Is government really interested in what happens to journalists?

first_imgNews RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage News September 15, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Is government really interested in what happens to journalists? Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention Reporters Without Borders is disturbed by the latest case of violence against journalists by a special police unit known as the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and by recent media freedom violations by members of the government.“A climate of violence persists for journalists in Bangladesh,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The current government initially allowed the media to work without being exposed to threats but recent press freedom violations have cast doubt on the firmness of its undertakings. We urge the authorities to put a stop to illegal acts of violence by the RAB.”Employees of Bangla Vision, a privately-owned TV station based in the Dacca neighbourhood of Kathalbagan, were physically attacked on 12 September by members of the RAB, who took advantage of a dispute to abuse their authority and target journalists.The RAB intervened in response to a request by United Leasing, a privately-owned company located in the same building, during a dispute with Bangla Vision. When six RAB members arrived, dressed in plain clothes, they fired shots in the air and attacked the TV station’s employees. Bangla Vision employee Hasanul Islam Raihan was detained for two hours and was badly beaten. Reporter Zahida Rahman, cameraman Russel Mizan and another employee identified only as Monju were also injured.After a meeting between senior RAB officers and Bangla Vision’s management at around 8 p.m. the same day, RAB representative Mohammad Sohail said a “commission of enquiry” would be set up. Raihan was released and was hospitalized for treatment of his serious injuries.The government meanwhile published a bill on 12 September that would ban privately-owned TV and radio stations from broadcasting programmes that threaten national security and sovereignty or reflect negatively on national figures. It would also oblige them to broadcast certain government-generated content such as speeches by the president or prime minister.In another development, shipping minister Shahjahan Khan banned around 60 journalists from covering a news conference that the ministries of the interior, shipping and communication gave on 11 September. Although invited by the communication ministry, the journalists were ordered to leave and had to wait outside. The three ministries have recently been criticized by the media.Bangladesh is ranked 126th out of 178 countries in the 2010 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. RSF_en Help by sharing this information Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists Receive email alerts BangladeshAsia – Pacific center_img News News May 19, 2021 Find out more BangladeshAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Bangladesh February 26, 2021 Find out more Organisation February 22, 2021 Find out more to go furtherlast_img read more

Friedman Child Sex Abuse Conviction Stands, DA Says

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Jesse Friedman speaks at a news conference in Mineola on Monday, June 24, 2013.Nassau County investigators reviewing the case of Jesse Friedman, who’s been fighting to have his 1988 child molestation conviction overturned for nearly a decade, have determined that he was not wrongfully convicted.District Attorney Kathleen Rice’s office released Monday the 155-page report on the court-suggested review three years after it began. Friedman, a registered Level Three sex offender, maintained his innocence and insisted he will continue his legal fight.“There’s nothing but lies in the report,” Friedman, 46, told reporters at a Mineola news conference shortly after its release. “I look forward to the opportunity to have witnesses in court with a judge…and a trial I was never afforded to have when I was 19 years old.”Rice released a statement that read, in part: “We were fully prepared to exonerate Mr. Friedman if that’s where the facts led us. But the facts, under any objective analysis, led to a substantially different conclusion.”Friedman and his father, Arnold, pled guilty in 1989 to sexually abusing more than a dozen children enrolled in a computer class taught at the Friedmans’ Great Neck home. Arnold died in prison; Jesse was paroled in 2001.The case was subject of the Oscar-nominated 2003 documentary Capturing the Friedmans that highlights inconsistencies in both the victims’ accounts and the investigation.One of the filmmakers, Andrew Jarecki, joined Friedman, his wife and attorney, Ron Kuby, at the news conference. “We delivered to the district attorney over 1,700 pages of materials…she never called us with questions,” Jarecki said.But, a review panel appointed to aid the investigation wrote in their summary that by reviewing the case, it “has only increased confidence in the integrity of Jesse Friedman’s guilty plea and adjudication as a sex offender.”Kuby said the investigators didn’t re-interview the victims—now grown men—who he said were forced by police to give false statements.“We have spent the past three years…consistently doing the thing DA Rice has not done, which is to re-investigate, talk to the witnesses who have never been spoken too, and talk to the young men who were coerced and bullied into giving false statements,” Kuby said. “I never trusted D.A Rice’s transformation from obviate obstructer to born again seeker of truth.”The case will be subject of a hearing at Nassau County court on Friday.“It’s painful when people lie about you and it’s really painful when the district attorney lies about you,” Friedman said. “Today is not the worst day of my life. I’ve had many, many, many worst days than today.”The full report can be found at the district attorney’s website www.nassauda.org.last_img read more

