Hard Rock details plans for integrated Japanese resort

first_img Hard Rock International has unveiled plans to build an integrated entertainment resort on the Japanese island of Hokkaido as it bids to secure of three casino gambling licences in the country. The proposal includes Hard Rock’s signature guitar-shaped hotel (pictured), a Four Seasons Resort hotel, a Hard Rock Live venue, several theatres and a direct monorail link to nearby Chitose International Airport. The initial plans do not specifically refer to a casino being built at the site, with only 3% of the total resort size permitted to host gambling, as dictated by a law passed in July 2018.  This law, passed by the Japanese parliament, allows up to three casinos to open in the country as part of integrated resort complexes. The country is yet to confirm when it will start to award the licences, with a number of major international operators preparing to bids for one of the three certificates. Jim Allen, chairman and CEO of Hard Rock International, said: “We are extremely excited about the prospect of introducing our Hard Rock family to the people of Hokkaido, Japan with this world-class entertainment resort. “It will not only bring economic benefits to the local community, but also act as a gateway to learn more about the wonderful heritage of Japan and all that it has to offer.” Hard Rock set out its plans at last week’s Hokkaido IR Showcase, where a host of other leading gambling brands also put forward their own proposals to open a resort on Japan’s northernmost island. Caesars Entertainment, Melco Resorts and Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment were among the companies in attendance.The locations of the three casino sites is yet to be finalised. Hokkaido is just one up for consideration, as are Okinawa, Osaka, Yokohama, Wakayama, Sasebo and the capital of Tokyo. Two of the notable absentees at last week’s event were MGM Resorts and Las Vegas Sands, both of which have previously declared an interest in opening a casino in Japan. Sands is said to favour a site in Osaka and MGM in Yokohama, while Caesars, which was in attendance, in September revealed plans to open a resort in Okinawa.  Under the new casino laws, operators that secure a licence will pay a 30% tax on gross gaming revenue to central and local governments. The initial three licences will be valid for 10 years and subject to renewal every five years after launch. The government said it will consider adding more resorts seven years after approving the first batch of three. Other provisions set out under the law include blocking residents from visiting a casino more than 10 times per week. Foreigners can visit as many times as they like for free, but locals will face a charge of ¥6,000 (£31/€48/$56) for each visit. Casino & games 14th January 2019 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Hard Rock details plans for integrated Japanese resort Topics: Casino & gamescenter_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: Asia Japan Hard Rock International has set out plans to open an integrated entertainment complex on the Japanese island of Hokkaido as part of its bid to secure a casino gambling licence in the country. Email Addresslast_img read more

Dutch regulator widens efforts to combat illegal games of chance

first_img Email Address Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Strategy Slots Tags: Slot Machines 19th December 2019 | By contenteditor Dutch gambling regulator the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has set out plans to focus on tackling illegal land-based games of chance in 2020, with the aim of working with more local authorities to combat the issue. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Dutch regulator widens efforts to combat illegal games of chance Casino & games Regions: Europe Western Europe Netherlands Dutch gambling regulator the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has set out plans to focus on tackling illegal land-based games of chance in 2020, with the aim of working with more local authorities to combat the issue.In 2019, the KSA provided specialist support to police and municipalities across the country on around 35 different occasions, but the regulator has set itself a target of supporting authorities at least 50 times during the next 12 months.The KSA said it can advise authorities on how to prepare checks for illegal gaming activities, while the regulator can also send out its own inspectors to support officers. In addition, the KSA can prepare an expert report to help investigations.