NHL to reveal first sports betting partner

first_img Topics: Marketing & affiliates Sports betting Email Address Regions: US The NHL is set to go “all in” with sports betting when it announces a major partnership at a press conference led by commissioner Gary Bettman later today.A long-standing opponent of sports betting and fierce defender of PASPA until its repeal earlier this year, the ice hockey league will give further details about a significant commercial deal at an event taking place in New York City at 11am ET (4pm GMT).According to sources cited by Sportnet’s Chris Johnson, the NHL – which will follow the NBA in signing a betting partner – intends to reap as much as possible from the legal gambling industry. “We’re going all in,” an insider told Johnson.The NHL has kept tight-lipped about the identity of its new partner. William Hill is a contender having already signed up two hockey teams – New Jersey Devils and Vegas Golden Knights – to deals. DraftKings became the NHL’s official fantasy partner in 2014 and is part-owned by the league.Bettman and the NHL were part of a group that attempted to stop New Jersey legalising sports betting. Since the repeal of PASPA he has been an advocate of integrity fees and ensuring the league takes as much money as possible from what is sure to be a lucrative new sector in US sport.“We’ve historically been opposed to extending sports betting on our game, and emotionally I don’t think that’s changed,” Bettman said to podcast host Larry Lage in August. “It is a fact of life in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling, and it’ll be up to states to decide whether or not they’re going to enact sports betting.The deal to be announced today comes almost three months after the NBA became the first major US sport to sign up an official betting partner through its deal with MGM and its playMGM brand. As part of the deal, MGM will use official NBA data on its betting platform and work with the league to detect and prevent fraud and game-fixing. MGM will also have the right to use NBA marks and team logos. It is believed the three-year deal is worth around $25m.At the beginning of October, the American Gaming Association (AGA) released figures that showed the NHL could benefit by more than $200m (€175m/£155m) per year should it fully embrace sports betting in the US.Image: NNC Public Affairs Photography AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Marketing & affiliatescenter_img Ice hockey league to go ‘all in’ with sports betting according to reports 29th October 2018 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter NHL to reveal first sports betting partnerlast_img read more

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153mn watch World Cup Group Stage matches: Sony Pictures

first_img Facebook Twitter 153mn watch World Cup Group Stage matches: Sony Pictures Cricket The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia continues its strong run for football viewership in India in its third week. The tournament that is being telecast live on Sony Ten 2, Sony Ten 3 and SONY ESPN channels and live streamed on SonyLIV app & website has garnered over 153 million viewers across 48 matches played in the first 16 days of the tournament.The Hindi speaking markets have contributed to over 60% of the overall TV viewership, the broadcaster has stated in a Press release. Formula 1 YourBump15 Actors That Hollywood Banned For LifeYourBump|SponsoredSponsoredDefinitionTime Was Not Kind To These 28 CelebritiesDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredPost FunThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayPost Fun|SponsoredSponsoredDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funny|SponsoredSponsoredMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStory|SponsoredSponsoredDefinitionWhat ‘Harry Potter’ Characters Were Actually Supposed To Look LikeDefinition|SponsoredSponsored Cricket Euro 2020, Switzerland vs Turkey: Top 5 players to watch out for in SUI vs TUR Previous articleIndia to start Asian Champions Trophy defence against hosts OmanNext articleSrikanth returns to top-5; Saina also moves up in BWF rankings Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. Euro 2020, Switzerland vs Turkey LIVE: Switzerland to punish hapless Turkey; Follow Live Updates, Follow Live update F1 French GP 2021 Live: Max Verstappen to take pole position, Lewis Hamilton second Euro 2020- Spain vs Poland Highlights: Spain held to 1-1 draw as Lewandowski’s Poland keep Euro hopes alive by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMicrosoftBring your desktop to life with Bing WallpaperMicrosoftCapital One ShoppingThis hack can uncover JOANN discounts you don’t know aboutCapital One ShoppingE! OnlineCNN’s Christiane Amanpour Undergoes Surgery After Cancer DiagnosisE! OnlineThe total cumulative reach of the event on Sony network has aggregated 153.2 million viewers, as per the BARC, All India, CS2+, LIVE matches + wraparound shows + highlights + repeats + surround programming of FIFA World Cup, SPN Sports Network, SonyLIVnumbers.A majority of 123.2 million viewers have watched the World Cup on TV and over 30 million viewers have live streamed it on SonyLIV app and website. The 48-group stage matches have been watched LIVE by 83.9 million viewers across India on the sports channels of Sony Pictures Networks.Over 60% of the overall TV reach came from HSM markets as 72.7 million viewers in the HSM markets sampled the coverage on Sony sports channels.In the rural markets across India, 51.5 million viewers have sampled the FIFA WC 2018 television