first_imgNews As a result of a supreme court ruling on 30 September, Le Journal Hebdomadaire, one of Morocco’s few independent newspapers, was ordered to pay 250,000 euros in damages on 18 October in connection with a libel suit brought in 2006 by a think-tank based abroad over an article about Western Sahara. If the weekly is forced to pay, its survival will be in doubt. October 30, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter to Hillary Clinton to go further Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists RSF_en Taoufiq Bouachrine, the publisher of the Casablanca-based newspaper Akhbar al-Youm, and cartoonist Khalid Gueddar will be the targets of two parallel lawsuits on 30 October in connection with a cartoon of Moulay Ismaïl, a cousin of the king, that appeared in its 26-27 September issue. One of the actions, brought by the interior ministry, accuses them of “attacking an emblem of the kingdom.” The other, brought by Ismaïl himself, is demanding 266,000 euros in damages for “failing to accord due respect to a member of the royal family.” The newspaper’s headquarters have meanwhile been closed and are being guarded by police. Dear Secretary of State Clinton, April 15, 2021 Find out more Secretary of State Hillary ClintonUS Department of StateWashington DCUSA Prosecutions are being brought against news media and journalists, who are being sentenced to jail terms or to pay exorbitant damages awards as the judicial system deploys an arsenal of sanctions designed to intimidate and financially asphyxiate the independent press. Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Organisation On 26 October, a court in Rabat gave Ali Anouzla, the editor of the daily Al-Jarida Al-Oula, a one-year suspended jail sentenced and fined him 10,000 dirhams (885 euros) on a charge of publishing false information and “mendacious allegations and facts with the intention of causing harm” in a 27 August article that contradicted a bulletin about King Mohammed’s health. Bouchra Eddou, a journalist charged with complicity in the same case, got a three-month suspended sentenced and a fine of 5,000 dirhams (455 euros). Both say they will appeal. April 28, 2021 Find out more Ten years after Mohammed VI’s accession to the throne in 1999, the record is very uneven. The start of his reign saw real advances but they were followed by reverses and tension, especially from July 2009 onwards. Courts have ordered Moroccan newspapers to pay more than 2 million euros in fines and damages since 1999, while journalists have been sentenced to a combined total of 28 years in prison. June 8, 2021 Find out more News We thank you in advance for the attention you give to this matter. Sincerely, Reporters Without Borders urges you to use the opportunity offered by your visit to Morocco to talk about the difficulties that the independent media are facing and to raise this crucial issue with the Moroccan authorities. The aim of the Forum of the Future which the US government set up in 2004 is to promote democratisation in the Broader Middle East and North Africa region. Press freedom is an essential component of this democratisation. NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Help by sharing this information Paris, 28 October 2009 Receive email alerts RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Reporters Without Borders has just completed a visit to Morocco in which it met with journalists and representatives of Moroccan media in difficulty and publicly expressed its support at a news conference yesterday in Casablanca. Although fewer topics had seemed to be still off-limits in recent years thanks to the independent press’s tenacity and an apparent desire on the part of King Mohammed to ease restrictions, the Royal Palace has reaffirmed some of the taboos in recent months, especially those affecting the image of the king and members of the royal family. Reporters Without Borders, an organisation that defends press freedom worldwide, would like to draw your attention to the disturbing deterioration in the press freedom situation in Morocco on the eve of your official visit to that country on 2-3 November. News Jean-François JulliardSecretary-General News Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa At the end of a trial that did not respect defence rights, a Rabat court sentenced Driss Chahtane of the newspaper Al-Michaal on 15 October to a year in prison over an article about the king’s health. Two other journalists, Rachid Mahamid and Mustapha Hayrane, were given three-month jail terms in connection with the same article and all three were ordered to pay several thousand dirhams in damages. Chahtane was arrested and jailed that evening. Follow the news on Morocco / Western Saharalast_img read more

