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Plans to reform the tripartite system have opened a new can of worms

first_img Tags: NULL More From Our Partners Killer drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org Show Comments ▼ KCS-content WHEN George Osborne set about dismantling the tripartite regulatory system, he said the reforms would help prevent another banking crisis. But his decision to hand responsibility for the UK listing authority (UKLA) to the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) could end up causing even bigger problems. The FRC is controlled by Vince Cable’s business department, whereas the two regulators that will police the City – the Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA) and the Consumer Protection and Markets Agency (CPMA) – will be under the auspices of the Bank of England and, ultimately, the Treasury.Critics of the government’s plans, such as London Stock Exchange boss Xavier Rolet, say the changes could lead to failings in the regulatory system.If the reforms go ahead, the FRC will have responsibility for primary listings, while the CPMA will have responsibility for secondary listings and all other day-to-day oversight. Important information could get lost in the gap, say critics.Rolet is also worried because the CPMA is the only body that has a seat on the new Brussels super-regulator, the European Securities and Markets Authority. But it will have no experience or knowledge of primary listings in the UK, meaning it will struggle to fight the UK’s corner when it comes to this issue. whatsapp Plans to reform the tripartite system have opened a new can of worms center_img Video Carousel – cityam_native_carousel – 426 00:00/00:50 LIVERead More Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndomoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comUndoElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldUndoautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comUndo Tuesday 14 September 2010 9:00 pm Share whatsapplast_img read more

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American wholesales rise again

first_imgWednesday 9 March 2011 7:43 pm American wholesales rise again by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodayBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepedia Show Comments ▼ whatsapp US wholesale inventories rose in January and sales set their fastest pace in 14 months, suggesting re-stocking and strong demand would give a lift to the economy in the first quarter, it was revealed yesterday. Total whole inventories rose 1.1 per cent, to $436.88bn (£269bn), the highest since November 2008. Inventories rose by an upwardly revised 1.3 per cent in December. Sharecenter_img Tags: NULL KCS-content More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com whatsapplast_img read more

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Assessing the online bingo opportunity

