Egypt : Cairo military court confirms journalist’s ten-year jail sentence

first_img News Organisation Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff News December 27, 2018 Egypt : Cairo military court confirms journalist’s ten-year jail sentence “After more than three years in preventive detention, more than the legal limit, a military court has imposed a long jail sentence on civilian who is a respected journalist,” RSF’s Middle East desk said.  February 6, 2021 Find out more Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison Arrested on landing at Hurghada airport on 29 November 2015, Alexandrani is well known as a journalist and researcher who has specialized in writing about Jihadi groups in the North Sinai. He is also known as a critic of the Egyptian government and the army’s role in politics. February 1, 2021 Find out more EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses ImprisonedFreedom of expression A nominee for the RSF’s Press Freedom Prize in 2016, he is a research fellow at the Arab Reform Initiative in Paris and was a visiting fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Centrein Washington. He has reported for MadaMasr,Safir Arabi, Al Jazeera English, the Forum for Arab and International Relations and the French magazine Orient XXI. to go further RSF_en center_img “Nonetheless, Ismail Alexandrani did not commit any crime, aside from the crime of irritating the regime and the army by what he reported and what he wrote. We strongly condemn this iniquitous and disproportionate sentence and we call for his immediate and unconditional release.” Receive email alerts News Alexandrani’s conviction on charges of “divulging state secrets” and “membership of a banned group” and his ten-year jail term were upheld at a hearing held in his presence. The fact that the sentence was originally passed in his absence and without his knowledge on 22 May and the lack of any ensuing official confirmation had given rise to confusion. Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution Egypt is ranked 161st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Follow the news on Egypt Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is dismayed to learn that Egyptian journalist Ismail Alexandrani’s ten-year prison sentence was upheld by a Cairo military court on 24 December. RSF reiterates its call for the immediate release of this journalist and academic, who specializes in the Sinai. EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses ImprisonedFreedom of expression News Help by sharing this information January 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

CDC begins sharing flu virus genetic data

first_imgAug 23, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published the genetic blueprints for more than 650 influenza virus genes to launch a new data-sharing program intended to stimulate influenza research.In collaboration with the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), the CDC will release genetic information on several hundred flu virus samples from US patients each year, the agency said yesterday in a news release.The genetic sequence data will include seasonal flu viruses, any animal flu viruses that infect humans, and any emerging strains, such as H5N1, officials said.The information will be deposited in two databases: GenBank, a public library of virus sequences managed by the National Institutes of Health, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory Influenza Sequence Database.Until now, the sequence data were available only to a few flu researchers who work with the World Health Organization (WHO) to recommend which viruses should be included in flu vaccines. “The sequence data will now be available through GenBank to anyone with Internet access,” the CDC said.The genetic data shed light on a virus’s origin and relationship to other flu viruses. Scientists can use the information to help determine whether a virus is susceptible to antiviral drugs and whether it is evolving in a way that would make it more contagious, possibly setting the stage for a pandemic, the CDC said.The withholding of genetic data on H5N1 viruses has drawn criticism in recent months. In July, virologists quoted in a Nature article complained that Indonesia’s and other countries’ refusal to share H5N1 data was hindering scientists’ understanding of the virus.The CDC said it has been working with the WHO to encourage countries with H5N1 avian flu to share their data. “After the Indonesian government recently agreed to make available the sequences for viruses from Indonesian bird flu patients, CDC placed total genome sequences for over 40 H5N1 viruses into a public-access database,” the agency said.CDC hopes to set example”We hope these initiatives will set the stage for other countries to adopt similar approaches to the release of influenza virus sequence data that they manage,” Dr. Nancy Cox, director of the CDC’s Influenza Divison, commented in the news release.The APHL, which consists mainly of state and local laboratory officials, gained approval from all 50 state labs to release sequence data from flu viruses tested in the labs, the CDC said.  State labs subtype flu viruses and submit some of them, including any unusual ones, to the CDC for further characterization.Under the new agreement, if the CDC identifies a new strain, the state lab that submitted it will be notified before the sequence data are posted in GenBank or the Los Alamos database, officials said.APHL President Dr. Jane Getchell said in the CDC statement, “State health department laboratories analyze and subtype thousands of influenza viruses each year. If a novel virus is out there, we will likely be the first to detect it. This is why public health labs are a critical part of our country’s early warning system for pandemic influenza, and why this collaboration with CDC is so important.”WHO explains steps for releasing H5N1 dataIn related news, the WHO today issued a brief explanation of how it works for the public release of H5N1 virus sequences—while downplaying somewhat the importance of such data.The agency said the sequencing of H5N1 viruses is done collaboratively by labs in countries with H5N1 outbreaks and the international network of H5 reference labs coordinated by the WHO. The agency explained that it needs permission from the source country to publish the sequence data.”WHO seeks to facilitate the timely release of sequence data to the public domain,” the statement said. “Formal procedures exist by which the WHO reference laboratory initially informs the originating laboratory of sequence results and simultaneously requests permission to place these results in the public domain. In the event of a negative reply or no reply, WHO directly approaches the Ministry of Health in the originating country, requesting authorization to release sequence data.”While genetic sequencing is important for developing vaccines and monitoring drug resistance, the WHO said, epidemiology is the primary tool for spotting changes in the H5N1 virus. “Epidemiological findings remain the most important alert to changes in the virus that indicate improved transmissibility among humans,” the agency said.See also:Aug 22 CDC statement about flu virus sequenceshttp://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/r060822.htmJul 12 CIDRAP News story “Report: H5N1 mutated rapidly in Indonesian cluster”http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/avianflu/news/jul1206mutate.htmlAug 23 WHO statement about procedures for releasing H5N1 sequencesGenBank homepagehttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/genbank/Los Alamos National Laboratory Influenza Sequence Database homepagehttp://www.flu.lanl.gov/last_img read more

