RSF_en News August 25, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Another journalist killed, ninth this year, motive not yet known April 27, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Honduras 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information HondurasAmericas May 13, 2021 Find out more to go further The body of Israel Zelaya Díaz, a radio journalist based in the northwestern city of San Pedro Sula, was found at a roadside yesterday. He had been shot. His death brings the number of Honduran journalists murdered since the start of the year to nine. A member of the Association of Journalists of Honduras, Zelaya presented a programme on Radio Internacional.“The fact that the motive, as in most of the other cases, has yet to be determined, should not be used as pretext of ruling out the possibility that this murder was related to the victim’s work as a journalist, or that it was politically motivated,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This is what the authorities have usually done since the June 2009 coup d’état, which had such a tragic impact on media freedom.”The press freedom organisation added: “Justice had not been rendered in any of the cases of violence involving the Honduran press in the past 14 months. We call on those investigating Zelaya’s murder to give priority to the possibility of a link to his work as a journalist.”Zelaya’s body was found beside a sugarcane field near Villanueva, a town to the south of San Pedro Sula. According to initial reports, he had been shot three times in the head. The fact that neither his money nor any of his personal belongings had been taken indicate that the motive was not robbery.In the course of a career as a journalist that began in the 1960s, Zelaya had worked for two of the country’s leading radio stations, HRN and Radio América, as well as for the daily La Tribuna. His home was the target of an arson attack at the beginning of the year.Zelaya’s murder confirms Honduras’ joint status with nearby Mexico as the two deadliest countries in the western hemisphere for journalists. They are among the world’s most dangerous places for the media.Only one of the nine journalists murdered in Honduras since the start of the years has so far been added to the Reporters Without Borders list of journalists killed in connection with their work. It is Televisora de Aguán-Canal 5 news director Nahum Palacios Arteaga, who was gunned down on 14 March after being the target of serious threats believed to have come from the army.News media and journalists critical of the 2009 coup have been the constant target of threats and harassment. David Meza Montesinos of Abriendo Brecha TV and radio El Patio was gunned down on 11 March after denouncing organised crime activities in the northern Atlantic coast region. December 28, 2020 Find out more Organisation RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Reports News News RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America HondurasAmericas
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Donna Joseph is a Dallas-based writer who covers technology, HR best practices, and a mix of lifestyle topics. She is a seasoned PR professional with an extensive background in content creation and corporate communications. Joseph holds a B.A. in Sociology and M.A. in Mass Communication, both from the University of Bangalore, India. She is currently working on two books, both dealing with women-centric issues prevalent in oppressive as well as progressive societies. She can be reached at [email protected] Previous: Spotlight on Single-Family Rentals Next: Fiserv First Data Could Generate $4B in Cash Flow The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save On Wednesday, the Legal League 100 held a webinar titled “Bankruptcy and GSE Updates: 2018 Wrap Up and 2019 Outlooks,” focusing on the developments in bankruptcy and title practices. Presented by Keena Newmark, Managing Attorney of Bankruptcy Operations, Padgett Law Group and Steven Kelly, Managing Attorney of Bankruptcy, Stern & Eisenberg, the webinar covered critical updates on GSE regulations and the latest shifts in foreclosure and bankruptcy practices. Addressing the trends in 2018, Newmark spoke of developments within the F.R.B.P (Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure) 3002.1 space. The webinar also discussed important aspects some of the most notable bankruptcy cases such as In re Dukes, Ritzen Group v. Jackson Masonry, In re Tribune Media Company and In re Vietre. Touching upon GSE updates, Newmark spoke about FHFA prohibition of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from using VantageScore because of conflict of interest with the company’s backers. “The proposed rule would prohibit an Enterprise from approving any credit score model developed by a company that is related to a consumer data provider through any common ownership or control,” she said. Kelly addressed the changes over the recent past in the leadership of the CFPB, FHFA, and Ginnie Mae. The webinar also discussed FHFA’s announcement to increase the 2019 maximum conforming loan limits. It also shed light on single security and common securitization platform—a joint initiative by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—under the direction of FHFA, to develop a single mortgage-backed security, that will be issued by the Enterprises to finance fixed-rate mortgage loans backed by one-to-four unit-single-family properties. The single security initiative will go live on June 3, 2019. The Legal League 100 is a premier professional association of financial services law firms in the United States. With more than 100 member law firms spanning nearly 50 states and an organic, firm-driven leadership structure, the Legal League 100 is dedicated to driving progress in the mortgage servicing industry. The webinar served as a platform to explore the developments that financial services attorneys need to know right now and how they should be preparing for impending changes. Click here for the webinar recording. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago January 16, 2019 1,132 Views Tagged with: Keena Newmark Legal League 100 Padgett Law Group stern & Eisenberg Steven Kelly The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Sign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Developments in Bankruptcy and Title Practices About Author: Donna Joseph Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Developments in Bankruptcy and Title Practices in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Servicing Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Keena Newmark Legal League 100 Padgett Law Group stern & Eisenberg Steven Kelly 2019-01-16 Donna Joseph
Jocelyn Spragg, faculty director of diversity programs and special academic resources in the division of medical sciences at Harvard Medical School (HMS), as well as a research scientist, educator, mentor, and tireless promoter of educational opportunities for underrepresented students, died Nov. 2 at her home in Jamaica Plain, Mass. She was 70.Spragg was born in New York and raised in Rochester. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Smith College and moved to Boston in 1962 to pursue her Ph.D. She received a master’s degree in pharmacology and a Ph.D. in bacteriology and immunology from Harvard. Spragg joined the HMS faculty in 1972, where she enjoyed a highly successful first career as a research scientist making seminal discoveries about the kallikrein-kinin system. Her former research mentor, Frank Austen, notes, “Working with Jocelyn was exciting because of her imagination. Her move into an entirely different role as career innovator … found her even happier and more fulfilled.” Characteristic of her lifelong history of mentoring, two of her former trainees became leaders in the kallikrein-kinin field.Her foray into formal teaching and program innovation began at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study when an instructor for the Radcliffe Summer Program in Science suddenly resigned. Understanding the importance of increasing the number of women in science and medicine, Spragg helped develop a curriculum to expose young women in high school to the sciences and to introduce them to women who were in leadership roles.As her interest in developing programs for minority students grew, she pursued a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Boston University, graduating in 1992, and served first as faculty coordinator (1991-98) and then as faculty director (1998-10) of diversity programs and special academic resources in the division of medical sciences at HMS. Encouraged by her longtime mentor and friend, Harold Amos, she developed one of the premier summer research programs in the country, the Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program (SHURP). Through this program she provided hundreds of minority students and students from small schools with research opportunities.Spragg participated in numerous external advisory boards, was a regular speaker at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, and was one of the founding summer program directors of the Leadership Alliance. Spragg was awarded HMS’s Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award in recognition of her accomplishments.A consummate teacher and mentor to students, colleagues, and friends of all ages, “Momma Spragg,” as she was affectionately referred to by some of her former SHURP students, was always there to impart her guidance, wisdom, and tough love.Spragg also enjoyed traveling, and spent her 68th birthday camping in the Moroccan desert. She was also an accomplished horticulturist and served as treasurer of the New England Daylily Society for the past 15 years.She is survived by her brother, Roger Spragg, and family. A memorial service honoring her will be held in January. Contributions in memory of Jocelyn Spragg and in support of underrepresented minority students may be made to Harvard University with a memo line stating “In Remembrance of Jocelyn Spragg,” and sent to Beth Thompson, Assistant Dean, Development Services, Harvard University, FAS Development Office, 124 Mt. Auburn Street, 3rd Floor, Cambridge, MA 02138.
Enterprise IT departments are facing unprecedented challenges to deliver consistent and customized IT services to their end users in a timely and efficient manner. It can easily take months to provision for servers, networking and storage resources before applications can be deployed. Being able to deploy applications in a predictable and effective manner is a common challenge. If enterprises cannot do this correctly, it translates into potential business and revenue losses.VCE and Puppet Labs have been working together to alleviate these challenges for customers through VCE’s accelerated path to the cloud and Puppet Labs’ customizable application topology for virtual machines.Cloud computing makes enterprise IT infrastructure more flexible and ubiquitous. End users request and provision IT resources independently in just a matter of minutes or hours instead of days or weeks. However, building a cloud infrastructure is easier said than done. It requires bringing together knowledge and expertise across many IT disciplines. Compute, network, virtualization, and storage teams must work together to build the underlying framework, and tie these pieces together to ensure they work in a harmonic, sustainable fashion. This is normally the most time-consuming part of standing up a cloud infrastructure, but VCE simplifies this process with converged infrastructure systems.Imagine you’re the CIO of a healthcare organization