Betsson soars in key Nordics market

first_img Betsson soars in key Nordics market Betsson saw a surge in profits and revenue in Q3 thanks to soaring betting and casino takings across Europe and its key Nordics market.Just months from its launch in Sweden’s reregulated market, Betsson’s trading update for the three months to the end of September showed that revenue in the Nordics – just less than 50% of its business – grew by 19% to SEK 668.2m (€65/$74m), made up of an 18% rise in casino and 25% surge in sportsbook. Its second biggest region, Western Europe, was up 26% to $49.5m.Group revenue was up by just over 20% to $155m, with operating income up a huge 57% to $38m.CEO Pontus Lindwall (pictured) said: “The improved earnings are a result of the scalability in Betsson’s business, showing that improved products and keeping focus on efficiencies results in higher earnings.”Expanding on Lindwall’s comments, the company attributed its revenue increase to a combination of product improvements and more efficient marketing spend. In the third quarter, it focussed on the re-allocation of marketing investments between different markets, and also “in the mix of traditional marketing and affiliate marketing”.Marketing spend was fairly flat compared to Q3 2017 at just less than $28m, however the company said “we expect marketing investments to increase as online gaming licences are introduced in Sweden”.Product improvements included enhancements to its mobile offering which helped that sector grow by 42% to around $105m.Betsson was one of the first companies to apply for a gambling licence in the reregulated Swedish market when the process began in August. The new regime will begin on January 1.Betsson’s share price was up around 3% on the Nasdaq Stockholm following the publication of the Q3 figures. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Finance 24th October 2018 | By contenteditorcenter_img Topics: Finance Sports betting Business efficiencies help Betsson thrive ahead of Swedish launch Email Address Regions: Europe Nordics Swedenlast_img read more

ButOn launches debut online sportsbook and casino brand

first_img Email Address ButOn launches debut online sportsbook and casino brand “’We’re immensely proud of our new brand, Sportaza, created to fully optimise the user journey and exceed even the most ambitious of expectations,” ButOn founder and chief executive Denys Butko said. 14th April 2021 | By Robert Fletcher Online casino and sportsbook solutions provider ButOn has launched its debut sports betting and casino brand in the form of Sportaza. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter These include the option for players to collect specialised football cards based on their favourite teams, with the chance to win prizes for every full team gathered, while weekly challenges and exclusive sports tournaments will also be available. Sportaza will allow customers to choose from 30,000 different betting markets and access a range of special wagering-related features.center_img Sportaza will also feature casino offering with slots, live casino and table games content from almost 50 providers. “Sportaza maintains the impressive momentum we have generated this year, with an all-in-one entertainment experience of the highest quality, complete with pioneering features and an intuitive layout. We have no doubt that it will prove popular.’’ Topics: Sports betting Online casino Online sports betting Tags: Sportaza ButOn Online casino AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more

IPL 2020: Sunfeast becomes official partner of Royal Challengers Bangalore

first_img ITC’s Sunfeast, has announced a collaboration with Royal Challengers Bangalore, to engage with audiences. The brand will take forward By Kunal Dhyani – September 21, 2020 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter CricketSports BusinessCricket BusinessIndian premier leagueIndian premier league 2020Latest Sports News IPL 2020: Sunfeast becomes official partner of Royal Challengers Bangalorelast_img read more

