A photographer murdered in the capital for unknown reasons

first_imgNews News GuatemalaAmericas Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years RSF_en Organisation News Guatemala. Don’t put the Guatemalan press in quarantine! News January 7, 2021 Find out more August 21, 2020 Find out morecenter_img Reporters Without Borders said today it had been shocked to learn of the murder of photographer Jorge Alejandro Castañeda Martínez, who was gunned down in Guatemala City on 5 July. The 35-year-old had just dropped his sons, aged six and four, off at their school when gunmen opened fire, shooting him a dozen times. He was talking to his wife on his mobile phone when he was killed. Moments before the first shots rang out she heard him shout out, “Why?”Police at first believed the motive to be vehicle theft but the authorities later said that the type of car the journalist owned and the manner of the killing made it highly unlikely.The worldwide press freedom organisation said that while the reason for the killing remained unclear, press freedom is extremely fragile in Guatemala, where one journalist was murdered in 2006 and another narrowly escaped being killed in February this year.“Naturally we are waiting for the outcome of the investigation into this vile murder,” it said. “There is nothing so far to confirm that the killing of Jorge Alejandro Castañeda Martínez was linked to his work. However the flagrant insecurity to which Guatemalan journalists are regularly exposed cannot be denied.”“Radio journalist Eduardo Maas Bol was killed in Cobán in similar circumstances in 2006 and on 2 February this year, Winder Jordán Madrid, head of a local radio station, narrowly escaped a murder attempt after receiving death threats.”“We offer our condolences to Castañeda Martínez’s wife and two young boys and hope that the killers will quickly be arrested and sentenced,” the organisation added.Castañeda Martínez had worked for the national dailies Nuestro Diario and Siglo Veintiuno and was employed by the local council at the time of his murder. The renowned photographer was awarded a national prize in 2005. Guatemala: 51 Signatories Call For Authorities To Drop Criminal Charges Against Indigenous Journalist Anastasia Mejía July 11, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A photographer murdered in the capital for unknown reasons Follow the news on Guatemala Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information to go further GuatemalaAmericas May 8, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Romana Lekić, Ph.D.: Communication is a basic prerequisite for tourism development

