ASA calls for public help in flagging rogue gambling ads

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has called on the British public to report gambling ads that refer to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, pledging swift action against those that breach advertising rules.The watchdog said that the conduct of the online gambling industry, including the nature and frequency of its advertising, was under particular scrutiny during the pandemic.“‘Lockdown’ has created a ‘captive audience’,” the ASA explained. “Many people are anxious and uncertain about the future and a significant number face financial hardship.“To some, gambling may even be seen as an escape from the situation they now find themselves in. Such vulnerabilities heighten risks associated with gambling.”The UK’s national lockdown had already prompted the ASA to launch a reporting process to notify the regulator of Covid-19 related claims in ads, often for healthcare products, and warned that gambling was “no different”.The ASA is therefore encouraging members of the public to report gambling ads that refer to the pandemic or related matters, such as the government’s lockdown policy. Ads that feature claims or themes of particular concern during the current situation – such as those referring to relieving boredom, repeated play or personal problems – should also be reported, it said.“In ordinary times, ads following this kind of approach are likely to raise compliance concerns,” the ASA explained. “The present circumstances exacerbate this, so the ASA will not hesitate to take firm action against irresponsible messaging in gambling ads.“To this end, we will continue our close working relationship with the [British] licensing authority, the Gambling Commission, to identify issues and enforce compliance.”The ASA itself will be monitoring industry advertising for a range of different issues in the context of the crisis. It highlighted ads that trivialise gambling (by encouraging repetitive or frequent participation), or refer in any way to indicators of problem gambling (such as solitary play or playing late at night) as being of particular concern.Ads that refer to personal problems, and suggest gambling as a form of escapism, or seek to exploit financial concerns, will also be targeted.Furthermore, Covid-19 will not prevent the ASA from continuing efforts to protect children from gambling advertising. Last year’s efforts using avatar technology to assess the ads served to a simulated version of a child’s browsing profile will be repeated in 2020 to ensure operators are complying with all rules.“Gambling operators are warned to pay particular attention to their responsibilities to comply with the Advertising Codes,” the ASA said in conclusion. “Along with our usual enforcement work, we will take swift action against ads that, in the context of the present crisis, are likely to exploit people’s vulnerabilities or encourage irresponsible behaviour.”The ASA’s warning to operators follows industry standards body the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) announcing a ten-point plan for members to follow during the pandemic, in a bid to protect players from gambling realated harm. This will see responsible gambling messaging ramped up by operators. These, however, have been dismissed by the Gambling Related Harm All Party Parliamentary Group, the influential advocates for a regulatory overhaul in Great Britain, as “weak”.Guidance issued by the European Gaming and Betting Association, and backed by the BGC alongside a number of other country-specific operator bodies, also bans operators from referencing Covid-19 in their advertising.Operators were also warned to ensure their adverts do not portray gambling as a solution to social, personal or financial problems, nor invite customers to gamble online as a solution to boredom. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 9th April 2020 | By contenteditor The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has called on the British public to report gambling ads that refer to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, pledging swift action against those that breach advertising rules. ASA calls for public help in flagging rogue gambling ads Legal & compliance Regions: UK & Ireland Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Topics: Legal & compliance Marketing & affiliates Email Addresslast_img read more

Kenya Power & Lighting Company Limited ( HY2012 Interim Report

first_imgThe Kenya Power & Lighting Company Plc ( listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2012 interim results for the half year.For more information about The Kenya Power & Lighting Company Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the The Kenya Power & Lighting Company Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: The Kenya Power & Lighting Company Plc (  2012 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileThe Kenya Power & Lighting Company Plc formerly (Kenya Power & Lighting Company Limited) (Kenya Power or KPLC) is an electricity company in Kenya with interests in geothermal, hydro and thermal power generation as well as power generated from solar and wind sources. Formerly known as East Africa Power & Lighting Limited, the company changed its name to The Kenya Power and Lighting Company Limited in 1983. The company transmits, distributes and retails electricity to customers throughout Kenya and is a national electric utility company; managing electric metering, licensing, billing, emergency electricity services and customer relations. KPLC also offers optic fiber connectivity to telecommunication companies through an optical fiber cable network which runs along high voltage power lines across the country and feeds into the national power grid throughout Kenya. Kenya Power’s head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. The Kenya Power & Lighting Company Plc is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Fidelity Bank Plc ( 2012 Presentation

