Belarus launches new effort to legalise online gaming

first_imgLegal & compliance Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Sergei Nalivaiko, Minister of Taxes and Levies in Belarus, has put forward a new bill in the latest effort to legalise and regulate online gaming in the country. Consumers in the Eastern European nation are already able to access gambling websites, but none of these platform are regulated, meaning Belarus is unable to claim any tax from revenue generated. Nalivaiko’s draft bill aims to build on previous efforts to address this issue by setting out steps to legalise online gaming and regulatory provisions for such activities. The bill, according to Legal Gambling and the Law, makes reference to a state-run online gambling portal that will oversee tax management in the gambling sector.“At this stage, considering the planned legalisation of online gambling and additional investments needed to organize a new type of activity in the gambling business, the Ministry of Taxes and Taxes does not plan any changes in the taxation policy of this activity,” Nalivaiko said.“Thus, fixed rates for gambling tax are planned to be maintained for the next three years without changes, at the level of tax rates established for 2018.” It is estimated that Belarus could rake in as much as $6m (€5.1m) in tax within the first three years of a regulated online gaming service. Other steps in the process would include granting operators one year to adjust to the new regulations, after which the draft bill would most likely be passed into full law. The move has been mooted for some time now and in December Belarus opted to legalise cryptocurrencies, ICOs and smart contracts amid reports of wider regulation.Image: Nuno Godinho Email Address Tags: Online Gambling Regions: Europe Central and Eastern Europe Belarus Minister wants to capture taxable income from internet gambling 17th July 2018 | By contenteditor Belarus launches new effort to legalise online gaming Topics: Legal & compliancelast_img read more

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Paddy Power signs Newport County to Save Our Shirt campaign

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: UK & Ireland AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 23rd July 2019 | By contenteditor Topics: Marketing & affiliates Sports betting Marketing & affiliatescenter_img English League Two football club Newport County has become the third team to commit to Flutter Entertainment brand Paddy Power’s new ‘Save Our Shirt’ sponsorship campaign.Paddy Power will sponsor Newport for the 2019-20 season, but will not feature its branding on the front of players’ shirts.The Save Our Shirt campaign, launched through a partnership with Huddersfield Town FC, sees Paddy Power call for betting operators to stop striking football shirt sponsorship deals.“This is a significant deal for the club, not just from a financial perspective but also being part of the high-profile Save Our Shirt campaign,” Newport County’s operational chairman, Gavin Foxall, said. “As a supporter-owned club we felt the fit was right, as it’s all about giving the shirt back to our loyal supporters.”Paddy Power launched the new campaign last week after receiving widespread criticism for a commercial deal with English Championship team Huddersfield Town.Fans and the English Football Association raised concerns about the size of the Paddy Power logo on the front of Huddersfield’s shirts, but the bookmaker later revealed it was a stunt to launch the campaign.Yesterday (July 22), it was confirmed that Scottish Premier League club Motherwell has also joined the campaign by agreeing to be sponsored by Paddy Power but not featuring its branding on players’ shirts. Email Address English League Two football club Newport County has become the third team to commit to Paddy Power’s new ‘Save Our Shirt’ sponsorship campaign. Paddy Power signs Newport County to Save Our Shirt campaignlast_img read more

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Philippines to crack down on tax-dodging POGOs

