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Mounting criticism of young journalist’s death sentence

first_img June 2, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information May 3, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Organisation Follow the news on Afghanistan RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan News AfghanistanAsia – Pacific AfghanistanAsia – Pacific center_img Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders appeals to President Hamid Karzaï, currently attending the World Economic Forum in the Swiss resort of Davos, to quickly respond to the many appeals for clemency for Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh, the young journalist who has been sentenced to death by a court in Mazar-i-Charif, the capital of the northern province of Balkh.“Kambakhsh’s death sentence was the outcome of an unfair trial orchestrated by local officials and extremist religious leaders,” the organisation said. “We urge President Karzaï to take a swift and clear decision in this case, which threatens press freedom in his country.” A petition for Kambakhsh’s release can be signed on the Reporters Without Borders website at: http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=25199The United Nations, many European countries and the European parliament’s president have all condemned Kambakhsh’s arrest and death sentence.Balkh provincial state prosecutor Hafizullah Khaliqyar has nonetheless dismissed the charges that the court violated human rights and press freedom, insisting that the verdict was given “in accordance with Islam’s values.”The case is now supposed to go before an appeal court, but Balkh provincial judge Fazel Wahab said “only President Hamid Karzaï is in a position to pardon Kambakhsh because he confessed to his crime.”Sayed Yaqub Ibrahimi, Kambakhsh’s brother, said the verdict was “unjust.” Kambakhsh was not represented by a lawyer and was forbidden to defend himself. It appears that Ibrahimi is the real target in this case. A respected journalist who has covered the political situation in the north for Institute of War and Peace Reporting, an NGO, he has been getting death threats for months from the sidekicks of local officials and the security forces have searched his home several times, warning him of more reprisals to come.The culture and information ministry said it had no authority over the case because “neither Kambakhsh’s arrest or conviction was linked to his journalistic activities” and therefore “it is not a press freedom violation.” The ministry nonetheless added that it was “confident that the Afghan judicial system will handle the issue of the death penalty with the utmost care and will render justice, especially as the lower court’s sentence is not final.”Rahimullah Samandar, the head of the Afghanistan Independent Journalists Association, firmly condemned the trial and verdict on the grounds that they violated the constitutional rights to a legal defence and to free speech. He vowed to appeal to national and international courts, and called on President Karzaï to overturn the verdict.The French foreign ministry has expressed outrage at the verdict. “France stresses that it is completely opposed to the death penalty,” the ministry said. “Freedom of expression must be guaranteed, respecting the principles and values enshrined in the Afghan constitution.”The president of the European parliament called on the Afghan authorities on 18 January to release Kambakhsh. to go further News Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” January 25, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Mounting criticism of young journalist’s death sentence News March 11, 2021 Find out more Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report sayslast_img read more

Six-goal City go top, Liverpool held by Burnley

first_img“I was lucky to manage Barcelona with many outstanding performances but this week has been a lot of goals. We have found our game.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 There was still time for Raheem Sterling to win and convert an 89th-minute penalty to cap City’s swaggering display.“It was so good. Especially after an away game in the Champions League. The way we played as a team, we are so happy,” Guardiola said. Manchester City players celebrating after scoring against WatfordLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City stormed to the top of the Premier League as Sergio Aguero’s hat-trick inspired a 6-0 demolition of Watford, while Philippe Coutinho’s return couldn’t lift Liverpool in a 1-1 draw against Burnley on Saturday.With previous leaders Manchester United not in action until Sunday’s clash with Everton, City had a chance to move three points clear of their title rivals.Aguero ensured they did just that as the Argentine forward maintained his mastery of Watford at Vicarage Road.Pep Guardiola’s side took the lead in the 27th minute when Aguero headed in from Kevin de Bruyne’s free-kick for his seventh goal in five games against the Hornets.Aguero wasn’t finished inflicting pain on Marco Silva’s men and he struck again four minutes later, tapping in after Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes couldn’t hold David Silva’s cross-shot.Having notched his fifth goal of the season, Aguero turned provider in the 38th minute, slipping in Gabriel Jesus for a nonchalant finish.It was City’s 12th goal of a memorable week that also included a 5-0 thrashing of Liverpool and a 4-0 win at Feyenoord.Nicolas Otamendi added to that tally when he headed in the fourth from Silva’s cross in the 63rd minute before Aguero completed his 10th City treble with nine minutes left.last_img read more