first_imgFidelity Bank Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2012 presentation For more information about Fidelity Bank Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Fidelity Bank Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Fidelity Bank Plc (  2012 presentation Company ProfileFidelity Bank Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services for the individual, commercial and corporate sectors. Its extensive full-service personal and business offering ranges from transactional accounts, online banking, loans and term deposits to money market, treasury services loans and advances, commercial support overdrafts, equipment leasing finance and trade, working capital, project, asset and syndicate finance. Fidelity Bank Plc operates through 225 business offices, 730 ATMs and 3 853 point-of-sale channels. Founded in 18=987 and formerly known as Fidelity Union Merchant Bank, the company changed its name to Fidelity Bank Plc in 1999. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Fidelity Bank Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Why the FTSE 100’s market crash could boost your chances of building a £1m ISA

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This could increase your chances of building a £1m+ ISA over the coming years.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 opportunities in a market crashThe FTSE 100’s past performance shows it has experienced numerous market declines since its inception. Certainly, the recent market crash was sharper and faster than many of its previous bear markets. But it’s by no means the first time the index has traded at a significantly lower price level compared to its recent highs.The common theme among its previous downturns is that the index has always recovered from them. Therefore, investors who’ve purchased a diverse selection of FTSE 100 companies priced at low levels have generally benefitted from the index’s subsequent recovery. Although a recovery may not seem especially likely at present, in the coming years the index’s history suggests it will take place.Buying shares when they’re at low prices is a better means of making a large profit in the long run than purchasing them at higher prices. So now could be an excellent opportunity to enhance your ISA’s prospects.Short-term challengesOf course, the timescale over which the FTSE 100 delivers a recovery is a known unknown. Past bear markets have varied in terms of their length. That’s because the index sometimes experiencing brief rallies followed by a further market crash.As such, it’s imperative investors adopt a long-term time horizon. This will allow your holdings to overcome the challenges they face in the short run, and deliver on their growth potential. It’ll also provide other investors with the time they need to become increasingly bullish about equities. That could further catalyse the share prices of your holdings.The prospect of short-term economic challenges means buying financially-sound businesses is arguably more important than ever. Checking whether a FTSE 100 company has a solid balance sheet, in terms of modest debt levels and sufficient cash to withstand a period of lower sales, could reduce your risks. It may also lead to higher returns. That’s because you’re likely to limit your overall losses through buying strong businesses that can survive difficult trading conditions.Making a millionClearly, it’s likely to take many years for any investor to generate a £1m ISA. However, the chances of you achieving this goal could be increased through buying cheap FTSE 100 shares in a market crash. Through managing short-term risks, you could experience high returns in the long run that improve your financial prospects. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Enter Your Email Address Peter Stephens | Monday, 4th May, 2020 Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!last_img read more

