Sportnco is some way off breaking into the upper tier of the sports betting supplier market, but its chief executive Hervé Schlosser (pictured) argues that he can see a route to the top.Key to Sportnco’s growth is Spain – the Toulouse-based business has performed strongly in France’s European neighbour, and expects the market to become the company’s largest by the end of 2019.It currently works with six partners in Spain, perhaps most notably Italian operator Sisal, preparing to make the first move outside its native market, which Schlosser notes means it powers around a fifth of the sports betting brands in the country.Among its Spanish clients are Casino Gran Madrid, Golden Park and Casino Barcelona, a trio of land-based operators that have entrusted the supplier to facilitate their moves online.There are three key reasons behind Sportnco’s Spanish growth, Schlosser explains.“First, we are able to offer a solution tailor-made to each of our clients’ needs,” he says. “Other providers tend to offer a very commoditised solution, but we tailor the offering for each client so, for example, the Casino Gran Madrid sportsbook looks very different from that of Casino Barcelona.”Boots on the ground He also cites boots on the ground as a key driver of Spanish growth. Sportnco has around a third of its employees, covering marketing, trading and IT, based in Barcelona, and Schlosser believes having native Spanish speakers, as well as being in close proximity to clients, helped build trust.Finally, he says, gaming shows have been key. By having a presence at such events, he says companies have become aware of Sportnco, what it does and what it can provide. This, in turn, helped seal the Sisal deal.“It’s a massive deal and we’re very excited by it,” Schlosser says of the partnership. “It was the result of attending a gaming show in Madrid in November [last year], which is where we met for the first time.” The partnership was agreed before the end of 2019 – “it was among the quickest deal Sportnco has ever signed,” Schlosser notes – and he is quick to note that customer satisfaction also played a key role.“Sisal selected [Spanish iGaming platform provider Tecnalis] to provide its player account management solution, who we already work with, and they were very positive about us,” he says. “Our existing Spanish clients including Casino Gran Madrid and Golden Park were also very positive about working with us.”Customer satisfaction, he says, has been key to Sportnco’s growth.“I’m very proud that we have never lost a client since we launched Sportnco as a B2B operation in 2010 – and that’s something I want to maintain,” Schlosser says. “Our first two clients were NetBet and JOA, and they’re still here.“The level of trust and the perception of your business in this industry is very important, and we’ve always aimed to maintain a high level of customer satisfaction,” he continues. “We don’t want to sign 50 deals a year. Instead we want to grow steadily, maintain the focus on sports betting, the satisfaction of both existing and new clients.”This is underpinned by robust technology, something that he says allows Sportnco to develop bespoke products for clients without limiting scalability.“While we have built our solution so as to maintain bespoke offerings, this is supported by a centralised system, which means we can power an unlimited number of partners,” Schlosser says. “It is built with APIs for the front end and content, and everything is modular.”This goes as far as the odds and data, using feeds from providers such as Sportradar and Sporting Solutions, then customising them for clients. This, Schlosser says, will allow it to grow far beyond its current twenty-strong client base; he aims to have more than 100 customers in the next three years.Yet it’s important to note that Sportnco is still relatively small in terms of revenue; it is private, but publishes limited financial numbers. For 2018 it reported revenue of €5.4m, a sum that represents a 35% year-on-year increase, but one that is dwarfed by rivals in the vertical.New worlds The supplier has already earmarked the US and Latin America as target markets, but is not yet finished with Europe. Licence applications are underway in Sweden and Portugal, with territories such as Switzerland and Italy also being considered.Sportnco has a three-pronged strategy for expanding into new markets, Schlosser says. First and foremost is launching existing clients in new territories, such as ZEBet, which is targeting Portugal.Then there are deals struck through its network of industry contacts and from direct requests from companies seeking out a sportsbook solution – this has seen companies in Argentina and Colombia get in touch – and finally, there are the shows.This will be supported by the launch of a land-based sportsbook solution.“This is a very important step for us, our clients, and our portfolio of services,” Schlosser says. “We were very much focused on mobile and desktop, but from the autumn we will roll out the land-based component with our Spanish casino partners.“Land-based is still very important in growing markets,” he continues. “In these countries the channel still generates the majority of revenue, and while online is growing faster, retail still has to be addressed.”There are two reasons behind this, he says: “First, land-based is a very easy way to play; it’s simple, and no registration requirements. Second, it can deliver margins almost double those of online. In newer markets, when a player is in a betting shop, they’re a captive audience – they’re not going to compare your odds to other sites.”With a deal ready to go in Portugal, pending the necessary regulatory approvals, he also wants to go live in Sweden, and sign up at least one client in both the US and Latin America in 2019.This, he says, would take Schlosser and Sportnco a step closer to his ultimate goal for the business – he wants it to become one of the leading sportsbook technology suppliers worldwide.This