French newspaper correspondent finally cleared of libel after 10 years

first_img Follow the news on Algeria Organisation AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa News RSF_en Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders hails the acquittal today of Arezki Aït-Larbi, the Algeria correspondent of the French dailies Le Figaro and Ouest-France, in a libel suit brought against him in 1997 by Abdelkader Sallat, former director of prisons at the justice ministry. He won the right to a retrial, which began on 23 May, because the original trial was held in his absence and without his knowledge.After the announcement of the verdict, Aït-Larbi issued a statement calling on the justice minister to launch “an administrative investigation to establish who was responsible for these procedural irregularities and exploitation of the judicial apparatus with clan-based complicities for 10 years.” Alluding to his article about mistreatment in Algerian prisons, which prompted the libel suit, he also called for “a judicial investigation” into the “crimes against humanity… revealed during the trial.”————————————————————29.05 – Judges urged to protect independent journalists as government makes no move to decriminalize press offencesReporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at the two-month prison sentences imposed on two El Watan journalists in a libel case on 27 May and said it was concerned about the verdict that is due to be issued by an Algiers criminal court tomorrow in the case of Arezki Aït-Larbi, the correspondent of several international news media. “Algeria’s journalists will always work under the threat of being thrown in prison until press offences are decriminalized, and since the highest authorities continue to drag their heels on amending the law, we appeal to judges handling press cases to display courage and independence by protecting journalists and reestablishing the right to news and information.”The two El Watan journalists sentenced to two months in prison were editor Omar Belhouchet and reporter Chawki Amari, who were also fined 1 million dinars (10,635 euros). They immediately appealed against the verdict. The case was a retrial of one held before a court in Jijel, 360 km east of Algiers last December, when they received three-month sentences for libelling and insulting the city’s prefect in an article a few months earlier accusing him of corruption. They were able to get retrial because the original trial was held in their absence and without their knowledge, and they were not even notified of the prefect’s suit.According to their lawyer, Zoubeir Soudani, the case continued to suffer from procedural irregularities. He also deplored a recent supreme court decision that allows plaintiffs who are suing newspapers to present their suit at the place of distribution as well as the place of publication.Jamal Belkadi, one of El Watan’s correspondents in Constantine, 290 km east of Algiers, was manhandled by the head of the prefect’s security department while taking photos at the scene of a bombing on 16 May. His camera was confiscated and returned two days later. To his surprise, he was summoned to the prefect’s office and was notified that he is being investigated for “crossing a security perimeter.” He is due to appear before a judge soon. Other journalists present at the scene of the bombing had no problems.The case involving Aït-Larbi, the correspondent of the French dailies Le Figaro and Ouest-France, is also retrial of one held in his absence and without his knowledge. It concerns a libel suit brought by a prison governor whom he accused of mistreating detainees in a 1994 article. Aït-Larbi did not discover that he had been convicted until May 2006, when he applied for a new passport and his request was initially refused. In April of this year, he found himself being arrested at Algiers airport under a warrant issued in 1997. May 30, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 French newspaper correspondent finally cleared of libel after 10 yearscenter_img Receive email alerts News May 18, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News News to go further May 12, 2021 Find out more April 29, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Blocked on Its Ohio Bailout, FirstEnergy Tries a Regulatory End Run

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享John Funk for the Cleveland Plain Dealer:FirstEnergy now wants Ohio regulators to forget about the “power purchase agreements” they approved to save the company’s old power plants — but at the same time allow the company to keep the monthly customer surcharges that the PPAs were designed to produce.In a move that appears to be a strategy to avoid federal review of the PPAs that U.S. regulators demanded last week, FirstEnergy filed a modified version of its rate plan late Monday with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.As now proposed, FirstEnergy’s plan would eliminate the power purchase agreements between FirstEnergy’s regulated local power delivery companies — Ohio Edison, the Illuminating Co. and Toledo Edison —  and its unregulated FirstEnergy Solutions, which owns the power plants.Yet the plan would keep the new charges the purchase agreements would have forced customers to pay. In other words, customers still would see their monthly bills increase under this revised plan.In short, there would be nothing for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to review in this modified plan. And therefore there would be nothing to impede the PUCO from quickly approving the modified plan.Full article: FirstEnergy abandons its ‘power purchase agreements,’ but not its plan for customers to pay more Blocked on Its Ohio Bailout, FirstEnergy Tries a Regulatory End Runlast_img read more

