NLB promotes Web accessibility

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 6 July 2002 | News Tips include:use the ALT attribute to describe graphics and other non-text itemsuse style sheets to control screen appearanceprovide a text site mapwarn users about new windows or pop-upsVisit the NLB’s Visionary Design site. The National Library for the Blind is promoting accessibility to Web site owners and designers.The National Library for the Blind (NLB) has produced a guide to Web site owners and designers to help them design accessible Web sites for blind and partially-sighted users.With support from Barclays, the project includes extensive guidelines on a Web site at In addition, the NLB has published a leaflet listing ten tips to make your Web site more accessible. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.  11 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis NLB promotes Web accessibilitylast_img read more

Livestock, Dairy and Egg Sectors in Trouble

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Livestock, Dairy and Egg Sectors in Trouble Facebook Twitter A new report by AgriBank projects livestock, dairy, and egg sector margins to continue adjusting downward from record levels set in 2014. The report on 15 Midwest states called the egg industry “the largest percentage loser” due to bird flu and record high prices. However, the report says the turkey industry is rebounding as flocks are rebuilt, and prices remain high. AgriBank’s Jeff Swanhorst says, “2015 was, for the most part, a transition year to the reality of lower margins.” For 2016, he says the dominant themes in agriculture will be the impact of several major categories entering or continuing their expansion phases of the production cycle, the increasing dollar’s negative impact on exports, the potential for additional disease events, and domestic consumer behavior. The report did say weather remains a wildcard as the transition to La Niña from the historically strong El Niño could bring major drought conditions across the Corn Belt region late in the coming growing season.Source: NAFB News Service SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – May 4, 2016 Facebook Twitter SHARE Livestock, Dairy and Egg Sectors in Trouble Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleFormer HAT Market Analyst Dies Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img 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

Head of media monitoring centre arrested in Damascus

first_img News Help by sharing this information SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria News Reporters Without Borders is very worried about Mazen Darwish, the head of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression, who was summoned for questioning by intelligence officials at 11 a.m. yesterday in Damascus and has not been heard of since. He has almost certainly been arrested.Darwish was detained for four hours on the evening of 22 March after responding to a summons to report for questioning. He was previously held for several hours on 16 March after being arrested while attending a peaceful sit-in outside the interior ministry headquarters in Damascus as an observer.His centre, the only NGO monitoring the media and Internet in Syria, has been closed by the authorities twice, in 2005 and 2009.The Syrian authorities began on 15 March to crack down hard on journalists and media covering the anti-government demonstrations taking place in various cities, especial the southern city of Deraa, which is located near the Jordanian border. Darwish’s arrest brings the number of journalists arrested since the start of these protests to three.Journalist, writer and activist Louay Hussein was arrested on 22 March in Damascus while journalist, poet and novelist Mohammed Dibo was arrested on the night of 18 March at his home in Al-Annazah, in the northwestern city of Baniyas. Dibo writes for various newspapers including Jordan’s Al-Dustour and many news websites such as Al-Waan (run by the Association of Rational Arabs), Bab el Moutawasset (Mediterranean Gate), Lamp Of Freedom and Shukumaku.These three join the already long list of journalists and cyber-dissidents imprisoned in Syria.Reporters Without Borders has meanwhile learned that a photographer and a freelance video reporter working for Agence France-Presse and an Associated Press photographer were briefly held and roughed up while covering the demonstrations in Deraa on 22 March. Their equipment was seized and was handed back a few hours later.When the AFP journalists tried to return to Deraa yesterday, their equipment was again seized. They have not yet been able to recover it. Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists March 12, 2021 Find out more Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law Receive email alerts Newscenter_img SyriaMiddle East – North Africa February 3, 2021 Find out more March 8, 2021 Find out more News March 24, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Head of media monitoring centre arrested in Damascus to go further Follow the news on Syria RSF_en Organisation last_img read more

