Torrent of abuse and threats against journalists from neo-Nazis

first_img GreeceEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders is deeply disturbed by the threats that Greece’s neo-Nazi party, Golden Dawn (Chryssi Avgi), has repeatedly made against the media. The party has just entered parliament by winning 7 per cent of the vote in the 6 May legislative elections.“We find the hate speech that Golden Dawn uses towards the media really alarming,” Reporters Without Borders said. “These words have significance. Journalists have already often been the target of public condemnation in this extremely tense political climate and many have been physically attacked. Politicians have a duty to act responsibly and not poison the situation. Needless to say, protection of the media is vital in a healthy democracy.”Journalists were treated with extraordinary aggression at the news conference that Golden Dawn leader Nikolaos Michaloliakos gave on 6 May after the close of polls. “Stand up, show respect,” party members shouted at reporters as he entered the room. Those who refused to stand up were thrown out.Michaloliakos dedicated much of his ensuing statement to hostile comments about the media. “You have accused me, you have defamed me, you have prevented me from speaking and I have defeated you,” he said. “Golden Dawn’s victory is a victory against the mass media’s tyranny, against the junta of TV and the gutter press. “The fight will go on (…) in parliament and outside (…) When the filthy TV channels were broadcasting porn movies after 2 p.m. and disgusting illegal adverts, (our brave boys) were running through the villages, waving the Greek flag. For those who betray this country, the time has come for fear. We are coming (…) Shame to those who accuse us.”Such comments are not new from a party that made vitriolic criticism of the media one of its campaign themes. Golden Dawn responded with threats to a column in the daily I Kathimerini on 12 April in which Xenia Kounalaki said the party should not be allowed to participate in the elections.A long reaction posted anonymously on the Golden Dawn website contained many personal details about Kounalaki’s personal life, mocked her supposedly “foreign roots” (she was born in Hamburg), mentioned her 13-year-old daughter for no clear reason and ended with a threat in German (her “mother tongue”): “Kommt Zeit, kommt Rat, kommt Attentat!” It means: Get wiser with time or get attacked.“The threats made against Xenia Kounalaki are unacceptable and must be properly investigated,” Reporters Without Borders added. “They constitute an act of intimidation towards all journalists who might be tempted to criticize Golden Dawn. Such behaviour is intolerable in a democracy in which the rule of law is supposed to prevail.”When Kounalaki filed a complaint about the threat with the police, she was reportedly told there was little they could do as the post was anonymous. Golden Dawn’s website has since been closed by the WordPress blog platform for “violation of terms of service,” namely “inciting violence and threats against a private individual.”The media have been badly hit by the serious economic, social and political crisis in Greece, which is ranked 70th out of 179 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Exposed to the same economic problems as other Greeks, journalists are also often deliberately targeted by the police when covering demonstrations. February 2, 2021 Find out more (Picture from the press conference: Louisa Gouliamaki / AFP) May 10, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Torrent of abuse and threats against journalists from neo-Nazis Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News Greece’s new guidelines for policing protests threaten press freedom Help by sharing this information The Greek police must show journalists can trust it with their protection after one was murdered and another is threatened Receive email alerts GreeceEurope – Central Asia News Organisation News News Follow the news on Greece June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further RSF_en April 29, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Trump lawyers say Democrats urge supporters to ‘fight,’ too

first_img TAGS  Previous articleFifth Third Executive Vice President Joins National Urban League Board of DirectorsNext articleSectyr® Introduces Machine Learning and Critical Insights Functionality to Manage Complex 340B Programs in Latest Release of SectyrHub® 340B Digital AIM Web Support Facebook WhatsApp Facebook Twitter WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 12, 2021 Twitter Pinterest Trump lawyers say Democrats urge supporters to ‘fight,’ too Local NewsUS News Pinterestlast_img read more