first_imgMobility and hospitality were two key concepts at the roots of many mythologies and today are the essence of tourism. Hospitality once meant the cessation of conflict or the root of hostility, and therefore myths are important for the way society will understand its existence in this world. We learn from myths that not hosting a stranger was a sin and that meant incurring the wrath of the gods. Hospitality in the true sense of the word allows the guest a certain degree of closeness to the host, the natural and cultural environment. The essence of tourism is that the visitor seeks social contacts that are honest and even intimate in an environment that is unusual and attractive. Tourists should be allowed to be more than an observer and to become real actors in their journey by establishing social contact with the local population. The exchange, because the tourist is also a transmitter of his spirit and culture, enables better mutual understanding. Communication is a basic prerequisite for tourism development It is important not to lose sight of the fact that human behavior and customs, as well as tourism and the need for rest, are typified in the myths of all civilizations. On this evolutionary path, sustainable tourism has the power of transformation, ie liberation, so that its main goal is to change tourists / travelers but also service providers, ie the local community from passive beings within the phenomenon of tourism – into subjects, into exchanges of tourist events. achieved true communication with tourists. When a member of one culture creates a symbol, message or information for another member of another, different cultures and their interaction and communication is actually intercultural communication. In contact with the “other” value systems are often destroyed, changed or supplemented, the individual’s horizons are broadened, stereotypes are erased and finally – persons or individuals change through intercultural communication, and this is the most important thing in intercultural communication, ie cognition. modifying and changing. In cultural contact in a tourist destination, it is important to distinguish between the local population and their culture; tourists and tourist culture (common to most tourists); residual culture (unique to each tourism market), tourism workers (who provide services to tourists and act as intermediaries between the host and guest population) and their managerial and business culture, etc.  Photo: Pexels.com / Illustration: HrTurizam.hr As the world becomes more connected, globalized and liberal, and culturally and anthropologically more developed – it survives only in diversity and pluralism, not in sameness and monism, so in this sense intercultural communication – in tourism and beyond – becomes necessary and necessary. for many individuals, or for an increasing number of people.  The development of tourism began in the 19th century and with its leisure philosophy it followed the technological development so that it became a market for several types of entertainment. In the name of happiness, the society of hyperconsumption is expanding, so tourism is becoming more massive, however, although it is produced and consumed, we are increasingly entering a crisis of materialistic culture of happiness where the gap between rich and poor deepens, closeness is lost and new technologies bringing people together becomes a means of alienation. Therefore, a situation occurs in which, by communicating interculturally, individuals respect each other and, by looking at each other, see themselves as they really are. This component of tourism is actually a sociological and anthropological category of self-knowledge. In tourism, communication can take place on several levels and in several dimensions. Through tourism and local culture, we send a message to the world with words, images and figures that stem from our history and point to the appeal of the space for all those creatives and curious people who strive for an authentic experience of original values. The emphasis is on originality and identity because they are written in our cellular memory and collective memory. Sending and receiving messages is reflected in the identity, attitudes and opinions of an individual who is original and unique. center_img Today, travelers are motivated by the desire to get to know a culture different from their own in a place that cannot be replaced by any other tourist destination – Dr. sc. Romana Lekić Intercultural communication as a form of communication that takes place in tourism, it represents communication between different cultures, more precisely between people who come from different countries and cities or cultures and make mutual contacts and interaction in a certain area. Such communication involves the interaction of people whose cultural perceptions and symbolic systems are different enough to change the act of communication. . At the very beginning, communication is needed to present the offer to a potential tourist and during the stay of tourists in the destination. Thus, communication has an important role in the development of tourism because it serves not only to communicate and transmit information but also to get to know the culture and create interpersonal relationships. Tourism mixes people and cultures, forms and forces unique to each individual local community, ie tourists, and a better understanding of these cultures will lead us to understand tourism as a factor of change in the community and beyond – tourism in this way gets transformative and healing power – dr. sc. Romana Lekić Author: dr. Sc. Romana Lekić, Assistant Dean for Tourism Studies at Edward Bernays College of Communication Management in Zagreb In 2010, the European Commission recognized tourism as a means of strengthening the cohesion of European citizens by encouraging contacts and exchanges between countries and people, regardless of differences in language, culture or tradition. The European Tourism Forum in 2013. suggests tourism as “A POWER FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH, SOCIAL CHANGE AND WELL-BEING”.  The criteria of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) point out that for the practice of sustainable tourism it is important to meet the criteria of respect for local culture and tradition so that foreign visitors need to learn local behavior, language and culture, but also the local population learns about different expectations. Furthermore, as the UNWTO points out, we should strive for quality, not quantity, and that the success of tourism can be measured by the length of stay, consumption and quality of the tourist experience, and not just the number of visitors and the number of nights. Also, UNWTO emphasizes satisfaction, because a satisfied visitor when he returns home, will recommend an unforgettable destination to his relatives and friends, which allows further business of these destinations, therefore increasingly emphasizing the quality of tourist experience and experience based on authenticity and tradition. last_img read more

