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Bahrain : RSF and 56 other NGOs call for Bahraini blogger’s release

first_imgThe joint letter also calls for an independent and impartial investigation into the mistreatment that Rajab has reportedly received while in prison.  December 18, 2018 Bahrain : RSF and 56 other NGOs call for Bahraini blogger’s release Help by sharing this information to go further RSF and the 56 other NGOs are concerned that the date on which the court is due to issue its ruling on his appeal, 31 December, has been deliberately chosen by the Bahraini authorities in order to impose an even harsher sentence on Rajab that will trigger few protests from the international community because of the New Year celebrations. RSF_en Held since June 2016, Rajab is appealing against the five-year jail sentence he received in February 2018 for tweets criticizing conditions in a Bahraini prison and the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen. He received a separate two-year prison sentence in July 2017 for criticizing the Bahraini authorities in TV interviews. News Receive email alerts A total of 15 journalists and citizen-journalists are currently detained in connection with the provision of news and information in Bahrain, which is ranked 166th out of 180 countriesin RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Related documents open_letter_to_bahraini_authorities-_drop_all_charges_and_release_nabeel_rajab_-_ifex.pdfPDF – 106.88 KB Read the joint  letter, in the original English, below. BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedCitizen-journalistsFreedom of expression As a Bahraini court prepares to rule on blogger and human rights defender Nabeel Rajab’s appeal, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and 56 other human rights NGOs have written a joint open letter calling on the Bahraini authorities to free Rajab at once, overturn his convictions and drop all charges against him.center_img March 17, 2021 Find out more BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedCitizen-journalistsFreedom of expression German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest News October 14, 2020 Find out more Organisation Follow the news on Bahrain June 15, 2020 Find out more News Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Newslast_img read more

St. Edmunds Spring Organ Recital Featuring Philip A. Smith of Church of Our Savior

first_imgReligious Music St. Edmunds Spring Organ Recital Featuring Philip A. Smith of Church of Our Savior Published on Monday, April 16, 2012 | 3:48 pm More Cool Stuff Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Subscribe St. Edmund’s Episcopal Church in San Marino is pleased to present Philip A. Smith, Organist and Choirmaster of The Church of Our Savior, San Gabriel, and organ conservator of the Walt Disney Concert Hall organ, in a recital of the music of Bach, Vierne, Franck, DeLamarter, and Dickinson on Sunday,  May 27 at 4:00pm.  A reception of wine, soft drinks, and snacks will follow the recital, and there is ample parking on St. Edmund’s campus. A free will offering will be made available to benefit the Friends of St. Edmund’s Music.St. Edmund’s Episcopal Church of San Marino, 1175 San Gabriel Blvd, San Marino, (626) 793-9167 or visit www.saintedmunds.org. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  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 Herbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Fashion Trends You Should Never Try And 6 You’ll LoveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeauty 7 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it center_img Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week last_img read more

CHANNEL 44 NEWS: St. Mary’s Receives First FDA-Approved Dissolving Heart Stent

first_imgSt. Mary’s Receives First FDA-Approved Dissolving Heart StentOCTOBER 21ST, 2016 BRITNEY TAYLOR EVANSVILLE, INDIANA A tri-state hospital is one of four in the Hoosier state to receive a one of kind treatment option for patients with coronary artery disease.St. Mary’s Health receives the world’s first FDA-approved dissolving heart stent. It is the first hospital to receive this option in southwest Indiana.Stents are important for patients for the first three months after a blocked artery has been opened.Dissolving heart stents work the same as metal ones by enabling better blood flow, but once the tissue grows over the old tissue, the stent is longer needed.Unlike the metal stent, which is permanent, the dissolving heart stent is made of natural materials, and it will dissolve over the course of three years.Early Voting Set To Begin At EVPL Next WeekOCTOBER 21ST, 2016 BRITNEY TAYLOR EVANSVILLE, INDIANA Early voting is set to begin at five Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library locations next week. It is set to begin Monday, October 24th through Friday, November 4th.Voting will be Monday through Thursday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.Only five of the public library locations have been selected as Early Voting Centers. These include Central, McCollough, Red Bank, Oaklyn, and North Park.Voters should have a valid driver’s license or government-issued ID to vote in the state of Indiana.For more information on voting, vist City of Evansville/Vanderburgh County, or call the Election Office at (812) 435-5122.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Elkhart woman charged for having THC in her blood at time of crash

first_img Twitter Google+ (“My Trusty Gavel” by Brian Turner, CC BY 2.0) An Elkhart woman is facing charges in a crash that seriously injured her 13-year-old passenger. Following a state lab test on her blood, prosecutors have charged 19-year-old Brianna Rucker for operating a vehicle under the influence.The crash in July led to her passenger, an unidentified 13-year-old girl, being ejected from the vehicle. That girl suffered skull and elbow fractures and had to be taken to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis for treatment. Test results determined that Rucker had THC in her system when the crash happened. The Elkhart Truth reports she told police that she was not high at the time of the crash, but had smoked the day before. Previous articleCity of Goshen passes bonus for MayorNext articleGovernor Holcomb outlines 2021 Next Level legislative agenda Carl Stutsman WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews Pinterest By Carl Stutsman – December 17, 2020 0 388 Pinterest Elkhart woman charged for having THC in her blood at time of crash Twitter Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

