June 12

Provincial correspondent gets three-month suspended prison sentence for using leaked documents

first_imgNews News AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa May 18, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders condemns the three-month suspended prison sentence and fine of 30,000 dinars (350 euros) which a court in the city of Annaba (600 km east of Algiers) imposed yesterday on journalist Noureddine Boukraa for “violating the confidentiality of a judicial investigation by use of classified documents.” The court dismissed additional charges of libel and damaging the “reputation of a state entity” brought by the prosecutor’s office, which had requested a more severe sentence.“Press offences should not be punished by prison sentences, whether suspended or not,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The fragile freedoms available to journalists in Algeria need to be consolidated by means of legislative reform. Boukraa was punished despite respecting and applying the correct procedures for journalistic investigation and verification.”A correspondent for the national Arabic-language daily Ennahar, Boukraa was convicted in connection with a 12 November 2007 article in which, on the basis of leaked documents, he accused members of the police of influence-peddling.————————————————————22.10.2008 Reporters without borders urges dismissal of case after ministry seeks one year jail sentence against journalistReporters Without Borders said today it was shocked that the public ministry had called for a one-year jail sentence against journalist Noureddine Boukraa, at a court hearing in Annaba, 600 kilometres east of the capital Algiers on 13 October 2008. Sentence is due on 26 October.Boukraa, who worked for the daily newspaper Ennahar, was convicted of three charges after the public security chief in Annaba, Draia Messaoud, laid a complaint over an article on 12 November 2007, in which the journalist accused members of the local police force of influence-peddling. He was charged with “breaching the confidentiality of an investigation by using classified documents”, “damaging the reputation of a constitutional state body” and “defamation”. Messaoud, who is a civil party to the case, is claiming 60,000 dinars (700 euros) in damages.The journalist obtained his information from a former head of the security branch of the police force, who has also been charged. Boukraa was held in custody from March to June 2008. “The court has cast doubt on my profession as a journalist by charging me with telling the truth”, Boukraa told Reporters Without Borders. He said the judges did not contest the reliability of what he reported but the fact of divulging the information.“I am in now way obliged to preserve secrecy when an official stops respecting his commitment to public service and is motivated by personal gain”, he added.“Noureddine Boukraa is facing prison for having exposed nepotism within some services of the police. This case shows how some representatives of the public ministry are subjugated to local bosses and their highly-placed protectors,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“It would be completely unacceptable for the journalist to be jailed for having sought to inform the public about certain abuses. We urge the court in Annaba to dismiss and close the case”, it added. Organisation Boukraa has now left Ennahar and is working for the daily newspaper Algérie News. Algeria is ranked 121st out of 173 countries on Reporters Without Borders’ world press freedom rankings released on 22 October 2008. For more information. October 27, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Provincial correspondent gets three-month suspended prison sentence for using leaked documents Help by sharing this information May 12, 2021 Find out morecenter_img April 29, 2021 Find out more Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en to go further Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections Follow the news on Algeria News Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria Newslast_img read more

June 12

Eutelsat is stopping the transmission of the Chinese-language channel NTDTV under pressure from Beijing

