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first_imgMarketing & affiliates Tags: Online Gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 31st March 2020 | By Josephine Watson Putting the real into ‘real time’ Tomer Baumel is the founder and CEO of Solitics and has more than 10 years of experience in big data and Software development.During his previous role in Pontis- an innovative Technology Company, Tomer was responsible for implementing large scale data solutions.Like big data, AI and omnichannel, the introduction of ‘real time’ as a buzz phrase into networking huddles has the potential to make people wince, check their watch, finish their drink and scarper.The term is commonplace within the igaming sector when it comes to the automation of marketing services. However, defining ‘real time’ is open to interpretation. Is it a matter of microseconds, seconds, minutes, hours or even days, for example, and does it mean a job being done quickly at the expense of accuracy?For Solitics, an Israel-based data management and marketing automation platform that enables B2C brands to personalise customer experiences, real-time delivery is a central pillar of its service, which connects online and offline data sources and links them to marketing actions. Defining ‘real time’ with clarity is therefore essential, according to Solitics CEO and founder Tomer Baumel.“We define real time in terms of time, context and content,” Baumel said. “So, we have that time value of 1.8 seconds, which is the response time of the system. Added to that is the context, which considers the suitability and accuracy of the marketing service’s response, taking into account individual user behaviour. Then we have content, which means intervening via the right channel with the right information or offer.“That time target is important, but it’s also essential that the intervention is based upon accurate and relevant information.” Stronger relationshipsGaming brands that can maximise speed and accuracy are able to build a more personalised and stronger relationship with each customer from the earliest opportunity. This improves customer retention and reduces churn – a major bugbear for many in an increasingly competitive landscape.“If someone signs up to your website and you don’t interact with them in the first few minutes, they are most likely soon not going to be your customer,” Baumel added. “Equally, if a customer has just recently registered and deposited and lost all his money in five minutes, we can clearly see they are a high churn risk, so there should be an interaction at that point, not two hours or a day later.“Or let’s say there are two players who both sign up at the same time – one with $50 and the other with $5,000 – and when they are each half way through their funds, we just automatically offer them a $20 bonus. Clearly that is not appropriate in both scenarios as they have very different circumstances and resources.“In these examples you need to have the correct data at the right time and in the right place – again, our time, context and content. It makes a huge difference. The whole idea is to increase conversion, retention and longevity.” Increasing awarenessSolitics initially focused on the retail vertical after launching in 2013, but soon identified online gaming and trading as sectors that offered greater potential for their services. “There were a lot of pain points in data collection in gaming and trading, such as the mix of online and offline, and that’s why we went in there,” Baumel said.Solitics’ platform pulls together pieces of information on each customer from the brands’ distributed data sources, including websites and apps, call centres, CRM and data warehouses. All that information is bundled and analysed to enable interventions in lightning-quick time.Baumel believes that operators are increasingly becoming aware of the potential impact of automated real-time marketing interventions on their business. Simultaneously, they are acknowledging the need to offload some of the heavy lifting associated with building up a data management structure that can fulfil their ambitions.“Operators are realising that they do not have to put so much resource into building up their own data teams and creating their own gigantic data infrastructure,” he added. “Indeed, they should not be doing this. They should focus on what they are good at – customer acquisition and making games – not on being data companies.“By trying to do it all themselves they are slowing their organisations down, making themselves less flexible, failing to respond to their customers’ needs and ultimately restricting growth. For some operators, solutions such as ours are something of a surprise to them. They maybe did not even consider that there might be an alternative to them developing an in-house infrastructure.“Most of the time clients are really surprised at how quick – within 45 days – and seamless integration with our service is for them, compared to the financial and operational challenges of developing it by themselves.”center_img Topics: Marketing & affiliates Tech & innovation AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tomer Baumel, Solitics’ CEO and founder, on the importance of delivering a truly real-time marketing solution… Email Addresslast_img read more

