first_imgThursday 31 March 2011 7:53 pm Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL whatsapp Share THEY say when you wed you should have something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.But no-one could have imagined quite how literally Capita Financial Group’s Mark Millard would take the “old” commandment when he proposed to Morgan Stanley’s Kelly Janes in a dining room full of antiques worth more than £3m.Millard, an accountant at the investment management company, made his decent proposal at a Dining Off Antiques dinner for 20 City workers in the private room of the newly opened Roux at The Landau in the Langham Hotel, held in aid of the Dispossessed Fund.Millard had been planning to ask Janes on the evening of the dinner ever since he heard about the event four weeks previously and – with the aid of restaurant manager Franco Becchi and an antique ring from Hatton Gardens that cost him about 80% of his bonus – he made the proposal as the starters were served so he could “enjoy the rest of my meal”.Happily Janes, an accountant in Morgan Stanley’s trading team, said yes as she started crying “in a good way”.“At least, I think it was genuine happiness,” said Millard, whose only slight concern was that the shock of the announcement might bring on the birth of their first child rather sooner than the expected due date in four weeks’ time.MERVYN’S GOLD STARNEWS reaches The Capitalist that City law firm Eversheds has today launched a Walk of Fame outside its One Wood Street HQ, in a Hollywood-style stunt to honour the greatest talents of the financial world.The first gold star will be given to Bank of England governor Mervyn King (right), in recognition of his “outstanding contribution to governing the dramatic twists and turns the City has experienced over the past few years”. According to a well-placed source at Eversheds, similar pavement tributes for former RBS boss Fred Goodwin and former Northern Rock chief Adam Applegarth are not far behind.HARD TIMESBUT while the above story may or may not be an April Fool, the following is in no way a hoax – the tale of an out-of-work banker whose savings took a £4,000 hit after he got “carried away” at a lapdancing club.The culprit, believed to be a former employee in the London office of a major US bank, was surprised to learn how much he had spent at the Euston branch of Secrets – and when he realised his mistake, he wrote to the chain’s owner offering to send in his receipts so he could be reimbursed for his “silly mistake”.He wrote: “I’m out of work at the moment and I currently rely on my savings to get by each day. So the money I have, I try to save and only spend when necessary.” But owner Stephen Less was unsympathetic: presumably, cocktails and semi-naked dancing girls do not count as essential household items.BANKING BLUESCARTOONIST Marf’s wry takes on the banking crisis and the recession (above) have been brought together for the first time at the City Blues exhibition at the Guildhall Art Gallery on 5 Aldermanbury, which runs from today until 20 June.Highlights include the 3D cartoon sculpture of a City worker under a guillotine, called The Chop – and yes, the guillotine is working. center_img KCS-content ANTIQUES ROADSHOW FOR CAPITA CASANOVA whatsapp More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesMoneyPailShe Was An Actress, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepediamoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen HeraldBetterBeDrones Capture Images No One Was Suppose to SeeBetterBelast_img read more

