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Legion of Honour award for Putin condemned as “unworthy of France”

first_img Receive email alerts September 25, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Legion of Honour award for Putin condemned as “unworthy of France” RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” News RSF_en BelarusEurope – Central Asia to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says News Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News BelarusEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information News Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today that French President Jacques Chirac bestowed the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour – one of the highest decorations awarded by a country that considers itself the birthplace of human rights – on Russian President Vladimir Putin on 22 September.An Elysée Palace spokesman said the award, given on the penultimate day of a visit by President Putin that ended with a French – Russian – German tripartite summit on 23 September in Compiègne, was given for his contribution to friendship between Russia and France.“The dismantling of civil liberties in Russia, the gagging of the press and the state terror and news blackout policies being implemented in Chechnya were not mentioned in any official statement issued during this visit,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The French government’s decision to award Putin the Legion of Honour is a shocking endorsement of his policies.”The organisation added: “Elevating a press freedom predator to the rank of Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour is an insult to all those in Russia who fight for press freedom, the freedom to be informed and the survival of effective democracy in their country.”Reporters Without Borders has registered many serious human rights violations in Russia since the start of the year. Two journalists have been murdered. Self-censorship prevails as a result of lawsuits and administrative harassment. The purchase of news media by pro-government business groups such as Gazprom, which already owns NTV and the newspaper Izvestia, is reducing the amount of independent news and information available to the public. The influential opposition daily Kommersant was sold on 31 August to a metalworking industry magnate who heads a Gazprom subsidiary.The Internet is not excluded from this drive to gag the press, as seen in the trial of Vladimir Rakhmankov, the editor of the online newspaper Kursiv, which began on 22 September. He is accused under article 319 of the criminal code of “insulting a state official” because he headlined one of his articles: “Putin, Russia’s phallic symbol.” He could be sentenced to 12 months of hard labour. Follow the news on Belarus May 28, 2021 Find out more France awarded the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour to Russian President Vladimir Putin on 22 September. Reporters Without Borders is appalled that this decoration has been bestowed on the leader of a country where all press freedom indicators are in free fall. Organisation May 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Panamanian, U.S. authorities seize cocaine worth US$362 million

first_img [AFP, 25/04/2012; Cbp.gov, 24/04/2012] MIAMI — United States Customs and Border Protection announced on April 24 the capture of two high-speed boats in the Caribbean loaded with more than 4,840 pounds (2,200) kilograms) of cocaine worth more than US$362 million. A Florida-based P-3 reconnaissance plane detected the two vessels on April 20 some 120 miles (193 kilometers) off the east coast of Panama and notified local authorities, who chased the two boats. “One vessel abandoned the contraband before arriving on shore, while the second go-fast [vessel] was seized nearby,” the border patrol said. “A U.S. Navy vessel operating in the area retrieved 89 bales of cocaine from the scene.” The border patrol said the Florida-based reconnaissance planes — originally designed to hunt submarines — had helped authorities seize some $2.8 billion worth of cocaine since October 2011. The long-range aircraft monitor a 42-million-square-mile (109-million-square-kilometer) area in the Caribbean and eastern Pacific in search of drug smugglers. “By providing surveillance of known air, land, and maritime smuggling routes in an area that is twice the size of the continental U.S., the P-3s detect, monitor and disrupt smuggling activities before they reach shore,” the customs service said. By Dialogo April 26, 2012last_img read more

