DRC ranked 152nd in World Press Freedom Index

first_img Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma RSF_en to go further News April 21, 2016 DRC ranked 152nd in World Press Freedom Index Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the abrupt decline in respect for media freedom in Democratic Republic of Congo, which fell two places to 152nd position in the World Press Freedom Index published yesterday after its Index “score” suffered the third biggest fall of any country in Africa. Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica CorruptionJudicial harassmentExiled mediaImpunityViolenceImprisonedFreedom of expression Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica CorruptionJudicial harassmentExiled mediaImpunityViolenceImprisonedFreedom of expression Organisation center_img The authorities are increasingly harassing the media in the run-up to the late 2016 deadline for holding the next presidential election, in which it seems likely that President Joseph Kabila will seek an unconstitutional third term, if the election takes place at all.Local elections and provincial restructuring in 2015 already led to an increase in harassment of both state and privately-owned media. Ten media outlets have been closed or suspended, broadcasts have been banned, equipment has been seized and media premises have been ransacked in several regions.“The DRC’s performance, in absolute terms, is more important than its Press Freedom Index ranking, which depends in part on the performance of other countries, and only two other African countries have suffered worse falls in their performance scores. Arbitrary detention, the disconnection of broadcast signals and intimidation are becoming routine. We are very concerned about the increase in all these forms of harassment of journalists and media outlets in the DRC.”Constance Desloire of RSF’s Africa deskThe data gathered for the Index show that the authorities are not doing enough to protect journalists.Two were murdered last year – Robert Chamwami Shalubuto of Radio Télévision Nationale Congolaise and Soleil Balanga of Monkoto community radio – while many others were either physically attacked (one of them wounded by a police gunshot) or were threatened, often by senior civilian officials or army officers.Robert Chamwami Shalubuto / Photo FacebookNeither the police nor the judicial system seems to guarantee the right to information in this extremely corrupt country. Mike Mukebayi, the founder of the newspaper C-News, was imprisoned for 11 months for covering a corruption scandal allegedly involving a cardinal.The DRC government has also supported the Burundian regime’s attempts to crush all democratic media voices. Egide Mwemero, a Burundian radio technician with Bujumbura-based Radio Publique Africaine (RPA) who had fled to the DRC, has been held by the Congolese authorities since 13 October.A decree issued by Sud-Kivu’s governor in February guaranteeing the protection of journalists was a significant step forward, as was a court decision in March imposing a jail sentence on an official who threatened a journalist.“We hope that the country’s judicial authorities will continue on the same course and that 2016 will be the year that ends the rapid decline in respect for media freedom in the DRC,” Desloire added.Published annually by RSF since 2002, the World Press Freedom Index measures the level of freedom available to journalists in 180 countries using the following criteria – pluralism, media independence, media environment and self-censorship, legislative environment, transparency, infrastructure, and abuses.Go to the RSF website to find out more about the 2016 World Press Freedom Index and the method used to compile it. News February 24, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information News Flag of DRC on young girl’s cheek, February 2015 – PAPY MULONGO / AFP February 18, 2021 Find out more Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian February 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Increasingly suffocating climate for media freedom

