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EU Methane Strategy ‘sets the right sequence’ to tackle mitigation challenges, says IOGP

first_imgIOGP supports “cost-effective and efficient regulation” proposed in EU Methane StrategyThe IOGP, which is the global oil and gas industry trade association, said it supports the development of “cost-effective and efficient regulation” to address methane emissions across all involved sectors of the economy.François-Régis Mouton, IOGP’s regional director of Europe, said: “Our industry has been an early mover on methane mitigation – a number of voluntary, large-scale industry initiatives are delivering measurable results.“But to succeed across the economy we need the participation of the full gas value chain and that of all other emitting sectors. We look forward to sharing the experience we have gathered over the years to help reduce methane emissions.”Mouton said the policy framework to be developed over the coming years needs to take into account the fact that technology to accurately measure methane is – despite some recent progress – in the “development stage” and that the available data is “sometimes inconsistent across regions”.He added: “We fully agree on the need to prioritise data collection, monitoring, reporting and verification in the short term.“These are the foundations for success, which we need to focus on right now. Using next year’s policy agenda to progress in that area across all relevant sectors will also help ensure consistency with the rest of Green Deal-related initiatives.” Wood Mackenzie believes battery electrification solutions, hydrogen for power, and methane reduction initiatives will all take a “step closer to commerciality” in 2021 (Credit: (Flickr/Nick Humphries) The latest EU Methane Strategy “sets the right sequence” in the efforts towards tackling the mitigation challenges ahead, says the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP).The European Commission presented the strategy today (14 October) to reduce methane emissions – the second biggest contributor to climate change, after carbon dioxide.Research by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states that methane, the largest component of natural gas, is about 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide at warming the Earth’s atmosphere, on a 100-year timescale.The bloc views tackling methane emissions as an “essential” part of reaching its 2030 climate targets and the 2050 climate neutrality goal, as well as contributing to the Commission’s zero-pollution ambition. Improving the measurement and reporting of methane emissions a key priorityOne of the main priorities under the bloc’s strategy is to improve the measurement and reporting of methane emissions.The level of monitoring currently varies between sectors, amongst the 27 member states and across the international community.In addition to EU-level measures to step up measurement, verification and reporting standards, the Commission said it will support the establishment of an “international methane emission observatory” in partnership with the UN’s Environment Programme, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition and the International Energy Agency.It added that the EU’s Copernicus satellite programme will also improve surveillance and help to detect “global super-emitters” and identify major methane leaks.Another step will be to improve the reporting of emissions from agriculture through better data collection, and by promoting opportunities to reduce emissions with support from the Common Agricultural Policy.The bloc highlighted that the main focus will be on best practice sharing for innovative methane-reducing technologies, animal diets, and breeding management.In the waste sector, the Commission said it will consider further action to “improve the management of landfill gas”, harnessing its potential for energy use while reducing emissions, and will review the relevant legislation on landfill in 2024.It added that minimising the disposal of biodegradable waste in landfills is “crucial to avoid methane formation”.The Commission plans to review the Effort Sharing Regulation, which aims to ensure EU-wide emissions are to be reduced by 30% by 2030 compared to 2005 levels.It will also consider expanding the scope of the Industrial Emissions Directive – a policy that commits the bloc’s member states to control and reduce the impact of industrial emissions on the environment – to cover methane emitting sectors not yet included under its scope. EU Methane Strategy to cut emissions in Europe and internationallyThe EU’s strategy is adopted as part of the European Green Deal and it sets out measures to not only cut methane emissions in Europe but also internationally.It presents legislative and non-legislative actions in the energy, agriculture and waste sectors, which account for around 95% of methane emissions associated with human activity worldwide.The Commission said it will work with the EU’s international partners and with industry to achieve emission reductions along the supply chain.The strategy presents legislative and non-legislative actions in the energy, agriculture and waste sectors (Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Mscalora)Frans Timmermans, executive vice-president for the Green Deal, said: “To become the first climate-neutral continent, the EU will have to cut all greenhouse gases.“Methane is the second most powerful greenhouse gas and an important cause of air pollution.“Our methane strategy ensures emissions cuts in all sectors, especially agriculture, energy, and waste.“It also creates opportunities for rural areas to produce biogas from waste. The EU’s satellite technology will enable us to closely monitor emissions and help raise international standards.” The European Commission presented the strategy today to reduce methane emissions – the second biggest contributor to climate change, after carbon dioxidelast_img read more

