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Evolution posts revenue and profit growth in Q1

first_img Tags: Online Gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address Finance Live dealer software supplier Evolution Gaming has posted double-digit growth across both revenue and profit in the first quarter, as it felt the benefit of higher commission income from existing customers. 25th April 2019 | By contenteditorcenter_img Topics: Finance Evolution posts revenue and profit growth in Q1 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Live dealer software supplier Evolution Gaming has posted double-digit growth across both revenue and profit in the first quarter, as it felt the benefit of higher commission income from existing customers.Operating revenue in the three months to March 31, 2019, amounted to €79.3m (£68.5m/$88.4m), up 54% on €51.6m in the corresponding period last year.In addition to existing customers, Evolution cited the impact of commission from new clients in the quarter as one of the main drivers behind this revenue growth.Evolution noted higher demand for its live casino games, with the number of bet spots from end users up from 3.1bn in Q1 of 2018 to 5.1bn, while higher revenue from dedicated tables and environments also contributed to the overall increase.An expanding customer base meant Evolution spent more during Q1, with total operating expenses amounting to €491.m. This was driven by higher personnel costs, connected to the launch of new tables in the company’s studios.Staffing costs amounted to €29.0m in the quarter, up from €20.9m in the same period last year, while depreciation, amortisation and impairments increased from €4.1m to €5.7m. Other operating expenses jumped from €8.8m to €14.3m.However, despite these higher costs, Evolution reported a significant increase in operating profit, which was up 64% year-on-year to €30.2m, while earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation also hiked from €22m to €35.9m.Profit before tax climbed from €17.8m to €30.1m and, while profit after tax for the period was up from €16.5m to €28.6m. Evolution paid a total of €1.6m income tax in the quarter.Martin Carlesund, CEO of Evolution, praised the supplier’s strong performance in the quarter, saying that this favourable start to the year means it is likely to end 2019 in the upper end of its 44-46% EBITDA margin for the full year.“Throughout last year, we expanded studio space and customer environments and the number of tables in line with the increasing demand from our customers, and we can now see how all of this pays off,” he said.“It is our assessment that Live Casino as a product vertical will continue to take market shares in 2019 and why we consequently will continue to invest based on our customers’ demands in our studios also going forward.”Carlesund also picked up on the impact of increasing regulation in a number of markets, namely the US, Canada and Sweden. During the quarter, Evolution went live with DraftKings in the US, Lotoquebec in Canada, and both Svenska Spel and ATG in Sweden.“With hard and focused work and high energy throughout 2018 and in the first quarter of 2019, we have taken our product portfolio to a whole new level, broadened our own market and created a new market for the industry, which in our perspective makes the gap between ourselves and the competitors wider than ever,” he said.last_img read more

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Mystery Box by Big Time Gaming

first_img12th November 2019 | By Aaron Noy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Once again the biggest game show in the world meets arguably the best maths in the world, a match made in heaven for all BTG and Who Wants to be a Millionaire fans. Millionaire Mystery Box is a 243 ways slot designed to deliver a game to suit every type of player. Millionaire Mystery Box has a slick land-based feel and will appeal to a broad demographic due to its relative simplicity.The game is based on a 243 ways structure, with a quick draw land-based double up gamble which includes the ability to gamble the total free spin win, putting the player once again in the hot seat. Millionaire Mystery Box Free Spins features a ladder delivering both the Free Spins Multiplier and extra Free Spins to the lucky player. As more scatters ring into the reels, the multiplier goes up and the so does the potential!You can play a demo of this slot here!You can download the First Look Games affiliate pack for this slot here! Topics: Casino & games Slots Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Casino & games Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Mystery Box by Big Time Gaming Once again the biggest game show in the world meets arguably the best maths in the world, a match made in heaven for all BTG and Who Wants to be a Millionaire fans. Millionaire Mystery Box is a 243 ways slot designed to deliver a game to suit every type of player. Millionaire Mystery Box has a slick land-based feel and will appeal to a broad demographic due to its relative simplicity. Email Addresslast_img read more