Protest against religious ownership of hospitals at UHL today

first_img Previous articleProtest against Chechnyan concentration camps at Bedford Row todayNext articleMunster defeated by Saracens at Aviva Stadium Editor Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement NewsHealthProtest against religious ownership of hospitals at UHL todayBy Editor – April 22, 2017 953 TAGSNational Maternity HospitalParents for ChoiceUHL “There is extreme overcrowding in UHL this morning” – UHL WhatsApp Linkedin Limerick hospital group closes field hospital as extra bed capacity comes on streamcenter_img Parents for Choice will protest at maternity hospitals across Ireland, including outside University Maternity Hospital Limerick, today, Saturday April 22, against the decision of Minister Simon Harris to grant ownership of the National Maternity Hospital to the Sisters of Charity.“As parents, we are protesting to protect our maternity care and our daughters’ future care. We want to ensure that healthcare facilities paid for by the people of Ireland are accountable to and run by the people of Ireland,” said Parents for Choice spokesperson Sinéad Redmond. “This decision by the state to grant ownership to an order of nuns of our National Maternity Hospital is unjustifiable. A national service belongs in public, not private hands.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Redmond continues: “Many of us in Parents for Choice are lone mothers. Many of us have birthed in this hospital. It is not long ago that women like us and our babies would have been locked up by this order of nuns in their laundries. It is a mark of disrespect to survivors of these institutions, still owed reparations by this order, and to the women of Ireland, to give them ownership of our National Maternity Hospital. We call on the minister to reverse this decision, and to implement a modern, transparent system of ownership and governance of our national maternity hospital.”Parents for Choice campaign for access to a full range of reproductive choices, and bodily autonomy for people who are pregnant, whether they wish to continue the pregnancy or not. This includes repeal of the Eighth Amendment, reform of the HSE National Consent Policy and access to free, safe and legal abortion. “Multiple outbreaks” of COVID-19 at University Hospital Limerick Email Twitter Numbers of Limerick hospital group staff sidelined by COVID-19 reduces by 162 in past 7 days Cancellations at UHL and Ennis Hospital Infection Control Team in place at University Hospital Limerick following “outbreak” of Covid-19 Printlast_img read more

Armed pub raiders lay in wait

first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Previous articleUHL leads the way on free parking for patientsNext articleFree loans on offer to repair and lease empty homes Staff Reporter ARMED raiders at a Limerick pub lay in wait for customers to leave after a busy Mother’s Day of trading before using a shotgun to threaten and assault staff in a prolonged aggravated burglary.Gardai from Roxboro Road Station are appealing for witnesses into what has the hallmarks of a planned raid by two armed and masked men at Russell’s Bar on the Fr Russell Road in Limerick.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up At around 1am in the early hours of Monday morning last, two men threatened staff members who were left in the bar.One staff member was tied up while another was locked into an adjacent room off the bar. Both staff members received injuries in the attack and one had a shotgun pointed at them.The men then demanded access to cash on the premises.While causing damage to the premises inside and after taking an undisclosed sum of money from the day’s takings, the raiders then stole a car belonging to one of the employees.A black Volkswagen Golf was used by the two as a getaway car with the raiders fled the scene towards the Dock Road at around 3am.The raid had the hallmarks of a planned operation as the two masked raiders are understood to have used a firearm, believed to be a shotgun as well as a crowbar and threatened staff. One of the bar staff was cable ties and another locked in a room, a Garda spokesperson said.In the aftermath, the staff members managed to free themselves from the locked room and raise the alarm.Gardai made a further appeal over the “aggravated burglary” this week.“Two males entered a licensed premises and approached staff. Both men were carrying weapons. There is no description of the two males as they wearing balaclavas hiding their faces,” the Garda spokeswoman added.“The staff members were traumatised as they were assaulted in the incident. The two men fled the scene in a black Volkswagen Golf taken from one of the injured parties.”Gardai believe the raiders made their getaway “in the direction of the Dock Road”.“We are appealing for anyone that may have been in the vicinity of the Dooradoyle/Dock Road area to come forward with any information whatsoever regarding this incident. Roxboro Road Gardai are investigating this incident and can be contacted on 061 212340.”See more Limerick news here Facebook Print TAGSaggravated burglaryaremd raidGardaílimerickRussells Advertisement Email Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Russells Bar in Limerick where staff were held up by armed raiders Twitter WhatsApp NewsCrime & CourtArmed pub raiders lay in waitBy Staff Reporter – March 16, 2018 4660 Linkedin Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