Tourism = occupation of the future

first_imgTourism is considered one of the key drivers of the country’s socio-economic progress. It can be compared in scope to oil exports, food production or car production. It has become one of the key factors in international trade and is one of the main sources of income in many developing countries.Tourism accounts for 10% of world GDP, 6% of world exports and 1 of 11 of the world’s jobs. And now you can study it part-time, with work, family and other obligations, 100% online.It is crucial for success in tourism to follow trendsCreative thinking about news in the field of tourist offer is important for the success of an individual tourist organization. The main trends of the future are:• Emotional experiences• Experiences of local specialties• Body care• Gastronomy• Shopping• Escape from everyday lifeThe full article is available at links.You can find the only online program in the field of tourism in Croatia at DOBA FacultyProgram Business and management in tourism covers the most modern subjects in the field of trends in tourism, such as Development and design of top products and services in tourism, Sustainable tourism and the local environment, Social media strategies and marketing, Management of trends in tourism… We implement it in completely online, but don’t worry, we have been conducting online studies at DOBI for 18 years in a row, we have experience, international accreditation, developed support seven days a week, and your diploma will not say that you studied online, namely this way of studying is equivalent to classical – so officially, as in practice.Worried about an online degree? Due to the equality of both ways of studying, it is not written on your European diploma that you studied online.Do you want to get to know us better?At your disposal is the personal consultation of our manager for the Croatian market, Nuša Lazar, who is in Zagreb on Tuesday, February 6 and also, on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Please register for the consultation by email [email protected] you are more comfortable at work or in a home armchair, join us at the online live presentation:• on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at 12.00:19.00 or XNUMX:XNUMX. Sign up here.We will be happy to send you informative material if you trust us your contacts.At DOBA Faculty, we have prepared an interesting video that shows how to become a successful online student, among other obligations?last_img read more

Ray Parlour tells Arsenal to snub Mikel Arteta and talks up Mauricio Pochettino appointment

first_imgLjungberg was appointed caretaker manager following Emery’s dismissal (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has backed Ljungberg to produce ‘something special’ during his time in the hot seat.‘He can give us something special,’ the striker said following Arsenal’s draw at Carrow Road.‘If I’m not wrong, he was part of the ­Invincibles. His career speaks for itself. We will try to follow him and give the best for him.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Everybody is respectful of Freddie. He played for Arsenal, he knows as a player how we feel. It’s interesting to have him‘We had only one [training] session with him, maybe two for those guys who didn’t play on Thursday.‘We will see this week what is going to happen. I think it’s good for us. He played for Arsenal and he has this in his heart.’Who should manage Arsenal?Mauricio Pochettino0%Brendan Rodgers0%Max Allegri0%Nuno Espirito Santo0%Freddie Ljungberg0%Mikel Arteta0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain teases greedy Liverpool duo Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has been heavily linked with Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Ray Parlour says he would ‘love’ to see Mauricio Pochettino manage Arsenal, but believes the Argentine will likely end up at Manchester United.Arsenal sacked Unai Emery in the wake of their 2-1 defeat at home to Eintracht Frankfurt last week and the dismal performance summed up the side’s miserable start to the campaign on all fronts.Club legend Freddie Ljungberg has taken charge on a temporary basis and oversaw the Gunners’ 2-2 draw away to Norwich in the Premier League at the weekend.The Swede will also lead the team on Wednesday evening when the north London giants play host to Brighton at the Emirates.ADVERTISEMENT Arsenal v Brighton preview: Freddie Ljungberg press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 9:48FullscreenArsenal v Brighton preview: Freddie Ljungberg press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-v-brighton-preview-freddie-ljungberg-press-conference-2062026/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.While Arsenal have every confidence in Ljungberg succeeding as caretaker boss, several managerial targets remain under consideration.AdvertisementAdvertisementAsked to rank Arsenal’s options, Parlour told talkSPORT: ‘Number one – I don’t think he’ll go to Arsenal – but I would love to see him there, is Pochettino but I think he goes to Manchester United first, if I’m honest.‘Number two, definitely, is Brendan Rodgers – I think he’s done a great job at Leicester and he’d improve Arsenal.‘Number three would be Max Allegri with his experience. Certainly fourth would be Nuno Espirito Santo. Wolves, he’s done a brilliant job there, as well‘Freddie would be my fifth. And, believe it or not, the favourite is Arteta in getting the job, and he’d be the last choice for me. No experience.’ Ray Parlour tells Arsenal to snub Mikel Arteta and talks up Mauricio Pochettino appointment Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 4 Dec 2019 12:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.3kShares Commentlast_img read more

