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Greek public broadcaster censors reports from islands about new migrant camps

first_img The Greek police must show journalists can trust it with their protection after one was murdered and another is threatened Organisation GreeceEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesOnline freedomsMedia independence InternetFreedom of expression Lesbos / AFP Reports from the islands about clashes between residents and police can no longer be posted on the ERT website by regional correspondents unless they first obtain the management’s approval. The censorship began when a reporter posted an article about the violent clashes that had been taking place for several days between riot police and residents of the Greek island of Lesbos over the new migrant camps there. Until then, the ERT website’s regional correspondents had enjoyed a degree of autonomy in the choice of articles to be published. But, a few hours after the author of this story refused to comply with the management’s request to remove it, her colleagues discovered that they could no longer post their own stories without first asking the management’s permission. ERT news chief Yiannis Daskalakis confirmed this change of policy to regional radio station director Michalis Messinis. News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns Greek public TV and radio broadcaster ERT’s censorship of reporting from islands where a new influx of migrants and the creation of new migrant camps has triggered protests. Coverage of such a crucial subject clearly serves the public interest, RSF said. “The ERT management’s censorship of journalists working at the front line of the migrant crisis must stop,” RSF editor-in-chief Pauline Adès-Mével said. “In view of the scale and intensity of the anti-migrant clashes on several Greek islands, it is essential that local journalists are able to cover incidents freely and provide the Greek public with full and transparent reporting.” April 29, 2021 Find out more News News News Greece is ranked 65th out of 180 countries in RSF’s latest World Press Freedom Index. February 28, 2020 Greek public broadcaster censors reports from islands about new migrant camps Greece’s new guidelines for policing protests threaten press freedom June 2, 2021 Find out more GreeceEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesOnline freedomsMedia independence InternetFreedom of expression Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Greece Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU RSF_en Although the prime minister has made it harder to obtain asylum and residence permits, the number of migrants keeps on growing. Greek society is increasingly polarized by the issue and journalists covering the migrant crisis are exposed to more and more harassment and threats.Far-right activists attacked German journalist Thomas Jacobi during an anti-migrant protest in Athens a few weeks ago. A journalist covering the refugee issue in Lesbos was the target of online harassment by far-right activists in 2018, while the defence ministry brought a defamation suit against three other reporters covering the same subject. Receive email alerts to go further February 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Local Congresswoman Looks at 81 Years of the Social Security Administration

first_imgGovernment Local Congresswoman Looks at 81 Years of the Social Security Administration Published on Friday, August 12, 2016 | 2:05 pm Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Make a comment Community News Today, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) released the following statement on the 81st anniversary of the signing of the Social Security Act by President Franklin Roosevelt:Eighty-one years ago today, President Roosevelt revolutionized our country and the way we care for our citizens when he signed the Social Security Act. Since that day, Social Security has become a cornerstone of our social safety net, ensuring that seniors who worked hard their whole lives will not be left to spend their final years in poverty. But Social Security is much more than just a promise of stability to seniors. Many Americans rely on it to get through a disability or the loss of a family member. Over 110,000 people in my district alone have come to count on Social Security for part of their income, allowing them to live with security and dignity. Social Security has been an economic and a moral success, dependably keeping millions out of poverty. But as our country grows, so must this program. That is why I strongly support expanding Social Security to meet the needs of our people today and ensure that it remains a viable option for our future generations as well.”President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law on August 14, 1935.center_img Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Herbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeauty Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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This week’s news in brief: strike ballot at Ford

