first_img whatsapp VIJAY ANAND | EXECUTION NOBLEOur position on Autonomy is a ‘hold’. It had a disappointing end to 2010, in terms of both results and acquisitions. Now investors’ focus will be on its outlook for 2011.TOM GIDLEY-KITCHEN | CHARLES STANLEYIt is telling that Autonomy hasn’t issued a pre-results trading update. This means it is probably in line with its downward-revised forecasts. Some people are expecting it to reveal an acquisition but I doubt it.ANTHONY MILLER | TECHMARKETVIEWAutonomy has unveiled a lot of contract wins over the last few weeks and we think this shows its focus on winning these big contracts is the right strategy at the right time. ANALYST VIEWS: WHAT DO THE CONTRACT WINS MEAN FOR AUTONOMY? Monday 24 January 2011 7:31 pm whatsapp More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child KCS-content Share Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Macolin Convention set to come into force from September

first_img Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Sports betting Horse racing AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter The Council of Europe’s (CoE) Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, also known as the Macolin Convention, is finally set to enter into force from September 1, though concerns remain over its definition of illegal sports betting.Switzerland became the fifth CoE member to ratify the convention, after Norway, Moldova, Portugal and Ukraine. Having ratified the Treaty, the five have committed to complying with the legal framework it sets out to tackle match fixing, including the processes for collaborating with other nations on the issue.The convention also sets out legal definitions for issues ranging from conflicts of interest to illegal betting, and controls to address poor governance and the handling of confidential information.“The entry into force of the Macolin Convention is good news for everyone who values fair play and integrity in sport,” said Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland.“The convention is a major step forward in the fight against corruption in sport and has received firm backing from major sports organisations and partners including FIFA and UEFA. I urge all of our member states, and countries around the world, to sign and ratify the convention as soon as possible.”While the Macolin Convention was first introduced in September 2014, it has been fought at every step by Malta, which vetoed the European Commission signing it on behalf of all 28 member states. It therefore required ratification from at least five CoE member states before it could be introduced in any form.Malta’s objections centre around the convention’s definition of illegal sports betting. This is defined as “any sports betting activity whose type or operator is not allowed under the applicable law of the jurisdiction where the consumer is located”.This, Malta argues, would effectively rule that its licensees’ activity in a number of European markets, using their Malta Gaming Authority licence to justify offering their services there, would be considered illegal. It has demanded the convention be amended since its introduction.Alongside the five countries to have ratified the Macolin Convention, 37 countries have also signed it, most recently Croatia and San Marino. By signing the document, states commit to adhering to the terms of the convention, though this is not legally binding. cAustralia is currently the only non-European signatory, though other countries, including Cape Verde and Morocco, are also understood to have shown an interest in doing so.ESSA, which was involved in the drafting of the convention, described the ratification as “a predominantly positive move.“The Convention sets out a range of practical measures to address match-fixing internationally and it has been broadly supported by ESSA and the wider betting sector,” ESSA secretary general Khalid Ali said.“However, there remain hurdles to overcome,” he added. “The definition of illegal sports betting, in particular, continues to present challenges to universal acceptance of the Convention text.”  Regions: Europe Central and Eastern Europe Switzerland 17th May 2019 | By contenteditor Casino & games Tags: Mobile Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Race Track and Racino Macolin Convention set to come into force from September The Council of Europe’s (CoE) Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, also known as the Macolin Convention, is finally set to enter into force from September 1, though concerns remain over its definition of illegal sports betting. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

