UN Secretary General pledges to take action on journalist safety

first_img February 23, 2017 – Updated on February 24, 2017 UN Secretary General pledges to take action on journalist safety Protecting journalistsInternational bodies ImpunityViolenceUnited Nations News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) urged UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to take steps to address the urgent issue of safety of journalists. Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Secretary General Christophe Deloire and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Executive Director Joel Simon met with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres today to discuss the #ProtectJournalists campaign to appoint a UN Special Representative for the safety of journalists. David Callaway, board nominee for president of the World Editor’s Forum, part of WAN-IFRA, an early supporter of the campaign, also attended the meeting.“On behalf of RSF, I welcome Secretary General Guterres’ strong personal commitment to the safety of journalists and a free and independent press, said Christophe Deloire, RSF’s Secretary General. The UNSG believes that these issues are fundamental to democracy and human rights and has pledged to take action. We are counting on him to make the UN more efficient so that journalists can be better protected.” “As journalists around the world are increasingly under attack physically and verbally it is encouraging and gratifying to have this kind of support from the Secretary General, said Joel Simon, CPJ’s Executive Director. We look forward to working with him to move this commitment forward.” The goal of the #ProtectJournalists campaign is to establish a concrete mechanism that enforces international law and thereby finally reduces the number of journalists killed every year in the course of their work.Statistics show that despite various UN resolutions related to safety of journalists and combating impunity, there have been few concrete results on the ground. In fact, the past five years have been the deadliest on record for journalists, with hundreds of journalists killed and many more attacked simply for doing their jobs. RSF reported that 78 journalists were killed in the year 2016 alone and impunity remains the norm, with full justice in only three percent of journalist murders in the past decade, according to CPJ research. Murder is the ultimate form of censorship, and when a journalist is killed the right to information for the broader public is also imperiled. The world’s major problems, from environmental issues to extremist violence, cannot be resolved without the work of journalists. A worldwide coalition of NGOs, media outlets, journalists and prominent public figures are supporting RSF’s initiative for the creation of a Journalist Protector. CPJ, the Associated Press, WAN-IFRA, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Bangkok Post, and the Brazilian Center for Investigative Journalism (Abraji) are just a few of the more than 120 organizations that have joined the coalition to date. This week several coalition members, such as the James W. Foley Foundation, the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression, and the Pakistan Press Foundation, sent letters to Secretary General Guterres echoing the call for the appointment of a Special Representative. Protecting journalistsInternational bodies ImpunityViolenceUnited Nations RSF_en Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

