Young journalist gunned down in Galkayo in latest media killing

first_img Follow the news on Somalia News SomaliaAfrica Organisation RSF_en News Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia to go further January 8, 2021 Find out more March 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information center_img March 5, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Young journalist gunned down in Galkayo in latest media killing News News SomaliaAfrica Reporters Without Borders is dismayed to learn that Radio Galkayo journalist Ali Ahmed Abdi was shot dead by three gunmen as he was returning home yesterday in the north-central city of Galkayo, becoming the third journalist to be killed in Somalia since the start of 2012. The press freedom organization condemns the lack of any action on the part of the local authorities and international community in response to this unacceptable spate of murders.“With three journalists already murdered since the start of the year, is 2012 going to be deadlier than 2009, when nine journalists were killed in connection with their work?” Reporters Without Borders asked. “What is the international community waiting for in order to rise to the challenge of this carnage?“Media personnel are abandoned to their fate in Somalia. Alone, they face the enemies of information, who do not hesitate to eliminate them. There is an urgent need to protect them and to stop allowing the killers to run amok.”Abdi, 26, was shot several times on a street near the Guure Hotel in Is-Raac, a northern district of Galkayo, which is the capital of the Mudug region. The motive is not yet known. As well as working for Radio Galkayo, he wrote for the Somali Online website and was a member of the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), a Reporters Without Borders partner organization.He was outspoken in his criticism of violence against journalists in Somalia, especially after the September 2011 shooting attacking on his colleague, Horriyo Abdulkadir, a woman journalist working for Radio Galkayo.His murder was preceded this year by that of Shabelle Media Network manager Hassan Osman Abdi, who was shot by five unidentified gunmen outside his Mogadishu home on 28 January, and that of Radio Somaliweyn manager Abukar Hassan Mohamoud, who was gunned down in an identical manner on 28 February. No arrests have been made in any of these three murders.These three killings have confirmed Somalia as Africa’s deadliest country for the media. According to a Reporters Without Borders tally, a total of 28 journalists have been slain since the start of 2007 – three so far in 2012, four in 2011, three in 2010, nine in 2009, one in 2008 and eight in 2007.Reporters Without Borders and NUSOJ have been trying for years to get the international community to take steps to protect journalists and combat impunity. On 22 February, Reporters Without Borders wrote to the participants in the London conference on Somalia to ask them to create an independent international commission of enquiry into all the abuses against media personnel in Somalia.During an event organized jointly with the Somali permanent mission to the United Nations on 3 March, coinciding with the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, NUSOJ, the International Trade Union Confederation and Reporters Without Borders criticized the present government’s inability to either prevent these attacks on journalists or to investigate them and bring those responsible to justice.Photo : Ali Ahmed Abdi (on the right) Receive email alerts RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists February 24, 2021 Find out more RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland regionlast_img read more

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Update to Essential Maintenance Statement for Greenkeepers

first_img13 May 2020 Update to Essential Maintenance Statement for Greenkeepers Introduction to UpdateThe following update (Version 4) to the Essential Maintenance Statement for Golf Courses has been produced in association with BIGGA and is published in view of alteration to Government regulations in Scotland and Northern Ireland following those made in England and Wales.Safe Routine Maintenance Practices for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern IrelandFocus on hygiene and social distancingEnsure staff members work separatelyAllocate individual machinery to one worker onlyIf multiple staff are on site, then stagger working hours and break timesLimit or prohibit use of communal areasRegularly disinfect any surface that is contacted e.g. door handles, fuel pumps, communal machineryEnsure there is a robust lone working policyEnsure that golfers and greenkeepers are kept separate from each other and observe social distancingUpdatesUpdates will be provided as necessary. Tags: Coronaviruslast_img read more

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Marine Park Decision Not Till Aug. 12

