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IranMiddle East – North Africa January 12, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Three Iranian refugee journalists housed in Dijon Receive email alerts News Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists News RSF_en Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Accommodation has been found for three Iranian refugee journalists in the French city Dijon thanks to the efforts of Reporters Without Borders-Burgundy and exemplary cooperation from all the local authorities (Dijon city hall, Côte d’Or general council and Burgundy regional council). Reporters Without Borders and the Côte d’Or public housing office signed a three-month rental contract on 5 January for Benyamin Sadr, Sepideh Pooraghaiee and Ghasam Shirzadian.Reporters Without Borders is also due to receive financial support from the regional and departmental authorities that is intended to cover not only their immediate basic needs but also help fund their integration into French society (including language courses and housing assistance after the initial three-month rental period).Two other journalists who have fled Iran are due to arrive in Burgundy in the next few days and move into accommodation that the city of Dijon will give them for four months. After a quick tour of the city in the company of Thomas Barbier of Reporters Without Borders-Burgundy, the Iranian journalists told a large group of local journalists they were happy and confident about the move.Thanks to the support of the French authorities, 11 persecuted Iranian journalists and bloggers have arrived in France seeking asylum, some of them with their families. Reporters Without Borders is organising their travel and lodging and is assisting them with all the necessary administrative procedures. It is also mobilising its network of regional correspondents to help ensure that French society gives them a decent reception. Sadr, who covered politics for reformist publications and the Hamshahrionline website, had been arrested several times since 2008 because of his journalistic activities and his support for the pro-democracy movement. After the authorities stepped up their offensive against journalists, he crossed on foot into Turkey in August and arrived in France on 21 December.Pooraghaiee, who worked for various news media including the newspaper Gozareshe Rooz, spent 110 days in prison in 2007 as a result of her journalistic activities. During last June’s presidential election, she criticised the government’s efforts to discredit the reformist candidate Mehdi Karoubi. After reporting on manoeuvres by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s supporters, in defiance of the information ministry’s threats, she and Shirzadian, who is her husband, fled to Iraqi Kurdistan in September and arrived in France on 23 December. News March 18, 2021 Find out more to go further June 9, 2021 Find out more News IranMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iran Help by sharing this information Organisation February 25, 2021 Find out more
ABC News(NEW YORK) — The mother of a New Jersey man who was convicted on Tuesday of the murder of his childhood friend Sarah Stern said she doesn’t believe her son could have killed anyone.“I do not believe that. In every bone of my body, I do not believe that Liam is capable of killing Sarah Stern, who he loved and adored,” Megan McAtasney told “20/20” in an exclusive interview before her son was found guilty of first-degree murder.Watch the full story on “20/20” TONIGHT at 9 p.m. on ABC.Liam McAtasney, now 21, was found guilty on all seven counts against him, including first-degree murder, conspiracy, desecrating human remains and other charges. He was accused of strangling 19-year-old Stern, his high school classmate and childhood friend, in December 2016.Along with Preston Taylor, Stern’s junior prom date and Liam McAtasney’s former roommate, he threw her body off a bridge between Neptune and Belmar, New Jersey.Taylor pleaded guilty to helping dispose of Stern’s body and agreed to testify against McAtasney. Taylor also pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery, second-degree conspiracy to commit robbery and second-degree disturbing or desecrating human remains. Authorities say McAtasney killed Stern in order to steal a large sum of money left by her late mother. Taylor admitted to his role in the theft.Both are expected to be sentenced in May.Stern’s body was never found, but police discovered her abandoned car on Dec. 3, 2016, on the Route 35 Bridge between Neptune and Belmar with the keys in the vehicle.Megan McAtasney said her son and his twin brother, Seamus, first met Stern during Sunday school classes when they were about six years old. They became friends in middle school.“There was just an instant connection,” she recalled. “They had a nickname for their group called ‘the Squad,’ and the Squad would always come up with the weekend plans. And then the moms would try to figure out how we were going to get the Squad to all of their weekend plans, whether it was Six Flags or the movies or whatever adventure they had decided they’re doing that weekend.”Liam was close with Stern, and his family was there for her when Stern’s mother died in 2013, Megan McAtasney said.In December 2016, the mother said she learned Stern was missing when police officers arrived at her home in the early morning.