first_img Organisation News Kazakh reporter accuses police of attacking her Receive email alerts April 3, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Increasingly suffocating climate for media freedom Reporters Without Borders is very disturbed by the decline in media freedom in Kazakhstan, with arrests and trials of critical journalists and bloggers and the adoption of legislative tools that allow the authorities to tighten their grip on the media.Another opposition newspaper closedPart of the premises of the opposition Assandi Times newspaper was placed under seal yesterday, a day after the newspaper was banned by a court in Almaty, the economic capital, in a hearing without any members of its staff present.“The Kazakh courts are pressing on with the job of eliminating the remaining opposition news outlets,” said Johann Bihr, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “The ban on the Assandi Times is an illegal decision by a justice system that follows the government’s orders. The lack of independence of the judges is so blatant that they have long been flouting legal procedure by holding hearings in absentia, trampling on defence rights and arbitrarily lumping different newspapers together. Only by overturning this decision on appeal will the Kazakh justice system show that any vestige of independence and impartiality survives.”The newspaper’s staff was stunned by the arrival of court bailiffs yesterday morning. Editor Sergei Duvanov and deputy editor Oksana Makushina told Reporters Without Borders they had not been notified of the judicial proceedings and had not been invited to attend the hearing.The bailiffs initially tried to make all the journalists leave and put the entire premises under seal, but the staff resisted because the bailiffs had no official document. In the end, just one room was sealed and the journalists are continuing to work in the adjoining rooms after making the bailiffs accept that, legally, they have ten days to appeal against the court’s closure order.The court order treats the Assandi Times as being one of the offshoots of the opposition newspaper Respublika, which were banned for “extremism” in December 2012. While some of the Assandi Times’ employees used to work for Respublika, they are legally quite distinct.The Assandi Times was created after Respublika’s closure and is not on the list of opposition news outlets – eight newspapers and 23 websites – that were banned at the end of 2012. They were convicted of “extremism” on the basis of “evidence” presented at the November 2012 trial of Vladimir Kozlov, a government opponent, at which none of the journalists concerned were represented.Other critical media have been banned in a series of sham hearings since then. An Almaty court ordered the closure of the opposition newspaper Pravdivaya Gazeta at the end of February. An appeal against the closure is to be heard on 11 April. Reporters Without Borders learned on 24 March that Natalia Sadykova, a journalist being investigated on a trumped-up charge of defamation, had fled abroad. A warrant has been issued for her arrest Prior censorship during riotingJust before announcing its resignation yesterday, the government published a decree dated 28 January reinforcing the measures that can be taken in “emergency situations of a social nature”. Widely used in former Soviet countries, this term is much broader that a state of emergency and covers all forms of social unrest, including riots, local or regional conflicts, strikes and large demonstrations.In such situations, all the media in the areas affected will henceforth be subject to prior censorship. News media will be required to submit each newspaper issue or programme to the competent authorities “for approval of content” 24 hours before publication or broadcast.When such a long lead time is impossible, for example, with news bulletins, submission just before broadcast will be allowed. Failure to comply could result in closure. The decree also provides for the suspension of the activities of political parties or NGOs that “prevent” a return to normality.Bihr added: “We can only wonder about the goal of these draconian measures and their extremely belated publication. It is hard to see what gap in Kazakhstan’s legislation this decree is meant to fill. Given the elasticity of the concept of ‘emergency situation,’ prior censorship just offers the increasingly authoritarian regime an additional way to control information. What little was left of media freedom in Kazakhstan has been reduced still further.”The decree echoes proposals announced by the information minister in September 2012, which Reporters Without Borders regarded as very dangerous, and seems designed to address situations like the December 2011 rioting in Zhanaozen, which led to unprecedented censorship and to the regime adopting its current ultra-authoritarian course.(Photos : STR/AFP, AFP/Viktor Drachev) News RSF_en KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia News Help by sharing this information center_img KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia Regional newspaper editor harassed after investigating real estate scandal to go further News Reporters prevented from covering Kazakh parliamentary elections January 15, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Kazakhstan October 30, 2020 Find out more February 5, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