first_imgNews News to go further ChinaAsia – Pacific March 14, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Eutelsat is stopping the transmission of the Chinese-language channel NTDTV under pressure from Beijing RSF_en Help by sharing this information News Organisation A high court in Paris, the TGI, dismissed a case brought by Chinese-language New Tang Dynasty Television (NTDTV) appealing against the ending of its contract by satellite provider Eutelsat. Lawyer for the station said he was determined to fight on. At the 16 March hearing, the lawyer for Eutelstat, Jean-Michel Leprêtre, denied there had been any pressure from the Chinese government, saying that the ending of NDTV broadcasts was down to financial concerns. The NTDTV lawyer presented the judge with a copy of a letter to Eutelsat from the Chinese authorities demanding a halt to the station’s programmes.Separately, the judge agreed to Reporters Without Borders’ request to be a party to the NTDTV case.__________________________________________________________________________14.03.2005Reporters Without Borders today condemned the decision of European satellite operator Eutelsat not to renew the contract under which independent, Chinese-language broadcaster New Tang Dynasty TV (NTDTV) uses Eutelsat satellites to broadcast to Asia and China.The press freedom organization called on Eutelsat to allow NTDTV to continue using its satellites, pointing out that the New York-based TV network, which is run by overseas Chinese, had not broken any laws.”Broadcasting in China is cruelly lacking in diversity,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said. “It is regrettable that European companies are yielding to pressure from the Chinese government and that, in this questionable fashion, they are putting an end to the broadcasts of a TV station that has the merit of offering alternative news to a Chinese audience, especially in the People’s Republic of China.”Reporters Without Borders pointed out that the Paris-based Eutelsat is bound to respect the principles of equal access, diversity and non-discrimination under article 3 of the convention governing a company of this kind. Ménard made this point in a letter on 2 February to the head of Eutelsat, Guiliano Berreta, who did not reply.At 3 p.m. on 16 March, a high-level court in Paris will hear the lawsuit brought by French lawyers acting for UCN, the company that produces and broadcasts NTDTV, against Eutelsat and the satellite capacity broker London Satellite Exchange (LSE). Reporters Without Borders’ lawyer will appear before the court to support the lawsuit in the interests of diversity in news and information, in this case, news programmes broadcast by satellite.A Reporters Without Borders representative will also take part in the news conference which NTDTV plans to hold at 2 p.m. on 15 March at the International Press Centre in Brussels.NTDTV accuses Eutelsat and LSE of refusing to let it renew its contract to use Eutelsat’s W5 satellite. To Reporters Without Borders’ knowledge, NTDTV has always respected the conditions of the licence it was granted in March 2004 by the French Higher Council for Broadcasting. There is no legal action or prosecution pending against NTDTV, as there was in the case of the Lebanese TV station Al-Manar.LSE told NTDTV on 20 December that its use of Eutelsat satellites would end on 21 March although the contract it signed in March 2004 stipulates that the agreement would be renewed automatically for a year. Eutelsat denies playing any role in this decision but Reporters Without Borders is aware of a Chinese government instruction to Eutelsat in May 2004 demanding it to “put an end to this broadcasting immediately.”The Chinese information ministry has said that the broadcasting of NTDTV’s programmes “is not authorized in our country” and that “their content violates the laws of the People’s Republic of China.”The Beijing government accuses NTDTV of belonging to the banned Falun Gong movement, which it calls a “diabolic sect.” Members of the movement are severely repressed in China. Many of the TV network’s employees are indeed Falun Gong practitioners, but it offers a wide range of programming, including programmes presented by pro-democracy dissidents and news programmes that are very different from the propaganda on China’s state-owned television network, CCTV.CCTV is available in more than 30 satellite multichannel packages although six would suffice to reach 99 per cent of the world’s population. This massive presence enables the Chinese government to blackmail satellite operators. NTDTV’s contract with satellite operator New Skies Satellites (NSS) for Asia transmission ended on 1st May 2004. Netherlands-based satellite operator NSS had begun broadcasting the channel on open signal to Asia on 1st July 2003. But just three days after the start of broadcasts, NSS encrypted the signal preventing Chinese satellite dish owners from seeing the channel. The decision was taken following threats of financial reprisals against the company made to NSS representatives in Beijing. In January 2004, pressure was intensified to ensure that NTDTV was completely excluded from NSS-6 Asia satellite transmission.In February 2003, it was the Atlanta-based US operator ADTH that broke an agreement in principle to carry NTDTV for fear of losing contracts with other Chinese channels.NTDTV, which says it is now accessible to 200 million viewers around the world, recently won the support of 49 Euro MPs and politicians from European countries who wrote to the head of Eutelsat asking him to “maintain our joint commitment to fundamental European values and agreements, so that this ‘open satellite window’ continues to grow wider.” China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figurescenter_img June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News Follow the news on China ChinaAsia – Pacific China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison April 27, 2021 Find out more Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

