June 12

Gas contracts but no press freedom

first_img Organisation TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia News (Photo AFP) #CollateralFreedom: RSF now unblocking 21 sites in 12 countries Help by sharing this information News March 31, 2020 Find out more Ogulsapar Muradova, the Turkmenistan correspondent of Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty, died three years ago, on 12 September 2006, after being severely beaten by guards in Ovodan Depe high security prison, to the north of the capital Ashgabat. Today, the Turkmen government is waging an all-out charm offensive while still holding two other journalists, Sapardurdy Khadjiyev and Annakurban Amanklychev, who were arrested and convicted at the same time as Muradova.Dependent on its income from the export of gas, Turkmenistan is actively trying to diversify its outlets and improve its international image. President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov recently met with the leaders of several of its Caspian Sea neighbours, sealed the renewal of ties with Russian president Dmitry Medvedev on 13 September and met with Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko. President Berdymukhamedov appealed to all potential partners in a speech on 12 September, mentioning a gas pipeline to China that will be opened by the end of the year, a proposed pipeline to carry Turkmen gas to the Indian Ocean and, above all, his country’s determination to join the European Union’s proposed Nabucco pipeline.“The Turkmenbashi’s successor has been preparing this diplomatic offensive for some time but one should not pin any hopes on his government’s change in tone,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The Turkmen regime is hoping to woo the international community with a new approach, but we urge its potential partners to look at the realities of a country that is ranked 171st out of 173 countries in our press freedom index.“The dismissal of two important government censorship officials at the start of 2009 raised hopes of liberalisation, but nothing has really changed behind the façade and Turkmenistan continues to be one of the world’s most repressive countries for journalists. There is absolutely no criticism of the regime in the media. Internet cafés are allowed but access to opposition websites is blocked, email is monitored and visiting alternative websites can be very dangerous. How can the regime’s declared reform intentions and its calls to local journalists to follow the international media’s example be taken seriously while at the same time it arbitrarily refuses to let journalists and students go abroad?”Anyone helping foreign journalists risks serious problems. There is so much intimidation that local journalists usually lose no time in declining any invitation to work for foreign news media. The example of Khadjiyev and Amanklychev helps to keep things this way. They were sentenced to six and seven years in prison respectively in August 2006 on a trumped-up charge of “possession of illegal munitions” after helping the French production company Galaxie-Presse prepare a report on Turkmenistan for the French TV station France 2.According to recent reports, their health has deteriorated and they have ailments affecting the stomach, kidneys, legs and joints. Their access to treatment is very limited and no international organisation, not even the International Committee of the Red Cross, has been allowed to visit them. Their relatives, like Muradova’s relatives and all those who have been in contact with them, are forbidden to leave the country, their phones are tapped and their access to work and higher education is obstructed.“If President Berdymukhamedov wants to turn his words into actions, he should release Khadjiyev and Amanklychev,” Reporters Without Borders added. “On the sad anniversary of Muradova’s death, we urge the European Union’s members to clearly accept that any commercial and diplomatic opening towards Turkmenistan cannot overlook the situation of human rights and press freedom.” News September 16, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Gas contracts but no press freedom Four-year jail term for independent website’s correspondent in Turkmenistan TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia Coronavirus off limits in Turkmenistan to go further December 18, 2020 Find out more News Receive email alerts RSF_en Follow the news on Turkmenistan March 13, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

