Follow the news on Turkey Receive email alerts April 28, 2021 Find out more April 2, 2021 Find out more to go further Help by sharing this information Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit In response to the absurd allegations levelled against Osman Kavala and Yiğit Aksakoğlu, who are both imprisoned pending trial, as well as 14 other civil society figures, all of whom are accused of “attempting to overthrow the government”, we, the undersigned human rights organizations, call for the escalating crackdown and criminalization of civil society to end.For the last five days, alledged details of an indictment against these 16 civil society actors have been leaked through the mainstream media in Turkey in a coordinated campaign of misinformation. According to purported leaks from the indictment, which has yet to be seen by lawyers representing the accused, the allegations focus on the 2013 Gezi Park protests, an overwhelmingly peaceful protest movement that was suppressed by the government amidst widespread police violence.A much larger group of civil society figures continue to be investigated under the auspices of the same investigation. Those under investigation and those facing indictment are neither responsible for the Gezi Park protests, which ought to be considered as a matter of freedom of expression, nor for any crime. The court should reject any indictment based on absurd conspiracies and which lack any meaningful evidence, and Osman Kavala and Yiğit Aksakoğlu, who have been imprisoned for 16 and 3 months respectively, should be immediately released.This latest assault on civil society comes at a time when human rights defenders and other civil society activists increasingly face detention, prosecution and imprisonment simply for exposing human rights violations and for demanding truth, justice and means of redress.The seventh hearing of “Büyükada” trial of 11 human rights defenders will be held next month despite no evidence having been presented to substantiate the trumped-up terrorism charges based solely on their human rights activism.Today human rights defenders Şebnem Korur Fincancı, Erol Önderoğlu and Ahmet Nesin are in court accused of producing “terrorist propaganda” by participating in a solidarity action with the now closed Özgür Gündem newspaper. Journalists who worked for Özgür Gündem are also facing a campaign of judicial harassment. Şebnem Korur Fincancı was convicted two months ago of propaganda for terrorism and sentences to two years and 6 months imprisonment as a signatory of the ‘Peace petition’. The conviction is pending a regional appeals court, a court system that has shown itself to be no more independent of the government than the first instance courts. Human rights defender Eren Keskin, who acted as co-editor-in-chief of Özgür Gündem in an act of solidarity with the newspaper, is also being tried in over 100 cases. Meanwhile, 129 individuals will be imprisoned if the regional appeals court upholds their convictions. Their appeals are ongoing. Both the Özgür Gündem solidarity and the Academics for Peace trials are among those being used by the government to supress and silence hundreds of civil society activists in Turkey, as the courts hand down ever harsher prison sentences for the same acts of legitimate peaceful dissent.International treaties to which Turkey is a state place a special emphasis on the important role played by human rights defenders, civil society and a free press in ensuring respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. The effective protection of the freedom, security, dignity and physical and psychological integrity of human rights defenders is also a precondition for the right to defend human rights. International law also insists that the fundamental responsibility for protecting human rights defenders belongs to the state. The state is ultimately responsible for protecting all rights enjoyed by human rights defenders: from the rights to freedom of thought and expression to the rights to freedom of association and peaceful assembly.We, the undersigned organizations, stand united against these efforts to destroy independent civil society in Turkey, call for an end to the orchestrated campaign of intimidation and judicial harassment of civil society activists in Turkey and once again remind the authorities of their obligations to protect human rights defenders under international law.Civil Rights DefenderAssociation for Monitoring Equal Rights (Eşit Aklar İçin İzleme Derneği)Truth Justice Memory Center (Hakikat Adalet Hafıza Merkezi)The Rights Initiative (Hak İnisiyatifi Derneği)Human Rights Association (İnsan Hakları Derneği)Human Rights Agenda Association (İnsan Hakları Gündemi Derneği)Reporters Without Borders (Sınır Tanımayan Gazeteciler) Human Rights Foundation or Turkey (Türkiye İnsan Hakları Vakfı)Citizen’s Assembly Turkey (Yurttaşlık Derneği)Amnesty International (Uluslararası Af Örgütü) Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor RSF_en News News February 27, 2019 – Updated on February 28, 2019 Turkey: Ten international organisations unite against the efforts to destroy civil society Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and nine other international organisations stand united against efforts to destroy independent civil society in Turkey, and call for an end to the campaign of intimidation and judicial harassment of civil society activists in Turkey. 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Indonesian men in their 30s are beginning to feel more comfortable with women earning more than them, an economist has said.Aviliani of the Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (INDEF) told a discussion on Dec. 18 that, contrary to widely held assumptions, many of today’s women are not doubtful about their competence when given an opportunity for higher income and/or responsibility.