53 journalism groups urge again President Obama to stop excessive controls on public information

first_img United StatesAmericas June 7, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information News August 20, 2015 – Updated on June 8, 2016 53 journalism groups urge again President Obama to stop excessive controls on public information Organisation The coalition, led by the Society of Professional Journalists, sent a letter to President Obama on August 10, 2015.This was the second letter the groups sent to the White House regarding government transparency. The first letter, sent July 8, 2014, and a follow-up letter sent Aug. 5, 2014, were met with a non-response response from the White House on Aug. 11, 2014. Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says April 28, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders joined a coalition of journalism and open government groups calling on President Barack Obama – yet again – to stop practices in federal agencies that prevent important information from getting to the public. Follow the news on United Statescenter_img News United StatesAmericas Receive email alerts JIM WATSON / AFP News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists June 3, 2021 Find out more to go further NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say RSF_en last_img read more

Pasadena Unified Names New Principal at Don Benito Fundamental School

first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Education Pasadena Unified Names New Principal at Don Benito Fundamental School From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 | 3:20 pm Business News 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. Subscribe Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff Community News Top of the News center_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Interim Superintendent Dr. Brian McDonald announced Monday the appointment of Linda Chang, Ed.D. as principal of Don Benito Fundamental School, pending board approval. Located in Pasadena’s Upper Hastings Ranch neighborhood, Don Benito is one of PUSD’s choice schools drawing over 600 students grades K-5 from across the district.“I am thrilled to continue the tradition of academic excellence at Don Benito,” said Chang. “I also embrace the challenge of guiding the school through the transition to Common Core State Standards.”Dr. Chang has been employed by PUSD for ten years. Her most recent position was as curriculum resource teacher at Willard Elementary School where she was at the forefront of an effort to deliver professional development to the staff at Willard as well as provide interventions and enrichment that can appropriately challenge all students. Previously she served as a classroom teacher at McKinley School and Burbank Elementary School. Dr. Chang was also the GATE site coordinator at Burbank and Willard and conducted data analysis at Willard to determine how to best serve students and meet their needs. Dr. Chang was a finalist for the Rotary Teacher of Excellence award in 2013 and was awarded the Phi Delta Kappa Outstanding Educator Award in 2009.“Dr. Chang is a PUSD home grown talent who has risen through the ranks to become a principal,” said Interim Superintendent McDonald. “I know Don Benito will continue to thrive under Linda Chang with the knowledge, experience and enthusiasm she brings to the table.”Julianne Reynoso stepped down as Don Benito principal earlier this summer to become the district’s Executive Director of Elementary Education. “Replacing a legend like former Don Benito principal Julie Reynoso is never easy, but I look forward to her mentorship to take Don Benito and PUSD from good to great,” said Chang.Retired PUSD Principal Jill Girod has served as interim principal for the start of the school year. Dr. Chang will begin at Don Benito on September 15.Don Benito Fundamental School, 3700 Denair Street, Pasadena, (626) 396-5870 or visit donbenito.pusd.us/pages/Don_Benito_FundamentalFor more information about PUSD, visit www.pusd.us/pages/PasadenaUSD. HerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCreative Ways To Burn Calories That Require Little EffortHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyEase Up! Snake Massages Are Real And Do Wonders!HerbeautyHerbeauty Community News 7 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 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

Quinlivan backs INMO call for enquiry into UHL overcrowding

first_imgEmail Twitter Advertisement Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSIrish Nurses and Midwives OrganisationKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post WhatsApp WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live LimerickNewsPoliticsQuinlivan backs INMO call for enquiry into UHL overcrowdingBy Sarah Carr – May 1, 2021 234 center_img Previous articleMunster’s CJ Stander made Honorary Limerick ManNext articleThrowback: Contrasting League final results for the Hurlers in 2011 & ’06 Sarah Carrhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick Sinn Féin TD Maurice QuinlivanSPEAKING in the Dáil, Sinn Féin Limerick TD, Maurice Quinlivan, backed a call made by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) for an enquiry into the ongoing overcrowding issues at University Hospital Limerick.The Sinn Féin TD commented:Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “There is a real concern in Limerick about the continuous overcrowding at University Hospital Limerick. It is an issue that I have raised countless times in this chamber and in communications with the Minister, yet nothing seems to be done. Staff are at their wits end and the INMO have raised their concerns While there has been significant recruitment and 100 additional acute beds added the hospital still faces runaway overcrowding.”“The staff at our hospital have done an incredible job throughout the pandemic, they work in difficult and overcrowded conditions. We gave them applause, but what has not been delivered is appropriate capacity to cope with the large numbers presenting at our A&E Department. “Figures compiled by the INMO show that there have been in excess of 40 patients being treated on trolleys each day this week, with 953 patients having been treated on trolleys throughout April.Deputy Quinlivan added:“A 96-bed unit was committed to but only half of these will be new beds. The delivery of all 96 beds needs to be expedited. Day after day, the figures show that UHL remains the most overcrowded hospital in the state. The INMO wants to know what is going wrong and so do I. But more importantly, I would like to know what steps the government are taking to manage this issue?Deputy Quinlivan concluded: “I back the call for HIQA to visit, investigate and make recommendations at UHL.  I hope this will happen and I urged the Tánaiste in the Dail to support that call and commit to acting on any recommendations that HIQA make?” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Print Facebooklast_img read more

