Car bomb kills owner and an executive of weekly Nacional

first_imgNews CroatiaEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation November 23, 2020 Find out more October 24, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Car bomb kills owner and an executive of weekly Nacional News RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive to go further Reporters Without Borders today voiced its shock at the death in a car bomb explosion yesterday of Ivo Pukanic, owner and former editor of the weekly Nacional, and marketing executive Niko Franjic.The two were walking towards the car parked near the offices of the NCL Media Group when it exploded. Two other people were injured in the blast, for which there has so far been no claim of responsibility. Police in Zagreb opened an investigation but made no public statement.The car bombing comes at a time of heightened violence in Croatia, including several gang-linked murders that have led to the sacking of the interior and justice ministers. News Receive email alertscenter_img Follow the news on Croatia CroatiaEurope – Central Asia Pukanic was the target of a failed murder attempt in April 2008, despite being under police protection, which was suspended in August 2008. In 2003, he published an interview with former Croatian general, Ante Gotovina, sought by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia for war crimes committed during the 1991 Serbo-Croat conflict.Dusan Miljus, of the daily Jutarnji List, was attacked and beaten with iron bars by a gang in July this year. The investigation into the attack has not yet produced any results.Croatia is ranked 45th out of 173 countries in Reporters Without Borders’ latest world press freedom index published on 22 October 2008. “We are shocked by the death of the two management staff on Nacional. We urge the Croatian authorities to rigorously pursue their investigation to establish the motive for these murders and to arrest the perpetrators and those who instigated them,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“The reach of organised crime in the Balkans is becoming ever more disturbing. They have no hesitation in killing journalists who take too close an interest in their activities. Even if the fight against corruption is above all a matter for the authorities, the press remains one of the main conduits for this fight.”“Whether in Croatia, or even within the European Union (Bulgaria, Italy), journalists are being targeted because of their work. Investigations into these attacks are very rarely successful, which gives the gangsters the feeling of complete power and impunity”, it added. December 2, 2020 Find out more Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News Help by sharing this information RSF_en Ten RSF recommendations for the European Unionlast_img read more

Three-day disaster simulation preps students for humanitarian relief work

first_img Read Full Story Ninety-three students spent April 26-28, 2013 learning how to rapidly respond to a refugee crisis while being faced with a host of stressful distractions from confrontational child-soldiers to rogue journalists. It was all part of the annual disaster simulation organized by The Lavine Family Humanitarian Studies Initiative, the flagship training and professional development program of the Humanitarian Academy at Harvard. The group included graduate students from Harvard School of Public Health, MIT, and Tufts University, and humanitarian professionals who attended as part of the academy’s two-week Humanitarian Response Intensive Course.For the weekend, Harold Parker State Forest in North Andover, Mass., was transformed into a Sub-Saharan border region beset by extreme weather, food shortages, and militia violence. Students were assigned to teams representing nongovernmental organization such as CARE and Save the Children, and worked to develop a plan to provide services for the region’s refugees. The goal of the simulation exercise is to prepare students to work in crisis situations such as the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.last_img read more

Antique mulls sisterhood pact with Manila

first_imgDenosta claimed that this province’sbeautiful tourism sites could be alluring to Manila residents. She added that no less than the Manila mayorhimself is excited to visit this province and push through with the sisterhood.His father was from Barangay Piape 3 in Hamtic town. SAN JOSE, Antique – The proposedsisterhood pact between this province and the city of Manila may bring manyadvantages, according to Gov. Rhodora Cadiao. The DILG supervises the sisterhoodrelationship between the two local government units based on their mutualinterests in further developing their economic, social, cultural, political andhistorical ties. In a previous interview with Vice Gov.Edgar Denosta, he revealed that the Manila mayor was proud of his Antiqueñoroots. They learned during their meeting that many Antiqueños hold keypositions in the city government there. Manila might also be able to extendscholarship grants to the Antiqueño students who study there and seek formedical assistance its government. “It would be easier for them to processsome documents there because they would already be assisted because of thesisterhood relationship,” she said.center_img “We will work on the sisterhood pactwith the help of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG),”he added. According to Cadiao, there are thousandsof Antiqueños in Manila who could benefit from the pact, especially in terms ofprocessing their documents in the city government there. “The sisterhood will be beneficial to Antiqueños who work and reside in Manila,” Cadiao stressed in an interview on Feb. 26. FILE PHOTO “The sisterhood will be beneficial toAntiqueños who work and reside in Manila,” Cadiao stressed in an interview onFeb. 26. The possible sisterhood pact was discussed during a meeting with Manila MayorFrancisco Moreno Domagoso last Feb. 17. “The Antique provincial governmentshould be able to accommodate well and secure the tourists who come to theprovince,” he said.(With a report fromPNA/PN)last_img read more