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 16th September 2019 | By contenteditor Legal & compliance Philippines to crack down on tax-dodging POGOs Philippine Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has ordered the country’s Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to shut down the operations of Philippines Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) that fail or refuse to pay income tax. Philippine Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has ordered the country’s Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to shut down the operations of Philippines Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) that fail or refuse to pay income tax.Dominguez issued the order after discovering that POGOs had largely failed to pay workers’ income taxes, despite repeated warnings from the government.The sector’s total tax liability is estimated to be ₱21.62bn (£332.7m/€374.1m/$413.8m), though the licensed igaming operators have been slow to respond to tax demands.To force them to pay the income tax owed, Dominguez said the authorities should shut down the businesses of those that fail to respond to tax assessments or refuse to pay.Furthermore, he added, any offer to pay a lump sum to settle the matter, rather than the exact amount owed for each worker, must be rejected.BIR deputy commissioner Arnel Guballa has asked for assistance from the Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE), the Bureau of Immigration and the country’s gambling regulator, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation. (PAGCOR) in closing down non-compliant POGOs.Despite many POGOs failing to pay withholding taxes (such as income tax), Guballa noted that their contribution had risen in recent years. POGOs paid ₱175m in withholding taxes in 2017, which rose to ₱579m in 2018.In 2019, between January and August, the BIR then collected ₱1.4bn from POGOs.In related news, the Philippines Trade Union Congress has suggested establishing a new regulatory body to oversee the country’s online gaming industry. This follows local media reports that the Philippines is likely to see an influx of new foreign workers – mainly Chinese nationals – from Cambodia, after it announced plans to shut down its igaming industry by the end of 2019.The Cambodian shutdown came amid pressure from China, which is urging its neighbours to ban online gambling. Despite allegations that POGOs are mistreating Chinese employees, and the Philippine government announcing a temporary halt to the issuing of new igaming licences, President Rodrigo Duterte has refused to implement a total ban.Duterte said shutting down the sector would lead to widespread job losses, but also warned licensees to pay taxes or face regulatory action. Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Email Address Regions: Asia Philippines AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Legal & compliancelast_img read more

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Join The Apopka Voice team: Sales Associate needed

first_img Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSDigital Sales ExecutiveOffice ManagerThe Apopka Voice Previous article5 Tips to Protect Your Joints and Help Your Golf GameNext articleAn addiction researcher shares 6 strategies to address the opioid epidemic Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Bring your digital sales savvy to The Apopka Voice The Apopka Voice is expanding.In just over two years our innovative online news site has published over 4,600 articles, has over 5,800 Facebook likes and averages between 40,000-50,000 unique visitors per month.The Apopka Voice serves as the premier provider of daily local news in the Apopka community. Our content is timely and relevant and our online readers are engaged, loyal visitors.And now we are looking for a Digital Sales Associate who wants to expand with us. We want you to build a business.Your role at The Apopka Voice will be to:Develop strategic advertising and marketing solutions that meet the unique needs of each clientAct as a digital marketing consultant to local businessesBuilding and maintain relationships with new and existing clientsThe right person for this role will have:Strong and collaborative presence to work as a partner to any businessThe ability to adapt to our unique product and digital strategiesA thorough understanding of digital advertisingPreference is given to candidates with a thorough understanding of the Apopka area and digital ad sales experienceWith experience, this can be a salary plus commission opportunity that is a full-time position. Part-time commission based positions are available as well. Experience is preferred, but not necessary. We are an equal opportunity employer.Call 407/437-5654 or email your resume to [email protected] to set up an interview. Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herelast_img read more

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House for Mother / Förstberg Ling

