Journalist who supported ousted president becomes 15th killed in 18 months

first_img RSF_en Reports RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News News May 13, 2021 Find out more HondurasAmericas HondurasAmericas Medardo Flores, a radio journalist who supported former President Manuel Zelaya, was gunned down on the night of 8 September, joining the long list of journalists who have been killed since Zelaya’s ouster in a June 2009 coup. Employed by Radio Uno in San Pedro Sula, he was slain in an ambush near his home in the Caribbean coast city of Puerto Cortés.Regional finance manager of the pro-Zelaya Broad Front for Popular Resistance (FARP), Flores was shot just two days after another leading FARP figure, Emo Sadloo, was slain. Zelaya was allowed to return to Honduras in May.Flores’ death brings the number of Honduran journalists killed in the past 18 months to 15. A media owner was also killed. None of these murders has been solved.“It will be very hard for the authorities to rule out the possibility that Flores was killed for political reasons or because of his work as a journalist,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Aside from being a FARP member, he worked for a radio station that supports Zelaya so he was doubly exposed. Honduras is one of the hemisphere’s most dangerous countries for the media and its journalists are again in mourning.“Flores’ murder is very worrying for the future of the process begun by the Cartagena accords and Honduras’ readmission to the Organization of American States. What progress has it brought in terms of respect for human rights and civil liberties? We cannot wait to know what explanation the authorities will give to the UN special rapporteur for human rights defenders, Margaret Sekaggya, who is to visit Honduras from 27 September to 4 October.”Radio Uno has often been the target of harassment and raids by the police and army since the coup. Its founder and manager, Arnulfo Aguilar, narrowly escaped an armed ambush outside his home on 27 April. Help by sharing this information April 27, 2021 Find out morecenter_img 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies News Follow the news on Honduras to go further Organisation December 28, 2020 Find out more September 10, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist who supported ousted president becomes 15th killed in 18 months Receive email alerts RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin Americalast_img read more

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Weekly unemployment claims fall 20 percent

first_imgVermont Labor Force StatisticsSeasonally Adjusted For the Week of 08/22/2009. There were 682 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, a decrease of 172 from the week before and 175 fewer than the same period last year. Altogether 11,552 new and continuing claims were filed, 628 fewer than a week ago and 4,327 more than a year earlier. The Department also processed 4,259 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 53 more than a week ago. In addition, there were 788 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is a decrease of 16 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external) Latest Unemployment Press Release  August 24, 2009 July 2009June 2009July 2008center_img “Unemployment fell sharply in July, apparently due to increased hiring of youth for summer work and a modest recovery of the Leisure and Hospitality sector.  However, the early data indicate we will likely see an upward revision of the unemployment rate as has occurred for the past several months. For example, we saw June’s unemployment rate climb from 7.1% to 7.3% after final revision.”Patricia Moulton Powden Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor Total Labor Force360,100359,500354,800  Employment335,600333,300338,600  Unemployment24,50026,20016,200  Rate6.8%7.3%4.6%last_img read more

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Dominican Republic: Authorities seized 195 kilograms of cocaine

