Journalist who was detained in anti-Islamist raid is freed after three days

first_img News RSF backs joint op-ed by 120 West African media and journalists calling for Beninese journalist’s release News News RSF_en Receive email alerts Follow the news on Mauritania Help by sharing this information July 6, 2020 Find out more Mauritanian reporter held for two days over Facebook post May 23, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist who was detained in anti-Islamist raid is freed after three dayscenter_img Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Ebilmaali, the editor of the independent daily Akhbar Nouakchott, was freed on 21 May after being held for three days. Following his release, he told Agence France-Presse that the police wanted him to show them the hiding place of Jemil Ould Mansour, an Islamist opposition leader he recently interviewed.”They also wanted to use me to find other fugitives, which I flatly refused to do,” added Ebilmaali, who also writes for the Arabic-language edition of the daily Nouakchott-Info and is a stringer for the German public radio station Deutsche-Welle.————————————20.05.2005 – Two journalists arrested in anti-Islamist raidsReporters Without Borders called on the Mauritanian authorities today to explain the arrests of journalists Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Ebilmaali and Mohamed Ould Abderrahmane in the course of anti-Islamist raids by the police. Ebilmaali was detained yesterday, while Abderrahmane was detained on 25 April.”Arresting journalists is serious and requires the utmost transparency,” the press freedom organization said. “Counter-terrorist raids are no justification for the use of the most repressive police methods and detaining people secretly.”Reporters Without Borders added: “If Ebilmaali has been imprisoned to make him reveal his sources or to punish him for interviewing the leader of an Islamist movement, we must voice our disapproval and call for his immediate release. On the other hand, if he and Abderrahmane are being held in prisons in Nouakchott for non-political crimes, the authorities must say so at once.”The editor of the independent daily Akhbar Nouakchott, Ebilmaali also writes for the Arabic-language edition of the daily Nouakchott-Info and is a stringer for the German public radio stations Deutsche-Welle (DW). In a statement calling for his release, his newspaper said he was “abducted” from his home yesterday morning by “men in turbans who identified themselves as police officers.” Local sources said his colleagues believed he was arrested for publishing an interview on 9 May with Jemil Ould Mansour, a leader of the Islamist opposition who is wanted by the police.Abderrahmane works for the public television station. Since his arrest during an anti-Islamist raid on 25 April, Reporters Without Borders has tried without success to find out what he is charged with.The authorities carried out several raids on Islamists at the end of April, accusing their leaders of being linked to foreign organizations such as the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), an Algerian armed group that follows Osama bin Laden. Organisation to go further May 20, 2021 Find out more Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world MauritaniaAfrica MauritaniaAfrica News March 13, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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2021-06-12

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Loan Zone: Is your process entirely electronic?

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr My financial services career started 15 years ago when I was training end-users on new technology while helping IT and the business create better processes and systems. It continues today with advising financial organizations on how to evolve their IT strategies to embrace digitization.Process improvement is engrained in me, especially within such paper-intensive processes as loan operations. I work with some organizations that have embraced digitalization in their loan processes and others that still largely rely on paper. Every time I come into a project where an organization has piles of paper lying around, I am dumbfounded—because digitization has so much to offer in terms of efficiency.After a recent project to implement an imaging and workflow system, I was curious about the current state of technology adoption within the financial services industry. I wondered how many banks and credit unions were fully leveraging the technologies needed to keep pace with customer demands. It wasn’t long before that curiosity prompted me to formulate a survey to gather intelligence on the subject and, of course, report my findings. continue reading »last_img read more

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2020-12-18

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The 52nd Vinkovci Autumn was officially opened