first_img Year:  Photographs ArchDaily Area:  135 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeFörstberg LingOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesLinkopingLinköpingSwedenPublished on September 09, 2016Cite: “House for Mother / Förstberg Ling ” 09 Sep 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialPlastics / FibersRodecaTranslucent Building Elements in Downton Primary SchoolSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights – LonglightBathroom FurnitureBradley Corporation USAToilet Partition CubiclesSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – One-offAcousticFabriTRAK®FabriFELT™ for Walls and CeilingsBoardsStructureCraftStructural Panel – Dowel Laminated TimberThermalSchöckInsulation – Isokorb® Concrete to SteelDoorsJansenSmoke Control Door – Economy 60Louvers / ShuttersShade FactorExternal Venetian BlindsMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?给母亲的家 / Förstberg Ling是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream “COPY” Houses House for Mother / Förstberg Ling Manufacturers: Hem Design Studio, Vola, AF Snickeri, Fönsterspecialisten i LönsbodaStructural Engineer:Ronny MalmCity:LinköpingCountry:SwedenMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Markus LinderothRecommended ProductsWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – Larcore”House for Mother” is the first house completed by Förstberg Ling, a project started in 2013 as a part of the housing exhibition in Linköping, Vallastaden 2017. The house is conceived as a dwelling and studio for Björn’s mother Maria, librarian and an enthusiastic weaver.Save this picture!© Markus Linderoth”House for mother”  is a house that balances spatiality with intimate rooms – formal simplicity with strong materiality. The facade in raw corrugated aluminium creates a variable play with light and shadow during the day, a rich materiality contrasting with it’s simple expression. The wooden beams and trusses along with the walls lined with plywood give warmth to the interior. The concrete floor is a durable and beautiful surface for everyday use, folded to a low bench along the perimeter of the building.Save this picture!© Markus LinderothSave this picture!Floor PlanSave this picture!© Markus LinderothThe division of the house into two volumes, slightly shifted from each other, emphasizes how narrow the plot is. While standing in the open for now, the future urban context will eventually not expose much more than the gables to the neighborhood. Save this picture!© Markus LinderothProject gallerySee allShow lessHome for Dependent Elderly People and Nursing Home / Dominique Coulon & associésSelected ProjectsErmenegildo Zegna HQ / Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel + Beretta AssociatiSelected Projects Share Architects: Förstberg Ling Area Area of this architecture project “COPY”center_img Sweden ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/794936/house-for-mother-forstberg-ling Clipboard CopyHouses•Linköping, Sweden Projects Photographs:  Markus Linderoth Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Save this picture!© Markus Linderoth+ 24 Share 2016 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/794936/house-for-mother-forstberg-ling Clipboard House for Mother / Förstberg LingSave this projectSaveHouse for Mother / Förstberg Linglast_img read more

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Mrs Brown’s Boys actor donates £10,000 to IDAS

first_img About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Tagged with: Celebrity  100 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10 “Through our emergency accommodation, 24-hour helpline and outreach support services we help keep over 4,000 families safe every year. We receive little funding specifically for children so this is a massive contribution helping us to keep more children safe.” Melanie May | 23 December 2016 | News Rory Cowan, who plays Dermot Brown in the popular BBC comedy Mrs Brown’s Boys, has donated £10,000 to IDAS.Cowan, who is also a producer of the show, is a Patron of the charity, and gave the donation to help women and children that the charity has helped escape domestic abuse after meeting some of them at an IDAS refuge this summer. The donation is the biggest the charity has ever received from an individual.Rory Cowan said:“I am extremely proud to be Patron of IDAS. When I met some of the children in the refuge garden it made me realise just how important it was for them to be able to play, and have carefree moments, putting violence and abuse behind them for a while.“Sarah Hill, IDAS CEO, added: Advertisement Mrs Brown’s Boys actor donates £10,000 to IDAS  99 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10last_img read more

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13th annual Detroit MLK Day rally and march highlight critical struggles

