Partygaming moves closer to Bwin merger

first_img Partygaming moves closer to Bwin merger KCS-content More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org Show Comments ▼ whatsapp ONLINE gaming company PartyGaming has moved closer to its agreed merger with Austrian rival Bwin, confirming that the tie-up is planned to complete on 31 March. The merger was formally entered into the Vienna companies’ register yesterday, in a filing by Bwin. The Austrian company’s shares will cease trading on 25 March in anticipation of completion, though approval is still pending from the Supreme Court in Gibraltar, where PartyGaming is headquartered.The new company, to be known as bwin.party digital entertainment, will also be based in Gibraltar, a popular location for online gaming companies due to its relaxed tax laws and well-regulated gambling system. Rumours of a merger between the two companies began in November last year, with final approval achieved at an extraordinary general meeting in Januray this year. Under the terms of the deal, bwin shareholders will receive 12.23 PartyGaming shares for each existing share. Shares in both companies fell slightly in yesterday’s trading, with PartyGaming closing 1.36 per cent down at 174.6p, and Bwin closing 2.04 per cent down at €24.45 (£21.28).CHARLES WILKINSONCO-HEAD?OF CORPORATE BROKINGCHARLES Wilkinson, co-head of corporate broking at Deutsche Bank, is advising PartyGaming on its merger with Bwin. Also working on the Deutsche Bank team is Mumtaz Naseem, who recently advised Reckitt Benckiser on its acquisition of condom maker SSL. Tim Lloyd-Hughes, who heads up coverage of the leisure sector in corporate finance at Deutsche Bank, is also working on the deal. Bwin is being advised by McQueen.?George Fleet, a managing director at the corporate finance advisory firm, is taking the lead for McQueen, which also advised on Bay Restaurant?Group’s sale of Ha Ha Bar & Grill to Mitchells & Butlers for £19.5m in September. McQueen also recently advised Wm Morrison on its acquisition of Simply?Fresh Foods in July. Fleet, who joined McQueen from Wasserstein Perella, was joined on the deal by Simon Croft-Baker, also a managing director at the firm. Croft-Baker joined McQueen in 2002, shortly after its launch. Previously, he worked in the UK M&A team at JPMorgan. David Crow center_img Tags: NULL by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeHealthyTed Health Magazine10 Surprising Benefits of Bananas You Possibly Didn’t Know AboutHealthyTed Health MagazineAll Things Auto | Search AdsNew Cadillac’s Finally On SaleAll Things Auto | Search AdsTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameElvenarIf You Need to Kill Time on Your Computer, this Fantasy Game is a Must-Have. No Install.ElvenarAll Things Auto | Search AdsNew Acura’s Finally On SaleAll Things Auto | Search AdsPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryBest Selling Grills | Search AdsTraeger Blaze & American Grills On SaleBest Selling Grills | Search AdsSonoviaStoreThese Amazing Pillowcases Got It Just Right!SonoviaStore Tuesday 15 March 2011 8:36 pm whatsapp Sharelast_img read more

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Macau gambling revenue grows in February

first_imgThe latest figures from the Chinese special administrative region’s regulator the Direcção de Inspecção e Coordenação de Jogos (DICJ) show that February revenue came to MOP7.31bn (£655.7m/€759.4m/$915.4m).  Land-based casino Email Address However, the Chinese government is also ramping up efforts to limit citizens’ gambling. It is looking to impose financial and travel restrictions on citizens that travel abroad to gamble, and crack down on illegal junkets to destinations outside the Chinese mainland, especially over the Lunar New Year holiday. This was up significantly from February 2020, when casinos were ordered to shut their doors five days into the month as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is the first time that revenue has risen year-on-year since September 2019. 1st March 2021 | By Robin Harrison AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Looking ahead, there is some scope for optimism. On 23 February, the Macau government lifted the 14-day quarantine requirements for the cities of Shijiazhuang in Hebei province and Suihua in Heilongjiang province.  Topics: Casino & games Finance Land-based casino Macau gambling revenue grows in Februarycenter_img This meant that revenue for February 2021 remained far behind results for non-Covid years. For example, Macau’s casinos reported revenue of MOP25.37bn for February 2019.  Regions: China Macau Gambling revenue in Macau fell month-over-month in February, and while the total was up 135.6% year-on-year, the prior year’s figure was slashed by the impact of novel coronavirus (Covid-19). Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter For that month, revenue came to MOP3.10bn, despite operations resuming from 20 February. Since February, social distancing requirements on properties have been in place, with travel to and from Macau heavily restricted.  Tags: Direcção de Inspecção e Coordenação de Jogos This meant that for the first time since February last year, no travellers would be required to self-isolate upon entering Macau. These controls had largely cut off tourism to Macau, and its casinos’ main customer base, resulting in revenue falling 79.3% to MOP60.44bn for the year.  This year’s February total was also down 8.9% compared to January 2021, when revenue for the market came to MOP8.02bn. last_img read more

