Five police officers may be investigated in connection with Hrant Dink murder

first_img April 2, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out more News Organisation TurkeyEurope – Central Asia The Turkish interior ministry has asked the judicial authorities to investigate five police officers attached to the Security Directorate in Istanbul on suspicion of failing to take the threats against newspaper editor Hrant Dink seriously and failing to protect him. Dink, who was of Armenian origin, was gunned down in January 2007.The five policemen – Bahadir Tekin, Özcan Özkan, Volkan Altinbulak, Ibrahim Pala and Sevki Eldivan – are alleged to have been remiss in not investigating threats that had been made against Dink for more than a year and for not tapping the phones of those suspected of being responsible. Pala and Eldivan are accused of failing to provide Dink with protection.The five police officers are expected to appeal against the request for an investigation. Reporters Without Borders nonetheless regards the request as a modest step forward and hopes that the investigation will go ahead. It also hopes that other Turkish officials will be investigated for their role in Dink’s murder.Born in 1954, Dink waged a determined campaign for Turkey to recognise the Armenian genocide. He was prosecuted many times in connection with his work as a journalist and was targeted by judicial officials and ultranationalists in the months prior to his death. He was gunned down on 19 January 2007 in the Istanbul district of Sisli, just a few meters from the entrance to Agos, the weekly newspaper he created in 1996. TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Help by sharing this information Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Newscenter_img News to go further Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Follow the news on Turkey News Receive email alerts April 13, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Five police officers may be investigated in connection with Hrant Dink murder April 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en last_img read more

Jens Lehmann reveals Nike ball was to blame for Arsenal’s Champions League defeat against Chelsea

first_imgAdvertisement Comment He told beIN Sports: ‘I didn’t understand and sometimes it still happens to big teams that the Premier League puts you on a schedule where you have to perform at the end of the season. In 10 days what happened at the time (we had to play) against top, top teams.‘No team, however good it is, can perform every two or three days on such a high level. It was our disadvantage against Chelsea. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I remember I made a mistake against Chelsea because we played with a brand new Nike ball and it came swerving like that and I couldn’t stop it. I couldn’t catch it.‘It was a draw then with Frank Lampard and then in the last minute all of a sudden, because we were so tired, we couldn’t defend a draw and we lost that game.’MORE: Wojciech Szczesny takes dig at Arsenal after Aaron Ramsey’s Juventus moveMORE: RB Leipzig chief hints at summer exit for Arsenal and Man Utd target Dayot Upamecano Advertisement Jens Lehmann reveals Nike ball was to blame for Arsenal’s Champions League defeat against Chelsea Jens Lehmann believes Nike’s Total 90 Aerow ball was to blame for Arsenal’s Champions League defeat against Chelsea in 2004 (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s Champions League quarter final defeat against Chelsea represented one of the most significant of Arsene Wenger’s entire reign and goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has claimed Nike’s Total 90 Aerow ball was partly to blame.Wenger’s side had swept all before them on the domestic front and were well on their way to claiming the league title, completing an unprecedented unbeaten campaign in the process.Their hopes of progressing in Europe, however, hinged on defeating Chelsea. The first leg ended in a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge and Arsenal remained favourites to progress despite having been knocked out of the FA Cup four days earlier by Manchester United. AdvertisementAdvertisementJose Antonio Reyes gave Wenger’s men the advantage before the break at Highbury, but the turning point of the tie arrived six minutes after the interval when Lehmann spilled Claude Makelele’s long-range strike and Frank Lampard gobbled up the rebound. ADVERTISEMENTWayne Bridge’s late goal sealed Chelsea’s place in the semi-final against Monaco and although Lehmann acknowledged the gruelling schedule played a part in Arsenal’s demise, he also claimed the decision to ditch the Merlin Vapour ball, which was used during the group stages of the competition, also contributed to his downfall. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 3 May 2020 8:40 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.3kShareslast_img read more

