Media Operations Centre open to local journalists after official launch

Posted On Jun 12 2021 by

first_img HaïtiAmericas François Bugingo, President of RWB-Canada; Marie-Laurence Jocelyn-Lassègue, culture and communications minister; Clothilde Le Coz, RWBThe mandate of the centre is to:1- make the equipment that Haitian journalists need available to them2- act as a place where they can meet their international colleagues3- offer the various organisations that defend journalists in Haiti a place where they can operate4- act as a news centre for the various government authorities and NGOs that want to address as many media as possible5- advise and assist the government and its partners as regards relaunching news media that were hit by the 12 January earthquake, both in the capital and provinces, especially in the towns of Petit-Goâve, Grand-Goâve and Léogâne, which were very badly affected.The centre has room for up to 20 journalists to work at any one time, a news conference room that can hold 40 people and a terrace that can hold 60 people. It will have broadband Internet, telephone lines, an audio and video conference system, a satellite TV link and printers, as well as facilities for journalists in distress.Canada’s governor-general, Mickaëlle Jean, is to address a message in Creole to the Haitian people via the centre today. We invite Haitian President René Préval to hold a meeting with the press in the centre and we hope that the presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers of the countries with particularly close ties with Haiti will also chose this way to make a concrete commitment to the reconstruction of the Haitian media.This centre belongs to Haiti’s journalists. Its ability to continue operating in the medium term will depend on the technical and financial assistance it receives from other NGOs, international bodies and foreign media. June 11, 2019 Find out more HaïtiAmericas RSF_en With the support of October 11, 2019 Find out more The Media Operations Centre that has been set up in Port-au-Prince by Reporters Without Borders and Quebecor was officially inaugurated yesterday with the Haitian government’s support. At a news conference held with two Reporters Without Borders representatives, culture and communications minister Marie-Laurence Jocelyn-Lassègue announced that the centre will be headed by Ives-Marie Chanel, the editor of the Mediacom news agency. Chanel will be assisted by Reporters Without Borders correspondent Claude Gilles. Another journalist murdered in Haiti Journalist shot dead amid anti-government protests in Haiti Follow the news on Haïti to go furthercenter_img November 14, 2019 Find out more Violence against the press in Haiti: RSF and CPJ write to Minister of Justice News News January 22, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Media Operations Centre open to local journalists after official launch Organisation Help by sharing this information News News Receive email alertslast_img read more

IPE Views: Freedom, choice and rewriting later life

Posted On Sep 29 2020 by

first_imgPensions and investments are only one aspect of the retirement challenge. Many people are keen to explore how other strands of well-being can be integrated into financial planning for later life. Old-age care provision, for example, is seen as fundamental to any coherent strategy for well-being in retirement. As a result of such factors, will a broad consensus emerge that endorses a full-blown national savings strategy? And, as is already practised in countries like New Zealand, will an independent figure emerge who sits in or alongside the Cabinet as a Retirement Commissioner?Given that the guidance guarantee steers clear of product recommendation, many consumers will still need to seek out regulated advice. Innovation in multichannel, at-retirement advice is seen as one of the most exciting developments that could come out of the new pension freedoms.At the same time, encouraging the mass market to become closely engaged with its retirement planning brings a new set of challenges. If the new pension freedoms are to be used effectively, both guidance and advice will need to be delivered actively to the consumer, both before and throughout retirement.As the characters in Cocoon found out, the nature of later life can change in surprising and positive ways. The percentage of over 65 year olds participating in the UK workforce has approximately doubled over the past decade, and earned income could be a key source of improved income for older age groups in the future. But work needs to continue to narrow the disparity in wealth levels between the UK’s richest and poorest retirement cohorts.Notwithstanding, greater life expectancy and longer working lives mean retirement planning solutions need to be increasingly flexible and capable of working around the different needs of the individual. For this version of Cocoon to end well, the industry needs to ensure those on more modest incomes receive a similar level of flexibility to those already taken care of in the workplace.Benjie Fraser is global pensions executive for Investor Services at JP Morgan JP Morgan’s Benjie Fraser calls for greater flexibility in retirement planning solutionsThere was a film made in the 1980s called Cocoon about a group of elderly people – in today’s parlance, we would describe them as ‘silver surfers’ – who are rejuvenated by aliens. The changes to the UK pensions landscape in 2014 heralded a similar extra-terrestrial experience for many in and outside the industry.Defined contribution pension holders, from April, will have previously unheard-of freedom in how they can choose to use their accumulated pension funds, from age 55 onwards – as well as the ability to pass on unused pension funds on death, free of tax. The UK government points to the beneficial impact these changes have already had on people’s pension intentions. Given the modest size of the average pension pot, how will these changes affect how people make financial decisions?The impact of the changes on the UK annuity market is already evident. Yet, given the unique ability of annuities to deliver a guaranteed income, many people believe they must continue to be promoted as a core element of the retirement income mix. The key to optimising retirement income, some believe, is not to walk away from traditional annuities but to encourage savers to exercise an open market option and to drive greater competition among providers. In a nutshell, many retirees simply want to replace their regular wage. But to do so without an annuity offers a different set of challenges.last_img read more

