Wednesday 11 August 2010 8:50 pm Tags: NULL Private equity job for Davies KCS-content whatsapp Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayot whatsapp Former government minister and past chairman of Standard Chartered Mervyn Davies has joined private equity firm Corsair Capital, boosting the specialist financial services investor’s senior management team.Lord Davies joins Corsair, which spun out of JPMorgan Chase in 2006, as vice chairman and partner, based in London.He most recently served as minister of state for trade, investment and small business under Gordon Brown’s Labour government, a post he took up after leaving Standard Chartered in 2008.The move sees Welshman Davies return to the buyout firm in a full-time deal making capacity. He previously served as a member of its advisory board during his time as Standard Chartered chairman. He also served as a senior executive of Wall Street giant Citigroup earlier in his career.Corsair counts Standard Chartered’s Americas chief executive, David Stileman, and Resolution chief executive John Tiner – former head of City watchdog the Financial Services Authority – among its advisory board members.The firm’s investments include California’s East West Bank and Polish insurer PZU. Share Show Comments ▼
20th December 2018 | By Stephen Carter Topics: Sports betting Tech & innovation Odds are, we’re oceans apart Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Sports betting Russell Karp examines the benefits of the European betting model and find there are more barriers to its adoption by US operators than might at first be apparent As the US begins to develop its own sports-betting regulations, it is worth taking a look across the pond at one of the most developed and secure betting markets. The European sports-betting experience, in particular that of the UK, provides an instructive model that has led the way in developing betting styles and platforms since the industry’s inception.Unlike the overwhelmingly illegal market in the US, resulting from decades of restrictive legislation, sports betting has been widely accepted, available, and regulated in the UK.Reports suggest that 99% of the British sports-betting market is currently legal, with less than 1% of wagers placed via operators still lurking in the shadows. With the US sports-betting market opening up, many European operators are eager to bring their expertise and strong product offerings to the newly accessible North American market. However, the European market differs from the US in a number of ways. There are differences in terms of betting culture, event focus, legality and public interest. This would suggest that the European model will not be a perfect fit Stateside, though structural elements can be leveraged; those who are mindful of these key differences stand the greatest chance of success.A question of culture Gambling is part of sports culture in Europe, where retail bookmaking shops on city streets are commonplace. For instance, Britain’s 65 million bettors placed nearly $20bn in bets for the year ended March 31 2017 according to a report from the country’s regulator, the Gambling Commission. Around 56% of total bet amounts wagered for that year were generated online. Almost every Premier League soccer team has an official betting partner, which in some cases is a multimillion-dollar relationship that includes betting booths inside the stadium and dedicated websites. Allowing viewers to gamble from their mobile devices provides tens of thousands of bettors the opportunity to place wagers in real time while watching a game live.The US, however, is an altogether different ecosystem and a far more diverse sports market, with five major professional sports leagues (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and MLS), not including the tremendous and largely untapped college sports market. The European contingencies do not have the same domain depth in these sports as they do with soccer, cricket and tennis. Additionally, understanding the social engagement within these sports will be a very steep hill for foreign competitors to climb. For example, how well do European operators understand March Madness, team rivalries and other factors that will drive wagering?A common sports-betting language, which will require an adjustment by the European operators, can reduce barriers for entry but other differences arise, including the different types of sports bets (teasers, pleasers, if-bets), wagering terminology, game-rule differences, specific sports focus (football, basketball, baseball, hockey vs soccer), and political – combined with regulatory – factors. Most of the US public is not educated on how sports betting works and, more specifically, the different types of bets that can be placed; spread, money line, parlays and props. It would also be foolish to ignore the immensely popular illegal sports-betting market. Foreign entrants must devise a strategy that will channel those bettors to legal platforms.Legislating for success With each state likely to develop their own sports-betting legislation and with stiff resistance to a federal framework, the regulatory landscape in the US will likely be massively fragmented. Such a varying, convoluted compliance system will require agile frameworks, platforms and extensions to work efficiently while adhering to the various laws of each state. It will be extremely challenging for Europeans to fully understand US culture as well as local operators do. This is a key factor in the recent surge in M&A activity and strategic partnerships struck in recent months.US casinos and gambling operators already have established business infrastructures and relationships with both local regulators and politicians that European