April 1, 2020 Find out more April 27, 2016 – Updated on August 11, 2016 After two more prosecutions, RSF urges Peru to decriminalize libel December 4, 2019 Find out more (Updated on August 11th 2016) Reporters Without Borders welcomes the Fourth Criminal Court of Lima’s decision to overturn the defamation conviction against the journalist Fernando Valencia, accused by former President Alan García Pérez.***********************************************************************(Published on April 27th 2016) Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the completely disproportionate sanctions involved in two major criminal libel cases, one just concluded and one still pending, and calls on Peru to finally decriminalize media offences.The first concerns Fernando Valencia Osorio, the former editor of the daily Diario 16, who was given a 20-month suspended jail sentence on 18 April and was ordered to pay the equivalent of 27,000 euros in damages to former President Alan García over a front-page story in Diario 16 in 2014.The story quoted a statement by President Ollanta Humala accusing the previous (García-led) administration of corruption but not referring to García by name. It was nonetheless accompanied by a photo of García.The second concerns Rafo León, a columnist and very popular TV presenter who is being sued by Martha Meier Miró Quesada, the former editor of one of Peru’s biggest selling daily El Comercio. Meier Miró Quesada, accuses León of insulting and humiliating her in an opinion piece in the magazine Caretas (the main news magazine of the country) in 2014 that was extremely critical of her editorial methods and one of her columns attacking Lima’s mayor.Meier Miró Quesada, claims that his opinion piece was partly to blame for her dismissal as El Comercio’s editor in February 2015. León is facing the possibility of a three-year jail sentence and being ordered to pay up to 1.7 million euros in damages. A final decision in the case is expected at a hearing on 3 May.”We call on the courts to overturn Fernando Valencia’s conviction and dismiss all charges against Rafo León, and we urge the authorities to decriminalize media offences,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America desk.”The use of criminal diffamation in these two cases is utterly disproportionate and foster a climate of self-censorship in Peru. They send a very negative signal that discourages journalistic work and they constitute an attack on the fundamental principle of free speech.”Criminal defamation prosecutions of journalists are very common in Peru. The National Association of Journalists (ANP) says it knows of more than 100 cases akin to those of Valencia and León in the past five years and that in each case the jail terms and heavy damages awards had the same goal – to force media outlets to close and to reduce journalists to silence.Coming amid a presidential election campaign, the two latest cases have been keenly debated in Peru, which is ranked 84th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Latin America’s community radio – a key service but vulnerable PeruAmericas Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentFreedom of expression News Help by sharing this information to go further Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites RSF_en News News News China’s diplomats must stop attacking media over coronavirus reporting Follow the news on Peru PeruAmericas Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentFreedom of expression Receive email alerts Organisation February 10, 2017 Find out more
News Follow the news on Azerbaijan News RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia April 9, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders welcomed the release of journalist and opposition leader Rauf Arifoglu after 18 months in prison. He was among 114 prisoners whose pardon by President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev was announced on 20 March 2005.Arifoglu, editor of opposition daily Yeni Musavat and vice-president of the opposition party Musavat, was among 53 “political prisoners” who appeared on a list produced by the Council of Europe last week.”One can only celebrate the fact that there are no longer any journalists imprisoned in Azerbaijan”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. But it said, “The Council of Europe should continue to apply pressure on the Azeri authorities to achieve a lasting improvement in press freedom.”The murder of Elmar Husseynov, editor of the opposition weekly Monitor, on 2 March 2005, has still not been solved,” it added.Arifoglu, who was accused of organising riots that shook the country following contested presidential elections on 15 October 2003, was arrested on 27 October 2003 and held since in Bailov Prison in the capital Baku. He began a hunger strike on 9 February 2004 in protest at his imprisonment but called it off ten days later for medical reasons.Reporters Without Borders had urged the authorities to free Arifoglu during a visit to Baku in December 2003.The Council of Europe on 17 March called on President Aliyev to pardon Azeri political prisoners, saying legislative elections in November 2005 would only be free and fair if opposition leaders were released. Reporters Without Borders welcomed the long awaited release of Rauf Arifoglu, editor of opposition daily Yeni Musavat, on 20 March 2005, after more than 18 months in prison, following a presidential pardon for 114 prisoners. But the worldwide press freedom organisation called on the Azeri government to also act to solve the 2 March 2005 murder of editor Elmar Husseynov. AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia March 21, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Rauf Arifoglu finally released “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says RSF_en to go further Organisation Receive email alerts June 8, 2021 Find out more News Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh June 4, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information
