June 12

Human rights and anti-coup activist gunned down on Tegucigalpa street

first_imgNews 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Organisation RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Follow the news on Honduras News April 27, 2021 Find out more to go further RSF_en Human rights activist Walter Tróchez’s fatal shooting on 13 December in Tegucigalpa is a “cruel reminder that the repression that began with the 28 June coup d’état is far from over,” Reporters Without Borders said today, warning the international community it would be wrong to think that the elections organised by the de facto authorities on 29 November have ended Honduras’s deep political crisis.“Tróchez paid with his life for his commitment to human rights, exposing the truth about the abuses resulting from the coup, and defending sexual minorities,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Ensuring that his murder is punished will be an early, crucial test for the incoming government, which was elected in questionable circumstances and which says it wants to promote national reconciliation. Reconciliation without justice is meaningless.”An active defender of the rights of gays, lesbians and people with HIV/AIDS, Tróchez, aged 25, was also a critic of President Manuel Zelaya’s ouster last June and had been a researcher and spokesman for the Centre for Human Rights Research and Promotion (CIPRODEH) since the coup. He was shot in the chest by a drive-by gunman as he walked along a Tegucigalpa street on the evening of 13 December. Tróchez was beaten and humiliated because of his homosexuality when arrested during a demonstration outside parliament in Tegucigalpa on 20 July. Kidnapped on 4 December by masked men who threatened to kill him because of his anti-coup activism, he managed to escape. The abduction was reported to the authorities the next day but he was not given any protection.The serious violations of the right to news and information since the coup, which Reporters Without Borders and six other international press freedom organisations confirmed during a joint visit to Honduras from 1 to 7 November, were not brought to an end by the 29 November elections.On election day itself, police tried to storm the San Pedro Sula headquarters of regional radio station Radio Uno, equipment was again seized from Radio Globo and the Canal 36 TV station, and Spanish freelance photographer Mario Gazcón Aranda was briefly arrested. On 5 December, gunmen ransacked the headquarters of opposition online newspaper El Libertador, whose editor, Jhony Lagos, has been threatened many times since the coup.As a result of the coup and its aftermath, Honduras’s ranking in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index fell from 99th last year to 128th this year. The index covers 175 countries. December 28, 2020 Find out morecenter_img HondurasAmericas May 13, 2021 Find out more News December 16, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Human rights and anti-coup activist gunned down on Tegucigalpa street RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Reports Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts HondurasAmericas last_img read more

May 25

Almost €100,000 to be invested in Arranmore Island

first_img By News Highland – September 23, 2020 AudioHomepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Almost €100,000 is to be invested in Arranmore Island.The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, announced the funding today under capital grants totalling €370,000 for three islands.The funding will go towards the resurfacing of roads, repairs to sea walls and slipways and work on damaged coastal defences.Councillor Micheal Cholm MacGiolla Easbuig believes much more funding is needed:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/arranmore5pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Previous articleYoung Donegal people playing ‘Russian Roulette’ with Covid-19Next articleWainfest 2020 programme launched News Highland Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Google+ WhatsAppcenter_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Facebook Almost €100,000 to be invested in Arranmore Island Twitterlast_img read more

May 18

What to know about William ‘Rick’ Singer, the lynchpin of the college scam case who claimed to help nearly 800 families

