Help by sharing this information July 1, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Gunmen open fire on El Nacional reporter Pedro Fernandez Follow the news on Dominican Republic to go further News News Dominican RepublicAmericas News Organisation Journalists wounded while covering street clashes in Santo Domingo Dominican RepublicAmericas September 22, 2014 Find out more Journalist unhurt in second attack in a week after reporting on city’s illegal drugs trade.Unidentified gunmen opened fire on Pedro Fernandez, the El Nacional correspondent in the town of San Francisco de Macorís, yesterday as he was driving through the Los Chiripos neighbourhood, known for its illegal drugs trade.He was able to get out of his car and take shelter, escaping unhurt from what did not appear to be a random attack. A week earlier, tear gas grenades were thrown at his house by unidentified attackers after the journalist reported that he had evidence of a plot to kill him in January.A hand-written letter left at the scene warned the journalist that he would be killed unless he stopped writing about the city’s drug outlets. He had received several death threats since writing about attacks at several centres of the drugs trade, according to the newspapers El Dia and El Jaya. “Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns these attacks,” said Camille Soulier, head of the organization’s Americas desk. “Pedro Fernandez should be given the protection of a bodyguard immediately. We urge the Dominican authorities to undertake an investigation as soon as possible to find the perpetrators of the attack and those behind it.” Violence towards journalists has been growing in recent weeks. In early June, two journalists were summarily detained in a heavy-handed manner by the police narcotics squad. The Dominican Republic is ranked 68th of 180 countries in the 2014 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders. February 15, 2017 Find out more Hostile climate for Dominican media since start of 2015 News Dominican Republic: News presenter and producer gunned down in mid-broadcast June 25, 2015 Find out more RSF_en Receive email alerts
Ocean City Free Public Library From stilt walkers to trolley tours, the Ocean City Free Public Library and Community Center will host a variety of festive activities at its annual Holiday Festival on Sunday, December 3. A Tree Lighting Ceremony will kick off the Festival at 1:00 pm in the Community Center Atrium, along with live music from The White Walls Band, refreshments, and special guests.“The holidays are such a special time in Ocean City, and each year, we look forward to inviting the entire community to kick off the season with us,” said Karen Mahar, Director of the Ocean City Free Public Library. “We love to provide our patrons with a chance to celebrate before the responsibilities of shopping, wrapping, and entertaining get in the way.”The Ocean City Free Public Library offers family-friendly entertainment, including a balloon sculptor, stilt walker, temporary tattoos, a photo booth, and crafts, until 4:00 pm. Santa Claus will join the festivities, and the first 200 guests will receive special gifts. All Library activities are free and open to the public.At the Ocean City Historical Museum, guests can browse in Mrs. Claus’ market and enjoy a Christmas carol-filled Trolley History Tour of Downtown Ocean City and the Lifesaving Station. The trolley tours run at 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, and 4:30 pm, and tickets are $10 for adults. Children under 16 are free with an accompanying adult.At the gift shop at the Ocean City Art Center, guests can find unique holiday gifts, including pottery created by Art Center students.The Ocean City Community Center is located at 1735 Simpson Avenue in Ocean City, New Jersey. For more information, call (609) 399-2434.
Oil and gas solutions provider Tendeka has appointed Paul Lynch as its new advanced completions director to help drive the commercialisation of its wireless intelligent completions technology, PulseEight.Lynch joins Tendeka having most recently been vice president of global technical sales with Delphian Ballistics. Lynch, who previously worked for Expro Group and Halliburton Energy Services, also co-founded the tubing conveyed perforating company, GeoKey, which was acquired by Paradigm Group in 2013.“Tendeka has a reputation for its innovation and that’s what made me want to work for the company. The team has done an excellent job of getting PulseEight to a stage where it is now ready to be brought to operators,” Lynch said. He will be based at the company’s HQ in Westhill, Aberdeen.Tendeka recently completed field testing of PulseEight, the cloud connected wireless intelligent completion system.With funding support from the Oil & Gas Technology Centre, Tendeka installed a PulseEight downhole device and a newly developed surface system with OMV Group in Austria. During the installation, wireless communication between the downhole Interval Control Valve and the surface decoding system was used to test the device and prove the surface decoding system.“PulseEight has so much potential for the industry as it will allow more optimised well planning and ultimately greater recovery,” added Paul. “We are also exploring ideas to develop the technology for use in new and emergent products so it’s a very exciting time to be coming on board.”Brad Baker, CEO of Tendeka, said: “Paul is highly experienced in production and well optimisation and has a strong background in bringing new technology to the market. With his expertise, he is a valuable addition to our team and we are very pleased to have him on board.”Lynch is being supported by James Boyle who has also recently joined Tendeka. An experienced product line manager with a background in downhole wireless completions, James has more than 15 years’ experience in global positions, most recently working in Accra, Ghana.
