Hands looks for next deal

first_img Tags: NULL Hands looks for next deal Thursday 18 November 2010 8:55 pm Show Comments ▼ KCS-content PRIVATE equity tycoon Guy Hands said yesterday he was focused on “the next deal” following his attempts to sue Citigroup over his purchase of struggling music label EMI. He said his firm would “look like geniuses” if it hadn’t bought EMI, but refused to discuss his recent legal battle against Citigroup. “EMI is where EMI is,” he told the Super Investor conference in Paris yesterday. It was the Terra Firma owner’s first public appearance since losing a $2bn (£1.25bn) fraud case against the investment bank over the purchase of EMI. Hands unsuccessfully claimed Citigroup had tricked him into paying $6.8bn for the debt-laden firm in May 2007. He told conference delegates that private equity needed to accept lower returns in the future. “2004 to 2007 was an anomaly…the Woodstock years. We have to accept reality and stop chasing ghosts. We are back where we were,” Hands said. Buyout funds should return to basics, he said. Private equity would have to invest in good businesses and hold on to them long-term rather than selling out after three years.Investors should expect returns of eight or nine per cent rather than the 20 per cent seen at the height of the market, he added. Share whatsapp More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com whatsapplast_img read more

Gaming Realms to develop Slingo titles based on NetEnt hits

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Under the terms of the agreement, Gaming Realms gains licensing rights for Stardust, which it will use to create a new gaming experience combining its existing Slingo mechanics with the visual features of the successful slot. NetEnt’s chief commercial officer, Andy Whitworth, added: “To widen the reach of our portfolio and building brand awareness in new markets is a vital part of our strategy. Gaming Realms has an extraordinary reach among Slingo fans, especially in the US.” Slingo Starburst will be made available worldwide, and will be distributed to operators from early 2021. 7th October 2020 | By Aaron Noy After income tax of SEK16.4m, profit for the first half of 2020 was down 29.0% at SEK170.4m. “We are certain that great games will come out from combining Gaming Realms’ expertise, the Slingo grid mechanic and our renowned IP.” “We’re thrilled to have secured the licensing rights to NetEnt brands – their slot games have dominated the gaming industry for years,” Gaming Realms chief financial officer Mark Segal said. Topics: Casino & games Slots While NetEnt posted record revenues for Q1 2020, with figures showing totals rising 30.2% to SEK1.09bn (£95.7m/€105.5m/$120.1m), increases in costs including personnel, depreciation and amortisation led to a decrease in profit. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The company is set to be acquierd by live dealer giant Evolution Gaming, which made a bid worth SEK19.6bn (£1.73bn/€1.88bn/$2.21bn) to acquire NetEnt, in a deal it said signalled its intent to become “the world leader in the online gaming industry”. iGaming content developer Gaming Realms has signed a multi-year deal with industry giant NetEnt, to develop Slingo games based on NetEnt’s hit titles, beginning with Slingo Startburst. The deal is currently being investigated by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority, over concerns it could lead to a reduction in competition in the British online gaming market. Gaming Realms to develop Slingo titles based on NetEnt hits “The combination of Slingo and Starburst will create a new game of significant global stature bringing together the best features of both, making this collaboration very exciting for fans.” It comes as NetEnt begins to expand its distribution, agreeing to add its games to SG Digital’s OpenGaming platform.  Email Address Slotslast_img read more

Sasini Limited (SASN.ke) 2013 Annual Report

first_imgSasini Limited (SASN.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2013 annual report.For more information about Sasini Limited (SASN.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Sasini Limited (SASN.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Sasini Limited (SASN.ke)  2013 annual report.Company ProfileSasini Limited grows tea and coffee in Kenya and produces, stores and markets bulk tea and coffee for domestic consumption and export to Africa sub-regions. Through wholly-owned subsidiaries, Sasini Limited has interests in the tea, coffee, dairy, livestock, horticulture and tourism sectors in Kenya. Bulk tea produced by Sasini Limited is sold through the Mombasa auction or direct sales to export customers. Tea farms are in the Highlands West of the Rift Valley in Sotik. Bulk coffee is grown on eight independent estates in the Central Highland of Kenya and processed at its own pulping and wet processing facility. Sasini Limited has a coffee mill at Kamundu Coffee Estate which has a daily capacity to mill about 4 800 bags of clean coffee. Aristocrats Tea and Coffee is the exporting arm of Sasini Limited and exports milled coffee to international blending houses and roasters. Loose and tea bag products for the domestic market are sold under the brand names Sasini Gold, Sasini Chai and Sasini Premium. Coffee products for domestic consumption are sold under the brand name Kahawa Bamba and Sasini Instant Coffee. Sasini Limited maintains a herd of Holstein Friesian cattle and produces a range of yoghurt and pasteurised milk. Sasini Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Giselle Mather breaking new ground – Blog

