Follow the news on Argentina News On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia January 5, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Public radio station drops programme on “order from above” ArgentinaAmericas RSF_en News December 4, 2019 Find out more Reporters Without Borders voiced astonishment today at the state-owned Radio Nacional’s decision to suddenly drop José “Pepe” Eliaschev’s programme “Esto que pasa” on 30 December and called on the government to give an explanation.“State news media are not there to be given orders,” the press freedom organisation said. “The only explanation Eliaschev got for his removal was that an ‘order came from above.’ If this is true, it constitutes an act of censorship. Politicians in power have no right to meddle with a news media’s programming, even a public one’s.”Reporters Without Borders added that, in view of the political and media outcry about this case, it has written to presidential chief of staff Alberto Fernández asking him to provide an explanation.Five minutes after finishing his programme on 30 December, Eliaschev got a call from Radio Nacional director general Adelina Olga “Mona” Moncalvillo telling him his programme had been dropped from the new year’s schedule. He told Reporters Without Borders: “She said to me. ‘It’s over.’ I did not even get a chance to say goodbye to my listeners.” He has been presenting the programme since 2001.By way of an explanation, Moncalvillo told him that an “order came from above,” alluding to Fernández and the secretary in charge of the media, Enrique Albistur, to whom the Radio Nacional management reports.“This is a case of censorship, pure and simple,” Eliaschev told Reporters Without Borders. He also pointed out that a clause in his contract said “a minimum notice of a week” was required for any changes. “This clause was not respected,” he said.Eliaschev suggested that the reason for his dismissal and the cancellation of his programme was the fact that “each week I pointed out that President Néstor Kirchner never gave a news conference, something which I considered unacceptable.”In a report about the case, the daily newspaper La Nación said that the Association of Argentine Press Entities was very critical of the president’s staff, which is well-known for its poor relations with the media. “The government has not changed its approach as regards the media, despite the criticism it has received for its tendency to silence dissenting voices and those that contradict its views.”FOPEA, a forum for independent journalism, voiced concern about “the growing pressure from the government on journalists and the media.”Several opposition parties, including the Radical Civic Union (UCR), the Socialist Party and the Alternative for a Republic of Equals (ARI), condemned the case as “a serious attack on freedom of expression.”Contacted by Reporters Without Borders, neither the Radio Nacional director general nor the president’s chief of staff wanted to comment. News Receive email alerts Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites Organisation July 6, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is concerned about Radio Nacional’s sudden cancellation of “Esto que pasa,” a programme presented by José “Pepe” Eliaschev (photo), on 30 December. The organisation says the state news media are not supposed to take orders from the government and asks presidential chief of staff Alberto Fernández to explain. News Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world November 19, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information to go further ArgentinaAmericas
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TAGSfeaturedlimerickovercrowdingSIPTUuniversity hospital limerick Email Facebook Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SIPTU members at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) are to vote on whether to engage in industrial action over the level of overcrowding in the hospital’s emergency department.University Hospital Limerick in Dooradoyle. Pic Emma Jervis / Press 22The trade union, which represents around 300 staff at UHL, says that the situation is “out of control”, with up to 50 patients waiting on trolleys one day last week.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up SIPTU members are to consider action including a work-to-rule and work stoppages of up to eight hours in protest over the level of overcrowding. The decision to hold the ballot comes after a sharp rise in overcrowding at the Dooradoyle facility this week with 50 people waiting on beds last Sunday, including 26 in the emergency department.A spokesperson for SIPTU has claimed that management at the hospital have refused to meet them.However the UL Hospitals Group responded by saying that it engages on a continuous basis with both SIPTU and the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organization (INMO) and that they are always available to meet with SIPTU and other trade unions in relation to staffing.The statement from the Hospitals Group goes on to say that a number of measures have been taken to ease overcrowding including the hiring of additional staff and the provision of 40 additional beds, while a new state-of-the-art emergency department, that will be three times the size of the existing facility, is on course to be opened in 2017.The statement concluded by saying that the Hospitals Group “regrets that any patient is facing long waits for a bed during this busy period”. Previous articleVoting about to close for NICE SCREAMS Citizens’ AnthemNext articleAmbulance and car collide outside Adare Co Limerick Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Twitter WhatsApp Linkedin Print Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads NewsBreaking newsLimerick hospital action voteBy Bernie English – March 14, 2016 773 Advertisement
Dead & Company appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last night as the musical guests for the second time this week. While their performances were pre-recorded on Monday, the band’s only day off between Madison Square Garden shows, it inevitably gives fans great pleasure to see the Grateful Dead torch-holders on national television. Following Thursday’s broadcast of “Jack Straw”, the band appeared again on Friday night with a heart-warming deliverance of “Uncle John’s Band”.In the video below, you will see Bob Weir, John Mayer, and Oteil Burbridge sharing vocals throughout the entire 1970 classic. The performance aired right after Dead & Company’s performance at TD Garden in Boston, MA on Friday night, wrapping up their two night Late Show run on the road.Watch “Uncle John’s Band” from Friday night’s airing, and “Jack Straw” from Thursday night’s airing, below: Dead & Company will perform at TD Garden in Boston, MA again on Sunday. For a full list of upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.