first_imgLocal government strike imminentOn 9 Jul 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Local government HR body Socpo is concerned about the sector’s future afterstaff voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action over the annual pay risedispute. Six out of 10 of the sector’s one million employees involved in the ballotvoted to reject the employers’ 3 per cent pay offer and start a summer ofstrikes on 17 July. The unions are demanding a 6 per cent or £1,750 pay rise to bring theminimum wage in the sector to £11,017 a year. Socpo is concerned there is no obvious way to end the dispute. Socpopresident Francesca Okosi said: “I am disappointed but not surprised bythe result. My concern is I am not sure how this will be resolved. Theemployers have offered as much as they can – we are constrained by theresources available.” Okosi is concerned that the industrial action will affect how the sector isperceived. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

first_imgGary Lee Brandes, age 65 of Batesville, Indiana passed away on Thursday, May 9, 2019.  The son of Ralph Brandes Jr. and Clara (nee: Centers) Brandes was born on March 24, 1954 in Milan, IN. In 1973 he graduated from Milan High School.  Gary married Doris Jean (nee: Faust) Brandes in 1985 in Batesville.“Lucky” as his driver friends would know him, enjoyed being a truck driver for Hill-Rom. He received his 3 million mile safe driving award in 2018. He also enjoyed working outdoors, fishing and spending time with his Milan buddies.  He was an avid Colts fan who never knew a stranger. Most of all, he cherished spending time with his family.He is survived by his wife, Doris; children, Jason (Angela) Brandes, Katie Brandes (and her fiancé Chris), Doug Fredrick (and his girlfriend Libby), Lisa (David) Reames; grandchildren, Lucas, Marcus, Allison, Ovie and Hazel; Siblings, Linden Brandes, Ralph Brandes III and Greg Brandes along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents Ralph Jr. and Clara Brandes.Visitation will be Monday, May 13, 2019 from 4 pm – 8 pm with funeral services on Tuesday, May 14th at 10 am all at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville.  Burial to follow in the Old Milan Cemetery with Pastor Chris Renick officiating.Memorials may be given in memory to the American Breast Cancer Foundation and the American Heart Association c/o the funeral home.Online condolences may be left for the family at www.meyersfuneralhomes.com.last_img read more

first_imgTONIGHT:AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com — Clear Lake softball vs. Clarion-Goldfield-Dows — 7:30 — other baseballClear Lake 13, Lake Mills 3Central Springs 12, North Union 8West Hancock 17, West Bend-Mallard 5Wapsie Valley 9, St. Ansgar 5Nashua-Plainfield 6, New Hampton 5Humboldt 7, Hampton-Dumont-CAL 3Algona 9, Spirit Lake 4St. Edmond 4, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 2 FOREST CITY — Newman scored nine times in the second on their way to a 17-2, five-inning win at Forest City last night in Top of Iowa Conference baseball. Matthew Henrich picked up the win, striking out five. Newman is 6-1 on the season and will host Northwood-Kensett tonight. — other softball scoresCentral Springs 14, North Union 3Clarksville 13, Rockford 1Charles City 9, St. Ansgar 6West Hancock 16, West Bend-Mallard 15Humboldt 4, Bishop Garrigan 3Algona 3, South Central Calhoun 1Southeast Valley 13, Iowa Falls-Alden 2 2020 THIRD Softball Rankings — Compiled by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic UnionFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Thursday, June 25Class 1ASchool Record LW1 Collins-Maxwell 7-1 12 Newell-Fonda 5-1 23 Clarksville 5-0 34 Algona Bishop Garrigan 6-1 55 Wayne 6-2 46 Lynnville-Sully 7-0 67 LeMars Gehlen Catholic 4-0 88 Akron-Westfield 8-0 109 AGWSR 5-1 910 Lisbon 6-1 1211 Mason City Newman Catholic 8-1 712 Winfield-Mount Union 3-1 1313 Exira-EHK 8-0 NR14 Twin Cedars 7-3 NR15 Central City 3-3 11Dropped Out: North Mahaska (14), Martensdale-St. Mary’s (15) FOREST CITY — Paige Leininger and Emma Weiner each had three runs batted in to lead Newman to a 13-0, four-inning win last night at Forest City. Leah Martinez and Hailey Worman also knocked in two runs each as the Knights pounded out 14 hits. Leininger struck out three and only allowed two hits to pick up the win. Newman is now 9-1 on the season and will host Northwood-Kensett tonight BUFFALO CENTER — The North Iowa Community School District in Buffalo Center has temporarily suspended the school’s baseball season after some of the players reported symptoms related to COVID-19. According to an email from Superintendent Joe Erickson, testing will be completed of the players, and at this time out of caution and with the guidance of public health officials, the school will suspend baseball activities until at least this coming Monday. He says as more information is gathered, decisions will be passed along to the community. The North Iowa team’s Twitter account states that they’ve had two players with flu-like symptoms, both have been tested for COVID, one has already come back negative, with the other result anticipated to be back today. Class 4ASchool Record LW1 Carlisle 8-1 12 North Scott 4-2 23 Dallas Center-Grimes 7-2 54 Sergeant Bluff-Luton 8-0 65 ADM 3-2 46 West Delaware 8-4 77 Charles City 4-1 98 Oskaloosa 3-3 39 Winterset 8-0 1010 Fairfield 6-1 1111 Harlan 8-1 1312 Western Dubuque 5-1 NR13 Bondurant-Farrar 6-2 NR14 Norwalk 4-3 NR15 Clear Creek-Amana 6-4 14Dropped Out: Ballard (8), Decorah (12), Webster City (15) Class 2ASchool Record LW1 North Linn 9-0 12 Louisa-Muscatine 8-1 23 Ogden 6-0 34 Jesup 5-0 55 Mount Ayr 4-1 46 Central Springs 7-2 67 Northeast 6-0 108 West Lyon 5-0 119 West Monona 5-1 710 Earlham 6-2 911 West Sioux 3-2 812 Wilton 5-0 NR13 Interstate 35 3-2 1214 Underwood 7-1 NR15 Waterloo Columbus Catholic 3-1 14Dropped Out: Beckman Catholic (13), Durant (15) Class 3ASchool Record LW1 Davenport Assumption 5-0 12 Humboldt 5-0 23 Albia 7-0 54 Williamsburg 7-2 35 Mount Vernon 7-2 66 Algona 7-0 107 West Liberty 5-1 88 North Polk 3-1 119 Anamosa 3-1 410 Spirit Lake 6-1 711 Atlantic 7-1 1012 Crestwood 3-0 1313 West Burlington/Notre Dame 2-1 1414 Solon 7-3 NR15 Estherville-Lincoln Central 5-2 NRDropped Out: Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont (12), Nevada (15) DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two high school baseball games scheduled for Thursday at Principal Park in Des Moines were not played after officials said a ballpark staff member tested positive for coronavirus. Officials with the park, which is home to the Triple-A minor league Iowa Cubs, say all staff at the ballpark will now undergo testing for COVID-19. Ankeny Christian and Orient Macksburg, as well as Indianola and Gilbert, had been scheduled to play at the park. Class 5ASchool Record LW1 Fort Dodge 11-2 12 Waukee 10-0 53 Cedar Rapids Kennedy 7-1 44 Iowa City High 6-2 25 Johnston 6-4 36 West Des Moines Valley 9-1 67 Indianola 7-0 78 Dubuque Hempstead 6-0 99 Pleasant Valley 5-3 810 Ottumwa 3-4 1111 Ankeny Centennial 9-2 1012 Muscatine 5-1 1213 Bettendorf 7-1 1514 Southeast Polk 6-2 1415 Ankeny 9-3 NRDropped Out: Cedar Rapids Prairie (13) IOWA CITY — Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery says a decision by Luka Garza is coming soon. Garza is testing the NBA Draft after a season in which he was named the Big Ten player of the year.KGLO News · 6 – 26 – Garzafb – 1McCaffery says Garza is back in Iowa City for workouts.KGLO News · 6 – 26 – Garzafb – 2McCaffery says Garza is weighing all his options.KGLO News · 6 – 26 – Garzafb – 3McCaffery made his comments during a Facebook Live session with the National I-Club.last_img read more