Sensational Fury crushes Wilder in heavyweight title rematch

first_imgAs the pro-Fury crowd of 15,816 at the MGM Grand cheered, Wilder briefly protested the stoppage.– ‘A warrior’ –“I just wish that my corner would have let me went out on my shield,” he said. “I’m a warrior.”Wilder’s fierce punching power had been on full display when he knocked Fury down twice in their first fight in Los Angeles — the Briton miraculously climbing off the canvas in the 12th round to hang on for a share of the spoils.With new trainer Javan “Sugarhill” Steward in his corner, and more than 16 pounds heavier than the first encounter at 273 pounds, Fury was on the attack early, backing Wilder up with his jab and landing several hard shots in the opening round.Fury failed to produce the second-round knockout he had predicted, but he was clearly in control.The fight, arguably the biggest heavyweight collision since Lennox Lewis bludgeoned Mike Tyson into submission on the banks of the Mississippi River in 2002, drew a star-studded crowd.Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Patrick Mahomes was ringside, so were Mark Davis, owner of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders and Raiders coach John Gruden.Retired NBA greats Magic Johnson and Jerry West were on hand, as was current Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green.Former heavyweight world champions Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield were acknowledged in the ring before the bout — a nod to the fact that boxing’s one-time glamour division was back in the spotlight.Top Rank president Todd duBoef told ESPN that with gate receipts of $16.9 million Saturday’s fight broke the record for a heavyweight fight in Las Vegas, passing the $16.8 million set by the title rematch between Lewis and Holyfield in 1999.It’s a far cry from the record $72.2 million in gate receipts generated by the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao clash in 2015.But Wilder-Fury III would be another big draw — and set the stage for a mega unification fight against Britain’s Anthony Joshua, the WBA IBF and WBO champion, for the undisputed title.Share on: WhatsApp British boxer Tyson Fury, right, knocks American Deontay Wilder down before stopping him in the seventh round during their World Boxing Council heavyweight championship fight in front of a crowd of 15,800 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las VegasLas Vegas, United States | AFP |  Tyson Fury reigns again as a heavyweight world champion after battering Deontay Wilder to a stunning seventh-round stoppage in their World Boxing Council title rematch.Fourteen months after their dramatic split-decision draw, Britain’s Fury dominated the American champion — who had blood dripping from his left ear and leaking from his mouth when referee Kenny Bayless called a halt as Wilder’s corner threw in the towel.“The king has returned to the top of the throne,” said Fury, who had dropped Wilder in the third and fifth rounds as he remained unbeaten while handing Wilder the first defeat of his career.The self-styled “Gypsy King” from northern England — who was carried to the Las Vegas ring on a golden throne — had put on a boxing masterclass in their first fight on December 1, 2018, but he was clearly ready to brawl from the opening bell on Saturday.A massive right from Fury knocked down Wilder in the third leaving him on wobbly legs and although he went down again moments later it was ruled a slip.A huge left to the body had Wilder down again in the fifth, and Fury was raining blows on Wilder when Bayless called a halt at 1:39 of the seventh round after one of Wilder’s corner team hurled a white towel into the ring to save him from further punishment.A point deduction in the fifth round for holding was barely a blip for a dominant Fury. Two of the judges had the Briton winning every round, while the third judge gave one round to Wilder.The 34-year-old American suffered his first defeat in 44 fights, falling to 42-1 with 1 drawn and 41 knockouts.The “Bronze Bomber” was unable to surpass Muhammad Ali’s record of 10 successful heavyweight title defenses.“Even the greatest have lost and come back,” Wilder said. “I make no excuses. This is what big-time boxing is all about.”Fury regained a piece of the heavyweight title more than four years after beating Wladimir Klitschko for the WBA, IBF and WBO belts — and after depression, drink and drug problems had threatened to end his career.“I just want to say a big shout out to Deontay Wilder,” said Fury, who improved his own unbeaten record to 30-0 with one drawn and 21 knockouts. “He manned up. he really did show heart of a champion.“I hit him with a clean right hand and dropped him, and he got back up and battled on into round seven.“He is a warrior, he will be back, he will be champion again.”last_img read more

