IBIA-H2 report estimates annual cost of match-fixing at $25m

first_img Topics: Social responsibility Sports betting Uncategorized Sports integrity Horse racing Online sports betting Retail sports betting Sports betting regulation Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter “The demand for those banned products invariably results in consumers migrating to offshore operators unhindered by such product restrictions and outside of that market’s regulatory oversight. This is counterproductive to the core regulatory and integrity policy aim.” Countries that have introduced strict reglations to conteract match-fixing include Sweden, where betting on rule violations like yellow cards is banned. There are also a number of restrictions on betting on lower-league events in Sweden. Tags: IBIA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter A report by the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has found that match fixing costs the betting industry approximately $25m (£18m/€21m) every year. The IBIA said that therefore “any restrictions on betting products enforced by regulators in the market where the potentially corrupted sporting event took place would therefore have been completely ineffective” for these events. “The regulatory authority would have no data on any of these potential integrity issues if regulated operators were unable to offer the markets and were unable to track any suspicious betting activity,” it added. The report – which can be read here – also said that many efforts to limit match fixing through national betting restrictions due to bets being placed outside of the jurisdiction where the corrupt event occurred. Between 2017-2020, 92% of basketball match fixing alerts came from bets placed abroad, while the figure for football was 84% during the same time frame. Of the 650,000 events (including 150,000 horse racing events) that operators offered betting opportunities on, 99.96% had no suspicious betting alerts – meaning only one in every 2700 events generated an alert. IBIA’s report also highlighted instances where the motivations for match fixing were sporting related, rather than solely making money. Citing an international study from Ghent University, 10% of players approached for match fixing did so purely for money, while 70% of cases were sporting related. The report also included a ranking of many of the most significant betting markets across the globe on factors such as regulation, taxes, product offering and marketing, with Great Britain and Malta at the top. Regions: Europe From 2017-2020 tennis generated the most match fixing alerts with 537, though the IBIA noted that this was due in part to the large number of tennis matches that took place, as only 0.2% of matches produced an alert. For basketball, every alert was on a primary market. Similarly for tennis, the vast majority of alerts were for match or set betting, rather than individual points which generated just 5%. “Without the ability for IBIA members to offer and monitor this market, this activity would likely have gone undetected and unpunished with bets placed with non-reporting operators,” the IBIA said. In addition, the report included a number of findings about the global betting market in general, including that the size of the market is set to reach $106bn by 2025 and that online betting shows no sign of relinquishing its majority of the global market, which is gained in 2020. 270 matches were flagged by IBIA in 2020 for suspicious activity. Europe turned out to generate most alerts, with 521 occasions being flagged in the three year period. 194 events were flagged in Asia, and 91 alerts were generated in Africa. The figure is based on data collected from operators, transaction history from customer bets on events that turned out to be corrupt, and analysis of tribunal and criminal sentences passed on corruption cases. Email Address 10th June 2021 | By Nosa Omoigui IBIA-H2 report estimates annual cost of match-fixing at $25m The report also went some way to dispelling the misconception that fraudulent betting primarily takes place online, noting that 1 in 5 (22%) of football alerts came from retail outlets from 2017-2020. In addition, it said that match-fixing is easier to detect online, making it appear that online betting is a larger risk when this may not be the case. Sports integrity Football was second with 207, while table tennis was next with 72. In football, the majority of these alerts, 91%, came on primary markets such as the match winner, rather than secondary markets like yellow cards or corner kicks. Card betting alerts occurred only once per 1,700 card betting markets offered, and the IBIA noted that even this was “skewed” by six alerts within one country’s top league in 2019, which have led to arrests.last_img read more

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Stanbic IBTC Bank (IBTC.ng) HY2015 Interim Report

first_imgStanbic IBTC Bank (IBTC.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the half year.For more information about Stanbic IBTC Bank (IBTC.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Stanbic IBTC Bank (IBTC.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Stanbic IBTC Bank (IBTC.ng)  2015 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileStanbic IBTC Plc is a financial services company in Nigeria offering banking products and services for the retail, corporate, investment and wealth management sectors. The Personal and Corporate Banking division provides a full-service offering ranging from transactional accounts to residential accommodation loans, vehicle and equipment finance and instalment finance. The Corporate and Investment Banking division offers products and services for foreign exchange, fixed income and equity trading as well as transactional banking, corporate and property lending and custodial and trade finance services. The Wealth Management division provides services for investment management, pension management, portfolio management, unit trust/fund management and trusteeship services. Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc undertakes venture capital projects and private equity investments; acts as an executor and trustee of wills and trusts; and provides agency, insurance brokerage and stockbroking services. Founded in 1989, Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc is a subsidiary of Stanbic Africa Holdings Limited. Its company head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Stanbic IBTC Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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3 reasons I’d ditch buy-to-let property and buy cheap UK shares right now

