In a statement two days later, the interior ministry claimed that no foreign journalist had ever been denied a visa and that Kristof was refused entry solely because he failed to adhere to visa application procedures.Reporters Without Borders also condemns the recent arrests of DPA photographer Mazen Mahdi and photographers working for the Associated Press and Agence France-Presse. Mahdi was held for two hours after being arrested during a demonstration in Saar in 28 December. He was previously detained briefly while covering demonstrations on 16 and 17 December. December 28, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities use arrests, expulsion to prevent information circulating Receive email alerts BahrainMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en to go further News Related documents cp_bahrein_28122012_ar-2.pdfPDF – 320.37 KB Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Reporters Without Borders condemns the Manama prosecutor-general’s 25 December decision to hold human rights defender Sayed Yousef Al-Muhafda for another two weeks on a charge of posting false information on Twitter.Arrested on 17 December, Muhafda is currently being held in an isolation cell in a police station in the northeastern suburb of Hoora. One of the accusations against him is waiting until 17 December to post a photo taken on 15 December of an injured young demonstrator.Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate release of Muhafda and the withdrawal of all the charges against him. He is in charge of documentation at the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights and is the centre’s vice-president.“Muhafda is yet again paying for his commitment to the circulation of information about human rights violations in Bahrain,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “The authorities must stop their repeated violations of freedom of information and allow news providers to operate freely.”At the time of his arrest, Muhafda was tweeting live from a demonstration in Manama to mark the anniversary of the deaths of two demonstrators killed during a 1994 uprising, He was accused of circulating false information on Twitter when he was brought before the prosecutor-general the next day.He was previously arrested on 2 November, while covering the use of violence to disperse a demonstration, and was released 12 days later.The information provided by Bahrain’s human rights activists is all the more important as the authorities limit visits by foreign journalists and often obstruct the reporting of those who are allowed in. New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof reported that he was denied entry on arrival at Manama airport on 17 December because he was on a persona non grata list. News Help by sharing this information German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest Organisation News BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Bahrain News October 14, 2020 Find out more Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives March 17, 2021 Find out more June 15, 2020 Find out more
Hennepin County JailBy HALEY YAMADA, ABC News(MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.) — Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin will stand trial for the death of George Floyd alone, a Minnesota judge ordered on Tuesday.The order, filed by Judge Peter Cahill in Hennepin County District Court, amends a November 2020 order pursuant to which Chauvin would have been tried jointly with the other three former officers charged in connection with Floyd’s death: Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng.In separating Chauvin’s trial, Cahill cited COVID-19 concerns, specifically the court’s ability to ensure adequate social distancing among the defendants, their lawyers and other support personnel.The judge also wrote that “while the State believes the situation will be greatly improved by June due to vaccinations, the Court is not so optimistic given news reports detailing problems with the vaccine rollout.”Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death. His trial will begin as planned, with jury selection set to begin on March 8, 2021, according to the judge’s order. The other three officers, who are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter, will have their joint trial rescheduled for Aug. 23, 2021.All of the defendants have been released on bail and none of them have yet to enter a plea to the charges.Cahill also wrote that Chauvin’s trial would be separated to give the other defendants’ attorneys more time to review the evidence.The former officers’ defense attorneys had argued last year that each officer involved should be tried separately in connection with the charges they each face. Prosecutors rebutted that argument, saying that the officers had acted together and the public and witnesses should be spared the trauma of multiple trials.Floyd, a Black man, died on May 25, 2020, while in custody of the four former Minneapolis Police Department officers. They were responding to a 911 call in which Floyd was accused of using a counterfeit $20 bill.A bystander’s 10-minute cellphone video showed Chauvin pinning Floyd to the ground by pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck. Over the course of the video, Floyd could be heard pleading with all officers to release him because he could not breathe.Floyd’s death sparked an immediate outcry nationwide as well as protests against racial injustices and police brutality around the world.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
continue reading » We’re just over halfway through 2019. At my organization – and I’m sure at many of yours, too – our managers are holding midyear reviews with their team members to see how things are going.Part of the reason for these check-ins is to see how employees are progressing on their annual goals. As I’ve previously written, our goal-setting process at NAFCU emphasizes measurability to see how far you’ve come and to set the company and individual up for growth and success. Why? Because when your employees succeed, your company succeeds.But leadership is about more than just business. An effective leader builds relationships and demonstrates that they care. I came across this post from Charlie Buckland, a learning and development expert, about how to have more effective one-on-one meetings. His tips are great to consider during midyear reviews.Only speak business if you have time. If one of your employees is struggling with a project or task, they aren’t going to wait until their midyear review to bring it up. And they shouldn’t – managers need to be approachable for work-related problems on a regular basis. One-on-ones should be more meaningful than daily status check-ins. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York After a hellish winter that buried Long Island in a deluge of snow and brought record-breaking bone-chilling temperatures, this may very well be the most anticipated Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach in recent memory.On Friday, local officials gathered under a picturesque sky to ring in Memorial Day Weekend—the unofficial start to summer—and the iconic air show, which welcomes aerial teams from across the nation that will perform mind-boggling maneuvers for revelers on the beach.This will be the 12th such air show at Jones Beach, one that has become “the family tradition of Long Island,” said Wayne Grosse, president and CEO of Bethpage Federal Credit Union, the nonprofit institution that sponsors the show.The weekend show is expected to draw upwards of 200,000 people on both Saturday and Sunday given the generous weather forecast, officials said. Forecasters are predicting sunny skies Saturday and Sunday with temperatures in the mid-60s and low-70s, respectively. Both shows run 12-5 p.m.Those hoping to attend the event are advised to arrive early.The show will include acrobatic performances from the acclaimed U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, this year’s headliners, the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, legendary pilot Sean D. Tucker, the Air National Guard, GEICO Skytypers and other demonstration teams. Making its debut all the way from Europe is the Breitling Jet Team, officials announced.Jim Record, 67, of the GEICO Skytapers, said his Long Island-based squad performs 14 shows annually but said this is one of his favorites.“It’s our homecoming air show,” he said, beaming with pride.The Skytypers will fly six World War II-era North American SNJ-2 fighter planes, of which there are only 12 remaining in the world. The Skytypers fly the aircraft in honor of the “greatest generation,” Record said.The Thunderbirds will soar over Long Island in F-16s. Lucas Buckley, the squad’s representative, called it an “honor to be here” and to connect the public with its military.Hundreds appeared eager to get a jump on the weekend festivities. Groups of people parked picnic chairs on the boardwalk and on the beach, looking forward to watch the aerial teams practice their mind-blowing stunts. Men and women alike shed everyday attire for bathing suits, despite a noticeable breeze.Others browsed tents selling Thunderbirds shirts, souvenirs and air show toys, while some adults chose to soak in the sun with a cold beer.Jones Beach has recently gone through reconstruction during the off-season. New bathrooms in Field 6 will be ready for the huge crowds and the central mall’s mosaic was refurbished for the first time in three decades. Food service will also be available at Field 6 this weekend, and a more expansive menu should be unveiled later in the summer.As he documented the revitalization at Jones Beach, Wayne Horsley, regional director of New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, said: “There’s nothing like it.”