News March 11, 2021 Togo court upholds “baseless and disproportionate” newspaper closures June 15, 2020 Find out more September 15, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Togo Receive email alerts News March 8, 2021 Find out more Le directeur de publication du journal togolais l’Alternative venant d’être suspendu pour quatre mois, Ferdinand Ayité. Help by sharing this information Convicting “petrolgate” journalist of defamation would be disastrous, RSF says Ferdinand Ayité’s efforts to demonstrate his good faith were not enough. The supreme court’s administrative chamber decided on 9 March to confirm the four-month suspension that the High Authority for Broadcasting and Communication (HAAC) imposed a month ago on the newspaper he edits, L’Alternative.The HAAC ordered the suspension in response to a complaint by the minister of urbanism, housing and land reform, who was described as a “forger” by the newspaper because, it said, he used forged documents when administering the property of the family of a wealthy businessman who recently died.Ayité responded with long letter detailing both what took place at the hearing at which the HAAC ordered the suspension and all of the newspaper’s research before publishing the article. He told RSF he was not surprised by the decision, which he described as “political.” The suspension was not unanimously supported within the HAAC because one of its own members publicly disowned it, accusing the HAAC of simply bowing to the minister’s request.In a second ruling on 9 March, the supreme court’s administrative chamber approved the HAAC’s decision to permanently strip the L’Indépendant Express newspaper of its licence because of a report claiming that ministers had stolen “golden spoons” at a reception. Its editor, Carlos Ketohou, was detained illegally for five days after the story was published.“There is absolutely no justification for such drastic measures,” said Assane Diagne, the director of RSF’s West Africa office. “These decisions punish two newspapers without any basis in one case and disproportionately in the other in response to complaints by the government or its members. They discredit the media regulatory mechanisms and unfortunately show that no entity has been capable of exercising judicious and impartial control, respecting a balance between journalists’ obligations and the need to protect the freedom to inform. It is time to increase the HAAC’s independence and to take appropriate measures to avoid repeating such decisions, which pose a serious threat to journalism in Togo.”Ayité is meanwhile due to appear in court today for the hearing of his appeal against the fine of 4 million CFA francs (just over 6,000 euros) that was imposed on him and his newspaper for a sensational article in June claiming that several ministers and other senior officials were embezzling vast amounts of money from the importation of petroleum products.Togo is ranked 71st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Organisation RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns this week’s rulings by Togo’s supreme court upholding the Togolese media regulator’s decisions to suspend a newspaper for four months and to close another for good. These sanctions are unjustified and disproportionate and discredit Togo’s mechanisms for regulating the media, RSF said. to go further Togolese authorities urged to lift newspaper’s four-month suspension TogoAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImpunityFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment TogoAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImpunityFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives News News
Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS top box 1 Gordo Still Ahead in Latest Vote Update Williams increases District 2 lead; Masuda still way out front; Madison stays above 50 percent By DONOVAN MCCRAY Published on Thursday, March 5, 2020 | 4:40 pm Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes [Updated] According to the latest update from the County Registrar’s office, District 5 Councilman Victor Gordo still leads Mayor Terry Tornek in the mayor’s race.Gordo’s percentage of the vote dipped to 46.14 according to numbers released at 4 p.m. Tornek’s percentage ticked up to 41.77 percent. Gordo now has 11,935 votes and Tornek has 10,804.Major Williams and Jason Hardin remain below 10 percent, with 8.28 percent, (2,167 votes) and 3.72 percent (962) respectively.Since no one attained more than 50 percent of the vote, Gordo and Tornek are headed to a runoff election in November.Gordo declared victory in the primary election on Thursday afternoon.“Let me first begin by saying thank you to each of you individually and all of you collectively for working so hard for our campaign and the people of Pasadena,” Gordo said. “We are proud to announce a resounding victory.”In City Council races, challengers are running out of time and votes.Candidate Felicia Williams’ lead increased in the District 2 race.Williams crossed the 52 percent mark with 52.09 percent of the vote (1,890 votes). Her opponent Tricia Keane still is below 30 percent with 26.07 percent (946).Bo Patatian has 13.15 percent (477) of the vote and Kevin Litwin trails with 8.68 percent (315 votes).Gene Masuda continues to outpace his opponents in the District 4 race.Thursday afternoon it was reported that Masuda holds 59.76 percent of the lead (2,912 votes). Char Bland has 18.28 percent (891). Joe Baghdadlian has 15.72 percent (766), and Kevin Wheeler has 6.24 percent (304 votes).Bland congratulated Masuda on Thursday.