FSA to rule on mobile call tapping

first_imgMonday 8 November 2010 8:54 pm THE Financial Services Authority (FSA) is poised to announce tough new rules that will force firms to tap the mobile phones of traders.It means traders will be subject to strict guidelines about mobile phone use. All calls on work mobiles will be tapped and personal mobiles will be banned from the trading floor. The FSA estimates around 16,000 mobile phones could fall under the new rules.The new rules would bring mobile phones into line with fixed line calls, which are already recorded.Text messages and instant messaging, including Bloomberg terminal messages, are also expected to be included.It is understood firms will be given a period of around a year to fall into line with the new regulations.Charles Rich of call management firm CTI Group said the changes will benefit the industry. He said: “The FSA’s mobile call recording regulations will protect financial institutions from rogue trader activity. By adhering to the rules and deploying a robust call recording solution, liability for any fraudulent activity will be attributed to the individual and not the firm they represent.” Network providers such as Vodafone already offer facilities for recording mobile conversations. Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity Timesmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCutethedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.comReporter CenterBrenda Lee: What Is She Doing Now At 76 Years of Age?Reporter CenterMartha Stewart CBDShop Martha Stewart’s CBD Products NowMartha Stewart CBD KCS-content center_img Show Comments ▼ FSA to rule on mobile call tapping whatsapp whatsapp Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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FanDuel becomes official PGA Tour betting operator

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter FanDuel becomes official PGA Tour betting operator Topics: Sports betting US-based fantasy and sports betting operator FanDuel has signed a multi-year content and marketing agreement with the PGA Tour, with a view to expanding upon the increased betting momentum on professional golf markets seen in 2020.Golf represented the highest single event handle on FanDuel Sportsbook on nine of the last 12 Sundays, with the operator’s total golf handle for 2020 already surpassing amounts wagered on the sport in 2019.By joining PGA’s official betting operator program, FanDuel will receive rights to use PGA Tour marks, advertise within Tour media and partner platforms, as well as receiving content and video rights to create pre-game and post-game betting programming. The operator will also gain permission for the distribution of tour highlights to users who have placed bets.In addition, the PGA Tour and FanDuel will collaborate to deliver odds-based content to fans via platforms such as pgatour.com and the PGA Tour app.Read the full story on iGB North America. 1st September 2020 | By Conor Mulheir US-based fantasy and sports betting operator FanDuel has signed a multi-year content and marketing agreement with the PGA Tour, with a view to expanding upon the increased betting momentum on professional golf markets seen in 2020.center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: US Sports betting Email Addresslast_img read more

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CFI Holdings Limited HY2011 Presentation

first_imgCFI Holdings Limited (CFI.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Agri-industrial sector has released it’s 2011 presentation results for the half year.For more information about CFI Holdings Limited (CFI.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the CFI Holdings Limited (CFI.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: CFI Holdings Limited (CFI.zw)  2011 presentation results for the half year.Company ProfileCFI Holdings Limited is a leading agricultural-based industrial holding company in Zimbabwe; primarily involved in manufacturing and selling fresh produce and manufacturing stock feed, aswell as property management and letting. Through subsidiaries and joint ventures; it manages wholesale and retail outlets, offers products and services for animal health, operates maize and wheat mills, and is involved in poultry farming and producing and selling poultry products. CFI Holdings Limited manages a separate entity offering services for the development and management of real estate in Zimbabwe. STALAP Investments is now the largest shareholder in CFI Holdings Limited after increasing its stake in the company to over 40%. STALAP is an investment vehicle owned by Zimre Holdings. Its retail outlets include Farm & City and Vetco Animal Health; its specialised divisions include Victoria Foods, Saturday Retreat Estate, Reston Developers and Maitlands Zimbabwe Limited. Poultry is marketed and distributed through Agrifoods, Agrimix, Hubbard Zimbabwe, Glenara Estates, Crest Breeders International and Suncrest Chickens. CFI Holdings Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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3 steps I’d take to buy cheap shares to make once-in-a-lifetime profits