first_imgMay – 72 (+64% YoY) Bingo This is supported by data from the Gambling Commission’s most recent participation survey.  21st December 2020 | By contenteditor When PlayOJO announced it was launching a dedicated bingo product earlier this year it noted that 25% of its existing players went to other brands to play bingo.  The data shows that bingo is booming, and this, combined with on-going regulatory scrutiny, should be enough to catch the attention of operators.  For example, there are 2,800 Google searches per month for “best casino sites” but 5,500 for “best bingo sites”.  What’s more, as the Gambling Commission continues to tighten its requirements for casino and sports betting, bingo is emerging as the vertical that aligns best with new safe gaming rules.  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: UK & Ireland While operators may be more focused on slots and casino games due to them being major revenue generators, there is genuine and significant appetite for online bingo.  Online bingo is booming Assessing the online bingo opportunity Understandably, the search volume for online bingo started to decrease with the return of sports events and sports betting in June but crucially remained up or the same year on year.  If you take the term “online bingo” as an example, the volume of searches* increased month on month from January 2020 to April 2020, as outlined below.  March – 63 Perhaps the biggest upside to bingo is that it aligns more closely with the latest responsible gambling and safe gaming requirements being introduced in regulated markets around the world.  But despite this, the data shows that interest has remained above 2019 levels throughout the year.  Below, I take a closer look at the growth the sector has enjoyed over the past year, whether it is sustainable and how operators can maximise the opportunity in front of them.  July – 66 (+69% YoY) But this needs to be combined with an improved bingo offering – branded rooms, new game formats (Slingo has proved to be hugely popular) as well as bonuses that deliver genuine value.  Bingo is booming, argues Lillian Grey, though the vertical does not necessarily get the attention it deserves. Operators need to meet the rise in player demand if they are to continue to drive growth. June – 56 (+ 21% YoY) August – 43 (level) Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Marketing & affiliates Bingo Regulation Affiliates Marketing By launching bingo, operators can ensure players do not go elsewhere, increasing their share of the wallet and driving loyalty while lowering churn.  Some have already seen the opportunities up for grabs – PlayOJO, LeoVegas and 888 continue to make bold moves in the space – which means others must act now or miss losing out. Of course, there have been spikes in interest and often around extraordinary factors such as lockdown measures being enforced – there was a huge spike on the week commencing 16 March.  As the numbers show, search volume for “online bingo” continued to rise year-on-year even after lockdown restrictions were lifted and sports events and betting returned.  Aside from rising player demand, the bingo vertical provides operators with several upsides that will help grow their businesses over the coming months and as the sector faces new challenges.  September – 44 (level)  April – 85  February – 45 But the bingo vertical has plenty to offer, and after enjoying something of a boom during the first half of the year there is plenty of potential for savvy operators to leverage.  Bingo also allows operators to attract new players and demographics, and particularly females aged between 35 and 55 – a lucrative demographic when it comes to CPA, loyalty and cross-sell potential.  This will mostly rely on marketing and CRM, and our sources indicate a number of operators are set to launch big TV campaigns imminently.  The growth seen in the online bingo vertical over the past 12 months is not just anecdotal; according to Google Trends data there has been a significant rise in the number of searches relating to bingo.  And while growth levels in August and September were flat, October and November saw a 23% and a 46% increase in search volume respectively.  If you look at high value players at online bingo sites, their value does not come through their bingo play but through their slots play. All the operator has to do is effectively cross-sell them.  * Google Trends shows the volume behind specific searches each month. The search term is scored out 100 with 100 being the highest volume of search.  What’s more, bingo players often go on to engage with other verticals offered by the operator. Some operators understand this, and are taking the opportunity in front of them, which has also helped to drive growth this year. The challenge is how operators maintain this level of interest.  Why operators should embrace bingo Indeed, bingo players are much cheaper to acquire than casino and sport betting players. For example, the cost per click for “best casino sites” is $110 (£81.3/€89.8) but for “best bingo sites” it is just $35.   Growth can be sustained This, combined with the lower cost per acquisition that bingo offers as well as the ability to cross-sell players to other verticals, means that operators should be buzzing when it comes to bingo.  Lillian Grey is head of content at BingoSites.net and is considered a thought leader on all things online bingo. Most operators will already have bingo players within their databases and many of these will go elsewhere if bingo games are not offered.  Bingo aligns with new safe gaming requirements: The survey found that the percentage of players that had taken part in bingo from January to June had increased from 24.1% in 2019 to 38.7% in 2020, marking a 60% rise from the prior year.  While online slot players can and do wager upwards of £100 per spin, bingo tickets can be purchased for a little as £0.05 meaning the vertical would be less impacted by any tightening of the rules.  This is certainly true when it comes to stake limits, which could be introduced in the UK if some of the government groups looking closely at the sector have their way.  The online bingo vertical does not always get the attention it deserves with operators focusing their efforts on chasing growth opportunities in casino and sports betting.  Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The March and April numbers are particularly high, representing a 40% and 98% year-on-year increase on 2019 respectively.  January – 42 Email Addresslast_img read more

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Macau lifts last travel restrictions for mainland China

first_imgThe region has today (23 February) ended the requirement for those who had been in the city of Shijiazhuang in Hebei province and Suihua in Heilongjiang province in the prior two weeks to isolate for 14 days if entering Macau following improvements of the situation in both cities. Topics: Casino & games Land-based casino AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 23rd February 2021 | By Daniel O’Boyle “That is, from 23 February, no travelers need to undergo medical observation or self-isolation because they have traveled to any place in the Mainland within 14 days,” the Macau government said. Revenue was down 79.3% year-on-year to MOP60.44bn (£5.55bn/€6.15bn/$7.57bn) for 2020, due mostly to self-isolation requirements for visitors to Macau and those returning to mainland China. Many of these restrictions were eased as the year went on, with a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all people entering Guangdong province from Macau lifted in July. The measure ends a series of restrictions that drastically limited casino revenue in Macau for much of 2020. Tags: Covid-19 Things in January 2021, but revenue was still 63.7% below January 2020 at MOP8.02bn. Macau lifts last travel restrictions for mainland China Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The Macau government has lifted the last of its novel coronavirus (Covid-19) travel restrictions for visitors from Mainland China. Land-based casino Regions: China Macau Email Addresslast_img read more