Pochettino’s boys spurred on by tight knit bonds

first_imgYes, the manager voiced his frustration at the failure to sign more English players last summer, leaving Spurs unable to name a full squad for the group stages of the Champions League because they didn’t have enough homegrown talent to fill the quota for locally trained players.The immediate after-effects of a gruelling World Cup campaign may have disappeared from the legs of Pochettino’s English, Belgian and French players for a while but there is a clear risk of a further dip in levels as a testing schedule and the winter months take their toll.A case in point is the injury to England full-back Kieran Trippier, who limped off against Southampton in what was his first start since being out with a groin problem.“I think it’s the same problem, the same problem that started in the World Cup,” said Pochettino.“I don’t believe it’s a big thing. It’s only he needs to start to accept that situation and live with sometimes some pain and play.”Pochettino has been spared the difficulties of adapting his team’s style or the approach of individual players to get the best of a high-profile recruit.Mourinho’s ability to completely overhaul his defence, for United’s midweek 2-2 draw with Arsenal, in a bid to bring an end to the defensive errors that have scarred the Old Trafford club’s season may have been viewed with envy by any manager down to the bare bones but the results confirmed wholesale change rarely deliver immediate rewards.It helps Pochettino’s cause that with Harry Kane in the side, there is no issue about how best to set up Spurs as an attacking force.Also, the vastly improved form of Moussa Sissoko this season has had the effect of significantly increasing the midfield options.But it may also be the case that should Tottenham maintain momentum and match their efforts of recent seasons, their success is in part due to a squad unaffected by summer changes.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | The debate about Tottenham Hotspur’s lack of activity in the last transfer window will continue until the final day of the season.However, there is a case to be made the north London club’s inaction may be actually carry more benefits than first imagined.Eyebrows were raised when Spurs became the first Premier League club to make no new signings since the transfer window system was introduced in 2003, particularly as nine of Mauricio Pochettino’s squad played in the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russia.Indifferent performances during the opening weeks of the campaign strengthened the view that Tottenham were in danger of losing some of the ground they had made on their main rivals at the head of the table, as injuries and fatigue appeared to affect a number of key players.Results, though, have improved significantly over the last six weeks with seven wins in eight matches.Indeed Spurs travel to face Leicester City this weekend having reclaimed third place from Chelsea following a 3-1 victory over Southampton on Wednesday.“It’s step by step, try to improve, to rest and be fresh again because that (Leicester) will be another tough game,” said Pochettino.The odd one out in that sequence was last Sunday’s painful north London derby defeat to Arsenal when Spurs squandered a 2-1 half-time lead to eventually lose 4-2, allowing Unai Emery’s improving side to close the gap between the two clubs as the fight for a top four spot grows ever tighter.Pochettino admitted tiredness was a factor, but that result aside Tottenham have found a way of winning games that is due in no small part to the strength and togetherness generated by a period of extended stability inside the dressing room.– ‘Some pain’ –While other managers — most notably Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho — have struggled to blend a changing group of players and deal with clashing egos or star names disgruntled at a lack of match time, it has been business as usual for Pochettino.last_img read more

