Pennsylvania gaming revenue hits record $3.3bn in 2018-19

first_img Tags: Fantasy Sports Online Gambling Slot Machines 19th July 2019 | By contenteditor Pennsylvania gaming revenue hits record $3.3bn in 2018-19 Casino & games Gambling revenue in Pennsylvania reached a record $3.3bn (£2.6bn/€2.9bn) in the 2018-19 fiscal year, as the US state was boosted by additional income from regulated sports wagering.The figure for the 12 months to June 30, 2019 represents a 1.84% increase on the $3.25bn posted in the corresponding period last year. The state collected a total of $1.39bn in tax from gambling, up from $1.3bn in the previous year.Slots were by far the main source of income for licensed casinos in Pennsylvania, with revenue amounting to a collective $2.37bn, slightly up from $2.35bn last year.Table games followed with revenue of $885.6m, down by 1.08% on $895.3m last year – the first time the state has seen a year-on-year drop since table games were introduced in its casinos in 2010.Meanwhile, legal sports betting, which launched in the state in November of last year, generated $21.7m in revenue in the period to June 30. This was primarily derived from land-based activities, with online wagering having not launched until May this year.Read the full story on iGB North America.Image: Paul Hamilton Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Slots Table games DFS Regions: US Pennsylvania Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Gambling revenue in Pennsylvania reached a record $3.3bn (£2.6bn/€2.9bn) in the 2018-19 fiscal year, as the US state was boosted by additional income from regulated sports wagering. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more

Church of England announces major investment in new churches, outreach

first_img Submit a Job Listing Rector Tampa, FL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Press Release Service Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Shreveport, LA Featured Events Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Belleville, IL Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Tags Anglican Communion Submit a Press Release Rector Washington, DC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Collierville, TN Submit an Event Listing Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Curate Diocese of Nebraska [Anglican Communion News Service] A new congregation in a nightclub area and the Church of England’s first weekday-only church are two of several new worshipping communities to receive a share of £35 million in funding. The money – the biggest investment so far by the church’s Renewal and Reform initiative – is intended to help it reach tens of thousands of people including in city centers, outer estates and rural areas, the church said.Read the full article here. Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Bath, NC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Posted Jan 23, 2019 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Youth Minister Lorton, VA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Church of England announces major investment in new churches, outreach Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Hopkinsville, KY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Director of Music Morristown, NJ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Smithfield, NC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Associate Rector Columbus, GAlast_img read more

Apopka Memorial Day Service

first_img The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Reply 1 COMMENT May 30, 2016 at 6:44 pm Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Tenita Reid The Apopka Memorial Day service was held this morning at the Edgewood/Greenwood Cemetery, “To Honor the Lives and Legacy of All of Our Service Men and Women.”The service was hosted by Jim Greene, Sr. Vice Commander of Apopka VFW Post 10147. Madeline Mangas sang “The Star Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful.” Noel Shanko gave an inspiring rendition of Johnny Cash’s patriotic poem, “The Ragged Old Flag.”  Mathew Hutchinson played “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes.Steve Deviese was the keynote speaker and caused everyone to reflect on the benefits enjoyed by not only Americans but the rest of the world due to the sacrifices of American veterans.Mark Delle, Ed Velazquez, Ted Condo and Frank Biber fired the Gun Salute.Mayor Joe Kilsheimer and all four commissioners; Doug Bankson, Kyle Becker, Billie Dean and Diane Velazquez attended the service.Scroll through the photos for the full program.center_img TAGSApopka Memorial Day Service Previous articleBreaking News: One-Year-Old-Boy hit by pickup truck diesNext articleBob Poe Accepts Minimum Wage Challenge Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. I want to personally thank all the veterans who have served, whether during wartime, or during times of peace, and regardless of the branch of military you served in. I think you all are very special, for dedicating your life to your country. We can never honor you enough. I still hold out hope that Apopka will one day build a veteran’s park dedicated to all veterans. Please enter your comment!last_img read more

