June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further RSF_en Organisation April 21, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Pakistan Reporters Without Borders is appalled by a spate of attacks on media personnel in Pakistan that has left two dead and two wounded in the past 24 hours. The latest victim was Aftab Alam, a respected journalist who was gunned down in Karachi today by men on a motorcycle. Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Aged 42, Aftab Alam was killed by a single shot to the head while in his car near his home after taking his children to school. He was pronounced dead after being rushed to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. In the past he had worked for Geo TV, Samaa TV and other media outlets, but had not worked for the past year for health reasons.Alam’s murder came just hours after gunmen opened fire on a Geo TV van in Karachi last night, killing Arshad Ali Jaffari, a 45-year-old satellite broadcast engineer who had worked for Geo TV for years, and injuring the van’s driver, Anees Chauhan. The three gunmen fled on a motorcycle.Jaffari was hit seven times in the neck and chest and died of his wounds in Aga Khan hospital. Chauhan’s condition was described as stable.Abdul Azam Shinwari, a reporter for Pakistan Television, the national TV station, meanwhile sustained three gunshot injuries to the leg then he came under fire at around 11 p.m. yesterday in Peshawar, a northern city near the Afghan border. He had recently moved to Peshawar from Landi Kotal, his hometown in the nearby Tribal Areas, for security reasons.“Two dead and two wounded in two days – this grim toll will send yet another intimidatory message to the Pakistani media,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk.“We offer our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and we call on the authorities to deploy all available resources so that those responsible for these appalling acts of violence are brought to justice. More unpunished attacks on journalists would be a tragedy for all the Pakistani media and would result in more self-censorship.”Geo TV has often been the target of acts of intimidation and violence by the government, intelligence agencies and the Taliban. One of its star journalists, Hamid Mir, sustained serious gunshot injuries in a murder attempt in April 2014.Pakistan is ranked 159th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News September 9, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Shooting attacks on media personnel leave two dead, two wounded PakistanAsia – Pacific News Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists PakistanAsia – Pacific News News January 28, 2021 Find out more
Robert resigns position on hospitals boardElisabeth Robert, president and CEO of Vermont Teddy Bear, resigned her seat of the Fletcher Allen Health Care’s Board of Trustees today (February 9, 2005). Robert issued the following statement: “After discussing the matter with other board members at our meeting yesterday, I have decided to resign form the Fletcher Allen Board of Trustees, effective immediately, because I believe this will be in the best interest of the organization. I believed it was necessary to have a discussion with the entire board before reaching this decision and yesterdays meeting was our first opportunity.It has been an honor to service Fletcher Allen as a volunteer during a period of tremendous challenges. I am proud of my work as chair of the board Audit Committee and as a member fo the Finance Committee and Compensation Committee, and I am especially proud of the enormous progress Fletcher Allen has made since ai joined the board in the midst of a crisis two years ago. I brought enormous energy to this board and a persistent commitment to see it succeed. There is much work remaining to be done, but I recognize that the recent controversy surrounding one of my companys teddy bears will detract from my ability to serve effectively and I cannot allow this to occur. I leave Fletcher Allen with great respect for my follow board members, its skilled leaders and dedicated employees, and will continue to support the organization in any way I can, said Robert.The teddy bear in question was the Crazy For You Valentines bear that featured a teddy bear in a straightjacket; it also came with commitment papers. The bear was very popular and eventually sold out. However, it drew opposition from mental health advocates. Fletcher Allen already had drawn criticism from such groups because of its plan, now changed, that would have moved psychiatric services out of the main hospital in Burlington.She was appointed by the Vermont Health Foundation to the FAHC board in December 2002.At the board meeting on Tuesday, February 8, a professor of psychiatry from the University of Vermont said Robert should resign her position.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text continue reading » During National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, NCUA reminds credit union industry stakeholders to remain vigilant and take steps to protect their systems and critical infrastructure.