first_imgThe 13th annual Martin Luther King Day rally and march took place Jan. 18 in downtown Detroit, where a host of speakers and organizations participated. Despite a windchill factor below zero, Central United Methodist Church was filled with social justice and peace activists who work tirelessly throughout Michigan. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke in this church numerous times in the 1950s and 1960s.The special guest for the 2016 gathering was Pastor Cori Bush of Ferguson, Mo., who traveled to Detroit and Toledo, Ohio, to bring news about the ongoing movement against racist violence and state repression in St. Louis County. Bush is a health care professional and clergywoman who experienced firsthand the police violence against the people of Ferguson in the aftermath of the cop killing of Michael Brown on Aug. 9, 2014.    Mrs. Dorothy Pinkney was a scheduled speaker, but was unable to drive some 200 miles from Berrien County due to inclement weather. However, a statement from her was read by Marcina Cole, a leading organizer in the Detroit area campaign to win freedom for the Rev. Edward Pinkney, Michigan’s political prisoner.Rev. Pinkney was railroaded in the racist Berrien County courts during 2014 on fraudulent felony charges of changing five dates on recall petitions aimed at the removal of Benton Harbor Mayor James Hightower. During the course of the trial there were no eyewitnesses presented by the court who could testify that Pinkney had committed the alleged crimes. The political activities of Pinkney and his associates were introduced as evidence by the prosecuting attorney. Pinkney is the leader of the Benton Harbor Black Autonomy Network Community Organization (BANCO), whose political work was utilized by the prosecution to convict him of these spurious charges. At present, Pinkney is serving a sentence of 30 to 120 months in Marquette prison in the far northern area of the state. He is appealing the conviction in the state courts. The Homrich 9, who were arrested in July 2014 for blocking Homrich company trucks that were heading out to shut off Detroit residents’ water services, were co-recipients of the People’s Spirit of Detroit award.Solidarity with broad array of struggles The Detroit MLK event is the largest annual gathering of progressive forces in southeastern Michigan and is endorsed by a host of organizations and coalitions dealing with education, water rights, housing, police misconduct and other issues. Speakers and artists participating in the rally and march included people’s lawyers Vanessa Fluker and Alice Jennings, addressing housing and water rights, respectively; Elena Herrada, an elected member of the Detroit Board of Education in exile, which is still under emergency management appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder; U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., who drafted and pushed through the federal bill recognizing the King holiday, which went into effect in 1986; and Tony and Mary, two of the now adult children of Detroit-based Civil Rights martyr Viola Liuzzo. Among those addressing the assembly, Joe Mchahwar of Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (FIST) spoke on the plight of the Syrian people and the role of the U.S. and Israel in the continuing oppression of the peoples of the Middle East. Melissa Mays of Flint, Mich., whose pioneering work exposed the crimes committed by Gov. Snyder in poisoning the children and adults of that formerly industrial city, also spoke. And Amer Zahr, a Palestinian-American writer and adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy Law School, explained the central role of Palestinian oppression in the political developments in the Middle East.Music was provided by Bobbi Thompson of Central United Methodist Church, the director of the Deep River Choir. Songs that addressed the right to clean, safe water were performed by the Flowtown Revue.March for justice & people’s gatheringAfter a more than two-hour rally, a march was held through downtown Detroit. It wound past the 36th District Court to demonstrate against foreclosures and evictions; then to the Wayne County Jail to protest the mass incarceration of African Americans and other oppressed peoples; on to the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department in opposition to water shutoffs and proclaiming that water is a human right; and finally through the financial district with the message, “Bailout the people and not the banks!”Marchers returned to the church for a community meal supplied by the Detroit Wobbly Kitchen. Hundreds were served. A cultural program, coordinated by award-winning poet Aurora Harris, an author and lecturer at the University of Michigan at Dearborn, followed.Numerous artists, musicians and poets presented their works, including Wardell Montgomery, Joe Kidd and Sheila Burke Music, Wanda Olugbala, Jim Perkinson, Shushanna Shakur, Susan Sunshine and many more.  Tracy Mathews, a longtime Detroit community activist who has been a logistical volunteer at the Detroit MLK Day for the last six years, said this year’s event was the best so far. Mathews commented, “My interaction with Pastor Cori Bush provided insight into the struggle in Ferguson and was inspirational.”This annual commemoration, which seeks to evoke the social justice and anti-war legacy of Dr. King, was founded in 2004 by the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI) during the early months of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq. Since then, a Detroit MLK Planning Committee has been organized, bringing in veteran Civil Rights activists, along with youth and workers who help organize the event. More than two dozen progressive organizations and individuals are co-sponsors and endorsers. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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On the picket line

