RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” December 16, 2020 Find out more June 1, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A journalist killed and three others wounded in two bombings IraqMiddle East – North Africa News Receive email alerts News to go further News Reporters Without Borders is dismayed by sports reporter Alaa Abdel Wahab’s death yesterday in the northern city of Mosul. Wahab was killed by a car bomb that injured another journalist. Two journalists employed by Al-Iraqiya TV were also injured yesterday in a separate car bombing in Baghdad.“We are saddened and appalled by these two bombings,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is time the slaughter of journalists in Iraq was stopped. The Iraqi authorities created a special police unit last year to investigate murders of journalists. We urge them to investigate these two bombings very thoroughly. Only conclusive results are likely to discourage these killers and improve the safety of journalists.”A renowned print media journalist and reporter for Al-Baghdadia TV, Wahab was killed in Mosul’s Al-Shurta neighbourhood by a bomb that had been placed underneath his car. A local police official said Dr Sultan Jurjis, a university academic and presenter on a rival TV station, was injured by the blast.A limpet bomb attached to the vehicle of an Al-Iraqiya TV crew that was preparing a report in the west Baghdad neighbourhood of Azamiyah exploded at about 8 p.m. yesterday, injuring a cameraman and a technician. Al-Iraqiya said one of them was in a serious condition.Ranked 158th out of 173 countries in the 2008 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, Iraq continues to be one of the world’s deadliest countries for journalists. Follow the news on Iraq Organisation February 15, 2021 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa News Help by sharing this information December 28, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security”
Global bakery ingredients supplier Bakels has acquired Swiss firm Nutribake, in a move that looks set to expand British Bakels’ product range.Nutribake, a trading firm that develops recipes then works with specialist powder blenders to produce bakery mixes, was bought for an undisclosed sum from the Hochdorf Group. It has a turnover in excess of £23m and supplies both industrial and craft bakers.British Bakels MD, Ade Abass said the buy would enhance its speciality mixes offer for the UK. “It means we can offer authentic Swiss, German and Italian products that already have a proven track record among bakers.”
Offshore classification organization ABS has been selected by Seacor Marine to class the first offshore support vessel (OSV) in the Gulf of Mexico to operate using hybrid power.Seacor requested the Battery-Li notation for its Seacor Maya OSV currently operated by Mantenimiento Express Maritimo (Mexmar), Seacor Marine’s joint venture in Mexico.ABS said on Monday that the OSV was being upgraded to use lithium battery power, with modifications expected to be completed in May 2018.ABS’ director for offshore support vessels, Wei Huang, said: “ABS recognizes the economic and environmental benefits of hybrid-powered vessels to reduce fuel consumption and emissions in the marine and offshore industries. This milestone reinforces our safety mission and promotes the development of alternative power applications and energy storage systems that optimize efficiencies.”Seacor’s manager of engineering, Tim Clerc, added: “The hybrid power solution on the Seacor Maya has the potential to significantly reduce fuel consumption—by as much as 20 percent. To help Seacor realize the benefit of using cutting-edge hybrid power, we partnered with ABS, to class the lithium battery system, to help validate its reliability. The operational savings gained from a hybrid power solution will also reduce emissions and facilitate our compliance with strict environmental regulations.”Seacor also engaged ABS to provide the optional Battery-Li notation, on three additional OSVs operated by Mexmar, planned to upgrade to a similar battery system.The conversion to hybrid power for the Seacor Azteca, Seacor Warrior, and Seacor Viking is expected to be completed in July 2018.The lithium-ion-based energy storage systems (ESS) for all four vessels was agreed to be supplied by Corvus Energy while Kongsberg was contracted to deliver technology upgrades for the Azteca, Warrior, and Viking OSVs in late January. Under the contract, Kongsberg will deliver and install a hybrid power and DP upgrade on the vessels.Kongsberg was also contracted for the same work on the Seacor Maya in September 2017.
