEK 1.04bn in 2018. Sports betting in Sweden made up SEK65m in the three months to September 30, while casino games in the country brought in net revenue of SEK67m.In Denmark, into which the company expanded through the acquisition of Ecoys after the opening of the Swedish market, the company made SEK10m from horse racing, SEK6m from sports betting and SEK16m from casino for a total of SEK32m.However, this was largely generated through retail channels, with the land-based contribution rising 28.5% year-on-year to SEK824m, offsetting a 13.4% decline in online revenue to SEK343m.A further SEK80m in agent revenue and SEK138m in other income brought the company’s total revenue to SEK1.39bn, a 16.1% increase from 2018.The company paid SEK235m in gaming taxes for the quarter, as well as SEK110m in personnel costs, SEK554m in other expenses and incurred SEK55m worth of amortisation and impairment costs, bringing operating profit to SEK449m.However, much of this difference in operating profit was due to differences in the way gambling and lottery taxes were considered in Sweden’s old tax regime compared to its new re-regulated market.Where in 2018 the company paid lottery tax, calculated after pre-tax figures, in 2019 the company paid gaming taxes, calculated as an operating expense. This gaming tax was not a feature in 2018, while ATG did not have to pay lottery tax in 2019.Similarly, under the former monopoly system, ATG paid SEK550m of third-quarter revenue in 2018 to funds for horse racing and a further SEK12m as an agreement with the state. In 2019, however, ATG did not have to pay into these funds.As a result, ATG’s pre-tax profit in 2019 was SEK450m, up 42.4% from 2018. The company paid SEK12m in taxes, compared to 2018’s figure of SEK365m, due to the lottery tax.Because of the changes during the market’s re-regulation, ATG’s overall result was a SEK438m profit, a stark difference from 2018, when it posted a SEK49m loss.ATG also provided a breakdown of ‘green customers’ and ‘green revenue’, based on customers that were not considered at risk of developing gambling problems, or with existing issues. A total of 68% of sales were considered ‘green sales,’ a decline from 69% in the second quarter, while 86% of customers were considered ‘green customers,’ in line with Q2.“These are important key figures in our work ahead and is an important part of our contribution to a game-industry that is doing better tomorrow than today,” Skarplöth said of the ‘green’ figures. “I welcome more companies to follow our example in their interim reports.”While ATG’s revenue and profit both increased in Sweden, the same has not been true for many other operators who do business in the country.Former monopoly Svenska Spel saw a 5.2% decline in revenue and a 45.7% fall in operating profit, which president and chief executive Patrik Hofbauer said was, “not yet at the level we are striving for.”Unibet operator Kindred experienced declines in both overall revenue and profit, as revenue from the Nordic region fell 6.4% to £66.4m.Betsson’s revenue fell 10.6% to SEK1.28bn, meanwhile, following declines in all product verticals, prompting chief executive Pontus Lindwall to talk up the possibility of acquisitions and expansion into new markets.Skarplöth said ATG did not anticipate the market’s struggles, which defied the company’s analysis, but he was pleased to see ATG’s revenues increase regardless.“We continue to gain market share and maintain our position at the top of the podium in the licensed market in Sweden,” Skarplöth said.For the nine months to 30 September, ATG’s net gaming revenue stands at SEK3.26bn. ATG bucks Swedish trends with record third quarter Regions: Europe Nordics Denmark Sweden Horse racing Topics: Sports betting Horse racing 25th October 2019 | By Daniel O’Boyle AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address
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Rachael FitzGerald-Finch holds shares in BP and Royal Dutch Shell. 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. Enter Your Email Address Why I think the OPEC cuts may not be enough to save the BP share price The BP (LSE: BP) share price has dropped 34% since the beginning of the year. The oil market crash of 2020 has driven the share price down to a five-year low. The OPEC cuts are unlikely to help.BP is in good company. FTSE 100 oil major, Royal Dutch Shell is also hurting. Its shares are down 38% from its 2020 high. Meanwhile, stocks of smaller peers Tullow Oil and Premier Oil have plummeted 63% and 75% respectively.