first_imgTeacher solidarity counters Trump racismThe American Federation of Teachers will “do everything in our power to stop any kind of action against our immigrant families, our Muslim families, our Latino families and especially our undocumented students,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten during a Nov. 22 telephone town hall. In advance of rabidly racist and Islamophobic President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20, the union has pledged concrete support to both the administration’s potential targets as well as those mounting the fightback.AFT plans to support organizers seeking to establish or maintain sanctuary cities, schools and campuses, where Immigration and Customs Enforcement cops would be denied entry without a warrant. Teachers and faculty will be equipped with “Know Your Rights” training so they’re prepared to deal with raids and deportations. Lesson plans will promote diversity and acceptance to counteract Trump’s hate mongering. Also, the union will lobby against repealing laws protecting the children of undocumented workers. The National Immigration Law Center and University of California-Davis School of Law’s Legal Services Center are offering practical advice to students and families at risk. (aft.org, Nov. 28)Growing unity between organized labor and anti-racist organizers, as exemplified by the AFT, is bound to strengthen both movements.Trump’s pick for labor secretary sparks outragePresident-elect Trump nominated fast food CEO Andrew Puzder on Dec. 8 to head the Labor Department, drawing widespread criticism from organized labor. As CEO of CKE Restaurant Holdings, parent company to fast food chains Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, Purzder spent $29 million from 2004 to 2014 settling employee lawsuit after lawsuit alleging wage theft. He advocates rolling back the minimum wage and using automation to eliminate jobs. (usatoday.com, Dec. 8)A Dec. 8 Common Dreams article quoted California fast food worker Rogelio Hernandez, representing Fight for $15: “Putting one of the worst fast-food CEOs in charge of national labor policy sends a signal that the Trump years are going to be about low pay, wage theft, sexual harassment and racial discrimination. … Fight for $15 won’t back down for one minute in our demands for $15 an hour and union rights for all workers.”In the same article Service Employees Union President Mary Kay Henry said workers aren’t fooled by Trump’s move. ”They know it threatens their ability to have a voice and to provide for their families. … SEIU members … will stay in the streets to fight back against anti-worker extremism and we will not stop until all work is valued and every community has the opportunity to thrive.”Chris Shelton, president of the Communication Workers, issued a statement: “My union and the entire labor movement are more committed than ever to fight employer wage theft, make sure workers can be safe on their jobs, stand up against poverty-level wages and challenge employer abuse. We will be the advocates that working people need because, sadly, it’s clear that help won’t be coming from the Department of Labor.” (cwa-union.org, Dec. 8)DC City Council votes on paid leaveThe Washington, D.C., City Council not only moved the Universal Paid Leave bill forward on Dec. 6, but restored medical leave to the program. The proposal now includes eight weeks of parental leave, six weeks of family leave and two weeks of medical leave, making it one of the nation’s most generous packages of such benefits. “Today’s vote [11-2 by the “committee of the whole”] demonstrates the power of families who united across the District around the shared need for vital benefits,” said Ward 7 resident Dyana Forester, of Food and Commercial Workers Local 400, which represents grocery and retail workers. The final vote is scheduled for Dec. 20. Mayor Muriel Bowser has still not indicated if she will ultimately support the bill. “We are not done yet,” said Jaime Contreras of SEIU 32BJ. “Workers are counting on the Council and Mayor to keep their commitment to low-wage workers and communities of color during the final vote so it can become law.” (dclabor.org, Dec. 6)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Chicago youth rally for missing and murdered Black women and girls

