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UN expert defends climate protesters disrupting traffic, attacking famous artwork

A United Nations expert issued a report Wednesday vigorously defending climate activists whose protests have involved blocking traffic and attacking famous artwork worldwide. The report – authored by U.N. Special Rapporteur on Environmental Defenders Michael Forst – stated that government leaders should listen to activists who engage in disruptive actions, rather than punish them for law violations. Forst’s report further characterized recent government actions cracking down on climate protests as “repression,” and a threat to democracy and human rights. “The repression that environmental activists who use peaceful civil disobedience are currently facing in Europe is a major threat to democracy and human rights,” the report states. “The environmental emergency that we are collectively facing, and that scientists have been documenting for decades, cannot be addressed if those raising the alarm and demanding action are criminalized for it.” “The only legitimate response to peaceful environmental activism and civil disobedience at this point is that the authorities, the media, and the public realize how essential it is for us all to listen to what environmental defenders have to say,” it adds. UNITED NATIONS SET TO CALL ON AMERICANS TO REDUCE MEAT CONSUMPTION According to Forst, who was elected the first U.N. special rapporteur on environmental defenders in 2022, under the 1998 Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee, peaceful environmental protests are protected as a “legitimate exercise of the public’s right to participate in decision-making.” In the report, he outlined how government authorities worldwide are increasingly restricting certain forms of climate protests in a “stark increase in repression.” DARK MONEY FUND POURED MILLIONS OF DOLLARS INTO ECO ACTIVIST GROUPS BLOCKING HIGHWAYS, DESTROYING FAMOUS ART He noted that eco activists are often compared to terrorists: counterterrorism laws are being used against environmental protesters, police use water cannons and pepper spray to disperse “peaceful” climate protests, protesters are arrested, and protesters who blocked traffic have received prison sentences of up to three years. “In several countries, environmental activism has been labeled as a potential terrorist threat. Legislation is increasingly being used to stifle environmental protest through the introduction of new offenses, harsher sentences, and bans on particular forms of protest,” Forst states in the report. “By categorizing environmental activism as a potential terrorist threat, by limiting freedom of expression and by criminalizing certain forms of protests and protesters, these legislative and policy changes contribute to the shrinking of the civic space and seriously threaten the vitality of democratic societies,” he continues. “They also provide the legal basis for the repression of environmental defenders by law enforcement.” UN CLIMATE SUMMIT SERVING GOURMET BURGERS, BBQ AS IT CALLS FOR AMERICANS TO STOP EATING MEAT The report highlights specific examples of alleged repression in France, Northern Ireland, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Denmark, Spain, Germany, Austria, Netherlands and Finland. “These trends give rise to the impression that the authorities’ intention is primarily to intimidate people from engaging in protest,” Forst adds. He then called for nations to address the root causes of the protests by rapidly transitioning from fossil fuels to green energy alternatives. The top U.N. official also calls for the media, lawmakers, courts and law enforcement to tolerate environmental protests. Forst’s report comes as left-wing groups like the global Extinction Rebellion and Just Stop Oil in the U.K., Riposte Alimentaire in France, Ultima Generazione in Italy, Restore Wetlands in Sweden, Stopp Oljeletinga in Norway, and Declare Emergency in the U.S. continue to organize civil disobedience protests worldwide. The increasing number of such actions have sparked widespread criticism. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP For example, in January, Riposte Alimentaire activists threw soup at the famous “Mona Lisa” painting in Paris. Similar protests have included actions in which activists defaced Vincent van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” in London, a Monet painting in Stockholm, and Sandro Botticelli’s “Primavera” in Florence.