And former Italy boss Conte’s first game was against his hometown club Lecce, the team where he started his playing career, and who are back in Serie A after seven years.The sideshow surrounding former Inter captain Mauro Icardi continued with the Argentine not named on the bench.Inter director Giuseppe Marotta insisted there was no room in the club for the forward, with the transfer window closing on September 2.Icardi has rejected moves away from the San Siro despite being frozen out of the team and stripped of the captain’s armband last season amid a protracted contract dispute.Icardi’s wife Wanda Nara, who is also his agent, said he wants to remain at Inter and had been told to stay by senior club bosses.“We greeted Wanda Nara’s comments with a bit of irritation, both for the timing and the method,” Marotta told sports broadcaster DAZN before Monday’s game.“I absolutely deny that any of the club management, and in particular (president) Steven Zhang, have invited Icardi to stay.”Share on: WhatsApp – Icardi ‘irritates’ –Conte’s arrival at Chinese-owned Inter has raised expectations of a first Serie A title since 2010.The former Juventus and Chelsea boss took over from Luciano Spalletti who secured Champions League football with a fourth-place finish last season.The 50-year-old’s coaching credentials include three Serie A titles with Juventus from 2012 to 2014, and the Premier League with Chelsea in 2017. Lukaku scores as Conte’s Inter reign starts in styleMilan, Italy | AFP | Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku scored on his Inter Milan debut as new coach Antonio Conte’s reign got off to a perfect start with a 4-0 win over promoted Lecce on Monday.“There was a spark, but now we must become dynamite,” said Conte as he begins his campaign to topple eight-time holders Juventus.Lukaku — a 65 million euros ($73 million) summer signing from Manchester United — scored the third goal on the hour mark at the San Siro.A blunder by Lecce goalkeeper Gabriel parried the ball into the path of Lautaro Martinez allowing Lukaku to finish off.The 26-year-old turned and took a bow in front of the jubilant Inter fans among the 65,000 crowd.“Lukaku entered the world of Inter in the best way, with great humility,” said Conte.“He’s a gentle giant, a giant with a smile. He is ready to work for the team. But not only Romelu, Lautaro also played very well.”Croatian Marcelo Brozovic had opened the scoring after 21 minutes with a powerful strike for his 15th goal in his sixth season with Inter.But another new signing Stefano Sensi, a summer loan from Sassuolo, also found a way through three minutes later.Lecce played the last quarter of an hour a man down after Brazilian Diego Farias saw red in his first game for a studs on tackle on his former Cagliari teammate Nicolo Barella.Antonio Candreva blasted in the fourth goal on 84 minutes, allowing Inter to match champions Juventus and runners-up Napoli who both won their opening league matches at the weekend.Juventus beat Parma 1-0, with Napoli edging a seven-goal thriller at Fiorentina 4-3.“We started off well with the right intensity and desire, respecting the idea of what I wanted,” said Conte.“Then at 2-0 I didn’t like what I saw from the lads. Too relaxed, losing intensity under pressure.“We need to improve both mentally and physically but I am very happy and satisfied, I like working with these guys who have always shown great commitment.“Let’s celebrate until midnight, from tomorrow we think of Cagliari, it will be a difficult trip,” he added of next weekend’s game in Sardinia.
