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first_imgNieves Ayress MorenoThe New York chapter of Workers World Party held a forum on Nov. 2 featuring three dynamic women speakers on important struggles at home and abroad. Stephanie Tromblay, Huron/Metis nonstatus and of mixed Southeast Indigenous heritage, officially opened the meeting by reminding everyone: “We meet on stolen Lenni-Lenape homelands — the Lenapehoking. Workers World Party looks toward the day that all Indigenous nations’ land claims are paid in full, from the Wampanoag lands at the Cape [Massachusetts] to the Ohlone lands in the San Francisco Bay Area, from the Appalachians to the Rockies.” She went on to speak about the significance of the 50th National Day of Mourning and the racist myth of “Thanksgiving.” Explaining the origins of NDOM, Tromblay said, “In 1970, an Aquinnah Wampanoag man, Wamsutta Frank James, who had been asked to speak at a fancy Commonwealth of Massachusetts banquet celebrating the 350th anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims, was told by a representative of the Department of Commerce and Development that he wouldn’t be allowed to give his speech.“[Wamsutta] used one of their own history books as a basis for his talk — a Pilgrim’s account of their first year on Turtle Island. The book told of their opening his ancestor’s graves, stealing the Wampanoag villages’ food supplies, selling his ancestors as slaves for 220 shillings each. “Back in 1970, the organizers of the fancy state dinner told Wamsutta they would only let him speak if he agreed to deliver a speech that they would write. Instead, Wamsutta and hundreds of Indigenous people and supporters gathered in Plymouth and observed the first National Day of Mourning. “Only Indigenous people spoke at Day of Mourning, and that is true to this day.” The demand for the freedom of Indigenous political prisoner Leonard Peltier is also raised at NDOM, along with a solidarity statement written by him.” (Hear the entire talk at youtu.be/syYPJIrU2Xw/.)‘Workers can fight back and win through people power’Siddika Degia, a Peoples Power Assemblies/NYC organizer and student at CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, spoke on the upsurge of U.S. strikes in 2019 — the highest since 1986. An estimated 85,000 workers participated in 13 different strikes the week of Oct. 21, Degia said. She explained about the nature of the strikes: “All these 13 strikes across the country have not been about unions or about wages and health insurance. Strikes are never about the wages or health insurance no matter how much the ruling class would like you to believe. “Strikes are about the rank and file fighting for all the working class. Workers demanding change because they are feeling the burden of capitalism and want better lives.” Degia stated, “These are workers fighting for things like unionizing or better work conditions or even things like getting ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] out of Greyhound or cops out of the subway. Often undocumented workers and Black and Brown workers are the most vulnerable workers in the USA because they are criminalized in this country. “When unionizing, or fighting for their rights, workers often call out ICE on its treatment of undocumented workers. Yet, demos like ICE off Greyhound — a migrant-led movement — or Peoples Power Assemblies/NYC organizing around the subway fare-evasion campaign lets workers know that they can fight back and win through people power.” (Hear Degia’s entire talk at youtu.be/ainM4T29R38/.)Youth rebellion rocks ChileNieves Ayress Moreno, from the La Peña del Bronx movement and a former political prisoner of the civil-military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in Chile during the early 1970s, a regime backed by U.S. imperialism, spoke about the current uprising in Chile. Ayress Moreno began her summary by saying that the Nov. 1 protest against the racist policing of Black and Brown youth in the New York City subways was very similar to Chilean high school students rebelling against fare hikes. She stated that in Santiago alone, 7,000 people have been arrested and their whereabouts are unknown. More than 1,500 have been injured. Part of her written statement reads: “The violent reaction by [President] Piñera toward the youth angered Chilean civil society. The young people reminded Chilean society that it is not merely about the increase of the fare but 30 years of economic policy to privatize the whole country. Chileans are sending a warning to the world about waking up to the nightmare of the neoliberal market. “Neoliberal policy privatizes education, it privatizes water, it privatizes health, it privatizes social security, it privatizes transportation, it lowers the wages of the workers to subsidize the rich. The Chilean people say, ‘They took away so much that they even took away our fear.’” (To hear Ayress Moreno’s comments, go to youtu.be/-o72MDGrE-o/.)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_imgKadir Özbek and Rüstü Demirkaya, of the pro-Kurdish news agency DIHA, Ferit Demir, of the DHA (Dogan) and Reuters news agencies, and Haydar Toprakçi, of the official Anatolian News Agency (AA), were arrested on 4 August in the village of Gülec (in Tunceli province, Eastern Anatolia). They are still being held at army headquarters in Tunceli. to go further RSF_en Organisation News Demirtas and Kirandi were freed on 5 August after appearing before a court in Tunceli. Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor News April 28, 2021 Find out more They had gone to Gülec with a human rights delegation to see a Turkish soldier, Coskun Kirandi, who had been held by PKK militants since 11 July and had just been freed. News TurkeyEurope – Central Asia TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Turkeycenter_img Reporters Without Borders called for the immediate release of four Turkish news agency journalists held at military headquarter in the eastern town of Tunceli since 4 August. “The legitimate and necessary fight against terrorism can never justify such violations of press freedom and we demand their release at once,” it said. Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law August 6, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Arbitrary arrest and interrogation of four journalists deplored News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts The Tunceli deputy public prosecutor, Sedat Ertaskin, told journalists that those arrested had “acted as intermediaries” and had collaborated with and made propaganda for the Kurdish cause. All members of the delegation, including Selahattin Demirtas, head of the Diyarbakir branch of the Turkish Human Rights Association (IHD), Mihdi Perinçek, leader of the IHD, Ferhat Tunç, a singer and columnist for the pro-Kurdish daily Ülkede Özgür Gündem, Umur Hozatli, another columnist for the paper, and Özgür Söylemez, who is also a member of the pro-Kurdish Democratic People’s Party (DEHAP), were arrested along with two villagers and interrogated by the military. April 2, 2021 Find out more April 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders strongly protested today at the arrest and interrogation of four Turkish journalists who were reporting on the release of a Turkish soldier by his Kurdish nationalist kidnappers.”These journalists were simply doing their job,” it said. “They should not be suspected of collaborating with the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) just because they covered this event. The legitimate and necessary fight against terrorism can never justify such violations of press freedom and we urge justice minister Cemil Cicek to see they are released at once.” Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summitlast_img read more

CUES measures impact of Aprio board portal

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first_imgWith a nine-member board and directors based in different locations across North America, CUES sought out board portal technology to ensure its board operated with optimal efficiency, engagement and security.As CUES President/CEO John Pembroke explains, “CUES chose Aprio to take advantage of industry-leading technology to streamline communication, simplify meeting preparation, and strengthen the engagement with our directors.”Recently our team interviewed Ruth Shirley, CUES executive administrator and board liaison to ask her about the impact of using Aprio board portal software to manage the organization’s directors. Here are some insights from that interview.Q: Tell us about your board. What are its main needs?Ruth Shirley: CUES board meets four times a year—twice alongside our major conferences and two independent meetings. We strive to meet in person at least a portion of the time, and other times members join by conference call. Like many boards, our goals in adopting better board technology were to provide directors with convenient and secure access to board information, achieve efficient board book and meeting preparation, and to offer access to the best possible tools to support engagement and strong governance. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles We caught up with Jacob Lopez, CEO at OPTIMA – the sports betting and gaming solutions provider confirmed as a ‘Headline Sponsor’ for next month’s Betting on Football conference.Ahead of the event, which takes place at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge from 19-22 March, we talked all things OPTIMA, including the firm’s Betfred partnership, making up for lost time in Spain and providing its operators with a complete, innovation-filled roadmap.SBC: How successful was your first year in partnership with Betfred? And how excited are you to power the operator’s expansion into Spain?JL: With Betfred, we have a very nice symbiosis. The first year has been mostly to make sure that our support and development processes are all well engaged.However, after the first six months we started pushing through new innovations with them, for example Serverless 2. They are launching in Spain, and other jurisdictions as well, so we are calibrating with them in a very good way.SBC: How important is it for OPTIMA to make a mark on its home market in 2019, through both Betfred and Efbet?JL: Really, our home market is the world. We want to make our mark in every legal jurisdiction in which we are active. Each regulated market is different in terms of how products are launched, and how the operators face up to challenges.Spain was not a target market for us initially, even though we are based there, because the licensing process was not available, so basically there were no new licences granted to operators. As soon as the window was opened back in 2018, we were ready to take our current operators into Spain, as well as new operators