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BtoBet acquisition drives revenue and profit up at Aspire Global in Q1

first_img“We see tremendous growth opportunities for Aspire Global,” Maimon said. “With our complete igaming offering, we will target both new customers and broaden our presence with existing partners.  Turning attention to spending and operating costs for Q1 were up by 38.7% to €38.0m, as Aspire reported higher costs across distribution, gaming and administrative activities.  BtoBet acquisition drives revenue and profit up at Aspire Global in Q1 However, this did not stop earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rising 65.4% to €8.6m. When taking into account depreciation and amortisation costs of €2.0m, operating profit was €6.5m, up 66.7% on last year. Looking at B2C performance and revenue here also climbed 43.3% to a record €15.7m for the quarter. Aspire put this increase down to significant marketing spend to promote the launch of its new Griffon brand, as well as material investments in the UK market. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter “The acquisition of BtoBet and its proprietary sportsbook has created an offering that covers the main elements of the B2B igaming value chain and gives Aspire Global control of the IP in the full value chain.  “We have recently accomplished the integration of BtoBet’s sportsbook to Aspire Core’s cutting-edge technology platform. This, in combination with Pariplay’s leading game offering, provides Aspire Global with crucial competitive advantages.” 5th May 2021 | By Robert Fletcher Aspire Global reported growth across all segments during the quarter, with B2B revenue up 42.2% year-on-year to €32.3m, excluding inter-segment revenue. The supplier put this down to good business momentum and the impact of the BtoBet acquisition, which was finalised in October of last year. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Finance Q1 results 2021 Profit before tax climbed 139.3% to €6.7m and after paying €567,000 in tax, this left a net profit of €6.1m, up 144.0% year-on-year. Aspire noted a €111,000 loss from its share in associated companies, which meant it ended the quarter with a net comprehensive profit of €6.0m, an increase of 150.0% on Q1 of 2020. Email Address Aspire Global reported a year-on-year in revenue and net profit during the first quarter of its financial year, helped by the acquisition of sportsbook provider BtoBet in late 2020. The supplier also noted growth within its Aspire Core B2B sub-segment, with revenue rising 26.0% to €26.8m. Aspire unveiled the new Aspire Core gaming platform brand in February this year, following the acquisitions of BtoBet last year and Pariplay in 2019. Nordics revenue declined by 20.0% year-on-year to €3.6m, but Aspire was able to record a 256.3% rise in rest of world revenue to €5.7m, which it said reflected the group’s geographic expansion plans and the consolidation of BtoBet. Revenue for the three months to 31 March totalled €48.1m (£41.5m/$57.8m), a record for the supplier and an increase of 42.6% from €33.7m in the same period last year. This was also 8.4% higher than the €44.4m it made in the final quarter of 2020, which was the previous high. Q1 results 2021 “We remain confident in our ability to deliver on our 2021 financial targets and are truly excited by Aspire Global’s future prospects.” Tags: Revenue Aspire Global BtoBet Profit In terms of geographical performance, the majority of revenue was generated from Aspire’s rest of Europe operations, comprising European revenue from outside the UK, Ireland and Nordic countries, with revenue here rising 12.9% to €24.5m. UK and Irish revenue was also up 142.4% to €14.3m, driven by good development in all segments. “We have proven our ability to gain tier 1 operators as customers with names such as Rush Street Interactive, Betfair, William Hill and 888casino. The strategy to grow in regulated markets is proven efficient, and we will continue to licence our offering in more regulated markets and enter new markets. “Growth was particularly strong in the UK and Ireland in both the casino and sports verticals,” Aspire chief executive Tsachi Maimon said. “The solid growth in the quarter is particularly impressive, given that the first quarter is historically the weakest of the year.last_img read more