first_img“My ultimate approach to the whole thing is that I want to be viewed as a great rugby coach, not that girl who is a rugby coach,” she says.While, at present Giselle may personally not be ready for life as a coach in the Aviva Premiership, should that very opportunity come her way, there is little doubting from previous successes, of the impact she could have on the landscape of English club rugby. Giselle is the beacon for expanding and increasing the exposure of women as rugby coaches…whether she likes it or not! LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Giselle Mather – in charge of the London Irish AASE Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence programmeCould she be the first female Premiership Coach in World Rugby? Asks Rugby World reader Larissa Falls. Giselle Mather talks personal achievements, team accomplishments, future goals, family commitments, role models and rugby coaching.Giselle Mather doesn’t do praise. Asked whether she takes any credit from her remarkable coaching achievements, she modestly replies, “thank you.” Arguably one of the most successful rugby coaches in Britain, you wouldn’t dispute it if Giselle was less humble and more overconfident. After all, it seems Mather’s got the Midas touch…and a record to prove it.As Head Coach of London Wasps Ladies between 2001 and 2004, Giselle took them to back-to-back Premiership titles. She’s guided the London Irish AASE Squad [Advanced Apprenticeship and Sporting Excellence] to being Plate Winners and South League Winners. As Back’s Coach of the England Women’s Senior team, Mather lead them to a Six Nations Championship and a World Cup Runners-Up medal, while coaching the England U20 Women to three seasons unbeaten and back-to-back Nations Cup Titles.Giselle has also achieved a plethora of titles with Teddington Antlers RFC, including Surrey 2 Champions, Middlesex Bowl Winners, Surrey 1 Champions, RFU National Junior Vase Winners, London 3 SW Champions, RFU National Senior Vase Winners, and a 62 game unbeaten stretch with the Antlers Senior Men’s team.With such an esteemed coaching record, you could be forgiven for thinking Giselle was born to be involved in rugby. But not so! Initially, she didn’t even want to play the game.Mather’s playing career only began after seeking an alternative to hockey, and was initiated by a suggestion from her Teddington-playing boyfriend [and now husband]. Even in the beginning, Giselle considered the idea ridiculous, but after much persuasion and pestering from the Teddington Ladies team, she took to the pitch and demonstrated a natural talent for the oval ball game.An aptitude that would see her as successful in the boots and shorts as she is with the coach’s whistle. A player for London Wasps Ladies and Teddington Ladies, Giselle was capped 34 times for England and was a winner of the England Women’s only ever Rugby World Cup Final triumph, in 1994 [which she remembers as her best sporting moment].Giselle Mather, Wasps manager celebrating the league win in 2003The progression from rugby player to rugby coach nearly didn’t eventuate either; although not of her own accord. It was during the infancy of Giselle’s career, when she was in her second year at Exeter University studying PE [she is a trained PE Teacher], that she came across the first of many gender infused challenges. The course choices were split according to gender, with boys being offered rugby, and girls dance.“I’d started playing rugby when I got to Exeter, and I’d discovered a real passion for it,” Giselle says. “I understood they wouldn’t let me actually play with the boys, but I didn’t see why I shouldn’t study with them. I knew this was what I wanted to do. So I refused the dance option, and there was a stand-off. I was only just out of school but I wouldn’t back down and eventually they gave in.”It is this steely determination, passion for rugby, and intense ambition already evident in her University days, that enables Mather to deal with the unfair, and unfortunately inevitable, viewpoints made by male players towards a female coach. Giselle explains, “Male players’ initial perceptions of a female rugby coach can be interesting, but this only lasts for the first few minutes.”As for further hurdles faced by Mather throughout her coaching career, “I guess being the first female to do my Level 4 [she is the only female in Britain to hold this coaching qualification], and always being the only female on coaching courses can throw up the odd issue.”“When I started my Level 3 Coaching training I rang the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and said, ‘I’m feeding my baby and I have to bring her with me.’ Although I was one woman among 100 men, I had no choice. The RFU had certainly never had a request like that before. They hummed and hawed and eventually said, ‘OK, as long as you are discreet,” she says.Since 2000 when Giselle began her coaching reign, she has carved a prodigious reputation in this role. From Development Groups to Senior Sides, from club squads to International teams and from Assistant to Head Coaching jobs, Mather’s achievements would surely rival almost any CV. And what of her greatest coaching accomplishment?“Each team and each individual I work with throws up different challenges and therefore different achievements come out of those challenges,” Giselle says. “The obvious ones would be my U20s side beating the USA 110-Nil in the U20s Nations Cup Final with a stunning performance, or Teddington winning two National Cup finals back-to-back at Twickenham for example.“But then seeing a particular athlete develop, grow and improve and get into the England side and win her first cap, or one of my AASE boys mature as a player and gain an academy contract [seven out of the 14 boys who left the program at the end of the 2010/2011 season secured contracts with top Premiership clubs] also rank up there as great achievements for me. Gaining my Level 4 Qualification was an 18 month process and was a challenging experience,” she says.And an achievement unheard of in the male coaching ranks; “Taking my first International squad away in 2000 with my eight month old first born in tow was also a major achievement for me.”center_img “I guess to single one out is hard as that is why I love doing what I do, as different challenges demand different approaches which result in different achievements, all of which I value highly,” Mather says.However, some of Giselle’s grandest feats could be on the horizon. When asked if she would like to coach in England’s premier club rugby competition, the Aviva Premiership-and be the first woman to do so- she cautiously replies, “Yes, when I’m ready!” But adds, “Just because it hasn’t happened before [a female coaching a Premiership club], doesn’t mean it will never happen- those sorts of barriers don’t stand in my way,”“At the moment though, I have a young family and I want to commit to them,” she says.The expected family commitments entwined in motherhood is something her male coaching counterparts are less scrutinised over. The mother of three children under the age of 11 [Jasper, Roxy and Barny], says, “You have the issue of having and raising a family which is very challenging for a coach at the professional level, as it is definitely not a Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm job at that level. I feel that affects me as a female more than my male counterparts.”Women are slowly breaking the glass ceiling across varying professions. Men work well under female bosses and women Generals succeed in the military, yet there is still a clear imbalance in professional rugby coaching; where few females coach men but many men coach females.However Giselle believes it’s down more to “evolution” than preference. “It takes time for the process to role through. The game for women really got going in the late 1980s. An individual then goes through their playing career, say 10 plus years. That takes us through to the late 1990s early 2000s. It then takes time to travel through the coaching process to gain the experience necessary to coach at the professional end of the game.“There is also the fact that boundaries have to be broken down as so few women coach at the top end of the game, but that is changing constantly as more women evolve into the coaching ranks having completed their playing careers. And as more lads are coached by females, it becomes more the norm instead of the unheard of,” she says.Since 1994- when Giselle helped England lift the Women’s World Cup-, a lot has changed in the women’s game- and for the better. The recent 2010 Women’s World Cup recorded sold out attendances each day, whilst the final played between England and eventual champions, New Zealand, amassed an impressive13,000 spectators, with Sky Sports covering the Cup live. Last December saw Dana Teagarden become the first female official appointed by the IRB to referee a men’s senior International match, while the 2010 Pat Marshall winner, Maggie ‘The Machine’ Alphonsi stated that she now gets recognised, and stopped, by people in the streets.Giselle believes it’s only natural that women coaching male teams, follows a similar path of progression. “There are now already several women coaching in the female game. I feel that if these female coaches want to it is just an evolutionary period of time before we see these females coach in the men’s game. Providing the female is good at what she does, be it player, referee, or coach, I believe there is a bright future for her in rugby,” she says.With Giselle Mather a clear pioneer and architect, leading the way for females in rugby coaching, it is clear she’s going to be the prototype from which other women may wish to follow. So how does being seen as a role model sit with the Teddington head coach?“I take that side of things quite seriously and would see it as a privilege,” she says. “When I took my coaching badges from 1 right through to 4, I was always the only female on the course, and as a result you are in the spotlight whether you like it or not. I am aware that as one of the first to do what I’m doing I have a huge responsibility to try to do the best of my ability so that my gender doesn’t become an issue or an excuse for those who doubt. I see it as important that I do well so that the next female who applies gets taken seriously.”And what for Giselle’s future goals within coaching? “Today it’s no longer about proving myself. It’s about getting on and doing the job as well as I possibly can,” she says.“I’ve got to keep challenging myself and work to become the best coach I can be. To continue to challenge and develop myself, my athletes and my teams to push themselves to be better today than they were yesterday. To continue to enjoy and be passionate about what I do. To recognise the right opportunities for me when they present themselves and then be able to grasp and make the most of those opportunities,” Mather explains.last_img read more