first_img Brazilian authorities break up drug smuggling ring SANTIAGO, Dominican Republic – The Northern Division of the National Directorate for Drug Control (DNCD) arrested five, seized 195 kilograms (429 pounds) of cocaine and dismantled a drug trafficking syndicate that was based in the municipality of Jarabacoa in the province of La Vega. Officials confiscated 174 packages of cocaine, two firearms, ammunition, two SUVs, a dump truck, a motorcycle and US $1,362 during the raid, said Abel Rojas, a DNCD spokesman, the Dominican Republic website Hoy.com reported. Rojas, however, refused to divulge further details, including the names of the detainees, because law enforcement agents still are pursuing suspects connected to the ring. By Dialogo September 01, 2010 BOGOTÁ, Colombia – Police arrested two in connection with the recent seizure of 84 kilograms (184.8 pounds) of cocaine at the El Dorado Airport in the nation’s capital. Cesar Leonel Gómez Pineda and Edison Antonio Osuna Sánchez are suspected of placing the cocaine, which was packed in steel containers, in a hangar designated for cargo to be exported, which would have enabled it to be placed on any aircraft, police said, according to the Colombian daily El Espectador. Colombian authorities seize 84 kilograms of cocainecenter_img SÃO PAULO, Brazil – Police arrested two and seized three planes and five vehicles suspected of being used to traffic narcotics during an operation law enforcement officials said dismantled a drug gang. The raid in the city of Atibaia on Aug. 25 was aimed at ceasing operations of a gang that’s suspected of trafficking a ton of cocaine monthly in the state of São Paulo, officials said. “The heads of the group are now arrested, which will make it harder for the group to be reestablished and start distributing drugs again,” said Marco Antônio Pereira dos Santos, the director of the Department of Narcotics Investigations (DENARC), the Brazilian website G1.com reported. The cocaine is suspected of being smuggled into Brazil from neighbors Bolivia and Paraguay, Santos said. VERACRUZ, Mexico – Mexican soldiers killed at least six suspected members of drug gangs during recent gunfights close to where the 72 migrants were massacred last week, according to the military. The fights started earlier this week in the city of Pánuco, which borders northeastern Tamaulipas state, where there’s been an escalation in violence that’s included bombings and the slaying of a local mayor in the past week. The soldiers were attacked with fragmentation grenades and gunfire as they approached a house where gang members were thought to be living, according to a military statement. One soldier was killed, five others were injured, six suspects were apprehended and several weapons were confiscated, according to a statement by the military. Veracruz Gov. Fidel Herrera said it was “a rumor for now” that the Los Zetas, who are suspected in the slayings of 72 migrants, were involved in the gunfights in Pánuco, according to Agence France-Presse. Mexico: Soldiers kill six suspected drug gang members last_img read more

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What’s in a name: Director of Continuous Improvement

first_imgSAFE Federal Credit Union (Sumter, SC) When SAFE Federal Credit Union ($1.1B, Sumter, SC) was looking for a new hire to lead the transformation of its operations through critical systems conversions and beyond, it found a “purple unicorn” in Wayne Keels.Keels moved to central South Carolina in late 2018 to become SAFE’s new director of continuous improvement after four years with Discover Financial Services in suburban Chicago. It’s the latest stop in a 25-year career in project management that began with extended internships with NASA while he was completing his master’s degree in computer science from Purdue University.The American Society for Quality defines continuous improvement as “the ongoing improvement of products, services, or processes through incremental and breakthrough improvements.”Here, Keels describes his new role of director of continuous improvement at the South Carolina credit union and how he makes it an integral part of the organization. continue reading »center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Uncovering hidden deposits in your market

first_img continue reading » At one point in time, the smallest town in the U.S. was Buford, Wyoming. Population: 1. The only resident also ran the only gas station and post office in the town. It’d be a real kicker if he also ran the only bank, right? Suffice to say, America is home to many small communities with locally owned financial institutions that serve the needs of those communities.One of the hidden difficulties for institutions operating in these small towns is growth. When you know everyone in a 50-mile radius by name, it can feel as though you’ve exhausted all the opportunities at your fingertips.It’s time to sharpen the edge of your retail banking strategy.The realities of deposit share markets are complex. You may think that you’ve captured all the deposits, or at least your fair share of what’s available to you. However, relying on a single data source such as the FDIC’s Deposit Market Share Report can underrepresent the real potential in your market. Take a look at the NCUA data for your area (or vice versa, if you’re a credit union) — your nearby competitors may be holding more market share than you realize. Additionally, privately insured institutions are completely missing from the data set. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Credit unions adapting to the new normal

