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Canadian TV crew hoping to cover mining dispute fears being denied entry

first_img January 30, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Canadian TV crew hoping to cover mining dispute fears being denied entry News Organisation Three journalists with Canada’s state-owned CBC TV, who set off from Toronto today to cover a dispute between indigenous groups and Canadian and other international mining companies in Panama, fear that they may not be allowed into the country because a CBC fixer who was supposed to prepare their visit was denied entry 10 days ago.The three CBC journalists – Mellissa Fung, Lynn Burgess and Paul Seeler – are on a flight that is due to land in Panama City at 10:15 pm.When CBC fixer Rosie Simms arrived in Panama City on 20 January, the Panamanian immigration authorities cited an unspecified “problem” with her passport as grounds for refusing her entry although she presented a perfectly valid passport that does not expire until 2015. They held her for four hours at the airport before putting her on a flight to the United States.“We are concerned that she was targeted because she had been in touch with some of the anti-mining communities in the country, and even more concerned that we will be met with the same fate when we arrive,” Fung told Reporters Without Borders.“What happened to Simms is reminiscent of what befell Paco Gómez Nadal and Pilar Chato, two Spanish freelance journalists affiliated to the NGO Human Rights Everywhere, who were deported last February, 48 hours after being arrested during a major protest by indigenous groups against various mining projects.“That outrageous violation of freedom of information must not be repeated. The tension arising from the controversy about mining cannot be used to justify any censorship whatsoever. This is a subject of public interest and not just in Panama. The international press must be able to cover this. We therefore demand that the three Canadian journalists be allowed into Panama.”The Canadian TV crew’s visit coincides with a resumption of parliamentary debates about mining legislation, including mining in territory that has been assigned to indigenous communities and is therefore supposed to be protected.A project by Toronto-based Inmet Mining was thwarted last October when a Panamanian court ruled in favour of Ngöbe Buglé, one of the indigenous “comarcas” that has been opposing mining by foreign companies in their territory.If the CBC crew is denied entry today, it will confirm the negative trend in Panama as regards respect for freedom of information. Panama has fallen more than 30 places in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.Photo: La Estrella PanamaAmericas Anti-Corruption Day : Journalists on front line of fight against corruption December 9, 2016 Find out more News News RSF’s calls for release of Dutch journalist jailed in Panama Newscenter_img RSF_en to go further Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts November 22, 2011 Find out more December 7, 2016 Find out more PanamaAmericas Radio station owned murdered during media campaign against violence Follow the news on Panamalast_img read more

PWP Extends Deadline for Annual ‘Water is Life’ Contest

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Pasadena Water and Power (PWP) is still accepting applications for its annual “Water is Life” student art contest.The PWP has extended the deadline until June 1.The contest is open to all K-12th graders in Pasadena.Applicants must draw an original poster depicting water conservation, get parental approval and fill out a poster information card.All artwork must be drawn horizontally on 12 by 18 poster or 8.5 x 11 poster or white paper.The poster must depict various water themes including water is life and depict water conservation.The winning students will receive an Amazon Fire 8 tablet and solar-powered tablet.The PWP will select two first-place winners. The winners are honored at an awards ceremony, which could be virtual due to the current pandemic, and each one will receive a prize valued at $100 for their talents.A total of 10 entries are selected by PWP and submitted to MWD for a final round of competition.Sponsored by Pasadena Water and Power and the Metropolitan Water District (MWD), each year participating students submit artwork portraying the water-wise theme, along with a short message about water conservation.Entry forms are available at https://ww5.cityofpasadena.net/water-and-power/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/05/2020-21-Art-Contest-Guidelines-and-Forms-Website.pdf Herbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News PWP Extends Deadline for Annual ‘Water is Life’ Contest Applications now due June 1 STAFF REPORT Published on Thursday, May 14, 2020 | 12:05 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community 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. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News Subscribecenter_img More Cool Stuff Top of the News Make a comment 14 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week last_img read more

