Main opposition daily wiped out by heavy fines

first_imgNews News Receive email alerts June 8, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Azerbaijan November 17, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Main opposition daily wiped out by heavy fines AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information to go further News April 9, 2021 Find out morecenter_img “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Reporters Without Borders today condemned the action of Azerbaijan’s authorities yesterday in freezing the assets of the main opposition daily, Yeni Musavat, thereby preventing it from publishing. The decision was taken on the grounds that the newspaper failed to pay fines and damages totalling some 125,000 euros.The newspaper’s closure is “the logical outcome of the judicial harassment to which it has been subjected,” the organisation said. “It has been strangled by the exorbitant size of the fines, and its disappearance will have dire consequences for diversity of news and information in Azerbaijan.”The newspaper’s financial difficulties began in late 2003 after it was convicted in six legal actions. Among those who sued the newspaper were Azerbaijan’s ambassador to Turkey, Mamed Aliev, the supreme court president’s brother, Rashid Hasanov, and defence minister Safar Abiyev.At the same time, editor Rauf Arifoglu (who is also vice-president of the opposition party Musavat), has been detained for more than a year. A Baku court on 22 October sentenced him to five years in prison for “disturbing the peace and “refusing to comply” with instructions from the authorities. His lawyer, Samed Panahov, said no evidence was brought against Arifoglu during the trial, which was marred by irregularities. June 4, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Organisation RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh Newslast_img read more

