June 12

Letter to chancellor of Austria, new holder of the EU presidency, about violations of free expression in Turkey

first_img Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Follow the news on Turkey April 2, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia News Receive email alerts News TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Organisation April 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law April 28, 2021 Find out more News to go further January 5, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Letter to chancellor of Austria, new holder of the EU presidency, about violations of free expression in Turkey Sincerely,Robert Ménard, Secretary General In a letter to Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel of Austria, which has held the European Union presidency since 1 January, Reporters Without Borders has voiced concern about recent attacks on press freedom in Turkey and has asked him to use his influence with the authorities in Ankara to convince them to amend articles 301 and 305 of the criminal code, under which journalists can be sent to prison for the views they express.Paris, 3 January 2006Dear Chancellor Schüssel,Reporters Without Borders, an organisation that defends press freedom worldwide, would like to share with you its concern about the threats to free expression in Turkey, a country which has started talks on possible joining the European Union. We are worried about the arbitrary use of Turkish criminal code, especially article 301 on “humiliation of the Turkish identity, the republic and state bodies and institutions,” to censor dissent.More than twenty journalists, writers and editors are currently being prosecuted in Turkey, most of them under this article. The cases of Hrant Dink and Orhan Pamuk are representative of the persistent threats from the authorities and nationalistic lawyers to those who refer to certain episodes in Turkish history.On 24 December, the prosecutor’s office in Sisli (Istanbul) initiated new proceedings against Mr. Dink, the editor of the Armenian-language weekly Agos, for allegedly trying to influence the course of justice in an article published after his first trial in October, in which he was given a suspended sentence of six months in prison under article 301. He will be tried in February and faces four to five years in prison.Mr. Pamuk, a leading writer, is accused under article 301 of “insulting Turkish identity” by telling a Swiss weekly that “one million Armenians and 30,000 Kurds were killed in this country but no one dares to say so except me.” His trial, originally set for 16 December, has been postponed until 7 February. He faces up to three years in prison. Meanwhile, the authorities decided on 29 December to take no action on a complaint that was brought against him by a group of nationalistic lawyers accusing him of “openly attacking the army’s image.” Sinan Kara of the fortnightly Datça Haber was sentenced on 19 October to nine months in prison for “insulting by means of the press” under article 125 of the criminal code.Reporters Without Borders has had occasion in the past to stress the ubiquity of certain taboos that constitute a constant impediment to free expression in Turkey. We have also often had occasion to be alarmed by vaguely-worded articles in the criminal code. Anyone, whether the government, the army, can make arbitrary use of these articles to attack journalists who refer to certain painful or controversial events in Turkish history such as the Armenian genocide, the withdrawal of Turkish forces from Cyprus, the relations between the army and the government, or the Kurdish question.On 26 December, 169 intellectuals and performing artists called on the government to repeal articles 301 and 305 of the criminal code on the grounds that they are incompatible with the right to free expression and are obstructing democratisation in Turkey.Responding to the criticism, Turkish foreign minister Abdullah Gül recognised on 28 December that the charges brought against Mr. Pamuk had harmed Turkey’s image and said the laws restricting free expression could be modified.The hopes pinned on the new criminal code that took effect in June have in part been dashed. Your role, as leader of the government that currently holds the European Union presidency, will therefore be decisive in establishing real freedom of expression in Turkey.We are aware of your commitment to press freedom and we therefore urge you to intercede with the authorities in Ankara, especially at meetings about the membership process, in order to stop the criminalization of dissident views. In the light of recent events, we believe that progress in the talks on Turkey’s membership should be conditioned on amendments to certain provisions of the Turkish criminal code, especially articles 301 and 305, in order to ensure that journalists and intellectuals enjoy the kind of freedom of speech that is worthy of a democracy, and in order to make Turkey’s laws conform to European and international standards.We trust you will give this matter your careful consideration.last_img read more

