Al-Jazeera English suspended in South Sudan

first_img screenshot© Al-Jazeera English May 3, 2017 Al-Jazeera English suspended in South Sudan News News to go further South SudanAfrica Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentFreedom of expression Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the decision by South Sudan’s Media Authority to suspend the activities of the Al-Jazeera English bureau in Juba until further notice. South SudanAfrica Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentFreedom of expression News RSF_en Receive email alerts Organisation center_img RSF welcomes UN Special Rapporteur’s statement calling for justice for Christopher Allen three years on The Media Authority, whose members are appointed by President Salva Kiir, issued its order on 1 May. The bureau’s staff is banned from covering anything to do with South Sudan. The ban follows a series of Al-Jazeera reports about the ongoing clashes between government forces and rebel troops. The Qatari TV news channel reported on 20 April that many civilians had been displaced by fighting in the southern county of Kajo-Keji. Its references to the significant losses sustained by the government forces in the course of this fighting seem to upset the authorities. RSF regards the closure of the Al-Jazeera bureau in Juba as an attack on media pluralism and the freedom to inform. South Sudan has fallen 30 places in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index since the start of the civil war and is ranked 145th out of 180 countries in the 2017 Index. Help by sharing this information December 23, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on South Sudan Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years August 25, 2020 Find out more Online memorial and writing prize launched to mark 30th birthday of slain journalist Christopher Allen News August 21, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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A good week on the jobs front in Limerick

first_imgFacebook Previous articleThis week’s PostNext articleNetwork Limerick helping woman make their mark Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsLocal NewsA good week on the jobs front in LimerickBy Alan Jacques – March 12, 2015 1217 Twitter by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD is greeted by Teresa Parker, Chief Operations Officer for Corporate and Institutional Services, Northern Trust.LESS than a week after Northern Trust announced that it is to expand its Limerick financial services operation with the creation of 300 new jobs over the next three years, two other local companies confirmed that they are planning to take on a further 70 workers.Limerick City and County Council announced that DesignPro Ltd, a leading provider of automation and machine build services to the medical devices, pharmaceuticals, electronics and automotive market, are to move into a 25,000 square feet site at the Andersen plant in Rathkeale. Currently located at Ballinvullin Business Park in Newcastle West, the robotic engineering company, which employs 40 people, plan to double its staff in the next two years.Meanwhile, Modular Automation, based at the Smithstown Industrial Estate in Shannon, announced plans to double the size of its facility and take on an extra 30 people over the next 24 months. Recently named as one of Ireland’s ‘best managed’ companies, Modular Automation have now started hiring and have a number of positions open for apprentices and junior to senior level engineers.Welcoming the Northern Trust expansion, Limerick City and County Council’s director of Economic Development and Planning, Pat Daly said they already had a very significant operation in Limerick, employing more than 700 staff at it fund administration centre at City East Plaza and the National Technological Park in Castletroy.“Northern Trust is an extremely important employer in the Mid-West and its planned expansion is a major vote of confidence in Limerick which is fast becoming the location of choice for the highly skilled financial services sector”.“The roles are also reflective of the level of skills and business infrastructure that are available here, particularly the strength of our graduates from third level institutions like the University of Limerick and Limerick Institute of Technology,” said Mr Daly.Limerick Fine Gael TD, Kieran O’Donnell, also welcomed the announcement of the Northern Trust jobs.“Northern Trust’s expansion here is a great news story for Limerick, a great vote of confidence in Limerick as a strategic location, and a reflection of the quality of the workforce available in Limerick,” said Deputy O’Donnell.“Furthermore, this announcement means that the workforce of Northern Trust in Limerick will reach 1,000 within the next three years. The firm’s growth since it began its Limerick operation in 2007 with 80 employees has been nothing less than remarkable. This is a serious presence by a very successful and innovative financial services company,” he said. TAGSDesign Pro LtdFine GaelKieran O’Donnell TDlimerickLimerick City and County CouncilLimerick jobsModular AutomationNorthern Trust Advertisement Linkedin WhatsApp WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads center_img Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

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Redundancies will be last resort for BT cuts

first_img Previous Article Next Article Redundancies will be last resort for BT cutsOn 2 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. BT will only consider redundancies as a last resort when making the 2,200call centre job cuts it announced last week. Caroline Waters, head of em-ployment policy, exclusively told PersonnelToday that the telecoms giant will try to relocate and redeploy as many staffas possible. The company is spending £100m on creating 30 new customer contact centres,but this means 53 of its existing call centres will be closed over the next twoyears. The closures will start in October but eight in remote areas will be keptopen for a further four years. Commenting on HR’s role in the change process, Waters said: “It isbusiness as usual for BT. Over the last 15 years we have reduced our stafflevels from a quarter of a million to just over 100,000 without any strikeaction. We are good at the process.” The Communication Workers Union doubts whether BT can offer reasonablealternative job opportunities in the sites it has chosen to close. The union’s deputy general secretary, Jeannie Drake, said: “We wantguarantees that BT will provide alternative comparable job opportunities. Webelieve the company has obligations to its people which it cannot ignore.”last_img read more

