Interview: A new spin on an old favourite

first_img17th January 2019 | By contenteditor While it wasn’t until January 15, 2019 that Quickspin announced Erik Gullstrand (pictured) as its new chief product officer, it transpires that he has spent over a year preparing to take on the role.The company’s co-founders, chief technology officer Mats Westerlund and product chief Joachim Timmermans, announced internally that they planned to leave the business at the end of 2018 in April last year. Since then, Gullstrand has been preparing to join CEO and co-founder Daniel Lindberg as part of the studio’s executive team.He credits the trio of founders’ approach to management for powering his rise through the ranks, after switching from social to real-money gaming in 2012, just under a year after the company was founded. As Quickspin’s first head of mobile, he worked on projects such as the award-winning Spin City Casino for Kindred Group, as well as overseeing the development of the HTML5 framework that now underpins its core slot product.He then took an unusual turn, pivoting into a commercial role and working closely with Lindberg to help secure the studio’s first supply contracts, then pivoting once again into business development.Gullstrand says that the support and encouragement of the founding team was key to his rise through the ranks.
“I was part of the company from its very early days, was very ambitious and keen to do as much as I could, and all three of them have been very helpful in providing such opportunities,” he says. “It’s something that I try to continue when I see talented people within the company.He picks out the shift to commercial as an example of how he was encouraged to test himself: “It was difficult, as it was totally new to me, but I quickly came to enjoy it and learned a lot. It’s a testament to how great Quickspin’s founders are that this isn’t part of a conscious strategy; it’s just the way they do business.”Crucially, this way of doing business has also helped the business succeed. Since it was acquired by Playtech in a €50m deal in May 2016, it has been allowed to operate as a stand-alone business unit. It could be argued that it is a cuckoo in Playtech’s nest. While Playtech has traditionally made its content available to operators on exclusive tabs or sites, Quickspin takes on all comers on the open market.Gullstrand explains that Quickspin’s parent company has been particularly understanding of its value as a slot specialist, and is content to allow it continue operating as it has done since its establishment.“As as a result of the [continued] success and growth of the business post-acquisition, Playtech understands that while we are in the same industry and the same business, our operating model is totally different,” he says.However, he admits that if the company wasn’t as profitable and growing quite so rapidly, it may be harder to defend maintaining the current business model. It could even be a risky strategy; it’s more exposed to competition than Playtech’s other internal studios.As Gullstrand says, the video slot sector is becoming increasingly crowded and competitive, with as many as 60 new titles being released in the European market each month.“I think there’s still some room for innovation, but I also think also we could see the online video slot business will trend towards being somewhat commoditised,” he adds, however.While this may ultimately cause Quickspin to explore other verticals – “I don’t think it’s impossible,” Gullstrand says – the company remains focused on the slot sector, with no current plans to diversify.This is where Gullstrand – and Quickspin’s – background in the social gaming space comes in handy. Prior to joining the studio in 2012, Gullstrand had mainly worked for free-to-play gaming businesses such as Stardoll and Filimundus, aside from a stint at Jadestone, since acquired by WMS. Quickspin, meanwhile, effectively got started by launching its content for social casino operator Plumbee, which was acquired by GSN Games in 2016.“One of the benefits in Quickspin is its free-to-play legacy,” he says. In this space, operators have to monetise users effectively, developing gamification solutions to engage and retain players.This has informed the development of a range of different customer engagement and retention tools that help operators boost the performance of Quickspin’s titles, such as the Challenges feature. Challenges, which went live in December 2018, sees players attempt to guide an avatar through a maze to win additional prizes.This approach of adding additional reasons to play follows the launch of a slot tournament feature earlier that year. Lindberg, at the time, described gamification as the future of online slots. With rival suppliers also investing heavily in developing a range of promotional features, it’s clear that more studios see it as a way of ensuring their content succeeds in the crowded market.Some have suggested that this is a way to ensure that their games can rise above the competition, and sees the games studios go beyond simply creating games to help operators market the products as well. Yggdrasil has heavily marketed its range of promotional tools, while Red Tiger Gaming’s Smart Spins bonusing has been highly praised.Gullstrand says the company has also been positively influenced by the startup scene in its native Sweden.“In Stockholm we have access to so many professionals in gaming, such as slots, and beyond, with companies such as King, Paradox and Digital Illusion (EA DICE). Being open to new ideas, and trying to maintain that culture of innovation is very important,” he explains. “If you don’t do that you run the risk of stagnating, as we’ve seen with some of the bigger players [in the slot market].“And there’s always a new Big Time Gaming around the corner ready to steal market share when you do,” he jokes.With two of its founders departing, it’s something of a new era for Quickspin. Having said that, any business that can lose two of its founding members only to promote an employee that has been there since the early days is hardly taking a step into the unknown, especially after giving that employee almost a year’s notice before they take the step up.In preparation for replacing Timmermans, Gullstrand has already overseen the maths team capacity being doubled, and a significant expansion of Quickspin’s production team.“We’ve hired more people as we can see se the market is more competitive, but we’re in a better position today to face that competition,” he says. “I hope we’ll see some really strong launches this year, plus a few interesting gamification features and value-added services, which will set Quickspin apart from our competitors.” Interview: A new spin on an old favourite Email Address Regions: Europe Nordics Sweden Erik Gullstrand is at the forefront of a changing of the guard for Quickspin, with two of its founders departing the business. 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IPL 2021 Auction: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain, Highest-paid player of IPL 2021,…

