Freelance journalist found dead 13 days after being abducted

first_img Help by sharing this information November 2, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Freelance journalist found dead 13 days after being abducted Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Organisation RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” RSF_en IraqMiddle East – North Africa News Follow the news on Iraq IraqMiddle East – North Africa February 15, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News to go further Receive email alerts Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan News December 28, 2020 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders today condemned the murder of Iraqi freelance journalist Abdelmajid Ismael Khalil and urged the police to carry out a proper investigation. Khalil, who worked for several national dailies, was kidnapped on 18 October in the east Baghdad neighbourhood of Jamila by gunmen who surrounded his car and forced him to go with them. Local police found his body 13 days later in the same neighbourhood.He was the 127th journalist to be killed in Iraq since the start of the war. He was also the 52nd journalist to be kidnapped. Four journalists are still being held by their abductors. December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Branch transformation and safety…A great marriage!

first_imgAs we think about branch transformation, one of the overlooked benefits in the rush to design-build a customer or member-centric environment is safety.   The 2014 Bank Crime Statistics compiled by the FBI recorded 3,879 robberies of financial institutions in the U.S. The breakdown shows 3,430 commercial banks and 312 credit unions robberies are included in the report. The overwhelming majority of the robberies occurred at a branch office. The most common approach used in the robberies was a note or oral command.   Nearly 47% of reported robberies involved a firearm or handgun. Needless to say, robberies remain a significant threat for branch operations.So how can Branch Transformation…the marriage between Design and Technology change the branch environment to hinder potential robberies? Glad you asked! FBI data shows that premeditated robbers research their target by scoping out the institution or branch paying particular attention to where the teller line is and how money exchanges are preformed. For instance, a common robbery scenario involves a note passed to a teller. Per their training, the teller hands over the money and the assailant casually slides out of the bank trying to maintain anonymity.One key aspect of Branch Transformation involves creating a retail environment that encourages personal interaction between the staff and their customer/member.  By engaging the customer as they walk into the branch, conversations take on a completely new meaning. Therefore, many Branch Transformation projects work hand-in-hand with the FBI’s new technique for avoiding robberies called “SafeCatch” tactics.   The heart of the tactic is engaging the customer as they walk thru the door thereby taking away the anonymity from a potential robber disarming them with great customer service.The physical components of Branch Transformation often replace the traditional teller line with a Pod System (in some circles named Dialog Delivery), which encourages staff interaction with customer using a face-to-face posture. An integral part of the system is the cash automation i.e. cash recyclers.In a robbery scenario, the assailant now sees cash being dispensed, not from a teller drawer, but from a machine, which requires a combination of human and system intervention to dispense currency. Since the cash recyclers are UL Rated as a secure currency container or safe, the staff operating the device needs a pass code in order to interface with the system to dispense cash. This provides the branch staff more flexibility to walk away from the Pod unit to engage the customer/member verses using a teller line and more security.Robberies and crime are probably here to stay; however, alternative ways of delivering services and technology can greatly reduce a financial institution’s branch from being a target. In yester-year, the teller line’s main purpose was to facilitate a transaction, but with the rapid decline in transaction activity in branches…the teller line is going the way of the dinosaur in favor of alternative approaches to facilitate new interactions with customers.The latest advancement in branch transformation utilizing interactive teller machines, may finally eliminate the physical opportunity for robberies.   However, only time will tell, and history teaches us that robbers have always evolved when desire intersects with ability.Nevertheless, the goal of all financial institutions is to insure a safe and enjoyable work environment for employees, and the goals for many is an engaging environment for their customers. The good news is with the advancements in technology and design both of these goals can now be a reality. 123SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tommy Loo As the Director of Business Strategies, Tommy Loo is responsible for providing operations consulting services for LEVEL5 clients. His work develops capacity, and utilization requirements to reach our client’s … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Syracuse coasts past Florida Atlantic, 6-1