“In this day and age, cybersecurity is everyone’s business,” NCUA Chairman Rodney E. Hood said. “Even during COVID-19, hackers and thieves do not rest. We expect credit unions to take appropriate measures to protect themselves and their members, and we have information and resources to help them do that. I hope everyone in our industry will continue working to keep our financial system and the millions of Americans who entrust their financial well-being to us safe from cyber threats.”Cybersecurity remains a supervisory priority for the NCUA, and the agency puts particular emphasis on:Advancing consistency, transparency, and accountability within the cybersecurity examination program;Encouraging due diligence for supply chain and third-party service provider management at credit unions;
Kathleen MartensAPTN NEWSA Kashechewan First Nation mother says she has been given several remedies to cure her daughter’s painful skin sores including the latest, a bleach bath.Arlene Nakogee shared a number of photos of her young daughter who has open sores covering much of her body, and face.The bleach bath is one of several solutions the family has heard as it struggles to treat the 10-month-old’s red, itchy rash.The latest diagnosis is impetigo, said Muskego, who has also been told her daughter has eczema.But she says prescription drugs and creams have failed to clear up the lesions she blames on mould in their 30-year-old home.Grandfather William Nakogee said he did his own experiment and sent the toddler to spend a night with her other grandparents who have a new home.He said she seemed to improve and then things got worse when she came back to his house, he said.It’s not the first case of skin lesions in Kashechewan.In 2016, 16 children were airlifted to hospitals in southern Ontario to be treated for skin lesions.Chief Leo Friday said at the time he was considering declaring a state-of-emergency.Friday was out of the community Wednesday and not available for comment.Kashechewan sits on a flood plain and was twice evacuated in recent years when the Albany River spilled its banks.Arlene says she’s been told to prepare for another evacuation due to spring breakup and will use that opportunity to take her daughter to a hospital in Timmins, Ont.Her NDP-MP called that “third world” medical care.“The only way she can get out is on a flood evacuation flight,” said Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay).“Is this how we do emergency medical treatment for children?”The health situation highlights the difference in medical care on and off First Nations.Arlene says a nurse at the community’s health centre told her her daughter was quite ill and should be seen every day.Yet the girl doesn’t seem to be sick enough to rate an emergency flight out.“One doctor said not to medivac her out. He said it wasn’t that serious,” Arlene said.APTN News contacted the medical centre in Kashechewan but calls were not returned.Back in 2016, APTN visited another family whose home had mould issues.Angus said the young patient needs to be assessed by a skin specialist.“She has to get out of that environment and get a proper diagnosis. The Benadryl’s not working,” he said.William agreed.“I’m not going to soak my granddaughter in bleach,” he said.An online dermatology site does say mild bleach baths are an accepted way to combat moderate to severe [email protected]@katmare
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that government workers can’t be forced to contribute to labour unions that represent them in collective bargaining, dealing a serious financial blow to Democratic-leaning organized labour.The court’s conservative majority, re-empowered by Justice Neil Gorsuch, scrapped a 41-year-old decision that had allowed states to require that public employees pay some fees to unions that represent them, even if the workers choose not to join.The 5-4 decision not only will free non-union members in nearly two dozen states from any financial ties to unions, but also could encourage members to stop paying dues for services the court said Wednesday they can get for free.Union leaders said in reaction to the ruling that they expect to suffer some loss of revenue and also predicted that the same anti-union forces that pushed to get rid of the so-called fair shares that nonmembers had to pay will try to persuade members to cut their ties.“There are already plans,” said Lily Eskelsen García, president of the National Education Association. “They are going after our members.”But American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said unions would not be dissuaded: “Don’t count us out.”The labour leaders spoke after the court ruled that the laws requiring fair share fees violate the First Amendment by compelling workers to support unions they may disagree with.