RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19

first_img March 3, 2021 Find out more Organisation IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses Covid19ImprisonedJudicial harassment April 27, 2021 RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 Help by sharing this information News The New Delhi-based journalist Siddique Kappan, chained to a hospital bed for almost a week, is in a critical condition and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) demands that the Uttar Pradesh provincial authorities order his immediate release. As reported by RSF, Kappan was arrested in October 2020 while travelling from New Delhi to Uttar Pradesh to report on the alleged gang-rape and killing of a 19-year-old woman from the Dalit caste (formerly known as “untouchables”) in Hathras. He was charged with sedition and could face life imprisonment. India lies in 142nd place out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2021 World Press Freedom Index. News “The unjustified detention of Siddique Kappan has turned into the worst of nightmares to the point where it is now a matter of life or death,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. Indian journalist wrongly accused of “wantonly” inaccurate reporting The news site Medianama reported that the authorities had requested the censorship of dozens of posts by journalists on the social media sites, on the grounds that this was necessary to prevent the spread of rumours. RSF_en India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media On 21 April he collapsed in prison and was taken to KM Medical College Hospital in the northern city of Mathura after testing positive for Covid-19. There he has been handcuffed to his bed and denied proper food and access to the toilet.center_img IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses Covid19ImprisonedJudicial harassment The Covid-19 pandemic has spread alarmingly in India in recent days, with a catastrophic increase and hospitals overwhelmed. To deflect criticism, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to remove posts about the health crisis and the platforms complied with the requests.  Follow the news on India to go further The journalist’s lawyer Wills Mathews provided RSF with a copy of a letter he sent to the head of the Indian Supreme Court requesting that his client be removed from hospital and returned to Mathura prison where he was likely to receive better treatment. It was a matter of humanitarian urgency, according to the lawyer. Kappan has diabetes and a heart condition. News “We ask the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, to order the immediate release of the reporter, who should never have been arrested for simply trying to do his job. If not, and he does not survive, the provincial authorities will bear responsibility for his death.” June 10, 2021 Find out more Censorship In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival Receive email alerts News Members of the Kerala Union of Working Journalists held a vigil (right) in their southern State of Kerala where Siddique Kappan is from, in order to ask for his release from an Uttar Pradesh jail, located up North (photos: Kaumudi – India Today). February 23, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

French court rejects Azerbaijani government’s defamation suit

first_img FranceAzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Activities in the fieldCondemning abuses Judicial harassment June 7, 2021 Find out more RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says FranceAzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Activities in the fieldCondemning abuses Judicial harassment “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Reporters Without Borders (RSF) welcomes today’s decision by a court in the Parisian suburb of Nanterre to reject the Azerbaijani government’s defamation suit against French investigative journalists Elise Lucet and Laurent Richard.“We are deeply relieved that Azerbaijan has failed to export its censorship to France,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “Any other decision would have opened a dangerous breach that would have allowed despots all over the world to come and persecute French journalists in France.”The Azerbaijani government sued Lucet and Richard for referring to it as a “dictatorship” in radio and TV broadcasts in 2015. As far as RSF knows, it was the first time a foreign government brought a defamation suit of this kind against journalists before a French court.Reporters Without Borders testified in court on 5 September, defending the two journalists and describing how their fellow journalists are persecuted in Azerbaijan, which is ranked 162nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index.Read RSF’s detailed press release about the case (4 September 2017) Help by sharing this information News Organisation to go further Receive email alerts Stephane de Sakutin / AFP RSF_en November 7, 2017 French court rejects Azerbaijani government’s defamation suit News June 8, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia News June 4, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

