We must not forget China’s other defenders of the freedom to inform

first_img Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists June 7, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Asia – Pacific News to go further News Help by sharing this information RSF_en ChinaFinlandGermanyAsia – PacificEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses WomenImprisonedRSF PrizeNobel PrizeCitizen-journalists Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) welcomes the release of the artist Liu Xia, Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo’s widow, but urges the international community not to forget that more than 50 defenders of the freedom to inform are still detained in China. Receive email alertscenter_img Finally freed by the Chinese authorities this morning, Liu Xia, 57, had been under house arrest in Beijing ever since her imprisoned husband, Liu Xiaobo, a recipient of RSFs Press Freedom Prize, was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 2010. He died in detention last year.According to diplomats, she left Beijing on a flight bound for Helsinki, from where she was due to travel to Germany.“RSF always fought for Liu Xia’s release and can only welcome this news,” said Cédric Alviani, the head of RSF’s East Asia bureau. “But it should not be allowed to eclipse the suffering that the Chinese authorities inflicted on her during eight long years of captivity, or the fact that more than 50 defenders of the freedom to inform are still languishing in Chinese jails.”In May, the Berlin-based dissident Liao Yiwu released the recording of a phone conversation in which Liu Xia could be heard expressing her despair about the Chinese government’s refusal to let her travel to Berlin.Her release came during a visit to Germany by Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang that included a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel.A statue to the memory of Liu Xiaobo is to be unveiled in Taipei by the “Friends of Liu Xiaobo” and RSF on 13 July, the first anniversary of his death.One of the world’s biggest jailers of journalists, China is ranked 176th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. July 10, 2018 We must not forget China’s other defenders of the freedom to inform In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival News Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom June 10, 2021 Find out more ChinaFinlandGermanyAsia – PacificEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses WomenImprisonedRSF PrizeNobel PrizeCitizen-journalists June 2, 2021 Find out more Photo: Shenyang Municipal Information Office Newslast_img read more

Early voting is available this November election

first_img Your government news is made possible with support from: Kelsey O’Connor center_img Tagged: election 2019, ithaca, voting TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — The New York State Early Voting Act was approved earlier this year, which means New Yorkers now have more flexibility in when they can vote.“Early voting gives every voter 60 extra hours over a nine-day period in which they can vote,” Tompkins County Democratic Elections Commissioner Stephen DeWitt said in a news release. “The voter is no longer required to find time to vote in their busy schedules on one designated day.”Casting a ballot in New York became a little easier this year thanks to a series of reforms passed by legislators. Before the law was changed, New York was one of only 12 states that did not offer early voting. The Early Voting Act requires that officials establish 10 days of early voting that ends two days before the election and includes two full weekends. The change is rolling out this November general election. Voters who want to vote early will not go to their regular voting locations. Instead, the Tompkins County Board of Elections has established two early voting poll sites — one is at Ithaca Town Hall, 215 N. Tioga St., Ithaca and the other will be at the Tompkins County Crash, Fire, Rescue Building, 72 Brown Rd., Ithaca.They will be open from Saturday, Oct. 26 through Sunday, Nov. 3, at the following hours and days:9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 269 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 277 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28Noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 297 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30Noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 317 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3On election day, which is Tuesday, Nov. 5, local residents will report to their normal polling sites. (Not sure where? Find out here.) Absentee voting is available as normal.In a statement, Tompkins County Republican Elections Commissioner said, “Early voting opens up so many opportunities for voters to exercise their right to vote. … When voting is easy, our democracy is strong.”In addition to early voting, the legislation syncs federal and state primary elections and allows voter pre-registration for 16 and 17-year-olds.For more information about early voting, visit the Tompkins County Board of Elections webpage here and click on the “early voting” tab. Anyone with questions can call the board of elections at 607-274-5522. Kelsey O’Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor. More by Kelsey O’Connorlast_img read more

3km route linking Lifford and Strabane approved by Council

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Facebook Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Previous articleLYIT through to College’s Finals WeekendNext articleCalls for more investment in Udaras News Highland By News Highland – January 30, 2019 WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic DL Debate – 24/05/21 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Google+center_img Donegal County Council has approved plans for a 3km walk and cycle route linking Lifford and Strabane.It will include enhanced crossing facilities and safety works, as well as a one metre buffer zone between the pathway and the road.The project is part of of the North West Greenway Network.Cllr Gerry Crawford says it’s a welcome development:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/gerrygvgnjfhjhgfhreenway1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 3km route linking Lifford and Strabane approved by Council Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

