Mix of hope and resignation about the return of independent press

first_img News Follow the news on Zimbabwe to go further The Zimbabwean press was still one of the most vigorous in Africa at the start of the past decade. The public read the newspapers avidly every day, especially The Daily News. Privately-owned and run by experienced journalists, it was known for its independence and its serious, reliable reporting. “It was a vibrant newspaper and when it came on the market, it was a sell-out almost every day,” said Annie Musemburi-Musodza, who used to be former editor Geoffrey Nyarota’s assistant. “It sold more copies than The Herald, the state-owned daily.”But President Robert Mugabe, who has been on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Predators of Press Freedom” for years, had the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) passed in 2002. It banned foreign investment in Zimbabwe’s media with the sole aim of killing off The Daily News, one of whose shareholders was Scottish. It was followed on 6 August 2007 by the Interception of Communications Act, which made it easier for the political and police apparatus to give free rein to its paranoia by allowing the authorities to monitor email messages and mobile phone calls without having to seek court permission.This repressive legislation, enabling close surveillance of journalists and constant control of the press, is one of the biggest obstacles to media development in Zimbabwe, an obstacle that the Media Alliance of Zimbabwe (MAZ) is determined to combat. By means of its Media Law Reform Project, this NGO coalition is trying to get parliamentarians to completely overhaul the press laws. It also wants to get “freedom of the media” added to freedom of information in the Zimbabwean constitution.When Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai reiterated his government’s priorities at the end of March, the presentation of a Freedom of Information Bill (to replace the AIPPA) and a Media Practitioners Bill to parliament were mentioned prominently. The 21 March issue of The Standard, an independent weekly, said the government hoped to complete these reforms by the end of the year. Zimbabwe Media Council and return of independent pressThe Zimbabwe Media Council (ZMC), which has replaced the Media and Information Commission (MIC), is supposed to issue newspapers with licences and thereby open the way for the independent press to re-emerge. The promise has hung in the air for months without materialising. “Let’s be clear about this,” said lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa. “The ZMC is there to save the media. It should be doing its job”Created in 2009, the ZMC did not officially get under way until its inaugural meeting on 18 March 2010. It was only after months of prevarication and negotiations between Zanu-PF, President Mugabe’s party, and the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Prime Minister Tsvangirai’s party, that the ZMC’s nine commissioners were named. They are Godfrey Majonga (chairman), Nqobile Nyathi (deputy chairperson), Chris Mutsvangwa, Matthew Takaona, Chris Mhike, Henry Muradzikwa, Lawton Hikwa, Miriam Madziwa and Millicent Mombeshora.They are the ones whose job it is to receive and examine the applications submitted by news media. At a meeting with the editors of all of Zimbabwe’s newspapers at the start of March, no less a person than the president asked the ZMC to begin to work, fulfil its role and create a space for the media. The prime minister, for his part, insisted that nothing is tying the hands of the ZMC’s commissioners. Nonetheless, nothing is happening and it looks as though the ZMC is playing for time.Reporters Without Borders hoped to meet with the ZMC’s chairman, Godfrey Majonga, during its visit. Several requests for an interview were made, but without success. At first, Majonga insisted that he had nothing to add to what was said at the 18 March inaugural meeting. Then he said he could not give an interview on his own as the ZMC was a collective commission. “He has held the position for only seven days,” the deputy media and information minister, Timba, said. “Give him a bit of time.”Jethro Goko, the head of Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ), the company that owns The Daily News and The Daily News on Sunday, pointed out that it obtained favourable high court ruling in 2006. “We are ready,” he said. “We are just waiting for the ZMC to give us our licence but we will not reapply because a ruling confirmed four years ago shows we have everything in order. The ANZ does not have a lot of resources but we are dedicated to providing the Zimbabwean people with credible quality newspapers.”Another privately-owned daily, NewsDay, decided not to wait for its licence in order to start working. When the newspaper threatened to begin publishing without a licence in 2009, the permanent secretary in the Ministry of media and information, George Charamba, warned that its journalists would be arrested. NewsDay has gone ahead and hired journalists, who are currently producing a four-page insert that is distributed inside the weeklies The Standard and The Zimbabwe Independent. Government control of state media, persecution of independent