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Sports betting lifts Spain’s GGR

first_img Gross gaming revenue in Spain increased quarter-on-quarter by just 2.33% in the three months through to the end of June, with the inevitable spike in sports betting in relation to the Fifa World Cup seemingly at the expense of poker.The country’s gambling regulator, the Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ), reported that GGR for the three months was €167.2m (£151.3m/$195.1m) – a year-on-year increase of 40.15% and a marginal increase on the first three months of 2018.Of the total, €87.6m was placed in bets (52.4%), €56.52m was accredited to casino revenue (33.8%), poker raised €19.45m (11.63%), €3.28m was generated by bingo (1.96%) and €340,000 was generated by competitions.Sports betting increased by 32.75% in comparison with the previous quarter, contributing towards a 7.07% quarter-on-quarter rise for the vertical and a 46.68% year-on-year increase.Online poker, however, decreased by 9.4% quarter-on-quarter following a significant rise in the first three months of the year following a shared liquidity pact between Spain and France. Portugal joined the pact in May.As reported yesterday (Tuesday) by iGamingBusiness.com, the DGOJ’s counterpart in Portugal, the Serviço Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos do Turismo de Portugal (SRIJ), reported a quarter-on-quarter increase in poker’s share of total GGR of 18.6% to 20.4%, with cash games and tournament poker representing 15.3% and 5.1%, respectively.However, in Spain there is still clear evidence of significant growth, which will only be boosted further by the decision earlier this summer by the country’s regulators to slash tax rates for online gambling operators, with GGR being cut by 25% to 20%.Marketing expenditure in the second quarter rocketed by 55.22% year-on-year to €81.3m, with the number of monthly active users rising by 31.74% to nearly 860,000. Bingo Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Bingo Poker 29th August 2018 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: Europe Southern Europe Spain Sports betting lifts Spain’s GGR Tags: Card Rooms and Poker Online Gambling Poker revenue rise stalls as World Cup fever takes over Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

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Alternatively, put your money into a FTSE 100 tracker, such as the iShares Core FTSE 100 UCITS ETF, or other indices such as the FTSE 250 or US S&P 500, to spread your risk across a wide range of stocks.So what went wrong at Centrica? Pretty much everything, actually.Customers have been leaving in droves, around 100,000 a month at its peak, complaining about high prices and poor service. That works out as more than a million a year, and although Centrica still has nearly 12 million accounts, no business can take that kind of loss (although the outflow has slowed lately).Last year, its shares hit a 15-year low. This year, a 22-year low, as they took a £70m hit from the new energy price cap, more than any rival.Low energyIts oil and gas exploration and production business was punished by falling energy prices, and the company is now is looking to exit that market in 2020. It will also sell its 20% stake in EDF Energy’s nuclear reactors.Centrica is shrinking.Outgoing chief executive Ian Conn is rightly taking most of the blame, with the share price down three-quarters on his watch, and dividends slashed. New ventures such as the smart home business, which includes its Hive smart thermostats, were supposed to generate £1bn of revenue by 2022, but will be lucky to produce a fifth of that.Others blame predecessor Sam Laidlaw, who bought up oil and gas deposits when his time may have been better spent investing in the increasingly rewarding wind power market.Things can only get better, can’t they?Comeback kid?There are signs of share price recovery, with the stock up 22% in the last month, boosted by Boris Johnson’s victory, which halted British Gas nationalisation fears. Earnings are forecast to drop 38% in 2019, but jump 36% next year. So that’s something.The forecast yield is 5.6%, with cover of 1.4. Maybe this time it won’t be cut. Centrica trades at 12.4 times forward earnings. The big question is where will growth come from? If this beaten-up stock manages to recover, it would be the turnaround of the next decade.I’m not holding my breath, though. 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.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images. Harvey Jones has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Tesco. 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. 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Apopka Chamber weighs in on four amendments

