At least five journalists attacked while covering Georgia’s election campaign

first_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Georgian authorities to guarantee the safety of reporters covering the campaign for the parliamentary elections on 31 October and to conduct a transparent investigation into attacks against at least five journalists, one of whom had to be hospitalized.Three TV crews covering the campaign were physically attacked during clashes between pro-government and pro-opposition activists in the southern town of Marneuli on the evening of 29 September.Jeyhun Muhamedali, one of four journalists with the opposition TV channel Mtavari Arkhi, had to be hospitalized overnight with a head injury sustained during the violence, in which a camera and microphone were damaged. A camera operator with Georgia’s public broadcaster GPB was also attacked and his camera was smashed.The entire day was marred by incidents between members of the ruling Georgian Dream party and the opposition United National Movement. The police have begun an investigation into the violence and into the obstruction of journalists’ work, but they have not provided any details.“Reporters must be able to cover the election campaign without being targeted,” said Jeanne Cavelier, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “We call on the leaders of the two parties to condemn these attacks and we urge the authorities to conduct an exhaustive and transparent investigation in order to identify those responsible. The state has an obligation to guarantee journalists’ safety. With four weeks to go to a high-stakes election, impunity for those responsible for violence must be combatted.”The environment for journalists has worsened in the run-up to the parliamentary elections in Georgia, which is ranked 60th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. News News Georgian TV channel’s deputy director resigns under pressure June 18, 2020 Find out more News Credit: screenshot of Mtavari Arkhi TV Help by sharing this information GeorgiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence Organisation October 1, 2020 At least five journalists attacked while covering Georgia’s election campaign to go further RSF_en Follow the news on Georgia July 20, 2020 Find out more Concern about alleged plot to murder Georgian TV host Mounting pressure on Georgia’s media in run-up to elections News Receive email alerts GeorgiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence February 5, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Snarky Puppy, Dopapod, Kung Fu Members To Join Roosevelt Collier For Brooklyn Comes Alive

first_imgRoosevelt “The Dr.” Collier is bringing his southern-bred grooves to Brooklyn Comes Alive! The pedal steel guitar player will lead bassist Michael League (Snarky Puppy), Rob Compa (Dopapod), Eli Winderman (Dopapod), and Adrian Tramontano (Kung Fu) through a game-changing mix of covers that is not-to-be-missed.Brought up in the “sacred steel” tradition of the House of God Church, Roosevelt built his reputation alongside his uncles and cousins in The Lee Boys, known for their spirited, soul-shaking live performances. Seated front and center, “The Dr.” leaves an indelible mark on listeners, flooring audiences with his lightning-fast slide work on the pedal steel. Having shared many stages with legendary acts like the Allman Brothers, String Cheese Incident, Widespread Panic, Umphrey’s McGee, and so many more, Collier is ready to step in front of any crowd and consistently deliver a jaw-dropping performance.The Roosevelt Collier New York Get Down promises funk, soul, blues, and rock and roll. With these five incredible players sharing a stage, there’s no telling what’s in store.Set for October 22, 2016, the second annual event will span three of Brooklyn’s most popular venues — Brooklyn Bowl, The Hall at MP, and Music Hall of Williamsburg — all within a 10 minute walking radius. Tickets to the event grants you access to all three venues, and can be found here. More information can be found on the event’s website.So far, BCA has officially announced the following supergroup formations:The All Brothers Band: Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge, Neal Evans, Alan Evans[Br]eaking [Bi]scuits: Adam Deitch, Borahm Lee, Marc Brownstein, Aron MagnerReed Mathis’s Electric BeethovenJoe Russo, Scott Metzger, Robert Walter, & Andy HessDRKWAV: John Medeski, Adam Deitch, & SkerikEarth, Wind and PowerJason Hann’s RhythmatronixA Tribute To J DillaStay tuned for more lineup announcements over the coming weeks! In the meantime, see if you can guess what Brooklyn Comes Alive might be in store from the following artist list:Brooklyn Comes Alive Artist Full Lineup:Joe Russo (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead)Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers/Dead & Company)Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits)Aron Magner (The Disco Biscuits)John Medeski (Medeski Martin & Wood)Jason Hann (The String Cheese Incident)Adam Deitch (Lettuce/Break Science)Robert Walter (Greyboy Allstars/Mike Gordon)Scott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead)Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band)Alan Evans (Soulive)Neal Evans (Soulive)Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce)Jesus Coomes (Lettuce)Adam Smirnoff (Lettuce)Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce)Roosevelt CollierMichael League (Snarky Puppy)SkerikTodd Stoops (RAQ)Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green)Borahm Lee (Break Science)Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band)James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band)Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy)Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power)Nick Cassarino (The Nth Power)Nate Edgar (The Nth Power)Courtney J’Mell Smith (The Nth Power)Manic Focus (special guests)Will Bernard (Stanton Moore Trio)Tim Palmieri (Kung Fu)Jay Lane (Primus/RatDog)Rob Compa (Dopapod)Eli Winderman (Dopapod)Adrian Tramontano (Kung Fu)Holly BowlingBrasstracksFareed Haque (Garaj Mahal)Cochrane McMillan (Tea Leaf Green)Andy Hess (Gov’t Mule/The Black Crowes)Dan Edinburg (The Stepkids)Jen Durkin (Deep Banana Blackout)Johnny Durkin (Deep Banana Blackout)Rob Marscher (Matisyahu)Rob Somerville (Kung Fu)Benny Rietveld (Santana)Samora Pinderhughes (Emily King, Branford Marsalis)Raul PinedaFarnell NewtonDanny SadownickBrandon “Taz” Niederauer (Artist-At-Large)Showcase Sets:RIPEOrgan Freemanlast_img read more

