Disturbing panorama of continuing media decline

first_img November 23, 2020 Find out more News RomaniaEurope – Central Asia News RSF_en Related documents MMA – Press Freedom in Romania – 2011PDF – 1.54 MB Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union News July 21, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Disturbing panorama of continuing media decline Follow the news on Romania Help by sharing this information May 26, 2021 Find out morecenter_img to go further Organisation The Romanian media monitoring NGO Active Watch-MMA, a Reporters Without Borders partner since 2004, has just released the English-language version of its 11th annual report analyzing the steady decline in media freedom in Romania, a European Union member. The Romanian-language version of the report, describing 2010 as a disastrous year, was released in May.Ranked 42nd in the Reporters Without Borders annual press freedom index in 2007, Romania is now 50th. This steady fall is due in large part to the many conflicts of interest and power struggles that undermine the media’s influence. At the same time, journalists still lack proper work contracts and the problems for outspoken ones are now compounded by an increase in the frequency oflawsuits sometimes leading to disproportionate damages awards.While the recent decriminalization of media offences must be welcomed, the repeatedly-promised overhaul of the law regulating public radio and TV stations has barely begun and the appointment of their managers continues to be clearly politicized.Last year saw a number of particularly repressive proposed laws and measures that ActiveWatch and journalists’ organizations opposed. The culmination was a national defence review commissioned by the president and approved by the Supreme Council for National Defence (CSAT), which described the media as national security “vulnerability” and accused them of ruining the state institution’s reputation and just trying to extort public funds.The economic situation is not encouraging for the media. At total of 6,000 journalists and media workers have been laid off and at least 60 newspapers have closed since the start of the economic crisis. Income from advertising has fallen sharply, and there have been additional threats to the advertising market of late.Like their European Union counterparts, Romania’s politicians are steadily undermining Europe’s status as a model of media freedom. Under attack in Hungary, Britain, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria and France, freedom of the media has greater need than ever of strong and unconditional support in order to reverse this slide, which Active Watch and Reporters Without Borders will continue to analyze. News RomaniaEurope – Central Asia December 2, 2020 Find out more RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Romania: In an open letter, RSF and ActiveWatch denounce judicial pressures on investigative journalists following a complaint from a Bucharest district mayor Read the full report: Receive email alertslast_img read more

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Jon Batiste & The Dap-Kings Are Joining Forces For ‘Soul Showdown’ Festival Tour

first_imgToday, Jon Batiste and The Dap-Kings have announced that they’ll join forces this summer for a limited-run of festival appearances. Jon Batiste is the acclaimed musician who serves as the bandleader for Stay Human, the house band for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The Dap-Kings are a Brooklyn soul institution, best known for backing up legendary late singers Sharon Jones and Amy Winehouse and leading Daptone Records. Batiste, backed by the Dap-Kings, will play New Orleans-inspired soul music plus tunes by Allen Toussaint and more.In a press release, Gabriel Roth from The Dap-Kings confirmed, “We are thrilled to be returning to the stage and could not have found a more fitting collaborator than Jon, with whom we share a deep love and respect for New Orleans musical roots. He’s a distinctly talented dude with a rare feel for that music, and we can’t wait to tear up these tunes together.”Batiste added, “Thank God for funk and soul music—and The Dap-Kings. I’m suspect of anyone who isn’t moved by their live show! It reminds me of how my father and extended family presented this music when I was a kid. Now The Dap-Kings and I bring our collective experiences to the table. This is major.”Last Friday, Batiste and The Dap-Kings were announced for the Newport Folk Festival on July 29th, when they’ll perform a set titled A Change Is Gonna Come, most likely featuring protest songs from the Civil Rights movements. The joint tour will also be hitting half a dozen other music festivals from April to July, including New Orleans Jazz Fest, Atlanta Jazz Fest, Spoleto Festival, Milwaukee Summerfest, Saratoga Jazz Fest, and Indian Wells Music Festival. See the full list of dates below.For Jon Batiste & The Dap-Kings Upcoming Tour DatesApril 7 – Indian Wells, CA ■ Indian Wells Music FestivalApril 29 – New Orleans, LA ■ New Orleans Jazz FestMay 26 – Charleston, SC ■ Spoleto FestivalMay 27 – Atlanta, GA ■ Atlanta Jazz FestivalJune 24 – Saratoga Springs, NY ■ Saratoga Jazz FestJuly 7 – Milwaukee, WI ■ Milwaukee SummerfestJuly 29 – Newport, RI ■ Newport Folk FestivalView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

