Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Follow the news on Turkey TurkeyEurope – Central Asia RSF_en As Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday ended a two-day visit to France aimed at reducing French opposition to Turkey’s entry into the European Union, an Istanbul judge jailed the editor of the country’s only Kurdish-language newspaper, Azadiya Welat (Free Country), for speaking in Kurdish at his trial. He faces up to 41 days in prison.This shocking decision, which has sent a very negative signal to Turkey’s Kurds (a quarter of the country’s population), is just the latest example of the way Turkey’s courts have been harassing Azadiya Welat. One of the newspaper’s former editors, Vedat Kursun, is facing a total of 525 years in prison. Another former editor, owner Ozan Kilinç, has been sentenced to 21 years in absentia. And on 4 April, one of its distributors was found hanged. It is not yet known if his death was linked to his work. “It is impossible to reconcile these utterly disproportionate court rulings with the ‘Kurdish opening’ announced by the government last October,” Reporters Without Borders said. “What exactly are the Turkish authorities trying to do? Rekindle tension with the Kurdish population? The prime minister needs to send a clear message and to act in a coherent and responsible manner.”Azadiya Welat’s current editor, Mehdi Tanrikulu, presented himself to an Istanbul court yesterday for the start of his trial on a charge of propaganda on behalf of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is regarded as a terrorist organisation by both the European Union and the United States.The prosecution was prompted by a 23 January article referring to the PKK as the “Kurdish liberation movement” and to the PKK’s jailed leader, Abdullah Öcalan, as the “leader of the Kurdish people.” Tanrikulu is facing up to 10 years in prison under article 7-2 of Anti-Terrorist Law (3713).After the prosecution presented its case, Tanrikulu was invited to speak in his defence. He stood up and began to speak in Kurdish, a right that is guaranteed by article 39 of the Treaty of Lausanne, of which Turkey is a signatory. The presiding judge nonetheless interrupted and told him to use Turkish. When Tanrikulu continued to speak in Kurdish, the judge had him imprisoned.If the court does not order Tanrikulu’s release in the next few days, he could remain in prison until the next hearing, which has been set for 21 May, in 41 days’ time. April 9, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government urged to clarify policy as courts continue to harass Kurdish media News Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law News News Organisation April 28, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia April 2, 2021 Find out more to go further Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit April 2, 2021 Find out more
If you’ve got questions about this episode, or a question you’d like Matt to answer in the next episode, comment below or tweet Matt using #BakersHalfDozen.Not all tech needs to be overly complex. Occam’s Razor suggests the simpler solution is often the best solution, but it’s not always that easy. We also ponder why farmers don’t discuss edge computing and what flaws need to be addressed with our Machine Learning and AI projects. Finally, do you catch yourself waving at the end of each Zoom call? If you’re nodding yes, it’s probably because of the first thing you learned to do as an infant. We explain all this and more, on episode 15 of Baker’s Half Dozen… with Matt Baker!Episode 15 Show Notes: Item 1: COVID19 mask detection systemItem 2: You say Tractor; I say Edge computing.Item 3: Your tools may be inefficient.Item 4: GPT-2 is a powerful prediction engine.Item 5: Examining ML preexisting racial biases.Item 6: Did we reach our computational limits?Item 6.5: Buh-Bye!
Portis’ attorney said the 38-year-old is innocent and was unaware of the scheme, according to The Washington Post.More from Portis attorney: “He is completely taken aback by this indictment and will move forward with the process of clearing his good name and those of his fellow NFL alumni.”— Rick Maese (@RickMaese) December 12, 2019The claims were made under the NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan, which provides tax-free money to retired players for health care services provided. The ex-players are alleged to have created fraudulent documents, including prescriptions, invoices and notes from health care providers confirming the players’ usage of the equipment.Equipment billed for included ultrasound machines, hyperbaric oxygen chambers and “electromagnetic therapy designed for horses,” prosecutors said at a press conference. Twelve ex-NFL players face federal criminal charges for allegedly making fraudulent claims against their league-provided healthcare funds, resulting in $3.4 million being removed from the NFL’s fund designed for retired players, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.Among the players are former Redskins running back Clinton Portis, former Chiefs wide receiver Tamarick Vanover and former Saints wide receiver Joe Horn. The charges, which are filed in the Eastern District of Kentucky, came in multiple charging documents — two indictments totaling 10 players, and intentions to file informations against two additional players. The informations will be for lesser charges, which players reportedly were charged for due to their agreement to cooperate with the government. Horn is among the players charged by information. MORE: Did the Patriots cheat by videotaping Bengals?The charges were filed and announced Thursday by the Department of Justice. Other ex-players in the indictments are John Eubanks, Ceandris Brown, James Butler, Fredrick Bennett, Etric Pruitt, Robert McCune, Carlos Rogers and Correll Buckhalter. Along with Horn, Reche Caldwell is expected to be charged under a criminal information.While prosecutors allege the total fraud amount to be in the multi-millions, the claims mentioned in the indictments only add up to about $510,000.Under the scheme, players allegedly filed fraudulent claims for expensive health care equipment, which was never actually purchased, typically for about $40,000 or $50,000. In some cases, ringleaders of the scheme would receive kickbacks from fraudulent claims made by other ex-players.The scheme took place between mid-2017 and mid-2018, according to an indictment, before healthcare provider CIGNA detected the fraud, stopped paying out the claims and reported the claims to investigators. The total amount of claims filed totaled about $3.9 million, prosecutors said.
