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RSF urges Turkish authorities to protect Syrian journalists

first_img Follow the news on Middle East – North Africa Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election SyriaTurkeyMiddle East – North Africa Europe – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Exiled mediaViolence to go further News RSF_en The bodies of Halla Barakat and her mother Orouba were found in their Istanbul apartment on the night of 21 September. A relative was arrested as a suspect shortly afterwards but has not yet been formally questioned or brought before prosecutors.“At this stage, we urge the Turkish authorities to handle this sensitive case in a transparent manner, to shed all possible light on this double murder and to do everything possible to bring those responsible to justice,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk.“This is not just about rendering justice to the family of the victims but also about more effectively combatting impunity for the crimes of violence against Syrian journalists in Turkey since 2015.”The Syrian community in Turkey is following the case very closely as it has fuelled fears that other members of the community could meet the same fate because of their political or journalistic activities.Orouba Barakat’s sister has said on social networks that the double murder must have been carried out on orders from Damascus. According to Turkish media outlets, her brother, Maen Barakat, told the police that, shortly before her death, Orouba received threatening phone calls from persons claiming to be members of Islamic State.Halla Barakat worked as journalist for the Syrian opposition TV channel, Orient TV, and its website and was about to start working for Montada Al-Sharq (Al Sharq Forum), a news website. She had also worked for the English-language channel operated by the Turkish public TV broadcaster, TRT.Her mother, who no longer worked as a journalist, was a well-known Syrian opposition activist and was a member of the Syrian National Council before it joined the Syrian National Coalition it 2012. She had been planning to create a group that would help Syrian women arriving in Turkey who had been the victims of oppression and violence.At least three other Syrian refugee journalists have been murdered in Turkey in unclear circumstances since 2015. The first was Naji Jerf, who was gunned down in broad daylight in the southeastern city of Gaziantep in December 2015. In June of this year, an Islamic State member was given life sentence for his murder but his family was not able to be represented at the trial. Ibrahim Abdelqader was murdered together with a friend, Fares Hammadi, in the nearby city of Urfa in October 2015. And Mohamed Zaher al-Sherqat was murdered in Gaziantep in April 2016.Turkey is ranked 155th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. News SyriaTurkeyMiddle East – North Africa Europe – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Exiled mediaViolence June 9, 2021 Find out more News Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020center_img Help by sharing this information Organisation October 5, 2017 RSF urges Turkish authorities to protect Syrian journalists Orouba and Halla Barakat, Orouba’s Facebook page Receive email alerts June 8, 2021 Find out more Two weeks after a journalist with US and Syrian dual nationality, and her mother, a well-known Syrian dissident and former journalist, were murdered in Istanbul, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Turkish authorities to do everything possible to bring those responsible to justice. News June 11, 2021 Find out more RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance last_img read more

Free-thinkers required

first_imgKenRobinson argues that for firms to compete on the world stage, employers andeducators need to think more broadly about education and creativityEconomicchange is moving faster than ever. Companies urgently need people who can generateideas for new products and services and who can adapt to changing markets. Butthey are finding it increasingly difficult to attract and retain such people.The McKinsey Quarterly has called this the “war for talent”, but why is theresuch a gap between the supply and demand for creative people? What’s goingwrong? Oneof the biggest problems is education. For generations we have wasted thecreative resources that are now vital for personal fulfilment and economicsuccess. The result is that training professionals are now finding themselvesin the frontline of the war for talent.  Newtechnologies are transforming the nature of work and the skills that are neededto succeed. There is an unprecedented demand for creative abilities. Educationis meant to promote these abilities. But it doesn’t. The main reason is thepreoccupation with academic ability and its confusion with generalintelligence. Many highly intelligent people have passed through educationfeeling they aren’t that clever. Dozens of academically able people have neverdiscovered their other abilities. Inthe long term, our whole approach to education has to change. In the shortterm, companies and training organisations have to meet three immediatechallenges. The first is to promote a better understanding of the real natureof creativity. The second is to implement a systemic strategy for developingcreative capacities. Third is a commitment to reward creative output throughoutthe company. Somepeople are thought to be naturally creative – the others, “the suits” are not.The “creatives” wear jeans and don’t wear ties and come in late because they’vebeen struggling with an idea. Yetghettoising creativity is a profound mistake. Scientific studies of the brainconfirm that intelligence is multifaceted. Creativity is not confined toparticular people or activities. It’s possible in any activity that engageshuman intelligence. Different people have different creative strengths. Forsome it will be music, or mathematics, or working with clay, or software, orimages or with people. Real creativity comes from finding your medium, frombeing in your element. Manyorganisations underestimate the creative talent in their own midst. Creativityoften involves making connections between different ideas or experiences. Thisis why the best creative teams are often made up from specialists in differentfields. Yet, many organisations stifle creativity in the structures theypromote. Humanculture is as rich as it is because human intelligence is so complex anddynamic. Butin many organisations, the creative talents of many people are overlookedbecause they’re not in a “creative” role. To face the future companies mustrecognise and develop all their creative power, in all its variety – the “creatives”and “the suits”. Thisis an urgent agenda for serious and sustained programmes of training anddevelopment. Ibelieve that in the war for talent, we would be out of our minds to settle forless.  KenRobinson is Professor of Arts Education at the University of Warwick. In 1998he was appointed chairman of the National Advisory Committee on Creative andCultural Education. He is an adviser to many organisations and nationalgovernments on creativity, education and human resources.Outof Our Minds: Learning to be Creative by Ken Robinson, is published byCapstone, Oxford Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Free-thinkers requiredOn 1 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

