Smugglers beat up TV cameraman in Oruro

first_img Reporters Without Borders is outraged by a physical attack on local TV cameraman Freddy Calderón (photo) after he filmed the contents of a contraband truck that tipped over in the western city of Oruro on 22 July. The organisation also wonders why the police took so long to reach the scene. Calderón has been ordered to take a week off work. July 26, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Smugglers beat up TV cameraman in Oruro News to go further Organisation News Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom BoliviaAmericas News June 12, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information February 1, 2018 Find out more Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at a physical attack on TV cameraman Freddy Calderón of ATB Canal 9, who was beaten up by a gang of smugglers after filming the contents of one of their trucks that tipped over on a road in the western city of Oruro on 22 July.”We condemn this use of violence against a journalist who was just doing his job” the press freedom organisation said. “We also deplore the passivity of the police and we hope a thorough investigation will both lead to the arrest of his attackers and shed light on the attitude of the police in this case.”The incident occurred when a truck reportedly loaded with contraband keeled over as it took a roundabout on Oruro’s Dehene Avenue at high speed. Among the many people who witnessed the accident and gathered around was Calderón, who took out his camera and began to film.The online newspaper La Patria said the smugglers began throwing stones at Calderón when they noticed he was filming. He tried to run, but they caught him, threw him to the ground, grabbed his videocassette and kicked him repeatedly until one of them ordered the others to stop.La Patria said customs agents arrived at the scene shortly after the accident took place, but the police were very slow in coming, which gave the smugglers time to remove all their contraband goods in taxis and as well as carry out their attack on Calderón without hindrance.Calderón, who sustained many bruises in the attack, was examined by a forensic doctor and told to take a week off work. That could be extended after X-rays have been examined. News BoliviaAmericas Follow the news on Bolivia Editor still unable to return to Bolivia after six months in exile Bolivian journalist hounded after accusing boss of sexual harassment RSF_en November 18, 2016 Find out morelast_img read more

