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News April 13, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for justice for Slavko Curuvija on fifth anniversary of murder Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says Europe – Central Asia Help by sharing this information June 4, 2021 Find out more to go further Europe – Central Asia Five years after the murder of Slavko Curuvija, who was accused of “treason” by the pro-government press during the NATO bombing, the police investigation into his death seems to have come to a halt. Reporters Without Borders reminds the authorities of their pledge to solve this case. “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Reporters Without Borders reiterated its call for justice for slain newspaper editor Slavko Curuvija today, five years after his April 1999 murder in Belgrade. Curuvija’s killers are still at large although reportedly identified by an eye-witness. The police say that do not have enough proof to indict the suspects.”We hope that your government’s declared commitment to identify and publish those reponsible for this murder was more than just an electoral promise,” Reporters Without Borders said in a letter to interior minister Dragan Jocic. “Slavko Curuvija’s family and his colleagues in Serbia and elsewhere in the world call for no effort to be spared until justice is done.”The fifth anniversary has been the occasion of several comments by officials about the case. Former deputy interior minister Nenad Milic said an eye-witness had identified the killers, but his successor, Miroslav Milosevic, said the police had no “valid evidence” against the suspects. Police inspector general Vladimir Bozovic said a special team was working on the case.On 9 December 2003, a few days before legislative elections, the office of the special prosecutor and the organised crime bureau said an eye-witness had formally identified two persons suspected of the murder but their identity could not be revealed. Since then, the police have given no further information about the outcome of this identification.Under the state of emergency declared on 12 March 2003 after the assassination of Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic, deputy state prosecutor Milan Sarajlic was suspended and arrested along with other judicial officials thought to be linked with underworld figures. The interior ministry said Sarajlic confessed during his detention to working with the powerful Zemun gang and to actively obstructing the Curuvija murder probe. State prosecutor Sinisa Simic, who was in charge of the enquiry, was fired on 21 March 2003. Curuvija, who edited the newspapers Dnevni Telegraf and Evropljanin, was shot dead by two masked men on 11 April 1999 as he arrived in front of his Belgrade home with his wife. He had been constantly harassed for his articles criticising the regime of President Slobodan Milosevic. Djordje Martic, former editor of newspaper Ekspres Politika, said on 14 April 2001 that an article that appeared in his paper on 6 April 1999, a few days before the murder, accusing Curuvija of being a traitor and in favour of the NATO military offensive, was written on the orders of Milosevic’s wife, Mirjana Markovic. Organisation News RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Receive email alerts RSF_en June 7, 2021 Find out more June 8, 2021 Find out more News News Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Federal authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding a murder suspect who is believed to have fled North Carolina, where he is facing charges, and may have Long Island ties.Luis Alberto Ordonez-Vega was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 22-year-old Noel Navarro Hernandez, who was found dead in southwest Charlotte, North Carolina on June 6. Ordonez-Vega was then charged federally last month with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.“It’s possible that Ordonez-Vega has fled the Charlotte area to avoid arrest,” an FBI spokesman said in a statement. “He may have ties to Long Island.”The 35-year-old construction worker, who was born in Guatemala, is described as 5-feet, 11-inches-to-6-feet tall, 220-to-260 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He has a scar on his nose, a scar on both of his cheeks, tattoos on both of his arms and a tattoo on his left handHe has been living in North Carolina. Aside from Long Island, he also has ties to Florida and Utah. He should be considered armed and dangerous, authorities warned.FBI agents ask anyone with information on this case to call them at 704-672-6100.
