to go further AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa April 29, 2021 Find out more May 12, 2021 Find out more News News AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Organisation Follow the news on Algeria Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections RSF_en Reporters Without Borders today urged the Algerian authorities to ensure an effective investigation into a murder attempt against Hafnaoui Ghoul, a journalist on the daily al-Wassat and a human rights activist, at his home in Djelfa (250 kms south of Algiers) overnight on 6-7 January. A group of hooded assailants armed with a knife were lying in wait for him, gagged him and ripped his clothes. They fled without being identified.“The Algerian authorities have a duty to protect all their citizens regardless of their activities and opinions. Hafnaoui Ghoul regularly exposed embezzlement and scandals in the city of Djelfa. Unless there is a serious investigation leading to the investigation and trial of those responsible, it will send a very disturbing signal to investigative journalists”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. Hafnaoui Ghoul made a formal complaint following the attack and asked the prosecutor to provide him with protection. Reporters Without Borders regrets that the police failed to act in response to threats the journalist said had been made against him the week before the assault.Alongside his work as a journalist, Ghoul is also spokesman for the Algerian League for the Defence of Human Rights (LADDH) and is a member of the National Union of Algerian Journalists. He was imprisoned for six months in 2004 during which he observed a two-week hunger strike to protest against harassment from the judicial authorities. Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation News January 12, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Hooded assailants launch knife attack against journalist Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News May 18, 2021 Find out more
News UpdatesManipur HC Orders Constitution of Expert Committees To Advise Govt On Covid Action Plan; Dissemination Of Information On Spending Capacity, Prevention Measures, Etc. [Read Judgment] Akshita Saxena17 July 2020 12:04 AMShare This – xThe Manipur High Court on Thursday directed the State Government to constitute a “Committee of Experts” that may advise the government as to the course of action that may be adopted to prevent the spread of Covid-19, after holding regular deliberations with all the stakeholders. A division bench comprised by Justice Lanusungkum Jamir and Justice Kh. Nobin Singh has ordered that…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Manipur High Court on Thursday directed the State Government to constitute a “Committee of Experts” that may advise the government as to the course of action that may be adopted to prevent the spread of Covid-19, after holding regular deliberations with all the stakeholders. A division bench comprised by Justice Lanusungkum Jamir and Justice Kh. Nobin Singh has ordered that the Committee should be constituted within a week, “which shall collect all the relevant data, discuss with the stakeholders including CSOs, farmers, persons who are unable to earn anything because of the lockdown etc., analyze the detailed aspects and keep on submitting reports to the State Government from time to time so that the same can be placed before the High Level Consultative Committee for consideration and to take appropriate decisions accordingly.” The direction was passed in a PIL, highlighting the plight of migrants/returnees due to inaction on part of the State Government in establishing adequate number of quarantine centers, setting up adequate testing facilities and providing basic amenities at the existing quarantine centers. While disposing of the PIL, the bench iterated that in order to tackle the Covid crisis, the Government needs to make two plans— one, short term plan and two, long term plan. For the short term plan it suggested: “the Government ought to constitute a committee consisting of experts in the relevant fields which will look into the matter on day to day basis and submit its report/ recommendation to the Government for its consideration and for taking appropriate and immediate decision as regards the future course of action.” As for the long term plan the court said, “The government ought to constitute many committees of experts in respect of different problems relating to various Departments viz. Finance, Education, Health, Home, Agriculture, Horticulture, Industries etc. which will collect data, discus with the stakeholders including CSOs and assess the impact of COVID-19 crisis taking into account the actions already taken by the State Government under short term plan.” Further, recognizing the plight of those lodged in the quarantine centers, the court observed, “the State Government must not forget that as long as he/ she is in a quarantine centre, he/she is entitled to basic needs for survival for the reason that he/she is in the custody of the State Government temporarily” Sharing of information The Court observed that even though the State Government had been trying its “best level” to contain the pandemic, there was no information regarding the same in the public domain. Thus, highlighting the significance of “sharing of information” in a democratic country the bench directed, “The State Government shall share all the information, without any discrimination except those which are exempted under the provisions of Section 8 of the Right to