Thurston County Realtors Speak up for Home and Property Owners

first_imgFacebook57Tweet0Pin1Submitted by Thurston County Realtors AssociationNearly 50 Realtor and affiliate members of the Thurston County Realtors Association (TCRA) joined about 500 Realtors from throughout the state of Washington on January 18, 2018 for Washington Realtors’ annual Legislative Day.Thurston Realtors joined 500 Realtors from throughout the state to discuss issues with legislators in Olympia. Photo courtesy: Thurston County Realtors AssociationThe Realtors met personally with their respective state legislators in the afternoon to discuss the Realtors’ legislative priorities for the 2018 Legislative Session.The discussions with the state legislators who serve Thurston County centered around the residential and commercial real estate markets and how decisions made in Olympia impact home and property owners in their communities. Of chief concern for Thurston County Realtors is the county’s low housing inventory and the need for affordable housing choices to meet a growing demand.The group also discussed regulations that directly affect both urban and rural housing supply, including the need for a remedy to the “Hirst decision”, a fix that the Legislature passed on the day of the Realtor visits. Realtors also brought attention to the impact of student loan debt on consumer purchase patterns and homebuying and they encouraged promotion of this year’s 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act that protects equal housing opportunities.“In our profession, we are out serving people in our communities daily,” said Tonia DeBeaux of John L. Scott in Lacey, the current president of TCRA. “Realtors are one of the key groups that speak up for home and property owners and those who desire to be.”Washington State Rep. Andrew Barkis, (District 2) expressed his appreciation for his meeting with the local group.“It was great to see local Realtors engaged today here in Olympia,” said Rep. Barkis about the visit. “Realtors are at the forefront of working on Affordable Housing solutions!”Thurston County Realtors have participated in the annual state Legislative Day for more than 25 years.last_img read more

Campesino for Gladiator Trophy feature race at Caymanas

first_imgSix starters have been declared for today’s open-allowance feature over 1400 metres for the Gladiator Trophy, including super fit CAMPESINO, who faces two tough opponents in PHINEAS and LONG RUNNING TRAIN.Significantly, all three were prepared for the December 5 Diamond Mile, but none managed to get into the race, having failed to secure the necessary earnings to make the top 16. They were placed on the reserve list instead, and with the first 16 entries standing their ground, CAMPESINO, in particular, at number one on the reserve list, failed to squeeze into the race, much to the displeasure of his owner Howard Hamilton.Today, CAMPESINO has a glorious opportunity to resume winning ways with outgoing champion jockey Dane Nelson riding for 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny.CAMPESINO is still in fine fettle following his good second to the progressive POKER STAR in the fast-run Glen Mills Caribbean Sprint on November 14.In this small field, the five-year-old son of Campadre-Yaella should get first run on the recent Coca Cola Invitational Mile winner PHINEAS from the Andrew McDonald stables and Harry Parsard’s 3-y-o filly LONG RUNNING TRAIN, now bidding for a hat-trick, into the straight. And this should prove a decisive factor in CAMPESINO’S winning bid.PHINEAS beat him by 13/4 lengths when they last met over this trip back in June and went on to beat none other than subsequent Diamond Mile winner SEEKING MY DREAM by a head in the Invitational Mile. But CAMPESINO enjoys a 4.5 kg swing in the scales today, and, if anything, is a better horse now. He thus gets my vote.The day’s supporting feature for the War Zone Sprint Trophy has attracted 12 starters, including top contenders ROYAL ASSAULT, with Shane Ellis riding for trainer Anthony Nunes and recent winner FEARLESS FURY, who is unbeaten in two starts. The latter will be ridden by promising 4.0 kg claiming apprentice Dane Dawkins for trainer Fitzroy Glispie, and the fact that he is set to receive 7.0 kg from the speedy ROYAL ASSAULT, tilts the balance in his favour.I also like ELVIRA in the second race; JAMAI RAJA in the third for maiden two-year-olds; as well as down-in-class RAGING PROSPECT IN The fifth; YOGA in the sixth; and the recently disqualified winner, PRINCE O’SHAUN, in the 12th and final.last_img read more

