French media censored in Tunisia because of articles by Tunisian journalist Taoufik Ben Brik

first_img TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa February 27, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 French media censored in Tunisia because of articles by Tunisian journalist Taoufik Ben Brik Reporters Without Borders today condemned the action of the Tunisian authorities in banning issues of two French publications, the daily Le Monde and the weekly Le Nouvel Observateur, and blocking the website of a third, the daily Libération, because of articles by Tunisian journalist Taoufik Ben Brik critical of President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.“After three years of silence, Taoufik Ben Brik has started to write again and this clearly has not been to the liking of the Tunisian authorities,” Reporters Without Borders said. “None of his articles have been able to circulate inside the country. It must be said that the Ben Ali regime is past master in the art of filtering news and information and preventing the dissemination of any criticism of the president.”The 23 February issue of Le Monde was not distributed in Tunisia because its supplement had a piece by Ben Brik headlined “Who still writes in Tunis?” Reporters Without Borders has established that a total 12 issues of Le Monde were censored by the Tunisian authorities in 2006, in most cases because they had articles about Tunisia. Distribution of Le Monde has become every erratic in Tunisia since the start of 2007. Three issues were censored in the space of a week in February, one of them containing an interview with Tunisian Human Rights League president Mokhtar Trifi.It was the 8 and 21 February issues of Le Nouvel Observateur – both with articles by Ben Brik – that never showed up in Tunisian news stands, while access to Libération’s website has been blocked inside Tunisia since 21 February, the day it published a scathing portrait of President Ben Ali by Ben Brik entitled “I will ‘vote’ for Ben Ali in 2009.” Access has also been blocked to leblogmedia.com, a blog published by Reporters Without Borders about media news, and the magazine Médias, since it started running a regular column by Ben Brik.Several French publications including the weeklies Charlie Hebdo and Le Canard Enchaîné, have banned in Tunisia for years. Distribution of Libération was banned for the first time in 1992. The authorities are also in the habit of authorising the distribution of an extremely small number of copies of a newspaper to avoid being accused of censorship. TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en An issue of the daily Le Monde and two issues of the weekly Le Nouvel Observateur, all containing articles by Tunisian journalist Taoufik Ben Brik, have not been distributed in Tunisia. Access to news websites with articles by him have also been blocked. News News Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists Organisation Follow the news on Tunisia News Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder November 11, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information December 26, 2019 Find out more News to go further November 12, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

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Hoboken mayor signs executive order for the arts

first_imgHoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla. HOBOKEN — While Hoboken is filled with artists, musicians, and writers, there may not be as much of an “arts community” as there used to be. But some are trying to change that.During Monday night’s inaugural watertfront gala for the arts, Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla signed an executive order that says that 1 percent of every bond ordinance enacted into law must go to support the arts.The city periodically votes for bond ordinances to fund various capital projects.According to Bhalla, if the order had been enacted last year, it would have raised roughly $200,000 for the arts community.To find out more about the Innagural Waterfront Gala for the Arts and the executive order, look at this weekend’s upcoming Hoboken Reporter, on your doorstep or at hudsonreporter.com. ×Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla.last_img read more

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14% growth in sales of Fairtrade Products

first_imgThe sales of Fairtrade Products rose by 14% in 2013 to an estimated £1.78bn.The figure was released by The Fairtrade Foundation, which today launches Fairtrade Fortnight (24 February – 9 March, 2014) and its major new Make Bananas Fair campaign.Sales of Fairtrade sugar increased by 25% in volume and were fuelled by its inclusion in products such as chocolate bars, ice cream and other products. Chocolate, cocoa and bananas grew by 52%, 5% and 4% in sales value respectively whereas coffee and tea sales have continued to hold steady.Michael Gidney, chief executive of the Fairtrade Foundation, said: “It is 20 years since the very first Fairtrade products Green & Black’s Maya Gold, Cafedirect Coffee and Clipper Tea, appeared in the UK, and the appetite for Fairtrade is still growing, despite challenging economic conditions. The UK is truly a world leader for Fairtrade and we’re proud of that. “But there is still a very long way to go in securing the levels of market access that would drive the breadth and depth of impact for farmers and workers we all want to see, so work in 2014 will continue to focus on innovating the way we work and campaigning to make even more trade fair.”last_img read more

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What will the 2020 election mean for cannabis banking?

