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first_img Reporters Without Borders said today it was concerned that Victor Ramos, a cartoonist for the Panamanian daily La Prensa, faced up to two years in jail for “damaging the reputation” of former President Ernesto Pérez Balladares.”It is outrageous that someone who draws a cartoon can be sent to prison,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said in a letter to Panamanian chief justice Adan Arnulfo Arjona, urging him to ensure the case against Ramos was dropped.He said he was “shocked” by the charge of “damage to reputation,” which could be interpreted subjectively and arbitrarily.” He pointed out that criminalising what journalists said was an attack on the free flow of information guaranteed under Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Panama has ratified.Ramos is due to appear in court on June 7 to answer the charge, which arose from a cartoon published last April 11 criticising Balladares for incompetence while in power.Another of La Prensa’s cartoonists, Julio Enrique Briceño, has been sued since last year for “harming the reputation” of former Christian Democratic Party chief Ricardo Arias Calderón in a cartoon published in December 2000.The UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression said in January 2000 that imprisonment for peacefully expressing an opinion was a clear and serious violation of a person’s human rights. Article 11 of the declaration of principles on freedom of expression adopted by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights says laws that punish insulting an official are an attack on freedom of expression. June 5, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cartoonist sued for “damage to reputation” PanamaAmericas PanamaAmericas News RSF_en December 9, 2016 Find out more Help by sharing this information Canadian TV crew hoping to cover mining dispute fears being denied entry News Organisation center_img News Receive email alerts to go further Anti-Corruption Day : Journalists on front line of fight against corruption News RSF’s calls for release of Dutch journalist jailed in Panama Follow the news on Panama December 7, 2016 Find out more January 30, 2012 Find out morelast_img read more

first_img Who Pays for the Financial Losses of the Evansville Thunderbolts?Scott Schoenike of VenuWorks of Evansville LLC stood before Evansville City Council on Monday April 24, 2017 and made some statements that raised many eyebrows about whether VenueWorks is a non-profit alter ego of the Winnecke Administration or a subsidiary of a for profit business from Ames, Iowa. The Indiana business registry would lead to the conclusion that VenueWorks of Evansville LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of a parent organization from Ames, Iowa. Mr. Schoenike’s statements most certainly seemed more like the words of a patronage worker seeking the favor of the Winnecke Administration than the General Manager of a subsidiary of a for profit company.Mr. Schoenike clearly stated before the City Council that “the organization aims to break even” and went on to say that their primary interest is “to bring economic development to downtown Evansville”. First off, no for profit company of any value “aims to break even” or exists to further the civic interest of a city. All of this discussion of organizational goals and the 4 line spreadsheet that Mr.Schoenike presented obscured the reason he was asked to speak in the first place. Mr. Schoenike was before the City Council to discuss the financial performance of the Evansville Thunderbolts semi-pro hockey team that had just finished its first year in the Ford Center. Nothing that he said addressed that question.To understand what risk if any that VenueWorks of Evansville LLC may have with respect to the Thunderbolts, one must first examine the latest addendum to the agreement between VenueWorks and the City of Evansville through its Evansville Redevelopment Commission. This agreement deals with the operation of Thunderbolts in addendum #6 where it is clearly stated: “VenuWorks shall be entitled to utilize facility (Ford Center) staff and resources reasonably necessary in connection with its operation of the SPHL Franchise”. During any such periods in which VenuWorks operates the SPHL Franchise, ALL OPERATING EXPENSES OF THE SPHL FRANCHISE SHALL BE DEEMED AN EXPENSE OF THE FACILITY (Ford Center) AND ALL OPERATING REVENUES OF THE SPHL FRANCHISE SHALL BE DEEMED A REVENUE OF THE FACILITY (Ford Center)”.This translates as the taxpayers of Evansville will provide free labor to support the hockey team and all operating expenses associated with the team will be borne by the Ford Center. As revenue also accrues to the Ford Center, the reality is that when it comes to the Thunderbolts, VenuWorks of Evansville LLC is not at risk for financial performance. Having a goal to break even under such an agreement is exactly what a for profit entity that is paid $390,000 per year for management services would benefit from. Under the terms of the addendum #6 to the original agreement the taxpayers of Evansville are saddled with the losses associated with the SPHL franchise and VenuWorks is paid a fee for management services. This is a heads they win, and tails the taxpayers lose scenario.The question then arises as to just what that spreadsheet was and what entity was it about? One thing for sure is that someone lost at least $1,365,506 during the last three calendar years and is planning to lose a projected $689,949 in 2017. So the first question is just who lost