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Bruce Springsteen Blasts US Immigration Ban Onstage In Australia [Watch]

first_imgBruce Springsteen has never been shy about his political views. He was a close friend and vocal supporter of Barack Obama during his presidency and even received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Obama late last year. He was also a staunch advocate for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election season. Even after Clinton’s electoral loss, Bruce indirectly made a strong statement to Donald Trump by playing a farewell show at the White House for Obama while the Springsteen cover band Trump booked for an inauguration gala pulled out of the performance out of respect for The Boss’s views.Springsteen’s passionate views have only gotten louder since Trump took office. Over the weekend, he once again took shots at the President, this time in response to Trump’s recent executive order denying entry to the U.S. for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries, including refugees and green card holders. At a concert in Adelaide, Australia, Springsteen took a break between songs to decry the executive order, calling it “anti-democratic and fundamentally un-American” after calling America a “nation of immigrants.”Springsteen continued, “Tonight, we want to add our voices to the thousands of Americans who are protesting at airports around our country the Muslim ban and the detention of foreign nationals and refugees.” He followed his statement with a rendition of what he referred to as “an immigrant’s song,” “American Land.” Originally from his 2006 release We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions, the song is inspired by a poem by immigrant steelworker Andrew Kovaly entitled “He Lies in the American Land.”You can watch Springsteen speak out against the immigration ban below, via his Twitter: Bruce continues his Australia run on February 2nd with a performance at AAMI Park in Melbourne.[Photo via Billboard]last_img read more

PowerProtect Data Manager – Modern Cloud Data Protection Innovation

first_img Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 2:11Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -2:11 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsen (Main), selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. It has often been said that necessity is the mother of invention. Perhaps she is the mother of digital transformation too. Two years of digital transformation activities have been compressed into the last two months as organizations of all sizes attempt to rebound from unprecedented economic disruption.At the core of this transformation is data. Data enables organizations to tailor the digital experience to engage and meet the needs of their customers, partners and employees. It is critical to ensure that data is always protected, secure and available wherever it lives.A year ago we announced the general availability of PowerProtect Data Manager as a transformative, next generation data management platform to help you ensure the protection of your critical data assets for any workload across any cloud environment, while simplifying data protection, reducing costs and helping you focus on what’s important – serving your customers.For many organizations, serving customers means anticipating their needs by bringing innovative services to market more quickly. To accomplish this, forward thinking organizations are turning to cloud-native solutions, such as containers, to iterate, innovate and rapidly deploy new application services to enhance the customer experience, drive loyalty and generate new income streams.With the introduction of protection of Kubernetes containers on VMware via PowerProtect Data Manager, you now have the flexibility to deploy workloads on virtual machines or containers using the VMware management tooling you are already familiar with. The outcome is simplified protection and recovery of critical data assets across hybrid and multi-cloud infrastructure. In addition to VMware, you can now leverage PowerProtect Data Manager to protect Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV) as well as several additional open source hypervisor platforms. You also have access to powerful search capabilities to perform granular, rapid data recovery. And to mitigate the risks of cyber threats, the PowerProtect Cyber Recovery platform has been integrated with PowerProtect Data Manager to provide you with a highly secure, isolated air-gapped copy of your critical data to ensure you can rapidly recover from a cyber attack.As businesses consume IT resources differently, they need a powerful, efficient and modern solution to protect their data assets, particularly across hybrid cloud environments. To ensure your data is protected and remains available, the introduction of cloud DR support to PowerProtect Data Manager complements its backup-to-cloud and long-term retention cloud capabilities. And for organizations with workloads deployed in AWS, you now can deploy PowerProtect Data Manager in the AWS Marketplace, providing in-cloud protection.We continue to focus on providing a broader and richer hybrid and multi-cloud experience as well as ensuring simplified consumption of cloud data protection. The availability of PowerProtect Data Manager via subscription is an example of consuming technology within Dell Technologies On Demand, which offers a range of flexible consumption and as-a-service solutions across the full portfolio.Organizations continue to look for ways to automate tasks to simplify IT. With that in mind, you have access to a robust set of REST APIs to fully leverage the PowerProtect Data Manager platform.These are just a few of the examples of how we have taken your input and delivered quarterly enhancements and new capabilities to PowerProtect Data Manager since its inception last summer. Your participation in supporting the evolution of this offering continues to inspire us, which has resulted in an ambitious roadmap to deliver even more enhancements and features to meet your ever-evolving data protection requirements.For example, we plan to continue investing in solutions to make data protection more efficient as data growth continues to soar across edge, core and multi-cloud environments.And we will continue to add support for a broader range of traditional and modern workloads to enable you to centralize and consolidate data protection management for further operational simplicity and efficiency.We also plan to deliver further automation into PowerProtect Data Manager by leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to perform routine data protection and recovery tasks, to enable IT professionals to spend more time on innovation and less time on IT housekeeping.While we are thrilled with what we have enabled organizations to accomplish in these rapidly changing times via PowerProtect Data Manager, we are even more excited about what the future holds for helping our customers and partners transform, modernize and compete more effectively in the data era.Learn more about PowerProtect Data Manager here.center_img Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:17Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -1:17 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsen (Main), selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.last_img read more