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear Takes positions on Amendments 1, 2, 3, and 10From the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce The Board of Directors for the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce voted recently to take a position on four amendments, that could have an effect on the businesses and membership of the Chamber, within the region. Each of the amendments were fully vetted and discussed by the Chamber’s Public Policy and Advocacy Committee, its Executive Committee and the entire Board of Directors. The Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce strongly encourages its membership to vote against Amendment One and in support of Amendment Two, Three and 10 on the November 6, 2018, General Election ballot.“The Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce is focused on providing leadership to influence the economic and governmental issues impacting our community and we encourage our membership and the residents of the Apopka area, to follow our lead on these important ballot initiatives,” said Ken Croston, Chairman of the Board and the President/CEO of Electronic Locksmith. Robert Agrusa, President of the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce, went on to say, “We are confident that our position on each of these amendments will continue to foster growth, prosperity, and predictability for the business community and the hardworking families of the greater Apopka area.”Amendment 1Amendment One provides an additional property tax exemption. After reviewing the amendment, the savings will benefit less than 25% of property owners and will ultimately be a huge tax shift to the majority of property owners. Therefore, the Apopka Area Chamber urges voters to oppose this amendment.Amendment 2Conversely, the Apopka Area Chamber choose to support Amendments Two, Three and 10. Amendment Two will codify Florida’s 10 percent cap on value increases for non-homestead properties, which includes commercial property and rentals. Plus, it helps communities thrive by preventing excessive property taxes and ensuring Florida remains an affordable place to live, work and do business.Amendment 3Furthermore, Amendment Three will give the voters control of gambling expansion throughout the State of Florida and protect the Central Florida region’s brand and economic driver, our family-friendly tourism industry, by keeping casino gambling out Apopka and the three-county area.Amendment 10Lastly, the Chamber decided to support Amendment 10, which assures our local constitutional officer’s independence from political bodies, as it gives confidence to the business community that politics are not part of public safety, judicial system, tax collection, property appraisals, elections, and other key duties.The mission of the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce is to serve the economic development, prosperity, and sustainability of our community and region through connectivity, leadership, education, and support.For more information on the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce, please visit www.ApopkaChamber.org. TAGSAmendmentsApopka Area Chamber of CommerceElection 2018 Previous articleNew festival brings two days of cultural and international entertainment, food, and film to Central FloridaNext articleApopka Police Department Arrest Report Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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10 Hanover Street / Squire and Partners

first_img Contractor: Architects: Squire and Partners Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2979 m² Area:  2979 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project United Kingdom 2013 10 Hanover Street / Squire and Partners “COPY” Year:  Structure: 10 Hanover Street / Squire and PartnersSave this projectSave10 Hanover Street / Squire and Partners Year:  Mixed Use Architecture “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/464471/10-hanover-street-squire-and-partners Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/464471/10-hanover-street-squire-and-partners Clipboardcenter_img photographs:  Gareth Gardner, James BalstonPhotographs:  Gareth Gardner, James Balston Projects 2013 MACE Waterman Quantity Surveyor: ArchDaily CopyMixed Use Architecture, Apartments•London, United Kingdom WT Partnership External Shutter Manufacturer:Astec ProjectsShow Apartment Interior:Jess LaversCity:LondonCountry:United KingdomMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© James BalstonText description provided by the architects. Squire and Partners has completed a slender apartment building on London’s Hanover Street, featuring full height bespoke perforated shutters. The building forms part of a mixed-use development which also provides a new office building and the Hus Gallery of contemporary art. Save this picture!© Gareth GardnerFrom 1800 to 1930 Hanover Street was the home of military tailoring, which influenced the design and craft in the detail of the building. A chevron motif used to perforate the facade is abstracted from military insignia, and combined with traditional military colours.Save this picture!© Gareth GardnerThe shutters are a contemporary reference to traditional timber shutters used in Mayfair residences to provide privacy and light modulation. Spanning the width of the building, the shutters can be fully opened and closed forming a dynamic frontage to the street and assisting with environmental control. When closed the bronze shutters allow light to permeate through displaying the chevron pattern, and when open reveal flashes of red lining and gold trim.Save this picture!North ElevationEach typical floor contains a single apartment with a duplex apartment on the upper floors. Large open plan kitchen/living rooms to the front offer views towards Regent Street and Hanover Square.Save this picture!© Gareth GardnerProject gallerySee allShow less361° Conference 2014: Architecture and IdentityEventHanjie Wanda Square / UNStudioSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:10 Hanover Street, London W1S 1YF, United KingdomLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Save this picture!© Gareth Gardner+ 34 Share Photographs CopyAbout this officeSquire and PartnersOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsMixed Use ArchitectureResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsLondonHousingResidentialMixed UseUnited KingdomPublished on January 08, 2014Cite: “10 Hanover Street / Squire and Partners” 08 Jan 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogFaucetshansgroheKitchen MixersVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Fine WoodPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Zenith® SeriesCultural / SportsPENT FitnessFitness Equipment – BANKA™ Weight BenchSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – B-ClassConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMMetal PanelsTrimoQbiss One in OfficesBricksFeldhaus KlinkerFacing Bricks – Waterstruck VascuWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodViroc Nature for FurnitureCurtain WallsMetawellFacades – Aluminum Curtain WallsHeatingFocusFireplaces – PaxfocusPatios / TerracesGlas MarteGlass Pavilion – GM Pavillon360More 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

