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Monte Carlo operator’s Q1 gaming revenue falls 84.5%

first_img Regions: Europe Western Europe Monaco 24th July 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Topics: Casino & games Finance Monte Carlo operator’s Q1 gaming revenue falls 84.5% The Société des bains de mer de Monaco, which operates Casino de Monte-Carlo, reported revenue of €45.1m (£41.0m/$52.3m) for the three months ending on 30 June, the first quarter of its 2020-21 fiscal year, a 60.5% year-on-year decline. The Société des bains de mer de Monaco, which operates Casino de Monte-Carlo, reported revenue of €45.1m (£41.0m/$52.3m) for the three months ending on 30 June, the first quarter of its 2020-21 fiscal year, a 60.5% year-on-year decline.The Société’s gaming sector – consisting of four properties all located in Monte Carlo – was particularly badly affected, with revenue falling 84.5% to €9.6m after all of its casinos closed in mid-March to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).“This decrease is mainly linked to the closure of all establishments on the first two months of the year, but also to lower revenues in June compared to the same period of the previous year given the health crisis and the travel restrictions in effect.While the Casino de Monte-Carlo and the Casino Café de Paris, reopened on 2 June in line with Monegasque government guidelines, the Sun Casino and the Bay Casino are still closed.The Société’s hotel revenue fell 88.3% year-on-year to €10.8m, while its residential rental revenue grew 14.9% to €24.4m. Other revenue fell 76.7% to €1.5m.The group said it has implemented strict cost and investment controls to limit the impact of the virus on its finances.“All investment projects have been reviewed and a reduction has been made in large budgets while non-essential investments have been suspended. In addition, the SBM Group has negotiated with its creditors to create, to the best possible extent, a better distribution of its financial commitments over time.”center_img Casino & games AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

Quality Beverages Limited ( 2009 Abridged Report

first_imgQuality Beverages Limited ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2009 abridged results.For more information about Quality Beverages Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Quality Beverages Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Quality Beverages Limited (  2009 abridged results.Company ProfileQuality Beverages Limited bottles and distributes soft drinks and non-carbonated beverages. The company manufactures and distributes Pepsico brands for the Mauritian territory and operates as a subsidiary of Currimjee Jeewanjee and Co. Limited. Quality Beverages Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius’ Development and Enterprise Market.last_img read more

A decisive weekend for England hopefuls

first_imgShould Ben Morgan start for England v Wales? By Jack Yates YESTERDAY it was announced that 15 members of England’s Elite Player Squad would be made available for club action this weekend. Amongst the list are players in serious contention for a starting place against Wales in just over a week’s time, including the likes of Toby Flood, Manusamoa Tuilagi and Ben Morgan. However, England boss Stuart Lancaster has so far resisted ringing in the changes, having fielded the same side for both of England’s RBS 6 Nations fixtures. However, this next round of Aviva Premiership games presents a final opportunity for players to impress before Lancaster picks his 22 to face an in form Wales at Twickenham next Saturday.Manu Tuilagi will be looking to reclaim the No 13 jerseyBoth Flood and Tuilagi will start for Leicester who face Saracens on Sunday, as they look to re-claim their starting places in the England team, having recently returned from injuries that have seen them replaced by ‘Charge Down’ Charlie Hodgson and Brad Barritt respectively. The duo desperately need game time under their belts in order to strengthen their case for starting places, having only amassed 187 minutes of game time collectively, following their return to action for the Tigers. Tuilagi was one of the few English success stories to emerge from a tumultuous World Cup and he will be looking to impose himself as first choice for the No 13 jersey. Unfortunately for Tuilagi, Barritt, who currently holds down the outside centre position, is a player in good form, exhibiting his fierce defensive tackling as well as having the benefit of playing outside the familiar face of Saracens team-mate Owen Farrell. Flood too faces competition from veteran fly half Hodgson, who has impressed on his return to the international scene, scoring both of England’s tries in their campaign so far, and making him a formidable opponent to displace. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Ben Morgan is a player who has excited many England fans in recent weeks, making two considerable impacts in his appearances off the bench. The Welsh-based 21-year-old is tipped to replace Phil Dowson, who has struggled to emulate his outstanding club form of last season at international level. Morgan, who will feature on the bench for the Scarlets in their clash against Leinster tonight, is well placed to win his first full cap for his country having demonstrated a commanding ability at the back of the scrum as well as being renowned as a fearsome ball career, which will stand him in good stead in an England outfit that have lacked attacking impetus and an ability to break the gain line.center_img Charlie Sharples is pushing Chris Ashton and David Strettle for a starting spotPossible long shots for a starting place next Saturday include Gloucester speedster Charlie Sharples, who has not yet been given the opportunity to convert his electric club form on to the international stage. His chances are further enhanced by the dip in form of winger Chris Ashton, who has not been featuring regularly in the Northampton Saints team following his controversial departure to big spending Saracens. Harlequins full-back Mike Brown too has a lot to be optimistic about, scoring 11 tries already this season, as well as being awarded the Aviva Premiership player of the month award for January. However Brown faces tough competition from Ben Foden, who despite enduring a recent dip in form, possesses the ability to blow defences wide open with his clinical counter attacking, meaning that he will almost certainly feature next Saturday.England will undisputedly go into their first home game of the tournament as overwhelming underdogs to a Welsh team who have gone from strength to strength, having built on the success of their emphatic World Cup campaign. In stark contrast is an England team who have scraped dogged victories against the two lowest ranked sides in the competition. It is clear that England will be markedly boosted by the return of some key players, such as Tuilagi and Lawes who bring a considerable amount of much needed physicality, especially when facing an immensely dangerous Welsh backline that boasts an average weight of 15st 6lbs with four players over 6ft 2ins. There is no doubt that Lancaster’s England will have to improve significantly if they have any chance of maintaining their hopes of defending their Six Nations title, with key returning players looking to play an integral role in what promises to be a momentous battle at Twickenham.last_img read more

