Reporters Without Borders condemns new attacks against the independent press ahead of elections

first_img Receive email alerts RSF_en BelarusEurope – Central Asia to go further BelarusEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders has protested after the information minister ordered a three-month closure of the independent weekly Novaya Gazeta Smorgoni in Smorgon, western Belarus.Moreover in the run-up to legislative elections several large stores in Minsk have been refusing to sell the independent press since the beginning of the week.”It is unacceptable for the independent media to be silenced on the eve of elections that are of major importance to the country” said Reporters Without Borders in a letter to information minister, Vladimir Rusakevich. “Everything points to the fact that Novaya Gazeta Smorgoni is a victim of official abuse. We call on you to reconsider your decision to suspend this newspaper and to abstain from similar steps against other media throughout the pre-election period,” the international press freedom organisation added.The information minister, who suspended the paper on 16 August, has accused the founder of de Novaya Gazeta Smorgoni, Ramuald Ulan of failing to comply with registration procedure.Ulan, as well as several other independent specialists, has contested the legal basis for the ruling. They have pointed up contradictions in the media law in connection with the possibility of being both sole proprietor and editor of a newspaper.Novaya Gazeta Smorgoni has come under official pressure for several years. In the run-up to the local elections in 2003, the Grodno regional commercial court decided to suspend Ulan’s trading licence, thus closing the newspaper.The weekly has been carrying regular news about independent candidates for the Smorgon region ahead of the October 2004 legislative elections.Elsewhere, the three major independent newspapers such as Belorussky Rynok, Belorusskaya Delovaya Gazeta (BDG), Belorusskaya Gazeta and Narodnaya Volya, said on 23 August that seven major stores in Minsk have stopped selling their papers without any advance notice.Viktor Bondarenko, editor of Belorusskaya Gazeta, and his BDG colleagues, quoted by the Belarus Association of Journalists (BAJ), said the local authorities had apparently “recommended” to the owners of the major stores that they should not sell the newspapers in the pre-election period. According to BDG, advertisers had reportedly come under similar pressure. Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown May 27, 2021 Find out more “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says News Newscenter_img Help by sharing this information May 28, 2021 Find out more News News Follow the news on Belarus Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” August 25, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders condemns new attacks against the independent press ahead of electionslast_img read more

Highland Radio retains position as most listened to station

first_img By News Highland – February 17, 2011 Highland Radio retains position as most listened to station The latest TNS/ MRBI listenership figures show that Highland Radio continues to be the most listened to local radio station in Ireland.Of those that listen to  Radio on weekdays, 67% choose Highland Radio – that is 9% higher than the second most listened to local radio station in Ireland.Highland Radio also has the Highest market share in Ireland at the weekend, around 10% higher than the second placed local radio station Twitter Newsx Adverts Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Pinterest Pinterest Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Twitter Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img WhatsApp 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Facebook Previous articleListen back to Highland Radio’s 2nd Donegal NE election debateNext articleLetterkenny Chamber to host election debate News Highland NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny Google+last_img read more

What is your credit union’s message?

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Patti Hazlett As Director of Corporate Communications for the Mountain West Credit Union Association, Patti oversees all aspects of public affairs and communications for the Association and member credit unions. She is … Web: https://mwcua.com Details Do you realize that as a credit union employee, every professional interaction you have can potentially work to the advantage of your credit union? Public relations spans across all interactions and relationships – not just the media. And how you understand that can dramatically influence the perception of your credit union – and help members or potential members in the process.Think about it. When you are attending various functions on behalf of your credit union, how will your message resonate with your audience, whether it’s a presentation or just sitting with a group at a luncheon? When someone asks you how a credit union is different than a bank, do you rely on standard answers, or can you personalize it so the recipient can relate and get a truer picture?Consider these guidelines:How am I saying it?What is my main point?What data or example will back my point?Develop your elevator speech – a quick, to-the-point response that communicates in a way that is memorable and understandable. This can be done following some simple rules.First, determine what the recipient/audience needs from you. What specific examples will resonate with the person or group you are interacting with? Next, pull three points that you want to communicate – identify three components that drive home your message and be sure to include them in your response. Last, make the point memorable – give a real-time example that’s helps what you said stick with the recipient.If you’re trying to express how your credit union serves its members:INSTEAD OF THIS: “We have more than 50 branches and serve 90,000 people in our region who rely on our innovative products to help them achieve their goals.”SAY SOMETHING LIKE THIS: “We serve folks like Paul. Paul is a single dad with three children. Around August his budget is stretched to buy school supplies. A back-to-school loan is an example of one of the products that our credit union offers to its 90,000 members in the region who face challenges similar to Paul’s.”INSTEAD OF THIS: “There are 90,000 people who are unbanked in Colorado.”TRY THIS: “There are 90,000 people in our region who don’t have access to banking. That is enough people to fill three Coors Field Stadiums.”With a little thought and preparation, you can utilize nearly every interaction as an opportunity to communicate the difference that your credit union is making in a very tangible way. And that will benefit both members and your credit union.last_img read more

