Paddy Power Betfair confirms FanDuel talks

first_img Regions: US Paddy Power Betfair has confirmed reports that it has opened discussions over the potential acquisition of daily fantasy sports (DFS) company FanDuel Paddy Power Betfair confirms FanDuel talks Tags: Fantasy Sports Mobile Online Gambling 17th May 2018 | By contenteditor DFS Email Address Paddy Power Betfair has confirmed reports that it has opened discussions over the potential acquisition of daily fantasy sports (DFS) company FanDuel. This week, reports linked Paddy Power Betfair with a move for the DFS operator in the wake of the US Supreme Court voting to overturn a federal ban on sports betting in the US. FanDuel had previously spoken about its plans to launch a sports betting service should the Supreme Court overturn the federal 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which blocked most US states from offering regulated sports betting. Paddy Power Betfair said that should it reach an agreement with FanDuel, it could merge its own US business and the DFS brand to “create a combined business to target the prospective US sports betting market” In a statement, Paddy Power Betfair added: “Discussions are ongoing and there is no certainty as to whether agreement will be reached, or as to the terms or timing of any transaction. “A further announcement will be made as appropriate.”Related article: Paddy Power Betfair eyes FanDuel acquisition Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Finance Sports betting Strategy DFSlast_img read more

Turkish government launches sports betting tender

first_img Turkish government launches sports betting tender Lottery Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Mobile Online Gambling The Turkish government is accepting proposals from bidders for a new contract to power sports betting for state-owned gaming operator SportToto.The tender is seeking applicants capable of providing a central wagering system and risk management solution for fixed-odds and pari-mutuel betting on sporting events.To secure the ten-year contract, applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have experience of running a sports betting network of at least 500 outlets, with at least 6,000 to be operated throughout Turkey.They will be required to establish the central betting system within Ankara Province, while the risk management centre must also be based on Turkish soil. The successful applicant will also be expected to employ at least 100 staff dedicated to the SporToto project, including management and technical support staff.Bids are to be filed in the form of proposed revenue share agreements, which state what percentage of total revenue raised the applicant is willing to receive in return for operating the fixed-odds betting product.In total, the Turkish government aims to generate 17bn Lira (£2.4bn/€2.7bn/$3.1bn) in revenue from the offering’s first year in operation.However, companies will not be permitted to form consortiums when applying for the tender, though bids from joint venture companies will be accepted. This means the current operator of SporToto’s Iddaa-branded sports betting offering, the Inteltek joint venture of Intralot and local telecommunications giant Turkcell, will be able to make a bid.Inteltek, established in 2001, has served as the exclusive provider of fixed-odds and pari-mutuel betting since 2004, and secured a new, ten-year contract in 2008. It then extended the deal by a year in August 2018. Over the past 11 years, SporToto has seen its share of the country’s sports betting market grow to 56%, with turnover rising to $3.5bn.Last year Inteltek announced that it was to establish a software development hub in Turkey, with a focus on developing new mobile wagering products and services, employing more than 100 staff in the new facility.Bidders have until 09:30 AM on February 11, 2019 to submit their proposals to SporToto.SporToto is one of only two legal gambling operators in Turkey, alongside national lottery operator Millî Piyango İdaresi. A ten-year contract to operate fixed-odds and pari-mutuel wagering on behalf of Turkey’s sports betting and lottery operator SporToto is up for grabs, with the country’s government aiming to generate ₺17bn from first full year after launch. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address 11th January 2019 | By contenteditor Topics: Lottery Sports betting Regions: Europe Central and Eastern Europe Turkeylast_img read more