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G4S Botswana Limited (G4S.bw) 2012 Abridged Report

first_imgG4S Botswana Limited (G4S.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Support Services sector has released it’s 42012 abridged results.For more information about G4S Botswana Limited (G4S.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the G4S Botswana Limited (G4S.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: G4S Botswana Limited (G4S.bw)  42012 abridged results.Company ProfileG4S (Botswana) Limited provides security solutions for individual and business needs in Botswana. It operates in the following sectors: Manned Security provides integrated security solutions to airports, energy, mining, construction, custodial services, cash solutions, hospitality and financial institutions; Security Systems provides a service to monitor alarms, electric fences, fire alarms, medical emergency alarms, illegal access signals, vehicle tracking, low battery power alerts, remote panic buttons, CCTV remote images and fleet management services; Facilities Management provides a service for rent collection, utilities and services, inspecting and maintaining properties, and maintenance services which include electrical, plumbing, carpentry and building services; Cleaning Services provides contract cleaning services for offices, shopping malls, banks, schools and universities. G4S (Botswana) Limited is a subsidiary of G4S International 105 (UK) Limited.last_img read more

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Tripple Gee and Company Plc (TRIPPL.ng) Q12015 Interim Report

first_imgTripple Gee and Company Plc (TRIPPL.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Technology sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Tripple Gee and Company Plc (TRIPPL.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Tripple Gee and Company Plc (TRIPPL.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Tripple Gee and Company Plc (TRIPPL.ng)  2015 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileTripple Gee & Company Plc manufactures and sells paper and packaging products in Nigeria and specialising in printing financial instruments and security documents. The company services the banking, oil and gas, pharmaceutical and FMCG sectors as well as government regulatory bodies. Security documents include MICR encoded and personalised cheques, dividend warrants, share certificates, ballot papers and election stationary as well as licenses and permits, customs revenue collection forms and receipts, statement of accounts, utility bills and pension contributions. Tripple Gee & Company Plc also offers packaging and labeling products which includes pharmaceutical labels, anti-counterfeit labels and packaging labels such as printed nylon, BOPP, PVC and shrink packaging products. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Tripple Gee & Company Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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House of Shifting Sands / Ruhl Walker Architects

