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US watchdog pokes Facebook a second time: Meta faces fresh monopoly lawsuit

The Register - Wed, 2022-01-12 23:34
If at first you don't succeed, you're probably the FTC

The Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust complaint that Facebook, er, Meta operates as a monopoly will be heard by the courts after the US watchdog's initial lawsuit was dismissed.…

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Michael Addamo Keeps on Trucking, Wins Fifth GGPoker Super MILLION$ Title

Poker News Daily - Wed, 2022-01-12 23:25
Now he just needs the earnings title

If you register for a high stakes poker tournament and see Michael Addamo there, I highly advise you to turn around and go home or turn off your computer. He is going to win it. On Tuesday, he continued his insane run, winning the $10,300 GGPoker Super MILLION$ for over half a million dollars.

In doing so, Addamo became the first five-time winner of GGPoker’s most expensive weekly tournament. In just this event, Addamo has amassed $3.6 million in earnings. Incredibly, that only puts him in third place on the money list for the GGPoker Super MILLION$ behind Joakim Andersson ($4,889,545) and Niklas Astedt.

It wasn’t a particularly trying final table for Addamo, but he didn’t quite cruise to victory. He had the slimmest of leads going into heads-up play against Pablo Silva, 13,498,340 to 13,101,660, so it wasn’t exactly a runaway a la most of the games in Amy Schneider’s current 30-episode Jeopardy! winning streak.

But in the end, Addamo could not be stopped. On the final hand, the two men raised and re-raised until all the chips were in the pot. Silva had pocket Jacks, Addamo A-K suited. It was a race. An Ace on the turn gave Addamo the victory and a place in GGPoker’s record books.

A year to remember

And so here we are in the first two weeks of 2022, with Michael Addamo picking up where he left off last year. His second half of 2021 was one of the more amazing live tournament runs we have seen in a while.

Sticking almost exclusively to ultra-high stakes tournaments, he began his hot streak in the spring with a bunch of World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour online events. It was at the live tables in September where he really took off, though.

In the middle of September, Addamo won back-to-back events at the Poker Masters, banking $1.84 million combined in the $50,000 and $100,000 buy-in events. Those wins were good enough to earn him the Purple Jacket as the Poker Masters’ points champion.

He then had three more massive cashes on the PokerGO Tour: a second and third place in the Aria High Roller Series ($322,000 and $544,000 cashes) on either side of a $3.402 million victory at the $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl.

Then he won two bracelets at the World Series of Poker in $50,000 and $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em high roller events, good for about $3 million combined. Oh, and he won another Aria High Roller Series tournament in between for $219,300.

All told, Addamo earned over $9.4 million in live tournaments in 2021.

Super MILLION$ Season 2 Episode 26 – Final Table Results
  1. Michael Addamo – $518,640
  2. Pablo Silva – $399,926
  3. Mario Mosboeck – $308,385
  4. spaise411 – $237,797
  5. JukeZonYou – $183,367
  6. Orpen Kisacikoglu – $141,395
  7. Wenjie Huang – $109,030
  8. Jeff “DollarVig” Berwick – $84,074
  9. Tyler “TheRayGuy” Cornell – $64,830

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World Poker Tour Announces Season XX First Half Schedule

Poker News Daily - Wed, 2022-01-12 22:48

The World Poker Tour has released the schedule for the first half of Season XX. It is quite small, consisting of just three Tour stops, though the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the fast-spreading omicron variant of the virus could be playing a hand in that.

We mentioned the first stop on the “Main Tour” last week, the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open (LHPO). It begins tomorrow, January 13 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, and runs through January 26.

There are 33 events in total at the LHPO, with buy-ins ranging from $150 to $25,500. All of the tournaments permit re-entries, though some just allow one. The $3,500 Main Event runs January 21-26 and has a $2 million guaranteed prize pool. Last year’s Main Event had zero problem eclipsing that guarantee, attracting 1,573 entries, which generated a prize pool of just over $5 million.

“We could not be happier to be launching our historic 20th anniversary with an amazing partner in Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood,” said WPT CEO Adam Pliska in Tuesday’s announcement. “We have a number of special initiatives planned for the rest of the year to give the poker community amazing ways to celebrate with us.”

