Government urged to respond after shooting attack on radio journalist’s home

first_img Dominican Republic: News presenter and producer gunned down in mid-broadcast News RSF_en June 25, 2015 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders called today for a response from the government after the increased threat of violence to Dominican journalists was confirmed by a shooting attack on the home of radio host Héctor Abreu in the southwestern town of Tamayo on 6 July and threatening phone calls to TV producer Juan Cadena in the capital the same day.“Two weeks after two reporters were attacked and threatened with lynching while covering a demonstration, the attack on Abreu and the threats to Cadena confirm the deterioration in press freedom in the Dominican Republic,” Reporters Without Borders said.“We fear for the safety of Abreu and Cadena and we are astonished that the authorities are taking so long to come up with an appropriate response to these serious, recurring events,” the organisation added. “An initiative is needed at the ministerial level to protect journalists and combat impunity.”A presenter on Radio Azua and a correspondent for Radio Enriquillo, Abreu said he did not know why shots were fired at his house in the early hours of 6 July – leaving impact marks – while he and his family were asleep inside. But he acknowledged that he had reported on several crimes in the region where he works.Cadena, the producer of a daily programme on the Santo Domingo-based TV station Sport Visión, said he was threatened at least four times by phone. An anonymous caller told him he would be executed if he did not stop saying “nonsense” on his programme. Cadena acknowledged commenting on the general strike which several working-class organisations have called for today.Attacks on the press have become more frequent and violent in the Dominican Republic since the start of the year. The National Union of Press Workers (SNTP) and Reporter Without Borders have registered more than 30 cases since 1 January. Dominican RepublicAmericas News Journalists wounded while covering street clashes in Santo Domingo Receive email alerts to go further Dominican RepublicAmericas News July 9, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government urged to respond after shooting attack on radio journalist’s home Help by sharing this information September 22, 2014 Find out more Hostile climate for Dominican media since start of 2015 February 15, 2017 Find out more The shots fired at the home of radio journalist Héctor Abreu on 6 July in the south of the country mark another escalation in the worsening situation of Dominican journalists. Reporters Without Borders calls on the government to take firm measures to protect them and to combat impunity. Organisation Follow the news on Dominican Republiclast_img read more

Effects of field warming on high arctic soil bacterial community: a metagenomic analysis

first_imgSoil microbial communities in the Arctic, one of themost rapidly warming regions on Earth, play animportant role in a range of ecological processes. Thisreport describes initial studies of natural soil bacterialdiversity at a High Arctic site on Svalbard, as part ofa long-term field environmental manipulation study.The impact of increased soil temperature and wateravailability on soil microbial communities was investigated.The manipulation experiment, using open-topchambers, was installed in late summer 2014, and thesoils were sampled soon after snow melt in July 2015.High throughput sequencing of 16S rRNA genes showedrelatively uniform diversity across the study area andrevealed no significant initial effect of treatmentson bacterial communities over the first 10-monthautumn–winter–spring manipulation period.last_img read more

Revealed: the businessman who helped fund Zoopla’s early expansion and backed Easyproperty

first_imgAgents wondering where all the money has come from in recent years to fund the growth of ‘digital disruption’ within the property industry now have a new name to mull – Manfred Gorvy.He’s an 81-year-old South African businessman based in London who was one of the key early backers of both Easyproperty and Zoopla through his investment firm Fresh Capital, which is run by his son Sean.The two investments have had mixed results – Zoopla went on to be the UK’s second largest property portal, but Easyproperty has struggled to make headway despite gaining access to the Guild’s network of agents after joining the GPEA group.Gorvy’s involvement with the two digital property businesses was highlighted over the weekend after he sold his holdings in a Dutch bottling giant which makes the Innocent drinks range in the UK, for £17 million.Dollar billionaireThis has increased his personal fortune to £953 million, making him a dollar billionaire.Gorvy made his initial money during the 1970s in South Africa by helping grow a property, agribusiness and investment company.At one point he was named as the UK’s 288th richest person by the Sunday Times after moving his empire to London.But Gorvy and his family dropped out of the list recently after his business, Hanover Acceptances, slumped from a profit of £97 million in 2017 to a loss of £14 million in 2018.He and his wife are also philanthropists and have donated money to the Victoria and Albert Museum, Royal National Theatre, the Tate and Royal Shakespeare Company. July 8, 2019Nigel 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 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 2021 Home » News » Revealed: the businessman who helped fund Zoopla’s early expansion and backed Easyproperty previous nextProptechRevealed: the businessman who helped fund Zoopla’s early expansion and backed EasypropertyEver wondered who the back-room financiers were who bankrolled the property industry’s digital ‘disruption’? Step forward Manfred Gorvy.Nigel Lewis8th July 201901,653 Viewslast_img read more