operators would struggle to develop in the short term.In short, it makes practical sense to consolidate efforts rather than start from scratch – even for global betting companies that have successfully operated for years in Europe. Calling the odds Another major difference is the mechanics of betting and how odds and payouts are calculated. The European style of sports betting is known as point spread betting; the spread number is different than the fixed odds or line number we usually use in the US, where one fixed number is used for the favorite or underdog. The spread consists of two numbers, usually one number below and the other above the fixed number. The payout in points betting is based on the accuracy of the wager – the closer to being right will increase your winnings and the further from your bet will yield larger losses. The risk/reward outcome is in multiples of your bet amount or stake (spread-bet term). The profit or loss is determined by the difference between the final score and the spread you took (buy or sell) multiplied by your money stake or bet amount. Additionally, European betting odds are also posted in decimal points rather than fractional odds (4.0 vs 3/1 or +300). Confusing, right? Needless to say, significant software upgrades will be required to convert odds to a format that the US betting public will be able to comprehend. Looking into the future From my perspective, the influence of the European model in the US market will depend on several factors: how well European operators adjust to the US betting public, technology enhancements and the general attitude of legislators towards online gambling. More conservative states may restrict sports betting to casinos and horse racing tracks, others may allow lottery locations to accept sports bets and some will have betting kiosks at sports bars, gas stations and liquor stores.Ultimately, it will be the ability to accommodate the rising demands of mobile and in-play betting, as well as the means to aggregate industry data feeds for popular US sports, that will be central to any player who wants to fully monetize sports-betting opportunities.Operators will need sophisticated machine learning and AI capabilities to analyze market data in the race to offer competitive odds to players without sacrificing their margins. Customer journey takes center stage in almost any user-facing industry these days and sports betting will not be an exception. Bookmakers who can offer better personalization and customizable betting options will gain a significant competitive edge. We can already see this happening in Europe, where they offer wagers on far more than the outcomes of games.Some UK sportsbooks even let gamblers design their own bets, which focus on a single aspect of a game outside of the outcome, and give them personalized odds. International sportsbooks already offer amendable bets that allow bettors to double down, cash out, or reduce bets in real time in the face of new information during the game (based on adjusted odds). It is this level of flexibility and personalization that appeals to bettors, and operators are looking to offer tailor-made betting options across their platforms as differentiators.Peer-to-peer betting exchange is another product popular with bettors across the pond, and that is bound to gain momentum in the US as the legalized sports-betting market fully emerges.Exchange betting, as opposed to a traditional sportsbook model, is a betting marketplace where customers are wagering against each other rather than trying to beat the odds that are set by the house.Exchanges offer some of the best odds around but they require that your bet is matched by another customer for the wager to have action. This is an exciting method of betting and will be familiar to the daily fantasy sports market. Currently, the activity for this type of betting is minimal in the US, though Microsoft, Sony, Reuters and others have filed patents to participate in this market according to ESPN. Betfair, one of the largest online-betting exchanges, began operating a horse racing exchange-betting platform in New Jersey in 2017 after several years of legal struggles.Ultimately, European operators have a fight on their hands. With fewer cultural similarities than they are used to when entering a new market on the same continent and a fragmented regulatory framework, the US is a highly complex market.But those that leverage local partnerships and knowledge to complement the know-how gained from decades of activity across the pond will be best-placed to succeed Russell Karp is vice-president of media and entertainment at DataArt, a global technology consultancy that designs, develops and supports unique software solutions for its clients. Recognized for deep-domain expertise and superior technical talent in creating new products and modernizing complex legacy systems, DataArt has been partnering with global sports-betting companies for almost a decade. During that time, the firm has helped operators significantly change the sports-betting market by offering broader choices and better pricing to their customers. Clients include Paddy Power Betfair, Evolution Gaming, Glück Games and Playtech. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Online Gambling Email Address