first_imgSave this picture!© Jane Messinger+ 19 Share Horiuchi Solein Landscape Architects Landscape Architects: “COPY” ArchDaily Year:  Construction: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/636567/house-of-shifting-sands-ruhl-walker-architects Clipboard “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/636567/house-of-shifting-sands-ruhl-walker-architects Clipboard Area:  2800 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project HVAC: Structural Engineers: House of Shifting Sands / Ruhl Walker Architects Photographs Allied Consulting Engineering Services Sea-Dar Construction Manufacturers: VELUX Commercial, Andersen Windows & Doors, Benjamin Moore, Carlisle SynTec, GE Lighting, ISE, Icynene, InSinkErator, James Hardie, Kohler, Mitsubishi Electric, Modern Fan, Subzero/Wolf, Toto, Acor, Baldwin, Halo, Jenn-Air, Simpson Door Architects: Ruhl Walker Architects Area Area of this architecture project Projects Photographs:  Jane Messinger Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Houses House of Shifting Sands / Ruhl Walker ArchitectsSave this projectSaveHouse of Shifting Sands / Ruhl Walker Architects United States Richmond So Engineers Solar:My Generation EnergyCity:Barnstable CountyCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Jane MessingerRecommended ProductsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteApariciPorcelain Tiles – DwoodWoodParklex International S.L.Wood Finishes in Landaburu BordaWoodBlumer LehmannFree Form Structures for Wood ProjectsText description provided by the architects. Sited gently on the lower slope of a dramatic sixty foot high coastal bank and surrounded by miles of undeveloped Cape Cod National Seashore beaches and scrub pines is a warm, modern beach house that is more than just a place to enjoy uninterrupted ocean views and sea breezes. Our clients dreamed of a house that would work equally well as both a year-round family “camp” and also as a “thinking retreat” for collaborating with their colleagues.Save this picture!© Jane MessingerFrom the beginning of design it was critically important to us and to our clients – as well as the Town of Wellfleet Conservation Commission and National Seashore representatives – that the house fit into its fragile site seamlessly. Our team responded with great care by designing the house to curve and shift softly with the natural topography and also by envisioning the new native and drought resistant landscaping growing back tight to the house as if both had always been there together.Save this picture!Floor PlanThe main house is conceived of as a collage of overlapping, cantilevered planes and volumes that culminate in a large living / dining space defined by an asymmetrically arcing copper roof plane. Entry to the house is by way of a long ramp through what will in a few years be a thicket of native pines and bushes, then through curving cedar shingled planes.  The inland side of the house is tucked into its shifting, sandy landscape and is comprised of cedar shingled planes that float above the ground and contain bedrooms, bathrooms, and the kitchen, and lower volumes of horizontal tongue and groove cedar boards that enclose bedrooms and a gathering space for teenage sons.  On the Cape Cod Bay side, the house opens up through walls of glass to endless water views and heavenly sea breezes.  In the middle of the house, just inside the front door, is an architectural “hole” that allows the house to breathe and cool itself naturally most of the year through its floor to ceiling awning windows, and which also provides views of the sky from a shady breezeway on the lower level. Along one wall of the hole is a trellis planted with evergreen and seasonally aromatic flowering vines.Save this picture!© Jane MessingerSeparated from the main house by a screen porch and contiguous deck, is a separate art / yoga / thinking studio that seemingly floats fourteen feet above the ground. Inside is a single large loft space as well as a full bath, and below is an open-air summer art studio and boat / beach toy storage, behind walls of wood slats and matching barn doors.Save this picture!Floor PlanAdding to the house’s “camp” persona are hidden structures sprinkled throughout the site, including a deck with an integral hot tub, outdoor showers both near the beach path and also near the parents’ bedroom and hot tub, a remote deck set up for tents, a small hill-top shed with running water and an espresso machine for uninterrupted working, a half basketball court dug into the hill, hiking trails, hammocks in a gnarled oak grove, two separate fire pits set in sandy sitting areas, and a shady dining area for large gatherings below the raised main deck.Save this picture!© Jane MessingerThe house is designed to achieve net zero status on an annualized basis with a 10 kW grid-tied rooftop solar photovoltaic array on both the main house and the studio, along with super high efficiency air to air heat exchangers and energy recovery ventilators. Our clients did not pursue LEED certification but the house was designed with LEED certification in mind.Save this picture!© Jane MessingerProject gallerySee allShow lessBIG to Redevelop Västerås Transportation HubUnbuilt ProjectVideo: Tadao Ando on Designing His First New York BuildingVideos Share 2014 CopyHouses•Barnstable County, United States CopyAbout this officeRuhl Walker ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesWoodHousesBarnstable CountyUnited StatesPublished on June 08, 2015Cite: “House of Shifting Sands / Ruhl Walker Architects” 08 Jun 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Lifting House / AToT – Arquitectos Todo Terreno