Four South Africans nominated for Innovation Prize

first_img14 April 2015What do an environmentally friendly minicab, a water distillation system and a fire alert detector have in common? They all represent outstanding innovation talent across Africa, and have been nominated for the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) award this year.The IPA was launched in 2011. It rewards innovators for their home-grown, market- led innovations that contribute to Africa’s growth, development and prosperity.South African nomineesFour out of the 10 nominees this year are South African innovations.David Gluckman has been nominated for his Lumkani fire detection service, an off- the-shelf device that uses radio frequency transmission technology suitable for informal dwellings.In the event of a fire, the device triggers an alarm to alert the residents. Within 20 seconds, the device transmits a signal that sets off heat detectors in a 60m radius to elicit a community-wide response to the fire.This device prevents fires from ravaging high population density communities and boosts community mobilisation efforts.Johann Pierre Kok, has been nominated for his scientific engineering educational box, Seebox. It allows children to enjoy a practical and experimental way of learning the sciences and electronics. It addresses the shortage of electronic and scientific professionals, and gives children the opportunity to learn first-hand the principles of science and electronics by building, measuring and experimenting.Lesley Erica Scott has been nominated for Smartspot TBcheck. It examines the accuracy of machines used to detect TB diagnosis. They are designed to assess whether these machines are functioning optimally and will make diagnosing TB far easier.The device is expected to help curb the TB epidemic in Africa, where the disease is second only to HIV and Aids as a leading cause of death.Neil du Preez has been nominated for Mellowcabs, an environmentally friendly taxi service. It uses a suite of technologies that includes recovering the kinetic energy that is typically lost in the braking process, converting it into electricity and storing it.Associated innovations include hydrogen fuelled Mellowcabs, adaptable, renewable body shells and an app to book taxi rides that can be paid for with cash or credit.Range of innovationsThis year, AIF received a record 925 applications from 41 countries. The finalists showcase a diverse range of innovations from agriculture, to education and e- health. The other six nominees are:Adnane Remmal, Morocco: for a patented alternative to livestock antibiotics;Alex Mwaura Muriu, Kenya: for Farm Capital Africa, a risk sharing agri-business funding model that draws in investors for a share of farming profits;Jean Bosco Kazirukanyo, Burundi: for a new type of cement, OSP, that protects waters against carcinogenic lubrication oil spills;Kyai Mullei, Kenya: for M-changa, also known as E-harambee, an app that empowers people to initiate and manage fundraisers via sms or web devices;Marc Arthur Zang, Cameroon: for the cardio-pad, an affordable tablet that records and processes a patient’s ECG (heart signal) before transferring it to a remote station using mobile phone networks; and,Samuel Otukol, Uganda: for a water distillation system and process that turns salty water into fresh water at lower costs than using reverse osmosis.Ingenuity celebrated“Shortlisting the top 10 was no easy task as each of the top 25 innovations is a response to a need or challenge within our communities,” said the chairman of the IPA 2015 selection panel, McLean Sibanda. “The IPA is indeed an important platform – not only for showcasing Africa’s ability to innovate to address its own challenges, but also for celebrating Africa’s ingenuity.”Three winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held in Skhirat, Morocco on 13 May. The $150 000 (R2-million) cash prize is shared between the winners.Jean Claude Bastos de Morais, AIF and IPA founder, said: “Year after year, the innovations that are presented for the IPA comprise high-value African solutions with positive socio-economic impact, and this year is no exception.”An innovation marketplace and an innovative Ideas Machine workshop targeting young visionaries will be held alongside the awards ceremony.Source: APOlast_img read more

