June 12

International support for Roxana Saberi ahead for her birthday

first_imgNews Follow the news on Iran News Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Organisation to go further Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information IranMiddle East – North Africa After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists A total of 35 press freedom organisations have signed a joint appeal by Reporters Without Borders and the Committee to Protect Journalists for the release of jailed Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi, who will be 32 on 26 April.The organisations have called for Saberi’s rights to be respected in a letter to the Iranian justice minister, Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroodi.————————————————————————————-24 April 2009His Excellency Ayatollah Mahmud Hashemi ShahroodiJustice Ministry Bldg.Panzdeh-Khordad (Ark) Sq. Tehran, IranFax: 98 21 222 90 151Your Excellency:As journalists and members of the global press freedom community we are writing to express our concern about the April 17 sentencing of Roxana Saberi to eight years in prison on charges of espionage, after a closed, one-day trial.Saberi is a respected journalist who has lived in Iran for six years. She filed reports for NPR, the BBC, and other international news outlets before her press credentials were revoked in 2006.We call for Saberi to be released. Her judicial guarantees have to be respected, according to international standards.Trusting that you will fairly consider our collective request.Sincerely,ARTICLE 19, U.K. Algerian Centre for the Defence and Promotion of Press Freedom (CALP), Algeria Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), Egypt Associação Brasileira de Jornalismo Investigativo (ABRAJI), Brazil Association of Independent Electronic Media (ANEM), Serbia Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), Canada Cartoonists Rights Network, International (CRNI), U.S.A. Center for Media Studies and Peace Building (CEMESP), Liberia Centro de Periodismo y Etica Publica (CEPET), Mexico Committee to Protect Journalists, U.S.A. Independent Journalism Center (IJC), Moldova Index on Censorship, U.K. Institute of Mass Information (IMI), Ukraine Institute for Reporter Freedom and Safety (IRFS), Azerbaijan Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS), Peru International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Belgium International PEN Writers in Prison Committee, U.K International Press Institute (IPI), Austria Freedom House, U.S.A. Free Media Movement (FMM), Sri Lanka Fundación para la Libertad de Prensa (FLIP), Colombia Maharat Foundation, Lebanon Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), Namibia Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Ghana Media Watch, Bangladesh Mizzima News Agency, India/Burma Norwegian PEN, Norway Observatoire pour la liberté de presse, d’édition et de creation (OLPEC), Tunisia Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), Pakistan Reporters sans frontières (RSF), France Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA), Thailand World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), Canada World Association of Newspapers (WAN), France World Press Freedom Committee (WPFC), U.S.A.For further information, contact Meredith Greene Megaw, at CPJ, 330 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10001, U.S.A., tel: +1 212 465 1004, fax: +1 212 465 9568, e-mail: [email protected], Internet: http://www.cpj.org or Soazig Dollet at RSF, 47, rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris, France, tel: +33 1 44 83 84 78, fax: +33 1 45 23 11 51, e-mail: [email protected], Internet: http://www.rsf.org center_img RSF_en News June 9, 2021 Find out more Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists News March 18, 2021 Find out more April 24, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 International support for Roxana Saberi ahead for her birthday February 25, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

May 12

Welsh council wins top public sector award

first_img Previous Article Next Article Innovative health and safety work by Caerphilly County Borough Council hassecured the top award in this year’s Institution of Occupational Safety andHealth public sector awards. The supreme award in the institution’s Zurich Municipal Awards went to SteveMorgan, corporate safety officer at the council for his DVD health and safetyproduct, Hot metal. The Welsh and English presentation is aimed at students studying metalworkand covers areas such as forging, casting and brazing, offering step-by-steppractical guidance. Morgan said: “We are del-ighted as an authority with this award.” Other winners included Malcolm Brown, health and safety adviser with theLondon Borough of Sutton, and Leicestershire County Council safety adviser MalcolmAlldread. Welsh council wins top public sector awardOn 1 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