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Intralot shortens Moroccan contract to “enhance resilience”

first_img24th March 2021 | By Conor Mulheir Tags: Intralot La Marocaine Des Jeux et des Sports Its subsidiary Intralot Maroc, which the supplier said has been a successful partner of MDJS since 2010, will continue to support the operator with the overall management and operation of its lottery, sports betting and other gaming activities. In the past year, Intralot has extended several of its contracts globally while shortening others. Greek lotteries and gaming supplier Intralot has reduced the duration of its contract with Moroccan state operator La Marocaine Des Jeux et des Sports (MDJS), so that it ends on 31 December, 2022. Intralot said the amendment was designed to enhance resilience in the context of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, and its effects on the overall lottery market. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Lottery Regions: Morocco AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter In July, the supplier extended its partnership with the Dutch lottery operator, Nederlandse Loterij, to provide it with a sports betting platform. In November, Intralot announced that it expected earnings to be reduced by between €25m and €28m due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. In February, the supplier agreed to sell its entire stake in South American subsidiary Intralot de Peru SA to private equity firm Nexus Group in Peru, for a cash consideration of $21m (£15.2m/€17.4m). A deal announced today saw Intralot continue its expansion into the US, as it announced the launch of a series of free-to-play games in partnership with game developer Incentive Games, through the Montana and Washington, DC lotteries. Its partnership with Australia’s Lotterywest, meanwhile, was extended to last until January 2026 earlier this year, in a deal which will see Intralot Australia continue to provide its products and services for the operation of the state lottery of Western Australia. Topics: Lottery State monopoly The organisations’ existing contract was signed in June 2019, and was intended to last for a period of 8 years. Intralot shortens Moroccan contract to “enhance resilience” Email Addresslast_img read more

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Quality Beverages Limited (QBL.mu) 2012 Abridged Report

first_imgQuality Beverages Limited (QBL.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2012 abridged results.For more information about Quality Beverages Limited (QBL.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Quality Beverages Limited (QBL.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Quality Beverages Limited (QBL.mu)  2012 abridged results.Company ProfileQuality Beverages Limited bottles and distributes soft drinks and non-carbonated beverages. The company manufactures and distributes Pepsico brands for the Mauritian territory and operates as a subsidiary of Currimjee Jeewanjee and Co. Limited. Quality Beverages Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius’ Development and Enterprise Market.last_img read more

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Aaron Cruden banned for two matches after missing team flight

first_imgMonday Sep 22, 2014 Aaron Cruden banned for two matches after missing team flight Aaron Cruden has said he’s deeply embarrassed after a drunken night out has resulted in him missing the All Blacks’ team flight to Argentina. He has been suspended for two matches, so will miss Tests against Los Pumas and the Springboks.A few members of the New Zealand squad were at a bar for a meal and drinks ahead of the flight to Argentina for the next round of the Rugby Championship. As Cruden explained in his statement:“On Saturday night, whilst out for an informal dinner in Auckland, I made a poor decision regarding the limits of my alcohol intake,” the talented number ten said.“This has resulted in the unacceptable action of me being absent from the All Blacks assembly on Sunday morning and thus missing the team flight to Argentina. “I am deeply embarrassed by this lack of judgement and have never been more disappointed in myself. I have not only let myself down, but most importantly, I have let the team down. I carry the burden of shame and disappointment and I am deeply apologetic to my team, to my family, and also the New Zealand rugby public.“I have no excuses. I have been working really hard over the past few years at gaining the respect on the field as well as off the field and am devastated I have dropped my own high personal standards, as well as the standards set by New Zealand rugby.“I accept full responsibility for my actions and the penalty of missing the next two games, and will work with New Zealand rugby to undertake any other disciplinary action to work through this situation.”As well as missing the matches and the fees that he would have received, he’ll no doubt face a disciplinary hearing of some sort in a few week’s time. Unlike other past cases of high profile rugby players with drinking problems, this appears to be a once off, and to his credit, he’s handled it well.“It’s certainly out of character for him and he’s extremely disappointed, as are we,” said coach Steve Hansen. “It’s not what we stand for and it’s not what he stands for. I guess we all make mistakes. Like our children, we love our children but sometimes we don’t like their behaviour.”video: Allblackstv | photo: Zookeepers barADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe 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

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African liberation struggles drove Portugal’s April 1974 Revolution