Melanie Mullen named Episcopal Church director of reconciliation, justice and…

first_img Rector Washington, DC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit a Press Release Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA February 24, 2017 at 8:11 am The Rev. Mullens is uniquely gifted for this work – I am looking forward to the many ways she will bless our church communities. Prayers for the work ahead! Rector Bath, NC Environment & Climate Change, Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET 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 Comments (2) Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Melanie Mullen named Episcopal Church director of reconciliation, justice and creation care Comments are closed. New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Collierville, TN Rector Albany, NY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit an Event Listing Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Featured Events Advocacy Peace & Justice, Rector Hopkinsville, KY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel People, Youth Minister Lorton, VA [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Rev. Melanie Mullen of Richmond, Virginia, has been named the Episcopal Church director of reconciliation, justice and creation care, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff.In this new full-time position, Mullen will lead the church’s work on domestic poverty and Jubilee Ministries, and shepherd the work of Episcopal Church staff in relation to racial reconciliation and justice, domestic poverty, stewardship of creation, and the United Thank Offering. She will also partner closely with the Advisory Council on Stewardship of Creation to develop and support eco-justice sites and networks.  She will report to the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, the presiding bishop’s canon evangelism, reconciliation, and creation.“The Rev. Mullen brings a unique blend of experiences and gifts to this position,” Spellers said. “She’s a trained community organizer with a heart for building teams and leading communities to make a difference. She has a demonstrated passion for environmental justice and economic justice. She knows parishes, she knows Capitol Hill and she knows the trenches, and she’s ready to work with our already strong team to take the Episcopal Church’s engagement around reconciliation, justice and creation care even deeper.”The director of reconciliation, justice and creation care is based in Washington, D.C.“It is an honor to be called to this the new position for the church,” Mullen said.  “The work of reconciliation, justice and creation care is vital to our life together, as we further the vision of equipping the people of God to be Christ’s hands and feet on the earth.”Mullen begins her new position on March 1 and at that time she will be available at [email protected] currently serves as the downtown missioner at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Richmond. Prior to that, she was the interim missioner for youth ministries for the Episcopal Diocese of Washington; assistant director of community for Camp Richmond Hill; and the director of communications and development for Lutheran Volunteer Corps. During her years in the nation’s capital, she also worked in campaign fundraising and development and raised more than $10 million for leadership PACs, the Congressional Black Caucus, and U.S. congressional and gubernatorial races from Louisiana to Connecticut; and she served as development associate for the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, with a focus on poverty advocacy.She is a graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity; and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with a Bachelors degree in history. The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Tags Submit a Job Listingcenter_img Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Racial Justice & Reconciliation February 23, 2017 at 11:21 pm Rev. Mullens,Congratulations on your new position! I remember you from Christ Church, Alexandria.Best wish for continued success! This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Featured Jobs & Calls Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Elsie E. Kirton says: Curate Diocese of Nebraska Posted Feb 23, 2017 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Knoxville, TN Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK 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 Press Release Service Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Belleville, IL Rector Tampa, FL Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA 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 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 The Rev. 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Birth of a new mission as ‘shining light’ Chile becomes…

first_img New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Tags Rector Shreveport, LA [Anglican Communion News Service] The Iglesia Anglicana de Chile – the Anglican Church of Chile – has been inaugurated as the latest province of the Anglican Communion in a service of joy and celebration in the capital, Santiago. It had been part of the province of South America but was given permission to have provincial status after sustained growth.Read the full article here. Submit a Press Release Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Submit an Event Listing Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET South America Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Albany, NY This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Press Release Service Rector Collierville, TN Rector Martinsville, VA 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 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Birth of a new mission as ‘shining light’ Chile becomes Anglican Communion’s 40th province Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH 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 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Director of Music Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest 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 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Belleville, IL center_img Rector Bath, NC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Pittsburgh, PA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Anglican Communion, Posted Nov 5, 2018 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Submit a Job Listing Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Tampa, FL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Featured Events The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NYlast_img read more

For Work Release volunteers, one good turn deserves another

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter By Chuck Gipson“This is my chance to give of myself after taking from others for so many years,” said Danielle Overby.  “Today gives me an opportunity to show my appreciation for the Christmas love that was shown to us last month.”Overby is one of the women at Orlando Community Work Release Center that were given an extended furlough to serve at Journey Christian Church in dividing up food for the church’s Food for Life ministry.  Overby is scheduled to be released in 10 days, but she still wished to help out.Work release is that portion of the Community Release Program that allows selected inmates to work at paid employment in the community during the last months of their confinement. Inmates must return to the Department’s custody at the end of each workday. However some take the extra step of volunteering.This past Sunday, those volunteers from the Center served at Journey Christian Church for their Food for Life ministry. Food for Life is a monthly service provided for Apopka’s less fortunate citizens who are in need of food, clothing and other essentials. Every fifth Sunday, thousands of non-perishable food items are brought into the church, thus beginning the painstaking task of dividing them into hundreds of bags that are distributed to those in need. The volunteers from the Work Release Program have taken on this task for the past few months and the results have been amazing.“We could not do this ministry with as much success if not for these ladies that volunteer their time,” said Chuck Shegda, Journey’s Food for Life director. “They have increased our productivity by 80%. It encourages me to see these women given the opportunity to be seen as positive contributors to society and not merely inmates who show up to church. They have reinvigorated my passion for the ministry and we absolutely love having them be an integral part of this work.”And for the volunteers, one good turn deserves another.“I have received so much dignity and acceptance from the people in this church community,” said Aimee Chiglinsky, a recent arrival to the center.  “I can’t help but give back.“This means so much to these ladies to be able to give back and be a part of something special.” said Al Hoover, Co-founder with his wife Sue of Just As You Are Ministries (JAYA). “It really touches me to see these women who have so little, give back so much to the community. Every Sunday morning, I see many of these ladies giving a portion of what little money they have to those even less fortunate than them.”JAYA is a non profit 501(c)3 organization that serves the female prisoners at the Florida Department of Correction’s Orlando Community Release Center. JAYA also provides transitional housing for those who wish to stay in the Orange County area after their release. The founders of the ministry, Al and Sue Hoover, attend Journey Christian Church in Apopka.For more information about JAYA use this link: Just As You Are MinistriesChuck Gipson is a full-time missionary with Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru), part time volunteer with JAYA, and a correspondent with The Apopka Voice. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here TAGSFood For LifeJourney Christian ChurchJust As You Are MinistriesOrlando Community Work Release Center Previous articleIt’s Birdapoolza Time!Next articleBurglary Report – Week Ending 1/31/2016 Claire Haslett RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 last_img read more

