Dish buys Blockbuster assets

first_img Blockbuster’s assets were bought by Dish Network at a bankruptcy auction for a winning bid of $320m (£195.9m) in the early hours of yesterday morning. The second-largest US satellite TV provider will pay about $228m in cash with the aim of bolstering offerings, most likely using Blockbuster’s online outlet to deliver movies to customers. The video-rental firm had been unable to stabilise its future following a drop-off in the DVD market and concurrent rise in piracy. Non-US subsidiaries, including the UK’s 600 shops, are not included in the bankruptcy proceedings. Dish buys Blockbuster assets KCS-content by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was Famous, Now She Works In {State}MoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepediamoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen HeraldBetterBeDrones Capture Images No One Was Suppose to SeeBetterBeElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Herald More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.com Show Comments ▼center_img Tags: NULL Wednesday 6 April 2011 7:41 pm whatsapp Share whatsapplast_img read more

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International expansion drives JPJ to record 2018 results

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 19th March 2019 | By contenteditor London-listed online bingo and casino operator JPJ Group has credited efforts to diversify its geographic footprint with helping the business report record revenue and earnings in 2018.Revenue for the year ended December 31, 2018 was up 10% year-on-year at £319.6m (€373.5m/$424.0m), the highest full-year figure since the business was formed in 2014.This growth came despite a difficult year for its UK-facing business, which resulted revenue for in its largest operating unit, Jackpotjoy, remaining flat year-on-year. The operator explained that the shift to paying remote gaming duty on gross, rather than net, gaming revenue had increased tax costs, while changes enforced by the Competition and Markets Authority had fundamentally altered how the business acquired and retained customers.Furthermore, JPJ said, General Data Protection Regulation had also impacted customer retention and reactivation efforts, while stricter responsible gambling and anti-money laundering measures had driven down high-value customer numbers. As a result Jackpotjoy revenue for the year remained flat at £216.0m, which prompted efforts to expand its Vera&John operating unit into new markets.This saw the business successfully grow the Vera&John, Botemania and InterCasino brands in Germany, Japan, Spain and Brazil, as well as expanding B2B operations with a focus on the Asian market. Revenue from the Vera&John division grew 42% year-on-year to £103.6m, with non-UK markets now accounting for 43% of group revenue, up from 36% in 2017.
As well as expanding into new markets, JPJ Group also moved to streamline its business in 2018, divesting its social casino business for an £18.0m consideration in August, allowing it to focus on its core real-money offering. This streamlining has continued into 2019, with the operator selling its Mandalay business unit to 888 Holdings for £18.0m earlier this month, allowing it to focus on the Jackpotjoy brands in the UK market.Vera&John’s growth resulted in full-year distribution costs rising 13% to £158.9m. Sales and marketing expenses were up 15% at £55.5m, while licensing fees rose to £44.3m. Gaming taxes grew to £40.4m, despite Vera&John’s growth being partially offset by lower taxes in the UK, as a result of declines from the Jackpotjoy UK and Mandalay brands. Administrative costs also rose in 2018 to £109.4m, due to staff-related expenses growing to £33.5m. This resulted in total full-year expenses for JPJ growing 6% to £271.0m.However, corporate costs fell significantly, from £125.5m in 2017 to £43.9m, as a result of a debt refinancing completed in the fourth quarter of the prior year, which resulted in lower interest expenses, as well as a lower foreign exchange loss for the year. The 2017 debt refinancing was aided further by the 2018 performance, which saw adjusted net debt cut by £85.2m, resulting in the net leverage ratio declining to 2.68x. As of December 31, 2018, JPJ Group’s net debt stood at £302.1m.Net income after costs for the year stood at £18.1m, though JPJ then saw its income boosted by £60.8m from amortisation and depreciation. Coupled with £7.2m from fair value adjustments on contingent considerations and a £1.9m contribution from transaction-related costs, this saw adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) for the year was up 9% at £112.7m.Once corporate costs were stripped out, net profit for the year stood at £90.1m, up 27% from the prior year.“2018 has proven to be a very successful year for JPJ Group plc and one where we have delivered both revenue and profit growth,” JPJ Group chief executive Simon Wykes said. “In June 2018, the final earn-out payment to Gamesys was made in relation to Botemania and at the same time there has been further significant progress in deleveraging the business.“This has all been achieved despite a challenging regulatory backdrop in our core UK market,” he continued. “Our strategy is underpinned by three key tenets: putting the customer at the heart of everything we do, geographic diversification, and adding capability across the group.”Looking at the operator’s performance over the first two months of 2019, the business said it has seen double-digit revenue growth to the end of February, in line with management expectations for the year.“Overall, we look forward to continued progress in our international operations and to taking advantage of growth opportunities in the UK market during the second half of 2019, as we pass the anniversary of the introduction of enhanced responsible gambling measures,” JPJ said. International expansion drives JPJ to record 2018 results Topics: Casino & games Finance Bingo Slots Social gaming Table games Bingo Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Slot Machines Regions: Asia Europe LATAM UK & Ireland Japan Central and Eastern Europe Southern Europe Germany Spain Brazil Email Address London-listed online bingo and casino operator JPJ Group has credited efforts to diversify its geographic footprint with helping the business report record revenue and earnings in 2018. Revenue for the year ended December 31, 2018 was up 10% year-on-year at £319.6m (€373.5m/$424.0m), the highest full-year figure since the business was formed in 2014.last_img read more