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first_imgTripple Gee and Company Plc (TRIPPL.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Technology sector has released it’s 2008 annual report.For more information about Tripple Gee and Company Plc (TRIPPL.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Tripple Gee and Company Plc (TRIPPL.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Tripple Gee and Company Plc (TRIPPL.ng)  2008 annual report.Company ProfileTripple Gee & Company Plc manufactures and sells paper and packaging products in Nigeria and specialising in printing financial instruments and security documents. The company services the banking, oil and gas, pharmaceutical and FMCG sectors as well as government regulatory bodies. Security documents include MICR encoded and personalised cheques, dividend warrants, share certificates, ballot papers and election stationary as well as licenses and permits, customs revenue collection forms and receipts, statement of accounts, utility bills and pension contributions. Tripple Gee & Company Plc also offers packaging and labeling products which includes pharmaceutical labels, anti-counterfeit labels and packaging labels such as printed nylon, BOPP, PVC and shrink packaging products. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Tripple Gee & Company Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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first_imgHF Group Limited (HFCK.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the half year.For more information about HF Group Limited (HFCK.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the HF Group Limited (HFCK.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: HF Group Limited (HFCK.ke)  2020 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileHF Group Limited formerly (Housing Finance Limited) is a financial services group with interests in mortgage lending, corporate and retail banking, property development and a bancassurance business. Its product and service offering ranges from transactional banking products to financial services for micro-enterprises, group banking, agricultural and small-to-medium enterprises. HF Group offers asset finance services, micro-credit loans and loans for anything from solar water heating systems to mortgage finance. The company also has interests in developing and selling residential houses and offers insurance agency services. Formerly known as HF Group Limited, the company changed its name to HF Group Plc in 2017. Its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. HF Group Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

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first_imgGuinness Nigeria plc (GUINNE.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2020 presentation For more information about Guinness Nigeria plc (GUINNE.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Guinness Nigeria plc (GUINNE.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Guinness Nigeria plc (GUINNE.ng)  2020 presentation Company ProfileGuinness Nigeria brews beer in Nigeria and packages and markets a range of international spirits, beers and ready-to-drink beverages. Well-known brands in its product range include Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, Guinness Extra Smooth, Malta Guinness and Harp Lager Beer. Brands in its Spirits range include Smirnoff and Gordon’s; brands in it beer range include Guinness, Harp, Dubic and Satzenbrau; and brands in its ready-to-drink range include Orijin and Malta Guinness. Guinness Stout was first exported to Sierra Leone in 1827 and became very popular across West Africa. Ikeja in Lagos, Nigeria was chosen in 1963 as the first location outside the British Isles to brew the iconic dark beer. Riding on the back of steady growth in markets for Guinness Stout and Harp Lager, Guinness Nigeria Plc now has 5 brewing plants in the country. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Guinness Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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first_imgTwo FTSE 100 dividend stocks I’d buy NOW Markets around the world are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic…And with so many great companies trading at what look to be ‘discount-bin’ prices, now could be the time for savvy investors to snap up some potential bargains.But whether you’re a newbie investor or a seasoned pro, deciding which stocks to add to your shopping list can be daunting prospect during such unprecedented times.Fortunately, The Motley Fool is here to help: our UK Chief Investment Officer and his analyst team have short-listed five companies that they believe STILL boast significant long-term growth prospects despite the global lock-down…You see, here at The Motley Fool we don’t believe “over-trading” is the right path to financial freedom in retirement; instead, we advocate buying and holding (for AT LEAST three to five years) 15 or more quality companies, with shareholder-focused management teams at the helm.That’s why we’re sharing the names of all five of these companies in a special investing report that you can download today for FREE. If you’re 50 or over, we believe these stocks could be a great fit for any well-diversified portfolio, and that you can consider building a position in all five right away. Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now! As we begin November, stock market volatility is elevated. It’s not hard to see why. Covid-19, the US election, Brexit… there’s a lot of uncertainty right now.Personally, I think this uncertainty is creating some fantastic buying opportunities for long-term investors, particularly in the dividend stock area. At present, plenty of well-established FTSE 100 companies are offering very generous yields. Here’s a look at two such dividend stocks I’d buy now.