Help by sharing this information April 15, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out more Organisation Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists to go further Reporters Without Borders condemned judicial harassment of the Arabic-language daily Al Watan Al An after the Casablanca prosecutor’s office today released its editor, Abderrahim Ariri, but sent one of his reporters, Mostapha Hurmatallah, to Okacha prison pending trial. Arrested on 17 July after publishing a leaked internal security memo, both have been charged with “receiving documents obtained by criminal means.”“The Moroccan justice system has again moved into action against journalists in what is looking more and more like a travesty,” the press freedom organisation said. “Ariri and Hurmatallah were held for eight days in a police station, where they were continually questioned without a lawyer being present. Ariri has now been freed, but Hurmatallah has been transferred to prison. That is enough. He must be released at once and the charges against both of them must be dropped.”Reporters Without Borders added: “This is not the first time that criminal charges have been pressed against journalists. We take this prosecution very seriously, as Ariri and Hurmatallah are facing the possibility of jail terms. We will launch a campaign to try to prevent the Moroccan judicial system from being used yet again as a tool to censor the independent press.”Ariri’s provisional release and Hurmatallah’s transfer to prison were ordered today on the expiry of a second four-day police custody order. They had been held at judicial police headquarters in Casablanca ever since they were arrested at their homes by plain-clothes police on the morning of 17 July.They have been charged under article 571 of the criminal code, which provides for a prison sentence of one to five years. The first hearing in their trial has been scheduled for 26 July. One of their lawyers, Abderrahim Jamaï, said there were many “murky” aspects to the case and condemned “a political manoeuvre.”Ariri reaffirmed his commitment to press freedom when reached by Reporters Without Borders. “The battle continues,” he said. “My voice will not be silenced. We must launch a campaign for the release of our colleague.” Ariri said he had been questioned by members of various Moroccan security services as well as by the military.Ariri and Hurmatallah were arrested three days after writing a series of stories for the 14 July issue that were headlined, “The secret reports behind Morocco’s state of alert.” One of the stories was based on a intelligence agency memo – which was reproduced – urging all the security services to be vigilant after a terrorist organisation posted a video online containing “a solemn call for jihad against all the Maghrebi governments, identifying Morocco by name.” NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Reporters Without Borders condemns judicial harassment of the Arabic-language daily Al Watan Al An. “The Moroccan justice system has again moved into action against journalists in what is looking more and more like a travesty,” the organisation says. Receive email alerts News July 24, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for immediate release of Al Watan Al An journalist Mostapha Hurmatallah RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance June 8, 2021 Find out more News Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa News News
12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Why do some marketers fail to get the marketing budgets they need? There are at least twelve reasons. Are any standing in your way?1. Marketing is not as tangible as products nor as obvious in its impact as sales so it is underfunded because executives really don’t know if it is working or not.2. Some industries do not spend much on marketing. They rely on sales. They have not experienced or seen the impact of strong brands so they cannot justify spending beyond what everyone else in their category is spending.3. Marketers have not made a strong case for why they need more money. One of my bosses once told me that a marketing plan is a promise for a certain increase in sales in return for a certain investment in marketing. Many marketers are loathe to promise a certain increase in sales because they don’t know if their plan will achieve that.4. Sometimes a business is in such desperate financial straights that it cannot afford investment in anything that has a longer-term impact, including marketing. continue reading »
Gov. Wolf Highlights In-Demand Trade Careers and Training for Students SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Jobs That Pay, PAsmart, Press Release, Workforce Development Pittsburgh, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today visited a career exploration event in Pittsburgh and encouraged 7th through 12th grade students to consider exciting careers in the construction and related industries. Expanding job training so people have the education and skills to compete for good jobs that grow the economy is a priority for the governor.“The number of jobs in Pennsylvania has been at an all-time high and unemployment is at record lows,” said Governor Wolf. “Our economy is growing as many skilled workers are retiring. We need more young people to consider careers in the trades that offer good pay, great benefits and a rewarding life.”The governor has traveled the commonwealth to hear from workers, business owners, and industry leaders about the best way to rebuild the middle class and improve job training so workers can compete for good careers.Using those recommendations, the Wolf administration successfully launched PAsmart last year. The innovative strategy is investing $30 million to expand apprenticeships, job training and science and technology education.