Leicester begins banning To Let boards outside student properties

first_imgHome » News » Leicester begins banning To Let boards outside student properties previous nextRegulation & LawLeicester begins banning To Let boards outside student propertiesCity council starts new scheme to ban “intrusive and mislaeading” boards nearly two years after beginning its initial public consultation.Nigel Lewis12th June 20180714 Views Leicester is the latest city to go live with a scheme that requires letting agents to apply for planning permission to erect boards in areas heavily dominated by students.The council yesterday revealed that it is to start implementing new powers granted to it by the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government (DHCLG) to ban To Let boards in half a dozen areas in and around the University of Leicester and De Montford University.Under the Regulation 7 Direction order landlords or agents must now apply for planning consent to put up signs advertising a property and, if they don’t, will be fined up to £2,500.The areas affected are the Windermere, Hazel, Clarendon Park (pictured, above), Greenhill, West End, Ashleigh Road and West End conservation parts of the city.The ban follows a decade-long attempt to control boards in these areas through a voluntary code of practice but, the council says, only a ‘handful’ of landlords and agents have complied with this.To let boardsThe council was moved to apply for a Regulation 7 Direction order after locals in these areas complained of an almost constant flurry of boards outside properties.“They are intrusive and often misleading, serving as little more than advertisements for the letting agents themselves.“Despite our best efforts, these advertising hoardings continue to create an eyesore in areas with a high concentration of rental properties,” say councillor Piara Singh Clair (pictured).“We are pleased that the planning inspector has agreed that more powers are needed to tackle this problem in the worst affected parts of the city.”But letting agents shouldn’t fear a rapid increase in the number of bans like Leicester’s.The process is lengthy to say the least; Leicester began the consultation process in early 2016 and we reported, submitted its bid to the MHCLG in October that year and after being given the green light in February this year, is only now about to go live with the ban.Piara Singh Clair Leicester City Council ban department of housing communities and local government dhclg to let boards June 12, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Garrett, Shelbyville Basketball Great, Deserves More Acclaim