EU directives fuel unrest

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. EU directives fuel unrestOn 16 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article European laws on agency workers and working time have highlighted deepdivisions in the UK workplace, by Ross Wigham Employers and unions are on a collision course over forthcoming Europeanemployment legislation, which is fuelling the increasingly confrontationalindustrial relations climate highlighted by last week’s TUC conference. The argument centres on the combined impact of two proposed Europeandirectives which the CBI claims will shatter UK competitiveness, slash overtimehours and cost thousands of jobs around the country. The employer group has long warned that European regulations on working timeand draft legislation on temporary workers would harm the economy. It cites newresearch on the business impact of the legislation as indisputable evidence ofits claims. However, the TUC is firmly in favour of the proposed changes, which itbelieves will protect temporary staff from exploitation and reduce the numberof employees being forced into working long hours. Last week, TUC members unanimously voted in favour of motions calling forthe end of the UK’s opt-out from the EU Working Time Regulations and in supportof the Agency Workers Directive, which would give temporary staff equal rightsas permanent members of staff. The CBI’s sixth annual Employment Trends Survey, published the week beforethe TUC conference, revealed that 40 per cent of organisations believe losingthe opt-out would have an adverse affect on their business. It also claimedwidespread opposition to the Agency Workers Directive. The survey of 550 employers found that almost half would offer fewer workassignments if the proposed directive on temporary staff was introduced in itscurrent form. The draft directive would see employers forced to offer temporary workersthe same employment conditions as permanent staff from day one of employment,and the same salary after a six-week qualification period. A further 59 per cent of employers said the directive would imposeadditional costs, making temporary staff less affordable and removing theflexibility that has proved vital to the UK economy. CBI deputy director general John Cridland said both proposed directiveswould damage the very people they were designed to help, and admitted there wasa ‘gulf in understanding’ between his organisation and the unions. “Our real concern is that this will actually damage the employmentprospects of the workers it’s supposed to help,” he said. “Thissurvey shows inappropriate and unnecessary EU rules threatening the freedom ofindividuals to work when and how they choose. “The arguments aren’t new, but the evidence is. We’re notanti-legislation, but what we have a problem with is badly-crafted legislation.We support rights for workers, but this cannot be introduced in its currentform without damaging the economy,” he added. Cridland reiterated the CBI’s call for the agency workers directivequalification period to be increased from six weeks to a year, and said he wasencouraged by reports in Personnel Today that the DTI is considering this. “This directive must not damage the commercial interests of placingtemps,” Cridland added. “Our argument is a technical one and we don’tapologise for this. If the EU does get this wrong, it will destroy the tempsmarket in the UK.” The research finds most firms use agency workers to provide cover forabsence or short-term needs, with very few hiring large numbers of temporarystaff. David Yeandle, deputy director of employment policy at the EngineeringEmployers’ Federation, has long campaigned against the current draft of theagency workers directive. He welcomed the latest CBI findings as further proofof the problems it could cause. “This confirms the information we have – that the current draft wouldhave an adverse affect on business,” he said. “Also, if thecommission abolished the working time opt-out, it would have seriousconsequences for companies and individuals.” Cridland said the loss of the opt-out, which allows staff to choose to worklonger than 48 hours, would further threaten the flexibility of the UK’s labourmarket, with 32 per cent of employers using it and 19 per cent ‘regularly’using it. The report shows that around 40 per cent of respondents think that losingthe opt-out would have a serious impact on business, and among those, 80 percent feel it would undermine competitiveness. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s employee relationsadviser Mike Emmott agreed the temps directive would harm the jobs market, andsaid it could have a negative effect on the long-term unemployed orex-offenders. However, he said the consequences of losing the opt-out had beenexaggerated, and that abandoning it entirely was still only one optionavailable to Europe. “There’s still a long way to go on the opt-out. Even if it was lost itwouldn’t necessarily have the impact that the CBI talks about. Essentially,it’s a belt-and-braces approach to cutting bureaucracy and avoidingtribunals,” he said. The TUC claims the agency workers directive is essential if the UK’stemporary staff are to have the pay, conditions and employment protection theydeserve. And it blames the Working Time Directive opt-out for contributing tothe UK’s long-hours culture and for hindering attempts to improve productivity.To highlight its concerns, it launched a campaign against long hours lastweek by asking people to use a new telephone hotline and website to reportabuses of long-hours protection. Brendan Barber, TUC general secretary, said that retaining the opt-out hasled to more than 350,000 people having no choice about working very long hours.”What makes me angry is that people cannot see the UK’s very long hoursare a symptom of something sick about our workplaces. They’re a symptom ofbadly organised, unproductive workplaces,” he said. “We work the longest hours in Europe, yet other countries are moreproductive and earn more.” The argument is set to run and run over the coming year. The European Commission is currently reviewing the UK’s opt-out and is dueto publish its recommendations in November. Meanwhile, the fight will continueover the Agency Workers Directive, which is stalled at the EU Council ofMinisters after opposition from the UK Government. Weblinks www.cbi.org.uk  www.tuc.org.ukLooking for common ground over EU legislation…CBI ‘The arguments aren’t new, butthe evidence is. We’re not anti-legislation, but what we have a problem with isbadly-crafted legislation. We support rights for workers, but this cannot beintroduced in its current form without damaging the economy’  John Cridland, CBITUC ‘The UK’s very long hours are a symptom of something sick… They’re asymptom of badly organised, unproductive workplaces’  Brendan Barber, TUCEEF ‘If the commission abolished theworking time opt-out, it would have serious consequences for companies andindividuals’  DavidYeandle, EEFCIPD “Even if [the opt-out] waslost it wouldn’t have the impact the CBI talks about. It’s a belt-and-bracesapproach to cutting bureaucracy’ Mike Emmott, CIPDThe CBI’s key findings45 per cent of employers would offer fewer assignments if thetemporary workers directive is introduced in its current form59 per cent said the temporary workers directive would imposeextra costs43 per cent said it would reduce competitiveness throughadditional bureaucracy, while 32 per cent believe it will damage flexibility32 per cent of employers have used the opt-out of the WorkingTime Directive40 per cent believe any loss of the opt-out would have aserious impact on business57 per cent of employers cited people management as crucial toa firm’s competitive advantage56 per cent identified management skills as the main source ofcompetitivenessSource: CBI and PertempsEmployment Trends Survey 2003 Comments are closed. last_img read more

