Global Citizen Award opens for entries

first_imgGlobal Citizen Award opens for entries  69 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Melanie May | 25 April 2016 | News Nominations have opened for the annual Henley & Partners Global Citizen Award, which rewards individuals who have contributed towards improving the global community.This year’s winner will be honoured at a gala fundraising dinner for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in London on 11th November.The annual laureate is chosen by an independent Award Committee, which this year includes: Her Royal Highness Princess Firyal of Jordan, Her Excellency Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, President of the Republic of Malta, Senator Joelle Garriaud-Maylam, Secretary of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Armed Forces, Senate of France, Paris, Professor Dr. Khalid Koser OBE, Executive Director of GCERF and Vice-Chairman of the Advisory Council on Migration, World Economic Forum, Geneva, Leigh Foster, Chief of Events, Campaigns and Goodwill Ambassadors, UNHCR, Geneva, Dr. Marek Urban CSsR, Councillor of the Henley & Partners Foundation, Krakow, and Namira Salim, Global Explorer and Artist, Monaco.The award consists of a commemorative medal, an award certificate signed by the President of the Award Committee and a USD 50,000 monetary prize, of which USD 25,000 is donated to UNHCR.Leigh Foster of the UNHCR said:“Ideally we want to honour those whose work is innovative and visionary.  A candidate’s work should also have a positive impact on the lives of the most vulnerable in society.”Last year, the Global Citizen Award was presented to German entrepreneur Harald Höppner who founded the refugee aid project Sea Watch. The non-profit organisation has rescued thousands of refugees from capsized boats during its patrols of the Mediterranean Sea.Nominations can be submitted at until 1st July. Advertisementcenter_img  70 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Tagged with: Awards About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via read more

Journalist sentenced to four years in prison as “pre-criminal social danger”

first_img Reporters Without Borders condemns the “arbitrary” nature of the four-year prison sentence passed on 13 April on Oscar Sánchez Madan, a Matanzas province correspondent of the Cubanet website.His imprisonment brings the total of independent journalists currently held in Cuba to 26, almost as many as the number jailed in the March 2003 crackdown. News Follow the news on Cuba Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet May 6, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today condemned the jailing of Oscar Sánchez Madan, a Matanzas province correspondent of the Miami-based Cubanet website. Arrested on 13 April and summarily tried the same day, Sánchez was sentenced to four years in prison as a “pre-criminal social danger.” His imprisonment brings the number of independent journalists currently held in Cuba to 26.“The total of 27 dissident journalists jailed during the ‘Black Spring’ of March 2003 is on the verge of being reached again following Sánchez’s imprisonment,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Sánchez is the third journalist to be jailed since Raúl Castro took over as acting president on 31 July. Not only has the press freedom situation not changed, but so-called ‘social danger’ is again being used as a pretext for imprisonment. Sánchez was even denied the right to a lawyer, so his conviction was entirely arbitrary.”Aged 44, Sánchez was a regular Cubanet contributor. He was arrested by members of the State Security (the political police) on the morning of 13 April at his home in Unión de Reyes, a small town in Matanzas province 100 km east of Havana. His arrest remained unreported until yesterday, when it was reported by the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation, a Havana-based group that is illegal but tolerated by the government.Sánchez was secretly tried by the Unión de Reyes municipal court immediately after his arrest, without members of his family attending and without even being able to have a defence lawyer. He was given a four-year sentence under a criminal code provision that allows the Cuban authorities to imprison any citizen as a potential danger to society, even if they have not committed a crime.Two other journalists have been imprisoned as “pre-criminal social dangers” since Raúl Castro took over. They are Raymundo Perdigón Brito of the Yayabo Press agency, who was given a four-year sentence on 5 December, and Ramón Velázquez Toranso of the Libertad news agency who got a three-year sentence on 23 January.Sánchez was taken to the Combinado del Sur penitentiary in Matanzas immediately after the trial. Organisation New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council Help by sharing this information News News April 18, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist sentenced to four years in prison as “pre-criminal social danger” Receive email alerts News October 15, 2020 Find out more CubaAmericas to go further CubaAmericas RSF_en RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago October 12, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