House in Ávila / Claudia Olalla Gil

first_imgCopyAbout this officeClaudia Olalla GilOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesLas Navas del MarquésSpainPublished on December 25, 2014Cite: “House in Ávila / Claudia Olalla Gil” [Casa en Ávila / Claudia Olalla Gil] 25 Dec 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Photographs Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard House in Ávila / Claudia Olalla Gil 2014 Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” Spaincenter_img “COPY” CopyHouses•Las Navas del Marqués, Spain Projects Architects: Claudia Olalla Gil Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs:  Javier CallejasCollaborator:Ramón Bermúdez ObregónTechnical Architect:Miguel Ángel Martín MelgarStructures:Alberto SánchezBuilding Services:Salvador AgramuntConstruction:Navas 3000 S.LCity:Las Navas del MarquésCountry:SpainMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Javier CallejasRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAText description provided by the architects. Located at a high altitude (1200 meters above sea level), Las Navas del Marqués is characterized by cold winters and mild summers, which determine a low annual average temperature (10 ° C).Save this picture!SectionTaking advantage of the views of the valley of San Miguel coincident with the best orientation (south west), the house opens onto the views and closes as much as possible to the north, avoiding energy losses.Save this picture!© Javier CallejasThe plot, only 800m2 with a steep slope of 33%, is surrounded by three neighbors, a circumstance that highlights even more the single orientation of the project and proposes a compact layout, occupying the center of the plot with the intention to maximize the outdoor spaces.Save this picture!© Javier CallejasThe owners, a couple with two daughters, commissioned a weekend retreat of manageable proportions but that could also comfortably accommodate the conventional dynamics of an entire family.Save this picture!PlanWe then propose two stacked programs: the parents retreat upstairs and a separate apartment on the ground floor for the daughters. By assigning to each core a differentiated exterior space and a separate entrance, the capacity of the site is doubled while all the spaces are organized in the plot.Save this picture!© Javier CallejasThe two housing units, which will be definitively integrated into the ground over the years when their cladding darkens and plants hang from their terraces, have independent access from the outside but communicate through an internal staircase that makes them into a single residence. Two separate worlds benefit from two different exteriors. The house is staggered on the ground to take refuge in it, to take advantage of the views in all the main areas, and to present little facade towards the street.Save this picture!© Javier CallejasDuring summer, the house is protected from the afternoon sun by operable lattices on the larger openings, complemented by a system of sliding doors that blur the boundary between inside and outside while allowing cross ventilation. Between the two layers of enclosure is a transitional space in the manner of a hallway or loggia that allows to extend the living room onto the terrace during warmer days, and invites the user to operate the two layers playfully, achieving multiple spatial configurations.Save this picture!SectionThe spirit of the place, equipped with the new presence of the bi-nuclear home, tames the surrounding landscape and dilutes the presence of neighbors in seeking to create a space for rest and contemplation.Project gallerySee allShow less1–6 Copper Lane N16 9NS / Henley Halebrown Rorrison ArchitectsSelected ProjectsRegistration Open: European Award for Architectural Heritage Intervention AADIPAArchitecture News Share ArchDaily House in Ávila / Claudia Olalla GilSave this projectSaveHouse in Ávila / Claudia Olalla Gil Save this picture!© Javier Callejas+ 12 Sharelast_img read more

Fund awards over £2million in new grants

first_imgFund awards over £2million in new grants Advertisement Howard Lake | 19 November 2005 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.  37 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund has recently announced the recipients of over £2 million in new grants following completion of its latest open grants round.Both national and international aid organisations have benefitted from the grants, including the Newham Asian Women’s Project, the Roma Support Group, War Child and the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers.last_img read more