is a bold statement, but it’s one that he stands by, pointing out that his declaration a few years ago of wanting to sign up top-tier operators as clients may have seemed equally provocative.Fast forward to 2019, and it’s working with one of Italy’s leading operators. Sportnco is also competing in a tender process to power sports betting for what Schlosser says is “a very big” European operator – one of two final bidders in the process.As ambitious as his proclamations are, he’s done a good job of making sure they come to pass previously. It remains to be seen whether his latest will come to fruition. Sportnco sets sights on new worlds after conquering Spain French sportsbook solutions provider Sportnco started life as the B2B subsidiary of France Pari, but has rapidly outgrown its home market. With Spain set to become the supplier’s largest market by the end of the year, CEO Hervé Schlosser is now targeting expansion in the US and Latin America. 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Fan Milk Limited (FML.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2003 annual report.For more information about Fan Milk Limited (FML.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Fan Milk Limited (FML.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Fan Milk Limited (FML.gh) 2003 annual report.Company ProfileFan Milk Limited manufactures and markets dairy products and fruit drinks in Ghana. The company produces a range of frozen strawberry yoghurts, chocolates, ice cream, snacks, ice lollies and citrus drinks under the following brand names; FanYogo, FanChoco, FanIce, FanDango and FanPop. Fan Milk Limited manages a network of independent distributors and agents. Formerly known as Ghana Milk Company Limited, the company changed its name to Fan Milk Limited in 1962. The company is a subsidiary of Fan Milk International A/S with headquarters in Acca, Ghana. Fan Milk Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange
Resort Savings & Loans PLC (RESORT.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Financial sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the half year.For more information about Resort Savings & Loans PLC (RESORT.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Resort Savings & Loans PLC (RESORT.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Resort Savings & Loans PLC (RESORT.ng) 2015 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileResort Savings & Loans Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria specialising in mortgage banking products and services. The company offers personal and corporate mortgage accounts, leasing and credit facilities, property acquisition management services and fund management services. Key products include RIMPlan for those saving towards owning their own home with a Life Assurance plan as an added bonus; RIMLand for those wanting to acquire their own land; Resort Home Renovation Loan for the renovation of current properties; the National Housing Fund (NHF) Scheme targeted at low and medium individual income earners employed in the private and public sectors; and Resort Early Home Owners Account for the young adult market in the 25-40 year age bracket. Resort Savings & Loans Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Resort Savings & Loans Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Rogers & Co Ltd (ROGE.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Rogers & Co Ltd (ROGE.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Rogers & Co Ltd (ROGE.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Rogers & Co Ltd (ROGE.mu) 2019 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileRogers & Co Limited is an international and investment services company headquartered in Mauritius, that primarily focuses on operations in four markets which are, financial tech, hospitality, logistics and property where the company provides services such as fiduciary, outsourcing, and consulting services, such as tax advisory, captive insurance management, fund administration, and actuarial services, technology services, including integrated business solutions, cloud computing, unified communications and collaboration, and mobile and converged connectivity services and financial services. Rogers & Co Limited operates through the following segments, aviation, financial services, hospitality, logistics, property, real estate and agribusiness, technology, corporate office, and corporate treasury. Rogers & Co limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.
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Photo: Gavin Drake/Anglican Communion News Service[Anglican Communion News Service] Bishop of Eastern Zambia William Mchombo, has expressed his “great concern” about the rise in political violence ahead of the country’s tripartite general election which is due to take place on 11 August. Britain and the U.S. have warned their citizens to be careful of political violence when visiting the country, and now the head of the tourism body says that visitor numbers are beginning to fall.Historically, Zambia has not been plagued by the violence that has hit other countries in the region, but this year’s general election has sparked an upsurge in violent incidents by some of the cadres – the activist supporter groups of the political parties. Last month the Cathedral of the Holy Cross hosted an ecumenical indaba to which all the political parties attended – including Zambian President Edgar Lungu – and an agreement was reached over a number of issues including moderating the political rhetoric and curbing the wearing of military style clothing by campaigners.But the violence has continued, and now Bishop William has spoken out, saying: “the rising political violence despite declarations made by all the political leaders to avoid such is of great concern. It still remains incumbent upon all the leaders of various political parties to restrain their utterances and those of their followers.