coverage, which is 42% of the overall TV reach.Bengal (17.5 mn) has dominated in consumption of the regional language World Cup broadcast, followed by Kerala (15.8 mn), North East(9.3 mn) and Maharashtra/ Goa (9.0 mn). Female viewership has contributed to a healthy  47% of the tournament reach till date, while regional language feeds (Hindi, Malayalam, Bengali, Tamil and Telugu) have also contributed to 47% of the overall viewership.Sony’s regional strategy for the World Cup has been well received, with 8.0 million viewers in Kerala sampling Malayalam commentary and 7.0 million viewers in West Bengal sampling Bengali commentary.The broadcast data is derived from various BARC TV audience analysis. By Kunal Dhyani – July 5, 2018 ICC WTC Final, Ind vs NZ Day 3: Can India survive the Kyle Jamieson storm in Southampton? Euro 2020, Italy vs Wales LIVE: Gareth Bale and Co face do-or-die clash; Italy eye third consecutive win; Follow Live Updates, WI vs SA 2nd Test Day 2 Stumps: West Indies bowled out for 149 runs in 1st innings, SA lead by 149 runs TAGS2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaFIFA World CupFIFA World Cup 2018 ViewershipSony Pictures Network India SHARE Football FootballLatest Sports NewsSports BusinessNewsSport Football RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Cricket Football Cricket Football WTC final LIVE broadcast: ICC’s mega broadcast plan, India vs New Zealand live streaming starts today in 195 countries Virat Kohli completes 10 years in Test Cricket: 10 things you should know about India skipper- check out Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Euro 2020, Italy vs Wales: 3 key battles to watch out for in ITA vs WAL Football last_img read more

World Council of Churches to hold first meeting in China

first_imgWorld Council of Churches to hold first meeting in China Rector Hopkinsville, KY Elizabeth Hanson Mellen says: [Ecumenical News International] The Geneva-based World Council of Churches (WCC) said it will hold its first meeting in the People’s Republic of China, focusing on “the unique situation of Chinese churches and ecumenical relations” in the region.The meeting will take place from June 9-16 in Shanghai and Nanjing, according to a WCC news release. It is being organized by the WCC Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA) and hosted by the China Christian Council (CCC) and the National Committee of the Three Self Patriotic Movement of the Protestant Churches in China. The CCC, with 23 million members, is the largest member constituency of the WCC in Asia.The WCC general secretary, the Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, will attend the meeting. It will be his first visit to China since he took office in 2010.The main deliberations of the CCIA will take place in Nanjing. This will include a seminar on “Understanding China,” invoking diverse perspectives on market reforms and development in socialist systems, poverty eradication and environmental sustainability, China’s religions and religious policies, and churches in China.“This is the 51st meeting of the CCIA. The meeting will be a historic event as it is the first time since the inception of the WCC [in 1948] that an international ecumenical gathering will take place in China, and will be hosted by a WCC member church in China,” said Mathews George Chunakara, director of the CCIA.The event will begin with meetings in Shanghai, with Sunday worship services in local Chinese congregations, followed by visits to urban and rural models of life in the context of modern China.The final meeting of the CCIA in follow up to the WCC 10th Assembly, which will take place in 2013 in Busan, South Korea, will discuss future program directions and significance of international affairs in the ecumenical movement. This will also include discussions on priorities for public policy and global advocacy initiatives in the emerging geo-political situation.The WCC brings together 349 Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other churches representing more than 560 million Christians in over 110 countries, and works cooperatively with the Roman Catholic Church. The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH May 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm Are papers or reports going to be available to us who are interested in doing ecumenical work in China? This is my discerned mission as a lay member of Trinity Church Wall Street in New York.I am working on a feasibility study for our parish and the Anglican Communion writ large to partner with NGO’s, their faith based NGO’s, in the newly receptive climate in China.My “DNA” is in China, my grandfather was a missionary there from 1895-1940. My father served on the Marshall Mission, and as Military attache in Beijing from 1946-1949. I received my MA in Chinese Studies from SOAS at University of London and in partnership with Sotheby’s Institute of Art, and hope to continue my work with a PhD. I met Jon Huntsman, Jr. last week, as part of a symposium on China, and heard his view as outgoing Ambassador. I am unable to travel to Nanjing, our Parish donated two antique Tiffany windows to the Anglican Cathedral, rebuilt sine 1860. I hope to contribute my knowledge of 5000 years of Chinese culture, and the problems that beset missionaries in the early part of the 20th century, to which I am connected. Please let me know. John McCann says: May 31, 2012 at 12:59 pm I am delighted to see a story from the World Council of Churches included in this ENS sending. I was in ecumenical work work (National Council of Churches and Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute) for 12 years and have long been concerned about the dearth of news and lack of info spreading and education in our general church media about the participation of the Episcopal Church in the longstanding instruments for Christian unity — the National Council of Churches of Christ USA and the WCC — as well as the many local church and interreligious councils in the U.S. in which Episcopal presence and participation is a vital factor. Let’s hear more. Episcopal Church participation and leadership in the ecumenical movement is a big part of our history. In addition the work of the WCC is stellar — what an amazing presence in the world — of which this China initiative is a tremendous example. Tell us more!By coincidence my grandparents also (referencing the previous comment) were missionaries in China for 50 years 1903-1951. We have been to visit their place of ministry in Taian, Shandong Province and find a newly thriving church in the same lovely sanctuary and, at the heart of the huge multi building city high school complex , the beautiful school building built and funded through the efforts of my grandfather. And the memories still alive and honored, though the context so vastly altered — the church of course part of the 3-Self Protestant Church group, no longer Methodist. Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis John McCann says: Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem June 9, 2012 at 9:40 am The past two entries have resonance for me. I passed up a Pilgrimage on the Camino del Camposta de Santiago with a group from Trinity to be able to attend the conference, I am being sponsored but not by our church. Having seen the arc from the early 20h century like Elizabeth Mellon described, through the difficulties of the 20th century… this is a hopeful sign, and Trinity, which is one of the wealthiest churches in real estate (thanks to a grant from Queen Anne of farmland which is now lower Manhattan) was a fluke I my mission is to persuade Trinity to take on some work in China, and to start building some “guanxi”. There was the famous comment when Nixon asked Zhou En Lai what the ramifications of the French Revolution are, and ZHou said “its too early to tell.” Which illustrates one side of how the Chinese work. But this is an historic event and shouldn’t be missed. I am just going to the Nanjing part, not being sponsored by my church, but by some anonymous donors, who are affiliated with the National Commitee on US- CHina relations. 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Fidel’s legacy and African liberation

first_imgNelson Mandela and Fidel CastroNo other political figure outside of Africa symbolized global solidarity with the aspirations of the people, from the northern regions to the subcontinent, more than Comandante President Fidel Castro Ruz of the Republic of Cuba.Historical, political and cultural ties between the people of Africa and Cuba extend back over five centuries. Cuba was colonized by European empires utilizing the labor of enslaved Africans, whose super-exploitation laid the basis for the rise of world capitalism and imperialism.In a speech delivered in Havana by President Castro on April 19, 1976, commemorating the 15th anniversary of the heroic victory over exiled mercenaries coordinated by CIA operatives at Playa Giron (Bay of Pigs), the Cuban leader said, “We are a Latin African people — enemies of colonialism, neocolonialism, racism, apartheid, which Yankee imperialism aids and protects.”Castro was responding to U.S. propaganda castigating the role of the socialist state, which had deployed 55,000 of its own troops beginning in October 1975 at the request of Dr. Agostino Neto, leader of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), the Marxist-led independence front.The MPLA had done most of the fighting against Portuguese colonialism since 1961. It was increasingly being surrounded by U.S.-backed reactionary forces of the Front for the National Liberation of Angola and the Union for the Total Independence of Angola.Cuba’s 1975-76 intervention proved decisive in the rapid consolidation of the MPLA as the ruling party in the oil-rich state of Angola. Cuban internationalists would remain in Angola until 1989, after the defeat of the racist South African forces and the independence of neighboring Namibia (South West Africa), which had been under the occupation of the apartheid regime.Africans mourn death of FidelNumerous African political leaders have expressed condolences to the Cuban government and people.The nation of Algeria in North Africa declared eight days of official mourning in honor of the revolutionary leader, who assisted in the defense of the country during the early years of national independence from France.Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika saluted the late Cuban revolutionary as “an authentic defender of the values of peace, respect and national sovereignty, and of his uncompromising struggle for the rights of people to self-determination. … This is also a great loss for the people of Algeria who have a special relationship with El Comandante, made of respect, admiration and mutual affection.” (Xinhua news agency, Nov. 27)President José Eduardo dos Santos of the Republic of Angola called Castro “an extraordinary figure of transcendent historical importance.” Approximately a total of 350,000 Cuban internationalists served in Angola during the war against the U.S.