mediaMeanwhile, until the ZMC starts issuing licences, the media landscape continues to be dormant and subject to heavy government control.In the state-owned media, for example, the hands of the journalists are tied by their editors, who take their orders from the government. Amid a constant fear of unfair dismissal, self-censorship is widespread. Six journalists employed by the state-owned Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) were fired in 2008 for allegedly not giving President Mugabe enough coverage during the election campaign.ZBC’s management took radio presenter Godfrey Gweje off the air in March 2010 for making “subversive political comments” after he criticised the low pay (189 US dollars a month) received by civil servants, then on strike for better pay. The previous week, Wellington Toni was fired as the Sunday News sports editor for referring on a website to corrupt practices in the regional state-owned weekly The Chronicle.“We cannot express our opinions,” a state media representative told Reporters Without Borders on condition of anonymity. “We are men, with weaknesses, and we are afraid.”Freelance journalists and those working for the privately-owned weeklies are often harassed or threatened. Constantine Chimakure and Vincent Kahiya of the Zimbabwe Independent, for example were arrested together in May 2009 and were subsequently the target of judicial proceedings for a year before charges were finally dropped.Freelance journalist Stanley Gama was summoned to Harare central police station on 30 March, just two days after communication minister Webster Shamu said the harassment of journalists should stop, and was questioned by Chief Superintendent Chrispen Makedenge about his sources for a story in the Zimbabwe edition of South Africa’s Sunday Times about a cabinet minister’s alleged corrupt practices.Two months before that, on 15 January, Makedenge made a death threat against freelance journalist Stanley Kwenda over one of his articles for the privately-owned newspaper The Zimbabwean. Makedenge, who has been implicated in the abduction of journalists and MDC members, told Kwenda: “You are not going to last this weekend.” Kwenda fled the country.Nick Maunze, an official in the Zimbabwean government’s Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO), publicly threatened Godfrey Mutimba, The Standard’s correspondent in the south-eastern province of Masvingo, in March. “You must be careful young man, very, very careful because I will reduce you to nothing,” he told Mutimba. “I do not care what your papers write about me; they are useless and will not change anything. What I need to tell you and your other reporters is that you should know that I have dealt with even bigger fish which had thick heads.” Referring to opposition activist Job Sikhala, Maunze added: “I am the one who forced Sikhala to drink urine when he was arrested and it is not hard for me at all to deal with an even smaller fish and useless reporters like you. What will you do to me?”These are just a few examples of the threats and harassment to which Zimbabwean journalists are routinely subjected.Hounded news photographer Shadreck Anderson ManyereKidnapped in December 2008, freelance news photographer Shadreck Anderson Manyere, was subjected to an ordeal comparable to what was inflicted on leading journalist and human rights activist Jestina Mukoko during his next four months in detention. Charged with banditry, sabotage and terrorism, he was held in appalling conditions, brutally interrogated and tortured.In the year since his release on 18 April 2009, he has had to report to a police station in the capital under pain of being arrested again. This is a major handicap for a freelancer as it means he cannot accept a job in the provinces.At the same time, Manyere is hounded whenever he works in the capital. He was arrested while covering a demonstration by members of Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) on 18 January 2010 and then released without charge. On 24 February, he was forced to delete his photos of a demonstration by pro-Zanu-PF activists against western government sanctions against party leaders including President Mugabe. He was arrested at a Harare court on 1 March for taking pictures of detainees as they arrived to face charges of plotting against the government. Told he did not have permission, he was taken to the central police station. He was released the next day after paying a 20-dollar fine but his camera was confiscated. Manyere told Reporters Without Borders: “Whenever I cover a demonstration or an event, the police ask me: ‘Are you working for The Herald or for ZBC?’ As soon as I reply that I am a freelancer, they try to confiscate my camera and they often take me to a police station.”