“As a supervisor, the KSA has the expertise to recognise illegal games of chance, for example in the form of gambling columns or illegal poker tournaments,” the KSA said in a statement.Authorities that want to work with the KSA, or would like access to supporting information on illegal games of chance, can contact the regulator directly.The announcement comes after the KSA last month published the results of a joint report with self-help organisation AGOG, which suggested that Dutch consumers are more likely to encounter issues with problem gambling when playing gaming machines than other forms of gambling.The study, which was based on the responses of 86 people who have signed up with AGOG, found that 67% of respondents who had suffered with gambling problems had played gaming machines.Other key findings included that one-third of players gambled an average of two or three times per week in the year before they sought help with AGOG. A third of respondents had gambled between four and six times per week, while a quarter of players took part in gambling on a daily basis. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more

Axia Corporation Limited HY2017 Interim Report

first_imgAxia Corporation Limited (AXIA.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the half year.For more information about Axia Corporation Limited (AXIA.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Axia Corporation Limited (AXIA.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Axia Corporation Limited (AXIA.zw)  2017 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileAxia Corporation Limited is a retail enterprise that sells specialty homeware furniture and electrical appliances through 38 nationwide retail outlets; and retails automotive spares across multiple channels with a footprint that stretches to Zambia and Malawi. The company’s core expertise lies in providing a reputable service for inbound clearing and bonded warehousing; ambient and chilled/frozen warehousing services; logistics, marketing, sales and merchandising services. Axia has three business units which include TV Sales & Home (TVSH), a leading furniture and electronic appliance retailer; Transerv, retailing automotive spares, and Distribution Group Africa (DGA), an established distribution and logistics company. Axia Corporation Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Green radio station helps reduce landfill

first_img  52 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Trading Green radio station helps reduce landfill Howard Lake | 26 June 2008 | News Passion for the Planet, the UK’s only green radio station, has teamed up with Allthingseco to help people all over the UK reduce, re-use and recycle and keep their waste out of landfill.Together the two companies have developed a comprehensive directory of ways you can pass on your unwanted items, recycle computers, find a new home for your furniture, give paint to a group that needs it and much, much more.You’ll find information on Ink Cartridge & Mobile Phone recycling schemes, Local Council recycling initiatives, Business Recycling details and resources to enable businesses to donate their unwanted stationery to local Scrapstores.Plus there are details of Charity Shops across the country as well as Swapping and Auction sites.And because its important to close the loop and buy recycled, the Directory also includes a list of places to buy recycled goods.Now everyone can easily do their bit – and with many of these projects creating money for charities what better way to save the planet?!The Directory can be found at:www.allthingseco.co.uk/directoryresults.php?category_id=15The Directory is also linked to viawww.passionfortheplanet.comPassion for the Planet:Chantal Cooke, 020 8544 0091 / 07788 184 649 or [email protected]:Sue Jueno, 01634 322153 or [email protected] for the Planet broadcasts to London and the south of England on DAB Digital Radio. It is one of only a very small number of independently owned DAB radio stations in the country. It is also the UK’s only radio station to focus on health, the environment and alternative solutions. It is also the only station to play a mixture of music from around the world (a proportion of the music is non-English language) aimed at an adult (30+) audience. Passion for the Planet is also available via the Internet at www.passionfortheplanet.comAllthingseco is an online eco directory that lists 1000’s of genuine eco, green and ethical companies, plus news & info on green issues. Created to help the eco/ethical movement and inspire the environmentally conscious consumer of today the comprehensive eco resource features a Directory, Eco News, Special Features & Green Campaigns and brings to light green companies, green issues & green lifestyle choices – helping towards a more environmentally aware, sustainably sound future and giving green living a helping hand.www.allthingseco.co.uk AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Tesco Distribution’s Got Talent uses instaGiv’s mobile voting platform