first_imgwellesenterprises/iStock(NEW YORK) — The man at the center of the alleged $25 million college admissions cheating scandal seemed like a nice guy to some of his neighbors. But they say one recent move seemed unusual for him.William “Rick” Singer put his multi-million dollar home, where he had lived for years and where he ran his business, up for sale last month.“It was just kind of sudden and abrupt,” neighbor Carn Darrow told ABC station KABC.“I said, ‘I saw you put your house up for sale. We are sorry to see you going.’ He did tell us because of taxes in the state of California and business,” she said about her conversation with Singer.Singer, 58, has pleaded guilty on charges of racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction of justice. He faces 10 to 20 years in prison.Singer’s home in Newport Beach, California, was listed for sale on Feb. 20, nearly three weeks before the scandal was made public by authorities on March 12.The real estate listing for the five bedroom home describes it as being “located on one of the most sought after blocks in the desirable enclave of Newport Heights.”The listing on real estate site RedFin reports that the home was bought for $1.5 million in 2012 and is now on the market for $2.6 million.That amounts to a fraction of the money that Singer is accused of accepting from parents during his time running a criminal college admission scheme.Singer allegedly handled bribes totaling $25 million from parents between 2011 and 2018 “to guarantee their children’s admission to elite schools,” said Andrew Lelling, the U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts who is involved in the investigation.Investigators allege that Singer had parents contribute to a charity that he ran and he would then, among other things, arrange to either have someone take their children’s SATs or ACTs for them or have their children’s exams corrected in order to get higher scores. Singer also reportedly had deals with certain college coaches, who would allocate spots for the students at the prestigious schools.Rebekah Hendershot co-wrote a book about getting into college with Singer in 2014 and worked with him to help students prepare their college application essays. She told USA Today that she felt pressure from parents to write their children’s essays but “I wouldn’t do that.”A 2005 Sacramento Business Journal profile detailed how, at that time, Singer ran a company called The CollegeSource and charged between $1,500 to $2,500 to help coach high schoolers to get into college. At the time, the company served 724 students and generated more than $1 million in revenue in 2004, according to the article.One parent quoted in the 2005 article who hired him for the counseling service said that he had “instant credibility.”“And he has credibility with the kids. They liked him and trusted him immediately, not because he is a pushover — he takes them to task. I don’t know how, but he gets buy-in from them,” the parent said.On Tuesday, Lelling described how parents agreed to pay Singer to help bolster their children’s applications.“Singer worked with the parents to fabricate impressive athletic profiles for their kids including fake athletic credentials or honors or fake participation in elite club teams. In many instances, Singer helped parents take staged photographs of their children engaged in particular sports,” Lelling said.Singer claimed he “successfully engaged in the same scheme with nearly 800 other families,” according to court documents.Carn Darrow’s husband, Brian Darrow, said that Singer would often come over to their backyard and “help the boys with basketball and always encourage them.”“He’s a very generous guy, was very cordial, seemed very happy, athletic, seemed very successful,” Brian Darrow told KABC. “We really liked him.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

May 12

Home is where the hard work is says survey

first_imgHome is where the hard work is says surveyOn 14 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. People who have switched to working from home typically work longer hoursthan they did when they were office-based. Research from Norwich Union helps to explode the myth that working from homemakes for a cushy life. Nine in 10 people working from home say they made the change for a moreflexible lifestyle or to spend time with their family. But in reality, the majority admit they work longer hours than their officecounterparts. In fact, two in five homeworkers say they work more than eight hours a day,and more than three-quarters find themselves working at weekends. The Homeworking Reality study reveals that the working week is longer than45 hours for almost half of all employees working from home. last_img read more

May 7

Sinopec, Air Liquide open two hydrogen fuel stations in China

first_imgThe two stations are claimed to be the first to provide combined commercial gas and hydrogen fuel services in the country Image: The two new hydrogen stations launched in Shanghai, China. Photo: courtesy of PRNewsfoto/Sinopec. China Petroleum & Chemical (Sinopec) and French company Air Liquide have commissioned two hydrogen stations in Shanghai, China.The two stations, named West Shanghai Petrol and Hydrogen Fueling Station and Anzhi Gas and Hydrogen Fueling Station, are claimed to be the first to provide combined commercial gas and hydrogen fuel services in China.The hydrogen stations feature advanced technologiesThe two hydrogen stations with advanced technologies have been developed as part of the first project signed between Sinopec and Air Liquide.The collaboration aims to contribute to Shanghai’s efforts to become a hydrogen energy harbour and support the development of the ‘Hydrogen Corridor’.Equipped with two gasoline tanks, the two secondary gas and hydrogen fuelling stations feature two diesel tanks and four hydrogen tanks.Additional features of the stations include two 12-pump fuel dispensers, two four-pump 35MPa hydrogen dispensers, and a reserved 70MPa hydrogen dispenser.Constructed as per the upgraded 70MPa standard, the pipelines of the two stations meet the requirements of both 35MPa and 70MPa car owners.With a daily capacity of 1,000kg, the combined gas and hydrogen fuelling stations will serve public transportation, logistics, and passenger vehicles.Sinopec, in a statement, said: “Unlike previous petrol and hydrogen fueling stations that separate gas and hydrogen, the new project combines them. Sinopec achieved this by recycling the former gas station to create a secondary energy complex.“The benefits of this innovative new concept of construction results it better land conservation, reduced waste and lower safety risks.”The city earlier announced its midterm goal of “Shanghai Fuel Cell Vehicle Development Plan” to have 50 hydrogen stations by 2025.As part of this effort, Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical plans to utilise the land from 580 existing gas stations to build a new generation national network of stations.Earlier this year, Air Liquide had purchased a stake in US-based FirstElement Fuel (FEF), a company that sells retail hydrogen for vehicles powered by fuel cells, for $12m.The investment is expected to help Air Liquide in ramping up and deploying hydrogen fuelling infrastructure across California, including further expansion of FEF’s ‘True Zero’ branded retail hydrogen station network.last_img read more