England Golf’s first innovation conference, #MoreThanGolf, is a sell out among golf industry representatives who aim to plan for a bright future. The conference, at Villa Park next Tuesday, will showcase new ideas and innovative ways to develop the game. There will be a special focus on how golf clubs can grow by becoming hubs for their communities. It has attracted delegates from across the spectrum, including golf club representatives, PGA professionals, industry governing bodies and commercial golf organisations ranging from businesses involved in golf marketing to multi-course operators. Iain Lancaster, England Golf’s Club Engagement Manager, said: “This is the first time we’ve organised anything like this and the response has been fantastic. “It’s clear that there’s a huge appetite for new ideas and ways to create stronger businesses by reaching out to new markets.” A range of speakers will inspire clubs to try fresh approaches and to learn more about the contribution golf can make to public health and social good. Topics will also include new and shorter formats of the game and the European Tour’s Fredrik Lindgren will talk about the impact of Super Sixes while Pam Painter of British Speedgolf will provide a case study. The keynote speakers are Svend Elkjaer, who works with England Golf on the #MoreThanGolf innovation project, and Maria Nolan, general manager of Hollingbury Park and Waterhall Golf Clubs in Sussex. Svend is the director of Sports Marketing Network, a consultancy and information provider which works to develop vibrant, visible and viable community sport. He will highlight the benefits of golf clubs working for and with communities and will explain the simple steps they can take to broaden their scope and enjoy the benefits. Maria will share tips and advice on the initiatives which helped Hollingbury Park Golf Course to win the category for Strongest Community Engagement at the recent 2017 England Golf Awards. Among the other speakers are Nick Pink, the England Golf Chief Executive, and representatives of UK Active and Oxygen Trampoline Parks. A range of case studies will also be presented. 7 Jun 2017 #MoreThanGolf conference is a sell out
By Joseph SapiaFREEHOLD – The Monmouth County Board of Freeholders has passed a resolution calling on county municipalities to adopt ordinances putting severe restrictions on the sale of dogs and cats.The resolution, passed 5-to-0 on Jan. 21, asks towns to require pet shops to sell dogs and cats only obtained from or displayed in cooperation with animal-care facilities or rescue organizations. Also, it asks towns to disallow pet shops from selling dogs or cats younger than eight weeks.“I think it’s phenomenal,” said Janice Fisher, who coordinates the Puppy Mill Awareness Campaign in New Jersey for the 1,200-member Friends of Animals United (FAUN) New Jersey.Fisher, a Manasquan resident, worked with Freeholder John P. Curley to get the resolution passed.“We need to take care and not abuse pets and animals,” Curley said.Curley said he motioned for the resolution to be passed at the Jan. 21 meeting and other freeholders came aboard.“We’re thrilled,” said Fisher, a former paralegal who lives in Manasquan. “I think our freeholders are wonderful and, in particular, Freeholder Curley. He took the time to listen, research the matter, (and) talked to his colleagues.”“We’re so grateful,” said Danielle Mania, development manager for the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. “We’re trying to stop overbreeding, puppy mills, the abuse that goes on in puppy mills.”Monmouth County SPCA said puppy mills, or large-scale breeders, emphasize profit over animal welfare and breed pets with health or behavioral issues. Instead, pets should be bought from reputable hobby breeders, shelters or rescues, according to Monmouth County SPCA.Calpurrnia, an approximately 3-year-old female awaiting adoption at the Monmouth County SPCA.“Monmouth County took a strong stand against the cruel puppy mill industry, while promoting responsible breeders and pet adoption,” said Kathleen Schatzmann, state director for the Humane Society of the United States.Gary Hager, who sells dogs at his Bark Avenue Puppies store in Red Bank, believes this type of legislation is flawed in various ways – such as painting with a broad brush and taking in well-operated pet stores, along with going at animal abuse the wrong way.