Unifine’s pot shot at puds

first_imgUnifine Food & Bake Ingredients has launched a range of take-away puddings in pots for 2009. The collection of recipes is available in a free full-colour 28-page brochure, which comes with serving suggestions, as well as illustrations of each of the finished puddings.The ingredients and recipes are available for White Chocolate Raspberry, Toffee Spiced Apple, Orange and Lemon (pictured), Chococcinno and Champagne and Strawberry pudding varieties. Step-by-step instructions are given to prepare the basic fonds, with each recipe producing between 15 to 32 portions, depending on type.Other desserts featured in the brochure include Black Forest, Pear Caramel, Fruits of the Forest Cheesecake, Rhubarb Vanilla and Blackcurrant and Vanilla.[]last_img

Consider The Source Release Free Anniversary Compilation Ahead Of Massive Tour

first_imgIn celebration of their 10th anniversary as a band, Consider the Source has released a free compilation of music spanning the trio’s career, drawing from the band’s five studio albums, including their most recent release, World War Trio.This news comes in concert with a lengthy batch of tour dates that will find Consider the Source hitting a good portion of the country, save the West Coast. The tour runs throughout the rest of the month and into March and April, finally wrapping up in May with several festival appearances. Notable dates include an evening with The Werks and Big Something at Atlanta’s Terminal West on March 18 as well as a run of Colorado and Midwest dates with Dopapod March 31-April 7.To download your free CTS compilation album visit the band’s website here. Ticketing information for CTS’ upcoming tour can be found here.Consider The Source Tour Dates2/25 Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant St w/ Deaf Scene2/26 Wilkes-Barre, PA @ River Street Jazz Cafe w/ Catullus2/27 New Haven, CT @ Pacific Standard Tavern w/ The Mushroom Cloud3/3 Harrisburg, PA @ The Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Co. w/ Jonathan Scales3/4 Washington, DC @ Gypsy Sally’s w/ Telesma, Deaf Scene3/5 Raleigh, NC @ The Pour House w/ Marbin3/6 Greenvile. SC @ Gottrocks w/ Four 143/9 Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse at The International3/10 Charlotte, NC @ The Rabbit Hole w/ Teratorn, Plato’s3/11 Asheville, NC @ Asheville Music Hall w/ Bulgogi, Rims and Keys3/12 West Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern, w/ Trees on Mars3/13 Wilmington, NC @ The Whiskey3/16 Charleston, SC @ Charleston Pour House3/17 Gainesville, FL @ The Jam3/18 Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West w/ The Werks, BIG Something3/19 Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Music Hall3/20 Dunedin, FL @ Dunedin Brewery3/23 New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa3/24 Houston, TX @ Last Concert Cafe3/25 Kerrville, TX @ Head for the Hills Festival3/26 Denton, TX @ Harvest House3/31 Denver, CO @ The Bluebird Theater w/ Dopapod4/2 Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre w/ Ozric Tentacles4/5 Milwaukee, WI @ The Miramar Theatre w/ Dopapod4/6 St Louis, MO @ The Old Rock House w/ Dopapod4/7 Bloomington, IN @ Bluebird w/ Dopapod4/8 Cosmic Charlie’s @ Lexington, KY4/13 Cambridge, MA @Middle East w/ Project/Object4/14 Portland, ME @ Portland House of Music4/15 Newmarket, NH @ The Stone Church4/16 Bridgeport, CT @ The Acoustic4/22 Providence, RI @ The Spot Underground w/ Little Known Alien4/23 Hartford, CT @ Black Eyed Sally’s4/29 Ardmore, PA @ Ardmore Music Hall4/30 Brooklyn, NY @ The Hall MP5/4 Chicago, IL @ Reggies Rock Club w/ Stick Men5/5 Chicago, IL @ Reggies Rock Club w/ Stick Men5/6 Indianapolis, IN @ The Mousetrap5/7 Berkeley Springs, WV @ Sleepy Creek SpringDig5/13 Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo Iron Works5/14 Pataskala, OH @ Alchemy Rising Music & Arts Festival5/27 Greenfield, MA @ StrangeCreek Campoutlast_img read more

