“It is unacceptable that a newspaper that just reports undisputed facts in the public interest should be punished with such a drastic form of economic strangulation,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “We unreservedly condemn this crude intimidatory tactic designed to dictate the editorial line journalists should take. This method, which bears the military establishment’s hallmark, harks back to the worst moments of military dictatorship in Pakistan.” Iqbal Khattak of Freedom Network, RSF’s partner NGO in Pakistan, added: “This civilian government won the 2018 election with the slogan ‘Tabdeeli’ (Change) but the decision to withdraw all state advertising from the newspaper Dawn is a blatant continuation of governmental news control methods. We urge Prime Minister Imran Khan to intercede personally to end this unjustified measure and to defend press freedom in Pakistan.” Still speaking on condition of anonymity, a member of the Dawn group’s management told RSF that, for the past two and a half years, Dawn had received absolutely no advertising from commercial entities linked to the military, such as the Fauzi and Askari groups, whose activities include banking, energy, food processing and construction. PakistanAsia – Pacific Media independence Freedom of expressionPredatorsEconomic pressure Organisation May 23, 2019 In crude intimidatory tactic, state ads withheld from Pakistani daily RSF_en Follow the news on Pakistan Help by sharing this information April 21, 2021 Find out more Dawn’s story was based on quotes from the official transcript of the press conference but certain government officials clearly did not like the angle taken by the newspaper’s reporters, or the fact that what the prime minister said while abroad was being reproduced for domestic readers. The authorities have offered no explanation for their treatment of Dawn but the newspaper thinks it knows the reason. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a member of its management told RSF: “Our understanding is that this ad ban started a day after we published Prime Minister Imran Khan’s comments at a press conference in Tehran, when he said militants based in Pakistan had been involved in attacks inside Iran.” News Receive email alerts “There have been instances in which one of these companies has reserved advertising space in one of Dawn’s supplements and then withdrawn the order at the last minute without giving any reason,” the source said. Journalists are exposed to reprisals if they venture across the red lines imposed by the military, which include any criticism – even implicit – of the armed forces or government, any reference to movements that defend the rights of minorities, and even any mention of jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the military’s bugbear. News Red lines This was retaliation for an earlier offence in October 2016, when Dawn dared to publish a story containing explosive details of the way the military and intelligence agencies defy the civilian government. The story’s author, Cyril Almeida, and editor Zaffar Abbas were threatened with serious reprisals and Dawn has been in the deep state’s sights ever since. Launched in 1941 as part of the fight against British colonialism, Dawn is now one of the last bastions of press freedom in Pakistan. It was because of an interview with Sharif that Dawn deputy editor Cyril Almeida was charged with treason last September. Distribution of the newspaper was arbitrarily blocked when the interview was published on 12 May 2018. This is also an effective way to jeopardize a newspaper’s survivability, as advertisers are reluctant to buy space in a publication whose circulation is being restricted. Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists In one of the most insidious forms of coercion, Dawn was suddenly deprived of any income from federal government advertising on 24 April. Its sister media outlet, DawnNews TV, was subjected to the same treatment two days later. News control to go further As Pakistan is a country where almost no advertising revenue is available from a fledgling private sector independent of the government, this advertising ban poses a grave threat to the media group’s economic viability. Last bastion PakistanAsia – Pacific Media independence Freedom of expressionPredatorsEconomic pressure The month-old withdrawal of advertising from the Dawn group is typical of the harassment, intimidation and censorship methods used by Pakistan’s “deep state,” a euphemism for its armed forces and intelligence services, which cannot stand journalistic freedom. After falling three places, Pakistan is ranked 142nd out of 180 countries in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index which RSF published last month, drawing attention to the “cycle of fear” that has taken hold in many countries. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by the withdrawal of state advertising from Pakistan’s prestigious daily Dawn for the past month, and calls for an end to this method of pressure and intimidation, which is jeopardizing the editorial independence of the country’s oldest newspaper. Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Launched in 1941 by Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the father of the Pakistani nation, Dawn is the country’s oldest and most prestigious newspaper. The cartoon (right) that was published on this year’s World Press Freedom Day (3 May) succinctly shows what happens to media outlets that dare to cross the notorious “red lines” (photo: Rizwan Tabassum / AFP – Cartoon: RK / Dawn). 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continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The new managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva, revealed striking statistics at the institution’s annual meeting in Washington, DC, in October. Two years ago, 75% of the world’s nations reported an uptick in their gross domestic product (GDP). In 2019, 90% face a major slowdown as measured by purchasing power parity.What might happen to a credit union’s loan portfolio if economic conditions in the United States shifted abruptly? Callahan & Associates is not in the business of predicting recessions; however, the firm can help credit unions determine whether the loans they have on the books or are planning to make are good for individual members as well as the overall membership.One way to do that is by looking at asset quality, how credit unions are hedging for the future, and where the U.S. economy is heading.Credit Union Lending TrendsFirst mortgages totaled $81.6 billion and represented more than 26.0% of all loans at credit unions in the second quarter of 2000. As of June 30, 2019, they totaled more than $440 billion and represented 41.1% of the loan portfolio. That’s an increase of over 15.0 percentage points.