first_imgThe final decision for what will be eventually constructed at Marine Park has yet to be determined but public opinions continue to run strong. The borough Park and Recreation Advisory Committee has made its determination Monday evening following its meeting as to what direction should be taken for the proposed development of the borough-owned park. However, the committee’s views will not be made public at this juncture, the committee’s chair, John Lefever, announced on Monday, telling audience members on hand that the committee wouldn’t entertain anymore public comment on the three proposals under consideration.
“We’ve already heard from everybody on that stuff,” Lefever said, “so we’re not going to go through that again.”“It feels very unfair,” fired back borough resident Rosemary Pappa, who wanted to let her feelings be known.
Any decision the advisory committee may have arrived at, is far from the last word on the plans. According to Borough Councilwoman Linda Schwabenbauer, who also chairs the council parks and recreation committee, the process now has her committee deliberate on the matter and should it reach a consensus it would move on to the mayor and full council for consideration. “You’re still welcome to reach out to the council members,” Schwabenbauer said. When it comes before the council there will be an opportunity for public comment, officials were quick to note.Schwabenbauer did acknowledge on Tuesday the advisory committee did reach a unanimous decision, following an executive session Monday evening.What have captured local public attention are three proposals for Marine Park and the now damaged and unusable tennis courts. One plan calls for building a boathouse and catering hall and would incorporated educational and recreational programs offered by the Navesink River Rowing Club and the Navesink Maritime Heritage Association, along with having kayak and canoe rentals available for the public.Another plan, put forth by Locust resident James Cullen involves contributing $500,000 for the restoration of the tennis courts, which have been in use since 1930. A private entity would manage and maintain the courts for members and public use. Those courts have had a long, loyal following among players and enthusiasts, being one of the remaining public red clay courts in the state. Super Storm Sandy damaged the courts in 2012 and they have remained unrepaired since the storm.The third proposal, offered by Jetsun Enterprises, a private group, is the most ambitious and the one that is sparking the most debate in the community.That plan would construct an 18-hole miniature golf course, synthetic ice rink that would be available for year round use, a food concession stand and a boathouse offering canoe rentals; there would also be driven golf carts available to take customers to and from off site parking.Schwabenbauer conducted a public forum in May on the proposals. “I think the process is working the way it’s suppose to,” Schwabenbauer said, providing considerable public input prior to a decision.Among those offering public opinion, have been members of the Monmouth Boat Club, Union Street. The club, which overlooks Marine Park, has been operating since 1879.Roughly 20 club members attended the July 22 borough council meeting, thinking incorrectly the proposals would be under consideration.The tennis court proponents and boat club members have been waging a concerted effort to have their feelings known but “I’m hearing from all sides,” acknowledged Borough Councilwoman Kathy Horgan, a member of the council’s parks and rec committee.“It looks good on paper,” charged Pat Corr, commodore of the Monmouth Boat Club, of the Jetsun proposal. But, he continued, “It’s just too intense of a use.”Corr and boat club members would like to see a scaled back blending of the other two proposals – restore the tennis courts and allow for water activities on the Navesink River.Pappa seemed to share Corr’s opinion. She called the Jetsun proposal “a circus.”“This doesn’t sound like Red Bank to me,” she said.The council’s parks and rec committee was scheduled to meet in closed session on Tuesday evening. The committee, consisting of chair Schwabenbauer, Horgan and Borough Councilman Edward Zipprich, would take under consideration the advisor y committee’s decision; subject it to a criteria as to how it would benefit the community. If the council committee reaching a decision the matter could come before the entire council at the Aug. 12 public meeting but there are no guarantees, Schwabenbauer advised.Ultimately this is a good thing, Schwabenbauer insisted. “I think it’s an oppor tunity to clean up something that’s been a mess for 2 1⁄2 years,” she said, referring to the damaged and deteriorated courts.last_img read more

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McConalogue calls for immediate appointment of Autism therapist for Inishowen

first_imgDeputy Charlie McConalogue has called on the Minister for Health and HSE to immediately appoint an Autism Therapist for Inishowen, describing the delay in making such an appointment an absolute disgrace.Deputy McConalogue had been informed during the summer that recruitment for the vacant post was ‘under way,’ but to date, no appointment has been made.He commented, “This is a vital service and one that impacts hugely on many young people and their families in Inishowen. It is absolutely disgraceful that it is now 17 months since the previous therapist left their job and yet the post still hasn’t been filled. “When I raised the matter in the Dáil in June, I was informed that the vacant Autism Therapist post in Disability Services had been approved and the recruitment process was under way.“Four months has passed since I last raised the matter and I was told the recruitment process was under way and still no appointment has been made. That’s four more months that families have had to do without this holistic person-centred vital service and 17 months in total that they’ve had to do without.“The people who are impacted by this are the children on the autism spectrum and their families and they have waited long enough. After waiting for 17 months there can be no more delays and I will be asking the Minister and the HSE to get a new Autism Therapist appointed immediately so this vital service can be restored,” Deputy McConalogue concluded.McConalogue calls for immediate appointment of Autism therapist for Inishowen was last modified: November 12th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:autismdeputy charlie mcconaloguedonegalInishowenlast_img read more

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Dave Kaval says A’s still need key Coliseum info from city

first_imgOAKLAND — The Oakland A’s are surging on the field and eyeing the playoffs for the first time in five years — perfect timing for the team to announce where it will build its new ballpark.As October baseball nears, however, the team is no closer to deciding whether that new stadium will rise at the site of the club’s current home, the city- and county-owned Coliseum, or at the Howard Terminal, owned by the Port of Oakland.The team is pursuing stadium developments at both locations, but A’s …last_img

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San Jose station owner donates priceless baseball to Giants

first_imgA priceless piece of baseball memorabilia has found a home at the San Francisco Giants’ Oracle Park thanks to Empire Broadcasting Co. owner Bob Kieve. It’s a baseball signed by 15 players, nine of them Hall of Famers including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mel Ott and Honus Wagner.And Kieve didn’t just pick up this trophy at an autograph show. He worked hard to get each one of those autographs when he was a 12-year-old boy growing up in New York in 1933 and 1934.Known in San Jose for his string of …last_img

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Workshop looks at digital tool ROI for soybean production