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Martinez: Barkley could shine in Brazil

first_img Press Association Everton boss Roberto Martinez has no doubt Ross Barkley could shine for England at next year’s World Cup. But, as Barkley continues to excel, containing the mounting excitement levels outside the club is becoming increasingly difficult. The talented Barkley further enhanced his reputation by scoring Everton’s winner at Swansea on Sunday with a superb free-kick. Having already won three caps for England this term, the clamour for him to be part of Roy Hodgson’s squad for Brazil is growing. Martinez said: “We always do that when we see an outstanding young man enjoying his football – we always feel they are now ready to win the World Cup. We need to be careful. “Ross is showing that he is growing, developing. He keeps surprising everyone because he is capable of doing anything on a football pitch. “Technically he is one of the most gifted English footballers you will ever see – right and left – his potential is huge. “He is an ambitious boy and he is a joy to work with. I am proud and honoured to see his development. “As a player all you need to do is keep developing, keep working hard and enjoying your football. Martinez is convinced the 20-year-old would be mentally ready if called upon for Brazil, although he has again warned against the dangers of overburdening him with expectation. Martinez has been careful not to overhype the highly rated youngster throughout his strong start to the season. “At the end of the season Ross will be ready for whatever his role is going to be with England. “If it is not this time, I am sure it will be in the future. “He has got the potential to help the nation but we need to be a little bit aware that he is a young man and is still developing. “If Ross is to have a massive role with the national team, nothing would faze him. He has got that mentality and has got an incredible football personality. “He can take anything that comes his way but his focus is just to be as good as he can be for our team. That is the only way you can prepare for your international career.” Barkley struck with six minutes remaining at the Liberty Stadium to secure a 2-1 win. Everton had led through a long-range Seamus Coleman strike after 66 minutes but Swansea had responded to force an equaliser through a Bryan Oviedo own goal. The victory kept Everton firmly in contention at the top end of the Barclays Premier League after 10 games unbeaten. Barkley’s winner was his third goal of the season and capped another fine all-round display. Barkley was tipped for stardom from a young age and first appeared on an Everton bench as long ago as September 2010, when he was just 16. But his progress was halted by an horrific triple leg-break and there were long spells in the reserves and loans at Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds before he seized his chance this term. Martinez believes coming through such experiences proves Barkley has the temperament to go right to the top. He said: “I think Ross has been through such a long journey to get where he is. “He is not someone that doesn’t appreciate the day-to-day. He knows the moment he drops his standards it will be very tough for him to get in the team. “He is someone that has had a terrific education with the experiences he has had. He is well equipped to do a good job on the pitch. “Whatever comes will be welcome. If he is not involved in the World Cup I will be happy because he is a young man and is going to be able to relax in the summer. “If he is involved it is a unique experience that he can take a lot from. Whatever comes he will be ready for it.” Barkley grabbed the limelight at Swansea as regular free-kick specialist Leighton Baines was still out injured. “All the top players get guided by instincts and Ross had the feeling he wanted to take the free-kick and he wanted to score,” said Martinez. “He felt it was his moment and he took his moment.” Left-back Baines is expected to be back in contention for the Boxing Day clash with Sunderland after a month out with a broken toe. last_img read more

