The data-driven future of bonusing

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter In an era in which operators are prioritising social responsibility, the notion of players being lured in by free spins and free bets seems an anachronistic reminder of what some might consider the bad old days. In the webinar, Falk will illustrate how Solitics’ partners have been positively impacted by the utilisation of all their data in real-time across their marketing strategies, including bonusing. 20th September 2020 | By Josephine Watson In conversation with iGB, Harel Falk, VP of sales & business development at Solitics, discusses what may be on the cards for igaming’s best-known marketing tool… Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Those who have worked with the Israel-based data management and marketing automation platform that enables B2C brands to personalise customer experiences have seen an “incredible” uplift across the board, from rate of conversion to revenue, according to Falk. The utilisation of rich data can address these social concerns, as well as improve the effectiveness of bonusing. Data can, of course, be used to deter people from gambling should they be identified as a risk, just as it can be used to inform a player of a new game they may enjoy. “However, it has become such a widely used & common practice that it’s gone stale. Bonuses are, in general, poorly targeted and a viewed as a cheap tool when talking strategy.” “The effectiveness of bonuses has been reduced,” Falk says. “Bonuses have been around for a long time, and initially they were a great way to attract new players. They were used to introduce players to products as well as offering them an incentive to play and stay. The data-driven future of bonusing A high-reward approach “We believe in this industry, and we want to create solutions that help operators overcome the technological challenges they face through our tools, technology and education,” he says. “We want to give them a cutting edge and benefit from our real-time, data-driven approach. Operators must reimagine bonuses as a core feature of long-term customer journeys rather than just use them as a short-term fix if they are to reap rewards in the increasingly data-driven world of online gaming. So, what can operators do in a practical sense to start re-strategising their use of bonuses? Falk suggests that operators need to be rewarding more and bonusing less.center_img To hear more from Solitics and our expert panel, register to join our upcoming iGB webinar, “Bonuses: A New Age” today. “Rather than just sending out bonuses on a mass scale to encourage one-time customers, with real-time data you get the complete picture of the player and can react and plan accordingly. Marketing “Using data effectively is a huge challenge, and while many are moving in that direction, it can be overwhelming. We can bring those ready-made solutions to the table. Operators don’t just have to rely on their own developers and in-house teams.” That’s the view of Harel Falk, VP of sales & business development at Solitics, who will next week address the future of bonusing in a webinar presented in association with iGB – “Bonuses: a new age”. He will argue that operators who utilise real-time data to develop a personalised and enriched customer journey, which includes bonuses, can achieve those jackpot prizes of improved player satisfaction, engagement and, ultimately, retention. A new era By implementing a more targeted approach, Falk says: “You can make decisions based on the products the player likes, how long they tend to play for, how much they tend to deposit or spend and whether they have set limits.” Data-driven approach This valuable data can help to build a more valuable relationship between customer and operator, with marketing teams and systems able to formulate a personalised customer journey. Individualised and relevant bonusing should fit into that long-term strategy. In a session aiming to stimulate debate and be of interest to executives from across marketing, product and technology, Falk will look at how operators can overcome the challenges of developing bonus strategies in a changing landscape in terms of technology, public perception and regulation. Topics: Casino & games Marketing & affiliates Sports betting Strategy Marketing “By using real-time data, we can create a journey that is specific for each customer, with marketing strategies – including bonusing – putting the emphasis on players having fun, feeling welcome and feeling that their positive experience is designed for them. Email Addresslast_img read more

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Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL.bw) 2012 Annual Report

first_imgBotswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2012 annual report.For more information about Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL.bw)  2012 annual report.Company ProfileBotswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL Group) is a leading financial services group in Botswana which operates through three subsidiaries. Botswana Insurance Fund Management (BIFM) is an asset management company and wholly-owned by BIHL Group; managing in excess of P23.9 billion in assets across equity, fixed income, real estate, liquidity and alternative investments. The subsidiary company is also invested in non-traditional assets which include the healthcare industry, tourism sector and property development. Botswana Life Insurance Limited (BLIL) is the leading life insurer in Botswana; with an estimated market share of 80%. Legal Guard is a legal expenses insurer which provides clients with access to personal legal counseling and assistance with experienced attorneys based in 11 branches located in the major towns and cities of Botswana. Legal Guard represents clients in civil, criminal and labour matters.last_img read more