Kenya Airways Limited (KA.ug) HY2015 Presentation

first_imgKenya Airways Limited (KA.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Transport sector has released it’s 2015 presentation results for the half year.For more information about Kenya Airways Limited (KA.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Kenya Airways Limited (KA.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Kenya Airways Limited (KA.ug)  2015 presentation results for the half year.Company ProfileKenya Airways Limited is the flag carrier airline of Kenya. It was wholly-owned by the government of Kenya until 1995 when the airline was privatised. Kenya Airways is now a public-private partnership with the largest shareholder being the government of Kenya (48.9%) and the balance owned by KQ Lenders Company 2017 Ltd (38.1%), KLM (7.8%) and private owners (5.2%). Kenya Airways offers domestic and international flights, ground handling services and handles import and export of cargo. Subsidiary companies of Kenya Airways include JamboJet Limited which provides local passenger air transport services, and African Cargo Handling Limited which provides cargo handling services. Kenya Airways Limited is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchangelast_img read more

2 high yield FTSE 100 dividend shares I’d buy today

first_img Enter Your Email Address Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. Tom Rodgers owns shares in GlaxoSmithKline. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended GlaxoSmithKline. 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. If you’re in the market for high yield FTSE 100 dividend shares then these are the choices I think should be top of your list.Not every company can support a market-beating dividend with enough cover from its earnings to be sustainable in the long term. In 2019 the FTSE 100 had an average dividend yield of 4.35%.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…Some firms will reinvest any surplus to support growth, buy back shares to improve the value of what current shareholders own, or take over profitable, faster-growing rivals to boost their bottom line.But there are still large, stable multinationals that comfortably outstrip the market average in handing out cash as shareholder dividends.ShellFor most private investors, choosing investments is a case of waiting for a chance to buy the best FTSE 100 shares when they are not wildly overvalued.Now could well be that time for Royal Dutch Shell (LSE:RDSB), as its price-to-earnings ratio has dipped under 10.Shell also supports a whopping 6.7% dividend at last count. While none of us can know the future, I would suggest Shell offers one of the best opportunities for a solid buy-and-hold investment.The oil giant reported 0.3p earnings per share in 2015, and earnings per share has been on a rocket ride since then. A year later we saw that figure reach 0.58p, then it tripled in 2017 to 1.8p, while 2018 added 55% growth to hit 2.8p.Looking ahead, a consensus of City analysts have forecast 23% earnings growth in 2020.Shell chief executive Ben van Buerden will confirm these numbers, as well as the Q4 2019 interim dividend, in results out on 30 January. Buying quality shares ahead of results is normally a solid move for capital appreciation.GlaxoSmithKlineGlaxoSmithKline (LSE:GSK) has a wide economic moat. It is a market leader in respiratory drugs to treat asthma and medications for HIV. It owns products that none of its rivals can sell, which gives it a clear long-term advantage.Its three top-selling brands are HIV drugs Triumeq and Tivicay, and prescription asthma medication Advair. Together they contributed to nearly $9bn in sales in 2018.It would be hard to find a more solid FTSE 100 company, unless the world wakes up one day and stops needing prescription pharmaceuticals.GSK is also consistently one of the FTSE 100’s largest dividend payers. In five out of the last six years it has featured in the top five, and took sixth place in 2019, only just squeezed out thanks to a surprise $1bn special dividend from mining giant Rio Tinto.GSK’s 2019 dividend is also paid like clockwork. 2014’s yield was 5.8% with 19p per share paid per quarter and 23p paid in Q4. The same exact payments continued in 2015 (plus a 20p per share special dividend), in 2016, 2017, and 2018 on a dividend cover growing to 1.5 in 2018.While many early-stage private investors seek their fortunes in long-shot unprofitable gold miners, or speculative AIM shares with patchy histories, the highest-yielding FTSE 100 shares — with investments allowed to compound over time — are the simplest way to make yourself richer and your portfolio larger. 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”center_img Image source: Getty Images. Tom Rodgers | Wednesday, 29th January, 2020 | More on: GSK RDSB Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 2 high yield FTSE 100 dividend shares I’d buy today See all posts by Tom Rodgers 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.last_img read more

