RSF and PEN urge Nicaraguan legislators to reject “foreign agents” bill

first_imgNews Receive email alerts Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage With its declared aim of “preventing crimes against state security,” the proposed ”Law regulating foreign agents” has triggered an outcry in Nicaraguan civil society and the international community.Submitted to the national assembly last week by President Daniel Ortega’s Frente Sandinista party, which has a big majority in the assembly, the bill would require any person or entity receiving funds from abroad, including reporters for foreign media, to register with the interior ministry as a “foreign agent.”“We totally condemn this outrageous and unconstitutional bill designed to step up censorship and intimidation of Nicaragua’s independent media,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America desk. “The national assembly must reject this draconian legislation, which would provide Daniel Ortega’s government with a new repressive tool for silencing its critics.”“The trials, persecution and attacks against journalists and media critical of the Nicaraguan government prove that the country’s authorities act systematically to restrict the right to freedom of expression,” PEN International president Jennifer Clement said. “Respect for rights must be a priority for the state. We urge Nicaragua’s government to stop criminalizing independent voices and we ask the national assembly to reject this bill, which aims to control and restrict the work of media, journalists and civil society organizations.”Presented to the national assembly by Frente Sandinista legislators on 22 September, the bill proposes “a legal framework for persons or legal entities that depend on interests or funding from abroad and interfere in the country’s internal affairs.” Any person or entity registered with the interior ministry as a “foreign agent” would be subject to close surveillance and restrictions on their civil and political rights, and could have all of their assets seized.NGOs, foreign media correspondents, representatives of international news agencies and even journalists working for Nicaraguan media that receive financial support from abroad would be on the foreign agents list. Firms of consultants, PR and advertising agencies, employees of information services and political consultants with links to foreign governments, corporations or foundations would also have to register and, as such, would be subject to close surveillance and would have to “refrain from intervening in domestic political affairs or matters” or risk judicial sanctions.This bill has aggravated an already toxic environment for journalists. Attacks on independent media have grown steadily since the onset of a serious political crisis in April 2018. Acts of intimidation, threats, seizure of equipment, searches without warrants, orchestrated newsprint shortages and arbitrary arrests have become routine. More and more journalists have had to flee abroad to escape harassment campaigns and even death threats.Several independent media outlets have been singled out. Police have been posted outside the offices of Confidencial, 100% Noticias Niú and Esta Semana since December 2018, preventing anyone from entering. On 11 September, a court announced the seizure of all the assets of Nicavisión Canal 12 – one the last independent TV channels still operating in Nicaragua, one that is very critical of the government – and the freezing of all the assets and bank accounts of the group that owns the TV channel. The judge issued the order in response to a decision by the government’s tax department to impose a fine of 607,000 US dollars on Nicavisión Canal 12 for supposedly irregular tax declarations from 2011 to 2013. The tax department also has another TV channel, Canal 10, in its sights.Journalists have also been prosecuted in recent months. Kalua Salazar, the manager of La Costeñísima, a radio station based in the east coast town of Bluefields, was convicted of defamation on 23 September for exposing corruption in the nearby town of El Rama. In August, arbitrary judicial proceedings were initiated against David Quintana of Boletín Ecológico and William Aragón and Elsa Espinoza of the independent journalists’ coalition PCIN in connection with their reporting.Nicaragua is ranked 117th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. News RSF_en In an increasingly fraught climate for independent media in Nicaragua, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the writers’ association PEN International call on the country’s legislators to reject a bill under which many journalists would have to register as “foreign agents.” News Organisation Help by sharing this information to go further Gruesome death threats against Nicaraguan exile journalistcenter_img Follow the news on Nicaragua Release of newsprint offers “provisional respite” to Nicaragua’s last newspapers September 29, 2020 RSF and PEN urge Nicaraguan legislators to reject “foreign agents” bill July 29, 2020 Find out more Photo: Oswaldo Rivas/Reuters News AmericasNicaragua Protecting journalists Conflicts of interestFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment AmericasNicaragua Protecting journalists Conflicts of interestFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment June 29, 2020 Find out more February 7, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Dennis Kozak of Avaya Recognized as 2021 CRN® Channel Chief for Exceptional Leadership and…

