Five arrests in Swedish tennis match-fixing investigation

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The National Operations Department (NOA) carried out the arrests today (April 14) following an ongoing investigation by its anti-corruption group. The NOA also searched several homes. “We can see that all sports risk being affected by match-fixing, and we work intensively against this through, among other things, preventive efforts and collaboration at several different levels to access the problem,” says Stefan Erkensjö of NOA’s anti-corruption group. The alleged match-fixing is said to involve substantial sums of money, though the amount was not revealed. Legal & compliance Five arrests in Swedish tennis match-fixing investigation The ITIA handed Slovakian player Barbora Palcatova a three-year ban in early April after she was found guilty of match-fixing. She was the tenth player the ITIA banned this year. The arrests follow a recent crackdown by the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA), which handles integrity issues in the sport, against betting and match-fixing offenses. The alerts that lead to ITIA investigations are typically provided by the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA). The Swedish Police have arrested of five people in Stockholm in connection to a tennis match-fixing investigation. Tags: International Tennis Integrity Agency Earlier this week, the ITIA handed a lifetime ban to Argentine player Franco Feitt after he admitted to nine counts of match-fixing. Regions: Europe Sweden 14th April 2021 | By Marese O’Hagan The Swedish Police Authority previously condemned match-fixing as a “significant threat” to sport. Topics: Legal & compliance Social responsibility Legal Sports integrity AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Addresslast_img read more

Ireland Blyth Limited (IBL.mu) HY2019 Presentation

first_imgIreland Blyth Limited (IBL.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Financial sector has released it’s 2019 presentation results for the half year.For more information about Ireland Blyth Limited (IBL.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Ireland Blyth Limited (IBL.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Ireland Blyth Limited (IBL.mu)  2019 presentation results for the half year.Company ProfileIreland Blyth Limited is a company based in Mauritius and operates as a subsidiary of Compagnie d’Investissement et de Développement Limitée, since its acquisition in 2016. The company has running activities in the sectors of commerce, engineering, financial services, logistics, aviation, shipping, retail, and seafood and marine where services in the distribution and marketing of products such as frozen foods, pharmaceuticals and wellness products, and medical equipment, as well as offers warehousing and logistics support services are provided. Ireland Blyth Limited also supplies industrial chemicals and equipment, as well as engages in crop protection, agriculture, and irrigation systems, the sale of construction and material handling equipment. The company also provides solutions for electrical installations, refrigeration equipment, power management systems, construction tools, abrasives, and building materials, as well as provides mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fit out solutions. Ireland Blyth Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Avoiding Saga shares was the right move. Here’s what I’d do now