June 2

iHeartMedia Announces “iHeartRadio’s Living Black!” Special Event and National On-Air Celebration of Black Culture…

first_img Previous articleDFIN Launches Innovative Purpose-Built ActiveDisclosure; New Software Transforms SEC Regulatory ReportingNext articleTIA Congratulates Sixth Annual Global Sustainability Award Winners Digital AIM Web Support TAGS  Twitter Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Facebook NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan 27, 2021– iHeartMedia, the number one audio company in the United States, announced today the launch of “iHeartRadio’s Living Black!” spotlighting the power of Black culture yesterday, today and tomorrow throughout Black History Month in February. The nationwide on-air celebration will feature the first-ever “iHeartRadio’s Living Black!” special event with performances by Roddy Ricch, 21 Savage, Jhené Aiko, Kirk Franklin and more of today’s biggest Hip-Hop, R&B and Gospel music artists. The special will air on Saturday, February 20 at 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT on iHeartRadio’s YouTube and Facebook pages; iHeartMedia Hip-Hop, Gospel and R&B stations; and the iHeartRadio app. In addition, the month-long “iHeartRadio’s Living Black!” celebration will highlight hundreds of Black artists, influencers and thought leaders through audio vignettes and tributes on 580 iHeartMedia broadcast radio stations in every format. Produced by Emmy and Grammy award-winning producer Rikki Hughes, “iHeartRadio’s Living Black!” special event on February 20 will pay homage to the culture that sets the trends, creates the moments and moves the world. The show will weave once-in-a-lifetime performances into a powerful audio and visual celebration of the Black experience featuring artists, actors, creators and Black leaders who have shaped culture. “Black culture is American culture and this past year especially has resulted in much needed and long overdue conversations about the role of race in America,” said Doc Wynter, Executive Vice President of Urban/Hip-Hop Programming Strategy for iHeartMedia. “‘iHeartRadio’s Living Black!’ will use iHeartMedia’s unparalleled reach to help shape these conversations and celebrate Black culture at scale – reaching hundreds of millions of listeners on iHeartMedia stations across all of our formats.” In addition to the first-ever special event, “iHeartRadio’s Living Black!” will feature conversations that educate, inspire and celebrate the Black experience through a mix of custom tributes from artists and listeners across the nation. Throughout February, today’s biggest artists from Country, Pop, Rock and more will honor the impact and influence that Black people and Black culture has had on their lives and community; iHeartMedia national and on-air personalities including The Breakfast Club – Charlamagne Tha God, Angela Yee and DJ Envy, Steve Harvey and Big Boy will honor trailblazers, modern history makers and future change-makers of Black culture; and hundreds of iHeartMedia stations and shows will invite listeners to call in, post and share their experiences and inspirations each week. Proud partners of this year’s “iHeartRadio’s Living Black!” include Facebook Groups and Rémy Martin, with more to be announced. About iHeartMedia iHeartMedia (NASDAQ: IHRT) is the number one audio company in the United States, reaching nine out of 10 Americans every month – and with its quarter of a billion monthly listeners, has a greater reach than any other media company in the U.S. The company’s leadership position in audio extends across multiple platforms, including more than 850 live broadcast stations in over 160 markets nationwide; through its iHeartRadio digital service available across more than 250 platforms and 2,000 devices; through its influencers; social; branded iconic live music events; other digital products and newsletters; and podcasts as the #1 commercial podcast publisher. iHeartMedia also leads the audio industry in analytics, targeting and attribution for its marketing partners with its SmartAudio product, using data from its massive consumer base. Visit iHeartMedia.com for more company information. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210127005162/en/ CONTACT: iHeartMedia Angel Aristone, 646-343-2410 [email protected] Danielle Vitucci, 646-343-2425 [email protected] KEYWORD: NEW YORK UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: ENTERTAINMENT TV AND RADIO CELEBRITY ONLINE MUSIC EVENTS/CONCERTS SOURCE: iHeartMedia Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 01/27/2021 08:00 AM/DISC: 01/27/2021 08:01 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210127005162/encenter_img iHeartMedia Announces “iHeartRadio’s Living Black!” Special Event and National On-Air Celebration of Black Culture and Impact in America By Digital AIM Web Support – January 27, 2021 WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Local NewsBusinesslast_img read more