first_imgIn November 2017, during the basketball season’s opening ceremonies at Shelbyville High School, the district retired Garrett’s number nine jersey.But that’s still not enough credit for all Garrett accomplished, Cody said.“He’s not in the National Basketball Hall of Fame, he’s not broadly known,”Others, like the 1966 Texas Western basketball team, are lauded for breaking down racial barriers in college basketball. That team, which started five African-Americans, and their coach, Don Haskins, are in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.But Garrett was first and should be in the hall of fame, say, Cody, Madison, and Hammel.“The primary goal of telling this story and of spreading this story to make the story is known to Hoosiers, certainly, but to all Americans,” Madison said. ”It’s a great American story.”FOOTNOTE: James Polston is a reporter for, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.Print Friendly, PDF & EmailFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Today, Garrett’s story is not well known but James Madison, emeritus professor of history at Indiana University, said it should be.“We are woefully ignorant of our past,” Madison said. “And we are particularly ignorant of our past that centers on stories that make us uncomfortable and no stories, no stories make us less comfortable than stories of the race.”Bob Hammel, the retired sports editor for the Bloomington Herald-Times, said that acknowledging that segregation was an issue is part of the reason why Garrett’s story is not well known.“By talking about breaking a barrier, they also confess to having the barrier and supported it,” Hammel said.Garrett’s story should be celebrated, Madison said.“There’s a good reason to congratulate ourselves that Indiana University had Bill Garrett before most basketball teams even though about it,” he said. “That Indiana University pioneered here in the Big Ten, in college basketball, and yet behind that celebration, there are all kinds of very, very unhappy stories.”During the 1940s, Madison said Indiana was neither a southern state nor quite a northern one on segregation.“Indiana was a little bit more on the unhappy end, on the unfortunate end, of liberty, justice, and equality for all,” Madison said.Madison described Indiana University in one word during Garrett’s time on campus—segregated.“Into the 40s, it was difficult for an African-American student to buy food in the Union building, prohibited from swimming in the I.U. swimming pool, not belonging to the fraternities and sororities,” Madison said.“They lived off-campus in boarding houses or private homes, they struggled to find any barber in Bloomington that would cut their hair. It was really, really tough to be a black student at I.U. in the late 1940s.”During Garrett’s time at Indiana University, he never played with or against an African-American in the Big Ten, but a year after graduating, there were six African-Americans playing in the Big Ten.“Can you imagine how lonely, for example, that was for four years for not another black teammate around him and to be under the microscope the way he was,” Hammel said.Hammel said Garrett did everything right during his time at Indiana and mentioned that if he would not have graduated or got in trouble for something, it would not have been good. Madison said that was the only way for Garrett to handle it.“That was really the only safe and practical way to confront the depths of discrimination at that time, challenging it head on was suicide, practically speaking at least, you’d get nowhere because of the extent of it,” Madison said.The way he stood up to the discrimination speaks to his character, he said.“That he could play so well and be such a role model and hold his temper, as he had to do in every game, I’m certain, and every day he was on campus,” Madison said. “That to me makes him a great American.”Garrett played three years of varsity basketball at Indiana and at the time, graduated as the program’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder.Following his career at Indiana University, Garrett was drafted by the Boston Celtics in the second round of the 1951 National Basketball Association draft, becoming the third ever African-American to get drafted into the league.But a career in pro basketball wasn’t to be. A few months after being drafted by the Celtics, Garrett was drafted again, this time by the United States Army.After two years of military service and being honorably discharged, Garrett returned to the states with the expectation of picking up his life where he had left off. But he learned the Celtics released himThe Celtics were concerned that Garrett’s height, six-foot-two inches, was not tall enough to play center in the NBA and uncertain about his ability to switch to playing a guard or forward position.Also at the time, the NBA had quotas for African-American players and the Celtics already had two on their roster, according to “Everybody’s All-American,” an article about Garrett by Rachel Graham Cody. Cody and her father, Tom Graham, wrote a book about Garrett, “Getting Open: The Unknown Story of Bill Garrett and the Integration of College Basketball.”Garrett then went on to play for the Harlem Globetrotters for two years before taking a job as a factory worker in Toledo, Ohio.This was not the end of Garrett’s story.The Shelbyville native returned to the state and was hired as the head basketball coach at Crispus Attucks in Indianapolis. He shined in that role, leading the team to the 1959 state championship, becoming the first Indiana Mr. Basketball to win a state championship as a player and a coach.Garrett served as a coach for 10 years before stepping down to become the athletic director at the school.After that, he moved to Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana to become the director of continuing education. He was in that position for two years before becoming the assistant dean for student services at the Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis in 1973.Garrett wasn’t in the new job very long when on Aug. 7, 1974, he suffered a sudden heart attack and died. He was 45.Later that year he was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and the Shelbyville High School’s gymnasium was renamed the William L. Garrett Memorial Gymnasium.In April 2017, the Indiana Historical Bureau dedicated a state historical marker on the Indiana University campus to commemorate Garrett and the integration of Big Ten basketball. The marker is installed outside the intermural center, which is the fieldhouse where Garrett once played. As Robinson was breaking down racial barriers in Major League Baseball, Garrett was doing the same thing in big-time college basketball.Yet today, the man who had such a large impact on basketball never got the accolades that other athletes of his caliber attained nor did he get the kind of recognition that others who broke barriers in sports received.“He was the right guy to integrate college basketball,” Chambers said.Garrett was born in Shelbyville in 1929, learning the game on an elementary school court and at a local gym before becoming a star player on his high school team. He led Shelbyville’s team, the Golden Bears, to a state championship in 1947 and his performance won him the title of Indiana Mr. Basketball.For most outstanding basketball players, Indiana University would have been an obvious next step. But this was segregated Indiana in the 1940s and the schools in the Big Ten Conference at the time did not recruit African-American players.Some African-American leaders in the community urged IU to recruit Garrett and after meetings with then-IU President Herman B. Wells, the young man from Shelbyville because the first African-American to play for a Big Ten school. By James PolstonTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—The Jackie Robinson of college basketball fought back against the racial slurs lobbed at him on the court from spectators and opponents the best way he knew how.“He’d just smile, turn around and score a couple more points,” said Don Chambers of William “Bill” Garrett as he reflected on the career of his friend and teammate from Shelbyville when he played at Indiana University in the 1940s.And score he did. The 6-foot-2-inch center graduated as Indiana University’s all-time leading scorer in 1951.last_img read more