100 wealthiest European sports people

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 100 wealthiest European sports people Advertisement EuroBusiness magazine this month publishes a list of the 100 wealthiest sports personalities in Europe. Michael Schumacher heads the list with annual earnings estimated at ‚€62,900,000, followed by Britain’s Lennox Lewis on ‚€18,000,000.The report appears in the October 2000 issue of EuroBusiness on page 106. Howard Lake | 2 October 2000 | News  15 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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. read more

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Launch of fundraisinghealthcheck.org

first_img Howard Lake | 7 April 2009 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  33 total views,  1 views today Launch of fundraisinghealthcheck.org Advertisement  34 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital Management Interview with Lindsay Boswell, CEO, Institute of Fundraising, and Tony Elischer, MD, THINK Consulting Solutions on their joint project, the Fundraising Healthcheck.This is a free, confidential diagnostic tool to help you understand the impact of the recession on your fundraising portfolio.Interview by Howard Lake, Fundraising UK Ltd, in London on 16 March 2009. 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.last_img read more

‘Horned Frogs lead the way’: A look at TCU’s ROTC programs

first_imgJack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU names expert witnesses in lawsuit filed by former professor + posts ReddIt TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Facebook Renee Umsted Olivia Waleshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/olivia-wales/ Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ TCU will not raise tuition for the 2021-22 academic year Olivia Wales https://www.tcu360.com/author/olivia-wales/ Twitter NewsCampus NewsIn-depth reportingStudent organizationsTop Stories‘Horned Frogs lead the way’: A look at TCU’s ROTC programsBy Renee Umsted, Olivia Wales and Jack Wallace – November 17, 2020 2475 World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Renee Umstedhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/renee-umsted/ Renee Umstedhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/renee-umsted/ 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC West TCU News Now 4/28/2021 Facebook TCU 360 staff win awards at the Fall National College Media Convention Chemistry professor misses first TCU basketball home game in 40 years due to pandemic restrictions printMotivations for joiningAn exercise in time managementMaintaining a social lifeThe ruckA first job secured’Horned Frogs lead the way’: A look at TCU’s ROTC programsBy Renee Umsted, Olivia Wales and Jack WallaceAir Force ROTC cadets participate in a drill. (Jack Wallace/Staff Photographer) Air Force ROTC cadets participate in a drill. (Jack Wallace/Staff Photographer) Zach Rouseau sets five alarms to make sure he wakes up for his morning physical training workout. The first rings 10 minutes before he needs to get out of bed, the last goes off when he needs to leave his apartment and the three in between are spaced apart two to five minutes. Rouseau takes a quick shower, eats a carbohydrate-rich breakfast bar, drinks a protein shake—all while “turning up” to some of his favorite music—and heads to the recreation fields or the track, depending on the workout. It doesn’t matter how much he slept the night before, or how many exams he has that day. He’s expected to be on time and ready to participate in physical training (PT), held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 5:50.  For Rouseau, a sophomore biochemistry major, PT is one requirement of being in TCU’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program.After PT, Rouseau studies or sometimes takes a quick nap before heading to class for the day. In addition to his heavy course load—he’s taking introductory and intermediate-level science classes—Rouseau has to take 27 credit hours of ROTC military science courses, attend a lab every Thursday at a nearby military base and maintain a 2.0 GPA.“It [ROTC] definitely will build character. It’ll build your discipline,” Rouseau said. “It’ll help you be grateful for sleep, very much so.” Rouseau’s experiences are similar to those of the nearly 200 other students in the Army and Air Force ROTC programs at TCU. In addition to the challenges that come with being a college student, cadets have to deal with other obligations. TCU is one of about 1,100 colleges and universities across the country that offer Army and Air Force ROTC programs. Students who enroll are eligible to receive merit scholarships and a $420 monthly stipend that can cover tuition and living expenses.Scholarship recipients serve in the military for eight years after graduating, and they begin their service as officers, specifically second lieutenants. TCU first offered the Army ROTC program in 1951, and the Air Force ROTC formed its own program in 1957, after being combined with the Army ROTC. TCU is a host university, and its ROTC programs are available to students at crosstown schools, such as the University of Texas at Arlington and Tarrant County College. Motivations for joiningAn ROTC cadet is receiving training with a dummy M4 rifle. (Heesoo Yang/Staff Photographer)An ROTC cadet is receiving training with a dummy M4 rifle. (Heesoo Yang/Staff Photographer)Cadets join for different reasons, but many begin the program as first-year students.Hardy Stone, a junior mechanical engineering major, joined Army ROTC when he enrolled at TCU. Stone said he would not have been able to attend college without the four-year scholarship he received. He also