Receive email alerts Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown October 3, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 On eve of second anniversary of Politkovskaya murder, her son asks journalists not to forget her Follow the news on Belarus June 2, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en News Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard, Ilya Politkovskiy, the son of slain Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, and Roza Malsagova, the editor of the Ingush news website Ingushetiya.ru, gave a news conference today at Reporters Without Borders headquarters in Paris about the press freedom situation in Russia, especially developments in the Politkovskaya murder case and recent events in the Caucasus.“Dmitri Medvedev’s election as president has brought no improvement in the press freedom situation in Russia. The broadcast media are under the Kremlin’s control and violence against journalists has not decreased” Julliard said, opening the news conference, held three days before the second anniversary of Politkovskaya’s murder in Moscow on 7 October 2006. Organisation BelarusEurope – Central Asia Her son, Politkovskiy, reported that the murder case was transferred yesterday to a military court because one of the defendants is a former member of the Federal Security Service (the ex-KGB). “Our fear now is that the trial will be held behind closed doors,” he said.Politkovskiy insisted that, regardless of what the Russian judicial authorities say, “the case cannot be considered closed because the defendants include neither the person who fired the shots nor the people who were behind my mother’s death.”He asked journalists “not to forget my mother” and voiced his concern that, after the trial, the case will be regarded as closed and the real perpetrators will be left alone. “It is important that the media’s attention does not flag,” he said, adding that the family had brought a complaint before the European Court of Human Rights for “violation of the right to life” (article two of the convention).Malsagova talked about the murder of Ingushetiya.ru’s owner, Magomed Yevloyev, on 31 August. Arrested as he disembarked in Ingushetia from a flight from France, he was found shot in the head a few hours later. Ingush government investigators described his murder as “death through negligence.”“Magomed was the owner of the only website talking about the situation in Ingushetia, about the kidnappings and murders of young men by the special services and the Ingush police,” Malsagova told the news conference. “I take the responsibility of saying that Magomed’s death was an act of revenge by senior Russian and Ingush officials.”Photo Credits : Pierre Payan to go further News May 28, 2021 Find out more News RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” BelarusEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard, Ilya Politkovskiy, the son of slain Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, and Roza Malsagova, the editor of the Ingush news website Ingushetiya.ru, gave a news conference today at Reporters Without Borders headquarters in Paris. “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says May 27, 2021 Find out more
In McKenna Hall on Tuesday night, classics professor Joseph Amar argued officials in the Greek portion of the Roman Empire in the fourth century C.E. distorted the legacy of Ephrem the Syrian, an influential Syrian Christian, to protect its own state-sponsored religion, as part of the year-long lecture series in honor of the late classics professor Sabine MacCormack.To begin the talk, titled, “Blessed is the Man who has not Tasted the Poison of the Greeks: Ephrem the Syrian and the Greek Roman Empire,” Amar told the most popular story of Ephrem. In the story, Ephrem, a poor uneducated Syrian monk who only speaks Syriac, journeys to Caesarea with another monk in order to meet the archbishop Basil.“When Basil emerges from the sanctuary to begin preaching, he’s surrounded by a light so preternaturally bright that the two monks must avert their eyes,” Amar said. “In stunned amazement, Ephrem turns to his companion and says, ‘Is this a man? Or is this the pillar of fire that guided the Israelites in the desert?’”A disturbance in the church leads Ephrem and his companion to meet Basil, and when the bishop learns of Ephrem, he ordains the monk on the spot, Amar said.“Basil pauses and says to Ephrem through the interpreter, ‘Is there any unanswered prayer or need you have so that I may petition God on your behalf?’” he said. “It is at this point that Ephrem looks up at the archbishop and says, ‘Sir, I have only a single desire. It is the wish of my heart. Petition the Lord on my behalf that before I die I may be able to speak Greek.’ Basil lifts his eyes and [says] the prayer of ordination, and Ephrem responds in faultless Greek.”Amar said this series of events never happened. In fact, in his own writings, Ephrem states that he does not speak Greek, Amar said.This myth serves as a reimagining of Ephrem, who questioned the status quo and served as a leader among the Syrian people, designed to make him seem like a suitable role model for members of the Empire-sponsored church, Amar said.