A journalist and writer, victim of a violent assault, suspends his writing activities

first_img News Organisation April 27, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders strongly denounces the violent acts, that can be considered barbaric, endured by Germán Uribe, a Colombian journalist and writer. The incident occurred on February 28, 2013 at his home in Subachoque in the region of Cundinamarca. He has since suspended his writing activity but hopes to work again once he recovers from his injuries. The organization calls on the authorities to shed light on the attack, fight against impunity and guarantee the freedom of information.Germán Uribe was born in 1943 in Colombia. He was influenced by the writer and philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, and studied philosophy and literature at the Sorbonne in Paris. He wrote a dozen books and has published articles in several newspapers and magazines in Colombia, France, Mexico, and Cuba. He was ambassador (E) (in the absence of the post holder) in Germany, and also British Consul in Berlin from 1974 to 1977. Until this attack, Germán Uribe was working for the magazine Semana and the information website Rebelión.Reporters Without Borders: As a journalist, what topics to you primarily cover?Germán Uribe: In my columns in Semana and Rebelión, I often strongly criticized former President Uribe, his entourage, the dangerous right wing, as well as those who are opposed to peace talks with the guerrilla.What has exactly happened February 28, 2013?While I was alone at my home in Subachoque, I was detained for about a half hour. A man who has his face covered, pointed a gun at me. I suffered a head injury when he hit me with a revolver and I bleed profusely. He locked me up in my bedroom and tied my hands and feet. He blindfolded me and put a scarf in my mouth to gag me. The Subachoque Police discovered afterwards that the scarf had the inscriptions “Columbian Army – Batallon Contreguérilla.” He violently struck me – punched and kicked me – insulted me, and threatened to kill me, but he didn’t ask for anything. To save my life, I told him that he could take all the money I had in my safe. He went to look for the money. Luckily, I heard through an internal speaker that the property manager was coming to my house which scared my attacked. He placed the gun against my head and said he was going to kill me before leaving. While I was lying on my bed in a pool of blood with my hands and feet tied, I decided to scream as loud as possible to call for my employee which made my aggressor flee. At that moment, I think I heard a vehicle leave quickly. Even though I have not seen anyone else, I heard the man speak in a confused manner to someone else, probably an accomplice who was guarding the door. So I assume there were several people involved in the attack, and they had a car ready to go. Afterwards, managers of neighboring buildings who became aware of what had happened to me, called the police who arrived quickly on the scene.Do you know who is behind the attack?I have no idea and I do not know the reason of the attack. My aggressor didn’t come to steal. He did take money but only after I told him so that he would let me live. It is surprising that they left behind the military scarf they used to gag me. I don’t think the army would make such a blunder. The scarf could be a message from a fanatical and uncontrollable army faction to stop my critical writings in Semana and Rebelión. Or the scarf could also be a strategy of distraction from a paramilitary group or some organized criminal gang with a completely different goal.Is there a link between the investigations you have worked on and your aggression?I can neither confirm nor rule out this possibility. I guess it will never be elucidated. This is also because of this impunity that all sort of crimes are being committed every day in Colombia. It is certain that this man came to teach me a lesson and send a clear warning.Have you complained to an investigation launched by the authorities?As I do not know who is behind the attack, I cannot report anyone. I did file a complaint with the Police Commander of Subachoque – who came to rescue me after the attack and is now leading the investigation at the local level. Aside from this complaint, as my wife is the Secretary General of Ecopetrol, the security department of her company has conducted its own investigation and collected evidence with the police, SIJIN (Criminal Investigation section) and other regional authorities. I didn’t think I’d file a complaint with other authorities because of the slow speed of the justice system in Colombia and its Kafkaesque tendency. But in the end, I did file a complaint with the General Prosecutor of the Nation.Did you ask for protection from the authorities?There are so many people in my country, including presidential candidates, who have been murdered with the collusion of their “escort” while under the protection of the State. I choose to stay alive and that is why I don’t want shelter or protection from the National Protection Unit or any authority whatsoever.Did you stay in Subachoque after the attack?No. My main concern is to protect my life so I had to leave my house and I can’t imagine ever going back there. Today, I try to be invisible, just like millions of other displaced Colombians. 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies ColombiaAmericas RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Reports Receive email alerts Newscenter_img May 13, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Colombia to go further Help by sharing this information March 18, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A journalist and writer, victim of a violent assault, suspends his writing activities RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia ColombiaAmericas RSF_en October 21, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Read More