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US Open final… Djokovic expects hard work ahead when he meets Wawrinka today

first_imgBy Larry FineNEW YORK,(Reuters)-World number one Novak Djokovic has enjoyed a whirlwind trip to today’s U.S. Open final, but the top-seeded Serb expects hard work ahead when he meets Stan Wawrinka at Arthur Ashe Stadium.Defending champion Djokovic, who became the third man to hold all four grand slam singles titles at once after his triumph at Roland Garros in June, owns a 19-4 career head-to-head advantage over the Swiss third seed.He leads 4-2 in grand slam meetings against Wawrinka, with three of Djokovic’s victories going five sets, including a memorable 2013 Australian Open fourth-rounder decided 12-10 in the fifth set.“He’s a big match player. He loves to play in the big stage against big players, because that’s when he elevates his level of performance,” said 12-times slam winner Djokovic. “He just gets much better.”Gifted by a second-round walkover and two retirements along the way, Djokovic has spent less than nine hours on court, completing 13 sets through six rounds at Flushing Meadows, reaching the final 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-2 over 10th seed Gael Monfils.The hard-working Wawrinka has been on court twice as long, 17 hours, 54 minutes, playing 23 sets.He advanced 4-6 7-5 6-4 6-2 over sixth seed Kei Nishikori after surviving a match point in his five set, third-round match against unseeded Daniel Evans of Britain.The ‘big match’ Warwinka, whose indefatigable determination brought him the nickname “Stanimal”, has won his last 10 finals.The contrasting path to the final suits both players.Wawrinka prefers to build momentum in order to bring his best at the finish.“We’ve had many big memories together, especially in grand slams, so it’s going to be an exciting match,” said Wawrinka, who is playing his first U.S. final and beat Djokovic on the way to his slam titles at the 2014 Australian Open and 2015 French.“Because the biggest matches, it’s the end of the tournament. Final, semi-final, and I had matches to get confidence to play well match after match.”Djokovic came to Flushing Meadows showing signs of wear and tear after losing in the third round at Wimbledon and the first round at the Rio Olympics while dealing with a nagging wrist injury, and considers his relatively easy ride a “blessing”.“Before this grand slam there were things that were happening with my health and physical state that were making me a little bit skeptical…“I was blessed to have more days off with no match so I could focus on the recovery and work things in my game and take things easily and to get to this phase,” said 29-year-old Djokovic.last_img read more

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The Latest: Broncos John Elway donates $50,000 to virus fund