The Appraisal Institute Names New President

first_imgHome / Featured / The Appraisal Institute Names New President Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: James L. Murrett Jefferson L. Sherman Stephen S. Wagner The Appraisal Institute VP Rodman Schley Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago January 4, 2019 1,542 Views in Featured, Headlines, News James L. Murrett Jefferson L. Sherman Stephen S. Wagner The Appraisal Institute VP Rodman Schley 2019-01-04 Donna Joseph Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Stephen S. Wagner, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, of West Lafayette, Indiana, begins his one-year term as president of the Appraisal Institute this month. The Appraisal Institute is a Chicago-based professional association of real estate appraisers with more than 18,000 professionals in nearly 50 countries. The Appraisal Institute’s other elected officers for 2019 are president-elect Jefferson L. Sherman, MAI, AI-GRS, of Highland Heights, Ohio; VP Rodman Schley, MAI, SRA, of Arvada, Colorado; and Immediate Past President James L. Murrett, MAI, SRA, of Hamburg, New York.In the coming year, the Appraisal Institute’s officers and board of directors will focus on helping appraisers expand their business opportunities, seeking to modernize the appraisal regulatory structure, focusing on helping residential appraisers and expanding the organization’s body of knowledge.“I look forward to helping lead our organization during this critical time in its history,” Wagner said. “Valuation professionals have the potential for a bright future, and the Appraisal Institute welcomes the opportunity to lead the way.” Wagner has served on the Appraisal Institute Board of Directors and as chair of the Finance Committee and vice chair of the Professional Standards and Guidance Committee. He is a past chair of the Demonstration Report Writing Panel, has served on the Admissions Designations and Qualifications Committee. He has also been involved in the development of the General review courses and two Capstone case studies. He also teaches general qualifying education and advanced-level courses and seminars for the Appraisal Institute. Additionally, Wagner has served in chapter roles, including as president, VP, secretary, and treasurer of the Hoosier State Chapter. Wagner is a senior appraiser in the appraisal firm of Terzo & Bologna, Inc., in Indianapolis. Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Donna Joseph is a Dallas-based writer who covers technology, HR best practices, and a mix of lifestyle topics. She is a seasoned PR professional with an extensive background in content creation and corporate communications. Joseph holds a B.A. in Sociology and M.A. in Mass Communication, both from the University of Bangalore, India. She is currently working on two books, both dealing with women-centric issues prevalent in oppressive as well as progressive societies. She can be reached at [email protected] Related Articles The Appraisal Institute Names New President Previous: Primary Residential Mortgage Unveils Succession Plans Next: Trends in Millennial Homeownership Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sherman has served nationally on the Board of Directors (2000-02), Finance Committee (chair in 2018 and vice chair in 2002), Nominating Committee (2002), Education Committee (2010-13), International Relations Committee (2016) and Strategic Planning Committee (2017). He has served nearly continuously on the Region V committee since 1993, including many years as its parliamentarian. Sherman also has served in chapter roles, including twice as an Appraisal Institute chapter president in Ohio, and has worked on two successful chapter merger teams. Sherman is principal of Sherman-Andrzejczyk Group, Inc., in Willoughby Hills, Ohio.Schley has served nationally on the Appraisal Institute Board of Directors as Region II vice chair, and as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee and the Governance Structure Project Team. He previously served on the National Nominating Committee. He attended AI’s annual Leadership Development and Advisory Council conference as a participant (2013-15), and was selected as a discussion leader (2016), vice chair (2017) and chair (2018). Schley also has served in chapter roles, including as president of the Colorado Chapter. In 2002, he founded Denver-based Commercial Valuation Consultants, Inc., which was acquired by national appraisal firm BBG in 2016.Murrett has served on the Appraisal Institute’s national board of directors and strategic planning committee and as chair of the Finance Committee, in addition to chapter roles, including as president of the Upstate New York Chapter. He also has been treasurer and a member of the board of directors of the International Center for Valuation Certification, an affiliate of the Appraisal Institute. Murrett is executive managing director, compliance and quality assurance, at Colliers International Valuation & Advisory Services, based in Hamburg, New York. 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Red Force narrowly miss out as Hurricanes hold on for a draw

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – What appeared to be an unavoidable defeat for Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, almost ended in a victory but Leeward Islands Hurricanes held on grimly for a draw in tense moments late on the final day of their sixth-round game here on Sunday.In pursuit of 192 for victory at Warner Park, Hurricanes were seemingly cruising towards an inevitable victory at 166 for four with Test all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall (48) and captain Terrance Warde (27) involved in a 65-run fifth-wicket stand.LEG-SPINNER IMRAN KHANBut left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein (4-40) and leg-spinner Imran Khan (3-44) combined to wreck the Hurricanes middle- and lower- order as five wickets fell for 17 runs in the space of 35 balls to leave the innings tottering on 183 for nine.It was then left to Devon Thomas, who had earlier retired hurt at 57 for three, to return and in combination with last-man Sheno Berridge, carried the hosts to safety.Red Force had earlier folded for 155 in their second innings after resuming the morning on 94 for six, with Cornwall finishing with career-best figures of eight for 51 with his aggressive off-spin.Joshua DaSilva, unbeaten overnight on 45, finished on 79 not out to hold the innings together, in a knock lasting 168 balls in just over 3-¼ hours with seven fours and a six.He put on 26 with Akeal Hosein (3) for the seventh wicket and 31 for the ninth wicket with Uthman Muhammad (14).Hurricanes then suffered a double blow in pursuit of their target when openers Kieran Powell and Montcin Hodge both fell for five with 19 runs on the board before Thomas put on 27 with Amir Jangoo (10) for the third wicket to halt the slide.When Thomas limped off 11 runs into a promising fourth-wicket stand with Hamilton, Warde arrived to extend the partnership to 55 and inject further hope into the Hurricanes chase.Fast bowler Anderson Phillip hit Hamilton in front to break the stand but Cornwall resisted, belting three fours and sixes in a 44-ball cameo.Warde’s dismissal, however, signalled another shift in the momentum as Red Force narrowly missed out on key points.last_img read more