Warriors Wednesday: Everything appears back on track

first_imgThe Warriors were never in a state of panic, but things weren’t going all that well either when they lost four straight games for the first time in the Steve Kerr era.Well, three wins and three out-of-this-world Kevin Durant performances later, the Warriors seemed to have figured out exactly how to play — and win — without Stephen Curry.Luckily for them, the Baby Faced Assassin is due to return on the Warriors’ upcoming five-game road trip. In this Warriors’ Weekly Wrap, Dieter …last_img read more

OFBF meeting quickly approaching

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 97th annual meeting of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) will be Dec. 2 – 4 in Columbus. The state’s largest and most inclusive food and farm organization will elect leaders, establish its policies for the coming year, conduct leadership training and recognize county Farm Bureaus and individuals for their contributions to the organization and community. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Strong Foundation…Building for Tomorrow.”Nearly 350 delegates will finalize the organization’s stances on topics important to all Ohioans. Issues are expected to include drugs in Ohio’s communities including the outlook for legal marijuana, energy development, agriculture and water quality, meat inspection regulations, improvements to property tax laws, invasive species and the structure of local governments.  Officer and trustee elections also will be conducted.Attendees will be updated on the roll out of Farm Bureau’s new membership structure that was approved by delegates at last year’s annual meeting. A special session will introduce members to the reorganized Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation. Featured speakers during the meeting will be Ohio Farm Bureau President Steve Hirsch, OFBF Executive Vice President Jack Fisher and Nationwide Chief Executive Officer Steve Rasmussen.Other meeting highlights will be honoring top performing county Farm Bureaus for their accomplishments in advancing the goals of the organization, recognition of individual members for long careers of service, and the naming of new chairpersons for OFBF’s Young Agricultural Professionals program.The third annual Ohio Food and Farm Leadership Forum takes place Dec. 2 in conjunction with the annual meeting. Among the topics to be presented are local food opportunities, water quality issues, farm succession planning and immigration issues. Keynote speaker for the Forum is NFL great Larry Csonka.Coverage of all events will be available in real time online at ofb.ag/97thAnnualMeeting.last_img read more

Is Apple Supplier Foxconn Finally Giving Its Workers a Fair Shake?

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts Apple and its factory partner, Foxconn, have made great strides in bringing Foxconn’s labor conditions into compliance with local laws, the Fair Labor Association said Tuesday. Not surprisingly, independent labor rights monitoring organizations remain skeptical that real progress has been made.In a status report made public on Tuesday, the FLA reported that all of the 195 remedial actions that Foxconn had agreed to complete to come into compliance had been accomplished. More significantly, 89 action items were completed ahead of their deadlines, with another 76 due to be completed by the end of July 2013.Not Really Made by AppleAlthough products like the iPod and iPad bear Apple’s logo, their assembly and production are carried out by a network of factories across Asia and Taiwan. There, wages are a fraction of that of the United States, and working conditions aren’t as strictly regulated. But the cost savings are also passed along, resulting in higher profits for the manufacturer and lower price tags for consumers.For several years, Apple has performed health and safety audits of those factories, provided reports of whether or not those suppliers conform to local labor laws – a practice that other companies do not emulate, at least publicly. Apple itself found that in many cases, suppliers failed to comply with Apple’s own code of conduct: just 38% of its suppliers met Apple’s mandated limits of 60 hours worked per week, for example.In January, a firestorm of controversy erupted when The New York Times began publishing a series of investigative stories on working conditions within Foxconn, the largest supplier to Apple and many other top companies. Following that criticism about the working conditions at Foxconn, including conditions that led to an explosion at one facility, Apple agreed to allow the FLA to conduct a thorough investigation of those suppliers, beginning with three factories at Guanlan, Longhua, and Chengdou in China.4 Areas for ImprovementThe FLA identified four main categories of remedial actions that Foxconn needed to undertake:Reducing working hoursImproving health and safetyImproving employee relationsSupplying overtime pay and necessary worker insurance.In its report, the FLA said that Foxconn is moving ahead:“Our verification shows that the necessary changes, including immediate health and safety measures, have been made. We are satisfied that Apple has done its due diligence thus far to hold Foxconn accountable for complying with the action plan, including the commitment to reform its internship program,” said Auret van Heerden, president and chief executive of the Fair Labor Association, in a statement. “When we finished our initial investigation in March, Foxconn promised to address concerns with its internship program by ensuring that student interns do not work overtime, their work has a more direct connection to their field of study, and they understand that they are free to terminate the internship if and when they wish.”FLA representatives did not return calls for comment.Documents posted to the FLA website indicate that Foxconn addressed many of the required changes via new policies issued in May or June.Doubts RemainBut Scott Nova, executive director of the Workers Rights Consortium, which monitors worker conditions in factories overseas, said that it is unlikely that Foxconn could have solved its institutional problems in so short a time.“The FLA’s position, as we understand it, is that it’s fine for Foxconn to continue violating overtime labor laws if they promise to clean it up by some time next year,” Nova told ReadWriteWeb. “And we don’t think that’s reasonable. Apple and Foxconn should obey the law, now.”Nova also said that the reforms proposed by the FLA omit “the long track record of harsh, psychologically abusive management practices at the factories. There are no meaningful recommendations in that regard, and very likely no progress.” Nova also said he also doubted that allowing the workers the freedom to associate, form worker groups or unions and collectively bargain would occur in any meaningful sense.“It’s hard not to be skeptical of a report that says that Foxconn has hit every single one of its commitments and done so ahead of schedule,” Nova said. “That is a radical departure of a decade-long track record at Foxconn.”Looking Beyond FoxconnJust as important, these issue stretch far beyond Foxconn. In a report issued in late July, China Labor Watch claimed that labor violations are not only still rampant at Foxconn, but also at other companies in Apple’s supply chain. That report specifically called out Ri Teng, a subsidiary of Pegatron, where an explosion injured several employees in December 2011.On average, Ri Teng workers are on the job nearly 12 hours a day, compared to 10 hours a day at the Foxconn factory, the report found. The Ri Teng workers get only about one day of rest each month. There, the average hourly wage is 8.2 RMB or $1.30, China Labor Watch said, versus the average Foxconn hourly wage of 10.2 RMB or $1.62.So while progress may be occuring, it’s unlikely that the controversy will go away anytime soon.Generic factory image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#Apple#China#enterprise center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair markhachman 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

