Mayor awards City of Paris medals to four journalists

first_img 2016 World Press Freedom Index ­– leaders paranoid about journalists to go further Help by sharing this information News May 2, 2016 Find out more International coalition urges UN to appoint “journalists’ protector” The mayor presented the medals at an evening event entitled Les Combats du Journalisme (Journalism’s Front Lines) that RSF organized at the Théâtre du Rond-Point in Paris to pay tribute to “information heroes.”“We welcome the Paris city hall’s official commitment to these information heroes,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “The medals are much more than just symbols. They really help these men and women, who often risk their lives or their freedom to inform their fellow citizens and who are an example for fellow journalists worldwide.”The medals were awarded to:Can Dündar, the editor of the secular and progressive Turkish daily Cumhuriyet. He is also a documentary filmmaker and the author of bestselling books. Dündar and his Ankara bureau chief, Erdem Gül, are charged with spying and divulging state secrets because they published information about arms deliveries by the Turkish intelligence services to Islamists in Syria. Thanks to a major international campaign, he was released in late February but he is now being tried.Antoine Kaburahe, the editor of the privately-owned weekly Iwacu, the last private media outlet to operate in Burundi after radio stations were closed down on President Pierre Nkurunziza’s orders. He fled to Belgium, where he now lives, because of concern for his safety since the May 2015 coup attempt, when the authorities refused to distinguish between coup supporters and journalists who continued to cover political developments.Narges Mohammadi, an Iranian journalist who worked closely with 2003 Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi and acted as spokesperson of the Centre for Human Rights Defenders. Iran is the world’s biggest prison for women journalists and Mohammadi is serving a six-year sentence. Her health is in danger because she is being denied the medical care she needs. In October 2015, she was taken to a Tehran hospital, where she was handcuffed to her bed. She was sent back to prison ten days later against the advice of her doctors.Lotfullah Najafizadeh, the head of Kabul-based Tolo TV, which was awarded the RSF Press Freedom Prize in 2005 and was the target of a Taliban suicide attack in January 2016, a few months after the Taliban declared it to be a “military target.” With 100 employees, Tolo TV is one of the few reliable sources of news and information in Afghanistan.Afghanistan, Turkey, Burundi and Iran are ranked 120th, 151st, 156th and 169th respectively in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Organisation May 3, 2016 – Updated on August 19, 2016 Mayor awards City of Paris medals to four journalists Protecting journalistsEvents Exiled mediaPredatorsFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalists “Great year for censorship” Protecting journalistsEvents Exiled mediaPredatorsFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalists In a strong show of commitment to the defence of media freedom and media workers on the eve of World Press Freedom Day, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo yesterday awarded City of Paris medals to four journalists who are supported by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). April 29, 2016 Find out more RSF_en Campaigns April 20, 2016 Find out more News Newslast_img read more