“Earthquake Lady” Dr. Lucy Jones Receives California State Assembly Recognition

first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News Assemblymember Chris HoldenToday on the Assembly Floor of the State’s Capital, Assemblymember Chris Holden (AD – 41) recognized Dr. Lucy Jones – one of the world’s most influential seismologists – who recently announced her retirement. Jones has been a leading seismologist with the United States Geological Survey and a Visiting Research Associate at the Seismological Laboratory of California Institute of Technology for more than three decades. Dr. Jones was presented with an Assembly Resolution coauthored by Assemblymember Chris Holden, Assemblymember Jay Obernolte (AD – 33), Assemblymember Bill Quirk (AD – 20) and Senator Carol Liu (SD – 25).“Dr. Jones’ pioneering research has improved earthquake safety across our state and will ensure countless lives are saved whenever ‘The Big One’ inevitably strikes,” said Assemblymember Holden. “As Californians living in a seismically active region, we will forever be grateful for her contributions.”Many in California know Jones as the reassuring voice that appears on your TV after an earthquake. Her frequent television appearances in the wake of the 1994 Northridge Earthquake brought Dr. Jones’ expertise out of the lab and into the home of millions of Californians. She has received numerous awards, including, the Alquist Award from the California Earthquake Safety Foundation, Woman of the Year from the California Science Center, and the Shoemaker Award for Lifetime Achievements in Science Communication from the United States Geological Survey (USGS).“Lucy and I have worked for the last 15 years working to make the ‘Big Ones’ real enough to tame before they happen,” said Dale Alan Cox, Science Application for Risk Reduction (SAFRR) Project Manager for the USGS. “Her extraordinary skills at communicating hard science was always informative and engaging – especially in times of crisis. This extraordinary ability made us safer and made her a folk hero.”“Lucy led the way on important policy developments in recent time and many other ways throughout her USGS career, and I’m sure she will continue to be an important partner in the years ahead,” said Dr. Ken Hudnut who will continue Dr. Jones’ work as Science Advisor for Risk Reduction and leader of the SAFRR project for USGS within the Natural Hazards Mission Area. He has worked with Dr. Jones for 25 years on developing the Shake Out magnitude 7.8 San Andreas Fault earthquake scenario and during the response to the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. Herbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty18 Ways To Get Rid Of HiccupsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKate Beckinsale Was Shamed For Being “Too Old” To Wear A BikiniHerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe Community News Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday center_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuff Make a comment Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena First Heatwave Expected Next Week Government “Earthquake Lady” Dr. Lucy Jones Receives California State Assembly Recognition Published on Monday, April 18, 2016 | 1:48 pmlast_img read more

Another river project down the ‘swanee’

first_imgTwitter Linkedin Facebook Print A dredging operation at the Limerick Marina had to be aborted this week – for a second time inside four months.The official line from a City Hall executive is that a dredger commissioned by Waterways Ireland to clear silt from the marina had to abandon the mission ”due to an oil spillage.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The dredging equipment being used was not up to the job and there was no alternative plan in place,” he said.Cost to Waterways Ireland for the dredging operation last October, and this week, is estimated at €2million for each operation, but an assurance has been given by Mayor Jim Long, that this is being borne by Waterways Ireland.Calling on the company to “put a strategy in place for the job they were commissioned to carry out,” Mayor Long claimed there had been no prior consultation with the city council regarding the project.“The jobs has been botched it again – this will bring a bad image to the city, which will be blamed for something it is not responsible for – it is time that Waterways Ireland put a strategy in place for this project, which they were commissioned to carry out, either that or they should abandon the job and give it to someone else”.In preparation for the dredging operation on Tuesday, the lock gates on the swivel section of Sarsfield Bridge, were opened for the first time in a decade, to take the flow from the pontoon downstream.A reliable river expert estimated that this would allow the dredging be completed successfully.Referring to the failed attempts in October, he said that claims had been made that the operator had dumped silt collected back into the river.“That was a mistaken claim as, to manoeuvre dropping it into a truck on the quayside, they had to first make a pile of silt near to the quays and the situation was misconstrued, with claims being made that the silt collected had then been dumped back into the river”.On this Wednesday, the same source said that despite opening the lock gates at Sarsfield Bridge on Tuesday evening, the river flow was too rapid.“They are now contemplating plan B – to put a digger on top of the pontoon, but I believe they are working blind. The work must be done to facilitate 40 cruisers that are scheduled to come here this summer and more visiting cruisers expected for River Fest in May – there’s a lot of renewed interest in these visits to the marina by the boating fraternity, as the marina has been a white elephant for so long”. NewsLocal NewsAnother river project down the ‘swanee’By admin – February 16, 2012 586 center_img WhatsApp Email Advertisement Previous articleNorthside dumping ground has potential for nature reserveNext article€375,000 on chaplaincy services adminlast_img read more