first_img Previous articleMedidata Launches Sensor Cloud, Ushering in Next Generation Solution for Connected Devices and Wearable Sensors in Clinical TrialsNext articleQumulo Executive Gregg Machon Named Top Channel Chief for Third Consecutive Year Digital AIM Web Support Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Dennis Kozak of Avaya Recognized as 2021 CRN® Channel Chief for Exceptional Leadership and Commitment to the Success of Avaya’s Global Channel Partner Network By Digital AIM Web Support – February 8, 2021 RALEIGH-DURHAM, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 8, 2021– Avaya (NYSE: AVYA), a global leader in solutions to enhance and simplify communications and collaboration, today announced that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Dennis Kozak, Avaya Senior Vice President of Global Channel Sales to its 2021 list of Channel Chiefs. The annual list recognizes leading IT channel vendor executives who demonstrate outstanding leadership, influence, innovation, and growth. Dennis’ selection also highlights his commitment to the success of Avaya’s channel partner community, professional achievements, standing in the industry, and driving company strategies to achieve future growth and innovation for global partners. Dennis is responsible for Avaya’s worldwide channel sales and strategy, helping to drive growth and profitability by supporting the success of Avaya’s extensive global network of partners, master agents, agents, distributors and resellers. A key focus for the Avaya channel team is delivering enablement programs to recruit, educate, and empower the wide range of partner routes to market for its Avaya OneCloud portfolio of CCaaS, UCaaS and CPaaS solutions. With a career spanning over 24 years, Dennis is enabling partners to best guide their customers’ adoption of innovative collaboration and communications solutions and drive positive business outcomes to meet their unique needs. “The Avaya OneCloud platform continues to build momentum in the channel, and we are enhancing partner programs and training to enable partners to effectively guide their customers’ journey to cloud communications and collaboration,” said Kozak. “With Avaya’s focus on customer and employee experience, building an unrivaled ecosystem to deliver innovation, and providing economic benefit and incentives to our partner network, we believe there are tremendous opportunities for mutual success. I am excited about the future and what we can achieve together, and I am humbled to be named a 2021 CRN Channel Chief.” The 2021 Channel Chiefs are prominent leaders who have influenced the IT channel with cutting-edge strategies, programs and partnerships. All honorees are selected by CRN’s editorial staff based on their dedication, industry prestige, and exceptional accomplishments as channel advocates. CRN’s 2021 Channel Chiefs list will be featured in the February 2021 issue of CRN ® Magazine and online at “CRN’s 2021 Channel Chiefs list includes the industry’s biggest channel evangelists, a group of individuals who work tirelessly on behalf of their partners and drive growth through the development of strong partner programs and innovative business strategies that help bring business-critical solutions to market,” said Blaine Raddon, CEO of The Channel Company. “The Channel Company is proud to recognize these channel influencers and looks forward to following their continued success.” The Avaya Edge Partner Program has also been recognized in CRN’s Partner Program Guide with a 5-star rating, marking the 11 th consecutive year it has been awarded the distinction . With more than 4,100 channel partners globally, the Avaya Edge Partner program is a comprehensive approach that simplifies, integrates and aligns with the needs of the channel partner to help drive growth and introduce additional business opportunities. This unique channel program enhances the ability of partners to best serve their customers and grow by helping to stimulate sales, and combining a straightforward incentive structure and more tailored benefits with an improved partner enablement model. About Avaya Businesses are built by the experiences they provide, and everyday millions of those experiences are delivered by Avaya Holdings Corp. (NYSE: AVYA). Avaya is shaping what’s next for the future of work, with innovation and partnerships that deliver game-changing business benefits. Our cloud communications solutions and multi-cloud application ecosystem power personalized, intelligent, and effortless customer and employee experiences to help achieve strategic ambitions and desired outcomes. Together, we are committed to help grow your business by delivering Experiences that Matter. Learn more at Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements This document contains certain “forward-looking statements.” All statements other than statements of historical fact are “forward-looking” statements for purposes of the U.S. federal and state securities laws. These statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “might,” “our vision,” “plan,” “potential,” “preliminary,” “predict,” “should,” “will,” or “would” or the negative thereof or other variations thereof or comparable terminology. The Company has based these forward-looking statements on its current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections. While the Company believes these expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections are reasonable, such forward-looking statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond its control. The factors are discussed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) available at, and may cause the Company’s actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. The Company cautions you that the list of important factors included in the Company’s SEC filings may not contain all of the material factors that are important to you. In addition, in light of these risks and uncertainties, the matters referred to in the forward-looking statements contained in this press release may not in fact occur. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law. All trademarks identified by ®, TM, or SM are registered marks, trademarks, and service marks, respectively, of Avaya Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. About The Channel Company The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequalled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace. Follow The Channel Company:Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. © 2021. CRN is a registered trademark of The Channel Company, LLC. All rights reserved. Source: Avaya Newsroom View source version on CONTACT: For Media Inquiries: Alex Alias [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA NORTH CAROLINA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: DATA MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY MOBILE/WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS SOFTWARE INTERNET SOURCE: Avaya Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/08/2021 10:00 AM/DISC: 02/08/2021 10:01 AM TAGS  Local NewsBusiness WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Pinterestlast_img read more

