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RWB puts ten faces to its #Fightimpunity campaign

first_img Reporters Without Borders is highlighting ten emblematic cases of impunity as part of its #FightImpunity campaign for the first International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. The aim is to involve the general public and step up pressure on governments to bring those responsible for these crimes to justice. Organisation Related documents rsf__fightimpunity_ru-2.pdfPDF – 86.18 KB Campaigns October 30, 2014 – Updated on January 25, 2016 RWB puts ten faces to its #Fightimpunity campaigncenter_img Читать по-русски / Read in RussianWhen the UN General Assembly created International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists on 13 December 2013, it designated 2 November, the anniversary of the murder of the two Radio France Internationale journalists, Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon in Kidal, Mali, in 2013.Reporters Without Borders has chosen these 10 cases to put names and faces to the tragic statistics and to show the scale and different forms that impunity can take. The resources deployed by authorities to solve these and many other cases have been either non-existent or hopelessly inadequate. More than 90 percent of crimes against journalists are never solved and therefore never punished.These ten impunity cases are presented on a specially created website, http://fightimpunity.org/en. Some of the victims disappeared, such Mexican crime reporter María Esther Aguilar Cansimbe, Abidjan-based French journalist Guy-André Kieffer, Iranian newspaper editor Pirouz Davani and Sri Lankan political analyst and cartoonist Prageeth Eknaligoda. Some were murdered such as Pakistani reporter Syed Saleem Shahzad, the young Serbian journalist Dada Vujasinovic, the Beirut-based columnist Samir Kassir and the Dagestani journalist Akhmednabi Akhmednabiyev, who was gunned down in 2013.Dawit Isaak, a journalist with Swedish and Eritrean dual nationality, has been held incommunicado in Eritrean President Issayas Aferworki’s hellish prison camps for the past 13 years, while police officers tortured Bahraini reporter Nazeeha Saeed for covering pro-democracy demonstrations.“We must never abandon journalists who are the victims of crimes, not even posthumously,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “The ten impunity cases we are presenting are shocking examples of incompetence or wilful inaction by officials who should be punishing despicable crimes against those who have tried to describe reality as it is.“Such a level of impunity just encourages those who commit these abuses. International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists is an occasion for paying tribute to the victims, reminding governments of their obligation to protect journalists and combat impunity, and reminding those who target journalists that one day they will be held to account for their actions.”Whether killed execution-style, blown-up by a bomb, tortured to death or disappeared, these journalists paid the price for their commitment to freedom of information. They were targeted for investigating corruption or drug trafficking, for criticizing the government or intelligence agencies or for drawing attention to human rights violations. Some of the cases have become emblematic, others are less well known.Those responsible were many and varied, and include governments, armed groups and hit-men. RWB blames the shortcomings of police and justice systems for the failures to solve these cases or to convict the perpetrators and instigators.Around 800 journalists have been killed in connection with their work in the past decade. The deadliest year was 2012, with 88 journalists killed. The number of killed fell slightly in 2013 but the figures for physical attacks and threats against journalists continued to rise. At total of 56 journalists have been killed since the start of 2014.RWB’s recommendationsTo combat impunity, Reporters Without Borders is calling for the creation of the position of special adviser to the UN secretary-general on the safety of journalists. Creating such a post at the heart of the UN system would enable monitoring and verification of states’ compliance with their obligations under UN Security Council Resolution 1738 and the General Assembly resolution of 18 December 2013.Adopted on 23 December 2006, Resolution 1738 reminds states of their “obligations under international law to end impunity.” The resolution passed by the UN General Assembly on 18 December 2013 calls on states to conduct “impartial, speedy and effective investigations into all alleged violence against journalists (…) to bring the perpetrators of such crimes to justice and ensure that victims have access to appropriate remedies.”A resolution adopted by the UN Human Rights Council on 19 September called in similar terms for an end to impunity. A proper international monitoring and verification mechanism is needed so that all these resolutions can be implemented.RWB is also calling for an amendment to article 8 of the International Criminal Court’s statute so that deliberate attacks on journalists, media workers and associated personnel are defined as war crimes. As a member of the French coalition of the ICC, it is urging states to pass legislation allowing them, under the principle of universal jurisdiction, to prosecute those in their territory who committed grave crimes in another country.The European Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights have ruled that respect for freedom of information not only requires states to abstain from arbitrarily interfering in the use of the right to information but also requires them to protect journalists and prosecute those who target them.RWB calls on states to implement these provisions by conducting immediate, effective and independent investigations into attacks against journalists and prosecuting those responsible. The authorities that conduct these investigations must be able to resist any political, diplomatic or technical pressure or obstacles they may encounter. In some ongoing cases, RWB has seen how the threat of ending a judicial investigation represents a victory for impunity. Help by sharing this information RSF_en last_img read more

