Authorities free journalist and human rights activist Tasneem Khalil

first_img BangladeshAsia – Pacific News Receive email alerts BangladeshAsia – Pacific News May 19, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Help by sharing this information Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention to go further May 12, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities free journalist and human rights activist Tasneem Khalilcenter_img News Tasneem Khalil, a CNN stringer and Human Rights Watch consultant, was released at around 11 p.m. on 11 May after being held for nearly 23 hours.Agence France-Presse said he had been questioned about messages that had been sent from his mobile phone and about comments he had posted on his blog (tasneemkhalil.com).Khalil was arrested at his home shortly after midnight on 11 May by plain-clothes officers, who confiscated his passport and professional documents.———————————————————-11.05.2007Call for release of leading journalist and human rights activist Tasneem KhalilReporters Without Borders today called on the head of Pakistan’s interim government, Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed, to do everything possible to obtain the immediate release of journalist Tasneem Khalil, who was arrested by soldiers at his Dhaka home in the early hours of today and who is now believed to be detained at a military camp next to the parliament building.An investigative reporter and deputy editor of The Daily Star, one of the country’s leading newspapers, Khalil is also a Human Rights Watch consultant, a CNN stringer and blogger (tasneemkhalil.com). “The arrest of a respected journalist and human rights activist in the middle night is a serious violation of the interim government’s undertakings to respect free expression,” the press freedom organisation said. “We fear Khalil could be mistreated. The government must quickly intercede with the army to obtain his release.”Khalil, 26, was arrested at his home shortly after midnight today by four soldiers in plain-clothes who refused to say why he was being detained but told his wife they were taking him to the military camp near the parliament. Daily Star publisher Mahfuz Anam said he was trying to obtain his employee’s release.Khalil has assisted with the research for several Human Rights Watch reports including one on extrajudicial killings by the Bangladeshi security forces. The organisation has issued a statement describing him as “a prominent voice in Bangladesh for human rights” and saying it is very concerned about his safety.Khalil has also written extensively about the human rights situation and the role of the army in his blog tasneemkhalil.com. RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage Organisation News February 26, 2021 Find out more February 22, 2021 Find out more Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists Follow the news on Bangladeshlast_img read more

Credit union audits go remote: Here’s how to do it

first_imgWe’ve all felt the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic in every aspect of life. Credit Unions across the country are shutting their doors. Those that have survived have largely moved operations online.Changing protocols. Lack of face-to-face communications. Unorganized emails. The day to day operations of a remote credit union is complicated. Then throw an audit into the mix? Audits are an intensive task at the best of times. Winging it on your first remote audit could be a real recipe for disaster.But if you’re feeling confident in your team and want to work from home, the folks at Redboard have a few tips.What to Avoid While Running Remote AuditsBeing Disorganized – While working from home, emails will be pouring in. Keeping those emails and necessary spreadsheets organized could be a job in itself. So have a protocol to make it easier to keep everything straight. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Lakers coach Byron Scott has players learning a new set

first_imgEL SEGUNDO >> The post-Kobe era has begun. Well, sort of.Following the Lakers’ 112-95 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday at Staples Center — their eighth loss in a row — it was revealed that coach Byron Scott installed a new offense at Thursday’s practice. On Saturday, Scott said it’s not as drastic as it sounds: It’s a new offensive set, not a system, one of many that they already run. “I installed a new set,” Scott said. “We’ve got about 30 different sets. Now we have 31.”But why now, with a lost season and only 22 games remaining? So they get familiar with it now, Scott said, because he plans on using it a lot next season. As Russell said, there is some previous familiarity with this specific set. It was run in training camp and Scott said the veterans have seen other teams run it. Scott insists that adding a new offensive set into the mix isn’t a big deal. The offense, he says, has been fine. It’s the defense that he’s worried about.“I think the things that we should be focusing in on is that, in the last six games teams have shot 50 percent or better (against us),” Scott said. “So it’s not the offense. Let’s get that straight right now, it’s not the offense. It’s the defensive end of the floor where we’re having the biggest problem. That’s something that we addressed today as well.”The 11-win Lakers are allowing 107.2 points per game, the third-most in the league behind only the Phoenix Suns and the Sacramento Kings. Opponents are regularly shooting .472 from the field (second-worst). Which begs the question, does Scott have another defensive set he can add to the mix? “No, I’m trying to get the first one,” he said. “We’re working on that one first.” “It’s just something that I thought was needed to get the ball moving from side-to-side, to get more guys involved and also have better spacing,” Scott said. “It’s something that I think will help us in the long run. It’s something that I was going to do next season, but why wait now? Let’s do it now, let’s implement it now, it’s something that we’ll continue to do this summer. And the more that we can do it right now, the more comfortable that these guys will get.”But there’s still a question as to what exactly characterizes this new set. Scott says it helps with lateral ball movement and spacing, yet point guard D’Angelo Russell, tasked with running this set on the floor, said it crowds the floor and prevents one-on-one play from developing. Russell also said it’s forcing players outside of their comfort zone. “I think it’s a great set,” Russell said. “I like it, I just feel like it’s kind of new. It forces you to make basketball plays and some of us aren’t really good at making basketball plays when it matters. The new one isn’t a replacement for the other one, we’ve still got it, but it forces you to be (moving). You can’t just stand and make those basketball plays because everyone is in position to do one specific thing.” If there’s this much confusion, maybe it’s a good thing they’re already practicing it now.“We’ll be ready for it next season. It won’t be as foreign,” Russell said. “We ran it a little bit earlier in the season but we kind of went away from it. Since we’re sticking to it now, when we come back it will be something that we’re used to.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Cellar-dwelling TWU shocks Saints 2-1, ends unbeaten streak at 13

