EU measures hurt IG Group quarterlies

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Finance EU measures hurt IG Group quarterlies Email Address Finance Subscribe to the iGaming newslettercenter_img 20th September 2018 | By contenteditor Tags: Binary Options and Forex Revenue and client numbers in key regions fall following new regulations Investment services provider IG Group has posted a 5% drop in revenue to £128.9m (£145.6m/$170.7m) for the first quarter of the fiscal year after the volume of trading by retail clients slumped in August following the introduction of new regulations by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA).The company also cited lower levels of market volatility and highlighted that the corresponding three-month period of the previous year had been a record quarter.For leveraged over-the-counter products, client numbers fell by 10% in the UK and 13% in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.Client numbers also fell by 12% in the US, although a sharp 54% rise in group investment customers steered the overall figures to a 3% rise across the group on a year-on-year basis.However, revenue-per-client improved by 6% in the UK and by 3% across the Asia-Pacific region, but fell by 2% for EMEA clients.Last month, ESMA, the European Union’s securities regulator, renewed a ban on the sale of binary options to retail customers.“The volume of trading by clients categorised as retail clients in the UK and EU was, as expected, significantly lower in August than in July following the implementation of the ESMA measures,” the company said.“It is not possible to draw firm conclusions from a one-month period as it will take time for retail clients to adapt to the new rules and change their trading behaviour.“The group’s performance in the month of August has not changed the company’s previously stated view that the impact of the ESMA measures on historic revenue would have been a reduction of approximately 10%.”ESMA adopted the final product intervention measures this summer.In July, IG Group chief executive Peter Hetherington said that the company was in a strong position to mitigate the adverse impact of regulatory changes in the coming year after a 32% rise in operating profit headlined record annual results.last_img read more

Novus Properties Ltd ( 2018 Annual Report

first_imgNovus Properties Ltd ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Property sector has released it’s 2018 annual report.For more information about Novus Properties Ltd ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Novus Properties Ltd ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Novus Properties Ltd (  2018 annual report.Company ProfileNovus Properties Limited deals in property development for rent or sale purposes. The company is based in Port Louis, Mauritius. Novus Properties Limited’s activities include tailor-made approaches to cater for unique building or office needs, the buying and rental back facilitation, management and maintenance of buildings and offices, as well as the promotion and development of properties. Novus Properties Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius’ Development and Enterprise Market.last_img read more