CopyApartments•Ljubljana, Slovenia Projects Architects: SADAR + VUGA Area Area of this architecture project Apartment SP / SADAR+VUGASave this projectSaveApartment SP / SADAR+VUGA Apartment SP / SADAR+VUGA Save this picture!© Miran Kambič+ 23 Share Apartments ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/790015/apartment-sp-sadar-plus-vuga Clipboard “COPY” ArchDaily Slovenia Area: 91 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2016 Photographs “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/790015/apartment-sp-sadar-plus-vuga Clipboard Photographs: Miran KambičSave this picture!© Miran KambičRecommended ProductsPorcelain StonewareCosentinoSurfaces – Dekton® Chromica CollectionPorcelain StonewareCeramiche KeopeCeramic Tiles – BackPorcelain StonewareApariciPorcelain Tiles – BuildPorcelain StonewareGrespaniaPorcelain Tiles- CoverlamText description provided by the architects. Apartment in the 19th century townhouse in Ljubljana is a place of opposites: it is both warm and cold, both soft and orthagonal. It is equally open and closed against its surroundings and both in contact and in conflict with it’s past. It is an interpolation of two different but visually connected ambients with contrasting identities and materialities: the loft and the salon.Save this picture!© Miran KambičLiving room, furbished in textured and warm materials, reinterprets an Art Nouveau salon. Its layered materiality – ranging from an open fireplace in onyx stone to vintage hardwood floors – is reflected in the round ceiling mirror that acts as an illusionist fresco. The room is ambientally lit: apart from the contemporary chandelier, whose light is reflected in the ceiling mirror and polished stone, the fireplace itself, with light fixtures behing the thin onyx stone, can become a source of light.Save this picture!© Miran KambičThe loft, on the other hand, is defined by a grid of aluminium beams, suspended from the ceiling. The grid structures the space – kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and wardrobe volumes are defined by sliding doors, attached to the structural beams. By opening the doors the living space can be extended beyond the dining room into a bedroom and a shower, thus creating functionally diverse ambients that range from straight-forward to complex.Save this picture!Floor PlansThe loft is lit by a system of reflectors, thoughtfully suspended from the grid. The materials, used in this section of the apartment – aluminium, plexi glass, textile, concrete and mirrors – further add to the industrial feeling.Save this picture!© Miran KambičSave this picture!© Miran KambičApartment’s layout allows for a sort of voyeurism: the position on the sofa offers views to the city square, to the fireplace, to the dining table and inside the bedroom, and if we look upwards, even a view upon ourselves. Similarly, sitting at the dining table we can observe the kitchen, bedroom and even the shower, which provocatively borders on the living area.Save this picture!DiagramClosing the sliding doors can create neat and functionally separated spaces. Opening them, on the other hand, can offer us layers of visual experiences that vary from industrial to vintage, from etheric to earthly, from the physical space to its reflection.Save this picture!© Miran KambičProject gallerySee allShow lessTA.R.I Architects Wins Second Prize for a Women’s Complex Competition in SeoulUnbuilt ProjectSeaside Cottage / Sigge Arkkitehdit OySelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Ljubljana, SloveniaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share CopyAbout this officeSADAR + VUGAOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsLjubljanaSloveniaPublished on July 28, 2016Cite: “Apartment SP / SADAR+VUGA” 28 Jul 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/889602/house-in-bernolakovo-zitnansky-gonda-architects Clipboard Save this picture!© Matej Hakár+ 27Curated by María Francisca González Share 2017 Slovakia Area: 173 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project House in Bernolákovo / Zitnansky Gonda architectsSave this projectSaveHouse in Bernolákovo / Zitnansky Gonda architects Year: “COPY” CopyHouses•Bernolákovo, Slovakia CopyAbout this officeZitnansky Gonda architectsOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBernolákovoSlovakiaPublished on February 26, 2018Cite: “House in Bernolákovo / Zitnansky Gonda architects” 26 Feb 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
ArchDaily Projects Houses Photographs Area: 70000 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Oblong Valley Greek Revival / Hendricks ChurchillSave this projectSaveOblong Valley Greek Revival / Hendricks Churchill CopyHouses•Sharon, United States United States ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/936403/oblong-valley-greek-revival-hendricks-churchill Clipboard Photographs: Tim Lenz Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Year: “COPY” “COPY” CopyAbout this officeHendricks ChurchillOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn FacebookSharonUnited StatesPublished on March 28, 2020Cite: “Oblong Valley Greek Revival / Hendricks Churchill” 28 Mar 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
ArchDaily Spain Apartments 2020 Save this picture!© Luis Díaz Díaz+ 21Curated by Clara Ott Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/953164/public-housing-vilar-5-mulleeijoo Clipboard Public Housing Vilar 5 / Müller.Feijoo Year: Photographs: Luis Díaz Díaz Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Clients:Instituto Galego de Vivenda e Solo. Xunta de GaliciaCollaborators:Xoán Carlos Malvárez, Roi Fdez. de la GalaCity:OrenseCountry:SpainMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Luis Díaz DíazRecommended ProductsPartitionsLinvisibileLinvisibile Altopiano Sliding Door System | MareaPartitionsJansenGlass Partitions – Janisol Folding WallWindowsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Unit-Glaze SystemFiber Cements / CementsULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Leioa School RestorationText description provided by the architects. The rehabilitation works of buildings in a state of abandonment in the historical centers of Galicia promoted by the public administration aim to promote the urban recovery of the most degraded historical centers of different Galician towns. These actions consist of the acquisition and subsequent rehabilitation of properties to be used for publicly-developed rental housing.Save this picture!