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Postcode Local Trust offers £1.5m ‘grass roots’ funding pot

first_img Tagged with: environment People’s Postcode Lottery AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis14 Postcode Local Trust offers £1.5m ‘grass roots’ funding pot  75 total views,  3 views today Funding for environmental projects is available for the second time this year from the Postcode Local Trust.£1.5m is available, with the Trust seeking projects that will improve local ecology and habitats, encourage bio-diversity and benefit the wider environment. Groups can apply for funding ranging from £500 – £20,000.In the previous funding round at the beginning of 2016, almost 200 projects receive an award from players. Beneficiaries included Buglife, which received £17,337 for its North Lanarkshire’s Buzzing project to help transform four hectares of amenity grassland into diverse meadows using native species of wildflower. Vauxhall City Farm also received £14,840 to enable it to purchase the necessary resources to run over 200 farm workshops.This round of funding opened for applications on 1st September and will remain open until 5pm on 30th September. Applicants must visit the Trust’s Applying for a Grant page and fill in an online form.Rebecca Whitley, trust manager of Postcode Local Trust, said:“We had such an amazing response to the first funding round and it’s incredible to think that players of People’s Postcode Lottery have supported almost 200 projects in this category already. We really hope to repeat the success of the previous round and we’d love to hear from the many grassroots initiatives that have exciting projects up their sleeves that need support.” Melanie May | 9 September 2016 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.  76 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis14 Advertisementlast_img read more

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$15 per hour, what’s next?

first_imgFrom coast to coast, momentum continues to build behind the struggle of low-wage workers fighting for $15 per hour and a union, an effort which began nearly three years ago. The week of July 20 was marked by several major victories for this movement.On July 21, Los Angeles County approved a $15 minimum wage to be phased in by 2020. This follows in the footsteps of the city of Los Angeles, which last month passed a $15 minimum wage that will be implemented on the same time line.In Baltimore on May 2 protesters demanded ‘alivable wage’ as well as ‘Justice for Freddie Grey.’WW photo: Monica MooreheadIn May, New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo instructed the state’s Department of Labor to convene a wage board to examine wages in the fast food industry. Cuomo’s announcement came just weeks after an April 15 mobilization by low-wage workers, the largest day of action to date in the growing movement. Hundreds of thousands had hit the streets across the U.S. and in several other countries.The day following the announcement by Los Angeles County, the New York state Wage Board concluded its hearings and issued a proposal to raise wages for fast food workers in the state to $15 per hour. This proposal, which would affect 180,000 workers in the state’s fast food industry, is expected to be enacted by Acting Labor Commissioner Mario Musolino in the coming weeks. The recommendation from the Wage Board would institute a $15 wage in New York City by 2018 and in the rest of the state by 2021.The victory in New York state is the largest and farthest reaching to date. It follows major cities across the U.S. that have raised their minimum wage to $15 in recent months — including Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Other cities — Washington, St. Louis and others — are currently considering a $15 minimum wage. Still others have recently passed significant increases just short of $15, such as Chicago and Kansas City, Mo.Where do we go from here?It goes without saying that these are monumental victories that will have a dramatic impact on the lives of many working people in the U.S. These victories would not have been possible without the bravery of low-wage workers across the country who have relentlessly organized and gone on strike over the last two and a half years. All congratulations are due to them.When this movement began in 2012, a $15 minimum wage was scoffed at by every politician and bourgeois policy pundit. Now, $15 is the baseline of every discussion on the minimum wage in the U.S.It is an understatement to say that Cuomo and similar politicians who have passed these wage increases are no friends of working people. All of this shows that it is class struggle and the balance of power between workers and capital that is the motive force of history.  