Ailing Cameroonian journalist must be freed before it is too late

first_imgNews RSF_en News April 23, 2021 Find out more CameroonAfrica Condemning abuses ImprisonedJudicial harassment Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system CameroonAfrica Condemning abuses ImprisonedJudicial harassment News News Follow the news on Cameroon Receive email alerts Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court to go further Help by sharing this information November 20, 2019 Ailing Cameroonian journalist must be freed before it is too late Held for the past three years and three months in Yaoundé’s Kondengui prison on an unsubstantiated charge of misusing state funds to benefit CRTV, Vamoulké is due to appear before Cameroon’s Special Criminal Court (TCS) for the 24th time today. At tomorrow’s hearing, the court is expected to rule on his lawyer’s request for his provisional release on the grounds of the extremely worrying deterioration in his health, which RSF saw for itself when it visited him in Kondengui prison. Vamoulké told RSF that he has “pains in both feet that keep him awake at night” and that he has received no treatment for the neuropathy, a condition affecting the peripheral nerves, that was diagnosed in September.RSF has copies of the two medical reports issued in September, one by Yaoundé’s central hospital and the other by the American Hospital of Paris, that describe his neuropathy as “severe” and say he needs tests and treatment that are not available in Cameroon.“In the absence of appropriate medical care, this journalist is reduced to treating himself with vitamins that he buys with his own money after reading online that they could help to relieve his pain, said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. The authorities must free Amadou Vamoulké before it is too late. If the denial of medical care continues, he could lose the use of his legs. Regardless of the substance of the case, which has dragged on for years in the absence of evidence, the court has at the very least an obligation not to put this eminent journalist’s life in danger. His medical evacuation is a moral obligation.”On 12 November, RSF used an emergency procedure to refer his case to the UN special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, enclosing copies of the two medical reports.In September, RSF referred Vamoulké’s detention to two special rapporteurs at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights – the special rapporteur on freedom of expression and access to information and the special rapporteur on prisons and conditions of detention.CRTV’s director-general from 2005 to 2016, Vamoulké was arrested in July 2016 on a charge of misusing several millions of euros in state funds, not for personal ends but with the sole aim of benefitting CRTV. No evidence to support this charge has been produced at any of the 23 trial hearings so far held.Vamoulké was the only African journalist nominated for this year’s RSF Press Freedom Prize. A staunch campaigner for the decriminalization of press offences in Cameroon and for opening up broadcasting to the private sector for the sake of diversity, Vamoulké was the first president of the Union of Cameroonian Journalists.Cameroon is ranked 131st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case May 31, 2021 Find out more May 19, 2021 Find out more After visiting Amadou Vamoulké, the detained former director-general of Cameroon’s state-owned radio and TV broadcaster, CRTV, in prison, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is alarmed by the continuing decline in his state of health and calls for him to be medevacked to receive the specialized hospital care he badly needs. Organisation last_img read more

Position Descriptions of Christmas Past

first_img Are the multi-skilled, or the specialists among us, more future-proof & better equipped for organisational evolution?I believe there are two trains of thought on this. These days with organisations advocating agile or iterative processes, we have witnessed a shift in not just how we meet deadlines and time restraints but in our professional mentalities. Everything is quicker, processes more streamlined and we are always looking for ways to create new efficiencies as we all deal with ever changing goalposts on a day to day basis. With this we of course become more than just what our defined position descriptions would have meant 5 to 10 years ago and instead we must be broader skilled, dynamic, out-of-the-box problem solvers who have to turn our hands daily to tasks which historically wouldn’t have been ours.On the other hand, we have a growing trend of positions being broken up into several roles where in the past they may all have been taken care of by one position. An example of this could be the role of an internal recruiter. In years gone by, a recruiter would be responsible for the end to end process of finding candidates for any given role – engaging them, appropriately screening them, interviewing them, coordinating interviews with relevant hiring managers – and thereafter would also be responsible for “closing” or hiring. However these days, a large number of recruitment roles are broken up more distinctly into sourcing, recruiting and account managing.There is merit in both methods but I will be interested to see moving forward whether it is the specialist or the broader-skilled that demonstrates more staying power. Position Descriptions of Christmas PastShared from missc on 19 Dec 2014 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Read full article center_img Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.last_img read more