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Paul Dunford Paul is a co-founder & director of program development. Paul oversees the development and management of compliance programs for Green Check’s clients, with a focus on state-level compliance as … Web: https://www.greencheckverified.com Details One of the risks associated with banking the cannabis industry, specifically marijuana-related businesses, is the disconnect between state and federal law. While 33 states (as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) have currently legalized marijuana to some extent, marijuana remains a Schedule I controlled substance and is therefore federally illegal. In states and territories with legal marijuana programs an increasing number of credit unions have made the decision to offer much-needed banking services to marijuana businesses based on guidance provided by state departments of banking and FinCEN in its 2014 guidance “BSA Expectations Regarding Marijuana-Related Businesses”. Currently the federal government, specifically FinCEN and the Department of Justice, have adopted a hand-off approach to enforcing federal marijuana laws in states with legal marijuana programs if businesses can demonstrate that they are not breaking certain law enforcement priorities like selling drugs illegally to minors.But we’re in an election year, and that means that everything can change. So, as a credit union – regardless of whether you currently bank cannabis – you need to be aware that marijuana is on the ballot. Here’s what you need to keep an eye out for on the federal and state level.The Democratic and Republican parties take very different public stances on the issue of marijuana legalization, so the outcome of the election might result in a continuation of the status quo or, on the opposite end of the spectrum, the federal legalization of marijuana. So, what are their positions?The 2020 Democratic Party platform advocates for the decriminalization of marijuana and its rescheduling (removing it from the controlled substances list) at the federal level through executive action. The Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden, has expressed support for the former in campaign materials but has not publicly advocated for the legalization of marijuana at the federal level. Biden’s running mate, California Senator Kamala Harris, has explicitly endorsed the decriminalization of marijuana and during the vice presidential debate on October 9th said, “we will decriminalize marijuana and we will expunge the records of those who have been convicted of marijuana.” This effort would presumably follow the blueprint laid out in legislation she sponsored known as The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act (S 2227). Stopping short of legalizing marijuana federally, the MORE Act would among other things impose a tax on cannabis, provide cannabis businesses with access to Small Business Administration loans, and provide for the expungement of marijuana-related crimes. On the other side of the aisle, this year the Republican Party made the decision to readopt their 2016 platform, a document that doesn’t directly advocate for or against decriminalizing or rescheduling marijuana. It acknowledges the disconnect between state and federal law but stops short of making any clear policy recommendations. For his part President Trump has yet to directly address the issue during this campaign, and his few public comments over the past four years haven’t revealed much more. In May of 2017 Trump wrote in response to the signing of the Consolidated Appropriations Act (HR 244), that it “provides that the Department of Justice may not use any funds to prevent implementation of medical marijuana laws by various States and territories. I will treat this provision consistently with my constitutional responsibility to take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”However, while President Trump has largely avoided the issue, based on some of his public comments the cannabis industry does not count his Vice President as an ally. For example, when asked to respond to cannabis banking protections included in a proposed coronavirus stimulus package, Mike Pence remarked critically in an interview, “In the House of Representatives, I heard the other day that the bill that they passed actually mentions marijuana more than it mentions jobs.” He did not follow this up by recommending the federal government take a hard line against state marijuana programs, but he has not expressed support for decriminalization or rescheduling either. The position of the Republican Party is far more opaque than that of the Democrats.At the same time as they are voting for president, in five states voters will also be presented with ballot initiatives seeking various degrees of marijuana legalization. In three states that currently have medical marijuana programs (Arizona, New Jersey, and Montana) the question is whether to expand access to all adults. Two of these states (Mississippi and South Dakota) currently have no marijuana programs, so if both passed this would increase the number of states that have legalized marijuana to 35. Interestingly, South Dakota voters are being simultaneously presented with the opportunity to adopt a medical-only program or legalize marijuana for both medical and adult use (usually it’s one or the other)If there is a change in administration it is possible that marijuana may be legalized federally, and even if that is not the case it’s possible that two more states may do so independently through ballot measures. Regardless of whether or not you currently bank cannabis, you need to be aware that big changes may be coming down the pike and you may well need to reassess the risk associated with cannabis banking and adjust the parameters of your program in response. If you’re not banking cannabis, you should start putting together a plan today for how you would handle the legalization of marijuana, and the sooner you do that the sooner you’ll be able to take advantage of the opportunity that presents. What happens on November 3rd remains to be seen, but regardless of where you sit on the political spectrum the outcome of this election could profoundly affect the status of marijuana in the United States and that will in turn have a direct effect on your credit union.last_img read more

