Violence Against Journalists in Ukraine Demands International Engagement

first_img Follow the news on Ukraine February 26, 2021 Find out more Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media Organisation UkraineEurope – Central Asia UkraineEurope – Central Asia Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority March 26, 2021 Find out more to go further September 7, 2020 Find out more Receive email alertscenter_img News Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV News Help by sharing this information RSF_en The International Partnership Mission on Safety and Protection of Journalists and Press Freedom in Ukraine, meeting in Kiev on 19 and 20 February 2014, heard testimony and witness accounts from a wide variety of stakeholders and found:- an appalling number of cases of violence and harassment against journalists, including the murder of Vesti journalist Vyacheslav Veremyi;- clear evidence that journalists, other media workers, and media organisations are being directly targeted and attacked because of their work;- a culture of impunity caused by failure to investigate and prosecute crimes against journalists, media workers, and media organisations;- that authorities have engaged in blocking, censoring and obstructing news organisations and news content, particularly during the current demonstrations and protests;- that economic pressure and other indirect methods of inhibiting and discouraging critical reporting continue to be employed by Ukraine authorities.The partnership mission, comprising international and local media and press freedom organisations, respectfully reminds the Ukraine government that it is the duty of the state to protect all citizens, including journalists, and to ensure that journalists and media organizations can carry out their duties without fear of violence or harassment. The mission recognises and praises the courageous work of our colleagues in Ukraine in carrying out their essential duties in dangerous and difficult circumstances.The mission:- demands that Ukraine authorities fulfill their obligations and ensure that all attacks on journalists, media workers and media organisations immediately cease;- calls on the Ukraine government to allow an immediate, independent, and transparent investigation to bring those responsible for attacks to justice;- urges the Council of Europe to engage with Ukraine authorities to ensure this investigation, and to conduct their own investigation;- calls on authorities to enact existing legislation, including Article 171 of the Criminal Code that forbids any obstruction of journalistic activity;- strongly calls for joint efforts to seek international justice, including through potential submission to the European Court of Human Rights;- calls on Ukraine authorities to recognise the fundamental right of the public to receive accurate and diverse information and to refrain from blocking, censoring or otherwise obstructing independent media, andencourage development of an independent and viable media market. The International Partnership Mission on the safety and protection of journalists and press freedom in Ukraine includes representatives of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (NUJU), the Independent Media Trade Union of Ukraine (IMTU), the Ukrainian Association of Press Publishers, the Independent Regional Press Publishers of Ukraine, Article19, the European and International Federations of Journalists (EFJ/IFJ), International Media Support (IMS), Open Society Foundations, Reporters Without Borders, and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).One Journalist dead, over 167 reported injuredStatement from Ukraine on Murder and Attacks on Journalists(Photos: AFP) News February 20, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Violence Against Journalists in Ukraine Demands International Engagement Newslast_img read more

