Tamir RiceIt has been eight months since the police killing of the 12-year-old Black youth, Tamir Rice, in a Cleveland park. On July 23, over 150 people marched to the Cuyahoga County (in)Justice Center to demand that Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback be charged with his killing and brought to trial. Over 60,000 signatures were collected in an effort spearheaded by the Tamir Rice Justice Committee. A delegation including LaTonya Goldsby, Tamir’s cousin, presented the petitions to the office of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty. As of Aug. 3, there are still no charges filed.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Organisation November 30, 2018 – Updated on August 23, 2019 The Online Citizen hounded by Singapore police RSF_en Singaporean website prosecuted over election coverage Receive email alerts Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources SingaporeAsia – Pacific Online freedomsMedia independence InternetFreedom of expression Follow the news on Singapore SingaporeAsia – Pacific Online freedomsMedia independence InternetFreedom of expression Help by sharing this information News October 2, 2020 Find out more to go further In a note posted on 26 November, TOC editor Terry Xu reported that that he now fears that he could be arrested any day. It was the first message to appear on the site since five police officers arrived at his home on 20 November, confiscated all of the site’s electronic equipment and took him away for an interrogation that lasted eight hours.The pretext for this show of force was a comment posted on the site on 4 September by a blogger using the pseudonym of Willy Sum, who criticized “corruption at the highest echelons” of the ruling party leadership and “tampering with the constitution.” He was himself questioned by the police on 26 November on suspicion of “criminal defamation.”On 18 September, two weeks after the comment was posted, TOC was ordered to remove it within six hours by the Info-Communications Media Development Authority (IMDA), an information ministry offshoot.Although TOC complied immediately, the police nonetheless used this case a pretext for seizing its equipment two months later, on 20 November. It was only thanks to the support of its readers that TOC was able to acquire new equipment and resume publishing on 26 November.“Exhuming this old case in order to intimidate The Online Citizen’s editor and deprive it of the means of publishing was a crude harassment ploy,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “These summary interrogations must stop and the confiscated equipment must be returned at once. We call on the Singaporean authorities to stop trying to censor all content that displeases them.”This is not the first time that TOC has been targeted by the city state’s government. In 2016, RSF expressed concern about the interior ministry’s repeated attempts to get the site shut down on the basis of spurious complaints.Singapore is ranked 151st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. News News October 15, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the actions of Singapore’s police in seizing electronic devices from a news website, The Online Citizen (TOC), and interrogating its editor and a blogger who posted a comment on the site. Carried out on spurious grounds, these actions have all the hallmarks of an unacceptable act of intimidation, RSF said. News RSF’s denounces Singapore’s disregard of press freedom ahead of its Universal Periodic Review Terry Xu was interrogated by the police for eight hours (photo: Julian Wong / Ricemedia) April 10, 2020 Find out more
ColombiaAmericas Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Colombia News News April 27, 2021 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Receive email alerts Reports Organisation ColombiaAmericas RSF_en News May 13, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call for an investigation by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) following a new round of revelations about the spying on journalists and news media by the DAS, an intelligence agency that reports directly to the president’s office. The phone-tap scandal was first exposed by the weekly Semana in February.“Ever since DAS director Jorge Noguera was fired and jailed and paramilitary infiltration of the intelligence services was exposed in 2005, it has been clear that the phones of journalists – some of them known to be in the government’s sights – were being tapped,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The latest details leaked to the press by former DAS officials reveal the scale of this practice and are damning for the president’s office.”The press freedom organisation added: “At a time when the possibility of a third term is being mentioned, President Alvaro Uribe must give a public response on this matter instead of trying to hide behind broad denials. A violation of the principles of the American Convention on Human Rights on such a scale requires the IACHR’s involvement.”According to the latest reports, eight news media and 14 journalists are named in documents that former DAS officials have leaked to Semana and RCN, one of Colombia’s leading broadcasting networks. Capt. Jorge Lagos, a former member of the DAS counter-espionage directorate, says the taps were carried out on the orders of the DAS leadership in coordination with the Casa de Nariño (the presidential palace) and that presidential secretary Bernardo Moreno and presidential adviser José Obdulio Gaviria were among those who received copies of the phone-tap reports.Daniel Coronell, one of the journalists on the list (see below), has described the scandal as a “Watergate” for the president’s office. The Casa de Nariño denied any involvement on 12 May, blaming “former DAS officials who are trying to discredit the government.”The journalists named in the list include Jenny Arias and Vicky Dávila of RCN; Yamid Amat and Marilyn López of the public TV station CM&; Fabio Callejas and Darío Arizmendi of privately-owned Caracol Radio; Julio Sánchez Cristo, the head of the privately-owned TV station La W; Daniel Coronell of the public TV station Canal Uno; Norbey Quevedo of the daily El Espectador; Salud Hernández and Edulfo Peña of the daily El Tiempo; Alejandro Santos, the editor of the weekly Semana; and Carlos Lozano, the editor of the weekly Voz. to go further May 15, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Former intelligence officials leak list of news media and journalists whose phones were tapped October 21, 2020 Find out more