Council steps up Compulsory Purchase Orders on derelict sites

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Email WhatsApp TAGSHousingLimerick City and CountyLimerick City and County CouncilNewspolitics O’Donnell Welcomes Major Enhancement Works for Castletroy Neighbourhood Park Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites NewsHousingPoliticsCouncil steps up Compulsory Purchase Orders on derelict sitesBy Alan Jacques – December 6, 2018 1624 Previous articleWatch: Optel Group community involvement recognised by Limerick Chamber AwardsNext articleClassical music superstars for Limerick Alan Jacques Printcenter_img Limerick’s O’Connell Street Revitalisation Works to go ahead Limerick City and County Council Director of Services Gordon Daly.LIMERICK City and County Council has signalled an escalation of its efforts to tackle the problem of derelict sites with the launch of a major programme of Compulsory Purchase Orders.The local authority has given notice to compulsorily acquire eight derelict properties under the derelict sites and housing acts this week. The Council has also published confirmation notices of the completed compulsory acquisition on a further two derelict properties.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In 2018 the Council completed over 500 inspections of derelict properties.Commenting on the step up of efforts on reducing dereliction, Council Director of Services Gordon Daly told the Limerick Post that owners of derelict properties are first offered advice on how to deal with their derelict properties and a range of options including the Lease and Repair Scheme, Buy and Renew Scheme and the Business Retail Incentive Scheme.“Our message to communities is that we are listening to your concerns on dereliction and we are stepping up our efforts to deal with this issue across the city and county. Our message to owners of derelict properties is simple.  Please engage with the Council or if not it will use the full range of statutory powers available to it including the imposition of levies and compulsory acquisition,” he said.In early 2019, the Council also plans to use its powers to impose a derelict sites levy on further additional derelict sites. This annual levy is due to rise next year from three per cent to seven per cent of market value.   Limerick county house prices to rise 5% in 2021 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Limerick city house prices rise 4.9% as time to sell falls Linkedin Mortgage payment break for local authority home loan borrowers will be extended by a further three monthslast_img read more

Doherty claims oncology services at LUH have reached “full capacity”

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic It’s been claimed this morning that new referrals for patients requiring chemotherapy treatments at Letterkenny University Hospital have been suspended, due to what is being claimed as the hospital’s oncology unity having now reached full capacity.Deputy Pearse Doherty says he’s spoken to a number of relatives of cancer patients in Donegal, who say their loved ones have been referred to Galway University Hospital in order to access chemotherapy services.Deputy Doherty says the families are claiming that hospital officials have informed them that no new referrals are being seen at Letterkenny, and blaming this decision on the fact that the service locally has now reached maximum capacity………Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Doherty claims oncology services at LUH have reached “full capacity” Facebook Pinterest Twitter Twitter Facebook Google+ By admin – January 24, 2017 center_img Pinterest WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Previous articleEfforts intensifying to preserve sand dunes at Lagg BeachNext articleSlight fall in patients awaiting admission at LUH admin Google+ WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Andhra-Based News Channel Files Contempt Plea Against Andhra Govt. For Violating SC Order On Coverage Of COVID-19 Pandemic