June 12

Lines Await Unveiling of New Tesla Electric Car in Old Pasadena

first_img Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Photo credit: Laura Lee Moser via FacebookA queue formed outside the Tesla Motors Pasadena dealership at 117 West Colorado Blvd. as dedicated fans await the unveiling of the company’s Model 3 electric car – a lower priced sedan that comes at a starting price of $35,000, less than half the cost of Tesla’s previous models.A report on KABC-TV said people have flown in from overseas just to get a chance to deposit $1,000 for a car that may take a year before it becomes available. The report showed people in sleeping bags outside the Pasadena dealership.Tesla is expected to unveil the Model 3 at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2016, at its Los Angeles design studio.The new model is expected to have a range of at least 200 miles when fully charged, about double what drivers get from competing cars in its price range.Tesla did not release details about Model 3 before the unveiling event, but it has opened up reservations although deliveries would only be available by the end of 2017.“When production begins, we will begin deliveries in North America starting on the West Coast, moving east,” a Tesla announcement earlier in March said. “As we continue to ramp production, we will begin deliveries in Europe, APAC and right-hand drive markets. It is not possible to ship to all regions simultaneously because regulators in each part of the world have slightly different production requirements. Staggering deliveries in this way also allows us to provide the best possible customer experience.”Tesla currently sells two electric vehicles – the Model S sedan, which starts at $71,000, and the Model X SUV, which starts around $80,000. CEO Elon Musk has long pursued a dream to come up with a low-priced sedan, saying Tesla planned to build “a wide range of models, including affordably priced family cars” in order to speed the world toward a solar-powered future.An Associated Press report said the Model 3 will be using cheaper batteries that will come from a massive $5 billion factory being built by Tesla and Panasonic Inc. in Nevada. Tesla says the scale of the factory will lower the cost of the car’s battery packs by 30 percent. The company previously assembled battery packs with battery cells made by Panasonic in Japan.The Model 3 is a critical part of the company’s plan to increase sales from around 85,000 this year to 500,000 by 2020, AP said. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS HerbeautyThe Most Obvious Sign A Guy Likes You Is When He Does ThisHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Massage Techniques That Will Make You Return For MoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Get Into Shape You’ve Never Tried BeforeHerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenacenter_img Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Make a comment Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business Districts News Lines Await Unveiling of New Tesla Electric Car in Old Pasadena From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, March 31, 2016 | 1:20 pmlast_img read more

November 20

Over 1,000 Russian athletes benefited from ‘institutional’ doping: McLaren report

first_imgMore than 1,000 Russian athletes competing in summer, winter and paralympic sport were involved in or benefited from an institutional conspiracy to conceal positive doping tests, a WADA report said on Friday.The second part of a report by Canadian sports lawyer Richard McLaren provided more details of an elaborate state-sponsored doping scheme operated by Russia.It said there was a systematic cover-up, which was refined at the 2012 Olympics, 2013 world athletics championships and 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, and that more than 30 sports, including soccer, were involved in concealing positive doping samples.”We are now able to confirm a cover up that dates back until at least 2011 and continued after the Sochi Olympic Games. It was a cover up that evolved from uncontrolled chaos to an institutionalised and disciplined medal-winning conspiracy,” McLaren told a news conference on Friday.”It was a cover up an unprecedented scale and the second part of this report shows the evidence that increases the number of athletes involved as well as the scope of the conspiracy and cover up.”We have evidence revealing that more than 500 positive results were reported as negative, including well-known and elite-level athletes, who had their positive results automatically falsified.”McLaren said Russia won 24 gold, 26 silver and 32 bronze medals at London 2012 and no Russian athlete tested positive.”Yet the Russian team corrupted the London Games on an unprecedented scale, the extent of which will probably never be fully established,” he said.”The desire to win medals superseded their collective moral and ethical compass and Olympic values of fair play.advertisement”For years international sports competitions have unknowingly been hijacked by the Russians. Coaches and athletes have been playing on an uneven field. Sports fans and spectators have been deceived and it is time that this stops.”The report said a urine sample swapping technique used at Sochi became regular practice at the Moscow laboratory that dealt with elite athletesIt added that four Sochi gold medallists had samples with physiologically impossible salt readings, while 12 Russian Sochi medallists had evidence of tampering with the bottles containing their urine samples.The original McLaren report, released in July, was one of two commissioned by WADA which revealed widespread state-sponsored doping in Russian sport.The July report found Moscow had concealed hundreds of positive doping tests in many sports ahead of the Sochi Games and led to a partial ban of Russian athletes competing in Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August.Although Russian track and field athletes and weightlifters were banned from competing at Rio, the International Olympic Committee rejected a blanket ban and let international sports federations decide which athletes should be eligible to compete.last_img read more