May 3

Album Review: Cat Powers-‘The search for a black pen and other stories’

first_img3/5An album of covers?  As Amstell would say, “it stinks of Ronson”, but Cat Power’s new album is definitely a less indulgent piece.  With one original exception, Power has covered an eclectic group of songs, including a re-interpretation of one of her own songs, ranging from Sinatra to Joni Mitchell, and put her own spin on it.  The result is an enjoyable, eminently listenable album.Whilst there may have been a danger that the songs would be too voice-oriented, given both her previous work, and what must have been a great temptation to move the songs as far into her own territory as possible, there is no gratuitous over-singing, a la Regina Spektor.  If anything, the instrumentation is the star of many of the songs, with the percussion element of the album particularly strong; if anything, it almost distracts from her voice.  More than once did it feel like Power’s voice was merely a supporting act to slick, well thought-out instrumentation.It would be hard to imagine any of the songs setting the world alight as single releases, but there are definite highlights.  The strong opening track, the cover of “New York” immediately grabbed my attention (although again, as much because of the compelling sound of the instruments as her voice), whilst the cover of Silver Stallion was an unexpected unplugged treat, amidst the electro-acoustic sound of the rest of the album.  The album feels a little front-loaded, though; the last 15 minutes of the barely 40 minute album melts together a bit.I can’t help feeling that she didn’t have that much fun making it, (and if anyone had fun, it was definitely the drummer).  The album is good, especially as unintrusive background music, but there is no obvious sign that she let her imagination go. However, it would frankly be a lie to say this isn’t worth listening to, because it really is, if you’re even remotely a fan of Power or acoustic music.by Fayyaz Muneerlast_img read more