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Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Limited 2017 Circular

first_imgEconet Wireless Zimbabwe Limited ( listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Technology sector has released it’s 2017 circular For more information about Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Limited (  2017 circular Company ProfileEconet Wireless Zimbabwe is a diversified telecommunications group; it is the largest enterprise of its kind in Zimbabwe and the largest company on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange in terms of market capitalisation. Econet Wireless Zimbabwe provides products and solutions for mobile and fixed wireless telephony, public payphones, internet access and payment solutions. In 2009, Econet Wireless Zimbabwe became the first operator in Zimbabwe to launch data services with 3G capability. This was followed by an extensive project to expand its geographic coverage; building a fibre-optic network, providing financial transaction switching and point-of-sale and value-added retail support services. The company is a subsidiary of a privately-owned group controlled by its founder, Strive Masiyiwa. The group’s subsidiaries include Econet Global, Econet Wireless Africa, Econet Wireless International, Econet Enterprises, Liquid Telecom Group and Econet Media.last_img read more

Southern Cross Tourist Company Limited ( HY2018 Interim Report

first_imgSouthern Cross Tourist Company Limited ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the half year.For more information about Southern Cross Tourist Company Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Southern Cross Tourist Company Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Southern Cross Tourist Company Limited (  2018 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileSouthern Cross Tourist Company Limited is a Mauritian company that has activities in the tourism and leisure sector where the company owns and operates hotels in Mauritius. The company manages hotels such as the Preskil Beach Resort at Pointe Jerome, Mahebourg, Astroea Beach at Pointe D’Esny, Mahébourg, and Solana Beach at Belle Mare, Mauritius. Southern Cross Tourist Company Limited is headquartered in Curepipe, Mauritius, and operates as a subsidiary of The Union Sugar Estates Co. Limited. Southern Cross Tourist Company Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