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first_img Community News Opinion & Columnists We Get Letters Published on Monday, May 25, 2020 | 3:30 am Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. 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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Top of the News May 24, 2020Mayor Terry TornekVice Mayor Tyron HamptonMembers of the Pasadena City CouncilPasadena, CA(By email)Re: Report and Related Documents Addressing Pasadena’s COVID-19 Response in Its Long-term Care FacilitiesDear Mayor Tornek, Vice Mayor Hampton, and Councilmembers:I am a longtime resident of Pasadena, an advocate for homeless neighbors in our community, a retired attorney after 31 years of state service, and a registered nurse (inactive). This letter addresses the following documents the City made public late last week related to Pasadena’s COVID-19 response for patients/residents and staff members residing or working in Pasadena’s long-term care facilities:May 21, 2020 Letter from Brenda Klutz to City Manager Steve Mermell; Ms. Klutz’ chronology entitled “ Onset of COVID-19 and the City of Pasadena’s Public Health Response” (“Chronology”); and City Attorney Michele Beal Bagneris’ “Summary of Health Officer’s Authority Relating to Skilled Nursing Facilities.”First, I want to thank you for authorizing the engagement of a consultant to consider Pasadena’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic as related to Pasadena’s long-term care facilities. According to the City’s COVID-19 dashboard, the numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths related to long-term care facilities in Pasadena are very high: 71% of the total cases and 88.6% of the total deaths citywide. In contrast, Los Angeles County and Orange County report that COVID-19 deaths related to skilled nursing facilities are 52% and 38% of total COVID-19 deaths countywide, respectively.The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVets) reports that, as of May 11, 2020, only two veterans (total) have died from COVID-19 in its eight CalVet Veterans Homes. Of significance, on March 15, 2020, CalVets began restricting all visitation to the homes except to those in hospice care. Prior to that, group events both on and off the campuses were postponed, communal dining for most residents was halted, every employee was screened before entering the home, and the department increased the cleaning and sanitizing of all spaces. (www.calvet.ca.gov/COVID19.)Given these substantial jurisdictional differences in outcomes, I previously requested the City Council to thoroughly examine the imminent report to determine how this City might have better outcomes for our most vulnerable residents on a going forward basis. I urged the PPHD to reach out to other jurisdictions that have had better outcomes and to the California Public Health Department to determine whether additional measures needed to be adopted. Further, if state regulatory gaps were identified, I urged that those be addressed.I have reviewed the three documents referenced above. Preliminarily, the Chronology raises a number of questions suggesting that further inquiry is warranted. Since I will be unable to ask those questions, I respectfully include those questions for your consideration in the Addendum attached to this letter, not to play “Monday morning quarterback,” but to, hopefully, elicit critical information that is missing or unclear that may be useful in protecting the patients/residents and staff in our long-term care facilities from the next wave of COVID-19 and beyond.Ms. Klutz’s one-page report notes that she was asked “to review the City of Pasadena Public Health Department’s (PPHD) actions, orders, public health nurse logs of onsite visits and calls, emails and other documents or assistance related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This review included the information sent to the administrators, directors of nursing and infection control preventionists providing care to the residents of the City of Pasadena’s long-term care facilities.” Ms. Klutz concludes as follows: “As a result of my review, I found the PPHD to have responded in a timely and thorough manner to provide orders and technical assistance to prevent, detect and/or mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities.”I am unaware of Ms. Klutz’s expertise in epidemiology, infection control, pandemics, or public health. Assuming she is qualified to render the conclusions expressed in her report, the apparent scope of her assignment raises substantial concerns as Vice Mayor Hampton and Councilmember Gordo have already stated. Was she simply asked to review what PPHD did or, was she asked to evaluate why Pasadena’s numbers are so high as compared with other jurisdictions, whether there were possible measures that could have produced better outcomes, and whether there are gaps in regulations covering education, training, inspection and the like? The report itself does not suggest that she was tasked with providing guidance on how Pasadena may have better outcomes in the future by instituting additional protective measures in its long-term care facilities.I am certain that Dr. Goh and her staff are working very hard during this crisis and I am grateful for that. But our COVID-19 case and death rates in our long-term care facilities should receive our City’s highest attention and most resources. Patients and residents in our long-term care facilities are among our most vulnerable residents and they have borne the brunt of COVID-19. While I agree with Dr. Goh’s statement “[t]here needs to be discussions at a national level on how these facilities are funded, staffed and regulated,” what is our City going to do in the meantime? Is the PPHD going to follow the same measures it did in “the first wave” of COVID-19 (since no shortcomings are identified) and yet expect better results?Attorney Bagneris states in her memorandum as follows: “The City of Pasadena Public Health Department is a local health department with specific responsibilities and authorities for the protection of public health under the California Health and Safety Code. A city health department is independent of a county health department unless the city has elected to be included within the jurisdiction of the county health department.” (5/21/2020 Bagneris Memo. to City Council, citing Health & Safety Code section 101185.) It is unclear whether the city has elected to be included within the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles County Health Department. My review of this memorandum leads me to believe that is not the case, but I may be wrong. Attorney Bagneris also notes that “the California Department of Public Health may, in its discretion, opt to ‘control and regulate’ local health authorities, but has not elected to exercise that control at this time.” (Bagneris Memo., p. 1.) The statutory authority cited in the memorandum suggests that PPHD has a huge responsibility in protecting patients/residents and staff in our long-term care facilities.On May 26, 2020, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will be considering whether to approve a motion that provides for the appointment of an Inspector General to provide a report by August 1, 2020, “on the Oversight and Operations of Skilled Nursing Facilities in Los Angeles County (Report), with the Report to include an evaluation of SNFs within the County, and recommendations on operational and programmatic changes necessary to improve the County’s monitoring and oversight of these facilities, including legislative and regulatory recommendations aimed at improving operations within these facilities, given the role of State and Federal regulations impacting the operation of these facilities.” Since Pasadena has its own public health department, it is unclear how the motion applies to this City. I have reached out to Supervisor Barger’s Office for clarification. If the motion would not cover Pasadena’s long-term care facilities, I urge this Council to consider how Pasadena can adopt measures similar to those in the motion in order to provide accountability and best practices for the care and protection of our vulnerable patients/residents and staff members in our long-term care facilities in the future. I urge the Council to also examine the extent of PPHD’s regulatory authority over all of its long-term care facilities. If there are gaps in that authority, the Council should determine how to bridge those gaps.Thank you for your consideration.Sincerely,Sonja K. Berndt, R.N. 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Pension reserve fund for Luxembourg returns nearly 4%