We must remember that it is militant action by workers, exemplified in the strikes that low-wage workers have conducted, that made these victories possible, not the actions of politicians.Noticeably absent, however, from these $15-minimum-wage increases is any discussion of building a union of low-wage workers. This is still a critical question for the movement. As important as these victories are, without an organization of workers to exercise power to enforce and expand upon these accomplishments, there is a very real possibility that they could be vanquished or that the bosses will find ways to undermine them.This movement — and particularly these $15 victories — opens space to unleash a much broader, classwide struggle for not just higher wages, but power for workers in this country to take back from the banks and corporations the wealth that is being stolen from our communities every day. Think of how the struggle could reach new heights if the low-wage workers’ movement and the Black Lives Matter movement joined forces in a more substantial way.Making central the fight against racism and police terror as part of the low-wage workers’ movement is even more critical right now. The prospect of this is terrifying to corporations, banks and the politicians who serve them in every office of government.It seems too that, unfortunately but not surprisingly, many of the unions are reluctant to see this happen. It remains to be seen how they will summarize these recent developments and progress from here. But it will be up to the workers and the rest of the revolutionary movement in this country to help realize the potential that could be seized in this period.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Mass protests lead to arrest of Burkina Faso coup leader

first_imgGen. Gilbert Diendéré, who led a coup aimed at derailing upcoming elections in Burkina Faso, was arrested on Sept. 30 in the Burkinabe capital of Ouagadougou.Earlier reports suggested that he had gone to the Vatican representative’s residence in the capital of the impoverished and underdeveloped West African state. The coup was designed to derail the national elections, which were scheduled for Oct. 11.The 1,200-strong presidential security regiment (RSP) had refused to disarm, even after an agreement had been reached through negotiations mediated by the regional Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Broader elements within the Burkinabe military had entered the capital threatening to disarm the RSP by force if they did not return to the barracks.The Associated Press reported that Diendéré said, “I am willing to turn myself over to face justice. I would like the people of Burkina Faso to find a solution to this crisis through dialogue. All parties must talk to find an inclusive solution for the future of the country.”Due to the political crisis, the elections have been postponed to a later date.A national uprising against the dictatorial rule of ousted military leader turned head-of-state, Blaise Compaoré, during late October 2014, created the conditions for the formation of an interim government. After intensive negotiations, Michel Kafando and Isaac Zida were named temporary president and prime minister respectively .Hundreds of thousands of workers and youth took to the streets demanding an end to the 27-year rule of Compaoré. The leader soon fled to neighboring Ivory Coast, where he has close political and family ties.In order to calm the October 2014 revolt, military and political forces agreed to hold internationally supervised elections one year later. A coalition of parties claiming the political legacy of revolutionary socialist leader Capt. Thomas Sankara pledged to run as a bloc during the elections.The coup this Sept. 16 placed Kafando, a career diplomat, and Zida, a former military official, under detention. The two were eventually released and have returned to their positions.Diendéré was a longtime intelligence director for the 1,200-member elite RSP, which worked closely with French and U.S. imperialism. Fear that the RSP would be disbanded and some of its members prosecuted for war crimes against the people probably led to the coup. In addition, political parties allied with Compaoré were barred from participating in the national elections.Mass demonstrations, international pressure and dissent within the broader military forces finally converged to force Diendéré to surrender on Oct. 1. Earlier, he had refused to disarm for several days in the wake of a brokered agreement by the ECOWAS.Interim leaders pledge to continue transitionAfter his release, President Kafando traveled to New York City to address the 70th United Nations General Assembly. He said: “The transition I am leading is the result of a popular uprising in October 2014. It is a response to the arbitrariness, nepotism and injustice of an anti-democratic regime.” He called those behind the Sept. 16 coup, “heinous.” (U.N. News Center, Oct. 2)Burkinabe Confederation of Labor leaders are demanding that Diendéré be put on trial for the coup as well as other crimes, such as involvement in the assassination and overthrow of Capt. Thomas Sankara, the revolutionary leader who ruled the country during the 1983-1987 period.The labor federation, which represents 17 unions, had staged a general strike in opposition to the coup. Their efforts were instrumental in bringing the RSP to the negotiating table with the ECOWAS mediators.Secretary General of the Confederation of Labor, Bazie Bassolma, outlined what he thought was the proper course to take in bringing the coup makers to justice. Bazie said of the 10 people killed and others