Jamaica Scorpions, on the back of another shallow batting display, were yesterday defeated by 117 runs on the final day of their top-of-the-table WICB First-Class Championship clash against leaders and title-holders Guyana Jaguars at Sabina Park. Starting the day on 83 for three and needing another 244 runs to win, Jamaica were blown away for 208 midway the post-lunch session. Leading the Guyana bowling charge was outstanding 19-year-old left-arm spinner, Gudakesh Motie, who claimed six for 33 to take his tournament-leading tally to 34 wickets. The lanky Motie, playing in his debut first-class season and fifth match overall, last year represented West Indies Under-19s at the ICC Youth World Cup. “It was a disappointing performance, particularly as it relates to our batting,” bemoaned Scorpions captain, Paul Palmer Jr. “Our bowlers did well, especially in the first innings, but our batsmen did not back them up.” He added: “It is now a setback for us as Guyana have moved further ahead in the standings. But it is still midway the season and we still have time, so hopefully we can catch up with them.” Jamaica now have three wins and two defeats and lie third in the standings on 53 points. Guyana, unbeaten after five matches, extended their tally to 85, while Barbados Pride, who defeated Leeward Island Hurricanes by 10 wickets, are second on 63 points. The tournament, being played on a home-and-away basis over 10 rounds, will take a break to facilitate the holiday season, as well as the NAGICO Super50 regional one-day tournament, which bowls off in January. Volcanoes, Red Force draw AT THE BEAUSEJOUR CRICKET STADIUM: Windward Islands Volcanoes drew with Trinidad and Tobago Red Force on the final day of their fifth round game here yesterday. Scores: VOLCANOES 306 (Shane Shillingford 64, AndrÈ Fletcher 63, Mervyn Mathew 48 not out, Devon Smith 32, Liam Sebastien 30; Imran Khan 3-100, Narsingh Deonarine 2-29, Uthman Mohammed 2-51) & 198 for seven (Devon Smith 56, Shane Shillingford 34, AndrÈ Fletcher 29). RED FORCE 382 (Yannick Ottley 99 not out, Yannic Cariah 70, Narsingh Deonarine 60, Marlon Richards 60; Kevin McClean 4-66, Shane Shillingford 3-109).
DES MOINES, Iowa – Longtime Drake University Athletics staff members Brian Brown and Natasha Kaiser-Brown are leaving their positions to pursue professional opportunities at the University of Missouri, the couple announced Thursday, Aug. 4Brian Brown has served as the Franklin ‘Pitch’ Johnson Drake Relays Director for the past 11 years while also fulfilling duties as an associate athletic director and assistant track and field coach. Natasha Kaiser-Brown has been the head coach of the Bulldogs’ track and field programs for the past 15 years.Brian, who received his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Missouri, will assume the role of Assistant Athletic Director for Mizzou Made within the Tigers’ athletics department, while Natasha—a Missouri graduate, former Missouri assistant coach, and one of the most decorated Mizzou student-athletes in history—will serve as the Tigers’ associate head track and field coach.”I want to thank Brian and Natasha for their extraordinary commitment to Drake University for more than a decade. Both have been integral parts of our athletics department’s success since arriving in Des Moines,” said Drake Director of Athletics Sandy Hatfield Clubb. “Brian’s vision and leadership has helped advance the historic Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee to one of the marquee events in the world, while Natasha has led our track and field programs and its student-athletes to great success on and off the track.”During his 11 years as the director, Brian Brown has widened the scope of the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee to include events such as the invitational pole vault at Jordan Creek Town Center and Capital Square and the Grand Blue Mile. Inside Drake Stadium, his vision helped created world-class fields that served as either Olympic or World Championship previews and rematches. This past year, the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee attracted more than 50 athletes that will represent their countries in the upcoming Olympic games.”I am grateful to Drake University and Sandy Hatfield Clubb for trusting me to be a member of her administrative team and to lead such a historic event,” Brian Brown said. “The Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee has been a labor of love, and I’m proud to have played a role in the magnificent history of the Relays. The decision to accept this new opportunity came after much prayer with my family, and I believe it provides a new avenue for me to make a positive impact on the lives of others.”Natasha Kaiser-Brown, a Des Moines native and Olympic silver medalist, has guided the Bulldog track and field program since 2000, and has helped the team set 40 school records while consistently producing Missouri Valley Conference champions and NCAA qualifiers. Under her leadership, the program has