New Jersey betting to commence for World Cup opener

first_img Sports betting will commence in New Jersey just ahead of the first game of the FIFA World Cup on Thursday after Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation on Monday allowing the state’s racetracks and casinos to begin operations.Betting will begin at 10.30am on Thursday at New Jersey racetrack Monmouth Park. That’s just before the opening World Cup game between Russia and Saudi Arabia, which begins at 11am EST.After New Jersey’s five-year battle to legalise sports betting, the US Supreme Court last month struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992, the federal ban on state-sponsored sports betting.New Jersey has become the second state to pass legislation to allow sports betting since the ruling, following Delaware.After signing the legislation into law on Monday afternoon, Murphy said in a statement: “Today, we’re finally making the dream of legalised sports betting a reality for New Jersey.“I’m thrilled to sign Assembly Bill 4111 because it means that our casinos in Atlantic City and our racetracks throughout our state can attract new business and new fans, boosting their own long-term financial prospects.“This is the right move for New Jersey and it will strengthen our economy.”The nine casinos in Atlantic City as well as the state’s three racetracks and sites of former racetracks are allowed to offer sports betting under the legislation.“I look forward to the governor joining us at Monmouth Park Racetrack on Thursday morning to usher in a new era for New Jersey by placing the first bet,” said Dennis Drazin, chairman and chief executive of Darby Development, operators of Monmouth Park.MGM Resorts, which will operate the sportsbook at Atlantic City’s Borgata, said it is “moving ahead with all possible speed to begin accepting legal sports bets as soon as required regulatory approvals are in place.”Related article: New Jersey closes in on full-scale sports betting regulation AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address 12th June 2018 | By contenteditor New Jersey betting to commence for World Cup opener Sports betting will commence in New Jersey just ahead of the first game of the FIFA World Cup on Thursday after legislation was signed yesterdaycenter_img Topics: Legal & compliance Sports betting Legal & compliance Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: US New Jerseylast_img read more