Woman critical after being struck by car in Barnesmore Gap area

first_img Facebook Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Previous articleCo Derry man’s Massareene murder conviction quashedNext articleGardai follow number lines of enquiry into robbery at OAP’s home in Pettigo News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Pinterest Newscenter_img By News Highland – January 15, 2013 Google+ Twitter Woman critical after being struck by car in Barnesmore Gap area WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published A female pedestrian is said to be in a “critical condition” after she was struck by a car this morning.The woman is believed to have been walking along the road in the Barnesmore Gap this morning when she was hit by a vehicle at approximately 8am.Gardai in Donegal Town have stated that the road is open to traffic, but investigations are ongoing. Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH last_img read more

Odd/Even parking in effect as snow storm blasts Ithaca

first_img ITHACA, N.Y.—The City of Ithaca announced Wednesday that odd/even parking is in effect for the night of Wednesday, Dec. 16 at least. It will be announced when odd/even is no longer in effect.The policy is in place so that plow trucks can more easily navigate the streets of the city around parked cars. Here’s a primer from last year about what odd/even parking means. Matt Butler Driving conditions as of 7 p.m. were very treacherous, although there had not been a stay at home order issued by Mayor Svante Myrick, which he has done in the past in reaction to snowstorms with significant accumulation.As of Weds 12/16/20 Odd/ Even Parking is in effect in the City. Please see our website for more information on Odd/ Even parking: up for Swift911 to receive notifications about Odd/ Even: safe & warm everyone!— City of Ithaca (@CityofIthaca1) December 16, 2020 Your government news is made possible with support from: Matt Butler is the Education & Public Health Reporter at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at [email protected] More by Matt Butlerlast_img read more

Storms, flash flooding from New Mexico to New York; wildfires continue West

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Damaging storms moved through a large part of the country Monday from New Mexico to New York. Damaging winds near 60 mph were reported near Richmond, Virginia, where trees fell on cars and a gas station was destroyed. Also, several inches of rain fell near Washington, D.C. in a short period of time producing localized flash flooding. In western Texas, winds gusted to 78 mph and in both Texas and New Mexico hail fell as large as tennis balls. In the Midwest, more than a half a foot of rain fell in parts of Iowa and produced flash flooding there. On Tuesday, this frontal storm system will continue to move across the country bringing a chance for more severe storms for a large area from New Mexico all the way into parts of the Northeast. The most severe storms Tuesday will be in New Mexico where damaging winds and large hail will be the biggest threat. Severe storms could also develop all along the Gulf Coast from Houston to New Orleans as well as in the Northeast from Virginia to Pennsylvania and western New York, where some of these thunderstorms could become severe with damaging winds being the biggest threat.All of these thunderstorms around the country could bring locally a lot of rain that could cause flash flooding within minutes. The heaviest rain over the next two days will be in eastern Texas and along the Gulf Coast where some areas could see more than 5 inches of rain, bringing with it possible areas of flash flooding.In the West, the scorching heat wave continues with triple digits reaching all the way to southern Oregon Tuesday. This heat and localized gusty winds are making firefighting difficult, especially in the Tucson, Arizona area where the Bighorn Fire is now 58,553 acres and 33% contained. Near Phoenix, the Bush fire did not spread much and it is still about 186,848 acres and 61% contained. Because of the high heat, a Heat Advisory has been issued for California and southern Oregon. No significant wind is expected, but localized winds in southern Colorado could gust to 35 mph, which is where a Red Flag Warning has been issued.The inferno continues from northern California all the way to southern Arizona, where temperatures will be in the 100s and 110s. As we head through the week, gusty winds will return to southern Arizona by Friday with gusts possible near 30 mph.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