blossomed academically as the women’s team recorded the 12th highest grade point average in the nation in 2015 while both the men’s and women’s teams have been named U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Associates All-Academic teams each of the last five years. Kaiser-Brown came to Drake from Missouri after seven years as an assistant coach at her alma mater.”It is very difficult to leave a place after so many wonderful years,” Natasha Kaiser-Brown said. “I cannot thank the administration, staff, and faculty enough for all that they have done to support, shape, educate, and challenge me. I will forever be appreciative of the opportunity to be a part of the Drake family and will greatly miss working alongside my colleagues and the amazing and talented men and women of the cross country and track and field programs.” Drake will begin immediate national searches to fill both positions.”It is a testimony to how special Brian and Natasha are as people that Missouri would shape positions specifically to attract the couple. Each of them in their own right has left big shoes to fill. However, both have advanced the University in ways that make it possible to attract world class talent to lead Drake into our next level of success,” Hatfield Clubb added. “We wish both of them and their family the absolute best as they begin this next chapter of their life.”Print Friendly Version
Public trust in scientists exceeds their trustworthiness, experts warn.Nature is worried. People trust scientists too much. In the Nature Editorial this week (“Misplaced faith”), the subtitle is suggestive. “The public trusts scientists much more than scientists think. But should it?” On one hand, the editors are glad that polls show the majority of people giving scientists high marks for reliability despite a flurry of scandals in recent news. The recent retraction of that gay-marriage paper (see 12/12/14 and Science Magazine report; see more below) is a case in point. But on the other hand, they know better.Media coverage of the same-sex-marriage retraction was laced with portentous language, claiming that faith and trust in science had been profoundly shaken. Yet, as researchers who follow misconduct issues will know, faith and trust in science have survived worse in recent years.That should not be taken as an excuse to ignore the problem of research misconduct or to minimize its importance. And although high-profile fraud makes headlines, a broader and more common set of unappealing behaviours — from corner-cutting to data-juggling — lie under the surface. Convention says that a tiny minority of scientists cheats, yet academics and researchers frequently make the case that irregularities are widespread. A 2014 survey of hundreds of economists, for example, found that 94% admitted to having engaged in at least one “unaccepted” research practice (S. Necker Res. Policy 43, 1747–1759; 2014).… it seems that the wider public’s view of science and research is rosier than that of many people who are directly involved. For how long can this continue?As insiders, Nature’s editors get a view of science’s dirty laundry that the public is blissfully unaware of. And they’re not alone. Other writers have pointed out reasons to doubt the iconic image of the scientist in the white lab coat, altruistically researching nature’s secrets for the pure love of the truth.Influence or influencer? Anna Gielas, in a PLoS Blog printed on PhysOrg, turns scientific journals into carts pulling the horses. Rather than depicting them as channels for research dissemination, she argues that journals are often instruments that shape science and academia. Tracing the history of academic journals over centuries, she shows them to be dynamic, evolving instruments that often made or broke personal reputations and, sometimes, shaped political decisions. “I wish to learn how we have created this unique and intricate communication system,” she ends, “—and why we have endowed it with so much power.”Measurement power corrupts: What’s science without measurement? In The Conversation, Aussie academics Mike Calver and Andrew Beattie warn that “Our obsession with metrics is corrupting science.” Specifically, the process of ranking scientific papers by citations and other arbitrary measures lets some scientists game the system, and consigns other worthy research into dustbin of obscurity. Ranking has been a poor predictor of Nobel Prizes, they point out. (See also Nature‘s list of “sleeping beauty” papers whose merits were not recognized till after the author’s deaths.) Merlin Crossley, another Aussie dean of science, replies in The Conversation that “All academic metrics are flawed, but some are useful.” Useful to whom? He presents the “best-in-field” fallacy by arguing that it’s “better than the alternative.”Correlation not causation: Speaking of measurement, Science Magazine enjoyed a list of “spurious correlations.” These come about through “a technique known as ‘data dredging,’ in which one data set is blindly compared to