Organisation RSF_en Help by sharing this information News March 22, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Orient TV’s employees threatened Employees of Orient TV, a privately-owned satellite TV station that broadcasts to Syria from the United Arab Emirates, were threatened by senior Syrian security officials because of its coverage of the anti-government demonstrations in Deraa and other cities. The station also interviewed opposition figures. Three employees resigned after getting threatening phone calls. As a result of the harassment, the station’s management announced that it would no longer cover events in Syria.
News Prosecutions and arrests On 8 August 2012, six weeks after taking office, President Morsi got the Shura Council – in which the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) has 107 (59 per cent) of the seats – to appoint new managers and editors to run the state-owned media.Several were well-known FJP allies, marking a major break with the past, when the state media were extremely hostile to the then-banned Muslim Brotherhood. The appointments were contrary to the wishes expressed by the journalists working for these media, who had called for them to be elected or appointed by an independent body.These appointments have had a major impact on the state-owned media, preventing, for example, the publication of articles critical of the Muslim Brotherhood.Such practices perpetuate the Mubarak era’s appointment methods and continue the tradition of government control of what should be public-service media. The independence of the state-owned media is one of the cornerstones of freedom of information. Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution State media under party control January 22, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Follow the news on Egypt New constitution – moral and religious restrictions EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison February 6, 2021 Find out more EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Temptation of full powers Threats and physical attacks against journalists News Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff According to Gamal Eid, a lawyer who heads the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), four times as many complaints for “insulting the president” were filed during the first 200 days of Morsi’s presidency as during Mubarak’s 30-year reign.Often brought by the president’s “legal advisers,” who are Muslim Brotherhood members, these lawsuits have been facilitated by President Morsi’s appointment of Talaat Abdallah as prosecutor general after his predecessor, Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud, was fired under the “constitutional declaration” giving Morsi exceptional powers.The Cairo appeal court rescinded Abdallah’s appointment in March, ruling that it violated the laws governing the judiciary. But the appeal court’s ruling has gone unheeded and Abdallah has continued on the post. He is close to the president and his appointment has highlighted the degree of executive interference in the judiciary and the constraints on judicial independence.The satirist Bassem Youssef has been the target of many prosecutions in recent months for openly criticizing the Muslim Brotherhood on his weekly TV programme Al-Barnameg. The charges at his various trials have included “insulting President Morsi,” “insulting Islam,” “spreading atheism,” “threatening public security,” “spreading rumours and false information” and “insulting Pakistan.” This is not an isolated case. The number of complaints has soared. Reporters, TV programme hosts, editors and cartoonists have all been targeted for openly criticizing the government or just expressing an opinion at variance with the government’s. Some have already been tried. Others are awaiting trials. These lawsuits encourage self-censorship.President Morsi announced on 10 April that he would withdraw all the complaints that his legal advisers had filed against journalist accusing them of spreading false rumours about him. It was a move in the right direction but all the complaints accusing journalists of insulting the president or religion should be withdrawn.Reporters Without Borders was also alarmed by freelance journalist Mohamed Sabry’s arrest in January while he was filming in a military zone in the northeastern city of Rafah for a report for Reuters about a decision by the armed forces to ban the purchase of land in the border area.Although subsequently released, he has been awaiting trial before a military court since January but the trial date keeps on being postponed. Ironically, trials of journalists before military courts were criticized by the Muslim Brotherhood before it came to power and had been regarded as a thing of the past. June 27, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Mounting freedom of information worries after one year of Morsi Reporters Without Borders is also concerned about the increase in violence against journalists. Deliberate, targeted acts of violence have risen in recent months while the authorities show little interest in protecting journalists, despite the extreme political tension. Furthermore, impunity reigns. Few investigations of any kind are conducted into acts violence, let alone independent and impartial investigations. Hate