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…The oil price crash was initially caused by the coronavirus-induced slow down in demand for oil. But this happened at the same time as its oversupply. And with OPEC+ refusing to cut production, share prices in oil companies tanked further.However, OPEC+ signed a US-backed deal on Sunday. The aim is to cut almost 10% of the global oil supply. The hope is this will be enough to raise oil prices, and with them, the shares of oil companies.However, I am skeptical.BP share price is helped by its diversityBP is an integrated oil company. This means it operates in every aspect of the oil and gas business from oil exploration and production (E&P) to refining to trading. It also has a renewable energy division. Therefore, its share price represents the diversity of its operations. The oil majors can offset the now lower-margin E&P assets with cheaper oil feedstock into their refining businesses. They are also big oil traders, able to use the market to add value to their positions. Smaller peers based only in E&P are far more exposed to oil market volatility.This higher exposure is mirrored in the size of their respective share price crashes. Indeed, the market appears to have already accounted for business model differences between oil firms.OPEC cuts production by 9.7m barrelsSunday’s deal means that OPEC is going to cut oil production up to 9.7m barrels per day. However, this reduction is from an already raised production level. Some traders doubt this will be enough to boost prices in the short term due to the oil glut.With no end to the coronavirus pandemic in sight, oil demand is not likely to increase anytime soon. The main buyers of oil are likely to be G20 governments filling up strategic reserves with cheaper oil.Besides, OPEC countries are likely to cut production of their heaviest crudes first. This is because they already sell for less than lighter grades. Refineries and markets in residuals fuels could see an increase in prices. This may help to steady BP’s share price slightly. But, it won’t likely have a huge effect on the rest of its businesses. With market-driven supply already down in the US, it could be that OPEC+ countries try to use this time to increase their market share. This means more cuts may be unlikely anytime soon. And some analysts already believe Sunday’s cuts are too little too late.Once strategic storage reserves have been maxed out, the market will have to rebalance. And that will mean low oil –and share – prices for the future. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. See all posts by Rachael FitzGerald-Finch 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. 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Will the 125p BT share price ever return to £3? See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Rupert Hargreaves | Saturday, 21st November, 2020 | More on: BT-A 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. Image source: Getty Images 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. 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. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. The BT (LSE: BT.A) share price has been one of the biggest losers of the coronavirus pandemic. The stock has collapsed in value this year as investors have sold out of the telecommunications giant. However, despite the stock’s recent performance, fundamentally, the business remains strong. As such, I’ve been taking a closer look at the company recently, with the view to adding some shares to my portfolio. 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…BT share price opportunityBT is by no means the perfect operation. The firm is plagued by a range of problems, including high costs, high levels of debt and a massive pension deficit. At the same time, the size of the company means it’s difficult for the enterprise to adapt quickly to changing market conditions. This has haunted the business in recent years.As peers such as Virgin Media and Sky have quickly adapted to the rapidly changing media marketplace, BT has struggled. The company has lost customers as a result. This has impacted its ability to compete with younger upstarts. Still, despite its problems, BT remains the largest telecommunications provider in the country. I reckon this gives the group a tremendous competitive advantage. This competitive advantage may help the business recover from the pandemic faster than other operations. Pandemic changesThe coronavirus pandemic has dramatically accelerated the adoption of technology throughout the UK. This has put pressure on BT to improve the quality of its services. It has also increased the company’s market position as consumers have required a provider they can trust in these uncertain times. If the company can capitalise on this opportunity in the years ahead, I think the BT share price could produce large total returns for investors. And that’s the primary reason why I’m eyeing up the business right now. The next 12 months will be critical. The group has been able to escape the worst of the pandemic, but it needs to act quickly to capitalise on this advantage.All indications suggest management is trying to capitalise on the opportunity. BT’s fibre rollout also reached record levels in the quarter to September 30, with a run rate of 40,000 premises per week. Overall, capital expenditure in the period rose 5% to £1.9bn to support fixed and mobile network investment.Attractive acquisition Based on this growth, management is forecasting that the group will return to growth in the next few years. If the business can hit this target, I think the stock could be an attractive acquisition at current levels. A return to growth could dramatically improve investor sentiment towards the BT share price, in my opinion, driving the stock significantly higher from its current depressed level. That being said, BT has disappointed its investors many times in the past. So, I’m not ready to go all-in just yet. Nonetheless, I am keeping a space for this stock in my portfolio, ready to pounce if the business hits management’s growth target.