May 3

Confusion at OUSU over Free Education vote

first_imgOUSU Council has voted to provide £200 of funding for transportation to a Free Education protest scheduled for Wednesday 19th November in central London. The vote took place on Wednesday night amongst much confusion with both the debate and the voting mired in procedural issues.The original motion, proposed by OUSU Disabled Students Officer James Elliott and seconded by OUSU Access and Admissions Officer Annie Teriba, called for OUSU “to support free education as a policy and the NUS campaign against fees and debt”, as well as to provide financial and organisational support.However, OUSU Council only agreed to provide the financial and organisational resources requested, voting to delay debating Free Education as OUSU policy until a vote in 3rd week. The decision followed complaints from several JCR Presidents that they had not been given enough notice about the motion to consult students on the issue.The version of the motion passed at OUSU Council requires OUSU to organise subsidised transport from Oxford to the demonstration and to sell tickets for it. The planned protest was first called by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts (NCAFC), and has since gained support from the National Executive Council of the NUS, the Student Assembly Against Austerity, the Young Greens, as well as a number of universities including Manchester, Sussex, Brighton, Royal Holloway, Sheffield and Aberdeen. However, other student groups, such as Labour Students, have said that they will not be supporting the protest.Speaking about the motion, James Elliott, who is also a member of the National Executive Council of the NUS, told Cherwell, “I’m delighted the vote passed, and that OUSU is standing up for students in the fight for free education. While some argued we should have sat on our hands and done nothing, I encourage those who think education is about more than profit to join us on the demonstration.” “The first Council of the year is always full of first time attendees — I fear their experience on Wednesday will not inspire them to return and participate. Council has to be accessible and understandable, and instil confidence that the system works. I question whether the current Chair has the ability to deliver this.”Hertford JCR President Josh Platt added, “Myself and some other JCR presidents were very concerned that we had not been allowed any time to consult our Common Rooms on such an important issue as free education. The agenda for the meeting was not sent round JCR presidents until late Wednesday morning, so there was no way we could have effectively represented the student opinion in our colleges. Now that the debate on the substantive part of the motion has been pushed back to 3rd Week, I’m looking forward to hearing the views of our student body on how education in this country should be funded.”In response to concerns about how the meeting was run, Chair of OUSU Council Anna Bazley told Cherwell, “We take student feedback very seriously at OUSU Council and will take everything into account following the meeting last night.“The complete agendas for all future councils will be sent out on the Friday before council to ensure that Presidents and Representatives are able to consult their Common Rooms beforehand. We will also ensure that all future councils have a projector to re-affirm our commitment to paperless Council and to enable any changes to motions or the agenda to be visible to all members of Council.“Regarding the procedural motion, I apologise for the fact that due to a miscommunication, proper procedure wasn’t followed. Council processes are in place for a reason and I would like to apologise to anyone who was unable to vote or voice their opinion due to this mistake, and to anyone who felt alienated or confused by the lack of order that followed. I would invite anyone to attend third week council where the majority of the motion will be debated in full.”The pledging of £200 of OUSU funding from the campaigns budget follows Balliol JCR on Sunday unanimously passing a similar motion to support the demonstration, which was amended to provide £100 in funding — double the original £50 requested by the motion. OUSU VP for Academic Affairs James Blythe, referring to the division of the motion over various meetings, commented, “I’m glad Council decided to spend its money to allow students who are passionate about their cause to demonstrate and be part of a significant, nationwide student movement. That is totally separate from the setting of OUSU policy on education funding, which we’ll be debating in 3rd week. I look forward to that discussion in Council. All those involved are committed to having a constructive, open and respectful debate.”The motion, which follows the postponement of cuts to the Disabled Student Allowance and the student loan book sell-off, referenced the total abolition of tuition fees in Germany earlier this month. The debate over free education at OUSU Council also comes after comments by Oxford University Vice-Chancellor Andrew Hamilton in October 2013, which suggested tuition fees should be raised to up to £16,000 per year.However, the passing of the Free Education motion was marred by disorder when, following an initial debate, voting on whether to adopt Free Education policy was moved to 3rd week, after a procedural motion. This delaying motion was initially declared to have passed after a majority voted in favour, with a large group of primarily pro-voters leaving the meeting shortly afterwards.However, after many of the voters had left, the chair realised that the procedural motion vote had been wrongly conducted.A revote thus occurred, with some college representatives missing. A period of confusion then followed and the motion was eventually voted on in parts, with the decision of OUSU to fund and organise the protest transport passing 32 to 15, with 7 abstentions.Former Chair of OUSU Council Jack Matthews commented, “Wednesday’s Council was a complete farce. Putting aside the failures leading up to Council, which restricted Reps’ ability to consult Common Rooms on this most important of issues, the meeting itself descended into chaos. Members were left confused and frustrated — at one point several people left having been incorrectly led to believe the meeting had finished. There was a complete lack of leadership and guidance from the Chair.last_img read more

April 20

Press release: Driver who killed best friend now jailed

first_img This was a sad example of deliberate, very dangerous driving that has caused the death of a young man and devastated a family. I feel the increased sentence better reflects the seriousness of the offence and I hope this will provide some comfort to the family at this very difficult time. A driver who killed his best friend will now serve time in prison after Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC MP referred his original sentence to the Court of Appeal as unduly lenient.Stephen Whilde, 24, was driving his modified car 20 mph over the speed limit when he failed to negotiate a right hand bend, causing the vehicle to crash into a hedgerow. A piece of wooden fence struck the passenger, William Bye, 24, killing him.The passenger was filming the drive leading up to the crash in November 2016. The footage was used by police and prosecutors.Whilde was originally sentenced to 2 years in custody, suspended for 2 years last November at Shrewsbury Crown Court. The Court of Appeal quashed his suspended sentence and replaced it with an immediate 3 year prison sentence. Whilde has also been disqualified from driving for 4 and a half years.Whilde has been ordered to surrender to Shrewsbury Police Station by 4pm today .Speaking after the hearing, the Solicitor General said:last_img read more