first_imgAvoiding Saga shares was the right move. Here’s what I’d do now Markets around the world are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic…And with so many great companies trading at what look to be ‘discount-bin’ prices, now could be the time for savvy investors to snap up some potential bargains.But whether you’re a newbie investor or a seasoned pro, deciding which stocks to add to your shopping list can be daunting prospect during such unprecedented times.Fortunately, The Motley Fool is here to help: our UK Chief Investment Officer and his analyst team have short-listed five companies that they believe STILL boast significant long-term growth prospects despite the global lock-down…You see, here at The Motley Fool we don’t believe “over-trading” is the right path to financial freedom in retirement; instead, we advocate buying and holding (for AT LEAST three to five years) 15 or more quality companies, with shareholder-focused management teams at the helm.That’s why we’re sharing the names of all five of these companies in a special investing report that you can download today for FREE. If you’re 50 or over, we believe these stocks could be a great fit for any well-diversified portfolio, and that you can consider building a position in all five right away. Image source: Getty Images Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Why take a big risk investing here, when there are plenty of great UK companies you could invest in? The last time I covered Saga (LSE: SAGA) shares, on 22 July, I said I thought the best move for investors was to avoid them. The company’s debt levels concerned me and with the travel side of the business decimated, I concluded that the shares were too risky to buy.In hindsight, that call was bang on. When I penned that article, Saga’s share price was 17p. Today, it stands at just 10.5p. Hopefully, my article saved a few investors from losing money.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…Given that Saga’s share price is now near all-time lows, I’m going to take another look at the investment case. Is the stock worth buying for a recovery, or do I think should you continue to avoid it?Why has Saga’s share price tanked?There are a few reasons Saga’s share price has fallen recently. One is that interim results were terrible. For the six months ended 31 July, the company posted a loss before tax of £55.5m. By contrast, in H1 2019, the group posted a profit before tax of £52.6m. Operating cash flow this time was -£23.2m, compared to £24.9m the year before. Meanwhile, adjusted net debt came in at £410.7m, up from £397.9m at 31 July 2019, resulting in a net debt-to-EBITDA ratio of 3.6.Another reason Saga shares have fallen is that the company has raised money to bolster its financial position. Recently, it announced that it raised approximately £150m by issuing 972m shares. This will have diluted existing investors’ holdings. It’s worth pointing out that a large number of shares were bought by former CEO Sir Roger De Haan who is the son of the founder. As a result, De Haan – who has been appointed as Non-Executive Chairman – now owns about 26% of the company.Turnaround planLooking ahead, Saga has plans to turn things around. According to the company, its new, strengthened management team has developed a “compelling turnaround strategy.” Saga says it has plans to create a “refreshed, contemporary and confident brand position” and to invest in data and digital to improve the customer experience. It says it is confident that this strategy will see the business return, in time, to sustainable growth and that it will restore significant value for shareholders.This all sounds great, but let’s face it, the group is going to have its work cut out to turn things around.For a start, the cruise side of the business faces enormous challenges due to Covid-19. Recently, Saga advised that most countries around the world are not accepting cruise ships and it does not see this changing for the remainder of this year. As a result, it has extended the suspension of its cruising operations until early next year.Secondly, the group has to deal with its massive debt pile. Its aim is to get this down to a more manageable level. However, progress here is likely to depend on the pace of recovery from Covid-19. It’s worth noting that the group says that as a result of the debt, it is not expecting to pay dividends in the next few years.My view on Saga sharesSaga may be able to recover from the current situation. However, a recovery is not guaranteed. A lot will depend on Covid-19.Weighing everything up, I think the best move is to continue avoiding Saga shares. Edward Sheldon, CFA | Monday, 12th October, 2020 | More on: SAGA Edward Sheldon has no position in any shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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Lions 2017: Highlanders 23-22 British & Irish Lions