“They are after him, that’s obvious,” lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa said. “They want to push him to the limit and force him to give up his profession.”Three years of silence about cameraman Edward Chikomba’s deathOn 23 March, the last day of Reporters Without Borders’ visit, the police raided a Harare art gallery and removed more than 60 photos that had been put on display by the human rights group ZimRights. Most of the photos were taken in the run-up to the 2008 elections and showed the use of violence to disperse demonstrations. They also showed the current prime minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, with his face swollen from being beaten while in detention.Freelance cameraman Edward Chikomba, a former employee of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), was one of the people who took the photos of Tsvangirai. He was found dead in Darwendale (60 km west of Harare) on 31 March 2007, two days after being kidnapped by four men suspected of being intelligence officials. They went to his home in Glen View, a high density suburb of Harare, and forced him to get into their four-wheel-drive vehicle at gunpoint.Chikomba was accused of selling his footage of Tsvangirai to foreign news media. Since leaving the production team of “Vision 30,” broadcast by ZBC until 2001, Chikomba had been making documentaries independently for individuals or news media. According to his wife, who witnessed his abduction, Chikomba knew he was in danger. “I am dead,” he said, when he saw the four men arrive outside their house. No proper, independent investigation has ever been carried out into his death.Given the current state of the Zimbabwean media and the urgent need to restore press freedom, Reporters Without Borders makes the following recommendations:- To the Zimbabwean government: Put a stop to the frequent police violence against journalists, quickly foster a climate more favourable to free expression for privately-owned independent newspapers, and open up broadcasting, currently monopolised by ZBC. The two parties, Zanu-PF and MDC, must work in a more determined and concerted fashion. It is time to pass from words to action.- To the Zimbabwe Media Council: Immediately issue licences to newspapers that request them and conduct itself in a more transparent manner by ceasing to be uncommunicative about its activities, which are not known to the public.- To the international community (SADC, African Union, European Union, UN and bilateral aid agencies): Put more pressure on Zimbabwe to ensure that opening up the media sector is one of the reform timetable’s priorities.- To South African President Jacob Zuma (as the person mandated by the SADC to ensure full implementation of the Global Political Agreement, a power-sharing agreement between Zanu-PF and MDC): Be firmer with President Mugabe and Zanu-PF. By not cooperating fully with the MDC, President Mugabe and his party are the source of several obstacles to implementation of the power-sharing agreement and are thereby preventing Zimbabwe from advancing with determination down the road of democratisation.- To Zimbabwean journalists: Try to avoid the very marked polarisation of political life by not taking a pro-Zanu-PF or pro-MDC position and by respecting the principles of neutrality and objectivity in order to provide the Zimbabwean people with better reporting. RSF_en Help by sharing this information November 12, 2020 Find out more ZimbabweAfrica News May 11, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Mix of hope and resignation about the return of independent press Reports Receive email alertscenter_img ZimbabweAfrica November 27, 2020 Find out more Fed up with years of inactivity because of forced closures and still waiting for their newspapers to be given licences to start working again, Zimbabwe’s independent media journalists are drifting in limbo – between hope and resignation – Reporters Without Borders found during a fact-finding visit to Harare from 20 to 23 March, its first trip to Zimbabwe after years of being denied visas. “The Zimbabwean press has endured enough repression in recent years,” Reporters Without Borders said, pointing out that Zimbabwe is ranked 136th out of 175 countries in its press freedom index. “It is time for the government of national unity to demonstrate its will to reform press legislation and liberate the country’s media. There have been enough statements. We urge the Zimbabwe Media Council to quickly grant licences to the media that request them.”During the visit to Harare, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk met Jameson Timba, who is the deputy minister of media and information and an adviser to the prime minister, human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa, photojournalist Shadreck Anderson Manyere and members of the management and staff of The Zimbabwe Independent, The Standard, NewsDay, The Financial Gazette and the defunct Daily News.Reporters Without Borders also met a foreign press correspondent, a state media representative, and representatives of the Media Institute of Southern Africa, the Zimbabwean Chapter (Misa-Zimbabwe), the Media Alliance of Zimbabwe (MAZ), Zimbabwe Journalists for Human Rights (ZJHR) and Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR). Reporters Without Borders regrets being unable to meet the head of the Zimbabwe Media Council (ZMC), who did not want to give an interview. September 1, 2020 Find out more Organisation Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono denied bail The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Iniquitous laws News Zimbabwean court must free imprisoned journalist who is unwelllast_img read more