La inesperada militancia de una seminarista

first_img Rector Hopkinsville, KY Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Featured Events Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Belleville, IL Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH La inesperada militancia de una seminarista Submit an Event Listing Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest 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 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Press Release Service 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 Featured Jobs & Calls An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Submit a Press Release An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Tampa, FL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Por Sharon SheridanPosted Feb 29, 2012 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC center_img Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Smithfield, NC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Washington, DC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Albany, NY Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Martinsville, VA Submit a Job Listing AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Collierville, TN This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Curate Diocese of Nebraska [Episcopal News Service] Durante el Mes de la Historia de los Negros, ENS publicará entrevistas con episcopales que participaron en el movimiento de los derechos civiles y en la obra de reconciliación de la Iglesia.La Rda. Judy Upham no pensaba ir a Selma, Alabama.Ella estudiaba en la Escuela Teológica Episcopal en Cambridge, Massachusetts —algo inusual  para una mujer en esos tiempos— cuando vio por la televisión las agresiones policiales a los manifestantes pro derechos civiles que intentaban cruzar el puentes Edmund Pettus el 7 de marzo de 1965, fecha que para algunos se conoce como “el domingo sangriento”.“El Dr. [Martin Luther] King compareció en la televisión el lunes y le pidió a los buenos cristianos que vinieran y estuvieran a su lado”, recordaba ella. “Algunas personas del seminario iban a ir. Yo llevé mi chequera porque en verdad no tenía tiempo de hacer cosas como ésa. Todos estábamos apiñados de pie mirando la televisión. Yo miraba a todas esas personas que eran golpeadas por la policía.Y cuando el compañero seminarista Jonathan Daniels le preguntó si ella iba a ir a Selma. “me escuché respondiéndole, “Cómo llegamos allí?”.Cuando volvió a saber algo, estaba en un vuelo fletado a Atlanta. Sentada entre Daniels y otro seminarista, ella le dijo: “Esto no era exactamente lo que tenía en mente”.Ese vuelo que ella no había planeado la puso en el camino del centro de la lucha por los derechos civiles y de toda una vida de activismo.,Aterrizaron en Atlanta a medianoche y descansaron hasta por la mañana en la oficina de King. “Estuvo bien. Yo logré dormir en su sofá”.Al día siguiente, alrededor de 10 seminaristas y otras personas que habían venido en el avión, celebraron “uno de los más significativos oficios de oración matutina” a que ella había asistido nunca, luego se dirigieron en autobuses a Brown Chapel en medio de los proyectos de vivienda para personas de bajos recursos de Selma. “Ese era como el centro del movimiento en Selma”, explicó Upham.Dirigiéndose a amplio terreno de la vecindad, se unieron “a otros montones de personas que se encontraban allí a la espera de que empezara la manifestación”. En columnas de cinco en fondo “comenzamos la marcha, llegábamos hasta el puente y dábamos la vuelta, nos deteníamos y orábamos un momento arrodillándonos en la calle… y regresábamos”.“El liderazgo no quería otra confrontación”, añadió ella. Tampoco estoy segura de que esos guardias quisieran golpear a toda esa gente blanca. En ese tiempo, el color marcaba una gran diferencia.Si bien la manifestación misma fue pacífica, la violencia se desencadenó cuando el Rdo. James Reeb, un ministro unitario blanco de Boston, que había estado en el avión con Upham, se detuvo con unos amigos “a cenar en el lugar equivocado”, afirmó ella. “En el momento de marcharse, fueron abordados por algunos paletos que los golpearon. Como consecuencia, él [Reeb] falleció esa noche”.Celebraron una vigilia frente al hospital y, después que él murió, intentaron desfilar en protesta hasta el juzgado a la mañana siguiente. [La policía] bloqueó las calles, de manera “que básicamente nos sentamos  y cantamos. El movimiento de los derechos civiles consistía en gran medida en estar por ahí y escuchar y ser categóricos respecto a ‘esto es lo que vamos a hacer, chicos”.La gente de los proyectos trajo alimentos y frazadas.  “Comimos montones de sándwiches de basura y mantequilla de maní y sándwiches de jalea y café malo”.“El domingo, varios grupos fueron a las iglesias locales. Por supuesto, la iglesia episcopal de la localidad no nos dejó entrar, de modo que nos arrodillamos en la acera y oramos”, contó ella. “La Iglesia Episcopal era básicamente una iglesia de clase alta en ese momento, en Selma, y los negros no asistían a la Iglesia Episcopal. Resultó que tampoco nos quisieron en la Iglesia Bautista. El grupo llegó allí y los ujieres le dijeron: ‘ustedes no pueden entrar aquí’”.Cuando alguien replicó, “creíamos que ésta era la iglesia de Dios”, dijo ella. “nos contaron que el ujier respondió: ‘no, es nuestra iglesia, y ustedes no pueden entrar’”.El lunes, les dejaron desfilar hasta el juzgado. Al regreso, “el jefe de la policía local estaba a la entrada de los proyectos de vivienda dándole la mano a la gente”. Ella recuerda a los manifestantes levantaban las manos con asombro y decían: “le di la mano a un blanco”.En Washington, D.C., el presidente Lyndon Johnson pronunció un vehemente discurso ante el Congreso sobre los derechos civiles. En Selma, algunos de los partidarios de afuera “empezaban a distanciarse”. Era el momento de regresar al seminario.Pero Upham comenzó a pensar: “Parecería extraño que digamos el lunes, ‘estamos aquí para apoyarlos y arriesgar nuestras vidas por ustedes’ y luego, dos o tres días después, digamos “bueno, caramba, tenemos que regresar a la escuela’. No parecería lo correcto”.Ella y Daniels regresaron al seminario y obtuvieron permiso para pasar el semestre en Selma, con el razonamiento de que “al menos se quedaran allí algunos blancos. Al menos la policía sabría que habría algunos testigos”. También estarían allí “como testigos de que a Dios sí le importa… y estamos aquí como una especie de signo de ese amor de Dios [que insiste en que]  eres un ser humano como todos los demás”.Regresaron a Selma el 21 de marzo, al tiempo que autorizaban finalmente la marcha de varios días a Montgomery y la Guardia Nacional protegía a los manifestantes. Ella se mudo con una familia de la localidad y ayudaba en lo que hiciera falta. La noche antes de que la manifestación entrará en Montgomery, se unió a los que acampaban afuera de una escuela. “Era lluvioso y lodoso a más no poder”.Hubo diversión por la noche. “Honestamente no recuerdo todos los que estaban allí”, dijo. “Gente como Joan Baez y Harry Bellafonte. Algunas celebridades”.Al día siguiente, entraron en Montgomery, donde se unieron con un grupo del seminario que había volado allí para la ocasión. “La gente se alineaban en las calles, algunos nos abucheaban y nos silbaban y nos escupían”, dijo. Pero otros los vitoreaban. Se reunieron frente al capitolio. “Martin Luther King pronunció un discurso extraordinario cuyo tema sería ‘¿Cuánto tiempo? No mucho’”.De nuevo, la violencia siguió a la manifestación. Algunos miembros del Ku Klux Klan mataron a tiros a Viola Liuzzo, un ama de casa de Michigan, mientras ella llevaba a algunos manifestantes de regreso a Selma.“Después de la marcha, Jon y yo estuvimos dando vueltas, haciendo lo que podíamos por ayudar”, contaba Upham. Si una manifestación necesitaba participantes, se sumaban. Ayudaban a estudiantes a rellenar sus solicitudes de ingreso en la universidad, jugaban con los niños, ayudaban en la campaña de inscribir a electores, visitaban escuelas. Asistían todos los domingos a la iglesia episcopal de la localidad y dedicaban  alrededor de una hora cada semana tratando, sin éxito, de convencer al rector para que actuara. Él estaba demasiado empapado en la manera de ser del Sur, y tenía que considerar su trabajo, tenía una familia”.