June 12

Haydel, Biel and Associates Exceeds Goal for Day One Fundraiser

first_img 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Gatherings Haydel, Biel and Associates Exceeds Goal for Day One Fundraiser Photography by BASILIO ALONZO and SIMON TANG Published on Friday, July 29, 2016 | 6:15 pm Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Haydel, Biel and Associates held their semi-annual Networking for a Cause event on Thursday. This fun evening brought local professionals together and gave back to the community.This event benefited Day One, a 26-year-old organization that provides public health education, intervention, and policy development.The event exceeded the goal of $10,000 and raised $12,000 so that the organization can continue its work in the community. Day One is known for their work with local high school students in the #DOWELL program which creates Wellness Councils to help assess and address the needs of students. The campaign highlighted eight Wellness Ambassadors who developed a social media campaign around the newly formed Wellness Councils to help promote a network of health among students.Haydel, Biel and Associates is a comprehensive wealth management company that keeps its clients’ interests in mind and gives back to the community. For more information visit www.hbawealth.com. The firm is located at 100 East Corson Street. Suite 310 in Pasadena. You can reach them at (626) 529-­8347. Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News center_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment HerbeautyCreative Ways To Burn Calories That Require Little EffortHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities People Don’t Love AnymoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Community News 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. Business Newslast_img read more

June 4

Elisa O’Donovan to run for Social Democrats

first_img Previous articleCouncil appeal to keep tragedy off the roadsNext articlePatient numbers rising at city injury unit Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Print Linkedin Email Twitter NewsElisa O’Donovan to run for Social DemocratsBy Alan Jacques – December 28, 2018 2405 center_img Elisa O’Donovan who is organising Limerick’s first Aquathon on July 26.Photo: Eoin RaffertyTHE Limerick Branch of the Social Democrats have chosen well-known local activist and founder of the Swimable Limerick scheme, Elisa O’Donovan, to run as their City West candidate in next May’s local elections.Her selection means that for the first time the Social Democrats will field a candidate in each of the Limerick City wards.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Elisa is an active member of the Limerick City community, from running initiatives such as Speakers Corner, to collecting litter with the Limerick City Residents Association or engaging in a campaigns for a ‘liveable Limerick’.As well as her civic activism, Elisa is completing a Masters in Speech and Language Therapy at the University of Limerick and works as the Local Area Coordinator for Headway in Limerick City.Passionate about health and fitness, as well as providing good supports and services on a community basis, she plans to bring her boundless energy and enthusiasm for change to work with and for the people of Limerick City West.“I am so excited to be a part of the Social Democrat movement in Limerick City. We desperately need fresh, progressive voices in Limerick council to achieve the significant potential it has for making real changes in the lives of Limerick people,” she said. WhatsApp Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

May 27

Possible breakthrough in search for missing plane

first_img Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Malaysian authorities say the sighting of two objects which may be connected to missing flight MH370 are credible but have yet to be confirmed as debris of the aircraft.The images were picked up by Australian government satellites in the Southern Indian Ocean.One item is described as 24 metres long and is said to be some 2,500 miles southwest of Perth.Four aircraft have been sent to the area – along with rescue vessels – in a bid to identify the objects. Malaysia’s acting Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussein gave this update on the situation.”Australia has received satellite imagery of objects possibly related to the search for MH370″ he said.”The images were captured by satellite – they may not be related to the aircraft”.”The assessment of these images was provided by the Australian Geospatial Intelligence Organisation, as a possible indication debris southwest of Perth” he added. Facebook Pinterest Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsAppcenter_img By News Highland – March 20, 2014 Google+ Possible breakthrough in search for missing plane Twitter Previous articlePolice investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are looking for a lone intruderNext articleUpdate – Port Road open again after serious Letterkenny crash News Highland 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest WhatsApp Newslast_img read more