51907Leonard KORIRUSA27:20.1827:34.01 17BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA0101 181284Rhonex KIPRUTOKEN26:50.1626:50.16 4KENYA2024 2PR OF CHINA2338 2237Onesphore NZIKWINKUNDABDI28:09.9828:11.90 17PORTUGAL0101 20QATAR0011 Kampala, Uganda | LOUIS JADWONG | It was all well-planned by team Uganda. The 10,000m team would have to arrive last, if they are to have a chance to be first.The world’s two best cross-country runners, 23-year-old Joshua Cheptegei and Jacob Kiplimo, 18, joined by Abdallah Kibet Mande, completed their high-altitude training in the hills of Kapchorwa on Monday. They, Wednesday night, became the last members of Team Uganda to fly to Doha for the athletics World Championships.High altitude training is expected to give them those extra seconds of energy, and an oxygen boost, that could make the difference between a medal or none, at Sunday’s 10,000m final.At 1,915 m (6,283 ft) above sea level, Kapchorwa is an ideal training ground for long distance athletes. Experts say that elevation enables them acclimatize to the “relative lack of oxygen in one or more ways such as increasing the mass of red blood cells and hemoglobin, or altering muscle metabolism – giving them a competitive advantage.”Many elite athletes live permanently at high altitude, only returning to sea level to compete, as the Ugandan team just did.. 201798Abdallah Kibet MANDEUGA27:22.8927:22.89 19235Rodrigue KWIZERABDI 15FRANCE0112 14CANADA0134 7GREAT BRITAIN & N.I.1102 9JAPAN1001 9AUSTRALIA1001 9NETHERLANDS1001 6701Hagos GEBRHIWETETH26:48.9526:48.95 15BAHRAIN0112 The 10,000m finalCheptegei will be favourite in Sunday’s final that will be the first since 2013 that Mo Farah is not the man to beat in the 25 lap race. By the time he retired last year, Farah had captures 10 successive world or Olympic titles in the 10,000 metres.At the last event in London 2017, Cheptegei set the pace but was edged in the final moments by the legend.It is that silver medal that Cheptegei will hope to improve on this time round. If he does, he will become only the fourth Ugandan to win World Athletics Championship gold, joining Dorcus Inzikuru in Helsinki 2005, Stephen Kiprotich in Moscow 2013 and Halimah Nakaayi at Doha 2019.Other medals for Uganda at the Worlds have been two Silvers by Davis Kamoga Athens 1997 and Joshua Cheptegei 2017; Bronzes by Moses Kipsiro Osaka 2007 and Solomon Mutai in Beijing 2015.The reward for winning a World Championship gold is a tax-free $60,000 prize. If one breaks the world record, which is 26:17.53 minutes, a $100,000 bonus is given.Prize Money (tax free in Uganda)1st $60,0002nd $30,0003rd $20,0004th $15,0005th $10,0006th $6,0007th $5,0008th $4,00010,000m starting lineup 17UKRAINE0101 RANKCOUNTRY 1UNITED STATES88218 16236Thierry NDIKUMWENAYOBDI 20ECUADOR0011 9NORWAY1001 5ETHIOPIA1203 20COTE D’IVOIRE0011 Cheptegei (kitengi) and colleagues being seen off by Uganda Olympic Committee chief William Blick (middle) yesterday before he left for Doha last night. PHOTO UOC MEDIA THURSDAYMen’s 1500m H Ronald Musagala 10pmWomen’s 1500m S Winnie Nanyondo11pmFridayMen’s 1500m S Ronald MusagalaSaturdayWomen’s 1500m FINAL – Winnie Nanyondo 8.55pmMarathon FINAL – Stephen Kiptrotich | Fred Musobo | Solomon Mutai – MidnightSunday10,000m F – Joshua CHEPTEGEI | Jacob KIPLIMO | Abdallah Kibet MANDE 15705Yomif KEJELCHAETH26:49.9926:49.99 3JAMAICA2204 20NAMIBIA0011 71488Sondre Nordstad MOENNOR27:24.7827:24.78 ORDER / LANEBIBATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2019 20AUSTRIA0011 20HUNGARY0011 (Read Uganda Tax laws BOTTOM, Page 36)Domestic Taxes Laws of Uganda 2018 EDITION by The Independent Magazine on ScribdShare on: WhatsApp 20GREECE0011 20ITALY0011 31906Shadrack KIPCHIRCHIRUSA27:07.5527:47.71 10245Soufiane BOUCHIKHIBEL27:41.2028:04.09 TOTAL 9UGANDA1001 20CUBA0011 8394Mohammed AHMEDCAN27:02.35 9697Andamlak BELIHUETH26:53.1526:53.15 41085Yemaneberhan CRIPPAITA27:44.2127:49.79 20GERMANY0011 121793Joshua CHEPTEGEIUGA26:49.94 131912Lopez LOMONGUSA27:30.0627:30.06 141287Alex KORIOKEN27:29.4027:29.40 11640Aron KIFLEERI27:09.9227:27.68 11291Rodgers KWEMOIKEN27:25.2327:26.92 7SWEDEN1102 171680Julien WANDERSSUI27:17.2927:17.29 20SWITZERLAND0011 6POLAND1124 21362Hassan CHANIBRN27:38.1628:31.30 20BURKINA FASO0