Swedish operators slam Covid-19 restrictions

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: Europe Nordics Sweden Swedish operators slam Covid-19 restrictions Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance 11th May 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Tags: Online Gambling Email Address Casino & games A consultation on proposed restrictions for Swedish online casino licensees has seen operators and industry associations condemn the new rules, echoing gambling regulator Spelinspektionen’s assessment that the controls would only benefit unlicensed operators.Proposed by Minister for Health and Social Affairs Ardalan Shekarabi, the restrictions would set an SEK5,000 (£401/€459/$495) mandatory weekly deposit limit and a SEK100 cap on bonuses while the country deals with the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Mandatory limits on time spend gambling would also be imposed, while the government pledged to explore potential restrictions on return to player (RTP) rates. This has already prompted a dubious response from gambling regulator Spelinspektionen, which warned that such restrictive conditions would prompt players to move offshore, in turn harming player protection efforts and undermining the government’s goal of channeling players to legal offerings.This was supported by operator contributions to the consultation, which ended on 8 May. Henrik Tjärnström, chief executive of Unibet operator Kindred, called the proposals “an open invitation to illegal gambling sites”.“We are extremely concerned that the [regulated] Swedish gambling market continues to shrink, a trend confirmed by both the Swedish Agency for Public Management (Statskontoret) and research firm Copenhagen Economics,” Tjärnström said. “What the government is now proposing will result in a continued decline in the gambling market and an erosion of consumer protections.The operator said that there was no data to support the idea that problem gambling has increased since the pandemic started.“The overall gambling industry (private and state-run) has experienced a drop in gambling activity,” Kindred said. “We are left to wonder on what evidence the Minister has based his alarmist hypothesis.”In addition, Kindred cited a report commissioned by operator association Branscheforenigen for Onlinespel (BOS) and compliled by Copenhagen Economics, which said that the channelisation rate for online casino may be as low as 72%.The operator also said the government had not carried out an impact assessment of the technical changes required for the new regulations.“Licence holders cannot change technical systems in the manner prescribed if they only have until 1 June to implement these changes,” Kindred said. “This forces licensees to choose which rules to violate. Not all rules can be followed if the proposal is implemented.”“We need to be careful about introducing regulations that move customers away from regulated gambling companies towards unlicensed sites where Swedish authorities have no ability whatsoever of ensuring a high consumer protection,” Tjärnström added. “This is a negative development for customers, for the licensed gambling companies, and for society as a whole.”Meanwhile, Svenska Spel chief executive Patrik Hofbauer argued existing regulations set out each operator’s responsibilties to customers, meaning that additional controls were unnecessary.“With the duty of care that applies to gaming operators, we are already bound to take action [to protect players] as and when necessary,” he said.Hofbauer added that a measure that could prove to be effective in fighting problem gambling on both licensed and unlicensed sites would be a ban on short-term borrowing by players, such as payday loans. “It’s time to put a stop to lending to gambling addicts,” Hofbauer said. “Set a requirement for lenders to check a person’s total debt in real time before new loans are granted and withdraw the permits of credit institutions that do not carry out secure lending.“This is a particularly powerful measure, as it also discourages problem gambling on illegal gambling sites.”The biggest threat to players came from offshore providers, and not from the regulated market, he continued. Instead of putting the onus on operators, Hofbauer said it was therefore up to Spelinspektionen to do more to tackle illegal gambling in the country.“Spelinspektionen already has several tools to counter illegal gambling, including payment blocking and warning messages,” he said. “It is time for the authority to start using these tools.“In addition, we would like to see B2B licences for gaming suppliers. This would allow game developers to have their license revoked if they provide services to gaming companies that engage in illegal gaming activities.”In its response, online gambling trade association BOS said the reason given for the regulations – an increase in online casino play – was news to its members, which had seen little evidence of a spike in activity.“Our members have a hard time seeing the dramatic increase in online casino that Social Security Minister Ardalan Shekarabi repeatedly says they are experiencing,” BOS said. “We are looking for independent sources to substantiate this claim.“When we asked our members, on average, a very slight increase [of 1%] for online casinos was reported.”BOS also echoed Kindred’s assertion that the government had not made an effort to determine a reasonable amount of time for the introduction of the regulations.“The Ministry of Finance has not consulted with the industry on the practical consequences of introducing these proposed measures, and what timeframe is reasonable for their introduction. The Ministry of Finance has seriously underestimated the time it will take to implement these new controls.”BOS added that the measures seemed certain to further damage the level of channelisation to the Swedish legal market.“If the government proceeds with these proposals, it can prepare for a channelisation level so low that it threatens the licensing system, and an increase in problem gambling linked to unlicensed gambling,” BOS warned. “In this scenario, the problem players are left entirely to their own fate.”The association then claimed that the regulations amounted to a violation of European Union laws.“We believe that the measures proposed are a violation of EU law in that they discriminate against licensed gaming operators, that they are not effective for the purpose they are purported to serve, and that they deviate from the principle of proportionality,” it concluded.BOS has already made its opposition to the rules clear. With the release of the Copenhagen Economics report into channelisation, BOS secretary general Gustaf Hoffsted said Shekarabi “must withdraw” the rules.The association then published an open letter to the minister and launched a petition calling for the withdrawal of the regulations. This petition has drawn signatures from at least 12 industry chief executives. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter A consultation on proposed restrictions for Swedish online casino licensees has seen operators and industry associations condemn the new rules, echoing gambling regulator Spelinspektionen’s assessment that the controls would only benefit unlicensed operators.last_img read more

RSI to launch sports betting with Michigan’s Little River Casino

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Rush Street Interactive (RSI) has agreed a deal to launch retail and online sports betting in partnership with the Little River Casino Resort in Michigan.Under the agreement, RSI will become service provider for a new in-casino retail sportsbook at the property, which is operated by the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians with plans in place to open the facility early in the third quarter.Michigan launched legal retail sports wagering in March, days before the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic disrupted sporting fixtures worldwide.The deal also covers the launch of a co-branded online sports betting and online casino, as soon as regulations in Michigan allow.Read the full story on iGB North America. RSI to launch sports betting with Michigan’s Little River Casino 23rd June 2020 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Sports bettingcenter_img Sports betting Regions: US Michigan Email Address Rush Street Interactive (RSI) has agreed a deal to launch retail and online sports betting in partnership with the Little River Casino Resort in Michigan.last_img read more