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

first_imgDiversity Statement:Florida Polytechnic University is an equal opportunity/equal accessinstitution. It is the policy of the Board of Trustees to provideequal opportunity for employment and educational opportunities toall (including applicants for employment, employees, applicants foradmission, students, and others affiliated with the University)without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex,religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status,veteran status or genetic information.Special Instructions Regarding Attachments:Required attachments are listed on each posting. Please besure to attach all required documents in the Resume/CV field beforecontinuing through the application. Once your applicationhas been submitted, no changes may be made and additionalattachments will not be considered.An unofficial copy of the degree/transcript is acceptable duringthe application process. For positions requiring a degree, theofficial transcripts are required upon hire.Foreign Transcript: Transcripts issued outside of the United Statesrequire a equivalency statement from a certified transcriptevaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of anaccredited institution within the USA. This report must be attachedwith the application and submitted by the applicationdeadline.All document(s) must be received on or before the closing date ofthe job announcements.This position requires a background check, which may includea level II screening as required by the Florida Statute§435.04. PhD in Engineering, Physics, Nanotechnology or MaterialsScience.Two years of experience in the discipline that includesexperimental and/or numerical research work in a field closelyrelated to the application of graphene. Expertise in optoelectronic devices fabrication andcharacterization is an essential requirement, as demonstrated bypublications in journals.Experience in handling collaborations within research projects,including reporting and attendance to project meetings is alsoimportant. Postdoctoral Research AssociateJob Description SummaryNew applications of graphene and other hybrid relatedmaterialsTeam led by Dr. Nicoleta HickmanThe Sustainability and Renewable Energy Laboratory from FloridaPolytechnic University has an opening for a Postdoctoral ResearchAssociate to perform multidisciplinary research that explores newapplications of graphene and other hybrid related materials. Thecandidate will assist the existent research team led by Dr.Nicoleta Hickman in the design, fabrication, characterization, andoptimization of graphene and hybrid based optoelectronic devices. Arequirement is the ability to continually update knowledge in thespecialist area via the technical literature, engage in continuousprofessional development, and strong self-direction in terms ofmanaging short term deadlines and long term project goals.Job DescriptionSPECIFIC JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: DESIRED / PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: MINIMUM QUALIFICATION: Design and build experimental tests,Device design, fabrication, characterization, andoptimizationProvide a full data analysis and interpretation of the data,using a variety of analytical and computational tools.Interaction with research teams from Florida Poly and researchagenciesMentoring and training of graduate and undergraduatestudentsPresenting scientific findings at conferencesPreparing and publishing scientific findings in peer-reviewedjournalsPreparing and filing patent applications on new inventions Commensurate with experience and qualifications APPLICATION DEADLINE DATE: Positions are open until filled (or recruitment cancelled).Review of applications will begin immediately and continue untilthe positions are filled.Employment is contingent upon proof of the legal right to workin the United States. This proof must be provided prior toemployment at the University. An appointment is not final untilproof is provided. APPLICATION PROCESS : All Applicants are required to uploadthe following documents (combine all documents in one file ifpossible, 5MB max or five attachments): Cover letter and Curriculum VitaeStatement of Research InterestsList of three professional references (name and contactinformation) EXPECTED STARTING SALARY:last_img read more

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New York Still Charges Teenagers as Adults. Will Cuomo’s Bill Change That?

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York In the United States, 16-year-olds can’t vote or buy beer. But there is one place where they are treated as adults: New York state’s criminal justice system. New York is one of just two states—the other is North Carolina—where 16-year-olds facing criminal charges are automatically put into the adult criminal system.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced a plan to end that policy. He has proposed a bill that would raise the age of adult criminal responsibility to 18 and would prohibit minors from being held in any adult facility. But some critics say the bill is filled with caveats and far less than meets the eye.Here’s a review of what Cuomo is proposing and where critics say it comes up short.Why does New York automatically prosecute teens aged 16 or older as adults?Because that’s been the law for almost 200 years. In 1824, New York created one of the country’s first juvenile detention centers—the House of Refuge—for kids under 16 years old. The issue was briefly revisited in 1961 when New York amended its constitution to reorganize its juvenile courts as family courts that also handle juvenile delinquency cases. But the legislative committee assigned to reorganize the courts couldn’t decide whether to raise the age of criminal responsibility. Instead the committee called for a study, which then called for more studies.Aren’t teenagers sometimes charged as adults in other states?Yes. Nine states automatically charge 17-year-olds as adults. And many other states give prosecutors or judges discretion to decide whether a case should be transferred to adult court for more serious charges like homicide.What is Cuomo proposing to do?He wants to gradually raise the age of adult criminal responsibility in New York to 18 through a budget bill. The bill would roll out in two phases. The maximum age of juvenile jurisdiction will be raised to 17 on Jan. 1, 2017 and raised again to 18 by Jan. 1, 2018. The bill would also prohibit the confinement of minors under 21 in adult jails and prisons, prevent minors with first-time misdemeanor offenses or probation violations from being held in detention, and create a separate branch of adult courts for teenagers charged with violent felonies.The bill is based on a set of recommendations published earlier this year by a governor-appointed commission of experts and advocates.Many advocates support the bill, including the New York City Bar Association. It is “not perfect but it would be unfortunate if we lost this opportunity to really take a step forward for young people,” said Mishi Faruqee, juvenile justice policy strategist with the American Civil Liberties Union. “There is a real urgency to this and I hope New York doesn’t squander this opportunity.”What are the criticisms of the bill?The bill has a variety of provisions that actually create stricter sentencing schemes, particularly for kids charged with violent crimes. Currently, most offenders under 19 have their records sealed. Under Cuomo’s bill, a youthful offender’s previous violent crimes would be taken into account if the person is charged with another one. The bill would also extend the amount of time a juvenile offender would have to serve before being eligible for probation. Judges would also be prohibited from moving teenagers to the juvenile system if the teen was a principal perpetrator or used a weapon.Alexandra Cox, an assistant professor of sociology at SUNY New Paltz who has worked in juvenile facilities, wrote that the proposed changes “will actually harm the very individuals it purports to help.”The New York State Defenders Association, which provides legal support to public defenders, has called for the bill to be withdrawn. The group wrote that the bill is “too long, too complicated and too nuanced to be rushed through in the compressed political process that is represented by budget negotiations.” The commission whose recommendations the bill is based on did not include defense attorneys.Cuomo’s office, in turn, has defended the bill. “If somebody is unhappy or doesn’t think [the bill] goes far enough, we’ll point to the wide support the legislation has among children and civil rights advocates and law enforcement,” said Frank Sobrino, spokesman for the governor.What opposition or criticism does the bill face in Albany?Plenty, and from both sides of the aisle. At a February legislative budget hearing in Albany, state officials in charge of the juvenile system fielded a slew of questions by mostly Republican lawmakers. Ahead of the hearing, Republican state Sen. Martin Golden criticized the proposal, telling the New York Daily News, “Some of the most heinous crimes are committed by kids who are 16 and 17.” A Democratic assemblyman, meanwhile, has said he plans to push competing legislation that would keep more kids out of the adult system.ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter.last_img read more

