Two journalists conditionally freed, but a third stays in labour camp

first_img to go further Follow the news on Belarus News Ivaskevich has been serving a sentence of two years hard labour since 16 December 2002. He was convicted of defaming the president in an article in an election special in the summer of 2001 which was headlined, “A thief’s place is in prison” and which accused the president of corruption. “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown May 27, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts BelarusEurope – Central Asia News BelarusEurope – Central Asia June 3, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists conditionally freed, but a third stays in labour camp The administration of the Baranovichy labour camp announced on 3 June thatViktar Ivaskevich’s sentence has been reduced as a result of an amnesty. Hisrelease date is now 16 December, a year earlier than scheduled. He can nowalso request to be released on bail on 16 June.______A court in the southern town of Zhlobin on 21 March ordered the release for good conduct of Pavel Mazheiko, of the opposition newspaper Pagonya, and he returned at once to his home in Grodno. He was convicted of libelling President Alexander Lukashenko in a September 2001 article headed “Come and vote” and since 1 September 2002 had been serving a sentence of a year at hard labour in Zhlobin. Last month, the supreme court declined to review his conviction.______Reporters Without Borders today welcomed the release on parole of Nikolai Markevich, editor of the opposition newspaper Pagonya, on 4 March but stressed that it was unacceptable that there were still constraints on his freedom and reiterated its calls for the release of Pagonya reporter Pavel Majeiko and Viktor Ivaskevich, editor of the opposition newspaper Rabochy, still serving sentences of hard labour for “insulting and defaming” President Alexander Lukashenko.”Letting Nikolai Markevich go home was the least they could do,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said. “Neither he nor any other journalist should ever have been given a prison sentence for expressing their opinion,” Ménard said, protesting that two other journalists were still imprisoned in Belarus just for doing their job because the authorities do not respect press freedom.”Nikolai Markevich should not be on parole but fully free to his job as an editor, just as Pavel Majeiko and Viktor Ivaskevich should be released immediately and without conditions,” Ménard said, demanding the repeal of articles 367, 368 and 369 of the criminal code under which they were jailed. These articles, which provide for up to five years in prison for “insulting and defaming the president” were an “aberration,” he said.A court in Osipovichi (south of Minsk) ruled on 4 March that Markevich could return to his home in Grodno, near the Polish border, subject to his submitting to regular judicial controls, finding a job and paying 15 per cent of his salary to the state for 12 months. He had been serving a sentence of 18 months hard labour in internal exile in Osipovichi since 1 September 2002. He was convicted for carrying reports in the 4 September 2001 issue of Pagonya accusing President Lukashenko of involvement in the disappearances of government opponents including journalist Dmitri Zavadski.Since 1 September 2002, Majeiko has been serving a sentence of one year of hard labour in the southern city of Zhlobin for criticising the president in an article published in Pagonya in September 2001. The supreme court upheld his conviction in February. RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” News Organisation May 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en last_img read more

Is an interim career for me?