March 1

John Lithgow: An actor’s journey

first_imgActor John Lithgow ’67, Art.D. ’05, has enjoyed an extraordinarily varied career, playing both dramatic and comedic roles on television, film, and stage.He played a transgender woman in “The World According to Garp,” a minister in “Footloose,” a serial killer in “Dexter,” an alien in “Third Rock From the Sun.” Most recently, he starred as Winston Churchill in “The Crown.”In a taped interview, Lithgow sat down with the Gazette to talk about how he got his start in acting, his formative years in theater on campus, and his deep affection for Harvard.Lithgow will receive the 2017 Harvard Arts Medal on Thursday in a ceremony that kicks off the 25th anniversary of Arts First, the annual spring festival of free performances that he founded. Harvard President Drew Faust will present the award at 4 p.m. at Loeb Drama Center. (Admission is free, but tickets are required, either from the Harvard Box Office at 10 Holyoke St., by calling 617-496-2222, or by visiting www.boxoffice.harvard.edu. Phone and online orders have service fees.)last_img read more

January 1

U-Haul ranks Vermont and Michigan as top 2010 growth states

first_imgJanuary – December 2010 U-Haul International, Inc, today released the results of the annual U-Haul National Migration Trend Report, reflecting the nation’s top growth states for families who moved during 2010. The report, titled “2010 Top 10 U.S. Growth States,” indicates that for states with more than 20,000 families moving, Michigan had the highest percentage of growth, with 3.14 percent more families moving into the state than out, moving Kentucky to sixth place from last year. For states with 5,000 – 20,000 families moving, Vermont had the highest percentage, with a growth rate of 19.46 percent in 2010. 9.NORTH CAROLINA0.93% With More Than 20,000 Families Moving 2.MAINE13.41% 6.IOWA2.28% 3.DELAWARE8.23% 7.OHIO1.25% 10.CALIFORNIA0.75% 5.NORTH DAKOTA3.61% RANKSTATE%GROWTH January – December 2010 “The average American moves 11 times in a lifetime,” explained U-Haul President of Phoenix Operations John “J.T.” Taylor. “Our customers rely on us to provide affordable services, and we are proud to be able to offer families who need moving services the increased convenience of our locations, which makes for a shorter distance to travel when moving. This not only makes their move easier but also has the positive effect of reducing the amount of carbon emissions released into the atmosphere and saves our customers money.”The report, reflective of growth patterns of the United States during 2010, was compiled based on nationwide trends in states with more than 5,000 families moving in or out of the area. Growth was then determined by calculating the percentage of inbound moves vs. outbound moves for each state.The 2010 Top 10 U.S. Growth States Report was compiled from more than 1.4 million U-Haul one-way truck transactions occurring during a recent 12-month period.About U-HaulSince 1945, U-Haul has been the choice for the do-it-yourself mover, with a network of more than 16,300 locations in all 50 States and 10 Canadian provinces. U-Haul customers’ patronage has enabled the Company to maintain the largest rental fleet in the do-it-yourself moving industry with approximately 104,000 trucks, 80,000 trailers and 36,000 towing devices. U-Haul offers more than 406,000 rooms and 36 million square feet of storage space at nearly 1,100 owned and managed facilities throughout North America. U-Haul is the consumer’s number one choice as the largest installer of permanent trailer hitches in the automotive aftermarket industry. The Company supplies alternative-fuel for vehicles and backyard barbecues as one of the nation’s largest retailers of propane.U-Haul was founded by a Navy veteran who grew up during the Great Depression. Tires and gas were still rationed or in short supply during the late 1940s when U-Haul began serving U.S. customers. Today, that background is central to the U-Haul Sustainability Program: “Serving the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Our commitment to reduce, reuse and recycle includes fuel-efficient moving vans, neighborhood proximity, moving box reuse, moving pads made from discarded material and packing peanuts that are 100% biodegradable. Learn more about these facts and others at uhaul.com/sustainability. PHOENIX, Feb. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — U-Haul International, Inc 4.WASHINGTON1.53% U-Haul Top 10 U.S. Growth States 1.VERMONT19.46%center_img 9.WYOMING1.46% 1.MICHIGAN3.14% RANKSTATE%GROWTH 7.DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA1.98% U-Haul Top 10 U.S. Growth States 2.TEXAS1.67% 10.WEST VIRGINIA0.52% 8.UTAH1.88% 4.OREGON6.01% 6.KENTUCKY1.30% With 5,000 – 20,000 Families Moving 5.COLORADO1.38% 3.MARYLAND1.61% 8.NEW YORK1.21%last_img read more