GlassCubes: Another Solid CRM Player in the Small Business Market

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… The small business market is seeing a new crop of customer relationship management and intranet applications designed to provide a basic set of features without overwhelming the user. GlassCubes is an example of the type of companies entering this space, providing tools that the average sales person can begin using with little or no training.GlassCubes is a London-based company that launched last Fall. They now have about 250 customers. A good number of their users are companies that migrated from British Telecom Workspace, which has discontinued its contact management and collaboration product. GlassCubes has teamed up with the telecom provider to help users make the switch.The GlassCubes product has a clean user interface. It provides features that would be considered basic by the advanced user. And that’s the point. Microblogging, for instance, is not a feature you will find in GlassCubes. It is on the road map but to start they want the sales person to feel comfortable with the product and not require training on features they know little or nothing about. This is a trend we are seeing with content management systems for the small businesses and larger enterprise systems like Sharepoint. The new Sharepoint 2010 feels like it has social features designed for the mass market. In GlassCubes’ case, the basic features are deep enough for the average user but not overwhelming to intimidate them into not using the application. More social features are on the road map, including the possibility of integrating Google Wave.GlassCubes has the following core set of features:Contact ManagementCubes (project management spaces)Upload capabilitiesShared CalendarFree Conference Call ServiceFlexible Customization CapabilitiesWe find a need in the market for core contact management features. GlassCubes has a standard feature set but is lacking email integration. Rob Hallums, online marketing manager for GlassCubes says they are in the process of integrating Microsoft Outlook and other email providers. We reviewed OfficeMedium earlier this week. GlassCubes compares well against OfficeMedium. GlassCubes may lack email but it does have a decent tasks feature. Tasks may be assigned to individuals or companies. With email, this feature would be a big hit for GlassCubes users who want to keep track of tasks by sending email from within the application.Cubes is a neat play on an office metaphor. Cubes are designed to be secure spaces where users may collaborate on documents. Cubes have their own calendars. Tasks may be tracked and assigned. Notifications, conference calls, discussions and polls are also Cubes features.Document management is a fundamental aspect of any content management system. GlassCubes users may upload documents up to one gigabyte in size. Version control is baked into the product. Users may share documents. With standard services like Google Docs, users send links to the file they want to share.GlassCubes appears to have core search capabilities. They use Lucene, the open-source search engine.Under the hood, GlassCubes looks robust. It is built on a Java platform that runs on Sun Solaris. The company uses open-source libraries in both Java and C/C++. This looks appealing from the end user perspective as it appears it has the ability to scale.GlassCubes is a pretty rich CRM environment for the small business. It has core collaboration features. It does not have all the bells and whistles of a service like Salesforce.com. Nor does it have the massiveness of a service like Sharepoint. But it also does not have a minimum entry level such as with Jive Sofware. Instead, it fits with the companies who are looking for a productivity suite that users can begin using with little or no training. Pricing is competitive, based on a subscription model.GlassCubes does need some additional features, including email and instant messaging. With the additional features, GlassCubes is a product that should be a consideration for the small business looking for a CRM environment. alex williams Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#Products#saas last_img read more