first_imgThe Selkirk Saints probably knew their winning streak would come to an end someday.But against the last-place Trinity Western Spartans?The Fraser Valley gang scored goals in the first two periods, then held off a late Selkirk rally to edge the Saints 2-0 in B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey action Friday at the Castlegar Arena Complex.The loss ends the Saints unbeaten streak at 13 games.Selkirk owns the BCIHL record for the longest winning streak in league play. “We came out slow tonight, gave up a pair of goals directly off turnovers and couldn’t generate the offensive chances that we needed to get back in the game,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois after the loss.”TWU battled hard all night and took full advantage of a couple of mental errors on our part. Hopefully we’ll take some hard lessons from tonight and come back with a strong effort on Sunday.”Cody Stephenson in the first period and Trevor Beaupre with a power play marker in the second was all the scoring Trinity Western would need.TWU then turned the game over to netminder Tim Zwlers who stopped all but one of the 48 shots fired at the Spartans by the Saints.Connor McLaughlin is the lone Saint to beat Zwlers.The Saints still lead the BCIHL standings by five points over Simon Fraser University.Selkirk travels to Eastern Washington on Sunday for a 3 p.m. faceoff.last_img read more


first_imgNOTES: The winning owner is Peter Cantrell of Dallas, TX. -30- KENT DESORMEAUX, MISS SOUTHERN MISS, WINNER: “We have always been very, very fond of her. She works lights out but unfortunately, when she gets behind horses on the dirt, the spray sets her off. It wasn’t good for her mentally but on the grass, she just canters around there. She settled down the backside and never did take a deep breath today. She’s very talented and I guess she just needed a little grass under her feet.“I hope she’s going to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf because I’d love to rider her there.“Exaggerator certainly created a whole family of love for us, I know that. Two country boys from the small town of Maurice, Louisiana…I’m just happy for WinStar Farm to acquire him because he’s one of the quickest horses I’ve ever ridden. From zero to 100 in just two jumps. He’s very, very fast.”             KEITH DESORMEAUX, MISS SOUTHERN MISS, WINNER: “According to her pedigree, she’s supposed to run like this. I tell you what, since the two year old crop came in there’s never been a doubt as to who is number one in the barn. So yeah, we expected it.“The key was Kent today. If you watch her other races it was a struggle for him to get her to relax. And, even though he had a strong hold of her today, she seemed to be relaxed. I had a lot of confidence that she’d continue her run home. And, it’s the pedigree! It’s nice to see that kind of stuff come to fruition. She had them beat at the eighth pole. That’s cool.“She’s been so exciting to have in the barn and she has all the things you want in a racehorse. I actually thought we’d see that on the dirt but she leveled off, didn’t she? But she’s going to be a really good horse on this turf.”center_img TRAINER QUOTES JOCKEY QUOTESlast_img read more