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…A FTSE 100 dividend stock with a 5% yieldOne FTSE 100 dividend stock I believe looks attractive at the moment is BAE Systems (LSE: BA). Its share price has been hammered recently. A month ago, it was near 500p. In the last week however, it has dipped below 400p.There are a few reasons BAE’s share price has tanked over the last month. One is that investors are concerned that a Joe Biden US election win could result in lower US defence spending. Another is that there’s concern that government spending on Covid-19 will reduce the funds available to defence departments.Both concerns are valid. However, I see the share price pullback as excessive. While Biden may not be as keen on defence as Trump, he’s made it clear that, if elected, he’ll push for continued military modernisation, including efforts to upgrade technology, strengthen cybersecurity, and develop drones and other autonomous vehicles.And I don’t think defence spending in other countries is going to fall off a cliff. Given the high level of geopolitical tension worldwide, governments can’t afford to completely ignore defence.It’s worth pointing out that only a few months ago, BAE’s chairman bought a ton of shares in the company at around the 480p mark. This suggests he thought there was value at that price. Today, the shares are much cheaper.BAE is forecast to pay about 23p per share in dividends for this year. At the current share price, that equates to a yield of about 5.2%. The FTSE 100 stock’s forward-looking P/E ratio is about 10. All things considered, I see a lot of value here.A dividend yield that’s hard to ignoreAnother FTSE 100 dividend stock I’d snap up now is pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (LSE: GSK). Like BAE, it’s underperformed recently. Over the last three months, its share price has fallen by about 10%. I think this share price weakness has created a great buying opportunity for dividend investors.Glaxo’s third-quarter results, issued on 28 October, weren’t brilliant. For the period, turnover was down 3% at constant exchange rates while adjusted earnings per share were up just 1%. However, I’m convinced the long-term story here remains attractive.In the long run, the company should benefit from both the world’s ageing population and increased healthcare spending in emerging economies. Meanwhile, by splitting up its business into two separate companies, it should create value for shareholders.GSK is forecast to pay out 80p per share to investors this year. At the current share price, that equates to a dividend yield of 5.7%. In today’s low-interest-rate environment, I think that’s hard to ignore. The stock’s forward-looking P/E ratio is a very undemanding 11.7. Putting this all together, I see this FTSE 100 dividend stock as a buy right now. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Edward Sheldon, CFA | Thursday, 5th November, 2020 | More on: BA GSK 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. 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50center_img Image source: Getty Images. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Edward Sheldon owns shares in BAE Systems and GlaxoSmithKline. The Motley Fool UK has recommended GlaxoSmithKline. 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. Enter Your Email Address See all posts by Edward Sheldon, CFAlast_img read more

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first_imgArchitects: Label ArchitectureText description provided by the architects. We just received the following project from Label Architecture. It´s a house named “Dynasty”, and it is located near the city of Brussels, Belgium. Save this picture!Further information and pictures after the break. Save this picture!The Dynasty extension is situated in Hélécine, a town between Brussels and Liège in Belgium. The primary building was built in the sixties, during those euphoric years when people weren’t led to reinvest rural buildings by taste for the rural, but were more inclined to build new housing in a solid way. Save this picture!According to the owners’ memories: “farmers used to live in farms, while families were living in houses”. At the starting point, many changes had already been made, as the existing garage had been modified into a bigger one in order to become an isolated studio and an overheated veranda was added to the backyard. Save this picture!This extension project appears at first sight as two large flat volumes fitting together. The living room occupies the entire width of the existing house at the same level and opens itself generously on an asphalt surface. A peaceful sense of calm emanates from the fact that no pillars disturb the twelve meters long window. The same window continues and folds itself in the corners in order to visually expand the rooms. Only the sliding frame with dark and reflective glasses stands out such as a white polaroïd frame which is waiting to dry. Save this picture!While that window may also appear as a pair of sunglasses with tinted lenses, the goal is especially -when one is inside- to gain a maximum of relationship with the exterior by lowering the impact of the southwest exposure. The implantation of a water area nearby in which it is even possible to bathe, also helps to cool the atmosphere. Further inside, one can observe that the “plan libre” model turns into a more bastard and ambivalent Belgian composition. Save this picture!Besides the few first signs of a universe “à la Tati” (the oversized fireplace, the swimming