Community meets to condemn killer cops

first_imgWW photo: Joseph PietteIt was a meeting held against all odds. Hurricane Sandy had just swept up the Eastern seaboard. Public transit was shut down in Philadelphia. Yet organizers decided to go ahead and hold a scheduled forum about the police brutality epidemic in the U.S.More than 70 people came out for the Philadelphia stop on the “Fight Police Brutality from the West Coast to the East” tour, which was held in this city on Oct. 30. A meeting three days earlier at New York’s Riverside Church was cancelled when the storm forced closure of that city’s public transit system.The event featured Jeralynn Blueford and Adam Blueford, parents of Alan Blueford, who was slain by Oakland, Calif., police on May 6, and Jack Bryson, a leader of the Oscar Grant Movement. Jeralynn Blueford poig­n­antly related memories of her youngest son, while she emphasized the need to fight to win justice against the police who killed him. The Bluefords formed an organization called Justice4AlanBlueford, and, since their son’s death, have gone from city to city organizing against police violence.MOVE leader Ramona Africa, a survivor of the 1985 bombing by Philadelphia police that killed 11 adults and children in her family, told the gathering that while she does not like to talk about what happened to her relatives, people have to know about it, if only to motivate them to get involved. “You are defeated when you give up,” she said. “As long as you continue to fight and resist, you have won.”Abdus Sabur, whose son was brutally attacked by Philadelphia police in 2009, also spoke.International Action Center organizer Berta Joubert Ceci, who chaired the event, stressed the importance of holding the meeting, noting that as the economic crisis deepens, so will capitalist state repression. She described Philadelphia as “the city that bombed itself, a city where police have impunity.” Joubert Ceci had organized local protests against police brutality after cops assaulted Puerto Rican Aida Guzman at a September community celebration.Baltimore People’s Assembly organizers Sharon Black and the Rev. Cortly “C.D.” Witherspoon, the president of the Baltimore chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, rounded out the panel. They told of Peoples Power Assemblies being held to protest the pandemic of police violence.Witherspoon related his experience at a 10,000 strong Baltimore march earlier this year in memory of slain African-American youth, Trayvon Martin. When he asked people to raise their hands if police had victimized them, he said, “We were stunned by the response.” He emphasized, “It’s important that we have a plan of action. We need to use our cell phones as a community weapon to capture incidents of police brutality.”Black noted that former Oakland Police Commissioner Anthony Batts was recently appointed to the same position in Baltimore, and stressed: “It’s really not about who heads up the police. It’s about the system. Police occupation, police terror — this is their answer to the economic crisis.”Everyone was invited to the National Peoples Power Assembly in Baltimore on Dec. 15 to take up the campaign of police terror, community control over the police and more. Black explained, “We won’t just be dealing with police abuse but also issues of racism, sexism, violence against LGBTQ people, the lack of resources for youth and the lack of jobs. All these problems, including wars abroad, are connected.”The speakers inspired audience members, who included organizers of anti-police repression groups. The Build People’s Power Movement has been holding regular street speakouts for “Jobs not Jails!” Free the Streets has focused their attention on the construction of an unwanted new police headquarters in West Philadelphia.While the individual accounts of police killings and vicious attacks on family members and loved ones moved the audience, the overall theme of this meeting was the need to organize and fight back.Jack Bryson, whose sons were with Oscar Grant when a Bay Area Rapid Transit officer in Fruitvale, Calif., killed him in 2009, explained that he had never been an organizer, but that now he has dedicated his life to organizing against this system and defeating it.Along with the Bluefords, Bryson visited political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal the day before the meeting and shared his message to those attending: “Mumia told us that what the system doesn’t understand is movements, so you have to build a movement and keep organizing. That’s all the people will believe in — not the government or the police. It’s up to us to make this happen and to defeat the system.” nFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

TCU club sports return to play amid pandemic

first_imgTwitter Twitter Open House Episode 14: Delaina Bellows + posts Open House Episode 13: Liliana Ogden Facebook Kai Grady printClub Tennis Package from TCU Student Media on Vimeo.All club sports have returned to campus this semester despite the COVID-19 pandemic.Mary Ellen Milam, the associate director of programs at the University Recreation Center, said the safe return of club sports is essential for many students.“We wanted clubs to be able to be an outlet for people to have some kind of healthy activity but do it within guidelines,” she said. “It’s a way for students to have some normalcy in their college experience.”In addition to typical COVID-19 guidelines like wearing a mask and social distancing, attendance is mandatory, travel is restricted within the metroplex, and competitive events cannot be held on campus.Members of the club tennis team pose for a picture after Sectionals. (Photo courtesy of club tennis)Milam said the players are dedicated to following and enforcing the necessary rules so they can prevent the suspension of play due to the spread of the coronavirus.“We’re going to do this, and we’re going to do this safely because we want to continue to stay active,” said Miliam.Ella Canfield, the club tennis vice president, said tennis practice provides a much-needed break from online classes.“Just sitting in my room all day on Zoom, it’s nice to get outside and move,” said Canfield.All 25 club sports are currently active on campus, in some capacity. No club sport has had to suspend play and quarantine, but the programs have plans in place if need be. Kai Grady Kai Grady SportsClub sportsNewsTCU club sports return to play amid pandemicBy Kai Grady – September 24, 2020 1438 Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Kai Grady Open House Episode 15: Alexis Berrycenter_img Open House: Finale Previous articleFort Worth Zoo re-opens with new protocolsNext articleStudent organizations and SDS find new ways to offer service hours Kai Grady Facebook ReddIt TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Linkedin Linkedin 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. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kai Grady World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution ReddItlast_img read more