first_imgOn the big stage on Ban Šokčević Square, a program entitled “Ex Slavonia” or “From Slavonia” was held, which officially opened the 52nd Vinkovci Autumn, which is held from 8 to 17 September in Vinkovci.Actors, singers, soloists on traditional instruments, tamburitza ensembles, cultural and artistic societies, singing groups and many others, were part of the stage and music event, which this year was conceived by the author Ana Cvenić, according to whom the script structure is ditiramb beauty of Slavonia plains expressed by the song of Vinkovci poet Vladimir Kovačić “Ex Slavonia” and a series of fragments through which the story of Slavonia. It is also a story about young people, for whom love and beauty are in the first place in terms of importance, explains Ana Cvenić.”Welcome to a city that has nurtured Croatian traditional history for more than half a century. I invite you to take a peek into the rich treasury of Croatian traditional culture and heritage this weekend, which is the crown of our event, and to experience all the beauty of the customs of the Homeland in our city, and on our streets and squares you can taste Slavonia with all your senses. The beauty of our tame Slavonian plain was crowned by this event which, with its optimism and unsurpassed beauty, always brings joy to the hearts of both the participants, of whom there are almost 10.000 this year, and I believe you who are here tonight. Slavonia provided the world with a great constellation of people who enriched their homeland with their words and vision, enriched a person’s life, stimulated his thoughts and quivered his feelings. I am convinced that the Vinkovci Autumns, through their half a century, have managed to evoke the past in its original forms, successfully show the present, and at the same time direct many young generations to the future who will nurture the customs of their ancestors and love for the Croatian land. ” – said Vinkovci Mayor and President of the Organizing Committee of the 52nd Vinkovci Autumns Ivan Bosančić, and then the event was opened by Parliament Speaker Goran Jandroković, who stressed that this traditional Croatian folklore festival has become one of the most important events of its kind in Croatia, but also in this part Europe.The rich program was attended by 14 professional and four amateur actors, then KUD Šumari, HKUD Osijek 1862, KUD Šokadija from Stari Mikanovac, tamburitza ensembles Dike, Slavonske lole, Caprio, Đeram, Slavonski dukati, singing group Sinovi atara, Women’s singing group Andrijaševci , singing group Lipe, Šima Jovanovac, Stanko Šarić…The little folklorists in the procession showed that they are worthy guardians of the heritage of their ancestorsOver 2500 children from 58 children’s folklore groups from all Croatian counties marched through the streets and squares of Vinkovci last weekend and it was the culmination of this year’s Children’s Vinkovci Autumns, one of the most attractive events of the 52nd Vinkovci Autumns held from 8 to 17 September. Passing in a procession, small folklorists performed parts of their program, and in front of the gymnasium in the Pedestrian Zone, each group stopped and performed a dance, a game, sang a children’s popcorn, a count or a custom and thus presented themselves to the audience who rewarded them with applause. by way of parade.Proudly wearing the folk costume of their place and region, the children showed that they are diligent and proud guardians of the heritage they inherited from their ancestors, and many spectators knew how to reward them with long applause.last_img read more

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2020-11-18

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Predstavljeno drugo izdanje gastronomskog vodiča Gault&Millau Croatia 2019

first_imgThis year, as many as two Grand Chef of Tomorrow trophies for 2019 were awarded; The winners are chefs Fabricio Vežnaver from the Pergola restaurant in Savudrija and Matija Bregeš from the Boškinac restaurant on Pag. Također, u sklopu večeri, dodijeljeni su prestižni godišnji trofeji Gault&Millau, svojevrsni „kulinarski Oscari” te je proglašen i Gault&Millau Chef godine.  Chef restorana Laganini na Palmižani, Hrvoje Zirojević, Chef je godine Gault&Millau Croatia 2019 Ključ ulaska u ovaj prestižni vodič jednostavan je, isključivo i samo kvaliteta. Moto Gault&Millau glasi „Luksuz je u kvaliteti, a ne u cijeni”. Trofej za Chefa tradicijske kuhinje za 2019. dobila je chef Vesna Miletić, iz restorana Tač u Zagrebu. U kategoriji Mladi talent 2019., trofej je dodijeljen chefu Tinu Sinožiću iz opatijskog Navisa. Chef Biljana Milina iz konobe Mate s Korčule dobitnica je trofeja Chef slastičar 2019. Trofej za najbolji POP 2019. otišao je u splitski Wine & Cheese bar Paradox. Za Chefa godine Gault&Millau Croatia 2019., proglašen je Hrvoje Zirojević iz restorana Laganini na Palmižani. The four best Croatian restaurants with four caps were also awarded: Restaurant 360 from Dubrovnik, Monte from Rovinj, Pelegrini from Šibenik and the already mentioned Laganini. U Hotelu Esplanade Zagreb održana je gala svečanost povodom predstavljanja drugog izdanja gastronomskog vodiča Gault&Millau Croatia za 2019. godinu, u koji je uvršteno 150 najbolje ocijenjenih hrvatskih restorana, 70 POP lokala, 113 vrhunskih i kvalitetnih vina te 25 vodećih hotela iz svih krajeva Hrvatske.  „Gault&Millau, jedan od dva najprestižnija svjetska gastronomska vodiča, a jedini ima izdanje za Hrvatsku. Vodič je dvojezičan, na hrvatskom i engleskom jeziku te je namijenjen domaćim ljubiteljima fine hrane i stranim gostima. Prepoznatljiv je po svojoj žutoj boji i izgledu koji je indentičan u svim zemljama u kojima izlazi. Stručni i anonimni inspektori G&M-a u cijelome svijetu rade po istoj metodologiji ocjenjivanja i po istim kriterijima. Svaki restoran može dobiti od jedne do pet kuharskih kapica, što je slučaj i u Hrvatskoj.last_img read more

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2020-11-18

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Natuna schools resume activities as Wuhan evacuees are quarantined in regency

first_imgNatuna regional secretary Wan Siswadi issued a circular mandating a school break lasting from Feb. 3 to Feb. 17 for all elementary and high schools located near Bunguran Island, where the evacuees are being quarantined.Read also: Natuna closes schools as Wuhan evacuees put under quarantine in regencyThe Home Ministry responded to the issuance of the first circular by instructing the Natuna administration to revoke it and resume schooling in the area. The instruction was conveyed in a telegram sent by the ministry’s regional autonomy director general, Akmal Malik, on Monday on behalf of Home Minister Tito Karnavian.”The school break policy will disrupt the student’s learning process,” Akmal wrote in the telegram. The government evacuated on Sunday 243 people from the virus-hit region using a Batik Air Airbus A330. The evacuees comprised 242 Indonesian citizens, including five Foreign Ministry officials, and one non-citizen. They arrived at Hang Nadim International Airport in Batam, Riau Islands on Sunday morning and were immediately airlifted to Natuna by the Air Force.The authorities have provided adequate temporary housing at a military base in Natuna for the returnees, who are under continuous observation. The evacuees will stay there for 14 days to allow them to be observed throughout the virus’ estimated incubation period. (gis)Topics : Natuna Education Agency in Riau Islands has revoked a circular issued by the regency’s regional secretary ordering schools to dismiss their classes for two weeks after the regency was officially named a quarantine and observation zone for 243 evacuees from Wuhan and surrounding cities in Hubei province, China.The agency issued another circular on Monday stipulating the revocation of the previous circular.”All learning activities [in schools] resume normally starting Feb. 4,” said the circular, a copy of which was obtained by The Jakarta Post.last_img read more

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2020-10-19

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Nelson Leafs host AGM Wednesday at NDCC

first_img“All parties interested in shaping the future of the hockey club are invited to attend,” said the advertisement on The Nelson Daily.Voting membership is open to everyone who has paid the $10 membership fee. Each membership is good for one year.Topics on the agenda include election of officers, a report from the treasurer on the team’s financial status and discussion from the coaching staff regarding the recent Spring Camp held this past weekend at the NDCC Arena.The camp attracted 40 players and eight netminders for the three-days of action.Some of the players attending are expected to be on the ice when Nelson hosts its training camp in September. There’s a great opportunity for hockey fans in Nelson to influence the direction of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League franchise.The club is hosting its annual general meeting Wednesday (May 20) in the Nelson and District Community Complex meeting room.Meeting begins at 7 p.m.last_img read more

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2020-08-03

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KIJHL governors reject expansion application by Williams Lake, Quesnel

first_imgA bid to add two more teams to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League was rejected by governors during a special meeting Sunday in Castlegar.KIJHL President Bill Ohlhausen told The Nelson Daily the governors “decided this was not the right time to expand.”“The governors felt that maybe at another time expansion would better fit the league, but right now they did not vote in favour of expansion,” Ohlhausen explained.last_img

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2020-08-03

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Warriors on having a new opponent in NBA Finals: “Finally!”

first_imgOAKLAND — When the Warriors’ team plane departs Tuesday for the NBA Finals, it will fly right past Cleveland on the way to Toronto.“Finally!” veteran guard Shaun Livingston said Monday.The Warriors finally learned their Finals opponent, but they’ve known since the playoffs began it won’t be the Cleveland Cavaliers for a fifth straight season. Golden State plays Game 1 on Thursday on the road against the Toronto … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