that money and who paid for the losses. Nothing in Mr. Schoenike’s presentation answers that question. It is also clear that these numbers are aggregated with other Ford Center activities and obscures one’s ability to understand what is doing well and what is not performing well. We will assume by the rapid and visible exit of former 10% shareholder Mike Hall that the Evansville Thunderbolts did not perform well financially.To his credit,  Evansville City Councilman Justin Elpers tried to get to the bottom of that question and was frustrated by either ignorance or intentional obscuring the reality of the Thunderbolts by Mr. Schoenike. It is not known whether or not Mr. Schoenike understands how to present a profit and loss statement or a pro forma, but it is obvious to anyone who has ever been familiar with such things that the spreadsheet presented to the City Council is neither. It is interesting that Councilwoman Anna Hargis who is a CPA and most certainly should know a P/L from an aggregated spreadsheet sat there in silence. It is disappointing that the Evansville City Council is either lacking the expertise or the fortitude to do the diligence required to understand whether the Evansville Thunderbolts are a worthy investment of public money or another money pit like the facility they play in. The people of Evansville deserve to know how the Thunderbolts are performing, who is covering any losses, and whether or not there is any hope of ever having a financially successful hockey team of any kind.Mr. Schoenike stated that utilities for the Ford Center are not included in his spreadsheet. Upon hearing this the CCO did a nationwide search of public hockey rinks and found one in Pembroke Pines, Florida that only seats 2,000 people (similar to Swonder Ice Rink). That facility spent $420,000 in 2016 on utilities with $390,000 for electricity and another $30,000 on water. Given that Vectren has higher electric rates and that the air volume in the 11,000 seat Ford Center is many times greater than the Florida facility, it is not a stretch to estimate that the Ford Center’s total utility costs per year are on the order of a million dollars.We call upon the Evansville City Council and encourage Councilman Elpers to ask specifically what the utility bills for the Ford Center are and who pays them. Until someone advises us differently, we will assume that the utility bills of the Ford Center are aggregated into the City of Evansville’s bill and that they exceed a million bucks. Councilwoman Hargis on the other hand needs to utilize her CPA for the people of Evansville and force a decoupled analysis of exactly what each activity at the Ford Center costs. The time for hiding loses by aggregating them with winnings is over and if Ms. Hargis is really a CPA worthy of her license she will take this upon herself to do.The other item that is conveniently ignored is the $127 Million debt taken on by the City of Evansville to build the Ford Center. Who is paying that and what is the source of funds. It is widely suspected that the Riverboat Fund that was supposed to support capital asset purchases is absorbing most of the $8 Million per year payments on the debt.Ford Center was sold to the people of Evansville by the Weinzapfel Administration as “going to have positive cash flow including paying the note on the debt”. At this point if one examines Mr. Schoenike’s spreadsheet the only logical conclusion is that the Ford Center is slated to lose at least $689,946 this year from operations, plus another million or so in utility bills just from day to day operations. That excludes the free labor provided to VenuWorks under Addendum #6. Adding that to the $8 Million non payments it is not unreasonable to conclude that the Ford Center is a $10 Million per year albatross around the neck of the taxpayers of Evansville.Who is accountable for this debilitating miscalculation of performance? Nobody is accountable until the voters decide to dispense some accountability by tossing the rascals out. The reality is however that the rascals that did this were dispensed with by the late great Rick Davis in the Democrat primary of 2011. The rest of the taxpayers of Evansville are holding the bag for a $10 Million per year mistake that keeps taking on additional losers (on and off the ice) like the Evansville Thunderbolts.Speaking of City Council rascals, at Mondays meeting President Missy Mosby (D),  Jonathon Weaver, (D), Finance Chairman Dan McGinn (R) and Michelle Melcher (R) all publicly expressed their strong support of VenuWorks overall performance at the Ford Center.For now, we call upon the Evansville City Council to sharpen their skills in VETTING. Vetting as you recall is the process that failed the citizens of Evansville when Earthcare Energy LLC shook down a star struck but ignorant new administration for $200,000 and delivered nothing. A ten minute Google search of the United States Patent Office Registry at USPTO.gov by a competent novice would have avoided that debacle. It will take more than ten minutes to shake the necessary information about the Thunderbolts from VenuWork’s records. If this council fails to get to the bottom of this so a competent informed decision about hockey in River City can be made, the all need to be replaced.FOOTNOTES:  If you would like to express your views on this subject please feel free to contact your elected City officials at the e-mails and or phone numbers listed below. WARD 1Dan McGinn (R)-Finance Chairman812-479-6336  or [email protected] 2Missy Mosby  (D)-President 812-453-6479 or [email protected] 3Anna