Disquiet about death penalty for man convicted of journalist’s murder

first_img Organisation March 2, 2021 Find out more News News March 29, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Disquiet about death penalty for man convicted of journalist’s murder Reporters Without Borders deplores the death sentence that a military court passed yesterday on a man found guilty of radio journalist Hassan Yusuf Absuge’s murder last September in Mogadishu. “It is not up to us to decide the nature or severity of the sentences imposed on those convicted of murdering journalists, but we cannot regard the application of the death penalty as a victory,” Reporters Without Borders said.“We hail the measures taken by the authorities to identify and punish journalists’ killers, and thereby end the vicious circle of impunity that has gone on for too long. But taking people’s lives by applying penalties that violate the most fundamental human rights is unacceptable.”The death penalty was passed on Adan Sheikh Abdi Sheikh Hussein, a member of the Islamist militia Al-Shabaab, who confessed to Absuge’s murder in the hope of receiving a less severe punishment.Employed by Radio Mantaa, Absuge was gunned down as he left the station on 21 September after covering a suicide bombing the day before that had killed around 10 people including three fellow journalists.The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), the Reporters Without Borders partner organization in Somalia, released a report last November condemning the impunity enjoyed by the enemies of news and information and reporting that 44 journalists had been killed in Somalia since 2007.A total of 18 journalists were killed in Somali in 2012 alone, which was the deadliest year for media personnel in the country’s history.Last month, the government offered a reward of 50,000 dollars (37,500 euros) for information leading to the arrest of anyone who had murdered a journalist. Yesterday’s conviction of Hussein and the arrests of three people suspected of the murders of the journalists Mohamed Mohamud Turyare and Abdihared Osman Adan suggest that the authorities really are determined to end the impunity. News January 8, 2021 Find out more RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists Photo : members of the Islamist militia Al-Shabaab (Mohamed Dahir / AFP) Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia to go further SomaliaAfrica Receive email alerts RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region Follow the news on Somalia News February 24, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Help by sharing this information SomaliaAfrica last_img read more

Unions warn firms over mad rush to ‘offshore’ UK jobs

first_imgUnions warn firms over mad rush to ‘offshore’ UK jobsOn 18 May 2004 in Personnel Today UK businesses must consider the true business case for moving jobs abroad,and not rush “in a lemming-like fashion” into offshoring. Speaking at the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) annual conference last week,Roger Lyons, joint general-secretary of Amicus and TUC president, said therewas no excuse for fad-driven changes that “disrupt employment andcommunities”. He pinpointed an increase in consultants advising businesses to movefunctions abroad as the chief culprits. “These are people who may havemade fortunes out of mergers and acquisitions in previous years,” he said.”And now they want their new Porsche paid for by the fashion foroffshoring.” Lyons cited a recent CBI survey which showed that 43 per cent of its membersfelt under pressure to offshore, regardless of the business case or lack ofone. “We [the unions] have no objection in principle to the redistributionof work around the world,” Lyons said. “But we have seen a move bymany employers to making these types of decisions without carefully examiningthe advantages and the disadvantages.” His views were echoed by Barry Clark, partner and head of employment law atRussell Jones & Walker, who said offshoring was not a panacea for businessand, if done for the wrong reasons, can be disastrous. “Offshoring has now gone beyond call centres and the general consensusfrom the Government seems to be short-term pain for long-term gain,” hesaid. Malcolm McKinnon, head of the services and investment policy unit at theDTI, said the Government had an open mind about the whole issue and will bepublishing a White Paper in July. “We do recognise the impact of offshoring decisions, and no-one cheerswhen people lose their jobs,” he said. McKinnon added that the Governmentwas trying to maintain a balance by encouraging inward investment to the UK byoverseas companies. By Mike Berry Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Final Cut Pro Video Tutorial: Time Remapping

first_imgAlter the time of your video clips using the time remapping feature in Final Cut Pro X.This video was first shared by Dan Allen on his YouTube channel.Time remapping allows you to change the speed of a clip with just a few mouse clicks. If you are wanting a quick and easy way to slow down or speed up footage, utilize the simple time remapping features in Final Cut X (a trick for creating the popular slow motion effect from The Matrix).The tutorial above demonstrates how to use time remapping in FCPX:Time RemappingUsing Optical FlowWorking with TextOne of the best plug-ins for achieving incredibly smooth time remapping is Twixtor. If you haven’t heard of it check out our previous post on using Twixtor in your video editing app. It’s not free, but if you think you’ll be time remapping a lot it is absolutely worth it.If you want to learn more about Final Cut Pro X check out the FCPX section of the PremiumBeat blog. There you can find hundreds of articles and tutorials dedicated to helping you become a Final Cut master.Any tips for time remapping in FCPX? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