first_img Marty Banks slotted a 74th-minute penalty to give the Highlanders a narrow win over the British & Irish Lions at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.Elliot Daly did have the opportunity to put the Lions back in front in the closing minutes but fell short with his long-range penalty attempt from seven metres inside his own half. Then Jonathan Joseph spilled the ball as the Lions launched one last attack from a lineout just outside the Highlanders’ 22.The Lions outscored the Highlanders three tries to two, but errors at critical times again proved the difference – dropped balls, scrum penalties, mistimed tackles and the like. The tourists’ intensity didn’t match that of the performance against the Crusaders just a few days ago and the lack of impact from the back three will no doubt be a concern for the coaches, as will the fact the continual improvement we saw in the first three games appears to have stalled.The Lions have now lost both their midweek matches, which means their game against the Maori All Blacks on Saturday takes on even more significance. We take a look and who and what stood out…Which Lions caught the eye?Dan Biggar – The Wales fly-half impressed on both sides of the ball, kicking well, setting up Jonathan Joseph’s first try with a well-timed pass and holding out Waisake Naholo as he pushed for the line in the second half. He admitted he was the third-choice No 10 before this game but is doing his upmost to challenge Owen Farrell and Johnny Sexton for a spot in the Test 23. The only concern is that he looked in discomfort as he went off.Pass master: Dan Biggar looks for a wide pass against the Highlanders. Photo: Getty ImagesRhys Webb – Like his half-back partner, he limped off – but before then he was a real thorn in the Highlanders’ side. No doubt spurred on by Conor Murray’s performance at the weekend, he was keen to prove his worth. There was a brilliant dummy and surge in the first half that released Jack Nowell before the move broke down, and he again confused the Highlanders defence a few minutes later in their 22. He added pace and was looking for space around the breakdown, but it has to be said his box-kicks didn’t match those of Murray against the Crusaders.Iain Henderson – Courtney Lawes started the game at a similar standard to that which he played last week but when he departed early after appearing to be knocked out trying to stop Waisake Naholo score, Henderson came to the fore. A willing carrier who made two runs in the build-up to Sam Warburton’s try, he was also at the forefront of the Lions’ effective counter-ruck and made some important tackles. Special mention also for Kyle Sinckler for a burst reminiscent of that which he made against Italy in the Six Nations.What’s hotTries – The Lions were criticised before this game for scoring only two tries in three games. In Dunedin they managed three in one, Jonathan Joseph, Tommy Seymour and Sam Warburton all crossing. The last was the best, coming at the end of a long series of phases in the Highlanders’ 22 after the Lions had pressurised the hosts from a restart. They worked the ball left and right from the scrum and Warburton went over under the posts after picking up the ball from an Iain Henderson burst. The tourists also scrambled well to prevent the Highlanders scoring more tries, although the space the hosts found at times will be a concern for Andy Farrell & Co.Captain’s try: Sam Warburton scores under the posts. Photo: Getty ImagesWide boys – The Highlanders looked to get the ball into the wide channels quickly with long passes and also used grubber kicks towards the touchlines to find space to the edges or behind the Lions defensive line. With both tactics they were able to find that desired space and create holes through which to break, wingers Tevita Li and Waisake Naholo using their power and pace to put the Lions on edge. Naholo was a threat from the off, when he skinned Tommy Seymour on the touchline, so it was little surprise he went over for the first try, spinning through Lions’ tacklers to touch down near the posts.Tour awareness – Wherever the Lions have gone on this trip to New Zealand so far people have been aware of their presence – but in Dunedin that awareness went up another level. Highlanders shirts, hats and scarves adorn people across the city, cafes proclaim ‘Come on ‘Landers’ and pubs encourage Lions fans to enter. The number of travelling supporters has steadily increased too; it’s not a ‘sea of red’ yet but they are easy to spot around town in their branded jackets – or grabbing selfies with their favourite players. It’s brilliant to see this tour engage people both in the stadiums and the cities as a whole.FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HEREWhat’s not Lions: Jared Payne (Elliot Daly 63); Jack Nowell, Jonathan Joseph, Robbie Henshaw, Tommy Seymour; Dan Biggar (Owen Farrell 68), Rhys Webb (Greig Laidlaw 48); Joe Marler (Jack McGrath 55), Rory Best (Ken Owens 25-29, 49), Kyle Sinckler (Dan Cole 49), Courtney Lawes (Alun Wyn Jones 27), Iain Henderson, James Haskell, Sam Warburton (capt, Justin Tipuric 67), CJ Stander.Tries: Joseph, Seymour, Warburton. Cons: Biggar 2. Pen: Biggar. What’s hot and what’s not from the Highlanders v British & Irish Lions game High point: Highlanders celebrate their win over the Lions. Photo: Getty Images Discipline – Another midweek game, another penalty count Warren Gatland will be unhappy with. CJ Stander conceded two in just a few minutes for holding on and that made up half the penalty count in the first half (the Ireland No 8 didn’t make his usual impact with ball in hand, playing three games in a week not helping his cause). There were a few more avoidable penalties in the second half and they will most irk the coaching team.Big blow: Stuart Hogg’s facial fracture means his tour is over. Photo: Getty ImagesFirst casualty – We all know there are going to be injuries on Lions tours and the wait for the first of the 2017 edition has been longer than usual. Stuart Hogg is the first player to be heading home, a facial fracture suffered when his cheek met Conor Murray’s elbow in the first half against the Crusaders ending his second tour. It’s a huge shame for the Scotland full-back who had been in such fine form this season but there are a myriad of players who have experience of playing at 15 in this Lions squad, hence why no one has been called up as a replacement. Best wishes to Hogg in his recovery.The weather – Okay, it didn’t affect the game given that the stadium is covered – and what a great stadium it is – but match day in Dunedin lived up to that saying ‘four seasons in one day’. Heavy rainfall in the morning, blue skies at lunchtime, more heavy rain in the afternoon and even a spot of snow on the other side of the peninsula, and then blue skies again. So a tip should you ever travel to Dunedin: be prepared for any weather.Get in! Waisake Naholo celebrates his try. Photo: Getty ImagesStatistics20 – Carries made by CJ Stander, eight more than any other player.12 – Penalties conceded by the Lions compared to seven by the Highlanders.18 – Tackles made by Luke Whitelock, more than any other player.106 – Metres made by Tevita Li, the most of any player. Waisake Naholo made 60 and Tommy Seymour 57.Highlanders: Richard Buckman; Waisake Naholo, Malakai Fekitoa (Marty Banks 12-17), Teihorangi Walden, Tevita Li (Patrick Osborne 68); Lima Sopoaga (Banks 55), Kayne Hammington (Josh Renton 75); Daniel Lienert-Brown (Aki Seiuli 60), Liam Coltman (Greg Pleasants-Tate 68), Siate Tokolahi (Siosiua Halanukonuka 68), Alex Ainley (Josh Dickson 55), Jackson Hemopo, Gareth Evans, Dillon Hunt (James Lentjes 60), Luke Whitelock (capt).Tries: Naholo, Coltman. Cons: Sopoaga, Banks. Pens: Sopoaga 2, Banks. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Highlight last_img read more