who wanted to break into the market.SBC: Are there any concerns that the government’s plans for gambling ads could restrict the potential of new market entrants?JL: No, I think that marketing rules and protection of the players are necessary. What is very important is that the Spanish government is putting a lot of measures in place so only the regulated operators can service the market. That’s very important because when the rules are the same for everybody, fairness is there and the operators will not suffer. There are lot of external operators from the black market. If they are not exposed to the same rules – in terms of marketing, gambling protection and compliance – that will only damage the regulated operators.SBC: What will be the big breakthrough technology for sports betting in 2019?JL: It’s not so much about big breakthroughs, or anything that will provide drastic change for the end user. It’s more a constant innovation, from companies such as OPTIMA, around things like artificial intelligence, marketing systems, new promotion systems. Allowing the operator to provide a complete innovation roadmap. That is really what brings about change in the market, and is why big operators work with us. If they want to be leaders, not followers, they are with OPTIMA.Betting on Football is the only trade conference that brings together decision makers from international operators to address recent issues and opportunities in the sports betting industry. Lopez will be speaking on the ‘Product in Focus’ track on the second full day (21 March) of the event. For more information on sessions and speakers at #bofcon – click here. Share Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020last_img read more

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp She estimates she has spent £50,000 ($62,000) since she began competing internationally in 2017.Aside from some funding from the charity Path To Success, she has had to dip into her Army pension and a legacy left to her by her late father.– Battle-scarred – She is fortunate to be even contemplating appearing at Tokyo after an Afghan truck driver tried to run her over at Camp Bastion, the former British Army airbase in Helmand Province, in 2008.The psychiatric nurse, who served with Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps, had to leave her tent one evening.“There were no lights in case we got mortared,” she said.“I heard this vehicle behind me. He had a dimmed light on and he was driving faster and faster and tried to run me over. I managed to dive off the road.”Wilson woke up after an operation to find a neighbouring bed was occupied by a wounded Taliban fighter.“We stared at each other both in shock,” she said. “I said to myself ‘I must not show my emotions’.”The former staff sergeant said her army training served her well when in 2018, on her way to Kampala airport after a tournament, she was forced off the hotel bus at gunpoint by a Ugandan policeman.He had a taxi driver take them to a secluded spot and demanded $1,000 or else a trip to a police station.“My army training kicked in there,” she said. “I was very calm, I did not scream or shout.“I came to an agreement with him, gave him some money and managed, unbeknownst to him, to take a photo of him.“When I returned home I notified the authorities and he was arrested and jailed. At least he got his comeuppance.” Badminton player Mary Wilson’s Paralympic dream is on holdLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  Multiple sclerosis sufferer Mary Wilson fears the coronavirus pandemic could have robbed her of her dream to play badminton at the Paralympics.Wilson, who hoped to qualify for Tokyo 2020, says if she does make it to Japan next year it will “be the biggest thing ever” but she recognises time may not be on her side.The 56-year-old Scot has faced — and overcome — some astonishing challenges since being diagnosed with MS, a chronic neurological condition, in 2004.She survived an attack during a military tour of duty in Afghanistan, an ugly incident involving a Ugandan policeman, and has climbed every one of the Munros, the 282 mountains in Scotland over 3,000 feet (914 metres) high.But Wilson’s Paralympic hopes are on hold after Olympics and Paralympics organisers bowed to the inevitable at the end of March, delaying both events until next year and meaning badminton could not make its Paralympic debut in 2020.Wilson agreed with the decision but admits it is a huge blow for her personally as she has secondary progressive MS.“It is definitely going to affect my chances with an extra year,” Wilson told AFP by phone from the Edinburgh home she shares with partner Judi and their German Shepherd dog Max.“A year is a long time trying to train hard. I feel my body is going backwards. It (the MS) is affecting it.”“To tell you the truth I think it should have been called off sooner,” she said. “It dragged on a bit (the official announcement was made on March 24). People in other countries were dying.”Wilson was in Spain for a competition when that country went into lockdown due to COVID-19.“I went out walking and a police car went past and stopped,” she said.“The policeman threatened to handcuff me and take me to the station as I shouldn’t have been out walking although I was unaware that was the case.“They followed me back to the hotel to make sure I was going there.”Wilson managed to find a seat on a flight back to Scotland and is now following a radically adapted training regime at home.“I set up a programme each day, strength and conditioning from press-ups to sit-ups, lunges, calf raises,” said the athlete, who has to take extra care during the coronavirus lockdown due to her condition.“The kitchen is my gym. I do press-ups off the kitchen surface but I wear kitchen gloves as the surfaces are really sharp.”Wilson said para-badminton was an expensive sport — competitors need adapted equipment and transport — and many of her rivals struggle to fund themselves.last_img read more