Hargis-CPA (R)(C) 812-463-2551 or [email protected] 4Constance Robinson (D)(H) 812-425-2372 or [email protected] 5Justin Elpers (R)-Vice President(C) 812-454-3479 or [email protected] 6Jim Brinkmeyer (D)(C) 812-480-6909 or [email protected] AT-LARGEDr. H. Dan Adams (D)(H) 812-425-4220(C) [email protected] Mercer (R)(C) 812-568-5393 or  [email protected] Weaver  (D)812-568-0562 or [email protected] “READERS POLL” question is: Are you disappointed in the Evansville City Council for not being more concerned with the contract between Thunderbolts/VenuWorks and the City? FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_imgDrop off trackable you do not own5 Log a Found it on any geocache5 What is the Friend League?The Friend League is a leaderboard that shows you and your friends’ geocaching activity. Earn points when you log a cache, attend an event, or complete other geocaching tasks. The number of points vary depending on the task at hand.The Friend League displays the total points you individually collect during the month. You can also see how many points your friends have earned. The Friend League will reset to zero on Monday, December 31 at noon UTC and will resume weekly refreshes.Can I join at anytime?Of course! Join anytime between December 3 through December 31 and earn 80 points individually on your Friend League and earn the Trackable Lover souvenir.Where can I see my souvenirs?As soon as you collect a certain number of points, the associated souvenir will automatically be awarded to your profile. The souvenirs appear on your profile under the souvenir tab.Is the Friend League in the Geocaching® app?The Friend League is not in the Geocaching® app but can be viewed in your phone’s web browser.My Friend League points aren’t correct. Help!If you change a Note, DNF, or other log type to a Found it log, it will not be recognized on the Friend League.You may have found and logged a Lab Cache. At this time, the Friend League does not award points for finding Lab Caches.You logged on Monday, December 3 before noon UTC (convert to your local time here). We suggest that you wait to log until AFTER Monday noon UTC – which in some places like New Zealand is Tuesday at midnight – to log your geocaches. Otherwise the points will count towards the November challenge and not the December challenge.You saved a Draft on a Monday, December 3 before noon UTC (convert to your local time here).If you have already posted your logs, select “View / Edit Log / Images”, then click the pen icon and “Submit Log Entry” on the website. Your logs should now be counted towards your total.What does UTC stand for?Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is the basis for civil time today. It is the time standard (not a time zone) commonly used across the world. You can convert UTC to your local time here.Do I get points for attending a CITO, Mega or Giga-Event?Yes. Attending any event earns you 5 points.Still have a question?Having trouble logging your finds? Have a question about scoring? The best way to get answers quickly is to write to us using this form. Thanks and good luck!Share with your Friends:More ActionPoint value Attend any event5 Introducing the next challenge in our four month series “You might be a geocacher if…” From December 3 at noon UTC through December 31 at noon UTC, use the Friend League to individually earn points towards the “Trackable Lover” souvenir. Keep reading to learn December’s challenge below!In December, you might be a Trackable Lover if…You’re all about getting those digits; you can’t see a tracking code and not log it! You own several trackable t-shirts, bring your whole (very organized) collection to every event you attend, and take the extra moment to look up the trackable’s mission.To earn the Trackable Lover souvenir, earn 80 points individually on your Friend League starting December 3 at noon UTC through December 31 at noon UTC. This month earn higher points for activating trackables!The scoring*: Drop off trackable you do not own5 Earn 10 points for activating any trackable! Plus, earn 5 points for dropping any trackable you do not own in a geocache. Please note, this is an update to the current scoring where you could earn points for dropping any trackable. With the updated scoring, you will only earn points on the Friend League for dropping trackables you do not own.*The Friend League will not reflect this scoring until Monday, December 3 at noon UTC.FAQ:How do I play?Find different geocache types, activate, or drop trackables to individually collect 80 points on the Friend League between Monday, December 3 at noon UTC and Monday, December 31 at noon UTC and earn the Trackable Lover souvenir.How can I earn points?If you log a cache, attend an event, or perform other geocaching actions, you collect points. Activate trackable10center_img Attend any event5 Activate trackable10 ActionPoint value Log a Found it on any geocache5 SharePrint RelatedYou might be a geocacher if…August 28, 2018In “News”You might be a Social Butterfly if…October 22, 2018In “News”You might be a Caching Connoisseur if…September 25, 2018In “News” Log a Found it on a geocache with 10 or more Favorite points7 Log a Found it on a geocache with 10 or more Favorite points7last_img read more