Hampstead House / MW Architects

first_imgHampstead House / MW ArchitectsSave this projectSaveHampstead House / MW Architects Projects 2019 Hampstead House / MW Architects Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Save this picture!© FRENCH+TYE+ 54Curated by Paula Pintos Share KJV Construction Ltd, E&C Building and Design “COPY” ArchDaily Approved Building Inspector:Clarke BanksCity:LondonCountry:United KingdomMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© FRENCH+TYERecommended ProductsDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumDoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20WoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsText description provided by the architects. London-based architecture practice, MW Architects, has recently completed a breath-taking, new build home in Hampstead, London. With a generous 750sqm floor plan, the grand interior spaces have been meticulously detailed with luxurious monochrome fixtures and fittings, whilst allowing the homeowners to display their personalities throughout.Save this picture!© FRENCH+TYESave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© FRENCH+TYELocated in Lancaster Grove, the property exceeds its duties in providing a private yet indulgent home for its large family – a finance manager and housewife with four children, and two dogs.Save this picture!© FRENCH+TYEThe four stories (including basement) host generous living spaces and bathrooms, as well as a wine room, designated entertainment areas and a dramatic helical sweeping staircase. The garden has been designed to provide additional entertainment and relaxation space and includes an outdoor yoga studio.Save this picture!© FRENCH+TYEHaving inherited planning permission from the previous owners, MW Architects was appointed in 2016 to develop a scheme which fulfilled the family’s brief for bold and theatrical interior spaces coupled with moments of peace and areas of calm.Save this picture!© FRENCH+TYEThe homeowners said: “We are delighted with our beautiful home. MW Architects have delivered beyond what we imagined and have worked meticulously to create spaces that meet the demands of our busy lives and provide much-needed pockets of calm in between.Save this picture!© FRENCH+TYEWe always appreciated the building would need to strike a balance in offering beautiful living and entertainment spaces which are exuberant yet functional, coupled with spaces where we can relax individually, and that that was a demanding brief. The results are even more successful than we expected and above all, give us a home which we are excited by and happy to be in every day.”Save this picture!Master Bedroom Suite LayoutMatthew Wood and Melissa Robinson, directors at MW Architects, said: “The team is very proud of our work on this project. As well as being an exercise in finely balancing bold interior spaces and materials with the need for a functional family home, we are particularly pleased that our clients love living in their new home – that is ultimately what we are striving for!Save this picture!© FRENCH+TYEIt is so satisfying as designers to see the grand elements of drama throughout the property holding their own against each other, and tying together so beautifully – it has been a skilled balancing act which we believe is a great success, and will provide the family with many happy years to come.”Save this picture!© FRENCH+TYEProject gallerySee allShow lessSpotlight: Le CorbusierArchitecture NewsShiseido Singapore Office Hub / HASSELLSelected Projects Share CopyAbout this officeMW ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesLondonEnglandOn FacebookUnited KingdomPublished on October 06, 2019Cite: “Hampstead House / MW Architects” 06 Oct 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialMetal PanelsDri-DesignMetal Panels – CopperIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsExterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsPure + FreeFormCustom Metal Cladding – Legacy Fund 1 BuildingWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodWood Fiber Partition Walls – ValchromatDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Vertical Pivot Door | BrezzaSkylightsFAKROEnergy-efficient roof window FTT ThermoToilets / BidetsBritexToilets – Accessible Centurion PanMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream CopyHouses•London, United Kingdom United Kingdomcenter_img Photographs:  FRENCH+TYE ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs “COPY” Structural Engineers: Abstruct Consulting, Brimstone Engineering Landscape Contractors: Burnham Landscaping and Verde Landscapes Ltd. Architects: MW Architects Area Area of this architecture project Year:  Contractors: Area:  750 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project last_img read more