FHFA Schedules Fourth HARP Outreach Meeting for Miami on December 5

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / FHFA Schedules Fourth HARP Outreach Meeting for Miami on December 5 Sign up for DS News Daily Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. in Daily Dose, Featured The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save About Author: Brian Honea Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Report: Bank, Government Unlikely to Reach Settlement Over Mortgage Fraud Claims Next: DS News Webcast: Thursday 11/20/2014 Related Articles November 19, 2014 738 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agocenter_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago FHFA Schedules Fourth HARP Outreach Meeting for Miami on December 5 The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Florida HARP Loss Mitigation Miami refinancing 2014-11-19 Brian Honea In an effort to sign more eligible homeowners up for the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP), the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has scheduled its fourth HARP outreach event on December 5 in Miami.FHFA Director Mel Watt will join community leaders and housing experts in a town hall-style meeting at Miami Dade College North Campus. The purpose of the meeting will be to provide community leaders with resources to educate and encourage the 21,000 homeowners in Miami who are eligible to refinance through HARP and could save as much as $200 per month.”We will be working with community leaders and other trusted sources to get the word out that more than 97,000 homeowners in Florida are still eligible for and can save money by refinancing through HARP,” Watt said. “We will also be providing information about the range of assistance available to homeowners in distress other than those who are eligible for HARP.”The event will include a panel discussion moderated by Maria Fernandez, Associate Director for the Office of Housing and Regulatory Policy at FHFA, and featuring representatives from various government agencies such as the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac as well as from local financial institutions.Florida has the most HARP-eligible borrowers of any state with 97,000, according to new data from the FHFA. Miami has the most of any metro area in Florida with 21,000, followed by Tampa (17,000), Orlando (11,000), and Jacksonville (9,000). There are more than 722,000 borrowers nationwide who are eligible to refinance through HARP, according to the FHFA. For the first eight months of 2014, the percentage of all refinances in Florida that were facilitated through HARP, 32 percent, was way ahead of the national pace of 17 percent. Overall, the number of borrowers refinancing through HARP has been declining for the last several months.Borrowers are eligible for a HARP loan if they meet the following requirements: Their loan must be owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac; the loan must have been originated on or before May 31, 2009; LTV ratio must be greater than 80 percent; and they borrower must be current on mortgage payments. They must not have had a late payment in the previous six months or more than one late payment in the previous 12 months. Borrowers who could benefit from HARP are referred to as “in the money” borrowers; they are “in the money” if they meet all the HARP eligibility requirements, have a remaining balance on their loan of greater than $50,000 with more than 10 years left on their term, and have an interest rate of more than 1.5 percent more than current market rates.As of August 2014, about 3.2 million U.S. homeowners have refinanced through HARP since it was introduced by FHFA and Treasury in 2009 as part of the Making Home Affordable Program. FHFA previously hosted events similar to the upcoming Miami meeting in Chicago, Atlanta, and Detroit. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Florida HARP Loss Mitigation Miami refinancinglast_img read more

Housing Market Snapshot: Why Is Foreign Investment Declining?

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago August 6, 2020 1,233 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Foreign Investment global investment National Association of Realtors About Author: Andy Beth Miller Home / Daily Dose / Housing Market Snapshot: Why Is Foreign Investment Declining? Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Andy Beth Miller is an experienced freelance editor and writer. Her main focus is travel writing, and when she is not typing away from her computer at her home in the Hawaiian Islands, she is regularly roaming the world as a digital nomad, and loving every minute of it. She has been published in myriad online and print magazines, is a fan of all things outdoors, and finds life (and all of its business, technological, and cultural facets) fascinating in their constant evolution. She is excited to spectate as the world changes, and have a job that allows her to bring a detailed account of those constant shifts to her readers at home and abroad. Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: Customer Experience: Listen, Experiment & Measure Next: Carson Announces HUD Will Resume Physical Inspectionscenter_img Housing Market Snapshot: Why Is Foreign Investment Declining? The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share 1Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Foreign Investment global investment National Association of Realtors 2020-08-06 Christina Hughes Babb The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released results from a survey, which showed America experienced a 5% decrease in annual foreign investment in home sales. According to survey data, foreign buyers invested $74 billion in the direct purchase of existing homes during the year spanning April 2019 through March 2020. This represents a 5% fall from one year ago and also marks the second year in a row that there was a decline in foreign investment in United States residential real estate. NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun commented on the decline, citing possible factors attributing to it: “Foreign buyers and recent immigrants have become less of a force in the United States housing market over the last couple of years. A lack of housing inventory–the primary factor hindering domestic buyers–is also holding back some foreign buyers. Additionally, less cross-border travel, falling international trade and fewer foreign students attending American universities are impacting foreign homebuyers.”Other statistics highlighted in NAR’s report included the fact that China and Canada ranked among the top two spenders in America’s residential sales dollar volume, posting $11.5 billion and $9.5 billion, respectively. This duo has managed to maintain these top positions since 2013.  Fast on China and Canada’s heels were Mexico ($5.8 billion), India ($5.4 billion), and Colombia ($1.3 billion). Among these top five spenders, China was the only one that spent less than the year prior (down from $13.4 billion last year to $11.5 billion this year). The major “upset” within this group was Columbia, which ousted the United Kingdom from its previous fifth place roost. Yun also shared his predictions for what to expect in the coming days: “In the upcoming year, better opportunities may become available for foreign buyers in large cities like New York and San Francisco. New patterns of domestic migration are trending away from expensive cities to more affordable suburbs and small communities because of the pandemic and greater work-from-home possibilities.”  Subscribelast_img read more