and you need to rapidly deploy an IT infrastructure to support end users. However, it’s more important to have your IT professionals focus on new IT initiatives, such as electronic health records, instead of building a cloud infrastructure from scratch.With VCE converged infrastructure, customers like this healthcare provider can outsource this time-consuming work. VCE provides pre-integrated, pre-tested and pre-validated Vblock Systems with a cloud software stack through the VCE Cloud Accelerator Services to quickly build an operational private cloud environment. From order to delivery, that healthcare organization can have a new private cloud in 60 days. It enables the healthcare organization to focus on adding business value through new initiatives, rather than reinventing the wheel over and over.Having a fully operating cloud infrastructure in which end users can quickly provision virtual machines is not the end of it. The healthcare CIO also needs to enable their end users to provision not only virtual machines, but virtual machines with different settings such as CPUs, memory size, OS, and storage size based on location and/or specific lifecycle of an application, such as testing/development or staging and production. More importantly, the ability to provision different applications, such as custom applications, databases and other enterprise applications, such as SAP and Oracle ERP is also strongly required.Puppet Labs helps VCE address these new challenges by enabling an in-flight customization of virtual machine settings and application topology based on location and the application’s lifecycle. If the healthcare organization is creating virtual machines in the testing/development stage, their application will be deployed to a location where the cost of running the application is the lowest.However, when the healthcare provider wants to move the application into production, it may need the most optimized environment, rather than the cheapest. Therefore, VCE’s customized Puppet modules would be able to detect that and determine the virtual machines’ settings and the application’s topology so that the deployed application can meet its corresponding performance and cost criteria. These workloads are optimized across the available infrastructure resources when they are deployed and throughout their lifecycle to provide the most business value without sacrificing service levels.At VCE, we strongly believe that customers like this healthcare provider would truly benefit from the economies of cloud computing if we are able to reduce their time to provision their applications in a consistent and timely manner. Providing highly resilient and scalable Vblock Systems as a building block for their private cloud infrastructure is the bread and butter of our business. Being able to take this further to reduce our customers’ time to provision their mission-critical applications and optimize the operating costs of deploying and running their applications is one of our key missions in the IT world.“VCE recently discussed this topic at the Puppet Conference in San Francisco. Take a look at the full presentation below for more information.Share
The storied tradition of Notre Dame Football has included 11 national titles, seven Heisman Trophy recipients and “Rudy” moment or two, but Friday may see something brand-new for the University: a female mascot.Sophomore Lynnette Wukie has made it through the initial application process to become a finalist for the beloved leprechaun role. On Friday she will try her luck at the public tryouts; if she succeeds, she will become the first woman at Notre Dame to wear the costume.The iconic Notre Dame mascot is more than just a green figure in a top hat and beard, Delayna Hernon, head coach of Notre Dame cheerleading said.“To me the leprechaun position is a role of great honor. It represents tenacity, grit, loyalty, pride and spirit,” Herndon said.Becoming the leprechaun is no easy feat. The process begins with the submission of an application video expressing why the applicant wants to be the leprechaun. Candidates selected as finalists go on to the in-person tryout, which is open to the public and a popular event for student audiences. At the tryouts, the candidates are asked to perform at a mock pep rally, perform a solo skit using a prop and answer politically and socially relevant media questions as though they were at a press interview.“When we are selecting a leprechaun we have a rubric that helps us answer the following questions. Are they electric? Can they think on their toes? Do they have something that sets them apart? Will they be a positive role model and ambassador for the University?” Herndon said.Wukie said her love of Notre Dame and its community initially sparked her interest in being the leprechaun.“Ever since I came to Notre Dame, I was like, ‘This place is magical,’” Wukie said. “I walk around and can’t believe I’m here. I did cheer in high school and wanted to do it here, but that dream just wasn’t going to be reality.”Undeterred, she said she saw a new opportunity to express her school spirit in the leprechaun role.Wukie said she understands the difficulties that might present in being the first female mascot is committed to the challenge.“The leprechaun is always depicted as a man. I’ve already heard some whispers about ‘breaking tradition,’” Wukie said.In regards to a possible public reaction to a female mascot, Wukie remains optimistic.“I think some people will be upset, but overwhelmingly it will be positive,” Wukie said.Herndon agreed, and said the idea of a female leprechaun had been brought up in previous years as well.