March 1

Other notable 1950 graduates

first_imgIn the 60th Anniversary Report for the Class of 1950, where alumni update classmates on the happenings in their lives, here’s a small glimpse.Robert Bly — Bly, the author of several collections of poetry, including “The Light Around the Body,” which won the National Book Award in 1967, also has authored books of nonfiction, translated the works of dozens of non-English-speaking poets, and edited countless anthologies. He has been awarded Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and currently lives on a farm in western Minnesota, where he is the state’s poet laureate.Edward Gorey — The one-time roommate of Frank O’Hara (see later entry), Gorey is most widely known for his macabre illustrations. He often wrote under pseudonyms that were anagrams of his name, notably Ogdred Weary, and illustrated works by Samuel Beckett, Charles Dickens, and T.S. Eliot, among others. He won a Tony Award in 1977 for his costume designs for “Dracula.” Gorey died in 2000, and his former Cape Cod home in Yarmouthport is now a museum called the Edward Gorey House.Henry Kissinger ’50, A.M. ’50, Ph.D. ’54 — Former national security adviser and secretary of state Kissinger is a renowned political mind still sought out by world leaders. The German-born political scientist received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973 for establishing a ceasefire and helping to orchestrate the U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam. He resides in New York City.Frank O’Hara — Once a piano student at the New England Conservatory, O’Hara became an English concentrator at Harvard, where he met poetic luminary John Ashbery ’49, who first published O’Hara’s spunky and autobiographical poems in the Harvard Advocate. Known for “Lunch Poems,” his most popular book, O’Hara was a figurehead of the New York School of poets. He died in 1966.George Plimpton — Journalist, writer, and actor Plimpton enrolled at Harvard in 1944, but graduated in 1950 after a leave for military service. He had a lengthy and eclectic career, becoming the first editor-in-chief of the Paris Review. As a writer for Sports Illustrated, he famously sparred with boxers Archie Moore and Sugar Ray Robinson. He made a brief cameo in “Good Will Hunting,” among other films. He died in 2003.last_img read more

February 27

Dell Technologies Capital Startups Rank High on Forbes “Cloud 100” List

first_imgThe tech media loves lists, and rarely a day goes by when a new one isn’t published. Frankly, it’s hard to keep up with them, but one recent list caught my attention: The Forbes “Cloud 100.” The story accompanying the list invites readers to “meet the hottest private tech companies in cloud computing for 2017.”While it’s great to see many Dell customers and partners on the list, this year it’s especially exciting to see four Dell Technologies Capital portfolio companies in the Forbes “Cloud 100” (all four actually land in the top 40!).Dell Technologies Capital is an active early-stage investor, funding more than 70 startups since its inception five years ago, with the mission of helping founders and their teams develop innovative technology solutions and bring them to market. The investment team is comprised of experienced industry veterans with a strong mix of both operational and investment expertise, giving them not only the insight to identify promising technologies and teams early-on but also the knowledge and skill to help the portfolio companies achieve scale. They do this astonishingly well, investing approximately $100 million dollars annually, and leveraging the power of the Dell brand and Dell Technologies family of companies to deliver innovative, cutting-edge solutions to our customers.Kudos to all our portfolio companies that made the Forbes “Cloud 100” list!  It’s quite a distinction—especially given all the startups and mature companies vying for attention in an increasingly crowded space. These companies all have strong teams, clear vision and amazing technology that is helping customers in a real way—whether that be providing protection against cyber-attacks, enabling storage and analytics platforms for big data, or managing the litany of electronic transactions we all deal with on a daily basis.Below are the four cloud startups in Dell Technologies Capital’s portfolio that made the Forbes “Cloud 100” list. #4 DocusignDocuSign provides electronic signature technology and digital transaction management services. According to DocuSign, more than 200 million people currently use DocuSign to send and sign agreements online.#13 ZscalerZscaler is a leading cloud security company, whose solutions, including the industry’s first Security as a Service platform, are used by more than 5,000 leading organizations, protecting more than 15 million users worldwide against cyber-attacks and data breaches.#17 CylanceCylance’s technology uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to predict and prevent execution of advanced threats and malware at the endpoint. #40  MongoDBMongoDB, Inc. is a software company developing and providing the leading, modern database platform. Built to run applications at scale across a broad range of use cases in the cloud, on-premise or in a hybrid environment, MongoDB works with companies in every industry, from startups to large enterprise organizations.More information about Dell Technologies Capital, including its current portfolio and previous investments, is available at delltechnologies.com/capital.Follow us:Twitter:  @DellTechCapitalLinkedIn:  Dell Technologies Capitallast_img read more

January 18

Meet Kane! Our Pet of the Week

first_imgShare: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) App users, tap here to watch video report.JAMESTOWN – In an effort to help animals find their forever home, WNYNewsNow is partnering with the Chautauqua County Humane Society to showcase animals’ part of our pet of the week segment.This week we are featuring Kane, a large mixed breed three-year-old dog who loves to run and play.Kane loves to chase cats, so we is probably best for a non-feline household. He also is a big fan of walks, and loves to put his nose to ground and follow wherever the scents he can findTo learn more about our pet of the week, contact the Chautauqua County Humane Society at (716) 665-2209 or visit chqhumane.org.last_img read more