first_img Image source: Getty Images. Peter Stephens | Sunday, 20th December, 2020 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 Peter Stephens 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. 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Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Buying cheap shares today could lead to high profits in the long run. The 2020 stock market crash has left many high-quality companies trading at low prices. This is despite a stock market recovery starting since the March lows.Through focusing on a company’s competitive advantage and its financial position, it is possible to gauge how much it is worth. Buying a diverse range of companies for less than their intrinsic values could lead to high profits in a long-term 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…Buying cheap shares with competitive advantagesCheap shares with competitive advantages over their peers may mean less risk and greater rewards. A competitive advantage is subjective, of course. But it may include factors such as a unique product, strong brand loyalty or a lower cost base than rivals. These traits may mean that a business is able to generate higher sales and margins than its peers in a range of economic conditions. Given the uncertain economic outlook at present, competitive advantages may be especially attractive.Of course, assessing the size of a company’s competitive advantage can be difficult. As such, analysing its past performance versus sector peers could be a useful starting point. If it has consistently enjoyed higher margins relative to rivals, it may have a competitive advantage that can be sustained over the long run.Assessing company fundamentals for a stock market recoveryCheap shares with solid financial positions could be more attractive in a long-term stock market recovery. Past stock market rallies after a crash have rarely been smooth or uneventful affairs. Investor sentiment can quickly change, depending on factors such as economic data and policymaker decisions in areas such as interest rates and taxation.As such, there is an ongoing threat of share price declines in the coming months. This means that purchasing companies with sound balance sheets may provide an investor with higher returns. Such companies may be able to make acquisitions, or invest in strengthening their market positions. They could also be viewed more favourably by investors relative to other cheap shares should there be further challenges ahead for the economy.Buying undervalued shares todayIt is difficult to assess which companies can be classed as cheap shares today. After all, asset prices are very unstable and company earnings have fallen heavily in recent months in many cases.But a worthwhile guide to a company’s value may be found by comparing it to sector peers. If a business seems to have a larger competitive advantage and stronger balance sheet than its peers, it may deserve a premium valuation. Should that not be the case, perhaps due to weak investor sentiment towards a particular industry, there may be opportunities to buy bargain stocks for the long term. 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Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2017 New Year message