“Apprenticeships give Pennsylvanians the opportunity to build a rewarding career and earn a good wage,” said Governor Wolf. “Registered apprenticeship programs provide students and workers with the hands-on experience needed for growing careers, while strengthening the pipeline of talented workers that businesses need.”Building on PAsmart, the governor’s Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP) creates opportunities for Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement. SWEAP expands access to early childhood education, increases investments in schools, and partners with the private sector to focus training on jobs that local businesses need.The governor also created the Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center to expand the collaboration between government and the private sector to address the skills gap and worker shortages. The departments of Community and Economic Development, Labor & Industry, and State will work with external leaders from the Chamber of Business and Industry, AFL-CIO and Team Pennsylvania to build the strongest workforce in the nation.The Wolf administration created the Apprenticeship and Training Office in 2016. The office has registered 138 new sponsors and 193 new apprenticeship programs or occupations, bringing the total number of registered apprentices in Pennsylvania to 16,866 statewide.The governor last year set a goal of doubling the number of apprentices in Pennsylvania by 2025.The governor joined local officials and labor and business professionals today at the career exploration event held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. March 29, 2019
Manchester United are two points further back, but would leapfrog the Gunners with victory on Sunday afternoon. Mertesacker, though, feels Arsene Wenger’s squad can take heart from their consistent performances since the turn of the year as they look to emulate their FA Cup quarter-final win at Old Trafford in March. “You could feel the disappointment in the dressing room after the Swansea game, because we gave so much, but we are still positive,” the German said. “We still have a good level of confidence, so we are looking forward to the remaining games. “It is very important (finishing in the top three) when you look at the schedule (for the start of next season), so we try to really avoid that.” Conversely, Arsenal could consign United to the Champions League play-offs with what would be a first league victory at Old Trafford since September 2006. Mertesacker believes winning the midfield battle will be crucial. “That is a major part of their game and we need to try to control it. They will want to keep the ball as much as possible,” he said. Press Association “Can we restrict that? Can we get the ball in their half and break? Francis Coquelin did really well in that role last time.” Wenger was left less than impressed by Swansea’s approach, the visitors having sat back for most of the second half, but crucially converting one of only three chances on goal. The Gunners boss, however, is expecting his side to produce the required response at Old Trafford on Sunday. “We played against a team with a 4-6 formation, who didn’t play and you are always frustrated when they manage to get away with a win,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “On the other hand, we showed a lot of quality, but were not very good in our finishing and guilty of giving away a mistake (for their goal). “It is (disappointing), but we should get encouragement because if we have done it for 10 games, we can do it again. We haven’t lost our quality here, so let’s restart on Sunday. “Of course it makes that game important because the way you respond to a defeat always gives you a big (indication that) the team is strong mentally and that is what is expected of us on Sunday.” Despite remaining positive for the run-in, which finishes with home games against Sunderland and West Brom, Mertesacker accepts Arsenal’s defensive shortcomings could again prove costly in the battle for a top-three finish. Jefferson Montero’s deep ball into the Arsenal penalty area picked out Swansea’s lone forward Gomis, who got between the two centre-backs to head into the bottom corner, with goalkeeper David Ospina also caught out of position. “That is how quickly football can change. When you don’t execute, you get punished. That was a good reminder how important it is to score, how important it is to get the opener when you have the opportunities. When you don’t do that in the Premier League, you are battling for fourth place, not second. How simple is that?” the German said. The 2015 FA Community Shield is set for Wembley on August 2 ahead of an early start to the new domestic campaign. With such little down time over the summer, Mertesacker accepts Arsenal could be caught out if they are not fresh to play another crucial Champions League qualifier. He said: “I think, even for non-international players, the (summer) break is pretty weird, and we have a couple of under-21 players (at the European Championships), a couple at the Copa America (in Chile), so it will again be a tight schedule and we will try to really avoid that (qualifier).” Defender Per Mertesacker sees no reason why Arsenal should not head to Old Trafford confident of securing automatic Champions League qualification despite the frustration of a 1-0 home defeat by Swansea. The Gunners saw their 10-match unbeaten run in the Barclays Premier League brought to an end by the Welsh side on Monday night after failing to take several chances before substitute Bafetimbi Gomis headed in a late winner for the visitors, which was given via the Goal Decision System. Arsenal remain in third place, three points behind Manchester City, but with a game in hand, albeit with a far inferior goal difference.