SMIT Salvage Wins Two Marine Salvage Contracts from US Navy

Posted On Sep 28 2020 by

first_imgBoskalis subsidiary SMIT Salvage has acquired two five-year marine salvage contracts to serve as the exclusive marine salvage and engineering support contractor for the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)NAVSEA is the division of the U.S. Navy responsible for engineering, building, buying and maintaining Navy ships and submarines.SMIT Salvage will provide the U.S. Navy with marine salvage, salvage-related towing, ocean engineering and towage services in the event of an emergency or incident in two of the three geographic zones in the world as defined by the U.S. Navy.SMIT Salvage held a contract for one zone covering the area between the Suez Canal and the dateline – the imaginary line down the Pacific Ocean on which the calendar day begins and ends – for a number of periods totaling more than 30 years, which it was able to renew. In addition, the contract for a second zone between the dateline and the U.S. West Coast was successfully acquired.With the award of the third and final contract to its U.S. partner Donjon Marine, the companies are able to provide worldwide marine salvage support to the U.S. Navy.SMIT Salvage and Donjon Marine established the joint venture Donjon-SMIT to provide salvage services to vessels trading in U.S. waters under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA-90) and related U.S. state regulations.last_img read more

Joshua, Klitschko Agree on Las Vegas for Rematch

Posted On Sep 17 2020 by

first_imgJoshua is expected to face Klitschko again after his thrilling stoppage victory at Wembley in April, and is waiting for a final decision from the Ukrainian about their planned second fight, which is likely to take place in November.Promoter Hearn held recent negotiations with Klitschko’s manager Bernd Boente and believes the 41-year-old could be tempted by a world title fight in Las Vegas. “I have been in talks with Bernd Boente and the team,” Hearn told Sky Sports News HQ. “We’re getting close now to identifying the real options in terms of venues and locations.“Vegas has taken a little bit of a frontrunner in those. I know the British fans would love to do a trip out there for Joshua-Klitschko.“Nigeria is still in the mix, Dubai as well, and of course Cardiff. But like I said, Vegas has probably got its nose in front at the moment.“I think in the next week, we’re looking to present all those opportunities to Wladimir Klitschko and his team. Speaking to Bernd Boente this morning, I feel like it’s going to take that special event to make this fight.”Hearn hopes a final decision will be made in the next fortnight about the venue for the fight.“I would like to keep it in Britain,” said Hearn. “The fans have been incredible to Anthony Joshua, but if it means travelling to make sure this fight happens for world boxing, and it means taking a few plane loads to Las Vegas for a night and an experience they won’t forget.“Anthony Joshua is the world heavyweight champion, he’s not the British heavyweight champion. He wants to break boundaries and so do we.“To see Anthony Joshua’s name up in lights on the Las Vegas strip is certainly something that appeals to us all.“Yes, I would say the next couple of weeks, we’ll be looking to make a decision in terms of the venue and location.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed that Las Vegas has become the “frontrunner” to stage Anthony Joshua’s proposed rematch with Wladimir Klitschko.last_img read more