Mainland Spain records first day with no coal-fired electric generation

first_imgMainland Spain records first day with no coal-fired electric generation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Argus Media:Spain has registered its first full day without any coal-fired power generation in its peninsular system, as wind output hit a record high, grid operator REE said today.Mainland Spain went coal free from 23:50 local time on 13 December until 21:20 on 15 December, Preliminary data show — making 14 December the first day of no coal burn since REE records began. The historic development was achieved only in the peninsular system, as coal-fired output continued in the non-peninsular area of the Balearic islands.Wind power generation in peninsular Spain reached its highest daily volume on 13 December, at an hourly average of 16.41GW, with strong output continuing into the morning of 14 December.Coal-fired generation on 14 December was originally forecast at 252MWh in hour 1, 251MWh in hour 2 and 180MWh in hour 3 on the PBF day-ahead basic schedule, but was later dropped to zero for all hours in the final schedule for the day.Spain registered periods of very low coal-fired generation last summer, but did not go coal free in any single hour because of technical constraints in the distribution network in the northern region of Asturias.[Juan Weik]More: Mainland Spain registers first coal-free daylast_img read more

Drugs Seminar Gathers Civilians and Military Members at FIU

first_img Francisco Dall’Anese, a representative of the Guatemalan International Commission against Impunity, created in 2006 with the approval of the United Nations to investigate serious crimes in that country, suggested the free distribution of drugs. He explained that “only by reducing the financial power and consequently the corrupt force of criminal organizations can there be a drop in the price of drugs and criminal activities.” The distribution of free drugs to addicts at specialized government clinics was one of the many suggestions presented during a conference on September 21, 2012, at the south campus of Florida International University (FIU), in Miami, in an effort to prevent the proliferation of transnational criminal organizations (TCO). The seminar served as a forum to talk about a better understanding of the drug problem and how to fight it. By Dialogo September 26, 2012 According to Bruce Bagley, professor of International Affairs at theUniversity of Miami, not only the United States, but all countries must make an effort to mitigate the demand and the internal trade of small weapons. In his opinion, the war on drugs can only prevail “if there is awareness that this is an issue of co-responsibility, not only at a regional level, but rather global.” Representing Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Anthony Bryan, who has done extensive research on the regional security in Caribbean countries and in the Americas, displayed concern about the weapons that have been “left behind by the drug traffickers,” who use the region as a transit point for drugs. He stated, however, that the Caribbean has been partnering to fight TCOs, and that regional initiatives, such as the CARICOM IMPACS, a program dedicated to reduce crimes particularly involving firearms, should be implemented in other countries. center_img For his part, Colombian Army Colonel Jorge H. Romero discussed the origin of guerrilla movements such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN). According to the Colombian liaison officer at the United States Southern Command, despite the substantial reduction in their numbers in the last few years – from 16,000 to approximately 8,000 FARC members, and from 7,000 to 3,000 ELN members – these groups still represent a serious threat to the country and their neighbors. However, Col. Romero believes that the peace talks, which are scheduled to begin in October between President Santos’s government and the leaders of the FARC, will help minimize the guerrilla problem in Colombia. The conference, titled “Regional Perspective on Transnational Organized Crime in Latin America and the Caribbean” was jointly organized by the Center of the Administration of Justice – FIU and the United States Special Operations Command. It gathered leaders from the field of security and military members from regional countries, including Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States. The consensus reached by attendees at the conference was that a promotion of the region’s sustainable development and a change in its cultural norms will only be possible through a substantial reduction of the criminal activities in the Caribbean and South and Central America. For the participants, it was clear that TCOs are a threat to democracy and other government systems in the Americas, and that no effort must be spared to destroy them.last_img read more

