first_imgA total of 12 teams of players received either sporting or criminal sanctions based on the 270 matches that saw IBIA reports. The IBIA said that its data was used in determining these sanctions, which included lifetime bans, for several of these cases. The IBIA noted that while the number of reports was significantly lower than in 2019, it was roughly level with the amount recorded in both 2017 and 2018. The alerts came across 48 different sports, but tennis was the most common with 98, while football was second with 61. 10th February 2021 | By Daniel O’Boyle The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) reported 270 suspicious betting events to the relevant authorities in 2020, up 47.5% year-on-year, as reports for table tennis and esports jumped significantly with other sports suspended for much of the year. Table tennis generated 44 alerts, up from 5 in 2019. Of these alerts, 26 were in the second quarter of the year alone. Esports saw 28 reports, compared to just 3 in 2019, with 26 occurring in the middle two quarters of the year. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter “The association is seeking to work with stakeholders to address any potential integrity issues that may be associated with these new events through a range of actions, including promoting a set of standards for the collation of sports data for betting,” Ali said. Tags: International Betting Integrity Association IBIA Khalid Ali IBIA alerts are generated first through member operators, which flag suspicious activity to the association and all other members. If the IBIA determines after a review that the event deserves further investigation, it then raises a suspicious activity report to the sport’s governing body and any relevant regulators. Ali said that IBIA had been making efforts to improve integrity in events that had seen a recent increase in popularity. These efforts included the creation of new betting data collection best practices. Stats Perform has become the first data provider to sign up to these standards, which state that all data collection must be carried out by people aged 18 and above, whose identities have been verified and who have passed background checks. Data providers must also make clear the method in which data was collected and must carry out risk assessments for all events in which data is collected.center_img Asia followed with 45 alerts, mostly in football and particularly in Vietnam, while North America and Africa followed with 22 each, mostly in tennis with matches in the USA and Tunisia generating high numbers of reports. The remaining 12 reports were in South American football. Khalid Ali Sports integrity IBIA flags 270 matches in 2020 as table tennis and esports alerts skyrocket With table tennis and esports becoming much more popular betting markets in 2020 following the suspension of most sport across the globe in efforts to curb the Covid-19 pandemic, both also saw increases in suspicious betting reports. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter The majority of alerts, 141, were flagged for events in Europe, with table tennis in Ukraine and tennis in Russia the two events most likely to generate alerts with 25 and 15 respectively. Table tennis in Russia saw a further 13 alerts.  “2020 was a turbulent year for many sectors including the betting industry, which had to adjust its market offering due to the global sports lockdown,” IBIA chief executive Khalid Ali (pictured) said. “As a result, IBIA focused its integrity monitoring activity to take account of new sports tournaments and competitions that emerged.” Topics: Social responsibility Sports betting Sports integrity Email Addresslast_img read more

first_img Royston Wild | Friday, 20th November, 2020 | More on: CINE “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Forget the Cineworld share price! I’d buy other cheap UK shares to retire rich November has proved to be one of those rare good months for the Cineworld Group (LSE: CINE) share price. The cinema chain’s risen 58% in value since 1 November as hopes of a Covid-19 vaccine have risen. It’s given investors in the UK share — a club of which I was a member until very recently — a chance to come up for air.I sold out of Cineworld just over a month ago at 25.8p per share. It’s a vast discount to the 45p the UK share is currently changing hands at. While my timing may have been slightly off, I don’t regret selling my shares when I did. As I couldn’t have foreseen the Covid-19 crisis coming, an event that smashed the value of my holdings, I couldn’t have envisioned the positive testing news coming when it did either.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…Going short on CineworldI sold last month as my concerns over Cineworld’s debt mountain hit fever pitch. More blockbuster movie releases were shunted into the long grass and the chain faced more Covid-19 lockdowns across its territories. Although optimism surrounding the chain has improved this UK share still isn’t out of the woods. Its heavy share price reversal on Thursday proves this point perfectly, Cineworld slumping as fears over its possible extinction grew again.Rumours are circulating that the cinema giant might be forced into seeking a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) before long to stay afloat. Cineworld is locked in talks with lenders and landlords in a bid to keep its head above water. It had an eye-watering $8.2bn worth of net debt on its books as of June. This was up a staggering half a billion dollars from the end of 2019.There are clearly good reasons why Cineworld remains the most-shorted UK share. According to GraniteShares, 9.51% of its stock was held short by 10 investment firms as of 13 November. There’s still a long way to prove that those Covid-19 vaccines will be the ‘silver bullet’ that the world’s waiting for. Fears over coronavirus mutations also give reason to be concerned as to when Cineworld will reopen its theatres.I’d be better off with other UK sharesAnd in the meantime, Hollywood studios continue to rush their revenues-driving blockbusters out on streaming services instead of waiting for cinemas to open en masse. Who knows when this high-risk UK share will be able to start paying down its colossal debt pile. Cineworld remains a gamble too far, in my opinion.I’d be much happier to look past Cineworld and go shopping for other UK shares today. Sure, the outlook for the global economy might be as clear as mud. But there’s an abundance of non-cyclical and counter-cyclical stocks that will deliver brilliant shareholder returns, even as the Covid-19 crisis rolls on. And a huge number of these can still be picked up at rock-bottom prices too. 