e-business in brief: bid for top IT courses at new auction site

first_img Previous Article Next Article HR professionals can gain last-minute, cut-price deals on IT training courses thanks to new auction site Courses include those from Novell and certified training providers Aris Education and Interquad. In its first week bidders bought top-of-the-range courses for as little as £  Ashridge sets up new economy programmes Ashridge Management College has introduced three programmes to help managers face the challenges of the new economy. E-business, E-strategy and Corporate Development in the New Economy will focus on live case studies and will draw on Ashridge’s Virtual Learning Resource  Relocation aid on the Net from ExpatAccess ReloGlobal is an international relocation site from ExpatAccess aimed at HR professionals. It features candidate assessment and recruitment, compensation and taxes, policy development, moving household goods and more.  Yahoo adds Wideyes personality profileInternet portal Yahoo is featuring an on-line psychometric test in its careers section as a result of a collaboration with recruitment site Wideyes. Visitors to Yahoo can draw a profile of their strengths and weaknesses and gain feedback to help them identify skills and talents.  Saffron e-courses focus on skills transferSaffron Education is a new “skills incubator” which places emphasis on skills transfer. “Our goal is to change the nature of training in the UK and provide tailored programmes that are a mixture of instructor-led training, mentoring and consulting, all supported by web-based technologies,” explains Tony Miller, learning director. Topics include project management, e-strategy, e-law and  Meridian in on-line client skills showcase Meridian Consulting, career management and outplacement consultancy to the City, has launched a Client Search database enabling its clients to showcase their skills on a secure web site. Recruiters can log on, search the site and e-mail the clients that interest them. Clients remains anonymous until they choose to reply to the recruiter. e-business in brief: bid for top IT courses at new auction siteOn 17 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Dielectric variability of a 130 m Antarctic ice core: implications for radar sounding

first_imgA 130 m long ice core has been dielectrically profiled. From an analysis of the measurements, we obtain a profile of the high-frequency (radio-echo) conductivity. This profile has been represented by a simplified 700 layer model. The model has layers of differing conductivities, permittivities and thicknesses. A reflection-coefficient log can be calculated, assuming that permittivity is a smooth function of depth. Variations in conductivity are shown to be more likely sources of internal reflections from depths greater than a few hundred metres than changes in permittivity caused by density changes. The log is convoluted with input pulses of various frequencies and pulse lengths in order to produce synthetic radargrams. These show features that correspond to the internal reflections typically seen when radio echo-sounding polar ice sheets.last_img read more

COA Reverses Resisting Law Enforcement Convictions Based On Video Evidence

first_imgCOA Reverses Resisting Law Enforcement Convictions Based On Video EvidenceOlivia Covington for www.theindianalawyer.comThe Indiana Court of Appeals has overturned convictions of mistreatment of a law enforcement animal and resisting law enforcement after finding that law enforcement officers’ testimony in the case was in direct contrast to video evidence.In the case of Royce Love v. State of Indiana, 71A03-1511-CR-2009, a jury in the St. Joseph Superior Court had convicted Royce Love on two counts of mistreatment of a law enforcement animal and one count of resisting law enforcement as class A misdemeanors after he ran a red light, ignored a stop sign and did not stop when he was pursued by South Bend Police Officers Paul Daley and Christopher Deak on Aug. 4, 2013.Love’s failure to stop led to additional officers joining the pursuit. Those officers attempted to create a rolling roadblock by blocking Love’s van with their police cars, but Love struck the law enforcement vehicles and continued to lead them on a five-minute chase.The officers were eventually able to stop Love, who was ordered to exit the van. In-vehicle police video shows that Love complied, raised his hands in the air and proceeded to place himself first on all fours, then lying face down on the ground. The video then shows that the officers used Tasers on Love and deployed a police dog on him.At the subsequent trial, which took place on Aug. 10, 2015, the officers testified that Love did not comply with their demands after he exited his vehicle, saying Love was not listening to their orders and was attempting to walk away, which led to their decision to deploy Tasers and a police dog.However, Love testified that after being told to “Get the F out of the car,” he exited the vehicle, put his hands up and began to lie face down. Love said the police dog was unnecessarily deployed on him and he was only trying to protect himself from the dog.After Love appealed his convictions, the Indiana Court of Appeals found that there was insufficient evidence to support those convictions. Specifically, the court said officers’ testimonies that Love was ignoring their orders and trying to walk away were in contrast with the video evidence, which showed Love exiting his vehicle, raising his hands and lying face down on the ground.“Under the circumstances, we cannot blind ourselves to the videotape evidence simply because the officers’ testimony may, by itself, support the guilty verdicts,” the court wrote in its Thursday opinion.The Court of Appeals chose to reverse Love’s conviction on the basis of insufficient evidence. However, Judge Pyle dissented, writing that because he was not present at the trial to hear the witness testimony, he does not feel comfortable questioning the jury’s judgment.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_img69, passed away on April 19 at home. Robert was born in Jersey City and has resided in Bayonne. He worked as a Driver for Campbell Taxicabs for many years. Son of the late Ruth (Nee: Burton) and Joseph Pindris. Brother of Kathleen Joniak and her Husband Frank, and the late Joseph Pindris, Jr. Father of Lisa Marie Dallaire. Grandfather of Christopher Magarelli. He is also survived by many nieces & nephews. Funeral arrangements by G. KEENEN O’BRIEN Funeral Home, 984 Avenue C.last_img