Funeral of Mary Ellen Molloy taking place today

first_img Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Funeral of Mary Ellen Molloy taking place today Twitter Homepage BannerNews Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Previous articleTalks on restoring power-sharing in North to restart this morningNext article18 people awaiting in-patient beds at LUH News Highland WhatsAppcenter_img Google+ Google+ The funeral of a 26 year old Donegal woman who died in Australia before Christmas will take place in this afternoon.Mary Ellen Molloy was killed on December 20th when a tree fell on the taxi she was traveling in Melbourne.Her funeral will begin at midday today in the Church of the Holy Family, Ardara, with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic By News Highland – January 2, 2020 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

How RebusHR wrapped up Baco’s HR function

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. RebusHRwas called in to support the day-to-day HR operations of packaging company BacoConsumer Products after two rapid sales of the company left its own small HRdepartment hopelessly under resourced. Nic Paton reportsTo an outsider, the world of packaging and foil or transparent wraps may notappear to be a roller coaster ride of thrills and spills. But for Jane Quy, HRdirector for Baco Consumer Products – the name behind the Bacofoil brand amongothers – the past three to four years have been just that. In that time the company, based in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, has been soldtwice. First it was bought by US firm Reynolds Metals which, in turn, in 2000,was acquired by US firm Alcoa, the largest aluminium company in the world. With only two administration staff to support her, Quy found herselfmanaging the HR needs of 500 employees split between two factory sites.Unsurprisingly, an evaluation carried out by Alcoa soon after its takeoverdiscovered the company was under-resourced in HR and something needed to bedone – and fast. However, adding to the sparse headcount in the HR department was simply notan option, says Quy. Quite apart from the cost of hiring a new face, there wasno spare desk. And, however good the person hired it would inevitably be sixmonths before they were fully up to speed – time Quy did not have to spare. The solution is a good example of how a small firm with limited resources,can use outsourcing to relieve the burden on its hard-pressed HR department andcut costs, while at the same time bringing tangible added value to thefunction. “I was just about managing to get the operational side of the functiondone, but I was not doing very well on, or rarely getting to, the strategicneeds. Then I had a phone call out of the blue from Rebus which suggested to methat outsourcing might be an option,” recalls Quy. Outsourcing specialist RebusHR was established 35 years ago and includes araft of blue-chip companies among its roster of clients, including ManchesterUnited, Sainsbury’s, Consignia and CGNU. From that first contact with Baco in September 2000, a two-year £30,000contract was swiftly thrashed out, which went operational just two monthslater. “I was able to justify the cost against the amount of legal feesthat had been paid out the year before,” says Quy. “At that time the HR function was nurse, fireman and police. It was agatekeeper and that is not how it should be. Rarely a day went by when amanager was not in my office with a problem or an employee in tears. I couldsee nothing but tribunals ahead of us.” RebusHR carried out an audit of the company’s HR processes and functions andquickly identified what was needed. The first priority was to tackle the basic policiesand procedures. The company, says Marika Hall, Rebus’ account manager for Baco and seniorpersonnel consultant at the firm, had no comprehensive handbook in place. Therewere no standardised policies or procedures that managers could work within. “Previously managers did not have guidance and would call Jane, but ifshe was tied up, they would go ahead anyway,” she explains. Guidance was drawn up on a wide range of issues, from grievance anddisciplinary procedures to absenteeism and this was distributed to managers asa handbook. Two RebusHR consultants lead the work with Baco, although theyremain employed by RebusHR. They are backed by a helpline that managers can call any time to sort outqueries or to gain advice. The company could also have bought in a RebusHR ITsystem but decided its own system was up to the job. Hall explains that RebusHR is essentially now responsible for everything