Bayonne Briefs

first_imgSecond child arrested in connection to social media shooting threatsA 13-year-old was arrested last week in connection with social media threats made to schools in Bayonne, according to city officials.The child was arrested for allegedly publishing a “copycat” threat to SnapChat on March 5 that referenced a similar, earlier threat published to Twitter,“The SnapChat message was meant to indicate that All Saints Catholic Academy would also be included in the attack referenced in the earlier message,” Mayor James Davis said on Facebook on March 14, referencing All Saints Catholic Academy on West 13th Street. “It is important to note that it was determined, through the detectives’ investigation, that there was no validity to the threat made in the SnapChat message.”The 13-year-old, a Bayonne resident, was charged with false public alarms and terroristic threats, according to Davis.“The Bayonne Police Department, along with other partnering law-enforcement agencies, have been continuing their investigation into the online threats made against our schools,” Davis said.“I want to reassure all students, parents, faculty, and citizens of Bayonne that we are committed to identifying all the actors responsible for these threats.” The First Annual Chili Cook-Off, hosted by the Bayonne Chamber of Commerce and the UEZ at the Polish American Home, turned up four winners, or “Top Dogs.” (See brief.) ×The First Annual Chili Cook-Off, hosted by the Bayonne Chamber of Commerce and the UEZ at the Polish American Home, turned up four winners, or “Top Dogs.” (See brief.)center_img Murphy proposes big budget, pledges no NJ Transit fare hikesNJ Gov. Phil Murphy told the NJ Transit board on March 14 that he hopes the agency will see him as a partner who wants to restore its former status as a model transportation system, NJTV reports. On Tuesday, Murphy included a $242 million increase in state financing for the agency.A day after presenting the $37.4 billion budget proposal to the Legislature, Murphy spent the next day campaigning for his plan, The Record reports. The governor ended his day with a town hall-style meeting in Paramus, where he contended that the $1.6 billion tax increase in his plan will increase the value of living in New Jersey. Among the many proposals, Murphy calls to fully fund the public school funding formula, raising money through a millionaires’ tax on individuals, and restoring the 7-percent sales tax.First Annual Chili Cook-off winnersOn January 19, the Bayonne Chamber of Commerce partnered with the Bayonne UEZ to host the 1st Annual Chili Cook-Off competition which was held at the Polish American Home. Proceeds from the event were donated to the Bayonne Fire Canteen, the Bayonne Fire Department and the Bayonne Police Department for equipment costs.“As members of the Bayonne Chamber of Commerce, we all recognize the need to have these departments outfitted with the best in order to keep us in business and to keep the general public safe,” said Jack Kennedy of International Matex Tank Terminals and member of the Bayonne Chamber of Commerce.Four winners were chosen as “Top Dogs” by the attendees:1st Place – Bayonne Police Department2nd Place – The Vic Tavern3rd Place – Bayonne Fire Department4th Place – Bayonne Community BankBayonne Medical Center Easter egg hunt postponed to March 29Due to forecasts of up to a foot of snow or more, the CarePoint Health Easter Egg Hunt originally scheduled for Thursday, March 22 at Bayonne Medical Center has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 29 from 3 to 5 p.m. on the hospital’s front lawn.At the event on March 29, attendees can also have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Entertainment will be provided by PAL Children.Popcorn and pretzels will be part of the fun. Children from 1 to 8 years old will also receive a small stuffed toy.All Bayonne families are welcome.CarePoint Health-Bayonne Medical Center is at 29 East 29th Street.Gun incident at BHS not reported for two daysThe November BHS incident in which a varsity hockey coach allegedly pointed a handgun in the direction of a student was not reported by the team’s coaches to school administration and police for two days, according to a report on that references the police report.In the report, the incident was not reported until after the victim’s father threatened to “come down here with my own gun.”The delay