was given money to cover his room and board because he earned a high score on a standardized test he took in high school.Another reason why he opted to participate in ROTC was because he wanted to serve in the military. Stone is a cadet squad leader, but like the rest of the first-year and sophomore cadets, he started out as a “Joe.” As a squad leader, Stone leads nine other students and the morning PT. Because he runs those exercises, he has to wake up around 4:50 a.m. so he can arrive at the workouts early. Rouseau, a transfer student new to the ROTC program, doesn’t have as many responsibilities as Stone, but he helps lead a team, a smaller unit within the squad. Rouseau played basketball at one of his previous schools, but after an injury ended his time on the team, he started looking for another way to get involved. “I realized that ROTC would’ve been a really good community to join,” Rouseau said. “They would also help me propel my career forward, and it kinda set myself up for the future.”As a team leader, Rouseau said he tries to improve PT by offering ideas—many of them based on his experience as an athlete—and by motivating other members of his team.   Emily Boring, a junior nursing major, never considered joining the Army before applying for ROTC. She had never even been camping. “I was kind of the oddball out,” Boring said. After researching the program and the four-year scholarship, she decided to join. While Boring, a squad leader, is one of four junior females in TCU’s Army ROTC, she doesn’t notice the gender disparity.“They don’t really treat me differently than they would treat anyone else,” Boring said. “It’s just like hanging out with a bunch of brothers all the time.”Since Boring joined ROTC, she said her knowledge and respect of the military has grown.”Gaining knowledge of our military and understanding other countries’ militaries has really made me appreciate where we live and the field that I’m going into,” Boring said. “It’s really made me realize how much work goes into our military.”Hanna Mankus, a junior engineering major, has lived with Boring for the past two years. Her first year, she lived in a hall with eight cadets. Mankus is not a cadet, but she has learned about ROTC by living with and around cadets.“I have a lot of respect for them. They have to do a lot more than I thought they did,” Mankus said. “This program produces some really good people.”An exercise in time managementArmy ROTC cadets perform temperature checks before a home football game. (Heesoo Yang/Staff Photographer)Army ROTC cadets perform temperature checks before a home football game. (Heesoo Yang/Staff Photographer)Just as there are consequences for skipping classes or sleeping through alarms, there are consequences for missing PT or failing to satisfy the fitness standards. “If you don’t meet the requirements by junior year, you wouldn’t be a good officer in the Army’s eyes, so that’s not worth their time to even consider you to be an officer,” Stone said. In addition, Rouseau said students who fail to meet the ROTC requirements have to pay back their scholarship.Cadets have to balance their academic coursework with their ROTC responsibilities, which can be a challenge, especially for students who have to take difficult classes to fulfill their major requirements.Savier Vega-Siurano, a junior at UT Arlington and a member of Air Force ROTC, has had an experience similar to that of Stone and Rouseau.“Honestly, it’s like having a job. It’s very difficult,” Vega-Siurano said. “We learn a lot of time managing out of it because we’re doing so much.” Air Force ROTC cadets learn during their first year and transition into small leadership roles as sophomores. These positions consist of “hands-on work” that are prerequisites to the administrative and training jobs they have their junior year.Vega-Siurano’s job is training the honor guard. The honor guard is a team, usually consisting of two flag-bearers flanked by two individuals carrying rifles, that honors the American flag and other flags in ceremonies. “As long as you do what you have to do, most likely you’ll make it through the program,” Vega-Siurano said.In the military science classes, which are standardized in ROTC programs across the country, students learn about tactics, land navigation, leadership and more mundane tasks, including filling out Army-specific paperwork. The classes, PT and Thursday labs are set in the schedule and can’t be missed, even when students might want extra time to study or sleep. Stone said he usually enrolls in 18-20 credit hours each semester, more than a typical full-time TCU student, and he will have to stay another semester to complete his core, major and ROTC classes.The ROTC has made accommodations for Rouseau, allowing him to take the first- and second-year military science courses this semester so he can be on track with the other sophomores.Rouseau is also allowed to drive himself to the Thursday labs at the off-campus base because one of his biology classes is scheduled while the battalion is traveling. Though Rouseau shows up after the rest of the students, at the end of the labs, the cadets go into formation, breaking it with a resounding “Horned Frogs lead the way,” a reminder of their unity before they depart.  Another responsibility of the battalion is assisting with home football games. Austin Gordon, a senior business entrepreneurship major in Army ROTC, is the assistant to the S3 position, which coordinates ROTC’s work on game days.With regulations imposed by COVID-19, ROTC students have different responsibilities than in past years, now performing temperature checks for everyone entering the stadium. “It’s definitely been a change but it has gone well, making sure everyone is healthy going into the game and everyone is safe,” Gordon said. Maintaining a social lifeAir Force ROTC cadets stand at attention with the flags of the honor guard. (Jack Wallace/Staff Photographer)Air Force ROTC cadets stand at attention with the flags of the honor guard. (Jack Wallace/Staff Photographer)“Saturday nights are not filled with parties. They are definitely filled with the library,” Rouseau said.  