House at the Lake of Constance / Tom Munz Architekt

first_img 2015 Year:  Year:  2015 CopyHouses•Egnach, Switzerland ArchDaily photographs:  Katia RudnickiPhotographs:  Katia RudnickiText description provided by the architects. The building is located in the small village of Egnach in the hilly foreland of the Lake of Constance. The client purchased a property including a single-family house dating from the 1960s. The tight budget demanded an unconventional spatial approach as well as the use of alternative material solutions.Save this picture!© Katia RudnickiRecommended ProductsWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsWoodEGGERLaminatesFiber Cements / CementsSwisspearlSwisspearl Largo Fiber Cement PanelsWoodHESS TIMBERTimber – GLT HybridFoundation and basement of the existing building could be kept and were complemented by a two story prefabricated wooden lightweight construction.Save this picture!Floor PlanThe replacement displays high quality architecture in a distinct and functional form. Its raw and honest materials establish the warm atmosphere and the comfortable feeling in the house. The knowledge and regional relation of local craftsmen were tightly involved in the entire planning process. Due to the open typology and short spatial distances, building-costs could be kept on a low price for Switzerland of 430 €/m3.Save this picture!© Katia RudnickiRaw, honest, pristine- like the west coast of France, where the clients use to spend their vacations. The harsh climate, the extensive vastness of the country, and the graceful simplicity of the “Cabanas” were recollections that became the conceptual idea for an unostentatious natural home. These topics were adopted to the regional building culture, inserted in the existing settlement, integrating the strict building stipulations.
The two story construction holds a façade made from European larch.Save this picture!© Katia RudnickiThe simple typology creates, with its split-level layout, surprising living conditions. The interior finish is held in French Aleppo-pine ply wood made from sustainable cut trees that grew not far from the family’s vacation spot. The black stained kitchen was made from the same wood using a sophisticated pickling method, and was designed, like all fixtures and doors, specially for the house.Save this picture!SectionA very important precondition was the separation between private and semi-private realm of the home. Therefore, guests are guided through the house in ridge-direction towards the spacious 6m high living space, while private rooms are accessed via stairs separately from there. All living spaces are combined to enable the most generous views and the largest possible living liberty.Save this picture!© Katia RudnickiProject gallerySee allShow lessWinners Announced in Competition to Design Cultural Square in SeoulArchitecture NewsLOBBY #3: Meaningful Defiance in a Disengaged CultureArchitecture News Share House at the Lake of Constance / Tom Munz ArchitektSave this projectSaveHouse at the Lake of Constance / Tom Munz Architekt Switzerland Houses Architects: Tom Munz Architekt Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/775832/house-at-lake-of-constance-tom-munz-architekt Clipboard Projects Save this picture!© Katia Rudnicki+ 14 Share “COPY” Photographs House at the Lake of Constance / Tom Munz Architekt ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/775832/house-at-lake-of-constance-tom-munz-architekt Clipboard Area:  856 m² Area:  856 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeTom Munz ArchitektOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesEgnachSwitzerlandPublished on October 23, 2015Cite: “House at the Lake of Constance / Tom Munz Architekt” 23 Oct 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsCompositesMitrexPhotovoltaic Solar Cladding – BIPV CladdingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BronzeBathroomsGeberitBathroom Series – ONESkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight F100 CircularMetal PanelsTrimoQbiss One in Equinix Data CentreSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Q-ClassAluminium CompositesAmerican MetalcraftAluminum Panels – Decorative Fencing for BridgesPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsWater Facade PanelDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Concealed Sliding Door | MareaWall / Ceiling LightsiGuzziniExterior Light – WalkyWoodPlycoWood Boards – Birch LaserplyMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?康斯坦茨湖边小屋 / Tom Munz Architekt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

