The Skiff: Oct. 15, 2020

first_imgThe Skiff: Digital IssuesThe Skiff: Oct. 15, 2020By Alexandra Lang – October 15, 2020 726 Facebook Alexandra Lang Alexandra Lang ReddIt Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Facebook The Skiff: April 1, 2021 printVolume 119, Issue 9: Soccer upsets Oklahoma StateAlso: First-year students adjust to living away during COVID-19, TCU distributes 3,500 flu vaccinesFailed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more info Alexandra Lang Twitter Alexandra Lang The Skiff: April 15, 2021 Alexandra Lang Alexandra Lang is a Journalism and Political Science double major from San Antonio, Texas. She has worked for TCU360 since her freshman year, and she is currently the Executive Editor of The Skiff. Linkedin Welcome TCU Class of 2025 + posts The Skiff: April 8, 2021 A fox’s tail: the story of TCU’s campus foxes Life in Fort Worth Previous articleTCU News Now 10/14/2020Next articleHoroscope: October 15, 2020 Alexandra Lang ReddIt The Skiff Graduation Issue: April 22, 2021last_img read more

Sarkozy accused of breaking promises after he decides to celebrate 14 July with press freedom predator

first_img News Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at the announcement that Syrian President Bashar el-Assad will be accompanying President Nicolas Sarkozy on the official podium during the French national holiday celebrations in Paris on 14 July.“Nicolas Sarkozy is breaking one commitment after another,” the press freedom organisation said. “After welcoming Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi with open arms in Paris on 10 December, Human Rights Day, and singing the praises of the Tunisian regime in April, he is now going to celebrate 14 July, which is supposed to be in honour of independence and freedom, next to the president of one of the world’s most repressive regimes.“How far is Sarkozy ready to go to promote his Mediterranean Union project? What new concessions will he make to the Libyan leader to get him to support this project? When he was running for president, Sarkozy put human rights at the heart of his programme. He said that, with him as president, talks would be much firmer especially, as regards Russia and China. Today we are far, very far, from these commitments. President Sarkozy, like others before him, is pursing a realpolitik at the expense of the values France is supposed to embody.”The Mediterranean Union project, which aims to reinforce the already existing cooperation between the Mediterranean countries and the European Union, will be officially created during a special summit in Paris on 13 July. Many Arab counties, including Lybia and Syria, have expressed misgivings about the project.After being received by Sarkozy in Paris last December, Gaddafi said during an interview for France 2 television that human rights had not been raised in his talks with the French president. This was denied by the Elysée Palace.During a state visit to Tunisia in April, Sarkozy said, “I do not see why I should take it upon myself to give lessons” and even went so far as to congratulate President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali for the progress Tunisia had supposedly made in respect for rights and freedoms.Four journalists and three cyber-dissidents are currently detained in Adra prison in Damascus as a result of a campaign of arrests of human rights activists. In Tunisia, journalist Slim Boukhdir is currently serving a one-year prison sentence.Assad, Gaddafi and Ben Ali are all on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Predators of Press Freedom.” Receive email alerts February 3, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Follow the news on Syria to go further News News March 8, 2021 Find out more SyriaMiddle East – North Africa center_img News Organisation Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists June 12, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Sarkozy accused of breaking promises after he decides to celebrate 14 July with press freedom predator SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria March 12, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Libya still extremely dangerous for journalists