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Denver Broncos general manager John Elway is donating $50,000 to the Colorado COVID Relief Fund. Opinions vary on what’s next for the NHL, especially because there were 189 games left in the regular season and not all teams had played the same amount.“Whatever is the fairest,” Jordan Staal said. “Everybody would kind of accept that.”___Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he and his wife, Brittany, will donate $5 million to help Louisiana businesses and communities contend with challenges brought on by the rapid transmission of the coronavirus in the state.Brees, who posted his pledge on a social media account on Thursday, says the money will help several restaurants in which he has an ownership stake as well as a major hospital chain and charities like Second Harvest Food Bank to deliver about 10,000 meals per day to people in need. Brees says he hopes to fund the program “for as long as it takes to children on meal programs, seniors, and families in need,” adding, “Let’s all do our part, maintain hope, and get through this together.”The quarterback and his wife run the Brees Dream foundation, which has spent tens of millions helping to fund charitable endeavors in New Orleans and surrounding areas along the Gulf Coast. Most of those efforts have focused on improving learning and recreational opportunities for children as well as health and wellness for children and seniors.___The Indianapolis 500 scheduled for May 24 has been postponed until August because of the coronavirus pandemic and won’t run on Memorial Day weekend for the first time since 1946. The race will instead be held Aug. 23. The facilities outside Florence are normally used by Italy’s national soccer teams and also host high-level courses for coaches and sporting directors.Federation president Gabriele Gravina says “now that we are not playing soccer, to return to doing so we need to win together the most important match against coronavirus.”Italy has nearly 75,000 infections and more than 7,500 fatalities from the virus.___Real Madrid and Spanish sports authorities say the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium will be used to store donations of medical supplies to help combat the coronavirus outbreak. Castellano tested positive as part of a physical that officials at Gulfstream Park mandated as a prerequisite before being cleared to ride in Saturday’s Florida Derby. Castellano says that he has not had “known contact with anyone that has tested positive.”Castellano last rode on March 15, when he had two mounts at Gulfstream. He returned to New York to see family afterward and was scheduled to ride at Gulfstream this weekend.It’s unclear if Castellano could have ridden at Gulfstream this weekend even if the physical had not found that he has the coronavirus. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order earlier this week calling for anyone who flies to Florida from New York City or the surrounding areas to self-quarantine for 14 days.— Reporting by AP Sports Writer Tim Reynolds in Miami___ Elway’s personal donation follows a $500,000 donation by the team.Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said in a statement: “Year after year, Coloradans have supported our Denver Broncos, and today I am beyond proud to thank the Denver Broncos for their support of Coloradans in our time of need.”The Broncos also donated 100,000 meals to the Food Bank of the Rockies and jointly hosted a personal protective equipment drive at their stadium last weekend.Elway said he wanted to support hospital workers, doctors and nurses who are the front line in the coronavirus pandemic. Elway mentioned his son-in-law, who is a doctor in Sacramento, California. “They truly are the warriors,” Elway said.—AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton reporting from Aurora, Colorado. The Latest: Broncos John Elway donates $50,000 to virus fund Two major triathlons in Spain have been postponed and the world university triathlon championship in Hungary has been canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Olympic mixed relay qualifying race had already been relocated to Valencia from Chengdu, China, and was scheduled for May 1.A World Cup event in Valencia had been scheduled for the next day. It’s the seventh World Cup race to be postponed.The International Triathlon Union says it will try to find new dates for both.The university worlds were to be staged on June 27-28 in Kecskemet. ___A soccer exhibition between Mexico and Colombia on May 30 at Denver has been canceled because of the new coronavirus pandemic.Soccer United Marketing, the wing of Major League Soccer that was promoting the match, said Thursday the federations will attempt to reschedule the game before the World Cup in November 2022.___The Italian soccer federation has offered up its hotel and auditorium for people having their health monitored amid the coronavirus outbreak. The French champion’s jersey bears the emblem “Tous Unis” (All United) on the front.A total of 262,500 euros (about $288,000) will be raised if all 1,500 jerseys priced at 175 euros ($192) are sold.PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi says “we can only be sensitive to and grateful for the astounding work” that medical staff on the front line have done against the virus.___The Spanish Grand Prix on the MotoGP circuit scheduled for May 3 has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. March 26, 2020 Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen will forgo 12.5 million euros ($13.7 million) in as-yet undistributed TV money and add another 7.5 million euros ($8.2 million) from their own funds. All four clubs played in the Champions League this season, giving them extra income.The German Football League, which oversees the top two divisions, will decide how the money is distributed. The league has previously said it fears many clubs could face financial collapse if games can’t resume.Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says “in these difficult times, it’s important that the stronger shoulders support the weaker shoulders.”___Paris Saint-Germain is selling a new jersey online with the profits going to local hospitals and nursing staff dealing with the coronavirus outbreak. The tennis and basketball stars said in videos posted on social media that they are supporting a Red Cross fundraising effort to help with the public health crisis.Nadal and Gasol say they have made donations and urged others to follow their lead. Former Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas quickly said he would pitch in.Nadal says “I believe that we are who we are in large part thanks to your support and now we have to be there for you.”Spain has 56,188 infections and more than 4,000 fatalities from the virus.___ It is the fifth MotoGP race to be canceled or postponed.The next race at risk is the French Grand Prix on May 17 at Le Mans.___The Turkish Boxing Federation says national team member Serhat Guler and trainer Seyfullah Dumlupinar tested positive for the coronavirus after returning from an Olympic qualifying competition in London.The federation says the boxing team went to a training camp in Sheffield on March 3 to prepare for the competition and traveled to London on March 11. All team members stayed at the same hotel and ate at the same cafeteria. Associated Press The Packers had announced March 13 they were closing their businesses to the public for two weeks. This move continues those closures.___Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby says he wouldn’t mind if the NHL went straight to the playoffs if the season is able to resume.“You try to get in as many games as you can … but wouldn’t mind starting right at the playoffs,” Crosby said on a video conference with media members Thursday.Crosby was joined by Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux, Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal, and New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal. Crosby joked that everyone was looking at him for an answer about what he’d prefer about the resumption of the season after a pause for the coronavirus pandemic. The soccer club says it will use the stadium to store private donations. They will then be distributed by government authorities to hospitals.Spain has 56,188 infections and more than 4,000 fatalities from the COVID-19 virus.Civic groups, businesses and individuals are donating much-needed masks and any material that can used to make protective gear for doctors and nurses.___Four German soccer clubs have pledged 20 million euros ($21.9 million) to support other teams struggling to stay afloat after games in the country were suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak. It was an inevitable decision but still had to be difficult for Roger Penske, who completed his purchase of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar in January and has already pumped millions into capital improvements to ready the historic venue for its first 500 under new ownership. IndyCar was supposed to resume racing May 9 on the road course at Indianapolis. That race will now be run on July 4, a day before NASCAR races at The Brickyard.___Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano says he has tested positive for the coronavirus and will be in quarantine for two weeks. Louisville says the father of junior wide receiver Corey Reed Jr. died Wednesday morning from coronavirus in an Atlanta hospital. Corey Reed Sr. was 43.Cardinals coach Scott Satterfield expressed “deepest condolences” to Reed and his family in a release and said the program is there to support them. Satterfield added, “This horrible virus has affected so many people, and it’s even more difficult when it touches someone in the UofL football family.”Reed caught eight passes for 145 yards in 13 games in 2017 and played in two contests the next season. He returned to Louisville this spring after transferring to Iowa Western Community College.___Rafael Nadal and Pau Gasol have launched a campaign to encourage donations in the hope of raising 11 million euros ($12.1 million) to help Spain fight the coronavirus. ___The Green Bay Packers have extended the closure of Lambeau Field through at least April 24 to help minimize the spread of the coronavirus after Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued a “safer at home” order through that date.Packers officials said the closure would continue until that order expires or until a superseding order is issued.This closure also applies to the Packers’ pro shop and the Packers Hall of Fame as well as any team-run public activities in Titletown, a complex of shops and restaurants near the stadium.Packers officials said Lambeau Field and Titletown will only have essential personnel in place for non-public operations of the facilities. Most of the other Packers personnel will continue to work remotely as duties permit. The IOC is running the qualifying competitions for boxing because governing body AIBA has been suspended.The Turkish team competed on March 15 and 16 and returned home on March 17 after the IOC halted the competition. All team members were quarantined on return.The federation says Guler and Dumlupinar are being treated in the hospital. Two other boxers who complained of high fever are awaiting the results of their tests.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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Granero agrees personal terms with QPR