ITV switches over

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Pacific Consortium makes firm £4.4bn bid for Tatts Group

first_img Tabcorp raises $371m through institutional entitlement offer August 24, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share Senet Australia appoints Paul Newsom as new client advisory lead  August 27, 2020 Related Articles The expected Tabcorp-Tatts merger (first announced October 2016) faces a major challenge as a private consortium led by London private equity firm Macquarie Group and New York fund KKR has today launched an AUS $7.3 billion (£4.4 billion) bid for Tatts Group assets.Under the proposition of ‘Pacific Consortium’ the group of investors has made an approach of between AUS $4.50-5 per Tatts share, with AUS $3.40 per share cash for the lotteries business alone. The rest will be paid in shares of Tatts’ betting operation, which the consortium intends to spin off from with group with a value at AUS $1 to A$1.60 a share.That means if the approach is approved the consortium would split Tatts into two separate companies, forming an individual lotteries operator for Australia and either listing a new sports betting enterprise on the ASX or stripping the firm’s underperforming sports betting division.At present Tatts governance has stated that it has yet to formally review the proposition put forward by the Pacific Consortium. Nevertheless Australian industry analysts have initially noted that the bid may offer Tatts investors better value than the Tabcorp merger.Last October Tabcorp and Tatts declared that they had begun formal talks on a merger, which would seek to create the biggest Australian gambling enterprise, as the operators face increasing competition on home soil from international betting firms.This morning Australian business news sources revealed that the consortium had first made contact with Tatts governance in early 2016, but no formal offer had been made.The governance of Tabcorp, which will act as acquiring company should the merger be approved, has begun to review synergies between the two enterprises. There is also the fact that a Tabcorp/Tatts merger would also run into regulatory concerns around competition in the market.Reacting to early takeover speculation, Australian business analysts have detailed that Pacific’s bid highlights the value of Tatts’ lucrative Australia lottery assets  – presenting an interesting scenario which will likely divide investors on the company’s valuation.Pacific Consortium Chairwoman Kerry Schott said in a statement the group had a record of long-term investment in assets that ‘deliver annuity-style returns similar to infrastructure assets’. StumbleUpon Share Submitlast_img read more

