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Journalists under threat from mounting violence and political unrest

first_img Follow the news on Burundi June 16, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists under threat from mounting violence and political unrest News Four Burundian journalists complete 12 months in arbitrary detention Receive email alerts to go further BurundiAfrica News Organisation RSF_en BurundiAfrica center_img Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about growing threats to the safety of journalists in Burundi in the run-up to the 28 June presidential election. Several incidents directly affecting Burundian journalists and media have been reported in the past few weeks.“These abuses are particularly serious in a country that was still enjoying a degree of calm a few months ago,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Since the municipal elections on 24 May, as a result of which 13 political parties withdrew from the presidential elections, journalists have been under threat from violence and political manipulation. We urge the authorities to do everything possible to guarantee their physical safety.”As Emmanuel Ndayishimiye of Radio Publique Africaine was returning home on the evening of 7 June, he was attacked and hit with bricks by police officers because of a report three months ago that a Muslim leader in the northern province of Ngozi had been badly beaten by policemen.“The police officers asked me why I broadcast that report,” he told Reporters Without Borders. “I replied that I was a journalist and I was just doing my job. They then started hitting me about the knees and stomach. I had to be hospitalised.”Ndayishimiye added: “It is not clear whether it will be possible to work amid all this tension. I am really afraid. I filed a complaint but I do not know whether it will result in those responsible being punished.”Several organisations that represent news media and journalists sent a joint letter to the National Council for Communication (CNC), the media regulatory body, on 8 June accusing Rema FM, a privately-owned radio station that supports the government, of manipulating the news, promoting hatred and stigmatising certain politicians, mainly opposition ones.Chiding the CNC for its failure to react, the letter said the regulatory body should now move very quickly to prevent Rema FM from continuing to broadcast information that could jeopardise social peace in Burundi.Reporters Without Borders is saddened to learn that Aurore Citegetse, a technician employed by Bonesha FM, was killed by a stray bullet as she was returning home on 13 June. She was hit in the head by one of the shots that were fired wildly by armed robbers holding up a service station. Burundian appeal court upholds prison sentences for four journalists November 27, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Reports News October 21, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa June 5, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

 

Telluride Jazz Taps Mavis Staples, Funky Meters, Dr. John, And More For Small Town Takeover [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images This weekend, Telluride Jazz Festival took over Telluride Town Park, bringing the likes of Mavis Staples, Macy Gray, the Funky Meters with Dr. John, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Miles Mosley & The West Coast Get Down, The Suffers, FatsO, and more to the charming town nestled in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains. The internationally renowned jazz festival has been running since 1977, consistently pulling big names to come and take over the small village of around 2,500. This year, Bootsie Collins was slated to make a headlining appearance at the festival, but after his ear surgery took him out of commission, the bassist was replaced the Funky Meters and Dr. John, more than making up for the last-minute change.With bonus sets at the Sheridan Opera House, which only has a capacity of 240 people, as well as the main stage of the town park turned festival grounds, the weekend was filled with intimate performances in a context rarely experienced in larger cities. With a background of gorgeous mountain ranges on all sides, Telluride Jazz Festival (and any of the other numerous Telluride-based music festivals, such as Telluride Bluegrass and Blues and Brews) tops many audiophiles must-see events, if not sheerly for the setting and the consistent energized performances that seem to be the Telluride way.You can check out gorgeous photos from this year’s Telluride Jazz Festival below, courtesy of Andrew Rios.last_img read more

 

How do you discover team strengths?