Breaking: No Bail For Republic TV CEO Vikas Khanchandani, Remanded To Mumbai Police’s Custody For Two Day In Fake TRP Scam Case

first_imgTop StoriesBreaking: No Bail For Republic TV CEO Vikas Khanchandani, Remanded To Mumbai Police’s Custody For Two Day In Fake TRP Scam Case LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK13 Dec 2020 4:52 AMShare This – xChief Metropolitan Magistrate Court Mumbai has remanded Republic TV Chief Executive Officer Vikas Khanchandani for two days police custody in the fake TRP Scam case registered by Mumbai Police.Vikas Chandani has been arrested by Mumbai Police from his residence early morning today.On Thursday Chief Executive Officer of ARG Outlier Media Pvt Ltd (owner of Republic TV & Republic…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginChief Metropolitan Magistrate Court Mumbai  has remanded Republic TV Chief Executive Officer Vikas Khanchandani for two days police custody in the fake TRP Scam case registered by Mumbai Police.Vikas Chandani has been arrested by Mumbai Police from his residence early morning today.On Thursday Chief Executive Officer of ARG Outlier Media Pvt Ltd (owner of Republic TV & Republic Bharat) Vikas Khanchandani and its Chief Financial Officer Sivasubramanian Sundaram moved Sessions Court, Mumbai  seeking anticipatory bail in the fake TRP scam case registered by the Mumbai police apprehending arrest. An internal report was prepared by Hansa Research Group along with the Vigilance Team of Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) investigating malpractices by some channels in obtaining fake Television Rating Points. Relying on the report, an employee of Hansa Research filed a complaint and an FIR was registered for offences punishable under Sections 409, 420, 120 B, 465, 468, 406, 174, 179, 201, 204, 212 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code at Kandivali police station and the investigation was transferred to the Crime Branch Unit, Mumbai.Both of them have been questioned by the Mumbai police in relation to the said FIR. While the CEO claims to have undergone 100 hours of “semi custodial interrogation”, the CFO has undergone 45 hours of “semi custodial interrogation”. Both the applications state-“The entire interrogation of the applicant was an exercise to pressurise him, intimidate him and essentially harass him into churning out falsehoods to implicate ARG and Arnab Goswami. The applicant fears that, despite having continuously co-operated, he will be arrested in the case for the sole reason that he did not spin mistruths, despite the incessant pressure deployed and unparalleled levels of harassment meted out to the Applicant, to enable the pre-determined, pre-judged and baseless narrative of the respondent so as to implicate a news organisation that has been seeking accountability from the respondent.”Applicants have alleged that the Mumbai police’s conduct and line of questioning in the case despite full cooperation by them smacks of mala fides-“The malice of the respondent became evident from the manner in which the Crime Branch has been conducting their investigation in the TRP manner. After a lapse of almost two months from being first summoned in relation to the said FIR, the Applicant for the first time in December has now started receiving notices under Section 41A of CrPC, under the false pretext that there were grounds to question the Applicant.”Moreover, the applicants cite the example of Republic TV COO, who was granted bail on Friday by the Sessions Court-“Applicant’s apprehension of arrest is also borne from the fact that in a similar case where the Applicant’s colleague one Miss Priya Mukherjee was being questioned and interrogated, Ms Mukherjee was similarly ill-treated by the police officials despite showing full co-operation. She was also attempted to be arrested by the Crime Branch when a few officers of the Crime Branch Mumbai along with the local police in Bengaluru, on November 20 visited the residence of the Applicant more likely with the intention of arresting her.”Picture Courtesy: the newsglory.comSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Strabane PSNI investigating suspicious approach in Springhill Park

