Plunging sales hit J&J results

first_imgTuesday 19 October 2010 7:39 pm Read This NextThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayotRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap Plunging sales hit J&J results Tags: NULL Johnson & Johnson (J&J) yesterday reported disappointing quarterly revenue as sales of US consumer products plunged 25 per cent following recalls of Tylenol and other consumer brands.Although J&J reported better-than-expected quarterly earnings, analysts said the profit performance was largely due to lower taxes and one-off items. “There was more of a decline in the consumer business than we had expected and not as strong a showing in the medical device business,” Nobel Financial Capital analyst Jan Wald said.The diversified healthcare company earned $3.42bn (£2.18bn), or $1.23 per share, in the third quarter. That compared with $3.35bn (£2.16bn), or $1.20 per share, a year earlier.Global company revenue fell 0.7 per cent to $14.98bn, shy of Wall Street forecasts of $15.19bn.J&J raised its full-year profit forecast to between $4.70 and $4.80 per share, from its prior view of $4.65 to $4.75 per share, citing the weaker dollar – which raises the value of sales in overseas markets.Global sales of consumer products fell 10.6 per cent to $3.57bn. Sales of the consumer brands plunged 25 per cent in the US, where tens of millions of bottles of Tylenol and other consumer medicines have been recalled in the past year due to quality control lapses – including mouldy odours in the products and overly high dosages of active ingredients.The company is facing a US congressional probe of the repeated recalls of Tylenol, painkiller Motrin and allergy treatment Benadryl – including alleged “phantom” recalls which J&J failed to disclose to the public. Share whatsapp KCS-content Show Comments ▼ whatsapplast_img read more

British online GGY up to new high in December 2020 amid new retail closures

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The Commission said this was the first time the number of interactions had decreased since it started publishing monthly data in March 2020. However, the number of non-automated interactions increased. British online gross gambling yield grew 30.5% to £613.6m in December 2020, easily the highest figure since the Gambling Commission started publishing monthly data, due to a combination of retail closures, a busy sporting schedule and high margins. “Although there are some similarities, one of the main differentiating factors has been the continuation of top-tier sporting events, which were previously banned in the first lockdown.” Email Address The average slots session lasted 22 minutes in December, as it did in November, while 2.5m sessions lasted more than an hour. The Commission said that this rapid growth in revenue could potentially be a cause for concern. The jump in gross gambling yield was largely due to a major growth in real-event betting revenue, by 53% to £319.6m. Other online gaming brought in £73.9m, up 11.0% from November, as 2.1m played non-slot online games, 13.5% more than November, and bets grew 15.5% to 313.2m. The regulator said that “extra operator vigilance” was needed as lockdown continues with more people spending a great deal of time at home. The total number of customer interactions undertaken fell by 3% in December, with the majority of interactions being automated. The number of bets placed came to 293.0m, up 2.2%. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Slots followed, bringing in £199.7m, up 12.9% for the highest revenue of any month measured. This, the Commission explained, was down to a number of factors including a 3.1% increase in players to 5.0m, a busy sporting calendar and a return to the strong margins seen in October after a dip in November. center_img The number of slots players increased 6.0% to 3.0m while the total number of spins grew by 11.8% to 5.89bn, also a new high. 23rd February 2021 | By Daniel O’Boyle The Gambling Commission noted that the figures show that activity in December 2020 resembled the UK’s first lockdown, when revenue shifted to online, except that in this case a busy sporting schedule led to much stronger real-event betting revenue. Finance The figures were compiled using data from operators representing around 80% of the online gambling market. “Data collected in December shows some similarities to gambling behaviour as seen during the first lockdown, which began in March 2020, where online gambling became the only means of gambling activity,” the regulator said. Poker revenue grew 2.8% to £9.4m, while virtual betting came to £7.9m, up 10.8%. Esports betting was the only vertical to see a decline in revenue, by 6.2% to £1.3m, while other revenue increased by 29.7% to £1.7m. The regulator did not request data from retail betting shops due to closures during the month. Yesterday, the Government announced that betting shops in England are set to reopen on 12 April, while adult gaming centres, bingo halls and casinos are all scheduled to follow on 17 May. Topics: Casino & games Finance Legal & compliance Sports betting Online casino Slots Regulation Online sports betting “We will continue to collect and monitor the data to inform our views of risk, and if these changes appear to be more than short-term fluctuations, we will not hesitate to take further action,” it said. Tags: Covid-19 Gambling Commission Lockdown GGY Regions: UK & Ireland British online GGY up to new high in December 2020 amid new retail closureslast_img read more

