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Rights group doubts police probe on activist’s killing

first_imgILOILO City – Human rights group Panay Alliance Karapatan is skeptical of the police investigation on the killing of Bayan Muna coordinator and long-time activist Jory Porquia. Under the leadership of then National Anti-poverty Commission chief Liza Maza, Porquia assumed the coordination of the agency’s projects in Panay Island from 2017 to 2018./PN “Some two weeks before he was killed, Jory was pursued by uniformed as well as plainclothes police officers,” according to Vergara. He was one of the founders of Bayan Muna and active in the party-list’s engagement in developing good relations with local political leaders in Panay Island. Panay Alliance Karapatan suspected those police officers belonged to the police stations of Molo and Arevalo districts. Porquia was shot to death early morning of April 30 in his house/coffee shop in Arevalo district by two men. In his youth a leader of the militant League of Filipino students, Porquia was a survivor of the martial law of then dictator Ferdinand Marcos. He subsequently worked as an overseas Filipino worker in the Middle East and later in China, where he was active in organizing and advocating Filipino migrants’ rights. “At around the same time, an intelligence officer went to Barangay Calaparan, Arevalo looking for ‘the one who recruits people to go to rallies,’” according to the human rights alliance.center_img After Marcos was ousted in 1986 via the People Power Revolution, he served as OIC member of the National Youth Commission under President Corazon Aquino.  Porquia was an active environmentalist, too. He was among the activists of the Madia-as Ecological Movement, which was instrumental in the banning of destructive commercial mining in Panay Island.  Upon his return to the country, Porquia briefly engaged in the construction business and worked as Migrante organizer in Panay Island. “He committed no crime. His principles moved him to be consistent in his activism. He helped feed the poor affected by the lockdown during this COVID-19 pandemic. Killing him was a reprehensible and cowardly act,” said Vergara. The group recalled that the police “disrupted” the community cooking that Bayan Muna volunteers organized in Barangay San Juan, Molo on April 15. Porquia ran as councilor but failed to win, under Mayor Jerry Treñas’ slate in the 2007 elections. “We could not entrust to the police the investigation on the murder when it is the policemen themselves who are the suspects,” according to Reylan Vergara, secretary general of Panay Alliance Karapatan, in a statement.last_img read more

Betting on Football adds PaymentExpert Forum to operator-focused agenda

first_img Share Ukraine gambling bill enacted by President Zelensky August 11, 2020 Submit Parimatch named official betting partner of OMEGA league August 3, 2020 Related Articles Parimatch hails top talent of inaugural ‘Universal Sports & Games Hackathon’ August 14, 2020 StumbleUpon Share SBC Events has followed up January’s PaymentExpert.com launch by adding the PaymentExpert Forum to next month’s Betting on Football (19-22 March) agenda.The inaugural PaymentExpert Forum will be held on Wednesday 20 March as a standalone track at #bofcon – an event featuring more than 2,000 senior executives, 200 of which will be speaking across 40 conference sessions at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge.The forum has been designed to provide payment professionals working for both operators and payment suppliers with a platform to discuss opportunities and threats as part of the future of the betting and gaming industry.It will include sessions focused on the interpretation of the Wire Act, payment trends in Africa, meeting new anti-money laundering directive (AMLD) rules, Brexit fall-out and the ‘duty of care’ for payment providers in the fight against problem gambling.Those attending will also get full access to the Betting on Football exhibition and conference, which includes related tracks such as ‘Global Markets’ and ‘The Science of Compliance’ on Thursday 21 March.The list of confirmed speakers for the PaymentExpert Forum includes a number of experts such as Isabelle Delisle, Head of Group Payments, Pinnacle; Rahul Das, Head of Payments at William Hill; Nick Izmaylov, Managing Partner, Parimatch; Charmaine Hogan, Former International Business Development, Bet365 & European Commission; Ciaran Carr, Payments Manager, Paddy Power Betfair; Sergey Kot, Head of Business Development, Parimatch; Samuel Barrett, Gaming Director & Payment Specialist at Trustly; Laurent Reysbosch, SVP of iGaming at HiPay; Marc Wood, Global Gaming Sales Director at Pay360; Chris Smart, SVP Global Gaming & FX Sectors at emerchantpay; Stephen Quinn, Member of the Executive Board, Akce; Vasilije Lekovic, Director of Gaming Accounts, Trustly; Matthew Harrod, VP Europe at Processing.com.Sam Barrett said: “Trustly is a keen supporter of SBC Events, and the PaymentExpert Forum is a great addition to their portfolio. We are really looking forward to participating and speaking at the event, and I am in particular excited about chairing the Forum.”Laurent Reysbosch added: “Many of us have been asking for a dedicated payment industry event, and I am glad to see that SBC has finally delivered on their promise by bringing the PaymentExpert Forum to life on behalf of the betting and gaming industry.”Marc Wood said: “The PaymentExpert Forum is a welcome addition to the industry as SBC always deliver quality focused events with great conference content. The Forum will no question deliver a strong debate among stakeholders in the payment industry.”The PaymentExpert Forum joins the Digital Marketing Forum and the invite-only Sponsorship Forum running alongside the already packed agenda running across the two days.PaymentExpert Forum guests will also be treated to a fun-filled evening agenda, starting with networking drinks at Frankie’s Bar sponsored by Trustly, followed by an invite-only payment industry dinner on the luxurious Silver Sturgeon before the HiPay-sponsored Official Party at Namco Funscape.last_img read more