May 18

On the right track

first_imgOn the right trackOn 1 Apr 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Scotland’sHealth at Work programme has had a mixed reception since its launch four yearsago. While Shaw’s Rhonda Fraser believes the project fits well with the OHremit, Dorothy Ferguson, chairwoman of the RCN’s Occupational Health Nurses’Forum in Scotland, argues that its lifestyle focus makes it inappropriate.  By Rhonda FraserOccupationalhealth practitioners have suggested that Scotland’s Health at Work (Shaw) onlyrepresents the icing on the cake of workplace health. The “real” workof occupational health and safety must be given priority and only wheneverything is in order can organisations afford the luxury of becoming involvedin health promotion.Butthe programme’s advisers would argue that health promotion is integral to the OHfunction. Good safety cannot be achieved by enforcement of rules andregulations only. It needs to win the hearts and minds of employees, so thatthey share the responsibility for their safety and that of their colleagues.Participation in Scotland’s Health at Work brings a focus and enthusiasm forhealth at work – and creates a culture where health and safety is valued.Launchedin September 1996 as a national workplace health award scheme, the programme’saim is to make the active promotion of good health an integral part of Scottishcorporate culture. CommongoalAll15 Scottish health boards work together on the scheme in collaboration withorganisations, their common goal being to improve health.Itaims to improve both the quantity and quality of health promotion in theworkplace by providing employers with a strategic framework of relevant healthpromotion activity and the incentive of public recognition for good practice. Theprogramme feels that while due emphasis should be given to preventing work-relatedill-health and injury, there is a need to put more “health” into”health and safety” at work by encouraging and supporting employeesto live healthier lives and by developing a health promoting culture. Occupationalhealth professionals have been concerned that Scotland’s Health at Work doesnot require participating organisations to put specific occupational health andsafety measures in place. But while the programme seeks to support occupationalhealth and safety, it is beyond the resources and intention of the scheme tomake judgements on the standards reached by participating organisations inthese disciplines. Muchof the criteria recognises the value of occupational health and health andsafety legislation in the workplace, but there is also a recognition of thewider aspects of health that are not normally tackled by occupational healthprofessionals. For example, human resource, personal development and the roleof the organisation in promoting health in the wider community.Shawhas been welcomed by other occupational health professionals in participatingworkplaces. They have found that the scheme has supported and complementedtheir work, while providing guidance and practical help in the health promotionaspects in which they feel less well qualified.Thereis already evidence of improved attitudes among employees. Health is becomingsomething that is seen and talked about in the participating workplaces, andindividual change, for example, giving up smoking, is being matched by organisationalchange, such as the establishment of staff health forums and mental health anddrugs policies to help create healthier work environments.InFebruary 1998, the Halliburton Group set up an initiative to raise awareness ofhealth throughout its companies. Scotland’s Health at Work came on board and itsoon realised the enormity of the work that lay ahead.Thesheer logistics of providing health information soon became apparent –  with 118 notice boards servicing 68 onshoreand 21 offshore gatekeepers became involved in the updating and displaying ofcurrent topicsQuestionnaireswere issued in the UK to 6,000 staff in the North covering health, safety andenvironmental concerns. The issues raised then had to be addressed in order toachieve their bronze Scotland’s Health at Work award. Thenorthern healthline co-ordinator Penny McIntosh said, “To implement aworkplace health strategy which had to cover 18 separate buildings employing6,750 staff was a daunting task. However, the criteria for the bronze awardrequired by Scotland’s