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RSF condemns raids on two independent Belarusian media outlets


first_img Organisation Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News Ever since major anti-government demonstrations in the spring of 2017, the Belarusian authorities have stepped up efforts to control media coverage, blocking leading news websites, adopting an even more draconian media law and subjecting independent journalists to an unprecedented wave of fines. “It’s a shame that the authorities are using BelTA to prevent our independent news agency from doing its work,” BelaPAN editor-in-chief Iryna Lewshyna told RSF. “BelaPAN has legally used BelTA information available in open access and always cited it with references and hyperlinks to the state agency’s original reports.” RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says August 7, 2018 RSF condemns raids on two independent Belarusian media outlets Receive email alerts The Investigative Committee accuses people working with these two media outlets and the scientific publishing house Belarusskaya Nauka of illegally accessing the dispatches of the government news agency BelTA by using a subscriber’s account and password. Access to BelTA’s dispatches are reserved for subscribers for the first 15 minutes after being posted online. Follow the news on Belarus “These raids, which compromise the confidentiality of journalistic sources, are out of all proportion to the charges,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “It is hard to see them as anything other that attempts to intimidate leading independent media outlets at a time of growing harassment of critical journalists. We urge the Belarusian authorities to allow these journalists to work freely.” BelarusEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentFreedom of expressionInternet May 28, 2021 Find out more Belarus is ranked 155th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. At least four journalists were taken into police custody for questioning: Tut.by editor-in-chief Maryna Zolatava, Tut.by journalists Hanna Kaltyhina and Halina Ulasik, and BelaPAN reporter Tatsyana Karavyankova. Both media outlets reported that further arrests were made in the afternoon.center_img RSF_en RSF_EECA Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns today’s police raids on two leading independent media outlets in Minsk – the news agency BelaPAN and the news website Tut.by – which paralyzed their operations for several hours. to go further News She added that BelaPAN had to use BelTA’s reports because it does not have the same access to official news about the president and governmental agencies. BelaPAN and Tut.by logos May 27, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more Staff members of the two media outlets and of Belarusskaya Nauka are being investigated on a charge of “illegally accessing online information,” which carries a possible two-year jail sentence. The police also searched Karavyankova’s country home and the apartment of one of Tut.by’s editors, Ulyana Babayed. News BelarusEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentFreedom of expressionInternet Newslast_img read more


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first_img Previous Article Next Article Officefacilities management company Regus has changed the way its employees learn – allaround the world. Simon Kent reports on its initiativeImplementinga new method of training delivery throughout an organisation is not a simpleexercise. Creating the required training materials and ensuring all employeesunderstand and have access to them can take time. However,the office facilities management company Regus has introduced a new approach totraining that has had clear positive results in only six months. Through theestablishment of the Regus On-line Learning Institute (Roli) all employees nowhave access to learning materials 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Inparallel with the company’s aim to “change the way we work” the trainingdepartment has effectively changed the way its organisation learns. Accordingto training director Ian McCourt, the speed at which Roli has been created isno surprise to those within the company. Regus is a young and expandingorganisation, expecting its workforce to double in the next 12 months. It’s arapidly developing business and employees take the view that Regus’s businessyears move twice as fast as anywhere else.Thecompany has a strong entrepreneurial ethic, allowing employees to effectivelywork as if they were managing their own business, taking the initiative andsharing best practice wherever possible. Atthe same time it provides the learning support and career opportunitiesemployees require to develop within the company.Relevance“We’revery focused as an organisation,” says McCourt, “but we tend to lose interestunless information is delivered in bite-sized manageable chucks. All trainingmust be transferable to the real world – if we can’t see the relevance then ourretention rate immediately drops.” McCourtwanted to introduce a new approach to training that would key into the company’sculture. He wanted staff to have access to concise and effective trainingmaterials wherever and whenever they needed that training. Hisvision was to deliver high-quality video and interactive training materialsacross Regus’s growing IT network enabling employees to receive high-qualityrelevant training at their own PC.CreatingRoli has been a team effort with close collaboration between all departments ofthe company. McCourt’s training department was concerned with designing theresource