first_img Published on March 13, 2018 at 6:39 pm Contact Anthony: [email protected] Syracuse (10-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) concluded nonconference play with a 6-1 win over Florida Atlantic (7-5, 1-1 Conference USA) on Tuesday morning in Boca Raton, Florida. This match marks the end of SU’s five-match road trip, which the Orange went 4-1 on.The Orange won the doubles point thanks to wins at second and third doubles. The pair of Anna Shkudun and Sofya Golubovskaya won 6-2 at second doubles, while Dina Hegab and Masha Tritou won 7-5 at third doubles. SU’s top pair of Gabriela Knutson and Miranda Ramirez lost together for just the second time this season, falling 7-6 (7-4) in a tiebreaker.At first singles, Knutson dropped her first match of the season, 7-5, 6-1. After moving up to a career-high No. 11 in the nation last week, Knutson faced another tough challenge, this time against No. 6 Aliona Bolsova. Knutson found herself level at five apiece 10 games into the match but dropped eight of the final nine games. First singles was the only point SU lost Tuesday morning.Both Ramirez and Tritou rallied from one set down to grab singles points for the Orange. At second singles, Ramirez lost the opener 6-1, then found her game just in time, winning the second and third sets 6-3 and 6-4, respectively.Tritou also dropped her opening set at 5th singles, but she went on to win 2-6, 6-2, 6-4. In the other three singles matches, the Orange won in straight sets in the Florida sun.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGolubovskaya won 6-3, 6-2, at third singles to improve her singles record to 8-2 on the season. Libi Mesh sat out the doubles but won comfortably at sixth singles, 6-1, 6-3.Syracuse now returns home to Drumlins Country Club this Friday to continue ACC play with a 1 p.m. meeting with Clemson. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Local church hosts Nerf Wars to keep community members connected

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, MICH — A local pastor is doing something unconventional to get members of the community connected.Nerf wars took over Living Hope Church this weekend to keep kids and families in the community active and involved. Pastor Lee Blanchard says he’s looking to break some of the inaccurate assumptions about religion with this annual event.“Our goal is not necessarily to get involved in religion, our goal is to help to help people get connected because really when you think about it, that’s what the gospel is about is connection. And that’s what Jesus came to do is connect people to God, and we think that God can use any kind of event and that’s why we like nerf wars is because its something that’s out of the box, it’s something that’s fun, it’s unconventional, and it helps people understand that the church is fun, God has fun, and Jesus…he moves through his people just to have a great time in Him. ”Blanchard says he aims to keep finding ways to make people comfortable stepping into a place a place of worship, even if it takes out of the box experiences like this one.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: church, Living Hope, Nerf, nerf wars, pastorContinue ReadingPrevious Instructor at Bay Athletic Club gives tips on getting active this springNext Photo of the Day for Monday, April 15last_img read more


first_imgDrumkeen Youth ClubWell done to all our members who attended the charity car wash at Mc Donald’s restaurant. All proceeds going to The Ronald Mc Donald House which provides accommodation for families with sick children in Crumlin hospital. We would like to thank Victor, Keith and all the staff for the invitation, also the friendly welcome we received and for looking after us so well on the day.Youth Club this Sat 07th Dec from 4.30-6.30 pm, please take note of the change of day and time. This change is for one week only. Club Hoodies now available only €20 and can be paid for in installments, this would make an ideal Christmas present. We will have a club outing on Sun 15th Dec going to Century Cinemas and Mc Donald’s restaurant. All permission slips which were given out last week must be returned on or before Sat 07th Dec. No exceptions. Special thanks to parish committee members Johnny and Charlie who surprised us with a meal for every leader and member. (All 28 of us)Irish Conversational Classes Classes continue in St. Patrick’s N.S. From 7-9 pm. and is part funded by Donegal ETB. Go raibh maith agat.Charlie Daly & H-Block Martyrs Sinn Féin Cumann DrumkeenLotto Results 27th Nov 03, 09, 16, 21. No jackpot winner. 1 winner Michael Harkin Creeslough. €100 Next weeks jackpot €700. Go raibh maith agat.Parish HallAnyone wishing to book the hall should contact Charlie Quinn on 91/34010 or 087 7728608Drumkeen NotesAnyone wishing to have material included for next week Please Email: [email protected] or text 086 4083625 (Deadline Fri @ 8pm)DD LOCAL – DRUMKEEN YOUTH CLUB GIVE RONALD A DIG-OUT! was last modified: December 1st, 2013 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:Drumkeen noteslast_img read more

