Bridging the digital lottery divide

first_img Topics: Lottery Strategy Lottery Sazka CEO Robert Chvatal talks to Joanne Christie about the company’s strategy of pushing online sales to overcome the worst effects of novel coronavirus.Although complete lottery shutdowns due to novel coronavirus (Covid-19) have been few and far between in Europe, the heavy reliance on the retail channel in the vertical means lockdowns have still had a significant impact on sales.However, the detailed update on the impact of Covid-19 provided by Sazka alongside its annual results for 2019 last week highlights a persisting north-south divide in Europe.“In our group we clearly saw a big difference between the north and south,” says chief executive Robert Chvatal (pictured). “If you look at the Czech market or the Austrian market, the lotteries were hit in a very limited fashion. There was a dip for about two or three weeks where people were a bit sensitive about buying scratchcards in retail.“But the Czech business is still basically pretty much delivering what it was delivering last year, which I think is a phenomenal achievement.”At one point only 70% of Sazka’s Czech retail network was selling products and it’s likely many players stayed away even when they could access retail outlets. Yet Czech GGR year to date remains in line with the company’s budget. In fact, in April the company says it is slightly above expectations, with a strong online performance making up for any retail losses.And while last year 11% of Czech national lottery Sportka play was online, this has risen to more than 20% this year, says Chvatal. In Eurojackpot, the figure has risen to 30% this year, up from 20% during the same period last year.“We track a KPI which is newly registered [customers] and these numbers since March have doubled,” he adds. “And more interestingly, we clearly see an older audience becoming now an online customer, [these are], of course, regularly retail customers.”The reluctance of older demographics to play lottery online has long been recognised as a difficult hurdle to overcome in many countries, and the Czech Republic is no exception. To get around this, Sazka took a number of steps aimed at older audiences during the crisis, such as producing online tutorials on how to create an account and how to deposit money.Southern struggles
 Similar to the Czech Republic, in Austria Sazka reports a limited impact from Covid-19 on Austrian Lotteries, the subsidiary of Casinos Austria in which it will soon own the majority share. The lottery arm reported a double-digit increase in online sales compared with previous weeks during the lockdown period.However, heading south it has proven much more difficult to simply move players from one platform to another, says Chvatal.Italy was, of course, affected to a greater degree than other countries due to the suspension of sales of Sazka partner LottoItalia’s draw-based games from March 31. However, with play now resumed, Chvatal predicts sales will “come back with a vengeance”.Greece also suffered from lengthy and widespread shutdowns to its retail networks. But these were exacerbated by the fact online is yet to contribute significantly to OPAP’s revenues.“The south was more severely hit because they do have yet developed a strong online presence where hundreds of thousands of people are registered. That is not the case in Greece and it is not the case in Italy,” says Chvatal.He believes this is largely due to cultural differences. “This north-south divide has been very well-known for decades, and is also in other industries.“It is a social treat for people in the south to go out and to basically spend some time with their friends and watch a game of football or the Greek league together in an OPAP store and also to play Keno in the store.“So it is a more social game than in Austria or Czech Republic, where it is more transactional. There people come to buy their ticket and a scratchcard and in 30 seconds off they go.”Despite this, Chvatal believes the pandemic will change things, even in Mediterranean countries. “In Greece the whole situation simply accelerated the big push to take online very seriously.”OPAP, of which Sazka owns 41.7%, has recently launched online casino and also added a third weekly draw to its Joker lottery game. In the latter, Chvatal says OPAP has more than tripled the number of people playing.Looking long term
 On the topic of whether those players who moved online during lockdowns will continue to play online, Chvatal is optimistic. “I would almost be certain that all the people who registered who had good experiences – and we made sure they had good experiences – they won’t just deregister. “The question is will they go back to their old habits and buy a paper ticket on the street corner where they live or will they keep playing online? My guess is that more often than not they will stay online. Maybe they will become an omnichannel player.”He says the company will continue to pursue its digital ambitions across all five of its markets. “The lottery business is about two things: a) it has to be brand-centred and not product obsessed; and b) its business model should be and can brutally digitalised. And this is what we are pursuing and pushing forward.”It also has its eye on further geographical expansion, with a much-talked about bid for the UK’s National Lottery on the cards.“For us we still very much believe that we would be well suited to challenge Camelot and we have experience from the other lottery markets. We are an operator of lotteries, we are not a technology supplier to lotteries.“We have looked at the UK market and how the National Lottery is presented – what sort of strengths it has, its weaknesses, what sort of mistakes have happened in the past and there  clearly were some mistakes – and so we take it very seriously.”However, its position in relation to the bid has also been impacted by Covid-19, admits Chvatal. “We haven’t formally applied to an invitation to apply because it has not been published yet. It is impossible to travel to the UK right now. It is impossible to engage with the key stakeholders, so it is extremely difficult for anybody outside the UK to really seriously continue working on it.“Despite the fact that we take it very seriously, we are deprived of a level playing field if it continues. I think we have to see whether this corona crisis will have some impact on the timelines of the fourth UK National Lottery tender.”Whether the UK bid comes off or not, Chvatal is clear lottery remains the key plank in the company’s expansion plans. “We still believe that we are a lottery company in the first place. The whole philosophy behind our international expansion was driven by the fact that we were trying to identify lotteries which may have been in the past undermanaged.”While it has ventured into other verticals, both via its own Sazka brand and its past acquisitions, Chvatal is clear this does not signify a large-scale shift in the business model. “The fact that we have other lines of business makes it interesting, but it doesn’t change the fact that 80% of EBIT is generated by lotteries.”Indeed, he says this is one factor that has somewhat insulated it from the worst effects of the pandemic.“Because we are predominantly a lottery company, I believe we will be less impacted than, for example, the sports betting world where the content simply disappeared. Our content didn’t disappear, our content is still valid and alive and kicking as ever before. You offer for a very small amount of money the possibility of a dream of hitting the luck.” Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: Europe Central and Eastern Europe Southern Europe Western Europe Czech Republic Greece Italy Austria Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Bridging the digital lottery divide AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Sazka CEO Robert Chvatal talks to Joanne Christie about the company’s strategy of pushing online sales to overcome the worst effects of novel coronavirus. 4th May 2020 | By contenteditorlast_img read more