Enter Your Email Address The Boohoo share price has underperformed Asos. Should I buy the stock? Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images The Boohoo (LSE: BOO) share price has underperformed its peer Asos (LSE: ASC) by approximately 30% over the past 12 months. Compared to the stock’s performance over the past five years, this stands out. Indeed, shares in Boohoo have returned more than 800% over the past five years, compared to just 80% for Asos. Of course, an investment’s past performance should never be used as a guide to future returns. Nevertheless, in my opinion, the divergence in performance between these two online fashion retailers over the past 12 months is notable. 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 such, I’ve been taking a closer look at the Boohoo share price recently to try and determine if it is undervalued. Growth potentialI’m going to evaluate these companies based on two fundamental qualities. First of all, growth.Since 2015, Boohoo earnings have grown at a compound annual rate of 45%. Analysts project a further increase of 58% for the group’s current financial year. By comparison, Asos earnings have grown at a compound annual rate of around 23% since 2015. For fiscal 2021, the City expects the organisation to report earnings growth of around 7%. As I’ve said, it’s never sensible to rely on any business’s past growth track record to evaluate its future potential. There’ll always be factors that have existed in the past which may not be present in the future. Nevertheless, I think historical growth rates give me great insight into how to well a company is run and its potential market opportunity.For example, when comparing Boohoo and Asos, it’s clear the former has been able to grow at twice the rate of the latter. That can’t be down to accident. I think it suggests Boohoo is better at driving customer to its websites and convincing them to buy.So, while the company’s stratospheric growth rate is unlikely to continue, I think the firm’s management has the skills required to develop the business. With Asos, I’m not so sure. Boohoo share price valuation That said, Asos looks cheaper. Based on a multiple of earnings (P/E), the Boohoo share price is approximately 28% more expensive. That seems to me to be about right, considering the group’s growth rate compared to Asos over the past five years. Still, one thing that worries me is Boohoo’s valuation. The stock is dealing at a high P/E of 44. That suggests the market is expecting a lot from the business. Unfortunately, it may not deliver. The world of fast fashion is brutal. Even successful companies like Boohoo can find themselves struggling after a rapid change in fortunes.The Arcadia Group is a great example. Once one of the UK largest physical retail organisations, it’s now bankrupt, and competitors like Boohoo and Asos are dividing up its remains. One day these businesses may find themselves in the same position.That’s why I’m concerned about Boohoo’s high valuation. If the company continues to rack up an annual earnings growth rate of 40%+, a P/E of 44 may be sustainable. But if growth slows, it may not be.And with that in mind, I’m not a buyer of Boohoo shares at current levels. The challenges of operating in the fashion industry suggest to me that paying a high price for a business may not be the best decision. Rupert Hargreaves owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended ASOS and boohoo group. 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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Tagged with: Digital Events Howard Lake | 26 November 2003 | News Justgiving secures three-year London Triathlon partnership AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Nick Rusling, marketing manager for The London Triathlon, said: “More than 50% of people who enter the race are competing in a triathlon for the first time, and as a result, many of them are looking to try and fundraise for a charitable cause. With the growth of the event over the past few years, many more people are fundraising and the charitable element of the event is fully embedded in the success and atmosphere of the weekend.” Online donation service Justgiving is to continue as official online fundraising partner of the London Triathlon until at least 2006.The three-year deal follows the success of the 2003 partnership which saw a net £66,530 raised through Justgiving’s online fundraising pages, plus an extra £16,858 in Gift Aid reclaimed tax, making a gross total figure of £83,388. Mecca Ibrahim, Justgiving’s events manager, pointed out that the company already has a good track record with other sporting events. “We raised just under £200,000 for the Flora London Marathon 2002, and more than £1.4 million in 2003, so the prospects for growth in online fundraising for the Triathlon over the next few years are excellent.” Advertisement 24 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