first_imgTop StoriesAndhra-Based News Channel Files Contempt Plea Against Andhra Govt. For Violating SC Order On Coverage Of COVID-19 Pandemic Radhika Roy18 May 2021 7:57 AMShare This – xAndhra-based news channel, TV5, has filed a contempt of court plea against State of Andhra Pradesh, stating that the registration of FIR against media channels amounts to a brazen violation of directions of the Supreme Court in its April 30 order passed in the Suo Moto COVID crisis matter. The contempt plea has been filed in the wake of the FIR that was registered against YSR Congress sitting MP K. Raghu Rama Krishna Raju for sedition over his allegedly offensive against the State Government as well as against two TV news channels, TV5 and ABN Andhrajyothi, who had hosted the MP. Both the TV news channels have moved the Supreme Court seeking quashing of the FIR registered against them by the Andhra Pradesh Police on the charges of sedition and submitting that the registration of the same amounts to a chilling effect on the media. In the April 30th Order, the Supreme Court had directed Central and State Governments to cease any direct or indirect threats of prosecution and arrest to citizens who aired their grievances on media platforms or those who were attempting to help their fellow citizens receive medical aid. Further, the Order noted that any repetition of such an act would constrain the Court to use the powers available to it under contempt jurisdiction. The contempt plea states that it is the last resort available to the media platforms to protect the right to freedom of speech so that they can “fearlessly perform their public duty as impartial disseminators of news and true events surrounding the raging second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic”. Stating that in wake of reports bringing light to the mismanagement on the part of the State not being taken in the right spirit by certain governments and attempts being made to curb voices raising concerns, the Supreme Court had passed the April 30 order to prevent the same. However, the plea contends, despite the Apex Court order, the FIR under Sections 124A, 153A, 505 read with 120B of the Indian Penal Code, was registered. “It is submitted that the attempt of the FIR is to create a chilling effect for news channels in the state so that every news channel is wary of hosting any content which is critical of the government. By filing a vague FIR and abusing the process of law, the state intends to silence its critiques and the media, which is discharging its duty”. The plea goes on to submit that the Contemnor, i.e. the State Government, I “hell bent to suppress the right to freedom of speech by obstructing the media coverage on the management of COVID-19 in the State. While the State is witnessing record number of COVID-19 cases, the focus of the government is to mask the reality and to spread false propagandas”. It is further averred that the conduct of the Contemnors reflects their “plain disregard and disdain to the justice delivery system and they seem to be under the impression that they can easily overreach this Hon’ble Court by ignoring the implementation of this Hon’ble Court’s directions”. In light of the above, the contempt plea has been filed seeking contempt action to be initiated against the State of Andhra Pradesh. TagsCOVID-19 Pandemic Contempt Andhra Govt Supreme Court TV5 Raghu Rama Krishna Raju Next Storylast_img read more

Physiological constraints on living and fossil brachiopods

first_imgAsh-free-dry-weight determinations for a representative range of living brachiopod genera have revealed that a consistently high proportion of total organic mass is contained within the shell, partly as the organic matrix for biomineralisation and partly as minute extensions of the mantle tissues (caeca) housed within hollow endopunctae permeating the shell. On average 40% to 50% of the total organic mass of both articulate and inarticulate brachiopods is situated within the shell. This is true even for a rhynchonellid brachiopod which does not possess endopunctae, but which has a more dense protein matrix in its shell. The effectively hidden constituent of brachiopod tissue mass which is included in this component has often been overlooked, and as a result total metabolic tissue mass has been underestimated. This throws into question some previous interpretations of brachiopod respiratory and metabolic data. The oxygen consumption rates of several living brachiopods have been measured, and when respiring tissue in caeca in the shell is taken into consideration, it is clear that brachiopod metabolic rates are low when compared with other marine invertebrates (e.g. between 10% and 50% of the oxygen uptake of comparable gastropods and bivalve molluscs held in similar conditions). This low rate cannot be attributed to a slower pumping rate by the brachiopod lophophore, as has been suggested, because the rate of water movement is comparable to that across the bivalve gill. Nitrogen excretion rates have also been measured for a few living brachiopods, allowing a comparison with rates of oxygen consumption and providing an indication of the metabolic substrates used. These data on oxygen: nitrogen ratios suggest that one Antarctic brachiopod utilises exclusively protein as a metabolic substrate, while a temperate latitude species uses mainly protein during winter but lipids and carbohydrates during summer months. Histological observations, particularly of Terebratulina retusa from temperate waters, show that a specialised tissue layer in the brachiopod outer mantle epithelium proximal to the shell may be the site of storage of the protein that is metabolised during winter, and of carbohydrate mobilised during gonadal development in summer. The caeca have also been suggested as sites of storage of metabolites, and the possible relationships between these areas of mantle are discussed. It seems that the ability to store nutrients in the mantle, combined with flexibility of substrate utilisation and an inherently low metabolic rate, have been important factors in brachiopod evolution.last_img read more