first_img MalaysiaAustraliaQatarAsia – PacificMiddle East – North Africa Media independenceProtecting sources WhistleblowersJudicial harassment Follow the news on Asia – Pacific As well as targeting the journalists, the police have also arrested Mohamad Rayhan Kabir, a Bangladeshi migrant worker turned whistleblower, who spoke openly on camera to Al Jazeera for their story about migrant worker arrests. Kabir is about to be deported. In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is disturbed by the Malaysian government’s growing harassment of media outlets that don’t toe the official line, including a raid on the Kuala Lumpur bureau of the Qatari TV news broadcaster Al Jazeera on 4 August and a decision to expel two Australian journalists employed by the bureau two days later. Searches Australian Al Jazeera journalists, reporter/senior producer Drew Ambrose (left), cameraman Craig Hansen (center) and producer Jenni Henderson (right), involved in a documentary about the arrests of undocumented migrants, arrive at the Bukit Aman police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur on July 10, 2020. Ambrose and Henderson were formally notified on 6 August that they would be expelled because they made a statement “aimed at damaging Malaysia’s image” (photo: Mohd Rasfan / AFP). Malaysiakini news website editor Steven Gan appeared in court in July on an absurd contempt of court charge prompted solely by comments critical of the judiciary posted by readers, while Tashny Sukumaran, a reporter for Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post daily, has been summoned twice for questioning by police, on 6 May and 1 July. MalaysiaAustraliaQatarAsia – PacificMiddle East – North Africa Media independenceProtecting sources WhistleblowersJudicial harassment RSF_en Receive email alerts “What with intimidation, harassment, violation of the confidentiality of sources and expulsions, the current government’s attitude towards Al Jazeera’s journalists is clearly that of a dictatorial regime and recalls the worst periods in Malaysia’s history,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. Ambrose and Henderson are among seven journalists working at the bureau who are being investigated for sedition, defamation and violating the Communications and Multimedia Act in a report broadcast by Al Jazeera on 3 July about a wave of arrests of migrant workers in the course of efforts to combat the coronavirus epidemic. Help by sharing this information Return to the past News News News June 2, 2021 Find out more “We urge Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s to order the immediate withdrawal of all charges against this TV channel’s journalists, who have just done their jobs by investigating an issue of major public interest. If nothing is done, Malaysia’s ranking in the World Press Freedom Index is likely to plummet.” The two journalists, Drew Ambrose and Jenni Henderson, were formally notified yesterday that their work visas were not being renewed. Immigration director-general Khairul Dzaimee Daud said Al Jazeera had broadcast statements that were “inaccurate and aimed at damaging Malaysia’s image.” The seven journalists, who were summoned for questioning on 10 July, are also the targets of online hate campaigns and death threats that are being orchestrated by pro-government trolls. After a change of government through the polls in May 2018, the first in modern Malaysia’s history, the overall environment for journalists improved dramatically. But, since the fall of Mahathir Mohamad’s reformist government in February and his replacement as prime minister by Muhyiddin Yassin, press freedom violations have increased alarmingly, triggering fears of a return to the past. August 7, 2020 RSF denounces Malaysia’s harassment of Al Jazeera journalists to go further June 10, 2021 Find out more Malaysia is ranked 101st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. June 7, 2021 Find out more As part of this investigation, the police searched Al Jazeera’s bureau on 4 August, seizing two computers. The police also raided Astro Satellite TV and Unifi Internet TV,  two Malaysian TV operators that retransmit Al Jazeera. News Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom last_img read more

first_imgHome » News » Associations & Bodies » Nationwide foundation to spend over £800,000 funding tenants’ unions previous nextAssociations & BodiesNationwide foundation to spend over £800,000 funding tenants’ unionsFoundation backed by lender says vulnerable renters lack a voice and is funding three tenants’ unions, two housing charities and several housing rights campaign groups.Sheila Manchester12th July 20190916 Views Tenants should be a central part of any changes to the private rented sector (PRS), yet their voices are often absent and excluded from meaningful debate. The Nationwide Foundation is awarding £804,841 of funding to support PRS tenants by giving them a stronger voice in the debates on their personal housing issues or in housing matters in their local area.Organisations will use the funding to provide renters with:greater access to information and advice on the private rented sectorenhanced understanding of their rightssafe places to come togethersupport to speak upopportunities to work together.The Nationwide Foundation’s tenants’ voice programme supports projects that specifically help tenants whose personal circumstances – such as low-income, disadvantaged and vulnerable households – mean that they cannot avoid the potential problems of living in the private rented sector. Problems include insecurity, poor