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Wave of arrests in run-up to anniversary of uprising

first_img to go further March 19, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Wave of arrests in run-up to anniversary of uprising Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information RSF_en March 8, 2021 Find out more Related documents Arabic versionPDF – 79.2 KB SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Many people, including journalists and bloggers, were arrested in the run-up to the 15 March anniversary of the Syrian uprising. The lawyer and blogger Rudy Othman was among the new detainees. He was arrested on Hamra Street in Damascus on 15 March for the third time since the start of the protests. The blogger and activist Jamal Al-Omar was arrested at the Lebanese border the same day as he returned from Beirut. The blogger Muhammed Abu Hajar was arrested in the Mediterranean-coast city of Tartus on 14 March because of what he has been writing in his blog “Mazaj.”Ahmad Salal, a journalist who was arrested on 12 February, was meanwhile released yesterday.As already reported, the 12 young people who were arrested on the evening of 7 March in the restaurant Niniar, in the Damascus neighbourhood of Bab Sharqi, included Yara Michel Shammas, 20, an information technology specialist who is the daughter of Michel Shammas, a human rights lawyer active on Facebook, Jehad Jamal, a blogger known by the name of ‘Milan’, who had been released on 29 December after two and a half months in detention, and Etab Labbad, a 20-year-old journalism student who has worked with various newspapers and websites such as Kassioun and Baladna.The authorities are still holding eight of the 16 people who were arrested during a 16 February raid on the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression. They are Mazen Darwish (the head of the centre), Hussein Gharer, Hani Zetani, Joan Farso, Bassam Al-Ahmad, Mansour Al-Omari, Abdelrahman Hamada and Ayham Ghazzoul. Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call for their release. The latest member of the original 16 to be freed was Shady Yazbek, on 12 March.There is still no news of two Turkish journalists – Adem Özköse, a reporter for the magazine Gerçek Hayat and the daily Milat, and cameraman Hamit Coşkun – who were abducted by Shabiha militiamen near the northwestern city of Idlib on 10 March and then handed over to members of the Syrian intelligence services. Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Follow the news on Syria News March 12, 2021 Find out more News February 3, 2021 Find out more Organisation last_img read more

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

first_imgThe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) withinthe College of Engineering at North Carolina A & T StateUniversity invites applications from faculty candidates withspecialization in the area of energy conversion. Expertise inwide-bandgap semiconductor materials and device technologies,including but not limited to their applications in renewable energysystems, smart grids and battery technologies, is of particularinterest. The successful candidate will possess a solid publicationrecord in this area of expertise, be an excellent communicator,enjoy advancing student learning, demonstrate strong potential forattracting external research funding, as well as the ability tointerface their research and teaching with the department’sexisting strengths in Controls and Autonomy, Communications/SignalProcessing, Wireless Networks, RF/Microwave engineering, IoT andComputer Engineering. The primary responsibilities for thisposition include teaching graduate and undergraduate level courses,conducting competitive research, student advising, mentoring, andrecruitment; curriculum development, conducting scholarlyactivities and all other activities required for tenure and asuccessful academic career. Other responsibilities include, but arenot limited to, engaging in accreditation processes, programassessment and service to the department, College, University andtechnical communities, as needed.last_img read more

Seeing again, for the first time

first_imgManagers sometimes have blind spots for biases that prevent them from hiring and retaining the best talent, said Mahzarin Banaji, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics in the Department of Psychology and senior adviser to the FAS dean on faculty development, in a recent presentation, “Blindspot: The Hidden Biases of Good People,” at the Barker Center.“Liking people who are different is an acquired taste.  Like the first time you eat sushi, it takes getting used to,” Banaji said.The event was the third and final Faculty of Arts and Sciences Diversity Dialogue for the academic year.Structuring job interviews in a way that is not biased is almost impossible, Banaji said.“We think we are fair and consistent, but we are not,” Banaji said.“Liking people who are different is an acquired taste. Like the first time you eat sushi, it takes getting used to,” Mahzarin Banaji said.When the conversation turned to questions of racial discrimination, Banaji drew an important distinction. “The word racist,” she said, “should be used for conscious bias, not for unconscious bias.” But, she warned, the latter can do just as much, if not more, harm.Seeking solutions to bias makes good legal sense and is good business practice, Banaji said.  And, she said, “When a group is not diverse, it can’t be as good as it might be.”“Blindspot” was the final of three FAS Diversity Dialogues for this academic year.  The series began last October with “Microinequities: The Power of Small,” presented by Stephen Young of Insight Education Systems. “Inclusive Leadership: Managing Successful Teams” by Connie Wong of CWS Associates was presented in December.  FAS Human Resources is planning a new series of Diversity Dialogues for next academic year.  Stay tuned.last_img read more