EducationLocalNewsTertiary UWI Open Campus Dominica to recognize 62 students by: – March 26, 2012 56 Views no discussions Share Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring! The University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus, Dominica will on Thursday host a Recognition of Graduates Ceremony to formally recognize sixty-two (62) students who participated in a range of nine fields of study.Out of the sixty-two graduates, three students; Augustus Victorine, Robertine George and Jeoffrey James, will be recognized for their outstanding performance in social sciences, criminology and education in literacy studies.Augustus Victorine who received First Class Honors in the Bachelor of Science in Social Studies is this year’s Outstanding Graduate, while Robertine George has been awarded First Class Honors in the Bachelor of Education in Literacy Studies. Corporal Joeffrey James who hails from Bellevue Chopin, has been awarded a Distinction in the Certificate in Criminology program and is the Outstanding Student in Local Programmes. As such he will deliver an address at Thursday’s recognition ceremony.According to a fact sheet obtained from UWI Open Campus, Dominica’s Marketing and Outreach Officer Kimone C. Joseph, James worked as a teacher for four and a half years at the Grandbay Primary, Pichelin Primary and Giraudel Primary Schools, after which he joined the Dominica Police Force in September, 1994. James worked in the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) office for 11 years, was promoted to Corporal in 2009 and served as a new recruit instructor for a six-month period. Presently, he is stationed at the St. Joseph Police Station and his goal is to rise to the rank of Gazetted Officer in the Police Force. Speaking of his experience in the UWI Open Campus, Dominica Certificate in Criminology Programme, James expressed much praise.“The Criminology programme is very good,” he says. “The various courses like forensics, communication skills and understanding crime are so crucial, and here it is that UWI is offering the full package for law officers.” Meanwhile, Robertine George who is originally from the northern community of Bense will deliver the vote of thanks at the ceremony.George began her teaching career in 1997; graduated from the Dominica State College’s Teacher’s Programme in 2005 and received the student teacher of the year award. Thus, she received the Olive Harris Scholarship from the government and used the award to attend the UWI Open Campus. She has worked at the Bense Primary School, Woodfordhill Primary School and Wesley Primary School.She is currently the teacher responsible or the special reading programme at the Massacre Primary School and her dream is to attain a PhD in Literacy Instruction. Speaking of the Literacy Studies programme at UWI, George says, “It was tough. Some courses were more so than others. Yet, I enjoyed it and I worked very hard.”The Ceremony will be presided over by the Director of Open Campus Country Sites Dr. Luz Longsworth and Director of Academic Programming and Delivery Professor Gary Hepburn will also be in attendance. The feature address will be presented by Chief Judge of the Commonwealth of Dominica High Court, Guyanese Justice Birnie Stephenson-Brooks, who holds an LLB (Hons.) degree from University of the West Indies (1985) and a Legal Education Certificate from the Hugh Wooding Law School (1987). Dominica Vibes News
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It’s official. Contracts have been signed, Utah and Colorado have been abducted, and the red-headed step-conference of the NCAA is back — bigger, badder and with a brand new name. That’s right, after months of frenzied negotiation and reckless speculation, the Pac-10 Conference is now the Pac-12.Of course, Utah and Colorado aren’t the only additions to the conference. Expansion comes complete with a sleek new website, an inspirational promotional video and a racy new logo with waves, mountains and curves that would make the Stanford Tree blush.