The City Palace Apartments & Office Complex / Atelier Kempe T…

first_imgArchDaily CopyApartments, Office Buildings•Antwerpen, Belgium Photographs:  Ulrich SchwarzDesign Team:André Kempe, Oliver Thill, Ruud Smeelen, Marc van Bemmel, Anna Speakman, Kento TanabeStructural And Bulding Services Engineer:VK architects & engineers, Merelbeke BEGeneral Contractor:Interbuild, Wilrijk BEDesign Parking Garage In Collaboration With:POLO.architectsClients:Triple Living nvPrefab Concrete Structure:De Jong Beton, Alphen NLGlass Facade:Sanpa Industries, Maaseik BEGlass / Metal Balustrades:Mebo Construct, Lokeren BENatural Stone:Stonexpert, Kuurne BESpeedgates:HECO construct, Bocholt BECity:AntwerpenCountry:BelgiumMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Ulrich SchwarzRecommended ProductsWindowsFAKRORoof Windows – FPP-V preSelect MAXFiber Cements / CementsApavisaTiles – Nanofusion 7.0Doorspanoramah!®ah! PivotDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20Text description provided by the architects. Antwerp New South has a high residential density and the ambition to become a new urban area. With which character ultimately? Will it be experienced as truly urban or rather as a highly dense suburban area?  With the City Palace, Atelier Kempe Thill has not only the opportunity to contribute to this orientation but also to design one of the most important buildings on the central square of the whole area: the Panamarenko square.  Atelier Kempe Thill sees the development of the new area primarily as a challenge to contemporary urban architecture, in the sense of a multifunctional, urban, all-around architecture that contributes as much as possible to the public space. The project is therefore designed with an active ground floor and a surrounding two-storey arcade of slender columns. These unite the ground floor and the first floor, which, combined with generous windows, form a kind of urban base. Together with the terraces of the upper floors, this theme is consistently developed around the entire building, which thus functions without any rear side. Save this picture!© Ulrich SchwarzSave this picture!Section 1Save this picture!© Ulrich SchwarzLooking north towards the square, the façade is at its highest with a total of five storeys and a square front which gives its identity to the Panamarenko square. Towards the south, the building is stepped down twice in order to adjust to the size of the neighbouring buildings.  The opposite side of the Panamarenko square is designed by well-known architects such as Johannes Norlander, Vincent van Duysen and Office Kersten Geers David van Severen. Save this picture!© Ulrich SchwarzIn its programming, the project is designed as a consequent hybrid layering. The ground floor contains rooms for various commercial uses, mainly restaurants and shops, in order to make the building as public as possible. The client’s offices are located on the first floor, which is accessible via a generous entrance on the ground floor. These form a closed ring around the inner courtyard with sight-lines through the entire building.  Above the offices, there are three residential floors which are slightly decoupled from the courtyard and thus form their own world by the open gallery access. Save this picture!© Ulrich SchwarzA three-storey public underground car park for more than 300 cars opens up below the ground floor, serving larger parts of the area. This is accessed via a driveway on the long side of the building, which in turn is connected to the courtyard by a large window, allowing views across the courtyard and access to the apartments.  In addition to the car parking spaces, there are also storage rooms and building services units in the basement.  The aim was to give the building on each floor generous heights that exceed the minimum standards. The net height on the ground floor is 3.50m, on the first floor 3.20m. The living floors have a net height of 2.7m. The balconies on the upper floors have a net height of 4.1m. Save this picture!© Ulrich SchwarzSave this picture!Floor plan level 2Save this picture!© Ulrich SchwarzAnother special feature of the project is its size and the resulting possibilities and limitations. With its ambivalent dimensions of 45 m x 45 m, the question was from the outset whether it would make more sense to design the building as a full volume or to provide it with a courtyard. On top of that, the question arises whether the apartments can best be accessed without crossing the ground floor zone – mainly intended for shops and restaurants – without using too many vertical access cores.Save this picture!© Ulrich SchwarzThe result, an intimate courtyard and four access cores, each in its inner corners, is the optimal outcome of an intensive process. Especially the access concept proved to be efficient and so robust that it did not have to be adjusted in the slightest during a total of three complete reprogramming and restructuring of the two base floors during the design stage.  An important component of the development concept is the fact that the apartments on the upper floors are partially accessible via the short open galleries in the courtyard. In the case of the apartments in the middle of the courtyard, this means that it has to be accessed by passing by one neighbour apartment. However, due to the generous width of 2.5 m, the reduced length, and the atmospheric intimacy of the open gallery, this turns out to be a spatial experience instead of a necessary evil. Save this picture!© Ulrich SchwarzThe City Palace project extends the ideas for living in the 21st century developed in earlier projects, by creating a further variant of suburban living in a high-density building as a new urban model beyond the ‘Existenminimum’. Save this picture!© Ulrich SchwarzThe exterior spaces of the apartments are the central spatial theme of the project. A 2.5 m deep balcony has been designed on all four exterior facades as a spatial extension of the apartments. This balcony flows into the south-facing terraced flats and into spacious roof terraces, some of which are considerably larger than the total living space of the corresponding apartment. In addition to the real spatial and visual extension of the apartment, these terraces create the impression that the apartment is like a single-family-home right on the ground. In the case of the uppermost corner flats, one can walk around the flat on three sides.  The spacious private terraces are combined with a large shared roof terrace for all residents. Save this picture!© Ulrich SchwarzProject gallerySee allShow lessChristiana Figueres: A Net-Zero Future Is Now Under ConstructionArticlesMumbai Artist Retreat / Architecture BRIOSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Michel de Braeystraat 55, 2000 Antwerpen, BelgiumLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Belgium The City Palace Apartments & Office Complex / Atelier Kempe Thill “COPY” Save this picture!© Ulrich Schwarz+ 38Curated by Paula Pintos Share Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” Apartments Area:  16035 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project The City Palace Apartments & Office Complex / Atelier Kempe ThillSave this projectSaveThe City Palace Apartments & Office Complex / Atelier Kempe Thill Year:  Architects: Atelier Kempe Thill Area Area of this architecture project Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard 2019 CopyAbout this officeAtelier Kempe ThillOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsOfficesOffice buildingsAntwerpenOn FacebookBelgiumPublished on December 02, 2020Cite: “The City Palace Apartments & Office Complex / Atelier Kempe Thill” 02 Dec 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – LogisVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ StonePartitionsSkyfoldWhere to Increase Flexibility in SchoolsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteCupa PizarrasVentilated Facade – CUPACLAD UprightGlassLAMILUXGlass Roof PR60ConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMSkylightsVELUX CommercialAtrium Longlight Skylights in ExperimentariumMetal PanelsLorin IndustriesAnodized Aluminum – Copper FinishesStonesFranken-SchotterWall Covering & CladdingWindowsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Casement Windows – Rabel 8400 Slim Super Thermal PlusSwingsStudio StirlingHanging Chair – BasketWallcovering / CladdingArrigoni WoodsWood Cladding – AcousticMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?城市宫邸公寓,比利时办公住宅综合体 / Atelier Kempe Thill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! 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House in Tskneti / NOA Studio