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Art Wager/iStockBY: KARMA ALLEN, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — Hawaii announced plans to delay reopening for tourism for another month, as coronavirus infections continue to rise in the Aloha State and on the U.S. mainland.Hawaii Gov. David Ige announced the plan in a press conference late Monday, saying the state would delay reopening to tourists until August. He said all travelers who enter the state, even those who have tested negative for the virus, will be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine through Sept. 1.Ige, who said the state recently set a new record of 42 new infections in a single day, cited “uncontrolled outbreaks and surges” on the U.S. mainland as well as increases in COVID-19 cases within the state. The U.S. has become the worst-affected country by far, with more than 3.3 million diagnosed cases and at least 136,000 deaths as of Tuesday.The state’s previous plan was to allow tourists who test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of arriving in Hawaii to bypass the mandatory two-week self-quarantine starting in August. But with the influx of new cases, officials said it was impossible to reopen safely.“The recent increase was a key factor in our decision of the recent start of the pre-travel testing program for travelers to Hawaii,” Ige told reporters Monday. “The outbreaks on the mainland are not in control and we don’t believe that situation will change significantly by August 1.”Ige acknowledged the potential impact the delayed reopening will have on the state’s tourist economy as well as local businesses, but he said it was the only way to stem the uptick in positive cases, as states like Florida, Texas and Arizona saw massive spikes upon reopening prematurely.“We did believe it would be in the best interest of everyone here in the state of Hawaii to delay the start of the program to Sept. 1,” Ige said. “I know this increases the burden of businesses here in Hawaii … we still believe in the pre-testing program and we will take actions to implement it safely.”Hawaii has counted 1,243 COVID-19 cases after logging a record 42 new cases on Saturday. Some 13.1 million people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 globally, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases, and suspicions that some governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.The U.S. tourism sector has been hit hard by the ongoing pandemic.Earlier, Delta Air Lines — the first major U.S. airline to report earnings results for the May-through-June quarter — said the company lost $5.7 billion during the three-month period that largely brought travel to halt.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
The Commandant’s Department is accepting applications for SummerSchool Head Proctor, Assistant Proctor, and Guards**This position is for current cadets only**The Head Proctor will supervise and coordinate all proctorsand guards in carrying out their assigned duties. Duties will alsoinclude: Supervise the duties of the Assistant Proctors; spot checkrooms daily to insure the proctors are inspecting regularly andproperly, inspect all rooms at least once a week; inspect barracksa minimum of three (3) nights each week for quiet and inspectproctors on duty to insure they are performing properly, also makesure barracks are kept in a high state of police at all times;supervise seating and maintain discipline in the Dining Facility;ensure work orders are properly submitted, spot check and insurethat all rooms are reporting damage(s); assign rooms to students;also post and maintain the Delinquency list on the guard bulletinboard. To apply for this level position the cadet needs at leasttwo (2) years of college at the Citadel and has held some type ofleadership position within the Corps of Cadets. The cadet must beable to adhere to the summer school regulations published by theCommandant’s Office. The Head Proctor will receive free room andboard.The Assistant Proctor will assist in the supervision of theguards in carrying out their assigned duties. Duties will alsoinclude: Conduct daily room inspections, report deficiencies to theHead Proctor, and post on Guard Room bulletin board; maintain goodorder and discipline within the Summer School barracks; make surebarracks are kept in a high state of police at all times; check allrooms for damages and put in reports through the OS&D system;ensure work orders are properly submitted; spot check and insurethat all rooms are reporting damages; and perform as barracks guardas needed. To apply for this position, the cadet needs at least two(2) years of college at the Citadel and displays leadershipqualities. The cadet must be able to adhere to the summer schoolregulations published by the Commandant’s Office. The AssistantProctor will receive free room and board. Only online applicationsaccepted.The Guards control access to the barracks and maintain goodorder and discipline within the barracks at all times. Duties willinclude: Control access for visitors, workers, students and othersauthorized to be in the Summer School Barracks; maintains signin/out register for all visitors; answer guard room telephone andtake messages; and perform other related duties as directed by theCommandant’s Department and the Proctors. To apply for thisposition, the summer guards must display the dedication andmaturity to perform as a guard. The cadet must be able to adhere tothe summer school regulations published by the Commandant’s Office.Only online applications accepted.Advertised: Jan 15 2021 Eastern Standard TimeApplications close:
By Donald WittkowskiMost Americans probably don’t know that Baqubah is a city in Iraq. Quite possibly, they’ve never even heard of it.But Sean Lewis is all too aware that Baqubah was the scene of some of the fiercest fighting between the U.S. military and the al-Qaida terrorist network during the Iraq war.While serving as an Army sergeant in Baqubah, Lewis had his right leg blown off and suffered brain damage when a mortar shell exploded near him on Jan. 21, 2004. Two of his fellow soldiers were killed in the attack.“They were two of my closest friends,” Lewis recalled of Gabriel Palacios and David Parker.Lewis paid tribute to his friends, “Gabe and Dave,” as he called them, while joining with hundreds of other people Saturday morning during the ninth annual Walk for the Wounded charity event on the Ocean City Boardwalk.Older veterans of different wars help to lead a crowd of hundreds down the Boardwalk.Despite the somber tones, the event was filled with inspirational moments. Wounded veterans talked of how they have rebuilt their lives, started families, continued their education and extended a helping hand to others suffering from the emotional and physical scars of war.Lewis, 33, of Indianapolis, Ind., retired from the military in 2006 and is currently a full-time student just one semester short of earning a degree in music education from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. He hopes to become a music teacher.“My goal is to bring college-level music appreciation to the high school or middle school level,” he said.Lewis, accompanied by his girlfriend, Raissa Ross, used a pair of crutches to make his way down the Boardwalk during the three-mile charity walk.“At first, it was a little difficult,” he said of the trauma of losing his leg. “Then you find ways to cope with it and live the rest of your life.”Saturday was not the first time Lewis had been in Ocean City. He recalled how he and another soldier would sometimes slip out of Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where they were both receiving treatment for their severe wounds, to visit Ocean City. The side trips gave them a reprieve from the emotional and physical stress of the hospital.“I have lots of fond memories of being here in Ocean City,” Lewis said.Walkers recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of the event.Before he began walking, Lewis addressed the crowd on the Boardwalk to talk about the importance of Operation First Response, a nonprofit organization that helps wounded veterans in need of assistance while making the transition from the military to civilian life.Money raised from the Walk for the Wounded goes to support Operation First Response. Steve Brady, vice chairman of OceanFirst Bank, the principal sponsor of the event, said the Walk for the Wounded has raised more than $600,000 since its inception in 2009.Peggy Baker, chief executive officer of Operation First Response, told the crowd that her organization has helped more than 8,000 military families.“What greater gift can we give our freedom fighters than a place of honor?” she said.During her remarks, Baker waded into an ongoing controversy by criticizing the NFL players who have been staging protests by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem. She said the protests are disrespectful toward the American flag and “it hurts me to the core.”Peggy Baker, chief executive officer of Operation First Response, speaks of how the organization has helped wounded veterans and their families.Another wounded veteran who participated in the walk was Joshua Ferguson, who lost his left leg in an explosion on April 27, 2007.The 40-year-old Ferguson, who lives in Dickson, Tenn., was an Army sergeant serving in Iraq when a roadside bomb tore through his Humvee military vehicle.“Most of the time, an explosion like that would kill four or five of the guys in the vehicle, but in this case, we all lived,” he said.Ferguson’s leg was amputated up to the thigh, requiring him to use a curved, blade-like prosthetic leg made of carbon fiber and similar to the ones worn by former South African Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius.Now retired from the Army, Ferguson relies on humor and art therapy to help him cope with the emotional and physical ordeal of his wounds.Ferguson is a Little League coach. His baseball uniform has the number 5 and the word “Toes” on it instead of his name – a reference to all of the toes he lost on his amputated leg.Moreover, the license plate on his car says “Peg Leg,” he noted with a laugh.“I try to find the humor in things,” Ferguson said. “This is one of the ways I deal with my wounds.”Cami Bonsera, marketing manager for OceanFirst Bank, displays one of the Walk for the Wounded shirts that were given to donators. Army veteran Sean Lewis, who lost his right leg during a mortar attack in Iraq, is joined by his girlfriend, Raissa Ross, during the 2017 Walk for the Wounded.