Diocese of Albany shares message of hope after former bishops’…

first_img Rector Shreveport, LA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Knoxville, TN This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 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 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET [Diocese of Albany] The last couple of weeks, indeed the last few months, have been tough for the Diocese of Albany. The last year has been extraordinarily hard for the entire world.On Tuesday, we were saddened by the news that both of our retired bishops have indicated their decision to leave The Episcopal Church. While the timing of the announcements during Holy Week is difficult, we wish to thank Bishop Dan Herzog and Bishop Bill Love for their ministry to the Episcopal Diocese of Albany. Combined, they represented 24 years of episcopal ministry and almost 80 years of ordained ministry. No matter where we worship our Lord Jesus Christ, or where we minister, we continue our relationship as brothers and sisters in Christ engaged in the ministry of the Great Commandment and Great Commission.A natural reaction to the recent decisions of our retired bishops and a few clergy and laity to leave The Episcopal Church, is to become discouraged. As followers of Jesus, we are not people of despair but ambassadors of hope! As we continue our journey of Holy Week, we would do well to remember how discouraged and grieved Jesus’s mother, disciples, and followers – indeed all of creation – must have felt during those days that Jesus lay in the tomb after giving his life as a ransom for all. For three days the world was without hope and wondered if God had abandoned his creation. Hope emerged, however, when Christ rose from the dead, trampling down death by death. As the firstborn of the new creation, Jesus’s resurrection not only assures us of our future with him but calls us to live now in his victory and hope.In the book of the prophet Jeremiah, God proclaims to the exiles: “I know the plans I have for you … plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (29:11). Many Christians have found this verse to be a source of great comfort and courage – and rightfully so. God indeed does have a plan for our future. He has not, and will not, abandon us. He assured the exiles then, and assures us now, that when “you … call upon me and come and pray to me … I will hear you. You will seek me and find me. When you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you, declares the Lord …” (Jer. 29:12-14a).We are called, perhaps now more than ever, to reach out to God, to be faithful to his call to ministry, and to depend on his provision and guidance. We believe and trust that God truly does continue to have a glorious future in store for the Diocese of Albany. As the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Albany, we strongly believe that, despite any differences that may exist, there is a way forward for the diocese united in the mission that Jesus gave us. We are committed to finding that way forward for the continued propagation of the gospel in northeastern New York.In this time of transition, may we continue to proclaim the truth of the gospel. May we remind the world of the grace offered by Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. May we share the hope of the resurrection. May we continue to do the work of the church.We hold fast to the hope that is in Jesus alone. We invite you to do so as well. “May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13). It may only be Wednesday in Holy Week, but we look ahead to the hope of Easter: Alleluia! Christ is Risen!In the peace and hope of the Risen Lord Jesus Christ,The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Posted Apr 1, 2021 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Featured Jobs & Calls Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Submit an Event Listing Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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On this day, shots ring out in Dallas