speech against journalists by some Muslim Brotherhood supporters and Salafists during demonstrations also goes unpunished. Among other violent comments, they have called for a “purge of the media world” and accused the media of “dividing the country” and wanting to “overthrow the government.” Politicians have also often been guilty of this kind of contempt and hate-filled discourse. The Union of Journalists voiced alarm about a speech by President Morsi on 25 March and warned of a “campaign of intimidation and incitement of hatred against journalists.”According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a total of 67 media personnel have been the targets of physical attacks in the 12 months since President Morsi took office. In most cases, they were targeted by Morsi supporters while covering clashes between them and opposition supporters.Reporters Without Borders condemned the fact that Morsi supporters deliberately fired on reporters while they were covering clashes outside the presidential palace on 6 December. One of the journalists, Al-Hosseiny Abu Deif, died six days later from the head injury he received from a rubber bullet fired at close range. An investigation into the incident distinguished itself by its lack of independence.Reporters were again deliberately targeted during demonstrations outside the Muslim Brotherhood’s headquarters in Cairo on 16 and 17 March. According to the CPJ, at least 14 journalists were attacked, eight of them by Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters and the others by police.Two journalists, Doaa Abou El Nasr of Al-Fager and Mahmoud Malik of Al-Watan, were attacked by Wahid Hassan, a local Muslim Brotherhood leader, while covering a demonstration by teachers in the Aswan region on 11 June. The journalists filed a complaint against Hassan, but no action was taken. Instead, Hassan filed his own complaint against five journalists, including Nasr and Malik, who were interrogated for six hours and then released (http://cpj.org/2013/06/journalists-attacked-detained-covering-protests-i…).Media City, the Cairo suburb where the main independent TV stations are based, was besieged on 24 and 25 March by Islamists protesting against “biased” media coverage of protests outside the Muslim Brotherhood’s headquarters on 22 March. They denied access to journalists and TV studio guests, often using violence. This was the second time that Islamist protesters have overrun Media City. The first was on 17 December 2012The premises of some news media have also been attacked and ransacked in the past 12 months. They include the Al-Jazeera bureau in Cairo, which was attacked with Molotov cocktails on 21 November, and Al-Watan’s headquarters, which was the target of an arson attack on 9 March. to go further RSF_en Egypt is ranked 158th out of 179 countries in the 2013 press freedom index, which Reporters Without Borders released in January. News Reporters Without Borders is deeply concerned about the state of freedom of information in Egypt a year after Mohamed Morsi’s installation as president.The fall of Hosni Mubarak’s regime in February 2011 raised hopes of profound change and real improvement in respect for fundamental freedoms, especially freedom of information, which is essential in a country that hopes to be considered democratic.However, the changes seen since Mohamed Morsi was elected president in June 2012 are very disturbing.The list of concerns is long. The new constitution adopted in late 2012 did not include enough basic safeguards and did not guarantee media independence. There has been a surge in lawsuits and prosecutions of journalists. Reporters have also been the targets of deliberate physical attacks that have gone completely unpunished.These violations of freedom of information have reflected a desire on the part of the government and ruling party to prevent media coverage of events that could hurt their image and to conceal the political and social protests that have been causing turmoil. Help by sharing this information News President Morsi had a constitutional decree adopted on 22 November 2012 that expanded his powers. Dubbed the “new pharaoh” by the opposition, the decree said “the constitutional declarations and decisions and laws issued by the president are definitive and are not subject to appeal.” The decree also authorized President Morsi to take any decision to “protect the revolution.”After major protests, Morsi rescinded the decree on 8 December 2012. But the opposition described this as a “political manoeuvre aimed at deceiving the people” because he kept 15 December as the date for a referendum on a proposed constitution that had been much criticized because it was said to open the way to the Islamization of legislation and provide insufficient guarantees for freedoms, especially freedom of expression and freedom of religion. February 1, 2021 Find out more Organisation Reporters Without Borders wrote to President Morsi on 5 December 2012 expressing concern about the draft constitution, which was approved by a referendum later that month.The letter began by voicing amazement at the speed with which the constituent assembly passed it. “After the process had been stalled for months, its 234 articles were adopted at the end of a marathon session on 29 and 30 November,” while the opposition boycotted the proceedings on the grounds that they were controlled by Islamists.