living conditions, high costs and severe lack of choice, which therefore puts them at increased risk of harm. The seven funded organisations including tenants unions are:Camden Federation of Private Tenants, working with local authorities in London, connecting key officers and politicians with renters, so that issues are better understood, tenants’ voices are clearly heard, and local authority practice is improved. (£100,371 for two years)Citizens Advice, establishing a panel of private rented sector tenants across England to speak out on behalf of tenants, giving them a voice in policy decisions. (£131,336 for 18 months)Housing Rights, strengthening the voice of private renters in Northern Ireland by building capacity among renters and contributing to a culture among stakeholders which values tenant participation. (£177,623 for three years)Living Rent, testing the model of tenant union neighbourhood branches to support renters on low-incomes or from migrant backgrounds in Glasgow. (£177,623 for three years)Shelter, using a community organising model to bring together and empower renters across the West of England Combined Authority. (Grant of £100,000 for three years)Tenants Union, elevating the voices of Greater Manchester’s tenants through the creation of a tenant-led housing manifesto. (Grant of £150,000 for three years)Z2K, helping renters who were homeless or vulnerably housed to use their voices and have their stories heard, while campaigning on issues identified by these tenants. (Grant of £150,000 for three years.)The Nationwide Foundation’s programme manager, Bridget Young, said, “There’s real appetite to grow an energetic, purposeful tenants’ voice movement, and we hope this funding will lead to tenants becoming a normal and expected part of the advisory process. Giving tenants the freedom and space to have stronger voices in debates on the private rented sector and housing, will mean positive changes in policy and practice, including better rights for tenants.”Find out more:This funding has been given as part of the Nationwide Foundation’s Transforming the Private Rented Sector programme.Nationwide Foundation PRS tenants Nationwide PRS private rented sector Sheila Manchester July 12, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Larger than life former Welsh agent dies in tragic jet-ski incident previous nextAgencies & PeopleLarger than life former Welsh agent dies in tragic jet-ski incidentBarry Davies worked at estate agency Dafydd Hardy for many years before becoming a police constable seven years ago.Nigel Lewis20th August 20200839 Views A fundraiser has been launched for a ‘larger-than-life’ and much respected former Welsh estate agent who was killed in a jet-ski accident off the coast of Pwllheli last weekend.Porthmadog-based Barry Davies worked for many years at Dafydd Hardy Estate Agents before joining the police force in 2013 and was off duty at the time of the accident, which took place last Saturday.A major rescue operation was launched following the accident involving an air ambulance, the coastguard helicopter, RNLI, ambulance crews and the police.Davies was retrieved from the water but despite extensive medical intervention, he sadly died at the scene, local media report.The 49-year-old leaves behind a partner, Linda, and his two daughters, Elan and Alaw.Friendly, funny, caringA message posted by Dafydd Hardy on its social media says: “Barry Davies was always friendly, funny and caring to all he met, a lovely guy. “He later went on to join the local police force, a goal he’d had for many years. It’s with great sadness we learnt of his passing on Saturday in a tragic jet-ski incident. He’ll be missed by all the team, nos da Barry Bach.”A statement released by the North Wales Police Federation says: “It is with great sadness we mourn the loss of our friend and colleague, PC 2963 Barry Davies who tragically lost his life on Saturday 15th August 2020.“Barry was a widely respected and much loved colleague and his absence leaves a huge void to North Wales Police and the communities he served.”jet ski death Barry Davies Dafydd Hardy Wales August 20, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

first_imgIt was what we should give every bright gifted scholar. I traveled to New Guinea to study ants, and after I returned I went from junior fellow to assistant professor. I spent a couple of years using the material I learned in New Guinea. Then I collaborated with Robert MacArthur on “The Theory of Island Biogeography.” We produced the book in 1967. Having satisfied some of my appetite, I turned my attention to a book on how we would organize everything we know about social insects. How can we talk about them, and how can we think about them?I decided what I would do was create a new discipline. I had a new grad student, Stuart Altman, whose specialty was rhesus monkeys. We went into the field to study monkey behavior. During that time, we had long talks about how we could join what he knew about rhesus monkeys, and I was loaded with information about insects. There must be common principles. So I did say, I think we ought to have new a new discipline, sociobiology. I then set to work. One of the things I was doing over the next 11 years was creating sociobiology.By 1969‒1970, I put together a book about all of the insects I was studying, “The Insect Societies,” published by Harvard University Press in 1971. In it, I outlined in the opening chapters what sociobiology could be and how it was linked with biology and, to some extent, the humanities. It really was quite a success.Then I turned to doing a