RSF condemns Erdogan security team’s unacceptable behavior towards journalists during US visit

first_img to go further News News TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Violence News Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor April 28, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information April 2, 2021 Find out more April 2, 2021 Find out more Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the assault and harassment of journalists by Turkish security guards at an event in Washington, DC where President Erdogan was scheduled to speak yesterday. This is not the first time such unacceptable behavior has been used against journalists covering a visit by the Turkish president to the United States. April 1, 2016 – Updated on April 4, 2016 RSF condemns Erdogan security team’s unacceptable behavior towards journalists during US visit Yesterday at the Brookings Institute in Washington, DC where Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was scheduled to give a speech, his security guards harassed and physically assaulted journalists trying to cover the event. They also forcibly attempted to remove several journalists from inside, although they were on the guest list. The Brookings staff prevented them from ejecting the journalists.Adem Yavuz Arslan, Washington Correspondent of Turkey’s Ozgür Düşünce Daily newspaper, was kicked out of the building while checking in. A senior Brookings official eventually escorted Arslan back in but Brookings had to assign a security guard to the seat next to him since Turkish security guards continued to “verbally harass, insult and threaten” him. “Erdogan’s guards are not committing these barbaric acts against independent media on their own, Arslan told Reporters Without Borders (RSF). “I’m pretty confident they have their orders.” Several other journalists were involved in the tussle with Turkish security guards. Another Turkish journalist, Emre Uslu, told AP he was kicked in the leg outside the event by Erdogan’s bodyguards and was prevented from attending the speech. An American reporter attempting to film the harassment received a kick in the chest, according to AFP.“RSF condemns the Turkish security guards’ unacceptable behavior towards journalists covering this important event in Washington, DC,” said Delphine Halgand, RSF’s US Director. “Not only is Erdogan abusing freedom of the press on a regular basis in his own country, but now his security team believes they can obstruct freedom of the press in the United States. ” “Turkey’s leader and his security team are guests in the United States,” declared Thomas Burr, president of the National Press Club, in a statement issued yesterday. “Erdogan doesn’t get to export such abuse.” This is not the first time Erdogan’s security team has used these harsh methods against journalists covering an Erdogan visit to the US. In September 2014, Erdogan’s bodyguards attacked two Turkish journalists in New York during a visit between the Turkish leader and United States Vice President Joe Biden. One of the reporters was Adem Yavuz Arslan, the very same journalist attacked yesterday. Arslan said the president’s nephew, Ali Erdogan, who was a member of his security detail, evicted him from the hotel at the behest of one of the president’s advisers. Once he was on the street, two other advisers, Senol Kazanci and Aydin Ünal, threatened him. “Your existence is a crime,” one of them said. Two unidentified men then physically attacked Arslan in the street in front of the hotel.Turkey is ranked 149th out of 180 countries in RSF’s latest World Press Freedom Index. Organisation TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Violence Receive email alerts Follow the news on Turkey Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit RSF_en last_img read more

New market opening up to inshore fishermen in Inishowen

first_img Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Watch: The Nine Til Noon Show LIVE HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp By News Highland – November 9, 2012 Google+ New market opening up to inshore fishermen in Inishowen Twittercenter_img Facebook News Previous articleSF want Alcorn to withdraw Udaras nominationNext articleMc Guinness expected to take Celtic job while staying with Donegal News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Pinterest Inshore fishermen in Inishowen mayhave a new market opened to them if an agreement reached last night is given EU council and parliament approval.Minister Simon Coveney has agreed terms with the commission to open up the Lesser Spotted Dogfish market from January 1st, subject to certain conditions.Deputy Joe Mc Hugh says the species, known locally as ‘sand dog’, is not edible to humans but is used extensively as bait.He’s confident the agreement will be ratified quickly………..[podcast][/podcast] PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegallast_img read more