News RSF_en Czech RepublicEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders today called on the Czech authorities to take firm action in response to a violent attack on Tomas Nemecek, the editor of the weekly Respekt, on 17 January.Nemecek, 30, was sprayed with pepper gas and then kicked and punched in the head by two men men after leaving a shop near his home in Prague. His assailants said nothing and took nothing from him. He was hospitalised with injuries to his head and face, but his condition was not critical. The police have said they are investigating.”The authorities must react with the utmost firmness to this act of violence, which could constitute a direct attack on press freedom,” Reporters Without Borders said in a letter to interior minister Stanislav Gross.”We call on you to ensure that all appropriate resources are deployed to identify and punish those responsible and, at this early stage of the investigation, to not rule out the possibility that the attack was linked to the victim’s work as a journalist,” the organisation added.Marek Svehla, the weekly’s deputy editor, told Reporters Without Borders: “The attack was obviously prepared, it was obviously against the newspaper.” He said it could have been prompted by several articles that have been published since the start of January about a criminal gang operating in Most and Litvinov, in the north of Bohemia, and the failure of the police to take action.A journalist with the weekly, who did not want to be identified, received a telephone call yesterday from a gang member threatening to attack him if he wrote an article. Svehla voiced scepticism about the ability of the local police to deal with these gangs and said he would like the case to be assigned to a special unit that combats organised crime.The newspaper has also published investigative reports on such sensitive issues as a neo-Nazi group’s racist behaviour towards the Roma in the eastern region of Ostrava, arms trafficking and the privatisation of coals mines in northern Bohemia. Tomas Nemecek, the editor of the weekly Respekt, was the victim of a violent attack on 17 January. His newspaper has written about such sensitive issues as organised crime gangs, neo-Nazi groups and arms trafficking. RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Czech RepublicEurope – Central Asia to go further Public media independence under threat in the Czech Republic and Slovenia Follow the news on Czech Republic Receive email alerts January 19, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper editor badly beaten in an attack that could be linked to his work News News Organisation Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more News May 21, 2021 Find out more Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU December 2, 2020 Find out more
News Organisation to go further News News Follow the news on China Arrests, releases and house arrest April 27, 2021 Find out more Liu Di (刘荻), a young human rights activist who has been under house arrest in Beijing since 8 October, appeared in court on 24 November. Also known by the pen-name of “The Stainless Steel Mouse” (不锈钢老鼠), Liu said the case was prompted by her involvement in translating a book about citizen action entitled “Non-violence, an even stronger force” (《 非暴力，一种更为强大的力量》) even though the book, self-published by Liu and her colleagues, is not on sale to the public. The authorities ordered the deletion of certain passages about China. Liu does not know the outcome of the judicial proceedings. Liu is one of the hundred or so people who have been under house arrest or strict police surveillance since the 8 October announcement that the jailed intellectual Liu Xiaobo (刘哓波) had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. “I see that the government is very determined this time,” she said. More information about Liu Di:http://en.rsf.org/china-charges-dropped-against-young-26-12-2003,08418.html The Internet police in Shanghai are very quick to pounce on any subject that might be a source of embarrassment for the authorities. The writer Xia Shang was detained for several hours for suggesting in a microblog entry that people should buy flowers for the 58 victims of a fire that recently gutted a Shanghai tower block. Qin Yongmin (秦永敏), one of the founders of the banned China Democracy Party and editor of several dissident publications, was released on 29 November on completing a 12-year jail sentence. The police escorted him to his home in Wuhan and ordered him not to talk to the press. He told the Associated Press that the police had confiscated all of his prison writings. Reporters Without Borders calls on the authorities to stop all forms of surveillance. Guo Xianliang (郭贤良), a writer who was arrested in the southern city of Guangzhou for distributing leaflets referring to Liu Xiaobo, was released on 26 November. His friends and family reported that he is back at home in Kunming. More information: http://en.rsf.org/burma-liu-xiaobo-only-nobel-peace-18-11-2010,38838.html Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Receive email alerts News It is only logical that an article about online censorship would be censored. But last week’s censorship of such an article by the Shanghai-based business weekly Diyi Caijing Zhoukan (第一财经周刊- cbnweek.com) has again highlighted the extremes to which the propaganda agencies go to ensure that any discussion of the way the Communist Party censors the Internet is nipped in the bud. The case is all the more important after the allegations in the U.S. diplomatic cables leaked at the weekend that the Communist Party’s