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Liverpool’s kids set up Man Utd meeting as teens torment Southampton – 5 talking points

The kids continue to be more than alright for Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp’s Kop kids saw off Southampton to set up an FA Cup quarter-final tie at Old Trafford. The Saints had been the better side for the majority of the first half at Anfield, hitting the post through Kamaldeen Sulemana, but a deflected effort from debutant Lewis Koumas gave the depleted Reds the lead shortly before the break. Southampton, playing a fine brand of football, kept coming in the second half, but substitute Jayden Danns clipped home a superb second at the Kop end for his first senior goal, then followed that up with another from close range Here are the main talking points from the night. 1. Onto Old Trafford After this win, and everything it signifies for the club’s academy, it will be onto Old Trafford for the quarter-final next month, and will could be a massive game in both club’s seasons. A United win and Erik ten Hag will have a huge, potentially job saving tick in the box, but a Liverpool win will probably keep the quadruple hunt alive, keep Klopp’s final show on the road and keep the dream ending possible. Can’t wait. 2. Southampton’s slick start Klopp was at pains to point out that Liverpool hadn’t been celebrating since clinching the Carabao Cup on Sunday, but in the opening exchanges Southampton made them look as though they’d been out on the ale. The ones that are old enough, anyway. Demonstrating a fearlessness and quality on the ball that Russell Martin’s sides have become known for, Saints were by far and away the better side early on, and really should have been ahead by the quarter hour mark as Mara and Sulemana looked so dangerous, with the latter hitting the post with an effort from an angle and the former bringing a smart stop from Caoimhin Kelleher. Decision making let them down at times, but Saints were excellent. 3. A position too far for Joe Gomez Part of the reason for that Southampton success was the emptiness of Liverpool’s midfield, where Joe Gomez started in a brand new position and really struggled to keep up with the pace and movement of the visitors. The Englishman has had a superb season for the Reds, and his displays at left-back in particular in the absences of Andy Robertson and Kostas Tsimikas were excellent, but he looked like a fish out of water here. It is incredibly tough to play No.6 for Liverpool even if midfield is your position, and it certainly isn’t Gomez’s. 4. Lewis Koumas the newest Kop kid Jason Koumas was a tidy player for Tranmere, West Brom, Cardiff, Wigan and Wales, scoring an impressive 10 goals in 34 games for his country. Whatever heights his son Lewis reaches in his career, he’ll never forget this night. Koumas Jr was on the bench for the Carabao Cup final and didn’t get on, but he got his start here on the left of the attack and for a long time he looked Liverpool’s brightest player in their toughest period. He capped those minutes with a goal just before half-time, a lucky one via a deflection, but he’s got something about him. 5. But don’t forget the veteran Jayden Danns (on his third appearance) Danns’ dad Neil was a good player too, impressing for Birmingham and Crystal Palace among others, and after his cameo appearance in the Carabao Cup final came this superbly taken goal in front of the Kop, a joyous moment for any player, but especially a local lad. Danns Snr was a lively midfielder, but Jayden is a big, imposing forward, and after the goal he could have scored at Wembley came these moments he’ll never forget, with two smart finishes at the Kop end. Liverpool are producing these kids at a rapid rate, and they all look the part. Join our new WhatsApp community and receive your daily dose of Mirror Football content. We also treat our community members to special offers, promotions, and adverts from us and our partners. If you don’t like our community, you can check out any time you like. If you’re curious, you can read our Privacy Notice.

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The Founders Roundtable Announces 12 City Tour, Sponsored by J.P. Morgan, K&L Gates, Mucker Capital, and LeadrPro

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“The Uncanny” Poised for Notable Showcase at the 2024 Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema

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Kellton Recognized as a ‘Challenger’ in Avasant’s SAP S/4HANA Services 2023-2024 RadarView™

