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English FA fines Scholes £8,000 for breaching betting rules

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter The English Football Association (FA) has fined former England and Manchester United footballer Paul Scholes £8,000 (€8,995/$10,079) after finding him guilty of breaching its rules regarding betting on football. Topics: Legal & compliance Sports betting The English Football Association (FA) has fined former England and Manchester United footballer Paul Scholes £8,000 (€8,995/$10,079) after it found he had breached its prohibition on betting on the sport.Scholes was alleged to have placed a total of 140 bets on games between August 17, 2015 and January 12, 2019. He wagered a total of £26,159, making a net profit of £5,831.FA rules strictly prohibit anyone involved with a football club in England from placing bets on football matches around the world.Scholes was a director of Salford City FC when all bets were placed, but he did not become manager of Oldham Athletic until after this period. Scholes spent 31 days as manager of the League One side from February 11 to March 14.In January of this year, Paddy Power Betfair alerted to the FA that Scholes had potentially broken its rules on betting and shared his account details with the national governing body. Bet365 also shared information on Scholes’ account.Although the FA investigation found that Scholes had not placed bets on matches involving Salford City, there was concern over some of the games.Eight bets involved Manchester United, where Scholes spent the majority of his playing career and during a period when former teammates Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt were working at the club.Scholes also placed a bet on Spanish LaLiga team Valencia, which, at the time, employed Salford City associates and friends Gary and Philip Neville. He also wagered on FA Cup matches after Salford City had been eliminated from the competition.Scholes said he had not been aware of the specific rules on betting, saying that he thought he was not permitted to bet on games involving Salford City. He also said the he did not have any special knowledge of the clubs he was betting on.Although the FA agreed Scholes was not in a position to influence the outcome of any of these matches, the activity constituted a breach of its betting rules.In its assessment, the FA also noted that although Salford City had been knocked out of the FA Cup when Scholes placed bets, this “does not remove the possibility or perception that some advantage may have been gained by its presence within it”.Scholes has now been ordered to pay the £8,000, in addition to a contribution of £1,800 towards a personal hearing on the case that Scholes had requested. The FA also warned Scholes about his future conduct.Scholes will have the option to appeal against the decision.Image: Biser Todorov Regions: UK & Ireland Legal & compliancecenter_img English FA fines Scholes £8,000 for breaching betting rules Email Address 19th June 2019 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more

Promotion and Development Ltd ( 2012 Annual Report

first_imgPromotion and Development Ltd ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Investment sector has released it’s 2012 annual report.For more information about Promotion and Development Ltd ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Promotion and Development Ltd ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Promotion and Development Ltd (  2012 annual report.Company ProfilePromotion and Development Limited is a company based in Mauritius which deals in the shares investment, property development, and supply and provision of services associated with such activities in Mauritius. The company has property, shares, and security segments that it operates through. Promotion and Development Limited also rents properties and provides security and property protection services, as well as sells equipment. Promotion and Development Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Revealed: here are the 10 best performing FTSE 100 stocks in the past six months. I’d buy!

