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Improper behaviour towards a journalist by MEP George Becali

first_img RSF_en RomaniaEurope – Central Asia News to go further Organisation May 26, 2021 Find out more Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union Receive email alerts Follow the news on Romania Help by sharing this information March 15, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Improper behaviour towards a journalist by MEP George Becalicenter_img News News News Reporters Without Borders and its partner organisation in Romania, the Active Watch -Media Monitoring Agency, are outraged by the vulgar and obscene comments that George Becali, a Member of the European Parliament (MEP), made to Cornelia Popescu of the online newspaper ZIUA Veche on 10 March when she asked him about contradictions between the declarations of financial interests he made to the European parliament and subsequent declarations.“We are stunned by Becali’s offensive comments,” the two organisations said. “It is unacceptable that an MEP should insult Popescu in such a virulent and deranged manner. Politicians seem to be losing their self-control in their statements with increasing frequency, forgetting the moral obligations that go with public office and a state salary.”The two organisations added: “The declarations of financial interests made by MEPs are not only obligatory but also of public direct interest. Journalists have a duty to pose questions about these declarations and MEPs must respond in detail. The insaneness of Becali’s comments fails to conceal his desire to avoid this subject. The exact nature of his financial interests and possessions still needs to be explained.”Becali unfortunately has a habit of behaving in a curse and aggressive manner towards journalists. He insulted and threatened journalist Cristian Tudor Popescu in a café in February 2002 after Popescu wrote an article in the daily Adevarul about a controversial exchange of land with the Romanian army.He and his bodyguards insulted and hit Malonga Parfait, the host of ProTV’s sports programme Fotbal Max, on 3 November 2001 after Parfait referred to him on the air in connection with his ownership of the Steaua Bucharest football team. During the attack on Parfait, Becali said he could not allow himself to be mocked by a person of African origin.After Steaua Bucharest lost a UEFA Cup semi-final against Middlesbrough on 30 April 2006, Becali ordered his bodyguards to remove journalist Ana Maria Neagu of TV Realitatea from his sight when she asked him if he was still proud of his players. One of the bodyguards insulted her and hit her on the leg. Romania: In an open letter, RSF and ActiveWatch denounce judicial pressures on investigative journalists following a complaint from a Bucharest district mayor December 2, 2020 Find out more RomaniaEurope – Central Asia RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive November 23, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership to Discuss Economy Amid Pandemic

first_img STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment Community News Top of the News Subscribe More Cool Stuff CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership to Discuss Economy Amid Pandemic STAFF REPORT Published on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 | 2:01 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community Newscenter_img The San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership and Cal Poly Pomona are teaming up to host an online presentation with a Washington Post columnist and a CPP economist to discuss the state of the local economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The SGVEP’s annual forecast and analysis took place March 4, just as the novel coronavirus was reaching the U.S., according to the organization.“The San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership is taking the unprecedented step of hosting a second forecast six months later, given the economic upheaval of this year,” the SGVEP said in a written statement. The event has been titled: “COVID-19 Aftershocks: Where Do We Stand Now?”The virtual forum was scheduled to take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15.Featured speakers include Washington Post political columnist Henry Olsen and CPP’s Robert Kleinhenz, who serves as an executive fellow at the university’s College of Business Administration and principal economist with the firm Kleinhenz Economics. Kleinhenz will provide an “up-to-the-minute economic forecast,” according to the SGVEP.Sponsors include the Citrus Valley Association of Realtors, Bank of America, Kaiser Permanente, Charter Communications and Andelson, Atkinson, Loya, Ruud, and Romo, organizers said.The event is being held on a “pay what you like” basis. Those interested can register online at sgvpartnership.org/SGVEconUpdate. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy HerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 10 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it last_img read more