Bank of Kigali(BK) (BOK.rw) Q32013 Presentation

first_imgBK Group Plc (BOK.rw) listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2013 presentation results for the third quarter.For more information about BK Group Plc (BOK.rw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the BK Group Plc (BOK.rw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: BK Group Plc (BOK.rw)  2013 presentation results for the third quarter.Company ProfileBK Group Plc formerly (Bank of Kigali Limited) is Rwanda’s largest commercial bank by assets and licensed by the country’s banking regulator, National Bank of Rwanda. It offers a full spectrum of products and services for retail banking, corporate banking and central treasury. Bank of Kigali SA commenced operations in 1967; initially as a joint venture between the government of Rwanda and Belgolaise, with each owning 50% of the ordinary share capital. In 2007, the government of Rwanda acquired the Belgolaise shareholding which increased its direct and indirect shareholding in the Bank of Kigali to 100% of the entire Issued Shares. The Bank changed its name to Bank of Kigali Limited in 2011 under a new law relating to companies. Bank of Kigali Limited now has 79 branches located in the main towns and cities of Rwanda with its head office in the capital city, Kigali. BK Group Plc has a primary listing on the Rwanda Stock Exchange and a secondary listing on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Transcorp Hotels Plc (TRANHO.ng) 2014 Abridged Report

first_imgTranscorp Hotels Plc (TRANHO.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2014 abridged results.For more information about Transcorp Hotels Plc (TRANHO.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Transcorp Hotels Plc (TRANHO.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Transcorp Hotels Plc (TRANHO.ng)  2014 abridged results.Company ProfileTranscorp Hotels Plc is a hotel operations company in Nigeria and a subsidiary of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc. The latter is a diversified conglomerate with business interests in the power generation, hospitality, agriculture and oil and gas sectors. Hotels in the Group include Transcorp Hilton Hotel, a 5-star hotel with 670 rooms located in Abuja; and Transcorp Hotel with 146 rooms located in Calabar. Formerly known as Transnational Hotels and Tourism Services Limited, the company changed its name to Transcorp Hotels Plc in 2014. Its head office is in Abuja, Nigeria. Transcorp Hotels Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Tullow Oil Plc (TLW.gh) Q42020 Interim Report

first_imgTullow Oil Plc (TLW.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the forth quarter.For more information about Tullow Oil Plc (TLW.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Tullow Oil Plc (TLW.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Tullow Oil Plc (TLW.gh)  2020 interim results for the forth quarter.Company ProfileTullow Oil Plc is the largest independent oil and gas exploration and production company with operations in Africa, Europe, South Asia and South America. The company has a portfolio of over 120 licenses spanning 22 countries; including multi-well operations in Ghana and Uganda. Tullow Oil Plc was founded by Aidan Heavey in 1985 in Ireland as a gas exploration business operating in Senegal. Acquisitions of BP’s North Sea Gas Fields in 2000, Energy Africa in 2004 and Hardman Resources in 2007 greatly enhanced the Group’s operations in Africa and Mauritania and added high-impact exploration licenses in South America. The company head office is in London, United Kingdom. Tullow Oil Plc is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

The Hut Group share price is up 29% since IPO! Here’s why I think it will thrive in 2021