Long Island Ukrainians Celebrate Independence Amid Chaos Back Home

first_img#485888857 / gettyimages.com Tsyalkovsky’s accent is thick, but his message is clear: He, like so many others, want to see a resolution to the conflict.“Every day we are in an unknown about what is going to happen today and tomorrow,” he told the Press. “And the only thing we can do from our end is pray and support both our military troops and our government in that important fight.”The local Ukrainian community has shown its support by sending humanitarian aid back home: money, food, clothes, medicine. Anything that helps. But, what Ukrainian troops on the ground really need, one woman said, they cannot supply.“We need the weapons, real weapons to help fight…for our freedom, for our democracy and for our territorial independence,” Innesa Tymochko-Dekajlo of East Meadow told the Press.Standing under an azure sky with a Ukrainian flag whipping behind her, she said Ukrainians are thankful for the support other countries, including the United States, have shown. But, economic sanctions against Russia, which began with the annexation of Crimea and continued after a Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was purportedly shot down by pro-Russian separatists over Ukraine, are not enough, she said.“If [the] world would stands with us and fights…and when the Russians just leave our country it will be peace,” she said. “Because 23 years we were living in peace, we never got a problem with anything.” Tymochko-Dekajlo began to worry when protesters spilled into the streets and flooded Independence Square in Kiev after Yanukovych spurred a European Union trade pact for closer ties with Russia. Protesters, many of them Ukrainian youths, clashed with authorities, leading to several deaths.“We tried to support them here in America and tried to make demonstrations everywhere around the world where there is a Ukrainian community,” she said.Hours before their Hempstead appearance, the group got the news that a Russian aid convoy entered Ukraine without the country’s permission, raising concerns that further confrontations could spark increased violence.Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko reportedly called it “flagrant violations of international law.” The Red Cross was planning on escorting the fleet of more than 100 trucks into Ukraine but nixed that because of safety concerns.They are in Ukraine. Only beige drivers behind the wheel. No Red Cross personnel visible yet. Ten have gone in. pic.twitter.com/9sdOm5KscD— Andrew Roth (@ARothNYT) August 22, 2014Elia Piddoubny, a member of Long Island Chapter of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, also standing outside town hall, said the recent developments “gives us great concern.”“Today Ukraine is fighting a struggle to preserve its European character,” she said. “Today a generation of men and women born in an independent Ukraine are now engaged in a great struggle to preserve that European character and for self-determination to have the freedom to decide its own future. We celebrate today not the creation of a new Ukrainian state but the resurrection of an independent, free Ukraine.”Ukrainians thought they reached that goal 23 years ago, but the struggle will continue, even after it celebrates its independence on Aug. 24.“Twenty-three years we have our independence,” said Tymochko-Dekajlo. “But it’s not really true independence. We need to fight for our independence.” #454551965 / gettyimages.com Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Ukrainians living on Long Island will celebrate their home country’s 23rd year of independence Sunday for the first time since the Eastern European nation was drawn into a conflict with Russia nine months ago.It’s been a whirlwind year for the Ukrainian community here. They’ve had to sit on the sidelines while 4,000 miles back home, fed-up protesters stormed the streets only to have their peaceful dissent aggressively challenged by ex-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s government. Then there was a sliver of hope: Parliament voted him out office, and in May a new leader was elected.But during that time Russia annexed the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea and pro-Russian separatists, whom are believed to have the backing of Moscow, turned eastern Ukraine into a war zone: Planes were shot down, including a commercial jetliner, and more than 1,300 have been killed, 4,000 others injured. With little cause for celebration, Ukrainians on LI are praying for an end to violence so families and friends back home can go on living without fear of having their independence stripped away.“We feel really upset about the whole situation that’s happening in Ukraine,” said 35-year-old scientist Volodymyr Tsyalkovsky, a married father of two living in Great Neck. “We are not only praying and hoping that the whole confrontation is going to get resolved in a peaceful manner…at the same time we are doing all we can to help and support the Ukrainian nation in their fight against the aggressor,” he added, referring to Russia.Tsyalkovsky emigrated from Ukraine eight years ago and has been living on the Island for the past four.He stood with his family on the steps of Hempstead Town Hall on Friday, two days before Ukrainians celebrate their independence. About three-dozen local Ukrainians gathered to sing songs and raise their flag, the blue symbolizing the sky, and the yellow a field of wheat. They were joined by Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, who said was proud to stand with Ukrainian Americans.“The violence still hits home,” she said.last_img read more

