4 Sep

Government awards prison contracts to G4S and Serco

first_imgThursday 31 March 2011 8:25 pm Tags: NULL More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com KEN CLARKE, the justice secretary, yesterday said he had awarded contracts to run two prisons to security services firm G4S and had given one prison contract to outsourcing group Serco.The Ministry of Justice gave no value for the deals, but said the outsourcing of the management of the three prisons would save £216m over the lifetime of the contracts.G4S will manage the currently state-run Birmingham prison and the new Featherstone 2 prison, under construction in Wolverhampton.Serco will continue running Doncaster prison in northeast England, where its management contract was due to expire.The contracts for Birmingham and Doncaster will run from October, while the Featherstone contract will begin in April 2012.The companies had been bidding for management contracts for five prisons under a process announced in 2009.One of the prisons, Wellingborough, was removed from the competition as it needed extra financial investment. The other, Buckley Hall near Manchester, will continue to be run by Britain’s HM Prison Service, the Ministry of Justice said. whatsapp Government awards prison contracts to G4S and Serco whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Share KCS-content last_img read more

24 Aug

Betfred secures FOBT tax victory

first_imgLegal & compliance Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 26th July 2018 | By contenteditor Topics: Legal & compliance Tribunal rules that VAT collection on FOBTs was unlawful, providing a timely boost to bookmakers Betfred has secured a legal victory over HM Revenue & Customs in the UK that could lead to bookmakers in the country benefiting from a £1bn (€1.1bn/$1.3bn) tax rebate.A tribunal ruled that the collection of VAT on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) from 2005 to 2013 “breached the principle of fiscal neutrality”, because similar games online and in casinos were exempt from the tax. The £1bn figure was based on the rate of VAT paid on combined income from FOBTs over the period.According to reports, Betfred is likely to reclaim approximately £100m as part of the rebate, which will affect several bookmakers.HMRC did not say whether it would launch an appeal but added that it would give the judgement “careful consideration”.It was announced in May that the government would accept Gambling Commission recommendations for a new £2 stake limit for FOBTs, down from the current £100. Bookmakers claimed the decision would lead to 4,000 shop closures and 21,000 job losses. Some bookmakers – like Betfred – would appear to be more vulnerable to the changes than others. Some 83% of Betfred’s earnings was generated by its retail shops, where FOBTs are situated, according to analysts.However, lobbyists and politicians have criticised a delay in the reform of FOBT rules, with the new regulations unlikely to be implemented until 2019 due to the need for parliamentary approval for the introduction of a new statutory instrument.Despite reports that the changes would take bookmakers a maximum of eight weeks to introduce, a later transition date has reportedly been agreed by the UK’s Treasury.Earlier this month, council chiefs claimed that an extra £3.6bn could be wagered on FOBTs over the next two years if there is a delay in the implementation of a maximum stake reduction.Last month, Betfred reported an annual operating loss of £13.4m despite a 17% increase in turnover to £12.7bn.Picture credit: Andrewx Regions: UK & Ireland Betfred secures FOBT tax victory AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: OTB and Betting Shops Email Addresslast_img read more

24 Aug

RGA chief says formal ABB merger ‘unlikely’