“What they are not confident about is the spouse and family support” as men, particularly of the older generation, still lack confidence when their wives earn more. Dossy said that, while tagging along Bluebird director Noni Poernomo and having to “take over” her responsibilities for a day, she noticed Noni’s energy and communication skills in managing the taxi company from early morning to evening before meeting her children. Such energy and skills, Dossy said, looked essential not only in a male-dominated company but also in navigating the family-owned business. Though it looked very tiring, Dossy said, it also motivated her to progress in her career.A study published last July in the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies revealed that women’s workforce participation remained stagnant at around 51 percent from 1996 to 2013.A 2014 report from the World Bank showed that only 9 percent of top managers at private firms in Indonesia were women, though more women are filling management positions, other surveys show.Read also: In ASEAN, gender equality still very much a ‘tick-the-box’ issueOn Dec. 18, three IBCWE members were presented certificates for gender equality: Lifestyle retailer PT Mitra Adiperkasa, tire maker PT Gajah Tunggal, both publicly listed, and textile and garment manufacturer PT Dan Liris.The certificate, called Economic Dividends for Gender Equality (EDGE), is based on a global assessment methodology and business certification standard for gender equality. The standards include equal pay for equal work and gender balance in junior level recruitment to top management.Gajah Tunggal director Catharina Widjaja told The Jakarta Post she was motivated to have the company strive for gender equality so that men and women “could complement each other” in the male-dominated business. Though highly challenging, the male staff were “curious”, she said, in the firm’s subsequent efforts to promote and recruit women amid the stereotype that women are largely uninterested in science and manufacturing.“Some of the men have daughters, and they also hoped their girls could get more opportunities” to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, Catharina said.Women participates in the international women’s day 2020 in Sarinah, Central Jakarta, on Sunday 8 March 2020. The community demands gender equality rights on international women’s day, and rejects Omnibus Law. (JP/Donny Fernando)While some of the female staff declined promotions over fears of struggling to juggle career and family, Catharina said support from the IBCWE was crucial to help management continue to show support for working mothers. Among other things, the firm has a breastfeeding room and daycare center.Meanwhile company leaders Erik Meijer of Telkomtelstra and Suresh Subramanian of Kantar Indonesia said they had found that investing in more encouragement for women was “good for business”. Diversity brought new ideas, Subramanian said.Meijer said that, contrary to the widespread perception that women often asked for leave to tend to family matters, his female staff were very hesitant to ask for such permission compared to the men. Other speakers at the event included participants of role plays staged in businesses called “Women take over: Leading in a day”, facilitated by the IBCWE, in which female staff members tagged along female leaders and acted as their bosses for a day.Meida Kurniawati, a staff member at publicly listed garment manufacturer PT Pan Brothers, and Dossy Irani, a marketing sponsorship staff member at taxi operator PT Bluebird, also said women’s doubts about seeking income and developing a career stemmed mainly from family and society rather than their own ability or lack thereof.Meida said she found that being emotional, considered a weakness of women, could be turned into a strength.She cited study results showing high emotional intelligence as a preferred leadership trait. “Being emotional can be positive, not just being angry”, Meida said, referring to the stigma of temperamental female bosses. Women’s strengths included the willingness to share and show empathy, she said.Read also: More than a woman in business: Shinta Kamdani talks leadership in economy Men born after 1990 were more likely than older men to regard women as equals, Aviliani said.The 1974 Marriage Law legalizes the traditional view that men are breadwinners, as it states, “the husband is the head of the household and the wife is a housewife”.Read also: ‘Feminism is not for Indonesia’: Conservative Muslims’ recipe for women’s empowermentAviliani was addressing the third anniversary of the Indonesian Business Coalition for Women Empowerment (IBCWE), which has 20 corporate members. Topics :
KOSTA HRONIS, PART OWNER, TALCO: “When we saw the early fractions we felt pretty good, and we’re happy that this win pays his fee for the Breeders’ Cup (Mile at Keeneland on Oct. 31). He was first or second in his last four races and he got the pace today.” TYLER BAZE, MIDNIGHT STORM, SECOND: “He didn’t handle that grass at all, he couldn’t really get a hold of it. I’m still very proud of the way he ran; he never threw in the towel.” TRAINER QUOTES JOCKEY QUOTES JOSE LEZCANO, SEEK AGAIN, THIRD: “My horse just didn’t do it today. I tried to keep up with Talco and couldn’t.” NOTES: Under the enhancements of the Challenge series, Breeders’ Cup Limited will pay the $40,000 entry fee of the Shoemaker Mile winner to start in the Mile if that horse is nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program by Oct. 19, the Pre-Entry deadline. Breeders’ Cup is providing all North American connections of horses based outside of Kentucky a $10,000 travel allowance to start in the Championships. Winning owners Hronis Racing LLC are from Delano, CA. LARRY BENAVIDEZ, ASSISTANT TO JOHN SADLER, TALCO, WINNER: “After the first quarter mile, we were smiling, especially since the grass looked a little longer than normal. It was a big win. We just kind of wanted them to go fast up front, and we figured the one (Winning Prize) was going to go, with the blinkers on. Finally the race played out like it looked on paper and this horse is in top form right now.” RAFAEL BEJARANO, TALCO, WINNER: “When I came to the stretch, I knew Tyler (Baze, on Midnight Storm) still had a lot of horse. My horse gave me such a big kick off the turn, we were able to challenge him right away and then we outran him to the finish. The whole key to winning today was being able to stay inside around the far turn and really kicking well.