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
View Comments Rise and shine, San Diego! Bright Star, a new musical by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, will receive its world premiere at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre this fall. According to U-T San Diego, the production will be directed by Tony winner Walter Bobbie and run from September 13 through November 2. As previously reported, The Old Globe produced a workshop of the tuner earlier this year. In a statement true to form, Martin said that the project “premiering at the wonderful Old Globe in San Diego where Shakespeare first performed his plays fills me with humility.” The show, which features music by Martin and Brickell, lyrics by Brickell and a book by Martin, is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and travels between 1945 and 1923, as a young man returns from war and uncovers hidden yearnings and dark secrets about his past. The bluegrass score includes songs from Martin and Brickwell’s album Love Has Come For You.
Mad River Snow, Inc an affiliate of MadRiver Lifts, has joined forces with Maurer Construction, Ltd ofPenticton, British Columbia to provide design/build services for log, postand beam, and timber frame structures to mountain resorts throughout NorthAmerica. The new venture is offering turnkey construction services,including design, construction, general contracting, site work, and finishwork. The announcement was made jointly by Jeff Robinson, Principalof Mad River Snow and Fred Maurer, President of Maurer Construction.Maurer will design, fabricate, transport, and construct base lodges,ancillary buildings (like ski school and rental shops), condominiums andsingle-family homes of all sizes. The quality log, post and beam, andtimber frame resort structures are designed with the aesthetic andfunctional requirements that are unique to mountain resorts. The logbuildings are energy efficient and the rustic alpine elegance of eachstructure offers a visual impact and mountain resort ambience. Mad RiverSnow will provide general contracting, construction management, marketingrepresentation and client support services for the venture.Maurer has created custom log homes and structures for over 25 years —from cozy log cabins to massive log structures of over 16,000 square feetwith towering rock faces setting the backdrop. Each structure is built toexceed the exacting standards of the industry. Each log is hand peeled andhand crafted by skilled craftsman working with the finest logs selectedfrom forests throughout British Columbia. Maurer is experienced withcomplex construction challenges having built on the edge of sheer cliffs,in extremely remote areas, and other unique sites.Mad River Snow provides marketing representation, client relations, andsupport services to organizations that serve the ski industry. MRSPrincipal, Jeff Robinson, also brings to the relationship over 30 years ofexperience in commercial and residential construction as a licensedGeneral Contractor. Jeff holds an MBA degree in Management from SuffolkUniversity in Boston, Massachusetts with an emphasis on financial andmanagerial control techniques. MRS affiliate, Mad River Lifts, provideslift construction, maintenance and brokerage services to the ski industry.Prior to forming Mad River Lifts in 1999, Jeff served as a ConstructionSupervisor for Lietner Lifts USA, Garaventa CTEC, and Doppelmayr.
By Jerry MackeyDUBUQUE, Iowa (July 9) – Joel Callahan impressed in winning Sunday’s Out-Pace Racing Products IMCA Late Model main event at Dubuque Speedway.Callahan bolted to the front and immediately shoot to the top side of the track to set a blistering pace. He led the caution-free 25 lap race flag to flag in scoring the win ahead of Luke Merfeld and Justin Kay.The Merfeld Brothers Automotive Modifieds again featured plenty of side-by-side racing. Jason Schueller advanced from his fourth row start and outraced Ryan DeShaw in scoring his second feature win of the 2017 season. Schueller used several lines around the multi-grooved track to get to the front. DeShaw ran second ahead of a fast closing Mark Schulte.Tyler Soppe topped the GSI Collision Specialists IMCA Northern SportMod feature. Soppe raced to the front from a fifth row start and went on to take the checkers ahead of Jerry Miles and Troy Bauer.Greg Gill scored the win in the Bakey Seamless Gutters IMCA Stock Cars by crossing the finish line ahead of Dustin Wilwert and Tim Schneider.
Reports reaching JOY Sports, indicate fourteen players of the Black Stars squad will make an appearance at the Justice Senyo Dzamefe Presidential Commission of Inquiry, which resumes public sitting on Thursday, October 16, to round up its hearing.The Commission, which is investigating the participation of the Black Stars in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, will interrogate fourteen of the players of the Black Stars, who are currently in Tamale, and two other officials.A statement from the Public and Media Relations Department of the Commission, however, did not mention the invited players but sources close to the commission reveal that amongst the invitees will be captain Asamoah Gyan, Kwadwo Asamoah, Harrison Afful, Jonathan Mensah, Jordan Ayew, Dede Ayew, Fatau Dauda and a few others. Also appearing will be Sabahn Quaye – Team Manager of the Black Stars, who is regarded as a key witness of some of the occurances in Brazil.Moses Parker Armah, a member of the Black Stars management committee, is also expected to make an appearance on Thursday, after deferring two earlier invitations.Armah Parker was reported to have been attacked by Sulley Muntari during the competition. It will be recalled that the commission announced that it has concluded its public hearing but may be compelled to resume if the need arises, hence the decision return on Thursday.
Fourteen of 18 applications for licenses to create clam and oyster farms in Ballyness Bay in Cloughaneely have been granted by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine.All 14 of the licenses granted have been awarded to Donegal based groups and individuals, reports the Tirconaill Tribune.Four applications were rejected including three by Northern Shores Shellfish Ltd in Galway. Six licenses including “variation licenses” were granted to Joseph Coll, Hillcrest, Meenlaragh, Gortahork.Two “variation licenses” were granted to Edward and Paul O’Brien, Magheroarty.Anthony McCafferty of Glasserchoo, Gortahork was granted three licenses and had one application refused. Seamus O’Donnell, Ballyconnell, Falcarragh, was granted two variation licenses. Tully Shellfish Ltd in Redcastle were granted one license.The announcement has come from the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine’s office that he had made the “determination on the Aquaculture and Foreshore license applications …..in Ballyness Bay” under the 1997 Fisheries Act and the 1933 Foreshore Act.The license are for a mix of farming Pacific Oysters using bags and trestles and clams on wooden trays under mesh.In recent months there has been a high profile campaign by local residents opposed to the aquaculture farming in an area they are citing as one of outstanding natural beauty and invaluable to the local tourism sector as well as the flora and fauna of the Special Area of Conservation.A meeting organised by the ‘Save Ballyness Bay’ group drew a crowd of over 700 people back in August with many voicing their anger at what they called a lack of public consultation or information about the planned developments. Breaking: Fourteen aquaculture licenses granted for Ballyness Bay was last modified: December 4th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)