3 UK shares to avoid

first_img Access this special “Green Industrial Revolution” presentation now Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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. Enter Your Email Address Our 5 Top Shares for the New “Green Industrial Revolution” Rupert Hargreaves | Saturday, 19th June, 2021 | More on: CCL HBR TGA I believe that over the next few decades, the UK shares with the leading Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) credentials could be some of the best investments.Moreover, I reckon companies with low ESG ratings will suffer as investors become more informed about corporate responsibility and the costs of polluting increase. 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…And with that being the case, I’d avoid UK shares with poor ESG ratings. Here are three companies I’d steer clear of for that reason. UK shares to avoid The first to avoid for ESG reasons is Thungela Resources (LSE: TGA). The firm was recently spun off from its former parent Anglo American, which was looking to tidy up its portfolio of mining assets.The group owns interests in and produces thermal coal predominantly from seven collieries located in Mpumalanga, South Africa.Not only is coal one of the dirtiest power sources around, but the mining industry in South Africa has attracted criticism in the past for poor working conditions. As such, I believe the company has terrible ESG credentials and would avoid the stock as a result. However, to its credit, the firm says it’s committed to advancing its ESG factors. To that end, it’s established an employee partnership and community partnership plan. And, of course, the demand for coal around the world is still high. This could mean the corporation’s outlook isn’t as bad as it first appears. High costsThe other company I’d avoid is North Sea oil and gas producer Harbour Energy (LSE: HBR). The North Sea is one of the most expensive places to produce oil and gas in the world. This means companies like Harbour are at a disadvantage. At the same time, the group has a large amount of debt on its balance sheet. According to the company’s own figures, free cash flow breakeven will be $30-$35 per barrel, and net debt is around $2.9bn. By comparison, some producers in the Middle East can extract oil for less than $7 a barrel. I think these figures put Harbour at a disadvantage and, as the world moves away from oil and gas, it could begin to struggle. That said, if oil prices remain elevated, the company could generate enough cash flow over the next few years to reduce its debt. This would put it in a strong financial position enabling it to invest for the future. Despite this, I’d still avoid the company considering its ESG risks. Disrupted business model Carnival (LSE: CCL) is the world’s largest cruise company. Unfortunately, the cruise industry is notorious for poor working practices and pollution. As such, I think the business has some of the worst ESG credentials of all UK shares. Further, the pandemic has decimated the group’s balance sheet, and it could take years to recover. These are the primary reasons why I’d avoid the stock today. However, there are some green shoots of recovery on the horizon. The company has resumed some sailings around the world, and consumers have been happy to book trips. Carnival is also making progress in reducing its emissions. Despite these brighter spots,  I’d avoid the enterprise as I think the risks facing the business will far outweigh the opportunities over the next five to 10 years.  It was released in November 2020, and make no mistake:It’s happening.The UK Government’s 10-point plan for a new “Green Industrial Revolution.”PriceWaterhouse Coopers believes this trend will cost £400billion……That’s just here in Britain over the next 10 years.Worldwide, the Green Industrial Revolution could be worth TRILLIONS.It’s why I’m urging all investors to read this special presentation carefully, and learn how you can uncover the 5 companies that we believe are poised to profit from this gargantuan trend ahead!center_img 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. Rupert Hargreaves has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. 3 UK shares to avoid Image: Carnival Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Rupert Hargreaveslast_img read more

