Russia: Astronomical fine is “death sentence” for opposition New Times magazine

first_img June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Council of EuropeEconomic pressureJudicial harassment The New Times’s last paper issue Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing May 5, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Russia Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption News News Russia is ranked 148th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Council of EuropeEconomic pressureJudicial harassment to go further Related documents alerte_russie_new_times_oct_2018_rus.pdfPDF – 77.6 KB Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the astronomical fine of 22.25 million roubles (300,000 euros) that has been imposed on The New Times, an online opposition magazine based in Moscow. If the fine is upheld on appeal, the magazine will be forced to close.center_img Financial difficulties already forced the magazine to stop producing a print edition in June 2017, so this fine, if confirmed, is tantamount to a death sentence. “This astronomical fine is yet another blow to Russia’s independent media, which are under more pressure than ever,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “We urge the courts to overturn this sentence, which it is out of all proportion. The Russian authorities must stop criminalizing civil society and its links with organizations abroad.”The prosecutor’s office wants to know about the funding that The New Times has received from a Russian NGO that has been classified as a “foreign agent,” the Press Freedom Support Foundation.Since 2012, Russian civil society organizations that receive international funding have been required by law to put the ignominious “Foreign Agent” stamp on everything they publish and must provide detailed financial accounts to avoid astronomical fines or summary closure. News News RSF_en RSF_EECA May 21, 2021 Find out more Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Receive email alerts Читать на русском / Read in Russian Editor Evgenia Albats and her lawyer, Vadim Prokhorov, announced today that authorities had ordered the magazine to pay this fine for failing to provide requested information about alleged foreign funding in time. Organisation The civil society organizations affected by this draconian legislation initially included Russia’s leading media support NGOs. It was extended to media outlets in December 2017. October 26, 2018 – Updated on October 29, 2018 Russia: Astronomical fine is “death sentence” for opposition New Times magazinelast_img read more

Sick leave is on the increase

first_img Comments are closed. Sickness absence rates have increased by more than a third during the lastyear, according to the latest research from the Work Foundation. Its survey of 400 HR professionals reveals that absence rates in 2002 haverisen to 4.1 per cent (or nine days per employee per year) – up from 2.9 percent in 2001. The problem is particularly acute in the public and voluntary sectors, wherethe absence rate has more than doubled from 2.9 per cent in 2001, to 7.8 percent in 2002. The new figures reverse the previous downward trend and are the highestsince 1996, when The Work Foundation first began monitoring absence. Managers believe the most common reasons for absence are cold/flu (59 percent), stress/emotional/personal problems (58 per cent) and Monday morningsyndrome (39 per cent.) Other reasons include sickness of another family member/childcare problems(36 per cent), the concept of taking sick leave ‘entitlement’ (31 per cent),and low morale/boring jobs (31 per cent). Stephen Bevan, the Work Foundation’s deputy director of research, said:”I think the figures largely reflect a rise in long-term absenteeismrather than short-term. Issues relating to mental ill health, such as stress,are one reason for the increase.” More than half of the responding firms offer flexible working. Two-thirds ofthese believe that flexible hours help to reduce absence. Top five reasons for sickness absence– colds/flu– stress– Monday morning blues– sick day ‘entitlement– low morale Sick leave is on the increaseOn 21 Jan 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

French new wave

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UN launches competition to design memorial to victims of slavery

first_img 10 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Ambassador Raymond Wolfe of Jamaica. UN photoNEW YORK, USA — The committee tasked with building a permanent memorial at the United Nations to honour the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade on Friday launched a global competition for the design of the structure to remind the world that millions of Africans were violently removed from their homelands, abused and robbed of their dignity.The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will administer the design competition, Ambassador Raymond Wolfe of Jamaica, the chair of the Permanent Memorial Committee on Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, told a news conference at UN Headquarters.“As we launch the competition I am pleased to report that all stakeholders including the members of the committee, Member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Africa Group which participated in the negotiations are supremely confident that UNESCO will manage a transparent, inclusive and politically impartial selection process,” said Wolfe.He urged ministries of foreign affairs and culture of member states to disseminate information about the design competition so that a “rich and diverse pool of applications can be submitted to UNESCO for consideration.” The deadline for submitting designs to the competition is 19 December 2011.Philippe Kridelka, the director of UNESCO’s New York office and representative to the UN, noted that the monument will not only be a symbol, but part of an education process in memory of slavery and the trans-Atlantic slave trade.Some $4.5 million is required to build the monument, and just over $1 million has been raised through donations from states and other sources. Wolfe encouraged corporations, philanthropists and the private sector to contribute to the project.Caribbean News Nowcenter_img Share Share NewsRegional UN launches competition to design memorial to victims of slavery by: – October 1, 2011last_img read more

