First family visits for imprisoned journalists

first_img News CubaAmericas CubaAmericas Raúl Rivero, winner of the 1997 Reporters Without Borders – France Foundation awardBorn in Morón (Camagüey) in 1945, Raúl Rivero used to be a journalist with the official news agency Prensa Latina and was its Moscow correspondent from 1973 to 1976. He resigned from UNEAC, the official association of Cuban journalists and writers in 1989. He broke completely with the regime in 1991 when he signed “The letter of 10 intellectuals” which called on President Fidel Castro to free prisoners of conscience and to reform the socialist regime. He is the only one of the 10 signatories who is still in Cuba.He created Cuba Press, one of the first independent news agencies, in September 1995. It has never been recognised by the government. He received the Reporters Without Borders – France Foundation award in 1997 for his efforts on behalf of press freedom in Cuba. He was last arrested was on 9 March 1999, the date of the last major wave of arrests. It came just over a year after the pope’s visit in January 1998 and was the government’s way of showing there would be no liberalization.Since then, his international reputation had seem to protect him from the everyday harassment to which his colleagues are exposed. However, the government never granted him a temporary exit visa so that he could take advantage of invitations to attend events abroad. The only permission it was prepared to give him was for a definitive departure with no return. Rivero had always refused this. “Cuba, where news is the exclusive reserve of the state”The Cuban constitution bans any private ownership of the media. Because they cannot publish in their own country, about 100 independent journalists rely on Cuban exile organisations in the United States to put out their articles, mostly on Internet websites. Last year, a score of them were arrested and more than 30 acts of intimidation against journalists counted by Reporters Without Borders. Nearly 60 independent journalists have been forced into exile abroad since 1995.Four journalists are currently in prison in Cuba. They are Bernardo Arévalo Padrón, of the Línea Sur Press news agency, who was sentenced in November 1997 to six years imprisonment for “insulting” President Fidel Castro and Vice-President Carlos Lage; Carlos Brizuela Yera, of the CPIC news agency, and Lexter Téllez Castro, head of the Agencia de Prensa Libre Avileña, who were arrested on 4 March last year in Ciego de Ávila while protesting against a police attack on a journalist from the Cuba Press agency; and Carlos Alberto Domínguez, who has been held without formal charges since 23 February last year.A Reporters Without Borders survey – “Cuba, where news is the exclusive reserve of the state” – describes their conditions of detention. The report notes that despite official harassment, some independent journalists say their activities are more or less tolerated. In reality, it says, this is not so and the government’s repression has achieved its goal of keeping independent journalists this side of the “red line,” which is putting out unauthorised news to the general population.List of the journalists detained Help by sharing this information March 27, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 First family visits for imprisoned journalists Follow the news on Cuba News 24.03.2003 – At least 24 journalists detainedReporters Without Borders learns that family members were allowed to visit some of the journalists arrested last week. Most of them were reportedly detained in Villa Marista (Havana), headquarters of the state security, which is in charge of the repression against dissidents.The latest report by the Cuban Human Rights and National Reconciliation Commission (CCDHRN), headed by Elizardo Sanchez, states that 75 dissidents were arrested since 18 March. According to the figures posted on the nuevaprensa.org (visit) and cubanet.org (visit) websites, at least 24 of them are journalists. They are:- Victor Rolando Arroyo, UPECI agency (Pinar del Río)- Pedro Argüelles Morán, CAPI agency (Ciego de Avila)- Mijail Barzaga Lugo, freelance journalist (Havana)- Carmelo Díaz Fernandez, freelance journalist and unionist (Havana)- Oscar Espinosa Chepe, freelance journalist and economist (Havana)- Adolfo Fernández Sainz, Pátria agency (Havana)- Miguel Galván, Havana Press agency (Güines)- Julio César Alvarez, freelance journalist (Havana)- Edel José García Díaz, freelance journalist, former head of Centro Norte Press agency (CNP, Havana)- José Luis García Paneque, head of Libertad agency (Las Tunas)- Ricardo González Alfonso, editor of De Cuba and Reporters without borders’s correspondent (Havana)- Alejandro González Raga, freelance journalist (Havana)- Juan Carlos Herrera Acosta, freelance journalist (Havana)- Hector Maseda, Grupo de Trabajo Decoro agency (Havana)- Mario Enrique Mayo, head of Félix Varela agency (Camagüey)- Normando Hernández, head of Independant College of Journalists