-supported forces of counterrevolution, including the well-armed and brutal South African army.Others weighing in on the passing of Fidel Castro included Republic of Namibia President Hage Geingob of the South West Africa People’s Organization, the national liberation movement turned ruling political party that has maintained power in the post-apartheid state since independence in March 1990. He said the struggle in Angola “was the watershed moment in southern African liberation.”SWAPO’s military units fought alongside the Angolan defense forces, Um Khonto we Sizwe, the guerilla army of the African National Congress and the Cuban internationalists in battles for the total independence of Angola.President Jacob Zuma, current leader of the ANC ruling party of South Africa, recounted, “Castro led the Cuban revolution and dedicated his entire life not only to the freedom of the Cuban people and the right of the Cuban state to sovereignty and self-determination, but also the freedom of other oppressed people around the world.”South African Minister of Trade Rob Davies emphasized how “Castro was one of the giants of the revolution in the 20th century. He played a pivotal role in the liberation of Southern Africa, particularly in the battle of Cuito Cuanavale — the Stalingrad of apartheid. Castro showed incredible solidarity and ensured that our fighters prevailed, making the transition in South Africa unstoppable.”Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi stressed, “Through the Mandela-Castro initiative, Castro sent doctors to South Africa to work in rural hospitals. Cuban doctors are taught to work in primary health care, which is what the world needs, and in this way Castro was ahead of his time.” (iol.co.za, Nov. 26)The Zimbabwe Sunday Mail quoted President Robert Mugabe as saying on numerous occasions that Fidel was a great friend of Zimbabwe and Africa. U.S. imperialism has imposed sanctions on both Cuba and Zimbabwe for many years. (Nov. 27)The Sunday Mail also noted how both President Mugabe and Joshua Nkomo, leader of the Zimbabwe African People’s Union-Patriotic Front, were indebted to the support provided by Cuba in the African revolutionary process.ZAPU-PF’s military wing, the Zimbabwe People’s Revolutionary Army (ZIPRA) enjoyed the support of the Cuban government during the guerilla campaign fought against the Rhodesian and South African armies.Former ZIPRA cadre Grace Noko said, “When we went for training in Cuba, we were well-received and were treated well during the course of our training. … Castro was a warm man who hated racism and oppression. He hated people who despised blacks because of their color.”Noko added that “our leaders, the likes of Dr. Joshua Nkomo, were inspired by Castro. He counseled them along the lines of the right to Independence, economic freedom and the need to fight inequality. The training was well-conducted, tough and of high standard. We were trained not only to fight in the war, but also to economically liberate ourselves afterwards.”Enormous Cuban assistance in Ebola epidemicIn 2014, Cuban medical personnel were deployed to Liberia and Sierra Leone after the rapid spread of the Ebola pandemic. The outbreak, the worst in history, hit three West African states: Liberia, Guinea-Conakry and Sierra Leone.Even the U.S. corporate media and government were forced to acknowledge Cuba’s phenomenal contribution to the efforts to contain and eradicate the disease, which left over 11,000 people dead and thousands more gravely ill, including health care professionals in the three countries.An article published by this author during the height of the Ebola pandemic on Nov. 4, 2014, was reprinted in August of this year by the Cuban leader’s website, fidelcastro.cu. It stressed that “Cuban health care workers have played a leading role on the African continent for decades. The revolutionary government views its work in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) as a manifestation of internationalism and solidarity with Africa.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Dialectics of change in Hong Kong: The contradiction of two antagonistic systems

first_imgWhat is the biggest problem that months of increasingly violent protests in Hong Kong have exposed?Many people, especially younger people, are trying to understand the turmoil in Hong Kong. A Sept. 4 Workers World article traced some roots of the current uprising to reactionary connections with imperialist agencies and ideology. (“Hong Kong: Google Censors China”)Examined here is how the “One Country, Two Systems” agreement for Hong Kong, a 1997 compromise, was an attempt to freeze in place in that city the capitalist property and social relations that existed under the decaying British empire. Now, with a changed global relationship of major proportions, a sharpening conflict has broken out because of the contradictions between the “two systems” — China’s and that of the capitalist/imperialist countries. 