to fit in with the company’s overall training structure, supportingemployees from basic induction skills through to management and professionalqualifications. However,McCourt was emphatic that the training department should not be responsible fortraining content. “We took the approach that if you were a salesman then whowould you really like to learn from? Not some professional trainer, but from areal expert – the person who is at the top of the organisation in that field.”Eachsection of the company – from finance through to purchase and logistics – hastherefore been active in the design of the materials available for theiremployees. Departmentalheads have been appointed as “deans” of their specific “faculty” – usinglanguage that reinforces the gravity and seriousness with which the companyviews its training activities. RachelKing helped to create the content for the sales and marketing department.Indeed, when employees log on to the sales faculty, it is her role to welcomethem through a streamed video clip, and her voice that guides them through someof the exercises. “Weneeded to introduce a new data management system to our teams globally – that’ssome 2,500 employees,” she explains. “Atfirst we were going to do it through training the trainer, allowing skills tobe cascaded through the organisation in each region. Using e-learning has meantwe can take a coordinated approach, providing everyone with the same standardof training and support.”PositivefeedbackThisinitiative has received positive feedback from sales teams throughout theorganisation. While there may have been some resistance or at least negativefeelings about the idea of classroom-based training, each sales team has beenable control how and when they have been trained. Byfollowing multimedia presentations with interactive multiple choice and opentext question and answer exercises, the department has ensured a 100 per centsuccess rate among employees since they cannot proceed past the exercise untilthey have correctly answered the test and demonstrated working knowledge.Trainees still have access to human support if they need it through emailedqueries or simply by phoning one of the three specialists in charge of thetraining initiative. Atthe same time, information generated by the system can be collected and used toprovide feedback on the effectiveness of the training – showing whether thereis a need for additional information or courses on a subject or regional basis.Thispattern of interactivity and course design is replicated within each Facultyand department of the company, and within each course module.Thethird party involved in the creation of Roli is of course, Regus’s IT section.Having viewed other online learning resources, Darren Sharp, head of IT,believed they could create and deliver higher quality training products –courses that would use video and interactive exercises set on aneasy-to-navigate site.ContextAtthe end of the day, however, it is the training context – the structure aroundRoli – that is key to realising the full value of the resource. Employeesreceive appraisals, feedback and sign off from their line managers whichensures every learning activity is integrated into their work, and new skillsare used actively in working life.However,perhaps the most radical and surprising aspect in the establishment of Roli isthat at no time has McCourt or any other manager directed employees as to howmuch time they should spend on the system receiving training. Organisationsthat have introduced e-learning have often struggled with the problem of how tomake sure employees devote sufficient quality time to training activities, whenthey can concentrate without being interrupted or distracted. McCourthas, in effect, solved the problem by not addressing it, preferring to rely oncreating the right level of demand. “Inthe end, I decided that if we created something which people wanted to use,they would manage their own time in order to use it,” he says. “Ithought long and hard about whether to stipulate training time, but at the endof the day, time management is an important part of everyone’s job.” Access all hoursOn 1 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more


How Barcelona’s summer of discontent unfolded


first_imgJULY 2017 1 – With a move for Verratti looking complicated, Barcelona ask about Ander Herrera. Manchester United tell them he is not for sale.2 – Barcelona consider signing Betis midfielder Dani Ceballos.3 – A new scandal emerges as Catalan television station TV3  reveal in an investigation that Barcelona have been selling socios’ unused seats as expensive VIP tickets. The club call an emergency press conference, but are unable to convincingly deny the information and instead hit out at TV3 .4 – Ceballos reveals he will decide “in two weeks” whether he will sign for Real Madrid, who were in contact earlier with Betis, or Barcelona. On the same day, the Blaugrana make an initial €20m offer to Guangzhou Evergrande for Paulinho.5 – Barcelona announce Messi’s contract renewal until 2021. Guangzhou Evergrande refuse Barca’s bid for Paulinho and reveal that the player will not move unless his €40m release clause is paid.6 – The Catalans turn down a €45m bid for Gomes and a €35m offer for Sergi Roberto. They also make a €30m offer to Arsenal for Bellerin.7 – Bartomeu tells Catalunya Radio  that “Messi signed his renewal at the end of June”. Verratti returns to training with PSG and says sorry to the fans in a video in which he claims he is happy at the Parisian club.8 – Jeremy Mathieu signs for Sporting CP after his Barca contract is rescinded.9 – Florentino Perez, president