Weatherhead Center welcomes 2010-11 fellows

first_imgThe Fellows Program of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs welcomed a new group of fellows for 2010-11. The fellows — senior diplomats, military officers, politicians, journalists, international civil servants, officials from nongovernmental organizations, and business leaders from around the world — work on research projects of their choosing. In addition, they may organize and lead study groups for Harvard undergraduates, participate in seminars at the center and elsewhere, audit courses, and provide advice to undergraduate and graduate students.This year’s incoming fellows are Olusegun Adeniyi, Charles ‘Diji Akinola, Dagvin R.M. Anderson, Paul W. Bricker, Peter W. Brorsen, Fábio Lacerda Carneiro, Nicole Delaney, Jörgen Holmquist, Rauan Kenzhekhanuly, Hanhee Lee, Sean R. Liedman, Murat Lütem, Westina Matthews Shatteen, Walter Stechel, Taisei Wake, and Young-Eun Yang.For more on the program, and to read brief biographies of the fellows and their work, visit the center’s website.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s students re-establish anthropology club at the College

first_imgReasoning, people and Indiana Jones are key focuses of Saint Mary’s re-established anthropology club.Co-president and junior Teresa Brickey said although Indiana Jones wasn’t the reason she chose to start the club again, the fun Spielberg’s character represents keeps her interested in anthropology.“I just think it’s so [much] fun,” Brickey said. “With me personally, it’ll be good to have a group of people who are also interested in this subject broadly, and even having diverse thoughts about that because there are different sub-areas of anthropology. I’d be able to learn from other people while also still contributing to what interested me.”Brickey said she hopes to bring her love of anthropology to the rest of the community. The club’s other co-president, sophomore Olivia Sencion, said she wants to create general awareness about anthropology.“We’re going to bring awareness to what we do, because I don’t think a lot of people know what anthropology is,” Sencion said. “If you would’ve asked me a couple of years ago, I probably wouldn’t have known. It’s to understand people and to understand what we do and why we do it.”The core of anthropology is understanding people, Sencion said, and that aspect of the field of study will be the most important part of the club.“I think a lot of anthropology can help tie in to what [people] are doing now and what it’s like at this age and what’s going on in the community and the culture and everything,” she said. “It can really help us understand more people, and with that, I think it can help bring us closer together. It’d be something good for everyone to get involved in.”The club will aim to improve society, especially given the current social climate, Sencion said.“I think with how we are as a society right now, we could definitely use this knowledge of learning about other people by trying to incorporate and bring awareness to all of our differences and similarities at the same time,” Sencion said. “I think it’s really good to know about, just to have the awareness about what’s going on and how we’re wired and everything.”The knowledge that the club aims to impart is among its greatest assets, Brickey said.“I think it’s important because people should have a place where they’re able to learn from each other and also have access to academic resources,” she said. “Just to have an open space to really talk through things, because there are different parts of the world — and maybe even our country — that we don’t understand … being able to sit down together and just talk about it and learn is really important, because otherwise how will you ever know?”Tags: anthropology, anthropology club, Indiana Jones, learninglast_img read more