pool in the shape of the Berlaymont with three arms, the uplifted skylight-capsule of the bathroom, the interior and exterior lightings scattered along constellations plans), it is rather an architecture whose interior is more a succession of rooms with their own proportions than a large single space as we might think from the façades. Save this picture!The economy of the project and the program led to build on the previous existing foundations and to take advantage from the small garage in order to set in the master bedroom. Intermediate spaces such as the dressing or the core adjacent to the patio slip under the existing roofs and produce differentiated configurations. Save this picture!The height of the floors and ceilings are organized into a hierarchy according to the role of each rooms. Outside, a long concrete table poured in situ makes it possible to bring together a dozen people for special occasions. The asphalt material, commonly negatively associated with the logic of the car, criticized by urban-rural citizens and yet used so much by them, becomes here an ennobled floor coating in contrast with the white color of the extension. Save this picture!A black sheet, starting from the existing parking, is stretched out up to the building to reach landscape qualities. A strange form of empathy with the Belgian environment with its various gradations of authenticity. In this case of extension in Wallifornia, the inexhaustible source of inspiration of the “Little House on the Prairie” has happily shifted to the “Dynasty” saga.Project gallerySee allShow lessKaohsiung Competition Proposal / Ojanen ChiouArticlesGuosen Securities Tower / Massimiliano + Doriana FuksasArticles Share Projects CopyHouses•City of Brussels, Belgium “COPY” Dynasty Project / Label Architecture ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/88944/dynasty-project-label-architecture Clipboard ArchDaily Belgiumcenter_img ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/88944/dynasty-project-label-architecture Clipboard “COPY” Dynasty Project / Label ArchitectureSave this projectSaveDynasty Project / Label Architecture Houses Save this picture!+ 19 Share CopyAbout this officeLabel ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesCity of BrusselsHousesBelgiumPublished on November 17, 2010Cite: “Dynasty Project / Label Architecture” 17 Nov 2010. 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first_img Advertisement Howard Lake | 5 December 2007 | News Online recruitment site CharityJob has chosen Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness (KCAH) as the beneficiary of its advertising campaign on Everyclick.com, the search engine that donates 50% of its advertising revenues to charity each month. Advertisers get to choose which charity will benefit from its paid for campaign.Steve Wexler, Director of CharityJOB said: “We’re an online company which means we spend a lot of time worrying about search engines, natural rankings, SEO, PPC, and the rest.“Everyclick gave us the opportunity to turn our search engine obsession into a force for good. We decided to nominate Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness because we wanted to support a small local charity who could really benefit from our donation… If ever there was a reason to obsess about search engine marketing I think we’ve found it.”The revenue generated for charities comes from companies that advertise on the site.Everyclick.com, now the 8th largest search engine in the UK, has so far raised £345,000 for charity. Homeless charity benefits from advertiser on Everyclick.com AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  47 total views,  1 views today Tagged with: corporate Digital 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.  48 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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first_img“The pound as we know it will not be round for much longer. The introduction of this new £1 coin will be a highly significant event and we are working with The Royal Mint to ensure key industries are ready and to ensure a smooth transition.”More information is available from thenewpoundcoin.com. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis36 Tagged with: Money Royal Mint Charities urged to prepare for the new pound coin  354 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis36 The familiar £1 coin will not be round for much longer. A new 12-sided coin will be introduced in 2017 and charities and businesses are being urged to make preparations for handling it.As reported by UK Fundraising in March 2014, the 30-year-old pound coin is next year being removed from circulation and replaced by a new 12-sided version. A public competition was held to choose the design, and UK Fundraising’s Howard Lake entered a philanthropy-themed design.The government and Royal Mint have created a website, thenewpoundcoin.com, that provides charities with materials to support them in their preparation for the new coin.