Future perfect

first_img Previous Article Next Article Future perfectOn 29 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Technology is revolutionising training and career development, even turningsome of the more progressive organisations into virtual corporate universities.But which are likely to be the key technologies in the future? We offer somepredictionsVisions of the future are notoriously off the mark. Twenty-five years ago wethought robots would be performing all our household chores. At about the sametime BT executives claimed that mobiles phones were not a practical reality. In some areas where new technology is emerging, however, we can make somefairly safe predictions. In the workplace we are on the brink of a revolutionin training and career development, thanks to technological advances.Progressive organisations, such as BAe Systems and BT, are creating virtualcorporate universities that will eventually give employees access to a hugerange of training materials through their PCs. With the Government placing sucha strong emphasis on lifelong learning and competitive advantage, we are likelyto see many more businesses follow suit. But this is just one way organisationsare harnessing technology to train staff.Making the most of new developments will not only entail a change in theattitude of staff and managers towards training, it will also require somephysical changes to the work environment. Here we take a look at what thelearning organisation of the future might look like.The digi-theatreAlthough classroom-based teaching will not disappear, the traditionalelements of the classroom will. Blackboards and flipcharts will be replaced byelectronic white boards, operated by a remote mouse or touchscreen technology.Course delegates in one of these “digi-theatres” will be able to plugtheir laptops into portals and download “handouts” direct from thetrainer’s PC while viewing the white board.Some schools are already using these multimedia white boards which allow theteacher to download animation from a PC or laptop and project videos, as wellas present normal text and pictures. Not all companies will need or wantdigi-theatres, but as the Government continues to push the concept of communitylearning and encourage greater interaction between industry and education,companies will be able to use digi-theatres at local schools and colleges.Mobile learnersThe new generation of mobile phones are linked to the Internet allowingusers to download information from the World Wide Web. In terms of theirpotential as a learning device, their use is limited – you would not want toread a whole research paper on the small screen of your phone. But thanks toadvances in audio technology, it will soon be possible for digital informationto be “translated” into sound. This means that rather thandownloading text from the Internet, it could be “read” to you viayour mobile’s earpiece. So, a sales executive driving to an important clientpresentation, say, could download useful information on the potential clientand listen to it en route to his meeting.Internets/intranetsPhysical limitations like size and distance will not restrict the learningorganisation of the future. Virtual corporate universities are already givingemployees at multi-site organisations access to information, although it is inrelatively small amounts and it is only in the form of text or pictures. Infuture, using the company intranet will be a more interactive process. Theremay be live on-line tutorials where students are linked throughvideo-conferencing. Alternatively, delegates may be represented by icons onscreen and communicate through real-time chat rooms.New computers will utilise their spatial and audio capacity much more thantoday’s machines, so computer-based learning will no longer simply be a matterof reading and learning text on-screen. Learning by game-play will become areality. A group of managers, for example, could act out scenarios with virtualemployees on screen. The employees’ actions on-screen will depend on thedecisions taken by the manager/player and will therefore encourage managers tothink through the consequences of their actions.Learning from homeAt the moment most training material within companies is available via theintranet rather than the Internet because of fears over security. But somecompanies are already overcoming security issues by becoming Internet serviceproviders themselves. It also means that employees will be able to access theInternet via their company IPS from their own homes. Digital television willbegin to play a much bigger role in learning at home, too. Technical collegescould transmit employer-approved training modules via the local cable systemenabling employees to study from the comfort of their armchair.MentoringMentoring has become a buzzword in progressive organisations. One reason itis so popular is that it allows senior managers to pass on vital cultural andbehavioural knowledge about a company that can be difficult to teach in thetraditional sense. One way technology will facilitate this is through videocameras. Board meetings and group discussions can be filmed and archived, to beplayed back as part of a management training course. Alternatively, traineemanagers could “shadow” an individual director. Cameras are so tinynow that they can easily be attached to a pair of glasses or a headset when thedirector wants to give trainees an insight into what is involved at their levelin the organisation.Virtual realityVirtual reality is already used by military and manufacturing to testproducts. As yet, virtual reality is not widespread in training but as costscome down employers will be keen to harness this technology. Wearing a pair ofdata glasses trainees will be able to practise medical techniques or learn howto operate expensive and complicated machinery without damaging the realequipment.Research being conducted at the Reading University takes virtual realityinto a new dimension. The department of cybernetics is developing a siliconchip that will be implanted into the body and attached to the nervous systems.The chip will allow a computer to record sensations and feelings experienced bythe individual. By the same token, it may be able to transmit messages from thecomputer via the chip to the person’s brain allowing them to experiencesensations at the press of a button. The use of this technology outside ofmedicine is many years away, but its very existence opens up all sorts ofpossibilities for learning. Could sales staff on a motivational training courseexperience the high of clinching a deal through a tiny chip inside theirbodies? Will chip technology develop to a stage when information can betransmitted directly into your brain from a computer? It sounds like sci-fi butsome experts believe it will become reality.By Isabel ChoatThanks to Kevin Warwick, professor of cybernetics at Reading University;Richard Scase, professor of organisational behaviour at the University of Kent;Dr Andrew Pember, manager learning networks at BAe Systems; Ed Gonsalvez,research associate Open University Business School; Geoff Crook, director ofthe sensory design research laboratory at Central St Martins; Graham Whitehead,advanced concepts manager at BT; and Chris Yapp, fellow for lifelong learningat ICL Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Scaling of solar wind epsilon and the AU, AL and AE indices by WIND

first_imgWe apply the finite size scaling technique to quantify the statistical properties of fluctuations in AU, AL and AE indices and in the epsilon parameter that represents energy input from the solar wind into the magnetosphere. We find that the exponents needed to rescale the probability density functions (PDF) of the fluctuations are the same to within experimental error for all four quantities. This self-similarity persists for time scales up to similar to4 hours for AU, AL and epsilon and up to similar to2 hours for AE. Fluctuations on shorter time scales than these are found to have similar long-tailed (leptokurtic) PDF, consistent with an underlying turbulent process. These quantitative and model-independent results place important constraints on models for the coupled solar wind-magnetosphere system.last_img read more