first_img Projects ArchDaily 2019 Save this picture!© Ketevan Kruashvili+ 35Curated by Matheus Pereira Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard House in Tskneti / NOA Studio Houses “COPY” “COPY” Year:  Architects: NOA Studio Area Area of this architecture project House in Tskneti / NOA StudioSave this projectSaveHouse in Tskneti / NOA Studio CopyHouses•Tiflis, Georgia Area:  550 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs:  Ketevan KruashviliArchitects:David Shakhbazov, Mariam KarchkhadzeStructural Engineer:David KevanishviliConstruction:Kote GeladzeCity:TiflisCountry:GeorgiaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Ketevan KruashviliRecommended ProductsCeramicsTerrealTerracotta Baguettes in Vork CenterBulbs / Spots / Wall LightsJUNGLight Switch and Light – Plug + LightDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemText description provided by the architects. This contemporary house, built with a single material – concrete, is one of the first of its kind in this region and sets a precedent for others. Located on the sloped landscape in a highly populated neighborhood of Tbilisi Hills, the house is elevated above the street level, being invisible to the surroundings and open to the views of Caucasus mountains. Save this picture!© Ketevan KruashviliThe main challenge of this project was to develop a private house on a land plot with a big slope and very densely populated surroundings.  The goal was to protect visually the house from the neighbors and at the same time expose it to the beautiful view of the Caucasus Mountains. The slope is facing North, so another challenge was to bring the sun into the house.The feeling of calmness and protection that the house delivers to its owners, is one of the greatest achievements of this work. The idea was to build a house in the highest location in order to take profit of the views towards the landscape, and at the same time, due to the density and proximity of the neighbour constructions, make it invisible for everyone.Save this picture!Roof PlanWith that in mind, we redraw the section of the plot by creating the levels in the terrain and locating the house in the middle point. The tall supporting wall creates the fence from the lower street, whereas towards the house level it is filled with earth, thus creating the garden above the street level. In this way, we received a one-floor house located on the second-floor level.Save this picture!© Ketevan KruashviliUsing the total length of the land plot and a gallery distribution layout, we were able to fit the requested program. The house is totally open to the landscape and the roof is turned into a continuation of the upper-level garden. In the back of the house, we created three courtyards in order to get the south light and natural ventilation inside the house, as well as an extension for the interior living spaces.Save this picture!© Ketevan KruashviliConcrete is the one material we used as a structure and the finishing of the house. This material rebounds to the brutalist construction of Soviet Georgia and represents the idea of an open bunker to the contemporary times, giving the house the needed comfort and protection.Save this picture!© Ketevan KruashviliSave this picture!© Ketevan KruashviliProject gallerySee allShow lessRE-CYCLO Photo Studio / rotunnojustmanSelected ProjectsDanube Vert Car Park / COSA Colboc Sachet architecturesSelected Projects Share Georgia CopyAbout this officeNOA StudioOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMies van der Rohe AwardOn FacebookTiflisGeorgiaPublished on March 05, 2021Cite: “House in Tskneti / NOA Studio” 05 Mar 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisMill Finished Copper: Nordic StandardMetallicsHAVER & BOECKERArchitectural Wire Mesh – MULTI-BARRETTE 8130Enclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsSealantsEffisusGutter Repair – TiteGutter3Aluminium CompositesSculptformAluminium Click-on BattensTiles / Mosaic / GresiteMargresPorcelain Tiles – Linea PrestigeMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Click Roll CapsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteTerrealTerracotta Cladding TileDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE UnilateralWindowsJoskoWindows and Sliding Doors – ONE SeriesMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Best major gift fundraisers might be those who ‘challenge’ their donors