“I have had discussions with many staff members prior to Lynnette’s submission about having a female leprechaun,” Herndon said. “I think it’s something that the university is ready for if the individual is the right fit for the position.”Herndon said she does not believe the culture of the cheer program would change if the leprechaun were a female because it is already are a co-ed program.“The role isn’t so much about who the leprechaun is, as who can become the leprechaun,” Herndon said.Wukie said, ultimately, gender should not define the leprechaun.“Just because I’m a girl doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be able to be the leprechaun,” Wukie said.Wukie said she thinks having a female in the role would broaden representation at Notre Dame and help to showcase the diversity of the fan experience.“Like Muffett [McGraw] was talking about the other day, there aren’t enough female role models that girls can look up to and say, ‘I want to be her, I want to go to Notre Dame and do what she does,’” she said. “So I think it’s a chance for people to see that Notre Dame is more than just Rudy and Regis Philbin. We have a lot to offer.”Tags: gender equality, leprechaun, mascot, Notre Dame football
PICKING PEANUTS after Georges means leaving nuts in the dirt for many farmers. Already weakend vines sat wet for seven to 10 days, weakening further while farmers waited for fields to dry out. On the Phillips’ farm in Ben Hill County, Kyle Phillips said Georges kept him from digging three days early. “It actually will have helped us when it’s all over,” he said. Experts hope benefits like those will help offset overall losses expected to top $40 million. J. Cannon, UGA CAES The Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service reports that 12 percent to 15 percent of the crop had been dug and was waiting to be picked when Georges came. Beasley said several diseases, including tomato spotted wilt virus, white mold and Cylindrocladium black rot, had already weakened plants. “The midseason drought didn’t help, either,” he said. “With timely rain through the summer, the plants probably would have been strong enough to hold onto the nuts through Georges.” Farmers who dug their peanuts just before Georges made landfall on Sept. 28 hoped to get them harvested before the storm brought rain. But the storms clouds slowed drying time. Many farmers had to wait to harvest until after the storm passed and their fields dried out. “That was a wait of seven to 10 days, instead of the usual three to four, between digging and harvesting,” Beasley said. “Harvesting literally tore the peanuts off the vine before they were in the harvester.” It was worse for farmers who began digging after Georges passed. “The vines were just too weak to hold on to the nuts as the digger pulled the plants out of the ground,” Beasley said. Many nuts were left in the soil. Researchers have found that leaving peanuts in the field even one week past their peak maturity can cause yield losses of 200 to 250 pounds per acre. After two weeks, yields can drop by 300 to 500 pounds per acre. “The longer the peanuts stay in the ground, the more quality they lose, too,” Beasley said. “So farmers lose quality as well as quantity.” For a few farmers, though, Georges brought good news. “Some areas had fields planted late or didn’t have irrigation. And the rain from Georges will probably help them mature a crop that didn’t set until August,” Beasley said. “That could help offset the overall losses from this storm.” After nearly a week of waiting, Georgia peanut farmers have finally gotten back into their fields after getting 2 to 6 inches of rain from the remnants of Hurricane Georges. Many didn’t like what they found. “The biggest impact Georges had was in delaying field activity at a critical point in the harvest,” said John Beasley, an Extension Service peanut agronomist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. That delay could cost the state’s peanut growers $30 million to $40 million. Beasley said that’s a conservative figure. “It’s hard to estimate these losses just from Georges,” Beasley said. “So many other factors have affected the crop, it’s hard to put dollars to it.” Send e-mail to request the 200 dpi image.
The Christian Institute 23 October 2014Paying for sex is set to become a criminal offence in Northern Ireland, following a landmark vote by the Stormont Assembly this week.MLAs debated Lord Morrow’s Human Trafficking and Exploitation Bill late into the night and voted to back the measures aimed at tightening laws on prostitution and human trafficking in the Province.Assembly members voted 81 to 10 in favour of outlawing the purchase of consensual sex, making Northern Ireland the first part of the UK to criminalise demand to this extent.ViolenceThe Bill also makes provisions for statutory victim care and child trafficking guardians, aimed at strengthening support services.Lord Morrow believes the Bill is likely to become law by the middle of 2015.Currently under the Sexual Offences (Northern Ireland) Order 2008, paying for sexual services is only an offence if it can be proved that violence, threats, coercion or deception have been used.Certain other activities such as running a brothel and kerb-crawling are also illegal.‘Great day’Dan Boucher of Christian charity CARE said the development was of “seminal significance”.“Criminalising paying for sex provides the most effective means of addressing that demand head on and has been very successful in Sweden, Norway and Iceland”, he commented.Louise Gleich, CARE’s Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation Officer, said: “This has been a great day in the advance of better human trafficking and exploitation legislation in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland has set the pace. It is now for England, Wales and Scotland to try to catch up.”http://www.christian.org.uk/news/buying-sex-to-be-outlawed-after-historic-ni-vote/