Representative Plans to Consider Different Approach to Passing Regulatory Relief

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Samantha Guzman Samantha Guzman is an award-winning visual journalist and graduate of the University of North Texas Mayborn School of Journalism. She specializes in visual storytelling and has skills in video, audio and photography, in addition to news writing. She has traveled to Mexico and Bosnia as an assistant for multiple multimedia projects and taught news writing, photojournalism, and narrative storytelling in the past. Representative Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pennsylvania) said he will be exploring a change in strategy in order to get some regulatory relief passed, after a bill that would address 12 separate fixes to the Dodd-Frank Act was thwarted by the Senate. Fitzpatrick, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, has introduced a bill that would give banks an additional two years to dispose of collateralized loan obligations as required by the Volcker Rule, on two separate occasions, according to a report.In January, the house passed the bill by a vote of 271 to 154, with 29 Democrats voting in favor of it. However, Senate Democrats led by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) vowed to fight the bill and it failed to pass. Democrats, including Warren, have said they worry that bills that claim to be aimed at relieving regulatory burdens for small banks are being used to roll back Dodd-Frank for the benefit of the largest financial institutions.Fitzpatrick noted Tuesday that each of the individual bills included in his legislation, the “Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burden Act,” had bipartisan support when they either passed the full House or his committee. But when packaged together, they have drawn the ire of more liberal Democrats.“These are the bipartisan ideas,” Fitzpatrick said following an appearance in New York. “You package them together and put them on the floor. Then [Senator Elizabeth Warren] comes out against one of the 12, and all of a sudden we lose all our support.”The Pennsylvania Republican said that he may have to consider a new approach to getting some regulatory relief done, including possibly lifting the asset threshold, that banks used to be determined systemically important financial institutions, from the $50 billion where it currently stands and providing regulatory relief for small banks. Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick Dodd-Frank Reform Act Pennsylvania 2015-03-12 Samantha Guzman Home / Daily Dose / Representative Plans to Consider Different Approach to Passing Regulatory Relief The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Representative Plans to Consider Different Approach to Passing Regulatory Relief Related Articles Previous: Large Financial Firms Intend to Raise Dividends Following Fed’s Approval of Capital Plans Next: Judge Approves $69 Million MBS Settlement for Bank of America, U.S. Bank March 12, 2015 875 Views Tagged with: Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick Dodd-Frank Reform Act Pennsylvania in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agolast_img read more

Diving depths of albatrosses

first_imgStudies of diving in seabirds have mainly been confined to penguins, alcids and cormorants. There are few data on the depths to which other seabirds dive although some species are known to have considerable abilities for diving and swimming underwater e.g. shearwaters (Kuroda 1954, Brown et al. 1978), diving petrels (Prince & Jones 1992) and gannets (Adams & Walter 1993).last_img

Maarek back in business

first_img Winner of five starts last season, including the British Champions Sprint at Ascot, the David Nagle-trained six-year-old relished the testing conditions as he burst through inside the final furlong to score by a length and a half. Scream Blue Murder ran a big race in second behind the Seamie Heffernan-ridden 5-2 favourite, with Red Dubawi third. High-class sprinter Maarek returned to winning ways with victory in the Woodlands Stakes at Naas. Last year’s Dewhurst runner-up Leitir Mor showed up well for a long way on his first start since Newmarket in October. Nagle said: “I was a bit surprised by that – to tell the truth I thought he’d badly need the run. “He’s a bit special on that ground. While with other horses it slows them down, with him it quickens him up. “He’ll be entered in anything over five or six furlongs and the Golden Jubilee (at Royal Ascot) would be the main aim. He’s very ground dependant, though. “Seamie was very good on him, and hopefully we will have another long, wet summer. “He’s heavier this year and grew a lot early on, he could be a bit better this year.” Heffernan addedsaid: “Bottom line, he’s a good horse.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Jacob Kiplimo, one of 6 Ugandans in Kipchoge marathon record bid