“While this draft constitution provides certain rights with formal protection, it undermines others,” the letter said. “It contains no mention of international standards on freedom of expression and leaves everything to the courts and legislators to decide. “Some of its provisions are clearly repressive. As they are vague and imprecise, they open the way to the possibility of arbitrary application. Even more seriously, it continues to make it possible for a judge to order the closure or confiscation of media, and control of the media is not completely ruled out.”Article 45 guarantees freedom of thought and opinion. It says: “Every individual has the right to express an opinion and to disseminate it verbally, in writing, by means of an illustration or by any other means of publication or expression.” Nonetheless, articles 31 and 44 ban insulting “human beings” and the “prophets.”Article 31 empowers the authorities to prosecute and convict journalists who criticize the government. Article 2 declares the “principles of the Sharia” to be the “main sources of legislation,” just as the old constitution did. But a new provision stipulates that this article should be interpreted according to Sunni doctrine, which leaves the door open to stricter interpretation.Article 10 describes the state as the “protector of morality” but, like other concepts, this role is not defined. As a result, they open the way to arbitrary and therefore repressive implementation, especially as article 81 says the individual’s “rights and freedoms shall be practiced in a manner not conflicting with the principles pertaining to state and society as stated in this Constitution.”Article 47 says the state guarantees the right of access to information, data, documents and statistics unless this right conflict with the right of a third party or with national security. While articles 48 and 49 enshrine the principle of freedom, questions are left hanging over the freedom to create a media (because it is subject to “notification” rather than just a declaration) and whether legislators will respect international standards on regulating the creation and operation of radio and TV stations.Online media should be accorded the same freedom as traditional media but the closure and confiscation of media are permitted if ordered by a judge and the control of the media is not forbidden in all possible circumstances (article 48).Article 215 provides for a National Media Council that would regulate not only radio and TV broadcasters but also the print and electronic media. This is contrary to the principle of self-regulation that should prevail in the media. The council’s functions would include ensuring that the media respect Egyptian society’s values and traditions. There is no provision for guaranteeing the council’s independence.
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Top Stories’Sahara Must Pay Rs. 62,602 Crore That It Collected From Public’: SEBI Moves Supreme Court Seeking Custody Of Subrata Roy For Failure To Deposit Sanya Talwar19 Nov 2020 11:10 PMShare This – xThe Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has moved Supreme Court against Sahara India Real Estate Corporation Ltd. (SIRECL) and Sahara Housing Investment Corporation Ltd. (SHICL) for INR 62,602 crore which it had collected from the public.The Market Regulator seeks that the Contemner(s) be held in contempt & be taken into custody, if it fails to deposit the said…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has moved Supreme Court against Sahara India Real Estate Corporation Ltd. (SIRECL) and Sahara Housing Investment Corporation Ltd. (SHICL) for INR 62,602 crore which it had collected from the public.The Market Regulator seeks that the Contemner(s) be held in contempt & be taken into custody, if it fails to deposit the said amount.SEBI contends that the Sahara’s had failed to comply with 2012 and 2015 orders which had directed the Companies to deposit the amount it along with 15% annual interest.”Inspite of the aforesaid ‘clear directions giving clear timelines, the respondents, in utter disregard, disrespect and disobedience of the directions of this Hon’ble Court, deliberately and wilfully, did not comply with any of the aforesaid directions and thereby committed contempt of this Hon’ble Court,” SEBI has told Supreme CourtIt is stated that Sahara claimed that almost 90% of the refunds was claimed to have been done by it as on August 31, 2020 “but no adequate explanation was provided as to why these developments were not brought to the notice of this Hon’ble court which was seized of the matter.”In this context, the plea states,”…. that the entire group was using the facilities of Sahara India for collection and repayments, whose Managing partner is the Respondent Subrata Roy and the Respondent companies were partners in Sahara India on or around that time, it-was not possible that the Respondents were not in a position to indicate the large scale refunds that were claimed to have been made at that point in time”Roy was arrested in March 2014 for failing to attend a contempt of court hearing and has been on bail since 2016. He has denied any wrongdoing.SEBI states that the Saharas have “made no efforts whatsoever” to comply with the orders and directions….. On the other hand contemnors’ liability is increasing daily and contemnors are enjoying their release from custody”Apropos this, it is prayed that the Top Court pass orders the Contemnors/ Sahara’s be directed to forthwith deposit the sum of INR 62,602 Crore in the SEBI Sahara Refund Account — failing which the Saharas be taken into Custody.Sahara’s Subrata Roy has recently been in the spotlight after they got a district court to stay the release of Netflix’s series “Bad Boy Billionaires” featuring Roy, claiming it would damage his reputation.Netflix later released the show after the court lifted its injunction.The Market Regulator moved the Top Court on November 18.Next Story