first_img Jonathan Smith does not own shares in any firm mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of Flutter Entertainment. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Fresnillo. 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. See all posts by Jonathan Smith Jonathan Smith | Monday, 13th July, 2020 | More on: OCDO We’re now in the second half of 2020. I’ll save the “where did the first half go?” exclamation, as I’m sure you’ve heard it already. But milestones such as this are really good points in time for investors to take stock and look back. This is especially important given the rocky road the FTSE 100 has trodden over the past six months. By looking at the 10 best-performing stocks over this period, it allows us to see what the key trends were. It also helps us to make more informed opinions on what areas (and individual stocks) could be strong performers in the next six months.The 10 best-performing FTSE 100 stocksSo here are the first half’s top performers.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…Ocado Group (up 59%)Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust (52%)Fresnillo (50%)Polymetal International (30%)Reckitt Benckiser Group (26%)Rentokil Initial (15%)Flutter Entertainment (15%)Spirax-Sarco Engineering (13%)Avast (11%)AstraZeneca (11%)Key theme: Covid-19So let’s work our way down the list. The first theme that jumps out to me is the performance of Ocado (LSE: OCDO). I’ve reported on this, as have other writers at The Motley Fool over the past few months. The pandemic has meant consumers still need to buy groceries, but don’t want to have unnecessary human contact. So what better way to buy food than via an online platform and get it delivered to the door? Ocado has been in the right place at the right time to capitalise on this surge in demand and changing environment. Given that the world is unlikely to go back to full normality over the next six months, it’s logical to think that Ocado will continue to see strong demand for the service it provides. Thus the share price should remain a strong FTSE 100 performer.I think the impact of the pandemic can also be seen via Reckitt Benckiser and AstraZeneca. Both share prices have moved higher. Reckitt Benckiser makes health and hygiene products. AstraZeneca is one of the companies hotly tipped to manufacture a Covid-19 vaccine. As a result, both firms could continue to be top-performing FTSE 100 stocks.Key theme: gold priceSpots three and four are taken by precious metals miners. The rally in share prices here can be seen in part thanks to the move higher in the gold price. Both firms mine for gold. Of note: the gold price is up almost 30% in the past six months, trading at around $1,800 per oz. This higher price ultimately means both firms are able to generate higher revenue when the sell the gold mined. Polymetal even mentioned in a trading update that revenue was up thanks to the move higher in the gold price. For the next six months, it seems the share prices will continue to track the gold price.There are other interesting stories from other performers that are worth researching yourself. For example, Flutter Entertainment (the owner of Paddy Power) saw a strong bounce-back in demand as sporting events resumed.As a long-term investor, I want to find stocks that have the potential to rally over the next few years. Some firms, like the miners, could struggle to generate this due to the already high gold price. But there are definite standout performers for the long term here. Ocado is one stock I’m positive on, and would look to buy now for the long term.  Revealed: here are the 10 best performing FTSE 100 stocks in the past six months. I’d buy! 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. Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”last_img read more

Areia / AAP Associated Architects Partnership

first_imgArchitects: AAP Associated Architects Partnership Area Area of this architecture project ArchDaily 2017 Kuwait Year:  Areia / AAP Associated Architects Partnership Photographs:  João Morgado Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Area:  2063 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyHouses, Residential•Al Khiran, Kuwait Manufacturers: Fosroc, Kessel, StormerCollaborators:Telmo Rodrigues, Carla Barroso, Pedro Miranda, Alba Duarte, Lionel Estriga, Carlo Palma, Mohammed Karout, Emanuel Grave, António Brigas, Elvino Domingos, João Costa, Hassan Javed, Duarte Correia, Mariana Neves, Luís EstevesLandscape Design:Susana PinheiroInterior Design:Leonor FeyoMEP:Rúben Rodrigues, Vando Beldade, Mohammed HassanGraphic Design:Aquilino SoteroProject Management:Asbuilt – Vando BeldadeAuthors:Abdulatif Al Mishari, Osvaldo de Sousa, Rui VargasCity:Al KhiranCountry:KuwaitMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© João MorgadoRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsPorcelain StonewareApavisaFloor Tiles – RegenerationWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsWoodEGGERLaminatesText description provided by the architects. The project is located in Sabah Alahmed Alsabah Maritime City in the southern part of Kuwait. Developed to expand the length of available shoreline, the development brings the sea into the desert to create a series of canals that are anchored by several docks and marinas and activated by many other recreational activities. The five plots of the five residences sit on one of the inner canals overlooking the sea.Save this picture!© João MorgadoFrom an early stage, the idea was to develop a sense of unity, using the same architectural language of simple plane geometry, as well as the same basic concept and programmatic organization, resulting in a contemporary image of continuity and proportion, where slight harmonious variations guarantee complexity and diversity to this set of houses.Save this picture!© João MorgadoThe program involves an interpretation of the Kuwaiti way of life and its needs, relating the main daily living areas with the beach, exterior patios, gardens, and pool areas. Positioned in the ground floor and with a privileged view over the canal, they share the ability to combine their use by its dwellers, in order to maximize the overall flexibility, as well as associate the interior space with the exterior areas in a comfortable way, literally extending to the plot limits. On the opposite edge of the plot, next to the entrance, stands a formal social gathering space for guests, the diwanyia.Save this picture!© João MorgadoSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© João MorgadoUpper floors are bounded by enveloping walls, partially perforated, that effectively guarantee the privacy requested by the program. It withstands certain programmatic variations without compromising the unity as an ensemble. More contained in itself, is reserved for the family bedrooms, with a wider, albeit protected, view over the city. Rooftops with its 360º panoramic view over Khiran make desirable leisure spaces, combining lounge and seating areas for socializing, making it an ideal venue for experiencing the sunset time when the absence of shade is tolerable.Save this picture!© João MorgadoStaff quarters, stand on different floors, connecting directly their circle of activities. The five villas, multiply the same organization concept in its basic. Despite the fact that the schematics are very similar, the volumetric composition presents gentle variations that make each house unique its own way. When seen from the road, they look like a simple repetition of the same house, a more heterogeneous facade is experienced from the canal.Save this picture!© João MorgadoThe simple and neutral approach, tries to restore use, functions and habitability on a basic, shade and courtyards design options in a natural contradiction with what at this point is the development of this city, where the architectural anarchy of the different residential designs, the lack of criteria in color, dimensions, form, textures and construction options create a complex, heterogeneous image of a place that is yet to be defined.Save this picture!© João MorgadoProject gallerySee allShow lessAFM Interior / Olha Wood InteriorsSelected ProjectsGimhae Heung-dong House / Architects Group RAUMSelected Projects Sharecenter_img Save this picture!© João Morgado+ 65Curated by Pedro Vada Share “COPY” Areia / AAP Associated Architects PartnershipSave this projectSaveAreia / AAP Associated Architects Partnership “COPY” Photographs Projects Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyAbout this officeAAP Associated Architects PartnershipOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBuildingsResidentialAl KhiranKuwaitPublished on March 15, 2018Cite: “Areia / AAP Associated Architects Partnership” 14 Mar 2018. 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Veterans of anti-racist struggle honor Mumia and Bell