first_img Facebook Strabane PSNI investigating suspicious approach in Springhill Park News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp WhatsApp Google+ Police in Strabane are appealing for information following a report of a suspicious approach in the Springhill Park area on the 3rd of August, a week ago last Friday.Police say sometime between 6pm and 8pm, it was reported that a male approached two young girls in the area and made rude comments to them before making off in a dark coloured car.The male is described as being in his mid to late teens with blonde hair, wearing a green and white striped football top, grey shorts, and carrying a rucksack.Anyone with any information about the incident or who saw anything suspicious in the area are asked to contact police in Strabane quoting reference number 621 4/8/18. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555. Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty DL Debate – 24/05/21 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic center_img Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleOmagh victim’s mother asks “What might have been?”Next articleLYIT offers special ‘Enabling Maths’ initiative News Highland By News Highland – August 15, 2018 Twitter Twitter Homepage BannerNews Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more

Whatever happened to good old partnership?

first_imgWhatever happened to good old partnership?On 18 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. As the Anglo-Dutch steelmaker Corus stands on the brink of bankruptcy orbreak-up, it is a cruel reminder of the corporate mess that occurs when seniorexecutives fail to get a grip. Cumulative losses in the past four years at Corus now stand at around £2bn,and there is no doubt that its plight goes far beyond the current feud betweenthe UK management and the Dutch supervisory board. These are extraordinary times for business. Uncertainty over world trade hasled to a crisis in European manufacturing. With domestic demand falling and therising strength of the euro, Corus has had few opportunities for growth. Thebusiness was already in severe crisis, yet it did itself no further favourslast week with the mishandling of its job losses announcement (see this page). The CEO Tony Pedder and chairman Sir Brian Moffat were so distracted bycourt wrangling in Amsterdam that their risk management at home went out of thewindow. The media picked up the story and had a field day. There was noforewarning, no effort to consult with anyone, not even the Government. Theneeds of the workforce, investors and customers were utterly ignored. The credibility of the business is now in jeopardy and thousands of jobswill go, probably with the Teeside unit bearing the brunt. Rather ironically,Teeside was once described by Tony Blair as “one of the most productiveplants in the world”. You have to ask how involved or informed were the HR directors and corporatecommunications chiefs at Corus? The business may be in peril, but there are keystakeholders to consider too. All the evidence suggests HR and communicationissues were not even on the board’s radar screen. Damage limitation never came easy to Corus, and it has clearly not learnedthe lessons from past mistakes. Two years ago, the company was publicly exposed– there was no warning, no consultation, no partnership – it simply presented afait accompli when 6,500 redundancies were announced. The unions, as now, werehighly justified in their heavy criticism of the management team. Corus won’t be the last business to face a meltdown and then disastrouslymanage the fallout in terms of consequences for its people. HR professionalsshould view the Corus debacle as an exercise from which they can learn a greatdeal. By Jane King, editor of Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Typing of strains of Staphylococcus aureus by Western Blot analysis of culture supernates

first_imgExtracellular proteins produced by Staphylococcus aureus strains were examined by Western Blot analysis with blood donor plasma as a source of antibodies. Comparison of epidemiologically related strains showed strong concordance between plot pattern and phage type.last_img