wounded fighting the coup: “We also know that at this moment there are many bodies in our hospitals. So we need to try him [Diendéré] to get justice for our people.” (VOA, Oct. 1)Bassolma accused Diendéré of playing a negative role not only regarding Thomas Sankara, but also Dabo Bokari and Charles Taylor in Angola and Liberia. He insisted the Burkinabe people will not accept amnesty for him.The labor leader appealed to the Burkinabe people from across the country saying: “You know the solution to our problem is not in elections. If we are not organized, if we are not mobilized, it would be difficult to find solutions to our problems.” He also expressed his gratification to the people throughout the continent.Growing economic crisisDespite the positive reports about the phenomenal growth of African economies, countries like Burkina Faso have not been able to translate the escalation of foreign direct investment (FDI) into better living standards for workers, farmers and youth. Burkina Faso is the fourth largest producer of gold in Africa but remains one of the poorest countries in the world.Even leading exponents of FDI such as Mo Ibrahim, a wealthy African business person, are worried. He said recently that he is concerned about the immediate prospects for growth and development on the continent considering the precipitous decline in oil and other commodity prices.In an interview published by the Wall Street Journal on Oct. 5, Ibrahim said: “Things are stalling. We can’t pat ourselves on the back and pretend everything is hunky-dory. It’s not.”This same Wall Street Journal article noted: “An annual index of economic, political and developmental indicators compiled by Mr. Ibrahim’s philanthropic foundation and released Monday (Oct. 5) showed that the security and business environment in many of Africa’s 54 nations isn’t improving as rapidly as a decade ago, when the continent was hailed as the next great global economic frontier.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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¡Manos de Estados Unidos fuera de Venezuela!

first_imgEn la reunión del Tratado Interamericano de Asistencia Recíproca (TIAR) en Bogotá, Colombia, el 3 de diciembre, unos 15 países tomaron medidas contra el gobierno bolivariano de Venezuela. Restringieron los viajes de los principales miembros del gobierno venezolano, incluidos su presidente y vicepresidente.Este paso hostil de estos países, cuyos gobernantes de derecha están subordinados al imperialismo estadounidense, es una señal de que Washington planea intensificar su ataque contra el gobierno y el pueblo venezolano.En una entrevista de Margaret Flowers y Kevin Zeese de Resistencia Popular, el activista venezolano con sede en Nueva York William Camacaro explicó estos puntos con gran detalle. Camacaro, que participa activamente en el Comité de Solidaridad con Venezuela NYC y organiza viajes de soberanía alimentaria a Venezuela, alertó a las personas en los Estados Unidos para instarlos a tomar medidas para defender a Venezuela.Camacaro discutió cómo el gobierno del presidente Nicolás Maduro cuenta con el respaldo del ejército de Venezuela y ha organizado milicias populares para defender al gobierno elegido democráticamente. Debido a este apoyo, el gobierno de Caracas ha impedido que los agentes de Washington realicen un golpe de estado, que han intentado instigar desde principios de este año.Camacaro enfatizó la seriedad de la reunión TIAR y las amenazas provenientes del régimen colombiano. También describió la postura peligrosa y agresiva del imperialismo estadounidense como levantamientos masivos en todo el hemisferio que han puesto bajo ataque el neoliberalismo respaldado por Estados Unidos. También habló sobre el golpe militar-fascista en Bolivia y algunas de las diferencias entre Venezuela y la Bolivia de Evo Morales.La entrevista entrega un mensaje que los activistas contra la guerra y antiimperialistas en los Estados Unidos deben tomar en serio: debemos mantener nuestro nivel de defensa del gobierno del presidente Maduro.Nuestro partido Workers World Party/Partido Mundo Obrero continuará apoyando el proceso revolucionario venezolano y el gobierno de Maduro, y también apoya el llamado de Camacaro al movimiento aquí para mantenerse alerta y tomar las medidas apropiadas.Dirigimos a nuestros lectores al texto completo de la entrevista con Camacaro, publicada el 7 de diciembre en popularresistance.com, que también se puede encontrar en tinyurl.com/uegr5l5.¡Imperialismo estadounidense, fuera de América del Sur y el Caribe!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Higher Fall Crop Prices Trigger Harvest Option for Corn and Soybeans