Vermont Supreme Court restores Act 250 rules in utility case

first_imgThe Vermont Supreme Court has thrown out a lower court ruling that Vermont utilities contend would have raised costs for customers and created a new and unworkable permit process for customer service line extensions and routine construction work.“This decision ensures the orderly and environmentally responsible provision of electric services without new and expensive burdens on utility customers,” said Downs Rachlin Martin Director Chris Roy, who argued the case on behalf of Central Vermont Public Service. “If the court had upheld the lower court order, it would have created a costly, time-consuming process for bringing energy to new customers with no new benefits to either the public or the environment.”At issue was an October 2006 CVPS request for an Act 250 permit to extend one of its electrical distribution lines to a new customer in Danville.  CVPS applied for an Act 250 permit to build a 2,500-foot line, mostly underground.  CVPS obtained easements for the line, one of which traversed land subject to an existing Act 250 permit held by the customer.In December 2006, the local district commission issued two permits – a new Act 250 permit to CVPS under Rule 70, which has jurisdiction over utility projects, and an amended permit to the landowner, which named CVPS as a new co-permittee.  The commission said the new line represented a significant change to the existing property, which necessitated the amended permit. The Vermont Environmental Court upheld the commission’s ruling.CVPS appealed the Environmental Court’s determination that it must not only obtain a permit under Act 250 Rule 70, which for decades has specifically applied to utility line projects, but also obtain an amendment to the existing Act 250 third-party permit.“We argued that the district commission and Environmental Court erred by finding that a change to an existing parcel of land could be an independent trigger for jurisdiction over a utility line project,” CVPS spokesman Steve Costello said.  “We believed they also erred in naming the company a co-permittee of a permit we had nothing to do with.  If upheld, this decision would have created an unworkable requirement that utilities across Vermont examine deeds on every property they cross when providing new customers with line extensions, or doing routine service upgrades on existing lines.”The Supreme Court, in a 3-2 decision, agreed with CVPS, finding that the lower court decision inappropriately expanded the reach of Act 250 and violated the specific utility rule the law includes, Rule 70.“The Environmental Court erred in its expansive construction of Act 250 jurisdiction in this case, and we therefore reverse its decision,” the Court said.last_img read more

Where the Heart Is

first_imgHome—there’s no place like it. Our mountains are homelands, both for Appalachian natives and adventurous newcomers. This was made clear last month, when over 85,000 votes poured in last month for our Best Mountain Towns Contest. Readers rallied for their favorite outdoor towns and celebrated the trails, rivers, restaurants, pubs, outfitters, and especially the people of their favorite hometown hotspots. We’re highlighting all 38 of our nominated towns in this issue.Most important, though, are not the winners, but the overwhelming responses from our readers. You care passionately about your hometowns and favorite mountain getaways. These places touch something deeply personal.It’s not just family or childhood that can bind us to a place, but also experience and adventure, which etch their memories upon our hearts more deeply and indelibly. A place becomes home to us when we feel emotionally connected to it, when we know its chattering creeks, twisting trails, and whispering forests as intimately as we know a close friend. A town comes alive when we recognize its faces, hang out in its haunts, and know its streets like lines on our palm.These hometowns don’t survive without us. Thomas Wolfe was wrong: you can go home again, but only if you’re willing to protect it. These hometowns need more than your vote in an online poll. They need your visits and your voice.Your voice has already been essential in creating many of them. Perhaps the greatest success story is Chattanooga, which was declared the most polluted city in the U.S. in 1969. Today it’s the most celebrated new adventure hotspot in the country, with a thriving outdoor community and world-class rivers, rocks, and trails.Even classic adventure towns like Asheville depend on a dedicated outdoor community to fight for their future. In 2007, Asheville’s riverfront was slated for a giant oil-burning power plant. Most of the opposition came from health and outdoor advocates. When the vote finally came, officials unanimously sided with them and stopped the power plant. Today, the river is home to new greenways, trails, parks, breweries, outdoor shops and outfitters, and some of the best paddling in the Blue Ridge.Many of our mountain town nominees were old mining towns, timber communities, and railroad hubs. While that heritage is an important part of their character, their future is in protecting the forests and mountains for tourism, recreation, scenery, and health. The short-term profits of extractive industries can’t match the long-term jobs and sustainable economies provided by recreation and tourism. Two roads diverge in our yellow woods, and I hope we follow the promising path of sustainable recreation and tourism instead of the rutted, washed-out road across mowed-down mountains and clearcuts.Recreation is the region’s future, but mountain towns need our support to stay on that path. Asheville was once nearly the site of the country’s largest nuclear waste dump in the mid-1980s. A groundswell of opposition shelved the plan, but some politicians are once again eyeing the mountains of Western North Carolina as a possible nuclear waste repository. And just south of Roanoke, Va., winner of our best mid-sized mountain town, uranium mining has been proposed near the Roanoke River. Fishing, paddling, hiking, and the health of entire communities would be devastated.The corporations blowing up mountains and destroying the landscape only have to win once. The defenders of public lands and outdoor recreation have to win again and again. These towns need both the residents who have lived there for generations and the gritty, gutsy climbers and mud-splattered mountain bikers who visit them every weekend.We have the toughest people on the planet—from the pioneering mountain folk who have scratched a living out of the land for centuries to the modern-day mountain adventurists who huck their boats over waterfalls, hike for hundreds of miles, and hang from vertical rock ledges. If anyone can protect Appalachia’s mountain towns, it is our readers—the passionate people who live, work, and play here. The future of the mountains is in our sweaty, mud-splattered, chalk-covered hands.last_img read more