Like Rouseau, Stone said he spends most of his time outside of ROTC events attending classes or completing homework.  Carson Zimmermann, a junior finance major and one of Stone’s roommates, does not participate in ROTC. But after living with Stone since their first year at TCU, Zimmermann has become accustomed to Stone’s busy schedule. Zimmermann said one of the adjustments to Stone’s schedule was being quiet in the evenings, as Stone went to bed earlier since he had PT in the morning. “I’m not really a go-to-bed-early kind of person, so I would have to be super-duper quiet to not wake him up,” Zimmermann said. But he said the changes he had to make, such as turning down the TV volume, were not difficult or “a big deal,” especially since Zimmermann and Stone have become close friends. Zimmermann said Stone has given him a glimpse into some of the more subtle challenges that come with being a cadet. For example, Zimmermann said Stone wasn’t able to eat fast food with them, since he had to stay in shape for an upcoming PT test. “And that’s something that a regular roommate doesn’t have to do,” Zimmermann said.Vega-Siurano also commented on the demands of being a cadet. “It does limit your social life, but we aren’t robots,” Vega-Siurano said. “We still put in the time and figure out how to cope with that.”The ruckAir Force ROTC cadets stand in line, waiting for orders during an honor guard drill. (Jack Wallace/Staff Photographer)Air Force ROTC cadets stand in line, waiting for orders during an honor guard drill. (Jack Wallace/Staff Photographer)Boring poses with another Army ROTC cadet. (Photo courtesy of Emily Boring)Boring poses with another Army ROTC cadet. (Photo courtesy of Emily Boring)It was her first field training and Emily Boring was ready to quit Army ROTC. Over three days, Army ROTC cadets completed strenuous physical and intellectual exercises. At night, they slept in the woods. Boring had never slept in a sleeping bag before.She had just completed her first “ruck,” walking 12 miles carrying a rifle and a backpack weighing 55 to 65 pounds, when one of her professors approached her, saying she “looked terrible.”“I just looked at him and said, ‘I’m ready to quit,’” Boring said. Cadets are not able to listen to music in earbuds, so they talk, she said.“It’s one of those things in life where it’s so hard when you’re doing it, when you’re rucking 12 miles with your feet it’s not fun, nobody likes it, it’s not a good time,” Boring said. But Boring said she continued in the program because of the people. “Doing something that you’ve never done before is not easy at all, but when you’re thinking about what you’re gaining from the experience, the qualities you gain, how you change as a person, and who you’re surrounding yourself with, it’s such a good program,” Boring said. A first job securedAir Force ROTC cadets stand in order during a practice run of the honor guard ceremony. (Jack Wallace/Staff Photographer) Air Force ROTC cadets stand in order during a practice run of the honor guard ceremony. (Jack Wallace/Staff Photographer) Four years of work culminates in a final advance camp where senior cadets must pass tests in range shooting, land navigation and tactical lanes to be commissioned into the Army. “This is the big test at the end to see how good of a leader you are,” Gordon said. “It’s what you’ve been training for.” Unlike Gordon, Rouseau isn’t ready yet to be assessed and commissioned. He still has a few more years of waking up early for PT, studying hard, and sacrificing some sleep and social events to prepare for his future. Until it is time for Rouseau and the rest of the cadets to receive their assignments, they will continue to “lead the way.” TopBuilt with Shorthand Previous articleUniversity Recreation and Wellness Promotion Centers support students amid COVID-19Next articleHoroscope: November 17, 2020 Renee Umsted, Olivia Wales and Jack Wallace Jack Wallace Jack is a junior journalism major and studio art minor from Atlanta, Georgia. He enjoys everything sports and co-runs the Blanket Coverage podcast as well as photographs for TCU360.center_img Renee Umstedhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/renee-umsted/ Studying abroad during a pandemic Lessons of perseverance Olivia Wales Renee is a journalism major. She is dedicated to improving her journalism skills to effectively and ethically inform others. Olivia Waleshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/olivia-wales/ Jacqueline Lambiase is still fighting for students Olivia is a journalism major from Fayetteville, Arkansas. She enjoys running, hiking and planning adventures with her friends. When she is not writing, you can find her at the TCU Recreation Center, fiercely competing in any intramural sport. A fox’s tail: the story of TCU’s campus foxes ReddIt Welcome TCU Class of 2025 + posts Renee Umstedhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/renee-umsted/ + posts Meet the 2021 Student Body Officer Candidates Linkedin Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ Linkedin Olivia Waleshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/olivia-wales/ Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ Twitter 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC East 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special Life in Fort Worthlast_img read more