first_imgQPR have taken another step towards completing the signing of Esteban Granero after agreeing personal terms with the Real Madrid midfielder.Granero, 25, was due to arrive at Loftus Road on Thursday evening to undergo a medical and sign a contract.Earlier in the day, Rangers agreed a deal with Real for the former Spain Under-21 international.Click here for the Man City v QPR quizSee also:QPR discuss Mbia as Barton has medicalSpurs reluctant to let Dawson goQPR confirm signing of midfield ace GraneroFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Public Investment Corporation invests R2.5bn in Africa

first_img3 October 2014The Public Investment Corporation, a South African government-owned financial services provider, plans to invest R2.5 billion on the African continent during the 2014/15 financial year.“The commitment to invest in the rest of the continent is born out of a realisation that our collective success is premised on economic integration,’ says Nhlanhla Nene, chairman of PIC in the corporation’s annual report tabled in Parliament on 2 October 2014.Nene says the PIC has established two funds: the Africa Developmental Investments and Private Equity Africa, which will assist the corporation to discharge its mandate to invest on the rest of the continent. He says Africa’s economic outlook has been positively changing and over the last decade, the continent’s economic output has tripled with projections that Sub-Saharan Africa will grow at an average of 5% over the next 10 years.“This growth means that the continent will be the second fastest growing region in the world after Asia. For this reason, the PIC will, in the new financial year, also focus on developmental investments in Africa with a minimum commitment of US$500 million for developmental investments in Africa and a further US$500 million towards private equity in Africa,’ says Nene, adding that the African story presents the PIC with unique investment opportunities.Acting PIC CEO, Matshepo More, says in the next financial year the PIC plans to invest “at least a further R2.5 billion in the rest of the continent’. “PIC’s largest transaction during the 2013/14 financial year was securing a 1.5% stake in a Nigerian listed cement company, Dangote Cement for US$289 million,’ she says.The Dangote Cement deal also offers PIC other opportunities in the Dangote Group portfolio companies, which includes sugar, flour, oil refinery and port operations.PIC’s first investment in the rest of Africa after the change in the corporation’s investment mandate was the US$250 million investment made in Ecobank, which has exposure to more than 30 countries in central Africa.These investments are in line with the Government Employees Pension Fund’s investment mandate, which was changed in 2011 to require the PIC to commit 5% of assets under management for investment in the rest of Africa, and another 5% to global bonds and equities.Investments in the rest of Africa currently represent 0.5% of the PIC’s total R1.6- trillion assets under management, which grew from the previous year’s R1.4-trillion.More says the PIC is in good financial health “with its profitability at R209 million as at 31 March 2014, up from R130 million at the end of the 2013 financial year’, adding that the PIC has also set aside 1% of the profit after tax from the 2013 financial year for corporate social investment.Established in 1911, the PIC is one of the largest investment managers in Africa, managing assets of over R1.6 trillion and still growing. Of total assets under management, 49% is invested in local equities, 32.4% in local bonds, 7% in cash and money-market instruments, 4.39% in properties and 5.36% in offshore equity and bonds.During the 2013-14 financial year R11.4bn worth of unlisted investments were approved, of which R4.8bn has already been disbursed.The PIC is increasingly expected by the government to contribute towards socioeconomic development. In this regard, Nene says PIC investments had created in excess of 7 805 direct and indirect jobs, and sustained 78 636 jobs.“The PIC is emerging as a leader in the development of green industries by directly and indirectly funding renewable energy projects that will generate in excess of 1 558 megawatts of electricity,” he said.The PIC has entrusted R50 billion of its funds to black asset managers as a way of spurring change in the asset management industry. It approved R6.9 billion in unlisted developmental investments in 2013/14 financial year and plans to invest at least R2 billion in social and economic infrastructure the 2014/15 financial year.last_img read more

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The Home Performance Forum Has Launched!