interms of HR that happens on an operational, day-to-day basis within theorganisation or where managers need help or guidance. This could be anything from dealing with a grievance or managing someoneback to work to dealing with a long-term absence. “If there is a problem on the shopfloor, they will not ring Jane, theywill ring us at RebusHR. If we are not available, then they can ring thehelpdesk,” says Hall. One of the hurdles was gaining the trust of managers working in a small,highly competitive field. It took the best part of six months for managerswithin the company to recognise they could go to RebusHR first with a problem,and for them to feel they could trust its judgment. Managers were worried about excluding the in-house HR team or simply feltQuy needed to be involved, admits Quy. This initially led to overlap, withmanagers sometimes approaching RebusHR but still following it up with Quy, butthis has since settled down. “In the last six months, there has been muchmore of a swing towards managers making direct contact or being referred on byme,” says Quy. Quy will speak most days on the phone to Hall or her colleague. Normallythere is also someone available on site one or two days a week. And there areregular update meetings every two weeks. “You can often find yourselfquite isolated in HR. Having other HR people there to bounce ideas around hasbeen a plus. It helps you to build up your own confidence,” admits Quy,who adds the set-up effectively gives her an informal HR network to tap into.Such a resource can be an invaluable asset for the hard-pressed HRprofessional. Now the bread and butter HR processes have been dealt with, RebusHR isturning its attention to other “life cycle” issues within theorganisation, such as mentoring systems and benchmarking. Other areas willinclude recruitment and appraisal processes – what Hall terms “drivingproactive areas of HR rather than reactive” that an organisation canattend to once it knows it has its HR foundations in place. “Since RebusHR came on board, we have not had any claims made againstus, touch wood,” adds Quy. She estimates that, in just one year, thecompany has saved £20,000 through its contract with RebusHR. “The message is very much ‘contact us when you are thinking about whatyou want to do, before it becomes a problem, not once you have aproblem,’” she adds. Should a claim be made that comes about as the result of actions taken onadvice or guidance from RebusHR, the outsourcing company will cover the costsof any action. “One of the big advantages of outsourcing is that you transfer theresponsibility. We give best practice advice, whereas if it were their own HRemployee and they gave wrong advice, then they take the consequences,”says Hall. For many smaller organisations such as Baco, HR is often perceived bymanagement as something to be frightened of, a bit of an unknown, she adds. ButBaco’s experience shows outsourcing need not be solely for the large or bluechip organisations. Smaller firms can benefit just as much, as long as they areprepared to make the leap. “I guess there will come a time when we shall totally have to overridethe advice that we have been given, but that hopefully will be the exceptionrather than the rule,” says Quy. “For me, the main benefit is we have put all the aspects of the HRfunction that are generic into the hands of the experts. With the breadth ofthe HR remit these days, it is often impossible to be an expert in all theareas that you are required to be. “This has released me to be able to think. I am now starting to havetime to consider the longer-term HR strategic issues instead of beingconstantly dragged back in to the ‘day-to-day’ problems.” RebusHR involvement cuts tribunal risks – Baco Consumer Products employs 500people split between two factories– The HR department consists of just three people, directorJane Quy and two assistants– The main benefit of Baco’s outsourcing agreement with RebusHRhas been a complete reduction in the spiralling cost of tribunal cases againstthe firm– Since being appointed, there have been no cases brought bydisgruntled employees and the contract has saved the firm an estimated £20,000– Rebus has also standardised procedures, put in place acompany-wide HR handbook and freed Quy to look at the wider, strategic issuesfacing the company– Looking further ahead, RebusHR is beginning to work with Bacoon the next tier of HR issues, particularly recruitment and appraisal processes Previous Article Next Article How RebusHR wrapped up Baco’s HR functionOn 5 Feb 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Security Officer