first_imgArchbishop of Canterbury’s 2017 New Year message Press Release Service Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA January 3, 2017 at 5:14 pm The Archbishop’s message is about real mission.That is where we need to focus not on whether gay people can marry each other. Lets get on with helping people-and not penalizing those who are in a love relationship. We need to see more love in this very fractured society. Let’s really do unto others as …….. and love one another —what ever our race, sexual orientation, religion, etc. Rector Bath, NC Anglican Communion, Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Martinsville, VA Barbara Reynolds says: Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Comments are closed. Posted Jan 1, 2017 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Featured Events Submit a Press Release Rector Smithfield, NC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Submit a Job Listing Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Belleville, IL Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Associate Rector Columbus, GA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET center_img Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Albany, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Archbishop of Canterbury AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Tags Read the transcript of the Archbishop’s message:Recently I stood in the ruins of Coventry Cathedral, which was bombed on 14th November, 1940. On the remains of the wall behind the altar are written the words, ‘Father Forgive’ – echoing the words that Jesus prayed as his enemies crucified him. The day after the bombing, the Provost of the Cathedral, an extraordinary man called Dick Howard, made a commitment not to revenge but to seek forgiveness and reconciliation.On Christmas Day that year, Provost Howard preached a sermon that was broadcast across the Empire on the BBC. In it, he called for a new and more Christ-like world after the war.I started life as a clergyman here in Coventry. I was ordained in the new Cathedral, which was built alongside the ruins. I never imagined I’d work here, but for five years I helped lead Coventry’s global ministry of reconciliation, which grew out of Dick Howard’s vision and now has 200 partners for peace around the world.Coventry’s always been a place that has caught my imagination and my passion. The story of this city says so much that is true about Britain at its best. About our courage, our standing up to tyranny, how we stand alongside the suffering and defeated. How we stand for human dignity and hope.It says something vitally important about our generosity. How we’ve embraced the idea of reconciliation, so that our wartime enemies are now friends. Thanks to our creative, innovative spirit, this vibrant and diverse city is also a hugely welcoming place.I met Sabir Zazai many years ago and I was delighted to have an opportunity to visit the centre for refugees he now runs. He came as a refugee from Afghanistan in 1999, and his sheer courage and ability are extraordinary. He’s now a key figure in the future of this city.There are people like Sabir all over the country, and they are a blessing to our way of life. They are embracing all that is good. And that doesn’t just enrich their lives, it enriches and deepens ours too.Last year we made a decision that will profoundly affect the future of our country – a decision made democratically by the people. The EU referendum was a tough campaign and it has left divisions. But I know that if we look at our roots, our culture and our history in the Christian tradition, if we reach back into what is best in this country, we will find a path towards reconciling the differences that have divided us.If we’re welcoming to those in need, if we’re generous in giving, if we take hold of our new future with determination and courage, then we will flourish. Living well together despite our differences, offering hospitality to the stranger and those in exile, with unshakable hope for the future – these are the gifts, the commands and the promises of Jesus Christ.They are also the foundations of our best shared values, traditions and practices in Britain. They make us the country we can be – a gift and source of confidence to this troubled world, in which we live not only for ourselves but as a beacon of hope, a city set on a hill.I wish you a happy and hope-filled New Year. 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Class war in western Pennsylvania

first_imgNurses strike at Medical Center in Altoona, Pa.Altoona, Pa. — For more than three months, 142 locked-out members of Utility Workers Union Local 102 have walked the picket line in the freezing cold here in western Pennsylvania, demanding that Penelec — a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. — give them back their jobs. The lockout began on Nov. 25, 2013, after the workers rejected the utility company’s contract offer.The bosses showed no mercy during the holiday season or when winter storms hit the area. The workers faced tough times, like something out of a Dickens novel.Then on Feb. 1, over 400 workers from 34 different unions throughout the small city of Altoona gathered for a solidarity rally with the electrical workers. The mood was militant. One worker told this reporter he would remember that day for the rest of his life.Though the weather continues to be bitterly cold, the workers are still walking the picket line while the head honchos of the company continue to wage class war.The solidarity displayed on Feb. 1 is exactly what is needed by these locked-out workers and for the entire working class, as companies throughout the land are on an offensive against them.Nurses stage one-day strikeOn Feb. 11, soon after the solidarity rally for the utility workers, hundreds of nurses at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Altoona, members of the Service Employees union, held a one-day strike demanding better staffing ratios. They were joined on the picket line by other hospital workers and supporters after company representatives had walked out of contract negotiations for a second time. In the evening, they held a candlelight vigil.The strike was to be for only one day, as the nurses were concerned about the welfare of the patients. However, on Feb. 12, nurses and others walked the picket line again. At one point, they marched to the hospital entrance, but most were prevented from entering. A protest rally was held later at the UPMC headquarters in Pittsburgh. One nurse on the picket line carried a sign reading “Patients before Profits,” which seemed to sum up the sentiments of all the strikers.As of Feb. 28, after all the nurses had returned to work, they were voting on a new contract offer from the hospital.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Cop charged for autoworker’s near-lynching