first_img 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. Don’t miss our special stock presentation.It contains details of a UK-listed company our Motley Fool UK analysts are extremely enthusiastic about.They think it’s offering an incredible opportunity to grow your wealth over the long term – at its current price – regardless of what happens in the wider market.That’s why they’re referring to it as the FTSE’s ‘double agent’.Because they believe it’s working both with the market… And against it.To find out why we think you should add it to your portfolio today… There’s a ‘double agent’ hiding in the FTSE… we recommend you buy it! Image source: Getty Images Buy-to-let property used to be a surefire way to build a sizeable financial nest egg. Unfortunately, tax and regulatory changes over the past few years means this is no longer the case. As a result, I think buying a basket of cheap UK shares could produce better returns in the long run. Today, I’m going to highlight the three reasons why I believe this is the case. 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…Buy-to-let returnsThere are two ways investors can profit from buy-to-let property. Rental income and capital gains. Many investors rely on rental income to cover mortgage payments and costs, such as decorating and emergency repairs. The income covers the day-to-day expenses, and the real profit comes from capital gains. However, over the past few years, rental yields have dropped significantly. The average rental yield in the UK is now around 3.5%, although it’s possible to achieve higher returns. At the same time, the lucrative tax breaks to that used to be available have been eliminated. All of these factors have squeezed the amount of income buy-to-let investors received. According to one study, after stripping out all costs and mortgage charges, the average buy-to-let investor receives an income of just £2,140 a year on a property worth £183,278. That’s a return of only 1.2%, excluding capital growth.Over the long term, UK home prices have increased at a rate of around 2-3%. That suggests a buy-to-let investor can look forward to a return around 3.2-4.2% every year. By comparison, over the past 100 years, UK stocks have produced an average annual return of around 7%. That’s one of the reasons why I reckon a basket of cheap UK shares could be a better investment in the long run. Buying cheap UK sharesI think the best investments to buy instead of rental property are high-quality blue-chip stocks. Some examples include healthcare giant GlaxoSmithKline and tobacco giant British American Tobacco.Both of these businesses have unique competitive advantages and economies of scale. They also currently offer significantly higher dividend yields than the average rental return on property.Glaxo supports a dividend yield of around 5% right now. Meanwhile, British American yields around 8%. Owning these equities in a Stocks and Shares ISA could also produce significant tax benefits. It’s impossible to own rental property in one of these tax-efficient wrappers. If you are not interested in picking individual equities, owning a tracker fund could be another alternative. For example, the FTSE 250 has produced an average annual return of around 12% over the past three-and-a-half decades.To replicate this return, all you would need to do is buy a low-cost FTSE 250 tracker fund. There would be no extra costs or charges, and you can buy the fund inside an ISA. The bottom lineSo those are the three reasons why I’d ditch buy-to-let property and buy cheap UK shares instead. Stocks have the potential to produce higher returns, can be owned inside a tax-efficient ISA, and are generally easier to manage. By comparison, rental property can be expensive to manage, tax-inefficient, and returns have collapsed over the past few years.  Rupert Hargreaves | Saturday, 10th October, 2020 Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves Rupert Hargreaves owns shares in British American Tobacco. The Motley Fool UK 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. 3 reasons I’d ditch buy-to-let property and buy cheap UK shares right now Click here to get access to our presentation, and learn how to get the name of this ‘double agent’!last_img read more

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Scrumgate: Solving the Irish nightmare – Paul Wallace