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New Jersey gambling revenue rockets 326.4% YoY in April

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 17th May 2021 | By Robert Fletcher Tags: Revenue Handle New Jersey April Finance Read the full story on iGB North America. On a month-on-month basis, revenue slipped 2.0% from the $359.3m generated in March this year. New Jersey gambling revenue rockets 326.4% YoY in April Total market revenue was significantly higher than the $82.6m reported in the same month last year, though April 2020’s figures were impacted by Covid-19 shutdowns. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter All land-based casinos, sportsbooks and gaming halls were closed for all of April 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions, while sports betting options were severely limited as almost all sports events were cancelled or postponed. Topics: Finance Email Address Gambling revenue in New Jersey jumped 326.4% year-on-year to $352.2m (£250.0m/€290.2m) in April as the US state continued its recovery from the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Breaking down the performance of each segment, sports betting revenue hiked 1,892.3% year-on-year to $51.8m, with sports leagues and events now running as normal. The state’s betting handle also rocketed 1,270.0% to $748.0m, with $681.2m spent online and $66.8m wagered at retail sportsbooks. Regions: New Jerseylast_img read more

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Rolls-Royce shares: why management is investing more in power systems

first_img Jay Yao | Monday, 21st December, 2020 | More on: RR 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. Although Rolls-Royce (LSE:RR) has bled a lot of money this year due to the pandemic, the company has shored up its balance sheet lately. In October, RR raised £5bn in extra liquidity through a rights issue and bond issuances. Analysts expect air travel to increase over the next few years with the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines. As a result, things could return closer to normal for the company by 2022. Indeed, management expects to target free cash flow of a minimum of £750m free cash flow in 2022, which is actually higher than the company’s core free cash flow in 2018. 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…As a result of the anticipated normalisation, the company is going on the offensive and planning to expand. In terms of where the company plans to focus, Rolls-Royce CEO Warren East recently said that he plans to invest more in the company’s power systems going forward.Power systems divisionRR’s power systems division is a big business. It’s a leading provider of medium speed and high speed reciprocating engines. It also provides power generation and complete propulsion systems. According to the 2019 annual report, power systems is second-largest division after civil aerospace. It accounted for 22% of underlying revenue last year. The division is also profitable and growing before the pandemic. According to the report, it generated £357m in underlying operating profit in 2019, up from an adjusted £315m in 2018.  It’s also pretty resilient. Despite the pandemic, the division reported an adjusted underlying profit of £22m for the first half of this year. One reason for that resilience is that RR realizes relatively stable demand from servicing its existing installed base of engines. With its resilience, profitability, and the future impact of new technologies, management is looking to invest more in the division. Given the tough aerospace outlook in the next few years, management has said they will likely focus R&D more on the power systems business than aerospace. Lately, management has expanded digital solutions in its power systems division, offering customers more utility. Digital solutions can often generate more useful data and potential insights. In the future, management has committed to becoming more green. According to the company’s 2019 annual report, the company has increased “spend on hybrid, gas, and hydrogen technology development“.Rolls-Royce shares: is the stock a buy?Although Rolls-Royce operates in the industrials sector, I think RR is also a technology company. Given the complexity of making jet engines that are safe, fuel efficient, and long-lasting, I would argue the jet engine business is about as high tech as any nearly any business out there. With its world-class R&D workforce, I reckon the company has a shot at succeeding in creating new power systems products that could be in high demand. If RR’s R&D initiative pays off and management executes well, I think Rolls-Royce shares could certainly go higher in the long run. I like Rolls-Royce, but given the current valuation, I’m adding the share to my watch list. I’ll buy if the price dips lower. Jay Yao has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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. Image source: BAE Systems Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Rolls-Royce shares: why management is investing more in power systemscenter_img Enter Your Email Address 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. 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Lions 2013: Should the Lions tour France?

