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Turkish police close Kurdish daily, arrest more than 20 journalists

first_imgNews News August 17, 2016 Turkish police close Kurdish daily, arrest more than 20 journalists An Istanbul court yesterday ordered the newspaper’s indefinite closure on the grounds that it was allegedly acting as “mouthpiece” of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and was therefore publishing “a terrorist organization’s propaganda.”The police then stormed the newspaper’s Istanbul headquarters, seizing computers and arresting at least 17 members of its staff. Two journalists with the DİHA news agency and another two with İMC TV, who happened to be in the newspaper’s offices at the time, were also arrested*.“Are we going to have to get used to seeing the police storm media outlets in Turkey?” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “Closing a media outlet is the most extreme form of censorship, showing a determination to gag it rather than challenge its editorial policies. “This unacceptable measure has dealt a new blow to pluralism and sent a strong intimidatory signal to all journalists in Turkey. We call on the authorities to lift the measures taken against Özgür Gündem.”Launched in 1992, at the height of the fighting between the Turkish army and the PKK-led Kurdish rebels, Özgür Gündem has had a long history of persecution. It was banned from 1994 to 2011 and had to keep changing its name. Many of its reporters were murdered from 1992 to 1995 and his headquarters was bombed in 1994.The ensuing years were less violent, but saw a succession of raids, arrests and seizures. Three human rights defenders, including RSF’s Turkey representative, Erol Önderoğlu, spent ten days in prison in June for participating in a campaign in solidarity with Özgür Gündem. Charges are still pending against them.Özgür Gündem’s website has been blocked in Turkey since fighting between the army and the PKK resumed in July 2015. The judicial authorities also requested the blocking of its Twitter account in late July. RSF published a report in October 2015 about the relationship between the Kurdish issue and media freedom in Turkey. Follow the news on Turkey Help by sharing this information April 2, 2021 Find out more Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentArmed conflictsFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentArmed conflictsFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe Credit: Beyza Kural / Haluk Kalafat / Bianet.org Organisation Turkey is ranked 151st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. The situation of the media was already bad but got much worse as a result of the witchhunt launched after the 15 July coup attempt. A total of 102 media outlets have been closed by decree, a draconian state of emergency is in effect and no fewer than 44 journalists have been placed in provisional detention, making Turkey the world’s biggest prison for media personnel.*The following journalists were arrested yesterday: Günay Aksoy, Kemal Bozkurt, Reyhan Hacıoğlu, Önder Elaldı, Ender Öndeş, Sinan Balık, Davut Uçar, Fırat Yeşilçınar, İnan Kızılkaya, Zeki Erden, Elif Aydoğmuş, Bilir Kaya, Ersin Çaksu, Sevdiye Ergürbüz , Amine Demirkıran, Bayram Balcı and Burcu Özkaya (Özgür Gündem); Özgür Paksoy and Mesut Kaynar (DİHA); Gülfem Karataş and Gökhan Çetin (İMC TV). to go further Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor April 28, 2021 Find out more April 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns yesterday’s closure of the Kurdish daily Özgür Gündem and the arrest of more than 20 journalists when police raided its Istanbul headquarters to enforce the closure. RSF_en News Newslast_img read more

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Messi in good spirits during Barca training as departure saga fades

first_imgLionel Messi looked back in his comfort zone during training with his Barcelona team mates on Wednesday in preparation for the new La Liga season as he continued to move on from his aborted attempt to leave the club last month.Barca’s all-time top scorer was seen smiling as he and his fellow players worked through persistent rain at the club’s Joan Gamper training complex under the orders of new coach Ronald Koeman.Messi, who remains captain despite publicly declaring he wished to leave the club and lashed out at president Josep Maria Bartomeu, resumed training with the team on Monday after refusing to report back eight days previously while he continued to seek a departure. But the Argentine announced last Friday that he would stay at Barca for this year as he did not want to challenge the club in court over a disputed clause in his contract which he argued allowed him to leave without a transfer fee.Barca are sitting out the first two weeks of the new Spanish top-flight campaign due to participating in last month’s Champions League ‘Final Eight’ tournament, where they were humiliated 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals.Koeman’s side play Gimnastic de Tarragona on Saturday in a friendly and then Girona next Wednesday before their first competitive game against Villarreal on Sept. 27. Topics :last_img read more