“Ephrem’s was a voice that dominant fourth-century Christian culture could not ignore,” he said. “What to do then? Remake him into someone who would, rather than challenging [it], affirm dominant Christian culture. Remake him as the oriental, the dialectical other, who in spite of his cultural and linguistic inferiority, arrived at the truths of orthodoxy.”On the contrary, Ephrem, who was born in Nisibis at the intersection of modern day Syria, Turkey and Iraq in 306 C.E., spoke of Mesopotamia as the center of human history and the land of salvation, rather than elevating the place of the western empire, Amar said.“[Ephrem] was referring to a Christian culture of intellectual elites that had forfeited what Ephrem called ‘the simplicity and directness of our sacred books’ for their own book learning,” he said.Empire leaders were wary of the East, considering it the “dark shadow of the West,” Amar said. Ephrem was dangerous because he told the story of his own people through scripture, in contrast to the state-sponsored church, he said.Amar said in 1920, Ephrem was declared a Doctor of the Universal Church, which suggests his reputation as an influential Christian figure was not completely tainted by the Greek Roman Empire, but we can still learn a lot about the state-sponsored church in the fourth century C.E. by analyzing the nonthreatening characterization of Ephrem.“The man revered for his genius in crafting bold imagery that ignited imaginations and intoxicated Syrian men and women as though with new wine was reduced to a docile monk whose fondest wish was to be able to speak Greek,” he said.Tags: Ephrem the Syrian, Greek, Joseph Amar, Roman Empire, Sabine MacCormack, Syrian Christian
As the enterprise works on actions to start, add in time for designing/brainstorming/vetting/testing these new actions.Kick-butt with incremental successDon’t let the sheer size of the obstacle deter the ability to overcome it. On the mountain, the most commonly used Swahili phrase was “Pole, pole!” Pronounced “pole – lay.” Translation is “go slow!” You will get to the summit, just one measured step at a time. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anne Legg Anne Legg, founder and principal of THRIVETM Strategic Services THRIVE works with credit unions to develop transformational business strategies from their business insights to grow in a competitive, highly regulated … Web: https://www.anneleggthrive.com Details Now what?Evaluation & Assessing Barranco WallsThe first phase of any data transformation project is an enterprise assessment.Spend plenty of time evaluating the “Barranco walls.” Not only in the identification, but also consider the following:What should the enterprise stop doing?What should the enterprise start doing? Editors note: Anne Legg recently summited Mt Kilimanjaro (19,341 ft) the tallest freestanding mountain on the planet. It took her eight days to do the climb and during this adventure, she realized how this experience offered many insights for credit unions. This post is part of an educational series called big data, big climb. To learn more, please visit https://www.anneleggthrive.com/education-sessions.Barranco wall We arrived at Barranco camp late on day three and did not get a clear view of the Barranco wall until sunrise on day four. A first glance Barranco wall appears to be incredibly steep. It is a wall of sheer cliffs jutting up from the Great Barranco Valley. It is not only incredible to look at, but it lends itself to spectacular views of Mt Kilimanjaro’s ice fields. It stands at 843 feet and is a straight-up vertical climb. Starting at about 13,000 feet and then finishing at nearly 14,000.To give you perspective, the Empire State Building in New York City stands 1,250 feet (102 stories), and the Barranco wall stands around 84 stories.Barranco wall is the most technical part of the entire climb. It is considered a class 4 out of 5 on the Yosemite Decimal system. The system that ranks the difficulty of hikes. Class four is defined as hands and feet necessary to easily ascend. Falling would be serious. There are only five classes.We climbed over rocks, with 20+ lbs. of gear in the wet, cold, and rain.One of the unique features is Kissing Rock. Kissing Rock is a narrow section of the trail that has an intimate spot to navigate with an intimidating drop-off. It is navigated by facing the sheer cliff, outstretching your arms to find handholds, and pressing your face as close to the rock as you like. while sliding your feet across the narrow path until you get past the cliff. Best advice. Don’t look down!Identifying your organization’s “Barranco Walls”When an organization embarks on data transformation, it will face its own Barranco Wall. And, usually more than one.There are six typical “Barranco walls”:Technology – the lack of it and the incredible amount of disparate systems. Most credit unions have 60-100 data systems,Tools – current ones are not appropriate for the task. Ie, using excel spreadsheets in place of Power BI,Time – not enough, unrealistic schedules as current “job responsibilities” needs to continue,Tiny Budgets – not enough money or resources to effectively embrace data transformation,Tunnel Vision – minimal scope or vision on data transformation – feel it is only a “technology” project, not an enterprise project.Talent – this is the most important. The culture may be defined as legacy. Meaning they do not embrace the unknown with excitement and belief they can manage it. Culture is the number one reason why most data transformation projects do not reach their full potential because the talent does not hold an “explorer” mindset. To change culture is one of the most challenging areas of an organization to see improvement, and yet the most overlooked when planing a data transformation project.
