News RSF_en MexicoAmericas Organisation NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News Reporters Without Borders voiced dismay today on learning of the murder of José Manuel Sánchez Nava, the former editor of the daily Excelsior and in recent months a columnist for the daily El Sol de México. If it is confirmed he was killed because of what he wrote, it will bring to six the number of Mexican journalists killed this year in connection with their work.“We hope the police will quickly establish whether Sánchez’s murder was linked to his journalistic activities, and will punish those responsible,” the press freedom organisation said. “We insist that investigators should thoroughly explore the possibility that he was killed because of what he wrote, especially in view of his recent revelations about the federal government’s role in the Excelsior’s sale. The investigation must therefore be transparent.”Aged 53, Sánchez was found stabbed to death on the morning of 16 November in his Mexico City apartment by the woman who comes to clean. He has been knifed six times in the neck and chest. Investigators think he had been dead for about eight hours when his body was found. There was no sign of a break-in and nothing of any value was missing.Sánchez began his work his career with the Excelsior in 1976. From 1982, he was its Washington correspondent until he took over as editor in 2004 and held the post until the following year. He has written several investigative books and for the past two months had been a contributing columnist for El Sol de México.Launched on 7 November, his latest book, El Asalto Final (“The Final Round”), was extremely critical of the attitude of President Vicente Fox’s government towards the Excelsior before it was bought by Olegario Vázquez Raña, a businessman reportedly linked to the present government.He claimed in the book that, while he was still the Excelsior’s editor, he was promised by Fox in person and by his interior minister, Carlos Abascal, that the government would step in to rescue the newspaper, which was in serious financial difficulties. The promises were not kept, enabling Vázquez to buy it for 536 million pesos (38 million euros) in a questionable manner. Sánchez also described acts of sabotage against the newspaper and its printing press prior to the sale. May 13, 2021 Find out more Reports Follow the news on Mexico May 5, 2021 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information to go further Reporters Without Borders is dismayed at the news that José Manuel Sánchez Nava, the former editor of the daily Excelsior and in recent months a columnist for the daily El Sol de México, was murdered on 16 November. In a book published two weeks ago, he revealed how the Excelsior was bought by a businessman in questionable circumstance with government help. News MexicoAmericas November 20, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Former Excelsior editor stabbed to death : sixth journalist murdered this year April 28, 2021 Find out more
A lot of extra chairs had to be brought into the room during a breakout session at CUES’ Directors Conference in December. Attendees filled the seats at every table, took places along the wall, and even spilled out into the hallway.What was the topic? Mergers and acquisitions for credit unions.Our anecdotal experience at Directors Conference directly reflects what current data shows—that mergers are a growing reality for our members.Recent survey results from “What’s Going On in 2016” by CUES Supplier member and strategic provider Cornerstone Advisors, Scottsdale, Ariz., shows that four in 10 credit union CEOs cited mergers as a 2016 growth priority, a sharp increase from Cornerstone’s previous studies and the highest percentage seen in the study’s five-year history. (Read Cornerstone’s recent CUES Skybox blog post about credit union-community bank mergers.)Indeed, mergers and acquisitions are a key growth strategy for credit unions of all sizes in a variety of markets and with a variety of membership profiles. These transactions provide a way for credit unions to build their market presence, scale to meet the needs of members, carry the significant regulatory burden on institutions of all sizes, and successfully compete in the financial services marketplace.Considering all this, CUES hasn’t been surprised to hear our members say that being proactive about mergers is important. We’ve responded in a big way, and are set to debut our new Mergers & Acquisitions Institute in June at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.Ranked the fourth best business school in the nation in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report, the Booth School offers a world-class, interdisciplinary program about mergers and acquisitions. Recognizing CUES’ experience in creating world-class education opportunities with outstanding universities, Booth has been a full partner in developing the new institute.Booth School of Business Adjunct Associate Professor of Strategic Management Stephen Morrissette—who will be lead faculty—is immersing himself in preparing to lead this custom program for credit unions.In addition to bringing his extensive background in corporate M&A to the table, Morrissette has done dozens of interviews with credit union industry leaders. He says he’s hearing that CUs are definitely