© Luis Díaz DíazSave this picture!1st floor planSave this picture!© Luis Díaz DíazThe building to be rehabilitated is located in one of the oldest and most degraded areas of the historic center of Ourense.Save this picture!© Luis Díaz DíazAs a first step, a study of the existing building to be rehabilitated was carried out, from the analysis of its surroundings, its typology, construction systems … etc, to the study of its state of conservation and more visible pathology, to finally propose a rehabilitation proposal with the most suitable solutions for the recovery of the property.Save this picture!© Luis Díaz DíazThe building is located on Rúa do Vilar in Ourense and has a single facade. Before the intervention, it had 3 floors, a ground floor for commercial use and two upper floors with one house per floor.Save this picture!© Luis Díaz DíazSave this picture!3rd floor planSave this picture!© Luis Díaz DíazAfter a preliminary study of the possible distribution solutions for the new homes, we decided to propose a two-apartment building that is developed on a ground floor, two upper floors and a last floor set back 3 m. with respect to the main facade, as established by urban regulations.In choosing the technical solutions, systems were chosen that would allow controlling the demand for heating and cooling, trying to achieve high energy control, mainly through passive measures with the support of active energy efficient systems.Save this picture!© Luis Díaz DíazOn the ground floor is the access, the common services of the building and the annexes (storage room, laundry room and clothesline) of the two houses. The first floor is occupied by a one-bedroom house, and the program for a 3-bedroom house is developed on the second and third floors.Save this picture!© Luis Díaz DíazThe proposed construction solutions are characterized by the use of traditional and local materials, such as the pine wood used in the structure, in the light framework system of the enclosures, and the chestnut wood of the exterior carpentry the pavement; a very high thermal insulation, a high air tightness, a thermal installation consisting of low consumption aerothermal and underfloor heating, and controlled mechanical ventilation.Save this picture!SectionAs these are social rental housing , we consider it essential from the beginning of the project to reduce as much as possible the economic bill associated with the energy costs of the facilities, which future tenants will have to assume, so the final objective was to at all times, build a low-consumption building at affordable costs, with a very low energy demand and an efficiency above the standards established by the regulations.Save this picture!© Luis Díaz DíazProject gallerySee allShow lessEmpilhado [SnJ] Building Renovation / 3dF desarrollosSelected ProjectsAzul Nomeolvides Vacation Home / Samantha CalzadaSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Rúa do Vilar, 5, 32005 Orense, Ourense, SpainLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share CopyApartments, Sustainability, Residential•Orense, Spain Photographs Projects Architects: Müller.Feijoo Area Area of this architecture project Manufacturers: Sika, Knauf, LIVOS, ROCKWOOL ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/953164/public-housing-vilar-5-mulleeijoo Clipboard “COPY” Lead Architects: “COPY” Area: 3067 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Estefanía Vázquez Müller. Roi Feijoo Public Housing Vilar 5 / Müller.FeijooSave this projectSavePublic Housing Vilar 5 / Müller.Feijoo CopyAbout this officeMüller.FeijooOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsSustainabilityBuildingsResidentialOn FacebookSpainPublished on December 15, 2020Cite: “Public Housing Vilar 5 / Müller.Feijoo” [Viviendas públicas Vilar 5 / Müller.Feijoo] 15 Dec 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
Howard Lake | 15 November 2008 | News 44 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis BBC Children in Need raises £20,991,216 on the night Tagged with: Events Giving/Philanthropy Research / statistics AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis BBC Children in Need had last night raised £20,991,216 by the end of its seven-hour telethon. The figure, higher than last year’s total and a record for the appeal, suggests that the credit crunch and recession have still not had an impact on public and corporate giving for this high-profile cause at least.Presented by Terry Wogan, Tess Daly and Fearne Cotton, this year’s campaign theme was “Do Something Different”.BBC Radio 2 listeners helped raise £2 million, with one anonymous caller bidding £100,000 in the Auction Of Things Money Can’t Buy for a guitar master class with Mark Knopfler.Photo: theystolemyidLast year’s campaign raised £19,089,771 on the night, going on to reach a total of £37 million. This year’s total therefore is likely to pass that figure.Since 1990 the appeal has now raised over half a billion pounds.The next closing date for applications for funding from BBC Children in Need is 15 January 2009. The charity awards grants to organisations working with children aged 18 and under who have mental, physical or sensory disabilities; behavioural or psychological disorders; are living in poverty or situations of deprivation; or suffering through distress, abuse or neglect.http://www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey/news/news141108d.shtml 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.
