RSF urges Kosovar authorities to protect journalist after death threats

first_img August 18, 2017 Find out more Follow the news on Kosovo KosovoEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses News “UCK hunting” – title of Gazeta Express’s documentary. Kosovar investigative journalist assaulted in Pristina Help by sharing this information to go further KosovoEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the death threats, insults and baseless accusations that have been levelled against Leonard Kerquki, the editor-in-chief of the Gazeta Express website, since a documentary he directed was premiered on the site on 23 October. The documentary, for which Kerquki also did the voiceover, addresses a rarely discussed aspect of the Kosovo War of 1998-2000 – atrocities against Serbian and Bosniak minorities. The day after it was screened, a photomontage of Kerquki with his forehead riddled by bullet holes in Serbian colours was posted on the Facebook page of the Kosovo Liberation Army (UCK), a paramilitary group that opposed the Serbs during the war. The UCK is accused in the documentary of carrying out war crimes against civilians in the name of Kosovar patriotism. “We condemn this public lynching of Leonard Kerquki and we call on the authorities to quickly adopt measures to protect this journalist and his colleagues,” RSF programme director Lucie Morillon said. “We also call for an investigation with aim of identifying those responsible for these threats and bringing them to trial.” The documentary was the second in a new series of documentaries and investigative reports about Kosovo’s contemporary history recently launched by Gazeta Express, an Albanian-language news portal. Kosovo is ranked 90th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. October 26, 2016 – Updated on October 27, 2016 RSF urges Kosovar authorities to protect journalist after death threats Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage RSF_en News June 29, 2020 Find out more Organisation Concern about investigative reporter’s disappearance in Serbia June 14, 2018 Find out more News Receive email alerts Newslast_img read more

Saint Mary’s students react to renewed indoor dining by reservation, introduction of plexiglass partitions

first_imgIn past years, campus dining at Saint Mary’s consisted of students cramming almost 12 people around a table, enjoying meals and studying for hours on end.Since August, dining at Saint Mary’s has looked a little different — students laying out blankets, eating on the grass or dining in a tent on the Student Center lot. Some students eat their meals in the dorm lounges or even in their rooms. The College’s dining experience is changing once again, following a Sept. 30 email from dean of student academic services Karen Chambers, announcing a return to indoor dining. The email explained if students wish to dine inside, they are to make reservations through PRISM — similar to signing up for a class — and are expected to appear within the designated block of time.Students are now able to dine indoors with four to a table behind plexiglass barriers separating them from each other. While some students said they are grateful for the effort put forth, others are struggling to adapt to the new dining experience.Sophomore Erin Dotson emphasized that the plexiglass barriers are an impediment to having an enjoyable conversation.“You can hear your voice reverberating through the glass, and it’s incredibly difficult to hear while trying to have conversations with your friend group, even when at the same table,” Dotson said.Though indoor dining options offer an opportunity to escape the cooler weather, the glass partitions look strange and separate friends from each other, first year Emerson Henry said.“I think it’s great to have indoor dining again since it’s getting cold, but I am also not a fan of the plexiglass,” Henry said. “It’s kind of hard to hear with the plexiglass, especially for being hearing impaired.”As the days get colder and more individuals might wish to eat inside, Henry said she’s worried the limited seating space might create problems for the student body.“We want to eat inside, but it’s just going to get harder as it’s gets colder and people are going to fight for tables,” she said.Juniors Isabella Thompson-Davoli and Sarah Frick agreed that the half-hour time slots provide another challenge, as normally meals are very casual and people tend to meet up at arbitrary times.“It is very difficult to plan and stay on a strict schedule of exactly when we should eat,” Frick said.Thompson-Davoli and Frick said they think a better approach would be to have a restaurant-like system, where a host directs you to a table, instead of the current system which requires that one abide by a strict schedule and routine.“The limit of only four people to a table due to the plexiglass barriers was difficult,” Thompson-Davoli said.Some students voiced concerns about the elimination of the ice cream machine, which was considered a dining hall staple in previous years.“I was expecting dining to be a focal point of where you meet your friends, where you interact and see other people that you didn’t see during the day,” first-year Reese Bauer said. “[The dining hall is] supposed to be a place to get away from any social drama or stress that we’re feeling and a place to just relax. Especially during COVID, there is no way to ‘get away,’ and this can’t serve as a getting away place either.”Despite these difficulties, Dotson said she is happy to have the opportunity to eat indoors again.“I think the efforts put forth by the school are taken into consideration,” she said. “If they forced us to eat in our rooms, then I wouldn’t be able to do that. They are putting forth an effort and I am grateful.”Tags: Campus DIning, covid precautions, Noble Family Dining Halllast_img read more