News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Receive email alerts June 7, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News Reporters Without Borders is today publishing the interview it obtained with Mexican journalist Emilio Gutiérrez Soto of the newspaper El Diario del Noroeste after his release on 29 January from the detention centre in the Texan border city of El Paso where he was held for seven months. Gutiérrez fled across the border with his teenage son seeking asylum on 15 June 2008.In the interview, Gutiérrez describes his hasty departure after being threatened by military personnel in the northern state of Chihuahua where he lived and worked. He also recounts the circumstances of his arrest by the US immigration authorities and the conditions in which he was held in El Paso. “I would have been a murder statistic if I hadn’t fled to the United States,” Gutiérrez said. A fellow journalist working for the same newspaper, Armando Rodríguez Carreón, was murdered in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juárez on 13 November 2008, during a period of extreme violence.|left>|left>“Gutiérrez’s story is unfortunately typical of the terrible situation that Mexican journalists are experiencing on either side of the US border, in a region where the leading drug-trafficking strongholds are located,” Reporters Without Borders said. “US journalists are also being affected by this situation, albeit to a lesser degree.”The press freedom organisation added: “Gutiérrez’s account does not explain how a defenceless journalist fearing for his life came to be detained, and for so long, while his status was being resolved. Gutiérrez stresses that the threat to the Mexican press in the region comes not only from organised crime but also the authorities themselves. We are publishing his account in support of our call for a concerted effort by the US and Mexican federal authorities to make the border region safe.“We also hope that political asylum will be more readily granted to journalists exposed to a danger of this scale. This applies not only to the United States but also to other countries such as Canada which are likely to receive Mexican journalists forced to seek asylum. We like to think that Gutiérrez will be granted residency quickly.” Help by sharing this information United StatesAmericas News Reporters Without Borders is publishing an interview with Emilio Gutiérrez Soto, a journalist based in northern Mexico who was held by the US immigration authorities for seven months after fleeing across the border with his teenage son and who was finally released on 29 January. The organisation hopes he will be granted asylum. February 2, 2009 – Updated on December 8, 2017 “I would have been a murder statistic if I hadn’t fled to the United States”; says Mexican journalist to go further WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists News Related documents Interview_transcriptMSWORD – 39.5 KB United StatesAmericas Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Organisation Follow the news on United States June 3, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out more
Middletown Police Department(MIDDLETOWN, OH) — Middletown, Ohio, Police are recognizing an 8-year-old who bravely pulled himself and his 10-year-old sister to safety after a man stole his grandmother’s car.Their grandmother, Nita Coburn, 69, was taking another woman to Atrium Medical Center on Thursday afternoon. The two kids were sitting in the back seat.A few seconds after Coburn got out of the car to help the woman go to the emergency room, Dalvir Singh, 34, jumped into the driver’s seat and took off with Coburn’s grandchildren still in the back, police said.The boy opened a door to escape and his sister was about to jump out when Singh grabbed her by the hoodie, according to police.But her brother pulled her away from Singh, and they both tumbled out of the moving car.“This little guy is a hero. No question. He pulled his sister out of the car with no concern for his own safety,” Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said. “That is incredible at his age.”Coburn didn’t realize the children were able to escape on the passenger’s side. She chased the car, opening the driver’s door to get control of the car.Singh slammed the door shut again and locked the door. She hung onto the car, thinking her children were still inside.The car dragged Coburn until Singh sped up, forcing her to let go.Officers only identified by their last name, Kirby and Engleka, saw Coburn’s car speeding away nearby.The two officers stopped and arrested Singh. He was charged with two counts of kidnapping, felony assault, and grand theft.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
View post tag: repair USS New York to Undergo Repair Works Back to overview,Home naval-today USS New York to Undergo Repair Works Metro Machine, doing business as General Dynamics NASSCO Mayport, Jacksonville, Florida, is being awarded a $34,8 million contract for phased maintenance availability repair work onboard USS New York (LPD 21).This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $37,750,389.Work will be performed in Jacksonville, Florida, and is expected to be completed by October 2016.The Southeast Regional Maintenance Center, Mayport, Florida, is the contracting activity.Image: US Navy View post tag: americas October 12, 2015 Authorities View post tag: USS New York Share this article