World Cup: American dream falls short after 2-1 loss to Belgium

first_imgKevin De Bruyne celebrates after Belgium’s 2-1 win over USA in the Round of 16 tie They captured the eyes and hearts of a suddenly awakened soccer nation, who gathered in unprecedented numbers to watch the world’s game.Statistical Highlights | Match Photos But the end of the ride came at the exact same point as four years ago: with an overtime loss in the World Cup’s round of 16.Kevin De Bruyne finally beat goalkeeper Tim Howard in the third minute of extra time, Romelu Lukaku scored 12 minutes later to give Belgium a two-goal lead, and the Red Devils hung on for a 2-1 victory Tuesday.”It’s heartbreaking,” Howard said. “I don’t think we could have given it more.”Before exiting, the US showed the spunk that captured America’s attention. Julian Green, at 19 the youngest player on the US roster, stuck out his right foot to volley in Michael Bradley’s pass over the defense in the 107th minute, two minutes after entering the game.They nearly tied it up in the 114th, when Clint Dempsey peeled off the ball and was stopped point-blank by goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois after being fed by Bradley on a free kick.But it wasn’t enough, and U.S. players fell to the field at the final whistle in their all-white uniforms like so many crumpled tissues.”You get to this point and these games are always about a play here and play there,” Bradley said.The Americans advanced from a difficult first-round group that included Germany, Portugal and Ghana to reach the knockout rounds of consecutive World Cups for the first time. Four years ago, they were eliminated in South Africa by Ghana 1-0 on a goal in the third minute of overtime.advertisementFans who had made the trek south of the equator chanting “I believe that we will win!” could hardly believe they lost, extending a World Cup winless streak against European nations to nine games over 12 years.The crowd of 51,227 at Arena Fonte Nova appeared to be about one third pro-U.S., with 10 percent backing the Belgians and the rest neutral. Back home, millions watched across the United States in offices, homes and public gatherings that includes a huge crowd in Chicago’s Soldier Field.At some large financial firms in Manhattan, 70-inch screens were brought in for employees to watch. President Barack Obama joined about 200 staffers in an Executive Office Building auditorium to watch the second half.”I believe!” he exclaimed as he walked in at the front of the hall. “I believe!”That sparked a chorus of the chant, and as Obama took a front-row seat, he said sheepishly: “I was worried that if I walked in and Belgium scored, I’d get in trouble.”Howard, playing the finest game of his career, stopped a dozen shots with his legs and arms to keep the Americans even through regulation and force an additional 30 minutes. He wound up with 16 saves.In its first World Cup under Jurgen Klinsmann, the U.S. had promised to play attacking soccer. But once again the Americans had trouble maintaining possession and for much of the night it seemed as if the field were tilted.Howard, at 35 one of the American veterans, kept saving his team.But when Matt Besler lost his balance on an attack down the right, Lukaku sped in alone and crossed in front of the goal. The ball rebounded off a defender, and De Bruyne controlled it, spun and beat Howard just over his right foot.Then with the U.S. pushing for an equalizer, De Bruyne burst ahead and fed Lukaku. He slotted the ball past Howard, his Everton teammate, seeming to put the Red Devils out of reach.But Green, among five German-Americans on the U.S. roster and a surprise pick, woke up the team and its fans with his first touch of the game, setting off raucous chants of “U-S-A! U-S-A!” But there would be no final comeback this time.Chris Wondolowski had a chance to win it in stoppage time when Jermaine Jones flicked the ball to him at the top of the 6-yard box, but with Courtois coming out Wondolowski put the ball over the crossbar.”The dream falls short, but this is an incredible group,” Howard said, “and we’ll never forget this night.”Team Lineups(from):Belgium: Thibaut Courtois; Toby Alderweireld, Daniel Van Buyten, Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen; Axel Witsel, Marouane Fellaini, Kevin De Bruyne, Dries Mertens (Kevin Mirallas, 60th), Eden Hazard (Nacer Chadli, 111th); Divock Origi (Romelu Lukaku, 91st)advertisementUnited States: Tim Howard; Fabian Johnson (DeAndre Yedlin, 32nd), Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez, DaMarcus Beasley, Geoff Cameron; Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones, Alejandro Bedoya (Julian Green, 105th, injury time), Graham Zusi (Chris Wondolowski, 72nd); Clint Dempseylast_img read more