first_imgFloyd DentDetroit — All too often racist police get away with murder. Brutal physical assaults against people of color go unpunished. Rarely are violent police charged for the crimes they commit, and in most cases they don’t even lose their jobs.Instead, the victims are treated as perpetrators. That’s what happened to Floyd Dent, a 57-year-old African-American Ford worker whose near-murder outside Detroit was seen by millions on video. Their own crimes apparent, cops then concocted evidence to charge Dent with assault, resisting arrest and drug possession.Now that Black Lives Matter has emerged as a powerful, growing movement that won’t back down, the masses in the streets are scoring a few — far too few — victories.Floyd Dent won a small but significant victory against systemic racism in Inkster, Mich., possibly one with historic ramifications, when the state took action against the police.William “Robocop” Melendez, who was seen punching Floyd Dent repeatedly after a traffic stop, was charged by Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy with one count of assault and one of abuse of a prisoner. These two charges combined carry a maximum 15-year sentence. Before the charges were announced, Melendez was fired by the city of Inkster, where the beating took place. After Worthy’s announcement, Highland Park, where he worked part-time, also relieved him of his duties.Why Melendez is ‘Robocop’The actions taken against Melendez are long overdue. He earned the nickname Robocop during a long, sordid career on Detroit’s force. That’s where his modus operandi was to brutalize and terrorize and then plant “evidence” on and write phony reports about his victims.Melendez fatally shot two African-American men. He finally resigned for filing false documentation after his propensity to lie became scandalous. Nevertheless, Inkster and Highland Park, two majority-Black suburbs of Detroit, hired this brutal cop.Soon after the charges against Melendez were announced, Inkster Police Chief Vicki Yost resigned. Like 80 percent of Inkster police, Yost is white. Inkster’s population is 75 percent Black. Before she became Inkster’s top cop, Yost too had a racist reputation in Detroit, where she had testified on behalf of her partner after he killed an unarmed man.The phony drug charges against Dent have now been dropped. A month earlier a judge dropped the other charges after seeing the video. Dent and attorney Greg Rohl are not satisfied with this victory, however, which was only won after hundreds demonstrated and packed the courtroom. Rohl wants the eight white cops who witnessed and participated in the horrific assault to also be charged.The systemic racism of Inkster and Henry FordInkster’s very existence is rooted in racism. In 1917 the Ford Motor Company began construction of the gargantuan River Rouge complex in Dearborn, Mich., where Ford moved its world headquarters soon thereafter. Dearborn was off-limits to Black people, including the many who found jobs at the Rouge plant.Henry Ford promoted segregation by financing the growth and development of adjoining Inkster. Black autoworkers were able to purchase affordable homes, enjoy good city services and live close to the plant. Yet Ford’s “benevolence” was illusory; Black workers were paid $4 a day during the Depression, but $3 were deducted to fund Inkster’s expansion.The Rouge plant itself once employed 100,000 workers, but now there are just over 50,000 hourly Ford workers in the whole country. Plant closings and the elimination of jobs through technology have impoverished Inkster. The state of Michigan seized financial control of the city and dissolved its school district.Police brutality is a huge issue in Inkster. After the Dent case became public, attorney Rohl received over 20 calls alleging mistreatment by the city’s cops. An April 3 march supporting Dent also demanded “Justice for Inkster.”Orville Hubbard, Dearborn’s mayor from 1948-78, was known during his tenure as the most segregationist mayor north of the Mason-Dixon line. Everyone knew his slogan, “Keep Dearborn clean,” really meant keep Dearborn segregated. Today the population of Dearborn is still less than 5 percent African American.However, 40 percent of Dearborn residents are of Middle Eastern descent. The Council on American-Islamic Relations and the anti-Islamophobia group Take on Hate sponsored the April 3 march. A contingent of several dozen Arab youth followed the banner of Take on Hate to show solidarity with Dent.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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New Jersey: Anti-racists rally in support of Islamic Community Center