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Access Bank Limited (ACCESS.ng) Q32013 Interim Report

first_imgAccess Bank Limited (ACCESS.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2013 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Access Bank Limited (ACCESS.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Access Bank Limited (ACCESS.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Access Bank Limited (ACCESS.ng)  2013 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileAccess Bank Plc is a leading financial institution offering banking products and services for the retail, private, corporate and institutional and non-institutional sectors in Africa and Europe. The company offers solutions for corporate and investment banking, commercial banking, personal banking and business banking. In addition to transactional banking, Access Bank Plc offers cash management and treasury services, project and structured finance, supply chain and trade finance as well as insurance, brokerage services, liquidity management and debt management programmes. The company was established in 1989 and has grown its national and international footprint to approximately 300 branches. Access Bank Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Access Bank Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Honeywell Flour Mills Plc (HONYFL.ng) 2019 Annual Report

first_imgHoneywell Flour Mills Plc (HONYFL.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2019 annual report.For more information about Honeywell Flour Mills Plc (HONYFL.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Honeywell Flour Mills Plc (HONYFL.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Honeywell Flour Mills Plc (HONYFL.ng)  2019 annual report.Company ProfileHoneywell Flour Mills Plc is a flour milling company in Nigeria and manufactures and markets wheat-based products which includes flour, semolina, wheat meal, brown flour, pasta and noodles. The company markets it products under the Honeywell brand name. Formerly known as Gateway Honeywell Flour Mills Limited, the company changed its name to Honeywell Flour Mills Plc in 1995. The company is a subsidiary of Siloam Global Services Limited. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Honeywell Flour Mills Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Autumn Internationals Week Three: Five things we learnt

first_imgBut whilst Scotland’s core game was solid, it was the creativity that once again caught the eye. Not just creativity with the ball, but also at the set-piece. Their front-ball lineout, for Hamish Watson, was gorgeous and showed how a little bit of thought can catch even the best maul defences off guard.Smart move: Hamish Watson crosses from a lineout move against South Africa (Getty Images)In a modern game where five-metre catch-and-drives have become so hard to stop and therefore ubiquitous, ignoring all of the pods and throwing it short and low is a tactic that more should use.Add to that Huw Jones delivering pirouetting passes/breaking from underneath his own posts and Stuart Hogg carving up the wide channels and Scotland look every inch a top-five team. Next year’s Six Nations will be belting.Related: Watch Scotland’s incredible try against South AfricaExperimental England got what was to be expectedThe displeasure with England’s victory was clear. Clear in the pundits’ voices and the supporters’ chatter. Some feel that a 35-15 victory over Japan isn’t worthy of this England team. But there are two things to consider.Firstly, Japan aren’t really a Tier Two nation anymore, but they’re not Tier One either. They’re a Tier 1.5. This Japanese team scored five tries against the All Blacks a matter of weeks ago, although admittedly against the Kiwis’ second string, and 50-point margins against Japan don’t really happen anymore.What Japan lack in weight and height, they make up for with the precision and speed of passing that you would expect from a country with a Super Rugby franchise.The second thing that we need to remember is this was an experimental England team. New centre combinations, changes in the back three and a new back row don’t exactly make for a cohesive game plan, nor the associated high scoreline.Pass master: Owen Farrell gave England control when coming on (Getty Images)It wasn’t until Owen Farrell came on that England had any fluidity in midfield and why would they? George Ford, Alex Lozowski and Jack Nowell have never played together before – Nowell has never played Test rugby at centre.England selected an experimental team and got an experimental scoreline. It was to be expected.Stop kick-off times overlappingAs the on-field aspects of rugby march forward at a terrifyingly professional rate, on occasions the administrative side of the game still appears very amateur. Quite why the Scotland v South Africa and Ireland v New Zealand games overlapped is naive at best, stupid at worst.High rise: Scotland v South Africa lineout action (Getty Images)Rugby matches never run to time, it is the nature of the sport. With injuries and the increased use of the TMO, 80-minute rugby matches are anything but. So, to play the two biggest games of the weekend so close together makes no sense. Corner stop: Wales’ Liam Williams dives over to score against Tonga (Getty Images) It’s not just an issue about respecting supporters; it’s commercial suicide. The whole point of Channel 4 buying the Ireland rights was so that people watch their adverts. But with Scotland within six points of the Boks, no neutrals saw the first eight minutes of the Ireland game and probably missed the first two commercial breaks. Half an hour between high-profile matches should be the norm from now on.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It was a momentous weekend of Test rugby – here are Paul Williams’s reflectionscenter_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Wales the most improved Tier One teamIt may seem paradoxical to big up Ireland, as I do below, and say that Wales are the most improved Tier One team in the world. However, Ireland have been playing at an extremely high level for two seasons; Wales’ improvement over the past 12 months has been rapid.Wales’ 74-24 victory over Tonga was their eighth on the bounce and barring a slow 20-minute period, they made light work of Tonga over 80 minutes. Wales have always had a reasonable first XV, but now they appear to have a genuine squad of 30, which is what all of the best nations have always had.Lock stock rising: Jake Ball impressed against Tonga (Getty Images)Wales have six legitimate front-row forwards, six locks, three scrum-halves, three Test standard outside-halves and a back three of six. Even the worries over depth in the centre would have been eased after Owen Watkin’s performance. He was remarkably strong in the tackle, but with a subtlety of hand that not only delivers perfect spiral passes off both sides but has taken pick-pocketing back to a standard not seen since the days of Fagin – his rip and strips against the Tongan’s were brilliant.Dan Biggar’s performance at ten means that Wales now have a situation where one of the genuine Test level outside-halves may not even be travelling on the bus. Add this to the performances of Jake Ball and a back-line that burned more people than an 16th century witch trial (31 in total) and you have a depth of squad that pro rugby in Wales has never had.Ireland dominate the All BlacksOne victory against the All Blacks could be misconstrued as a fluke, but two victories in two years is a pattern. And it’s a pattern that has made the World Cup a genuine contest.Ireland were awesome against the All Blacks. There is no other word for it. We could trawl through a list of statistics to illustrate their dominance, but to keep the ABs tryless is all you need to know – only the second time a northern hemisphere team has managed it since the game went pro.First 15: Rob Kearney celebrates beating New Zealand in Dublin (Getty Images)The Irish scrum was impeccable; at times they pushed the Kiwis around like they were a trolley in Lidl. Rob Kearney was immaculate under the high ball and defensively the Irish midfield was packed tighter than a six-month-old box of Sugar Puffs – Ryan Crotty was reduced to just five carries.Jacob Stockdale looked like a World Player of the Year in waiting and the Irish locks made Sam Whitelock and Brodie Retallick look like squad players. But it was, as always, Peter O’Mahony for whom the greatest praise must be showered.Every now and again you come across the alpha male of alpha males. The sort of bloke who’s so rugged that you’d let him build your new house, even if he’d never done it before. But O’Mahony goes a level beyond even this. I wouldn’t want my house built by him, I would want it built from him. He is wood and concrete made flesh and the best six playing the game.Well played Ireland, this wasn’t a game-changing performance, this was a sport-altering performance.Related: Peter O’Mahony the hero against All BlacksScotland playing well, but not winningTradition dictates that if a team loses, then all is lost. The team is doomed, the dressing room is septic and the coaches need to be beheaded in the city centre. But that isn’t always the case and it certainly isn’t the case with Scotland. They may have lost 26-20 to South Africa, but it was a good performance.There was near parity at the scrum, lineout, line breaks and defenders beaten, and let’s not forget that these numbers were achieved against a Springbok team who have already beaten the All Blacks this season.last_img read more