Exeter Chiefs edge Wasps at the death in Aviva Premiership Final

first_imgMonday May 29, 2017 Exeter Chiefs edge Wasps at the death in Aviva Premiership Final Exeter Chiefs won their first ever Aviva Premiership title after they edged Wasps 23-20 in extra time at Twickenham on Saturday. In front of 79,657 fans, a late Gareth Steenson penalty proved the difference, two minutes from time. Full highlights wrap aboveADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe 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

Sensational Semi Radradra’s next move confirmed as he signs with Bristol Bears

first_imgWednesday Nov 27, 2019 Sensational Semi Radradra’s next move confirmed as he signs with Bristol Bears Bristol Bears today announced their latest signing, putting an end to the speculation about where the Fijian powerhouse will go. With rumours that Radradra will head back to the NRL in Australia, we now know that he has in fact signed to play in the Premiership.ADVERTISEMENTThe announcement came today, with the Fijian set to join the club ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.A standout individual across both rugby codes, the Fijian international arrives at Ashton Gate on a three-year deal.27 year-old Radradra averaged 100m a game at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, lighting up the competition pool stages with a string of sensational displays, including a brace against Georgia.During his time in the Australian NRL (National Rugby League), Radradra was named Dally M winger of the year for two seasons in a row, scoring 82 tries in 94 games for Parramatta Eels.“There is no doubt that Semi is one of the best players in the world – he’s truly a world class performer and we are so excited about what he can do for the team,” said Director of Rugby Pat Lam.“Every top club across both codes on the planet wanted him, so for Bristol to be able to bring in a player of his quality underlines the fantastic work that the club is doing. Semi has clarity about our vision and knows what the club want to achieve. As a person and a player, he is perfect for our culture which places an emphasis on community and high performance.ADVERTISEMENT“I got to know Semi well at the Barbarians and we were blown away by his professionalism and dedication. He is world class because of the relentless work and preparation he puts into his game, day in day out. It’s no surprise that he has taken the World Cup and French Top 14 by storm – Semi is the ultimate professional.“We believe the Gallagher Premiership is the best league in the world and Semi’s arrival into the league will only enhance the product further. He’s an unstoppable force and we are looking forward to seeing him light up the competition for the next three seasons.”Radradra has enjoyed a stellar club career so far, representing Toulon and Bordeaux in the French Top 14, following his switch from the NRL in 2016.ADVERTISEMENTHe added: “I’m looking forward to coming to the Premiership and to be playing under Pat Lam at Bristol Bears. They are one of the most exciting teams in Europe right now and the way that they are doing things is making everybody take notice.“I visited the world class facilities at Ashton Gate and saw the progress of the new training ground – it’s a fantastic club to be joining with a bright future ahead. I can’t wait to get started and contributing to the Bristol Bears vision.”WATCH SOME OF HIS HIGHLIGHTS BELOW Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error News Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Exeter vs Toulouse is off as a number of… 25 WEEKS AGO Danny Cipriani leaves Gloucester with immediate… 25 WEEKS AGO ‘Aphiwe can’t believe it. We were starting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe 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