LANCASTER – Departing from tradition, the Lancaster West Rotary on Monday honored public servants in management positions at its annual salute, recognizing six Antelope Valley leaders. Los Angeles County Fire Department Assistant Chief Mark Bennett and battalion chiefs Joe and Ted Lindaman, sheriff’s Capt. Carl Deeley, CHP Capt. Nick Norton and Lancaster Public Works Director James “Randy” Williams were honored at a Rotary luncheon at the Antelope Valley Inn. “Historically, we’ve honored the officers in the community, and this year we felt it was a good idea to pay honor to the commanders in the different areas because seldom times do they get the recognition they deserve for overseeing these programs,” Rotary President Sandy Smith said. Bennett, in effect the Antelope Valley’s fire chief, is a 20-year veteran who heads 18 fire stations. “We feel these vocations are worthy of being honored by the Rotary because we’re all about service,” Smith said. “It’s a natural partnership for Rotary to be honoring people in our community for making a difference.” [email protected] (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Longtime Antelope Valley residents Joe and Ted Lindaman are the county’s first brothers to serve simultaneously as battalion chiefs. Deeley, a 28-year department veteran, commands one of the county’s largest stations, which in addition to serving the contract city of Lancaster, serves unincorporated areas including Antelope Acres, Lake Los Angeles and Quartz Hill. Norton is an 18-year Highway Patrol veteran who was assigned to command the Antelope Valley area station in Lancaster. Williams is a former Navy captain who has served in his current position since 2003. His colleagues say he’s established a can-do attitude in public works, coining the motto: “Fix it before others know it’s broken.” Smith said the honorees embody the spirit of Rotary, an international organization dedicated to providing community support services across socioeconomic and generational lines.
SAN JOSE — The first 20 games of the Sharks season could be used as an ink-blot test to determine whether someone is a glass half-empty or half-full person?On one hand, the Sharks (10-7-3, 23 points) are holding down first place in the Pacific Division by a point despite the natural adjustment period of adding Erik Karlsson into the mix, Joe Thornton’s reintegration into the lineup after two major knee surgeries and the team’s league-worst 88.97 percent save percentage in even strength play.Th …
10 December 2009Online applications for accommodation during the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ are now open to international and local soccer fans on the Fifa.com website.This follows the recent launch of the online accommodation service by the World football controlling body, Fifa.Accommodation and ticketing provider Match has secured 1 725 190 room nights for next year’s World Cup, and 43% of the entire inventory (741 832 room nights) in the 1 007 properties will be reserved for the general public.Instant accommodation searchThe accommodation service will enable fans to instantly search the available inventory and make bookings.The process is simple: one just visits the Fifa World Cup section on Fifa.com and clicks on “Destination” and then on “Accommodation”. Enter the desired dates and location to view the available options, and you can immediately book the accommodation of your choice.Chartered domestic flightsMatch has also signed a service agreement with South African Airways to lease 20 aircrafts for the duration of the World Cup. These will provide 100 000 seats on scheduled domestic flights on match days during the month-long tournament.The domestic flights will fly to destinations such as Nelspruit, Bloemfontein, Polokwane and Port Elizabeth.This will help supporters find flight connections to smaller city destinations from their accommodation base.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Following its success last year, First Things First aims to test even more students this year. The 2017 campaign was launched in the Western Cape last month.Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia (right, alongside HEAIDS Youth Co-ordinator, Zandile Mqwathi) says the objective of the ongoing First Things First campaign is to reduce the number of new HIV and TB infections in South Africa’s higher education institutions. (Image: Bokamoso for Heaids, via Facebook)Mathiba MolefeMore than 160,000 students from 429 higher education campuses across South Africa were tested for HIV through the First Things First campaign in 2016. The aim is to reach even more students this year.The 2017 First Things First campaign was launched by Higher Education and Training Minister Mduduzi Manana at Boland College in the Western Cape on 25 April. The objective of the campaign is to promote sexual health among students at South Africa’s tertiary education institutions.Now in its seventh year, First Things First, created by the Higher Education and Training HIV/AIDS Programme (HEAIDS), has tested almost 500,000 students for HIV, as well as screened the students for tuberculosis (TB) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).“The future prosperity of our country depends on the students in our higher education institutions. They are our future leaders. It is critical that we equip them with the knowledge and skills to remain HIV-negative and healthy,” said Manana.“First Things First has enjoyed great success in this area and I am pleased to be launching its 2017 campaign.”To spread its influence and reach as many students as possible, the campaign, together with the government, has expanded to include students in the Western Cape.HEAIDS director Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia said that in 2016 alone, it tested and offered counselling to more than 160,000 students from 429 higher education campuses across South Africa.It aimed to improve on last year’s numbers and get even more students on the path to healthy living.“Our vision is to have zero new HIV and TB infections in our higher education institutions,” Ahluwalia explained. “First Things First forms a key part of that vision.”The launch highlighted the importance of extending testing services to technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges. “TVET colleges often lack adequate facilities and resources for testing and counselling students,” Ahluwalia said.Even when you trust your partner, always #Condomise to fully enjoy the experience without the worry. #SafeSex pic.twitter.com/Vj96vf9PXF— Bokamoso for HEAIDS (@HEAIDS) March 27, 2017First Things FirstIn addition to HIV, STI and TB testing services, First Things First offers screening, treatment and support for a wide range of general health issues including hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular health and cancer.It provides family planning, dual contraception, reproductive and maternal health services to students to help improve their health and make them more aware of the importance of staying healthy and looking after themselves.“The First Things First programme reminds us that we have one responsibility above all others — to look after ourselves,” said Manana.Ahluwalia pointed out that “a holistic approach to HIV prevention is far more effective than addressing any single factor alone.“This is why we are committed to reaching all 2-million young people in our higher education institutions with First Things First.“The higher education and training sector is in a unique position to lead a movement against HIV and to create champions who can carry the message into their communities. Together, we can defeat the HIV pandemic,” Ahluwalia said.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material
cormac foster 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#gaming Aging ConsolesIf you have any interest in playing an XBox 360, a PS3 or a Wii, you probably already own one. The Wii U is new, but it was released half-way through November, so we won’t really know what sales are like until the December numbers come through. With new hardware on the horizon, sales are supposed to slump. It happened with the iPhone 4, and it’s happening here. Aside from must-have releases like Madden NFL 13 and Halo 4, gamers who are waiting for the next-gen system slow their software purchases, too.NPD realizes this, stating that it’s “important to compare this month’s results to November 2005, which was the last time the industry began to transition between console generations with the launch of a new platform.” When you compare those years, the industry is up 97%. NPD also acknowledged that there’s momentum building into the holidays. So in meaningful numbers, business looks doesn’t look that bad. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… The latest numbers on the video game industry aren’t encouraging. But don’t worry, you can probably ignore them.In a preview of its upcoming report, research firm NPD announced its November gaming numbers. The results? Despite strong sales for the top five titles (led by Call of Duty), the industry continues to slide. While November had “the smallest year-over-year decrease we have seen for dollar and unit sales so far this year,” it was still a drop, and the last year has seen an overall 11% ebb from the previous 12 months.According to some in the blogosphere, the sky is falling and gaming is in trouble.They’re wrong. You can now return to fighting redcoats in Assassins Creed. Here’s why. What’s Not Being CountedThe NPD numbers don’t include digital downloads, subscriptions, or any in-game purchases. So online marketplaces like Steam, F2P games like League of Legends, and subscription-based products like World of Warcraft – also an aging platform with slowing sales, but still a strong generator of ongoing revenue – are off the table. And there there are the growing number of ad-supported casual games. According to Wanda Meloni, Founder and Senior Analyst at M2 Research, “Retail sales alone do not provide an accurate picture of the overall market. Steam’s revenues are estimated to be well over $2 billion alone. There are also publisher-specific sites such as Origin from Electronic Arts that provide consumers access to all of EA’s product line, and all the mobile, social and online games that don’t get counted in a pure retail play cumulatively make up well over $5-$10 billion annually.”It’s pretty clear that the market has outgrown the traditional “units shipped” metric. A more accurate estimate of industry health might be gaming company revenue, though privately held companies, indie developers, and a blurring definition of the term “game” make that difficult too.Maybe, as Ben Kuchera suggests, we should just stop trying to quantify it at all. As long as the games keep coming, someone’s making money.Especially the titles on NPD’s best-seller list for November:Call of Duty: Black Ops IIHalo 4Assassin’s Creed IIIJust Dance 4Madden NFL 13Skylanders GiantsNeed for Speed: Most Wanted 2012NBA 2K13WWE ’13FIFA Soccer 13Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts
iowa fans rush court after msu winIowa knocked off No. 1 Michigan State at Carver-Hawkeye Arena last night, and in celebration, a few hundred Hawkeyes fans rushed the court. But not everyone seems to agree with the move.Immediately following the court rushing, college basketball fans on Twitter started to criticize the decision. Why? Well, Michigan State was playing without its best player – Denzel Valentine. The Hawkeyes were also favored by 2.5 points. Iowa also led the entire game, so it’s not as-if there was a ton of drama involved.Iowa fans rush the court when we beat a team ranked higher than us unlike state pic.twitter.com/Ct8vArEvT7— nate (@Marky_Marks19) December 30, 2015This sucks because you know that Iowa knows Valentine isn’t playing and they are still gonna rush the court— Logan VanDeWostine (@lvandy7) December 30, 2015I hope Iowa fans rush the court against a team missing the national player of the year.— AustinCSmith TOC (@acsmith06) December 30, 2015You can’t chant “overrated” to a team and then rush the court when you beat them lol but regardless I’m glad Iowa won— Sarah♓️ (@heyyysarahhh) December 30, 2015Good for Iowa beating undefeated #1 but have enough respect to not rush the court against a conference opponent. You’re better than that.— David Wheatley (@david_wheatley) December 30, 2015Silly Iowa fans, rush the floor after winning a game you were favored to win!— Rick Holmes (@spartyholmes) December 30, 2015Way to rush the floor Iowa… You beat the #1 team in the country, at home, without their best player. Idiots…— Chris Thomas (@wtpartners) December 30, 2015Iowa fans…. Chant “overrated”, then rush the floor after beating a team without the National POY. Classic #Hawkeyes.— Jeff Greene (@GMachine7) December 30, 2015Sorry, Iowa. That is the most lame student rush to the court I’ve ever seen.— DP (@sports_and_ads) December 30, 2015If you really just beat an “overrated” team, why rush the court? Do better Iowa, do better… #MSU— Craig Janes (@Craig_Janes) December 30, 2015What do you think? Should Iowa fans have rushed?