May 25

‘Be the One’ campaign seeks to build resilience throughout Tompkins

first_img Devon Magliozzi Your Arts & Culture news is made possible with support from: center_img Tagged: Be the One, Collaborative Solutions Network, mental health, Racker Centers TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. – At a community summit Monday, about a hundred newly minted “Be the One” ambassadors brainstormed ways to build safe, stable, nurturing relationships throughout Tompkins County.“Relationships are the key to building resilience,” said Jaydn McCune, program director for the Collaborative Solutions Network at Franziska Racker Centers. Decades of research show that safe, stable, nurturing relationships provide a buffer against the consequences of chronic stress and trauma. The “Be the One” campaign, spearheaded by McCune and partners across multiple organizations, is an effort to build resilience in the Tompkins community by fostering supportive relationships.Sally Manning, who works with the Collaborative Solutions Network as the Single Point of Access coordinator for children and youth, opened Monday’s “Be the One” summit with a thought experiment.“Imagine if everyone knew they had a safe, stable, nurturing relationship,” she said.As attendees from teachers to social workers to faith leaders settled in, Manning invited them to look around. “Everyone in this room is probably the one for someone,” she said. “Being the one for someone is such a simple thing.”Participants shared stories over the next few hours that demonstrated how being the one could be both simple and profound.Devra Rivkin shares her “Be the One” story at the campaign launch summit. (Devon Magliozzi/The Ithaca Voice) Devra Rivkin shares her “Be the One” story at the campaign launch summit. (Devon Magliozzi/The Ithaca Voice)Devra Rivkin told the room about a momentous experience in her life: an arrest, without merit, that left her shivering in a jail cell, feeling famished and dehumanized. One officer took pity on her while she sat on the cell floor and passed an apple from her own lunch through the grate. That officer, a young black woman, was Rivkin’s one that day. Later, when the officer received a thank you note from Rivkin during a particularly grueling day of work, Rivkin was her one.“That story, where you don’t even know the effect you’ll have on someone, has touched me for life,” Rivkin said.Rivkin’s story was big. By her own telling, Margo Polikoff’s story was tiny.Polikoff saw a young woman, a stranger, who appeared anxious as she headed into a health clinic. She was pacing in the foyer, hesitating at the door. “Is there anything I can do right now to help you?” Polikoff asked. “How about a hug?” Polikoff doesn’t know how the rest of the young woman’s day or week or year unfolded, but walking out of the clinic together, the woman said she felt no worse off than before that appointment.“What’s really compelling about the ‘Be the One’ campaign for me,” Polikoff said, “is it’s really about everyone, it’s for all of us.” Your local health and human services news is made possible with support from: A speaker suggested anyone could be the one by responding with empathy when people act out. Don’t ask, “What’s wrong with you?” she said. Instead, ask, “What happened to you? What was your experience? Where do we go from here?”At tables across the room, small groups swapped stories of who their “one” is and whose “one” they are. Some supportive relationships had lasted years, while some began and ended in minutes. Some were formal, like those between teachers and students or Big and Little Brothers, while some developed organically between neighbors or teammates.Small groups brainstormed ways to “Be the One” at the campaign launch summit. (Devon Magliozzi/The Ithaca Voice) Small groups brainstormed ways to “Be the One” at the campaign launch summit. (Devon Magliozzi/The Ithaca Voice)Groups shared out ideas for fostering more supportive relationships in schools, community organizations and faith communities. One table suggested creating a wall showcasing acts of kindness, and another suggested mailing thank you notes to people who have been the one and might not even realize it.Since the “Be the One” campaign won a grant from the New York State Office of Mental Health in August, several ideas have already taken flight.About 10,000 “Be the One” bracelets are making their way around the county. “We’re hoping that will inspire 10,000 conversations,” said McCune.School districts, including Lansing and Dryden so far, have talked with campaign coordinators about starting community reads, writing assignments and art projects around building healthy relationships and resilience.A choir recorded a “Be the One” theme song at Sunwood Recording Studios in Trumansburg, and has shared the sheet music, arranged by Stan Stewart and Alice Ploss, with music groups and classrooms throughout Tompkins.Mayor Svante Myrick proclaimed 2019 the “Be the One year” in the City of Ithaca, with a statement touting the campaign’s efforts to “raise awareness about the importance of safe, stable, nurturing relationships as the foundation of individual and community-wide mental health and emotional and physical well-being for all persons regardless of age, race, disability, culture, creed, faith or socio-economic status.”McCune said the campaign is currently in its first phase, focusing on outreach to schools, youth organizations and faith communities. There will be a second summit for community members in May, mental health awareness month, to generate ideas for spreading the message more widely.“It’s a totally inclusive message,” said Nora Rucker, who is working on campaign outreach with the Collaborative Solutions Network. She said schools and community organizations already have the capacity for fostering relationships that build resilience. “The question is how do we equip all organizations with enough information that they can take it and make it their own?”Featured image: An ensemble sings the “Be the One” theme song at the campaign launch summit. (Devon Magliozzi/The Ithaca Voice) Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] or 607-391-0328. More by Devon Magliozzi last_img read more