“The police ask me if Sarah’s at my home, and I tell them no. And they said they can’t find Sarah. And I tell them, ‘Not a problem. I’ll call her. She’ll answer for me,’” she said.She said the call went to Stern’s voicemail, and police then asked if Liam was home. She said she told them he lived at a different address, and that she went back to bed thinking Stern might be asleep at his apartment.The next morning, she said she learned police found Stern’s car abandoned on a bridge and they believed she might have jumped off the bridge.“I just started screaming,” McAtasney said. “And the police were asking me if I had seen Liam, and then I broke down again because I thought that Liam was missing, too. And they assured me that they had seen Liam in the middle of the night when I directed them to go to Liam’s house.”She said she eventually ran into Liam and Taylor while driving and told her son police believed Stern may have jumped from the bridge and that they wanted to speak to him again.“We both just started crying,” she said.However, in January 2017, detectives with the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office set up a sting operation and secretly recorded a conversation between Liam McAtasney and his friend Anthony Curry, which authorities say was a confession by McAtasney to murdering Stern.In the video of the conversation, McAtasney was recorded telling Curry he choked Stern to death.“She just p—– herself and said my name and then that was it. And it took me a half an hour to kill her. I thought I was going to be able to choke her out and have her out in like a couple of minutes,” McAtasney is heard telling Curry in the recorded video.Carlos Diaz-Cobo, Liam McAtasney’s defense attorney, called the statements a “false confession.” According to Diaz-Cobo, McAtansey was auditioning for Curry, who is a filmmaker.“This statement was made to an individual that he admired. Somebody that was, or, at least has engaged in the business of filmmaking. More specifically, this particular individual, engaged in horror filmmaking. And so, that’s something that appeals to Liam,” Diaz-Cobo said in an interview with “20/20” before McAtasney was found guilty. “He wanted to be a part of that filmmaking process, and be in this individual’s world. And so, he tends to make up things in order to make himself be either tougher than he is or different than who he actually is. And I think that’s something that is characteristic of Liam.”Diaz-Cobo said there’s no evidence that supports the statements McAtasney made to Curry in the video recording of their conversation.“There’s no evidence, physical evidence that there was any vomit, urine, blood found in that house. And so, that lack of evidence tells me that the false statement or false confession that he gave Anthony Curry is absolutely false,” he said.Two months after Stern was last seen, McAtasney and Taylor were arrested and charged with her murder. Megan McAtasney said she was in disbelief when she learned her son was charged with murder.“I grew up at the beach, and when somebody goes in the water, they wash up somewhere. And when Sarah had not washed up onto any of our shores, it gave us hope that Sarah had maybe run away. And so, in my head, I was thinking that Sarah needed to get away and for some reason she felt she couldn’t tell any of us,” she said.McAtasney, who also has a younger daughter and another son, said Stern had previously told her daughter of her desire to move away from New Jersey.“She had expressed that to my daughter that she wanted to move to either Canada or California, and Liam told me that that was something that she was going to be doing in the future,” she said.The possibility that her son could be involved “did not make any sense” to McAtasney.“We were thinking that my son was set up because this was not anything that anybody would have expected from Liam. Nothing made sense at that point and time. Nothing makes sense at this point and time,” she said.“I mean, everybody is affected by this. This is a horrible, horrible, horrible situation. And we still can’t find Sarah. We don’t know where Sarah is. And we just stopped looking,” she added.Liam McAtasney is facing a life sentence without the possibility of parole but continues to maintain his innocence.“He regrets making statements, making things up. He regrets it all. But most importantly, I think that he regrets that Sarah’s missing,” Diaz-Cobo said.His attorney says they plan to file an appeal.“My client and his family are disappointed in the verdict. … It was difficult, especially for a 20-year-old boy and his loving mother and family. Their only solace now is that there are several issues for appeal which we intend to file at the appropriate time and believe will reverse this conviction,” Diaz-Cobo said in a statement provided to ABC News after the verdict.“I know where my son is. My son is in jail,” Megan McAtasney said. “Michael Stern doesn’t know where his daughter is. It’s very hard.