Alert – Radio talk show host shot and killed in Trinidad and Tobago

first_imgThe well-known radio personality was pulling out of his driveway in Santa Cruz when a gunman approached the car and shot him at least three times in the chest, according to the Trinidad Express. The gunman was accompanied by two other men. Welch lost control of his vehicle, ran off the road and crashed into a wall upon being shot. May 9, 2017 Find out more RSF_en Follow the news on Trinidad and Tobago Organisation Photojournalists physically assaulted while reporting in Trinidad and Tobago News News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is disturbed to learn Ricardo “The Gladiator” Welch, a former radio show host in Trinidad and Tobago, was shot and killed outside his home on October 19. September 22, 2017 Find out more to go further Welch’s death is not the only instance of violence against journalists in Trinidad and Tobago in recent years. In September 2017, multiple photojournalists were physically assaulted while on a reporting assignment involving a local oil company.   Trinidad and Tobago – Parliament considers restrictive amendments to the Freedom of Information Act News Receive email alerts “We urge the authorities to complete a thorough investigation into his killing in order to determine if he was killed in connection with his reporting,” said Margaux Ewen, Director of RSF’s North America bureau. News RSF concerned by certain provisions of Trinidad and Tobago’s Cybercrime Bill June 13, 2019 Find out more Trinidad and TobagoAmericas October 26, 2018 – Updated on November 14, 2018 Alert – Radio talk show host shot and killed in Trinidad and Tobago Welch had worked for a number of radio stations throughout his career, including Pow­er102 FM, and specialized in national current affairs on the island. According to one of RSF’s sources, his reporting was known to make politicians feel uncomfortable, and he had a reputation for seeking recourse in court against his opponents. He emboldened his listeners and colleagues to do the same. Welch made head­lines in April 2017 after suc­cess­ful­ly winning a defama­tion lawsuit against his colleagues at More 104.7 FM, who had accused him of being a homosexual among other claims. Trinidad and Tobago ranks 39th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index, after dropping five places last year.EDITORS NOTE: We have updated this press release as we continue to follow this story. Trinidad and TobagoAmericas Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Dell EMC Data Protection – Accelerating IT Transformation from Edge to Core to Cloud