How I’m planning to beat the State Pension with £250 a month

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Misión navaja encuentra terreno fértil para un proyecto de conservación…

first_img Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Bath, NC Los arriates reticulares se cuentan entre algunas de las técnicas para ahorrar agua que la misión El Buen Pastor, en Fort Defiance, Arizona, está usando mientras desarrolla su ministerio agrícola con la ayuda de una subvención de la UTO. Foto de la misión El Buen Pastor.[Episcopal News Service] Arizona puede sonar como el último lugar donde uno encontraría una dinámica empresa agrícola, pero la obra que actualmente se lleva a cabo en la Zona de Misión de Navojalandia está haciendo acopio de las semillas de historia, cultura, tradición, mayordomía ambiental y espiritualidad para cultivar un ministerio local de ilimitadas posibilidades para una pequeña congregación episcopal establecida aquí.La horticultura ha estado activa durante décadas en la misión El Buen Pastor [Good Shepherd Mission] en Fort Defiance, Arizona. En la actualidad, los líderes locales están buscando medios de expandir esos empeños al tiempo de poner énfasis en la conservación, particularmente del agua. Las tradiciones nativoamericanas y las enseñanzas de la Iglesia Episcopal se superponen en ese punto: la importancia de proteger la Tierra y nuestros recursos dados por Dios, dijo la Rda. Cynthia Hizer, vicaria de El Buen Pastor.“Los indígenas han sido ambientalistas durante todo el tiempo que han estado aquí”, dijo Hizer. “La manera en que ellos intervienen en el mundo es venerando la creación”.La más reciente iniciativa para cultivar este suelo fértil es el proyecto de conservación hidráulica ‘Proteger lo valioso’ en la Misión El Buen Pastor, la cual está instalando esta semana un sistema de recolección de agua lluvia para aumentar la operación agrícola de la congregación. Un componente adicional del proyecto conllevará la enseñanza de técnicas agrícolas para ahorrar agua a los granjeros potenciales de la reserva navaja.“El agua es un problema muy grande en el Oeste”, dijo Margaret Putnam, jefa de hortelanos del Buen Pastor. El huerto de la misión, de aproximadamente un cuarto de hectárea, utiliza un sistema de irrigación de goteo suministrada por el acueducto municipal, pero la congregación espera plantar completamente un terreno adicional de otro cuarto de hectárea con el agua lluvia que recoja.La conservación es en sí misma un objetivo del proyecto, añadió Putnam. El usar menos agua municipal es lo que debe hacerse, especialmente en un clima seco como el de Arizona.La misión El Buen Pastor se ha dedicado al maíz azul, cuyo polen también desempeña un papel en las tradicionales ceremonias navajas. Foto de la Misión El Buen Pastor/Facebook.La recolección de agua lluvia en El buen Pastor ha estado respaldada por una subvención de $41.500 del programa de la Ofrenda Unida de Gracias (UTO por su sigla en inglés) de la Iglesia Episcopal. La solicitud de la subvención hacía notar que la región del alto desierto tiene una larga historia de agricultura y de ganadería, pero esas tradiciones han disminuido con el transcurso de las décadas, debido en parte a la degradación del medioambiente.Un caso reciente, particularmente impactante y devastador, fue el vertido accidental de productos químicos tóxicos en el río Ánimas, proveniente de una antigua mina de Colorado, en agosto de 2015. Los desechos de ese vertido fueron a dar al río San Juan, una de las fuentes de agua para la granja navaja de San Cristóbal [St. Christopher’s] en Bluff, Utah, y algunos de los cultivos de esa misión se perdieron.Desde entonces, San Cristóbal decidió extraer agua de pozos artesianos para la irrigación de algunos de sus cultivos, de manera que no tuviera que volver a depender solamente del río, dijo el Rdo. Leon Sampson, un diácono.La solicitud de la subvención Proteger lo Valioso también hace notar que décadas de explotación minera han reducido el manto freático en la reserva y han contaminado gran parte del agua restante. La disminución de los nutrientes, la erosión y el uso de pesticidas son otros factores a que se enfrentan los granjeros navajos.La solución propuesta por el proyecto de conservación hidráulica en El Buen Pastor empieza como algo pequeño, pero tiene un crecimiento potencial en tanto la congregación dirige la iniciativa con el ejemplo y enseña la conservación a otras personas.“Nos entusiasma pensar que los que participan en esta iniciativa profundizarán su respeto por la tierra”, decía la solicitud de subvención de Navajolandia. “Proteger lo valioso puede transformar la manera en que interactuamos con el mundo natural”.Navajolandia es una colección de misiones episcopales en Arizona, Nuevo México y Utah que sirve a las 250.000 personas en los casi 70.000 kilómetros cuadrados de la reserva navaja. Las misiones técnicamente no componen una diócesis porque aún se están esforzando en alcanzar el autosostén económico. Se calcula que un 43 por ciento de la población navaja se encuentra por debajo del umbral de la pobreza, de manera que los líderes episcopales están recurriendo al empresarismo para lograr su objetivo del autosostén y librar a otros de la pobreza.Existe la operación apícola [cría de abejas] que está cobrando forma en El Buen Pastor y en San Cristóbal. Las misiones están trabajando juntas para convertir la producción de harina de maíz azul en una industria artesanal. Y el negocio de jabón hecho a mano de El Buen Pastor ha comenzado a despegar.Hizer ha sido en gran medida responsable de ese crecimiento desde que ella llegó a principios del año pasado, y recientemente la nombraron para integrar el personal del obispo de Navajolandia David Bailey como canóniga para el desarrollo y la empresa social.