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Men’s cross country wins ACC championship; women’s soccer falls in double overtime

first_img Published on November 4, 2013 at 1:55 am In their first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the No. 14 Syracuse men captured the Atlantic Coast Conference championship in Kernersville, N.C. The win gives the Orange a second straight conference title. SU won the Big East in its final season in the conference a year ago.Martin Hehir led the way for Syracuse with a third place finish. He won the individual title at the Big East championships last season. Robert Molke was the only other Orange runner in the Top 10 with an eighth place finish. SU also had runners finish in 15th, 17th and 21st place.The No. 19 women finished in third behind the only two teams in the conference ranked higher than them. No. 5 Florida State won the women’s ACC championship, and No. 10 Virginia finished in second. Margo Malone’s ninth-place finish led Syracuse. Meredith Speakman also finished in the top 21 to earn All-ACC honors.The Orange now has two weeks off before competing the NCAA Northeast Regional on Nov. 15 in the Bronx, N.Y.Women’s soccerAdvertisementThis is placeholder textLast Thursday, the final game of the season for Syracuse (7-11-1, 3-9-1 Atlantic Coast) came down to double overtime against Boston College (9-9-1, 5-6-1). BC defender McKenzie Meehan scored her league-leading seventh game-winning goal of the season three minutes into the second overtime period.She received a goal-wide cross from forward Stephanie McCaffrey that sealed a 2-1 Eagles victory.Meehan also scored the first goal of the match, seven minutes into the first half. Midfielder Maddie Damm recorded the equalizer for the Orange in the 72nd minute on a long shot to the back-right corner of the goal to even things at 1-1. Syracuse played the final 43 seconds of the game with only 10 players on the field due to a red card issued to an SU defender.Orange goalie Brittany Anghel posted six saves in the match to end her collegiate career with 303 total saves. Anghel joins Eliza Bennett-Hattan as the only Syracuse players to record 300 saves in program history.Syracuse was held to one goal or fewer for the ninth time in ACC play this season and finishes the season ranked 12th out of 14 teams in the conference.VolleyballAfter winning its last four matches, Syracuse split a weekend series on the road. The Orange took on No. 18 Duke on Friday night and Wake Forest on Sunday afternoon.Against Duke, Syracuse took the first set 25-16. The final three sets would be a different story. Syracuse got crushed in the second set, dropping it 25-10. The Orange followed this up by dropping the final two sets 25-17 and 25-20.Outside hitter Silvi Uattara led the team with 12 kills. She also added seven digs. One week removed from winning ACC freshman of the week, setter Erica Handley led the team with 30 assists while adding six digs.Sunday afternoon was a completely different story for the Orange. SU beat the Demon Deacons in four sets. Syracuse jumped out hot, winning the first set 27-25. The set was won on an error by Wake Forest.The second set was taken over by Syracuse as the set went 25-15 in favor of the Orange. In this set, SU jumped out to a 22-10 lead on an error by Wake Forest. Silvi Uattara was a force yet again, notching seven kills in that set alone.The two teams split the third and fourth sets. Wake Forest took the third and Syracuse claimed the fourth to win the match.Syracuse remains .500 in conference play on the season. The team will play against Notre Dame on Wednesday, wrapping up play in the Dome for the season.—Compiled by The Daily Orange Sports staff, [email protected] Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Stave to start Saturday against UTEP

first_imgJoel Stave stepped onto the field for the first time in his career Utah State, completing 2-of-6 passes for 15 yards.[/media-credit]Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema confirmed redshirt freshman Joel Stave will start at quarterback against Texas-El Paso at his press conference Thursday.Stave landed the first game experience of his career in the second half of a 16-14 win over Utah State Saturday, connecting on two of the six passes he threw for a total of 15 yards. The Greenfield, Wis., walk-on entered the game after Bielema benched Danny O’Brien, in his first year suiting up for Wisconsin after transferring from Maryland earlier this summer.Bielema said the move was largely based on his confidence that Stave will avoid costly turnovers. “I think the fact that Joel responded so well, didn’t have any issues – no fumbled snap exchanges, there wasn’t any incorrect balls or anything that really was his fault,” the head coach said. “Didn’t show me any reason not to stay with him.”While naming the redshirt freshman the starter this weekend, Bielema said he is still most comfortable with O’Brien in the two-minute offense – which could be a factor in close, late-game situations – and that “all three (quarterbacks) might bet a shot.”Also factoring into the decision was Stave’s confidence and poise, something Bielema said he showed after failing to complete a third down pass Saturday when the targeted receiver wasn’t open.Though most expected O’Brien – who, with 17 starts coming in, held by far the most collegiate experience of any quarterback on the Badgers’ roster – to hold onto the starting role, a lost fumble and called-back interception left him watching the second half from the sideline. On a team that puts such high value on protecting the football, UW’s head coach made it clear the turnovers led to the redshirt junior’s benching.In three games, O’Brien completed 62 percent of his passes for 454 yards, but under his command the offense struggled to put together consistent scoring drives.Wisconsin’s head coach said Stave’s lack of experience won’t limit the gameplan, but he didn’t rule out someone else stepping in later this year. “I make every move with the idea that it’s going to be long-term,” Bielema said. “But on the same account, you understand we have a number of guys [who may play].”last_img read more