first_imgIt was April of 1974. A popular folk song serving as a secret signal to the captains in Portugal’s Armed Forces Movement (MFA) played on Lisbon’s Radio Renascença. Units of the army in and near Lisbon had been scheduled to go out for ordinary maneuvers. Now everything changed.Spurred on by the growing war weariness of their troops, the growing weakness of the police-state regime, the inability of Portugal to win the war against the liberation movements in its African colonies and the growing international isolation of Portugal, the captains acted.They had kept their plans secret from the soldiers they commanded. With troops already in their trucks, they read the new orders: Seize the capital, arrest the government and throw out the fascist gang ruling Portugal. The rank-and-file soldiers, surprised but ecstatic, carried out the new orders, hoping this action might end the wars in Portugal’s African colonies. Each blow struck by the liberation fighters in Africa had weakened the fascist regime in Lisbon. Each strike by Portuguese workers or desertion by Portuguese soldiers boosted the revolutions in the colonies. In Portugal itself, a revolt in the armed forces facilitated overturning the regime. On April 25, 1974, the Armed Forces Movement quickly ended the 48-year-old fascist police state. Still influenced by old habits of respect for power, however, the Portuguese captains politely arrested President Marcelo Caetano and the rest of the top government leaders and later exiled them to Brazil.They replaced the Caetano gang with a military junta led by Gen. António de Spínola. This officer differed with other fascist generals only because he believed the war was unwinnable. Spínola urged Portugal’s rulers to instead work out a neocolonial relationship with the African colonies, much as French imperialism had done in West Africa.Despite this deceptively mild beginning, April 25 was no simple replacement of the palace guard. Emboldened by the coup, masses of workers took over the streets, cheered the soldiers and for the next 18 months pressed the revolution forward.Television news in the days following April 25 showed groups of workers surrounding and roughing up some individuals. Workers and revolutionaries recognized their former torturers from the notorious PIDE, the Portuguese political police, and dispensed justice.Defying Spínola’s commands to leave the prisoners in the jails, the crowds, with the support of the troops, emptied the prisons of revolutionaries and anti-fascists while putting the PIDE thugs behind bars. By May Day — six days later — hundreds of members of the Portuguese Communist Party and other revolutionary groups were out of prison or back from exile to organize and agitate in the factories, farms and streets in Portugal.African liberation movement The armed struggles in Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau/Cape Verde and Angola seeking liberation from Portuguese colonialism had undermined the army and made the April 25 Revolution possible. The African battles had opened on Feb. 4, 1961, when Angolan freedom fighters stormed a prison to free their comrades. As the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola sang in its hymn, “The heroes broke the chains.”One of the great African Marxists, Amílcar Cabral, was the leader of the liberation struggle in Guinea-Bissau/Cape Verde, Portugal’s smallest African colony. Cabral organized a popular army to fight for the freedom of a million people; in a dozen years of people’s war, this army had liberated large parts of this small territory and set up a new government.Despite his other priorities organizing a people’s war, Cabral knew how important it was to reach out to the soldiers in the colonial army. His organization, the African People’s Independence Party of Guinea and Cape Verde, even as they fought the Portuguese, arms in hand, also made an appeal to the draftees. In a 1963 leaflet, Cabral made it clear the liberation forces would win, and those opposing liberation might well die, but he added:  “Be courageous, refuse to fight our people! Follow the example of your courageous comrades who refused to fight on our land, who revolted against the criminal orders of your leaders, who cooperate with our party or who abandoned the colonial army and found in our midst the best reception and fraternal aid.”*In a blow that robbed the world’s oppressed peoples and workers of a great leader, PIDE agents assassinated Cabral in Conakry, Guinea, in 1973. But even this setback failed to stop the liberation struggle. From tiny Guinea-Bissau/Cape Verde, as well as in much larger Angola and Mozambique, the liberation struggles left their mark on Portugal’s army. And the Armed Forces Movement brought the war home.Soldier resistance develops In a report to the PCP Central Committee in April 1964, PCP Secretary Gen. Álvaro Cunhal described how the liberation war of the colonial people interacted with the struggle against fascism inside Portugal:“The resistance of the soldiers against the colonial war is not only one of the most brilliant examples of solidarity of the Portuguese people with the colonial peoples. It is also a new element in the struggle against the fascist dictatorship, an index of the weakened state of the fascist state apparatus, of the radicalization of the politics of the popular masses and the combat readiness of the youth. … “The Angola war gave new reasons for the development and generalization of the struggle of the soldiers. Given the fascist discipline and the political spying that existed in the armed forces, even if only a half dozen mass actions had taken place against the fascist policies, this would have been enough to represent a strong sign of resistance of the people and the youth to the fascist policies and the colonial war. But it wasn’t only a half dozen. In the last three years [before 1964], hundreds of struggles of the soldiers have taken place.“There was also resistance to being sent to the colonies, including work stoppages in the military quarters and barracks, on ships and military hospitals. … Desertions reached a significant volume. …“Sometimes the insubordinations were accompanied by small acts of violence. The soldiers burned their cots or broke windows in their barracks or destroyed the furniture.“The struggle of the Portuguese people against the colonial war reached the colonies themselves. Risking their lives, many soldiers refused to leave for the front or to participate in atrocities. Pilots refused to carry out bombings with napalm or did them off-target. Officers and soldiers organized resistance. Others deserted right on the field of battle.”The long war forced small Portugal to triple the size of its armed forces to 210,000 troops and finally provoked the Armed Forces Movement to turn the guns around. This in turn unleashed a countrywide class struggle of workers against their exploiters inside Portugal.Counterrevolution drives revolutionIn the year following April 1974, two major confrontations between the revolutionary workers and the Spínola grouping took place, first in September 1974, when masses of workers mobilized to stop a reactionary demonstration, and then the following March. They both took the form of defense of the revolution from counterrevolutionary actions.On March 11, 1975, Spínola, working with reactionary forces inside and outside Portugal, attempted a military coup. But again there was a rebellion of the rank-and-file troops. The coup failed when the paratroopers sent to punish revolutionary soldiers instead fraternized with and joined them.Spínola fled Portugal for Spain. The MFA purged the most reactionary officers. The biggest advances for the workers were written into law in the months after this failed coup.Overseas, the liberation movements continued their struggles. By Sept. 15, 1974, Guinea-Bissau/Cape Verde was independent. The following year Angola and Mozambique won their freedom from Portugal. Even East Timor, half of an island in the Indian Ocean, won a short-lived independence in November 1975, but was soon occupied by Indonesia.In Portugal, there was reinstatement of rights to unions and nationalization of factories, banks and much of the media, plus a wide-reaching agricultural reform that gave legal rights to land seizures by agricultural workers and established collective farms. Begun by actions of workers and other collectives, nearly all these steps were codified under the governments headed by Prime Minister Vasco Gonçalves, himself a colonel and leader of the MFA.  Gonçalves was promoted to general in 1975.Faced with homegrown reaction and U.S.-NATO intervention, the Portuguese movement fell short of completing a workers’ revolution, such as had taken place in Russia in 1917. By the fall of 1975, a more rightist grouping of officers gained control of the MFA and removed progressive elements from the government. The rightists began eroding the revolutionary gains, a process that has continued until today, when the Portuguese working class faces a new crisis.Comparison with GI resistanceDespite differences with the political situation in the United States, the Portuguese revolutionaries’ experience of organizing in the military during a colonial war had many similarities with that of the American Servicemen’s Union and among dissident GIs in general during the war against Vietnam. In an analogous way to the Portuguese experience, the Vietnamese liberation fighters sparked revolutionary feelings among some U.S. GIs, as did the Black Liberation Movement at home. U.S. troops’ resistance during the Vietnam War from 1966 to 1973 mirrored the early forms of resistance among the Portuguese troops during the colonial wars that Cunhal described.Also, in the 1960s and early 1970s, the Portuguese Communists had a conscious and worked-out approach to the soldiers with the goal of winning the troops to the revolutionary struggle both to sabotage the colonial war and to overthrow the fascist dictatorship.In the U.S., Workers World Party’s goal, shared by the leading ASU organizers, was to break the chain of command in the U.S. Armed Forces so that the U.S. could neither wage imperialist war abroad nor repress workers’ struggles or rebellions in oppressed communities at home.In 1969, some top U.S. generals requested that the U.S. raise the troop level from 540,000 to one million. Instead, the U.S. administration chose to begin withdrawing troops, relying on airpower and on building a puppet army. This strategy could not prevent an eventual Vietnamese victory, but it did decrease tensions inside the U.S. military. Lisbon’s rulers, by trying to win the wars in Africa with Portuguese troops, instead provoked the April Revolution.*Quoted from “Collected Works of Amílcar Cabral (vol. II)/Unity and Struggle/Revolutionary Practice,” Seara Nova, Lisbon, 1977. This and the Cunhal quote, which is from “Path to Victory,” pages 191-193, are reproduced at greater length in Catalinotto’s forthcoming book, “Turn the Guns Around: Mutinies, Soldier Revolts and Revolutions.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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How to help Hurricane Harvey flooding victims