thinking about growth strategically and proactively. To do so, they are asking such key questions as “How do we need to grow?” “What is the right size for our credit union?” and “What kind of services do members want?”Morrissette says some credit unions may need coaching to consider mergers in a positive light. Traditionally, merging has been seen as a sign of failure or giving up. He also finds that with credit union mergers, human factors (such as “losing” a CU’s identity in the transaction) are primary.Where is your credit union in its discussions about what size it needs to be to best serve members? Would growth help or hinder your ability to reach your vision? No matter where you are on the spectrum, pull up a chair to the table and learn more about mergers. CUES is here to help you. 41SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pembroke Since joining CUES in March 2013, John Pembroke has played a leadership role in developing and launching a new direction in CUES’ strategy, branding and culture. Under his guidance, CUES … Web: www.cues.org Details
May 24, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Member countries of the World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday approved the first major revision of the WHO’s rules to prevent the international spread of diseases in decades.The new version of the International Health Regulations reflects lessons learned over the past 30 years and especially the world’s experience with SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) in 2003 and avian influenza in the past 2 years, the WHO said yesterday.”The new regulations bring disease control into the twenty-first century,” Dr Anarfi Asamoa-Baah, WHO assistant director-general in charge of communicable diseases, stated in a WHO news release. “With this framework, we can now support the work of countries in controlling outbreaks more effectively. The regulations provide WHO with new, clearly defined roles and responsibilities as we help countries to respond to disease outbreaks.”The new regulations, which take effect 2 years from now, were approved by the World Health Assembly yesterday in Geneva. The rules require member countries to have or develop specific capabilities to identify and respond to public health emergencies of international concern and to take routine preventive measures at ports, airports, and border stations.”Every country already has some of these capacities but almost no country has a perfect system,” said Dr Max Hardiman of WHO, who coordinated the revision of the regulations. “The new regulations set clear standards and will help countries to identify where their disease surveillance and response must improve.”The WHO originally adopted what were then called the International Sanitary Regulations in 1951; they were renamed in 1969 and modified in 1973 and 1981. The rules were originally designed to help monitor and control six serious infectious diseases: cholera, plague, yellow fever, smallpox, relapsing fever, and typhus.”The new rules will govern a broader range of public health emergencies of international concern, including emerging diseases,” the WHO said.The rules include a list of diseases that must be reported to the WHO, such as smallpox, polio, and SARS, along with guidelines to help countries decide whether other outbreaks or threats are of international concern. Under the existing regulations, only cholera, plague, and yellow fever must be reported to the WHO.The regulations also address the “natural occurrence, accidental release or deliberate use of biological and chemical agents or radionuclear material,” according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report published yesterday.WHO officials have said the revised rules largely reflect existing informal procedures that have been developed in recent years, the AFP report said.Dr Guenael Rodier, WHO director of communicable disease surveillance and response, commented in the news release, “The existing regulations were written for a very different world from the one we live in today. Air travel was a luxury and the movement of goods and people around the world was relatively slow. Today, travel and trade have expanded far beyond what was envisaged under the original regulations. The new rules respond to a globalized, 24-hour world in which a disease outbreak in one country can rapidly move around the world.”The revision of the regulations has taken several years and “an enormous amount of work” by all 192 member countries of the WHO, the agency said. The project was capped by several long sessions of a working group chaired by Ambassador Mary Whelan of Ireland.See also:May 23 WHO news releasehttp://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2005/pr_wha03/en/index.htmlWHO International Health Regulations pagehttp://www.who.int/csr/ihr/en/Full text of regulations (60 pages)https://apps.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/WHA58/A58_55-en.pdf
