first_imgNews RSF_en September 4, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 One year work ban slapped on journalist in “shameful” and “dangerous” court ruling July 6, 2020 Find out more News News December 4, 2019 Find out more ArgentinaAmericas Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world Follow the news on Argentina On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia Organisation News to go further A one-year suspended jail sentence and one-year professional ban against radio boss Sergio Poma for “insulting” provincial governor of Salta in the north-west, amounts to “censorship” says Reporters Without Borders. Reporters Without Borders today protested against a one-year suspended prison sentence and a one year professional ban imposed yesterday on radio and news agency proprietor Sergio Poma for “insulting” Juan Carlos Romero, governor of Salta, in north-western Argentina, whom he had accused of malpractice. Carlos Romero laid a complaint against Poma, of radio FM Noticias, after he accused him of fraud on the programme “Usted Opina”. The journalist also accused the governor of irregularities in funding his 2003 election campaign.The political ally of former president Carlos Menem allegedly received financial support from the Fundación Argentina Solidaria to which his private secretary Angel Torres and Romero’s wife belong.“Even a suspended prison sentence for a press offence seems excessive,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “Even supposing Juan Carlos Romero to have been in his rights, a fine would have been quite enough.”“Banning Sergio Poma from doing his job is a “shameful and dangerous” decision. What can justify punishing a journalist by robbing him of his right to speak? Above all a decision like this, if upheld, could make jurisprudence and push the press into self-censorship. It therefore represents an obstruction to press freedom and we call on broadcast regulator COMFER, to which the case has already been referred, to annul it while waiting for a possible appeal ruling,” it concluded.The court which handed down the sentence sent the case to COMFER, which is supposed to rule on any further sanctions against Sergio Poma. The judge also ordered that the conviction should be reported in the regional press.Members of the journalist’s family greeted the verdict by insulting the magistrates and singing songs against the governor. Poma’s lawyer said the ban on his client working was “censorship”Carlos Romero had called for an “exemplary” sentence so that “the journalist understands there are limits”. It is the second time he has brought a case against Poma in similar circumstances. In 2003 the journalist was sentenced to a six-month suspended sentence and ordered to pay the governor 20,000 pesos (about 4,600 euros) damages for “insults” and “libel”. Poma is currently facing another complaint for the same reason, brought by Angel Torres.A few days before the court ruling, journalist Carlos Del Frade was threatened with prison for condemning in the monthly El Eslabón in August 2005 the unjustified closure of the daily El Ciudadano, in Rosario, Santa de Fe province. The proprietor, Eduardo López, also president of a first division football club, brought a case against the journalist for “libel”, “insults” and incitement to extortion”. ArgentinaAmericas Receive email alerts November 19, 2020 Find out more Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites Help by sharing this information last_img read more

first_imgLimerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Twitter LimerickNewsShannon Group Welcomes €6.1 m Government Grant for Shannon Airport CapEx ProjectBy Meghann Scully – June 26, 2020 193 Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Facebook SHANNON Group has welcomed the announcement of a one-off €6.1 million Government grant to complete the necessary Hold Baggage Screening capital project at Shannon Airport.Welcoming the announcement, a spokesperson for Shannon Group said: “The €12 million Hold Baggage Screening project at Shannon Airport was halted halfway through construction due to funding constraints as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the €6.1 million Government grant to ensure its completion is very welcome.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up However, the spokesperson added: “The project completion is necessary to meet regulatory standards and to ensure business continuity for our outbound baggage systems, it will not generate any commercial return for the airport.” Printcenter_img Advertisement Email Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedin Previous articleGardaí appeal for witnesses following fatal road accident on Hyde Road, LimerickNext articleTop Fianna Fáil councillor will reject Green coalition deal Meghann Scully WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostShannonShannon airport Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League openerlast_img read more

first_imgMany credit unions take a leap of faith when it comes to developing prospecting strategies. But effective marketing strategies are developed from deep analysis with clearly identified objectives. They are constantly evolving—no setting and forgetting. So, what are the basics of optimizing your prospecting efforts?Establish GoalsUnfortunately, far too many discussions begin with establishing targeting criteria before program goals are set. This leads to confusion.Developing targeting criteria is kind of like squeezing a balloon—when you restrict one end, the other tends to expand. Imagine the effect of maximizing response rates when soliciting new loans. If no other criteria are considered, you could end up targeting high-risk individuals who cannot get approved elsewhere.Obviously, we’re not interested in increasing originations at all cost; risk must be understood as well. But this is where things get complicated. Lower-risk consumers tend to be the most coveted, get the best offers and therefore have lower response rates and margins. 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