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La Catedral Nacional de Washington se prepara para asistir a…

first_img Rector Albany, NY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis El senador John McCain, que falleció el 25 de agosto de un cáncer del cerebro, fue miembro del Senado desde 1987 hasta su muerte. También fue miembro de la Cámara de Representantes desde 1983 hasta que ingresó en el Senado. Foto de la Oficina del senador John McCain.[Episcopal News Service] La Catedral Nacional de Washington puede ser el sitio de los funerales de Estado y de los oficios y celebraciones conmemorativos de la nación, pero también es una comunidad de fieles cuyos miembros acuden al inmenso edificio de la más alta elevación de Washington, D.C. para subrayar los momentos importantes de sus vidas. Y es por eso que al funeral del senador John McCain el 1 de septiembre le seguirá una boda esa tarde.“Esta pareja realmente tiene su recepción detrás de la nave de manera que vamos a entrar cientos de sillas y sacar cientos de sillas y a entrarlas de nuevo otra vez el sábado por la noche para los oficios del domingo por la mañana”, dijo el Muy Rdo. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, deán de la catedral, en una entrevista con Episcopal News Service.Los más de 80 empleados de la catedral pondrán su granito de arena mientras se preparan para el funeral de McCain, dispuesto para las 10 AM y para los oficios que siguen. “ Algunos empleados estarán aquí toda la noche del viernes y hasta el sábado por la noche”, dijo él.El senador John McCain pronuncia un discurso en el 75º. Aniversario de Pearl Harbor, el 7 de diciembre de 2016. Foto: Oficina del senador John McCain.El funeral de McCain será el oficio más largo celebrado en la catedral desde el oficio fúnebre del ex presidente Gerald R. Ford en 2007, explicó él. La catedral ha sido el escenario de muchos funerales presidenciales y de otros oficios en ocasiones de crisis nacionales y de desastres naturales. Ha habido oraciones por la paz y oficios para recordar a las víctimas de la masacre de la escuela de Newtown, Connecticut, del huracán Katrina y del terremoto de Haití, entre otros.McCain, que falleció el 25 de agosto de un cáncer del cerebro a punto de cumplir 82 años, fue senador por Arizona durante mucho tiempo y también pasó años como prisionero de guerra luego de haber sido derribado [cuando piloteaba un bombardero] sobre Hanói durante la guerra de Vietnam.Lleva más de 80 personas preparar un oficio como el funeral de McCain, de ahí que, según el deán, hayan instado a participar a más de 150 voluntarios.“Sólo las necesidades del Servicio Secreto pueden ser inmensas”, dijo Hollerith. “Cerrar las calles, registrar los edificios horas antes, a veces con días de antelación. Participarán 250 representantes de los medios de prensa. Se forman colas de personas fuera mientras la seguridad deja pasar a los invitados. Es un evento privado, por invitación, sólo que la catedral es muy grande”.Hollerith espera la asistencia de 2.500 personas o más.Aun en esa escala, apuntó el deán, el funeral sigue siendo como muchos funerales que tienen lugar en la catedral cada año, para los famosos y los no tan famosos. Como en cualquier congregación, se pueden hacer algunos preparativos de antemano, ya sea de parte de la familia o de la persona que quiere estar “bien preparada”, en palabras del deán. Luego, después de la muerte de un ser querido, la familia elabora la sincronización del oficio. Él no dijo cuánto de planificación previa ha llevado los funerales de McCain.“Lo que ocurre aquí para lo que no puedes prepararte es la logística que conlleva un oficio como éste debido a quién puede asistir, quién puede participar en hablar y cuándo el evento tendrá lugar”, explicó.El periódico Arizona Republic de Phoenix dedicó su primera página a John McCain el día después de su muerto. Foto de Newseum Front Pages.Aún no está disponible el orden del culto para el funeral, el cual se transmitirá en directo vía Internet. Sin embargo, la familia de McCain ha anunciado que los ex presidentes George W. Bush y Barack Obama harán los panegíricos, al igual que el ex secretario de Estado Henry Kissinger, el ex senador Joseph Lieberman y Meghan McCain, una de las hijas del senador. El Rdo. Edward A. Reese, presidente de la escuela preparatoria San Ignacio [St. Ignatius College Prep] de San Francisco, California, será el predicador.Hollerith, la obispa diocesana de Washington Mariann Budde y el Rdo. Jan Cope, presidente del Cabildo, también participarán. Los detalles del oficio que se han hecho públicos hasta ahora se encuentran aquí.El deán dijo que es un honor para la catedral ofrecer tales oficios. “Es una oportunidad de honrar a una familia afligida y de ayudar a una nación en duelo”, afirmó. Hollerith añadió que es también una oportunidad de mostrar lo mejor de la Iglesia Episcopal [mediante] su impactante y consoladora liturgia.El 26 de agosto, el obispo primado Michael Curry se refirió a McCain como “un testigo de la nobleza de vivir no para uno mismo, sino para los ideales y valores que dan lugar a un mundo mejor”.La nación dice adiós y honra a McCainUna serie de ceremonias para  solemnizar el fallecimiento de McCain comenzarán el 29 de agosto cuando su cadáver estará tendido en el  Capitolio Estatal de Arizona, con seis horas de exposición pública luego de un oficio privado a las 10 A.M. Al día siguiente, a las 10 A.M. hay un culto conmemorativo en la iglesia bautista de North Phoenix.Posteriormente, el cadáver de McCain será transportado por avión hasta la Base Conjunta Andrews, en Maryland, en las afueras de Washington, D.C. con vistas a su exposición  en la Rotonda del Capitolio Nacional el 31 de agosto.  