first_imgThe Hut Group share price is up 29% since IPO! Here’s why I think it will thrive in 2021 Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares A tech stock to watchTech stocks soared throughout 2020, but with few high-quality tech companies available in the UK, The Hut Group is at an added advantage. In fact, this no doubt boosted the success of its IPO, which was the biggest to happen on the London Stock Exchange since Royal Mail in 2013.5G 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…THG’s successful business model and an array of brands under its belt undoubtedly add to its appeal. Many investment funds jumped on board with the IPO and continue to profit from its rise. Some notable brands sold under The Hut Group include MyProtein, LookFantastic, and GlossyBox. MyProtein is a high-flying nutrition brand, while ESPA and LookFantastic are increasingly successful in the beauty market. Nevertheless, the biggest appeal to fund managers and investors is its exclusive technology platform Ingenuity, which it uses to organise and control the IT and e-commerce logistics of third-party brands such as Hotel Chocolat and PZ Cussons.Growing through acquisitionsTHG is also on the acquisition trail, snapping up four successful independents in recent months. The most recent is Dermstore, a beauty retailer and (until now) subsidiary of US retail giant Target. THG is purchasing Dermstore for £259m to help it dive further into the US market. Prior to this, THG acquired Perricone MD, a luxury skincare brand for over £44m in September. It’s also buying David Berryman and Claremont Ingredients for £59.5m. These are two of the main suppliers of its nutrition product ingredients. They’re based in the UK and will help streamline THG’s business model while increasing its income stream.Rapid recruitment driveTHG’s market-share across the UK and Europe accounts for around 60% of its sales while Asia and North America are also big business for the group. As well as growing through acquisitions, it’s building solid brands in covetable niches. It’s also strengthening its relationships with lucrative third parties that bring further value to the company.Further to this, I’m particularly impressed by THG’s recruitment drive and dedication to graduates and apprentices. It offers them a chance to try out various roles in the business until they find a good fit. I think this reflects well on the company ethos and encourages long-term commitment from recruits. THG plans to increase this programme three-fold in 2021. It’s been on a major recruitment drive over the past year and is now developing an in-house Skills Academy. This is particularly focused on retraining candidates affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.I think the future outlook for The Hut Group looks great. I imagine the THG share price will continue to thrive and I’m interested in buying shares in what I believe is a growth opportunity. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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. 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. Kirsteen has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Hotel Chocolat and PZ Cussons. 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: Getty Images. 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. THG Holdings (LSE:THG), also known as The Hut Group, finally went public in September after deciding this would help it access the capital it needs to grow. Despite a short-term drop in its share price after its £5.4m valuation at initial public offering (IPO), the THG share price has rebounded nicely and is now up 29% since then. Being a technology stock (as well as a retail one), this should come as little surprise to those following the markets over the past year. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Kirsteen Mackay | Tuesday, 5th January, 2021 | More on: THG See all posts by Kirsteen Mackaylast_img read more

APD Honored to Meet Student Who Named New Police Dog

first_img Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter John March 20, 2016 at 10:16 pm Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 From the City of ApopkaJohnny Simmons may be a little cautious around dogs, but he certainly is proud to inspire the name of the Apopka Police Department’s new canine officer.Simmons, a sixth-grader at Apopka Memorial Middle School, submitted the winning name – Honor – as part of a contest for all students at Apopka Middle and nearby Wolf Lake Middle School.  His award on Thursday afternoon was a pizza party for his class, a canine demonstration and a special visit from police officers, Chief Michael McKinley, Mayor Joe Kilsheimer and City Commissioner Diane Velazquez.“It is a special name,” Simmons said. “I talked with Officer [Jose] Diaz about ideas. We talked about A/B Honor Roll and the word honor just popped up.”His mother, Angela Simmons, wasn’t sure Johnny would come up with a good name because of his insecurity around dogs: “I am so proud of him that his name was selected.”Police Chief Michael McKinley said plenty of names were submitted, and Honor is fitting for the service canine officers provide to the police department. “This is a great name for the dog,” McKinley told the students.Honor – an energetic, 21-month-old Belgian Malinois – is teamed up with Apopka police Officer Josean Velez Cantres, who joined the Apopka Police Department five years ago. The two started working together last month, and they have been training to teach the dog patrol and drug detection skills.The police department received dozens of ideas from school students to name the canine – everything from common dog names to unusually common school items like pencil and paper. News of the contest spread quickly online, where local residents offered a few of their own suggestions for the students to name the canine – Darter, Tater, Scout, Thor and Sawyer among the different ideas. Please enter your name here Tenita Reid 2 COMMENTS Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Reply center_img March 18, 2016 at 9:15 am Please enter your comment! This is a great name You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 “Honor,” I like that name! Congratulations Johnny, great job naming the dog. My husband got bit by a Orange County police dog, but he wasn’t committing a crime. He was a young boy at home, out there on Welch Road, and his pig had gotten loose, and the pig went to the ditch full of water, that separated the properties. The deputy lived on the far end, and the deputy came in for lunch, and turned the police dog loose, and the dog went toward the pig, and then nailed my husband on the forearm. He still has a knot on his forearm, and two scars where 3 stitches were put. But my husband loves dogs, and German Shepard dogs, too. He had one German Shepard, named Wolof, when we were first going together, that he would sick on me for fun, and I would have to run to jump in the van, or get eat! Yes, he did that to me. It’s true. Reply TAGSApopka Middle SchoolApopka Police DepartmentHonorJohnny SimmonsPolice Dog Previous articleNolan endorses Arrowsmith and Bankson in runoffsNext articleThe Young Messiah – A Review Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

