Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Burmese military to withdraw a defamation suit against The Voice Daily newspaper over a satirical article and urges the authorities to amend the 2014 Telecommunications Law, under which the lawsuit was brought. News Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Help by sharing this information RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum News MyanmarAsia – Pacific Filed on 17 May, the suit accuses The Voice Daily’s editor, Kyaw Min Swe, and a columnist who writes under the pen-name of British Ko Ko Maung of contravening Section 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law by insulting the military in a satirical comment about an army propaganda film called “Union Oath.”The Burmese armed forces tolerate no criticism and do not hesitate to bring lawsuits under the Telecommunications Law whenever journalists cover subjects that reflect badly on them. This harassment persuades many journalists to censor themselves.Under Section 66(d), “extorting, coercing, restraining wrongfully, defaming, disturbing, causing undue influence or threatening to any person by using any telecommunications network” is punishable by up to three years in prison. Since Burma’s new civilian government took office, a total of 54 people have been accused under Section 66(d) and seven of them have been given prison sentences.They include Myo Yan Naung Thein, a human rights activist and member of the ruling National League for Democracy, who was arrested last October for criticizing the commander-in- chief of the armed forces on Facebook. Burma is ranked 131st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. News MyanmarAsia – Pacific May 12, 2021 Find out more May 26, 2021 Find out more to go further Organisation May 31, 2021 Find out more June 1, 2017 – Updated on August 23, 2019 Burmese military must end its judicial harassment of media Follow the news on Myanmar US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture RSF_en Receive email alerts News photo : Ye Aung Thu / AFP
Thank you Tom for that warm welcome. Good morning everyone. It’s great to be here with you today, whichever part of the education spectrum you hail from.I want to start by talking about the diversity of schools in this country, which is one of our education system’s greatest strengths – whether we talk about academies, free schools, LA-maintained schools, faith schools, grammars, 11-16, 11-18, all manner of schools – all make an invaluable contribution to their communities and to young people.In everything we’ve been doing to improve education, we have put a strong focus on handing power back to schools, back to school leaders like yourselves, recognising that you are the ones best placed to make the right decisions for those pupils and those communities.I trust you to get on with the job and I know the last thing you need is me or indeed anyone else, getting in your way.I know many of you here – and the clue is in the name – are from academies, where autonomy is at the heart of what you do. This model is delivering consistently high standards and I want to congratulate all of you here who are helping to make it such a success.I firmly believe that becoming an academy can bring enormous benefits to schools and their pupils.And that’s often about coming together as a trust. Multi-Academy Trusts are powerful vehicles for improving schools – by sharing expertise, working collaboratively, driving improvements. This is something we want to see more of, because it repeatedly shows that it can improve outcomes for pupils.Take the WISE Academies in the North East, which has taken on nine sponsored academies since 2012, all of which had serious performance concerns. Since then every single school inspected has been judged as good or outstanding by Ofsted.Recently we passed an important milestone: a majority of children in state-funded schools in England are now taught in an academy or free school – and standards are rising faster in many sponsored academies than in similar council-run schools.At the end of 2017, 1 in 10 sponsored academy schools were judged good or outstanding before they converted, compared to almost 7 in 10 after they became an academy. These results really are worth celebrating and go to show the great power of collaboration between schools.But there are some areas, particularly where schools are trying to get the most for their money, where collaboration is best done at national level.Now I do know it’s really challenging to balance your books, especially when costs are going up.Advertising for new staff is a near-constant task for many heads and administrators. It also gobbles up chunks of precious budgets that could be better spent elsewhere. So we have launched a new service to give schools practical support with recruitment and ease some of the financial burdens that come with recruiting new staff.All state schools in England can now access a free job-listing service called Teaching Vacancies. I encourage you, if you are not already doing so, to use it.PriceWaterhouseCoopers estimate that the school sector could save around £75m per year on teacher recruitment, which could be better invested in the classroom.I urge you to go and visit the team at the DfE stand where they’ll get you up to speed to use this