Anelka on ‘indefinite leave’

first_imgWest Brom have granted Nicolas Anelka indefinite compassionate leave following the death of his agent Eric Manasse, Press Association Sport understands. Anelka, who made his Baggies debut in Saturday’s defeat by Southampton, spoke to the club’s sporting and technical director Richard Garlic this morning after being informed of the news. It was decided the 34-year-old former France striker should be given time off to grieve, although reports he has retired are believed to be premature at this stage. West Brom had announced on their official website that Anelka has been given permission to miss Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Everton on “compassionate grounds”. While Anelka’s brother Claude is more widely known as his agent, the Frenchman’s affairs are also handled by Manasse with whom it is believed he had a close relationship. It is understood that West Brom have opted against setting a timeframe for Anelka’s return to duty given the nature of his absence, but his future is clearly now in some doubt with both club and player in limbo. “West Bromwich Albion can confirm that Nicolas Anelka will not be involved in Saturday’s game at Everton,” read a statement. “The club have excused the striker from club duty on compassionate grounds.” Anelka joined West Brom on a free transfer in July having completed a loan spell at Juventus when his lucrative move to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua turned sour. The well-travelled former Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea striker agreed a one-year deal with the Baggies with an option for a further season. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Former CEO of MySpace advises aspiring entrepreneurs

first_imgUSC’s Venture Incubation Program teamed up with Startup Equinox to host Pulse, an opportunity to network and learn how to leverage resources to bring budding startups and promising ideas to life in Seeley G. Mudd Hall on Tuesday.The agenda for the night included a discussion with Michael Jones, the former CEO of MySpace, as well as a networking fair featuring a series of USC startups. The discussion was led by Sanket Chauhan, president of Venture Incubation.Jones is an internet entrepreneur who specializes in building software and internet businesses. Prior to his position at MySpace, Jones began angel investing in multiple startups such as Tinder, Wealthfront, Klout and Dollar Shave Club. Currently, he serves as the CEO of Science, an incubator in Los Angeles that turns potential into profit under professional guidance.During the discussion and Q&A, Jones told students about his personal experiences as an entrepreneur. Just like many of the students in attendance, Jones’ passion for bringing new ideas to life began during his college years at the University of Oregon, where he and his friends crafted a niche magazine called Elixir that eventually received national attention. His college experiences, Jones said, shaped not only his early ventures, but also his future career.“Luckily, my university was flexible enough to allow me to build companies and work while I was going to school,” Jones said. “The university, like [USC], was a very big university. It had a lot of variability in what I focused on, and I just started building businesses.”Jones also described the importance of networking in college as a way to create lasting relationships that transcend the work environment.“I teamed up with great people I met at college,” Jones said. “Frankly, a lot of the people I work with today … I actually found in my college setting.”Jones encouraged students to stay patient and open-minded as they discover their convictions and interests. He praised taking risks, and insisted that college is the best time to fail. Above all, he encouraged students to follow their passions.“Great entrepreneurs just find a way to do stuff, and they find ways to rally resources, and cut corners, or whatever they need to do to pursue their vision,” Jones said. “I find the best entrepreneurs are just relentless at going after what they want to do, and they’re typically going after a segment that they’re personally connected to.”The startup fair that followed the discussion included social platforms such as Pack Up + Go, Shelf and Fae App, as well as health and wellness related platforms such as Ignite, O2 Max Fitness, Team Roots and KrafftIT. Fourteen startups were in attendance, according to Milan Goyal, director of operations for Venture Incubation.“It’s an opportunity for [these startups] to showcase what they’re working on,” Goyal said. “If they’re looking for help they’ll find that, [and] other people will network. It’s a way to bring the community together.”Venture Incubation is a student-run organization that originated from the Viterbi Student Institute for Innovation, which was founded by Ashish Soni, a professor in the Viterbi School of Engineering. The goal of the organization is to provide college entrepreneurs with greater access to resources, learning opportunities and professional connections in an area of interest that many consider to be “do-it-yourself.”“The problem with the USC entrepreneurship community is that it’s not consolidated,” Chauhan said. “[This] leads to a problem where a lot of teams are always looking for people to hire or work with … but they aren’t able to find the right talent. But I know that the talent is there, it’s just a matter of connecting those two ends.”last_img read more

