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RSF urges Japan to give back passports to ex-hostage journalists

first_imgNews Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Japanese authorities to issue new passports without delay to war correspondents and ex-hostages Jumpei Yasuda and Kosuke Tsuneoka. The former is waiting for his passport since his return in late October from Syria, where he was held hostage for more than three years. The latter, who was held hostage for five months in Afghanistan in 2010, had his passport confiscated in February under questionable regulations.”In a democratic state, it is not acceptable that the administration assumes the right to limit the movements of journalists,” insists Cédric Alviani, head of RSF’s East Asia office. “The Japanese authorities would be better off showing gratitude to reporters who risk their lives to inform the public, rather than preventing them from working.”In recent years, a segment of the Japanese opinion has accused war correspondents of being irresponsible by reporting within areas where they risk being kidnapped, which they see as a source of embarrassment for the country.Japan ranks 67th out of 180 in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Help by sharing this information JapanAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses Armed conflictsHostagesJudicial harassment On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia RSF_en November 19, 2020 Find out more Japanese reporter held in Myanmar is charged with “false information” RSF urges recently appointed Japan Prime Minister to take a new turn towards press freedom News to go further Receive email alerts JapanAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses Armed conflictsHostagesJudicial harassment Organisation June 11, 2019 RSF urges Japan to give back passports to ex-hostage journalists News Follow the news on Japan May 5, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Japan to give back passports to war correspondents and ex-hostages Jumpei Yasuda and Kosuke Tsuneoka. September 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Director of Radio Shabelle murdered in Mogadishu

first_img RSF_en February 24, 2021 Find out more RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Somalia News SomaliaAfrica Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia Reporters Without Borders expressed anger and dismay at the murder today of Mukhtar Mohamed Hirabe, director of Radio Shabelle, who was shot dead in Bakara market in the capital, Mogadishu.A journalist colleague accompanying him, Ahmed Omar Hashi, was also shot several times and is being treated in hospital where his condition is reported as stable.The Radio Shabelle journalists were walking to work when they were targeted by three armed men, several witnesses said. Hirabe was hit four times in the head and died instantly while Omar Hashi was hit in the hand and the stomach.Hirabe is the third Radio Shabelle journalist to suffer a fatal attack since the start of 2009; the fifth journalist killed this year and the second radio director to be killed in Bakara market – a district under the control of the Islamist al-Shabaab militia.Director of Radio HornAfrik, Said Tahlil, was shot dead in the same market on 4 February 2009 and Hirabe survived a murder attempt on the same day.Voicing its condolences to Hirabe’s family and colleagues and hoping for a quick recovery for Hashi, Reporters Without Borders challenged President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed over Somalia’s worsening security in the nearly six months since he took office. “Armed militia, whoever they may be, are continuing to terrorise the people and to attack journalists and members of civil society with total impunity,” the organisation said.“The Somalia president must come to grips with the scale of this catastrophe and do his utmost to ensure the safety of journalists. We also call for an immediate investigation to identify and punish the criminals,” the organisation added.Hirabe, who was 45, had headed Radio Shabelle since 2007 following the murder of his predecessor, Bashir Nur Gedi. Two other journalists on the radio, Hassan Mayow Hassan and Abdirisak Warsameh Mohamed, were also killed this year.With a total of 14 journalists killed since 2007, Somalia is Africa’s deadliest country for the media. March 2, 2021 Find out more June 7, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Director of Radio Shabelle murdered in Mogadishu center_img SomaliaAfrica News News Receive email alerts Organisation News to go further RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region January 8, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Jailed #Limerick driver suing over fatal accident he denies causing

first_imgNewsJailed #Limerick driver suing over fatal accident he denies causingBy Staff Reporter – April 21, 2016 1156 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email WhatsApp Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Advertisement Linkedin The previously jailed driver is suing the MIBI at the High Court in #LimerickA #LIMERICK man who was jailed for dangerous driving causing the death of a teenager almost ten years, is suing the Motor Insurance Bureau of Ireland (MIBI) for damages at the High Court as he argues the accident would not have happened if he wasn’t “violently rammed” from behind by the uninsured driver of a high powered BMW who fled the scene.Gearóid Cleary, of Ballinacurra Gardens, Limerick, was 25 when he was found guilty by a jury of dangerous driving causing the death of 19-year-old Emma Woodland on Mulgrave Street on September 9, 2006.During the criminal trial, it was the State’s case that although Latvian national Roman Andreas pleaded guilty to dangerously driving the BMW and causing the death of Ms Woodland, this did not exonerate Gearoid Cleary, who, they claimed, was also driving too fast on the night of the fatal accident.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Shortly before midnight on September 9, 2006, Mr Cleary’s Honda Integra was propelled into a Toyota Starlet carrying Ms Woodland and driving it into a wall some 40ft after impact.The Starlet was crossing the main road ahead of Mr Cleary who claimed that it would have crossed safely had he not been rear-ended by Roman Andreas.Ms Woodland who was a back-seat passenger in the Starlet died from head injuries she received in the collision.Roman Andreas fled the scene but was later identified and pleaded guilty to causing the death of Ms Woodland.Criminal lawyers for Mr Cleary argued that he was not responsible for the teenager’s death and that Ms Woodland died as a result of Roman Andreas rear-ending Mr Cleary at speed.The trial also heard that Roman Andreas was twice the legal alcohol limit and he was jailed for three years and later absconded to Eastern Europe.Mr Cleary, who contested the criminal case before a jury found him guilty, was sentenced to four years in prison. Both men were banned from driving for ten years.This Wednesday before Mr Justice Brian Cregan at the High Court in Limerick, Mr Cleary opened civil proceedings against the MIBI for what his counsel, Gerry Tynan SC, said were significant damages the Limerick man was entitled to.Mr Cleary is claiming that he was not the cause of the accident and should be compensated for the back injuries he suffered in the accident and for the ongoing “depression, shock and upset he has suffered to this day because of the loss of the life he has been blamed for”.Michael Gleeson SC, counsel for the MIBI, said the defence will argue that “racing” was a factor in the fatal collision but essentially the MIBI, has been left to “pick up the pieces” as Roman Andrew absconded.The case is expected to last three days and will hear evidence from expert witnesses including Garda PSV forensic collision investigator, Mike Reddy, who attended the scene in 2006. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live center_img Twitter TAGSfeaturedGearoid Clearyhigh courtlimerickMIBIsuing for compensation Facebook Previous articleDemocracy celebrated at Limerick Spring FestivalNext articleGrandparents to be immortalised Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Print Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

