Call for Project Proposals Focused on Safeguarding Media Freedom and Pluralism in the Western Balkans 2020

first_imgCall for Project Proposals Focused on Safeguarding Media Freedom and Pluralism in the Western Balkans 2020 +1 Pocket Tweet Deadline: 7-14 October 2020 (depending of the country)Open to: CSOs operating in the fields of media, education, human rights, or gender equalityBenefits: fully- fundedDescriptionSEENPM member organisations seek project proposals aimed at strengthening capacities of civil society organisations (CSOs) to help safeguard media freedom and pluralism in the Western Balkans.This call for proposals is part of  Resilience: Civil Society for Media Free of Hate and Disinformation, a regional project supported by the European Union and implemented in the Western Balkans and Turkey.The call is for CSOs in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia operating in the fields of media, education, human rights, or gender equality.  Applications from partnerships of CSOs (all from the country in which the proposed project would take place) are strongly encouraged. The duration of proposed projects must be between 9 and 18 months. Project activities should be primarily focused on small towns and rural areas.EligibilityCalls for proposals in national languages, as well as guidelines for applicants and application forms are available on the websites of the Resilience project partners on the following links:Albania: Albanian Media InstituteBosnia and Herzegovina: Mediacentar SarajevoNorth Macedonia: Macedonian Institute for Media Montenegro: Montenegrin Media InstituteSerbia: Novi Sad School of JournalismBenefitsThe call is for CSOs in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia operating in the fields of media, education, human rights, or gender equality.  Applications from partnerships of CSOs (all from the country in which the proposed project would take place) are strongly encouraged.In each country, the budget available for grants totals EUR 36,000. Requested grants must be between EUR 3,000 and 9,000. Co-financing is not required.How to apply? For more information and to apply, please visit this official website. ← Baobab Digital Innovation Scholarship Application Share 0 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence LinkedIn 0 Similar Stories Reddit The Sarajevo Seminar for Narrative and Documentary Practice 17th International Youth Conference -2019 October 1, 2020 Published by sihana UNESCO and Idries Shah Foundation launch “World Tales” Short Story Competition →last_img read more

SA plunges back into darkness as Eskom assets fail

first_imgFeatured image: Stock • Use the cold water tap rather than using the geyser every time. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Residents and businesses have been asked to use electricity sparingly throughout the day: • Switch of your geysers over peak periods. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA On Wednesday, South Africans were advised by state-owned enterprise Eskom that emergency loadshedding would be implemented as unplanned breakdowns were above 10,500MW, impacting the utility’s ability to meet the current demand. • Set your swimming pool pump cycle to run twice a day, three hours at a time for optimal energy use. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Customers are advised to check their loadshedding schedules on the Eskom or municipal website.  Finance and Policy TAGSEskomLoadsheddingSouth Africa Previous articleWind energy supply chain to transform Africa’s economyNext articlePartnership will prepare a study to establish green banks in Africa Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa. • At the end of the day, turn off computers, copiers, printers and fax machines at the switch. Avoid stand-by or sleep mode. center_img • Set air-conditioners’ average temperature at 23ºC. In a statement, the parastatal noted that while some generating units have already returned to service, contingency measures have been put in place to manually feed coal to Medupi whilst they look into a permanent solution to the coal conveyor belt failure at the station. Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter “We have started receiving additional diesel supplies from the major oil service providers and as such we are comfortable that we can build the necessary diesel and water reserves to acceptable levels over the weekend,” Eskom said on Wednesday.  RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR BRICS Loadshedding is conducted rotationally as a measure of last resort to protect the power system from a total collapse or blackout.  Read more news from Eskom The utility said in a statement this morning that they regret the inconvenience and customers are reminded to treat all electrical points as live during this period. Regular updates on the status of the power system will be provided through all the media platforms and will include the relevant times that loadshedding will be implemented on the day.  Generation “In order to protect the power system from a total collapse or blackout and having taken into account all the recovery efforts currently being implemented, our prognosis for tomorrow (Thursday) is that stage 2 rotational loadshedding will be implemented from 09:00 to 23:00. This requires that a total of 2,000MW be loadshed throughout the country. We are hopeful that the early warning will assist businesses, including the Department of Education to plan accordingly and to minimise individual risk,” said Eskom Acting Group Chief Executive, Jabu Mabuza.last_img read more