200,000 people in Hong Kong live in cages.Background to ‘One Country, Two Systems’The One Country, Two Systems agreement is by its very name a contradiction. To assume that this inherently unstable formulation could continue for the 50-year duration of the agreement would be a static and idealistic view of social development. Every relationship in society is subject to constant change, contention and struggle — in this case, a struggle between two contending social systems.In 1997, the shrinking British empire was no longer able to hold any of its former possessions in the form of outright colonies. Instead, British imperialism had hammered into place, through British Commonwealth arrangements, neoliberal policies that guaranteed continued British economic domination throughout its former African and Asian colonies.The People’s Republic of China, consolidated through the victory of the Chinese Revolution in 1949, was seriously underdeveloped in comparison to the imperialist countries, a legacy of China’s former subordination. This gave China an interest in continuing to encourage economic investment from Western powers, as long as China could control these investments. These funds came through the major banks in Hong Kong.With the 1997 agreement, Britain agreed to respect China’s sovereignty in Hong Kong. British and U.S. imperialists assumed that China’s reliance on Western investment would favor and facilitate continued imperialist dominance of the city and its institutions.It is abundantly clear now that, from the very inception of the 1997 agreement and even during the negotiations, those administering British and U.S. imperialism also planned to violate the agreement. By their aggressive funding of thousands of educational and social programs in Hong Kong, the imperialist powers showed that they had no intention of abiding by a pledge of 50 years of economic and political stability. Nor did they intend to respect China’s sovereignty in Hong Kong — or in the rest of China.Organizing for capitalist restorationIn the 1990s, before the signing of the agreement, Britain rushed to put political parties in place in Hong Kong stacked with loyal collaborators. During this time, when the Chinese Communist Party was still banned in the city, Britain set up a partially elected legislature that had never existed before.Half the seats in the legislature were guaranteed to the bankers and top real estate capitalists. Britain also established a new educational curriculum to enshrine concepts of bourgeois democracy in the school system. These concepts had been prohibited in colonial-run schools.The British established a court system to guarantee archaic capitalist property relations — a court system still in place. To this day, the overwhelming appointments to the Hong Kong High Court are not Hong Kong citizens. They are foreign British and British Commonwealth judges.These machinations of British and U.S. policy makers were based on the premise that the capitalist market would quickly overwhelm China’s socialist revolution and negate the agreed-upon sovereignty of China over Hong Kong. The city was to be a wedge of capitalism into China. Its millions of English-speaking, well-educated young people were nurtured to be for pro-capitalist “democracy” and to be “Western” collaborators in the project to turn China over to capitalism.The global capitalists assumed that what had happened in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics would be repeated in China. Only six years before the 1997 agreement, imperialism had succeeded in overturning and completely breaking up the USSR. Imperialism seemed all-powerful.But the imperialists of capital have been unable to overtake or overturn socialism in China, and are now provoking political turmoil in Hong Kong in order to discredit socialist China on the political front. This turmoil is accentuated by pro-capitalist legal, financial and cultural structures put in place by the city’s former colonizers and also by the present extremes of wealth and poverty in a city with its roots in capitalism, but, according to the agreement, governed by China.Banks in Hong KongUneven socialist developmentThe development of socialism in China is hardly a finished process. From 1979 on, People’s China focused on its own internal development and did not attempt to speak in the name of world revolution. The 1979 meeting of Chinese Vice-Premier Deng Xiaoping with President Jimmy Carter in Washington, D.C., followed by China’s invasion of Vietnam three weeks later, signaled an abrupt break with China’s past revolutionary standards.Many revolutionary forces around the world, engaged in the class struggle in their own countries and opposed to their own ruling class, assumed that China had moved decisively toward capitalism. Imperialist forces made the same assumptions.For two decades after the 1997 agreement, China was absorbed in the monumental task of raising hundreds of millions of people out of poverty and illiteracy. China’s economy has developed extremely rapidly since 1997, facilitated by ties to capitalist entities in Hong Kong.But China’s economy remains under the control of the socialist superstructure — both the workers’ state and its Communist Party. Now, British and U.S. policy strategists see that the state-owned banks and industries of the People’s Republic of China are likely to surpass the decaying capitalist societies of the West in almost every field within the next five years.In 1997, Hong Kong accounted for 27 percent of the gross domestic product of all of China and was the access point to billions flowing into China. Capitalism seemed impossible to dislodge.At present, Hong Kong accounts for less than 3 percent of China’s GDP and that  proportion is still decreasing.The dilemma todayIt is of historic and decisive importance that the Chinese leadership did not yield the Communist Party’s hold on the development of Chinese society and the economy. China continues to be committed to using central planning to guide the development of essential infrastructure and central banks.The Chinese Communist Party has made it abundantly clear that it is building socialism — with Chinese characteristics. It relies on socialist planning, but takes into account the underdevelopment and poverty inherited from old China. Its objective is to