service and begin saving money right away.We also have a range of deals, advice and support that can help reduce some of your cost pressures and free up resources to reinvest back into the classroom, from energy and water to IT and photocopying.We are currently piloting Complete Curriculum Programmes, whole packages of resources which will deliver a subject across an entire key stage.These are intended to not only make sure children are learning what they need to but also to reduce teaching workloads and save schools money. We are exploring how we can share these more widely across the sector, giving more teachers a framework from which to support the planning and delivery of lessons, saving hours across a week for teachers and leaders.And we need to have an informed marketplace where people can buy with confidence and that also makes it more effective and more efficient for sellers to market their wares.Now one area where schools can seek to achieve better value for money is through educational technology. Or EdTech. And I want to focus my remaining remarks particularly on this.Technology can be one of the single most important elements in the educational arsenal. It can act as a catalyst for those who learn and those who teach, transforming the experiences of both.But – and there’s always a ‘but’ – EdTech also presents the education sector with unique challenges. In fact I’d say that education is one of the few areas where technology has as often been linked with an increase in workload, not a decrease.What I sometimes hear from teachers is that far from tools that are hard to imagine living without, they have a ‘cupboard of shame’, full of all the tech kit that seemed such a good idea at the time but which in reality has hardly been used.To deal with this unintended consequence, and others like it, we need schools and leaders to be able to understand more clearly, the benefits that specific technology tools can offer them, but we also need those developers and programmers to come up with more precisely engineered solutions for our sector.Take behaviour management for example. This is an issue for schools across the board of course. We have heard plenty of anecdotes where one member of staff ends up going from classroom to classroom, collecting information about detentions, before inputting them into a central database and finally sending emails or texts to parents.If you multiply that across the term you could be looking at about 500 hours every school year. Yet there are tech solutions which can allow teachers in class to mark detentions instantly into an automated system which does all of that. And then those 500 hours become negligible.Other sectors have made enormous strides in how technology is used to make step changes in efficiency and the services they provide.I don’t want our sector to be left behind and we owe it to all our young people to grasp that technology nettle.So today I am announcing the launch of our new strategy for education technology called “Realising the potential of technology in Education”. This will set the direction we need to take to make the most of the digital revolution.This is not about tech for tech’s sake and it is definitely not about issuing diktats to schools about what they should be using and how and when they should be using it.Instead, it marks the start of an important conversation about the place for technology in education. I want our world class education sector to be at the forefront of this conversation – and to be shaping how innovation can help schools drive efficiencies, help drive down teacher workload and ultimately of course make the learning experience a better, more successful one, for all children and young people.I’ll come on to how that conversation will develop in a minute but before that, I’d like to talk you through some of the strategy’s immediate developments.I am bringing together a group of leading education and technology experts to work collaboratively and inform our future direction about how we are going to use technology more effectively in schools and colleges. It will report back by the end of this year.In addition, we will launch a network of demonstrator schools and colleges across the country. This is really important because it will give teachers the chance to see how others are using technology and how something works as it were in the flesh. It’s all very well being sold a package that looks as if it is the answer to your data-crunching dreams only to find that once you get it back to school it’s a total nightmare to run.The demonstrator schools and colleges will also help staff and teachers learn how to embed and use the tools that could work for them within their broader vision and plans for their specific school. Not planning strategically in this way is often, I’m afraid, one of the main barriers to successful use of technology.I want all teachers and school leaders to have the chance to develop and improve their skills and confidence when using technology. The new strategy will offer opportunities for further peer-to-peer learning. We have also created free online CPD [Continuing Professional Development] courses with the Chartered College, so more teachers and school leaders can increase their skills and confidence right across the sector.I talked earlier about easing