de Plussenburgh / Arons en Gelauff Architecten

first_img Area:  15678 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project The Netherlands Retirement de Plussenburgh / Arons en Gelauff Architecten ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/3959/de-plussenburgh-arons-en-gelauff-architecten Clipboard Year:  Save this picture!+ 11 Share Text description provided by the architects. In 2001, a competition by invitation requested a design for a retirement housing project. The objective of this competition was a design to set a standard of architectural quality for upcoming projects in the ambitious redevelopment of the centre of IJsselmonde, one of Rotterdam’s suburbs. Save this picture!The design for seniors aged 55 and older was inspired by the forthcoming retirement of the hippie generation. The project embraces its target market’s denial of aging by proposing a playful, coloured apartment block. The building is an exciting configuration of a tower and an elevated slab. The slab volume is elevated 11 metres over the water and opens up a spectacular view onto the existing pond from the adjacent pre-existing nursing home. The minimum footprint of the tower creates space for a garden. Save this picture!The two main volumes consist of apartments with an uninterrupted span of 9m60, allowing for multiple floor plans and adaptability in the future. An inconspicuous elevator shaft connects the new building to the older one, where medical personnel, cooks and other help are available. Save this picture!The façades of the dwellings gain a strong, three-dimensional quality through the wavy balconies. The glazed galleries – set with self-cleaning glass – are smooth but very colourful in over 200 different shades. Save this picture!Tucked beneath the building, a recreational space in the water is accessible through the garden, paved with asphalt to facilitate wheelchairs and scooters. A recurrent grass theme runs through several parts of the project. The bamboo pattern set in the interior concrete walls, the planting scheme of the garden and even the garden carpet on the floor of the recreational space, all play on this theme.Save this picture!Project gallerySee allShow lessMenzis office building / de Architekten CieSelected ProjectsAn Architect´s OfficeArticlesProject locationAddress:Rotterdam, The NetherlandsLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share ArchDaily CopyRetirement, Housing•Rotterdam, The Netherlandscenter_img Architects: Arons en Gelauff Architects Area Area of this architecture project Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/3959/de-plussenburgh-arons-en-gelauff-architecten Clipboard 2006 de Plussenburgh / Arons en Gelauff ArchitectenSave this projectSavede Plussenburgh / Arons en Gelauff Architecten “COPY” “COPY” CopyAbout this officeArons en Gelauff ArchitectsOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsHealthcare ArchitectureHealthcareretirementResidential ArchitectureHousingHousingRotterdamRotterdamThe NetherlandsPublished on July 28, 2008Cite: “de Plussenburgh / Arons en Gelauff Architecten” 28 Jul 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemSynthetics / AsphaltMitrexSolar RoofMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialLinoleum / Vinyl / Epoxy / UrethaneTerrazzo & MarbleTerrazzo Flooring – Terroxy Resin SystemsMetal PanelsTrimoMetal Panel Finishes – ArtMePanels / Prefabricated AssembliesIsland Exterior FabricatorsMega-Panel Facade SystemsStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Iconic SeriesBricksFeldhaus KlinkerFacing Bricks – Waterstruck VascuWallcovering / CladdingLinvisibileLinvisibile Boiserie and Skirting Systems | OrizzonteMetal PanelsRHEINZINKPanel Systems – Horizontal PanelDoorsJansenFire Doors – Janisol 2 EI30 70 mmSlabs / Plates / SheetsMetadecorMetal Facade Blade – MD LamelMore 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 streamlast_img read more