Plant Pores March to Their Own Beat

first_imgPlants have pores called stomata that open and close (see 09/13/2006).  These gates of the leaf surface provide plant protection from invaders, and allow the transpiration of gases and water vapor in and out, depending on conditions.  The stomata of many plants open wide during the day to allow in carbon dioxide, but close at night to prevent water loss.  In some plants, the cycle is reversed.    It had seemed that stomates march together by some kind of signalling system, but a new study shows that they operate independently.  EurekAlert reported that scientists found the “logic” of the stomata function.  Using lasers, they found a couple of interesting things: (1) the opening is triggered by release of a light-sensitive protein called phototropin-1, and (2) it depends on the amount of light reaching the interior of the cell.  Some unknown cell signalling takes place between interior and exterior of the leaf that is only beginning to be understood.    The bottom line is that the independent operation of these leaf “drawbridges” provides the most efficient means of harvesting sunlight.  Consider the case of one leaf shading half of another.  It wouldn’t make sense for all the stomata to open when only half could use the light.  “The stomata autonomy confers an advantage on the plant, which opens the lighted stoma, while maintains the shaded neighbour closed,” the article explains.  “This behaviour optimises the balance between water loss and CO2 acquisition.”  The researchers found that phototropin-1 sensitivity was just above the threshold in the lighted leaf, but below it in the shaded leaf.    The press release added that this discovery could stimulate further research into “cellular autonomy and cell signalling of many other light-induced processes.”Anybody smell Darwin in these comments?  The fresh air of intelligent design “logic” in the operation of living things brings with it a renewed sense of vitality for research.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Lessons in Environmental Geocaching “Gecko 2012”

first_img SharePrint RelatedFeatured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”Wild Canyon Games 2012 – Extreme GeocachingJune 8, 2012In “Community”December Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentJanuary 7, 2015In “Community” Share with your Friends:More The subject of sustainable geocaching goes under the microscope during the German geocaching event “Gecko 2012.” The Geocaching “Konferenz” (Gecko) offers three days of workshops, lectures, and events on the topic of keeping and expanding, “sustainable geocaching in harmony with the environment, nature, and in harmony with our fellow human beings.” It’s a powerful undertaking in Germany, which has the highest geocache saturation of any country in the world.center_img Gecko 2012: Sustainable GeocachingJan aka Czerkus is part of the organizational team for Gecko-2012. Jan says a majority of geocachers play in harmony with nature. “Geocachers often say that the world is their playing field. If you use nature for your hobby, it should be self-evident to protect your playing field. This is the central slogan of the conference.”This is one of the first conferences of its kind. Jan says, “All workshops, activities and discussions are focused on environmental education and building bridges between geocachers and their critics. As well, we’ll give geocachers who are environmentally aware a platform to develop networks. At the moment we are learning a lot, because there is no experience or event like this that we can lean on [and learn from].”The events at the conference don’t just teach people about respecting nature, they embrace the outdoors and geocaching. Some of the sessions of the conference include courses on “T5 tree climbing,” “Observing and protecting animals,” and trips to nearby EarthCaches. Jan says there’s more, “There will be workshops about planning Cache In Trash Out (CITO) Events, discussions with hunters, forest rangers, and environmental activists and nature-guides will lead the geocachers in the woods to show them their play field.”Location of “Gecko 2012″Jan says geocachers have a great responsibility to the environment because geocaching is a highly visible activity, “Geocaching is very transparent and leaves geocachers’ marks in the World Wide Web. Everybody can see what we do, where, and how often.”Along with seeing geocaching, Jan also hopes the greater community sees geocachers’ environmental efforts like Gecko 2012. He says, “We have a very special responsibility” to care for the environment. It’s even more fitting then, that after Gecko 2012, a giant Cache In Trash out (CITO) is planned. Gecko 2012 begins on June 8.last_img read more

Desperate Measures? Oracle Prices Shoot Up 40%

first_imgSoftware giant Oracle has increased prices by a full 40% for some products. Specifically, the diagnostics and tuning packs for enterprise database management have swelled to $5,000 since December. The Spatial database also went up from $11,500 to $17,500.No company spokesman has yet commented to ReadWriteWeb or other sources, and the full reasoning behind the price hike remains unexplained, officially anyway. Unofficially, it’s clear that Oracle is looking to its most high-end products to raise the bottom line during lean times. The last data sheet to show the lower price points is from December 2008, and current prices available are displaying the increase. However, it’s still unclear exactly when the bump occurred.The packs affected by the price increase are for monitoring and compliance of some of the largest and most high-value databases in the enterprise, and are used by administrators looking to find and deal with trouble spots. For especially high-risk industries like health care and banking, not using the packs for dealing with compliance issues and other mission critical activities is not realistically an option. While these lists are more a starting point for negotiations than a firm offer, the significant increase in asking price is still makes a big impact on what customers end up paying. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now steven walling IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img Related Posts Tags:#enterprise Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Delhi is the new Gourmet Capital