Medellín security initiatives lower homicides by organized crime

first_img Two drug trafficking organizations, the Oficina de Envigado and the Clan de Usuga, are responsible for much of the violence in Medellín, according to Security forces have inflicted serious damage against both in recent months. Law enforcement officers in Medellín captured a man known as “Saya” or “Peluca” August 8. Saya is a suspected member of the Oficina de Envigado, which the Colombian National Police suspects of ordering the killings of two police officers with the Directorate of Drug Enforcement. And on August 7th, security forces in El Poblado captured Juan Pablo Taborda – also known as “Yordi” or “El Gomelo.” He is the leader of the Odín La Terraza organized crime group, El Colombiano reported. The arrest of Yordi was a cooperative effort that included the Directorate of Drug Enforcement, the Directorate of Criminal Investigation, and the Public Prosecutor’s Office No. 24 attached to the National Campaign against Emerging Criminal Groups. Improved public safety in Medellín Thanks to increased patrols and innovative use of technology, police in Medellín are making great strides in reducing homicides related to organized crime. Civilians have also proven responsive to community outreach efforts, providing information about criminal activity as law enforcement officers spend time in neighborhoods and build trust with the residents. Consequentially, the number of homicides in Medellín during the first half of 2014 dropped significantly compared to the same period in 2013 “This is the lowest murder rate in decades, and it is something positive,” said Gutiérrez Zuluaga, a former member of the Medellín City Council. He is a consultant for the Ministry of Security in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and for the city of Celaya, Mexico. There were 369 homicides related to organized crime in the Antioquian capital this year between January 1 and June 30. That’s down from 562 killings during the same time period in 2013. The rate of killings during the first half of the year declined from 23 per 100,000 residents in 2013 to 15 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2014. ‘Great strides’ in reducing violence Several police initiatives have helped reduce organized crime violence in Medellín: “Medellín has become an example in many areas relating to security and organized crime. The authorities should keep up this fight, we’re past the worst of it, and we can’t afford to go backwards,” said Gutiérrez Zuluaga. “We have to create a very human police force, one that is close to the public and effective, in cooperation with the justice system and the Public Prosecutor,” said Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón Bueno. He spoke August 26th during a meeting in Medellín attended by the Mayor of Medellín, Aníbal Gaviria Correa, and the director of the National Police, General Rodolfo Palomino. The defense minister ratified the start up of the special task force made up of prosecutors and members of the Technical Investigation Body (CTI) and the support of the Judicial Police in order to fight against extortion, micro-trafficking, micro-extortion and theft, according to a press release from the Medellín Mayor’s Office. “We have a duty to have a stronger presence with the tools we have, and the Mayor and the public have to duty to bring other elements to the solution in order to make this a more comprehensive response.” I like it to know about other things that are going on I NEED THEM TO GIVE MORE SECURITY TO THIS COUNTRY It’s all very positive for Medellín. Security is crucial!!!! Battling the Oficina de Envigado and the Clan de Úsuga center_img By Dialogo September 19, 2014 Since 2012, authorities have added an additional 2,000 police officers in Medellín. The ratio of police officers to inhabitants rose from one officer per 1,348 inhabitants at the start of 2012 to one officer per every 518 inhabitants in 2014. Innovations in technology, including the placement of additional security cameras throughout the city. Authorities increased the number of security cameras in Medellín from 233 in 2011 to 822 by June 30, 2014. The creation of a new laboratory to conduct firearms examinations, which can link guns to specific crimes, and quickly analyze forensics evidence, such as fingerprints. Improved gathering and analysis of intelligence. For example, authorities have created an intelligence center for the Metropolitan Police of the Aburrá Valley (MEVAL). “Medellín has made great strides and has resisted all forms of violence. The violence comes in many forms. Homicide is the crime with the highest impact because it affects people’s lives,” Gutiérrez Zuluaga said. Most homicide victims are between 18 and 26 years of age, and homicides are generally committed on the street and at night. During the first six months of 2014, homicides committed with firearms accounted for 63 percent of the killings in Medellín. Homicides committed with bladed weapons accounted for 17 percent of the killings. Initiatives reduce violencelast_img read more

