Election candidates urged to support press freedom

first_img NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say to go further Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara News Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists News Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa News On 16 August, Nordine Miftah, managing editor of the weekly Al Ayyam, was summoned by telephone, while in Agadir, by police who demanded that he come at once to Casablanca. There, he was interrogated for several hours about an interview that appeared on 11 July with an Islamic fundamentalist leader, Abdallah el-Chadli. Two days later, the reporter who conducted the interview, Anas Mezzour, was summoned for the same reason.Karim Selmaoui, a photographer with Journal hebdomadaire, was refused entry on 12 July to Mechouar Square, opposite the royal palace in Rabat, where the public celebration of King Mohammed VI’s wedding was taking place. A government official ordered him out of the official car that was taking him, the special correspondent of the French magazine Paris Match and the technical crew of the Qatari TV station Al-Jazeera to the festivities. Selmaoui was properly accredited for the occasion.On 14 February, the Casablanca appeals court handed down to Journal hebdomadaire’s managing editor, Aboubakr Jamai, and its general manager, Ali Amar, suspended jail sentences of respectively three and two months and awarded damages against them of 500,000 dirhams (about _50,000). Foreign minister Mohammed Benaissa had filed a complaint about articles that had criticised the way he bought a house in Washington in 1996 for the Moroccan embassy there when he was the ambassador.On 10 July, hearing of an appeal by Demain magazine was deferred until 11 December against the sentencing last 21 November of its managing editor, Ali Lmrabet, to four months imprisonment and a 30,000 dirhams (about _3,000) fine by a Rabat court for “putting out false news undermining public order or likely to do so.”A Spanish journalist, Ignacio Cembrero, of the daily El Pais, was followed on 8 and 9 March after arriving in Rabat to write articles about the situation in Western Sahara.The Islamic fundamentalist media was also targeted. Since the beginning of April last year, access from Morocco has been blocked to the Internet website Rissalat al-Foutouwa (www.fotowa.com). Aljamaa.org and yassine.net, both set up by the fundamentalist group Justice and Charity and hosted by servers outside Morocco, have also been blocked.The new press law was passed by the House of Representatives on 6 May. Despite some positive aspects (lighter penalties for journalists, smaller fines, easier procedures for launching a publication and the need to give reasons for confiscation), the law was especially tough.Jail terms for insulting the king and the royal family remain, with offenders risking between three and five years in prison (compared with between five and 20 years previously). Article 29 retains the government’s right to ban Moroccan or foreign newspapers if they are deemed to ” undermine Islam, the monarchy, national territorial integrity or public order. ” Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance News April 15, 2021 Find out more September 24, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Election candidates urged to support press freedom Organisation Reporters Without Borders called today on candidates in Morocco’s 27 September parliamentary elections to take a firm stand in favour of freedom of expression.”This year, once again, many infringements of press freedom have occurred in Morocco, including intimidation and summoning of journalists and surveillance of independent publications” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “A particularly harsh law about press freedom was also passed in May.”Since this election has been presented as a symbol of the country’s ” democratic transition ” we call on the future deputies to commit themselves, in the final days of the campaign, to substantially amending this press law and to taking other legislative action to strengthen press freedom in Morocco. April 28, 2021 Find out more June 8, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Transparency data: DHSC: workforce management information September 2019

first_imgThe Department of Health and Social Care publishes details about staff numbers and payroll costs for payroll and non-payroll staff on a monthly basis.last_img

Samsung, Meet Icarus: Galaxy S4 Features Aim High, Risk Melting Waxy Disappointment