Safaricom Limited (SCOM.ke) 2017 Annual Report

first_imgSafaricom Limited (SCOM.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Technology sector has released it’s 2017 annual report.For more information about Safaricom Limited (SCOM.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Safaricom Limited (SCOM.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Safaricom Limited (SCOM.ke)  2017 annual report.Company ProfileSafaricom Limited is an integrated telecommunications company in Kenya providing mobile, fixed voice, data, SMS, Internet and M-PESA services. The company sells mobile phones and tablets as well as broadband modems and routers. It also offers its customers data bundles for pre- and post-paid customers; pre- and post-paid voice plans and SMS services for national and international roaming; Okoa Jahazi for emergency top-up credit; and Flex plans for browsing, calling and SMSing. Bonga Points is a customer loyalty programme and M-PESA is a mobile telephone service to deposit, transfer and withdraw money as well as pay for goods and services. Other services offered include website and email, calling and cloud and hosting services. Safaricom Limited’s head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Safaricom Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Breaking News Updated: Orange County Sheriff Responds in Force to…

first_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Contondre BryantBreaking News Update:As of 10:30am: Orange County Officials have released the identity of the shooting victim.  Contondre Bryant, 18, suffering from a fatal gunshot wound, was taken to Florida Hospital – Apopka, where he was pronounced dead yesterday following reports of multiple gunshots in the area of South Apopka near 13th Street and Ocoee Apopka Road.As of 9:30am, the OCSO investigation into the shooting yesterday is ongoing. Deputies are still requesting witnesses step forward. It was confirmed by PIO Williamson that “around 40 people” were witnesses to the shooting, but so far no one is fully cooperating. The Orange County Fire Department confirmed that the victim was an adult black male. Yesterday it was also reported that the victim was a teenager.As of 5pm, OCSO Public Information Officer Jeff Williamson confirmed that a teenage male was shot and killed near 13th Street and Ocoee Apopka Road in South Apopka. The victim’s age or name has not been released.More than 20 Orange County Sheriff’s vehicles arrived at the scene of the 200 block of East 15th Street in South Apopka,  in response to a 911 call of multiple gun shots fired at 2:35 PM today. At the scene, they confirmed that one person was dead.We will update this article as new information is available. Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Raymond The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your name here Reply March 21, 2016 at 9:53 pmcenter_img There is a whole slew of people outside the Florida Hospital in Apopka and Orange County Deputies there on the scene too, at the hospital. I wonder if there are more shooting victims? This violence in our city is horrible. There are too many youngsters carrying guns and their parents are turning a blind eye until one of them commit a crime. Obviously they keep the guns at home so i think the parents should held accountable for their children actions. If that happens they may get better control of them and reduce this violence. March 21, 2016 at 6:37 pm 2 COMMENTS TAGSOrange County Sheriff’s OfficeShootingsouth apopka Previous articlePolice Report: 16-year-old Shooter was 15-year-old Victim’s BoyfriendNext articleBurglary Report – Week Ending 3/20/2016 Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Mary Jane Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herelast_img read more