“States and public-sector unions may no longer extract agency fees from nonconsenting employees,” Justice Samuel Alito said in his majority opinion in the latest case in which Gorsuch, an appointee of President Donald Trump, provided a key fifth vote for a conservative outcome.Trump himself tweeted his approval of the decision while Alito still was reading a summary of it from the bench.“Big loss for the coffers of the Democrats!” Trump said in the tweet.In dissent, Justice Elena Kagan wrote of the big impact of the decision. “There is no sugarcoating today’s opinion. The majority overthrows a decision entrenched in this Nation’s law — and its economic life — for over 40 years. As a result, it prevents the American people, acting through their state and local officials, from making important choices about workplace governance. And it does so by weaponizing the First Amendment, in a way that unleashes judges, now and in the future, to intervene in economic and regulatory policy.”The court’s three other liberal justices joined the dissent.In one sense, Wednesday’s result was no surprise and merely delayed by the unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016. The court split 4-4, after Scalia’s death, when it considered the same issue in 2016.When Trump was elected, opponents of the fees hurried a case back to the court. And fearing what would happen, unions strongly opposed Gorsuch’s nomination to the high court.The unions say the outcome could affect more than 5 million government workers in about two dozen states and the District of Columbia.The case decided Wednesday involved Illinois state government worker Mark Janus, who argued that everything unions do, including bargaining with the state, is political and employees should not be forced to pay for it.The unions argued that fair share fees pay for collective bargaining and other work the union does on behalf of all employees, not just its members. More than half the states already have right-to-work laws banning mandatory fees, but most members of public-employee unions are concentrated in states that don’t, including California, New York and Illinois.A recent study by Frank Manzo of the Illinois Economic Policy Institute and Robert Bruno of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign estimated that public-sector unions could lose more than 700,000 members over time as a result of the ruling and that unions also could suffer a loss of political influence that could depress wages as well.Alito acknowledged that unions could “experience unpleasant transition costs in the short term.” But he said labour’s problems pale in comparison to “the considerable windfall that unions have received…for the past 41 years.”Billions of dollars have been taken from workers who were not union members in that time, he said.“Those unconstitutional exactions cannot be allowed to continue indefinitely,” Alito wrote.Kagan, reading a summary of her dissent in the courtroom, said unions only could collect money for the costs of negotiating terms of employment. “But no part of those fees could go to any of the union’s political or ideological activities,” she said.The court’s majority said public-sector unions aren’t entitled to any money from employees without their consent.
According to Payette when the gas person attended their home the following day to turn the gas back on they shared, a vacuum had been created in the home by having the portable a/c unit running with the windows closed, which sucked the exhaust from the hot water heater.Payette said, “We are safe and so are the dogs, at least we know our carbon monoxide detectors work.” Dania goes on to say they were smelling all around the dryer and the hot water when all the alarms in the house started blaring a carbon monoxide warning. “I was starting to feel a little light headed so we immediately went outside and called 911,” said Payette.Upon arrival, the firefighters used monitors to located the cause of the alarm, shut down the gas to the structure, and continued to vent.“The fire department arrived very quickly and had us move across the street for safety,” said Payette “They suited up and went in and the carbon monoxide readings they were getting were pretty high at 50-51 (I don’t know what kind of unit of measurement they use).”The Charlie Lake Fire Department firefighters cleared the scene once the monitor met a zero reading.10 firefighters were on scene, along with Engine 1, Tender 2, and Squad 1, and Rescue.Payette shares, the firefighters opened all the windows and set up fans. “The Fire Chief was so kind and informative as were all of the firefighters. We can’t thank them enough,” said Payette. CHARLIE LAKE, B.C. – On May 27th, 2019, the Charlie Lake Fire Department was paged out at 5:53 pm to respond to a carbon monoxide alarm.Photo by PayetteDania and her husband Greg Payette were cleaning their home and doing laundry when Dania started to smell a weird smell in their laundry room. She shares she thought it was the marinade from the jerky Greg was making but that wasn’t it.