first_img Staff at Ford’s Dagenham plant are to be balloted on strike action following a two-hour unofficial walkout last week. The move follows Ford’s announcement in May that it plans to end production at the plant. The company has said it intends to move production to the continent.Sick building culpritSwedish researchers have pinned the blame for so-called sick building syndrome on computers. Air conditioning systems and photocopiers have previously been singled out as possible culprits. But the researchers, whose study is published in Environmental Science and Technology, said more than half the VDUs tested produced significant levels of the chemical triphenyl phosphate, which has been linked to a range of complaints.Yard halves workforceBelfast shipyard Harland and Wolff is to make half its 1,200-strong workforce redundant. The ailing shipbuilder recently said redundancies would be inevitable due to restructuring of the business. More join crime fightThe Probation Service is to see staff numbers boosted by a third over the next three years. At a Probation Service conference in Manchester, Home Office minister Paul Boateng said 4,500 staff, including 1,500 probation officers, would join the service as part of a Government plan to address rising crime rates.New editor takes overNoel O’Reilly is the new editor of Personnel Today. Noel is rejoining the magazine after two years as deputy editor of the weekly medical newspaper Doctor. He has a solid understanding of HR issues and previously spent eight years at Personnel Today in a range of roles including deputy editor and features editor. “I am very keen to get feedback and am looking forward to meeting as many readers as possible, particularly at the forthcoming CIPD conference at Harrogate,” he said.Personnel Today is saddened to announce the death of recruitment sales executive Lorraine Shoetan, 24, following a short illness. Acting recruitment advertising manager Patricia Hubbard said Lorraine, who joined Personnel Today in June this year, quickly earned the respect and admiration of colleagues and clients. She paid tribute to Lorraine’s “consistent professionalism and unwavering good humour”. Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. This week’s news in brief: strike ballot at FordOn 26 Sep 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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Mall vacancy rate hits all-time high

first_img Email Address* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Tags Full Name* Share via Shortlink As a whole, the retail sector is still trying to claw its way back from the early days of the pandemic. The vacancy rate is at 10.6 percent — although that’s only a 0.4 percent decrease from the same time last year.Effective rents — those that include some kind of incentive from the landlord — and asking rents have both fallen, to $18.58 per square foot and $21.32 per square foot, respectively. That’s a 1.5 percent and 1 percent year over year decrease respectively.Of the 77 metro areas that Moody’s tracks, 40 recorded a decline in effective rent in the first quarter. Still, the report notes, that’s a decrease from the 60 metro areas that saw rents decline in the previous quarter.But there may be some hope on the horizon. A Placer.ai analysis of foot traffic at 50 malls across the country found that visits last month were just 24 percent below those in March 2019 — using that year, instead of 2020, as it shows what a normal period should look like. Though that may not seem great, that gap is the lowest since the pandemic began.Contact Sasha Jones The vacancy rate for regional and superregional malls is at an all-time high. (Getty)It’s not just office and residential landlords who need to worry about soaring vacancy rates.The vacancy rate for regional and superregional malls hit 11.4 percent in the first quarter of 2021, the highest it’s ever been. That’s up from 10.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2020 — an increase of 90 basis points in a single quarter, according to a report by Moody’s Analytics.“Retail is slogging through the evolutionary process that started well before the pandemic,” the report reads. “Malls are of more concern than neighborhood centers, but even then, it is unlikely that we will close down every single mall in the U.S.”For malls, heightened vacancy rates are especially terrifying as the closure of certain stores, or a large number or stores, can trigger co-tenancy clauses, which allow other tenants to lower rents or exit leases.ADVERTISEMENTRead moreRock-bottom prices: 11 malls whose valuations have tankedFor multifamily, office landlords, worst is yet to come: Moody’sOffice sector to keep sinking until 2024, Moody’s predicts Message* Commercial Real Estatemoody’sRetaillast_img read more

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Changes in fisheries discard rates and seabird communities

first_imgIt is clear that discards from commercial fisheries are a key food resource for many seabird species around the world(1-8). But predicting the response of seabird communities to changes in discard rates is problematic and requires historical data to elucidate the confounding effects of other, more ‘natural’ ecological processes. In the North Sea, declining stocks, changes in technical measures, changes in population structure(9) and the establishment of a recovery programme for cod (Gadus morhua(10)) will alter the amount of fish discarded. This region also supports internationally important populations of seabirds(11), some of which feed extensively, but facultatively, on discards, in particular on undersized haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) and whiting (Merlangius merlangus)(1-3). Here we use long-term data sets from the northern North Sea to show that there is a direct link between discard availability and discard use by a generalist predator and scavenger-the great skua (Stercorarius skua). Reduced rates of discarding, particularly when coupled with reduced availability of small shoaling pelagic fish such as sandeel (Ammodytes marinus), result in an increase in predation by great skuas on other birds. This switching of prey by a facultative scavenger presents a potentially serious threat to some seabird communities.last_img read more