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS A trip to Clermont is the final Lions midweek match before the second Test at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille. The series ends with the third and final Test at the fabled Parc des Princes.What a tour that would be, not just for the players but also the fans. Ask anyone who was in France for the 2007 World Cup and they will tell you – the French know how to lay on a good spread. The wine, the cheese, the sun – and not a whinging Aussie in sight. Anticlimax: Sean O’Brien in action for the Lions, who scored ten unanswered tries v Combined CountryBy Gavin Mortimer EVEN THE biggest, fiercest, proudest Lions supporter would find it hard to dispute that so far the 2013 tour has been a let-down. Not quite a farce but verging on one. Nearly three weeks in and four matches gone and the sense of anti-climax is overwhelming. Apart from the cracking contest against the Queensland Reds, the Lions haven’t been seriously tested in their other three matches.This could all change when the Test series starts on Saturday week, but no Lions tour in recent memory has got off to such a ponderous start. Pity the players, so desperate to impress in the battle for a place in the Test side, and spare a thought for Warren Gatland, tasked with selecting his best XV in a series of warm-up matches that wouldn’t stretch a touring pub team. No wonder he declared recently that “the tour is probably two matches too short for us and you would like a couple more warm-up matches going into that first Test”.Gatland isn’t the only ex-hooker muttering at the way things have turned out on this tour. Brian Moore, who toured Australia with the 1989 Lions, has been outspoken in his criticism of Australia’s attitude towards their visitors. Having already renamed Western Force ‘Western Farce’, the former England hooker used his column in this week’s Telegraph to propose a radical restructuring of future Lions tours Down Under – that is if Australia continue to field weakened provincial sides in the lead up to the Test series. What Moore proposes is that the ARU “should allow the three Pacific Island nations to play the Lions on Australian soil”. Not only would it be “commercially viable”, writes Moore, it would also be a shot in the arm for Fijian, Samoan and Tongan rugby.It’s a bold and worthy idea, one the Lions should consider. And while they’re at it, here’s another proposition: why don’t the Lions tour France? The Lions have played before in France, in October 1989, in a match to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution that ended 29-27 to the visitors. But why not base an entire tour in France?France didn’t have a rugby infrastructure in the amateur era to accommodate such a tour, but club rugby across the Channel has undergone a revolution in the past decade and the Top 14 is now the richest and most powerful league in the world game with so many overseas stars that even if the French coach pulled his 30 best homegrown players from tour matches, the Lions would still be challenged in every game.center_img Let’s imagine for a moment the 2013 Lions are now in France and not Australia. They would have kicked off their tour with a match against the French Barbarians, a team containing a sprinkling of promising Gallic talent and a few old heads such as Lionel Nallet, Julien Dupuy and Yannick Jauzion.Then it would have been off to Biarritz, Basque country, to play a side containing the likes of Imanol Harinordoquy and Dimitri Yachvili. The following Saturday it’s Toulouse at the Stade Municipal, a seething cauldron filled with 35,000 souls all screaming for the Lions’ blood while cheering on Clement Poitrenaud, William Servat and Luke McAlister.Survive that experience and the Lions head to a midweek encounter against France A in Montpellier before moving along the Mediterranean coast to face Jonny, Bakkies and the rest of their pals in Toulon.The Tuesday sees the Lions run out against Racing Metro at the their 32,000-seater stadium just west of Paris, the final chance for Warren Gatland to run the rule over his squad, before the first Test the following Saturday at the Stade de France.last_img read more