“The speeches should be devoid of provocative and malicious language. We urge the party leaders to engage the Electorate with developmental ideas and rein in their followers and condemn any acts of violence and unpalatable language.”Alex Munthali, chair of the Tourism Council of Zambia, said that the violence is hitting tourism numbers in the country – impacting an industry that is key to the nation’s economic development. “This is our peak period and if we are to economically develop by placing tourism as one of the three pillars of economic development, violence should not be entertained,” he said in an interview with The Post newspaper. “We have started to see a reduction in tourist arrivals and some cancellations due to political violence.”He continued: “All political players need to understand that this is not the first time Zambia is going to the polls. We have seen change of governments before and the August elections must not be any different. We need the peace that we have enjoyed before, there is no need for violence.”Bishop William said that “Politics is about competing ideas and yet, unfortunately, it is slowly becoming the new norm for political parties to engage in physical confrontation which is totally uncalled for. Engaging in physical confrontation denotes lack of critical thinking and the impact of the consequences of such actions on the security and stability of the nation.”He urged the citizens of Zambia to study the political parties manifesto documents, saying that it was they – the voters – who were “the major stakeholders in the whole electoral process” rather than the candidates and political parties.“The way the electorate cast their votes will determine the type of leadership and government that will get into office and the kind of economic and social development, if any, that will come from such leadership,” he said. “It is for this reason that extra care should be taken in paying particular attention on what the competing parties have to say about issues such as the economy in relation to the high cost of living, inflation and the rising national debt that is affecting all of us, and subsequently the future generation.“The electorate should not be short changed in discussions on youth unemployment and neither should they be given cosmetic utterances on improving the agricultural sector or the electoral catch phrase of diversification. We urge the electorate to demand tangible solutions to issues affecting the nation and also the means that such solutions will be arrived at by all the political players. The power of the electorate lies in casting the vote wisely.”He urged voters to demand a “strong commitment to the fight against corruption from all the political parties,” saying that it hampered the economic and social development of the country and “negates any efforts to put a dent in the poverty levels of our nation.”And he said that attacks on journalists should stop: “The media . . . has a big role to play,” he said. “It will not help to attack journalists in the course of their duties. It is not always that media houses will publish news that supports a particular stand point of a given political party.“But it is important sometimes to learn from the criticism offered. The electorate however expect moral and ethical reporting in a fair and balanced manner. After all, journalism is about unearthing truth, not peddling fear and paranoia.”He added: “let the political parties market their messages peacefully. Let the electorate be perceptive and not emotional. Elections and political parties will come and go, but Zambia as our motherland shall always be there. Let us keep it intact and an oasis of peace for ourselves and for the future generation.”Last month, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, met the Zambian President Edgar Lungu during his visit to Lusaka for the Anglican Consultative Council meeting. The rise in political tensions and the cathedral-hosted political indaba was amongst the items discussed. 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Episcopalians rally behind Native American protests of ND pipeline Presiding Bishop issues statement supporting action Course Director Jerusalem, Israel August 25, 2016 at 9:36 pm What we need is to quickly develop wind & solar power; but we can Not continue to squeeze out the last bit of oil in shale! It is hurting the Earth, damaging soil & water, dangerous to ship on long trains or pipelines through cities, towns, fields that grow food, forests that hide wild animals, and anywhere near drinkable water. Without clean water – already in short supply in the USA & other countries – Life will cease. There are already battles & lawsuits over water & water rights. Also, Routes of pipelines & railroads are heavily influenced by politics & greed, as much or more than science. Presently Congress is anti-science!!!. BUT the bottom line is the repeated defilement of sacred lands – holy places – by the consumeristic Western culture. What good do profits do if we have no clean water, or fruitful land, or holy places to meet our spiritual needs. Land is sacred. Water is sacred.Regardless of how many permits or government papers a company has, some things are still morally wrong. To defile the Earth is always wrong. August 25, 2016 at 11:42 pm Indeed, the protest is justified and should be supported by all Americans who are fed up with the sacrifice of all natural resources in this country, especially the purity of life-giving and life sustaining water. All for the sake of oil that will only profit the big oil corps who continue to lay waste to the land non-stop. No way does this compare to Ferguson-these are two separate issues entirely; though equal in importance. Another example of the decline in humanity propagated by the greedy few and allowed by the multitude of “us”. We have failed miserably in our treatment and neglect of these wonderful people. How can we help, sincerely? August 30, 2016 at 12:06 pm I am Watermelon