first_img  42 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Best major gift fundraisers might be those who ‘challenge’ their donors Howard Lake | 3 April 2014 | News The best major gift fundraisers could be those who challenge their potential donors to think in different ways, rather than those who seek to build “passive” relationships with them.That’s the hypothesis being tested by an ongoing piece of American research being conducted by the Advisory Board Company.Speaking at Fundraising Insights conference (organised by the universities of Bristol and Warwick and sponsored by JustGiving) in London last week, AJ Nagaraj, who is conducting the year-long study into university fundraising, said it has been based on a similar study in the commercial sector.Nagaraj said this study, conduced in 2013 by a sister company to the Advisory Board Company, had revealed a “profound shift” in the sales role by categorising sales people according to their approaches to customers.  ‘Relationship builders’ aimed to ensure things ran very smoothly for customers but there approach was quite “passive”. ‘Challengers’ on the other hand – who made up 23 per cent of sales staff – were those who tried to give the customer new insights and teach them something new about the product.Of the highest performing cohort of sales staff, ‘challengers’ were disproportionately represented, making up 37 per cent, while ‘relationship builders’ constituted seven per cent of the high performing group, even though 26 per cent of all sales staff were ‘relationship builders’.“We want to know if there has been a similar shift in the fundraising world,” Nagaraj told delegates. “Our research is looking at what makes a great major gift officer and my hypothesis is that there is a lot more transferability [from sales into fundraising] than most people think there is.”However, Nagaraj acknowledge that this was a “provocative hypothesis”.“Some people love it but other absolutely hate it,” he said. “They say they are building relationships with donors and that sales reps wouldn’t be able to operate in university fundraising as it’s totally different.“One fundraiser told me: ‘If I was salesman, I would get a gift, but I wouldn’t get a giver.’”The research into American major gift fundraisers will by published in July this year. Tagged with: Major gift Research / statistics 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 Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Bulgarian authorities ignore death threats against anti-corruption reporter

first_img RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Receive email alerts News News Bulgaria is ranked 111th in RSF’s latest World Press Freedom Index for the third year running, far below any other European Union member. RSF_en Bulgaria’s general election: RSF publishes 10 proposals to rescue press freedom After receiving dozens of anonymous calls asking about funeral services, Nikolay Staykov has filed a report with the police. But the police has neither took action, nor judged necessary that he needs protection. Staykov specializes in covering corruption cases and his reporting is often picked up by both national and international media.“The Bulgarian authorities must provide Nikolay Staykov with protection and must conduct a thorough and independent investigation into these disturbing threats,” said Pavol Szalai, the head of RSF’s European Union and Balkans Desk. “The lack of a rapid reaction on their part would just encourage more of this kind of pressure on investigative reporters.”The intimidations and the vandalization of his house with eggs are apparently linked to the broadcast of the first part of his documentary The Eight Dwarfs (the second part was released on July 2nd), by Anti-Corruption Fund (ACF), an NGO that Staykov helped to found. The report alleges that certain official entities, including the Prosecutor’s office, were involved in the financial swindling of Iliya Zlatanov, the majority shareholder in Izamet, Bulgaria’s biggest elevator manufacturer. Bulgaria: RSF condemns refusal to investigate reporter’s violent arrest The death threats against Staykov began on 18 June after he had tried to contact one of the protagonists of the affair for his documentary. This was Petyo Petrov, a lawyer and former Head of investigations at the Sofia City Prosecutor General’s Office. The threats ended immediately after ACF made them public. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Bulgarian authorities to conduct a thorough and independent probe into the threats received by investigative reporter Nikolay Staykov after he released a documentary about a corruption affair allegedly involving state institutions. RSF demands that Staykov be granted immediate police protection. Nikolay Staykov (photo: Sofia Globe) Follow the news on Bulgaria Organisation News to go further July 3, 2020 Bulgarian authorities ignore death threats against anti-corruption reporter March 10, 2021 Find out more February 11, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News BulgariaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionImpunityFreedom of expression BulgariaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionImpunityFreedom of expression Reporters who investigate corruption are often victims of pressures in Bulgaria. Atanas Tchobanov, who has exposed the biggest scandals in recent years, and his colleagues at the investigative news website Bivol, have been targeted by constant harassment, including threats, murder attempts, surveillance, phone-tapping, tax inspections, judicial pressures and investigations of their property. The Bulgarian Prosecutor’s Office even asked the French judicial authorities to investigate Tchobanov, who used to be political refugee in France. Rossen Bossev, a reporter for the business weekly Capital (which is part of the Economedia group), was convicted of defamation in May 2019 for criticizing the head of Bulgaria’s Financial Supervision Commission in a TV interview four years earlier. December 2, 2020 Find out more The day that the Prosecutor’s Office filed its complaint, Prosecutor General Ivan Geshev took it upon himself to accuse ACF of being linked to Ivo Prokopiev, the owner of Economedia, an independent media group that is very critical of the government. After the first part of the documentary had released, the Prosecutor’s office filed a complaint on 26 June and began an initial investigation into its allegations. Staykov was then questioned by a special unit at the Sofia City Prosecutor’s Office whose former chief is none other than the brother of Petrov.last_img read more