first_imgIn 2015, the FDC’s investment vehicle realised a return of 3.8%, according to its annual report.This is an outperformance of 0.32% of its benchmark index, an outcome it attributed to tactical allocation, in particular being overweight global equities.It said performance for 2015 started as a continuation of that of 2014, during which the SICAV had its best results since inception.Equities in particular “literally took off” to allow the SICAV, an open-ended collective investment scheme, to post returns far in excess of the 14% generated from its investments in the asset class at the end of the first quarter.This meant the fund surpassed FDC’s strategic equity allocation of 32.5%, necessitating a rebalancing by divesting within its indexed global equities mandate in favour of three global bond sub-funds.For its money market sub-funds, 2015 was “lifeless”, according to the SICAV’s annual report, generating returns of 8 basis points for an outperformance of its benchmark by 16bps.The vehicle’s euro-denominated bond investments returned nearly 1%, and global bonds 1.02%.Its emerging market bond and equity investments finished the year with negative returns of -5.50%, which it placed in the context of the fall in the oil price and other raw materials and slowing economic growth in China.The FDC SICAV had 21 sub-funds as at the end of 2015 – nine equity funds, 10 bond funds and two money market funds.Two new €250m sub-funds were launched this year for unlisted global real estate investments as the pension reserve fund seeks to meet a 3.5% asset allocation target for property outside Luxembourg.As previously reported, Aviva Investors and CBRE Global Investment Partners were chosen as the managers of these mandates. * Société d’Investissement à Capital Variable, a type of alternative investment fund introduced under Luxembourg’s transposition of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD). FIS is the acronym for the French term for specialised investment funds. The investment company running the majority of assets managed by the €15bn Luxembourg pension reserve fund obtained a return of 3.8% last year, according to the vehicle’s 2015 annual report.Created in 2007, the Fonds de Compensation de la Securité Sociale SICAV-FIS* is the investment vehicle for the state pension reserve fund Fonds de compensation (FDC), in turn established in 2004.As at the end of 2015, the investment company had €14.4bn of assets under management (AUM), up from €13.48bn the previous year when this represented some 90% of the pension reserve fund’s AUM.The remainder is managed in-house by FDC.last_img read more

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NATIONAL YOUTH COACHES APPOINTED

first_imgTouch Football Australia has ratified the following coaching appointments for the Youth Program.Congratulations to the following Coaches on their appointments. Men’s 20 Years         Peter RobinsonWomen’s 20 Years    Dean RussellMixed 20 Years         Karley BanksBoys 18 Years          Kathy O’BrienGirls 18 Years           Peter BellMixed 18 Years         Michael McDonaldNational Youth Assistant Coaching positions will be confirmed in the near future.Australian 20 Years Squads will be finalized and announced in coming weeks, and Australian 18 Years Squads will be finalized after the Australian School Sport Touch Championships in Perth from 22-27 October.The National Youth Coaches and Squads will be working together towards the 2009 Youth World Cup.last_img read more

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19 days agoDavid Luiz: I wanted out of Chelsea BEFORE Arsenal bid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say David Luiz: I wanted out of Chelsea BEFORE Arsenal bidby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender David Luiz says a rift with manager Frank Lampard led to him leaving Chelsea.The 32-year-old joined the Gunners on deadline day for £8million, with the Brazilian claiming he “didn’t think twice” about signing for the North London giants.Asked by Brazilian journalist Mauro Cezar about why he wanted to leave Stamford Bridge, Luiz explained how the lure of Arsenal proved to be too much.He said: “It was an individual decision made through honest conversation – between me and Frank Lampard, no one else.”We had a different idea of the future of the game and that’s why I chose to take a new path.”It’s always very difficult because of the rivalry, but I made the decision to leave Chelsea even before receiving Arsenal’s bid.”As soon as I decided to leave Chelsea – after a few days – Arsenal’s proposal came, and as it was another great club, I didn’t think twice.”It’s hard for rivalry, yes, but I couldn’t help but live a new story, in a new place, in a big club just because of the rivalry.” last_img read more