first_imgYou remember Icarus, right? Greek boy with wax wings takes errant flight path, meets watery death. A classic metaphor for reach exceeding your grasp.Samsung: Meet IcarusSamsung threw so much at us during the keynote launch of its flagship Galaxy S4 that it’s difficult to unpack all of it.  So what are some of these mind-blowing features that you’re going to hear so very much about? Let’s take a closer look.(See also: Samsung Galaxy S4 First Impressions: Beautiful But Bloated)Dual Camera: A feature that allows you to use both the front and back cameras of the Galaxy S4 at the same time. Also allows for Dual Video Call where you can show people what you are looking at during a video call with the front facing camera.Takeaway: OK Samsung, you got me here. This is a cool and innovative use of the dual-camera concept… that was introduced a couple of years ago with FaceTime on the iPhone. This basically taking FaceTime and stretching it to the extreme.  Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Group Play & Share Music: Allows users to share music, photos, documents and games with people around them (at least those also toting Samsung devices) without a data connection. Share Music allows users to play the same song on multiple phones, basically creating multiple mobile speakers.Takeaway: Group Play and Share Music are basically extensions of previous Samsung features that allowed users to share photos with other Samsung users. Samsung has turned this to other types of media and music.S Translator: Instant translation using voice or text for apps like email, text message and ChatOn (a feature in Dual Video Call that allows you to share your screen).Takeaway: Google already has a fairly robust translator in Android. Samsung’s own translator will only be a great feature if it cooperates with Google’s apps like Gmail, Talk and Voice. If not, it’s just another redundant Samsung app.Smart Pause & Smart Scroll: Pause enables the users to control the screen by where they look. For instance, if you’re watching a video, the phone will pause it if you look away. Smart Scroll allows you to scroll up and down emails or a browser without touching the screen.Takeaway: We didn’t get a lot of hands on time with the Galaxy S4, so it is hard to say if this is cool or annoying. It will definitely be a different type of experience. Hopefully Samsung gives users the option to toggle it on and off. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Samsung is big on naming things. Every new function or feature in the Galaxy S4 comes with a snazzy title and, undoubtedly, a huge marketing campaign for convincing us how remarkable it is. Unfortunately, the Galaxy S4 is not exactly reinventing the smartphone. Samsung may need to brace itself for some blowback, given its over-the-top approach. There’s something to be said for understatement, as Apple so frequently demonstrates and as Google has done with its Nexus series. Samsung wants to be everything to everybody. It’s a fool’s errand. Keep trying and ultimately you become the fool. The same principal applies to the Galaxy S4 as to the Galaxy S3 when we reviewed it last year: more is not always better. Sometimes more is just more. Taken individually, each of these functions is fine and good. Some are more impressive than others, but none (outside of Smart Scroll, perhaps) are really groundbreaking. More is what Samsung does, and generally speaking, it does more very well. If that’s the type of experience you’re looking for in a smartphone, you’ll probably love the Samsung Galaxy S4. If you want something simpler but still powerful, the HTC One or an iPhone 5 may be the way to go.  Air Gesture & Air View: Gesture allows a user to interact with the screen without actually touching the screen. Just hover your finger over the screen and swipe between apps or pages. View lets you preview an app, email or page by hovering your finger over it.Takeaway: If you have ever played with the Galaxy Note II and its S Pen, you are well aware of the Air features. Functional and useful at times but perhaps superfluous features.WatchOn: Allows you to control your various home utilities (TV, DVD player) by turning your Galaxy S4 into a remote.Takeaway: So, Samsung basically just put infrared into the Galaxy S4 and turned it into a remote. Just like a universal TV remote. Hey, why the hell not.Tired Yet?The primary problem with Samsung’s last two flagship smartphones is that it was very easy to get lost in all of the various features that Samsung threw at us. Add in Android apps that do basically the same thing and your phone can start getting confusing very quickly. center_img Drama Shot, Sound & Shot And Story Album: Samsung is stretching out its camera functions. Drama shot allows you to see all the action in a photo in one continuous loop while Sound & Shoot allows you to capture the sound and voice happening during the photograph. Story Album organizes your photos by metadata — time, geo-tag, people etc. specific to that event. Takeaway: None of this is really groundbreaking, as companies like HTC, Apple, BlackBerry and Nokia all have very similar features. Sound & Shoot is creative but, ultimately, probably not terribly useful. Tags:#Android#Galaxy S4#Samsung dan rowinski What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Ravindra Jadeja had hunger and determintation to do something special: Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgRavindra Jadeja was playing only his second match in the World Cup 2019 but still managed to make an impact with his all-round performance as he almost pulled off a miracle for Team India in the first semi-final against New Zealand on Wednesday.Jadeja’s valiant 77 off 56 balls took India agonisingly close to their target of 240 but once he got out, the chase fell apart as the team got bowled out for 221 in 49.3 overs.Jadeja became the first batsman to score over fifty runs in a World Cup knockout match. It was his partnership with MS Dhoni which kept India alive in the chase after they collapsed to 92 for 6 in the 31st over.The pair added 116 runs for the seventh wicket before Jadeja’s dismissal in the 48th over. Dhoni departed soon after, run out on 50 which was the final nail in the coffin for India.Is there a better celebration in world cricket?#CWC19 | #INDvNZ | #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/KKuOJLg321Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 10, 2019Former captain Sachin Tendulkar lauded Jadeja for his special knock and also praised Dhoni for being the guiding force behind that seventh-wicket partnership which almost won the game for India in Manchester.”He was brilliant. This morning when he got Ross Taylor run out with that direct throw, we in the commentary box were discussing that it could be his day. The way he took initiative in that partnership (with Dhoni), he caught New Zealand by surprise, caught them off guard.”There were number of clean shots by him, which were from a batsman who was out there to do something and prove something. I would give him 10 on 10 today.advertisement”At this world stage who wouldn’t want to go out and perform well. You could see that determination and that hunger to do something was special and very much there. It was amazing to watch both of them, the way they ran between the wickets. That understanding was very much there because they play together in the IPL as well,” Tendulkar told India Today.The Old Trafford crowd applauds a magnificent half-century #INDvNZ | #CWC19 | #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/T4ucoN2oYcCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 10, 2019″The sound that his bat was making was something different. You could hear that. With Dhoni’s guidance and experience he created that impact but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to finish the game. But in a convincing manner that Jadeja took charge, he was the aggressor today. He was hitting those big shots and rightly so.Captain @imVkohli all praise for @imjadeja post his semi-final show #TeamIndia #CWC19 #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/egJJkzwZ0IBCCI (@BCCI) July 10, 2019″I felt that really worked well. One person was an aggressor and the other one was an experience campaigner. I felt MS (Dhoni) was going to attack in the last 3 overs. Because it also became important for someone to be there till the end. But possibly the boundaries could have come a bit earlier. But in retrospect you have number of things to say,” Tendulkar said.Also Read | Bitter pill to swallow: Sachin Tendulkar after India crash out of World Cup 2019Also Read | MS Dhoni could have batted at No. 5 instead of Hardik, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | Virat Kohli reacts to reporter’s question on MS Dhoni retirement speculationAlso Read | New Zealand were braver than us and they deserved to win, says Virat Kohlilast_img read more