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first_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply From the United States Department of AgricultureWASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2018 – Cargill Meat Solutions, a Fort Morgan, Colo. establishment, is recalling approximately 132,606 pounds of ground beef products made from the chuck portion of the carcass that may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O26, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate center_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! The ground beef items were produced and packaged on June 21, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: (Products List) [View Labels (PDF only)]The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 86R” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.On Aug. 16, 2018, FSIS was notified of an investigation of E. coli O26 illnesses. FSIS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state public health and agriculture partners determined that raw ground beef was the probable source of the reported illnesses. The epidemiological investigation identified 17 illnesses and one death with illness onset dates ranging from July 5 to July 25, 2018.The Cargill Meat Solutions’ ground beef products were identified following further investigation related to Recall 072-2018, conducted on Aug. 30, 2018, where ground beef products were recalled in connection with the E. coli O26 outbreak. FSIS’ traceback information indicated that case-patients consumed ground beef products purchased at various retail stores that were supplied by Cargill Meat Solutions.E. coli O26, like the more common E. coli O157:H7, is a serovar of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC). People can become ill from STECs 2–8 days (average of 3–4 days) after exposure to the organism.Most people infected with STEC O26 develop diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting. Some illnesses last longer and can be more severe. Infection is usually diagnosed by testing of a stool sample. Vigorous rehydration and other supportive care is the usual treatment; antibiotic treatment is generally not recommended. Most people recover within a week, but rarely, some develop a more severe infection. Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure, is common with STEC O26 infection. HUS can occur in people of any age but is most common in children under 5 years old, older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediatelyFSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160°F. The only way to confirm that ground beef is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature, http://1.usa.gov/1cDxcDQ. Consumers should take proper precautions when handling raw meat products. Proper hand washing after handling raw meat, poultry and eggs can greatly reduce the risk of bacterial cross-contamination to other foods and kitchen surfaces. It is important to prevent cross-contamination by washing counter tops and sinks with hot, soapy water.Media with questions regarding the recall can contact Michael Martin, Cargill Meat Solutions communications director, at (316) 291-2126 or at [email protected] Consumers with questions regarding the recall can call 1-844-419-1574.Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem. 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first_imgArchDaily Projects Houses United States Solar Decathlon 2013: Team Austria Wins Top Honors “COPY” Save this picture!© Jason Flakes/U.S. Department of Energy Solar DecathlonA team of Austrian students from Vienna University of Technology (Team Austria) has won top honors for “designing, building, and operating the most cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive solar-powered house” at the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Decathlon. The net-positive home, known as “LISI – Living inspired by sustainable innovation,” prides itself for being a simple, smart house that is capable of adapting to a variety of lifestyles and climate zones.Prior to being crowned as winner, LISI competed against eighteen other student-built, solar-powered homes over the course of ten days in Irvine, California. This was the first time an Austrian university has participated in the U.S. Solar Decathlon. Learn more about the winning design by reading the team’s project description after the break.+ 30 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/438022/solar-decathlon-2013-team-austria-wins-top-honors Clipboard “COPY” Solar Decathlon 2013: Team Austria Wins Top HonorsSave this projectSaveSolar Decathlon 2013: Team Austria Wins Top Honors ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/438022/solar-decathlon-2013-team-austria-wins-top-honors Clipboard CopySave this picture!