Need for press freedom reforms

first_imgNews to go further PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago June 1, 2021 Find out more Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa Help by sharing this information RSF_en Organisation May 3, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about the level of violence to which journalists continue to be exposed in the Philippines. The latest incident is the attempted murder of radio presenter Jerome Tabanganay, who was shot twice outside his radio station in the northern province of Kalinga on 14 May, four days after the country went to the polls.“The toll from physical attacks on the press continues to mount in the final weeks of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s administration,” Reporters Without Borders said, calling for a thorough investigation into Tabanganay shooting. “A total of 137 journalists have been killed since she took office nine years ago. This shows that reforms aimed at promoting media freedom and protecting journalists are essential in the Philippines.” The press freedom organisation added: “We hope that the incoming government will do what is necessary to end the culture of impunity. We also appeal to President-elect Benigno Aquino to reestablish a positive climate for the media as soon as he takes office on 1 July.”The host of a news programme on state-owned Radyo ng Bayan, Tabanganay was approached by a gunman as he arrived outside the station on the morning of 14 May. He immediately started to run but the gunman managed to shoot him in the legs as he fled.The attack came on the same day that Esmael Mangudadatu was declared the winner of the gubernatorial election in Maguinadao, a province at the other end of the Philippines. Mangudadatu’s wife and two sisters were killed in massacre on 23 November 2009 in which 32 journalists lost their lives.The massacre made the Philippines the world’s deadliest country for the media in 2009.Reporters Without Borders also voices its strong support for the call by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines to the outgoing government to bring forward a parliamentary vote on legislation that will decriminalise press offences. May 18, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Need for press freedom reforms News Receive email alerts News PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Philippines February 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Start Your Week Off Right with Monday Night Meditation

first_img Subscribe Top of the News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News Faith Essays & Inspirations Start Your Week Off Right with Monday Night Meditation From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, July 25, 2016 | 11:36 am More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 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. HerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRobert Irwin Recreates His Father’s Iconic PhotosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAncient Beauty Remedies From India To Swear By For Healthy SkinHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Gorgeous Looks That Have Been Classic Go-tos For DecadesHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community Newscenter_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 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 13 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment Meditation brings benefits on both on mental and physical levels. It sharpens the mind by increasing focus and expands through relaxation. It also helps to reduce anxiety, brings emotional stability and brings awareness. It helps to lower the blood pressure, decreases tension-related pain, such as, tension headaches, ulcers, insomnia, muscle and joint problems. It also increases serotonin production that improves mood and behavior.With meditation, your physiology undergoes a change and every cell in the body is filled with more prana (energy) resulting in joy, peace, enthusiasm as the level of prana in the body increases. To experience the benefits of meditation, regular practice is necessary. It takes only a few minutes every day. Once imbibed into the daily routine, meditation becomes the best part of your day!When you meditate, you are in the space of vastness, calmness and joy and this is what you emit into the environment, bringing harmony to the Creation/planet.It can also bring about a true personal transformation.Busy people from all backgrounds are grateful to pause and enjoy a refreshing few minutes of meditation each day. Dive deep into yourself and enrich your life.All Saints Church has a Monday Meditation Night Every Week. Nights take place in All Saints Chapel, resting in the stillness of the Spirit. The group meets Mondays from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m.in the All Saints Chapel.Visit All Saints Pasadena at 132 North Euclid Avenue. Call (626) 796-1172 or email [email protected] You can also find more information on their website http://allsaintspas.org/.last_img read more