Garden and Sea / Takao Shiotsuka Atelier

first_img 2008 Houses Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/7753/garden-and-sea-takao-shiotsuka-atelier Clipboard Garden and Sea / Takao Shiotsuka Atelier Garden and Sea / Takao Shiotsuka AtelierSave this projectSaveGarden and Sea / Takao Shiotsuka Atelier Save this picture!+ 33 Share CopyHouses•Japan “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/7753/garden-and-sea-takao-shiotsuka-atelier Clipboardcenter_img Projects ArchDaily Area:  237 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Japan “COPY” Architects: Takao Shiotsuka Atelier Area Area of this architecture project Text description provided by the architects. The site faces the sea and has deep depth. And it inclines toward the sea by the vertical interval like 2M. We arranged the house in the center of the site. The plane shape of the house is wedge to spread towards the sea.Save this picture!We planned the first floor as a place to enjoy a garden. The part facing the garden of the half underground is a glass window. By it, a slope of the ground just appears as form of the openings. The exterior floor covered with the white gravel. Since it is surrounded by the outside wall, outside can also be felt like the interior of a room. By place to stay and movement at that time, relations with a person and the ground surface change.Save this picture!The second floor enabled it to set up a sense of distance with the sea variously in the inside of a building. The both ends of cylindrical space long in the direction of marine are glass windows. An indoor partition wall is also glass. We can look at sea side and the location of the other side at the same time from the room. Even if the sojourner is in any place, he can see or feel the sea.Save this picture!The first floor that enjoys the yard, the second floor that enjoys the sea, and 2 space were divided clearly. Owner enabled it to spend the time of non-every day by going back and forth mutual space with the different feature appropriate for the cottage.Save this picture!Project gallerySee allShow lessSports Complex / DATA ArchitectsArticlesMalta Design WeekArticles Share CopyAbout this officeTakao Shiotsuka AtelierOfficeFollowProductsGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesJapanPublished on September 23, 2011Cite: “Garden and Sea / Takao Shiotsuka Atelier” 23 Sep 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodWood Siding in KSR Villa BodrumWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalVentilated / Double Skin FacadeSTAC BONDAssembly Systems – GluedLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – LP Slim BoxUrban ApplicationsIsland Exterior FabricatorsPublic Safety Answering Center II Envelope SystemPodsTrimoModular Space SolutionsHanging LampsAxolightPendant Lights – HoopsStonesFranken-SchotterFlooring and Wall Tiles – Dietfurt LimestoneVentilated / Double Skin FacadeULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Nokia LibraryCabinetsburgbadWall Cabinet – Sys30AcousticUnika VaevAcoustics – Ecoustic® Foliar TileMore 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 streamlast_img read more