California Wildfires: Housing Damages Top $5 Billion

first_img HOUSING mortgage wildfires 2017-12-12 Nicole Casperson Home / Daily Dose / California Wildfires: Housing Damages Top $5 Billion All of these factors contribute to the Thomas Fire, making it difficult to contain. If the wind slows for a period of time, firefighters may be able to get the upper hand. However, current weather predictions don’t seem to indicate a dramatic slowing of the Santa Ana winds. It may actually require precipitation (rainfall) to occur before the tide will turn on containing this fire. Other large wildfires in the west have only been fully contained after snow or rain has helped to tamp down the burn. Since conditions can and do change multiple times during the day, it remains unknown how long this fire will burn, but it could last for several more weeks, if not longer.How much damage are the citizens going to face?More than 1,000 structures have been lost in the Southern California fires thus far. Not all of them are homes since outbuildings such as barns or detached garages are counted among the structured total. There have been some very high-value homes damaged or destroyed in and around Los Angeles, and there will be lesser value homes within the mix as well. It is too early to say what the total value of the destroyed and damaged structures will be since we will need to identify the individual addresses that were affected, and that is only possible after the fires have been fully contained. There are still thousands of homes at risk from the Thomas Fire, so it is certainly possible that damages could reach $1 billion or more by the time it’s over.What’s causing a wildfire like Thomas to expand so quickly?Specifically, the fuel, the current humid conditions, the terrain and the wind are combining to allow Thomas to continue expanding. The terrain makes fighting the fire more difficult. There is a large volume of fuel that has built up over the last six years of extreme drought conditions, along with the new growth vegetation that sprang up after the rains in California last fall and spring. The lack of precipitation during this current fall, as well as continuing low humidity and dry conditions, have made these dead and dry fuels much more susceptible to burn. Finally, the strong and sustained Santa Ana winds enable the fire to move much faster than it normally would and for longer periods of time. It is much more difficult to get personnel and equipment in front of the fire when it continues to move quickly not just for hours, but day after day. The difficulty of applying resources (personnel and equipment) on the ground when the terrain is rugged and there is minimal road access. That’s the case for parts of the Thomas Fire which is running through mountainous terrain.High and variable winds that not only push the fire along the ground very quickly but also lift burning embers that are dropped out ahead of the flames and start additional fires beyond the fireline.Dry and abundant vegetation (fuels) that enables the fire to burn very hot and very fast across the ground, making it difficult to stay in front of the fire.Low humidity that enables fuels to ignite quickly and burn very readily. December 12, 2017 2,471 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily  Print This Post About Author: Nicole Casperson in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Previous: Homeowner Perceptions in Sync with Appraisers Next: Ginnie Mae: Outstanding Principal Balance Edges Closer to $2 Trillion Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Nicole Casperson is the Associate Editor of DS News and MReport. She graduated from Texas Tech University where she received her M.A. in Mass Communications and her B.A. in Journalism. Casperson previously worked as a graduate teaching instructor at Texas Tech’s College of Media and Communications. Her thesis will be published by the International Communication Association this fall. To contact Casperson, e-mail: [email protected] Tagged with: HOUSING mortgage wildfirescenter_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago One week—that’s all it took for the Thomas Fire, a massive wildfire burning in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, to rage into the 5th largest wildfire in modern California history, according to the fire protection agency CAL FIRE.Hitting ground on December 4, 2017, the wildfire is only 20 percent contained. And according to CAL FIRE’s latest data—at over 230,00 acres of damage, it is also ranked the 10th most destructive California wildfire in recorded history, but that is subject to change.However, Thomas isn’t the only fire destroying homes—more than 86,000 homes in Ventura and Los Angeles counties are at risk of damage from the Rye and Creek Wildfires, according to data from CoreLogic. Currently, there are six wildfires in total in the state.Of the total at-risk homes, 13,526, or 16 percent, with an estimated reconstruction cost value of more than $5 billion are at significant risk of damage, falling in CoreLogic’s “high” and “extreme” risk categories.In a recent article by Realtors, their Chief Economist Danielle Hale said the wildfire damages on homes could really exacerbate an already challenging market for buyers. “People will probably look more toward apartments,” she said. “But there aren’t enough affordably priced rentals to go around either.”Although the majority of homes, 72,716, or 84 percent, are at “low” or “moderate” risk of damage, wildfires can easily expand to adjacent properties and cause significant damage even if a property is not considered high risk in its own right. This expansion is evident, according to CNN the fires have expanded to a size larger than New York City and Boston—combined.According to commentary exclusively provided to DS News, Dr. Tom Jeffery, Senior Hazard Scientist at CoreLogic provided the latest updates on the status of the wildfires in this Q&A:How long could the wildfires last? As of today, only the Thomas Fire remains largely uncontained. The Creek, Rye and smaller fires in Southern California are now fully or nearly fully contained. The Thomas Fire is at 234,000 acres and only 20 percent contained. This means that it is capable of burning for days, if not several weeks. 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“No Means No, The Word ‘No’ Does Not Need Any Further Explanation : Himachal Pradesh HC Denies Bail To Man Accused Of Raping Minor