Wanted: Faster, better, metrics

first_imgWanted: Faster, better, metricsOn 2 Mar 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Keith Rodgers, Co- founder of Webster Buchanan Research, a companyspecialising in IT and human capital management research www.websterb.comSoftware tools exist to provide organisations with better workforceintelligence, but HR analytics – and HR’s use of them – still have a long wayto go. When the history of the HR technology industry is finally written, one bigchapter deserves to be reserved for ‘wasted opportunities’. And somewhere nearthe very top of the list should be human capital reporting and analysis. For years, leading enterprise HR software vendors have offered analyticaltools that give organisations better insight into workforce planning andperformance management. And for as many years, large numbers of customers havesteered clear of them. Part of the blame lies with the software industry itself – after all, if theapplications really were ‘must-haves’, we’d all have them. But some of theblame must be set at the door of the HR department, as many HR metrics fallshort of what business leaders need. For example, it’s important to know if thenumber of voluntary terminations at your organisation increases year-on-year,and HR will be expected to identify the problem areas, help establish thecauses and draw up a plan to tackle them. But the chief executive might wantthis put in a wider business context. For example, how does the increase inattrition affect productivity? Without this Information, it’s hard to get the interestof senior executives – and if they’re not interested, HR may as well notproduce the data. This level of analysis can seem daunting. You can correlate employee dataand model what your workforce will look like on 5 March 2006, but it takes alot of effort and, in the meantime, you’ve got day-to-day issues to deal with. The solution lies in a combination of market maturity and a healthy dose ofrealism. First, software vendors are striving to make analytical applicationseasier to adopt, so you may be able to meet many of your needs more easily thanyou think. Second, you might be able to put your existing reporting capabilityto better use – no other department uses its IT systems to its fullestcapacity, so it’s unlikely that HR does so. Finally, like many IT projects, a step-by-step approach to improvingreporting may help make your analytical projects more manageable. While it’s good to think big, it’s often more practical to start small. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Read More

Lawyers need the practical touch

first_imgTo access this article REGISTER NOWWould you like print copies, app and digital replica access too? SUBSCRIBE for as little as £5 per week. Would you like to read more?Register for free to finish this article.Sign up now for the following benefits:Four FREE articles of your choice per monthBreaking news, comment and analysis from industry experts as it happensChoose from our portfolio of email newsletterslast_img

Read More

Industry veteran Ambachtsheer criticises Dutch pensions system

first_imgDutch pension funds should split their portfolios into two separate segments and abandon the notion of intergenerational risk-sharing, Keith Ambachtsheer has argued.The director of the Rotman International Centre for Pension Management told IPE the risk-sharing element of the Dutch system was problematic, as it would always end with “the people with the power deciding things in their own interest”.He echoed previous comments that the current system was akin to US Nobel laureate John Nash’s game theory.“You can’t enforce [risk-sharing] unless you have a very strong governmental-type oversight that’s multi-generational, which is a pretty tough assumption,” he said. “Where the Dutch need to go is – rather than have a collective thing – simply divide their asset pool into a compounding component and a payment-certainty component,” the Toronto-based academic continued, noting that the two asset pools should not be mixed, as is currently the case in the Dutch system.He said he would keep “hammering away” at the idea until the Dutch “finally get it”.Ambachtsheer has previously expressed concern that a new concept of solidarity, whereby money is taken from pensions in payment, is changing the Dutch approach to pensions saving.Speaking at an event organised by the UK’s National Association of Pension Funds last year, he referenced Nash’s theory.“If you want a win-win game between various parties, you have to figure out how to keep it win-win,” he said. “If there’s a chance the game becomes win-lose, it will. And then it breaks down.”He has also been critical of previous proposals to revise the Dutch financial assessment framework (FTK) by allowing for a ‘nominal’ and a ‘real’ system of pension payments, deeming it flawed.For more on the FTK, including alternative proposals, see the March issue of IPElast_img read more