agency (Camagüey)- Jorge Olivera Castillo, head of Havana Press agency (havana)- Pablo Pacheco Avila, CAPI agency (Ciego de Avila)- Fabio Prieto Llorente,freelance jouranlist (Havana)- José Gabriel Ramón Castillo, freelance journalist (Santiago de Cuba)- Raúl Rivero Castañeda, head of Cuba Press agency (Havana)- Omar Rodríguez Saludes, head of Nueva Prensa agency (Havana)- Omar Ruiz, Grupo de Trabajo Decoro agency (Havana)- Manuel Vazquez Portal, Grupo de Trabajo Decoro agency (Havana)Two other journalists were reportedly under house-arrest. They are:- Roberto García Cabreras, free-lance journalist (Havana)- Adela Soto Alvarez, Nueva Prensa agency (Pinar del Río)_____________________________________________________ October 12, 2018 Find out more ____________________________________ to go further Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council News The families of several of the independent journalists and dissidents arrested last week have been allowed to visit them since 24 March in various places of detention around the country. They were allowed to stay between 15 and 30 minutes, mostly in the presence of a guard who ensured that conversation was confined to morale or health matters and not about any charges against them. Many families have been told these charges are being worked out. Most of the journalists said they had been well treated, though some families reported some had health problems. Elizardo Sánchez, head of the CCDHRN, said on 26 March that those arrested had no access to lawyers.Blanca Reyes, wife of jailed poet and journal Raúl Rivero, told Reporters Without Borders she had been able to visit her husband at Villa Marista, the state security headquarters in Havana, on 26 March. He told her he was being held with common law criminals and had been well treated, but Reyes said he was being held in conditions of “minimal” sanitation. The officer present during the meeting told her Rivero and Ricardo González, the Reporters Without Borders correspondent, would be prosecuted under the “defence of national independence” law (88). Their case-file number is 3-48.Law 88 provides for up to 20 years imprisonment for collaborating with US policies towards Cuba. Reyes said she was held at the prison for nearly an hour and a half after the visit, which prevented her from attending a press conference given by several wives of dissidents for the foreign media.The Greek presidency of the European Union (EU) condemned the arrests on 26 March and called for the immediate release of those detained, saying it considered them prisoners of conscience. It said such arrests violated freedom of expression, which the EU wanted to encourage in its relations with outside countries. It added that “violations of fundamental civil and political rights” would be “monitored very closely” by the EU and would “continue to influence the Union’s relations with Cuba.” RSF_en May 6, 2020 Find out more October 15, 2020 Find out more The families of several independent journalists and dissidents arrested last week have been allowed to visit them since 24 March. Blanca Reyes, wife of Raúl Rivero, was told he would be prosecuted under the “defence of national independence” law. RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago 24.03.2003 – Two dozen independent journalists arrested, including news agency editor and poet Raúl Rivero Reporters Without Borders today voiced its outrage at the arrest of some 20 independent journalists including Raúl Rivero (photo), 1997 winner of the Reporters Without Borders – France Foundation award, and called on the European Union to send a clear signal that it will not tolerate this level of repression.A poet and the editor of the clandestine news agency Cuba Press, Rivero was arrested on 20 March by police who searched his home. His detention was one of the latest in a wave of arrests in dissident circles that began on 18 March. According to the latest tally, about 20 independent journalists and some 30 other dissidents (government opponents and human rights activists) have been detained.”The arrest of Raúl Rivero, one of the leading figures of Cuba’s independent press, has taken the current wave of repression beyond another threshold,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said. “The Cuban authorities are clearly taking advantage of the war in Iraq to crack down while the world looks elsewhere. Human rights in Cuba can therefore be viewed as one of the first cases of collateral damage in the second Gulf war. Human rights in other countries could also soon suffer the same fate,” Ménard warned.In a letter to European commissioner for development Poul Nielson, Ménard called on the European Union to suspend consideration of Cuba’s application to joint the Cotonou trade accords. “It is essential that the European Union should send a clear signal that it will not tolerate the current wave of repression. The European Union must above all be consistent. It is official policy that the expansion of relations with Cuba