US journalist deported, banned from returning

first_img Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law News Help by sharing this information Organisation TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Turkey News TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the Turkish interior ministry’s decision to deport US journalist Jake Hess and ban him from re-entering the country. Arrested by anti-terrorist police in the mainly Kurdish southeastern province of Diyarbakir on 11 August, Hess was deported on 20 August after being held for nine days. In its release in response to Hess’ arrest, Reporters Without Borders had demanded his immediate release and warned that his expulsion would not be an appropriate solution.“My client’s articles are said to have put the Turkish government in a delicate position,” his lawyer, Serkan Akbas, said. “The grounds given by the authorities for expelling him and banning him from re-entering the country are the fact that his name is on a list of people accused of links with the Union of Kurdistan Communities (KSK).” The KSM is a new organisation that is alleged to be an offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).Hess has told Reporters Without Borders he intends to bring a complaint against the interior ministry with the aim of getting the re-entry ban lifted. He also said he would take the case to the European Court of Human Rights if necessary.——————————————————————————-13 August 2010US journalist detained in southeast over coverage of Kurdish issueJake Hess, an American freelance journalist who writes for Inter Press Service (IPS), was arrested on 11 August in the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, in southeastern Turkey, and is currently being held at the headquarters of the city’s anti-terrorist unit.Accused of links with the Union of Kurdistan Communities (KSK), a new organisation that is alleged to be an offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), Hess could be deported or placed in pre-trial detention today.“Detaining a journalist should be an exceptional measure resulting from a thorough investigation establishing that he has committed a serious crime,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We call for Hess’s immediate release. Neither placing him in pre-trial detention nor deporting him are appropriate solutions. “Journalists who investigate sensitive subjects such as the Kurdish issue in Turkey are required to get in touch with all the parties involved. That should not be regarded as a crime. The Turkish authorities should be more transparent in their handling of this case and should avoid confusing journalists with what they cover.” The press freedom organisation added: “Kurdish media and journalists who cover the consequences of Turkish policy towards the Kurds are too often the target of harassment, which the authorities clumsily try to justify as a necessary part of their efforts to combat terrorism.”Hess’s lawyer, Serkan Akbas, told Reporters Without Borders he was arrested at around 5:45 p.m. on 11 August as part of an investigation into the KCK. He said Hess’s name appears in an indictment prepared by the Diyarbakir prosecutor’s office. It accuses him of frequenting the local office of the Human Rights Association (IHD) and acting as an interpreter for the IHD office and for delegations visiting Diyarbakir.Akbas said he did not think that the investigation into the KCK was the real reason for Hess’s arrest as he has never been summoned or questioned in the past in connection any proceedings against the KCK. The real reason had to be the articles he has written for IPS about the region’s deliberately-started forest fires, the depopulation of Kurdish villages and Turkish air strikes on homes in northern Iraq, he said.The trial of 150 alleged KCK members is due to start in Diyarbakir on 18 October. The defendants include Ahmet Birsin, the editor-in-chief of Diyarbakir-based Gün TV. If the prosecutor’s office decides to include Hess in this case, he could spend the next month and a half in pre-trial detention.The pro-Kurdish news agency Diha (Tiger), said Hess had helped the IHD in Diyarbakir but the IHD insisted that he had spent time at its office simply because he was a journalist. The news agency DHA (Dogan) said that Hess’s name had appeared in letters sent to European government officials and that he had provided information to the US authorities. It also said that he had worked with Muharrem Erbey, the former head of the IHD’s Diyarbakir branch, who was jailed on 24 December 2009 in connection with his political activity. News April 2, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News April 2, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out more August 24, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 US journalist deported, banned from returning to go further Receive email alerts RSF_en Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editorlast_img read more

