Encouraging developments in Hrant Dink murder trial

first_img Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit to go further Organisation RSF_en Reporters Without Borders hails the signs of modest progress that were seen at the latest hearing in the trial of 19 people charged with the murder of Turkish-Armenian newspaper editor Hrant Dink, who was gunned down outside his office in Istanbul in January 2007. Prosecutors announced at the hearing, held on 7 February, that a preliminary investigation has been launched into some 30 senior members of the Istanbul and Trabzon police and the intelligence services in connection with Dink’s murder. Trabzon is the northeastern city where most of the defendants are from.Like the European Union representatives and observers from the Paris and Brussels bar associations who attended the hearing, the 16th since the start of the trial, Reporters Without Borders will monitor the coming hearings closely in the hope that all those involved in the murder will finally be brought to trial.“We hope that this first step will be followed by further progress,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This case has been dragging on for four years. This trial will only have a positive outcome if the political obstacles are lifted and all the accomplices of the murderers are tried, regardless of the positions they hold.”Despite the interior minister’s denials, one of the Dink family’s lawyers confirmed to Reporters Without Borders that those who are to be investigated include former Istanbul governor Muammer Güler, former Istanbul police chief Celalettin Cerrah, former Istanbul police intelligence chief Ahmet Ilhan Güler and former Trabzon police chief Ramazan Akyürek.It is nonetheless regrettable that the court again refused to combine the Istanbul case with a parallel case in Trabzon in which Col. Ali Öz, the head of the Trabzon gendarmerie, is accused of negligence for failing to act on prior information that there was a plot to kill Dink.Interior minister Besir Atalay insisted yesterday that his subordinates were not being investigated. “There is a complaint but no investigation is being conducted way for the time being,” His denial showed that the required political will is still lacking in keys areas of the government.On 14 September 2010, the European Court of Human Rights found Turkey guilty of violating the right to life, the right to freedom of expression and the right to effective legal recourse in connection with the Dink murder. The ruling was upheld on 14 December after the Turkish government – in another very positive sign – decided not to appeal.In yet another positive development, an Istanbul administrative court recently ordered the interior ministry to pay damages to Dink’s two brothers for “serious deficiencies in their duties” on the part of the police.As a result of the European Court of Human Rights ruling, the Dink family’s lawyers filed a new request with the Istanbul prosecutor’s office on 17 January for the prosecution of all the officials who failed to take appropriate measures in response to prior information about the Dink murder plot. In a petition that was passed to the court, they also called for all of the failures identified by the European Court to be taken into account in the trial and for responsibility to be apportioned, as required by the ruling.As well as observers from the Paris and Brussels bar associations, the 7 February hearing was also watched by Hélène Flautre, co-president of the EU-Turkey mixed parliamentary commission, Ali Yurttagül, an adviser to the Greens group in the European Parliament, and Turkey-EU delegation political adviser Sema Kiliçer.Reporters Without Borders was one of the signatories of a letter calling for justice in the Dink case that was drafted by members of the Paris and Brussels bar associations and was published in the French daily Le Monde on 20 January.The court is meanwhile still waiting for the Scientific Research Institute (TÜBITAK) to say whether it is technically possible to restore a bank security camera’s recording of the shooting that was deliberately erased.Summonses were issued yesterday for 10 people who are to give evidence as witnesses of the murder. The prosecutor’s office also issued a warning that police officials who had failed in their duty to carry out investigations would be prosecuted. The court also decided that two of the leading defendants, Erhan Tuncel and Yasin Hayal, will remain in detention.The next hearing is due to be held on 28 March.Meanwhile, the trial of Ogün Samast, the alleged gunman, is due to begin before an Istanbul court for minors on 28 February. Samast’s case was transferred to this court on 25 October 2010 on the grounds that he was 17 at the time of the shooting. News Follow the news on Turkey Help by sharing this information February 9, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Encouraging developments in Hrant Dink murder trial Receive email alerts April 28, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor News News April 2, 2021 Find out more April 2, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law TurkeyEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

