Reporter for El Watan attacked and kidnapped

first_imgNews News Follow the news on Algeria Organisation May 12, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa  Reporters Without Borders expressed its concern today about the beating up and kidnapping of a reporter from the daily newspaper El Watan on 20 July by a local official in the northern town of Tebessa who did not like what he had written about him.”We are shocked by this attack on the reporter, Abdelhai Beliardouh,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “If the local official felt he had been libelled, why did he not file a complaint before a court like any other citizen? This is a serious incident typical of a state of lawlessness.”Algerian prime minister Ali Benflis said the day after the attack that ‘press freedom is the foundation of democracy,’ so we appeal to the Algerian authorities to see that those responsible for this incident are punished.”Beliardouh, correspondent for the French-language El Watan in Tebessa, was attacked at his home by four officials of the chamber of commerce of Nememchas (covering Tebessa and Souk Ahras), one of them armed, and including the chamber’s president, Saâd Garboussi.Beliardouh was beaten up in front of his family and then dragged by the collar through the streets of the town to a square, where he was beaten further and publicly insulted. El Watan said police did not intervene to help the journalist, who was then taken by car to the cellar of Garboussi’s house where he was interrogated about the source of report in the paper that day that the chamber president had been arrested.Beliardouh had written that a police informer had said Garboussi had funded terrorist activities and helped the Islamic fundamentalist GIA to launder money raised through crime and racketeering in the Medea and Jijel regions.Shortly before the attack, Garboussi had phoned El Watan’s acting editor, Faisal Metaoui, to demand that he print his response to the article in the next day’s paper. When he was told it would not be possible until the day after, Garboussi said: “You’ll see, I’m going to deal with him.”El Watan filed a complaint with the state prosecutor in Tebessa for “kidnapping and intimidation” and called on the local authorities to ensure the safety of Beliardouh, whose attackers told him that if he repeated his error, he and his family would be killed.Beliardouh told the daily paper Le Matin on 22 July that the attack on him had been “thuggery and terrorism.” Garboussi denied that the incident had taken place and said he had filed a legal complaint. News to go further Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary electionscenter_img News RSF_en Receive email alerts Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa May 18, 2021 Find out more Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation July 23, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporter for El Watan attacked and kidnapped April 29, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Charter flight case ‘dragging on too long’

first_imgTwitter THE case involving Pamela Hickey, charged with illegal chartering of aircraft to bring Munster rugby fans to away games, is “dragging on too long”, Judge Tom O’Donnell has warned.Inspector Gerry Horan told the court that the DPP and the State required a two week adjournment. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Solicitor John Devane said that he had spoken to garda investigating the matter and that the likelihood was that the book of evidence would not be ready for some time, so his client, subject to the courts approval, would consent to a date in early September. Judge O’Donnell questioned the delay and Inspector Horan replied that there were “two, possibly three, charges, and that the the gardai were awaiting the book of evidence”.Mr Devane said that his client wished to face the matters “forthright and fairly”. Judge O’Donnell remanded the case to September 2 and marked it peremptory against the State, noting that it was “dragging on too long” Pamela Hickey, aged 37, with an address at Ashford, Patrickswell, is charged with three counts relating to Munster rugby matches in September 2004 and January 2005. She is charged with obtaining a service by deception by chartering flights through Monarch Airlines from Shannon to Gatwick on September 3 and 4, 2004 and January 15 and 16, 2005. Ms Hickey is also charged with creating a false document on the January date. Facebook WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsCharter flight case ‘dragging on too long’By admin – June 22, 2010 749 Emailcenter_img Print Advertisement Linkedin Previous article11 changes for Ireland team to face AustraliaNext articleCasey has a “Big Bang” punch in line for French opposition adminlast_img read more

IPG Mediabrands Appoints Global Chief Communications Officer

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 16, 2021 WhatsApp TAGS  center_img Facebook Twitter Rahel Rasu Pinterest Previous articleYukon Partners Promotes Edwards to Vice PresidentNext articleNew Report from BanyanGlobal Family Business Advisors Shows 80% of Family Businesses Optimistic about Post-Pandemic Position Digital AIM Web Support IPG Mediabrands Appoints Global Chief Communications Officerlast_img read more