“The response has been terrific,” said Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott. “People are craving change, they’re craving energy.”Yes, it’s all very exciting. But besides a new logo and a media day in New York, expansion also means new television markets and a new conference title game. And that means new revenue for every school in the conference.“Almost all conference expansion is driven by television and media in general and the ability to turn those alignments into dollars for the member institutions,” Stanford Athletic Director Bob Bowlsby told The Stanford Daily. “And so I’d say that this one was driven as much by that as any other factor.”Katrina MacGregor | Daily TrojanCoincidentally, the Pac-10’s current TV contract with Fox Sports Net expires after the 2011-2012 academic year. Now the Pac-12 has two options: sell its media rights to a network like ESPN, or create a new Pac-12 conference network. The Big Ten Network makes the conference about $75 million in annual rights fees. ESPN and CBS nets the SEC just more than $200 million a year. Compared to the Pac-10’s current $45-million deal with Fox, either option makes Larry Scott a financial genius.Coaches around the league seem to be embracing the change.“I think it’s smart,” said Oregon football coach Chip Kelly. “I have friends back in the Northeast that want to see us play but they’re getting Big 12 games. Why aren’t they getting Pac-10 games?”The biggest change for Pac-12 coaches, however, will likely come at the end of the season. Current NCAA bylaws mandate that a conference must have at least 12 teams to hold a title game. Now, for the first time in conference history, the West Coast can play for a championship.Scott knows that a conference title game means more buzz, more media contracts and more money. But a championship game could help springboard a highly ranked Pac-12 team into the BCS National Championship too. In recent years, SEC and Big 12 Conference Championship games have helped conference winners like Alabama, Florida and Texas impress voters and computers in the last moments of the pre-bowl season. A high-profile conference championship could give Pac-12 contenders a similar edge.Then again, as ESPN’s Ted Miller points out, a championship game could just as well give a conference David one last chance to trip up Goliath.“As for an 8-3 team beating an unbeaten team for the title,” Miller wrote in May, “that’s the risk inherent in a championship game.”Furthermore, organizing the conference schedule around a conference championship means dividing the conference. And that’s where things get messy.For now, a north-south split seems most likely. This would divide the conference into northern and southern sections; California, Stanford, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and Washington State would form the north division, and USC, Utah, Colorado, UCLA, Arizona, and Arizona State would make up the south.However, even with a nine-game conference schedule, a horizontal split would deny northern section teams their annual recruiting pilgrimage to Southern California, the Mecca of West Coast recruiting. Also, northern section teams would be reluctant to forfeit home games with USC every other year, which typically turn out big crowds and big payoffs.The alternate scenario, a “zipper split,” would divide the conference along traditional rivalries: A western division would group Washington, UCLA, California, Arizona State, Oregon State and Utah together, and the eastern division would be made up of USC, Oregon, Colorado, Washington State, Stanford, and Arizona.Besides creating a less regional, more expensive conference, the zipper split would likely ruffle Buffalo feathers, as newcomer Colorado claims to have been promised a spot in the southern section with USC and UCLA.So congratulations, Trojans. You’re right back at the center of the new Pac-12 universe, and all the mess, too.So what does this all mean for USC?Right now — nothing.“The intention is that [the integration] would start in 2012 for all sports,” Scott said.So the Trojans have some time to prepare for, and become eligible for, a championship game and all the glitz and glamour of a shiny new conference.And then they can really welcome their new conference friends to Southern California in the Coliseum.