© LISI – Solar Decathlon Team AustriaOver the course of three semesters an interdisciplinary group of students from the Vienna University of Technology developed a variety of concepts regarding floor plan layout, interior design, as well as facade systems with a primary goal to design a compact, affordable and energy efficient home for different users and sites. The result is LISI, an “energy+ atrium house” for two individuals that is completely powered by self-produced solar energy. Save this picture![1] North Patio [2] Living Space [3] South Patio [4] Mechanical Room [5] Bathroom [6] Bedroom. ImageDue to the delivery of the building in several standard shipping containers, LISI is designed as a pre-fabricated modular wooden frame construction that allows quick and simple assembly and disassembly. Save this picture!© LISI – Solar Decathlon Team AustriaThis simple plan consists of three zones: service core, living area and adjacent patios, which may be enclosed using a flexible facade. A ramp, enveloped by a textile facade, leads users first onto the northern patio and then into a 60 square meter central living area which can be extended by the north and south patios by fully opening the large-scaled glass sliding elements. Inside and directly east of the living space is the service core, housing a bathroom, bedroom and all the essential technical equipment to control the smart home. Depending on the climatic or social needs of the residents different textile shading elements help LISI to close or open up to the surrounding area. Save this picture!© LISI – Solar Decathlon Team AustriaThe plus-energy home generates all required energy from a roof-mounted PV array. The supply of cold and hot water for space heating, cooling and for domestic hot water relies on two air-water heat pumps. Comfortable air conditions are provided by an ERV unit, which acts as a heat and humidity exchanger between used exhausted air and fresh intake air. A functional floor system regulates the entire buildings climate using water, air, and active cubic capacity. It efficiently provides heating, cooling, and fresh air to create a consistently comfortable indoor climate. In addition, an innovative shower tray recovers thermal energy from drain water through a heat exchanger, significantly reducing the net energy consumption needed for daily hygiene.Save this picture!© Jason Flakes/U.S. Department of Energy Solar DecathlonThe synergy of modular timber lightweight construction, the use of eco-friendly materials and renewable energies, plus sophisticated home automation creates a sustainable and affordable high-quality housing project adaptable for different needs of users and sites.Save this picture!© Jason Flakes/U.S. Department of Energy Solar DecathlonUniversity of Nevada Las Vegas took second place, followed by Czech Republic, comprised of students from Czech Technical University, in third place. Stay tuned for more information.More about LISI can be found on the team’s website here. 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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 25 November 2006 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The Red Cross’s annual London Ball this year raised £600k for the charity, although this is £70k down on last year.This is the 13th year the charity has organised the Ball, which peaked in 2003 with a total of over £1m raised. This year’s event had a ‘Secret Garden’ theme with high profile guests such as Hugh Grant, Jemima Khan, Ian Wright and Andrew Neil. Ten thousand pounds was raised by Henry Mainwaring jumping on stage to dance and sing with performer Gena West in response to a bet from Grant and Khan. Advertisement Tagged with: Eventscenter_img An auction raised £260,000 for the charity, with lots including a Balenciaga limited edition ‘Classic’ peccary handbag and a custom-built Dock Gate Custom Cycle. A spontaneous appeal for British Red Cross ambulances raised enough money to buy four vehicles in less than 90 seconds.  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis London Ball raises £600k for Red Crosslast_img read more

first_img Tagged with: Ireland Law / policy Northern Ireland Recruitment / people AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 The Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission has announced the membership of the Charity Tribunal for Northern Ireland.The Tribunal has jurisdiction to hear appeals and applications for review from certain decisions of the new Charity Commission for Northern Ireland and to consider matters referred to it by the Attorney General.The 2008 act which established Northern Ireland’s first Charity Commission also provided for the creation of a Charity Tribunal to allow for charities, or a body seeking charitable status, to question and appeal decisions, orders or directions of the Commission.The Tribunal has three fee paid legal members and four fee paid lay members. The members are:* Damien McMahon, Derry City’s solicitor and president of the Tribunal.* Adrian Colmer, a barrister* Maura McCallion, a solicitor with the Law Centre* Paul Artherton, a fundraising consultant* Dr Theresa Donaldson, director of policy, NI Legal Services Commission* Delia van der Lenden, a self employed management consultant* Professor Arthur Williamson, a director and trustee of various private and voluntary sector organisationswww.nijac.org Howard Lake | 27 October 2010 | News NI Charity tribunal members named  62 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