Talent market update: data and analytics

first_img Pentasia’s Daryl King provides some key insights from Q2 surrounding the critical business area of data science, including contract day rates and the state of the talent pipeline Topics: People Tags: Online Gambling Email Address Regions: Europe Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter People Pentasia’s Daryl King provides some key insights from Q2 surrounding the critical business area of data science, including contract day rates and the state of the talent pipeline.In the gaming industry, effective data analytics can be truly make-or-break for businesses. Well-architected data infrastructures, effective insight analysis and strong business intelligence (BI) leadership are critical components of a successful online gaming operation in 2019.For this reason, BI and analytics professionals have long been on the ‘hiring priority’ list, and the demand for talented and experienced data professionals shows no sign of abating.Requiring an advanced skillset, often coupled with a strong academic background, senior roles can be difficult to fill. Plus, with such high stakes, there’s little room for compromise.  Data scientists – those who can develop the all-important algorithms and statistical models which power products – are critical early-stage hires, as are the architects who can design and develop statistical systems. BI analysts provide ongoing value with insight and informed recommendations.High demand across all levels Gaming employers are working hard to fill talent pipelines – often facing strong competition from other industries. Candidates have clear control of the market, and are well aware of the value of their technical skillset.Even junior professionals or graduates can find themselves courted by multiple employers. Lower level analytics roles are in high demand across the industry and are suitable for graduates of computer science or a quantitative discipline with high-level data credentials (Python, R, SPSS, SQL, etc.).Gambling industry experience is highly desirable, but in the absence of it, knowledge of, or passion for, the gambling industry remains of utmost importance.Contracts are king Contract work is now the clear expectation of almost every experienced data professional. Those leaving permanent employment would rarely do so unless moving to contract, where they can expect to earn double the money and enjoy greater flexibility. Day rates of between £500-700 are typical, but this can vary depending on the exact skillset.Only the highest packages – £150-200k+ salary at director level – are able to entice data professionals away from the appeal of contract work.Moreover, many contracting candidates prefer to work as part of an established team on a project-by-project basis. Clients hiring for a single permanent role – a systems engineer, for example – can  expect to receive proposals from a contract team able to complete a set project in its entirety.Combining lower level in-house resources with experienced contractor talent appears to be an advisable approach for many employers, although given the pace of the market they have to be prepared to adapt and deal with talent churn.Things are particularly tough for UK employers at the moment. Significantly fewer applications have been received for London-based roles in a timeframe that seems to chime with Brexit uncertainty.However, other European locations including Austria, Romania, Bulgaria and Spain have seen a distinct uplift.This is undoubtedly an exciting time for BI and analytics in gaming. As ever-more advanced systems and automation become the new norm, the data talent market is sure to continue thriving.Daryl King is a specialist data and analytics recruitment consultant at Pentasia. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Talent market update: data and analytics 29th April 2019 | By Joanne Christielast_img read more

DEAC shareholders approve SBTech-DraftKings merger

first_img Shareholders of Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp. have approved the acquisitions of DraftKings and SBTech and the public listing of the new entity. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Shareholders of Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp. have approved the acquisitions of DraftKings and SBTech and the public listing of the new entity.At a shareholders’ meeting yesterday (23 April), investors holding 99.7% of Diamond Eagle shares voted in favor of the combination, with less than 0.04% voting against and the remaining shareholders abstaining.Through the merger, Diamond Eagle will acquire DraftKings for $2.10bn and SBTech for €590m ($634.1m). The new business will then be renamed DraftKings Inc and continue to be listed on the Nasdaq exchange.The business also voted in favor of moving the state of its incorporation from Delaware to Nevada, with holders of 86.6% of shares backing the move.Read more on iGB North America. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 24th April 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle DEAC shareholders approve SBTech-DraftKings merger Topics: Finance Sports betting Strategy Finance Tags: Online Gambling Regions: US Email Addresslast_img read more

