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Al-Wasat closed down, its senior journalists forced to resign

first_img Al-Wasat, an opposition newspaper founded in 2002, was closed by the information ministry and access to its website was blocked after state TV accused it of trying to harm Bahrain’s stability and security and of disseminating false information that undermined the country’s international image and reputation. It was allowed to resume publishing the next day but three of its most senior journalists – editor Mansour Al-Jamari, managing editor Walid Nouihid and local news editor Aqil Mirza – were forced to resign. The board of directors announced the appointment of Abidily Al-Abidily to replace Jamari as editor. Organisation RSF_en Help by sharing this informationcenter_img April 3, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Al-Wasat closed down, its senior journalists forced to resign Newslast_img read more

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3 tips for negotiating a salary

first_imgGetting offered a new job is always exciting, whether you want the job or not. Sometimes, you’ll get a job offer without even trying. But if it’s something you’re interested in, you’ve got to make sure the money is right before making a big life change like leaving your current position. It may not be easy to leave where you’re at without an offer that knocks you off your feet. If you find yourself in the midst of a salary negotiation, here are a few tips from Ladders that can help you get the salary you need…Know your worth: With a little research, you can get a good idea of what similar jobs pay. Also, don’t forget to consider the cost of living, especially if you’re changing cities. And don’t forget to trust your gut. If the position you’re considering is something you’re really excited about, think about your current pay and decide if making a little less would still be worth making the change.Show your worth: There are several tactics you can use to communicate your value to a potential employer. You can make a list of big projects you worked on. You can show your zest for learning by discussing any certifications or professional development you’ve gone through or plan to in the future. Just be sure not to oversell yourself.Don’t forget about benefits: Your paycheck is important, but don’t forget about the value of benefits. You might find more paid time off, the ability to work remotely, retirement contributions, etc. to be very enticing when you receive a job offer. Also, unless an offer blows your socks off, never accept the first offer you get. 29SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

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GE’s PCB dumping was legal at the time

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The Dec. 16 editorial concerning GE cleanup of the Hudson, neglects the fact that they put this stuff in the river while under full compliance of the law at the time.No wonder manufacturing jobs in New York are disappearing.Bruce DuxburyBallston SpaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGuilderland girls’ soccer team hands BH-BL first league lossEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

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CAF ban Kenyan referee for life over bribe

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | A Kenyan referee who had been chosen for the 2018 World Cup in Russia has been banned for life after accepting a bribe, an African Football Confederation (CAF) statement said Sunday.Marwa Range was dropped from the World Cup list after a media sting exposed him accepting a $6,000 (about 5,100 euros) bribe from a journalist posing as a Ghanaian football official.A terse CAF statement gave no details about what Range was expected to do in return for the cash.Range is the second major casualty of a series of stings by Ghanaian journalists, which led to follow countryman Kwesi Nyantakyi resigning as CAF first vice-president over corruption.A total of 22 referees are affected by the CAF crackdown with Togolese Yanissou Bebou and Gambian Jallow Ebrima banned for 10 years each.Ivory Coast referee Denis Dembele, a regular on the African national team and club fixtures circuit, got a six-year ban. A further seven match officials received suspensions ranging between two and five years, according to the statement.Another 11 referees — 10 Ghanaians and one Liberian — have been provisionally banned pending appearances before a CAF disciplinary board on August 5.last_img read more

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Lcaey Mayor Andy Ryder Re-Appointed to National League of Cities’ Committees

first_imgSubmitted by The City of LaceyNewly-appointed Lacey Mayor Andy Ryder has been re-appointed to two key committees of the National League of Cities (NLC) for 2014:  the Military Communities Council (MCC) and the Transportation Infrastructure and Services Steering Committee. The appointments were announced by NLC President Chris Coleman, Mayor, Saint Paul, Minnesota.The MCC is a group of elected and municipal officials from municipalities that host or are in close proximity to a military installation. The Council’s objectives are to assist cities, NLC and state municipal leagues in gathering, sharing and analyzing information about opportunities, issues, and policies of interest to military communities. It also serves to foster a spirit of cooperation between military installations and municipal governments.The 2014 chair of the Military Communities Council is Martha Sue Hall, Councilmember, Albemarle, NC.  This year’s vice chairs are Arturo Pecos, City Commissioner, Kingsville, TX and Ron Garcia, Mayor, Brea, CA.The Transportation Infrastructure and Services Steering Committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC federal policy positions on issues involving transportation, including planning, funding, safety and security of public transit, streets and highways, aviation, railroads and ports. The chair of this year’s Transportation Infrastructure & Services Committee is Patsy Kinsey, Councilmember, Charlotte, NC. Serving as this year’s vice chairs are Robert Bauman, Alderman, Milwaukee, WI and Mary McComber, Mayor, Oak Park Heights, MN.“These key committees will no doubt lend further insight into areas that truly affect Lacey,” stated Mayor Ryder. “The military community is a dominant presence with JBLM in such close proximity. Transportation infrastructure is what connects us.”The National League of Cities is the nation’s oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.  For more information on the different NLC committees and councils, visit www.nlc.org.For more information, contact Liz Gotelli, Director of Public Affairs and Human Resources at (360) 491-3214 or [email protected] Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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Martinez Prepares for Cooperstown Moment Just Like Career (Video)