McInnis to lead Bar Examiners

first_imgMcInnis to lead Bar Examiners McInnis to lead Bar Examiners December 1, 2001 Regular Newscenter_img Helping future lawyers file bar applications electronically and reaching out to help minorities do well on the bar exam and in the legal profession are the top goals of the new chair of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, C. Jeffrey McInnis of Ft. Walton Beach. “One of my primary goals — and also the goal of all members of the Board of Bar Examiners — is to ensure that the process that we carry out for the Supreme Court in evaluating applicants to be members of The Florida Bar continues to be done in a professional manner,” said McInnis. “And while we are charged with being thorough in our work, it is also important to us that applicants have a fair and expedient process.” McInnis, a 41-year-old shareholder in the firm of Anchors, Foster, McInnis & Keefe, was selected as a member of the Board of Bar Examiners by the Supreme Court in 1997 and was recently elevated to the position of chair. His term of office will extend through October 31, 2002. Michael J. Keane, of St. Petersburg, was elected vice chair of the board by fellow members at a meeting held October 11. Ryland Terry Rigsby of Tallahassee was appointed as a member of the board, succeeding Randall Hanna, who resigned when he was appointed to the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees. And Benjamin W. Redding III, of Panama City, was appointed as a member of the board to succeed retiring member Fernando Arán of Coral Gables. The Florida Board of Bar Examiners is an administrative agency of the Florida Supreme Court and is charged with the responsibility of enforcing the court’s Rules Relating to the Admissions to the Bar. On the technology front, McInnis said the board intends to take full advantage of Web technology to assist prospective attorneys with the Bar application process. The board’s website — — has a computerized application form available to download at no cost, the full text of Rules Relating to the Admissions to the Bar, frequently asked questions, and links to other agencies, including The Florida Bar and Florida Supreme Court. Presently, the board is working on an interactive Bar application on the board’s website that will allow applicants to file their bar applications electronically “Florida was among the first jurisdictions to offer the bar application in an interactive computerized form. Allowing applicants to file electronically through the use of the Internet takes this service to the next level,” McInnis said. “With the use of technological advancements, the board’s staff has been able to decrease the average amount of time to complete the background investigation from 188 days in 1993 to 134 days in 2001. Online filing gives us an opportunity to decrease this time for applicants even further.” He urged law school students to apply early for admission to the Bar, pointing out the fee is reduced, and it gives the board plenty of time to finish the character and fitness portion. McInnis said he is also concerned with issues surrounding minority representation in the legal field. Because it is a case still pending before the Florida Supreme Court, McInnis declined to comment about the big change the board wants to take: raising the passage rate on the bar exam. Critics have argued raising the bar passage rate will have a disparate impact on minority test-takers, at a time when there is a dearth of minority lawyers in Florida. But McInnis did highlight efforts the board is taking to increase communications with minority law school students about the bar exam. In March, the board’s Committee on Demographic Information hosted a “Symposium for Bar Admission Strategies: Identifying the Factors for Success.” The purpose of the symposium was to reach out to recent minority graduates of Florida law schools, as well as representatives from minority bar groups, to seek their suggestions about the factors relevant to their bar admission experience. From this symposium, the board is working to gather and disseminate resources that will assist students in attaining success of the Bar examination and, most importantly, in the practice of law. “We want to expand communications, while they are still law students and completing their education, to let them know the role of bar examiners and let them know what we do in the character and fitness portion,” McInnis said. “One of the things we heard during the symposium were myths about the bar exam and myths about character and fitness.. . . There were a lot of grapevine things that students and applicants passed on over the years, that certain things in your background — like credit issues — will automatically cause you to fail the fitness and character portion. The bar exam creates enough stress among students as they are preparing, so we want to reach out and educate students — all law students — about the process.” Some of the ways the bar examiners hope to educate law students is through beefed up information on its website, increased dissemination of information to law schools and minority bar associations, and good old face-to-face contact. “We are going to try to increase the role of the Board of Bar Examiners in keeping in contact with minority law students and minority bars,” McInnis said. “Members of our board will be out there across the state attending events and providing information and input to increase our communications.” McInnis attended Okaloosa Walton Junior College, where he received his associate of arts degree, Florida State University where he received his undergraduate degree, and Stetson University College of Law where he received his juris doctorate. He was admitted to the Bar in 1985. He served as a member of the board of directors for the Okaloosa-Walton Bar Association, as president of the Florida School Board Attorneys Association, and as a member and chairman of the district board of trustees for Okaloosa-Walton Community College. McInnis is a former board member and past president of the Niceville-Valparaiso-Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association and board of trustees of the Ft. Walton Beach Medical Center. He served on the board of trustees for the Sacred Heart Hospital Foundation and is a lifetime member of Sigma Chi fraternity. McInnis resides in Ft. Walton Beach with his wife, Katherine, and their three children. Vice Chair Keane, a shareholder in the firm of Keane, Reese & Vesely, will serve through October 31, 2002, at which time he will be elevated to the position of chair of the board and will serve through October 31, 2003. Born in Boston, Keane attended the U.S. Naval Academy and the University of Maryland, where he received his undergraduate degree with honors, and Stetson University, where he received his juris doctorate with highest honors. While at Stetson, Keane served as editor-in-chief of the Law Review. Admitted to the Bar in 1978, Keane is a Florida Bar Board Certified civil trial lawyer and business litigation lawyer. Keane resides in Treasure Island with his wife, Tami, and their two sons, Patrick and Callaghan. Rigsby, a principal with the Law Offices of R. Terry Rigsby, P.A., attended the University of Florida, where he received his undergraduate and law degrees. His term of office will extend through October 31, 2006. Admitted to the Bar in 1975, Rigsby has been active in professional and civic organizations. From 1992-96, Rigsby served as a commissioner on the Florida Commission on Ethics, and served as chair of the commission from 1994-95. Redding, a partner in the firm of Barron, Redding, Hughes, Fite, Fensom, Sanborn & Kiehn, was born in Shamrock and attended the University of Florida, where he received both his undergraduate and law degrees. His term of office will extend through October 31, 2006. He was admitted to the Bar in 1967 and served as a member of the Bar’s Board of Governors from 1976 through 1980, and as president of the St. Andrews Bay Inn of Court in 1995. He lives in Panama City with his wife, Dee.last_img read more