BGC attacks government over Lancashire gaming venue closures

first_img Tags: Covid-19 Betting and Gaming Council Michael Dugher Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter BGC attacks government over Lancashire gaming venue closures 16th October 2020 | By Robin Harrison “From the beginning of the pandemic, betting shops and casinos have played their full role in the national effort to tackle this virus. Similar measures have been brought in for the Liverpool City Region, which is also in Tier 3, resulting in its 350 betting shops and six casinos, employing 2,300 people, have been forced to close.  The BGC has been fighting stricter measures on gambling venues for months, putting forward a number of compromises that have largely gone unheeded by the government.  The three casinos, meanwhile, contribute taxes of £6m a year to the Treasury.  “It is therefore hugely disappointing that as they are starting to get back on their feet again, those venues in Merseyside and Lancashire have had the rug pulled from under them by the Prime Minister.” “We understand the government’s need to tackle Covid, but they must balance that with the need to protect jobs,” he said. However unlike Liverpool, Lancashire’s gyms and leisure centres will be allowed to stay open.  Dugher also pointed out that this would not only result in the Treasury missing out on tax revenue, but would also hit the racing industry, which was already struggling financially.  This, he said, meant it was time for the government to rethink its approach, calling for a better financial package to ensure the venues have a long-term future. The government has placed the county in Tier 3 of its Covid-19 restrictions. This is the highest level of the new tiered structure, and imposes strict social distancing measures for Lancashire inhabitants.  Despite the association’s concerns about the impact of a 10pm curfew on hospitality venues, this failed to stop the measure being imposed, while a proposed ban on alcohol sales to avoid closures was also overlooked.  Land-based casino As part of these measures, the county’s betting shops – approximately 200 – and three casinos, employing 1,100 staff, have been ordered to shut indefinitely. These shops pay £24m a year in tax, as well as £6.6m to the British racing industry through horserace betting levy and media rights payments.  “It means that 3,400 hardworking employees in Merseyside and Lancashire will have to stay at home instead of generating the tax revenue that the Treasury so desperately needs.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Industry standards body the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has attacked the UK government after it ordered casinos and betting shops in the county of Lancashire to close amid a resurgence of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in the country. “But the best course of action remains allowing them to safely keep their doors open and do their bit to help the UK’s economic recovery.” “The simple fact is that there is no evidence that closing betting shops and casinos will slow the spread of Covid-19 and any impact from their closure will be negligible,” Dugher continued. “They have followed the public health guidance to the letter, and in many cases have gone above and beyond what is required of them. Topics: Casino & games People Sports betting Land-based casino People moves Retail sports betting BGC chief executive Michael Dugher (pictured) pointed out that there has been no evidence that bookmakers and casinos had contributed to the spread of Covid-19, adding that all operators had complied fully with public health guidelines.  Email Address The inconsistent application of rules in Liverpool and Lancashire, he added, “gives the impression that ministers don’t care about jobs in betting shops and casinos”. Regions: UK & Irelandlast_img read more

Stock market crash: this share has rocketed 200% this week! Is there still time to buy in?

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Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images Royston Wild | Friday, 5th June, 2020 | More on: DLAR Enter Your Email Address 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.center_img 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. See all posts by Royston Wild Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! The recent stock market crash leaves plenty of opportunity for investors to grab a bargain. But I worry that some share pickers are starting to get a bit ‘scattergun’ with their cash deployment. Take buyers of De La Rue (LSE: DLAR) shares as an example.Its stock has more than trebled in value since Monday as fresh trading details prompted a stampede. Then the FTSE 250 firm advised it has enjoyed “a strong start to the new financial year,” the business enjoying “a series of significant contract wins for both its Authentication and Currency divisions” since the beginning of April.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…De La Rue’s Authentication unit has secured contracts with total lifetime value exceeding £100m, it said. This includes a five-year accord to print polycarbonate data pages for the new Australian passport. Meanwhile, its Currency division is enjoying “strong demand” so far in fiscal 2021 and it has won contracts representing around 80% of available currency printing capacity for the full year.Rising from the stock market crashOn the one hand, the degree of fanfare following De La Rue’s latest update is understandable. News coming out of the money printer has been a steady flow of misery in recent years. Revenues have crashed, contracts have been missed out on. It’s been investigated by the Serious Fraud Office, and the amount of debt on its balance sheet has ballooned.I worry, though, that dip buyers have got a bit too giddy since Monday’s update. They’ve looked at De La Rue’s low valuation and been tempted to take a punt on a firm that could finally be bouncing back.Even despite those recent share price gains, De La Rue still looks cheap on paper. At current prices around 120p, it carries a forward P/E ratio of around 7 times. There’s a reason why the battered blue-chip still carries such a meagre rating though. The structural problems affecting its key markets still cast a shadow over its very existence.Money trapThe progression to an increasingly cashless world has been staggering. In Britain, for example, the number of people using cash once a month, or less, has more than doubled in two years, according to UK Finance. The Covid-19 outbreak has likely hastened the number of people dumping physical cash for debit/credit cards, due to infection fears and the spike in e-commerce activity.Therefore, De Le Rue still faces considerable long-term challenges. It also has to tackle a significant short-term problem in the form of its smashed-up balance sheet. That’s a problem that prompted it to warn just last November that there’s “material uncertainty that casts significant doubt on the group’s ability to continue as a going concern.”This is one share I’m not prepared to gamble my hard-earned money on. There are many other brilliant dip buys to go shopping for following the stock market crash. So why take a risk on De La Rue? “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Stock market crash: this share has rocketed 200% this week! Is there still time to buy in?last_img read more

British Airways supports BHF’s Rock Up In Red campaign

first_imgAs a result, female crew members will be supporting the campaign by wearing bright red nail varnish and red lipstick to highlight the fact that heart disease is the single biggest killer for women in the UK, killing three times more women than breast cancer.Other colleagues on the ground will be wearing red outfits and accessories as a reminder to customers and other colleagues to think about their heart health.Liz  Wilkinson,  British  Airways’  head  of  health  services  said:  “Flying to 165 destinations around the globe, we are lucky to be able to reach many thousands of people every day. We are fortunate to be able to support the BHF in spreading this important message and encouraging the UK to raise vital funds.”British Airways is one of many organisations taking part in the BHF’s Rock Up In Red’ British Airways supports BHF’s Rock Up In Red campaign  61 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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 Researching massive growth in giving.center_img Howard Lake | 31 January 2013 | News Employees at British Airways are supporting the British Heart Foundation’s ‘Rock Up In Red’ fundraising campaign at the beginning of National Heart Month.Last year British Airways ground staff and cabin crew successfully resuscitated two customers onboard aircraft and assisted in the resuscitation of three others on the ground, all of which suffered life-threatening cardiac arrest. Advertisement Tagged with: corporate Eventslast_img read more

The Good News and Bad News About US Corn Exports

first_img Previous articleAPI Certifies High Oleic Soybean Motor OilNext articleIndiana Crops Popping Through Gary Truitt The Good News and Bad News About US Corn Exports SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News The Good News and Bad News About US Corn Exports Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter The Good News and Bad News About US Corn ExportsTom SleightIt is a good news/bad news situation for US corn exports. Let’s start with the bad news. China, once a major buyer of US corn, has dried up as a customer for the past several months. The main reason given is their concern over biotech corn showing up in shipments of US grain. Tom Sleight, head of the US Grains Council, says negotiations are continuing, “There has been progress, but it is going to take a lot of talking with the Chinese on many different levels. We have approval on one trait and another in line for next year. It is going to take a lot of talking.”Now here is the good news. Sleight says sales of US corn to Mexico and Colombia are on the rise, “It is a different kind of Mexico than it was 10 years ago, and the same with Colombia. These are very vibrant economies, and they are in our backyard.”  Another area of the world that is turning to the US for more corn is North Africa, “This is an area that has been dominated by the Russians, but now the US is gaining market share.” He predicts that this year the US will go from almost zero percent of the market to nearly 40% of the market in Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia. In the latest USDA report,  projected  exports of US corn was increased by 150 million bushels, to a total of 1.9 billion bushels for 2014. By Gary Truitt – May 12, 2014 last_img read more

By blocking Telegram, Russia crosses another red line in online censorship

first_imgThe battle between Telegram and the Russian authorities began nearly a year ago and took a new twist on 20 March, when Roskomnadzor applied for a court order blocking the messaging service. April 13, 2018 – Updated on April 17, 2018 By blocking Telegram, Russia crosses another red line in online censorship Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing Two well-known independent journalists, Oleg Kashin and Alexander Plyushchev, announced yesterday that they have appealed to the European Court of Human Rights about the proposed blocking of Telegram. They previously filed an unsuccessful complaint in Russia against the FSB claiming that the threats to Telegram and other encryption tools violated their right to the confidentiality of their sources. Organisation RSF_en RussiaEurope – Central Asia Online freedoms Judicial harassmentFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe May 21, 2021 Find out more Telegram is expected to be blocked very soon as a result of the order issued today by Moscow’s Tagansky district court in response to a request by the Russian telecommunications regulator Roskomnadzor. Receive email alerts News “By blocking Telegram, the Russian authorities are crossing another red line in their control of the Internet,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. Credit: Alexander Nemenov / AFP to go further Although Telegram has blocked “broadcast channels” used by terrorists, the messaging service has proved to be very respectful of privacy and has always refused to give the FSB access to the communications of its users. Help by sharing this information Telegram insists that it does not have access to the encryption keys of chats, which are generated on the individual devices of its users. Its lawyers insisted that Roskomnadzor’s request had no legal basis and violated the Russian constitution. Telegram’s refusal to comply had already led to a fine in October of 800,000 roubles (11,500 euros) that was upheld on appeal. Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News Russia is ranked 148th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. “This is a major new blow to free speech in Russia. It also sends a strong intimidatory signal to the digital technology giants that are battling with the Russian authorities. The authorities are targeting a tool that is essential for the work of journalists, especially for the confidentiality of their sources and data.” June 2, 2021 Find out more Telegram’s lawyers did not attend the hearing, which lasted barely one hour, saying they did not wanted to legitimize an “obvious farce” by their presence. Telegram had been asked to hand over the encryption keys under Russia’s 2016 anti-terrorism law. The app is very popular in Russia, where it has more than 10 million users and is widely used by reporters, who rely on its encryption to protect the identity of their sources. Officials had been issuing statements to prepare public opinion for this step. They included Alexander Bortnikov, the head of the Federal Security Service (FSB), who said on 4 April that all acts of terrorism committed or averted in Russia in 2017 had been coordinated by means of messaging services. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns today’s decision by a Moscow court to order the immediate blocking of the popular encrypted messaging service Telegram after it refused to surrender its encryption keys to the Russian intelligence agencies. The decision represents yet another escalation in online censorship and an additional obstacle to journalism in Russia, RSF said. In a 2015 report, UN Special Rapporteur David Kaye said robust encryption tools were essential for free speech and press freedom and called on governments to limit themselves to specific and strictly proportionate restrictions on the use of encryption, and to refrain from excessive measures, such as insisting on the holding of encryption keys. RussiaEurope – Central Asia Online freedoms Judicial harassmentFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe Читать на русском / Read in Russian Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption Follow the news on Russia May 5, 2021 Find out more News Newslast_img read more