first_imgFTE1.00 Standard Work Days and Hours Type of PostingInternal/External Open Until FilledNo Is driving a vehicle (e.g. Bowdoin vehicle or off road vehicle,rental car, personal car) an essential function of this job?Yes Employment CategoryFull Time Year Round Background Check Package RequirementsSupport Staff + MVR Posting Date04/07/2021 Education/Skills Requirements Posting NumberS00684JP ShiftThird Shift Third shift (11pm-7am) 40 hour position, typically consisting offive 8-hour shifts scheduled on a monthly basis in accordance withthe needs of the department. Currently, days off are Wednesday andThursday. This position is intended to be flexible, maintaining 40hours/week, but the officer may be assigned to other shifts ifnecessary; possible mandatory weekend hours/black out days;additional hours may be required for shift coverage, especiallyduring significant College events (e.g., Commencement, Reunion,sporting events, concerts); subject to call in or may be requiredto stay beyond regular assigned hours due to operational needs, asdetermined by the Director of Security. DepartmentSafety and Security Posting Details About Bowdoin Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Bowdoin embraces diversity in all forms, and the College is home totalented students, faculty and staff—with a variety of racial,ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds; religious beliefs;and gender identities, among other factors.We encourage applications from candidates committed to the supportof an inclusive campus community and those who will enrich andcontribute to the College’s multifaceted diversity. We value acommunity in which individuals of all backgrounds are warmlywelcomed and encouraged to succeed.Founded in 1794, Bowdoin has maintained its commitment to theliberal arts for well over 200 years. Bowdoin’s reputation as apreeminent liberal arts college rests on the excellence of itsfaculty, students, and staff; intimate size; strong sense ofcommunity; and connections to the people, history, and naturalbeauty of Maine.Bowdoin’s campus is situated in a beautiful natural setting.Located in Brunswick, Maine, a town of approximately 20,000, theCollege is a short drive from the Maine coast, twenty-five milesfrom Portland and 120 miles from Boston. TitleSecurity Officer Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsResume / Curriculum VitaeCover LetterOptional Documents Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice or related field, orequivalent education and training, and/or work experiencepreferred. A high school diploma or GED equivalent is required.Applicants must possess strong interpersonal and verbalcommunication skills; the ability to deal calmly with a widevariety of people in dynamic, often stressful circumstances; strongwritten communication skills, with the ability to complete detailedwritten incident reports, logs, forms, and other writtencommunication; the ability to learn and use a variety ofcomputerized and electronic systems essential for departmentmissions; the ability to work independently or as part of a team;the ability to achieve CPR and First Aid Certification. If you answered Employee Referral or Other, please specifyhere:(Open Ended Question) Experience Requirements and/or Equivalents The Security Officer provides Communications Center support andserves on foot, bicycle or security vehicle patrol while conductingsurveillance for the entire College campus to ensure the safety andsecurity of College students, faculty, staff, alumni, visitors andproperty. In addition the Security Officer II takes onresponsibilities related to a chosen community serviceproject.Bowdoin College is committed to keeping our staff as safe aspossible and has implemented many important safety measures. Pleaseread more about what we are doing here:https://www.bowdoin.edu/covid-19/index.html Applications Accepted Until EEO Information A valid driver’s license and the ability to meet the requirementsof the College’s Motor Vehicle Use Policy required. Attendance at aCampus Security Officer Academy may be required.Will be required tolearn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manualrecording and information systems used by the agency. OTHERREQUIREMENTS : 3,120 regularly scheduled hours (18 months full timeequivalent) experience as a Bowdoin College Security Officer I, ofwhich 1,040 hours as a Museum Security Officer may be appliedtoward this requirement. Up-to-date training, experience, anddemonstrated proficiency in Patrol and Communications Centeroperations: a minimum of 96 hrs annually in each discipline isexpected to maintain an acceptable level of proficiency. (note: anefficient, accurate way to track this is for officers to useTimePro’s notes section to reflect when they worked Patrol orCommunications Center). Develop and maintain at least one approvedarea of special expertise of benefit to the department (eg: fieldtraining officer, crime prevention, MOAB, defensive tactics, drugrecognition, CPR /First Aid Instructor), as approved by theDirector. Design, implement and maintain a self-initiated communityservice project of substantial value to the Bowdoin community thatenhances campus safety and security, as approved by the Director.Completion of required Maine Campus Security Online Training Centercourses, as prescribed by the Director. Additional training, asdetermined by the Director of Safety and Security (eg: attend allmandated in-service training, Basic Training for CommunityPolicing). Two consecutive satisfactory performance evaluations anda current good standing status. Endorsement by the Director ofSafety and Security, in consultation with the Director of HumanResources. If it is observed that the officer is not maintainingthe Security Officer II minimum standards, it is at the discretionof the college to revert the officer to the status and pay band ofSecurity Officer I. Special Instructions to Applicants Benefits EligibleYes Bowdoin College complies with applicable provisions of federal andstate laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment,admission, or access to its educational or extracurricularprograms, activities, or facilities based on race, color,ethnicity, ancestry and national origin, religion, sex, sexualorientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, maritalstatus, place of birth, genetic predisposition, veteran status, oragainst qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilitieson the basis of disability, or any other legally protectedstatuses. Pay TypeHourly * How did you hear about this position?Indeed.comChronicle of Higher EducationDiverse Issues in Higher EdFacebookGlassdoorGoogle SearchHigherEdJobs.comInsideHigherEd.comLinkedInTwitterMANPMaine Job LinkLiveandWorkinMaine.comEmployee ReferralBowdoin College WebsiteRadio AdTechMaineNCAACASEOther Job Summary Is a pre-placement physical required for this position?Yeslast_img read more