Safeway uses course in store war

first_img Previous Article Next Article Safeway uses course in store warOn 10 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Supermarket giant Safeway hasprioritised training in its bid to compete with rival chains.The store has investedmore than £100,000 in training, which will allow staff to become NVQ accreditedbutchers, bakers, fishmongers and greengrocers. It has also opened atraining school dedicated to improving staff development and customer service.Chief executive officerCarlos Criedo-Perez identified training as crucial to the store’s success whenhe joined 18 months ago.Safeway has developedthe courses in conjunction with the Meat Training Council and the Sea FishAuthority.Senior staff can alsotake part in externally accredited department manager programmes.And the chain hasinvested more than £10,000 in a “Safeway School” to equip employeeswith the skills needed to work in the Fresh To Go areas, which will open ineight stores around the Southeast.Staff are taughtskills like pizza throwing, wok cooking and preparing pasta for the new areas,where customers will be able to buy freshly made produce.They also receiveconfidence training from Maynard Leigh, a company that uses its theatricaltechniques to improve customer service skills.Store training managerSue Scouler-Davison said, “The programme is designed to help staff buildconfidence in themselves so they take personal responsibility for the serviceto the customer.”Safeway has 76,000employees. Comments are closed. last_img read more

US Navy Ships Search for USS Boxer’s Sailor

first_img View post tag: Boxer’s View post tag: ships July 27, 2011 View post tag: News by topic US Navy Ships Search for USS Boxer’s Sailor View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy U.S. Navy ships and aircraft are searching for a Sailor from USS Boxer (LHD 4) who went missing while the ship was conducting maritime security operations in the Gulf of Aden today.The Sailor did not report to watch and after a search of the ship, man overboard was called away.Helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft from Boxer, fixed-wing aircraft from USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), as well as a P-3 Maritime Patrol Aircraft, are conducting an airborne search while Boxer, USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3) and USS Mitscher (DDG 57) conduct a surface search.The Sailor’s name is being withheld while the search is ongoing.[mappress]Source: navy, July 27, 2011;center_img View post tag: Sailor View post tag: US View post tag: search Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Ships Search for USS Boxer’s Sailor View post tag: USS Share this articlelast_img read more

GALLERY: HMS Westminster Hunts Submarines east of Suez

first_img View post tag: Submarines Share this article View post tag: Navy Length133 m Training & Education The tests included firing of a red-tipped dummy torpedo Sting Ray into the ocean targeting a simulated submarine contact after the sonar operators in the operations room had located their ‘target’.The frigate’s sonar arrays should ideally detect such threats before they get within range to launch a torpedo of their own. But should a boat manage to deceive the sonars, it is when Magazine-Launched Torpedo System steps in as a counter-measure.Sting Ray is a current British acoustic homing light-weight torpedo (LWT) manufactured by GEC-Marconi, who were later bought out by BAE Systems. It is seven times smaller than the Spearfish torpedoes carried by submarines. Racing through the water at more than 50mph at targets half a dozen miles away, the torpedo delivers a 100lb explosive charge powerful enough to punch through the double hulls of modern submarines.Once Sting Ray is fired it uses the information provided initially by the helicopter and gathers fresh intelligence on its target using its sonar and onboard software.After the completion of the exercise, the dummy weapon was recovered from the ocean. View post tag: Westminster DUMMY STING RAY LAUNCHINGThe Royal Navy’s frigate HMS Westminster staged a submarine hunt east of the Suez Canal, where she is wrapping up her anti-piracy deployment in anticipation of the arrival of her sister HMS Somerset, which will take over in early February. View post tag: UK Back to overview,Home naval-today GALLERY: HMS Westminster Hunts Submarines east of Suez View post tag: Defence Speed28 knots [mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 4, 2014; Image: Royal Navy Range14,485 km (9,001 mi) at 15 knots View post tag: HMScenter_img Beam16.1 m GALLERY: HMS Westminster Hunts Submarines east of Suez View post tag: Defense View post tag: Naval View post tag: Suez Type 23 Frigate “Duke Class” SPECIFICATIONS View post tag: Hunts February 4, 2014 View post tag: News by topic Complement185 Displacement4,900 t Draught7.3 m StatusActivelast_img read more