Consolidated Hallmark Insurance ( Q32020 Interim Report

first_imgConsolidated Hallmark Insurance ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Consolidated Hallmark Insurance ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Consolidated Hallmark Insurance ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Consolidated Hallmark Insurance (  2020 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileConsolidated Hallmark Insurance (CHIPLC) Plc is a general insurance company in Nigeria offering products for automotive, travel, fire, marine, home, personal, bonds and special risk cover. The company has taken a leadership role in the underwriting of key transactions in the aviation, oil and gas, marine cargo, hull and motor sectors. Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Two 7% FTSE 100 dividend shares I want to buy in February

first_img See all posts by Roland Head Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Enter Your Email Address I’ll declare an interest. I already own shares in both of the companies I’m going to write about today. But I want to buy more in February. Let me explain why.A genuine bargain?FTSE 100 insurance group Aviva (LSE: AV) is sometimes seen as a laggard, without the growth and specialist focus of some rivals. But while it’s true that Aviva has been a slow grower in recent years, I don’t think investors need to worry about this too much.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…In my view, any risks faced by shareholders are already in the price. As I write, the Aviva share price stands close to 400p. That prices the stock on just seven times forecast earnings, with a dividend yield of 7.7%.This payout should be covered 1.9 times by 2019 earnings, so a cut seems very unlikely. It’s also worth noting that the group’s surplus cash generation has comfortably covered the dividend in recent years, making a cut seem very unlikely.Win-win scenarioTwo things could happen next. Aviva boss Maurice Tulloch could succeed where his predecessors have failed by returning the group to growth. He’s already launched plans to sell some non-core businesses and split the UK business into separate life and general insurance divisions.If Tulloch fails, then I think that Aviva could be split up or perhaps even sold. If so, then I’d expect this process to release value for existing shareholders.Aviva is one of the core holdings in my personal income portfolio. The capital gains on my position have been limited but the income I’ve received – over a number of years – has been excellent. I think the shares are too cheap and rate them as a strong buy for income.Go against the crowdInvestors aren’t exactly queuing up to buy shares in Royal Dutch Shell (LSE: RDSB) at the moment. The Shell share price has already fallen by 10% this year and is down by over 20% from last summer’s high of £26.There are several reasons for this.A growing number of investors have environmental commitments that are hard to square with fossil fuel investment.The market is also concerned about the risk of stranded assets – oil and gas reserves that won’t be extracted because of changing demand (or legislation). That risk may still be some way in the future. But lower oil prices are here today and have hurt Shell’s profits over the last year.In 2018, Shell sold its oil for an average of $63.85 per barrel. In 2019, this figure fell by 10% to $57.76 per barrel. Gas prices dropped by 11% as well. Weaker prices caused the group’s underlying net profit to fall by 23% to $16.5bn in 2019.My viewShell’s profit slump has left the stock trading close to 2,000p, at its lowest level since late 2016. The shares are now trading on just 10 times forecast earnings, with a dividend yield of almost 7%.I reckon this is too cheap. Shell hasn’t cut its dividend since the Second World War and shows no sign of doing so now. Cash generation remains healthy and the company is taking steps to prepare for a lower carbon future. At current levels, I think the stock’s 7% yield could make it a great buy for income investors. Two 7% FTSE 100 dividend shares I want to buy in February “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Image source: Getty Images. Roland Head owns shares of Aviva and Royal Dutch Shell B. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Roland Head | Friday, 31st January, 2020 | More on: AV RDSB Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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Drew Mitchell scores dramatic try at the death as Toulon snatch victory from Wasps