first_imgNews News to go further Libya’s journalists are still among the leading victims of the political turmoil and violence that have been a constant ever since Col. Gaddafi’s overthrow in the 2011 revolution.Armed clashes are continuing despite an attempt by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) to broker a ceasefire and talks between the various political players and armed factions two weeks ago in the remote town of Ghadames. June 24, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Receive email alerts LibyaMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information On Libyan revolution’s 10th anniversary, authorities urged to guarantee press freedom Organisation News LibyaMiddle East – North Africa February 23, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders condemns the murder of Al-Tayeb Issa, one of the founders of privately-owned satellite TV station Tuareg Tumsat, in southwestern Libya on 5 October and radio presenter Motassem Al-Warfalli’s murder three days later in the eastern city of Benghazi.Issa’s bullet-riddled body was found on the road between Ghat and Obari, where he was from. His car had been set on fire. A colleague said that Issa, who was the TV station’s financial director, was a respected and discreet person who had never received threats.Obari has seen armed clashes between members of the Tebu and Tuareg communities since mid-September. They began when Tuaregs, who reportedly came from another region and support the armed Islamist coalition known as Operation Libya Dawn, tried to take over Obari’s main gas station, until then protected by a local Tebu force.Warfalli, a young presenter on Radio Sawt Libya Al-Watan, was murdered by gunmen who fired on him from a car and then sped away. He was known as a supporter of Ansar Al-Sharia, a group regarded as a terrorist organization by the Libyan government and the United States.Although the motives for these murders are still unknown, Reporters Without Borders does not rule out the possibility that they were linked to the victims’ journalistic work and urges the Libyan authorities to carry out swift investigations that take account of this possibility.This duty was stressed in the UN Human Rights Council’s resolution of 22 September on the “Safety of journalists”.It urged Libya, like other countries, to conduct “impartial, speedy, thorough, independent and effective investigations into all alleged violence against journalists and media workers falling within their jurisdiction, to bring perpetrators including, inter alia, those who command, conspire to commit, aid and abet or cover up such crimes to justice, and to ensure that victims and their families have access to appropriate remedies.”Reporters Without Borders reiterates its deep concern about the fate of Libya’s journalists, who are finding it increasingly difficult to practice their profession without fear of being persecuted, attacked or murdered.Media still being targetedAn armed group attacked Al-Midan FM, a privately-owned radio station in Zawiya, a town 40 km west of Tripoli, on the night of 9 October, removing its transmitter, other equipment and material and badly damaging some of its installations. The station had continued to broadcast political and social programmes despite getting many threats.In a statement on its Facebook page, the station accused those behind the “terrorist and cowardly attack” of wanting to “silence free media and take them over.” No group has so far claimed responsibility.Mo’az Al-Thaleeb, a presenter on the privately-owned satellite TV station Al-Assima, was kidnapped in the central Tripoli district of Salah El-Din on the evening of 10 October and was held for two days before being release. A member of the family said he was held at Al-Yarmouk military camp, which is controlled by Tripoli-based revolutionary militias and by Operation Libya Dawn. Al-Thaleeb, who is also studying social sciences, had previously received threats in connection with his journalistic work.In recent months, several radio stations have stopped broadcasting certain programmes, especially political ones, or have stopped broadcasting altogether. Many newspapers, such as Al-Mayadeen in Tripoli and Al-Ahwal in Benghazi, have also stopped publishing for fear of being attacked by armed groups.Such decisions by news media to censor themselves or stop working reinforce the feeling of fear within the media throughout Libya. The increasing frequency with which journalists flee the country after threats, attacks or murder attempts also highlights the level of danger for those who continue to work at great risk to themselves.Reporters Without Borders reiterates the fundamental importance of freedom of information in any democratic society, especially one in transition such as Libya. Despite rampant political instability and violence, it is vital that all political and military actors should respect this freedom, one enshrined in article 14 of Libya’s Constitutional Declaration, in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and in other treaties and conventions to which Libya is a party.Libya’s media personnel must also respect the basic principles of journalistic ethics and conduct by covering events as professionally and impartially as possible, with a constant concern for independence, transparency and objectivity, the bases of good journalism. News Six imprisoned journalists to finally appear in court in Istanbul December 17, 2019 Find out more Well-known Libyan journalist missing since his arrest October 14, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Libya still extremely dangerous for journalists Follow the news on Libyalast_img read more

Conference tackles safe needle practice

first_imgConference tackles safe needle practiceOn 1 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. The Government’s stance on the use of “safe” needles designed tocurb needlestick injuries has been put under the spotlight at a conference inLondon. The conference, held between 31 May and 1 June, looked at ways of reducingthe number of needlestick injuries suffered by health workers. It was attended by doctors, nurses, occupational health practitioners andother health professionals. UK health workers suffer more than 100,000 needlestick injuries a year andin Europe the number of injuries is even higher in Europe according toFrontline for Europe, which represents “frontline” health workers. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Jadestone submits development plan for Nam Du and U Minh fields offshore Vietnam

