Pagcor issues public warning over unlicensed gambling

first_img Tags: Online Gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) has issued a warnings to citizens about the dangers of illegal gambling, after receiving reports about illegal online bingo games being organised in the country. Legal & compliance Regions: Asia Philippines Pagcor issues public warning over unlicensed gambling AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Legal & compliance 30th June 2020 | By contenteditor The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) has issued a warnings to citizens about the dangers of illegal gambling, after receiving reports about illegal online bingo games being organised in the country.The regulator warned that these games, which were being promoted through Facebook, were exploiting uncertainty caused by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic to steal players’ money, financial information and commit identity theft.Furthermore, Pagcor pointed out, playing these illegal products is also a crime.“Pacgor is committed to the prosecution of persons involved in such illegal activities, because of the strong link between illegal gambling and organised crime who are also engaged in credit card fraud, identity theft, money laundering, among others,” it explained.The regulator’s warning comes after the Philippines Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) saw operations significantly disrupted by Covid-19. These operators were ordered to temporarily cease activities from 18 March, but it was announced on 1 May that they would be permitted to resume operations, provided their tax affairs were in order.This meant that they had to have paid all franchise tax owed to Pagcor, as well as additional taxes to the Bureau of Internal Revenue, and regulatory fees for April. However, with many operators in arrears, this has led to significant delays in their return to business.According to local media, a number of POGOs have either confirmed or are planning to pull out of the market as a result of the disruption, with a number of service providers also thought to be shutting down.While POGOs have long been controversial, to the point that China has demanded the industry be shut down because of targeting of Chinese nationals, they are a significant contributor to the Philippines economy, providing more than 31,556 jobs as well as tax revenue.The industry is also a major source of funding for the real estate industry, which has earned an estimated PHP25bn from leaseholds and rent payments, according to Pagcor.For the three months to 31 March 2020, gambling revenue from Pacgor’s sector fell 5.7% year-on-year to PHP17.22bn, with land-based casinos shuttered from 15 March. Facilities in certain parts of the country began to reopen from 8 June, though were limited to 50% capacity, with larger facilities unlikely to follow until July. Email Addresslast_img read more