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Informatics Teaching Fellow

first_imgPrimary Responsibilities Full Time or Part Time?Full Time Open Until FilledYes Qualifications DepartmentCollege of Informatics Commitment to Inclusive Excellence Job Open Date10/22/2020 Purpose of Position Position Numbernew Minimum EducationMaster’s Degree The Informatics Teaching Fellow will have the equivalent of a “4-4load.” The fellow will teach a 2-2 credit load for the academicyear; 2 courses each semester in the information systems core or inhealth informatics. The remaining load will be reassigned timesplit between time devoted to becoming an effective teacher in thediscipline (approx. 1-1) and time to further/complete research(approx. 1-1).The successful candidate will receive a 1 year, temporaryfull-time, non-tenure-track faculty appointment (August 1 – May 31)and will be eligible for some benefits, including health insurance.In addition to salary, Fellows receive mentoring, support forresearch, professional travel, and other related expenses. Working TitleInformatics Teaching Fellow A Master’s degree in Information Systems or a related field andprogress in a doctoral program in Information Systems or relatedfield.Preference given to applicants who are working toward thecompletion of doctoral work.In order to successfully apply for this open position, attach thedocuments below, and submit your application online.1. A cover letter2. A diversity statement. This statement should provide thecandidate’s unique perspective on their past and presentcontributions to and future aspirations for promoting diversity,inclusion, and social justice in their professional career. In linewith the University’s Affirmative Action Policy, candidates are notexpected to disclose their identity or membership either in thediversity statement or in other application documents submitted tothe search committee. Demographic information is solicited throughthe application process; however, those data are confidential andare not provided to members of the search committee.3. A curriculum vitae (showing experience/understanding ofdiversity issues in higher education).4. Three Letters of RecommendationApplication/documents received by the review date of November 1,2020 will receive full consideration; however, the posting remainsopen and applications may be submitted until the position isfilled.Applicants must provide names and contact information forrecommendation providers, one of whom must be the dissertationadvisor. Our online hiring system will automatically generatesolicitations for letters of recommendation using contactinformation provided.Letters of recommendation should be submitted via the uniquelyassigned link and per the instructions included in the solicitationletter automatically generated if/when the recommendations arerequired. Letters should be addressed to:NKU COI Diversity Teaching Fellow College of Informatics, Office ofthe Dean.500 Griffin Hall. Nunn DriveHighland Heights, KY 41099.Candidates for these positions must be members of underrepresentedracial/ethnic groups as defined by the Kentucky Council forPost-Secondary Education URM definition.http://cpe.ky.gov/policies/diversity.html.Any candidate who is offered this position will be required to gothrough a pre-employment criminal background check as mandated bystate law. Quick Linkhttps://jobs.nku.edu/postings/9672 NKU seeks candidates who are committed to innovative teaching. Inparticular, with this position, we seek to grow the cultural andacademic diversity of the faculty. Posting Details Job Close Date Northern Kentucky University embraces inclusiveness, equity, andglobal awareness in all dimensions of our work and seek excellencethrough diversity among our students, administrators, faculty, andstaff. Application by members of diverse groups isencouraged.We are an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Actioninstitution. Preferred EducationTerminal Degree Appropriate to Discipline Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationResume/CVDiversity StatementReferencesOptional DocumentsTranscriptsOtherEvidence of teaching style and effectiveness Requisition Number2020F500last_img read more

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First Grade Teacher Reads to Students Daily Through Internet

first_imgPrimary School teacher Carrie Merritt is keeping her students engaged with virtual teaching made fun. (Photo courtesy Laura Bishop Communications) As children across the state adjust to the new reality of remote learning, a teacher in Ocean City is taking a unique approach to keeping in touch with her students.Carrie Merritt, a first grade teacher at the Ocean City Primary School is making her students smile through the magic of the Internet by reading a story each day while dressed up as one of the characters, according to a press release.Here’s a link to today’s video of Merritt reading Nobody Hugs a Cactus: “Read Aloud” is one of Merritt’s favorite parts of teaching and she did n’t want it to end just because she can’t be in the classroom.By recording the Read Alouds each day and uploading them to YouTube, she’s able to not only engage the students, but also maintain some normalcy during these very different times.The videos are uploaded to the school’s website daily. https://oceancityschools.org/primary/indexlast_img read more