the financial burdens for schools and the EdTech strategy will help with this by offering access to different approaches to purchasing. For example by supporting a service run by the British Educational Suppliers Association called LendEd. This will enable schools to actually try before they buy, and share feedback on specific tech, with other schools.Then, if you do go on to buy whatever product you’ve been testing, you have the reassurance of knowing that the companies involved have been vetted by the British Educational Suppliers Association.It’s important that consumers and providers collaborate and this gets to the nub of what this strategy is all about. I am issuing 10 specific challenges that I want education experts and the technology industry to come together to solve. We have set aside a £10 million in order to help to drive it forward.The challenges cover areas where there is potential for technology to make a real difference and where we need to galvanise activity, where we need greater innovation but where we also need to know whether or not technology will actually do what is needed. The challenges address administration, assessment, parental engagement, assistive technology, workforce flexibility, lifelong learning and the professional development of teachers.And of course when technology works it can be truly transformative. Take City of London Academy in Southwark, where students with learning difficulties like dyslexia, use a computer for summative assessments. The computer uses software that can overcome difficulties with handwriting, reading and spelling which means students are able to type legibly, quickly and read text out loud. Text-to-speech lets them listen to questions and proofread their answers.I can announce that we will launch competitions to promote innovation and collaboration, as well as test-bed schools and colleges to determine what is possible. These test beds will work together with industry, as well as other schools and colleges to help trial and of course assess the impact of new innovations.We are working in partnership with Nesta, the global innovation foundation, on several of the challenges. This partnership will see both industry and government funding being used to support EdTech innovation in schools and colleges. These challenges relate to essay marking, formative assessment, parental engagement and timetabling technology.Through this partnership we expect to share new insights about the way industry must develop products to meet the needs of teachers and students.I am confident and excited that the changes we’ve announced today, are practical and going to have a material benefit for teachers, schools and for young people.I hope you all get what you want from the show today, that you will see things to inspire you, to motivate you, that you find new ways of solving old problems. Most importantly, I hope that you use the occasion to share your knowledge and experience with others.Thank you.
Great news, concertgoers! After Ticketmaster delivered customers tons of vouchers redeemable for two free tickets after losing a huge Class Action lawsuit, the list of eligible shows and venues were revealed yesterday. To the chagrin of many fans around the country, all of the shows were at Live Nation-owned amphitheatres, most of which are not located near major metropolitan areas.Well, fear not, as it seems Ticketmaster have been forced to add more shows and venues to their list, with additions popping up for several venues run by Live Nation’s House Of Blues subsidiary in New York City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Cincinnati, and more.Admittedly, the shows are a mixed bag, but with the vouchers remaining active until 2020, it seems there will be tons of opportunities for fans to use these vouchers. Here’s to hoping all of our favorite bands play Live Nation venues in the next four years, so all of our vouchers can go to good use, and we get retribution for our years of abuse-via-Ticketmaster!
As we enter the fall season and the 11th anniversary of the Lehman collapse, the overnight funding markets have come under stress. The common themes behind the dislocation are corporate taxes, mid-month treasury auctions, global uncertainty, quarter-end and the upcoming Federal Open Market Committee meeting. On September 17th, the Federal Reserve injected $75B of repo into the markets to combat the situation. The strategy helped calm the markets as overnight repo rates on the 18th traded down in the 2.40% range from as high as 10% the day prior. However, the Fed Funds rate traded above the Fed Target rate signaling the Fed will need to take additional action to control policy rate (see Figure 1). Although there is stress in overnight markets, the economy as a whole is in better shape than it was in 2008. Figure 1In addition, the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) followed suit and spiked at 5.25, up 3.25 from the prior week (see Figure 2). The concern, however, is that there is not enough liquidity to meet the funding demands of the markets and that extended increased rates will have a negative effect on the broader economy. The markets are looking for confirmation from the central bank that they will provide necessary liquidity to support the markets’ demands.Figure 2All eyes are on the