first_img TurkeyEurope – Central Asia News Help by sharing this information Organisation March 10, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 An Austrian journalist has spent one month in prison Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Reporters Without Borders has again demanded the release of Austrian journalist Sandra Bakutz, who has now been held in prison in Turkey for one month.Bakutz, a journalist for Austrian radio Orange 94.0 and for the Germany weekly Junge Welt, was arrested by police on 10 February 2005, at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul. She has been charged with ‘belonging to an illegal organisation.’ “This imprisonment is based on vague suspicion. A date has been fixed for her trial and there is no justification for holding her in custody until then,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “She went to Turkey to do her work as a journalist and should not be treated as a terrorist.”In addition, the authorities have failed to respect the usual judicial procedure, since no international arrest warrant was served on Bakutz.She was taken on 16 February to a prison in Pasakapisi, Istanbul, and later transferred to Gebze jail, 50 kilometres further south. She was finally moved on 1st March 2005 to Ankara’s Ulucanlar Prison, notorious for torture that took place there over a long period and which holds most of Turkey’s political prisoners.Her case is to go before a high court with the first date fixed for 30 March. She faces between 10 and 15 years in prison. She is being defended by three Turkish lawyers: Selçuk Kozagagli, Özgür Yilmaz and Betül Vangölü.Turkey’s Chief Prosecutor, Mustafa Kelkit in Ankara is proceeding against her under Article 168 paragraph 2 of the Turkish criminal code for “belonging to an illegal organisation” – the extreme left Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C) classed by the United States and the European Union as a terrorist organisation. No evidence of her membership of the organisation has been produced. Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor April 2, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia April 28, 2021 Find out more Receive email alertscenter_img News News Her lawyers made an application for bail while she awaits trial on 7 March, but the Turkish authorities have so far not seen fit to respond.Bakutz is in good health, but she is not permitted to telephone or have any other contacts with the outside world. News RSF_en Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit April 2, 2021 Find out more An Austrian journalist has been held in prison for one month in questionable conditions awaiting her trial that is due to open in Ankara on 30 March. Reporters Without Borders called for her immediate release, saying that there is no justification for holding her in custody until then. to go further Follow the news on Turkeylast_img read more

first_img Help by sharing this information News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison ChinaHong KongAsia – Pacific Protecting journalists PhotoreportageJudicial harassmentViolence The prohibition on face-covering using a colonial-era Emergency Regulations Ordinance was proclaimed and came into force on Saturday October 4th despite widespread criticism. According to the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA), journalists that carry a protective mask are at risk of being arrested, detained and prosecuted under the law, although they may invoke professional motives as their defence. Footage of reporters being requested by police to remove their gas-mask have already surfaced on social media.“Over the past four months, journalists in Hong Kong have been exposed to massive doses of tear gas, pepper spray and fumes that pose a direct threat to their health,” says Cédric Alviani, head of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) East Asia Bureau, who urges Hong Kong authorities to “ensure that reporters are formally exempt from the ban and effectively free to protect themselves while carrying on their mission.”Officially presented as a response to the violence that erupted during the pro-democracy demonstrations over the past weeks, the ban prohibits the wearing of full or partial facial covering, including face paint, at any public assembly, whether legal or not.Since the beginning of the demonstrations in June, journalists have been under tremendous pressure in Hong Kong and many of them have also been victim of abuse, leading RSF to publicly address Chief Executive Carrie Lam in an open letter that received a canned answer without commitment.In the RSF World Press Freedom Index, Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China, plummeted from 18th in 2002 to 73rd this year. RSF_en Organisation PHOTO: PHILIP FONG / AFP Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom June 2, 2021 Find out more News ChinaHong KongAsia – Pacific Protecting journalists PhotoreportageJudicial harassmentViolence center_img Hong-Kong’s face-covering prohibition implemented last Saturday threatens journalists’ right to protect themselves while reporting, denounces Reporters Without Borders (RSF). October 8, 2019 – Updated on October 16, 2019 Hong Kong: mask-ban endangers journalists to go further June 7, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists News Follow the news on Asia – Pacific Receive email alerts Newslast_img read more

first_img Comments are closed. Companies woo staff with offers of flexible benefitsOn 7 Nov 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Employees are backing companies that let them choose the benefits they want, according to data from the Industrial Society.The research found the number of flexible benefits schemes has doubled in the past four years as firms adopt new strategies to retain staff. Nine out of 10 of the firms reported that staff are “very keen” to have some choice about what benefits they have.Cadbury, PricewaterhouseCooper and Alcatel Telecom have all successfully introduced the schemes recently. Jan Johnston, benefits development manager for Cadbury, said staff were cautious and cynical at first, but take-up has improved.PricewaterhouseCooper also found staff sceptical initially about the benefits, but by late last year they were much more positive. The company said its key message had been that employees needed more time to understand how flexible benefits work.The benefits most often offered are healthcare, extra holidays and company cars. But some companies include life or medical insurance, share options, childcare vouchers and gym membership.On the downside, more than half the respondents said flexible benefits schemes are costly to administer, and some said they are difficult to manage. Nearly one in four said their employees would rather be paid more.Christine Garner, IS head of organisational development, said: “They are a way of increasing employees’ satisfaction, and also of getting the best results.” By Kathy last_img read more