Aptech Learning & Arena Animation sign Dravid as global brand ambassador

first_img Latest Sports News Cricket BCCI Apex Council Meet: BCCI to bid for 3 major global events in next tournament cycle starting from 2024; Check Tokyo Olympics: BCCI provides fuel in Indian Olympic flame, to contribute Rs 10 crore Aptech Ltd., the global education and training company with presence in over 40 countries, has announced renowned former India cricketer and junior national team coach Rahul Dravid as a global brand ambassador for Aptech Learning and Arena Animation.Dravid has been considered to be the best ambassador to promote the Aptech and Arena philosophy for his undying zeal to empower the youth of India. “Rahul Dravid The Wall has always produced a blueprint to guide the country’s future talent. He has been an exemplary leader and great team player. His recent decision to coach the Under-19 India team was a testimony to his commitment towards building a nation where the dreams and energy of youth are channelized towards building a strong nation. Aptech too has been tirelessly working towards making the youth in over 40 countries chisel their skills to be more successful in the career of their choice. Therefore, this partnership is based on mutual trust and vision for the country’s progress,” said Pravir Arora, Executive Vice President, Aptech Ltd. 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At the center of this transformation and future growth will be the youth of India. We need to channelize their energy in the right direction. I am honoured that Aptech, an Indian company that has become a global leader in skill and non-formal education, chose me to represent their brand. We both strive towards empowering youth with the right skills, aptitude, and attitude that holistically makes them a successful professional in the future.”Aptech over the past three decades has emerged as a skill and non-formal education leader offering specialized and certified training in banking and finance, language proficiency, IT education, hardware and networking, as well as, travel and tourism, hospitality, aviation and retail operations skills. Aptech has successfully trained over 7 million students through its two main streams of business – individual training and enterprise businesses and has effectively ventured into ten diverse sectors ranging from IT training to personal development.Arena Animation has been a pioneer in M&E education with its legacy of leading the industry in over 40 countries. The company has been skilling youth from the past 22 years and has trained over 5 lakh students in animation, VFX, film making, augment and virtual reality, gaming, digital, graphics and the web designing.The Indian animation and VFX industry has grown significantly over the years, not only supporting the growing Indian M&E sector but also serving the world. According to the recent FICCI FRAMES report, the animation industry was valued at ₹17 billion and is expected to continue its growth at a CAGR of 11% till 2020. This presents a huge opportunity for growth for the youth of the country. 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Kenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.ke) Q32019 Presentation

first_imgKenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2019 presentation results for the third quarter.For more information about Kenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Kenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Kenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.ke)  2019 presentation results for the third quarter.Company ProfileKenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB Bank) is a financial services institution in Kenya offering products and services to the commercial sector. The banking group offers a full-service offering for commercial and corporate clients and runs an Agency banking model. Its parent company, KCB Group, was founded as a branch of the National Bank of India in Mombasa. Grindlays Bank merged with the National Bank of India in 1958 to form the National & Grindlays Bank. The government of Kenya bought a 60% stake in National & Grindlays Bank and took full control of it in 1970; renaming it Kenya Commercial Group. It was renamed KCB Bank Kenya after a corporate restructure. KCB Bank Kenya is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the KCB Group. Its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Kenya Commercial Bank Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

St. Jude’s Cathedral in Canadian Arctic pays off its debt…

first_img Comments (1) Rector Collierville, TN Curate Diocese of Nebraska Submit a Job Listing Tags Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY By André ForgetPosted May 5, 2017 Rector Belleville, IL Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Anglican Communion Rector Tampa, FL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Youth Minister Lorton, VA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Bath, NC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS St. Jude’s Cathedral in Canadian Arctic pays off its debt after years of fundraising Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET [Anglican Communion News Service] Twelve years after St. Jude’s Cathedral – the iconic house of worship in Iqaluit, Nunavut was destroyed by arson – the Diocese of the Arctic has announced it has finally paid off the debt accrued in rebuilding it. “We’re pretty excited about that,” said Suffragan Bishop Darren McCartney, who oversees the eastern regions of the diocese of the Arctic. “[It is] a big weight off our shoulders.”Read the full article here. Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Albany, NY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Martinsville, VA Submit an Event Listing Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Washington, DC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Smithfield, NC Comments are closed. Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC May 8, 2017 at 8:04 pm Congratulations! Great job. Submit a Press Release Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Shreveport, LA Press Release Service Director of Music Morristown, NJ Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Associate Rector Columbus, GA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Featured Events Pjcabbiness says: Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA last_img read more