Little things matter

first_img continue reading » I’m a huge fan of auto-paying my bills.First, I want to protect my credit report.Second, I’m lazy. If I can automate a task, that’s a win.Here’s a great story about one of my utilities.I signed up to pay them automatically each month from my checking account.  But there was a rub.Each month, they would send me an email saying a payment was due. But I never could remember if I was on autopayment, so I’d have to dig into the account to confirm. That almost defeated the purpose. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Vaccines recommended as flu spreads

first_imgVaccinations · Experts say students can still protect themselves against the flu by getting vaccinations late in the winter season. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanWith the winter season in full swing, many students have desperately tried to avoid the ongoing influenza epidemic. According to a report by the California Department of Public Health, it is not too late to get vaccinated.It is recommended that everyone get a flu shot given the increase in flu activity in California, according to the latest FluView report, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.“The best defense against the flu is getting vaccinated,” Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the CDPH, said in the report. “This year’s vaccine is an excellent match against this year’s influenza strains    … Our flu season may not peak for several more weeks, so I encourage everyone to get vaccinated to protect not only themselves, but those with whom they come into contact.”According to Sharon E. Orrange, M.D., an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the Keck School of Medicine, the flu season is still clearly on the rise, especially in Los Angeles.“We are clearly on an upswing in Los Angeles on reported cases of the influenza A (H3N2) strain,” Orrange said. “The strain we have now has a history of being more aggressive.”The effectiveness of the vaccine in defending people against the flu virus partially depends on how well the vaccine matches the strains of the virus prevalent during the flu season. According to the CDC, the predominant influenza A (H3N2) virus was tested to have a 99.4 percent match to the type of strain that the vaccine protects against. However, the match for the second-most common strain tested in the study, the influenza B virus, was found to have only a 66.7 percent match to the vaccine.With the reports of influenza only increasing, Orrange warns that we have yet to see the last of this flu season.“The flu started earlier this year than it has in over a decade,” Orrange said. “We haven’t peaked yet. We clearly will be going into February.”Though some students may think that it is too late to get the vaccine, Orrange warns that they are still susceptible to the virus because of the extended flu season.“If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, it’s still worth it to get the vaccination,” Orrange said.Students interested in getting the flu vaccine can visit the new USC Engemann Student Health Center Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.last_img read more