“Madamo nga chemicals ang dala sang bunker fuel that will affect the health sang aton pumuluyo. Kun ara na gid man ini sa aton shorelines, we will handle this carefully. Dapat may PPE (personal protective equipment) kita,” Gumarin explained. The effect of the oil spill on the marine resources and the livelihood of the people in the island province is like “fighting another battle amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to Gumarin. She said barangays immediately deployed spill booms and initiated cleanup operations. Buenavista mayor Eugenio Reyes, said they conducted an inspection to verify how many affected families are to be evacuated. Gov. Samuel Gumarin cautioned residents of the affected barangays about the health hazards brought by the bunker fuel. The oil spill was triggered by an explosion from Power Barge 102 docked in the Barangay Bo. Obrero. The explosion tore a one-foot-wide hole in the hull of the power barge and caused 251,000 liters of bunker fuel to spill into the Iloilo River and neighboring Iloilo towns of Dumangas and the barangay of Sto. Niño Norte in Arevalo district. “The bulk of oil spill entering our ports depends on the sea current. Minsan nandiyan sa ports, maya-maya nababalik ulit sa gitna ng Iloilo Strait. After we finish our improvised boom, we will try to contain the oil,” Jacinto said. Gumarin said the provincial government is coordinating with the Office of the Civil Defense and the Philippine Coast Guard for the cleanup operations./PN ILOILO City – Twenty coastal villages in the island province of Guimaras are affected by the oil spill from a power barge in Barangay Bo. Obrero, Lapuz, Iloilo City following an explosion Friday last week. He advised and assisted the affected barangays on the deployment of improvised oil spill booms. The power barge is estimated to be carrying 320,000 liters of bunker fuel. IT’S SPREADING Spilled bunker fuel (right photo) is seen floating on the waters of Guimaras province following an explosion on AC Energy’s Power Barge No. 102 in Barangay Bo. Obrero, Lapuz, Iloilo City. (left photo) A resident’s hands in Jordan, Guimaras are stained with fuel oil. Local authorities say the bunker fuel from a barge damaged by an explosion has already reached 20 coastal villages of the island province. GUIMARAS PIO The oil spill is among the biggest since 2006 when 2.1 million liters of bunker fuel spilled in the water of Guimaras when the tanker MT Solar 1 sank on Aug. 11, 2006. Barangays affected by the oil spill in Jordan town were Rizal, Hoskyn, Balcon Milleza, and Morobuan. “May pandemya kita, nagasaka man ang numero sang dengue fever, naglupok pa gid ini. Aside sang tawo, ang aton naman coastal areas – ang source na naman sang aton mga sud-an ang naigo,” he added. In Buenavista, barangays that also reported traces of bunker fuel in their waters were Montpiller, Rizal, Sto. Rosario, Magsaysay, Zaldivar, Sawang, Taminla, Dagsaan, Tacay, Getulio, San Miguel, Navalas, Bacjao, Tanag, Umilig, and Avila. Commander Jose Jacinto Jr. of the Philippine Coast Guard-Guimaras station said they conducted coastline patrol to identify areas affected by the oil spill. Bunker fuel spilled from the power barge and littered the shores of the towns of Jordan and Buenavista, a report from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) of Guimaras showed. Guimaras PDRRM officer Teresita Siason said municipalities and coastal barangays of the province were immediately alerted of the oil spill.
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Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago -7 Vote up Vote down Tax Payer · 240 weeks ago So if all the wonderful tournaments raise so much money then why does the course need more in tax money? Why is it such a sin to request that the course pay it’s own way by charging the people that use it instead of raising taxes on people who have no desire to play the game nor care if the course is here or not?. Report Reply 1 reply · active 240 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Bobby Wilson · 240 weeks ago Tax payer when was the last time you flew a plane into the airport? Just asking. … Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago -8 Vote up Vote down jay · 240 weeks ago who cares about the airport, only the rich people use it, its like the golf course these 2 things don’t make wellington grow in anyway. Wow the golf course made 8,,500 in one tournament but the don’t pay its bills. Long live wellington right, as our leaders run it to the ground. Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago -4 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 240 weeks ago I didn’t know how it would happen, or how the justification would be drawn…..but there if it is. Lol. The “it’s for the kids” argument. Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Eric · 240 weeks ago If on average $30.00 are spent in Wellington by out of town golfers $30×4000(rounds)= $120,000 / year. Not bad for a “amenity” you don’t use. Us out of towners enjoy the Wellington Golf Course though! I’ll fight to keep it and I don’t even live there lol Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago -6 Vote up Vote down Ted “Theodore” Logan · 240 weeks ago “or let the big dog eat while feeling it ring deep in your loins.” Yeah, I guess I’ll have to go to my grave not knowing about this. Report Reply 1 reply · active 240 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Tom Countryman · 240 weeks ago Bobby, I for one thank you for this piece defending the Wellington golf course! I am not a resident of Wellington, nor do I golf, but I can sure see how having the course helps your local economy! Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down credence · 240 weeks ago Nice article Bobby, but I would like to see some documentation about the value. Most times these numbers are usually slightly over rated. Most of the negative comments relate to the frustration the local taxpayers are feeling right now with all the issues down at City Hall and they are looking for ways to save tax dollars. I do believe the course does provide some value to our community through the ways you have identified, but I too would like to see the course be more self supporting. I know Cueball, it is only .01% of the total budget, but what does that equate to in actual dollars? I think if the information Booby has provided is compared to the City’s tax support, people may understand situation better. Just saying. Report Reply 2 replies · active 240 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Bobby Wilson · 240 weeks ago Credence I would have to do some research on that. If your asking to track what each fundraising tournament made. This would obviously depend on the number of people playing and what the entry fee is per player minus the payback or prizes. DH would have a schedule of all the tournaments from last year. The point is there are so many that on some dates they have them in the morning and afternoon. The main point was the fact that people who do not play golf benefit from those who do. Yes it is a quality of life issue. It adds to our community. I just don’t understand the attitude of just because one doesn’t use something makes it useless or not important. I disagree. Like I said I will never use the airport but it seems enough do to justify giving it ten times the money the golf course receives at least this next year. 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments To the editor:First off let me say thank you for the three part series on the Wellington Golf Course. I have grown up on this course. Â I love golf and those that have dedicated themselves to making the game a healthy part of Wellington life. There were more than golf lessons learned from Gerald, Kathleen and Steve Gill while growing up. A group of us learned life has itâ€™s up and downs. The lie you receive isnâ€™t always fair but the only thing mattered was the next shot. That same philosophy holds true off the course in our daily lifes.Â Life is what we make of it. It is always fair but the challenge is to continue keeping the faith and hitting the next shot.Bobby WilsonAnyone that knows me understands my addiction, I love golf. Â I will defend the game, the course and its worth in our community with every ounce in my body.Â It isnâ€™t just a game to some of us it is a way of life and those we play with are not just golfers to us but part of an extended family.I can understand that some will never use the golf course. They will never know what it is like to hit a crisp iron shot, roll in a long putt or let the big dog eat while feeling it ring deep in your loins. I totally understand some have the attitude that golf is a rich manâ€™s game. I am here to tell you that it is not the case at all.The one thing that was never covered in the three part series that I find crucial to the argument of city intervention or funding is this. What is the golf courses role in our community. Letâ€™s take a look at just that.Â Â Letâ€™s talk fundraising. We golfers as some like to say should support the course. Pay for the course ourselves. I believe that we do a pretty good job of that. But what else do golfers support. Well we support the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, The Wellington After School Program, The Wellington Crusader Club, The Scott Rice Memorial Tournament, The South Central Cat Backers and the Lions Club to just name a few. We support these not because we get to play free golf that day. Most are already members of the Wellington Golf Club and can already play for free. Playing in these events are expensive but worth every dime. They fund scholarships, equipment, events and add to the quality of life for so many.Â The ones that benefit from these types of fundraisers are kids that are still in school. I would imagine that most have never played a round of golf.When we play in these tournaments usually food is catered in or purchased locally. The golf course allows it to be made in the pavilion at the course. It is just another way money stays local. I do not know if there is away to adequately track that kind of details. But I have had everything from Burgers, Steaks, BBQ, Mexican food to KFC. I appreciate all the vendors that support these charitable causes and make a meal part of the tournament. But again it is money being spent locally.So how much money does a tournament raise? Well according to the Scott Rice Memorial Staff they have raised $50,000 at the local golf course in six years. That is $8,333 per year as an average.Â The Scott Rice is one of the biggest tournaments that the golf course host each year. But the important thing is that I would go as far as saying that out of the 144 golfers to play that day at least half do not live in Wellington.There are several more examples of these types of tournaments. If you want to raise a lot of money in one day have a golf tournament.