first_imgThe potential for rapid deglaciation, or collapse, of the 2–million–square–kilometer West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) in response to climate change is one of the most serious environmental threats facing mankind. The WAIS is a marine ice sheet with large parts of its ice grounded below sea level. Complete collapse would result in a global sea level rise of approximately 5 meters, with immense social, economic, and ecological consequences.last_img

first_imgSeptember 3, 2019 /Sports News – Local Former Panguitch High Star Whittni Orton Places First in 5-K Brad James Written by Tags: BYU Autumn Classic/Panguitch High/Whitnni Orton FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailKAHUKU, Hawaii-Last Saturday, former Panguitch High School cross country star Whittni Orton of BYU placed first in the 5-K race at the Big Wave Invitational.Orton won the event in a time of 18:05.00 and was instrumental in the No.6 ranked women at BYU winning the team competition.Orton and her Cougars teammates are next in action September 14 at the BYU Autumn Classic.last_img

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCourtesy Adrian BallingerBy ALEXANDRA SVOKOS, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Emily Harrington was close to the 3,000-foot top of Yosemite National Park’s El Capitan, close to achieving the historic goal she’d spent years working up to, and she was resigning herself to the idea that it was out of reach — again.Just like last year, when she almost reached that point but, exhausted, just couldn’t clinch it. Or a few weeks after that, when she slipped and fell only 150 feet up from the ground, ropes catching her but leaving a rope burn on her neck that took her out for the season.Again, she took a fall. Again, she was there, hanging off the side of El Cap, bleeding, with a gash above her eye.“There was a part of me that didn’t want to climb again,” she told ABC News. “I was so emotionally drained and exhausted, and there was a part of me that wanted to give up and just be like, ‘This is it; this is done. It’s not for me.’”But there, hanging off the side of the park’s iconic granite wall, her team checked out the puncture wound — they could patch it up. They ran through concussion protocol — no signs. All she had to do was get herself to keep climbing.“I had to go through the process of convincing myself that I had earned the right to try again up there and I had worked so hard and I deserve to try again,” Harrington said. “It was like I hit rock bottom and clawed my way out.”After that, there was just one more difficult pitch — what climbers call portions of a climb — to get through before it was smooth sailing to the top. It was after sunset, and she’d been climbing for 18 hours. That one last difficult pitch she was facing down was the one she’d bailed on last year. It was dark, she had a headlamp on, and she willed herself to just try it.“It was one of the moments that you kind of live for in climbing, when you just execute something so perfectly,” she said.She finished that portion “flawlessly,” and “that’s when I knew I was going to do it. And it was a really, really powerful feeling.”There were, she said, “a lot of tears.”After 21 hours and 13 minutes of climbing, Harrington reached the top. In doing so, she became the first woman — and fourth person of any gender — to free-climb the Golden Gate route of El Capitan in one day. She is now the fourth woman to free-climb El Capitan in a day on any route. “Free-climbing” means you’re attached to ropes, so if you fall, you’re caught, but the ropes do not assist the climb.“[Climbing] still is very much a world where men kind of dominate,” she told ABC News, “and I think for me it took a long time to realize that I did belong up there and that I didn’t have to do it the way everyone else said I had to do it. There’s no formula and I did it my own way.”It’s an extraordinary feat that requires not just technical climbing skill, not just power, but also mental and physical stamina.After the two failed attempts last year, Harrington spent 12 months working on those factors, building up strength and power through bouldering and building up stamina through runs in the mountains around Lake Tahoe, where she lives with boyfriend Adrian Ballinger, a mountaineer who followed her through the training and attempts. She worked on climbing efficiency, looking at where she could move smarter to climb not more quickly, but with less energy.It wasn’t always clear she was going to be able to make an attempt this year: The coronavirus pandemic shut down Yosemite National Park in the spring, and in the fall, it shut down due to wildfires.The pandemic, Harrington said, did have one “silver lining” as it allowed her to stay focused on her goal, with travel and other distractions cut off.She did, she said, have some anxiety and fear going back to the wall after her fall last year — which caused a media frenzy.But for one thing, she knew she had the training, and for another, she knew exactly what had gone wrong (she and Alex Honnold, of Free Solo fame, who has been her partner on El Capitan, didn’t use enough gear for the ropes, she said, and they climbed on a cold day), so she knew how to avoid it.Harrington first completed a climb of the Golden Gate route of El Capitan in 2015, over six days. Two years ago, she began seriously training to do it in under a day.But, she said, it feels more like “a life goal” than something she’s been working toward for years.“In a way this was my life’s dream,” she said. “This is the culmination of everything I’ve ever put into my climbing all summed up in one day.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund Written bycenter_img November 9, 2020 /Sports News – National Emily Harrington climbs Yosemite’s El Capitan in one daylast_img read more