A Colorado man’s alleged killing of pregnant wife, 2 young daughters raises question of why

first_imgABC News(FREDERICK, Col.) — Two days after Chris Watts’ pregnant wife and two young daughters were reported missing, Watts was taken into custody, accused of killing Shanann Watts and the couple’s children, Celeste, 3, and Bella, 4.Authorities have not commented on a possible motive in the case that has shocked the small town of Frederick, Colorado.Here’s some of what we know — and still don’t know — about the case.A mysterious missing persons casePolice were notified Monday by a concerned family friend who hadn’t heard from Shanann Watts, who was 15 weeks pregnant, police said.Chris Watts, 33, had initially told reporters that his wife, 34, disappeared without a trace, leaving her purse and keys at home.“When I came home and then walked in the house, nothing. Vanished. Nothing was here,” Chris Watts told ABC Denver affiliate KMGH-TV Tuesday. “My kids are my life … I mean, those smiles light up my life.”‘He fooled us’After Shanann Watts and the girls were reported missing, family friends Nick and Amanda Thayer came to Chris Watts’ side.The Thayers helped their friend think through ideas on how to find his missing wife and daughters. Chris Watts even spent Tuesday night at the Thayers’ home.“We feel so stupid … trusting him to stay the night in the same house as our daughter,” Nick Thayer told ABC News on Thursday, overcome with emotion. “I’ll never let that go.”He said it didn’t cross his and his wife’s minds to ask Watts if he was involved.Watts was a “hands-on dad,” Nick Thayer said. “And that’s why we were there with him because all the times we were with him it was nothing but love” toward his family.“He fooled us. And I’m so sorry. We just thought we were doing the right thing by being a good friend,” Nick Thayer said. “We were duped.”“In the 48 to 72 hours we were with him … he was his normal self,” Amanda Thayer added. “He never once cried.”“He and Shanann were always hugging, kissing and smiling. They were just a picture of ‘in love,’” she said.Now, with the accusations that Watts killed his family, Amanda Thayer said: “I want to know why.”“It doesn’t make sense,” her husband said.Bodies recoveredBodies believed to be Shanann Watts, Bella and Celeste have been recovered near each other, officials said while declining to say the location.According to ABC affiliate KMGH-TV in Denver, Shanann Watts’ body was found on property where Chris Watts worked.KMGH-TV cited sources who said that the daughters’ bodies were found inside mostly full oil and gas tanks.Prosecutors said in court Thursday they believe the victims were killed in the family’s home, KMGH-TV reported.A husband in custodyChris Watts has been booked on three counts each of first-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence.He has not yet been formally charged and is set to return to court on Tuesday.“The suspect is presumed innocent until otherwise proven guilty in the court of law,” Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke said at a news conference Thursday.Authorities have declined to comment on a potential motive.“Our role now is to do everything we can to determine exactly what occurred and assist in filing the thorough case,” Colorado Bureau of Investigation director John Camper added on Thursday.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Royal Navy destroyer HMS Diamond deploys to the Med

first_img View post tag: HMS Diamond Royal Navy destroyer HMS Diamond got underway from Portsmouth on September 29 for maritime security operations in the Mediterranean Sea.The Type 45 destroyer will provide reassurance to allies in the region throughout the autumn.The deployment follows a busy few months for HMS Diamond and her crew, who spent most of the summer operating in or around UK waters.“I’m thrilled that HMS Diamond is once again at sea on operations to keep our nation safe. I am proud of every single sailor in this ship for the work they have put in to get us ready for this mission,” Commander Ben Keith, the commanding officer of HMS Diamond, said.“I also want to pay tribute to our families as none of what we do could be achieved without their support while we are away from home.”HMS Diamond recently returned from a visit to the Polish port of Gdynia, and had previously been involved in monitoring Russian warship activity in areas of UK interest.Over the last couple of months, Diamond has been involved in monitoring Russian naval activity, visited four ports, helped train warfare officers and RAF air crew, hosted two ambassadors, represented the Royal Navy in front of a million people at Bournemouth Air Festival and joined NATO ships in the Baltic. View post tag: Royal Navy View post tag: Type 45center_img Share this article Photo: HMS Diamond sets sail from her home in Portsmouth naval base. Photo: Royal Navylast_img read more