Analyzing California’s Response to Wildfire Insurance

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Loss Mitigation, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily April 8, 2020 1,432 Views Insurance wildfire 2020-04-08 Seth Welborn Tagged with: Insurance wildfire Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Related Articles Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Home / Daily Dose / Analyzing California’s Response to Wildfire Insurancecenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago After the California wildfires of in 2017 and 2018, state insurers were hit with record-breaking losses of over $25 billion. In response, on November 14th, 2019, California Department of Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara ordered the FAIR Plan Association, a state-established “insurer of last resort” ran by a pool of private carriers, to offer comprehensive homeowners insurance, adding traditional perils like water damage, theft, and personal liability to their fire coverage. A new report from CoreLogic analyzes the events leading up to this development, and how state insurers responding.First, CoreLogic notes that many traditional carriers reduced or cancelled their insurance coverage in high-risk wildfire zones. In response, the Wildfire Safety and Recovery Act (CA SB-824) of 2019 mandated a one-year moratorium on non-renewal of homeowners insurance for at least 800,000 homes in ZIP codes near recent wildfire disasters”The moratorium draws parallels to the aftermath of 1992 Hurricane Andrew, where property and casualty insurers in Florida were faced with over $16 billion in losses,” CoreLogic said. “In 1993, the Department of Insurance imposed a moratorium on non-renewals of residential property coverages in Florida for 90 days.”In October 2018, the Florida Insurance Commissioner issued a 90-day moratorium for carriers in counties impacted by Hurricane Michael. California’s lengthy one-year moratorium is proving a challenge for state insurers as they work to control losses amidst many years of consistent devastating wildfire events.The California Insurance Commissioner and state lawmakers also introduced Assembly Bill 2367, named “Renew California”. The bill would create a Wildfire Resilience Task Force, which would include the Insurance Commissioner, the Director of the Office of Emergency Services, and the State Fire Marshal, to establish minimum standards for fire-hardened homes and communities. The bill would also require admitted property insurers in the state to write or renew policies when the applicant or insured owns a residence with an estimated replacement cost consistent with the insurer’s underwriting guidelines and the residence and community meet the minimum standards for fire-hardening. Analyzing California’s Response to Wildfire Insurance Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save Previous: Federal Agencies Issue Statement on Loan Modifications Next: DS5: How Technology and the Fed are Assisting Servicers Subscribelast_img read more

Marjory Stoneman Douglas teacher charged after leaving gun in public restroom

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(PARKLAND, Fla.) — A Marjory Stoneman Douglas teacher and shooting survivor was arrested and charged after he allegedly left his pistol in a public restroom, where it was later fired, police said.Sean Simpson, who was at the Parkland, Florida, high school in February when 17 people were shot and killed, left his loaded firearm in a bathroom stall at the Deerfield Beach Pier on Sunday, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.The science teacher told police he went back to retrieve the gun and found it in the hands of a homeless man who appeared intoxicated. Joseph Spataro, 69, had picked it up and fired it into a wall, according to police records.Simpson managed to retrieve the gun from Spataro, but they were both apprehended.Simpson, 43, was charged with failing to safely store a firearm, a second-degree misdemeanor. He was released later on Sunday after posting a $250 cash bond. Meanwhile, Spataro, who told police he fired the Glock 9mm to see if it was loaded, was charged with firing a weapon while intoxicated and trespassing.ABC affiliate WPLG reached out to Simpson, who would not comment on the case, though he said did not believe that he violated school board rules.A spokeswoman for the Broward County School Board said the district is not expected to take disciplinary action against him, according to WPLG.Simpson previously said he’d be willing to be trained to carry a gun to protect students from potential attackers, WPLG reported.On Tuesday, the Broward County School Board said it wouldn’t participate in the state’s new Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program, which was named after a Marjory Stoneman Douglas coach who died protecting students.Florida lawmakers intended to allow teachers and other in-classroom employees to participate as well, but the program was scaled back amid objections from Marjory Stoneman Douglas survivors.Supporters of the program have argued that if Feis were armed, he may have been able to stop alleged shooter Nikolas Cruz from harming as many students.Cruz, 19, admitted to the shooting after fleeing from the Feb. 14 attack, according to his arrest affidavit.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Investigating the biases in the use of hard prey remains to identify diet composition using antarctic fur seals (Arctocephalus gazella) in captive feeding trials

first_imgThe analysis of pinniped scats has been used to quantify their diet, using prey remains to identify species and to estimate the numbers and sizes of prey consumed. There are, however, potential biases involved with scat analysis and, for this method to be used successfully, these biases need to be quantified. Thirty-six Antarctic fur seals (Arctocephalus gazella) were fed meals of exclusively either fish, squid, or krill and their scats were collected and analyzed. The major sources of error in the analysis of prey remains from scats were the differential erosion and passage rate of items in relation to their size. However, using simple correction functions, such as those which model otolith erosion, it is possible to reduce these errors. Using plastic beads as dietary markers showed recovery rates were negatively related to their size. Larger squid beaks had lower recovery rates than smaller beaks, but there was no size-related bias in the recovery rates of krill carapaces. Only 33% of the squid beaks and 27% of the otoliths originally fed were recovered from the scats. Recovery rates were greater for squid (77%) and fish (50%) eye lenses and these structures gave a better estimate of numbers eaten. Differences found between experimentally derived and published regression equations (used to calculate prey sizes eaten from prey remains) highlights the need for regression equations based on local prey characteristics, if these are to be used with any success to describe the prey eaten.last_img read more