hundreds of others until a correlation is identified.” For instance, one can show that “The number of civil engineering doctorates awarded in the United States between 2000 and 2009 was strongly correlated (95.9%) with mozzarella cheese consumption during the same period.” The editors comment, “Presented as a series of graphs prepared from real data sets, Spurious Correlations serves as a hilarious reminder that correlation most certainly does not equal causation.” It also implies that drawing valid conclusions requires honesty and training in logic.Conflict of interest: A Policy Forum statement in Science Magazine shows that scientists are also stakeholders in government decisions. Fifteen academics from Harvard, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Center for Science and Democracy and some other foundations are upset that Congress is making “attacks on science-based rules.” But rules are not discovered by scientists; they are matters of policy decided by parties with competing interests (including taxpayers who have to foot the bill, and legislators who have to prioritize limited resources). Rules might be informed by science or metrics, but as we have just seen, metrics can corrupt if not properly interpreted. These academics vent the emotion of righteous indignation, pretending their own interests are not part of the equation.There is a growing and troubling assault on using credible scientific knowledge in U.S. government regulation that will put science and democracy at risk if unchecked. We present five examples, and the false premises on which they are based, of current attempts in the U.S. Congress in the supposed pursuit of transparency and accountability but at the expense of the role of science in policy-making.A look at their five examples shows it heavily weighted in favor of government regulation and the ability of scientific institutions to police themselves. At whose expense? And for which group’s interest?The scientific community needs to push back. Elected officials respond to constituents, and there are scientists in every congressional district. With leadership from professional societies and scientific organizations, scientists across the country should tell their members of Congress how much they value the opportunity to engage in informing policy and how important it is that these attacks on the process are defeated.They end by claiming they are all for transparency and avoidance of conflict of interest. Their concerns may well be justified in some of the specific cases they cite, but their own comments betray a lack of objectivity.Whose conflict of interest? Policies that attempt to control conflict of interest may themselves be flawed, an article on Science Daily suggests. Some scientists are objecting to the stringent rules of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) on disclosure of financial ties to health industries, claiming that “there are negative consequences of such policies.” One thing seems certain; policies will be made by fallible humans who may not be aware of all the influences behind their decisions, or willing to admit them.Scientific fraud made several headlines recently. Most recently, the exposure of Michael LaCour at UCLA as a fraudster for his Dec. 2014 paper on gay-marriage persuasion was noted by Science Magazine (which retracted the paper last month), Nature, and major media outlets. But few are pointing out that his credibility should have been suspect at the start, since he is a gay activist and recruited only gay activists in his “experiments” on interviewing people—and they only tested the ability to persuade people for gay marriage, not against it. That seems hardly a controlled experiment. In other headlines, social psychologist Jens Förster is in deeper trouble after investigators found further evidence he “made up” his data, Science Magazine says (see 5/22/14). Förster still maintains his innocence. Nature reports that Paolo Macchiarini, inventor of the artificial windpipe, has been charged with misconduct for “misrepresenting the success of his pioneering procedure.” And in a PLoS Blog piece posted by PhysOrg, Beth Skwarecki asks an unusual question, “Was it unethical to hoax the world about chocolate as a weight loss ‘accelerator’?” It’s another story about P-hacking (tweaking significance measures) to pull a causation out of a correlation.When you envision a scientist, stop thinking of the cartoon drawing. Picture a real human being, just like yourself, getting out of bed each day and getting dressed to go to work. Like each one of us, the scientist is a complex mix of influences, beliefs, biases and desires. Many scientists usually work in an academic environment that is profoundly leftist in ideology and subject to speech codes or standards of political correctness (we admit exceptions, of course). The scientist has undergone years of rigorous study and practice, part of which constitutes indoctrination into certain ways of thinking. He or she attends conferences with colleagues