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TV presenter shot dead

first_img News June 2, 2021 Find out more AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says RSF_en News Organisation May 3, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News May 18, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 TV presenter shot dead Reporters Without Borders voiced shock at the murder today of Shaima Rezayee (photo), a former presenter with the privately-owned broadcast television station Tolo TV. Rezayee, who was shot dead in the head in the Kabul neighbourhood of Char Qala, is the first journalist to be killed in Afghanistan since the end of the war in 2001.”This horrible murder proves that press freedom still cannot be taken for granted in Afghanistan,” the organization said, reiterating its call to President Hamid Karzai for concrete measures in support of free expression.Reporters Without Borders also called for a thorough and independent investigation into Rezayee’s murder so that those responsible can be arrested and brought to trial.Until March, 24-year-old Rezayee presented a music programme on Tolo TV that was much criticized conservatives as anti-Islamic. On 13 March, the Council of Ulemas urged the government to put a stop to programmes deemed “immoral and anti-Islamic.”Rezayee was personally criticized by conservatives for her liberal behaviour on screen. Bowing to the pressure from the ulemas, Tolo TV fired her on the grounds that her personality did not meet the station’s requirements.Tolo TV has been the target of constant criticism from religious leaders, who have waged several campaigns for it to be banned. President Karzai’s cabinet threatened to withdraw the station’s licence in November 2004 for broadcasting “Islamically incorrect” programmes. Follow the news on Afghanistan RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan Reporters Without Borders is horrified by the murder today in Kabul of Shaima Rezayee, 24, a former Tolo TV presenter who was criticised by conservatives for her liberal behaviour on screen. The organization calls on the authorities to do everything possible to ensure that those responsible are caught. Receive email alerts Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” to go further News AfghanistanAsia – Pacific March 11, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

DAILY OIL PRICE: March 23

first_img Rattler Midstream: 4Q Earnings Snapshot WhatsApp Crude Oil: 65.88 (+1.58)Nymex MTD AVG: 62.4444.Natural Gas: 2.591 (-.026).Gasoline: 2.0336 (+0.0240).Spreads: May/June (+.17) June/July (+.42).Plains WTI Posting: 62.25 (+1.50). Congressman Mike Conaway talks to the Odessa American on Jan. 7, 2018. Facebook Twitter Snap Inc. to Participate in the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference 2021 Local NewsBusiness DAILY OIL PRICE: March 23 Home Local News Business DAILY OIL PRICE: March 23 Previous articleOdessa man dead after tractor-trailer wreckNext articleTrial set for stepfather charged with sexual abuse admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Octopus Energy U.S. to Discount Customers’ Bills by as Much as 90% Facebook WhatsApp Fruit Salad to Die ForSlap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash CasseroleFoolproof Roasted Pork TenderloinPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Pinterest Pinterest By admin – March 23, 2018 Twitterlast_img read more

Facebook VP’s Challenge Against Delhi Assembly Summons : Committee On Peace & Harmony Intervenes; Supreme Court To Hear In January