first_imgThere have been many changes in the credit union world thanks to COVID-19. Branches are closing, members are losing jobs, and ensuring the safety of your team has become a top priority. Business continuity plans have been pushed aside. Even credit unions that have plans in place for natural disasters are finding themselves in unknown territory, as shelter in place orders last months compared to days. Credit unions are also having their technology pushed to the limits as they find ways to not only serve their membership, but also shift employees to work from home. Even as states begin to reopen for business, it will be a slow process. Business will not be as it was prior to COVID-19 anytime soon. With this new reality, credit unions must also be prepared to adapt to a new future. They need to not only look ahead at how things will be going forward, but also be prepared for the possibility of a second shutdown. Is your Mobile and Online Banking ready?While most credit union’s drive-thrus have remained open, branch lobbies have either been limited to appointment only or completely closed. Credit unions with SEG locations in many cases have been forced to shut down the entire location. In some cases, this has meant closing all locations within a credit union’s geographic footprint. Mobile and online banking have been essential to assisting members with their needs especially when locations are not accessible. Over the years, we have seen increases in demand for mobile banking, but the current crisis has accelerated this need. While it is unknown if mobile banking will ever completely replace brick and mortar branches, the ability to deposit checks remotely and handle most financial needs online has been a benefit. With more members discovering the benefits of mobile banking, will branch traffic decrease? Why go to the branch when you can get what you need done online? Credit unions share similar qualities as retail stores. Consumers will be asking themselves if they really need to go to a location if they can get it online. With stores seeing increases in online business due to the crisis, the question becomes will this be the new norm or will customers return to more traditional avenues of shopping? Credit unions must ask the same question and be prepared. They should take this opportunity to review how their mobile and online banking performed during this period. They should obtain member insight and find out what worked well and what didn’t based on feedback received. If there is a second wave of COVID-19 and states are forced to shut down again, there is a chance it will be for a longer period of time. Will you be able to support your members in the manner they deserve and need? Contact or Contactless Transactions, which do you prefer?Anyone who has worked at a bank or credit union can attest to one thing: money is dirty, and not in a criminal way. All you have to do is look at a cash counter at a teller station to prove this point. If handling money before COVID-19 was a dirty business, it’s even worse now. What is safer, exchanging a $20 bill that has been touched by who knows how many people, or holding your smartphone or watch close to a terminal? Social distancing will be with us for some time and anything that supports this will be useful. If your credit union does not already support digital wallets, now is a good time to evaluate this strategy. Encourage your members to take advantage of this technology. We all have members that do not feel debit cards and digital wallets are safe and can be easily hacked. I would always tell my members, if you withdraw $100 in cash and have your wallet stolen, the credit union can’t do anything for you. However, if your card is compromised and you lose that $100, you are covered. Other contactless venues include Zelle, Venmo, and PayPal to name a few. What is easier: clicking a few buttons or driving to a store? Having to figure out how much change you should get back from the cashier or swiping your smartphone? Methods of payment that limit someone’s exposure make it easier to help your members remain safe. Advising members in this manner builds trust and rapport, which is the ultimate goal. As members are exposed to these methods of payment, will they go back to cash or embrace these new forms and habits? Cash isn’t going to be replaced tomorrow, but members can be given peace of mind during this period of uncertainty that there are alternatives. The challenges facing credit unions are far from over. Even as we begin to emerge from shelter in place orders and venture back outside, more questions and uncertainty lie ahead. The best anyone can do is ask the questions as a team and prepare for things to be different than before. Change is inevitable and we are facing that at this moment. Credit union leaders can embrace these changes and open new growth opportunities. 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Charles Schwab Charles Schwab is an Analyst with Capstone Strategic providing research and analysis to assist companies with their growth strategies through M&A. Charles has over 15 years’ experience in … Web: www.capstonestrategic.com Detailslast_img read more

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Want better, faster, stronger teams? Start here …

first_imgSo, you’re leading a team and you want to work better together. Who wouldn’t? One thing underpins every successful team—no matter who or where they are—and it’s essential if you want to work better, faster and stronger.It’s called psychological safety. Now, if thoughts like “fluffy” or “safe space” take over your internal dialogue, stop them right there! Psychological safety is definitely not fluffy and it takes some serious guts and determination to make it a reality on your team. Here’s why.Psychological safety is about being able to rumble. It involves candid, hard conversations between colleagues who treat each other with mutual trust and respect. It’s productive disagreement and open idea exchange without the fear of humiliation or retaliation. It’s candid (not soft) feedback from a place of deep caring.Psychological safety is how teams get out of the comfort zone so they can have conversations that matter. Whatever approaches or tools your team uses to actually think big and get things done, you will need psychological safety in place first if you want to work well together. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This is placeholder text continue reading »center_img This post is currently collecting data…last_img read more