The Latest: 2nd-tier soccer club Hull has 2 positive tests

first_imgA Bournemouth player is one of two positive tests for COVID-19 to emerge from the Premier League’s second round of testing, the club said on Sunday.The team said “medical confidentiality means the player’s name will not be disclosed” and added that he will self-isolate for seven days before being tested again at a later date.The league tested 996 players and club staff on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.In the first round of tests of 748 people, there were six positives from three clubs. All are in seven days of self-isolation.In the second round, the number of tests available to each club was increased from 40 to 50. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Hull has announced it is the League Championship club with two personnel who have tested positive for COVID-19. May 24, 2020 Associated Press A total of 1,014 players and staff from all 24 clubs in England’s second tier were tested for the coronavirus over the last 72 hours and the results reflect an almost identical ratio of positive results to that found in the Premier League’s second wave of testing.It had been announced that the two individuals were from the same club, without naming Hull.“Medical confidentiality means the names will not be disclosed, and the club asks for this to be respected,” Hull said in a statement. “The duo, who are both asymptomatic and feeling no ill effects, will now self-isolate for seven days — in line with the protocols set out in EFL guidelines — before being tested again at a later date.”Hull, which is immediately above the relegation zone in the second tier of English football, did not say if any of the two are current players.__ The Latest: 2nd-tier soccer club Hull has 2 positive tests ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Iowa Latest to Declare Storms Disaster

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation on Friday for 15 counties hit by the latest catastrophic flooding in the Midwest, Reynolds announced in a news release.Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts issued an emergency declaration on Tuesday ahead of the storm that raced through the Midwest this week. As of Thursday, South Dakota Gov. Krisi Noem was preparing an emergency declaration for damage from the blizzard, according to the governor’s website, http://news.sd.gov/….Reynolds’ proclamation allows state resources to be used to respond to and recover from the effects of flooding and flash flooding in the counties of Adair, Bremer, Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Dallas, Dickinson, Emmet, Fayette, Franklin, Fremont, Guthrie, Hardin, Plymouth and Shelby.On Thursday, Reynolds activated the state emergency operations center and issued a proclamation to allow state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather across the state.The proclamation also made the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program and the Disaster Case Management Program available in the counties of Butler, Cerro Gordo, Clayton, Hancock, Harrison, Humboldt, Ida, Iowa, Kossuth, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, O’Brien, Pottawattamie, Sioux, Webster, Winnebago, Winneshiek, Woodbury, Worth and Wright.Iowa residents in counties affected by the recent weather are asked to report damage to help local and state officials better understand the damage sustained, according to a news release from Reynolds’ office.Damage to property, roads, utilities and other storm-related information may be reported. Information will be collected by the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and shared with local emergency management agencies.The Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200% of the federal poverty level or a maximum annual income of $41,560 for a family of three, according to the Reynolds news release.The Disaster Case Management program helps Iowa residents overcome disaster-related hardships, injury or adverse conditions.There are no income eligibility requirements for this program that closes 180 days from the date of the governor’s proclamation.In Nebraska, Ricketts outlined the steps state officials are taking to respond to the flooding.“As snow and rain pass, many communities have experienced devastating flooding,” Ricketts said. “This could last for quite some time. Nebraskans should watch the weather and waterways in their communities closely in the coming days, and be prepared for historic levels of flooding even if it has not hit their community yet. As Nebraskans know, conditions can change quickly, and everyone needs to be prepared.”Following Ricketts’ declaration of emergency, the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency opened the State Emergency Operation Center in response to hazardous conditions caused by blizzards and flooding affecting the majority of the state.“NEMA is tracking conditions across the state, responding to requests for assistance from local emergency managers and developing a common operating picture to keep local officials aware of the situation,” according to a news release.The SEOC is staffed by officials from NEMA, the State Patrol, Department of Health and Human Services, Fire Marshal, Department of Transportation, Department of Natural Resources, the Military Department, and other agencies.Evacuations continue in many Nebraska communities including Randolph, Norfolk, Beemer, Cedar Rapids, Belgrade, Dannebrog, St. Edward, Genoa, northern Butler County, Horseshoe Lake, Inglewood and eastern Richardson County.FARM BUREAU ANNOUNCES FUND, PORTALLater on Friday, the Nebraska Farm Bureau announced in a press release its relief efforts to help Nebraska farmers, ranchers, and rural communities suffering from the natural disasters. This included a disaster relief fund and an online agriculture disaster exchange portal to connect those in need with those who can help, the bureau explained.“Money donated to the Disaster Relief Fund will be targeted to aid Nebraska farmers, ranchers, and rural communities affected by recent storms and flooding. Priority will be given to efforts to restore health and safety in rural communities and to farm and ranch households that have been damaged or displaced by the natural disaster, stated the farm bureau release.“The fund’s targeted recipients are farm and ranch families and rural communities in the disaster areas who have immediate needs as a result of the natural disaster, those who cannot get assistance from other sources, those who will have to wait until they receive other assistance, and those who have losses not covered by insurance,” said the state farm bureau’s president Steve Nelson.The bureau said it also opened the Agriculture Disaster Exchange portal, an online portal on the Nebraska Farm Bureau website that allows members to share information, provide a place for those in need to make requests for assistance, and for those looking to help, to offer it, explained the release.“The Agriculture Disaster Exchange operates like an online ‘want ad’ page. If a member has extra hay to sell or donate to a livestock producer in need, they can post it there. If a member needs help or equipment to remove debris after flooding, they can post that type of request as well. Those are just examples of how the exchange can be used by our members. The goal is to provide an online clearinghouse so members can interact and help each other during tough times,” stated Nelson.People who wish to donate or apply for aid from the disaster fund, use the portal, or access other disaster assistance resources, can check out www.nefb.org/disaster. Donations will be made to a fund established in the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation, which is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit. Donations made to the fund are tax-deductible, the farm bureau said.Todd Neeley can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(ES/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