first_img Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/930047/lifting-house-atot-arquitectos-todo-terreno Clipboard Houses “COPY” Projects Project gallerySee allShow lessCall for Applications: Douglas A. Garofalo Fellowship 2020–21Call for SubmissionsUrban Confluence Silicon ValleyBuilt Projects & Masterplans Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/930047/lifting-house-atot-arquitectos-todo-terreno Clipboard 2018 Manufacturers: Acier, Aluar, NEWTON MADERASDesign Team:Lucia Hollman, Agustin Moscato, Joaquin PortelaEngineering:Alfredo Campos ServiciosConsultants:Fabrica de Cosas (automatizaciones) @fdcc.diCity:TigreCountry:ArgentinaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Joaquin PortelaRecommended ProductsMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedWindowsSky-FrameRetractable Insect Screen – Sky-Frame FlyWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAText description provided by the architects. Located near the Tigre Delta, the house has the peculiarity of being situated in a floodable area, with internal channels and a forest that mostly invades the whole, but being on the side of the continent.Save this picture!© Joaquin PortelaSave this picture!© Joaquin PortelaThe surrounding landscape, while inspiring the look and field of an island, far is from this peculiar feature; is that the edge of the continent in this area is characterized by factors such as those mentioned at the beginning, where lush vegetation surrounded by channels that flow into the main river, but also a state highway that runs one kilometer away.Save this picture!PlansAgain we find reinterpretations and variations on some established concepts, where technological and constructive possibilities are constantly testing different expressive modes through an architectural, projectual gene that is what interests us.  We propose the search of how it is perceived and how space is rationalized in a minimal dwelling. We prefer to talk about open spaces and not about modules, about spatial sequences and not about hierarchies. In this sense, we define two possible instances of action, which articulate all the project logic of the lifting house: module-open space / spatial sequences-hierarchy of space. Save this picture!© Joaquin PortelaIn this sense we mention the ways of how to articulate that space, because although it seems like a subject that we have all learned academically, few make a differentiation and substance from it; we believe that space is articulated not in a single way and its logic always depends on a priori concept, on its own language; then, we take as a project pattern the multiplicity that is transcribed in the articulated spaces sequencing through its harder programs and its spatial variants are determined by its expansions, visuals and flexible programs. In this case not thought the internal spatial logic because the program does not require it but in the relation of its sections, between the ground and the house. The space is completely phenomenal, because it has a subject that is part of it, the house can only be what it is because there is a subject that lives and articulates it in the way that seems best depending on the use it requires in a certain time.Save this picture!© Joaquin PortelaThe spatial sequences are vivid in some instances: the relationship of the floor that runs through the house at ground level generating spaces for greater recreation and taking advantage of the house height to generate their own shadows, the relationship of mechanical expansions with the height of the trees where the subject is already more involved in this abstract nature and does not contemplate it through a window, and finally the intrinsic relationship of the whole house with the landscape in general; in other words, with what the dwelling has generated in this abstraction. Save this picture!Section A-A / Section B-BUnlike other models we have studied here, yes the idea of ​​spatial hierarchy takes shape from configuring the whole in sequences, and yes defining a formal character. Save this picture!© Joaquin PortelaThe work is materialized through elements of optimal placement and logistics, although the work area is not in the delta that can only be reached by boat, here the access to the area is not easy at all; so then the house was modulated and rationalized in relation to its materials, with a workforce capable of carrying out the entire work. We worked with polyurethane panels injected throughout its outer shell and wood inside. The structure is metal with fully modulated profiles for the placement of openings and lateral mechanical bellows (balcony and access) that open and close as needed. The expressiveness of the house is defined by black, an abstraction within a landscape that maintains a homogeneous totality in its volume but that varies colors over time.Save this picture!© Joaquin Portela Year:  Architects: AToT – Arquitectos Todo Terreno Area Area of this architecture projectcenter_img CopyHouses•Tigre, Argentina Argentina CopyAbout this officeAToT – Arquitectos Todo TerrenoOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesTigreArgentinaPublished on December 12, 2019Cite: “Lifting House / AToT – Arquitectos Todo Terreno” [Casa levadiza / AToT – Arquitectos Todo Terreno] 12 Dec 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Lifting House / AToT – Arquitectos Todo Terreno ArchDaily “COPY” Photographs:  Joaquin Portela Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Area:  947 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Lifting House / AToT – Arquitectos Todo TerrenoSave this projectSaveLifting House / AToT – Arquitectos Todo TerrenoSave this picture!© Joaquin Portela+ 30Curated by Clara Ott Sharelast_img read more

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Remember A Charity presents Café de Mort

first_img Tagged with: Celebrity Events legacies Remember a Charity Television presenter and food expert Gregg Wallace reports on Café de Mort, Remember A Charity’s pop-up restaurant designed to raise awareness of the importance of charitable gifts in Wills.www.rememberacharity.org.uk AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement Howard Lake | 5 March 2013 | News Remember A Charity presents Café de Mort  101 total views,  1 views today  102 total views,  2 views today 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Andy Murray memorabilia is ‘most popular at charity auctions’