Facebook14Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Town & Country Roofing Inc.Local contractor sponsoring No Roof Left Behind free roof give away for one Thurston County homeowner in needThe national No Roof Left Behind initiative has found sponsorship in Thurston County. Local company, Town & Country Roofing Inc, is now accepting nominations for the free roof on their website.There are a few conditions for the program. Nominees must own the home they are living in and be a resident of Thurston County. Also, the free roof recipient must be current on his/her mortgage payments. Nominees will be accepted until January 12, 2014. A team of local volunteers will review all the nominees and four will be selected as finalists.The four finalists’ stories and photos will be displayed on Town & Country Roofing Inc’s No Roof Left Behind homepage. From February 3 thru April 5, 2014 the public will able to vote on the finalist they feel is most deserving. The roof winner will be revealed online on April 15, 2014 and the installation celebration will be held shortly thereafter.Ron Shincke, Owner of Town & Country Roofing is celebrating over 13 years in the roofing industry. One of the most important things for the Town & Country Roofing Inc family is community outreach. “We don’t just work in Thurston County. We live here, shop here and raise our families here. We wanted to let the community know just how important they are to us,” said Shincke. “Providing a free roof seemed like great way to do that.”When he heard about the No Roof Left Behind program as a way to thank communities for their support, Shincke knew it would be a great fit for the big-hearted team at Town & Country Roofing. “We are just so excited about implementing a philanthropic program like this,” he shares.Other local businesses are invited to show their community appreciation as well. “We think it’s a great way to rally the community together,” offers Shincke. “That’s why we’re inviting other neighborhood businesses to show support by way of donations. You don’t have to swing a hammer or even get dirty to help out,” he continues. “Just give us a call and we’ll find a place for you.”For more information about Town & Country Roofing Inc, their No Roof Left Behind program and interviews with Ron Shincke, please call 360-704-7663 or visit our web site.
Roll Carts for Curbside RecyclingFire Services PlansCharlie Lake Boat LaunchFacilities Master PlanCemetery Master PlanThose with a multi-year timeframe include:Fair Share Renewal/CoalitionCorporate Strategic PlanMaster Transportation PlanDowntown Action Plan – Phase threeDevelopment Services ReviewLinked projects include:Boundary Expansion – awaiting outcome of 50 year planning horizonRecreation Master Plan – following commencement of the Corporate Strategic PlanSocial Framework – following commencement of the Corporate Strategic PlanCharlie Lake Master Plan – following completion of Recreation Master Plan“Just as a reminder, the operating project fund is from prior years’ surpluses, so any change in the projects would not have an impact on the tax rate going into 2015,” Roy said.When compared to the 2014 Operating Budget, there’s approximately a $4.2 million, or a 7 per cent increase in total expenditures. While staff still needs the latest assessed values for properties in the city before deciding if there is a need to increase property taxes, some council members are uneasy about the 7 per cent hike.Advertisement For the most part, Council and staff spent the majority of the meeting going through Operating Projects, as this is the area in which cuts can be made with minimal affect on city workers.“The changes that we have done to the… operating projects is the Corporate Strategic Plan to take 18 months so the budget has been adjusted to reflect that, the Charlie Lake Master Plan has been shifted to 2016; the Downtown Action Plan budget increased to reflect the need to maintain momentum and begin implementation in 2015,” Director of Finance, Mike Roy explained of differences in this presentation compared to last month’s. “We have removed the Green Ridge Heights Development Plan from the project list.”Roy adds, “New to the list that wasn’t there last time was the inclusion of a pilot project for the enhancement of the downtown maintenance.”- Advertisement -The area in which the enhanced maintenance will encompass is the intersection of 100 Street and 100 Avenue, going a block in each direction through the north and south alleys. This was created under the guidance of city staff and also the desire of the public.Operating Project have also been divided into three different categories, which are priority projects with a six – eight month timeline, priority projects with a multi-year timeframe, as well as projects that are linked to each other.Projects with a six – eight month timeline include:Advertisement “The tax rate and single-family dwelling impact right now, worst case scenario in this budget that was presented, is a 7 per cent tax rate impact based on 2014 assessments,” Roy went on to explain. “This works out to about $118 per single-family dwelling.”“I’m not comfortable with a 7 per cent [increase], and I understand the ratios and assessments, and the 2014 numbers but if the bottom line is increasing 7 per cent then I’d like to know if there are some ways we can reduce that,” Councillor Gord Klassen said.While City Council and staff didn’t necessarily commit to any cut backs, some ideas were thrown around. Some of these include shifting the line painting of roads to an in-house duty, as well as scaling back funds for protective services and possibly dipping into the Fair Share Reserve in an effort to mitigate the cost on taxpayers.Council says their goal is to reduce the 7 per cent increase to 5 per cent or lower, and will continue working towards this goal moving forward with their final 2015 Operating Budget.