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Crosstown Loft / Campos Leckie Studio

first_img Area:  2000 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyLoft•Vancouver, Canada Loft Canada Save this picture!© John Sinal+ 12 Share Crosstown Loft / Campos Leckie StudioSave this projectSaveCrosstown Loft / Campos Leckie Studio Crosstown Loft / Campos Leckie Studio CopyAbout this officeCampos Leckie StudioOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingLoftVancouverInteriorsRefurbishmentHousesCanadaPublished on November 18, 2010Cite: “Crosstown Loft / Campos Leckie Studio” 18 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 ArchDaily “COPY” Photographs:  John SinalText description provided by the architects. A hip young couple living in Vancouver’s Yaletown entertainment district gets married and decides to start a family. Requiring more space than they can afford in Yaletown, but deliberately wanting to avoid the typical retreat to the suburbs, the couple purchases a run-down loft space a few blocks away in Crosstown – i.e. on the edge of Vancouver’s ‘undesirable’ Lower East Side neighborhood. With modest means and a tight timeline (baby on the way) a former after-hours party venue was converted into a home for a growing family.Save this picture!© John SinalRecommended ProductsWindowsRodecaAluminium WindowsWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ArcThe existing building at 550 Beatty St was Vancouver’s first ‘New York style open plan loft’ – a 1907 warehouse that was originally retrofitted into residential open-plan lofts in 1981. In this new third iteration of the life of the building, the two-floor dwelling is programmed with 1000sf of living and entertaining ‘public’ space upstairs and 1000sf of convertible sleeping and play ‘private’ space downstairs.Save this picture!© John SinalThe lower floor plan employs a series of sliding partitions that convert the layout from a single open plan space during the day, into a two bedroom plus nursery layout at night. Save this picture!© John SinalPoints of Interest This project presents an alternative to suburban living for young families. The decisions of individual families to collectively reclaim neglected parts of the urban fabric presents a compelling model for urban revitalization and adaptive re-use. The design demonstrates a creative architectural response to the challenges of creating ‘rooms’ in generic loft spaces – which typically only have access to light and air at one end of an extremely deep floor plan.Project gallerySee allShow lessL’Institut / LUNDI et DEMIArticlesDovecote Studio / Haworth TompkinsArticlesProject locationAddress:Crosstown, Vancouver, CanadaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/89318/crosstown-loft-camps-leckie-studio Clipboard Photographs “COPY” Year:  Architects: Campos Leckie Studio Area Area of this architecture project 2009 Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/89318/crosstown-loft-camps-leckie-studio Clipboardlast_img read more

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Béla Lugosi: actor, union leader, anti-fascist