Hudson County residents pay 2nd highest homeownership costs in NJ, study…

first_img Bayonne man busted with cocaine, heroin, semi-automatic handgun after fleeing from cops BayonneCommunityHobokenJersey CityNorth Bergen/GuttenbergSecaucusUnion CityWeehawkenWest HudsonWest New York TAGSgavophudson county homeownersmortgage SHARE Previous articleAmy DeGise questions Stack’s loyalty to Menendez over West New York mailerNext articlePolice: Bayonne man caught stealing $4,360 worth of alcohol, snacks from golf club John Heinis 1 COMMENT Bayonne Comments are closed. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Bayonne May 31, 2018 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say center_img Hudson County residents pay 2nd highest homeownership costs in NJ, study says Bayonne Facebook Twitter By John Heinis – May 30, 2018 6:27 pm 1 CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network Daddy’s Girl Hudson County tax rate has been going up double digits every year, thanks to the mismanagement Amy’s daddy Tom. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Recent data provided by real estate and housing analytics service Gavop shows that Hudson County homeowners with a mortgage allocated a whopping 50.5 percent of their income towards housing costs in 2016.Photo via hudsonchamber.org.By John Heinis/Hudson County ViewUsing date collected with the U.S. Census Bureau, Gavop analyzed real estate trends at the county level across the United States and found that Hudson County had a median income of $63,808 and a median housing cost of $32,244 per year for those with a mortgage.Furthermore, the 50.5 percent of income spent on housing costs is the proportion of income allocated to homeowner expenses including the sum of mortgage payments, real estate taxes, insurance, and utilities.“In this study, we looked at annual housing costs as a percentage to gauge how much debt people owe to their living situation based on location,” Gavop analyst Kevin Pryor said in a statement.“Here, the numbers show that Hudson County residents paid a high median percentage of income on housing costs, resulting in a large debt to homeownership in the area”.According to the study, only Essex County has a higher percentage of income spent on housing costs at an incredible 59.9 percent.last_img read more

FEI Tribunal Decision in Camiro’s Prohibited Substance Case

first_imgThe panel of the FEI Tribunal has rendered its final decision in the prohibited substance case involving the horse Camiro ridden by Tony Andre Hansen (NOR) at the 2008 Olympic Games.The Person Responsible (the rider) is suspended for a period of four and a half months (135 days), which period began on the date of the application of the provisional suspension, 21 August 2008, and shall run up to 2 January 2009. The Person Responsible (PR) is fined CHF 3,000 and shall also contribute CHF 8,000 towards the costs of the legal procedure.The justifications for the sanctions are the principles which are at the core of the FEI Equine Anti-Doping and Medication Control Rules, according to which “It is each Person Responsible’s personal duty to ensure that no Prohibited Substance is present in his or her Horse’s body during an Event. Persons Responsible are responsible for any Prohibited Substance found to be present in their Horse’s bodily Samples. Accordingly, it is not necessary that intent, fault, negligence or knowing Use on the Person Responsible’s part be demonstrated in order to establish an anti-doping rule or medication control violation.”In reaching its conclusion the Tribunal concluded the substance at issue – Capsaicin – was a “Medication Class A” rather than a “Doping” substance based on its interpretation of the list of prohibited substances.In considering the sanctions to be given to the PR in this case, the Tribunal took into account the followings:– the fact that the PR is an experienced sportsman and that the behavior of anyone at the top of the sport and particularly at the Olympic Games must be faultless since the eyes of the world focus on performances at such events;– the nature of the substance involved which is not only a potent pain relieving substance, but also an agent that can be used for hypersensitisation purposes;-the fact that the source of the presence of the substance has not been established by the PR;– the fact that the actions taken by the PR to control all possibilities of contamination and actions taken following the positive finding to reveal its source were not at the same level as established by other PRs at the same or similar events; and– in regard to costs, the fact that the PR contributed to the prolongation of this case and, in particular, efforts to refuse acceptance of evidence argued by the PR’s team during the second hearing to be of vital importance.On the other hand and in mitigation, the Tribunal also considered:– the impeccable record and reputation of the PR;– the hardship already caused to the PR including the loss of an Olympic medal; and– the fact that the substance has not been previously detected in the context of FEI events and is often used by riders also for legitimate therapeutic reasons.Disqualification of Tony Andre Hansen and consequences to the Norwegian Jumping TeamThe horse Camiro and the rider Tony Andre Hansen are disqualified from the entire Olympic Games and all medals, points and prize money are forfeited. The combination’s results obtained in both the Individual and the Team Jumping competitions are annulled. As a consequence of this disqualification, the result of the Norwegian Jumping Team shall be recalculated not taking into account the results achieved by Tony Andre Hansen and Camiro.Tony Andre Hansen has 30 days to appeal this decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).The full text of the decision of the FEI Tribunal can be viewed here: CAMIRO SIGN UP Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email*last_img read more