Palermo Ladies Open Live : Anett Kontaveit vs Fiona Ferro LIVE…

first_img PUBG Mobile – Krafton IPO: PUBG Mobile promoters Krafton ready to break all records, aims 5 billion IPO Palermo Ladies Open Live : Anett Kontaveit vs Fiona Ferro LIVE streaming on WTA TENNIS Center Court : Anett Kontaveit vs Fiona Ferro LIVE streaming Match Timings @ 7.30PM Local Time (11:30PM IST) Queens Club Final: Matteo Berrettini beats Cameron Norrie in final to win title Making her tournament debut at the Palermo Ladies’ Open tonite, No.4 seed Anett Kontaveit is bidding for her second career WTA singles title in her sixth final appearance. Latest Sports News Bett1Open 2021 Final: Liudmila Samsonova beats Belinda Bencic to clinch title Football Sport News Viking Classic Birmingham 2021 Final: Ons Jabeur beats Daria Kasatkina to clinch title Sport News Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Sport News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR PSL 2021 Playoffs Live: How to watch PSL 2021 Playoffs LIVE streaming in your country, India Although Kontaveit had to fight to save her serve in the opening game of the match, doing so from deuce, she thereafter took command of the match, offering good depth to her hitting, which forced her opponent onto the back foot. Facebook Twitter Tokyo Olympics: Dutee Chand, Hima Das among top athletes seeking direct Olympic qualification during IGP 4 Victory also represented some measure of revenge for a defeat suffered at the quarterfinal stage in Dubai, the pair’s only previous meeting, while it sets up a showpiece encounter against either Fiona Ferro or Camila Giorgi, both of whom are unseeded. Previous articleEngland’s Historic Victory : Woakes, Butler’s record chase stuns PakistanNext articleLankan Premier League : Sri Lanka Cricket board does not have answers to many questions Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. SportSport News YourBump15 Actors That Hollywood Banned For LifeYourBump|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPost FunThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayPost Fun|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDefinitionTime Was Not Kind To These 28 CelebritiesDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past Factory|SponsoredSponsoredUndoMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStory|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNext RefinanceThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryNext Refinance|SponsoredSponsoredUndocenter_img Football After winning her first tour-level singles title on the clay courts of Lausanne a year ago, in her first WTA singles final, unseeded Fiona Ferro also bids for her second career crown. By reaching the final, she will break into the Top 50 for the first time at World No.47, and can climb as high as No.44 with the title. TAGSAnett Kontaveit vs Fiona Ferro LIVE streamingPalermo Ladies Open LiveWTA / WTA Tour SHARE Football Euro 2020, Italy vs Wales LIVE: Matteo Pessina hands Italy the lead at half-time; Follow Live Updates Anett Kontaveit upset the seedings to progress to the final of the Palermo Ladies’ Open with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over No.1 seed Petra Martic. The WTA World No.22, playing in her first semifinal since Stuttgart in April 2019, improved her record against Top 20 players in 2020 to 3-4, adding Martic to a list already including Belinda Bencic and Elina Svitolina. By Kunal Dhyani – August 9, 2020 The 24-year-old Estonian, who is closing in on her best ranking of No.14, dominated the opening set before fighting back from dropping her serve in the first game of the second to seal victory in 79 minutes. Halle Open 2021 Final: Ugo Humbert defeats Andrey Rublev to become champion Martic praised her opponent’s quality, stating: “It was a tough one. I thought I didn’t play badly. I had a few chances I missed, and in the end that makes a difference. Anett played well, she played smart and was the better player today.” “I felt like a played a very good match today,” she said. “I was quite aggressive, consistent, and I served especially well in the first set. It got a bit close in the end, but I played a good game at 5-4 and I’m happy to be in the final.” ATP Tour Tennis fans can catch Anett Kontaveit vs Fiona Ferro LIVE streaming on Tokyo Olympics: BCCI provides fuel in Indian Olympic flame, to contribute Rs 10 crore Esports ATP Tour The Estonian is contesting her third WTA final on clay, having finished as runner-up at the Swiss Open Gstaad in 2017 and at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart last year.  Euro 2020, Switzerland vs Turkey LIVE: Shaqiri doubles Switzerland’s lead after Seferovic opener at HT; Follow Live Updates Palermo Ladies Open Live : Anett Kontaveit vs Fiona Ferro LIVE streaming Where the FINALS will be STREAMED LIVE ?last_img read more

Veritas Kapital Assurance Plc ( Q12017 Interim Report

first_imgVeritas Kapital Assurance Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Veritas Kapital Assurance Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Veritas Kapital Assurance Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Veritas Kapital Assurance Plc (  2017 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileVeritas Kapital Assurance Plc is a leading insurance company in Nigeria licensed to cover all classes of non-life insurance products and services. The company was formerly known as Unity Kapital Assurance Plc and incorporated in 1973 as a private liability company under the name Kano State Insurance Company. Non-life insurance products and services offered by Veritas Kapital Assurance Limited includes auto insurance which covers motor third party, fire and theft; home insurance which covers risk of fire, flooding and burglary; aviation insurance which covers hull losses as well as liability for passenger injuries, death, environmental and third-party damage caused by aircraft accidents; marine insurance which covers hull and cargo damage; engineering insurance which covers problems related to production capacity and financial losses; oil and gas insurance which covers all issues related to employees, physical assets, balance sheets and long-term viability; and bond insurance which is a financial guarantee taken out by contractors to indemnify them against any defaults. Veritas Kapital Assurance Plc offers medical insurance and pension fund administration services through its subsidiaries; Health Care Security Limited and FUG Pensions Limited. The company’s head office is in Abuja, Nigeria. Veritas Kapital Assurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Burundian Anglicans campaign for ‘society without gender-based violence’

first_img Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit a Press Release Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME [Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop of Burundi Martin Nyaboho has taken part in a Mothers’ Union-organized campaign against gender violence. The archbishop joined hundreds of men and women in a procession and rally as part of the Anglican Church of Burundi’s contribution to the international 16 Days of Activism to end Gender Based Violence.Full article. Rector Albany, NY Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Collierville, TN Advocacy Peace & Justice, Submit an Event Listing Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Featured Events Featured Jobs & Calls Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Bath, NC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Press Release Service Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Belleville, IL Burundian Anglicans campaign for ‘society without gender-based violence’ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Shreveport, LA center_img 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 TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Submit a Job Listing Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Africa, Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Curate Diocese of Nebraska By Gavin DrakePosted Dec 2, 2016 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Washington, DC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Anglican Communion, Director of Music Morristown, NJ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Tags Rector Tampa, FL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Martinsville, VA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Gender Justice Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Smithfield, NClast_img read more