first_imgOn that occasion the 34-year-old was just 25 seconds off the mark in a specially-prepared race using a pacemaker vehicle, as well as runners positioned to shield him in a bid to cut wind resistance.The assistance meant his time could not be validated by the IAAF. That will also be the case in Vienna. The world record, which the Kenyan set in Berlin last year, is 2hr 01min 39sec.FOLLOW EVENT LIVE HERE (see facebook/twitter feed below)Kipchoge flew to the venue from Kenya last night on a chartered flight. Kipchoge with his 40 plus pacesetters. There are six Ugandans. PHOTO VIA @INEOS159Jacob Kiplimo Ronald Musagala Abdallah Mande Thomas Ayeko Mande Bushendich Timothy Toroitich Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT  |  Eliud Kipchoge believes he is ready to make history and create his “moon-landing” moment in his quest to run an historic first sub-two-hour marathon at the INEOS 1:59 Challenge in Vienna on Saturday.The Kenyan marathon great, who has won 11 out 12 marathons and is also the reigning Olympic marathon champion, arrived in the Austrian capital city on Tuesday following a night chartered flight from Kenya.In the pre-event press conference adjacent to the finish line on the Hauptallee in the heart of Vienna, Kipchoge exuded confidence ahead of his historic bid.“I’m feeling well, I’m happy with the course and I am waiting for Saturday,” explained Kipchoge , who last year set a stunning new world record time of 2:01:39 in the Berlin Marathon.“Vienna is a sporting city. The crowd loves sport in Vienna and the course is flat and fast and in a park – a natural environment.“Berlin was about running a world record, Vienna is about running and breaking history, like the first man on the moon.”<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Six UgandansWorld Cross Country silver medalist Jacob Kiplimo leads a team of six Ugandans who will help Kipchoge bid to break two hours for a marathon in Vienna on October 12.Kiplimo will be joined by Ronald Musagala and Abdallah Mande, fresh from the World Athletics Championships.The others are long distance aces Thomas Ayeko, Mande Bushendich and Timothy Toroitich, in a 41 team of pace setters. Others are Norwegian siblings Henrik, Filip and Jakob Ingebrigtsen, also fresh from Doha.Olympic champion and world record holder Kipchoge has already had one tilt at a sub two-hour time at the Monza race track in May 2017. Share on: WhatsAppcenter_img *******SOURCE: INEOS159 MEDIAlast_img read more

Westport Winery Adds A Secret Garden

first_imgSubmitted by Westport WineryChateau Merlot Shrub RoseTah Dah! The new secret garden is revealed at Westport Winery. It is a wine-themed garden with wine bottle edging, a wine barrel fountain, a bottle tree, wine barrel seating, and a planted wine press. The wine-named plants include: Merlot Coneflower, Summer Wine Daylilly, Raspberry Wine Bee Balm, Red Wine Lilac, Spilled Wine Weigela, Summer Wine Ninebark, Wine Common Periwinkle, Chardonnay Pearl Deutzia, Burgundy Lace Maple, Chateau Merlot Shrub Rose (shown), and Gallo Red Gallardia. All of these plants are also available to purchase in the nursery at Westport Winery.Westport Winery and Vineyards By-the-Sea with the outdoor sculpture garden, grape maze, and bakery, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. Come see for yourself why Westport was named the 2011 Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest, voted 2010, 2012 and 2013 Best Wine Tour by King 5 Evening Magazine viewers, and Best Wine in Grays Harbor by The Daily World.The winery, bakery, gift shop, nursery, and restaurant open daily at 11 a.m. with lunch offered daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, dinner is served from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and dinner reservations are recommended by calling 360-648-2224.Kim RobertsWestport Winery1 South Arbor RoadAberdeen, WA  98520360-648-2224www.WestportWinery.com2012 Best Northwest Winery Tour King 5 Evening Magazine2011 Washington Winery to Watch Wine Press Northwest2010 Best Northwest Wine Destination King 5 Evening Magazine“Filled with harmonious connections to the sea, Westport Winery is a coast traveler’s dream.” Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