first_imgThe Vietnam Government will consider the FDP for approval for the Nam Du and U Minh fields, following receipt of Petrovietnam’s endorsement VR can allow remote access to hard-to-reach facilities Independent oil and gas production company Jadestone Energy has submitted field development plan (FDP), for Nam Du and U Minh gas fields, offshore southwestern Vietnam, to Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (Petrovietnam).The Vietnam Government will consider the FDP for approval, following receipt of Petrovietnam’s endorsement for the fields. The government’s decision on FDP is expected later this year.Jadestone is the operator for the gas fields Nam Du and U Minh, located in block 46/07 and block 51, respectively, offshore Southwest Vietnam. The company has a 100% operated working interest in the two gas development blocks.The FDP submission follows finalisation of the bidder selection process for the facilities EPC contract, selection of a floating production storage and offloading vessel provider, implementation of project management plans for the execution phase of the project, and receipt of amended investment licences for both fields’ production sharing contracts.Jadestone said in a statement: “The Company intends to begin a reserves audit process in the coming weeks, which, in addition to details of the final gas sales and purchase agreement (“GSPA”), will establish the 2P reserves the Company will be eligible to record following development sanction and execution of the GSPA.”The Nam Du and U Minh fields were estimated to hold gross contingent gas resources (2C) of 171.3 bcf as of 31 December 2017.Jadestone Energy president and CEO Paul Blakeley said: “This is a major growth project for Jadestone and, with the submission of our field development plan, we now have a clear line of sight toward formal development sanction which is expected to be received later this year.“In the meantime, our negotiations are progressing well toward finalising a gas sales and purchase agreement in accordance with the heads of agreement signed with Petrovietnam earlier this year.“The spirit of cooperation between Jadestone and the Vietnamese Government and regulator is strong, and we are working together to swiftly monetise this domestic resource, with targeted first production in late 2021.“Nam Du and U Minh offer a material volume of gas for both Jadestone and for Vietnam and, once in production, will be used for existing installed power generation and the manufacturing of fertilisers, thereby directly contributing to Vietnam’s ongoing economic growth and development.”Jadestone’s subsidiaries signed agreement for gas sales from two fields in AprilIn April, Jadestone announced two of its wholly-owned subsidiaries signed a heads of agreement (HOA) with Petrovietnam for gas sales from the Nam Du and U Minh fields.The agreement covers all discovered resources from the Nam Du and U Minh fields.last_img read more

NAVFAC, Atlantic Contingency Constructors Sign Contract

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today NAVFAC, Atlantic Contingency Constructors Sign Contract View post tag: sign View post tag: Naval Industry news View post tag: contract September 24, 2012 View post tag: Atlantic View post tag: Navy NAVFAC, Atlantic Contingency Constructors Sign Contract Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded a $7.4 million contract, Sept. 17, to Atlantic Contingency Constructors L.L.C., of Norfolk, Va. for repairs at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NAS JRB) New Orleans, La. after damages sustained from Hurricane Isaac.“As an installation, we try to prepare for the worst and hope for the best when a hurricane threatens, but every storm is different,” said Capt. Jack Hill, NAS JRB New Orleans commanding officer. “Now that the storm has passed, an evaluation of our post-hurricane situation is complete and initial remediation actions are ongoing.”“During the first days and week following the storm, PWD (Public Works Department) employees and members of the Contingency Engineering Response Team, out of Jacksonville, Fla. provided immediate response evaluating at all of our facilities,” said Lt. Cmdr. Griffin Stauffer, NAS JRB New Orleans public works officer.The hurricane moved very slowly over the New Orleans area subjecting the buildings to several days of rain and high winds. Damage to the buildings consisted primarily of water intrusion through wind-driven rain. The buildings at NAS JRB New Orleans are built-up with positive drainage away from the buildings so no buildings suffered from flooding due to rising water.Some building exteriors were damaged finding broken windows, missing downspouts, gutters, shingles, soffits, fascia and ventilation fan covers. There was roof damage, particularly to some of the older roofs.Damage to the interiors of the buildings consisted of soaked ceiling tiles, insulation, walls, and wet carpets and floors.This contract will provide for the construction phase of Hurricane Isaac recovery efforts to repair buildings damaged by Hurricane Isaac. The goal is to bring the facilities back to pre-storm condition. “The award of this contract is the next step towards final repairs,” said Hill. “Over the next few months restoration will be based on mission priorities.”“I appreciate and commend NAVFAC, including our own NAS JRB Public Works Department, for their prompt and proactive actions before, during, and after the storm. Everyone is already looking forward to things getting back to normal as soon as possible and this is a big move in that direction,” said Hill.The work is expected to be completed by, December 2012.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, September 24, 2012 View post tag: NAVFAC View post tag: Contingency View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Constructors Share this articlelast_img read more

Bakery raider was ’high on crack’

first_imgA man has admitted holding up Mr Bunn the Baker in Long Stratton, Norfolk, using a sawn-off shot gun, while high on crack cocaine.Michael Roode appeared at Norwich Crown Court on 21 March and said he and Nigel Bestford, who was allegedly armed with an axe, held up the bakery.After pushing a gun into a bakery worker’s ear, which caused bleeding, Roode said they stole cash from the safe, emptied the tills and helped themselves to cakes and sandwiches. A digital camera was also stolen, he said.Roode said they then ushered the victim, Rosyton Owen, to a cash machine and ordered him to withdraw £200.last_img read more