first_imgShane Battishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shane-battis/ ReddIt Office of Religious and Spiritual Life affirms Muslim students in light of online threats Facebook Twitter Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday The Salvation ArmyClick here to send donations onlineCall 1-800-SAL-ARMYChecks can be made out to “Hurricane Harvey” and sent to the address below:The Salvation ArmyPO BOX 1959Atlanta, GA 30301   Trusted WorldClick here to send donations onlineMail donations to the address below:Trusted World906 W. McDermott Dr.Suite 116-277Allen, Texas 75013 Twitter Linkedin ‘The Big Switch:’ Student spends a day in the chancellor’s shoes Lead On committee co-chairs share goals with students SPCA of TexasClick here to send donations onlineDonate to their Amazon wish list by clicking hereNorth Texans can foster animals in SPCA shelters by signing up hereHurricane Harvey Relief Fund by The Greater Houston Community FoundationClick here to send donations onlineAmericaresClick here to send donations onlineMoney is useful but there are other necessary supplies that can’t be bought.A news release from BioBridge Global said blood supplies in South Texas hospitals are being strained by a surge of patients. The release states that the type O negative blood supply is at “critically low levels” and all blood types are encouraged to donate.Fort Worth has several blood donation centers located on the map below. Facebook The Leap: 10 April Fool’s pranks to try this year Shane Battishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shane-battis/ Shane Battishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shane-battis/ Previous articleThe University of Houston-DowntownNext articleOn-Campus event helps transition students to college Shane Battis RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Shane Battishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shane-battis/ While cities near the Texas coast recover from Harvey, Fort Worth residents can help relief efforts by donating through these organizations:The American Red CrossClick here to send donations onlineCall 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669) to donate by phoneClick here for a donation form to mail to the address below:American Red CrossPO Box 37839Boone, IA 50037-0839 + posts Shane Battis printRelief is needed after the devastation from Tropical Storm Harvey, a Category 4 hurricane turned tropical storm that displaced many South Texas residents from their homes over the weekend.According to the National Weather Service, rainfall and life-threatening flooding is expected to continue in coming days. Linkedin Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature ReddItlast_img read more