first_imgA California man who is on the autism spectrum has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for cyberstalking families of MSD school shooting victims in Parkland, Florida. 22-year-old Brandon Fleury of Santa Ana was convicted of three counts of cyberstalking and one count of transmitting a kidnapping threat while impersonating the actual shooting defendant Nikolaus Cruz and serial killer Ted Bundy.U.S. District Judge Rodolfo Ruiz imposed the 66-month sentence on 22-year-old Brandon Fleury of Santa Ana, California, rejecting a request by prosecutors for the maximum 20-year sentence.Trial evidence showed that between December 2018 and January 2019, Fleury used several Instagram accounts to threaten and harass families of victims of the Valentine’s Day 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which left 17 dead and 17 wounded.In some messages, he claimed kinship with and even impersonated shooting defendant Nikolas Cruz. In others, he invoked the names of infamous serial killers such as Ted Bundy.“I killed your loved ones hahaha,” one message said. “Did you like my Valentines gift? I killed your friends,” said another.One of his user names was “nikolas.cruz.killed.your.sister,” court records show. One message from that account said this:“Hahaha she had her whole life ahead of her and I STOLE IT FROM HER,” according to court documents.“The victims lived in constant fear that the individual bombarding them” with the messages would follow in Cruz’s footsteps, Assistant U.S. Attorney Ajay Alexander said in court papers. “The victims deserve justice. They deserve to live in peace and with the belief that they are safe and secure.”On Fleury’s electronic devices, authorities also found thousands of saved images of Bundy, images of the targeted victims and screenshots of the messages that he had sent the victims. Meanwhile, Cruz faces the death penalty if convicted of the 17 killings in the Parkland shooting.last_img read more

first_img Nick Marsh is the English champion. He resisted Scott Gregory’s battling qualities to take the title 2&1 on a blustery afternoon at Saunton. The 19 year old from Yorkshire was, for many, the favourite to lift the English Amateur Championship, supported by abacus, and he was never behind for the 35 holes played. But he was made to battle it out in front of a large and appreciative crowd before landing the biggest prize in English amateur golf. The end came on the short 17th when, with Marsh needing just a half, Gregory conceded after his chip from left of the green hit the cup, while Marsh left his birdie putt close. “Wow, what a match,” said Marsh (Image © Leaderboard Photography) . “It was a ping-pong tussle with both of us winning holes at different times but to get this title is unbelievable. “It means everything to me. I’ve been knocking on the door for some time. I’ve come close twice, in the Scottish and Portuguese and to get over the line at last is amazing. “At the 17th I hit the best three-iron I’ve hit all week. When Scott hit his tee shot left of the green it opened the door for me but I still had to get the job done. “I could have rolled in a couple more putts which might have got the job over sooner. At 12 and 14 this afternoon I didn’t get up-and-down but it came right in the end.” Gregory, just a month younger than Marsh, began the week well down the amateur ranking. But he has put himself on the national golfing map with what he has achieved and seems set for greater things. “I’m very happy for what I have done this week,” he said. “I kept fighting back today. I’ll never give up but Nick played really well, he’s a great champion and it was a pleasure playing with him. “I expect most people expected him to win but I gave it my best shot and I’m happy with the way I performed. Today showed I can play well under pressure and now I’ve got to push on to be one of the best in the country.” One up at lunch, when he probably might have been further ahead, Marsh pushed on in the afternoon, winning three holes in four from the second where he chipped-in for an eagle-three. That run included a birdie at the fourth and at 4-up he seemed to be sailing to victory. But Gregory knew differently. A 20-foot birdie at the sixth followed by a winning par at the next cut the deficit in half but Marsh replied with a birdie of his own at the eighth. When Gregory airmailed the green at the par four tenth the lead was back to four but again Gregory wouldn’t lie down. Back he came with another 20-foot birdie on 11, while a par at 12 saw Marsh’s advantage back to two. They swapped the 13th and 14th to leave Marsh still 2-up and after halves at the 15th and 16th, the end came at the 186-yard 17th. “When I went four down for the first time I knew I still had plenty of holes left. I wanted to put Nick under pressure and I did the best I could. Nick was the better player on the day and deserves the title. “I thought my chip on 17 was in but it wasn’t to be,” said Gregory. “But I’ve had a great week. There are things I need to work on but I can go away happy with what I’ve achieved.” 2 Aug 2014 Gregory makes Marsh fight for the English title last_img read more