Photos: Black Stars train on dreadful Accra Sports Stadium pitch

first_imgCoach Avram Grant is preparing to relocate his team to another training ground after complaints during their first training session at the Accra Sports Stadium ahead of their World Cup qualifying round first leg against Comoros.The grass has overgrown and has not been manicured for months.Watch photos from the pitch yesterday as the team went through their paces .  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img

Emergency Preparation Tips From Olympia Fire Department

first_imgSubmitted by Olympia Fire DepartmentIt’s Time to PrepareDaylight savings time is a great time to make a few simple efforts to protect you and your family. A little preparation now can make a power outage or other disaster more manageable.Turn your clocks back for daylight savings.Inspect your smoke detector and change the battery.Take a look at your emergency supplies.  Kits should have a minimum of 72 hours of food, and water for each member of your family and supplies for pets.  Don’t forget medications, flashlights, blankets and radio.In the event of a natural disaster, severe storm event or other emergency visit olympiawa.gov/beprepared for news and updates.For more emergency preparedness information you can call the Olympia Fire department, 360.753.8348 or check out one of the web sites listed below:olympiawa.gov/city-services/fire-department/community-services.aspxolympiawa.gov/bepreparedredcross.org/prepare/location/home-familywww.co.thurston.wa.us/em/PEO/PEP.htm Facebook10Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Selkirk College Saints Take Aim at Fourth Straight BCIHL Title

first_imgThe Selkirk College Saints have laid the perfect foundation for a fourth straight British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) championship run and starting Friday night will build towards the ultimate ending.The Saints put an exclamation mark on their regular season title on Saturday night at the Castlegar & District Recreation Centre with a 4-1 win over the Eastern Washington University Eagles.The accomplishment of first overall cements home ice advantage for the entire BCIHL post-season that begins with a best-of-three series against the University of Victoria Vikes this weekend.“The hard work comes in the next couple of weeks and we are looking forward to getting that going,” says Saints captain Tanner Lenting.“We have the group in here to do it, it’s just going to be up to us to make it happen.”The Saints hold a 5-1 record against the Vikes this season, but the visitors come into Castlegar as the hottest team in the league having won five games in a row.UVIC’s line-up features senior Shawn Mueller who finished third in league scoring and Heritage City resident and former Nelson Leafs Carsen Willans who ended up eighth spot in the regular season point totals.Also on the Vikes roster from the Leafs are forwards Linden Horswill, Matt MacDonald and defenceman Austin Seaman.The best-of-three starts on Friday night the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex at 7 p.m. and continues Saturday night at the same time. If necessary, the third game will take place on Sunday with the puck dropping at 6 p.m.“The playoffs are a battle and we are going to have to be at our best,” says Saints third-year goaltender James Prigione.“Victoria is a very good team and they put lots of pucks to the net, but our upper hand is our hard work. Our team has a lot of depth and when everybody plays their role, we are successful.” Eastern Washington Provides Solid TestIn Saturday’s regular season finale, the visitors came into the game in last place and knowing they would not be playing in the post-season. That didn’t stop Eastern Washington from playing for pride and they came out flying, outshooting the Saints 11-8 in the first 20 minutes that remained scoreless.Though the Eagles continued to control play in the second period, Saints starting goaltender Steven Glass was solid between the pipes. With seven minutes left in the second period, Saints’ rookie sensation Dallas Calvin scored the first goal of the game on the powerplay.Four minutes into the final period, Selkirk forward Troy Maclise made it 2-0 and Calvin added his second goal of the game five minutes later. The Eagles got on the board with just over six minutes left in the game when Josh Rolfe made it 3-1, but Ryan Edwards scored into the empty net to make the final 4-1.“It’s nice to get in there,” says Glass, who notched his first win of the season and was named the game’s second star.“Eastern Washington had something to prove and they played a good game. For me, our team has great intensity in practice and it’s not too difficult to step into games like that.”Saints Out to Solidify Place in League HistoryPlayer turnover at the college level is one of the primary challenges for team management, but Selkirk College has managed to build a program based on sustained winning.Now poised to chase a fourth straight championship, the players credit the atmosphere that surrounds the team as a key ingredient in success.“The culture here is important,” says forward Steven Pantazopoulos, who arrived to the Saints from Thompson Rivers University in the 2014-2015 season and is gunning for his third championship.“In my first year, right away I realized that everybody is here to work hard. If you work hard then you get rewarded and if you instill that into the next group of guys it becomes a snowball effect.”The community has embraced the Saints over the last four seasons and the players feed off the large crowds that assemble for all the home games.“There is nothing better than playing at home, especially in this rink and with our fans,” says third-year defenceman Arie Postmus. “If we work hard and do what we are capable of, we should come out on top.”If the Saints win the semi-final series, they will also host the league final which will feature the winner of the Simon Fraser University/Trinity Western University series.The league final series is set for the March 18-20 weekend.last_img read more