first_img Comments are closed. LettersOn 17 Jun 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. This week’s letters‘Equality’ should mean exactly thatI was completely unsurprised by the views expressed (Letters, 3 June) fromHeather Falconer attacking Stephen Overell’s ‘Off message’ (13 May) on workingmothers. Having read Mr Overell’s piece, I thought his message was fairlystraightforward; that working women who choose to leave and have children areunfairly subsidised by their colleagues and cause serious problems foremployers that need to be addressed. Perhaps Ms Falconer is right and the EOC should be apologising for itsenforcement of the Sex Discrimination Act over the last 30 years. After all,can anyone tell me any piece of legislation that advantages men over women, letalone such a project the EOC has supported in the last 30 years? Mothers havematernity rights, but fathers have nowhere near the same level of entitlement.Yet we see no challenge from the EOC. The Sex Discrimination Act was introduced to combat the perceiveddiscrimination against women, and the new part-time workers’ rights apply in asector that is predominantly female. Yet, the Bentley & Rutherford ruling,which gave employment rights to over-65s – a predominantly male sector – isbeing challenged by the DTI and, once again, the ‘impartial’ EOC is remarkablysilent on the matter. The notion that maternity rights are an employment matter beggars belief.The current system is discriminatory, disadvantages both men andnon-pregnant/childless women, places enormous burdens on employers (and fellowemployees) and maintains artificially high levels of unemployment. In terms of competitiveness, morale and skills wastage, the currentmaternity rights regimen is absolute lunacy. We must remember that the feministagenda which drove maternity rights forward has made gender a political issueand follows the mantra: ‘Make the personal political’. Ms Falconer is correct in that some women do have skills, experience,aptitudes and education that our economy cannot afford to lose. Yet, we do lose them from the economy for significant amounts of time. Andsometimes they never return. How up-to-date are their skills and aptitudesafter time out of the workplace? Patricia Hewitt’s recent campaign to attract about 50,000 female sciencegraduates back into the workforce highlights the drop-out rate. Ms Falconer’s views, like mine (I admit it!), are less than impartial. Whyis Ms Falconer defending a maternity rights system that is in obvious need ofreform? For the last three and a half decades, we have seen a huge raft offeminist-motivated legislation and workplace policies that have allowed womento enter, survive and flourish in the workplace to the disadvantage of theirmale colleagues. There is an entire section on the DTI website called ‘women and equality’,which advocates strategies for ‘promoting women in the workplace’. Note: thereis no ‘men and equality’ section. Are women not capable of promoting themselvesin the workplace by their ‘education, skills, aptitudes, experience andmerits’? I would agree with Ms Falconer that the business case for ‘equality’ isproven. However, I suspect her definition of ‘equality’ and my own are somewhatdifferent. A definition that advantages one gender over the other is not‘equality’. John Spartan Head of HR, JBMS Spot the irony…Was I the only person to see the irony in the irony pointed out by MrKingsley (Letters, 3 June)? I appreciate that Mr Kingsley is probably not singularly responsible forthis, but he criticises the use of the term ‘human capital’ (which at leastoffends everyone equally across a diverse workforce) when writing as arepresentative of an organisation called Manpower. Such a name could be viewed by half the population as ‘degrading’…Jane Bralsford Job title and company withheld Rights for temps will not hurt UK economyThere is no evidence to back up the argument that equal pay and basic rightsfor temporary workers would cost jobs and damage the UK’s economiccompetitiveness and flexibility (Editorial comment, 3 June). Unfortunately, thecompletely unfounded claim scuppered the EU Agency Workers Directive. It is ludicrous to suggest the UK owes its current economic position to arelatively small number of low paid and unprotected agency workers. Temp workhas fallen in the UK, while employment has grown and most temps are on fixed-termcontracts with equal pay and rights to permanent staff. Employers themselvessay they use temps in busy periods and to cover absence, not to cut costs. It is unfair and does not make good business sense to treat agency workersdifferently to other temporary staff. Any qualifying period attached to thedirective would simply enable the cowboy agencies to continue to undercut thosewho currently offer decent pay and protection. Providing better protection will make agency working more attractive to awider group of workers, giving employers with high quality, more choice andgreater flexibility. Brendan Barber General secretary, TUC last_img read more