A look at some of 2016’s most inspiring sports moments

Posted On Jan 20 2020 by

first_imgWe watch sports to see who wins and loses, but also to be inspired – and 2016 offered plenty of examples of the latter, from a touching moment between two strangers on the Olympic track to a little boy from a war-torn land who met his favourite soccer player to a warm ovation fuelled by empathy for a visiting National Hockey League goalie.Moments and feelings that will be recalled more vividly than any numbers on a result sheet or etched in bright lights on a scoreboard.There were athletes and coaches whose stories touched us, as well as folks connected to the sports world who contributed their own uplifting vignettes.One example: When sideline reporter Craig Sager died from leukaemia this month, there were heartfelt tributes tinged with sadness, of course, but also remembrances that spread the positive message he offered as he continued to cover the NBA and college basketball despite his illness.”Man, life is too beautiful, too wonderful. There’s just too many things,” Sager said in August. “It’s not just you. It’s your family and kids and all. Fight. Fight until the end. Fight as hard as you can.”Some inspiring sports moments during the past year:LENDING A HANDDuring a qualifying heat for the 5,000 metres at the Rio Games, Abbey D’Agostino of the United States and Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand got their feet tangled, sending both sprawling. D’Agostino got up and, instead of trying to get herself back into the race, crouched down, helped Hamblin rise, and whispered: “Get up. We have to finish this.” It turned out that both were injured – D’Agostino could barely move by the race’s end and needed a wheelchair – but they crossed the line. Then they hugged. Longtime friends? Hardly. “That girl is the Olympic spirit, right there,” Hamblin said. “I’ve never met her before. Like, I never met this girl before. And isn’t that just so amazing? Such an amazing woman.” Even Olympic officials were moved by the episode, awarding both runners berths in the final.MEETING MESSIFirst, Murtaza Ahmadi, a 5-year-old from Afghanistan, was photographed wearing a plastic bag fashioned into a makeshift Lionel Messi uniform – blue and white stripes, like Argentina’s national team; Messi’s name and number written in black marker. The image became an Internet sensation. Later, Murtaza got to walk with Messi onto the field before an exhibition game. When it was time for the kickoff, Murtaza did not want to leave his new pal’s side.SALUTING AN OPPONENTIt takes something special for supporters of one team to salute a player for an opponent team that won a game, and that’s what happened early in the NHL season in Edmonton. The Oilers’ fans gave Senators goalie Craig Anderson a standing ovation after he made 37 saves for a shutout in Ottawa’s 2-0 victory over Edmonton – his first start since learning that his wife had been diagnosed with cancer.°SI SE PUEDE!Vibrant chants of “si se puede” resonated around Rio’s main tennis stadium as Puerto Rico’s unseeded Monica Puig beat Germany’s Angelique Kerber – who would win two Grand Slam titles in 2016 and take over the No. 1 ranking – to become her island’s first gold medalist in any Olympic sport. As the Puerto Rican anthem echoed around an Olympic arena and spectators belted out the lyrics, Puig was unable to join in for one simple reason: too many tears. “If I would’ve stopped crying,” Puig said, “I probably would have started singing.”GO, CUBS, GOThe Chicago Cubs’ first World Series championship in more than a century was a big deal to many long-suffering fans – and provided a way for some to reconnect spiritually with lost loved ones who never got to see Wrigleyville turn into Titletown. Wayne Williams kept a pledge he and his father made to each other and shared a moment they’d both been waiting for all their lives. Williams drove from North Carolina to his father’s gravesite in Indiana to listen on the radio “together” as the Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians in Game 7.BREAKING RECORDS AFTER CANCERUniversity of Pittsburgh running back James Conner was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in 2015, went through more than five months of draining treatment, then returned to college football this year and wound up breaking Atlantic Coast Conference records for career touchdowns and running TDs. Now he’s headed to the NFL.last_img read more