A Video Two Years in the Making – Finishing “Cache Across America”

first_img SharePrint RelatedFeatured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”The Most Found Geocache in the WorldMay 19, 2013In “Community”The Seanachai: Keeper of the Old Lore, Reviewer of the New CachesMay 6, 2015In “Community” Lorrie LeBlanc “Lorriebird” is one of six Geocaching.com members that can claim a smiley on the Cache Across America – Series Final (GC12E08).  According to the cache page, “This is a series of caches that will take you on a coast to coast tour of the entire United States. One cache in this series is hidden in each of the 50 United States. These caches each contain a numeric clue that that will lead you to this final cache located somewhere in our nation’s capitol upon completion of the series.”It’s a daunting series that Lorrie, an airline pilot, started in 2008. She says, “While traveling anywhere in the world is a great thing, I just believe that the United States has so much to offer that most folks will never see!  I have a ‘bucket list’ of places I wish to visit, but my list started with visiting all 50 states.”Lorrie discovered geocaching after reading a newspaper article about the treasure-hunting adventure. “I tried to get my younger brother interested in geocaching…  I ended up being the one addicted.” Her discovery came only two years before beginning the Cache Across America series. “I started caching on July 9, 2006…the last day that I ever touched my golf clubs (which are still gathering dust in the garage to this day…).”On the cache page for the final cache in the series Lorrie writes, “Oh sure, the many trips were amazing. The thousands and thousands of miles of driving seemed endless at times. Some of the sights I saw were breathtaking (and so were my VISA bills ).” But she says something was more important than all of that, “Cache Across America (CAA) was really all about people.” Read her Geocaching.com log to find out about the people who cheered Lorrie on to complete the challenge.But she has advice for you too, if you’re considering attempting a major geocaching adventure. She says, “Technology is your BFF!  I wouldn’t do it without a ‘paperless capable’ GPS.  Spend lots of time beforehand planning routes and downloading Pocket Queries to save in your files before long trips in case your plans change. I carried an aircard so I could access the internet anywhere on my laptop and that became a real help many times on the road.  And if you are going after a specific cache research it beforehand and make sure it is not disabled before you drive thousands of miles!  Take lots of pictures and jot down some notes…you will happy later that you did.”Lorrie not only completed the challenge and made new friends, but she also put her conquest in a video. She says, “Actually there is no ‘video’ in my video! It is just the collection of still photos that I had in my files from my Cache Across America journey.  I was recently asked by the organizers of Florida’s annual Cacheapalooza event to give a presentation about Cache Across America, and this video is what I made for that presentation.  I am happy now that I spent so much time taking pictures, especially of all the state boundary signs.  Those were the toughest and many times I had to exit a highway and circle back around to get another shot at a missed one.  I found my first CAA cache in October 2008, and finished the CAA final in June 2010.”Watch the “video” and wonder… could you complete a geocaching series like this?Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Tesla And The Fallacy Of Data-Driven Decisions