Canary Islands: Rayo Returns Home after Busy Deployment

first_img View post tag: piracy Authorities View post tag: africa View post tag: Naval View post tag: Defence View post tag: busy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Returns View post tag: Exercises Spanish maritime action ship ‘Rayo’ arrived at her home port in Las Palmas (Canary Islands) on June 28th after a six-month deployment. During this period, the ship participated in operation ‘Atalanta’ aimed against pirate activities in the Indian Ocean and in a cruise around the African coast visiting ten countries.The welcoming ceremony was presided over by Las Palmas Naval Commander, Captain Félix Díaz Espinar.On February 3rd, the offshore patrol boat departed Las Palmas towards Cartagena and on the 15th set sail towards the operations zone off the coast of Somalia.The ship integrated into the EU Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) for a period of 85 days participating in shipping control missions in the IRTC (International Recommended Transit Corridor) and escorting World Food Program ships.The deployment of the ‘Rayo’, the second ship of her class in operation ‘Atalanta’, is part of Spain’s commitment to participate in the EU mission to uphold maritime security in the Gulf of Aden and Somalia, protecting merchant shipping and trawlers fishing in those waters.Subsequently, and as part of the collaboration between the Spanish Navy, the Defense Policy Secretariat and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the ‘Rayo’ participated in a series of activities in West African countries –an area of growing interest for Spain– to contribute to the Defense Diplomacy Plan.The ship visited the following nations: Mozambique, the Republic of South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Gabon, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Senegal and Cape Verde. Different activities were carried out with those nations: briefings, information and expertise exchanges, and drills to enhance interoperability and common procedures.The ‘Rayo’, under the command of Lieutenant-Commander Rafael Hernández Rodríguez, is the second ‘Meteoro’-class ship. These offshore patrol boats were designed as state-of-the-art ships with reduced procurement and maintenance costs for multi-purpose missions: military, SAR (search and rescue), humanitarian aid, evacuations and fight against sea pollution.[mappress]Press Release, July 31, 2013; Image: Spanish Navy View post tag: Warship Back to overview,Home naval-today Canary Islands: Rayo Returns Home after Busy Deployment Canary Islands: Rayo Returns Home after Busy Deploymentcenter_img View post tag: ATALANTA Share this article View post tag: Defense View post tag: home View post tag: Navy View post tag: Rayo View post tag: Maritime View post tag: Security View post tag: Spain July 31, 2013 View post tag: Deploymentlast_img read more

HMS Dragon Visits Simon’s Town, South Africa

first_img HMS Dragon Visits Simon’s Town, South Africa View post tag: HMS Dragon View post tag: Navy View post tag: visits Royal Navy’s destroyer HMS Dragon arrived in Simon’s Town, South Africa, on Friday, February 6, 2015.The vessel was accompanied by HMS Gold Rover.HMS Dragon announced her arrival with a traditional naval 21-gun-salute which was returned by Lower North Battery in Simon’s Town. The ships are currently deployed on operation Atlantic Patrol Tasking (South) and will conduct necessary maintenance in Simon’s Town. The ships will remain in Simon’s Town until February 27, 2015, followed by a visit to Cape Town in March 2015.The Royal Navy ships and units on Atlantic Patrol Tasking (South) are there to provide on-going protection reassurance to British interests in the South Atlantic, maintaining the continuous Royal Naval presence in the Atlantic.[mappress mapid=”15108″]Image: SA Navy February 12, 2015 View post tag: Naval View post tag: south africa Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Dragon Visits Simon’s Town, South Africa View post tag: africa View post tag: News by topic View post tag: maintenance View post tag: Simon’s Town Share this articlelast_img read more

Diary Dates

first_img6-10 March 2010Europain & IntersucLocation: Parc des expositions de Paris-Nord, Villepinte, Francewww.europain.com21-24 March 2010Baking Industry Exhibition (BIE)Location: Birmingham NEC, March 2010The Convenience Retailing ShowLocation: Birmingham NEC, UKwww.cstoreshow.comlast_img

The Nth Power’s ‘To Be Free – Live’ Album Is Now Available To Stream [Listen]

first_imgCatch The Nth Power at The Blue Note NYC on 12/9-12/10 as the official Chick Corea/John McLaughlin late night shows. Get tickets here. This past August, The Nth Power performed two shows at The Bridge Sound & Stage in Boston, MA and one show at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, NY that would debut their new material in a live setting. The shows were recorded live and will appear on To Be Free – Live when it is released this Friday, November 11th. The album comes after their 2015 studio release Abundance and is inspired by the band’s commitment to promoting love and togetherness in the otherwise divided world.The timing for the release is meaningful, as The Nth Power believes that music “can heal, connect, and strengthen individuals and community.” The band went on to explain that they “feel a sense of urgency to spread that [message] now more than ever.” The songs were written and recorded within a three month period, and are true representatives of the band’s collective efforts to translate their core values in a live setting.The Brooklyn show featured veteran studio owner and engineer Paul Diaz (Outkast, Elton John, Whitney Houston) from Tree Sound Studios in Atlanta, GA to record the shows. The record was mixed by Paul Diaz and drummer/vocalist Nikki Glaspie at Tree Sound Studios.You can stream To Be Free – Live below via singersroom, and download the album on November 11th.last_img read more