first_imgHungarian actor Béla Lugosi was crowned “Hollywood’s Prince of Darkness” for his portrayal of the vampire Count Dracula in several films. But today few people know he was a union leader and anti-fascist who fought real-life monsters. From actor to activistLugosi was born Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó on Oct. 20, 1882, in Lugos, Kingdom of Hungary, Austria-Hungary (now Lugoj, Romania), 50 miles from the castle of Vlad III (Vlad Dracula). The young Lugosi was drawn to the arts. He expressed his theatrical aspirations to his father, a conservative banker, who rejected his son’s career choice. Already a rebellious spirit, Lugosi ran away from home to follow his dreams at 12. After working at odd jobs and as a miner and machinist, Lugosi made his stage debut at age 20 in 1902, adopting the stage name Béla Lugosi the following year. Critics called him “the Laurence Olivier of Hungary,” and he was invited to join the National Theatre of Budapest. During World War I, Lugosi enlisted in the Austro-Hungarian Army and obtained the rank of captain in the 43rd Division Ski Patrol. He was injured during combat. Once his service was completed, he returned to acting. As the cinema gained popularity as an art form, Lugosi starred in some of Hungary’s early silent films. He remained in the National Theatre until 1918 when he answered the call for workers’ revolution. Daily existence in Hungary was a nightmare few could escape. Lugosi had long protested the low wages, exploitative working conditions and unfair treatment of young actors. He soon recognized the contributions artists could make to political struggles. Hungary: supporter of 1919 revolution Lugosi supported the Hungarian Communist Party, which was founded in December 1918, and its leader, Béla Kun. Following the example of revolutionary Russia, a mass uprising overthrew the old regime beholden to the ruling class. The Hungarian Soviet Republic was founded on March 21, 1919. While the Red Flag of the fledgling republic waved over the parliament building for only 133 days, Kun’s government introduced the first legal protections for ethnic minorities, the 8-hour workday and higher national wages. Lugosi led a demonstration of actors in March 1919 and emerged as a high-profile organizer. He was instrumental in founding the Free Organization of Theatrical Employees, which later expanded into the first film actors union in the world, the National Trade Union of Actors. Don Rhodes wrote in “Lugosi: His Life in Films, on Stage and in the Hearts of Horror Lovers” that “Lugosi helped combine the Free Organization of Theater Employees and members of the film industry in the National Trade Union of Actors, and acted as its general secretary.”The NTUA’s first statutory congress began on April 17, 1919. Lugosi’s speech included the words: “Half a year ago, I launched the struggle with the decision that the national trade union of socialist actors should be established.” (Arthur Lenning, “The Immortal Count: The Life and Films of Béla Lugosi”)Among Lugosi’s articles published in “Szinészek Lapja” (“The Actor’s Page”) was one that discussed the exploitation of actors: “The former ruling class kept the community of actors in ignorance by means of various lies, corrupted it morally and materially, and finally scorned and despised it for what resulted from its own vices. The actor, subsisting on starvation wages and demoralized, was often driven, albeit reluctantly, to place himself at the disposal of the ruling class. Martyrdom was the price of enthusiasm for acting.” The dreams of a new nation were short-lived when the Hungarian Soviet Republic was overthrown on Aug. 6, 1919. Historian Eugen Weber, author of “Varieties of Fascism: Doctrines of Revolution in the Twentieth Century,” described the successive government as the “highly conservative rule of aristocratic cabinets headed mostly by great landed magnates.” As a brutal “White Terror” backlash swept the country, Lugosi fled to Vienna and worked in Germany’s motion picture industry with a stint in Berlin. He then emigrated to the United States in December 1920. Meanwhile, in Hungary thousands of Communists and Jewish people were imprisoned, tortured and/or murdered. The Communists led a precarious existence underground and emerged only after the Red Army entered Hungary in 1944. U.S.: union organizer, voice against fascismAfter docking in New Orleans, Lugosi learned English and went to New York where he continued acting. In 1927, he originated the role of Count Dracula in the Broadway stage version of Bram Stoker’s novel. In 1931, he reprised the role in a film adaptation, making him an international star.During the Great Depression, Lugosi played an active role in the Screen Actors Guild. As a SAG founding member, he served on the union’s advisory board. Lugosi organized for the union on the set of “The Raven,” which co-starred Boris Karloff, a SAG member who was famous for portraying Frankenstein’s monster, in 1935. By World War II, Hungarian dictator Miklos Horthy allied with Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. In opposition, Lugosi helped form the Hungarian-American Council for Democracy, calling for “Nazism to be wiped out everywhere.”As a member of American-Hungarian Relief Inc., Lugosi was a keynote speaker at an Aug. 28, 1944, rally in Los Angeles. He demanded Washington rescue Hungarian Jewish refugees, pressure Horthy’s Nazi-puppet regime and easing immigration restrictions. Dr. Rafael Medoff and J. David Spurlock wrote, “He may have portrayed savage villains on the silver screen, but in real life Béla Lugosi raised his voice in protest against the savage persecution of the Jews in his native Hungary.” (Jewish Ledger, Jan. 3, 2011) Years of typecasting led to fewer roles for Lugosi. The lack of income, combined with a morphine addiction brought on by physical ailments, left him nearly destitute. Lugosi died at his Los Angeles home on Aug. 16, 1956. He was buried in one of his “Dracula” capes. Lugosi is best remembered for his work in leading and supporting roles in over 100 films. But his contributions to the struggle for workers’ rights and the anti-fascist cause must be remembered as part of his enduring legacy. Additional sources: Stephen J. Lee, “European Dictatorships 1918-1945.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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2012 Indiana Corn Acreage is Up, While Soybean Acreage is Down