Booking and Expedia in the race to develop “all inclusive” travel reservations

first_imgThe competition between online travel agencies used to revolve around the amount of hotels or apartments that each platform added to its list during the previous quarter, and the situation is similar today. But lately, a new trend has emerged around which the battle is being fought, and that is the so-called “connected journey”. He was joined by Booking Holdings and Expedia, reports Shift. Glenn Fogel, CEO of Booking Holdings, said it is quite clear that companies like Expedition, Airbnb and TripAdvisor have been talking a lot about related travel lately. However, he explained that his company has the advantage of having “more capital and technology“Which can dedicate to the development of such a service from other travel agencies. “We are making very good progress and look forward to further progress in developmentHe said. Namely, it is an application that takes care of absolutely all aspects of travel – from booking a flight, checking in to a hotel, renting a car and other services needed by passengers. Today, many companies have joined the race to create such an “all inclusive” service. Both companies are already arranging large-scale collaborations with other companies in order to incorporate as many different services as possible when traveling. All to minimize, often embarrassing, situations in which a single passenger may find himself. Source / photo: Skift; Pexelscenter_img Expedia has already, in some segments, implemented the plan, so for certain hotels, “loyalty” provides members with options such as ordering a bowl of fruit in a hotel room before they check into the hotel. Mark Ockerstrom, CEO of Expedition, said that “the team has a bunch of plans to further develop the complete travel service from the traditional one.“The company, for example, intends to allow customers to import a flight reservation into an itinerary containing a hotel reservation made through Expedition. If that flight is canceled, Expedia will automatically notify the hotel on behalf of its user. Fogel believes mobile applications will be at the center of connected travel, and artificial intelligence will be able to recognize what to offer the user. For example, a loyal customer will be offered a free or fairly cheap transfer to the airport or a premium seat in a restaurant that is difficult to book.last_img read more