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BLOG: Creating Jobs That Pay and Rebuilding Pennsylvania’s Economy

first_img Jobs That Pay,  The Blog,  Videos,  Year in Review Since day one, Governor Wolf has made “Jobs that Pay” a priority in Pennsylvania. This year, on Governor Wolf’s “Jobs that Pay” tour, the governor and members of his cabinet heard from business owners, industry leaders, and hardworking Pennsylvanians statewide about what the Wolf administration can do to help them thrive.Watch Governor Wolf talk about Jobs That Pay in 2015.The hard work of and partnerships between the Wolf administration and Pennsylvania’s businesses have already been seen in our job rates. For example, did you know that the record high for the total number of jobs in Pennsylvania was 5,859,400 in October 2015?In addition, in November, Pennsylvania surpassed our pre-recession high in the labor force employment count, which puts our state in an expansion period.The Wolf administration has worked to create policies that help set the table for robust private sector growth and support our manufacturing and new growth industries.Some of these policies include:Creating and sustaining good-paying jobs through public-private partnerships.Through the work of the Governor’s Action Team (GAT), an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor, the administration is working with businesses that are considering locating to or expanding in Pennsylvania. In 2015, GAT completed 58 such relocation and expansion projects, which in turn created over 4,500 new jobs and helped retain over 11,000 positions.The phase-out of the Capital Stock and Foreign Franchise Tax.Earlier this month, Governor Wolf announced the successful January 1 phase-out of Pennsylvania’s Capital Stock and Foreign Franchise tax, calling it “an unfair tax on business” that he was committed to eliminating. This outdated tax structure had failed to incentivize job growth in Pennsylvania, and while its phase-out was proposed as early as fifteen years ago, previous administration had delayed its elimination. The taxes were imposed on corporations with capital stock, joint-stock associations, limited liability companies, business trusts, and other companies doing business within Pennsylvania. Domestic corporations were subject to the capital stock tax, while foreign corporations are subject to the foreign franchise tax on capital stock apportioned to Pennsylvania. The elimination of the these taxes fosters a business climate that encourages job creation and creates a tax structure that is fair to business and taxpayers.A commitment to improving diverse and small business participation in state contracting opportunities.In September, Governor Wolf signed an executive order solidifying his administration’s commitment to improving the participation of small and diverse businesses – minority-, women-, LGBT-, veteran- and disabled-owned business ­– in state government contracting and the commonwealth’s overall economy. Executive Order 2015-11 (“Diversity, Inclusion, and Small Business Opportunities in State Contracting and Pennsylvania’s Economy”) directs a consistent and coordinated effort to ensure diversity and inclusion in all contracting opportunities for small and diverse businesses throughout agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction and promotes the creation of programs to better prepare those businesses to compete and succeed in Pennsylvania’s economy.Maintaining and creating vital industry partnerships with Pennsylvania businesses.This year, the Wolf administration and the Department of Labor and Industry received 36 Industry Partnership applications for $9,400,476 in FY15-16 funding. The total number of Industry Partnership participants this year was 2,524 and Industry Partnership trainings was 2,840.Prioritizing the vitalization of the Port of Philadelphia.On November 4, 2015, Governor Wolf announced his strategic plan for sustained management, maintenance, and development of the Port of Philadelphia. The governor emphasized his key priorities of investing in infrastructure, creating jobs, and keeping Pennsylvania economically competitive. In addition to establishing a timeline for the development of the Southport Terminal, Governor Wolf announced further steps his administration is taking to ensure long-term stability and growth at the Port of Philadelphia.Allocating millions in gaming fund investments to economic development programs in counties across the commonwealth.The Wolf administration joined the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) in