Prayer service set at Texas detention center during General Convention

first_img Posted Jun 21, 2018 Rector Belleville, IL Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 General Convention 2018, Curate Diocese of Nebraska Doug Desper says: Comments (7) June 25, 2018 at 7:39 am Matt: we mainly agree. But I want to see action by Episcopalians in front of these foreign embassies in Washington to demand that they take care of their people. Ambassadors need to be met with to receive the message. I want to hear any Episcopal leader say to the world that abusing Americans’ good will and taking our limited national resources is a social injustice against the people of this nation. I’m not seeing any of that. We rightly see action about asylum seekers and the persecuted, and for merit-based immigrants. Great! That should be ongoing. We hear or see nothing directed to other nations for their country’s misuse and neglect, and their theft of American resources to be the social services for people that they should be caring for. It’s as though these nations want to be sovereign and culturally respected but also have the benefits of a colonial power when they want them. It can’t be both ways – call it out on Embassy Row in D.C.! The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group June 26, 2018 at 1:37 pm Thanks to both Matt and Doug for a thoughtful, respectful discussion of opposing views. At this moment in history, we should not forget all the wrongs in the world both past and present, but there is a pressing issue that can be rectified if action is taken immediately. I hope that we can all agree that no child caught in the cross hairs of our current border situation is anything but a legitimate asylum seeker.We can hash out details concerning adults at our leisure. The trauma and permanent damage being inflicted on innocents -by the United States of America- must be stopped and the children reunited with their parents.We need transparency, a full accounting for each child, full disclosure on the background checks made for every member of ICE and the facilities used under its auspices, full disclosure of facilities used and the companies that financially benefit from the practices put in place since May 7. If, as has been reported, some children have been given to human traffickers, a full and relentless investigation must be launched.There are evils in so many sectors of our country that need addressing. Right now, we have to prioritize for the immediate sake of children in extreme danger. Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET June 25, 2018 at 12:50 pm While you are “spot on” here Matt we can’t neglect to understand the optics of what TEC leaders choose to participate in. Example: the recent vigil in DC with Bishop Curry that purportedly wasn’t partisan or “about Donald Trump”…yet the vigil ended up in front of the White House with prayers being shouted. It’s time to balance the efforts and optics. Then people can believe that the Episcopal Church is not just another political action committee. Any word forthcoming about the Mexican presidential candidate that is urging Mexicans to head to our border “for a better life”? There are opportunities like that which no Episcopal voice is addressing. Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem June 25, 2018 at 1:27 pm I think the reason they focus on the White House with vigils is because those are the ones in power and in charge of making policy, not because they have a partisan bias. I agree that TEC should have been more active in calling on the previous administration and Congress with Democratic majorities to solve these issues (although to be fair, the Democrats did try to pass immigration reform and it was blocked by the Republican-controlled House). Hopefully they will continue to be more vigilant if/when the Democrats regain power and become complacent. Also, regarding the Mexican presidential candidate who said that (I believe AMLO, right?), his statement on the border isn’t his only problem. I am concerned about his lack of policy specifics to bring about all the things he has promised his base of voters. regina mcilvain says: Submit a Press Release Matt Ouellette says: Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Submit an Event Listing Rector Smithfield, NC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Tags Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Tampa, FL Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Immigration, Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Matt Ouellette says: Rector Albany, NY Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Knoxville, TN center_img Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Washington, DC Rector Collierville, TN Submit a Job Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Course Director Jerusalem, Israel June 25, 2018 at 11:57 am While TEC should definitely call attention to the immoral practices of any government in the world (not just the USA), I’m not sure embassy protests would be the best way to call out repressive regimes and dictatorships in Central and South America. Those in authority there are unlikely to respond. I think, rather, empowering the citizens in those countries would be a more effective way to bring about change. I think one thing TEC could do is provide more aid to churches (especially Anglican churches) and faith groups on-the-ground in those countries to help them care for persecuted citizens in those countries. That’s one of the advantages of being part of a global communion of churches: we can all support one another when the nations we inhabit being to fall apart around us, much like the early church communities did. Featured Events Refugees Migration & Resettlement TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest June 23, 2018 at 11:20 am I wish that one “follow-up advocacy activity” will be for Episcopal activist leaders to speak truth to power; those powers being the governments of Mexico, and all Central American countries. It’s time that – for once – they were called to account for not taking care of their citizens. Most illegal immigrants are not asylum seekers. The northbound migrants pass by and do not enter any of the half-dozen strategically placed U.S. Consulates in Mexico where they can make a case for asylum and safety. Most migrants want better than what is found in their own countries. Well, the people of the United States want better for ourselves too. We have millions of underserved Americans living on the margins who cannot get basic necessities. Millions of illegal immigrants cannot continue to be absorbed and drain resources from native-born Americans. So, when will these countries of origin be called to account? When is the vigil/service/protest/shouted Lord’s Prayer going to be seen in front of their embassies or in their capitals? “Love thy neighbor” also applies from others to the people of the United States. Americans are generous and understanding for those seeking asylum and for merit-based immigrations. That is not the majority story in immigration hearings. Are these countries of origin sovereign nations or not? Are we to respect their nationhood and cultures and yet patronize them by feeling sorry for their ineffectual self-deterimination to run their own affairs? Getting buses from an endowed New York parish to hold a vigil is easy and the near weekly response for one thing or another. But as an American church, the “Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America” needs to — for once — start advocating for the United States. Illegal immigration has become an injustice being forced on our citizens who are increasingly expected to be the janitor, nurse, and employer to clean up the messes of the world. Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Prayer service set at Texas detention center during General Convention Comments are closed. Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Doug Desper says: General Convention, New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Shreveport, LA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET [House of Deputies] Responding to calls from Episcopalians across the church to act on behalf of families seeking asylum at the southern U. S. border, a team of concerned leaders heading to General Convention has planned a prayer service outside the T. Don Hutto Residential Detention Center in Taylor, Texas, at about noon on Sunday, July 8.The planning team, led by alternate Deputy Megan Castellan, rector of St. John’s Church in Ithaca, New York, is working with Grassroots Leadership — a local community organizing group in Texas that has held numerous gatherings at the Hutto Residential Center. Deputy Winnie Varghese, director of justice and reconciliation at Trinity Church Wall Street, is helping to arrange buses to the event.“What is happening to those at our borders is monstrous,” Castellan said. “My bishop, DeDe Duncan-Probe [of Central New York] and I were discussing how we, as a church, could respond on Saturday morning. By evening, and with the help of enthusiastic Episcopalians across the church, the idea had taken shape and was moving forward.”The detention center at 1001 Welch St. in Taylor is operated for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) by CoreCivic, formerly the Corrections Corporation of America, a private prison company, and is about a 40-minute drive from the Austin Convention Center where General Convention is being held.Varghese says Trinity Wall Street hopes to provide buses for the event that would depart from the convention center at 10:45 a.m. Organizers say participants may also drive to the detention center. Parking is available nearby.Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies, have arranged for a one-hour delay in Sunday’s legislative calendar to facilitate participation by bishops and deputies. The legislative session will begin at 3:15 CDT.The event, which Curry and Jennings will attend, is open to all who are committed to praying for an end to the inhumane treatment of those seeking asylum in the United States. It has been planned not to conflict with the Bishops United Against Gun Violence event at 9:30 a.m. in Brush Square Park, near the convention center.A former medium-security prison, the Hutto center has been the target of frequent lawsuits over issues including harsh conditions, poor food and sexually abusive guards. Originally a family detention center, the facility, since 2009, has housed only female immigrants and asylum seekers.The planning team, which includes several clergy and parishioners of the Diocese of Texas and the Association of Episcopal Deacons, is considering follow-up advocacy activities. Matt Ouellette says: Press Release Service Doug Desper says: Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Hopkinsville, KY June 24, 2018 at 5:54 pm I agree that the U.S. needs to provide better care for its own citizens. We need to spend more resources on health care to make it affordable and accessible to all Americans (a public option, for example), more on infrastructure, research, education, and welfare. We could afford to do all of this if we would stop giving massive tax breaks to billionaires and corporations as well as stopped spending so much on a bloated defense budget. These are all things we can do without having to worry about immigrants straining our resources (not to mention that illegal immigration has decreased recently anyways):http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2017/apr/26/ron-kind/yes-experiencing-net-outflow-illegal-undocumented-/I believe TEC has done a good job on speaking out for social justice for citizens in this country, but we can always do better. We should also speak out against the repressive governments in certain parts of the world that lead people to seek refuge here, but I think on-the-ground protests would be better organized by the churches and faith groups already present in those countries. Rector Bath, NClast_img read more