first_img November 22, 2016 at 6:59 am Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter November 22, 2016 at 6:51 am UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 November 22, 2016 at 9:30 am November 24, 2016 at 1:47 pm Caroline, Jackie Kennedy Onassis’s daughter……Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, that is, her daughter, who is Jackie Kennedy O’s granddaughter, Rose Kennedy Schlossberg, really is, in my opinion, a splitting image of her grandmother, Jackie Kennedy Onassis! I definitely see her grandmother in Rose’s looks! She is 27 years old, and looks so much like Jackie! She doesn’t look much like Caroline, strangely enough, who is her mother, however. TAGSJohn F. KennedyThe HIstory Channel Previous articleComing and going: Netflix in DecemberNext articleOn this Day: Creator of Narnia dies Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. On this day in history: November 22nd, 1963John F. Kennedy assassinated From The History Channel John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, is assassinated while traveling through Dallas, Texas, in an open-top convertible.First lady Jacqueline Kennedy rarely accompanied her husband on political outings, but she was beside him, along with Texas Governor John Connally and his wife, for a 10-mile motorcade through the streets of downtown Dallas on November 22. Sitting in a Lincoln convertible, the Kennedys and Connallys waved at the large and enthusiastic crowds gathered along the parade route. As their vehicle passed the Texas School Book Depository Building at 12:30 p.m., Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly fired three shots from the sixth floor, fatally wounding President Kennedy and seriously injuring Governor Connally. Kennedy was pronounced dead 30 minutes later at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital. He was 46.Vice President Lyndon Johnson, who was three cars behind President Kennedy in the motorcade, was sworn in as the 36th president of the United States at 2:39 p.m. He took the presidential oath of office aboard Air Force One as it sat on the runway at Dallas Love Field airport. The swearing in was witnessed by some 30 people, including Jacqueline Kennedy, who was still wearing clothes stained with her husband’s blood. Seven minutes later, the presidential jet took off for Washington.The next day, November 23, President Johnson issued his first proclamation, declaring November 25 to be a day of national mourning for the slain president. On that Monday, hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets of Washington to watch a horse-drawn caisson bear Kennedy’s body from the Capitol Rotunda to St. Matthew’s Catholic Cathedral for a requiem Mass. The solemn procession then continued on to Arlington National Cemetery, where leaders of 99 nations gathered for the state funeral. Kennedy was buried with full military honors on a slope below Arlington House, where an eternal flame was lit by his widow to forever mark the grave.Lee Harvey Oswald, born in New Orleans in 1939, joined the U.S. Marines in 1956. He was discharged in 1959 and nine days later left for the Soviet Union, where he tried unsuccessfully to become a citizen. He worked in Minsk and married a Soviet woman and in 1962 was allowed to return to the United States with his wife and infant daughter. In early 1963, he bought a .38 revolver and rifle with a telescopic sight by mail order, and on April 10 in Dallas he allegedly shot at and missed former U.S. Army general Edwin Walker, a figure known for his extreme right-wing views. Later that month, Oswald went to New Orleans and founded a branch of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, a pro-Castro organization. In September 1963, he went to Mexico City, where investigators allege that he attempted to secure a visa to travel to Cuba or return to the USSR. In October, he returned to Dallas and took a job at the Texas School Book Depository Building.Less than an hour after Kennedy was shot, Oswald killed a policeman who questioned him on the street near his rooming house in Dallas. Thirty minutes later, Oswald was arrested in a movie theater by police responding to reports of a suspect. He was formally arraigned on November 23 for the murders of President Kennedy and Officer J.D. Tippit.Lee Harvey OswaldOn November 24, Oswald was brought to the basement of the Dallas police headquarters on his way to a more secure county jail. A crowd of police and press with live television cameras rolling gathered to witness his departure. As Oswald came into the room, Jack Ruby emerged from the crowd and fatally wounded him with a single shot from a concealed .38 revolver. Ruby, who was immediately detained, claimed that rage at Kennedy’s murder was the motive for his action. Some called him a hero, but he was nonetheless charged with first-degree murder.Jack Ruby, originally known as Jacob Rubenstein, operated strip joints and dance halls in Dallas and had minor connections to organized crime. He features prominently in Kennedy-assassination theories, and many believe he killed Oswald to keep him from revealing a larger conspiracy. In his trial, Ruby denied the allegation and pleaded innocent on the grounds that his great grief over Kennedy’s murder had caused him to suffer “psychomotor epilepsy” and shoot Oswald unconsciously. The jury found Ruby guilty of “murder with malice” and sentenced him to die.In October 1966, the Texas Court of Appeals reversed the decision on the grounds of improper admission of testimony and the fact that Ruby could not have received a fair trial in Dallas at the time. In January 1967, while awaiting a new trial, to be held in Wichita Falls, Ruby died of lung cancer in a Dallas hospital.The official Warren Commission report of 1964 concluded that neither Oswald nor Ruby were part of a larger conspiracy, either domestic or international, to assassinate President Kennedy. Despite its seemingly firm conclusions, the report failed to silence conspiracy theories surrounding the event, and in 1978 the House Select Committee on Assassinations concluded in a preliminary report that Kennedy was “probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy” that may have involved multiple shooters and organized crime. The committee’s findings, as with those of the Warren Commission, continue to be widely disputed. 6 COMMENTS LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Mama Mia Reply Reply Please enter your comment! Mama Mia I can’t imagine his poor wife, riding in the convertible car with her husband, having fun in the parade one minute, and then the next, the horrid shots, and seeing her husband die in front of her eyes, his blood splattered all over her.center_img Mama Mia November 22, 2016 at 7:19 am Please enter your name here Reply Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom November 22, 2016 at 6:35 am I also saw a photo on one of the slideshows of Bill and Hillary Clinton, pictures from the past, and one showed a very young Bill Clinton meeting in person then President John F. Kennedy. Bill Clinton was a teenager then, I would guess maybe 15, or 16 years old at the time, and in the photo they are surrounded by some American Legion members. I looked at that photo and said to myself wow, who would know the futures of both Bill Clinton and of President JFK, at that time the photo was made! Reply Mama Mia Mama Mia Mama Mia I read this article and I got tears in my eyes because even as the day, Nov. 22, 1963, is now so long ago, in the past, I remember the day so vividly, and where I was, which was in second grade elementary class, and how we, the class, reacted when told about President Kennedy’s assassination, and how we all started crying, and were led to the school auditorium and watched the live news on a small black and white tv upon a tall metal stand. Even to this day in time, I don’t think we will ever know the truth behind his murder, and who all was actually involved, conspiring against his life, or for what reason. The strange Kennedy and Lincoln connection, and the ironic twists of fate of the similar circumstances of their lives and deaths is very eerie also, and can’t be logically explained……. Reply Reply Kennedy, when assassinated, was only 46 years old. And just look at the age of Donald Trump…..70 years old! The oldest president-elect in US history of how many future presidents of the past??? Honestly, in the future, we need a younger person as president to lead our country! The job of US president has taken a toll on all of them who served in the past. Of course, this one plans on having the help of his entire family making decisions and getting in on the act. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Trump wants Ivanka to be the first woman president. He is setting her up for next go round. This is a bad joke people, a freaking nightmare.last_img read more