[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sLhzorMQMc[/youtube] Main image: Edge view of the proposed new one pound coin due to be introduced in 2017. Image: The Royal Mint 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. Sound as a poundThe new pound coin will be “the most secure of its kind in the world”, designed to combat counterfeiters. There are around 45 million counterfeit £1 coins currently in circulation: in 2008 UK Fundraising reported that there were around 30 million. New security features include a hologram-like image that changes from a ‘£’ symbol to the number ‘1’ when the coin is seen from different angles. It also has micro-lettering and milled edges. Howard Lake | 31 October 2016 | News  353 total views,  1 views today Read how Howard Lake tried to add philanthropy to the new £1 coin design.The last of the current design of the £1 coins were minted in December 2015. What should charities do?Charities that handle cash should, according to the Government, take the following steps before March 2017:•           Check whether they operate equipment that handles the £1 coin;•           Contact their equipment supplier to find out if they need to make any adaptations or upgrades;•           Make the necessary changes to their coin handling equipment;•           Train their staff on the features of the new £1 coin; and•           Make arrangements with their bank or cash in transit provider to return the current £1 coin and new £1 coin in separate packaging.David Gauke, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said: Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img October 10, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter from Reporters Without Borders to candidates in the presidential elections : Future president must break with culture of impunity HaïtiAmericas Journalist shot dead amid anti-government protests in Haiti November 14, 2019 Find out more Another journalist murdered in Haiti News Follow the news on Haïti RSF_en Receive email alerts The Haitian press has been exposed to a high level of political and criminal violence since President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s fall last year. Two journalists have been killed in 2005, while the murderers of Jean Dominique (in 2000) and Brignol Lindor (in 2001) still have not been brought to trial. Now a campaign has just begun for general electionsscheduled for 20 November and 3 January. Reporters Without Borders, which has just conducted a field trip to Haiti, appeals to the presidential candidates to ensure that the next administration marks a break with impunity. Help by sharing this information October 11, 2019 Find out more News Violence against the press in Haiti: RSF and CPJ write to Minister of Justice For the attention of:Charles H.J. Marie Baker, Marc Louis Bazin, Casimir Bélizaire, Joël Borgella, Philippe Jean-Hénold Buteau, Claude Bonivert, Paul Denis, Hubert Deronceray, Marc Antoine Destin, Joseph Rigaud Duplan, Edouard Francisque, Reynold Georges, Serge Gilles, Gérard Gourgue, Jean Chavannes Jeune, René Julien, Emmanuel Justima, Leslie Manigat, Luc Mésadieu, Samir Georges Mourra, Evans Nicolas, Evans Paul, Frantz Perpignan, Guy Philippe, René Préval, Himmler Rébu, Franck François Romain, Charles Poisset Romain, Judie Roy, Yves Maret Saint-Louis, Jean Jacques Sylvain and Dany Toussaint.Dear Candidates,The campaign for the presidential and legislative elections of 20 November and 3 January has just officially begun. You are all running for the post of president of Haiti. As you are aware, being a candidate entails a commitment. The next president will not just have to defend the constitution and maintain the balance of powers. As depository of the Haitian people’s vote, it will also be your duty to consolidate a true democratic culture in Haiti, of which press freedom must be one of the pillars.The situation of journalists and the media is a key indicator of a country’s democratic health. Reporters Without Borders, an organisation dedicated to defending press freedom worldwide, again saw how true this is during a field mission to Haiti from 22 to 28 September. It emerged from the visit, which included meetings with journalists and media executives, as well as lawyers, judges, police officers, human rights activists and culture and communication minister Magali Comeau Denis, that 2005 has been a very mixed year. This spurs us to be especially vigilant. We hope our vigilance will be shared and will be translated into action by the person who enters the National Palace on 7 February.In the course of this visit and the preceding one in June 2004, Reporters Without Borders saw an improvement in respect for press freedom since President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s fall from power on 29 February 2004. The journalists we met said they were under less pressure, had more editorial freedom and did not fear reprisals from the state apparatus. Despite this progress, the prevailing level of political and criminal violence is still alarming and the press continues to be especially exposed to it.The first quarter of 2005 was marked by the tragic shooting of 24-year-old Laraque Robenson of radio Tele Contact in Petit-Goâve. He sustained bullet wounds to the head and neck during a shootout between former Haitian soldiers and a detachment of peacekeepers from the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) on 20 March and died of his injuries in a Cuban hospital on 4 April. The fatal shots were alleged to have fired by peacekeepers. MINUSTAH carried out an internal investigation but never released its findings. This episode highlighted the problems of cooperation between the peacekeeping force and the transitional government. Restoration of the rule of law will depend on the relations between MINUSTAH and the government that emerges from the elections.MINUSTAH and Haiti’s police and judicial authorities have until now still not managed to dismantle the arsenal of some 200,000 illegal firearms circulating within Haiti. Nor have they succeeded in neutralising the approximately 100 gangs that operate with complete