first_img“If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Probably Not Albert Einstein*How many new positions- roles that did not previously exist- has your credit union created in the past five years? Data Scientist? VP-Payments? Digital Marketing Manager? Roles like these—roles there was little reason to even consider before the advent of the iPhone in 2007—are now integral components of the business plan for many organizations. Now, consider the most common positions in your credit union and the skills your hiring managers prioritize when evaluating who will thrive. Likely, these positions—tellers, accountants, loan officers—require accuracy, punctuality (both in responsiveness and physical presence), and compliance with processes and procedures. These competencies tend to be rewarded in many financial institutions, but they are not the traits most important for success in the new workplace. Unconscious biases and an attraction to the familiar means that often organizational environments perpetuate homogeny. We continue to hire and promote employees who share similar characteristics to others who have been successful in our organization. Leaders who think the same, lead the same, and communicate the same continue to excel, while those who do not fit the mold become disengaged and move on. Studies on workplace engagement and organizational performance find that diverse and inclusive workplaces perform better than homogenous organizations. Even with decades of conversation on this topic, most organizations have not taken action to change the make-up of their workforce, though. As organizations still struggle to balance gender or ethnic diversity, the value of diversifying teams based on generation, personality, and skillset is also becoming clear: The workforce of the future needs to be skilled differently. Organizations must actively cultivate diverse skillsets to keep up with changing consumer demands, the technology that can help meet those demands, and the communication channels consumers choose.Likely, many employees in your organization already possess unique traits that could help your organization thrive, but your current systems and environment limit their ability to demonstrate this. Talent sits latent, unused and undiscovered, in struggling organizations. As leaders bemoan the fact they are losing the war for talent, they remain unaware of untapped talent already in their organizations.Creating opportunities where employees bring their whole selves to work can create a higher sense of comfort and give employees confidence about demonstrating the depth of their talents. One highly impactful way to provide this opportunity is through creating cross-functional teams to work in a space relevant to the credit union’s mission, but outside the scope of daily work. In 2011, Maps Credit Union (Salem, OR) organized a team of employees to partner with a local non-profit for a cultural, service-immersion trip to Oaxaca, Mexico. The team was comprised of employees from every level of the organization, including front-line staff, back-office support, management and executive team members, and Board members. Over the course of the week, the team met with Mexican financial service leaders, built a school for a community that lived at a garbage dump, and worked alongside families to renovate the school their children attended. In these rural communities, little English was spoken and only a few team members had any Spanish language skills. Oscar Porras, then a branch employee, quickly became the interpreter for the team. He describes the experience like this, “As a young Hispanic employee, putting your best foot forward while being true to yourself can be intimidating when you’re dealing with what you perceive as rich old white men who can get you fired.  As the week progressed and we came in contact with different groups, my confidence in translating, public speaking, leading, and networking grew in a way that couldn’t have happened in my everyday position.”As the most senior executive who made the trip, it also put me in a unique position. I was the fish trying to climb the tree. The skills that had earned me my position at the credit union would not help me navigate conversations with border police, complete construction with limited resources, or connect me with families who wanted to share their stories. I opened myself to learning from teammates in a new way and saw skillsets and strengths that I had not been able to see in the office. I gained an understanding about how each of them solved problems, returning from the trip with a broader group of people to consult when I wanted a different way of thinking.  As for Oscar, this experience provided him with a valuable network, too, that demonstrates the value of connecting leaders with employees at every level of your organization. “There is something to be said for associating with people at a higher level. When board members know you by first name, it gives you a sense of pride. When you have a limited circle of successful professional people in your life, experiences that help you connect with higher-ups on a human level can be career changing.” He took this experience and became an organizational and system leader, moving forward to participate in international exchanges with the World Council of Credit Unions and be promoted at the credit union.Cross-functional teams organized around a common purpose—whether a trip like this or an organizational or local project– give employees the chance to show up fully. Organizations that truly know their people are able to tap the full potential of their human capital, leveraging individual talents and strengths to improve the whole. How do you create opportunities for employees to show up as their whole selves? What impact have you seen when team members bring that level of comfort to their roles?*I love this quote as it relates to the boxes we try to put employees in to measure success potential. I do not actually know who said it, though, as many sites indicate it was not Albert Einstein, to whom it has been widely attributed. 28SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jill Nowacki Jill Nowacki started her career with credit unions in 2001. She has taken on leadership roles at credit unions and state and national trade associations. Now, she uses her experience … Web: www.humanidei.com Detailslast_img read more

 

GoPro Leaks Images of Karma Drone, Hero5, and Stabilizer

first_imgA first look at the GoPro Karma, the new Hero5 action camera, and a handheld stabilizer.Top image via Konrad Iturbe GoPro recently teased a September 19th announcement of their very secretive Karma drone. Take a look at the teaser here.Up until this point, we haven’t had any idea about the look or size of the drone. GoPro even went through the lengths of digitally removing the Karma drone from a previous teaser video. Now that we have entered the era of commercialized drone footage, GoPro was quick to bring their anticipated Karma drone back into the headlines.The Verge reported that “GoPro might have accidentally given us our first look at its Karma drone” with an early update to the company’s Italian website. Konrad Iturbe snagged the following photo and posted it to Twitter.Image via Konrad IturbeAs far as specs for the Karma drone, little is still known. More will be revealed come September 19th.This isn’t the first leak for GoPro, as the company also accidentally released a manual and tutorial video for the Hero5 back in August. Coincidentally, a quick video that was uploaded to Vimeo also came from Konrad Iturbe.The Hero5 ditches the front power and menu button for a touchscreen rear display. It is reportedly waterproof right out of the box, not requiring any additional housing. The Hero5 will also supposedly have voice control, GPS, and updated image stabilization for all resolutions under 60fps — except 4K.In addition to these specs, GoPro will also announce their new cloud service — GoPro Plus. The service would allow users to upload footage automatically from virtually anywhere.Finally, the above mentioned leaked image gives a glance at GoPro’s own handheld stabilizer. One that will compete with hundreds of third-party stabilizers designed for action cameras. DJI has done the same with the Osmo, recently adding a mobile phone adapter. GoPro’s stabilizer doesn’t seem to be anything revolutionary from the photo, but it’s a smart move for GoPro to enter this market — though they should have done so years before.last_img read more

