Formula 1 and Sportradar launch in-race betting

first_img Sports data provider Sportradar and Formula 1 have launched in-race betting for the 2020 season. Formula 1 and Sportradar launch in-race betting AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Sports betting 12th March 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Sports data provider Sportradar and Formula 1 have launched in-race betting for the 2020 season.As the exclusive provider of Formula 1 data, Sportradar will use historical Formula 1 data to create new live odds models on more than 20 markets for every race this season.The operator also hopes to follow this launch with the addition of lve betting for practice and qualifying sessions.“We are very excited to be working with Sportradar who are world leaders in data distribution and share our passion to make F1 a significant player in this field,” Adam Crothers, head of digital media rights at Formula 1, said. “We believe this partnership will provide our fans with yet another platform to engage with the races in a manner that hasn’t been possible until now as we head into another exciting year of racing.“For a long time now our sport has been synonymous with data as it is such a key component of F1, and this agreement will allow us to bring that data to life through Sportradar’s exciting in-race betting offering which is set to expand throughout the season.”Sportradar’s managing director for sports partnerships David Lampitt said the agreement creates an opportunity to increase engagement among Formula 1 fans.“Formula 1 is one of the world’s most recognised sports brands with unique commercial opportunities that continue to expand,” Lampitt said. “Introducing live in-race betting opportunities is a starting point to unlocking those opportunities and increasing interest and engagement amongst fans worldwide.”Sportradar and Formula 1 had previously announced in August 2019 that they planned to launch in-race betting for the 2020 season via an agreement with sponsorship and data rights partner Interregional Sports Group. In its release, Sportradar did not mention Interregional Sports Group.center_img Topics: Sports betting Tech & innovation Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address Tags: Online Gamblinglast_img read more

GambleAware-backed study warns of selection bias in gambling harm research

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Researchers also said these people are more likely to be online and frequent gamblers, and as such, online-only surveys would tend to over-estimate gambling harm. Topics: Problem gambling In addition, researchers said in-person surveying should not stop completely, suggesting probability sampling and face-to-face interviewing be used to provide periodic benchmarks. GambleAware’s research, information and knowledge director Alison Clare added: “We want our prevention, treatment, and support commissioning to be informed by the best available evidence, and having survey data we can be confident in, within the constraints of data collection in an increasingly online world, is key.  However, it added that measurement of gambling-related harm should still generally should move to online surveying – adjusted through less frequent face-to-face “benchmarks” – due to high costs and sample-size issues in face-to-face surveys. Researchers noted that the entire YouGov study took place through online surveys, while the earlier projects focused around face-to-face interviews. Other online-only surveys by Yonder and a further study by YouGov also produced higher problem gambling rates. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Carried out by YouGov, the survey found 63% of problem gamblers reported using some form of treatment, advice or support in the past 12 months, compared to 54% in November 2019. GambleAware-backed study warns of selection bias in gambling harm research “However, given the very high and rising cost of in person surveying, and the limits this places on sample size and the frequency of surveys, we recommend a shift to predominantly online data collection in future, supplemented by periodic in person benchmarks.” “GambleAware’s annual GB Treatment & Support survey is an important tool in building a picture of the stated demand for gambling harms support and treatment, and of the services, capacity and capability needed across Great Britain to meet that demand.” In their findings, researchers said the primary cause of this discrepancy was due to selection bias in online surveys, with these questionnaires skewed towards people comfortable using online technologies and who use the internet regularly. 14th May 2021 | By Robert Fletchercenter_img GambleAware commissioned the research in response to a 2019 YouGov study, which it said found higher rates of gambling harms across Great Britain than previously been reported by the 2016 and 2018 Health Surveys for England. The charity said that this discrepancy led to concerns over the real level of problem gambling in Britain. “Our research has found that online surveys tend to systematically overestimate the prevalence of gambling harm compared to face-to-face interview surveys,” Professor Sturgis said. “Selection bias is a particular risk for the online surveys because they either have low response rates, or use non-probability sampling,” the study said. However, despite this finding, the researchers said online methods would prove to be the best research method moving forward, but only when combined with a programme of methodological testing and development to mitigate selection bias. Tags: GambleAware YouGov Research Problem gambling Research commissioned by British gambling charity GambleAware has warned that online surveys of gambling harm face a “particular risk” of selection bias, which can inflate the numbers of those experiencing harm if not properly accounted for. The most recent edition of GambleAware’s GB Treatment & Support survey was published in March, suggesting an increase in the percentage of problem gamblers seeking treatment. Authored by Professor Patrick Sturgis and Professor Jouni Kuha from the London School of Economics, the study looked at how methodological differences between surveys affect the accuracy of estimates of gambling harms. Regions: UK & Ireland Researchers also noted that given the increasing cost of in-person surveys, online surveying would represent a cheaper option and, as such, more research and wider studies could be carried out to get a better idea of problem gambling levels.  Email Addresslast_img read more