Saudi Arabia put in charge of human rights panel

first_img Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS The Saudi ambassador to the HRC, Faisal bin Hassan Trad, was quietly appointed to the position in June but the appointment only came to light today. It has enraged human rights defenders and international human rights organizations worldwide.“This appointment is grotesque,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Middle East and Maghreb desk. “It is outrageous that the UN is allowing Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s biggest human rights violators, to chair this panel.“Saudi Arabia is ranked 164th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. How could anyone image Riyadh making a significant contribution to the fight against human rights violations throughout the world?”The Saudi kingdom’s human rights record is disastrous. There are no independent media. Journalists and bloggers who dare to stray from the official line are tried and given long jail terms, especially under the many draconian cyber-crime and anti-terrorism laws. Listed as an ‘Enemy of the Internet’, Saudi Arabia has been cracking down harder and harder on online activity since the Arab spring of 2011.Two professional journalists and seven citizen-journalists are currently detained arbitrarily. Reporters Without Borders and eight other international NGOs sent a joint letter to the Saudi authorities in July calling for the release of Saudi human rights defenders and other prisoners of conscience, including Raif Badawi, Waleed Abu Al-Khair and Fawzan Al-Harbi, one of the founders of the Arabian Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA).There has been no reply to the letter, the text of which was released on 1 September. News Organisation Reporters Without Borders is appalled to learn that Saudi Arabia has been appointed to head a five-member panel that advises the United Nations Human Rights Council, which is currently holding its 30th session. to go further June 8, 2021 Find out more March 9, 2021 Find out more September 21, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Saudi Arabia put in charge of human rights panel News Receive email alerts RSF_en Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance April 28, 2021 Find out more News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Saudi Arabia Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