For God’s sake, do something!

first_img February 23, 2018 at 11:40 am OpinionBy Rabbi Rick Sherwin You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here February 20, 2018 at 8:50 am Kudos to you Richard! You are absolutely right on all points. Our country is already in deep enough trouble without making it easy for those that would make us weaker. I am in my eighties, owned guns all my life, and I have never once heard a gun whimpering in my closet, “I want to go out and shoot someone!” The only person that need fear getting shot by me is that nutcase determined to do me or mine harm. The scriptures tell us that the man that does not care for his family is worse than an infidel, and part of that is defending the helpless. In my long life I have never met anyone that I wanted to see dead. Several years ago I was awarded the good citizenship award by the Orlando Police dept. for coming to the rescue of an Orlando police officer in a struggle with a violent suspect. I am not a violent man but sometimes violence must be met by violence in order to protect the innocent. When the above mentioned incident occurred there were about twenty good citizens standing by and rubbernecking, not one of them made a move to assist the officer. Chaz UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Dear Rabbi Rick, The Stanford Law and Policy Review states that prior to 1989 the term assault weapon did not exist in te lexicon of firearms. It further states that the term is political, developed by anti-gun publicists to expand the catagory of assault rifles.An assault rifle is a fully automatic rifle, think machine gun, almost exclusively military issue. These are already highly restricted and civilian sales have been banned for many years. I repeat, assault rifles are ALREADY BANNED!A semi automatic fires one round each time the trigger is pulled. This means that an semi automatic rifle, the shotgun a duck hunter uses, indeed the pistols your friends may own and/or carry all function in exactly the same manner!Things like bump stocks and conversion kits should be banned because I do not believe there is a rational excuse for them. A large part of the hysteria belongs to the manufacturer of certain rifles who seem to go out of the way to make their rifles resemble military weapons and the average person does not know the difference. These look alikes can only appeal to wannabes and other make believe soldiers.By itself, these guns never killed anyone, they all required someone to operate it. By itself it would just stay in the corner or wherever. So every time there is an act of horror, people confuse the symptom with the disease. Should we ban cars because some people drink and drive causing death and injury? Should knives and forks be banned because obesity is a major health problem costing millions of dollars? Why not treat the person responsible? In almost every shooting the person is described as seeking help, exhibiting anti-social behaviors or expressing a desire to do harm to others. These indicators ate all ignored until something boils over and an atrocity is committed. We need to treat the root cause and not thr symptom! Where would we be if guns are banned and the sick individual learns to make a bomb or drive a truck into a crowd? How will their bodyguards protect the anti-gun politician without a gun? I agree that it is a madness in our culture, I just want to solve it,not cover it up! Mama Mia charles towne Reply TAGSRabbi Rick Sherwin Previous articleLooking Both Ways: Operation Best Foot ForwardNext article10 ways schools, parents and communities can prevent school shootings now Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom 4 COMMENTS February 17, 2018 at 9:11 pm Sad but true, only way we can stop this madness is by turning back to God and returning him to the schools and our homes, in our everyday life.center_img Rabbi Rick Sherwin, a graduate of UCLA, was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Rabbi Rick’s passion is filling spiritual services and interfaith educational programs with creativity, relevance, dialogue, and humor. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Reply Please enter your comment! James1958 There is nothing one can do to prevent what is happening in this world. It is the Y2K that people feared kicking in. Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply I have a number of friends who own and/or carry guns. Even as we respectfully debate the relationship between guns and violence, we all agree that semi-automatic and assault weapons must be regulated, if not eliminated from the public domain.With spiritual hugs of condolence to the families of 17 High School students in Parkland, Florida, we stand by them with the commitment to care, not to simply return to our lives after we offer thoughts and prayers… I was very moved by the words of Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism:“I can imagine the Holy One sobbing along with us, distraught over the senseless bloodshed we’ve collectively allowed to happen. Human care for one another, [reflecting the Compassionate Image of God,] is what is desperately needed right now. What’s also needed is action. While every person of conscience must be shocked and outraged by the frequency of these horrific mass shootings, no person of intelligence can be surprised.”After the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, NV, the deadliest in modern American history, Daryl Messinger wrote:“Each time, the country goes back to business as usual. As the body count grows, with new scenes of senseless slaughter, nothing changes. Thoughts, prayer, and words are appropriate – but they’re not sufficient.”…Our task remains: to challenge America’s conscience and to heed the biblical injunction that we must not stand idly by the blood of our neighbor. February 23, 2018 at 10:03 am Reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Reply Richardlast_img read more

Planned Giving: A Guide to Fundraising and Philanthropy (Wiley Nonprofit Law, Finance and Management Series)

first_img Howard Lake | 30 January 2009 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Planned Giving: A Guide to Fundraising and Philanthropy (Wiley Nonprofit Law, Finance and Management Series) Tagged with: legaciescenter_img  25 total views,  1 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 Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