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio State Precision Ag Team will be hosting a free workshop for tech savvy soybean growers on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. at Beck’s Hybrids in London, Ohio. Topics of discussion will include data warehousing, production benchmarking, analysis, in-season monitoring, crop modeling, and recommendations.The day’s discussions will focus on understanding potential value of digital tools for soybean production and how growers are utilizing these tools and services. The value and use will be examined and key outcomes will focus on key outcomes centered around:Different types of benefits that individual technologies provide to soybean farmers.Direct value propositions realized by a soybean farmer using a digital technology.The value of sharing data with trusted advisors or companies providing digital technologies while simultaneously considering data privacy and control.Identifying key educational needs of soybean farmers relative to digital technologies.Confirmed speakers include Jeremy Wilson of MyAgData, Mike Hannewald of Beck’s Hybrids, and Dr. Laura Lindsey from The Ohio State University. Industry professionals will also be presenting. The day will end with a panel discussion comprised of producers, retailers, an independent agronomist and a commodity representative.Please consider bringing a tablet, laptop or other smart device with you to the workshop. Space is limited to the first 75 registrations, so act quickly! To register for the free workshop that includes lunch and breaks, visit http://go.osu.edu/DigitalToolROIforSoybeanProducers or follow the QR code.last_img read more

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What’s The Difference Between Game Mechanics in the Enterprise and Good Management?

first_imgWe covered the emerging trend of gamification – the application of game mechanics outside of games – in November. A few enterprise vendors, such as Moxie and Rypple, are starting to incorporate elements of gamification into products. Constellation Research analyst and co-founder R “Ray” Wang has identified five engagement factors for gamification in the enterprise: intrigue, reward, status, community and challenge. But aren’t these common elements of a good workplace, with or without the idea of “gamification”?First of all – why apply gamification principles in the enterprise? Wang notes the following applications:TrainingCollaboration and knowledge sharingCustomer loyalty programsAd network optimizationVirtual goods and currencies.I can see the applications for customer-facing programs, but how well will internal programs work out?Intrigue is obviously the hard part. “Content and story line often represent the consumer tech side,” Wang writes. “The enterprise needs to develop relevant content to keep users engaged. Content could include help topics, related information, user generated comments, etc.” Easier said than done.When we covered gamification before we quoted Margaret Robertson:That problem being that gamification isn’t gamification at all. What we’re currently terming gamification is in fact the process of taking the thing that is least essential to games and representing it as the core of the experience. Points and badges have no closer a relationship to games than they do to websites and fitness apps and loyalty cards. They’re great tools for communicating progress and acknowledging effort, but neither points nor badges in any way constitute a game.And to some extent, “pointsification” is just quantification – something enterprises should be doing anyway. In fact, most the principals of a good game should apply in the workplace:Quantification: Tracking sales, average customer support response time, server uptime and other metrics that identify success.Recognition and Reward: Raises, bonuses, promotions.Autonomy: Robertson notes that for a game to be truly engaging players must be able to make decisions that “meaningfully impact on the world of the game.” Autonomy has been identified by Daniel Pink and others as a requirement for motivation and job satisfaction.Challenge: I think this should be self-explanatory.Looked at this way, is there any difference between “gamification” and “good management”?Photo by andi.vs.zf Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#enterprise#Trends center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now klint finleylast_img read more

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Uber fires head of self-driving division during Google’s lawsuit

first_imgIT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… David Curry Uber fired the head of its self-driving unit, Anthony Levandowski on Thursday. He has been accused of stealing trade secrets from Google’s self-driving division, Waymo, in 2014 when he left the company.Levandowski contract with Uber was terminated after he failed to supply the court with information requested, according to The New York Times. Uber has been quick to confirm the removal and reaffirm that its self-driving division did not use stolen information from Waymo.See Also: Ford spends billions to meet ambitious self-driving goalWaymo filed a lawsuit against Uber a few months after the ride-sharing giant acquired Otto, the self-driving truck startup founded by Levandowski after he left Google.It accuses Levandowski of stealing thousands of trade secrets, including proprietary data on Waymo’s Lidar system. In a court session, Waymo showed a timeline of events that claimed Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick and Levandowski discussed a possible acquisition before Otto left stealth, hinting at collusion between the company and Levandowski.Probably doesn’t change muchWaymo has already filed a separate lawsuit against Levandowski, so the removal of the employee may do little to deter the Uber lawsuit. A few weeks ago, the company was denied a chance to settle the lawsuit in private arbitration.A public trial may be the next step or Waymo may force Uber to settle on rough terms.In the meantime, the judge may force Uber to halt its self-driving program, while the lawsuit is active. A preliminary injunction has already been filed and if Waymo were to win the lawsuit, it could call for a ban of the program indefinitely.It is one of the most explosive trials in Silicon Valley and sure to scare off engineers that may be planning to make a similar gamble on a startup. Tags:#Anthony Levandowski#Autonomous#driverless#Google#Internet of Things#IoT#lawsuit#Self-Driving#Silicon Valley#Uber#Waymo center_img Related Posts Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

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