WRGB, Sinclair and honest journalism

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionIn today’s media climate, the smoke around any one story gets cleared in record time reducing already short public attention spans and curtailing demand and opportunity for thoughtful contemplation.This writer, holding a postgraduate degree on the relationship between government and mass media, could not be expected to resist the opportunity to comment on the controversy that arose last month involving Sinclair Broadcast Group and WRGB channel 6, its local media property.    All this gives the impression that Sinclair and WRGB are trying to deceive viewers into watching “product” they want to push.Sinclair protests that its editorial simply endorsed responsible journalism and warned against false and biased reporting, a universally shared concern. But the issue was never the message itself, rather the opaque and faithless way Sinclair chose to deliver it.  Newspapers reserve space for viewpoints that disagree with their editorial opinions. To restore faith with its viewers, perhaps Sinclair and WRGB should do the same.John Figliozzi is a regular contributor to the Sunday Opinion section.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes The central issue is whether and to what extent media owners and journalists have a responsibility to differentiate dispassionate reporting from editorial opinion for their readers, listeners and viewers.  POWER AND RESPONSIBILITYThe First Amendment recognizes and protects the unique influence that “the fourth estate” can wield as an independent source of information and check on government power.Indeed, the term itself springs from recognition of the news media as an integral part of the political system, but separate from the government itself.  A.J. Liebling, the noted war correspondent and longtime writer for The New Yorker magazine once pithily noted that, “Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those that own one.”His point was that opportunities to “own one” are limited, making for a two-edged sword.  While some might point to general access to the Internet and social media as counterweights, there is an important distinction to be made between freedom of speech there and freedom of the press. The former is primarily individual and fleeting in nature, regardless of how “viral” a tweet or posting becomes. The latter is institutional and more established.    It is the print and electronic news media that have proven capacity to influence public opinion by either amplifying speech or restricting it.Fortunately, most media outlets respect that responsibility. But some seek to exploit it.It’s the latter that sparked the Sinclair controversy.  MISLEADING INTENT?There is no denying that Sinclair “owns” a press — in the form of 193 broadcast television stations nationwide — and has the constitutional right to use it to express its own opinions.Like newspapers, television station owners have always delivered clearly stamped editorials themselves.Instead, Sinclair issued a script to be read by the principal news anchor(s) on all its stations, apparently intending it to appear locally sourced.  Greg Floyd and Liz Bishop did so at WRGB.The online sports and news blogger Deadspin noticed a distinct pattern and produced a split screen video showing the identical text being delivered at dozens of Sinclair stations. The resulting ridicule was immediate, caustic and deserved.The political satirist John Oliver observed, “Nothing says we value independent media like dozens of reporters forced to repeat the same message … like members of a brainwashed cult.”Ironically, Sinclair’s act served as a pertinent example of the dodgy practices its editorial sought to criticize.  It also tainted the trust that local anchors painstakingly win through earnest journalism — like Floyd’s “You Paid for It” state government report segments and Bishop’s peer honored four decade career in local news — by using them as mere corporate mouthpieces.  If only an isolated incident, it could be excused as a rare atypical error.But Sinclair has a track record – from refusing to run CBS’s roll call tribute to fallen soldiers during the Iraq War, seeing it as implied criticism of the Bush policy, to instructing its stations to broadcast a highly questionable critique of candidate John Kerry’s Vietnam service just two weeks before the 2004 election. More recently, it had a dubious one-sided agreement with the Trump campaign securing exclusive interviews with the candidate and has since hired only declared Trump partisans as “commentators” for airing during its stations’ ostensibly local newscasts.Locally, WRGB-6 has given viewers more reason for doubt by using national report segments from Sinclair-owned Circa in its local newscasts and inserting another Sinclair program, Full Measure, halfway through Sunday morning’s CBS Face the Nation hour, confusingly moving the CBS program’s second half hour to another owned station without any notice to the viewer.last_img read more