book that included all vertebrates, including humans. “Sociobiology: The New Synthesis” was published in 1975. Then “On Human Nature” (1978): That was the book where I very carefully connected sociobiology with neurobiology and evolutionary biology, that was the connection between biology, the natural sciences, and the humanities.GAZETTE: One observation in your new book is jarring: Discovery is completely a human story, its telling is a human achievement, and scientific knowledge is a product of the human brain. Does science exist outside of human consciousness?,WILSON: Yes, if you are willing to delete the word “human.” Science exists. It exists where intelligent life has evolved.Is science constant, no matter the lens? In principle, if we define science, you would expect science develops everywhere. We just don’t make known the fact that this could be one way of stating a group of principles and descriptions, except as follows. The humanities live in a tiny sensory bubble: audiovisual. Most orders on Earth live primarily with pheromones — that is chemical. It is nearly universal. And it is beyond human perception.The humanities have remained stubborn in their thinking: audiovisual. And … we are pretty skilled in audiovisual. We stay within a tiny sliver of the electromagnetic spectrum. We can’t see infrared and ultraviolet, but they are there. Writers stop around the origin of literacy. The most creative trip for writers and artists would be to explore how could you translate that, how could you break out.GAZETTE:  At its core, “The Origins of Creativity” is a philosophical treatise. Are we in an age of enlightenment?WILSON: No, not yet. Crisis will force the next enlightenment. We not only will do more but should do a lot more to synthesize the humanities with science to study biodiversity. We will. We have to do it. The biodiversity crisis, it is the loss of the genetic library. We have the right conditions. If we had the right initiatives from creative artists, if those initiatives were directed toward a message, if they could engage but also inspire, we could. Like Raymond Carver’s blind man in “Cathedral,” the entomologist Edward O. Wilson inspires readers to regard the world through an entirely uncommon lens, never more so than in his latest book, “The Origins of Creativity.”What Wilson, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and University Research Professor Emeritus, has accomplished in the natural sciences fills volumes — he recently completed his 34th book.In “Origins,” however, Wilson shifts toward a more philosophical endeavor, urging the next generation of great minds to evolve and explore the symmetry between the natural sciences and the humanities. He urges a return to philosophy in an era when societies are “drowning in information, starved for wisdom.”He recently talked with the Gazette about his new book, its themes, and more.GAZETTE: What advice do you have for young scientists?WILSON: Don’t stick with what you did your thesis on. Use it as a springboard, as a new frontier to the sciences. Go find a collaborator who is symmetrical to you in ambition and learning. You can teach your new co-worker as the colleague teaches you. Together you can formulate something really new. Often I’ve had my co-author give me a new way of thinking I wouldn’t have had. I would suggest to young people to look for that blank space of the frontier. The successful scientist follows the opposite of the military dictum — that is, to march to the sounds of the drum. The ambitious scientist seeks solitude to go where he doesn’t hear the sounds of the drum.GAZETTE: At what point in your career did you recognize the contribution of creative thinking, inspired by the humanities, in your own work?WILSON: When I became a junior fellow (in Harvard’s Society of Fellows). Fellows were selected very carefully, from all subjects, humanities and sciences. There were only eight of us chosen with evidence of promising creativity. The junior fellows met twice a week, Wednesdays and on the weekend for a very elaborate dinner based on British formal customs. At the close of the first dinner, the oath was read to the junior fellows. The oath was essentially: You may go anywhere you wish, you may do anything you want, but during this time, we have only one requirement — you must do something extraordinary. “The successful scientist follows the opposite of the military dictum — that is, to march to the sounds of the drum. The ambitious scientist seeks solitude to go where he doesn’t hear the sounds of the drum.” — E.O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emerituslast_img read more

first_imgSource: BusinessWire – April, 21, 2009 Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins LLP, a leading plaintiffs’ firm based in San Diego, has announced the firm has secured a settlement of $50 million in cash for a class of TD Banknorth, Inc shareholders. Plaintiffs in a related action previously attempted to settle the case for under $3 million, or $.03 per TD Banknorth share. This victory for shareholders provides members of the class with an exponentially greater recovery than the related action was poised to provide before plaintiffs City of Dearborn Heights (MI) Act 345 Police & Fire Retirement System and H. Louis Farmer, Jr. successfully objected to that settlement and took over the case.The $50 million settlement, before fees and expenses, is more than 16 times the amount shareholders would have received under the previously proposed settlement. The Settlement Agreement was filed with the Court late yesterday and the settlement