May 25

Council’s Three Year Capital Programme officially passed

first_img Previous articleLUH one of lowest rates in meeting ambulance turnaround time targetsNext articleLight Your Bike campaign being rolled out in Donegal News Highland FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Twitter Facebook Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Donegal County Council has formally passed its Three Year Capital Programme after a lengthy afternoon of deliberations.Concerns had been expressed particularly in the south of the county over no flood mitigation works for Donegal town, maintenance works to small bridges in the area and funding for new builds for both Ballyshannon and Bundoran fire stations.Questions were also asked over Greencastle harbour with no provision in the plan to complete works there while there are also queries over progress on Buncrana Leisure Centre.However CEO of Donegal County Council Seamus Neely stated this afternoon that the plan is not rigid and can be added to and altered going forward.The plan was proposed by Cllr Ciaran Brogan and seconded by Cllr Bernard McGuinness.Cllr Brogan says it’s a working document and it’s up to the government to come up with a lot of the funding to address some of those outstanding issues:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/brogan5pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Google+ Google+center_img Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 Council’s Three Year Capital Programme officially passed AudioHomepage BannerNews By News Highland – November 25, 2019 Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Harps come back to win in Waterford last_img read more

May 12

RNID blames red tape for hindering access scheme

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article TheGovernment’s scheme to help employers recruit deaf people is failing, a leadingcharity claims.TheRoyal National Institute for the Deaf accuses the Government’s Access to Workscheme, which refunds the extra costs incurred by employers when hiring deafpeople, of being too bureaucratic. TheRNID wants the Government to process applications within four weeks and promotethe scheme more strongly.Thecharity also found that out of 400 employers who took part in a survey, halfwere unaware of the Access to Work scheme.BarbaraGreen, facilities administrator at Middlesex University, told delegates at anRNID breakfast briefing last week that the typical cost of installing equipmentfor deaf people was £350.Greenhas a progressive hearing disorder, but communicates effectively at workthrough textphones and BT’s Typetalk service, which uses an interpreter totranslate text messages. LabourMP Derek Foster, of the House of Commons select committee for education andemployment, said, “More must be done to make the business case for employingdisabled people.” Related posts:No related photos. RNID blames red tape for hindering access schemeOn 20 Mar 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

May 9

Speciation of VOC emissions related to offshore North Sea oil and gas production

first_imgThe North Sea is Europe’s key oil and gas (O&G) basin with the output currently meeting 3 %–4 % of global oil supply. Despite this, there are few observational constraints on the nature of atmospheric emissions from this region, with most information derived from bottom-up inventory estimates. This study reports on airborne measurements of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted from O&G-producing regions in the North Sea. VOC source emission signatures for the primary extraction products from offshore fields (oil, gas, condensate, mixed) were determined in four geographic regions. Measured iso-pentane to n-pentane (iC5 / nC5) ratios were 0.89–1.24 for all regions, used as a confirmatory indicator of O&G activities. Light alkanes (ethane, propane, butane, pentane) were the dominant species emitted in all four regions; however, total OH reactivity was dominated by unsaturated species, such as 1,3-butadiene, despite their relatively low abundance. Benzene to toluene ratios indicated the influence of possible terrestrial combustion sources of emissions in the southern, gas-producing region of the North Sea, seen only during south or south-westerly wind episodes. However, all other regions showed a characteristic signature of O&G operations. Correlations between ethane (C2H6) and methane (CH4) confirmed O&G production to be the primary CH4 source. The enhancement ratio (ΔC2H6/ΔCH4) ranged between 0.03–0.18, indicating a spatial dependence on emissions with both wet and dry CH4 emission sources. The excess mole fraction demonstrated that deepwater oil extraction resulted in a greater proportion of emissions of higher carbon number alkanes relative to CH4, whereas gas extraction, typically from shallow waters, resulted in a less complex mix of emissions dominated by CH4. The VOC source profiles measured were similar to those in the UK National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory (NAEI) for oil production, with consistency between the molar ratios of light alkanes to propane. The largest discrepancies between observations and the inventory were for mono-aromatic compounds, highlighting that these species are not currently fully captured in the inventory. These results demonstrate the applicability of VOC measurements to distinguish unique sources within the O&G sector and give an overview of VOC speciation over the North Sea.last_img read more