Seeing the Signs of a Stroke

first_imgFrom Florida Hospital – Apopka Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. STOPPING STROKE’S EFFECTSDr. Hellinger accessed and removed the clots in Dan’s body by going through a femoral artery in his leg. In addition to blurred vision, common symptoms include weakness or numbness on one side of your body and trouble talking or understanding people around you, says Dr. Hellinger.It took three months of physical and speech therapy for Dan to regain his speech and most of the feeling on his right side. And in February 2013, a CT scan showed his carotid artery had fully healed.“I felt pretty good after hearing the news,” Dan says. “I was happy knowing I could do whatever I wanted to again.” You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSFlorida Hospital – ApopkaStroke Previous articleApopka Weekly Arrest ReportNext articleApopka Police Department Helping Teachers Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11  Imagine this: You are at work, at home or out and about, living your life. All of a sudden, you can’t see straight. You blink your eyes hoping to shake the feeling. You look up. Once-clear objects now seem blurry. You feel a bit dizzy. Is the room spinning, or are you?You know something’s not right.More than 700,000 Americans suff­er strokes annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Often, feelings of dizziness or blurred vision are the first warning signs, as Dan Roberts, 54, found out in July 2012.SYMPTOMS START SMALLDuring a weekly racquetball game, Dan jumped back and forth, swinging his racquet with intensity and strength. Then he paused for a moment when his left eye seemed cloudy.“I couldn’t see clearly,” says Dan, “and dismissed it as sweat from my forehead.”Not thinking twice about it, Dan packed up and went home. It wasn’t until later that night that the Casselberry contractor experienced something else peculiar. He sat up in bed and tried to stand.“I fell to the floor,” recalls Dan. “I didn’t know what was happening. I lay there and couldn’t do anything.”Dan’s wife, Jodi, says she heard a loud thump that sounded like deadweight falling. She rushed to her husband, and when she couldn’t get him to stir, she called 9-1-1.FIRST TRIES AT TREATMENTDan was taken to an area hospital, where a computerized tomography (CT) scan showed his left carotid artery, a blood vessel supplying oxygenated blood to the front part of the brain, had a tear. As a result, a blood clot formed in the artery in Dan’s neck, and another formed in his brain, causing an ischemic stroke.Ischemic strokes occur when a blood clot in an artery disrupts the flow of blood into your brain. Within minutes, it can kill or damage vital brain cells.Dan was treated with tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), an intravenous injection administered to dissolve blood clots.When the tPA didn’t work, Dan was transferred to one of the Florida Hospital facilities with a comprehensive stroke center.Frank Hellinger, MD, PhD, interventional neuroradiologist at Florida Hospital, treated Dan. He says that tears in arteries can occur for no apparent reason.“Controlling your blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes, along with eating healthy and not smoking, helps prevent a stroke,” Dr. Hellinger explains.center_img Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply WHEN IT’S NOT A STROKEFor some patients, feelings of dizziness and blurred vision indicate something other than a stroke: vertigo.Often mistaken for lightheadedness or a fear of heights, vertigo is a distinct type of dizziness in which an individual feels as though he or she is spinning, falling or tumbling in space. It can also feel as if the surroundings are spinning. Additional symptoms are nausea, vomiting and loss of hearing.The condition may be caused by an infection or disturbance in the balance organs of the inner ear. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) and Ménière’s disease are among the most common causes. BPPV occurs when small calcium particles gather in the inner ear canals, affecting signals your inner ear sends to the brain about balance. Ménière’s disease is a buildup of fluid that changes pressure in the ear and causes episodes of vertigo.There are multiple ways to test for vertigo and other types of dizziness, including a caloric test, which tracks your eyes as they stare at a moving object, and a posturography test, which examines your balance under various conditions.Speak with your physician if you are experiencing the symptoms of vertigo.For more on this important subject, go here. The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name herelast_img read more