Dell Technologies IoT Connected Bundles may be just what you are looking for.Early on in my new role as Head of Global OEM and IoT Partnerships at Dell Technologies, I took it upon myself to visit our major channel partners and learn more about their business. At all these meetings, I heard a common theme, which was that channel partners recognize the IoT revolution is upon them and want to get involved but don’t necessarily know how.Upon hearing this commentary, I knew that Dell Technologies could do something to alleviate this challenge. We care about our customer’s digital future and are committed to making it real.Dell Technologies is uniquely positioned to drive the changes necessary to bring IoT to organizations of all sizes. Through our breadth of experience, we’ve acquired an extensive body of knowledge deploying IoT at scale, which enables us to reduce the risks associated with IoT.Case in point, this past August we launched the IoT Connected Bundles exclusively for the channel at VMworld. These bundles were born from our OEM business, where IoT solutions targeted at specific use cases were developed and honed. As a result, the IoT Connected Bundles are turnkey IoT solutions that are market validated, repeatable, and easy to deploy. Each IoT Connected Bundles contains hardware, software and peripherals – essentially, all that is needed for a complete solution is in a single box.At Dell Technologies, we know that constructing a comprehensive IoT solution – with sensors, gateways, software applications and network connections – can be complicated. The main mission behind the IoT Connected Bundles is to remove much of the guesswork. The bundles provide all necessary components for a successful IoT deployment in a single box targeted to a specific use case.Currently, we have four available IoT Connected Bundles that focus on the following use cases. These bundles can be purchased from TechData.Compliance-as-a-Service for HVAC, refrigeration and power systemPredictive maintenance in midmarket manufacturingAdvanced Data Center Infrastructure ManagementSelf-contained and powered surveillance for safety and security in outdoor spacesI am excited about the IoT Connected Bundles and believe that they can help partners and customers successfully participate in IoT.As we head into the holiday season, I can’t help but think of the IoT Connected Bundles as belonging on wish-lists when it comes to IoT and delivering value to the channel. Below are some highlights:Access to New Buyers: In this new age of digital transformation, conversations are increasingly taking place with the c-suite executives rather than traditional IT professionals. IoT Connected Bundles help drive these conversations with their use case specific focus.Business Solutions: Customers are increasingly looking for more than just products – they want business solutions. IoT Connected Bundles meet this request by providing infrastructure for quick and reliable deployment.Access to Services: IoT Connected Bundles position your business to provide long term services to the customer, including backend infrastructure, maintenance and support, monitoring, analytics, integration and deployment planning.We encourage you to find out more about the IoT Connected Bundles and to reach out to us for more detailed information.To hear more commentary from me on the IoT Connected Bundles, please watch this video from an interview I did at the EMEA Partner Conference last month.Our goal is to make your digital future a reality and if IoT is on your wish-list, IoT Connected Bundles may be worth exploring this holiday season.