Explore Kellton’s feature as a Challenger in Avasant’s SAP S/4HANA Services 2023-24 RadarView™, reaffirming its position as a dynamic player in the SAP domain. RESTON, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES, February 28, 2024 /EINPresswire.com/ — Kellton, a global leader in technology consulting and IT services, proudly announces its feature as a ‘Challenger’ in the 2023 edition of Avasant’s SAP S/4HANA Services 2023-2024 RadarView™. This accolade stands as another testament to Kellton’s formidable capabilities in the SAP domain, having been previously recognized in the ISG Provider Lens™ SAP Ecosystem Report last year. It further highlights the company’s sustained excellence and acknowledgment within the industry. Avasant, an independent deal advisory and analyst firm, has acknowledged Kellton’s leadership in SAP S4/HANA Services, emphasizing its outstanding client satisfaction, financial performance, global presence, partnerships, quality of service offerings, and expertise in delivering customized solutions. This recognition further solidifies Kellton’s position as a prominent player in the SAP landscape, standing out amongst other larger competitors. The acknowledgment becomes particularly significant as it underscores Kellton’s exceptional achievements and contributions in the SAP domain, elevating the company’s status in a competitive field dominated by industry giants. Leveraging profound expertise in comprehensive SAP services, Kellton seamlessly navigates the entire service stack, offering a spectrum ranging from SAP S/4HANA and SAP on Cloud to SAP SLO, SAP AMS, SAP UXM, and SAP MII. As a distinguished SAP Silver Partner, Kellton stands among the top 5% of global SAP partners, meeting stringent Partner Center of Excellence (PCoE) standards. Recognized for pioneering initiatives such as early Hybris adoption and end-to-end SAP S/4HANA implementations, Kellton, with over 13 years of implementation and consulting experience, serves as an authorized partner for RISE with SAP. Anchored by a dedicated SAP Center of Excellence (CoE), this feature underscores Kellton’s unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional SAP solutions. “We are immensely proud of our recognition as a ‘Challenger’ in Avasant’s SAP S/4HANA Services 2023-2024 RadarView™, ” said Dr. Srinivas Bandi, Senior Vice President & Global Head of SAP Practice, Kellton. “As we continue to redefine excellence in SAP services, our latest feature in Avasant’s SAP S/4HANA Services RadarView showcases Kellton’s unparalleled commitment to innovation and client success. At Kellton, we view challenges as opportunities for growth, and being positioned as a ‘Challenger’ reflects our dynamic approach and dedication to pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in delivering exceptional SAP solutions. We look forward to furthering our transformative impact in the industry, solidifying our role as a key player in shaping the future of SAP services.” Gaurav Dewan, Research Director at Avasant, shared, “In the current economic landscape, businesses are striving to optimize their SAP S/4HANA adoption strategy. They prioritize projects with quicker ROI and aim to enhance the value of existing investments in legacy SAP systems by considering brownfield and hybrid migration approaches. Kellton supports enterprises in analyzing current business processes, identifying inefficiencies, and creating tailored implementation plans for SAP S/4HANA using prebuilt solutions. It has developed tools that automate custom code remediation, accelerating the brownfield migration process and reducing time to market. Collaborating with SAP through the SAP CoE, Kellton facilitates rapid knowledge transfer and user adoption. Additionally, Kellton has invested in AI-powered solutions to improve efficiency in SAP S/4HANA application management activities. With an established industry expertise, strategic partnerships, and investments in proprietary solutions aligned with the market demand, Kellton is recognized as a challenger in Avasant’s SAP S/4HANA Services 2023−2024 RadarView.” Kellton strategically embraces intelligent technologies like iRPA, AI, and ML, reinforcing its commitment to future growth. Simultaneously, the focus on service lines, including Automation and BTP, aims to enhance customer appeal and drive sales. This holistic approach ensures the alignment of cutting-edge technologies and service offerings. Kellton’s dedication to upskilling is evident through investments in SAP Learning Hub Licenses and Demo 21 System Access, strengthening its pursuit of Rise with SAP across Presales, Solution, Consultant, and Sales. Geographically, Kellton aims to expand its footprint in BENELUX and APAC, emphasizing key markets such as India, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and Japan through robust local partnerships. In 2024, Kellton is strategically poised for sustained growth, empowering the delivery of seamless, integrated, and intelligent solutions to clients and driving transformative impact worldwide. About Kellton Kellton is a global technology consulting and IT services company founded on the belief of exploring ‘Infinite Possibilities with Technology.’ Kellton helps businesses of all sizes, ranging from startups, SMEs, and Fortune 500s, build disruptive digital solutions. With operations across the US, Europe, India, and the Asia Pacific and a global team of 1800+ employees, Kellton enables clients to use technology as their competitive advantage. Kellton has been placed four times on the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 India List and recognized by Forbes Asia as one of the Top 200 companies in their ‘Best Under a Billion’ list. About Avasant Avasant, an independent deal advisory and analyst firm, is renowned for its cutting-edge analyst features that drive digital and IT transformation. Specializing in strategic insights and industry-specific advisory services, Avasant’s analyst capabilities empower organizations to navigate the complexities of the evolving digital landscape. With a focus on digital strategy, sourcing, and technology optimization, Avasant’s tailored solutions provide businesses with the actionable intelligence needed to achieve sustainable growth and success. 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California’s CVIIC Celebrates 10th Anniversary and Successful Partnerships