Federal Open Market Committee to see if additional tools will be enacted to remove the pressure to provide liquidity and stabilize rates. The large institutions are still using LIBOR-based models to match assets, which was not disconnected like the Fed Funds and/or SOFR. However, depending on funding structures, they may be at a competitive disadvantage to overnight funding.Through the recent repo and SOFR market turbulence, LIBOR has remained much less volatile (see Figure 3). Figure 3On September 18th, the Fed made its second rate cut of the year to 1.75% – 2%, and said “a more extensive sequence of cuts” was on the table, if appropriate. They also lowered the IOER rate to 1.80%. The Fed appears to be reluctant to take aggressive measures, but has been slowly moving in that direction over the past several months with two rate cuts and bringing back repo operations. It remains to be seen if the Fed resuming overnight repo operations after a decade is a sign of more trouble in funding markets ahead, and a potential return to some type of outright securities purchases through a QE-type program on the horizon. Or, if it’s nothing more than a return to using a pre Lehman tool for providing market liquidity and the “big picture” market calm continuing. CONCLUSIONLiquidity is on the forefront of concern again. For financial institutions, when structuring wholesale funding options, it is critical to construct stable sources that are predictable though varying market conditions. The key components are to establish funding agreements, pricing indices within a structured bandwidth to avoid pricing dislocations as we are currently experiencing and diversification to avoid concentration. The goal is to stabilize funding levels through diversified sources while avoiding market noise. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,James Lutter D. James (Jim) Lutter is the Senior Vice President of Trading and Operations at PMA Financial Network and PMA Securities where he oversees PMA Funding, a service of both companies … Web: pmafunding.com Details
20 June 2011Burger King said on Tuesday that it was mulling opportunities for establishing a foothold in South Africa to counter sluggish economic growth in the US market, according to a Business Day report.Yum Brands, which owns KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, have also shown interest in South Africa, Sanford C Bernstein analyst Sara Senatore told the business daily. “We are currently assessing the opportunity in SA for the Burger King brand,” she said.Burger King said it continuously reviews its “worldwide restaurant portfolio in the course of business. We make strategic decisions based on many factors, including development opportunities, market conditions and restaurant profitability.”Emerging markets ‘attractive’Senatore said emerging markets were attractive to US companies as their growth had outpaced progress in developed markets. “There are difficulties when entering developing markets such as infrastructure and regulatory differences, but what any company is looking for is market depth and market growth and SA has that,” she said.“They are looking for markets which will provide fast growth and are rapidly developing. Any company that can partake in these types of economies will want to, despite these challenges.”Burger King was founded in 1954 and is the second-largest fast-food hamburger chain in the world after McDonald’s. It has about 12 000 outlets in 73 countries and 90% of those are owned and operated by independent franchisees.Franchise licences vary depending on the region, with some regional franchises, known as master franchises, responsible for selling franchise sub-licences on the company’s behalf.Tough rival in Famous BrandsAbsa Securities analyst Chris Gilmour told Business Day that the local burger market was saturated: “I am very surprised they would consider this, unless they are using SA as a springboard into Africa.”However, Vestact fund manager Sasha Naryshkine holds a different view: “The fast-food sector has done astonishingly well over the past few years, and there is still potential for growth. Burger King is a well-known international brand and could compete with Famous Brands’ Steers division.“But its fame would not guarantee its success. Subway is a well- recognised brand and it has not managed to capture the imagination of South Africans,” he said.Burger King would find a tough SA rival in Famous Brands, with its 520 Steers outlets across the country. Steers grew sales 6.5% in the year to February, and said it planned to open a further 20 stores this year, according to the report.Justin Divaris, CEO of the Daytona Group that brought the Aston Martin brand to SA, is rumoured to be involved in the deal. He declined requests for comment from Business Day.Sapa
