Dozens of journalists arrested during protests in Belarus

first_img Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown March 14, 2017 – Updated on March 15, 2017 Dozens of journalists arrested during protests in Belarus Receive email alerts RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” BelarusEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentPredatorsImprisonedFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalists Organisation BelarusEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentPredatorsImprisonedFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalists May 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News to go further “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the arrests of at least 19 journalists and bloggers while covering a crackdown on demonstrations in cities throughout Belarus since 10 March, and the prison sentences imposed on four of them yesterday and today.RSF regards the police arrests and the jail terms as major violations of media freedom.Two bloggers, Syarhei Pyatrukhin and Dzmitry Harbunou (of Narodny Repartsyor), were sentenced to 15 days in prison in the western city of Brest today for allegedly taking part in an “unauthorized demonstration.” Pyatrukhin was tried in absentia but Harbunou attended the hearing and was detained immediately afterwards.Viktar Andreyeu of Orshatut.by, a local news website in the eastern city of Orsha, and Maksim Filipovich, a blogger in the southeastern city of Homyel, were sentenced to 13 days in prisonyesterday on the same charge.Two other journalists on assignment in Orsha, Halina Abakunchyk of RFE/RL and Katsyaryna Bakhvalava of Belsat TV, were fined 575 rubles (283 euros) and 690 rubles (340 euros) respectively yesterday after being held overnight in police custody.“The Belarusian authorities must put an immediate stop to this targeted and coordinated harassment,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.“Journalists have a right to cover events of general interest, regardless of their nature. We urge the European Union to issue a firm reminder that massive media freedom violations of this kind are incompatible with the continuation of a rapprochement between Minsk and Brussels.”Many journalists were arrested before they could begin to cover the protests. They included Syarhei Serabro, Tatsyana Matsveyeva, Ihar Matsveyeu, Adaryya Hurshtyn and Syarhei Hudzilin, who were arrested on their arrival at Orsha station on 12 March and were held for so long that they missed all or most of the demonstration in Orsha.Syarhei Rusetski , Uladzimir Lunyou, Yauhen Meriks, Syarhei Kavalyou, Volha Chaychyts and Andrei Kozel were stopped by traffic police while on their way to cover a demonstration in Rahachou, near Homyel, on 12 March.Unusually large demonstrations have been taking place in Belarus since late February in protest against a new tax on “social parasitism” applicable to anyone working for less than six months a year. President Alexander Lukashenko suspended the tax on 9 March but ordered the interior ministry to take “extremely severe measures” against the protests’ “instigators” and to restore “perfect order.” The police began at once to disperse the protests with much more energy and at least 70 arrests have so far been made.Belarus is ranked 157th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. News News Credit: Radio Svaboda (RFE/RL) Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Belarus May 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Bahamas Children Choir to perform in Grand Turk tomorrow

first_img Stileet, DMAC & many more to perform for GB Independence Recommended for you Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Independence Festival coming to Taino Beach Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 Jul 2015 – The 70 member Bahamas National Children’s Choir will perform in Grand Turk tomorrow as a part of their summer trek through the Caribbean by cruise liner. The group, in celebrating 42 years of Bahamian independence and their own 25th anniversary as a group will give a show at the Grand Turk Cruise Center at 10am and Salem Baptist Church, also in the capital at noon. Among the other stops for the choir is Aruba and the Dominican Republic. Related Items:bahamas independence, Bahamas National Children’s Choir, grand turk, performlast_img read more

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Bollywood music very demanding Rahul Ram

first_imgAfter exploring different realms of music for about 25 years, Indo-rock fusion band Indian Ocean senses a refreshing wave of change with Bollywood embracing alternative music. Rahul Ram, the band’s bass guitarist and lead vocalist, points out that the world of Bollywood may seem to be calm from outside, but deep down, it is turbulent, making it a ‘demanding place’ for indie artistes.“One of the changes that I have witnessed is that indie (independent) artistes are entering Bollywood. Directors have grown up listening to indie music and they want to include such kind of music in their movies. Bollywood is opening up to alternative music,” Ram told IANS in an interview here.last_img