FRESNO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, February 28, 2024 /EINPresswire.com/ — In the Central Valley of California, a nonprofit agency has been proving over the past 10 years that organizations that work together can have a great and lasting social impact. On February 26, 2024, the Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative (CVIIC), a nonprofit agency based in Fresno, California, celebrated its 10th anniversary. It is a landmark moment that demonstrates the success of the model of regional coordination and collaboration that has guided CVIIC’s work since its establishment in 2014. This has involved the creation of mutually beneficial working relationships with numerous agencies from the nonprofit, public, and private sectors. By working together, this dynamic network of partner agencies has achieved a notable social impact, creating successful precedents of local and regional collaboration. CVIIC traces its origins to 2013 when local agencies and community leaders sought to achieve two related objectives: 1) to empower immigrants by ensuring access to needed services and information; and 2) to strengthen what was then an inadequate regional organizational capacity to provide access to immigration legal services. To maximize the impact of the limited resources that were available at the time, the local efforts gave rise to a unique model of regional coordination and collaboration. It is a model that continues to function and has been applied to multiple campaigns. The process began when a regional convening was held in Fresno in October 2013 to discuss regional policy priorities and objectives in the area of immigration, assess existing resources, and propose specific activities to carry out. One of the specific outcomes of this process was the development of a regional strategic plan that was completed in January 2014 and, subsequently, presented to partner organizations at a meeting that took place on February 26, 2014, simultaneously launching the birth of CVIIC. Since then, CVIIC and partner agencies have addressed numerous issues of relevance to Central Valley immigrant families. This includes access to immigration legal services, the promotion of civic participation, community education on COVID-19 and other health topics, 2020 Census participation, immigrant entrepreneurship and economic mobility, promotion of local level immigrant inclusion policies, and engagement in local, regional, state, and national advocacy efforts. CVIIC board Treasurer and Fresno-based immigration attorney, Lazaro Salazar, highlighted the significance of the 10th anniversary: “I have had the honor of being a board member of CVIIC since its inception. Through its leadership in coordinating events with local partners, including attorneys, CVIIC has held many events throughout the greater San Joaquin Valley providing assistance and guidance on such topics as initial/renewal DACA applications, naturalization, and legal permanent residency, health, and entrepreneurship. While the immigration landscape is certain to change in the near future, CVIIC stands more than ready to continue their efforts in guiding our community through the challenges that may come.” CVIIC board member, Maria Lemus, further underscored the importance of building partnerships as an essential characteristic of CVIIC’s model of operations: “Congratulations to CVIIC on its 10-year anniversary! CVIIC has been at the forefront of issues impacting our immigrant communities in the Central Valley for a decade. It has become an organization that is trusted, builds partnerships and is always searching for ways to bring resources to communities. Thank you to the staff at CVIIC for building on that community trust and for working to ensure that people receive the help they seek. As a board member, I feel proud of the work and look forward to more years of movement building and service.” A specific example of the success of the model of regional coordination and collaboration is that during the past decade, CVIIC and partner agencies have successfully scheduled hundreds of free immigration legal services workshops in rural and urban communities throughout a region that encompasses eight California counties (Fresno, Kern, Kings, Tulare, Madera, Merced, Stanislaus, San Joaquin). These events provide attorney consultations and application assistance for existing programs including naturalization, legal permanent residence renewal, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) renewal, U Visas, T Visas, VAWA, asylum, and change of status. In 2023 alone, CVIIC staff led the organization of 44 such workshops, which served a total of 2,071 clients. The workshops were staffed by as many as 20 participating partner agencies, including Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Education and Leadership Foundation, Centro La Familia Advocacy Services, KIND, SIREN, CAIR, International Rescue Committee, Oasis Legal Services, and other nonprofit agencies and pro bono attorneys. Another major program currently run by CVIIC is its Immigrant Entrepreneurship Program (IEP). While relatively new, the program has been expanding and serving a growing number of Latino immigrants due to the high demand that has been found for the opportunities that it provides and the creation of new forms of collaboration with agencies also interested in promoting immigrant entrepreneurship in the Central Valley. The IEP was created in summer 2020, in large part out of a desire of CVIIC and partner agencies to enable immigrant families to develop self-employment and entrepreneurial capacity in light of the economic crisis brought about by the pandemic. Since Fall 2020, CVIIC has offered free virtual entrepreneurship training opportunities to a total of seven separate cohorts of Latino immigrant entrepreneurs. Combined, the seven cohorts have enrolled close to 400 participants. In addition, scores of industry-specific mini courses have been offered since 2020, further serving hundreds of beneficiaries. In 2023, CVIIC worked with Santa Clara University’s My Own Business Institute (MOBI), to promote its online entrepreneurial learning platform, which has already enrolled over 250 students. In 2024, CVIIC will add in-person courses to be held in Fresno and three rural communities. In the 10th anniversary celebration, CVIIC Executive Director, Jesus Martinez, identified four factors that enable CVIIC to carry out is mission during the past decade: “1. A vast network of partner agencies committed to a model of regional coordination and collaboration; 2) a consistent and supportive leadership, such as that provided by the CVIIC board of directors; 3) the support of funders to make the work possible; 4) a team of qualified and dedicated employees.Jesus Martinez CVIIC +1 559-666-6435 email us here Visit us on social media: Facebook Twitter YouTube