first_imgWith more than 140,000 employees serving customers worldwide, Dell Technologies is helping organizations accelerate innovation and make the most of their investments in virtualization. Many times, outdated technology and the need to keep pace with competitors are driving forces for customers to connect with us.As we head to VMworld Europe, Data Protection is recognized as one of the 5 key pillars in VMware’s multi-cloud strategy (Build, Run, Manage, Connect, Protect). Based on industry success, proven agility and resiliency, Dell EMC Data Protection is a preferred choice to offer best in class data protection solutions with deep integration into the VMware suite of capabilities. Organizations choose Dell EMC and VMware for a multitude of reasons, including a differentiated data protection solution. In the stories that follow, you’ll hear why our customers find Dell EMC to be a reliable, innovative and easy to manage solution for data protection.Chorley CouncilChorley Council, a local government serving 110,000 residents in the U.K., had outdated technology standing in the way of making vital government services available to citizens anytime. To accelerate its digital transformation, they pursued an end-to-end, cloud-based data protection solution with Dell EMC, VMware and AWS.“With Dell EMC, VMware and AWS, we’ve completed a significant IT transformation, eliminated our DR site and improved the lives of residents. That adds up to substantial cost savings related to heating, cooling and rent and hopefully makes for a happier society.”The first step was replacing an aging NetApp environment. Emma Marshall, ICT and Programme Manager, Chorley Council, explains, “We considered HP, Veaam and Rubrik, but Dell EMC Data Protection was the only solution that checked off all the boxes for our digital transformation to enhance government services and lower service delivery costs. Dell EMC was the most cost-effective and scored the highest for availability, quality and ease of use.”Dell EMC Data Protection solutions provide Chorley with data deduplication, backup, recovery and replication to AWS cloud storage. Chorley uses Dell EMC Data Protection Software, Data Domain Virtual Edition and Data Domain Boost to back up approximately 80 VMware virtual servers and Citrix virtual desktops to on-site Dell EMC Data Domain appliances. Dell EMC Cloud Disaster Recovery (Cloud DR) software replicates Chorley’s backups to AWS.With increased digital usage, Chorley’s data requirements are expected to double in five years. Marshall reflects, “We’re one of the only local governments in the U.K. to embrace digital, cloud-based transformation. Dell EMC Data Protection provides us with the scalability, reliability and agility to execute this strategy with confidence and meet the evolving needs of our community.”Read the full Chorley Council StoryRG SystemRG System, the software developer of a leading SaaS ITSM solution on the French IT Management market, is part of the French Septeo group, which comprises 12 different and complementary companies providing digital business services. The group represents 850 staff and 10,000 clients and the new RG System office will also serve as a platform for the internationalization of some of the Septeo groups other services into the North American market.RG System serves three customers: 75% are managed services business (MSBs) using their solution to deliver business continuity to their customer; second is software publisher, ISV, using their solution to deliver business connectivity to their customer; the last one is the integrators, using RG as a value-add to their business model. With a customer-first approach, RG System’s need for business continuity and infrastructure availability, as well as a complex hybrid cloud environment, requires a backup and recovery solution that can manage a complex infrastructure.Gregory Caldera, CEO of RG System, said, “The most critical challenge for us was that the solution needed to work with our entire environment. The solution needs to be compatible with all solutions in our environment as well as our customer environments and the software needs to be able to back up all types of infrastructures including client or server, physical or virtual, especially VMware.”And that’s exactly why they chose Dell EMC.Dell EMC helped RG System reduce backup times by 95%. With their previous solution it took more than 28 days to organize the first backup. With RG Systems and Dell EMC data protection, they reduced this time to 44 hours for the first backup. The daily backup took around eight hours with their previous solution and with Dell EMC, it only takes 25 minutes to organize the daily backup.Caldera noted, “One of the main advantages to using Dell EMC Data Protection Software with Data Domain hardware is that it provides our customers with a unified interface and one unique solution, along with superior deduplication rates from a powerful solution.” Listen to this full story:ACPACP is one of the leading IT providers in Germany and Austria, serving companies, authorities and organizations of all sizes. In their experience, IT has changed massively, and organizations are dealing with a trend toward IT transformation and digitization.The massive growth in data over recent years has been a major concern for ACP and their customers. With increasing data growth, the demands on security and on data protection measures are increasing. As a longtime partner of Dell EMC, ACP has been dealing with enterprise solutions in the storage environment for many years. This includes the data protection solutions, including numerous Data Domain installations and the Data Protection Software portfolio.Dirk Witje, an ACP board member in Germany, shared, “We now have many customers that we have equipped with a data protection solution from Dell EMC. At the beginning of this year, we equipped one of our larger customers – a pharmaceutical company with 40 locations and 7,000 employees internationally – with the Integrated Data Protection Appliance.”IDPA DP4400 8-24TBThe Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IDPA) is an easy-to-install converged solution that is cloud-ready and offers complete backup, replication, recovery, deduplication, instant access and restore, all in a single appliance.Listen to the full story here. What’s Next?With Dell EMC Data Protection, the future is bright. Our customers have spoken and it’s clear that a trusted data protection solution is essential. With Dell EMC and VMware’s integration and easy to use solution, many organizations globally have seen a multitude of benefits. Adopting a dependable solution for data protection helped these organizations understand the value of their data to realize future growth, reduced costs and IT transformation.Want to discover more ways our customers are benefiting from the integration between Dell EMC and VMware? Visit with us at VMworld Europe in Booth D401 or check out these additional Dell EMC Data Protection customer stories here!last_img read more

Amanda Seyfried Talks Conquering Stage Fright with The Way We Get By

first_img The Way We Get By Related Shows View Comments Amanda Seyfried may light up the big screen in films like Mean Girls, Mamma Mia! and Les Miserables, but as she’s told us in the past, that doesn’t make being on stage any easier. The film star, who is currently making her off-Broadway debut in Neil LaBute’s The Way We Get By, suffers from stage fright continuously. But when she stopped by Late Night to chat with Seth Meyers, she had a message for all the kids: “Children, don’t run away from your fears. Fight ‘em!” Despite the jitters, she’s enjoying her time on stage, but wishes audiences would stop talking (and eating pretzels) during the show. Take a look at the interview below, in which she also talks about her, erm, nauseating cameo in the upcoming film Pan, then catch The Way We Get By at Second Stage Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 21, 2015last_img read more

150,000 Additional Pennsylvanians Enrolled in Governor Wolf’s Medicaid Expansion Plan