impunity and have made kidnapping their speciality in the past year. MINUSTAH estimates that six million dollars have been paid in ransoms during the past six months. The Haitian press has paid a high price in this climate of terror.Nancy Roc, the presenter of the radio magazine Métropolis on Radio Métropole, fled the country on 16 June after getting phone calls for nearly a week threatening her with kidnapping. Roc, who had been investigating arms and drug trafficking, finally decided she had to go after receiving an anonymous call telling her that her abduction was now just “a question of hours.” Radio Métropole station manager Richard Widmaier had himself narrowly escaped a kidnapping attempt in Port-au-Prince just five days before, on 11 June.Jacques Roche, a columnist and arts and culture editor at the daily Le Matin, was not so lucky. Kidnapped on 10 July in Port-au-Prince, he was found dead four days later. The state of his body indicated he was tortured with extreme cruelty. Investigators established that the kidnappers initially demanded a ransom of 250,000 dollars for his release, and that Roche’s family and Le Matin paid them 10,000 dollars on the afternoon of 11 July. After at first insisting on getting the remaining 240,000 dollars, the kidnappers reduced their demand on 13 July to 50,000 dollars. But in the meantime, they had begun to realise who Roche was and that, in particular, he presented a programme on Télé Haïti and the national TV station on behalf of the “Group of 184,” a coalition which had spearheaded protests against former President Aristide. A Le Matin journalist who had the job of negotiating with the kidnappers was told: “You had President Aristide kidnapped and, in so doing, you taught us kidnapping.” At first just criminally-motivated, Roche’s abduction had become political.Roche’s suspected kidnappers all belong to a gang called the “Rat Army” that operates in the Port-au-Prince district of Bel-Air. Three of them were arrested by MINUSTAH and the Haitian National Police (PNH): Roger “Ti Edgard” Etienne on 16 July, and Flaubert Forestal and Jules Mentor on 22 July. The names (or aliases) of the following participants in Roche’s kidnapping and murder emerged during interrogation: Alamaskay, Ti Réginald, Peter Dan Sere (who was shot dead during a MINUSTAH operation in September), Johnny Céron, Dérosiers Becker (aka Tiyabout) and Nicolas Augudson (aka General Toutou). Reporters Without Borders welcomes the investigation’s rapid progress but thinks the suspects still at large should now be quickly located and arrested. Their arrests would severely weaken the Rat Army’s control of Bel-Air, which the Haitian press still does not dare to enter. Our organisation also hopes that those detained receive due process and an early trial.This is one of the major challenges for the next government. The president and administration that emerge from the coming elections must break with the culture of impunity that is jeopardising the future of democracy in Haiti. Reporters Without Borders will therefore continue to campaign for the truth to be revealed about the two murders which are unfortunately emblematic of this persistent impunity and the serious and chronic judicial malfunctioning that allows it to continue – the murders of Jean Dominique and Brignol Lindor.More than five years have passed since the double murder of Dominique, Radio Haïti Inter’s director and political commentator, and the station’s caretaker, Jean-Claude Louissaint, on 3 April 2000 in Port-au-Prince. The judicial investigation, concluded on 21 March 2003, resulted in the indictment and arrest of six members of armed gangs known as “chimères.” They were Dymsley “Ti Lou” Milien, Jeudi “Guimy” Jean-Daniel, Philippe Markington, Ralph Léger, Freud Junior Demarattes and Ralph Joseph. The charges against the last three were dropped by an appeal court on 4 August 2003.We were dismayed to learn that Ti Lou, Guimy and Markington took advantage of a prison riot in February 2005 to escape. During Reporters Without Borders’ latest visit to Haiti, in September, several sources close to the Dominique investigation told us that Ti Lou and Guimy are now in Martissant, a district on the south side of Port-au-Prince, where they have become gang leaders. If they have been located, why have they not been recaptured and returned to prison?The Reporters Without Borders delegation that visited Haiti in June 2004 obtained assurances from interim President Boniface Alexandre, Prime Minister Gérard Latortue and then justice minister Bernard Gousse that the judicial proceedings in the Dominique case would be relaunched. The supreme court issued a ruling on 29 June 2004 ordering a new investigation. Thereafter it took nearly a year for an investigative judge to be properly appointed, and then he was unable to work.Is it normal that the justice minister publicly announced on 3 April 2005, the fifth anniversary of Dominique’s death, that a judge had been put in charge of the case, and yet the judge has not been able to see a single piece of evidence in the file? Is it normal that the two letters which this judge sent to the justice minister requesting the necessary resources to carry out this investigation never received a reply? Is it also normal that the promise of resources (car, driver and bodyguards) made to the judge by Gousse’s successor as justice minister, Henri Dorléans, was never acted on?These highly questionable failures and omissions compound the many others that have dogged the case since the outset. Former Port-au-Prince deputy mayor