Stresslines

first_imgStresslines Career burnout? Putting the spark back in your practice Career CounselorMondays were the most difficult days. He felt unable to think about the tasks he had set for himself. He knew why it was hard to concentrate: He was tired of the same problems and issues he had dealt with so many times before. He realized that he was utterly bored with his job and felt stagnant, mentally. Is this all there is? Is this what he worked so hard to achieve? W hat can you do when you are bored with your job? Many attorneys eventually experience a sense of understimulation in their work lives as the learning curve flattens out over the years. Adrenaline used to flow when the work was new and fresh, but over time that same work can become commonplace. Understimulation can occur at different points in a career, depending on the type of work you do and the type of person you are, as well as many other factors that can affect your feelings about your work.Under certain circumstances, understimulation at work may be cured by following a totally new career path. There are circumstances that support going for your dream in life. You may be in a position to go for the life you’ve always yearned for as a fiction writer or an aviator; or the moment may be right to take a chance on a business venture. Moving into a new field may jack up the adrenaline and reshape the learning curve, but for some attorneys a radical move may not be feasible, advisable, or timely.For some attorneys, understimulation can be instantly “cured” when life outside of work gets very active or stressful. For example, I was working with a mid-level attorney who began career counseling because she was not challenged by her job. But, after adopting a child, she realized that her understimulating job was a blessing, at least for the time being. Other stresses and physical impairments can alter one’s attitude about understimulating work. Another attorney I worked with who voiced a similar complaint of stagnation at work was relieved to have his dull job when he developed chronic fatigue syndrome.There is a take-home lesson to be gained from these experiences: The perception or sensation of boredom at work can be altered or affected by your life outside of work. A valid way to combat a sense of being “plateaued out” on the job may be to enrich and nourish yourself by developing more of a life both inside and outside your work world.What’s Wrong With Ted?Ted was an income partner at a mid-sized firm. He had established a transactional practice in corporate law that gave him some security. He had a fairly stable berth at a fairly stable firm, a wife, three college-aged kids, a home in Lincoln Park and a summer house in Michigan. His life looked good to the outside world. But Ted felt something was missing. He felt his work life was too dull and predictable.Ted had been valedictorian of his high-school class and an academic star in college as a poly-sci major. He was active in sports, did well in law school, enjoyed traveling, was well-read and loved to write.In high school his dream career had been international news reporting. He imagined the excitement of traveling the world, reporting on developments in a variety of countries on a variety of topics; enjoying what he imagined to be the ever-shifting terrain of the news reporter.As he grew older he thought often about a career in journalism, but was discouraged from pursuing this path because of the lifestyle that went with it. He wondered how he would be able to have a satisfying family life. He realized that there might be dangers involved with the work. He thought that someday he might want a less adventurous lifestyle. He didn’t think that he would be happy taking a senior desk job editing the work of front-line reporters. Ted decided to keep shopping for a career that better suited his lifestyle needs. A career in law seemed to be a good alter native. The law offered greater personal safety, intellectual challenge, and a more stable existence. He did so well on his LSAT exam that he convinced himself that law was his true calling. But after 20 years of practice, he felt profoundly bored. The issues had become too predictable, and his cases offered very little real intellectual challenge. He dreaded going to work to mull over problems he had seen before, for the same types of clients he had served for years.Lately he had had a recurrent dream that he was walking down a long institutional hallway that went on and on. There were repetitive posters on the walls every few feet, and no windows or doors to get out of the place. Ted felt that he understood the emotional message of his dream and signed up for career counseling.When Ted started career counseling, he wanted to leave the law altogether to get a steeper learning curve and more excitement in his life. But a reality check of his lifestyle and the people he cared about — who also relied on his income — caused him to slow down. When we reviewed his priorities, he realized that his highest values were his family and his lifestyle. But a close third priority was to find a way to be more involved in his job and challenged by his work.Ted had a history of becoming bored in school and in a variety of jobs. School had come easily to him. A quick learner, he inhaled information and enjoyed the challenge of learning new things. He was intellectually restless. The acquisition of knowledge was as thrilling for Ted as a new frontier must have been for a pioneer. But once he had acquired information he needed new challenges.Ted required the constant excitement of newness to be satisfied intellectually. How could he achieve that in his current practice? In our counseling work we looked at Ted’s areas of interest to determine the areas of greatest sustainable intellectual challenge. He had gotten interested in computers in the past few years. He enjoyed the rush of information and felt revitalized by his exposure to the rapidly changing world of technology. But he had never considered using his interest in computer technology as a way out of his stagnation at work.Ted began to feel revitalized by pursuing his interest in technology. He took classes in computer programming and spent time working with his own computer. He introduced new technology to his firm and became one of the few people at the firm who was truly knowledgeable about computers. He began to design his own programs. He met other people in the field. The excitement of learning in this new area has caused him to re-engage in the legal practice.Some attorneys need greater intellectual challenge, stimulation, and variety than they can obtain through their jobs. Some of my clients have steepened the learning curve by taking up a foreign language, studying the great books, learning to play the flute, learning to fly an airplane, fiction writing, developing an antique business, creating a greeting card business, learning Japanese cooking, and a host of other pursuits. By following their innate interests, these lawyers tell me they feel a rekindling of excitement and a sense of personal fulfillment that translates into greater energy for other parts of their lives. Sheila Nielsen is president of Nielsen Consulting Service, which provides career counseling for attorneys. Since 1985, Nielsen, a trained social worker and attorney, has counseled hundreds of attorneys dealing with career change and job search issues. This column is published under the sponsorship of the Quality of Life and Career Committee. The committee’s Web site is at www.fla-lap.org/qlsm. The Quality of Life and Career Committee, in cooperation with the Florida State University College of Law, also has an interactive listserv titled “The Healthy Lawyer.” Details and subscription information regarding the listserv can be accessed through the committee’s Web site or by going directly to www.fla-lap.org/qlsm. June 1, 2003 Sheila Nielsen Regular Newslast_img read more