first_imgA wakeup call for labor movement and working classTwo scholars at Oxford University have made an exhaustive study of 702 U.S. occupations and new techniques in automation. They concluded that 47 percent of existing jobs are at high risk of being automated in the next decade or so.The authors, Carl Benedikt Fey and Michael Osborne, studied machine learning (ML) and mobile robotics (MR), the latest developments in automation that have enabled robots to handle complex, nonroutine tasks. The study, entitled “The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerization?” showed trends flow­ing from what has already been done to jobs in order to project present and future possibilities. (Oxford Martin School, Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology)One example of ML is diagnosis of cancer at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City made by Watson, the IBM computer that famously beat the two best players on the television show “Jeopardy” and two chess grandmasters.The computer is able to read through 600,000 pages of medical evidence, 1.5 million pages of patient records and 2 million pages of text from medical journals. It can compare each patient’s symptoms, medical history, genetics, etc., to diagnose and develop a precise treatment plan with the highest possibility of success. The possibility for this type of ML to destroy knowledge workers’ jobs is obvious. According to the study, 140 million knowledge jobs worldwide could be automated out of existence.Advances in the field of MR are reflected in such developments as a General Electric robot that can climb and repair wind turbines or Google’s driverless cars, which can deal with heavy traffic situations and cross-country trips alike without having an accident. This is due to advanced sensors, on-board computers and GPS-guided navigation. The cars can ”see” from behind, on the sides and in front simultaneously and make the proper driving adjustments in a way no human driver can.Of course, this type of MR can also automate forklifts, agricultural equipment and an endless number of complex manual jobs. Transport, driving, loading and jobs of all types are potentially endangered in large numbers by increasingly mobile robots developed for the bosses.Even low-wage workers are threatened. As the talk of raising the minimum wage began to get widespread coverage, particularly with fast food workers’ demands for a $15-an-hour wage, the automation industry began to develop a hamburger-making machine that grinds the meat, shapes it, cooks it and packages it.The costs of robots are falling steadily. When the price of a robot drops below the wages paid to workers for about a year or two, then their jobs are endangered. Lower labor costs mean higher profits for the company. That is what has happened steadily over the last three decades. And it is what the capitalists have in store for the foreseeable future.This is only the smallest sample of what the Oxford study covers. And it is impossible to say for certain how accurate the projections of the authors are. But even if they’re off by a significant margin, the potential dangers for the working class are significant — if they are not studied and dealt with.Workers, unions, communities need to study threatWhat is needed first of all is to take this valuable study out of the realm of academia, break it down and make it accessible to the labor movement and the workers. It should become the basis of broad-ranging discussion among unionists, community leaders, students, teachers and all who are threatened by future technological assaults on jobs and wages.Of course, the problems of the working class and the unions are great, and millions are dealing with immediate and urgent problems. It is difficult under these circumstances to turn attention to more diffuse and future threats. But if this is ignored and allowed to run its course without the workers’ intervention, it can be extremely dangerous.The workers and the unions must get control over the introduction of technology and not leave it to the will of the bosses. Any introduction of labor-saving technology must be accompanied by demands to shorten hours without loss in pay, covering as many jobs as possible.This development must also be accompanied by massive jobs programs to carry out socially needed projects at union pay in order to absorb however many workers are displaced by technology.This or a similar program must be offered up and discussed among union representatives, shop stewards and rank-and-file committees throughout the labor movement, in conjunction with the communities and the campuses. A network of committees must be established to report attempts by the bosses to carry out technological layoffs, and a rounded program for a fightback must be developed.Robots could liberate; capitalism is the dangerBut it is not robots that endanger jobs. It is capitalism and the bosses that are the threat. That must be clearly understood by the working class.This study shows more than ever that the amount of labor time necessary for the production of the wealth that society needs to live on is diminishing with each advance in technology. The problem under capitalism and the profit system is that the reduction in necessary labor time results in an increase in ­unemployment.What is needed is to use robots and automation to lighten the load of labor and to increase the leisure time of the masses of workers who create all the wealth. But that can only be done once the private-property system — the profit system of capitalism — is destroyed. In the meantime, the working class must get organized to take control of the capitalists’ drive to install job-killing technology.Fred Goldstein is the author of “Low-Wage Capitalism” and “Capitalism at a Dead End,” which has been translated into Spanish as “El capitalismo en un callejón sin salida.” See web site and blog at lowwagecapitalism.com.