20 January 2015South Africa is committed to improving its global competitiveness and reputation with a view to delivering on its growth and developmental imperatives. South Africa continues to compare well with other emerging markets.According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Restrictiveness Index, South Africa ranks among the most open jurisdictions for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the world.Openness is reflected in the overall trend of growing FDI into South Africa over the past 22 years post-1994. South Africa’s stock of FDI now accounts for around 42% of GDP.Over the past five years, South Africa accounted for the bulk of new investment projects in Africa with investment arriving from the USA, some member states of the EU, and increasingly from China, India and other Asian countries.The country attracted around 24% of all the FDI projects in Africa between 2007 and 2013. In this light, and notwithstanding the challenging global economic conditions, in August 2013, the Global Financial Times Magazine of United Kingdom voted South Africa overall winner for best investment destination in Africa for 2013 and 2014.Confidence indexThe 2014 AT Kearney Foreign Direct Confidence Index ranks South Africa in position 13 among 25 leading economies moving up two places from 2013. South Africa ranks higher than countries such as Switzerland, Sweden and Netherlands.Research by the International Investment Initiative director at the University of Bern’s World Trade Institute, Dr Stephen Gelb, shows that more than 130 foreign firms either entered South Africa or expanded their investments during 2013; that is about 2.5 foreign firms per week announced an investment in South Africa.Ease of doing businessThe 2015 Ease of Doing Business report that ranks 189 countries has been released by the World Bank. The results of the report show that South Africa’s overall performance in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index dropped from 41st to 43rd this year, and this comes at a time of subdued GDP outlook.The report attributes the drop in rankings to South Africa’s poor or limited access to electricity, which is one of the biggest hurdles to doing business in the country, where it takes on average five procedures and 226 days to get connected to the grid.Despite this, South Africa has improved in a range of indicators:Starting a business – 64 to 61Registering Property – 99 to 97Trading across borders – 106 to 100Enforcing contracts – 80 to 46Paying taxes – 24 to 19The improvement in the trading across borders indicator is a critical area that impacts on performance of a range of manufactured and mineral products shipped from South Africa to international markets.South Africa’s fall in the rankings can also be attributed to counter-productive credit policies, namely making access to credit information more difficult by requiring credit bureaus to remove negative credit information from their databases.Collective responsibilityThe results of the 2015 Ease of Doing Business Report suggest that South Africa has some work to do in creating an enabling environment to attract inward flows of investment. The challenges are, however, not insurmountable and many are already being addressed by the relevant authorities.South Africa’s global competitiveness is our collective responsibility and in line with the National Development Plan, we need to begin to collectively respond to creating the conditions that improve our competitiveness.According the World Bank, “the 20 economies at the top of the ease of doing business ranking perform well not only on the Doing Business indicators but also in other international data sets capturing dimensions of competitiveness”.Powerful interventionsAs a developing nation, South Africa will be continually confronted with considerable socio-economic challenges that need to be resolved.However, the development of powerful interventions such as the National Development Plan and the New Growth Path, provide broad yet strong blueprints for dealing with these structural issues, and the focus should remain firmly on the implementation of such plans for the good of the country and all its citizens.We must not lose sight of the things we are getting right and government and society need to work in genuine partnership to pursue the country’s current economic vision with conviction and vigour. In the meantime, South Africa needs to continue to send a message to the world that it is still very much “open for business”.Team South Africa in DavosFollow Team South Africa at WEF Davos on @Brand_SA #SAinDavos or @Brand_SA #CompetitiveSA.Davies is South Africa’s Minister of Trade and IndustrySource: SAnews.gov
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… frederic lardinois Related Posts Tags:#web#Web Development#Yahoo Last October, Yahoo announced the Yahoo Query Language, a language similar to the popular database language SQL. Then, this February, Yahoo also announced its first major product that made use of YQL, the Open Data Tables, which allowed developers to create their own table definitions besides the ones already provided by Yahoo. As we reported in March, Yahoo then went ahead and extended YQL with YQL Execute, which gives developers even more flexibility and basically turns the web into a giant database that can be processed and mashed up with YQL. Today, Yahoo announced that it has completed its set of YQL verbs with three more functions (INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE) that now also allow developers to not just read and manipulate data, but also write data back to other services.We talked to Yahoo! Chief Technologist, Sam Pullara, (@spullara on Twitter) and Jonathon Trevor, the product lead for YQL yesterday. They specifically stressed that Yahoo was trying to