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Strategy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 2nd October 2018 | By contenteditor Clive Hawkswood, chief executive of the Remote Gambling Association (RGA), has told iGamingBusiness.com that the organisation could expand its remit to include other forms of gambling, but played down talk of “formal” mergers with other industry bodies. Various reports have linked the RGA to a merger with the Association of British Bookmaker (ABB), a trade organisation for betting shops operators in the UK, as well as other gambling related bodies. Although Hawkswood would neither confirm nor deny that talks are ongoing with the ABB and other industry bodies, he did tell iGamingBusiness.com that the RGA could expand its focus to coincide with changes at the UK Gambling Commission. The Commission has made no secret of its intention to clamp down on a number of key problems in the industry, including protecting children, cutting gambling-related harm and keeping betting fair. In recent months, the regulator has made a series of announcements in relation to these efforts, with the RGA having stated its support. Speaking to iGamingBusiness.com about the merger reports, Hawkswood said: “We do undertake periodic reviews and our working relationships with other sectors always form a part of that. “This is more important than ever in Britain where the Gambling Commission is already moving away from a sector-specific approach to regulation, but it is too early to say what changes might flow from this review. “However, it is fair to say that we are actively considering whether to expand the RGA’s remit to include other forms of gambling. “This in part reflects the fact that many of our members are multi-sector operators and we are seeing an increasing number of issues that would be better to address on a cross-sector basis if we can. “It is probably unlikely that there will be formal mergers with any other trade groups, but at this stage all options are open.” Hawkswood, who last week confirmed that he is to step down as CEO of the RGA, also said work is ongoing to determine the body’s focus moving forward. He said: “Issues such as governance, membership structure and branding will all be considered in the coming months, but there is still a long way to go before anything substantive might be finalised.”Peter Craske, PR manager for the ABB, also spoke to iGamingBusiness.com about the reports, saying that the body is also working on its future strategy but it is currently “too early to speculate”.Craske said: “The ABB, like the RGA, are reviewing our working relationships with other parts of the industry to ensure that we meet the needs of our members in a changing regulatory environment, however it is too early to speculate on what will come from this review.” Strategy RGA chief says formal ABB merger ‘unlikely’ Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Organisation has been linked to joining with other industry groups Regions: UK & Ireland Email Addresslast_img read more

24 Aug

Iowa records sports wagering handle decrease for April

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Finance Tags: Iowa Read the full story on iGB North America. Regions: US Iowa Overall net sports wagering receipts fell to $7.7m, down from $13.5m last month, but this was up from just $150,000 a year prior. Retail handle fell 37.2% month-on-month to $13.8m, and internet handle decreased 25.0% to $104.5m for total handle of $118.4m, down 26.6%. 7th May 2021 | By Nosa Omoigui Topics: Finance Sports betting Online sports betting Sportsbook Iowa records sports wagering handle decrease for April Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Iowa posted sports wagering handle figures of $118.4m for April 2021, representing a 7438.9% increase from April 2020 when almost all major sporting events were suspended, but a decline from the previous month. Email Addresslast_img read more

5 Jul

2 cheap UK shares I think could TREBLE my money in the new bull market!

first_img2 cheap UK shares I think could TREBLE my money in the new bull market! “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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. 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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. Royston Wild owns shares of Clipper Logistics and Games Workshop. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Clipper Logistics. 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.center_img Our view of investing for 2021 couldn’t be more emphatic. Sure, the macroeconomic outlook for the short-to-medium term is as clear as mud. And, as a consequence, UK share pickers need to be a lot more cautious than usual.But we at The Motley Fool don’t think investors should stop buying UK shares entirely. In fact, buying shares after stock market crashes like that of early 2020 can make investors spectacular returns during the subsequent bull market.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…Individuals can buy UK shares at bombed-out prices and sit back and rake it in as the global economy improves and corporate profits rebound, flushing confidence back into the market and helping British equities soar in value.The FTSE 100 famously doubled in value in the nine years following the 2008/2009 crash which accompanied the banking crisis. The FTSE 250 did even better, trebling in value between February 2009 and May 2018.I see no reason why UK share prices can’t also rocket following the 2020 stock market crash. Indeed, the colossal money pumping which inflated asset prices and aided the economic recovery during the 2010s has come to the fore again this year. And it’s likely to remain in play from 2021 onwards too.Top UK shares on my ISA radarI’ve continued to buy UK shares in my own Stocks and Shares ISA in the hope of riding the new bull market (whenever that may come). My most recent purchase is Games Workshop Group which I grabbed a slice of a fornight ago. There are plenty of other cheap shares on my radar for 2021 too, such as:#1: Clipper LogisticsClipper Logistics offers an attractive blend to share investors at current prices. Annual earnings are predicted to rocket 42% during the 12 months to April 2021. This leaves the small-cap trading on a low forward price-to-earnings (PEG) ratio of 0.6 times. This UK share carries a meaty, inflation-beating 2.2% dividend yield for the new year too.the e-commerce logistics and warehousing specialist is riding the online shopping boom to full effect. It’s why I’ve already bought the business for my ISA in 2020. And I’m thinking of buying more after reading estimates from research specialists Industry Research who reckon the e-commerce market will grow at a stunning compound annual growth rate of 22.6% between now and 2025. I reckon this stock could help me get rich.#2: PlaytechI think FTSE 250 stock Playtech is also worth serious attention at current prices. It’s expected to record a 68% improvement in annual earnings in 2021. Consequently this UK share trades on a bargain-bin forward PEG multiple of 0.2.There’s nothing cheap or nasty about Playtech though. The business is the biggest supplier of sports betting and online gaming software on the planet. This means it’s well-placed to ride the internet betting phenomenon to the max. The experts at Statista reckon the size of the global gaming market will be worth a stunning $92.9bn in 2023, compared with $66.7bn today. Royston Wild | Wednesday, 16th December, 2020 Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images See all posts by Royston Wildlast_img read more