Coutinho left out of Liverpool squad to play City

first_imgPep Guardiola vs Jurgen KloppLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Philippe Coutinho has been left out of Liverpool’s squad to face Manchester City this weekend over his fitness but manager Jurgen Klopp said the Brazilian did nothing “unforgivable” during Barcelona’s pursuit of him.The playmaker, who returned from international duty this week, was linked with a move to the Catalan giants following the departure of his compatriot Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain but Liverpool refused to budge.Coutinho has not yet played for Liverpool this season, with the club citing a back injury, but he joined up with his national side for World Cup qualifiers and made two substitute appearances against Ecuador and Colombia, scoring against the former.That, however, has not been enough to prove his fitness to Klopp, who stressed that fitness was the only reason why the 25-year-old would not be lining up at the Etihad on Saturday.“I can explain it a little — maybe a few of you have had a split in a good relationship, with your wife or whatever, and it is not good to think about the time you were split,” said Klopp.“It was not the most easy time, but that is the transfer window. It is not the first time and it won’t be the last time in history when similar things will happen.”Philippe Coutinho has been left out of Liverpool’s squad to face Manchester City“I really think we handled it really well,” Klopp added. “Not all the things in newspapers were 100 percent right but it is normal a lot of things were coming up in a situation like this.“But nothing I am aware of was unforgivable. The most important thing is no one told me anything where I thought ‘Oh, that is too much’. “He came in yesterday, accepted 100 percent the situation — I didn’t even have to say anything about it.”Klopp praised Coutinho’s attitude, saying he was in a good mood and training had been positive.“Before he went to Brazil he couldn’t train for about three weeks so that means we need to try to prepare him for the rest of the season and that is quite difficult with our schedule,” said Klopp.“So I decided to leave him out of the squad for City so we can use these four or five days for proper training.”Liverpool, who thumped Arsenal 4-0 in their last match before the international break, are second in the Premier League after three matches, with two wins and a draw.Pep Guardiola’s big-spending City have the same number of points but trail Liverpool on goal difference.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

GRADED STAKES WINNER SOLID WAGER HEADS FIELD OF SEVEN IN SATURDAY’S $150,000 DONALD VALPREDO CALIFORNIA CUP SPRINT STAKES GOING 6 FURLONGS ON THE MAIN TRACK

first_imgTHE CAL CUP SPINT STAKES IS ONE OF FIVE RACES FOR GOLDEN STATE SERIES-ELIGIBLE HORSES ON SUNSHINE MILLIONS/CAL CUP DAY AT SANTA ANITA ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2017) – Graded stakes winner Solid Wager heads a field of seven 4-year-olds and up in Saturday’s $150,000 Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint Stakes at Santa Anita going 6 furlongs on the main track.Trained by Peter Miller, Solid Wager was most recently victorious in the 6 ½ furlong, Grade III Midnight Lute Stakes at Santa Anita on Dec. 31 over a sloppy main track in a thrilling Dead Heat finish with stablemate St. Joe Bay.Off for more than five months in mid-2016, Solid Wager is a two time winner of the 7 furlong Cary Grant Stakes at Del Mar both in Nov. 2015 and 2016.Owned by Gary and Cecil Barber and Stanford Stable, Solid Wger is a 6-year-old bay gelding bred in California by Madera Thoroughbreds. He is by Birdonthewire out of the Valid Wager dam, G Ma. Solid Wager will be reunited with Martin Pedroza, as his most recent regular rider, Victor Espinoza, is set to ride two-time Horse of the Year, California Chrome, in the inaugural running of the $12 Million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream, also on Saturday (Approximate post time 2:44 PST.)Solid Wager is 31-8-3-4 for lifetime with $469,921 in earnings.The field, including jockeys and weights, for the Sunshine Millions Donald Valpredo Cal Cup Sprint Stakes –                 Race 6 – Approximate post time of 2:15 p.m. Solid Wager, Martin Pedroza, 126Jimmy Bouncer, Mario Gutierrez, 124Senator Robert, Martin Garcia, 120Tough But Nice, Rafael Bejarano, 120Well Measured, Kent Desormeaux, 122Acceptance, Stewart Elliott, 124Richard’s Boy, Flavien Prat, 122Special first post time for a 10-race card on Saturday at Santa Anita is at 11:45 a.m.  For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more