Facility Solutions: Evolving branch security

first_imgCommercial bank4,495/3,713 (-3.5 percent/year) Type of institutionRobberies 2011/2016 For most of banking’s history, branch security has been defined by developing ways to prevent thieves from stealing cash. The advent of delivery technologies has reduced or eliminated the amount of cash available in branches, which you would expect to significantly reduce the number of robberies. Comparing the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Bank Crime Statistics for Federally Insured Financial Institutions from 2011 and 2016 shows a welcome decline in robberies, though not as dramatic as you might expect or like. Savings and loan associations105/65 (-7.6 percent/year) Credit unions398/343 (-2.8 percent/year) continue reading » Mutual savings banks16/27 (+13.8 percent/year) Branch security is composed of location, type of cash handling, staff training and branch layout. One could write hundreds of pages about security planning and operations. The National Credit Union Administration provides these thoughts about deterring robbery. Below are my own thoughts about the trends driving security issues related to branch evolution and robbery prevention. 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

No. 8 baseball routs Pepperdine at home

first_imgUSC recorded its third consecutive win last night, beating the Pepperdine Waves, 5-2, on a windy night at Dedeaux Field.Sophomore pitcher Bernardo Flores (3-0) earned his third win of the season after going five innings, allowing one run on two hits. Freshman Mason Perryman and sophomore Jeff Paschke came in from the pen and prevented the Waves from doing damage before junior Marc Hubberman closed the game with a one, two, three top of the ninth.The Trojans continued their hot streak on offense with a two-run homerun by sophomore Jeremy Martinez in the bottom of the fifth as well as impressive outings from Dante Flores, who went 3-4, Blake Lacey, 3-4, David Oppenheim, 2-3 and Garrett Stubbs, who brought in two runs.USC head coach Dan Hubbs echoes the success of last night’s win.“I thought that [Bernardo] did a good job setting the tone and I thought we came up and swung the bats like we did last week,” Hubbs said. “I think we’re pretty relentless at the plate. I thought we had that same relentless offense today. Seeing Jeremy out there today was huge. I thought he had a great game.”The Trojans got on board during the bottom of the second inning beginning with back-to-back singles by Dante Flores and Lacey followed by a walk for Oppenheim, loading the bases with no outs.  Waves’ starter Chandler Blanchard then walked red shirted sophomore Reggie Southall, bringing home Flores for the game’s first run.Pepperdine answered back in the top of the fourth after a lead off walk and stolen base allowed Pepperdine’s speedy Hutton Moyer to score from a single down middle field. Flores then gave up an additional walk followed by a wild pitch to put men on second and third with two outs.Flores regained composure, however, and managed to escape the inning after a pop up to second ended the top of the fourth. He then retired the next three batters during the top of the fifth to end his night, totaling four strikeouts and two walks.USC then came away with the game during the fifth inning, putting three runs on the board and giving the Trojans a 5-2 lead. Senior Garret Stubbs started things off with a single before Martinez came up and smacked a two run homer out to left field, his first home run of the season, giving USC a 4-2 lead.A string of singles by Dante Flores, Lacey and Oppenheim loaded the bases with one out, causing the Waves to bring in a new reliever. Freshman Joe Corrigan hit a sacrifice fly, bringing home Dante Flores for the fifth run. A wild pitch advanced the remaining runners to second and third before a strike out ended the fifth, marking the second time the Trojans ended an inning with the bases loaded.Pepperdine threatened a comeback with the solo home run by Waves’ first baseman Brad Anderson as well as the subsequent walk, but Perryman handled the following to batters, squashing Pepperdine’s potential to put a crooked number on the board.USC put up their final run in the eighth inning beginning with a lead off walk to Southall followed by a sacrifice bunt by AJ Ramirez and then a dropped third strike, advancing Stubbs to first. Though Southall was picked off trying to steal third, a single by Martinez eventually drove home Stubbs, earning the team their final run.Looking ahead this week as USC travels to Seattle to take on Washington State, Hubbs believes the confidence earned from a solid, mid-week win will carry on to this weekend.“I think any time you can take a Tuesday game is huge,” Hubbs said. “Those are really important games to take once you get towards the end of the year. When we play well, we’re in a position to win no matter who or where or when we play.”last_img read more