How to Animate a Text Stroke in Adobe After Effects

first_imgStep 5: Customize DesignIn addition to fine-tuning the animation, I can adjust a plethora of stroke attributes to customize the design, including color and width. Changing the stroke cap and joints can give me a smoother and curvier look. I can even change the stroke to dashes and keyframe the offset property of the dashes to bring them to life. Be careful here, though, as the multitude of choices can lead to way too much fun in After Effects . . . Step 4: AnimateIt’s time to bring the stroke to life. The new stroke attribute contains a number of keyframable properties, including color, opacity, width, and a handful of others. However, I just want to animate the path of the stroke in and out. To do this, I’ll add a Trim Paths attribute via the Add button in the Timeline panel. This is a powerful tool that provides me with a keyframable range selector. Once applied, I can animate the Start, End, and Offset properties of the stroke path for some cool results. Looking for more After Effects Tutorials? Check out these articles.Create Your Own Sci-Fi HUD VFX in After EffectsCreate an ‘X-Men’ Inspired Eye Replacement in After EffectsCreate ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Inspired Titles in After EffectsCreate a Fighter Jet Attack Scene in After EffectsLearn After Effects in Under 2 Hours Step 3: Add the StrokeMy new shape layer contains every letter as an individual shape element, each with its own path, stroke, fill, and transform properties. While all of the letters have their own stroke attribute, I want to control all of them at the same time. To do this, I need to add a new stroke attribute. I’ll go to the Add button and select Stroke. This adds a new stroke that applies to the entire word. Since I’m just creating an isolated animated stroke, I’ll turn off the fill property for each letter. Step 1: Create the Text LayerFor the first step, I will create some text. I can use the Type tool and start typing, or I can highlight the Timeline panel and select Layer > New > Text. An After Effects text layer is a simple vector file, meaning the layer will continuously rasterize as I change the scale or font size. This will preserve the sharp edges of my text no matter how many adjustments I make. In this video tutorial, learn how to create a customized animated stroke effect in After Effects for your next video production project.When it comes to working with text, the stroke can be a powerful design element. Adobe After Effects has a number of tools that allow you to quickly add and modify a text stroke. These tools, however, are often lacking something. The Character panel gives you color, width, and positioning options, but not much else. Animating attributes of a stroke can be a bit more complex, so let’s take a closer look at a unique method that will bring a text stroke to life in just a few simple steps. Step 2: Convert to ShapesNext, I will convert my text to shapes. While After Effects has a lot of tools for text, shape layers provide a bit more versatility. By converting my text to shape layers, I’ll open up a number of animation features that weren’t previously available. To create my shapes, I’ll grab the text layer and select Layer > Create Shapes from Text. You can tell the difference between Shapes and Text layers via the symbol next to the layer’s name in the Timeline panel. Shapes have a star, while text layers have a T.last_img read more

Manny Pacquiao willing to fight Floyd Mayweather anew if he comes out of retirement