By John BurtonRED BANK – A members-only cigar luxury lounge and retail cigar shop is in the offing, contingent on the approval next month by the borough Zoning Board of Approval.SMS Ventures, LLC is hoping to develop the 22-24 West Front St. location for Le Malt Club, to serve as the lounge, including amenities on the ground floor with nine apartments on the upper levels of the property. The applicant is to appear before the zoning board on June 2.According to information filed with the borough’s Department of Planning and Zoning, the plan is for SMS Ventures to renovate the 3,600 square-foot site and establish the membership-required lounge area—a portion of which will permit on-site smoking in a space that will have a smoke filtration system. Food service will be available for members in a separate non-smoking area 24-hours-a-day. There will also be a retail shop, which principals are calling a cigar boutique, which will be open to the public.No alcoholic beverages will be served. The company will instead offer a BYO (bring your own) policy, allowing club members to stock their personal minibars and keep cigars in humidors for themselves and their guests, according to the narrative the applicant provided to the borough office.The location’s upper floors will have three one-bedroom apartments and six two-bedroom units.The Red Bank club would differ from the Le Malt Lounge in Colonia, which has been in business for more than a year. The north Jersey location promotes itself as a restaurant with alcohol table service (no bar), describing it as a brown spirit/wine lounge – one, which its website announces, features more than 1,000 different brown spirits, including especially rare and aged Scotch whiskies and a selection of 300 wines.But the Red Bank and Colonia locations will both have the same individual heading up the operations. The principal in this project is Saurabh Abrol, who has 100 percent ownership of SMS Ventures, LLC, and functions as chief executive officer for Le Malt Lounge in Colonia.Abrol is also CEO and president of Wine Chateau, an online and brick and mortar retail liquor operation. Wine Chateau was founded by Abrol’s father, Arun Abrol, in 1994 and currently operates retail establishments in Metuchen, Piscataway, Colonia and Matawan.Neither Saurabh Abrol nor his attorney, Rick Brodsky, responded to phone calls seeking comment for this story.The 22-24 West Front St. property, owned in equal parts by Richard Stavola of Jupiter, Florida and Rumson resident Rim Lindau, is currently vacant on the first floor retail space, having previously been used for a salon and yoga studio.SMS Ventures would require the zoning board to approve a use variance for this technically non-permitted use, as well as needing 48 parking spaces for the commercial and residential uses.A cigar club has been tried before in the borough’s downtown commercial district. The now-defunct Ashes, 33 Broad St., now the home of Char Steakhouse, had operated as a private club, with a restaurant and bar open to the public. That spot, however, came under fire from both local and state officials and the subject of bitter acrimony among its owners. The business became bogged down in lawsuits among its owners resulting in it being placed in court-appointed receivership. State tax officials shut down the location for a time for failing to pay sales tax, and state Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) officials alleged impropriety with the liquor license ownership.
