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first_img 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 Newslast_img read more

first_img April 27, 2021 Find out more March 3, 2021 Find out more News In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival Receive email alerts RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media News IndiaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) has voiced deep concern at a report that a journalist kidnapped five months ago by Assam separatists has since been killed by his kidnappers. Indra Mohan Hakasam, correspondent for the daily Amar Assam published in Assam province in India’s extreme northeast, was kidnapped in June by the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA).”If the murder of Hakasam is confirmed, the political and military leaders of the ULFA must bear full responsibility,” said Reporters Without Borders. The local press report of his murder comes at a time of heightened violence with more than 50 people killed in the province in the past week. The international press freedom organisation has appealed to ULFA’s chairman Aradinda Rajkhowa and military leader Paresh Barua to explain the circumstances surrounding the death of the journalist. It also condemned the fact that once again a journalist should have fallen victim to Assam’s separatist conflict.Hakasam, correspondent at Goalpara for the Assam-language daily Amar Assam published in the provincial capital Guwahati, was abducted on 24 June by ULFA members. He was snatched at gunpoint from his home by two armed ULFA members Doleng Rava and Sanjib Rava. The journalist’s wife and two children had no news of him for five months, but recently the local press, citing rebel sources, has been reporting that he has been killed in captivity. His wife, Sabriti Hakasam, told Reporters Without Borders that she believed her husband had been kidnapped because of his independent and brave reporting. She would not believe he was dead until the UFLA provided some proof.The Journalists’ Union of Assam (JUA) held a public demonstration on 21 November to demand that the UFLA provide information about the fate of Hakasam.Journalists have often been caught in the crossfire in Assam’s violent conflict between security forces and separatist rebels, particularly the ULFA. At least five journalists have reportedly been killed in the north east of India in the past ten years. center_img to go further News News IndiaAsia – Pacific Organisation June 10, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Follow the news on India November 24, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist kidnapped five months ago reportedly killed by Assam separatistslast_img read more

first_img News Help by sharing this information February 15, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF_en August 1, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Local TV presenter gunned down in his home in Mosul Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” December 28, 2020 Find out more News Read in Arabic / بالعربيةReporters Without Borders is appalled to learn that local TV presenter Ghazwan Anas was gunned down yesterday in his home in Mosul, in Iraq’s northern Kurdistan region. Several members of his family were seriously injured in the same shooting.“We offer our condolences to his family and friends, and urge the authorities to carry out a thorough investigation. This shocking crime must not go unpunished. Those responsible must be tried and convicted. The blood of too many journalists has been shed in Iraq. It is time to send a clear signal to the predators.”Anas, 27, had just sat down to dinner with his family after the day-long Ramadan fast when four gunmen burst into their home in the Mosul neighbourhood of Sumar and started shooting. Anas was killed on the spot. His wife was shot four times and is now in a coma. His mother was also seriously injured and his four-month-old son was left with a bullet lodged in his leg. The entire family was taken to a Mosul hospital.Anas hosted sports and entertainment programmes on Sama Mosul, a local TV station that began operating last year, but he often broached controversial subjects during his programmes. The station’s owner, Athil Al-Najafi, is also the governor of Nineveh, the province of which Mosul is the capital.The shooting was probably a politically-motivated reprisal of the kind that sends a signal to all journalists. Iraq continues to be extremely dangerous for media personnel, especially Nineveh and Saladin, the neighbouring province to the south. Journalists are constantly being attacked, especially by armed groups linked to local politicians or criminal organizations.Anas was the second journalist to be killed in Iraq this year. The first was Salahaddin TV presenter Kamiran Salaheddin, who was killed by a bomb placed under his car in Tikrit, the capital of Saladin province, on 2 April.Iraq is ranked 152nd out of 179 countries in the 2011/2012 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. For more information, see the Iraq country file. IraqMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Follow the news on Iraq IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Related documents Local TV presenter gunned down in his home in Mosul – In arabicPDF – 314.75 KB News News December 16, 2020 Find out more to go furtherlast_img read more