FMBcapital Holdings Plc (FMBCH.mw) 2014 Abridged Report

first_imgFMBcapital Holdings Plc (FMBCH.mw) listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2014 abridged results.For more information about FMBcapital Holdings Plc (FMBCH.mw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the FMBcapital Holdings Plc (FMBCH.mw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: FMBcapital Holdings Plc (FMBCH.mw)  2014 abridged results.Company ProfileFMBcapital Holdings (FMBCH) is the Mauritius based holding company for the FMBcapital Group and was listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange in September 2017 following a one for one share swap with First Merchant Bank of Malawi shareholders. FMBCH has banking and finance operations in Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is primarily an investment holding company with interests as follows: First Capital Bank, Malawi – 100% (established June 1995)First Capital Bank, Botswana – 38,60% (established July 2008)Capital Bank Mozambique – 70% (acquired June 2013)First Capital Bank, Zambia – 49% (acquired June 2013)First Capital Bank in association with Barclays – 62% (acquired October 2017) Through its subsidiaries, FMBCH offers a comprehensive range of financial products and services to both corporate and retail sectors. The Global Credit Rating Co. has consistently given FMB an annual Long Term Rating of A+ and a Short Term Rating of A1 since 2007. FMBcapital Holdings Plc is listed on the Malawi Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Mike Tindall tackle on George Gregan – 2003 RWC Final

first_imgWednesday Aug 23, 2006 Mike Tindall tackle on George Gregan – 2003 RWC Final Though Wallaby legend George Gregan would never show it, this unceremonious dump in the 2003 RWC Final would have hurt. As you’d expect from him, Gregan gets up quickly and walks it off, epitomising his the tough-as-nails persona. ADVERTISEMENTNonetheless, this is a great show of strength from big England centre Mike Tindall and would have no doubt rattled their determined opposition.The game went on to become one of the greatest encounters ever in world cup history with the tension and drama one would expect from a world cup final. Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsHere’s What That Tiny Hole Next to Your Iphone Camera Actually DoesNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsThe 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

Imperialists put former Ivory Coast president on trial

first_imgFeb. 1 — The International Criminal Court put former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo on trial Jan. 28 in the Netherlands. This takes place nearly five years after Gbagbo was overthrown by French paratroopers. Washington backed the French intervention.The imperialist states and their allies have committed egregious war crimes and crimes against humanity, such as the destruction of Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, etc. These crimes have displaced 60 million people, creating the greatest number of refugees and internal and external migrants since the end of World War II. Despite these crimes, none of the imperialist leaders has been investigated or prosecuted by the ICC.From an historical perspective, out of all the former slave-trading and colonial states, including the U.S. and many NATO countries, none has paid reparations to its former subjects. Nor have any been held legally accountable for centuries-long crimes that reaped billions in profits and resulted in the deaths of hundreds of millions.Ivory Coast’s Minister of youth and employment and leader of the “young patriots” Charles Ble Goude in front of thousands of young supporters of Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, March 21, 2011 in Abidjan.In 2010, Gbagbo challenged Paris’ move to install Alassane Ouattara, a former International Monetary Fund functionary and darling of imperialism, as head of the West African state. Ivory Coast is the world’s largest producer of cocoa and contains significant offshore oil and natural gas resources.The Gbagbo administration made numerous efforts to resolve disputes surrounding the 2010 national elections. Nonetheless, Paris, with the backing of Washington and its allies in the regional Economic Community of West African States, rejected peace overtures and a recount of the vote.The imperialists and their allies in Ivory Coast were determined to remove Gbagbo and his political party from power. Consequently, they went to great lengths to stage the coup that installed Ouattara. At present the West hails Ivory Coast as a success story, since the imperialist countries have been able to make a deep penetration of its economy.Gbagbo has pleaded not guilty to four serious charges, including murder and rape, allegedly carried out by his supporters under his directives. These occurred during clashes that resulted in 3,000 deaths after disputes surfaced over the 2010 presidential election results. ICC prosecutors in their opening arguments on Jan. 28 told the court that Gbagbo unleashed violence against his supporters in order to remain in office.Defense says trial motivated by politicsLawyers for the defendants, who include former first lady Simone Gbagbo and youth leader Charles Ble Goude, are emphasizing the role of France in Ivory Coast’s inability to resolve its own internal problems. They argue that French military operatives arrested the former president in a makeshift residence and this poses a challenge to the character of the ICC, which is based at The Hague.Simone Gbagbo was tried in 2014 and sentenced to 20 years in prison by Ivorian authorities under Ouattara. No members of Ouattara’s Rally of the Republicans party have been indicted by the ICC or Ivory Coast prosecutors.Defense attorney Jennifer Naouri said, “Laurent Gbagbo continually sought solutions to the post-electoral crisis, proposing for example that votes be re-counted. Ouattara didn’t agree to this.” (Reuters, Feb. 1)Gbagbo supporters in Ivory Coast and internationally have pointed out the bias of the proceedings. After the isolation and arrest of Gbagbo, his spouse and other key leaders in April 2011, Western nations immediately recognized Ouattara as the “legitimate head of state” in Abidjan. This same policy continues, even though Gbagbo retains tremendous support inside Ivory Coast.At the opening of the trial, hundreds of members and friends of Gbagbo were at the court. Many wore shirts with Gbagbo’s image, calling for his release from prison in the Netherlands.In the same article, attorney Naouri emphasized, “Gbagbo will never be able to shed the image of an anti-French nationalist that has been stuck to him by supporters of Alassane Ouattara. The French establishment will never accept him.”Gbagbo began his career as an academic, having earned a Ph.D. in history. He was banned from his teaching post and imprisoned in 1971 for supposedly lecturing in a “subversive” manner.Left-wing ideologically, he became a trade union organizer among educators during the 1980s. Gbagbo opposed the first Ivorian leader, President Felix Houphouet-Boigny, a protégé of French neocolonialism who ruled the country for three decades.Gbagbo helped form the Ivorian Popular Front in 1982 and was exiled to Europe the same year. He returned in 1988, only to be imprisoned again in 1992. Gbagbo took power through an electoral process accompanied by a popular uprising in 2000. He ruled the country until he was overthrown on April 11, 2011.ICC trial and African Union SummitThis trial comes amid growing controversy within the African Union and other nongovernmental forces over the character of the ICC and its sole preoccupation with the kidnapping and persecution of African leaders. Gbagbo is the highest-ranking political official to be tried by the court, which was established through the Rome Statute treaty in 2002.An ICC case against Kenya’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta, collapsed in 2015 after the defense effectively challenged the credibility of witnesses against him. However, his vice president, William Ruto, is still embroiled in a legal battle with court prosecutors, led by Gambian national Fatou Bensouda.Kenyatta was actively opposed by the U.S. and Britain when he won the elections in 2013. Both the British and U.S. governments, under Prime Minister David Cameron and President Barack Obama, respectively, leveled threats against Kenya, saying there would be consequences if Kenyatta won the poll.At the 50th anniversary AU Summit in Ethiopia in May 2013, widespread criticism of the ICC and its failure to recognize the sovereignty of African states prompted calls for the AU to withdraw from the Rome Statute. Numerous African states have not signed the agreement and consider themselves not bound by its conventions.Although the U.S. and some European imperialist states do not recognize the supposed authority of the ICC, Western capitals use the court as a tool of the foreign policy imperatives of Washington, London, Paris and Brussels. In Libya, for example, when the Pentagon, the CIA, NATO and their allies sought a legal rationale for the massive bombing of the North African state in 2011, the ICC rapidly indicted Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi, members of his family and other officials.According to the Feb. 1 Guardian newspaper, referring to the 26th Ordinary AU Summit held on Jan. 30-31, “Members of the African Union have backed a Kenyan proposal to push for withdrawal from the International Criminal Court, repeating claims that it unfairly targets the continent. Chad’s president, Idriss Déby, who was elected African Union chairman at the two-day summit in Addis Ababa, criticized the court for focusing its efforts on African leaders.”Deby said, “Elsewhere in the world, many things happen, many flagrant violations of human rights, but nobody cares.” Of the nine countries targeted by the ICC, only one is not in Africa: Georgia, a nation that was part ofthe former Soviet Union.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Detroiters fight to save homes, not tear them down!