first_imgWell-known Letterkenny man Frank Larkin has been awarded a top position in Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland.Frank, a member of the Donegal Branch branch, was elected as National chairperson of the group at the National conference of the organisation in the Clarion Hotel in Sligo.The theme of the conference was “Positive life choices”. There were around 200 delegates from around the country at this very informative event which is the annual highlight of the events of the organisation. A peer support pilot project was also launched and this will be a huge undertaking by the organisation which it is planned to eventually roll out nationwide. FRANK GETS TOP JOB IN SPINA BIFIDA IRELAND was last modified: October 7th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Frank LarkinSpina Bifidalast_img read more

Commodity Classic focuses on farmer profitability

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest More than 350 Ohioans joined nearly 10,000 farmers from around the country for the 2017 Commodity Classic in San Antonio early this month to set policy, network and learn to improve their farms from some of the nation’s top experts.“The theme of the conference has really been farmer profitability. The last three years we have seen decreasing net incomes because of prices and that is a big concern,” said Keith Truckor, chair of the Ohio Corn Checkoff Board and Fulton County farmer. “Fortunately we had a good run of profitability so we are coming in with pretty strong balance sheets, which is a positive. As we look forward in the next year or two there are concerns about where profitability will be. With that in mind we are looking at trade and biofuels and farm bill policy to make sure we are on the forefront of turning this cycle back to stronger profitability for farmers in the United States. President Trump was carried by rural America and we want to make sure that he is aware of the fact that he made some promises during his campaign and we want to hold him to those promises.”Trade is at the top of the list of political concerns.“The ag world is very concerned about what is happening with trade. It is a major portion of the agricultural industry and Mr. Trump has not been very friendly to it at this time. I think things are going to work, though. His major concern is with the industrial portion of trade rather than the ag portion of it,” said Jerry Bambauer, American Soybean Association Board of Directors member, from Auglaize County. “He’s cancelled the Trans Pacific Partnership. We really didn’t have it implemented yet but we did have a lot of work done on it. He would like to go to bi-lateral rather than multi-lateral trade agreements. Bi-laterals can take a long time and our biggest challenge may be how long it takes to implement them.”Even if the Trump Administration does successfully navigate successful bi-lateral trade deals, the time spent prior to their implementation could mean big losses for agriculture.“If we have a trade agreement with a country we typically supply around 20% to almost 60% of the agricultural trade going into that country. In the countries where we have no trade agreements, we are down around 9%,” Bambauer said. “Trade agreements definitely have a major effect on our ability to export our products into other countries. And, we have a lot of non-GM food grade soybeans grown in Ohio. If we mess this up those arrangements could still happen, but not as much as it does now and it is a pretty good income source for a number of our farmers.”This concern is shared with the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association, according to president Jed Bower from Fayette County.“We thought we had some pretty decent trade deals, but looking forward we have to be positive,” Bower said. “This president did write ‘The Art of the Deal’ and we have to give him a chance to see what he can do and keep in positive conversation with him to be at the table the whole time.”On the positive side, the Trump Administration has aggressively addressed the regulatory environment at the federal level, said Tadd Nicholson, executive director of the OCWGA.“Trump has been focused on addressing the regulations throughout his campaign and the early days of his administration. We are nervous about some of the things he has done on trade but we are very optimistic about some of these other things,” Nicholson said. “We take the good with the bad. The action on the Waters of the U.S. was a key move that we needed to have happen and that got done early on. We are only six weeks into his administration and that is a great signal to us that we have someone we will be able to work with in the EPA.”Of course, ethanol was a hot topic at the Commodity Classic.“Any time a bunch of corn farmers get together, you are talking about ethanol because it has been such a mainstay. We have seen domestic ramp up of ethanol production and usage and now we are seeing more exporting of ethanol. If you can use corn to make it, we are interested in exporting it,” Nicholson said. “There have been some complicated things about ethanol in the news lately like points of obligation and the intricate details of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). We are about promoting the RFS, we defend it, we like it how it is. We would oppose anything that would hurt the RFS. There is nothing out there in writing that we can look at and we really don’t know what deals have been made. We do want to pay a whole lot of attention to this because there are opportunities, maybe, within the new administration. We want to get to know the Trump team the best we can to take advantage of every opportunity for Ohio’s corn farmers.“There was obviously a little angst in the ag community when he was making some of his initial appointments and their backgrounds. I have a lot of optimism at this point, though. The President just reaffirmed through a letter his support for the RFS and ethanol and renewable fuels in general. His team may have their history in the oil industry but this president has been pro ethanol.”There was also plenty of talk about the farm bill, Bower said.“As we are moving forward with the farm bill we have been talking about the importance of crop insurance, the title programs, how the PLC and ARC are working, and we did our listening sessions back home and brought that to the national level,” Bower said. “There are some discrepancies from state to state but a tremendous amount of common ground.”Those attending the general session at the Commodity Classic got a farm bill update first hand from U.S. House Ag Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas).“I’m driven to get the farm bill done on time for the good of farmers, consumers and the country,” he said. “If you want the drama of delays, short-term extensions or going back to the old law, then I’d suggest you go to another theatre or meeting hall. We’re going to get this thing done and on time. We have to so we can bring certainty to the industry for farmers and bankers and lenders so they can plan and get about the business of farming and growingThose attending the general session at the Commodity Classic got a farm bill update first hand from U.S. House Ag Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas).food.”Conaway also said that the White House is very supportive of a timely farm bill and that he will be working to tweak some of the concerns with the previous farm bill, including the dairy programs and reworking the Agricultural Risk Coverage plan to be a stronger safety net. He said nutrition program will be a part of the next farm bill and direct payments would not. The farm bill debate is expected to really pick up this summer.Water quality was also a topic, as other states are watching what is happening in Ohio.“Water quality is still right at the top of our priority list in Ohio and people are really watching to see how we have worked with our legislature and how some of the laws were formed,” said Todd Hesterman, Ohio Soybean Association president. “Others are trying to be proactive in their states as well and we areAs usual, the large trade show was a big attraction at the 2017 Commodity Classic.setting a pretty good example for them to follow.”Along with setting policy and discussing the issues, the annual meeting of the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association and National Association of Wheat Growers also featured a full array of PAC auctions, networking opportunities and a massive trade show that gave attendees plenty to stay busy. The beautiful San Antonio weather sure didn’t hurt either.last_img read more