first_img Tagged with: corporate Digital Events mobile AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Mobile fundraising service instaGiv have once again provided the mobile voting and giving platform for Tesco Distribution’s Got Talent, enabling people to vote for their favourite act and raise funds for Cancer Research UK.The competition, now in its second year, took place on last month and was open to Tesco Distribution staff and their family and friends. The event aimed to raise £60,000 for the Tesco Charity of the Year.Using instaGiv’s system, contestants could register online, link their own YouTube video and images to a gallery and write about themselves. They even got to choose their own donation sub-keyword. This was then published into their own unique landing page for them to share on Facebook, Twitter and email to their friends. Advertisement They could also print off posters and business cards from their campaign page to help promote the campaign. These included compliance text, so that those voting knew exactly how much they were donating and the charges involved.Tesco Training Manager Jessica Churchill said: “Distribution’s Got Talent has been a great opportunity for colleagues at Tesco, their friends and family to showcase their amazing talents while raising funds for Cancer Research UK. We did not think we would find the gems that we have hiding among the shelves from comedians to opera singers to performing dogs…”The text vote system has been a great way for acts to publicise their performance and raise funds for Cancer Research UK”.InstaGiv have provided their voting donation challenge service to other charities, including Scottish children’s charity Aberlour (which ran a Strictly Come Prancing competition), and Yorkshill’s name a bear vote-meter.www.instagiv.com Howard Lake | 28 February 2013 | Newscenter_img Tesco Distribution’s Got Talent uses instaGiv’s mobile voting platform  27 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Direct debits cancelled as Oxfam Haiti scandal gathers pace

first_img  148 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis11 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Tagged with: Oxfam Oxfam has confirmed that over 1,200 regular direct debit donations were cancelled over the weekend, as the Haiti sex scandal emerged as the weekend’s key story in the media.According to the charity, 1,270 direct debits were cancelled between Saturday and Monday: more than double the average cancellation rate of 600 for a full month.However, Oxfam also said that it had received a larger than usual number of single gifts on Tuesday: a total of 78.In other related news, the actress Minnie Driver has stepped down as ambassador for the charity because of the sexual misconduct news. On Twitter, Driver said that she was devastated by the news, and criticised the charity for covering up its employees’ actions. Melanie May | 14 February 2018 | Newscenter_img Marks & Spencer, which has had a shwopping partnership with the charity since 2008 that has seen over 28 million garments worth an estimated £19 million for Oxfam, has said that it is currently monitoring the situation. Heathrow Airport and Visa are amongst other companies also reviewing their relationships with the charity in light of the news.The Charity Commission has also opened a statutory inquiry into Oxfam.In a letter to Oxfam shoppers, supporters and volunteers issued yesterday (13 February), Chief Executive Mark Goldring said that the charity would be working hard to rebuild trust and to offer an unreserved apology for what had happened in the charity’s name. As well as explaining some of the actions the charity would be taking, Goldring also took a moment to draw attention to its staff and volunteers and their work across the globe:“The coming weeks and months will be among the hardest in Oxfam’s history. Please know that we will learn from this. And please also know that this organisation is still full of amazing, brave, committed staff and volunteers who are making remarkable life-saving, life-changing work happen in desperate situations.”  147 total views,  1 views today Direct debits cancelled as Oxfam Haiti scandal gathers pace AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis11last_img read more

DAY 15 – Is This What Democracy Looks Like?