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Why Tech Is HRs Friend Not Its Enemy

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 5 min read April 18, 2016 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Why is it that human resources is the one department people love to hate? From the outside, the job looks simple. So, why can’t HR professionals just process requests faster, be better organized and manage talent more efficiently? people ask.Related: How This Company Is Helping Businesses Find Zen in Human Resource PaperworkWell, those same people need to exercise a little more brain power here, because the notion that every HR department is old-fashioned, full of red tape and works in a bubble is a misguided stereotype.Nonetheless, because of the surplus of innovative HR tech available, some thought-leaders in the industry are questioning if we even need HR at all. Can’t apps and platforms do what whole departments used to do? they ask. Can’t they do it better?The reality is crystal clear: People are the most important asset to any business, and employers will always need experts to manage them. While tech can automate administrative work and take the productivity of many important HR tasks to the next level, HR professionals are — and will continue to be — a vital part of every business.In the age of automation, HR isn’t going anywhere. Here’s why:HR knows which new tech will benefit employees most.Tech will never fully replace the power of people. HR analytics are great, but people are the ones who make the important human decisions regarding employees.New HR tech can help give employees all the tools they need: self-service employee profiles, affordable employee benefits, a social news feed to keep everyone connected and more. But it’s HR professionals who guide and grow a company culture, encourage career development and analyze the important “people” data coming out of the tech a company uses.Businesses don’t need just anyone to drive the use of tech forward — they need HR. In 2016, HR departments are more focused on innovation and adopting new technologies to improve employee experience, suggests Deloitte’s 2016 Human Capital Report. And that’s what’s key — they’re focused on the employee experience.In a 2015 report sponsored by Visier and released by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services, 44 percent of the 323 CEOs surveyed said their workforce planning was driven by finance and didn’t take talent availability into consideration.So, while those in the C-suite remain focused on speeding up processes, improving productivity, boosting profits and reducing costs, HR sets its sights on people. HR tech and processes bring a unique view to the table by analyzing which tools and resources will make work easier for employees. And employers need that point of view.Related: 17 Great HR Resources for EntrepreneursIn fact, a July 2015 CareerBuilder survey of 88 leaders at companies with revenue of at least $50 million found that 65 percent of CEOs thought that HR opinions at their organizations carried increasingly more weight with senior management.Employers need HR’s unique input, then, to make sense of new tech and analytics and to make the best decisions for employees, the culture and the business as a whole.Employees need guidance, even with new tech.Tech can handle a lot of the time-consuming duties that used to occupy HR. It can automate payroll and benefits enrollment, provide paperless onboarding and maintain all employee data in one place for easy reporting. But these processes represent only half the picture.Specifically, there will always be a “human” side to human resources. Automation doesn’t put HR professionals out of a job — it helps them to do their jobs better, enabling them to spend even more time on the human and strategic aspects of their work.People are the resource best suited to provide opportunities for career development and standardize processes around promoting from within. People are the best resource for handling delicate workplace issues — and then making a company culture the best it can be.Apps can help deliver benefits communications and information, but they can’t answer individual questions or explain confusing plans step by step.Apps and tools can’t really listen to employees. HR tech is a game-changer for communication. Social news feeds allow the whole company to communicate in real time. Mobile apps mean people can find and contact coworkers instantly. Surveys and reviews collect feedback whenever it’s needed.But employees want a living, breathing human they can share their concerns with. And employers need someone to take that feedback and turn it into action. That person is an HR professional.No matter what technology is implemented to improve communications, HR is the sounding board and voice of employees — a role in which even managers may even fall short. A 2015 SHRM survey of employees found that only 37 percent of respondents described themselves as “very satisfied” with the consideration their ideas received. And just 23 percent were “very satisfied” with communications with senior management.Related: A New Wave of HR Technology Is Disrupting the MarketEmails and social platforms may make communication easier, but HR makes that communication count. HR professionals mediate problems between peers and managers, make improvements based on suggestions and take employee concerns seriously. 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Carnival Cruise Line adds 13 new Journeys voyages in 201819