Rise Of The Anti-Recruiters

first_imgGuest author Josh Fox helped create FiveYearItch, which aims to help developers find better jobs.Like gnats at a picnic, recruiters are swarming around the miserable software developer. Irrelevant spam-offers are buzzing in your face, each aimed at some commodity developer, who’s not you.You can chomp and chew those annoying recruiters the way you would pesky gnats that blithely fly into your mouth, but don’t bother. Flame-mail won’t do any good. You might try spray yourself with recruiter-repellent by taking yourself off the Internet—like that’s gonna happen. There has to be a better way.But First, Sympathy For The RecruiterThose poor recruiters, they aren’t to blame. They just want to help. Think what’s happened to them in the last fourteen years. Way back in 1999, a recruiter’s job was to dig up résumés—paper résumés!—and blast them out to employers.Nowadays, there’s a treasure trove of developers on the Web—on LinkedIn, GitHub, etc. Yes, recruiters could dedicate themselves to unearthing those old-fashioned hold-outs from modern Web overexposure, the grizzled oldsters who need to be brought out of their hidey-holes. But in general, recruiters don’t know what to do with themselves.And, hey, recruiters, no: LinkedIn-spam is not your new job. Your new job is bringing together employers and employees in the best possible pairing to make both sides happy.Pity the poor recruiter. He has no clue about whether a given developer even wants job offers, and just as important, he can’t tell what the developer is looking for in her next job. In a world where stable careers are passé, and gathering interesting and different experiences is de rigeur, a recruiter just cannot know what wild and adventurous life-directions the pro is looking for.The job market’s splitting. Those who have top tech skills win, and everyone else loses. Hot-shot techies are getting kid-glove treatment once reserved for execs. Competition for those chosen few is getting ever fiercer.We need a new way to get software developers their next dream job.Recruiters Out, Matchmakers InIt’s time for a new generation—really, a new profession—of recruiter types who use tech, tact, and good taste to bring employees together with employers. Let’s call them matchmakers. Here’s how they’ll make us a match.1. They help active-passives come out of the woodwork.Good developers already have good jobs. They’re not scouring the job boards. Though many of them would consider an offer if it was a real improvement, they’re too cozy and comfortable in their jobs to bother to look around. A new breed of talent search engines like Entelo, TalentBin, and Gild is uncovering some of these passive candidates, mining the Web for signs of skilled professionals who might be willing to move.Even better than passives are active-passives, the ones who know they’d like to step up to a better job, are willing to say so (as long as their boss doesn’t find out), but who know that asking for a job for no good reason looks desperate.A new type of “reverse job board” has arisen to serve these developers. Sites like JobDreaming, Poachee and my own FiveYearItch let the professionals sign up quickly and anonymously and get a stream of good offers, vetted by automated algorithms along with the human matchmakers.2. They help employees lay out their real requirements, not the ones she thinks potential employers want to hear.Everyone’s different: One developer wants better salary or equity, another wants new tech, and a third wants his colleagues to be smarter than he is (smart guy!).Until now, employees kept their deepest dreams secret, afraid of pitching too high or too low. But why not make those secret dreams real? The trick is for the pro to stay anonymous while the matchmaker, potentially with the aid of a reverse job board, makes the arrangements.And if the employer can’t give the developer what it takes to budge her, well, tough luck for the employer.3. They work to bring in the best developers, not just to fill a slot.Today, employers are retaining fixed-fee contract recruiters or even hiring them in-house. That way, the recruiter is focused on making the right match, even if it takes a little longer. Just filling requisitions was good enough back when jobs were narrowly defined, but a developer today need the flexibility to take on a variety of tasks as needed, and finding people like that takes time.Such a matchmaker can do what it takes close the deal. He advocates for the professional, while the pro herself stays out of the line of fire. A good developer wants both to minimize noise and to learn whether employers can meet her special requests—but without coming off as needy. So the developer stays well-protected from any but the most useful communications, while the recruiter helps make the deal happen.Once a developer and an employer have caught each other’s eye, the matchmaker gently nudges the two toward each other while making sure that everyone’s happy.4. They grab the grey-hairs who aren’t puffing up their LinkedIn profiles, just crankin’ out kick-ass work.These Ancient Wise Ones need a matchmaker to help bring out their hidden talent.Employers should be on their knees begging the wizened wizards to come on board. But for some reason, newbies with a quickie code-camp course are more in demand than hardcore long-time devs. Sure, some of the oldsters are burned out, but there are a lot of good ones out there, too. Some of them have navigated their way through several generations of technology—they’ll pick up the next one quickly enough.Making The Best Pairings The RuleHere’s the sad situation today: A recruiter searches LinkedIn by keywords, sends a whole bunch of spammy emails. Maybe he finds one diamond in the dirtpile, while absorbing heaps of scorn as he sees how widely recruiters are despised.Here’s a vision of a better future: A new class of matchmaking sites arises, building on today’s talent search engines and reverse job boards. They transform the recruiting industry, just as a variety of dating sites remade a fragmented industry of personals ads and marriage brokers. These recruiting sites highlight developers with the right skills and the right requirements. Then semi-automated systems, consisting of modern software algorithms and a few empathetic matchmakers, help make the best pairings happen.Today, information efficiencies make hiring and job-changing a headache. In an open future, we’ll move towards an optimal world in which developers will find the best possible job and employers will find the best possible developer to fill it.Image courtesy of Shutterstock Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting josh foxcenter_img Tags:#developers#Jobs Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Members of Society for Human Resource Management Pay a Visit to the