New College network open to hackers

first_imgStudents at New College have labelled their computing system “buggy and insecure” after it was revealed last week that students were routinely hacking into the College meal system.A Facebook group appeared last Wednesday publicising the insecure nature of the web page, and offering a step-by-step guide on how to hack into the College system. The group’s fan base increased to nearly a hundred students before College authorities noticed the page and took the meal booking system offline.Accurate Solutions, who provide New College’s accounting and management software, responded to the reported flaws by releasing a fixed web page the following Friday. However, further problems ensued as it was discovered that the system could only be accessed by people inside College and that those living out were therefore unable to book in for a Guest Night.The College IT staff responded by allowing access to the page through the Oxford VPN, while restricting public access for security reasons.But only later that day the security restrictions placed on the system were removed and the page was made available on the public internet.New College did not offer comment as to why the vulnerable system had appeared online and therefore been exposed to more malicious users.Many students are frustrated by their College which they felt had been ineffective and slow in taking action.One undergraduate complained: “College staff have known about this for months, and it was reported to them multiple times during Michaelmas. “The responses varied from indifference to an insistence that the issue did not in fact exist.”Problems with the system also affected battel payments and prevented students from putting cash on their Bod cards. On Monday morning students found that they had been charged money but that this had not been transferred to their accounts.Michael Burden, Dean of New College, confirmed that the issue has now been resolved stating that “All the delayed transactions have been repayed, and students’ accounts have already been credited.”However, there is still concern amongst students regarding the insecure nature of the Accurate Solutions system.New College have stressed that: “There are no private or personal details on the publicly visible system”, adding that “once communications with Secure Hosting can be verified in detail, we will again be securing the site behind the University firewall and VPN system, with a specific exception being made for the Secure Hosting communications that allow on-line payments to proceed.”The computer system used by New College is provided by Accurate Solutions. Seventeen of Oxford’s other colleges are clients of the company.Michael Burden admitted that the system’s flaws had been missed by Accurate Solutions’ testing.When asked whether the company’s contract with New College would be renewed he stated that: “Contracts are commercial decisions, and are always periodically reviewed”.Seventeen of Oxford’s College are clients of Accurate Solutions.last_img read more

