Canada – RSF condemns attack on Toronto Sun photojournalist at protest

first_img Receive email alerts Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” CanadaAmericas Violence News A similar incident occurred last August when Global News reporter Mike Armstrong and cameraman Jean-Vincent Verveille were assaulted while reporting on a demonstration against far-right group “La Meute” in Quebec City. These aggressive acts against journalists covering protests in Canada mirror similar incidents taking place in Canada’s southern neighbor, the United States; where on August 11 and 12 a number of journalists were shoved and attacked by protesters and police during Unite the Right counter-protests. RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the assault on veteran Toronto Sun photojournalist Stan Behal by a protester in Toronto and urges authorities to be more proactive in addressing violence against journalists moving forward. GEOFF ROBINS / AFP November 11, 2020 Find out more “A physical attack against one journalist can have a chilling effect on all journalists who wish to do their work without fear of violent repercussion, especially at protests,” said Margaux Ewen, Director of RSF’s North America bureau. “Though RSF is relieved to learn the Toronto police are now investigating this incident, we hope they will take a more proactive role in future scenarios when the safety of journalists is at risk.” CanadaAmericas Violence Organisation Behal was standing between demonstrators—who were counter-protesting a scheduled anti-Islam rally—and a row of police officers when the incident occurred, though video footage shows a row of police officers witness the attack and refrain from intervening. Behal can be heard exclaiming, “Officer did you see that? Can you arrest him for assault?” A spokesperson for the Toronto Police Service told the Vancouver Sun on Tuesday that police are now investigating the incident as an assault. January 15, 2021 Find out more to go further Canada ranks 18th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. News Follow the news on Canada News “We must impose democratic obligations on the leading digital players” “Assaulting a journalist is never acceptable, regardless of any ideology involved. This incident and the increase in incidents like it are extremely troubling,” Tom Henheffer, Vice President of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), a local partner organization, told RSF. “We applaud the Toronto police for launching their investigation. But more importantly, we call for civility and respect on all sides during protests.” News August 16, 2018 – Updated on August 17, 2018 Canada – RSF condemns attack on Toronto Sun photojournalist at protest November 19, 2020 Find out more On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia Help by sharing this information Behal, who has been a photographer for the Toronto Sun for 36 years, was recording an anti-hate rally outside the Toronto city hall on August 11 when an unidentified man rushed toward him, hit him, and grabbed the hat off his head. Prior to the assault, the man and other demonstrators were berating Behal and his colleague, controversial columnist Sue-Ann Levy, over the right-leaning Toronto Sun’s editorial slant.last_img read more

Letters

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. This week’s lettersHR should embrace the chance to have Union Learning RepsI think your recent News Barometer question – will union learningrepresentatives (ULRs) lead to clashes over training? – is wide of the mark(News, 25 February). Any open-minded HR professional should look upon ULRs as an attempt toprovide additional resources which could enhance the success of their business.As the training officer of a large manufacturing company, I am workingclosely with ULRs in improving the basic skills of our employees. Indeed, Ifind it useful when putting forward new programmes and initiatives through theunions – it seems to get a better response than if they had been proposed bymanagement. HR should embrace this new initiative. I would suggest that interestedparties visit the TUC learning services website at www.learningservices.org.uk, andAmicus at www.aeeu.org.uk – the unionwhich is taking the lead on learning – where they will find more details on therole of ULRs. It is not a threat to our jobs, but an opportunity to provide a muchimproved service to our customers. David Grainger via e-mail Partnership is still high on HR agendaHas partnership really slipped down the HR agenda as Personnel Todaysuggests in its interesting comment on the review of the 1999 EmploymentRelations Act (Editorial comment, 4 March)? I would suggest that it is in fact increasingly becoming a widely acceptedpart of HR practice. The TUC Partnership Institute is continuing to expand rapidly, as more andmore employers and trade unions are entering into partnership agreements andseeking our help in doing so. The Employment Relations Minister is himself very supportive of partnershipworking, as evidenced by the further expansion of the Partnership Fund. Partnership working does require commitment from both sides, but theevidence is that, especially where there have been long traditions ofbargaining, it pays enormous dividends to both employers and unions in terms ofthe success of the enterprise and the protection of the staff. Professor William Brown Chair of the advisory board, TUC Partnership Institute BskyB director lives on a different planetKeeping my weekly Personnel Today in a pile at the end of my desk, as youdo, I gradually became more and more incensed by your front-page articlesregarding BSkyB and its attitude towards union recognition (News, 18 Februaryand 4 March). I feel I must let off steam. What planet does the former group HR directorCraig McCoy think he is on? Here, in a nutshell, is a classic case of someonebringing their profession into disrepute. He goes wading in trying a one-man ‘clobber the unions’ campaign andtramples all over his staff. In the quote from his letter, he suggests that:union recognition leads to a drop off in productivity (where does he get this‘fact’ from?) and hence the company will have to dump the workforce if theyvote for recognition. I am sure his ‘it’s your own fault we are sacking you’attitude proved a real morale booster for his staff. He – and a few more like him – are at the core of what is desperately wrongwithin the business HR community. I just hope a new generation of HRstrategists will lead us forward, leaving behind the outdated attitudes andcultures that McCoy’s type of management supports. David Barry Senior personnel officer, Legrand Electric Cipd support letters pack a weak punchThere were four letters last week on the debate about the value the CIPDoffers (Letters, 18 March). These included an institute employee, an academic, a branch chairperson anda new HR practitioner. The first three defended the value of the institute andits research, while the other wondered what she received for her subscriptionfee. At last someone – Ralph Tribe – has spoken up for those members who are moreinterested in providing added value to their companies, than navel gazing aboutthe CIPD’s role. Bill McAllister MCIPD, Personnel manager, Aberdeen Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article LettersOn 25 Mar 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Among first in the nation