first_imgLifelong Detroit resident and retired City worker, Yvonne Jones, speaks out.Despite glowing corporate media reports of Detroit’s comeback, families here continue to face tax foreclosures by the thousands. As of June 2017, over 3,400 occupied homes were in foreclosure, while tens of thousands of families were in unsustainable payment plans and subject to loss of their homes when a payment is missed.An Aug. 1 hearing in the Michigan Court of Appeals was held to determine the appropriate court for a class-action lawsuit challenging the tens of thousands of illegal and racist tax foreclosures in recent years. The lawsuit was initiated in June 2016 by the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, and others on behalf of several neighborhood associations and residents.The lawsuit charges that Wayne County, which contains Detroit, violated the federal Fair Housing Act through the disparate impact of foreclosures on people of color in a city where 80 percent of the residents are African American. The lawsuit also charges that the city of Detroit assessed homes at more than 50 percent of their actual market value, the upper limit set in the Michigan Constitution. In fact, some home are assessed at 10 times the market value!At a press conference before the hearing, residents expressed support for the lawsuit. The speak-out was organized by the Moratorium NOW! Coalition and supported by the Coalition to Stop Unconstitutional Tax Foreclosures and Detroit Eviction Defense.Errol Jennings, past president of the historic Russell Woods-Sullivan Area Association, described the magnitude and scope of the massive overassessments of homes in his neighborhood. Yvonne Jones, a retired city worker and lifelong resident of Detroit, decried the tremendous loss of more than 50 percent of African-American wealth in the city as a result of the foreclosure crisis of the past decade. Jones demanded that the foreclosures stop now.Jerry Cullors, whose family almost lost their home to Bank of America, described the community fightback to stop his family’s eviction and demanded that the banks pay for the destruction of the neighborhoods. Jennine Spencer, vice president of the Charlevoix Village Association, emphasized that federal Hardest Hit funds must be used to save homes, not tear them down.‘Stop the destruction!’The Hardest Hit Fund, created by the notorious bank bailout of 2008 (known as TARP), was set up to assist families impacted by the bank-caused housing crisis that began in 2007. The fund was intended to provide assistance for foreclosure prevention and neighborhood stabilization.Since 2010, Michigan has received more than $761 million in HHF money. But instead of providing any significant assistance with mortgage payments or property taxes, in 2014 the Hardest Hit funds were used to pay for tearing down abandoned and blighted foreclosed homes while Detroit was in bankruptcy.For the cost of tearing down one empty home, approximately three to 10 occupied homes could be saved.A delegation from the Moratorium NOW! Coalition spoke on July 31 at the monthly meeting of the Detroit Financial Review Commission during public comments. When Detroit exited bankruptcy in December 2014, the FRC was created with the power to overrule decisions by the mayor and City Council that, for example, might negatively impact bond ratings and offend Wall Street.The speakers, including Moratorium NOW! members, objected to the irresponsible use of HHF monies for destroying instead of saving homes. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan accused the speakers of spreading misinformation by claiming that rules requiring HHF be used to tear down homes.David Sole, a city retiree who had just described the devastation on his block where most homes are gone or blighted, pointed out that the rules had been rewritten 14 times since 2010 and that the latest rules were written at the mayor’s request. The rules need to be rewritten one more time — in the people’s favor — and this time include assistance with delinquent water bills! A water shutoff is essentially an eviction.Moratorium NOW! has launched an emergency campaign to save all occupied homes from the upcoming tax auction and to stop use of HHF for that purpose. For details, visit moratorium-mi.org.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Un orgulloso ciudadano de la troika