Slim, a bluesman from Oklahoma and now from Mississippi. I am a baptized and confirmed Episcopalian. I have almost no native blood, but what I have stands up. I met Leonard Crow Dog, Lakota medicine man, in the Black Hills at the end of The Longest Walk in 1978. Around the campfire, Crow Dog prophesied to a few of us, and I will never forget:“The human beings have a few more years to stop tearing Mother Earth, or she will take herself back from us.” That’s 38 years ago now, and I wonder what Crow Dog (who still lives, to my knowledge) thinks now. Since then, we have had Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, the Exxon Valdez, the Gulf Oil Spill, and finally, Fukushima Daichi, the last of which looms over us all today. We’re all just waiting for the Mother to shrug, on the northern coast of Honshu.In Oklahoma, we stopped Black Fox, which would have been OK’s only nuclear plant. We must stop this pipeline, and transition, as Germany is doing, to renewable energy resources. I am a veteran who served in Vietnam. As a veteran, and an old man now, I know there are things worth fighting for. The song below will be on my next CD. WOLF CRY (2015)Enjoying ourselves while we’re destroying ourselves, the Medicine Man was right.The earth-rippers chase in the race for what’s left, every tree, every drop, every rock is their prey. We must fight!I— got to make my Wolf Cry. I’m gonna make my Wolf Cry—- One day.The blues is communion– eating the meager bread and drinking the bitter wine of the blues together. It will feed your soul. If freedom means more than a footnote in human existence, come and share this bowl.And I—- got to make my Wolf Cry. I—-‘m gonna make my Wolf Cry—- One day.I’m— gonna make my Wolf Cry. I’ll strike for the children today and the children to be.I’m gonna make my Wolf Cry. Now I know my song well, I’ll start singing, just watch me.I’m— gonna make my Wolf Cry. I’m— gonna make my Wolf Cry (al coda) Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA August 25, 2016 at 4:52 pm Thank-you for supporting this protest! Curate Diocese of Nebraska nick matthews says: Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rich Basta says: Press Release Service Standing Rock Rector Collierville, TN August 25, 2016 at 9:10 pm You definitely ARE wrong, Rich. The company could have built the pipeline, potentially around the Northern and Eastern sides of the Missouri, to avoid crossing a lake so vital to the well being of a large community. The disastrous history of U.S. oppression of Indigenous people, and especially those in the Missouri Basin, especially demands moral and legal attention to changing corporate and federal regulatory patterns such as the one we’ve been seeing here. Thanks be to God for the courage and anti-racist consciousness that finally exist within the Episcopal Church, after its own historic participation in oppression; and thanks for the leadership of our Presiding Bishop. Advocacy Peace & Justice, Janice Mitich says: August 25, 2016 at 9:42 pm Once again the Episcopal Church is on the wrong side of an issue. The U.S. needs all the oil it can produce internally so as not to be left hostage to other oil-producing nations many of whom are hostile towards us. Pipelines are far safer and less expensive than rail to transport oil. August 25, 2016 at 9:41 pm Rich, I cannot speak for Missouri but in Florida a project like this would have been subjected to years of scientific and legal scrutiny by state and federal agencies. That scrutiny would require multiple agencies looking at historical sites, social and environmental justice issues and the projects impacts be they permanent, secondary and/or temporary. There is another layer scrutiny if any of the land is federal parkland. Lisa Johnson says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Albany, NY Director of Music Morristown, NJ The Rev. James McConnell says: September 21, 2016 at 12:27 am We pray for a just and proper use of God’s creation. The Prayers of the People vary by Rite and by calendar, but always we pray for God’s creation and our wise use of it. M. J. Wise says: Rector Martinsville, VA Rich Basta says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Smithfield, NC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Owanah Anderson says: Dakota Access Pipeline, Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Dianne Aid says: Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 August 26, 2016 at 6:20 am Certainly the people who were stewards of this land long before conquest have every right to protect it. I am thankful that The Episcopal Church stands in solidarity. Submit an Event Listing Tags Jixel pacanza says: August 26, 2016 at 4:19 pm God bless you! What you do impacts us all, each one doing what they can. Bill Homans says: Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Youth Minister Lorton, VA August 27, 2016 at 2:41 am Protect the native Americans, Be strong Episcopalian people!.. Janet Diehl says: The Rev. John Floberg, who has ministered on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation for 25 years, and Carmine Goodhouse, a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Fort Yates, North Dakota, stand near an Episcopal Church flag that was added to the flags of other organizations and tribes participating in the protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Photo: Facebook/John Floberg page.[Episcopal News Service] Episcopalians are standing side by side with other protesters in a growing effort by Native American tribes to stop an oil company from building a major pipeline across the Missouri River in North Dakota.The protests, which succeeded this month in halting work on part of the pipeline, are being compared to some of the most momentous events in American Indian history, and the Diocese of North Dakota has rallied behind the cause. It issued a statement Aug. 19 in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said Aug. 25 that he supports the protest’s goals as well, calling the action “one that joins the fight for racial justice and reconciliation with climate justice and caring for God’s creation as a matter of stewardship.”