19 Jun

Improve your internet safety: 4 essential reads

first_img Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSthe conversation.com Previous articleSullivan’s staff returns to Apopka this monthNext articleVote for Mayor, Seat #1, and Seat #2 in The Apopka Voice’s third online election poll Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! On February 6th, technology companies, educators, and others marked Safer Internet Day and urge people to improve their online safety. Many scholars and academic researchers around the U.S. are studying aspects of cybersecurity and have identified ways people can help themselves stay safe online. Here are a few highlights from their work.1. Passwords are a weaknessWith all the advice to make passwords long, complex and unique – and not reused from site to site – remembering passwords becomes a problem, but there’s help, writes Elon University computer scientist Megan Squire:“The average internet user has 19 different passwords. … Software can help! The job of password management software is to take care of generating and remembering unique, hard-to-crack passwords for each website and application.”That’s a good start.2. Use a physical keyTo add another layer of protection, keep your most important accounts locked with an actual physical key, writes Penn State-Altoona information sciences and technology professor Jungwoo Ryoo:“A new, even more secure method is gaining popularity, and it’s a lot like an old-fashioned metal key. It’s a computer chip in a small portable physical form that makes it easy to carry around. The chip itself contains a method of authenticating itself.”Just don’t leave your keys on the table at home.3. Protect your data in the cloudMany people store documents, photos and even sensitive private information in cloud services like Google Drive, Dropbox and iCloud. That’s not always the safest practicebecause of where the data’s encryption keys are stored, explains computer scientist Haibin Zhang at University of Maryland, Baltimore County:“Just like regular keys, if someone else has them, they might be stolen or misused without the data owner knowing. And some services might have flaws in their security practices that leave users’ data vulnerable.”So check with your provider, and consider where to best store your most important data.4. Don’t forget about the rest of the worldSadly, in the digital age, nowhere is truly safe. Jeremy Straub from North Dakota State University explains how physical objects can be used to hijack your smartphone:“Attackers may find it very attractive to embed malicious software in the physical world, just waiting for unsuspecting people to scan it with a smartphone or a more specialized device. Hidden in plain sight, the malicious software becomes a sort of ‘sleeper agent’ that can avoid detection until it reaches its target.”It’s a reminder that using the internet more safely isn’t just a one-day effort. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