The Linear House / Green Dot Architects

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/590562/the-linear-house-green-dot-architects Clipboard Photographs The Linear House / Green Dot ArchitectsSave this projectSaveThe Linear House / Green Dot Architects Construction Management: Year:  Area:  155 m² Area:  155 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Projects Nano Design Build Inc. Year:  CopyHouses•Toronto, Canada Save this picture!© Tom Arban+ 13 Share Canada Joseph Lee Engineering 2013center_img CopyAbout this officeGreen Dot ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesTorontoHousesCanadaPublished on January 23, 2015Cite: “The Linear House / Green Dot Architects” 23 Jan 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse 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 »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?线性住宅 / Green Dot Architects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 Design Team:Saied Mahboubi, Titka Safarzadeh, Saied Mahboubi, Titka SafarzadehCity:TorontoCountry:CanadaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Tom ArbanRecommended ProductsDoorsVEKADoors – VEKAMOTION 82DoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumKitchen Furniture / CountertopsApavisaSlabs – LinetopDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteText description provided by the architects. This totally transformed, two-storey, brick and stucco home in East York, is first distinguished from its neighbouring homes by its maverick appearance: an epitome of super-modern geometric linear design.Save this picture!Floor PlanThe inspiration for this linear design was born out of the challenge of the narrow lot. Although the lot measures a mere twenty feet in width, the interior space feels much more expanded due to the designer’s attention to harmonious linear design and creative use of open space. The results are a feeling of spaciousness and unhindered flow of natural daylight, intentionally directed through the house to create a luminosity that produces a dynamic living space.Save this picture!© Tom ArbanThe focal point of this home is the front cube corner. Cradling this are two elongated, rectangular windows: one towering up vertically to the height of two stories and the other positioned horizontally, and paired with a row of lights that lead you to the sheltered main entrance at the side of the house. As you enter you face a glass tower containing a floorless, double-storey well of light from the skylight above it, and directly behind this, you will notice that the single-stringer stairs seem to hang suspended and float in open space. This main foyer staircase has a liberating and therapeutic effect from the two-storey glass tower next to it.Save this picture!Floor PlanOn the main floor, even though the family room is sixteen feet wide and the living room area is fourteen feet wide, there is no feeling of restriction due to the eleven-foot ceiling in the living room and the split-floor design, which eliminates the need for some light-restricting walls. As you face the living area in the front of the house, a panoramic view of light hovers from the elongated windows covering three sides of this room. On the other side in the family room at the back area of the house, there is a convex expansion window beside the back deck, which stretches from the main floor into the basement level. You can’t help but feel washed in daylight and open space. On the second floor, large windowed openings have been designed in an adjoining wall between the bedrooms and hallway, to allow the feeling of openness to pervade. Another very special feature on this floor is a walk-out balcony that has window connections to a bedroom and master ensuite nearby.Save this picture!© Tom ArbanThe linear design model is consistent throughout the home. Continuous, clean lines define the space from your first glance and throughout, creating harmony, flow and balance. Thus it became known as The Linear House.Save this picture!SectionProject gallerySee allShow lessTiny-House Villages: Safe Havens for the HomelessMiscCall for Submissions: Archonic Magazine #2 “Disassemble”Architecture News Share Houses The Linear House / Green Dot Architects Architects: Green Dot Architects Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/590562/the-linear-house-green-dot-architects Clipboard “COPY” “COPY” ArchDaily Structure: 2013 photographs:  Tom Arban Photographs:  Tom Arban last_img read more