Imperialism in Africa: France steps up as U.S. threatens to withdraw

first_imgThe Hill, a newspaper that chronicles the role of Congress in backing U.S. imperialism, reported Jan. 20 that Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has likely decided to withdraw U.S. troops from former French colonies in Africa. The withdrawals “could include abandoning a recently built $110 million drone base in Niger and ending assistance to French forces fighting militants in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso.” The U.S. currently has about 800 soldiers in West Africa.Protest against the French military presence in Bamako, Mali.This past summer, the U.S. imposed financial sanctions on some political leaders in Mali. While Washington claims it is only targeting individuals, any entity having economic relations with these individuals can also be sanctioned, which leads to a chain reaction.In response to the possible U.S. realignment, France called a meeting Jan. 13 in Pau, a small French city 30 miles from the Spanish border. It invited Mali’s Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Burkina Faso’s Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, Niger’s Mahamadou Issoufou, Mauritania’s Mohamed Ould Ghazouani and Chad’s Idriss Deby. This meeting was originally set for December but was postponed after 71 Niger troops were killed in an attack by so-called “militants” on Dec. 10. Last week, another attack left 89 more of Niger’s soldiers dead.France is an imperialist country and the former colonial overlord in the Western Sahel, which includes Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, as well as Chad and Mauritania. The Sahel is a vast, arid area, south of the Sahara Desert, stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to parts of Sudan. The region where the borders of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso meet, however, is fairly well-populated and fertile, and has active insurgent groups that the French army calls “jihadist.” In 2012 – after Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi had been deposed and murdered a year earlier through the intervention of NATO countries, including France – vast stockpiles of modern arms, along with trained soldiers, became available throughout the Sahel. A loose coalition of “jihadist” groups and forces from an ethnic group in northern Mali, the Tuareg, used these arms to begin taking over cities and towns in Mali. The French Army intervened and reestablished a regime that was under their control.France currently has 4,500 troops in the Sahel. This military presence has been the target of large demonstrations in Bamako, Mali’s capital; people in Niger have also protested. The French government did not get the political support it was hoping for at the meeting held in Pau. It then announced it was sending an additional force of 220 soldiers to the Sahel. Without the U.S. providing very significant support, and with popular opposition to its presence, France is going to have problems maintaining the troops it needs to impose its control on the Western Sahel.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Dire year for journalists under state of emergency in Turkey