first_imgTop StoriesFacebook VP’s Challenge Against Delhi Assembly Summons : Committee On Peace & Harmony Intervenes; Supreme Court To Hear In January Radhika Roy3 Dec 2020 12:36 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Thursday adjourned to January the plea filed by Vice-President of Facebook India Ajit Mohan challenging the summons issued to him by Delhi Assembly’s Committe on Peace and Harmony in connection with the February 2020 Delhi Riots. A Bench of Justices SK Kaul, Dinesh Maheshwari and Hrishikesh Roy presided over the matter and issued notice in an…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Thursday adjourned to January the plea filed by Vice-President of Facebook India Ajit Mohan challenging the summons issued to him by Delhi Assembly’s Committe on Peace and Harmony in connection with the February 2020 Delhi Riots. A Bench of Justices SK Kaul, Dinesh Maheshwari and Hrishikesh Roy presided over the matter and issued notice in an Intervention Application filed on behalf of the Committee which was represented by Senior Advocate Rajeev Dhavan. The Petitioner has been given two weeks to file a Reply to the Application, while the Applicant has been directed to file a written synopsis. In today’s hearing, Dhavan submitted to the Court that the issue revolved around the powers of the Committee. Senior Advocate Harish Salve, appearing on behalf of Mohan, concurred and stated that he had a lot to say about the Committee’s stand that it had separate powers as a jurisdictional entity. He informed the Bench that the Application could be allowed as these were all legal issues ultimately. Dhavan, along with Senior Advocate Dr. AM Singhvi, submitted that if the Petitioner felt that it was an issue of law, then the proceedings could continue, or otherwise the earliest date could be given. Salve then informed the Bench that a date for final hearing could be fixed and that he would take his instructions. Accordingly, the matter is now listed for the third week of January, on a regular day, except for 19th January, 2021. In September, Facebook India Vice President Ajit Mohan had moved the Supreme Court challenging the summons issued by the Delhi Assembly’s “Peace and Harmony” Committee, which is looking into Facebook’s alleged failure to track down hate-speech. Mohan had stated that this issue fell within the exclusive domain of the Union of India. The Assembly Panel on Peace and Harmony is looking into complaints on the “role or complicity of Facebook officials in the Delhi riots” that took place in February 2020. Mohan was issued two summonses on August 31, 2020 and the second, on September 18, 2020. On 23rd September, a Bench comprising of Justices SK Kaul, Aniruddha Bose and Krishna Murari issued the notice after hearing Senior Advocates Harish Salve (for Mohan), Mukul Rohatgi (for Facebook) Dr. AM Singvhi (for the Chairman of the panel, Raghav Chadha). The Bench also recorded the submission of Singhvi that the meeting scheduled for that had been deferred in view of the hearing and that there would be no further proceedings on the notice till the matter is finally disposed.In a Counter-Affidavit filed by the Delhi Legislative Assembly, the Supreme Court was informed that Ajit Mohan had merely been summoned by its “Peace and Harmony Committee” to give his expert deposition in its inquiry against the Company’s alleged failure to track down hate-speech. It was emphasized that its proceedings were not criminal or judicial in nature, and neither was Mr. Mohan an “accused” and therefore, he could not assert the right to remain silent.However, during the hearing on 15th October, Senior Advocate Harish Salve had asserted before the Court that Mohan would not appear before the Committee. Senior Advocate Dr. AM Singhvi, on the other hand, had submitted that no coercive action had been intended against Mohan in the fist place and the scope of the Panel was recommendatory in nature. Next Storylast_img read more

Republic’s National Ambulance service to provide support in North

first_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Homepage BannerNews Google+ Pinterest Twitter Pinterest Facebook Previous articleMain Evening News, Sport, Farming News and Obituaries Thursday December 17thNext articleDonegal fully focused on Tyrone Minor clash – Luke Barrett News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th The Republic’s National Ambulance Service is set to provide support to the healthcare system in the North this weekend.Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has confirmed help will be provided due to the current pressures being experienced in Northern Ireland.It comes after 656 new cases of the virus were confirmed today along with 12 further covid-19 related deaths.The north’s health system has come under intense pressure in recent days, with the number of its covid beds now operating above full capacity. WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Republic’s National Ambulance service to provide support in North Google+ Twitter By News Highland – December 17, 2020 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

POLL: 6 in 10 favor doing more to hold police accountable

first_imgstocknshares/iStock(NEW YORK) — Confidence that police in the United States are adequately trained to avoid using excessive force reached a new low in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, and 60% of Americans say the country should do more to hold police accountable for mistreatment of Black people.More broadly, 63% say Black people and other minorities do not receive equal treatment as whites in the criminal justice system — off its peak, 69%, last July, but the next highest in polls dating to 1988. That includes a majority of white people for only the second time.In political terms, 42%, a plurality overall, say President Joe Biden is doing “too little” to try to reform police practices in this country. Thirty-two percent in this poll, produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates, say he’s doing the right amount, while many fewer, 15%, say he’s doing too much.See PDF for full results, charts and tables.The survey overlapped the trial and conviction of former police officer Derek Chauvin for murdering George Floyd on a Minneapolis street last May. Public concern about police misconduct rose after Floyd’s death and the protests that followed. This survey shows that substantial concerns remain:Just 44% are very or somewhat confident that the police are trained adequately to avoid using excessive force, similar to last summer (47%) and down 10 percentage points from the first time it was asked in late 2014 after a grand jury declined to hand up an indictment in the police killing of Eric Garner.A new question asked if the country should do more to hold police accountable for mistreatment of Black people or, alternatively, is doing too much to interfere in how officers do their job. The result is nearly 2-to-1 for more accountability, 60-33%.The public long has doubted that Black people and other minorities receive equal treatment in the criminal justice system; only once in a dozen polls since 1988 did a majority say this was so. Still, the share who say equal treatment is lacking now exceeds 6 in 10 only for the second time.On a separate issue concerning treatment of Black people, 65% of Americans oppose reparations, that is, the federal government paying money to Black people whose ancestors were slaves as compensation for that slavery. Support reaches 67% among Black people, dropping to 35% among Hispanics and 18% among whites. A House committee last week recommended creating a commission to study the question.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Hotel body launches charter to resolve skills shortages