first_imgDelhi is experiencing an efflorescence of dining like it has never seen before.Today, it can lay claim with justification to the mantle of being the country’s ‘gourmet capital’ – a crown that Mumbai regarded as its birthright.I am using ‘gourmet’ not in the stuffy sense of the word, but to signify an informed interest in good food, irrespective of its provenance, whether from a hole in the wall that has stood the test of time or from a whitetablecloth restaurant that is the rage of the season. Delhiites like to eat and spend good money on food (as Mumbai’s favourite restaurateur Rahul Akerkar of Indigo once described the city me,” Delhi is a consuming market, a well-heeled market”). And can they be opinionated about food and hold forth on it (mostly intelligently) for hours! Go to Facebook and you’ll see in abundance this side of Delhi.Olive’s AD Singh was the first Mumbai restaurateur to recognise Delhi’s evolving palate, followed by Riyaz Amlani of Smokehouse restaurants, and most recently, by Rahul Akerkar. And just as you start thinking that you’ve seen the last of the food groups on Facebook, another one pops up with its own fan following. There are people who deride these culinary churnings as exercises in narcissism, as outpourings of extremely boring people who live in some la-la land, but isn’t that true of people who are passionate about politics, films and sports? Delhi’s long march from the days when it used to be derided as the Republic of Butter Chicken is being reflected in the new wave of restaurants thriving across the city and now, increasingly, Gurgaon. I remember AD Singh, the brain behind the national success of Olive Bar & Kitchen, saying to me in 2004 that ” Delhi goes to a restaurant to eat; Mumbai, to see and be seen.” He was very nervous, in fact, before opening Olive Bar & Kitchen in Mehrauli, despite the success of its philosophy of laidback fine dining in Mumbai, because he was certain Delhiites would judge the new restaurant primarily on what they got to eat, not the looks or the vibes. The city’s fabled love of good food, and the lengths it can go to be adventurous, is now mirrored in the new restaurants mushrooming all over.advertisementDelhi was the country’s first city to have a Spanish and a Thai restaurant with expat chefs – Esmeralda (1986) and Thai Pavilion (1992), respectively, at The Oberoi – but these turned out to be flashes in the pan. Its love for the unfamiliar and the authentic, this time round, is here to stay and get more intense as more restaurants open to cater to this gastrolust.Delhi today has in Indian Accent the country’s finest ‘ Inventive Indian’ restaurant. It has become the second home to regional cuisines – from stalwarts such as Oh Calcutta, City of Joy, Saravanah Bhawan and Delhi Karnataka Sangha to newbies like Carnatic Cafe (New Friends Colony) and Yeti: The Himalayan Kitchen (Greater Kailash-II, M-Block Market), to the north-eastern quartet of Jokai (Assam Bhawan), The Nagaland Kitchen and Rosang Cafe (Green Park Extension), and Dzukou (Hauz Khas Market), to the Cyber Hub Gurgaon’s quartet of Made in Punjab, Soda Bottle Opener Wala, Dhaba by Claridges and Zambar, and Bernardo’s, Delhi-NCR’s lone flag-bearer of Goan food a little farther away.This passion to go regional now expresses itself even in global cuisines showcased in the city. Before Neung Roi opened at the Radisson Blu Plaza, Mahipalpur, did anyone care about the geographical divisions of Thai cuisine? Or did anyone have the foggiest on Emilia-Romagna till Artusi opened at the city’s new foodie destination – M-Block Market, Greater Kailash-II – and popularised the region’s cuisine? Today, we have what no one would have wagered on not even five years ago-a thriving French restaurant (Rara Avis), a second outlet of the Spanish eatery Imperfecto, two more chef-driven restaurants to give the grande dame Diva company (Nira Kehar’s Chez Nini and Julia D’Sa and Jatin Malik’s Tres), and a neighbourhood Japanese restaurant (Guppy by Ai).Welcome to the Gourmet Capital!Fine dining under the MetroFio Cookhouse & Bar, without doubt, is the finest restaurant at the increasingly busy Epicuria.It’s a great feeling to be able to sit below a Metro line and have a fine meal without being shaken by the rattle and rumble of trains, looking out to a garden shielding you from the bustle of one of the city’s busiest commercial complexes – Nehru Place. I was at Fio Cookhouse & Bar, smacking my lips after a soul-warming portion of broccoli raviolo soup, in Epicuria, the country’s first community food mall inside a Metro station.advertisementThe brainchild of entrepreneur Vivek Bahl, Epicuria has transformed the Nehru Place Metro station into a destination. And with four lead attractions besides Fio – the hugely popular nightclub Flying Saucer, Starbucks, Karim’s and India’s first Benihana (despite mixed reviews!) – it has brought home the idea of dining at a Metro station. Epicuria, thankfully, will soon have three or four clones across Delhi, starting with the Airport Metro station at Connaught Place.Fio at Epicuria turned out to be a real discovery, for I had last visited the original restaurant at the Garden of Five Senses in Said-ul Ajab, and was piqued by its attempt to balance Indian and Italian menus. The combination seems to have worked for its owner, Vineet Wadhwa, a 1980 graduate of the Institute of Hotel Management, Pusa (New Delhi), who spent his green years in the hospitality business under the tutelage of A.N. Haksar, ITC’s first Indian chairman.At Epicuria, Fio is a tad more Italian with a food library look. After 11, though, the place transforms into a party zone for the hip and young where new genres of music rock the scene.I haven’t checked out Fio’s desi menu, but sharing the chef’s table, I was won over by the peri peri olive chicken noisette and the petit roesti (a nifty cocktail snack) loaded with butter beans, portobello mushroom, artichoke, caramelised onion and cheese phyllo, followed by the basil lime steamed fish with balsamic butter, the forest mushroom risotto with asparagus broth, and finally, the unforgettable Viennese chocolate mousse.Beehive of selfies A number of tall buildings have natural beehives, but it takes a manager who thinks out of the box to turn one into a tourist attraction, which is what has happened to the beehive thriving on the ledge overlooking a glass pane on the 11th floor of Pullman Gurgaon Central Park.To draw attention to the beehive, the hotel has put up a plastic sign on the window, which tells us, among other things, that a beehive can produce up to 27 kilos of honey in a good year. I doubt if anyone has ever attempted to extract honey out of the beehive tucked away in a corner of the hotel’s exterior wall that even a spiderman would find hard to negotiate, but it has become a tourist magnet.Not a guest passes by without shooting a picture of the beehive, or taking a selfie with the beehive appearing to rest like a crown on top of the head.– If you share my disgust at wine prices charged by five-star hotels and restaurants, check out the new wine menu at Gulati’s Spice Market, which is at the far end of the road behind DLF Place and Select Citywalk in Saket.The restaurant has introduced quarter bottles (a first for the city priced at Rs 400 plus taxes), which are just right for couples with one partner who’s not into wine. Half bottles are priced between Rs 450 and Rs 950 (for made-for-Indian-food Spanish white wine, Torres Vina Esmeralda Moscatel + Gewurtztraminer 2012) and the full bottles, between Rs 950 and Rs 2,000, which is a steal when you compare the tab with how much wine is selling for elsewhere. advertisementlast_img read more