first_imgMonday Jan 18, 2016 Drew Mitchell scores dramatic try at the death as Toulon snatch victory from Wasps Toulon claimed a dramatic win over Wasps at the Stade Felix Mayol last night, coming from behind to score a superbly taken late winning try through Wallaby winger Drew Mitchell. The 15-11 Pool 5 win denied Wasps a historic away win, and put the French side top of the group.With ten minutes left in the match Wasps took a 11-8 lead through Guy Thompson, as Toulon looked like they would struggle to hang on to their impressive unbeaten at home record.They held their nerve though, stretching Wasps after a sustained period of pressure, allowing All Black centre Ma’a Nonu to take his pick of runners, and put Mitchell through the gap after the Wallaby ran a stunning line.Nonu had two men outside so with the Wasps defence spread, they had little chance of withstanding the pressure. Freddie Michalak converted the try and the hosts won what was for the most part a scrappy, tense contest.They now need to beat Bath away next weekend to secure a quarter final berth, while Wasps need to beat Leinster to achieve the same result.Quade Cooper finished off the opening try of the match, a length of the field effort. You can watch there here, on page two.After the match Matt Giteau tweeted his delight at the win, and the try scored by the [email protected]_mitchell right now!! ????— Matt Giteau (@giteau_rugby) January 17, 2016ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Great Tries Related Articles 26 WEEKS AGO Incredible athleticism for sensational try… 26 WEEKS AGO ARCHIVE: Suntory score amazing try to upset… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: All 12 tries from EPIC Bristol-Clermont… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

K House / Kitamura Naoya Architects & Planners

first_imgArchitects: Kitamura Naoya Architects & Planners Area Area of this architecture project Projects ArchDaily Photographs Photographs:  Takumi Ota Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project K House / Kitamura Naoya Architects & PlannersSave this projectSaveK House / Kitamura Naoya Architects & Planners Houses “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyHouses•Japan Area:  80 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project center_img ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Year:  Manufacturers: Koizumi, Panasonic, Rinnai, LIXIL , SanwacompanyClients:Fuminori AdachiEngineering:Yasuhiro KanedaCountry:JapanMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Takumi OtaRecommended ProductsWindowsVEKAWindows – SOFTLINE 82 ADWindowsAccoyaAccoya® Windows and DoorsDoorsLibartVertical Retracting Doors – Panora ViewWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensSave this picture!© Takumi OtaText description provided by the architects. The site is just past a small alley, it is a place surrounded by residential areas. Clients requested a one-story house for four family members. Therefore, I wanted to create a space where you can feel diversity and expansion without feeling darkness. I spent my holidays while watching the clock. If it’s a holiday without a clock, the day ends with watching TV. I am not in a hurry, but I can spend my day grasping my pace by looking at the clock.Save this picture!© Takumi OtaIn this house, the pillars are built every 1.82 m, and space is divided loosely to make the limited space diverse. The pitch of the pillar is 1.82m, which is the Japanese human scale 1 ken  = 6 shaku (shaku = 0.303m). In addition, on the human scale in Europe and the United States, there are 1 fathom = 6 feet = 2 yards, etc., which is about the same length as 1 ken.Save this picture!© Takumi OtaSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Takumi OtaRelationship between dining for 4 persons and porch space with sweep window, continuity between sitting height tatami space and large space LDK. By mixing the spaces divided by the pillars, the expansion of the unique space and the liveliness of life appear.Save this picture!Project gallerySee allShow lessParacelsus Bad & Kurhaus Swimming Facilities / Berger+Parkkinen Associated ArchitectsSelected ProjectsApartment Renovation in Jyōsei / Takashi Okuno & AssociatesSelected Projects Share Japan K House / Kitamura Naoya Architects & Planners 2019 “COPY” Save this picture!© Takumi Ota+ 24Curated by Paula Pintos Share CopyAbout this officeKitamura Naoya Architects & PlannersOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn InstagramOn FacebookJapanPublished on January 20, 2020Cite: “K House / Kitamura Naoya Architects & Planners” 20 Jan 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialMetal PanelsDri-DesignMetal Panels – CopperIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsExterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsPure + FreeFormCustom Metal Cladding – Legacy Fund 1 BuildingWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodWood Fiber Partition Walls – ValchromatDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Vertical Pivot Door | BrezzaSkylightsFAKROEnergy-efficient roof window FTT ThermoToilets / BidetsBritexToilets – Accessible Centurion PanMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?K私宅,以人体尺度布局 / 北村直也建筑设计事务所是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Delegation fights to win Alex Saab’s freedom

