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Police raid blocks broadcasting of satirical TV news programme

first_imgNews to go further Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation May 18, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Algeria RSF_en Help by sharing this information News Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections News Receive email alerts News June 30, 2016 Police raid blocks broadcasting of satirical TV news programme AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesMedia independence Judicial harassmentEconomic pressureFreedom of expression AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesMedia independence Judicial harassmentEconomic pressureFreedom of expression April 29, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned to learn that the studios used to record a satirical news programme for the KBC TV channel have been raided by police and placed under seal. KBC, which is owned by the El Khabar media group, must be allowed to recover its equipment without delay, RSF said. Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria Organisation May 12, 2021 Find out more The raid was carried out on 19 June on the grounds that the studios were previously used by Atlas TV, a channel closed by the authorities in 2015. Ten episodes of the satirical programme, called “Ki hna ki ennass” and hosted by Mustapha Kessaci, have so far been broadcast. After the raid, the public prosecutor’s office summoned seven people for questioning including KBC director Mahdi Benaissa and the building’s owners. The owners have been arrested. “We are, to say the least, puzzled by the raid’s timing,” said Yasmine Kacha, the head of RSF’s North Africa desk. “While the legality of the judicial initiative cannot be disputed, it seems the authorities decided to act at the very moment that the studios were being used to record a current affairs programme. “It is therefore fair to ask whether they were not in fact targeting the programme’s outspoken content, especially as the pro-government channel Numédia News used the studios a few weeks ago without any problem. We call on the authorities to let KBC recover its equipment from the studios so that the programme can resume being recorded in a completely independent manner.” This latest case affecting the El Khabar media group comes just days after a court provisionally suspended the sale of part of the group’s shares to Ness Prod, a privately-owned Algerian company. In a statement, RSF said it was shocked by the decision and urged the authorities to respect the wishes of El Khabar’s owners and journalists. Algeria is ranked 129th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. last_img read more

Five months later, Kentucky attorney general speaks with Breonna Taylor’s family

first_imgBreonna Taylor FamilyBy ELLA TORRES, STEPHANIE WASH and SABINA GHEBREMEDHIN, ABC News(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — More than 150 days after the killing of Breonna Taylor, a young Black medical worker fatally shot in Louisville, Kentucky, by plainclothes officers who were executing a no-knock warrant, it’s still unclear whether any police will face charges, attorneys for Taylor’s family said.Ben Crump and Lonita Baker said at a press conference on Thursday that the family met with the mayor and state attorney general on Wednesday but that no definitive answers emerged.Crump did say he “absolutely” expects there to be charges in the case, but he didn’t provide additional details.Baker said Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron personally extended his condolences to the family during the meeting, the first time he’s spoken with the family.Cameron told them he didn’t reach out previously because he feared it could interfere with his investigation. His office is waiting on ballistics reports from the FBI and additional interviews before any decisions are made, Baker added.“He wants to have the right answer at the end of this. He doesn’t want to rush through it,” Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, who attended the meeting, said at the press conference.But, Baker added, “We’re not going to wait forever. We do want this resolved quickly and accurately.”Taylor was killed March 13 after officers executed a no-knock entry into her home, according to the arrest warrant obtained by ABC News. Police said she had been accepting packages for an ex-boyfriend whom police were investigating as an alleged drug trafficker.Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, got out of bed around midnight when they heard commotion outside. After a short exchange with officers, Walker said he fired his gun in self-defense, saying he thought the home was being broken into, according to police.The plainclothes officers returned multiple shots, including the ones that fatally struck Taylor. Police said the no-knock warrant was necessary “due to the nature of how these drug traffickers operate,” the arrest warrant states.Attorneys for Taylor’s estate claimed that more than 20 shots were fired into her apartment, hitting her multiple times.Crump said Thursday that in a separate meeting he and his co-attorneys challenged Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer “to make sure that he is courageous and responsible in trying to lead his city out of this tragedy.”“He has that power and we want him to rise to the occasion,” Crump said.Crump also said they discussed the officer who attorneys for Taylor’s family allege lied on a probable cause affidavit that “enticed” a judge to sign a no-knock warrant, calling for him to be fired.“You have to admit the wrong that occurred, and then you have to have conscientious thoughts about how that wrong happened,” Crump said.Baker added that they discussed with the mayor a number of things that they believe the city needs to change, including ordinances, the FOP contract, and the termination of other officers involved. There was a positive dialogue, she said, but now it’s time to turn it into action.Taylor’s aunt, Bianca Austin, said that even though it’s been five months, each day still feels like March 13.Wearing a T-shirt with Taylor’s face pinned to the left arm and a mask with her niece’s name, Austin said the family still has faith the city will do the right thing.“We need to take our city back so there won’t be any more names,” she said.Palmer said she hopes to see justice beyond just her daughter’s case.“At this point it’s bigger than Breonna, it’s bigger than Black lives,” Palmer said. “It’s about bridging the gap between us and police.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Baldwin Crash That Killed Driver Probed