Architects’ Group Reports Progress on Carbon-Cutting Goals

first_imgArchitects participating in a global campaign to transition to carbon-neutral buildings by 2030 are making progress, but efforts so far are falling well short of current targets. That’s the word from The American Institute of Architects, which recently posted its 2018 report on the AIA 2030 Commitment. Participants have pledged to design new buildings and major renovations to lower greenhouse gas emissions in stages. The ultimate goal is carbon neutrality—buildings will use no fossil fuels to operate—by 2030, with intermediate steps of an 80% reduction in 2020 and 90% in 2025. For the time being, all new buildings, developments and major renovations should be designed to use 70% less greenhouse gas emitting energy than the average/median for the building type, according to Architecture 2030, which issued the challenge in 2006.RELATED ARTICLESWe Need Green People to Make Green Buildings WorkNew York City Gets Its Own Green New DealCarbon Emissions By the Construction IndustryCalifornia’s Push for Carbon-Free ElectricityLos Angeles Updates Its Plan to Cut Carbon Emissions The impetus is global climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions. The AIA says buildings consume 40% of all energy in the U.S., underscoring the importance that designers have in lowering energy use through more efficient designs. How are they doing? For 2018, the report says, 252 firms reported data to the Design Data Exchange on projects totaling 3 billion square feet in 92 countries. The projects should reduce carbon emissions by 17.7 million metric tons and cut operating costs for buildings by more than $3.3 billion when compared with “baseline-equivalent” buildings. The reductions in carbon dioxide emissions are the equivalent to removing 3.7 million passenger vehicles from the road for a year (the number of private and commercial vehicles registered in Georgia). It’s also the equivalent of 20.8 million acres of forest carbon sequestration, and the energy equal of powering all houses in the state of Maryland for a year. “Nevertheless, it’s clear that we must double down on efforts to meet our 2030 targets,” the report notes. “This year’s average weighted [predicted energy use] reduction — 46% — is the best in 2030 history, but less than the current 70% target.” In order to hit the 2030 target of carbon neutrality in buildings, efforts must “vastly increase” the number of firms that have signed on to the 2030 Commitment. The report outlines a number of steps that would help: Wider adoption of energy modeling. Energy modeling is the use of software to predict energy use based on specific building components, such as insulation and windows, and climate. Modeled projects reported about 25% better energy reductions than projects that weren’t modeled. But only about half the reported projects got this extra design step, “leaving untapped a powerful tool to drive design and improve performance.” Use more renewable energy in design, both on-site and off-site. “Innovative design and passive strategies alone cannot bring every project to zero net carbon emissions,” the report says. Push for more stringent building codes. Encourage more firms that have signed the pact to share data about their projects because “reporting project data is the only way to show accountability and progress toward the 2030 goal.” The report singles out 16 firms that have managed to cut energy consumption by at least 70% across their entire portfolios. They include Kaplan Thompson Architects, based in Portland, Maine, whose work has appeared a number of times at GBA. Green Building Council also weighs in Separately, the U.S. Green Building Council—publisher of the LEED building performance standards—issued the second volume of a report on the impact that buildings have on climate change. It concludes that many people are confused about the issue. The path to wider appreciation of the problem is not throwing more statistics at people or issuing “dire warnings” that urge people to radically change their way of life. “We’ve got to start engaging wider audiences to convince the public of the reality of climate-related threats,” a summary of the report reads. “We’ve got to illustrate the importance of small, everyday actions. And we’ve got to connect the dots between people and the planet they call home.” The authors believe that a heavy reliance on data and numbers isn’t working. “Scientific language and startling statistics have their place,” the report says. “But if we are ever to reverse the dangers of climate change, we’ve got to bring more humanity into our conversations.” That should include encouraging people to make small, gradual changes instead of radical, life-altering moves. The first volume of the report—The Standard Issue 001—found that 40% of survey respondents say the environment is one of their biggest concerns for the future, but less than 25% say it’s one of their biggest concerns now. Issues that outranked the environment for immediate attention included health care, immigration, the economy, gun policy and political polarization (in that order). “Saving the planet is too overwhelming, too abstract, and too distant from peoples’ realities,” the report says. The second volume suggests ways that people can, in the report’s words, turns anxiety about the environment into action. It’s especially aimed at people who believe that environmental problems exist but aren’t actively engaged in fixing them. “We need a revolution in the near term, but it must start by growing gradually in order to bring everyone along and have maximum impact,” the report says. “This means taking baby steps today, even though we know we will need to make big steps in the future.” It also notes that the buildings where people live and work have a big impact on health, but even among the strongest environmental advocates the connection between “living green” and “green buildings” is not understood. Most people think of green buildings in terms of how much energy they use, the report says, adding, “We know that green buildings are so much more.” -Scott Gibson is a contributing writer at Green Building Advisor and Fine Homebuilding magazine.last_img read more

Nicklaus Woods Mickelson headline Skins Game field

Festivities at this year’s Memorial Tournament will start off with a bang this afternoon as tournament host Jack Nicklaus and nine of the world’s best golfers hit the links in the Memorial Skins Game.Playing the back nine holes at Muirfield Village Golf Club, the skins game will feature two star-studded groupings. The groups will play for skins, different money amounts on each hole, both for themselves and The First Tee, a charity giving youngster’s the opportunity to learn about and play golf. The first group will feature Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Sean O’Hair, Ernie Els and three-time Memorial champion Kenny Perry. Last year’s Memorial winner Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Steve Stricker, Zach Johnson and Jim Furyk will be teeing it up in the second group. Paired with the Memorial’s Junior Golf Day, the skins game promotes a fun atmosphere for both players and fans, which includes players being miked and recorded for fan enjoyment. “It’s just fun. There is a lot of bantering going on back there, a lot of needle-sticking in there, and a lot of aggravating,” Perry said. “Basically it’s for the crowd. They’re going to do it live on the Golf Channel so it is kind of the time where people can see another side of us.”At the age of 70, however, Nicklaus says it’s not quite as easy as it used to be for the five-time PGA Player of the Year. “Why I’m playing, I don’t know,” said Nicklaus, the 18-time major champion. “I tried to get it so I could play on the front nine. I can reach some of the par 4s there.” But the guys who get to play next to him don’t care how many shots it takes him to hit the green. They are just thrilled to have the chance to play with one of the sport’s all-time greats.“It’s always great to play with one of my heroes and it’s always fun to be around him,” Perry said. “Anytime we can get him out on the golf course and you can be a part of it and watch it, it’s always a neat feeling.” But even Nicklaus’ son, Jack Nicklaus II, said you can never doubt the Golden Bear.“We played on the weekend and he still plays pretty well, believe me,” Nicklaus II said. “Don’t count him out.” With golf superstars of the past, present and future all going head-to-head, Nicklaus assures it will be a good time. read more