first_imgThe Internet age has made it easy to find information. Occasionally you can find some that’s even true. That’s where it becomes helpful to have someone more knowledgeable than yourself to be able to ask for advice and input on stuff you read online, get feedback on ideas you’d like to try on a project, or discover what cool things other home energy pros are doing.One place that’s been great for that since it started in 2008 is Green Building Advisor, of course. Another equally valuable place, which also began in 2008, has been the LinkedIn group called “RESNET BPI – Energy Audit and Home Performance.” Unfortunately, it’s been in decline lately.One of the best online home performance hauntsI joined the RESNET BPI group on LinkedIn way back in early 2009. It was a great place to ask questions of other home energy pros and do some online networking. One thing that was always cool was to interact with someone in the group and then meet them at a conference. (And speaking of conferences, were you in Nashville last week for the Home Performance Conference?) The group was created by Claire Rutiser in 2008, and in the early years she also moderated it. With changes in her work and family life (having a child), Rutiser had to give up the group. David Butler, an electrical engineer who knows more about HVAC than just about anyone else I know, took over the moderating responsibilities and eventually the whole group. Since 2011, he’s been wholly responsible for the group. And all of us who have used the group owe him a big debt of gratitude.Butler has been an amazing administrator, moderator, and contributor to the group. He has participated in many of the discussions as well as keeping the group running smoothly. Oh, and he’s kept the spam that dominates many LinkedIn groups out of this one.The decay began a few years ago when LinkedIn pulled resources back from the groups. Then they stopped sending email notifications for discussions you might be following. That’s when Butler knew he had to do something.Meet the Home Performance ForumIn 2015, Butler began working on a way to move the group away from LinkedIn. He assembled a team and found a sponsor, too. Mike Rogers of OmStout Consulting (bonus points if you know the origin of his company name) connected Butler with the Home Performance Coalition. (You know, the great organization that hosts the Home Performance Conference that was in Nashville last week, formerly known as Affordable Comfort.) The HPC helped Butler make the move.So, after a year and a half of work on getting a lot of the archived discussions into the new site, the Home Performance Forum (homeperformanceforum.org) has launched! Go there. Become a member and set up your new profile. Participate!When I spoke with Butler last week, he showed me the new site and talked about some of the advantages. “The archives are rich,” he told me. The search function “is absolutely awesome.” That was one of the big complaints about the LinkedIn group. We had all these really in-depth discussions but a lot of that knowledge was practically inaccessible because it was so hard to find. Not so with the new site.If you’re a member of other online forums, homeperformanceforum.org should seem familiar. It’s similar to HVAC-Talk, Heating Help, flyertalk, and many others. You join and discuss.One restriction worth noting here is that the Home Performance Forum is for professionals only. Butler and the Home Performance Coalition don’t have the resources to take homeowner questions here. Homeowners and everyone else will be able to read the discussions, however.What are you waiting for, home performance pros? Get over there and join!If you need another way to get there, here you go: Take me to the Home Performance Forum! Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. RELATED ARTICLESA Web-Based Information Resource From the DOEDisseminating Building Science KnowledgeEmbarking on the Building Science Learning CurveA New Book Helps Builders Tame Social MediaBuilding Science Information for BuildersBooks for Homeowners Interested in Saving EnergyNew Books on Green BuildingBooks on Insulation and Energy-Efficient BuildingCarl and Abe Write a Textbooklast_img read more

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Bank of Baroda notifies recruitment at 300 posts

first_imgBank of Baroda has invited applications for recruitment at the post of Probationary Officers. The interested and eligible candidates can apply latest by July 16.Post details:Total posts: 300 posts(General: 150 postsOBC: 81 postsSC: 45 postsST: 23 posts)Post name: Probationary Officers in Junior Management Grade/ Scale-I.    Eligibility criteria:Educational qualification: The candidates applying for this post should have scored at least 60 per cent marks in any discipline from a recognised university.Age limit:The candidates applying for the post should age between 20 and 28 years as on July 16, 2014.Application fees:The candidates applying for this post are required to pay an application fee of Rs 550 through internet banking facility.Selection process:The candidates will be selected on the basis of an online exam to be followed by a group discussion and an interview.How to apply:In order to apply, the candidates are required to log in to the official website. No other mode of application will be selected.Important Dates:Last date to submit online application forms: July 16Downloading call letter: August 4 onwardsWritten test: August 14For more details, the candidates can follow the official link, mentioned here: http://www.bankofbaroda.com/careers/BMSBSelection.asp#toplast_img read more

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10 months agoAC Milan coach Gattuso delighted for goalscorer Higuain

first_imgAC Milan coach Gattuso delighted for goalscorer Higuainby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Rino Gattuso was pleased for Gonzalo Higuain after his goal in victory over SPAL.It broke a two month goals drought for the Argentine.Gattuso said, “He lives for the goal, has always been a marksman and therefore really struggled to deal with this negative period. The defeat to Juventus, with the penalty and red card, was a terrible blow for him.“Higuain needs to rediscover that consistency and precision in his finishing, because he has always had those elements. We’ve missed him and hope this has also broken through that mental block.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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