Trade Winds Limited Donates $600,000 To Linstead Hospital

first_img The Linstead Hospital in St. Catherine has received a donation of $600,000 from Trade Winds Citrus Limited, which the company raised from its last Tru-Juice “Run for Your Cause” 5K road race. Health Minister, Dr. Hon. Christopher Tufton, who welcomed the gesture, said healthcare should be treated as a community undertaking that is fully supported by the citizens and other stakeholders, adding that Trade Winds, which operates in and around the area, has demonstrated this. The hospital’s Chief Executive Officer, Camille Wallen-Panton, said the funds will be used to purchase equipment, and encouraged Trade Winds, and other private sector stakeholders to maintain and forge partnerships with the institution, as this would redound to the long-term benefit of the wider Linstead community. Story Highlights The Linstead Hospital in St. Catherine has received a donation of $600,000 from Trade Winds Citrus Limited, which the company raised from its last Tru-Juice “Run for Your Cause” 5K road race.Health Minister, Dr. Hon. Christopher Tufton, who welcomed the gesture, said healthcare should be treated as a community undertaking that is fully supported by the citizens and other stakeholders, adding that Trade Winds, which operates in and around the area, has demonstrated this.“It is the perfect type of arrangement that we want, and we encourage it. I participated in the run, it was good for me, it was good for those who participated and, clearly, the patients will benefit,” he said.The Minister was speaking with JIS News at the hospital on February 6, following the presentation by Trade Winds.The hospital’s Chief Executive Officer, Camille Wallen-Panton, said the funds will be used to purchase equipment, and encouraged Trade Winds, and other private sector stakeholders to maintain and forge partnerships with the institution, as this would redound to the long-term benefit of the wider Linstead community.Senior Medical Officer, Dr. Clive Thomas, said the donation will enable the hospital to further boost healthcare service delivery.Meanwhile, Trade Winds Chief Executive Officer, Peter McConnell Jr., said the hospital has been benefitting from the 5K Run’s proceeds for the past three of the four years that the event has been staged, and assured that this gesture will continue.“We are a business in the area, our employees need the hospital, the community needs the hospital, and (the donation to the hospital) is just the right thing to do,” he told JIS News.The race, which is staged on the first Sunday in June, is organized by Running Events Limited.Health Minister, Dr. Hon. Christopher Tufton (2nd left), looks on as Chief Executive Officer of Trade Winds Citrus Limited in St. Catherine, Peter McConnell Jr. (2nd right) signs a symbolic cheque in the sum of $600,000 for the Linstead Hospital in the parish. The occasion was a presentation ceremony at the institution on February 6. The funds were raised at the company’s last Tru-Juice “Run for Your Cause” 5K road race. Others (from left) are: Chief Executive Officer, National Heath Fund, Everton Anderson; Member of Parliament for North West St. Catherine where the hospital is located, Robert Pickersgill; and Senior Medical Officer at the hospital, Dr. Clive Thomas.last_img read more

Lush Poincianas Gobbled Up by Hungry Caterpillars

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Oct 2014 – And an insect invasion is seeing the popular Royal Poinciana trees literally devoured in mere days by a natural predator; the Poinciana tree looper caterpillar. The little insects are infesting areas of Provo now and officials are issuing warnings and advice on how to contain the bugs. Over the past two weeks the Department of Agriculture has received unusually high numbers of public complaints… the research has shown this happens infrequently; once every 10 to 15 years. The full-grown caterpillar is about 1-5/8 inches long and morphs to a brown coloured moth with an average wingspan of 40mm. As for what to do… there are insecticides and home remedies including wrapping the tree trunk with burlap and dousing the loopers with soapy water. The tree loopers actually defoliated seven of my own Poinciana trees… the loopers died in the soapy water and from insecticides sprayed by a local pest control company. Related Items:looper caterpillars, royal Poincianaslast_img read more