Co-op Bank’s Community Directplus makes first donations

first_img Seven charitable and community-based organisations in the UK are the first to benefit from an innovative donation fund launched by The Co-operative Bank.Charities from across the country are receiving donations of between £500 and £1000 to fund special projects ranging from the installation of wind generators to the creation of murals in inner city schools. The fund is part of The Co-operative Bank’s Community Directplus, a new bank account for community organisations, charities and voluntary groups. All customers of the Community Directplus account have the opportunity to apply for financial support from a fund that grows in relation to deposits. Advertisement  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Tagged with: Finance Research / statistics Howard Lake | 18 December 2003 | News Co-op Bank’s Community Directplus makes first donationscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 The first wave of this year’s successful applicants have been announced with seven groups receiving their share of £5,000.The Community Directplus account was set up earlier in 2003 specifically to suit the needs of community organisations, charities, voluntary organisations, social enterprises and co-operatives. The low cost 24-hour telephone, Internet and postal banking service will offer free banking, with no charges for cheques, standing orders, direct debits or cash deposits/withdrawals. In addition, for every £100 deposited in Community Directplus, 10 pence is added to the donation fund which is then made available for customers to apply for.The Customer Donation Fund will distribute a minimum of £5,000 every six months to customers that successfully apply for project funding. 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.last_img read more

Lessons in entrepreneurship to learn from universities

first_img Charities can learn a lot from universities in terms of entrepreneurship and innovation, a National Business Awards judge has said.Chester Mojay-Sinclare (pictured), founder and CEO of social enterprise, Charity Checkout, founded his company while at university in 2011 and is a judge at this year’s Lloyds Bank National Business Awards UK.The awards are open to organisations of all sizes and sectors with an emphasis on excellence, innovation and ethical business. Mojay-Sinclaire will join a panel of 75 UK business leaders, advisors, investors, influencers and entrepreneurs including Sir Malcolm Grant, Chairman of NHS England and Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE; to judge The Duke of York Award for University Entrepreneur.Shortlisting has already taken place and overall winners will be announced at this year’s awards and Gala dinner, which will take place on 15th November at The Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane.Mojay-Sinclare said:“Universities are leading the way in the sector when it comes to innovation and entrepreneurship. Charities can learn from universities who are already great at driving and encouraging an internal culture of entrepreneurship amongst their students, facilitating partnerships with innovative organisations and offering in-curricular entrepreneurial training.”  111 total views,  1 views today Advertisement Lessons in entrepreneurship to learn from universities  112 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis20 Tagged with: Awards higher education Melanie May | 11 November 2016 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis20 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 www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