“Although the results are not what we were hoping for, my dedication to serving the community is far from over,” Bland said. “I am truly thankful to have learned so much throughout this process, and I look forward to continuing my involvement in the issues that face our city. I will always be proud to consider District 4 residents as family and the city of Pasadena as neighbors. Congratulations Councilman Masuda.”In the District 6 election, Steve Madison continues to dodge a runoff election with 53.10 percent (2,640 votes). Tamerlin Goley inched closer to 40 percent with 39.10 percent (1,944) of the vote. Ryan Bell has 7.80 percent, or 388 votes.On Thursday, Pasadena Now reported that all ballots received by Los Angeles County cast on and before Election Day, including votes recorded at vote centers, have been counted.“All the standard ballots have been counted,” said Mike Sanchez, public information officer. “Everything received before Election Day, including every ballot submitted at a machine on Election Day, has been counted.”Half a million mail in and provisional ballots from across the county have not been counted. It is not known how many are from the Pasadena area. Subscribe Community News Community News Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff 12 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website HerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop Important Things You Never Knew About MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Things A Man Will Do Only If He Really Loves YouHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThink The Lost Weight Won’t Be Regained If You Stop Eating A Lot?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeauty
Previous articleResidents in Glenswilly / Churchill area advised to boycott Irish WaterNext articleDonegal on international stage as major Irish-American conference gets underway admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Facebook Twitter Pinterest Twitter People in Donegal are being reminded to ensure they are on the voting register as the deadline fast approaches.The deadline is the 25th of November and anyone not registered before that date will have to go through a supplementary register which takes more time to transfer.You can check if you are registered by visiting your post office, Garda station or going online.Councillor Micheal Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig is urging everyone to make sure they are able to cast their vote for the forthcoming General Election:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/micheal.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Google+ Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Google+ Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme By admin – November 5, 2015 HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week People urged to ensure they are registered to vote as deadline approaches Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry
Apprentices to add value sooner with e-skills NTOOn 9 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. An apprenticeship scheme has been launched by the e-skills National TrainingOrganisation to give university students and new graduates the IT skills neededby employers. The programme is aimed at speeding up the time it takes for graduateemployees to contribute to business. Backed by the Government, the E-skills Graduate Apprenticeship leads tonationally recognised certificates of occupational competence in areas such assoftware development, IT user support and IT solutions. Christine Sanderson, project director for the e-skills NTO, said theinitiative was jointly developed by higher education institutes and employers. She said, “The E-skills Graduate Apprenticeship promotes high standardsand is flexible so that it can be tailored to suit the individual employer andemployee. “It can be started during or following a degree course, or as soon asthe student starts a job in the technology sector.” The programme has been piloted by large employers, including Unisys,Hewlett-Packard and Compaq Computer Systems, using their in-house graduatedevelopment programmes. Alex Bedford, head of training at Unisys Corporate University, said,”It is a low-cost, high-value approach where a person gains thequalification from doing the job well. “It develops a balance of practical business skills that graduates needfor their short-term and long-term success.” Smaller companies such as Merit International have also worked with theirlocal university or higher education institutes to deliver the programme. By Lisa Bratby
Written by April 17, 2018 /Sports News – National Former New York Jets Nick Mangold announces retirement, will sign one-day contract with team FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAllen Kee/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Nick Mangold wore one uniform during his eleven-year NFL career. He took a year off after the New York Jets released him following the 2016 season, and now, he will retire a Jet.Mangold announced his retirement on Twitter Tuesday morning, saying he will sign a one-day deal with the team on April 24.Mangold, 34, had a decorated run as a Jet and was often regarded as one of the NFL’s top centers during his playing days. He made the Pro Bowl seven times and was named a first-team All Pro twice.In a statement posted to Twitter, Mangold said:“Everything that happened from pee-wee football to high school football to having the good fortune to play at The Ohio State University molded me for my opportunity to play for the New York Jets… In my 11 years as a Jet, there were plenty of ups and downs but, through it all, I wanted to be the Steady Eddie… My biggest regret is not bringing the Lombardi Trophy to New York but, as I retire, I will continue my efforts to bring the Trophy home in a different capacity. I have no idea what that capacity is but I’m sure I will figure something out in the future.”Drafted in the first round in 2006, Mangold played in 164 games, missing the last eight of his final season in 2016 due to injury.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund
Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events: INTERLEAGUE Final Boston 2 Philadelphia 1 Final Baltimore 6 N-Y Mets 3 Final Cleveland 8 Cincinnati 1 Final Arizona 6 Texas 4 Final Minnesota 5 Pittsburgh 2 Final Colorado 5 Houston 1 Final L-A Angels 7 San Diego 3 AMERICAN LEAGUE Final N-Y Yankees 4 Tampa Bay 1 Final Chi White Sox 6 Detroit 3 Final Toronto 6 Kansas City 5 Final Oakland 3 Seattle 2 NATIONAL LEAGUE Final Milwaukee 7 Chi Cubs 0 Final Atlanta 10 Miami 6 Final St. Louis 6 Washington 4 Final San Francisco 2 L-A Dodgers 1Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. August 15, 2018 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 8/14/18 Written by
Despite the harsh economic climate, the numbers of Oxford graduates facing unemployment remains unchanged, though Oxford’s post-graduate leavers are struggling to find paid work.These findings will be announced in the annual Destinations of Leavers report (DLHE), which is due to be released later this term. According to the report “Undergraduates bucked the national trends with fewer unemployed, fewer going to further study, and more employed”.The report will demonstrate that levels of unemployment among graduates from the class of 2009 remains unchanged when compared with the previous year. This is despite recent graduates being amongst those worse hit by unemployment levels, which are now at their worst state for 15 years, with 2.51 million graduates out of work. Across the country, young graduates in particular are suffering as employers have chosen to reduce their workforces by halting recruitment.Yet the DLHE indicates that 5% of the class of 2008 are unemployed, a slight reduction upon the previous year, when 6.1% of graduates had either not continued with studies or had been unable to find paid employment. The data also reveals that 45% of students continued to take further study, which compares to 48% the previous year.Most surprising is the slight rise in the number of leavers securing paid work – up from 42% to 44%.Director of the Careers Service, Jonathan Black, commented on the statistics: “Oxford graduates, along with students from Cambridge and LSE, are somewhat insulated against the recession. They’re always at the top of the list for corporate employers.”The comparisons made by the report do not, however, account for the fact that the effects of the recession were also being felt in 2008. The number of graduates from the class of 2008 who had failed to secure work and were not engaged in study had already increased by 63% when compared with the previous year.Mr Black conceded that students can no longer afford to be as picky as in previous years: “You can’t be quite as fixed – Oxford graduates don’t have the luxury they used to. But things are picking up and the numbers of employers approaching is the same as usual.” The Director of the Careers Service encouraged students to adopt a flexible approach, and to look upon future employment “as part of a progressive career path, not just a job”.He did, however, criticise the increased emphasis which is now being placed on graduate internships arguing, “Internships are for undergraduates. Once you have graduated it is time for a job, simple as that”. Earlier this year Mr Black publicly spoke out against a government scheme which proposed funding for thousands more graduate internships.However, the experiences of recent graduates suggest that an Oxbridge degree is no longer the golden ticket it once was. Alex Parker, a former music student who graduated in 2009 managed to get a job offer after a tiresome eight months and a total 108 applications.He said, “I don’t honestly think that my Oxford degree put me at a distinct advantage when it came to most of the jobs I applied to. I believe this was due to the recession levelling the playing field. People who had done more vocational type degrees that had some sort of practical experience that was relevant to the job tended to be much more favoured by employers, although they all admitted that Oxford students were better educated.“My main difficulty was to demonstrate why I had studied the degree I studied (music) and then transferred to a job area that bore no relevance to my degree (accountancy). It’s very easy for students to become complacent. Once Oxford students think they have a significant advantage because of their academic pedigree, their chances of getting a job they want dramatically diminishes unless they can prove that they have got their hands dirty.”Another Oxford graduate agreed “I think that it is harder to get some of the desirable jobs that most Oxford students want as there are fewer around in a recession, but it’s also very hard to get very crap jobs (again, fewer) so in many respects Oxford students have it much harder in a recession. The most common feedback I had from jobs was that I was ‘over-qualified and under experience.’”Those hoping to continue studying have also felt the effects of the financial climate as the competitive job market has provoked a marked rise in the popularity of post-graduate courses. Francis Wynne, a former Classics student and one of the 25% of Oxford graduates pursuing a career in education, is currently studying for a PGCE at Kings College London. He was more satisfied that his Oxford qualification stood him in good stead.He said, “I think