The bivalve Anopaea (Inoceramidae) from the Upper Jurassic-lowermost Cretaceous of Mexico

first_imgIn Mexico, the Upper Jurassic to lowermost Cretaceous La Casita and coeval La Caja and La Pimienta formations are well-known for their abundant and well-preserved marine vertebrates and invertebrates. The latter include conspicuous inoceramid bivalves of the genus Anopaea not formally described previously from Mexico. Anopaea bassei (Lecolle de Cantú, 1967), Anopaea cf. stoliczkai (Holdhaus, 1913), Anopaea cf. callistoensis Crame and Kelly, 1995 and Anopaea sp. are rare constituents in distinctive Tithonian–lower Berriasian levels of the La Caja Formation and one Tithonian horizon of the La Pimienta Formation. Anopaea bassei was previously documented from the Tithonian of central Mexico and Cuba, while most other members of Anopaea described here are only known from southern high latitudes. The Mexican assemblage also includes taxa which closely resemble Anopaea stoliczkai from the Tithonian of India, Indonesia and the Antarctic Peninsula, and Anopaea callistoensis from the late Tithonian to ?early Berriasian of the Antarctic Peninsula. Our new data expand the palaeogeographical distribution of the high latitude Anopaea to the Gulf of Mexico region and substantiate faunal exchange, in the Late Jurassic–earliest Cretaceous, between Mexico and the Antarctic Realm.last_img read more

DM Hall moves Glasgow North office

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » DM Hall moves Glasgow North office previous nextAgencies & PeopleDM Hall moves Glasgow North officeThe Negotiator3rd July 20170634 Views DM Hall, one of Scotland’s largest independent firms of Chartered Surveyors, is moving its Glasgow North branch into the heart of the city’s business district at 220 St Vincent Street, a Grade B listed building which has been sensitively reinvented as a sophisticated office development.For 50 years, the firm’s busy and effective Glasgow North office has been located in the Georgian terrace of Newton Place next to Charing Cross.Eric Curran, Managing Partner of DM Hall said, “This move represents the latest chapter in the story of DM Hall’s continuing success.“While Newton Place has been a good home to us, and a welcoming environment for our clients, the fact is we have simply outgrown it. As a consequence, we have taken the decision to move.”DM Hall is also modernising its Glasgow South office in Shawlands, with new equipment, furniture and external signage.Alan Gordon, Principal Commercial Partner at DM Hall said, “This is an exciting time for DM Hall, its 22 partners and its 230 staff. As one of Scotland’s leading independent firms of Chartered Surveyors, it has never been more successful or experienced a more dramatic period of technology-backed expansion.”DM Hall DM Hall Glasgow DM Hall Glasgow North branch July 3, 2017The 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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Mayor Jay Gillian Announces Plan for Ocean City’s New Business Administrator

first_imgMayor Jay Gillian statement:I will ask City Council tonight to extend the shared services agreement with Sea Isle City for George Savastano to work as our business administrator and municipal engineer.Under a short-term agreement this summer, George has been extremely effective in project management, budget control, and in leading the city team. I’m very excited by the potential of what we can accomplish together over the next four years.The agreement represents a substantial savings to both towns, and the shared knowledge and resources will be invaluable. With George’s intimate knowledge of Ocean City and his experience as an engineer, we are able to combine two positions and get more effective leadership at the same time.  I know Sea Isle City Mayor Lenny Desiderio is equally excited, and both of us will continue to look for more opportunities for shared services on behalf of our taxpayers. Fact SheetCurrent salary as Sea Isle City business administrator: $159,750.Salary as of Sept. 1, if agreement is approved: $184,000.Ocean City’s cost share: $8,000 monthly for business administrator services and $5,000 monthly for municipal engineer services.Sea Isle City’s cost share: $2,333 monthly, plus all costs for health and employee benefits, vehicle, pension and other legacy costs. George Savastano, pictured with Sea Isle City Public Information Officer Katherine Custer, will serve as both Ocean City and Sea Isle City’s business administrator under a proposed shared services agreement between both towns.last_img read more