“Nosotros estábamos en la veintena, éramos jóvenes e ingenuos, y suponíamos que si las personas llegaban a saber lo que era justo, lo harían… Parte de nuestro trabajo era educativo. Visitábamos a cualquiera en la parroquia que estuviera dispuesto a recibirnos”.La labor de Upham a favor  de los derechos civiles reflejaba los valores de su familia. Cuando le dijo a su papá que iba a Selma la primera vez, cuenta ella “lo primero que me dijo fue ‘ten cuidado’. Lo segundo que me dijo fue ‘Muy bien’, porque no había manera de que él pudiera dejar el trabajo”. Dos de sus hermanos se le unieron parte del tiempo que ella estuvo en Alabama.Pero trabajar en el sur le enseñó algo acerca del prejuicio. “Me di cuenta, también, de que si me hubiese criado en Selma y los únicos negros que yo hubiera conocido eran mis empleados o los borrachos de la calle, probablemente yo también habría estado prejuiciada”.Upham y Daniels mantenían sus estudios a larga distancia. Después del semestre, ella hizo su programa de educación pastoral clínica en un hospital psiquiátrico de San Luis. Daniels le pidió prestado su auto, primero para visitar a su familia en Nuevo Hampshire y trabajar con la juventud diocesana sobre derechos civiles, luego al regresar a Selma para el verano.Daniels era parte de un grupo que trabajaba en el Condado de Lowndes —“uno de los lugares más difíciles”— cuando él y otros fueron arrestados y pasaron un tiempo en una celda al lado de Stokely Carmichael, que entonces era miembro del Comité de Coordinación Estudiantil de la No Violencia, con quien él (Daniels) llegó a entablar una relación de amistad. Luego de varios días, los liberaron el 13 de agosto de 1965.“Estoy convencida de que fue una trampa”, dijo Upham. Mientras estaba esperando por un transporte, Daniels, junto con un sacerdote católico y dos manifestantes negros, entraron a comprar una gaseosa en una tienda. “Habían estado antes allí en grupos mixtos, de manera que teóricamente no era una gran provocación”. afirmó ella. Se encontraron con un auxiliar del alguacil que llevaba una escopeta y quien le apuntó a Ruby Sales, una chica de 16 años. Daniels la empujó para protegerla y recibió una herida mortal (Él ahora es conmemorado en el calendario de los santos de la Iglesia Episcopal).Upham viajó a Keene, Nuevo Hampshire, para el funeral. “Me acuerdo de haber ido de compras con mi madre. Me compré dos vestidos, que nunca más volví a ponerme. Mi padre era abogado y se culpaba de no haber ido a Selma y haber sacado a Jon bajo fianza”.Después de eso, Upham participó en el movimiento en la medida en que podía, pero las cosas fueron cambiando. Se estaba desarrollando el movimiento “Poder Negro”, “y en consecuencia la participación de los blancos no era bien recibida”.“Para Stokely, la muerte de Jon fue el colmo”, dijo ella. “Yo creo que Stokely ya se había hartado de la no violencia. A él también le habían matado a muchos amigos”.Upham estuvo un tiempo como directora de educación religiosa, luego se diplomó en asistencia social. Cuando la Convención General aprobó la ordenación de mujeres al diaconado, en 1970, cuenta que para ella fue “como un repique de campanas”.Comenzó a trabajar en pro de la ordenación de las mujeres al presbiterado, llegando a ser miembro fundadora de la Agrupación de Mujeres Episcopales y asistió como delegada suplente a la Convención General de 1973. La ordenaron diácono en 1975  y su primer trabajo fue en San Esteban [St. Stephen’s], una iglesia mayoritariamente negra al sur de San Luis. Fue la primera mujer que cruzó las fronteras diocesanas para convertirse en rectora de la iglesia episcopal de la Gracia [Grace Episcopal Church], una iglesia deliberadamente integrada en Syracuse, Nueva York.En la actualidad, a los 69 años, es sacerdote auxiliar de San Albano en el Teatro [St. Alban’s in the Theater], en Arlington, Texas, una congregación de la renovada diócesis de Fort Worth que se congrega en un teatro, y labora por la reconciliación en la diócesis, cuyo obispo anterior y muchos líderes diocesanos abandonaron en noviembre de 2008.Mirando retrospectivamente, ella dijo: “sé que el legado de Jon produjo un cambio enorme en la educación teológica, al menos para la Escuela Teológica Episcopal en lo que respecta a cómo practicamos lo que decimos creer”.Ella cree haber marcado una notable diferencia también. “Si Jon fue un misionero, yo también lo fui. Él fue el único que alcanzó el martirio por ello”.En Selma, ella llegó a temer “a veces, pero no muy a menudo”, dijo, juzgándose “demasiado estúpida para tener miedo”.También fue, añadió, “una de las pocas veces en mi vida en que me he sentido 100 por ciento segura de que estaba haciendo lo que Dios quería que hiciera. Si eso me costaba la vida, estaba bien. Después de todo hay cosas peores que la muerte.“Tenemos una promesa de un futuro con Dios. ¿Qué tienes que perder? Al menos estás defendiendo lo que es justo… Esa es tu tarea como cristiana y como ser humano”.—Sharon Sheridan es corresponsal de ENS. Traducido por Vicente Echerri.last_img read more