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Fund managers prepare for battle

first_img  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Fund managers prepare for battle Howard Lake | 21 November 2005 | News A race begins today between Ireland’s top investment houses that will raise over ‚€100,000 for disability charity Rehab. The Rehab Great Investment Race has netted over ‚€500,000 since it began in 2001. This year the charity investment contest has attraced six players: AIB Investment Managers, Bank of Ireland Asset Management, HIbernian Managers, Irish Life Investment Managers, Oppenheim Investment Managers and Setanta Asset Management. All of the firms have participated in the race before but, as the competition enters its fourth year, the player to catch is Chris Reilly of Bank of Ireland Asset Management, who came out on top the past two years running. Advertisementcenter_img Each of the investment firms is given ‚€100,000 and the profit from their investment goes to Rehab. In the past the investment money for the race was provided by a leading charitable foundation. Frank Flannery, Rehab chief executive, described the managers’ collective effort as ‘a different kind of fundraising.’ He pointed out that, by entering, the competitors are putting themselves through a very public test.Mr Flannery reminded them, however, that their efforts have raised a very substantial sum for Rehab’s autism services. Tagged with: Events Ireland AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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Nominations open for Institute of Fundraising Scotland’s Executive Committee

first_img Tagged with: Management Howard Lake | 28 September 2007 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Nominations open for Institute of Fundraising Scotland’s Executive Committee  17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_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. Members will have received a nomination form by now. The closing date for nominations is 5 October 2007. Nominations are now open for membership of the Institute Scotland’s Executive Committee.The committee’s responsibility is to take an overview of each of the sub-committees, namely Income Generation, Membership and Marketing, Professional Development, and Public Affairs, together with the Conference Co-ordination Group. It is also responsible for the group’s finances. All full or associate members of the Institute of Fundraising are eligible to make nominations or be nominated, provided that they have paid their annual subscription and can regularly attend Committee Meetings. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Top 5 technology trends for the charity sector mooted