New CEOs for UK Community Foundations & nurtureuk

first_img 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 www.thepurplepim.com. Melanie May | 2 July 2020 | News Prince of Wales extends Breast Cancer Haven patronageThe Prince of Wales has extended his patronage of Breast Cancer Haven for a further term.The Prince of Wales first became Patron of Breast Cancer Haven in 2000, three years after the charity was founded, and has been able to visit its centres in London, Leeds, and Hereford.Members of the Royal Family have been regular supporters of Breast Cancer Haven with HRH Sophie, Countess of Wessex holding the position of trustee from 2001 to 2009. More recently, Breast Cancer Haven staff received a personal message of support from The Prince of Wales for their work during the current coronavirus crisis.  539 total views,  5 views today Tagged with: Charity People Recruitment / people New Chairs for National Lottery Community Fund’s England & Scotland CommitteesThe National Lottery Community Fund has appointed new Chairs of its England and Scotland Committees.John Mothersole has taken the reins of the Fund’s England Committee, advising how National Lottery funding is used to support communities in England to thrive. Previously a regular member of the Fund’s England Committee, he has held several senior positions in local government across the UK. In December 2019, he stood down from his post as Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council after more than a decade in the job.Kate Still (pictured) is to lead the Fund’s Scotland Committee, overseeing grant making in the country. With over 25 years’ experience in education, employability and community enterprise, Kate is currently Director for Scotland at The Prince’s Trust. Previously she was Chair of Employment Support Scotland and a Fellow of the Institute of Employability. With UK Community Foundations and nurtureuk both announcing new CEOs, there has also been a raft of Chair and trustee appointments, while the Prince of Wales has extended his patronage of Breast Cancer Haven. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img  540 total views,  6 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Four new trustees for The Royal Free CharityThe Royal Free Charity has appointed Caroline Clarke (pictured), Melanie Sherwood, Nicola Grinstead and Katie Morrison to its board of trustees.Caroline Clarke has been group chief executive of Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust (RFL) since February 2019, having previously served as the RFL’s deputy chief executive and chief finance officer. She is also a trustee of Overcoming MS and the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).Melanie Sherwood worked for many years in the retail, publishing and property sector, and is a trustee of two charities: It’s Your Life, which helps underprivileged children and families in the UK, and Grenada Schools, an educational charity.  She has also been an active member of various charity committees, including Save the Children and Centrepoint.Nicola Grinstead, currently director of West London Children’s Healthcare at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust, brings leadership experience in both the NHS and as a charity trustee.  She was deputy CEO at Great Ormond Street Hospital, having previously served as director of operations and performance at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, and is also the former chair of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.Katie Morrison has 20 years’ experience of communications and is currently director of communications, campaigns and UK programmes at Plan International UK. She previously led the communications functions for both Great Ormond Street Hospital and Charity. New CEO and Chair for nurtureukArti Sharma (pictured) has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of nurtureuk, replacing Kevin Kibble, with Nicola Hannam succeeding Susan Henderson as Chair.Sharma has been a trustee at nurtureuk since May 2018, and was the former Deputy Chief Executive for youth social action charity City Year UK. There, she led all of the charity’s external facing activities including school sales, recruitment, partnerships, public affairs, communications and development. Her background in marketing and communications spans multiple not for profit and commercial sectors, and she created the British Council’s ‘Study Work Create’ campaign. Sharma is also an ACEVO Leadership Fellow Winner.Sharma commented:“I am delighted and humbled to have this incredible opportunity to lead nurtureuk in its next chapter. Having had first-hand experience of bereavement at a young age and knowing the subsequent impact it had upon my early school years, I strongly believe children from any background have the right to a safe and nurturing environment to be the best they can be.“I’ve been passionate about the betterment of children and young people throughout my career and am looking forward to progressing the incredible legacy nurtureuk has built. I am fortunate to be joining the charity at a time when its reputation and influence is growing, and I want to see its impact continue to expand. I look forward to building on the many achievements nurtureuk has delivered.”Nurtureuk’s outgoing Chief Executive Kevin Kibble was due to retire at the end of June but is instead undertaking a maternity cover role during the current Covid-19 pandemic. New CEOs for UK Community Foundations & nurtureuk UK Community Foundations appoints Rosemary Macdonald as CEOUK Community Foundations (UKCF) has appointed Rosemary Macdonald as CEO, having acted as interim CEO of UKCF since March.Prior to joining UKCF, MacDonald was CEO of Wiltshire Community Foundation for twelve years. The appointment follows her effective performance during the coronavirus pandemic.Setting out her vision for the future of UKCF, Macdonald said:“We will champion local philanthropy, bringing more resources to local communities as we enter challenging fiscal times. We will continue to be the voice of local communities in national forums, providing the insight through our local lens.“We will continue to develop our members’ skills and capacity, learning from experts across the UK and internationally. We will also put diversity, equality and inclusion at the heart of what we do, providing training for UKCF and its members to understand the needs of marginalised communities to ensure that we deliver equitable grant making.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Lynne Stewart reflects on a year free from prison