UEFA puts U.S. leagues to shame with Champions League ban of Manchester City

first_imgIn any league, in any sport, in any country around the world, there always is suspicion the most powerful have their own set of rules. Such doubt about the New England Patriots and the NFL persists well more than a decade after commissioner Roger Goodell attempted to conclude the Spygate episode. Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred did a good job of persuading fans he is above such preferences by punishing Houston Astros ownership and management, although not such a wonderful job of accounting for Houston Astros players who carried out the sign-stealing scheme or the ultimate accomplishment of winning the World Series.The sentences in those cases, though, were like being sent to bed without supper compared to what UEFA, the governing body of European soccer, laid on Manchester City for violating the organization’s Financial Fair Play guidelines: a two-year ban from the Champions League, the most prestigious club competition in the world game, along with a 30 million-euro ($32.5 million) fine. The tournament ban likely will cost City another $40 million in prize money — at least — because the club has qualified for the past nine years and was on course to make it 10 in a row when this penalty was announced Friday.It would be a little like the NFL telling the Patriots they could compete in the regular season but would not be allowed into the playoffs or Super Bowl.City’s offense involved, according to UEFA, “overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016.”LIST: The 100 most expensive transfers in football historyThere figure to be multiple repercussions from this penalty:— The Independent reported that City could be facing a Premier League points deduction in association with the UEFA penalty. The paper also claimed that any successful appeal relative to the UEFA ban would not apply to an EPL punishment. — Star players in their prime, such as midfielder Kevin De Bruyne and winger Raheem Sterling, may consider requesting transfers rather than miss two full years of Champions League competition.— Pep Guardiola, regarded as one of the best managers in the game — in the game’s history, perhaps — already was expected to evaluate his future with the club at the close of the current season. This may push him out the door. — Such transfer targets as left back Ben Chilwell (Leicester City), forward Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan) and defender Ruben Diaz (Benfica) may be less interested in the club’s approaches.— City could resume terrorizing Premier League opponents in 2020-21 if forced to focus on that competition with no European tournament available.Manchester City has virtually unlimited resources because of the incredible wealth of its principal owner, Sheik Mansour, a member of the royal family of Abu Dhabi. City’s shirt sponsor is Etihad Airways and the former City of Manchester Stadium also now bears the name of the airline, based in the UAE.LIST: City and the world’s most financially powerful clubsCity has remained busy recently purchasing talent in the world market, although it has not acquired a true world superstar since De Bruyne arrived from Wolfsburg in 2015. Before that, there was a spree that included the acquisition of strikers Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli, Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez, midfielders David Silva, Samir Nasri and Yaya Toure and defender Vincent Kompany. Last summer, the club spent $183.5 million on six players who have made a combined 26 starts in this season’s Premier League.Financial Fair Play was introduced in UEFA not long after Sheik Mansour purchased City for around $275 million, out of concern that there were some owners willing and able to use personal wealth to absorb extreme financial losses in pursuing player transfers while other clubs in Division I leagues were incurring extraordinary losses and/or taking on extreme debt.City expressed in a statement it was “disappointed but not surprised,” called the process “prejudicial” and promised to pursue an appeal in the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which is its right. Manchester City hasn’t had much luck with the Champions League since emerging as a Premier League power in the 2011-12 season, the fourth year after Sheik Mansour took control of the club. City never has done better than a semifinal appearance despite winning four of the past eight EPL titles and accumulating the two highest point totals in the league’s history during the past two years.At least it had a chance, though.This defeat could linger for years. It is hard to believe UEFA went after Manchester City as fiercely as it did rather than slapping another penalty on, say, Cleveland State.What, you think Jerry Tarkanian’s enduring joke only applied to the NCAA?last_img read more

One Young World Counsellors

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Turning Relationships Around

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now If you’ve worked in a business setting for any time, you know that you are going to be challenged with adversarial people. Some of the adversarial people you will encounter will work within your own company. Even though you’re both wearing white hats, it can sometimes feel like they’re wearing a black hat. Sometimes the adversarial person you encounter lives inside your client’s organization. Heck, sometimes it can even be your client themselves!These adversarial people can cause serious damage to your overall relationship. But if you decide to treat them as if their adversaries, you can cause even greater damage to the relationship.My friend, Bob Burg, author of The Go Giver, has written a new book called Adversaries Into Allies. Bob’s book provides you with the killer framework for dealing with adversarial people. I interviewed Bob about the book on my In the Arena podcast last weekend, and you can listen to that here. I asked Bob to get into the tactical stuff inside the book because I think that’s what’s interesting and important.You need to persuade people who are adversarial. This book will help you if you have adversarial relationships within your client accounts, and if you have some adversarial relationships within your own company this book may help you even more.Adversaries Into Allies is finally available today. This link will take you to the book. If this isn’t enough to convince you, go to and download the first 28 pages free.You’ll thank me for this one.last_img read more

Don’t Wait for Motivation

first_imgThose who achieve their goals don’t wait for motivation, intrinsic or extrinsic.Not ExternalThey don’t wait to be inspired by some larger-than-life figure who seems to have all the answers to life’s biggest questions. They don’t look to their heroes to inspire or motivate them. And they don’t expect their manager, their leader, or their CEO to provide the spark that catches them on fire and compels them to take action.The truth of the matter is that people who succeed and achieve their goals don’t need extrinsic motivation to do their work.Not Exactly IntrinsicThose who produce extraordinary results don’t have to pump themselves up or psyche themselves up to do what they need to do. They don’t need their inner coach to talk them into working, whatever that work might be. Nor do they re-read their mission statement to remind them of—or reconnect to—their “why.”They don’t constantly remind themselves of why they want what they want or the contribution they intend to make. Instead, they do. Let’s call this the “Chuck Close Rule.”The Chuck Close RuleThe artist and photographer, Chuck Close, once said: “Inspiration is for amateurs—the rest of us just show up and get to work.” Of all the so-called secrets of success, this just may be the most important. Your ability to will yourself to act is what produces results, even if something, someone, or some higher purpose doesn’t motivate you.External, hyped-up motivation is fleeting at best. Believing you have to motivate yourself is an excuse. It lets you off the hook with the excuse that you “just aren’t feeling it.” And if you “just aren’t feeling it,” you won’t even look at your mission statement, let alone act on it.When you don’t feel like working, start working and notice how fast you get over your resistance to work. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Somdev reaches South African Open final