FROM THE REFEREES MOUTH…

first_imgFrom the referees corner… A word from the mouth of South African Zibi Ferreira here for his first International Tournament as a referee (please note this is not a picture of Zibi, but another referee attending the Youth World Cup.) Q: What are your impressions of the tournament so far Zibi? A: “The organisation is huge behind an event such as this, I never realised how big it is. This includes the organisation behind the referees, which is huge. I have also found the tournament and the referees to be extremely professional in the way the referees behave. I have learnt not to be late for a game or late for the bus, you get laughed at!” Q: In what ways is this experience different to tournaments and refereeing in South Africa? A: “Everyone knows what to do and what happens, they are disciplined and organised in getting everything set up, the team meetings, communication and support is awesome. Everyone is very focused, they have a job to do and they want to do it well.” *Please note it has taken Zibi a little while to realise he is not allowed to stroll across the fields when a game is happening, despite the fact he is wearing a referees uniform! Q: What is the atmosphere like amongst the referees? A: “The team support and atmosphere is very positive and enjoyable. Everyone’s supportive, despite the fact that we are from different nations. We’re a team, just like the players that are here competing and I am enjoying meeting so many people and making so many friends.” “Also, despite the fact we are competing for place to referee the finals, there is still such a camaraderie between everyone.” “The coaching that I receive before, during and after the games from people like Jenny Madders is excellent. It is very beneficial for me because I don’t have the same experience or knowledge and we are trying to develop this in South Africa. I want to be as focused and determined as they all are.” Q: What are you going to take back to Touch in South Africa after this experience? A: “I think that from where I came from in South Africa to here, it’s chalk and cheese, there’s so much difference, so much input for the referees. I need to take it in and work on it. It certainly just doesn’t come naturally, I need to keep working very hard after this tournament.” “The games here are so much tougher, faster, intense and more skilful. The Womens and the Mixed are even more so than our Super League back in South Africa. So not only do I take back the experience of this but I also go back 10 kilos lighter after working so hard!” By Rachel Moyle and Zibi Ferreira LINKS: Youth World Cup stories will be on the homepage, www.austouch.com.au as well as archived under the link `Tournaments’ then `International Events’ on the left hand side of the homepage. Simply follow the links to the 2005 Youth World Cup stories. For other Youth World Cup stories check out the Federation of International Touch site using the following link: FEDERATION OF INTERNATIONAL TOUCH For all the latest results check out the SportingPulse site using the following link:SPORTINGPULSE RESULTS/DRAW HOMEPAGElast_img

9 days agoEintracht Frankfurt chairman Steubing enjoys swipe at AC Milan signing Rebic

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Eintracht Frankfurt chairman Steubing enjoys swipe at AC Milan signing Rebicby Carlos Volcano9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEintracht Frankfurt chairman Wolfgang Steubing has enjoyed a swipe at Ante Rebic.Rebic left Eintracht Frankfurt for AC Milan over the summer.“Honestly, I don’t know what to say,” Steubing told Bild.“He wanted to leave, because otherwise he would be the only one of the three strikers to stay at Frankfurt.“Now, he sits outside. He took a gamble and lost. And it won’t get any easier for him.” last_img read more

CDA Hires More Staff to Investigate Child Abuse

first_imgStory Highlights The unit now has a manager and 10 investigation officers deployed island-wide The Development Agency’s (CDA) capacity to effectively address incidents of child abuse has been boosted through the beefing up of staff in its Investigation Unit.Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CDA, Rosalee Gage Grey, told JIS News that the unit now has a manager and 10 investigation officers deployed island-wide.Most of the officers have been placed in the South East Region, which comprises Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Catherine and St. Thomas.In addition, she informed the unit is receiving assistance from students at the University of the Technology (UTech) in carrying out field investigations.This is being facilitated through a three-year agreement between the Government and UTech for collaboration in the area of child and adolescent development.Ms. Gage Grey told JIS News that the students, from Levels III and IV of the Child and Adolescent Development programme, are placed with the CDA during the summer to assist with the investigations among other activities. “That has been going pretty well,” she stated.She informed that the students have assisted the agencyto respond to cases received in a more timely manner. “We are trying to tighten the timelines in which we are able to respond to the needs of our clients and these are children and their parents,” she stated.The Acting CEO said the CDA has been having more interventions within communities through presentations to schools, churches and other community groups.“We take our mandate very seriously and with the resources that we have, we try to meet the needs of the clients through the services that we provide across the island and we believe that we are being very effective in what we do,” she said.The CDA, which falls under the Ministry of Youth and Culture, deals with reports received from the Office of the Children’s Registry, set up under the Child Care and Protection Act of 2004. This is being facilitated through a three-year agreement between the Government and UTech The unit is receiving assistance from students at the University of the Technologylast_img read more