first_imgLynne StewartNew Year’s Eve marked the one-year anniversary of the release from prison of people’s lawyer Lynne Stewart, who was imprisoned for “aiding and abetting a terrorist organization.” Her client in the case was Egyptian Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, whom the U.S. government labeled a terrorist and convicted. On Dec. 31, 2013, Stewart was granted a compassionate medical release due to her metastatic cancer.On Dec. 31, 2014, Lynne Stewart commemorated her year-long freedom by returning to New York City’s Manhattan Correctional Center, where she had been jailed prior to being transferred to Federal Medical Center, Carswell, a maximum security federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas. Under the windows of the Correctional Center on a frigid night, Stewart and others gathered with noisemakers to let the women still locked down know they are not being forgotten, just as her supporters did for her when she was jailed there.Afterwards, she attended the annual New Year’s Eve party thrown by the International Action Center, a grassroots social justice activist organization which has long championed the cause of political prisoners and all oppressed victims of U.S. capitalism and imperialism.Since being home in New York, Stewart has not wavered from speaking truth to power against all forms of injustice nationally and internationally. She’s passionate about fighting for criminal justice reform and views the U.S. prison-industrial complex as senseless and embarrassing.Stewart’s fighting spirit has helped her endure day-to-day trials and tribulations. The first six months following her release were fraught with serious health challenges. Upon improving, she has attended and spoken at local events, and even traveled out of state with permission from her probation officer. On one such trip, while at the airport, she discovered that she is now on the U.S. government’s “terrorist watch list.”Most recently, Stewart participated in a “Black Lives Matter” protest in New York City’s Grand Central Station, speaking and joining in chants and song.Reflecting on President Barack Obama’s recent announcement regarding normalizing relations with Cuba, Stewart states that she sees this as a new initiative to possibly bring Cuba down, and that the flow of U.S. dollars there may be a negative force, an attempt to corrupt Cuba. However, unlike the U.S., she says, Cuba is principled, and knows the U.S. well.Regarding Assata Shakur, the U.S. political prisoner exiled in Cuba, Stewart believes that Cuba will continue to protect her from bounty hunters and has no intention of extraditing her to the U.S. She does not think the New Jersey State Police will make an attempt on Shakur’s life, though they are “mad dogs.”Stewart adds that she is delighted that the last of the Cuban 5 are free. She deplores the fact that her special friend, Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera, has been imprisoned for 33 years.Regarding the Rev. Edward Pinkney’s unlawful conviction and imprisonment in Jackson, Mich. — in a small prison with the only phone being outdoors — Stewart comments that it was Pinkney against corporate power, and that only the people can protect him. She maintains that it was the power of the people that protected her and achieved her freedom.Stewart states that the number of political prisoners released this year gives her hope that the opposition may not be as formidable as before. She sees a change in attitude toward political prisoners and says we must continue the fight to bring them all home, including Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden and Julian Assange. Pakistani political prisoner Aafia Siddiqui is also in Carswell federal prison, states Stewart, but her state of mind is such that she is now refusing visits. Her government is willing to take her back.Regarding grand jury functioning and decisions pertaining to police killings of unarmed Black boys and men, Stewart says “the law” is what “they” want it to be at any given time. She cites legal lynching cases ongoing since 1619. The grand jury is an ancient legal institution, notes Stewart, who served for 30 years as a practicing defense lawyer. The solution, she says, is abolition of the grand jury in favor of a jury trial. She states that the cops and prosecutors are a single entity with an agenda.Stewart says she is looking forward to a new year of new victories, believing in the power of the people to achieve future gains. “We have our work cut out for us,” she says. Her message to the movement remains the same: “Have courage, fight back, continue to struggle and keep the love flowing. Resistance is justified!”Stewart and her family are planning an anniversary celebration of her freedom in mid-February, her health condition permitting.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Accused mastermind’s brother now also charged in Dink murder