Torture, Arbitrary Detention and Self-Censorship : next page

first_img to go further Recommendations to the Nepalese Authorities- RSF demands the immediate release of the journalists and press contributors in respect of whom the police have no tangible and documented proof that they are members of the Maoist Party. -RSF demands compliance with the international commitments made pertaining to human rights, in particular the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, both of which were ratified by Nepal in 1991. -RSF demands the repeal of all extraordinary legislation, particularly the TADO, which has made it possible to imprison dozens of journalists in accordance with procedures contrary to the standards of international justice. -RSF demands that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Nepalese human rights organizations be given access to all prisons and detention centres in the country, and that procedures for family visits be simplified. -RSF suggests that weekly press conferences on military operations be held that include representatives of the armed forces. -RSF demands that Nepalese and foreign journalists be permitted to freely access conflict areas. -RSF requests that the observations and actions of the National Human Rights Commission (an independent institution created in 2000 by the Human Rights Commission Act) be implemented, in particular by the Chief District Officers (CDOs). – RSF demands that the Nepal Supreme Court’s decisions be carried out in respect of the habeas corpus procedures initiated by the families of imprisoned journalists.Recommendations to the European Union and to the United States- RSF demands that any aid contributed to the Nepalese government be made dependent upon upholding the freedom of expression. -RSF expresses the desire that the representatives of the United States and of the European Union in Nepal publicly condemn the arrests of journalists to the extent that they are not directly implicated in the Maoist movement. -RSF expresses the desire that the European Union and the United States intervene within the United Nations to ensure that any cases of abusive treatment involving Nepalese journalists be referred to UN special rapporteurs covering such issues as torture, freedom of opinion and expression and arbitrary detention.Recommendations to Nepalese Journalists-RSF condemns any justification in the media of violence and of organizations guilty of war crimes. -RSF also condemns the occasionally virulent criticism expressed by certain public media of publications and prominent individuals who support a political solution to the conflict. -RSF recommends that coverage of these events be both thorough and objective, given that politicization of the press may compromise a political solution to the conflict. News RSF_en Organisation Nepal: RSF’s recommendations to amend controversial Media Council Bill Anti-terrorist laws contrary to the ConstitutionBy virtue of Article 115 of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Nepal, the proclamation of the state of emergency marked a new era in the political and legal life of Nepal. “For the first time since the adoption of a democratic Constitution in 1990, the Nepalese government has chosen to restrict the rights of its citizens. This decision, and its far-reaching consequences on the country’s democratic future, was the condition imposed by the Army for intervening in the fight against the Maoists. If the anti-terrorist law is passed by Parliament, it will mean the end of the civil and political rights granted by our Constitution,” explained Subodh Raj Pyakurel, INSEC General Secretary. Indeed, in the name of the fight against the Maoist rebels, the government and the King decided to suspend the seven articles of the Constitution that guarantee fundamental rights: the right to basic freedoms, the press and publication right, the right against abusive preventive detention, the right to property, the right to privacy, and the right to constitutional remedy. Nepalese citizens are thus being deprived, for an undetermined period, of Article 12.2 (a), which guarantees freedom of opinion and expression, and of Article 13.1, which prohibits the censorship of any news item, article or any other reading material. Similarly, the proclamation of the state of emergency, and its renewal in February by Parliament, have put into question Article 15, which governs preventive detention and provides for compensation in cases of abusive detention.Meanwhile the King, by virtue of Article 118 of the Constitution, decreed that the Nepal Army be deployed throughout the territory and announced, at the government’s proposal, the enactment of the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Ordinance (TADO) which, as of 20 March 2002, has not yet been adopted by Parliament. The law on terrorist activities includes the “publication or distribution of information about any individual or group implicated in terrorist or subversive activities.” In broader terms, this law grants security forces full powers to fight against “terrorists.” Police procedures are simplified to