The Tourist Board of Vukovar-Srijem County has a new visual identity and slogan, and the tourist offer has been enriched by holograms of Lavoslav Ružička, Nikola Iločki and Ban Josip Šokčević, which were presented in Vukovar.New visual identity and holograms of historical figures were made within the tourist project Virtual and Cultural Tourism – ViCTour, which is co-financed by the Interreg IPA cross-border cooperation program Croatia – Serbia 2014-2020. The value of this project is 920.000 euros, of which Vukovar-Srijem the county, as its holder, participated with 280.000 euros.With our new visual identity, we are positioning Vukovar-Srijem County as a unique, complete and recognizable tourist destination called “Srijem and Slavonia”, points out Rujana Bušić Srpak, director of the Vukovar-Srijem County Tourist Board, and adds: “Until now, the logos of individual city tourist boards of our county did not have common elements, but now, both visually and communicatively, through a common slogan “Woven with gold”, a common connection and belonging to a unique destination is recognized. Nature and man’s relationship with it are the foundation of the spirit of Srijem and Slavonia”The new visual identity is inspired by the work of Albert Kinert, a native of Vinkovci, one of the greatest Croatian graphic artists and illustrators. The golden color of ears of grain, corn, sunflower, grapes or Traminer caught in a glass, leaves of rich forests, costumes and ducats, all the way to the sunshine itself, are just some of the images of this area that are illustrated simply, modernly and somewhat unexpectedly. Innovative tourist product: Holograms of Lavoslav Ružička, Nikola Iločki and Ban Josip ŠokčevićTourist offer The Vukovar-Srijem County Tourist Board has also been enriched with holograms Lavoslav Ružička, Nikola Iločki and Ban Josip Šokčević, who were presented in Vukovar, and who for the first time in Croatia, but also beyond, “revived” historical figures.Nobel laureate Lavoslav Ružička in his birth house in Vukovar speaks in the first person about many interesting things from his life, Ban Josip Šokčević welcomes visitors to the City Museum in Vinkovci, and King Nikola Iločki can be met in the Curia Brnjaković.Božo Galić, prefect of Vukovar-Srijem County, emphasized the importance of such facilities for the tourist offer of this area “Holographic representation of famous people who were born or lived in some part of their lives in the Vukovar-Srijem County, is a unique tourist offer that does not exist in Croatia. Schoolchildren are already visiting these locations in large numbers, and we believe that adults will also be interested in these interesting projections, which aim to revive the spirit of the past through modern technologies.”, Said Galic.What did Ružička deserve the Nobel Prize for, why do churches ring at noon and what does it have to do with Nikola Iločki and what is the role of Ban Šokčević in the construction of the main railway lines in Croatia? “first hand”.Photo: Vukovar-Srijem County Tourist Board
I share the Pensions Regulator’s view expressed in its strategy for regulating DC schemes that the market entry level for master trusts should be set high enough so that only providers with durable business models are able to participate in automatic enrolment. Master trusts offer scale and should have sufficient resources to accommodate procedures that help maintain and demonstrate quality standards.It is particularly important that trustees approve a plan to manage the scheme and protect member benefits if the provider decides to wind up or close the master trust, transfers ownership of the trust or becomes insolvent, or is unable to continue to operate for some reason. It is critical employers choosing master trusts understand how members’ funds would be affected if any of these scenarios were to occur.The Pensions Regulator has published the following six principles for DC schemes to promote good governance, administration and communication.Essential characteristics: schemes are designed to be durable and fair and deliver good outcomes for membersEstablishing governance: a comprehensive governance framework is established at set-up, with clear accountabilities, and responsibilities agreed and made transparentPeople: those who are accountable for scheme decisions and activity understand their duties and are fit and proper to carry them outOngoing governance and monitoring: schemes benefit from effective governance and monitoring through their full life cycleAdministration: Schemes are well administered with timely, accurate and comprehensive processes and recordsCommunication to members: Communication to members is designed and delivered to ensure members are able to make informed decisions about their retirement savingsThese six principles explain what the Pensions Regulator expects DC schemes to do in pursuit of good member outcomes. They are underpinned by the activities, behaviours and control processes that are more likely to deliver such outcomes.The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Pensions Regulator have worked together to develop a supplement to their AAF 02/07 assurance framework technical release for master trusts, which was published for consultation in the autumn. This type of assurance framework is already used extensively throughout the pension sector for investment providers, custodians and pension scheme administrators to demonstrate controls are operating effectively.The control objectives in the mast trust supplement are aligned with the DC quality features and have been framed to focus on ensuring individual members’ interests are protected.Assurance can play an important role in raising standards of governance reporting, and