Study launched to reduce Oxford city centre emissions

first_imgA new study looking into banning all petrol and diesel vehicles from the centre of Oxford has been launched today.The £30,000 study, which aims to investigate options for introducing a Zero Emission Zone in Oxford from 2020, has been jointly commissioned by Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council.According to Oxford City Council, the study seeks to engage with bus, delivery and taxi companies—and will propose a range of options for how the Zero Emissions Zone can be introduced. It is envisaged that a zone will start small and expand as technology develops in order to facilitate zero emission travel.While Oxford has been a low emission zone since 2014, the city was included in a World Health Organisation report as one of ten cities with unacceptable levels of pollution. As well as this, European Union targets for air pollution are currently being breached at 32 per cent of 75 locations monitored across Oxford.It is hoped that a Zero Emission Zone would reduce emissions from transport by restricting access for polluting vehicles and encouraging uptake of zero emission vehicles.However, this is not the first scheme designed to lower pollution levels in the city, which have a significant impact on health by contributing to a range of illnesses, as well as having an economic effect. The impacts of air pollution in the UK estimated to cost between £9 billion and £19 billion annually.In January, the introduction of driverless vehicles to the Oxford transport system was proposed by Jeremy Long, the chairman of Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP).In an interview with the Oxford Times, Long said that connections with the university research departments and local car industry could provide a platform for Oxford to become leader in the field of autonomous vehicles.Despite the idea of driverless ‘pods’ being omitted from the study, John Tanner, Oxford City Council Executive Board Member for A Clean and Green Oxford, says he is “thrilled” the study is taking place. This is despite Tanner previous branding the idea as “ridiculous”, and claiming in 2015 that the City Council would not support “a blanket ban” because “ordinary” cars were not responsible for pollution.Tanner added: “Air pollution has a significant impact on the health of residents and visitors to Oxford.“Our vision is to create a city centre that people can live and work in without worrying about how vehicle emissions will impact on their health.”“The Zero Emission Zone will achieve this, which is why I am thrilled that this study is now taking place.”In addition, the Road Haulage Association also called the proposals “unworkable”.A spokesman for the County Council said the ban would initially only apply on a small number of roads, and the timescales would change if technology was not advanced enough.Councillor David Nimmo-Smith, Oxfordshire County Council Cabinet member for Environment, said: “There has been an improvement in air quality in the city in recent years and there is clearly a need to carry this trend on.“The improvements clearly illustrate that measures to improve air quality, such as the introduction of the Low Emission Zone, have worked. However, there is more we all need to do to improve.”The study is expected to be completed later this spring, and its aim, as set out in the 2015 Oxford Transport Strategy, is to introduce the Zero Emission Zone in phases between 2020 and 2035.last_img read more

Rick And Morty Musical Ricksperience Orchestra To Headline Inaugural Adult Swim Festival

first_imgRick and Morty has proven itself a cultural phenomenon many times over. Now, fans of the joyfully nihilistic sci-fi cartoon are taking Rick and Morty fever to a new level with the announcement of the Rick and Morty Musical Ricksperience, a 37-piece orchestra helmed by Ryan Elder, the man behind the show’s score. The Rick and Morty Musical Ricksperience comes as part of the final lineup announcement for the upcoming inaugural Adult Swim Festival, set to take place at ROW DTLA in Los Angeles on October 5th through 7th.Notes the announcement,For the first time ever, see composer Ryan Elder (The man behind Rick and Morty’s music) and some very special guests bring your favorite Rick and Morty songs to life in melodic harmony in sync with an episode. There’s going to be an actual orchestra, with trombones and stuff.The inaugural Adult Swim Festival will showcase more than 24 hours of live entertainment, featuring 42 musical and comedy performers over three days and headlined by Run the Jewels and Mastodon and featuring performances from Dorian Concept, Flying Lotus (in 3-D), Georgia Anne Muldrow, Hannibal Buress, Thundercat, T-Pain performing tracks from Freaknik: The Musical, Big Freedia, Neko Case, and many more.Fans will get a unique opportunity to be fully immersed in an Adult Swim experience like no other happening on and around two massive stages. They can take a trip on the DREAM CORP LLC Virtual Reality Eggs, play a round of Rick and Morty Mini Golf, ride a giant Hot Dog Ride, soak in six minutes of air-conditioning in the immersive Meatwad Dome 4D Experience, and climb everyone’s favorite feline on Smack Up My Uvula. Fans far and wide will also enjoy live broadcasts by Adult Swim’s FishCenter & Friends, featuring the best of the streams.Buy tickets before Saturday, September 14th, for the opportunity to enter the Adult Swim Festival Fan Sweepstakes and get a chance to watch your favorite band from the soundboard, get 50% off all Adult Swim merchandise, go home with a limited-edition Rick and Morty vinyl and other autographed exclusives, free food and drink vouchers, custom Adult Swim bike, plus many more prizes! Already bought your ticket? Don’t worry, fans who purchased tickets between March 16th and September 14th are also eligible to enter the sweepstakes when they register their admission wristbands at AdultSwimReg.com. One registered wristband per person. Visit AdultSwimReg.com to view full rules and restrictions. Preview Night, Single Day and Weekend Passes are on sale now. For a full list of performers, or to grab your passes, head to AdultSwimFestival.com.Below, you can watch the Adult Swim Music Festival promo video, as well as Run The Jewels’ Rick and Morty music video promoting the event:Adult Swim Festival Promo Video[Video: Adult Swim]Run The Jewels x Rick and Morty – “Oh Mama”[Video: Adult Swim]last_img read more