Credit union women find the “Power of I Am” at summit

first_imgThis is placeholder text continue reading » This post is currently collecting data… More than 130 credit union women from five continents engaged with industry experts, thought leaders and one another to learn more about leadership skills, and personal and financial wellness at the Global Women’s Leadership Network’s (GWLN) 2020 Executive Readiness Summit, held Oct. 28-30.Sponsored by  CO-OP Financial Services, PSCU, CUNA Mutual Group and eLeadership Academy™, the Summit attracted a truly international audience for the first time, because it was held through a virtual platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic.“In the past, the Summit was held to address the challenge in identifying women to join the pipeline for open C-suite positions. It was an in-person event focused only on a U.S. audience. This year’s virtual platform provided the opportunity for GWLN members and Sister Society leaders from across the globe to participate as well. Despite the very late hours in their time zones, our international participants stayed on, engaged throughout the Summit and showed their commitment to advancing women in society,” said Lena Giakoumopoulos, GWLN Program Director.center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Brentwood Toddler Drowned in Backyard Pool

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 2-year-old girl drowned in the backyard pool of a relative’s home in her hometown of Brentwood over the weekend, Suffolk County police said.Arlyn Vanegas-Luna was found unresponsive in an above-ground swimming pool on Chestnut Street at 4:35 p.m. Friday, police said.The victim, who lived next door, was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where she was pronounced dead.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img

Fortnite to Return to iPhone, iPad via Nvidia GeForce Now Cloud Gaming Service: Report

first_img– Advertisement – Users of Apple’s iPhone and iPad could soon be able to play Epic Games’s Fortnite game again via Nvidia’s cloud gaming service, the BBC reported on Thursday.Nvidia has developed a version of its GeForce cloud gaming service that runs in the mobile web browser Safari, the report said.- Advertisement – Apple did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment, while Epic declined to comment.Nvidia said it would not comment on any new clients coming to the service, or on the availability of any game on unannounced or unreleased platforms.The company is expected to announce updates to its GeForce Now service later this month with support to Apple’s iOS.- Advertisement – Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Apple’s rules require cloud gaming companies to submit each game title in the catalogue as a separate app for Apple to review, and the master catalogue app would then provide links to the individual titles. That requirement puts a hurdle to the seamless experience cloud gaming companies intend to provide their users.Microsoft, which has a game-streaming feature in its premium Xbox Game Pass subscription, has previously criticised Apple for such rules.© Thomson Reuters 2020- Advertisement –last_img read more

Offices Opportunities in refurbishment

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Pertamina, South Korean consortium to develop Dumai refinery

first_img“We would like to express our gratitude to all parties who agreed to actualize the initiative. I hope the investment will have additional strategic value, as the oil price is currently under pressure,” Bahlil said.Pertamina, through Ignatius, stated that the Dumai refinery upgrade project was prioritized.“With this agreement, Nindya Karya and the South Korean consortium have become Pertamina’s strategic partners in conducting the study on the Dumai refinery upgrade. Our company hopes an important milestone can be achieved in December,” Ignatius said. The MoU, which commissions a joint study on the Dumai refinery upgrade project, was signed by Pertamina megaprojects director Ignatius Tallulembang, Nindya Karya president director Haedar Karim and a representative of the South Korean consortium, DH Global Holdings Co. Ltd. chairman Jung Sam Seung.The refinery upgrade is part of Pertamina’s Refinery Development Master Plan (RDMP) and Grass Root Refinery program.The RDMP lays out a road map for upgrading four refineries: one in Dumai, Riau, one in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, one in Cilacap, Central Java, and one in Balongan, West Java. The Grass Root Refinery program details the company’s plans to construct two new production facilities in Tuban, East Java, and Bontang, East Kalimantan.The upgraded refineries’ total installed capacity will increase 38.2 percent to 1.21 billion barrels per day (bpd), while the new refineries will have a combined capacity of 600,000 bpd. Topics :center_img State-owned oil and gas company Pertamina has agreed to join forces with state construction firm PT Nindya Karya and a South Korean consortium to explore business opportunities for a US$1.5 billion refinery development project in Dumai, Riau.The memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by representatives of the three parties on Wednesday marked progress in Pertamina’s plan to develop its major refineries as Indonesia works toward reducing oil imports and increasing domestic oil production.“This $1.5 billion project would increase the domestic oil and fuel production capacity, which would consequently reduce our dependence on oil imports and trade deficits in the future,” Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) chairman Bahlil Lahadalia said during the signing ceremony.last_img read more