Health At Work was a terrific springboard and helped usenormously.” Alternativeapproach Wherein the past research has highlighted barriers to effective health promotion inthe workplace, Scotland’s Health at Work is providing new opportunities to makea real impact in promoting health at work in Scotland.Manyworkplaces opt for unusual or slightly different approaches to promoting healthat work. For example, Greater Glasgow Health Board’s belly dancing tastersession or Scottish Nuclear’s shiatsu massages. These activities are open toall members of staff and always receive a very favourable response.Anotherfun initiative is a national Scotland’s Health at Work venture – the Max. Itspurpose is to encourage companies large and small to participate in some formof activity in a week-long fitness promotion. Thisyear’s Max event attracted over 150,000 staff from all over Scotland whoparticipated in a variety of activities including a small ships race, a spacehopper challenge, themed lunchtime walks, cycle, football and skippingchallenges, fun runs, hill walks and aerobathons.Itwill take many years to achieve the ambitious objectives that Shaw has setitself. Bringing Scotland’s Health at Work from concept to reality has been achallenge, but the support and commitment of all parties and the enthusiasticresponse from participating workplaces suggests that it can succeed in making adifference to health at work and in the wider community.RhondaFraser works for Scotland’s Health at Work programmeItis accepted that the promotion of health and the prevention of ill-healthfeature within the role of the occupational health nurse1,2,3. Research byMolloy4 points out that occupational health practice embraces all aspects of onemodel of health promotion5. Molloy4also acknowledges the multi-disciplinary approach within occupational health.Collaborative working is a feature of good occupational health practice and isa key part of health promotion as well. The Scotland’s Health at Work awardscheme offers the opportunity to develop partnership working within one area ofthe OH practitioner’s role.Aclear definition of terms is as essential when discussing health promotion inthe workplace as in other spheres of professional activity. It should thereforebe recognised that the health promotion officer’s understanding of”promoting health in the workplace” may be more restricted than theOH practitioner’s understanding of the term. When setting priorities for healthpromotion within the workplace, the OH nurse will include aspects of safety andhazard control, whereas the health promotion officer may focus on lifestyleissues. Whilenot underestimating the importance of lifestyle health promotion, the OH professionalwill first wish to ensure the employees safety at work. Naidoo and Will6 statethat “Unless the organisational context is also considered, and modified,[health promotion] programmes are likely to have limited effect”.Employersmay well welcome the Scotland Health at Work awards and the associatedpublicity. OH practitioners include the education of the employer onoccupational health issues within their remit and so may not be surprised toread that they are positively received by the employers. This does notnecessarily justify this programme as the most appropriate approach within aworkplace, nor indeed endorse the priorities which Scotland Health at Work mayset as being the most crucial issue within any specific setting.Simnett7emphasises the need for evaluation of such activities while exploring thepotential for collaborative working in health promotion. A rigorous evaluationof the scheme would perhaps be appropriate and would be one way to develop thecollaboration between the health promotion worker and the OH practitioner.References1Hodges,D (1997) The role of the occupational health nurse. In Oakley,K.Occupational health nursing. Whurr: London2English National Board & Department of Health.(1998) Occupational HealthNursing. ENB:London3SOHN& AOHNP (1997) Occupational Health Nursing.SOHN &AOHNP: London 4Molloy, J (1995)Health Promotion in the workplace. In Bamford, M Work andHealth Chapman& Hall: London5Tannahill, A (1985) What is health promotion? Health Education Journal,44.167-86Naidoo,J & Wills,J (1994) Health Promotion: foundations for practice.Bailliere Tindall: London7Simnett,I (1995) Managing health promotion Wiley & Sons:Chichesterlast_img read more