Apopka Responds to Orlando Shooting

first_img Please enter your name here Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old U.S. citizen, has been identified as the deceased gunman, officials said Sunday. According to the FBI, Mateen pledged his support for ISIS and invoked the names of the Boston marathon bombers in 911 calls made amid his attack on the gay nightclub. Direct links have not yet been established between Mateen and ISIS, but the terror group claimed responsibility for the shooting through a statement via its Amaq news agency. Mir Seddique, the suspected shooter’s father, told NBC News that the mass shooting had “nothing to do with religion.” He also said Mateen got angry when he saw two men kissing in downtown Miami a couple of months ago and that he thinks that may have been a trigger in the shooting. One Blood Donation Center overwhelmed by donorsOneBlood, a blood donation center with a location in Apopka, is so overwhelmed with donors that it has asked people to stop coming today.“I’ve been here 13 years and never seen a response like this,” Pat Michaels, a spokesman for OneBlood. “The sentiment is understood and appreciated, but it’s a little too much, too soon.”The blood center said on Facebook that there had been a “tremendous response.”“We are asking donors to donate over the next several days to help replenish the blood supply,” it said.Use this link to make an appointment to donate blood tomorrow.—–Facebook Group “I Love Apopka” hosting Prayer Vigil The Facebook site “I Love Apopka” is hosting a prayer vigil in memory of the victims of the Orlando shooting. The vigil will be held at Kit Land Nelson Park at 5pm. The site posted this statement:“Join us in prayer! We need spiritual and community leaders to help us lead prayer!”——Mayor Kilsheimer: “I pray that Apopka can be a part of the healing”Mayor Joe Kilsheimer posted this statement on Facebook:To my fellow Apopka residents:This senseless tragedy so close to home strikes us hard. My prayer is that the families and friends of the victims find peace and comfort in the assurance that God’s loving arms surround us, even in our darkest hours. Now, it is time for us to lift up in prayer those who are injured and are in need of healing; those who lost loved ones and those who were first responders and must deal with this evil face-to-face. I pray that — in whatever way we can — that Apopka can be part of the healing our community needs now.—–President Obama: “Orlando Shooting an Act of Terror”President Obama today described as as “an act of terror” the mass shooting in Orlando overnight, which left at least 50 people dead.“We stand with the people of Orlando who have endured a terrible attack on their city,” Obama said at the White House. “This could have been any one of our cities.”The White House said that the president was briefed early Sunday by his Homeland Security and Counter terrorism adviser Lisa Monaco on the attack, and asked for regular updates as the FBI works with the Orlando police.The shooting at the Pulse Orlando gay nightclub is the worst ever mass shooting on American soil, Sandy Hook previously held the highest death toll of any domestic shooting during Obama’s presidency.The president has used past statements to rail against Congress’ inaction on his push for gun control legislation, which he has called one of the greatest disappointments of his presidency.Just last Thursday at an LGBT pride event at the White House, Obama remarked on the “incredible … violence” members of the LGBT community face around the world.“We’ve got work to do when LGBT people around the world still face incredible isolation and poverty and persecution and violence, and even death,” Obama said. “We have work to make sure that every single child, no matter who they are or where they come from or what they look like or how they live, feels welcomed and valued and loved.”Multiple news outlets contributed to this report.Lines Forming at Apopka Blood BankIn response to the mass shooting today in Orlando, Apopka is forming lines around the One Blood Donation Center in Apopka. The center is typically open until 3pm on Sunday, and is located at 131 North Park Avenue. Officials in Orlando have requested blood donations, but stress not to go to the hospitals, but rather to blood banks like OneBlood in Apopka.On its Facebook Page, OneBlood released this statement:  A tremendous response by blood donors in light of the tragic mass shooting in Orlando. We are asking donors to donate over the next several days to help replenish the blood supply. We are asking people please make an appointment online or call 1.888.9.DONATE (1.888.936.6283). Thank you!Updating Breaking News:A gunman killed 50 people at a packed gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on Sunday and wounded 53 others before being killed by police in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.The shooter was identified as Omar S. Mateen, a Florida resident who a senior FBI official said might have had leanings toward Islamic State militants. Officials called the rampage a “terrorism incident,” but cautioned that the suspected Islamist connection required further investigation.Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said the attack was the deadliest single U.S. shooting incident, eclipsing the 32 people killed in the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech university.“Today we’re dealing with something that we never imagined and is unimaginable,” Dyer said, more than doubling an earlier estimate that about 20 bodies were found in the Pulse nightclub.A police officer working as a security guard inside the club, which has operated in downtown Orlando since 2004, exchanged fire with the suspect at about 2 a.m. EDT, police officials said.A hostage situation quickly developed, and three hours later SWAT team officers used armored cars to storm the club before shooting dead the gunman. It was unclear when the gunman killed the victims.One officer was injured after he was hit in his helmet while exchanging fire with the gunman, police said.Asked if the FBI suspected the gunman might have had inclinations toward militant Islam, including a possible sympathy for Islamic State, Ronald Hopper, an assistant FBI agent in charge, told reporters: “We do have suggestions that the individual may have leanings toward that particular ideology. But right now we can’t say definitively.”The FBI said it was still trying to pin down whether the mass shooting was a hate crime against gays or a terrorist act.President Barack Obama ordered the federal government to provide any assistance needed to Florida police investigating the shooting, the White House said in a statement.The attacker was carrying an assault rifle and a handgun, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said. He was also carrying an unidentified “device”, Orlando Police Chief John Mina said earlier.Video footage showed police officers and civilians carrying some injured people away from the club and bending over others on the ground. Dozens of police cruisers, ambulances and other emergency vehicles could be seen in the area.It was the second deadly shooting at an Orlando night spot in as many nights. Late Friday, a man thought to be a deranged fan fatally shot singer Christina Grimmie, a former contestant on “The Voice”, as she was signing autographs after a concert.Multiple news outlets contributed to this report. UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 “We are apologizing for the whole incident,” he told NBC News. “We weren’t aware of any action he [was] taking. We are in shock like the whole country.” TAGSApopka respondsOne Blood Donation CenterOrlando Shooting Previous articlePulse Nightclub Mass ShootingNext articleApopka prays for The Pulse victims Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UPDATED AT 7PM:Apopka comes together in prayers for the victimsThe Apopka community continued its support for the victims of The Pulse Nightclub shootings this afternoon with a prayer vigil held at Kit Land Nelson Park in Apopka. Carmen Ruiz-Ore of the Facebook Group “I Love Apopka” quickly organized the event, and an estimated crowd of 75 attended.“I’ve always know that when things are tough, God is the only one that can fix it,” said Ruiz-Ore. “I knew this morning that with the Orlando shooting being so close that people in our community would be effected. With the help of Jennifer and AJ Cardoza, Lorena Potter, Jerry Mynard, Debra White and our local spiritual and elected officials we were able to gather.”Mayor Joe Kilsheimer, County Commissioner Bryan Nelson, and City Commissioners Doug Bankson, Kyle Becker and Billie Dean spoke at the event. Commissioner Diane Velazquez also attended. Apopka Christian Ministerial Alliance President Hezekiah Bradford prayed for the victims, and Isadora Dean (a candidate for The Orange County School Board District 7) led the group in The Lord’s Prayer. Use this link for more details and photos.Undated photo taken from a social media account of Omar Mateen, who Orlando Police have identified as the suspect in the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando.Gunman identified as Omar Mateen; referenced ISIS in 911 call You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Mateen, 29, was born in New York. His parents are from Afghanistan. The family later moved to Florida, according to published reports and he has recently lived in Fort Pierce, Fla., in St. Lucie County, which is roughly 123 miles south of Orlando.last_img read more

