Two months before Assange’s extradition hearing, RSF calls for his release on humanitarian grounds and for US Espionage Act charges to be dropped News Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Follow the news on Ecuador The privately-owned national TV station Teleamazonas has just been told it is being fined 40 dollars for “broadcasting unverified information.” The notification comes just a few weeks after it was fined 20 dollars on 3 June for “broadcasting a bullfight outside permitted viewing times.” The station, which is owned by banker Fidel Egas, could be shut down for 90 days if it receives a third sanction for a similar reason.President Rafael Correa, who takes over the rotating presidency of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) next month, has meanwhile proposed the creation of a UNASUR body to defend citizens and governments against press abuses. News to go further EcuadorAmericas Organisation News June 26, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 TV station faces possible closure for 90 days ———————-12.06.2009 – TV station in open conflict with president could be stripped of its frequencyReporters Without Borders urges the government and National Council for Radio and Television (Conartel) to withdraw the latest administrative proceedings against the privately-owned national TV station Teleamazonas, which could force it off the air. The offensive comes amid a war of nerves between the station and President Rafael Correa, who has said he wants to “put an end” to news media he regards as “corrupt” and “mediocre.”“President Correa has had to face very harsh criticism from the privately-owned media since he first took office, but his desire to punish them for this violates the very principle of press freedom,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This is the unfortunate backdrop to the three proceedings brought against Teleamazonas.”The press freedom organisation added: “If the final objective is to withdraw the station’s broadcast frequency, it will in no way solve the problem of ‘false information’ decried by the president, and will never eliminate the criticism, fair or unfair, to which all governments are exposed. It could even fuel more radical polarisation beyond the reach of the media’s filtering.”The latest administrative proceedings against Teleamazonas got the green light from Conartel chairman Antonio García on 9 June. The station has already been punished once, but this time it could be silenced for good.The proceedings are in response to a recent Teleamazonas report about the environmental consequences of a project by the Venezuelan oil company PDVSA in the southwestern Gulf of Guayaquil. The issue was already raised by the daily El Universo, which is also in the president’s sights. Teleamazonas has said it will refer the case to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.The first case brought by Conartel against Teleamazonas, for broadcasting a bullfight at a peak viewing time, resulted in the imposition of a modest fine of 20 dollars in April. The station’s appeal was rejected on 3 June.A second case was brought against the station in May because it reported the existence of a “clandestine” vote-counting centre and the possibility of fraud after the 26 April general elections. In this case, it faces the possibility of a three-month suspension under a provision of the radio and TV broadcasting law that punishes “reports based on presumption, liable to cause harm or to cause social or public disorder.”The situation is all the more delicate as an independent report by experts that was submitted to President Correa on 18 May accuses Conartel of serious irregularities in the allocation of broadcast frequencies, to the detriment of community media.Correa, who takes over the rotating presidency of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) in July, has meanwhile proposed the creation of a UNASUR body to defend citizens and governments against press abuses. Although the proposal has little chance of being approved, it has been backed by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, who is himself trying to silence the privately-owned Venezuelan TV station Globovisión News December 24, 2019 Find out more Receive email alerts June 15, 2020 Find out more Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources April 10, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Help by sharing this information EcuadorAmericas
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County PBA President James Carver discusses Nassau wage freeze during press conference Friday, Feb. 15.Fresh off a victory in federal court Thursday, Nassau County police officer’s top union official called on the county to move forward for the sake of taxpayers after a federal judge reversed a wage freeze established by a state watchdog two years ago.But the fight for union workers’ wages is far from over, with the Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) expected to appeal the decision by U.S. District Court Judge Leonard Wexler, who stayed his ruling pending an appeal. The wage freeze will continue until the case is resolved.“Let’s move forward, no appeal, no wasting of anymore taxpayer money on the legal process here, the language is plain and simple—they lost,” Nassau County PBA President James Carver said at the union’s Mineola headquarters Friday, flanked by other union heads.The ruling could cost the county millions of dollars if it has to increase wages.“NIFA’s Directors respectfully disagree with Judge Wexler’s decision and will appeal the ruling to the United States Court of Appeals, where they are confident that the continuing validity of its wage freeze power will be upheld,” NIFA Chairman Ronald Stack said in a statement.Union leaders filed a lawsuit soon after Nassau County asked the finance authority in March 2011 to implement the pay freeze for all county workers.Through the end of 2012, the wage freeze has saved the county $80 million, according to Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos’ office.Nassau County Attorney John Ciampoli said in brief a statement, “The County is reviewing the decision.”Carver said he received a phone call from Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano following the judge’s decision but has yet to hear from NIFA. He declined to disclose the specifics about his conversation with the county executive.The judge ruled that NIFA’s wage freeze authority had already expired before it was implemented.Carver criticized NIFA for declining to discuss a settlement throughout the court process, but didn’t rule out sitting down with the agency if they decide they’re open to a settlement during the appeal process.“Now that they know the score they can’t turn around and say let’s play this all over again,” Carver said. “We’re always open to discussions and we’ll never close our doors like NIFA did with us.”The PBA president noted that Wexler’s decision could have far greater implications across the country as cash-strapped municipalities continue to seek concessions from unions.“If we would’ve lost this case,” he said, “every municipality would’ve turned around and tried to freeze everybody’s wages.”Jerry Laricchitua, president of CSEA Local 830, said the union filed the same motion as the PBA and they “fully expect the same decision to come for the 6,000 Nassau County employees that we represent.”