WATCH: Wade receives standing ovation in Heat return

first_imgHis return seemed to put everybody with the franchise in a good mood Friday, from office workers to coach Erik Spolestra.Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade smiles as he warms up for the team’s NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, in Miami. Wade was traded back to the Heat from the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)“I definitely feel it’s going to be a great environment,” Wade said before the game.It was.The lower bowl was full before tip-off, an uncommon sight for a typical Heat regular season game, as they awaited to see their superstar come off the bench.But no one really saw this coming, not even Spolestra.ADVERTISEMENT Prior to Thursday’s practice, Spoelstra received updates on possible trades in Pat Riley’s office. Riley informed him there was a possibility to acquire Luke Babbitt and also Wade.Spoelstra was about to leave Riley’s office when the news sank in.“What?” Spoelstra said. “Dwyane who?”Riley explained to Spoelstra about the player movement in the league and a Wade deal could potentially happen.“We’ll let you know by the end of practice,” Riley said.The coach said, “My only response was, ‘Let’s go, let’s do it.’ But it was probably not something any of us foresaw two weeks ago. Crazy things happen in this league so it just absolutely perfect timing for both parties and it was actually surreal of how quickly it came about.”Wade could hardly wait.“I’m excited for a lot of different reasons, but definitely the fan base that I grew up with and grew up with me, and just to be back in the environment,” he said. “I’m excited for my teammates as well. When you go through a long season, this team is on a five-game losing streak, sometimes it’s a lull, and to kind of get a jolt of energy like tonight will be in the arena, the atmosphere will be great. I think it’s going to be great for everybody as we go down the stretch of the season. I’m just excited to put on that jersey again and get out there and try not to be too bad.”Wade was embraced by his teammates, many of whom he played with in his last season in Miami two years ago, which should help him make a smooth transition to a team sitting at 29-26 looking to improve its playoff standing.“I feel like I know these guys,” Wade said. “I feel like I’m a part of this team already. When we played them, just the love that everyone always showed me before and after games, coming back to Miami in the summer and seeing these guys around, spending time with them so that transition right there was pretty seamless for me coming in today.” Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Wade snuck up on Josh Richardson in the training room and gave him a playful push.“It was cool,” Richardson said. “It kind of felt like he never left.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dwayne Wade was back with the Heat on Friday night, coming off the bench for Miami.As the Heat fell behind 9-0, the crowd chanted, “We want Wade!”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWade took the court midway through the first quarter as the fans gave him a standing ovation. He immediately grabbed a defensive rebound and threw a lob pass to Hassan Whiteside, who was able to slam home a dunk.Wade is Miami’s all-time leader in points, games, assists and steals. He was drafted in the first round by Miami in 2003, but left for Chicago in 2016. Miami acquired him from Cleveland as part of the Cavaliers’ deadline-day makeover. 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Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year LATEST STORIEScenter_img Korea women’s hockey team to make much-awaited Olympic debut OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MIAMI (AP) — As the Heat fell behind early against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Miami fans were getting eager to see the man of the night.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreaklast_img read more

Steven Finn out to impress selectors in Ireland ODI series

first_imgEngland fast bowler Steven Finn is hoping to impress the selectors during the two-match one-day series against Ireland after being left out of the Champions Trophy squad.Mark Wood, Liam Plunkett, David Willey, Jake Ball, Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes will lead the England attack in next month’s tournament on home soil.”These matches (against Ireland) are an opportunity,” Finn told reporters. “They are going to be hard fought… and they are an opportunity for me to remind England that I am still there and ready to go if they need me at any stage.”Finn, 28, was a regular in England’s Test side last year but missed parts of the season through injury.”At the moment I am in and out and that is something that just happens as you go through your career,” Finn said.”You will have peaks and troughs in form and when you are on the periphery of England all the time, you just have to deal with the disappointments, which sometimes can be hard to take – it is just the way it goes.”The two one-dayers against Ireland will be played on Friday and Sunday.last_img read more