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Fab-5 Football Challenge Set for Season Six

first_imgWhile commending the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, Lagos State Sports Commission, LSSC, and Barca Academy, Lagos, Amokeodo, said the programme had recorded a huge success based on the unflinching support from their reputable partners which stood firmly in helping to produce Nigeria’s future stars.The programme is proudly supported by Indomie Noodles, Access Bank, Fryda Limited and Ritefoods makers of Bigi Drinks.   Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The 6th edition the Fab-5 Football Challenge tagged ‘The Evolution Series’ is back with a big bang. According to the Project Director, Dare Amokeodo, the Fab-5 Football Challenge has witnessed rapid growth and acceptance since its inception in 2012. Amokeodo, who explained that over 650 primary schools have featured in the football event, said the competition which started with public primary schools would include Junior Secondary and Private Schools categories. According him, the competition, correlates with the children’s- day celebration, said the two-day bumper-packed grand finale is coming up on May 31and June1. last_img read more

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South Sound Ductless Answers Questions About Ductless Heat Pumps

first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by South Sound DuctlessWhat exactly is a ductless heat pump and how does it work?This is a question we often get at South Sound Ductless.  People have seen our name or heard about the big rebates from their utility company and wonder how these things could work to heat and cool with no ductwork.  They want to know the “catch”.  Well, there isn’t one!Ductless heating and cooling systems, sometimes called “mini-splits”, work in much the same way as a traditional centrally ducted heat pump or air conditioner, but there are some distinct advantages over those traditional systems.First, there is no large furnace or fan coil to take up valuable floor space and the fan motor is smaller and thus quieter.  Also, there are no air ducts, so less heat is lost, and installation is much easier, quicker, and costs about half the price as installing a ducted system.  Instead of ducts, the outdoor and indoor units are connected by a small refrigerant line about three inches in diameter.A condensing unit is located outside the home. This contains the compressor which circulates the refrigerant to produce the cooling effect. There are several types of compressors but the latest innovation is inverter technology which allows the compressor to operate at an almost unlimited number of speeds. The units normally start at full speed when there is the need for heating or cooling.  After the set point is reached, the speed is reduced to pump just enough refrigerant to match the requirements of the home. This means energy savings as well as longer cycles which then provide more cleaning/filtering of the home’s air and more even temperature distribution.A fan coil can be mounted on the wall or ceiling of the room to be conditioned. This is the indoor unit, also sometimes called the “head”.  The head contains an evaporator coil, fan, and filtering system along with the control components.  Some of these units include advanced filtering systems such as carbon activated filters, electrostatic filters, or anti-bacterial filters and many units include more than one filter technology.  Many heads also include a very small motor to move louvers up and down and/or back and forth which enhances air circulation throughout the room.The system is usually controlled through a remote which you can use to set the temperature, change the modes of operation, and set timers.   Some units include a temperature sensor in the remote. Sensing the room temperature at the remote instead of high on the wall can allow for better comfort in your home.Many units include advanced modes of operation. Turbo mode or quick cool mode runs the fan and compressor on highest speeds to provide the most cooling in the shortest amount of time.   Dehumidify or dry mode operates the fan at lower speeds to increase the amount of moisture removed from the air.  Sleep mode can allow for energy savings without noticeable changes in comfort level.  A fresh air option allows a small duct to be connected and bring in air from the outside.Ductless heating and cooling systems can also be connected to more than one indoor fan coil unit. These configurations are called “multi-splits” and can help you to save money when more than one unit is required due to the size or unique configuration of your home or business.  These heads can be operated independently of one another and set at different temperatures to accommodate different needs.Ductless heat pumps are great for replacing older systems, whether ducted or not.  They work well in new construction, remodeling and additions.  And the energy savings is so great that significant cash rebates and tax credits are available for most.This article was authored by Marcie Meisenheimer of South Sound Ductless.  South Sound Ductless is a locally owned and operated heating and cooling system company.  Ductless heat pumps are all we do because we believe in the technology.  To learn more about ductless heat pumps and how you can save money and get big rebates contact South Sound Ductless.www.southsoundductless.com  360.529.7567last_img read more

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