first_img to go further TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsInternational bodies Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe News News A year ago, on 15 July 2016, the Turkish people managed to thwart a bloody coup attempt. But instead of reflecting the people’s democratic aspirations in its response, the government has carried out an unprecedented crackdown on the pretext of combatting those responsible for the failed coup. The state of emergency declared five days after the coup attempt has allowed the government to summarily close dozens of media outlets. And Turkey, which is ranked 155th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index, is now the world’s biggest prison for professional journalists, with more than 100 detained. “We call on the Turkish authorities to immediately release all Turkish journalists who have been imprisoned in connection with their work and to restore the pluralism that has been eliminated by the state of emergency,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “Prolonged arbitrary detention without reason and the isolation of detainees must be regarded as forms of mistreatment. Until Turkey restores real possibilities of legal recourse, we call on the European Court of Human Rights to issue a ruling as quickly as possible in order to end this tragedy.” Prison first, trial later Nearly a year without trial The arrival of the first anniversary of the coup attempt means that most of the detained journalists are approaching the first anniversary of their arrest. But the indictments only began being issued in the spring and the big trials are only now starting to get under way. The “justices of the peace,” the regime’s new henchmen, systematically order pre-trial detention and usually reject release requests without taking the trouble to offer legal reasons. Thirty employees of the daily newspaper Zaman – 20 of whom have been held for nearly a year – will finally begin being tried in Istanbul on 18 September. These journalists, who include Şahin Alpay, Mümtazer Türköne and Mustafa Ünal, are each facing three life sentences. Their crime is simply having worked for an opposition newspaper that was closed by decree in July 2016. The indictment describes Zaman as the “press mouthpiece” of the movement led by Fethullah Gülen, the US-based Turkish cleric who is accused of masterminding the attempted coup. This means they are charged with “membership of an illegal organization” and involvement in the coup attempt. Orhan Kemal Cengiz, a lawyer and former columnist, is also facing life imprisonment simply for having acted as Zaman’s defence lawyer. The release of 21 other journalists was blocked at the last moment on 31 March and the judges who had ordered their release were suspended. The Istanbul prosecutor’s office provided the grounds for this U-turn by initiating new proceedings against 13 of these journalists – including Murat Aksoy and Atilla Taş – for “complicity” in the coup. They are due to appear in court on 16 August on this additional charge as well as the previously existing one of membership of the Gülen Movement. Each of them is now facing the possibility of two life sentences. The well known journalists Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan and Nazlı Ilıcak will have spent a year in detention when their trial resumes on 19 September in Istanbul. They are accused of transmitting “subliminal messages” in support of the coup during a broadcast. They and 14 other journalists who are co-defendants are facing the possibility of three life sentences plus an additional 15-year term. In the provinces, conditional releases have slowly been granted to some journalists accused of complicity with the Gülen Movement. In Antalya, Zaman correspondents Özkan Mayda and Osman Yakut were released on 24 May after eight months in provisional detention. But in Adana, Aytekin Gezici and Abdullah Özyurt, two journalists who are part of a group of 13 people accused of membership of the Gülen Movement, are still in prison. The trials continue in both cases, with the possibility of long prison sentences. New spate of arrests The trial of 17 journalists and other employees of the republican daily newspaper Cumhuriyet will start in Istanbul on 24 July. Eleven of them, including editor Murat Sabuncu, columnist Kadri Gürsel, cartoonist Musa Kart and investigative reporter Ahmet Şık, have been held for the past seven to nine months. Charged with links to various “terrorist” groups because of the newspaper’s editorial policies, they are facing up to 43 years in prison. But the harassment of this newspaper has not stopped there. On the grounds of a tweet deleted after 55 seconds, Cumhuriyet website editor Oğuz Güven is now facing the possibility of ten and a half years in prison on a charge of Gülen Movement propaganda. He was freed conditionally in mid-June after a month in pre-trial detention. Sözcü, a national daily that is one of the few remaining government critics, is now also being targeted. Mediha Olgun, the news editor of its website, and Gökmen Ulu, one of its reporters, were jailed on 26 May for publishing an article on the eve of the failed coup about where Erdoğan was on holiday. They are charged with the “attempted murder of the president” and supporting the Gülen Movement. Universal state of exception The systematic use of pre-trial detention is not just applied in case of alleged complicity in the coup attempt. Not a week goes by without more arbitrary arrests of journalists. They include Tunca Öğreten and Ömer Çelik, who have been detained since late December in connection with their revelations about Erdoğan’s son-in-law, energy minister Berat Albayrak. Documentary filmmaker Kazım Kızıl spent nearly three months in provisional detention in Izmir before being released under judicial control on 10 July. Arrested while covering a demonstration, he was accused of “insulting the president” in his tweets. The authorities have also used the state of emergency to silence the remaining critics on the Kurdish issue. The justice system, which is more politicized than ever, tends to treat anything related to this issue as terrorist in nature. In the trials of participants in a campaign of solidarity with the pro-Kurdish newspaper Özgür Gündem, a prison sentence was issued for the first time on 16 May against journalist and human rights defender Murat Çelikkan. Appalling prison conditions Ailing detainees denied release Şahin Alpay, a 73-year-old former Zaman columnist, has respiratory and cardiac problems, and is diabetic. He cannot sleep without the aid of a respiratory mask in his cell in the top-security prison in Silivri. But this has not stopped the judicial authorities from extending his provisional detention for the