RedDoorz optimistic about future in Indonesia despite Jakarta PSBB

first_img“The slow uptick was there, and it will continue,” he told The Jakarta Post in an interview on Monday. “However, I foresee that there will be a demand dip again in Jakarta for sure.”Saberwal also said he was optimistic the budget hotel industry would be among the first sectors to economically recover after the pandemic, fueled by demand from domestic tourists.He said the mid-segment market and high-end travel market were expected to pick up once international flights returned to normal.Such a trajectory, he added, had been seen in the domestic tourism and hospitality industries of China and South Korea. “I think Indonesia and other countries with high domestic travel demand have seen slight recoveries,” he said, adding that he predicted more of a recovery to be seen in the first quarter of next year as most governments would have flattened the COVID-19 infection curve by that time.Read also: Demand for staycations to surge as tourist destinations reopenIn May, the company reported that it would work on a zero-revenue assumption until next year. While Saberwal said the strategy was no longer in place, he said RedDoorz would remain conservative and aim to improve efficiency.“In the last three to five months we have been focusing more on being an efficient company. I didn’t want to expand our footprint to the point that we could not help our existing partners,” he said, referring to RedDoorz’ 1,500 hotel partners across the country.He also said the company had been focusing on automation, including in its refund system, to make the process more seamless and reduce human error.Recently, RedDoorz competitor OYO found itself in the spotlight when its customers flocked to social media to express their frustrations about the difficulties they had faced receiving refunds. Meanwhile, another budget hotel aggregator Airy closed down after failing to cope with the impacts of the pandemic.Topics : Budget hotel booking and management platform RedDoorz has said it is optimistic about its future in Indonesia, with the company expecting occupancy rates to increase despite the reimplementation of partial lockdown measures in the capital.RedDoorz CEO Amit Saberwal said that occupancy rates in Indonesia had risen to 30 to 40 percent during the relaxation of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), which began in May.Although occupancy was “not optimal” compared to pre-COVID-19 levels of 60 to 70 percent, he said the rate had been slowly creeping up.last_img read more