Coronavirus live updates: Pfizer, BioNTech seek vaccine approval in Europe

first_imgMyriam Borzee/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ERIN SCHUMAKER and IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 63.3 million people and killed over 1.4 million worldwide, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news is developing Tuesday. All times Eastern:Dec 01, 5:56 amPfizer, BioNTech seek vaccine approval in EuropeU.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech said they have submitted an application for conditional approval of their COVID-19 vaccine with the European Medicines Agency.The submission, which occurred Monday, completes the rolling review process that the two companies initiated with the regulator on Oct. 6.“Today’s announcement marks another key milestone in our efforts to fulfill our promise to do everything we can to address this dire crisis given the critical public health need,” Pfizer chairman and CEO Albert Bourla said in a statement Tuesday. “We have known since the beginning of this journey that patients are waiting, and we stand ready to ship COVID-19 vaccine doses as soon as potential authorizations will allow us.”If the vaccine candidate, called BNT162b2, is approved, the companies said it could potentially be available for use in Europe before the end of the year.“As a company located in the heart of Europe, today’s milestone is important to us as we continue to seek to enable a worldwide supply upon potential approval of BNT162b2,” BioNTech CEO and co-founder Ugur Sahin said in a statement Tuesday. “We will continue to work with regulatory agencies around the world to enable the rapid distribution, should the vaccine receive the approval, contributing to the joint efforts to let the world heal and regain its normal pace of life.”Dec 01, 5:27 amUS reports over 157,000 new casesThere were 157,901 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States on Monday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.It’s the 28th straight day that the country has reported over 100,000 newly diagnosed infections. Monday’s count is down from a peak of 205,557 new cases last Friday.An additional 1,172 fatalities from COVID-19 were also registered nationwide on Monday, less than the all-time high of 2,609 new deaths on April 15.COVID-19 data may be skewed in the coming days and weeks due to possible lags in reporting over Thanksgiving followed by a potentially very large backlog from the holiday.A total of 13,545,017 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 268,087 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.Much of the country was under lockdown by the end of March as the first wave of pandemic hit. By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up over the summer.The numbers lingered around 40,000 to 50,000 from mid-August through early October before surging again to record levels, crossing 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4 and reaching 200,000 for the first time on Nov. 27.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Exit interview: Questions and answers with Dean Graham

first_img Read Full Story William A. Graham steps down as dean of Harvard Divinity School at the end of the 2011–12 academic year. After a year’s leave in 2012–13, he will return to teaching as a Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor. HDS M.Div. candidate Matt Bieber caught up with Graham in April to discuss his tenure as dean and what’s next for him.MB: How did you go through the process of choosing to step down?WG: I had never planned to be here 10 years. I had been thinking that I would probably step down after eight, but I felt I had to stay on until the School came out on the other side of the financial downturn. Another factor in staying on was that the University will be going into a capital campaign in the future, and I felt that any new dean had to have at least some time to get to know our donors and potential donors and also to be engaged in the rampup to campaign mode, which for a dean is usually pretty intense in terms of the travel commitments. Also, I felt that we had pretty much rebuilt the faculty, having made over 30 appointments in nine years. Last, I felt that I am at the last possible time to be able to return fully to the classroom and writing and can hope to have 5 to 10 years of good health to do some serious academic work again.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s students react to Cervelli’s resignation