Politburo was directly responsible for the cyber-attacks on Google’s computer systems and other targets, a charge that is extremely damaging for China’s international image. The article describes the activities behind the scenes at the Beijing-based Bureau of Website Administrators (北京市的网管办), one of the entities responsible for online censorship. It was quickly withdrawn from Diyi Caijing Zhoukan’s website, cbnweek.com, after the authorities banned its reproduction in print or online on 24 November 2010. The following administrative directive was sent to websites: “From midnight on 24 November, it is strictly forbidden to repost content from the Diyi Caijing Zhoukan website. It is also forbidden to post any link to this site.” The date the ban was issued is not mentioned. The article, which can still be read at http://www.govecn.org/2010/11/blog-post_9205.html, provides a detailed description of how the Bureau of Website Administrators, a government agency, controls online news and information and closes websites in order to stifle debate about social and political issues. It also highlights the precarious situation of Chinese news websites, which are the victims of the government’s strict rules. The article mentions the case of “Wanju Wang” (玩聚网), a website inspired by Digg.com, a U.S. social networking website that enables people to quickly recommend news stories to other Internet users. After several arbitrary suspensions by the authorities, Wanju Wang closed down. It also cites the case of “Shiguang Wang” (时光网), a movies website that had to erase much of its archives. Reporters Without Borders meanwhile hopes that the Chinese government is going to respond publicly to the allegations in the diplomatic cables leaked by WikiLeaks about its involvement in the cyber-attacks on Google. If the claims of the “Chinese source” cited in one cable are confirmed, it is a very disturbing precedent as regards the methods used to spy on journalists and human rights activists who follow China. According to the New York Times, the cables revealed that “the Google hacking was part of a coordinated campaign of computer sabotage carried out by government operatives, private security experts and Internet outlaws recruited by the Chinese government.” More information: http://en.rsf.org/china-google-e-mail-accounts-of-foreign-18-01-2010,361… Help by sharing this information ChinaAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison China’s Cyber Censorship Figures ChinaAsia – Pacific November 30, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Debate on Internet censorship censored RSF_en March 12, 2021 Find out more
Twitter Trustees to hear donations, special ed presentation EducationECISDLocal News Previous articleNavy Vet is Armed with a Wearable Device during Battle against CancerNext articleMCH reports 162nd COVID-19 related death Digital AIM Web Support Facebook During its 6 p.m. meeting Tuesday, the Ector county ISD board of trustees will hear a request for approval of acceptance of donations of over $10,000. ECISD is taking steps to protect against the spread of covid-19 with staff and community. Everyone is required to stop at the front desk, have their temperature taken, and answer screening questions prior to accessing building. Visitors are required to wear face masks. Ecisd has received several donations to help defray the cost of the district’s purchase of remote devices for students attending school virtually. The district purchased an additional 6,500 Chromebooks, 5,800 IPads and 1,000 MIFI hot spots. ECISD received an $850,000 allocation from the city of Odessa from cares Coronavirus relief funds (CRF). ECISD also received $270,523 in cares funds from Ector county commissioners court. The city funds will be matched by the Texas education agency with state cares funds, supplemental agenda material said. Chiefs of change donated $100,000 — $50,000 to the cost of the SpaceX service to provide internet to portions of southwest Odessa and $50,000 for internet connectivity. Chiefs for change is made up of leaders from state and district education systems. It advocates for policies and practices aimed at making a difference for students and to develop the next generation of future chiefs, its website said. In other donations, the mojo choir booster club contributed $80,000 for a sound system, including a sound board and microphones. Chevron donated $25,000 through the education foundation for career and technical education dual credit. Along with other items, trustees also will hear a presentation on special education. Supplemental agenda material said 10.43 percent of ecisd students are in special education. The presentation will give a breakdown of how many students receive different services, what the district offers and goals for the program. Supplemental agenda material breaks out referrals to the special education program for 2019-2020:>> 914 parent, administrator and teacher referrals.>> 737 parents signed written consent.>> 177 students parent refused consent or student Moved out of the district.>> 230 students did not qualify for special education>> 507 students met eligibility requirements. WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Twitter TAGS By Digital AIM Web Support – December 14, 2020 Pinterest