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Groups upset Harper government using them against murdered missing inquiry calls

first_imgAPTN National NewsFaced with calls for a national inquiry to looking into the nearly 1,200 missing or murdered Indigenous women, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his cabinet point to 40 studies as a reason to leave research behind and turn to action.Now some of those organizations aren’t happy they’re included in the government’s speaking notes.A list of the 40 studies can be found here.APTN’s Annette Francis now with more.last_img

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Man reported missing in High Level

first_imgHIGH LEVEL, A.B. — Mounties in High Level are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing man.44 year-old Brennan Chonkolay was reported missing on March 1st, and was last known to be in the High Level area on October 14th, 2017. RCMP Cst. Murray MacLeod said that he may have travelled to Grande Prairie since last fall.Chonkolay is described as: First Nations, standing 5’8″ tall, weighing 170 lbs., with short black hair, and brown eyes. Anyone with information about Chonkolay or his whereabouts is asked to call the High Level RCMP at 780-926-2226. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by internet at www.tipsubmit.com.last_img

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This Was Our Valley talk on the saga of hydroelectric dams on

first_imgShirlee Smith Matheson and her husband Bill Matheson (born in Peace River, Alberta) arrived in Hudson`s Hope, BC, in 1965, where Bill found employment as a surveyor on the W.A.C. Bennett Dam.Shirlee initially worked for the District of Hudson`s Hope where she met many of the old-timers whose stories are included in this book. Shirlee and Earl Pollon worked on a number of literary projects, topping off their collaboration with This Was Our Valley.Later, both Shirlee and Bill were employed on the construction of the Peace Canyon Dam.To view the FB event, CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Museum is hosting author Shirlee Smith Matheson and a talk on ‘This Was Our Valley’.Saturday, July 13th, 2019, at 2 pm join at the museum to hear details of the hydro-electric dams on the Peace River, including the W.A.C. Bennett Dam, Peace Canyon and Site C and the personal accounts from people impacted by these projects.last_img
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Happy Ramos now aiming to top group with Spain

first_imgSpain captain Sergio Ramos is happy with their 1-0 win over Iran and has now set the team the aim of finishing top of Group BDespite having 81% of possession, it had been a frustrating opening period of La Furia Roja against an Iran side that had defended admirably throughout the encounter at the Kazan Arena.It was not until after the break that Spain had finally scored through Diego Costa, who netted his third goal of the World Cup to send Spain top of Group B.While level with Portugal at the top, Spain are in first place due to having collected fewer disciplinary points.“We’re happy, we’ve taken another step forward,” said Ramos, according to Marca.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Now we must try to top the group. That’s our goal, I think we can improve in all aspects.”Iran played well against the 2010 world champions and though they had grabbed a deserved equaliser through Saeid Ezatolah, only for the assistant referee and the controversial Video Assistant Referee (VAR) to spot that he had been offside when the ball was flicked on.“Practically everything was given,” he intimated.“You have to try and keep a cool head because VAR is in use here. It will determine many moves and actions.”last_img read more

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Pogba wants to be out of Mourinhos shadow

first_imgPaul Pogba wants to step out of Jose Mourinho’s shadow as he -plans to leave Manchester United, according to Sports Mole.The French midfielder is keen to step out of Jose’s huge shadow at Manchester United by leaving the club to return back to Juventus.Pogba signed for United from Italian side Juventus in the summer of 2016 for a then world record fee of £90million. The midfielder has an inconsistent time of it at Old Trafford despite spending two seasons with the English giants.The 25-year-old enjoyed a positive World Cup campaign in Russia with France, helping his nation become world champions only for the second time in their illustrious footballing history.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Pogba is expected to return to Manchester United in August for preseason after he was giving an extended break due to his participation in the World Cup with France.The United academy product curbs frustrated figure last season at the club last season and was Jose Mourinho after a series of stop-start performances.Pogba is keen to rejoin Juventus after the Italian champions signed Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid as he looks to rediscover the form that saw him highly touted as one of the best midfielders in the world.last_img read more

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