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Washington state House overwhelmingly passes ban on hog-tying by police

The vote came nearly four years after Manuel Ellis, a 33-year-old Black man, died in Tacoma, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) south of Seattle, facedown with his hands and feet cuffed together behind him. The case became a touchstone for racial justice demonstrators in the Pacific Northwest. “He was hog-tied by police. He pleaded he couldn’t breathe, and he died in the heart of our community,” Mena said. The bill, which was previously passed by the Senate, will need to go back to that body for verification before heading to Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk. Republican Rep. Gina Mosbrucker said while there were still concerns from her party about smaller jurisdictions that might not have the money to start using alternative restraints, she supports the measure. “I feel like by this bill passing, for me Madam Speaker, we’re starting to amend that relationship between law enforcement and the community,” she said. The U.S. Department of Justice has recommended against the practice since at least 1995 to avoid deaths in custody. The attorney general’s office in Washington recommended against using hog-tying in its model use-of-force policy released in 2022. At least four local agencies continue to permit it, according to policies they submitted to the attorney general’s office that year.

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NHL defencemen talk benefits, drawbacks of playing their off-side

Rielly finished minus-4 against the Knights, but two of the goals against came with the game out of reach. “The opposite of what you’re used to,” he said of being a lefty on the right. “It’s just trying to get familiar with it.” Despite the benefits going forward, Makar does feel at a disadvantage when he gets caught on his off-side in the defensive zone, especially when killing penalties. “My stick’s a little bit lower,” he explained. “It’s not protecting the middle of the ice as much. It’s a little bit harder to take away that far side of the net or the inside of the seam.” Dahlin, who’s making his living in hockey’s equivalent of the upside down as a right-sided lefty, isn’t keen to go back. “Defensively, it’s a little bit different,” he said. “But offensively a lot of good stuff comes with it. “You get used to it.” HALL BOOST Cassidy got a chance to see the Hockey Hall of Fame display in Toronto honouring the Knights’ Cup win last spring. The visit came at the right time with Vegas just 1-4-1 over its last six games before Tuesday’s 6-2 victory over the Leafs. “You’re thinking, ‘Boy, I can’t coach a lick,”‘ Cassidy said. “Then you go in there and you see your team’s ring and the little stall … it gives you a little confidence boost.” SINKING SENS The Ottawa Senators have given their fans plenty to cheer about through the years. The team has also played some miserable hockey. Tuesday night was another check mark in the latter column. For the first time in franchise history — a total of 2,416 games _ Ottawa failed to register a single shot in a regulation period after failing to direct a solitary puck on target over the final 20 minutes of a 4-1 defeat in Nashville. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 28, 2024. ___ Follow ↕JClipperton_CP on X.