“The turf is really soft and deep. I let him break good and I didn’t want him too far back. I saw that the pace was a little slow, for this kind of race, for these horses, so I didn’t want to be too far off the pace.” -30- FLAVIEN PRAT, BAL A BALI, FIFTH: “I had a good trip . . . I was pretty good on the last turn and I asked him and he didn’t answer . . . We beat the winner the last time so I don’t know; he was not good today.”
Highly-rated youngster Connor Hunte is close to signing a new long-term contract with Chelsea, according to the Daily Mail.Manchester City are said to have shown an interest in the 16-year-old midfielder but he is tipped to commit his future to the Blues.Chelsea are eyeing up a move for Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote in January, the Daily Express say.It is claimed the Blues see him as a potential replacement for Oriol Romeu, who is injured, and John Obi Mikel, who will be unavailable next month as he is set to play for Nigeria in the Africa Cup of Nations.The Mail also say Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich plans to offer Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao £200,000 a week in order to lure him to Stamford Bridge.That would apparently make Falcao the highest earner at the club, eclipsing the wages of Fernando Torres.The Daily Mirror have a similar story, saying Chelsea will offer £48m for the Colombian and are hopeful of signing him despite interest from Manchester City.The Mirror report that Frank Lampard expects to leave Chelsea as no contract talks are scheduled to take place, as do the Mail, who suggest he could snub interest from overseas and remain in the Premier League.And Chelsea are again linked with a move for Arsenal’s Theo Walcott, today by The Sun.This page is regularly updated. YTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
I was hired a few years ago to consult on a new luxury residence to make the house as green as possible. At about 7,500 square feet, many people would argue that it could never be a green home, but as I was brought in after the design was complete, my job was to do the best I could with what I was given to work with. While the builder, Mike LaBelle, had no prior experience in high-performance homes, luckily for everyone, he was very interested and enthusiastic about learning how to build better.We had some very good, open discussions on how this new, high-performance home would work differently than the owner’s existing older home, and the builder, the owner, and I worked together to make the best decisions for the project. ICFs were selected for the wall structure early in the process, primarily for aesthetic reasons. My recommendations included a spray-foam insulated roofline to bring the attic furnace and ducts into conditioned space, solar water heating, high-performance HVAC systems, and an ERV.So far, so goodConstruction went smoothly, and the builder ultimately decided to have the house certified as an EarthCraft House, achieving a HERS index of 56 and meeting the then-available federal tax credit threshold. The owners moved in, and all was well in the world of luxury housing.After a few months, I heard from both the owner and the contractor that the power bills seemed very high. We discussed possible problems, and I offered to come out to the site to help figure out their problem. Ultimately, the owner hired Southface Energy Institute to investigate the problem.The culpritsA mechanical engineer from Southface did a thorough review of the energy usage and equipment in the house, and generously provided me with a copy of his report on the house. The heating and cooling loads were appropriately low for a house of this type, but the electrical baseload was through the roof at about 7,000 kWh per month.Inspections of the existing house systems identified three items that together accounted for over 6,000 kWh of the baseload: a hot water pump, pool pumps, and HVAC supply fans. After the house was occupied, a continuous pump was installed to create a hot water circulation loop to eliminate the wait for hot water in the bathrooms. This pump was installed on the electric backup tank rather than the solar storage tank, causing the electric elements to run continuously as the water was being circulated around the house in an uninsulated line. This accounted for about 4,000 kWh per month.Two pool pumps — one for filtering, one for vacuuming — were running full time, adding another 1,400 kWh per month. Finally, the owners kept the furnace blowers on full time (not realizing that the ERV provided necessary fresh air throughout the house), adding another 900 kWh to the baseload.Simple solutionsRecently, the continuous hot water pump was changed out with a timed pump, the pool pumps were set on timers to run only when needed, and the furnace fans were set to auto. Results are not yet in, but it is expected that these changes will help bring the