Saint Mary’s withdraws option to remain in residence halls during COVID-19 campus changes, excluding select students

first_imgSaint Mary’s students will no longer be provided the option to remain in their residence halls until at least April 13, interim President Nancy Nekvasil announced in email Friday. Junior and senior nursing students in clinicals, senior student teachers, international students and a select group of Residence Assistants, Ministry Assistants and IT student employees are excluded from this change. “In the past 24 hours, circumstances have changed dramatically regarding the coronavirus pandemic,” Nekvasil said. “Consensus among public health officials is that if organizations act decisively to minimize the risk of transmission, it can greatly reduce the severity of the outbreak. It is our responsibility to help slow the spread of the virus, both at Saint Mary’s and in our greater community.”This update follows the extension of spring break to March 20, and the implementation of online coursework starting March 23 through at least April 13. In the original announcement, students were offered the choice to return home during this time or remain in the dorms. This is no longer the case.Students “who believe they have a special circumstance” are instructed to contact interim vice president for student affairs Linda Timm.“Unless you have permission to be on campus, do not visit,” Nekvasil said.Those who have filled out online forms detailing plans to return to campus for various reasons may not be accommodated, she said, unless they meet the required criteria. In response to student concerns, the College has created a list of FAQs on their website. Additional questions should be directed to the office of student affairs.Students may return to retrieve their personal belongings, the webpage states, but will not be allowed to stay the night and must be out of the dorms by noon Tuesday.“The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is a top priority,” Nekvasil said. “We will continue to assess the situation and provide further updates as they are warranted. I am confident that, as we continue to work together, we will do what is necessary in these unprecedented times.”Tags: coronavirus, COVID-19, Interim President Nancy Nekvasil, Linda Timm, Office of Student Affairs, residence hallslast_img read more