is in violation of school district policywhich cites that “a teaching staff member must report immediately to the building principal any accident or safety hazard the member detects.”In the November incident at Bayonne High School, a teacher and assistant coach allegedly pointed a weapon in the direction of a student and another faculty member. The handgun belonged to a NJ State Trooper.The head hockey coach, David McKenna, allegedly pointed a handgun that belonged to a State Trooper in the direction of a senior student and faculty member while in the coach’s office at the Richard Korpi Jr. Ice Rink on November 30. According to the police report, Assistant Coach Nicholas Brancatella and Assistant Coach Scott Lewkowitz allegedly were in the room when it happened.According to the report, Lewkowitz called Assistant Superintendent Kenny Kopacz more than 24 hours after the incident and after he was confronted by the angry father of the player involved. Amazon will lay off 36 Jersey City employees and transfer 41Amazon will lay off 36 Jersey City employees and transfer 41 others to its offices in Newark and New York City, effective May 31, according to a story on, an online business journal.Amazon employs around 100 people in Jersey City and more than 14,000 people throughout New Jersey, according to the story.The company posted a WARN disclosure about the Jersey City departures on Thursday. The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, or WARN Act, is a federal law requiring companies to publicize layoffs of certain sizes under certain circumstances. New Jersey also has its own WARN law requiring companies to file a public notice to be filed when 50 employees are being laid off or transferred.The news comes as Amazon is searching for a second headquarters, with Newark among cities short-listed for that project.The transferred employees will keep their jobs and pay. The laid-off employees work in Amazon’s consumer and retail businesses, a spokesperson said, and Amazon will try to find them similar jobs within the company.Reporter article on ‘fake news’ mentioned in Columbia Journalism ReviewThe March 4 cover story that appeared in several of the Hudson Reporter’s newspapers – “The truth about fake news” — garnered more than 30,000 hits on the Reporter website in the five days after it was published, and was mentioned in a roundup of notable newspaper articles on Columbia Journalism Review’s website on March 7.The story looks at the dangers of fake news both to individuals and to the country, how fake news about Hoboken spread nationwide after it was published, and how Donald Trump’s labeling fact-based news outlets “fake news” can make the country more open to propaganda.To read the story, go to pay legislation approved by assembly committeeThe Assembly Labor Committee voted unanimously to advance a measure that would make it illegal for employers to pay women less for doing “substantially similar work, when viewed as a composite of skill, effort and responsibility,” NJTV reports. Victims could be awarded up to six years of back pay with triple damages. The bill now goes to the full Assembly.Toys R Us to sell or close all its U.S. storesToys R Us, which has headquarters in Wayne, told its employees Wednesday that it is seeking a buyer for all its U.S. stores and that the stores will be closed if a buyer is not found, The Record reports. A motion to liquidate the company was presented to Bankruptcy Court last week. Customers across the country who grew up going to the store said they were saddened by the news.Hudson County is home to three Toys R Us department stores: one in Secaucus that doubles as a Babies R Us, a Toys R Us Express in Newport Mall, and a regular department store at the Hudson Mall on Route 440 in Jersey City.On Facebook, Mike Morris, a Bayonne resident shared a meme that depicted a Toys R Us department store and read “Thanks for the memories.” Another showed the company’s longtime mascot, a giraffe, crying with text that read “I will always be a Toys R Us kid.”CorrectionIn the March 7 issue of the Bayonne Community News, we mistakenly wrote that a handgun belonging to a Hudson County Sheriff’s Officer was involved in a November incident at Bayonne High School in which a teacher and assistant coach pointed a weapon in the direction of a student and another faculty member. The handgun belonged to a NJ State Trooper.last_img read more