Coronavirus: Premier League extends suspension

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Professional football in England will not resume until April 30 at the earliest due to the coronavirus pandemic. A statement from the Premier League, EFL and the Football Association, along with the Women’s professional game, the Professional Footballers’ Association and the League Managers’ Association confirmed the extension to the suspension. The governing bodies had originally agreed a suspension last Friday until early April. The statement read: “We have collectively agreed that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than April 30.” The joint statement said the bodies were united in their commitment to getting the 2019-20 campaign finished, and that the FA board had agreed to extend indefinitely the season end date, which is usually fixed at June 1. “The FA, Premier League, EFL and women’s professional game, together with the PFA and LMA, understand we are in unprecedented times and our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19,” the statement read. It added: “We are united in our commitment to finding ways of resuming the 2019-20 football season and ensuring all domestic and European club league and cup matches are played as soon as it is safe and possible to do so. “We have collectively supported UEFA in postponing Euro 2020 to create space in the calendar to ensure domestic and European club league and cup matches have an increased opportunity to be played and, in doing so, maintain the integrity of each competition. “The progress of COVID-19 remains unclear and we can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority. “We will continue to follow government advice and work collaboratively to keep the situation under review and explore all options available to find ways of resuming the season when the conditions allow.” The Premier League had initially been suspended until April 4, with the EFL suspension originally ending a day earlier. The EFL held a board meeting on Wednesday and has agreed a £50 million short-term relief package to assist cash-strapped clubs during the coronavirus crisis.Tags: EFLEuro 2020Football AssociationPremier Leaguelast_img read more

Creative Minds Talks: Artist, Kehinde Wiley & Producer, Swizz Beatz in…

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – On December 2, Creative Minds Talks will bring world-famous artist Kehinde Wiley and highly-acclaimed, industry titan Kasseem Dean (a.k.a Swizz Beatz), to Miami’s New World Center during Miami Art Week for a dynamic discussion about the state of activism, philanthropy and how to make it in today’s world as a creative.Known for juxtaposing power pairs on grand stages, Creative Minds Talks is poised to offer a captivating experience for its most iconic installment yet.Kehinde Wiley – considered to be one of the most eloquent artists of this era – is joining us for his first public conversation after the historic unveiling of his “Rumors of War” sculpture, currently turning heads in Times Square.  Internationally lauded for his official portrait of President Barack Obama, Wiley has firmly situated himself within art history’s tradition of portraiture. Earlier this year, Wiley launched his new artist in residence program, Black Rock Senegal, with Dean’s active involvement on the committee selecting the first year of artists. Now, the two friends reunite for an intimate and engaging conversation, creating a landmark moment in Art Basel history.“Black Rock is about West Africa and it is about the world.  The West African story is all of our stories: it is about aspiration, community, and tradition,” says Kehinde Wiley. “I founded Black Rock because I wanted to invite unique thinkers from across the world to join me in Dakar and become a part of this creative evolution. Art, in any form, is about dialogue. I am proud that Black Rock is doing the work to inform a new global discourse about what Africa means today.”Kasseem Dean is an American hip-hop recording artist, DJ, record producer, art collector and entrepreneur whose name reigns in the cultural world at large. Through The Dean Collection, Dean and his wife Alicia Keys, have contributed to and been inspired by a far-reaching community of global contemporary artists. Bringing his insight as a New York visionary to the Magic City, guests who purchase one of Creative Minds Talks limited-quantity tickets can look forward to a compelling conversation between creatives, red carpet entry, champagne reception and a VIP rooftop afterparty.“Creatives hold the keys to the culture. We are a community constantly inspiring and challenging each other to do more,” says Swizz Beatz. “Kehinde is an artist that I have always admired who pushes beyond the limit of what is possible. It is my pleasure to be on stage with him and my hope is that our conversation will inspire the next generation of creatives.”last_img read more


first_imgAnd they’re off! Runners in the Hornhead Challenge.More than 100 people took part in the annual Runegal In Donegal ( The Hornhead Challenge) today in Dunfanaghy organised by St. Michael’s GAA Club.The winners of the men’s race. Pic by Moses Alcorn.The club would like to thank Boyce’s Centra and Molly’s Bar Dunfanaghy for their support and all who turned out on the day.The results were Men 1st Seam Murphy 36.42, 2nd David Rainey 37.41, 3rd Shaun Stewart 38.28. All smiles at the Hornhead Challenge. Pic by Moses Alcorn.Women 1st Diane Watson City of Lisburn 44.44, 2nd Anegla O’Neill Feen Harriers 47.57, 3rd Helen Carr Raheney Shamrock 49.37.Junior 1st Max Roarty 52.59, 2nd Fran 57.23, 3rd Euan Wilson 102.14.1st Local Shaun Stewart 38.28.Grinding it out in the Hornhead Challenge. Pic by Moses Alcorn  MORE THAN 100 COMPETE IN RUNEGAL IN DONEGAL (HORNHEAD CHALLENGE) was last modified: July 12th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalDunfanaghyHornhead Challengelast_img read more