Velazquez defines her role on City Council as building unity, and…

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear Decision Apopka 2018Apopka City Commission Candidate Feature: Seat #2 Commissioner Diane VelazquezCommissioner Diane Velazquez has a heart for Apopka. She has been a consistent voice for unity in the city as well as on the City Council. If there is an event in Apopka, she is most likely in attendance.In 2014, Velazquez burst onto the Apopka political scene with a surprising victory over 18-year incumbent Marilyn Ustler-McQueen with 55% of the vote. Her margin of victory was the largest in that election cycle – outperforming both Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer and Commissioner Sam Ruth, who were both eventual winners in runoffs.Apopka City Commissioner Diane VelazquezAnd after becoming a commissioner, she immediately began to define its role.“It’s more than just reviewing and deciding on new city projects, proposals, city charter changes, and any other issues the city and its residents may face in the ever-changing future of our city.  Additionally, the role of a city commissioner is to make decisions on facts and taking into consideration the needs of the community at large. When I say, “More than just decision making,” It’s my opinion that commissioners need to be in contact with the community at all times.  A commissioner needs to attend community meetings, attend organizational meetings and gatherings, attend school functions and church services.  I have been invited to many church services in our community and I have attended almost all the services that I was invited to.  Staying in touch with the residents, business people and others that visit and are in contact with our city is a very important part of being a city commissioner.”Velazquez is challenged by Leroy Bell, Alicia Koutsoulieris, and Alice Nolan for her re-election to the Apopka City Commission Seat #2, and in this race, she is drawing on her experiences both as an Apopka resident and in her previous career.Velazquez is a retired New York City Police detective who achieved the rank of Detective 2nd Grade, serving as a medical insurance fraud investigator for the agency. During her career, she attended and successfully completed several investigative courses within the agency. She also attended weekend college courses at Nassau Community College, in Long Island.She has been actively involved in the community since moving to Apopka in April of 2005. She is married to Ed Velazquez, who is also a retired law enforcement officer and a Vietnam veteran. One of Velazquez’s two sons, Samuel, is a police officer and also served overseas with the U.S. Army in Iraq and Afghanistan. Velazquez has also served as a volunteer in school and sporting events for her two young grandchildren.She is proud of her role on the City Council and her public service to the community, but perhaps her most cherished moment was her effort to obtain an artifact of one of the original Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, which was in assistance for Apopka Boy Scout Christian Lamphere’s Eagle Scout project. In just a few months, she was awarded one of the last remaining artifacts. Her husband Ed drove to New York City to bring it to Apopka, where it was unveiled to the public as part of Lamphere’s 9/11 Memorial at City Hall on September 11, 2016.Commissioner Diane Velazquez: “It’s more than just reviewing and deciding on new city projects, proposals, city charter changes, and any other issues the city and its residents may face in the ever-changing future of our city. Staying in touch with the residents, business people and others that visit and are in contact with our city is a very important part of being a city commissioner.”“It changed my life and it changed my husband’s life,” said Velazquez, referring to 9/11. “We can never forget the events that happened that day. This project has brought our community together for a very special remembrance of September 11th and galvanized a patriotic spirit in everyone involved. To see how bright our future is, you just need to see how this community came together to make a boy scout’s dream come true. When confronted with obstacles, he found a way around them. He challenged all of us. He challenged me. His persistence has given us strength. And we have to remain a united community.”She was also excited to play a role in bringing Apopka Fire Station #5 online in 2018. “For me, this is such a crowning glory,” she said at its grand opening. “I have been involved with the fire department from the very beginning. And to see it come to fruition… to actually see it become a reality is very emotional for me. I absolutely love our first responders. As a retired and former first responder, I understand what it is to serve and so to get this fire station finished is a blessing. I thank each and every one of you who served here.”Velazquez is also an advocate for the economic development in Apopka.“As I have stated many times before, Apopka is a growing community. Its location makes it a favorable and attractive place for families that want to settle here. Not only are they setting roots in Apopka, but businesses are following the growth trend. This trend will affect Apopka and Central Florida as a whole for many years to come.”No matter the outcome, Velazquez will continue to be in service to the community, and a champion of unity in Apopka. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. TAGSCommissioner Diane VelazquezDecision Apopka 2018 Previous article423 votes cast as polls open on Apopka Election DayNext articleWill Seat #1 be the swing vote in the budget debates? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Please enter your name herelast_img read more