Over 7,000 Jamaican children sexually abused in last four years

first_imgKNIGHT… most of the mothers who I interview know the children are being abused At least 7,245 Jamaican children are reported to have been sexually assaulted over the last four years, according to complaints received by the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR).At the same time, OCR officials say that Jamaica’s “informer fi dead” culture is preventing even more people from reporting the dastardly acts.While it is not clear if more children are becoming victims of sexual abuse, statistics from the OCR have shown a massive spike in the number of reports received, with the figure jumping from 121 reported cases in 2007 to 2,652 as of last year.There is however no system in place as yet at the registry to determine how many of these reported cases have been prosecuted.But despite these high numbers, it took the voice of a frustrated and traumatised medical practitioner to shine the spotlight on the plight of these children and to evoke public outrage.A number of state agencies which deal with children’s issues have since called on Jamaicans to break their silence.The Child Development Agency (CDA), Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA), Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) yesterday issued a joint statement as a result of this week’s Sunday Observer lead story in which Dr Sandra Knight highlighted the plight of Jamaican children who have been raped and in some cases infected with sexually transmitted diseases.In response to the article, which has generated much public outrage, concern and offers of help, the agencies said Jamaicans need to break the silence on this “intolerable violation of children’s rights”.The agencies lauded Dr Knight for being outspoken on the issue in the media.“Sexual abuse is one of the most heinous forms of violence against children, which no child should ever have to endure,” the statement said.The State bodies said the alarming news that greeted the public on Sunday has been a major concern of theirs for many years.“Our agencies have each been working with a range of partners over many years to address this issue, through programmes, policies and laws that seek to prevent abuse and to provide treatment and care for young victims,” the agencies said.Noting that sexual abuse is a complex issue, the agencies admit that their work on the ground and at the policy level is not enough.“All Jamaicans, including professionals who work with children, parents, caregivers, the media and the public must assume their responsibility to protect the nation’s children,” the agencies said, adding that “breaking the silence is critical”.On Tuesday, Greig Smith, registrar of the OCR, and his colleague public education specialist Trevesa Dasilva Ashman both agreed that the “informer fi dead’ culture, which has kept Jamaicans silent on so many issues, has resulted in a lot more persons not speaking up about sexual abuse of the nation’s children.Smith told the Jamaica Observer that prior to the establishment of the registry there were concerns by the public as to where they could report these cases without their identities being revealed.“Persons may say if I go to the police or any other agency, by [the] time I reach back the community it is being said that I made a report,” he explained.However, because of the OCR’s confidentiality clause, the identity of the reporter is never revealed.As such, persons can call the registry at 1-888-776-8328 between 7:00 am and 11:00 pm to report any suspected case of child abuse; whether it is neglect, child labour, trafficking, physical, emotional or sexual.Smith explained that the information is assessed and recorded, following which a report is prepared and forwarded to the CDA, the OCA and the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse for investigation and/or intervention.Dasilva Ashman said while persons making the report do not have to give their names, they are strongly encouraged to do so in the event the matter reaches the court, as the law states that if someone suspects child abuse and does not report it they can be charged or imprisoned.“We had a case of a mother who knew her child was being sexually abused by the boyfriend and did not report it and the case was brought before the courts and the OCR was subpoenaed to go to court to testify if the mother had made the report. We got the report, but it was not made by the mother, but someone else, and she has been imprisoned since for failure to report,” she explained.Majority of the reports to the OCR are from ‘prescribed’ persons, according to Dasilva Ashman. These are persons such as doctors, teachers guidance counsellors social workers, etc who, by virtue of their occupation, care for children.“One of the things we do in communication activities is to target these prescribed persons because we realise they are in a strategic position to be able to identify when a child is being abused and be able to report it,” she said.Jamaica Observer Share Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Over 7,000 Jamaican children sexually abused in last four years by: – April 5, 2012 Sharecenter_img Tweet Share 80 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