El Apagón en PR, para privatizar la energía

first_imgEl pasado viernes 30 de septiembre, se reunió por primera vez la dictatorial Junta de Control Fiscal creada bajo la Ley PROMESA que pretende regir el destino de Puerto Rico. Este primer encuentro no fue en San Juan de PR, sino en la ciudad de Nueva York. Un claro mensaje de dónde está el poder económico y político que se impondrá aún más en ese país caribeño.En menos de media hora sus 7 integrantes – no electos por el pueblo – aprobaron el plan de acción que inmediatamente anunciaron: el gobernador de la isla, tanto el actual como quien salga electa/o en las próximas elecciones de noviembre, tendrán solo un papel secretarial, rindiéndole informes financieros a la Junta semanalmente, mensualmente, trimestralmente y anualmente.La Junta tomará el control del gobierno central y de 20 corporaciones públicas importantes como la Autoridad de Acueductos y Alcantarillados  y la Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica; la prestigiosa UPR, la emisora tele radial del estado, los fondos de retiro de maestros y judicatura y otras agencias que aún siguen solventes pese a la profunda crisis económica.Recordemos que el propósito de tal Junta es la de pagar a los bonistas de Wall Street, no la de ayudar a la economía boricua.Mientras se reunían, se manifestaron tanto en NY como en PR, las fuerzas que rechazan dicha imposición. En PR, cinco manifestantes fueron violentamente arrestadas/os; indicando así el aumento en la represión que se espera contra el movimiento social y político.Las consecuencias, reacciones y respuestas a esta dictadura se analizarán en posteriores artículos.Ese día, como preámbulo – ó guerra anunciada – de las consecuencias que los procesos de austeridad que la JCF impondrá, se hizo patente en PR en forma de un apagón general. La AEE ha estado dirigida por un proceso similar a la JCF que ha impuesto sendas medidas de austeridad. Por eso, este apagón ilustra vívidamente las consecuencias adversas al pueblo que los planes de austeridad, bajo el engaño de “restructuración”, la Junta irá imponiendo.Ese 21 de sept., Puerto Rico se vio envuelto en el apagón más serio de la historia reciente. Por dos días, el pueblo tuvo que soportar el calor excesivo propio de la temporada, aumentado aún más por la falta de agua al fallar las pompas; una excesiva congestión vehicular por la falta de luz en los semáforos – aquí hay que mencionar que PR carece de un verdadero sistema de transporte público, lo que hace que el transporte se haga con vehículos privados. Hubo incluso hasta muertes accidentales y todo lo consecuente con la falta de electricidad, como alimentos dañados, pérdida de ingreso de pequeños productores, etc.Gracias a las y los trabajadores de la UTIER (Unión de Trabajadores de la Industria Eléctrica y Riego) quienes laboraron incansablemente por más de un día, se pudo controlar la situación dentro de los márgenes de insuficiencia de la AEE.WW-MO conversó con el compañero Ángel Rafael Figueroa Jaramillo, presidente de UTIER) con quien sobre el reciente apagón general ocurrido el pasado 21 de septiembre.WW-MO: ¿Cuál fue la causa del apagón?ARFJ: “Para que las/os lectores puedan comprender, esta crisis que se creó con el apagón en nada tuvo que ver de forma directa con la generación [eléctrica] del país. Tuvo que ver de forma directa con políticas de austeridad y de economía dentro de la generación del país, que son dos cosas distintas.“No hay duda alguna que hubo una avería en el patio de interruptores de la Central Aguirre. Pero la CA como planta generadora no sufrió avería. La salida, las líneas de transmisión – los 230.000 voltios que salen – tuvo una avería a consecuencia de un interruptor que no trabajó por falta de mantenimiento.