Wheat quality up but questions raised over supplies

first_imgThe improved quality of harvested wheat crops this year could have implications for UK supply and demand balance with potentially less availability for millers, according to the HGCA’s latest cereals report.In the final Cereal Quality Survey of 2009, the HGCA revealed that British wheat and barley crops have been better quality this year. However, this compares to a poor season in 2008. The results should also be placed in the context of large carryover stocks, of unclear quality, totalling around three million tonnes, according to the HGCA.Michael Archer, HGCA senior cereals and oilseeds analyst explained: “Although quality has improved it must be remembered this is in comparison to a very poor season in 2008. Longer term averages suggest 2009 quality is only a little above normal.”He told British Baker that the implications around supply and demand will mainly surround the availability of wheat and barley to millers, maltsters and exporters. “There are a lot of questions on exactly what the impact will be, however we are potentially looking at a higher proportion of the crop meeting the quality requirements of millers, for example,” said Archer. “However even though it is a higher quality crop, there is also less of it. How much millers will use will depend on how much of the new crop they can get their hands on, how much they stored from last year and also how much they import.”The final results for wheat have shown a lower moisture content, higher Hagberg Falling Number, higher specific weight and higher protein compared to 2008. The barley results revealed a lower moisture content, higher nitrogen content and higher specific weight.The survey was based on 61,000 samples of wheat and 30,000 samples of barley collected from laboratories around Great Britain.last_img read more

Deep Roots Mountain Revival Makes Excellent Additions To Fest Lineup At Marvin’s Mountaintop

first_imgJust a couple weeks ago, a new festival called the Deep Roots Mountain Revival announced their debut. The festival was not only exciting for its lineup, which features Greensky Bluegrass, Leftover Salmon, The David Grisman Sextet and more, but for its location, at the storied Marvin’s Mountaintop. The site held the All Good Music Festival from 2003-2011, and the return of great music to the beloved grounds is a prime recipe for a great weekend.Taking place from September 15-18, the festival has made a number of stellar additions. The DRMR fest will see sets from Jamey Johnson, Blackberry Smoke, Corey Smith, Love and Theft, Rising Appalachia, The Marcus King Band, Zach Nugent’s Dead Set featuring Melvin Seals (Melvin Seals & JGB), Russ Lawton (Trey Anastasio Band, Soule Monde), Tony Markellis (Trey Anastasio Band), Vinnie Amico (moe.), and Colin Lenox.Tickets for this inaugural celebration go on sale tomorrow, and can be found here. The full lineup can be seen below, with the exception of a few blurred out names for the festival’s next wave of artists!last_img read more

Frank Zappa Interview Comes To Life In New Animated Short

first_imgPBS’s animated digital video series Blank On Blank captures historical moments, retelling them through a colorful animation style. For the latest installment of their series, Blank On Blank picked on a 45-year-old interview with Frank Zappa, conducted by Howard Smith at Zappa’s New York hotel room.As we recently discussed, the interview was conducted around the time that Zappa played the Fillmore East venue in NYC, with a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration with John Lennon. Watch that footage here.The interview itself talks about music, the Women’s Liberation Movement, and how women wouldn’t be able to fit in with what Zappa was doing with their music. You can watch the enjoyable animated short, titled “Frank Zappa on Fads,” below.Don’t miss Cosmik Playground’s tribute to Frank Zappa on July 3rd, immediately following Phish’s SPAC performance at the nearby Putnam Den. Percussionist and long-time Zappa band member Ed Mann will be joined by keyboardist Todd Stoops (RAQ), guitarist Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine), drummer Scotty Zwang (Dopapod), bassist Dan Lotito and special guest guitarist Gabriel Marin (Consider the Source), as well as Nyack, NY prog-funk rockers Shwizz for what is sure to be a great night of music!Get tickets HERE.last_img read more