first_imgThe IRFU Player Succession Strategy mean that in future only one non Irish-eligible player will be allowed to play in any one position among all four provinces. This is targeted at the tighthead issue. Also, the IRFU are at last recruiting a high-performance scrum coach that should pay long-term dividends.However, what’s needed is a scrum academy with specialist mentors. As an ex-tighthead, I could help a hooker or loosehead but wouldn’t be anywhere as enlightened as someone who plied their trade there for many moons. Specialist coaches for the front-row and second-row positions are needed – with emphasis on a tighthead coach.There should also be more freedom for younger props to go overseas to get top-level experience before they hit their prime in their late 20s.This article appeared in the May 2012 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK. Or you may prefer the digital edition on your MAC, PC, or iPad. Would you like to sign up to Rugby World’s excellent weekly email newsletter? Click here.For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Ireland’s scrum problems have caught up with themThe Scrum horror of Twickenham still has the Irish front-row fraternity waking up in a sweat. For many, it was a shock that the Irish scrum could be so completely demolished but this was a long time coming, writes Paul Wallace.Though under the cosh from the start, when Mike Ross left the pitch on 36 minutes, I had my head in my hands with knowledge of what was to come. With the wet conditions, the outcome was clear to see as Tom Court jogged onto the pitch. It’s a long time since I’ve seen a game so dominated by the scrum as Ireland went back rather than up or down to stop the push.Some thought that Cian Healy or Court should have gone off ‘injured’ to bring about uncontested scrums. Ireland’s reward for doing the right thing was an incorrect penalty try by Nigel Owens as the scrum didn’t infringe – unless backpedalling at pace is an offence. But the dominant scrum gets all the calls – as Ireland did at RWC 2011 against Australia – and England were certainly that.Court shouldn’t be blamed for the complete implosion of the Irish scrum: both scrum sides disintegrated and he’s a loosehead prop who had to fill in on the much more difficult tighthead side. You should always have a tighthead on the bench as they can more easily adapt to the loosehead role. However, Ireland currently have no one to make even a half-decent fist of replacing Ross.In fact, Irish rugby has been riding its luck for years. Some thought John Hayes was irreplaceable during a decade of service but there was actually strength in depth that was never given a fair crack of the whip. Ross was sent to England due a lack of interest in Ireland. His years in London turned him into the raw material that could be moulded into a Test prop when he came back to Leinster.Outside of Ross, there’s no competition on the radar for one of the most vital positions on the pitch.Tony Buckley hasn’t come through as hoped and is off to pasture at Sale. Next in line should be Jamie Hagan but he’s not playing regularly due to being behind Ross at Leinster. Ulster’s Paddy McAllistair and Declan Fitzpatrick and Munster’s Stephen Archer are being denied big-match experience by John Afoa and BJ Botha respectively. The only tighthead to have progressed is Ronan Loughney in Connacht and he’s still quite raw.last_img read more

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England v All Blacks: England change their midfield for third Test

first_imgWith the Test series already wrapped up and the England players admitting that this one is all about writing wrongs and leaving these islands with something to show for it – something that will undoubtedly still impress the rest of the rugby world – they have thrown the initiative to those who Lancaster feels can keep calm heads when the hosts put pressure on.“It’s about understanding momentum in a game and changing it back to your momentum,” Lancaster said. “There are certain things you can do. To use football terminology you need to put your foot on the ball. It’s getting players to understand that in the heat of battle, when a couple of things have gone against us, territory and possession becomes more important. What might be appropriate in a different context in the game is not appropriate in this context. That’s what unfolded in that 20-minute period (in Dunedin). It comes down to experience in the end.”Looking at a run at centre: TuilagiOf course, with Tuilagi being brought back towards the heavy traffic and off the wing, there would be a suggestion that the grand experiment has failed. But as the England head coach was pressed on whether or not the move in the second Test was a failure he downplayed the move and later spoke of the great opportunity in front of Ashton.On whether Tuilagi on the wing was a bust he said: “No, I think it was fine. Manu played well on the wing and definitely didn’t make any errors. He contributed well to the game and it is definitely something we will look at for the future without a doubt.” TAGS: Highlight England have ended up reverting back to some of their first Test combinations for their final run out in Hamilton this Saturday, with Stuart Lancaster claiming “I still think we are finding out which players can and can’t play at international level.”The biggest change for England has been dropping Billy Twelvetrees altogether so that Kyle Eastmond can start at 12, with Manu Tuilagi at 13. Luther Burrell gives them an option from the bench.With Owen Farrell pulling out with a knee injury yesterday it was clear that Freddie Burns was going to start, but with Danny Care also pulling out with a recurrence of the shoulder injury that kept him from playing in Auckland and Ben Youngs starting again, England have the same nine, ten, 11 and 12 from the first Test.More experienced players have also come in to support the youngsters from the first Test, as Dylan Hartley is reinstated at hooker, Courtney Lawes sends Joe Launchbury to the bench in order to start beside Geoff Parling and Billy Vunipola swaps with Ben Morgan to start. Chris Ashton joins Marland Yarde and Mike Brown in the back three and Lee Dickson and Danny Cipriani come on to the bench.Clapping on the kids: Stuart Lancaster has welcomed back some youngsters from Test oneWhen asked about his centres, Lancaster admitted that he was sussing out “who can really deliver at the highest level, let’s put it that way. We’ve had a good chance to look at Twelvetrees during the course of the season. Eastmond’s come in, he’s had one opportunity, he’s taken it, now’s the right time to give him a second chance.“Looking at Kyle (Eastmond) and Manu (Tuilagi) again in the third test will give us the form they showed with Luther as an option from the bench. And potentially at 12 to go alongside Manu. It is more form than anything else.” England team to face the All Blacks: Mike Brown; Chris Ashton, Manu Tuilagi, Kyle Eastmond, Marland Yarde; Freddie Burns, Ben Youngs; Joe Marler, Dylan Hartley, Dave Wilson, Courtney Lawes, Geoff Parling, Tom Wood, Chris Robshaw (c), Billy Vunipola.England subs: Rob Webber, Matt Mullan, Kieran Brookes, Joe Launchbury, Ben Morgan, Lee Dickson, Danny Cipriani, Luther Burrell.center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Right back in the mix: Kyle Eastmond is brought back in at inside centre for the third Test last_img read more