first_imgOver the whole of January, Credit Suisse calculated a drop in the foreign equity quota in Pensionskassen portfolios by 7.2% to 16.6% and by 4.9% to 12.7% in the case of Swiss equities.However the bank noted that Pensionskassen had ”on average topped up their equity investments”, judging by the much greater equity losses suffered by comparable benchmark indices.In January the share of foreign bonds fell by 8.4% while the liquidity quota increased by 220 basis points to 8.7%, Credit Suisse pointed out in the first ever special edition of its usually quarterly Pensionskassenindex, issued for January in the wake of the SNB decision.The exposure to Swiss francs increased by 110 basis points to 78.8%, while that to euros and US dollars fell by 30 basis points, respectively, to 4.2% and 7.4%.Credit Suisse pointed out without hedges the drop in euro and US dollar “would have been twice as much”.Following the market setback the bank predicts Pensionskassen to increase the share of foreign currency investments again but maybe only with hedges.Read more about the impact of currency hedges on Swiss Pensionskassen’s returns Swiss pension funds suffered losses of between 1.7-1.8% in the wake of the Swiss National Bank’s (SNB) decision to end the peg to the euro, accoding to estimates by UBS and Credit Suisse. While both banks blame the SNB’s surprise decision to cut the peg, Credit Suisse noted Pensionskassen had already taken countermeasures.Comparing asset values from the day prior to the announcement and its immediate aftermath, bond prices rose by over 1%, Swiss equities declined 14% in value and the impact of currency volatility on international equities lost Swiss Pensionskassen another 15%, noted UBS. UBS calculated funds had suffered losses of 1.71%, whereas Credit Suisse estimated portfolios had declined 1.83% by the end of January. last_img read more

first_img Overwhelming response to new Herston development Mr Monahan said the development had achieved a six-leaf EnviroDevelopment Certification due to a strong emphasis on sustainability through eco-friendly design elements. An artist’s impression of what the building will look like dusk at Amparo by Mosaic.Mosaic managing director Brook Monahan said the position meant the view would never built out, which offered maximised growth potential. “Not only does it have a highly sought-after northeast aspect and a protected view corridor, but all kitchens and bathrooms are 100 per cent custom designed, right down to the tiniest detail,” Mr Monohan said.“The attention to detail is flawless, Amparo will be a truly special place to live.”He said Mosaic took a “holistic” approach to their developments and the entire project would be managed in-house. The proposed view from Amparo’s penthouse.A Taringa development will offer the chance to secure never-to-be-built out city views with a northeast aspect.Mosaic’s latest project Amparo at Taringa, is set to be built in a protected corridor at an elevated position on Swann Rd. >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< More than 150 new homes earmarked for Wooloowincenter_img MORE: More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoAn artist’s impression of the kitchen space.“We control every individual process involved, from the research, feasibility and due diligence before purchasing a site, all the way through design, construction, to the managing of your investment, ensuring you receive the best possible returns and that the property stays in the best possible condition well into the future.”Mr Monahan said once completed the $18 million development would be five-storeys tall, with two ground floor terrace residences opening on to private courtyards. An artist’s impression of the bathroom.Mosaic lead architect Peter Navin said the development employed timeless architectural elements, and would add a new twist of style to Taringa with its spacious, light-filled apartments and carefully selected designer fixtures.“Penthouse apartments are pavilion-inspired, boasting a stylish and functional thin-profile floating roof form with large overhangs to provide extended shade,” Mr Navin said.“The top-floor apartments are defined by floor-to-ceiling glazing to capture the best of the site’s northern aspect.“Stunning vistas are available to all residents with a rooftop communal area positioned to capture the leafy suburban aspect and mountain views. “(There will be) three levels with four luxury apartments, all with views of the city or suburban outlooks and crowned by one three bedroom prestigious residence with outstanding views, as well as one two bedroom apartment, which one of our key staff members has purchased as an owner occupier.”last_img read more

first_imgAMES, Iowa – Drivers in two of IMCA’s top series are on the receiving end of a contingency awards program with Z4 Products again this season.The pole starter and the Sunoco Race Fuels drawing winner at all Deery Brothers Summer Series events for IMCA Late Models, and the pole starter in each Hawkeye Dirt Tour for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds all receive bottles of heavy duty leak sealer and cooling system condi­tioner from the Ames, Iowa, company.“We enjoy promoting Z4 products regionally and founder Jerry Dakin is a really good guy in the industry,” noted IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “We’re pleased to be able to get their products in the hands of deserving racers and will continue to do that throughout the summer.”The 30th annual Deery Series opens on April 8 at Davenport Speedway while the first Hawkeye Dirt Tour event is Memorial Day, Monday, May 30 at Benton County Speedway in Vinton.More information about Z4 Products is available by calling 515 231-0809.last_img read more