It is not the spring that there is another stop on the World Poker Tour’s Main Tour. And for that one, it is back to the exact same Seminole Hard Rock venue for the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. It goes March 24 through April 12; the complete schedule has yet to be published.

What has been published is the schedule for the Main Event, which goes April 8-12, costs $3,500, and has a $2 million guarantee. There are two starting flights, one each on April 8 and April 9. The final table is delayed until May 25, to be held and filmed for television at the HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor in Las Vegas. Last year’s Main Event drew 2,482 entries, making it the largest field for a live event in World Poker Tour history.

The third and final event for the first half of the WPT season (told you it was short) is WPT Choctaw at Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant, Oklahoma. The festival dates are April 28 through May 16, with the $3,800 Main Event going May 13-16. The guaranteed prize pool is currently in “TBD” status. This final table will also be at the HyperX Esports Arena on May 26.

Mixed in among the Main Tour stops are a few other poker festivals. The first is coming up in a couple weeks: the WPT Spring Festival sponsored by Poker King, January 27 through February 7. The WPT has not published much information about this, but it appears to be about the same as last year’s event and will be played online. The Main Event, which goes February 1-7, costs 2,200 yuan ($345). There are a dozen tournaments in all.

Also coming up this spring are some WPTDeepStacks events. WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam will run March 25 through April 2 at Holland Casino, WPTDeepStacks Sydney is at Star Sydney March 30 through April 11, and WPTDeepStacks Thunder Valley is at the Thunder Valley Casino and Resort in Lincoln, California April 19 through May 1.

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Ransomware puts New Mexico prison in lockdown: Cameras, doors go offline

The Register - Wed, 2022-01-12 22:03
Bernalillo County's Metropolitan Detention Center still recovering from infection

Bernalillo County, New Mexico, has been unable to comply with the settlement terms of a 27-year-old lawsuit over prison conditions because of a ransomware attack last week that saw prisoners back under manual control.…

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Nvidia CFO talks data centre opportunities, chip shortages

The Register - Wed, 2022-01-12 20:29
Tells investors it has secured supplies to full demand shortfall

Nvidia chief financial officer (CFO) Colette Kress says the company has only just begun to make an impact in the server market, and sees a huge opportunity for GPU acceleration there.…

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A great opportunity to meet your local Greenpeace group

Greenpeace UK - Wed, 2022-01-12 15:20

2021 involved a lot of heel-dragging from world leaders and greenwashing from polluters, but it also brought a huge wave of public support for action on the climate crisis.

Now it’s time to turn that support into meaningful change! With a new year comes new energy, so why not put that towards a good cause? Joining your local Greenpeace group is a great way to fight for a greener, fairer world.

With over 50 groups across the UK all managed by friendly and inclusive volunteers, chances are there is one nearby waiting to welcome you.

Join a welcome meeting with your local group

But joining a new group can be daunting, so from 22nd to 30th January the local groups will be hosting welcome meetings. Some of these will happen in-person at local venues but there will always be an option to join online via Zoom.

The welcome meeting will provide a space for you to find out more about your local group and ask any questions before you join the normal monthly meetings as a member.

The map below shows the local group welcome meetings across the UK. Find the one nearest to you and you’ll see a link to the event page on Greenwire (our website for volunteers) where you can find all the details, including the Zoom link.

Can’t see an event or local group near you? Come along to our next Welcome Webinar on 26 January to find out other ways to volunteer with Greenpeace.

We can’t wait to meet you!

 

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Judge’s ruling on Greenpeace boulder action: An ‘absurd’ prosecution

Greenpeace UK - Wed, 2022-01-12 09:33

Last year, the UK government’s Marine Management Organisation (MMO) launched a private prosecution against Greenpeace over its action to protect part of the Offshore Brighton Marine Protected Area (MPA) from bottom trawling in February 2021 [1]. Last December, at Newcastle Crown Court, the judge heard legal arguments on whether the MMO has jurisdiction over Greenpeace’s action.