Jamie Cudmore yellow carded and cited for strike on Jerome Fillol

first_imgTuesday Nov 8, 2011 Jamie Cudmore yellow carded and cited for strike on Jerome Fillol Clermont lock Jamie Cudmore has been cited for an incident that occured a few days back during the Top 14 side’s meeting with Stade Francais in Paris. Cudmore was yellow carded at the time, but has since been summoned to face a disciplinary hearing.  The burly Canadian lock – now sporting an impressive Movember moustache for charity – is no stranger to trouble, and it looks as though this time his reputation has led to another citing.He lashed out at replacement Jerome Fillol after it appeared that Fillol had done a similar thing to a Clermont player. The difference here is that Cudmore, being a much bigger man, took care of business the way only he knows how, decking Fillol.Having chatted with him earlier this evening, he told me that he felt the yellow card was pretty fair, but was quite surprised by a citing on top of that. It looked like it was an open fist, but the reputation he carries means he’ll usually get heavily dealt with for things like this. You also cannot go around smacking people in the face and expect to get away with it, even if it is in retaliation.“Any forward, any second-row worth his salt has to do certain things that maybe run afoul of the law for sure. You’re out there to dominate the opposition and if sometimes you go a bit overboard, well I’m not going to say sorry,” he said in an interview recently.“I play my game fair, but I play it hard. I have had problems with discipline and cards in the past but I never look back on those things and think ‘Oh Jeez, I shouldn’t have done that.’ Well it’s too late, it’s done. I’m looking forward and I just want to do my best for the team who I’m playing for.”This incident was actually fairly similar to the Paul Williams red card against South Africa in the World Cup, where Williams was given his marching orders after lashing out at Heinrich Brussow with an open fist. In that case and this one, both players made a bit of a meal of it on the floor.Jamie visits RD from time to time, so please keep your comments below respectful. Thanks.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHere’s What That Tiny Hole Next to Your Iphone Camera Actually DoesNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyShe Was the Most Beautiful Girl in the World. What She Looks Like Now is InsaneNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Staten Island, N.Y., protest demands ’Justice for Eric Garner!’

first_imgMore than 100 people gathered July 26 to protest the brutal killing-on-video of Eric Garner in Staten Island, N.Y. They met at the site of Garner’s death from a cop’s chokehold to demand justice and “stop killer cops!” Outrage over Garner’s killing has been expressed around the U.S. At the protest were representatives from Rebel Diaz, Peoples Organization for Progress, the December 12th Movement, Workers World Party, Peoples Power Assembly Movement, NAACP and other groups. A march is planned for Saturday, Aug. 2, from Bay Street to the police station. Pictured here is Larry Hamm of POP.— Anne Pruden and Johnnie StevensFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img