House Steyn II / Thomas Gouws Architecs + Interiors

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/578156/house-steyn-ii-thomas-gouws-architecs-interiors Clipboard “COPY” House Steyn II / Thomas Gouws Architecs + Interiors Houses 2010 House Steyn II / Thomas Gouws Architecs + InteriorsSave this projectSaveHouse Steyn II / Thomas Gouws Architecs + Interiors Save this picture!© Dook Courtesy of VISI magazine+ 11 Share Photographs CopyAbout this officeThomas Gouws Architecs + InteriorsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesJohannesburgHousesSouth AfricaPublished on December 21, 2014Cite: “House Steyn II / Thomas Gouws Architecs + Interiors” 21 Dec 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogVentilated / Double Skin FacadeTechnowoodProfile Façade SystemGlassMitrexSolar PanelsMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalFiber Cements / CementsEQUITONEFiber Cement Facade Panel PicturaCultural / PatrimonialIsland Exterior FabricatorsSeptember 11th Memorial Museum Envelope SystemConcreteKrytonSmart ConcreteSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – B-ClassMetal PanelsLorin IndustriesAnodized Aluminum – Stainless Steel FinishesWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Mass TimberWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityChairsSellexChair – IrinaBathroom FurnitureKaleBathroom Cabinets – ZeroMore products »Save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 photographs:  Dook Courtesy of VISI magazine, Karl RogersPhotographs:  Dook Courtesy of VISI magazine, Courtesy of Thomas Gouws, Karl RogersInterior:Sureen GouwsStructural Design:P DesignContractor:Arnokon ConstructionLandscaping:Badec BrosArchitect In Charge:Thomas Gouws, Sureen GouwsCity:JohannesburgCountry:South AfricaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Dook Courtesy of VISI magazineText description provided by the architects. The house is situated on a golf course in a residential estate close to Johannesburg in Gauteng, South Africa. The brief called for a contemporary minimalist house that provided security and privacy, while exploiting the golf course views. The site is exposed to extremely windy conditions year-round and protected outdoor living areas were a necessity. A priced collection of antique Cape furniture and contemporary art also needed to be a displayed.Save this picture!Floor PlanFrom the outside the house is a simple minimalist box with bold clean lines. Warm wood and stone textures links the building to the more conventional neighbouring houses. The house is based on a traditional H-plan shape. The two courtyards created by this layout are screened off and treated as outdoor extensions of the interior spaces. A central double volume living area forms the heart of the house, which opens up onto both courtyards and also connects the side wings with supporting services and bedrooms. The building responds to the climatic conditions of its setting.Save this picture!© Karl RogersOn the northern side sliding screens can open or close to provide wind and sun control. This also provides various degrees of privacy from the golf course and act as a security screen. A pergola over the pool courtyard provides shading in summer, but let’s through the lower winter sun. An evaporative cooling system, solar geysers and a water under floor heating system provide the additional green and energy efficient heating / cooling for the house.Save this picture!Courtesy of Thomas GouwsWith the design of the Interior the clients’ extensive collection of art and antique cape furniture is combined with modern pieces and finishes. Bold accent colour is used throughout as link between old and new and gives a sense of fun and playfulness to the interior.Save this picture!Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessRIBA To Open Chapter In IndiaArchitecture NewsBAG Transforms Wooden Pallets into Temporary Space ObservatoryArchitecture News Share Year:  CopyHouses•Johannesburg, South Africa ArchDaily “COPY” Area:  510 m² Area:  510 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project South Africa Architects: Thomas Gouws Architecs + Interiors Area Area of this architecture project Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/578156/house-steyn-ii-thomas-gouws-architecs-interiors Clipboard 2010 Projectslast_img read more