Africa: advancing gender equality in ocean economy, navy

first_img3 September 2015South African Navy Lieutenant Commander Zimasa Mabela became South Africa’s first female navy vessel commander during Women’s Month when she took control on 26 August of the SAS Umhloti. She also became the first African woman to captain an active navy vessel.#NavyFirst Mabela will command the SAS Umhloti. MM pic.twitter.com/DXBBO40BYo— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) August 26, 2015 Born and raised in Eastern Cape, Mabela joined the navy in 1999 as a telecommunications operator. She completed her officer training in 2004, becoming a Combat Officer at the navy’s warfare training centre in Gordon’s Bay. She later joined the SAS Isandlwana as an assistant operations officer.Speaking to the Cape Times newspaper after her installation as captain of the Umhloti, she said had always had a fascination with the ocean and the navy; being a woman was not going to stop her fulfilling her dream of becoming part of that.“I remember how excited I was when I first got accepted to be a part of the navy. I am proud to be the first black African woman to command a naval vessel. But, more than the title, I want to be an example to my crew. I want to be judged on my ability to command, and not my gender,” said the now Lieutenant Commander Mabela.#NavyFirst Mabela boarding her vessel for the first time as its commander. MM pic.twitter.com/Jd9VvNFtDB— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) August 26, 2015 She is taking over the bridge of the Umhloti from seasoned navy veteran Commander Brian Shor. The handover, Mabela says, will be smooth: “Everyone has their own unique way of leading and to be in command you need the right attitude and personality. That is what will take you far.”SAS Umhloti, based in Simon’s Town, is a mine-hunter vessel and recruit training facility. It is also used for rescue operations.Lieutenant Obed Medupe, the navy’s spokesperson, says the navy fully supports Mabela’s appointment. It is determined to use this ground-breaking milestone as an opportunity to inspire more women to become actively involved, particularly at leadership level, in the navy, as well as in the overall military and private maritime sectors.Africa and its ocean economySeafaring has been men’s work, but barriers are coming down. #Maritime analysis by @timwalker919 in ISS Today https://t.co/S56iEcVO9Z— ISS (@issafrica) August 31, 2015 The appointment indicated a new gender equality trend for maritime services, particularly in Africa, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) said in responding to news of Lieutenant Commander Mabela’s new command.In the institute’s statement, Women in maritime, Timothy Walker said 2015 was Africa’s year for change. Walker is the researcher in the ISS’s conflict management and peacebuilding division. He said Africa was making great strides in advancing gender equality in private and military maritime sectors, developing real opportunities for women.“The African Union (AU) is leading the way on the continent. Two events hosted this year (in Angola and Ethiopia), including the African Maritime Women: Towards Africa’s Blue Economy event (and) the AU summit in January focusing on Women Empowerment in Africa (were) a step towards achieving the goals of the AU’s Agenda 2063, (which includes advancing Africa’s) ocean economy. as a major contributor to continental transformation and growth.”At these events, AU Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma repeatedly called for greater participation of women in maritime industries to increase interest in African countries as formidable maritime and naval players. The reputational and economic benefits from uplifting women and opening up maritime resources, training and stewardship to them leads to more opportunities for women in not only the navy, but also in ship ownership, fishing and manufacturing industries, as well as shipbuilding infrastructure.Experience, authority and securityOnly 2% of the world’s maritime workforce is made up of women, time for change? @timwalker919 for ISS Today https://t.co/S56iEcVO9Z— ISS (@issafrica) August 31, 2015 But, Walker warned in the ISS release, the role and contribution of women in maritime development must be correctly recognised and framed. “If women are to be fully included in the maritime industry, discussions cannot be limited to participation in one or two areas alone, such as environmental work, or entrepreneurship such as ship ownership. Creating a community of experienced women in maritime occupations needs to take place at several levels and in various sectors of the industry.”Key to this is allowing experienced and fully trained women into positions of authority in the safety and security sector (navies, coastguards, maritime authorities) and the private sector ocean economies.A positive step in this new direction, the ISS report highlighted, was the rise in the number of female marine pilots – steering ships into ports and harbours. For instance, 15 of the 70 marine pilots in South Africa are female, and the figure is growing. While the numbers have yet to reach this level in the rest of Africa, ground-breakers do exist.“Elizabeth Marami is Kenya’s first female marine pilot and while the AU lauded this accomplishment. she remains, for now, Kenya’s only woman in this profession. The numbers alone only tell part of the story. Women who put to sea must gain multi-level and multi-sector experience, such as executive or engineering positions, rather than being limited to entry or low paid occupations,” said Walker.One concern that still needed to be addressed, he explained, was that of the safety and support of women in the marine sector, an industry traditionally notorious for its misogyny and contentious sexual politics. The ISS report highlighted a South African initiative that went a long way to addressing the issue: “Efforts to ensure safety and support for female seafarers have included the South African Maritime Safety Authority’s Sisters of the Sea – an important initiative to enable the sharing of experience and support.”Sisters of the Sea is a mentoring programme that guides female entrants into the marine and naval sectors, making sure they are brought into a safe and encouraging environment, and that the older, more male-dominated peer group are acclimatised to be more inclusive and respect diversity. Projects like this, said Walker, “require invigoration and expansion. Infrastructure changes must ensure women’s physical security on board ships and in the industry”.Walker concluded the ISS report with a call for continuous and realistic transformation, and not just lip-service. “Sustained attention and action at the level of the AU, regional economic communities and national governments, in partnership with African and global maritime education institutions, is needed. The goal must be to transform the industry so that isolated stories of success coalesce into an inclusive and gender-balanced maritime domain.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