Assessing the impact of climate change on malaria

first_imgClimate change may lead to an increase in malaria in certain spots around the world. But in other places, it may have little or no impact on the mosquito-borne disease, according to an expert panel convened at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.Temperature and precipitation changes driven by climate change aren’t the only factors influencing malaria transmission, said the speakers at the Oct. 23 event, held as part of Harvard Worldwide Week. (Read about another Harvard Worldwide Week program on malaria eradication approaches.) Other factors include government programs to prevent transmission, preparedness for outbreaks, population size, and acquired immunity levels among populations, and those vary from nation to nation and region to region.And given the fact that climate change is politically controversial, it’s crucial for scientists to consider all available data and to communicate clearly about the complex interplay between climate and other factors in shaping disease trends, said Marcia Castro, associate professor of demography at Harvard Chan School. If scientists present conflicting information, “climate deniers make a feast of this,” she said.Others who spoke at the event—titled “The Effect of Shifting Global Health & Climate Change Policies on Malaria Eradication”—included Aaron Bernstein, associate director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment; Alan Court, senior advisor, United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Health in Agenda 2030 and for Malaria; and Elfatih Eltahir, Breene M. Kerr Professor of Hydrology and Climate at MIT.Eltahir, an expert in hydrology and climate, discussed studies conducted in several locations in Africa in which researchers examined a host of variables—such as precipitation, temperature, altitude, the mosquito life cycle, and patterns of water availability that could influence mosquito breeding—in order to create computer models predicting future malaria transmission. He noted that, in some locations, climate change is expected to produce wetter weather—which could help mosquitoes breed—but that temperatures are also predicted to increase, which could harm mosquitoes. In essence, these two effects could cancel each other out, resulting in either similar or even decreased levels of malaria in parts of Africa. “In general, the story of climate change and malaria in Africa is not a terribly bad story,” Eltahir said.In response to audience questions about the difficult politics surrounding climate change, Bernstein acknowledged that the Trump administration is not taking climate change seriously. But he pointed out that Europe, as well as a number of U.S. states—including economic powerhouse California—are bolstering efforts to reduce carbon emissions. “There’s a very good chance that the global economy is going to be taking an irretrievable move toward decarbonization,” he said. “The good news is that the momentum for most the world community is in that direction.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