San Diego Sees 100% Renewables Ahead

first_imgSan Diego has committed itself to a renewable energy future by 2035 with a legally binding ordinance that has been years in the making. The ordinance puts the city at the forefront of national efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.Led by a Republican governor, the City Council voted unanimously on December 15 in favor of a Climate Action Plan that includes the transition to renewable energy, The New York Times reported, even though some of the details have yet to be worked out.The intent is to have all electricity used in the city to come from renewable sources by 2035. Nicole Capretz, executive director of the Climate Action Campaign, said there are separate goals for transportation, which do not require 100% clean energy fuel, as the city seeks sharp reductions in its greenhouse gas emissions.Mayor Kevin Faulconer pitched the plan to the city’s conservative business interests by saying that it would help the economy and create jobs, but said that the plan was not a partisan issue. “It’s the right thing to do,” he said.Capretz, who worked on an earlier draft of the proposal, said that the city council was responding to the call of the Paris climate accord. “It’s up to cities to blaze new trails,” she said. “We’re just laying out the pathway for how to get these massive reductions worldwide.”Capretz said that she expects that much of the city’s renewable energy would come from photovoltaic installations, “a lot of homegrown solar on rooftops and parking lots.”California already has a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. City plan spells out goalsWhile some details have yet to take shape, an article in the The San Diego Union-Tribune lists a number of climate plan benchmarks, including a reduction in vehicle trips in designated transit areas by 20% in five years and 50% in 20 years, a boost in the urban tree canopy, more recycling, and an increase in zero-emission vehicles in the city government’s fleet to 90% in two decades.The Climate Action Plan foresees a number of benefits from the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including:Advances in clean technology industries, such as renewable energy, information technology, and waste management.Revitalizing “pedestrian friendly neighborhoods.”Improving city transportation options.Creating well-paying jobs in high-growth green industries.Making communities that are resilient to climate change.“The potential impacts of a changing climate — higher seasonal temperatures, worsening air quality, diminished water supplies, disruption of agricultural cycles — have great consequences not only for the built and natural environment, but also for the community’s health and economic vitality,” the plan says. “However, since we directly and indirectly influence the emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs), the major cause of climate change, we are uniquely positioned to respond.”According to the Union-Tribune, environmental groups and the state attorney general could file lawsuits forcing the city to comply if it fails to follow through.“The most controversial decision could be whether to implement community choice aggregation, or CCA, a program that would take control away from the local electric utility when deciding how much renewable energy a city uses,” the newspaper reported.“However, when it comes to meeting San Diego’s transportation goals, elected officials may face an even more complicated puzzle,” the article continued. “With vehicle emissions representing more than half of the city’s greenhouse gases, the newly minted Climate Action Plan will fail if residents don’t significantly cut back on the number of miles they drive.”last_img read more