first_imgEx-Black Panther Herman BellNew York — An overflow assembly of Mumia Abu-Jamal supporters packed the meeting hall of the International Action Center on the afternoon of Sunday, April 29. They came to defend Mumia before his pivotal April 30 court hearing in Philadelphia, to pay tribute to the hard-won release from prison of ex-Black Panther Herman Bell and to hear in-the-trenches activists give a historic assessment of the current domestic and world situation.The crowd-drawing event was headlined under the theme “Which Way Forward with Anti-Imperialist Consciousness and Resistance?” Reprising the spirit of the Afro-Asian 1955 Bandung Conference in Indonesia, an artistically compelling flyer listed the highly regarded presenters, including Estela Vásquez, vice president, Local 1199 SEIU; Mireille Fanon Mendes-France, president, Frantz Fanon Foundation; Professor Tony Monteiro, W.E.B. Du Bois scholar and teacher; Sara Flounders, co-director, International Action Center; Pam Africa and Dr. Suzanne Ross, International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal; William Camacaro, Venezuela support activist; and Glenn Ford, Black Agenda Report.The impressive meeting centered around the “hot off the press” release of Mumia’s newest book, “Murder Incorporated: Empire/Genocide/Manifest Destiny,” co-authored with Stephen Vittoria. It sold at a brisk pace.After spending 45 years in prison, Herman Bell was finally released on April 27 over strong opposition from the NYC Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the Piagentini family and Mayor Bill de Blasio.Prior to Bell’s release, inflammatory labels such as “cop-killer” were hurled in his direction in a cruel effort to derail his dues-paid release and ignoring the fact that the parole board had determined that after 45 years of imprisonment and stringent review, Herman Bell had met the conditions for parole in full. While this story is tragic, history shows that police are not sacred cows, as evidenced in the Eric Garner tragedy of four years ago. And we must never forget Ramsey Orta, who has been persecuted by police ever since releasing his video of the police chokehold that killed Garner.Bell’s case goes back more than 45 years and reflects the turbulent period that began during the Civil Rights and anti-Vietnam War eras. It included issues around this country’s history of rampant police brutality against people of color. It is interesting to note that the family of slain officer  Waverly Jones was more conciliatory than the Piagentini family, even though they both lost loved ones in the shootout that involved Bell.In a statement circulated by the Campaign to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, the Bell family said his release “is a result of important and urgent changes in the criminal legal system and parole regulations that are part of nationwide efforts to end mass incarceration. Let us hope that Herman’s release brings inspiration for more change.”It is important to remember that the inflammatory term “cop killer” is used to obscure the notion that political prisoners exist in the United States. Denial allows the state and news media to criminalize actions that challenge the racist and repressive nature of this society. The decades-long incarcerations of Mumia and other political prisoners are egregious violations of the human rights that the U.S. piously claims to uphold, but violates massively on a daily basis.The struggle to free Mumia Abu-Jamal will continue because he’s been innocent from jump-street and the evidence proves it. A luta continua! May Herman Bell enjoy the peace he so rightfully deserves!Hagins is a member of the Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition in New York City. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