Take EC’s Survey for COVID-19’s Effect on Equine Facilities

first_imgEquestrian Canada (EC) would like to invite equine/equestrian business owners to participate in a survey with the goal of understanding the immediate and long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the equine farms, equestrian facilities and related businesses.TAKE THE SURVEY NOWEC is actively communicating with federal agencies and corporations to ensure that equine farms and equestrian facilities can access support. The contribution of your business profile via this survey will help ensure that our advocacy presents the clearest picture possible of the financial implications of COVID-19 to key stakeholders (e.g. government agencies, financial institutions).There is no cost to submit your information and participation is 100% voluntary. Individual farm financial data will be kept strictly confidential. It will not be shared with governments, Provincial/Territorial Sport Organizations (PTSOs) or registered affiliates. Non-identifiable, aggregate data may be shared with PTSOs and registered affiliates to assist in the development of tools and resources to advocate for the needs of our industry in these challenging times and to help identify relevant programs to support our community.For a summary of EC’s advocacy steps as of March 24, 2020, and a list of resources for equine farms and equestrian facilities, click here. Questions and concerns related to COVID-19 can be submitted via the feedback portal and EC’s online statement on COVID-19 can be found here. We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP Email* More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition!last_img read more

Russia’s Karabakh Protectorate Taking Clearer Shape (Part Two)

first_img*To read Part One, please click here.Russia seems intent on reproducing in Karabakh the model it had earlier developed in Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Transnistria and Donbas—namely, a local proto-state with formal institutions under Russian military protection and economic sustenance (see EDM, December 8, 10, 2020 and January 21, 22, 26, 2021). Russia had itself created those proto-states, but it found a ready-made “republic” in Karabakh, carved out by Armenia from Azerbaijan’s territory. Russia’s military “peacekeeping” intervention in November 2020 has simply replaced Armenia with Russia as protector-guarantor of the rump-Karabakh centered in Stepanakert (see Part One in EDM, March 18).Russia does recognize Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity and its title to sovereignty over this would-be republic’s territory. Indeed, Moscow expresses its recognition emphatically at this early stage, without the ambiguities and conditionalities that Russia has attached to its theoretical recognition of Moldova’s, Ukraine’s and (until 2008) Georgia’s territorial integrity. Baku finds Moscow’s assurances reassuring politically and useful in practice. Those other countries’ experience, however, illustrates Russia’s way of piling up ambiguities and conditionalities that devalue and practically cancel Russia’s recognition of territorial integrity over time. This can culminate in Russia’s official de-recognition of the territorial integrity, as in Georgia’s case in 2008. In another version of this ongoing game, Russia has officially de-recognized Ukraine’s territorial integrity in Crimea since 2014, but not in Donbas. The Kremlin has worked with the latter proto-state’s institutions to administer and police the Russian-protected territory. Baku is aware of all this, and Moscow can use this awareness in due course as a lever of pressure on Baku.In Karabakh’s case, Russia has taken over the protection of an almost 30-year-old “republic” with full-fledged institutional structures: its own constitution, president, government ministries, parliament, political parties, judiciary, and military and security forces. Although their existence and operation has (even from Russia’s official standpoint) no legal basis, Russia has no intention to dismantle them. Instead, Russia’s military and civil authorities in Karabakh work with those local institutions to handle day-to-day matters on the ground. This cooperation goes on discreetly at this early stage, the Russian side being careful not to offend Baku’s sensibilities.Stepanakert (Khankendi) authorities have announced plans to overhaul the “Karabakh defense army” and other security structures in the wake of the lost war. The plans call for maintaining a permanent army with a mix of conscription and contract service, increasing the army’s mobility, updating the reserve training and mobilization system, and reinforcing the existing “state” security service and police by adding a special forces (spetsnaz) battalion to each with a view to conducting “anti-terror missions.” Stepanakert envisages continuing cooperation with Yerevan’s military toward those goals. Clearly, Stepanakert cannot expect any Russian military assistance in the foreseeable future (see EDM, January 14; Arminfo, January 26; Armenpress, News.am, February 4, March 13).Stepanakert considers the territories regained by Azerbaijan last November as belonging by right to the “Artsakh republic” (the Armenian name for Karabakh). Based on its “parliament’s” March 1 resolution (News.am, March 1), Stepanakert‘s representatives routinely speak of “Azerbaijan’s aggression against the republic of Artsakh” (as if the latter were a legally recognized entity), declare that “Artsakh’s territories currently controlled by Azerbaijan are occupied territories,” demand the “de-occupation of the Azerbaijani-controlled territories,” and call for recognition of the “people of Artsakh’s right of self-determination.”According to “foreign affairs minister” David Babaian, Stepanakert clings to “our traditional priorities”: aiming for international recognition, seeking de facto relations with other states—primarily with “fraternal Russia”—and reinforcing inter-Armenian relations (with Yerevan and the diaspora). The quest for international recognition shall continue to focus on local-level administrations in foreign countries, in hopes of moving up to higher levels in a later stage (Armenpress, February 5). Such a forlorn quest seems based on geopolitical delusions that have long ensnared some Armenian leadership groups.As Babaian stipulates, Artsakh’s existence as such constitutes “a high-value asset to Armenia’s statehood, in regional politics and in global geopolitics.” Artsakh “stands in the way of dangerous geopolitical challenges, first and foremost the advance of pan-Turkism.” In this situation, “Artsakh must remain an all-Armenian priority [for Yerevan and the diaspora].” The tandem of Turkey and Azerbaijan being inimical to Russia by definition, Artsakh is therefore useful to Russia, and its position in the South Caucasus amounts to “geopolitical capital.” Russia’s peacekeeping operation provides for Artsakh’s security, but it does not resolve the conflict with Azerbaijan. A political solution to this conflict must be negotiated based on the people of Artsakh’s right to self-determination (News.am, March 12; Aravot, March 17, 18).Moscow has unofficially helped Stepanakert to take a first step toward inter-parliamentary relations. Two members of the Karabakh “parliament” have visited Russia’s State Duma for talks with the latter’s prominent member Konstantin Zatulin (from the ruling United Russia party (Artsakhpress, March 17). More than 20 years ago, Zatulin helped pioneer inter-parliamentary relations between the Russian Duma and the legislature of Ukraine’s autonomous republic of Crimea. In that case and in other conflict theaters, Zatulin steps in when the Russian government considers it premature to do so itself.*To read part three, please click here.last_img read more