Many in Bahamas Public Sector going home near broke

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas – November 28, 2017 – Civil Servants wants government to relax its policy on how much of their salary can be assigned to lending institutions; it is currently set at 75% and Marlon Johnson, at the Ministry of Finance says the measure is in place so that government workers do not increasingly become the working poor.Johnson told media he is inundated with requests waive the 25% and that a recent memorandum to Permanent Secretaries of the various ministries was designed to reinforce the policy and to state that it would only be bypassed for medical emergencies.  Johnson said when the measure was established, some government workers were taking home less than $50 a month.The acting Financial Secretary says this is a problem, “Many Bahamians have fallen into the so-called ‘debt trap’, where the ‘take home’ portion of their salaries is minimal because so much has already been committed to salary deductions that service loan payments to banks and other lenders.This leaves them unable to afford basic, every day necessities essential for living, such as food and water, and the payment of utility bills”  The 75 per cent ‘limit’, “means that at a minimum your non-committed salary should be at least 25 per cent of your gross earnings”, had been in place for “at least 20 years” across successive administrations. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Celebrating 50 years of education

first_imgOutlining the journey of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, a travelling photo exhibition kicked off in the capital today to carry forward the institute’s Golden Jubilee celebrations. Inaugurated by the Minister of State, Human Resource and Development, Jatin Prasada in the presence of Comissioner of KV Sangathan, Avinash Dixit and other senior officials of Ministry of HRD and KVS, the exhibition was followed by a vibrant cultural evening by students from different central schools. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Beaming in their uniforms, student scouts marched in the corridors of Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts to welcome the arrival of dignatories. After watching the visual journey depicted through the pictures and paintings of students and teachers of KVS, Jatin Prasada commented,’ The photo exhibition portrays the commencement of KVS, its glorious past and the road ahead for its future. The paintings put up by the students are delightful.’ The travelling photo exhibition, planned in 14 cities in India starting from New Delhi, will showcase the journey of KVS from 20 schools to 1093 vidyalayas and dwell on its initiatives and innovative practices for promoting quality education and capacity building of its teaching staff. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe exhibition about growth and evolution of KVS will spread awareness about the institute’s role in the field of school education. It will be stationed at 14 cities, namely, New Delhi, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Patna, Jaipur, Kolkata, Guwahati, Bhopal, Ahmadabad, Mumbai, Bnagalore, Trivandrum, Chennai and Hyderabad. The Golden Jubilee celebrations began with the inaugral function organised at Vigyan Bhawan on 6 July. The Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh unveiled the new logo of KVS during this ceremony. In the cultural presentation today, Jatin Prasada addressed the audience and discussed the imperative issues related to education in our country. He emphasised, ‘We are grappling with the issue of an imbalance in education. Inequality pervades on the basis of gender, caste and class even in this field. We need to provide skill based education and I hope that KVS would continue delivering quality education.’last_img read more