first_imgChicagoans of all ages march to demand protection and empowerment for Black women and girls.Chicago — As school let out for the summer on June 19, a small crowd gathered on King Drive on Chicago’s South Side to express their grief and outrage in the wake of mounting awareness that at least five Black women and teenage girls have been missing since March.  These disappearances have occurred within a 2.5-mile radius of each other on the city’s poor, working-class South and West sides. Two of them have been found dead.Though the news of the missing women has spread quickly among neighbors and through social media, the police have not issued any Amber Alerts for the missing minors. The Chicago Police Department has consistently been dismissive of community leaders’ growing concerns that the disappearance of the victims could be connected.Instead, friends and families who are desperate to find their loved ones have posted fliers around their neighborhoods. One family described how they combed their block looking for the body of their missing neighbor in dumpsters and underneath cars.In the face of very little media coverage or follow-through from police, 13-year-old Aziyah Roberts, of the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, took matters into her own hands. In less than a week, Roberts and other youth organizers mobilized their communities to demonstrate at a Walk For Her March.  They marched for 20 blocks down King Drive, demanding a response to the crisis from city officials.‘Say her name!’The crowd grew as it progressed south, chanting “Stop and listen! Our girls are missing!” They drew supportive neighbors out of their homes and into the street. High school student Miracle Boyd told the marchers, “If no one’s looking out for our Black girls, we’ll protect ourselves.” Other organizers took the megaphone to exhort the crowd to “say her name,” repeating the names of the missing: Shantieya Smith, Victoria Garret, Sadaria Davis, Yasminda Mitchell and Daisy Hayes.A constant theme at the march was a refusal to be defeated. Neighbors pledged to protect and empower each other, many drawing direct connections between the plight of the missing women and a larger, systemic scourge of domestic violence, sexual assault and misogyny. They vowed to renew commitments to ending violence against women.Older activists beamed as they watched the youth organizers lead the demonstration. Tish Taylor, a longtime member of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, knew she had to be there. “This child is lighting the way.  What she needs is for us to show her the support of her elders,” Taylor told this writer as Roberts took the megaphone.The march ended with a picnic outside Dyett High School. Though clearly energized and uplifted by the encouraging mood around her, Roberts became solemn when asked about her first reaction to news of the missing women and girls: “I had to do something because I’m a Black girl too, and it could have been me. It could have been anyone. … But looking at all these people, I’m excited, and I know I’m not going to stop. I have a home.  I have people I can go to, and we’re not going to stop.”Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson had attempted to minimize these tragedies by suggesting that two victims were “involved with drugs and prostitution.” (CBS Chicago, June 13)  But the Rev. Robin Hood, who has been assisting some of the victims’ families in dealing with the police, commented to the TV station, “If it were any place else in the state of Illinois where it was predominately white or rich people, you would have a dragnet looking for people.”The capitalist state’s refusal to meaningfully address this outrage to the Black community shows why it should be replaced by a state controlled by workers and the oppressed.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Three years of impunity for the murderers of journalist Norbert Zongo

first_img RSF_en to go further Burkina FasoAfrica May 5, 2021 Find out more News December 10, 2001 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Three years of impunity for the murderers of journalist Norbert Zongo Organisation Receive email alerts Follow the news on Burkina Faso Three years ago on December 13th, 1998, Norbert Zongo, director of the weekly, L’Indépendant, was murdered on a road in southern Burkina Faso. Reporters Sans Frontières (Reporters Without Borders) is amazed that the investigation has not advanced to date. The people behind this murder have no worries, thus reinforcing the feeling that justice in Burkina works at two speeds. Despite the declarations to the contrary by the authorities, impunity still reigns in the “land of honest men”. François Compaoré, the brother of the country’s president and deeply implicated in this affair, has been questioned one single time by the investigating magistrate: in January of 2001, more than two years after the deed.Moreover, RSF is very worried by the state of health of warrant officer Marcel Kafando, the only person yet arrested in relation to this affair, held at the Ouadadougou detention and correction centre. This non-commissioned officer in the presidential security regiment (RSP) is a key element in the present investigation. Were Marcel Kafando to die today, the investigating magistrate would have nothing further to do but close the case for lack of sufficient elements to trace the order of responsibility. In such an occurrence RSF would hold the Burkina Faso authorities responsible for the total impunity that is typical of this affair.RSF has sent a letter to the investigation’s lead magistrate, Wenceslas Ilboudo, asking him for permission to visit Marcel Kafando and to have him examined by an independent doctor selected by the organisation. On several occasions the judge has confirmed that his work has been slowed by the soldier’s poor health. In February, 2001, the warrant officer was arrested for “murder” and “wilful arson” by the general prosecutor, Abdoulaye Barry, in the context of the Norbert Zongo case.Moreover, the organisation is asking the authorities to be faster in divulging the preliminary conclusions in the investigation into the death of Michel Congo, a journalist for the daily, 24 Heures, who was killed on October 21st, 2001, at his home. Several theories have been put forth, everything from a vulgar crime to political assassination. The local press and local organisations for the defence of human rights are now asking for the creation of an independent investigative commission. The authorities must imperatively prove their true determination for shedding all the light possible on this new affair. June 7, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News Time is pressing, 20 years after Burkinabe journalist’s murder Burkina FasoAfrica Two Spanish journalists killed in eastern Burkina Faso Help by sharing this information French reporter says he has been kidnapped in northeastern Mali News News April 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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