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RSF calls for open trial of Maldivian blogger’s accused murderers

first_img News Maldivian president’s comms chief accused of sexually harassing journalist Organisation News to go further News September 12, 2018 Find out more On the first anniversary of blogger Yameen Rasheed’s brutal murder, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Maldivian authorities to open the trial of his accused murderers to the public and to journalists, so that all possible light can be shed on this case. RSF_en Receive email alerts Maldives: Opposition TV channel threatened, three journalists arrested April 23, 2018 – Updated on April 24, 2018 RSF calls for open trial of Maldivian blogger’s accused murdererscenter_img MaldivesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesReligious intoleranceProtecting journalists Organized crimeCorruptionViolenceJihadism RSF seeks press freedom pledges from Maldives presidential candidates Maldivian civil society is campaigning for Yameen Rasheed’s real killers to be brought to justice. His last tweet, a red balloon drawing, has become the symbol of the fight against impunity (photos: Ishara S. Kodikara / AFP). March 20, 2018 Find out more July 15, 2020 Find out more Yameen Rasheed would have turned 30 this month if he had not been stabbed to death in his home on 23 April 2017. Six suspects were arrested for his murder. According to the police, they are Islamist fundamentalists who could not stand Rasheed’s criticism of religious extremism.An outspoken observer of his country’s politics, Rasheed also criticized alleged government corruption in his blog. He had repeatedly reported to the police that he was receiving death threats but they did not provide him with any protection.It is still not clear who may have instigated Rasheed’s murder, but the trial is unusually being held behind closed doors at the prosecutor general’s behest. His spokesperson said this was decided under a new provision that allows prosecutors to request a secret trial “if they believe a circumstance that obstructs justice could arise in an open hearing.”He has not specified what kind of circumstance the prosecution has in mind in this case.“It is essential that the Yameen Rasheed murder trial hearings should be open to the public and journalists or otherwise there will inevitably be doubts about the verdict,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk.“We ask the prosecutor general to act accordingly, and we urge the supreme court and the country’s human rights commission to use all their influence to ensure that the trial is conducted in a fully transparent manner. The credibility of the justice system is a stake. The impunity that characterizes crimes of violence against journalists in Maldives is a curse and holding this trial behind closed doors is like an encouraging message to those who want to silence journalists for good.”On 19 April, members of the Rasheed family together with representatives of two NGOs, Maldives Democracy Network and Transparency Maldives, unsuccessfully requested a meeting with the prosecutor general and the police officer in charge of the investigation.The hashtag #OpenTheTrial is being used on social networks to press the authorities to open the trial to the public. This and the #WeAreYaamyn campaign that RSF joined in June 2017 are signs of growing public opposition to holding a secret trial.Maldives is ranked 117th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. News MaldivesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesReligious intoleranceProtecting journalists Organized crimeCorruptionViolenceJihadism Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Maldiveslast_img read more

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