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 26, 2017 – Nassau – Members of The Bahamas Society for Human Resource Management called upon Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, at Government House on Wednesday, October 25, 2017.Pictured at the courtesy call, from left: Lauren Adderley, Tanya Rahming, Chrislyn Benjamin, H.E. Dame Marguerite Pindling, Nekessa Beneby, Edris Davis and Akua Anyane.(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

City Council votes 54 to proceed with Housing Navigation Center

first_img KUSI Newsroom City Council votes 5-4 to proceed with Housing Navigation Center KUSI Newsroom, Posted: November 14, 2018 November 14, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego City Council voted, 5-4, Tuesday to proceed with a proposed Housing Navigation Center that will offer services and programs to help homeless residents find housing and obtain medical care, mental health treatment, job training and other supportive services.With the vote, the city enters into a one-year agreement from Dec. 1, 2018 to Nov. 30, 2019 with Family Health Centers of San Diego to operate the center. The agreement includes four optional one-year extensions.The council, acting as the San Diego Housing Authority, also authorized a memorandum of understanding on the roles the city and the San Diego Housing Commission will play in the operation of the navigation center, with the Housing Commission overseeing the day-to-day management and oversight of the facility.“Helping someone transition from homelessness isn’t just about finding an apartment, it is about rebuilding a life” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said. “A navigation center will be where this starts. Where people can find financial assistance to get back on their feet; where people can reconnect with family; where people can get an ID, assistance from (Veterans Affairs) benefits or access to healthcare from county and federal services.”The council voted unanimously in January to purchase a building in downtown San Diego that will eventually house the navigation center. The city agreed to pay $7.3 million for a building at 1401 Imperial Ave., adjacent to Father Joe’s Villages and a trolley station.Funding for the navigation center is expected to total $1.8 million during the first year and $1.5 million each subsequent year, with $1 million annually coming from the city’s Community Development Block Grant program.The vote could be the council’s last significant one before the three new City Council members are sworn in next month, and it did not lack partisan politics despite the council being technically nonpartisan. Democratic City Councilwoman Myrtle Cole voted with the council’s four Republicans in favor of the proposal, while Democratic City Council members Barbara Bry, Chris Ward, David Alvarez and Georgette Gomez voted against it.Council Democrats noted that the navigation center does not include sorely needed new housing units. Ward, who represents the district the navigation center will be in, argued that the center does nothing new to assist the city’s homeless population.“This no longer aspires to be a one-stop, low-barrier shelter model with access to multiple providers and on-site services, targeting the chronically homeless and those living in encampments,” Ward said. “Instead, this proposal will provide zero additional shelter beds, zero additional housing units, and zero additional services for our vulnerable population.”City officials remain unsure how many homeless residents will use the navigation center each year. The city’s 2018 Point in Time report found San Diego’s unsheltered homeless population at roughly 5,000, with another 3,500 homeless residents in emergency shelters and transitional housing. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Fight between transients leads to fatal stabbing in Carlsbad

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 12:51 PM Posted: July 10, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, center_img July 10, 2019 CARLSBAD (KUSI) – A predawn argument between two transients in a coastal neighborhood near Agua Hedionda Lagoon led Wednesday to a stabbing that left one of them dead and the other under arrest on suspicion of murder.Patrol officers responding to a report of a fight between two men in the 800 block of Tamarack Avenue in Carlsbad found the 35-year-old victim lying mortally wounded in the street shortly before 1:30 a.m., according to police.Medics took the man to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Lt. Greg Koran said. The victim’s name was withheld pending family notification.Just before 5 a.m., officers took the alleged assailant, Jay Terry, 36, into custody the 100 block of South Pacific Street in Oceanside.“Investigators believe the stabbing was the result of a verbal altercation between Terry and the victim, who were known to each other,” Koran said.The lieutenant did not disclose what led them to identify Terry as the suspected killer.A woman with Terry at the time of his arrest, 35-year-old Lee Ann Borrell, was taken into custody on suspicion of narcotics crimes and identity theft.“None of the involved parties have a current (home) address,” Koran said. Fight between transients leads to fatal stabbing in Carlsbadlast_img read more