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Can’t live without: Siemans SX45On 19 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article What is it? A combined palm- top computer and phone device, which as well asmobile internet access (courtesy of General Packet Radio Service or GPRS) ande-mail facilities, can act as a voice recorder, MP3 player – and, by pluggingin a Casio Flash Card digital camera, a videoconferencing device. It runs Microsoft’s PocketPC software which offers pocket versions of Word,Excel, Outlook, Media Player, Calcul-ator and In-box as standard and features aUSB and serial port for synchronisation with a desktop PC. There’s an infra-red port to communicate with similarly equipped devices anda slot for Bluetooth SD (Secure Digital) cards (not yet available) to allow youto talk to Blue-tooth-enabled devices, too. When used as a mobile phone, you dohave to use a hands-free headset. Do I really need one? It’s not as essential as a mobile phone but if theidea of the mobile internet excites you and you’re on the move more often thanyou are at your desk, it’s well worth a look. There has been talk for some of busy HR professionals reading CVs on theirphones and accessing self-service HR system from the palm of their hands andthis brings it much closer. Technically, it has been possible for a while butthe user experience on some palmtop gadgetry hasn’t been all it’s cracked up tobe. This has one of the best small screens – clear and easy to read. GPRS meansinternet access is fast and it offers all the connectivity and add-onfunctionality you’ll need. SX45 is a bit chunky but all those features have to go somewhere and if youlike to be seen as one of those with the latest kit in your top pocket, it’s afair trade-off. Specifications: size 87x27x134; weight: 300g; memory: 32 MB Ram Cost: Price not available at the time of going to press More details: www.siemens.com Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.
Comments are closed. ‘Open and detailed’ is how the commission sees its new code of practice onrecruitment, while HR views it as unhelpfully complex. So who is right? PaulNelson investigatesThe long-awaited code of practice on recruitment and selection givingemployers advice on how to comply with the Data Protection Act has finallyarrived. The code – the first of four to be issued by the Information Commission –outlines organisations’ responsibilities concerning the handling of personaldata relating to the recruitment process. But employers bodies and HRprofessionals are concerned that the code is too long and misleading. The code was originally due to be published six months ago but was delayedafter employers criticised the draft for being too long and ambiguous. In July last year assistant information commissioner David Smith, told aconsultation conference: “If the code does not make sense and is notunderstandable by HR managers then it has not done its job.” Initial reaction to the 56-page final version of the code suggests there arestill concerns over its usability, which could have serious consequences forHR. The CIPD believes the code does not make a clear distinction between DataProtection legal requirements and best practice recommendations. “It is 13,500 words and 56 pages, which is still too long. It wouldhave a bigger impact if it was more concise, said Diane Sinclair, CIPD employeerelations adviser. “The code is still not clear what is necessary to comply with the lawand what, in the Information Commissioner’s view, is good practice.” The document states that employers must give a staff member responsibilityfor compliance and make serious breaches of the code a disciplinary offence. HR responsibilities under the code include ensuring interview notes on jobapplicants are retained and that records on people’s salaries from previousemployers are destroyed. Employers can only request data about an applicant that is relevant torecruitment and job applicants must give their consent if documents are neededfrom a third party – such as a reference. According to the CBI, many employers will find the code inaccessible.Susannah Haan, legal adviser at the CBI, said: “It is confusing, as some ofthe benchmarks are legally binding and others are just good practice – this ismisleading. In its current state, the only people who will read it arelawyers.” HR professionals are also unhappy with the final version of the code. Alison Warner, head of HR at city law firm Stephenson Harwood, complainsthat the code is too long and its language overly complex. “I can see howsome people might find it difficult and may get lost,” she said. The document’s format is also criticised by Vauxhall personnel directorBruce Warman. He commented: “My first reaction is that it is complicated.It is far too comprehensive and very difficult. It is so long that I do notthink it will be used. It is not user-friendly.” Both the CIPD and the CBI have urged the Information Commission to changethe structure for the final three parts of the code on monitoring, employmentrecords and medical information, due to be published over the next threemonths, to make them more usable. They have called for these to include a simplechecklist format, similar to the Acas code on disciplinary procedure. Employment lawyer Jonathan Chamberlain, partner at Wragge & Co, alsoadvocates this approach. “I don’t see why it can’t be reduced