LEED Challenged in North Carolina

first_imgNew LEED rules will give more local creditBurt said work has been underway for more than three years on the next version of LEED. Forestry has been a “very thorny issue,” he said, and rules that will be voted on June 1 will add a “multiplier” for locally sourced products.“Instead of having a single credit for local materials, in multiple credits that involve materials selection if you use local there’s a multiplier for how much credit you can take for it,” he said. “We’re trying to encourage it even further.” Other changes also would benefit local wood products producers.Even under existing rules, however, Burt says, LEED doesn’t seek to challenge the right of state legislatures to require use of products made within their states.“If this were really about encouraging local products or even encouraging local North Carolina timber,” he said, “why wouldn’t the legislature just require the use of local timber vs. taking these sorts of different political threats to USGBC to get them to change the rating system.“We’re certainly not in opposition to states’ rights to require the use of [their] own products.” A bill working its way through the North Carolina state legislature would prevent officials from seeking LEED certification for state government buildings because the green-rating system doesn’t give enough credit for using North Carolina lumber products.According to an article at newsobserver.com, the state’s lumber industry doesn’t bid on many state construction projects because the vast majority of North Carolina’s timberland is not certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, the only sustainable forest program mentioned specifically in LEED guidelines.Of the 1.4 million acres of timber, 98% is covered by forestry programs not recognized specifically in LEED rules while 0.7%, or 10,455 acres, meets FSC standards.House Bill 628 requires that any green certification the state seeks for government buildings recognize multiple forestry standards, not just the one accepted by LEED. It also prohibits the state from using any green-rating system not developed and approved by the American National Standards Institute, which LEED is not.The measure, which would have no effect on private sector projects, cleared the House this week and was headed to the Senate. ANDREA LEMON’S HAIKU Can’t decide betweenFSC and SFI?Just build out of rocks.(From “Green Building Haikus”) RELATED ARTICLES Florida Bill a ‘Backlash’ Against LEED RulesUSGBC’s Wood-Certification KerfuffleSustainable Forestry Initiative Accused of GreenwashingFSC-Certified Wood Framing LumberAre FSC and LEED Killing American Jobs? ‘No coordinated effort’ to unseat LEEDNadine Block, vice president for government affairs at SFI, says land owners, manufacturers and state agencies are among those concerned about the USGBC’s “discrimination” against non-FSC forestry standards, but SFI is not waging a coordinated effort against LEED.“I think really what we’re seeing is a bit more of a grassroots effort that’s coming up in various states where the concern is simply that the use of LEED, while it’s done a number of positive things for the development of sustainable building design, is failing on the wood issue, in particular in its treatment of several forest certification standards,” she said.SFI, she said, is a member of the USGBC and has been “directly engaged” with the organization on the forestry issue, actively advocating for the recognition of other certification programs, including SFI.SFI, however, is not paying for lobbying efforts directed against LEED, she said.center_img Timber battle in several statesNorth Carolina is just the latest state in which the battle over timber harvesting certification and LEED certification is being played out.Legislation in Florida to take effect later this year loosens rules on the choice of a green rating system for state buildings, while governors in both Maine and Georgia have issued executive orders that prohibit LEED certification for state office buildings. In Alabama, legislation to make LEED standards illegal for the construction and renovation of public buildings is moving forward, according to a report in the Alabama Conservationist.Similar efforts also have popped up in South Carolina and Oregon.