Former Fort St. John resident to compete in Boxing at 2019 PAN AM Games in Peru

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Former Fort St. John resident Bryan Colwell is representing Canada at the 2019 PAN AM Games in Lima, Peru.Colwell will be competing in the 91 kg Men’s Boxing at this year’s Games.According to Team Canada, Colwell started boxing when he was 17-years-old in an attempt to get into better shape for the soccer tryouts at the University of Victoria.- Advertisement -Following his first boxing lesson, Colwell knew he never wanted to play soccer again and had found his true calling.Since then, Colwell has competed in many matches earning him titles such as Golden Gloves, Canadian Champion, and B.C. Provincial Champion.Currently, Colwell has his sights set on winning gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and is completing a Bachelor of Business at Camosun College in Victoria with the intent of opening his own gym once he stops competing.Advertisement The 2019 PAN AM Games runs from July 26 to August 11 in Lima, Peru.last_img read more

Victim of beating called transvestite prostitute

first_imgNORTHRIDGE – A 50-year-old man who was living in his mother’s home in a quiet middle-class neighborhood killed a transvestite prostitute earlier this week with a garden hoe after bringing him back to the house, police said Tuesday. John Freeman of Northridge had been arrested Sunday on suspicion of murder. Police said his mother was out of town when he picked up the 31-year-old transvestite prostitute Sunday morning and brought him to the house in the 19000 block of Kingsbury Street. The victim, who had prior arrests on suspicion of prostitution, wore women’s clothing to Freeman’s house but was naked at the time of the beating, homicide Detective Terry Kaiser of the Los Angeles Police Department said. An argument began inside the house and then spilled into the back yard, where Freeman attacked the victim with his fists, feet and a hoe, police said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “It’s unknown what occurred inside the house,” Kaiser said. “The victim wound up in the back yard, naked and distraught.” Neighbors reported the assault to police at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. When officers responded, Freeman was still in the back yard and kicking the victim, Kaiser said. The victim was taken to Northridge Hospital Medical Center, where he died, officials said. His name was not released pending notification of his family. “At this time, we don’t have any evidence of a hate crime,” Kaiser said. “We don’t believe hate was the motivation. It seems like there was already a relationship between them.” On Tuesday along Kingsbury, where well-tended homes perch above the street, neighbors expressed shock. Some said they arrived home after church or errands Sunday and saw Freeman outside, dressed in pajamas and wearing handcuffs, while rescue workers administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation to the victim. “He was your average, friendly person,” one neighbor said. “It’s very upsetting. He comes from an upstanding family.” Freeman had been seen working around his mother’s home, stringing lights for the holidays and tending to other chores. “At first I thought of his mother and wondered if something happened to her,” said another neighbor, who pulled into her driveway Sunday and saw dozens of police cruisers surrounding Freeman’s home. “Then we all thought it was a breaking-and-entering situation.” A neighbor who had overheard the confrontation between Freeman and the victim said he had felt frightened. “This is the kind of neighborhood where, except for the wind, there’s never any noise,” he said. “If we see one firetruck, we all wonder what happened.” The responding officers said the victim appeared to have small breasts, although police are not sure whether they were surgically implanted or produced using hormones. While police aren’t certain of the motive, they don’t believe Freeman had suddenly discovered that the prostitute was a man. Kaiser said Freeman and the victim had a casual relationship in the past, and police believe Freeman knew the victim had male anatomy. Staff Writer Susan Abram contributed to this story. Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Growing support for Play Your Part