South Africa: Unfinished revolution causes instability

first_imgSeveral developments in South Africa over the last few weeks have brought to the fore the ongoing unfinished quest for national liberation and economic justice.A social media post by Penny Sparrow, a real estate agent and member of the opposition Democratic Alliance party, denigrating Africans went viral and ignited a discussion on the need for stiffer laws against hate speech.Sparrow referred to the majority African population in the postapartheid nation as “monkeys.”Sparrow decried the policy of integration, where all residents of and visitors to the Republic of South Africa, under the leadership of the ruling African National Congress party, are allowed to enjoy beaches and other public areas of the country. Sparrow revealed the continuing racist sentiments of many whites, particularly those who constitute the actual leadership of the DA. This party holds second place among the political parties in the South African parliament in Cape Town, having gained 22 percent of the vote in the 2014 national elections.In response to the furor generated over these statements, the DA announced the expulsion of Sparrow, saying there was no place for racists within their party. The DA’s KwaZulu-Natal provincial leader, Zwakele Mncwango, stressed in a press release: “I can confirm that Penny is no longer a member of the DA and after serving her suspension last week I can confirm that she resigned this morning.” (Eyewitness News, Jan. 8)Sparrow is also facing criminal charges, and will have to appear before the South African Human Rights Commission and the Estate Agency Affairs Board. Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu instructed the board to initiate a probe. In addition to these developments, Sparrow’s former bosses at Jawitz Properties will be pursuing legal action against her.These racist comments were not the only ones gaining attention in South Africa in recent weeks. According to Eyewitness News, “The SAHRC is also investigating after concerns about racist comments made by Sparrow as well as economist Chris Hart and Justin van Vuuren on social media in recent days, saying further legal steps could be taken against all three.”ANC celebrates 104th anniversaryThis discussion arose amid the commemoration surrounding the 104th anniversary of the ANC’s founding on Jan. 8. This liberation movement turned political party is the oldest such organization on the continent.Tens of thousands of people attended rallies and other celebrations throughout South Africa to mark this date when the party was formed at the height of European colonial rule in Africa in 1912. In five consecutive national elections since 1994, the ANC has won well over 60 percent of the vote.The largest opposition party to emerge since the democratic breakthrough of 22 years ago has been the DA. In an effort to obscure its racist, neoliberal and imperialist agenda, the DA uses various strategies to recruit and promote Africans.In early 2014, the DA attempted to stage a march on ANC headquarters in Johannesburg, but was rebuffed by thousands of ANC supporters who were mobilized to defend the party offices. DA criticisms of the ANC in parliament are clearly designed to agitate for the return of the system of white supremacy and a close alliance with the imperialist states.South African President Jacob Zuma said in an address before ANC anniversary celebrations in Rustenburg in the Northwest province, “Economic freedom must become a reality in our lifetime. The ANC has long set out to place our economy on a new growth path that will deracialize the economy and make a fundamental break with the ownership patterns of the past.” (Bloomberg, Jan. 9)During the same speech Zuma also demanded that the ANC be given “space to govern” in light of recent calls by the DA and other opposition forces for his resignation. He also derided the factionalism that has begun to plague the party and the Tripartite Alliance of the ANC with the Congress of South African Trade Unions and the South African Communist Party.Condemning what he characterized as “obstructions to government,” Zuma emphasized, “You can’t lose elections and hope to interrupt and obstruct the government that has been elected by the people through taking every issue to court or disrupting Parliament. The party that wins elections must be given space to govern. The ANC must be given space to govern — this is the fundamental basic principle of democracy and is practiced throughout the world; that is why it is called majority rule.”Warning that those fomenting divisions will not be tolerated, the president said, “Tendencies such as factionalism, careerism, gatekeeping, arrogance of power patronage — have no place in the ANC. We also wish to remind those who continue to perpetuate division and counterrevolution within our movement that there is no place for them.”Global capitalist crisis impacts internal politicsLike many so-called “emerging economies,” South Africa’s is experiencing a crisis due to the decline in commodity prices and the ongoing dependency upon the world system dominated by capitalist modes of production and relations. The continuing depressed value of the national currency, the rand, the rise in joblessness and low wages has triggered various responses, including an apparent right-wing demonstration in December demanding the resignation of President Zuma.On Jan. 11, there was yet another decline in the value of the rand on international currency markets. This continues a pattern begun during 2015 that precipitated a change in finance ministers twice within the course of a few days during December. This instability in the finance portfolio was credited with a previous drop in the currency value.An article published by Newscom.au on Jan. 11 reported, “The rand fell more than 9 percent to 17.9950 against the U.S. dollar, by far its weakest level on record, on fears that China wants to weaken its currency aggressively and boost its export competitiveness. The South African unit had recovered somewhat to 16.6500 by 0220 Tuesday AEDT [Jan. 12], but was still down two per cent from Friday’s close. It was the weakest performer in a basket of 25 emerging market currencies tracked by Reuters.”Zuma said in response to the decline that it was an overreaction to overall developments in the global economy. Some market analysts echoed this assessment, although such a phenomenon does not bode well for the immediate future of the country.Other factors involving relations with the U.S. based on the Africa Growth and Opportunities Act have played a role in the economic insecurity of the country by holding up the renewal of South Africa’s eligibility in the program, which was established under the Bill Clinton administration in 2000. An announcement was made recently that the outstanding issues related to the refusal of South Africa to accept certain meat products due to health concerns had been resolved.South African Minister of Trade Rob Davies revealed on Jan. 9 that an agreement had been reached to allow the importation of the meat products in question. Nonetheless, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said while Washington welcomed the progress made in resolving the outstanding technical issues, the real measure of the resolution would be based on the ability of South African consumers to buy these meats in domestic outlets.The Obama administration had threatened on Jan. 4 to suspend South Africa from the trade agreement. The AGOA was reauthorized by the U.S. Congress in June. The act eliminates import taxes on more than 7,000 products ranging from textiles to manufactured items in 39 African nations.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more