first_imgPor Camilo MejíaEl organizador anti-guerra nicaragüense y soldado resistente a la guerra de Irak, Camilo Mejía, ofreció esta charla el 21 de febrero en la reunión de la Coalición Nacional Unida Anti-Guerra (UNAC) en el Foro del Pueblo en Nueva York. Ligeramente revisada.Camilo Mejía a la conferencia de la UNAC el 21 de febrero en Nueva York. Credit: United National Antiwar CoalitionEl 1 de noviembre de 2018, John Bolton dio un discurso en Miami en el que hizo referencia por primera vez a la troika de la tiranía, para referirse a Cuba, Nicaragua y Venezuela, afirmando que los tres están causando una tremenda cantidad de sufrimiento humano. Así que hoy, me gustaría hablarles como un nicaragüense, un sandinista, y como un orgulloso ciudadano de la troika, porque ser un ciudadano de la troika significa que mi país es un blanco principal de la agresión de EE.UU., lo que significa que debemos de estar haciendo algo bueno. Y al igual que el discurso del “eje del del mal”, en el año 2002, cuando George W. Bush estableció lo que sería la política exterior de EE.UU. en el Oriente Medio, este discurso de la troika de la tiranía también ha establecido básicamente las bases de la agresión de EE.UU. hacia América Latina.Así que me gustaría hablar un poco del contexto en el que nos encontramos, pero en términos sencillos, creo que el tiempo de la hegemonía de los Estados Unidos ha llegado a su fin, y lo que también estamos viendo es realmente mucho más grave que eso, porque el orden económico neoliberal mundial también ha demostrado ser ineficaz, y que está causando enormes cantidades de sufrimiento, sufrimiento humano, a diferencia de la troika.Y entonces, ¿qué han causado estas políticas neoliberales? Han causado una gran desigualdad, la destrucción del medio ambiente, una gran pobreza, enfermedades, mortalidad infantil y materna, destrucción de la infraestructura de los países, destrucción de la soberanía de los países. Y a la par de eso lo que tenemos es un mundo de potencias mundiales emergentes que están adoptando un enfoque muy diferente, y que básicamente esta arraigando sus nuevas relaciones en la colaboración y la reconstrucción de la infraestructura, en el desarrollo de nuevas tecnologías más limpias. Por lo tanto lo que estamos viendo realmente, es que se está creando una alternativa frente a todo este sufrimiento neoliberal. Y sin embargo, lo que vemos, es que los Estados Unidos en lugar de cambiar sus formas y corregir sus muchos errores, sigue cometiendo los mismos errores y tratando de imponer sus políticas neoliberales en todo el continente americano y el mundo.No tengo que convencerles de que muchos de los impactos desastrosos que estamos viendo en América Latina y el resto del mundo también los estamos viendo aquí (en Estados Unidos). Las políticas neoliberales de privatización y austeridad han causado a la gran mayoría de las personas que viven en los Estados Unidos grandes sufrimientos, desde el desplazamiento de las comunidades pobres de sus barrios, hasta la injusticia y la destrucción del medio ambiente, pasando por la brutalidad policial y estatal, y las crisis de la vivienda, de la atención sanitaria y de la educación. El neoliberalismo, no la troika, está causando todo este tremendo sufrimiento humano y ambiental.Levantamientos masivosLa situación en el extranjero no es menos urgente. Los levantamientos masivos que estamos viendo desde Tegucigalpa, Honduras, y San Pedro Sula, hasta París, Francia y en todo el resto del mundo son una respuesta directa al impacto de las políticas neoliberales y el impacto que están teniendo en la gran mayoría de la humanidad. Las políticas neoliberales que se traducen en la destrucción del medio ambiente, en tasas mórbidas de mortalidad, hambre, enfermedades y guerras, sólo para nombrar algunas. Así que aquí estamos esta noche, y qué más podríamos pedir que poder participar en una conferencia antiimperialista en las entrañas de la bestia.En este momento de transición a escala mundial, estamos en el epicentro mismo de esa transición – lo que significa que tenemos que ser muy conscientes de las circunstancias y el contexto histórico en el que nos encontramos, y el cual presenta muchos peligros, pero también muchas oportunidades, y para abordar esas oportunidades me gustaría, tal vez sólo por unos minutos, volver a la troika, y hablaré más específicamente de Nicaragua.Entre los años de 1926 y 1933 los Estados Unidos utilizaron gran parte de su poder militar, incluyendo barcos de guerra, artillería y miles de marines estadounidenses bien armados para capturar y matar al último de los generales rebeldes que quedaba en Nicaragua, Augusto César Sandino.El general Sandino dio origen a la lucha popular y antiimperialista por la soberanía e independencia de los Estados Unidos cuando se negó a aceptar los términos de una tregua que hubiera resultado en la entrega del control del país y sus recursos a los Estados Unidos; continuó librando una guerra de guerrillas en la que él y sus hombres se encontraban en una situación de gran desventaja, pero gracias a su íntimo conocimiento del terreno, al apoyo popular y a la inquebrantable determinación de su ejército patriótico, el General Sandino prevaleció en 1933, y desde entonces los marines no han vuelto a ocupar el territorio