“This exclusion of other credible certification programs displays LEED’s shortcomings and ignores the development of the green building movement and other responsible land management approaches,” Bruce Hanna, co-speaker of the Oregon House, wrote last October. “Sustainability isn’t just about the environment,” he added, “communities need to be sustainable too.”Burt says the “very coordinated attempt” by part of the timber industry to alter LEED rules has been led by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. The tussle between FSC and SFI has a long history, as Richard Defendorf explained in a 2011 news report. A battle over who certifies lumber“LEED creates incentives to import foreign wood and also ignores wood grown within our own borders,” said Michele Presnell, the bill’s sponsor.The measure has been endorsed by Weyerhaeuser Corp. and the N.C. Forestry Association. Opponents include the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which develops LEED standards, and Nucor Corp., a steel producer based in Charlotte that benefits from LEED’s promotion of building materials that contain recycled content.LEED rules do give credit for lumber harvested within 500 miles of a building site. However, the “Environmentally Preferable Products” section specifically mentions only FSC-certified lumber and not material recognized by other programs, such as the Sustainable Forestry Initiative or the American Tree Farm System. This means projects can potentially win more points by using FSC-certified lumber than for materials recognized by other forestry programs.But assertions that LEED rules don’t credit local materials rankles U.S. Green Building Council Policy Director Lane Burt.“It’s a piece of misinformation that’s been propagated in North Carolina and a few other places that LEED somehow disadvantages local products when in fact that’s absurd,” he said in a telephone interview. “The LEED language encourages all local products. What we won’t do, which is what’s demanded by the folks who support the North Carolina legislation, is reference all forestry certifications equally.“But the fact of the matter is we don’t reference them equally because they’re not equal.”Laura Deaton Klauke, programs director for the N.C.chapter of the USGBC, told newsobserver.com that the FSC is stricter on clear-cutting, and the use of both herbicides and pesticides than either the Sustainable Forestry Initiative or the American Tree Farm System. Burt says that assessment is a fair summary of the USGBC positions. No explanation from USGBCAsked why she thought the Green Building Council was unwilling to include SFI in the LEED standards, Block said:“We’ve been asking that same question of the USGBC ourselves and have not to date gotten a satisfactory answer on that. We have encouraged them to be more transparent on what it would take for the SFI standard to be recognized, what are they not seeing in the SFI standard that they would need to see in order for us to be recognized, and we haven’t gotten that answer.”Opposition to the use of the LEED standard for public projects really amounts to a concern over jobs, she said.“What’s really resonating in different states, what we’re seeing, is an overriding concern about the use of green building rating systems and the impact it might have on the forests in those states, the products produced in those states, and how it impacts the jobs and communities in those states,” she said.last_img read more

2014 Elite Eight Finals on Fox Sports

first_imgWhile the temperature cools down outside, it’s time to rug up and get in front of the television, with the Elite Eight finals to appear on Fox Sports this weekend!   Join Andrew Voss and Australian Men’s Open coach, Tony Trad as they bring you the Men’s and Women’s Elite Eight finals from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales. The finals were first played on Fox Sports late last month and will feature on Fox Sports 1 on Saturday, 14 June from 9.30am. 2014 Elite Eight Finals on Fox SportsSaturday, 14 June  Elite Eight Women’s Final – 09.30am (Fox Sports 1)Elite Eight Men’s Final – 10.30am (Fox Sports 1)Stay tuned to www.touchfootball.com.au for announcements on times to view the 2014 Trans Tasman Series on Fox Sports in the coming weeks!Related LinksElite Eight on TV!last_img read more