January 18

‘S Wonderful! An American in Paris Will Go on National Tour

first_img View Comments C’est Magnifique! An American in Paris will dance its way on a U.S. national tour for the 2016-17 season. Based on the Oscar-winning film, the musical of hope, redemption and romance will announce further details about the production soon.Directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, the tuner tells the tale of a young American soldier, a beautiful French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war.An American in Paris features music by George and Ira Gershwin with a book by Craig Lucas. The show includes the songs “I Got Rhythm,” “‘S Wonderful,” “But Not For Me,” “Stairway to Paradise,” “Our Love Is Here To Stay,” “They Can’t Take That Away” and orchestral music including “Concerto in F,” “2nd Prelude,” “2nd Rhapsody” and “An American In Paris.” The score has been adapted, arranged and supervised by Rob Fisher.The Broadway production officially opened at the Palace Theatre on April 12 and stars Robert Fairchild, Leanne Cope, Veanne Cox, Jill Paice, Brandon Uranowitz and Max Von Essen. An American in Paris Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 9, 2016 Related Showslast_img read more

December 31

Goldman Sachs: Coal construction in Western Europe is over

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Western Europe may already have built its last coal power plant as governments everywhere crack down on greenhouse-gas pollution.That’s the view of Gonzalo Garcia, the global co-head of natural resources at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. While U.S. President Donald Trump is seeking to revive the industry, politicians across Europe are working hard to stop using the dirtiest fossil fuel.German Chancellor Angela Merkel has named a panel of lawmakers from the main political parties to consider when the nation can close its last coal plant. The U.K. has vowed to do so by 2025. And financiers, notably Standard Chartered Plc earlier this week, are getting cold feet about writing loans for new coal plants.“I personally believe that we’re not going to see a new coal plant being built in western Europe ever again,” Garcia said at a conference in Oslo on Wednesday. “It will be very challenging in most OECD countries to build new coal plants. It’s going to become increasingly expensive.”The coal plants that remain open are becoming more expensive to run. Coal for delivery in Rotterdam is approaching $100 a ton, its highest in five years, and the cost of carbon emissions allowances is near the most it’s been in a decade.“It’s going to become increasingly more controversial to keep burning coal,” Garcia said. “So there’s no question the big loser is going to be coal.”More: Goldman says Europe may have built its last coal power plant Goldman Sachs: Coal construction in Western Europe is overlast_img read more

December 18

How to build the perfect emergency fund

first_imgby: Leslie Tayne, Credit.comJust a few days ago, I was surprised to discover my clothes dryer had completely stopped working. The machine had no other signs of wear and tear and was only a couple years old. To make a long story short, after a quick call and visit from the repairman, I found myself stuck with a $200 bill! Luckily, with the help of my emergency fund, I was able to cover the expense without falling back on credit cards or disrupting my regular take-home pay. It’s like nothing even happened.Unfortunately, many people aren’t adequately prepared to manage paying for an unexpected expense or emergency. According to the Federal Reserve’s 2014 Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking, 47% of Americans say that they wouldn’t be able to cover a $400 emergency expense. That lack of preparedness could lead to maxing out credit cards, taking out expensive short-term loans, or worse. So to help you better manage the unexpected, here’s my guide to putting together the perfect emergency fund.Start smallWhile you should eventually build an emergency fund that can handle more serious emergencies (economic downturn, loss of job, etc), you’re going to want to start by putting together a short-term emergency fund. Your short-term fund is meant to take care of unexpected expenses that, while not severe, can still mean trouble if you aren’t prepared. Things like a car repair, replacing a broken window, or getting a parking ticket are all things that can be covered by your short-term fund. Ideally, you’d want this to range anywhere from $500 to $1,000. continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