Eight states will join with the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) to use the world’s best instructional systems and examinations to dramatically increase the number of students who leave high school ready to succeed in college. Students who show they are ready to do college level work will be able to get their diploma and enroll in college as early as the end of their sophomore year in high school.In today’s announcement from Washington, NCEE President Marc Tucker announced that Connecticut, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont will work with NCEE through a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to improve the performance of high school students in these eight states by adopting powerful instructional systems that actually set the international standards.“By introducing these Board Examination Systems in pilot high schools in these states as early as the 2011-2012 school year, we will begin a process that will ultimately prepare dramatically more students for college success and greatly reduce the high number of students who now take remedial courses in college,” said Tucker.NCEE has a long track record of analyzing and benchmarking the highest performing education systems around the world. Over the years, it has found that in countries where the majority of students perform at high levels, two factors stand out. One is that teachers are recruited from the top-third of college students, and the other is that Board Examination Systems are used to drive learning to high levels.Board Examination Systems currently are in place in Australia, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Scotland, Singapore, parts of Canada and Germany, and other countries and they typically consist of a core program of courses, a well-designed syllabus, instructional materials matched to the syllabus, high-quality exams also matched to the syllabus and professional development for teachers.NCEE first introduced the Board Examination idea in its groundbreaking report, Tough Choices or Tough Times, in late 2006. The report received wide acclaim, and was the cover feature of TIME magazine and praised broadly by educators and the media.In addition to the eight states being announced today, in 2009, the nation’s largest teachers union, the National Education Association, and two leading business groups, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers got behind the recommendations made in the Tough Choices report.“The NCEE Board Examination Proposal can be the very foundation of transforming our high schools into successful places for all of our students,” said John Wilson, executive director of the National Education Association. “The National Education Association will support any of our state affiliates who wish to collaborate and partner with their state education agencies in assuring these pilots programs provide all students a pathway to college and a career.”“Because these programs, the best the world has to offer, are currently available, these states will be able to leap to the front of the pack without having to spend the millions of dollars and years of effort it takes to develop world-class systems from scratch,” noted Tucker. “Once these systems are in place, these states will be able to go a long way toward closing the gap between their performance and the performance of the countries with the most successful education systems.”Ten to twenty schools in each of the eight states will begin to pilot the system in the 2011-2012 school year. This new effort, laid out today, will be guided by a Governing Board and a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and be involved in making decisions including approving the five Board Examination programs identified by NCEE for use in their states’ high schools, ensuring that each of the Board Examination programs meet or exceed the Common Core Standards as they become available, establishing cut-scores for the lower division (grades 9 and 10) exams so that states will know that students meeting those scores are ready to enroll in any open-admissions college in their state without remediation, and approving the method the project will use to create a common reporting scale across the three lower division Board Examination programs. By offering high schools a variety of programs that each cover the core subjects and are set to the level of cognitive demand needed for success in college, high schools will be able to choose those instructional approaches that best suit their students’ needs and faculty’s interests.“To oversee the technical work and ensure it meets the highest standards of quality, we have pulled together a multidisciplinary Technical Advisory Committee made up of some of the best minds in the country and beyond with a broad range of expertise and experiences,” said Tucker. The TAC will be co-chaired by Howard Everson, professor and senior research fellow at City University of New York, and James Pellegrino, distinguished professor of education and co-director, Learning Sciences Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago.“The Board Examination Consortium announced today by the National Center on Education and the Economy represents a bold, imaginative effort to design and implement a large-scale assessment system that will promote student achievement by building upon world-class standards of teaching, learning, and educational measurement. This initiative offers a unique opportunity to think differently about the design of standardized tests and link curriculum, instruction and assessment in new and innovative ways,” said Dr. Everson.Board examination systems typically include formative assessments teachers can use to track student progress during the year, and some make it possible to include student work on major assignments in the final course grade, as well as their scores on their final exams. Participating states will approve up to five Board Examination programs for use in their states and invite high schools to pilot one or more of those programs at