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Essential Duties Summary Security Sensitive Position?Yes Implements and initiates the development of CMMS such as: TMA, EAM,SAP, and MAXIMO from grass root to full end user. Manages andtroubleshoots the TMA Systems. Identifies opportunities to upgradeor replace hardware/software to meet the current and future needsof its users and management, recommends changes, and participatesin the acquisition, implementation and follow-on management ofpurchases. Coordinates the planning, design and establishment ofdata entry standards used in the TMA Systems. Establishes,reassigns, revises or deletes records in key data tables inresponse to system user requirements as applied through use ofdepartment policies and standards. Develops and managesstandards/procedures used for entering facility-wide information,and setting system defaults for each site, purchasing center, andwarehouse. Coordinates with Facilities, the Office of InformationTechnology ( OIT ), and TMA Systems users to facilitate theimporting and exporting of equipment, inventory and other data.Designs and creates reports and other reporting tools used in workorder and inventory analysis graphs. Ensures system, software,training, and reports accurately and effectively function with themost current versions and applications. Participates in requisiteTMA Systems training and education and keeps abreast of softwarechanges in order to remain informed on its use and function.Coordinates the interface between maintenance, purchasing, andinventory to support the maintenance function including theestablishment and maintenance of equipment master, labor, andinventory records. Advises on and participates in the training ofthe TMA SYSTEMS users. Performs other duties as assigned. 100% Hiring Range$55,513.00 – $69,392.00 A state driver’s license in good standing. % FTE Posting Details Work Experience * Do you have a combination of education and training beyondwhat is needed to satisfy the education requirement, it may be usedto substitute for up to four of the ten years of experience? (Forexample, a bachelor’s degree may substitute for four years ofexperience).YesNo Knowledge of, and skill in using, database management hardware andsoftware. Knowledge of configuration management principles andapplications and the ability to apply these principles to softwareapplications and data structures. Knowledge of report writing andtools used for work order analysis and inventory analysis graphs.Knowledge of and skill in business process mapping, systemanalysis, and OIT, in general. Knowledge and skill introubleshooting system irregularities, data entry training, andsetting standards for database management use. General knowledge ofwork order, purchasing, and warehousing processes. Ability toperform detailed analysis of data and information, and makerecommendations. Ability to speak and write effectively, withemphasis on the ability to train system users. Skill in using acomputer and modern office software, with emphasis on databasesystems. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Close Date It is the policy of Texas Southern University to provide a workenvironment that is free from discrimination for all personsregardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin,individuals with disability, sexual orientation, or protectedveteran status in its programs, activities, admissions oremployment policies. This policy of equal opportunity is strictlyobserved in all University employment-related activities such asadvertising, recruiting, interviewing, testing, employmenttraining, compensation, promotion, termination, and employmentbenefits. This policy expressly prohibits harassment anddiscrimination in employment based on race, color, religion,gender, gender identity, genetic history, national origin,individuals with disability, age, citizenship status, or protectedveteran status. This policy shall be adhered to in accordance withthe provisions of all applicable federal, state and local laws,including, but not limited to, Title VII of the Civil RightsAct.Manual of Administrative Policies andProcedures Job Description Summary / TWC Summary * Have you completed an Associate degree or higher?YesNoPending Required Licensing/Certification Working conditions involves some exposure to moderate risk ofaccident and require following basic safety precautions. Physicaldemands include moderate to heavy physical activity that includesprolonged standing and/or walking, handling moderate to heavyweight objects and/or using or carrying equipment. UA EEO Statement