first_imgObserver File Photo Students found out about the resignation of Jan Cervelli on Friday in a letter written by chair of the Board of Trustees Mary Burke. Students reacted to the news with a range of emotions.“I was just in my room watching Netflix, and then I got a text from my friend who was referencing the Facebook post, and she said, ‘Did you see Cervelli resigned?’ I was looking through the post and the comments, and I was like, ‘Well, this is crazy,’” senior Sarah Wehby said.Wehby said she was confused by Cervelli’s choice due to the sudden nature of the statement.“It felt like it came out of nowhere,” she said. “Like, what is going on here? We had the whole [vice president of student affairs] Karen Johnson retiring thing, now Jan Cervelli — where did this come from?”Wehby said she is curious as to why Cervelli chose to resign in the middle of the semester and is hoping to find out more at the all-student assembly being held Tuesday night.Senior Annie Clare said she heard the news through friends while she was at work.“I had like a million messages from different people, and I was like, ‘What? I wonder what’s going on?’” Clare said. “They all texted me that she resigned. I was shocked that she actually resigned. I almost felt like it was fake, but obviously not.”Clare said she is still shocked by the news but is understanding of Cervelli’s decision.“I’m still surprised — I guess I didn’t really understand why she resigned,” Clare said. “I guess once you looked at it a little more, maybe it’s best for her. If that’s what she needed to do, it’s what she needed to do.”It’s the desire for answers, senior Summer Aikin said, that has left some in a state of confusion.“It’s one thing to say, ‘Hey, this is what I’m doing.’ It’s another thing not to tell people why you’re doing it,” Aikin said. “People are wondering if there’s some sort of scandal. Is it related to the lawsuit that she’s apparently involved in or is there something medical? I think we just want to know if she’s going to be healthy or not because we’re a caring community. … I haven’t really thought much about it other than I’m still reeling from it.”Sophomore Brynne Volpe said the lack of information regarding Cervelli’s resignation has given her cause for concern.“I’m confused,” Volpe said. “It’s sketchy, and we didn’t really get any information about why. We were just told that she is resigning. The fact that it happened on a Friday is kind of strange.”Volpe said the details regarding the decision will be crucial to Cervelli’s legacy.“If it involves a scandal of some kind, it’s not going to be good,” Volpe said. “Maybe she’ll have a pleasant legacy, but I don’t think it will be. She was here for two years, and she resigned under dubious circumstances.” Senior Abbey Parsons said she was surprised by the lack of information given to students. She said it seems to go against what Cervelli typically did when notifying students of the College’s affairs.“[Cervelli] always has seemed very much like she tells us everything,” Parsons said. “I’ve always felt like she doesn’t hide anything, and if there’s the information, she sends it out in a school-wide email. You gotta do what you gotta do, and things come up. I just want to know where we’re at, especially because I am a senior. I want to know that, going forward, the school’s going to be okay. It just seemed very sudden. I want an explanation as to why. I’m hoping the assembly will give one.”Parsons transferred to Saint Mary’s as a sophomore. Once enrolled, she said she took note of the differences in processes between her previous college’s president and Cervelli. She said Cervelli’s transparency with students is something that will contribute to a positive legacy.“She has that air of wanting to be there for you,” Parsons said. “I think that’s something that she will have left behind, like she was there for us. … I think she will definitely leave behind that kind of friendship vibe, which is something different than other presidents at other colleges. You don’t normally know that the president is in a band or know that her dog’s name is Pearl. That was something that she shared with us because we are such a small, close school. I think she represented that kind of closeness that we all want.” It is the closeness Cervelli promoted that made the news an even bigger surprise to first-year student Hannah Curl.“I was really shocked because just last week, we were at the Sophia assembly, and she was talking about just how much she loved her job,” Curl said. “I was really shocked. It was really random, I felt. She was talking about how much she loved it here. It just seems random, and I hope everything is okay.”Regardless of her confusion about the decision, Curl said she thought Cervelli promoted a positive relationship between administration and students.“I liked her — she seemed to be really outgoing and she really cared about everyone,” Curl said. “She was not just the president, but she was kind of like a friend for everyone. She had open office hours, and I feel like at other colleges that might not be a thing.”Senior Kerry Rose McDonald said she believes Cervelli’s interactions with students will be what she’s remembered for, but McDonald believes Cervelli’s work did not result in any lasting changes.“I think the best part of her being president was her relationship with the students, whether it was hosting office hours, always bringing the energy to midnight breakfast, dancing on tables or walking around with Pearl, her little dog,” McDonald said. “She always had Saint Mary’s apparel on, so I liked how she brought the team spirit.“But besides that, I never really saw any administrative or policy changes with her. The only main thing I can think of that she did with the school were petty, environmental changes. … Honestly, I don’t really know what she left behind for Saint Mary’s to strengthen the student body.”Despite that belief, McDonald said she will hold a few fond memories of the former president — including a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Ireland study abroad program.“[Cervelli] came to Ireland for the week, and she surprised us at Mass one day when we were getting ready,” McDonald said. “She took us out to this pub called The Roost, and we got to have a pint with her and had dinner with her. We just got to talk to her. She wanted to hear all about what we thought of Saint Mary’s. It was a really special moment for us because there were only 17 of us. … That was a really special time. I’ll always cherish that.”The personal interactions between Cervelli and students are something Clare said will be difficult to find in another president.“It’ll definitely be hard to fill the shoes of someone who was so open because it’s not easy to walk around the student body all the time and have to deal with situations personally,” Clare said. “I saw her leaving the dining hall the other day, and someone must have been sick from giving blood. She was literally sitting there with the girl to make sure she was fine. I’m sure she has like 800 million things to do, and it’s nice that she still comes and talks to students and stuff like that. That’s hard to fill.”Senior Darby Horne said she recognizes Cervelli’s achievements with students but is confident in the future success of newly announced Interim College President Nancy Nekvasil.“I felt like [Cervelli] brought a lot to the community,” Horne said. “She was very involved with students, we saw her a lot. She was very present with all of us during events and activities, and she really advocated for students. However, I am very happy that they did appoint Dr. Nancy Nekvasil as interim president because I feel like she’s super qualified, very personable. I enjoyed having her as a professor … a couple years ago. I feel like she brings a lot to the Saint Mary’s community. She’s very dedicated to the women here.” Tags: cervelli, Jan Cervelli, Nancy Nekvasil, resigned, Saint Mary’s College President The news broke with a whirlwind of texts, Facebook posts and confusion. Janice Cervelli resigned from her post as Saint Mary’s president on Friday. Students received confirmation of Cervelli’s decision through a letter in an email attachment written by Mary Burke, the chair of the Board of Trustees.last_img read more