first_imgWWP candidates Monica Moorehead and Lamont Lilly speak to Cleveland meeting.A crowd of several hundred people moves down St. Clair Avenue in Cleveland, holding signs and chanting slogans.  They are calling for an end to police brutality, racism, homophobia, sexism, and capitalism.They cry out in unison: “The whole damn system is guilty as hell!”Near Jacks Casino, a woman has a microphone on stage. She shouts about justice, about ending violence against women, about wanting a real candidate to vote for. She is tackled by cops and they arrest her for an outstanding warrant. Her name is Kathy Coleman. As they push her into a police vehicle, a row of bike cops block the scene from the view of cameras eager for a shot.“Alright guys! Bike Unit! One step! Move! Move back!” bellow the cops. They push the crowd away. Kathy disappears from view.Her voice, contorted with fear, makes it through the wall of bulletproof vests and combat helmets. “Help me! Do not leave me with them!” she pleads.The march has already continued on. The journalists scamper after everyone else.“Please don’t leave me!”But they do. Kathy goes to jail.A line of cops on bicycle separate protesters from the cloud of journalists who rush up and down the line, snapping close-ups of signs and people they think will get the most hits, the most retweets. These journalists are, in turn, contained by metal fences stacked 10 feet high, rendering the whole scene as opaque from the outside if viewed from most angles.Delegates to the convention walk relatively unaffected back and forth, doing business as usual. No one in the crowd knows when the march is briefly allowed within a block of the Quicken Loans Arena.The first amendment to the constitution reads:Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.It’s hard to see how this group of people, pushed unseen through a cattle-chute for a few blocks, hidden in some places from view of the public, is what “freedom of assembly” means.It’s hard to understand why people chant “this is what democracy looks like” here in the streets of Cleveland.While most journalists are a world away, ensconced in a safe space of Quicken Loans Arena, spectators to the spectacle on stage or elsewhere drinking cocktails at private parties, the Black on Black Center on Kipling Avenue in East Cleveland is filled to capacity. There’s no A/C, so people bring in fans. The local Food Not Bombs/Seeds of Peace collective provides vegan slaw and cucumber and hummus sandwiches.The audience sits packed together for three hours in the stifling heat to listen to Monica Moorehead and Lamont Lilly speak. They are the Workers World Party candidates for President and Vice President of the United States. They are on the ballot in three states — New Jersey, Utah and Wisconsin — though they plan to be on 40 ballots by November.Moorehead/Lilly platformThe Moorehead/Lilly platform addresses the protesters grievances from earlier nearly point for point. They speak about how the Trump campaign has given the green light to racists and xenophobes. They speak about the deepening crisis of capitalism and its relationship to racism. November 8th will come and go, they say, but they aren’t going anywhere.Even though the hall is packed, why haven’t more people heard about this? Where’s the media?Most third-party candidates are familiar with this question, and Monica answers honestly. “We have to remember the mainstream media is part of the state, part of the repressive apparatus. Being part of the state doesn’t necessarily mean you use guns or any type of violence against people, like the police, like the FBI or CIA that overthrows governments or destroys movements, like the FBI did with the Black Panther Party or Young Lords, but it does mean [the media] represents the super rich. It represents the interests of the billionaire class.”And, she says, they naturally push the ideas of those in power.“Our campaign is anti-capitalist. It’s anti-imperialist. It’s anti-racist. We stand with the people. We’re for the self-determination of oppressed people. We’re for the liberation of women and LGBTQ people. In other words, we’re for full equality for all people.”Lamont agrees. “Any organization or party talking about revolutionary change — not reformist, not bandaids on broken bones — really dismantling the system from the root to the fruit, and placing the oppressed at the forefront — you’re not going to hear about that. They don’t want you to hear about that. Anything but that.”“We were in Rockfort, Rockfort Illinois. There were multiple working-class black folk in the audience who said ‘We only came tonight because we wanted to hear what you all had to say as candidates. As candidates for president and vice president. Because the other candidates sure as hell aren’t speaking to our issues and our conditions.”