this framework will allow trustees of master trusts to provide important information to employers and scheme members about how the trust is adhering to the Pension Regulator’s principles and quality features.Andrew Penketh is head of pension funds at Crowe Clark Whitehill The introduction of auto-enrolment in the UK has generated renewed interest in the master trust model. Employers are increasingly choosing master trusts because they take care of much of the administration and governance of employee pensions. Master trusts can also obtain preferential investment management and administration charges by virtue of economies of scale through pooled asset arrangements.The range of master trusts now available has created a competitive market offering employers real choice. However, some master trust structures lack independence, raising concerns about governance arising out of potential conflicts of interest – for example, where trustees, investment managers or administrators are tied to the trust provider. Indeed, a lot of master trusts are owned by the providers and are run for profit. However, it is important the trustees act in the interests of members at all times and are seen to be doing so.As with any pension fund, the choice of advisers needs to be carefully made to avoid any conflicts of interest. The Pension Regulator’s 2008 guidance Conflicts of Interest states: “Trustees should ask themselves what are the advantages for members in retaining a conflicted adviser if – as may well be the case – they could instruct alternative advisers with similar expertise who would not be conflicted.”Where master trusts have service-provider representatives on the trustee board, it is particularly important this does not influence trustee decision-making. The conclusion for many master trusts may be to separate the day-to-day running of the business entirely from its trustee function and ensure there are no links whatsoever between the trustees and the commercial provider of the master trust.
Family First was on ONE’s Breakfast programme again this morning debating the issue of sexuality education for children as young as 5 years old. As is typical of Family Planning, they refused to front up for the debate and be accountable for their significant amount of taxpayer funding. We’ve also expressed concern about one of the guest speakers at the Family Planning conference being the head of the highly controversial Planned Parenthood in the US.You can watch the short interview here (click on image):
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – Windies captain Carlos Brathwaite has praised his side’s professionalism, after they trounced Afghanistan by seven wickets in Monday’s final Twenty20 International and completed a 3-0 series whitewash.Entering the series as heavy favourites to beat the ICC Associate nation, Windies imposed their superiority to reduce each of the three games to a no-contest as they pulled off convincing victories in each.The gulf between the two teams was especially evident in the final game as right-hander Marlon Samuels produced a stroke-filled career-best unbeaten 89 as the Windies easily chased down 147 to win by seven wickets.“Marlon showed his experience, showed his class and he brought us home and the manner in which he did it was very, very clinical and it is very pleasing,” Brathwaite said.“You talk about being professional … and when you have teams on the back foot, about keeping them there and that’s exactly what we did … so it’s very, very pleasing to come away three-nil.”He continued: “It would have been very easy to take a foot off the pedal and take this game for granted, lose the game, win the series 2-1 and be happy but the professionalism shown today was very commendable, very admirable and kudos to my team for bringing home the series in a whitewash.”Opting to bat first, Afghanistan posted the highest total of the series and when Chadwick Walton fell to the second delivery of the run chase without a run on the board, the Windies faced a challenging time.But Samuels arrived to see off the Afghan challenge with a stroke-filled innings that ensured there was no upset.“The pitch was a lot better for batting than the first two games so we had to make some minor adjustments,” Brathwite explained.“They got up to a score that we think if we had executed our skills a little better we could have got them for 10 runs less but nevertheless the score was on the board. It was manageable and going into the half-time break, I asked that one of the batters raise his hand, not only get a score but get a big score and come not out in a winning cause.”Brathwaite, however, reserved special praise for his bowlers who, he said, were superb throughout the series in keeping Afghanistan’s dangerous batsmen under tight rein.“The bowling performance and the consistency, that is something we asked for so that one box was ticked,” he said.“We (bowlers) did very well against Pakistan (in the recent series), we continually kept them down to 130 and as a bowling unit we strived to replicate what we did in that series.“I don’t want to single out one moment of brilliance because those moments of brilliance don’t come unless there is a solid base and I think that throughout the three games, bowlers put the team on that solid footing … which made the moments of brilliance actually brilliant.”