Harold Sévère and Ostide “Douze” Pétion were arrested on 14 March 2004 on suspicion of involvement in the Dominique murder. Annette “Sò Anne” Auguste, Aristide’s liaison with “popular organisations,” who was arrested in connection with another case on 10 May 2004 in Port-au-Prince, was later alleged to be also linked to the Dominique case. Nonetheless, none of these suspects has undergone the least interrogation. Similarly, there has never been any attempt to verify the alleged hit-man Ti Lou’s claim that he was paid 10,000 dollars to kill Dominique. Finally, no light has ever been shed on the suspicious deaths of two witnesses.The Lindor murder is the other big pending case eroding the credibility of Haiti’s political and judicial institutions. Four years after this young Radio Echo 2000 reporter was hacked and stoned to death in Petit-Goâve on 3 December 2001, must we resign ourselves to the judicial impasse that has brought proceedings to a halt? After an appeal court rejected the Lindor family’s request to be granted civil party status in the case, they turned to the supreme court on 21 April 2003. More than two years later, the supreme court still has not issued a ruling, although it should have done so within two months. Twice, in June and November 2004, Reporters Without Borders interceded to call for the case to be reactivated. The prolonged delay exacerbates the disgust and incomprehension prompted by the botched investigation concluded in September 2002.Everything seems to have been done to cover up the premeditated and planned nature of Lindor’s murder. Reporters Without Borders would like to recall the following facts, supporting a report by the Citizens Commission for Implementing Justice (CCAJ) that was handed to the justice minister in July 2004.Four days before Lindor’s murder, a press conference was held in Petit-Goâve on 29 November 2001 by several local figures linked to former President Aristide’s party, Fanmi Lavalas, including Petit-Goâve mayor Emmanuel Antoine and his deputy, Bony Dumay, who launched into a violent verbal attack on the opposition Democratic Convergence coalition and Lindor, considered to be one of its allies. Another meeting was held on 2 December, the eve of his murder, this time between municipal officials and members of “Domi nan Bwa,” an armed group linked to Fanmi Lavalas. One of Domi nan Bwa’s chiefs, Joseph Céus Duverger, was attacked the next morning by presumed Democratic Convergence supporters. This incident was used as a pretext for the targeted reprisal against Lindor later in the day. Evidence of this comes from the fact that around 10 Domi nan Bwa members were on the point of executing Democratic Convergence member Love Augustin at his home but, when Lindor arrived on the scene, they let him go and seized Lindor.Despite all these facts, the indictment issued by judge Fritner Duclair on 16 September 2002 failed to bring any charges any of the presumed instigators of Lindor’s murder. No Petit-Goâve municipal officials were ever questioned or detained. Charges were brought against 10 Domi nan Bwa members who took part in the murder but, according to the Lindor family lawyer, none of them was ever detained. One of the presumed killers, Joubert Saint-Just, was detained by the inhabitants of nearby Miragoâne on 30 March 2005 and handed over to the police, but that was for an unrelated reason.As for all the initiatives taken by the Lindor family, the CCAJ and the Brignol Lindor Solidarity and Justice Committee (COSOJUBRIL), they never received any support from the transitional government or the interim president, Alexandre, himself a former supreme court president.The various cases that concern Reporters Without Borders did not just cause mourning in the Haitian press, they shocked the entire Haitian population and dismayed the international community. Within the terms of its mandate, Reporters Without Borders would like to support the efforts to democratise Haiti to which the winners of the coming elections and the next president in particular will have to respond. For this reason, our organisation asks you to promise to ensure that:- The perpetrators, accessories and accomplices of Roche’s murder are tried soon,- The supreme court quickly issues a ruling in the Lindor case, and a new investigating judge is named.- The Haitian National Police arrests the Dominique murder suspects who are still at large and circulate openly.- Effective investigative resources are provided to the judge in charge of investigating this case.- The judiciary and police cooperate more in their handling of cases affecting the press.- The presence of police officers from other countries as part of MINUSTAH is used to promote a credible and effective criminal justice system.- Human rights groups such as CCAJ and COSOJUBRIL work with any commission of enquiry or parliamentary commission that is set up to shed light on the activities of the armed groups still operating. And these human rights groups are made real partners in the future government’s efforts to restore the rule of law, – The authorities that emerge from the coming elections really set about strengthening the Haitian judicial system, especially the criminal justice system, and impunity is ended in Haiti.We hope you will give the Haitian people an undertaking to do all of this and that you will keep your promise if elected.Sincerely,Reporters Without Borders HaïtiAmericas Organisation News News to go further June 11, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

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