June 12

Inquest into the deaths of “Balibo five” resumes after two-month suspension

first_imgNews Google experiments drop Australian media from search results February 22, 2021 Find out more January 21, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders today hailed the resumption this week of an inquest into the murders of cameraman Brian Peters and four other journalists 32 years ago in East Timor, saying it hoped every aspect of their deaths would be clarified and insisting that it was not too late for those responsible to be punished.After suspending hearings for two months, a Sydney coroner resumed the inquest behind closed doors on 2 May. The five journalists, all employed by Australian news media, were killed in the town of Balibo on 16 October 1975, at the start of an Indonesian invasion of East Timor.”We hope that all the people summoned by coroner Dorelle Pinch, including Gough Whitlam, Yunus Yosfiah, Guy Peterson, Michael Griggs, Ronald Shepherd, Sam O’Shea and Brian Osborne, will come and testify before the Sydney court,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Their testimony will be crucial for shedding light on the murkier aspects of this case. Justice must finally be rendered to the families of these five journalists, who were killed for seeing ‘too much’ in Balibo.” AustraliaAsia – Pacific RSF condemns Facebook’s blocking of journalistic content in Australia David Jenkins, a former editor of the Sydney Morning Herald’s international service, told the inquest on 2 May that Indonesian army officers were aware of the journalists’ presence in Balibo before they took the town. Indonesia’s Gen. Benny Murdani, for example, said in an interview on 22 July 1995 that he had known the five journalists were in Balibo. Another Indonesian army officer, Col. Dading Kabualdi, said in an interview around the same time that he was in Balibo that day.Jenkins added that, in the course of a phone conversation in 1999, he obtained an implicit admission from then Indonesian information minister Yunis Yosfiah that he had been in Balibo during the 1975 invasion.A former telephone operator at the Sydney international telephone exchange told the inquest yesterday that she overheard a phone conversation in which a native English-speaking man in the East Timor capital of Dili told someone at the Melbourne-based The Age newspaper that Indonesia troops killed the five journalists. She said she remained silent until now for fear of being punished under the Crimes and Official Secrets Act. Despite assurances of immunity from the coroner, other witnesses also expressed concern about testifying freely to the inquest.Several letters received by the coroner in the past two months from politicians who were in office in 1975 were read out to the court yesterday afternoon. Former defence minister Bill Morrison confirmed in one of the letters that he was told of the deaths of the five journalists only six hours after the event, in a meeting at the defence ministry attended by then intelligence chief Gordon Jockel. He received confirmation of the news at 4 p.m. the same day from Arthur Tange, the then secretary of the department of foreign affairs.Then prime minister Gough Whitlam continues to insist he did not know about the deaths of the five journalists until five days after the event. He and Morrisson are scheduled to testify to the coroner on 8 May. But Australia’s ambassador to Indonesia in 1975, Richard Woolcott, has not been summoned although he met senior Indonesian army officers shortly before the killings. Organisation to go further May 4, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Inquest into the deaths of “Balibo five” resumes after two-month suspension On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia Follow the news on Australia Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News News RSF_en AustraliaAsia – Pacific November 19, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

October 18

Martin Keown suggests Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil is faking an injury

first_imgMesut Ozil (Picture: Getty Images)Mesut Ozil might be feigning injury because he knew he wouldn’t be picked for Arsenal against Everton, claims Martin Keown.The German is out of the side with a foot injury, but interim manager Freddie Ljungberg confirmed that he would not have been selected anyway because of his actions in Arsenal’s last game against Manchester City.Ozil was substituted less than an hour into the clash with the Premier League champions and kicked his gloves along the touchline, before brushing past the hands of Ljungberg and assistant coach Per Mertesacker on the bench.The Swedish interim boss said ahead of the Everton clash: ‘Mesut has something on his foot. He wouldn’t have been in the squad anyway after what happened in the last game.’AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTKeown is not a fan of Ozil, describing him as an ‘issue’ that new manager Mikel Arteta will have to resolve, and has even suggested that his foot injury may not be real.‘He’s [Arteta] coming in in very difficult circumstances and Ozil is one of those issues, and Arteta has got to manage that,’ Keown told BT Sport.‘He went off the pitch against City and wasn’t best pleased, he didn’t look particularly injured on that occasion.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He’s probably just taken himself out of it because he thinks that Freddie wouldn’t play him.’Ljungberg hinted that Ozil would be out of the side after 3-0 loss to Man City, saying he would ‘deal with’ the playmaker.‘For me I took Mesut off because I wanted some more energy in the team,’ Ljungberg told Sky Sports. ‘How he reacts is up to him and I’ll deal with it.‘We’ll see what it means for the future but of course we want players to behave the right way.’The 31-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Fenerbahce in the January transfer window, with a loan deal reportedly ‘very close’ to being completed.MORE: Freddie Ljungberg explains bizarre Arsenal team selection for Everton matchMORE: Mikel Arteta’s stern message to Per Mertesacker and Arsenal coaches after appointment Advertisement Comment Phil HaighSaturday 21 Dec 2019 1:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy linkcenter_img Martin Keown suggests Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil is faking an injury Advertisementlast_img read more