Pa. prisoner on COVID crisis – Guards were the transmitters

first_imgSince Workers World received this letter, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections has confirmed nearly 7,000 cases of COVID-19 among prisoners and over 2,500 among staff, who are not subject to mandatory testing. Many prisoners who report COVID-19 symptoms have been placed in restricted housing units, reviled as “the hole.” Prisoners faced with the psychological torture of solitary confinement are less likely to report when they are sick, allowing for further spread of COVID-19.Reports of deaths from COVID in Pennsylvania prisons vary widely — from 49 to over 65. It is difficult to verify since the PA DOC will only release the name of the first incarcerated person to die in each prison. In many cases, family members are not even being notified.  The following is a letter from an incarcerated trans woman.By Miley Selena FletcherSCI Forest, Marienville, Pa.For eight months the State Correctional Institution (SCI) Forest, where I am incarcerated, did not have any COVID-19 cases. The institution’s administration was impressed by the zero numbers. But at the beginning of December 2020, the virus hit SCI Forest. A lot of us are asking: “How did this happen?” After I sat and reviewed how it may have happened, reality set in.The only way it could have happened — the guards and staff brought it in. There were also massive transfers into SCI Forest during the pandemic. Even though SCI Forest has a quarantine block, it was not enough. It seems that guards and staff were the main transmitters.Now inmates are testing positive for the coronavirus. What bothers me is they brought it in to us, but we are being forced to adjust to restrictions. All of a sudden, we are in forced lockdown in our cell, with only 20 minutes to use the phone, take a shower and use the kiosks to email your contacts. No yard time for fresh air; no time to actually go through every day like that?One block pod took two and a half days to complete such a process. Some waited three days. You know how stressful? How that pulls on someone’s mental instability? How frustrated people get?If a prisoner goes and stands in front of someone’s cell, we’re given misconduct for unauthorized area. Once that happens, the prisoner is then given cell restrictions.  Where is that justified?Now the prisoners are being placed with more restrictions. We wouldn’t be on this forced lockdown — full of restrictions — if they hadn’t brought the virus in to us.The PA Board of Probation and Parole are even giving prisoners “hits” on their minimum dates, not releasing them. They are giving prisoners a year or two year hits, making them stay in prison. A lot of prisoners I overhear say, “It’s safer in prison than going out there in the streets right now.” But it irks me that we’re given these restrictions passed down from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Secretary of Corrections John Wetzel. And it’s his guards and staff alike who have brought COVID-19 into the prison! FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Corn vs. Soybeans Discussed at National Farm Machinery Show

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE Corn vs. Soybeans Discussed at National Farm Machinery Show By Eric Pfeiffer – Feb 18, 2018 Home Indiana Agriculture News Corn vs. Soybeans Discussed at National Farm Machinery Show Facebook Twitter Corn vs. Soybeans Discussed at NFMS 2018As planting season draws nearer, many farmers are still making decisions on corn vs. soybeans and how to find cost savings. We caught up with Elston Sayers from Seed Consultants at the National Farm Machinery Show. He said that despite this tough ag economy, attitudes were overall very positive from farmers who passed through the Seed Consultants Booth. “I’m glad the grain markets have come up because that’s actually helped people’s attitude here a little bit. Really, it’s been a great show and a really upbeat show, a little more than I had expected.”Sayers says that farmers are looking at seeds, fertilizer, and just about anywhere else to find savings in 2018. “They are looking under every rock and every tree this year.”And when it comes to corn vs. soybeans for those last few acres, Sayers believes weather will be the deciding factor. “I think if we have a good, dry Spring, those acres are going to go to corn. If we have a wet spring and this thing drags out, I think those will switch to soybeans.” Previous articleNew DOE Study: Ethanol Among Best Options for Future Engine Efficiency Improvements and Emissions ReductionNext articleFFA Week Activities Underway Now Across Indiana Eric Pfeifferlast_img read more