first_img150,000 Additional Pennsylvanians Enrolled in Governor Wolf’s Medicaid Expansion Plan July 22, 2015 Healthcare,  Human Services,  Medicaid Expansion,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Human Services (DHS) today announced 150,000 new Pennsylvanians have enrolled in HealthChoices, since Governor Tom Wolf’s Medicaid expansion plan launched on April 27, 2015. HealthChoices provides health care coverage to more Pennsylvanians than ever before, including many who previously didn’t qualify for traditional Medicaid plans.“It is a priority of my administration to provide greater access to health care for Pennsylvanians,” Governor Wolf said. “Not only will the safety and security afforded by access to affordable health care make it easier for Pennsylvanians participate in our economy, but it will also drive down costs for providing health care, particularly visits to the emergency room which is the most expensive form of care. Additionally, Medicaid expansion will provide a boost to the commonwealth’s economy.”As a result of Pennsylvania’s decision to expand Medicaid, more hard working individuals now have access to preventive care, primary care doctors, prescriptions and behavioral health parity. In addition to individuals who qualified previously, Pennsylvanians ages 19 to 64 with incomes up to 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level may be eligible for coverage under Medicaid expansion.“When Governor Wolf began the Medicaid expansion on April 27th, there were approximately 289,000 Pennsylvanians who had been enrolled in expanded Medicaid under the previous plan. Adding the 150,000 that we are announcing today takes us a total of approximately 439,000 Pennsylvanians,” said DHS Secretary Ted Dallas. “The results are that more people in the commonwealth have access to critical health care services including preventative care than ever before.”Medicaid expansion also allowed the state to access millions in federal funds for health care. In fiscal year 2015-16, those federal funds saved the state approximately $626 million in state funds. Based on current enrollment trends, state savings are projected to grow to $645 million in state fiscal year 2016-17.In addition to expanding the pool of individuals eligible, HealthChoices streamlined Medicaid in Pennsylvania, allowing consumers to receive health care faster and more efficiently. In the previous plan, formerly known as Healthy PA, individuals could be enrolled in one of three separate plan components. The complexity of this approach led to many individuals not receiving the appropriate coverage and others inappropriately denied care. By streamlining this process, the Medicaid expansion has made enrollment easier for consumers.For more information or to apply for coverage, visit www.HealthChoicesPA.comcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Gov. Wolf Announces Innovative Apprenticeships in Early Education, Addiction Counseling, and Health Care

first_img November 08, 2019 Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Philadelphia, PA – Governor Tom Wolf joined workers, employers and leaders of the District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund to announce state approval of five innovative apprenticeships that are helping workers to build careers in early childhood development, addiction counseling and as advanced medical assistants.“Apprenticeships have expanded beyond the traditional trades to careers in early education, health care and many more,” said Governor Wolf. “The apprenticeships create new and exciting opportunities to create training programs so workers can earn a paycheck while they learn, which creates a stronger workforce in Pennsylvania.”The District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund developed the five apprenticeships that are now registered with the Department of Labor and Industry (L&I). Three apprenticeships in early childhood development bring together multiple employers to create a first-of-its-kind training approach in the Philadelphia area to provide a pathway for workers to get their first technical credential up to a bachelor’s degree and teacher certification.The new apprenticeships include Direct Support Professionals, a first step in a career with classes at Thomas Jefferson University, and Child Development Specialists, with nine people attending Shippensburg University and working at First Start Partnerships for Children & Families, a Head Start in Franklin County. The third apprenticeship is for Early Childhood Pre-K Teachers, with nearly 80 apprentices working at dozens of employers and taking classes at Arcadia University, Community College of Philadelphia and Delaware County Community College.“Apprenticeships are a win-win for employers and apprentices,” said Cheryl Feldman, executive director of the District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund. “They provide employers with skilled staff trained in work-based competencies through classroom and on the job learning at the workplace and provide apprentices with paid employment while working toward portable credentials.“As a workforce intermediary, the Training Fund strives to create multiemployer apprenticeship programs that serve the needs of healthcare, human services, and early childhood, providing a successful strategy that helps to address critical labor shortages. We are thankful to Governor Wolf for his leadership in supporting the creation and expansion of apprenticeships in non-traditional industries.”Expanding job training is a priority for the Wolf administration, which provided more than $500,000 to support the apprenticeships.“We have been thrilled with our participation in the Apprenticeship Project,” said Deb Green, director of the Parent Infant Center, which hosted today’s event. “Teachers are getting college credit for their experience in the field and are succeeding in their college coursework because of the additional supports that the project provides.“Their increased knowledge about best practices in the field of early childhood education so clearly impacts their classrooms and benefits the experiences of so many young children. It has been a win-win experience for everyone.”L&I also registered apprenticeships for addiction counselors and advanced medical assistants, both sponsored by the District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund. Apprentices who complete a registered apprenticeship earn nationally recognized credentials. Employers registering apprenticeships with L&I receive guidance, helpful contacts and access to grants and funding.Apprenticeships are part of the governor’s groundbreaking PAsmart initiative to create the strongest workforce in the nation. The governor secured $70 million for PAsmart over two years, including $40 million for science and technology education and $30 million for apprenticeships and job training programs.The Wolf Administration created the Apprenticeship and Training Office within L&I in 2016. The office has registered 156 new program sponsors and 223 new apprenticeship programs or occupations, bringing the total number of registered apprentices to 18,187 statewide.Governor Wolf has set a goal of increasing the number of workers with training after high school from 47 percent to 60 percent by 2025. Gov. Wolf Announces Innovative Apprenticeships in Early Education, Addiction Counseling, and Health Carecenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more