From Venezuela: An open letter to the people of the U.S. from President Nicolás Maduro

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela delivered this Feb. 7 message to the people of the U.S. through social media. If I know anything, it is about the people, because just like you, I am a man of the people. I was born and raised in a poor neighborhood of Caracas. I was forged in the heat of popular and union struggles in a Venezuela submerged in exclusion and inequality. I am no tycoon; I am a worker of mind and heart.  Today I have the great privilege of presiding over the new Venezuela, rooted in a model of inclusive development and social equality, which Comandante Hugo Chávez forged starting in 1998, inspired by the legacy of Simón Bolivar.We are living today in a historical crossroad. There are days that will define the future of our countries, giving us a choice between war and peace. Your national representatives of Washington want to bring to their borders the same hatred that they sowed in Vietnam. They want to invade and intervene in Venezuela — they say, as they said then — in the name of democracy and freedom. But this is false. Their history of the usurpation of power in Venezuela is as false as the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. It is a false argument, but it can have dramatic consequences for our entire region.Venezuela is a country that, by virtue of its 1999 Constitution, has broadly expanded the participatory and protagonist democracy of the people, and that in an unprecedented way so that today Venezuela is one of the countries that has held the largest number of elections in the last 20 years. You may not like our ideology or how our society looks, but we exist and we are millions.I address these words to the people of the United States of America to warn of the gravity and danger that some sectors in the White House intend, that is, to invade Venezuela with unpredictable consequences for my country and for the entire American region. President Donald Trump also intends to disrupt the worthy initiatives to open a dialogue promoted by Uruguay and Mexico, with the support of CARICOM, for a peaceful solution and dialogue on behalf of Venezuela. We know that for the good of Venezuela we have to sit down and talk because to refuse to dialogue is to choose the path of force. Keep in mind the words of John F. Kennedy: “Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.” Those who do not want to dialogue, are they afraid of the truth?The political intolerance toward the Venezuelan Bolivarian model and the desires for our immense oil resources, minerals and other great riches have prompted an international coalition headed by the U.S. government to commit the serious insanity of waging a military attack on Venezuela under the pretext of a nonexistent humanitarian crisis.The people of Venezuela have painfully suffered social wounds caused by a criminal commercial and financial blockade, which has been aggravated by the dispossession and robbery of our financial resources and assets in countries aligned with this demented onslaught.And yet, thanks to a new system of social protection, of direct attention to the most vulnerable sectors of our society, we proudly continue to be a country in the Americas with high human development index and low inequality.The U.S. people must know that this complex multiform aggression is carried out with total impunity and in clear violation of the Charter of the United Nations, which expressly outlaws the threat or use of force, among other principles and purposes, for the sake of peace and friendly relations between nations.We want to continue being business partners of the people of the United States, as we have been throughout our history. Their politicians in Washington, on the other hand, are willing to send their sons and daughters to die in an absurd war, instead of respecting the sacred right of the Venezuelan people to self-determination and to safeguard their sovereignty.Like you, people of the United States, we Venezuelans are patriots. And we shall defend our homeland with all our soul. Today Venezuela is united in a single cry: We demand the cessation of the aggression that seeks to suffocate our economy and socially suffocate our people, as well as the cessation of the serious and dangerous threats of military intervention against Venezuela.We appeal to the good soul of U.S. society, a victim of its own leaders, to join our call for peace. Let us be all one people against warmongering and war.Long live the peoples of America!Nicolás MaduroPresident of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuelalast_img read more

Bacon Better For the Environment than Lettuce

first_img Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleWho is on the Naughty List? Gary Truitt Home Indiana Agriculture News Bacon Better For the Environment than Lettuce SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Dec 21, 2015 Facebook Twitter New research from the Carnegie Mellon University suggested that following the USDA recommendations to consume more fruits, vegetables, dairy and seafood is more harmful to the environment. Meatingplace reports that’s because those foods have relatively high resource use and greenhouse gas emissions per calorie. Paul Fischbeck, a professor involved in the research, said “eating lettuce is over three times worse in greenhouse gas emissions than eating bacon.” Researchers studied the food supply chain to determine how the obesity epidemic in the United States is affecting the environment. Specifically, they examined how growing, processing and transporting food, as well as food sales and service and household use take a toll on resources in the form of energy use, water use and GHG emissions. They found getting weight under control and eating fewer calories has a positive effect on the environment, however, eating the recommended “healthier” foods — a mix of fruits, vegetables, dairy and seafood — increased the environmental impact. Bacon Better For the Environment than Lettucelast_img read more