depends on Cuba’s respect for human rights. The European parliament awarded the Sakharov human rights award to Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá last December.”The Cotonou accords, which Cuba applied to join in January 2003, grant 77 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (the ACP group) economic aid and preferential trade relations with the European Union.Arrests end a period of relative toleranceThe websites nuevaprensa.org and cubanet.org, which carry the articles of independent journalists who are banned in Cuba, have reported the arrest of more than 20 independent journalists since 18 March. According to the latest estimates, a total of 50 dissidents including the journalists have been arrested during the same period.The authorities have accused those detained of being “traitors” and “employees in the pay” of James Cason, the head of the US interests sections, which substitutes for a US embassy in Havana. Cason himself has been accused by the government of directing their subversive activity. A statement published on 19 March in the official daily Granma said that the dissidents would be tried. They were facing up to 20 years in prison. This wave of arrests ends a period of relative tolerance which Cuba’s independent press seemed to have been enjoying for the past few months. Taking advantage of this let-up, several journalists in December 2002 had launched a magazine called De Cuba, which was the first attempt to challenge the government monopoly of news reporting in 10 years. The arrest of Ricardo González (photo), the editor of De Cuba and Reporters Without Borders’ correspondent, put an end to the bimonthly, whose last issue came out on 26 February.- Download the magazine De Cuba : News Receive email alerts Organisation last_img read more

CORRECTING and REPLACING Expansion of JM Search Consumer Practice

first_img TAGS  CORRECTING and REPLACING Expansion of JM Search Consumer Practice Local NewsBusiness Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan 26, 2021– First paragraph, third sentence of release should read: Additional team members include Abbee Phillips… (instead of Additional team members include Abbee Philipps…). The updated release reads: EXPANSION OF JM SEARCH CONSUMER PRACTICE JM Search announces a significant expansion of its long standing and highly successful Consumer Executive Search Practice. Partners MaryJeanne Scott and Phil Menzel Co-lead the practice. Additional team members include Abbee Phillips and Mike Neff, Partners; Liza Stokes, Vice President and, Pete Haessig, Search Consultant. The search executives are supported by a team of dedicated research and business development associates. The Consumer Practice recruits Board Members, CEOs, C-suite and Senior Executives for manufacturers, direct-to-consumer, omni channel retailers and distributors of consumer goods and serves Public, Private, Private Equity and Venture Capital backed companies. The Practice services all aspects of the consumer products industry and is especially deep in food & beverage, home furnishings, fashion, outdoor & recreational products, personal care & beauty and cannabis. “I am excited to announce the expansion of our highly successful Consumer Practice. Our growing team of senior search executives each bring a level of industry depth and executive search experience resulting in an increased ability to identify and assess exceptional leaders who are creating shareholder value for all of our clients in the Consumer Industry,” said John Marshall, JM Search’s co-founder and Chief Executive Officer. Clients throughout the industry, continually use JM Search as trusted advisors recruiting and assessing exceptional leaders who enhance organizational performance and drive shareholder value. JM Search Consumer Practice ( https://jmsearch.com/industries/consumer/ ) As Consumer Products and Retail Industries continually evolve, the need for leadership teams that can drive innovation, transformation and scale has become a paramount competitive advantage. Private Equity Firms, Private and Public Companies and their Boards of Directors look to JM Search as a proven and trusted partner in recruiting high-impact and performance-driven leaders across retail, omni channel, consumer brands and cannabis sectors. We have a deep understanding of consumer-facing businesses from emerging companies to international household brands. Our incisive, inclusive and consultative approach to executive search starts with Partners who bring deep domain expertise and are actively involved in every aspect of the search process. With relationships that collectively extend across all consumer markets, we consistently deliver top tier talent with the vision and know how to transform companies and impact bottom lines. JM Search ( www.jmsearch.com ) is a premier retained executive search firm and trusted advisor to CEOs, investors and boards of directors in recruiting, assessing and delivering high performance leaders and transformational leadership teams. JM Search clients include private equity firms and portfolio companies, venture capital-backed businesses, and publicly and privately held companies across North America. Founded in 1980, the JM Search team brings together former operating and financial executives, investors and experienced search professionals with deep industry specialization, functional expertise and proven access to talent spanning multiple industry sectors. With national reach and local market depth, the firm’s partner-led approach enables JM Search to deliver exceptional leaders who enhance organizational performance and drive shareholder value. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210126005401/en/ CONTACT: MaryJeanne Scott 312-619-3910 x 305 KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA ILLINOIS INDUSTRY KEYWORD: CONSULTING OTHER RETAIL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES SPECIALTY FOOD/BEVERAGE FASHION COSMETICS RETAIL OTHER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES HOME GOODS HUMAN RESOURCES SOURCE: JM Search Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 01/26/2021 01:14 PM/DISC: 01/26/2021 01:13 PM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210126005401/encenter_img Pinterest Facebook Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – January 26, 2021 Twitter Previous articleUne nouvelle étude conclut que Xlear élimine et/ou désactive le SRAS-CoV-2 ; Efficacité contre les nouveaux variantsNext articleEctor County Commissioners Meeting Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

3 money-smart skills you should teach your child earlier than you might think

first_img*Foundations of Financial Well-Being: Insights into the Role of Executive Function, Financial Socialization, and Experience-Based Learning in Childhood and Youth by ANITA I. DREVER, ELIZABETH ODDERS-WHITE, CHARLES W.KALISH, NICOLE M. ELSE-QUEST, EMILY M. HOAGLAND, AND EMORY N. NELMS** Learning Your Monetary ABCs: The Link between Emergent Literacy and Early Childhood Financial Literacy by Martha H. McCormick and David Godsted***Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanford_marshmallow_experiment) Start financial literacy lessons early — and I don’t mean as a Freshman in high school.“Parents’ influence on their children’s understanding of money management begins early…before they even start school.”*If you’re a parent, your child will invariably show interest in money before you drop them off for their first day of kindergarten. Your kids will undoubtedly be exposed to messages to consume by the time they’re two. This is why I’ve spent the better part of my parental experience advocating that parents begin money-smart lessons as early as possible, even as kids are toddling through the house. Research supports what we do: “the early elementary grades may be a developmentally appropriate time to teach children to resist consumer culture.”* Though toddlers are not developmentally able to fully grasp these concepts, they are being exposed to consumer messages and that means that we must expose them to meaningful, balanced counter-messaging. Think of it as “emergent financial literacy.”**Three basic money-smart skills that will set your kids on the path to a smarter financial future are:Making Smart Money Choices.“We are happy with things, until we find out there are better things available.” –Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending by Elizabeth Dunn, Michael NortonMaking choices is at the heart of our experience with money. We are always making money choices as adults. It’s important that we allow our kids to do the same – with parental guidance. The best way to teach and reinforce these lessons is through actual experience with cold, hard cash. Providing your kids with a structured allowance is a very effective way to accomplish this goal. Although some would cynically label an allowance as a “handout,” when given for the purpose of teaching your kids how to use money properly, it is a noble endeavor.My parents are wonderful people. Like other parents at the time, they gave us money, called it “allowance” and hoped it might help teach us to become money-smart. Given the limited discourse on youth financial literacy at that time, their approach was actually relatively progressive.We need to do better today, however.Don’t give your kids a handout. Be explicit with them about the meaning of an allowance. Just as you wouldn’t allow them to use a saw or razor without guidance, let them know you are providing an allowance so they may learn to use money properly.A good starting point is to provide your five-year-old with five dollars a week, increasing it from there as your child hits each birthday. I’ve written extensively on allowance and growing financial responsibility with your kids as they age. You can read more in this post, which provides practical allowance tips for kids age two to 12.