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Beat writers have no doubt for Syracuse-Pittsburgh game

first_imgAfter a win over Georgia Tech last Saturday, Syracuse (15-12, 8-8 Atlantic Coast) travels to Pittsburgh (15-13, 6-11) on Wednesday night. The win was just Syracuse’s second in the last seven games, and the Orange previously defeated the Panthers on Jan. 25, 69-61.Below, The Daily Orange beat writers predict whether Syracuse can sweep the season series.Nick Alvarez (19-8)Pitt-stopSyracuse 73, Pitt 60These teams aren’t that different from when they played a month ago. Syracuse skirted disaster against Georgia Tech and expect SU to avoid another bad loss Wednesday night. The Panthers can’t score consistently and they don’t have the height to take advantage of the Orange’s lack of interior defense. Pitt is also on a four-game losing streak. And despite a recent offensive slumber, SU still has the fifth-best offense in the conference, per KenPom. This Syracuse squad has proven it can handle bad teams this season. It’ll happen again. Michael McCleary (18-9)Pitt-iful gameSyracuse 65, Pitt, 59AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis game has all the makings of a close contest. But, that doesn’t bode well for the game as a whole. Hard to ignore the strong second-half Syracuse had against Georgia Tech, but the first half cemented the team as a middle-of-the-pack ACC squad. Pitt is too. This game perhaps could be devoid of offense, but because of that the better offense should win. The Panthers don’t have the type of interior defense to stop SU at the rim, so the Orange should take this one.Josh Schafer (19-8)Back to the PittSyracuse 75 Pittsburgh 62After watching the Panthers in the Carrier Dome in January, there’s no reason to believe Syracuse should lose this game. Pittsburgh just doesn’t match up well with Syracuse. They don’t shoot well from 3-point land or have a dominant physical presence down low. Syracuse doesn’t need anything crazy on offense just a solid game of scoring and the Orange will come away with a win. Last time Syracuse played Pittsburgh, Elijah Hughes scored 10 points and the Orange won by eight. Imagine if he scored his normal helping and Buddy Boeheim didn’t go cold after 18 points in the first half? Sounds like blowout potential to me.  Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 26, 2020 at 12:21 amlast_img read more

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Portrait of a Rumson Artist

first_imgBy Bernadette Hogan |RUMSON – For artist Lori Oakes a backyard shed is not a place to store things. It’s a place to make things.Inside her little outbuilding on Forrest Avenue exists a world of art. The walls are papered with published projects and storyboard sketches. Sealed egg cartons keep an assortment of oil paints from drying out and cardboard carriers hold brushes, scissors and glue. A giant Mac computer dominates her desk.“I’m not a ‘realistic artist.’ ” said Oakes during a tour of the sunlit studio, where rock music played softly. “I like thinking of a funny situation, something animated and exciting, and then developing characters.”“But you should learn the rules first and then experiment. For someone like me, I work best that way, by experimenting.”Years ago, with local artist Evelyn Leavens of Red Bank, Oakes dabbled in cel animation. She doodled and created characters inspired by Dr. Seuss, Disney and Peanuts.Oakes attended the Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, taking courses in design, painting and illustration. A senior year experience made her realize how she wanted to share her art.“I interned with a school for the deaf in one of the Philly suburbs. I’ll never forget how I used to walk into a cafeteria filled with students with hands flying, lighting up the room,” Oakes remembers. “I illustrated my own interpretation of Jack and the Beanstalk and the book was printed and used in the school.”The picture book spoke for itself, delivering the fairy tale’s message without words. “That experience was incredible, and it was then I thought, ‘Wow you can use your art to help others.’ ”She turned that love into a profession.For many years Oakes worked out of a professional studio in Red Bank, collaborating with other design and advertising agencies, notably McCann-Corbran Advertising and Design, formerly of Fair Haven. She worked on projects for the Ringling Brothers, AT&T and developed the firstaid character Maxwell the Mouse for Riverview Medical Center. She designed logos for local businesses like Brennan’s Delicatessen and Cups & Cakes.But in her other job as a Forrest Avenue crossing guard, Oakes continued to draw inspiration from children. She drew little girls in mismatched polka dot outfits with cowgirl boots, hair swinging in ponytails, and huddles of boys heading back with her sons from basketball practice. The characters and storylines began appearing all over everyday life. She enjoyed observing the way her sons, John and Tommy Oakes, viewed the world.Around that time, Oakes was also helping a close family friend write and illustrate a story for his daughter, when she decided, “This is what I want to do.”She embarked on a series of children’s stories with her neighbor, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, (this reporter’s mother) to teach kids about the environment, self-acceptance and following dreams. The team has published two out of five stories, “Suzy the Scene” and “Peter the Polluter.” Their next book will focus on the distractions of texting.“Each book has a lesson,” Oakes says. “It’s simple and poignant.”Each book has a theme, too, about respecting the planet and using your unique talent to live up to your potential.This article was first published in the Around Town: Rumson special section in the March 8-15, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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San Francisco Giants 2019 preview: Five bold predictions