September 16

Heartbreak for Premier ladies in league replay

first_imgTipperary won’t have long to try and get over the dissapointment of losing out in this fashion.They open their championship campaign next Saturday against Limerick and, if they replicated the form shown throughout the league, will feel confident that they can go far into the compeition. A sensational free from Maria Delahunty, with the very last kick of the game, earned Waterford a 1-13 to 1-12 win over the Premie County at Semple Stadium.Gerry McGill’s side can consider them unfortunate to lose as they were always in the game and seemed to have done enough to take it to extra-time.Centre forward Mairead Morrissey was probably the pick of the Tipp players and got 1-4 of her team’s tally.last_img read more

August 2

SANTA ANITA GEORGE WOOLF MEMORIAL JOCKEY AWARD WINNER MIKE LUZZI TO RECEIVE PRESTIGIOUS WOOLF TROPHY ON SUNDAY, APRIL 12

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 13, 2015)–Santa Anita Park has announced that 2015 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award winner Mike Luzzi will travel west from his home in New York to receive the prestigious Woolf Award trophy in a ceremony between races on Sunday, April 12.Sidelined due to a broken leg and fractured pelvis sustained in a paddock accident at Aqueduct on Nov. 2, Luzzi has undergone reconstructive surgery and is now rehabbing for a return to the saddle at some point this year.Presented annually by Santa Anita since 1950, the Woolf Award is one of the most highly coveted honors in all of racing as it recognizes those riders whose careers and personal character have earned esteem for both the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred racing.America’s Eclipse Award-winning apprentice jockey in 1989, Luzzi, by a vote of his peers, outpolled four other finalists; James Graham, Leslie Mawing, Corey Nakatani and the recently retired Rosie Napravnik.It is expected that Luzzi, who has won 3,420 career races, will be accompanied on April 12 by his wife, Tania, daughter, Larue, 14, and son, Lane, 16.–30–last_img read more

February 10

ON THIS WEEKEND

first_imgSPORTSMAX2Saturday9 a.m: Newcastle vs Crystal Palace11:30 a.m: Arsenal vs Norwich6 p.m: Everton vs Bournemouth9:30 p.m: Watford vs Aston Villa11:30 p.m: Stoke vs SunderlandSunday6 a.m: Swansea vs Liverpool8:05 a.m: Man United vs Leicester10:30 a.m: Southampton vs Man Citylast_img