How Microsoft’s Kinect For Windows Will Upgrade Your Monitor For Windows 8

first_imgRelated Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout “The Pathfinder application using Kinect for Windows is a game changer in terms of the way we can engage with consumers,” said John Brancheau, vice president of marketing at Nissan North America, in a statement. “It’s a powerful pre-sales tool that has the potential to revolutionize the dealer experience.”Razorfish’s Ashley, who has worked with clients on four Kinect for Windows projects himself, said that the Kinect for Windows technology still needs three key enhancements in both the PC and retail environments:1. Fine finger detection (which rival startup Leap Motion says it can achieve)2. Facial recognition, to determine if a user smiles or frowns while viewing the ad;3. A commonly understood set of gestures, like the “pinch to zoom” interface of the tablet.The far future of Kinect, Ashley believes, is the interactive mall, where augmented reality and gesture detection merge. There, users will receive information on their smartphones or Google Glasses, and interact with storefronts whose displays contain embedded Kinect sensors.Lang pointed the possibility of a virtual dressing room, with realistic virtual clothes – a problem that many have tried and failed to solve.“With enough stores, you’ll interact with complete malls,” Ashley said. “With enough malls, the technology will start moving beyond the mall.”Perhaps, finally, onto your desktop PC. In a year’s time, presumably, we’ll all be living in the touch-screen world of Windows 8. But what happens to the millions of non-touch-enabled monitors already on laptops desktops around the world? Three words: Kinect for Windows.Microsoft said this week that Kinect for Windows – a slightly different version of the the Xbox peripheral that lets you control the action with body movements alone – will be supported both by Windows 8 as well as Microsoft’s development tools, Microsoft .NET 4.5 and Microsoft Visual Studio 2012, in a new release scheduled for Oct. 8. Users can buy Kinect for Windows for $149 direct from Microsoft ($100 off the regular price) – but you’ll have to wait until the .NET/VS app framework Microsoft is seeding actually produces some usable Kinect software.Kinect is a leading part of what Microsoft refers to as NUI, or Natural User Interface, “where the technology kind of disappears,” according to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.Many consumers – and virtually all gamers – are familiar with the Kinect peripheral for the Xbox, where a combination of infrared cameras and noise-cancelling microphones “sees” players, and can interpret hand-waving as the flapping of wings or a kick as a shot on goal. The Kinect can then decipher where the user actually “is,” either interpreting gestures as controls or even “transforming” him into a household object, like a chair.But while Kinect for Xbox senses motion at a distance of feet, Kinect for Windows adds a “near mode” to sense a user waving his hands, pointing, or otherwise gesturing at up to 40 centimeters away from the screen. That changes the game.Kinect For The PC “So suddenly we have something that makes sense in a desktop scenario, and we get closer to [the type of interface in] Minority Report,” where windows are being slid across the screen,” said James Ashley, a presentation-layer architect for the Emerging Experiences Group at Razorfish, who has helped develop four projects based on Kinect for Windows. “That unlocked the possibility of having Kinect at work, and putting a Kinect sensor above your monitor.”Ashley said multimonitor setups will benefit from being able to slide objects and windows around easily, and workers making a presentation will be able to easily interact with virtual objects.But why do we need Kinect for Windows, when Microsoft’s Windows 8 is based upon touch? Utility and aesthetics.Gestures vs. Touch“Basically, there’s two different ways of interacting with the world,” Ashley explained. “What we know with the touch interface is that it doesn’t really do away with the keyboard and mouse. Obviously data entry is something we can’t do easily with touch interfaces. And there’s the same sort of thing, where gestures will make more sense than just doing touch.”“Besides the data entry thing, you’re constantly dirtying up your monitor,” with the Windows 8 touch interface, Ashley added. “And that’s just annoying. Why do we have this amazing new interface, where, if you’re using it correctly, you’re constantly smudging your screen? So the gestural interfaces won’t necessarily introduce something superior, just something new: one more way of interacting with computers.”One aspect of Kinect that’s held it back, according to Evan Lang, research director for “interactive experience” developer IdentityMine, is its poor resolution: at normal distance, the sensor can tell whether it’s a man or a woman with about 90% confidence. “For things like whether someone’s happy, or judge their facial expression, people usually stand too far away,” Lang said.But we’re still waiting for the killer app that will take Kinect for Windows out of the development sphere and make it a consumer device. According to Ashley, who wrote a book on developing for the Kinect, Microsoft tried (and failed) to work gestures into Office, but has since decided to let the ingenuity of developers lead the way. And the first place they’re going is advertising.Kinect For Windows’ First Market? Interactive AdsMicrosoft launched Kinect for Windows at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, where Ballmer announced that the company would partner with United Health Group, Toyota, Telefonica, Mattel and American Express. No, that doesn’t mean you’ll use it in your Camry. Instead, advertisers apparently love it.To date, interactive advertising via Kinect for Windows is virtually the only application that Microsoft or its partners have publicized. “Touch free interfaction really lends itself well to marketing,” IdentityMine’s Lang said. IdentityMine worked with Nissan to develop an interactive Nissan Pathfinder exhibit, where a IdentityMine spokeswoman noted that the company has worked with Kinect on numerous occasions, including both the Xbox and Kinect for Windows sensors.At the Chicago Auto Show, IdentityMine built an interactive demonstration using a Kinect for Windows sensor, a monitor and a computer that’s running the Pathfinder application built with the Kinect for Windows SDK. The app, since deployed to 16 dealerships, was designed to show off the new Nissan Pathfinder SUV – before the car was physically available. The Kinect app (demonstrated in the video below) lets potential buyers virtually enter the vehicle, fold seats up and down, and open the tailgate, among other actions. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… markhachman 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#gaming#Microsoft#web last_img read more