Building a Speedway to the Modern Data Center with Rack-Scale Flash

first_imgReflecting on our launch of DSSD D5 earlier this year, it is worth noting how Flash, especially Rack Scale Flash, is becoming a speedway for organizations to implement and operate a modern data center. Organizations are faced with many challenges and conflicting priorities including data growth and data variety, supporting an increasing number of users and devices, navigating a fiercely competitive landscape and efficiently managing shrinking budgets. Businesses are under greater pressure than ever to use their data strategically to improve decision-making and deliver next-generation business services. So, it is crucial for organizations to accelerate and optimize existing applications and develop data-driven next generation applications for the real-time digital world. To achieve these objectives, organizations need to modernize their data centers, invest in future ready technologies and ensure that the architecture supporting their data center is efficient, secure, highly available and comes with world-class support.Rack-Scale Flash: A New All-Flash Storage Platform Built for the Modern Data Center Flash will be the dominant persistent memory medium for storing data in the modern data center because it delivers significantly accelerated performance compared to traditional disk and is increasingly delivering better economics. So, why is this so important? It is because processing power has steadily increased according to Moore’s Law – doubling every few years – and there is still a huge gap between CPU and memory speeds and flash media performance, to a great extent because of the network latencies. The real-time digital era requires a new architectural approach that offers large amounts of shared flash at a performance that is much closer to memory, and yet also has the capability to handle much larger data sets and many more operations. Rack-Scale Flash is that next generation, shared flash storage platform that provides an order of magnitude leap in flash performance, much closer to memory performance, and is designed to meet the demands of the emerging and next generation applications of the connected, digitally transformed world while delivering a crucial link to the existing high-performance and data-intensive applications of today.As organizations transform to the modern data center, Rack-Scale Flash will enable them to be more competitive, more innovative and more efficient. Rack-Scale flash, like EMC’s DSSD, will help organizations benefit from the vast opportunities offered by the digital world, making flash a key component of the modern data center.last_img read more

Student, alumnae march on Saint Mary’s campus

first_imgSaint Mary’s alumnae hosted a march around campus Thursday to protest the administration’s sexual assault policy and show support to students.Jessica Lopez, class of 2013, started an online petition for alumnae to sign and organized the march. Other alumnae included Abigail Burgan (’14), Karen DeCocker (’97), Nori Drach (’10) and Heather Smith (’13) who walked with Saint Mary’s and Indiana University South Bend (IUSB) students on campus and personally delivered the petition to President Carol Ann Mooney.Saint Mary’s director of media relations Gwen O’Brien said the mission of the College was what inspired the marchers to take action.“Saint Mary’s women are empowered to make a difference in the world. It’s in the College’s mission statement,” O’Brien said. “The planned march was an example of a group of Saint Mary’s students and alumnae who are working to make a difference. We recognize and appreciate their passion.“President Mooney, as an alumna, is another example of a Saint Mary’s woman who, throughout her career and her 11-year tenure here, has made a difference in the world.”O’Brien said Mooney’s newly announced Presidential Taskforce will address ways to handle sexual assault on Saint Mary’s campus.“The newly announced Presidential Taskforce, made up of students, faculty and administrators and chaired by the president will examine the issue of sexual violence and move the dialogue, which has been fruitful, into action,” O’Brien said. “That’s the difference we all seek.”Burgan said the purpose of the march was to show the current Saint Mary’s student body that alumnae support them.“As alumnae, we want to let the students know that we are supportive,” Burgan said. “All the Belles support them. That’s why we have almost 500 signatures on the petition. … In less that 72 hours, we got almost 500 signatures. That just shows that we’re in tune with our school, our alma mater, and we just want to make sure we stay current on all the issues.”Drach said it is important for students to understand other Saint Mary’s women were on their side, especially survivors of sexual assault.“When you have an institution or community that doesn’t really support you, you’re not going to report anything,” Drach said. “That’s going to continue to go inside you and get worse. I highly doubt students are going to be able to [report] if they don’t have the support of their alumnae and the community in the first place.”IUSB showed their support of the Saint Mary’s community as president and vice president of their Feminists Student Union,  Cassandra Castro and Dominique Bonilla, marched with the group that included other IUSB students.Castro said IUSB screened “The Hunting Ground” on Tuesday and then held a panel discussion about the violence and sexual assault that occurs on their own campus. She said they decided to participate in the march because the Saint Mary’s community has supported them in the past and they wanted to return the favor.“We came here because as a community, it is our responsibility to help each other in times of need,” Bonilla said. “We’re all women, and if we don’t stand up to what’s wrong, then who will?”Burgan said she was nervous yet hopeful when walking into Mooney’s office.“She’s a very powerful president who is also an alumna, who we all really respect,” Burgan said. “We really want to see her make positive change. … I knew I had such amazing Belles behind me. All these current students who stood up. I felt so empowered and so supported.”According to the alumnae, Mooney mentioned her plans for the task force to them when they brought her the petition. However, Drach and DeCocker said that while they were happy with this idea, they do not believe it is enough.“I just want to make sure something happens,” Drach said. “I would like people involved who are outside the school and not bound by employment contracts.”“There needs to be a concrete action plan,” DeCocker said.DeCocker said they asked to have alumnae involved in the future. She was surprised by Mooney’s denial to a request to have alumnae either on the task force or sitting in as advisers without voting power.The alumnae all agreed their purpose in marching and in writing the petition was to see positive change in a place they love.“This is not about chastising the administration, “ Burgan said. “We are Saint Mary’s. We love Saint Mary’s. We want to see this institution thrive as much as possible and especially be a leader in the nation regarding this issue. To make a big change in our policies shows how much we support our students and how much the administration wants to give that same respect back.”“This can help us be a leader in the area, as a woman’s college and in the community,” Drach said. “You have Holy Cross, you have IUSB, you have Bethel College, you have Ivy Tech. You have so many women on these college campuses, and we can be a leader in that.”Nicole Caratas | The Observer Nicole Caratas | The Observer Nicole Caratas | The Observer Nicole Caratas | The Observer Tags: IUSB, Presidential Taskforce, saint mary’s, sexual assault, The Hunting Groundlast_img read more