first_imgNews Updates”No Means No, The Word ‘No’ Does Not Need Any Further Explanation : Himachal Pradesh HC Denies Bail To Man Accused Of Raping Minor Nupur Thapliyal5 May 2021 9:24 PMShare This – x”NO MEANS NO- The simplest of sentences have become the most difficult for some men to understand” observed the Himachal Pradesh High Court on Wednesday while rejecting the bail application filed by a man accused of raping a 17 year old minor. A single judge bench comprising of Justice Anoop Chitkara observed thus: “No does not mean yes, it does not mean that the girl is shy, it does not mean that the girl is asking a man to convince her, it does not mean that he has to keep pursuing her. The word NO doesn’t need any further explanation or justification. It ends there, and the man has to stop. Be that as it may, the victim, in this case, said no to the accused when he started touching her, but he continued. It nowhere implies consent, or zeal and desire to explore and feel each other in romantic love.” Suresh Kumar was in custody since 18th December last year in relation to an FIR registered against him under sec. 376 of IPC and sec. 4 of POCSO Act. On 17th December 2020, Kumar picked up the minor girl, who was also his friend, in his vehicle by offering to drop her to her house. However, he changed the way and started touching her inappropriately. While the girl said NO to him, he threatened the victim that if she started to cry, he will forced himself upon her. Kumar then asked if she would marry him to which the victim responded as a no. Thereafter, he undressed her and had sexual intercourse with her. On reaching home, the victim narrated the whole incident to her mother, based on which the FIR was registered against Kumar by the Police. It was the case of the accused that the victim in her sec. 164 CrPC statement had stated that she was a friend of the accused and that her taking life in his vehicle further proved that the friendship was cordial as a result of which sexual intercourse took place with “active consent and without any force on her by the accused.”. Looking at the facts of the case, the Court reasoned that the fact that the victim revealed the unfortunate incident to her mother “prima facie points towards the genuineness of the incident.””She would have kept it discreet because, as per her version, no one had noticed them. If the sexual act was with her will, she would not have told anyone about the same and tried to conceal the same. The victim voluntarily narrated the incident to her mother, prima facie points towards the genuineness of the incident. It would be correct to say that it was courageous for the victim girl to talk about the unfortunate incident to her mother and later come forward and report the same with the police.” The Court observed at the outset. Furthermore, making strong observation that a NO MEANS NO, the Bench went ahead to observe that despite the victim saying no to the accused, he did not stop. “When the curriculum does not include the proper sex education, the children raised by such societies fail the women time and again.” The Court observed at the outset. Denying the relief of bail to the accused, the Judge interestingly expressed special gratitude to his Law Clerk-cum-Research Assistant, Ms. Apoorva Maheshwari, for an “excellent perspective” in this case. Click Here To Read JudgmentTagshimachal pradesh high court minor victim rape rape with minor no means no Justice Anoop Chitkara Next Storylast_img read more

Motivational speaker lectures at Key Bank event

first_imgAs a motivational speaker, writer and artist Joni Arredia tries to find the best in everyone. “I reflect goodness,” she said. “I love finding the best in people, I am a creative that always follows through. I use this gift that God has given me to make the world a better place. That’s what I do.” Arredia spoke at Saint Mary’s on Thursday night for a Key Bank event. “I’m talking about lifestyle balance, ” she said. “Key Bank puts this event on for women business owners that are their clients.” With all the different ventures she is involved in, Arredia said she understands the importance of lifestyle balance. “All the things that I do … they feel that I balance life very well,” she said. “As an entrepreneur and creative businesswoman how do you keep your connection to yourself, your family and your business … [with] space in your life to balance.” Motivational speaking was not Arredia’s first career choice. In 1982, she bought a jazzercise franchise. “I was teaching about 500 students a week,” she said. “I really found that people were coming in and wanting to lose weight and get fit but what I found more than anything they were looking for a place that made them feel good.” While teaching jazzercise, Arredia also became interested in the nutritional end of fitness. She studied with the ‘Fit or Fat’ method under Cover Bailey and became a speaker for the program. Then, one day, Arredia decided to speak for herself. “One day I thought I’ll just get on that stage and … speak about what I believe in,” she said. “It worked, it worked to the point that I got everyone crying, like 300 people.” Arredia realized while she wanted to impact people with her words, but she needed a tutor to hone her speaking and motivating skills. “Words are very, very powerful and you have to be very responsible [with them],” she said. “I took about another year before started speaking to motivate people [again].” Once she began motivational speaking, Arredia said she realized she wanted to be able to offer people something to take home to continue their journey. It was then she decided to become an author. Arredia has since written a newspaper column on the East Coast and has published two books. Along with motivational speaking and writing, Arredia is also a painter and a recent playwright. “I moved to Chicago seven years ago and started to study [acting] ferociously for two years,” she said. Arredia said she got interested in theatre because of her involvement in high school and she wanted to work in a team again. Her play, ‘Resurfacing’, debuted in Chicago in 2011. Even with all she has accomplished in her life, Arredia said her work with Hut Outreach, a Toledo, Ohio-based organization in Haiti has been the “coolest thing in my life, other than my family.” “I went to Haiti in January, and when I came home worked furiously on pieces [of artwork] and staged a show in my home,” she said. “In one night we raised $20,000 dollars and went back a month later … to work on some exciting outreach programs.” Through her career, Arredia said she has been able to understand people more and realize how to motivate them. “I just love it. It is so much fun,” she said.  “It is such a blast to watch light bulbs go off and peoples eyes sparkly. I thank God every day for this gift.” Contact Anna Boarini at [email protected]last_img read more

Officials say university’s $1.2 billion endowment loss will only affect 2010

first_imgThough the nationwide financial crisis has had little effect on the university’s operating costs for this year, the $1.2 billion loss endured by USC’s endowment over the last year will likely have an impact on the school’s spending for 2010, administrators say.Until June 2007, the endowment, which pays for 5 percent of the university’s operations and accumulates interest through various investments, enjoyed steady growth leading to a high of $3.7 billion.But it began a decline later that year, mirroring the first tremors of the worldwide market crash, falling from $3.6 billion in June 2008 to $2.4 billion by March 2009.“All markets were down. International stock markets were down, US stock markets were down, so there was no place to hide,” said USC associate senior vice president and treasurer Ruth Wernig. “Everything pretty much went down. Plus, we’re in the middle of a credit crisis.”USC aims for low risks and high returns by diversifying its investment portfolio, with substantial investments both in the United States and abroad, Wernig said. Endowment funds are also invested in real estate, energy investments, bonds, venture capital and hedge funds.Though the information for the most recent financial quarter is still being compiled, Wernig said the endowment rose slightly to $2.5 billion in June, and showed improvement in July, August and September as well.Despite a $1.2 billion loss over the course of a year, the administration minimized the importance of the endowment for the university.“It’s a significant loss for the endowment, but a drop in the endowment does not have a big effect on the university like it does at other schools, so that’s a good thing,” Wernig said.USC’s interim senior vice president and chief financial officer Robert Abeles said the loss over the past few months did not affect spending for this fiscal year, which ends June 30, 2010.As with last year, $140 million, or 5 percent of the endowment, will be spent.The reason the endowment payout — the amount the university uses on an annual basis — hasn’t decreased, Abeles said, is because USC calculates the payout based on an average of the endowment value over the past three years, rather than just the previous quarter.This calculation, known as a rolling average, shields the university payout from year-to-year fluctuations of the market.Lawrence Picus, a professor of education policy and finance at the Rossier School of Education, said he would be surprised if some schools don’t use a rolling average to help smooth out fluctuations.“By having a rolling average, it gives us a soft landing when the value of the endowment goes down,” Picus said. “It’s a strategy to make sure that no one is badly hurt in bad times and that we wisely think about how to use the money in good [times].”As a result, the endowment payout this year still factored in gains made in the stock market three years ago, nullifying some of the losses from over the last year, Abeles said.“The endowment went down a billion, [but] no one has felt that effect yet because we’ve kept the payout constant,” Wernig said.Next year, Abeles said, the endowment’s decrease will have more of an impact on spending because the worst months of the economic crisis will be calculated into the rolling average.“The bottom line is [there will be] no effect on the university’s operations this year, but there’s a potential effect for fiscal year 2011. We’re getting into years now that weren’t so good for the endowment,” he said.The Board of Trustees, which approves the payout percentage in the spring, will vote whether to increase it to match this year’s $140 million, or keep it consistent and less money.Abeles said it would be difficult to project how much the payout might be cut next year, but said he expects it to be cut by less than 10 percent — meaning the overall operating budget would lose no more than half a percent of its funds from the payout.At the same time, Abeles said, he has warned the administration to be cautious about its spending and hiring. It is also not committing to beginning construction on new buildings, he said.Abeles said the university’s endowment losses over the last year are relatively small compared to other private universities, but affects the school less, because of its lack of dependence on the endowment for operating costs. He said the biggest problem USC would face financially is if people couldn’t afford to attend or if enrollment was dropping.“We haven’t had that problem. We’ve probably been the least affected of the major universities by this decline, and we don’t expect it to be a major factor in the years ahead,” Abeles said.last_img read more