May 12

International round up

first_img Previous Article Next Article International round upOn 9 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today This week’s international round upWork health survey ‘should ring alarm bells’Working conditions across Europe are deteriorating, causing an increase in work-related health problems and declining productivity, a survey has found. The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions survey suggests that the percentage of workers suffering due to intense noise and painful working positions has increased over the past decade and the pace of work has risen dramatically, causing large numbers of employees to complain of stress. Foundation director Raymond-Pierre Bodin said, “The survey should ring alarm bells in the European workplace.”www.eurofund.ieEmployers face labour shortage after hours cutEmployers in France are facing severe skills shortages following the introduction of the 35-hour week, last week. Companies employing more than 20 staff will be forced to cut weekly working hours from 39 to 35, which could cause labour shortages as employers struggle to fill the hours shortfall. Recent research by the French government suggested that half of the country’s employers were already having difficulty in attracting suitable employees. There are also concerns about the impact on wages, as competition for staff pushes salaries up. ILO fights discrimination against migrant workersThe International Labour Office is launching training programmes to combat discrimination against the world’s 100 million migrant workers. The schemes will develop best practice on anti-discrimination and pro-integration policies, as well as assisting governments in establishing effective labour-migration management. According to the ILO, migrant workers make a substantial contribution to the global economy, but are often consigned to low-paid and dangerous jobs. www.ilo.orgFight over Euro consultation law set to fail?Britain’s attempts to block European legislation that would force companies to consult employees over prospective restructuring and job losses could fail. So far, Britain has vetoed the directive, but a forecast loss of support from Germany and Denmark could mean the proposal becomes law within the next 18 months. Peter Reid, CIPD consultant on European issues, believes an attempt to push the legislation through will be made after the UK’s general election. Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