past year. The situation is the same for 72-year-old Nazlı Ilıcak, a veteran of Turkish journalism and politics. Ayşenur Parıldak, a young Zaman reporter detained since August 2016, has been in very poor psychological health ever since her release, ordered by an Ankara court, was blocked at the last minute in May. Her family fears that she could take her own life. Isolation – another form of mistreatment RSF regards the prolonged isolation of Turkish detainees – including the reduction of visits to the barest minimum and a ban on correspondence – as a form of mistreatment. Its victims include Die Welt correspondent Deniz Yücel, a journalist with Turkish and German dual nationality who has been in pre-trial detention since February. He is charged with “propaganda for a terrorist organization” for interviewing Cemil Bayık, one of the PKK’s leaders. But in reality he is a hostage of the diplomatic dispute between Turkey and Germany, with President Erdoğan referring to him publicly as a “traitor” and a “terrorist.” His lawyer, Veysel Ok, said: “He is in total isolation, denied contact with anyone aside from the visits from his lawyers and members of his family. With one or two exceptions, he is not allowed to send or receive letters. His indictment has still not been prepared. And we have still not been able to see his case file, because of judicial investigation confidentiality.” Like other civil society activists, RSF’s Turkey representative, Erol Önderoglu, has sent postcards to many imprisoned journalists. But these postcards have never been delivered. Trampling on defence rights Veysel Ok is also defending the well-known novelist and columnist Ahmet Altan. He described to RSF how the state of emergency is violating this client’s right to legal defence. “I am allowed only one hour a week to discuss the indictment and the dozens of appended files with my client,” Ok said. “An exchange of documents with him takes at least 20 days. The papers have to go through the prison management, the Bakırköy prosecutor’s office, the Çağlayan prosecutor’s office and finally the court that is handling the case. It is impossible to prepare for the trial properly under these circumstances.” Year-long denial of justice European Court – last hope for jailed journalists Turkey’s constitutional court used to play a key role in efforts to ensure respect for free speech, but it has been paralysed since the state of emergency was declared. The cases of many of the imprisoned journalists have been referred to the court but it has yet to issue a ruling on any of them. In the absence of any effective legal recourse, more and more imprisoned journalists have turned to the European Court of Human Rights, whose decisions are binding on the Turkish state. So far, the appeals of around 20 of these imprisoned journalists have been registered with the court, including Şahin Alpay, Murat Aksoy, Ahmet Altan, Deniz Yücel and Ahmet Şık. RSF organized a demonstration outside the court’s headquarters in Strasbourg on 29 May to highlight the fact that all hopes are now pinned on the court. A few days later, after 10 months of waiting and negotiating, the court amended its statutes, allowing it more flexibility in the order in which it handles cases. The court can now give priority to cases from Turkey, Russia and Azerbaijan even if they do not involve “the right to life or health.” No recourse for pluralism More than 150 media outlets have been closed without reference to the courts. They have been closed by decrees issued under the state of emergency. Media pluralism has been reduced to a handful of low-circulation newspapers. Around 20 of the closed media outlets were eventually allowed to reopen, but the overwhelming majority have had no right of recourse. The left-wing TV channel Hayatın Sesi, the pro-Kurdish daily Özgür Gündem and many other outlets have appealed to the constitutional court in vain. Given this inaction, the lawyers of the pro-Kurdish TV channel, IMC TV, have also referred its closure to the European Court of Human Rights. The constitutional court may nonetheless relinquish part of its responsibilities to a new Commission of Appeal that the Turkish authorities created in February 2017 in an attempt to avoid international condemnation. This commission is supposed to examine the appeals of some 200,000 individuals who have been targets of administrative sanctions, and the appeals of media outlets, associations and foundation that have been liquidated under the state of emergency. However, the Commission of Appeal is not yet operational. It will begin receiving cases on 23 July. And there are serious doubts about its independence, given that five of its seven members are named by the government. Arbitrary administrative sanctions The lack of legal recourse has also affected the many journalists who have been the targets of administrative sanctions in the past year, including the withdrawal of press cards, the cancellation of passports and the seizure of assets. The targeted journalists include Kutlu Esendemir, who learned at the Istanbul airport on 2 April that his passport had been cancelled as part of an investigation into Karar, a newspaper he worked for. There has so far been no response to the appeal that he filed three days later with the Istanbul prosecutor’s office. It was almost a year ago that Dilek Dündar was banned from leaving Turkey to join her husband, Can Dündar, a journalist forced to flee to Germany. After waiting for months for an explanation from the justice ministry, she appealed to the constitutional court, but the court has yet to respond. Read RSF’s previous reports on the crackdown in Turkey since the coup attempt: “State of emergency, state of arbitrary” (19 September 2016)“Journalism in death throes after six months of emergency” (19 January 2017) Credit: OZAN KOSE / AFP A year after an attempted coup, the level of media freedom in Turkey is abysmal, as the following assessment by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) shows. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government has used a state of emergency to step up a witch-hunt against critics. Turkish journalism is in its death throes. April 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information July 13, 2017 – Updated on July 20, 2017 Dire year for journalists under state of emergency in Turkey RSF_en center_img TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsInternational bodies Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe News Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor April 28, 2021 Find out more Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law News Follow the news on Turkey April 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation last_img read more