first_img Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Jun 29, 2012 SHARE 2012 Indiana Corn Acreage is Up, While Soybean Acreage is Down Facebook Twitter Based on a June 1 survey of growers, the Indiana Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service forecasts the 2012 Indiana planted acreage of corn for all purposes at 6.2 million acres. This is up 5 percent from the 2011 level. Corn acreage expected to be harvested for grain, at 6.1 million acres, is also up 5 percent from last year.Soybean acreage planted or to be planted for all purposes is estimated at 5.00 million acres, 6 percent below the 2011 planted acreage level. Soybean acreage for harvest as grain is expected to total 4.99 million acres, also down 6 percent from a year earlier.Winter wheat seeded acres of 390,000 are down 9 percent from a year earlier. Area expected to be harvested for grain, at 330,000 acres, is down 17 percent from a year ago and unchanged from the May 1 forecast. Wheat yield and production will be updated in the July 11 Crop Report. Oat seeded acreage of 15,000 is unchanged from 2011 and the acreage expected to be harvested, at 8,000 is up 14 percent from last year. Producers expect to harvest 610,000 acres of all hay in 2012, down 9 percent from 2011. Alfalfa hay acreage, at 280,000 is down 7 percent from last year, while all other hay at 330,000 acres is down 11 percent from 2011.Nationally, corn planted area for all purposes in 2012 is estimated at 96.4 million acres, up 5 percent from last year and represents the highest planted acreage in the United States since 1937 when an estimated 97.2 million acres were planted. Growers expect to harvest 88.9 million acres for grain, up 6 percent from last year.U.S. soybean planted area for 2012 is estimated at 76.1 million acres, up 1 percent from last year and is the third highest on record. Area for harvest, at 75.3 million acres, is up 2 percent from 2011. Record high planted acreage is estimated in New York, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania, and the planted area in South Dakota ties the previous record high.Nationally, all wheat planted area is estimated at 56.0 million acres, up 3 percent from 2011. The 2012 winter wheat planted area, at 41.8 million acres, is up 3 percent from last year and up slightly from the previous estimate. Of this total, about 30.0 million acres are Hard Red Winter, 8.3 million acres are Soft Red Winter, and 3.5 million acres are White Winter. Area planted to other spring wheat for 2012 is estimated at 12.0 million acres, down 3 percent from 2011. Of this total, about 11.4 million acres are Hard Red Spring wheat. Durum planted area for 2012 is estimated at 2.20 million acres, up 61 percent from the previous year.Source: NASS Home Indiana Agriculture News 2012 Indiana Corn Acreage is Up, While Soybean Acreage is Down SHARE Previous articleIndiana Hog Inventory UpNext articleOil Posts Fourth Biggest Daily Gain On Record Gary Truittlast_img read more