“The people of Standing Rock Sioux Reservation are calling us now to stand with Native peoples, not only for their sakes, but for the sake of God’s creation, for the sake of the entire human family, and for the children and generations of children yet unborn,” Curry said in his statement. “The legendary Sioux Chief Sitting Bull reminds us: ‘Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.’”“It’s not just a native thing. It’s not just an Indian issue. It’s a human issue,” said the Rev. Brandon Mauai, an Episcopal deacon on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.Anglican Church of Canada Archbishop Fred Hiltz and National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald said Aug. 25 that the issue is also a moral one and “there is only hope that the moral issue can be raised and heard.”Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline say it poses too great a threat to the environment and to the way of life of the people living nearby, who draw on the Missouri River for their drinking water, including 8,000 Standing Rock tribal members. The company building the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners, and its supporters argue the pipeline is safe, economical and necessary to transport North Dakota oil to markets and refineries across the country.The tribe also is worried that the pipeline, which will pass just outside the 2.3-million acre reservation, will disturb sacred lands.Law enforcement officers line up along a road in Morton County, North Dakota, Aug. 15 to block protestors who oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline that would run from the Bakken oil fields in the northwest part of that state to Illinois. Photo: Standing Rock Dakota Access Pipeline Opposition via FacebookIt was thought that the issue could come to a head this week with court hearings over the project and the protests. However, rulings were postponed until early next month.Local Episcopal congregations aren’t just passive observers. Some church members are on the front lines, joining in the protests or supporting the hundreds – and at times thousands – of people camped there, and the issue has influenced Sunday sermons, prayers and even the choice of liturgy.“We see our obligation through the lens of our baptismal covenant, respecting the dignity of every human being,” the Rev. John Floberg said.Floberg, canon missioner for the Episcopal Church community on the Standing Rock reservation, serves three congregations in the North Dakota part of the reservation: St. Luke’s in Fort Yates, St. James’ in Cannon Ball and Church of the Cross in Selfridge. And although he is white and not a member of the tribe, he has spent 25 years ministering here and is well aware of the historical context being applied to both the recent protests and the Episcopal involvement.Floberg is a member of the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council and Mauai’s term on council ended last year.The Episcopal Church’s early ministry to the Sioux dates back to the mid-1800s, Floberg said, and he noted how President Grant’s “peace policy” of the late 1860s assigned oversight of reservations to religious denominations, including the Episcopal Church.The history of white interaction with native peoples, however, has been marked by violence, oppression and broken promises.Standing Rock Sioux leaders, in their lawsuit opposing the pipeline, cite treaties from 1851 and 1868 in arguing that the U.S. government has yet to fulfill its side of those agreements. The Standing Rock reservation straddles the border between North Dakota and South Dakota, and the tribal treaty lands extend north beyond the reservation, they say, to the pipeline construction site.Some white supporters have joined with the American Indian protesters, but Floberg said the standoff also has elicited racist criticism in some corners, particularly in Facebook comments on the issue.Another historical reference point is the 1944 Pick-Sloan flood control plan, which involved building dams on the Missouri River. This created Lake Oahe, which stretches from south of Bismarck, North Dakota, to well into South Dakota. The lake’s western shoreline runs through the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River reservations, and the pipeline would cross the lake just a half-mile from the Standing Rock border.When it was created, Lake Oahe flooded tribal farmland, orchards and forests along the Missouri River, displacing many Native American families.Mauai’s ancestors were among those affected. His mother’s family had lived along the Cannonball River, a Missouri River tributary that was flooded, and they were forced to move.“I grew up knowing the story,” said Mauai, now 31.Raised on the Standing Rock reservation, Mauai went to a Roman Catholic school as a boy, but he was confirmed as an Episcopalian around fifth grade. He eventually got involved in the church’s native ministries and was ordained as a deacon in 2007. His wife also serves as a deacon.The Episcopal Church flag is tied to a fence at the Circle of Sacred Stones protest camp, joining the flags of other organizations and tribes participating in the protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Photo: Brandon Mauai via FacebookHis appreciation for the Episcopal Church’s activism grew as he attended General Conventions over the past decade. He said he sensed in the church a sincere interest in working on issues important to native communities and the socially oppressed.