Northern, northeast Ohio residents win food contest

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentThe small business sector in Ohio is vital to many stakeholders.  The Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation sponsored the Ohio Signature Food Contest which showcases many new, innovative products ready to take that next step – actual product development.CIFT President & CEO, Rebecca Singer announced the winners selected in recognition of their product concepts:Sarah Steinbrunner and Taylor Crooks of Sandusky, Ohio with their Bean Nut Butter:  A delicious non-GMO and vegan nut butter that is free of the top eight allergens. Uniquely incorporates garbanzo beans which are high in protein and fiber, but lack high calorie and fat content association with regular nuts.Tina Smith and Ashtabula Farm Bureau member Nate Bissell of Jefferson, Ohio with their Sweet and Spicy Maple BBQ Sauce: A unique, all-natural barbecue sauce made with a kick of hot peppers but offering a special ingredient – the sweetness of pure Ohio maple syrup.Following a review of written applications and presentations by food entrepreneurs and chefs to a panel of judges, the highest scoring concepts were selected based on the viability of the product, commercialization potential, business strategy, and overall appeal to the marketplace.As a result of the award, technical assistance from CIFT will be provided to the startup businesses ranging from business planning, product/process development, shelf stability testing, labeling review, regulatory assistance, and batch product preparations for sampling.  Later, production will take place at the Northwest Ohio Cooperative Kitchen (NOCK) in Bowling Green, Ohio.  The NOCK is a commercially-licensed kitchen that educates and provides technical assistance to new and growing food businesses.Ohio Farm Bureau has been a sponsor of the contest for the past four years. CAPTION: Ohio Executive Vice President Adam Sharp, left, with Ohio Signature Food Contest winners Tina Smith of Jefferson who won with Sweet and Spicy Maple BBQ Sauce and Sarah Steinbrunner, Taylor Crooks and Collin Crooks of Sandusky who won with Bean Nut Butter and CIFT President and CEO Rebecca Singer.   Leave a Commentlast_img read more