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TCU Baseball falters 6-2 to Stephen F. Austin

first_imgBranson Nelsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/branson-nelson/ Twitter Linkedin ReddIt Equestrian earns last seed in NCEA team bracket printThe No. 5 Horned Frogs provided little resistance in a 6-2 loss at the hands of the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks on Tuesday night at Lupton Stadium.“We knew that they were really good,” TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle said of SFA. “I told the team before the game that outside of Long Beach State, that is the best team we are going to play in a mid-week game.”Charles King (0-1) made his first collegiate start against the Lumberjacks but did not make it out of the third inning and gave up three runs.SFA took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second, as they loaded the bases with no outs on two singles and a walk. King limited the damage as he induced a double play and picked up a strikeout to end the inning.The Frogs went quietly in the bottom of the second, before SFA touched up the Frogs for four runs in the third. King started the inning on the mound and got the first two batters on six pitches. He then walked a batter and allowed a single, bringing Schlossnagle out of the dugout to put in Jake Eissler.“I was hoping to keep King under 45 pitches,” Jim Schlossnagle. “If we were trying to have him be a starter and not pitch this weekend, I would have left him in the game because I felt like he was throwing OK.”The first batter Eissler faced, Zac Michener, doubled home both runners to make the score 3-0. Eissler had let just one of seven inherited runners score entering the game. The next hitter, Josh Evans, hit a line-drive two run homer to right field to make it 5-0.“Give them credit,” Schlossnagle said. “The two balls that he really left up the whole time were those two balls. A fastball up that Michener did a good job going the other way with and then a change up way up, and the guy hit it out of the ballpark.”The Frogs threatened in the fifth, getting two runners on base with one out, but a double play ground out from Austen Wade ended the inning.Eissler dominated the fourth through sixth innings for the Frogs, keeping them within five. He retired all nine batters over that span, striking out five.Cal Coughlin relieved Eissler on the mound in the seventh and gave up an unearned run to push the Lumberjacks’ lead to 6-0. Coughlin got the first batter on strikes but loaded the bases after two walks and an error on second baseman Cam Warner. The run crossed the plate on a balk, just the third by TCU’s pitching staff all season.The Horned Frogs’ bats made some noise in the bottom of the seventh with two outs to pull within four. Ryan Merrill slid head-first into first for an infield single to start the rally. Elliott Barzilli then walked to set up Wade for a two RBI double. The double was his team-leading 11th of the season, and he pushed his on-base streak to 27 games.Despite a scoreless eighth for Haylen Green and ninth for Austin Boyles, the Frogs could not make a late push to put any pressure on the Lumberjacks.The five freshman pitchers sent to the mound combined to give up six runs on just six hits. They walked four and struck out 13.The TCU lineup equaled the six hits tallied by the Lumberjacks and drew five walks, but could not find timely hits.TCU will look to rebound from loss in a hurry, as they head to Lubbock for a series against Texas Tech starting on Friday. Texas Tech is tied for second in the Big 12 with West Virginia, two games behind the Frogs. First pitch on Friday is at 7 p.m. Friday’s game will be televised on FS1, while Saturday’s (3 p.m.) and Sunday’s (1:30 p.m.) games will be on ESPNU. Branson Nelson TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Branson is a junior journalism major from Fort Worth, Texas. He enjoys writing about all sports and plans to go to law school after graduation. Branson Nelsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/branson-nelson/ Branson Nelsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/branson-nelson/ Previous articleNorrie climbs to No. 1 in national rankingsNext articleMen’s Tennis Secures outright Big 12 Championship Branson Nelson RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook A COVID-19 Charles Schwab Challenge Photo from gofrogs.com Women’s golf heads to Oklahoma for chance at first Big 12 title Facebook World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Branson Nelsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/branson-nelson/ Twitter ReddIt Iqbal leads women’s golf to fourth-place finish at Big 12 Tournament Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Linkedin + posts last_img read more