first_img News TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit News News News Follow the news on Turkey TurkeyEurope – Central Asia to go further Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor April 2, 2021 Find out more The year 2010 was marked by the widely covered deblocking of the video-sharing website YouTube which, unfortunately, did not equate to a lifting of online censorship in Turkey. In a country where taboo topics abound, several thousand websites are still inaccessible and legal proceedings against online journalists persist. April 2, 2021 Find out more March 11, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Turkey Receive email alerts The YouTube sagaMuch was written throughout Turkey in 2010 about the fate of the Google-owned video-sharing website YouTube. Blocked in Turkey since May 2008 because of videos which Ataturk, the founder of the Republic and the nation, deemed “offensive”, it was rendered accessible again in October 2010 after a series of unexpected developments. In June 2010, the Turkish Supreme Council for Telecommunications and IT (TIB) asked Internet service providers to block new YouTube-linked IP addresses. Certain Google services, such as Google Analytics, Google AdWords and Google Docs were also frozen.On 5 July, the Turkish media pointed out certain contradictions in the authorities’ statements about this blocking. Judge Hayri Keskin affirmed that the site was being censored for violating the Internet law, while Transport Minister Binali Yildirim implied that the government was seeking to tax YouTube’s ad revenue.In statements reported by several Turkish media, President Abdullah Gul nonetheless said that he was opposed to censorship and called for the law to be changed. “I do not want Turkey to be included among the countries that ban YouTube and prevent access to Google. If there are problems due to our legislation, there should be ways to overcome that.”On 30 October 2010, an Ankara court lifted the ban on YouTube, a decision which the international community welcomed as an encouraging first step.Yet the saga does not end there. On 2 November 2010, an Ankara court placed a new ban on YouTube as the result of a complaint filed by Deniz Baykal, former head of Republican People’s Party (CHP), the country’s main opposition party. He had been forced to resign after a video was circulated on the Internet showing an individual resembling him, implicated in an adulterous relationship. The court then referred the matter to the TIB, which ordered the website’s administrators to remove the compromising videos under penalty of being blocked – a request with which YouTube complied. There is no certainty that YouTube will not be blocked again should a new complaint be made. The Turkish courts or the TIB may also have social networks such as Facebook in their line of sight. It would not be a first: was blocked in September 2009 for “copyright infringements,” then unblocked the following month. The Vimeo video-sharing website was banned for several days in September 2010 on personal “offence” charges following a “preventive” decision by the Ankara public prosecutor’s office at the request of CHP Deputy Chairman Mehmet Akif Hamzaçebi.In March 2011, Google-owned Blogger plateform was rendered inaccessible in Turkey. A local court banned the entire service, used by some 600 000 Turkish bloggers, in response to a complaint by satellite TV firm Digitürk that streaming media feeds from local soccer games were appearing on multiple Blogger websites, violating copyrights.Thousands of sites blockedYouTube’s fortunate outcome should not be a pretext to ignore the extent of online blocking and censorship in the country, or the arrests and legal proceedings against bloggers and netizens.According to, some 8,170 Internet websites are currently inaccessible either as the result of a court decision or at the initiative of the TIB. In June 2010, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) estimated that “over 5,000 sites” had been blocked in the last two years. In 2009, it had estimated 3,700, some for “arbitrary and political reasons.” Notwithstanding, if the figures have increased, it does not necessarily mean that the number of news websites concerned has risen. Most blocked sites are erotic or pornographic, or devoted to games of chance, or soccer match coverage. Others focus on the gay community or dissemination news, for example about the Kurd issue, criticise high-ranking officials, or discuss what are deemed to be terrorist organisations. Ataturk, the Turkish Army, the nation, the issue of minorities – notably the Kurd – and the so-called “terrorist” organisations are still highly controversial topics. Denouncing abuses committed by senior officials is becoming an increasingly risky undertaking. Access to the website of Çine Uğur, the local newspaper in the southwestern province of Aydin in western Turkey, was banned by a September 2010 court decision because of a critical article about Çine’s District Governor, Celalettin Cantürk. The newspaper’s publication director Yilmaz Saglik, who is now being sued, was forced to remove the incriminated article. Any strong language in a discussion forum is likely to trigger the blocking of the website hosting the latter, as was the case for and legislation-backed censorship?Turkish Law 5651 on the Internet provides for the widespread mass blocking of websites. The OSCE therefore called for Turkey to implement reforms promoting freedom of expression. Article 8 of this Law authorises blocking access to certain websites if there is even an “adequate suspicion” that any of the following eight offences are being committed: encouraging suicide, sexual exploitation or abuse of children, facilitating the use of narcotics, supply of unhealthy substances, obscenity, online betting; or anti-Ataturk crimes. It is this latter provision which causes difficulties. In its name, websites hosted in Turkey are often shut down, and those hosted abroad are filtered and blocked by Internet service providers. Denunciations are encouraged: Internet users can call a hotline to report prohibited online content and illegal activities. Over 80,000 calls were recorded in May 2009, as compared to 25,000 in October 2008.Site-blocking is carried out by court orders or by administrative orders of the Supreme Council for Telecommunications and IT. Such administrative decisions are arbitrary and preclude the possibility of a fair trial. This entity, which was created in 2005 in the aim of centralising surveillance and the interception of communications (including on the Internet), has not issued its blacklist of blocked websites since May 2009 – indicating a troubling lack of transparency. In May 2010, Yaman Akdeniz, professor of Internet law at Istanbul’s Bilgi University, filed a complaint against the TIB for having neglected, for one year, to meet its obligations to provide statistics of censured websites.According to the OSCE, over 80% of the blockings observed in May 2009 were the result of administrative orders. The majority of them were made on grounds of “obscenity” and “the sexual exploitation