“They’re looking down the wrong end of the telescope,” Hager said. “They’re kind of pointing the gun in the wrong direction. You’re not going to stop a puppy mill by stopping a pet store.”Bark Avenue deals with only about 10 to 15 “five-star breeders” who are “all vetted,” Hager said, adding that he keeps only 12 to 15 puppies at a time at his store. Certain dogs that consumers want are not available at shelters and it is unrealistic for people to deal directly with quality breeders who may be more than 1,000 miles away, he said.Hager compared the puppy mill issue to chicken farm operations, both of which have come under fire for abusive ways. All egg farmers have not been shut down, so why shut down all puppy sellers?Rather, Hager said, go after the bad players – puppy mills with abusive methods or pet stores with bad records.“Go after the puppy mill-breeder operations where they are,” he said. “Why throw all (pet stores) under the bus?”Of the county’s 53 municipalities, only Fisher’s hometown of Manasquan has such an ordinance, she said. Of New Jersey’s 565 municipalities, an estimated 25 have this type of ordinance, Fisher said.“This resolution will encourage towns,” Fisher said. “It will embolden.”The county resolution includes a sample ordinance.County Counsel Andrea I. Bazer said Monmouth County followed Camden County’s lead on the resolution.“The county doesn’t have the ability to enforce, but the municipalities do,” Bazer said.Camden, Monmouth, Ocean and Mercer counties have passed resolutions, Fisher said.“I had received a great deal of background from Janice and her group,” Curley said. “I was very pleased to bring that to the freeholders and the educational process to the municipalities. It was a pleasure working with that group and I thank the SPCA.”
Superstar Akshay Kumar says apart from catching up with different styles of comedy, he loves to play negative roles more often.The Entertainment star said it gives him immense joy.”I think the villain always enjoys so much in major part of the film’s duration. He fixes up the heroine, runs around her. The hero is always busy protecting and working for his sister and mother.”Only in the last five minutes of the film he gets beaten. I want to play villain’s role more often,” he told reporters here while promoting Entertainment.I want to play villain’s role more often, says Akshay Kumar The film will hit theatres on August 8.Asked what other genres he wants to catch up with after being successful actor in funny and action roles, Akshay said there is so much to learn about comedy itself.”There are many untouched genres. Even in comedy there are so many things in which you actually want to catch up with. The way Prakash Raj approaches to comedy, I want to do that,” he said.However Akshay said he started to enjoy his work after spending 27 years in the industry.”Today when I get up in the morning, and if I have to go for a shoot, I am very eager to do that. I am so happy with myself that this greed has not gone from me,” he added.Akshay said he enjoys portraying different characters as no other profession in the world provides the scope to play various roles in one’s lifetime.advertisement”I enjoy doing different characters. Where in the world will you get a profession like this where you can play so many characters – you can romance so many beautiful girls, you can play so many sports… But still get paid,” he said.
Story Highlights Eighteen of the scholarships were presented to those entering secondary schools, while the other four were presented to students entering tertiary institutions. The scholarships as well as gift baskets were presented to the students during a prayer breakfast, held at the Linstead Pentecostal Tabernacle, in St. Catherine. The St. Catherine 4-H Club Parish Advisory Council on Saturday (August 18), awarded scholarships valued at $220,000 to 22 students in need of assistance. The St. Catherine 4-H Club Parish Advisory Council on Saturday (August 18), awarded scholarships valued at $220,000 to 22 students in need of assistance.The scholarships as well as gift baskets were presented to the students during a prayer breakfast, held at the Linstead Pentecostal Tabernacle, in St. Catherine.Eighteen of the scholarships were presented to those entering secondary schools, while the other four were presented to students entering tertiary institutions.The students hail from the four zones of the St. Catherine 4-H Club, including Portmore, Spanish Town, Old Harbour and Linstead.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Mrs. Donna-Marie Rowe, challenged the students to “commit to being good ground every day after today,” as she compared the Parable of the Sower, found in the Synoptic Gospels, to the theme of the prayer breakfast: ‘Transforming lives through Educational Empowerment’.“Do what you know is right and invest in yourself. Stir up the gifts within you and stir up your pure minds as you till the soil in preparation for planting,” she told them.