• Assahifa Al Maghribiya reporter questioned by prosecutor and intelligence services

    first_imgNews Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa April 28, 2021 Find out more Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa News Reporters Without Borders today condemned the arrest of Assahifa Al Maghribiya reporter Jamal Ouahbi by plain-clothes police as he was photographing three detainees being escorted from a court in the northern city of Tétouan on 7 November. Ouahbi, who believed the detainees could be terrorist suspects, was questioned by the city prosecutor and representatives of two intelligence agencies – the General Directorate for Investigation and Documentation (DGED) and the General Directorate for Territorial Surveillance (DGST) – before being released.“Journalists working for independent media often have to cope with obstruction from the Moroccan intelligence services,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The authorities blow hot and cold as regards the press. We welcome efforts to open up broadcasting to the private sector and the provision of state funds to help the print media, but journalists should be able to do their job without repeatedly running up against members of the police or intelligence services.”The press freedom organisation added: “Many foreign journalists have also told us they are openly followed as soon as they arrive in Morocco. As a result, the people they interview are reluctant to talk because they are intimidated by the obvious presence of members of the intelligence services.”Ouahbi, who also works for the Journal Hebdomadaire and two Spanish dailies, El Mundo and El Faro de Ceuta, was taken to the office of Tétouan city prosecutor Abdelmohcine Al Bakali, where he was questioned at length about internal matters at his newspaper and his work for the foreign media. His press card and camera were taken from him. He went back to the court several times in an attempt to recover his camera and even offered to delete the photos he had taken, but it was retained “for analysis.”Reporters Without Borders was told Ouahbi had been investigating the arrest on 4 November of a small group of armed individuals suspected of being terrorists. He went to the main police station in Tétouan in an attempt to confirm the arrests, which the authorities apparently did not want to publicise. He also tried to get information from the investigative police department. He finally went to the courthouse when his sources told him the suspects were going to be taken before a judge. June 8, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance November 9, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Assahifa Al Maghribiya reporter questioned by prosecutor and intelligence services NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Help by sharing this information Organisation April 15, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists Newslast_img read more

  • Limerick Culture and Arts Office present the Autonomy Project

    first_imgLimerick’s O’Connell Street Revitalisation Works to go ahead New parklet changes Catherine Street dining experience Ireland’s First Ever Virtual Bat Walk to take place in Limerick Limerick city centre gets a deep clean NewsLocal NewsLimerick Culture and Arts Office present the Autonomy ProjectBy Staff Reporter – March 29, 2018 1340 The Body Autonomous by Lisa McLoughlin with dancer Isabella Oberlander which will feature as part of the Autonomy Project which runs in Limerick from 2nd-7thApril Photographer Lucy Dawson.​Limerick Culture and Arts Office is delighted to present The Autonomy Project comprising of professional artists and original youth performances to audiences in Limerick, beginning on Easter Monday 2nd April 2018.The five days of events from 2nd-7th of April comprises of performances of original works from Limerick’s finest youth groups and leading professional dance, visual and sound artists exploring our autonomy in society.The two exciting performances are:Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Autonomy Project @ The Sailors Home will run from April 2nd to 7th. This multi-genre installation performance presents original works by six leading artists: Visual Artist, Seamus Nolan (F**k IMMA), Performance, Artist Fergus Byrne (Future Histories), Performing Artist, Deirdre Murphy (Capitalism the Musical), Sound installation by Siobhan Kavanagh & Adam Gibney (Doom Opera & Synthesiser 7:(un)Certain), Dance Artist Lisa McLoughlin (Anima).The Autonomy Project @Dance Limerick which will take place at 3pm & 8pm on April 6th & 7th as part of the Limerick Fringe. This performance film, dance and music will showcase the original works created by our youth group partners: Limerick Youth Theatre, Dance Limerick, Music Generation Limerick City and GOSHH along with two outstanding professional performances, Goblom (Ella Clarke and Caitríona Ní Mhurchú) and Contemporary Circus Maleta Company.The Autonomy Project progresses Limerick Culture and Arts Office’s Youth Arts Strategy, by developing and strengthening partnerships between four youth groups partners, Limerick Youth Theatre, Dance Limerick, Music Generation Limerick City and GOSHH (Gender, Orientation, Sexual Health, HIV)It supports the Limerick Cultural Strategy Framework 2016-2030 to engage citizens through involvement in culture.Dance artist and designer of The Autonomy Project, Lisa McLoughlin said: “This project is an exciting and ambitious large-scale collaboration. It draws on the best of collaboration, in that of all the youth groups and artists have full autonomy over their work to fully realise their vision. These are then combined to give multiple perspectives on a single theme. There will be dance, music, film, circus & visual art across two venues. This promises to be a treat for the senses!”Assistant Arts Officer, Limerick City and County Council, Dr. Pippa Little said, “I am thrilled to see the performances and films made by the young people, having worked to support the four youth group partners, Limerick Youth Theatre, Dance Limerick, Music Generation Limerick City and GOSHH throughout the process. The concept of Autonomy, devised and overseen by lead artist Lisa McLoughlin has offered a rich theme and a strong foundation for exploration, debate and discussion for the young people.”Tickets cost €10 for each performance, €5 child (under 16) or €17 for both Sailors Home and Dance Limerick are available from  www.dancelimerick.ieInformation on The Autonomy Project www. theautonomyproject.ieThe Autonomy Project is funded by an Arts Council ‘Invitation to Collaboration’ award, which Limerick City and County Council Culture and Arts Office applied successfully for in a competitive context.More local news here. Twitter Email Previous articleScholarship success for a second time for past pupils of Limerick schoolNext article#Watch Limerick #IBelieveHer rally Staff Reporter TAGSartistsAutonomy projectDr. Pippa LittleEaster MondayLimerick City and County CouncilLimerick Culture and Arts Officeyouth performances RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR O’Donnell Welcomes Major Enhancement Works for Castletroy Neighbourhood Park Print WhatsApp Facebook Linkedin Call to extend Patrickswell public sewer line last_img read more

  • DACC Chair to run as Independent Candidate in Donegal NE

    first_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Twitter HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Pinterest Pinterest Google+ Previous articleCouncillors McLaughlin and Harte slam NRA road allocations for DonegalNext articleSoccer – Zayed Signs With Derry News Highland Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers center_img News By News Highland – January 25, 2011 WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebook Newtoncunningham based Health Campaigner Betty Holmes is to go forward as an Independent General Election Candidate in Donegal North East.Ms Holmes  is currently Chairperson of Donegal Action for Cancer Care, but says she is contesting the election as an individual candidate and will not be using the DACC name or purporting to represent the organisation.Ms Holmes says she is going forward to ensure that the health needs of the people of Donegal remain firmly on the agenda, both nationally and locally…………..[podcast][/podcast] Facebook DACC Chair to run as Independent Candidate in Donegal NE Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25thlast_img read more

  • Breonna Taylor’s mom hopes settlement with Louisville serves as national model for police reform

    first_imgBreonna Taylor FamilyBy BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — Breonna Taylor’s image has appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine and in giant murals around the county — but Tamika Palmer says she still wears a T-shirt bearing her daughter’s likeness to make sure no one forgets her name and how she died in a hail of police gunfire in her own home.“I wear this shirt just to remind people that every day I’m fighting for her,” Palmer told ABC News. “It doesn’t matter if my day is full of me running errands; when I’m out and about, people see me so they need to see her name.”On Tuesday, Palmer stood before news cameras wearing her T-shirt as she and the mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, announced a $12 million settlement in a lawsuit she filed against the city after three white police officers serving a “no-knock” warrant on Taylor’s apartment in March broke down the door and shot her multiple times.The settlement, which lawyers for the Taylor family say is the largest ever paid out for a Black woman killed in an alleged police misconduct case, also includes an agreement to implement major reforms in the Louisville Metro Police Department in hopes they will prevent anything similar from occurring again.“The police reform will definitely be a part of her legacy,” Palmer said of her daughter. “So it’ll help to continue to let her name live on now.”Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said the reforms are intended to build stronger connections between the city’s police department and the communities officers serve. They include establishing a housing credit program to incentivize officers to live in certain low-income neighborhoods in the city, and encouraging officers to volunteer two hours every two-week pay period in the communities they serve.I’m still working for getting justice for her. For me, it will never be over.A program will be established to include social workers in the police department to assist officers on certain calls, particularly those involving people suffering from mental illness. The reforms will also require the police department to overhaul how search warrants are obtained, and to create an Office of Inspector General to oversee an “early-warning system” that tracks use-of-force incidents and citizens’ complaints in an attempt to weed out bad officers, Fischer said.In the six months since the 26-year-old Taylor was shot to death, protesters throughout the country have repeated her name in their almost daily calls for justice for her and a growing list of Black people killed in confrontations with police.Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who is representing the Taylor family, told ABC News that he and Palmer hope the reforms reached in Louisville, which also include policies to increase police accountability and transparency, will “be used as a model all across America in the name of Breonna Taylor.”“That was her conviction from the very beginning when we started to negotiate,” Crump said of Palmer. “She wanted to have reform.”He said the program to incentivize officers to live in the communities they work in is particularly important.“We’ve always said it’s important that if the police knew the individuals in the communities that they were policing there would be less of this ignorance of one another,” Crump said. “You wouldn’t fear these young Black people when you saw them because they would be your neighbors.”Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, were sleeping inside their Louisville apartment on March 13 when police officers attempted to execute a “no-knock” search warrant. Three plainclothes officers forced open Taylor’s front door and “blindly” fired into the apartment, according to a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Palmer in April.Taylor, a certified emergency medical technician, was accused of accepting USPS packages for an ex-boyfriend who police were investigating as an alleged drug trafficker, according to the warrant. No drugs were found in her home, officials said.The police officers claimed they knocked several times then used a ram to open the door before they were met with gunfire. Walker said he called 911 before he used his licensed firearm to fire one shot, which struck one of the officers in the leg.The three officers involved in the shooting, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and detectives Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove, were placed on administrative reassignment pending the results of an investigation.Hankison was later fired for his role in the incident. According to his termination letter that was shared with local reporters, Hankison violated procedure when he fired 10 rounds into Taylor’s apartment while executing the warrant.Taylor’s family has called for the officers to be criminally charged. Kentucky state Attorney General Daniel Cameron released a statement this week saying the case remains under investigation.Palmer said she will not rest until the officers responsible for her daughter’s death are held accountable.“We need charges brought against these officers,” Palmer told ABC News. “I’m still working for getting justice for her. For me, it will never be over.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • Blunkett plans to recruit civilians to tackle crime

    first_img Comments are closed. Thousands of civilians are set to be recruited as uniformed police officersunder radical proposals announced by the Home Secretary last week. David Blunkett outlined the plan to employ community support officers with thepower to tackle low-level crimes as part of a 10-point plan to dramaticallyraise standards in the police force. It includes powers to deal with under-performing forces through theStandards Unit and tackling the huge sickness absence problem through a newoccupational health strategy. Police forces will also be allowed to recruit overseas staff for the firsttime. Ian Todd, chief superintendent for personnel at Northumbria Police, backedthe proposals but said the range of powers the new community support officerswould have, must be clarified. “We have to deal with these issues and work out what the reward willbe, where the powers end, who will train and be responsible for them. There’slots of work to be done before it can be implemented,” he said. The Northumbria force has already trained 30 community wardens who have avisible uniformed presence and are paid by the local council. Todd also backed initiatives on pay and sickness reduction explaining hisforce has already implemented similar schemes. “At Northumbria we have doctors, welfare officers and nurses on ourstaff. After we implemented the schemes the average fell from 12 to eight daysat a saving of £2.8m.” The Association of Chief Police Officers also supports the measures but hascalled for more resources to ensure forces are able to implement them. The Police Federation has vowed to fight the reforms. Ross Wigham Blunkett plans to recruit civilians to tackle crimeOn 11 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

  • Skin temperatures during free-ranging swimming and diving in Antarctic fur seals

    first_imgThis study tests the hypothesis that an endothermic homeotherm should minimise heat flux in cold polar waters by minimising skin temperature. Temperature variability was measured at the surface of the skin of three Antarctic fur seals (Arctocephalus gazella) at intervals of 2 s over a total of 9.7 days while they were swimming and diving freely in polar waters at temperatures of 1.5-4 degrees C. The temperature difference (capdelta T) between skin on the dorsal thorax and the water varied from more than 20 degrees C to close to equality over periods of less than 1 h. Shorter-term variations in capdelta T of up to 5 degrees C occurred in association with diving, although these types of variations also occurred without diving. In general, capdelta T began to decline during the descent phase of a dive and began to increase again during the ascent or at the end of the dive. One of the three individuals examined showed little variation in capdelta T, which remained low (approximately 3 degrees C) throughout the experiment. In the other two fur seals, capdelta T tended to decline during periods of sustained diving and usually increased during periods spent at the surface. Mean calculated heat flux varied from 95 to 236 W m(−)(2) depending on the individual. Metabolic rates based on these calculated heat fluxes were towards the lower end of those measured in previous studies using different methodologies. The study has shown that Antarctic fur seal skin temperature is highly dynamic and suggests that the thoracic surface is an organ used for active thermoregulation.last_img read more

  • Postdoctoral Associate (57987) Hatch #2

    first_imgThe Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine atthe University of Florida invites applications for a full-time,postdoctoral position in a physiology laboratory. This NIH-fundedPostdoctoral Associate should be a highly motivated individual witha strong background in performing Western Blot assays, real-timeRT-PCR and siRNA techniques, who will be involved in a NIH-fundedproject exploring the integrative, functional roles ofmembrane-bound intestinal transport proteins in the handling ofoxalate following colonization with the probiotic gut bacteriumOxalobacter formigenes. In addition, this individual mustbe willing to be part of an integrative team covering approachesincluding whole animal physiology, molecular biology, microbiologyand metabolomics. The position requires experience working with gutmicrobes.Salary will be commensurate with experience.For information on resources available to University of FloridaPostdocs, please visit our Office of PostdoctoralAffairs webpage.Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in molecular biology/physiology or arelated discipline. The position requires competence and expertisein a variety of molecular biology approaches, experience with cellculture and/or microbiology is also highly desirable, but notessential.A strong background in performing Western Blot assays, real-timeRT-PCR and siRNA techniques.In addition, this individual must be willing to be part of anintegrative team covering approaches including whole animalphysiology, molecular biology, microbiology and metabolomics.A proven record of verbal and written communication isnecessary.The candidate should have a strong background in implementing andconducting experiments using all of the molecular biology toolsnecessary as well as statistical analyses of experimentaldata.Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, a letter outlininginterests, and a list of three references. The letters of referenceshould be sent directly to Prof. Marguerite Hatch,[email protected] review will begin immediately and continue until theposition is filled.The University of Florida does not support H1B Visas forPostdoctoral Associates; Candidates eligible for a J1 Visa will beconsidered.The final candidate will be required to provide official transcriptto the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not beconsidered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” isvisible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside ofthe United States are required to be evaluated by a professionalcredentialing service provider approved by National Association ofCredential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for thisposition, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to workin the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’sSunshine Law.#category=35The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.last_img read more

  • Commentary: A Father’s Plea For LGBTQ Understanding

    first_imgWhen Adam came out at age 24 while working and living in Germany, I wanted to be as supportive as possible. But my job as the politics and government editor at The Indianapolis Star made it complicated.In a state that has been home to one of the most bitter and politically hostile battles between religious and gay rights, it was my job to make sure my reporters conveyed all sides of the issue. I took that role very seriously.Journalistic ethics demanded I refrain from publicly advocating for LGBTQ rights. I couldn’t call my state lawmaker and give him an earful. I probably shouldn’t even attend a gay pride parade – through every fiber of my being told me I had a burning family obligation to do everything I could to guarantee basic civil rights for my son and other LGBTQ Hoosiers.Adam came out shortly after I had spent weeks guiding IndyStar’s coverage of Indiana’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act, also known as RFRA.Critics loudly raised fears it would allow businesses to use religious objections to deny services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Hoosiers.Ultimately, pressure from business and sports interests forced then-Gov. Mike Pence and the legislature to roll back provisions that could have wiped out local protections against LGBTQ discrimination in Indianapolis and some other Indiana cities.Still, in much of the state, LGBTQ Hoosiers can be fired or evicted from their apartments simply because of their sexual orientation.Today, Indiana stands at the crossroads of another key gay rights debate. This time, though, I declare my independence from journalism on this one monumental and deeply personal issue.In January, I left my job as IndyStar’s politics editor and accepted the company’s early retirement offer. Now, this watchdog is unmuzzled, and I can freely tell you that I believe any refusal by Indiana lawmakers to pass a meaningful hate crimes law to help protect LGBTQ Hoosiers is a hate crime in itself.The Indiana Senate’s recent decision to pass a vague proposal that doesn’t offer protections to any specific group tries to ignore that LGBTQ Hoosiers even exist. The proposal also would be impossible to enforce against crimes that target other characteristics needing protection:  religion, ethnicity, nationality, gender and disability.Previously, obstructionists in the legislature indicated they’d pass a bias crimes law so long as it didn’t include enhanced sentences for hate crimes against transgender Hoosiers. But not one of them is willing to stand up and honestly say why.The reason is their bias and fear won’t stand up to scrutiny in the harsh light of day – the same reason they stayed in the darkness during RFRA.My Christian upbringing tells me they want to hide behind isolated passages of the Bible and cast transgenderism as a sin against nature while ignoring Jesus’ broader call to protect “the least of these” – the vulnerable and the marginalized.My son, a diversity and inclusiveness consultant, bravely returned to Indiana despite its reputation. He knows good, rational people live here, and he came with the hope he can help them make progress on LGBTQ issues from a perspective of fairness, equality and morality.Now, if only religious conservatives in the legislature would listen to gay Christians like my son and acknowledge that Jesus is never recorded as speaking against homosexuality.  If only they would be less fixated on the few Bible passages used to clobber gays, stop ignoring the Bible’s broader exhortations to protect the marginalized and pass a hate crimes law that doesn’t overlook one of the most vulnerable segments of our society.Indiana already has one national black eye in the aftermath of the RFRA debacle. It doesn’t need another because some legislators insist on letting it remain one of the few states without a meaningful hate crime law.The Indiana House now has an opportunity to fix the situation and add specific protections for LGBTQ Hoosiers and other vulnerable people.  But it won’t do so unless Indiana’s business interests and all friends of the LGBTQ community again raise a huge ruckus.So tell lawmakers it’s time to make all LGBTQ Hoosiers feel welcome in their home state.Actually, it’s past time. Gov. Eric Holcomb gets it. Why can’t you?Greg Weaver is the former government and politics editor at The Indianapolis Star.Print Friendly, PDF & EmailFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare By Greg [email protected]—When my adult son decided to move back to our home state of Indiana, I was overjoyed.I feared the state wouldn’t be as welcoming.A little more than three years ago, my son Adam came out as gay. And Indiana government hasn’t exactly built a reputation that embraces the LGBTQ  community – a trend that continues today with the Republican-dominated legislature’s refusal to pass a meaningful hate crimes law.last_img read more

  • Glazed Over and Sneaker Shop to Find New Home in Sandy-Damaged Store

    first_imgThe Cricket Box was gutted to remediate flood damage after Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. The 4,000-square foot space will house two new tenants: Glazed Over Studios and the Sneaker Shop. The Ocean City Planning Board on Wednesday evening unanimously approved a plan to convert a vacant Asbury Avenue store into a new home for Glazed Over Studios and the Sneaker Shop.The move will provide renovated spaces at 704 Asbury Avenue for Glazed Over, a shop for customers to decorate their own pottery and mosaics, and for the Sneaker Shop, a popular local outlet for running and athletic gear. Both shops move from existing locations on the 800 block of Asbury Avenue.They will occupy the former Cricket Box gift shop, which was flooded by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012 and never reopened. Cricket Box owners Bill and Lois Maguire now lease space from Stainton’s: A Gallery of Shops, two blocks away.The new owner of 704 Asbury, Ocean City resident Michael Hinchman, brought an application before the Planning Board to divide the former Cricket Box in two.The plan requires variances for store width (one store would be narrower than the other), glass percentage (creating the two spaces makes it harder to have one big window) and sign area (two 3-by-10-foot signs).The board had no objections to the plan and said they were glad not only to see the revival of a spot that sat idle for 16 months but to see a new diversity of shops on the 700 block.Hinchman said he doesn’t anticipate the renovation to take long once all approvals are in place. The shops should be operating by early spring. The Cricket Box was gutted to remediate flood damage after Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. The 4,000-square foot space will house two new tenants: Glazed Over Studios and the Sneaker Shop.last_img read more

  • Mono

    first_imgMono (Swansea, West Glamorgan) says its compact chocolate enrobing system, the Gami T400E, can produce up to 100kg of tempered chocolate an hour.The system is fully automatic with a 25kg melting kettle producing a continuous curtain of melted chocolate, which is then tempered through the cooling unit and delivered through an auger feeding pump.The built-in depositor enables the operator to set exact chocolate quantities for confectionery moulds, bars or hollow chocolate products.The unit has a wide range of optional accessories including tools for total product coverage, underside only, zig-zag or striped patterns and a vibrating table for chocolate moulds.Martin Jones, sales director at Mono, says: “The Gami T400E is, in effect, a mini chocolate factory. It is compact but has great flexibility so you can easily produce a range of added-value chocolate items.”last_img read more

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