Bradley Manning Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in federal prison Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, for leaking confidential materials about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to whistleblower website WikiLeaks. (Artwork courtesy of Deb Van Poolen, www.debvanpoolen.com)U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, convicted of leaking more than 700,000 classified military and state department documents to anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, was sentenced Wednesday to 35 years in federal prison, with 1,294 days credit and dishonorable discharge.Military judge Col. Denise Lind announced her decision against the 25-year-old just after 10 a.m. from the Fort Meade, Md. courtroom where a military trial into the disclosures—the largest leak of confidential materials in U.S. history—has been proceeding since June. Manning has been in custody of the U.S. Army since his arrest in 2010.Manning’s defense attorney David Coombs, at a press conference held several hours after the ruling, said he and other members of his team broke down in tears at the news, while his client did his best to cheer them up.“‘It’s okay,’” Coombs says Manning told them. “‘It’s alright. Don’t worry about it, it’s alright. I know you did your best. It’s okay.’”The ruling caps a more than three-year-long legal saga against Manning both unprecedented in its scope and controversy.Enlisting in 2007, Manning had been deployed to Baghdad as an intelligence analyst in 2009. In February 2013 he pleaded guilty to 10 of the 22 charges against him, including leaking classified cockpit gun-sight footage of U.S. Apache helicopters killing a dozen unarmed civilians and two Reuters photojournalists in Iraq in 2007. Manning told Lind during a lengthy statement Feb. 28 that the “most alarming” part of the video—dubbed “Collateral Murder“—for him “was the seemingly delightful blood-lust the Aerial Weapons Team seemed to have.”“They dehumanized the individuals they were engaging and seemed not to value human life, and referred to them as quote-unquote ‘dead bastards,’ and congratulated each other on their ability to kill in large numbers,” he told Lind during his statement. “At one point in the video there is an individual on the ground attempting to crawl to safety. The individual is seriously wounded. Instead of calling for medical attention to the location, one of the aerial weapons team crew members verbally asks for the wounded person to pick up a weapon so that he can have a reason to engage.“For me, this seemed similar to a child torturing ants with a magnifying glass,” he added.Manning said the fact the footage had been sought by Reuters through Freedom of Information requests, yet the news agency was told it may have been destroyed, further motivated him to send it to WikiLeaks.Manning has spent the past three years leading up to his June court martial in pre-trial confinement, oftentimes subject to harsh and unlawful treatment. Time served will be credited to his sentence, some of which he spent in solitary confinement, without a window, clothes or a blanket. Lind ruled these conditions illegal and in January 2013 credited Manning with 112 days toward his ultimate sentence.His court proceedings were also conducted without the typical transparency provided in civil court. No official court transcripts were made accessible to the public. Audio and video feed for the handful of media supplying continuous coverage of the proceedings many times cut out. Periodically, the court would enter closed sessions, further restricting public access.“Every day I left thinking ‘Why are we in a closed session?’” Coombs told reporters. “There was nothing that was said, in my mind, that warranted a closed session.”Often, the only news of the trial was from a handful of journalists and activists who sacrificed much to provide the public with a record: journalist Alexa O’Brien, Kevin Gosztola of FireDogLake, Adam Klasfeld of Courthouse News Service and the Bradley Manning Support Network’s Nathan Fuller [all the subject of a July Press cover story multi-media package].Manning’s prosecution had been viewed by whistleblower advocacy groups and civil rights activists as the latest front in an ongoing war by the Obama Administration against American civil liberties, with tremendous ramifications for free speech, freedom of the press and investigative journalism, specifically. O’Brien called Manning’s verdict “an act of aggression against a free press, civic society, and the conscience of a young man.”Prosecutors and Manning’s defense team made closing arguments Monday. Capt. Joe Morrow requested the intelligence analyst be sentenced to at least 60 years, telling Lind, “He deserves to spend the majority of his remaining life in prison.” Defense attorney David Coombs argued Manning’s actions simply didn’t warrant that amount of time and punishment, citing that the court record reflected a naive, young, isolated soldier with emotional issues who truly believed he could change the world, “end the war in Iraq…end the war in Afghanistan…future wars.”Coombs had asked the judge for a sentence allowing Manning “to have a life.”Under military law, his case will immediately be reviewed by the convening authority, U.S. Army Military District of Washington Commander Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan. Manning can petition him with letters for clemency and Buchanan can reduce or strike a guilty finding, but not add any additional time to his sentence. Then, if Manning is convicted to more than one year, his case will immediately be reviewed by the Army Court of Criminal Appeals. If its decided the case warrants their review, Manning’s case will then go to the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. The U.S. Supreme Court can also review the case, if the justices wish.Manning will serve his time at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.Coombs, who will be representing Manning during the clemency and appeals process, told reporters at Wednesday’s post-sentencing press conference he had asked President Obama for a pardon, adding that Manning’s sentence was more time than what murderers and child molesters he’d defended received.“This was designed to send a message,” he said of the government’s prosecution. “The loser is anybody who hopes that you’ll have whistleblowers in the future willing to [talk to journalists].“This does send a message, and it’s a chilling one, and it’s endorsed at the highest levels,” he continued.“Bradley Manning is a man of honor.”[View the story “Bradley Manning Sentenced to 35 Years in Leak Case” on Storify]last_img read more