of children.” However, in addition to these site blockings, 158 “illegal” contents dealing with Ataturk were allegedly removed at the request of the TIB. By virtue of Article 9 of Law 5651, individuals who feel that their rights have been violated may request that the site or its host remove the incriminated content.More troubling is the fact that nearly 200 court decisions were recorded in 2009 ordering website blockings for reasons beyond the scope of Law 5651, thereby rendering the blockings unjustified. For example, the independent news site was suspended for “insulting Turkish identity” – a crime which falls within the jurisdiction of the Turkish Penal Code and not Law 5651. The other counts of indictment used were “dissemination of terrorist propaganda” (by virtue of the Anti-Terrorist Law) and “incitement to hatred” (by virtue of the Turkish Penal Code). Some Internet sites were also rendered inaccessible as the result of libel suits.Moreover, Turkish law does not oblige the authorities to inform defendants of the rulings rendered and the sites often find out for themselves that they have been blocked. Rather than to legally contest the blocking decisions, which has rarely occurred, some sites change their domain names to circumvent the censorship. Most importantly, censorship can be circumvented via proxy servers or VPNs, and blocked websites are often accessible on BlackBerrys and iPhones.Netizens “harassed” for expressing their opinionsAs of this date, no online journalist or blogger is behind bars in Turkey. Some have even been acquitted while on trial, but many court proceedings are underway. Baris Yarkadas, an online journalist working for the newspaper Gercek Gündem (“Real Agenda”), was acquitted on 9 June 2010 of the charge of having “insulted the President of the Republic.” He was facing a sentence of 5 years and 4 months in prison by virtue of Article 299, paragraph 2, of the Turkish Penal Code for having failed to withdraw from his newspaper’s website a critical article posted by an Internet user. Yet the journalist is still being sued by Nur Birgen, Chair of the Institute for Forensic Medicine’s Third Specialisation Board, who filed a complaint against him for “personally offending” her by referring in an article to allegations of human rights violations which several NGOs had made against her.Ali Baris Kurt and Mehmet Nuri Kokcuoglu, the owner and director of the pro-Kurd website (“Günesin Cocuklari,” or “Children of the Sun”), were acquitted in July 2010. They had been charged with “alienating the public from military service,” “inciting hatred and racial hostility,” and “praising a crime,” for having posted a news article in 2006 entitled “The military service means murder,” for which they faced a possible ten-year prison term.After ten months of detention pending trial, Aylin Duruoglu, Director of the Vatan website ( and Mehmet Yesiltepe, an employee of the magazine Devrimci Hareket (“Revolutionary Movement”) were granted a conditional release. They remain charged with being members of the armed military group, “ Devrimci Karargah” (“Revolutionary Headquarters”), an accusation which Aylin Duruoglu firmly denies. The trial is still in progress.Cem Buyukcakir, the general publications director of the Turkish Haberin Yeri (“news site”), was given a suspended eleven-month prison sentence for having “insulted President Gul” for having published following a comment posted by a reader in 2008. He appealed the decision, but the appeals court will not hear his case for one year.In May 2010, Erdem Büyük, a student, was given an eleven-month suspended jail sentence on a five-year probation period for “attacking personal rights” after posting a caricature of Yilmaz Büyükerşen, the city of Eskisehir’s mayor, on his Facebook page, even though he had only transferred this caricature, not created it.The trials of Halil Savda, Sebnem Korur Fincanci and Adnan Demir are still in progress. Savda is scheduled to appear before the Third Chamber of the Beyoglu Criminal Court in Istanbul on 24 March 2011. Lastly, Soner Yalçin, the owner of the Oda TV news website, Baris Pehlivan, the site’s editor, and Baris Terkoglu, one of its reporters, were arrested on February 14 when counter-terrorism police raided the website’s Istanbul headquarters. They stand accused of “inciting hatred and hostility through the media,” membership of a “terrorist organization” and obtaining and publishing confidential state documents. They are facing possible sentences of more than 20 years in jail. The “terrorist organization” referred to in the charges is Ergenekon, an alleged secret network of senior army officers, academics, businessmen and others who have been on trial since October 2008 on charges of plotting to use terrorist methods to overthrow Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government. Reporters Without Borders has urged the judicial authorities handling this sensitive case to adhere strictly to the law. Four other journalists from were also arrested on 6 March 2011 : Müyesser Yildiz, Dogan Yurdakul, Coskun Musluk et Sait Cakir.Revenge of the netizens?In order to protest against censorship, in mid-June 2010, hackers blocked for ten hours the websites of the TIB, the Turkish Telecommunications Authority, the Information and Communication Technologies Authority (ICTA) and The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. Several hours later, the blocking was lifted and the following message appeared on the sites concerned: “This is being done to show our good will.”In fact, online censorship is widely criticised in Turkish society, as attested to by the online mobilisations and protests demanding that it stop.The anti-Net censorship campaigns launched in 2010 met with various degrees of success, such as the one initiated by (“Stop Internet Censorship in Turkey!”), or the website (“Censor Censorship”), or the one entitled “Internet sansür degil, Hiz Ister” (“The Internet needs speed, not censorship”). These campaigns, among others, were well-covered online. Online protests have been backed by several real-life demonstrations. In July 2010, for the first time, over 2,000 people paraded down Istanbul’s Istiklal Avenue, answering a call by sites campaigning for freedom of expression on the Net, for example the “Common Platform Against Internet Censorship”. They called for the end of Web censorship and denounced the authorities’ lack of response to calls for amending Law 5651 on Internet-related offences. The blocking of YouTube was highlighted as a source of embarrassment for Turkey.Some time has passed since then and the deblocking of YouTube – which could be called into question at any time – must not be allowed to mask the extent of Web censorship in the country, or the archaic nature of the Internet laws. Vigilance is needed after a year as sombre for freedom of expression in Turkey as 2010 proved to be. Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Help by sharing this information RSF_en Organisation April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Five journalists face heavy prison sentences for “insulting” the army