Rosa Gardens / Brooks + Scarpa

first_imgSave this picture!+ 21 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/203037/rosa-gardens-brooks-scarpa Clipboard ArchDaily Projects “COPY” Architects: Brooks & Scarpa Area Area of this architecture project Rosa Gardens / Brooks + ScarpaSave this projectSaveRosa Gardens / Brooks + Scarpa 2011 Rosa Gardens / Brooks + Scarpa Manufacturers: Andersen Windows & Doors, Armstrong Flooring, Celotex, CertainTeed, Daltile, Delray Lighting, Fleetwood, GAF, James Hardie, Shaw, Bristolite, Eaton’s Lighting Division, PPG IdeaScapesProject Team:Lawrence Scarpa, Angela Brooks, Omar Barcena, Mark Buckland, Brad Buter, Silke Clemens, Emily Hodgdon, Ching Luk, Gwynne Pugh, Sri SumantriClient:Coachella Valley Housing CoalitionCity:Palm SpringsCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsText description provided by the architects. Rosa Gardens is a 57-unit affordable apartment building of 1, -2-, 3- and 4-bedroom family units. The programs include a common courtyard, patios and balconies, 130-space parking, bike racks, community room, common laundry room, common mailbox areas, swimming pool, and a basketball Court.Save this picture!Recommended ProductsWindowsAccoyaAccoya® Windows and DoorsWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoWindowsSky-FrameRetractable Insect Screen – Sky-Frame FlyWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedProject gallerySee allShow lessIn Progress: Cite des Arts et de la Culture / Kengo Kuma & AssociatesArticlesEuropan 11 Proposal: ‘Nudge City’ / RIO AgencyArticlesProject locationAddress:Palm Springs, California, USALocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Area:  93000 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/203037/rosa-gardens-brooks-scarpa Clipboard CopyAbout this officeBrooks & ScarpaOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsHousingPalm SpringsUnited StatesPublished on January 30, 2012Cite: “Rosa Gardens / Brooks + Scarpa” 30 Jan 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – Metropol ClassicVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ StonePartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Zenith® SeriesPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesProdemaProdEx Wood Facade in the Aspen Art MuseumSealantsSikaRenovation of Zeitz MuseumSinksBradley Corporation USAVerge Coordinated Soap Dispenser and Faucet SetsWoodLunawoodThermo Timber and Industrial ThermowoodAcousticFabriTRAK®FabriFELT™ for Walls and CeilingsGlassDip-TechDigital Ceramic Etch PrintingWindowspanoramah!®ah! Ultra MinimalistEngineered Wood FlooringAustralian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH)Australian Oak Engineered FlooringLouvers / ShuttersConstruction SpecialtiesSunshades – Airfoil LuxMore 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 stream Apartments Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CopyApartments•Palm Springs, United States United States “COPY” Year: last_img read more