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El Arrayan House / Oficina Bravo

first_img “COPY” El Arrayan House / Oficina BravoSave this projectSaveEl Arrayan House / Oficina Bravo Photographs:  Nico Saieh Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Lead Architect: Year:  CopyAbout this officeOficina BravoOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesLo BarnecheaOn FacebookChilePublished on July 16, 2020Cite: “El Arrayan House / Oficina Bravo” [Casa El Arrayán / Oficina Bravo] 16 Jul 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Nebula SeriesWall / Ceiling LightsLouis PoulsenLamp – LP RiplsWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagRoom Dividers – Partition Wall MDFStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Mar del PlataWindowspanoramah!®ah! SecurityPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsMIS Facade PanelCarpetsFabromont AGTextile Floor Covering – Orbital® 07 COLORpunkt®LightsNorka lightingLuminaire – BelfastMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Save this picture!© Nico Saieh+ 15Curated by Clara Ott Share Projects “COPY” ArchDaily Raúl Pacheco ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/943481/el-arrayan-house-oficina-bravo Clipboard Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/943481/el-arrayan-house-oficina-bravo Clipboard Area:  190 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2018 Manufacturers: Eco Pinturas, Timbercret Chile Architects: Oficina Bravo Area Area of this architecture project Landscape:Rebecca Emmons Collaborators:Ignacia CarramiñanaCity:Lo BarnecheaCountry:ChileMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Nico SaiehRecommended ProductsMetallicsSculptformClick-on Battens in Ivanhoe ApartmentsCeramicsGrespaniaWall Tiles – Wabi SabiDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20DoorsVitrocsaGlass Technology in Hotel BeaulacText description provided by the architects. The house is located on the outskirts of Santiago —at the base of the Andes Mountains— in a rather narrow plot of land next to the Mapocho River. The proposal of this house solves the problem of the closeness with the neighbours by arranging the spaces around a series of patios and projecting of the views towards the mountains close-by.Save this picture!© Nico SaiehSave this picture!PlanSave this picture!© Nico SaiehAt the ground level there are three intersecting volumes. A large central space concentrates the living room, dining room and kitchen. On the north side, a second volume containing three rooms and on the west side, a smaller volume with services area. The different patios surrounding the house are proposed as extensions of the interior spaces.Save this picture!© Nico SaiehSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Nico SaiehTaking advantage of the proximity of the site with the mountains, the interior spaces open towards the east view through openings in the upper portion of each wall, which connects the interior with the nearby peaks. While the exterior wood cladding takes dark shades of mineral pigments —in contrast with the landscape— the interior spaces’ materials lean towards light tones.Save this picture!© Nico SaiehProject gallerySee allShow lessCan Quarantine Propel Us Toward Planetary Sanctuary?ArticlesColoring Architecture: Download Carmelina&Aurelio’s Second Book for FreeArticles Share Photographs CopyHouses•Lo Barnechea, Chile El Arrayan House / Oficina Bravolast_img read more

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RSPCA launches weekly lottery

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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 28 September 2004 | News The RSPCA has launched what it claims is the UK’s first animal welfare charity weekly lottery.The lottery offers players a chance to win £3,000 in cash prizes every week plus a £10,000 special jackpot. Players pay £1 a week.Developed by Whitewater, the direct marketing agency responsible for the RSPCA’s direct response fundraising work, the lottery was launched with an initial mailing of 400,000. This was aimed at a range of existing supporters and others who have had some contact with the organisation but have no previous history of donating. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 The lottery is being promoted at RSPCA animal centres around the country with take-1 leaflets, and an online promotion is also planned.center_img RSPCA launches weekly lottery  73 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Tagged with: Gaminglast_img read more

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Yellow Moon raises £2.9m in eight years