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Heavy rain alert in Odisha

first_imgThe Odisha government has put all Collectors on high alert as almost all districts are likely to receive heavy rain under the influence of a low pressure area brewing over Bay of Bengal during the next five days.An orange warning has been issued for six southern districts — Malkangiri, Koraput, Nawarangpur, Kalahandi, Gajapati and Rayagada — from September 2 to 3 during which heavy to very heavy rain is likely to occur.Thirteen more districts — Kandhamal, Puri, Ganjam, Nayagarh, Khordha, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Jagatsinghpur, Angul, Deogarh, Keonjhar, Sambalpur and Mayubhanj — have been issued with yellow warning for the same period.“Collectors of the districts under orange warning are directed to keep the administrative machinery fully prepared to meet any possible flood or waterlogging situation,” said Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi in his message.The government says rain would start in seven southern districts from Sunday and another 11 districts would receive heavy rain in later half of the day.The SRC directed that advance arrangements be made to evacuate people to safe shelters, if required, and to provide adequate food, safe drinking water, lighting, health and sanitation facilities at the shelters.last_img read more

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Ind vs Eng: Team India skips envoy’s dinner for MSD event

first_imgPost the big loss at the Lord’s Test, Team India was in for more flak. But this time for off-field reasons.Apparently, Team India had failed to attend a reception thrown by the Indian high commissioner on July 18 in London.The move didn’t go down too well with the high commission and the matter was duly reported to the Ministry of External Affairs.Besides as per Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) rules, a touring Indian side has to accept invitations for such occasions.Nalin Surie, the High Commissioner, had to then hurriedly abandon the planned event.Incidentally, the players didn’t attend the function as skipper MS Dhoni had planned a charity event on the same evening at a posh London hotel.The event saw Dhoni’s World Cup winning bat being auctioned and the proceeds of the same were helped to raise funds for Sakshi Foundation – the NGO run by the India skipper’s wife Sakshi.Worst about 100 invitation cards had already been distributed for the high commissioner’s reception, which was intended to be a get-together for over 200 people on the lawns of his residence at Kensington Palace Gardens.last_img read more

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10 months agoPSG keeper Buffon: Man Utd? They could buy new players – and change coach

first_imgPSG keeper Buffon: Man Utd? They could buy new players – and change coachby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG goalkeeper Gigi Buffon says they cannot underestimate Champions League opponents Manchester United.The two teams will meet in the round of 16.Buffon said, “No, it’s not an easy draw. Some teams had a complicated draw, others did better. I saw that Juve inherited a difficult draw with Atlético de Madrid. Bayern Munich drew Liverpool. Then there is Barcelona again, Real Madrid. “This is an intermediate draw. We will have to be brave. We will have to have the same mentality as that shown in the last matches of the Champions League. But I will also add that the Champions League resumes only in February, in two months. There can be many things happening. They can change coach, players, there is a transfer window. “In my opinion, this is not the right time to analyse this team.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Florida’s Governor Is Sending Personal Letters To Football Recruits Who Stay Home, Play For Gators