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Is an interim career for me?On 7 Aug 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Iam a senior HR manager for a medium-sized company. I have read a lot recentlyabout interim management and am quite attracted to the idea. What could Iexpect from a career in this field, and how do I know if it’s for me? VicDaniels, director of Carr Lyons, writes:Moreand more people are taking time out to undertake interim work, both in HR andgenerally in business as a whole. The benefits are that you get the opportunityto experience different cultures, do not tend to get bogged down in office orcorporate politics and will enjoy a greater sense of freedom.Onthe downside, it can be a lonely life and you will need to hit the groundrunning. You will have no bedding-in period and will be expected to add valuefrom day one. It really is a question of personality. If you areself-motivated, work well under your own steam and can interact with people atall levels, you should be ok. It can be an enriching experience, although youdo need to bear in mind that you may be more vulnerable in an interim capacityin the event that there is further deterioration in the economy.MargartMalpas, joint managing director, Malpas Flexible Learning, writes:Putit this way: do you invest money in the stock market or in National Savings? Ifyou prefer safer options, interim management may not be for you.Manysenior interim posts give you the chance to deliver results quickly, work in avariety of industries and maybe cross from the public to the private sector andvice versa.Soif you are looking for excitement, variety and challenge, this could be themove for you. Butyou will be expected to hit the ground running, quickly grasp the key businessissues, and build strong relationships in double quick time – yet still beprepared to challenge. To build a good reputation in the interim managementindustry you will need to deliver results fast.Onthe other hand, some companies merely want someone to tide things over whilethe original job holder is on sabbatical or parental leave. These positions maystill give you variety but will not challenge you to the same extent. Theremust have been something that has caught your eye about interim management andattracted you to it. Try to work out exactly what this is before making a move.Interim management isn’t for everyone.Useyour networks to see if any of your friends have done this kind of work. Ifyour network doesn’t turn up anyone, try going to your CIPD branch meeting.Contact some interim management recruitment consultants. Find out what skillsand attributes they are looking for. A flick through the back pages of PersonnelToday will give you many leads.LindaAitken, consultant at Chiumento Consulting Group, writes:Becomingan interim manager is a career choice made by a person who chooses to become anindependent worker. You must have a burning desire to own and run your ownbusiness and be very sure that you possess skills that are marketable and whatorganisations want. Theprospect of working on a variety of assignments and with differentorganisations is very attractive but anyone entering into interim has to berealistic about the difference in status from being an employee. Notably theshort term nature of most contracts could mean periods of unemployment. If youare the sort of person who needs relative job security and a regular level ofincome then this will not be for you. Anideal interim candidate has a high level of independence, the ability to relateand influence quickly and an in-depth knowledge of the type of business theyare going to assist. To be faced with these challenges on a regular basis callsfor a special type of personality and it maybe that psychometrics can helpestablish if you are suitable.last_img read more

Military Helicopter Assembly Line Inaugurated in Brazil

first_img Helibras opened a new assembly line at its Itajubá unit, in Minas Gerais, where helicopters EC725 will be manufactured to supply the Brazilian Armed Forces, as well as a civilian version of the same aircraft, the EC225, used as transportation for oil exploration platforms offshore. The total project investment is worth 420 million reals (US$ 207.86 million.) This includes company premises, training programs, and all necessary works and innovations for helicopter production. Through this agreement, Helibras is committed to producing 50 large multi-mission helicopters in Brazil. “It is a program that serves the interest of the Government to acquire customized helicopters with cutting-edge technology and an incentive in boosting the national industry; the Helibras / Eurocopter partnership enables the production of more complex aircrafts,” said Eduardo Marson Ferreira, President for Helibras. With respect to the supply chain, Helibras has already hired 14 Brazilian companies that manufacture parts and that provide necessary training to pilots, mechanics, technicians, and engineers, either in France or in Brazil. Representatives of the three branches of the Armed Forces are accompanying the project, to guarantee the transfer of effective technological demanded by the Brazilian Government in this program. Following the project’s schedule, four EC725 units were already submitted; one in July 2010, and three in December 2010. The final deadline for delivering the 50 aircrafts is 2017. The next helicopters constructed in Brazil are already in Itajubá. Among them is a unit that will serve as a model for the development and integration of systems and the first one to be completely processed in the Minas Gerais’ production line. Innovations promoted by the company, in agreement with the Armed Forces, include the development of the Engineering Center. In the last three years, this sector grew so much that the engineering population increased almost eight times: nine engineers in 2009 to 70 this year. The new facilities at the Helibras industrial complex in Itajubá, Minas Gerais, were built from the most up-to-date engineering techniques, the most advanced materials used in civil construction, and modern sustainability concepts. By Dialogo October 05, 2012last_img read more