“For there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”–Stumbling on Happiness by Dan Gilbert.My daughters like to ask me about the quality of their spending decisions. Just last week, my teenage daughter talked to me about her desire to buy a Fjallraven Kanken Mini Backpack, which are apparently all the rage. They cost $60 and she could afford to buy one using some of the money she earned earlier in the summer. I shared my thoughts, “You already have two backpacks. Why do you need another?” In a moment of rare thoughtful attention, I told her to keep in mind that my opinion was just that – mine. My value judgements come from oodles of experience (good and bad). We parents want to share our values. Of course, we’d like our kids to adopt our most cherished ones. But our value judgments are not theirs. Giving our kids responsibility over their own money allows them to learn to make their own judgments when the stakes are low and when those same financial mistakes aren’t potentially catastrophic.Personal experience is the best teacher. Setting up a guided allowance will help your kids begin to understand how to make money-smart choices that will work best for them now and in the future.Needs vs. WantsDistinguishing between needs and wants is essential to becoming money-smart. It’s also very important to not fall into the trap of “demonizing” wants. Desire is okay. Even Money Mammals are allowed to want things. However, it’s equally important that kids recognize that the money tap is not endless.For early elementary and even preschool age kids, it’s very easy to play a simple “need vs. want” game at the market. Ask your child to tell you which of the items you’re purchasing are “needs” and which ones are “wants” as you walk around the store. It’s simple and fun and even little kids start to understand these basic concepts very quickly.It’s also a good idea to explain the unseen decisions that you make. Shelter, food and clothing are three obvious needs that are good for your kids to understand. Teach your children the nuance of what I call “conditional needs.” For example, you need a conveyance to get to work. Your options include walking, biking, taking public transportation or driving your car. You can explain to your kids that the latter might be the best choice, because the other options eat into family time.It’s also helpful for kids to understand that your purchase of a $27,000 Prius may seem extravagant to them. They didn’t see that you didn’t buy a $45,000 SUV. They also don’t see the money you save with its superior fuel economy. It’s worth a conversation with them about these choices. Of course, you could make arguments for all these conveyances depending on your location. It’s ultimately up to you and your situation. The point here is that you communicate to your kids the “why” behind the choices you are making (especially the big, invisible ones).Discussing needs and wants pays off. I recall a time when I dropped and shattered my phone. As I quickly cried out my need for a new one, my very proud daughter interjected, with gusto, “You don’t NEED an iPhone, Dad.” Point taken! Once you begin to teach your kids how to be money-smart, they may help keep YOU in line.Saving for a Goal“Delaying consumption does not drive people to unmitigated self-denial. Rather, it drives them to maximize their happiness, whatever form that takes.” –Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending by Elizabeth Dunn, Michael NortonSaving for a goal is one of the most powerful skills you can teach your kids. It goes beyond the financial literacy realm. I believe it’s an essential life skill. Life is only truly lived by the dreamers, and dreams are achieved by setting goals.Research strongly supports training kids to focus on goals early. You’ve likely heard about The Marshmallow Test famously implemented by Stanford researcher, Walter Michel. Children were given a choice between one small immediate reward or waiting a short period of time to get double the reward. You may not know that Mr. Michel did a follow up study on some of those same test subjects many years later. The participants who were able to delay gratification “tended to have better life outcomes, as measured by SAT scores, educational attainment, body mass index (BMI), and other life measures.”*** The long term effects of learning to delay gratification are powerful.Brain research also supports this approach:“Executive function of the brain, critical in goal setting and delaying gratification, develops rapidly in the first five years… Research indicates that there are innate individual differences in inhibition that can be influenced during executive function’s rapid development between the ages of 3 and 5… For example, working memory and inhibition together make it possible to keep our savings goals at the front of our mind even while considering a seductive purchase.”*Need a bit more convincing that it’s important to start early?Another study “found that parent and teacher reports of child’s self-control between the ages of 3 and 11 is associated with future savings and investment behavior, home and retirement account ownership, and self-reported money and credit management success.”*Undoubtedly, there is much that is complicated about financial matters. Teaching your kids about money does not have to be. Start with these basics and you’ll be well on your way to raising a money-smart,  “money comfortable” kid. 111SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Lanza John Lanza is the Chief Mammal of Snigglezoo Entertainment, and Creator of The Money Mammals. John created The Saving Money Is Fun Kids Club for credit unions nationwide and has … Web: www.themoneymammals.com Detailslast_img read more