Common limitations of a new core provider

first_img continue reading » In our continuing series discussing the survey by Callahan & Associates and their webinar, “It’s All About the Core,” today we look at and analyze the response of credit union executives when asked what common limitations they encountered after selecting and transitioning to a new core technology provider. A credit union core system review and the resulting core migration carries many changes for an organization, and usually, the migration to a new provider brings technology the credit union was otherwise lacking. It’s a known fact that this is no small project, and it is always assumed you will encounter some obstacles along the way. Here are the most common shortcomings that caught these executives off guard:1) Lending Capabilities. With lending being such a huge driver to the bottom line and ultimate success of a credit union, it is no wonder that this tops the list. No matter how robust a lending platform is, there’s always room for improvement on this all-important platform. The biggest complaint is the apparent disconnect in loan origination systems, especially as it pertains to commercial lending versus consumer lending. With these two very distinct lending processes, many CU’s still found they have to navigate separate and disparate systems, even after a core migration. 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Benchmark says Yes in Mayfair

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Walter Moore scouting clinic becomes permanent fixture on GFF’s calendar

first_imgWAYNE Forde, president of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), yesterday announced that the ‘Walter Moore Scouting Clinic’ will become a permanent fixture on the Federation’s calendar.Moore, a former Golden Jaguars defender and his club FF Jaro coach Kristian Heames, conducted a two-day (May 19 – 21) talent identification programme, which will result in potential players being identified for trials and possible professional contracts in Europe.This initiative is part of the new philosophy of the technical programme of the GFF, which actively seeks to involve past and present national players as part of the technical development programme.“The Walter Moore scouting clinic will now become a permanent fixture on the GFF’s calendar and the GFF will fund it exclusively” Forde told Chronicle Sport in an exclusive interview yesterday.“Of course we will always use our network to see if we could bring in some sponsors, so what we will do over the next couple of months, the technical department and Walter will build the best model to see how this would work,” Forde noted.The GFF top brass explained that “players in the past didn’t see any long term in the sport that they had given so much to and I think that if there’s anything that you want to do as a leader it should be to inspire hope and that’s one of the things we’ve been doing, not only as an executive committee but as a technical staff.”Forde also reasoned “if you’re a player and you see a structure curriculum where you have players knowledgeable and experience like ‘Jackie Chan’ (Gregory Richardson); Walter Moore returning with his coach from Finland, you’re seeing tangible evidence of development; that’s what we’re giving to this nation and so if that’s the added incentive that they needed all along for them (the players) to put that extra 100%, it’s very encouraging for Guyana’ football.”Heames impressedBefore taking up a post as coach with FF Jaro last year, Heames from July 2008 to July 2016, served as Scout with English Premiere League club,West Bromwich Albion F.C.,also known as West Brom.It was Heames’ maiden journey to the South American country, and the Englishman said that he was impressed with the level and quality displayed by the players who are all apart of Guyana’s National U-17 programme.“The overall level is really good, working with the players, getting to see them both on and off the field was pretty good” Heames said, while singling out Chris Macy, Job Caesar, Cecil Jackman and Orville Daniels as those who stood out.Heames reasoned that “players from different environment have different strengths and athletically players here are better than many players in Europe but I would say that it’s their understanding of the game that needs to be worked on.”“After speaking to the technical department, I’ve gotten a better understanding as to how Guyana’s football was structured previously,so that might be the case why players developed a lot of individual skills, may be they don’t have the access to the coaching and I like the fact that some of the things that are done here (at the GFF) is to bridge that gap” Heames opined.Heames’ sentiments were echoed by the GFF’s Technical Director,Ian Greenwood, who said “we’ve got fantastic athletic ability, but that game understanding is a massive problem from what I first arrived but we’re looking to improve that now. We’ve got a playing philosophy where the work is structured through the academy training centres, so the amount of tactical work now with the national programme is vastly improving from what we would’ve had before.” – Heames impressed with quality of playerslast_img read more