nicaragüense.Sin embargo, (el gobierno de) los Estados Unidos no se rindió, simplemente recurrió a las mentiras y a la traición para obtener lo que el General Sandino les había negado durante años en la batalla. Emplearon los servicios de un general liberal burgués, llamado Anastasio Somoza, para atraer al General Sandino a una trampa, ¡y lo asesinó un día como hoy hace exactamente 86 años!Sandino inspiró la luchaPero el legado del General Sandino inspiró la lucha por la liberación de un movimiento revolucionario, que no sólo derrotó lo que se convirtió en la dinastía Somoza, que gobernó Nicaragua durante más de 40 años, sino que también se convirtió en uno de los tres gobiernos conocidos colectivamente hoy como la troika de la tiranía! Por supuesto que hablo del Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional, o FSLN, cuyos colores (rojo y negro) llevo puestos alrededor de mi cuello esta noche.Así que, cuando el Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional derrotó la dictadura apoyada por los Estados Unidos de la familia Somoza en el 79, (el gobierno de) los Estados Unidos no esperó mucho para lanzar una contraofensiva para retener el control y comenzaron a entrenar y financiar al ejército mercenario nicaragüense conocido como la contra. Pero como el congreso estadounidense había prohibido la financiación de los ejércitos mercenarios, la administración Reagan tuvo que recurrir a formas creativas para apoyar a su ejército títere, incluyendo la venta de armas a Irán durante la guerra entre el Irán e Irak, un escándalo que se conoció como el Asunto Irán-Contra, y esa fue la misma guerra en la que los Estados Unidos armaron al ejército iraquí de Saddam Hussein con armas químicas, que más tarde fueron utilizadas contra los kurdos iraquíes, y contra la población militar y civil iraní.Otro turbio esquema para mantener la guerra fue que la CIA facilitó el tráfico de crack en los barrios afroamericanos de Los Ángeles, lo que se convirtió no sólo en una epidemia de salud, sino también en una epidemia social, ya que creó un violento ambiente de tráfico de drogas, causando alarmantes tasas de adicción, problemas de salud mental, desempleo, falta de vivienda, por nombrar algunos, todo ello mientras la administración Reagan recortaba los fondos para programas sociales, incluyendo servicios de salud mental, vivienda, educación y otras necesidades básicas.Cuando el FSLN perdió las elecciones generales en 1990, una serie de gobiernos neoliberales comenzaron inmediatamente a socavar todos los logros de la revolución, incluyendo la reforma agraria, la campaña de alfabetización, las victorias en la igualdad de género, la atención sanitaria, los programas de educación, los derechos de los trabajadores y mucho más. El país dejó de ser una nación soberana para convertirse en un mercado barato que las empresas transnacionales podían explotar salvajemente, sin tener en cuenta a la población del país ni su entorno natural. 16 años de oscuridadUna situación similar a la epidemia de drogas de Los Ángeles se produjo en Nicaragua, ya que la mayoría de nuestros ciudadanos perdieron la red de seguridad social que había sido proporcionada por el gobierno sandinista: las tasas de mortalidad se dispararon una vez más, los campesinos perdieron sus tierras, el analfabetismo se disparó, los niños pobres se desnutrieron, el desempleo masivo llevó a mayores tasas de criminalidad y a barrios inseguros, y con la venta de la compañía eléctrica, el país entró en un período de 16 años de verdadera oscuridad.A pesar de esa sombría realidad que le tocó vivir a Nicaragua durante 16 años, el gobierno de los Estados Unidos, o los medios corporativos estadounidenses, nunca informaron, y mucho menos se quejaron, sobre la mórbida existencia de la mayoría de los nicaragüenses durante ese período neoliberal; no hubieron organizaciones de derechos humanos que escribieran informes sobre los alarmantes índices de mortalidad, hambre, enfermedades o cualquier otra cosa causada por las políticas neoliberales de privatización y austeridad. La Organización de Estados Americanos nunca expresó ningún interés en el país a pesar del flagrante fraude electoral, supervisado por los Estados Unidos para impedir que los sandinistas volvieran al poder. Era como si el país ya no existiera.Así que el gobierno sandinista de hoy, en el poder durante 12 años, ha sido capaz de reducir la pobreza a la mitad, la pobreza extrema en dos tercios, proporcionar asistencia sanitaria y educación universal a todos nuestros ciudadanos, reconstruir nuestra infraestructura, convertirse en una de las naciones más seguras de América Latina, lograr el 90 por ciento de la soberanía alimentaria, aumentar el acceso a la energía eléctrica del 54 por ciento al 92 por ciento, lanzar programas de crédito y préstamos para apoyar a cientos de miles de micro, pequeñas y medianas empresas, y situar al país entre las tres primeras naciones del mundo en términos de igualdad de género.Nicaragua no está sola en estos logros; bajo los presidentes Chávez y Maduro, a pesar de la constante intervención de EE.UU. en la forma de sanciones, sabotajes y operaciones de cambio de régimen, Venezuela ha puesto en marcha una serie de programas diseñados para promover el desarrollo de la nación sudamericana, incluyendo programas