Anti-Russia campaign diverts fight against Trump

first_imgThe U.S. Government calls the alleged cyber activity GRIZZLY STEPPE.Demonstrating the U.S. intent to continue punitive sanctions against Russia, the lame-duck Barack Obama administration took further measures. Obama declared new sanctions on Dec. 30, including expelling 35 people working with Russia’s diplomatic corps as “spies.”Obama claimed this anti-Russian assault was in response to Russia’s alleged hacking of U.S.-based computer servers and interference in the U.S. elections.These attacks on Russia are intermingled with the Democratic Party leadership’s attempt to undermine the incoming administration in all areas, especially attacking its public positions conciliatory to Russia.By focusing on Trump’s friendlier approach to Russia, the Obama-Hillary Clinton grouping can collaborate with Republican reactionaries like Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham. It can avoid confronting the racism, sexism and xenophobia of the new President-elect. To attack him on these issues might promote a mass mobilization such as those scheduled for Jan. 20 and 21 to protest the new administration.Internet security experts like John McAfee have said there is no way to prove Russia has been doing the hacking. Thus assertions by the CIA, the FBI and other U.S. security agencies against Russia are smoke, as recent Workers World articles by Stephen Millies have shown.But this particular smoke fits the needs of elements in the U.S. state and government apparatus, including many Democratic and Republican Party leaders. It is a problem for the new President-elect, at least for now.More ‘fake news’ and threatsThe U.S. corporate media, which is unanimous in its hostility to Russia and President Vladimir Putin, stepped up its “fake news” production.The Washington Post reported Dec. 31 that Russian hackers penetrated the U.S. electric grid in Vermont. The article was filled with dire warnings that the Russians might cut off heat and light in the New England winter.The Post was forced to retract this. An Editor’s Note posted at the beginning of the Dec. 31 article read: “An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that Russian hackers had penetrated the U.S. electric grid. Authorities say there is no indication of that so far. The computer at Burlington Electric that was hacked was not attached to the grid.” (tinyurl.com/z52pxot)Progressive journalist Glenn Greenwald issued a full exposure of the Washington Post’s “fake news.” (tinyurl.com/zb7xhg2)The corporate media’s anti-Russia attacks gloss over the 1989-91 counterrevolution that dismantled the Soviet Union. This event replaced the anti-capitalist structure of the Soviet republics, including Russia, with a capitalist system.From 1917 to 1989 the U.S. ruling class hated Russia and the Soviet Union. These rulers considered the Soviet Union their main enemy because it had a diametrically opposed social system that promised to expropriate the capitalists’ property and hand it to the workers.In the 1990s the U.S. aimed to take over the weak capitalist Russia economically and dominate it politically. Washington professed friendship to the Russian government led by Boris Yeltsin, who was subservient toward U.S. imperialism.Putin and the now stronger Russian capitalist class he represents play a more independent role. They and the Russian military defend Russian capitalist and nationalist interests, which often collide with U.S. imperialist interests. Syria and Ukraine are two areas where Russian intervention plays a progressive role.Washington has revved up the threats against Russia, even installing “anti-missile” bases and moving some NATO troops to Russia’s border. But since the Pentagon has failed to defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan after 15 years, it’s hard to imagine its generals being too optimistic about making war on a Russia armed with 7,000 nuclear warheads.Putin’s reaction, and Trump’sPutin surprised many U.S. observers with his reaction to Obama’s latest provocation. Instead of tit for tat, Putin simply said, “While we reserve the right to take reciprocal measures, we’re not going to downgrade ourselves to the level of irresponsible ‘kitchen’ diplomacy. In our future steps on the way toward the restoration of Russia-United States relations, we will proceed from the policy pursued by the [Trump] administration.” (New York Times, Dec. 30)While Obama’s new anti-Russian moves were mainly symbolic, previous sanctions by the U.S. and its NATO partners have damaged the Russian economy. They’ve also hurt individuals who were Putin’s allies in rescuing Crimea from a pro-fascist coup in Ukraine.The economic sanctions block Russian access to international credit and cut off cooperation in oil field technology. Trump appointee Rex Tillerson of Exxon-Mobil would like to end these sanctions so his corporation can increase its profits.In response to Putin, Trump in one of his many tweets praised the Russian leader for being “smart” to avoid a confrontation with the U.S. that would complicate U.S.-Russian relations.For his overall reactionary program of vile xenophobia, racism and sexism, the President-elect deserves to be undermined by the mass movement here. Whether or not he continues to defend a rapprochement with Russia, however, the Obama-Clinton-McCain position on Russia is dangerously reactionary and the anti-war movement should protest it.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