at which habits of behavior are reinforced by groupthink, where independent thinking is tolerated only to a point. The scientist does not observe nature as a newcomer, but follows years of tradition, working on some specific puzzle in the current paradigm. Scientists are often dependent on government funds, or else support from private industry, which also influence their judgment. Like other humans, scientists desire fame and recognition for their work.Lest one argue that it’s the scientific community that protects against bias and makes science a self-correcting enterprise, let’s get real. A community is a collection of fallible individuals. Academia can reinforce bias as much as prevent it. Look at the articles above; journals, peer review and other aspects of self-correction can end up shaping policies and attitudes, even facilitating fraud. Nature just told us that people have an undue trust for science as it really us. Standards have evolved over the centuries; are we to believe that what Newton or Faraday did in their day was unscientific by today’s standards? Peer review is under attack from many quarters these days. Journals are evolving to adapt to social media. And how can they protect themselves from computer-generated fraud? (see Evolution News & Views article).Never forget that science cannot work without (1) a commitment to truth, and (2) honesty. Those are not discoveries of science; they are prerequisites for science. Logical reasoning requires both. So what are we to expect when evolutionary scientists tell us that crime is a product of evolution? (see PhysOrg). Carried to its logical conclusion, that rationalizes fraud as an evolutionary strategy. Science needs God to say, “Thou shalt not!” (see 5/24/15). The current flood of scientific misconduct is to be expected from a culture that has abandoned Biblical morality for evolving strategies, and truth for pragmatism.So what are honest truth seekers to think of science? We have to judge it based on the evidence and the logic, and on the individual researcher’s character. We cannot take a scientist’s word for anything. We need to be aware of the biases that influence their statements. We need to examine their “materials and methods” that formed the basis of their conclusions. We need the courage to fight a strong consensus when it is wrong. We need to complain when they fail to be truthful or honest. In a sense, we need to be scientists ourselves, if we take the root of science to refer to “knowledge.” Since knowledge is defined as a “justified true belief,” no scientific statement should be accepted at face value because “science says so,” but because its truth is justifiable.(Visited 28 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
24 July 2015The South African Revenue Service (Sars) introduced a new, state-of-the-art container scanner at the Cape Town harbour on Wednesday.This is the second scanner of its kind in South Africa; the first one was installed in Durban. It will be used to clamp down on illegal trade, which robs the country of millions of rand in unpaid duties and taxes.“With the new high-tech scanners in Durban and Cape Town, Sars is doing end-to-end integrated cargo scanning for the first time,” the organisation said.“In other words, our risk engine, case management system and scanner software is now integrated into one solution that is automated and real-time, with the whole process recorded on the Sars system from beginning to end.”Game over for criminalsSars commissioner Tom Moyane told Fin24 that “we should deter those who would like to avoid paying their fair value in terms of customs. That game is over.”The scanner cost R38.5-million but Moyane said this was a worthwhile price. “You want to talk about return on investment? Let’s talk numbers: R986-billion is what we collected. Customs contributed approximately 9% to 10%.“Utilisation of the scanners is to deter and detect that which we would not have been able to bring into the fiscus. So if we used the scanners a year before, we could have collected close to a trillion (rand),” he explained.How it worksThe scanners use X-ray technology coupled with radiation scanning to detect up to 40 different materials, including aluminium, steel, plastic, and organic components, according to the technology news website, MyBroadband Business Tech.It is also able to scan through 380mm of solid steel, and cargo can be scanned in under 12 minutes. Sars aims to complete a hundred inspections a day.The radiation portal will also be able to tip off customs officials if radioactive material is being smuggled.SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Once again, it’s time to submit nominations for ASI Awards, which will be presented during the 2020 ASI Annual Convention on Jan. 22-25 in Scottsdale, Ariz.The deadline for all award nominations is Nov. 15.There are five awards open for nominations: The McClure Silver Ram Award, the Camptender Award, the Distinguished Producer Award, the Industry Innovation Award and the Shepherd’s