of Real Madrid, personally makes contact with Ceballos to convince him to sign for Los Blancos.10 – Bartomeu also calls Ceballos and tells him he could be ‘the new Iniesta’. Outside Spain, Dani Alves turns his back on Manchester City and signs for PSG.11 – Ceballos confirms he will sign for Real Madrid on the same day that Benedito announces he has half the signatures required for a censure motion to prosper.Dani Ceballos Real Madrid12 – The Valverde era starts as the players return to training for their medical exams and only Deulofeu brought in so far. Barca make a second offer, €27m, for Paulinho.13 – Guangzhou Evergrande turn down Barca’s bid. Meanwhile, the Catalans announce the signing of right-back Nelson Semedo from Benfica, even though the Portuguese club deny the deal initially.14 – Semedo is unveiled at Camp Nou.17 – Barca announce record income of €706m, which is €10m more than the budget had revealed at the start of the season.18 – Catalan daily  Sport  claims Neymar is unhapy. Barca vice-president Jordi Mestre responds by saying: “Neymar is staying, 200%.” Technical secretary Robert Fernandez adds: “I don’t think anybody will pay Neymar’s clause”. Meanwhile, the player himself tells Goal in an interview that he is “happy at Barcelona”. The controversy, however, is just beginning.19 – Esporte Interativo  drop the bombshell of the summer: Neymar will move to PSG. In Paris, Verratti splits with Di Campli and starts working with Mino Raiola.20 – Real Madrid unveil Dani Ceballos.21 – Barca travel to the United States for their summer tour.22 – Barcelona kick off pre-season with a 2-1 win over Juventus with Neymar in fantastic form.23 – Gerard Pique posts a picture of himself with Neymar on Instagram and Twitter with the message “se queda” (he stays). Barca make a €90m offer for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho.25 – Barcelona reach an agreement with Coutinho, but Liverpool are unwilling to negotiate.26 – Neymar scores the only goal as Barca beat Manchester United 1-0.28 – Bartomeu insists, this time on  ESPN : “Messi signed his renewal some days ago”.Neymar Barcelona Real Madrid ICC29 – The Blaugrana beat Real Madrid 3-2 in the Miami Clasico, with Neymar again on great form. The Brazilian spends 15 minutes in the Madrid dressing room after the game and leaves with two shirts.30 – The team return to Barcelona.During the month of July, Barcelona saw the possibility of signing Verratti evaporate, and also missed out to Real Madrid for Ceballos. In the meantime, the Catalans saw two bids for Paulinho turned down and despite good results on tour in the USA, the month ended with Neymar edging ever closer to a shock departure. The perfect storm would follow in August… Transfers Verratti fluff, Coutinho failure and Neymar disaster – How Barcelona’s summer of discontent unfolded Ignasi Oliva Last updated 2 years ago 23:22 9/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(11) Lionel Messi Neymar Barcelona Getty Images Transfers Barcelona Primera División Opinion With the transfer window about to close in Spain, Goal takes a chronological look at what have been a difficult few months for the Catalan club This has not been an easy summer for Barcelona. Even before the departure of Neymar and the arrival of Ousmane Dembele, there were plenty of rumours, along with contradictions, fallouts at boardroom level and much more in a turbulent few months for the Catalan club.Barca’s 2016-17 season ended with victory in the final of the Copa del Rey on May 27 and two days later, Ernesto Valverde was announced as the club’s new coach as Luis Enrique stepped down following three campaigns in charge.Get Barca at 13/2 to win the Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina On May 31, Valverde was unveiled and told the media he wanted to make Barcelona “even greater than it is already”. Little did he know, however, what was in store in the weeks and months ahead.Here, Goal takes a chronological look at Barcelona’s summer, starting in June, when Neymar began to become frustrated with life at Camp Nou. Barca, meanwhile, were still hoping to sign Marco Verratti from Paris Saint-Germain…Ernesto Valverde Barcelona JUNE 2017 2 – Verratti follows Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta on Instagram as a summer switch seems likely.3 – Real Madrid win their 12th European Cup by beating Juventus in Cardiff and Isco ends speculation over his future by confirming he will stay with Los Blancos.5 – Barcelona enquire about Dembele and Borussia Dortmund value the French forward initially at €90 million. The Catalan club also ask Arsenal about Hector Bellerin and are told he will cost €70m.8 – Former presidential candidate Agusti Benedito announces he is planning a censure motion against club chief Josep Maria Bartomeu.9 – Verratti’s agent, Donato Di Campli, complains that “PSG are not growing” and warns that “Verratti likes Barcelona”.12 – Verratti tells PSG he wants to move to Barcelona.13 – Bartomeu assures fans that “Messi wants to retire at Barcelona”, even though there is no news about the Argentine’s contract renewal.15 – Verratti starts to put pressure on PSG and allows himself to be photographed in Ibiza with a newspaper front page linking him to Barcelona.16 – Monaco pay the €3m release clause to take Barcelona’s Juvenil A starlet Jordi Mboula to Ligue 1.17 – Barcelona contact PSG to discuss a move for Verratti but are told the player is not for sale.Marco Verratti20 – The Catalan club meet with Jorge Mendes to discuss the future of Andre Gomes. Officially, the Portuguese midfielder is not for sale.21 – Barca contact Bellerin, who