May 7

Principle wins Bristol management contract

first_imgPrinciple Estate Management has won the contract to manage a block of flats in Bedminster, Bristol, its first instruction from Pier Management, the asset management subsidiary of the national freeholder Regis Group.Daniel Harrison, Managing Director, Pier Management, said they appointed Principle because they manage other properties in the area, “Regulatory compliance remains a primary focus for the group which made appointing Principle an easy choice as they share this agenda.“We know the directors who formed Principle and they have set themselves up to manage properties to a high standard. We prefer to use RICS Regulated or ARMA Managing Agents as it gives us comfort as a freeholder to know our assets are protected and the residents are looked after from a customer services point of view as well as a compliance aspect.”Brett Williams, Managing Director of Principle, says the company was already taking care of a large development of over 100 units in the regenerated Portishead district of Bristol, so it was well placed to take on new business in the area.He said, “We’re confident of doing a good job for the freeholder and residents and hopeful it will be the first of many instructions from Pier Management.”Regis Group Pier Management Brett Williams principle Estate Management February 25, 2020Jenny van BredaWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Principle wins Bristol management contract previous nextAgencies & PeoplePrinciple wins Bristol management contractThe Negotiator25th February 20200137 Viewslast_img read more

May 3

UPDATE: Zuby speaks about ordeal

first_imgCherwell: How did you feel as events unfolded? What were your initial emotional reactions? Zuby: I felt extremely scared, I was confused, it was shocking. It was crazy because I had had a completely normal day up until that point and then police were pointing guns at me and handcuffing me while I had no idea why. My mind was racing, and it was surreal. C: After the arrest on the platform, how long did it take before the police confirmed that you were not the suspect? What happened during that time? Z: It was about 30-40 minutes before they confirmed it. From the force of their response, you could tell that they, for their part, were 100% certain that I was the guy they wanted. After the arrest I was still in a state of shock and really confused. They told me I was under Section 1 arrest for a firearms offence in Basingstoke – I hadn’t even been to Basingstoke. 30-40 minutes didn’t feel like a short time when I was there – and I had no idea how long it would take before they could confirm my identity. C: You have had a lot of support from your friends – that much is visible from Facebook – how helpful has that been for you? Z: My friends’ support has been great. The main support I’ve had has been from my family, though. They all heard about it and have been great. My fans too have been very supportive. C: There has been a lot of press interest in what happened – have you found it intrusive? Z: The press have definitely been intrusive, especially on Tuesday and Wednesday. I was getting thousands of emails, they were even coming to my house, parked outside, ringing the doorbell. It was pretty crazy. It’s weird, though, because, like lots of my friends are saying, I’ve spent so much time trying to promote my music and then this happens and suddenly the whole country is paying attention. C: Speaking of your music, would you mind telling us what you’re working on at the moment? Z: On that Saturday I had just been in Southampton promoting my new album, ‘The Unknown Celebrity’… It’s being received really well. The incident at Bournemouth has, I guess, introduced a lot more people to what I do.last_img read more