The Mindfulness Backlash, and should it be pushed in NZ schools?

first_imgThe Mindfulness BacklashNew York Times 30 June 2014Mindfulness has reached such a level of hipness that it is now suggested as a cure for essentially every ailment. Anxious? Broke? Sneezing? Definitely try meditating.This vogue is in part due to the real benefits of mindfulness, a form of attention and awareness often (but not always) achieved through meditation or yoga. It’s a trend for a reason. But its increasing application to every situation under the sun has some people concerned.In The Atlantic, Tomas Rocha writes about the little-discussed possibility that, for some people, meditation could actually be dangerous. He talks to Dr. Willoughby Britton, a professor of psychiatry and human behavior who works with people who feel they’ve been harmed by meditation — one man described going through “psychological hell” as a result of his practice, while another worried he was “permanently ruined.” Dr. Britton has tracked “dark nights of the soul” — spiritual experiences that are frightening rather than calming — across a variety of religious texts, and she believes that meditation’s potential ill effects have been under-studied. Mr. Rocha writes:“Many people think of meditation only from the perspective of reducing stress and enhancing executive skills such as emotion regulation, attention, and so on.“For Britton, this widespread assumption — that meditation exists only for stress reduction and labor productivity, ‘because that’s what Americans value’ — narrows the scope of the scientific lens. When the time comes to develop hypotheses around the effects of meditation, the only acceptable — and fundable — research questions are the ones that promise to deliver the answers we want to hear.”http://op-talk.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/30/the-mindfulness-backlash/?_r=0Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.Mindfulness backlash: Could meditation be bad for your health?The Telegraph 24 October 2015Convinced by studies (such as that by Oxford University in 2014, which found the technique can reduce depression relapses by 44 per cent), the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) now recommends mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for depression.The Mental Health Foundation estimates that 30 per cent of GPs refer patients with mental health issues for mindfulness-based treatment.Persuaded by claims of stress reduction and increased mental clarity, mindfulness has been eagerly adopted by huge companies including Google, Apple, Sony, Ikea and the Department of Health. Mindfulness-based anger management is offered to inmates in prison, and there are calls for mindfulness training to become mandatory in schools.“A good teacher will help you make sense of what emerges through meditation.”Dr Tamara Russell, founder of The Mindfulness Centre of Excellence. “Beneficial findings are overstated in some media reports, whereas studies without the expected results go under the radar. This leads to a skewed picture, wherein the enthusiasm may be ahead of the evidence. Currently, with mindfulness, the evidence is not necessarily consistent or conclusive.”  When Farias and Wikholm began researching The Buddha Pill, they were astonished at the paucity of solid studies on the benefits. Then their own research threw up surprising evidence that mindfulness has a range of outcomes – not all positive.“To some, this will be blissful relaxation, but for others the outcome will be emotional distress, hallucinations or perhaps even ending up in a psychiatric ward,” says Farias. “David Shapiro of the University of California, Irvine, found that seven per cent of people on meditation retreats experienced profoundly adverse effects, including panic and depression.”Psychologists Miguel Farias and Catherine Wikholm, co-authors of The Buddha Pill: Can Meditation Change You? “Mindfulness and meditation are bad for people. People should be thinking… Life is about going out there and meeting people and hearing their thoughts.”Oxford University professor Theodore Zeldinhttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/11942320/Mindfulness-backlash-Meditation-bad-for-your-health.htmlThe Dark Knight of the SoulThe Atlantic 24 June 2014In late January this year, Time magazine featured a cover story on “the mindful revolution,” an account of the extent to which mindfulness meditation has diffused into the largest sectors of modern society. Used by “Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 titans, Pentagon chiefs, and more,” mindfulness meditation is promoted as a means to help Americans work mindfully, eat mindfully, parent mindfully, teach mindfully, take standardized tests mindfully, spend money mindfully, and go to war mindfully. What the cover story did not address are what might be called the revolution’s “dirty laundry.”“We’re not being thorough or honest in our study of contemplative practice,” says Britton.http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/06/the-dark-knight-of-the-souls/372766/FURTHER READING: Parental Rights in NZ Regarding “Mindfulness”https://www.familyfirst.org.nz/2014/10/parental-rights-regarding-mindfulness/last_img read more