first_imgThe Giants’ 2019 season opens Thursday afternoon in San Diego, so it’s time to stick my neck out there once again and make some predictions for the 162-game campaign.My assessment, in short: It’s going to be bad.But unlike the last two years, when the losing was aimless, this season, the stink is part of the process. That’ll make it interesting — a marked improvement. Life is all about expectations vs. reality and the Giants have come to the reality that they shouldn’t have high expectations …last_img

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Regulating labour relations

first_imgThe post-1994 labour legislation, the product of extensive consultation between government, labour and employers, has established institutions to nurture sound, co- operative industrial relations.Organised labour is represented in Nedlac by the three main labour federations, the Congress of South African Trade Unions, National Council of Trade Unions and the Federation of Unions of South Africa. (Image: South African Federation of Trade Unions)Brand South Africa reporterSouth Africa’s labour legislation is among the most progressive in the world, providing for institutions to settle disputes and ensure fairness in the workplace.This was not always the case. Industrial relations in the apartheid era were characterised by high levels of racial discrimination, conflict, union repression, cheap labour policies and authoritarian management style.The post-1994 labour legislation, the product of extensive consultation between government, labour and employers, has established institutions to nurture sound, co- operative industrial relations:NedlacCCMACommission for Employment EquityEmployment Conditions CommissionProductivity SANational Skills AuthorityUnemployment Insurance BoardNational Economic, Development and Labour CouncilNedlac aims to allow inclusive and transparent decision making about labour issues. Launched in 1995, it brings together representatives from all sectors of society who debate and try to reach consensus on social and economic policy issues in what the body terms “social dialogue’.Funded by the Department of Labour, Nedlac’s work is conducted in four chambers: the labour market chamber, the trade and industry chamber, the development chamber, and the public finance and monetary chamber. The chambers report to a management committee which oversees the work programme and administrative issues.Organised labour is represented in Nedlac by the three main labour federations, the Congress of South African Trade Unions, National Council of Trade Unions and the Federation of Unions of South Africa.Read more: Trade unions in South AfricaOrganised business is represented by Business Unity South Africa, an umbrella body which brings together the Black Business Council and Business South Africa.Website: www.busa.org.zaOrganised community is represented by the South African Youth Council, the National Women’s Coalition, the South African National Civics Organisation, Disabled People South Africa, Financial Sector Coalition and the National Co-operatives Association of South Africa.The government delegation to Nedlac includes ministers, directors-general and senior officials from ministries and departments including Labour, Finance, Trade and Industry, and Public Works.Website: www.nedlac.org.zaCommission for Conciliation, Mediation and ArbitrationThe Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) was established in terms of the Labour Relations Act of 1995 as a dispute prevention and resolution body. Although it is publicly funded, it is not controlled by any political party, trade union or business organisation.Its policy-making structure is an 11-member governing body comprising three state representatives, three representatives of organised labour, three representatives of organised business, a chairperson and the director of the CCMA. It replaced the Industrial Court.The CCMA’s main brief is to:Mediate to prevent and settle industrial disputes;Conciliate workplace disputes;Arbitrate disputes that remain unresolved after conciliation; andFacilitate the establishment of workplace forums and statutory councils.Commissioners are selected on the strength of their experience and expertise in labour matters, particularly relating to dispute prevention and resolution. The CCMA has offices in major towns in all nine provinces.Website: www.ccma.org.zaCCMA call centre: 0861 16 16 16Commission for Employment EquityThe focus of employment equity is to create equitable workplaces that are free from unfair discrimination. South African businesses are legally obliged (under the Employment Equity Act) to ensure representation of black people, women and people with disabilities in the workplace.A statutory body that falls under the Department of Labour, the Commission for Employment Equity monitors employers who employ 50 or more workers to ensure that they:Eliminate unfair employment discrimination by promoting equal opportunity and fair treatment; andAchieve a diverse workforce that is broadly representative of South Africa’s people.The nine-member commission is appointed by Nedlac, and includes a chair and eight members (two representatives each from the state, organised labour, organised business and community).Read more: Employment Equity FAQWebsite: www.labour.gov.zaEmployment Conditions CommissionThe Employment Conditions Commission was established in terms of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, which aims to advance economic development and social justice by regulating the right to fair labour practices.The commission’s brief is to advise the Labour Minister on any matter concerning basic conditions of employment and trends in collective bargaining.Website: www.labour.gov.zaProductivity SAProductivity SA is a tripartite body of employers, government and labour dedicated to the development and enhancement of South Africa’s productive capacity through research, information dissemination, training, facilitation, consultation, auditing and monitoring all productivity issues and challenges.Website: www.productivitysa.co.zaNational Skills AuthorityThe National Skills Authority was established in terms of the Skills Development Act and is made up of representatives from organised business, labour, government and community organisations. Its main function is to advise the Labour Minister about a national skills development strategy and its implementation.The Act seeks to address the reality of the global economy and the need to increase skills in the country to improve productivity and the competitiveness of industry, business, commerce and services. It also looks at ways of making society more inclusive.As part of this developmental approach, employers are obliged to contribute a percentage of their annual payroll towards skills training. The Skills Development Levy is paid to the SA Revenue Service, the majority of which is distributed to Sector Training and Education Authorities (SETAs).See the Seta contact list on the SA Qualifications Authority‘s websiteUnemployment Insurance BoardThe Unemployment Insurance Board advises the Labour Minister on:Unemployment insurance policy;Policies arising out of the application of the Unemployment Insurance Act;Policies for minimising unemployment; andThe creation of schemes to alleviate the effects of unemployment.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Brandon Monebrake, April 10