the extreme and time limits on detention are extended. A special court was likewise created for the purpose of trying the “terrorists.” But as INSEC’s General Secretary remarked, the government instituted only one special court, in Kathmandu, and the fate of Maoist suspects arrested outside of the capital is totally unregulated. In fact, in districts affected by guerrilla warfare, police and army officers actually constitute “ministers of the interior and of justice,” with full powers to act as they see fit.Today, Nepal is endowed with legal texts that include numerous elements contrary to international standards relating to detention, judicial inquiries, and trial procedure. The kingdom is, however, one of the few Asian countries to have ratified most of the international texts relating to the protection of human rights, and, specifically the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Furthermore, “terrorists” and those who support them, risk punishment as harsh as life imprisonment (Nepal has abolished the death penalty).Self-censorship and restricted access to informationDuring the interview granted to Reporters without Borders, the Nepalese Prime Minister stated that he was “satisfied” with the co-operation of the Nepalese press in the fight against terrorism. Two days after proclaiming a state of emergency, the head of the Nepalese government addressed the country in a televised message, asking “the entire population, especially the press, to support us, despite all of the difficulties, because our nation has been taken hostage.” On 26 November, while police officers were arresting a dozen journalists of pro-Maoist publications, the Minister of Information assembled representatives from the major Nepalese media and asked them to exercise “utmost caution” when covering skirmishes between the army and the Maoist rebels. The Minister also offered to schedule “visits” of combat zones for the journalists. Similarly, on 27 November, a spokesperson for the Nepalese Army ordered the media to request permission before publishing any article or photograph related to the Army. In February 2002, the government assembled the country’s principal private publication owners to ask them not to withdraw their support, and not to defend, in their columns, any journalists arrested by security forces-especially those from their own newsrooms. A journalist close to the opposition reminded us that nearly 80% of all written press advertising derives from the State.The primary purpose of this call to order was to eliminate “pro-Maoist” tendencies in the private press. In fact, according to several Nepalese journalists (notably the country’s BBC Bureau Chief), since the end of the 1990s, most of the private media have tended to sympathize with the Maoists. “Some newspapers would not even hesitate to present them as Robin Hoods, saying that they are the only ones capable of eliminating corruption,” explained Sushil Sharma of the BBC. Similarly, over the past few years, some journalists have indulged in sensationalist coverage of Maoist-led armed operations. “In certain newspapers, Molotov cocktails became ‘loud explosions,’ and Maoist meetings ‘mammoth demonstrations,'” the same journalist added. Some go so far as to accuse a segment of media professionals of having sided with the Maoists. For the last four months, the media have been lining up behind the government, with the notable exception of several weeklies close to the Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist-Leninist, parliamentary opposition faction). In some national press headlines, the Maoists are no longer “rebels” but “terrorists.” A small group of publications close to the government have adopted a very violent anti-Maoist rhetoric. Moreover, the Maoist leaders’ communiqués which used to be published in the editorial pages or on the front page of Nepalese newspapers no longer appear. Obviously, the worsening hostilities have disrupted existing networks between the Maoists and the press, but journalists are now reluctant to publish or quote messages from Maoist party leaders. One journalist with the Nepalese BBC news service admitted that he had received several communiqués since last November but had chosen not to publish them. The same journalist contended that the main problem with covering the conflict is the restricted access to information: “Military operations have resumed since four months ago, but the chief of staff has not held a press conference. It is practically impossible to obtain any comments or specific data from the armed forces.” Every day, reporters are forced to base their articles on routine communiqués from the Ministry of Defence and on information gleaned by their local news correspondents. “We are all aware that the government wants to reveal only part of what is really going on in the field. There is very little mention of civilian casualties, for example, while our contacts and human rights organizations have tallied many exactions,” explained a BBC correspondent. Several journalists have been arrested and warned for having published communiqués or interviews with Maoist