Fudges joins charity to launch ‘Bicnic’ campaign

first_imgDorset bakery Fudges has teamed up with the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) to encourage people to get out and enjoy the British countryside.The bakery will be helping to raise awareness and support for the charity’s work to maintain a sustainable future for the English countryside.Over the next few months, it will be working with CPRE to identify five key ‘Bicnic’ locations. “The sites that are identified will become a key part of our new ‘Bicnicing’ spots, chosen as great places for sitting and enjoying a view, a good book, picnic or a biscuit or two,” explained Sue Fudge.The Bicnic spots will be launched in the Autumn and Fudges will also be creating a new ‘Bicnic’ pack of its sweet and savoury biscuits, straws, wafers and flatbreads to accompany the campaign.“These spots will be marked on a map on our website and, in the future, will be joined by lots more. We are also hoping that people will take the time to nominate their favourite spots,” explained Fudge.Fudges will also be raising awareness of CPRE through national events, and will be supporting the organisation at fundraising and membership events. The CPRE is a charity that promotes the beauty, tranquillity and diversity of rural England.last_img read more

Where the magic happens

first_imgThe Gazette asked several Harvard authors to talk about something different, not about their books themselves but about where and how they write them. Here’s what they said.Tayari JonesAuthor of “Silver Sparrow” (Algonquin Books, May 2011)Composing on an antique typewriter forces me to work a little slower, makes me pay closer attention to every word. I love the little bell that lets me know every time I’ve made it to the end of another line. And it doesn’t hurt that my 1919 Royal doesn’t have Internet access. That helps me stay focused.Photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerIdeally, I write in the early morning. It’s a peaceful time of day, and there’s no one else awake competing for my attention. I say “ideally” because I’ve worked hard to train myself not to have any requirements for writing, only preferences. I want to know that I can do it anywhere and anytime, so that I never feel that my magic feather has been taken away from me. I love my typewriters, but I would use finger paints if that were all that was available.Joseph B. MartinAuthor of “Alfalfa to Ivy” (University of Alberta Press, August 2011) and an avid journal keeperInspiration arrives at strange times — day or night, often during the awakening moments of the middle hours of the sleep period. A memory flashes across consciousness — the event rendered vivid as I write it down in cursive longhand— including in the description the emotional triggers that follow. One becomes an observer of one’s own memories.Photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerI began a journal over 40 years ago when I arrived at Harvard Medical School as chief of neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Entered were moments of history, both familial and those arising from work, which formed the threads for what I would later weave together into my memoir, “Alfalfa to Ivy.” Creative writing is hard work, but enormously gratifying. I came to know my quirks and idiosyncrasies — insights not likely to have been gained otherwise.Leah PriceEditor of “Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books,” and more recently, “How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain” (Princeton University Press, April 2012)After I injured my back two years ago by hunching too long over my laptop, I found that I could write more comfortably standing up than sitting down. So I began to migrate around the house, perching my laptop on the kitchen counter or balancing it on the mantelpiece as if it were the latest digital-age knickknack. (I am shorter than Thomas Wolfe, who rested his writing paper on top of the refrigerator.)Photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerA neighbor who happens to be a gifted carpenter had slipped a disc lifting heavy equipment, so he could not only sympathize but empathize with my predicament. He stuck blocks of wood underneath each leg of my desk, which now stands on tiptoe like a dancer en pointe.With a work surface almost as tall as I am, I can pace around the room between sentences. My new writing environment is probably the only thing I have in common with the most vocal fan of stand-up desks, Donald Rumsfeld.last_img read more