the 9th and 10th grade and one or more at the 11th and 12th grade levels.The five Board Examination programs already identified by NCEE include ACT’s QualityCore, the Cambridge International Examination’s International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and their AICE program, the College Board’s Advanced Placement program, the International Baccalaureate Diploma program, and Pearson/Edexcel’s IGCSE and A-level programs.Students from these eight states who volunteer to participate will take the exams at the end of 10th grade, and should they pass, be given a high school diploma and opportunity to enroll the next fall as a full-time student at any two-or-four year open admissions post-secondary institution in the state without having to take remedial courses, if they choose to do so.Today, nearly half of the students in community colleges take one or more remedial courses and many are never able to complete developmental courses and move on to credit-level courses to complete their college degree.Students who pass these examinations at the end of their sophomore year may also choose to remain in high school and take a program of study designed to prepare them for entrance into a selective college. Any student who does not pass the lower division high school exams on their first try will be offered a customized program designed to help them succeed on their next attempt. The goal of the Board Examination Project is to prepare the vast majority of American high school students for college without first having to take remedial courses.“NCEE’s program offers the states a way to leap to the best instructional practices in the world; to provide a powerful system of support to struggling students, to our most able students and everyone in between; to motivate our high school students to take tough courses and study hard in school. It can work in urban centers and in rural states like ours. In an age of constrained resources, it offers the states an opportunity to take advantage of enormous investments in time and money made by others, to stand on the shoulders of the countries that have developed the most successful instructional systems in the world,” said Susan Gendron, Maine’s commissioner of education and chair of the Board Examination Project’s Governing Board.Work is underway to submit a proposal to the U.S. Department of Education for its Race to the Top Assessment Program to support the project’s work to bring the world’s best assessment systems to U.S. schools.For more information and quotes from state leaders, national organizations and TAC members, visit http://www.skillscommission.org/(link is external).Source: NCEE. 2.17.2010
As more members use mobile apps and other remote channels to apply for consumer loans, credit unions naturally focus on improving the member experience for those channels.But focusing on face-to-face lending interactions is more important now than ever.In the TimeTrade 2017 State of Credit Unions Survey, 71% of members said visiting branch offices is still their primary way of interacting with their credit union.According to the report, “When it comes to major, complex transactions such as opening an account or securing a loan, members are looking for the one-on-one member service experience that online banking simply can’t provide.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
Submit Looking beyond the “usual runners and riders” for platform and sportsbook delivery September 18, 2019 “I can’t get on to the integration fast-track with my technology supplier unless I’ve got increased turnover, and I can’t get the turnover without the content that I need to integrate.” Does this sound familiar?Conall McSorley, Business Development Director at gbet, is on hand to explain his take on the ’cause and effect’ dilemma that brings such frustration for operators making their way in the increasingly expensive and competitive sports betting space.In an interview last month focused on the gbet rebrand, I discussed the ongoing challenge to allay migration concerns and alleviate specific pain points for sportsbook operators.One of the fundamental questions that operators have to ask themselves is this: What is the compelling reason for a customer to come and use my product? If you can’t answer that question, or show that you can differentiate yourself for one of the following – pricing, product, content or functionality, then you’re probably with the wrong technology supplier. I would encourage every operator to regularly evaluate performance across a variety of different criteria, because that’s the way core dependency relationships work. Fundamentally, the delivery of a sports betting platform and product is software as a service, and the end product is the consumer betting experience.A key part to ongoing operator evaluation of their service provider must be a response plan to the most common warning signals. For example, if you’ve got increased acquisition costs, falling retention and lifetime value (LTV) levels, or you’re seeing your number of dormant or inactive accounts increasing, quite clearly something is wrong.If we assume that your pricing is just as good as your competitors, but you’re still seeing this ‘KPI decay’, then the problem could well lie with your fundamental technology. What does your software supplier give you in terms of uptime, stand out functionality, speed of third party integration, or back office reporting to better understand the trends within your existing business?Historically, best practices from other industries haven’t really been taken into the betting space, where businesses consistently review their suppliers and core dependencies, before evaluating to what extent those suppliers are actually improving their finished product. However, I see a change towards a more pragmatic approach to this evaluation, and one in which technology suppliers are judged on merit, not simply cost, against a comparative benchmark.With some operators, it becomes a chicken and egg type scenario, i.e. your basic content is not