December 19

Lizards Pre-Programmed to Adapt Their Coloration

first_img(Visited 451 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Lizards put onto lava can change color within a week. Over time, the population blends into the darker environment.“Plasticity precedes and facilitates adaptation” in side-blotched lizards. Behind this piece of jargon is an interesting story that flies in the face of Darwinian evolution, although Darwinists are trying to make the most of it.There’s a volcano out in the California desert called Pisgah Crater. It sticks out like a solitary black mountain in a tan-colored environment, surrounded by black lava flows. Most of the side-blotched lizards that live in that part of the Mojave desert have tan-colored patterns, but their relatives living on the volcano are nearly jet black. How did that come about? Is this evolution in action?Pisgah Crater (DFC)Before proceeding, we should recognize that the two varieties of side-blotched lizards are interfertile, so this is not a case of the “origin of species” but rather of color adaptation to a new habitat. A press release from the University of California at Santa Cruz tries to make this a story of natural selection:One explanation has been that many of an animal’s traits are not fixed, but can change during its lifetime. This “phenotypic plasticity” enables individual animals to alter their appearance or behavior enough to survive in a new environment. Eventually, new adaptations promoting survival arise in the population through genetic changes and natural selection, which acts on the population over generations. This is known as the “Baldwin effect” after the psychologist James Mark Baldwin, who presented the idea in a landmark paper published in 1896.This cannot be a case of Darwinian evolution, because a single lizard can begin changing its color within a week. Zoologist Ammon Corl describes what they found:When researchers move side-blotched lizards from one background to another (for example, from sand to lava rock), changes in coloration start to appear within a week, and gradual changes in coloration continue for months afterwards. “It seems like there’s a slow, gradual build-up of the dark melanin pigment,” Corl said.In classic neo-Darwinism, only the offspring with chance mutations for darker color would be selected. The ‘Baldwin Effect’ implies a degree of plasticity (internal ability to adapt) that comes pre-programmed in the lizard genome. It can be expressed within the lifetime of a single individual, suggesting that adaptability is epigenetically regulated. It is not due to chance mutations.A male lizard from the Pisgah Lava Flow photographed five days after collection in the field (left), and the same lizard (right) after being housed for four months in the lab on light-colored sand. (Image credit: Corl et al., Current Biology, 2018)Mutations will continue within either population, however. Over generations—for the population living entirely on the volcano—the in-built plasticity can be reduced, just like the genes for eyes in blind cave fish are no longer needed. Mutations that do not prevent melanin production can become fixed in the population, giving the appearance of Darwinian natural selection. The paper in Current Biology explains:Overall, our results suggest that ancestral plasticity for coloration facilitated initial survival in the lava environment and was followed by genetic changes that modified the phenotype in the direction of the induced plastic response, possibly through de novo mutations. These observations provide a detailed example supporting the hypothesis that plasticity aids in the initial colonization of a novel habitat, with natural selection subsequently refining the phenotype with genetic adaptations to the new environment.But natural selection was not the cause of the adaptation in this closely-researched example. If anything, it was a johnny-come-lately artifact of the Stuff Happens Law that did not prevent the black lizards from keeping mutations that enhanced dark coloration. The potential to quickly adapt to dark background was already present in the plasticity of the lizard genome.If pre-programmed adaptability explains lizard coloration, the possibility of “phenotypic plasticity” explaining many of the classic icons of evolution (e.g., peppered moths, Galapagos finches) cannot be dismissed.Plasticity implies design. Imagine trying to design robots to operate on an alien planet. A good designer would include plenty of “if-then” routines to help it operate under a variety of circumstances. A bad designer would turn adaptation over to luck (the Stuff Happens Law), thinking, “Well, if I send out a million robots, the ones that just happen to continue operating will survive, and all the rest will die.” The former is adaptation by intelligent design. The latter expresses what neo-Darwinians believe happens in living organisms. Which view makes more sense? Which one matches the real world? If the side-blotched lizards had to wait for neo-Darwinian mechanisms, they would never survive on the lava. It would take far too long for lucky mutations to show up in the offspring and be “selected” by the Stuff Happens Law. The observations published by this research team show that the plasticity to adapt to a novel habitat was built-in ahead of time.Dr Randy Guliuzza at ICR has written extensively on pre-programmed adaptability, which he calls “engineered adaptability.” In his most recent entry in ICR’s Acts & Facts monthly magazine, he says, The Institute for Creation Research is developing an engineering-based, organism-focused model called continuous environmental tracking (CET) to explain how organisms self-adjust to changing conditions. Our model anticipates that the adaptive solutions creatures express can also be characterized as directed, rapid, and highly targeted. As we’ve highlighted in this Engineered Adaptability article series, research results are aligning with this expectation.While the evolutionists struggle to encompass their observations within neo-Darwinism, Guliuzza could celebrate the dark coloration of the Pisgah Crater lizard population as a recent confirmation of his model. last_img read more