baseload down to a reasonable level and allow the owners to benefit from the high-performance home they live in. I will report on the progress as I learn more.As the consultant, I was not involved in the pool equipment selection, nor do I have the expertise to make appropriate recommendations in this area. I will, however, research pool equipment for any future projects and share my knowledge with new clients.I always recommend against hot water circulation loops, opting for demand-operated systems. The pump was probably added at the suggestion of the plumber — a typical solution for long hot water runs, with no consideration of the energy penalty involved.Keeping the furnace fans on full time may have been a habit left over from the owner’s previous house or possibly a suggestion of the HVAC contractor; in either case, it was a poor decision that added to excess electrical use.Lessons learnedWhat I took away from this project is the need for everyone involved to always keep the big picture in mind throughout the process, to maintain open communication, and to avoid making changes and additions in a vacuum. The entire construction team must stay in communication throughout the project and stick to the plan; no one should make any changes unless they are considered in the context of the whole house and its systems. Finally, commissioning of mechanical systems is important but rarely done in residential construction; this situation should change.Fortunately, the problems with this project proved to be relatively minor and simple to correct. A less-conscientious builder could have made significant changes and created problems with the building envelope or moisture management that would have been complicated and costly to correct. In this case, all that was needed were some minor adjustments, and the only penalty was some wasted energy.
Chelsea and Arsenal played out a goalless draw in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge.The hosts Chelsea missed a host of chances in a match where the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) played an important role.Despite having the majority of possession and Chelsea being able to create constant pressure on Arsenal, Arsene Wenger’s men held their ground to frustrate Antonio Conte’s side.Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen wasted the best of the hosts’ opportunities, failing to find the target with two headers in the second half after Cesc Fabregas had also spurned a headed chance before the break.ALSO WATCHYet with limited goalmouth action, what little drama there was seemed to stem from referee Martin Atkinson referring a handful of decisions to the VAR.The VAR system was being given its second outing in English football and was called into action in the first half to confirm Atkinson’s decision to wave away a penalty appeal after Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi went down following a challenge from Victor Moses.It was called on again with two minutes remaining and once more confirmed the referee’s decision not to award a penalty, this time after Danny Welbeck got a faint touch on the ball when bringing down Fabregas.With the system still in the test phase all eyes were focused on how it would work, with Wenger voicing concerns in the aftermath about the length of time it took to confirm the referee’s decision not to award a penalty against Welbeck.advertisementHe was, however, delighted with how his side defended to leave the tie in the balance ahead of the second leg in two weeks time.”I felt there was great togetherness, we didn’t give many chances away. I am pleased with the spirit and determination,” Wenger told sky Sports.Arsenal came into the game without a win in their last three matches and nursing the wounds of a bruising third round FA Cup defeat to second tier Nottingham Forest but they were resolute from the beginning in what was a relatively cagey affair.Headed chances went begging for the hosts either side of halftime as Fabregas could only steer Cesar Azpilicueta’s diagonal ball straight at David Ospina while Christensen twice failed to find the net from close range after the break.”We tried with all our strength to win the game,” Chelsea boss Antonio Conte said. “We created chances to score but a few times we were not so clinical.”The winners will face either Manchester City or second tier Bristol City in the final, with the Premier League leaders taking a 2-1 lead into the second leg.(Courtesy: Reuters)
Dan Cohen AUTHOR A state plan to deliver water from the Snake River to Mountain Home Air Force Base would ensure the installation in southwestern Idaho has a sustainable water supply in the event the aquifer it currently relies on dries up.Groundwater supplies in the Mountain Home area already are running low.“The risk that we face is that if the base doesn’t have a reliable water supply into the future, then it may risk the viability of retaining the base in the state of Idaho,” said Cynthia Bridge Clark, a water manager with the Idaho Department of Water Resources.Officials from the Idaho Department of Water Resources this week described the pipeline project, which is estimated to cost between $20 million and $30 million and could be in place in 2021, reported KBOI.In addition to the pipeline, which would range from 10 to 15 miles, the state would build a pump station and a water treatment facility to provide water for domestic, municipal, commercial and industrial uses. The state previously acquired the water rights to the surface water in CJ Strike Reservoir, which is located on the Snake River.The Air Force would pay the state back through a water purchase agreement, according to the story. State water managers next will begin the project’s design stage, which will take several years.