reveals he is keen on a return to Camp Nou. But, like Verratti, he is not willing to force an exit.22 – Lucas Lima admits during a poker game that he will sign for Barcelona in 2018, when his contract with Santos is due to end.23 – Verratti refuses PSG’s offer of a new deal.24 – Paulinho reveals he has an offer from Barcelona.26 – Santos threaten to sue Barcelona and report the club to FIFA for negotiating with Lima, who is still under contract. The Blaugrana rule out the player, represented by Neymar’s father, in order to avoid possible sanctions. Neymar’s father is furious.27 – Manchester City sign talented Juvenil B centre-back Eric Garcia for €1.7m.28 – Carles Alena renews until 2020 on the same day that another talented youngster, Juvenil A full-back Mateu Morey, joins Bayern Munich for €3m.30 – Barca re-sign Gerard Deulofeu for €12m. On the same day, Neymar tells his team-mates he has decided to move to PSG on the day Messi marries Antonela Roccuzzo in Rosario.Deulofeu Barcelona Chapecoense Gamper 2017However, Barcelona’s board are still not contemplating the loss of one of their stars, the player they had signed as a long-term successor for Messi. At that point, the club were working on reinforcing the midfield balance and were still hoping to bring in Verratti. But July would turn out to be another stressful month for the Blaugrana…center_img AUGUST 2017 1 – Barcelona make a second offer for Coutinho – this time for €100m.2 – Neymar tells Barca he wants to move to PSG, with the Parisian club prepared to pay his €222m release clause.3 – PSG deposit the €222m with the LFP (Spain’s Professional League authority) and Barcelona hold back the €26m loyalty bonus they were due to pay Neymar following his renovation last October, leaving the money with a notary.4 – Barcelona make an enquiry for Inigo Martinez. Real Sociedad respond by saying he will only leave if the club pay his releause clause, set at €32m. Barca draw 1-1 with Gimnastic Tarragona in a friendly. Over in Paris, Neymar is unveiled at the Parc des Princes. The Brazilian speaks of “new challenges” and wanting “to play with the best”.5 – Bartomeu calls Real Sociedad president Jokin Aperribay to try and convince him to sell Inigo Martinez.7 – Barcelona, now without Neymar, beat Chapecoense 5-0 in the Gamper Trophy with Deulofeu starting in the Brazilian’s left-wing role.8 – With €222m to spend, Barca make another enquiry about Dembele, but are told he will cost €150m. Meanwhile, the Catalans decide they will not pay the €32m for Inigo Martinez.Neymar PSG9 – Liverpool turn down Barca’s €100m bid for Coutinho.11 – Coutinho hands in a transfer request, but Liverpool insist they will not listen to offers. Dortmund also refuse to sell Dembele for €80m and €30m in add-ons.12 – Valverde appears uneasy at the lack of new signings and says: “I hope to have a team that is up to the demands” of the new season.13 – Barcelona lose 3-1 at home to Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Supercopa. On the same night, Neymar makes his PSG debut and impresses in a win at Guingamp. Meanwhile, Dembele is fined and suspended for missing training at Dortmund.14 – Pep Segura, Barca’s sporting manager, appears to blame Gerard Pique’s own goal for the Clasico defeat. “His mistake was decisive,” he said.16 – Barcelona lose 2-0 to Real Madrid in the second leg of the Supercopa and also had less possession than their rival in a Clasico for the first time since 2008.17 – Paulinho is unveiled by Barca. During the event, Mestre says the club were not aware that Neymar would leave until half way through the US tour and also admits that Messi had not actually signed his new deal, showing that Bartomeu had lied about the matter in two interviews.18 – Barcelona reach an agreement with Nice midfielder Jean Seri and are prepared to pay the player’s €40m release clause. The Catalans also step up their Coutinho chase with a third bid – this time for €125m.20 – Valverde’s side start La Liga with a 2-0 win at home to Betis.22 – Barcelona announce they will sue Neymar for breach of contract. Hours later, Messi, Suarez, Ivan Rakitic and Pique post pictures alongside Neymar (back in Barcelona for a visit) on social media. The Catalans up their offer for Dembele to €130m including variables.23 – Seri’s signing is ruled out at the last minute amid doubts among Barca’s technical team that he is the right fit.24 – Neymar takes his own case to FIFA, calling for Barca to pay the €26m bonus held back by the Catalan club, still with a notary following his move to PSG.25 – Barcelona agree Dembele deal with Dortmund for for €105m plus €42m in add-ons.Bartomeu Ousmane Dembele Barcelona Unveiling26 – Messi scores twice as Barca beat Alaves 2-0 in their second Liga game.27 – Dembele poses in a Barca shirt for the first time.28 – The France forward is unveiled at Camp Nou with almost 18,000 fans in attendance. “I’m not here to replace Neymar,” he says. Meanwhile, many of those supporters call for Bartomeu’s resignation.29 – Marlon Santos goes on loan to Nice.30 – Seung Woo Lee, previously nicknamed ‘the Korean Messi’, joins Hellas Verona for €1m, although Barca retain a buy-back clause.31 – Douglas goes on loan to Benfica.So there it is – not the summer Barcelona had in mind back in late May. The Blaugrana had started this week by promising to bring in at least two more players, but by the end of August, still no new signing had come in. September has started with Benedito launching the censure motion (or no-confidence vote) against Bartomeu and the Spanish transfer window slams shut at midnight on Friday. Time is running out…last_img read more