“The church has long been an advocate for natives nationwide, and I think that is just one of the things we’re called to do,” Mauai said.That advocacy is reflected in the statement issued Aug. 19 by the Diocese of North Dakota’s Council of Indian Ministries. It cites General Convention resolutions supporting indigenous people and opposing environmental racism and legal doctrines that critics say have been used to deny Native Americans their rights. And it asks the Episcopal Church “to advocate for us.”The statement also specifically calls on the Army Corps of Engineers to reverse its decision on the Dakota Access Pipeline.The company outlined its pipeline project, as well as efforts to start construction, in its recent court filing seeking a temporary restraining order against protesters.The pipeline is to stretch 1,154 miles from the Bakken oil fields in northwest North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois, sending as much as 570,000 barrels of oil a day to toward the East Coast and Gulf Coast. Oil production in North Dakota has surged in the past six years, the company said, and transporting much of that oil by pipeline will be safer and cheaper than to ship it by train or truck.The company also asserts it has obtained all the permits it needs, including permission to cross the Missouri River with a pipeline under Lake Oahe. The Army Corps of Engineers gave the OK to that plan on July 25.Construction at the Lake Oahe crossing was scheduled to begin on Aug. 10, but the company said it was met by up to 30 protesters. That group grew to 350 by Aug. 12, according to court documents, which accuse some protesters of threatening workers and tearing down a fence intended to keep protesters from hindering the project.“It does not appear that the Defendants have any valid legal basis for interfering with Dakota Access’ construction of the Pipeline,” U.S. District Court Judge Daniel L. Hovland wrote Aug. 16 in granting a temporary restraining order against the protesters. A hearing on a preliminary injunction against the protests that was scheduled for Aug. 25 has been postponed until Sept. 8. The temporary restraining order remains in effect.Tribal Chairman David Archambault II, one of more than two dozen arrested in the protests, responded to the judge’s initial order with a statement pledging to continue to oppose the project and to do so peacefully.“Our basic position is that the Corps of Engineers has failed to follow the law and has failed to consider the impacts of the pipeline on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe,” Archambault said.“Our hand continues to be open to cooperation, and our cause is just,” Archambault said in an Aug. 25 opinion piece in the New York Times. “This fight is not just for the interests of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, but also for those of our neighbors on the Missouri River: The ranchers and farmers and small towns who depend on the river have shown overwhelming support for our protest.”The cause has resonated with Episcopalians in North Dakota because of the intersection of racial justice and environmental justice, and the environmental cause has drawn support from outside activist groups, notably the San Francisco-based Earthjustice, which filed the federal lawsuit on the tribe’s behalf. The action has also attracted the attention of celebrities such as Susan Sarandon, Leonardo di Caprio and Divergent star Shailene Woodley, as well as from organizations such as the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations.Pipeline company spokeswoman Vicki Granado said work continues on other parts of the project. She called the protests “unlawful … in light of the fact that we have the necessary permits and approvals to work at this site.” A federal judge said Aug. 24 in Washington, D.C., that he would rule by Sept. 9 on the tribe’s legal objection to the Army Corps of Engineers’ approval.After that ruling, Archambault said from Washington that “whatever the final outcome in court I believe we have already established an important principle — that is tribes will be heard on important matters that affect our vital interests.”In the meantime, out-of-town protesters continue to camp out near the pipeline work site, and local Episcopal leaders visit regularly. Mauai brought a big pot of hamburger macaroni soup to the camp on Aug. 19. With an estimated 2,000 people to feed, it was quickly consumed.Standing Rock officials said this week that more than 80 tribes across the country have expressed support for the cause, a unifying moment that Mauai said is unlike any the tribes have seen in 140 years. At stake is the water they drink, Mauai said, and he noted the importance of water to Christians, from biblical references to the use of water in baptism.People protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline that would begin in North Dakota stand at sunset in the Camp of Sacred Stones near a sign reading “mni wiconi,” Lakota for “water is life.” Photo: Indigenous Environmental Network via FacebookHe also referenced a term in the Lakota language, “mni wiconi,” meaning “water is life.” That is what they are protecting, he said, and it’s not just Native Americans coming to support them.“It’s everybody who has a stake in clean water,” he said.– David Paulsen is a freelance writer based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Wauwatosa.Editor’s note: This story was updated Aug. 25 at 4:00 EDT to add reference to a statement of support from the Anglican Church of Canada, to reflect the postponement of a hearing that had been scheduled for Aug. 25 and to add comments from the tribal chairman following the Aug. 24 hearing. A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Brandon Mauai is a member of the Episcopal Church Executive Council. His term ended in 2015. Shannon Bergman says: August 26, 2016 at 3:34 pm I have never been more proud of my Church, its Presiding Bishop, the Diocese of North Dakota and my Sioux sisters and brothers. If I were 10 years younger I would be standing beside you at Standing Rock but at age 90 I can do no more than try to spread the word of the situation and give thanks for all of you – from many Indian tribes and nations – for your presence. I pray for your safety.Owanah Anderson, Choctaw