tolegally-binding do’s and don’ts. There is always a conflict between flexibilityand certainty, but the Acas code of practice on disciplinary procedure is onlya few pages and has stood the test of time for 20 years,” he said. The Information Commission defended the code, claiming that it had to be adetailed document in order to be relevant to all employers. “The code provides guidelines on how to process data. It had to be openso it was accessible for all industries and sectors,” said David Clancy,strategic policy adviser at the Information Commission. “We could not have produced prescriptive legal requirements as it wouldhave been impossible. For example, the keeping of data for as long as it isneeded, would differ greatly from sector to sector and at differenttimes.” Clancy said that if the code had been more prescriptive it would have causedproblems with other legislation including the Human Rights Act and theRegulation of Investigatory Powers Act. “We have attempted to produce a balanced approach, producing centralbenchmarks that are a form of loose guidance that if followed will meancompanies are complying with the Data Protection Act,” he said. The code: what HR must do to comply– Make a staff member responsible forcompliance– Make serious data protection breaches a disciplinary offence– Only request data about an applicant that is relevant torecruitment – Only request details of criminal convictions if justified forrole– Ensure job applicants sign consent form if documents areneeded from a third party– Inform applicants if automated short-listing system is thesole basis of decision– Retain interview notes– Establish a retention period for recruitment records based onbusiness need– Destroy information on an individual’s recruitment within sixmonths– Dispose of salary information from previous employers– Only ask for sensitive personal data for successful applicantswww.dataprotection.gov.uk Previous Article Next Article Information Commission fails to crack the recruitment codeOn 26 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.
Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article …in briefOn 1 Jul 2003 in Personnel Today This week’s news in briefHR rip-offs Personnel Today is investigating companies that send businesses unwanted andexpensive HR products then demand payment for them. A judge recently orderedthe wind-up of one such company after deciding this was ‘disreputable’. Haveyou been targeted by such a firm in the past 12 months? E-mail [email protected] to lunch on breaks More than half the UK’s workers take less than 30 minutes break for lunch,with one in five taking no time at all. A study of 560 workers by the Publicand Commercial Services Union found the majority of those surveyed said theymissed lunch or ate food at their desk at least once a week. www.pcs.org.ukSnub lingers Companies that treat jobseekers badly are losing potential customers. Almosttwo-thirds of 5,000 jobseekers surveyed by Totaljobs say they are likely toavoid becoming a customer of a company if they have had a negative recruitmentexperience. www.totaljobs.comOver the hill at 35 Employees as young as 35 are now complaining of ageism in the workplace. According to a survey by Maturity Works around 80 per cent of staff between34 and 67 said they had been victims of age discrimination, with 71 per centbeing anxious about the future. www.maturityworks.co.ukMakers eye the end Manufacturing will cease to exist in the UK in the next 25 years if jobscontinue to be lost at the current rate, according to trade union Amicus. Itclaims 155,000 UK manufacturing jobs were lost last year alone, averagingalmost 13,000 every month. www.aeeu.org.uk Related posts:No related photos.
The direct record of Late Miocene–Early Pliocene Antarctic Peninsula Ice Sheet expansions from a previously published seismostratigraphic study of the outer shelf at Ocean Drilling Program Site 1097 is compared to the glacial history we deduced from published proxy evidence within coeval sections on the adjacent continental rise. The proxies are sedimentary structures (laminated vs. massive/bioturbated facies) and clay minerals (predominantly smectite and chlorite contents) from Ocean Drilling Program Site 1095 located on the distal part of a large drift. The comparison shows that more sedimentary cycles are evident on the continental rise for three of the four diatom biozones we considered. This indicates that the continental-rise sedimentology may indeed be related to local or regional paleoenvironmental variability, including Antarctic Peninsula Ice Sheet grounding events on the adjacent outer continental shelf. If correct, this would be a promising result because unlike the outer continental shelf sequences drilled thus far, the continental rise record is relatively continuous and can be dated using paleomagnetic and biostratigraphic data. However, our study also shows that no objective criteria provide direct linkages between the glacial history we deduced from the two continental rise proxies and that previously derived from the continental-shelf seismic stratigraphy. Furthermore, the two sedimentologic proxies on the continental rise do not always provide a consistent picture of glacial history when compared against each other.