Hillary Clinton has Hondurans’ blood on her hands

first_imgBerta CáceresOn March 15, just days after the assassination of Indigenous leader Berta Cáceres, news surfaced that one of her comrades, Nelson García from the Río Chiquito community, had also been executed. Berta and Nelson both belonged to the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH ).According to a COPINH communique released by the Honduras Solidarity Network, Nelson was assassinated when he broke for lunch at his mother’s house after “having spent all morning helping to move the belongings of the families being evicted” in Río Chiquito.Violent evictions were taking place just before Nelson’s assassination where “approximately 100 police, 20 members of the militarized police, 10 soldiers and several members of the … investigative police” had invaded the area that 150 families had heroically taken over.More than 75 of the families that had built homes in Río Chiquito with materials they had been able to find were evicted, their houses and gardens, and a community oven destroyed. The community’s chickens were also killed.Honduras in CrisisMost of the media in this country, when they refer to Honduras, always describe this Central American nation as “the most violent country in the world.”Little explanation is given as to who commits the violence and why.But the recent murders of Indigenous leaders and community activists are directly related to the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, especially the candidacy of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has responsibility for the killings.Since 2009, a remarkable percentage of the violence has been directed at the resistance movement. Murders, beatings, rapes and threats have all been waged against anyone who organizes for their basic rights.“Homicides, feminicides, political persecution, disappearances and targeted assassinations have escalated since the 2009 military coup against elected President Manuel Zelaya.” (July 17, 2014, Telesur)Indeed, Honduras is in a crisis. National Public Radio stated in July 2013 that Honduras, a nation of only 8 million people, has “as many as 20 people killed there every day.”The national homicide rate for women is 14.6 per 100,000 inhabitants, making Honduras one of the most violent and dangerous places in the world for women, according to the community-based Jesuit station, Radio Progreso.To report this news is an act of resistance itself.  One of Radio Progreso’s very own reporters, Carlos Mejía, was killed in May 2014. International journalists have been detained, including reporters for Telesur, while others have received death threats or have been murdered.Every sector in society has been targeted: campesinos/as, the Garifuna nation and political activists. Since 2009, more than 30 union members have been killed, according to a Nation magazine report of December 2015.In December 2009, a well-known international LGBTQ activist, Walter Trochez, who had traveled to the U.S. to speak about conditions in Honduras, was executed. The world mourned his loss.It is no wonder, therefore, that mothers send their children up north to the U.S., or families find some other way to escape the violence. Fighting for LGBTQ rights or just for a roof over your head or to stop a corporate dam from taking over ancestral lands is cause for assassination. You don’t have much choice. No matter how treacherous the road from Honduras to the U.S.-Mexican border, mothers, fathers and whole families are caught between a bloody rock and a very hard place.Clinton: ‘Send Honduran families a message’During the Feb. 11 Democratic Party debate in Milwaukee, both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton were asked about their solutions to the recent “child migrant crisis” that had captured the news some time back.Clinton said unabashedly, “Those children needed to be processed appropriately, but we also had to send a message to families and communities in Central America not to send their children on this dangerous journey in the hands of smugglers.”Almost exactly one month later, during the Miami debate on March 9, Latino moderators sharply asked the question, “Would you as President deport children?” Both amazingly said no, although Sanders more forcefully.Clinton not only flip-flopped from one month earlier. Neither she nor the moderator pointed out her own role in the mass exodus from Honduras to begin with. Secretary of state then, Clinton more than supported the 2009 illegal coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya.“Hillary Clinton was probably the most important actor in supporting the coup in Honduras,” according to American University professor Adrienne Pine.But you don’t need to go all the way to Washington to hear that.  Berta Cáceres had said that herself many times.In Clinton’s book, “Hard Choices,” she wrote: “In the subsequent days [following the coup], I spoke with my counterparts around the hemisphere, including Secretary [Patricia] Espinosa in Mexico. We strategized on a plan to restore order in Honduras and ensure that free and fair elections could be held quickly and legitimately, which would render the question of Zelaya moot.”Why U.S. wanted Zelaya outWhy was Zelaya so dangerous to U.S. imperialism?  Why did they want him out?The International Action Center sent a delegation to Honduras with Honduras USA Resistencia not long after the June 2009 coup. Juan Barahona, labor leader and representative of the National Front of the People’s Resistance (FNRP), told the delegation that Zelaya was about to support a major raise in the minimum wage. Others corroborated this, with some saying the raise was 60 percent.“This  infuriated two U.S. companies, Chiquita Brands International (formerly United Fruit) and Dole Food Company,” said John Perkins, author of “The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man,” in an interview with the website Truthout. The big corporations feared that a rise in Honduras’ minimum wage could spread to other countries in Latin America.The 2009 coup helped militarize the country even further. Marjorie Cohen writes in Truthdig, “Amid all this, the United States has added two military bases in Honduras — bringing the total to 14 — and increased its financing of the Honduran police and military.”The illegal, U.S.-backed coup ousted a progressive president and ushered in a wave of repression. Hillary Rodham Clinton has the blood of Berta Cáceres, Nelson García and the over 25,000 people that have been killed since 2009 on her hands.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Encubrimiento Ayotzinapa

first_imgLa desgarradora noticia sobre México notificada en los medios estadounidenses está escrita con un tono apropiado de conmoción y horror. Un equipo internacional especial de investigación asignado para descubrir qué sucedió con los 43 estudiantes de Ayotzinapa desaparecidos, ha informado que su investigación fue detenida tanto por las autoridades locales como por las nacionales.La información sobre el asalto asesino de los estudiantes por la policía – simplemente porque intentaron apropiarse de autobuses locales para asistir a un evento, algo que se había convertido en una “travesura” anual – fue ocultada en todos los niveles, dice el equipo. A pesar del encubrimiento, algunos cuerpos han sido recobrados, y su mutilación es tremendamente enfermiza, revelando una brutalidad sádica que adormece la mente.Pero, ¿qué es lo que queda fuera de todos estos reportajes en este país? Los mismos hechos básicos que se dejan de decir cuando se trata de la desesperada emigración en masa que ha estado sucediendo desde hace años desde México y Centroamérica.El acuerdo comercial impuesto a México por el capital estadounidense, el llamado TLCAN, ha arruinado a los pequeños agricultores que solían ser capaces de sobrevivir con lo que podían cultivar. Ellos no podían competir con la agroindustria de EUA que ha asumido el control del mercado y de la tierra. La resultante pobreza extrema alimentó el tráfico de drogas y la violencia que engendra. El Estado mismo se convirtió en parte del instrumento de “protección” de lo que llama ilegal, pero del cual se alimenta. Los clientes de las drogas están, por supuesto, mayormente en los Estados Unidos.La investigación sobre Ayotzinapa por el pueblo no puede dejar de lado los monstruosos crímenes del imperialismo estadounidense hacia el pueblo mexicano.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Peru: Tens of thousands protest release of right-wing dictator Fujimori