Court says journalist does not have to testify

first_imgNews Reporters without Borders welcomes the December 11 decision by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) not to force ex-Washington Post journalist Jonathan Randal to give evidence before it in a war crimes case. NetherlandsEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information RSF_en News RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive December 12, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court says journalist does not have to testify Organisation Reporters without Borders welcomes the December 11 decision by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) not to force ex-Washington Post journalist Jonathan Randal to give evidence before it in a war crimes case.”This is a landmark,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “The decision is a legal precedent for the new International Criminal Court which will have to rule on such matters.””War reporters should have maximum protection while doing their dangerous job. Forcing them to give court evidence undermines their credibility and independence. We hope this decision will influence legislators in various countries, such as France, Portugal and Britain, where a journalist’s right not to reveal sources is poorly protected.”Randal was ordered to 7 June to give evidence to the Tribunal about an interview he had in 1993 with former Bosnian-Serb leader Radoslav Brdjanin, as part of the current genocide trial of Brdjanin and another Bosnian-Serb leader, Momir Talic. He refused and appealed against the decision.The ICTY judges ruled on the appeal that journalists working in war zones could not be forced to testify unless their “evidence had a direct and important value in determining a core issue in the case”. News to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more December 2, 2020 Find out more Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union NetherlandsEurope – Central Asia News Follow the news on Netherlands Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Receive email alerts November 23, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Military junta launches manhunt for informants of international news media

first_imgNews Receive email alerts News MyanmarAsia – Pacific RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum May 26, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar MyanmarAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association voiced great concern today about a campaign launched by the military regime to track down people in Burma who give information to international media. Military officers have been trained in how to identify the sources used by international radio stations and new phone tapping facilities have been installed.”The paranoia and violence of the Burmese military, especially Gen. Than Shwe, the head of the military junta, could have dramatic consequences for Burmese who dare to give information to journalists based abroad,” the two organisations said. “International radio stations are often the only source of independent information for millions of Burmese, and it would do great harm if people were afraid to talk to them.”Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association have gathered information about a recent series of measures taken by senior junta officials to train agents within the Military Security Force (Sa Ya Hpa) – which replaced Military Intelligence (MI) – to identify and catch foreign media informants.A number of businessmen, journalists and civil servants have been interrogated recently by members of the Military Security Force about their role in giving information to Burmese-language radio stations. During these interrogations, the military had recordings of broadcasts by foreign stations such as Radio Free Asia and tried to get these people to admit they had talked to journalists abroad. The military also repeatedly examined their mobile phones.Lt. Gen. Myint Swe, the military chief for the Rangoon division and head of the Defence Services Intelligence, recently organised training on the way to identify Burmese who give information to foreign news media or news media operated by Burmese in exile. Former MI officers taught Military Security Force personnel methods for identifying press sources.According to the Independent Mon News Agency, the chief trainer was Capt. Aung Kyaw Kyaw, the former head of MI in Mon State, who got a reputation there for threatening to kill people who gave information to the foreign media.A group of Rangoon-based Burmese journalists, including correspondents for foreign media, were recently summoned by the information ministry and asked to respond to attacks orchestrated by the foreign media. Ministry officials asked some journalists to provide a list of their contacts. The ministry also organised seminars for civil servants to train them in how to respond to “foreign propaganda,” while civilians have been trained in how to identify “informants.”Several journalists in exile have confirmed to Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association that the authorities often take sanctions against their sources in Burma. “It is often the case that people we talk to have their phone lines cut,” one reporter said. The government has just installed two new mobile phone tapping centres in the central city of Mandalay, while the Military Security Force has stepped up control of communications in the regions bordering Thailand. Two people were arrested in the southern city of Moulmein (in Mon State) for receiving “suspicious” international calls on their mobile phones.This hunt for informants coincides with a report in the exile magazine Irrawaddy that the junta fears a US military invasion. The report cites a document in which a military commander suggests eliminating members of the opposition National League for Democracy in the event of a US attack.center_img February 9, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Military junta launches manhunt for informants of international news media Organisation News News US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture May 31, 2021 Find out more to go further May 12, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Myanmarlast_img read more