Jordan Ayew’s contribution for the second straight week for Crystal Palace did not go unnoticed as he won the eToro Man of the Match Award for the second time in this season’s Premier League.Ayew scored the winning goal for the South London side as they beat Aston Villa 1-0 on Saturday to help them move to 7 points from their first four games of the season.The goal was his second for the season after one at Manchester United last weekend and on receiving the award, he told Crystal Palace’s official website that all his efforts in the campaign were aimed at rewarding the team’s faith in him by signing him on a permanent deal despite not being the brightest spot during his loan spell from Swansea.“Since I came to this football club, the staff, Chairman, everyone are motivating me. So even if I had a difficult year last season, they still trust in me and they signed me this year.The thing I have to do is pay them back on the pitch and that’s what I try to do. I work hard every day and now it’s paying off. I hope it continues.”After the match, Crystal Palace manager, Roy Hodgson, spoke highly of the Ghanaian and said the Ayew had worked well against Villa and fulfilled all his requirements on the day.“Had he not scored the goal today (against Aston Villa), I would still be heaping praise on him because of the work he does for us, his tactical understanding, the number of times he does the job we want tactically to help other players take up the positions they need to take up. I’m not just talking attacking-wise, I’m talking defending too.When he puts icing on that cake by scoring a goal last week and a goal this week, then it’s happy days – there’s no doubt about that. It’s in particular happy days for him and it’s happy days he deserves. Last season, he didn’t get as many opportunities as he would like to have had.There were many times he found himself on the bench as a substitute and wasn’t even getting onto the field of play but never once did he stop working hard in training. Never once did he stop trying to do the right things in training. Players like that, when their moment arrives, as a coach you feel really happy for them.”Ayew and Palace head to Tottenham when the Premier League returns on September 14 at 2pm and the match will be part of Citi FM’s live coverage of the Premier League which includes updates from all the afternoon kick-offs on match days.
Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius will not compete again this year as he awaits trial for murder.Pistorius, 26, is on bail after being charged with the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp but can compete before his court case is heard.His agent, Peet van Zyl, said the six-time Paralympic champion was not mentally ready to return to the track.“There was never any pressure from me or his coach (Ampie Louw) to return, it’s his decision,” said van Zyl.It means the South African will not compete in the IPC World Championships in Lyon in July.Pistorius was arrested after shooting Steenkamp dead on 14 February and has not competed since. The double amputee, known as Blade Runner because of the carbon fibre prosthetic blades he races in, claimed he mistook Steenkamp for a burglar and has denied murder.On 22 February, Pistorius was granted bail and had certain conditions lifted which meant he could compete in events outside his homeland.Coach Louw was quoted by Eye Witness News in South Africa as saying his athlete was “nowhere close” to being in a position to train.Pistorius had not been invited to compete in July’s London Anniversary Games, with UK Athletics chairman Ed Warner saying he did not want the meeting to turn into a “media circus”.However, Pistorius’s agent said plenty of meeting organisers had been in touch to invite Pistorius to compete in their events. “[There] were a good number, enough to keep him busy through the year,” added van Zyl.At London 2012, Pistorius became the first double amputee to run at an Olympics, taking part in both the 400m and 4x400m relay.He then won gold medals in the T44 400m and T42-46 4x100m at the Paralympics, as well as silver in the T44 200m.He is next due in court on 4 June and a trial is expected to take place before the end of this year.