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Photojournalists physically assaulted while reporting in Trinidad and Tobago

first_img News Follow the news on Trinidad and Tobago News Reporters without borders (RSF) is concerned to learn that a photographer for Trinidad’s Guardian newspaper was assaulted last Friday while on a reporting assignment in the town of Penal. RSF strongly condemns this act of physical violence against a journalist who was simply doing his job and calls on authorities to hold those responsible accountable for their actions. News to go further September 22, 2017 Photojournalists physically assaulted while reporting in Trinidad and Tobago Image credit: Trinidad Guardian Alert – Radio talk show host shot and killed in Trinidad and Tobago October 26, 2018 Find out more On the afternoon of September 15, Guardian senior photographer Kristian De Silva was seeking to interview Hanif Nazim Baksh, the owner and CEO of private oil company A&V Drilling with his colleague, senior reporter Sascha Wilson. While De Silva took photographs of the company’s main offices from Nazim avenue, a public road, he noticed a car speeding towards him. Though he jumped to avoid being hit, the vehicle accelerated again. The driver of the vehicle then exited and shouted expletives at De Silva, claiming he was on private property.De Silva then identified himself as press and was physically assaulted by the driver. He told RSF “the man continued towards me, pushing and shoving me…caus[ing] my glasses to fall…onto the ground. The man proceeded to physically attack me, punching me…on both sides of my face and bursting my lip. While bracing the attack, I bent down and placed the camera on the ground…[when] another man came from the side of me and hit me on the left side of my head.” The second man who assaulted De Silva then smashed the camera and De Silva’s glasses that had fallen to the ground. When De Silva and his colleague reported the incident at the Penal police station, they learned that the first attacker was Baksh himself, and the second was a Senior police officer, Acting Sergeant Billy Ramsundar, from the Siparia police station in a nearby town. They both claimed that the journalists were trespassing on Baksh’s property. Journalists Phil Britton and Leona Nicholson from TV6 were also attacked on Wednesday September 13 while on assignment in the same area. Cameraman Britton was on a public road taking cover shots outside A&V Oil’s main offices when he heard glass bottles landing on his car. The bottles appeared to come from a house owned by Baksh. A back glass on the cameraman’s vehicle was broken and a door was dented on impact. Britton and Nicholson then reported the incident to the nearby Penal police station. A similar incident of physical violence also took place involving a Newsday photographer who was reporting in the same area last week. “These violent attacks against journalists who were simply covering a story are deplorable, said Margaux Ewen, Advocacy and Communications Director for RSF North America. “We strongly condemn any attempt to bar press coverage of an issue of public interest, especially when such attempts result in physical violence against reporters. We urge the authorities to quickly investigate this matter and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.”A&V Drilling is currently implicated in a scandal with state oil company, Petrotrin. It is being alleged that Baksh was paid millions of dollars by company Petrotrin for oil the company never received, as revealed during a recent internal company audit.Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Keith Rowley condemned the attack on September 17 as “wholly unacceptable” and said such incidents “should not be initiated or encouraged by any person, under any circumstances.”In a statement issued on September 18, Baksh offered an apology but claimed that the media workers had entered his property without permission and that the company had a right to defend its property.De Silva had to seek medical attention for injuries resulting from the assault. He told RSF that he is also being treated for anxiety and remains concerned for the safety of himself and his family. Trinidad and Tobago ranks 34 out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Receive email alertscenter_img Organisation RSF concerned by certain provisions of Trinidad and Tobago’s Cybercrime Bill Trinidad and TobagoAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists PhotoreportageViolence June 13, 2019 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Trinidad and Tobago – Parliament considers restrictive amendments to the Freedom of Information Act RSF_en Trinidad and TobagoAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists PhotoreportageViolence May 9, 2017 Find out morelast_img read more

Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts Awards $24,500 to Nine Aspiring Young Musicians