New York CityIn front of Trump Tower in New York City on June 14, two days after the Orlando mass shootings, the Workers World Party 2016 election campaign held a protest to tell racist Donald Trump: “Don’t use the Orlando massacre to whip up Islamophobia!” June 14 marked the 70th birthday of the billionaire Republican Party presidential nominee.Members, friends and allies joined WWP presidential candidate Monica Moorehead on a picket line to confront pro-Trump supporters and expose Trump’s divide-and-conquer rhetoric as he tries to win over white workers to his white supremacist views.Moorehead said in a press statement: “Trump, who does not care about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and mostly Latino/a victims of the Orlando massacre, is already trying to use this terrible tragedy to whip up racism against Muslims. As the people’s movement embraces the LGBTQ community at this difficult time of mourning and healing, we will also strengthen our solidarity with our Arab, Asian, African, Latino/a and Muslim sisters and brothers. We will not allow either Trump or Hillary Clinton to use Orlando to generate bigotry and war fever. Nor will we allow the government to use Orlando as an excuse to intensify police surveillance and repression against Muslims.”Trenton, N.J.WWP files in New JerseyMoorehead is a revolutionary Black woman running for president who lives in New Jersey, so why shouldn’t she be on the Garden State ballot?Socialists and other activists went to Trenton, N.J., on June 15 to file petitions putting Workers World Party candidates Monica Moorehead and her running mate Lamont Lilly on the ballot.Nearly 1,500 signatures were collected, almost twice the number required. After the filing, WWP supporters confronted Donald Trump’s sidekick, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who jump-started his political career by framing Muslims known as the Fort Dix Five.New Jersey is a rich state, but nearly a third of Trenton’s people live in poverty. The Moorehead-Lilly campaign is part of the fightback.BaltimoreBaltimore candidates endorse fightbackSpeaking at a June 14 press conference in Baltimore, Andre Powell, an independent socialist candidate and a leader of Workers World Party, explained, “Today is Trump’s birthday, and we wanted to send him a special message that his hate and division will not be tolerated. Given the painful and tragic events in Orlando this week, it is all the more important to deliver this message.” Powell is an openly gay candidate in Baltimore’s race for mayor in November.David Card, one of the co-chairs of the Maryland campaign for Moorehead and Lilly, pointed out that June 14 also marks an international day of solidarity with French workers. Card spoke about the importance of international workers’ solidarity.Lee Patterson, a staff volunteer with the campaign, read the Moorehead/Lilly campaign’s “Birthday message to racist billionaire Donald Trump.”Powell and Sharon Black, who is running for Baltimore City Council president, announced their endorsement of the Moorehead/Lilly campaign and of Nnamdi Scott from the Ujima People’s Progress Party, who is running for the 7th District Council seat.The press conference took place at the site where, the night before, a vigil for the Pulse nightclub martyrs had drawn thousands. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America May 13, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts April 13, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Sixth journalist killed since start of year, robbery ruled out Organisation News December 28, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Honduras HondurasAmericas Help by sharing this information HondurasAmericas RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News to go further April 27, 2021 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Journalists are continuing to be murdered in Honduras. Radio W105 presenter Luis Antonio Chévez Hernández was gunned down in San Pedro Sula, the country’s business capital, on 11 April, following a particularly violent month of March in which five journalists were slain.Aged 22 and nicknamed “El Huevo” (The Egg), Chévez and a cousin were getting out of a car outside Chévez’s house when they were shot by unidentified gunmens, who fleds the scene. The motive is still unknown but the police have ruled out robbery as a sizable sum of money was found in the victims’ belongings.Witnesses said they had seen strangers lurking near the house prior to the arrival of Chévez and his cousin.“We cannot stand this wave of violence any longer,” a member of the journalist’s family said. No one has been brought to justice for any of the murders, physical attacks or threats against journalists since the June 2009 coup d’état. The repression since the coup has compounded the already high level of violence of a criminal nature. Reporters Without Borders is meanwhile also concerned about the impact of a military deployment in the Aguán region where journalist Nahúm Palacios was gunned down on 14 March after being threatened by soldiers.