“Some of the tools you can use to prepare the ground include reading a book, getting rid of the stones of doubt and the weeds of laziness, taking charge of your mind, and never stop learning,” the CEO continued.Mrs. Rowe further encouraged the students to read widely, including local and international news, and the biblical chapters of Proverbs, Matthew, Luke and John.She also recommended inspirational books such as: ‘As a Man Thinketh’, by James Wood; ‘The Richest Man in Babylon’, by George Samuel Clason; and ‘Ask, Seek, Knock’, by Dr. Marcus Mottley.“Young people, map out a structure as you go back to school. Transformation doesn’t happen overnight,” Mrs. Rowe told them.In his message read at the function by Liaison Officer of the Jamaica 4-H Club, Holova Stubbs, Executive Director, Dr. Ronald Blake, said his organisation will continue to create opportunities for youth through innovative programmes, and to “continue to keep pace with issues affecting youth in agriculture and the sector at large.”“In so doing, we will do a lot of work as it relates to specialised agricultural techniques as well as the effects of climate change on agriculture,” Dr. Blake said.“We will also continue to ensure that more youngsters become a part of the Youth in Agriculture Programme, as we aim to continue to reduce the age of the average farmer in Jamaica,” he added.Dr. Blake congratulated those students receiving bursaries and wished for them every success.
Hollywood stars are squealing mad over Walmart’s treatment of pigs after an undercover investigation exposed rampant cruelty to animals at a factory farm supplying pork to the retail giant.In a letter fired off today to Walmart’s CEO Mike Duke, at the behest of the animal protection organization Mercy For Animals, Ryan Gosling, Kristen Bell, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Deschanel, Tom Morello, Kim Basinger, David Boreanaz, Ed Begley Jr., John Francis Daley, James Cromwell, Steve-O, and Loretta Swit wrote: “We implore you to help end the needless suffering of these animals by ending the sale of pork from producers who confine pigs in cages so small they can’t even turn around for nearly their entire lives.”The appeal comes after hidden-camera video, shot at a Christensen Farms facility in Minnesota by an investigator with Mercy For Animals, revealed unconscionable cruelty. The footage shows pregnant pigs locked in tiny, filthy crates so small they couldn’t turn around, walk, or lie down comfortably, pigs suffering from bloody open wounds, and workers castrating and cutting off the tails of conscious piglets without painkillers and bashing in the skulls of sick piglets by slamming them headfirst into the concrete.The letter points out: “While Walmart tells its customers they can “Save Money, Live Better,” the pork sold in your stores comes from pigs whose lives couldn’t possibly be any worse. As world-renowned animal behaviorist Dr. Jonathan Balcombe puts it: ‘Gestation crates are unremitting hell on earth.’“Inside tiny gestation crates barely larger than their own bodies, these intelligent and social animals never get to walk, run, root in the soil, see the sun, breathe fresh air, or do nearly anything that comes naturally to them. Driven mad from boredom and stress, these poor animals have nothing to do, hour after hour, day after day, but bite the bars of their cages.“While all of the abuses shown in the video at WalmartCruelty.com are unconscionable, perhaps the worst form of torture forced on these innocent animals is the use of gestation crates. As you should know, gestation crates are considered so cruel that leading animal welfare experts condemn them, nine US states and the entire European Union have banned them, and nearly all of Walmart’s competitors, including Costco, Safeway, Kroger, and Kmart, have started demanding their pork suppliers do away with them.”The letter concludes: “It’s time for Walmart to quit dragging its feet and help put an end to one of the cruelest factory farming practices. As the largest retailer in the world, Walmart has the power—and the ethical responsibility—to ensure that the pork sold in its stores is not the product of egregious animal abuse.”To view the undercover video, visit WalmartCruelty.com.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Peace River Regional District Chair and Area ‘C’ Director Brad Sperling will be hosting a roundtable discussion for Regional District residents on Wednesday evening.Anyone in attendance will have the opportunity to ask questions on any topic that is the concerns of the Regional District. Wednesday’s round table will be taking place from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Charlie Lake Community Hall. All residents of Area C are invited to attend.