Task force recommends setting up empowered panel for Oly 2020

first_imgBy Kunal DuttNew Delhi, May 22 (PTI) Sports Ministrys task force, constituted to prepare an action plan for the next three Olympic Games, today recommended setting up an empowered steering committee to take charge of 2020 Games in Tokyo.The eight-member task force, including lone Olympic individual gold medallist Abhinav Bindra and national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand met Sports Minister Vijay Goel today.”We put up a few pointers during our (task force) meeting and the main recommendation was to set up an empowered steering committee to take charge of the next Olympics,” Gopichand told PTI.”We have been meeting at regular intervals. And, besides 2020, of course the discussions are also being held for 2024 and 2028.”We debated several issues and brought to the table ideas that can eventually be implemented to bring in greater synergy among all the stakeholders and supplement the efforts being made by different segments,” Gopichand added.The responsibility of the immediate goal, i.e., to prepare an action plan for Tokyo Olympics has been entrusted to the three sportspersons in the panel — Bindra, Gopichand and former India hockey captain Viren Rasquinha.The setting up of the task force was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi just days after the end of the Rio Olympics, where India won just two medals, in order to help plan for the “effective participation” of Indian sportspersons in the next three Olympics ? in 2020, 2024 and 2028.Besides, the three sportspersons, the other five members of the task force are School Sports Promotion Board head Om Pathak, hockey coach S Baldev Singh, who runs an academy in Shahabad, G L Khanna (Professor and Dean of Exercise and Physiology at Manav Rachna International University at Faridabad), journalist Rajesh Kalra and Sports Authority of Gujarat Director General Sandeep Pradhan. “Mr. Pradhan, Om Pathak and Baldev Singh will be in charge for 2024 and 2028 Olympics. Rajesh Kalra and G L Khanna will be helping both the sub-committees. But our first priority is 2020,” Rasquinha, who has also been named as the spokesperson of the committee, had said on February 3, when the task force has met for the first time. “Me, Abhinav and Gopi will help the other committee once we finish our immediate job of preparing a plan for 2020 Olympics,” he had said. PTI KND AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more