RSF compiles 15 coronavirus safety recommendations specifically for Pakistani journalists

first_img News Pakistan is ranked 145th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index, three places lower than in 2019. PakistanAsia – Pacific Activities in the fieldProtecting journalistsProtecting sources Covid19 8. Don’t ask reporters and cameramen to do live reporting from inside hospitals and tell them to follow the recommendations of medical staff. June 2, 2021 Find out more 2. Don’t ask for live stand-ups from markets or other crowded places. 15. Finally, the central government and provincial governments should extend special credits to media organizations so that they can continue paying their employees and cover any exceptional expenses. The Associated Press of Pakistan national news agency closed its Islamabad bureau on 24 April after it was reported that one of its presenters was infected. And two journalists based in the northwestern city of Peshawar, one with GNN and one with Such News, have also been found with the virus. 3. Encourage cameramen and DSNG technicians to re-enter their vehicle as soon as possible and ensure they are carrying water, soap and hand sanitizer with them. 14. Press clubs and unions should set up a safety fund for journalists and employees, to which journalists earning more than Rs.100,000 a month should be required to contribute. 9. Ensure that the temperatures of TV studio guests are always checked on arrival with a thermal scanner, at least, and that they are asked to apply hand sanitizer. PakistanAsia – Pacific Activities in the fieldProtecting journalistsProtecting sources Covid19 According to the information gathered by RSF, two ARY News journalists based in Muzaffarabad, in Pakistani Kashmir, have tested positive; three 24 News TV reporters are infected in the eastern city of Lahore; and a journalist and technician with Geo News in the southern city of Karachi have tested positive. April 29, 2020 RSF compiles 15 coronavirus safety recommendations specifically for Pakistani journalists A health worker (right) tests a journalist for Covid-19 in Quetta on 4 April (Banaras KHAN / AFP).   Better late than never, Pakistan’s journalists are learning of the danger. As of this evening, a total of 39 Pakistani journalists and media workers have tested positive to Covid-19, according to RSF’s tally. In the absence of testing by many media organizations, the actual number of journalists with Covid-19 could be much higher. RSF_en Recommendations for newsrooms and media management: 7. Give preference to video messages and video press conferences by officials, including the health minister, chief ministers and government spokesmen. 13. Ensure that all employee sickness insurance provisions are up to date, with immediate effect. 12. Provide all employees with special “Corona Life Insurance” and cover the expenses of any employee and immediate family member who tests positive. Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists News 11. Ensure that kitchens are kept clean and that kitchen staff adhere to hygiene rules. On the frontlinecenter_img 10. Either close staff canteens and cafeteria or, at the very least, ensure social distancing within them by strictly limiting the number of people who can eat at any one time. Receive email alerts 5. Remind employees to keep computers and other equipment clean and sanitized. 6. Refrain from sending reporters to press conferences that are not necessary during the pandemic. Organisation Follow the news on Pakistan “The disclosure of these figures indicates a particularly high level of Covid-19 infection among Pakistani journalists,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “Journalists are clearly among the professions at risk in Pakistan, so appropriate measures must be put in place to ensure that they can continue working without putting themselves in danger.” Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire And in partnership with its local partner FNPK, RSF has now compiled a series of recommendations specifically adapted to the situation of journalists in Pakistan, where media outlets rely a great deal on direct reporting in the field that often disregards basic safety rules. 1. Don’t send reporters to locations where a big crowd is expected. Help by sharing this information In order to help journalists to be able to work safely, RSF has posted practical information and tips on Tracker-19, a tool it has developed to evaluate the impact of the Covid-19 epidemic on journalism and press freedom. The management of ARY News TV, for example, reported on Monday that when tests were carried out on 20 of its employees at its Islamabad headquarters, no fewer than eight – 40% of them – were found to be positive. Today, the 24 News HD / City 42 TV channel reported ten coronavirus cases among its staff, as did the Dunya News media group. News Freedom Network executive director Iqbal Khattak added: “In Pakistan, journalists are among the frontline heroes, like doctors, paramedics and law-enforcement personnel, and they must be protected against Covid-19. It is the responsibility of both media houses and the National Disaster Management Authority to help journalists stay safe by providing them with all necessary equipment, so that they can continue to keep the public informed through their journalism.” 4. In newsrooms, encourage employees to adhere strictly to social distancing and keep washing their hands and face every hour. News In this picture taken on April 5, 2020 AFP photographer Aamir Qureshi (C) covers Christian devotees celebrating a Palm Sunday service in a neighbourhood during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Islamabad (AFP) Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder to go further April 21, 2021 Find out more Amid a rapid surge in the number of Pakistani journalists testing positive to coronavirus, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and its partner, Freedom Network Pakistan (FNPK), have compiled 15 recommendations for Pakistani news media so that they can avoid putting their journalists and employees in danger. January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