first_img1 June 2015When Oupa Sonopi started working in the mine at the age of 25, he was never informed of the high risk of contracting tuberculosis (TB).It was only in 2010 when he was 30 years old, lying in a hospital bed, that the reality hit home. He spent one month under specialised care. Sonopi, who is originally from Free State, was out of work for six months while receiving his treatment.“Although we would hear about colleagues in the mines being treated for TB, I was not aware that the environment we worked under could be a huge contributor to me getting TB. We were not informed when we were recruited,” he says.According to Sonopi, most of his colleagues who work at the gold mines in Carletonville, a small gold-mining town 86 kilometres west of Johannesburg, suffer from airborne diseases such as silicosis, pulmonary TB and other lung infections such as chronic obstructive airways disease and lung cancer.High risk of TBData from the Department of Health indicates that about half-a-million mineworkers in South Africa and about two million former mineworkers, spread across Mozambique, South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland, are at a high risk of contracting TB, just like Sonopi.They are vulnerable to lung disease because of their exposure to multiple risk factors, including their overcrowded living settlements, which usually increases the risk of infection with airborne diseases. The high rates of HIV infection as well as their exposure to silica dust in the deep mine shafts – which are often poorly ventilated – also increase the risks.Sonopi’s sentiments are shared by his colleague, 54-year-old Phumlani Skame, who is originally from Eastern Cape. Skame, who has worked in the mine for 27 years, was also exposed to TB in 2010.He partly blames the high risk miners face of contracting such diseases to the lack of proper education about the illnesses. But he also says the information around compensation for occupational diseases is often confusing.“After my hospital stay in 2010 for example, I was made to fill in forms by my employer which we took to Johannesburg. We were only told that the forms were for compensation – but since then we have never received any communication nor we do not know what happened to them.”Project Ku-RihaIt was cases like these that prompted the government to launch Project Ku-Riha at the end of May. Ku-Riha, a Xitsonga word for compensation, is being implemented by the Medical Bureau for Occupational Diseases and the Compensation Commission for Occupational Diseases (CCOD) of the Department of Health.The objective of the project is to speed up compensation to current and former mine workers who have submitted valid and compensable claims. According to Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, it is the result of collaboration and engagement between the government and eight companies currently or historically involved in gold mining.“The department has identified 103 000 active and ex-miners with compensable claims for the pneumoconiosis which includes silicosis asbestosis, TB, chronic obstructive airways disease, progressive systematic sclerosis and lung cancer among others,” Motsoaledi told reporters gathered in Carletonville on 28 May.Authorities have set aside R1.5-billion that will go towards compensation. Workers from other countries who have worked in South African mines are also eligible to apply for the fund.“Yes I am here to pay back the money,” Motsoaledi told the crowd, which included miners who received their confirmation letters for the approval of the compensation as well as unions representing the miners. But he acknowledged that compensation could never be enough to address the difficulties that the affected miners faced.Change in law“Compensation will never be enough. We need to change the laws to ensure that our miners are protected,” he said. The fund derives its income from levies paid by mines themselves.The minister said thousands of people had died without ever receiving or even being aware of the country’s Benefit Medical Examination and the autopsies their families were entitled to under the Occupational Diseases in Mines and Works Act of 1973.However, the CCOD has such a huge backlog of claims from mine workers with lung disease that it will take years to process.CCOD commissioner Barry Kistnasamy said 200 000 claims had been checked while about 500 000 were yet to be touched. A preliminary analysis of the claims held by the CCOD showed that more than half (56%) were for TB and 17% for silicosis.These claims are then assessed by the Medical Bureau for Occupational Diseases’ certification committee, which determines whether or not they qualify for pay-outs, which usually range from R3 000 to R100 000. Other work-related injuries and diseases, such as loss of limb or finger, are dealt with by the Department of Labour.Among the challenges identified in the slow processing of the CCOD funds include lack of capacity, rejection by the banks, as well as well as missing crucial information of the miners.One stop service centre“We are trying to correct that,” the minister said, adding that the government’s One Stop Service Centre for miners was proof of this commitment.The facility, which has been built specially for former miners, miners and the community of miners, provides