Â The one thing that makes this so incredible is not only the hard work of volunteers but of the Wellington Golf Club Staff. Derek Harrison or DH as we call him does a tremendous job marketing the golf course. He has brought new tournaments and ideas to the course.Last summer the Wellington Golf Club hosted the Kansas Boys Championships. The course was crammed full of young golfers that had made their way to Wellington. The tournament was an unbelievable success. I was at awe of the volunteers that came out to support the tournament. I do not know what the economic impact on Wellington was that week but I know we had families staying in our local motels and eating at our local restaurants.There are several â€œquality of lifeâ€ opportunities that the City of Wellington supports. I have never flown a plane into or out of the Wellington Airport but I certainly feel like it is important to maintain. I see the money that has been allocated for the airport is a much larger amount than the golf course. The swimming pool even though ran by the Rec Center still receives some city funding. I am glad to see that as well. Even though my swimming pool days have passed me by, I can remember some fun afternoons diving off a real high dive and also some timeouts on the famous grates. Kids need a place to swim even if it is water down the drain so to speak.My point is just because one does not golf doesnâ€™t mean that it should not be supported. I would venture to say that more money is raised at the Wellington Golf Course that benefits more programs in Wellington than any other place in town. If I am incorrect someone will surely post a comment. So as I said earlier there are more people who gain from the golf course than just a select few as some say who play the game.The Wellington Golf Club is a public golf course. The Wellington Menâ€™s Golf Association is a diverse group of men from all walks of life. I am a proud member and watched last fall as we awarded scholarships for college. We take pride in our support of the next generation of leaders that come from our community. We always have room for more.Â If you have never played the game give it a try. You donâ€™t have to have the best equipment to start. You might just find out why some of us call it the greatest game ever played.Bobby WilsonWellington, Kansas.Follow us on Twitter.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 01 Sept 2015 (by Shorrell Dames @magneticmedia1) – The Ministry of Education is making a teachers’ training investment, which is expected to benefit schools in the country. Seventeen individuals have been selected to participate in the Caribbean Vocational Qualification program. The National Training Agency from Trinidad commenced training on August 24th and will run until September 11th.Permanent Secretary, Cherylann Jones says, “the introduction of the CVQ program intends to strengthen technical and vocational education in TCI.” The CVQ training, which is to be held at the Airport Inn Hotel in Provo, includes food preparation, construction, data operations, customer services, and early childhood education. Earthquake hits again in Trinidad while TCI Cabinet agrees with GPS Station in Capital Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:caribbean vocational qualification, cherylann jones, cvq, trinidad Recommended for you Digicel T&T Donates Supplies to Anguilla and British Virgin Islands TCI Finance team in Trinidad on ‘Road Show’
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Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 5, 2017 – Kingston – Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has proclaimed October 10 as World Mental Health Day, under the international theme ‘Mental Health in the Workplace’. The Governor-General read the proclamation during a ceremony at King’s House on October 3, which was attended by psychiatrists and professionals involved in mental health care. The Day will form part of activities to mark Mental Health Week, to be observed starting October 8.The Governor-General, in his address, urged Jamaicans to participate in the slate of activities scheduled to be held across the country on that day. Citing statistics, he noted that “one in every four persons around the world will experience mental health problems at one time or another”.“Many people who suffer from psychological and mental distress experience these issues in the workplace. Increase in knowledge and awareness of these issues will help in developing interventions to promote and protect mental health in the workplace,” he said.The Governor-General added that interventions should improve access to employee-assistance programmes to address the stigma of mental illnesses, so that dignity is promoted and respected and people are empowered to take action to promote mental health.Meanwhile, Director of Mental Health Services and Substance Abuse in the Health Ministry, Dr. Maureen Irons-Morgan, said it is fitting to recognise mental health in the workplace.“There are some very common issues that affect mental health, such as stress in the workplace and depression. These are factors that can affect productivity. We want employers to recognise that in protecting and promoting mental health and wellness of workers, in the long run we all benefit,” she said.Information provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) states that most of one’s adult life is spent in the workplace and the experiences there are among the factors determining the overall well-being of people. The WHO notes that employers and managers who implement workplace initiatives to promote mental health and to support employees with mental disorders, are more likely to see gains, not only in the mental health of their employees but also in the productivity of their work.Activities for the Week include a church service at the Portmore Gospel Assembly and a conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston.