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Algeria: media increasingly under pressure as presidential election approaches

By on June 12, 2021

first_img May 12, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information May 18, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News April 29, 2021 Find out more Four journalists with the pro-government daily Le Temps d’Algérie were suspended without warning on 19 November in a dispute sparked by a Facebook post by one of the four, Aissa Moussi, criticizing a front page claim that there was “unanimity on the need” for Algerians to “vote en masse.” He also accused the management of “dictating a shameful editorial line” and said he had been censored for weeks.In a show of solidarity, Moussi’s colleagues refused to put that day’s issue to bed, with the result that the management accused them of “behaviour causing prejudice to the company.” The journalists responsible for the front page then walked out, with the result that yesterday’s issue did not appear, and four journalists were banned from entering the building.On 17 November, Linda Hamed, a news presenter with Alger Channel 3 public TV, resigned under a clause guaranteeing journalists the right not to have to go against their beliefs. She told RSF she took this decision after the management asked her to read a report about the coming presidential election that had been rewritten.“We urge the Algerian authorities to respect media pluralism and the need for debate during the campaign for the 12 December presidential election, said Souhaieb Khayati, the head of RSF’s North Africa desk. “We also urge the authorities not to obstruct the work of the media and to respect the undertakings that they themselves have given at both the national and international levels.”Press freedom and the freedom to inform are, in theory, guaranteed by the Algerian constitution, which the People’s National Assembly adopted on 7 February 2016. In 1989, Algeria ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, article 19 of which protects freedom of expression.RSF invites Algerian journalists to read its Handbook for Journalists during Elections, which it published jointly with the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF) in 2015. It offers practical advice that could help them during this sensitive moment in Algeria’s political life.Algeria is ranked 141st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Organisation Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation News AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Activities in the fieldCondemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence WomenInternetFreedom of expression RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the fact that Algerian journalists are under growing pressure from their bosses to portray the coming presidential election favourably although most Algerians oppose it. The authorities must respect journalistic pluralism and debate during the election campaign, RSF said. Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria to go further Follow the news on Algeria November 22, 2019 Algeria: media increasingly under pressure as presidential election approaches News AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Activities in the fieldCondemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence WomenInternetFreedom of expression Newslast_img read more

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White House: We Don’t Need No New AUMF to Fight ISIS

By on December 16, 2020

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Between presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s private email hullabaloo and outrage over 47 Republicans sending Iran a politically-charged letter to undermine its nuclear negotiations with Secretary of State John Kerry, it’d hardly be a surprise if a large chunk of the American public had no idea Congress last week debated President Barack Obama’s authorization for a war he’s already fighting.The idea that the administration is seeking a new authorization to use military force for its war against the so-called Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL—a conflict that the US has been involved in for more than seven months—may be confusing to some folks. Although the Obama administration whole-heartedly believes it has the necessary authorization to battle the militant group because of previous versions of the AUMF, passed in 2001 and 2002, it still wants Congress to codify a version related to ISIS, so as to ostensibly show the world that the American people—and its policymakers—are united in this effort to “degrade and destroy” ISIS.Secretary of State John Kerry didn’t even try to conceal the administration’s motives when he testified in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week. “The proposed AUMF wisely does not include any geographical restriction because ISIL already shows signs of metastasizing outside of Syria and Iraq,” Carter told committee members.Kerry, for his part, acknowledged that the AUMF sets no geographic limitations but said the administration does not “anticipate conducting operations against targets in countries other than Iraq and Syria at this time.”The administration may have a difficult time persuading Congress to pass a new AUMF, despite Obama’s calls for American unity and, as Kerry put it, to speak with a “singular voice.”Some Congressional Democrats have expressed concerns about the lack of limitations—both geographically and with respect to the future use of ground troops—while several Republicans on Capitol Hill believe the AUMF may handcuff the military.Considering that both Kerry and Carter have admitted that the administration already believes it has the authority to fight ISIS, Congress may not feel the urgency to give Obama the authorization he’s requesting.Time will tell if Congress eventually passes a new AUMF. But in the meantime, the war will go on—with or without Congressional authorization—continuing the “War On Terror,” the longest conflict in U.S. military history, and the costliest. View image | gettyimages.com View image | gettyimages.com “The President already has statuary authority to act against ISIL, but a clear and formal expression of your backing would dispel any doubt anywhere that Americans are united in this effort,” Kerry told the Senate committee on March 11.Obama’s proposed ISIS AUMF, which would remain in effect for three years, is very much a symbolic move. If Congress never passes a new AUMF, the Obama administration would still continue to bomb Iraq and Syria, and support local forces on the battlefield, the Iraqi military and its allied militias.The administration has repeatedly invoked the 2001 AUMF, passed three days after the Sept. 11 attacks, which allowed the US to fight those who orchestrated the attacks—meaning al Qaeda—to justify the war on ISIS. It’s also relying on the 2002 AUMF, which opened the door for President George W. Bush to “defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq.”The 2001 AUMF, in particular, has been criticized as too broad. Originally, it was intended to justify war with al Qaeda, which ISIS was born out of but is no longer associated with. A new AUMF would sunset the 2002 version while the authorization passed shortly after 9/11 would remain on the books.After months of publicly calling on Congress to act, Obama finally moved ahead in February and sent a draft letter to Congress outlining the ISIS AUMF. This version would allow the US to fight ISIS and any “associated forces” partnering with the group or any “closely-related successor entity.” It does not establish any geographical boundaries, nor does it fully prevent the use of ground troops, such as Special Forces.In his testimony last week, Kerry didn’t necessarily rule out sending American ground troops. He said the “administration sees no need for U.S. forces to engage in enduring offensive ground combat operations against ISIL,” adding that the responsibility for such fighting fell on “local partners.” At the committee hearing, neither he nor Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter eliminated the possibility of expanding the current operation outside of Iraq and what’s left of Syria. ISIS, which has brutally slaughtered innocents, including American journalists, and claimed large swaths of the region rather quickly as it strives to create its so-called new caliphate, is now known to be fighting in Libya, which has struggled to find stability after Colonel Muammar Gaddafi fell from power in 2011.last_img read more

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Nepotism not always bad, Mahfud MD says

By on October 19, 2020

first_imgHe said Indonesia was not unique in that regard, and that nepotism was not necessarily a bad thing.Read also: ‘Political dynasties’ to take center stage again in 2020 electionsMahfud then cited an example in Bakalang, East Nusa Tenggara, where the sibling of a local politician offered to take over their relative’s post due to the latter’s incompetence.“So those who practice nepotism don’t always have bad intentions,” he added.Political discourse surrounding the forthcoming regional elections has recently been rife with speculation regarding the candidacy of several family members of the country’s top officials.Among them are President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s eldest son Gibran Rakabuming Raka and son-in-law Bobby Afif Nasution, who are running in the mayoral races in Surakarta, Central Java, and Medan, North Sumatra, respectively.Other notable names include Vice President Ma’ruf Amin’s daughter Siti Nur Azizah and Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto’s niece Rahayu Saraswati Djojohadikusumo – both running in the South Tangerang mayoral race. (rfa)Topics : In response to controversy surrounding the candidacy of incumbents’ and political elites’ relatives in the upcoming regional elections, Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD has said that the nepotism is not against the law, nor is it inherently contradictory to the country’s democracy.According to Mahfud, the practice of nepotism is inevitable in any major political event, including the regional elections set to take place on Dec. 9.“Many of us may dislike nepotism. But we have to admit, there’s no legal or constitutional reason to prevent a person from being running for office based on nepotism or [family connections],” Mahfud said during an online discussion on Saturday as quoted by kompas.com.last_img read more

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Own-label showcase: M&S ready-to-drink cocktails

By on October 18, 2020

first_imgMelt in the Middle Chocolate LiqueurRsp: £6.40/20clAbv: 20% M&S says: Rich and indulgent chocolate liqueur. Canned cocktailsRsp: £2/25clAbv: 8% abvM&S says: Woo Woo: Cranberry juice and peach flavouring with two measures of vodka.Porn Star Martini: Passion fruit juice and vanilla flavouring with two measures of vodka.Caipirinha: Lime juice with two measures of cachaça rum. Expert verdictThis week our expert is Mark McCulloch, founder and CEO of We Are SpectacularWhat do you think?The caipirinha is my favourite – you don’t see it often, even in the on-trade, where a lot of the time you’ll just be made a second-rate mojito because they don’t have the right spirit (cachaça). The naming of the products is bang on, especially the jaffa cake cocktail, which is genius – it plays on nostalgia and is perfect for the M&S demographic.The porn star martini drummed up some controversy. They could have softened it a bit – competitors have called it a passionfruit martini – but I don’t think they’re glamorising anything, it’s just the name of the cocktail, like ‘Sex on the Beach’. When it comes to things like this you have to think about the number of people who will be offended versus the number who will love it.The main feedback I’ve had on these drinks is that some of them are too sweet or have a chemical sort of taste to them. I guess there’s obviously a trade-off when you make a product for convenience.Is the range interesting?Essentially these should have come out a long time ago. How long have porn star martinis and espresso martinis been in vogue? Ages. The trends are moving quicker than they can bring out the products. Where is the negroni? The old-fashioned? Both of which are arguably easier to replicate for retail.And I feel that, for M&S, this range isn’t really premium enough. The packaging is fine and complements other ranges in store, but with this kind of drink you really want to create a bit of ‘specialness’ and the cans look too much like standard RTDs. You want them to sit in a tier above that. They could have looked at something like Mac & Wild’s premixed cocktail range for inspiration.What does this tell us about the wider own-label strategy?M&S has hit some real home runs with this range and is clearly taking inspiration from leaders in the bar scene. The problem is that I feel you wouldn’t know this range exists unless you went into a store. There’s a lot of amplification that could have been done to make it feel less like a run-of-the-mill range update. They could for instance have used Instagram TV to tell stories about the journey to make the cocktails. They seem to have gone to great effort to develop these products but the range hasn’t been that visible.Could they have brought in a face – a bartender or mixologist – to ‘curate’ the range? An outside personality could have really added credibility and would have been a great platform to advertise on. They need to think about how they can add to different occasions – could they make the cans come alive with augmented reality or make them look more premium, stand-out and iconic? I would look further afield to reboot the range as a more premium offer (and for future ranges), really studying how these drinks are served in the on-trade. Jaffa Cake CocktailRsp: £10/35clAbv: 20% M&S says: Orange and cocoa-flavoured spirit drink with rum. Ahead of the festive season, Marks & Spencer updated its cocktail selection with a range of own-brand RTD products. The selection features innovative new flavours like jaffa cake and crème brûlée alongside bar classics like espresso martini and caipirinha. To give you deeper insight into the range, we’ve selected nine of the new products to highlight what they are, what they’re competing against and what they tell us about Marks & Spencer’s wider own-brand strategy. This time, expert analysis is from We Are Spectacular founder and CEO, Mark McCulloch.  This showcase is part of a new series of articles examining key trends and developments in own-label and has been introduced to support The Grocer Own-Label Accreditation Scheme. Under this new scheme all the products we review can apply for accreditation at any time, through a programme of continuous consumer testing and approval developed to help retailers and suppliers promote the best own-label products. Find out more details here.You might be interested in our other own-label showcases – we’ve recently analysed Amazon’s private-label brands, the newly expanded Waitrose Cooks’ Ingredients range and Aldi’s disruptive Lacura beauty range.,Pineapple & Lime DaiquiriRsp: £8/35cl Abv: 20%M&S says: Lime-flavoured spirit drink with dark rum infused with pineapple. Espresso MartiniRsp: £8/35clAbv: 20% M&S says: A coffee and cocoa-flavoured spirit drink with alcohol. Pina ColadaRsp: £8/35clAbv: 16%M&S says: Coconut and pineapple-flavoured spirit drink with white rum. Gold Crème Brûlée LiqueurRsp: £6.40/20clAbv: 20%M&S says: Crème brûlée-flavoured liqueur with edible gold glitter.last_img read more

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FOUND THEM! HEROES WHO RESCUED FAMILY FROM CRASH ARE SOLDIERS

By on December 24, 2019

first_imgFOUR men who rescued a family from an overturned car were Defence Forces soldiers returning home from Finner Camp, it has emerged.The reluctant heroes went to help the Faulkner family as they returned from a holiday in the county last weekend.Yesterday mum Laura asked Donegal Daily readers to help to find the mystery men who stopped at the side of the road near Ballybofey – to help Laura, her husband Neil and their three young children – aged 3 months, 18 months and 4 – escape. Thanks to you – our readers – Laura was able to contact two of the soldiers to thank them personally for what they did last Sunday.The family had been on holidays here and were travelling home having spent the night in the popular The Gap Lodge B&B in Barnesmore.Said Laura: “The men who came to help us rescued my world, because my children are my world.“They are real heroes as far as we are concerned. We were in a ditch, our car was upside down and the doors were locked. I want to thank them again from the bottom of my heart.”  FOUND THEM! HEROES WHO RESCUED FAMILY FROM CRASH ARE SOLDIERS was last modified: April 11th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AntrimBallyclareBarnesmore GapdonegalFaulkner familyFinner CampLaura FaulknerrescuesoldiersThe Gaplast_img read more

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Live updates: 49ers stun Broncos, 20-14

By on December 21, 2019

first_imgJoin us to get in-game insights and analysis Sunday when the 49ers face the Denver Broncos at Levi’s Stadium starting at 1:05 p.m.Sunday is the first of three consecutive home games for the 2-10 49ers, who currently hold the No. 1 spot in the 2019 NFL Draft. However, coach Kyle Shanahan and Co. would tell you they’d rather finish out the regular season on a strong note.San Francisco sends out rookie quarterback Nick Mullens for his fifth NFL start. Mullens threw for 414 yards and a …last_img read more

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South Africa welcomes IMF report

By on December 18, 2019

first_img24 August 2012 The National Treasury has welcomed the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF’s) assessment, in its latest report on South Africa, that the country has a stable and resilient economy but one that could do much better. The IMF released the outcome of its annual Article IV Consultation with South Africa on Thursday, following a visit to the country by IMF executive board members.Revised growth forecast In its report, the Washington-based lender revised South Africa’s growth forecast down to 2.6 percent for 2012 and to 3.4 percent for 2013. This is marginally below the forecasts – of 2.7 percent for 2012 and 3.6 percent for 2013 – made by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in his Budget speech in February. The IMF attributes the slowdown to the ongoing debt crisis in Europe, South Africa’s main regional trading partner. The report highlights external risks to South Africa’s outlook, including renewed concerns about the euro area and signs of a slowdown in China that could result in slower demand for South Africa’s exports and a further decline in commodity prices.Domestic risks At the same time, the report also identifies domestic risks, including lingering external competitiveness problems, a growing public sector wage bill, and the need to create more labour-intensive growth. The IMF commends South Africa’s fiscal and monetary policy approach, saying its fiscal stance has provided further stimulus to the local economy given weak external demand and a negative output gap, and that the pace of fiscal consolidation outlined over the Budget horizon is broadly adequate. However, the report identifies the country’s growing public sector wage bill as a concern, arguing that the balance of public spending needs to shifted more in favour of capital spending. The IMF says South Africa’s flexible exchange rate is an important shock absorber, helping to smooth the impact of external shocks. At the same time, the IMF staff found various indicators pointing to continuing problems with external competitiveness as a result of high domestic costs of production, including unit labour costs.High unemployment rate Importantly, the IMF argues that the country needs to take more action to create labour-intensive growth. While welcoming the focus on job creation in the government’s New Growth Path and the draft National Development Plan, the IMF says concrete actions are needed to support this, while suggesting that the structure of local product and labour markets may make it difficult for South Africa to reduce unemployment. “If not addressed, the stubbornly high unemployment rate could become politically and socially unsustainable,” the IMF states. “South Africa needs to build on its many policy successes to expand employment opportunities, secure better education and health outcomes, and build more efficient infrastructure to support inclusive growth, while maintaining macroeconomic and financial stability in a risky global environment. “Active labor market policies can help in the short term, but a sustainable reduction in unemployment seems unattainable without labour and product market reforms.”Financial institutions The report notes that South Africa’s financial institutions are largely unaffected by the crisis in the global financial system, and remain “sound, liquid, and profitable”. The IMF directors “encouraged continued vigilance in monitoring underlying risks, including banks’ dependence on short-term wholesale funding, and their large exposure to home mortgages and highly indebted households”. The Reserve Bank said on Thursday that many of the issues raised by the IMF report “are already reflected in the priorities and outcomes that government has set itself, including work on inclusive growth, policies aimed at accelerating job creation, and measures to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government spending”.Export competitiveness On external competitiveness, the Reserve Bank noted that the rand exchange rate had, over the past 12 months, depreciated by 13.6 percent against the US dollar and 7.2 percent on a trade-weighted basis, which should have provided a fillip to the country’s exporters. “However, nominal export growth has slowed from an annual rate of 17.5 percent in the second half of 2011 to 6.9 percent in the first half of 2012. “In part this reflects the continuing economic turmoil in Europe and slowing global growth that has sapped external demand,” the Bank said. “Slower export growth also reflects the fact that South Africa’s inflation is higher in relation to our trading partners continues to undermine external competitiveness.” The Bank said that South Africa has long acknowledged the importance of reorienting its exports toward faster growing non-traditional emerging markets. “Recent trade trends indicate that South Africa is starting to take advantage of rapid regional economic growth – the IMF projects Sub-Saharan Africa to grow at an average annual pace of 5.5 percent over the next five years – with nominal exports into Africa growing by 21.7 percent over the past 12 months.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Partners for Possibility garners international recognition