The democratization of the voice interface

first_img markgrogan says: Log in to Reply “While I think it will be interesting to have everything controlled by voice alone, am I the only who foresees that there may be a problem? People are always saying that a lot of nuance is lost when you speak over the phone or in text, and things done in Continue Reading Previous Mouser: fixed-frequency step-down power module with overcurrent protectionNext Advantech B+B SmartWorx launches range of LoRaWAN wireless solutions January 31, 2019 at 1:54 am January 26, 2019 at 5:11 am Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology, IoT 2 thoughts on “The democratization of the voice interface” History books may well view voice control as the most important advance made in the Human Machine Interface. No more typing, no more pointing, we just say what we want. Initial progress in this area limped along until the advent of smart speakers, when we started to realize what might be possible. Now the race is on with improvements in recognition, features and applications in phones, headsets, hearables and the smart home. The most widely known solutions today depend on platforms and services controlled by a small number of providers, but that is changing. Voice activation can be embedded anywhere, with customization, improved noise immunity, lower power, longer range and yet be just as effective as the big platforms in speech recognition.(Source: CEVA/Shutterstock) The consumer audio market, where this capability plays an important part, has an interesting history. FutureSource shows that from 2008 to 2012, dollar volume declined as audio experiences consolidated primarily on smartphones. From 2012 to 2014, the market remained essentially flat. Then from 2015 through 2018, it grew again at a CAGR of 15%, driven primarily by voice activation. Looking forward, Yole Développement anticipates a minimum of 30% CAGR through 2023, driven predominantly by speech recognition . The bulk of this growth will continue to be in smartphones, followed by headsets and hearables, personal assistants and smart home features (TVs, appliances, etc.). The same report concludes that we are now entering a second phase in smart audio, where voice control will become much more pervasive, as consumers become more comfortable with this method of control.Wherever they are deployed, the goal is to enhance differentiation. In a smartphone or any other battery-operated device, an obvious advantage is to support always-on listening; no need to push a button before you give a command. This requires ultra-low power trigger-word detection, which as we know means hardware with closely matched software so as to minimize standby power. Naturally, you want to personalize trigger words or phrases for your brand, and in multiple languages, in order to get strong penetration in your region and perhaps in the international market as well. You might still pass subsequent commands to one of the main voice recognition providers to unpack the request. Or perhaps not. If your appliance only needs support for a limited vocabulary, you might not need help from a third party, if your speech recognition engine can be stretched to that goal.Another critical need is recognition and perhaps authentication, in a noisy environment. Voice recognition presents different challenges than exist in object recognition. In a living room or a car for example, there can be multiple sound sources:  people talking, TV and independent music/radio sources, interior and exterior noise and echoes of all these from surfaces in a room or a car’s interior. Isolating the source of a command, cancelling echoes and reducing background noise requires some sophisticated technology depending on multiple microphones, beamforming and echo cancellation, along with noise suppression.Those are the needs and naturally, available solutions such as CEVA’s are ready to address those needs. Solutions such as the recently introduced CEVA WhisPro™ phrase recognition product use neural-net-based software running on CEVA DSP platforms. WhisPro already supports “Alexa” and “OK Google” as voice triggers and it can be customized in training to support any customer-requested triggers. It supports multi languages and can handle multiple voice triggers. Training is performed with multiple noise backgrounds, so recognition has built-in noise immunity, delivering >95% recognition, and false acceptance of less than 1 per hour, without the need for cloud verification.By adding a specialized voice-pickup solution, CEVA ClearVox™, developers can achieve multi-microphone support and beamforming for improved far-field voice pickup, along with echo cancellation and further noise reduction. Pairing WhisPro together with ClearVox delivers competitive trigger recognition at better distance (up to 7 meters), especially in noisy environments.Youval Nachum serves as CEVA’s Senior Product Marketing Manager for audio and voice product line. Youval brings over 20 years of multi-disciplinary experience, spanning marketing, system architecture, ASIC, and software domains at leading technology companies. He is passionate about anticipating long term trends and leading technical programs to their successful completion. Highly proficient in combining market requirements, product definitions, industry standards and design innovations into breakthrough products. Youval holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. “If I am able to recall clearly, I just saw a recent ad that illustrated how terrific voice control is for modern living. However, a twist of events made the entire smarthome hellish to live in after the owner had a dental surgery that caused his mouth to DavidHamilton says: Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

9 months agoMan City edge ahead of Chelsea for Barcelona youngster Ilaix Moriba – this week

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City edge ahead of Chelsea for Barcelona youngster Ilaix Moriba – this weekby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHighly-rated Barcelona youngster Ilaix Moriba is on the brink of signing for Manchester City.Sport says City could sign Ilaix after Saturday, when the exciting prospect turns 16.Moriba is considered one of the most promising talents to come out of the famous La Masia academy for years, and Barcelona have offered him a contract higher than what they normally offer players of his age.But the report says that deal is still not close to what City can offer, with Juventus and Chelsea also trying to secure his services.City reportedly feel they are in pole position to sign the midfielder. last_img read more