first_imgIncreased pressure on the media during the run-up to the presidential electionIntimidation campaigns against journalists and dissidents intensified during the run-up to the 2010 presidential election.Website blockings and harassment follow the entry into force of Decree No. 60On 6 July 2010, the Vitebsky Kuryer newspaper’s website was blocked by the Beltelecom national telecommunications operator, which controls bandwidth. The website, not registered with the authorities for ideological reasons, has now been blocked under Decree No. 60, and has had to migrate to another platform.A news website based in the town of Vileika,, was blocked for several days as the result of a police investigation into comments posted by cybernauts. On 1 July, the police questioned one of the site’s users, Mikalai Susla, and confiscated his computer because they suspected him to be the site’s director. The latter said that the site had been blocked because of unfavourable comments about local and national policies, and that the crackdown was related to the fact that Decree No. 60 had just come into effect.Natalia Radzina, chief editor of the opposition website was again interrogated by police in Minsk on 1 July 2010 in connection with litigation over a comment made on her website. This was her fourth interrogation in four months.On 23 June 2010, nine activist members of the Nazbol (National Bolshevik Party) staged an unauthorised demonstration on Freedom Square in Minsk, waving placards and wearing T-shirts with the words “Internet Freedom.” They were arrested and found guilty of “violating procedure for holding demonstrations.” Their leader, Yawhen Kontush, was fined 875,000 Belarus roubles (about USD 324). The other participants were each sentenced to pay a fine of 175,000 roubles (about USD 65).Journalists’ personal data in jeopardyIn April 2010, a senior police officer authorised police computer experts to access the e-mail accounts and Skype instant messages of several independent journalists whose computers had been seized during raids of their media offices and homes on 16 March. This happened as a result of defamation suits which a former KGB official, Ivan Korzh, brought against relatives of police officers arrested in connection with a case involving allegedly illegal hunting practices.Natalia Radzina, Svyatlana Kalinkina and Maryna Koktysh of the opposition newspaper Narodnaya Volya, as well as Iryna Khalip of the independent Russian daily Novaïa Gazeta are also concerned.The authorities’ decision to access journalists’ e-mails and instant messaging constitutes a serious violation of both these media professionals’ communication methods and their privacy. Such practices place the reporters’ sources in jeopardy. Belarus authorities are particularly interested in identifying and monitoring contributors to Charter 97’s website. Police investigator Alyaksandr Puseu told Natallya Radzina that they had discovered no documents related to the defamation suit in the seized computers, but had found over 3,000 articles containing the keyword diktatura (dictatorship). The journalist was questioned in detail about how the website operates. In 2009, Ivan Korzh had lodged a complaint in the aim of having an article posted on removed, entitled: “Relatives of arrested policemen complain about dictatorship.”Impunity promotes self-censorship On 3 September 2010, Oleg Bebenine, a Charter 97 journalist known for his criticisms of Belarus’ leadership, was found hanged in his country house near Minsk, the capital. The official finding of suicide is denied by his close relatives and associates, who believe that it was a politically motivated crime. Journalists covering this case have received death threats.The Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ) – a Reporters Without Borders’ partner organisation and a 2004 Sakharov Prize recipient – sent letters to the Minister of Interior and to the public prosecutor calling for an objective and transparent investigation. To date, impunity reigns over this matter, adding to the oppressive climate of intimidation against media professionals and motivating them to resort to self-censorship.Demonstrations against Lukashenko’s re-election : Attempts to block information The president of Belarus, who has been in power for 16 years, was officially re-elected as a result of the December 2010 elections, which international observers have labelled “undemocratic.”On 19 December 2010, protest demonstrations were held in Minsk after the announcement of the outgoing President’s victory with nearly 80% of the votes. Large gatherings were violently dispersed and over 600 people were arrested, including some 30 journalists. Pressures also intensified online and on communications via cell phone. Calls made on 19 December around 8:00 p.m. could not get through anywhere in Belarus. A number of opposition and independent news sites were the victims of DdoS attacks which either made them inaccessible or caused them to display pseudo or “counterfeit” websites disseminating false information to which visitors were redirected. Thus, some sites with similar names, but registered with the suffix “.in,” appeared in place of, as well as Belaruspartisan and Gazetaby, and even the newspaper Nasha Niva.Blog platforms such as the highly popular LiveJournal experienced operating problems as of 19 December. In the early morning of 20 December, security agents entered the offices of the website and several of their members were arrested by the KGB. Editor Natalia Radzina was struck in the head by police on 19 December. Released in late January 2011, she is still under house arrest and is being prosecuted for “participation in mass riots.” She may face a prison term of up to 15 years.Continued reprisals and international solidarity for voices critical of the regimeRepression continued to plague Belarus’ society in the weeks following the election protests.Several unprecedented cases of house arrests, coupled with the posting of security officers at opposition members’ homes and strict isolation measures, have been observed. Some of the latter have been barred from Internet access and from watching TV news.In view of the extent of the protests, the well-known Polish dissident and politician Lech Walesa predicted that Belarusians would use new technologies to follow in the footsteps of Tunisia and relieve President Alexander Lukashenko of his duties.In the meantime, the international community has been expressing increased solidarity with Belarusian civil society. Since 2011, the European Union and the United States have imposed new sanctions against Minsk which include asset freezes and refusals to grant visas to the Belarus president and 150 of his close associates.Estonia, a Balta state renowned for its expertise in the technology sector, stated in January 2011 that it was ready to put its cyber-expertise to work on behalf of the Belarusian opposition to teach them “how to manage their Internet websites and protect them against cyberattacks.” The NATO Cyber Security Centre is based in Estonia. The United States is said to have offered to join Estonians in their efforts to aid Belarus. Human rights activists, who have already demonstrated how innovative they are by their successful online mobilisation efforts, are often skilled users of certain techniques for circumventing censorship and protecting personal data. However, in confronting a regime resolved not to loosen its grip, international assistance may prove to be a valuable asset to Belarusian netizens. May 28, 2021 Find out more to go further “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says News News Follow the news on Belarus Until now Belarus’ sole space for freedom, the Internet, has just been put under a regulatory microscope by the government in the wake of a repressive order which entered into effect in July 2010. The suspicious death of an online journalist has traumatised the profession. In the run-up to the elections, and during the demonstrations following the disputed re-election of Alexander Lukashenko, “Europe’s last dictator” civil society has witnessed crackdowns both offline, against demonstrators and journalists, and online, via blockings, cyberattacks and tampering. BelarusEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information BelarusEurope – Central Asia Receive email alertscenter_img Organisation News RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Setting up an Internet filtering systemDecree No. 60 issued in February 2010, entitled “On measures for improving use of the national Internet network,” entered into effect on 1 July 2010. It establishes extensive control over Internet content and provides a framework for network access. It requires Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to register with the Ministry of Communications and Information and to provide it with technical details on the country’s online networks, systems and information resources.This decree also obliges ISPs to identify all the devices (including computers and mobile phones) which are being used to connect to the Internet. Similarly, all users going online in a cybercafé or using a shared connection (for example, in a condominium) now have to identify themselves, and a record of all online connections must be kept for one year. The aim of this measure is to dissuade citizens from continuing to inform themselves on independent and opposition websites.The decree also provides for the creation of a Centre of Operations and Analysis (COA) attached to the president’s office, whose task it will be to monitor all content before it is put online. This measure clearly institutes censorship at the highest level of government. Any request by this Centre for a website closure will have to be carried out by the ISP concerned within 24 hours. Any protest against a website’s closing will need to be referred to a court. The Ministry of Communications and Information has formulated a new regulation, effective as of 1 July, setting up a filtering system for controlling access to websites considered dangerous, including “extremist” sites, those linked with trafficking in arms, drugs, or human beings, and those which are pornographic or incite violence. Sites deemed as such will be banned by order of the Ministry of Communications and Information, the Committee for State Control, or the COA and will be rendered inaccessible from government organisations, state-owned companies and cybercafés. They could also be blocked from other Internet users by ISPs, which had until 1 September to procure the equipment needed to carry out the regulations. 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Game Day Chef Challenge Finalists Set for Grand Finale