Vice-Chancellor moves into Clarendon Building

first_imgOxford’s Vice-Chancellor Louise Richardson has moved offices, from a Wellington Square location once described as a “concrete office block that would look more at home in Cold War East Berlin” to Broad Street’s Clarendon Building. University sources have suggested that the change in architectural style may have been a significant motivation for the move.The Wellington Square offices have housed the administrative staff of Oxford University since 1974, including the Vice-Chancellor, while the Clarendon Building was constructed in 1712-13 for Oxford University Press before it moved to its present Jericho building in the 1830s.One university source, speaking to the Oxford Mail, commented that the architecture of the Wellington Square offices may well have been a key factor in precipitating the move: “You come to Oxford thinking of the Bodleian and the Sheldonian Theatre but then visitors of the Vice-Chancellor get brought to Wellington Square, which doesn’t look good.”A university spokesman stated that the reopening of the Weston Library last year meant that the new office space was now available.He added, “This has allowed the small team which supports the Vice Chancellor to be co-located in the Clarendon Building. Using the traditional location as the Vice-Chancellor’s base, close to the heart of the university and many colleges, also allows the university to receive guests from around the world in a location that showcases the institution’s long history and extraordinary architectural heritage.”last_img read more

Scotland’s Bakery of the Year contest opens

first_imgOn 25 February, McGhee’s Bakery in Glasgow will play host to the launch of the 2016 Scottish Bakery of the Year competition.McGhee’s Bakery is the current champion of the competition, which is voted for by consumers across the country. As well as searching for Scotland’s Bakery of the Year, the search is on for the country’s best morning roll, scone, savoury, bread, individual cake and biscuit.As part of the launch, McGhee’s will host a charity event from 11am to 12.30pm on 25 February, which will feature Scottish celebrities competing to show their bakery brilliance.Their efforts will be overseen by reigning champion Gordon McGhee and couture cake queen Mich Turner, the Scottish Baker of the Year ambassador.Scottish Bakers, the trade association for bakers in Scotland, founded the competition in 2012. Turner will also be compering the awards, which will be presented in May.Turner said: “I am delighted to once again be involved in this event. As a professional cake-designer, I have been really impressed by the quality and creativity Scottish bakers are demonstrating and I look forward to being surprised and delighted again this year.”last_img read more

Watch Bernie Worrell Get Funky With The Joe Marcinek Band In One Of His Last-Ever Performances

first_imgFunk fans everywhere have been mourning the loss of Bernie Worrell, the legendary Parliament-Funkadelic and Talking Heads keyboardist who recently passed away. Worrell may have been most publicly known for his roles in those famed bands, but Worrell was a true musician’s musician, eager to explore new improvisational territory in any number of situations.At the start of 2016, Worrell was invited to sit in with the Joe Marcinek Band at their High Noon Saloon performance in Madison, WI. Marcinek continues to put together some truly interesting ensembles for his performances, and the band was tighter than ever when the Wizard of Woo came to town. Thanks to newly-shared footage from the band, we’re able to share this glorious “Red Hot Mama” from the performance, clocking in at over 20 minutes with some great work all around.Check out the exciting “Red Hot Mama” from one of Worrell’s final performances, on January 2nd, 2016.The full Joe Marcinek Band lineup for this performance was:Bernie Worrell – KeyboardsJanis Wallin – BassPete Koopmans – DrumsJoe Marcinek – GuitarJonathan Hoel – SaxAndrew Traverse – TrumpetRIP Bernie.[Video by Joe Ramos/Ramos Media Services]last_img read more

HKS’s Kokkalis program to offer executive training in Greece

first_imgThe Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Kokkalis Program on Southeast and East-Central Europe, which strives to support individuals committed to invigorating the public sector in Southeastern and East-Central Europe by providing fellowships for study at HKS, will host a four-day HKS executive training program May 31-June 3 titled “Leading, Innovating and Negotiating: Critical Strategies for Public Sector Executives.”The program, designed exclusively for senior professionals in the public and nonprofit sectors in Southeast and East-Central Europe, will offer participants analytical and problem-solving tools that are critical for advancing individual and organizational goals and vital for generating, managing, and leveraging innovation in an era of growing global complexity.Administered by the Kokkalis Program, the executive training program will take place in Athens, Greece, at the Athens Information Technology institute (AIT).The deadline for applications is April 26. For more information and application instructions, visit the HKS Executive Education Web site.last_img read more