Long-term job insecurity leads to stress

first_img Previous Article Next Article The need for a new approach to occupational safety, health and environmentalissues was highlighted in a recent television phone-in about stress. During the course of the discussion, a caller rang to complain that too muchemphasis was being placed upon management and white-collar workers. People”on the shop-floor” suffer from stress too, she said, adding thatpeople’s lives in general were more stressful than ever before. One of the studio guests, a spokesperson from the Institute of Directors,seized upon the woman’s final comments to debunk the whole notion of workplacestress. Now is not the time to explore the rights and wrongs of the stress debate.However, the IoD spokesperson’s comments did seem to suggest that a cleardivision could be drawn between work and the home. But how viable is this position? It seems to take no account of the dramaticchanges that have taken place in the workplace over the past 25 years and arestill continuing. Today, a typical workplace comprises a mix of small contractors,sub-contractors and employees of the parent company, making it more difficultto identify and tackle health and safety issues. More organisations than everare relying on agency workers, casual labourers, homeworkers and volunteers,with terms such as “flexible workforce”, “downsizing”,”productivity gains” and “payment by performance” allcommonplace. Moreover, for many, job security has been replaced by long-terminsecurity’. Those of us who work in occupational safety and health are still trying tocome to terms with the effects of these changes, and it seems that manybusiness people are too. In response to this, Iosh has organised a majorsafety, health and environment conference on 5-6 April. The impact of change on organisations is at the top on the agenda, withissues such as operating in a global market, public interest in health andsafety, and the impact of new technologies considered during the two-dayprogramme. The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health represents 25,000safety and health professionals in industry, commerce and the public sector.For conference details contact Penny Richards on 0207-453 5491 or access www.ibcglobal.com/managedevents/Iosh Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Long-term job insecurity leads to stressOn 1 Mar 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Jerry Garcia’s First Known Studio Recording From 1962 Will Soon Be Released

first_imgWe know that Jerry Garcia devoted his life to music, but fans mostly know his work with the Grateful Dead. Garcia was something of a folk music legend in the Bay Area through the early 60’s – something that Bob Weir discusses in the recent documentary The Other One. Now, we’ll get our first look into that era of Garcia’s career.Today, Round Records/ATO Records have announced a brand new release of a 1962 studio session by a group called the Hart Valley Drifters. The session features a 20-year-old Jerry Garcia, as well as Robert Hunter on bass, David Nelson on guitar, Ken Frankel on banjo, fiddle and guitar and Norm Van Maastricht on dobro. Amazingly, the sessions were found in the closet of producer Ted Claire in 2008, and are just now being released for the first time.The full album features a number of traditional folk numbers and classic covers, including “Cripple Creek,” “Roving Gambler,” “Pig In A Pen,” and so many more. Titled Folk Time, the new album will be released officially on November 11th. You can find pre-orders here.Check out the first song to be released from the album, “Roving Gambler,” which premiered on Relix today.Hill Valley Gamblers – Folk Time Tracklisting1. Band Introductions2. “Roving Gambler”(Traditional)3. “Ground Speed”(Earl Scruggs)4. “Pig In A Pen”(Fiddlin’ Arthur Smith [traditional] arr. by J. Garcia)5. “Standing In The Need Of Prayer”(Traditional)6. “Flint Hill Special”(Earl Scruggs)7. “Nine Pound Hammer”(Traditional)8. “Handsome Molly”(G.B. Grayson/Henry Whitter)9. “Clinch Mountain Backstep”(Ralph Stanley/Ruby Rakes)10. “Think of What You’ve Done”(Carter Stanley)11. “Cripple Creek”(Traditional)12. “All The Good Times Have Past And Gone”(Traditional)13. “Billy Grimes, The Rover”(Traditional)14. “Paddy On The Turnpike (Boys, My Money’s All Gone)”(Traditional)15. “Run Mountain”(J.E. Mainer)16. “Sugar Baby”(Moran Dock Boggs)17. “Sitting On Top Of The World”(Walter Jacobs Vinson/Lonnie Carter)last_img read more