Voice Award.The McClure Silver Ram Award is dedicated to volunteer commitment and service and is presented to a sheep producer who has made substantial contributions to the sheep industry and its organizations in his/her state, region or nation. The award may recognize a lifetime of achievement or may recognize a noteworthy, shorter-term commitment and service to the industry.The Camptender Award recognizes industry contributions from a professional in a position or field related to sheep production. Nominees should show a strong commitment and a significant contribution to the sheep industry, its organizations and its producers above and beyond what is called for in his/her professional capacity. Nominees should be well respected in their fields by their peers and by sheep producers.The Distinguished Producer Award was launched in 2014 to recognize the 150th anniversary of the national organization – the oldest livestock association in the country. This award is a way to recognize an individual who has had a significant long-term impact on the industry, including involvement with the National Wool Growers Association or American Sheep Producers Council, the predecessor organizations to ASI.The Industry Innovation Award recognizes the accomplishments of an individual or organization that improves the American sheep industry in a game-changing way, regardless of whether its impact is felt at the regional or national level.The Shepherd’s Voice Award for Media recognizes outstanding year-long coverage of the sheep industry by either print or broadcast outlets. The award excludes all publications and affiliates related solely to the sheep industry, allowing for recognition of outlets with general coverage for excellence in covering sheep industry issues.Nominations must be submitted to ASI by Nov. 15, and past recipients of these awards are not eligible. To receive an application, call 303-771-3500 or email [email protected]
I cannot think of MGR declaring war on the Centre on the question of rice. He is merely blaming the Centre for his and his ministers’ incapacity, inability and inefficiency…. Such a man can never revolt against the Centre – ever.M. Karunanidhi in OnlookerThe marriage of Maneka with Sanjay was,I cannot think of MGR declaring war on the Centre on the question of rice. He is merely blaming the Centre for his and his ministers’ incapacity, inability and inefficiency…. Such a man can never revolt against the Centre – ever. M. Karunanidhi in OnlookerThe marriage of Maneka with Sanjay was the result of a conspiracy of certain forces who wanted to infiltrate into my house. Mrs Indira Gandhi at a party conference in LucknowWith advancing age and an erratic memory she (Mrs Gandhi) is suffering from great mental strain. This is obvious from the fact that at a serious party meeting in Lucknow she talked less about Punjab and Assam and more about Maneka…. It is not in the interest of the country to have an unwell prime minister.Mrs Maneka Gandhi in a statement to the press in New DelhiGuru Govind Singh created us and if Mahatma Gandhi is going to abuse him why should we consider him as our rashtra pita (father of the nation)? These slaves, the press, television, the media, they accept this; we don’t. Harminder Singh Sandhu, general secretary of the Akali Dal youth wing in SundayThe basic problem with Indian businessmen is that they cannot move an inch without protection. They often talk of competition; in real life they cry like babies seeking mother’s protection. Competition and protection cannot go hand in hand. Industrialist Jit Paul in BlitzTennis is a sport in India … only (when) people and the tennis associations start thinking that tennis is a job, an education and a full-time profession that the game can improve in this country.advertisement Vijay Amritraj in Weekend ReviewIn a democracy…new sections of people are under a state of constant and unremitting competition for a place in the sun. The…government-owned media defeat the purpose of promoting the dynastic ruler by over-exposure. To please every section he has to indulge in banalities. He becomes a bore. From a bore to a political hack is a short road. C.P. Ramachandran in The Sunday ObserverI have more experience than him (Farooq Abdullah). He is very young… I advise (him) just as any mother would her son. Begum Abdullah in ProbeI never thought I was a good actress. I really can’t act… I am always worried about making grammatical mistakes. I go cold (before the camera) and my palms begin to sweat. Raakhee in FilmfareNo girl has offered to go to bed with me in return for a part (in a film). I wish it would happen. Manmohan Desai in GentlemanI like females who are above thirty – ripe and who know the ways of the world, no inexperienced youngsters. Shashi Kapoor in StardustNTR is not the first – and will not be the last – political leader possessing a promising potential to be led up the garden path by “chamchas” who force their patrons to attempt too much too soon. N.C. Menon in The Hindustan Times