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first_imgPasadena Eats, The Dining Blog Juice Juice Baby By ANGELA MORGAN Published on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 | 9:14 pm “We’ve been fueling the active lifestyles of our guests for 20 years and we wanted to show our appreciation for their support by doing something special for them,” said Frank Easterbrook, president & CEO of Juice It Up! Free is definitely special. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS You will scream for juice when you walk into Juice It Up! on August 4th between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. because they are giving every visitor a free smoothie! Juice It Up! is located at 165 N. Hill Ave., Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 793-3344 or visitwww.juiceitup.com. Community News There are two choices of smoothie available for your delight. You can choose between a small Strawberry Wave and a California Cooler. The Strawberry Wave is super refreshing with a delicious blend of strawberries, non-fat yogurt, banana and strawberry juice. The other choice is a laidback refreshing California Cooler. It will invigorate you with cucumber, pineapple juice, lemonade, lime sherbet, and pineapple. If Deliciousness and Healthy had babies they would be these two smoothies! 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. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena I scream, you scream, we all scream for…juice? Make a comment Juice It Up! caters to all types of tastes. In the mood to detoxify, refresh or energize? Then they have a raw juice for you! Feeling sluggish or under the weather? Then come on in for their Immunizer juice. 1 or 2 oz. shots of wheatgrass or ginger are a great way to start the day! Feeling daring? Try an innovative fruit and veggie fusion. According to their website, Fruit & Veggie Fusions blend together whole fruits and vegetables to retain 100% of the fiber and nutritional properties found in each ingredient and are designed to satisfy hunger, sustain energy and support digestive health. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  HerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCreative Ways To Burn Calories That Require Little EffortHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like An Eye-Candy And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWomen Love These Great Tips To Making Your Teeth Look WhiterHerbeautyHerbeauty 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News If you are in the mood to try more than just a smoothie then you can choose from one of their other delicious fruity offerings. The fruit bowl looks intriguing and contains Organic açaí, guarana, raw organic pitaya and a cranberry/apple juice blend, not to mention yummy blueberries and pineapple. Then the concoction is topped with organic omega-3 granola, banana, strawberries, blueberries and honey. Talk about fuel for your body! Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week So set your alarm for next Tuesday morning and get over to Juice It Up! for a delicious free smoothie! Subscribelast_img read more

Dog snatchers are on the prowl

first_imgNewsLocal NewsDog snatchers are on the prowlBy admin – March 11, 2010 611 Email Facebook Advertisement WhatsApp Linkedincenter_img Print PET dog snatchers are on the prowl in Limerick city and county, posing as wardens.Marie Quirke, Limerick Animal Welfare, said she is receiving hysterical calls from distressed dog-owners every day who have been the victims of these con men.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up She added: “Bogus dog wardens in vans and jeeps are pulling up beside people walking their dogs, asking for dog licences, then taking the dogs and telling owners they can reclaim them when they produce a dog licence at the pound”.Marie warns that this is not how the dog warden operates, and strongly advises the public not to give their animal to anyone they don’t know.“Unfortunately, as these people are putting dog owners in a stressful situation we have not been able to get a registration number for any of the offenders, so we are warning people to be vigilant”.Marie said that the dog snatchers have been operating across Limerick from Ballylanders to Ballingarry.      She gave a specific example in Martinstown, Kilmallock: “Men driving a black jeep called to someone’s home while they were away and were in the process of taking a dog when they were approached by a neighbour who questioned them and asked them for identification. They failed to provide identification, dropped the dog and left the property”.However, she said that there are also dog snatchers operating with false identification.“People assume that they will target pure breed dogs but this has not been the case.. they will take any kind of breed”.A spokesperson from Henry Street Garda Station has warned people to be vigilant of anybody approaching them in unusual circumstances.Limerick City Council have also warned people in be wary of anyone presenting themselves as a dog warden without official identification. Twitter Previous articleFine parents for children’s misbehaviour – GilliganNext article‘Big Brother’ for City Hall? adminlast_img read more