October 19

Gun battle over El Chapo legacy leaves 16 dead in Mexico

first_imgThe fight for control of drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s legacy spilled into the open on Thursday after a gun battle between rival Mexican gangs left 16 dead, authorities said.The 16 men, heavily armed and wearing bullet-proof vests, died in a six-hour running shootout near the rural town of Tepuche in northwestern Sinaloa province.”A van with seven bodies was located” after an initial clash, while nine bodies were discovered following a second exchange, Sinaloa’s state security minister Cristobal Castaneda told reporters. In the aftermath of the shootings, police confiscated 40 high caliber weapons, 10 grenades, 36,000 rounds of ammunition and 24 vehicles, the official said.Seven of the victims were identified as residents of Tepuche.  Locals flee violence An AFP reporter who drove through the town on Thursday found several houses left abandoned by families who had fled the area in fear of escalating violence.”Most of the people are gone,” said a local resident who gave her name as Modesta. “But we stayed, because we have animals here we have to look after,” the 63-year-old woman said. “But if the government tell us we have to leave, we’ll leave.”Mike Vigil, former head of international operations for the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), said Guzman’s three sons — known as the “Chapitos,” or little Chapos — were engaged in a fight for control of the cartel.”It’s a matter of inheritance. Since their father founded the Sinaloa cartel, they believe they should manage it,” Vigil told AFP.After Guzman’s capture, his sons Ivan, Jesus and Ovidio agreed that Zambada would take over in the interim while they “learned the business,”  said Vigil.”They only knew how to spend the money, but now they know how the cartel operates and they want to take control, and that’s why these disputes are happening.”Vigil said the Chapitos are worried about the future of the cartel if Zambada, a 72-year-old with diabetes, dies and his lieutenants take over. El Chapo’s legacy “The cartel is not yet divided, but it is on that path. Many respect “Mayo” because he is the oldest capo in Mexico, but there is another group that is with the Chapitos because they know that Zambada could die,” the former DEA agent said.A split in the group would likely aggravate Mexico’s gang violence because it would strengthen the rival Jalisco Nueva Generacion (New Generation) cartel.”The Jalisco cartel is the bloodiest cartel, the consequences for Mexico would be unimaginable, and with this government I don’t know how it could be faced down,” said Vigil.President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador favored appeasement when previously challenged by the cartel in October 2019, after Mexican federal forces arrested Ovidio Guzman in Culaican.Guzman was later released on Obrador’s orders after five hours of clashes in Culiacan between the Sinaloa drug cartel and security forces. Lopez Obrador faced sharp criticism for Ovidio Guzman’s release but defended his decision on the grounds that it would avoid widespread bloodshed.Organized crime has remained active in Mexico, despite confinement due to the coronavirus pandemic. Specialists and human rights defenders attribute Mexico’s drug-related violence to a controversial military crackdown on organized crime launched in late 2006 by then president Felipe Calderon. According to official data, since then there have been more than 287,000 murders in the country, though it is not clear how many cases are linked to organized crime. center_img Castaneda said Wednesday’s clash near Tepuche, 25 kilometers from Sinaloa capital Culiacan, was “part of a struggle between two organized crime gangs in the area.”Local media reported the conflict involved members of the Sinaloa cartel — pitching a part of the gang run by the sons of ex-leader “El Chapo” Guzman against a faction led by Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, long considered the group’s number two.The reports pointed to a deep split in what remains one of Mexico’s most powerful drug cartels, despite El Chapo’s 2016 capture and subsequent extradition to the United States, where he is serving a life sentence.Castaneda said the rival groups had clashed on eight separate occasions in the area since May 29. Topics :last_img read more

September 29

ICI fund teams up with Legal & General for 17th buy-in

first_imgThe pension fund has insured some £8.2bn of liabilities through buy-in transactions since 2014. It has struck five such deals with Scottish Widows, and three with Prudential. In addition to the bulk annuity policies, it also has a £2bn liability-driven investment portfolio managed by BlackRock.According to its most recent annual report, in March last year it made the decision to liquidate all its return-seeking assets, the allocation to which had by then been reduced to 3% of total fund assets. As as at the end of March this year it only had £45m of such investments left, representing 0.4% of assets.Aon has estimated that £12.7bn of risk transfer deals were placed in the first half of this year, noting that this used to be the typical market size for the whole year before the strong growth in the market in 2018-2019, fuelled mainly by some large full scheme buyouts.2020, in contrast, has so far been dominated by pensioner transactions, it noted.Yesterday a £930m buy-in for Littlewoods pension scheme with Rothesay Life was announced. ICI Pension Fund is the pension fund for the former Imperial Chemicals Industries, taken over by Akzo Nobel in 2008.The trustee was advised on the transaction by LCP and Allen & Overy.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. ICI Pension Fund completed a £70m (€76m) buy-in with Legal & General Assurance Society in May, its 17th such de-risking deal.With £10.3bn in assets and more than 85% of its membership comprising pensioners, the pension fund is one of the largest and most mature defined benefit schemes in the UK.The buy-in in May was its ninth with Legal & General, with whom it established an innovative umbrella contract in 2014 in connection with a then record-breaking package of liability insurance. “This latest transaction demonstrates the value of [that] contract […] and highlights what can be achieved by trustees with thorough preparation, the right experienced advisors and a clear decision making framework,” said Heath Mottram, CEO, ICI Pension Fund.last_img read more