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2019-12-20

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Can You Use Copyrighted Music on YouTube?

first_imgWondering why your video was flagged on YouTube? Let’s dig into music copyright, the repercussions for use, and easy ways to get quality music for your media projects.Ten years ago I didn’t give too much thought to using commercial music in my web video projects. Maybe it was because I was younger, or maybe it was because the web was younger and many people were uninformed. I was just starting my career as a video editor and my clients were often requesting commercial music in their projects. They’d request, “I want something that sounds like such and such popular band in my video.”The fastest route to get there was to grab those tracks, throw them in the edit and be on my way. I wasn’t cutting national TV ad spots. These were low profile, mostly web or closed network internal company videos. I wasn’t doing too much harm… so I thought.Since that time, there has been an increased public awareness around the legalities of using copyrighted music in video and media projects. Additionally, video hosting services, like YouTube and Vimeo have made it increasingly difficult to use copyrighted tracks without artist compensation… and for good reason.Napster, Copyright Awareness, and Consumer FearA quick look at how we got here…In the early 2000’s, music file sharing (pirating) among consumers flourished. Napster was joined by other popular apps like Kazaa and Limewire. In February of 2001, Napster had a record 26.4M users… incredible growth for less than two years of existence. And then the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), along with commercial artist labels, cracked down on these services. Users were being sued and served takedown notices. People got spooked… and rightfully so. Out of education (and fear) consumers backed off, paving the way for a successful iTunes launch that led to increasing usership throughout the decade. (In fact, it wasn’t until recently that iTunes song sales begun to decline.)YouTube and the Copyright Music PoliceToday, Spotify and other paid or ad-supported streaming services are leading the future of consumer listening, but leaving artists with far less revenue than traditional album sales. So, it only makes sense that music licensing is now an even more important revenue stream for musicians and their backers.  Chart from CNN Money / Forrester ResearchA recent industry article states:Many artists today earn more money from getting their music licensed than they do from touring and from actual sales of their music. – DottedMusicAs musicians have an increased need to protect the usage of their music, where better to start looking for offenders than YouTube.Not long after launch, YouTube began facing familiar pressure from labels and recording industry organizations to target the usage of copyrighted music. The public would soon get a new lesson.In 2007, YouTube launched a ContentID system to identify videos on their site that used copyrighted music. To date, the service has paid out over $1B to copyright holders by running ads against any videos that use copyrighted music. But ads running against your video isn’t the worst things that can happen. Let’s take a look at some of the recourse paths YouTube takes when dealing with copyright offenders.Videos with Copyrighted TracksToday, there are four outcomes when a track is flagged on YouTube. It’s up to the music copyright holder (not the offender) to decide how they’d like to deal with the unlicensed usage of their music in YouTube videos. In order of severity:Track the video’s viewership statisticsMonetize the video by running ads against itMute audio that matches their musicBlock a whole video from being viewed Chart from the Electronic Frontier FoundationMonetizing with ads may not seem like such a big deal (we’re all used to seeing ads on web video at this point), but it certainly won’t fly if you’re working on a paid project for a client. Just imagine you create a video for a client’s product, only to have a competitor’s ad running next to it.Muting the audio or blocking an entire video are terrible situations… no elaboration necessary.So, I urge you to take a hard stand on this. Educate your clients – even when they beg for a popular track in their video, let them know that it’s really not in their best interest. Respect the time and talent that goes into creating artistic work, and you’ll also benefit yourself.It took me time to understand the severity of this, but with increased public awareness and the support of video sharing services, it’s my hope that the next generation of video pros will respect copyright in their work… right from the start.Need music for your videos? Most independent filmmakers or video pros don’t have the budget to obtain recognizable commercial tracks for their projects. It’s with this in mind that we created PremiumBeat. Every track in our library is exclusive to our site, meaning NO flagging on YouTube or other video hosting services. Our Standard License covers ALL web usage for an infinite number of projects. Have a listen here!last_img read more

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2019-12-12

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Survivors centre fighting for survival

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Committee on Abuse in Residential Schools, or CAIRS, runs a drop-in centre in Whitehorse for residential school survivors.After funding from the Aboriginal Healing Foundation ended last year, it is now fighting to keep it’s doors open.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean reports.last_img

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2019-10-14

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