first_imgNews Receive email alerts Civilian and military prosecutors in the “Turkish Republic of NorthernCyprus” have accused five journalists with the dailies Kibris and Ortam of insulting the army. They face 10 to 40 years in prison. Reporters Without Borders is alarmed at the threats to press freedom in the northern part of the island and is calling for the charges to be dropped. Help by sharing this information News Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union December 2, 2020 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more CyprusEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders today voiced outrage at prosecutions begun on 3 and 4 November in the Turkish part of Cyprus against five journalists for allegedly insulting the army in reports about violence by police (who are part of the army) against demonstrators calling for a referendum on reunification of the island.The journalists face sentences of 10 to 44 years in prison. Under the existing law, they should be placed in custody for the duration of their trials, for which no dates have yet been set. Sources linked to the police have said other journalists could be prosecuted.”We are outraged at the idea that journalists could be sentenced to so many years in prison just for doing their job,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said in a letter to leader of the Turkish-Cypriot community, Rauf Denktash, and Turkish foreign minister Abdullah Gül. Only Turkey recognises the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), as it calls the northern part of the island.Ménard said the prosecutions were “extremely serious” press freedom violations. He said they violated both European standards and those of the United Nations, which maintains that no press offence should be punishable by imprisonment.He warned that if the charges were not completely dropped, the TRNC would be entering a new phase in the repression of independent news media, one fraught with consequences. He stressed that Reporters Without Borders expected a reply to its letter, which it was copying to the European Union and to NATO.The targeted newspaper reports were about the use of violence against a demonstration in the village of Doganci on 25 March calling for a symbolic referendum after the collapse of a UN plan for the island’s reunification.Military prosecutors launched a prosecution on 3 November against Basharan Duzgun, editor and editorialist with the daily Kibris and a correspondent for Agence France-Presse, requesting a prison sentence of 10 years. In an editorial headlined “Whose guarantors?” on 27 March, Duzgun criticised the methods used by the police and questioned the effectiveness of Greece, Turkey and Britain, which were declared the “guarantors” of Cyprus’s independence in 1960.Hasan Hasturer, another Kibris editorialist, is being prosecuted in a civil court since 3 November for “inciting hate towards the state with the intention of destroying it and debasing it,” and “insulting and inciting hate for Turkey’s senior officers” in a 26 March editorial headlined “Democracy with truncheons in Doganci.” He faces 11 years in prison.Both the military prosecutor’s office and a civilian court initiated prosecutions on 4 November against Kibris editor in chief Suleyman Erguclu for publishing these columns. He faces 21 years in prison.A prosecution was also launched the same day against Hasan Kahvecioglu, an editorialist with the daily Ortam, for allegedly insulting the army in a column on 26 March headlined “Why do the state, the police and the army act against their own citizens?” The military prosecutor’s office has requested an 11-year prison sentence.Ortam editor in chief Mehmet Davulcu is also being prosecuted by the military for publishing this column. He faces a total of 44 years in prison for the four counts on which he has been charged. RSF_en to go further News Follow the news on Cyprus CyprusEurope – Central Asia November 5, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Five journalists face heavy prison sentences for “insulting” the army RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Organisation News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU November 23, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