Blitz Match 50.373.626.4 Tiebreaker games at the World Chess Championship will begin this afternoon. Over the past 19 days, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, the defending champion, fought his challenger, Sergey Karjakin of Russia, to a 6-6 tie in their best-of-12 match and the battle for chess’s top prize.And they’re not done yet. According to the FIDE match rules, this is how the tiebreaker will go:First, a mini-match of four rapid games will be played. Each player gets 25 minutes for all of his moves, plus 10 bonus seconds after every move played.If the players remain tied after those four games,1Wins are worth 1 point, draws are worth a half-point for each player, and losses are worth zero points. they’ll play a mini-match of two blitz games. Each player will get five minutes, plus three seconds after every move. They’ll keep playing those, if the two-game mini-matches are tied, for up to five total mini-matches (10 total blitz games).Finally, if none of that settles it, they’ll play one sudden-death game using a format known as Armageddon. White gets five minutes and black gets four minutes, but a drawn game counts as a win for black.I’m not supposed to root from the press box, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t intrigued by the possibility that the World Chess Championship will be decided by Armageddon. So what are the chances of that happening?To find out, we need to know the likelihood of draws in individual games in the rapid and blitz matches. In last year’s World Chess Rapid Championship (Carlsen won, Karjakin finished 19th), 29.9 percent of the games in the tournament were draws. So let’s suppose a 30 percent chance of draws in the individual rapid games. In last year’s World Chess Blitz Championship (Carlsen finished 6th, Karjakin 17th), 20.2 percent of the games were draws. So let’s say there’s a 20 percent chance of draws in the individual blitz games.2In the rapid and blitz championships, the time controls are similar to today’s tiebreakers, but slightly different. Players in those tournaments received 15 minutes rather than 25 for rapid, and three minutes rather than five for blitz. I’ll also use the two players’ listed rapid and blitz ratings from the FIDE website throughout my analysis to estimate chances that individual games in the two formats are won by either player. Blitz Match 40.873.526.4 When will the chess end? Blitz Match 120.268.924.3 Rapid Game 3100.028.46.7 Rapid Game 1100.0%0.0%0.0% CUMULATIVE CHANCE OF WINNING CHAMPIONSHIP Blitz Match 26.972.025.7 Rapid Game 464.959.720.1 TIEBREAKER ROUNDCHANCES OF PLAYINGCARLSENKARJAKIN ARMAGEDDON!0.173.626.4 Blitz Match 32.373.126.2 Rapid Game 2100.00.00.0 I simulated tens of thousands of iterations of this afternoon’s tiebreakers using the same basic method I used to forecast the 2016 chess championship before it began. We’re guaranteed to see the first three games of rapid chess, as no player will be able to clinch the match in only two games, but there’s a 35 percent chance that one player will have clinched after those first three games. That would end the mini-match and thus the championship. There’s a 20 percent chance that Carlsen and Karjakin will be tied at the end of the rapid mini-match and that we will move on to the five-minutes-a-side blitz segment. According to my simulations, the two-game blitz mini-matches would each wind up tied about a third of the time.What all that means, sadly, is that there is just a 0.1 percent chance that Armageddon will decide the 2016 World Chess Championship.The tiebreakers begin this afternoon, and a world champion will be crowned. I’ll be covering them here and on Twitter.