first_imgManny Pacquiao enters the ring before fighting Adrien Broner in the WBA welterweight championship at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 19, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPLAS VEGAS — A rematch with Floyd Mayweather isn’t necessarily a slam dunk.That’s if you heard how Mayweather’s camp quickly snuffed questions about him coming back from retirement.ADVERTISEMENT Mayweather, who went out of his way to wish Manny Pacquiao inside his MGM Grand locker room, didn’t react about the possibility of repeating boxing’s most lucrative fight in 2015.Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe said Mayweather is enjoying his retirement and has enough money to want another go at it.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsREAD: Manny Pacquiao gets visit from Floyd Mayweather in locker roomBut Pacquiao chose to be open about it. View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “If he (Mayweather) wants to go back to the ring, then go announce it and challenge me. Am active. I have the belt. If he’s willing I will fight him again,” said Pacquiao.Ellerbe said there are a few names for Pacquiao’s next fight including Keith Thurman the WBA super championship belt which is another version of what the Filipino icon just retained.Former WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia was also mentioned as a possible next foe.“I don’t pick my opponents, I let my promoter do that job,” said Pacquiao referring to Premier Boxing Champions which is aligned with Mayweather.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Manny Pacquiao: I have no plans to run for president PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

New opioid prescribing guidelines aim to cut use of potent narcotics

first_imgTORONTO – Updated opioid-prescribing guidelines released Monday encourage doctors to avoid giving the powerful narcotics as a first-line treatment to patients with chronic, non-cancer pain and instead try other medications or non-pharmaceutical therapies to prevent a host of potential harms associated with the widely used drugs.Those harms include physical dependence or addiction, as well as the increasingly common risk of fatal overdoses. An estimated 2,000 Canadians died of opioid overdoses in 2015 alone, and initial 2016 data still being tallied suggest the number of fatalities linked to the drugs — both prescription and illicit — could far exceed that figure.“It really comes down to the paradox of trying to provide important relief for patients dealing with unrelenting chronic pain while at the same time balancing the risks associated with the medications,” said Dr. Jason Busse, a researcher at the National Pain Centre at McMaster University and lead author of the 10-recommendation document.For patients whose chronic pain is not controlled with non-opioid therapy, the panel of experts that developed the guidelines says dosages of opioids like oxycodone, hydromorphone and the fentanyl patch should be restricted to less than the equivalent of 90 milligrams of morphine per day, and ideally to less than 50 mg.Physicians treating patients already taking the equivalent of 90 mg of morphine or more should consider incrementally tapering their daily intake to the lowest effective dose, and possibly even discontinuing the potent medications, the panel recommends.“Estimates are somewhere between half a million and a million Canadian adults are currently on long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain, often at very high doses,” Busse said from Hamilton.“And when you go on long-term opioid therapy, you will inevitably develop physical dependence. And opioids also become less effective the longer that you take them,” leading many patients to seek higher and higher doses to achieve relief so they can function in their daily lives, he said.The new guideline document, published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, provides much stronger and more detailed advice than a previous version released in 2010, which suggested doctors could use a “watchful dose” of the equivalent of 200 mg of morphine daily.“After 2010, there was not the kind of impact on opioid prescribing that I think people were hoping for,” Busse said.“There was a little bit of a downtick, but maximum doses of opioid prescribing went up, admissions for hospital-related opioid toxicity went up, and death rates have continued to climb as well.”Moreover, 40 per cent of recipients of long-acting opioids were receiving the equivalent of more than 200 mg of morphine daily, while 20 per cent were getting more than 400 mg.Dr. Irfan Dhalla, a practising Toronto physician and vice-president of evidence development and standards for Health Quality Ontario, called the new guidelines a “huge improvement.”Doctors must consider the possibility that patients have become addicted to their medication, or are continuing use of the drugs to avoid the often-debilitating symptoms of withdrawal.“Many patients being prescribed high-dose opioids in fact have an opioid-use disorder, or an addiction to opioids, and physicians need to be aware of that and work with colleagues to diagnose and treat opioid-use disorder in an evidence-based way,” said Dhalla, who was not involved in developing the guidelines.But he also said that when it comes to the recommendation to taper the amount of opioids for patients already taking them — especially long-time users — it’s vital that doctors don’t suddenly discontinue the painkillers or rapidly drop the daily dosage for those who truly need the drugs.Busse agreed there is a danger of an “overcorrection” in prescribing practices, because doctors recognize there’s been a massive increase in cases of opioid toxicity and fatal overdoses over the last 20 years.He acknowledged there is a subpopulation of Canadians with chronic pain that derive an important benefit from the medications — relief they have been unable to achieve with non-opioid therapies.“If we attempt to take them off their opioids right away or aggressively taper, many of those patients are going to go into opioid withdrawal and some of those patients if they are denied opioids, if they’re struggling with symptoms of withdrawal, they may feel compelled to seek out opioids from other sources.“In other words, they go to the street, and in particular on the West Coast, we just have a proliferation of illicit fentanyl and even more dangerous agents such as carfentanil.“So in an effort to try to reduce harms in patients that are using high-dose opioids, we may end up putting them in a situation of greater harm — and that’s something we have to be very careful about.”In a related CMAJ commentary, Dr. Andrea Furlan of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and Dr. Owen Williamson of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, say the updated guidelines must be supported by a national pain strategy and “evidence-based alternative treatments for the one in five Canadians currently living with chronic pain” from such conditions as back problems, fibromyalgia and arthritis.“Until we have a national pain strategy, physicians will continue using the only tool they have: their prescription pad,” they wrote.– Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