“I think some folks on the left, some revolutionaries quote-unquote, have been a little critical of that. But yo, again, use every weapon, every platform, every tool you have to reach the masses and raise consciousness. Everyone. The Black Panther Party also used candidates, they used the same platforms, and we certainly would not question their pedigree of revolution.”They both emphasize this is a protest campaign, a way to gain access to a platform to emphasize the ideas they believe are most important today. Monica explains: “We felt that it was very, very important, especially to run two black candidates in this particular election.”Black Lives Matter“We wanted to lend a revolutionary voice to the Black Lives Matter movement. Along with, of course, defending immigrants, which is a big part of our campaign because of Donald Trump, and a general program of fighting capitalism, replacing capitalism with socialism.“But our main focus – it’s important to have a priority – and because of this movement, this movement, the Black Lives Matter movement – for us – is the most dynamic movement in the country right now. It’s the movement that’s most in motion, that’s most visible, because it’s led by oppressed youth, young people. It’s led by women. It’s led by trans women of color.”“We wanted to show our solidarity with this campaign, with using our campaign with the Black Lives Matter movement. But it doesn’t change our view as far as the capitalist elections. We still feel they’re fraudulent, that they’re not going to change anything fundamentally for the better for the masses.”“I think Hillary Clinton thought she was going to have smooth sailing towards the nomination. And she really didn’t. Because there is, and there continues to be, a sort of uprising against capitalism, a political uprising against capitalism. Which [Bernie Sanders’s] campaign represents, and of course, there was a movement behind him of mainly young people. Mainly young white people, that came out of the Occupy Wall Street movement. The contradiction with the Sanders Campaign is that he didn’t deal with the issue of police brutality or fighting racism.”Is it possible if they had shown solidarity, married antiracism to (at least the word) socialism, that he would have been boycotted like the Moorehead-Lilly campaign?“Absolutely.” Monica says. “He would have been ostracized by the democratic party.”“I think the main word he used in terms of why he didn’t come out in defense of the Black Lives Matter movement, which means coming out against police repression, is that he felt it would be ‘divisive’. Divisive towards who? When really, we feel just the opposite. It can build solidarity and unity.”“But he wanted to deal mainly with the class issues. The economic issues. Which, by the way, when you deal with racism it is a class issue. Because racism is the central issue in this country in terms of keeping people divided. So that, if you have unity and solidarity, and it brings people together on an antiracist basis, then the next step is to fight on economic issues. The stronger the workers are, the stronger the struggle will be, and the movement will be, to fight for jobs, and housing, and medical care and so forth, but it’s very difficult to do that when you’re not showing solidarity.”Sanders and socialismLamont says he appreciates that Bernie Sanders helped to bring the word socialism back into the mainstream, but is not under any illusions that he’s actually a socialist. “It’s democratic socialism. It’s a fraud of what socialism really is. It’s a poor representation of the oppressed masses having the means of production in their own hands.”He speaks on how the socialist movement is just coming back from the 1980s, how the conditions then were so bleak. “I’m an 80’s baby, and communism and socialism were straight demonized in school. We were taught communism was bad. Socialism was a cult.“Even to this day, my mom is still uneasy. I’m serious. Until she just read the 10-point program on our brochure. She says, ‘yeah! this is cool!’ and I say ‘yeah mom, that was the socialism I was taught to hate as a kid.’ So you have a brand new generation. Clean slate.”“I just hope that the young people in this next generation do their research well. Go several sleeves back on the google sheet. Don’t just go to the first result you see. If you love the Black Panthers, google why the Black Panthers subscribed to revolutionary socialism, to Marxism-Leninism. Google why the Young Lords subscribed to revolutionary socialism. Google who Hugo Chavez is.”“I know people are tired. Because I’m fxxking tired. When you get tired, go back and study the history of our ancestors, of past freedom fighters.”If the media is boycotting their campaign, how is it they get the message out? Diamond Lavish Reynolds filmed Philando Castile’s dying moments and the police response, but Facebook removed the post. Despite its accessibility, social media is still owned by the ruling class. So how reliable is it, even as a medium?Lamont is passionate on this point, describing himself as a child of the 1980s and self-professed lover of Twitter. “I talk to a lot of the younger comrades about this. A lot of the ‘internet revolutionaries’ or ‘internet marxists’ or ‘internet socialists’. We’ve got to use every weapon at our fingertips. Social media aligned, conjoined with grassroots people organizing on the streets. Knock on doors. Look at people in their eyes.”Monica agrees that the human touch is lost on the internet. You cannot see someone’s soul. “The thing about just using Facebook to get the word out about a certain mobilization or meeting or something is that it lacks the one-on-one outreach, talking to people one on one. A lot of time you see people just on their smartphones and this is how they communicate and so forth. And that’s limiting.”