USA: Office of Naval Research Demonstrates New Suite of Information Technology

first_img View post tag: Information USA: Office of Naval Research Demonstrates New Suite of Information Technology View post tag: Demonstrates December 15, 2011 With Sailors and Marines increasingly relying upon networked data and apps, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) demonstrated to Department of the Navy officials how a new suite of information technology tools could improve fleet operations during experiments Dec. 14 in Dahlgren, Va. “We’re trying to take our prototypes and have them work in the actual environment they’ll have to operate in aboard a ship,” said Wayne Perras, the ONR project officer overseeing the two-week experiment at Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren. The technology tools are being tested in a special laboratory containing shipboard combat systems and networks.The centerpiece of the effort is a so-called “universal gateway” system designed to pass data securely and swiftly between a ship’s combat system network and its command-and-control (C2) network. The combat system network consists of the weapons and sensors found on a ship. The C2 network connects to warfighting systems located beyond the ship, bringing in external sensor data and information used to help Sailors conduct their missions. “We’re building a single, universal gateway so all data can move through it, to increase performance, flexibility, transparency of data and information assurance between the two networks,” said Perras.The technology experiment, which began Dec. 5, is demonstrating the system’s capabilities in terms of security and performance when data is moved back and forth between the networks. Any bugs that are discovered will be fixed in the next few months.“That’s the objective of the experiment-trying to reduce risk for program managers and program executive officers in transitioning the science and technology-developed prototypes as much as possible to get them to the fleet as fast as possible,” Perras said.The experiments will continue through Dec. 16 in support of an expected transition of the technologies to the fleet in 2013.ONR provides the science and technology necessary to maintain the Navy and Marine Corps’ technological advantage. Through its affiliates, ONR is a leader in science and technology with engagement in 50 states, 70 countries, 1,035 institutions of higher learning and 914 industry partners. ONR employs approximately 1,400 people, comprising uniformed, civilian and contract personnel, with additional employees at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 15, 2011 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: usa View post tag: Naval View post tag: research View post tag: Suite Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Office of Naval Research Demonstrates New Suite of Information Technology View post tag: Technology View post tag: New View post tag: Navy View post tag: office Share this article Equipment & technologylast_img read more

Media Awards

first_imgRyan Li, Cherwell photo editor, Torsten Henricson-Bell, Cherwell editor, and Clare Bevis, Isis former editor and feature writer, have been shortlisted for the Guardian Student Media Awards 2003.ARCHIVE: 0th Week MT2003last_img

In Short

first_img== Shortlist revealed ==The shortlist for the FreeFrom Food Awards has been announced, with categories including bread and bread mixes, and cakes, muffins and sweet biscuits. The awards, sponsored by Livwell, are to take place on 12 May, during allergy week. The shortlist is available to view at freefromfoodawards.co.uk== Bakery cuts waste ==Esher-based bakery The Cookie Man has been crowned winner of the Surrey Business Waste Minimisation Award. The business, which is privately owned, introduced two waste minimisation schemes last year and now recycles all food and cardboard waste. As well as preventing around 750 tonnes of waste going to landfill, it will also save £60,000 a year.== Sugar update ==UK sugar industry trade association The Sugar Bureau has relaunched its website – www.sugar-bureau.co.uk – and is promoting it alongside its message that sugar forms a useful part of a healthy balanced diet. The new site provides scientific evidence about the role of sugars in health.== Jacksons’ new system ==Derbyshire bakery Jacksons the Bakers has installed a new computer software system, following a grant from the Food & Drink Innovation Network (iNet). The business moved to a new unit last year and applied for an Innovation Support Grant (ISG) through iNet due to its need for a more up-to-date and efficient system.== Costa wins battle ==A Costa Coffee shop in Beverley has won its fight to continue trading after opening without planning consent. Planning permission has now been granted for the use of the premises, formerly a shoe shop, as a café/coffee shop.last_img read more

News story: 2018 Groceries Code Adjudicator annual sector survey

first_imgTake part in the survey on the YouGov websiteThe Groceries Code Adjudicator (the GCA) has launched her fifth annual survey of the groceries sector. The annual survey allows the GCA to collect the most comprehensive set of views on current Code-related issues facing suppliers.The GCA is seeking experiences and views from suppliers and others in the sector on how the 10 regulated retailers are complying with the Groceries Supply Code of Practice.The survey will be an important source of information for the GCA about current retailer practices and changes over the past twelve months. The information provided will help the Adjudicator focus her attention for the year ahead.All the information you provide is treated in strict confidence.All answers are collated and analysed by YouGov and respondents are not identified to the GCA without their prior consent.The results will be presented at the GCA Conference on 25 June 2018.The survey will be open from 5 March 2017 to 22 April 2018.last_img read more