Cultural Revolution comes to Allston

first_imgWhen Peter K. Bol was in college, a revolution halfway around the world changed his life.In 1966, Bol began to study modern China — the same year that the Cultural Revolution occurred. “All of a sudden, China went from being a very interesting and promising place to a very awful place. A place where people killed one another, where there was a cult of personality,” said Bol, Harvard’s vice provost for advances in learning and the Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, speaking at the Harvard Allston Education Portal (Ed Portal) earlier this month.Choosing to focus on China’s history, Bol found a wealth of material that opened his eyes to the very foundations of the country. Among them were myths and legends, such as the “timeless Chinese love story” known simply as “Ying-Ying’s story.”The love story between Ying-Ying, a young Chinese girl, and Zhang, a man who “held steadfastly to his personal principles,” dates to the Tang dynasty, about 600-900 A.D. In some ways, it is a tale as old as time — except that these star-crossed lovers do not elope, marry, or live happily ever after. Instead, after a tempestuous secret romance, they live moderately ever after, marrying other spouses and never seeing one another again.The story, Bol said, highlighted the conflict “between desire and proper life: The two can’t mix. If you feel too much desire, it can’t be good. That comes from the Buddhist unease of emotion, its unease with desire.”Centuries later, he noted, the story’s ending was altered, allowing the characters to marry and live their lives together and marking a shift toward modern love. The new ending, Bol said, emphasized that emotions were “not a danger. Emotional involvement with a person is necessary — in fact, it was [now seen] as the key to a moral society.”Bol spoke to more than 50 members of the Greater Allston-Brighton community as part of HarvardX for Allston, a new educational initiative stemming from HarvardX and run in partnership with the Ed Portal. HarvardX for Allston will bring HarvardX content to the community by offering programs that integrate the latest in virtual education technologies with opportunities for face-to-face interactions and discussion.In introducing Bol, Robert A. Lue, professor of the practice of molecular and cellular biology, faculty director of the Ed Portal, and faculty director of HarvardX, said that Bol’s ChinaX course — which he teaches with William Kirby, the Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration and T.M. Chang Professor of China Studies — was “designed to harness technology and the power of the Internet to promote teaching and learning in new and highly creative ways.”The EdX platform, created in 2012 by Harvard and MIT, now has more than 4 million people registered worldwide. Of those, 1.2 million are registered for HarvardX courses and modules.“We can use online learning content to bring individuals together,” Lue said. “To bring people from all over the world, live, into Allston. We have an opportunity to broaden the community in Allston, and also to bring Allston to the world as well.”The Ed Portal serves as a physical gathering place to facilitate in-person programs, study groups, lectures, and discussion forums among the community and Harvard faculty, students, and staff.  Built around HarvardX courses and modules, programs will range from introductory-level topics designed for individuals with limited technical skills, to more in-depth programs for learners immersed in HarvardX courses.Bernard Ho attended the Ed Portal talk and is also enrolled in the ChinaX course. He said that Bol’s course and the lecture in Allston have opened his eyes to the central philosophies of China, which have “been around for 3,000 years” and successfully stood the test of time.“I imagine historians look at things much differently than modern people,” he said. “But looking at [China’s history] from scholastic point of view, having a historian tell the story … you learn so much more.”last_img read more