Irwin’s new bread sizes

first_imgIrwin’s Bakery are a slice ahead of the game, with the launch of its new bread sizes, ahead of a new EU directive in April 2009, which will see historical bread weight restrictions lifted.Irwin’s, based in Co. Armagh, is bringing in new smaller loaf sizes in one of its signature brands and claims it is the first bakery to offer new sizes in Northern Ireland. Irwin’s tested the waters of the non-standard bread weight market this summer by trialling three new smaller loaves in its Nutty Krust range, to gage consumer demand.The bakery decided to make its 600g Nutty Krust Sunflower & Pumpkin Seed, 600g Malted Grain, and 400g Half Loaf permanently available after 300,000 were purchased after the launch.“It’s a major step for any bakery to introduce different bread sizes after decades of uniform weight restrictions, because it involves significant investment in new product development, processing and packaging capabilities,” said Michael Murphy, Irwin’s commercial controller. “We decided to take the step, and to do it as early as we could, because our ongoing analysis is that the traditional ‘one size fits all’ 800g loaf is not what all consumers want.” Murphy went on to say that in Irwin’s British and Republic of Ireland export markets, consumer habits are quite diverse, and these new sizes will allow people to enjoy the bread they buy whilst its at its freshest and will cut down on wastage. Irwin’s also hopes its new bread sizes will help grow its export market.last_img read more

The Grateful Dead Release New Box Set, “Pacific Northwest ’73-’74: Believe It If You Need It” [Listen]

first_imgGrateful Dead Pacific Northwest ’73-’74: Believe It If You Need It TracklistingDisc 11. China Cat Sunflower>, Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR (5/19/74) [8:38]2. I Know You Rider, Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR (5/19/74) [5:30]3. Bird Song, P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, B.C.(6/22/73)[14:21]4. Box Of Rain, Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR(6/24/73)[5:19]5. Brown-Eyed Women, Hec Edmundson Pavilion, University Of Washington, Seattle, WA (5/21/74)[5:02]6. Truckin’>, Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR (5/19/74)[10:43]7. Jam>, Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR (5/19/74)[9:58]8. Not Fade Away>, Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR (5/19/74)[6:56]9. Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad, Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR (5/19/74)[7:01]10. One More Saturday Night, Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR (5/19/74)[4:51]Disc 21. Here Comes Sunshine, P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, B.C. (6/22/73) [12:11]2. Eyes Of The World>, P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada (5/17/74) [13:24]3. China Doll>, Hec Edmundson Pavilion, University Of Washington, Seattle, WA (5/21/74) [5:33]4. Playing In The Band, Hec Edmundson Pavilion, University Of Washington, Seattle, WA (5/21/74) [46:32]Disc 31. Sugaree, P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada (5/17/74) [7:37]2. He’s Gone>, P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, B.C. (6/22/73) [11:30]3. Truckin’>, P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, B.C. (6/22/73)[26:06]4. The Other One, P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, B.C. (6/22/73) [15:43]5. Wharf Rat>, P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, B.C. (6/22/73) [7:58]6. Sugar Magnolia, P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, B.C. (6/22/73) [9:53]View Tracklisting Last week, The Grateful Dead released a brand-new compilation set titled Pacific Northwest ’73-’74: Believe It If You Need It. The new set, which takes its name from the lyrics to “Box of Rain”—a weather-appropriate song for the region it focuses on—culls the highlights from The Dead’s performances in Portland, OR; Vancouver, B.C., Canada; and Seattle Washington in June of 1973 and May of 1974.As the compilation’s description notes,The Pacific Northwest offers up a rich feast of land, sky, and water. It is ripe with influences, abundant with symbols, deep and spirited. It should, therefore, come as no surprise that the Grateful Dead played some of their most inspired shows on these fertile grounds. Dip your toe in the transformative waters with PACIFIC NORTHWEST ’73-’74: BELIEVE IT IF YOU NEED IT, a compilation that highlights performances from our COMPLETE boxed set You can stream the new compilation in full below via Spotify:Grateful Dead – Pacific Northwest ’73-’74: Believe It If You Need It [Full Audio]For more info, or to purchase your copy of the Grateful Dead’s Pacific Northwest ’73-’74: Believe It If You Need It compilation, head here.last_img read more