Exterior Insulation for an Ugly Brick Building

first_imgHow do you insulate an old building with exterior walls made of structural brick? The best approach, according to building science professor John Straube, is to install a continuous layer of exterior insulation. Straube told me, “It’s a great solution for ugly buildings.”This approach was used a few years ago in a rehabilitation project in Brandon, Vermont, by a nonprofit developer of affordable housing, the Housing Trust of Rutland County. The developers converted a remarkably ugly three-story brick office building into attractive, energy-efficient apartments for low-income Vermonters. To insulate the walls, the project team decided to install 4 inches of polyisocyanurate on the exterior side of the existing brick walls. They also transformed the existing flat roof by installing new roof trusses with generous roof overhangs. The building had been abandoned The building acquired by the Housing Trust was the former administration building at the long-closed Brandon Training School, which operated for years as an institution for developmentally disabled Vermonters. When the rehab project began, the administration building had been empty and unused for over ten years.Using a variety of funding sources — including funds from the federal low-income housing tax credit program, the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, Vermont Housing Finance Agency, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and USDA Rural Development — the Housing Trust converted the building in 2013 to 18 apartments.The project architect, Laz Scangas of Arnold and Scangas Architects in St. Albans, Vermont, shared details of the rehab project at a presentation he gave at the Better Buildings By Design conference in Burlington, Vermont, on February 8, 2018. The existing building was nothing special The existing 24,393-square-foot brick building was built in 1956. “It was a a basic box with a flat membrane roof,” Scangas told attendees at the Burlington conference. “It was… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