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E-commerce platforms ‘under attack’, cybersecurity must be improved: Minister

first_imgCommunication and Information Minister Johnny G. Plate has urged digital companies to improve their cybersecurity systems following recent reports of data breaches on Indonesia’s largest e-commerce platforms.The minister said on Friday that Indonesia’s digital economy was “under attack” and that companies needed to routinely increase their investments into cybersecurity.“There were large scale attacks on our digital industry recently. I’m asking all companies to maintain their security systems to protect their applications and overall business,” he said during online digital talent event Grab Ventures Velocity, held by ride-hailing giant Grab. According to the ministry’s data, user traffic on online marketplaces has increased 30 percent, while e-wallet payment usage has jumped 100 percent since the pandemic struck Indonesia in early March.Johnny said the ministry aimed to expedite the digitization of Indonesia’s 64 million-strong micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) to tap into the pandemic’s online boom.“Currently, there are only 8 million MSMEs that are connected to online marketplaces. We want more small companies to migrate from offline to online stores,” he said.The Grab Ventures Velocity initiative also puts MSME empowerment front and center, making it the main theme of this year’s startup talent development program. The initiative is an annual 16-week mentoring program for digital startups chosen by Grab based on their performance and relevance to the theme.“Initially, we proposed restaurant value-added services as the program’s theme for this year. However, we changed it to culinary MSMEs empowerment, as many of Indonesia’s food and beverage businesses have been affected by the pandemic,” Grab Indonesia’s managing director Neneng Goenadi said.Five startups were chosen by the ride-hailing company to join the training program while also being granted network access to Grab’s 400,000 merchants.Property cleaning service provider KliknClean, cloud accounting platform Luna POS, printing and packaging service provider Printerous, marketing and promotion platform GetCraft and human resources management application Workmate were selected by grab as this year’s finalists.Topics : Indonesian e-commerce unicorn Tokopedia had its internal database breached by an unidentified party in March, resulting in a massive data leak of the personal information of more than 15 million users.The full database – which includes the data of 91 million Tokopedia users – has now been put up for sale on the dark web for US$5,000 by a member of data-exchange platform Raid Forums, according to cybersecurity research collective Under the Breach.Johnny said that cybersecurity had become even more important in recent days with e-commerce and financial technology usage spiking during the COVID-19 outbreak, as people avoid visiting physical stores.“The digital economy will play a greater role due to the pandemic and Indonesians will rely heavily on the industry to fulfill their daily needs,” he said.last_img read more

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Report: Private university DI FBS football players are employees, NLRB states