first_imgFacebook108Tweet0Pin0Submitted by LOTT Clean Water Alliance / WET Science Center Olympia community members are invited to come learn about local sea level rise response planning, Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at LOTT Clean Water Alliance (500 Adams St NE, Olympia). At 6:00 p.m., visit information stations and ask questions of project staff. At 6:15 p.m., hear presentations about the planning effort, potential adaptation strategies, and next steps.Photo courtesy: LOTT Clean Water Alliance / WET Science CenterThose unable to attend the meeting can still review the Draft Plan at olympiawa.gov/slr beginning December 10, and provide written comments through January 25. Email [email protected] to send comments on the Draft Plan or request a sea level rise presentation for your organization. Sign up at olympiawa.gov/subscribe for the sea level rise e-newsletter.Flooding VulnerabilityDowntown Olympia has always been vulnerable to flooding. High water levels in Capitol Lake and high tides in Budd Inlet can combine to cause water to overtop the shoreline and spill into downtown streets and low-lying areas. Even with minimal amounts of sea level rise, the risk to downtown’s streets and buildings and the many community services will increase. Downtown flooding is anticipated to become more frequent and severe in the future. The Sea Level Rise Response Plan provides a broad strategy for adapting to rising sea levels in both the near and long-term.Downtown Olympia serves as the social, cultural, historical, and economic core of the city. The 450-acre downtown area contains vital infrastructure such as Olympia City Hall, the Budd Inlet Treatment Plant, the Port of Olympia marine terminal, and the emergency vehicle corridors between west and east Olympia. The Olympia Farmers Market, Heritage Park, and Percival Landing are important cultural and recreational places to many residents. Our waterfront and its link to Puget Sound are highly valued by our community and need to be protected. Taking steps to protect downtown from sea level rise can help avoid damage and service disruptions and reduce costs to our community in the long-term.Sea Level Rise Response Plan  Olympia Sea Level Rise Response Plan Project Area. Photo courtesy: LOTT Clean Water Alliance / WET Science CenterCity of Olympia, LOTT Clean Water Alliance, and Port of Olympia have been working together, with help from consulting firm AECOM Technical Services Inc., since May of 2017 to create the response plan to protect downtown Olympia from the impacts of sea level rise.The Sea Level Rise Response Plan is based on the high estimate of sea level rise: 25 inches by mid-century and 68 inches by end of century. This projection takes into account that Olympia is sinking 1 to 2 millimeters per year.The more likely scenario projects sea levels rising by 13 inches by mid-century and 36 inches by the end of the century. The future rate of sea level rise will depend on whether we reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and how much.How Olympia FloodsNot all areas of downtown will be impacted by rising seas in the same way or at the same time. The low lying areas around Capitol Lake are already most vulnerable to flooding, followed by portions of the Budd Inlet shoreline north of Percival Landing and along the isthmus.Downtown Olympia in general is affected by high tides, high Deschutes River flows, and combinations of the two. In either event, if water levels are high enough they can flow back through the stormwater drainage system and cause flooding in areas not directly adjacent to the shoreline. Overland flooding can also increase flows to the Budd Inlet Treatment Plant, potentially stressing its capacity for treating wastewater. Portions of the Port property may also be subject to more frequent flooding as sea levels rise in the future.Photo courtesy: LOTT Clean Water Alliance / WET Science CenterFour Focus AreasThe Plan is divided into four focus areas: Capitol Lake / Lower Deschutes Watershed, Percival Landing and Isthmus, Budd Inlet Treatment Plant and Combined Sewer System, and Port of Olympia Peninsula. The Plan addresses landscape, flood dynamics, and flooding vulnerabilities for each focus area. Adaptation strategies have been identified to address sea level rise for each area. These strategies can be adapted over time based on changing conditions. Come to the December 11 meeting or visit City of Olympia’s Sea Level Rise Website to learn more.We Can Address Our Rising ChallengeOur downtown landscape will continue to change in the decades ahead, such as raising of the shoreline and buildings, future development, and land use changes. Sea level rise will be one of the drivers of change, but not the only driver. The Sea Level Rise Response Plan illustrates how places like the Percival Landing boardwalk, Heritage Park, and the Billy Frank Jr. Trail could be enhanced to help provide flood protection. As a community, we can protect Olympia’s unique character, essential services, and critical infrastructure. Together we can address our rising challenge.last_img read more