is subject to approval by the Court.”We always believed that TD Banknorth’s shareholders deserved more than mere pennies, and we’re pleased that we were able to obtain substantially more than the originally proposed settlement,” said John J. Riley II, the Treasurer of the City of Dearborn Heights.This class action was filed on behalf of former stockholders of TD Banknorth, arising out of the April 20, 2007 going-private merger in which Toronto-Dominion Bank, TD Banknorth’s majority stockholder, cashed out TD Banknorth’s public stockholders for $32.33 per share. The plaintiffs alleged that defendants breached their fiduciary duties to TD Banknorth’s shareholders because the terms of the going-private merger were unfair and the result of an unfair process.A number of plaintiffs filed complaints in Delaware and attempted to settle the case quickly. At the same time, Farmer filed an action in Maine state court and aggressively litigated the case. After obtaining strong evidence in support of his claims, Farmer, along with Dearborn Heights, took his case to Delaware and successfully objected to the settlement reached by the original Delaware plaintiffs. As the Court later summarized:While Farmer took extensive discovery in the Maine litigation, including nine depositions, the Original Plaintiffs did little to advance the litigation in Delaware, seemingly satisfied with negotiating a very modest settlement. Aware of these negotiations and concerned by what he saw as the Original Plaintiffs’ lack of diligence, Farmer stipulated to stay the Maine litigation and, with the other plaintiff currently seeking certification, the City of Dearborn Heights Act 345 Police & Fire Retirement System (“Retirement System”), filed a motion to intervene in the Delaware litigation. On March 23, 2007, two days after the filing of the motion to intervene, the Original Plaintiffs filed a stipulation of settlement, agreeing to the certification of the class and the appointment of the Original Plaintiffs as class representatives. The terms of the settlement also included certain corrective disclosures, and an increase of $.03 per share in the merger price…. Farmer and Retirement System filed their objection, amply supported by the extensive discovery taken in the Maine action, and, on July 19, this court rejected the settlement….”We firmly believed in the strength of our claims and were forging ahead towards trial prior to reaching a settlement with defendants. We consider this an exceptional result for our clients and the class,” said Coughlin Stoia partner Samuel H. Rudman.For more information, you can review the Settlement Agreement and exhibits thereto on the Coughlin Stoia web site (www.csgrr.com(link is external)) and at www.TDBanknorthShareholdersLitigation.com(link is external).last_img read more

first_imgParents: as you make those holiday gift to-do lists, don’t forget your child’s teacher!For eight hours a day, five days a week, these men and women are educating the next generation. It’s an important job, which can make it challenging for parents to figure out budget-friendly ways to show their appreciation.Let’s face it, how much candy and sweets can they realistically eat? And those who have been teaching for years already have impressive coffee mug collections.So what do teachers want? We asked a few and here are some ideas:Gift cards: Whether from Amazon, a favorite brand retailer, coffee shop or local vendors, a gift card is the gift that keeps giving year round. Pair it with a personal note and you can never go wrong.Grant wishes: With budget cuts, teachers’ wish lists are long and in need of constant replenishing. So help restock the classroom with books, paper, printer ink, pencils, tissues, hand sanitizers and more.Donate: Make a donation to the school library, PTA and/or afterschool clubs in the name of your favorite teacher. You help your local school and ultimately it benefits the children.DIY: Most teachers agree the best gifts are heartfelt. So get creative! Whether it is a simple note of thanks or a homemade “coupon book” provides class snacks for a day or volunteered time, teachers will be grateful. 60SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Myriam DiGiovanni After writing for Credit Union Times and The Financial Brand, Myriam DiGiovanni covers financial literacy for FinancialFeed. She is also a storytelling expert and works with credit unions to help … Web: www.financialfeed.com Detailslast_img read more

first_imgIt may surprise you to learn that a shift in preferred payment method occurred over the past year, where people of all ages are now reaching to pay with debit instead of credit – even for online purchases.Welcome to part II of our blog series on Eye on Payments 2019. This annual payment study by PSCU examines the factors that influence consumers when it comes to their choice and usage of different payment methods.In our first blog from our 2019 study, we revealed that convenience and ease of use are now the main drivers behind a consumer’s choice in payment method, toppling last year’s motivator of security. Today, we’re going to dive deeper into the reasons behind this newfound debit preference, and look at how younger generations, in particular, are using debit to assuage their fear of debt.Consumers Choose and Trust Debit for Online PurchasesWhile ease of use (64%), convenience (62%) and comfort of use (51%) were some of the top reasons cited for this year’s debit preference, an overall increase in American debt, concerns about an upcoming recession and the budget-conscious qualities of today’s younger generations are all factors in this year’s shift. Additionally, advanced features in the way of mobile card alerts are helping give consumers more control over their debit activity, and lessening fears around fraud. Perhaps this is why PSCU saw the shift to debit begin to take place around major shopping events from the past 12 months, like the 2018 holiday season and 2019’s Amazon Prime Day. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_img Your Email (required) Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Three legendary New York Rangers will be on hand at the Steiner Sports store in Roosevelt Field Mall this weekend to sign autographs for their beloved fans—including the lucky winner of a Press contest that includes free autographs and an opportunity to meet each of the former players.The retired fan favorites include:Mark Messier, aka “The Captain,” whose illustrious career spanned parts of three decades, including 10 years with the Rangers. Messier played in 698 regular season games with New York City’s hometown team, amassing 691 total points. Messier was also a member of the 1994 Rangers’ Stanley Cup winning team.Brian Leetch spent nearly his entire 19-year career with the Rangers. The defenseman appeared in nine All-Star games, earned Rookie of the Year honors in 1989, was twice honored as the league’s top defenseman, and perhaps most importantly, won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Rangers championship-winning 1994 season.Mike Richter was a Ranger until the end. The four-time All-Star goalie played 23 games in his rookie season and never looked back. He secured 16 victories in the Rangers 1994 Stanley Cup run—notching four shutouts.Time, Date & PricesThe trio of legends will be signing autographs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Steiner Sports Store on Saturday, Dec. 3. Event pricing goes as such: $199 for flats/pucks, $210 for equipment, and $40 inscriptions. A bundle package including autographs from all three retired players costs $269.99 for pucks/flats and $299 for equipment.The contest details are as follows:Simply enter your name and email address below.One winner will be picked at random.One person and a guest will win one autograph (total) from each of the three players and have an opportunity to meet the legendary trio. (Prize subject to players’ schedules and availability.) Good luck! Your Name (required)center_img (Photo credit: New York Rangers legend Mark Messier aka “The Captain” by Brendan Lee/Flickr)last_img read more

first_imgTopics : Incoming White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has self-quarantined after he may have come into contact with a person who tested positive for the coronavirus, his spokesman said Monday.Meadows is not exhibiting symptoms and a precautionary test came back negative, the spokesman said on Twitter.”Mark Meadows was advised this weekend that now 12 days prior at CPAC, he may have come into contact with the COVID-19 positive test individual,” the tweet said, referring to a conservative conference in late February. Among them, at least two Republican lawmakers recently met with Trump.center_img “He’ll be self-quarantined till the 14 day period passes Wednesday.”US President Donald Trump announced Friday he had chosen staunch ally Meadows to be his new chief of staff — the fourth person to hold the position since he took office.Meadows, currently a Republican congressman from North Carolina, will replace the ultra-conservative Mick Mulvaney, who had been serving as acting chief of staff since Trump fired John Kelly in December 2018.Five other US elected officials have announced they are self-quarantining. Four of them were exposed to the virus, like Meadows, during the CPAC conference near Washington.last_img read more

first_imgNursing homes across the country have been overwhelmed, and a skating rink in Madrid has been turned into a makeshift morgue where hearses park outside the building, which is normally a popular venue for children’s birthday parties.The country’s government is scrambling to get hold of protective equipment like masks, scrubs and gloves, and ventilators.The government has ordered 432 million euros (US$471.4 million) worth of masks, gloves and testing kits in China, Health Minister Salvador Illa said.The country has also turned to NATO partners for protective gears and ventilators to treat patients. Spain awoke to the prospect of more lockdown on Thursday after parliament approved an extension to its state of emergency in the early hours of the morning following a mammoth session of debate.Parliament eventually voted to extend emergency measures – including the state of lockdown that has seen people confined to their homes except for essential trips for food, medicine and work – for a further 15 days until April 12.A majority of 321 lawmakers voted in favor of the extension, while 28 abstained. The largest opposition party, the People’s Party, supported the measure. “It is not easy to extend the state of emergency,” Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said in Parliament. “I am convinced the only efficient option against the virus is social isolation.”Spain is struggling to cope with the mounting coronavirus crisis as its death toll exceeded China’s on Wednesday with another 738 lives lost in a single day.The number of coronavirus cases in Spain has jumped ten-fold since the state of emergency was imposed on March 14, and the number of fatalities by 30 to 3,434.Spain now has the second-highest number of deaths globally after Italy’s 6,820.center_img Topics :last_img read more