Plants’ International Travel Upsets Evolutionary Idea

first_imgThey may be rooted in soil, but plants really get around.  Some of them make it around the world.  One example has upset a long-believed evolutionary idea.    First of all, plants have a social life.  National Geographic published a story about how plants socialize and communicate.  “Plants have family values, too, it seems, with new research suggesting they can recognize close relatives in order to work together.”    Sometimes, another National Geographic article explained, they decide to go on vacation.  Using up their “frequent flora” miles, they can take to the winds and set down roots in distant lands.  Long distance travel by plants was assumed to be rare and random, but genetic studies of nine arctic species indicated they had traveled up to 1000 km from their starting place.    One such international travel escapade amounts to a conspiracy.  Kapok plants crossed an ocean to undermine Darwin, according to a story in Science Daily.  The trail of intrigue led from South America to Africa: “the kapok tree now is upsetting an idea that biologists have clung to for decades: the notion that African and South American rainforests are similar because the continents were connected 96 million years ago.”  To pull off this scheme, the kapok seeds found ways to cross the ocean.Another seed that enjoys ocean cruises is the mangrove.  The Moody film Journey of Life details how the long seed pods of this plant glide like submarines across the salty sea.  Upon reaching shallow water, one end becomes waterlogged and sinks, planting the pod upright in the sandy soil, ready to start a new mangrove forest.  The coconut is another world cruiser.    We should not feel sorry for plants, stuck as they are in one place.  They move and socialize and travel more than we imagine.  Would that science reporters would appreciate the design in plants instead of spinning their reports around the latest scare fads, like global warming.  Mars and Venus have global warming but nothing like kapok trees, mangroves and coconuts.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Six soil health measures identified by NRCS

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has drafted six measures recommended by a group of federal, university, public and private sector soil health experts.Soil health is defined as the capacity of the soil to function as a vital living ecosystem to sustain plants, animals, and humans.The six key soil physical and biological processes are: Organic matter dynamics and carbon sequestration; Soil structural stability; Microbial activity; Carbon food source; Bioavailable N; and Microbial community diversity. Also, laboratory methods for assessing each indicator were chosen based on interpretability, ease of use, cost effectiveness, measurement repeatability, and ability to inform agricultural management decisions.NRCS is accepting comments on the draft through December 13.last_img read more

Going Caching 2013 Mega-Event — Geocaching HQ Trip Report by Sean Boots

first_img SharePrint RelatedLackey Trip Report: Going Caching 2019October 29, 2019In “Community”Lackey trip report: Hoorn Mega – Game OverApril 16, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”Geocaching HQ’s Product Team Goes on the RoadNovember 30, 2015In “Geocaching tools” The full crew from the Going Caching 2013 Mega-Event.Geocaching HQ’er Sean with a couple of happy geocachers.This past August I had the pleasure of meeting Andi Beyer and Jim Williamson, founders of the “Going Caching” Mega, for the first time. They had just flown to Seattle to attend this year’s Geocaching Block Party and were introduced to me because Geocaching HQ had chosen to send me to this year’s version of their event in Warm Springs, Georgia. We hit it off immediately. They made some bold promises about how much fun I would have at their event and I became super-excited to trek across the country for their Mega-Event.Often when one travels to mega events as a Groundspeak Lackey it is difficult to find the time to participate in the various events and activities because one gets caught up at the main event meeting and greeting with cachers from around the area. To avoid this, Andi and Jim insisted that I add another day to my trip so that I would have enough time to participate in all the events. When I arrived in Warm Springs, they immediately hooked me up with an amazing family, the Villanuevas, who adopted me for the day with orders to make sure I would partake in all the various events. Agent Hop, his wife HopsGeneral and their two awesome daughters were gracious hosts and went out of their way to make my trip a great one.“Look at the cache. Now back to me. Now back to the cache. I’m on a horse.”The first event planned for me was a series of geocaches to be found on horseback. My hosts drove me to Roosevelt Riding Stables, a cute little outpost in the FDR State Park, where Andi and company had set up a special geocaching course for those who wanted a brand new caching experience. Caches were placed at a perfect height on trees along the path, so that it wasn’t necessary to dismount in order to find them. There were multi-caches, traditional caches, puzzle caches, and letterboxes, all accessible only by horse. We spent the morning trotting around the park collecting these caches and then headed back to the main park to jump head first into the main puzzle. Great fun!When we returned to the main event site, it became clear to me how amazing the organization and logistics for this event actually were. Andi and Jim had designed a giant, super-complex puzzle cache based on a hybrid of the television series “Lost” and the Indiana Jones trilogy to be the centerpiece of the event. They had printed, minted and crafted all kinds of cool swag for participants such as path tags, collectable coins, gold-painted plaster scarabs, collectable caching cards featuring photos of attendees, and laminated map cards. All of these things were brilliantly incorporated into the puzzle so that participants would be required to collaborate with one another but in such a way that made it actually possible for everyone to complete the challenge. They repurposed staff members as actors, who were dressed up as druids with scary contact lenses in order to defend an elaborate map room from the unauthorized. Those who made it past the druids were required to hook up their collectable geocoin to a staff of the correct size, and a laser would then shoot out of the wall pointing to the final cache location on the giant map. This location ultimately turned out to be a faked aircraft crash site in the middle of the woods with a huge cache box where participants could enter the evening raffle by dropping off their validated map pieces. So cool!The geocachers who earned smileys on horseback.Overall, there were 10 different mini-events associated with this awesome Mega including a Civilian Conservation Corps CITO event, a tasty brunch on Sunday morning and even a Fireside chat with FDR himself! Also, the event hosted a series of Groundspeak’s new Lab Caches featuring a historical tour of FDR state park and another fun caching challenge called the ACE challenge which had participants run around the park gathering a series of stamps with the ultimate goal of cashing them in for a specially-designed Magellan coin. Finally, 100 newly published caches were released throughout the region and were provided to participants the morning of the event on a special thumb drive provided in the welcome pack.Truly the Going Caching Mega events are a special treat for those who are fortunate enough to attend. Next year’s theme is already set, Going Caching 2014 – “When in Rome…” to be held in Andi’s and Jim’s hometown of Rome, GA! If you are able, you should definitely find a way to attend. You won’t be disappointed!A location of one of the experimental geocaches from Geocaching Labs. Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Serious business