first_imgNews to go further Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit RSF_en News Follow the news on Turkey Organisation TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Osman Hayal, the elder brother of the accused mastermind of Armenian-Turkish newspaper editor Hrant Dink’s murder, has been charged with “complicity” and “membership of a terrorist organisation,” becoming the 20th person to be formally indicted in connection with the fatal shooting of Dink in Istanbul on 19 January 2007.Hayal is alleged to have accompanied the accused shooter, Ogun Samast, to Istanbul and to have assisted his escape afterwards. Hayal could get life imprisonment on the complicity charge and 15 years on the terrorism charge.When questioned last year, Hayal repeatedly denied being in Istanbul on the day of the murder. But he was arrested in August of this year after his mobile phone records reveal that he was after all in the city on that day.Questioned during the latest hearing on 13 October in the trial of Dink’s accused murderers before an Istanbul court, Hayal reluctantly admitted he was in Istanbul on the day of the murder as his mobile phone had “emitted a signal from the district of Umranyie” but he said he lied simply out of fear of being arrested and insisted he never left his maternal uncle’s depot on the Asian side of the city.The police nonetheless claim to have a witness, whose identity has not been revealed, who says Hayal was at the scene of the murder – on Halaskargazi Avenue in the district of Sisli – and that he was with Samast.The next hearing in the murder trial is scheduled for 26 January. Nearly two years have gone by since the murder but the authorities still have not shed light on the roles of all those involved. News At the request of the lawyers, the court agreed that testimony should be heard again – this time in the lawyers’ presence – from the two policemen, Metim Gündogdu and Muhittin Zenit, who were the first to get in contact with Tuncel. The court is also now to examine certain telephone conversations between the defendants.As well as Samast, Tuncel and Hayal, there are five other defendants who have been in prison for the past 21 months. They are Ogün Zeynel Abidin Yavuz, Ersin Yolcu, Ahmet Iskender, Tuncay Uzundal and Mustafa Öztürk. They will remain in prison until the next hearing, scheduled for 26 January.A Trabzon court meanwhile ordered on 26 September that two police officers, Okan Simsek and Veysel Sahin, should be tried for neglecting to take steps to prevent Dink’s murder. One of the Dink family lawyers, Egin Cinmen, said: “The court has understood that it was not just an act of negligence, but an act of negligence that resulted in a murder.” TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts October 27, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Accused mastermind’s brother now also charged in Dink murder Help by sharing this information News Hrant Dink murder trial resumes, two police witnesses refuse to answer questions Two police witnesses refused to answer questions during cross-examination and the court refused to reconsider a classified intelligence report about links between the Trabzon police and the presumed masterminds when the trial of Armenian-Turkish newspaper editor Hrant Dink’s alleged murderers resumed in Istanbul on 13 October. A witness confirmed that Dink had received threats.Ogün Samast, the youth from the city of Trabzon who allegedly fired the shots that killed Dink, was not brought from prison to the court for this, the latest in a series of one-day hearings held every few months, because he was reportedly unwell.Mithat Alkan, the concierge of the building where Dink lived, told the court that Dink was threatened a few months before the murder. “Two hooded men with guns rang the door,” he said. “When I opened, they introduced themselves as policemen. When I objected, asking how I could be sure, one of them asked me how many children Dink had and where they lived.” As they left, they told him to keep an eye on Dink because they would return.Ercan Demir and Engin Dinç, two former Trabzon police intelligence officers, told the court that they gradually stopped using Erhan Tuncel, one of the accused instigators, as a police informer during the months prior to Dink’s murder in Istanbul. They claimed they cut all links with him on 23 November 2006 – eight weeks before the murder – because he was “unreliable” and “made up information in order to be paid.”When the Dink family lawyers accused the two policemen of not attributing enough importance to the information Tuncel gave them about plots against Dink, they replied that they did what was necessary by alerting the Istanbul police and intelligence headquarters in Ankara.The two policemen repeatedly sidestepped questions with such replies as “You can check the files” or “That was two years ago, I don’t remember” or “I cannot answer that question.” They defended themselves by saying it was hard to get information as they did not think Tuncel was reliable.The report which the court refused to examine further was a classified one about the links between the Trabzon police and the two accused instigators, Tuncel and Yasin Hayal, which the court received on 22 April from general intelligence chief Ramazan Akyürek after it was requested by the Dink family lawyers.The 90-page report focused on Hayal’s status as informer for the Trabzon police, his activities and how he was monitored. The police reportedly began using Tuncel as an informer on 17 November 2004 in order to control Hayal’s movements and to monitor Islamist activity in the Black Sea region. After examining the report on his own, without lawyers being present, one of the court’s judges said it contained “assertions liable to endanger national unity and the rights of persons.” The Dink family lawyers requested that the report be reexamined in the lawyers’ presence, but the court rejected this at the end of the 13 October hearing. “We will not be able to get to the bottom of the matter if we are not allowed to see this report,” one of the lawyers said. Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law April 2, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out more ———————————————————-17.10.2008 April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more