Eight Alleged Drug Traffickers Sought by U.S. Are Arrested in Colombia

first_imgBy Dialogo May 16, 2011 Eight alleged drug traffickers sought for extradition by the United States have been detained in northern and northwestern Colombia, following two years of investigation in coordination with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the Colombian police said on 12 May. According to Gen. César Pinzón, the commandant of the anti-narcotics police, “Operation Republic 56 culminated early Thursday morning with the arrest of eight drug traffickers sought for extradition by the U.S. government.” According to the officer, the drug-trafficking ring sent large amounts of cocaine “on ‘Go Fast’-type speedboats, from the gulfs of Urabá and Morrosquillo (in northwestern Colombia) to Panama and Honduras, in order to then send them from there to the coasts of Mexico and the United States.” Pinzón added that as a result of eleven operations conducted during the last two years, the authorities have succeeded in seizing 14.3 tons of cocaine from the drug-trafficking group, at the same time that they have arrested fourteen of its members. The eight alleged drug traffickers detained in the last few hours were arrested in the cities of Medellín (in northwestern Colombia) and Cartagena (in northern Colombia), on the Caribbean island of San Andrés (in northwestern Colombia), and in the towns of Turbo (in northwestern Colombia) and San Pablo (in northern Colombia).last_img read more

Hit by sharp ad decline, India’s newspapers cut jobs and salaries

first_imgIndia’s vibrant newspaper industry that reaches tens of millions of readers daily has been ravaged by declining advertising revenues due to a nationwide lockdown to fight the coronavirus, pushing leading titles to slash jobs and salaries.Advertising revenues at some top dailies published by market leader The Times Group and publisher ABP Group have nosedived as businesses slash ad spending to conserve cash, senior executives said.”Our print advertisement revenue, which is 80% to 85% of our total revenue, is almost zero post lockdown,” said D. D. Purkayastha, chief executive of ABP, which publishes English-language daily The Telegraph and top Bengali language newspaper Anandabazar Patrika. India has extended a nationwide lockdown to May 3 to fight the coronavirus that has so far infected more than 12,000 and killed over 400 people. India has said it will allow opening up of only some industries after April 20.Ad spending The Hindustan Times, another leading publisher, on Thursday said it was moving between 5% and 15% of salaries to variable pay linked to the company’s performance, an internal memo seen by Reuters said.Indian companies last year spent nearly $9 billion on advertising, including about $2.6 billion on print media, according to Pitch Madison advertising report this year.The Indian Newspaper Society, which represents around 1,000 publishers, has estimated the industry could lose $2 billion over the next six to seven months. It has sought federal support via a 50% increase in government advertisement rates.The 88-year-old Indian Express this month also announced pay cuts of up to 30% for some staff and warned of more sacrifices to come. “If the situation continues this proposed reduction in salary will also not be enough for us to see through this crisis,” an internal staff memo seen by Reuters said.The Dainik Bhaskar group, whose Hindi newspaper has the largest circulation of any in India, said it had restructured pay for roughly 1,000 employees, or 12% of its workforce, by introducing a variable component dependent on the group’s performance.”This is to face the situation,” said the group’s human resources head Ravi Gupta.  The Times of India, among the world’s largest circulating English-language dailies, has shrunk to around 16 pages with supplements, compared with 40 plus pages previously, as ads from companies have stopped, said one Times employee.The Times this week laid off some staff on its Sunday magazine team, a move two journalists told Reuters had sparked fears among staff about further job losses.”There is tension and people are only praying. Who knows what will happen, but everybody is expecting pay cuts,” said one Times Group business journalist, who declined to be named.The Times Group did not respond to a request for comment.center_img Topics :last_img read more