VCE Announces Partner of the Year Awards

first_img2014 was a historic year for VCE with unprecedented industry and company growth, and VCE continues to define and lead the converged infrastructure CI space. We surpassed a $2 billion annualized demand run rate1 and achieved greater than 50 percent year-over-year growth.Last year, we made a significant investment in the VCE partner ecosystem, focusing much of our efforts on increasing engagement and deepening relationships with our partners. We evolved the VCE Partner Program to include greater incentives and rewards while introducing new certifications, specializations and enablement tools aimed at better preparing our partners to market, sell and support VCE converged infrastructure. These endeavors resulted in a 56 percent increase in partner-driven sales and a record number of new customer acquisitions.So it is with great pleasure that I have the opportunity to announce the global VCE Partner of the Year awards for 2014. In addition to meeting all the requirements of the VCE Partner Program, these partners have demonstrated a high level of commitment to VCE, overall value to customers, in-depth knowledge of the converged infrastructure market, and outstanding sales performance.The award recipients were evaluated in three key areas:Success in incremental growth: Overall achievement with adding new customers through the VCE value propositionVCE Partner Program achievements: Achieving and maintaining a high level of program specializations and services through certifications and training earned with VCEBusiness relationship strength: Overall advancement in partner’s business relationship and investment with VCE, along with a deep understanding of the converged infrastructure industryThe VCE Partner of the Year recipients are:Global Partner of the Year: AHEAD, a solutions provider that helps customers move to optimized IT service delivery models serving over 400 enterprise clients in Healthcare, Manufacturing, Financial Services, Retail, Legal, and other industries.Global Systems Integrator Partner of the Year: Canopy – the Atos Cloud,  an end-to-end cloud services provider enabling customers to drive transformational IT via the cloud by leveraging world-class data center and consulting servicesAmericas Partner of the Year – World Wide Technology Inc., an award-winning systems integrator and supply chain solutions provider that brings an innovative and proven approach to how organizations discover, evaluate, architect and implement technologyEurope, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) Partner of the Year – Computacenter UK, is a leading independent provider of IT infrastructure services in Europe, advising organizations on IT strategy, implementing the most appropriate technologies, optimizing its performance, and managing customers’ infrastructuresAsia-Pacific Japan (APJ) Partner of the Year – Telstra, a leading telecommunications and information services company in Australia, offering a full range of telecommunications services.Congratulations to this year’s partner award winners!1 Demand run rate is an annualized calculation of orders received in the applicable period by VCE, VMware, EMC and Cisco for the sale of VCE Vblock and Vblock-related products and related services.last_img read more

UK seeks to boost impact investing sector with new initiative

first_imgAn independent organisation has been established with a view to growing and improving impact investing in the UK.The Impact Investing Institute brings together two existing bodies that aim to increase the scale and effectiveness of the UK impact investing market: the UK National Advisory Board on Impact Investing (UK NAB) – set up in 2013 under the UK’s presidency of the G8 – and the Implementation Taskforce on Growing a Culture of Social Impact Investing in the UK, commissioned by the prime minister to take forward recommendations made by an advisory group.“By combining the energy, supporter base and achievements of these two groups, the institute aims to provide a focal point for impact investing in the UK to accelerate the potential for finance to address social challenges,” a statement on the institute’s website reads.The institute will be led by the two bodies’ respective chairs, Harvey McGrath and Elizabeth Corley, and will be launched formally in the autumn. They are currently recruiting for a chief executive officer. It has broad backing across the financial services and social sectors, according to statements from the institute and the UK government, and will be supported by private companies and foundations alongside government departments and the City of London Corporation.Corley, a senior adviser to and former CEO at Allianz Global Investors, said: “The institute will play a significant role in ensuring the UK continues to stay at the forefront of innovation in impact investing, enabling UK savers to invest in line with their values and have increased ownership over the social outcomes that their money generates.” Chairing the Institute’s management board is the next step in impact investing for Elizabeth Corley, former CEO of AllianzGIOn a panel at the UK pension fund association’s investment conference earlier this year, Corley said the implementation taskforce should join forces with other bodies leading on impact investing in the UK to “form a body that can really deliver a consistent and constant point of contact for industry and government”.  The institute said it would engage “across the spectrum of investors and investees – with asset owners, managers and intermediaries and with businesses, social enterprises, and other organisations committed to making a social impact”.Interest in impact investing has grown rapidly in recent years as climate change has become a higher profile public concern and the UN Sustainable Development Goals have provided the private sector with a framework to guide investment activities. The asset management industry has embraced the goals in a big way, and many asset owners also have strategies informed by them.The Global Impact Investing Network, an organisation dedicated to fostering impact investing, recently estimated the size of the global market at $502bn (€449bn).The rapid growth of impact-oriented investment offerings in the mainstream market has also led to concerns about “impact washing” or a dilution of standards.In April the International Finance Corporation announced a set of “Operating Principles for Impact Management”, which are intended to address these concerns by providing a market standard. Several large asset managers have pledged to adhere to them.Impact investing refers to investing with the aim of generating social and/or environmental benefits alongside a financial return.last_img read more