first_imgSal Island, Cabo VerdeFlounders took part in a delegation that traveled to Cabo Verde in solidarity with Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab, who was abducted in June 2020 on orders of the U.S. and held under onerous conditions since then on two of C.V.’s ten islands. Cabo Verde is an archipelago nation, whose population is 560,000, located 400 miles across the Atlantic Ocean to the west of Dakar, Senegal, in West Africa.Solidarity in the U.S. for Alex Saab, from the Boston School Bus Drivers Union, United Steelworkers Local 8751. WW PhotoJune 5 — Our delegation from the International #FreeAlexSaab Solidarity Committee reached Sal Island June 3, hoping to meet with Alex Saab and his legal team and anxious to put an end to his illegal abduction and torturous confinement and to stop an extradition to the United States that would violate international law and disgrace Cabo Verde’s sovereignty before its allies in Africa.Our goal was to mobilize support to free this Venezuelan diplomat, who was sequestered on political command by U.S. imperialism. Our additional goal was to establish the facts regarding Saab’s seizure and the unjust and brutal handling of his person and to bring these facts before the world. Saab’s case is being fought in the Cabo Verde Supreme Court, so he cannot be immediately extradited. But we fear that unless we can bring international pressure on both the U.S. and Cape Verdean governments, Saab will be abducted to the U.S. where he could disappear in the U.S. injustice system.We have succeeded in gaining media coverage in various African countries and in mobilizing support from the expatriate C.V. community in Boston, especially from the Boston School Bus Drivers Union, United Steelworkers Local 8751, and in bringing this important struggle before the progressive movement in the U.S.It’s a political chargeWhile the Cabo Verde police prevented us from meeting with Alex Saab, meetings with his lawyer in C.V. — Dr. José Manuel Pinto Monteiro — and with Venezuelan ambassador Alejandro Correa Ortega allowed us to establish the true nature of the charges against Saab and how he was treated in captivity. Saab’s own message to the delegation confirmed these results.Saab was arrested for alleged “money laundering” at a plane refueling in Cabo Verde a year ago, while on his way from Venezuela to Tehran in an attempt to arrange deliveries of  food, medicine and fuel oil for the people of Venezuela. From the discussions we held, we could determine that Saab’s seizure had political roots — no crime was involved — with the U.S. behind the seizure, and that his treatment violated his human rights and diplomatic status.The defense team for Alex Saab makes the point that “it is the executive, not the courts, that decided to arrest Saab. It is the executive, not the courts, that stalled the release of Alex Saab on June 25, 2020, when Interpol cancelled the Red notice so that their American friends could issue the extradition request, and it is the executive as the Supreme Court of Cape Verde itself that has indicated it must decide the ultimate fate of Alex Saab.”Meeting with attorneyWe met June 3 with Dr. Monteiro, Saab’s lawyer, who moved to Sal Island so he could meet with Saab 40 minutes each day within the total of four hours a week the courts allow.Besides this writer, others in the delegation included Roger Harris from Corte Madeira, Calif., and two Cabo Verde citizens living among the large expatriate C.V. population of New England, Bishop Felipe Teixeira and Pericles Tevares.Dr. Pinto confirmed to us Saab’s description of torture carried out by two people with U.S. American accents, who put a bag over his head and threatened his life during harrowing night visits. They cut his wrist with a knife on three different occasions, demanding he sign an agreement of extradition.During the period of confinement, Saab was held for seven months of darkness, 23 hours a day, in a bare concrete cell. It was hard to keep from screaming at these facts. And in addition, Saab, who has cancer, has been prevented from seeing his oncologist the entire time he has been in prison.Meeting with ambassadorWe also met June 3 with Alejandro Correa Ortega, Venezuelan ambassador to Cabo Verde. Correa confirmed that when Saab was arrested — based on an Interpol order of June 12, 2020 — within three hours of the arrest, Venezuela made official notification to C.V. officials of Alex Saab’s diplomatic immunity.Saab was originally held in a cell on Saint Vincent Island and was moved to Sal Island a week later. Correa was first allowed to meet with Saab June 20, eight days after his seizure, and then not until July 20. Later efforts to meet with Saab were denied.It was outrageous both to deny Saab, himself a diplomat, these visits and doubly illegal to prevent visits by the Venezuelan ambassador.Like Saab’s attorney, Correa confirmed that Alex described to him the torture, night visits and the rest of the treatment that violated his human rights.Both Dr. Pinto and Ambassador Correa confirmed that Saab was denied legal assistance from a larger team of lawyers who were available to defend him, that he was denied visits by diplomatic representatives and was denied visits by doctors and his oncologist.Refusal by policeIn our attempt to visit Saab, we went to two different police stations to meet with the police chief and gain permission to visit. In both cases we were given runarounds. We then attempted to send a recording from our delegation.From the street near the building where his kidnappers are holding Saab, you can see that he is surrounded by military police and security with automatic weapons, including snipers on the roof. They grabbed this writer’s phone briefly, with its camera, but photos were able to be saved.It is obvious Saab is imprisoned and being held by force on Sal. He is allowed no movement, and our visit was prohibited. It was important to establish his imprisonment, as the C.V. courts denied suits for habeas corpus, falsely claiming that Saab was only held under house arrest.He has no access to the internet or phone. He was, however, able to send us a note that he heard of our delegation.Saab’s message“My brothers and sisters, I cannot tell you how touched, how moved and how eternally grateful I am for your support and your expressions of goodwill. . . .“I can only hope that President Biden and all his advisors and especially the people of the DOJ [Department of Justice] are watching and finally waking up to the devastation their illegal sanctions and political blockade have perpetrated against the good people of Venezuela.“I am a lawfully appointed diplomat, as you have acknowledged. My detention is illegal and arbitrary by any reading of international law, and this has been further confirmed as so by the ECOWAS regional Court of Justice on March 15. [ECOWAS is the Economic Community of West African States.]“Disappointingly, Cape Verde has chosen to ignore the binding ruling of the ECOWAS court, as well as the fact that the court has jurisdiction to deal with the matter. The fact that Cape Verde now wishes to renege on international treaties to which it has signed should be a warning to all future investors in the country and anyone thinking that Cape Verde is a stable long-term partner. . . .”Worldwide support growsThe delegation’s visit led to media coverage in Ghana (, Cabo Verde (, Nigeria (,, and other countries, including Portugal and Spain, and in the Orinoco Tribune of Venezuela ( trip coincided with a petition campaign being promoted internationally and especially in the U.S. Please take less than a minute and sign the petition: thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Farmers Work With NRCS To Improve Pollinator Habitat