Colombian National Navy Neutralizes Another Drug-Trafficking Semi-Submersible

first_imgAlso known as a “drug submarine,” a semi-submersible is an illegal, artisanal narcotrafficking sea vessel. They travel at speeds of 5 to 7 knots, have a cargo capacity of up to 15 tons, have single or dual engines, and in general, can house a four-person crew who spend one or two weeks on board traveling the 3,000-3,500 miles to Mexico or the United States. Less than a quarter of these semi-submarines’ hulls are exposed to the surface; they travel right under the water’s surface – hence the name. “In general, construction is done a few kilometers from the coast to make it difficult to find,” Cmdr. Prada stated. “We have discovered several [semi-submersibles] in the Saquianga National Natural Park and in other areas with thick vegetation and limited access.” Construction of a proper submarine that’s capable of traveling completely below the surface of the water requires a far greater investment, specialized materials, and an expert workforce. “It is too labor-intensive and far too indiscreet for [narcotraffickers],” Cmdr. Prada explained. “So their alternative is constructing vessels that, even though they’re considerably smaller than a submarine, can carry five times more weight than a motorboat.” Law enforcement Manufacturing of semi-submersibles began in the 1990s at the height of drug trafficking when drug cartels were at their zenith. They began as an alternative way to smuggle drugs from Colombia to the United States or Mexico. At the time, those countries’ authorities were beginning to monitor air transportation intensively, and go-fast boats were experiencing large losses due to ships sinking and because of how easy they were to detect. Generally, semi-submersibles have a four-member crew: one who navigates; one who oversees the machinery and engines; one who monitors the cargo; and one so-called “captain,” who knows the vessel’s route. The “captain” receives $25,000 per trip, while other crew members make about $5,000, according to the National Navy. The vessels cost between $500,000 to $1 million, according to the National Navy. Construction can last between 30-45 days in improvised factories capable of working on up to three semi-submarines at a time, employing around 30 workers. The most common route taken by semi-submersibles is from Saquianga Park in Nariño, south around the Galápagos Islands, towards the Gulf of Tehuantepec in Mexico. Sometimes, another ship will pick up the narcotics in a nearby sea, according to the National Navy’s Pacific Coast Guard. The vessel, which had a diesel engine and was within days of being seaworthy, was seized along with 900 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride inside it. Forty-eight hours later, the National Navy destroyed a semi-submersible in a tributary of the Timba River in the municipality of Tumaco in Nariño. National Naval service members also detained six suspects who allegedly constructed the vessel. About the same time, the Navy seized more than a ton of cocaine hydrochloride and three dinghies that held 20 parcels with 402 packets of drugs from an undisclosed location. Additionally, National Naval forces found 657 packets of drugs and 35 bins with 1,120 gallons of fuel at an illegal drop-off point near an area filled with heavy brush. So far this year, the Colombian National Navy has seized four semi-submersibles that drug traffickers were going to use to transport narcotics. The most recently confiscated vessel, which was 14 meters long, three meters wide, and could transport four tons of narcotics, occurred in the town of Candelilla de la Mar in the department of Nariño on May 13th. The year’s first seizure of a semi-submersible occurred on March 1st, about 250 nautical miles west of the Colombia-Ecuador border, when National Navy service members captured four crew members –three Colombians and a Mexican– and confiscated 5,824 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride found aboard the vessel. Every 1,000 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride seized by Military or law enforcement agents cost narcotrafficking organizations about $32 million in proceeds from sales on the international market. In those models, the bow contained one or two fuel tanks, a cargo area, a cabin for the crew, and a machinery room. The vessels, which also possessed a generator to power the batteries feeding the communication and positioning equipment, did not have a bathroom. By 2000, authorities began to encounter new models. Though semi-submersibles are silent, leave no wake, and are impossible to detect along the horizon, they are visible from the air. However, drug traffickers designed a hollowed-out torpedo that can hold between one and five tons of cocaine that’s towed by a fishing boat. Semi-submersible, a drug-trafficking invention What is a semi-submersible?center_img “Inspections, strategic patrols, obtaining and vetting information, and planning are, among many other steps, necessary for the success of an operation to neutralize a semi-submersible,” said Commander Pedro Prada, who heads the Coast Guard of the Pacific, adding that seizures of semi-submersibles require months of intelligence work. Since 1993, Colombian authorities have seized 91 semi-submersibles that, for the most part, have been destroyed immediately. There was an uptick in 2009, when 20 such vessels were neutralized, coinciding with that year’s Law No. 1311 – the Semi-Submarines Act. In 2015, authorities found five vessels, both in the latter stages of construction and at sea. Colombia’s Navy found the first semi-submersible in its national territory on the island of Providencia in May 1993. The vessel was six meters long and could carry a ton of narcotics. A year later, the National Navy found a similar vessel – and they’ve continued to find semi-submersibles up and down Colombia’s Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Authorities have also found many semi-submersibles at sea through aerial detection. By Dialogo May 19, 2016 Since the beginning of the decade, authorities have started to encounter unmanned semi-submersibles carrying one or two tons of drugs, in addition to high-tech buoys that can be recovered at sea by drug traffickers. “A great deal of the intelligence we work on for the Navy is directed at locating the sites where these units are being built, to prevent them from reaching the sea where it is difficult to find them,” Cmdr. Prada said. “Our discoveries include semi-submarines as well as submersible torpedoes.” Colombia goes after those associated with these vessels with the Semi-Submarines Act, which punishes those convicted of using, constructing, selling, or possessing a semi-submersible or submarine without proper authorization to between six and 12 years in prison and a fine between 1,000 to 50,000 times the current monthly minimum wage (SMLMV), which is currently $228.59. But the penalties are much stiffer if the semi-submersible or submarine is used to store, transport, or sell narcotics or drug-producing materials, as those convicted face between eight to 14 years in prison and a fine of up to 70,000 times the SMLMV. The torpedo has a ballast system – meaning it can take water into chambers to lose flotation and can take in air for the opposite effect. It also has a positioning device, and can dive 30 meters deep thanks to a steel cable more than 200 meters long. It’s also invisible from the air. Narco-traffickers using buoys The Málaga Bay Naval Base in the department of Valle del Cauca houses some semi-submarines that have been discovered since the 90s. Though protocol demands that semi-submersibles be demolished as soon as they are found, the ones in Málaga were preserved for analysis. The two seizures come about six weeks after the Navy confiscated a semi-submersible that was in its final stages of construction on April 3rd. The vessel, which was 15 meters long and three meters wide, would have been able to transport two tons of drugs once its engine had been installed. Since the beginning of the 1990s when the first semi-submersible was seized, the manufacturing techniques have improved to increase the vessels’ cargo capacity. The vessel’s body is a motorboat covered over with fiberglass. The hull is dark to camouflage the vessel at sea, and its corrugated texture facilitates the unloading of drugs. A small cabin rises out of the hull to provide visibility for the crew, and air is circulated through tubes. Though some semi-submersibles can be used for multiple trips, most are sunk by narcotraffickers after one trip. The vessels also are equipped with valves to allow them to take on water and sink if they are boarded by authorities. How they work Colombia has security cooperation agreements with countries in Central, North, and South America to be more effective in locating these units and arresting drug traffickers.last_img read more