first_imgBayonne, N.J. — More than 200 people came out here on Jan. 19 to stand in solidarity with the Muslim community in the face of a right-wing, racist attack on their application to build an Islamic community center on the site of an old warehouse.A racist group, announcing they were supporters of Donald Trump and Pamela Geller, had said they would hold a protest at the Bayonne Zoning Board meeting to oppose an Islamic community center. The board had called the special session to take up the Muslim community’s zoning application for the center. The group’s letterhead and many neighborhood signs have attempted, through use of 9/11 and Twin Tower images, to frighten Bayonne residents.The media in New Jersey had reported this opposition as if it represented the whole community.But the strong, unified response to this threatening, anti-Muslim rally clearly exposed them as a narrow, bigoted grouping without community support.The rally showing support for the Islamic community center, although organized in only three days, was far larger, very multinational and drew community support from Bayonne and other parts of Hudson County, including Jersey City, which borders Bayonne.The Jersey City Peace Movement and the International Action Center set up a Facebook event page, “Stand with our Muslim Neighbors,” and began making calls to area community activists two days before the rally. Veterans For Peace Chapter 21, N.J. Peace Action, Action 21 and Food Not Bombs immediately responded with their own round of calls and emails. Gene Forrest, a Bayonne high school teacher and lifelong resident of Bayonne, also started reaching out in Bayonne with a Facebook page message to “Show Our Solidarity.”Some 50 signs with the slogan “No to racism and anti-Muslim bigotry” were quickly distributed. Four television stations and many other reporters showed up. Initially, they clustered almost exclusively around the small group of racists on one side of a barricade, all but ignoring the far larger anti-racist group on the other side — until the activists demanded coverage.Both sides packed into the zoning board hearing. The zoning application for the Islamic center was the only agenda item. The session lasted almost four hours and gave endless time for the opponents of the Islamic community center to treat the hearing like an Inquisition. The zoning board, a body that is all men and white except for one Latino business owner, hardly represents Bayonne. They made no effort to rule out of order the insulting harangues of opponents of the proposed center. Then, they declared that still another hearing would be needed in two months to have time for further questions.The next hearing is slated for Monday, March 14, at 6 p.m. Supporters of the Muslim community’s right to build their center pledged their continued solidarity.Flounders is a 25-year resident of Jersey City, N.J.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Journalist and human rights activist sentenced to four years in prison

first_imgNews More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption Reporters Without Borders today denounced as “disgraceful” a four-year prison sentence imposed on Uzbekistan journalist and human rights activist Ruslan Sharipov by a Tashkent court and called for his immediate release, as well as an enquiry into face injuries visible on him at the 25 September appeal hearing and other violence against him in detention. Follow the news on Uzbekistan New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council On 5 September, Sharipov wrote to UN secretary-general Kofi Annan saying he had “confessed” after being physically and psychologically tortured, threatened with death and forced to sign a bogus farewell letter to make it look as if he had killed himself in case he died in prison.He said interior ministry agents had also threatened to beat up his lawyers if he did not dismiss them. One of them, human rights activist Surat Ikramov, was attacked by four thugs in Tashkent on 28 August just after he had been to see the judge in charge of the case on the eve of a planned demonstration in support of Sharipov.A former head of the Union of Independent Journalists of Uzbekistan (UIJU) and the local correspondent for the Russian news agency Prima, Sharipov was arrested on 26 March this year. On 8 August, he was forced to “confess,” dismiss his lawyer and ask President Islam Karimov to forgive him for everything he had written criticising the authorities. The Mirzo Ulug-Beg district court in Tashkent then handed down the prison term on 23 August. Sharipov, who has never denied he is bisexual, told Vasilya Inoyatova, head of the Uzbekistan human rights organisation E’zguilik, that he does not know the alleged victims, who had been arrested on 26 May and held for several days. His lawyer said the youths were beaten and threatened by police to get them to give evidence in court. The case was postponed several times because of their absence from the courtroom. Reporters Without Borders today denounced as “disgraceful” a four-year prison sentence imposed on Uzbekistan journalist and human rights activist Ruslan Sharipov by a Tashkent court and called for his immediate release, as well as an enquiry into face injuries visible on him at the 25 September appeal hearing and other violence against him in detention.The court cut his original sentence of five and half years for homosexuality (article 120 of the criminal code) and for sexual relations with a minor (article 128) and withdrew the charge of inciting minors to anti-social behaviour (article 127). He is expected to appeal further to the supreme court.”This was a dreadful trial of a man who has for years been under government pressure to give up his human rights campaigning and stop criticising the authorities,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “This, as well as pressure on him to confess, the beating up of his lawyer on 28 August and the violation of legal defence rights seem part of an effort to silence the country’s most outspoken dissidents. Every day he spends in prison means more risk of being tortured and threatened.” He called for an investigation of the lack of defence rights.Several journalists, human rights activists and Western diplomats were barred from the closed appeal court hearing. Officials told the court Sharipov’s face injuries came from a road accident in which he was the only person injured. The judge, Shaygiaz Sharakhmetov, refused to adjourn the hearing even though Sharipov needed medical treatment. The judge had refused to free him on bail two days earlier when defence lawyers said they were being obstructed in preparing the appeal. News RSF_en Organisation UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information center_img UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia February 11, 2021 Find out more News Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term Receive email alerts to go further News May 11, 2021 Find out more September 26, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist and human rights activist sentenced to four years in prison October 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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TV Azteca gives up hope of finding two journalists who went missing two months ago