leaders. For example, on 31 December 2001, Pushkar Lal Shrestha, owner and Editor-in-Chief of the Nepalese daily Nepal Samacharpatra, was interrogated for several hours by a police officer for having published an interview with Maoist leader Baburam Bhattarai. The journalist was told that the publication of a “terrorist” text is a crime because it “compromises the security forces’ morale.”According to several reporters’ testimonies, officials are less and less accessible for interviews and comments. Tara Nath Dahal, the General Secretary of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ), explained that journalists have been denied access to government buildings on several occasions, particularly in the Singhadurbar district, in which many government departments are located. “It is incredible-now journalists are even afraid to show their identity or press card to security forces. We have become suspects and work conditions for numerous journalists are becoming increasingly difficult,” Mr. Dahal affirmed. Finally, on 27 December, police arrested Bijay Prasad Mishra, a reporter with the Kantipur daily in Siraha (south-east of Kathmandu) because he had written an article about the arrest of journalists in the area that he covers. He was freed the next day, after several parties intervened, including the Federation of Nepalese Journalists.Despite all of this, several private publications are showing courage by refusing-in the name of their independence-to submit their articles for approval before printing them. For example, on the day after the army ordered the media to stop printing any articles or photos related to the military institution without prior authorization, Kantipur published a photograph showing soldiers blocking public access to the Army’s general headquarters. There was no reaction. In addition, at the end of February, Kantipur sent one of its reporters into a district in the far western part of the country, where over 100 police officers and soldiers had been killed by Maoists. The journalist informed Reporters without Borders that he did not have any problem passing through the multiple check points. On the other hand, three Kantipur correspondents had been kept in custody for several hours during the first weeks of the state of emergency. “After that, we realized that the accusation of demoralizing the army was becoming a real threat to us. But we never stopped writing about corruption and human rights,” explained Yubraj Ghimire, Kantipur’s Editor-in-Chief. However, a human rights organization official has accused certain newspaper managing editors of having set aside articles about violations of human rights committed by the security forces. “No one ever mentions this conflict’s civilian casualties. What is worse, no data are ever released about the number of Maoists wounded. Have they all been killed?” the INSEC official wondered.Maoist attacks on freedom of the pressIn the last few years, the Maoist Party has managed to turn freedom of the press and the media’s interest in their “people’s war” to its advantage. The country’s pro-Maoist publications were obtaining some financial backing from the Maoist Party led by Prachanda, but even more importantly, they were fed exclusive information. A BBC journalist related that the majority of Nepalese journalists, and even the authorities, would read these publications assiduously because they were the only ones that would report news about activities in the more remote districts. “It was also a good way to better understand how the Maoist Party operates and changes,” the journalist added. Janadesh, for example, had one of the biggest press runs among the weekly papers. Moreover, Maoist leaders were regularly sending press communiqués to the main Nepalese media-not a paltry forum for an outlawed movement whose principal leaders, probably staying in India, were making only very rare appearances. The Party’s no less outlawed demonstrations were, however, covered by the journalists.Now that the state of emergency has been declared, the deal has changed and the Maoists, who had executed dozens of militants of the ruling Congress Party and, more recently a human rights activist, might be tempted to turn against the journalists accused of “collaborating with the government,” particularly correspondents in remote districts. So far, no significant incident has been reported. In the past, the Maoist Party was in the habit of asking the media-as well as the majority of private companies in the country-to pay a “revolutionary tax.” On several occasions, militants threatened newspaper managers with retaliation if they failed to pay the tax. Some media also received threats for having openly criticized the Maoist Party. Thus, in the late 1990s, Baburam Bhattarai, one of the most influential Maoist leaders, declared that Rajendra Dahal, Editor of the Deshanter independent daily, should be buried in the same plot as the Prime Minister. Deshanter had described the Maoists’ bank robberies as “the acts of gangsters.”A war without picturesFor the last six years, ever since hostilities first broke out between the security