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Hotel body launches charter to resolve skills shortagesOn 24 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. The hotel industry will today launch a charter to tackle poor recruitment practices and chronic skills shortages.The charter, by the British Hospitality Association, has been designed with the Recruitment and Employment Confederation and nine of the industry’s leading recruitment agencies.”Skills shortages in this industry have hit their peak this year. This is arguably the worst skills crisis we’ve ever had to face – everyone in every company is talking about it,” said Bob Cotton, chief executive of the BHA, which represents 300,000 hotels.”There is no doubt that a lack of communication at the recruitment stage does a lot of damage to the industry and, in extreme cases, results in the loss of perfectly good people at a time when we can ill-afford to lose them.The charter includes a 10-point code of good practice. Those employers signing up to it agree to respond in writing or by telephone to all job applicants, to provide clear information about pay and benefits; to provide payment for travel expenses for second interviews and not to offer positions and subsequently withdraw them, unless they receive a bad reference.They also agree to be courteous during interviews – for example, not taking phone calls – and to respond to all applicants after interview promptly, providing them with constructive feedback whether or not they are successful.Employers that do agree to the charter and code of practice will be awarded a specially designed kitemark by the BHA to use in their recruitment advertising.The service sector, which includes hospitality, is facing the worse skills shortages of any industry, research by recruitment consultancy Reed confirms.Some 82 per cent of service sector organisations reported a skills shortage in the past six months, followed by 74 per cent in the retail sector, 70 per cent in manufacturing and 61 per cent in the public sector.Reed says the increases in skills shortages in the past six months are the greatest since it began the Reed Skills Index survey more than three years ago.www.bha-online.org.uk www.reed.co.uk By Gaby Huddart Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Empowerment speaks volumes

