Romania: Bucharest police hit, arrest German cameraman at protest

first_img December 2, 2020 Find out more May 26, 2021 Find out more RomaniaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Judicial harassmentEconomic pressure News Receive email alerts November 23, 2020 Find out more News RomaniaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Judicial harassmentEconomic pressure Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns German freelance cameraman Christian Gesellmann’s violent arrest by police officers while covering an anti-government demonstration in Bucharest on Wednesday 1 February. The police hit Gesellmann and held him for several hours for refusing to delete or surrender the video he had shot of clashes between police officers and hooligans during the protest. Gesellmann was not clearly identified as a journalist and did not have a Romanian press card. But it would not have taken the police long to confirm that he was indeed a journalist, instead of detaining him and confiscating his video recording. Journalists in Romania often report being the targets of intimidation. Many cases of political and economic harassment have been registered in the past two years. “We ask the Romanian authorities to respect the law and to no longer demand that journalists surrender or delete video recordings or photos,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s EU-Balkans desk. “It is the job of journalists to cover events. Any interference of this kind in their work constitutes a violation of media freedom.” Romania is ranked 49th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. February 2, 2017 – Updated on February 3, 2017 Romania: Bucharest police hit, arrest German cameraman at protest Riot police officers and demonstrators in Bucharest / AFP Romania: In an open letter, RSF and ActiveWatch denounce judicial pressures on investigative journalists following a complaint from a Bucharest district mayor to go further RSF_en Organisation News News Follow the news on Romania Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive last_img read more

Student government looks to combat discrimination

first_imgOver the summer, student government worked as hard as its administrative counterpart to continue improving Notre Dame for its students. Student body president Brett Rocheleau said the office accomplished its goal of installing a hydration station in every dorm on campus. “Previously only four dorms had [a hydration station],” he said. “Now every one has at least one. We’re continuing to work on academic buildings, DeBartolo [Hall] mainly, but we’re trying to expand into others like [O’Shaughnessy Hall] and Jordan [Hall of Science].” Rocheleau said he hopes these buildings, as well as the campus fitness centers, will have hydration stations by the end of the school year. Student government also made several reforms to the sexual assault section of Resident Assistant training over the past few months, student body vice president Katie Rose said. “We shifted it so it focuses a lot more on immediate response,” Rose said. “The RAs are supposed to be the first point of contact, so now it’s a little less policy-focused and more immediate skills and things they need to know.” Rose said the new training program also requires at least one RA from each dorm to attend a more intensive training, teaching them technical aspects of the medical and legal procedures of a sexual assault. With classes back in session, Rocheleau said student government has met with area police chiefs to discuss the interactions between students and area law enforcement. “The relationship has been going great,” Rocheleau said. “We’re in constant communication, and everything we’ve heard from the South Bend Police [Department] and St. Joseph’s County has been good news.” For the first time this year, Rocheleau said the Indiana Excise Police are including Notre Dame in their Intensified College Enforcement (ICE) program. In the past Excise had only targeted other schools in Indiana with this initiative to end underage purchase and consumption of alcohol. “A few parties have been called up on, but they just got warnings,” Rocheleau said. “They’re doing more if you’re underage in a liquor store or underage at a tavern. If you’re underage you can’t even be in a car with alcohol … Basically, if you’re underage, don’t be around any alcohol at all.” Rocheleau said he plans to send students a safety reminder e-mail, similar to the one sent prior to last weekend, before the first home football game. “The police are focusing on disruptive behavior [at tailgates],” he said. “They’re not going around checking everyone’s ID, but disruptive behavior is the main thing they’re looking out for.” Rocheleau and Rose will also continue to work on two initiatives that became very popular issues at the end of last semester: the debate over a gay-straight alliance (GSA) and the call to action against racial discrimination. Student advocates of a GSA kept last year’s momentum going over the summer, Rocheleau said. The group researched the backgrounds of alliances of several other universities to help in their mission to install a GSA at Notre Dame. “Now that students are back they’re doing more focus groups and testing to talk to different students about it,” he said. “We’ll be involved in that process with Student Affairs, trying to work toward something that makes all LGBTQ students feel included.” Rocheleau said his administration also plans to continue last semester’s Call to Action against racial discrimination. The Call to Action began after fried chicken parts were placed in the mailboxes of the Black Students Association and African Student Association last February. “Student Affairs did some review over the summer and started working on new policies to make sure that event doesn’t occur again,” he said. Student government held a town hall meeting last semester to address instances of racial discrimination on campus, and Rocheleau said he plans to hold another. In addition to its inclusion efforts, the office will also be working on the ongoing initiative to allow the usage of Domer Dollars in off-campus establishments. Rose said the administration is in the midst of dealing with contracts with potential vendors. “We’re going to start with about five vendors and do a test, then we’ll evaluate in a few months,” she said. Rose and Rocheleau hope the proposal will finally be approved after years of effort toward it, Rose said. Contact Mel Flanagan at [email protected]last_img read more