de vivienda que han construido aproximadamente 3 millones de hogares para los ciudadanos más pobres de Venezuela; programas de distribución de alimentos, programas de educación y mucho más. En el caso de Cuba, no sólo su revolución ha sobrevivido a más de 60 años de guerra económica, política, diplomática e incluso militar de los Estados Unidos, sino que ha logrado increíbles victorias en el cuidado de la salud y la educación, sin mencionar la medicina, la resistencia a los cambios climáticos, el desarrollo de una economía sostenible y mucho más. De los cientos de millones de niños hambrientos que deambulan por el mundo sin hogar, ni uno solo de ellos vive en Cuba, ya que la isla revolucionaria, a pesar de décadas de agresión por parte de los Estados Unidos, ha logrado erradicar completamente la falta de hogar.¡Esta es la troika!Pero comparto todo esto con ustedes, no sólo en interés de mi país, y de Venezuela o Cuba; lo comparto con ustedes esta noche porque sigo escuchando a la gente decir: “El enemigo de mi enemigo no es mi amigo”, o “denunciar el imperialismo de EE.UU. no significa que tengamos que apoyar a las dictaduras”. Otro común es: “Debemos apoyar los movimientos de base que se oponen a los regímenes totalitarios, incluso si alguna vez fueron progresistas.” Así que déjenme decirles algo, el enemigo de su enemigo, es decir, las naciones de la troika, así como otras naciones que son objeto de las políticas de cambio de régimen de los Estados Unidos y otras formas de agresión, no son objeto de ataques por ser dictaduras; son objeto de ataques porque representamos una alternativa al orden mundial neoliberal imperante, que es el mismo orden mundial que está negando a la juventud estadounidense un futuro brillante, que está destruyendo nuestro medio ambiente, que ha convertido las necesidades humanas básicas en productos para la compra y venta en los mercados transnacionales.Construir un movimiento antiimperialistaNecesitamos construir un movimiento unido, antiimperialista, internacionalista, que sea capaz de entender el momento histórico en que nos encontramos, que sea capaz de diferenciar un modelo económico que sirve a los intereses de los pobres y no a los intereses de los ricos y de las empresas transnacionales.Necesitamos entender cómo las ONGs financiadas por los Estados Unidos han tomado el control de la narrativa de la posverdad en lo referente a las dictaduras y a la democracia, y cómo han instrumentalizado las políticas de la identidad y los derechos humanos y civiles para crear división entre nosotros, y para reorientar nuestros esfuerzos de solidaridad hacia el rechazo de los gobiernos y los movimientos revolucionarios que están luchando con uñas y dientes contra las mismas políticas que están causando un tremendo sufrimiento humano y la degradación del medio ambiente en nuestras comunidades, aquí mismo en los Estados Unidos.El imperialismo estadounidense tiene muchos aliados, aliados muy poderosos, y ellos no están divididos; no pierden tiempo en vilipendiarse unos a otros al lanzar campañas de desprestigio en los medios de comunicación que allanan el camino para el cambio de régimen en América Latina, el Oriente Medio, África, Asia y en todas partes, donde queman cuerpos negros e indígenas y destruyen programas progresistas para los pobres, bajo el disfraz de movimientos pro democracia.Los mismos que inundan las calles de los Estados Unidos con drogas y violencia son los que apoyan los esfuerzos para derrocar a los gobiernos revolucionarios; las mismas personas que han facilitado el uso de armas químicas contra los kurdos iraquíes y las poblaciones militares y civiles iraníes, y que están demoliendo hogares palestinos también están financiando ejércitos mercenarios en lugares como Colombia y Nicaragua, y están detrás de las narrativas que nos mantienen debatiendo los méritos y las fallas de los gobiernos revolucionarios que luchan por la autodeterminación, mientras se mantienen unidos en la destrucción de nuestro medio ambiente, nuestro futuro, y nuestra capacidad de vivir una vida con dignidad, y de luchar por lo que es decente y correcto.Así que, para terminar, estoy aquí de pie esta noche, o mejor dicho, sentado aquí esta noche, como un orgulloso ciudadano de la troika, como un nicaragüense, como alguien que ha sido sandinista desde antes de nacer porque mis dos padres fueron insurgentes en la lucha contra Somoza, y que seguirá siendo sandinista hasta el momento en que dé mi último aliento. Y no estoy aquí para disculparme por ello, no estoy aquí para disculparme por mi gobierno mientras construimos este movimiento, no estoy aquí para pedir ayuda para nuestra lucha. Estoy aquí para decirles a todos ustedes que su lucha y la mía son una y la misma, y que si vamos a trabajar juntos, como deberíamos, debemos construir un movimiento antiimperialista que se base en una fuerte comprensión del cambio de régimen en el siglo XXI, y que sea capaz de ir más allá de los titulares corporativos, de cavar más profundo, de atravesar las campañas de desprestigio y ver a través de la cortina de humo del imperialismo, para ver los valores que unen nuestras luchas, y que pueden ayudarnos a trabajar juntos mientras luchamos por construir un mundo mejor. Gracias.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