15 QUEBEC FRENCHLANGUAGE TV SERIES YOU SHOULD CONSIDER WATCHING

first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement In an effort to help bridge the two solitudes, we’re suggesting some high-quality Quebec French-language TV series for you to try, with the help of some suggestions collected on social media and three experts in the field:TV experts Therese Parisien, Amelie Gaudeau and Marc-Andre Lemieux.Thérèse Parisien, cultural reporter for 98.5 FM and panelist on C’est juste de la TVAmélie Gaudreau, co-ordinating editor at Le Devoir and writer of its daily TV picksMarc-André Lemieux, television reporter at Le Journal de MontréalIf your French isn’t perfect, or you find the accents hard to understand sometimes, consider turning on the closed captioning so you don’t miss important dialogue. And if one series doesn’t suit your fancy, try another. Millions of Quebecers watch these shows, and for good reason. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment French TV. It’s sort of a catch-all term for anglophone Canadians for the channels they skip over when they’re deciding what to watch on cable. Many because they just don’t understand the language, or at least have trouble following conversations in it, or don’t get its cultural references. Others have preconceived notions that television produced for the local Quebec market is of poor quality compared to the critically acclaimed dramas coming out of the United States.Quebec TV series won’t ever have the budgets of U.S. network dramas or bigger cable shows, but as the quality of television has improved internationally, so too have homegrown series, with more gripping writing, more spectacular cinematography, more realistic acting and more breathtaking direction.Your French-language TV watching shouldn’t be limited to Canadiens games on RDS and the occasional episode of Tout le monde en parle. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Commentary Offensive improvement stunted by Braxton Millers injury

Despite popular belief in Columbus and throughout the state of Ohio, the Ohio State offense isn’t dead. But it may not be alive either. After a Michigan State game in which the Buckeyes mustered a lowly 178 yards and seven points, the OSU offense came to Nebraska with a game plan and actually moved the ball. Coach Luke Fickell and offensive coordinator Jim Bollman abandoned the onslaught of predictable running plays and slow-developing passing plays and did something that, quite frankly, they should have done a long time ago. They played to the personnel’s strengths. It all started with the way Braxton Miller was utilized. Miller’s biggest weakness is his inability to read defenses. Too many times in previous weeks, Miller took the snap under center and was forced to try and navigate a collapsing pocket, read the defense, and find a receiver down the field. This week, OSU had Miller in shotgun and pistol formations where Miller could better see the field before the snap and get a better feel for what the defense was going to do. Miller was able to make quicker, simpler reads and actually complete passes. They also utilized Miller’s speed by rolling the quarterback outside the pocket and giving him the option to run and pass. There were three times in the first half alone when Miller pulled the ball down, and converted a critical third down. Mike Adams’ return from a five-game suspension gave the Buckeyes a huge lift on the offensive line. Adams joined Andrew Norwell on the left side and the line and was able to push the Nebraska defense off the ball. The coaches utilized the newfound strength and ran it off the left side for much of night. But in the third quarter, Miller went down with an apparent right ankle injury. Nebraska scored twice, cut OSU’s lead to seven, and Joe Bauserman entered the game.  The stagnant offense was back. Bauserman was holding onto the ball, throwing it away, and the running game disappeared. The OSU coaches had a plan for an offense with Miller at the helm and Bauserman wasn’t a part of it. Nebraska defense took advantage of the inept offensive play and went on to win a game that has to be a heartbreaker for the Buckeyes. Bauserman has proven the offense can’t be effective if he’s playing quarterback. All Buckeye fans can do at this point is hope Miller heals fast because the future of this offense is entirely dependent on the health of his right ankle. read more