Persistence pushes Peterson back from rough spell

first_img[media-credit name=”Kelsey Fenton” align=”alignright” width=”336″][/media-credit]With a shot fired at Wisconsin’s net every two minutes and 12 seconds on average this season, being the man stopping the flying pucks has been no easy task.Men’s hockey junior goaltender Landon Peterson has already weathered the storm a few times. After a 5-2 win with Peterson in net to open the season against Northern Michigan, the Badgers (3-2-1, 0-0 Big Ten) traveled to Boston riding on confidence and a No. 2 national ranking to take on two of Hockey East’s best in Boston College and Boston University.Trading off games in the opening series with junior goaltender Joel Rumpel — the duo has for most of their three-year careers at Wisconsin — the starts in Boston rested solely upon the shoulders of Peterson, as Rumpel remained in Madison nursing an ankle injury.That confidence was all but destroyed in the first 21 minutes and 45 seconds of the road trip as the Badgers saw six pucks grace the twine behind Peterson. An eventual 9-2 loss to BC was only to be repeated the second night as Boston University put up an additional seven goals to UW’s three, sending Wisconsin home winless and Peterson having seen 13 goals slip past his watch.“Obviously his confidence, anyone who has a game like that against Boston, their confidence is going to dive a little,” junior forward Joseph LaBate said. “I wouldn’t say it hurt him. He bounced back the same old Landon.”Returning to Madison with a weekend off from action, Peterson was determined to use the extra time of practice to see to it that he would be back performing how he finished last season — the top goaltender in the WCHA with a .928 save percentage.“I just had to get back into that mindset and focus,” Peterson said. “I had to keep working hard and just control what I could control.”What could be controlled was his confidence.“I think for any goalie, for that to happen, it is natural to lose some of that confidence and then you kind of just have to work through it,” volunteer assistant coach Jeff Sanger said.Coming off the bye week with Rumpel still not ready to return, the Badgers were looking to prove to themselves the performance in Boston was just a ripple in what they hope has the potential to be a special season.Yet the opening moments against Lake Superior State were déjà vu all over again as three goals soared through the UW defense past Peterson in the first four minutes of play.“It crosses your mind, definitely,” Peterson said of feeling that the woes of Boston were there to stay. “I just told myself to focus and get through the first period.”Not only did Peterson get through the rest of the first period flawlessly, he went on to allow just one goal in the remaining five periods of hockey that weekend as the rest of his team fought back for a 3-3 tie in game one and in game two the following night to bring Wisconsin a much needed 8-1 trouncing. While the eight goals surely got all of the Badgers back on the right track, for Peterson it was a test of strength he came out passing with flying colors.“I think that’s one of the toughest things for goaltenders is what’s between the ears,” Sanger said. “And he met the challenge.”Now after another bye weekend, UW turns to face another tough nonconference opponent in No. 7 University of Miami (of Ohio) and for Peterson the battle never ends.Throughout his career at UW, Peterson has always found himself battling alongside Rumpel for the starting job. Both highly skilled juniors, they entered the season knowing again that playing time was up for grabs. And as they had done for most of last season, the duo would be sharing the net.A constant reminder that the position is one to be earned, not granted, Peterson and Rumpel have built a special bond that keeps both at the top of their games.“It’s good friendly competition and we both make each other better and push each other. It’s good to have that,” Peterson said. “Off the ice we are really good friends […] but once we’re on the ice we both don’t like to lose.”That drive to never suffer defeat has led Peterson to be looked upon highly by coaches and teammates alike as someone who might not have the loudest voice on the squad, but his work ethic speaks loudly to all.“He’s mature and a guy whose teammates respect him. He leads by example by just working so hard in practice. That’s just kind of who he is,” Sanger said.And LaBate was a near echo of the coach’s voice calling Peterson, “probably one of the hardest working guys on the ice.”As the season wears on, having proven he can withstand a mental storm that would keep the weak from returning to the ice may be the best skill Peterson possesses.last_img read more

Childhood game could be deadly

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisMany kids love to test their lungs and see how long they can hold their breath underwater, but a fun day at the pool could quickly turn deadly due to this game. Shallow water blackouts are something that many haven’t heard of, but it’s something that Krista Morrow of the Alpena County Plaza Pool says all parents need to be aware of. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Dogs and hot cars – A deadly combinationNext Alpena County August Primary Election Results 2018last_img