Boston Children’s Hospital to receive $1.5M grant to fight sickle cell disease

first_imgBoston Children’s Hospital will receive a $1.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop more efficient gene therapy treatments for sickle cell disease, as well as methods to enable gene therapy to be used in developing regions of the world, where there are high rates of sickle cell disease.Sickle cell disease is a major public health concern in the developing world, leading to death or life-long morbidities. An estimated 275,000 infants worldwide are born annually with sickle cell disease, with more than half of those in developing countries dying in early childhood.Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s is currently running a clinical gene therapy trial for sickle cell disease which suppresses a gene called BCL11A, enabling patients to make a fetal, non-sickling form of hemoglobin.The gene therapy in this trial is ex vivo, a process that is costly, time intensive, and involves multiple complicated manufacturing steps, so it can’t be easily recreated in the developing world. Using this grant, David Williams, Leland Fikes Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, chief scientific officer and senior vice president of Boston Children’s Hospital, and president of Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, along with his colleagues, will conduct research to try to develop in vivo methods that can overcome the current bioengineering and manufacturing constraints.“Ultimately, an in vivo approach, in which a gene or inhibitory RNA is delivered directly to the body, is likely to be optimal for broadening global access to gene therapy for sickle cell disease,” Williams said.For this collaborative project Williams will be joined by Paula Hammond of the Koch Institute, Christian Brendel of Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s, Harvey Lodish of the Whitehead Institute, and David Scadden at Massachusetts General Hospital. Gene therapy for sickle cell disease passes key preclinical test Dialing down sickle cell disease Relatedcenter_img Decades-old discovery about fetal hemoglobin is on track for clinical trial in the coming year Study in mice says dialing up fetal hemoglobin may bring new therapieslast_img read more