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first_imgThe Partners for Possibility education initiative has been awarded sixth place at the HR.COM LEAD2017 awards, held in Nashville, Tennessee. The organisation was one of 200 in the running for the award.Partners for Possibility received well-deserved recognition when it came away with sixth place out of 200 in the category of Top Leadership Partner in the HR.COM LEAD2017 awards, held in February. (Image: Partners for Possibility)Mathiba MolefePartners for Possibility, the South African education development organisation, was awarded sixth place out of 200 in the category of Top Leadership Partner at the annual HR.COM LEAD2017 awards ceremony.Taking place in Nashville, Tennessee in US, the annual HR.COM awards are held to recognise the work being done in leadership development throughout the world by individuals and organisations such as Partners for Possibility (PFP).The HR.COM LEAD2017 awards ceremony was held during the LEAD2017 leadership forum on 7 and 8 February.Partners for PossibilityEducation is one of the most important factors in South Africa’s development and improving the country’s education system is one of the most pressing issues when it comes to securing its future.It was with this in mind that PFP was created, uniting some of the best business minds with teachers and principals from schools around the country.These partnerships were created to bring some of the best business practices to the running of the schools. The objective was to help these schools run more efficiently and ensure learners got the most out of their time there.By developing partnerships and leadership, the programme ensures that everybody involved benefits, from the business leader and principals to the children at the schools and the communities around them.“What we have in this country is the most remarkable culture of active citizenship and citizens who actually stand up, who make a difference, who go out of their way to touch the lives of other people,” said Robyn Whittaker, the stakeholder engagement lead at PFP.“It’s important that we showcase this as much as we can.”“What we have in this country is the most remarkable culture of active citizenship and citizens who actually stand up, who make a difference, who go out of their way to touch the lives of other people,” said Robyn Whittaker, the stakeholder engagement lead at PFP.Proud partnersHR.COM is not the only group to recognise the value of the work being done by PFP. Because of the great promise the organisation has, Brand South Africa has partnered with it.This budding venture is part of Brand South Africa’s ongoing efforts to support the development of South Africa, which is made easier by supporting organisations that have already laid the groundwork.Stand up and be counted, get involvedIf you are inspired by what Partners for Possibility is doing and you feel like you need to play a part in helping it realise the goal of providing high-quality education, you can visit the organisation’s website to find out more about how you can get involved.PFP aims to spread its influence as far as possible, facilitating more partnerships and paving the way for younger generations. If you want to become a partner, visit its Become a PFP web page to find out how you can do this.Play Your PartAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of those around you through your everyday actions? Do you know of anyone who deserves recognition for improving South Africa and its people?If you do, then submit your story to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all; we want to hear it.If we don’t get actively involved in creating a better future for South Africa, then who will? Step up and play your part in our country’s journey to greatness.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Zong Brings Mobile Payments to Outspark

By on December 17, 2019

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Zong processes payments across 92 carriers in 17 countries and first entered the US last year. The company suggests that, “Over 70% of the global online audience does not have a credit card, but most all of them have a mobile phone.” Accordingly, Zong provides customer support in 7 languages and exists to provide an alternative to credit card processing. And therein lies the rub. What is interesting about the mobile micropayment space is that while there are so many new players, the carriers control the landscape and subsequently, the level of innovation. We know that mobile micropayments can be a game changer for nonprofit organizations, political campaigns and gaming, but the reality is that after the carrier has taken it’s cut, very little trickles down to the processor and publisher. Mobile micropayments are extremely convenient, and they’re great when there are no alternatives. But for businesses, credit cards still remain a more favorable payment method due to lower fees. For this reason, there has been little incentive to pursue mobile micropayments as a primary means of processing. Nevertheless, because of Outspark’s high membership numbers and Zong’s claim that it can convert buyers “up to 10 times greater than traditional payment methods”, the sheer volume of this deal’s transactions might change some minds in the gaming world. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Mobile payments provider Zong has just announced a partnership with online gaming community Outspark. Zong will power Outspark’s mobile payment processing services by allowing users to purchase SparkCash (the gaming company’s currency) to buy goods in games like Fiesta, Secret of the Solstice, Wind Slayer and Project Powder. Similar to Boku, Echovox’s Zong offers publishers and app developers the opportunity to deliver fee-based mobile content to its users. Charges are then reflected on monthly cell phone bills. Given Outspark’s current claim to more than 5 million users, this is a benchmark deal for Zong. The company expressed earlier that its focus is currently on currency exchange for virtual gaming goods such as armor and weapons as shown in the Paradise Paintball demo below. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#start#startups Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting dana oshirolast_img read more

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