first_imgFootball players for private universities at the highest level — including Syracuse — are employees, the National Labor Relations Board reportedly stated this week. Inside Higher Education first reported the news.The decision doesn’t force any of the 17 private universities in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision to pay its players, according to a memo obtained by Inside Higher Ed and sent by NLRB’s general counsel, Richard Griffin. But it does protect those players’ rights to campaign as employees under the National Labor Relations Act, including the ability to ask for pay without fear of retaliation.“Representation for the players is a great thing,” said Sean Hickey, a former Orange offensive lineman now with the Minnesota Vikings. “I’ve been in those locker rooms. I’ve seen this industry, professional and college, and it’s very cut-throat. Syracuse protects the rights of the students and all, but it’s a business and coaches would always say, ‘This is your job. This is your job. This is your job.’ Well then it should be protected as such.”SU Athletics was not immediately available for comment.The memo chips away further at the enamel of the NCAA’s concept of amateurism. In October 2016, the NLRB ruled that private institutions have no right to limit its athletes’ use of social media and that they were employees. The NCAA issued a statement in response, according to the Los Angeles Times, rejecting that its athletes are employees.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“This will be fought tooth and nail by the NCAA and most institutions to protect themselves from having to pay money,” former SU punter Rob Long said in a text message to The Daily Orange.In August 2015, the NLRB declined to exert jurisdiction in a case where Northwestern football players petitioned for the right to become a union, effectively denying the right to unionize and collectively bargain. Griffin’s memo does not affect that ruling, nor allow athletes to collectively bargain, according to Inside Higher Ed.Hickey approached the issue evenly. He had written a paper on the topic for a class in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management and said he understood the difficult position the NCAA remains in when it comes to full out paying athletes. At the same time, only football, basketball and men’s lacrosse provide team revenue for Syracuse’s athletic department and all other sports are funding net-negatives. But Hickey still believes the money is out there.“Even if you don’t fully pay the player,” Hickey said, “the player should still have representation about how their life is built.”Syracuse went to two bowl games when Hickey played for the Orange and he said, in that case, football players were afforded about 20 days off all year between the season, pre-season and workouts.“We’re going to be here that much all year and we’re not considered employees?” Hickey said. “I thought that was extreme. … I knew kids that couldn’t go home for emergencies because you’re in-season. It was tough to go home. We’re not employees? They treated us well at Syracuse, but it’s not a perfect system.”The long-term impact of this decision is clouded. Griffin had been appointed by former president Barack Obama and his term ends in this November. President Donald Trump will appoint the NLRB’s next general counsel. The board will flip from majority Democrat to Republican, according to The New York Times, and “the remade body is expected to be less sympathetic to organized labor.”“It always comes down to money at the end of the day,” Long said. “Schools and the NCAA aren’t going to part with their healthy bank accounts.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 2, 2017 at 12:53 am Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TRlast_img read more

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Yorkshire skipper hails the ‘golden oldies’ of English golf

first_img11 Oct 2019 Yorkshire skipper hails the ‘golden oldies’ of English golf Tags: Dorset, Lincolnshire, Senior Men’s County Finals, Surrey, Sussex, Yorkshire Yorkshire’s John Grimbleby has highlighted the strength in depth of the game at senior county level after guiding his team to a thrilling title.Grimbleby captained the eight-man Yorkshire side which edged out a battling Sussex side in the Senior Men’s County Finals held this week at Effingham GC in Surrey.For the second year running it was a tense finale to a hard-fought competition with the championship going down to the last two games left on the course.Andy King holed the winning putt for Yorkshire to break Sussex hearts once again – for three years in succession Rick Thomas’ side have finished runners up by the narrowest of margins.King was unbeaten in his games over the three days of round robin competition also featuring teams from Dorset and Lincolnshire.At 65, Steve Mason won four of his five games for Yorkshire proving that although the side had two proven internationals in Richard Norton and Rich Jones they were certainly far from reliant on their England caps.Grimbleby (pictured above with Mason) was not only full of praise for his team but also the standard of play on show from all four counties and sang the praises of those players featuring regularly on the seniors’ circuit“It’s a tough format to end a long season for many of these players who have been involved in a lot of county and international events,” said Grimbleby, honorary secretary at Howley Hall GC.“But when you see the level of performance from my players – and all of the teams, to be truthful – it shows you just how strong the game is at senior level in England.“The good thing about the success of championships such as this one is that will simply encourage more seniors to push to get involved.“As well as the players on show at Effingham this week there are a lot of really good players at county level and more and more of them are remaining competitive for longer.“This can only be good for the seniors’ game at club and county level.”Yorkshire knew that only a victory in the match with Sussex would do as they looked to follow up a 2017 success at Goswick GC with a second seniors title.And when King and then Alan Wright earned half points in the final two matches to guarantee a 5-4 win the bubbly was uncorked.Grimbleby missed out on skippering Yorkshire to victory in 2017 as his wife was recuperating from knee surgery.Now he’s got a taste for winning he’s keen to play a role in helping Yorkshire defend their title in Torquay next season.“I had thought about stepping aside from the captaincy, but not now,” said Grimbleby with a chuckle.“These are a great bunch of boys to work with and the whole week is a great celebration of all that’s good about seniors golf.“I’d love to be involved again next season.” Photograph credit: Leaderboard For details of final scoring from Senior Men’s County Finals click herelast_img read more

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