December 18

South Africa celebrates Arbor Week

first_img3 September 2012 The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Northern Cape Agriculture MEC Norman Shushu launched South Africa’s Arbor Week on Saturday by planting fruit trees, establishing vegetable gardens and distributing seed packs and seedlings to local communities. Shushu visited a communal organic vegetable garden in Platfontein outside Kimberley, where he planted vegetables which will assist in alleviating poverty and contributing towards food security in the area. Two hundred households within the Xun and Khwen communities were also given vegetable seed packs and seedlings.Backyard gardens ‘can beat poverty’ Shushu said the establishment of vegetable gardens would help rural communities produce food in their own backyard gardens and thereby fight soaring food prices. “It is less expensive for communities to produce their own food through backyard gardens, as this can help to fight the current high food prices. Most importantly, we also want our people to understand the role that trees play in our environment and the role they play in our lives,” he said. At Galeshewe stadium outside Kimberley, Shushu participated in the planting of 20 olive trees before addressing the main Arbor Week launch event. About 2 000 more fruit trees were planted and distributed in the Sol Plaatjie Municipality. “The destruction of the environment is leading to the destruction of humanity, so if we are to have a sustainable future, it means we must look after our trees, our forests and our environment,” Shushu said. “Without the protection of the environment, there is no future, that’s why all of us are encouraged to join government and our partners to ensure that we make our cities and townships green.”Arbor City Awards Another highlight of the launch of Arbor Week was the Arbor City Awards, introduced to promote the greening of cities and towns in the 283 local and eight metropolitan municipalities across South Africa. The award is given to cities and towns that “go the extra mile” to green the areas under their jurisdiction The Khara Hais local municipality, which governs the town of Upington in the Northern Cape, won the local municipal category, while the City of Johannesburg won in the metropolitan category. Both the City of Johannesburg and Khara Hais received a R300 000 cash prize, trophy and certificate.‘Our Forests – Our Future’ Arbor Day was first celebrated by South Africa in 1983. The day has since been extended from Arbor Day to National Arbor Week, held in the first week of September. The theme for this year’s campaign is “Our Forests – Our Future”. It affords the government, the private sector, non-governmental and community-based organisations and the public to be involved in greening their communities. Greening refers to an integrated approach to the planting, care and management of all vegetation in urban and rural areas, to secure multiple benefits for communities. In the South African context, greening takes place in towns, townships and informal settlements specifically because in the past these areas were disadvantaged in terms of planning for parks as well as tree planting in streets and open spaces. The government and its partners will use National Arbor Week to undertake a major national awareness programme that will bring attention to the value of trees, especially in the many disadvantaged communities who often live in barren and water-stressed areas. Trees play a significant role in social and economic development, poverty alleviation and job creation. Planting gardens and fruit trees may also improve access to nutritious food, encourage healthy diet choices and play a significant role in household food security when integrated with other programmes. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