Hotel Guests’ Small Change Adds Up to Help Disadvantaged Children

first_imgGuests staying at Hilton Worldwide hotels in Europe this winter will be using their small change to make a big difference to disadvantaged children as part of Hilton in the Community Foundation’s annual fundraising campaign.The Foundation’s “Small Change, Big Difference” campaign will be running in 129 hotels in 17 European countries throughout October, November and December this year. The campaign invites guests staying at selected Hilton Worldwide hotels to add an optional £1 or €1 onto their room bill during their stay as a donation to the Foundation.Simon Vincent, area president Europe, Hilton Worldwide and chairman of the foundation’s trustees said, “This is a very worthwhile campaign and one that I hope our generous guests will support once again. By choosing to add an optional £1 or €1 we can help Hilton in the Community Foundation to ensure that disadvantaged children receive the support that they need. Working together your small change really can add up to make a real difference to children’s lives.”This year the Foundation is also running the fundraiser in Continental Europe. As a result 57 hotels in 16 European countries will be joining the UK to help to increase the money raised for local causes.All net proceeds raised from the campaign will be used to support disadvantaged children through Hilton in the Community Foundation’s grants programme.Funds raised by hotels in UK and Ireland will be distributed to charities who work with disadvantaged children through the Foundation’s open application central grant process.For continental Europe, each participating country will choose a local charity working with disadvantaged children to support with their fundraising, while The Foundation will then ensure that every net penny raised by the hotels is distributed to these organisations. These grants will then support a range of projects including the provision of specialist educational and sporting equipment, care facilities and training and activity based learning.“Small Change, Big Difference” has now been running as a campaign since 2004, raising over £835,000 in total for children’s charities including Teenage Cancer Trust, Children’s Hospices UK, Barnardos and Save the Children.– ### –About Hilton in the Community Foundation:Hilton in the Community Foundation was founded in 2000 as Hilton Worldwide’s charity dedicated to supporting young people in need. Focused on Education and Health, grants supporting disadvantaged young people are made in the UK and continental Europe, while in the event of international disaster grants are made to relief organisations at the Trustees’ discretion.The Foundation’s core costs are funded by Hilton Worldwide, so every net pound raised goes directly to good causes. Donations are funded almost entirely through the generous efforts and contributions of Hilton team members, family and friends and with the support of Hilton guests and company suppliers. In 2009 £1,064,102 (€1,267,300) was raised with the Foundation awarding 326 grants to 251 charities.Please visit our website: www.hilton-foundation.org.uk AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Events 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.  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Hotel Guests’ Small Change Adds Up to Help Disadvantaged Children Howard Lake | 12 October 2010 | Newslast_img read more