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Nine finalists, ages 18 – 23, demonstrated their musical talents in competing for monetary prizes totaling $24,500. The prize monies are provided from the proceeds of the PSHA’s annual benefit, the Pasadena Showcase House of Design. “We are so thrilled that we can help these talented young musicians continue with their musical education,“ said PSHA President, Vikki Sung. “It’s really a source of pride for us since many of them go on to have distinguished careers.”PSHA member Susan Bermingham served as this year’s Chair for the event. “I was truly amazed by the talented musicians who took the stage to perform in the finals,” she said. “It is so gratifying to be in a position to reward and encourage them and to know that we are contributing to their future musical careers.”Elena Mateo Sáez, a bassoonist was awarded the Grand Prize for “exceptional talent and musicianship.” Sáez, a 19-year-old student at the Colburn Conservatory is pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree. She began playing the bassoon at the age of six because she says she “just liked the sound of it.” She has performed with several orchestras and has been a guest bassoonist with the Spanish National Orchestra.Sooyoung Kim, a 23-year-old student at USC, was the first prize winner in the woodwinds category. Although she played the oboe for this competition, Ms. Kim also plays the violin, French-horn, flute and piano. She performs as a Principal with the Thornton Symphony Orchestra and was awarded 3rd prize in the 35th Music Association of Korea Competition.Angel Martin Mora and Chi Ting tied for the second prize in the woodwinds category. Mr. Mora, a 20-year-old clarinetist from Spain, is currently a student at the Colburn Conservatory of Music. He is a member of the Spanish Youth Orchestra. Ms. Ting, a flutist, is also pursuing a Bachelor of Music at Colburn Conservatory of Music. The 21-year-old was a 2nd round contestant in the Cluj International Music Competition for flute in 2019.Zachary Brandon was awarded second prize in the strings category for his performance on the violin. The 21-year-old is pursuing a Bachelor of Music at the Colburn Conservatory of Music and is an avid chamber musician. He received 4th Place Laureate in the International Stradivarius Competition.Riley McGinn, a 19-year-old bass trombone player, took second prize in the brass category. He is a student at UCLA pursuing a Bachelor degree in Music Performance. He has performed with the American Youth Symphony and won the George Roberts Bass Trombone Competition in 2019.Vivian Kung was also a second prize winner in the brass category for her performance on the tuba. The 21-year-old student is a Bachelor student double majoring in Tuba and Music Education at UCLA and is a Principal tuba with UCLA Philharmonia.Martin Mangrum, a 23-year-old student in the Bachelor Program at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, received an Honorable Mention for his performance on the horn. He has performed as Acting Principal Horn with the Canadian Opera Company in 2019.The youngest of the finalists, 18-year-old Khoi Dinh, received the Jack Smith Memorial Award for “most promising talent.“ The flutist is studying for a Bachelor of Music in flute performance at UCLA. He currently performs with the UCLA Philharmonia & Wind Ensemble.PSHA has awarded nearly $600,000 in prizes to promising music students since the Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition began in 1985. To date PSHA has donated over $23 million to music programs and to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, including a $1 million donation to the Walt Disney Concert Hall.PSHA’s other musical programs include the Music Mobile™ for third graders and the Youth Concert for fourth graders. In addition, PSHA also awards gifts and grants to a diverse list of local and regional non-profit organizations in support of their efforts in the community. PSHA underwrites concerts to ensure that the joy of live music is available to a broad range of audiences. Its support of non-profit organizations enriches the community and provides opportunities for a variety of groups, from students to seniors to learn, enjoy, and grow from their experiences in these programs. Additionally, PSHA has a longstanding history of supporting the Los Angeles Philharmonic and its community outreach programs.PSHA’s only fundraiser, the 2020 Pasadena Showcase House of Design, will be open from April 26th through May 17th. 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Rents in Limerick buck the trend