Protests in France mark the murder of young anti-fascist student

first_imgBanner reads: ‘Clément — forever in our memories, forever in our hearts.’Clément Méric, an 18-year-old student at an elite university in Paris and a militant in the Antifascist Action collective (AAPB), was killed June 5 by a blow from brass knuckles wielded by members of a far-right group.The Facebook page of the AAPB says that Méric was the “victim of violence by the far right that has developed in the past few months.” One of his fellow students, using the name Camille, told Le Monde, “He was attacked because he was a militant anti-fascist.” (June 7) Another student told l’Humanité, “He was always handing out leaflets supporting the rights of foreigners, for the equality of men and women.” (June 7)YouTube videos show him marching in the front of the AAPB contingent during a major protest in support of changes to French law to allow gay marriage and gay adoption.Earlier, in high school, he was a militant in the student union, leading opposition to “reforms” that the right-wing government of Nicolas Sarkozy was trying to impose.The day after Méric’s murder, most of the major cities in France had protests — some like Paris and Lille in the thousands, some like Brest, Méric’s hometown, in the hundreds. Pictures from protests by anti-fascist groups in Germany and Spain on June 7 and June 8 were also posted to the photo website Flickr.In Paris, the protests started at 5 p.m. at the place where Méric was killed. The crowd chanted “No pasaran” and the chant from the Spanish Civil war against fascism, “Fascism is a gangrene, eliminate it or bury it.” After a minute of silence, a banner with the slogan “Clément, 05/06/2013, forever one of ours” was unfurled. (“05/06/2013” is the French style of abbreviation for June 5, 2013.)An hour later, at Place St. Michel, all the left-wing parties gathered to pay homage to Méric. The site is a traditional gathering spot for students in Paris. Various members of the crowd — fellow students, anti-fascist militants, leaders of various left-wing parties — all made the point that Méric didn’t die in a student brawl; his killing was a political assassination.Major demonstrations were also held in the French cities of Marseilles, Lyon, Bordeaux, Orléans, Nantes and Toulouse.All these protests put major pressure on the French government to disband the violent and fascist group to which Méric’s killers belonged. As of June 10, the government has taken the first steps in this process.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Israeli youth say no to military

first_imgAtalya Ben-AbbaAtalya Ben-Abba, a young Israeli woman, was released on June 27 after spending 110 days in an Israeli military prison. She had refused to be drafted into the Israeli military.On her release she stated: “I walk out of military prison with my head held high, alongside many supporters who, like me, understand that refusing to take part in the occupation is a necessary, moral choice. There have been other conscientious objectors who came before me and others will follow, part of a growing movement of youths who aren’t afraid to say ‘enough is enough.’” (972mag.com, June 27)Ben-Abba added that she refused “to participate in a system that uses violent means to oppress another people, has imposed an occupation upon it for 50 years, and is imposing a siege, the consequences of which are yet to be seen.”Previous Israeli draft resisters include Aiden Katri, a transgender political activist who was sentenced to prison in March 2016. She called for “an alliance of the victims of oppression.” She has since been released. (972mag.com, March 30, 2016)In a long statement released prior to her jailing, Katri explained that “as someone who believes in gender equality, I cannot ignore inequality in other issues. Arabs and Jews live in this country as two different classes; Israelis and Palestinians live under two different legal systems. It would be absurd to strive for justice in the context of injustice. I struggle against my oppression — my gender oppression as a trans woman and my ethnic oppression as a Mizrahi Jew [Jews from the Middle East], and if I turn a blind eye to an oppression of another people this would be hypocrisy.”While refusing to serve in the Israeli military as a political statement is not yet a mass movement, large numbers of Israeli youth find their own ways to avoid service by other means, including medical and religious deferments or by emigrating from the U.S.-armed and -financed settler state to start a new life somewhere else. Germany has become a popular destination.Ben-Abba, Katri and other draft resisters have broken from the Zionist consensus that is built around the cult of the so-called Israeli Defense Forces. Instead they have consciously sided with the liberation struggle of the Palestinian people. This is an important victory for the Palestinian resistance.Kramer served in the Israeli military during 1972-75 and is a member of ­Veterans For Peace/Chapter 021(Northern New Jersey).FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more