“We’ve got to be out in our communities, not just on our computers and Facebook and Twitter.” Lamont adds. “Those platforms are directly linked and many times owned by the corporate capitalist system. And they’re making money off us. So we can only expect them to interrupt our modes of communication.”“We cannot substitute the street for social media. We have to have both.”So, is voting still important in the United States?“I think what the people have to do on a very grassroots, ground level is begin to build institutions independently and autonomously on their own grounds. For self-reliance, self-determination and liberation. Is the vote a weapon? It’s a very watered-down weapon right now.”“Depending on the bourgeois system to create the channels of liberation, that is mental slavery. If you’re depending on your oppressor to grant you justice, to grant you economic mobility and to grant you, you know, healthy communities and healthy families, you’ve already lost. You’ve already lost.”Monica and Lamont understand the limitations as revolutionary presidential candidates. They know that their message will be ignored or censored by the media. But despite that, they both want to end the interview with a very targeted message.A friend of Kathy Coleman’s, who watched her be arrested earlier that day, was invited to speak earlier from the podium. She ended her address by asking why violence was so endemic in communities of color – black people doing violence against black people. The candidates spoke about how this was an outcome of white supremacy and capitalism, of people being deprived of the ability to love themselves and each other because they have been taught to loathe instead.Lamont explains what he means by the necessity of love. “I’ve been mentioning the word ‘love’ recently because we forget that sometimes. I come from a family of love. It’s love man, it’s love. Assata Shakur talked about this, and so did Huey P. Newton. It’s love as revolutionaries that’s gonna actually keep us fueled. Not hate for the oppressor, but love for the people.Should we hate the oppressor? Of course we should. Should we despise our oppressors? Of course we should. But it’s love for the people, love for the youth, love for the next generation, love of liberation, love of the sisters, love of kinship, love of revolution that has to be our fuel. Hate trends. It comes and goes. Love will carry you for generations. Generations! Love will make you give you life. Love will let you lay it all on the line.”Monica agrees. Che said it best: the true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love. “That’s the kind of love we’re talking about.”To some it might seem cliched, this talk of revolutionary love. But it is the kind of message that’s easily obscured behind police barricades, pushed out of mind at the private cocktail parties, and lost in the thrill when you get hold of your first all-access press credentials. These ideas are no-platformed in the mainstream, but they’re still there.From Baton Rouge to Cleveland — the people are in the streets this summer, screaming.The writer is traveling “across the United States, speaking with the working class and people living on the margins about what challenges and struggles they face living in the U.S.” This is Fivek’s article for “Day 15,” published with the writer’s permission. 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Prisoners’ strike sparks solidarity actions

first_imgBirmingham, Ala., on Sept. 9.On Sept. 9, the 45th anniversary of the heroic Attica prison uprising in New York, inmates across the country struck a blow against today’s slave labor in U.S. prisons. Inmates are routinely compelled to toil for as little as 25 cents an hour. In many state facilities, they are not paid anything for their forced labor.Prisoners mobilizing with the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee of the Industrial Workers of the World organization called on other inmates to strike by withholding their labor — and, in the prisoners’ words, “let the crops rot in the fields.” Additionally, solidarity actions took place the same day in many locations. Below are descriptions of some of them.AlabamaAt Holman Prison, 9 miles north of the town of Atmore, where prisoners are active in the Free Alabama Movement, an inside contact reported: “All inmates at Holman Prison refused to report to their prison jobs without incident. With the rising of the sun came an eerie silence as the men at Holman laid on their racks reading or sleeping. Officers are performing all tasks.”The Alabama Department of Corrections later denied this, saying “only” 45 Holman inmates refused to prepare breakfast and work in the license tag plant. The ADC also denied strike participation