Half-time: Brentford 0 Norwich 0

first_imgBrentford’s first half against Norwich was intense despite the goalless scoreline.As the interval approached, the Bees rained shots at John Ruddy and he produced a superb save to beat away Alan McCormack’s drive towards the top corner.Bees boss Mark Warburton moved McCormack into midfield and Moses Odubajo to right-back, and Odubajo almost made a goal in the first minute when his deep cross was headed over by Alex Pritchard.Striker Andre Gray could have scored when he turned superbly in the box and fired a low shot just wide of the near post.And Stuart Dallas blasted Gray’s lay-off over the crossbar moments earlier before further chances for McCormack and Pritchard.Nathan Redmond went closest for Norwich, who started well, when his shot curled away from the far post.Brentford (4-2-3-1): Button; Odubajo, Dean, Tarkowski, Bidwell; Douglas, McCormack, Pritchard, Judge, Dallas; GraySubs not used: Bonham, Craig, Tebar, Jota, Toral, Betinho, Proschwitz-Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Derek Holland on free agency: ‘Scared money don’t make money’

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Derek Holland couldn’t wait to arrive in Scottsdale this spring.He just had to wait for the Giants to sign him.The left-hander resurrected his career in San Francisco last year and didn’t mince his words late last season when asked if he wanted to return in 2019. Despite the club’s 73-89 record, Holland said he hoped to extend his run with the team for at least one more year. “My goal was …last_img read more

SA gets tough on traffic crime

first_imgSouth Africa’s traffic officials will now enforce the points demerit system. Minister of Transport S’bu Ndebele illuminating the Torch of Light in Pretoria. Minister Ndebele with Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Logan Maistry Spokesperson Department of Transport +27 083 6444 050 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • Diski Striker spreads 2010 vibe • SA ready for Rea Vaya • Travelling by minibus taxi in SA • Sanral’s multibillion traffic plan • Smoother air traffic flow in 2010 • Police hard at work for a safer SABongani NkosiHabitually reckless drivers will soon be banned from South Africa’s roads in a bid to help reduce fatalities and promote responsible motoring.This was Minister of Transport S’bu Ndebele’s warning as he announced the driver’s licence demerit system at an event in Pretoria on 26 January. It will come into force on 1 April.Drivers will start on a clean slate with 12 points each year. All traffic offences – including speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, drunken driving or jumping a stop street – carry a penalty, and once caught for committing such an offence, a driver will have a set number of points knocked off his or her total.When a driver has lost all 12 points and another one his or her licence will be suspended for a minimum of three months. Losing a further two, in other words having 14 demerits, will lead to a six-month ban.When a driver’s licence is suspended for a third time, it will be cancelled.The system is aimed at encouraging people to respect the rules of the road at all times and therefore reduce accidents. It forms part of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Act, which was approved by Parliament in 1998.“Aarto is about changing the behaviour of South African drivers. Habitual offenders may even find themselves being deprived of the convenience of driving a car,” Ndebele said.“If you want to continue driving a car, you must behave responsibly and considerately. If you don’t, we will take away your driving licence.”Good driving rewardedThe system does not exempt offenders from having to pay fines and, in extreme cases, undergo arrest. For example, someone caught driving 115km/h in a 60km/h zone will be fined R1 250 (about US$165) and get four demerits. Those who drive more than 35km/h over the legal speed limit will be arrested immediately.Responsible drivers, however, will be rewarded. If someone keeps all 12 points during the year he or she will kick off the new year with an additional 12 points plus a bonus point, leading to a total of 25 points.The system has drastically reduced fatalities in countries such as Australia and England over the years, Ndebele noted. “If you go to Australia, if you go to England, [you will see] it has changed the behaviour of drivers. That’s what will happen in South Africa.”At the same event Ndebele announced that the country recorded a total of 1 582 road deaths in its nine provinces between 1 December and 11 January. These figures are noted and discussed annually in an ongoing effort to curb the number of fatalities, which always swell due to heavy traffic during the festive and summer holiday season.Reducing the burden on courtsAarto, which has been allocated R300-million ($39.5-million) to implement, will also help reduce the burden on South Africa’s courts as traffic offences will now be handled within the department under the stewardship of the Road Traffic Infringement Agency. Offenders, however, will still have the option of taking the matter to court to appeal against the rulings.Ndebele said court rolls across the country are currently clogged by traffic charges, and because these take so long to be heard, “the lawlessness on our roads is exacerbated further”.“The implementation of [Aarto] will relieve the burden from the court system and allow the courts to focus on more urgent matters,” Ndebele said. “It will also contribute to more effective and efficient finalisation of road traffic cases.”Taking dangerous drivers off the roads will also have a positive impact on South Africa’s economy as every year the country’s Road Accident Fund spends millions compensating people who have been involved in accidents, Ndebele pointed out.Helping youngsters get their licencesNdebele also announced that government will soon include road safety education in South Africa’s school curriculum. With the help of government, pupils in Grade 11 will be able to get their learner licences and by the time they complete matric they will have their full driver’s licenses.“We will mobilise our learners to come forward for this exciting programme,” said Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. “As we teach them to respect the rules of the road they will become responsible drivers.”Promise of safe roads during the World CupNdebele has promised 2010 Fifa World Cup visitors to South Africa that they will be safe on the country’s roads. During all major sporting events that South Africa has hosted – including the 1995 Rugby World Cup and last year’s Fifa Confederations Cup and Indian Premier League – only one fatal accident involving a visitor was reported, the minister said.“South Africa has never had as many visitors and road users as we will experience during the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Our obligation is to ensure that all those who use our roads are able to do so safely.“During both international and local events South African road users generally behave well and no major road crashes have been reported. We want to commend them for this and urge them to keep this record,” said Ndebele.last_img read more