How CNN’s Facebook Election Tool Spreads Misinformation

first_imgAs election season nears, more and more people are discussing the candidates and their positions online. Facebook and CNN want to be at the center of that conversation – but they have a long way to go if they really want to add to the debate.The two organizations announced Facebook-CNN Election Insights, a real-time tool that shows which candidate Americans are talking about online, sliced into a number of user-configurable demographics. The tool was architected by Mass Relevance under CNN’s guidance. Mass Relevance also provided a curated Twitter tracker during the recent Olympic games.Following on the heels of election-oriented services from Twitter (The Twitter Political Index) and Amazon (the[Amazon Election Heat Map 2012), Facebook-CNN Election Insights may be a noble first step, but it lacks the essential data and context it needs to be truly useful.For Viewers And ReportersCNN sees this as a online resource both for viewers as well as its own reporters. Facebook-CNN Election Insights will be used during CNN broadcasts, including regular segments on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” as well as in CNN.com and CNN Mobile campaign coverage, the news network explained. CNN’s daily “Political Gut Check” newsletter and the U.S. Politics on Facebook page will feature highlights from the tool.“Facebook is naturally a place where friends engage in political discourse, and we’re pleased to announce that the Facebook-CNN Election Insights tool will offer an interactive, real-time glimpse into how and where this conversation is taking place across the country,” said Elliot Schrage, vice president of corporate communications and public policy at Facebook, in a statement.The problem – or perhaps the benefit to CNN – is that the tool is sadly lacking in context. On the CNN site, for example, Election Insights shows that President Obama showed a spike in online conversations mentioning his name around Aug. 25 at 8 AM. But why? Were the mentions positive or negative? In what context was Obama’s name mentioned? None of this is explained, and it’s up to the reader, or the on-air CNN anchor, to explain.In a sense, there’s even less information than the ubiquitous stock-market graphs so common on nightly business reports. Those, at least, display both the relative change as well as the absolute value. The CNN tool reports that 19% more people are talking about Romney “day over day”, and 19% fewer people are talking about Obama. It’s not even clear what that means, given that users can adjust the time periods from 7 days down to the last 12 hours.A Shortage Of Context And TransparencyFacebook data is being used, of course, and it is being pulled and anonymized from Facebook’s entire U.S. member base. We still don’t know actual numbers, however, and any pundit worth his salt would appreciate knowing if Obama’s name is being mentioned 50 million times, or just 5,000.Amber Quist, director of marketing for Mass Relevance, said that her company had “special access” to the Facebook data, but declined to comment on whether or not the company had access to its social graph API. She also wasn’t able to say whether Mass Relevance and the CNN tool taps into all of Facebook’s U.S. users, or just a subset. (Facebook representatives didn’t respond to requests for additional comment.) “It’s capturing the buzz coming across the Facebook platform,” Quist said.Mass Relevance doesn’t provide the kind of detailed sentiment analysis that Radian6 and other competing companies offer. Mass Relevance’s “poor man sentiment analysis,” Quist said, can provide only positive or negative assessments. More to the point, “it’s not incorporated into this experience at all,” she said.The Election As A Big Data ProblemIf there’s one big data problem that users will care about this fall, it’s the election.A ”Facebook election” could radically rewrite democracy with a simple request: in late October, a site message could simply ask the site’s users to “like” either candidate. That poll would most likely be the most comprehensive poll any agency would issue, outside of the election, especially if Facebook was able to provide demographic analysis of which users preferred which candidate. And if Facebook asked its worldwide userbase to participate, global sentiment could be factored in.Until we know more about what data Facebook is providing to CNN, however, Election Insights cannot fulfill its potential. As with any poll, greater transparency equals a corresponding increase in credibility.If Facebook or CNN does provide this transparency, Election Insights could become a useful tool. But without it, this might be the polling equivalent of the ”hologram” CNN used during the 2008 election: something to provoke conversation among viewers, but adding little value to the company’s core mission – delivering relevant news. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#web Related Posts markhachmancenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Removal of Auxiliary Fees, Corporal Punishment Non-Negotiable – PM