first_img Facebook Twitter Agricultural producers and other private landowners across Indiana work with NRCS to create ideal habitat for pollinators and increase populations in simple and significant ways. Field borders, hedgerows and conservation cover are just three of 37 practices that NRCS offers through the Farm Bill to help producers create the perfect places for pollinators to feed and take shelter. “Bees and other pollinators help keep the whole environment healthy,” said Hardisty, “and that’s why thousands of producers have worked to attract them to their land.” “When you create habitat for pollinators, you also provide habitat for other wildlife, reduce soil erosion and improve water quality.” More than three-fourths of the world’s flowering plants rely on pollinators to reproduce, or to put it another way, one of every three bites of food people eat. Many plants would be unable to reproduce without the help of pollinators. Previous articleSeed Consultants 6/18/2013 Market Watch with Gary WilhelmiNext articleFloor Debate Begins on House Farm Bill Gary Truitt Home Indiana Agriculture News Farmers Work With NRCS To Improve Pollinator Habitat According to Jane Hardisty, NRCS State Conservationist, “Making room for pollinators on your land isn’t too difficult or expensive, and NRCS wants to help you make those improvements that will not only benefit pollinators – but help your land as well.” By Gary Truitt – Jun 18, 2013 center_img Farmers Work With NRCS To Improve Pollinator Habitat The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service offers practices to help Hoosier farmers create pollinator habitat, harnessing their value to production. National Pollinator Week is this week and NRCS is taking the opportunity to promote the importance of pollinators, like bees, butterflies, bats, and hummingbirds. Pollinators provide essential assistance to fruit, vegetable and seed crops, but many species are seeing their numbers fall. Scientists point out a number of factors, including habitat loss, disease, parasites and overuse of pesticides for the drop in pollinator population. NRCS and other agencies and partners across the country are working on science-based solutions to support pollinators. Learn more: Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARElast_img read more