£5m government fund for charities and groups to counter extremist ideology

first_img 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 Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 19 October 2015 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  60 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Government has announced £5 million of funding this year for charities and grassroots organisations to help build a national network to challenge all forms of extremist ideology.The Prime Minister announced the funding yesterday ahead of today’s publication of the government’s new Counter-Extremism Strategy. He said of the strategy:“At the core is building a national coalition of all those individuals and groups who are united in their determination to defeat extremism and build a more cohesive society. We will do everything we can to support them – through my new Community Engagement Forum and with practical support and funding to tackle these deep-rooted issues. The scale of the task is immense and that is why we need everyone to play their part.“The new funding, initially for this financial year, will be dedicated to providing direct and in-kind practical support to groups to expand the reach and scale of their work to confront extremism, and develop credible alternative narratives to the dangerous views propagated by extremists”.There was little detail about the funding and how to apply for it, but it would take the form of both direct and in-kind support. It could be used, for example, for:• social media training• technical assistance to enable a small charity to set up a website• targeting funding for specific projectsThe Muslim Council of Britain criticised the strategy, arguing that it was based on a “flawed analysis”.The National Secular Society also advised the Government to be “cautious about plans to hand-out £5 million to “moderate Muslim groups” and to a newspaper run by “moderate imams”, warning that similar schemes in the past had seen funds get into the wrong hands”. Advertisement Tagged with: faith Funding £5m government fund for charities and groups to counter extremist ideologylast_img read more

New fund to help local charities implement Carers (Scotland) Act 2016

first_img“Carers play a vital role in society and the new Act gives carers support to look after their own health and have a life alongside caring. The third sector plays a valuable role in helping carers at a local level and our funding will help charities improve their systems to help unpaid carers access their new rights.” Tagged with: Funding Scotland  143 total views,  3 views today New fund to help local charities implement Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) is to manage a new grants programme on behalf of the Scottish Government, to help charities implement the Carers (Scotland) Act in their local areas.Launched on 20 June, the Carers Act Transformation Support (CATS) Fund will give third sector organisations involved in the local implementation of the Act the opportunity to apply for small grants to help them do so. The Scottish Government is investing around £500,000 in 2018/2019 to help charities gear up for supporting the implementation of the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 by providing funding for transformation costs to help charities develop local capacity and systems.Transformation costs are expected to be those centring on systems such as IT, accounting, data collection, data protection and recording and associated templates, paperwork and procedures.Applications for the fund are now open, and close on 20 August. Eligibility criteria is detailed on the SCVO website.Anna Fowlie, Chief Executive of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) said:“SCVO is delighted to be managing this fund on behalf of the Scottish Government as it recognises both the vital role that Scotland’s third sector has in the implementation of the Carers (Scotland) Act, and the need to financially support organisations to do this successfully. We want to help charities across the country develop their processes and procedures to ensure they have the capacity to meet the opportunities and challenges the Act presents in their communities.  I would encourage eligible organisations involved in this work to apply.”Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell said: Advertisement  144 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 Melanie May | 25 June 2018 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via read more

When will China stop harassing foreign reporters?