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_imgMemphis sanitation workers finally get their dueFourteen still-living Black workers who made history with the “I am a man” Memphis sanitation workers strike in 1968 — in which the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. played a decisive role before he was murdered — are finally getting their just rewards. After nearly 50 years, the city of Memphis is forking over a much-deserved $50,000 grant to each worker.Represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the workers went on strike over low pay and bad working conditions after a malfunctioning garbage truck fatally crushed workers Echol Cole and Robert Walker on Feb. 1, 1968. Though the sanitation workers settled the strike by accepting Social Security benefits instead of a pension, the pension has since proved to be the better option. One of four strikers still working, 85-year-old Elmore Nickelberry, summed it up: “We should have had this a long time ago.” African-American pastor LaSimba Gray Jr. raised the demand for a grant to the mayor over a year ago. (USA Today, July 6)NY Times workers walk out to save jobsThe classic divide-and-conquer labor strategy of the the Sulzberger family-owned New York Times was exposed June 28 when hundreds of workers walked out during a 30-minute “coffee break” to protest management’s austerity plan to restructure the paper’s editing process and eliminate half of the 100 jobs in the editing department. The Times claims it wants to cut the editing staff to free up money to hire more reporters.While the walkout was called by the editing staff, it was joined by workers from other floors — represented by the News Guild of New York, Communications Workers Local 31003 — who walked out of the building together. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” tweeted a Times employee. “Each floor of the NYT newsroom is full of folks walking out in solidarity [against] the coming layoffs.”During the past 18 months, management has called the editing staff’s work “low-value” and compared it to “dogs urinating on fire hydrants.” Meanwhile these editors — who ensure the quality and accuracy of articles by checking facts and sources; correcting confusing, misleading and inaccurate information; and catching grammatical and spelling errors — have been tested, inspected and forced to endure futile experiments as management tried to make the editing staff do more with less. The final insult was being told they would have to reapply and interview for jobs.In a letter to management, the copy editors made a simple request: “We only ask that you not treat us like a diseased population that must be rounded up, inspected and expelled.” The letter noted: ”Cutting us down to 50-55 editors from more than 100, and expecting the same level of quality, is dumbfoundingly unrealistic.”Times reporters sent their own letter critical of the editors’ treatment to management. Calling the copy editors “their ‘safety net’ who save them and the Times from countless errors large and small,” they added: “Your plan adds insult to injury by requiring many longtime, highly skilled employees to apply and interview for a greatly diminished number of jobs in sessions that were instantly dubbed ‘death panels’ in the newsroom. Requiring them to dance for their supper sends a clear message to them, and to us, that the respect we have shown The Times will not be reciprocated.”The News Guild has the backing of the NYC Labor Council. (Left Labor Reporter, July 3) The Council represents 1.3 million workers in 300 local unions from every trade and occupation, both public and private sector, in the NYC economy.Beer drivers strike on Long Island, N.Y.Some 130 drivers and warehouse workers for beer distributor Clare Rose on Long Island, N.Y., have been on strike for almost three months. The workers, represented by Teamsters Local 812, went out April 23 to protest management’s “draconian” offer: a 30 percent pay cut and an end to pensions. The family-owned distributor of Budweiser, Heineken and craft beers to bars, delis and grocery stores on Long Island immediately brought in “permanent replacement workers” on April 25. The local responded by filing an unfair labor practices suit with the National Labor Relations Board.Meanwhile, local businesses are boycotting scab deliveries, and the union’s strategy to push Anheuser-Busch to motivate the greedy company to the negotiating table has worked. Local 812 postponed a June 23 rally outside Busch’s Newark, N.J., brewery after Clare Rose agreed to reopen negotiations with a professional mediator. (In These Times, June 28)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_img RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies February 14, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police investigating journalist’s murder suspect possible link to his work April 27, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Brazil Statements that the police have taken from the family and friends of Paulo Roberto Cardoso Rodrigues, a journalist also known as Paulo Rocaro, tend to support the theory that he was killed in connection with a story he was investigating in the drug trafficking region where he lived, on the border between the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul and Paraguay.Candido Figueiredo, a Paraguayan journalist who was a friend of Rodrigues, told the police that Rodrigues’ enquiries had almost certainly upset criminals operating in the region. Rodrigues was gunned down in the Brazilian border town of Ponta Porã on 12 February and died from his injuries the next day.Odorico Mesquita, the police officer in charge of the case, said: “We are continuing to explore this hypothesis, given the circumstances of the murder and the stories he was investigating in the border area he covered.”Deploring the murders of Rodrigues and fellow journalist Mário Randolfo Marques Lopes within the space of a few days in Brazil, UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova yesterday said thorough investigations were needed “to enable journalists to continue reporting without having to fear for their lives and for the safety of their relatives.”The police have not as yet made any arrests in either murder. Lopes was abducted and killed in the early hours of 9 February in Rio de Janeiro state.