Interview with Ricardo González Alfonso

first_img Organisation July 21, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Interview with Ricardo González Alfonso RSF_en New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council Cafeteria of the Hotel Welcome, where the Spanish government is lodging the 11 Cubans who arrived in Spain on 14 JulySeven of them are journalists and one of the seven is Ricardo González Alfonso, who has been the Reporters Without Borders Cuba correspondent since 1998. He was arrested along with 74 other Cuban dissidents during the notorious “Black Spring” of March 2003 and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.The Spanish section of Reporters Without Borders went to greet him on his arrival at Madrid’s Barajas airport and, because of the enormous international interest, organised a news conference for him and the other journalists on 17 July.In the following interview, he talks about his impressions since his release and his plans for the future.What were your initial feelings on leaving prison?There have been various feelings. The first is one of being physically in Madrid and mentally still in Cuba. In conversations, I find myself saying ‘here’ and I am referring to Cuba. There was a more intimate and personal feeling, the one I had when I woke up next to my wife for the first time in seven years and four months. In prison, there were conjugal visits ever five months, then every three months and finally every two months, but they were three-hour visits. And you missed waking up beside your wife. But there is a detail that is worth recalling: when I was on the plane flying to Spain, I saw a knife for the first time in a long while. A metal knife. Something very simple but forbidden inside prison. It surprised me. It almost frightened me. Another detail: the emotion you feel facing you first plate of hot food in seven years. It is a jumble of little things that may give an idea of the confusion I feel at this moment, and the need to adapt psychologically to the new circumstances.How did you experience your release, from the moment you received the news until you left Cuba?Everything began with a rumour, which I heard in the national prison hospital, where I was being treated for a foot infection. A fellow inmate, a reliable person I trusted, told me that he had heard on the radio (in the Combinado del Este building where he was) that they were going to free 45 prisoners. That was the first news. A little later, in the same hospital, I met another colleague, Julio César Gálvez (another journalist, who was also released). He told me he had heard something similar but he still did not have any details. When I got back to my cell, I asked for the newspaper, Granma, and there I saw that the news was confirmed. It spoke of releases but did not give the names of the chosen detainees. Later, at around 6 pm on the same day, 8 July, I got a call from Cardinal Jaime Ortega, the archbishop of Havana, telling me that my name was on the list of prisoners who were going to be released and flown to Spain, if I was willing. I said that going to Spain could be interesting. When I met my wife Alida, she was thinking of emigrating to the United States. But I was not contemplating emigrating. So we decided that we would separate when her exit permit arrived (which in Cuba is issued by the interior ministry). But, as the years went by, we became closer and more in love with each other, and Alida’s exit permit did not arrive. Finally, a few days after I was arrested, Alida’s one-way exit permit finally arrived, presumably to get her to abandon me. But she refused to abandon me. She rejected the permit and decided to stay here with me. It was obviously the kind of decision that creates a strong bond between two people, stronger than the initial commitment to each other.When the releases first began, in the first half of 2005, we talked about it and I told her that, if they released me and then took a year to give me an exit permit, we would stay in Cuba. But if they gave us the exit permit before the year was up, we would leave. Years later, I am a granted a release together with an immediate exit permit. So, I kept the promise I had made to my wife, in response to her loyalty to me, and we decided to emigrate. The first phase was difficult for me, because my younger son from my first marriage did not want to leave his mother, and his mother did not want to emigrate. But her friends and I managed to persuade her. I was fortunate in finally being able to emigrate with the two children from my first marriage, with my wife, of course, and with my children’s mother. So I can say I am one of the few Cubans with all of his family united.When you were told of your imminent release, did Cardinal Ortega tell you that you could choose between staying in Cuba or leaving?No, it was very clear. What he told me was that those who left with me would be able to return without a permit. This is exceptional. Any Cuban who emigrates definitively has to apply for a re-entry permit in order to return. This of course violates article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but that is the situation in our country. The cardinal also told me that, for the first time in 50 years, the property I left behind, my home, would not be confiscated. Those were the details he gave me. But he told me I had to take an immediate decision.In other words, you had to give him your reply in the course of the same phone call?Yes, at once. The cardinal said that the processing was going to be very fast that not a minute could be lost. I had to give him my reply at once.The conditions in which you were held for the past seven years, what were they like?There were various stages. The investigative phase and the trial itself, a total of 36 days, were spent in Villa Marista, the State Security headquarters. The light was on all the time. I had to sleep next to the light in a windowless cell. The water for bathing and drinking was rationed. The interrogations were in the morning, the afternoon, the night and in the early hours. So you had only short spells for sleeping. This went on until the trial. After the trial, the same conditions continued but we were allowed out of our cells in the morning and afternoon and were able to converse, because there was no longer any point interrogating.We were there until 24 April 2003, when we were sent to the top security prison, Kilo 8 in Camagüey, where the conditions were very harsh. I was in a cell in which, where the bed ends, the little bathroom begin. A cell so narrow that the water store is in this small toilet. There was no shower, just a water tube over the toilet, toilet in inverted commas, what we call a Turkish toilet. That is where you had your breakfast, lunch and dinner and where you received medical attention. From Monday to Friday, when it was not raining, we were allowed into a courtyard where, if I stretched my arms out, I could touch the walls on either side. It was like a cell, but instead of a roof it had bars. If it was noon, you had the sun overhead. At other times, there was glare from the sun. Then the situation changed. We spent three months without electricity. Then we were three months with the light on all the time.This was all in Camagüey?Yes, I am still referring to Camagüey’s Kilo 8 prison. It is 533 km from Havana, where my family lived. During the last month, we were able to turn the light off and on. That was a big advantage. While there, I wrote a book of poems called “Man without a face” that reflected all the abuses taking place there. Not just the abuses to which I was being subjected because of my ideals, for defending freedom