The Judge’s ruling, delivered this morning, states that the MMO are legally entitled to pursue their prosecution, but the Judge required the MMO to conduct a review of their decision as to whether the case was in the public interest, which the MMO will now do, and report back by the 19th of January, saying ‘It touches on the absurd that this litigation is happening at all’[2].

Last February the government committed to better protect the Marine Protected Area in the Dogger Bank from bottom trawling after Greenpeace blocked bottom trawling with natural rock placements there, but no significant action has yet to be taken. Earlier this week, the Environment Secretary, George Eustice, met with Greenpeace and representatives of fishing communities to discuss their proposed emergency measures for greater marine protection.

John Sauven, Executive Director at Greenpeace UK said:

“The Marine Management Organisation’s role is to protect our marine ecosystems, so why they think wasting public time and money prosecuting us for doing exactly that is a bit of a mystery.

“Our action was designed to safely protect nature from destructive fishing in an area designated as protected but where the MMO is miserably failing to do the job. We’re facing a climate and nature crisis and in response the MMO chose to bury its head in the sand, ignore the threat and prosecute Greenpeace.

“This is a clear signal for the Environment Minister to take the urgent action needed to protect our oceans from industrial fishing and ban destructive ships from all of the UK’s Marine Protected Areas”

Greenpeace installed the natural rock protection in the Dogger Bank in 2020 and Offshore Brighton MPAs in 2021 to close parts of these protected areas to destructive bottom trawling. This fishing method ploughs the seabed destroying marine habitats, disturbing vast stores of blue carbon and endangering the long-term health of fish populations. It also endangers local fishing communities, who’s sustainable fishing methods can’t compete with such heavy extraction. On the other hand, Natural England found that Greenpeace’s boulder barriers caused no damage to nature.

Both MPAs exist specifically to protect seabed habitats, but there were no restrictions on fishing activity in either MPA when Greenpeace constructed its boulder barriers. In 2019, bottom trawlers spent 60,000 hours ploughing protected areas of seabed. This figure rose to 68,000 hours in 2020 [3]. Offshore Brighton, one of these MPAs which exists to protect seabed habitats, was ploughed by bottom trawlers for 3,099 hours in 2019. In addition, Greenpeace, along with the Marine Conservation Society, revealed last year that 26.5 million tonnes of carbon is stored in the seabed of the UK’s offshore protected areas alone [4]. Damage to the sea bed is a significant source of damage to the climate.

The MMO’s previous Director of Operations, Phil Haslam, who decided to prosecute Greenpeace has since moved from the MMO to industrial fishing company North Atlantic Holdings, as their Managing Director.

Since installing the natural rock protection in both MPAs, the UK government is consulting on closing MPAs to bottom trawling [5]. These include the Dogger Bank, where Greenpeace’s first boulder barrier was constructed. The outcome of these consultations, and whether these will be full closures of the entire MPAs to bottom trawling, has yet to be seen.

Lawyers acting on behalf of Greenpeace argued that the MMO has no jurisdiction over the actions of the Greenpeace ship, Esperanza, and was abusing its licensing powers to prohibit Greenpeace’s actions when they should be used for marine preservation.

Greenpeace is calling for the UK government to take urgent action to protect our oceans from industrial fishing by banning bottom trawlers and supertrawlers from all of the UK’s MPAs.

Ends.

Contact:

Greenpeace UK press office – [email protected] / 07801 212 960

Photo and video of the boulders being deployed, and the defendant, John Sauven, are available here.

Notes:

[1]https://www.greenpeace.org.uk/news/greenpeace-back-with-more-boulders-as-government-leaves-97-of-protected-areas-open-to-destructive-bottom-trawling/

[2]For a the full text of the judge’s ruling, please email [email protected]

[3]https://europe.oceana.org/en/press-center/press-releases/oceana-calls-urgent-action-uk-government-end-bottom-trawling-britains

[4]https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/greenpeace-marine-conservation-society-polling-greenpeace-uk-government-b930378.html

[5]https://www.gov.uk/government/news/marine-management-organisation-launches-consultation-on-four-of-englands-marine-protected-areas

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