Even with no conference implications, Humboldt State knows importance of Chadron State game

first_imgArcata >> Rob Smith has a memory that doesn’t forget much of anything.So when it comes to comparing the Chardon State team that Humboldt State saw last season to this year’s version that Smith has seen on tape throughout the past week, it’s pretty easy to do.“It doesn’t look like the same football team,” Smith said. “They are a much, much improved football team as their record would indicate. They are 3-1 and have put up a lot of points.”A team with three wins. A lot of points being scored …last_img

Can Nick Mullens snap 49ers seven-game skid in Seattle?

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Nick Mullens takes his shot Sunday at doing what no 49ers quarterback has pulled off since Alex Smith in 2011: win at Seattle.Colin Kaepernick went 0-4 with eight turnovers. Blaine Gabbert was a predictable 0-2. And Brian Hoyer passed for only 99 yards in last year’s 12-9 loss.So what gives coach Kyle Shanahan the confidence Mullens, after a poor road debut last Sunday at Tampa, can overcome Seattle and its notorious sound?SANTA CLARA, CA – NOVEMBER 1: San Francisco 49ers’ …last_img

Homer Bailey delivers solid start in Oakland Athletics win over New York Yankees

first_imgOAKLAND — The A’s won game one of this series, 6-2, against the New York Yankees on Tuesday night. With Tampa Bay and Cleveland losing its games tonight, the A’s move to a tie with the Rays for the second wild card.Homer Bailey’s splitter helped silence a tough Yankees lineup; seven of his eight strikeouts came on his splitter.Bailey held control of his outing by going up 0-2 in 18 at bats, able to fend off a flurry of spoiled pitches to keep New York to just Gary Sanchez’s solo home run over …last_img