Single-tenant office buildings face higher risk of default

first_imgAs office market laguishes, single-tenant buildings pose risk to landlords (iStock)At one point, leasing an office building  to a single tenant rather than collecting from multiple smaller businesses seemed to be a sure thing.But now some office landlords who’ve relied on one tenant are at risk of losing their properties as more companies shed space, the Wall Street Journal reported.Just outside of Houston, oil company Schlumberger occupied over half of a 100,000 square-foot building, but chose not to renew its lease in February. A month later, the landlord defaulted on the mortgage and a foreclosure could be on the way, according to the special servicer.Read moreOffice landlords offer discounts to lock in leases JP Morgan eyes $600M valuation for Third Ave office tower Troubled commercial properties see valuations fall 27%, report In Baltimore County, Maryland, John Hopkins University chose not to renew its lease and now the 56,000-square-foot building owner is facing a default on its mortgage, according to the Journal.Office defaults are still rare since tenants often sign long-term leases. Only 2.2 percent of office buildings with securitized mortgages were delinquent in March, according to Trepp.Tenant departures, however, can cause office valuations to plummet. An office building in Houston that lost two main tenants in 2016 and 2019 saw its valuations cut to $25 million, down from $121 million, according to Trepp.[WSJ] — Keith Larsenlast_img read more

STRUGA 2016: Metalurg with Steaua – Alingsas with Africans and Chartres

first_imgRelated Items:Struga international handball tournament ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsThe 44th International Handball Tournament in Struga will be held in period August 17-20 with six teams from three continents. The Macedonian organizers in lovely place of Struga on Ohrid Lake, did everything to have strong tournament with international background.The only domestic team, RK Metalurg Skopje, will meet Dubai’s Al Shabab (UAE) and Romanian Steaua in the Group B, while in Group A will face Swedish runners-up Alingsas, French team Chartres and one of the best African teams – Africans from Tunisia. ShareTweetShareShareEmail 1 Comment 1 Comment Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Pingback: STRUGA 2016: Alingsas and Chartres to play opener | Handball Planetlast_img read more

Italy inspires confidence

first_imgKohl had a ready quip, too, when challenged about his government’s excessive budget deficit – edging over 3% of GDP and moving towards 4%. Acknowledging the Schadenfreude Germany’s economic plight is bound to generate, the Chancellor recalled his school days. “I was an average pupil,” he informed journalists, “and I remember that when the top of the class got bad results, everybody else was really happy.”last_img