first_img Previous articleHoosier Ag This Week- The Week in Review Podcast for November 7thNext articleU.S. Soy Sales to China Slowing Down Andy Eubank Higher Fall Crop Prices Trigger Harvest Option for Corn and Soybeans SHARE By Andy Eubank – Nov 8, 2020 SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Higher Fall Crop Prices Trigger Harvest Option for Corn and Soybeans Audio Playerhttps://hoosieragtoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Farm-Bureau-on-commodity-prices-rise.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.This fall’s commodity market rally means crop insurance coverage under the revenue protection policy will be based on the fall harvest price for corn, soybeans and cotton. American Farm Bureau Federation Chief Economist John Newton says the revenue protection policy with the harvest price option is one of the most popular crop insurance products.“When a farmer suffers a crop loss the harvest price option indemnifies the grower at the higher of the spring price or the harvest price, and the spring price is discovered in February, and the harvest price was discovered during the month long period of October,” Newton explained.This is the first year since 2012 the harvest price was triggered for corn, and the first time since 2016 for soybeans and cotton.“The spring prices for corn, soybeans and cotton were announced earlier this year at $3.88 per bushel for corn, $9.17 for soybeans and 68 cents per pound for cotton,” Newton said. “And all three of those crops have a higher harvest price this year. Soybeans are now $10.55 per bushel, $3.99 per bushel for corn, and 69 cents per pound for cotton. So, crop insurance policies will use these higher prices when determining the revenue guarantees.”Newton says the harvest price option provides more support for farmers and ranchers who suffered a crop loss this year.“Well, for any producers that suffered a crop loss during 2020, this growing season, or reduced yields due to adverse weather, the higher harvest prices will help a producer by indemnifying at the replacement value of the new crop. So, this does provide more support for those farmers and ranchers that have suffered a crop loss this year.”Learn more on the Market Intel page at fb.org.Source: American Farm Bureau Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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News providers decimated in 2012

first_imgNews Despite the UN Security Council’s adoption of Resolution 1738 in 2006, stressing the need to protect journalists in dangerous areas, violence against journalists, above all the killing of journalists, continues to be one of the biggest threats to freedom of expression.Syria – cemetery for news providers At least 17 journalists, 44 citizen-journalists and 4 media assistants killed in 2012 Bashar Al-Assad’s bloody crackdown in Syria has hit news providers hard because they are the unwanted witnesses of the atrocities being committed by a regime with its back to the wall. Journalists have also been targeted by armed opposition groups, which are increasingly intolerant of criticism and ready to brand journalists as spies if they fail to reflect their views. Because of the polarization of information sources, news manipulation, propaganda, technical constraints and the extreme violence to which journalists and citizen-journalists are exposed, anyone trying to gather or disseminate news and information in Syria needs a real sense of vocation.Black year for Somalia 18 journalists killed in 2012 in this Horn of Africa country Twice as many journalists were killed in Somalia in 2012 as in 2009, until now the deadliest year for media personnel. The second half of September was particularly bloody with seven journalists killed, two of them in the space of 24 hours. One was gunned down, the other beheaded. Most are the victims of targeted murders or bombings. Those responsible for this violence are either armed militias such as Al-Shebaab or local government officials who want to silence news outlets. Somali journalists are subject to the most appalling constraints in both the capital Mogadishu and in the rest of the country. The lack of a stable government in this failed state for the past 20 years, endemic violence and generalized impunity all contribute to the grim death toll.Pakistan, a journalist killed every month 10 journalists and 1 media assistant killed in 2012 – a minefield for the media because of endemic violence in Balochistan and Taliban reprisals Ten journalists were killed in Pakistan for the second year running – almost one a month since February 2010. It was the world’s deadliest country for the media from 2009 to 2011, and Balochistan continues to be one of the world’s most dangerous regions. With its Tribal Areas, its border with Afghanistan, its tension with India and its chaotic political history, Pakistan is one of the world’s most complicated countries to cover. Terrorist threats, police violence, local potentates with unlimited powers and dangerous conflicts in the Tribal Areas place often deadly stumbling blocks in journalists’ paths.Journalists targeted by organized crime in Mexico 6 journalists killed Mexico’s violence, which has grown exponentially during the federal offensive against the drug cartels of the past six years, targets journalists who dare to cover drug trafficking, corruption, organized crime’s infiltration of local and federal government and human rights violations by government officials. Brazil: behind the scenes 5 journalists killed Drug traffickers operating across the Paraguayan border seem to have had a direct hand in the deaths of two of the five journalists murdered in connection with their work in Brazil in 2012. Both had covered drug cases. Two