(Photo : La Tribuna)_______02.04.2010 – Month of violence turns Honduras into world’s most dangerous country for journalists“We are unable to provide you with protection,” the police in the western town of San Marcos de Ocotepeque told journalist José Alemán after gunmen tried to kill him on 26 March. The correspondent of Radio América and the Diario Tiempo newspaper, Alemán fled the country after being told this. His departure ended a month in which five other journalists were murdered.Alemán took the risk of reporting violations of free expression and human rights that have taken place since last June’s coup d’état. Shortly after he received telephone threats, two gunmen opened fire on his home in his absence. He was then pursued through the streets but managed to escape.The five murders and the flight into exile in the space of one month mean that Honduras was the world’s most dangerous country for journalists in the first quarter of 2010. No one has been brought to justice for any of the murders or any of the physical attacks or acts of intimidation or censorship of journalists and human rights activists since last June’s coup.The coup lives on in what continues to take place. Worse still, the government installed after the controversial 29 November elections appointed one of the coup’s generals, Romeo Vásquez Velásquez, on 8 March to head the state telecommunications company, Hondutel. His appointment is an incentive to further impunity.Reporters Without Borders is one of the signatories of a petition addressed to Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, whose government currently holds the European Union’s rotating presidency. A resolution is needed at the European level, and other levels, urging the new Honduran government to react to this collapse of the rule of law.(Photo : AFP)__________27.03.10 – Two journalists gunned down in ambush, bringing media death toll in March to fiveReporters Without Borders offers its condolences to the relatives and colleagues of local radio journalists Bayardo Mairena and Manuel Juárez, who were ambushed and slain by gunmen on 26 March in eastern Honduras. After spraying their car with bullets, the gunmen cold-bloodedly finished them off with shots fire at close range, witnesses said.Their deaths bring the number of journalists killed in Honduras since the start of the year to five. All of these murders took place in March.“Honduras and Mexico rank as the western hemisphere’s two deadliest countries by far for journalists in 2010,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Five have been killed in Honduras even if investigators have not yet completely established the motive in some cases. Aside from the problem of organised crime, the Honduran media continue to be major targets of the post-coup repression. We urge the authorities to act energetically to curb this violence and identify those responsible.”Mairena and Juarez were ambushed near Juticalpa, in the eastern province of Olancho, while on their way back from hosting a radio programme in Catacamas. Colleagues described Mairena, 52, as a radio journalism pioneer in Olancho province. Juárez, 55, had worked for Radio Nacional for years.The head of the Honduran Press Association urged President Porfirio Lobo to rein in the wave of killings of journalists. Reporters Without Borders is also concerned about recent threats against the staff of Radio Uno, a privately-owned opposition station in San Pedro Sula. Despite being in the army’s sights since last June’s coup d’état, it continues to take risks by covering human rights violations. Reports RSF_en
The First Baptist Church Hospital Ministry, made up of hospital employees and church members, sing to people waiting in the Medical Center Hospital ICU waiting area, Friday, February 16, 2018. Twitter WhatsApp By admin – February 17, 2018 Facebook Gelara and Bernabe started the music ministry on Jan. 9, 2017. Their first recipient was actually a patient that was in hospice. The woman was receiving hospice care at her home and was doing a wedding vow renewal and they decided to make music part of the package. After that, it stuck.“He called me and said, ‘Hey Faith, are you willing to sing for a patient if I have a patient that is really, really down and needs to be lifted up?’ And I said, ‘yes, I’d be happy to do that,’” Bernabe said.The experience to Bernabe is priceless and very rewarding.“What keeps me going back is to be able to know that by doing this, by singing for the patient, it will help them ease the pain and bring joy to their heart every time they hear the music,” she said.Bernabe said many of the patients will start crying when they play, but the tears are tears of joy.Speidel can attest to that. She said she cried because it meant so much to her and her husband.