Clippers make plans to build arena near Inglewood stadium project

first_imgThe ENA is subject to approval by the Inglewood City Council, which could happen as early as this morning when the matter is expected to be voted on.The Clippers are then expected to make an official announcement today.If approval is granted, the team would enter a 160-day exclusive period to negotiate a purchase of the land. Also as part of the agreement, the team would have to pay the city $1.5 million to cover the city’s costs associated with the ENA. The team also would have to provide renderings of the new arena to the city.Beyond that, an Environmental Impact Report is required and various other state and local requirements would need to be satisfied in an anticipated 24-month process. That means the arena, which is expected to seat as many as 20,000, could open for the 2022-23 season.The Clippers’ lease at Staples Center runs through 2024, although an early-release agreement could be reached between the Clippers and AEG, which owns the arena. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Clippers have played at Staples Center since its opening in 1999, but they are the third tenant behind the Kings and Lakers when it comes to scheduling. A new arena would make them the masters of their own domain, and would allow them to reap all the perks of potential year-round use of the arena and whatever naming rights deal they can negotiate.It also would mean escaping the long shadow of the Lakers, at least in their own home arena.For all those reasons, the Clippers and owner Steve Ballmer have been looking for available land in Los Angeles to build their own palace and further establish their own identity.It also would mean Inglewood adding a third professional sports franchise to its growing lineup, with the Clippers joining the Rams and Chargers as neighbors.The two NFL teams are scheduled to move into the $2.6 billion stadium being built by Rams owner Stan Kroenke in 2020. The stadium will be the anchor of a 300-acre mixed-use development Kroenke is building, and is expected to host the Super Bowl in 2022.The new Clippers arena would be close to Kroenke’s development, but not part of it. Kroenke, though, will benefit as it means at least 41 nights of foot traffic at his nearby entertainment district. And that means plenty of customers at the multiple restaurants within the development.center_img The Clippers could be on the move.And in the process, they could supplement the newest Los Angeles entertainment and sports hub and the future home of the Rams and Chargers.According to multiple sources, the Clippers and the city of Inglewood are closing in on entering an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement (ENA) on 22 acres of land owned by the city between Prairie and Yukon Avenues south of Century Boulevard.The Clippers would use the land to build a privately financed new arena.last_img read more