first_imgA Florida Gators player running on the field with a Florida Gators flag.LEXINGTON, KY – SEPTEMBER 23: Chauncey Gardner Jr #23 of the Florida Gators celebrates after the 28-27 win over the Kentucky Wildcats at Kroger Field on September 23, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Yesterday, 5-star Florida defensive end signee CeCe Jefferson shared that he had received a letter from Florida Governor Rick Scott congratulating him for staying in-state for college. It appears Scott is sending these letters to other UF signees from the Sunshine State. Here is a photo of the letter that was sent to Pasco High School defensive lineman Andrew Ivie, courtesy of his coach Tom McHugh. To Andrew Ivie pic.twitter.com/gWzqsyPNzw— Tom McHugh (@tmac114) April 1, 2015This is interesting, because it appears Scott is making a concerted effort to thank recruits for playing in-state. Wonder how FSU fans feel about this, unless he is sending them to Seminole signees as well.last_img read more

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Womens lacrosse Ohio State has sights set on NCAA tournament redemption

OSU coach Alexis Venechanos running practice ahead of their Feb. 6 match-up with Vermont. Credit: James King IIWhile its season opener is not until Feb. 6, the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team already has its sights set on the Big Ten championship later this year.Senior defender Meredith Bushell and the rest of the Buckeyes are looking to overcome the disappointment of not advancing to the NCAA tournament last season.“We’re definitely using it to fuel our fire, we’re using it as a motivation,” said Bushell. “We were not happy with the results we had last year, so we’re looking to make it this year.”Prior to last season, OSU had made two consecutive NCAA tournaments and seemed to be in prime position to earn a third berth until they stumbled late in the season. This year, OSU coach Alexis Venechanos said she feels like the foundation that has been built in the previous years has their team trending up.“Our goal is to have that mission: to be playing in Maryland in May” Venechanos said. “Our last game right now is in April so, if we’re playing in May, it will be for the Big Ten championship and NCAA championship.”While the Buckeyes launched themselves to an 11-1 start in 2016, they dropped their last five games of the year, including an overtime loss to Rutgers in the Big Ten tournament, ultimately finishing at 11-6.“Knowing that (the Big Ten conference) is one of the tougher ones, it kind of excites us. It kind of adds something,” senior midfielder Paulina Constant said. “We’re definitely still excited. We are planning for every single one of those games down from Michigan all the way up to Penn State, Maryland and all of those games. We’re not taking any of them lightly and we’re excited to play each team, get to the Big Ten [tournament] and hopefully win.”OSU will need to find new sources of production on both ends of the field after graduating their two leading point-getters, Cian Dabrowski and Rainey Hodgson, along with their starting goalie Katie Frederick.“We have new faces on both ends of the goal, literally, and our goalie competition is fierce, it’s competitive,” Venechanos said. “I think this year we’re going to have a lot more balance, we have a lot of different types of looks. We have tall girls, we have short girls, we have lefties, we have righties, we have dodgers, we have feeders, so I think we’ll be more dynamic because of that.”The team is not shying away from the challenges that this season is going to bring them. Instead they are embracing it. Constant said she believes they will be successful by taking what worked well from last season and seeing how it will work for them this year.“Of course we had a lot of our attack graduate. But just encouraging everyone to step up, I think that’s a big thing for us,” Constant said. “Just making sure that everyone has the confidence. We have the skill, we just need the confidence to be able to do it.”While their first game against Vermont is Monday at 7 p.m. in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, the Buckeyes are hoping their last is in the NCAA championship game.“Our goal is definitely long term, but it’s on our mind daily: what are you going to do to get us to be playing in the NCAA tournament?” Venechanos said. read more

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Commentary Sundays game between Browns Bengals offers both teams a chance at