Coalition calls on Turkey to protect press freedom

first_img Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Help by sharing this information News Organisation Receive email alerts Following the conclusion of an Oct. 19 to 21, 2015 joint international emergency press freedom mission to Turkey, representatives of participating international, regional and local groups dedicated to press freedom and free expression find that pressure on journalists operating in Turkey has severely escalated in the period between parliamentary elections held June 7 and the upcoming elections.The representatives also determine that this pressure has significantly impacted journalists’ ability to report on matters of public interest freely and independently, and that this pressure, if allowed to continue, is likely to have a significant, negative impact on the ability of voters in Turkey to share and receive necessary information, with a corresponding effect on Turkey’s democracy.Accordingly, the representatives stand in solidarity with their colleagues in the media in Turkey and demand an immediate to end to all pressure that hinders or prevents them from performing their job, or which serves to foster an ongoing climate of self-censorship. They also urge that steps be taken to ensure that all journalists are able to freely investigate stories involving matters of public interest, including allegations of corruption, the “Kurdish issue”, alleged human rights violations, armed conflict – particularly issues related to the ongoing conflict in Syria – and local or regional issues or policies. Further, the representatives specifically urge authorities in Turkey: News News Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit October 21, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Coalition calls on Turkey to protect press freedom Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor to go further April 2, 2021 Find out more – To conduct a complete and transparent investigation into violent attacks on journalists and media outlets, including recent incidents targeting Hürriyet and columnist Ahmet Hakan, and to ensure that impunity for violent attacks on journalists is not allowed to flourish.- To end the abuse of anti-terror laws to chill reporting on matters of public interest or criticism of public figures, and to ensure that such laws are both precisely tailored to serve only legitimate ends and interpreted narrowly.- To reform laws providing criminal penalties for insult and defamation by dealing with such cases under civillaw and to end all use of such laws to target journalists, particularly Art. 299, which provides Turkey’s president with heightened protection from criticism, in violation of international standards.- To enact reforms to free state media outlets from political pressure, e.g., by effecting a transition to a public broadcasting service that presents information from plural and diverse sources.- To end the use of state agencies, such as tax authorities or others, to apply pressure against journalists who engage in criticism or critical coverage of politicians or government actions.- To end the practice of seeking bans on the dissemination of content related to matters of public interest, e.g., the ban on dissemination of information related to the recent bombings in Ankara, and the practice of seeking to prohibit satellite or online platforms from carrying the signals of certain broadcasters.- To refrain from taking other steps to censor online content, such as the blocking of websites or URLs, or the blocking of social media accounts, absent a legitimate, compelling reason for doing so, subject to independent judicial oversight.- To release all journalists imprisoned on connection with journalistic activity, and to immediately and unconditionally release VICE News fixer Mohammed Rasool, who remains behind bars despite the release of two British colleagues for whom he was working and with whom he was detained.- To end all arbitrary detentions and/or deportations of foreign journalists.- To respect the right of journalists to freely associate and to end pressure brought in recent years against the Journalists Union of Turkey.The mission representatives also urge Turkey’s president:- To end all exercises of direct personal pressure on owners and/or chief editors of critical media.- To stop using negative or hostile rhetoric targeting journalists.- To accept the greater degree of criticism that comes with holding public office, to stop using criminal insult or defamation provisions to silence critics, and to publicly call on supporters to refrain from seeking to initiate such cases on his behalf.Moreover, the mission representatives urge foreign governments, particularly those of the United States and countries within the European Union:- To press Turkey to uphold its commitments to respect and uphold international human rights standards and, in the case of the EU, to ensure that any concessions granted in connection with resolution of the ongoing refugee crisis are made consistent with a long-term strategy specifically designed to encourage Turkey to comply with its commitments to uphold international human rights standards.Finally, the mission representatives urge journalists in Turkey:- To avoid the use of negative or hostile rhetoric targeting other journalists and to strive to uphold ethical standards developed by or as the result of self-regulatory bodies or processes.