Special Instructions to ApplicantsOpen to all applicants. Grant TitleN/A Preferable ten years of progressively responsible experience indatabase management that includes work flow processing andconfiguration management, creating reports and dashboards, andtraining users. * Do you have ten years of progressively responsible experiencein database management that includes work flow processing andconfiguration management, creating reports and dashboards, andtraining users?YesNo Establishes, maintains, and ensures consistent application of theComputerized Maintenance Management System ( TMA Systems)procedures, security assignment and codes required to interfacewith maintenance, purchasing, and inventory functions at TexasSouthern University. It is a must to have a complete inner workingknowledge of CMMS Systems such as TMA, EAM, SAP, and MAXIMO ; to beable to develop the parent child hierarchy as it relates to MEPsystems and sub systems from program initiation to fullimplementation. Coordinates daily with TMA Systems operations forthe Facilities Maintenance Department and Construction and acrossthe Texas Southern University campus. Performs relatedfunctions. Desired start date An Associate’s Degree or better is preferred.A fully equivalent combination of education and training beyondwhat is needed to satisfy the education requirement may be used tosubstitute for up to four of the ten years of experience. Forexample a bachelor’s degree may substitute for four years ofexperience. Working/Environmental Conditions * Do you have working knowledge of CMMS Systems such as TMA,EAM, SAP, and MAXIMO?YesNo Official TSU TitleSYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR Hours of Work8:00 AM – 5:00 PM M-F Position End Date (if temporary) Open Until Filled (overrides close field)Yes Education Posting NumberTSU202306 Posting Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). 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In team results: Supreme Tours took 7 points from I.B.E.W. Local 94; John’s Midtown Tavern took 5 points from Amspec Services; Dworzanski’s Funeral Home took 5 points from Fryczynski’s Funeral Home. Results of the Mount Carmel Lyceum bowling league from March 14th are as follows:Individual high games for the week went to: Jack Nilan 248; Robert Magarban 243; David Magarban 226; Robert Lesiak 214; Adam Konecko 206; Ken Korzun 205; Frank Giovinazzo 198; Ed Lubach Sr. 192; Steve Mallardi Jr. 189; John McCollum 181; Artie Bernard Jr. 173; Harry Ashe 171; Frank Polomski 127.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island job fairLong Island’s construction sector suffered through another down month in terms of job gains but it did get a slight boost in December thanks to Hurricane Sandy cleanup efforts.The New York State Department of Labor released employment data for December and found that the natural resources, mining and construction sector’s job count fell by 700 jobs compared to a typical decline of around 1,800 jobs.Local hotels also saw an uptick in occupancy levels over that time as crews from out-of-state descended on Long Island to assist with hurricane recovery.Occupancy levels at hotels are at 95 percent, up 30 percent from the normal rate at this time of the year, the labor department said.“Part of this larger-than-normal increase is due to hiring from the Hurricane Sandy cleanup effort,” department of labor market analyst Shital Patel wrote as she described a job count increase of 4,500 between November and December compared to the more likely result of 3,700.Overall, private sector jobs on Long Island increased over the year by 8,000. But the .08 percent jump in jobs was outpaced by the state (1.6 percent) and the nation (1.7 percent).More than half of LI’s private industries gained jobs in December compared to 2011. Educational and health services saw a jump of 5,500, financial activities gained 3,800 jobs, professional and business services increased by 3,000 and trade, transportation and utilities also felt a spark, adding 1,500 jobs.The sectors still battling to get back on their feet, natural resources, mining and construction, leisure and hospitality, manufacturing and information all suffered job count declines in December.The local government didn’t go unfazed, shedding 6,100 jobs, the labor department said.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Less than 10 miles of new railroad track could make a huge difference to Long Island’s economic future, according to a report released Tuesday by the Long Island Index, a nonprofit group funded by the Rauch Foundation.Called the Third Track—or the Fast Track, as transportation advocates have promoted it—the additional 9.8-mile segment along the Long Island Rail Road’s main line between Floral Park and Hicksville would remove the bottleneck in the commuter railroad system, which has been impeding the expansion of service for decades and usher in a new era of regional mobility and concurrent growth.“The Third Track has been an idea that Long Islanders have hoped would happen for at least 40 years,” said Nancy Rauch Douzinas, president of the Rauch Foundation. “That’s a long time for a good idea to sit on a shelf.”The report, which was released at a special event hosted by the Long Island Association in Melville, predicts that the Third Track would add 14,000 jobs, $3 billion in personal income, $5.6 billion to our Gross Regional Product, 35,000 new residents, $40 million in additional sales tax revenue and $103 million in added property tax revenue—all by 2035, a year chosen by the study’s authors because it would mark 10 years after the supposed completion of the project.