first_imgFacebook Twitter WhatsApp Print Email Advertisementcenter_img Linkedin Previous articleAccident victims Paul and Jeffrey remembered in musicNext articleNews round up Monday September 6 admin NewsLocal NewsRents in Limerick buck the trendBy admin – September 6, 2010 557 RENTS in Limerick increased by 0.5% in July, in marked contrast to other parts of the country where they fell by between 1% and 3%, according to the latest report published by the property website Daft.ie. The average rent by Shannonside in the second quarter of 2010 was €700.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up One local auctioneer told the Limerick Post that the 0.5% increase could possibly be attributed to students hunting for suitable accommodation prior to the reopening of third level colleges.“I suppose it could be asked why Limerick has bucked the trend when there are big student populations in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Waterford.“Maybe there is a wider choice in those places making the market more competitive…I don’t know, really.“While there is a lot of purpose built units close to LIT, UL and Mary Immaculate, it has been noted that many students are opting to go it alone and renting houses and flats in nearby estates, which can work out cheaper than student apartment blocks.“What can be said is that landlords are now more conscious of their obligations and have upgraded their properties. Likewise, students have become very selective in their requirements”.The average asking rent in the country was just over €835 per month, down 5% on the same time last year.Commenting on the report, Ronan Lyons, Economist with Daft.ie said, “The year-on-year fall in rents is now at its slowest pace in two years, suggesting that the rental market may be close to stabilising. Nonetheless, the total stock of properties available to rent remains high, which means we are unlikely to see rents rising rapidly in the near future.”Rents in Munster fell by 1.1% between April and June, having been largely static in the first three months of the year.The average rent in Limerick city in the second quarter of 2010 was €700, while the average in the rest of the county was €650. This represents falls of €220 and €150 from their peaks in 2008.Even though there has been an upwards trend in Limerick prices, they are still considerably lower than in the Celtic Tiger years.This is the third year in a row that rents have been lower at national level than the previous year.Compared with 2007, a typical student renting a two-bedroom property could expect to save between €1,500 and €4,000 over the course of the academic year.The cost of accommodation for students still varies significantly around the country, with the average for a double room in Dublin city centre about twice the cost of renting in Athlone, Castlebar and Tralee.last_img read more

Win cinema tickets

first_imgFacebook Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival NewsLocal NewsWin cinema ticketsBy Alan Jacques – December 10, 2016 645 Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Print WhatsApp TAGScompetitionlimerickOdeon CinemaOdeon LimerickSully Email Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live center_img Previous articleLeo accused of playing the same old tuneNext articleAnthology’s latest ‘collection of beautiful things’ Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads ODEON Limerick is this week giving away one pair of tickets and two large combo meals for a film of your choice at their cinema at the Castletroy Shopping Centre.To be in with a chance, answer the following question and email your answer to [email protected] by 9am on Monday December 12.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Which of these is not a Clint Eastwood film?A. Gran TorinoB. American SniperC. Forrest Gump Linkedinlast_img read more