first_imgSEATTLE — Edgar Martinez trained for every aspect of his career.As a player, he spent nearly two decades doing daily eye exercises to overcome strabismus, a condition that prevented his eyes from seeing in tandem. Rather than letting that become an excuse that kept him out of baseball, Martinez became arguably the best right-handed hitter of his generation and the prototype for what a designated hitter can be.As a coach, he was a meticulous planner, often one of the first in the clubhouse daily. Before taking swings during batting practice — more than a decade after his last game — Martinez spent a week taking BP. He wasn’t about to be unprepared before putting on a show players and fellow coaches wouldn’t forget.Why should his training and preparation be any different for his first speech as a Hall of Famer?“I think it’s like anything if you want to do it right and do well you have to practice,” Martinez said. “In a way it’s true, it’s like that. You’re preparing for some performance, whether it’s hitting in a game or a speech.”Martinez will go into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, the first player to spend his entire career with the Seattle Mariners — 18 seasons in all — and find his way into Cooperstown.His numbers are staggering yet often overlooked. Most of his career was spent tucked away in the Pacific Northwest on a team that until the magical 1995 season, when the franchise made its first playoff appearance in dramatic fashion, got little notice on the national stage.Martinez hit .312 with 309 home runs in 2,055 career games with the Mariners. His numbers would be even more impressive if he had broken into the majors earlier. Martinez never played more than 100 games in the majors until he was 27.“Day in and day out, he was prepared,” teammate Ken Griffey Jr. said. “Thirty, 40 years ago a DH was an older guy who was on his way out, but a fan favorite, they wanted to keep him around. Now, it’s guys who can flat hit and get a chance to go out and play every day.“And he made that all possible.”FILE – In this Oct. 2, 2004, file photo, Seattle Mariners’ Edgar Martinez is greeted by fans as he jogs a lap around the stadium in Seattle after the team’s 10-4 loss to the Texas Rangers in a baseball game on the eve of his final game before retirement. Martinez will go into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, the first player to spend his entire career with the Mariners–18 seasons in all–and find his way into Cooperstown. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)Whether it’s the pride of joining the fraternity of Puerto Rican players or his affection for the only franchise he’s ever been associated with, Martinez is grateful to those who helped along the way.“A lot of people play a role in my success and just keep it condensed and within 12 minutes. I’m close to having it just right,” Martinez said of his induction speech.Tom Davidson was one of those who helped.“We told him, ‘Give us 10 days and let’s see what you think of it,’” Davidson recalled.Nicknamed the “eye guy” by teammates, Martinez started working with Davidson in the late 1990s. For nearly a decade, Martinez had been doing eye exercises after Dr. Douglas Nikaita diagnosed his eye condition.Davidson’s technique became another step in the eye training. He developed a system using tennis balls traveling at high rates of speed to help strengthen and train the eye for recognizing pitches.The training involved watching the tennis balls, which had small numbers written on them, and trying to focus the eyes to read and recognize the numbers as they buzzed by, sometimes as fast as 150 mph.As Martinez put it, a pitch at 95 mph doesn’t look so fast after seeing tennis balls go flying by at 130 mph or more.“The eyes set the body up to be successful,” Davidson said. “That’s what Edgar always told me. And the longer you see the ball out of the hand and closest to the bat that you can, gives you all that time to adjust to the ball. That’s what this training was all about.”Martinez hit .305 over his final seven seasons after first working with Davidson. He twice led the league in on-base percentage during that span and had a career-high 145 RBIs in 2000 at age 37.Those swings during the back half of his career may not have been as impressive as what he did one day in Texas just a couple of years ago.Scott Servais had never crossed paths with Martinez until being hired as Seattle’s manager in 2016. Martinez was the hitting coach under the previous regime and remained on staff. Other than knowing Martinez’s reputation as a hitter during the era both played, Servais rarely saw it in action.FILE – In this Sept. 10, 2017, file photo, Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais, left, and hitting coach Edgar Martinez stand at the rail of the dugout during the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Seattle. Servais had never crossed paths with Martinez until being hired as Seattle’s manager in 2016. Martinez was the hitting coach under the previous regime and remained on staff. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)Until one day in Houston during a session of early batting practice.“We had another 20 minutes or whatever and I said, ‘Edgar you want some?’” Servais recalled.What happened when the man in his mid-50s stepped in?“He threw somebody’s sweaty batting gloves on and grabbed their bat and got in there, and about the third or fourth swing he’s peppering them off the wall out there and up on the train tracks,” Servais said. “You never forget those types of things.”What Servais may not have known was that Martinez had spent time in the batting cage for about a week, watching pitches and taking a few swings. He wasn’t about to be unprepared.“I did have some practice,” he said. “It’s excitement about it. In a way, a little bit of adrenaline, too. It was fun. It was fun to do it. I’m not ready to do it again.”Griffey is the face of Seattle’s baseball history, but it’s Martinez who is most adored. Spending his entire career with one team, combined with his affable personality, made Martinez a revered figure in the Pacific Northwest.Griffey will forever be the first player to wear a Mariners hat into the Hall of Fame and has a statue in front of T-Mobile Park.But it stands looking toward the intersection of Edgar Martinez Drive and Dave Niehaus Way.“Edgar is Edgar. He doesn’t ask for a lot. He takes pride in everything that he does,” Griffey said. “When you ask him to do something, he wants to be the very best he can be.”By: Tim Booth, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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