- To exercise greater solidarity with colleagues under pressure and to defend the rights of all journalists.Markus Spillmann, IPI Executive Board Vice ChairBarbara Trionfi, IPI Executive DirectorSteven M. Ellis, IPI Director of Advocacy and CommunicationsMuzaffar Suleymanov, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Europe and Central Asia Program Research AssociateErol Önderoğlu, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) RepresentativePatrick Kamenka, Journalist, Intl. Federation of Journalists/European Federation of Journalists (IFJ/EFJ)Mustafa Kuleli, Turkish Journalists Union (TGS) Secretary General; Member IFJ/EFJDavid Diaz-Jogeix, Article 19 Director of ProgrammesMelody Patry, Index on Censorship Senior Advocacy OfficerCeren Sözeri, Ethical Journalism Network (EJN) Member; Galatasaray University Associate Professor——-2015 joint international emergency press freedom mission to Turkey – fact sheetFrom Oct. 19 to 21, 2015, representatives of the International Press Institute (IPI), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), Index on Censorship, Article 19 and the Ethical Journalism Network (EJN) conducted a joint international emergency press freedom mission to Turkey.The mission was conducted with the support and assistance of the Journalists’ Union of Turkey (TGS) and IPI’s National Committee in Turkey, with representatives of both groups also joining the mission.The mission was conducted in light of deep concerns over the deteriorating state of press freedom in Turkey and its impact both on the upcoming Nov. 1 parliamentary elections and beyond. Its primary goals were to demonstrate solidarity with colleagues in the media in Turkey, to focus attention in Turkey and abroad on the impact that growing pressure on independent media is likely to have on the ability to hold a free and fair election, and to push for an end to such pressure.Specific concerns related to, among other developments, physical attacks on journalists and media outlets; raids on media outlets and seizures of publications; threatening rhetoric directed at journalists; the increasing use of criminal insult and anti-terrorism laws targeting independent media and government critics; the ongoing imprisonment of journalists; deportations of foreign journalists; and decisions by satellite and online television providers to stop carrying signals of broadcasters critical of the government. During the course of meetings in Istanbul and Ankara, mission participants heard from representatives from nearly 20 different major media outlets in Turkey. They also met with representatives of three of the four parties currently holding seats in Turkey’s Grand National Assembly: the Republican People’s Party (CHP), the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP). Organisers sought to meet with representatives of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), but were not afforded an opportunity to do so. Similarly, organisers sought meetings with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesperson and foreign policy adviser, but received no response.At the close of the mission, participants conducted a dialogue forum bringing together representatives from a broad cross section of media in Turkey for an open discussion to share with them the participants’ experience in Ankara meeting with foreign diplomats and representatives of political parties, and to hear the media representatives’ concerns and suggestions for how international organisations can best support press freedom and free expression in Turkey.——-About the ParticipantsThe International Press Institute (IPI) is a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists dedicated to furthering and safeguarding press freedom, promoting the free flow of news and information, and improving the practices of journalism. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is an independent, non-profit organisation that works to safeguard press freedom worldwide.Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is a non-profit organisation which defends freedom of information and the right to be informed throughout the world. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is a global union federation of journalists’ trade unions that aims to protect and strengthen the rights and freedoms of journalists.The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) is a branch of the International Federation of Journalists.Article 19 is human rights organisation that fights for the protection of freedom of expression and access to information, particularly protecting those that dissent.Index on Censorship is an international human rights organisation that promotes and defends the fundamental right to freedom of expression and campaigns against censorship.The Ethical Journalism Network (EJN) promotes ethics, good governance and independent regulation of media content.The Journalists Union of Turkey (TGS) is the affiliate in Turkey of the International Federation of Journalists and the European Federation of Journalists. 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Public Input Sought for City Manager Replacement