Draft Tenant Fees Bill is published

first_imgHome » News » Draft Tenant Fees Bill is published previous nextDraft Tenant Fees Bill is publishedLandlords and agents will only be able to charge three types of fee, draft legislation reveals, and also requires agents to join a client protection scheme.Nigel Lewis1st November 201707,805 Views The government has this morning introduced its draft Tenant Fees Bill in parliament, which reveals the full details of its plans to make the charging of fees to tenants an offence, and to make it compulsory for agents to be a member of a client money protection scheme.The announcement comes after nearly seven months of waiting for agents during which a three-month industry consultation has been completed, and the draft bill will be the government’s initial framing of the bill following that.“The ban will make renting fairer and easier for tenants by allowing them to see upfront what a given property will cost them – the rent that is advertised will be what you are expected to pay, nothing more,” says Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (pictured, left).“It will also sharpen and increase letting agents’ incentives to compete for landlords’ business, resulting in a better and more transparent service for everyone.”The bill applies to both landlords and their agents and bans all fees or prohibited payments as a condition of arranging the grant, renewal or continuance of a tenancy in England.It puts payment by tenants to landlords or agents into two categories – permitted and prohibited payments. The former includes a tenancy deposits, which cannot exceed six weeks’ rent, a holding deposit which cannot exceed one weeks’ rent and rental default payments.“The NLA is happy that the Government has listened to the evidence we presented on behalf of our members. Whilst we remain disappointed that the Government continues to believe a cap is necessary, extending it to 6 weeks rent will reduce those households and landlords disadvantaged by the policy significantly,” says Chris Norris, Head of Policy at the National Landlords Association (NLA) (pictured, right).Fines up to £30kAll other payments by tenants including referencing, checkout, inventory, contract renewal, application, guarantor and pet deposit fees will be deemed prohibited payments and, if an agent or landlord is caught trying to charge them, a fine of between £5,000 and £30,000 is to be levied.“Whether you’ve been forced into life as a tenant or simply decided that it’s the best option for you, you deserve to know that you will be treated fairly and not ripped off by the people you rely on for finding and renting your home,” says Sajid Javid.“Yet in too many cases that’s not happening, and that’s because the lettings market is simply not designed in the interests of the people it is supposed to serve.“Tenants rely on agents to find properties, yet they are selected and appointed by landlords.“That disparity can lead to tenants paying hundreds of pounds in fees that are far from transparent, substantially raising the costs involved in renting, and causing nasty surprises for new tenants who think they’ve found a home that suits their needs and budget.Other features of the bill include making tenancies which feature prohibited payments null and void, and that local weights and measures authorities will be responsible for policing the new legislation, when it is passed, with powers to force agents and landlords to return prohibited payments to tenants.Larger lettings agencies will also be able to prosecuted as well as individual letting agents, and the draft bill also reveals that the Consumer Rights Act 2015 will be amended to reflect the new and limited fees structure.Commenting on the requirements for agents to join a compulsory client money protection scheme, ARLA Propertymark Chief Executive David Cox (pictured, left) said: “While Propertymark members are already required to have CMP, this new measure will ensure that all letting agents are operating on a level playing field, meaning consumers will be protected regardless of the agent they choose.“We are equally pleased that agents will have to display their CMP membership prominently, which will provide tenants peace of mind that their money is protected.”Read the full Draft Tenant Fees Bill. Sajid Javid DCLG Department of communities and local government November 1, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Special award ceremony for principals to be held this morning.

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweet EducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondary Special award ceremony for principals to be held this morning. by: – April 20, 2011 Sharecenter_img Chief Education Officer, Mr. Steve Hyacinth. Photo credit: GIS NewsDominica’s excellent Primary and Secondary School principals are to be recognized during a ceremony at the Arawak House of Culture this morning.Chief Education Officer Mr. Steve Hyacinth says fourteen prinicpals will receive awards.“We have decided to recognize a few of our excellent principals. Principals who at the helm of our schools have demonstrated strong leadership and I would dare say transformational leadership and who have shown us that they have the ability to inspire change, and to make an enormous difference in the school direction. The event at the Arawak House of Culture will honor ten Primary School Prinicpals and four Secondary School Principals of excellence.”The ceremony will begin from 10:00am this morning.Dominica Vibes News 39 Views no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Lady Cardinals Come Up Short Against Lady Trojans

first_imgSt. Louis 7th & 8th Grade Volleyball Teams were defeated by Sunman Dearborn.7th grade score – 8-25 , 10-25.8th grade score – 13-25 , 14-25.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jennifer Meer.last_img