Allí tendrá lugar una ceremonia aproximadamente a las 11:00 A.M. y luego se le montará una guardia de honor mientras el público pase a presentarle sus respetos de las 2:00 a las 8:00 P.M.El oficio de la catedral es al día siguiente y McCain será enterrado el 2 de septiembre en el Cementerio de la Academia Naval de EE.UU. en Annapolis, Maryland, junto al almirante Chuck Larson, su condiscípulo de la Academia Naval y amigo de toda la vida, luego de un oficio privado en la capilla de la academia.Indicios de la vida de fe de John McCainMcCain fue bautizado en la Iglesia Episcopal y era biznieto de un sacerdote episcopal. Sin embargo, durante los últimos 27 años asistió a la iglesia bautista de North Phoenix.Al parecer, McCain nunca se hizo miembro de la iglesia, lo cual, como en todas las iglesias bautistas, requiere el bautismo por inmersión. Hace diez años, Dan Yeary, que era el pastor en ese momento, dijo en la página web de Baptist Global News que él había “dialogado” con McCain, entonces en su segunda aspiración presidencial, respecto a ese bautismo. (Los episcopales creen que una persona que ha sido bautizada con agua a cualquier edad en el nombre del Padre, del Hijo y del Espíritu Santo no necesita que la bauticen de nuevo).McCain pasó cinco años y medio como prisionero de guerra en Vietnam del Norte, un tiempo que incluyó torturas y largos períodos de aislamiento, algunos de ellos porque él era el hijo del almirante que comandaba la guerra en el Pacífico. En un ensayo que escribió en 1973 para U.S. News and World Report, decía que había rezado no “por una fuerza sobrehumana ni para que Dios liquidara a los norvietnamitas” sino “por valor moral y físico, por orientación y sabiduría para hacer lo correcto.“Pedía consuelo cuando sufría dolores, y a veces recibí alivio. Tuve apoyo en muchos momentos de prueba”.El presidente Richard Nixon saluda a John McCain a su regreso a EE.UU. luego de su liberación de la cautividad en Vietnam del Norte en 1973. Foto de la Oficina del senador John McCain.En 2007, él le dijo al Christian Science Monitor que “hubo ocasiones en que no pedía por un día más o una hora más, sino por un minuto más. Luego, tengo muy pocas dudas de que fue mi dependencia en alguien más fuerte que yo lo que no sólo me permitió salir adelante, sino salir adelante honorablemente”.El Monitor informó que McCain ayudó a dirigir lo que [el periódico] llamó una “iglesia encubierta”. Orson Swindle, que pasó los últimos 20 meses de su cautividad con McCain contó que todos los domingos, después de que concluía el almuerzo, se lavaban los platos y se iban los guardias, el oficial de mayor rango en el área daba una señal de que era el momento de orar. Lo hacía tosiendo de una manera que recalcaba la letra “c” para significar iglesia [church] —primero una tos y luego otras tres toses.Swindle explicó que la señal era el llamado a una “sólida corriente de pensamiento entre los que estábamos allí”, durante la cual los hombres en sus celdas individuales repetían en silencio la Jura de la Bandera, el Salmo 23 y el Padre Nuestro “y cualquier otra cosa que uno quisiera decir que nos aportara alguna ayuda —pero no en alta voz. Si nos oían hablar, venían y empezaban a torturarnos”.Hacia el fin de la guerra, los norvietnamitas pusieron a los prisioneros de guerra juntos en una habitación, y los prisioneros pudieran organizar cultos dominicales. McCain dijo que él se convirtió en capellán “no porque el oficial de mayor graduación pensara que yo tenía alguna identidad religiosa en especial, sino porque me sabía de memoria el Credo de los Apóstoles y el Credo Niceno”.McCain contó que él dirigía los cultos y hacía una breve plática. “Teníamos un coro que era maravilloso… El tipo que lo dirigía daba la casualidad que había sido anteriormente el director del coro de la Academia de la Fuerza Aérea”.George Day (“Bud”), un compañero de prisión, le dijo a Religion News Service, que McCain “era, para mi sorpresa, muy buen predicador. Podía recordar toda la liturgia de los oficios episcopales… palabra por palabra”.El senador recordaba la primera Navidad en que a los prisioneros les permitieron tener un culto juntos. Algunos de los hombres llevaban presos siete años. Los norvietnamitas le entregaron a McCain una Biblia en la versión del Rey Jacobo [King James], un pedazo de papel y un lápiz. Él anotó retazos del relato de la natividad de Mateo, Marcos, Lucas y Juan y leyó partes de la historia entre los himnos de Navidad.