first_img Previous Article Next Article Hammicks Bookshops is entering a new chapter in its growth and it is up totraining and development manager Tim Martland to ensure that staff are equippedwith the tools to cope. Simon Kent reportsHammicks Bookshops is a company on a mission. Over the next few years itplans to double its number of high street stores. It will expand some existingbranches and introduce several ‘Lifestyle Bookshops’ where high quality cafeswill be located inside stores. Alongside this, the company will push to becomethe number one children’s bookseller in the UK – a move that Tim Martlandbelieves will not only ensures increased turnover in the short term but,through generating customer loyalty at an early age, could pay dividends wellinto the future. Martland himself is on a mission too. Appointed training and developmentmanager in January 1999, during a restructuring of the HR function, he haspromoted a coherent strategy for the way the company employs and manages itspeople. In consultation with other managers he has revised and updated the companyoperations manual, introduced new recruitment and induction initiatives andestablished an appraisal system which facilitates succession planning – acritical process if the planned expansion is to be a success. Alongside thesechanges, the company achieved Investor In People status in November last year.Meanwhile, Martland retains another important objective to be met throughtraining: to minimise corporate risk. “There are many laws concerning issues which affect our shops – fromdata protection through to health and safety,” says Martland. “Wehave to run courses on such issues to make sure people know what they are doingand to prevent problems from arising.” At the same time, effectivetraining minimises risk for Hammicks in another way – by ensuring that thecompany will realise the full potential of its increased investment in retailoutlets. Devolution For the past seven years Hammicks has pursued a policy of devolvedresponsibility for store management and employee training. With 27 shopslocated in market towns rather than city centres and around 400 staff,geography as well as the nature of retail work has mitigated against extensivemass training activities. Yet according to Martland – himself a store manager forfour years – the times when store managers were brought together for traininginitiatives always resulted in positive outcomes: “I found it reassuringthat everyone was experiencing the same problems and provided an opportunity toswap ideas,” he says. While such events are still only occasional in the training calendar,sharing knowledge permeates Martland’s approach to training and can be linkeddirectly to Hammicks’ position in the market place. The company aims to attractcustomers by offering the best aspects of chainstore bookshops in terms ofbuying and high street presence, alongside the personal service offered byindependent bookshops. Hammicks staff deliver a high level of customer service influenced by theshop’s location, backed up by an extensive knowledge of stock and supported byeffective ordering and delivery services. “You’ve got to be lucky to find someone who wants to manage this kindof business,” says Martland, “You need someone who has the right bookknowledge but can handle stock and finance processes as well. We have somerules and restrictions on budget but essentially managing a shop is equivalentto managing your own business – we ask our managers to consider what stock theywould spend the money on if it were their own money.” Recruiting through channels including trade papers and a recruitment agency,the company can access candidates with high levels of book knowledge. Each newemployee is given a new starter file, giving basic information such asemployment records, a job description and an introduction to the company. Thefile also includes an induction checklist covering training areas relevant tothe employee such as health and safety, customer service and so on. Eachsection of this checklist is cross referenced to the operations manual andbacked up with a questions and answers section to consolidate employeelearning. Employees must complete this induction checklist within their firstthree months of employment, learning about each section directly from the shopmanager or from an experienced employee delegated by the manager. Responsibility “Even at a basic level this is not an average retail job,” saysMartland. “There is a lot of responsibility given to our staff andtherefore a lot of information to take in.” Complete stock knowledge,crucial to the desired level of customer service, understandably takes time tobuild, and since stores can sell books in ones and twos the stock for one shopcan involve around 100,000 separate lines – a figure in excess of mostsupermarkets. If a book isn’t in stock at the time, the stores have access to250,000 separate titles through a 48-hour delivery service. At the back of the employee’s starter file is a form detailing theperformance of the employee’s section or area of responsibility. This is thebasis of an annual appraisal, during which the employees discuss their workwith their manager in the context of future and current opportunities. Appraisal process “The appraisal process runs through the company with a top downapproach,” notes Martland. “It begins with the managing directorappraising his directors. This way we can capture information as itarises.” Each manager therefore appraises their workers in full knowledgeof organisational direction and any important strategic issues. “Theobjective is to tie every appraisal into the business plan,” saysMartland, “That plan comes from the directors in the first place, so weneed to carry out each appraisal in that context.” The appraisal programme has brought the possibility of effective successionplanning to Hammicks for the first time. “As we expand we need to have people ready to open new shops,”says Martland. “We’d prefer the new shop managers to come from ourexisting staff, because opening a new location is quite a test. We can thenrecruit new managers from outside the organisation into our existingshops.” Internal training provision is not limited to in-store, on-the-jobinitiatives. Stock management and finance courses aimed at store managers areprovided by specialists from within the company. This is a trend that willcontinue into next year’s training provision when two store managers will run acourse on the management of children’s books – a key subject for the company. “Themanagers who have already run courses have proved to be natural trainers,”says Martland. “This year the two managers running the children’s bookcourse attended that internal course to see how training worked. This meansthey can follow a similar pattern when designing their own course.” One external training course was provided to address presentation skills formanagers just ahead of their annual conference. Such independent support meantthe required skills could be honed and deployed immediately. “Whenever wecreate a course we have to make sure it is relevant to the business,” saysMartland. “It can be hard to see how training impacts on the shopfloor sothe more you can ensure that at design level, the better.” Martland’s successful interview for the post of training and developmentmanager was based in part on his interpretation of findings from a previousunsuccessful assessment for IIP. Using the standard as an inspiration forpeople development within the company rather than simply trying to achieve IIPstatus for its own sake, Martland sought to promote employee involvement withinthe company, to enthuse and motivate employees towards the aims of theorganisation as a whole. “You don’t come into this business for the money,but because you love books,” he says. “If people are to be motivatedyou have to show them how they can contribute to the organisation. Effectivetraining is a good way to make that connection.” The achievement of IIP in November was particularly rewarding for Martlandsince the assessment process had shifted emphasis away from the presentation ofa portfolio of evidence to a more practical survey of employee attitudes:”A portfolio of work doesn’t necessarily mean anything is happening on theshopfloor,” he notes. “The whole point is that what you do has animpact.” While the expansion programme could mean Hammicks’ workforce doubling,Martland does not foresee any great changes occurring to training provision.New starters will still receive the majority of their induction training on theshopfloor, while shop managers will be encouraged, both through formal andinformal contact, to share experience and techniques. “We will have toincrease the number of courses, but not the type of courses,” saysMartland, “The training budget will rise in line with company expansion. “We will never underestimate the value of internal training,” hesays. “The vast majority of our training will continue to be deliveredwithin the shops and it will be down to our managers to provide the base for that.To some extent, external training provision is the icing on the cake.” CVTimothy Martland Company Training and DevelopmentManager, Hammicks Bookshops 1999 – presentManager, Hammicks Bookshop, Horsham1996 – 1999Manager, Hammicks Bookshop, Farnham1995 – 1996Book Department Manager, WHSmith 1986 – 1994 Comments are closed. 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But the commute is still great: US office occupancy at just 22%