Death confirmed of Dr Ian Paisley

first_img Death confirmed of Dr Ian Paisley Twitter Politicians North and South have been paying tribute to Dr Paisley – Martin McGuinness said in a Tweet today he had lost a friend. Facebook Google+ Facebook Pinterest The former Northern Irish First Minister Dr Ian Paisley has died.News of the former DUP leader’s passing was confirmed by his wife Eileen a short time ago.Political correspondent Pauric Gallagher has been looking back on his career…..Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter WhatsApp News 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal center_img Pinterest Google+ Previous articlePresident Michael D Higgins joins Colgan Hall centenary celebrationsNext articleHorgans warns of Avondale cup threat News Highland Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp By News Highland – September 12, 2014 Very sad to learn that Ian Paisley has died.My deepest sympathy to his wife Eileen & family.Once political opponents – I have lost a friend.— Martin McGuinness (@M_McGuinness_SF) September 12, 2014last_img read more

Donegal Hotelier hits out over weather alerts impacting businesses

first_img Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Twitter Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest By News Highland – December 19, 2019 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsAppcenter_img Google+ WhatsApp Previous article‘We’re fed up continuously shaking buckets’ – Bluestacks ManagerNext articleMan being sought for drug offences since 2015 arrested in Donegal News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Serious concern has been raised over the impact weather warnings are having on local businesses.It’s claimed that last weekend’s yellow warning resulted in 20% of business being lost by hoteliers in Donegal with a significant number of bookings being cancelled.It follows questions about the consistency of warnings with Met Eireann facing backlash over last night’s yellow alert for Donegal despite winds being much more severe than anticipated.Donegal Hotelier Brian Dermot says there needs to be a complete overhaul in how these warnings are issued as its having a huge knock on effect on the rural economy:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Donegal Hotelier hits out over weather alerts impacting businesseslast_img read more