Catena Media bolsters German dynamics with Baybets €26.5 million acquisition

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Share Related Articles TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Catena lauds ‘record’ Q2 as casino drives performance August 19, 2020 Submit Stockholm-listed industry affiliate marketing network Catena Media continues its M&A expansion confirming that it has agreed to acquire German focused sports affiliate Baybets Ltd.Updating the market, Catena governance informs that it has agreed an initial payment of €26.5 million to takeover Baybets’ 50 website portfolio. Furthermore, its acquisition deal will have an attachment of a further €65 million in ‘earn-out payments’ based on the performance of acquired assets over an initial 24-month period.The Baybets acquisition forms part of Catena’s European market expansion, with the company significantly increasing its services and coverage within the German sports betting market.Henrik Persson Ekdahl, Acting CEO, Catena Media commented on the acquisition:  “We are proud to announce the largest acquisition made by Catena Media since company inception, making us one of the strongest sports betting affiliate players on the market. We have set ambitious financial targets for the company, and the acquisition is fully in line with those targets. We are excited about being able to complete this deal, given the upcoming sports year of 2018, which will have both the Winter Olympics and the World Cup”,Further to its update, Catena informs that Baybets properties are expected to contribute quarterly sales of approximately €2.25 million with an operating margin of approximately 70%.Expanding its German market provisions, Catena will absorb Baybets’ 23-employee team which will be integrated within Catena’s sports betting division based in Malta.Updating stakeholders, Jan Steffen, CEO, Baybets stated “I would like to thank all the people that have been involved in the company’s journey so far, bringing us to where we are today. We now look forward reaching new heights together with Catena Media on a long-term basis, both from an operational perspective and as shareholders. We are excited about all the upcoming opportunities that await”Catena will move to complete the deal by mid-December 2017, in accordance with Nasdaq Stockholm transaction arrangements.last_img read more

With 11 returning players, depth and experience keys for Humboldt State in 2017-18

first_imgArcata >> Humboldt State women’s basketball head coach Michelle Bento-Jackson had her work cut out for her last season.After being hired as the 11th coach in the program’s history in late June of 2016, Bento-Jackson spent much of a shortened off-season scurrying to fill out a roster and bring her team up to speed.Fast forward 16 months later, Bento-Jackson is entering her second season at the helm of a deeper, more experienced team that features 11 returning players and the conference’s …last_img read more