“Llegamos al punto donde hablamos acerca del nacimiento de Cristo, y luego cantamos ‘Noche de paz’ y aún recuerdo mirar los rostros de eso tipos — enjutos, agotados— pero a la mayoría de ellos, a muchos de ellos, les corrían las lágrimas”, dijo McCain al Monitor. “Y ellos no estaban tristes, se sentían felices de que, por primera vez en tantos años, podíamos adorar juntos”.En su libro La fe de mis padres [Faith of My Fathers], el senador contaba que ese culto “era más sagrado para mí que cualquier culto al que yo hubiera asistido en el pasado, o cualquier culto al que haya asistido desde entonces”.McCain también recordaba un día de Navidad en que le permitieron pararse afuera durante 10 minutos en un patio. Un guardia se puso al lado suyo y, con su sandalia, trazó en la tierra una cruz y se quedó allí de pie por un minuto mirando silenciosamente a McCain. Unos minutos después, la borró y se fue, recordaba él. Ese fue el mismo guardia que unos meses antes había venido a su celda una noche para desatarle las cuerdas que le mantenían a McCain las manos sujetas a la espalda en una posición dolorosa.En un ensayo titulado “El momento en que llegué a amar a mi enemigo” [“The Moment I Came to Love My Enemy”], McCain llamó a este guardia su Buen Samaritano y contaba que en ese patio “por sólo ese momento olvidé todo mi odio por mis enemigos, y todo el odio que la mayoría de ellos sentían por mí… Me olvidé de la guerra, y de las cosas terribles que la guerra te hace. Yo era sólo un cristiano venerando la cruz con un hermano cristiano la mañana de Navidad”.McCain ha expuesto también el papel de su fe y del culto comunitario durante esos años aquí.Kirk Smith, el obispo de la Diócesis de Arizona, le dijo a ENS que él conocía a McCain desde dos perspectivas. Como político, el senador se reunió con Smith al menos tres veces para discutir sobre inmigración, un tema polémico en el estado. “Él era muy sencillo y receptivo y quería oír lo que pensábamos”, dijo Smith. “Era un buen escucha”.Una vez, de improviso, Smith invitó a McCain a asistir a una reunión interreligiosa sobre inmigración en el sur de Phoenix. Pese a ser un hombre cuya agenda a menudo se preparaba con meses de antelación, el senador tenía libre esa tarde y fue.Smith recordaba la a veces cambiante postura de McCain sobre la inmigración, pero también relató una historia que McCain le contó para explicarle porqué él había llegado a favorecer la amnistía para los inmigrantes. El senador había ido a una ceremonia de naturalización y había visto asientos vacíos en la primera fila con botas de combate en cada silla. Representaban a soldados que habían muerto en acción mientras estaban en el proceso de convertirse en ciudadanos de Estados Unidos. “Eso fue lo que lo decidió”, contó Smith. “Él dijo, si estos jóvenes estuvieron dispuestos a dar su vida por este país, por qué no hacerlos ciudadanos”.A los soldados los hicieron ciudadanos póstumamente, contó Smith.Smith también conocía a McCain por medio de la tía del senador, una hermana gemela idéntica a su madre, que era su feligresa en la iglesia de Santiago Apóstol [St. James’] en Los Ángeles. Él le recordaría a McCain esa conexión y eso dio lugar a intercambio de historias.McCain asistió a la Escuela Secundaria Episcopal en Alexandria, Virginia. Si bien, mientras estuvo en la escuela, se vio influido por el maestro de inglés e instructor de fútbol americano William Ravenel. “Yo lo adoraba”, diría McCain, según cuenta Robert Timberg en John McCain: una odisea americana [John McCain: An American Odyssey] “Él vio algo en mí que los demás no vieron. Y se tomó mucho interés personal en mí y pasamos muchísimo tiempo juntos. Tuvo una influencia muy importante en mi vida”.El obispo de la Diócesis de California, Marc Andrus, recordaba el 27 de agosto que él oyó a hablar a McCain dos veces en la Secundaria Episcopal mientras Andrus era el capellán de la escuela. El senador dijo que, de estudiante, no le gustaba la asistencia obligatoria a los oficios de la capilla.“Durante esos oficios diarios, que yo imagino que no sólo aburrían sino frustraban a McCain, sucedió algo inesperado: él memorizó oraciones, parte de los salmos y otros recursos espirituales que dice le sostuvieron, a él y a otros, durante los casi seis años de su encarcelamiento en Vietnam durante la guerra”, escribió Andrus.– La Rda. Mary Frances Schjonberg es redactora sénior y reportera de Episcopal News Service Traducción de Vicente Echerri. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Por Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Aug 30, 2018 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 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Featured Events Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Martinsville, VA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA La Catedral Nacional de Washington se prepara para asistir a la familia y a la nación en honrar a McCain El officio fúnebre será uno de los tantos actos que resalten la vida del senador y héroe militar. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Director of Music Morristown, NJ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Featured Jobs & Calls This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Smithfield, NC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Washington, DC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Shreveport, LA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit a Job Listing Rector Tampa, FL Rector Hopkinsville, KY last_img read more