December 12

“The Lucas Effect”: When Filmmaking Creativity Goes Unchecked

first_imgAvoiding the Lucas EffectYou can avoid The Lucas Effect. You just have to be honest with yourself, and you have to be open to constructive criticism and be willing to collaborate with your department heads. When you go back to review your film script, you must be able to ask yourself “Is there too much going on here? Are there too many characters, sub plots, crazy ideas? Is it too ridiculous?” If so, how can you pare it down, trim the fat, and focus the story? Can you make the crazy ideas palatable for the audience? If it’s a sequel, are the characters and the story thematically consistent with the previous films in the series? Ask your peers the same thing when you hand them the script. Whatever you can’t make work, you have to cut. Whatever is too ridiculous — which will depend on the context of the main storyline — has to go. Be open to questions and criticism on set from your cast and crew.You have to be able to say “No” to your own ideas (or someone else’s, in Spielberg’s case), and your crew needs to feel comfortable constructively questioning and challenging your ideas.Cover image via Star Wars: A New Hope (Twentieth Century Fox).Looking for more articles on the filmmaking industry? Check these out.10k Vs 100k Vs 500k: Feature Film Budgets ComparedThe History and Power of Sound Design in the Film IndustryThe Cameras and Lenses Behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe — Phase TwoThe Cameras and Lenses Behind the Marvel Cinematic UniverseBreakout Director Kat Candler on the Best Festivals for First-Time Filmmakers The original Star Wars trilogy crosses cultures and stands the test of time. So, what happened with the prequel trilogy? I call it “The Lucas Effect.”Let’s talk about Star Wars for just a moment. The original trilogy is arguably amazing. The deepest story? No. However, the groundbreaking effects and excellent sound design, a wide array of characters, beautiful action, and good character arcs make it an enjoyable and beautiful trilogy. And George Lucas was lauded for it — both critically and financially. And rightfully so!So what happened with the prequel trilogy? Well, an in-depth analysis is beyond the scope of this article, but in summation, what happened is what I call “The Lucas Effect.”Creativity UncheckedThe Lucas Effect is wild creativity with reckless abandon. It’s not knowing how to edit your story, not realizing when you’ve gone too far — or if you’ve crammed too many characters and subplots into one story. The Lucas Effect is not knowing when to say “no” to an idea that probably won’t work. This often happens when a creator is given too much freedom. Too much freedom can be happenstance, as in seemingly endless resources to do as much as you want, or self-imposed, as in refusing to take any criticism or refusing to collaborate with others.I think people sometimes forget just how George Lucas was involved in the original films. Many think he had complete control, but he didn’t. In fact, he only solely wrote and directed Star Wars: A New Hope. With other talented people in control, they took his marvelous, grandiose ideas and focused and refined them into something great.So, when Lucas comes back and says, “Hey, I’m gonna make those prequels now,” everyone is so excited that no one thinks he can do wrong. It’s bound to be a success. So, he got huge funding, and no one challenged his vision or ideas. However, I don’t think Lucas realized something very important about himself, and why the original series worked so well (despite its problems). In the previous films, he had a system of checks and balances (unknowingly) in place. Due to production issues and financial and technological limits, he had to step aside from directing and writing to be the producer, to ensure the completion of his story. So, he brought on other writers and directors to work with. For the prequels, he didn’t. He wrote and directed all three himself. No one was there to tell him “no,” to separate the good ideas from the bad ones. He had too much freedom, and he went off the rails with it. As a result, the films were critical failures. As film producer Gary Kurtz put it, “I think one of the problems . . . is the fact that [Lucas] doesn’t have more people who really challenge him.”Folding Under PressureYou can also see this in the Indiana Jones series. Steven Spielberg acted as the gatekeeper for Lucas’s grandiose — often absurd — ideas for the first three films. As the series grew, Lucas’s ideas got even crazier. Thankfully, Spielberg managed him, kept him in check, and was able to tell him “No.”For Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, however, Spielberg practically gave up and just let Lucas take control. “When I was done with Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, there was a reason I invented the shot of Harrison [Ford] riding a horse into the sunset,” says Spielberg, “because I thought that brought down the curtain on the trilogy, and then we were all gonna move on and mature into other aspects of filmmaking, and I never thought I would see Indiana Jones again . . . It was fine with me at the time. But there were some people it wasn’t fine with.” Spielberg “was done with this series. It was great! Let’s walk away!”Yet all through the ’90s, Harrison Ford, George Lucas, fans, and interviewers would continually badger Spielberg to agree to at least one more story. Finally, he gave in and Lucas said, “Hey, let’s do aliens.”“It was the idea of taking the genre,” said Lucas, “from the 1930s action adventure serials to the B science fiction movies of the 1950s.” Eventually Spielberg “humored George Lucas” and said fine, thinking that he “would never wind up directing this movie . . . we’ll get some young kid to come in and do this.” But he did, and he allowed Lucas to throw in a number of other wacky ideas. Spielberg had stepped aside as Lucas’s system of checks and balances, he had stopped challenging him, and the film suffered for it.As a pairing, Lucas is the imagination while Spielberg is the storyteller. Without the storyteller — the one who keeps the narrative grounded, within its means, coherent, and logical, we’re left with fun, cool ideas, with no solid structure.Beyond LucasThis isn’t something unique to George Lucas. A notable example of The Lucas Effect happened to the Wachowski’s and their Matrix saga. The first Matrix is marvelously done, balancing Hong Kong martial arts cinema, 90s cyberpunk, philosophical meditation, and anime. It takes just enough of each and blends them all together seamlessly. It works because each of those categories share a few common threads.However, when it came time to make the sequels, the filmmakers dove way too deep. Where once they let anime influence their action and visuals, they then tried to seemingly create a live action anime with ninety Agent Smiths fighting Neo and over-the-top characters.Fighting ninety Agent Smiths is like Fonzie jumping the shark. “Jump the Shark” refers to the show Happy Days, when Fonzie jumped over a shark while waterskiing. One could argue that because he jumped fourteen trash cans on his motorcycle in a previous episode, why can’t he jump a shark on water skis — while wearing his signature leather jacket? Yes, it’s possible, but it’s ridiculous. It’s also possible for Ewoks, basically violent teddy bears, to kill a bunch of Storm Troopers, but why? (In the Ewoks’ case, it was to sell toys.)Where once The Matrix had a strong, philosophical backbone, the filmmakers now spend what feels like hours mulling over philosophy, in long, confusing exchanges dialogue. It became a mess.They saturated the film with too many characters, too many subplots, too much anime and philosophy and Kung Fu wire action. Where the first film was focused on one main story, with a few excellent characters and clear ideas, the sequels went off the rails and just threw in every idea. Unfortunately, the Wachowskis carried this over to Jupiter Ascending. Jupiter Ascending had too many (ridiculous) ideas crammed into one film. It might have worked as a trilogy — if they had hired someone sensible to edit their script. The best way to explain just how convoluted and ridiculous this film became is with the Screen Junkies Honest Trailer of the movie.last_img read more