Principled yet just, pragmatic yet idealistic — and nice

first_img Study finds some differences in attitude, though, depending on party Asked about how she’s dealt with sexism, Ardern recalled a political cartoon that depicted her in a bikini and high heels standing in a boxing ring with a card signaling a new round when she was still a relatively new member of Parliament. The commentary implied that the Labour Party had only given her a front bench role because of her looks.“It was pretty demeaning and pretty awful,” she said. Worried that she’d be cast in the press as stereotypically humorless or overly sensitive if she reacted negatively, Ardern said she chose to passively swat away that and other sexist remarks aimed at her. But over time, she began to question why she was taking this approach and whether it unintentionally sent the wrong message.“I started to wonder about what other young women would think if they saw some of that treatment and think that if they went into politics, they would experience some of that, too, [so] maybe I did need to speak up,” she said.“It’s been a journey for me. I want to be a good leader, not a good female leader,” said Ardern, who received global attention in 2018 as the second head of state, after the late Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan, to give birth while in office. “But I also take very seriously the responsibility that I cannot just ignore those things when they happen. Other women are watching; young girls are watching.”One of the youngest world leaders, Ardern, 40, said she often speaks to students and knows how important it is for there to be diversity in political leaders — not just in age, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, but also leadership style.If the gray-haired, white, male politician who’s loud, aggressive, and hyper-ambitious is the default image of politics and leadership for most people, that reinforces the false notion that these must be the character traits necessary to survive and succeed.“And if that is what we’ve come to expect, is it any wonder that our young people have in the past shied away from believing that [government] is a place they want to be or indeed they can be?” she said. “I wonder this because I believed it myself.”Ardern entered politics in 2008 and nine years later became deputy leader, then leader of the Labour Party, and prime minister. Voted most likely to be prime minster by her high school classmates, she said she never envisioned ending up in this position less than two decades later, but not because of gender — New Zealand had already had two female heads of state.“There was never a point in my life that I can recall where I thought, ‘I can’t do that because I’m a woman.’ However I have on many occasions thought, ‘I cannot do that because it’s me.’ Imposter syndrome is real,” she said. Study finds female workers’ deep discomfort over touting skills, experience adds to gender gap in promotions, pay American voters don’t hate ambitious women, after all Women less inclined to self-promote than men, even for a job Why voting matterscenter_img Related Local leaders answer skeptics with key examples People say Jacinda Ardern, prime minister of New Zealand, doesn’t come across like a typical world leader — and she’s OK with that.The self-described “pragmatic idealist” is considered neither brash nor arrogant and doesn’t need the spotlight on her at all times. Instead, she’s known for her modesty and competence, and for demonstrating that successfully leading a country through a crisis, or even two, doesn’t mean you can’t also be a kind and compassionate person.On Tuesday, Ardern received this year’s Gleitsman International Activist Award from Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership (CPL). Recently elected to a second term, she was honored for her role in guiding New Zealand through the March 2019 terrorist mosque attacks in Christchurch and the coronavirus pandemic; policies on climate change, inclusivity, and social well-being; and “principled, effective, and just leadership.”Shortly before announcing that all New Zealand public sector agencies will become carbon-neutral by 2025, Ardern accepted the award virtually, speaking from her office in the executive wing building in Wellington known as the Beehive.During a conversation with former U.S. Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman, director of the CPL, she discussed how she’s managed some of the challenges of leadership, including those posed by the pandemic. She also talked about how being a woman and gender stereotypes have affected her confidence and leadership decisions, and she offered advice to young people wondering whether going into politics requires checking kindness, empathy, and humility at the door. (It doesn’t, she said.)Known for her consensus-building style and firm belief in science, Ardern explained that her decision in March to initiate a strict nationwide lockdown was intended to not just stop the spread of the coronavirus but eliminate it. The move, she said, was informed by staying attuned to what she saw and heard and felt from people as she walked between the prime minister’s residence and her office every day. New Zealand, which has population of 4.9 million, has one of the world’s lowest COVID infection rates, with only 25 deaths and less than 2,000 confirmed cases. Though the island nation’s remote location in the southwest Pacific Ocean undoubtedly helped, experts have credited the government’s swift and stringent response as a key factor. “It’s been a journey for me. I want to be a good leader, not a good female leader.” — Jacinda Ardern So for young people who hope to hold political office or positions of leadership someday, particularly girls, Ardern said she counsels them to grab promising opportunities whenever they come, even if the timing is unexpected or they think their resumé isn’t perfect yet.“Don’t wait for the moment when you suddenly feel you are ready. Sometimes that moment won’t come. We need to accept opportunities, take them and be bold — despite that feeling of fear and doubt,” she said.The Gleitsman award, which began in 1993, recognizes international figures and Americans who demonstrate and inspire positive social change around the world. Past winners include Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai (2018), Rep. John Lewis (2017), and Nelson Mandela (1993).Ardern requested that the award’s $150,000 prize be used to fund a scholarship for a New Zealand citizen attending the Kennedy School.last_img read more

Turkey, Russia to begin monitoring Nagorno-Karabakh truce

first_imgANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s defense minister says a joint Turkish-Russian observation center to monitor a cease-fire deal between Azerbaijan and Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh will become operational on Saturday. Hulusi Akar said in a statement on Friday that a Turkish general and 38 personnel, would be on duty at the center which aims to monitor possible violations of the truce. He did not provide further information. Turkey and Russia agreed to form an observation center shortly after the cease-fire agreement, reached in November, ended six weeks of intense fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Russia, which brokered the cease-fire, has separately deployed nearly 2,000 peacekeepers for at least five years to monitor the agreement.last_img read more

Area Homeowners Encouraged To Partake In Light Decorating Contest

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Cropped Photo: terren in Virginia / Flickr / CC BY 2.0JAMESTOWN – In an attempt to help the community break away from the novel Coronavirus pandemic, the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation is partnering with a local businesses to host a special light decorating contest.The contest, a partnership between JRC and Chautauqua Sign, is open to all residents of the City of Jamestown and Towns of Ellicott, Kiantone, and Busti.Entries are being accepted online between now and April 5. Entries will need to include one photo of the decorations. Online voting for winners will take place from April 8-14.Chautauqua Sign’s Kristie Voty first brought the idea to the cooperation as a way to help the community take a break from the virus. Chautauqua Sign has made a donation towards prizes, along with a contribution from Jamestown Renaissance Corporation and Jamestown Up Close. Currently there will be at least three local gift card prizes, but JRC is currently seeking more.For official contest rules and more information visit jamestownupclose.com/lights. The event is also on Facebook as “Community of Lights.”last_img read more