Plant Gift

first_imgSearching for the right gift for the holidays can be difficult, and if you’re stuck on what to buy for that person who has everything, consider gifting a plant.There are plenty of options for the perfect gift when giving a plant and University of Georgia Cooperative Extension has plenty of tips to make sure your gift is the right one. Whether it be a college student or a hard-to-buy-for friend, a house plant may be the perfect answer to any gift-buying predicament.No room is complete without a house plant. Take a look into any home décor magazine and you’ll find house plants adorning most every room, providing a homey, natural look. House plants purify indoor air and provide mood-enhancing qualities to offset harsh winter weather.UGA Extension has a plethora of information to make sure you give the perfect plant and to ensure that it is well taken care of.“Most people love their houseplants to death by overwatering them. Homeowners should let their plants dry down until they feel light, then water them well,” said John Ruter, director of the UGA Trial Gardens in Athens, Georgia. “Make sure they drain properly before putting them back in their decorative container. If older plants get dusty, cover the pot and substrate with a plastic bag and rinse the foliage off with warm water in the shower.”Below are some other helpful tips to consider while shopping for the perfect plant to give a loved one:Get the right light. Generally, houseplants should be kept out of direct, bright sunlight, which can burn the leaves. To ensure your gift stays healthy and lasts well past the holiday season, you need to know the lighting situation it will live in.Know the lifestyle. Will the recipient remember to water the plant? Or will giving a houseplant that can survive weeks without attention be a better choice for them? Answering this question is vital to the survival of your gift.Give it some space. What kind of space does the receiver have? There are plenty of choices, but you have to know if you are buying a plant that will be perched on a small desk or which will hang from the ceiling.  Package it well. The right container is vital to keeping a plant healthy. It’s very important that the plant’s pot has a drainage hole. Many decorative containers don’t have drainage holes, so be sure to check. Not allowing water to drain from the pot creates a perfect environment for root rot and diseases.Give the gift of information. A great way to give your gift even more life, so to speak, is to include a care card that includes the plant’s name and all of the instructions on its water and light requirements.Once you have your parameters set, select a plant from these UGA Extension recommendations.Snake Plant, Sansevieria trifasciataThis plant is incredibly low maintenance. It can be found in many airports and only needs to be watered once or twice a month. The long, straight leaves provide a sharp architectural look. The plant likes lower light conditions and will burn in the sun.Pothos, Epipremnum aureum For those who have some room, pothos is perfect in a hanging basket or draping down a bookcase or tabletop. This plant prefers to stay on the drier side, so be sure to check the soil before you water. It also prefers indirect light.Jade plant, Crassula ovataSome believe that succulents are easy plants to take care of because they do not need much watering, but they can be picky about water and light. Even so, jade is a relatively low-maintenance plant. It tends to like to be watered a little bit more than other succulents but can tolerate being dry. If the leaves are soft, that means it’s time for water. This is also a good plant for a sunny windowsill.Dracaena, Dracaena fragransThis plant has a palm-tree look and comes in a variety of shapes. It can grow to several feet tall and likes indirect light and thorough watering when the soil becomes dry. Spider Plant, Chlorophytum comosumAlso called an airplane plant, spider plants are great for hanging baskets or decorative pots. They produce pups that hang down from the plant and can be propagated by placing the plantlet roots-down into a new pot. This plant likes indirect light and should be watered when the soil is completely dry.Air Plant, TillandsiaAir plants are quite unique as they have no roots and absorb their nutrients and water through their leaves. They don’t need soil, but this plant requires a bit more maintenance than others. These plants need to be misted outside of their container or soaked for 30 minutes a week. Keep air plants in bright, indirect light. If there’s a window in the bathroom, they’d love this location due to the humidity. ZZ Plant, Zamioculcas zamiifoliSometimes known as Zanaibar gem or emerald palm, this plant has very attractive glossy foliage that grows well in low light conditions.For more information on how to grow houseplants, see UGA Extension Bulletin 1318 at read more

Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont Supports Vermont Lactation Consultants Association

first_imgBlue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Supports Vermont Lactation Consultants AssociationBerlin, VT – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) announced today that it will award several scholarships to a conference this month so that medical professionals may learn more about breastfeeding from nationally known experts.The state’s largest health insurer provides scholarships each year for nurses, doctors, and other professionals to attend an annual conference sponsored by the Vermont Lactation Consultants Association (VLCA). This year’s conference takes place April 12 and 13 at the Windham Hotel in Burlington. The conference is an opportunity for professionals who provide support and assistance to breastfeeding mothers.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont recognizes the many benefits of breastfeeding to our members by offering these scholarships. The US Surgeon General states that breastfeeding is one of the most important contributors to infant health by providing a range of benefits for the infant’s growth, immunity, and development and recommends that babies should be breastfed exclusively for the first six months. BCBSVT helps its members breastfeed successfully.Priority for the scholarships is given to nurses and lactation consultants who provide care to BCBSVT members through its Better Beginnings® program or in local hospital birthing centers.For more information about BCBSVT involvement in the conference and support of breastfeeding and its benefits please contact: Megan Peek, Health Education and Outreach Coordinator, at [email protected](link sends e-mail).For more information about the conference, including an agenda and topics to be addressed, please visit the VLCA web site at is external).last_img read more

Committee passes Speaker Smith’s $11.8 million Vermont Investment Program jobs package

first_imgThe House Corrections and Institutions Committee yesterday unanimously passed the yearly Capital Bill, which includes $11.8 million for Speaker Shap Smith’s Vermont Investment Program jobs package that he outlined on the opening day of the legislative session.”I’m very pleased with the work of the House Corrections and Institutions Committee to craft a Capital Bill that makes strategic investments in Vermont and creates jobs for Vermonters in these challenging economic times,” said Speaker Smith. “On the first day of the session, I said that the number one priority of the House is helping Vermonters and Vermont businesses weather the economic storm, and this bill does just that.”The $11.8 million Vermont Investment Program will put Vermonters to work and help young Vermonters develop marketable skills while improving state and local infrastructure. Among other things, the Vermont Investment Program will:Put young Vermonters to work repairing and renovating Vermont state parks in a summer youth employment programHelp communities keep Vermonters working through funding for local projectsProvide funding for the construction of transitional housing victims of violence and homeless Vermonters as well as housing for the elderly or Vermonters with disabilitiesExpand telecommunications and broadband infrastructure”In these tough times, it’s important that we do everything we can to keep Vermonters working and get our economy back on track,” said Institutions Chair Alice Emmons, D-Springfield. “The Vermont Investment Program invests in Vermont and Vermonters so we can all get through this economic crisis.”Also included in the Capital Bill is funding for the construction of the Vermont Forensics Lab, renovations to the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington and the next phase of the State Archives construction. It also invests federal stimulus funds in wastewater treatment projects and town drinking water projects.The House Appropriations Committee is considering the Capital Bill today. It is expected on the House floor tomorrow and Friday.Source: Vermont Speaker of the Houselast_img read more

Daily Dirt: Outdoor News for May 29, 2013

first_imgYour outdoor news bulletin for May 29, the day Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first humans to reach the summit of Mount Everest, paving the way for more explorers to touch the ceiling of the world.In honor of the achievement, here is some of the latest from the Himalayas:News From EverestThere is a hug controversy brewing over a proposed ladder on Everest. Ladders are everywhere on Everest, helping cross crevases, cliffs, and whatever else they got up there, but this particular ladder is raising eyebrows and voices due to its location: The Hillary Step. Named after the aforementioned Edmund, the Hillary Step is one of the few section of actual climbing on the South Col route, the most popular with tourists – I mean mountaineers.Nepal is trying to get British climber Daniel Hughes to pay a $2,000 broadcast fee for a live video call he placed from the summit of Everest. Hughes was climbing for charity, raising $1.6 million for Comic Relief. Seems like pennies for the government of a whole nation, but as they say: rules is rules.And then there’s this: Some crazy Russian BASE jumping from the North Face. It is the highest-ever BASE jump (roughly 23,687 feet), and yes he was wearing a wing suit. See for yourself:Everest Op-EdsEverest is overcrowded, polluted, via Washington Post.Everest is different, melting, via Slate.Photo Gallery from after first ascent, via LIFE.Traffic jams are lame, adventure is lost, via The Verge.last_img read more