______________________14.02.2012 -Third journalist’s murder confirms disastrous start to year for Brazilian mediaPaulo Roberto Cardoso Rodrigues, a journalist based in Ponta Porã, in the southwestern state of Mato Grosso do Sul, died yesterday from the gunshot injuries he received the previous day, when two individuals on a motorcycle fired a total of 12 shots at him, hitting him five times, as he was driving his car in the town.Also known as Paulo Rocaro, Rodrigues, 51, edited a local daily, Jornal da Praça, and the Mercosul News website. Coming just three days after online journalist Mário Randolfo Marques’ murder in Rio de Janeiro state, his killing was the latest in a spate of physical attacks and threats against media and journalists since the start of the year.“This was the third murder of journalist in Brazil since the start of 2012, although the first, Laércio de Souza’s murder on 3 January in Bahia state, seems not to have been linked to the victim’s work as a journalist,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This violence sadly confirms last year’s trend, which caused Brazil to fall 41 places to 99th position in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.“Is Brazil going to become as dangerous as Mexico or Colombia? No region of the country has been spared this tragic violence, which calls for the development of programmes to protect media personnel and, in the short term, a thorough investigation of each case. The possibility that the two most recent murders were acts of political revenge needs to be explored.”Rodrigues lived in a region along the Paraguayan border that has a tradition of violence and is rife with drug trafficking. A source close to the victim told Reporters Without Borders that Rodrigues usually covered local politics, which are often characterized by irregularities and questionable practices. It cannot therefore be ruled out that he was murdered on the orders of a local politician in an increasingly disturbing trend for the media to be the target of violence.Arson and beatingsThe fire that badly damaged Ibicoara FM, a community radio station in Ibicoara, in the northeastern state of Bahia, on 8 January, was almost certainly arson. The station’s manager, Emerson Silva Bispo, said it was a reprisal for the repeated criticism of the authorities voiced on its “Voz do Povo” (Voice of the People) programme.The other fire on 8 February caused considerable damaged to Folha do Boqueirão, a newspaper in Curitiba, in the southern state of Paraná, that is owned by municipal councillor Francisco Garcez. It may have been caused by short-circuit but Garcez said he had been the target of recent threats possibly linked to investigations carried out under his leadership as chairman of the municipal government’s ethics committee.Jorge Estevão, the editor of HiperNoticias, a news website based in Cuiabá, in Mato Grosso state, was threatened on a Cuiabá street on the morning of 11 February by an individual who pointed a gun at him and told him he was “being a nuisance” and “invading my territory.” Estevão, who covers politics and corruption, said he did not know who was responsible for the threat.The police have also had a role in some of the violence against the media since the start of the year. Reporters were mistreated, warning shots were fired at them, and some were summarily detained during a military police operation to evict 9,000 residents in the poor neighbourhood of Pinheirinho, in São José dos Campos (in São Paulo state) at the end of January. 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first_imgNews News News Reporters Without Borders expressed dismay at the severity of a ten-year prison sentence imposed on journalist Shi Tao on 30 April and appealed for leniency from judges at an appeal that Shi said he would lodge within the 12 days allowed under law.The worldwide press freedom organisation said the trial before the intermediate people’s court in Changsha, Hunan Province in central China, had been riddled with irregularities.And a member of his family told Reporters Without Borders that Shi had been devastated by the harshness of the sentence pronounced by Judge Ouyang Hua.The journalist’s lawyer Guo Guoting had been banned from exercising his profession and procedural deadlines were flouted. The closed-doors trial ended on 11 March but the verdict was delivered more than one and a half months later, while Chinese law lays down a maximum delay of two weeks.Shi Tao, 37, of the daily Dangdai Shang Bao (Contemporary Business News) published in Hunan, was found guilty of “leaking state secrets abroad”. The prosecutor Su Shuang had called for a heavy sentence on the basis of reports from the State Security Department.Shi was accused of posting on foreign-based websites an internal message the authorities had sent to his newspaper warning journalists of the dangers of social destabilisation and the risks associated with the return of some dissidents on the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. During the trial, state security confirmed that the message was “Jue Mi” (top secret). Shi admitted that he had sent it on but contested that it was secret in nature.The journalist was also sentenced to two years deprivation of his civil and political rights.He is still being held in prison in Changsha where he was sent after his arrest in Taiyuan in the north-east on 24 November 2004. His mother and his youngest brother were able to see him for a few minutes as the verdict was announced. They said he was in good physical health but devastated by his imprisonment. ChinaAsia – Pacific News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts ChinaAsia – Pacific center_img Follow the news on China RSF_en March 12, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more to go further Organisation China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures May 2, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist Shi Tao will appeal against ten-year prison sentence June 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more