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Delivering the goods

first_imgThe logistics of integrating two large firms, operating from different sites, can be a real nightmare.But when one of Europe’s largest transport companies, Norbert Dentressangle, took over another of Europe’s largest logistics firms, Christian Salvesen, they HAD to get it right; after all, you cannot sell your ability to handle logistics if you cannot handle your own. Even more importantly, if you compromise on levels of service or quality, you lose precious customers.Two years on, however, the takeover has been pretty seamless and Norbert Dentressangle has since gained several new bakery accounts as a result. Francois Bertreau is CEO of the French and largely family-owned company. He tells British Baker: “The change was threefold: going from a business turnover of E1.8bn (£1.58bn) to one of E3.1bn (£2.7bn) increased our scope and also our business, particularly in England and the Netherlands and largely in frozen temperature-controlled logistics.”We also increased our pallet network distribution across Europe. In the UK, we now have a turnover of over E600m (£526m). The UK is big in terms of wealth and size and our idea is to develop business here.”Malcolm Wilson, UK MD, says; “It has been an enormous, but seamless challenge. Norbert Dentressangle is gaining a reputation for quality service, flexibility and fast response. We had huge support from France to help us share the vision of how it should be. Change and integration on that scale, when it is well handled, enables you to buy into a vision.”Bakery strategyDan Myers is business unit director for food. Previously working with Christian Salvesen, he has seen Norbert Dentressangle’s UK business grow from around six depots and a E40m (£35m) turnover to 83 depots and a E600m (£526m) turnover as a result of the Salvesen acquisition. “We take the end-product off the supply line and sequence the movement of goods, which can be traced at all times until they are transferred to the trailer or delivery unit, and delivered to the in-store or end-customer.”Bakery is probably the industry’s most rapidly moving daily commodity and the company has gained new business, including Délifrance, which came on board last April. Another client is Montana Bakery, whose frozen breads go into Marks & Spencer.Myers says: “We work with all the major supermarkets and are very strong on in-store. Our strategy is to work with existing customers within the bakery industry, using our skills and competencies to further develop our frozen offering and widen our bakery offer into the ambient sector. We are speaking to new customers and customers who are unhappy with their current arrangements.”He says that growth has been strong, despite the current economic background. “New customers have decided to work with us, not only due to service and cost benefits, but also because Norbert Dentressangle is viewed as a strong, stable business in an uncer-tain time.”The strength of existing relationships has been improved through a process of strong account development and management, creating tailored solutions in a shared user environment. This has resulted in a greater variety of services being provided to customers, simplifying their supply chain and driving greater value as a result.”So, in two years, the vision has stretched from France right up the M1 to all corners of Great Britain. And as Haley’s comet is not due back for 75 years, if something red and white flashes by in the meantime, it’s more likely to be a Norbert Dentressangle truck.last_img read more

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News story: Simpler Internal Dispute Resolution Procedures for the AFPS

first_img At Veterans UK we strive to deliver the best service we can to all our customers so please remember that we will make every effort to resolve any disputes before turning to the IDRP process. However, we are confident that by moving to a more accessible and streamlined complaints process our commitment to excellent levels of customer service can be maintained and strengthened. Veterans UK are constantly looking at ways to improve the Customer Experience. MOD’s Veterans UK organisation, part of Defence Business Services, have taken steps to simplify the Armed Forces Pension Schemes complaints process, known as the Internal Dispute Resolution Procedures.Veterans UK have listened to and taken on board the advice from The Pensions Ombudsman that the complaints process should be accessible, simple and streamlined with the aim of achieving the right outcome at the earliest opportunity. Sharing that view Veterans UK have shortened the overall process so that they can provide a decision in a quicker timeframe. This change will come into effect from 01 April 2018.The Pension Regulator expects that a decision will be made on a dispute within four months of receiving an application. The streamlined single stage IDRP process will reduce this further, with Veterans UK operating a 60 working days timeline after investigations concluded that this could reduce the time taken to process a complaint by 25%.Any member of the AFPS has the right to raise a complaint using the IDRP process if they disagree with a decision or action taken by the scheme administrator. The single stage process will look at all aspects of the complaint along with any additional evidence or information provided. For detailed guidance and Frequently Asked Questions on the process an Internal Dispute Resolution Procedures factsheet (PDF, 138KB, 4 pages) is available.Elizabeth Phelan, Assistant Head of Veterans Pensions at Veterans UK, said:last_img read more

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