medical, rehabilitation, social and financial support services as well as assistance with compensation, pension and provident funds. It also helps in updating a database for current and former mine workers.In addition, the centre provides health promotion services such as blood pressure screening and HIV counselling and testing as well as TB counselling and testing.There are two such one stop services – one in Carletonville and one in Mthatha in Eastern Cape – which serve hundreds of miners and former miners. Other projects include regular mandatory TB screenings for miners and mining communities.For its historically paper-based files, the commission has also begun building an electronic registry; it is hoped this will help speed up the compensation process.Compensation at last“Yes I am happy, I am very happy about this project. This is the first for us. It shows that our government and employees are committed to improving our lives,” Sonopi said. “But I am sad because some of my colleagues who were admitted to hospital with me in 2010 have since passed on leaving their young children behind. They have taken a very long time to compensate us.”But he was happy that he finally received his compensation. “For once I will not pay any debts from this money; instead I will use it on me. I will be taking out my family and enjoy even if it’s just for this one month.”Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

first_imgBrus, the tribal community displaced by ethnic violence in Mizoram two decades ago, will soon decide whether or not to return to their villages from relief camps in adjoining Tripura.The Centre is planning to close down the relief camps in October after completing the ninth and final round of repatriation by September, for which the Mizoram government is expected to begin the process of re-identification of the refugees from Wednesday. Of the more than 40,000 Brus — also known as Reangs — who fled two rounds of ethnic violence in Mizoram since 1997, about 32,850 have stayed back in six relief camps in Tripura. “Our leaders and advisors will be meeting soon to decide whether the situation is safe enough for us to go back to Mizoram,” said Laldingliana, leader of the Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Coordination Committee. The Joint Monitoring Group on Bru Repatriation had discussed the issue of repatriation in New Delhi on June 28. Leaders of the rival Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum attended the meeting with officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs and governments of Mizoram and Tripura.“The Central government has not yet intimated to our organisation on the proposed final repatriation,” Mr Laldingliana said.A Mizoram government official said the refugees who return will be provided free ration and ₹5,000 a month per family for two years.The refugees who have spurned the repatriation offer said they would leave the relief camps only if the government fulfilled their demands. They include the creation of a development council for the Brus in Mizoram, allocation of five hectares of land to each refugee family, their settlement in cluster villages with each housing at least 500 families, ₹4 lakh compensation to each family before repatriation, revision of electoral rolls, identification of 1,000 left out families and general amnesty to the refugees.last_img read more

Gauging the value of center Tyson Chandler has never been the easiest basketball exercise.The 17-year veteran has made his name in the NBA as a stellar rim protector, earning the Defensive Player of the Year award in 2011-12. But looking solely at his work on the defensive side of the ball would be selling him a bit short, given how well he has served as a lob specialist and a vertical floor-spacer in pick-and-roll situations.And then, of course, there’s the fact that Chandler — the newest member of the Lakers after a buyout from the Phoenix Suns — is perhaps the best player in NBA history at securing rebounds … without actually securing them.The cerebral 36-year-old has long excelled at what should be known as Tyson Tapbacks: volleyball-like plays in which he swats his club’s misfires toward half-court, where his teammates are more likely to come up with the ball. FiveThirtyEight reviewed every offensive rebound Chandler has obtained since the start of the 2013-14 season1Regular season only. and found that he has generated at least 140 tapbacks in that span. In other words, about 15 percent of his offensive boards during the past five-plus years have stemmed from this play.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The natural question, of course, is how someone would become so good at such a counterintuitive skill, given that players would obviously prefer to grab misses with both hands. Chandler has suggested that he stumbled onto the strategy.“Once I started getting double-teamed and boxed out, I realized, ‘OK, I can’t get to my full jump — I’ll be getting over-the-back calls all the time,’” the 7-foot-1 Chandler wrote in The Players’ Tribune a few years back. “So I started jumping like I do on a jump ball and batting it with one hand to my teammates. Now it’s funny because I see other big men do it.” In the same piece, Chandler also mentioned that rebounding that way likely cost him from a statistical standpoint for some years, as scorekeeping officials probably weren’t initially crediting him with boards for his backtaps.2With this in mind, FiveThirtyEight’s analysis covers only plays in which Chandler was credited with having snagged an offensive rebound.Chandler, who’s used this method for the better part of a decade, isn’t alone with his unusual, hard-to-track rebounding style. The