Read More

Ronaldo Eyes More Silverware in Russia

first_img“It would be a beautiful thing to have on the CV. Of course it would be a dream to win it,” Ronaldo said in January, since when he has powered Madrid to glory both in La Liga and in the Champions League.It has been a dream last 12 months on the field for the former Manchester United man, who was a European champion at club and international level in 2016. More glory here in Russia will end any doubt about him winning a fifth Ballon d’Or.“We don’t have words to describe what he represents for our country. He is an idol, even for us players,” admitted veteran defender Bruno Alves, the 35-year-old who has just signed for Scottish club Rangers.Portugal’s triumph at Euro 2016 secured them a place in Russia, where they will be making their Confederations Cup debut against CONCACAF Gold Cup winners Mexico in Group A before facing the hosts and New Zealand.Ronaldo has scored 12 goals in six international outings since coming off injured in the Euro final, but Mexico – winners of the Confederations Cup in 1999 – are confident they can stop him.“It goes without saying that he’s a great player. But we’re a great side too, and I’m sure we can stop him,” striker Raul Jimenez, a Portuguese league and cup double winner with Benfica, told Fifa.com.It is not just Ronaldo they will need to stop though – winger Bernardo Silva, who missed Euro 2016 through injury, is fresh from winning the French title with Monaco and sealing a big-money move to Manchester City.“A year ago, I said Portugal were going to Euro 2016 to win it. I said we were not the favourites, but that we were candidates to win it. I have the same confidence today,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos said earlier this week.Mexico, who drew 1-1 at home to the United States in World Cup qualifying last weekend, will look to Real Sociedad’s Carlos Vela and Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez for inspiration.They will be led by former Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez, still going strong at 38 – while Ronaldo will win his 140th cap in the game, Marquez will be making his 139th international appearance.The match in Kazan will start at 1500 GMT and will be followed at 1800 GMT by the Group B opener between African champions Cameroon and Chile in Moscow.The Indomitable Lions, who reached the final in 2003, surprised everyone by winning the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon at the turn of the year, while Chile won back-to-back Copa America crowns in the last two years and are spearheaded by Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal.However, Arsenal forward Sanchez is a doubt, wShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Cristiano Ronaldo will put speculation over his club future firmly to one side as he leads European champions Portugal into their Confederations Cup opener against Mexico in Kazan today. The 32-year-old Real Madrid superstar’s build-up to the tournament in Russia has been overshadowed after he was this week accused by prosecutors in Spain of defrauding the authorities of €14.7 million in tax through offshore companies.Now the Madrid sports media is awash with headlines suggesting Ronaldo wants out of the Spanish champions, despite only signing a new contract through to 2021 in November. But for the next two weeks the main thing on the mind of the reigning Ballon d’Or holder is winning more silverware in the eight-nation World Cup warm-up event.“He takes this tournament very seriously and is focused,” said Ronaldo’s teammate Andre Silva, the striker who has just joined AC Milan from Porto.last_img read more

Read More

AYC 2013: Algerian referee Mehdi Abid-Charef to handle final

first_imgAlgerian referee Mehdi Abid-Charef will officiate the final of the CAF Under-20 Championship between Ghana and Egypt in Oran on Saturday.The 32-year-old works as a state engineer in Algiers, and has been a FIFA referee since 2011.This will be his second match in this competition after handling the Gabon vs DR Congo Group B match which ended 0-0.He will be assisted by Senegalese El Hadji Malick Samba and Anouar Hmila from Tunisia.Rwandan Hudu Munyemana has been appointed the fourth official.Ghana and Egypt are meeting in a rematch of their Group A opener which ended 2-1 in favour of the Young Pharaohs.last_img

Read More

Pistorius back in court for sentencing hearing

first_img#OscarPistorius during break OP, still looking like he’s hardly slept, shares a moment with uncle and brother. Photo via @johnrayitv Oscar Pistorius returned to court Tuesday a day after being described as a “broken” man who should be hospitalised rather than jailed, as he attended sentencing for the murder of his girlfriend three years ago.The double-amputee killed Reeva Steenkamp, a model and law graduate, in the early hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013, saying he mistook her for an intruder when he fired four times through the door of his bedroom toilet.Pistorius tried to greet Steenkamp’s relatives as he entered the court on Tuesday but they did not respond.On Monday, the 29-year-old “Blade Runner” was red-eyed and tearful on the first day of his sentencing hearing at the High Court in Pretoria.“He has developed a serious psychiatric condition which has become worse in the past two years,” psychologist Jonathan Scholtz, called by the defence, told the court on Monday. Pistorius has shunned the media during years of intense coverage since Steenkamp’s killing, but his family have revealed that he has given his first interview, due to air on British broadcaster ITV later this month.The interview drew a sharp attack on Monday from state prosecutor Gerrie Nel, who said it proved that Pistorius was capable of testifying.“He would rather give his version to the TV than to court,” said Nel, who accused psychologist Scholtz of being biased.Pistorius was released from jail last October to live under house arrest at his uncle’s mansion in Pretoria after serving one year of his five-year sentence for culpable homicide.Since being convicted of murder, Pistorius has been on bail and allowed to leave his uncle’s house at set times, but not travel further than 20 kilometres (12 miles) without permission.The hearing — held in the same courtroom as the original trial — is scheduled to last one week.Pistorius has always denied killing Steenkamp in a rage and, during his dramatic seven-month trial in 2014, sobbed in the dock as details of his lover’s death were examined in excruciating detail.The year before he killed Steenkamp, Pistorius became the first double-amputee to race at Olympic level when he appeared at the London 2012 games.Share on: WhatsApp Steenkamp’s parents were both in court, and her father Barry may take the witness stand to ask the court to impose a lengthy punishment.If he does, it will be the first time that one of Steenkamp’s parents has testified in the case. “Further imprisonment would have a detrimental effect on him.”Scholtz said that during recent interviews Pistorius had displayed signs of “post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorder and depressive disorder”.In March, Pistorius’s lawyers failed in their legal bid to reverse a Supreme Court of Appeal judgement that upgraded his original conviction from culpable homicide — the equivalent of manslaughter — to murder.The original trial judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to pass a new sentence after hearing arguments from both prosecution and defence.Pistorius faces a minimum 15-year jail term for murder, but his sentence could be reduced due to time already spent in prison and mitigating factors, including his disability.last_img read more

