Government decides on big increase in range of documents to be classified

first_img NepalAsia – Pacific May 29, 2019 Find out more Under Chinese pressure, Nepal sanctions three journalists over Dalai Lama story Reporters Without Borders is worried by the Nepalese government’s decision on 15 January to drastically increase the range of official documents that are classified – a decision that had been delayed by appeals to the supreme court. The press freedom organization also condemns the many cases of violence against journalists that have taken place since the start of the year.“Access to official documents is essential for freedom of information, which is a key component of democracy,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge the authorities to reverse this decision. How can the media cover the policies pursued by the government and its leaders if the necessary documents are not accessible?“We support the journalists who have demonstrated against this increase in the classification of information and we now await the supreme court’s decision on the petitions it has received opposing the measure. We will continue to follow this issue closely.”The government issued directives to ministries and civil servants listing 140 categories of information that should not be given to news media, civil society organizations or members of the public. This was drastic increase on the 2007 Right to Information Act, which listed only five categories, above all those concerning royal powers. The new categories include political party financing, development projects, parliamentary decisions and governmental decisions.Reporters wore black armbands in protest against the measure while covering a visit by the prime minister to a festival in the eastern district of Dhankuta on 29 January. The festival’s organizers told the journalists to remove the armbands or leave. After being escorted out of the festival, they were detained by the police and prevented from reentering for four hours. Some were roughed up.Two petitions have been filed before the supreme court by a lawyers’ association objecting to the measures on the grounds of their harm to the public interest.The court began reviewing the petitions on 31 January and is due to continue until 5 February, by when it should have heard all the various parties to the dispute. The court issued a stay order today temporarily halting implementation, while the office of the prime minister and cabinet issued a new directive instructing ministries to delay putting the new classifications into effect.Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai also met with the Federation of Nepali Journalists today, promising them that the decision would not be put into effect and that all concerned parties would henceforth be consulted about classification decisions.Meanwhile there has been no let-up in violence against journalists since the start of the year, with political parties often being blamed.In one of the latest cases, Abadesh Kumar Jha, a reporter for Kantipur and The Kathmandu Post, was threatened on 29 January by Laxman Thapa, the head of the security committee in the eastern district of Morang, after Jha wrote about the protection that Thapa had given to a company involved in a counterfeiting case.Nepali Congress party member Murali Kumal threatened Naveen Raj Kuikel of the Khabar Daily on 24 January in the eastern district of Lamjung over an editorial that had appeared in the newspaper. Kumal threatened to break Kuikel’s hands and burn the paper.Rupakot Community Radio editor in chief Surya Tamang was threatened by an unidentified individual on 23 January in the eastern district of Khatang simply because he was a journalist.Ram Sharan Kharel, the editor of the weekly Rashtrachakra, was accosted in Kabhrepalanchok district on 21 January by a group of teachers who threatened to beat him for publishing a story about alleged irregularities in the management of their school. One of the newspaper’s reporters, Kamal Prasad Kharel, was also threatened.Byline Weekly reporter Himal Rai was attacked and beaten in Barahachhetra, in the eastern district Sunsari, on 15 January as he was returning from a religious festivity that he had covered. His inebriated attacker, Binod Limbu, said: “You are the man to write news.” The police arrested Limbu after watching the attack without intervening.Setimadi Daily editor Dambar Bahadur Adhikari and Madiseti Prabaha editor Omkar Acharya were accosted and roughed up on 4 January in the western district of Tanahu by assistant district chief Rajendra Prasad Ghimire, who was inebriated. The two journalists had just covered a case of alleged financial irregularities in the distribution of medicine for elephantiasis.Unidentified gang members beat Bheri FM reporter Tirtha Jaisee on 3 January in the west-central city of Nepalgunj. A suspect was arrested the next day. Newspapers have also been targeted. Students burned copies of the daily Nagarik in the western district of Palpa on 25 January because it had not run any article supporting the general strike against a hike in the price of petroleum products and was therefore deemed to oppose the strike. The students also threatened to burn other papers that did not give their protest enough support. Student and youth leaders of various political parties, including the ruling party, burned the car of Rajendra Dahal, the editor the monthly Shikshak, on 20 January while demonstrating for the same reason.Members of organizations linked to political parties based in the Madhesh region burned copies of Kantipur Daily in various cities including Kathmandu on 22 January because it had published an article which, in their view, sullied their region’s image and offending the feelings of Madheshi.A Nepal Samacharpatra Daily vehicle that was distributing copies in the Kathmandu valley was attacked and vandalized on 17 January by demonstrators, who roughed up the driver.Nepal is ranked 106th out of 179 countries in the 2011-2012 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. 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How Many American Households Struggle to Meet Basic Needs?