Ohio State footballs Dominic Clarke DerJaun Gambrell released from scholarships

Ohio State football defensive backs Dominic Clarke and DerJuan Gambrell were released from their scholarships Sunday for violations of team rules, OSU athletics spokesman Jerry Emig confirmed to The Lantern Sunday night. Clarke, a redshirt sophomore, had two run-ins with law enforcement, and was most recently charged with drunk driving on Jan. 7, when he ran a stop sign near the intersection of W. 12th Avenue and Neil Avenue, according to multiple reports. Franklin County court records indicate that Clarke pleaded not guilty Friday to the charge. Clarke was also arrested for an Oct. 9 incident involving a “compressed-air gun,” which he fired from the roof of Marketplace, a campus eatery, located at 1578 Neil Ave. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer addressed Clarke’s most recent arrest during a Thursday press conference. “What we’ll never do is say we’re going to make an example out of a kid. That’s not going to happen,” Meyer said. “However, (Clarke) broke a team rule. I’m still getting the information. I’m very, very disappointed because some things were covered in the team meeting. They’ll be dealt with very swiftly and sternly at the appropriate time.” Emig did not immediately respond to The Lantern‘s inquiry regarding the nature of the rule violation committed by Gambrell, a freshman. read more

Special coverage South Americans are not afraid of Europeans Valdano says

first_imgThe former Real Madrid coach believes South American football is closing the gap between them and the sport in EuropeFormer Real Madrid manager Jorge Valdano knows how difficult is for a South American to shine in European football.He started his career in his native Argentina with Newell’s Old Boys as a footballer.But ended up playing for three different teams in the Spanish first division up to 1987.Then he managed Tenerife, Valencia and Real Madrid until he decided to stop coaching altogether in 1997.And for him, South American footballers are closing the quality gap between the continent and Europe.“A long time ago, many countries had their market closed like England, and those who let foreign players in only welcomed two players by team,” he told a Ronaldo.com reporter during his visit at the Mexican Hall of Fame in Pachuca.“Now there are hundreds of South Americans in Europe.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Europeans are more afraid of the South Americans than vice-versa.”“Also, now teams have more information about other clubs.”“When you know your enemy, you are less likely to be afraid of them,” he concluded.This is what Jorge Valdano, former @realmadriden coach said about the relationship between South Americans and European football.Do you agree? pic.twitter.com/xwBLYTkAGZ— Ronaldo.com (@ronaldocomint) November 15, 2018last_img read more

Novo reveals ex teammate who kept in touch during recovery

first_imgRangers legend Nacho Novo has revealed that former teammate Kris Boyd kept in touch with him during and after his heart surgery.The ex-Rangers star collapsed during a football tournament in Berlin and speaking about his trial moment Novo said that former teammate Kris Boyd who kept in touch with him was the only one who usually makes him laugh.“He’s a top man and a good friend. I want to be there for him. He’s a funny guy,” he said according to Daily Record:Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“I’ll always remember sitting next to him before one game and saying to him, ‘You fancy it today?’ and he said, ‘Yes, I think I’m going to get three goals’. He went out and got three goals.”“The next week, same thing, ‘How many? ‘One today, wee man just put the ball in there and I’ll put it into the net.’“It was scary. I used to wonder what was happening with this guy. He’s the only one who can make me laugh just by laughing himself. Once he starts laughing I start as well. He’s a great person and a good character for the changing room to have.”last_img read more

Four Arrested At Vacant Home Off Halbouty Road In Nikiski

first_imgLuke, Ronellenfitch, Ridge and Oder were all arrested for Burglary 1st and Theft 3rd. Luke was additionally charged with Making a False Report and Violation of Conditions of Release.  Luke also had several outstanding warrants stemming from pending Burglary and felony Theft offenses. According to an online Trooper dispatch, the residence had been unlawfully entered and a hot water heater had been stolen. Four persons were contacted; Bradly Martin Luke, age 25 of Kenai; Dominic Sunrise Ronellenfitch, age 23 of Kenai; Alicia Marie Ridge, age 28 of Nikiski; Kenneth Paxton Oder, age 49 of Nikiski.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Four individuals were arrested on Tuesday after the Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of suspicious persons at a vacant residence in the Halbouty Rd area in Nikiski. All four were remanded at Wildwood Pretrial Facility where they were held with no bail pending arraignment.last_img read more