Read More

Dr. Fauci Receives Security Detail After Death Threats

first_imgThe nation’s top infectious disease expert is reportedly surrounded by men in black because someone has threatened to kill the messenger.Dr. Anthony Fauci reportedly has been given a 24-7 security detail after receiving death threats. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top medical expert on the coronavirus pandemic, is facing threats to his personal safety and now requires personal security from law enforcement at all times, including at his home. https://t.co/JsmvnXbkIa— CNN (@CNN) April 2, 2020 A law enforcement official says the Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General, the agency’s law enforcement arm, asked the US Marshals Service for assistance following threats to Fauci. The Marshals then deputized HHS officers to act as personal security for the doctor.The source of the threats has not been identified.Fauci didn’t answer questions related to the matter during Wednesday’s coronavirus task force briefing. President Trump, however, said people would “be in big trouble” if somebody attacked him.last_img read more

Read More

Ward comes back to honor ‘Positive Athletes’

first_imgby Malik VincentFor New Pittsburgh Courier In his first public appearance in Pittsburgh since his retirement, former Steeler Hines Ward stood in front of 26 student athletes that were honored from around the area and their families at the Heinz History Center. Ward established a partnership with Positive Athlete, a national organization based in Atlanta, to help recognize the accomplishment of those in the Greater Pittsburgh area.“I started this positive athletes program, just to inspire kids,” Ward said. “I like to encourage (youth) on taking on a new role of joining positive sportsmanship, hanging around positive people, and trying not hang around with negative people all the time. Really, just for them to be encouraging to others and to be a leader in the community.”A third round draft pick of the Steelers in 1997, Ward has served as an international model of what can be deemed a “positive athlete.” Known as one of the toughest wide receivers in NFL history, Ward is also noted for keeping a smile through the game’s toughest moments.“Hines is one of our lead guys for, not only what this program does in the city of Pittsburgh, but all over the country,” Positive Athlete Executive Director Scott Pederson said.More than 170 nominations from coaches, principals, athletic directors, teachers, and parents representing 75 different Western Pa. high schools, some as far away as Erie, Pa., were submitted through the Positive Athlete and MSA Sports websites.The event was emceed by KDKA sports anchor Bob Pompeani, with assistance from MSA Sports broadcasters Lanny Frattare and Don Rebel, and featured a special appearance by Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jeff Karstens.Three youth from the Pittsburgh inner-city were honored at the April 21 event.Ben Swaby is a senior baseball star from Allderdice. He’s developed a reputation for being an ‘all-around’ athlete, with his 3.8 GPA and is known for always being positive.“I was initially surprised when I first won this award,” Swaby said. “When my coach first told me, I felt really fortunate and I’ve been looking forward to ever since.”He is torn between attending either the University of Maryland and Allegheny College to play baseball and major in pre-medicine.Christian Joiner, a senior at Central Catholic, is a multi-sport performer in basketball and track and field. His relaxed demeanor has helped his basketball team compete for a WPIAL championship and in the PIAA playoffs. In track, he participates as a long and triple jumper for the Vikings.“I’m in a positive, upbeat environment at my school,” Joiner said. “That’s one of the key things for me to have had on the way to this honor.”He is hoping to attend the University of Akron or Duquesne University in the fall.Brittany Jackson is a sophomore basketball player from Westinghouse. She was a guard on the city’s runner-up that competed with Allderdice all the way to the wire in the Feb. 25 championship game.“Usually, kids from the inner-city are automatically kind of put behind the eight-ball,” Ward said. “They get a misconception that they come from a bad environment and that they’re bad people. You have so many great people that live within the inner-city school district borders. I just think that sometimes it’s a little harder for them (because of) that negative connotation that they’re bad people because of where they come from.”“Hines told me when we selected him for this, that the kind of athletes he was looking for (to be honored) was the kind that would keep smiling after anything, both good and bad,” Pederson said. “I think that’s what we were able to do.”(Malik Vincent can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @malikvincent.) OUTSTANDING MALE AND FEMALE STUDENT-ATHLETES—26 area athletes gathered at the Heinz History Center on April 21 to receive awards given for their accomplishments as students and citizens. last_img read more

Read More