The Wearable Internet Will Blow Mobile Phones Away

first_img richard macmanus Tags:#Analysis#Features#Internet of Things#NYT#Trends#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Earlier this year at the TED conference, Pattie Maes from the MIT Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces Group showcased a wearable computing system that allows users to display and interact with the Web on any surface – including the human body. The video shows the system’s main developer, Pranav Mistry, taking photographs with his hand, summoning up Amazon review data onto the cover of a physical book, displaying information about a person he’s just met on their tee-shirt, and calling someone by inputting a phone number onto the palm of his hand. Look out mobile phones, because in a decade’s time wearable systems may be the primary means of accessing the Web!In the TED presentation, Maes refers to this system as a “sixth sense” – a sense that would give us seamless, easy access to information on the fly about situations and objects we come across. The current system, albeit relatively clunky, could be purchased for as little as $350. Essentially it is made up of a webcam, a battery-powered 3M projector, mirror, phone and colored finger caps. But in 10 years – according to Maes, the period of time when this type of system might be fully developed – it could be one device and as small as a watch. Or indeed maybe even a brain implant. We’ve blogged a fair amount about sensors this year, because they connect the real world up to the Internet. The wearables system relies a lot on them, for example the caps on Pranav’s fingers. Add that to the many other points of connection to the Web and it’s a powerful system; for example the book has a barcode that, in combination with the wearable device, will pull down data from Amazon.com via the Web.The Internet as Sixth SenseAs explained in a Wired article earlier this year (found via h+ Magazine), a lot of the information that “helps us understand and respond to the world” doesn’t come from the 5 senses humans are usually born with. It comes from computers and, increasingly, the Web. So the goal of this MIT wearable device is to “harness computers to feed us information in an organic fashion, like our existing senses.”We at ReadWriteWeb are very excited about next-generation Internet interfaces, such as augmented reality and so-called cross reality. These wearable devices strike me as being the most impressive future Web interface that I’ve seen in a while. Check out the video and see if you agree. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts One example given in the TED presentation was looking at a book in a bookstore. Currently to get access to reviews information, a person would need to take out their cellphone, open up Amazon’s mobile website – or a relevant iPhone app perhaps – and search for that book. Whereas with the wearable internet device demoed at TED, the user simply wiggles his or her fingers and up pops the Amazon rating on the front cover (reviews data can be reached by opening up the book). You can see the power of this as a next generation Internet interface, as it removes several manual steps from the process of receiving relevant, contextual information about something or someone. This type of product will undoubtedly go well beyond what mobile phones are capable of now. As Maes put it, mobile phones currently don’t have easy access to all of the relevant information we need on a daily basis. A mobile phone still requires a user to change their behavior, she said. Plus the Web as we know it today is full of manual steps, such as visiting websites and searching for information. In 10 years time we’d hope that the Web of Data would be much better realized, for example product data easily viewed outside of its official website no matter what the context. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Cartoon: Save/Don’t Save/Cancel

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… More Noise to Signal. rob cottingham Related Posts Tags:#Cartoons#web 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App I’ve decided I really, really, really don’t want to die. Anyone know where I can make a secure off-site backup? 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img

Jayson Castro, TNT looking to get Terrence Jones more help

first_imgTith three games left until their next game, the KaTropa will be focusing on how to get the load of Jones’ back when it comes to offense.“We still have three days to adjust so we can help Terrence,” said Castro whose KaTropa slipped to a 2-1 record. “I think one of the adjustments that we will make is how to change our offense because we go for a lot of 1-on-1 matchups.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES TNT import Terrence Jones. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Terrence Jones has been practically tearing apart opposing defenses for TNT since the start of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, averaging 42 points a game in the KaTropa’s hot 2-0 start.But NorthPort managed to find a way to slow down that raging firepower, subduing Jones and TNT  and handing them their first loss, 110-86, Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Rafael Nadal marches into French Open 3rd round PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too MOST READ Main guard Jayson Castro acknowledged that while Jones has been carving up defenses on his own, the team could do more if they played within their system.“We all know that he can score any time he wants but it’s much better for him to get his points more comfortably within the system,” said Castro, who had 10 points, four rebounds, and three assists in the win, said in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsJones finished with just 17 points on 5-of-15 shooting with 14 rebounds and five blocks.TNT, as a whole, was dismal compared to the Batang Pier, registering a 39.5 percent clip or 32-of-81 while NorthPort got into its groove, shooting at 53.8 percent or 42-of-78. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportlast_img read more

College Football’s Top 10 Coaches, Per Athlon Sports

first_imgAthlon Sports ranks college footballs best coaches.Athlon SportsAthlon Sports has ranked every college football coach, No. 1 to No. 128, ahead of the 2016 season. You can view the full list here. The top of the list is what most people care about, though, and inside Athlon Sports’ top 10, there aren’t too many surprises. The biggest “surprise” is probably that there is only one SEC coach in the top 10, but there isn’t a clear SEC coach slight. [email protected] ranked the top #CFB coaches in the country & only 1 SEC coach made the top 10 pic.twitter.com/cBaH9hzp4z— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) June 21, 2016The No. 1 and No. 2 spots are extremely obvious and unarguable. After that, there are a handful of coaches who could be deserving of the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 spots.If you were starting a college football program tomorrow, though, Harbaugh would almost certainly be the choice behind Saban and Meyer.last_img read more

Landslide has Labrador environmentalists worried

first_imgAPTN National NewsEnvironmentalists in Labrador are warning the public about the risk of landslides along the Churchill river.Landslides in the area are common, but the concern now is that with a multi billion dollar dam under construction, the risks are greater.APTN’s Ossie Michelin reportslast_img

Sony Pictures Television SPT is set to finalise

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Study Urban Inuit communities have more health problems than general Canadian population

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