first_imgLyon reject Man City offer for Tanguy Ndombeleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLyon have rejected an offer from Manchester City for Tanguy Ndombele.The Times says City have bid £45m for the 22-year-old, who impressed twice in the meetings with Lyon in the Champions League.However, Lyon are said to have rejected the reported bid, and are looking for at least £75m for the French international.City have also been linked with Ndombele’s teammate Houssem Aouar, with recent reports claiming they are prepared to bid £54m for Lyon’s other midfield general.It is unlikely City will bid for both players, and 20-year-old Aouar left a lasting impression on Pep Guardiola in the 2-2 draw in Lyon this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos: A fascinating 2019by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos says they have a lot to look forward to in 2019.The trophies kept on coming for Los Blancos as they picked up a third successive Champions League win and added the Club World Cup to it before the end of the year.Real Madrid held an open training session for fans at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, and Ramos reflected on the year afterwards.”Hopefully in 2019 we can continue to maintain our streak of recent years but we will remember this year as an historic year,” he said.”I hope that we can celebrate many more titles with our fans. Let all fans enjoy their team and have a fascinating 2019.” last_img read more

first_imgReal Madrid coach Solari confident keeping squad togetherby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari insists he expects to keep his squad together.Solari was asked about the January transfer market and was asked if he expected to lose any players.”All of the players are part of this squad,” he told reporters.”I have no news.”What matters to me is this match, which we need to go into while humility and commitment.”Isco? He is a great player and he’ll keep making us happy.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

first_imgJames Milner waiting to open Liverpool contract talksby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJames Milner is waiting to open new contract talks with Liverpool.Milner’s contract runs out at the end of the season but he will be free to talk to foreign clubs in 85 days.The Daily Mail says Liverpool have yet to open formal talks about extending his stay at Anfield.Meanwhile, Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers, who signed Milner for the Reds reveale: “It’s really, really interesting because he wanted to come to Liverpool. He had won the Premier League, he had won cups.”His whole ambition was to win the Champions League and he felt he’d have a better opportunity to win it at Liverpool, with how we were working and the (history of the) club. He made the decision. I knew it was going to be a tough one. He was building a house out that way in Manchester.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_img The ban on smoking in public places ties into the National Development Plan, Vision 2030 Story Highlights Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says the ban on smoking in public places is part of a broader strategy that will tie into the National Development Plan, Vision 2030, to make Jamaica the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.Speaking on the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Issues and Answers’ programme on July 18, the Health Minister pointed to the establishing of four Centres of Excellence at the primary healthcare level, and the move towards setting up a Centre of Excellence for cancer treatment as part of that broader strategy.He informed that “Cancer (treatment) is our big ideas project at the Ministry” and bringing in the LINAC machine that will give better radiation services to cancer patients, is part of an overall plan. The linear accelerator, or LINAC for short, is the machine most commonly used to deliver external beam radiotherapy treatment to cancer patients.Dr. Ferguson noted that Jamaica is a signatory at the World Health Assembly, which is the decision-making body of the World Health Organisation (WHO). “We raised the Resolution about reducing by 25 per cent, the number of avoidable deaths from non-communicable diseases.  So, what we are doing now is part of that overall strategy,” he said.He pointed out that in the context of Jamaica, there are four risk factors -inappropriate nutrition, physical inactivity, excessive alcohol and tobacco use – for non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cancers. “Now, of all of them, tobacco use is the worst of the risk factors, because a little tobacco, a puff, is bad for you,” Dr. Ferguson said.The Minister pointed out that it is costing the country US$170 million annually to deal with non communicable diseases in the public institutions. “We are not talking about persons who go to private practitioners. So, in going forward, while you are dealing with the curative to the best of our ability and the challenges that this poses, you also have to deal with the risk factors,” he said.He said the banning of smoking in public places is also part of an overall strategy to reduce non-communicable diseases (NCDs), over time, and  to extend mortality and save lives. The Minister noted that based on the evidence from countries that have similar legislation in place, such as Northern Ireland, Canada and parts of the United States, there has been a drop in the number of patients with strokes and heart attacks.Dr. Ferguson pointed out that persons living with diabetes and other NCDs and who smoke or are exposed to passive smoke, the records show that their lifespan is cut between 10 and 15 years.“So, the benefit of what we are attempting to do now, in another couple of years, you will begin to see it …saving lives,” he said.last_img read more

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