“Vine con una pasión”, dijo Hizer, quien previamente sirvió en la Diócesis de Atlanta y supervisó un huerto allí.Girasoles que crecen en el huerto de la misión El Buen Pastor. Foto de El Buen Pastor/Facebook.Putnam había trabajado con Hizer como hortelana de una iglesia en Atlanta, y las dos mujeres fueron captadas por El Buen Pastor debido a esa experiencia. Junto con la pasión por el trabajo agrícola, Hizer y Putnam trajeron consigo el conocimiento de diferentes técnicas de cultivo, algunas de las cuales están siendo usadas en El Buen Pastor.Un método eficiente para la conservación del agua es plantar en arriates reticulares: una parcela del huerto se cuadricula —como un gofre gigante— levantando la tierra de tal manera que el agua se acumule en el fondo de cada cuadrado y no se escape.Bermas, o arriates elevados, y acequias, depresiones de poco fondo usadas para retener y canalizar el agua lluvia.“Hay agua”, dijo Hizer. “Uno sencillamente tiene que obtenerla en el lugar preciso y no dejar que se escape cuesta abajo”.Pero esas técnicas de conservación sólo recogen el agua lluvia que cae en el huerto de un cuarto de hectárea o en sus inmediaciones, desperdiciando muchísima lluvia que cae en otra parte. Con la subvención de la UTO, El Buen Pastor comenzará a recoger la lluvia en tres de los 12 edificios de la misión, especialmente en la estación de las lluvias, desde fines de junio a principios de septiembre, y a canalizarla hacia unos tanques con capacidad para miles de litros de agua que luego pueden usarse para irrigar los cultivos.Más agua le permitirá a El Buen Pastor duplicar su capacidad de producción cuando agregue a las parcelas de su huerto otro cuarto de hectárea de terreno, dijo Putnam.El huerto ya es, socialmente, un punto focal para la congregación. Las horas que siguen al oficio del domingo son particularmente propicias para trabajar el suelo, explicó Hizer. Después de la hora del café, algunos se encaminan a las parcelas del huerto y plantan o recogen verduras, o pueden discutir las tradicionales recetas navajas que usarán cuando cocinen la cosecha fresca.En el pasado, el huerto ha producido una gran variedad de hortalizas para que la congregación las prepare y las sirva, así como para vender en un mercado campesino local. Este año, mientras aún crecen los calabacines, las alubias y los girasoles, el foco principal ha sido el maíz azul, porque El Buen Pastor trabaja con [la congregación de] San Cristóbal en un proyecto respaldado por la UTO para etiquetar y mercadear el maíz azul para su venta como harina.La horticultura es un pasatiempo que se remonta a generaciones. Maggie Brown, guardiana mayor en El Buen Pastor, planta algún maíz en su propiedad, lo mismo que hizo su padre antes que ella. Algunas partes de los cultivos, como el polen del maíz azul, también desempeñan un papel en las ceremonias tradicionales de los navajos, dijo ella.Brown percibe un valor en la horticultura como una oportunidad de participación [social] para la misión.“Trabajar en el campo nos da una oportunidad de relacionarnos con la congregación y con cualquiera que esté allí para ayudar”, afirmó.Sampson, el diácono en San Cristóbal, fue clave para la creación y desarrollo de lo que se conoce allí como la Granja Comunitaria Homer Dale, primero como administrador del huerto y luego como diácono. Su labor agrícola tiene una marcada parte espiritual, incorporando la oración y mostrando humildad, y él ve el huerto de la misión como un modo de salvar la brecha entre los mayores que crecieron en el trabajo agrícola y los jóvenes que perdieron la conexión con la tierra.“Creamos un espacio para enseñar a la próxima generación”, dijo Sampson.Un niño le habló a Sampson de la granja que tenía en su casa —y le dijo que había zombis que se comían las cebollas. Sampson se dio cuenta de que el niño se refería a un videojuego. “Nuestros zombis se llaman ardillas listadas y conejos”, le dijo al niño, antes de compartir lecciones del mundo real en horticultura y fe.“En verdad, la granja creció en espiritualidad y comunidad”, afirmó él.La misión El Buen Pastor está cerca de la sede del gobierno tribal en Roca Ventana [Window Rock], Arizona, y Hizer concibe una asociación con las autoridades tribales para adiestrar a los residentes de la reserva en técnicas agrícolas. Ella también tiene una idea para hacer un programa de cocina al estilo de Food Network que incluya recetas que utilicen los ingredientes que les resulten familiares a los navajos.Por ahora, ella y el resto de la congregación de El Buen Pastor tienen mucho que hacer mientras su expandido ministerio agrícola echa raíces.“Con cada pequeños éxito que tenemos, podemos expandirnos un poquito”, afirmó.– David Paulsen es un escritor independiente radicado en Milwaukee, Wisconsin, y miembro de la iglesia episcopal de La Trinidad [Trinity] en Wauwatosa. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. 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New service available to bicyclists