first_imgView comments MOST READ Read Next “It was a hard-fought victory,” said Racela. “I knew all along that we were going up against a tough team in Rain or Shine. The breaks went our way down the stretch.”Bullock made both his free throws for a 114-112 Rain or Shine lead in the last 46 seconds, pushing the second-ranked TNT against the ropes.But Castro also made a pair of his own to force 114-all before a Jericho Cruz miss paved the way for that air ball/alley oop shot. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESTNT relied on an endgame burst to beat Rain or Shine, 118-114, Friday night and finally nail the last semifinal slot in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.But just as soon as the final buzzer sounded, it dawned on TNT coach Nash Racela that they are going to be taking an even more difficult task of facing a rampaging defending champion Barangay Ginebra in the semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT Eagles try to stretch unbeaten run; Archers vow rebound “It’s gonna be tough, personally I saw the last game where they dominated San Miguel,” said Racela. “You know their (Gin Kings) strength, it’s their height and the coaches that they have.”They start their best-of-five semifinals series on Monday also at the Big Dome. On Sunday, the other semifinal pairing gets going when Star battles Meralco in Biñan, Laguna.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Final Four matchups bumped up on intrigue as it will pit squads belonging to rival business tycoons.The reigning champion Kings and the Hotshots are owned by San Miguel Corp.’s Ramon S. Ang while Smart/PLDT’s Manny V. Pangilinan owns Meralco and TNT. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  But even without that curious subplot, TNT import Glen Rice Jr., acknowledged the daunting job ahead.“We just have to go out there and grind it out and see what happens,” said Rice, who topscored with 34 points including a put-back off a rare air ball by Jayson Castro that sealed the victory in the final 10.2 seconds.“It’s a pass, I guess,” differed the son of the famed NBA superstar. “He just happened to find me open.”The shot gave the Texters a 116-114 lead and TNT forced the Painters into a turnover to cement their entry into the semifinals after being forced to a knockout match by a gritty Rain or Shine squad.The Painters, who evened out a twice-to-beat disadvantage after a 106-102 win Wednesday, was in the thick of the fight all throughout until import J’Nathan Bullock threw away a chance to equalize in the last 10 seconds by a bad pass.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:08Palace: No need to release Duterte medical bulletin01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more

Ohio State Fans Dominate Twitter Poll By 5-Star WR Trevon Grimes Asking Where He Should Go

first_img@TrevonGrimes7@TrevonGrimes7Trevon Grimes, one of the top wide receivers in the 2017 class, took to Twitter to ask fans where he should commit to. The 6-foot-3, 202-pound prospect out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. is down to six schools – Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami and Ohio State – and plans on committing in August. Grimes, the No. 4 WR and No. 28 player in the class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings, created Twitter polls asking his followers which of the six schools he should attend. Ohio State dominated the poll.  @TrevonGrimes7@TrevonGrimes7 @TrevonGrimes7@TrevonGrimes7Ohio State is believed to be the favorite to land the St. Thomas Aquinas product. The Buckeyes’ 2017 class is the No. 1 class in the country. MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more