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A driver was killed and a person in another vehicle was wounded in a two-vehicle crash on the Southern State Parkway in Baldwin that forced the closure of the roadway’s eastbound lanes Friday morning.New York State police said the victim was driving a Mazda when the vehicle rear-ended a Suzuki SUV just west of exit 19, drove through the guiderail on the south shoulder, then crashed into a pole and several trees at 6:43 a.m.The driver of the Mazda, whose identity was not immediately available, was pronounced dead at the scene.A passenger in the Suzuki was taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.Police are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash.last_img read more

UK commercial DB consolidator ‘superfund’ loses CEO, financial backer [updated]

first_imgAlan Rubenstein, the chief executive of the UK’s first commercial consolidator of defined benefit (DB) pension schemes, is leaving the company six months after its launched, with a financial backer also pulling out. Rubenstein was stepping down from his position as CEO and would be leaving the business after a “short transitional period”, The Pension SuperFund announced late on Friday evening.Marc Hommel, who has been head of origination, would also be leaving the business, and private equity firm Warburg Pincus would “not continue investing in the business at this stage”, the company added.IPE understands that the departures were due to differences of opinion over the future approach of the business. Luke Webster, co-founder of the consolidator, has replaced Rubenstein as chief executive, a role he will carry out in addition to that as chief investment officer at the Greater London Authority.The Pension SuperFund was launched in March with £500m (€558m) of capital commitments from Warburg Pincus and Disruptive Capital, the family office of Edi Truell, a long-term supporter of pension scheme consolidation in the UK through previous roles as co-founder of the Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC) and chair of the London Pension Fund Authority. The SuperFund was set up as a vehicle to absorb bulk transfers of UK DB pension assets and liabilities and consolidate them into one occupational pension scheme.According to Friday’s statement from the company, Rubenstein and Hommel were stepping down after having brought it “to a position where it has gained strong market awareness and traction”.Thanking Rubenstein, Hommel and Warburg Pincus, co-founder Truell said they parted “with a strong proposition, a significant pipeline and with The Pension SuperFund in a position where it is poised to see its first deal submitted to the Pension Regulator”.The company said it would “imminently” be announcing its trustees and a range of senior appointments as “the business moves into the delivery and execution phase”.Disruptive Capital Finance would be taking on the funding of the business on an ongoing basis, according to the statement, and Warburg Pincus retained the right to restart investing in the company.In a recent interview in his capacity as CEO of the SuperFund, Rubenstein told IPE the company hoped to carry out a pension transfer by the end of this year.Rubenstein – who led the £36bn Pension Protection Fund for nine years before leaving at the beginning of 2018 – also said its financial backers had indicated they would commit to more funding once the SuperFund had covered a first £5bn of pension liabilities.Truell has been a long-time supporter of UK pension scheme consolidation, but his career trajectory has not been without controversy – the early aggressive approach of PIC led to a high profile rebuke by the Pensions Regulator in 2007, in which conflicts of interest in the approach of PIC in its takeover of Telent PLC and the residual £2.5bn in assets and liabilities of the former Marconi Corporation pension fund, were highlighted.This article was updated with the information that Luke Webster has replaced Alan Rubenstein.last_img read more