ASA Chairman: “There has to be a Better Way” to Deal…

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News ASA Chairman: “There has to be a Better Way” to Deal with… ASA Chairman: “There has to be a Better Way” to Deal with China Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Previous articlePurdue Professor: China and U.S. Economies Stand to Lose About the SameNext articleAmerican Soybean Association Chairman Says There Must Be a Better Way to Deal with China on the HAT Monday Morning Edition Eric Pfeiffer SHARE ASA Chairman: “There has to be a Better Way” to Deal with ChinaPresident Trump announced late last week that he had directed US trade officials to find another $100 billion in tariffs to impose on China, in addition to the $50 billion already announced. China’s Ambassador to the US said in response that China will “fight the US at any cost”.Illinois farmer Ron Moore is the immediate past president and, now, chairman of the American Soybean Association. He says that it’s just more of the same as it relates to recent trade issues. He mentioned dropping out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and renegotiating NAFTA before saying, “It’s pretty frustrating, as a farmer, because so much of the ag products that we raise in the United States go into the export market. Any time you (do) anything that disrupts the global trade, that we happen to be living in right now, it just hurts both us in the United States, and it hurts the countries that we’re trading with.”The ASA has not received a response from their request to meet with President Trump to discuss how the administration can work with soybean farmers and others in agriculture to find ways to reduce our trade deficit by increasing competitiveness rather than erecting barriers to foreign markets. But if given the opportunity for an audience with President Trump, “Our message would be that we understand the issues that prompted all of these potential trade tariffs, but we hopefully will convey to the administration, and the White House officials, that there’s got to be a better way to achieve the goals that the president is trying to achieve, and without going to the tariff route.”President Trump has instructed Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to, “use his broad authority to implement a plan to protect American farmers and agriculture.” Perdue told reporters earlier in the week that a plan was coming together but was not at liberty to discuss details. SHARE By Eric Pfeiffer – Apr 8, 2018 last_img read more

City Receives $5 Million from Insurance Carrier for Embezzlement Loss

first_img Community News 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. Government City Receives $5 Million from Insurance Carrier for Embezzlement Loss Published on Friday, January 15, 2016 | 4:56 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes From Last Year: Pasadena City Manager Michael J. Beck faces the press as he announces the arrest of a former city employee for allegedly bilking the city out of $6.4 million.Alleged embezzler: Danny R. Wooten from Facebook page of New Covenant Christian Fellowship in PomonaPasadena officials today announced the City has received a $5 million payment from its insurance carrier to settle a claim filed by the City regarding the theft of public money from the Utility Underground Program fund.“While it is important to recover the funds that were lost, it is equally important to ensure that the City makes the necessary changes to prevent another embezzlement from happening in the future and to also recover the public’s trust,” Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek said.In addition to the insurance claim, the City has undergone a comprehensive internal financial and personnel audit; changed or increased oversight for many of its financial processes and initiated most of the recommendations announced last year by a citizen advisory task force on financial administration and internal controls, posted online at www.cityofpasadena.net/invoiceinvestigation .The payment represents the maximum amount of money that could be paid on the insurance claim. It is also about 85 percent of the nearly $6 million allegedly embezzled by a former City employee who is now currently facing both criminal charges and a civil lawsuit in connection to the theft.City Manager Michael J. Beck said “we are pleased that our insurance carrier has paid the maximum amount on the claim, but in no way does this minimize the importance of our internal efforts to strengthen our financial administration and internal controls.”A portion of the settlement money will be deposited into the City’s General Fund to offset the cost of investigating the embezzlement and the rest will be deposited into the Utility Underground fund that was impacted by the theft, Beck said.“The City will continue to pursue legal means necessary to obtain a full recovery of the monies stolen,” City Attorney/City Prosecutor Michele Beal Bagneris said.A City audit completed in November 2014 documented that a former employee used fraudulent invoices to steal money from the fund that pays for moving overhead power and communications lines underground.The former employee, Danny Wooten, was arrested in December 2014 and is due in Superior Court March 9 for a preliminary hearing in the criminal case against him. A civil suit filed against him by the City is set for a jury trial in October 2016.Stay connected to the City of Pasadena! Visit the City of Pasadena online at  www.cityofpasadena.net; follow the city on Twitter @PasadenaGov, www.twitter.com/pasadenagov, and like the City on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofpasadena. Or call the Citizen Service Center, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (626) 744-7311. Subscribe Top of the News center_img Make a comment More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday HerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Gorgeous Looks That Have Been Classic Go-tos For DecadesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWeird Types Of Massage Not Everyone Dares To TryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRobert Irwin Recreates His Father’s Iconic PhotosHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more