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Matt Asay Tags:#Big Data#cars#Malcolm Gladwell#Tesla Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img We like to pride ourselves on being increasingly data-driven. In fact, we’ve created a giant new industry frenetically panning for Big Data gold. A healthy $4.5 billion market in 2010, according to IDC, Big Data is set to explode to $23.8 billion in 2016, fueled by our need to be more data-driven in everything from how we do business to how we eat.I suspect, however, that we’re fooling ourselves, as the recent Tesla debacle suggests. As much as we’d like to smugly pat ourselves on the back for being data-driven, the truth is that data is always messy, and never really tells any particular story.(See also Would You Buy A Tesla Model S?)Bigger Data ≠ Bigger AnswersNew York Times columnist David Brooks nails this in an op-ed piece, wherein he argues that Big Data, while very useful for guiding our intuitions, gets some things very wrong. Like the value of social connections. Or the context for answering a question. In fact, he speculates, Big Data might actually obscure Big Answers by complicating decisions and making it even harder to determine which statistically signifiant correlations between data are informative and not simply spurious.Such thinking won’t be surprising to anyone that has read Nassim Taleb’s book The Black Swan, which posits that the more data we analyze, the more likely our conclusions will be wrong. Taleb writes:In business and economic decision-making, data causes severe side effects – data is now plentiful thanks to connectivity; and the share of spuriousness in the data increases as one gets more immersed into it. A not well-discussed property of data: it is toxic in large quantities – even in moderate quantities.In other words, the more data you collect, the harder it can become to interpret that data. And even if you can interpret your data correctly, are you actually going to listen to that interpretation?Which brings us to Tesla. Tesla and “Truth”In case you’ve been hiding under a rock, a New York Times reporter, John Broder, wrote an unflattering review of Tesla’s new Model S. Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk got the knives out and slammed the reporter using a pile of data (from the reporter’s test drive, which is a little bit creepy). Broder responded with his own view of the data, and finally Margaret Sullivan, public editor of the Times, waded in. Her conclusion?People will go on contesting these points – and insisting that they know what they prove — and that’s understandable. In the matter of the Tesla Model S and its now infamous test drive, there is still plenty to argue about and few conclusions that are unassailable.But wait! What about all that data Musk collected? Doesn’t it prove his point? Or what about Broder’s own data? Doesn’t it prove his? In both cases the answer is “Yes,” leaving would-be Tesla buyers like ReadWrite’s Dan Lyons stymied as to what they should do. Which is why being “data-driven” is the start of a solution, not the end. The Human Side of Big DataAs David Brooks notes, reviewing Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Blink, “We have the capacity to sift huge amounts of information, blend data, isolate telling details and come to astonishingly rapid conclusions, even in the first two seconds of seeing something.” This is not to suggest that we shouldn’t collect data, but that we perhaps need to be smarter about how we analyze it, and how much we trust it.As I’ve argued (see Big Data And The Landfills Of The Digital Enterprise), I don’t think this is a matter of hiring expensive data scientists to interpret our data. Rather, I imagine it’s a matter of guiding our decisions – even those split-second “hunches” that Gladwell talks about in Blink – through data, without becoming consumed with data. Data kicks off the right questions; data doesn’t resolve disputes.Just ask Musk and Broder: both absolutely convinced they’re right, and both with ample data on their respective sides to prove it.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more