first_imgBy Morgan RoanUniversity of GeorgiaThe University of Georgia is among the first schools in the nation to offer a graduate course on using cutting-edge technology to determine the ways chemicals affect the body.”The University of Georgia and Colorado State are the only universities training students to apply pharmacokinetic models,” said Jeffrey Fisher, head of the environmental health science department in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.The physiologically-based modeling class focuses on where chemicals go in the body and how fast they’re metabolized. The equations predict the uptake, distribution and elimination of chemicals from the bodies of humans or laboratory animals.”The formulas are used for risk assessment and to establish exposure guidelines for use by federal government agencies and private industry,” Fisher said.Some models taught in the class were developed for pesticides commonly used in farming and household chemicals.”This is a quantitative toxicology class versus a descriptive, memorization-type class,” Fisher said. “Students learn what doses affect the organs as a result of exposure due to inhalation, contact by the skin or ingestion.”Students can learn how to use these models to assess health risks in sites around the state. Guest speakers from federal agencies visit to discuss real-world applications.The class is made up of pharmacology, toxicology and environmental health science students.(Morgan Roan is a student writer with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

National 4-H STEM Challenge

first_imgThe National 4‑H STEM Challenge, formerly known as 4‑H National Youth Science Day, is an annual initiative to inspire kids everywhere to take an interest in science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on learning.The 2020 National 4‑H STEM Challenge, Mars Base Camp, will explore sending a mission to Mars with four different activities: Landing Zone Surveyor, Red Planet Odyssey, Crop Curiosity and Insight from Mars. Building a battery-operated rover, parachuting onto the planet’s surface and computer coding a story about Mars are some of the 2020 activities. Youth can choose to participate in one or multiple activities as part of the challenge. “With NASA’s focus on exploring Mars, the topics taught in the 2020 National 4‑H STEM Challenge are relevant and exciting,” says Kasey Bozeman, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension 4-H specialist for science and environmental education programs.  “I’m excited to see our county Extension offices across the state offer these activities to 4-H members in their communities. We have counties that lead these activities by partnering with schools, community centers and after-school care programs. Now that a family kit is being offered, families can participate from the convenience of home. It’s such an easy way to get youth engaged in science activities.”Since the program’s inception in 2008, National 4‑H Council has partnered with land-grant universities to develop fun, accessible challenges that allow young people to see how STEM skills can be applied to the world around them. More than 3,500 Georgia 4-H’ers have participated in the National 4‑H STEM Challenge to date, with nearly 1,000 youth participating last year.The program was recently renamed the National 4‑H STEM Challenge to encourage families and 4-H clubs to participate at any time, not just on a specific day as practiced in previous years. According to National 4-H Council, “it’s a name that better reflects the spirit of the program and allows us to continue making improvements that enable you to reach more kids, plan events more easily and showcase the impact of your STEM programs year-round.”Additionally, the National 4-H Council has created materials and guides for the activities in an easily accessible format for youth and adults available at 4-h.org/parents/4-h-stem-challenge. Family kits designed for one to four youth and educator kits with materials for 12 youth are also available for purchase.For more information, visit georgia4h.org or contact your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office by visiting extension.uga.edu.last_img read more

Medford Armed Home Invasion Probed

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are investigating an armed home invasion in Medford last month.Two men armed with handguns knocked on the door of a Torrey Pine Lane home and when a resident opened the door, the duo pushed their way inside and stole cash at 6:23 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24.The victim and her brother were not injured. The suspects fled the scene.No arrests have been made and no description of the suspects was available.Fifth Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img

UEFA Announced Qualification for B&H Football Team

first_imgOn its official website, UEFA announced the B&H team in the qualifications for the World Cup.‘’Four years ago, B&H was in the play-offs for the first time, where it fell twice to Portugal with 1:0. This time, in a tight race with Greece, B&H entered the World Cup due to a better goal difference. Vedad Ibišević scored the winning goal in the last round in Lithuania’’, writes uefa.com.The player of the European qualifications is Dutch Robin van Persie, who had 11 goals. Van Persie has not scored a goal in just two qualifying matches.The best match was the one between Germany and Sweden, which finished with a 4:4 result.(Source: Dnevni Avaz)last_img