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Durham letting agent receives MBE in New Year’s Honours List previous nextAgencies & PeopleDurham letting agent receives MBE in New Year’s Honours ListRichard H Tucker honoured for his work in business and the communityNigel Lewis4th January 201701,099 Views Richard H TuckerRichard H Tucker, the managing director of County Durham student lettings and property management firm AAA Property (North East) has been made an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List.His MBE was awarded for services to business, skills and the community in the North East. Richard founded AAA Property Services in 2007 following a career in the Royal Air Force as well as spells working for a supermarket chain and a distribution company.AAA Property, which is based in Newton Aycliffe near Darlington, is unusual because it operates a Caring Caretaker scheme that offers former service personnel work and training within its property management arm.It looks after a wide variety of different properties including buy-to-lets owned by private landlords as well as commercial, healthcare and educational properties within the North East region.“As we have grown, we have found getting good quality handyman has been quite hard,” he recently told the Northern Echo newspaper. “That’s where Caring Caretaker comes in, and we have people here who want to work and want a job.“They are good customer-facing people and what a lot of them don’t want is the repetition some jobs can bring.“They don’t want to be in an office or working on thousands of widgets each day, they like the variety, independence and responsibility of being out there on their own, which is what they have had all their lives.”Richard’s MBE adds to already extraordinary tally of honours and awards for both himself and his company. He holds a Gulf Medal and Bar for his service during the 1st Gulf War in 1992 as well as a General Service medal and is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Freeman of the City of London.His company has won several recent awards too including Property Manager of the Year two years in a row recently in the North-East Student Housing Awards and Employer of the Year at the Northern Star Awards 2016. January 4, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

first_imgA number of German news sources, including the leading newspapers Die Zeit and Der Tagesspiegel, have been reporting last night’s Union forum as a “Rassisten-Konferenz”. I don’t think I need to translate. A quick Google search shows the following uses of that term across the web: 1. Referring to a far-right conference in Russia, posted on The Phora, which appears to be a borderline white supremacist website. I don’t think I’ll link to that… 2. The same event, this time posted on Redskin, which claims to be a left-wing anti-fascist skinheads society. I might pass on the link again… 3. A report on the same far-right conference on an anti-racist information site, Redok. 4. Referring to potential anti-Semitism at the 2001 World Conference against Racism in Durban, in an article on, the largest online Jewish magazine in German. Talk about misguided association…UPDATE: To add to what was on the BBC last night, Der Spiegel are now reporting that the group of protesters who got inside the debating chamber went behind the piano and started playing Jingle Bells. Apparently at one point Luke Tryl tried to hide behind a group of security guards, and a demonstrator tried to follow after him. When stopped by a policeman, he piped up: “I was just trying to find out if this was the entrance to the comedy club.” Fun stuff indeed.Cherwell 24 is not responsible for the content of external siteslast_img read more

first_imgStand-up comedian Tony Law will front a two-week coffee campaign and mini-series, Finding Hannah, in support of Fairtrade coffee.Running from 30 September-13 October, the campaign is designed to connect coffee lovers to the farming communities who grow their favourite beans through a digital treasure hunt and a series of short online films.Starting in a Co-operative store in Clapham, London, Tony instructs others on “Fairdom”. He then meets Hannah, “a Fairtrade novice”, whom he educates and connects to the farming communities.During the two weeks, Fairtrade coffee fans will watch the mini-series to unlock clues, revealing the country Tony and Hannah are visiting. Fans can guess at, giving them the chance to win a trip for two to the destination worth £4,000.To improve the chance of winning, entrants can get special codes from any of the four lead campaign partners, Cafédirect, The Co-operative, Greggs and Starbucks, which unlock exclusive film content. Consumers can also win prizes from other Fairtrade coffee brands, as well as learn lessons about the environmental, economic and social impact of Fairtrade for coffee farmers.Commenting on the campaign, Law said: “This campaign is simply about how very small choices around what coffee you drink can help improve the lives of disadvantaged farmers.”Fairtrade works with more than 580,000 smallholder coffee farmers globally who grow their coffee on farms of two hectares or less. Last year, a Fairtrade premium of approximately £23m globally was paid back to coffee farmers around the world for investment in their businesses or community development projects, such as clean water or education.Kate Lewis, Fairtrade coffee genius, said: “You have the power to change the world one purchase at a time through buying Fairtrade coffee. Our farmers always get at least what it costs them to grow their coffee – amazingly, other farmers might not. Only with Fairtrade do farmers receive an additional amount, the Fairtrade Premium. They choose for themselves how to invest it to build stronger communities and businesses.“Last year retail sales of Fairtrade coffee were just over £192m, with an estimated 14 million cups of Fairtrade coffee drunk every day. Fairtrade is a consumer drink of choice and our aim in 2013 is to support more Fairtrade farmers and their communities than ever before by increasing sales and availability.”Coffee was one of the first Fairtrade products to be launched in the UK in 1994, making it and the Fairtrade Foundation’s 20th birthday next year.last_img read more