of expression, but also what the ordinary offenders were undergoing. I was punished for writing the book. They sent me to a special wing holding Cuba’s most dangerous inmates, ones that no other prison accepted, to the point that there were no people in Camagüey province in the prison. They were all from other provinces.One told me that three of them were there to harass me, to steal things from me and to be verbally abusive. Not physical mistreatment, but verbal aggression, insults and so on. One of them admitted that he had been sent by State Security, that he would be rewarded for the role he was playing. To end this punishment, I was forced to go on hunger strike. I told the authorities that I would call off my hunger strike if they recognised that they were punishing me for writing a book or if they gave me the same treatment as my colleagues, the treatment that I had been receiving before, which was bad but not as bad as this.Later, when I already had gall-bladder and liver problems, I was sent to Agüica prison, in Matanzas province. I was in poor health all the time I was there. They took me to the national prison hospital several times and I was operated on three times there. From there, I was transferred to Havana’s Combinado del Este prison on 7 December 2004. At first, I was in Building No. 2. Then I was admitted to the hospital again. From there we were sent back to prison without a medical discharge because we had staged a protest. In the final stage, the last two or three years. I had a cell to myself, thanks to the protests and hunger strikes and the international campaign by my wife Alida.As a result, I managed to obtain conditions that were better than those available to ordinary offenders – the possibility of having my cell door open from 6 am to 6 pm and of having a light that I could turn on and off. As for the rest, it was the prison discipline that everyone has to accept. Except that I refused to wear the ordinary offender’s prison uniform because I was not an ordinary offender. I wore regular clothes. This led to my sister being harassed when she came from New York to visit me. The Cuban political police pressured her at Havana’s José Martí airport to try to persuade me to wear prison uniform. She was 71 at the time and they put her under so much psychological stress that she fainted.What can you tell us about the food and the hygiene in the prisons where you were held?Here again there were phases. For example, when I was in the windowless cell in Camagüey and being punished for going on hunger strike, the floor had a carpet of rodents. It was part of the punishment. My bed was just two steps from my toilet. The ceilings of the cells were incredibly damp. I saw this in all the prisons where I have been, without exception. There was so much humidity that we used plastic bags to channel the water leaking from the pipes so that it did not drip on us while we were sleeping or eating. Using Cuban ingenuity, the inmates made channels for the water by tying plastic bags. The walls were permanently damp in my last two cells. Water dripped from the walls and the leaks.And how did all this affect your health? Well, I am allergic to humidity. I had to be treated with antihistamines all the time. I suffer from migraines. I was always on analgesics to control those. I was 53 when I entered prison and 60 when I left and, logically, all that humidity made my osteoarthritis worse.Was the medical treatment satisfactory?I can say that I received privileged treatment compared with the ordinary offenders and even the other political prisoners who are not regarded as prisoners of conscience by Amnesty International.What is your view of the government’s decision to release detainees?The Cuban government clearly found that it had no choice but to release detainees. There was an combination of events beginning with Orlando Zapata Tamayo’s death, the heroic hunger strike by Guillermo Fariñas, the marches by the Ladies in White on the streets of Havana, the support of various international organisations, the support of the Cuban exiles, the pressure from certain democratic governments in various parts of the world and the very critical economic situation. All these factors created a situation that favoured our release.At a time when a dialogue had started between the Catholic Church and Raúl Castro’s government, Spanish foreign minister Miguel Ángel Moratinos decided to step in as an observer in the dialogue, in order to facilitate the departure of the 2003 Black Spring detainees, so that they could go to Spain. As for the detainees who have decided not to leave Cuba, despite the government’s pressure, I have to say that they have all my admiration and respect. It is significant that the regime did not release them before those of us who agreed to emigrate. When a prisoner has to emigrate in the way we did, which was straight from prison to the airport, there is a series of steps that have to be taken including a medical check and the issuing of a visa. But when you release a prisoner who wants to stay in Cuba, all you have to do is open the door.They arrested 75 men in the space of 72 hours seven years ago. Now they have decided to release 52, and ten of them want to say. Will they be able to do that? I wonder why the government does not release them, when it is easier than releasing those who were going to emigrate. It is inconceivable that all those who decide to stay in Cuba should remain in prison. I fear that they are holding them as hostages to pressure the European Union, which has to decide in September whether or not to lift its common position towards the Cuban government.What do you think is needed for the situation in Cuba to change radically?There is no magic wand for political, economic and social changes. Various factors coincide. That is how it happened in all the totalitarian regimes at the end of the 1980s. The economic crisis, the disillusion with totalitarian policies that do not satisfy human needs, the exhaustion and attrition of social inequality, the internal and external pressure – they are all factors that accumulate. But we can see that there exist circumstances that are slowly favouring change. This word ‘change’ is one that is in the minds of all members of Cuban society. Not just the opposition, but also sectors of the leadership and the government. The only thing is that they want a change that will save a dying man, while the opposition and civil society want a change that will give birth to democracy.What are your plans in this new stage of your life, in which you are far from your country for the first time?My legal status has not yet been clarified. All the formalities are being sorted out at this moment. I would like to know as soon as possible under what circumstance I and my family will be able to remain in Spain. The fight for freedom of expression and for the release of my colleagues is not something I am going to start now. We began as soon as we landed at Madrid airport and we have continued. We will continue to say the same thing: that the release of all the political prisoners is an essential first step for Cuba’s total democratisation, which is after all the only thing that guarantees a person’s freedom.Interview by Alessandro Oppes, Reporter without border Spain News CubaAmericas Follow the news on Cuba May 6, 2020 Find out more to go further Newscenter_img Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet News News Help by sharing this information October 15, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts CubaAmericas RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago October 12, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