February retail sales slip as auto gas purchases fade

first_imgWASHINGTON – U.S. consumers spent less at auto dealers, gas stations and department stores in February, causing overall retail sales to slip 0.1 per cent despite signs elsewhere of a robust economy and the tax cuts signed into law by President Donald Trump starting to take effect.It was the third consecutive month of declining retail sales, the Commerce Department said Wednesday, though they’re still 4 per cent higher from a year ago. Shoppers have opened 2018 with a cold spell after robust spending gains in the months leading up to the holidays. The core retail sales that economists monitor — which exclude autos, building materials, gasoline and restaurants — improved a mere 0.1 per cent in February after essentially being flat in January.So far, the promise of higher take-home pay from Trump’s tax cuts appears to have had little influence on spending for big ticket items such as autos. But many economists expect to see gathering momentum for consumer spending given that the unemployment rate is at a low 4.1 per cent and the benefits from the tax cuts start to filter through the broader economy.“This lull is temporary,” said Gus Faucher, chief economist at PNC Financial Services.Michael Dolega, a senior economist at TD Bank, said he anticipates stronger retail sales in March. He noted that much of the decline was at auto dealers, which had been booking sales growth as people replaced vehicles damaged last year by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. He also noted that federal income tax filing season for 2017 had a relatively late start, so people may be spending any refunds later in the year.Still, there may be limits to how much retail sales can rise. Consumers have continued migrating to online outlets such as Amazon and away from traditional department stores, dampening overall sales as the competition to charge the lowest price has increased. Retail sales are increasingly influenced by the aging of the baby boomer generation, who tend to spend less after retirement.Auto sales fell 0.9 per cent last month, while purchases at gas stations tumbled 1.2 per cent. Sales at department stores declined 0.9 per cent.But spending at online and catalogue retailers climbed, as did spending at building materials stores, restaurants and clothiers to offset much of the decline elsewhere.Retailers remain optimistic about a sales rebound. They added a healthy 50,300 jobs in February, according to the Labor Department’s jobs report.last_img read more

Ohio State mens basketball pounds Iowa 7647

The likely momentum gained from back-to-back wins against Wisconsin and Minnesota wasn’t enough to help spark Iowa to an upset win against Ohio State men’s basketball Saturday.The No. 6-ranked Buckeyes (15-2, 3-1 Big Ten) traveled to Iowa City, Iowa, and ended the host’s two-game winning streak, defeating the Hawkeyes, 76-47. Sophomore forwards led the way for OSU as Jared Sullinger poured in a season-high 28 points while Deshaun Thomas contributed 10 points as well.In the Buckeyes’ first road test since a Dec. 31 loss to Indiana, OSU also improved their record away from the Schottenstein Center to 2-2.Iowa’s leading scorer, junior guard Eric May, managed only nine points. For the game, the Hawkeyes shot 32 percent and committed 20 turnovers.OSU continues conference play Tuesday at Illinois.  Tip off is scheduled for 9 p.m. and the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.Milestone winSaturday’s win against Iowa was also senior guard William’s Buford 100th career OSU victory. Buford scored eight points and tallied 11 rebounds and five assists in the win against the Hawkeyes. read more