first_img TAGSAAABicycle Safety Month Previous articleAre you born to sell?Next articleNew sandwich shop opening in Apopka Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Bicycle Safety Month: Making Sure Road Users Arrive Safely May is National Bicycle Safety Month and AAA-The Auto Club Group is pleased to announce that free bicycle service is now included with all membership levels. This innovative service will provide an additional level of safety for motorists and bicyclists. AAA Service Technicians will be able to assist members who they can safely reach from an accessible road or parking lot. The member’s bicycle will then be secured to the service vehicle and transported to any point of safety within the member’s coverage: Classic (up to 5-miles), Plus (up to 100-miles), Premier (1 tow up to 200-miles). “Providing this service continues to demonstrate our commitment to meet the needs of our members,” said Fawn Meehan, Vice President of Membership, AAA-The Auto Club Group. “Whether riding for sport, recreation, or exercise, it’s important for cyclists to know bicycles are considered vehicles. Following the rules of the road can save lives.”Coverage & RestrictionsMember must be present at the time of service and have a valid AAA card.Bicycle service applies to all 2-wheeled bicycles, including rental bicycles & tandem/trailers pulled by bicycles.Bicycle service is limited to transporting a bicycle. Mechanical repairs and bicycle lock services are not included.Service is provided only along a normally traveled road or street.Bicycle service is provided for the rider whose bicycle is disabled and accompanying minors.According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), bicycle fatalities in the United States have increased by 12 percent from 2014 to 2015. “Traveling on the road requires care and courtesy – whether you are operating a car or a bicycle,” said Amy Stracke, Managing Director, Traffic Safety Advocacy. “Remember, we all have places to go. Let’s share the road so we can all get there safely.” With an increased number of bike riders sharing the road, AAA offers the following guidance to bicyclists and motorists:Safety Tips for Bicyclists                    Follow the Rules of the Road. Always ride with traffic, using the rightmost lane, obeying the same laws as motorists. Signal all turns.Be Visible. Ride where drivers can see you. Do not ride on the sidewalk. Wear bright colors during the day, reflective gear in low light conditions, and use head and tail lights at night.Be Predictable.  Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between parked cars. Make eye contact with motorists to let them know you are there.Anticipate Conflicts. Always be aware of traffic around you and be prepared to take evasive action, exercising additional caution at intersections.Wear a Helmet.  Helmets, when worn properly, are up to 85 percent effective in protecting the head and brain in the event of a crash.Safety Tips for MotoristsStay Alert. Avoid all distractions while driving and wear your seat belt.Share the Road. Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists, including the right to ride in the traffic lane. Yield to bicyclists when turning.Slow Down. Allow at least three feet of clearance when passing a bicyclist.Inclement Weather. In bad weather, give bicyclists extra passing room, just as you would other motorists.Check Mirrors and Blind Spots. Check before turning, changing lanes or opening car doors.Never Honk Horn at Bicyclists. They may startle and swerve off the road or into traffic.Be Cautious. Watch out for children on bikes. They are often unsteady and unpredictable.To learn how you can share the road, visit AAA’s updated website for bicycle safety videos and other resources,  AAA membership includes 24/7 roadside assistance that follows the member in any car, as a driver or passenger. And now on a bike too! For details on AAA’s bicycle transportation service, please visit  You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 last_img read more