first_img Fundraising event technology company Bidtech reports that Andy Murray memorabilia is the most in demand at charity auctions that it has run.It has compiled a list of items and their owners that attract the most bidding at charity auctions. The company runs hundreds of auctions each year for organisations such as Action Against Hunger and the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Sports stars Sporting names dominate the list. Murray is joined on it by Sir Alex Ferguson and current world footballer of the year Lionel Messi. Longer-standing sports stars such as Pele and Mohammed Ali are also on the list. Value of celebrities to charitiesJane Jelly, spokesperson for Bidtech, said: “A celebrity’s pulling power can be hugely beneficial to charities and the research shows how Andy Murray’s recent achievements have afforded him a new level of fame and respect.“Understandably, people want to own a little piece of his legend and charities are able to capitalise on this fact.” How the list was createdThe bidding data is captured using Bidtech’s special iPad app that allows guests attending charity events to make silent bids on items.The list is based on the average amount items from each celebrity have raised at charity auctions over the last year, the number of bids each item attracts during the auction and also the amount by which bids exceeded the expected reserve price.donated by a wide range of popular celebrities as well as providing detailed information about the charities involved and other ways in which guests can donate and get involved in supporting good causes.The heat list is based on the average amount items from each celebrity have raised at charity auctions over the last year, the number of bids each item attracts during the auction and also the amount by which bids exceeded the expected reserve price. Biggest earning celebrities for UK charity auctions 20131.    Andy Murray2.    One Direction3.    Pele4.    Lionel Messi5.    Rolling Stones6.    Mohammed Ali7.    James Gandolfini8.    Sir Alex Ferguson9.    Al Pacino10. Daniel Craig Andy Murray memorabilia is ‘most popular at charity auctions’ Photo: Neale Cousland / Shutterstock.com EntertainmentOne Direction memorabilia proved more popular than that of The Rolling Stones. Film actors including Al Pacino, Daniel Craig and the late James Gandolfini also made it onto the list. Advertisement  58 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 Howard Lake | 9 September 2013 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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A view from France of the ongoing coup attempt in Venezuela