The government reverses the10-day work ban on Al Jazeera journalist

first_imgNews IraqMiddle East – North Africa News December 16, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information to go further Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Organisation Follow the news on Iraq News Receive email alertscenter_img February 15, 2021 Find out more July 25, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 The government reverses the10-day work ban on Al Jazeera journalist On 24 July, the Iraqi authorities lifted the 10-day work ban on Al-Jazeera journalist Diar al-Umari without explanation. The TV station then reopened and staff resumed operations without any change in the way they handled the news.___________________________________________________________________________________________07.23.2002 – Al-Jazeera correspondent banned from working for 10 days Reporters Without Borders protested today at Iraq’s 10-day ban on Al-Jazeera TV journalist Diar al-Umari, apparently because the regime did not like the way he was reporting.”After Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Morocco and Mauritania, it is now Iraq’s turn to censor Al-Jazeera because it no longer likes its frankness” said Reporters Without Border secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to Iraqi Information minsiter, Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf. “We await your explanation of this arbitrary step and ask you to cancel at once the ban on Al-Umari” added Ménard. The Qatar-based satellite station said Iraq had banned the journalist from working for 10 days from 20 July “as a punishment for certain words in his dispatches which the information ministry has deemed harmful to Iraq.” These included using the term “ruling party” instead of “Arab Socialist Party” to describe the Baath Party. Al-Jazeera editor-in-chief Ibrahim Hilal said the station “vigorously contested” the ministry’s suggestion that it had harmed Iraq in its reporting. The station has decided to close its Baghdad office during the 10-day ban. It will be reopened depending on the regime’s future attitude to Al-Jazeera and its correspondent. No reply has been received to a letter to the information ministry asking for an explanation,The authorities in Bahrain on 10 May prevented Al-Jazeera from covering local elections in that country. Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” December 28, 2020 Find out more News IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en last_img read more

Suspects sought after refrigerator theft

first_img Facebook Odessa police reported a theft of a refrigerator from the front of a business on March 11, and is seeking assistance in identifying suspects from surveillance video.A release stated the theft took place around 3 p.m. in the 300 block of South Texas Avenue, with suspects driving a white, older model Chevrolet Silverado or GMC Sierra.The refrigerator is valued at $2,000. Local NewsCrime Suspects sought after refrigerator theft Facebook Home Local News Crime Suspects sought after refrigerator theft Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest By admin – March 20, 2018 center_img Refrigerator theft suspects Police searching for woman connected to husband’s death Twitter Previous articleCity commits to closed-door meetings reformNext articleOPD seeks assistance after hit-and-run admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Police searching for man connected to hit and run Hawaiian Roll Ham SlidersUpside Down Blueberry Pie CheesecakeCreamy Fruit SaladPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Youngsters urged to be safe over graduation weekends last_img read more