 

Video Editing Quick Tip: Creating Placeholder Titles

first_imgCreate temporary title placeholders in Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro X with these simple keyboard shortcuts.Top image via Shutterstock.When you’re working with a deadline, it’s frustrating to interrupt your workflow to figure out the placement of titles or subtitles. Luckily, Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro X offer simple solutions for creating placeholder titles on the fly so you can move on to the next scene or sequence.Step 1: Control-T in FCPXThe Control-T keyboard shortcut will automatically place a “Basic Title” above your clip. From there, simply type your temporary title or cue card for the clip, hit enter, then continue on with your edit. After you’ve finished the heavy stuff, you’ll be able to return to your title and change it however you’d like.Step 2: Command-T in Premiere ProThe shortcut to add a quick title in Premiere Pro includes an extra step; hit Command-T (Control-T for PC), then type your title and drag it to the intended clip. So, it’s not really a temporary placeholder. It is simply a shortcut for creating a title.Step 3: Label the PlaceholderPremiere Pro also offers you the option to assign colors to specific clips. When creating placeholders, right-click on the title, select Label >, then you can change the color’s clip. That way, when you’re finished with your edit, you can quickly see where you need to change placeholders.Has creating placeholder titles saved you time on a project? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

Allegri We need to think ahead like Ronaldo

first_imgMax Allegri praised his players after beating SPAL but wants them to emulate  Cristiano Ronaldo who thinks ahead of the next moveGoals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Mario Mandzukic were enough to wrap up three points for the current defending Champions.“It wasn’t easy, as we had only 20 points in the last 10 games after a break for international duty,” the Coach told Football Italia.“We struggled more in the first half than the second, whereas we changed a few things with Douglas Costa behind Ronaldo and Mandzukic, so that helped the team both on and off the ball.“Douglas Costa had a bit of a rough period due to injuries and other issues, but he put in a good performance this evening, above all in terms of personality.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Rodrigo Bentancur has improved a great deal, although he still needs a little step forward when on the ball, as he has to pick the right pass. Timing is very important in these situations to find your teammate in a good position.“Miralem Pjanic and Bentancur had to stay fairly static in midfield, otherwise we’d risk SPAL going on the counter-attack.“Ronaldo moves and thinks so quickly, he saw Douglas Costa coming out the corner of his eye and pulled the pass back. We need to all improve in that sense, being able to think ahead to the next move.“I do look at the characteristics of the opponents, but I make my choices above all based on motivation and determination. Every now and then, a spell on the bench is good for players, especially if they play all the time and can get a bit sleepy.“It’s a very competitive squad. Daniele Rugani is a very good defender, but we have five excellent defenders. Medhi Benatia played against Milan because it was his kind of game, he had to get the crosses in the box.”last_img read more

Soares claims Inter feels like a family amid crisis talks

first_imgCedric Soares has rubbished talks of an in-house fight at Inter Milan and revealed that he is learning a lot from manager Luciano Spalletti.The Portuguese start to life at Inter since joining from Southampton has been marred by the club’s poor form having slumped to three defeats in a row.Coupled with the speculations surrounding the futures Ivan Perisic and Mauro Icardi, as well as Spalletti. But the former Saints defender is backing the Nerazzurri to bounce back.However, Cedric went on to confirm that he is enjoying life at Milan despite the poor run of results.“Despite the results I’ve had so far, it’s been a good experience,” he told Football Italia.“We can reverse this negative trend and Spalletti’s teaching me a lot, as are my teammates.“I know what to do on the field, but I have to get used to the team’s mechanisms and movements.”Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.Cedric Soares plays down talk of divisions at #Inter & reveals Coach Luciano Spalletti is ‘teaching me a lot’ https://t.co/ARdkqi3Lze #FCIM pic.twitter.com/CIspWaroQO— footballitalia (@footballitalia) February 7, 2019The Portugal international is equally gave some insight on his set-piece abilities.“It’s something you learn when you’re very young,” he explained.“You just have to start training well and be confident, in addition to having a good teacher.“I have many friends in Milan and it’s like I have a family here. I feel at home.”last_img read more