forces and Maoist rebels, pictures and news reports of military operations in the Nepalese and international press have been few and far between. The fact that these combat zones are hard to access is one of the reasons for this invisible war. In addition, the Nepalese armed forces have not been eager to bring journalists into the fields of operation. “We know that our requests to access the combat zones will be systematically denied. We can get to a location where a skirmish has taken place to count the dead and take photos of destroyed buildings. But the army will not authorize us to follow them into the field. Perhaps because they are afraid that we will witness their shortcomings, or the collateral damage involving civilian populations,” explained a reporter with a major Kathmandu daily. The foreign press, however, is showing little interest in the resumption of hostilities in Nepal. The Afghan war mobilized most of the reporters present in the region and the hardships involved in accessing Maoist zones have put off foreign journalists. What is more, the security forces are blocking access to certain areas within the country. On 15 December 2001, the government ordered Nepalese and foreign journalists to leave the combat zones. The following day, Tilak Pokharel, a journalist with the Katmandu Post, and a group of Kantipur journalists, received the order to immediately leave Dang Valley (in western Nepal) where they were covering army operations against the Maoist guerrillas. Three officers went to their hotel and informed them that the order had come from the capital to eject all journalists from those zones. At the same time, Indian and Italian television crews were asked to return to the capital.Foreign journalists have tried to cover the conflict by using tourist visas, attempting to enter zones held by the Maoists, but as a French reporter explained upon his return from Nepal, the Maoists have become “invisible” and “networks have disappeared.” In this context, news about this war in the foreign press is limited to news briefs about military losses suffered on both sides and to the most spectacular skirmishes.Conclusions and recommendationsThe breach by the Maoist Party of the cease-fire and of negotiations, in November 2001, marked an historical turning point in the civil war that has been raging in Nepal since the mid-1990s. The conflict, which has caused the death of at least 3,000 people, has grave human, economic, social and political consequences for this Himalayan kingdom. The proclamation of a state of emergency and intervention of the Nepalese Army in the hostilities marked the start of an all-out war against “terrorism.” If nearly all of the country’s national dailies have sided with the government, many journalists, and most emphatically those who work for far-Left weeklies, have paid dearly for the Nepalese regime’s determination to win victory at any price. And that cost has been very high. Nepal has thus become the country with the highest number of imprisoned journalists and press contributors in the world.Curiously, despite all of these developments, Nepal’s private publications and radio stations have not given up their right to criticize the government. However, fear of arrest has led most journalists to avoid reporting on certain subjects that have become taboo-notably those related to the armed forces.The war against the Maoist Party promises to be a long one, and the democratic Constitution of 1990 guaranteeing freedom of the press has been mortgaged on behalf of the anti-terrorist war. Already, voices are being raised demanding the authorities to provide effective mechanisms that will prevent any resurgence of a press willing to condone violence.In this bloody conflict, the government has received the support of the major foreign powers. In February 2002, the United States Ambassador in Nepal compared the Maoists to members of the pro-Islam Al Qaida network, and the U.S. government promised to supply new weapons to the Nepalese armed forces. Similarly, India, Russia, Great Britain and-most surprisingly-China, support the anti-Maoist campaign in Nepal. However, no foreign country has openly cautioned the Kathmandu government against permitting the abuse of local civilian populations, notably journalists, by the security forces. In his interview with Reporters without Borders, the Prime Minister acknowledged that in Nepal, as in Afghanistan, the anti-terrorist conflict could, unfortunately, lead to abuses and errors. “If the American military can make mistakes, why should Nepalese soldiers be any different?” he asked. Help by sharing this information News NepalAsia – Pacific March 26, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Torture, Arbitrary Detention and Self-Censorship : next page Reports Under Chinese pressure, Nepal sanctions three journalists over Dalai Lama story Nepalese journalists threatened, attacked and censored over Covid-19 coverage Follow the news on Nepal May 17, 2019 Find out more NepalAsia – Pacific June 8, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts May 29, 2019 Find out more Newslast_img read more