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013

first_imgWellington Police notes for Thursday, December 26, 2013:•10:33 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of a cell phone and tablet in the 1200 block N. B, Wellington.•1:48 p.m. Roy N. Culver, 22, Wichita, was arrested and confined on a City of Halstead Bench Warrant for failure to appear on a charge of theft.•3:06 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of gasoline in the 1100 block N. A, Wellington.•9:49 p.m. Dylan J. Knight, 19, Mulvane was arrested and confined charged with operating a motor vehicle with suspended drivers license.last_img

The Olympia Film Society presents 32nd Annual Olympia Film Festival

first_imgSubmitted by The Olympia Film Society The Olympia Film Society is pleased to announce a number of special guests attending the 32nd Annual Olympia Film Festival, held at the historic Capitol Theater Friday, November 6, 2015 through Sunday, November 15, 2015.Joining us opening night, and again on the evening of Tuesday, November 10, actor and filmmaker Crispin Glover will be screening two of his films, and performing his live show, “Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show.”  Mr. Glover is known for his scene-stealing turns in both cult classics and Hollywood blockbusters (Back to the Future, River’s Edge, Wild at Heart, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Charlie’s Angels), and his boundary-pushing work as a filmmaker, author and musician.On Saturday, November 7, we welcome Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame member and radio personality, Marco Collins, and filmmaker Marq Evans for a Q&A, following the screening of Evans’ new documentary,The Glamour and the Squalor.  The film chronicles Collins’ rise to prominence in the early 90’s as an influential tastemaker and breaker of artists such as, Beck, Weezer, The Foo Fighters, and Death Cab for Cutie.Throughout festival we will be hosting an number of post-film Q&As –including those with local filmmakers, Zach Weintraub (Slackjaw) and John Portanova (Valley of the Sasquatch), and a special Skype session with filmmaker Jen Senko, who offers a unique opportunity for audiences to give their feedback on her work-in-progress documentary, The Brainwashing of My Dad, also screening at the festival.A full schedule and ticket information for the Olympia Film Festival is on the way!  For interview opportunities with any of the above-mentioned artists, please contact OFS Marketing Coordinator, Hannah Eklund at 360.754.6670, ext. 12, or email at [email protected] Facebook17Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Travel Discounts Available for Tourists as the Summer Arrives

first_imgBy Anastasia MillickerIt’s here.As temperatures rise and the start of the season arrives with the Memorial Day Weekend, the Jersey Shore is gearing up for visitors.NJ Transit is helping bring people to the shore with discounted deals and travel packages. Discounts are now available for those traveling by train, car or bus and heading to the beach, Monmouth Park or SixFlags Great Adventure and Hurricane Harbor.A new service is being offered to rail passengers heading to Monmouth Park racetrack. They can receive grandstand admission and a track program for $1 plus round-trip train fare when purchasing their tickets, according to Nancy Snyder, a NJ Transit spokeswoman. Those tickets will be available on NJ Transit’s rail system.This summer, NJ Transit will continue to offer beachgoers taking trains and buses to the shore a discounted beach admission package with the purchase of a round-trip train fare, Snyder said.Passengers riding NJ Transit can save up to $6.50 on admission to one of five beaches – Long Branch, Asbury Park, Ocean Grove, Bradley Beach and Belmar – by purchasing round-trip train fare and a beach pass for one price at NJ Transit ticket vending machines. The package can be purchased for $31.50 from New York Penn Station or any station on the Northeast Corridor, Bergen County and Pascack Valley lines and for $23.50 from Hoboken Terminal or Newark Penn Station.NJ Transit will also be offering discounts for families riding the trains on weekends.“Children 11 years and younger can ride the train for free,” Synder said. “The discount allows for two children accompanied by a fare-paying adult to ride the train for free.”A newer program available to shore shoppers and beachgoers is the Shore EZride Jitney, Synder said. The jitney will take its first passengers at 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 25, from the boardwalk at Pier Village to the train station in Long Branch. The Shore EZride Jitney also will help beachgoers get to and from the beaches and shopping in Asbury Park, Ocean Grove and Bradley Beach this summer.Thrill-rides seekers can save up to $51 by purchasing round-trip bus transportation and park admission together to Six Flags Great Adventure or Hurricane Harbor. Tickets can be purchased anywhere in the NJ Transit bus system, Synder said.Towns along the shore also will be hosting new and familiar events including Skimbash 2012 in Sea Bright, and the 2012 Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Festival in Middletown, Long Branch and Point Pleasant.In Belmar, the borough is renovating its marina and adding a new mini-golf course as well as adding new ramps for beach accessibility, said Kelsey Windas, a Belmar spokesperson.Looking to promote local parking and increase local business, Asbury Park will offer free parking every Wednesday and mark the opening of the beach season Sunday, May 27, with fireworks.While many towns are keeping beach badges and admissions rates the same as last season, Sandy Hook beachgoers will have to pay more to park their cars. This year the parking fee is increasing $5; daily parking will cost beachgoers $15 and a season pass will cost $75 per car.last_img read more