RSF and partners launch a public consultation on the Journalism Trust Initiative

first_imgThe Global Editors Network (GEN) is the worldwide association of editors-in-chief founded in 2011. “Prototyping the Future of News” is our motto with the mission of fostering digital innovation and new storytelling methods within newsrooms and beyond, to all content providers. GEN is committed to quality journalism, ethical standards and a sustainable news ecosystem in the platform era. GEN seeks to empower news executives through its dedicated programmes: The Editors Lab, the Data Journalism Awards and the Media Literacy Toolkit project. The annual GEN Summit gathers some of the industry’s leading figures from across the globe for peer-learning and solutions-oriented collaboration. It is attended by 650+ participants from 60 countries, making it the world’s leading editorial conference. The GEN community includes over 15,000 editors, journalists and media innovators from around the world. More on Twitter @GENinnovate. Quotes and Testimonials:“It’s not rocket science to define the basic journalistic principles. Many ethical codes exist as long as journalism exists. The major problem is the algorithmic distribution of online content, because it does not include an “integrity factor” and amplifies everything that goes against these professional norms – sensationalism, rumours, falsehoods and hate. Therefore, existing best practices of the journalistic trade need to be translated to code of the Internet. This is a condition to reverse its logic, by rewarding and eventually re-monetizing compliance with these norms. JTI is the missing link between journalistic principles and methods on one side, and algorithms on the other.”Christophe Deloire – Secretary General, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Online freedomsMedia independenceEvents InternetFreedom of expression July 2, 2019 – Updated on September 5, 2019 RSF and partners launch a public consultation on the Journalism Trust Initiative RSF_en Selected participants in the development stage of the JTI Standard include, in no particular order, the BBC, RTL Group (Luxembourg), Gazeta Wyborcza (Poland), Tagesspiegel (Germany), Tamedia (Switzerland), Norsk Rikskringkasting (NRK, Norway), TT News Agency (Sweden), Associated Press (USA), Deutsche Presse Agentur (dpa, Germany), World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Google, Facebook, City University of New York (CUNY, USA), Ethical Journalism Network (EJN), Swiss Press Council, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ, USA), Association of Taiwanese Journalists, Journalists Association of South Korea, The Independent Monitor for the Press (IMPRESS, UK), Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni (AGCOM, Italy), Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM, Germany), European Association for the Co-ordination of Consumer Representation in Standardisation (ANEC), Internews (UK), Thomson Foundation (UK), Free Press Unlimited (FPU, the Netherlands), Fondation Hirondelle (Switzerland), Civil (USA), NewsGuard, Global Disinformation Index (GDI), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Organisation     Since May 2018, more than 120 experts, representing global, national and local media outlets, consumer associations, tech companies, regulators and NGOs have been working on developing professional standards in the frame of the Journalism Trust Initiative (JTI), launched by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) with its partners the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Agence France Presse (AFP) and the Global Editors Network (GEN). In early June of this year, during a 3rd JTI Workshop at the EBU headquarters in Geneva (Switzerland), the registered participants adopted an official Standards document that defines indicators for trustworthy journalism. This document is made public on July 3rd, whereas a public consultation is launched under the aegis of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN). The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is the world’s foremost alliance of public service media (PSM). Our mission is to make PSM indispensable. We represent 117 media organizations in 56 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and have an additional 34 Associates in Asia, Africa, Australasia and the Americas. Our Members operate nearly 2,000 television and radio channels alongside numerous online platforms. Together, they reach audiences of more than one billion people around the world, broadcasting in more than 160 languages. We strive to secure a sustainable future for public service media, provide our Members with world-class content from news to sports and music, and build on our founding ethos of solidarity and co-operation to create a centre for learning and sharing.Our subsidiary, Eurovision Services, aims to be the first-choice media services provider, offering new, better and different ways to simply, efficiently and seamlessly access and deliver content and services. We have offices in Brussels, Rome, Dubai, Moscow, New York, Washington DC, Singapore and Beijing. Our headquarters are in Geneva. Discover more about the EBU at www.ebu.ch A new logic to reward compliance with professional standardsA definition of indicators for trustworthy sources of informationA benchmark for ethical conduct and transparencyA breakthrough self-regulatory solution elaborated by 120 expertsA three months’ public consultation will feed into the final standards We understand that there is a substantial demand for these indicators, on the side of major platforms, advertisers, but also regulators and the media sector itself, but the process of developing them must be fully self-regulatory. We do not want to see governments or regulators or advertisers or big tech telling us what good or bad journalism is and therefore it must be us, the journalist’s community, to take the lead!Bertrand Pecquerie – CEO of the Global Editors Network (GEN) About:Founded in 1985, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has become one of the world’s leading NGOs in the defence and promotion of freedom of information. RSF is registered in France as a non-profit organization and has consultative status with the United Nations, UNESCO, the Council of Europe and the International Organization of the Francophonie. Based in Paris, it has fourteen international bureaux (Berlin, Brussels, Dakar, Geneva, Helsinki, London, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, Stockholm, San Francisco, Taipei, Tunis, Vienna and Washington, D.C.) and has more than 150 correspondents in 130 countries, in all five continents. More about RSF at www.rsf.orgcenter_img More information:JTI on the CEN Website News “It is critical to answer properly to the public distrust in media, by offering to the citizens landmarks and visible tags on the web to distinguish trustworthy content easily. For us as a news agency, workability of the solution in the daily routine is key and it is extremely important, for all of us working on JTI, to propose a solution that serves the interests of the citizens first and foremost. Any standard