UK’s PPF consults on changes to key valuation assumptions

first_imgThe new regulations are due to come into effect by April 2017.A PPF spokeswoman acknowledged that the proposed changes to the long service cap would entail higher costs for levy payers, by way of increased compensation costs, but added that “the increase in liabilities of the proposed changes would be smoothed over many years, meaning we expect no jump in levies”.PPF actuarial valuation update The PPF’s consultation is about the actuarial assumptions used for section 143 valuations, which determine a scheme’s eligibility for the PPF if its sponsor goes bust, and section 179 valuations, which determine a scheme’s underfunding.The level of underfunding, in turn, determines the levy a scheme should pay to the PPF.It said the most significant changes it was proposing were to use separate discount rates for pensioners and non-pensioners post retirement and yield indices that have durations that better match average liability durations, including the introduction of a new index-linked Gilt yield.It also proposed updating mortality assumptions.The current assumptions have been in effect since 1 May 2014, based on a review of bulk annuity market pricing carried out in December 2013.Since then, Solvency II regulations for insurers have come into effect, with the PPF taking this into account in addition to buyout pricing as at the end of May 2016 and the immediate impact from the Brexit vote in the UK’s EU referendum in late June.“We used this evidence base,” the PPF said, “for the purpose of resetting the section 143 and section 179 valuation assumptions.”It builds this evidence base in discussion with bulk annuity providers.The cumulative impact of the proposed changes would be to reduce the value of liabilities under section 143, mainly because of the changes to the mortality assumptions.The overall impact is a 5% reduction for pensioner liabilities, and 3% for non-pensioner liabilities.The changes to the section 179 assumptions would improve the aggregate funding position of schemes eligible for the PPF, as tracked by the fund’s 7800 index.The PPF said the aggregate funding ratio would increase from 76% as at 31 August 2016 to around 79%, and that around 150-200 schemes would move from deficit to surplus.The overall deficit of schemes with shortfalls (5,042 out of 5,945 as at the end of August) would fall from £489bn to around £430bn, according to the PPF.The PPF spokeswoman said the fund did not expect the changes to have a material effect on the overall level of levy bills for schemes.“Schemes will not necessarily pay higher or lower levies because of them,” she said.The fund said the assumptions used to measure underfunding in the levy formula would remain fixed until the next triennial valuation period (2018-19 to 2020-21), so that the overall impact on levy for the last year of the current triennium was “expected to be minimal”.The consultation closes on 31 October.The intention is for changes to be introduced from 1 December 2016.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to PPF consultation The UK’s lifeboat fund for defined benefit pension schemes, the Pension Protection Fund (PFF), is proposing to amend assumptions for key valuations to reflect changes in bulk annuity pricing, which would have the effect of improving schemes’ aggregate funding position captured by the PPF’s 7800 index.Separately, the UK government launched a consultation on a proposal to increase the PPF compensation cap for long-serving members of pension schemes.It is proposing an increase of 3% for each full year of pensionable service above 20 years, subject to a new cap of double the standard maximum.The current cap is £37,420 (€43,909).last_img read more