first_img Travelweek Group Posted by Carnival Cruise Line adds 13 new Journeys voyages in 2018-19 Share MIAMI — Carnival Cruise Line has expanded its popular Carnival Journeys cruise series with 13 new seagoing adventures departing in 2018 and 2019.The new 12- to 14-day voyages will depart from homeports along the East and West Coasts and the Gulf of Mexico, and follow on the heels of previously announced nine- to 15-day Carnival Journeys cruises departing in 2017-18.Guests sailing on Carnival Journeys cruises can participate in unique onboard activities and cultural opportunities at various ports of call that focus on a broad range of topics, including photography, cooking, arts and crafts and social media. There’s also a 1980s-themed ‘Throwback Sea Day’ that’s available.“Our Carnival Journeys cruises have proven enormously popular with guests who enjoy both unforgettable landside experiences and one-of-a-kind onboard enrichment activities that this unique program offers,” said Christine Duffy, Carnival president. “We’re thrilled to expand Carnival Journeys with these 13 new voyages that showcase some of the world’s most captivating destinations.”The 13 new Carnival Journeys voyages include:Carnival Splendour: 14-day Alaska cruise roundtrip from Long Beach, departing Aug. 25 to Sept. 8, 2018, visiting Hubbard Glacier, Icy Strait Point, Ketchikan, Skagway, Juneau and Sitka, Alaska, as well as Victoria, B.C.Carnival Breeze: 14-day Southern Caribbean voyage departing Galveston on Sept. 16, 2018, calling at Grand Cayman, Aruba, Curacao, Grenada, Barbados, Dominica and St. MaartenCarnival Splendour: three 14-day Hawaii cruises roundtrip from Long Beach departing Oct. 13, 2018, Dec. 1, 2018 and Jan. 12, 2019, visiting Maui, Honolulu, Kona and HiloCarnival Freedom: 14-day Panama Canal voyage roundtrip from Galveston, departing Oct. 28-Nov. 10, 2018, visiting Montego Bay, Aruba, Curacao and Cartagena prior to a partial transit of the Panama Canal and followed by Limon and CozumelCarnival Breeze: 14-day Southern Caribbean voyage operating roundtrip from Port Canaveral on Nov. 3, 2018, with stops at St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Lucia, Grenada, Barbados, St. Maarten, Tortola and San JuanCarnival Pride: 14-day Southern Caribbean cruise roundtrip from Baltimore, departing Nov. 4, 2018, calling at Grand Turk, Aruba, Curacao, Barbados, St. Lucia and St. MaartenCarnival Ecstasy: 12-day Southern Caribbean cruise roundtrip from Charleston, departing Nov. 10, 2018, featuring Amber Cove, Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten and San JuanCarnival Miracle: 14-day Panama Canal voyage roundtrip from Tamp, departing Dec. 2, visiting Cozumel and Limon prior to a partial transit of the Panama Canal followed by Cartagena, Aruba, Curacao and Ocho RiosCarnival Pride: 14-day Southern Caribbean voyage roundtrip from Baltimore, departing Jan. 6, 2019, visiting St. Thomas, Antigua, Grenada, Dominica, St. Maarten, San Juan and Grand TurkCanrival Sunshine: 13-day Southern Caribbean cruise roundtrip from Port Canaveral on Jan. 12, 2019, calling at Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, San Juan and Amber CoveCarnival Freedom: 14-day Southern Caribbean sailing roundtrip from Galveston on Jan. 19, 2019, featuring Grand Cayman, Aruba, Bonaire and Cartagena prior to a partial transit of the Panama Canal and followed by Limon and Cozumelcenter_img Wednesday, February 22, 2017 Tags: Carnival Cruise Line << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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