Preparing Building Pros for the Zero-Energy Boom

first_imgThe market for zero net energy (ZNE) residential and commercial buildings is growing rapidly and is poised for a significant evolutionary leap — if not a boom. Building codes are advancing steadily, zero-energy-ready mandates are being implemented in many states, corporations are demanding high-performance facilities, and the sleeping giant of consumer awareness is stirring.Designers, architects, builders, and tradespeople need to keep up with these rapid changes. To help them get up to speed, local organizations and businesses are stepping up to provide the education these professionals need in order to thrive in the new environment.A good example of this kind of local initiative is a recent collaboration of two California nonprofits with a local builder and an energy consultant to develop and present their own classes on zero energy design, construction, and marketing.The best ZNE training responds to the needs of local communities with their unique climates, cultures, economies, and building practices. Locally developed education is a great way to tap local resources to provide the education that building professionals will need as the demand for ZNE homes and buildings grows. RELATED ARTICLESConstruction Training Gets a Boost from Home DepotPassive House Institute U.S. Starts Training BuildersZero-Energy Construction is ‘Set to Explode’Using Energy Modeling to Get to ZeroPractical Design Advice for Zero-Net-Energy HomesThe California ModelNet-Zero Homes Show Signs of Convergent EvolutionCalifornia Leads the Nation in Net-Zero Projects “We knew we needed to do something to make sure our design and building professionals were ready for California’s zero net energy code,” said Andy Pease of In Balance Green Consulting, one of the organizers. “We had 75 attendees, rave reviews, and no organizer burn-out. If that sounds appealing, we humbly offer suggestions for creating a great ZNE learning opportunity on the cheap.”Pease recommends six elements for organizing and conducting a successful ZNE training program without stress:Set reasonable goals: Make the series simple, affordable, and really good, but perfection is not required. Seek out enough local technical expertise to provide the content without having the expense and coordination of outside speakers. This keeps the price low enough to attract a lot of attendees.Conduct the training with a nonprofit umbrella: The California program was co-presented by the American Institute of Architecture California Central Coast Chapter and the Central Coast Green Building Council (CCGBC), a local USGBC chapter. Neither organization has professional staff, but an intern provided graphic and web support. The two nonprofit organizations gave the series credibility, and the series gave the organizations recognition and added value for membership. This was a win-win for everyone that can work in any geographic area.Form a small steering committee: Dividing tasks between collaborators makes the workload more manageable for everyone. In the case of the California initiative, two firms led the effort: a builder, Allen Construction, and a green building consultant, In Balance Green Consulting. They developed the framework for the training and provided about half of the content. Another eight, hand-picked speakers covered other specific topics. Volunteers handled logistics, including advertising, food, venue, and registration.Offer a manageable time frame: Consider scheduling meetings at times that make it easy for potential participants to attend. For example, organizers of the California initiative developed a four-part series that was scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon on the second Tuesday of the month for four months. This fit well with the busy schedules of the participants.Embrace the value of in-person presentation: There are many great online resources now, but there’s no substitute for the value of personal connection and interaction. Pease’s series partnered with an architecture firm that generously offered the use of its 60-person conference room, with the added bonus that organizers could video conference the entire series to a remote location. They attracted 60 people in San Luis Obispo and another 15 in their Santa Barbara conference room, watching together by video.Keep it inexpensive: The cost to attend was $40 per person for the entire series for members of AIA and USGBC, and $60 for non-members. They offered 16 units of continuing education (CEUs), all of which are coveted, and health, safety and welfare (HSW) units for AIA members. A similar, more commercial course might go as high as $350.“Any AIA chapter can be a CEU provider,” explained Pease. “The steering committee developed the learning objectives and submitted key presenter resumes, then the chapter submitted for credit, just as they do for any of the regular lunch meetings or other AIA-sponsored events. Attendees provided their AIA numbers and we made sure they signed in for each class.”None of the speakers was paid, other than reimbursement for travel, so the only expense was breakfast and snacks. Revenue from registration ($3,000) and sponsorships ($5,000) exceeded the $3,000 in expenses, which was mostly for food. The project netted $5,000 for the nonprofits to be used toward funding scholarships.Grassroots education drew a full houseThe four sessions covered these topics:Session 1: ZNE on the Central Coast: What, when, and how; policy, codes, and climate-responsive design for this region.Session 2: Building Science for effective ZNE, heat transfer, air sealing, and vapor control; energy modeling.Session 3: ZNE technology as a partner, not a crutch; HVAC, DHW, renewable energy.Session 4: ZNE performance verification; Where we go from here; Toolbox of strategies, financing, and next steps.Pease and the other organizers hope this example of grassroots education for a zero energy future will inspire professionals in other areas to plan their own courses. An important lesson from this example is to utilize local organizations that already exist, whether that be local AIA or USGBC chapters, or home builders associations, designers associations, trade groups, equipment and material suppliers, environmental organizations, and civic groups.If you’ve created a similar initiative in your area, please tell us about it in the comments.This post originally appeared at the Zero Energy Project and is reprinted here with permission.last_img read more

PM will attend International Yoga Day programme on June 21:Vij

first_imgChandigarh, May 3 (PTI) Haryana Minister Anil Vij today said the Governments of Haryana and Punjab as well as Chandigarh Administration would jointly organise International Yoga Day here on June 21 and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will grace the occasion.The Haryana Sports and Youth Affairs Minister, who was presiding over a high-level meeting to review arrangements being made for the success of International Yoga Day programmes here, said that the Centre had decided to organise the event here this time.He said that more than 10,000 people from Haryana would participate in this event.The participants would include school and college students and teachers, Home Guards and Police personnel, he said.Apart from this, yoga programmes would be organised at village, tehsil, sub-division and district levels in Haryana, he said.He said that the Sports and AYUSH Departments would hold yoga training camps at village, block, sub-division, district and state levels with the assistance of Yog Peeth Haridwar to educate people regarding yoga. PTI VJ DBS RG DBSlast_img read more

Russia Plane crash caused by pilots error on speed data

first_imgMOSCOW – Investigators say the crash of a Russian passenger plane that killed all 71 people on board may have been caused by the pilots’ failure to activate heating for pressure measurement equipment, resulting in flawed speed data.The Interstate Aviation Committee said Tuesday, after studying the plane’s flight data recorder, that Sunday’s crash occurred after the pilots saw varying data on the plane’s two air speed indicators.The flawed indication came because the pilots failed to turn on the heating unit for the plane’s pressure measurement equipment prior to takeoff.The pilots put the An-148 on autopilot after taking off from Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport but took manual controls back when they saw clashing speed data.The plane plummeted into a snowy field six minutes after takeoff, killing all 65 passengers and six crew.last_img read more