Nikias receives Academic Leadership Award, $500,000 dollar grant

first_imgPresident C. L. Max Nikias was one of four recipients of the Academic Leadership Award from the Carnegie Corporation of New York on Thursday for his vision and commitment to the University and excellence in administration.Founded by industrialist Andrew Carnegie in 1911, the Carnegie Corporation of New York pursues issues that Carnegie believed had great importance — primarily education.“This award recognizes some exemplary leaders of those institutions, who embody the best qualities of leadership — not merely managerial skills, but institutional vision and an abiding commitment to high quality, diversity, curricular innovation and investment in their communities,” said Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation of New York, in a press release. “I am extremely proud to count this year’s recipients among the 20 college and university presidents the corporation has honored with the Academic Leadership Award over the past 10 years.”This award is given every two years. Along with the award, the Carnegie Corporation of New York will provide $500,000 toward Nikias’s academic advances. These advances include his fundraising of $300 million last year for merit-based financial aid and construction projects, namely the Village at USC, investing in biomedical research and renowned faculty and expanding USC’s international outreach.“I am deeply humbled to receive this prestigious recognition, which I accept on behalf of our entire university community,” said Nikias in a statement to USC News. “I take great pride in all that the Trojan Family has achieved together, be it through widening access for deserving students, recruiting transformative faculty or engaging with the communities that surround our two campuses.”Nikias has been with USC since 1991, when he started as a professor of electrical engineering and classics and eventually moved up to dean, provost and, now,  president.Nikias says he already plans to fund the USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative and the Global and Discovery Scholars program. NAI is a college preparation program for underprivileged high school and lower-grade school students, who, if they complete the program and decide to attend USC, receive 4.5-years worth of financial aid. Students meet from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. for specialized classes taught by their schools’ teachers. USC NAI works with students and families to make sure that they end up receiving a degree.“This award reminds us that our work can make a lasting difference, and inspires us to remain focused on the responsibilities of a global research university,” Nikias said.Ronald J. Daniels of Johns Hopkins University, Patricia A. McGuire of Trinity Washington University and Diana Natalicio of the University of Texas at El Paso also won the award.last_img read more

26 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our listening area — Iowa’s coronavirus death toll hits 500

first_imgWorth Floyd2 Butler12 Cerro Gordo253 Kossuth3 Kossuth Hancock151 Kossuth102 Hancock3 Worth Area Total833 Confirmed CasesNew Cases Winnebago RecoveredNew Recovered Area Total2 Franklin102 Wright14218 Franklin5 Cerro Gordo1 Floyd1 Wright Winnebago91 Worth3 Franklin1 Floyd10 Hancock Mitchell Area Total9 Mitchell Floyd18 Hospitalized Area Total25425 Mitchell4 DES MOINES — 26 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in our immediate listening area in the 24-hour time period from 11:00 AM Wednesday to 11:00 AM this morning.18 of those new cases are in Wright County, while three more cases have been reported in Cerro Gordo, two each in Franklin and Kossuth, and one in Hancock. One case that had been in Winnebago County’s tally has been moved to another county.The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in our listening area is now at 254  — 142 in Wright; 25 in Cerro Gordo; 18 in Floyd; 15 each in Butler and Hancock; 11 in Winnebago; 10 each in Franklin and Kossuth; five in Mitchell; and three in Worth.Three more people in our area have recovered to make the overall total of 83.The state’s overall death toll from COVID-19 is at 500 after 15 more deaths being reported in the same 24-hour time period between 11:00 AM Wednesday and 11:00 AM today. 266 more cases have been reported for a total of 18,256. 317 more Iowans have recovered for a total of 10,176. Cerro Gordo1 Wright Wright182 Mitchell5 Winnebago11-1 Hancock4 Franklin Butler2 Winnebago Worth3 Cerro Gordo15 Butler15 Butler Kossuth Deathslast_img read more