first_img Help by sharing this information July 11, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 TV Azteca gives up hope of finding two journalists who went missing two months ago NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Organisation RSF_en Reporters Without Borders fears the worst after the disappearance of TV Azteca Noroeste reporter Gamaliel López Candanosa and Gerardo Paredes Pérez on 10 May in Monterrey. For the past six months, López’s beat was general news and crime, in a region where drug traffickers are active. Alfonso Teja, TV Azteca’s news director in Monterrey (in the northern state of Nuevo León), said yesterday he has “given up hope” that two employees who went missing on 10 May, reporter Gamaliel López and cameraman Gerardo Paredes, will be found alive. “The state attorney general’s office has told us the anti-kidnapping unit that was investigating their disappearance has abandoned the case,” Agence France-Presse quoted him as saying. “We have received no message from the journalists and the police have told us they have no clue as to where they might be.” Asked if he thought organised crime was behind their abduction, Teja acknowledged that López had “ventured into sensitive territory.”Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to continue the investigation.____________________________________________________________15.05.07 – TV reporter and cameraman missing for past five days in MonterreyReporters Without Borders today said it feared the worst after the disappearance of TV Azteca Noroeste reporter Gamaliel López Candanosa and cameraman Gerardo Paredes Pérez on 10 May in Monterrey, in the northeastern state of Nuevo León, and called on the authorities to step up the search for the two journalists.“This brings the number of journalists who have gone missing since 2003 without being found to seven,” the press freedom organisation said. “Saúl Martínez Ortega, a journalist who disappeared on 16 April in the state of Sonora, was found murdered nine days later. So we have ever reason to fear the worst, especially as Nuevo León is particularly exposed to organised crime and drug trafficking. We appeal to the local and federal authorities to work together to find López and Paredes quickly.”The last time the two journalists checked in with their TV station was at about 4 p.m. on 10 May, after covering the birth of conjoined twins in a Monterrey hospital. The TV station vehicle they were using has not been found. The Nuevo León state police “anti-kidnapping” unit was asked to investigate after their disappearance was reported on the evening of 13 May, the Monterrey prosecutor’s office said.López has worked for TV Azteca Noroeste for 11 years. The station’s management told Reporters Without Borders that “for six months he covered the army’s presence in the region because of the violence.” The Milenio daily newspaper said López had profiled alleged murderers in June 2006 and covered two messages left by a drug trafficker. The station’s management also told Reporters Without Borders he has a regular slot in which he takes issue with the practices of certain public officials. News Reports Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state News Receive email alerts MexicoAmericas News May 13, 2021 Find out more to go further MexicoAmericas Follow the news on Mexico May 5, 2021 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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