Boxing chief criticizes IOC comments on Olympic competition

first_imgInternational Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, top left, speaks at the Australian Olympic Committee annual general meeting in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, May 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)GOLD COAST, Australia— The head of the international boxing federation has criticized IOC president Thomas Bach’s comments that Olympic officials could organize the Tokyo 2020 boxing tournament if the sport’s federation can’t get its affairs in order.Bach said last weekend that the IOC wants the sport at next year’s Tokyo Games and is prepared to organize both the qualification and the competition if boxing’s troubled international governing body, the AIBA, loses its Olympic status over leadership and financial problems.ADVERTISEMENT “Organizing a sports event is also not rocket science,” Bach told a meeting in Sydney on Saturday. “So I guess we will be able to manage it in the end. It’s a very universal sport, so we want to have boxing on the program. If the case arises … we would have to make an effort then to have such a tournament.”AIBA executive director Tom Virgets said Bach’s comments belittled the job of international sports federations.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We’re very concerned about it,” Virgets said in an interview with SNTV on Wednesday. “We have concerns about it mostly for the athletes and for the programs.“We’re in the best position to ensure a good quality games. I think Mr. Bach’s statement … is disappointing because I think we play a much more important role.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Naomi Osaka taps into ‘zombie mode’ to advance in Madrid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Virgets said the AIBA had the institutional knowledge and “we understand the politics and all the behind the scenes things that take place.”“We’ve spent a year and a half reforming and I think we’re in the best position because we have made all these corrective actions.”Relations between the IOC and AIBA have been tense since Uzbekistan businessman Gafur Rakhimov was elected AIBA president in November, beating Kazakh candidate Serik Konakbayev.The U.S. Treasury Department has alleged Rakhimov has links to organized crime and placed him under sanctions. Rakhimov denies the allegations.AIBA risks being derecognized in June after an IOC inquiry panel reports. Until then, AIBA is banned from contacting 2020 Tokyo Olympic organizers.ADVERTISEMENT Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Virgets said he hopes an agreement can be reached between his organization and the IOC ahead of next year’s games.“If the IOC will talk to me, we can find a win-win solution if that is legitimately what we’re trying to find,” he said. “And I think that’s the only way to resolve this issue because right now the IOC doesn’t trust what AIBA is doing (and) we don’t trust what they’re doing.“We need to come together and have conversation.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View commentslast_img read more

Pakistan army chief accuses India of undermining China investment corridor

first_imgPakistan’s army chief on Tuesday accused longtime regional rival India of seeking to undermine his country’s $46 billion project to build an economic corridor to transport goods from China’s western regions through the Pakistani deepwater port of Gwadar.Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, speaking at a development conference on the impact of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), said the significance of a Pakistan-China economic alliance had “raised eyebrows” in the region.”In this context, I must highlight that India, our immediate neighbour, has openly challenged this development initiative,” Sharif told the conference in Gwadar.”I would like to make a special reference to Indian intelligence agency RAW that is blatantly involved in destabilising Pakistan. Let me make it clear that we will not allow anyone to create impediments and turbulence in any part of Pakistan. Therefore, it is important for all to leave behind confrontation and focus on cooperation.”Indian officials could not be reached for comment late on Tuesday night.RAW is India’s Research and Analysis Wing, its main external intelligence agency.Last month, Pakistan said it had detained a suspected Indian spy for RAW in Baluchistan, the southwestern Pakistani province where most of the CPEC is taking shape.India has confirmed that the man is a former Indian navy official but denied that he is a spy.Majority Hindu India and mostly Muslim Pakistan, once part of a vast British colonial holding, have fought three wars since they were partitioned upon independence in 1947, leading to a violent separation that has fed decades of mutual suspicion.advertisementPakistan believes India is supporting a separatist insurgency in resource-rich Baluchistan. It also accuses India of fuelling strife in the city of Karachi. India denies any such meddling.India has long accused Pakistan of backing militants fighting Indian security forces in its part of the divided Kashmir region, of helping militants launch attacks elsewhere in India and backing the Taliban in Afghanistan.Pakistan says it only offers diplomatic support to the Muslim people of Kashmir living under what Pakistan says is heavy-handed Indian rule. It denies backing militant attacks in India.last_img read more