“Ahora bien, si hubiera habido una reserva disponible en línea, que siempre había sido igual o un poco mayor a la planta más grande que se encuentra en línea – en este caso de 500 MW (megavatios)– esa reserva en línea hubiera absorbido el consumo que había ante la salida de esa máquina. El propio director ejecutivo de la AEE Javier Quintana, aceptó el 25 de julio que como parte de las medidas de austeridad redujo las reservas, de 550 MW a 300 MW. Eso conllevó que las demás plantas que no tenían la capacidad para absorber la demanda de consumo en ese momento, activaran un mecanismo de autoprotección que las apaga para protegerlas. Incluyendo las plantas privadas” [dos existentes en el sur de la Isla].WW-MO: ¿Cuál es la visión de la gerencia y el gobierno respecto a la AEE?ARFJ: “No hay duda alguna que como política de privatización que se está tratando de implementar a nivel mundial y en PR , una de las formas de que el pueblo pueda legitimar esta política está establecida en tres principios:Deterioro del servicio,encarecimiento del servicio, yuna campaña en contra la empresa del estado AEE para que el país se vuelva en contra de la empresa  para así sacar como una vara mágica que la solución es poner en manos privadas la empresa. Y más, un servicio tan esencial como es el servicio eléctrico.”“Desde más de 15 años, la UTIER venimos señalando ese camino denunciándole al país que nos están inhabilitando en el trabajo a nosotros, los hombres y mujeres que laboramos para el país. No nos vendan los equipos, se abandona el mantenimiento preventivo, deterioro sistemático del mantenimiento. Y a su vez, se encareció el servicio de una forma inescrupulosa y no hubo una explicación coherente del estado para tratar de que el país pudiera entender.“Todo lo contrario, lo que hacía era unirse a una campaña de demonización hacia la empresa diciendo que la empresa tenía el país secuestrado, que éramos víctimas de la AEE; y el país comenzaba a tomar una actitud negativa contra su propia empresa. La empresa del pueblo de PR.“Como parte de ese proceso sistemático de abandono del mantenimiento, comienzan a indicar que la AEE la endeudaron a una magnitud que es casi imposible cumplir con los acreedores. En ese proceso contratan a la compañía privada AlixPartners, encabezada en PR por la Sra. Lisa Donahue, y comienza alegadamente un proceso de reestructuración de la deuda pero también a su vez, un proceso de restructuración de las operaciones de la empresa.“Desde el punto de vista del sector privado haciendo la empresa más eficiente, que no es otra cosa que reducir gastos que inciden directamente en el servicio y la calidad de servicios al pueblo.“En esa dirección se comienza a abandonar con más rapidez cosas obvias. Nuestro sistema eléctrico no se reparaba, al extremo que comienza un problema en un momento de generación, pero en otro que es más complicado, que es de transmisión y distribución.“En ambos problemas se recurría a dejar sin servicio al pueblo con apagones selectivos en sectores, comunidades, o en municipios. ….“Se iba creando un ambiente hostil hacia la empresa por la calidad del servicio que se brinda.“A eso se suma que el gobierno de PR aprobó en 2014 la Ley 66 en contra de los trabajadores y esto conllevó una salida abrupta de miles de trabajadoras/es [del servicio público]. En el caso nuestro, de más de 1200 que fluctuaban entre 25 y 30 años de servicio, que era la experiencia desarrollada y acumulada de una empresa tan técnica.WW-MO: ¿Cuál es la propuesta de la UTIER? ARFJ:  “Primero hay que educar al país. Hay quienes ya están orientando sobre el impacto de la Ley PROMESA y la JCF; nosotros lo hacemos en el tema energético. Debe ser algo más estratégico, más exitoso.“En estos 3-4 días, hemos cambiado el discurso de que la privatización es mala porque cuesta más; no, lo que haremos es comparar los dos modelos, el privado y el público.“¿Tenemos el dinero? No. Para sacar la discusión de que si hay o no dinero.“Evaluemos el modelo Privado. ¿Tiene $4.000 millones para invertir? Sí. ¿Qué nos va a costar esto? Va a cobrar intereses por esa inversión. Y eso sale de la factura del pueblo. Va a generar ganancias (de lo que le cobra al pueblo).“Evaluemos el modelo Público. ¿Tenemos el dinero? No. ¿Lo podemos conseguir? Sí.  ¿Por qué mecanismo? Podemos autofinanciarnos.“Ambos modelos van a costar dinero al país porque hay que invertir. Pero en el modelo público se puede hacer una “derrama”; una aportación especial por 3 o 4 años para crear un fondo para poder construir no solo algunas unidades nuevas, sino también reconstruir todo el sistema de transmisión.“¿Esa derrama va a pagar intereses? No. ¿Va a generar ganancias? No.“¿Pues entonces, pueblo de PR, ¿cuál de las dos te cuesta menos?“Eso ha llevado a que el país se haya interesado por el tema. En los lugares que lo hemos explicado con tiempo, la gente inmediatamente se decide por el modelo público.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Pressure on German journalists continues in wake of article making fun of Polish president