move is a distant cousin of a strategy employed by Hall of Famer and NBA rebounding legend Dennis Rodman, who would often tip rebounds to himself while in traffic until he could secure the ball. Retired Pistons star Ben Wallace, also one of the best rebounders of all time, used the strategy every so often, too. And players like Brook and Robin Lopez have collected defensive accolades in recent years despite grabbing relatively few boards because they box out so well — an unselfish approach that boosts their teammates’ rebounding stats.Chandler certainly doesn’t lack ability as a traditional offensive rebounder. He’s still elite at generating offense from teammates’ misses — his career offensive rebound percentage ranks third among active players — and he has finished in the NBA’s top 10 in putback frequency3Tracking the share of a player’s offense that stems from a shot attempt immediately after securing an offensive rebound. Minimum of 75 putback possessions required. each of the past three seasons, according to Synergy Sports.It’s worth noting that not all of Chandler’s tapback efforts will be successful. (Laker fans, of course, have fond memories of the sport’s most infamous tapback, when Vlade Divac tipped the ball out to Robert Horry, who hit a game-winning three in the Western Conference finals.) Every now and then, he may toss one out of bounds by mistake, or throw one into the hands of a defensive player who happens to be in better position than one of Chandler’s teammates.But there are indications that Chandler’s tapback rebounds may carry a bit more weight than a typical offensive rebound.Chandler has already displayed clutch timing with his signature play — he’s come up with huge tapbacks already for the Lakers in the last four minutes of games against Miami, Atlanta and Minnesota. But the play also often creates high-value shots for teammates because of how flustered it leaves opponents, who have already crashed the defensive glass and aren’t in ideal position to run out and contest perimeter shooters.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.An analysis of Big Data Ball play-by-play logs shows that the offensively challenged Suns launched shot attempts a tenth of a second quicker than league average — and shot 3 points of effective field goal percentage better than usual4Going from a 43.4 percent effective field goal rate to a 46.5 percent effective field goal rate. — following a nonputback offensive rebound while Chandler was on the court5So excluding attempts that were within 2 feet of the basket or within 2 seconds of the offensive board. last season. The improved efficiency may have been at least partly due to the extra space shooters enjoyed from Chandler’s occasional tapbacks.And while the one-time All-Star has already proven his worth to the Lakers, who have gone 5-1 since signing Chandler, there are reasons to think that they could benefit from more of the Tyson Tapback. Entering Tuesday night, the club ranked ninth in jump-shooting6Meaning shots ranging from 10 to 35 feet. efficiency when the closest defender was at least 4 feet away. By contrast, the Lakers rank 21st when defenders are any closer than that, according to Second Spectrum. So it might be best for Los Angeles to get more open looks from outside.With time, the Lakers could even benefit from better understanding Chandler’s tapback patterns. In December 2012, Chandler told his teammates on the Knicks during a late-game timeout against the Nets to be prepared for him to tap the ball toward the perimeter on a miss.“I told the guys before we went out there I was getting grabbed and held down. I said, ‘I can’t come up with the rebound, so be ready. Don’t run away so quick because I’m probably going to get my hands on it and tap it out. So be ready to retrieve it,’” he said. Then, like clockwork, Chandler tapped out a rebound to get the Knicks an extra possession, and Jason Kidd — who had won the 2011 title in Dallas with Chandler — hit a game-winning triple on the next sequence.So while Chandler’s 3 points per game might make it easy to overlook his impact on that side of the ball, keep in mind that his value — even on the offensive end — generally goes far beyond that.Neil Paine contributed to this article.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Dec 2015 – The Turks and Caicos is now among the six countries in the Greater Caribbean with the ‘Don’t Pack a Pest’ program activated. The Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services joined by partners from the Florida Department of Agriculture, the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority and the TCI Customs Department rolled out, at the Provo International Airport, the initiative which will encourage travelers to be careful of what they are packing so that harmful pests are not moving about and causing damage to the flora or fauna of the various nations. The ‘Don’t Pack a Pest’ initiative is another feather in the cap for the TCI as executives in the Ministry and the TCIAA were commended for swift action on providing the requisite information so that the program could be implemented. Work on the ‘Don’t pack a Pest’ started as a concept in 2011, but more vigorously as a standard of safety in the TCI earlier this year. It is said the outreach initiative was established in record time. Former Premier says PNP left plan for Salt Cay airport, but there is no evidence of the claim Airports Authority commanded to protect South Caicos airport by airline Recommended for you Related Items:agriculture dePARTMENT, customs department, dont pack a pest, Tciaa Airports Authority reveals sabotage at South Caicos Airport Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more