Busy Year for JFSE in Asia Pacific

first_imgJames Fisher Subsea Excavation (JFSE) said it has provided 200 days of operational expertise in the  region to date in 2019.The projects have included several work scopes for Woen Jinn Harbor Engineering (WJH) at offshore windfarm sites in Taiwan.JFSE’s Twin R2000 spread has been mobilised for more than 300 days in the past two years, supporting WJH’s efforts on major Taiwanese energy projects.Bruce Lee, director at WJH, said: “JFSE has become a trusted partner in our work. We have a very collaborative relationship developing solutions which streamline the excavation element of our projects.”These projects have included trenching and deburying cables at Formosa 1, near Miaoli on the west coast of Taiwan – a 130MW windfarm that is the country’s first commercial-scale offshore wind project.Elsewhere in the Asia Pacific region, JFSE’s SP6000 and LARS system has provided trench maintenance and remedial post trenching services at a remote site in Papua, Indonesia as part of a major project to increase the total capacity at a gas liquefaction plant. The team recently returned to the site and is currently providing operational supporting to assist the client with another work scope.JFSE’s T8000 is preparing three areas of seabed for jacket leg installation in Malaysia and will soon be mobilising to assist with a pipeline repair project elsewhere in the region.More than 200 operational days in Asia Pacific are already contracted for the remainder of 2019 across a number of project sites.Richard Beattie, regional director at JFSE said:“The Asia Pacific market is enjoying a strong period with the extension of oil and gas sites and the growth of the renewables industry. We have been working in this region for many years and have tools based in multiple strategic locations so are well-placed to respond to the needs of new and existing clients.”last_img read more

Worker Safety in Grain Facilities

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — As local farm workers prepare for this year’s harvest, the Indiana Department of Labor reminds employers and employees about grain handling facility hazards and how to prevent occupational injuries and fatalities.On July 10, 2014 a 9-year-old boy died after falling into a grain bin in Lancaster, Wis., underscoring the dangerous conditions of grain facilities. In June 2013 a Hoosier farm worker in LaPorte County was killed in a grain bin accident.Grain bins across the U.S. have killed more than 180 people and injured more than 675 since 1980. Grain dust is highly flammable and is the number one cause of grain bin explosions.“The safety of our farm workers is of paramount importance to our Indiana agriculture industry,” said Commissioner Rick J. Ruble. “Grain handling facilities are extremely dangerous, and workers must recognize the dangers and take all necessary precautions.”Employees working in or near grain handling facilities should never work alone because they are exposed to significant occupational safety and health hazards including falls, electrocution, engulfment, auger entanglement and dust explosions. Working with a partner ensures help is always nearby.Additionally, employers and employees can reduce the likelihood of worker injury, illness or death by taking the following precautions:Prevent falls: Provide all employees with a body harness and lifeline, or a boatswains chair, and ensure it is properly secured before entering a grain bin. Prevent dust explosions: Prior to entry, test the air within a bin or silo for the presence of combustible and toxic gases and make sure there is sufficient oxygen for safe entry.Employers and employees are strongly encouraged to learn about safe grain handling procedures and take the necessary precautions. To learn more about safe grain handling practices click here. Prevent electrocution and auger entanglement: Before grain bin or silo entry, shut down and lock out all equipment power sources. Station an observer outside the bin or silo to continuously monitor and track the employee inside the bin.center_img Prevent engulfment: Prohibit employees from walking-down the grain or using similar practices to make the grain flow. Prohibit entry into bins or silos underneath a bridging condition or where there is a build-up of grain products on side walls that could shift and bury a worker.last_img read more