Gov. DeSantis Orders State Flags at Half-Staff for Pulse Anniversary

first_imgGov. Ron DeSantis has ordered that all state flags be flown at half staff on Friday, to mark four years since the deadly shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.On June 12, 2016, Omar Mateen opened fire in the LGBTQ nightclub on “Latin Night,” killing 49 people and injuring 53 others.He was later killed in a gunfight with SWAT officers.At that time, it was considered the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.“The State of Florida will not tolerate hatred towards the LGBTQ and Hispanic communities, and as Floridians we stand united against terrorism and hate of any kind,” DeSantis said.He continued, “We will never forget the selflessness of those who risked their lives in the face of danger, nor the courage demonstrated by our law enforcement and first responders who were on the scene within minutes to provide assistance to the injured and victims of the shooting.”The governor is also directing all Florida residents to pause for a moment of silence at 9 a.m. Friday.last_img read more

Ellen pulls off a championship upset

first_img24 May 2019 Ellen pulls off a championship upset Hertfordshire’s Ellen Hume caused the upset of the day when she knocked out defending champion Georgina Blackman at the English Women’s Amateur at Saunton, Devon.The 19-year-old from Mill Green, who won by two holes, admitted that she felt some nerves as she prepared to face the England international in the first match play round.But Hume (pictured) has returned from her first year at college in the USA with her confidence high and she commented: “I’ve been paying well out in America and I knew I was in a good place with my game and I battled it out.”Blackman, from Essex, took the early advantage and was three up after six, helped by holing an enormous birdie putt on the fifth. But after 10 holes the two players were all square and trading holes as the match moved to its conclusion.Hume pulled off a delicate up and down on the 16th to move one ahead and she sealed her win with a par three on the last. “It was an amazing feeling to win, especially playing such a talented golfer. I’m very happy,” she said.Elsewhere England internationals Lily May Humphreys of Essex, Bel Wardle of Cheshire and Emily Toy of Cornwall came safely through the first round, as did girl international Charlotte Heath, from Yorkshire.Humphreys, the number one seed, held off a strong challenge by Briony Bales from Co Durham, winning through on the 17th. “We both played well, with lots of pars and birdies,” said Humphreys. “It was always up and down, there weren’t many halves!”The 17-year-old, who has won Irish and Welsh titles already this month, got ahead with a birdie on the 14th – after taking on the corner with her drive – and then won with another birdie on the long 17th, after reaching the green in two.Wardle and Toy both won 4/2 while Heath was a 3/2 winner.Meanwhile Staffordshire’s Emily Brennan won through two matches today. First she beat Gloucestershire’s Ebonie Lewis in a preliminary round to decide the final place in the main draw. Then she caused another of the day’s upsets when she beat Yorkshire’s Nicola Slater, an international and the winner of the 2018 English Women’s Match Play Championship.Click here for full scoresImage copyright Leaderboard Photography Tags: English Women’s Amateur, Saunton Golf Clublast_img read more