Gov. Ron DeSantis held a news conference late Sunday morning at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, one day ahead of the venue’s opening as a coronavirus testing site.DeSantis stated that due to the prevalence of COVID-19 in South Florida, “we want to work hard with the folks in South Florida with the prevention and mitigation and containment efforts.”To that end, the stadium’s parking lot will be turned into a drive-thru testing site beginning at 9 a.m. Monday.In addition, testing is available to first responders on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.Individuals 65 and older will be accepted for testing, and the person must have COVID-19 symptoms and a state-issued identification to be tested.Those who are tested will be instructed to wait 48-72 hours for results from a health representative.Medics from the Florida Army National Guard will be administering specimen collection, which involves swabbing the nasal cavity.The testing site will be located in the East Parking Lot at the stadium, which is located at 347 Don Shula Drive in Miami Gardens.South Florida is the epicenter of the outbreak in the state. As of Sunday morning, there were 59 reported cases in Palm Beach County, 180 in Broward, and 177 in Miami-Dade, and 13 deaths statewide.According to the Health Department, the person who died in Palm Beach County was an 88-year-old man.Three deaths in Broward, reported earlier by the state, include a 77-year-old man, a 92-year-old man and a 96-year-old woman, all of whom were residents at Atria Willow Wood, a senior living facility.DeSantis emphasized that the virus tends to attack those over age 60 more often that it affects children, and reminded Floridians to practice social distancing, even within households. He explained that the state is experiencing an increase in cases from within the same households.Director of the Florida Department of Emergency Management, Jared Moskowitz, also asked people to avoid large crowds at places such as beaches, adding, “The beaches will still be there.”State officials have not issued an order closing all beaches at this time, leaving that decision to each municipality instead.The governor said earlier in the weekend that seven other seniors from Willow Wood have been infected, and another four residents are awaiting test results.The facility failed to properly screen construction workers, staff and cooks who were allowed to work their jobs without restrictions while sick, according to DeSantis.
Champs WI now third in T20s DUBAI, UAE, CMC – West Indies have slumped to third spot in the International Cricket Council’s Twenty20 rankings, just a month after emphatically winning the Twenty20 World Cup in India. They have been bizarrely overtaken by New Zealand who bowed out to losing finalists England at the semi-final stage of the recent tournament. The Black Caps are now 10 points clear of West Indies at the top of the standings on 132 points, after leaping from third place and overtaking both India and the Caribbean side. Following their four-wicket victory over England in the T20 World Cup final at Eden Gardens on April 3, West Indies had vaulted into second spot, just one point behind India who topped the rankings with 126 points. New Zealand were third on 120 points. Since then, however, New Zealand have gained 12 points without playing a single game, while the second placed India have gained three and West Indies, in contrast, have lost three points. According to the ICC, the West Indies suffered from the fact the points from the 2012-13 season, which included those from their maiden T20 World Cup triumph in Sri Lanka, have now been dropped. Lara: Return of Bravo, Pollard vital for Tri-Nations PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC Batting legend Brian Lara wants to see the return of the likes of Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo, for next month’s Tri-Nations Series involving Australia and South Africa. Both players have been overlooked by selectors for One-Day Internationals since the controversial abandoned limited overs tour of India two years ago but Lara said having them involved in Twenty20 Internationals alone, was a backward step. “In terms of the Tri-Nations, I think it’s going to be a pretty exciting Tri-Nations series,” the former West Indies captain said. “And hopefully we can have the likes of Pollard and Bravo some guys who have not played that form of the game [recently] back in the team because they are integral of any West Indies team. “Just to have them for the T20 version I think is doing a disservice to West Indies cricket.” Renegades open to Gayle’s return MELBOURNE, Australia, CMC Melbourne Renegades have hinted they are not opposed to re-signing superstar West Indies opener Chris Gayle for the new Big Bash season, despite his now infamous “don’t blush baby” controversy. The development follows the announcement from Cricket Australia’s chief executive, James Sutherland, who said recently cricket authorities here would not prohibit Gayle from a return to the glitzy Twenty20 showpiece. Gayle sparked a firestorm of controversy earlier this year when he appeared to openly flirt with Channel TEN report Mel McLaughlin during a live television interview, during a game against Hobart Hurricanes. However, despite a US$10,000 fine from Renegades, a verbal censure from Cricket Australia and widespread calls for a Big Bash ban, Renegades head coach David Saker said he was unaware of any move to prevent Gayle’s return.