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago May 28, 2018 2,835 Views ALICE Project Cost of living Home Prices Poverty United Way 2018-05-28 Krista Franks Brock Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Krista Franks Brock is a professional writer and editor who has covered the mortgage banking and default servicing sectors since 2011. Previously, she served as managing editor of DS News and Southern Distinction, a regional lifestyle publication. Her work has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including Consumers Digest, Dallas Style and Design, DS News and DSNews.com, MReport and theMReport.com. She holds degrees in journalism and art from the University of Georgia. Unemployment is low, and economic headlines are mostly positive, but a substantial percentage of American households struggle to meet their basic needs, according to new data from the United Way. There are 16.1 million households living in poverty in the United States. More than twice that number earn “less than what it takes to survive in the modern economy,” according to the United Way ALICE Project.  Dubbed ALICE—Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed—by the United Way, these households are “one emergency from poverty.” They are above the Federal Poverty Line but are unable to meet the basic needs of housing, food, healthcare, childcare, and transportation. There are 34.7 million ALICE families in the U.S. Together with those counted as living in poverty, that’s 50.8 million households who struggle to meet their basic needs.“Despite seemingly positive economic signs, the ALICE data shows that financial hardship is still a pervasive problem,” said Stephanie Hoopes, Ph.D., ALICE Project Director, who leads data analysis. While the Federal Poverty Line relies on national averages, the ALICE Project reviews county-level data across the nation to determine the earnings necessary to meet the costs of basic living needs in that county. Households that fall below the “ALICE Threshold” account for 43 percent of American households. ALICE persists across all regions of the nation and among all ages, races, and ethnicities. The three most common jobs for individuals falling into the ALICE category are retail sales, cashiers, and food preparers. Median earnings for these three jobs are below $13.07 per hour. Other jobs common among ALICE earners are office clerks, nurses, customer service representatives, elementary school teachers, and maintenance and repair workers. More than two-thirds of U.S. jobs pay less than $20 per hour, according to ALICE Project data, and “the dominance of low-paying jobs shows no signs of slowing down.” More than 30 percent of households in each state fall below the ALICE-defined “basic survival budget.” North Dakota has the lowest share of households unable to meet basic needs at 32 percent. The highest share was recorded in California, New Mexico, and Hawaii, at 49 percent. “One of the most difficult conditions that most ALICE households face is the high cost of housing,” according to the United Way ALICE Project. The ALICE Project identified a “mismatch between the number of households with income below the ALICE Threshold and the number of housing units that they can afford in a given county.” While markets generally adapt to what consumers are able and willing to pay, the United Way said, “there are many constraints on the housing market that prevent it from adjusting quickly.” Some of those constraints include zoning regulations, land availability, and construction costs, according to the ALICE Project. The ALICE Project was initiated by the United Way of Northern New Jersey at the start of the Great Recession with a mission of redefining financial hardship in the United States with more comprehensive and more precise data. The project aims to inform policy for government, business, and nonprofit organizations. “For too long, the magnitude of financial instability in this country has been understated and obscured by misleading averages and outdated poverty calculations,” said John Franklin, President of the ALICE Project and CEO of United Way of Northern New Jersey. He called it “morally unacceptable and economically unsuitable” for the nation to allow such a high percentage of its working residents to live “paycheck to paycheck.” “We are all paying a price when ALICE families can’t pay the bills,” he said. Home / Daily Dose / How Many American Households Struggle to Meet Basic Needs? 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News story: Surveillance camera system buyers’ toolkit launched