The Grand Berry Theater hopes to become a staple of Fort Worth cinema

first_imgFacebook Twitter Linkedin Kai Gradyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kai-grady/ Open House Episode 14: Delaina Bellows Kai Grady printFort Worth’s newest art-house theater has a dual purpose: showcase independent cinema and provide a safe place for people to engage in civil discourse. Jimmy Sweeney, the founder of The Grand Berry Theater, said the idea came to him during his time at TCU.“I came out to Fort Worth and just didn’t have the avenue to keep seeing the movies that I was accustomed to seeing,” he said. “We want to be a safe place where people who think differently, look differently, act differently can come and watch the same thing.”Jimmy Sweeney standing in front of the unique art direction and showtimes. Photo by Jack WallaceSweeney designed an art-house theater that highlights independent films because of their ability to actively engage the viewer.“Fort Worth hasn’t had an art house in a long time, and art houses are really important voices in communities where they’re thriving; they have the opportunity to display films and events that are fun but also challenging,” said Sweeney.“The Grand Berry Theater was built with the idea in mind of bringing people together with cinema. I believe they’re doing that judging from my experience.”Craig Borders, a frequent moviegoerVideo by Kai Grady and photos by Jack Wallace The theater hosts a number of events through its Film Club membership.“The goal of it is to get a consistent group of people coming and watching and talking about movies together,” Sweeney said. “It’s something I’ve really enjoyed getting to be a part of, and it’s cool to see the film community growing that way.”Sweeney said art houses can become an epicenter of culture as well as be a place where the entire community gathers. He also said he wants the theater to serve as a safe place where people can engage in civil discourse. “It says a lot about people being able to come regardless of race, gender, orientation and feel safe and comfortable and engage with someone else,” said Sweeney. “It’s really important to have that voice in the community.”The entrance to the Grand Berry Theater. Photo by Jack WallaceHis wife, Brooke Sweeney, designed and created the interior aesthetic to promote inclusion and instill a sense of familiarity with moviegoers.“The city is very segregated still in a lot of ways … we just wanted to feel like we could represent blending those different cultures together,” Jimmy said. “A lot of it was driven out of the desire to have an aesthetic that felt very homey and comfortable.”Jimmy Sweeney said the experience at The Grand Berry Theater differs from other movie theaters in that its goal is to intentionally foster discussion between the audience and the staff.Trey Edwards, a member of the Film Club, said it has been his favorite part about the theater. “It’s been great to hear other people’s opinions and views of the films we watch,” Edwards said.The theater is located at 2712 Weisenberger St. More information on showtimes and special events can be found on Instagram and Facebook. + posts Kai Gradyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kai-grady/ Previous articleTexas primary: what to expectNext articleHoroscope: February 22, 2020 Kai Grady RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Open House: Finale Kai Gradyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kai-grady/ Open House Episode 15: Alexis Berrycenter_img Open House Episode 13: Liliana Ogden Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Facebook ReddIt Kai Grady is an FTDM and Journalism double-major from Arlington, Texas. He currently works at KTCU as a Hip-Hop DJ. After graduating, he hopes to pursue a career in both sports and popular culture writing. Twitter Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Kai Gradyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kai-grady/ ReddIt Linkedin Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturdaylast_img read more