of the other victims were blogging journalists, who often find that the least criticism of local officials can expose them to danger. December 19, 2012 – Updated on January 25, 2016 News providers decimated in 2012 A record number of journalists imprisoned, with Turkey taking the prizeThere have never been as many journalists in prison. A total of 193 are currently jailed in connection with their work, while at least 130 netizens are also detained in connection with the provision of news and information.Turkey, the world’s biggest prison for journalists At least 42 journalists and 4 media workers detained The number of journalists currently detained in connection with their work in Turkey is without precedent since the end of the military rule. Limited legislative reforms have barely slowed the pace of arrests, searches and trials to which journalists are subjected, usually on the grounds of combatting terrorism. Based on repressive laws, judicial practices are dominated by security concerns and show little respect for freedom of information and the right to due process. Although the climate is now more intimidating, the Turkish media continue to thrive and exhibit a great deal of diversity. Reporters Without Borders recently concluded several months of investigations into Turkey’s imprisoned journalists. Of the 70 journalists currently in prison, it managed to establish that at least 42 of them are being held in connection with their work of gathering and disseminating news and information. Many other cases are still being investigated.Lack of progress in China 30 journalists and 69 netizens in prison The number of detained journalists has been fairly constant for years. Most of the hundred or so journalists and netizens currently held are serving long sentences in harsh conditions on charges of subversion or divulging state secrets. Those who arrest journalists are often local officials concerned about the bad publicity that can result from reports about corruption or nepotism. The political police focus on free speech activists and bloggers, who are increasingly inventive in their efforts to circumvent censorship.Eritrea’s prison hell At least 28 journalists in prison Africa’s biggest prison for journalists has been cut off from the rest of the world since the major roundups in September 2001 and the closure of all of the privately-owned media. None of the 28 journalists currently in prison had the right to a trial or access to a lawyer and few have ever been allowed a family visit. Prison conditions are appalling and include solitary confinement, underground cells and torture.At least seven journalists have died or committed suicide while held incommunicado – forgotten or ignored by the outside world. One of the planet’s few remaining totalitarian dictatorships and ranked last in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, Eritrea arrests journalists and leaves them to rot in prison on the least suspicion of posing a threat to national security or taking a critical view of government policies.The cruel intolerance of Iran’s mullah republic 26 journalists and 17 netizens in prison The media freedom situation deteriorated considerably in 2009 as a result of the crackdown on the protests that followed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed reelection. Ever since then, the regime has kept on jailing news providers for crossing its red lines. The state of health of some of the detainees is very worrying. In an additional punishment, the families of detainees are subject to frequent threats, harassment and reprisals if they dare to talk to the media. Some of those who are released are also victims of threats and prevented from working, their employers pressured to fire them.Held in Syrian cells At least 21 journalists and 18 netizens in prison Journalists and citizen-journalists are not only being killed in the regime’s crackdown. Many are also being arrested and torture is systematic. The authorities stop at nothing in order to extract information from prisoners and dismantle opposition networks. Deadliest year for journalistssince Reporters Without Borders began producing its annual roundup in 1995 There has been a slight fall in cases of journalists being arrested or abducted in the past year, compared with 2011, except in Asia and the Americas, where the numbers have continued to grow. News providers were often targeted on the streets while covering demonstrations and protests.The street dangers have continued above all in Syria (51 arrests, 33 physical attacks and 13 abductions) and to a lesser degree in Bahrain (18 arrests and 36 physical attacks). It is not easy to put a precise figure on the number of arrests of news providers amid operations targeting the civilian population in general. The figures given for Syria probably fall short of the reality. The number of arrests and physical attacks has fallen sharply since the fall of Muammar Qadhafi and Hosni Mubarak respectively in Libya (7 arrests in 2012, down from 28 in 2011) and Egypt (33 arrests and 63 attacks in 2012, down from 116 arrests and 104 attacks in 2011). But there was a marked rise in cases of threats or attacks in Tunisia in 2012, following a 2011 revolution