first_imgIntegrationThe need for centralised access to information remains a high priority for not-for-profit organsiations, which will result in better integration between different systems, platforms and the web.SecurityMore home and mobile working will bring heightened security challenges for not-for-profit organisations in terms of to data, information, networks, and identity.Cloud computing‘Online’ will become a more effective way for charities and membership organisations to manage their networks, with the risks and opportunities this brings.Guests at the event included Steve Bridger, Sue Fidler, Michael Webb from NFP Techno, Ivan Wainwright from IT for Charities, and UK Fundraising’s Howard Lake, as well as other independent consultants from Blue Spark, Friendlier Projects, Indigo Blue, International Fundraising Consultancy, Purple Vision and Sayer Vincent.Other guests included senior managers from Marie Curie Cancer Care, Royal Society of Medicine, Stonewall and The Chartered Institute of Taxation, together with representatives from publications such as Third Sector, Charity Times, Civil Society IT and Association Management Quarterly.IRIS, which has over 1,000 not-for-profit clients, says that it hosts this event to help to ensure that its products and services continue to stay in-tune with the sector.www.iris.co.uk/nfp 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.  40 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10 Tagged with: Advanced NFP QR Codes Technology Top 5 technology trends for the charity sector mootedcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10 IRIS NFP Solutions has once again brought together 25 representatives of independent IT consultants, clients, media representatives with its own senior managers to debate the key technology trends that were likely to affect charities and not-for-profit organisations in the coming year.The top five themes at the 2010 Technology Trends Lunch’ were:* mobile* social media* integration* security* cloud computingThe discussion began by reviewing the trends that were predicted at last year’s event.Then 35 ideas were brought to the table in sealed envelopes, and debate began. After linking related themes and issues, a vote yielded the top five issues.MobileThe requirement for mobile working will continue to rise seeing the use of more mobile devices, and the greater utilisation of applications such as geo-location and mobile phone campaign tools such as payment/donation facilities and QR codes.Organisations might have to get more used to staff bringing in their own (often better/faster) laptops, PDAs and phones to work on their system.Social mediaSupporters, volunteers, members, beneficiaries and potential donors/members are using these more and more, which is why charities and not-for-profits need to embrace them.People will expect a real-time web experience and will increasingly own the relationship they have with organisations. Social CRM will emerge as a term, where online activity will become part of Customer Relationship Management.The entire spectrum of staff at organisations will need to get onboard, underpinned by a clear social media strategy. Advertisement Howard Lake | 22 January 2010 | Newslast_img read more

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VAT waived on Tower Poppies sales to boost fundraising income

first_img Tagged with: Finance Trading VAT Howard Lake | 6 November 2014 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis “It is… right that we use the fines from those who’ve demonstrated the worst of values to support those who demonstrate the best of values every day.”Other charity projects where VAT has been waivedOther major fundraising campaigns have benefited from VAT being waived or refunded by the government. These include sales of the 2013 Comic Relief single, sales of the Live Aid DVD and Band Aid 20 single for Band Aid Trust, and the Irish government refunded the VAT due on the 2004 remake of Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas? single. 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.center_img The Chancellor George Osborne MP will waive VAT payments on the Tower of London poppies memorial display and boost the amount received by the beneficiary service charities. This should make an additional £1.1 million available.The installation, Blood Swept Lands And Seas Of Red by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, is attracting large crowds as the final ceramic poppies are put into place before 11 November.When it is complete, 888,246 ceramic poppies will fill the moat surrounding the Tower. Each one represents a British and colonial solider who died during the First World War.The Tower Poppies installation began in the summer and has involved teams of 11,000 volunteers placing the poppies in a growing crimson carpet around the Tower of London.Tower Poppies charitiesAll net proceeds from the installation together with 10% from the sale of every £25 poppy sold will be shared equally amongst six service charities: Cobseco, Combat Stress, Coming Home, Help for Heroes, the Royal British Legion and the Soldiers, Sailors, Airman and Families Association (SSAFA).Every poppy has already been sold.Payment from Libor fines to banksTechnically VAT is not waived. Instead the government will pay an amount equivalent to the VAT already charged to cover the sum.The money will come from fines levied on banks that were caught manipulating the inter-bank lending rate Libor. George Osborne said: Advertisement  63 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis VAT waived on Tower Poppies sales to boost fundraising incomelast_img read more