“I was born in Kermit and I went to church around here all my life and there’s just nothing like it. Sometimes people leave the church for one reason or another, but when you start bringing that music back in that has special meaning, it renews all those feelings and the blessings that you’ve received (over) all the years,” Speidel said.Gelara said there is evidence that music plays an important role while a patient is in the hospital.“Let me remind you though, we are not music therapists in the sense that we don’t have a degree in music therapy. We do it from the goodness and the kindness of our hearts to bring something different aside from the medical aspect of care, meaning antibiotics and things like, you know, breathing treatments and things like that,” he said.“Music plays a different role when patients are sick. It gives them inspiration. It gives them hope. It allows them to express their feelings, per say.”Bernabe said she sometimes sings songs that she wrote when she was 14 years old. She tells patients the story behind the song and said they often get excited about it. Some of the songs are on the inspirational side or are praise and worship songs. Songs like “Amazing Grace,” or “How Great Thou Art.”Speidel said whether you’re religious or not, it is still beautiful music and a beautiful experience.“It’s not hell and high water, it’s absolutely beautiful. You see people in their 70s, 80s, different ages. That’s when something is right. When you have a lot of different ages together and they all feel the same thing in their heart. That is a true blessing,” she said.The two specifically dedicate their Fridays to doing music ministry, but they also do it on an “as needed” basis, Gelara said. If they see a patient that is feeling down, they’ll pop into their room and play, or sometimes they will even sing for the nurses, just to brighten up their day.“Even when we are just practicing here and somebody would hear us, they would hear Faith outside and they would come in and say, hey, could you come sing to my mom? And we would go there,” Gelara said.All of the patients they have sung for are dear to them, Bernabe said.“Before we go into a patient’s room I sincerely thing about, OK, I’m gonna do this just to help this patient, you know. And so I think almost all of them are memorable to me and it’s an honor to do this (for) our patients because I know they needed it and it helps,” she said.The music ministry is purely voluntary and Gelara and Bernabe have had a group of men come and sing a few times for patients, as well. Gelara said he hopes the program expands and other volunteers come in to play music and sing.Those who are interested can call Dr. Gelara at the Palliative Care office at 432-640-1511.“I look forward, and I hope other people look forward to a song ministry,” Speidel said. “I wouldn’t take anything for it, I’ll never forget it. I’m 70 and to the day I die I will never forget the music ministry that came into this room. Never.” Hospital employee Faith Bernabe sings and plays the guitar to people waiting in the Medical Center Hospital ICU waiting area, Friday, February 16, 2018. Home Local News MCHS music ministry brings patients joy WhatsApp 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School Larry Barrow and Louise Haywood sing to people waiting in the Medical Center Hospital ICU waiting area, Friday, February 16, 2018. Local News MCHS music ministry brings patients joy Palliative Care at Medical Center HospitalBarbara Speidel sat on her hospital bed in a tied-back gown peering up through her glasses with light blue eyes as she talked about an unexpected blessing she recently experienced.The 70-year-old has been staying at Medical Center Hospital to receive palliative care, but ended up getting so much more than she expected. Palliative care is similar to hospice, but specialized for people with serious illness or a chronic condition such as cancer, Parkinson’s disease or dementia that focuses on symptom management for as long as an illness lasts.What surprised Speidel was during her hospital stay, she received a visit she says touched every fiber of her being. Dr. Albino Gelara, advanced nurse practitioner in palliative care, and Faith Bernabe, performance improvement specialist at MCH have been playing music and singing to palliative care patients every Friday for about a year.“All that I can say is that it touched me all the way to my core. It really touched me and God bless them for having this type of ministry here in a hospital. Where could it be more needed and more necessary, more wanted, than in a hospital?” Speidel said. Twitter Facebook Delfina Rubio listens to the music while waiting for a family member in the ICU waiting area. 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