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August 7, 2013

Russian government homosexuality position leads to NYC Russian vodka boycott

Russian government homosexuality position leads to NYC Russian vodka boycott

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

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As of Monday, over 200 New York City area bars and restaurants had committed to boycotting Russian vodka in response to anti-homosexuality related laws passed by the country’s government. The boycott follows another event that took place on Monday where bottles of vodka were poured onto the streets of the city, as part of a protest by the President of United Restaurant and Tavern Owners Association, Paul Hurley.

New York One quotes Hurley as saying the reason for the boycott as , “We’re not stupid, we’re reading papers, we’re reading what’s going on over there, they’ve got to stop what’s happened.”

The press conference announcing the New York City boycott took place at Desmonds Steakhouse located on the 38th Street and 7th Avenue. LGBT activists and models attended the event. Johnny Donovan, manager of J Donovan Productions, is quoted by the New York Daily Times as saying, “Shame on Russia! […] When I go out to a night club this weekend, I’m not drinking any Russian vodka!”

Activists in other cities are also boycotting Russian vodka. A protest at the San Francisco City Hall took place on Tuesday, where vodka was dumped into the sewers. On social media, the hashtag #dumpstoli is being used to draw attention to the boycott and protests.

These boycotts are not without criticism. Dodds of Time Magazine points out, “At first glance, Stoli seems a logical target for those hoping to promote greater awareness of the plight of gays in Russia. Not only is it widely associated with the country, vodka is also one of Russia’s most profitable consumer exports to the U.S. […] But while Stoli’s ingredients — wheat, rye and raw alcohol — are Russian, the vodka itself is distilled in Latvia and distributed in the U.S. by William Grant & Sons USA, an American subsidiary of a Scottish corporation.” The international popularity of the brand have resulted in the company being continually threatened with nationalization by the Russian government.

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Last month, gay and lesbian couples were barred by law from adopting Russian children. The country also banned “homosexual propaganda.” The legislation means gays and lesbians, if found guilty of breaking these laws, could be jailed. According to Russia Today, most Russians support the legislation “against promoting homosexuality to minors.” Russia Today goes on to say these laws are, “intend[ed] to keep minors from being influenced by non-traditional sexual relationship propaganda and it will be enforced with fines, but not criminal punishment.”

A Pew Research Center study published in June suggests that attitudes towards homosexuality in Russia found the population to be the least accepting of homosexuals of nine other European countries also surveyed. Countries with less acceptance than Russia included in the survey include Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Senegal and Nigeria. Negative Russian attitudes towards homosexuality are also supported by research conducted by Russian Levada Center.

The homosexuality issue as it pertains to Russian law comes against the backdrop of the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics scheduled to be hosted in the Russian city of Sochi early next year. Last week, Russian Minister of Sport Vitaly Mutko reaffirmed the country will enforce these laws during the Games and foreign athletes, journalists and spectators will be subject to them.



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February 11, 2013

Gambling sites favor Cardinals Marc Ouellet, Peter Turkson and Francis Arinze as next Pope

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Monday, February 11, 2013

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With news of Pope Benedict XVI‘s resignation only hours old, online gambling sites have already published odds for who will become the next leader of the Roman Catholic Church, with Cardinals Marc Ouellet and Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson as early odds-on favorites.

Online Australian gambling site SportsBet has Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet as their favorite with 7/2 odds.

British Ladbrokes has Ghanian Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson with 5/2 odds. Paddy Power brokers agree with Ladbrokes with 9/4 odds with the Ghanian Cardinal being chosen as Pope.

SkyBet has 7/4 odds on Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze, the best odds for any potential Papal candidate. BetVictor also has the best odds on Arinze with 7/2. Stan James has the best odds for Arzine and Ouellet at 7/2. You Win also has equal odds for both Arzine and Ouellet 11/4.

Bets are also being taken by Paddy Power for the name of the next Pope, with Peter their odds-on favorite at 4/1. It is followed by Pious at 5/1, and John Paul and John at 6/1.



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Monday, February 11, 2013

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With news of Pope Benedict XVI‘s resignation only hours old, online gambling sites have already published odds for who will become the next leader of the Roman Catholic Church, with Cardinals Marc Ouellet and Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson as early odds on favorites.

Online Australian gambling site SportsBet has Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet as their favorite with a AUD$1 winning $3.50.

British Ladbrokes has Ghanian Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson with 5/2 odds. Paddy PowerBrokers agree with LadBrokes with 9/4 odds with the Ghanian Cardinal being elevated.

SkyBet has 7/4 odds on Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze, the best odds for any potential Papal candidate. BetVictor also has the best odds on Arinze with 7/2.

Stan James has the best odds for Arzine and Ouellet at 7/2. You Win also has equal odds for both Arzine and Ouellet 11/4.



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Gambling sites favor Cardinals Marc Ouellet, Peter Turkson, Francis Arinze as next Pope

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Monday, February 11, 2013

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With news of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation only hours old, online gambling sites have already published odds for who will become the next leader of the Roman Catholic Church, with Cardinals Marc Ouellet and Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson as early odds-on favorites.

Online Australian gambling site SportsBet has Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet as their favorite with 7/2 odds. The Irish Paddy Power brokers has 11/4 odds with the Canadian Cardinal being chosen as Pope. Bwin has Ouellet becoming the next Pope with odds at 7/2. British SportingBet also has odds for Ouellet at 7/2.

British Ladbrokes has Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze with 7/2 odds.

SkyBet has the betting odd for Ghanian Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson at 7/2, its best odds for any potential Papal candidate. BetVictor also has the best odds on Turkson with 5/2. Stan James has the best odds for Turkson at 3/1. You Win has odds for Turkson at 5/2.