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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Yellow Moon raises £2.9m in eight years  39 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Yellow Moon catalogue, which features products to entertain and develop children, has now raised more than £2.9 million for over 20,000 schools since its launch in 2001.The catalogue, available in printed and online forms, is used by Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) and similar groups to raise funds.Every time someone makes a purchase, they nominate their school to receive cash-back on their order. Products generate between 5% and 25% in cash-back.The school is also placed in a biannual free prize draw. A recent winner was Beverley Minster CE Primary School in East Yorkshire. It will spend the £1,000 prize on an outbuilding in which the PTFA will store fundraising items for events such as summer fairs. Advertisementcenter_img Tagged with: Community fundraising Trading The company has just added 400 new products to the catalogue.Yellow Moon is part of Baker Ross, which provides arts, crafts and educational resources to schools and youth groups.www.yellowmoonuk.org Howard Lake | 9 September 2009 | Newslast_img read more

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Pennies from Heaven raises its 250 millionth penny for charity

first_img Pennies from Heaven, the workplace microdonation scheme, has now raised 250 million pennies for charity since it began in 1999.Once employees have signed up to the system, it works by rounding down the monthly salary and taking the remaining pennies as a charitable donation. If someone earned £850.23 a month, they would receive £850 and 23p would be donated to their selected charity. No-one will ever donate more than 99p each month.All donations are eligible for Gift Aid.Pennies from Heaven reports that donations via its service rose by 9% during 2011/12 and are up by 12% in the first six months of 2013.Warwickshire County Council’s staff have demonstrated how much pennies can amount to in larger organisations. Its staff donated £32,000 for charity using the scheme in the year to March 2013.Charity staff as well as donors can use the scheme. For example, Mencap receives £1,000 each month from the rounded down pennies of its staff.Managing Director Anthony Law commented that Pennies from Heaven is proving particularly popular with people who work part-time or flexible hours and who can’t commit to a regular monthly payroll giving donation. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Howard Lake | 9 October 2013 | News Pennies from Heaven raises its 250 millionth penny for charitycenter_img  85 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 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

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Growing impunity for alleged instigators of radio journalist’s murder

first_img February 10, 2017 Find out more to go further ParaguayAmericas RSF_en News January 10, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Growing impunity for alleged instigators of radio journalist’s murder Organisation Help by sharing this information ParaguayAmericas News Reporter killed in ambush after police protection withdrawncenter_img The probability of radio journalist Merardo Romero’s murder going unpunished increased on 31 December, when one of the suspected instigators, local official Fidel Duarte (photo), was released on bail on the eve of the January judicial holiday, during which there is a greater danger of pressure being put on witnesses.His release was all the more unjustified as Paraguay’s legislation does not allow anyone accused of a serious crime to be freed on bail, and even more so for a crime of violence. Romero was gunned down last March in Itakyry (in the eastern department of Alto Paraná), where he was community radio La Voz de Itakyry’s programme director.“This is the last straw,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Several regional politicians suspected of ordering Romero’s execution have from the outset been treated with curious laxity by the police and judicial authorities. The local police have yet to arrest José Valenzuela, a senior member of the Itakyry municipal administration although the prosecutor’s office issued a warrant for his arrest on a charge of premeditated homicide. “Nonetheless, although officially a fugitive from justice, Valenzuela’s continuing presence in Itakyry has been confirmed. Former mayor Miguel Angel Soria, for whom Duarte served as a bodyguard, has also never been questioned. How do the judicial authorities explain their deliberate violation of the law they are supposed to implement? Who ordered Duarte’s release on bail? Under whose pressure? “Romero’s family has a right to know the truth. It cannot be sacrificed for the sake of political interests. We demand an explanation from Judge Alba de García de Zúñiga and prosecutor Graciela Ortiz, who are supposed to be in charge of the case. Given everything that has happened so far in this case, all the members of the Itakyry administration should be questioned.”Arrested on 10 December by police officers from Asunción, Duarte allegedly acted as an intermediary between the murder’s masterminds and the three alleged perpetrators, who were arrested in March. According to phone record, several calls took place on the day of the murder, 3 March, between Duarte and Arnildo Enciso Borja, one of the three detained suspects.Arcenio López, another alleged instigator, has been a fugitive from justice since 10 December. Prosecutor Ortiz suspects that, with Valenzuela’s direct approval, López paid the hit-men 8 million guarani (2,000 dollars) to murder Romero.A former supporter of the suspected instigators, Romero criticised the municipal government on the air, accusing it of corruption and charging for non-existent employees. News February 14, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts October 20, 2014 Find out more News Brazilian journalist murdered at home in Paraguay Follow the news on Paraguay Latin America’s community radio – a key service but vulnerablelast_img read more

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