Pixel 57 / Darkitectura

first_imgPhotographs:  Yoshihiro Koitani Text description provided by the architects. Located south of Mexico City, with a lakeside subsurface inheritance of the legendary Aztec lake, it develops this 480m2 duplex in a slim residual plot.Save this picture!© Yoshihiro KoitaniRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsGiven the extensive program that customers requested, the 2 houses are resolved intertwined and interspersed within the maximum permissible restrictions, generating a large cube that blends with its dense urban environment “kitsch-ecléctico-chilango” developed in the 70’s and 80’s. Save this picture!© Yoshihiro KoitaniThe cube floats to accommodate the access, parking and green areas, it’s separated from their adjacencies to become transparent, giving way to natural light and vertical circulation; also it’s subtracted to create a courtyard and as the exterior faces they parametrically pixel to locate the windows, balconies and skylights. The materials used on the facades cause a scene of brightness and opacity, reflections and shadows that combined with the irregularity of some canopies enhance the effect of asymmetry. Save this picture!© Yoshihiro KoitaniHanging from the top of the rear facade, a staircase reminiscent of a New York alley leads to the roof terrace that houses a pair of fake containers superimposed for services, this in the midst of a huge terrace where grows a micro-forest of “liquidambares”, typical tree species of the area. This terrace reinforces the idea of roofs used as a method for reforestation of the city and gradually improves the quality of life for users to have these spaces, denied in 90% of the outbuildings that are volumetrically similar.Save this picture!© Yoshihiro KoitaniProject gallerySee allShow lessTaiwan Tower Competition Winner / DSBA, Mihai Carciun and upgrade.studioArticles60th AIA Seattle Honor Awards for Washington ArchitectureArticles Share Projects 2009 Area:  480 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeDarkitecturaOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMexico CityHousesMexicoPublished on November 19, 2010Cite: “Pixel 57 / Darkitectura” 19 Nov 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogHandshowerhansgroheHand ShowersVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish- DI-NOC™ Glass FinishPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceCommunications2NIntercom – 2N® IP VersoCurtain WallsIsland Exterior FabricatorsPace Gallery Envelope SystemMetal PanelsTrimoModular Metal Wall – Qbiss OneConcreteSika3D Concrete PrintingMetal PanelsLorin IndustriesAnodized Aluminum – Gun Metal Grey with Arconic Tectur-Al™GlassDip-TechCeramic Printing for Public TransportationBeams / PillarsBlumer LehmannTimber Construction in Cambridge MosquePorcelain StonewareCeramiche KeopeCeramic Tiles – 9Cento MosaicTiles / Mosaic / GresiteRakoFloor and Wall Tiles – Serie PiazzettaMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Pixel 57 / DarkitecturaSave this projectSavePixel 57 / Darkitectura Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Save this picture!© Yoshihiro Koitani+ 12 Share ArchDaily “COPY” Photographs Architects: Darkitectura Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Pixel 57 / Darkitectura CopyHouses•Mexico City, Mexico Mexico Houses “COPY”last_img read more

Report Details Risks of U.S. Hemp Industry

first_img Report Details Risks of U.S. Hemp Industry SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE The U.S. hemp industry is poised for growth, but there are serious financial, regulatory and agronomic risks that farmers must understand. A report by Rabo AgriFinance says the market is “highly fragmented,” and there is no reliable source for pricing and production data. The report notes that the 2018 Farm Bill set off a process to completely overhaul hemp industry regulations, including the legalization of hemp and hemp-derived products. USDA plans to release its new rules in the fall, but new regulations won’t take effect until the 2020 planting season, and hemp production is not legal in all 50 states.The report says hemp will not be treated like other commodities. Growing hemp requires a lot of paperwork and careful record keeping, and regulatory infractions could result in the seizure and destruction of a hemp crop. Finally, the report says the U.S. may soon face an oversupply of hemp grown for CBD extraction, which could result in major losses for farmers once prices adjust. By NAFB News Service – Apr 4, 2019 Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Report Details Risks of U.S. Hemp Industry Previous articleFarm Bureau Calls on Congress to Provide Disaster Relief NowNext articleICGA President Praises EPA E15 Rule NAFB News Servicelast_img read more

Reporters Without Borders lobbies EU and OSCE about kidnapped journalist in Ingushetia

first_img Receive email alerts BelarusEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders called today on the presidents of the EU Council and the OSCE to urge the Russian authorities to step up their investigation into the disappearance of the Agence France-Presse correspondent in the Russian republic of Ingushetia, Ali Astamirov, who was kidnapped by armed men on 4 July. RSF_en “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says May 28, 2021 Find out more Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Help by sharing this information BelarusEurope – Central Asia News Follow the news on Belarus News News Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” Reporters Without Borders called today on the presidents of the European Union (EU) Council and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to urge the Russian authorities to step up their investigation into the disappearance of the Agence France-Presse correspondent in the Russian republic of Ingushetia, Ali Astamirov, who was kidnapped by armed men on 4 July.The appeal was made on the eve of the 4 October presidential elections in neighbouring Chechnya, which Astamirov also reported on, in letters to EU Council president Silvio Berlusconi and OSCE president Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, who is also Dutch foreign minister.There has been no news of Astamirov since he was seized in the Ingushetian capital, Nazran, by three armed men and driven off towards Chechnya. No ransom demand has been received by his family or by Agence France-Presse and the kidnappers have not tried to contact them. Neither those in charge of the case in Moscow nor the prosecutor’s office in Nazran have made any significant progress in their investigations. His family, who believed he was still alive three weeks after his disappearance, are now no longer sure.In the months before he was seized, Astamirov had received anonymous threats and had moved house for safety reasons. These threats, as well as the lack of any ransom demand, suggest he was kidnapped because of his work as a journalist. October 2, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders lobbies EU and OSCE about kidnapped journalist in Ingushetia News May 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more