Managing editor of daily “Le Matin” sentenced to two years in prison

first_img April 29, 2021 Find out more Organisation AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Algeria News Reporters Without Borders is deeply shocked by the imprisonment of Mohammed Benchicou, managing editor of the daily “Le Matin”, following the 14 June 2004 verdict sentencing him to two years in prison for a “violation of foreign exchangecontrols”. The organisation vigorously denounces the dangerous escalation of repression of Algeria’s private press since the presidential election.”We are stunned by the severity of the sentence against Benchicou. The violation of foreign exchange controls is a pretext to silence this journalist, but also a warning to all those who dared to criticise the government during the presidential campaign. The imprisonment of Hafnaoui Ghoul on 24 May, whodenounced local officials’ misuse of public funds, and that of Benchicou, whose newspaper did not hesitate to bring to light serious political dysfunctions, illustrate the government’s fierce repression of a segment of the press. President Bouteflika, who a few months ago compared journalists to ‘terrorists’ and ‘mercenaries with pens’, is now pursuing his dangerous logic of repression of freedom of expression,” said Reporters Without Borders.On 14 June, Benchicou was sentenced to two years in prison and a fine of 20 million dinars (approx. 230,000 euros). Placed under a committal order, he was taken to El-Harrach prison in suburban Algiers as soon as the verdict was delivered. On 23 August 2003, upon his return from France, Benchicou was found to be in possession of a large sum of money in payment orders. The finance minister lodged a complaint for “violation of rules governing foreign exchange and the movement of capital”, after which Benchicou was placed under formal investigation.Despite the various warnings directed at Benchicou, “Le Matin” did not alter its editorial line, most notably during the presidential campaign. In February 2004, Benchicou published a pamphlet entitled, “Bouteflika, an Algerian imposture”.In Algeria, journalists are already mobilised and a national committee has been created to demand the release of Benchicou and Ghoul. June 15, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Managing editor of daily “Le Matin” sentenced to two years in prison May 18, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Reporters Without Borders is deeply shocked by the imprisonment of Mohammed Benchicou, managing editor of the daily “Le Matin”, following the 14 June 2004 verdict sentencing him to two years in prison for a “violation of foreign exchange controls”. The organisation vigorously denounces the dangerous escalation of repression of Algeria’s private press since the presidential election. AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa News News Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections Receive email alerts Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria News May 12, 2021 Find out more to go furtherlast_img read more

Digital transactions to play major role in festive retail sales

first_imgRetail sales this December are expected to rise 4% year-on-year to £42.4bn – more than £1.5bn than last year. With Black Friday imminent (28 November), analysis by Deloitte also predicted that online sales would account for 13% of all sales and 50% of market growth.Click-and-collect is also expected to account for 45% of all online transactions – almost double the level of December 2013 – with £2.5bn worth of sales. Ian Geddes, head of retail at Deloitte, said digital would influence 40% of physical shop sales.“Growth in the influence of digital on physical retail has been driven by consumers’ desire to access information on products and services, compare prices and increasingly pay and transact via digital services,” he said.“As investment in in-store digital technologies increases, such as mobile payments to facilitate faster, more convenient transactions and beacon technology to track shoppers in-store and deliver personalised messages and promotions, so will the digital influence on the physical environment.”Geddes said increases in sales in click-and-collect would depend on retailers adapting to customers’ changing shopping behaviour, such as adapting their supply chain and warehousing.last_img read more

Does the Mainstream Corrupt?

first_imgAs a competitive kayaker, I have always laughed at the word “pro” when it is accompanied with my sport.  Due to the small numbers in the whitewater industry, there are very few, if any, athletes who can eke a living solely out of being an athlete.  The people who are passionate and dedicated enough to try to make their living in the industry end up doing a number of different things to make ends meet… design product, produce videos, take pictures, etc.I have sometime dreamt of what it would feel like to sign the multi-million dollar contracts that exist in some larger sports.  There couldn’t be anything cooler than doing what you love to do, and being compensated well enough to support your family once you have cashed in your athletic shelf life.As far as kayaking goes however… there is no doubt about the fact that our sport is continuing its movement towards the mainstream.  I just watched this video of whitewater legend Steve Fisher dropping Jackass personality Bam Margera off of 82 foot Metlako Falls in Oregon:With Margera and motorsports icon Travis Pastrana giving kayaking some legitimate press, things seem to be accelerating towards the world of energy drinks and other commercial involvement in our sport.  While athletes are obviously going to be psyched about the increased revenue injection into the pie, my question to you is this…Is exposure, money, and the movement to the mainstream a good thing?There is something to be said for the grassroots nature of a bunch of people doing something that they love simply because they love it, and with no ulterior motives.  The river is a place of solitude and meditation that doesn’t lend itself well to spectators, grandstands, and booming commentators.  We risk losing something essential about our sport if that is the way things develop…On the other side of the coin, it is impossible to get on the river without being affected by its power, and realizing what is really important out there.  The same people who are currently leading the mainstream development of our sport are also those who have the deepest respect for the river.I competed in a spectacular event this past weekend by the name of the North Fork Championships.  This race was an unbelievable one to be a part of… 30 invited athletes, five wildcards, a massive class V rapid, remote control camera helicopters, a Red Bull ramp… you get the idea.  Regardless of the high profile nature of it, and the huge cash purse that was up for grabs, the competitors banded together like no event that I have ever seen.  Lines and strategies were shared freely, and everyone had each other’s backs at all times.  A great river was done justice through a great event and great paddlers.  And there was not a spec of garbage to be seen afterwards… the rapid roared on as it always had.Ultimately, there will be people on both sides of the argument here.  I am excited about the development of our sport, but I just hope that we can all keep those roots in mind.  Let’s channel that development to increase advocacy for clean water, river access, and protection of the wild places on the planet.  I think that we can have it all if we do it right.What do you think?last_img read more

Two upcoming compliance webinars focused on business continuity planning

first_imgBusiness continuity is the leading topic for two new, upcoming compliance webinars that provide key considerations and best practices for credit unions.“Because of the pandemic, credit unions are testing their business continuity plans,” said Melisa Kallestad, director of compliance & lending education at CUNA. “Many credit unions are finding weaknesses in their plans and are looking for advice on how to make enhancements. These two upcoming webinars offer timely information on considerations for designing a more effective business continuity plan and give professionals a chance to work through their questions with peers and subject matter experts.”Choose from:Business Continuity Roundtable: The Business Continuity Management Cycle – July 27, 2020 continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The world’s sailing elite – 44Cup – is coming to Rovinj again

first_img44Cup the world tour consists of five regattas held at various locations around the world. All teams sail on identical RC44 class sailboats designed by Russell Coutts, a five-time America’s Cup winner and one of the greatest sailors of all time. The boats are made using the same technology used for the production of formula car chassis and have high accelerations, and can sail in all conditions, which guarantees exciting and even competition in which the skill of the crew and helmsman is crucial. Adris 44Cup will be the biggest sailing spectacle in Croatia this year, and another confirmation of the positioning and development of top sports competitions as part of the business strategy of the Adris Group. “With this top event, Rovinj and Croatia will once again be recognized as desirable sports and tourist destinations. We have shown that the development of high-quality tourism requires the development of high-quality accommodation units and recognizable events. This year’s 44Cup is not only a regatta but also a celebration of the new Grand Park Hotel Rovinj and the new ACI marina that will be the center of the whole event”, Said the President of the Management Board of Maistra Tomislav Popović, adding that in addition to the current four billion kuna, Adris Group will invest two billion kuna in the tourism part of the business by 2021. Otherwise, the regatta will be held immediately after the opening of the new Grand Park Hotel Rovinj and ACI’s marina. From May 28 to June 2 this year, organized by Sail La Vie and JK Maestral, and under the auspices of the Adris Group, Rovinj will once again host one of the world’s most attractive sailing competitions – Adris 44Cup. last_img read more

Equitable’s property afterlife

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See much progress in women’s equality? Depends who you ask

first_img“It just may be more obvious to women,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.Older women had a brighter outlook than younger women. Three-quarters of those over age 65 said they think equality exists or will in the next 20 years for women in politics.Only a third of women aged 18 to 44 shared that view.”Older women have had more time to see more change,” Saad said. “There have been gains, and the longer you’ve been around, the more you see.”The results were based on self-administered web interviews conducted between July 13 to 19, using a random sample of 3,745 US adults. The margin of error was plus or minus three percentage points. Topics : Talk about a gender gap. Women and men have vastly different views on how much equality has been achieved in the US workplace, with half as many women as men seeing progress, poll results showed on Monday.Women are more pessimistic about the future as well, with almost twice as many as men predicting equality in politics will take at least 30 more years, if ever, said the survey by Gallup, a US-based polling company.Men and women agree that equality is missing from politics and the workplace, but by distinctly different margins, according to the survey, held to mark the 100-year anniversary of ratification of the US Constitution’s 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote.center_img Overall, about seven in 10 US adults said women have not yet achieved equality in the workplace and in politics.But, divided by gender, 21% of US women think there is workplace equality compared with 42% of men. Also, 25% of women think there is equality in politics compared with 43% of men.Looking ahead, 32% of women and 17% of men said they predict political equality will take 30 years or more to achieve.”I can only imagine that women are just more sensitive to those factors than men, whether it has to do with equality in the number of women in Congress, the number of women CEOs, the number of women superintendents relative to teachers,” said Lydia Saad, Gallup’s director of US social research.last_img read more

Tokyo Olympic Games: Qualified

first_imgAthletes to Keep PlacesAll athletes who had qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will keep their spots for the Games next year following their postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic, says the International Olympic Committee (IOC).The IOC and Japanese organisers postponed the July 24-August 9 event until 2021 earlier this week but confirmed that those among the 11,000 athletes set to compete in Tokyo who had already earned their spot would keep it. The IOC also said the amount of spots allocated for each sport at the Games would remain the same next year.“The 57 per cent that are qualified do remain in place and the goal is to maintain the same athlete quotas across the different sports,” an IOC official said.The virus has wreaked havoc with sports schedules and forced the cancellation of Olympic qualifiers across many sports. Athletes have also been restricted in their training due to measures taken to stop the spread.Though a huge blow to Japan, which has invested $12bn (£9.8bn) in the run-up to the Games, the decision to postpone was a relief to thousands of athletes fretting over training, with the world heading into lockdown to fight a disease that has killed thousands of people.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Guitar-shaped Hard Rock hotel officially opens in Hollywood

first_imgA new and unique addition to Broward County, Florida, officially opened on Thursday.The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino will show off its guitar-shaped hotel.It’s part of the Hollywood hotel’s one-and-a-half billion dollar expansion that includes the Hard Rock Live concert venue.The hotel is 450 feet high, and the six strings are made of LED lights.The hotel has more than 600 rooms, but if you’re looking to book one of them, you’ll have to wait because HardRockHotels.com says they’re sold out for almost the next three weeks.last_img

Rodman apologizes for comments on jailed American

first_imgRodman has been slammed for not using his influence with Kim to help free Kenneth Bae, the missionary in poor health who is being confined in North Korea for “anti-state” crimes. In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Rodman implied Bae was at fault.“I want to apologize,” Rodman said Thursday. “I take full responsibility for my actions. It had been a very stressful day. Some of my teammates were leaving because of pressure from their families and business associates. My dreams of basketball diplomacy was quickly falling apart. I had been drinking. It’s not an excuse but by the time the interview happened I was upset. I was overwhelmed. It’s not an excuse, it’s just the truth.”Rodman said he wanted to apologize first to Bae’s family. “I’m very sorry. At this point I should know better than to make political statements. I’m truly sorry.”In the interview, Rodman was asked whether he would raise the issue of Bae during his visit.“Kenneth Bae did one thing,” Rodman replied. “If you understand what Kenneth Bae did — do you understand what he did in this country?”Asked to explain, Rodman declined to respond.Bae, a Korean-American Christian missionary and tour operator based in China, has been detained for more than a year. North Korea sees missionary work as a threat to its authoritarian government.Bae’s sister, Terri Chung, welcomed Rodman’s apology.“I think it’s good to see him recognize the gravity and the urgency of Ken’s plight,” she said from her home in Edmonds, Washington. “It’s nothing he can make light of or play games with.”“I just want to make sure that everyone — not just Dennis Rodman — everyone knows about Kenneth Bae’s plight and how precarious it is,” she said.The U.S. State Department distanced itself from Rodman and said it did not want to “dignify” his activities or comments in Pyongyang by commenting on them. But spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the department was open to speaking with Rodman on his return.“We have not reached out to him. We’ve said before, if he wants to reach out to us, we’re happy to hear from him and what he has to say,” she told reporters.North Koreans cheer during an exhibition basketball game between U.S. and North Korean players at an indoor stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)Rodman dedicated the game to his “best friend” Kim, who along with his wife and other senior officials and their wives watched from a special seating area. The capacity crowd of about 14,000 at the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium clapped loudly as Rodman sang a verse from the birthday song and then bowed deeply to Kim, seated above him in the stands.Rodman said he was honored to be able to play the game in the North Korean capital and called the event “historic.” Some members of the U.S. Congress, the NBA and human rights groups, however, say he has become a public relations tool for North Korea’s government.The government’s poor human rights record and its threats to use nuclear weapons against rival South Korea and the United States have kept it a pariah state. Kim shocked the world in December by having his uncle, once considered his mentor, executed after being accused of a litany of crimes including corruption, womanizing, drug abuse and attempting to seize power.Rodman has refused to address those concerns while continuing to forge a relationship with Kim.Rodman is the highest-profile American to meet Kim, who inherited power after the death of his father in late 2011. Rodman has said he is not a statesman and instead is seeking only to build cultural connections with the North through basketball that may help improve relations between Pyongyang and Washington.U.S. basketball players line up before an exhibition basketball game at an indoor stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. From left to right are Andre “Silk” Poole, Kenny Anderson, Guy Dupree, Doug Christie, Jerry Dupree, Antoinne Scott, Cliff Robinson, Charles D. Smith and Vin Baker. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)Along with Rodman, the former NBA players included ex-All Stars Kenny Anderson, Cliff Robinson and Vin Baker. Also on the roster were Craig Hodges, Doug Christie, Charles D. Smith and four streetballers.___Associated Press writer Doug Esser in Seattle, Washington, contributed to this report. Dennis Rodman waves to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, seated above in the stands, after singing Happy Birthday to Kim before an exhibition basketball game with U.S. and North Korean players at an indoor stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Dennis Rodman apologized Thursday for comments he made in North Korea about a detained American missionary, saying he had been drinking and was under pressure as he organized a game with former NBA players.The former basketball star issued the apology through publicist Jules Feiler in an email message to The Associated Press, a day after he sang “Happy Birthday” to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the start of the friendly game.Charles Smith Praises N. Korean Experience[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VmAmaR0Hw4&w=560&h=315]last_img read more