first_imgReporters Without Borders denounced today as “disgraceful” the Polish government’s “over-reaction” in demanding that Germany apologise for a German newspaper article making fun of Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his brother. The outspoken German daily Tageszeitung ran an article on 25 June by reporter Peter Kohler headed “The New Polish Yokels,” saying the president was against gays and making fun of his twin brother Jaroslaw (who heads the ruling Law and Justice Party) because he still lived with his mother. President Kaczynski today called the article “vile” and “disgusting.”The worldwide press freedom organisation said the demand was “unworthy of a European head of state who supposedly respects freedom of the press.” It asked why a European Union member-state was threatening journalists with imprisonment for criticising politicians and said “outdated” Polish laws providing jail sentences for press offences were against European standards and needed to be “urgently amended.”Furious Polish officials compared the newspaper to the pro-Nazi German press and called on 4 July for the German government to condemn the article. Polish prime minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz said it was “hard to imagine that someone in Poland would write such things about other heads of state” and said a reaction was “necessary.” The Polish foreign ministry said it would no longer talk to the paper’s correspondent in Warsaw, Gabrielle Lesser, and said the German media must comply with Polish media standards, which meant not making fun of heads of state.Article 135 of Poland’s criminal code provides up to three years in jail for insulting the president and article 136.3 requires the same for insulting foreign heads of state or diplomats. Article 226.3 punishes with a fine or up to two years in prison insulting an institution established under the national constitution. June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders expressed alarm today at the Polish government’s campaign against the German daily Die Tageszeitung and its reporter Peter Kohler, who wrote an article last month poking fun at President Lech Kaczynski and Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who are identical twin brothers.The worldwide press freedom organisation criticised on 7 July the president’s attack on what he called a “vile” article and voiced concern at his government’s threat to prosecute the journalist.. The Warsaw regional prosecutor’s office announced on 19 July that the paper and Kohler were being investigated under article 135 of the criminal code, which provides for up to three years in prison for insulting the president.Threats have been made to Die Tageszeitung’s correspondent in Warsaw, Gabrielle Lesser, by anonymous callers to her mobile phone who also shouted “Heil Hitler!” The Polish foreign ministry has told her it would no longer speak to any of the paper’s reporters. Another German reporter, Doris Heimann, Warsaw correspondent of Rheinische Post, has received provocative e-mail messages about her being Jewish. A list of 16 German correspondents in Poland was printed on 13 July in the Polish catholic daily Nasz Dziennik, which invited readers to “remember these names” and regretted that the German journalists had not been punished for saying what they thought. With firing of four editors, “repolonisation” under way in Poland PolandEurope – Central Asia News Organisation ———7 July 2006Government’s attack on German media deplored News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Follow the news on Poland Receive email alerts July 25, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Pressure on German journalists continues in wake of article making fun of Polish president to go further PolandEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders is alarmed at the government’s legal action against a German newspaper that poked fun at the Polish president and his twin brother, the prime minister. Several German reporters in Warsaw have received anonymous threats. Poland’s new social media law puts freedom of expression at risk, RSF warns January 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News May 10, 2021 Find out more Newslast_img read more