at other state prisons. There have been multiple work stoppages at Alabama state prisons since 2014. It is the only state prison that carries out executionsA small solidarity protest outside Holman was harassed by police.In Uniontown, the Black Belt Coalition, whose motto is “fighting for health and justice,” showed solidarity. Their statement read, in part: “BBC & residents of #Uniontown have experienced enough problems with #policebrutality & the criminal justice system. Today, BBC stands with the work strike of Free Alabama Movement, T.O.P.S. (The Ordinary People’s Society Southeastern Region) and incarcerated people at roughly 40 prisons in 24 states across the U.S.”Immigrant rights activists rallied in front of the historic 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham to demand closure of the Etowah County Detention Center. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is infamous for abuses against inmates regarding access to health care, family members and legal advice. Participating with Shut Down Etowah were the Adelante Alabama Worker Center and activists from Birmingham Black Lives Matter, the LGBTQ community and other groups.— Minnie Bruce PrattTexasTexasCrowds gathered outside the Harris County Jail on Sept. 10 as activists spoke about the prison strike going on from coast to coast, including Texas. They exposed the prison slavery that exists in all Texas prisons, where prisoners are forced to work but paid zero cents an hour for their labor. Many families joined the protest and spoke out about what had happened to their husbands, boyfriends, fathers and husbands. Said one: “I’m afraid to give my name because they have already beat my son, but I thank you all for being out here to support our children. I’m so afraid my child will not come out alive.” This fear is real as at least 12 jail inmates were found dead last year in the jail.Two lines of dozens of uniformed police stood threateningly at the front entrance of the jail, giving stern looks to all who entered. Many visitors were stopped and questioned about why they were there. This intimidation did not stop people from joining the demonstration and condemning the treatment going on inside the walls.— Gloria RubacWashington stateDemonstrators rallied outside Tacoma’s Northwest Detention Center to denounce gross violations of prisoners’ rights and stand in solidarity with imprisoned migrant workers. The action was called by Northwest Detention Center Resistance.Prisoners’ messages were played over the amplified speaker system. Women Latinx prisoners said: “We are many mothers. We have been separated from our children.” They deplored their exploitation, stating, “We only get paid a dollar a day for our work.” Protesters chanted, “¡No están solo!” (“You are not alone!”)Additionally, activists rallied outside the State Department of Corrections in Olympia and then marched to Starbucks, which profits from superexploitation of prison labor.— Jim McMahanPortland, Ore.Portland, Ore.Hundreds of activists gathered at Chap­man Square across from the Justice Center, a detention facility, where they cheered in solidarity with striking prisoners. Speakers condemned capitalism, too. Black Lives Matter and September 9th PDX played prominent roles in organizing the demonstration. Right 2 Survive PDX and Right 2 Dream Too denounced racist policing and prison slavery. They work to empower the homeless and disenfranchised to oppose government abuses — and run a cooperative homeless encampment.Demonstrators then militantly marched into the streets without a permit and stopped traffic, chanting “End prison slavery!” near Portland City Hall. One grouping ripped apart a blockade that stood in the marchers’ way, as hundreds filed into a nearby intersection and held it for several minutes. Another grouping then directed traffic so participants could safely continue their march.— Sage Antonia CollinsDetroitA “noise demonstration” in front of the new Wayne County jail’s construction site expressed solidarity with striking prisoners and called for an end to prisons and jails. Jail construction began in 2011, but was halted in 2013.Some 100 activists from various political and community groups used whistles, pots, pans, plastic buckets, drumsticks and homemade noisemakers. Energy and spirits were high as more people joined the action. Protest songs rang out. A banner reading “No new jails, no old jails!” was put up and led the march to the current Wayne County jail.The march wove through Greektown, where fliers about the prison strike and the Attica uprising were distributed; then a rally took place outside the Wayne County jail. A chant of “No more cops! No more jails!” brought support from prisoners. Defying police instructions to move onto the sidewalk, protesters stayed in the streets and marched outside the prisoners’ cells. They chanted “We love you!” to the inmates, who pounded on the windows to acknowledge the demonstrators. The march ended back at the new jail’s site, with activists still blocking the streets.