View post tag: George Back to overview,Home naval-today USS George Washington Departs Guam View post tag: Guam The forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) departed Guam after a routine, four-day port visit Sept. 25.George Washington Sailors not only enjoyed some time to relax, but also strengthened relations with Guamanian residents through community service (COMSERV) projects, sporting events and daily ship tours.George Washington’s Command Religious Ministries Department arranged 10 COMSERV projects; included volunteering at a local animal shelter and hospital; coaching Guamanian athletes who are participating in an upcoming Special Olympics tournament; and trips to local elementary and high schools, where Sailors provided friendship and mentorship to local youth. “You never know which of these students will potentially hear something that we said, remember it towards the end of high school, and think that it would be something great, to be able to serve,” said Lt. j.g. Yonina Creditor, from Richmond, Va., a Jewish chaplain aboard George Washington.The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier hosted more than 700 Guamanian educators, veterans, and military personnel for tours of the flight deck, hangar bay and navigation bridge.George Washington also competed in seven different sporting events with Guam and other U.S. military teams, including men and women’s soccer, rugby, basketball, softball, and cycling.“I really have fun, especially with my teammates,” said Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Anthony Lueders, from Norfolk, Neb., a member of George Washington’s softball team. “We have a good time in all of the places that we get to go play.”George Washington’s crew and embarked air wing also spent their liberty touring Guam’s historical and cultural spots, and enjoyed leisure time relaxing on the beaches and enjoying the scenery of the tropical island. “Guam was incredibly beautiful,” said Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Nicole Cantu, from Floresville, Texas. “It was like being in a tropical version of home.”George Washington is currently conducting its 2012 patrol in the 7th Fleet area of operations, and recently completed the U.S. joint exercise Valiant Shield 2012 in the Guam operating area.George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its partners and allies in the Asia-Pacific region.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, September 26, 2012 View post tag: Washington View post tag: Departs Training & Education USS George Washington Departs Guam View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic September 26, 2012 View post tag: Navy View post tag: USS Share this article
View post tag: UK View post tag: HMS May 24, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Sea Cadets Tour HMS Edinburgh Share this article View post tag: Decommissioned Training & Education View post tag: Naval View post tag: Edinburgh View post tag: europe View post tag: Defence Sea Cadets have been given a three-day sea-going experience on the last ship in its class as HMS Edinburgh continues on her farewell tour of the UK.The aging Type 42 destroyer is the last of her class to be decommissioned as they make way for the brand new and hugely capable Type 45 destroyer – of which five have already been accepted into Service.The 10 cadets from TS Valiant in Dunbar joined the Portsmouth-based ship as she left London and stayed on board for her transit to Leith, Edinburgh where she is currently based for a host of celebrations with the city.A key part of the Sea Cadet Corps mission is to give young people access to experience the Royal Navy, and teach them Naval and Military skills. The SCC acquaint was an ideal opportunity for them to spend two nights at sea and experience an operational warship at work.The cadets were given tours around each section of the ship including the ship’s office, galley, main engine space, main communications room, Royal Navy Police office and also onto the bridge, where they had a go at steering the ship.The following day, HMS Edinburgh put on a fire exercise in a machinery room in which the cadets were able to witness how fires are put out on board ships. Petty Officer James ’Crash’ Evans explained: “At sea there isn’t the option to be able to call the Fire Brigade so every single sailor on board is a trained firefighter and can deal any incident should it occur.”Early Wednesday morning HMS Edinburgh made her way into Leith where the Sea Cadets departed back to their Unit after an extremely enjoyable visit. Petty Officer Mike Kaszuba, Commanding Officer of the Dunbar Sea Cadets said: “We have had a really great time on board. The cadets have been well looked after by all the crew and it has given them an insight on how a warship is run. The ships company have been a true inspiration.”HMS Edinburgh will sail to Liverpool later this week to continue with the 70th anniversary commemorations of the Battle of the Atlantic. She will return home to Portsmouth Naval Base at the end of the month before finally decommissioning on the 6th June, marking the end of her 28 year service with the Royal Navy.[mappress]Press Release, May 24, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Cadets View post tag: News by topic UK: Sea Cadets Tour HMS Edinburgh View post tag: Tour View post tag: sea View post tag: Navy