Darwinians Claim to See Evolution Happening Now

first_imgUnable to see evolutionary progress in the fossil record, some Darwinians try to claim they are watching it before our eyes.Since Darwin’s time, the fossil record has been a graveyard of evolutionary theories. Darwin knew it and mumbled out the record’s incompleteness. Stephen Jay Gould famously commented that sudden appearance followed by stasis was the “trade secret of paleontology.” Molecular clock studies often disagree with morphological studies, even granting millions of Darwin Years. Since they can’t find gradual evolution in the record, some Darwinians look for evidence of change in living organisms, including people. Their illustrations can appear quite ridiculous.Before reading the following examples, one must keep an eye on the ball. The ball is not just any change, but positive, innovative change by unguided natural selection that could take a bacterium to a human, given enough time. To claim that disease represents evolution, for instance, would be no more helpful to Darwinism than a company’s balance sheet that reported only losses.Evolutionary geneticists spot natural selection happening now in people (Hakhamanesh Mostafavi at The Conversation). How can you have evolution without speciation and reproductive isolation? If Mostafavi’s view of natural selection prevails, then every tiny variation within the human species becomes evidence for Darwinian evolution! It means that your own children have evolved from you. But even Mostafavi knows that evolution is supposed to be bigger than that:Cartoon by J. Beverly Greene for Creation-Evolution HeadlinesHuman evolution can seem like a phenomenon of the distant past which applies only to our ancestors living millions of years ago. But human evolution is ongoing. To evolve simply means that mutations – the accidental changes to genes that happen normally in the process of copying DNA – are becoming more or less common in the population over time.These changes can happen by chance, because the individuals who reproduced happened to carry a particular mutation somewhat more often than individuals who didn’t have children. They can also happen because of natural selection, when carriers of a specific mutation are better able to survive, reproduce or tend to their family members – and therefore leave more descendants. Every biological adaptation, from the ability of humans to walk upright on two feet to flight in birds, ultimately traces back to natural selection acting on these minute changes, generation after generation.So humans are definitely still evolving….Mostafavi is equivocating here about the definition of evolution. The examples he gives, like genes for lactose intolerance, do nothing to change Homo sapiens into another fitter species. He calls smoking evolution. He calls genes for Alzheimer’s Disease evolution. Can he point to any inherited trait that will help humans of the future grow a wing or a new sense organ? Of course not. None of this is evidence for Darwinian evolution by natural selection. Calling his minor variations “evolution” (especially when they are deleterious) amounts to blowing smoke.Great Tits May Be Evolving Bigger Beaks. Here’s Why. (National Geographic). Before proceeding, let us quickly calm our female readers by pointing out that the “great tit” (we didn’t name it) is a beautiful bird that lives in England (not in the Grand Tetons). Here’s a picture of one.National Geographic loses no time to credit Darwin for a slight change in beak size here, saying in the subtitle, “Since Darwin’s time, birds have served as models for the wonders of evolution—and this study was no exception.”They just keep coming back.Reporter Jason Bittel calls on evolutionist Lewis Spurgin (U of East Anglia) to celebrate another triumph of evolution by claiming that humans are modifying the birds’ evolution by setting up bird feeders. And yet Bittel is not even sure that the feeders caused a slight change in beak size between populations in the U.K. and the Netherlands. No matter; start the Darwin party!“We know that evolution by natural selection produces peacocks’ tails and giraffes’ necks and that sort of thing,” says Spurgin, whose findings were published today in Science….“But it also works in much more subtle ways that are much more difficult to observe.”This is just another case of making mountains out of molehills, like Darwinians did with “Darwin’s finches” on the Galapagos. Jonathan Wells roundly debunked that example of Icons of Evolution. How much easier could he dispense with this one? He would certainly call it a case of Zombie Science – dead arguments for Darwinism rising from the dead in the media.Spurgin was rebuked by other biologists for making too much of this, but he was too drunk on Darwine to stop partying:For Spurgin, this is all part of the fun. “I don’t imagine that Darwin in his wildest dreams could have thought that this stuff would have been happening,” he says.So do evolutionists really think these little birds with their tiny beaks reveal anything about Darwinism? In their dreams. Dreaming about natural selection is a cash cow in Britain. Science Daily indicates that Spurgin’s Darwine party was “funded by the European Research Council and the Natural Environment Research Council and supported by the Edward Grey Institute, University of Oxford.”Flu forecasting tool uses evolution to make earlier predictions (UChicago Medicine). Evolutionists keep trying to make a big deal out of influenza “evolution”, but the flu has never evolved into non-flu. This press release tries to make evolutionary theory sound useful. The team knows this is not evolution, but they credited Darwin anyway.Each year, four influenza strains circulate in the human population: H3N2, H1N1, and two B variants. These viruses spread seasonally each year because of a phenomenon known as antigenic drift. They evolve just enough to evade human immune systems, but not enough to develop into completely new versions of the virus.In other words, they are just variants of the same virus strains. The ones that “drift” enough from the antigen in the vaccine don’t get killed off. But they are still flu viruses, not even completely new versions of the flu virus. If the team can forecast what the new strain will look like earlier, that’s well and good, but this kind of ‘horizontal’ variation is not what Darwin had in mind. Viruses are not even independent organisms.Is biology behind your political views? (Phys.org). This question collapses with the self-refuting fallacy. “People can be biologically predisposed to certain feelings toward politics and society,” the proposition goes. But if biology predisposes one’s political views, then it also predisposes one’s scientific views. [Cue sound of short circuit.]The cartoon says it. Darwinism is kept aloft by the hot air of those whose careers depend on it.Our thanks to J. Beverly Greene for the illustration.(Visited 903 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more