first_imgCommonwealth and Asian Games gold medallist Somdev Devvarman reached his first ATP final in two years after beating local wild card entrant Izak Van der Merwe in straight sets in the South African Open here.The 25-year-old rising Indian star scored a 6-2 6-4 win over the South African to progress to his second career final at the Montecasino Entertainment Centre. His first one being in Chennai in 2009 where he lost to Croatia’s Marin Cilic.The victory has moved the Indian within sniffing distance of accumulating 250 ATP World Tour points and pocketing USD 76,500 first prize money.In the summit clash, Somdev will face fourth seed South African Kevin Anderson who defeated Frenchman Adrian Mannrino 6-7(3) 6-0 6-4 in the other semifinal match.Last year, Somdev was eliminated in straight sets by Spain’s David Ferrer at the quarter-final stage.Somdev wasted little time in winning the first set in just 39 minutes, breaking serve in the first and third games.Merwe, much taller to his Indian opponent, rallied in the second set but Somdev broke again in the seventh game when his rival ended a rally with a tame shot into the net.Somdev has so far dropped just one set at the tournament.last_img read more

Bea de Leon snaps out of slump, helps Ateneo extend win streak

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Krauss Lady Eagles dump Lady Warriors for 3rd straight win Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy De Leon had her best scoring game this season with eight points after averaging a pedestrian 5.7 points per outing in her first three matches.The outgoing Lady Eagle also had an efficient offensive rate on the floor converting on eight of her 12 spike attempts including the one kill that finished off UE in the third set.“You guys saw what my output was in the past three games, it wasn’t where I needed it to be,” said De Leon. “I thank coach Oliver (Almadro) for giving me the confidence.”“He always tells me not to worry because the struggle is part maybe because this is my last year and I overthink to do my best.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crashcenter_img P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed MOST READ Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Team captain Bea De Leon, who’s had an off offensive game in he first three games, settled comfortably in Ateneo’s scoring scheme and she said that she’s just one of the Lady Eagles who is trying to keep this streak going.“We’re taking this league one game at a time,” said De Leon Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We have to really prepare hard for every team like UE because we’ve seen them improve so much especially in the floor defense with [Kath] Arado.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesWith the win, Ateneo tied University of the Philippines and defending champion De La Salle atop the standings with 3-1 slates.“We really prepared for them and we’re not underestimating anybody, that’s our mindset and we’re always thinking that every team has a big chance this year.” Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Streaking Ateneo is showing no signs of slowing down.The Lady Eagles have racked up three straight wins with their latest victory via straight sets against University of the East, 25-15, 25-21, 25-16, to get a share of the top spot of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem View commentslast_img read more

Neville deletes Twitter account after sexist tweets

first_imgEngland England Women’s boss Neville deletes Twitter account after backlash to sexist tweets Harry Sherlock 04:09 1/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Phil Neville 21052016 Getty Images England Women’s World Cup The former Manchester United defender has been appointed England Women’s manager, but has faced a fierce backlash from supporters Phil Neville has deleted his Twitter account amid a fierce backlash over his appointment as England Women’s manager.The former Manchester United defender has been announced as the successor to Mark Sampson, who was sacked last year in disgrace.Neville’s tweets have been the subject of intense scrutiny in recent days, as a result, with a number of sexist messages unearthed by supporters. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player One seems to poke fun at the idea of women’s equality, reading: “You women have always wanted equality until it comes to paying the bills #hypocrites”.Neville also tweeted a clarification regarding a previous tweet claiming that he thought women would have been preoccupied in the morning, as they would have been “busy preparing breakfast/getting kids ready/making the beds.”The 41-year-old has now deleted the entirety of his Twitter account, seemingly in the wake of these tweets coming to light.It remains to be seen if Neville will be discplined by the Football Association, though the governing body has yet to comment.last_img read more

10 months agoDerby, Preston chasing Newcastle midfielder Dan Barlaser

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Derby, Preston chasing Newcastle midfielder Dan Barlaserby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United face losing Dan Barlaser for nothing.The Daily Mail says the Turkey youth international is currently impressing during a loan spell at League One Accrington Stanley and boss John Coleman is desperate to extend his stay beyond January.Barlaser – who has also been involved with England Under-18s – has appeared three times for Newcastle’s first team but is said to have improved markedly in recent months given the exposure to senior football.The 21-year-old is now attracting interest from the likes of Middlesbrough, Derby, Preston and Wigan who are aware of his contract situation at St James’ Park. last_img read more

Sportsbook Bovada Has Brice Johnson As Favorite To Win NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player

first_imgUNC enters tonight’s national championship match-up against Villanova as a three point favorite, so it should be no surprise that the Tar Heels’ top player is the favorite to take home the NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player award. Bovada has forward Brice Johnson at +110 to win the award, with Villanova’s Josh Hart as the second favorite at +325. Here is the full set of odds.ncaa tournament mop bovadaWith UNC’s size advantage, Johnson is a very legitimate favorite for the award, but if you believe in Villanova, a bet on Jenkins or Arcidiacono has to be pretty tempting at +900. [Bovada]last_img