Green Building Tip: Test Your HVAC System

Posted On Dec 16 2019 by

first_imgEven well-designed mechanical systems can become sources of indoor air quality problems (or can waste energy) if they are incorrectly installed, so it’s important to make sure heating and cooling systems work as designed before the house is occupied. It’s critical to test the systems (including duct work) before anyone moves into the house. That’s almost always cheaper than dealing with the equipment after problems become obvious.This testing — sometimes called “commissioning” — should follow the “TAB” approach: test, adjust, balance.For homes with a forced-air system, it’s essential to check:Air flow at each registerOverall duct system tightnessAir flow over the coilRefrigerant chargeIt’s also essential to check the combustion efficiency of the furnace or boiler burner; to check exhaust fan air flow; and to check ventilation system air flow.—_This GREEN BUILDING TIP is from our Strategy Generator. Build a tip sheet for your green building or remodeling project under the Strategies & Details tab._ Green PointsLEED for Homes: 3 points for minimizing distribution losses in ducts (EA 5).NGBS/ICC-700: 3 points for verifying performance of HVAC equipment (704.5.3).FURTHER RESOURCES#Green Building Encyclopedia:Forced AirAir ConditioningHeat DistributionBlogs:Duct Leakage TestingHeating a Tight, Well-Insulated House How Heat Moves Through HomesIt’s the Little ThingsQ&A Forum:HVAC for Tight Envelope Houseslast_img read more

Publication of National Register of Citizens in Assam: SC says ‘no’ to extension of deadline

Posted On Dec 3 2019 by


After poor finals stint last year, Ravena makes presence felt for Ateneo this time

Posted On Nov 30 2019 by

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThirdy Ravena had a UAAP Finals to forget in Season 79 when he crumbled in Ateneo’s Game 2 loss to De La Salle missing all 10 of his field goal attempts for three points and seven rebounds.The Blue Eagle vowed to put on a better performance in Season 80 but his first quarter was almost reminiscent of his struggles the year before.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Mike Nieto steps up after twin bro Matt goes down in Game 1 Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Ravena made just one field goal and one free throw in the opening period against the Green Archers and he knew he wasn’t himself at that moment.“I wasn’t exactly nervous but I think I went out of focus but I’ll make sure I’ll be better in Game 2,” said Ravena after the Blue Eagles’ 76-70 Game 1 win Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRavena, though, bounced back and finished with a team-high 12 points with six rebounds and four assists.And his final assist led to Isaac Go’s game-sealing basket with 10.4 seconds left. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 “Isaac was open, I just had to do what I had to do and good thing he’s a good finisher,” said Ravena.last_img read more

Meneses lauds Teodoro’s heroics vs Pingoy, Adamson

Posted On Nov 28 2019 by

first_img1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Teodoro had Falcon guard Jerrie Pingoy hounding him throughout the match but JRU’s husky wingman still managed to put up a game-high 23 points.“Actually, he didn’t find any difficulty against Pingoy,” said Meneses as they advanced to the semifinals of the pre-season league. “If there’s one person who’ll stop Teytey, it would be Teytey.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Well, there are two people who can stop Teytey, himself and me. If I don’t put him in the game, then I stopped him. If he doesn’t want to play, he stops himself.”Teodoro, however, isn’t a man to talk about his talents that much, and he said he was just following Meneses’ orders. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I’m just ready every game, it depends on coach Vergel on how we will play,” said Teodoro. “Whatever the game plan is, that’s what I’ll do.” FILE — Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIf there’s one person Jose Rizal University head coach Vergel Meneses trusts, it has to be Teytey Teodoro.Meneses virtually put Teodoro atop a pedestal after the Heavy Bombers blasted Adamson, 67-56, in their quarterfinals matchup in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Mbala erupts for 32 as La Salle barges into semis with FEU rout MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

UP: Senior BSP leader Intezar Ahmad Abdi arrested in murder case

Posted On Nov 28 2019 by

first_imgSenior BSP leader Intezar Ahmad Abdi alias Bobby was on Saturday arrested in connection with the murder of a state government employee, a senior police officer said in Lucknow.Abdi’s name also figured in an arson attack at UPCC president Rita Bahuguna Joshi’s residence in 2009 and he was arrested in March this year before being released on bail.He was arrested on Saturday evening from Wazirganj area in connection with the murder of Saifer Haider Naqvi, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Lucknow, D K Thakur said.Saifer Haider Naqvi alais Saifi, an employee of the Social Welfare Department, was shot dead by unidentified persons near his house on March 2. Abdi’s name figured in the murder case after shooters arrested by Delhi police on May 18 revealed his involvement.The BSP leader was the chairman of Ganna Sansthan, a post equivalent to that of Minister of State. However, he was removed from the post on Friday.- With PTI inputs For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more