build socialism, while making compromises with the dominant force globally — the G7 imperialist powers. These capitalist economies, led by U.S. imperialism, have had a lock on modern industry and technology. The unsolvable problem facing the Hong Kong capitalists and the entire web of global pirates is that, as much as they are faced with critical problems of infrastructure, environment and housing in the city, they are driven by the competitive nature of the capitalist system to maximize their individual profits for survival in competition with other capitalists. In Hong Kong, capitalist property relations in the ownership of every square foot of land are still firmly established. Landlords, banks, laws and the legal apparatus of an antiquated system make even the most basic planning almost impossible. For instance, the 2008 global economic crash stopped any plans for capitalists to improve conditions in Hong Kong.But in that very year, the Chinese government was injecting billions into state planning for vast infrastructure projects to help China ride out the sharp cuts in Western investments and international bankruptcies. Now the problem for the People’s Republic of China is how to find a path to peacefully restore its sovereignty over both Hong Kong and Taiwan, when these two outposts are completely controlled by imperialism and by archaic capitalist property relations enshrined in layers of legal protection.At the same time, China is faced with an escalating trade war initiated by the U.S., as well as expanded U.S. military operations in the South China Sea and attempts to militarily encircle China.Along with these factors, the bitter turmoil in Hong Kong stems from imperialism’s effort to create a crisis to stop China’s steady development.As long as investment funds and technical development were taking place through connections in Hong Kong, the Chinese Communist Party gave a lower priority to influencing social development among Hong Kong youth. China approached Hong Kong with the facts of socialist planning — and the tremendous gains the country was making — as the basis on which to win enthusiastic support among a new generation of Hong Kong youth. But for 22 years, since 1997, a generation of youth in Hong Kong has been raised with hostility to socialist planning and denial of the fact that Hong Kong was part of China. Hundreds of millions of dollars of Western money has funded this political offensive, promoting the illusion of Western “democracy” and waving the British Union Jack and the U.S. flag.Millions around the world understand that U.S. imperialism — with its endless wars and 800 international military bases, its starvation-sanctions policies, regime-change interventions and profit-driven, climate-crisis policies — is the greatest threat facing humanity. Capitalist “democracy” is the veil of illusion thrown over this reality.Opposition to Western-funded intervention in Hong Kong belongs on the agenda of all those who are fighting to prevent a future of capitalist chaos.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Baseball continues strong hitting in win over Abilene Christian

first_imgReddIt printNo. 16 TCU Baseball rode an early offensive explosion and a strong bullpen performance in their 12-4 win over the Abilene Christian Wildcats.Robert Salazar gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning, but his error in the bottom half of the frame extended the inning and the Horned Frogs took advantage by way of two-out singles by Josh Watson and Austin Henry to take a 5-1 lead.“It was a dream come true,” said Henry after playing his first home game in Division I baseball. “I remember these teams with my dad and now that I’m here it’s surreal.”The redshirt junior transferred to TCU from Walters State Community College. After TCU starter Haylen Green exited the game in the fourth inning, the TCU bullpen allowed only one run on one hit the rest of the way, but head coach Jim Schlossnagle made it clear there is still work to be done.“Look at how many guys we walked,” Schlossnagle said. “At one point our bullpen had thrown 43 pitches and 20 of them were strikes.”Green allowed three runs on three hits in 3.2 innings pitched. He struck out four batters while also walking four. Catcher Alex Isola added a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth and Hunter Wolfe added a two-run double in the seventh to give TCU its second-straight game with double-digit runs. Despite his offensive output, Wolfe was more focused on his error in the top of the eighth inning after the game.“That’s unacceptable,” Wolfe said. “I just lost my focus and the ball sailed on me.” Josh Watson led the team in their win over Abilene Christian. Photo by Jack WallaceBoth Austin Henry and Hunter Wolfe highlighted the team trying to stay focused during the almost four-hour game.“I just tried to make a scenario for myself,” Henry said. “Like, what if this is the College World Series and we’re in a one-run game?That’s how I stay focused.”TCU heads into their weekend series with Grand Canyon University on a three-game win streak that includes a win over number one ranked Vanderbilt. Linkedin Conner McBridehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/conner-mcbride/ Conner McBridehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/conner-mcbride/ TCU celebrates First Generation Students Day Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Star pitcher to make return against Dallas Baptist Linkedin ReddIt Facebook The Horned Frogs rode strong bats to their first home win of the season. Photo by Jack Wallace Conner McBridehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/conner-mcbride/center_img Conner McBride TCU360’s guide to filling out your bracket Poor control on the mound leads to blowout loss for No. 20 baseball TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Twitter + posts Facebook Previous articleWhat we’re reading: Jussie Smollett arrestedNext articleMen’s tennis ramps up for road trip against Tulane, USF Conner McBride RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Conner McBridehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/conner-mcbride/ TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks last_img read more