10 months agoCrystal Palace boss Hodgson frustrated by Cardiff stalemate after 15-year shots high

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace boss Hodgson frustrated by Cardiff stalemate after 15-year shots highby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson was left frustrated after their 0-0 draw with Cardiff City.Palace peppered the Cardiff goal with 31 shots, their highest number since 2003-04, with Andros Townsend flicking a shot against the crossbar and Luka Milivojevic hitting the post for the hosts.Hodgson said, “I’m pleased about the number of chances we created but I’m not pleased we didn’t convert one of them,” he said.”It’s something we’ve had to deal with for a large part of the season. If we had more fortune in front of goal then we would be nowhere near where we are, we’d have assembled a lot more points.”Football is about scoring goals and taking those semi opportunities, which good goal scorers find a way of scoring.” last_img read more

10 months ago​Gabbiadini put up for sale by Southampton

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Gabbiadini put up for sale by Southamptonby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton want to sell Manolo Gabbiadini this winter.The Italian striker does not fit into Ralph Hasenhuttl’s plans.And Sky Sports reports the Saints want to see a deal done this winter.AC Milan are one of the clubs interested in acquiring his signature.The striker’s agent flew into London for talks with Southampton about his client’s future.Sky Italia suggest that Fiorentina and Bologna also have an interest in the attacker, who has a solitary Premier League goal this season. last_img read more

13 hours agoJones thrilled for Man Utd duo Garner, Williams

first_imgJones thrilled for Man Utd duo Garner, Williamsby Freddie Taylor13 hours agoSend to a friendShare the lovePhil Jones was thrilled with the performance of Manchester United youngsters James Garner and Brandon Williams in Thursday’s 1-0 win over Partizan Belgrade.The teenagers were part of seven changes made by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from the line-up that faced Liverpool on Sunday. And Jones thinks the pair more than held their own in Serbia.He said: They’re going to put you under pressure and we dug deep I thought Jimmy Garner and Brandon were outstanding they should be very proud of themselves tonight.”A huge experience at a young age both looked comfortable at this level and have a very bright future the pair of them.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Florida State’s P.J. Williams’ Box Jump Is Extremely Impressive

first_imgP.J. Williams performs a box jump.IG/pjwilliams_26Jameis Winston gets most of the publicity out of this year’s Florida State players in the NFL Draft, but a number of other former Seminoles are enticing prospects as well. Cornerback P.J. Williams was one of the most important players on the FSU defense, and projects to be drafted in the first two rounds of this spring’s draft.Williams posted a video of himself doing a box jump on Instagram this afternoon, in which he shows off the athleticism and explosion that makes him one of the draft’s top defensive backs.We’re not sure exactly how high that jump is, but we are certainly impressed.last_img read more

Video: Syracuse Players Go Crazy When Team Finds Out It Made The NCAA Tournament

first_imgIt looked extremely unlikely that the Syracuse Orange would make this year’s NCAA Tournament after losing five of their last six games, including a one-and-done showing in the ACC Tournament. As it turns out, SU made the tournament as a 10-seed, avoiding the play-in games. Because of the bracket leak, some of the Syracuse players may have known their tournament fate ahead of time, but when the team was officially announced as ‘in,’ the team still had a pretty fantastic reaction.The MVP here has to be walk-on Doyin Akintobi-Adeyeye, who broke out a few dances after the news came in. Congratulations to the Orange on the tournament berth.last_img read more