The West Virginia Road Trip: Low Miles, Big Adventure

first_imgGuide to the West Virginia Road Trip:BRING: Mountain bike, climbing gear, water shoesHIGHLIGHT: Long downhill on North Fork MountainSOUVENIR: Facebook status photo from the top of Seneca RocksDay OneThe trip begins near the peak of North Fork Mountain, off Forest Road 79, where an 11.5-mile backcountry mountain bike adventure awaits. Pedal north on the North Fork Mountain Trail over lichen-covered boulders near the dramatic edge of North Fork Mountain, where juggy cliffs hang 2,000 feet over the river valley below. The tread is technical, but completely rideable, and after you make it through several miles of rolling terrain, you’ll finish with a constant three-mile downhill that drops 2,000 feet in a series of scree-covered switchbacks. Make sure you take time off the saddle to check out the views from the western rim of the mountain, including a short scramble to the top of Chimney Rock, a pillar of sandstone with a bomber 360-degree view just before the final descent. Bring two cars or arrange a shuttle with Eagle’s Nest Outfitters (304-257-2393).Grab a site at the bottom of the North Fork Mountain in Smoke Hole Canyon Recreation Area ($20), which sits in the middle of a 20-mile-long gorge cut by the South Branch of the Potomac and offers excellent tubing and fishing from your campground.Day TwoBreak down camp and head to the south end of the mountain, where Seneca Rocks rises 1,000 feet from the valley floor in a near-vertical sheet of sandstone. Seneca is one of those iconic climbing destinations that even non-climbers owe it to themselves to scrape their way up and over. You can hike to the north peak of Seneca, but the south peak can only be summited via technical rock climbing. There are easy 5.2 routes to the top, but if you’re not familiar with Seneca, your best bet is to hire a guide from Seneca Rocks Climbing School. A full day will cost you $225, but they’ll get you to the top via a route that suits your ability and make sure all your knots are tied right, which is priceless, really.Camp at Seneca Shadows, the federally owned campground with tent sites that have views of the Rocks and clean showers for $20. There’s a trail that leads from the campground into town and the Front Porch, where the pizza is cheap (304-567-2555).Day ThreeTake WV 32 toward Canaan Valley, then FS 19 to the 17,371-acre Dolly Sods, a federally designated Wilderness area stacked with high elevation bog and heath ecosystems, the kind of terrain you usually only find in Canada. You’re going to knock out an 8.5-mile loop that combines Red Creek Trail, Rocky Point Trail, and Big Stonecoal Trail, which serves as a mini-highlight reel of the Sods. Start at the Red Creek Trailhead off FS 19 and be prepared for pristine swimming holes, fields of reindeer moss and spruce groves. You’ll also enjoy long-range views from Lions Head, a series of flat outcroppings on Rocky Point, before you call it a day.After the hike, head into tiny downtown Davis for a Shovelhead burrito (homemade pulled pork and horseradish slaw, $8) at Hellbender Burritos, then travel a bit farther into the even tinier town of Thomas for one (or three) pints of Almost Heaven Ale, an amber ale with a subtle and seductive caramel finish, at the uber-hip Mountain State Brewing Company.Call it a night at Canaan Valley State Park, where $20 gets you a primo car-camping site with hiking and mountain biking trails spreading out from the campground.Want more adventure? Check out our full list of road trip guides!last_img read more