Students from different nationalities came together to celebrate the unique cultures of China, Japan and Korea yesterday at the fourth annual Celebrate Asia event in the LaFortune Student Center Ballroom.Associate professor Michael Brownstein headed the Celebrate Asia planning committee, which included professional specialist Noriko Hanabusa, associate professor Yeonhee Yoon and assistant professional specialist Weibing Ye, representing the Japanese, Korean and Chinese language programs, respectively.Wei Lin Cindy Zyniewicz, the administrative assistant of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, said the event showcased the culture of each country represented in the department. She said Celebrate Asia brought together students with an interest in the study of Asian languages to celebrate all of East Asia.The goal is to give students a cultural context for the language they study by exposing them to cultural activities and foods of East Asia, Zyniewicz said.Students were required to participate in at least eight of the 14 event activities, which included practicing calligraphy, paper folding (origami) and paper cutting (jianzhi). Students practiced taekwondo and tai chi, tested their hand-eye coordination with a ping-pong challenge and challenged others to a traditional Chinese board game (wuzi qi).Hibachi Grill catered Chinese food, including dumplings, sesame balls and spring rolls. Zyniewicz said the committee bought sushi from Martin’s Supermarket and Korean food from Sunny’s Korean Restaurant.Zyniewicz said she expected a turnout of around 200 participants, and most of the attendees were majoring or minoring in one of the three languages offered by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures.Junior Jeffrey Wang, an international economics major, said the event was a great way to learn about different Asian cultures at Notre Dame.“Its can really help student gain a global perspective while having fun at the same time,” he said.Junior and Chinese minor Teri Dye said that, although all Asian cultures have similarities, they are also very different.“Through this event we can identify the parallels between the cultures and make out the differences by having firsthand experiences with the cultures,” she said.Freshman Dennis Zheng said he would definitely attend the event next year.“It really allows me to explore the cultures outside of my own, and [it’s] entertaining at the same time,” he said. “One thing I would suggest changing is maybe the location of this event. A lot of people showed up, and it’s a bit crowded for the number of activities available.”Celebrate Asia was sponsored by the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures, Kellogg Institute For International Studies, Teaching Beyond the Classroom grant and the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures.Tags: Celebrate Asia, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, East Asia
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Wednesday she could lift all social distancing measures to return the country to normal life, bar the international border closure, as early as next week.Ardern will decide on Monday whether the country is ready to shift to alert level 1, more than two months after she imposed a strict level 4 lockdown, shutting most businesses and forcing people to stay home, in response to the coronavirus pandemic.Arden said waiting until Monday would allow her to see if recent changes, like the removal of restrictions on the number of people in bars and at social gatherings, had led to a rise in cases. “If it hasn’t, then we will be in a good position to move,” she said during a televised news conference.Under level 1 there is no requirement for physical distancing or limits on the number of people allowed in places like bars, clubs, churches, and sports venues, she said.However, there would be one major change from pre-pandemic normality, with no immediate plans to reopen New Zealand’s border.New Zealand recorded no new cases of coronavirus for a 12th consecutive day on Wednesday and has just one active case. Ardern’s decision to swiftly impose one of the harshest lockdowns in the world has been credited with constraining the spread of COVID-19 in New Zealand, which has reported a total of 1,504 cases and 22 deaths. Topics : Ardern said the focus under a level 1 alert would shift to public health measures and basic personal hygiene like regular hand washing, self-isolation by anyone with flu-like symptoms and contact tracing.The government will work with large scale event organizers to develop a voluntary ‘COVID code’, which would help authorities in contact tracing if it is needed, she added.
ABP is to offer its participants a visual insight into pension rights they have accrued at the pension fund.The €389bn Dutch civil service pension scheme wants to use a simple graph to show how much is available for future benefits of an individual participant. The graph would show how much the worker and its sponsor have contributed and how much the amount has increased through returns on investment.It thinks this would be an important way of restoring faith in pension fund participation among its participants.ABP and its provider APG have developed a prototype of this ‘personal pensions pot’ overview (see image, in Dutch) together with a team of scheme participants. They surveyed 3,000 participants and carried out a focus group. Raoul Willms, APG’s programme director, took pains to emphasise that the concept is effective, saying that 80% of the focus group said they found the information “clear, useful and interesting”.The personal pensions pot visual led them to become more interested in their pension and willing to check their details on ABP’s individual pension portal, he said.The pension fund will provide the personal pensions pot information for all its participants next year, according to Nicole Beuken, director of the pension fund.The information would be on top of the mandatory uniform pensions statement (UPO), which shows workers their accrued pensions rights. The UPO is issued annually by the sponsor.ABP said the initiative was meant to counter “widespread misconceptions”, such as many younger participants expecting the scheme to run empty, or people assuming their premiums exceeded future benefits.The survey confirmed that the complexity and the far-off nature of pensions held people back from engaging with their pension. It found that participants preferred a simple overview, which included their future benefits as well as their currently accrued balance.Willms described the personal pensions pot as an “ongoing experiment”, and said that neuro-marketing would be used to find out how participants respond to a shrinking balance and falling benefits.He added that the information was also to address participants’ follow up questions, such as why they can’t take out the accrued assets and about how ABP invests.Beuken stressed that the concept of the personal pensions pot would only work if it remained simple and would be developed in co-operation with participants.ABP’s director said that the pension fund would like to share the results with the entire sector. The pension scheme said 94% of the 3,000 participants wanted to receive the statement annually.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#