Listen To The Surprise Free Mixtape That GRiZ Just Dropped

first_img[Photo: Andrew Rios]GRiZ’s Good Will Continue Tour Dates10/11 – The Observatory – Orange County, CA10/12 – The Observatory – San Diego, CA10/13 – The Warfield – San Francisco, CA10/14 – The Warfield – San Francisco, CA1015 – Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, CA10/18 – McDonald Theatre – Eugene, OR10/19 – Roseland Theater – Portland, OR10/20 – Vancouver Forum – Vancouver, BC10/21 – The Hive – Sandpoint, ID10/22 – The Wilma – Missoula, MT10/26 – Myth – Minneapolis, MN10/27 – Freaky Deaky at Wisconsin Center – Milwaukee, WI10/28 – Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland – Kansas City, MO10/29 – Hulaween – Live Oak, FL10/31 – Express Live! – Columbus, OH11/1 – Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY11/2 – Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA11/3 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA11/4 – The Anthem – Washington, D.C.11/5 – Palace Theatre – Albany, NY11/7 – The National – Richmond, VA11/9 – Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN11/10 – Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre – Atlanta, GA11/11 – Orpheum Theater – New Orleans, LA12/1 – Dominican Holidaze – Punta Cana, DO12/2 – Dominican Holidaze – Punta Cana, DO Yesterday afternoon, renowned DJ, producer, and saxophonist GRiZ surprised his fans by dropping the second installment of his mixtape series, Chasing The Golden Hour. The first mixtape in the series, Chasing The Golden Hour Pt. 1, was released back in 2015. At the time, Chasing The Golden Pt. 1 gained a lot of buzz from fans and critics alike, as the mix deviated from the DJ’s usual style. Now, two years later, Chasing The Golden Hour Pt. 2 is free and available to the public and serves as a perfect follow-up to its predecessor.GRiZ Debuts Live Band At Two-Night Red Rocks Run [Photos]Featuring ten individual tracks, Chasing The Golden Hour Pt. 2 perfectly captures the vibes of summertime, making it an appropriate end of summer gift to fans. The mix still blends hip-hop, soul, dance, and R&B in GRiZ’s characteristic manner, while simultaneously using minimalist beats and blended instrumental tracks to create a more laid-back feel to the project. Chasing The Golden Hour Pt. 2’s release comes on the heels of GRiZ’s three back-to-back sold-out performances, including two headlining performances at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. This latest release from GRiZ also comes after the producer launched his own beer line last week—his similarly named Chasing The Golden Hour Ale in collaboration with Great Divide Brewing Company, which is a colette brewed with Colorado peaches.You can check out the latest release from GRiZ here, plus check out his upcoming dates for his Good Will Continue tour below.last_img read more

Sharing Science.

first_img“It’s because the University of Georgia is one of the biggeststate universities in the United States and it is very good inbioengineering and poultry,” Ryong said. “Georgia hasa lot of achievement in broiler production. Also, you’ve got pecantrees, which could be similar (to producing) hazelnuts in Korea.”Facing the food shortage back home, the delegation wants to develophardy, nutritional food varieties, and UGA CAES potato researchwas high priority for the group. “We especially enjoy the production of potatoes and sweetpotatoes. The Koreans should carry out what we call the PotatoRevolution,” Ryong said.Last October, a UGA CAES delegation lead by Gale Buchanan, deanand director of the UGA CAES, visited the Academy of AgriculturalSciences in DPRK.”The conclusion of the discussions was that if we work together,we can get much benefit for people of both countries. That kindof cooperation was suggested by Gale Buchanan and other membersof the delegation,” Ryong said.Armed with agricultural knowledge and plans for future visitsback to Georgia, the delegation will return to DPRK Thursday. Photo:Brad Haire Kim Sam Ryong, deputy president of the Academy of Agricultural Sciences in DPRK, inspects a recently irrigated corn field on the UGA CAES Tifton Experiment Station. Photo:Brad Haire Agricultural scientist from Korea learn about Georgia irrigation practices from Kerry Harrison, UGA CAES irrigation engineer.center_img Five representatives of the DemocraticPeople’s Republic of Korea Academy of Agricultural Sciences havespent the past two weeks learning about farm research from Universityof Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciencesspecialists in Athens, Griffin and Tifton.The North Korean delegation hopes to take back advanced food-producingtechnologies to their country, which has suffered six years offamine.Asking questions and taking notes, the delegation has been presentedpoultry, botany, row crop and genetic research by UGA CAES scientists.Through an interpreter, Kim Sam Ryong, deputy president of theDPRK Academy of Agricultural Sciences, said he hopes to continuerelations between the two institutions.last_img read more