Laguna Novigrad bought Dalmatia hotels

first_imgLaguna Novigrad dd, one of the leading tourist companies operating under the Aminess hotels and campsites brand, has concluded an agreement to take over Dalmacija hotela doo, which is majority owned by HTP Korčula and HTP Orebić. Cover photo: HTP Korcula, Port 9 The companies owned by Dalmacija Hotel have 7 hotels, an apartment complex and a camp with mobile homes with a total capacity of 1.000 accommodation units, while 6 hotels, 3 camps with mobile homes and a complex of villas in Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatia with a capacity of 3.850 accommodation units already operate under the Aminess brand. The combined companies employ more than 800 workers, and last year they realized about 1,43 million overnight stays with a revenue of 440 million kuna. “With this acquisition, HTP Korčula and HTP Orebić get a quality and proven partner that will ensure the continuation of successful business and added value for destination development. The takeover itself is coming, in a difficult time for tourism that we have not witnessed since the Homeland War, but it also shows the confidence of investors in the long-term perspective and sustainability of Croatian tourism. We are focused on achieving the synergy effects of united companies as soon as possible and preparing for the next, in many ways, challenging season. The goal is to connect and jointly develop all destinations in order to get the best possible tourist and economic effect, and preserve jobs in a region where tourism is one of the most important industries. The task is not simple, but we believe in the quality and potential of Korcula and Peljesac”, Said the President of the Management Board of Laguna Novigrad, Zrinka Bokulić. Aminess recently expanded its business to the island of Krk by taking over the management of the tourist company Hoteli Njivice doo, whose ultimate majority owners are also Oleg Uskoković and J&T Private Equity Group Croatia Investments. The company consists of two hotels, a villa complex and a camp that now operates under the Aminess brand. The value of the transaction is 140 million kuna, which will be provided by Laguna Novigrad by recapitalizing the indirect majority owner, the company Auctor Holding as from Prague, which is owned Oleg Uskokovic and J&T Private Equity Group Croatia Investments from Prague. The right to participate in the recapitalization of Laguna Novigrad will be provided to other shareholders in proportion to their participation in the share capital of the company. Considering the capacities and development potentials, the business goal of Laguna Novigrad is to be included among the 5 leading hotel groups in Croatia. With regard to the acquisition of a majority stake in the companies HTP Korčula and HTP Orebić, Laguna Novigrad will announce a mandatory offer to take over the remaining shares within the prescribed period.  Dalmatia Hotels was established by the Prosperus FGS Economic Cooperation Fund, which became the majority owner in 2014 as part of a pre-bankruptcy settlement, thus avoiding the bankruptcy of two key hotel companies in southern Dalmatia.last_img read more

Batan employee identified as owner of radioactive substances found in South Tangerang house

first_imgThe fragments also contained caesium-137.Separately, Batan chairman Anhar Riza Antariksawan confirmed that SM was an employee of the agency.“Batan does not allow employees to illegally keep any radioactive substance for personal interests,” Anhar said in a statement on Friday.He added the nuclear agency had handed the case over to the police: “Batan fully supports the police’s investigation,” he said.Read also: This company wants to build Indonesia’s first commercial nuclear power plantAs of Friday, Batan had secured 400 drums of contaminated soil and vegetation from the area around the vacant lot as part of its decontamination efforts, as reported by Antara. The agency recorded that the radiation exposure in the area had dropped significantly from 0.14 millisievert (mSv) per hour to 0.002 mSv per hour.The International Committee on Radiological Protection recommends that people not be exposed to more than 20mSv per year.The police are still looking for those responsible for dumping the radioactive fragment in the vacant lot. (hol)Topics : The police have identified a National Nuclear Energy Agency (Batan) employee, identified as SM, as the owner of the illegally possessed radioactive substances recovered from a house in the Batan Indah housing complex in South Tangerang, Banten.“He could be charged under articles 42 and 43 of Law No. 10/1997 on nuclear energy for illegally storing radioactive materials in his house, which carry a maximum punishment of two years’ imprisonment and a Rp 100 million [US$7,154] fine,” National Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Asep Adi Saputra said on Friday, as quoted by Antara news agency.The Batan employee remained a witness in the case as of Saturday. However, Asep said the police could still name him a suspect. The law stipulates that a permit is required to use, possess or store radioactive substances.A joint team from the Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency (Bapeten) and the National Police discovered the radioactive substances, containing caesium-137 and other isotopes, in a house in the housing complex. Caesium-137 is commonly used for industrial purposes.Read also: Two people living in South Tangerang exposed to radioactive waste: Nuclear agencyThe team made the discovery after Bapeten first detected high levels of radiation in the Batan Indah complex during a routine check at the end of January. Between Feb. 7 and 8, a joint team from Bapeten and Batan found several radioactive fragments in a vacant lot next to a volleyball court in the housing complex.last_img read more