A look into ‘Franky Boy’ Cali — the alleged mob boss assassinated in New York

first_imgAndrew Lichtenstein/Corbis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The suspected assassination of an alleged mob boss is raising questions about why he was targeted and the internal struggles in what — once — was one of the most powerful American mafia families.Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali was gunned down outside of his Staten Island home Wednesday evening in what experts view as “a true hit.”“We’re back to the ’90s,” said Rich Frankel, a former FBI special agent in charge of the criminal division in New York and current ABC News contributor. “We haven’t had a hit like this in at least 30 years.”Robert Boyce, the former New York Police Department chief of detectives who is now an ABC News contributor, said that Cali was a protégé of John “Jackie the Nose” D’Amico — a former prominent figure in the Gambino family.“He’s an interesting man because he came up in the organization without many arrests,” Boyce said of Cali.Cali was arrested and convicted at least once, which pales in comparison to other mob leaders. In 2008, Cali was sentenced to 16 months in prison after pleading guilty to extortion conspiracy, according to federal court records.“This guy was really good. He kept a low profile,” Boyce said.Beyond his own deep ties to the Gambino family, Cali had another important connection: his wife, Rosaria Inzerillo, of the Sicilian Inzerillo Mafia clan.Boyce said Cali’s wife “is steeped in mafia family — [they] both are.”The mob family treeWhile the Gambino family is arguably one of the best known mafia entities in the U.S. — because of the publicity that the now-late boss John Gotti received — they are only one of the several biggest in the country.In New York City, there are five prominent families — Bonanno, Colombo, Gambino, Genovese and Luchese — that make up La Cosa Nostra, which the FBI describes as an “alliance of criminals.”The families are distinctly different with unique histories and members, but oftentimes they would dabble in similar criminal circuits which focus on: racketeering, drug trafficking, loan sharking, corruption, extortion and murder, among other things, according to the FBI.“The ‘Five Families’ are not what they were, especially the Gambinos,” said Boyce, adding, that the Gambino’s “profile in New York has been significantly reduced since John Gotti.”Beyond that, Boyce said that the various mob families are all facing competition on the drug trafficking front from outside their realm.“Most of the heroin in this country comes from Mexico now — not from the mid-east, which the mob once controlled,” Boyce said.Looking for clues in Cali’s shootingJoe Cantamessa, a retired FBI special agent in charge from the New York division’s special operations, was involved with a key mob boss case: he was responsible for installing the microphone in the home of Paul Castellano, the Gambino family boss whose assassination was orchestrated by his successor, Gotti.The Castellano hit in 1985 prompted drama within the Gambino family, and Cantamessa said that such a blatant shooting of another Gambino leader — Cali — will prompt it’s own share.“If a senior guy gets hit and if it’s not a sanctioned hit, it’s bad news for somebody,” Cantamessa told ABC News.“You’ve got to get permission to take out a ‘made’ member, somebody who’s actually a member of a family,” he said, noting that Cali fit that bill. “If anybody within the family or in a rival family steps outside the bounds then there would be consequences. It’s all about permissions: nobody does anything to a made member without permission.”Law enforcement sources tell ABC News that shortly before Cali was shot he received something via his phone — either a call or a text — that lured him outside onto his front terrace on Wednesday.Frankel, who was an agent on the FBI’s Gambino squad in the late 1990s, said that whatever prompted Cali to step outside is going to be critical to the investigation.“That’s a great piece of evidence, because whoever made that [call or text], unless it was a spoof [where the number is distorted], that’s the person who drew him out,” said Frankel, who now works as a contributor for ABC News.“Because of the way he was shot and who he is — he’s a high ranking member of the Gambino family, he was shot 10 times on the street — it wasn’t something that was hidden. Someone was definitely trying to say ‘Franky’s dead and he deserved to die.’ That’s the way I’m taking it,” Frankel said.Unanswered questionsWhile some of the optics of the latest hit seem to point to some obvious conclusions, there are still quite a few questions that investigators will have to tackle.“Are they hitting him because he did something or are they hitting him to get rid of him? Did he go somewhere he shouldn’t have gone? Did he go outside his crew or his family and cause trouble with another family?” Frankel said.Past precedent seems to be an indicator for Boyce’s best guesses.“This was probably a schism within this family, because that’s what history tells us,” Boyce said, referencing the Gotti hit on Castellano.Boyce also speculated that Cali’s family ties and possible subsequent actions could have been a factor.Specifically, Boyce suggested that “old time mobsters, and ‘Franky’ Cali was brought up like an old school mobster” who value loyalty from family and people they can trust. That led Boyce to posit that Cali’s ties to the Sicilian mob through his wife could have led to him bringing in new crew members from Sicily.“Is he bringing outsiders into the organization? Is there resentment that comes up from that?” Boyce said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more