first_img Carroll has re-discovered his form since returning from injury, scoring five goals in his last eight matches to take the Hammers to the brink of safety with five games of the season remaining. “The next move is a critical one for him,” the West Ham manager said. “It’s about playing, improving and scoring goals. That next move has to implement all of that for the team he plays for and him.” Sam Allardyce admits Andy Carroll’s next move could determine whether the striker’s career ends up being a success or failure. Although just 24-years-old, Carroll has had an eventful life, earning a £35million move to Liverpool after becoming an icon at his hometown club Newcastle. It has not all been plain sailing for him, however. He was shipped out on loan to West Ham after flopping at Liverpool while his lifestyle off the field led to concerns the 6ft 3in marksman would not blossom into the deadly striker everyone expected him to become. But having found his feet at West Ham, Allardyce believes Carroll is now in the most settled period of his career, and given that he will soon be entering his prime, he knows the next contract he signs will have a huge bearing on the player’s future. Newcastle are reported to be considering a cut-price move for the Gateshead-born striker, but Allardyce thinks Carroll would be better off staying in east London. “He is growing day by day and is enjoying his football,” Allardyce said. “You have to live and learn by your experiences in life. In his younger days he was picked out on several occasions. “We have to be careful about portraying himself in the open public domain. I don’t see any problem with him being in London. He has slipped in really well. He gets on well with Kevin (Nolan) and others. He’s big buddies with Joey O’Brien. “We would love it to work out long-term. But things need to be done and identified at the end of the season.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgThroughout the KIJHL season The Nelson Daily Sports Editor Bruce Fuhr will take a capsule look at the players on the Nelson Leafs hockey club. Today the focus in on Nelson native and Leaf winger, Dallon Stoddart.It wasn’t that long ago when Dallon Stoddart was watching Brock Munro gain speed at center ice before breaking through the defence and picking the top corner of the net.Or, Dylan Walchuk progress from an unknown to a household name in as he led the Leafs in playoff scoring during Nelson’s waltz to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League crown in 2009.That was then.And this is 2011 where the 6-foot, 175-pound Stoddart is not the watcher. He’s the right there in living Green and White doing his own flying, with a parachute of course, up and down the left wing.“It’s every kids dream growing up playing minor hockey to play for your hometown team,” Stoddart admitted to The Nelson Daily. “And now I get to live it.”This is actually Stoddart’s third stint with the Heritage City franchise that is younger in 2011 than most other KIJHL teams.His first turn came as a bit of a surprise.After completing the 2009-10 season with the Kootenay Ice of the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League, Stoddart joined teammates Troy Petrick and Blake Arcuri as call-ups to the Leafs.During the playoff run Nelson was decimated with injuries forcing then head coach Simon Wheeldon to scramble to put a line up together.Hence the likes of Stoddart, Petrick and Arcuri, dubbed the “Black Aces” by one local media personality, were called upon to fill the lineup.Stoddart played four games, which was more than enough time to allow the injured players to return the lineup and help the Leafs upset the Fernie Ghostriders and into the KIJHL Final.However, the Leafs lost to the Revelstoke Grizzlies in five games.But being part of the buzz inside the NDCC Arena was one of the highlights for this Nelson Minor Hockey grad.Last season, Stoddart’s first full campaign with the Green and White, now that was not as much fun at all.“Sometimes (playing for your home town’s junior team) has its up and downs but overall I have my guys around me to help and I tend to zone everything else out,” explained Stoddart, deciding not to attend any Junior A camps, instead focusing on the Leafs. “And if I need any help I have the people around me as support. Stoddart, the son of Sharon and Doug Stoddart, has always loved playing hockey. But at the tender age of 18, he already realizes education is a big part of his future.He only hopes hockey can also be part of that future.“I really want to go to school and continue to play hockey,” said Stoddart, working toward an engineering degree starting this fall at Selkirk College in Castlegar.“And I’ll try to do whatever I can to make that dream come true.”Stoddart is one of a quartet of Nelsonites on the Leafs roster. Two of those players, Carsen Willans and Linden Horswill, join Stoddart to form the all-Nelson line.Prior to Thursday’s game in Grand Forks, the trio had accumulated 15 points.“We starting to get to know how each other plays,” said Stoddart, leading the Nelson trio with seven points, including three goals.“We getting to know where were going to be and how we can help each other out on the ice.”Despite being the old guy on the line, Stoddart likes what he sees in teammates Carsen and Linden.“(Carsen and Linden) maybe younger but they know how to play this game and are learning how to get the job done and have their heads in the right place,” he said.Just like Dallon Stoddart, who has grown from a fan to one of the leaders of the Leafs.Dallon Stoddart Fast FactsPosition: ForwardHeight: 6-footWeight: 175 poundsShoots: LeftHometown: NelsonAge: 18Favourite Music: Likes all musicFavourite NHL Team: Vancouver CanucksFavourite NHL Player: Sidney CrosbyBlackberry or iPhone: Blackberry, but iPod for musiclast_img read more