The Ohio State synchronized swimming team performs their routine during the Jessica Beck Memorial Meet Feb. 1 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. OSU won with 93 points.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe pools of McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion provided a watery platform to allow fire to battle with ice.For the first time this season and the last time at home, the Ohio State synchronized swimming team performed its routines at the Jessica Beck Memorial Saturday. Hosting Miami (Ohio), Michigan and Ohio University, OSU proved to be in a league of its own, sweeping first place in all four categories as well as first place overall with 93 points. The next closest was Michigan, who finished 46 points behind OSU.With eight swimmers apiece — the maximum number allotted for team performance — the OSU Scarlet Team and the Gray Team portrayed the two elements of temperature. Donned in red, the Gray Team’s choreography and music portrayed fire, while the Scarlet Team sported blue and took on ice.The Scarlet Team, consisting of seniors Chelsea Aton, Yuliya Maryanko and Lauren Nicholson, juniors Katie Spada and Khadija Zanotto and freshmen Emma Baranski, Elizabeth Davidson and Lorraine Hack, placed first in the team division with a total of 88.1 points, while the Gray Team, composed of seniors Julia and Natalie Gaylard, juniors Cory Justice, Heidi Liou and Emily Muma and freshmen Alexa Aton, Jasmine Pulido and Natalie Huibregtse, took home second with a score of 84.05.The division of OSU’s varsity synchronized swimming team into two squads is based upon skill, with those athletes more refined in technicality and execution placed in Scarlet. However, Chelsea Aton, who serves as the Scarlet Team’s captain, and Natalie Gaylord, the captain who swims on the Gray Team, agreed the sub-squads make for friendly competition.“It’s really cool because we get to cheer each other on at practice and spur each other on every day, and I wouldn’t say there was any rivalry between us, but it is like a friendly competition, and we want to push each other and also encourage each other,” Chelsea Aton said after the meet.Although Scarlet and Gray secured the top spots in their first performances of the routines, coach Holly Vargo-Brown named endurance as a working point for the remainder of the season.“The routine is new, it doesn’t automatically come to you — the timing, the pattern changes, the lifts, making sure all of us are coordinated on the same effort to make sure they are super high,” Vargo-Brown said. “The Scarlet’s first lift was ‘wow’-high, super good, but it just takes time. It takes consistent practice every day next to the people around you, so it’ll come.”OSU swimmers also took the top spots in the trio, duet and solo divisions. Davidson, Maryanko and freshman Morgan Boneberg placed first in trios with 87.15 points, Baranski and Hack won duets with a score of 84.27 and Maryanko took first in solos with 89.9 points.Maryanko was one of seven seniors honored before the meet as part of senior night. Though the season is fresh in start and there is much time left before her final performance with the Buckeyes, Maryanko said the team’s support system is unmatched.“Right from the first day, I felt like I had 25 sisters,” Maryanko said. “I feel like an entire unit. We don’t feel a separation between two teams. We practice together, we always support each other no matter what, and even if one team has a day off and the other has practice, the team will come and support them.”However, the meet in itself, in memorial of former Buckeye synchronized swimmer Jessica Beck who died in her sleep Sept. 15, 2005, before her senior season, held a special place in Vargo-Brown’s heart, she said.“She was one of my swimmers at the time,” Vargo-Brown said of Beck, who was part of the Gray Team. “What’s cool about Jessica is that she continues to remain, in her passing she has continued to remain a part of this team in spirit. It’s just really nice to have been her coach and now still coaching and having an entirely new group of people who don’t know her, have never met her, we still know that her spirit has lived on and impacted the team, which is really, really a wonderful thing to see.”The team is set to compete next in Richmond, Va., Saturday.Correction: A prior headline of this article had Jessica Beck’s last name misspelled.
Tottenham midfielder, Wink Harry has played just three times since the beginning of the year but has just gone through a successful surgery on his ankle.The 22-year-old was ruled out of England’s World Cup campaign after he played only three matches since the start of 2018, but he now hopes to be fit enough for the new season following his a successful angle operation.Pochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.Wink appeared in 25 Premier League games for Spurs last season and made his international debut in England’s 1-0 win over Lithuania back in October. He was supposed to be in contention to make Gareth Southgate’s squad for this summer’s tournament in Russia, but the second half of his campaign was thwarted by an injured ankle.He was last featured for Tottenham, in their 6-1 FA Cup replay win over Rochdale in February. He was also awarded a new deal by Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino and agreeing terms on a five-year contract earlier this month.