first_imgPlay Your Part partners IMC CEO MillerMatola, and CEO of Heartlines GarthJaphet at the Play Your Part breakfast. Eskom GM Pieter Pretorius said hiscompany supports the campaign. Zeng Msimang, director of strategy andcontent for the Department ofInternational Relations and Cooperation,said the Play Your Part campaign hashelped the government raise funds toprovide famine relief to Somalia. (Images: Nosimilo Ramela) MEDIA CONTACTS • Chantal Wellington IMC digital content manager +27 11 483 0122 RELATED ARTICLES • Play Your Part: Make SA even better • IMC plays its part for Mandela Day • Play your part for a better South Africa • Playing a part to clothe childrenNosimilo RamelaThe International Marketing Council (IMC) of South Africa introduced its latest campaign, Play Your Part, to representatives of government departments, business and NGOs at a recent breakfast meeting in Sandhurst, Johannesburg.The campaign encourages South Africans to do whatever they can, no matter how big or small the contribution, to create a better country. It also aims to connect and celebrate citizens who are already playing their part and making an impact in their communities.Speaking at the breakfast meeting on 17 August 2011, IMC CEO Miller Matola said: “Play Your Part is a national movement for social change, contributing to social cohesion and national unity.”The IMC has collaborated with forgood, an online social network with a humanitarian focus, to create a facility whereby willing South Africans can connect with each other to share stories about the work they are doing, exchange ideas for projects and secure resources.“There are amazing people doing amazing things every day, everywhere in our country, this is a platform for them to share their stories, and to celebrate great stories,” said CEO of Heartlines Garth Japhet.The online resource gives information to people who are keen on doing something in their respective areas, but do not know how to go about it.“Play Your Part will help connect people who are interested in the same things. It will also connect them with the opportunities they are looking for,” he said.Japhet added that the Play Your Part site, powered by Forgood, will also provide regular news updates and list events taking places various communities.Play Your Part enables users to create their own profiles, join the campaign and start making a difference.Business joins inFinancial Times CEO Rochelle Josiah said her publication endorses the initiative and would be playing its part through some of its own projects.Michelle Gerszt, marketing executive of the Smile Foundation, spoke about how her NGO is playing its part by helping children with facial abnormalities access free corrective plastic and reconstructive surgery.“We help children with abnormalities such as cleft lips and palates, burn victims, those with facial paralysis and other conditions. The medical staff who work with us all work for free: they volunteer their time to help our young patients. They are playing their part in changing the lives of young people and their parents.”Gerszt said her organisation is proud to be part of the Play Your Part initiative as it promotes the same values as the foundation. “The work we do brings people together for the purpose of making a difference in the lives of those in need.”She added that the Smile Foundation had a skills development programme in place to equip medical teams with the necessary techniques and knowledge.“Instead of bringing in specialists from other countries, we have our own doctors and nurses trained and skilled to perform these complex surgeries. We are investing in the medical teams we work with and we support the public hospitals we work in by purchasing equipment that can be used by the departments of plastic and reconstructive surgery.”Pieter Pretorius, GM for the country’s power utility Eskom, said his company’s 49m initiative was also making a difference in South Africa.“We are proud to be associated with the IMC’s Play Your Part. The campaign speaks to the same ideas as our project: 49m is about mobilising people to play their part in building a better future for South Africa. We want to encourage people to reduce their consumption of electricity, thereby reducing our carbon footprint.”Pretorius added that people can make small changes like remembering to switch off any lights or appliances that are not in use. “It’s not about sacrificing, but rather about being considerate. The power we save today is the power we’ll need tomorrow to light our rooms, watch our televisions and boil our kettles.”Government adds its supportZeng Msimang, director of strategy and content for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, said the Play Your Part campaign has helped the government raise funds to provide famine relief to Somalia.She added that although the initiative is a local one, the department would promote it across all countries it works in.“For us Play Your Part is about being patriotic and it starts with our diplomats. We want it to start internally with the way we treat and behave towards each other.”last_img read more