August 31

No tax hike no new ones Upadhyay

first_imgRejecting all tax ‘hike and new tax’ proposals by the three municipal commissioners in the city, Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay on Thursday said that civic bodies cannot be made ‘earning units’ of the government.‘We are against any-type of tax hike or new taxes. The civic bodies should levy taxes but not burden them as they are already facing price rise in the city,’ said Upadhyay, rejecting the tax proposals and tax hikes by the three civic bodies in the city. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreThe commissioners of North MCD, South MCD, East MCD had proposed 45 to 50 percent hike in property taxes on the basis of consumer price index, doubling one time parking charge and levying new taxes like professional tax, and naming fee. ‘The obligatory functions of the civic bodies are to provide basic civic amenities to the citizens- like primary education, primary health and sanitation. The government should provide budget to the civic bodies as these services are not charged,’ he added. Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrested‘We are of the view that civic bodies should bring more tax payers under the tax net. The hike in tax rates or levying new taxes would be a burden on honest tax payers,’ said Subhash Arya, chairman of standing committee in South MCD. ‘We will direct the commissioners to bring maximum tax payable citizens under existing tax net and prevent leakage of revenue by strict implementation of tax collection,’ added Arya, the veteran councillor who is also considered to be the voice of BJP on civic matters. Presently, around one third properties in the city are paying property taxes to the civic bodies and two more sources of income — outdoor advertisement and parking; are also in the control of mafias. In addition, the corporations have several vacant plots which the commissioners have been promising to redevelop as commercial complexes since past three years but no vein.last_img read more

August 30

Why Your Next Business Hire Should Be an IT Person

first_img With technology playing an increasingly strategic role in business, it’s critical that growing companies make the right choices about the technologies they use. Hiring an IT person to become a permanent member of your business team is the best way to accomplish that.Estimates vary, but everyone seems to agree that IT projects suffer unacceptably high failure rates. Some studies say the proportion is more than half, while the most optimistic estimates peg the failure rate at 14 percent. Even at that end of the spectrum, are you willing to take a greater than one in 10 chance that an important project will flop?Success rates tell only half the story. The larger issue for small and mid-sized businesses is whether they’re making the best use of technology to grow sales and remain competitive. Technologies like mobile, cloud, machine learning and chatbots can all provide opportunities to serve customers in new ways — and those opportunities are easier to spot with an IT person embedded on your team.Related: Stop Looking at Your IT Department as a Cost CenterMost small businesses outsource their tech operations to a third party, and for good reason. But, IT nowadays is about more than basic functions like payroll and connectivity. Think how Uber upended the taxi business, or how AirBnB is crushing traditional hospitality. That type of innovation can come to any industry, and businesses that don’t innovate are most vulnerable.The volume of technology options is also increasing dramatically, with tools for every specific need. Some companies use multiple applications for sales and marketing alone. A dedicated IT person can help navigate this sea of options — and also liaise with cloud providers and outside contractors.If you outsource your IT, why not simply ask them for help? I think that’s the wrong question. If technology is so critical to success, why wouldn’t you also want a dedicated IT person on staff? Contractors perform a specific role, and recommending strategic ways to grow your business usually isn’t part of it. Supplement them with in-house expertise.Related: Want Big Data Innovation? Rethink Your ‘Need’ for a Chief Data Scientist.Given this reality, how do you go about choosing the right person for your team? Here are a few pointers:Hire someone who speaks both languages.A pure technologist may not fully understand your business needs. Someone who’s done consulting, or who worked in the technology division of a consulting company, will be a better fit.Seniority is important.This person needs to be a strong voice inside your company, so consider a director-level hire. And they should be an authoritative figure who can sway outcomes, so a person fresh out of college probably won’t work.Related: 4 Actions to Help You Get the Employees You Need NowGive them room to learn.If you’re hiring this person to find breakthrough opportunities, they need time to uncover them. This means allowing them to observe the business, and even attend conferences to look for ideas. Don’t expect big results in the first week — or even the first few months. No one hits gold the first time; give them a chance to fail before they succeed.Develop different metrics to gauge their performance.You’ll want to hold this person accountable, and rightly so, but the metrics for a salesperson probably won’t apply to your IT hire. A simple way to gauge performance is by successful projects completed, but this misses the significance of the outcome. Tie new initiatives to a business metric like subscriber growth or cost per new user.Leaders at fast-growing companies know the challenges they face and the outcomes they hope to achieve, but they may not know all the options for getting there. Technology is now central to building a competitive company, but the technologies themselves have become complex and harder to understand. To keep pace with fast-moving areas like machine learning, martech and fintech, you need a technology expert on your business team. Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 4 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. July 5, 2017last_img read more