first_imgFamilies hold portraits of Fujimori’s victims in Lima, Dec. 28.On Dec. 24, President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (PPK) shocked Peruvians and the world by pardoning former right-wing dictator Alberto Fujimori. Fujimori oversaw a bloody 10-year reign of terror targeting Indigenous communities, leftist guerrilla movements and parties, trade unions and peasant organizations, students and women, and other progressive forces. This genocidal campaign had the full support and active participation of U.S. imperialism under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.That night — Christmas eve – hundreds poured into the streets of Lima and other cities to denounce the pardon and declare “¡Fujimori Nunca Más!” — “Fujimori never again!” — and “Out, out, PPK!” calling for the current president’s resignation. (Reuters, Dec. 27)The Lima protesters, joined by thousands more the next day, were attacked  by riot police with tear gas and truncheons as they marched toward the hospital where Fujimori was staying. He was pardoned supposedly on “humanitarian” grounds of ill health. Victims’ families and human rights organizations announced plans Dec. 27 to challenge the pardon in court. (soychile.cl, Dec. 31)On Dec. 28, more than 20,000 people, led by families of the massacred and “disappeared” carrying photos of their loved ones, marched in Lima, joined by thousands more in Cuzco, Ayacucho, Piura, Cajamarca, Chimbote, Huancayo, Puno and other cities throughout Peru. (La Radio del Sur, Dec. 29) Protests were also held across Latin America, in Madrid and New York.“We will march until the pardon is annulled and Kuczynski resigns,” vowed Marco Arana of the Broad Front. (teleSUR, Dec. 29)“PPK has never invited us — the families of his victims — to visit him as he has Keiko and Kenji [Fujimori’s children, leaders of the far-right Fuerza Popular party],” explained Carmen Oyague, whose daughter was one of nine students and a professor kidnapped and murdered in 1992.” (The Guardian, Dec. 29)A dirty political dealKuczynski was narrowly elected in 2016 with support of some progressive forces who viewed him as the “lesser evil” against opponent Keiko Fujimori. During the campaign he pledged not to pardon the ex-president.In fact, Fujimori’s pardon by President Kuczynski came just days after members of the party headed by his children blocked PPK’s impeachment on corruption charges. (La Radio del Sur, Dec. 29)Fujimori served less than half of a 25-year jail sentence for crimes against humanity. Contrast his treatment with that of leading leftist political prisoners.Abimael Guzmán of the Communist Party of Peru–Sendero Luminoso (PCP-SL) and Victor Polay of the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA) have been held in near total isolation in an isolated naval prison for more than 25 years.After Fujimori’s pardon, Guzmán’s attorney, Alfredo Crespo, declared: “We demand the freedom of Abimael Guzmán Reinoso. Twenty-five years in absolute isolation.” (RedMas.com, Dec. 26)Crimes of Fujimori and imperialismAlberto Fujimori came to power in 1990 with a mandate from Wall Street to enact draconian International Monetary Fund austerity measures, privatize the economy and crush the growing liberation movements.The crimes of Fujimori, the Peruvian ruling class and U.S. imperialism were documented in the pages of Workers World throughout the 1990s.In early 1992, Fujimori and his military/police allies carried out a so-called auto-coup, suspending the Constitution, dismissing Congress and the courts, and implementing martial law throughout the country.Little more than a month later, he ordered the massacre of more than 400 political prisoners at Canto Grande prison outside Lima.U.S. military special forces intervened directly in the civil war under the guise of the “war on drugs.” Washington’s intelligence agencies participated in the capture of revolutionary leaders.Peruvian industries nationalized under left-nationalist military governments in the 1960s and 1970s were sold off at cut-rate prices to Western and Japanese monopolies and in exchange for massive military aid from both Republican and Democratic U.S. administrations.Thousands of political activists and suspected “sympathizers” with the armed resistance struggle were imprisoned. They were convicted by military courts where judges wore hoods to hide their identities and where defendants had no right to defend themselves. Many prisoners were tortured. Thousands more were simply “disappeared.”Death squads targeted Indigenous villages in the Andes and impoverished shanty towns around Lima from which the guerrilla movements drew support. Mass graves are still being uncovered today.Fujimori also enacted a forced sterilization program against 300,000 Indigenous and poor women between 1996 and 2000, based on an earlier U.S. program in Puerto Rico.In April 1997, Fujimori ordered the massacre of MRTA guerrillas who had occupied the Japanese Embassy in Lima to draw attention to the plight of political prisoners.Fujimori’s pardon now is a symptom of a U.S.-inspired right-wing offensive to roll back Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution and the progressive governments and movements it has inspired throughout Latin America.But the Peruvian people taking to the streets are showing the world they will not accept this without a fight.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Sheep Checkoff Funds Projects for 2021, Welcomes New Board Members