Lea Salonga Experiences a Whole New World of Aladdin

first_imgTony winner Lea Salonga took a little trip down memory lane on July 3—after providing the singing voice for Princess Jasmine in the original 1992 Disney film, the star returned to Agrabah to catch Aladdin on Broadway! After seeing Adam Jacobs, Courtney Reed and Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart do their thing at the New Amsterdam Theatre, Salonga headed backstage to greet the whole cast and snap this adorable photo with Jacobs, who plays Aladdin in the hit musical. Check out this Hot Shot of Salonga hanging out in Agrabah, then see the hit musical on Broadway! View All (4) Aladdin from $57.50 Adam Jacobs Lea Salonga View Comments James Monroe Iglehart Courtney Reed Related Shows Star Fileslast_img read more

BiH judokas won six golden medals in Ohrid

first_imgBiH judo team won 13 medals at the Balkans Judo Championship for younger judokas which was held this weekend in Ohrid, reports Fena.Young BiH judokas competed with 350 participants from 9 countries (Romania, Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Greece, Albania and BiH) and won six golden, two silver and five bronze medals.Aleksandra Samardžić won two golden medals as well as Harun Sadiković while Selma Sejdinović and Slobodan Đorda won one golden medal each.Nasul Mešinović and Nikola Mišković won silver medals while Amar Maksumić, Milan Bjelica, Pavle Derikonja , Amina Kahrimanović, Andrej Zurovac, Seadet Kurtović and Vehbija Aljić won bronze medals.(photo: journalofasianmartialarts)last_img read more

Apaches prepared with new game plan

first_img “Right now, I’m just concerned with how we’re tackling,” Bonds said. “We had several missed tackles and breakdowns against Valencia. We missed too many assignments, so those are things we need to clean up.” Bonds knows that the absence of Bailey gives his team an edge, but there also are disadvantages. “It kind of throws us for a curve because we’ve been preparing for him,” Bonds said. “He’s an outstanding back that can change a game by himself. But at the same time, I’m sure that Arcadia will use this to motivate themselves. “Whenever you have a chance to win without your best player, you usually come out and give a huge effort, and that’s what I expect.” And that’s exactly what Dimalante is hoping for. “It would be a big win, there’s no doubt about that,” said Dimalante, whose Apaches lost to the Golden Knights 28-6 in the 2004 season opener. “I feel good about the players we’ll send out (tonight). They’ve been working hard and believe they can get it done.” — Fred J. Robledo can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485, or by e-mail at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s a blow for sure, but we can’t depend on one person,” Dimalante said. “He’s been our leader on offense the past two years, so we’re going to need others to step up because St. Francis is always one of the toughest games on our schedule.” The Apaches will likely rely more on senior quarterback Travis Gowan, with senior Dean Carazza taking over for Bailey in the backfield. Arcadia High School’s football team will open the season tonight against visiting St. Francis without reigning Pacific League co-most valuable player Audarrius Bailey, who has been suspended for the first two games of the season. Bailey, who led the area in rushing as a sophomore with 1,717 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushed for 1,590 yards and 13 touchdowns in an injury-shortened junior season, was suspended for violating team rules over the summer, rules that coach Jon Dimalante said will remain a private matter. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “We still need to run the ball, but we have Travis and some good wide receivers and tight ends,” Dimalante said. “We’ll probably be a little more balanced than we normally would be with Audarrius, and I’m hoping that throws them (St. Francis) off a little.” Golden Knights coach Jim Bonds has his own kinks to work through. The Knights were somewhat manhandled in a scrimmage against Valencia last week, which is not so alarming when you consider that Valencia lost to Mission Viejo in last year’s CIF-SS Division II championship game. The Knights have a sizable line returning, but they’re hoping that one of their junior quarterbacks, Luke Bollis or Stephen Peterson, can fill the void left by Matt Abbey. They’re also hoping that sophomore running backs Nathan Stark and Cameron Schell can pick up where departed senior Blake Milton left off. last_img read more

Never too early to focus on disease pressures

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers primary focus this time of year is getting their corn and soybean fields sowed, but as DuPont Pioneer Account Manager Tate Cockerill points out, they should also be giving some thought to disease pressures that may start to show up as the soils warm up. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.last_img