18 Jun

Refs hit the headlines again as the Reds beat the Crusaders in classic

first_imgThursday Jun 2, 2011 Refs hit the headlines again as the Reds beat the Crusaders in classic One of the games of the weekend was this classic Super Rugby meeting between the Reds and the Crusaders, a game that went right down to the wire and ended with more than a small touch of controversy.It was a low scoring, yet intense game with a fantastic test match feel to it. Two of the top number tens of the world game came up against each other, with Quade Cooper pulling out some incredible stuff, although Dan Carter probably got the better of him in the end with an incredibly polished all round performance.It was Cooper who celebrated at the final whistle however, as a capacity crowd of 48 000 watched on as he slotted a last minute penalty, a kick that took the Reds into a 17-16 lead.While the Reds were fantastic and in many respects deserved the win, there’s been plenty of talk about the manner in which they got there in the end, most notably through the inefficiencies of referee Stuart Dickinson and his touch judges.They missed a few things on the night, and while that will always be the case as refs are human and tend to err from time to time, there have been big question marks over his performance. Some went as far as to call it bias towards the Australian side, while others simply felt it was below par, which at such a crucial stage in the comp, is unforgivable.There was a suspect looking pass early in the game, then in the lead up to the final play a ball appeared to have gone forward. The biggest talking point though has been his decision to ping Richie McCaw for using his hands in a ruck, right in front of the posts in the dying moments.McCaw clearly disagreed, but the worrying matter here is that there’s such a vast difference of opinion as to whether it was the right or wrong call. Referee boss Lyndon Bray chose to defend Dickinson publicly, although he apparently said later that there are definitely grey areas. SANZAR’s Greg Peters has said that Dickinson will be under review, as is the norm.McCaw, who gave away the penalty, somehow escaped the wrath of the fans as everything seemed to be directed at Dickinson, but the greater issue is that there’s so much confusion around the breakdown. When top referees, pundits, and former test players can’t call it conclusively either way, surely that’s a bit of a problem, especially as we’re trying to grow the game? Of course it’s a debate that lingers on though, and will always be a touchy subject.Unfortunately what it did do is take away from a great game of rugby, of which you can view highlights below. For those of you who also enjoy a bit of post match discussion and analysis, the second clip in the playlist is a snippet from Reunion, where it’s debated from a New Zealand perspective. Enjoy, and feel free to leave some thoughts as a comment below.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

17 Jun

Hytten 4 / Metro Architects

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/192177/hytten-4-metro-architects Clipboard Projects 2006 Area:  5000 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Hytten 4 / Metro Architects “COPY” Photographs:  Rafael Palomo    Save this picture!© Rafael PalomoRecommended ProductsWoodAccoyaAccoya® CanalsBoardsEGGERMultiple Purpose Board – OSB 3WoodTechnowoodTechnowood in Presidential HouseThe dwelling unit Hytten 4 poses as the north east corner of the complex plan of the living fair Bo01. The consequence of the plan, with three different construction rights within the unit, is a complex building volume. Save this picture!Detail 01The building has an urban structure like a classical city block, with an obvious exterior and interior which manifests a non exposed, interior living. A great span of apartment sizes as well as the contrast between the row houses and the smaller apartments gives the building a rich inner life. Save this picture!Detail 02The exterior, which meets the city, consists of a cohesive black shell. The façade is a composition of cement panels and shiny black glass sheets which together with the windows creates variation and depth. Save this picture!Detail 03Towards the courtyard and the large balconies with great windows is the situation different. The façade consists here of white cement panels and mahogany plywood which radiates light and warmth. The courtyard has, because of its small measurements, gotten an interior design like a small core – the common atrium.Project gallerySee allShow lessDisaster Prevention and Education Center / DRA&UArticlesLiantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point Passenger Terminal Building Proposal …ArticlesProject locationAddress:Västra hamnen, Nya Staden, Lidkoping, SwedenLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/192177/hytten-4-metro-architects Clipboard Save this picture!© Rafael Palomo+ 16 Share Architects: Metro Architects Area Area of this architecture project Hytten 4 / Metro ArchitectsSave this projectSaveHytten 4 / Metro Architects Year:  CopyAbout this officeMetro ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingHousingSwedenPublished on December 16, 2011Cite: “Hytten 4 / Metro Architects” 16 Dec 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – Metropol ClassicVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ StonePartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Zenith® SeriesPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesProdemaProdEx Wood Facade in the Aspen Art MuseumSealantsSikaRenovation of Zeitz MuseumSinksBradley Corporation USAVerge Coordinated Soap Dispenser and Faucet SetsWoodLunawoodThermo Timber and Industrial ThermowoodAcousticFabriTRAK®FabriFELT™ for Walls and CeilingsGlassDip-TechDigital Ceramic Etch PrintingWindowspanoramah!®ah! Ultra MinimalistEngineered Wood FlooringAustralian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH)Australian Oak Engineered FlooringLouvers / ShuttersConstruction SpecialtiesSunshades – Airfoil LuxMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Housing Sweden CopyHousing•Sweden “COPY” Photographs ArchDailylast_img read more