first_img News News Follow the news on China to go further RSF_en ChinaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsProtecting sources Photoreportage Organisation ChinaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsProtecting sources Photoreportage PHOTO: NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its appeal to the Chinese government to stop harassing foreign reporters and their sources after the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (FCCC) revealed in its annual report, published today, that harassment of its members increased yet again in 2018. Help by sharing this information center_img China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Based on the 109 responses that the Beijing-based FCCC received to the questionnaire it sent to its 204 members from 31 countries and territories in December, the report described the situation as “worse now than it has been in the past 20 years,” except 2011, when coverage of pro-democracy protests prompted a major government backlash.“The constant harassment is all the more shocking because China takes as much advantage as possible of the press freedom in other countries in order to spread its propaganda,” said Cédric Alviani, the head of RSF’s East Asia bureau. “We urge the international community to put pressure on the Chinese regime to stop harassing foreign journalists and their sources.”Nowadays the government seems to be refraining from the more overt forms of pressure on foreign journalists, such as “invitations to tea” at the ministry of state security, or attempts by Chinese diplomats to put pressure on the head offices of their media outlets abroad. Instead the authorities are using more insidious methods, including phone tapping, hacking and physical surveillance.Almost all the foreign journalists who managed to visit the western Xinjiang region, where a major crackdown on the Uyghur community is under way, reported such forms of harassment as being followed, being briefly arrested, being ordered to delete recorded material or even having their hotel reservations cancelled.The threat of being denied a visa intensified in 2018 when BuzzFeed News bureau chief Megha Rajagopalan was effectively expelled in August after being unable to renew her visa. This was the first time any foreign journalist was refused the renewal of their visa since 2016, when the French journalist Ursula Gauthier and the Swedish journalist Jojje Olsson were the victims.In what was a clear warning, visas of unusually short duration were also issued to journalists with the New York Times, BBC, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Sankei Shimbun and Voice of America.Threats to Chinese sources, especially academic ones, have become so common that foreign journalists now hesitate to contact them for fear of putting them in danger. “It’s by far the worst I’ve seen working as a journalist in China or Hong Kong since 2000,” Financial Times Beijing bureau chief Tom Mitchell said.FCCC president Hanna Sahlberg agreed. “There is a risk that even foreign media will shy away from stories that are perceived as too troublesome, or costly, to tell in China,” Sahlberg said. China ranked 176 out of 180 in the 2018 RSF World Press Freedom Index. June 2, 2021 Find out more January 29, 2019 When will China stop harassing foreign reporters? April 27, 2021 Find out more News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Abductors release newspaper journalist Ali Abdullah Fayad

first_imgNews RSF_en April 7, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Abductors release newspaper journalist Ali Abdullah Fayad Follow the news on Iraq Ali Abdullah Fayad is the 39th journalist to be kidnapped since the start of the war in Iraq. In addition, 86 journalists and press assistants have been killed. Receive email alerts Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Help by sharing this information December 16, 2020 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa February 15, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Reporters Without Borders today welcomed the release of journalist Ali Abdullah Fayad of the privately-owned tri-weekly Al-Safeer, who was kidnapped on 21 March in Kut, southeast of Baghdad.“We are delighted and relieved that another hostage has been freed just one week after Jill Carroll’s release,” the press freedom organisation said. “But let us not forget that two other journalists, Reem Zeid and Marwan Khazaal, have been held hostage for more than two months.”Fayad’s kidnapping was claimed by a hitherto unknown group calling itself the Baath Party Brigade, which demanded a ransom for his release.————————————————————————–24.03.2006 A fourth journalist kidnapped since the start of the yearReporters Without Borders has called for the immediate release of Ali Abdullah Fayad, journalist on the privately-owned tri-weekly al Safir, who was kidnapped by an unknown group in Kut, south-east of Baghdad on 21 March.”This kidnapping is part of a wave of abductions which have rapidly increased these last three months,” said Reporters Without Borders. After Jill Carroll, Rim Zeid and Marwan Khazaal, Ali Abdullah Fayad is the fourth journalist to be kidnapped in Iraq since the start of 2006.“This situation is extremely alarming: With the surge in kidnappings and murders of journalists these last few months, the country is closing in on itself more and more,” the organisation said.The kidnapping of Ali Abdallah Fayad was claimed by the Baath Party brigade, a hitherto unknown organisation. Someone claiming to speak for the organisation phoned the editor of al Safir and demanded 30 million dinars (20,000 euros) in exchange for the release of Ali Abdullah Fayad. He also called for the release of three of its members, held by the Iraqi authorities.Al Safir has lost two journalists since the start of the war in Iraq: its bureau chief in Mosul, Firas Al-Maadhidi, was gunned down by two armed men on 21 September 2005, in front of his home in the An-Nur district. One of his colleagues, Hind Ismail, was killed the previous evening. She was murdered by men wearing police uniforms in central Mosul. The newspaper closed its office in the city after these killings.Elsewhere, Muhsin Khudhair, editor of the weekly magazine Alef Ba was shot dead at the wheel of his car on 13 March in Sayadiya, west of Baghdad by unidentified gunmen. He had just attended a meeting of the Iraqi journalists’ union during which journalists had called for everyone to respect their neutrality in Iraq. IraqMiddle East – North Africa News December 28, 2020 Find out more Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” News to go further Newslast_img read more