A groundswell on climate change

first_imgIf you seek change — as today’s climate change activists do — you can’t shrink from conflict, because the two go hand-in-hand in a democracy, according to a Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) authority on social organizing.Marshall Ganz, an HKS senior lecturer in public policy, drew on his decades of experience in the Civil Rights Movement and as a community organizer to offer lessons for those seeking change.“The idea that democracy is about consensus, I don’t know where that idea came from,” Ganz said. “Democracy is about contention, about constructive contention.”Ganz was among panelists considering social activism on climate change during “Climate Change and Social Action,” a discussion Monday at Sanders Theatre sponsored by the Harvard University Center for the Environment.Other panelists included Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology; Government Professor Stephen Ansolabehere; McArthur University Professor Rebecca Henderson; and Andrew Hoffman of the University of Michigan. The moderator was Daniel Schrag, director of the Center for the Environment, Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology, and professor of environmental science and engineering. Harvard President Drew Faust offered comments at the program’s end.The panelists gave the climate change movement low marks compared with major social movements of the past, such as those that ended slavery, fostered civil rights, fought tobacco use, and abolished apartheid.Skocpol, who recently completed a report on the failure of environmental cap-and-trade legislation during President Barack Obama’s first term, said there is a large gap between Washington-based environmental groups that focus their efforts on legal and regulatory change and grassroots organizers seeking to mobilize the population on this issue.The cap-and-trade legislation failed, Skocpol said, in part because it was drafted as a high-level agreement between top players on the issue whose lead Congress was expected to follow. They didn’t take into account how polarizing the issue had become for legislators. Any future efforts, she said, should include significant grassroots organizing in every state and congressional district.“I don’t think you’ll do it with an inside game. You need the involvement of citizens,” Skocpol said.Hoffman equated the reform needed for meaningful climate action to the abolition of slavery because such areas require fundamental changes to existing economic models. With slave labor providing the wealth of the overlord society, ending the institution — aside from its moral aspects — represented an enormous economic transformation.Similarly, the availability of cheap fossil fuels is the foundation on which the global economy is built, so shifting to other energy sources will be neither quick nor easy, he said. It took England a century to abolish slavery. In the United States, it took a civil war.Ansolabehere, who has conducted extensive polling on the environment, said that people are concerned about climate change. But it’s still not even their top environmental issue, since that title goes to clean water. People think something should be done about climate change, but their support for reform plummets when they learn that their monthly electricity bills will rise.“People are not willing to pay extra to address this issue,” Ansolabehere said.If a constituency isn’t strong, it is up to the social organizers to build it, Ganz said, which is a role that young people and universities can play. They need to identify who is interested in this issue and who is already out there working on it, he said. “That’s the challenge of movement building, and where young people and universities can play a role,” Ganz said, adding that young people have to ask where they have access and influence to begin making change.Panelists touched on some Harvard students’ calls for the University endowment to divest from the stocks of fossil fuel companies, with Hoffman saying there is a similar movement at the University of Michigan. Although some portfolio managers disagree, Henderson said that environmentally friendly portfolios have shown comparable rates of return. Hoffman added that there are other ways shareholders can influence the issue besides divesting, by exercising shareholder power to convince large fossil fuel companies to take more environmentally friendly action, like refusing government subsidies, using fossil fuel profits for renewable research, and halting government lobbying.Even though climate change has yet to galvanize enough broad public support to prompt federal action, several panelists suggested that this is already a period of change. Schrag traced a shifting of public opinion on the issue to Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the New York and New Jersey coastlines and which New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg suggested was linked to climate change during his subsequent endorsement of Obama for re-election.“Sandy suddenly evoked a connection to climate change in people’s minds,” Schrag said.Other panelists said some businesses are ready to change. They recognize that carbon releases into the atmosphere will have to be regulated, but they need government to take the lead by levying a price on carbon emissions. That will let them know what a new economic playing field looks like and identify opportunities within it.“There are a huge number of business opportunities here. There are business people who want to take the lead,” Henderson said.Hoffman suggested that this may be something of a renaissance now, citing the shift of auto vehicle fleets to hybrid and electric technologies, the movement by California to regulate carbon emissions even absent federal action, the coming need to rebuild the aging electricity transmission grid, and a major shift from coal toward cleaner — though still carbon-emitting — natural gas, made abundant by new extraction technologies.“The funny thing about a renaissance is you don’t see it until it’s done. All you can see is the pain” leading toward it, Hoffman said.In her closing comments, Faust said the session was especially thought-provoking for someone who had made a career of studying the American South and the Civil War, and who was a college student herself during the civil rights era.“I look forward to more conversations, more arguments, more vibrant democracy, and to mobilizing universities in ways that enable us to support the very best of human life and the best for the planet on which we live,” Faust said.last_img read more