going to lead to acquisition and turnover growth, but if this growth is the criteria to prioritise your requirements in the eyes of the technology supplier, you’re kind of between a rock and a hard place. That kind of conversation, initiated by frustrated operators, is being had on a regular basis.So, where does gbet come in to the equation? We’re a bespoke, tailored service that will deliver on your platform and product requirements and guarantee uptime and performance. How? Because we have built a stable, robust, modular platform with proven scalability. Why? Because that’s what you’re paying your licence fee for!In the previous interview, we referenced the notion that operators can be resistant to change based on customer migration concerns. What I would say here, is that these operators need to pause for thought, because what’s actually happening is that their customers are migrating to one of their competitors while they’re debating changes on a software and technology level. Put simply, it makes no business sense to stay with a supplier that isn’t matching your expectations in terms of enhancing your end product, because vanilla is not going to cut it anymore – the sports betting space is too competitive for that.If you’re not moving forward, you’re falling further behind. The best evidence of this in sports betting comes when the market leaders roll out something new, and you see competitors bending over backwards to prioritise matching that enhancement, just to make sure that they’re keeping pace. As soon as that happens, you have this trickle down through the industry. However, if you don’t have the commitment of your platform supplier to jump on new enhancements and you don’t enjoy the consequent acquisition/turnover boost, then you’re likely to be further down the chain for the platform supplier… and that’s the chicken and egg scenario! Betting consolidation for Betdaq through fixed-odds sportsbook August 1, 2019 Related Articles Share Share StumbleUpon Round table – gbet: The future of sportsbook personalisation June 20, 2019
23 June 2014 The remains of exiled writer and journalist Nat Nakasa are to be repatriated from the United States for reburial at his home in South Africa, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa announced during the annual Nat Nakasa Awards for Bravery in Journalism in Cape Town on Friday. “Ladies and Gentlemen, I am proud to inform you that we have now obtained permission to exhume and repatriate Nat Nakasa’s mortal remains back to home soil,” Mthethwa said. “The Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Westchester, issued a court order granting us permission a few weeks ago. “This momentous occasion happens exactly fifty years since Nakasa left South Africa, and on the twentieth anniversary of our freedom and democracy.” Nathaniel Ndazana Nakasa, better known as Nat Nakasa, was a South African short story writer and journalist. He was born in Durban in 1937 but moved to Johannesburg to work as a journalist for Drum magazine. He also worked for the Golden City Post and was the first black journalist to work at the Rand Daily Mail, where he provided a black perspective for the newspaper’s predominantly white readership. He was awarded a Nieman Fellowship in 1964 to study journalism at Harvard College in the US. However, the apartheid government rejected his application for a passport. As a result, he was forced to leave South Africa on an exit permit, which meant that he could not return. Nakasa soon found that racism existed in America as well, albeit in a more subtle form. He did not like New York and soon moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he spent his time at Harvard steeped in the sombre business of education. His death by suicide was an apartheid tragedy, and a tragedy of exile. He wrote articles for several newspapers after leaving Harvard, appeared in the television film The Fruit of Fear and was planning to write a biography of Miriam Makeba. But two days before his death, he told a friend: “I can’t laugh any more, and when I can’t laugh, I can’t write.” As it was not possible to bring his body home, he was buried at the Ferncliff cemetery in upstate New York. Also speaking at Friday’s awards ceremony, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said Nakasa was more than a reporter and a storyteller. “He was an activist, intellectual and opinion maker – one of those few individuals of whom could be said that without him, we would have been infinitely poorer.” Ramaphosa said the repatriation of Nakasa’s mortal remains to South Africa would stand as a victory over those who had denied him the right to return to the land of his birth. “It is a defeat for those who sought to turn Nakasa, like the majority of his people, into temporary sojourners in the country of their birth. Finally, his soul will rest in his ancestral land.” Ramaphosa said journalists should remember Nakasa by pausing and reflecting on the role of the media in the new South Africa that was achieved in 1994. “We need to do this so that we can consider where we will be or desire to be tomorrow. As a society, we expect many things of the media … but at its most basic, we ask you to communicate the story of South Africa and its people.” The media needed to tell stories that were good and also tell stories that were “difficult, painful and troublesome”, Ramaphosa said. Journalists should write of the experience of a woman who had been freed from the burden of collecting firewood because she now had electricity. “Tell us how this has enabled them to go out and find work, and how their lives have improved. But also be the voice of many people who have not yet had such opportunities.” Minister Mthethwa said the South African and US authorities were still finalising the logistics for Nakasa’s remains to be returned to SA. He said plans were being made to rebury Nakasa in Heroes’ Acre in Chesterville, Duban, adding that the reburial date would be announced at a later stage. SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporter