Three Al-Manar journalists allegedly killed near Damascus

first_img SyriaMiddle East – North Africa April 15, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Three Al-Manar journalists allegedly killed near Damascus Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Syria February 3, 2021 Find out more News News to go further Receive email alerts RSF_en center_img News Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law Al-Manar, a Lebanese TV station owned by Hezbollah, has reported that three of its Lebanese employees were fatally shot and two were wounded yesterday in Maaloula, a Christian town 60 km northeast of Damascus.The TV station’s vehicles reportedly came under fire shortly after government forces recovered control of the town from rebels who had controlled it for several months.Al-Manar named those killed as reporter Hamza Al-Hajj Hassan, cameraman Mohamed Mantach and technician Halim Aloua. The TV station said press signs were “very visible” on its vehicles. Reporters Without Borders was not able to confirm this.Reporters Without Borders presents its condolences to the families of the victims.A total of 31 professional journalists, including nine foreigners, and more than 100 Syrian professional and citizen-journalists have been killed in connection with their work in the past three years in Syria, which is ranked 177th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. SyriaMiddle East – North Africa March 8, 2021 Find out more Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists March 12, 2021 Find out more Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Organisation last_img read more

Canada – RSF and press freedom groups condemn Ontario court ruling against VICE journalist Ben Makuch

first_img CanadaAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting sources Judicial harassment “The ruling fails to recognize the importance of journalistic source protection and threatens the integrity of journalism in Canada, forcing the essential investigative function of the press to be at the disposal of law enforcement,” says CJFE Executive Director Tom Henheffer. “If journalists cannot protect their sources, then the information they provide will dry up, leaving Canadians uninformed and democracy impoverished.” The coalition urges the government to act quickly to amend the statutory framework governing the use of production orders to offer greater protection against a chilling effect on public interest reporting and free expression. They also urge the RCMP to respect the independence and important societal role of journalists and withdraw its demands for the release of private material and correspondence with sources. “Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is deeply concerned by the recent deterioration of the respect for journalists’ independence and the confidentiality of their sources in Canada,” says Delphine Halgand, RSF North America Director. “Today’s decision is an alarming step in the wrong direction.” In February 2015 the RCMP presented VICE News reporter and host of the series Cyberwar Ben Makuch with a production order to turn over all communications between himself and Farah Shirdon, a source who had allegedly joined ISIS and who was later charged in absentia by the RCMP for terrorism-related activity. The Ontario Superior Court upheld the production order in March 2016, a decision which VICE Media immediately appealed. In October 2016 a coalition of Canadian civil liberties and media organizations, including CJFE, were granted leave by the Ontario Court of Appeal to intervene in support of VICE Media’s appeal. That appeal has now been denied.The protection of sources is a foundational principle of journalism, making crucial reporting like Makuch’s coverage of ISIS possible in the first place. By forcing Makuch to hand over his notes to the RCMP, the decision sets a precedent that could lead to an increase in RCMP requests for journalist notes and communications, making it less likely that sources will be willing to speak with journalists. The RCMP’s production order is a simple fishing expedition which will do little to make Canadians secure while making it harder for Makuch, VICE, and all Canadian journalists to bring stories of national importance to the public. On February 25, 2017, CJFE and a coalition of civil society, media and labour organizations held a national day of action in locations across the country, with creative and peaceful public vigils to reinforce their concern about national security policy, surveillance and freedom of the press. A petition calling on the RCMP to drop the production order against Ben Makuch has also garnered over 4,000 signatures. Statement signed by: Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the Centre for Free Expression, Unifor, CWA/SCA Canada, Association des Journalistes Indépendants du Québec (AJIQ), FNC-CSN (Fédération nationale des communications), Newspapers Canada, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, National NewsMedia Council.Makuch’s case is one of many recent incidents that have threatened press freedom in Canada and that have alarmed RSF.Canada is currently ranked 18th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index, after falling 10 places in 2015. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) joins partner Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) and a coalition of press freedom groups in condemning the Ontario Court of Appeal ruling that VICE News reporter Ben Makuch must hand over all communications between him and an ISIS fighter to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). RSF joined the coalition of media and civil liberties organizations that intervened in VICE’s appeal last November.​ November 11, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Canada RSF_en Receive email alerts November 19, 2020 Find out more March 22, 2017 Canada – RSF and press freedom groups condemn Ontario court ruling against VICE journalist Ben Makuch News News January 15, 2021 Find out more “We must impose democratic obligations on the leading digital players” CanadaAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting sources Judicial harassment to go further Organisation Help by sharing this information News News On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics”last_img read more

MGMT Announces Spring 2019 Tour Dates

first_imgIndie-rock outfit MGMT has announced their first batch of 2019 tour dates which are set to take them across the U.S. this spring. The band continues to promote their latest studio album, 2018’s Little Dark Age, which arrived last February via Columbia Records.The rock band’s 16-date spring run of shows is scheduled to begin on May 2nd in Oakland, and continues throughout the month before wrapping with a trio of shows at New York City’s Webster Hall on May 22nd-24th as part of the venue’s long-awaited reopening in 2019. Some of the stops along their month-long concert tour include shows at the Rialto Theatre in Tucson, AZ (5/5); The Criterion in Oklahoma City, OK (5/8); Masonic Auditorium in Cleveland, OH (5/11); Fillmore Detroit in Detroit, MI (5/13); 20 Monroe Live in Grand Rapids, MI (5/15); Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA (5/16); and even a hometown show at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven, CT (5/17), just to name a few. The band is also slated to appear at Just Like Heaven Fest in Long Beach, CA on May 3rd & 4th.MGMT had spent much of 2018 on the road in promotion of their latest studio album as well. They were the main act selected to help open New York City’s Sony Hall on March 27th of last year.Fan presale for the upcoming concert run begins tomorrow (Wednesday) February 27th, with general on-sale beginning this Friday, March 1st. Fans can head over to the tour page on the band’s website for more info and tickets when they become available.MGMT Spring 2019 Tour DatesMay 2 – Oakland, CA – Fox TheatreMay 3 – Long Beach, CA – Just Like Heaven FestMay 4 – Long Beach, CA – Just Like Heaven FestMay 5 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto TheatreMay 7 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music HallMay 8 – Oklahoma City, OK – The CriterionMay 9 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown TheatreMay 11 – Cleveland, OH – Masonic AuditoriumMay 12 – Columbus, OH – Express Live!May 13 – Detroit, MI – Fillmore DetroitMay 15 – Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe LiveMay 16 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AEMay 17 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music HallMay 22-24 – New York, NY – Webster HallView All Spring Tour Dateslast_img read more

€60m European boost for SMEs

first_img14 May 2009South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has secured a €60-million (about R690.9-million) credit line from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to finance viable projects by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the industrial, resources and services sectors.EIB vice president Plutarchos Sakellaris said the loan was a strong signal of the bank’s commitment to supporting the private sector and encouraging job creation in South Africa.“Moreover, the bank is confident that by working in partnership with the Industrial Development Corporation we can help to stimulate the South African financial markets by diversifying IDC’s funding base and enhancing the provision of finance to SMEs,” Sakellaris said in a statement this week.‘Opportune time’IDC chief executive Geoffrey Qhena said the credit line could not have come at a more opportune time, when the cost of raising funds was extremely high given market volatility and the liquidity crisis, and would improve access to funding SMEs in the country.“We are particularly pleased that this loan will further enhance our commitment to development finance and addressing market failures,” Qhena said at the signing of the agreement in Johannesburg.“[The Industrial Development Corporation’s] expertise in project evaluation ensures that the EIB funds are directed towards projects which promote economic growth and job creation, as well as being environmentally and socially sustainable.”Lengthy relationshipThe IDC’s relationship with the EIB dates back to the mid-1990s. The EIB has over the years provided the IDC with four credit lines totalling about €165-million for small business development in South Africa.In October 2007, the EIB signed an agreement with the South African government, pledging financial support of up to €900-million the country until 2013.The bank cooperates with the South African authorities, public agencies, private enterprises and the financial sector to focus investment on infrastructure projects of public interest (including municipal infrastructure, power and water supply) and support for the private sector, including small and medium-sized businesses.In 2008, the EIB supported sustainable economic development in South Africa by investing in three projects to the tune of €202.5-million, almost doubling its financing activity compared with €113-million in 2007.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

World Cup guide to transport

first_imgFans attending World Cup matches needto make their transport plans well ahead.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Logan MaistrySpokesperson, Department of Transport+27 083 644 4050RELATED ARTICLES• Transport on track for World Cup• Travelling by minibus taxi in SA• No stopping SA’s Rea Vaya• Gautrain rolling along smoothly• All aboard the Tshwane expressFans attending World Cup matches need to have a clear idea of how they are going to get to the stadium, and back. Find out all you need to know here.It’s important to note that no private cars will be allowed into the stadium precincts, and only people with valid 2010 World Cup tickets for that match day will be admitted into the immediate surrounding areas of the stadiums. The following modes of transport will aid 2010 World Cup ticket holders in getting to the World Cup stadiums:Train – including extended rail services over the World CupBus – focusing on serving the stadium and city stadiumAirport transfer – providing a link to city centres, with onward travel by public transportGautrain (Johannesburg only) – airport to Sandton link will be operational from 8 JunePark and walk – select parking zones will be available for fans to park and walk to the stadiumPark and ride – to the stadium, enabling fans to park and catch a special bus or train to the World Cup stadiumBRT (Johannesburg) – the Rea Vaya bus rapid transit will be operating special World Cup stadium routes for the gamesMeter taxi and vehicle rentals – fans have the option of chartering their own modes of transport to get to the World Cup gamesApproaching the stadium by public transport shuttles and by pedestrian access will be actively promoted, whilst heavy restrictions will be placed on arriving in private vehicles. Each stadium has a vehicle-free, pedestrian-only zone with the closest private vehicle parking areas normally located at least 2-3km from the stadium.During the 2010 Fifa World Cup you can only access the stadium by private vehicle through the Park and Ride facility, or the designated Park and Walk sites, or if you have a parking pass issued with your hospitality match ticket. Unless you are planning to go to the stadium with a ticket for the match, try to avoid the stadium roads.Each World Cup host city is responsible for the transport plans and communications around these plans for fans wanting to get to the city stadium.Detailed 2010 World Cup transport plans for each host city can be found via the links below:Johannesburg – Soccer City and Ellis Park stadiumCape Town – Cape Town StadiumDurban – Moses Mabhida StadiumMangaung / Bloemfontein – Free State StadiumPort Elizabeth – Nelson Mandela Bay StadiumNelspruit – Mbombela StadiumPolokwane – Peter Mokaba StadiumRustenburg – Royal Bofakeng StadiumTshwane / Pretoria – Loftus VersfeldSource: Shine2010last_img read more

“The Enchanted Forest” GC2P52E GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – April 16, 2012

first_imgShare with your Friends:More Cache page photo montageThis cache page reads, “You Must Believe in Magic” and then casts a spell on geocachers. The Multi-Cache “The Enchanted Forest” (GC2P52E) weaves an elaborate fairy tale for geocachers to unravel on Terceira island. The island is located 1500 kilometers (950 miles) off the coast of Portugal. Victor from  Team Recanto hid the geocache in 2010, after his 6-year-old daughter sparked his imagination.He says, “The idea came to mind while visiting the park [where the cache is now placed] with my wife and my daughter. At the time my daughter… was talking about fairies and unicorns, and [said] that one of the larger trees reminded her of a magical tree. That tree is now the final stage for The Enchanted Forest.”While the idea may have been instant, building the caching experience took weeks. “[Creating the cache]… took 45 days, and 12 site visits. My daughter asked if I could make things move on the cache page, that is why we have the animated dragons.”Victor’s daughter with the handmade cache container located at the final coordinatesBeyond animated dragons on the cache page and photo montages with fairies and dragons, Victor also wrote the cache description in Portuguese and in English. The four stage Multi-Cache challenges geocachers to solve puzzles to discover a handmade cache container.On the cache huntA recent log reads, “WOW!!! totally worth the hike! Congratulations to Team Recanto for another magnificent cache. The amount of work that went in to this truly shows. Thank you for taking us on a grand adventure!”Victor has advice for geocachers hoping to create an engaging caching experience. He says, “Take your time, visit the Groundspeak forums, do several site visits, make sure the story and containers combine well with the location, attention to detail is very important.”Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.Detail of cache containerIf you’ d like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to [email protected] SharePrint RelatedBeyond Here, Lay Dragons (GCH52C) – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – January 17, 2013January 16, 2013In “Community”…wo hab Ich den Cache denn nochmal hingelegt??? (GC1DZ17) – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – December 27, 2012December 26, 2012In “Community”High energy! — Fission around the bend (GC1NGRD) — Geocache of the WeekMay 28, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”last_img read more

Department of Energy Proposes Changes in Efficiency Rulemaking

first_imgFederal rules for setting energy efficiency standards will be revised under a plan announced by the Department of Energy, prompting complaints that the changes would make it harder to update standards in the future and ultimately cost consumers more money. The proposed rules, which were published in the Federal Register last week, are intended to make the process consistent with the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, according to a post at Utility Dive. But advocates for efficiency standards for products such as appliances and light bulbs said the changes were unnecessary and unhelpful.RELATED ARTICLESEfficiency Is Still the Best Energy DealEnergy EfficiencyNo Reason to Delay Efficiency StandardsThe Fine Print on Energy EfficiencyU.S. Lags in Energy Efficiency Changing the definition of “significant energy savings” Lauren Urbanek, a senior energy policy advocate with the Natural Resources Defense Council, said in a post at the NRDC website that the department wants to change how a “significant” energy savings is defined. The new test, which updated standards would have to meet before they could be implemented, would require savings equal 0.5 quads or a 10% improvement in efficiency over 30 years (0.5 quads amounts to 2.5% of total annual household energy use in the U.S.). The new threshold, Urbanek wrote, will make it harder to update existing efficiency standards and mean fewer savings for consumers. Other changes would make the process of setting new efficiency standards slower and more complicated, she added. Efficiency standards now cover 60 categories of appliances and equipment that have collectively saved consumers $2 trillion, Urbanek said. Improvements to standards that are due to be reviewed in the next few years could increase savings by another $43 billion by 2035. “But these savings are in peril, both from DOE inaction and from changes to the Process Rule that will make it significantly more difficult to set and update meaningful, impactful standards,” she said. Andrew deLaski, the executive director of the Appliance Standards Awareness Project, told Utility Dive that the new rules would make it difficult for rule writers to use anything other than industry test procedures, giving manufacturers “carte blanche to write the rules for how efficiency is measured.” At least one industry group is behind the changes. The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers, a trade group representing more than 550 companies, said the proposed changes represented “substantial improvements” to the rule making process. The department has scheduled a public meeting March 21 and will accept comments until April 15.last_img read more

HTC Launches New Flagship Smartphone, HTC One

first_imgdan rowinski Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Tags:#Android#HTC HTC has officially announced its newest flagship smartphone, the HTC One, at events in New York City and London. The new 4.7-inch smartphone sports a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor and introduces a concept called “ultrapixels” to improve the the camera. The HTC One has two front-facing stereo speakers and an all-aluminum chassis that should give it a comfortable fit in the palm of your hand.HTC has also redesigned Sense, its skin that it lays on top of the Android operating system. Integrated into this is a series of live tiles HTC calls “Blink Feed” that will pull in stories and content form social media, brands and new sources straight to the smartphone’s home screen. The HTC One will launch in 80 countries on 185 mobile operators. This will be HTC’s biggest and most wide spread device launch ever.It will begin shipping in late March.Stay tuned for more coverage of HTC’s newest smartphone. Lead image: HTC president Jason Mackenzie on stage at HTC launch event in New York by Dan Rowinskicenter_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

Wozniacki into second French Open quarterfinal

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “Svetlana’s a great player, especially on clay so I knew it wouldn’t be easy,” said the 26-year-old after her eighth win in 14 meetings against the Russian.Sunday’s clash was their first on clay.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I played a great first set but I still knew I had to stay cool and aggressive.” Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki returns the ball to Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova during their tennis match at the Roland Garros 2017 French Open on June 4, 2017 in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMONCaroline Wozniacki reached the French Open quarterfinals for the first time in seven years on Sunday with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 win over 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.Danish 11th seed Wozniacki, who made her only other last-eight appearance in Paris in 2010, faces either Australia’s Samantha Stosur or Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia for a semifinal place.ADVERTISEMENT La Salle fights off gutsy UE for 4th win Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Podcast A Premier League Preview The NFL Gets Microchips

Hot Takedown Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Aug. 18, 2015), we follow up on the soccer metric WhoScored. Last week, we cited it as a reliable metric. This week, we talk about why so many soccer geeks don’t trust it and what it says about the state of soccer analytics. Then ESPN FC analyst Gab Marcotti discusses how he uses stats for a general audience and offers a preview of the new Premier League season. Then we take a look at how RFID tracking could change the NFL. Every player in the league will be wearing a tracking chip this season.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Below are links to some of the articles we discussed on the show.Mike Goodman of Grantland offers a Premier League preview.Deadspin questions the usefulness of Expected Goals (ExpG).Carl Bialik interviews Bayern Munich’s head of analytics.All NFL players are getting RFID chips this season.More on all the juicy data we’ll have from each NFL game.Significant Digit: 4. Neil Paine found that golfer Jordan Spieth’s majors run this year was the fourth-best of all time. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS Video: RFID tracking comes to the NFL If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more