IndianAmerican Neomi Rao sworn in as judge of powerful DC court

first_imgWashington: Neomi Jehangir Rao, a prominent Indian-American lawyer, has been sworn in as US Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, becoming the second from the community to be a part of the powerful court considered next only to the US Supreme Court.Rao, 45, was sworn in by US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Tuesday. She will replace US Supreme Court Judge Justice Brett Kavanaugh who was nominated by President Donald Trump for the top post. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsBefore being sworn in as the US Supreme Court Judge, Kavanaugh, whose confirmation process was marred by sexual misconduct allegations, was a judge at the United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.Joined by her husband Alan Lefkowitz, Rao took the oath on the Bible.According to a White House schedule, Trump participated in the swearing-in ceremony.Born in Detroit to Parsi physicians from India Zerin Rao and Jehangir Narioshang Rao is the second Indian-American after Sri Srinivasan to be part of the powerful court said to be next only to the US Supreme Court. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdaySrinivasan was appointed during the previous Obama regime.Nominated by President Trump during Diwali celebrations last November, Rao was confirmed by the Senate last week by 53-46 votes.”She is going to be fantastic. Great person,” Trump had said about his nominee.In her previous role as the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) of the Office of Management and Budget, she played a key role in regulatory reform.Rao’s confirmation and her swearing-in for the prestigious court has been a low key affair for the Indian-American community. This is in stark contrast to the nationwide celebration by Indian-Americans when Srinivasan was confirmed and sworn in as US Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit. Prior to her service as OIRA Administrator, Rao was a professor of structural constitutional law, administrative law, and legislation and statutory interpretation at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.She founded the Law School’s Center for the Study of the Administrative State and focused her scholarship on the political and constitutional accountability of administrative agencies and the role of Congress.She has served in all three branches of government, including Associate Counsel and Special Assistant to President George W Bush.Rao also served as counsel to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where she was responsible for judicial nominations and constitutional law issues.In between government service, Rao practised in the London office of Clifford Chance LLP, specialising in international law and commercial arbitration.last_img read more

Ukraines prezelect offers passports to Russians

first_imgKiev: President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed an offer by Vladimir Putin to provide passports to Ukrainians, and pledged instead to grant citizenship to Russians who “suffer” under the Kremlin’s rule. The Russian president on Saturday said Moscow was considering plans to make it easier for all Ukrainians to obtain Russian citizenship, after it earlier moved to grant passports in the country’s separatist east. Kiev has been fighting Moscow-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine since 2014 in a war that has killed 13,000. Zelensky, a comedian who won Ukraine’s presidential election last week, responded to Putin’s offer by releasing a statement on Facebook late on Saturday. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report”We know perfectly well what a Russian passport provides,” he said, listing “the right to be arrested for a peaceful protest” and “the right not to have free and competitive elections.” He pledged instead to “give citizenship to representatives of all nations that suffer from authoritarian and corrupt regimes. “But first and foremost to the Russian people who suffer most of all”. He said that one of the differences between Ukraine and Russia is that “we Ukrainians have freedom of speech, freedom of the media and the internet in our country.” Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsA political novice, Zelensky has pledged to “reboot” peace talks with the separatists that also involve Russia and the West. Putin has not congratulated Zelensky on his election, but said he is ready to talk with a new Ukrainian leadership and wants to “understand” the actor’s position on the conflict. In his Facebook post, Zelensky warned Russia not to talk with Ukraine “in the language of threats or military or economic pressure.” He previously called for more international sanctions against Moscow in response to Russia providing citizenship to residents of Ukraine’s separatist east. The EU also condemned Moscow’s passport scheme, calling it a fresh assault on Ukraine’s sovereignty and saying Russia sought to “destabilise” Ukraine after its presidential election. Putin’s decree last week allows people living in Ukraine’s unrecognised Donetsk and Lugansk breakaway republics to receive a Russian passport within three months of applying for one.last_img read more