15 Jun

Capitalist COVID catastropheFIGHT or DIE!

first_imgIt’s December 2020. The working class in the United States is facing a crisis of survival. It is the worst such crisis since the Great Depression, especially for the most oppressed.The statistics are damning: One in six households face hunger; one in five workers are out of work; some 30 million renters and homeowners face homelessness in the coming winter months. The COVID death toll will hit 300,000 any day now. The virus is now the leading cause of death in the U.S., passing heart disease and cancer. Hospitals are unable to cope with the surge in COVID cases.“Strike for Black Lives,” July 20, Detroit.There could likely be half a million deaths before vaccines are widely available — more than double the 200,000 projected as a worst case scenario at the start of the pandemic.The parallel economic and public health disasters feed each other. Hunger, houselessness and loss of job-based health insurance all increase the risk of contracting COVID-19, developing serious and even life-threatening symptoms and being unable to access medical treatment. On the flip side, being exposed to COVID-19 and needing time off work can cost a worker their job. In reaction to this crisis, some Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate along with President-elect Joe Biden hope to pass a bipartisan, $908 billion, “something is better than nothing” bill. “Without the money,” according to the Dec. 4 New York Times, “many families could go hungry, become homeless and face other hardships.” Ten million people will run out of unemployment benefits by year’s end and could, along with others, lose housing when the eviction moratorium expires Dec. 31.A lot of the particulars of the bill are still vague, but there are obvious problems with it. There’s no repeat $1200 “stimulus check” in it. Unemployment benefits still expire after 39 weeks. This bill just keeps the 26 weeks of regular benefits and the 13-week extension going and funds an additional $300 per week (not $600) after Dec. 31, for those who remain eligible at that time. It allots an inadequate $25 billion for rental assistance. Undocumented workers and their families cannot even access these benefits, nor others like food stamps and Medicaid. There has always been an epidemic of hunger, homelessness and inadequate medical care in communities of color — and it is getting worse. But now the emergency is broader. The whole working class is being pauperized.For-profit health care impedes the battle with COVIDA mass vaccination program has the potential to put the scourge of COVID — and its devastating economic fallout — behind us. But the pitiful $16 billion in the rescue bill for vaccine distribution will protect few people in the U.S., let alone the rest of the world.We’re told that frontline health care workers, who interface with COVID patients all day long, will be first in line to be vaccinated. Next will be the most vulnerable: people over 65 and those whose medical conditions put them at greater risk. After them other “essential” workers in supermarkets, agriculture, education, etc. will get the shots.Eventually everyone will supposedly be vaccinated. But that scenario raises more questions than it answers. Is the shot free to anyone? If not, how much will it cost? What about the millions of uninsured? Do the rich have to wait their turn like everyone else? Or will 36-year-old Mark Zuckerberg, most definitely not a frontline worker, get vaccinated before the elderly? And will Jeff Bezos wait in line behind low-wage essential workers at his Amazon-owned Whole Foods?Capitalism, where everything including health care is a commodity to be sold on the market for profit, is the biggest obstacle to a mass, global vaccination campaign. The capitalists of each country compete with each other, impeding global cooperation to defeat the pandemic. Big Pharma corporations, including Pfizer and Moderna, are battling it out to make a vaccine at the lowest possible cost, in order to maximize their own profits. Wherever human needs take a back seat to the bottom line, the masses suffer. Big Pharma’s drive to maximize profit, combined with the legacy of racist medical experimentation on Black and brown communities, have engendered distrust around taking the vaccine. Transparency around side effects is lacking.Will the Trumpite anti-maskers also be the loudest anti-vaxxers, further endangering their communities with their super-spreading defiance?1930s: Fight or starve!1930.When the Great Depression hit in the 1930s, there was no social safety net. Social Security, unemployment insurance, food stamps and a range of government assistance programs were nonexistent. From the veterans’ Bonus March to the Ford Hunger March to numerous eviction defense actions, it was the class struggle that won these benefits. The New Deal programs weren’t a gift bestowed upon the suffering masses by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. They were, as FDR himself explained, “riot insurance.”When the masses got tired of waiting in long food lines — which we are sadly seeing again — or just going without, they organized around the slogan: “Fight or starve!” Many demonstrations were organized by the Communist Party USA.After spending the better part of 2020 enduring this pandemic depression, after watching our loved ones get sick and die of COVID, the working class is again in a desperate situation, one magnified by the fascist threat posed by the growth of white supremacy. State-sanctioned police terror and the growth of extralegal paramilitary formations like the Proud Boys are two sides of the same coin.This 1930s-level suffering is compounded further by misogyny, anti-LGBTQ2S+ bigotry, ableism, Islamophobia and xenophobia.We must demand: Medicine for people — all the people — not for profit! Money for health care, not warfare! Food, housing and jobs are basic human rights! Smash white supremacy and bigotry!Workers and oppressed people face two choices: Fight or die! FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

12 Jun

Investigators of murder of community radio boss rush to judgement

first_img RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Organisation Receive email alerts RSF_en to go further Reporters Without Borders today condemned a hasty conclusion of a “crime of passion” made by the investigators of the murder of indigenous community radio director Mauricio Medina Moreno, at his home in Ortega in the Tolima department on 11 April.The judgment was made almost immediately after the discovery of the body of the head of CRIT 98.0 FM Estéreo who had been stabbed 25 times, ruling out any possible link with an armed group that is active in the region, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.Friends and colleagues of Medina, aged 50, said he had not received any threats that could point to who was behind the killing. This fact and the first results of the investigation could not however justify such an immediate conclusion about the possible motive, it said.The label “crime of passion” is too often used to avoid investigation of any link with the victim’s work, even to the extent of covering up a case. This has already happened in several other murders of journalists in Colombia. As a director of a community radio, the kind of media often targeted by the authorities, particularly in conflict areas, Medina ran risks as a result of his work. As a prominent local figure, he promoted his people’s social and cultural welfare in their indigenous language. He also held key roles on the Tolima Regional Indigenous Council (CRIT), for which his media served as an outlet. He was committed to active work on protection of the environment which can also lead to hostility and reprisals.Indigenous movements are in an exposed position in Colombia as shown by the brief detention by the intelligence services on the eve of the Medina killing, of indigenous leader, Feliciano Valencia in Popayán, in the department of Cauca. Mauricio Medina Moreno is the second journalist to be murdered in Colombia since the start of the year, following that of Clodomiro Castilla Ospina, whose killers are still at large despite strong indications of paramilitary involvement. Photo : El Tiempo April 13, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Investigators of murder of community radio boss rush to judgement October 21, 2020 Find out more ColombiaAmericas Newscenter_img Help by sharing this information 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies News ColombiaAmericas Follow the news on Colombia May 13, 2021 Find out more News April 27, 2021 Find out more Reportslast_img read more