Ammunition connected to dissident republicans recovered

first_imgNewsCrime & CourtAmmunition connected to dissident republicans recoveredBy Staff Reporter – September 16, 2013 1035 Students warned of rental scams in Limerick Facebook No vaccines in Limerick yet Woman arrested and €72,000 seized in Westbury Advertisement Print Linkedin AMMUNITION suspected to be connected to dissident republican activity has been recovered in Limerick after gardai searched addresses following the arrest of two men in Dublin over the weekend.As part of ongoing investigations into the activities of Dissident Republicans in Dublin and Limerick members of An Garda Siochana attached to the Special Detective Unit and the Crime and Security section arrested two males at James Street, Dublin on Saturday afternoon.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Two handguns were also recovered at the scene and a technical examination will be carried out.In a follow up search later on Saturday, a quantity of ammunition was also recovered in Limerick.The two males are currently detained under the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939 at Clondalkin Garda Station.A major garda Investigation is ongoing as the two men are to appear before a sitting of the Special Criminal Court this Monday. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Previous articleAdventure Tourism a winner in LimerickNext articleFatal crash on Shannon to Sixmilebridge Road Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp Gardaí step up operations to tackle Limerick dognappers Email TAGSammunitionCrimedissidentsDublinfeaturedGardaígunsMusic LimerickSpecial Criminal Court Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Rape Crisis welcomes publication of O’Malley report Twitterlast_img read more

OPD searching for assault, evading suspect

first_img File image of OPD police vehicle. Police are searching for a suspect who reportedly punched a police officer before evading in his vehicle.The officer pulled over the suspect April 14 in the 2900 block of East Highway 80, an Odessa Police Department news release stated. He reportedly was combative with the officer and punched him before driving off.Officers later recovered the vehicle but investigation revealed it didn’t belong to the suspect, the release detailed. Photos of the suspect can be found at odessapd.com or on OPD’s Facebook page.Police are asking anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect to call Detective J. Gonzales at 432-335-4969 or Odessa Crime Stoppers at 432-333-TIPS and reference case No. 19-14940. Pinterest By Odessa American – February 24, 2021 OPD searching for assault, evading suspect Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp Local NewsLaw Enforcementcenter_img TAGS  Twitter Facebook Facebook Pinterest Previous articlePoetry Readings and Book SigningsFort Worth poet featured in PBPS eventNext articleWoman charged with biting another woman on hand Odessa Americanlast_img read more