first_imgShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink (iStock/Photo Illustration by Kevin Rebong for The Real Deal)Office buildings across the U.S. are still pretty empty.In 10 major metropolitan cities, the average number of office workers who returned to their desks fell to 21.7 percent on Jan. 20, according to a new report by Kastle Systems International. Many companies are still taking a wait-and-see approach as coronavirus vaccinations continue their slow pace. American Express this week told workers to operate from home until Labor Day.In New York, occupancy fell to 12.9 on Jan. 20, from 14 percent the week before, the Kastle study found. Meanwhile, Manhattan’s office availability in the fourth quarter hit a record high of 14.3 percent, according to a recent report from Colliers International.In Chicago, which is suffering its own office market cataclysm, Kastle found that occupancy had dipped to 16.7 percent, from 18.5 percent the week before.The lowest total of the 10 was in Washington, D.C., where just 10.2 percent of office buildings were occupied for the week of Jan. 20. That was a 9.5 percent fall from the 19.7 percent form the previous week.Kastle calculated the percentages based on key fob and app access data compiled from employees in 2,681 buildings across 138 cities.The situation was better in Texas. In Dallas, Houston and Austin, occupancy hit between 32 and 35 percent, making those the top three of the 10.Still, all 9 of the 10 cities saw declines in occupancy from the previous week. The outlier was Los Angeles, which remained even at 26.4 percent.The other three cities were Philadelphia, San Francisco and San Jose, California.All is not lost, at least not for the workers. Some employees have cited working better from home. According to a survey from Edelman, 1 in 3 remote workers said they experienced an enhanced work-life balance.In New York, real estate leaders, despite pushing for the return to the office, have admitted that there’s a long road ahead before things return to normal — or a new normal.Read moreNew York last among big cities with 13% of workers back in officesA long road ahead for office landlordsParadise found: Can Francis Suarez make Miami the next Big Tech mecca? Full Name* Message* Contact Sasha Jonescenter_img Share via Shortlink Email Address* TagsChicago office marketCommercial Real EstateCoronavirusNY Office Marketoffice marketlast_img read more

Berlin Philharmonic visits Oxford

first_imgMay Day this year will see Oxford welcoming one of the world’s greatest orchestras.The Berlin Philharmonic will perform under the baton of frequent guest conductor Daniel Barenboim in a special one off concert at the Sheldonian.Each year the orchestra selects a venue of cultural importance in a different European city for a televised performance to mark its founding in 1882. The programme for this year’s concert will include a combination of classic Berliner repertoire by Wagner and Brahms, and a nod to Oxford’s musical heritage in the form of the Elgar Cello Concerto, made famous by Oxford-raised cellist, and one-time wife of Barenboim’s, Jaqueline Du Prè.The announcement has been met with excitement. “I’m so thrilled that an ensemble of this calibre should come to Oxford” said Alice Beckwith, a music student at Lincoln. “The world’s greatest orchestra with a truly great musician at the helm. I can’t wait.”However, students wishing to see the concert may well be left disappointed, as tickets sold out a matter of hours after going on sale.last_img read more

Reporting in

first_imgIn 2005 the National Federation of Bakery Students Society/Institute of British Bakers (NFBSS/IBB) Alliance staged its 75th Conference.The Alliance has been successful in supporting college-based bakery students, organising competitions, weekend schools and conferences since the 1920s. However, the bakery training landscape has fundamentally changed with the reduction in college-based training. The Alliance needs to review its strategy to ensure it remains relevant to all bakers in training and their employers.There is a real opportunity for the Alliance to enable transfer of knowledge from classically trained bakers to the next generation of mostly workplace-based trainees. It can also ensure that college students are being shown current commercial baking practices in preparation for work.There is also an opportunity to help new bakers develop their personal networks, which in the past were formed at college.Areas of activity that are being considered include better use of the internet. Much could be done online, such as an interactive members’ area where technical questions and answers can be posted; a products section with photographs, recipes and processes or links to sites where these can be obtained; and links to the websites of training providers, ingredients and equipment manufacturers and major bakeries.We are also considering more regional demonstrations and workshops to be hosted in bakeries and ingredients companies (where much of the current skill base is to be found). More regional competitions where trainee bakers can test their skills and receive recognition when successful is another option.The Alliance is an industry-wide organisation and not confined to any one sector. It is also an organisation for individuals, not companies. It is focused on ’serving bakers in training’ and there has never been a time when this was more needed than right now.last_img read more