the Oxford degree did help me to secure a place on the Kings PGCE, not because of any ‘prestige’ value that comes with it, but definitely insofar as the rigours of the Oxford course ensured my subject knowledge was strong. In a year when institutions can afford to be especially discerning in their intake it did serve a practical purpose.”The recent surge in the volume of applications made to post-graduate courses has been felt at Oxford where the number of applicants rose from 13,551 last year to 17,510 for this academic year. The figures indicate that for the first time, the number of post-graduate applications received has outweighed the total number of students applying to the University’s undergraduate courses.The University’s DLHE report suggests that post-graduate leavers do, however, still face hard times. A comparison of those post-graduates who finished in 2009 with those who left the previous year indicates that higher numbers remain either unemployed or opt for further study, while fewer have secured paid employment.The Oxford’s Careers Service now aims to increase its ‘marketing effort’ in order to stimulate student engagement. Data tracking the usage of the Service shows huge discrepancy in the types of students visiting the service, which is less than half as popular with post-graduates as it is with undergraduates.
I know that Wales is in a strong position to capitalise on the economic opportunities presented to us as we leave the European Union. But we can’t act alone to deliver the changes Wales needs. I look forward to further discussions with the First Minister as we negotiate a successful exit for Wales from the EU, and call on the Welsh Government to be ambitious for the Welsh economy so that prosperity is felt by all. The Secretary of State will be joined in the debate by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales Stuart Andrew MP, who takes part in his first Welsh Grand debate as a Wales Office Minister.UK Government Minister for Wales Stuart Andrew said: I welcome the opportunity to discuss the future opportunities available to Wales, and the UK Government’s budget is an example of how we are delivering growth and prosperity through a range of commitments. In my role I will use every opportunity to make sure the whole of Wales contributes and benefits from these commitments. The North Wales Growth Deal is one example which will transform the way North Wales’ towns and villages govern themselves, shifting powers to local leaders who are better placed to take decisions that affect their communities. From these initiatives it is clear that Wales remains an attractive destination to work, invest and do business, and the UK Government will work collectively to ensure this continues. Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns will open the Welsh Grand Committee debate in the House of Commons in Welsh for the first time later today (7th February).It follows a UK Government decision last year to support the use of Welsh in parliamentary debates.Addressing the Welsh Grand Committee in his first language in Westminster today, Mr Cairns will take the opportunity to highlight the UK Government’s commitment to delivering for Wales, and the decisive action it is taking to put the nation’s economy on the path to long-term prosperity.Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said: I am proud to be using the language I grew up speaking, which is not only important to me, my family and the communities Welsh MPs represent, but is also an integral part of Welsh history and culture. This is a historic day for Parliament and for Wales, and I pay tribute to those in the committee who have campaigned for this change over many years. In his speech the Welsh Secretary will outline the UK Government’s priorities to strengthen Wales’ economy through cross-border growth, including the milestone announcement to abolish the Severn Crossing tolls by the end of this year – a decision set to save the average commuter £1,440 per year.He will highlight how last year’s Autumn Budget sets out a powerful package of measures which will help shape Wales’ economy into one that is fit for the future.The commitment to formally enter into negotiations over a growth deal for North Wales to secure its position as part of the Northern Powerhouse – as well as kick starting early discussions for a growth deal for Mid Wales are significant pan-Wales announcements, he will say.He will also say that the opportunities of cross border growth between England and Wales will be further bolstered by planned rail infrastructure investments.Improvements on the Wrexham to Bidston line, as well as £16m of investment in the Halton Curve which will introduce direct services from North Wales to Liverpool.People in west Wales will also benefit from new IEP trains and infrastructure upgrades to provide direct services from Pembroke Dock to London via Carmarthen.As well as budgets and cross-border growth, the parliamentary debate is expected to focus on the UK Government’s commitment to working closely with the Welsh Government and urge it to use the levers at its disposal to deliver economic growth for Wales.Alun Cairns added: ENDSNotes to editors: The Welsh Grand Committee, formed of 40 Welsh MPs and five invited members meets to discuss issues relevant to Wales, and provides MPs the opportunity to question ministers, debate current matters and for ministers to make statements. The Committee last met in 2016, but MPs have spoken in Welsh when the Committee has previously met in Wales. The UK Government brought forward a motion February last year enabling MPs to speak in Welsh when the Welsh Grand Committee meets in Westminster.