Two Indian journalists denied justice after saying Punjab lawyer wasn’t qualified

first_imgPersecution Organisation IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesMedia independence Conflicts of interestJudicial harassment September 24, 2020 Two Indian journalists denied justice after saying Punjab lawyer wasn’t qualified June 10, 2021 Find out more RSF_en After the two days of torture, he was taken to a prison in the nearby city of Bathinda and held there for a month, until released on bail on 27 July. He and his cameraman, Hargurbinder Raju, who was not arrested, are now being prosecuted in a case brought by the Fazilka district bar association because they reported that one of its members worked as a lawyer for three years without being qualified. News India is ranked 140th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Khush Dil News TV reporter Sunil Kumar Sain’s account of what happened after he was arrested on 26 June and taken to the Fazilka district police station is shocking: “I was hung upside down for two days while they threw scalding water on me every two hours and gave me nothing to eat or drink the whole time.” Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by the denial of justice in the case of a TV reporter in the state of Punjab, in northwestern India, who was tortured and then jailed for a month after questioning a lawyer’s qualifications. Now he and his cameraman are facing up to 22 years in prison in case brought by lawyers and, to cap it all, they cannot find a lawyer to defend them. “I think the court employees and the lawyers for the opposing party fixed things so that I wouldn’t appear before the judge and my absence could be used to get him to cancel my bail,” he told RSF. The extraordinary range of charges brought against them includes extortion, cheating, intimidation and conspiracy under sections 384, 420, 506 et 120B of the criminal code. They are also charged under sections 66 and 67 of the Information Technology Act, which penalize “false information” and “obscene material” – charges still used in Indian criminal law although the supreme court ruled in 2015 that this was illegal. “We urge law and justice minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to intervene at once to end this denial of justice affecting Sunil Kumar Sain and Hargurbinder Raju,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. In all, the two journalists are facing the possibility of sentences that could total 22 years in prison. Their plight is compounded by the fact that the Fazilka district bar association is intimidating any lawyer they ask to defend them and has filed an additional spurious complaint with the aim of getting Sain’s release on bail rescinded. March 3, 2021 Find out more “What with torture by the police and harassment by judicial representatives, who are depriving them of the right to be defended and represented by a lawyer, these two journalists are being subjected to a shocking level of persecution by the Fazilka district authorities for exposing a scandal. The charges against them must be withdrawn at once.”center_img The latest instance of this persecution came on the morning of 22 September, when Sain went to the courthouse in Fazilka for a hearing in his case, and the court’s employees failed to tell him when the hearing began, with the result that he was unable to testify and, in his absence, another hearing was set for 29 September. IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesMedia independence Conflicts of interestJudicial harassment In all, Sunil Kumar Sain (left) is facing the possibility of sentences that could total 22 years in prison. RSF urged law and justice minister Ravi Shankar Prasad (right) to intervene at once to end this plight (photos: Sunal Sain / RSF – Dominique Faget / AFP). April 27, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts to go further Hotchpotch of charges In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival News RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 News Follow the news on India News India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Parsons Wins Infrastructure Contract for Dubai Expo 2020