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Get more of both for yours: Nominate them by June 5 to participate in the CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec challenge.by: Lisa HochgrafAccording to a February Harvard Business Review article, motivating Millennial employees boils down to one thing: coaching.Importantly, the article suggests that the coaching Millennials want is not about telling them what to do, but helping them to achieve all they are capable of doing and being.This makes me think about what Alex Castley said during his acceptance speech after being named the 2014 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec last November.Engagement and communications manager at $602 million Integris Credit Union, Prince George, British Columbia, Castley thanked his CEO, CUES member David Bird, CCE, for being the kind of coach that Millennials want. continue reading »
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » “The first full month of nationwide stay-at-home orders was catastrophic for retail sales,” said NAFCU Chief Economist and Vice President of Research Curt Long in a new NAFCU Macro Data Flash report. Total retail sales plummeted 16.4 percent during the month, following March’s revised 8.3 percent fall.“[T]he decline in April doubled the previous record for a single-month sales decline, set in March,” Long noted. “With states beginning to reopen, sales levels should start to stabilize in May. But a robust recovery is unlikely with tens of millions out of work and plummeting consumer confidence.“NAFCU expects a long, slow recovery,” he concluded.Year-over-year retail sales were down 21.6 percent in April, following March’s year-over-year sales’ 5.9 percent drop. Control group sales, which excludes the auto, gas, and building materials categories, were down 17.4 percent in April.“The major retail segments were in freefall, though mostly discretionary spending,” Long said, with significant drops among the clothing sector (-78.8 percent), electronics sector (-60.6 percent), and furniture stores (-58.7 percent). NAFCU
Trump has some 81 million Twitter followers compared with 5.8 million for Biden, and similar advantages on Facebook and other platforms.But Biden and an array of progressive organizations have been working to flood the internet with messages to neutralize Trump and his supporters. ‘Air cover’ for BidenDigital advertising for the 2020 election is expected to reach $1.8 billion, according to research firm Advertising Analytics, which boosted its estimates by 13.5 percent due to the pandemic. The progressive policy group Acronym and its political action committee Pacronym have pledged a $75 million digital campaign to bring out voters for Biden.”Since last August we started to counter what we knew would be a sophisticated digital operation by President Trump,” said Acronym founder Tara McGowan.”We wanted to provide air cover for whoever the Democratic nominee would be since we knew the nominee would have a time and resources deficit.”Research by the group found a 3.6 percentage point drop in Trump’s approval rating among “persuadable voters” who have seen Pacronym’s digital ads.Acronym’s analysis of online ad spending showed Trump has spent over $62 million on Facebook and Google advertising since the 2018 midterm elections, compared with $21.9 million for Biden.But the analysis showed Biden and progressive groups began outspending Trump and his backers in early May on Facebook, and narrowed the gap on Google.”I don’t think the candidates themselves need to be as comfortable on social media as much as they need to hire experienced digital staffers,” McGowan said.”We’ve seen the Biden campaign make leaps and bounds in their digital strategy.” Targeting, manipulation Both campaigns will be testing the limits of online platforms’ policies on manipulation and microtargeting, as Trump ramps up his war of words against Silicon Valley platforms.”The shift to a digital focus in the 2020 election means online disinformation and propaganda will become more widespread and more potent,” said University of Texas professor Samuel Woolley, who researches computational propaganda.Woolley’s research suggests campaigns are increasing their use of geolocation tools which can surreptitiously gather information about voters using their smartphones.”Campaigns can find out which people are going to a gun range, to church or to Planned Parenthood, and they can turn that into actionable information,” Woolley said. “They might send messages out to try to get people to vote, or to discourage people from voting.”Jeffrey Chester of the Center for Digital Democracy warned of privacy concerns as political campaigns adopt technologies from digital marketers using location data and predictive analytics.These targeting tools raise the same issues as the Cambridge Analytica scandal over private data being used to fashion psychological voter profiles.”You are going to