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first_img April 29, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Follow the news on Algeria News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is expanding the responsibilities of its Tunis bureau, which will henceforth be in charge of RSF advocacy and projects in the neighbouring North African countries of Libya, Algeria and Morocco in addition to Tunisia itself. News AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa News Help by sharing this information After contributing to the emergence and (so far insufficient) consolidation of media freedom in Tunisia, partly by creating the Tunis bureau in 2011, RSF is developing its activities throughout the Maghreb.Previously run from RSF headquarters in Paris, the North Africa work will be conducted from Tunis under the leadership of Yasmine Kacha, the bureau chief. It will be her job to reinforce advocacy activities and carry out concrete projects in the field in response to the many challenges in these four countries.Providing news and information is still a high-risk activity in Algeria and Morocco, where the authorities cite threats to national security, national interests, the head of state or the monarchy as pretexts for persecuting independent journalists. The Tunisian authorities no longer hesitate to prosecute reporters on trumped-up charges of supporting terrorism. And the fate of journalists during the recent months of extreme violence in Libya has only emphasized the urgent need for greater efforts to protect freedom of information in the region.“Expanding the activities of our Tunis bureau is part of the strategic reinforcement of our capacities in North Africa, an extremely important region for our organization,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “Our activities will be concentrated on three main areas: defending and reinforcing media independence, lobbying for an end to criminal proceeding against journalists, and combating impunity for those responsible for violence and abuses against the region’s media personnel.”North Africa bureau chief Yasmine Kacha added: “We will combine policy-influencing strategies with assistance activities in order to help Moroccan, Algerian, Tunisian and Libyan journalists to work freely and in the hope that the media will finally be able to play their watchdog role to the full.”Opened after the fall of the Ben Ali regime, the Tunis bureau’s main initial aim was to assist media reform in Tunisia. RSF campaigned for the inclusion of article 31 on free speech, article 32 on access to information and article 127 on the Broadcasting Communication Agency in the January 2014 constitution. It also campaigned for the exclusive application of Decree-Law No. 115-2011 (and not the criminal code) to media cases, and urged police and journalists to resume a long-interrupted dialogue.RSF has organized a score of seminars for professional and non-professional journalists on protecting personal data, physical safety and covering human rights-related issues. It also conducted two public information campaigns – “Free until when?” in 2012 and “Freedom of information hanging by a thread” in 2015 – which were very visible in all the media and throughout the country and which drew attention to the importance of preserving freedom of information, one of the key achievements of the 2011 revolution.An international NGO defending and promoting freedom of information worldwide from its headquarters in Paris, RSF has international bureaux in 14 cities including Washington, Brussels, Berlin and Madrid. It recently opened a bureau in Rio de Janeiro to cover Latin America and plans to open another in Hong Kong in the near future. The Tunis bureau is its main branch in the Arab world. RSF also has correspondents in 130 countries.North Africa DeskTel : (00216) 71 24 76 78Mail : [email protected] to go further AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa February 29, 2016 – Updated on March 8, 2016 RSF develops North Africa work from expanded Tunis bureau Organisation May 18, 2021 Find out more Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation RSF_en May 12, 2021 Find out more Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections Newslast_img read more

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first_imgOr stare at the water when there is nothing on TV“We’ve got the amazing transformation of the Star Casino and now the emergence of what will be one of the world’s most unique and definable residential projects in Spirit,” Mr Sutherland said.“Projects such as these demonstrate that the Gold Coast has arrived as a world-leading tourism and lifestyle destination in the midst of some $30 billion in public and private development.”Prices are yet to be released, but Mr Sutherland said the apartments would be “comparable to the average beachfront prices in Broadbeach” but with more luxury inclusions and facilities.He said the project would target international buyers as well as local and interstate investors and downsizers.“Given the competitive price points and the over-sized nature of the apartments we are creating, we see these apartments also suiting people looking to downsize from homes to move into Australia’s premier beachfront address and enjoy all the luxury and facilities Spirit will have to offer,” he said. Residents will be able to look at the water while in the waterThe project is being marketed by Ray White Surfers Paradise Group, and the company’s projects arm, Ray White Projects, which is headed by Julian Sutherland. The $1.2 billion, 89-storeySpirit will consist of 479 luxury residences, and will be built on the iconic former Iluka site in central Surfers Paradise.“We’re all systems go to create what we believe will be one of the world’s iconic residential towers for many years to come,” Jixiao Xiao, of Chinese-based conglomerate Forise Holdings, said. “We have completed a major civil program to establish the foundations of Spirit and we are looking forward to delivering an iconic, globally recognised apartment tower of distinction to Australia’s premier beachfront address.“We will be launching Spirit to the market in July and there is great anticipation from within Australia and internationally.” The battle for the title of Queensland’s tallest residential tower is about to heat up, with Spirit set to rise on the Gold Coast.The $1.2 billion, 89-storey Spirit will consist of 479 luxury residences, and will be built on the iconic former Iluka site in central Surfers Paradise.It will rise 303m into the sky, and while technically shy of the 322.5m Q1 tower, a height which includes its huge spire, Spirit will boast the highest residential living spaces.Q1 has an occupied height of 235m.center_img It will rise 303m into the sky, and while technically shy of the 322.5m Q1 tower, a height which includes its huge spire,Spirit will boast the highest residential living spaces.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe building has been designed by DBI Design, which has offices in Abu Dhabi, the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.The firm has described the building’s design as “bringing a new level of luxury that is yet to be seen in Australia.” Spirit will include 2700sq m of residents’ facilities over three floors, including pools, bars, a cocktail lounge, banquet room and an extravagant wine and champagne cellar. Panoramic views from the rooftop will stretch some 52kms. Retail services will be located on levels one to three. Additional luxury pay-per-use services will be available to residents, including car washing and detailing, babysitting, newspaper deliveries, pet vacation care and grooming. Butlers will also be available to individual apartments upon request, as well as personal grocery shopping and flower arrangement deliveries.A display centre is now open next to the Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club.last_img read more

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first_img(Image: Franklin County Government)The Franklin County Observer is reporting that Franklin County Commissioners have signed a 3-year contract with emergency medical services (EMS) for $150,000 per year.EMS had requested an increase in funding from $100,000 to $150,000 due to the higher volume in calls for service. The original request was rejected, prompting EMS officials to threaten cutting off emergency services for the county in 2014.According to the online newspaper, Commissioner Scott McDonough requested a 3-month deal, however, was convinced by Commissioners Tom Linkel and Tom Wilson to sign the 3-year contract.The contract was signed Wednesday morning and will guarantee emergency services in Franklin County for the next three years.Read more in the next edition of the Franklin County Observer.last_img read more

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first_img Submit XLMedia completes takeover of 101GreatGoals.com July 17, 2020 XLMedia feels strain of Google deranking July 23, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Amit Ben Yehuda steps down from XLMedia August 13, 2020 Share Shaun O’Neill – XLMediaLondon AIM-listed affiliate marketing network, XLMedia Plc has confirmed the appointment of Shaun O’Neill as new Head of Sales with immediate effect.An industry veteran in affiliate marketing and player acquisition strategies, O’Neil joins XLMedia senior management team from Kindred Group, where he formerly served as Head of Affiliate Marketing for iGame and Kindred new brands.O’Neil has further industry and affiliate marketing experience having worked and consulted on acquisition projects for Nordic Gaming Group, Playsafe Holdings and GX Magazine.Joining XLMedia, O’Neill will be tasked with leading the growth and development of XLMedia key accounts, and securing new network partners.Updating the market, Ory Weihs, CEO of XLMedia, commented: “We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Shaun O’Neill as Head of Sales. Shaun’s wealth of experience will not only assist in expanding our presence within the online gambling sector in regulated markets but also help guide the Group into new growth opportunities, and in particular, growing our footprint in key markets such as the US.”Providing an end-of-year trading update for 2018 back in January, XLMedia confirmed that ‘trading in the second half of 2018 continued to strengthen with the Group proactively focusing on higher margin business’.As a result of this overall margin improvement, the firm expects to reach its EBITDA expectations ‘against lower revenue base of approximately $118 million’.last_img read more

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first_imgFrom a visit to the SKA project in the Western Cape to a visit to the CSIR in Pretoria to find out more about intelligent field robotic systems, six senior journalists and bloggers from the US, UK and China are exploring Innovative South Africa.Brand South Africa plays host to the Innovation Media Tour this week, from 22 to 29 March 2014, introducing visitors to hi-tech developments across the country.Download itinerary [PDF, 181kb ]Blogger NewsA group of foreign bloggers are in South Africa to find out more about the country’s innovation and technology sector. Hosted by Brand South Africa here are some of the articles currently being published world-wide by members of the group.Time-travelling SKA to look back at the birth of starsForeign journalists get the inside storyBloggers take a trip back to humanity’s originsMining at a South African Coal FaceEditor’s #BloggingSA14 Diary: A Relaxed and Fashionable Arrival in Johannesburg   Tweets about “#bloggingsa14”last_img read more

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first_imgAbout 320 teachers in 150 schools in Mpumalanga, the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal have already received teaching and learning materials during LEAP’s pilot phaseRemote and rural schools are set to benefit from the Learn English Audio Project (LEAP) which aims to help pupils improve their English listening and speaking skills.Hand-picked schools will each receive a solar-powered MP3 player for use in a classroom or language club.The MP3 player comes loaded with over 40 hours of teaching material, teacher guides and lesson plans for Grades R to 4, a book with primary songs and stories, and a set of colourful cartoon story posters.The project, a British Council initiative, was launched by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga in Johannesburg on Tuesday. The British Council is a global cultural exchange organisation.The minister explained that LEAP would assist with developing pupils’ literacy in any language. The children would also get used to hearing English spoken in various accents.“These [listening and speaking] skills become even more important in the acquisition of a second language such as English in the South African context, where English effectively becomes the medium of instruction from Grade 4 onwards,” said Motshekga.She added that LEAP had the potential to address these often neglected skills to help “embed the building blocks of early literacy”.Motshekga said she had personally struggled to understand English spoken by white people after completing her matric.“I relied on reading to pass my modules. I had to tune my hearing to understand the accent. Sometimes that is what accounts for the failure of many first year students at universities,” she said.About 320 teachers in 150 schools in Mpumalanga, the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal have already received teaching and learning materials during LEAP’s pilot phase.PRIORITISING LITERACYMotshekga said improving literacy skills was an important priority for the government.She said, “We believe that this project will also cover the tasks outlined for education in the National Development Plan, which talks to forming partnerships to improve education quality and outcomes.”She said the ministry had signed a declaration with the British Council in January this year.THE LEAP PROJECTThe teaching and learning audio material will not deviate from the current national curriculum, as it is linked to it, Motshekga said.“To complement the training package, teachers receive a training video, lesson plans and posters, and an extra SD card containing all the materials, so that they can access the materials on their cell phones, thus facilitating lesson planning at any time and location,” she added. Teachers will be trained to use the MP3 players effectively.The British Council country director for South Africa, Colm McGivern, said the council partnered with the department to promote quality education.“This is a long-term strategic partnership with the department. We signed a five-year partnership agreement, through which we aim to improve learning of all languages in South Africa.”He said the council has already received positive feedback from the project’s many beneficiaries.McGivern said monitoring and evaluation processes would be put in place for the council to measure the tangible benefits for teachers and pupils in time.“By the end of our five-year partnership, we will ensure that we help the Department of Basic Education train all 400 000 teachers in South Africa in the better use of the material to improve the learning of all languages in the country,” he said.About 7000 solar-powered MP3 players have been distributed into nine sub-Saharan countries, including South Africa, Nigeria, Rwanda, Mozambique, Sudan, Tanzania, South Sudan, Senegal and Ethiopia.From: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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first_imgRegistrant:Domain Administrator Microsoft Corporation One Microsoft Way Redmond WA 98052 US [email protected] +1.4258828080 Fax: +1.4259367329 Domain Name: office.com The previous owners were Belgian startup ContactOffice, and there’s no news on how much the domain was purchased for. The news of Microsoft Office 2010 confirmed what many suspected: Microsoft will be offering a free online version of Office to compete with all of the SaaS suites out there. Thanks to some WHOIS sleuthing by istartedsomething, we now also know where it will reside. Office.com is likely to be the home of the SaaS Microsoft Office. The Web-based beta of Office 2010 isn’t out yet, but those who are dissatisfied with Google Docs and Zoho should keep a close eye on Office.com. The site is currently in transition, but the WHOIS record clearly shows that someone in Redmond has taken the time to register the domain: 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… steven walling Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#news last_img read more

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first_imgWith new contract, Stephen Curry vows to do more off court The 36-year-old Malignaggi, who retired from boxing five months ago, walked out of training camp last week after he said McGregor used him like a pawn, disrespected him in the dressing room and housed him and the other sparring partners in dumpy accommodations. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Former boxing champ Paulie Malignaggi says he has no regrets about quitting Conor McGregor’s training camp, describing the mixed martial arts fighter as a “scumbag” who surrounds himself with “a bunch of yes men.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMcGregor is preparing to face boxing star Floyd Mayweather in a Las Vegas boxing ring on August 26 in what could be one of the richest fights in history.ADVERTISEMENT Malignaggi indicated that Mayweather should have little trouble with McGregor over 12 rounds of boxing as long as he goes to the body on a regular basis.“From about six rounds on, he became very hittable,” the former champ said. “So much more hittable that I was putting more weight on my shots and sitting down more on my shots, and of course, the body shots started to affect him more and more.“In MMA the body shots aren’t the same as in boxing in that there is consistency to body shots in boxing. There is a debilitating breakdown from the body shots in boxing. Little by little you feel the air come out of you with fatigue.”He said McGregor’s biggest asset against Mayweather will be his excellent conditioning.“Conditioning wise he could push the issue a little bit more than I could,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Malignaggi, a former multiple world champion, said despite training little during retirement he had no trouble getting the better of McGregor.Malignaggi said McGregor is more concerned about putting on a spectacle in training camp than getting ready for a serious boxing debut against one of the greatest fighters of all-time.Malignaggi was also upset about training camp pictures made public that show the Irishman in a positive light.“The guy is all about his ego. He’s actually not trying to get better. He’s got a bunch of yes men in his corner who tell him he’s doing good even if he’s doing bad. It is just about him and cheerleading,” Malignaggi told MMA Hour.He said he asked McGregor to stop releasing misleading sparring photos that showed the MMA fighter getting the better of the exchanges. McGregor refused.“At this stage I’m waiting for Ashton Kutcher to walk into the dressing rooms and tell me I got Punk’d. I thought it was a joke. I thought there was no way this guy is that much of an asshole,” he said.– ‘Some kind of crackhouse’ –“I showed up with the best intentions to camp and at a certain point you start to realize you are being used as a pawn where somebody’s trying to get ahead at your expense and not through your help.“I said ‘I can’t deal with this.’ His team is a bunch of cheerleaders. They are not improving him. I don’t need to be around these people. It is not like they brought me in for anything tactical.”He said the training camp accommodations were better suited to drug dealers. “They put me in some kind of a crackhouse,” he said. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers “He’s a scumbag,” Malignaggi said of McGregor in an interview Monday with the American website The MMA Hour.pic.twitter.com/DTJ0MQMSlv— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 4, 2017He also gave a detailed breakdown of how their sparring sessions went, no doubt providing Mayweather with a blueprint on how to beat McGregor.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterslast_img read more

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first_imgMumbai needed four runs off the last ball and Ambati Rayudu was at the crease facing Kolkata pacer L Balaji. Score | PhotosAnd he did unthinkable. He did not go for a ground stroke but took the aerial route and smashed a six off a full toss from Balaji the ball went past the deep square leg boundary and Mumbai emerged triumphant by five wickets finishing third on the IPL points table. The two teams now meet during the ‘Eliminator’ match on Wednesday.While Bangalore take on Chennai in the ‘Qualifier 1’ on Tuesday.But, Mumbai were far from the 176-run target till the end of the 19th over. In fact, they were short by as many as 21 runs.But Rayudu’s partner James Franklin four consecutive fours to bring Mumbai back in contentionEarlier, Mumbai failed to get off to a good start as they lost their opener T Suman on the first ball of the second over when the team total was 13. Suman went for a big hit off Iqbal Abdulla, but ended up giving an easy catch to Yusuf Pathan at extra cover.Post the early setback, skipper Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh pushed up the order to accelerate got on with a stand.Mumbai lost their second wicket immediately after the strategic time-out. Harbhajan Singh took the aerial route off Rajat Bhatia off the first ball of the 8th over, but didn’t quite time the ball and landed straight into the palms of Manoj Tiway in the deep. He fell for 30 and Mumbai to 70/2.advertisementBhatia then got rid of Rohit Sharma in the 11the over when the Mumbai score was 85.Expect Bhatia to deliver the goods when needed and that’s exactly what he did today. Just when Mumbai captain Sachin Tendulkar was getting ready for a big innings Bhatia came around and sent him back to the dugout.Captain Tendulkar wanted to play him towards extra cover but ended up getting caught by his Kolkata counterpart Gautam Gambhir on 38 and Mumbai were down to 96/4 in 12.3 overs.But eventually Mumbai emerged triumphant with Rayudu hitting a six of the last ball.Kolkata inningsJacques Kallis scored a fine 59 as Kolkata posted a good 175/7 against Mumbai.Earlier, Mumbai captain Sachin Tendulkar won the toss and elected to field in the 70th and the last league game of IPL-4.Mumbai managed to make early inroads in the opposition camp with opener Shreevats Goswami getting run out in the second over of the game when the team total was 4.Captain Gautam Gambhir too did not stay for long and was bowled out by Mumbai medium-pacer Abu Nechim Ahmed when the team total was 22. He wanted to play across the line but missed and the ball crashed into his stumpsThen Kolkata opener Jacques Kallis and Manoj Tiwary put on 45 runs for the third wicket before when the latter departed run out on 35 following a mix-up in the ninth over. Kolkata were 67/3 post his fall.Post Tiway’s wicket, Kallis and Yusuf Pathan got on with a partnership helping Kolkata up the tempo. Batting at around 8 runs an over they helped Kolkata to 121/3 in 15 overs.Their partnership came to an end in the 16th over when Yusuf Pathan fell to James Franklin ball on 36. The two put on 57 runs for the fourth wicket helping Kolkata to 124/4.Post Pathan’s dismissal Kallis too could not stay for long and fell to Franklin on 59 in the 18th over when the total was 149. A top edge of his bat got carried towards T Suman at point. His 42-ball innings included four fours and three sixes.It was because of Kallis’s efforts that Kolkata managed to score a competitive 175/7.last_img read more

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first_imgNorthern Knights batsman Kane Williamson celebrates after completing his century against Cape Cobras during their Champions League Twenty20 match at Raipur on Friday. Photo: PTIRain took some sheen off Kane Williamson’s record batting display of scoring the fastest ever century in Champions League Twenty20 as New Zealand side Northern Knights defeated Cape Cobras of South Africa by 33 runs under Duckworth-Lewis method in Raipur on Friday.Opening batsman Williamson produced a sensational show as he batted through the innings with a 49-ball 101 not out, the first hundred of this edition, to guide his side to a huge total of 206 for five after being put into bat.Chasing a huge target of 207 for a win, the Cobras struggled to get going and they were 44 for two when rain arrived at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium.Rain continued and after a long wait, the umpires decided to end the Group B match and the Knights emerged victorious under the D/L method.As five overs had been completed before the rain came, the match was counted as complete and the par score under D/L method at that stage was 77.The Knights kept their winning momentum in the tournament as they had won all their three qualifying round matches.The Cobras run chase began on a disastrous note with their opening batsman Stiaan Van Zyl (0) dismissed in the first delivery of the innings bowled by Trent Boult.The other opener Hashim Amla (20) tried to keep his side on track but the asking rate kept on rising and he fell in the sixth over in his bid to accelerate the innings.advertisementRobin Peterson and Omphile Ramela were batting on 17 and four respectively when rain came in the eighth over, though the Cobras were looking down the barrel at that stage as the asking rate had risen over 12 an over.last_img read more

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