Bets are also being taken by Paddy Power for the name of the next Pope, with Peter their odds-on favorite at 2/1. It is followed by Pious at 5/1, and John Paul and John at 6/1.



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August 10, 2012

Ghana buries the late president Mills

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Friday, August 10, 2012

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After two days of mourning, the West African nation Ghana is giving its late president John Atta Mills a state and military burial today at Geese Park, a bird sanctuary, near the seat of government, Osu Castle, along the Atlantic Ocean.

His mortal remains, which were moved from the Banquet Hall in Accra, currently lie in a Ghana flag-draped casket at Ghana’s Independence Square (Black Star Square). An interdenominational burial ceremony is ongoing as thousands have gathered to bid him farewell.

Eighteen heads of state; President of the Ecowas Commission, Kadre Quedraogo; and Mrs. Hilary Clinton, US Secretary of State are among the dignitaries present for the ceremony.

The Chief Officiating Minister of the ceremony the Most Reverend Prof Emmanuel Asante, in an interview with Radio Ghana earlier, has congratulated Ghanaians for uniting to mourn the dead leader.

Mills is the first Ghanaian president to die in office. He was 68.



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Ghana buries the late president Mills today

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  • 19 November 2009: Uruguay qualify to take last spot in 2010 FIFA World Cup
  • 22 July 2009: Italy shut out Ghana for 2-0 win in Group E
  • 22 July 2009: Ghana surge past Czech Republic in Group E
  • 22 July 2009: Ghana beat United States of America 2-1 in Group E
  • 22 July 2009: Egypt wins 2008 Africa Cup of Nations
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John Evans Atta Mills, 2008 campaign poster
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After two days of mourning, the West African nation Ghana is giving its late president John Atta Mills a state and military burial at Geese Park, a bird sanctuary, near the seat of government, Osu Castle, along the Atlantic Ocean.

His mortal remains, which were moved from the Banquet Hall in Accra, currently lie in a Ghana flag-draped casket at Ghana’s Independence Square (Black Star Square). An interdenominational burial ceremony is ongoing as thousands have gathered to bid him farewell.

Eighteen heads of state; President of the Ecowas Commission, Kadre Quedraogo; and Mrs. Hilary Clinton, US Secretary of State are among the dignitaries present for the ceremony.

The Chief Officiating Minister of the ceremony the Most Reverend Prof Emmanuel Asante, in an interview with Radio Ghana earlier, has congratulated Ghanaians for uniting to mourn the dead leader.

Mills is the first Ghanaian president to die in office. He was 68.



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John Evans Atta Mills, 2008 campaign poster
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After two days of mourning, the West African nation Ghana is giving its late president John Atta Mills a state and military burial today at Geese Park, a bird sanctuary near the seat of government, Osu Castle, along the Atlantic Ocean.

His mortal remains, which were moved from the Banquet Hall in Accra, currently lie in a Ghana flag-draped casket at Ghana’s Independence Square (Black Star Square). The burial ceremony is ongoing as thousands have gathered to bid him farewell.

Eighteen heads of state; President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadre Quedraogo; and Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State are among the dignitaries present for the ceremony.

The Chief Officiating Minister of the ceremony the Most Reverend Professor Emmanuel Asante, in an interview with Radio Ghana earlier, has congratulated Ghanaians for uniting to mourn the dead leader.

Mills was 68.



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August 9, 2012

Ghana begins the three-day Mourning of Late President Mills

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

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Although he was expected by Ghanaians to mount the 2012 campaigning platform for his party, the National Democratic Congress, John Evans Atta Mills died on July 24, about five months before the elections. He left behind his wife, now former first lady Ernestina Naadu Mills, a marriage counsellor; and their son, Sam Kofi Atta Mills. He was 68.

As he lies in state at the State Banquet Hall in Accra, some sects of the media over the past few days continue to query the actual cause of his death, and if indeed he died at the 37 Military Hospital as initially reported.

Mills, Ghana’s first president to die in office, will be mourned for three days starting yesterday, and given a state and military burial.

The first batch of mourners to file past the mortal remains of the late leader include the newly sworn in President John Dramani Mahama, Vice President Kwesi Ammisah-Authur, and their spouses; Mrs. Ernestina Naadu Mills, Atta Mills’ widow; and Sam Kofi Atta Mills, his son.



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August 8, 2012

Ghana begins the 3-day Mourning of Late President Mills

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Late Ex President John Evans Atta Mills

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Although he was expected by Ghanaians to mount the 2012 campaigning platform for his party, the National Democratic Congress, John Evans Atta Mills died on July 24, 2012, about five months before the elections. He left behind his wife, now former first lady Ernestina Naadu Mills, a marriage counsellor, and their son, Sam Kofi Atta Mills. He was 68.

As he lies in state today at the State Banquet Hall in Accra, some sects of the media over the past few days continue to query the actual cause of his death, and if indeed he died at the 37 Military Hospital as initially reported.

Mills, Ghana’s first president to die in office, will be mourned for three days starting today, August 8, 2012 and given a state and military burial.

The first batch of mourners to file past the mortal remains of the late leader include the newly sworn in President John Dramani Mahama, Vice President Kwesi Ammisah-Authur and their spouses, Mrs. Ernestina Naadu Mills (Atta Mills’ widow), and Sam Kofi Atta Mills (his son).



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July 24, 2012

Ghana President Mills dies aged 68

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Ghana president John Atta Mills has died at 68 years. He died today at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra following a short illness, three days after his 68th birthday.

A presidential aide said Mills complained about pains on Monday evening after which he was taken to the hospital. He had returned from the United States where he had gone for medical checkups several weeks ago.

He oversaw the start of oil production in Ghana and he was expected to vie for re-election as the president of Ghana at the upcoming general elections. He was first elected as the president of Ghana in December 2008.



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