first_imgThe author directed this article to a French audience. Published in RT on Jan. 24, it explains some of the current background of the attempt by the Venezuelan government to defend its country’s sovereignty. Translation by Workers World Contributing Editor G. Dunkel.Let’s start by asking our readers in France some questions.Imagine that the highest Chinese authorities are calling on Yellow Vests to take the streets of Paris and major French cities.Imagine that Russia decides to no longer recognize President Emmanuel Macron and declares that the new legitimate French president is Marine Le Pen or Jean-Luc Mélenchon.Imagine that Iran is funding and arming paramilitary groups to set the country on fire and destroy it.What would you call it? No matter what opinion you have of President Macron, would you be willing to accept such foreign interference in the affairs of our French Republic?Incongruous situation? And yet this is exactly what is happening in Venezuela.It cannot be said that the scenario had not been advertised. As early as Jan. 8, two days before Nicolás Maduro’s swearing in, the Venezuelan National Assembly illegally passed a Transition Law in order to seize the executive power (presidency). The United States and its allies in the Lima group were quick to support this putschist initiative.Before going any further, let us remember that the National Assembly has been in a situation of contempt of court for almost two years. After the election of deputies in December 2015, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) candidates in Amazon State filed a complaint because their opponents had purchased votes to win the election. The court subsequently condemned the fraud, and the Electoral Power Tribunal demanded that the election for these three seats be redone.Since the Speaker of the National Assembly refused to comply with the judicial and electoral authorities, the National Assembly was declared in “contempt of court.” Decisions and votes emanating from the legislative power are therefore null and void as long as the speaker of the National Assembly fails to authorize the return to the polls.It should be noted that the opposition holds an absolute majority of 122 deputies out of 167 seats. This insubordinate National Assembly has therefore become a parallel legislative power. However, it is this body that is making the attempt at an institutional coup d’état, which we are currently witnessing.Pence calls for coupOn Jan. 22, while several demonstrations were being prepared in Caracas, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence called on Venezuelans to rise up against the legitimate government. This clearly shows that opposition political organizations have so little legitimacy that Washington must directly call — without an intermediary — on Venezuelan citizens and the army to overthrow Nicolas Maduro, in order to satisfy U.S. interests.The next day, as expected, as soon as Juan Guaidó illegally took over the executive power, the White House “officially recognized the president of the National Assembly as interim president of Venezuela.”  A handful of Latin American countries, subservient to Washington, will follow Trump’s order to recognize his Venezuelan Gauleiter [name Nazis used for their leader of an occupied country]. The creation of parallel powers is nothing new. As early as 2017, the opposition created a parallel Supreme Court (based in Panama) and a post of Attorney General of the Nation (based in Colombia). Now, with the usurpation of executive power by a National Assembly in contempt of court, we are facing the construction of illegitimate public authorities, recognized by the USA, Canada and their Latin American vassals.Since these bodies obviously cannot coexist with legitimate powers, there will undoubtedly be an upsurge in violence in the Bolivarian country. It is in this sense that Washington’s refusal to comply with the expulsion order of its Caracas diplomats, immediately announced by President Maduro, must be interpreted. This scenario reflects the situation that preceded the Libyan and Syrian wars. The formation of parallel governments, whether the Libyan National Transitional Council or the Syrian National Salvation Council, has been a prerequisite for the bombing of these countries or for unleashing mercenary attacks on them. During the night of Jan. 23, gangs of armed criminals carried out a reign of terror in some parts of Caracas by shooting at everything that was moving and clashing with the police.It should be recalled here that the National Assembly, which is today the main instrument of the institutional coup attempt, has approved all of Washington’s economic sanctions against its own [Venezuelan] people. Worse still, on Jan. 8, 2018, it paved the way for the devastation of the country by authorizing the creation of a trust fund to reclaim the assets of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.Hiding its intentions behind the fight against corruption, the National Assembly allowed foreign countries to freeze the assets of its own country. Here again, this reminds us of the strategy deployed in Libya and the freezing of that country’s assets.Washington and its allies can count on bands of mercenaries, recruited to spread violence in Venezuela. In addition to the Colombian paramilitaries, who are very active on the Colombian-Venezuelan border, President Maduro reported, on Nov. 28, the presence of 734 mercenaries on military bases, on Eglin AFB in Florida and on Tolemaida in Colombia. Their goal was to attack Venezuela or to prepare a false flag attack in order to justify military intervention against the Bolivarian nation.In the short term, the outcome of the showdown we are witnessing can only be, unfortunately, violent. Neither Nicolas Maduro’s legitimate power nor the dummy bodies created by his opponents will retreat or engage in dialogue in the immediate future. In any country, Juan Guaidó and the felonious Assembly members would find themselves behind bars. Venezuela must deal with the threats made by the USA. ‘All options on table’President Donald Trump stated that the military option against Venezuela remains valid (“all options are on the table”). As for the State Department, it has already announced that it is preparing to send “humanitarian aid.” Nicolás Maduro’s government, which is fighting to have the financial blockade against his country lifted, will never accept that the USA should disembark under the pretext of “humanitarian aid.” This provocation is part of a planned strategy that former SouthCom Commander John Kelly had mentioned on Oct. 28, 2015: “The United States will intervene for humanitarian reasons, if asked to do so.” This has now been done.Faced with this escalation of tension, all that is missing is a detonator to justify a war adventure. Let us remember the media lies that plunged Iraq, Serbia, Libya or Syria into the destructive abyss of war: the alleged destruction of incubators in Kuwait; the Raçak massacre in Serbia; the bombing of demonstrations in Benghazi, Libya; or the torture of teenagers in Deraa, Syria were all the necessary prelude to legitimizing massacres in the name of the “Defense of Humanity.”Media intoxication to justify interventionInternational public opinion could once again be the victim, in the coming weeks, of a media intoxication operation in order to justify a military operation against Venezuela.Although the Venezuelan scenario looks similar to those deployed in the Levant, there are still some significant differences. On the one hand, the Venezuelan army continues to support its country’s Constitution, its national sovereignty nation and the republic. While 20 soldiers were arrested on Jan. 21 for trying to appropriate a weapons depot, the tens of thousands of soldiers and hundreds of thousands of reservists did not show any interest in a coup. The Minister of Defense, Vladimir Padrino Lopez, recalled that the Bolivarian National Armed Forces “defend the Constitution and are the guarantors of national sovereignty.” On the other hand, Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Turkey, Iran, South Africa and a vast majority of countries in the world recognize the legitimacy of President Maduro. Beijing has supported the Venezuelan government in its “efforts to maintain its sovereignty.” The Kremlin, for its part, assured Caracas of its support to “ensure that Venezuela’s sovereignty is respected.”It is true that the Venezuelan opposition has done everything possible to provoke the allies of the Bolivarian Revolution. By claiming loud and clear that the credit lines authorized by China and Russia or the economic agreements signed by President Maduro would not be recognized by “their government,” they have de facto internationalized the Venezuelan conflict. Beijing, Moscow and Ankara are now indirectly targeted by the anti-democratic designs of the Venezuelan opposition. An intensification of the current conflict or a military adventure would have repercussions far beyond Venezuela’s borders.This Cold War could well warm up under the Caribbean sun. It is now up to all peace activists to mobilize against intervention and for a political solution to this new offensive against the Bolivarian Revolution. Let us not allow the warmongers to spill blood that is not their own.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Reporters Without Borders appeals to new members of Congress over law on protection of sources