Despite their record, the Cleveland Browns (0-5) have played competitively in every game this year. Last week, they led the defending-champion New York Giants 14-0 before their prolific offense caught fire. Now they host the Cincinnati Bengals (3-2), who are coming off a disappointing loss at the hands of the Miami Dolphins. In that game, Cincinnati’s high-flying passing game was stifled by a defense that had been ranked 30th against the pass. Trailing by four points in the fourth quarter at home, the Bengals failed to generate offense when they needed it the most with their last two drives ending in a missed field goal and an interception to essentially end the game. Last week’s loss leaves room for questions. Are the Bengals the team that averaged 13 points per game in their two losses or the squad that kept opponents guessing on their way to scoring 33 points a game during a three-game win streak? One of their victims during that run was the Browns. But Cleveland’s secondary looks to prevent that sort of production this time around. In week two, when the Browns allowed Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton to throw for 318 yards, they were without a key component of their defensive backfield, shutdown cornerback Joe Haden. Now the third-year corner is back after serving a four-game suspension and will be assigned the task of blanketing Bengals receiver A.J. Green, who has 365 yards and three touchdowns receiving in his last three games. Should Haden be able to shake off the rust and take away Dalton’s favorite target, the Bengals may be exposed for their lack of go-to options on offense. After Green, there is a steep decline in the talent at the wide receiver position. Andrew Hawkins has done an admirable job in the short passing game and rookie Armon Binns has been relevant. But neither have shown the ability to carry the load. If Green is locked up, Dalton will need tight end Jermaine Gresham to step his game up and play like the Pro Bowler he is. Meanwhile, Cincinnati’s running game has not been reliable. Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis is averaging just 3.3 yards per game and has already fumbled twice. Looking to get something going against the Dolphins, the Bengals turned to running back Bernard Scott. The career-backup showed signs of life with eight carries for 40 yards but sustained a knee injury and will be lost for the season. Cincinnati cannot afford another weak showing on offense against a Cleveland team that will be on the attack. While the Browns know they may not have the Bengals’ superior offensive personnel or chemistry the likes of the Dalton-to-Green connection, they are not intimidated by Cincinnati’s defense. In week two, rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden passing and rookie running back Trent Richardson each had their most productive games of the year. Weeden passed for 322 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions while Richardson rushed for 109 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries. Playing at home with their pride on the line, Cleveland will give the Bengals a good fight, hoping a win will validate and encourage a young squad that is making progress but has nothing to show for it yet. Cincinnati, meanwhile, looks to prove that last week’s game was a fluke and that their offense can score with the best of them. Another strong showing in the passing game will silence their critics and prove the Bengals are a force to be reckoned with. read more

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Ohio State mens lacrosse sets lofty goals for 2013

The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is heading into the 2013 season looking to shake off the sting of back-to-back losses in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals in 2011 and 2012. Coach Nick Myers said his team’s growth in the off-season might be enough to make that hope a reality. “We’re a team that’s fighting and clawing to get better every day, I’m really happy with the effort we’ve put forth in practice,” Myers said. “I think right now the coaching staff is probably most thankful for the leadership that we’re getting and the way these guys are responding to the challenges that we’re putting in front of them.” The team can look for leadership in returning seniors Logan Schuss, Dominique Alexander and Kevin Mack, who will all join the Ohio Machine at the end of the season after being drafted in the 2013 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft. Alexander, a midfielder and co-captain for the Buckeyes, said he’s excited to play for the Machine but won’t let his future distract him from his duties at OSU. “(Getting drafted) was pretty awesome, my family was pretty excited,” Alexander said. “Obviously my focus right now is the season, but it’s definitely something to look forward to.” In front of a sold-out crowd, the Buckeyes defeated Team Canada, 17-10, in its preseason opener on Jan. 20. And even though it’s early, some members of the team said their sights are already set on making it to the sport’s biggest stage. “I think the goal is definitely to get to the NCAA tournament, and once you get there anything can happen,” said junior goalie Greg Dutton. “I think we have the guys to do it, and I think we are a lot more mature than we have been in past years. We’ve got good senior leadership and we should have the expectation to make the tournament.” Like Dutton, Schuss has been named to the 2013 Preseason All-American team by Inside Lacrosse. The attacker was named last season’s ECAC Offensive Player of the Year, and Myers hopes for similar production this season. “I think Logan’s a guy that benefits off his teammates’ ability. He has incredible talent but he’ll be the first to tell you he’s as good as the five guys around him helping make plays,” Myers said. “I certainly think he is one of the best players in the country.” No. 20 OSU is set to play No. 12 Syracuse Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. read more

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