first_imgThousands of ticketless supporters of German club Cologne arrived at the Emirates, with kick-off delayed by an hour in the interests of “crowd safety”.Police, forced into deploying extra officers, made five arrests after dealing with “disorder” at the Emirates as Cologne fans occupied home sections of the ground, with an estimated 20,000 supporters having travelled from Germany despite there only being 3,000 away tickets.Arsenal fell behind early on to a brilliant long-range strike from Jhon Cordoba before bouncing back in the second half, substitute Sead Kolasinac equalising before goals from Alexis Sanchez and Hector Bellerin saw the Gunners to victory.Afterwards Wenger said he was getting ready for the game to be postponed but was uncertain if the delayed kick-off was to blame for the Gunners’ poor start.Arsenal’s Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez passes the ball during the UEFA Europa League Group H football match against FC Cologne at The Emirates Stadium in London on September 14, 2017 © AFP / Adrian DENNIS“It’s difficult to say,” he said. “It was similar for Cologne but we had some problems to get off, to start, yes. I don’t know, was it mental?“We waited patiently in our dressing room but what was difficult for me was I had all kind of plans to think about at some stage.”– ‘Infiltrate’ –Wenger added: “I had to think if we play tomorrow at what time do we want to play, do we play next week but they had the Bundesliga again midweek and we had a League Cup game midweek as well.Atalanta’s forward Alejandro Gomez controls the ball during the UEFA Europa League Group E football match against Everton at the Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia on September 14, 2017 © AFP / MIGUEL MEDINA“But in the end at some stage I thought they would not play the game, because I can’t see the police taking any risk,” he explained.“We live in a society of 100 percent security and I thought they would never take a gamble to play this game when I saw the images around the stadium.“But I must say our supporters dealt well with the situation as well and there was no aggravation.”Wenger said Cologne fans had been “very clever” to get into areas reserved for home supporters.“I don’t know how they managed to infiltrate our fans and get everywhere but they did that very well. I don’t know if they went through Arsenal membership, on the internet… they did very well.”Atalanta’s forward Andrea Petagna (L) vies with Everton’s forward Nikola Vlasic during the UEFA Europa League Group E football match September 14, 2017 © AFP / MIGUEL MEDINAOne social media post appeared to indicate scuffles inside the ground, with Richard Conway, a BBC sports news correspondent, tweeting: “Koln (Cologne) fans fighting with stewards inside Emirates stadium. Group arrived in home end and fought their way into away section.”Cologne coach Peter Stoeger refused to be questioned on the actions of the club’s supporters: “I have no comment about the fans,” he said.“I’m the coach, my job is the team, my job is football not the fans,” the Austrian added.Milan’s forwards Nikola Kalinic (L) and Andre Silva celebrate the second goal during the UEFA Europa League group D football match against FK Austria Wien in Vienna, Austria on September 14, 2017 © AFP / JOE KLAMARAsked on the eve of the match if he had a message for the thousands of travelling Cologne fans, Stoeger replied: “Enjoy the pubs!”Cologne are currently bottom of the Bundesliga table, having lost all three of their opening games in this season’s German top flight.But they qualified for the Europa League after finishing fifth last term.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Police inside the stadium keep an eye on Cologne supporters in the stands as the kick off is delayed due to crowd safety issues ahead of the UEFA Europa League Group H football match between Arsenal and FC Cologne in London on September 14, 2017 © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 14 – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed he was contemplating a re-arranged fixture after the Gunners beat Cologne 3-1 in a Europa League opener marred by crowd trouble at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday.The Group H fixture kicked off an hour late following chaotic scenes inside and outside north London club Arsenal’s home ground.last_img read more

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#start#startups center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts XING founder Lars Hinrichs has launched a new pre-seed investment company, HackFwd. Although HackFwd provides financial support and mentorship to tech startups, HackFwd is not an incubator. In other words, rather than expecting startups to relocate to the company’s headquarters in Germany, HackFwd meetups will be distributed – something that might be very beneficial for European startups.According to the website, “We looked carefully at current VC models and realized they didn’t really cater to very early stage businesses. VCs can’t support small investments, which leaves a finance gap. Also, VCs don’t have the time or expertise to give strategic or creative input. This leaves an advice gap.”In addressing both this finance and advice gap, HackFwd provides startups up to €191,000 in funding, as well as support with legal and administrative requirements, talent-search, promotion and marketing. The goal: “Our start-up and support process accelerates the route to beta, profitability, and success.” Founders retain 70% equity with 30% going to HackFwd. While this is higher than some similar programs (YCombinator and TechStars take around 6%), the HackFwd program lasts a year, rather than only a few months. In an interesting twist, 3% of HackFwd’s cut is returned to the founders, for them to distribute in turn to advisors who helped them along the way.In their desire to help support “Europe’s most passionate geeks,” HackFwd will compete with other early stage investment opportunities in Europe, including SeedCamp. And even if you aren’t a European startup in search of some early-stage funding, a visit to the HackFwd website is well worth a visit, just to look at their infographic on the startup feedback loop (excerpted below).last_img read more