Information Act, 2005, with the general public relating to any action taken by it towards combating COVID-19 crisis including the one relating to spending public money, infrastructure, manpower, facilities etc. in the quarantine centres and in particular, the institutional quarantine centres for combating COVID-19 crisis.” The Court observed that the government ought to share any kind information about its financial capacity and various actions being taken by it from to time and make the public aware of it so that it becomes easier for them to extend co-operation. “Public money is nothing but tax payer’s money and the State Government, before spending it, needs to inform the public the amount intended or earmarked to be spent; the amount already spent and the amount yet to be spent, because the standard of facilities to be provided in the quarantine centre will depend upon it. To do anything by the State Government towards spending public money, there has to be always a norm either in the form of Act, rules and regulation or guidelines, in the absence of which anything done by it will lead to a problem anytime and anywhere. The norm is to be made first by the State Government and the action is to be taken by it in accordance with the said norm only,” the bench added. It has also ordered that the government shall frame exhaustive rules and regulations to regulate its functioning towards combating the crisis or modify suitably the existing SOP, depending upon the change of circumstances touching on all aspects of the matter and keeping in mind the shortcomings, difficulties, drawbacks, complaints from the public etc., to meet any kind of eventuality. Further, the bench clarified that if the State Government is in short of money, it can make a request to the Government of India for its help and if such request is made by all the State Governments, the Government of India can generate its income either by enhancing the rate of existing taxes or by introducing a new tax towards combating COVID-19 crisis. Case Details: Case Title: J. Hillson Angam v. State of Manipur & Ors. Case No.: PIL No. 16/2020 Quorum: Justice Lanusungkum Jamir and Justice Kh. Nobin Singh Appearance: Advocate M. Rakesh (for Petitioner); Advocate General N. Kumarjit (for State)Click here to Read/Download Judgment Next Story
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Friday’s sports events:AMERICAN LEAGUEToronto 6, Detroit 0Tampa Bay 4, Houston 2L.A. Angels 6, Oakland 2Boston 7, Seattle 6NATIONAL LEAGUEColorado 6, Miami 1St. Louis 9, Milwaukee 5San Diego 4, San Francisco 1Arizona 5, L.A. Dodgers 4, 13 InningsNATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONBoston 114, Indiana 112Portland 118, Atlanta 98OT Minnesota 131, Golden State 130Denver 115, Oklahoma City 105Utah 128, Washington 124L.A. Lakers 129, Charlotte 115NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEN.Y. Rangers 4, St. Louis 2Nashville 3, Pittsburgh 1Detroit 4, New Jersey 0Calgary 6, Anaheim 1SO Colorado 3, Arizona 2Minnesota 3, Vegas 2TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL(1) Duke 75, (16) Virginia Tech 73(14) Auburn 97, (3) North Carolina 80(5) Michigan St. 80, (12) LSU 63(7) Kentucky 62, (11) Houston 58MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCERToronto 4, New York City 0Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by Beau Lund March 30, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 3/29/19
What do you do when a loaded raft is barreling down the river at you? Lean back, hold on, and ride it out bro!Prior to my move to Southern Appalachia, I spent six years of my life surfing in North Florida. Surfers are a tough and annoyingly proud breed. We pretend we own the beach, the ocean, and the breaks. Ownership isn’t dictated by how good you are at surfing. That’s irrelevant. It’s dictated by how long you’ve lived there. You know, “local’s only bro.”I’ve always wondered if this mindset is shared by our landlocked friends, in particular, river wave surfers. Do you have the same arrogance? The same localism and pride? I’d imagine it’s hard to share a lineup when you’re relegated to surfing the same wave, in the same spot, all the time.My question was answered, when I saw this riverboarder hold his own as a loaded raft of people barreled down the river at him. Like a boss, he leans back, get’s bucked into the air, and rides it out with style. A little look back to see if anyone other than him survived (they are all fine), and he’s right back to surfing.I’m sure that’s the most air he’s ever gotten on a river wave.In a video that went viral this week, our friends at Mammoth Clothing Co. were rafting down the Chattahoochee River in Columbus, Georgia. In a trip guided by Whitewater Express, they were coming into the last rapid of the day when they ran into the riverboarder.“We didn’t see him until we were coming over the top of the first rapid,” says Josh Julian, Co-Founder of Mammoth Clothing Co. “We were completely sideways coming down on that rapid and he [the riverboarder] had the biggest grin on his face. It was pure fear for all of us.” Josh and his team were visiting the area for a whitewater kayaking competition. They have since connected with the riverboarder and he’s invited them to come riverboarding the next time they’re in town.What’s even better is that they are taking their epic bail in stride! If you enter the promo code JOSHGOTTRASHED you can get 15% off your online order in their store.Just remember…Try to snake someone’s wave and you’ll be flipped over, floating down the river.See you in the lineup!
By Andréa Barretto/Diálogo April 03, 2019 The Conference of American Armies (CAA) is a military organization created in 1960, connecting 26 countries from North to South America. Military leaders from 18 CAA member countries gathered in San Antonio, Texas, February 4-8, 2019, to take part in a specialized conference to discuss Leadership and Military Support to Civil Authorities in Joint and Interagency Environments in Response to Emerging Threats in the Americas. “In this increasingly globalized and connected world, discussing the effects of threat networks and how to mitigate their results is absolutely fundamental,” said Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese) Lieutenant Colonel Ramos Marques, a Brazilian officer who participated in the conference. The officer, who belongs to the 5th Subdivision of the Brazilian Army’s General Staff, addressed current communications tools. The technology brings many benefits to society, yet criminal networks also use it, multiplying problems such as drug and arms trafficking, including terrorism. Unity is essential to fight such threats. “Exchanging experiences, developing new capabilities, and fostering interoperability among armies in support of civil authorities is key to combat networks that transcend physical borders among countries,” Lt. Col. Marques said. Day to day Specialists kicked off the CAA event with lectures on the conference’s theme. Participants learned from leaders such as General Carlos Alberto Ospina, former commander of the Colombian Army; Dr. Craig A. Deare, professor at the U.S. National Defense University; and Nathan Menkevich, from U.S. Southern Command’s Joint Cyber Center. Service members attending the conference formed three working groups. Each group discussed topics from a certain perspective. The first group evaluated threats, the second discussed interoperability, and the third focused on the interagency approach, including coordination among various agencies. On the last day of the conference, participants shared discussion results with members of CAA in a document that will serve as a draft for the Guide to Countering Threat Networks. “There will still be meetings via video conference with member countries, at dates CAA administration will determine, to improve the content updated at the conference,” said EB Colonel Fábio Serpa de Carvalho Lima, of the 3rd Subdivision of the Brazilian Army’s General Staff, who also attended the meeting in San Antonio. The objective is to complete the version of the guide that will be presented at the Commanders’ Conference of American Armies (CCAA), scheduled for November 2019, in the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Army runs activities for CAA’s 2018-2019 biennium. Once the document is approved, CAA member countries will be able to use it in different ways, as reference material. “The guide is not binding. Its relevance has to do with concept standardization that, once deemed viable, may be leveraged, entirely or partially, for manuals and regulations of those countries who see value in it,” said Lt. Col. Marques. For EB officers, the importance of the conference goes beyond reaching the meeting’s objectives. The creation of a professional environment that promotes debate and idea exchanges brings even more value to this kind of event. “The spirit of cooperation and sharing valuable experiences serve as a powerful tool to strengthen ties of mutual friendship and trust among participating nations,” Lt. Col. Marques said. Other steps CAA plans three presidential meetings in 2019 before CCAA. In April, Chile will host another specialized conference about Military Leadership of the American Armies in the 21st Century: Challenges and Proposals. The exercise on Interagency Operations on Protection of the Environment and Natural Resources, in Argentina, will happen in June. CCAA’s preparatory conference will be in August, in the Dominican Republic.
23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr An underused money tool that could help a new generation of adults on their path to prosperity isn’t a smartphone app, a virtual currency or a digital payment system.It’s an old-timey credit union.Credit unions , if you’re unfamiliar, are like nonprofit banks. They may not satisfy all your money-management needs, but you’re missing out if you’re ignoring credit unions, which have great interest rates on auto loans, consumer-friendly checking and savings accounts, and low ongoing credit card rates.One example: Fully financing a $30,000 new car over five years would cost about $1,250 less in interest with a credit union auto loan compared with a bank auto loan, based on national average rates.Competitors — megabanks, small community banks and online banks — have their strengths and weaknesses. But this isn’t a binary choice: You can use a credit union for the things it excels in and use other financial institutions, too. continue reading »
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Kelly Currie was named Monday acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York after his boss and predecessor, Loretta Lynch, was sworn in as U.S. Attorney General, replacing Eric Holder.Currie, who was Lynch’s chief assistant, will oversee a staff of nearly 300 tasked with investigating and prosecuting federal criminal and civil cases on Long Island as well as in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. His takeover follows Lynch’s five-month-long wait to be confirmed last week by the U.S. Senate, which made her the first African American woman to be the nation’s top law enforcement official.“I am honored beyond words to step into this larger role today as your Attorney General as we continue the core work, our mission, the protection of the American people,” Lynch told reporters during a news conference immediately after her swearing in ceremony.Currie has done two stints as a federal prosecutor. During his first time around from 1999-2010, he worked his way up to Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division and Chief of the Violent Crimes & Terrorism Section. He then spent four years working in the Manhattan office of Washington, D.C.-based law firm Crowell & Moring, LLP before returning to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in November.His private practice work included representing corporations and individuals in white collar criminal defense matters, corporate internal investigations and complex civil litigation. His work as a federal prosecutor has included leading investigations and prosecutions of crimes ranging from racketeering, terrorism, fraud, money laundering and murder.Aside from those jobs, Currie served as a senior adviser to former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell (D-Maine). He graduated from the University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce in ‘86 and the University of Virginia School of Law in ‘93.
Doncic appears to be the favorite to win this season’s Rookie of the Year award. The Slovenian could become the second consecutive international player to take home the honor. He is averaging 21.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 2018-19.He leads all first-year players in minutes played and points scored.Nowitzki wasn’t even close to the Rookie of the Year discussion in his first season. He averaged just 8.2 points and 3.4 rebounds in 1998-99. Vince Carter took home the top honor for first-year players that season.However, Nowitzki went on to become a 14-time All-Star and 2011 NBA champion. Nowitzki is expected to retire following 2018-19 after spending 21 seasons with the Mavericks. But, he hasn’t made an official announcement just yet. Warriors star Stephen Curry reveals his list of top 5 all-time NBA players “He’s just such a confident young man that there’s not much you can really tell him,” Nowitzki said. “He’s got the experience, he’s got the confidence in crunch time already — all that I had to work for. He’s got the ability to forget anything that just happened five seconds ago, 10 seconds ago, and make another big play. That usually develops a lot later than 19 or 20.”But off the floor, man, he is a kid. He’s never serious off the floor and obviously I’m not, either. He loves to have fun. We joke about everything and anything at all times. He’s just a funny dude. We enjoy our time together — I guess he took me under his wing.” Related News Dirk Nowitzki had some interesting things to say about rookie sensation Luka Doncic.Nowitzki, 40, is one of the most accomplished players in NBA history. The probable first ballot Hall of Famer joked to the New York Times about Doncic, saying the 19-year-old took him “under his wing.” Juwan Howard new betting favorite to become next Lakers coach “This year is kind of beyond stats,” Nowitzki told the Times about this season. “I’m glad I turned the corner a little bit the last few weeks and I’m having fun competing with my teammates again.”Dallas is out of the playoff picture, and should Nowitzki choose to retire, his last game in the American Airlines Center will take place April 9 against the Suns.
Photos by Patrick Olivero |MIDDLETOWN – The Monmouth County Park System celebrated Thompson Park Day in Lincroft Oct. 14. Families came out in the cool fall weather to enjoy a multitude of activities, including inflatable bounce houses, kids’ races, carnival rides, bungee trampoline, various arts and crafts, and much more. Silly characters such as a T-Rex and a pirate on stilts provided roaming entertainment for the little ones. A highlight was the pie-eating contests held for both kids and adults. Kids were served up small, personal pies. But adults had to conquer a full-sized pumpkin pie in order to claim a trophy.