Renters, use agency services and secure your apartments

first_imgThe annual premium amount for a house of 150 square meters is 1510 kuna, and for an apartment or apartment of 45 square meters 862 kuna. For that money, it’s not worth taking the risk and burdening yourself with the thought of something happening to you.  What advice do you most often give to renters who are just starting a business with renting an apartment? If the owner has enough free time, he can do more or less everything that the agency staff does, which is, of course, more profitable for him, but it requires much more time, effort, knowledge and experience in tourism. “If the owner decides to rent his accommodation on his own, my recommendation is to advertise on numerous internet portals, of which Booking.com and Airbnb are certainly the strongest and unavoidable ” says Bencun.   Successful landlords are aware of the fact that insuring a building and the things in it is a smart investment, the same as in marketing or decorating a building. “As the owner of a travel agency that has been working with private renters since 2008, I always tell the owners of rental facilities that there are two ways they can offer their facilities to guests. They can do this in cooperation with a Croatian travel agency that rents out private accommodation or start the whole business on their own. Both methods have their advantages and disadvantages. If you have an apartment registered for rent, the agency will perform the following for you: advertising, receiving guests (check in / out), payment, registration, and some even offer cleaning services. In that case, the owner has minimal obligations and can fully dedicate himself to his work. ” explains Bencun. What are the common beginner mistakes that always occur and how to avoid them? On the other hand, how can the rental business be improved? People are often convinced that renting is easy and that it goes without saying. For that reason, they do not ask for advice, and then they usually get stuck on the wrongly formed price because they did not prepare well, advertise and make a calculation. Then they start lowering prices in order to fill their capacities at least to some extent, and in that way the owner and the entire market suffer damage. People are often convinced that renting is easy so they don’t ask for advice. So they usually get stuck on the wrongly formed price because they didn’t advertise well and made a calculation. Then they start lowering prices in order to fill the capacities at least to some extent and thus suffer damage, warns Iva Bencun. It is important to differ in some way in the sea of ​​supply. There are really many apartments and it is best to be at least a little different from the others when it comes to decorating. Another important thing is, complete commitment to the guest, because their reviews are the main recommendation. I think people need to make serious calculations to see if it pays to start this business at all. Based on her rich experience in tourism, we asked her where all private renters should advertise and in what way is it best for them to step into the market?  THERE IS SALVATION IN DOMOS RENT I definitely recommend it. Insure your apartments on an annual basis because it does not cost too much, and if something happens to you, you and your guests will be glad to have it because you will not suffer much damage.center_img Iva Bencun is the owner of the tourist agency “Feral Tours” from Zadar, to which the Tourist Board of Zadar County once awarded a special recognition for innovation and contribution to new tourist programs. One of these contributions is Iva’s participation in the creation of the Zadar Outdoor Festival, which aims to brand the Zadar region as an ideal destination for an active vacation. Prices are a public thing. Just take a look on the Internet to see how the prices are set by the owners of similar apartments in your area, and to know how you will form your own. What is very different from the business of seven, eight years ago, is that you can no longer determine a price that will be fixed, that is, it is difficult to have a fixed price list all the time. The price changes daily, sometimes several times during the day, depending on supply and demand. It’s something that owners should definitely keep in mind when they decide to start renting. ” For example, Domos Rent, a package of the insurance company Euroherc, protects assets from the ten most common risks, damages that can be caused by guests, but also lost earnings when you cannot receive guests due to the damage caused. In addition to Domos Rent, guests’ property is also insured, and if they happen to have any injuries during their stay in your apartment, this is also covered by Domos Rent. What about apartment and guest insurance? There is no fixed price list The amount of the annual premium may vary depending on the place of insurance, and it includes the above coverage.  Booking.com is strong enough that you don’t need social networks, but of course it’s always good to use them, especially if you have more apartments. How important are services like Booking.com, and how important are social networks? How to form prices? More information on contracting a tourist insurance package for renters in tourism – DOMOS RENT, find out HERElast_img read more

UK Racing- Reduction in prize-money ‘inevitable’ once season resumes

first_imgShare Submit Share HBLB ups prize money commitment by 50% July 31, 2020 StumbleUpon UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020 Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 Related Articles A programme outlining the races that will take place once horseracing resumes in the UK is due to be released next week, with prize money facing a significant reduction due to retail closures.The sport has been on hold since 17 March, however, the Resumption of Racing Group has stated that it will develop a provisional programme for the first seven days of racing once the lockdown is lifted, regardless of the resumption date.The group, which comprises representatives from the British Horseracing Authority, the Horsemen’s Group, the Racecourse Association and the Horserace Betting Levy Board, said: “To help trainers plan, during the next week we will be developing a provisional programme for the first seven days of racing following resumption – whatever the resumption date. “We will then subsequently publish the rest of the provisional programme up until the end of June. This will be as close as possible to the original programme for the period, which means we will be looking to stage roughly the same number of races by type, class and distance.“Ahead of this, we will issue a fixture cancellation notice for all fixtures that were originally scheduled to take place during May and June. This simply reflects the fact that we will be publishing a new provisional programme and does not seek to pre-empt or pre-judge any government decisions around lockdown or resumption.”“We will also look to confirm prize money values as soon as possible. In normal circumstances, racecourses provide approximately half of prize money, but with betting shops, which drive media rights income, closed and no crowds, their contributions will be significantly impacted. Every effort will be made to keep prize money as high as possible, but reductions below recent levels are inevitable.”The group expects that a phased approach will be necessary for the sport to restart, but stated that ‘it is possible that not all phases will be required’.The statement continued: “As explained in previous updates, the plan for resumption is based on a phased approach that supports the transition of racing back to a normal fixture list, in a controlled and measured way. Different scenarios – or ‘phases’ – have been developed, which can be implemented and adapted as circumstances require, in accordance with public health guidelines.“It’s possible that not all phases will be required, but at this stage, all scenarios are being considered so that we are prepared to race under whatever circumstances exist at the time that racing is able restart.“In the early stages of this model, racing would resume behind closed doors under strict conditions, at locations that meet specific criteria around risk mitigation and infection control. This may include full quarantine conditions at secured sites if absolutely necessary, or behind closed doors racing, with sites limited to those that are able to meet strict hygiene conditions, social distancing measures and appropriate medical provision.“Under the strictest infection control scenarios, attendance at the site(s) would be limited to staff essential to delivering the race fixture. These restrictions on personnel will be continually reviewed and gradually eased to accommodate connections, including owners and trainers, in line with Government guidance.”last_img read more