Gatos Silver Announces Restoration of Full Grid Power at Cerro Los Gatos

first_img Facebook Previous articleBrainlab Loop-X Mobile Imaging Robot and Cirq Robotic Alignment Module for Spine Both Receive FDA clearanceNext articleThis Heart Month, Pledge to Help Your Heart with These 3 Fitness Tips Digital AIM Web Support Gatos Silver Announces Restoration of Full Grid Power at Cerro Los Gatos Twitter TAGS  Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 22, 2021 Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Local NewsBusiness Pinterest DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 22, 2021– Gatos Silver, Inc. (NYSE/TSX: GATO) (“Gatos Silver” or the “Company”) is pleased to report that full power from Mexico’s national power grid has been restored at its Cerro Los Gatos (“CLG”) mine site. CLG is currently operating the surface facilities and the full complement of underground mining infrastructure and activities. The CLG process plant will resume operation early this week upon completion of the previously accelerated maintenance activities that commenced during the temporary power restriction in Northern Mexico. Given the expedited restoration of full grid power, the outage has had minimal impact on the Company’s mining and processing activities. About Gatos Silver Gatos Silver is a silver dominant exploration, development and production company that discovered a new silver and zinc-rich mineral district in southern Chihuahua State, Mexico. To-date, 14 zones of mineralization have been defined within the district and all are characterized by silver-zinc-lead epithermal mineralization. More than 85% of the approximately 103,087-hectare mineral rights package has yet to be drilled, representing a highly prospective and underexplored district. The Company recently built and commissioned its first operating mine and mineral processing plant at the Cerro Los Gatos deposit, which is expected to produce 12.2 million silver equivalent ounces annually. Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains statements that constitute “forward looking information” and “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of U.S. and Canadian securities laws. All statements other than statements of historical facts contained in this press release, including statements regarding the expected average annual production are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s beliefs and assumptions and on information currently available to management. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements due to various factors described in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Canadian securities commissions. Certain forward-looking statements are based on assumptions, qualifications and procedures which are set out only in the technical report entitled “Los Gatos Project, Chihuahua, Mexico,” dated July, 2020 with an effective date of July 1, 2020 (the “Los Gatos Technical Report”) filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Canadian securities commissions. Scientific and technical disclosures in this press release were approved by Philip Pyle, Vice President of Exploration and Chief Geologist of Gatos Silver who is a “Qualified Person,” as defined in National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects of the Canadian Securities Administrators. For a complete description of assumptions, qualifications and procedures associated with such information, reference should be made to the full text of the Los Gatos Technical Report. Gatos Silver expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update the forward-looking statements contained in this press release to reflect any change in its expectations or any change in events, conditions, or circumstances on which such statements are based unless required to do so by applicable law. No assurance can be given that such future results will be achieved. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. Availability of Other Information About Gatos Silver Investors and others should note that Gatos Silver communicates with its investors and the public using its company website ( ) as well as other channels, including but not limited to presentations, Securities and Exchange Commission filings, press releases, public conference calls and webcasts. The information Gatos Silver communicates through these channels could be deemed to be material information. As a result, Gatos Silver encourages investors and others interested in Gatos Silver to review the information it disseminates through these channels on a regular basis. The contents of Gatos Silver’s website or other channels, or any other website that may be accessed from its website or these channels, shall not be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. View source version on CONTACT: Investors and Media Contact Adam Dubas Chief Administrative Officer [email protected] (303) 784-5350 KEYWORD: MEXICO UNITED STATES CENTRAL AMERICA NORTH AMERICA COLORADO INDUSTRY KEYWORD: MINING/MINERALS NATURAL RESOURCES SOURCE: Gatos Silver Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/22/2021 07:00 AM/DISC: 02/22/2021 07:01 AM read more

COVID-19 Exacerbates Low-Income Households’ Cost Burdens

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / COVID-19 Exacerbates Low-Income Households’ Cost Burdens  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago COVID-19 is having an especially pronounced impact on the affordability of housing among low-income individuals, according to a survey from Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.The newly released American Community Survey shows an ongoing downshift in cost burdens in 2019. While the share of all cost-burdened homeowners–which are those spending more than 30% of their income for housing fell significantly in the decade preceding COVID-19, the cost burdens for low-income homeowners fell only slightly. A particular concern induced by these longer-term trends: since the onset of the pandemic, it’s considerably more likely for low-income households to have lost jobs or had their work curtailed.In 2019, the overall cost burden rate for homeowners nosedived, dropping from 30% to 21% since 2010. That marked the lowest levels since 2000. Higher-income cost burdens receded by more than half while low-income households didn’t fare quite as well, with declines in that category dropping off only slightly.Larger bounces in incomes and declines in monthly cost among high-income homeowners compared to low-income homeowners are significantly fueling the unequal distribution of the decelerating cost. There also were wide disparities in the age, race, education, and location of low-income homeowners, according to the data. Data shows that low-income homeowners are “more likely to be older, live in the South, be people of color,” and less likely to have a college education.Homeowners of color with household incomes dipping below $30,000 were disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 challenges. 27% of Native American homeowners had household incomes under $30,000 compared to 22% of Black homeowners and 16% of Hispanic homeowners. The Harvard survey also reports that “cost-burdened households are more likely to be low-income and work retail and service jobs,” which not only puts them at higher risk of exposure to COVID-19 but also makes them more vulnerable to losing their jobs or having reduced hours due to the pandemic.Then there’s the age card. Low-income homeowners are significantly more likely to be at least 65. Last year, 55% of housing with incomes of less than $30,000 also fell under that category while only 22% of homeowners earning at least $75,000 were a minimum of 65. On the other hand, the degree of cost burden wasn’t as harsh among older households; the duress among homeowners at least 65 dipped by 4% from 2010-2019. Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago COVID-19 Exacerbates Low-Income Households’ Cost Burdens Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe Previous: Shumate Tapped to Oversee Title Support at SLK Global Next: Paladino to Lead North America Structured Finance at Fitch Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Chuck Green The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago November 25, 2020 984 Views Chuck Green has contributed to the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune and others covering various industries, including real estate, business and banking, technology, and sports. Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago 2020-11-25 Cristin Espinosa Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agolast_img read more