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Pork Checkoff Vigilant as African Swine Fever Marks One Year in…

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter The National Pork Board says the U.S. is in a better position to defend against African swine fever. The one-year anniversary of AFS in China, August 3, also marks a year of preparation and border solidification in the United States. NPB President David Newman says the U.S. is in a better position, but notes “we can never be too prepared” with devastating diseasing like African swine fever. Industry-wide collaboration, led by the Pork Checkoff, has helped North America develop improved biosecurity measures, and increased border inspections, to keep the disease out.Primary partners in the effort include the Department of Agriculture, the National Pork Producers Council, the North American Meat Institute, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians and the Swine Health Information Center. However, NPB stresses the ASF situation in China and other Asian countries “won’t likely get better in the near term,” implying the need for continued preparedness. Data from China shows pork production fell 5.5 percent in the first half of this year because of ASF.Source: NAFB News Service Pork Checkoff Vigilant as African Swine Fever Marks One Year in China Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Jul 25, 2019 Home Indiana Agriculture News Pork Checkoff Vigilant as African Swine Fever Marks One Year in China SHARE Previous articleFarm Groups React: MFP Needed but They Urge Free and Fair TradeNext articlePurdue Scientists Show How Soybeans May Get More Nitrogen from Atmosphere Gary Truittlast_img read more