Qualis Health Awards St. Peter Hospital Washington Award of Excellence in…

first_imgFacebook22Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Providence Health and ServicesProvidence St. Peter Hospital is pleased to announce it has received the Washington Award of Excellence in Healthcare Quality from Qualis Health for its evidence-based care model to reduce readmissions of heart failure patients.  St. Peter is one of five hospitals in the state of Washington to receive an Excellence in Healthcare Quality Award.This project is being recognized for its achievements in improving healthcare quality and outcomes because of its success in improving patient care through a dedicated team of pharmacists and heart failure nurse navigators who leverage their unique skillsets on every patient.Preventing readmissions for heart failure patients is a strong focus of national quality improvement efforts. As a result of resources for the heart failure population, the Providence St. Peter Hospital transition-of-care team corrected medication errors before patients were discharged. Additionally, the average 30-day heart failure readmission rate fell well below the national average at 14.8 percent.“Our heart failure nurses champion best practices by utilizing evidence-based guidelines and collaborative team-based approach that helps ensure the best possible outcome and consistency in patient care,” said Stephen Gunadi, pharmacist, Providence St. Peter Hospital. “As a result of the implementation of our transition-of-care program, the heart failure population at the hospital receives comprehensive care when admitted and discharged. In keeping with the continuity-of-care for our patients, important information regarding discharge medications is also passed on to the patient’s primary care physician.”The successful pilot of this project ensured  thoroughly reviewing all of a patient’s home medications at admission, ensuring patients are on appropriate medications, thoroughly reviewing all patient’s discharge medications, filling prescriptions for patients prior to discharge, and providing bed-side delivery of these medications along with extensive patient education regarding medication therapy and lifestyle modification.“Our changing health care landscape requires increasingly vigorous efforts to improve health care delivery and health outcomes in Washington and across the nation. The Qualis Health Awards of Excellence in Healthcare Quality celebrate organizations that have transformed healthcare delivery for their communities – making a real difference for their patients and their families,” said Jonathan Sugarman, M.D., MPH, President and CEO of Qualis Health.Since 2002, Qualis Health has presented the annual Awards of Excellence in Healthcare Quality to outstanding organizations in Washington and Idaho. Winners have demonstrated leadership and innovation in improving healthcare practices, reflecting the very best in healthcare quality improvement. The awards recognize those who demonstrate outcomes relevant to the three broad aims of the National Quality Strategy:Better healthcare (for individuals)Better health (for populations)Reduced costs through improvementWinners of the 2016 Washington Awards of Excellence in Healthcare Quality in Washington are selected by a panel of expert Washington stakeholders. Award recipients were recognized during a ceremony at the 2016 Northwest Patient Safety Conference on Wednesday, May 4 in Lynnwood.last_img read more

Andy Rodefer, Nov. 9

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Harvest is all done. We finished up with our custom work last week. Now we are working on disk ripping ground, spreading fertilizer and getting ready for next year.In the corn it was all over the board. There were really good yields in some areas that were planted early. I think that in this area, no-till really struggled this year. There are a lot of no-tillers around here and they could not plant early this year. That no-till ground needed two or three days for the ground to dry out and the conventional guys were able to sneak in and get started. It is not about the no-till, necessarily, it is just about where you could get in early.In this area there is corn that was in the 50 to 100 bushel an acre range, corn that was 100 to 150 bushels and then anything planted early on well drained soil was 200 or over. There was a very wide range.Our corn was a little better than we expected it to be. The early corn was all really good for us and we had one farm on gravelly ground that had the best corn we have ever had on it. But if you took our township, I would say that the average yield is in the 125-bushel range.We got 3.5 inches of rain a couple of weeks ago. Within two days, we were back in the field. The ground soaked it in really quickly. We have had a couple of small rains since then and they are calling for more showers this week. We are disk ripping and everything is in good shape right now. We got through harvest without compacting the ground worse than it was from this spring. And not having to pay the propane bill to dry this corn this fall was nice.last_img read more