Harvard University’s doctoral programs received exceptionally high evaluations in the National Research Council’s Assessment of Research Doctoral Programs, which was released on Tuesday (Sept. 28).The long-anticipated report, a significant study of doctoral education across the nation, rated nearly 5,000 programs at 212 institutions on the basis of quantitative and faculty-assessed data concerning research productivity, student outcomes, and diversity of environment, among other variables.Programs were given two overall ranking ranges to reflect the complexity of the data. Of the 52 Harvard programs in the survey, 27 placed as high as first in at least one of the overall rankings. Ninety percent of the University’s programs placed as high as fifth in at least one of the overall rankings.“This report shows that in the dominant, core disciplines that are crucial to the overall strength of any institution of higher learning, our Ph.D. programs are remarkably strong, vibrant, and successful,” said Dean Allan M. Brandt of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). But “it’s the collective excellence that is most striking,” Brandt said, since Harvard’s highest-rated programs come from across disciplines.“It is gratifying to have the excellence of Harvard’s doctoral programs recognized by the National Research Council (NRC),” Harvard President Drew Faust said. “The fact that we have so many top-rated programs means that every student and faculty member, regardless of School or department, is able to benefit from the collective strength of the University, making the whole genuinely greater than the sum of the parts. These results are a tribute to the quality of the students, faculty, and staff at work across every part of this University.”“This report shows that in the dominant, core disciplines that are crucial to the overall strength of any institution of higher learning, our Ph.D. programs are remarkably strong, vibrant, and successful,” said Dean Allan M. Brandt of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). But “it’s the collective excellence that is most striking,” Brandt said, since Harvard’s highest-rated programs come from across disciplines.Dean Michael D. Smith of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) said the results “provide much-deserved recognition to our outstanding faculty and students. But even more important, it tells us that now and in the coming decades, as we engage in more teaching and research across departmental and disciplinary lines, we are building those interdisciplinary programs on the best possible foundation — programs that are among the best in their individual fields.”“The overall strength of our doctoral programs also benefits our undergraduates, who work intensively with graduate students as part of their educational experience,” Smith noted.“We are delighted and proud that each of our four Division of Medical Sciences programs ranks at the very top of the National Research Council list,” said Jeffrey S. Flier, dean of the Harvard Faculty of Medicine. “Such results no doubt validate the unparalleled work of our faculty in their efforts to train future leaders in biomedicine.”The survey is conducted about every 10 years, and is designed to help universities assess their programs. The reports provide useful information to prospective students, government agencies, foundations, and the public.“With our recent transition from a division to a School, we are extremely encouraged that the NRC rankings reflect the growing dynamism of our multidisciplinary graduate programs,” said Dean Cherry A. Murray of Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “Moreover, given the stunning intellectual strength and breadth of Harvard, our engineers and applied scientists are smack dab in the middle of one of the most amazing places in the academic universe.”“We are gratified by the results, as they support our belief that HSPH is a great school of public health within a great University,” said Dean Julio Frenk of the Harvard School of Public Health.For more information on the report.