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Five journalists reported missing

first_img Four foreign journalists were reported missing in the east of the country. They were Clare Morgana Gillis, a US freelancer who was covering events in the east for The Atlantic magazine’s website and other US media; James Foley, a US reporter working for GlobalPost.com, Stars and Stripes and Al-Jazeera; Spanish freelance photographer Manu Brabo; and Anton Hammerl, a freelance photographer with dual South African and Austrian nationality. A Libyan journalist who was accompanying Gillis, Arish Saeed, disappeared at the same time. There has been no news of him since then.It emerged that Gillis, Foley and Brabo had been arrested together by pro-Gaddafi forces. The two men, Foley and Brabo, were held together and were allowed to contact their families on 23 April. Gillis was taken to a women’s prison in Tripoli, where she was allowed to contact her family on 21 and 26 April. She told her family that Hammerl was not arrested with them. Gillis, Foley and Brabo were released on 18 May, after being held for six weeks. Hammerl’s family announced on 20 May that it had concluded from witness accounts that Hammerl had been fatally shot on 5 April. April 5, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Five journalists reported missing Organisation RSF_en center_img News Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

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Authorities poised to move against popular radio station

first_img The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Help by sharing this information BurundiAfrica Organisation Reports Reporters Without Borders is concerned about the threat of closure hanging over Burundi’s most popular radio station, privately-owned Radio Publique Africaine (RPA), because of its coverage of the current political unrest.Burundi’s Security Council, a body headed by the president, issued a statement on 16 March accusing RPA and other media of “sowing fear in the population” and calling on the National Communication Council (CNC), of which new bureau members were appointed last week, to take appropriate measures against RPA, measures that could be severe and could mean closure.“The Security Council’s statement, singling out a radio station just for doing its job of informing the population, is very disturbing,” said Lucie Morillon, head of research and advocacy at Reporters Without Borders. “The accusations of ‘destabilizing public order’ are all the most serious for coming at a time of political unrest and growing repression. The need is greater than ever for the authorities to guarantee freedom of expression and information and to protect the work of journalists.”Alexandre Niyungeko, the president of the Union of Burundian Journalists (UBJ), has called on the CNC’s new members “not to succumb to the temptations of some who, by means of public statements, would like to abuse their political position to indulge their desire to clamp down on Burundi’s media.”Morillon added: “We support the UBJ’s position and we strongly urge the National Communication Council to play its role as media regulator, to consider its actions carefully and to not exceed its powers under government pressure.”Among the accusations that the Security Council levelled against RPA is broadcasting reports on 8 March that were “likely to foment disobedience and insurrection among the Burundian people.”RPA’s reporters provided live coverage of violent clashes between police and members of the opposition Solidarity and Development Movement (MSD) at its headquarters in the capital, Bujumbura, during which policemen were temporarily kidnapped and demonstrators were wounded and arrested.After the clashes, the MSD was accused of “insurrection” and was suspended on 14 March for four months, while its president, Alexis Sinduhije, who is facing a possible life sentence on an insurrection charge, went into hiding. His location is still unknown.Another Burundian radio station, Isanganiro, quoted RPA director Eric Manirakiza as saying his station had just done “its job of providing information” for which the Security Council “should send it a message of congratulation.” He added that RPA “helped Burundians and even foreigners to find out what was really happed in real time and had dispelled rumours” and that “today the rights of citizens can no longer be violated behind closed doors.”The international community has condemned the clashes between police and opposition activists. On 12 March, the European Union expressed concern about the “increase in political tension” while the US State Department deplored the use of excessive force. The next day UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon condemned the “growing restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly.”RPA has long been a thorn in the government’s side because it does not hesitate to cover sensitive stories and criticize the ruling party. Its reporting has been subject of reprisals in the past.Clarisse Irakoze, an RPA journalist, and two Radio Télé Renaissance journalists, Prime Gahinja and Alexandre Bizoza, were beaten by police and ruling party activists in the northwestern province of Cibitoke on 30 August while covering Sinduhije’s interception by the police while on his way to a meeting with supporters.Burundi is ranked 142nd out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, nine places lower than its position in the 2013 index. News BurundiAfrica March 21, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities poised to move against popular radio station to go further Receive email alertscenter_img News Follow the news on Burundi News RSF_en Four Burundian journalists complete 12 months in arbitrary detention October 21, 2020 Find out more Burundian appeal court upholds prison sentences for four journalists November 27, 2020 Find out more June 5, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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