​Danes not properly told about pension risks, watchdog finds

first_imgMore than two-thirds of pension contributions in Denmark are now directed into unguaranteed market-rate products, the authority said, noting that the shift away from guaranteed pension products had political support.The FSA said the information pension holders were given in their pension forecast threw up many issues.“The only thing a pensioner can be almost sure of is that the number can and will change – both before and after retirement. However, this is often not communicated clearly to the pensioner,” the watchdog said.It stressed, however, that several things had happened in the field of market-rate pensions since the report was compiled, but that it was still relevant to publishing the study’s overall result, since it contained a description of how the industry communicated before focusing on the area.“In this way, it is easier to chart the development and industry improvements by a subsequent follow-up study,” the FSA said.“it is hard for pension holders to gain insight into the risks they carry with market-rate products”Finansitilysne, the Danish FSAIn the consultation following the FSA’s conference entitled “Pensions when guarantees disappear” in early 2017, industry association Insurance & Pension Denmark (IPD) announced four sector initiatives to increase consumer information.The FSA said providers implemented some of these solutions on 1 January 2019 and, according to its information, all the measures were to be completed by the beginning of 2020.These initiatives had not been reviewed in the report, it said, nor whether they had solved consumer issues or would do so.Among conclusions, the FSA said in its report that with some providers, disability pensions were connected to the same risks as old-age benefits, and were affected by the same changes in the assumptions, but that pension savers were not told this explicitly.It also said that while five commercial life insurance companies out of the 11 providers in the report did provide some form of security through hedging for their market-rate products, what these schemes actually covered and how they were described to pensioners varied widely.Information given to pension customers about risks was very sparse, it said, and where companies did mention this, most emphasis was on the investment risk.“None of the material of the companies in question contains clear information on the risks associated with a possible change in life expectancy,” the FSA said, adding that  several companies omitted this information completely. Providers of market-rate pensions in Denmark have not been giving customers adequate information about the risks they are exposed to, both in the accumulation and payout phases of the products, according to a new report by the financial regulator.The Danish FSA’s (Finansitilysnet) said its report covers information from pension companies on the “privatisation” of risk in unguaranteed market-rate products, and follows fact-finding work begun by the authority three years ago.The FSA said: “Based on the study, the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority finds that it is generally challenging for companies to adequately inform pensioners about the risks associated with pension products.“The FSA considers that it is hard for pension holders to gain insight into the risks they carry with market-rate products, and what consequences they may have for them,” it said.last_img read more

Somalia’s Youth ministry uses football for peace and development

first_imgRecently, Somalia’s then-rulers the Al-Shabaab militant group had outlawed all sport and used the capital city Mogadishu’s main sports arena to stage executions.Fast forward to this week, and Waaxda 5 are playing Waaxda 1 and the reaction of the crowd is no different to any you would see at a football match anywhere else in the world.This football match is part of the African Union Mission in Somalia peacekeepers initiative for community engagement exercise amongst the youths and the local administration as they seek to strengthen peace and stability in the country through sports.AMISOM recently received 4500 footballs from the One World Futbol Project through the United Nations Support Office for AMISOM.Organizers say that this is a major step to stabilizing the country that has been deeply affected by numerous attacks from the Al Shabaab.Somalia’s Ministry of Youth and Sports, along with AMISOM are aiming to use the sport to help unite the country, while also targeting national development in the Horn of Africalast_img read more