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest All we’ve gotten so far in April was eight-tenths and fourth-tenths. We’re a little on the dry side compared to last year and drier than other parts of the state. We have not been out in the fields, but the neighbors started today putting ammonia on. We are going to get started spraying soon hopefully. We are getting nervous about the weeds in the field. They are getting pretty green and purple — the purple deadnettle is getting bad. Once we spray we’ll be ready to get planting.The last week of April we’ll plan on starting corn and then a week or two later we’ll start beans depending on what the weather does. We’ll try to get the burndown on the beans before we plant the corn or during corn planting. After my grandpa starts planting corn I’ll start spraying the corn right behind him. Then we both do the planting. I plant the beans and he plants the corn. We are hoping to get the beans in a little sooner this year than we did in the cool, wet conditions last year. We try to get started with the corn by the end of April. We usually don’t like to plant beans before the fifth or tenth of May.We have been all no-till since 2000. If we work the dirt and it rains, it will wash away, especially on our hillier ground. The corn does pretty well in no-till. We have spiked wheels on the planter on one side and that works the ground enough that the corn is up in three to five days if the weather cooperates.It has been a lot warmer than last year so far. We have real concerns about crop prices they are not good at all.last_img read more

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Stardust for Kabaddi

first_imgAishwarya with husband Abhishek, owner of Jaipur Pink Panthers, during the eventAishwarya Rai Bachchan with Shah Rukh Khan during the opening ceremony of Pro Kabaddi League in Mumbai on SaturdaySachin Tendulkar and wife Anjali with Amitabh BachchanA victorious UMumba team after beating Jaipur Pink Panthers 45-31 in the opening match of the tournamentFarah Khan and Boman Irani (Pics by Milind Shelte/India Today)last_img

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a month agoKlopp insists he’s not thinking about Liverpool winning run

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Klopp insists he’s not thinking about Liverpool winning runby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists he’s not thinking about their stunning winning run.The Reds’ have now won 15 Premier League matches in a row as they prepare to face Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Saturday but he insists that is not a factor for them.He said, “We don’t think about it. The only moment when I think about it is in the press conference. Nobody mentions it, we don’t think about it and it’s just about the next game.“Thank God we lost from time to time in the Champions League and other cup competitions so we still know how it feels, because that is really important.“We want to go to Sheffield and make their life as uncomfortable as possible. Maybe we are considered a top team but we don’t want to behave like a top team. Playing, if possible, yes but fighting like a proper challenger.“I don’t see any reason why there should be any advantage for Sheffield apart from playing in their own stadium. Is it allowed that they will fight more than us? No. Is it allowed that they will run more than us? No. Is it allowed that they do more? No.“We have to be spot on. That is the plan. We tried to make sure with how we planned the week that the boys will be ready for the game. Really looking forward to it.” last_img read more

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