elder. Louis Stanley Schoen says: August 30, 2016 at 9:56 am I am not a native American, I am an American, an Episcopalian, and a Louisianian. I weep over what big oil has done to my state. Where have the wet lands gone? How much of our culture has been lost due to what is called progress.Katrina is a testament to their carelessness and callousness. Stand strong 1st nation people. By David PaulsenPosted Aug 25, 2016 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI September 1, 2016 at 11:46 am A Prayer for the Bakken Pipeline:Dear Jesus, you came so that we may have life and have it in abundance. Thank you for the blessings of abundant oil, which comes from deep within the womb of the Earth, our island home. Bless the oil company workers as they harvest the oil safely for our use. We were anointed with oil at our baptism, and so we know it is a symbol of your love and warmth. May those who benefit from its production have a living wage to lessen the burden of income inequality. May the schools funded from the taxes on this resource be centers of growth and renewal for our children. Give strength and alertness of mind to those who stand watch over the pipeline to ensure that the rest of your creation is not spoiled beyond our capability to restore it. This we ask in your name. Amen. Rich Basta says: September 7, 2016 at 12:34 am Motor oil? Probably olive oil sweetie. Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ August 29, 2016 at 9:03 pm As an Episcopalian and an Osage I am proud and grateful you are there, we are there. Spirit and prayers to everyone protecting our waters. So grateful. Beth kelly says: Rev. Deacon. Judith Cirves says: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release August 25, 2016 at 7:17 pm Just like in Ferguson,MO, where the ECUSA ended up supporting lawlessness, the ECUSA, it appears, is not just engaging in peaceful protests, but encouraging and supporting lawlessness on behalf of some of these protesters. As long as the pipeline has in place reasonable and scientifically proven measures to ensure that water is protected from pipeline ruptures, I don’t see what the problem is. There are only two practical ways to get oil to the refineries–pipeline and rail. There is never going to be a no-risk solution to transporting oil and other chemicals. We need oil right now to address poverty in our country by providing good-paying jobs that have been lost during the Great Recession. Of course we could reduce our consumption of oil by building more nuclear plants! We could also build more wind farms that kill birds by the thousands. My point? There is no perfect solution. If the company building it has a history of shoddy construction and safety practices, that’s one thing. Then the protesters do indeed have a valid concern. If the protesters are just anti-oil, just for the sake of being anti-oil, then I don’t know why the ECUSA is supporting them. But, I’m sure there are much wiser people than me who have a different take on it. So be it. Just my opinion. I could be wrong. F William Thewalt says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Belleville, IL An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Greg Hyden says: Beth kelly says: Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC September 3, 2016 at 6:36 pm Pipelines are widely accepted to be environmentally and physically safer than truck and train transport on a per gallon basis. Featured Jobs & Calls Mary-Lee says: 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 Kathryn Kerr says: August 26, 2016 at 6:54 pm Get going with developing solar, wind, geothermal and other sources of energy and you won’t need oil. Oil and gas are so yesterday! New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Joanna Finzel says: Wanda Hughes says: Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Knoxville, TN Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Indigenous Ministries, Mercedes Hurt says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Marcia Tyriver says: Comments are closed. Associate Rector Columbus, GA Featured Events September 7, 2016 at 12:31 am One can Google ‘number of oil leaks’ for a multi page listing of leaks from 2000_to present alone. September 1, 2016 at 11:54 am To Rev, Deacon Judith Cirves:A good source of data regarding the relative safety of the ways to transport oil. No method is perfect to be sure. http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2014/04/26/pick-your-poison-for-crude-pipeline-rail-truck-or-boat/#40efe90e5777 August 27, 2016 at 10:00 am Please. If you can. Make the trip to the spirit camp. I think the physical show of support is important. Great to see these great people getting together. Feels good as a non native to join in and help something finally go their way. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Comments (26) Rector Bath, NC August 28, 2016 at 7:13 pm I’m not Native American or Episcapalian, but I fully support the Native Americans for protesting this. I’m a planning commissioner for a city in California and can tell you that this never would have gotten past our environmental review. We have laws that require that all environmental and cultural elements be evaluated and that a period of public comment be gathered and negative declarations be made (and not contested in court) before projects go through.Explore alternative energy types. My God, we’ve got to stop doing this to our Native Americans and our natural resources. And with regards to safety… Nothing is full proof. And what is safely monitored at the beginning is easy to brush aside at a later date. I live ten miles from where the San Bruno gas pipeline burst and killed several community members. And in our town, we raised a suit against Pacific Gas and Electric for burying evidence that a pipeline through our town had missing or substandard safety checks.No one can definitely state there would never be a spill, so find another routed that doesn’t involve the