first_imgHerbeautyThe Kardashians Know How To Throw A Good Party!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Sweet Things You Should Tell Your Boyfriend ASAPHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyDo You Feel Like Hollywood Celebrities All Look A Bit Similar?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Is What Happens To Your Face After DermaplaningHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeauty Business News Subscribe 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. Make a comment 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week Government Public Input Sought for City Manager Replacement Published on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 | 1:36 pm Top of the News The public is invited to provide input at the City Council’s regularly scheduled meeting Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 about what qualities they would like to see in a new City Manager. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave., Second Floor.In November, City Manager Michael J. Beck announced his plans to accept a new position as Administrative Vice Chancellor at UCLA. His last day at the City of Pasadena is Feb. 14.Mayor Terry Tornek recently appointed a City Council Ad Hoc Search Committee to begin the process of finding a new City Manager. The Committee includes the Mayor and Councilmembers Margaret McAustin, Victor Gordo and Tyron Hampton. There has been no announcement yet for an Interim City Manager.Stay connected to the City of Pasadena! Visit the City of Pasadena online at; follow the city on Twitter @PasadenaGov,, and like the City on Facebook at Or call the Citizen Service Center, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (626) 744-7311.center_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 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 Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Major expansion of Limerick Smarter Travel campus

first_imgTwitter Previous articleAnother week, another honour for Limerick’s top sporting heroNext articleRugby – Munster’s season hangs in the balance John Keogh Back Row: Sharon Daly, National Transport Authority; Patricia Kennedy, VTOS coordinator; Trish Gleeson, YouthReach coordinator; Phil Roche, centre manager, Kilmallock Road Campus; Siobhán O’Dwyer, Limerick Smarter Travel. Front Row: Paul Patton, head of Further Education and Training Division, LCETB; and Miriam O’Donoghue, project manager, Limerick Smarter Travel THE Further Education and Training Centre on the Kilmallock Road has become the 23rd Irish business campus to sign up to the National Transport Authority’s Smarter Travel Campus Programme.Run locally by Limerick Smarter Travel in association with the National Transport Authority, the programme assists further education and third level institutions to promote walking, cycling, public transport and carsharing.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Ten of Limerick’s largest workplaces and campuses are participating in the programme including the University of Limerick, Limerick Institute of Technology, Limerick College of Further Education and Mary Immaculate College.“Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board is delighted that the Limerick Smarter Travel Programme is now extended to two of its Further Education and Training Campuses. LCETB looks forward to working with Limerick Smarter Travel and the National Transport Authority in achieving the various goals and objectives of the programme,” said Paul Patton, further education training officer, LCETB.Resources available under the Authority’s Smarter Travel Campus Programme include site-specific advice and information from experienced travel planners; a free group on; and mapping resources.The benefits of engagement in the programme include reduced costs associated with travel and parking; enhanced green profile; and more active travel by both students and staff. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Facebook Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Advertisement Linkedin Printcenter_img Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories NewsMajor expansion of Limerick Smarter Travel campusBy John Keogh – December 9, 2015 2404 Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSLCETBlimerickLimerick Further Education and Training CentreLimerick Smarter TravelNational Transport Authority last_img read more

Synagogue shooting survivor disguised herself as clothing

first_imgJeff Swensen/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) — Audrey Glickman was leading an early morning service inside Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue when gunfire broke out Saturday.As a gunman carried out an anti-Semitic mass shooting inside the house of worship, Glickman and the others with her ran and hid.Still holding their prayer books and wearing their prayer shawls, they ensconced themselves in a room with a window in the door, Glickman told ABC Pittsburgh affiliate WTAE.“We were trying to disguise ourselves as, as bags of clothing in a room of bags of clothing,” she told WTAE. “We wanted him not to have a reason to come in.”“We heard the gunfire and we heard the sirens and we didn’t come out until both seemed to have stopped,” Glickman told WTAE.Eleven members of the Tree of Life synagogue were killed in the massacre.“We ran and we hid and then we escaped with our lives,” Glickman said. “But we lost people — people who were part of the fabric of not only our congregation but our community. These are people who would do anything for anybody. People who come early to a service are the kind of people who are the kindest, most generous.”“We have to stop teaching hate,” she stressed. “You’re taught to hate and I don’t know why we do this. And in fact, we Jews teach our children that they’re going to be hated. In every generation, there’s somebody who will hate. And you have to deal with it and you have to move on.”     Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Public memorial to be held for 5-year-old allegedly murdered by his parents

first_imgScott Olson/Getty Images(CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. ) — A funeral home will be hosting a public memorial service for a 5-year-old Illinois boy who was found beaten to death and wrapped in plastic inside a shallow grave after allegedly being killed by his parents.Andrew “AJ” Freund, who went missing on April 18, was found by the Crystal Lake Police Department after a week-long manhunt in a rural area near Woodstock, Illinois. The Davenport Family Funeral Home and Crematory in Crystal Lake announced on its website Friday that a public visitation would be held for AJ on May 3 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.The little boy’s parents, Andrew “Drew” Freund Sr. and Joann Cunningham, were charged with multiple counts of murder, among other charges. They are expected to be arraigned in court on Monday.AJ died sometime around April 15 from head trauma due to multiple blunt force injuries, according to the coroner’s report.The Department of Children and Family Services had been aware of his parents’ alleged abuse since he was born in 2013 with opiates in his system, a DCFS spokesman said.“AJ, now an angel to all of us, will be forever remembered in the hearts of everyone he touched — friends, family and people near and far throughout our community,” the obituary said.McHenry County residents put together a GoFundMe page to raise money for the rest of AJ’s family. Since the fundraiser launched on Wednesday, the page has exceeded its $2,500 goal, raising over $40,000 as of Saturday afternoon.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more