first_img By Purdue University News Service – Nov 24, 2020 SHARE Sheep Checkoff Funds Projects for 2021, Welcomes New Board Members SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Sheep Checkoff Funds Projects for 2021, Welcomes New Board Members After a year of virtual meetings and even virtual events, the Indiana Sheep and Wool Market Development Program (Indiana S&W) is looking forward to the new year and funding new projects to promote the state’s lamb and wool industry.At the checkoff’s biannual meeting in early November, Indiana S&W board members voted to accept four new projects for funding:* Washington County small ruminant workshop.* Washington County 4-H Sheep meeting activities.* Upgrades to the Indiana Sheep Association’s website and the merging of the IN S&W current website.* 2021 statewide ISA Shearing School to be held in March.Indiana S&W asks that producers and others continue to submit funding requests for projects involving the promotion of or research for the Indiana Sheep Industry. More information can be found at iswcheckoff.wixsite.com/indianasheepandwool.Indiana S&W also welcomed three new board members for districts 2, 5 and 8:District 2: Kim Martin, overseeing Elkhart, LaGrange, Steuben, Kosciusko, Noble and DeKalb counties.District 5:  Bill Zwyers, overseeing Cass, Carroll, Howard, Clinton, Boone, Tipton, Hamilton, Grant and Madison counties.District 8: Justin Rexing, overseeing Sullivan, Knox, Daviess, Marten, Gibson, Pike, Dubois, Posey, Vandenburgh, Warrick, Spencer, Clay, Owen, Monroe and Greene counties.Anyone with questions or interest in learning more about the program should contact Purdue program advisor Meredith Cobb at 765-426-1195, or visit the checkoff website.About the Indiana Sheep and Wool Market Development ProgramThe Indiana Sheep and Wool Market Development Program was created to support educational, promotional and research efforts involving sheep in Indiana. Funds for the council are collected from the sale of all sheep in Indiana – 0.5% of the net market price of each sheep sold. All funds collected by stockyards, sale managers, producers and others should be sent to the council’s business office at Purdue. Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Previous articleNorthey: Applying for DMC Can Mean Difference Between Staying in Business or NotNext articlePurdue to Host Free Virtual 2021 Top Farmer Conference Purdue University News Servicelast_img read more

Letter to Twitter Executive Chairman Jack Dorsey urging him not to cooperate with censors