first_img Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Game Day Chef Challenge Finalists Set for Grand Finale Live Cook-Off to Be Held Prior to the Game on January 1 From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 | 11:09 am Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News For the second year in a row the Game Day Chef Challenge Grand Finale will be returning to Pasadena and the Rose Bowl Stadium. The contest, sponsored by Chevron, is a fun and innovative cooking competition in which football fans, foodies, and chefs vie for a $25,000 Grand Prize and bragging rights for the best game-day recipe.The unique hook is that each contestant’s dish must include at least one food or beverage item purchased from a Chevron or Texaco station.Chevron hosted six regional cooking competitions across the country this football season to determine the six Grand Finale Finalists. One winner from each region has advanced and will face-off at the Rose Bowl Stadium on January 1, 2016, where the grand prize winner will receive $25,000 in Chevron with Techron Gift Cards and be crowned the “2015 Game Day Chef Challenge Champion.”The Regional Champions and competitors in the Grand Finale are (listed in chronological order of the regional competitions):• Representing the Northwest, Donna Beck from Sumner, WA and her Big Dawg Bacon Wrapped Spicy BBQ & Ranch Sliders• Representing the Southeast Region, Alex Callegari from Miami, FL with his Steak Balls of Fire with Chipotle Cheese Dip• Representing the Texas Region, Chera Little from Austin, TX will be cooking her Chorizo and Wasabi-Lime Wontachos with Thai Slaw• Representing the Gulf Region, David Graham from San Diego, CA preparing his CB Carne Asada Slider• Representing the Mountain Region, Julie Hession from Las Vegas, NV with her submissionSouthwestern Scrimmage Burgers• Representing the West Region, Merry Graham from Newhall, CA, serving up her Pass the Pigskin Pork Cones“This year’s Game Day Chefs have really elevated the cooking competition,” said Don Walker, General Manager of Brand, Chevron. “The submissions were very creative and the Regional Winners are very talented.”Chevron and the Game Day Chef Challenge are rolling out the red carpet for the three celebrity judges who will taste and score each dish. The guest judges include:• Amy Scattergood – Food Editor at the Los Angeles Times• Isaiah Mustafa – Actor, best known for portraying “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like” in the Emmy Award-winning commercial from Old Spice• Chris Soules – Iowa Farmer, best known for his appearances on ABC’s The Bachelor and Dancing with the StarsFans attending the game on January 1 are encouraged to stop by the Game Day Chef Challenge set in the Rose Bowl Fan Fest to take in the action! The Fan Fest will open at 8:00 a.m. PST and will run until 1:00 p.m. PST. The Game Day Chef Challenge Grand Finale will begin at 11:00 a.m. PST. The above dishes will be judged starting at 12:00 p.m. PST and the results will be announced shortly thereafter. The Game Day Chef Challenge will be giving away over $900.00 in Chevron gift cards to fans that are watching and answering trivia questions about the game, the teams and our esteemed judges.For a complete listing of the game-day recipes and finalists that will be competing in the Grand Finale event, along with more information on the contest, visit ChevronChevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. 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Pasadena Congresswoman Denounces Planned Immigrant Deportation Raids