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Australia sent in at Basin Reserve as NZ series begins

Camera IconNew Zealand’s Tim Southee (r) won the toss and sent Pat Cummins’s Australia in to bat in the Test. (Andrew Cornaga/AAP PHOTOS) Credit: AAP Australia sent in at Basin Reserve as NZ series begins Ben McKayAAPFebruary 29, 2024 6:07AM Topics Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail UsCopy the Link

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Lawrence Shankland scores from the spot as Hearts hit back to draw with Hibs

Hearts forward Lawrence Shankland scored his 26th goal of the season from the penalty spot in a 1-1 draw at home to city rivals Hibernian. The Easter Road side went ahead through on-loan Bournemouth playmaker Emiliano Marcondes. But they were pegged back just before the break when Hearts were awarded a contentious spot-kick, and in-form Shankland fired home his sixth Edinburgh derby goal since moving to Tynecastle in the summer of 2022. Despite being unable to find a winner in an end-to-end second half, Hearts increased their advantage in third place in the cinch Premiership to 12 points over fourth-placed Kilmarnock, while the Hibees moved within a point of the top six. Hearts manager Steven Naismith made three changes to the team that started Saturday’s 5-0 defeat at Rangers as Kye Rowles, Beni Baningime and Jorge Grant dropped to the bench and were replaced by Cammy Devlin, Scott Fraser and Alan Forrest. Hibs boss Nick Montgomery selected the same side that started the 2-1 win at home to Dundee – a result that stemmed a run of eight games without a league victory. The visitors – seeking a first triumph at Tynecastle since Boxing Day 2019 – settled well and they threatened after three minutes when Marcondes picked out Joe Newell just inside the box with a cleverly-worked corner, but the Englishman’s shot was blocked by his own team-mate Lewis Miller. Hibs forward Martin Boyle almost got himself clear in the 25th minute when Rocky Bushiri’s headed clearance from his own box bounced into the Hearts half but the Australia international could not get the ball fully under control and Nathaniel Atkinson got back to snuff out the danger. The Hibees, who had looked the likelier side, made the breakthrough in the 27th minute when Marcondes calmly slotted home the rebound from 10 yards out after Boyle was released in the box by Dylan Vente and clipped the ball beyond Hearts goalkeeper Zander Clark, only to see Atkinson scramble it off the line. The hosts had offered little in the first half but they managed to get themselves level just before the break when they were awarded a penalty after Kenneth Vargas fell to the ground as he tried to seize on a loose touch from Hibs defender Will Fish. Referee Kevin Clancy was advised by VAR to review the incident on the pitchside monitor but he felt there was enough contact to justify sticking with his initial decision. Shankland was pelted by objects thrown from the away end as he waited to take his spot-kick but, after the penalty area was cleared of debris, he fired emphatically past David Marshall. The second half was far more open, with good chances at both ends. Vente, Boyle and Myziane Maolida all went close for the Hibees, while Vargas, Shankland, Forrest and Calem Nieuwenhof had opportunities to win it for the Jambos.

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