first_img Help by sharing this information Paris, 27 January 2012Dear Mr. Dorsey,Reporters Without Borders, an organization that defends freedom of information worldwide, would like to share with you its deep concern about yesterday’s announcement on the official Twitter blog of a new policy under which tweets may be censored in some countries, according to each country’s different criteria.We urge you to reverse this decision, which restricts freedom of expression and runs counter to the movements opposed to censorship that have been linked to the Arab Spring, in which Twitter served as a sounding board. By finally choosing to align itself with the censors, Twitter is depriving cyberdissidents in repressive countries of a crucial tool for information and organization.We are very disturbed by this decision, which is nothing other than local level censorship carried out in cooperation with local authorities and in accordance with local legislation, which often violates international free speech standards. Twitter’s position that freedom of expression is interpreted differently from country to country is inacceptable. This fundamental principle is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.We call on you to be transparent about the way you propose to carry out this censorship. Posting the removal requests you receive from governments on the Chilling Effects website will not suffice to offset the harm done by denying access to content. Twitter has said that, if it receives “a valid and properly scoped request from an authorized entity,” it may respond by withholding access to certain content in a particular country, while notifying the content’s author.The way this is defined is too vague and leaves the door open to all kinds of abuse. Are you going to act in response to a court decision? Or, as is the case in China, will just a phone call from a government official or a local police station suffice to justify denying access to content? Are you going to limit yourselves to censoring tweets after they have been posted or, if faced with a flood of official requests, will you establish a system of prior censorship based on subjects or keyword defined by censors?You also announced that access to the accounts of some Twitter users could be blocked altogether in certain countries. Are you going to block the accounts of Syrian cyberdissidents if the Syrian authorities tell you to do so? Does this mean that Twitter could render the Reporters Without Borders Twitter account (@RSF_RWB) inaccessible in countries where we often denounce repressive practices and freedom of information violations, and where the authorities are ready to do anything to silence us?Does your new policy mean that references on Twitter to Arab revolutions and demonstrations in Manama will no longer be accessible in Bahrain? Will Vietnamese using your social network from their country no longer be able to tweet about bauxite mining’s harmful impact on the environment? Are you going to block tweets about the demands of Turkey’s Kurdish minority? Will Russian Internet users see their criticisms of the government censored? The list of debates and issues that could disappear from your network at the local level is long. The fact that these messages would continue to be available to the rest of the world, and to Internet users in the affected countries who know how to use censorship circumvention tools, does not offset the harm done by censoring and blocking information.Was your decision motivated by the desire to penetrate the Chinese market at all costs? You recently visited China and voiced the hope that Twitter would one day be permitted. You cannot be unaware of the success of Chinese micro-blogging platforms such as Sina Weibo, which are forced to cooperate with the authorities and impose permanent censorship. While it is obviously regrettable that the Chinese authorities block access to Twitter and Facebook, what would Twitter’s added value be if it also had to purge itself of forbidden content in order to establish itself in China? Is it possible that one day there will be a sanitized Chinese version of Twitter that has been rid of any reference to the Chinese Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo?This decision runs counter to the tendency to reject censorship demands from governments such as China’s, a trend started by Google and GoDaddy. At the same time, Internet companies are increasingly being held to account about the export of equipment that could be used to reinforce the surveillance and harassment of dissidents.We praised your Speak2Tweet initiative in February 2011 in Egypt, which enabled dissidents to continue tweeting after the Internet was disconnected, but we are very disappointed by this U-turn now. We urge you to think again about this new policy’s implications both for freedom of expression and your company’s development strategy. The commercial advantages in the Chinese market are not the only criteria to be considered. Twitter’s image in the eyes of its users is also at stake.We thank you for the attention you give to this request and we look forward to a favourable response.Sincerely, Organisation Olivier BasilleReporters Without Borders director RSF_en center_img Reporters Without Borders has written to Twitter Executive Chairman Jack Dorsey voicing deep concern about yesterday’s announcement that Twitter will introduce geolocated censorship – censorship varying according to the social network user’s country location – and urging him to reverse a policy that violates freedom of expression.Read the opinion column published by This Reporters Without Borders on the Nouvel Observateur’s website Le Plus on 2 February.—————Mr. James DorseyExecutive chairmanTwitter, Inc. 795 Folsom St., Suite 600San Francisco, CA 94107USA January 27, 2012 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Letter to Twitter Executive Chairman Jack Dorsey urging him not to cooperate with censors Newslast_img read more

TV news chief resigns in protest at government pressure

first_imgNews 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Follow the news on Americas RSF_en Organisation Reports June 3, 2021 Find out more to go further Americas June 2, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 TV news chief resigns in protest at government pressure Help by sharing this information center_img News Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Americas Odette Campbell, the main presenter and head of news at Grenada Broadcasting Network (GBN), announced on 1 June she was resigning in protest at being suspended for a week for objecting to government threats to prosecute anyone who put out reports that prime minister Keith Mitchell was corrupt. The resignation will take effect on 30 June. GBN is 40% government-owned.—————————————————-28.05.2004- Journalist arrested for questioning about sources Reporters Without Borders today voiced deep concern about the detention yesterday of journalist Leroy Noel for interrogation about his sources for a report on an alleged case of corruption implicating Prime Minister Keith Mitchell. “The arrest, detention and interrogation undergone by this journalist constitute a serious violation of press freedom,” the organisation said.Leroy Noel was held at police headquarters in St. George’s and questioned about a report published on 19 May in the online newspaper Caribbean Net News headlined “Days numbered for Grenada Prime minister?”. He was finally released after four hours of interrogation, but his lawyer, Anselm Clouden, told the online daily Caribupdate there was a strong possibility that “he may be re-arrested and charged, possibly with criminal libel”.Leroy Noel is the third person detained in two days for questioning about published reports about the alleged corruption case. Government information service director Selwyn Noel had warned the news media not to repeat claims made on 15 May in the Miami-based newspaper KYC News that USD500,000 exchanged hands in 2000 between Keith Mitchell and a German businessman, Eric Resteiner. Keith Mitchell appointed Eric Resteiner to a diplomatic post. He was subsequently revoked him in 2001. Resteiner is now being prosecuted in the United States.Leroy Noel’s detention came two days after Keith Mitchell threatened him in public. Caribupdate said Leroy Noel is on a blacklist of six news media figures who are likely to be detained soon. The main opposition party, the National Democratic Congress, said that the government is “moving aggresively to also silence the local media”. WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists News Receive email alerts June 7, 2021 Find out more May 13, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more