Former San Jose Sharks star Joe Pavelski has sold his Willow Glen mansion in San Jose, Calif. for $3.6 million.Click here if viewing from a mobile device.The former team captain who played with the Sharks for 13 seasons is now a member of the Dallas Stars.He’s leaving a 4,401 square foot five-bedroom, six-bath home with a wine cellar, pool and spa, sport court and putting green, among many other amenities. Pavelski purchased the custom built home in 2013 for $2.7 million. Janee Medved with …
Indian archers struggled to find the mark on the opening day of competitions at the London Olympics on Friday with the men’s trio of Jayanta Talukdar, Tarundeep Rai and Rahul Banerjee turning in disappointing performances in the team and individual events. The Indian team shot a total of 1969 points to finish 12th and last in the ranking round held at the iconic stadium.South Korea topped the charts with a record-breaking score of 2087, ahead of France(2021 points) and China(2019). The top four teams get direct entry into the quarterfinals.India, ranked third in the world, meet Japan in the elimination round on Saturday. The Japanese shot 2009 to settle for fifth rank.Jayanta, Rai and Banerjee struggled in the individual category too.Rai came in 31st position shooting a combined total of 664 points in first and second half. Banerjee was 46th on 655 while Talukdar 53rd on 650.South Korea’s Im Dong-Hyun set a new world record of 699 for 72 arrows.
The University of Technology (UTech) School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (SHTM) is expected to be completed this fiscal year, following an allocation of $343.6 million.This is set out in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The allotment has been provided for the University of Technology Enhancement Project, under which construction and other activities will be carried out.The project aims to enhance the university’s capacity to provide quality level education in Jamaica, through the expansion and upgrading of its facilities, further development of its staff, and improved financial sustainability.Also, for this fiscal year under the project, a contract for Shared Facilities/School of Computing and Information Technology (SCIT) building is to be signed and construction works commenced; and a contract for the expansion of the administrative building is to be awarded and work commenced.Activities for the period will also include the installation of equipment for use in the SHTM facility (standard and special) for training purposes.Achievements of the project to date include:Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) building and planning approval has been received for all sub-projects; the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management is 50 per cent complete; electrical upgrading is six per cent complete; and the Environmental Laboratory is 75 per cent complete.In terms of institutional strengthening, six have been completed and implemented under the project. They are:Improvement of Information and Communication Technology; Income Diversification Strategy; Market Needs Analysis and Graduate Tracer Needs; Improvement of Human Resource Capacity; Academic Quality Assurance; and Enhancement of the Quality of Learning and Teaching.The project, which is being funded by the Caribbean Development Bank, began in July, 2008. After an extension, it is slated to conclude in June, 2015.By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporter
TORONTO – Torstar Corp.’s national and local print advertising continued to fall in the third quarter but cost-cutting efforts have been successful in maintaining the company’s cash balances and dividend at an acceptable level, executives said Wednesday.But they also said cost reduction will remain a important area of focus with no end in sight for a years-long decline in print advertising revenue at Torstar’s flagship Toronto Star newspaper and its Metroland Media Group.Torstar chief executive John Boynton told analysts on a conference call that he sees cost-cutting as essential to preserving cash flow that’s required to fuel a transformation of the company’s core business.“In the balance of 2017, we expect to benefit from $3 million in cost-savings related to restructuring and outsourcing initiatives, already undertaken to date, and we expect these cost reductions to offset print ad revenue trends which we expect (will) continue to be challenging,” Boynton said.However, Torstar’s unrestricted cash and cash equivalents was down to $51.4 million at Sept. 30, from $75.4 million at the end of December, leading analysts to ask whether Torstar’s dividend was under review.“We’ll keep looking at the dividend and everything’s on the table, but we don’t have any changes so far that are required at this time,” Boynton said.“We’re still comfortable with our cash position, the amount of cash we need to fuel our transformation.”Chief financial officer Lorenz DeMarchi added that the drain on cash flow is expected to be lighter than in the first half of 2017, when severance and pension expenses were heavy.As of Sept. 30, Torstar had cut about 220 positions. It expects $12.1 million of savings from the cuts in calendar 2017 and $5 million in 2018.Executives also noted that Torstar (TSX:TS.B) has no bank debt and its unrestricted cash doesn’t include its share of cash at VerticalScope or $9.1 million of restricted cash pledged as collateral to standby letters of credit.Torstar’s total segmented revenue, which includes its core Star and Metroland newspaper groups plus a share of revenues from joint ventures and its 56 per cent stake in VerticalScope, fell to $164.6 million compared with $181.7 million a year ago.The quarter had a net loss of $6.6 million or eight cents per share, compared with a profit of $1.4 million or two cents per share a year ago when Torstar benefited from the sale of its printing plant in Vaughan, Ont., and the sale of a property in Guelph, Ont.On an adjusted basis, Torstar says it lost eight cents per share for the quarter ended Sept. 30, the same as the third quarter of 2016.Torstar holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with a subsidiary of the Globe and Mail and the parent company of Montreal’s La Presse.