Horn wants to do a Marquez

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage In Monday’s media workout Horn said he knows the enormity of the task at hand.That is why, he said, he punished his well-chiseled 29-year-old frame to the extreme so he could be ready for whatever Pacquiao will bring into the ring.According to Horn, his height (5-foot-9 against Pacquiao’s 5-6) and age (at 29, he’s 10 years the Filipino’s junior) would be his biggest advantages.Horn told Filipino sportswriters here he weighed between 71 kilograms (156.2 pounds) and 72 kg after a long run on Monday. He plans to fight at that weight when he climbs the ring before an expected sellout crowd of 50,000 on Sunday.Though Horn is still nine pounds over the 147-lb limit, Rushton looked unconcerned.ADVERTISEMENT World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Rushton said it is normal for his fighter to be at this weight range days before the official weigh-in, which happens on Saturday. He said Horn would be between 70.5 and 72 kg on fight day.Pacquiao has been installed as the heavy favorite to win, with a $100 bet on him earning just $25. But, although the same bet on Horn will net a whopping $420, the Australian is unperturbed.Horn believes that Pacquiao’s tremendous edge in experience (Pacquiao had 50 more fights than Horn with 67) and quality of past opponents can work both ways.The former Brisbane school teacher believes that Pacquiao, an 11-time world champion, is not at his optimum best because he’s no longer hungry for glory and money.Horn also noted that Pacquiao hasn’t stopped any opponent since 2009, when the Filipino pulled off a 12-round stoppage of Miguel Cotto.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games JPV Marikina zooms to leadcenter_img What ‘missteps’? They were placed there supposedly to remind Horn of the caliber of the fighter he’s challenging for the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown in front of his countrymen at Suncorp Stadium.They might as well serve as motivational tools for the underdog Horn, who is trying to achieve his dream of becoming a world champion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNoticeably missing is a poster of Pacquiao’s epic fights against Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez, who knocked out the eight-division world champion Filipino cold in their fourth showdown in 2012.Perhaps, Horn’s handlers, led by trainer Glenn Rushton, intentionally omitted the poster as the fighter wants to make Marquez’s one-punch knockout of Pacquiao as their blueprint for success. Horn: It will be a really good fight. —ROY LUARCABRISBANE—Prominently posted in the center white wall of the gym where Jeff Horn trains are posters of Manny Pacquiao’s fight against Timothy Bradley, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Chris Algieri, Jessie Vargas and Brandon Rios.Also in the gallery is a poster of Pacquiao’s July 2 tussle with Horn, billed appropriately as “Battle of Brisbane.”ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View commentslast_img read more