October 28

18 days ago​Man Utd defender Tuanzebe: International break will help us

first_img​Man Utd defender Tuanzebe: International break will help usby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe believes the international break has come at the right time for his side.The youngster was in the team for their 1-0 loss away to Newcastle on Sunday in the Premier League.It is a result that puts United only two points above the relegation places.Now the players go away with their countries, before coming back for a huge league clash against Liverpool at home in two weeks.”Yeah, you can see we shut them out for a long period of time, Tuanzebe told MUTV after the game.”The only way they were able to score was a counter when we weren’t really there. The goal, it is what it is: a 20-yard shot, it wasn’t like they played through us or anything like that.”We go back to the drawing board, the international break [is] now time for us to regroup. We believe in what we’re doing, in time it will come.”Now it’s just that tough phase. Next game we look forward to is Liverpool. [We] definitely want to get a result in that game.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

October 13

Company that runs BC casino says it follows rules on money laundering

first_imgRICHMOND, B.C. – The head of a company that runs a British Columbia casino alleged to have taken in millions that could be proceeds of crime says procedures to ensure compliance with regulations are strictly followed.Rod N. Baker says the Great Canadian Gaming Corp. has a “culture of integrity and transparency” and is committed to preventing illegal activities at all of its locations, including the River Rock Casino in Richmond.“We are proud of our track record, and the positive and open working relationship we have with our regulatory authorities and Crown partners,” he said in a statement released Monday.Last month, the B.C. government announced an independent expert’s review of the province’s policies in the gambling industry after concerns were raised about the possibility of money laundering at River Rock.Attorney General David Eby said he launched the probe after reading a report about the casino accepting $13.5 million in $20 bills in July 2015 that police said could be proceeds of crime involving Asian VIP clients.Baker said Great Canadian initially detected suspicious activity at the casino in 2012 and that its ongoing monitoring and reporting to the B.C. Lottery Corp. was crucial to identifying the individuals allegedly involved.The company provides records about unusual and large cash transactions directly to the lottery corporation, which assesses whether the transactions raise enough concern for further investigation, he added.“Contrary to suggestions in certain media reports, to our knowledge our company is not under investigation in any jurisdiction. Our employees followed all procedures required of them by BCLC and we do not believe our company’s actions would give cause to initiate any investigation,” he said.Baker said the company has contacted Peter German, who was appointed by Eby to conduct a review of the lottery corporation’s policies and practices to prevent money laundering.“Great Canadian is proud of its culture of integrity and positive interaction with our regulators and Crown partners, and will adopt any changes or improvements to the regulatory structure that result from the review.”Eby said he thought a July 2016 report commissioned by the province’s previous Liberal government should have been made public when it was completed. The report done by the accounting and consulting firm MNP compiled documents from B.C.’s Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch.It says single cash buy-ins in excess of $500,000 with no known source of funds were accepted at River Rock.“Law enforcement intelligence has indicated that this currency may be the direct proceeds of crime,” the report says.The report makes more than a dozen recommendations, including implementing policies that casinos refuse unsourced cash deposits exceeding an established dollar amount, that anti-money laundering training programs are evaluated, and that casinos work to support cash-alternatives.A B.C. Lottery Corp. document in response said many recommendations in the report have been addressed though it was awaiting more direction from the Gaming Policy Enforcement Branch on dealing with and refusing large, unsourced cash deposits.The MNP report says its review wasn’t meant to provide an analysis about whether money laundering was actually occurring in B.C.’s casinos.last_img read more