GlassCubes: Another Solid CRM Player in the Small Business Market

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… The small business market is seeing a new crop of customer relationship management and intranet applications designed to provide a basic set of features without overwhelming the user. GlassCubes is an example of the type of companies entering this space, providing tools that the average sales person can begin using with little or no training.GlassCubes is a London-based company that launched last Fall. They now have about 250 customers. A good number of their users are companies that migrated from British Telecom Workspace, which has discontinued its contact management and collaboration product. GlassCubes has teamed up with the telecom provider to help users make the switch.The GlassCubes product has a clean user interface. It provides features that would be considered basic by the advanced user. And that’s the point. Microblogging, for instance, is not a feature you will find in GlassCubes. It is on the road map but to start they want the sales person to feel comfortable with the product and not require training on features they know little or nothing about. This is a trend we are seeing with content management systems for the small businesses and larger enterprise systems like Sharepoint. The new Sharepoint 2010 feels like it has social features designed for the mass market. In GlassCubes’ case, the basic features are deep enough for the average user but not overwhelming to intimidate them into not using the application. More social features are on the road map, including the possibility of integrating Google Wave.GlassCubes has the following core set of features:Contact ManagementCubes (project management spaces)Upload capabilitiesShared CalendarFree Conference Call ServiceFlexible Customization CapabilitiesWe find a need in the market for core contact management features. GlassCubes has a standard feature set but is lacking email integration. Rob Hallums, online marketing manager for GlassCubes says they are in the process of integrating Microsoft Outlook and other email providers. We reviewed OfficeMedium earlier this week. GlassCubes compares well against OfficeMedium. GlassCubes may lack email but it does have a decent tasks feature. Tasks may be assigned to individuals or companies. With email, this feature would be a big hit for GlassCubes users who want to keep track of tasks by sending email from within the application.Cubes is a neat play on an office metaphor. Cubes are designed to be secure spaces where users may collaborate on documents. Cubes have their own calendars. Tasks may be tracked and assigned. Notifications, conference calls, discussions and polls are also Cubes features.Document management is a fundamental aspect of any content management system. GlassCubes users may upload documents up to one gigabyte in size. Version control is baked into the product. Users may share documents. With standard services like Google Docs, users send links to the file they want to share.GlassCubes appears to have core search capabilities. They use Lucene, the open-source search engine.Under the hood, GlassCubes looks robust. It is built on a Java platform that runs on Sun Solaris. The company uses open-source libraries in both Java and C/C++. This looks appealing from the end user perspective as it appears it has the ability to scale.GlassCubes is a pretty rich CRM environment for the small business. It has core collaboration features. It does not have all the bells and whistles of a service like Salesforce.com. Nor does it have the massiveness of a service like Sharepoint. But it also does not have a minimum entry level such as with Jive Sofware. Instead, it fits with the companies who are looking for a productivity suite that users can begin using with little or no training. Pricing is competitive, based on a subscription model.GlassCubes does need some additional features, including email and instant messaging. With the additional features, GlassCubes is a product that should be a consideration for the small business looking for a CRM environment. alex williams Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#Products#saas last_img read more

JLR volume surges 49% at 3,954 units in 2017

first_imgMumbai, Jan 4 (PTI) Jaguar Land Rover India, the British marquee owned by the Tatas, today reported a robust 49 per cent volume growth in 2017 at 3,954 units.”We have reported a sterling performance in 2017, buoyed by a new and competitively priced model range, world-class retailer footprint and enhanced service and brand experience programmes,” JLR, which is the fourth largest luxury carmaker in the country after the three German brands- Merc, BMW and Audi, said in a statement today.The company attributed the exceptional growth to almost all model lines, starting with the XE at Rs 35.85 lakh, followed by the XF, F-Pace, Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque which proved to be the most popular with customers.Yesterday, the once-number-one brand Audi had reported a muted two per cent volume growth for the year at 7,876 units. This was the first time in three years that the German company announced its numbers.The largest two players Mercedes and BMW are yet to announce their numbers for the year.”With 7,876 deliveries to customers in 2017, we have increased our sales by two per cent while earning a profitable growth for our dealer partners,” Audi India head Rahil Ansari had said in the statement.In comparison Merc, the countrys largest luxury carmaker, reported its best-ever volume growth with a 20 per cent jump at 11,869 units during the first nine months of 2017, which was 90 per cent of its 2016 volume, while the No 2 player, BMW recorded 17 percent spike in sales at 7,138.JLR said it saw huge demand for the all-new Discovery, the top-of-the-line Range Rover Sport and the flagship the Range Rover from the Land Rover stable, the company.advertisementRohit Suri, president and managing director at Jaguar Land Rover India said, “the increasing popularity of our products is a great testimony to our focus on building a highly capable and customer friendly sales and service infrastructure to support these aspirational brands.””We intend to sustain this momentum in 2018 with the launch of some exciting new products, the new Range Rover Velar being the first off the blocks this months,” Suri said.The Jaguar range includes the XE (Rs 35.85 lakh), the XF (Rs 46.46 lakh), F-Pace (Rs 60.02 lakh), the XJ (Rs 100.80 lakh) and F-Type (starting at Rs 134.33 lakh).The Land Rover range includes the Discovery Sport (Rs 42.48 lakh), the Range Rover Evoque (Rs 44.44 lakh), the new Discovery (Rs 71.38 lakh), the Range Rover Velar (Rs 78.83 lakh), Range Rover Sport (Rs ? 93.82 lakh) and the Range Rover (Rs 166.42 lakh).All these models are available at the 26 authorised outlets in 24 cities. PTI BEN DSK DSKlast_img read more