Sears to close another 46 unprofitable stores in November

first_imgHOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – Sears Holdings Corp. is closing another 13 Kmart stores and 33 Sears stores as sales shrink and losses grow.The ailing company said Thursday that liquidation sales at the 46 unprofitable stores marked for closure will start Aug. 30, and the stores will close in November. The company said it informed its workers.The move comes as Sears is considering a bid from CEO Eddie Lampert’s hedge fund ESL Investments to acquire its jewel Kenmore appliances from the company for $400 million. The company has put others of its famous brands on the block before.In January, Sears had said it was closing 100 stores. It announced in May that it was closing another 100. As of May 5, it had about 894 stores, down from about 1,000 at the end of last year. The number of stores peaked in 2012 at 4,000, which included the Sears Canada division that was later spun off. In 2005, when Sears merged with Kmart, it operated 2,200 stores.The latest closings underscore the deep-rooted problems at Sears, a onetime powerhouse retailer that survived two world wars and the Great Depression but has been calving off pieces of itself as it burns through money.last_img read more

Wokeley pleads not guilty of murdering Pamela Napoleon

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Leon Wokeley has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Pamela Napoleon nearly four years ago.Wokeley appeared at an arraignment in Fort St. John this afternoon where he pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, arson, and indignity to human remains in connection with Napoleon’s death, which occurred in 2014. Her and Wokeley were last seen together on July 8, 2014, leaving the Blueberry First Nations. This was the last time that Napoleon was seen alive. After her family reported Napoleon missing later that month, her body was discovered in a burned-down cabin near Buick on August 4th of that year.At Wednesday’s arraignment hearing, Wokeley’s defence lawyer Georges Rivard told the judge that his client was pleading not guilty to all three charges, and has elected to have the trial heard by judge alone in B.C. Supreme Court. “That’s his constitutional right, and basically he’s entitled to challenge the evidence,” said Rivard. “So that’s why he entered to plead not guilty.”Rivard also said that his client would be waiving his right to a preliminary hearing where Wokeley would be able to challenge some of the evidence gathered by police, and to instead proceed directly to trial. Rivard said that his client decided against the preliminary hearing and to proceed directly to trial to avoid any further delays.Wokeley’s next court appearance is set for Monday, June 11th, at 10:00 a.m., when a date for the trial will be set.last_img read more

City of Dawson Creek signs historic fiveyear hosting agreement with Hockey Canada

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. — The City of Dawson Creek and Spectra Venue Management, which runs the Encana Events Centre, will be entering into a five-year hosting agreement with Hockey Canada. The partnership, the first of its kind for Hockey Canada, will create a long-term certainty in a location for Hockey Canada and their events. The City says that the agreement will be a great benefit for both the City and the Peace as a whole, bringing positive economic and social impacts to the region. “Hockey Canada has identified Dawson Creek as a great partner community to pilot the concept of a long-term hosting agreement whereby the community and Hockey Canada mutually benefit through long term financial legacy but equally important the social, infrastructure and community hockey legacy” said Dean McIntosh, Hockey Canada’s Vice President of Events and Properties.The partnership is a new model and approach for Hockey Canada towards hosting events. This historic partnership will identify diversity in events with approximately one event being hosted at the Encana Events Centre every 18-24 months. McIntosh said that those events may include the World Parahockey Tournament, the World Junior A Challenge, pre-competition opportunities, training camps, and another as-yet undetermined event.Hockey Canada said that the City of Dawson Creek and the Encana Events Centre have both proven themselves on a number of occasions that the community can host local, national, and international events that can create a positive economic impact to the region. “This is the first agreement of its kind in Canada with an arena and Hockey Canada and we are excited for this partnership,” said Ryan MacIvor, General Manager of the Encana Events Centre. “Hockey Canada will be a primary tenant now until 2024.”At today’s announcement of the partnership, Hockey Canada also announced that Dawson Creek will be hosting the Canadian Women’s National Camp at the Encana Events Centre taking place September 10th-16th. During the week-long camp, both the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks and the Fort St. John Huskies will be playing exhibition games against Canada’s national Women’s team.last_img read more