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Kazakh authorities harass opposition journalist

first_img January 15, 2021 Find out more March 17, 2020 Kazakh authorities harass opposition journalist Regional newspaper editor harassed after investigating real estate scandal February 5, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Organisation News News Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Kazakh authorities to stop harassing Inga Imanbay, an opposition journalist who has been assaulted while trying to film her husband’s arrest, forced to resign as a newspaper editor, and named during a colleague’s illegal interrogation. Those who attacked her must be brought to justice, RSF said.The police have done nothing in response to the complaint Imanbay filed on 1 March about the attack, although the deadline for them to take action has expired. Imanbay, who is several months pregnant, was attacked during the arrest of her husband, Zhanbolat Mamay, a former journalist who is one of a new opposition party’s founders.When Imanbay tried to use her phone to film the men – plainclothes policemen, according to Imanbay – who came to take her husband to a police station to prevent him attending a demonstration, the phone was snatched out of her hands, although she had shown her press card, and her head was slammed against a metal fence.As a result, she had to seek emergency medical attention at a hospital for a slight concussion.Imanbay had been appointed editor of the independent daily Zhas Alash in early January but was sidelined from this position and, as a result, forced to resign on 20 February, shortly before demonstrations in support of Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan (DVK), the new party of which her husband had assumed the leadership.Imanbay said she was sidelined under pressure from the authorities because of her articles about former President Nursultan Nazarbayev and his family, and because of her husband’s new role.“Inga Imanbay is being subjected to full-blown harassment,” said Jeanne Cavelier, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “We call on the Kazakh authorities to respect their international obligations by conducting a transparent and effective investigation into the attack against her and by bringing those responsible to trial.“Free media are essential for a democratic debate and for the credibility of the reformist discourse employed by Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who has been president for nearly a year. Not to speak of the requirement on government to guarantee journalists’ safety.”The police are also planning to open a criminal investigation into a Zhas Alash article about former President Nazarbayev for “inciting social hatred.” This is what they told the article’s author, Askhat Akhan, when they interrogated him on 29 February without his lawyer being present. They wanted to know if Imanbay had commissioned the article.The police prevented several journalists from covering a day of protest in support of the new opposition party on 22 February. Kazakhstan is ranked 158th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. to go furthercenter_img Follow the news on Kazakhstan News Help by sharing this information Reporters prevented from covering Kazakh parliamentary elections KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment News Kazakh reporter accuses police of attacking her KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment October 30, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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TELLIN’ TALES: 2020 Pike Piddlers storytellers named

first_img Print Article Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day TELLIN’ TALES: 2020 Pike Piddlers storytellers named Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Saturday, January 25 storytelling concerts at the Trojan Center Theater are: 10 a.m. ($10), 2 p.m. ($15) and 6:30 p.m. ($10). All day tickets are $30. The preshow music starts 30 minutes before the storytelling. All concerts feature all four tellers with different stories.Tickets are available by calling 334-685-5524 or 334-670-6302. Tickets are available at The Messenger in Troy. Latest Stories Sponsored Content If 2020 is an indication of perfect vision, then the Brundidge Historical Society’s storytelling committee had perfect vision when planning for the 2020 Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival on the last weekend in January.“We always have a great lineup of Jonesborough-seasoned storytellers for our annual Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival,” said Lawrence Bowden, BHS president. “For 2020, we are having four high-energy tellers so buckle your seatbelt because you are going on a fun and exciting ride.”Donald Davis, the Dean of Storytelling, will be joined by Appalachian Josh Goforth, Texan Barbara McBride-Smith and West Virginian Bil Lepp. All four tellers are back for 2020 by popular demand, so it will be a perfect weekend for storytelling. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Bowden said you don’t talk about storytelling without talking about Donald Davis. He’s better than fine wine because his stories can be absorbed and savored for a lifetime. “His facial expressions and his body language bring the stories to life. And, he has promised his Grand Canyon story this year.” Bowden said Josh Goforth, a Grammy-nominated musician, has played everywhere from the café down the street to Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry. So, he’s right at home on stage whether he’s playing foot-stomping fiddle music or telling stories of his growing up among the tobacco fields in the mountains of Western North Carolina.Barbara McBride-Smith is the female’s answer to Donald Davis, Bowden said. “When she steps to the microphone, she takes off and she never slows down. With that Texas twang, she reminds you of a carnival barker or a fire and brimstone preacher and I’m not even sure a preacher could hold a candle to her when she catches fire.” By Jaine Treadwell Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Published 8:33 pm Tuesday, January 7, 2020 Email the author By The Penny Hoarder There was a rumor that Bil Lepp was going to run for a high political office in West Virginia. Evidently, he decided to come to the Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival instead.Although Lepp is a five-time champion liar, his stories often contain morsels of truth. His tales can sometimes be confusing, but are always ultra-amusing.The 2020 Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival will open on Friday night, January 24 with supper and stories at the We Piddle Around Theater in Brundidge. The weekend storytelling festival will continue on Saturday with three storytelling concerts at the Trojan Center Theater on the campus of Troy University.Cathie Steed, BHS ticket chair, said the Friday night tickets are at a premium because many people order early to take advantage of the opportunity to get tickets for all four concerts. The all-weekend tickets are $50. The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… You Might Like Boswell pleads guilty to manslaughter Alexis Boswell has pleaded guilty to murder in exchange for a reduction of the charge to manslaughter and a 20-year… read more Skip Book Nook to reopen Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kitslast_img read more