The University of Southern Indiana Jazz Ensemble will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, December 2 at the USI Performance Center on the USI campus. The event is free and open to the public, USI employees, and students. No ticket necessary.The night will be led by Tom Drury, instructor in music, and local vocalist Gina Moore featuring traditional and modern jazz by Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, as well as jazz pieces from Drury.The USI Jazz Ensemble was created in 2001 to represent the University through outstanding performances of jazz and contemporary instrumental music. This group has provided music to specific venues on campus and continues to offer students from several areas of study the opportunity to develop their performance skills. Future plans for the ensemble include recordings and performances throughout the University community and the Tri-state area.For more information about the USI Jazz Ensemble and booking them for an event, contact Tom Drury at [email protected] or 812-492-7502.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Asda baker Brian Highfield has been working 12-hour days at the supermarket’s recently launched Brech Road store in Liverpool. The store only opened on November 16 and it is all hands on deck as staff make sure everything is just right for customers. But after his 6am start, and a busy day baking, Brian does not go home and put his feet up. Instead, he heads to the gym for a three-hour cardiovascular workout. It is a relentless regime and on top of that Brian reveals he has not taken a single day’s holiday this year. It sounds like madness, but Brian is not crazy. Charity climbHe is in training to climb the world’s tallest mountain, Mount Everest, to raise money for Scope, the cerebral palsy charity. He has been saving up his holiday allowance for the adventure.The 47-year-old will fly to India and then on to Kathmandu on February 19 as part of a team of 40 people Scope is sending out. The intrepid baker will make the 21-day trek up Everest carrying only a small rucksack with a first aid kit and other essentials. The rest of his provisions will be conveyed by yak train. The bulk of Everest is in China and the Chinese government is “fussy” about letting Westerners go all the way up to the 29,000ft peak, he reports. But he will be allowed up to a dizzying 24,000ft. Brian is disappointed that he will miss the “death zone”, the part above 26,000 ft. No retiring typeConquering Everest will be the pinnacle of Brain’s career as a climber. ‘Retirement age’ for mountaineers is around 50, although he is still hoping to get up Kilimanjaro. After that he plans to restrict his extra-curricular activities to jungle safaris.Brian has already climbed the UK’s tallest mountain, Ben Nevis, which is over 4,000ft and he has been up Mount Blanc in France. On both occasions he raised money for a cystic fibrosis charity. He was inspired to support the work of Scope while working in the bakery at Asda’s Walton store, before he was posted to the new Brech Road store. He was moved by the “little lad” of Asda’s Walton store manager, who suffers from cerebral palsy. Brain says: “I feel it’s easy for able-bodied people to do anything we want to do. We should do more for disabled people.”So far Brian has raised £2,700 but hopes to increase that to well over £3,500, with continued support from Asda colleagues. That’s why Brian will wear clothing displaying the Asda logo on the mountain. He is open to offers from other companies wishing to sponsor him!- To contact Brian call 0151 264 6100.
All employers should comply with their legal duties towards lone workers under:l the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974; andl the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.Is it legal to work alone and is it safe?Working alone is not, in itself, against the law and it will often be safe to do so. But the law does require employers and others to think about, and deal with, any health and safety risks before people are allowed to work alone.Employers have responsibility for the health, safety and welfare at work of all of their employees. They are also responsible for the health and safety of those affected by work activities for example any self-employed people they engage and visitors such as contractors. These responsibilities cannot be transferred to any other person, including those people who work alone. It is the employer’s duty to assess risks to lone workers and take steps to avoid or control risks where necessary. Employees have responsibilities to take reasonable care of themselves and other people affected by their work activities and to co-operate with their employers in meeting their legal obligations.Lone workers are those who work by themselves without close or direct supervision. They may be found in a wide range of situations, such as:l people in fixed establishments;l people working alone in premises for example, in small workshops, petrol stations, kiosks or shops;l people who work from home;l people working separately from others for example, in factories, warehouses, some research and training establishments, leisure centres or fairgrounds;l people working outside normal hours for example, cleaners and security, production, maintenance or repair staff.How do we assess and control the risks?Employers need to investigate the potential hazards faced by lone workers and assess the risks involved both to the lone worker and to any person who may be affected by their work. Employers should ensure that measures are in place to control or avoid such risks.Lone worker employers should:l involve staff or their representatives when undertaking the required risk assessment process;l take steps to check control measures are in place such as instruction, training, supervision and issuing protective equipment;l review risk assessments annually or, as few workplaces stay the same, when there has been a significant change in working practice;lwhen a risk assessment shows it is not possible for the work to be conducted safely by a lone worker, address that risk by, for example, making arrangements to provide help or back-up; andl where a lone worker is working at another employer’s workplace, that employer should inform the lone worker’s employer of any risks and the required control measures.Risk assessment should help employers decide on the right level of supervision. There are some high-risk activities where at least one other person may need to be present. Examples of risk assessments can be viewed on the HSE website at: www.hse.gov.uk/risk/casestudies. Employers who have five or more employees must record the significant findings of all risk assessments.To find out more:l Five steps to risk assessment Leaflet INDG163(rev2) HSE Books 2006 (single copy free or priced packs of 10 ISBN 978 0 7176 6189 3) www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg163.pdfl Employers’ Liability (Compulsory) Insurance Act 1969: A guide for employers Leaflet HSE40(rev3) HSE Books 2008 (single copy free or priced packs of 10 ISBN 0 978 0 7176 6331 6) www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/hse40.pdf