May 3

YESTERYEAR-Evansville Riverfront, 1913

first_imgThis view of Evansville’s riverfront was probably photographed from the top of the Pagoda shelter house in Sunset Park, which had been built a year earlier. City officials were attempting to develop and beautify the park, but the weather was not cooperating. In that year, flood waters reached Riverside Drive and deposited debris along the riverfront. A cannon from the Civil War era is still visible near the boat at left, and on the far right is the Gilbert Sanitarium, which was acquired by the Hadi Shriners in the early 1920s.FOOTNOTE: We want to thank Patricia Sides, Archivist of Willard Library for contributing this picture that shall increase people’s awareness and appreciation of Evansville’s rich history. If you have any historical pictures of Vanderburgh County or Evansville please contact please contact Patricia Sides, Archivist Willard Library at 812) 425-4309, ext. 114 or e-mail her at www.willard.lib.in.us.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

March 1

From Visitas participant to chronicler

first_imgI arrived at Visitas 2017 in a trance. I nearly hadn’t applied to Harvard, and I’d been shocked to see “Congratulations, Malia!” in my email inbox on admissions day.When I set foot on campus for Visitas, my acceptance still didn’t feel fully real. Walking through the Yard, everyone seemed so at ease; students were wandering through the Yard casually, and pre-frosh were eagerly exchanging phone numbers and sharing their College aspirations. At the time, I couldn’t believe how relaxed everyone on campus seemed. It hadn’t sunk in that I had been admitted, let alone that I was interacting with incredible, intelligent future classmates from all over the world.Fast-forward a year, and as an intern in the Admissions Office I was responsible for documenting Visitas 2018 on Snapchat. As I navigated events like the research symposium, the activities fair, and brunch in Annenberg, I was transported back to my own Visitas experience.At that time, I was overwhelmed, excited, and eager to begin my time at Harvard — I didn’t know what to expect. When I arrived, my host and her roommates were anxious to share their experiences as freshmen. I came with the misconception that it might be challenging to meet people I connected with, as a first-gen, low-income student. I was worried that my public education in Idaho would not match the intensity of the courses at Harvard. At the time, as my host listed off her classes, “LS1b,” “Expos 20,” and “Ec 10” may as well have been a different language. Now, I am well acquainted with these courses, and happy to report that I was completely wrong about the difficulty of finding friends.Re-experiencing Visitas allowed me to reflect on how much I have grown in just one year. During my own Visitas, I attended a cupcake-making event for a Phillips Brooks House Association program called “Strong Women, Strong Girls,” a mentoring program for girls in underserved Boston neighborhoods. I now serve on its board, and it has been the most rewarding part of my time here thus far. The mentors are a diverse, inspiring group of women whom I am proud to call my friends.I came to College thinking that I wanted to study psychology and neuroscience. While these are definitely still areas of interest, I am also fascinated by the study of history and literature and sociology, thanks to some general education courses I’m taking this semester. Harvard’s liberal arts education has allowed me to explore a wide range of interests, from introductory biology/chemistry to an in-depth survey of the history of capitalism. This structure has not only allowed but encouraged me to study topics that I might otherwise not.As a pre-frosh, I was worried that Harvard would be full of competitive, isolated students. To my pleasant surprise, I have found that the people here are incredibly friendly and open to conversation. Last weekend, I filmed the activities fair for Snapchat, and instead of being overwhelmed by the many clubs available at Harvard, I was happily greeted with smiles and waves from familiar faces, close friends, and strangers alike. As club members handed out candy and blasted music in the Student Organization Center at Hilles, I couldn’t help but smile, thinking about the support that members of the Harvard community have for one another.Malia (far right) and her blockmates will live in Kirkland House next year. Some group members met at Visitas, and the rest met during Opening Days, Harvard’s freshman orientation week. Courtesy of Malia K. Clark ’21On the way back to the Yard, I met a pre-frosh who was looking for a place to work. I reflected on the late nights I have spent this year laboring on a problem set in Cabot Science Library or finishing an essay in Lamont Cafe with friends. When we arrived in the Yard, my entire blocking group happened to be sitting on the chairs outside, listening to music and working together. They directed the pre-frosh to Lamont, playfully calling out, “We’ve created a Lamonster already!”When I talked with some pre-frosh later that night about their Visitas experiences, every one of them said that the best part had been the amazing people they met. I found myself echoing their statements, realizing that the best part of my Harvard experience has been the late-night library sessions and “family dinners” with friends, and (loudly) supporting each other’s art, theater, and dance performances throughout the year. As this year’s pre-frosh shared the events they had been to, and their excitement for College, I was reminded of being in their position just a year ago. I feel a renewed sense of excitement to see how I will change in another short year.As Visitas 2018 came to a close, I am filled with inspiration from the Class of 2022, and I can’t wait to welcome its members to the Harvard community.last_img read more