Mazdur : Suspension of Labour Laws

first_imgColumnsMazdur : Suspension of Labour Laws Rakesh Dwivedi, Senior Advocate12 May 2020 3:41 AMShare This – xMai mazdur hun. Mere pas mere shram ke alava kuch nhi hai (I am a labourer. Apart from my labour, I don’t have anything else with me). I was born to labour. Labour in fields ; labour in factories ; labour in shops, restaurants, homes, schools, construction works, railways, metro, etc; labour to clean drains, build roads, flyovers, and so many services. Indian economy cannot function without…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginMai mazdur hun. Mere pas mere shram ke alava kuch nhi hai (I am a labourer. Apart from my labour, I don’t have anything else with me). I was born to labour. Labour in fields ; labour in factories ; labour in shops, restaurants, homes, schools, construction works, railways, metro, etc; labour to clean drains, build roads, flyovers, and so many services. Indian economy cannot function without my labour. The country knows this. I am called Vishwakarma. Some say I am Seshnag and the world hinges on my hood. But what are my rights and what is my existence? I stand in a separate social queue and many amongst us are untouchables. My queue is noticed rarely. Perhaps only when I am required to sacrifice my labour for the common good. Though I am deprived and subjected to coercion of all kinds, including lynching, I have little option to selling my labour for subsistence. Even when disease like corona is brought by travelers from abroad, they are the ones whom state prefers to protect and reach them safely home, but though I have lost my job for no fault of mine and I am penniless I cannot go home to my loved ones. I am asked to stay back in shelters on assurance of food. I am told I can spread this deadly disease by going home. But I didn’t bring it to my country. Again no fault, Yet I stayed back much against my wish. Though I had to stand in long queues for hours to get half of the promised food and sometimes I didn’t get at all yet I stayed on. Many like me lost patience and marched back on foot, on cycles and on trucks. Some died on way and some faced lathis of police and were sent back to shelters. It is not corona spread by us that worried the sarkar initially for there were few cases and we could have gone back home by trains and paid for the tickets. None of us had corona and there could be no spread . The truth is that I or my labour is needed to kick start the economy after lifting up of lockdown and the rich and the rest are worried that if I go back the economy cannot start. So it is my energy that is required. I will be asked to stay and sacrifice for the country. As always I will shed my sweat and blood for my country. I will take care of production, and the GDP. I am warrior. I am a patriot. I am an important stakeholder in the economy and society, and my labour input is sanjeevni equal in value to the capital investment. But there will be no call to people to shower petals of rose on me or to clap for me. May not.All I want is some respect ; some dignity ; some fraternity ; some Justice and a little bit of equality and equity which the Constitution of India guarantees to ” We the People” by its Preamble and Art 14, 19 and 21. I want this but I know that I will not get it. I am told you have to sacrifice more and forego the protective and beneficial labour laws as economy faces depression, it has to be resurrected and foreign investors have to be attracted with a “red” carpet to India from China. Ordinance for suspending large number of labour laws have been tailored. Labour reforms is the cry of Capital. So I must bear some more economic lynching. My blood will make the carpet ” red” and that is what suspension of labor laws means. I should be ready for more exploitation. And if I will protest I may be branded anti national and either lathi charged or incarcerated. Capitalists want peaceful environment to profit for capital seeks maximization of returns. State thinks I am meek, an embodiment of suffering and I can bear this pain, but the rich cannot afford to sacrifice as they are not used to bearing loss and pain . They will not be able to bear hardship, deprivation of even a little of their happiness. There will be no restrictions on their earnings, profits and returns. Nay these have to be secured else, as they say, investments will not come in and employments too can’t be generated and protected. Rather packages will be tailored to prevent or minimize their pain. May be all this is true. But I don’t understand this economics which requires the lowliest mazdur to sacrifice for the rich.Some shayar said ” Jis economics (khet) se mazdur (dahkan) ko mayassar na ho roti, us economics( खेत) ke panno ko jala do.” However, public interest show must go on. I will bear some more deprivation. I must seek happiness and salvation in my suffering. May be that is the law of Karma. But the untouchables cannot even get moksh through karma _ Vedas are beyond them, they can’t even listen to Vedas. And if I demand this right to Vedas I fear this demand itself may invite lynching. Oh humanity why I am another human who is always to be lynched, lynched and lynched.Late Sri Surendra Narayan Dwivedi, Former Judge, Supreme Court of India, father of Rakesh Dwivedi, had written a poem years ago on the same topic. मजदूर तुम्हारे छूते ही, जिंदा हो उठती मरी मिले चढता उन्माद जवानी का हंसती खिलखिल कंकाल कलें घन और हथौड़ा की चोटें करतीं लोहा पानी पानी टुकड़े टुकड़े करता कुदाल ढाती पहाड़ की चट्टानी तुमने ही चुन चुन शिलाखन्ड ये भव्य भवन निर्माण किए जो तुम्हें घ्रणा से देख रहे तुमने ही इनको प्राण दिये मोटर जहाज रेलें मिलें मजदूर तुम्हारी ही माया तुमने अपना सब स्वाहा कर दुनिया में वैभव बिखराया चल रहा जगत का कारबार मजदूर तुम्हारे ही बल पर तुम शेषनाग है सधा हुआ संसार तुम्हारे मस्तक पर करवट बदलो फट जायेगा भू का पाषाण वक्ष स्थल सागर मे सांसें लेगा मरु बालू में लहराएगा जल पड़ जाएगी जिस ओर धमक मजदूर तुम्हारे पैरों की धंस जायेगी पाताल धरा हस्ती क्या पूंजीपतियों की जो बांध सके निर्बन्ध जोश जग के संगठित मजदूरों का जो रोक सके मदमत वेग नव इन्कलाब की लहरों का [ कवि ः स्व श्री सुरेंद्र नारायण द्विवेदी Written during Quit India Movement in 1942. He was jailed for participating in the movement. Kept in Naini Central Jail, Allahabad].    Next Storylast_img read more