approving the allocation of millions in gaming funds to Allegheny, Luzerne, and Monroe counties, among others, this year. These funds support community improvement, economic development, and public interest projects to help build a stronger workforce and spur job creation in these regions.Focusing on creating summer jobs for Pennsylvania’s youth.In 2015, the Wolf administration and the Department of Labor and Industry directed $3.5 million for summer jobs demonstration programs in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. In Philadelphia, $2.4 million was directed for a pilot program through “WorkReady Philadelphia,” targeting youth ages 12-24 in relatively low-income, high-poverty neighborhoods, resulting in more than 1,400 new summer positions. In Pittsburgh, $1.1 million was directed to fund approximately 200 summer jobs for low-income and at-risk high school students in a variety of STEM-related pilot internship programs, including Digital Manufacturing, Website Production, and Big Data Analytics.Governor Wolf also joined Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin, Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Kathy Manderino, and tens of businesses statewide in making many exciting job announcements across the commonwealth this year.Check out a few of the headlines announcing new jobs in Pennsylvania:Lehigh Valley Express-Times: Grocery wholesaler expansion to create 500 jobs in Lehigh Valley. [12/01/15]Chesco Daily Local News: CTDI plans large testing and warehouse operation in Valley. [09/29/15]Allentown Morning Call: Medical device company moves to Valley, pledges 25 new, well-paying jobs. [08/04/15]Pittsburgh Business Times: Real estate firm heading to new digs, to add 115 jobs. [05/07/15]The Wolf administration made many new jobs announcements in 2015. Check out some of these announcements below:Five hundred new jobs due to a new expansion project at C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. in Northampton County. [12/01/15]In Philadelphia, 110 new, high-paying jobs at biopharmaceutical company Adaptimmune Therapeutics. [10/09/15]At Oak Hill Veneer in Bradford County, an expansion of the spliced hardwood veneer operations that created 73 new, full-time jobs.  [09/30/15]Sixty-four new, full-time jobs at Cook Myosite, Inc., a clinical stage biotech firm specializing in human cell regeneration, located in Allegheny County. [09/24/15]The creation of a new research and development facility at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, creating 190 new, high-paying jobs with Axalta Coating Systems, LLC. [09/09/15]An expansion of the R&D site at Alcoa, a lightweight metals manufacturer in Westmoreland County, to create at least 90 new, full-time positions. [09/03/15]Forty-one new, full-time jobs due to an expansion of operations at Lancaster County’s Bollman Hat Company, the oldest hat maker in the United States. [08/26/15]The creation of 30 new, full-time jobs at Neptune Solutions Company, a water treatment technology company serving the oil and gas industries, due to the establishment of their new headquarters in Washington County. [08/07/15]A new corporate headquarters and manufacturing operation site in Northampton County for orthopedic device company Tyber Medical, LLC, creating 25 new, full-time jobs. [08/04/15]In Fayette County, eighty new jobs at the new corporate headquarters of JLE Industries, LLC, a transportation and logistics company serving the energy and infrastructure development industries. [07/17/15]Two hundred new jobs at All Fresh Farms, LLC, an indoor hydroponic production and packaging operation, which established a new facility in Pike County. [05/21/15]An expansion of the SunOpta, Inc. manufacturing facility in Lehigh County, a move that created at least 53 new jobs. [05/20/15]In Pittsburgh, 115 new jobs due to the relocation and expansion of Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), an integrated commercial real estate and investment management firm. [05/07/15]Fifty new jobs at a new Chester County facility for Universal Pasteurization Company, LLC, (“Universal Pasteurization” and “UPC”), a provider of high pressure processing (HPP) and cold storage services to domestic food manufacturers. [04/07/15] By: Sophie Stone, Deputy Press Secretary January 18, 2016 BLOG: Creating Jobs That Pay and Rebuilding Pennsylvania’s Economycenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter See all of our Year in Review blog posts.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

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