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Former Spicerhaart valuer complains of ‘disgusting’ treatment before and during Covid lockdown

first_imgA recently-departed Spicerhaart employee in East Anglia has contacted The Negotiator to complain bitterly about the way she has been treated by the company during the Covid lockdown.The senior negotiator, who worked for the company for over a year prior to her departure, says the conduct of senior managers both before and during her resignation from Spicerhaart was so shocking that she is keen that other agents do not have to go through the same process.“What they’ve done to me is just disgusting and I know they’ve had a lot of bad press recently, but I wouldn’t wish my experience on my worst enemies,” she says. “And I didn’t ever want it to come to this.”The agent involved worked for one of its offices near Norwich at the company’s Howards chain for six months before being promoted and moved to another bigger branch to work as a valuer.“They wouldn’t pay me the commission that was owed from my first role and tried to put me on another contract, saying my clawback pay period would have to start again, so I declined to sign another contract as it as they who had promoted me,” she says. “My new line manager said that was fine.”ClawbackSpicerhaart operates a policy whereby new starters have to pay back 75% of their initial start-up salary if they later leave the company before four months, which then tapers the longer they stay until after nine months.The agent says she then witnessed the brutal way hundreds of staff, including many of her colleagues, were made redundant without any warning just after the lockdown was announced, while she was furloughed.“Alarm bells started ringing and as the weeks passed and I didn’t hear anything from my local or regional manager and it was clear there was no plan and that were problems within the company so I lost faith completely,” she says.RumourAs rumours flew, the agent says she became so worried that, when she was offered a job by a local independent agency, she jumped at the chance and gave her notice.Spicerhaart HR then told her she owed them £5,000 in clawback payments which she strongly disagreed with.On 17th June she contacted HR to lodge a grievance and to ask for confirmation but heard nothing. She then discovered last Thursday that her final payslip was zero after the company deducted over £3,000 and she was told she still owed the company £260.Furlough money“They took my pay, holiday pay and furlough money which can’t be right. I complained to CEO Paul Smith and Senior MD Anthony Lark but haven’t heard anything since, no acknowledgement of my complaint… nothing.”“I am a hard-working person but now I’m having to live on my savings just to survive until I get paid by my new employer. It’s a shambles at Spicerhaart and I don’t believe the whole ‘family’ thing any longer. “I am now seeking legal advice.”Haart response“We are disappointed that this individual chose to leave and work for a competitor as they had a bright future ahead of them at Howards and had received considerable support from their manager during the time they were furloughed, including regular communications.“It has been our policy throughout this whole period to constantly communicate with our staff, whether working or on furlough, and they also have access to a number of different channels of communication where updates are posted regularly.“As for their own personal contractual arrangement, their terms and conditions are perfectly clear and we would not comment publicly on a matter that is private and confidential.“We are focusing on the future for everybody within our workforce, building a strong business with exciting plans for expansion. No amount of negativity from this individual, or from anyone else for that matter, will detract us from achieving our objectives.”howards Anthony Lark Howards Estate Agents Paul Smith spicerhaart June 30, 2020Nigel Lewis5 commentsIain Harrison, Hunters Estate Agents Hunters Estate Agents 30th June 2020 at 10:52 amNo surprises…everyone knows Spicerhaart are a shocking company to work for…they’ve treated their staff like dirt since CV-19 and the lockdown, no care for their customers eitherLog in to Replyaudrey mcveigh, medway mortgage shop medway mortgage shop 30th June 2020 at 10:14 amthis does not surprise me at all. when I worked there many years ago, they made the area manager go and make another area manager redundant. The very next day they called him in and did the same to him. I have never forgotten that and to take ALL a persons salary, furlough and holiday pay, just shows how cruel they are. I think she should take them to the small claims court and also ACAS. wishing her the very best in her new jobLog in to ReplyMark Lock, Russen & Turner Russen & Turner 30th June 2020 at 9:03 amNot sure this article will ensure her anonymity and I wonder if Paul Smith will have anything to say about it?Log in to ReplyNigel Lewis, Online Editor, The Negotiator Online Editor, The Negotiator 30th June 2020 at 9:36 amHi Mark the person involved was aware the story would reveal her identity to those who knew her at Spicerhaart; she was more concerned about her new and future employers. 🙂Log in to ReplyMark Lock, Russen & Turner Russen & Turner 30th June 2020 at 1:17 pmAh, that’s fair enough…good luck to her.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » COVID-19 news » Former Spicerhaart valuer complains of ‘disgusting’ treatment before and during Covid lockdown previous nextCOVID-19 newsFormer Spicerhaart valuer complains of ‘disgusting’ treatment before and during Covid lockdownThe agent, who wishes to remain anonymous, gives a detailed run-down of her treatment by managers at Spicerhaart including unexplained and significant deductions from her final payslip.Nigel Lewis30th June 20205 Comments5,342 Viewslast_img read more

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