January 18

No New Emojis In 2021 Due To COVID

first_imgJAMESTOWN – Smart phone users won’t have new emojis to select in 2021.It’s yet another result of the Coronavirus Pandemic.A non-profit group called the ‘Unicode Constortium’ oversees the creation of emojis.They usually get approved in January for release in September. But, the group relies on volunteers. It says people have too much to deal with right now, so it’s pushing back the release date.Some new emojis will come out this year. Those are from this past January’s batch. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 1

AT&T completes Unicel transition, plans 3G in Vermont for late 2009

first_imgAT&T Mobility,As part of its commitment to provide a smooth transition for former Unicel customers in Vermont, AT&T today announced it has integrated all cell sites in the legacy Unicel network AT&T acquired in Vermont, with AT&T’s existing nationwide wireless network. AT&T is moving forward with plans to launch its third generation (3G) mobile broadband network in Vermont later this year. AT&T acquired Unicel in December 2008.This development represents nearly six months of intense labor during which AT&T optimized cell signals in an effort to create the kind of high-quality wireless experience AT&T customers have come to expect across the country, and paves the way for future network enhancements across the state. AT&T’s wireless network in Vermont is monitored twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week at AT&T’s state-of-the-art Global Network Operations Center. This facility manages all of AT&T’s voice and data traffic and provides visibility into network performance in Vermont, allowing the company to better maintain its infrastructure, analyze network performance, and ensure network capacity to meet customer demand. AT&T also has a dedicated network team in place locally, who can be rapidly dispatched to individual cell sites or switching centers, including a newly built AT&T network facility in White River Junction, should the need arise.Since AT&T closed its acquisition of Unicel’s Vermont assets in December 2008, it has added ten new cell sites, bringing new or expanded coverage to customers in Rochester, Wilmington, Lincoln, Williston, Cuttingsville, Essex Junction, Springfield, Westfield, Fairfield and Enosburg Falls. Three additional cell sites are planned for later this year in Plainfield, Poultney and Eden.”The integration and expansion of AT&T’s wireless network is another important step towards our goal of having the assets that will bring mobility and broadband connectivity to every corner of Vermont,” said Governor Jim Douglas. “This is an important economic development tool. If we are to attract good paying companies to locate in Vermont, we must provide broadband connectivity. The State will continue to work closely with AT&T and other service providers who are making critical infrastructure investments in Vermont to help make ubiquitous broadband and wireless access a reality as soon as possible.””While this investment represents a significant milestone, we are committed to bringing expanded wireless coverage and advanced services to our Vermont customers,” said Joseph Divis, vice president of external affairs, for AT&T in the Northeast region. “In fact, with integration complete, we can now begin the task of expanding the nation’s fastest 3G network in to the state.”AT&T is moving forward with plans to launch its third generation (3G) mobile broadband network in Vermont later this year, bringing faster wireless speeds to communities including Burlington, Montpelier, Rutland, St. Albans, Hartford, Ludlow, Brownsville, Windsor, Vernon, White River Junction, West Wardsboro, Jamaica, Brattleboro, West Townshend, West Dover, Jeffersonville, Barre, Waitsfield, Essex Junction, South Burlington, Colchester, Williston, Winooski, Warren, Stowe, Killington, Northfield, Montgomery Center, Bennington, Middlebury and Pownal.AT&T’s 3G wireless network is available in nearly 350 major metropolitan areas in the U.S. and is ranked as the nation’s fastest according to data compiled by leading independent research firms.In response to growing demand for its highly desirable wireless products and services in Vermont, AT&T has added more than 75 new jobs, predominantly sales and customer support positions, across the state. In addition, AT&T is bringing “the store to your door” with a mobile retail store in a retro-fitted RV traveling throughout areas where AT&T has limited brick-and-mortar locations. The RV, a 31-foot AT&T-branded vehicle equipped with the latest wireless devices, has already made several stops this summer in Stowe, Ferrisburgh, Randolph and Thetford. AT&T plans to announce additional RV retail tour locations in the coming weeks.”Our sales team is available to assist customers, especially those transitioning from Unicel, to help them find the right wireless solution to meet their individual needs. Whether they are checking e-mail, uploading video or using award-winning applications like AT&T Navigator, AT&T lets today’s wireless customers make the most of their mobile experience,” added Steve Krom, vice president and general manager for AT&T New England. “From road warriors to texting teens, twice as many Smartphone users in the U.S. have chosen AT&T over any other wireless carrier. We have something for everyone.”There are ten AT&T-owned retail locations in Vermont. AT&T’s products and services are also available at a number of authorized dealer and national retail locations.To find out more details about AT&T’s wireless coverage in Vermont or anywhere in the United States, consumers can go to http://www.wireless.att.com/coverageviewer/(link is external). The online tool provides up-to-date wireless coverage information for specific locations. The tool can measure the quality of coverage based on a street address, intersection, ZIP code or even a landmark.About AT&TAT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s fastest 3G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. AT&T offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse(SM) and AT&T | DIRECTV(SM) brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T’s Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations are known for their leadership in directory publishing and advertising sales. In 2009, AT&T again ranked No. 1 in the telecommunications industry on FORTUNE(R) magazine’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies.Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com(link is external). This AT&T news release and other announcements are available athttp://www.att.com/newsroom(link is external) and as part of an RSS feed at www.att.com/rss(link is external). Or follow our news on Twitter at @ATTNews. Find us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ATT(link is external) to discover more about our consumer and wireless services.(C) 2009 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the AT&T logo and all other marks contained herein are trademarks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies.Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking StatementsInformation set forth in this news release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update or revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise.Source: AT&T. BURLINGTON, Vt., July 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ —last_img read more

December 31

Wood Mackenzie: Global wind turbine supply chain could hit $600 billion annually by 2028

first_imgWood Mackenzie: Global wind turbine supply chain could hit $600 billion annually by 2028 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Smart Energy:The global wind turbine supply chain is expected to generate up to $600 billion per annum between 2020 and 2028, according to a new study released by Wood Mackenzie.Despite the COVID-19 pandemic which is pressing near-term hurdles for the wind energy industry, the market is expected to record 8% growth during the forecast period compared to 2019.The study states that U.S. PTC phaseout post-2020 will spur demand for nearly 5,000 wind towers in 2020, compelling turbine OEMs to increase tower imports into the U.S. despite anti-dumping duties.Wood Mackenzie says higher average turbine prices and a 20% growth in offshore demand reflect a 37% uptick in supply chain potential, representing a cumulative value of $222 billion by 2028. Strategic capital components, such as blades and towers, present a $25 billion cumulative opportunity by themselves.Shashi Barla, a principal analyst with Wood Mackenzie, said: “A rush in installation activity has caused a shortage of blades and bearings. The coronavirus has jeopardised approximately 10-15% of production volumes in China, Spain and Italy. However, Chinese companies resumed production in early March, resulting in a downgrade of only 3GW for 2020 installations.More: Annual revenue for global wind turbine supply chain to hit $600bnlast_img read more