is subject to constant review, particularly in fast-moving industries, and we expect this one to be no exception, but we have to start somewhere and we have to do it now.”Phil Chetwynd – Global News Director, Agence France Presse (AFP) Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and its partners AFP, EBU and GEN are pleased to announce the launch of a public consultation about their Journalism Trust Initiative (JTI) on July 3rd. JTI aims at defining indicators for trustworthy journalism. Compliance with them is expected to provide tangible benefits for media outlets, big and small, and thus, support them to cater to a healthy information space at large. Agence France-Presse (AFP), founded in 1835 as Agence Havas, is the third largest international news agency in the world delivering fast, accurate, in-depth coverage of the events shaping our world, from conflicts to politics, economics, sports, entertainment and the latest breakthroughs in health, science and technology. It is an autonomous entity created by the French parliament (Law N° 57-32 of 10 January 1957) whose operation is assured according to commercial rules. Its independence is at the heart of its fundamental obligations set out in its bylaws (article 2). Its Chairman represents the Agency and ensures its general management. AFP is administered by a board of eighteen directors composed of representatives of publishers, of broadcasting companies, of three government representatives as public services users, of members of its staff and of qualified individuals chosen by its higher counsel for their knowledge of media and digital technologies, economic and managerial skills. AFP has a duty to fulfil missions of general interest in the field of news and must, to the full extent of its resources, develop its activities with a view to providing users with accurate, impartial and trustworthy news services. CEN, the European Committee for Standardization, is an association that brings together the National Standardization Bodies of 34 European countries. CEN is one of three European Standardization Organizations (together with CENELEC and ETSI) that have been officially recognized by the European Union and by the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) as being responsible for developing and defining voluntary standards at European level. CEN provides a platform for the development of European Standards and other technical documents in relation to various kinds of products, materials, services and processes. CEN supports standardization activities in relation to a wide range of fields and sectors including: air and space, chemicals, construction, consumer products, defence and security, energy, the environment, food and feed, health and safety, healthcare, ICT, machinery, materials, pressure equipment, services, smart living, transport and packaging. “Following many months of work the EBU welcomes the chance for stakeholders to offer their feedback on the standards developed by our broad coalition of industry partners and EBU Members. We are all dedicated to creating an environment where media organizations that are committed to producing quality trusted journalism are valued and visible.Protecting this journalism, which derives from the strong public service media principles of Accuracy, Independence, Impartiality, Fairness, Transparency and Accountability is at the very heart of this project. Now is the time to see how these standards can operate on a practical level, so this initiative can have a real impact, helping the industry and audiences alike to identify quality journalism amid the disinformation.”Noel Curran – Director General, European Broadcasting Union (EBU) Online freedomsMedia independenceEvents InternetFreedom of expression     According to CEN guidelines, the JTI indicators were developed by consensus over the course of three Workshop meetings, facilitated by AFNOR, the French standardization body, and supported by its German sister-organisation DIN. Three drafting committees tasked with editing the text consisted of journalists and media practitioners only to secure the self-regulatory nature of JTI. An additional so-called Technical Task-force advised on its algorithmic interoperability. Other groups of participants, like media development organizations, regulators and tech companies have contributed their demands and views on how the JTI instrument might be applied further on. The World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) has endorsed the project and followed its progress continuously. A draft of the CEN Workshop Agreement is available for download on the website of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN). It includes a list of criteria on transparency, professionalism and ethical conduct that JTI stakeholders considered essential best practices for media outlets to be trusted. In addition, the document provides a questionnaire translating the Standards clauses into a checklist, which is machine-readable in order to inform algorithmic distribution of news.The public consultation of this draft is a critical feature to ensure the broadest possible support for the finally published document, and from now on until October, the Journalism Trust Initiative is expecting feedback on its proposal. The general public as well as professional communities are invited to provide opinion and specific proposals for amendments of each of the 16 clauses, numerous sub-clauses and the attached checklist. Means of providing feedback include an already available comments form posted on the CEN website and a dedicated e-mail address [email protected] In addition, an interactive online-tool will be developed. Following CEN guidelines, all comments received will be evaluated by the JTI drafting committees and then fed into a final review of the Workshop Agreement and its release towards the end of the year. After final publication of the JTI document in early 2020 it will be made available to all types of media outlets for self-assessment and optional, additional audit, the so-called conformity assessment. The resulting datasets are supposed to inform better decision making of news distribution and consumption, both by humans and algorithms, but also of advertising spending, and thus reward journalism worthy of this name. Any instrument to facilitate this logic was missing up until now and JTI took off to provide it in a fully inclusive and self-regulatory way – sourced by journalists for journalists, but with a wider alliance of other stakeholders supporting it. The public consultation is intended to widen the range of participation in and, eventually, the legitimacy of the Journalism Trust Initiative.Distinguishing itself from other projects around trust indicators, JTI focuses on the process – or the ‘manufacturing’ level of journalism – only, not on single pieces of content. Media outlets would be conforming with the standard as an entity, for example by providing transparency of ownership, sources of revenue and proof of a range of professional safeguards. For the first time, it adds a logic of rewarding compliance with already existing principles of journalism.last_img read more