that was shorter and prompted a less violent crackdown that other uprisings in the region. In Oman, the authorities arrested around 30 bloggers in a bid to stop protests inspired by the Arab Spring. In Latin America, Cuba has stepped up its harassment of dissident bloggers and journalists again since 2011. Peru continues to rank first in physical attacks, maintaining its average of around 100 a year. The biggest increases were registered in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. In Argentina, the increase was due to growing polarization; in Brazil, to electoral tension and violence; and in Mexico, to a still high level of violence compounded by political disturbances resulting from July’s presidential election. Colombia was the only one to register a fall in the number of physical attacks, but it was not enough to end its status as one of the region’s most violent countries.India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal are among the Asian countries where such violations have increased. With an undeclared coup d’état in Maldives and the media silenced in Sri Lanka, the Indian subcontinent is the Asian region where the situation deteriorated most in 2012. The Chinese Communist Party congress was accompanied by an increase in arrests, attacks and acts of censorship. Many media are trying to free themselves of control by the Propaganda Department and local officials, but the Communist Party refuses to loosen its grip on this “strategic” sector and keeps on inventing new ways to censor.In Africa, 2012 was marked by the appearance of violations in Mali, especially in the north (13 arrests, 8 cases of threats or attacks, 2 abductions and at least 4 news media censored). Abuses and cases of censorship are growing steadily in frequency in Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and Somalia. A relative calm returned in Uganda, Malawi and Angola – countries where the authorities cracked down on protests in 2011A relative calm also returned to Belarus, where the number of arrests fell to the more usual if still worrying level of 31 after a 2011 marked by unprecedented protests and a violent crackdown. Physical attacks increased in Ukraine, where impunity sustains a degree of violence against journalists although there is no security problem. In Turkey, the world’s biggest prison for journalists, the number of arrests doubled as a result of tension surrounding the issue of the Kurdish minority. Endemic violence accounts for the still high number of journalists being forced to flee abroad – 73 in 2012 compared with 77 in 2011. As a result of the Assad regime’s bloody crackdown, Syria replaced Iran in 2012 as the biggest source of news providers fleeing into exile. And more than 10 journalists fled Somalia in the month of September alone. Slight fall in arrests and abduction of journalists, and ransacking of news media Organisation center_img The world’s five biggest prisons for journalists Read the report in English (PDF) Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Liberta’ di Stampa 2012 in cifre Die Jahresbilanz auf deutsch lesenRead in Turkish / Türkçe Svenka: Dödligaste året för journalister sedan 19952012 in numbers 88 journalists killed (+33%) 879 journalists arrested 1993 journalists threatened or physically attacked 38 journalists kidnapped 73 journalists fled their country 6 media assistants killed 47 netizens and citizen-journalists killed 144 bloggers and netizens arrested This year has been exceptionally deadly, with a 33 per cent rise in the number of journalists killed in connection with their work over 2011. The worst-hit regions were the Middle East and Northern Africa (with 26 killed), Asia (24 killed) and sub-Saharan Africa (21 killed). Only the western hemisphere registered a fall in the number of journalists killed.This is the worst set of figures since Reporters Without Borders began producing an annual roundup in 1995. The number of journalists murdered or killed was 67 in 2011, 58 in 2010 and 75 in 2009. The previous record was in 2007, when 87 were killed. The 88 journalists killed in 2012 lost their lives while covering wars or bombings, or were murdered by groups linked to organized crime (including drug trafficking), by Islamist militias or on the orders of corrupt officials.“The reason for the unprecedented number of journalists killed in 2012 is mainly the war in Syria, the chaos in Somalia and Taliban violence in Pakistan,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “The impunity enjoyed by those responsible for violations of human rights, in particular, the right to freedom of information, encourages the continuation of these violations.” The victims were news providers of all kinds. Citizen-journalists and netizens have been hit hard – 47 killed in 2012 compared with 5 in 2011 – especially in Syria. These men and women act as reporters, photographers and video-journalists, documenting their day-to-day lives and the government’s crackdown on its opponents. Without their activities, the Syrian regime would be able to impose a complete news blackout on certain regions and continue massacring in secret. To compile these figures, Reporters Without Borders used the detailed information it gathered in the course of its monitoring of violations of freedom of information throughout the year. The victims were journalists or netizens who were killed in connection with the collection and dissemination of news and information. Reporters Without Borders did not include cases of journalists and netizens who were killed solely in connection with their political or civil society activism, or for other reasons unrelated to the provision of news and information. Reporters Without Borders continues to investigate other cases in which it has so far been unable to get all the information it needs in order to take a decision.||2011|2012|Change||Journalists killed|66|88|+33%||Journalists arrested|1044|879|-16%||Journalists threatened or attacked|1959|1993|+2%||Journalists kidnapped|71|38|-46%||Journalists fleeing abroad|77|73|-5%||Netizens and citizen-journalists killed|5|47|+840%||Netizens arrested|199|144|-27%| The five deadliest countries for journalists Related documents bilanannuelgb.pdfPDF – 162.77 KBRSF bilanço 2012PDF – 90.66 KB RSF_en Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

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Fuller Theological Seminary: Festival of Beginnings

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 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. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Festival of Beginnings 2011, Pasadena CampusFuller Theological Seminary will celebrate the new academic year with a special first chapel service and reception for the Fuller community on Pasadena campus on September 26, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.This year, the service will be at the First United Methodist Church (500 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena), followed by a reception on Fuller Pasadena campus mall. Come and join us!Fuller Theological Seminary, 135 North Oakland Avenue, Pasadena, (626) 584-5200 or visit www.fuller.edu. Subscribe Business News More Cool Stuff Make a comment Top of the News center_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week 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 Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 7 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Faith & Religion Events Fuller Theological Seminary: Festival of Beginnings Article and Photo courtesy of Fuller Theological Seminary Published on Sunday, August 19, 2012 | 12:08 am HerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Lipsticks Are Designed To Make Your Teeth Appear Whiter!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Calcutta HC To Resume Physical Functioning On Experiment Basis June 11 [Read Notification]

first_imgNews UpdatesCalcutta HC To Resume Physical Functioning On Experiment Basis June 11 [Read Notification] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK5 Jun 2020 7:33 AMShare This – xThe Calcutta High Court has decided to start normal functioning from June 11, on an experimental basis. In a notification issued to this effect it is stated that High Court shall start normal functioning with some only Benches, on June 11. In the subsequent week commencing June 15, the physical courts shall be held only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and thereafter, a decision may…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Calcutta High Court has decided to start normal functioning from June 11, on an experimental basis. In a notification issued to this effect it is stated that High Court shall start normal functioning with some only Benches, on June 11. In the subsequent week commencing June 15, the physical courts shall be held only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and thereafter, a decision may be taken as to the further course of action based on the experience of the experiment till then. Bench set-up Two bail benches shall continue on the video platform but with increased frequency than at present. Additionally, a Single Bench for bail matters will be set up via video conference. All such benches will only take up petitions and applications filed on the ground of urgency.Two division benches and three single benches shall sit on alternate days to take up other urgent matters which are mentioned in advance and are directed to be included in the list.Two physical division benches shall be set up:one for all urgent writ appeals and urgent matters on the Original Side to be heard by a division bench and urgent tribunal matters;other bench will take up all other urgent Appellate Side business both civil and criminal to be taken up by a division bench except bail matters.Three single benches shall be set up:one bench for all urgent writ matters irrespective of classification; second bench for all urgent Original Side matters to be taken up by a single bench; third bench for all other urgent Appellate Side matters to be taken up by a single bench.The Chief Justice’s bench will take PIL and all other matters to be taken up by a division bench, on video conference or in physical manner or a combination of both. Listing Matters mentioned on the ground of urgency and consented to by the effective parties will be included in the list for the next scheduled day for physical hearing.In case of new matters, they shall be taken up only upon due representation of the parties likely to be affected by any order.Bail matters will be taken up every working day, via video conferencing, from June 9. Duration of Hearings Every Bench will indicate a cluster of matters that will be taken up in Courts in every hour of sitting. If such matters are exhausted, other matters scheduled later in that day will not be taken up during such time. If the matters are not exhausted during the allocated time, they will stand adjourned till another day, but will not spill over into the times allotted for other matters on that particular day.There will be a distinct gap of about two minutes between the completion of a matter and the beginning of the next to allow changeover of the personnel appearing. Entry in Courtrooms Apart from the Judges on the Bench, three Court staff and not more than eight lawyers and litigants will be allowed entry into any Court room at any given point of time.If a particular matter requires more lawyers, such matter will stand adjourned unless the parties agree otherwise without compromising on the number of persons being permitted entry into a particular Court room. Dress code of Advocates The dress code of Learned Advocates will be as advised by the Bar Council of India, till further orders. Wearing of face mask or face shield (either) will be mandatory at all times, including when arguing in court. Note: If at any point of time even during court hours on a court day, it is brought to the notice of the Hon’ble the Chief Justice that the distancing or other Covid protocol are not being maintained, the Chief Justice may stop the functioning and require the court premises to be cleared of personnel without prior notice. For further details on Filing, Mentioning, etc., refere to the Notification as attached below. Click Here To Download Notification Read Notification Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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Punxsutawney Phil predicts six more weeks of winter after seeing his shadow at virtual ceremony

first_imgJeff Swensen/Getty ImagesBy JON HAWORTH, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Punxsutawney Phil, Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog, awoke Tuesday morning to see his shadow which means that — according to legend — there will be six more weeks of winter.This year, however, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the pomp and circumstance all went virtual meaning that the thousands of revelers who gather every Feb. 2 in the town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to see whether or not the famous groundhog sees his shadow or not were not there in person to celebrate.Legend has it that if he sees his shadow then winter will continue for another six weeks but if Punxsutawney Phil does not see his shadow spring will come early.“Whether you’re hoping for six more weeks of winter fun or an early spring, we could all use some extra happiness this year,” said Pennsylvania Tourism Office department spokesperson Carrie Lepore in a release.Phil’s actual prediction takes place ahead of time in a place called Gobbler’s Knob, a small hill just outside of the town, and has done so each year since 1887. 2021 marks the 135th time the event has occurred, according to the Pennsylvania Tourism Office. Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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USS Pinckney, USS Kidd to Return Home

first_img View post tag: Naval August 20, 2014 Kidd and Pinckney were conducting training and maritime security operations in the South China Sea when called upon to assist in the search for Malaysian Airlines flight MH 370 in the Indian Ocean. Both ships employed their embarked MH-60R Seahawk helicopters to conduct search operations looking for the missing aircraft.“Lending support to our regional partners in a time of difficulty is what we do,” said Cmdr. Frank Okata, Pinckney’s commanding officer.The embarked helicopters, based at Naval Air Station North Island, were able to expand their search area to approximately 1,500 square miles per day.“Our helicopters are an extension of the ship’s capabilities and provided us with the best chance to find aircraft debris,” said Lt. j.g. Eric Bachtel, Kidd’s Combat Information Center Officer.Returning home is now the focus of each Sailor as they come to the end of their seven-month deployment.[mappress]Press Release, August 20, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: San Diego The guided missile destroyers USS Pinckney (DDG 91) and USS Kidd (DDG 100) are scheduled to return to Naval Base San Diego Aug. 21 following completion of separate deployments to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans. View post tag: americas View post tag: USS Kidd View post tag: Return Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Pinckney, USS Kidd to Return Home View post tag: Naval Base USS Pinckney, USS Kidd to Return Home View post tag: News by topic View post tag: home View post tag: Navy Authorities View post tag: USS Pinckney Share this articlelast_img read more

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