New Reopening Guidelines Prohibit Indoor ‘Group Chanting, Singing’ at Local Churches

first_img STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week 25 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday The city issued additional reopening protocols for local churches and places of worship on Wednesday prohibiting group chanting and singing indoors.According to the protocol, places of worship must limit indoor attendance to 25 percent of building capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever is lower, and singing and chanting activities must be discontinued in indoor services.“The City is adhering to state guidelines that read that even with proper physical distancing, meeting in a congregational setting of multiple different households to practice a personal faith carries a relatively higher risk for widespread transmission of the COVID-19 virus, and may result in increased rates of infection, hospitalization, and death, especially among more vulnerable populations,” said Pasadena Public Information Officer Lisa Derderian. “In particular, activities such as singing and chanting negate the risk reduction achieved through six feet of physical distancing.”Singing and chanting activities are permitted outdoors, which allows for much greater physical distance, or through alternative methods, such as internet streaming, that ensure individual congregation members perform these activities separately in their own homes. At a minimum, outdoor attendance should be limited through implementation of strict physical distancing measures of at least six feet between attendees from different households.The move comes days after hundreds of the world’s scientists signed a letter calling on the World Health Organization and the Centers of Disease Control to acknowledge that the virus can be transmitted by airborne transmission.“The current guidance from numerous international and national bodies focuses on hand washing, maintaining social distancing, and droplet precautions,” the letter said. “Most public health organizations, including the World Health Organization, do not recognize airborne transmission except for aerosol-generating procedures performed in healthcare settings. Hand washing and social distancing are appropriate, but in our view, insufficient to provide protection from virus-carrying respiratory microdroplets released into the air by infected people,” they added.Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom rolled back reopening protocols at several businesses, including restaurants.California is battling an explosive surge in cases. There were more than 4,000 new cases reported in Los Angeles County on Tuesday.In Pasadena, 1,415 cases of the Coronavirus and 97 deaths. HerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img Government New Reopening Guidelines Prohibit Indoor ‘Group Chanting, Singing’ at Local Churches By ANDRÉ COLEMAN, Managing Editor Published on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 | 1:41 pm Top of the News Community News Community News Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more