stay as close to the SQL language as possible, as this would allow the largest number of developers to make use of YQL without having to learn yet another new language. The Read/Write WebWhile the earlier incarnations of YQL were mainly meant to read data, with the addition of these three new SQL verbs, the focus has now shifted towards writing data back to the net as well. Developers can now use YQL to write and modify data on web services and applications. To explain how useful this can be, the Yahoo team used a few different examples. A developer can now easily use YQL to update a Twitter account (even authentication with OAuth is possible), for example, or add a new comment to a blog post, or insert any data into a remote database. Basically, developers can now use YQL to write data back to any web site that uses forms for data entry and to any API, including authenticated APIs. To try this, here is an example from Yahoo (you will have to log in to the YQL console):Try creating a new tweet from the YQL console, follow this link to run this:use ‘http://www.yqlblog.net/samples/twitter.status.xml‘;insert into twitter.status (status,username,password) values (“Playing with INSERT, UPDATE and DELETE in YQL”, “twitterusername”,”twitterpassword”)Pullara and Trevor also stressed that because Yahoo runs YQL on five datacenters spread over three continents (three in the US, one in Europe, and another one in Asia), executing commands through YQL is generally very fast. Yahoo also set some relatively generous rate limits for the service. Developers who use the service and who identify themselves with an access key can make up to 100,000 calls per day, while anonymous users are restricted to 1000 calls per hour, which is still a pretty good number. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting
Hong Kong: Hong Kong’s embattled leader insisted Tuesday she had no intention of stepping down, after an audio recording emerged of her saying she wanted to quit and apologise for causing the unrest that has rocked the southern Chinese city. Hong Kong has endured three months of violent pro-democracy protests, triggered by opposition to Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s bid to push through a law allowing extraditions to mainland China. The protests evolved into a wider democracy campaign involving violent clashes between protesters and police, in the biggest challenge to China’s rule of Hong Kong since its 1997 handover from the British. “I told myself repeatedly in the last three months that I and my team should stay on to help Hong Kong,” Lam said.
Updated: 7:22 PM Escondido resident starts food pantry for federal employees , Posted: January 21, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Hundreds and thousands of federal employees missed their first paycheck and it’s been tough for many to pay bills and feed their family.One local woman has left her doors open to anyone impacted by the shutdown. With the help of the community, she is providing food, gas cards and money for utilities until the shutdown ends.“For the first couple weeks, it seems to be okay, but as time goes on, we’re not making it as well as I thought,” said Brooke Treiber.Brooke Treiber’s family feels the impact of the government shutdown because she’s trying to feed four kids and make ends meet.“It is crashing for families. Crashing,” said Patti Thompson, who started a food pantry at her home in Escondido.Treiber met Thompson for the first time with tears in her eyes and groceries in her hands.“I tell them wholeheartedly take for a week for your whole family,” said Thompson.This Escondido woman started a food pantry at her home, a place where federal employees can take what need to put food on the table during the shutdown.“It’s actually like going to the grocery store,” said Thompson. “You have everything you need, all the way from detergent to kids snacks and healthy lunches and dinners, meats, produce and dairies.”The community poured in with thousands of dollars worth of groceries. Thompson’s home is filled and the donations have quadrupled since she started the mini grocery store just a week before. Thompson said the community has showed up every single day to help.“They walk out of here with a week’s worth of food and we give them 50 dollars in gas cards to get them through,” said Thompson.Some folks are preparing to miss their second paycheck this week. One federal employee who must remain anonymous because of where he works, said his family has dipped into their savings.“I asked her where this is all coming from and she said it was from the community of Escondido, so all I can say is thank you for the community coming together,” said the Federal Employee. “There’s a lot of people with big hearts.”Thompson said it doesn’t matter how long the shutdown lasts, her door will stay open.“As long as people are willing to bring food, I’m willing to hold that door open,” said Thompson.She also started a GoFundMe to raise money that will help federal employees pay for daycare, gas and utilities. If you would like to help donate, please visit this website.https://www.gofundme.com/utility-bills-and-gas-for-local-federal-employees?member=1501250If you have been impacted by the shutdown or would like to donate, please contact Patti Thompson at 760-580-4973. January 21, 2019