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News Thursday, Reuters reported the Obama Administration intends to launch a nationwide 30-day “surge” of new immigration deportation raids targeting hundreds of families and young adults through the months of May and June.In January, Pasadena area U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27) condemned similar raids that resulted in the deportation of 121 individuals, mainly women and children from Central America.Thursday, Rep. Chu released the following statement:“Today’s news, if true, is devastating for immigrant families across the country, and is a huge step backwards from the progress made through the President’s executive actions. The targeting of refugee mothers and children is outrageous and diametrically opposed to our values as a nation. To deport these individuals and tear apart families is inhumane. As we strive to build trust within our communities, these proposed raids breed nothing but fear and suspicion. Rounding up and detaining refugees will undoubtedly lead to the re-victimization of refugee families fleeing gang warfare and drug violence. These raids were wrong in January and they are wrong today. Refugees with credible fear have a legal right to be in this country. They deserve due process and a fair day in court with access to appropriate language services as needed. We should help these refugees by offering them government provided attorneys rather than returning them to peril or even death. We are and must remain a nation of laws, but we are also a compassionate nation of principles. I am strongly opposed to these raids and urge the Obama Administration to work with us on a comprehensive solution to address the refugee crisis from Central America.” More Cool Stuff Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Government Pasadena Congresswoman Denounces Planned Immigrant Deportation Raids Published on Thursday, May 12, 2016 | 4:19 pm Community News HerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Yummy Spices For A Flat TummyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTips From A Professional Stylist On How To Look Stunning In 2020HerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Subscribe First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more