first_imgANDREW MCCUTCHEN is having a better year than in MVP season last year. He leads Pirates in just about every major offensive category. (AP photo)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Andrew McCutchen’s fractured rib is healed. The reigning National League MVP is hoping his return will have the same effect on the reeling Pittsburgh Pirates.The Pirates activated the star center fielder off the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. McCutchen will bat third as Pittsburgh tries to end a season-high six-game losing streak against Atlanta.McCutchen went on the disabled list last week, retroactive to Aug. 4, with fractured rib cartilage. The Pirates went 5-9 in McCutchen’s absence to fall slightly off the pace in the playoff race.“It’s pretty frustrating,” McCutchen said. “It’s like having your best friend out there during a race and you want to go out there and help him and you can’t. It’s kind of the same thing. Your teammates are out there grinding and we’re getting the short end of the stick the last few games.”McCutchen was batting .307 with 17 home runs and 67 RBIs at the time of the injury. He insists he isn’t experiencing any lingering pain from the injury, which came after a seemingly routine sacrifice fly against Arizona on Aug. 3. He will wear extra padding for the time being as a precaution but doesn’t believe he will be limited in any way.“I’m going to play the way I’ve been playing,” he said.To make room for McCutchen on the 25-man roster, the Pirates sent utility infielder Michael Martinez to Triple-A Indianapolis.Manager Clint Hurdle hopes the return of the franchise cornerstone will stabilize a lineup that’s been in flux for most of the month thanks to a string of injuries to regulars like McCutchen and second baseman Neil Walker.“I think the presence is valuable,” Hurdle said. “The player is valuable but the value the presence does bring is something we would miss whenever he’s not in.”The injury came a day after McCutchen was drilled in the back by a 95 mph fastball Arizona reliever Randall Delgado, which happened to be one game after Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt broke his hand after getting hit by Pirates reliever Ernesto Frieri.While there was no direct correlation between getting plunked and the ensuing rib issue, McCutchen said he was “a little upset” Delgado was not disciplined.“There’s a chance that someone could get hurt with the same injury that I got because there was nothing that was handled,” McCutchen said. “It wouldn’t surprise me if something like that would happen again.”last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement himNBA Finals | Brooklyn VshxWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9xz2( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) vmWould you ever consider trying this?😱rea4Can your students do this? 🌚1Roller skating! Powered by Firework India’s dependable opener Smriti Mandhana is now the the 3rd fastest woman to reach 2000 runs in ODI cricket. The star batter took just 51 innings to go past the 2000 runs mark thereby becoming the 2nd fastest Indian after Shikhar Dhawan (48) to achieve this record. She also helped India win the ODI series with her match-winning fifty against the Windies in Antigua on Wednesday,Advertisement Smriti, who stands at 2025 runs in 51 games with an average of 43.08, reached the milestone faster than Virat Kohli (53), Sourav Ganguly (52), and Navjot Sidhu (52). However, former Aussie, Belinda Clark has reached this feat fastest (45) in women’s cricket. In men’s cricket though, Hashim Amla is the sole record-holder of the fastest to register 2,000-ODI runs. He crossed the landmark in only 40 innings.Advertisement After returning to the ODI side from a toe injury, Smriti performed superbly, finishing the 3rd ODI with 74 runs from 63 balls as India won the match by 6-wickets. She hit 9 boundaries and 3 maximums while chasing down 195 to take home the 3-match series 2-1. Young Jemimah Rodrigues scored 69 from 92 as the duo put on a solid 141-run opening stand.In the first innings of the match, the Indian bowlers restricted West Indies through tight spells from Jhulan Goswami and Poonam Yadav, who picked up 2 wickets each.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgPhotos 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.last_img read more

first_imgMadeline Holitzki edged into the top ten in 50 meter butterfly (10th) and ninth in 50 meter breaststroke.The up-and-coming swimmer also finished 20th in 50 meter backstroke,  to go with a 17th 100 meter individual medley.Samuel Matthew placed 13th 200 meter IM, 18th in 50 meter butterfly, 15th in 100 meter backstroke, 11th in 100 meter breaststrokeMatthew Holitzki checked in with a 21st in 100 meter IM, 20th in 50 meter butterfly, 23rd in 50 meter backstroke and 17th in 50 meter breaststroke.”I have seen so much improvement in all of the swimmers regardless if it was their first year or they have been swimming over five years,” Afford said.”They have been diligent to change their technique — the basis of their propulsion in the water and continuation in the sport to avoid injury. “It was so great to see the older swimmers inspire the younger ones and begin to take a leadership role in the team,” she added. ” It was so great to have the seniors volunteer coach and promoting team spirit.”As the season concluded in Nanaimo, the Neptunes handed out the team awards.Female Aggregate: Sage Cowan                        Male Aggregate: Samuel MatthewMost Improved Female Swimmer: Jaylen RushtonMost Improved Male Swimmer: Lachlan Bibby-FoxBest New Female: Ohia WintraubBest New Male: Logan WrightMost Sportsmanlike Female Div. 1-3: Devan AndrusakMost Sportsmanlike Male Div. 1-3: Matthew HolitzkiMost Sportsmanlike Female Div. 4-8: Nava SachsJunior Spirit Award: Madeline HolitzkiSenior Spirit Award: Sage CowanExcellence in Mental Strength Female Div. 1-3: Sabien EdneyExcellence in Mental Strength Male Div. 1-3 : Rohan MoolaExcellence in Mental Strength Female Div. 4-8: Katie DeJongCoaches Award Female Div. 1-3: Olivia CowanCoaches Award Male Div. 1-3: Cameron Bibby-FoxCoaches Award Female Div. 4-8: Joanna BlishenCoaches Award Male Div. 4-8: Samuel MatthewLeadership: Emma Borhi and Hannah Sachs A handful of Nelson Neptune swimmers took to the road to see how they stack up against the best in the province at the B.C. Summer Swim Association Championships held recently in Nanaimo.Madeline Holitzki, Samuel Matthew, Matthew Holitzski and Jaylen Rushton were the only Neptunes to attend the provincial meet but still registered very impressive results.”I am happy with the results as it was most of the swimmers’ first provincial meet,” said Neptune skipper Rebecca Affortd.”Almost every race, especially in preliminaries, was a best time with most of them taking off about two or three seconds.Rushton recored the best finish of a Neptune, placing seventh in 50 meter butterfly.Rushton also had a two top-20 results — 11th 50 meter breaststroke and 15th in 100 meter freestyle.last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp on Newcastle thrashing: We can perform betterby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says his team can perform better after their 4-0 thumping of Newcastle United.The Reds led 1-0 at half-time on Boxing Day thanks to Dejan Lovren’s powerful early strike, and Mohamed Salah’s penalty doubled their advantage in the opening stages of the second half.Xherdan Shaqiri made it three by rounding off a slick team move with 11 minutes remaining, before substitute Fabinho completed the scoring with his first Liverpool goal.Klopp said afterwards, “It was difficult. It is always difficult. I liked the start offensively, but I didn’t like the start defensively – the protection was not as it should have been. We were not as compact as we should have been. They had the first corner, half-counters and stuff like that, so it looked like kind of an open game. When we had the ball, after the first 15 minutes, we were good – one-twos, good finishes. We lost the formation a little bit, we were too wide offensively. “If we could play the ball in behind it was good, but if they could clear it with a header then we were not there to win the ball back formation-wise. 1-0, a fantastic goal, quick in mind; again it was off a set-piece, which is brilliant. A fantastic cross and then a good reaction from pretty much everybody in the box, then a fantastic finish from Dejan. I was really happy about half-time [so that] we could adjust a few things and go back to the way we actually wanted to play. That made life easier, especially after we scored with the penalty in minute 47 – pretty early in the second half. Then we controlled the game, which was good. “We scored wonderful goals again, set-pieces fantastic. Even Ali could show – apart from all his football-play skills – what his actual job is and saves the clean sheet. A pretty perfect day for us; not a perfect performance, but a really good performance. Result-wise and a lot of parts of the performance, really good.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more