Using cover crops with fall manure applications

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Livestock producers will soon be applying manure as corn silage harvest starts. Both soybean and corn harvest will be about normal this year. To best capture the nutrients in manure, livestock producers should incorporate fall applied manure and also consider using cover crops.Fall cover crops have been planted in Ohio for many years. While primarily used to help control soil erosion, cover crops can also recapture nutrients in livestock manure and keep these nutrients from escaping into lakes, streams and rivers.The most common cover crops used with livestock manure are cereal ryegrass, oats and radishes. However, farmers have also used wheat, clover, annual ryegrass, or almost anything they are comfortable growing.Cereal ryegrass is the best cool-season grass for capturing excess nitrogen. Because rye over-winters, research has shown it can capture and hold 25 to 50 pounds of nitrogen (organic form). It germinates at lower temperatures than oats so may be planted later, but less nitrogen will be recycled the later the rye is seeded. It will grow later in the fall and begin growth earlier in the spring than wheat.Oats are sometimes used as a cover crop in the fall and need to be planted soon after silage harvest. Drilling oats improves germination and growth before frost. Some farmers in northwest Ohio have had great success surface seeding oats and incorporating with shallow tillage. Oats winter-kill and are not a problem in the spring for no till or minimum tillage systems.Another cover crop that is excellent at recycling nitrogen is oilseed radish. Oilseed radish is a fast growing, non-legume broadleaf that needs nitrogen to grow rapidly so it is often used with livestock manure. Needing time to grow, radishes are usually not the best option following soybeans or corn in October.  Radishes typically winter-kill when temperatures reach 20 de­grees F but farmers in Ohio occasionally report radishes surviving winters thanks to snow cover when temperatures are their coldest. Surviving radishes were easily controlled with a burndown herbicide.Cover crops can help livestock farmers recapture manure nutrients and conserve soil by reducing erosion. Cover crop seedings do not have to be perfect. The goal is to combine nutrient recovery and to protect the environment.last_img read more

YouTube Takes Filmmakers Straight to Video When Others Won’t

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts center_img Just to put the numbers into perspective, with its recent earnings from entering the online movie rental business, YouTube couldn’t even afford one minimum-wage, full-time employee. But it’s not a bad start, nonetheless, and the best news may be for the filmmakers themselves.When YouTube announced the move two weeks ago, we mused over whether or not people would be willing to pay for content, as is always the question. For a relatively quick, quiet test campaign, we would venture that YouTube certainly outpaced Newsday, with its 35 online subscribers.…A Whpoping $10,709.16The initial test, which ran for a brief 10 days, raked in $10,709.16 according to the New York Times’ Bits Blog. It featured five independent films pulled from the ranks of Sundance Film Festival, which received 2,684 views at $3.99 a piece. The 10-day test run was just the beginning, YouTube said on its blog, as the company will start to offer videos for rent “across different industries, including health and education … in the weeks ahead.” According to the company’s original announcement, content partners “can decide the price of their videos and the rental duration; they can decide when and where their content is available; and they can keep 100% of their rights.” This led us, of course, to wonder how much of a cut YouTube takes from the deal?While $10,000 is chump change for a company like Google-owned YouTube, that, or even one-fifth, is anything but for the independent filmmaker – especially for a distribution deal that retains all of your rights and decision-making abilities. YouTube Gets Into the Distribution BusinessWe spoke with Chris Dale, a spokesman for YouTube, and he told us that he couldn’t confirm the exact details of the revenue split, but would say that the content provided kept anywhere from 51% of the revenue to more than that. To quote him directly, he said that “the majority of the revenue share goes to the content partner.”While that may make it sound potentially less appealing, he did point out that this is an opportunity for distribution, on the filmmakers terms – something most filmmakers are unlikely to run across during an entire career.“In 2009, out of 9,000 films sent to Sundance, only 53 got distribution deals,” Dale said. “That tops out at only a .6% success rate. Given that, it’s important for filmmakers to have other options at their fingertips.”We tend to agree. He said that the filmmaker can decide on the pricing, ranging anywhere from 99 cents to around $20, but again wouldn’t confirm anything further on the split. The deal gives filmmakers a reputable locale to offer their product and a potential for income as well as exposure. We think this could provide an interesting outlet for smaller filmmakers who can’t afford the expenses of DVD distribution deals. It also puts YouTube in a good spot, both providing these filmmakers with an outlet, as they’ve always done, while providing them a source of income. mike melanson Tags:#news#web last_img read more