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7 July 2001 – 7 July 2003 : Second anniversary of the death of Parmenio Medina

first_img Costa RicaAmericas to go further News Reporters Without Borders called on Costa Rican authorities today to speed up their investigation of the two-year-old murder of radio journalist Parmenio Medina and to produce results.”Last year, on the first anniversary of his killing on 7 July 2001, we welcomed the official efforts made to find out the truth,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to President Abel Pacheco. “But now, a year later, we are concerned about the lack of clear progress in the case. We especially fear that a raid on 3 July at the home of Minor Calvo, a priest and suspect in the case, was just a show for the media. We call on you to do everything you can to ensure this crime is punished.”Such a cowardly deed must remain an exception in the history of the Costa Rican media,” he said, noting that the journalist’s death was seen as a warning to the country’s investigative journalists.The murder enquiry Medina (photo), the well-known presenter of a satirical radio programme, “La Patada” (“The Kick”), on Radio Monumental, was shot near his home, a dozen miles from the capital, San José. A gunman fired three shots at him before fleeing with his accomplices. The investigation was handed to the prosecutor in Heredia. Medina was reportedly killed by four petty criminals and the local media has reported two of them are in prison in connection with the case. They are Luis Alberto Jaime Aguirre, a Nicaraguan suspected of being directly involved, and Andrés Chaves Matarrita, an accomplice believed to have helped one of the killers get away. Aguirre is said to have been identified by at least five witnesses.Another of the presumed murderers, César Dionisio (“Nicho”) Murillo, was killed in a bank robbery in May last year. The killers were reportedly paid 10 million colones (27,000 euros) to shoot Medina, who had damaging information about a businessman.A Colombian refugee living in Costa Rica, John Gilberto Gutiérrez Ramírez, was arrested in San José on 23 December last year on suspicion of being a link between the mastermind and the killers. He was reportedly fingered by Murillo’s girlfriend, who said he had taken part in several meetings to plan the murder at Murillo’s home at Campo Cinco, in the eastern town of Cariari de Pococí.Gutiérrez Ramírez was freed on 26 March this year after his lawyer produced a document showing that Murillo only began renting the house three months after the murder. But on 22 May, the head of the police criminal investigation department, Jorge Rojas Vargas, told the media he doubted the document was genuine.Medina and Radio Maria de Guadalupe In his radio programme, Medina regularly denounced corruption using a team of mimics and so won himself plenty of potential enemies. In the months before his death, he had spoken several times of irregularities in the running of the Catholic station Radio Maria de Guadalupe, questioning the source of the station’s funding and the precise role of businessman Omar Cháves in the station. He also reported seeing Minor Calvo, the priest who founded the station, with a young man in a park frequented by homosexuals.In May last year, after new revelations on his programme about Calvo, Medina received threats and on 9 May shots were fired at his house. He obtained police protection but this ended a month later at his own request. Threats of legal action by Calvo and pressure on the station’s advertisers led Radio Monumental to stop broadcasting controversial parts of the programme. But Medina got a court to order the station to broadcast them. The Colombian-born Medina had lived in Costa Rica since 1969 and presented “La Patada” for 28 years.On 3 July, police detectives raided Calvo’s home in Cártago (east of San José) and that of his mother in Oreamuno (Cártago province), seizing computer material and accounting records of the Catholic station Radio María de Guadalupe. They took a blood sample from Calvo to compare his DNA with that of the person who wrote threatening letters to the journalist and who left traces of saliva on the envelopes. The raid was carried out after a former employee of the radio station, whose name was not revealed, said he had heard the priest say he wanted to silence Medina. Reporters Without Borders called on Costa Rican authorities today to speed up their investigation of the two-year-old murder of radio journalist Parmenio Medina and to produce results. “We call on you to do everything you can to ensure this crime is punished,” said the organisation in a letter to President Abel Pacheco. Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder Organisation RSF_en News September 26, 2019 Find out more Help by sharing this information News News Follow the news on Costa Rica November 11, 2020 Find out more July 7, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 7 July 2001 – 7 July 2003 : Second anniversary of the death of Parmenio Medina 30 countries sign up to “information and democracy” partnership started by RSF November 12, 2019 Find out more Receive email alerts Costa RicaAmericas Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics”last_img read more

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