first_img Business News 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Parsons announced that it was recently awarded the sitewide infrastructure design and construction supervision services contract for the Expo 2020 Dubai site, a 438-hectare landmark development consisting of multiple pavilions, souks, and entertainment venues. Parsons’ scope of work will include designing, monitoring, managing, and delivering the project’s infrastructure.We are excited that Parsons was selected by Expo 2020 Dubai to help deliver this first ever global showcase staged in the region. Our collective efforts will embody Dubai’s overall mission to spur innovation, opportunity, and connectivity,” said Gary Adams, Parsons Middle East Africa (MEA) President.“Given the magnitude and distinctiveness of Dubai Expo 2020, this is a significant win for us and we are deeply committed to supporting Dubai with our global and local resources to provide a new level of sustainable design and operational services,” added Todd Wager, Parsons Group President.Parsons has been working in the MEA region for more than 60 years and has offices in the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain. Parsons’ portfolio of ongoing projects in the MEA region includes major highways, bridges, rail and transit, airports, ports, water infrastructure, plus hospitals, public schools, universities, mosques, and other public buildings.Parsons, celebrating more than 70 years of growth in the engineering, construction, technical, and professional services industries, is a leader in many diversified markets with a focus on defense/security, industrial, and infrastructure. Parsons delivers design/design-build, program/construction management, and other professional services packaged in innovative alternative delivery methods to federal, regional, and local government agencies, as well as to private industrial customers worldwide. For more about Parsons, please visit www.parsons.com. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business Districts News Parsons Wins Infrastructure Contract for Dubai Expo 2020 From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 | 11:24 am Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 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.center_img Subscribe Make a comment Community News Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Herbeauty10 Sea Salt Scrubs You Can Make YourselfHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRub This All Over Your Body And He’s Guaranteed To Swoon Over YouHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff 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 Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Grain silos at Ramage Park lonely reminders of cattle drives

first_img Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson You Might Like National Honor: PLAS inducts more than 80 students into National Honor Society (Photos) Pike liberal Arts School inducted 81 students during Wednesday’s ceremony at PLAS. Headmaster Becky Baggett assisted in the ceremony.MESSENGER PHOTO/THOMAS… read more Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Published 3:00 am Thursday, January 15, 2015 Book Nook to reopen Sponsored Content Print Article Skip The cattle drives were a time of great excitement and unbridled entertainment.Ramage said the cows would sometimes stray from the herd and cause commotion in town.“One time, several cows got away and went through Mr. Walter Bass’ store,” he said, laughing. “One of his clerks, Doc McCullough, was so scared he hid under the counter.”When spring came and it was time to send the cows back to North Texas, the horsemen would drive the cows back through town to the pasture on the south side of town. When the train arrived, the cows would be loaded and on their way back to Texas.“Daddy Jim didn’t own any cows but he made a little money from wintering the cows,” Ramage said. “He got paid according to how much weight the cows had put on over the winter. So wintering the cows was a good deal for him and for local farmers who had a ready place to sell their grain.”And the cattle drives through Brundidge were free entertainment for the town’s citizens.James T. Ramage’s investment in the cattle businesses benefited everyone, except the cows that were on their way to Texas. Email the author The grain silos at Ramage Park in Brundidge stand like lonely sentries.Their walls are stained and soiled by time and trees and brush grow from inside.For the most part, the aging silos go unnoticed by the youngsters who play ball in their shadows. But, every now and then, someone inquires about the four silos, wondering at their role the park. Latest Stories There’s a story behind those silos and it’s a part of the agricultural history of which Brundidge is so proud, said Mayor Jimmy Ramage said. The story is also a part of the Ramage family’s history.His granddaddy, James T. Ramage, owned the land that is now the park. At a young age, the elder Ramage was a good businessman and had an eye for opportunity.“That land was good pastureland and the train tracks ran right through it,” Ramage said. “Daddy Jim worked it out with some cattlemen in North Texas to bring their cows, by rail, to Brundidge in the late fall every year. It was too cold in North Texas in the winter for the grass to grow and the cows to graze. So, it was worth the money and effort to send them to Brundidge for winter grazing.” Grain silos at Ramage Park lonely reminders of cattle drives By The Penny Hoarder By Jaine Treadwell The train of cattle passengers would stop in the pasture and the cows would “get off.”The pasture was a feedlot of sorts, Ramage said. The four soils were filled with locally grown grain – wheat, rye, corn, sorghum — to supplement the grass.With that many cows grazing and growing, they would soon have to be moved to greener pastures.“Daddy Jim had pastureland north of town at Pronto so he would have the cows driven, from down where the silos are to Pronto,” Ramage said. “Around the early 1900s, the streets in Brundidge were dirt and there were no automobiles that anybody around here could afford to buy, so the cows had to be driven by men on horses. And, the cattle drive went right through downtown Brundidge.” Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe 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