Pasadena Police to Stage DUI Checkpoint Friday Night

first_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Top of the News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week The Pasadena Police Department’s Traffic Section will be conducting a DUI Checkpoint on Friday, January 25, 2013 at an undisclosed location, within the city limits between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent, when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted frequently.Officers will be contacting drivers who pass through the checkpoint, for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving. Drivers who are caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.In 2010, over 10,000 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle traffic collisions that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher. In California, this deadly crime led to 791 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver. “Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 3 lives and resulted in 58 injury crashes, harming 82 of our friends and neighbors,” said Pasadena Police Chief Phillip L. Sanchez.According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any other DUI enforcement strategy. Based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.“DUI Checkpoints have been an essential part of the phenomenal reduction in DUI deaths that we have witnessed since 2006 in California,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the Office of Traffic Safety. “But since the tragedy of DUI accounts for nearly one third of traffic fatalities, Pasadena needs the high visibility enforcement and public awareness that checkpoints provide.”Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Pasadena Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA reminds everyone to continue working together in bringing an end to these tragedies by calling 9-1-1 to report drunk drivers. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy latest #1 Pasadena Police to Stage DUI Checkpoint Friday Night Published on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 | 5:33 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 10 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it center_img Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Herbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTiger Woods Is ‘Different Man’ 10 Years After ScandalHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff Business News Community News Subscribe Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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