see artificial intelligence and machine learning used to make predictions about voters,” Chester said.”The campaigns are using all the latest tools to influence voters under the radar, and it’s completely unregulated.” The digital battleground Other groups are also active: the large Democratic party organization Priorities USA is pledging to spend $150 million to defeat Trump, with at least $40 million in digital.The newly formed political action group Defeat Disinfo plans to use paid influencers on social media and counter misinformation before it goes viral. “My experience is that the total share of volume of conversation about a candidate is driven not by the campaigns themselves but by media, activists and other organizations,” said Alan Rosenblatt, a Democrat-aligned digital strategist with Unfiltered Media and an adjunct professor at George Washington University.”That’s where the battlefield is and these groups can have a tremendous impact.”Rosenblatt added that Biden “has a lot of headroom to grow” on social media while Trump has probably maxed out with a social media army which has a considerable number of automated accounts or “bots.” Topics : Both sides agree that digital will play a critical role in the 2020 White House race as social media have taken the place of rallies and door-to-door campaigning.”The digital campaign has always been important. What has changed now is that it’s the only show in town,” said Republican digital strategist Eric Wilson, who has no direct role in the Trump campaign.Wilson said the Trump campaign’s experience since 2016 means it has a head start while Biden has been slow to embrace a digital strategy.”Voters are consuming politics as entertainment and Biden doesn’t seem to grasp his role as a social media influencer and doesn’t see any interest in changing that,” Wilson said. The 2020 US presidential race is becoming a digital-first campaign as the coronavirus pandemic cuts candidates off from traditional organizing and in-person events.On the surface, President Donald Trump has the edge over Democrat Joe Biden because of the incumbent’s extensive digital infrastructure and large social media following.But Biden has been stepping up his digital presence and is getting a boost from a handful of outside organizations seeking to counter Trump’s messaging on social platforms.
Certain mythologies—whether derived from the Greek, Roman, Mayan, African or “Martian” cultures where oftentimes somewhere lurking in the background or standing blatantly in the foreground; chronicles of encounters with mutated dragons, serpents and many other “imaginary” or “substance induced” creatures—are often passed on from generation to generation. These monsters seem to have tormented the comfort of man for at least a millennium or two. By today’s standards we would simply define them as “lizards on steroids.” Take the case of NFL Hall-of-Fame and Western Pennsylvania running back Tony Dorsett. Dorsett has surpassed legendary status since he roamed the sidelines of Hopewell High School and the University of Pittsburgh gridiron as the “biggest little man” on campus. Dorsett was All-American “scatback” in high school. He was all world in college; and when he strapped on the pads to play for pay, he was all-universe as an NFL running back.In August of 1985, Tony Dorsett was faced with and forced to dodge a two multi fire breathing dragon; the Internal Revenue Service, a.k.a. the IRS, the Dallas Cowboys and Joe Q. Public. Dorsett was not forced to avoid and sidestep bloodthirsty. headhunting defensive safeties, linebackers or defensive linemen. His opposition were economic “piranhas” intending to devour all of the awards that Dorsett had sacrificed his body and mind for from peewee to pro football. This was the same Tony Dorsett that according to wikipedia.com, “was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys with the second pick of the first round of the 1977 NFL Draft.” The Cowboys traded the 24th pick in the draft and three second-round choices to the Seattle Seahawks to move up to take Dorsett. Dorsett’s agent was Michael Trope, known as Mike during his days as an NFL agent. Dorsett signed a five-year contract for a reported $1.1 million.”As soon as Dorsett began to experience trouble with “dough” then his familiarity with the loyalty of the coach and the team that had coveted him badly was no longer the rule than the exception. In a Sports Illustrated article written by Douglas S. Looney in August of 1985 titled, “Thrown For Some Big Losses” Dorsett was covertly and overtly mocked and ridiculed. Why? Well it seems to me it was just because he wanted to get paid. Hey folks before we continue let’s explore how and why economic “terrorism” has existed and continues to exist in the world of sports especially when it comes to compensating minorities for their services. AUBREY BRUCE SIGNING THE WALL—Tony Dorsett at Pitt Black Athlete Centential Celebration signs the wall.