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says removal of auxiliary fees and prohibiting corporal punishment in schools are non-negotiable government policies to which principals and teachers are to adhere.Mr. Holness asserted that the Charter of Rights under the Constitution makes it an entitlement for children to have free access to primary education, inclusive of early-childhood education “without any obligatory fees”.Additionally, he insisted there should be no corporal punishment in early-childhood institutions, particularly infant schools, because it results in the entrenchment and legitimisation of violence.“I cannot wait until the cultural change happens. I must lead it by using institutions to set an example,” he asserted.The Prime Minister was speaking at the official handover ceremony of the newly completed Jamaica-China Goodwill Infant Schools in West Central St. Andrew on October 31.A second Jamaica-China Goodwill Infant School has been opened in Eastern St. Thomas.The Prime Minister expressed gratitude to the Government and people of China for the two schools.He said that the nation’s interest is being furthered through its relationship with China.He pointed to developments under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP) and the Jamaica North-South Highway as evidence of Jamaica’s healthy partnership with the country.“The sovereignty of Jamaica is foremost in my mind. We (Jamaica and China) have mutual respect and regard for each other, and the relationship has been beneficial,” he added.Mr. Holness further assured that where loans are secured on behalf of Jamaica from China they are done with the best interest rates.“The Government of Jamaica, across Administrations, has made a commitment that we will reduce our indebtedness. We are coming from a 141 per cent debt to gross domestic product (GDP) ratio and by the end of this fiscal year just below 100 per cent… .  The target is to be 60 per cent debt to our GDP, and we’re going to get there. If we borrow, we borrow smartly. We’re living within our means,” he said.In his remarks, Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, declared that the “early-childhood education sector is much healthier than it was two and a half years ago”.“The revitalisation of our Early Stimulation Programme through partnership with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders is positively impacting our targeted population. More of our stakeholders understand the importance of the first 1,000 days of a child’s life,” he said.Mr. Reid noted that local developments in early childhood have been positively recognised in a report by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) as an example for the Caribbean region.He said Jamaica and Barbados have been ranked “at the top of the 58 low- and middle-income countries in Latin America and the Caribbean with the greatest access to education programmes for infants”.“The IDB noted the fact that Jamaica implemented and conducted the first long-term experimental evaluation of an early-childhood development programme in a developing country,” he said.The schools, which were built under a cooperation agreement between Jamaica and China, can each accommodate 180 students.Facilities include classrooms, playing rooms, auxiliary areas, outdoor corridors and playground, among other things.For his part, Chinese Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency, Tian Qi, said the opening of both schools stands as a shining example of “fraternity and friendship” between the two countries.He emphasised the importance of early childhood education, noting that the “attitudes, emotions and pattern of behaviour towards the society are formed during this stage”.“It plays an important role in the improvements in integrity, character and life quality and even lifelong sustainable development… . Children are the future of the society,” he noted.Chairman of the National Education Trust, Matthew Samuda, and Member of Parliament for Eastern St. Thomas, Dr. Fenton Ferguson, delivered remarks during the ceremony. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says removal of auxiliary fees and prohibiting corporal punishment in schools are non-negotiable Government policies for which principals and teachers are to adhere. Mr. Holness asserted that the Charter of Rights under the Constitution makes it an entitlement for children to have free access to primary education, inclusive of early childhood education “without any obligatory fees”. Story Highlights Additionally, he insisted there should be no corporal punishment in early childhood institutions particularly infant schools, because it results in the entrenchment and legitimisation of violence.last_img read more