Tax Overhaul Keeps Breaks for Wind and Solar

first_imgOne reason that existing solar and wind incentives will continue, according to The New York Times, is the rising influence of the renewables industry, even among Republicans. Charles Grassley of Iowa and Dean Heller of Nevada, for example, both objected to the rollback of incentives in the House bill. Grassley may not be convinced that global warming is a problem, but Iowa gets more than one-third of its electricity from wind turbines. Heller’s home state is where Tesla is building a giant factory to make batteries for its electric vehicles.Wind and solar together accounted for about 6.5% of all U.S. electricity in 2016, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.“As wind and solar projects have soared in the U.S., in both red and blue states, so has the industry’s influence in Washington, D.C., on both sides of the aisle,” Dan W. Reicher, director of the Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford, told The Times. Expired tax credits lower salesUntil the end of 2016, consumers could take advantage of federal tax credits for energy-related improvements made to their primary homes, including heating and cooling equipment, water heaters, windows, and insulation. Those benefits have expired.Ground-source heat pumps (also called geothermal systems) had been eligible for the 30% credit, and the industry experienced a sharp decline in sales after it expired. Manufacturers were encouraged by an early version of the tax bill in the House of Representatives, which restored the credit and made it retroactive to the beginning of 2017. But in the end, the provision was not included.“It was a kick in the pants,” said Ryan Dougherty, the chief operating officer of Geo Exchange, the trade group representing the ground-source heat pump industry in the U.S.Along with other “orphan technologies” like fuel cells and small wind, the industry has been left behind, despite what Dougherty said was support from a “broad coalition” of Democrats and Republicans in Congress.The 30% tax credit was especially useful for heat pump manufacturers because it made the relatively expensive systems competitive with other HVAC options, Dougherty said by phone. When the credits were no longer available, sales fell by as much as 50%. Allowing tax credits to expire amounted to the government telling consumers the “technology is not worth your money,” he said. “It’s leaving the little guys behind. Our industry is the little guys.”Mike Bergey, president and CEO of Bergey Wind Power, a manufacturer of small wind turbines, expressed similar views. The loss of tax incentives was “pretty devastating,” he said in a call, and “completely killed” the company’s residential market. Loss of sales persuaded many of Bergey’s mom-and-pop distributors to begin selling PV modules instead of wind turbines, and rebuilding the retail network won’t be easy.Bergey found the disparity between continued tax credits for PV modules that are largely made overseas and the lack of any credit for residential wind turbine buyers in the U.S. disturbing. “It’s just not a good narrative,” he said.A sliver of good news for the small wind industry, however, is a continuing tax credit for small commercial customers, such as ranches and farms. That credit is 24% this year and will drop by 6 points per year until it’s gone. That appears to be untouched in the new tax bill. Some concerns remainOne sour note for environmentalists is the provision that will open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to oil drilling. Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and other Republicans have been pressing for the change for years and argue it can be done without harming the 19.6 million-acre refuge, what has been described as one of the most pristine regions in the U.S. Democrats have fought the move.Another sticking point for renewable energy advocates was the Base Erosion Anti-Abuse Tax (BEAT), a provision designed to prevent big corporations from moving their profits overseas to avoid federal taxes.The American Council on Renewable Energy had warned in November that BEAT would have “a devastating if unintended impact” on the solar and wind industries by undermining the use of renewable energy tax credits to pay for new projects.The final version of the bill, Greentech Media said, lets corporations continue using the Investment Tax Credit and the Production Tax Credit to lower taxable income, although at a lower rates.BEAT is not something, however, that residential renewable energy customers are going to spend much time worrying about. (For a detailed explainer on how BEAT works, read this.) The tax overhaul passed this week by Congress leaves tax breaks for solar and utility-scale wind projects in place, but does not restore tax credits for ground-source heat pumps and small wind turbines as those two “orphan technologies” had hoped. The Associated Press reports that the $1.5 trillion package does nothing to change tax credits for the wind and solar industries. Under terms of a bill passed in 2015, the incentives for utility-scale wind run through 2020 and solar benefits until 2022.The bill also includes a tax credit of up to $7,500 for plug-in vehicles, despite earlier attempts in the House to kill it. (If you’re interested in wading through the 560 pages of the bill, you can find it here.)Of key importance to homeowners is survival of the 30% federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for photovoltaic (PV) systems and solar hot water systems. The ITC will drop to 26% in 2020 and 22% in 2021. After that, the residential credit drops to zero while the commercial and utility credit goes to 10% permanently, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.While the solar industry benefits, the bill does nothing to restore tax credits that would have helped manufacturers of small wind turbines and ground-source heat pumps — a bitter pill for both of those industries. Still a ‘glimmer of hope’Dougherty sees a “glimmer of hope” in a House bill sponsored by Tom Reed, a New York Republican, that would restore tax credits for geothermal and small wind systems. But, Dougherty said, Congress is unlikely to consider stand-alone bills — that is, bills with a single purpose rather than proposals that become part of omnibus legislation — and the chance of passage at the moment looks “slim to none.”“It’s not that heavy a lift,” he said of the bill’s $2.3 billion price tag over five years. “It won’t break the bank.”But the situation appears fluid. Dougherty and Bergey were hoping to get language to restore the credits into an “extender bill” for the federal budget that could be considered in January. Bergey said he understands there’s interest in that approach, and its chance of approval could be as high as 60%.“These are tough times,” he said. “We’ve seen tough times before. We’ll come out of this OK.” RELATED ARTICLES Tax Bill Would Deal a Blow to RenewablesDeciphering the Tax Creditslast_img read more