possibility of destroying Tribes water supplies. It is not going to break the bank of the oil and gas company. Submit a Job Listing Rector Tampa, FL Rector Shreveport, LA August 27, 2016 at 1:32 am Can you back up your statement on the safety of pipelines with proven data ? Rector Washington, DC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest August 26, 2016 at 8:20 pm Standing Rock Sioux Fight for Us All They are standing.They are standing.At Sacred Stones CampThey are standing.They are standing.They are standing.The Standing Rock Sioux NationAre standing for us all.They are praying.They are praying.To the beat of drumsThey are praying.They are riding.They are riding.Spirit Horses to stop the madness.They are riding.They are fighting.They are fighting.The Wasicu* black snakeAs it slithers across sacred landAnd tunnels under the Missouri RiverTo wait in quiet coils until it strikes.Black Death and Destruction seeps from steel fangsTo poison water and Mother EarthWhile big oil seeks profits at all costs.They are fighting.They are fighting.They are standing.They are standing.With hands bound and heads held highThey are standing.The camp is growing.The camp is growing.More Nations and People are gathering.The Camp is growing.It’s time for gathering.It’s time for gathering.Women, children, men, the eldersWarriors, all, are gathering. It’s time for standing.It’s time for standing.It’s time to protect Mother Earth.It’s time for standing.*fat-eater© August 18, 2016 by Janice E. Mitich Picture Rock, AZ. August 27, 2016 at 11:05 am Then put it in your backyard, let your kids, dogs and trees get sick, it is BS! They get water and food from there, they hunt the animals that drink from it. Plus If there are promises that are not being upheld from the past, then that is even worse…come on….If the blacks are wanting payment for their ancestors. ..then they will have to just wait…because the white man has screwed them over big time….I’m with the protesters! They can stick that pipe where the sun don’t shine! Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK
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News Follow the news on Rwanda April 6, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Mixed feelings about court’s decision to cut jail time for two women journalists News RwandaAfrica November 27, 2020 Find out more Organisation April 6, 2020 Find out more Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent Reporters Without Borders has “mixed feelings” about yesterday’s supreme court decision to significantly reduce the long jail sentences being served by Agnes Uwimana Nkusi, the editor of the privately-owned bimonthly Umurabyo, and Saidat Mukakibibi, one her reporters, who have been held since July 2010 on charges of inciting civil disobedience, causing divisions and denying the 1994 genocide of the Tutsis. “The reduction in the length of the jail terms is obviously to be welcomed as they were very harsh, but this is not the good news we wanted,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Ever since the day of their arrest, we have been saying these two women should be freed and the charges dropped. We are particularly worried about Nkusi, whose health is incompatible with a long stay in prison.“The modest reforms announced by the Rwandan government – a new media freedom law that is currently before parliament and the planned overhaul of the Rwandan Information Office – will not make a big difference to freedom of information as long as journalists continue to be kept in prison because of their opinions.”The supreme court cut Nkusi’s combined 17-year sentence to three years on a charge of “attacking state security” and one year on a charge of defaming President Paul Kagame, for a total of four years, and cut Mukakibibi’s seven-year sentence to three years for “attacking state security.” Their convictions on the other two charges – minimizing the genocide and inciting divisions – were quashed. Supreme court president Sam Rugege said the prosecution had failed to produce evidence to support the genocide minimization charge. The defence’s request for the jail sentences to be suspended was rejected.More information about Nkusi and MukakibibiRwanda is ranked 156th out of 179 countries in the 2011-2012 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index while President Kagame has been on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Predators of Press Freedom” for years. BBC Africa’s “disproportionate and dangerous” dismissal of a journalist RwandaAfrica Receive email alerts February 13, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Reports News RSF_en to go further The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa
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After starting out as a reporter for regional police publications, Truong Duy Nhat worked for the daily Dai Doan Ket (Great Solidarity). But he resigned as a state media journalist in 2010 to become a prolific and outspoken blogger, calling his blog – originally truongduynhat.vn and then, a year later, truongduynhat.org – “Another point of view.” He posted more than 1,000 articles, most of them his own, in the space of three years. After four orders to close his blogs, he was finally arrested in May 2013 and sentenced to two years in prison in connection with 12 of his most vitriolic articles. Seven months before his arrest, he wrote: ““I am neither a criminal nor a reactionary. The handcuff and gun should not be used against bloggers who sacrifice their interests to keep outspoken blogs that are helping to change the party and the people.” VietnamAsia – Pacific Oudom Tat Cambodia Find out more Follow the news on Vietnam Receive email alerts See more Danish Karokhel Afghanistan Find out more to go further Information hero Truong Duy Nhat Julian Assange Australia Find out more Li Jianjun China Find out more Chiranuch Premchaiporn Thailand Find out more Help by sharing this information VietnamAsia – Pacific