TechCrunch Disrupt: Where Are They Now?

first_imgcormac foster How It’s Doing: So far, it seems to be still growing. Getaround has signed up thousands of cars, and it’s hiring for aggressive expansions into new markets. The startup’s most recent venture is Getaway, a long-term rental service for drivers who need a car for a week or longer. But over all, the car-sharing market has a long way to go before becoming mainstream. New York, 2010: QwikiWhat It Is: Qwiki is a slick, simple, online application that lets users create video presentations in their browser. The interface is extremely simple, and and even a total noob can throw together a slick-looking video in less than five minutes. How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Tags:#start#Venture Funding With TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2012 in full swing this week, it’s only a matter of days before a new winner is crowned. We decided to check in with previous Disrupt winners to see how they’ve fared since their victories – and try to determine how it means to ace a high-profile startup contest.Startup contests like TechCrunch Disrupt can generate a lot of hype and interest, but does that translate into any lasting benefit for the startups involved? Sure, winning brings monetary benefits – TechCrunch Disrupt offers $50,000 – which never hurts, but does participating really help a startup succeed? And does winning a key contest really predict eventual success? To find out, we caught up with the winners of the four most Disrupt events: Related Posts How It’s Doing: Most avatar-based chat environments have been notoriously anonymous, quickly degrading from social discovery to Leisure Suit Larry. Shaker removes the anonymity by tying profiles to your Facebook account, helping users to meet others with common interests snd form real relationships. Promoters (at this point, mostly bands) sponsor rooms, and Shaker works its magic on the back end to segment the rooms so you’ll actually bump into people with shared interests beyond the band.For now Shaker remains a bit of a ghost town. As of September 10, there were only two events on the calendar: a Foo Fighters Tribute party with 226 RSVPs, and a “Hangout” the following Sunday with 37. Still, Live Nation has signed on as a promotional partner, which could help Shaker attract the users it needs to really take off. New York, 2011: GetaroundWhat It Is: Getaround is AirBnB for car rentals. Owners can list their cars during downtime, allowing drivers to rent them by the hour. Drivers can place up to five requests, and the first response wins the business. One price covers rental cost, background checks and insurance. Owners get a monthly payment for their car, drivers get to drive whatever they want while saving money, and Getaround takes a cut from the middle without having to maintain its own inventory. The concept is a win-win-win. How to Get Started in China and Have Success How It’s Doing: Qwiki works great for last-minute school presentations or fashion retrospectives, but as others have pointed out, it has yet to become the transformative application its founder promised. To date, Qwiki hasn’t disrupted much of anything, but recent ties to more mainstream media outlets could help change that.Even the hottest startup needs a little time to change the world – or make a billion dollars – so it’s a little early to pass final judgment. But so far, at least, the four most recent Disrupt winners are all still in business – and not every startup can say the same.At the same time, though, while some have gotten funding, none has come close to changing the world or a transformative financial event for founders and investors. And plenty of other startups – ones who didn’t win startup contests – or doing even better. New York, 2012: ÜberConferenceWhat It Is: Audio conference calls aren’t going away, so Firespotter Labs’ ÜberConference made them less sucky. By removing login annoyances (“Can you text me that code? I’m on my cell!”), adding visual controls and giving you something productive to do with your mouse and keyboard while sitting on hours of endless calls, ÜberConference actually makes audio calls cool again. What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … How It’s Doing: Uberconference is killing it. Just a month after taking home first prize at Disrupt, Firespotter won $15 million from Andreessen Horowitz and Google Ventures. The company is hiring for several open positions, most of them in engineering. iOS, Android and paid versions of the service are due soon, and UberConfernce can monetize its already-solid feature set, prospects look good. San Francisco, 2011: ShakerWhat It Is: Shaker’s founders are betting that users will want to hang out in virtual spaces (starting with a bar called Club 53), represented by avatars. If this strikes you as a little like Second Life, you’re not alone, but the folks at TechCrunch and $18 million in venture funding believed Shaker offers something more than just another chat room.last_img read more