Explaining AleX NetLit: Fictional Personas & Online Learning

first_imgThe Network Literacy Community of Practice (NetLit CoP) has received some questions about AleX NetLit, the fictional persona we created to help military family service professionals, Cooperative Extension professionals and others learn more about using online networks in their work.We thought it might be helpful to explain how and why we came up with AleX NetLit.Background on fictional personasFictional personas are representations of a major user group of a particular device, system or product. They can also be representations of a major group within an audience. The purpose of a persona is to get away from generalizations about a group of users and focus on the needs of a specific representative user.Personas typically have names, pictures, and demographic details based on the larger audience’s demographics such as age, education, ethnicity, and family status. Usability.gov, a guide to developing usable websites, says personas can also include “the goals and tasks they are trying to complete using the site and their environment (i.e., physical, social, and technological).”Using personas in website design and in other areas of user experience design (architecture, software development and product design) has become accepted practice. Personas are also used in marketing to consider “the goals, desires, and limitations of brand buyers.” (Wikipedia, Personas (marketing))Inventing AleX NetLitThe NetLit CoP has three target audiences: service providers who work with military families, Cooperative Extension professionals, and the general public. As Extension professionals ourselves, we felt we had a pretty good understanding of the extension audience, and we have experience reaching out to the general public through our extension work.However, most of us involved in the NetLit CoP had little or no understanding of the work of professionals who work with military families. We wanted to learn more about this audience and its needs. We also wanted to find a way to connect extension professionals with military family service professionals and these professionals with one another.As we learned more about the demographics of military family service providers, AleX NetLit began to take form. AleX’s gender, age, and education were all taken from what we learned about military family service professionals. AleX isn’t every military family service professional, nor is she an “average” of them. She is a representative of the audience designed to reflect characteristics of the audience that allows the NetLit CoP to connect with them.AleX is a 30-year-old divorced mother of two who works as a federal agency professional, providing educational information and other types of self-help to her clients. She uses, but has been wary of, social media tools like Facebook and Twitter. She is skeptical about using social media in her work, but she is starting to see their potential for helping her clients.That brief profile helped the NetLit CoP begin to develop a plan for helping military family service professionals understand and use social media tools and online networks. Instead of finding ways to help a faceless group of varying demographics, experiences, and abilities, we could focus on finding ways to help AleX, a busy single parent looking for ways she can grow in her profession. That’s the purpose of a persona.Making AleX PublicMost personas for user-experience design and marketing serve as internal tools that guide development of products and messages, but never see the light of day. (e.g., Matthew Johnson Program Staff Director, USDA, is a fictional persona created by the  U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS). You can read a portion of this persona at the bottom on the “Develop Personas” page on Usability.gov.)We decided to take AleX public. We created a Twitter account for her and began writing blog posts addressed directly to her. Knowing how helpful AleX had been to us, we wondered how she might be able to help others.AleX was made public in the hope that she would provide a persona military families service professionals and others could relate to. Let’s face it. Most of us in Cooperative Extension are used to being the expert, the educator. Try as we might, it’s difficult to avoid playing that role. AleX is intended to give people someone to connect with whose goal is not to teach them, but to learn with them.The DebateTrust, transparency and authenticity are important in building relationships in online networks. We debated whether launching AleX NetLit undermined those principles. The thought that AleX might be seen as an effort to trick people or a facade to hide behind definitely made us uncomfortable, but, at the risk of sounding like a self-help book, change doesn’t happen in your comfort zone.We are making every effort to be sure people know AleX is a fictional persona. We intentionally gave her a name that was not typical. AleX’s Twitter bio clearly states she is a fictional creation of the NetLit CoP and links to our blog page explaining AleX and her purpose.That’s not to say we have done everything right. We planned to send periodic tweets letting AleX’s Twitter followers know she is fictional, but we have not held to that plan. We also have not been clear about exactly who is tweeting on Alex’s behalf.AleX’s Twitter followers will start seeing occasional reminders that she is a fictional persona. There will be information about who is tweeting for AleX in occasional tweets and in AleX’s Twitter bio.AleX NetLit is an experiment. She is a new tool for learning in the changing knowledge and communication landscape. Will she make an impact? We’re not sure, but we will keep trying to use new and innovative tools to help people understand and harness the power of online networks.What do you think?Do you think that a persona like AleX NetLit could be an effective tool to help others learn as she learns?Please share any feedback with us via the comments below, your social network of choice, or email.Authors: The AleX NetLit Team – Anne Adrian (@aafromaa), Bob Bertsch (@ndbob),  Peg Boyles (@ethnobot), John Dorner (@jdorner), Molly Herndon, Stephen Judd (@sjudd), and Jim Langcusterlast_img read more

Using Website Grader for Public Relations (PR)

first_img Topics: Public Relations Blog NameWebsite GradeBlog RankTraffic RankTechCrunch9911,784Read/Write Web991118,933Scobleizer95365,90767,943Chris Brogan991,453190,029HubSpot Blog9830,92352,927Above are a couple key stats that I took from Website Grader Reports for a sample of four popular technology-centric blogs – TechCrunch, Read/Write Web, Scobleizer and Chris Brogan.  I also put in the stats for the HubSpot Blog for comparison.  Clearly TechCrunch and Read/Write Web will get you a lot more exposure than any of the others.Traffic Rank – This stat comes from Alexa, and a lower number is better, since a ranking of 1 means you have the most popular site on the entire Internet.Blog Rank – This stat comes from Technorati, and a lower number is better, since a ranking of 1 means you have the most popular blog on the entire Internet.  One note about this, Technorati relies mostly on links for the ranking, and from my experience they are not very good at finding links, and are also not smart enough to know when you have moved your blog to a new URL even if you use accepted practices and use a redirect.  But, this is the best data we have. I was talking to a couple folks who were asking my opinion of something today.  Let’s pretend that your company had some reasonably interesting news to announce in a few weeks and you were working with your PR firms to see what blog to target for getting coverage of the event.How would you decide?  Clearly you need to look at what blog you think you have the best shot at actually getting them to cover your story.  And then you also need to estimate the amount of exposure each blog would give you.Well, I’ll tell you how I would decide which blog would give me the biggest return for my PR dollar/effort – at least in terms of comparing the possible exposure.  You have to make your own estimate about your probability of actually getting each to cover you.  But, to measure the exposure, I would use the Website Grader free SEO / Marketing tool and run a report for all of the blogs that I was considering, and look at a couple key stats to give me a sense of the relative exposure.center_img Originally published Apr 22, 2008 10:53:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more