first_img The launch of the toolkit is a significant milestone in the life of the National Surveillance Camera Strategy. I’m very grateful to the British Security Industry Association and everyone who has been involved in developing the toolkit. This guidance will be extremely useful for any organisation thinking about installing a surveillance camera system to really consider if surveillance cameras are needed and if they are giving them the knowledge they need to buy, install and maintain an effective system. Tony Porter, the Surveillance Camera Commissioner, has launched a buyers’ toolkit – a key deliverable of the National Surveillance Camera Strategy for England and Wales.The toolkit is an easy-to-follow guide for non-experts who are thinking about buying a surveillance camera system and want to ensure they buy an effective system that does what they want it to do.It’s aimed at small and medium sized enterprises (up to 250 staff) and micro-businesses (up to 9 staff) but the toolkit is valuable for any organisation considering using surveillance cameras.Following the guidance in the toolkit will help people make informed decisions about whether surveillance can be justified as a solution to their problems. If surveillance cameras are necessary, then the toolkit is full of advice and tips on how to get the best out of your prospective suppliers.Tony Porter said:last_img read more

Missing Co Down woman may be in Bundoran say PSNI

first_imgThe PSNI have said they are becoming increasingly concerned for the wellbeing of a missing 47-year-old woman – who they believe may have travelled to the Bundoran. Rosemary Blackwood, from the Killyleagh area, was last seen in Downpatrick at around 11am on Monday, May 6.She is described as being of average build, around 5’7″ tall with short brown hair and wears glasses She may also be travelling in a white Renault Kangoo van (VRM IEZ2639).Anyone who has information related to her disappearance is urged to come forward.“We believe Rosemary may have travelled to the Bundoran area of Donegal. It is believed she may be travelling in a White Renault Kangoo van (registration IEZ 2639),” a PSNI spokesperson said.“We are appealing for Rosemary to make contact with police or if anyone knows of Rosemary’s whereabouts please contact police at Downpatrick on 101.” Missing Co Down woman may be in Bundoran say PSNI was last modified: May 13th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bundoranMissing personPSNIlast_img read more

CWG opening show to depict flavours of India

first_imgA worker sweeps a pavement in Gurgaon on Monday as the city prepares for the Queen’s Baton relay to be held on Wednesday, September 29, 2010.Leaving all controversies aside, the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) promises to be a gala event showcasing the flavours of India.  The main attraction of the October 3 ceremony at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium remains the aerostat. The oval-shaped 80 metres x 40 metres aerostat, which has been designed by Mark Fisher, will be placed at a height of 25 metres. Tethered at eight locations, it will remain suspended with the help of Helium. Top of the line lighting, projection and audio specifically created for the show will be part of the extravaganza. The music will be given by Ranjit Barot, Hariharan and Taufiq Qureshi.  Musician A.R. Rahman will give two performances, including a powerhouse segment on Mahatma Gandhi. Around 7,000 performers will be ready to enthrall audiences for two and a half hours. They will be joined by 800 dancers, who will present classical dance performances choreographed by Sonal Mansingh, Pt Birju Maharaj, Raja and Radha Reddy. The folk dance segment will be performed by 750 dancers from all over India. A troupe of 100 dancers, choreographed by Santosh Shetty, Devendra Shilav, Bansi Kaul, Kalpesh and Shiamik Dawar, too will put up a performance. There will also be a pulsating rhythm performance by 800 drummers. While the costumes for the ceremony have been done by Anna Singh, Serath Narendra and Ashima and Leena, the props have been put together by Dan Quatra and Umang Kumar.   The yoga segment will be orchestrated by Patanjali. The opening ceremony has been planned by a core creative group led by Javed Akhtar, Shyam Benegal, Prasoon Joshi, Bharat Bala and Wizcraft, keeping the Indian culture and heritage in mind.advertisementlast_img read more

10 months agoIniesta pleased to see Aleñá and Puig get their Barcelona chance

first_imgIniesta pleased to see Aleñá and Puig get their Barcelona chanceby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta is pleased to see Carles Aleñá and Riqui Puig getting their chance.Puig has made his debut while Alena has now scored his first goal.Iniesta told Sport, “It’s great news that players form the academy can have chances and play a role. “We identify ourselves with the players that spent a lot of time in the academy, those of us that are from here. Getting to the first team is like a dream. If they manage it, the important thing is knowing how to take advantage of each opportunity, training well and learning alongside the best.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Urban Meyer hires former Gator Mickey Marotti to run OSUs strength and

New Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer has added Mickey Marotti to his staff as assistant athletic director for football sports performance. Marotti’s responsibilities will primarily include running the football program’s strength and conditioning program. “I believe the strength staffs that Mickey has led have been the best staffs in college football,” Meyer said. “He is the best there is at developing physically and mentally tough football players.” Marotti will leave the University of Florida where he’s been employed since 2005 and most recently served as the Gators’ director of sports performance. Meyer and Marotti first met when the two were graduate assistants at OSU in 1987. They also worked together at the University of Cincinnati and Notre Dame where Marotti led the schools’ strength and conditioning programs. When Meyer became Florida’s head coach in 2005, Marotti was one of his first hires. During his seven years at Florida, he helped mold 22 All-Americans and eight first-round NFL draft choices. Marotti is one of 100 strength trainers that have a master of strength and conditioning, which is considered the highest honor in the profession. Known for innovative training techniques, Marotti has had players carry rocks, flip heavy tires, and start workouts at midnight. Meyer said he trusts Marotti and his methods. “There are times in the year when the strength staff has more contact with the team than the coaching staff,” Meyer said, “and I have complete trust in Mickey Marotti’s abilities to prepare our student-athletes to be the strongest, fastest and mentally toughest football players they can be.” Marotti will step into his new role on Jan. 2 after OSU returns from their Gator Bowl matchup against Florida. Jerry Emig, associate director for athletic communications, said the details of Marotti’s contract, including his salary, are not yet available. Eric Lichter, director of football performance at OSU, and Troy Sutton, OSU’s coordinator of strength and conditioning, previously worked to design OSU’s football strength and conditioning program. Lichter made $151,860 during 2010 and Sutton made $72,804, according to The Collegiate Times. A June 2010 report from the Orlando Sentinel reported Marotti’s annual salary was $240,000. read more

Katie Chases poise on field contagious for Ohio State womens lacrosse

Then-sophomore attackman Katie Chase (11) warms up before a game against Notre Dame March 4, 2012, at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost, 16-7.Lantern file photoThere’s no doubt that one of the strongest leaders and competitors on the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team is senior attackman Katie Chase.In high school, the Maryland native was looking for a university that had a big school feel, with lots of spirit to call home.“I knew going into it I wanted a school with a lot of tradition,” Chase said. “The first time I visited campus, I knew right away that this is where I wanted to be. The coaches and team were awesome. They made me feel (like) more than just a recruit.”Chase captured a career-high seven goals and a career-high eight points in a game against Oregon this year and leads the team in goals scored this season, with 37. Chase has been recognized by the American Lacrosse Conference prior to this season, earning Second Team honors, ALC Offensive Player of the week, OSU Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten selection.While Chase’s statistics across the board are impressive, coach Alexis Venechanos said it is the nature of her character that stands out the most.“Katie Chase is one of the most humble players I’ve coached,” Venechanos said. “Her poise and her confidence is something that is just tremendous.”Although her scoring numbers are impressive, Chase exhibited her humility when it was brought to her attention and put her team in front of her accomplishments.“It’s nice,” Chase said. “But we still have a lot more to accomplish as a team this year.”Although the offensive statistics are a boost to the team, Venechanos says it is also Chase’s willpower that makes her a strong leader.“She could be getting triple teamed or getting pushed, but she has this poise about her and confidence that is really contagious to our team,” Venechanos said. “We ask a lot of her and she knows the team looks up to her.”Venechanos said Chase’s on-the-field character is present outside the lines as well. She described Chase as supportive, caring and always looking to help, with an “overall good demeanor.”“People love playing with her,” she said. “She is a phenomenal teammate.”A player in particular who enjoys playing with Chase is junior attackman Jackie Cifarelli. The pair’s chemistry is easily shown on the field with its ability to dominant the attack together.“I’m excited (about this weekend’s game) because it’s our senior game,” Cifarelli said. “We have always said, ‘play for our seniors.’”Cifarelli mentioned that the team has all grown to feel like a family. That family mentality is one of Chase’s favorite components to the program at OSU.“We are literally a family on and off the field,” Chase said. “Outside of lacrosse, they are all my best friends.”When the final horn on Chase’s lacrosse days at OSU sounds, she is planning on taking her double major in human development and family sciences and sports management and applying to graduate school closer to home.The Buckeyes are set to take on Penn State Sunday at 1 p.m. in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more