TORONTO – Shares of licensed medical marijuana producer Aphria Inc. surged Monday on better than expected quarterly results and after news of a changing political tone on cannabis south of the border.Aphria reported a $12.9-million profit in its fiscal third quarter, boosted by the sale of some of its shares in U.S. company Liberty Health Sciences, and reduced production costs per gram of cannabis.The Leamington, Ont.-based producer’s stock rose as much as 8.95 per cent the Toronto Stock Exchange on Monday, before closing at $12.24, up 7.37 per cent.Aphria’s chief executive Vic Neufeld said Monday the company is “very excited” about political developments south of the border, where cannabis is an illegal Schedule 1 drug under U.S. federal law, including President Donald Trump’s commitment last week to support congressional efforts to protect states that have legalized cannabis.Neufeld said Liberty, which has interests in states where pot is legal and in which Aphria has a 28 per cent stake, has been “given a stamp of validation by key political leaders.”“We are very excited that this has happened,” he told analysts discussing its latest quarterly results. “We were very confident it would…. Liberty was just ahead of the curve.”Liberty shares slipped by roughly six per cent on Monday, to $0.93 on the Canadian Securities Exchange, after seeing a more than 19 per cent bump on Friday.Aphria moved to reduce its stake in Liberty earlier this year after Canada’s biggest exchange operator warned in October that U.S. federal law takes precedence over state laws, and cannabis firms with cross-border activities may face delisting. In January, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama-era memo that suggested that the federal government would not intervene in states where cannabis is legal, and said he was leaving it to federal prosecutors in those states to decide how aggressively to enforce federal law.Aphria sold 26.7 million Liberty shares at a price of $1.25 per share, representing all its shares in the company that are not subject to Canadian Securities Exchange escrow requirements and maintained a 28.1 per cent after the transaction.But on Friday, Colorado Senator Cory Gardner said he received a commitment from Trump that the memo’s recission would not impact Colorado’s legal marijuana industry.While Neufeld viewed this as positive, he told analysts Monday he did not expect the TMX Group, which operates the Toronto Stock Exchange and the Venture exchange, to change its stance soon.Aphria does not anticipate “enough advancement” between now and late July, when the licensed producer is due to reduce its stake in Liberty further to 20 per cent, said Neufeld.“This is just another advancement of eventually getting to the position of where medical cannabis moves to Schedule 2,” he told analysts. “That journey is still a long way off.”TMX spokesman Shane Quinn said Monday it is “aware that legislation applicable to the marijuana sector continues to evolve.“While we continue to monitor legal developments affecting this sector, marijuana remains a Schedule 1 drug under the U.S. federal Controlled Substances Act,” he said in an emailed statement. “From our perspective, United States federal law has jurisdiction over state law in this matter.”Meanwhile, Aphria reported quarterly revenues that more than doubled to $10.3 million, compared with a year ago, and an improvement in its all-in costs of sales of dried cannabis per gram to $1.56, down from $2.13 from the previous quarter. It also reduced its cash costs per gram to $0.96, compared to $1.45 in the second quarter of 2018.The company said its latest quarterly profit amounted to eight cents per share for the quarter ended Feb. 28 compared with a profit of nearly $5 million or four cents per share a year ago when it had fewer shares outstanding.Companies in this story: (TSX:APH)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version stated that Aphria’s all-in costs of dried cannabis per gram was $2.13 in the third quarter of 2017.