first_imgRobert MénardSecretary General News Follow the news on United States RSF_en Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders has written to Nancy Pelosi, future speaker of the House of Representatives and Harry Reid, deputy speaker of the Senate, following 7 November 2006 congressional elections, urging them to pass a federal law on protection of sources. The organisation also hopes that the new legislature will put an end to the disgrace of Guantanamo Bay. June 3, 2021 Find out more Organisation News United StatesAmericas News November 14, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders appeals to new members of Congress over law on protection of sourcescenter_img News Receive email alerts To Mrs Nancy Pelosi, Speaker-elect House of RepresentativesMr Harry Reid, Deputy Speaker-elect of the SenateDear Madam/Sir,You will take over, in January 2007, as Speaker of the House of Representatives and Deputy Speaker of the Senate. Reporters Without Borders, an international organisation that defends press freedom, hopes that the new majority in Congress, as a result of 7 November 2006 elections, will remedy a serious deterioration in freedom of the media in the United States under the previous Congress. Two major challenges await you in this regard.The first, concerns the federal shield law on the protection of journalists’ confidential sources. On 2 February 2005, representatives Mike Pence (R, Indiana) and Rick Boucher (D, Virginia) introduced a bill entitled “Free Flow of Information Act”, which guarantees journalists “absolute privilege” in protecting sources, modified to “qualified privilege” in certain criminal cases. Senators Richard Lugar (R, Indiana) and Christopher J. Dodd (D, Connecticut) introduced a draft law in the same terms on 9 February. These law-making initiatives would correct a serious legal inconsistency under which the right of journalists to protect their sources is recognised in 33 of the 50 States but not at the federal level. They unfortunately came up against opposition from the government in the name of the imperative of “national security”, and some journalists – like Judith Miller, of the New York Times, in 2005 – were sentenced to prison by the federal justice system, when a local court had previously found in their favour. Apart from the fact that the press should not act as an auxiliary to the police or courts, the “national security” argument cannot be justified in cases brought against journalists for “contempt of court”.The plight of Josh Wolf is a case in point. This 24-year-old freelance journalist and blogger has been detained on the order of a federal court since 18 September 2006 for having refused to hand over to the courts his video footage of a demonstration against the G8. He had already been imprisoned between 1st August and 1st September. Is it constitutional for a citizen to be punished twice for the same reason? Also facing prison for identical reasons are Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada of the daily San Francisco Chronicle, who investigated steroid use among athletes. The independence of the press is at stake. The legislature cannot be satisfied with a status quo which is indefensible.The other major challenge is what is seen by the international community as the legal and humanitarian scandal of the fate of the Guantanamo prisoners. Among the 400 detainees in the camp, since 13 June 2002, is Sudanese cameraman for al-Jazeera Sami Al-Haj. Not only is his case emblematic of the treatment inflicted on individuals imprisoned mostly without facing any charge and outside all legal framework (torture, deprivation of medical treatment and sleep, absence of contact with families, repeated violations of the right to a defence), but it is a case of government hounding of a foreign media. Sami Al-Haj is being held at Guantanamo simply for having refused to “confess” to fantasy links between al-Jazeera and al-Qaeda. While the Supreme Court on 29 June 2006 declared unconstitutional the military tribunals intended to try the Guantanamo detainees, the former Congress hurriedly voted through a law promulgated on 17 October allowing the recourse to torture. This law must be repealed, the camp closed and Sami Al-Haj unconditionally and promptly released. The American electorate has punished abuses in the “war against terror”. We hope it will be heard.Please accept my appreciation in advance for giving this letter your considered attention.Yours sincerely, United StatesAmericas to go further WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say June 7, 2021 Find out more Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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