Free T-shirts, ice cream highlight Fan Appreciation Weekend

first_img Published on October 18, 2017 at 10:56 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+ Students will receive free food, including chicken tenders, if they attend the Syracuse men’s basketball intrasquad scrimmage Friday night in the Carrier Dome, SU Athletics announced Wednesday.The first 2,000 students to arrive will receive a free T-shirt, and students with a season pass elite will get wristbands and sit courtside. There will be contests during breaks of the scrimmage, which tips off at 7:30 p.m. There will be two, 30-minute running halves.“Our hope is to get students to attend,” said Anthony Di Fino, SU’s associate athletics director for business development. “This event is for them. Their energy is going to drive that scrimmage.”The SU women’s team will host its third annual Hoops-n-Scoops event Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Fans can watch a practice then eat free ice cream and meet the team at 1 p.m. SU Athletics asks fans who plan to attend the women’s event to email [email protected] by Thursday. Admission and parking is free for both events.The men finished 19-15 a year ago and advanced to the second round of the NIT, while the women advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the fourth-straight season, one of 15 programs in the country to accomplish the feat.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLast year, SU averaged 21,181 fans per game, second in the country to Kentucky. Syracuse has finished first in average home attendance 14 times in program history and has placed fourth or better each season since the Carrier Dome opened in 1980.Last season, the Syracuse women’s team had the sixth-largest home attendance increase in college basketball. SU averaged 2,100 fans per game, double its average the year prior.Earlier this month, Syracuse revamped its Orange Madness event, which featured musical performances, player contests including a slam-dunk contest and brief scrimmages.The SU men’s team begins the 2017-18 season Nov. 10 against Cornell at 7 p.m. while the women open up the same day at 2 p.m. against Morgan State. Both games will be in the Carrier Dome. Commentslast_img read more

QPR v Millwall line-ups: Mackie fit, Sylla back, Lions duo out

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesQPR have named an unchanged starting line-up for tonight’s London derby at Loftus Road.Jamie Mackie went off after picking up a knock against Ipswich on Saturday but has been passed fit to play.Idrissa Sylla is back in Rangers’ matchday squad and has been included among the substitutes.Meanwhile, Millwall are without the injured Tom Elliott and the suspended Aiden O’Brien.QPR: Smithies; Baptiste, Onuoha, Robinson; Wszolek, Scowen, Luongo, Freeman, Bidwell; Washington, Mackie.Subs: Lumley, Furlong, Manning, Smith, LuaLua, Wheeler, Sylla.Millwall: Archer, McLaughlin, Meredith, Hutchinson, Williams, Gregory, Ferguson, Wallace, Webster, Morison, Saville.Subs: Martin, Craig, Cooper, Romeo, Tunnicliffe, Twardek, Onyedinma.last_img read more

Mark Canha has plenty of power in reserve for Oakland Athletics

first_imgANAHEIM — Khris Davis remained out of the starting lineup for the second consecutive night because of a left hand contusion, but the A’s had reliable replacement in Mark Canha.Canha filled Davis’ designated hitter role for the second straight game on Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels while also moving into his No. 4 spot in the batting for the third game of their four-game series at Angel Stadium.Heading into Saturday’s game, Canha had hit six of his 11 home runs in the 12 games he …last_img read more

Using the Channel Mixer for a Better Black-and-White

first_imgCranking the green and dropping the red and blue brings the background way up for a super bloomy look: Cranking up the red channel and dropping the other two brightens up the skintones, increases contrast, and even brings down the exposure on that sign in the background: Much moodier now that the mysterious man’s face is in shadow. If you raise the blue and drop the green, it does a great job of darkening the background between the two men and removing some of that distraction: One example where using the channel mixer in After Effects is particularly useful is with close-up shots of talent. Notice how with the default black-and-white the lips don’t really have tonal definition.By lowering the red and blue channels and raising the green, the contrast in the skintones is raised and you start to see good definition, especially with the lips:The channel mixer in After Effects is a great tool for better flexibility with your black-and-white looks. Get finer control over skintones through the red channel and the ability to re-light shots.center_img Use the channel mixer to create great monochromatic looks that are much more dynamic than a plain desaturation!When working on a black and white color grade in your video editing projects, typically the only tools people reach for are desaturation and contrast. However, there’s a better way to get your black and white look, and to have a lot more flexibility in the final outcome.In this post we’ll share how to use the monochrome channel mixer in Adobe After Effects to give your video a custom black and white treatment.The channel mixer is an effect that mixes the amount of red, green, and blue in each individual RGB channel. It can be a little hard to work with in color, but there’s a “monochrome” checkbox at the bottom, and the black and white controls are a lot easier to use. When you’re in monochrome mode, only the red channel controls work, but you can control the brightness of each channel. With this you can basically re-light the shot. It’s easier to see with an example, so we’ll work with this shot:Here’s the basic black and white look; not bad, but a little bland: Here’s a look at what we can do with a little channel tweaking. Since most of the color in our skin is in the red channel, look what happens when we lower that channel, then raise the others to compensate for exposure:last_img read more