New Drone Technology For Analyzing Fields

first_imgHome News Feed New Drone Technology For Analyzing Fields Facebook Twitter One of the most popular booths at the Commodity Classic trade show was the one demonstrating how drones can be used to scout fields. New Drone Technology For Analyzing Fields SHARE SHARE By Gary Truitt – Feb 27, 2014 Facebook Twitter Previous articleBill Reauthorizing Drought Information System to Get President’s SignatureNext articleClassic Trade Show Offers A Look into the Future Gary Truittlast_img

Old Pasadena’s Most Popular Merchants Offer Thousands of Dollars in Exclusive Savings

first_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 13 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Every Thursday in the months of September and October, Old Pasadena merchants will offer special discounts and promotions to Pasadena residents as well as those who work in Pasadena during Old Pasadena’s Locals Only Thursdays. Old Pasadena’s Locals Only Thursdays draws thousands of Pasadena residents and workers to Old Pasadena to enjoy a wide range of in-store giveaways and promotions including massive exclusive sales.Restaurants; stores; coffee, tea and dessert shops; and spas and beauty salons throughout Old Pasadena will offer special giveaways and exclusive savings. Old Pasadena’s finest merchants including Forever 21, The Body Shop, Eileen Fisher, Intelligentsia, The Luggage Room Pizzeria, Vertical Wine Bistro, Lather, The Loved One, Blick Art Materials, Sushi Roku, and many more are offering thousands of dollars in savings, and many are offering free gifts to customers.Residents can show their driver’s license or electricity bill to receive the discounts and promotions every Thursday throughout the months of September and October. Pasadena workers need to present a business card showing a Pasadena address to their workplace to also receive the special deals.For more information including all participating merchants and restaurants as well as a download of all the exclusive special offers, giveaways and promotions please visit Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Herbeauty8 Celebrities Who’ve Lost Their FandomsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty’First Daughters’: From Cute Little Kids To Beautiful Young WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeauty Business News Make a comment Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News Community News More Cool Stuff Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy COVER: Right Old Pasadena’s Most Popular Merchants Offer Thousands of Dollars in Exclusive Savings To Pasadena residents and workers during Old Pasadena’s Locals Only Thursdays. Published on Friday, August 31, 2012 | 3:26 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

‘Facebook Campus’ Launched at 30 U.S. Colleges, Including Caltech

first_img Business News Community News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy HerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKim To File For Divorce From Kanye West After 6 Years Of MarriageHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWeird Types Of Massage Not Everyone Dares To TryHerbeautyHerbeauty 18 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment Subscribe Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News With communication more vital than ever amid pandemic-induced social distancing measures, Facebook on Thursday launched its new Facebook Campus platform meant to help students at 30 U.S. academic institutions, including Pasadena’s Caltech, stay connected, the company announced.Facebook Campus is a dedicated portion of the Facebook app which allows students to create special student profiles, apart from their main Facebook profiles, Facebook said in a written statement.As many colleges, including Caltech, begin their academic years with online formats, “Facebook wanted to make it easier for students to connect and communicate with each other in a dedicated space within Facebook,” said company said in a statement.“As students navigate this uncharted territory, Facebook hopes that this tool will offer a way for students to feel more connected with one another. Students have already been using Facebook Groups and Events within their college communities, and Facebook Campus will make it even easier for them to do so.”Students are able to sign up for the platform immediately, and the app will open with full access on Sept. 17, according to the statement.Features of the students-only app include a new feed allowing students to take part in groups or events related to their specific schools, a campus directory, and a “low-pressure” chat room to help students break the ice, according to Facebook.Students need only to input their college email and graduation year to enroll, the company said. Other information, like major and hometown, are optional.“Once a Campus profile is set up, students can discover Groups and Events unique to their school, and connect with classmates who share similar interests,” according to the Facebook statement. “When content is shared on Campus, only people within Campus will see it.”More information about Facebook Campus is available online at STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News ‘Facebook Campus’ Launched at 30 U.S. Colleges, Including Caltech By BRIAN DAY Published on Thursday, September 10, 2020 | 12:42 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more