— Kayla PauliPhiladelphiaIn this city — notorious for locking minors in solitary confinement — several dozen activists held a march and noise demonstration outside the Juvenile Justice Center. With drums, noisemakers, firecrackers and megaphones, activists loudly showed their solidarity with prisoners, including youth and those subjected to slave labor. Banners stating “Burn down the plantations!” and “Mumia: We got you!” were visible throughout the demonstration. Despite a heavy police presence, no one was arrested.This ”Justice” Center is a key link in the region’s school-to-prison pipeline. Built in 2012, the year that Philadelphia shut down 37 public schools, it funnels low-income, mostly Black and Latinx students into the corrections system — where as adults they may be exploited as prison slave laborers.Rochester and Attica, N.Y.Dozens of militant protesters gathered outside the Hall of Justice to support the historic, nationwide, imprisoned workers’ strike. The Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee organized the rally. Several community organizations attended, including Workers World Party.Talila Lewis, an African-American professor from the Rochester Institute of Technology, represented prisoners with disabilities, especially those who are hearing-impaired. Lewis founded Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf. HEARD created the #DeafInPrison campaign to “raise awareness about abuse of and discrimination against Deaf prisoners across the nation.” Lewis noted that people with disabilities are incarcerated in disproportionate numbers relative to their population in the U.S.Later, a caravan of vehicles traveled to the infamous Attica prison for a noise demonstration in solidarity with the inmates. Although local media have been silent about these rallies, the demonstration at Attica attracted the attention of police, who pulled over several cars for bogus violations after they left the protest site.— Lydia Bayoneta and Gene ClancyBuffalo, N.Y.Buffalo, N.Y.The Buffalo Anti-Racism Coalition tied the current wave of prison activism to the heroic Sept. 9, 1971, Attica Rebellion by hosting a documentary viewing and discussion event.— Ellie DorritieFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Man Admits to 15 Robberies, Attempted Robberies Targeting Trader Joe’s Stores in Pasadena, Other SoCal Cities

first_img CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 15 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Public Safety Man Admits to 15 Robberies, Attempted Robberies Targeting Trader Joe’s Stores in Pasadena, Other SoCal Cities CITY NEWS SERVICE Published on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 | 4:11 pm Top of the News A Huntington Park man pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to carrying out more than a dozen robberies of Trader Joe’s stores throughout Southern California during a four-month crime spree last year, including one in unincorporated East Pasadena.Gregory Johnson, 43, admitted federal counts of interference of commerce by robbery and using a firearm in a crime of violence, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.Johnson faces between seven years and life in federal prison, with sentencing set for Aug. 2.The defendant admitted that from last Aug. 28 to Dec. 4, he robbed Trader Joe’s stores in Eagle Rock, Sherman Oaks, Chatsworth, East Pasadena, Culver City, Rancho Palos Verdes, Agoura Hills, Brea, Santa Ana, Tustin and Chino Hills, and attempted to rob locations in Simi Valley and Corona.The Pasadena heist took place at the store at 3035 Huntington Drive.During many of the robberies, Johnson brandished a handgun. On two occasions, he robbed stores in Rancho Palos Verdes and Brea, and returned weeks later to rob them again, authorities said.Johnson and his son, Gregory E. Johnson, were arrested following the Chino Hills robbery on Dec. 4, after a witness gave authorities a description of their getaway vehicle and license plate.The younger Johnson pleaded guilty to participating in the Chino Hills and Chatsworth robberies. He faces up to 40 years in prison when he’s sentenced July 12 in downtown Los Angeles. STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuffcenter_img HerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRobert Irwin Recreates His Father’s Iconic PhotosHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 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. Make a comment STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

FDA says single-dose shot from J&J prevents severe COVID

first_img Facebook Local NewsUS News By Digital AIM Web Support – April 6, 2021 Facebook Pinterest Previous articleHit by pandemic, oil giants Exxon, BP post huge 2020 lossesNext articleGhana 1st nation to receive coronavirus vaccines from COVAX Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp U.S. regulators say J&J’s single-dose vaccine protects against COVID-19. The report says overall the vaccine is about 66% effective at preventing moderate to severe COVID. This sets the stage for a final decision on FDA emergency use.center_img FDA says single-dose shot from J&J prevents severe COVID Twitter Twitter Pinterest TAGS  WhatsApplast_img read more