Virat Kohli promotes the ‘Trim from home’ challenge – but gets trolled by Kevin…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Instagram(@virat.kohli)/GettyAdvertisement 19zNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs88Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9h51xa( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) om8Would you ever consider trying this?😱sxg7Can your students do this? 🌚3uhtpRoller skating! Powered by Firework In the absence of fixtures and tournaments in the novel Coronavirus pandemic, many cricketers have taken to social media to share some moments of their in-home lives with their fans. Team India captain Virat Kohli, who often cracks up his fan base with some hilarious posts together with Anushka Sharma, has now trimmed his beard with a new look, and has started a ‘#TrimAtHome’ challenge. However, former English cricketer Kevin Pietersen joins with with a hilarious banter, poking fun at the batsman’s grey hairs!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Instagram(@virat.kohli)/GettyOther than his exceptional battling, Virat Kohli is a renowned fashion icon, and often times takes to social media to share his new looks with his followers.Yesterday, Kohli uploaded a video on his official Instagram, where he trimmed his beard in a new style. “While we’re all indoors, it’s extremely important to do stuff that makes you feel good. Staying well groomed is one of the things that keeps me in the zone. So I thought of trimming my beard at home and giving myself this new look. 😊Now I want all of you to take the #TrimAtHome challenge and post your new look! 😎” the 31 year old captioned the clip. Check it out below-Advertisement While fans stormed the comment section with love and appreciation towards the Men in Blue skipper’s fresh look, it was Kevin Pietersen who decided to troll Kohli for the few grey hairs present in his beard. “Does it get rid of your grey there buddy? 😂” Pietersen commented.Image Courtesy: Instagram(@virat.kohli)other than leg pulling the Indian batsman, Pietersen also recently got together with Kohli in a live Instagram session, talking about IPL and also the current lock down amids the COVID-19 crisis.Along with his beard, Kohli also recently got a new haircut from his better half Anushka Sharma, as going to a hair stylist in the present times is not an option.The couple recently did their part in India’s fight against the Coronavirus outbreak and donated to PM CARES Fund and Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. They have also been vocal for the support towards healthcare workers and spreading awareness to curb the virus contamination.From ‘square cuts to hair cuts’, Sachin Tendulkar turns hairstylist during lockdown!Charles Leclerc makes it 2 out of 2 with win in F1 Esports Chinese Grand Prix! Advertisementlast_img read more