How World Cup favourites are shaping up

first_img0Shares0000Neymar in action for Brazil in Sunday’s friendly against Austria in Vienna © AFP / JOE KLAMARSOCCHI, Russian Federation, Jun 11 – The phoney war is over and most of the big guns have arrived in Russia ahead of the start of the World Cup on Thursday. AFP Sport takes a look at how the favourites are shaping up.– Brazil – In 2014, Brazil were being widely tipped for success on home soil but their campaign unravelled in spectacular fashion with a 7-1 semi-final defeat to eventual winners Germany.Now the five-time champions look the real deal again. Coach Tite has transformed their fortunes and they are confident mood.The absence of the injured Dani Alves at right-back is a blow but Neymar has proven his fitness in recent friendly matches, scoring in wins against Croatia and Austria.His goal in Vienna on Sunday, after his first start following a foot operation three months ago, was stunning.Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus has been the most prolific goalscorer during Tite’s time in charge, in which the team have won 17 out of 21 matches.“We are handling the expectation. It’s good. We are going to challenge ourselves,” said the coach after Sunday’s final warm-up game. “There is only one little detail. A new stage begins now.”– Germany –Timo Werner celebrates after scoring Germany’s opening goal against Saudi Arabia © AFP / LEON KUEGELERGermany are the holders and their reputation as a team that always delivers on the big stage tempers the doubts arising from their performances in recent friendlies.Joachim Loew’s side went five games without a win before labouring to a 2-1 victory over Saudi Arabia in their final warm-up in Leverkusen on Friday.The fact that first-choice goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has hardly played since September after injury is a concern but the Germans have made at least the semi-finals in each of the past four World Cups and are bound to feature prominently again in Russia.And their recent friendly results? “I am conscious of the fact that in friendly matches it is not necessarily about the result,” coach Loew — who has left Manchester City’s Leroy Sane behind — reminded Kicker.– Spain –Like Brazil, Spain have come to Russia with something to prove after a poor showing in 2014, when they were knocked out in the group stage.Iago Aspas (2nd R) takes the acclaim of his Spain teammates after netting the winner against Tunisia on Saturday © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUThey are yet to lose in two years under Julen Lopetegui, completing their preparations with a 1-0 win over Tunisia on Saturday in Krasnodar.It was not the most convincing performance but Iago Aspas advanced his case for a starting role in attack in Friday’s Group B opener against Portugal with a late winner.Rodrigo of Valencia and the bruising Diego Costa are the other options up front for Lopetegui.The coach has overseen changes but there are still likely to be as many as seven starters against Portugal who also started the 2-0 defeat against Italy at Euro 2016.“Whatever we happen to do in this World Cup will depend on the answers we give on the field. We are going with a ticket to play three matches and the rest we have to earn,” Lopetegui told El Pais.– France –Optimism has been growing in France about the prospects of Les Bleus, but Saturday’s 1-1 draw with the United States was a timely reminder for Didier Deschamps’ side that they still have work to do.They needed a late Kylian Mbappe goal to earn a draw in their final friendly, which followed wins against Ireland and Italy. Sports daily L’Equipe called it a “cold blast” before the French travelled to Russia on Sunday.Antoine Griezmann, Hugo Lloris and Paul Pogba at the end of France’s 1-1 draw with the USA in Lyon © AFP / JEFF PACHOUDPaul Pogba’s performance in that game was a boost, though, and Deschamps appears to have found a formation that suits him.A diamond midfield accommodates Pogba and allows Antoine Griezmann to play just behind Mbappe and Olivier Giroud up front, but there is maybe a worry in goal, where Hugo Lloris no longer looks so reliable.Nevertheless, they are capable of reaching the last four.– Argentina –Argentina are lucky to be in Russia at all after a chaotic qualifying campaign and their build-up to the finals has been far from smooth.The cancellation of last week’s friendly against Israel in Jerusalem brought bad publicity and also denied Jorge Sampaoli’s side much-needed match practice.Man on a mission – Lionel Messi arrives in Russia © AFP / Vasily MAXIMOVThe build-up has been further hampered by the loss to injury of Manuel Lanzini and critics say Argentina are relying solely on Lionel Messi for success.That may be unfair though. Sampaoli has talent in his squad, including the exciting Giovani Lo Celso in midfield and an attack also featuring Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero, Paulo Dybala and Angel Di Maria.However, even if they manage to win a challenging group, Spain could lie in wait in the quarter-finals for the 2014 runners-up.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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