Resolving to make a Resolution: 5 things to consider when making your New Years Resolution

first_imgBy: Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTpixabay[Resolution by annca, November 2015, CCO]Have you ever wondered why you can’t seem to stick to your New Year’s resolutions? Do you find yourself wondering why this happens each and every year? You have great intentions and you seem to take off with great force and then your momentum comes to a screeching halt around that third or fourth week in January. Don’t worry; you are not alone. Here is a list of things to consider when making your resolution.Does my resolution have to start on January 1st? So, it’s the beginning of a new year and it seems appropriate to make a fresh start. But, is it really necessary to start of the very first day of the year? Most of us are cleaning up messes from the holidays, attempting to get the kiddos back in something that resembles routine, stewing over that confrontational moment with the mother-in-law, and traveling to get back home. Some of us still may even have more gatherings planned that we were unable to make happen during the actual holidays. With all of these stressors and more, it seems like attempting to make a big change has potential for failure pretty quickly.Are the requirements to attain my resolution really feasible? When you make a resolution, think long and hard about how easily you can do this. If your resolution is to become a body builder over the next year, you will want to think about more than just your ability to go to the gym. Do you have the time to commit to all of the training required? Do you have all of the equipment necessary? And, if you don’t have all of the equipment, do you have the money to buy it? Do you know what type of diet you will need to maintain? And, if you don’t, do you know someone who can help you? Can you afford to pay them to help you? So, before you commit yourself to a resolution, think it through in terms of feasibility, accessibility, and possibility!Is this a resolution that I can really maintain long-term? Tying into the whole idea of thinking long and hard about your resolution choice, add this in as well. Is this something that you can maintain? Are you making such a drastic change in your life that it may not be easy to keep the same momentum at all times? Watzlawick, Weakland, and Fisch (1974) tell us that in first-order change, there are changes that are made but the structure of the system does not change. But, in second order change, the changes that occur are a direct result of a change in the system. So, ask yourself if the changes you have made are simple changes in behavior (first-order change) or complex changes in structure (second-order change) before you decide whether or not this resolution can and will continue past the 3rd week in January.What will happen if I don’t meet my resolution? This is an important question to ask yourself when making a resolution. Will you be disappointed and beat yourself up? Will you blame others for not making it happen? Will this add extra tension and stress to your life? Take some time to really think about this question before you make your resolution.Is it really necessary to even have a resolution? Yes, I asked it. I’m sorry if anyone thinks that this is blasphemous to even suggest it. But, can you skip the resolution this year? Or, if you are really against this idea, you can always make a resolution to not have a resolution this year! Something to think about, right?During these last few weeks of December when you are thinking about your potential resolutions for the upcoming year, consider these five questions. And, most importantly, keep in mind that this is YOUR resolution. You are the expert on yourself which means that you get to choose your resolution and whether you have one or not.References[1] Watzlawick, P., Weakland, J. & Fisch, R. (1974) Change: Principles of Problem Formation and Problem Resolution. New York, NY: W.W Norton & Company, Inc. This post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the Social Media and Programming Coordination Specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more