11 remain unaccounted for after deadliest wildfire in California history

first_imgJustin Sullivan/Getty Images(PARADISE, Calif.) — Eleven people remain unaccounted for in Northern California after the deadliest wildfire in state history ravaged communities and claimed 85 lives.At one time there were a thousand names on the list of people missing or unaccounted for in Butte County, where the Camp Fire swelled to more than 153,000 acres over 18 days and destroyed nearly 14,000 homes before firefighters fully contained it on Nov. 25.The Butte County Sheriff’s Office, which released the revised list late Monday night, now says it has located 3,175 individuals who were reported missing at some point during the blaze.The death toll was also revised down to 85 from 88, after medical examiners determined several bags of human remains believed to be of separate individuals were actually the same. The remains of 43 individuals have been positively identified while 39 others have been tentatively identified, according to the sheriff’s office.Most of the people who remain unaccounted for are from the town of Paradise, a bucolic community of 27,000 people in the Sierra Nevada foothills that was virtually decimated by the Camp Fire. Many of the deaths occurred there.Melissa Schuster, a Paradise town council member, said her house was among those leveled by the Camp Fire.“Our entire five-member council is homeless,” Schuster said in a Nov. 13 interview on ABC News’ “Start Here” podcast. “All of our houses have been destroyed.”“The entire community of Paradise is a toxic wasteland right now,” she added, holding back tears.The Camp Fire ignited Nov. 8 near Pulga, a tiny community in Butte County nestled in the Plumas National Forest. That same day, the Woolsey Fire ignited near the city of Simi Valley in Southern California’s Ventura County. Both blazes exploded as strong winds fanned the flames south.In all, the pair of wildfires laid waste to a total area of nearly 400 square miles before firefighters contained the flames last month.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

GasLog announces take private transaction with BlackRock’s Global Energy & Power Infrastructure team

first_imgUnder the Merger Agreement, GEPIF will acquire all of the outstanding common shares of GasLog that are not held by certain existing shareholders of GasLog GasLog announces take private transaction with BlackRock’s Global Energy & Power Infrastructure Team. (Credit: Adam Radosavljevic from Pixabay) GasLog Ltd. (“GasLog”) (NYSE: GLOG) today announced that  it has entered into an agreement and plan of merger (the “Merger Agreement”) with BlackRock’s Global Energy & Power Infrastructure team (collectively, “GEPIF”), which is focused on essential, long-term infrastructure investments in the energy and power sector.Under the Merger Agreement, GEPIF will acquire all of the outstanding common shares of GasLog that are not held by certain existing shareholders of GasLog, including Blenheim Holdings Ltd., which is wholly owned by the Livanos family, and a wholly owned affiliate of the Onassis Foundation (collectively, the “Rolling Shareholders”), in exchange for $5.80 in cash per common share (the “Transaction”). The $5.80 per share acquisition price represents a 17% premium to the closing price of GasLog’s common shares on February 19, 2021 and a 22% premium to the volume weighted average share price of GasLog’s common shares over the last 30 days.Immediately following the completion of the Transaction, the Rolling Shareholders will continue to hold approximately 55% of the outstanding common shares of GasLog and GEPIF will hold approximately 45%. Promptly after completion of the Transaction, the common shares of GasLog will be delisted from the New York Stock Exchange.A special committee (the “Special Committee”) of the Board of Directors of GasLog (the “Board”), comprised solely of independent and disinterested directors and advised by its own independent legal and financial advisors, unanimously recommended that the Board approve the Merger Agreement and determined that the Transaction was in the best interests of GasLog and its public shareholders. Acting upon the recommendation of the Special Committee, the members of the Board unanimously approved the Merger Agreement and the Transaction and recommended non-Rolling Shareholders vote in favor of the Transaction.“This transaction is a transformative next step for GasLog, offering shareholders an immediate and considerable premium for their shares and allowing for access to growth capital currently absent in the public equity markets,” said Peter G. Livanos, Chairman of GasLog. “I am delighted to be partnering with BlackRock’s GEPIF team, an ideal complement to our management team, given our shared values of safety, sustainability and operational excellence. BlackRock’s GEPIF team has a track record of success in supporting energy infrastructure businesses such as ours. I am confident that our employees offshore and on shore, customers and lending relationships will enjoy the many and substantial benefits of this partnership.”“We are excited to partner with GasLog’s world-class management team to facilitate the company’s strong capabilities in meeting the  growing global demand for LNG, particularly in Asia, through its fleet of modern, efficient vessels,” said Mark Florian, Head of BlackRock’s Global Energy & Power Infrastructure team. “As the global shift to more environmentally-friendly energy sources such as natural gas and renewables from coal and other fuels continues, we are pleased to invest in an infrastructure business supported by long-term contracts with leading energy companies and that supports the global energy transition.”The Transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2021, subject to approval of the Transaction by GasLog shareholders at a special meeting, including by a majority of the shares held by the non-Rolling Shareholders present at the shareholders meeting that will be held in connection with the Transaction, and the satisfaction or waiver of certain customary closing conditions.GasLog’s preference shares as well as the common and preference units of GasLog Partners LP are expected to remain outstanding and continue to trade on the New York Stock Exchange immediately following the completion of the Transaction.Evercore is acting as financial advisor to the Special Committee and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and Appleby (Bermuda) Limited are acting as legal counsel to the Special Committee. Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC is acting as financial advisor to GasLog. Linklaters LLP is acting as legal counsel to Blenheim Holdings Ltd. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more