“We believe [the Third Track project] will be a game changer for the Long Island region,” said Kevin Law, president and chief executive officer of the LIA and co-vice chairman of the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council. “The Long Island Rail Road is an asset…and we need to support it because it really is part of the lifeline of our Long Island economy.”Many obstacles remain in the way before the Third Track becomes a reality, from community opposition along the route to serious problems facing public transportation funding, but the study is the first of its kind to quantify the fiscal benefits that may accrue if the $1.1.-billion capital project is ever constructed. At present, it’s slated to begin in 2020 and be completed by 2024.Prospects for the Third Track aren’t so daunting, according to Neal Lewis, executive director of the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, because the LIRR has modified its original idea so it will have a smaller impact on the neighborhoods along the line.“I think it will be a lot easier to gain community support because the things the community was concerned about in the past have been changed in the new proposal,” Lewis told the Press.According to the authors of the report, HR&A Advisors, Inc., an economic consulting firm, and Parsons Brinkerhoff, Inc., a global planning and engineering firm, with input from the Regional Plan Association, the benefits of the Third Track range from the mundane to the profound. First, there would be less waiting at the stations because more trains would be available. More riders could afford to leave their cars and board the trains when the schedule is more convenient for them so traffic would be reduced on the Long Island Expressway and the parkways. People from the city could reverse commute more easily, meaning that residents in Brooklyn, for example, could work in Ronkonkoma, making LI more appealing to generations of young people while businesses could draw upon a larger labor pool.As Long Islanders know all too well, the local economy currently leaves much to be desired. Recently, the Long Island Index reported that only 195,000 square feet of retail space is under construction in Nassau and Suffolk counties, compared to 3,765,000 sq. ft. in northern New Jersey and 1,980,000 sq. ft. in Westchester and southern Connecticut. That’s just one indicator. Meanwhile, members of the millennial generation are moving away instead of waiting for the Island to rebound.Building the Third Track is seen as one way to get them back onboard. Other plans in the works are the East Side Access tunnel so LIRR riders can go directly to and from Grand Central Terminal, although the project, now slated for completion in 2023, is four years behind schedule and $2.6 billion over budget.The Double Track on the Ronkonkoma line is now in Phase 1, which means the section between Central Islip and Ronkonkoma is slated to get a second track by September 2016. Phase 2, which would connect Central Islip to Farmingdale, is scheduled to be completed by December 2018. Once done, a disabled train on the track wouldn’t disrupt service on the entire line, and, just as important, reverse-commute trains could be added in peak travel times.The release of the new report brought together representatives of Long Island business and labor.“For us, it’s not just about the jobs—it’s about the future of Long Island,” said Roger Clayman, executive director of the Long Island Federation of Labor. “As you see from the study, housing goes hand in hand with transportation…And our ability to provide for all the education [on Long Island] is dependent upon economic growth…We need this project pretty badly.”Significantly absent from the report’s unveiling was Long Island Rail Road President Helena Williams, whose surprise firing last week by Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Tom Prendergast has shocked a wide swath of the Long Island community, especially as the threat of a debilitating LIRR strike looms on the horizon. Williams was a frequent presence at past events sponsored by the Long Island Index, and has been regarded as a valuable promoter of the LIRR’s role in fostering the Island’s economic growth.Law told those attending the event that he had called Prendergast last week and “I wasn’t shy expressing my dissatisfaction with the decision… The timing wasn’t great, and her familiarity with Long Island was critical.” Prendergast called Law on Monday and “we had a nice discussion about everything that is important to us here.” He said he plans to meet with the new LIRR president, Patrick Nowakowski, next week.Asked to comment about the report’s findings, Salvatore Arena, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, told the Press, “The MTA and LIRR welcome input as they develop the next capital program and examine future infrastructure and equipment needs. We appreciate the contribution to the discussion that was put forward today by the Long Island Index.”