Red Bank Candidates Divided On The Issues

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK — The Nov. 8 election will have voters selecting from two incumbents and three political newcomers to fill two, three-year terms on the Borough Council.This year’s slate of candidates features incumbent Democrat Kathy Horgan and running mate Erik Yngstrom, making his first run for elected office; opposition comes in the form of two first-time Republican candidates, Kellie O’Bosky Colwell and Brian Hanlon. Rounding out the ballot is independent candidate Cindy Burnham, who has been on the council since 2014.Burnham, 61, is a retired substitute teacher who had worked at the Red Bank Middle School and Red Bank Regional High School. Burnham won her first election three years ago and served much of her term as a Republican. But she clashed with the local GOP leadership and with the three borough council members of her party, resulting in the committee failing to nominate her for this year’s ballot.Burnham is a self-described “community activist” who said, “I’m running on my record and to stop wasteful spending and irresponsible borrowing that is ingrained in our government.”Burnham is serving as the borough council president for this year and said she’s often been a lone voice against various financial allocations that she maintained were unnecessary and done for political expediency or patronage. Over the course of her council tenure Burnham has advocated for an operational review of the Water and Sewer Authority to study expenses and see if there are cost savings available. To voters, she advises, “The best way to predict what someone will do is to look at what they have done…I have kept my promise to the people.”Horgan, 71, works as the liaison to the board of trustees for amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS research. She has lived in the borough for 17 years and is the veteran among the candidates, having served for nine years on the borough council.“I will stay here for the rest of my life and I’m really interested in my community,” Horgan said, explaining her interest in taking on another term.On issues: “What do you hear when you go door to door? Taxes,” she said. Horgan’s response to voters is “there are reasons that drive them up,” explaining contributors to the situation are multiyear contractual obligations with union employees; a large number of tax appeals annually that, like most lawsuits, wind up being negotiated, and cost the borough money; and the borough’s large number of not-for-profit tax exempt properties, she explained.Commercial development has come up in the discussion of campaign issues. It can be complex, she said, as “You try to find the balance,” encouraging projects that “make for an attractive community,” and bring ratables “but that doesn’t overtax our infrastructure.”She has raised issue with the proposed 55 West Front St. proposal to rezone the property that could permit a previously zoning board-denied large residential development.The same is true for her Democratic running mate, Yngstrom, who sees the plan as undermining the role of the zoning board in the land use process.“I think development should proceed cautiously,” he advised.Yngstrom is a 31-year-old attorney who is making his first run for elected office. He says he’s always had an interest in government and took this opportunity to make a contribution to public service.He has served on the borough Zoning Board of Adjustment for about 1 ½ years and had voted against the 55 West Front St. residential development and has been critical of this plan to rezone the site, alleging it could circumvent the zoning board’s role and authority.Yngstrom has a strong interest in recreation and believes the public parks need additional attention and the west side needs a park for area families.Republican Hanlon, 47, has lived in the borough with his family since 2007, and works in the borough office of a financial services firm. This is his first run for elected office.He and his GOP candidate Colwell have expressed support for this redevelopment and in general encourage what they say is thoughtful commercial development as a means to offset the residential tax base and maintain a vibrant community.Hanlon also suggested the governing body investigate selling the water and sewer authority as a cost saving measure. “Let’s see what it’s worth.”The borough council had privatized trash collection. However, Hanlon pointed out that there were no staff reductions for that department, thus blunting the beneficial impact that step had.He also supports developing the White Street lot as a mixed use, public/private project to construct a parking garage. Hanlon opposes the borough bonding and shouldering the entire cost for such a downtown project.Colwell, 48, is a working mixed media artist who has lived in the borough for most of her life. It is her first run for political office.She, like Hanlon, said taxes and spending take center stage in discussions and their agenda and wants to keep the community affordable for aging residents and young families. “I just don’t want to see anyone leave the town because they can’t afford it,” she said.On the issue of development Colwell said projects get bogged down with bureaucratic red tape and she would like to see if the process could be streamlined. She would also like to see both sides of the community benefit by greater promoting of the community as a cultural hub.last_img read more

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Buster Posey wraps up another season of giving

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–Few players in franchise history have brought as much joy to the hearts of Giants fans as Buster Posey.While an August hip surgery robbed fans of the opportunity to watch Posey play during the final month of the 2018 season, it hasn’t prevented every Giants devotee from connecting with the catcher.Though Posey can’t swing the bat or squat behind the plate yet, he and his wife Kristen have wrapped up another season as leaders in the fight against pediatric cancer. The Posey …last_img

Carriers Connect to Rival Apple’s App Store

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts mike melanson The Apple App Store, the company’s one-stop-shop for over 100,000 different mobile applications, is getting a new rival – the Wholesale Applications Community. Twenty four individual mobile companies are joining together to form the group, which will represent over three billion customers world-wide. While the applications will not be for the iPhone, and therefor not direct competition to the App Store, a centralized location for mobile applications may lure potential customers away from Apple and its iPhone.According to the press release, the group is meant to be “an alliance to build an open platform that delivers applications to all mobile phone users.” AT&T, China Mobile, China Unicom, Sprint and Verizon Wireless are among the companies joining the initiative. Three device manufacturers – LG Electronics, Samsung and Sony Ericsson – are also on board.The alliance “aims to unite a fragmented marketplace and create an open industry platform that benefits everybody”. The group will be conversing with W3C, the web standards consortium, to develop a standard for mobile application development. The group intends to make cross-platform development for a number a different mobile devices possible, with those applications available in one location, much in the same way that all Apple users rely on the app store. The main question we have is, will this store also create the closed atmosphere that many complain about with the app store? Will there be a verification process for apps, giving the alliance the same sort of control Apple has, or will it be more of an open environment? According to the release, the group aims to create “an ecosystem for the development and distribution of mobile and internet applications irrespective of device or technology,” so on that end, things look good. We would have to agree with Google, however, in noting that the number of different device technologies and platforms could make the dream of a unified mobile front against the dominant iPhone could just be a pipe dream. Tags:#Apple#mobile#news#web center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more