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

Café couture

first_imgCake companies were out in force at last week’s Caffè Culture show in London, hoping their exclusive delicacies would catch the eye of a passing Starbucks buyer.Caffè Culture, now in its second year, took place at the London Olympia exhibition centre, with 175 exhibitors, including Typhoo, Nestlé, Café Direct, Dairy Crest, First Choice Coffee, Love Smoothies and ProJuice, and a host of other food, drink, packaging, computer systems and distribution suppliers.Bakers among them included Clam’s Handmade Cakes, The Handmade Cake Company, Honeyrose Bakery, Just Cakes, Kate’s Cakes and Sugar and Spice.Caffè Culture was Manchester-based Martins Cakes & Desserts’ first trade show. The company, which already supplies customers including Debenhams, took a stand to target the big coffee chains, with products including thaw-and-serve artisan scones, in varieties such as rosemary & vine fruit and fig & aniseed. Development director Allison Pickup said the company is focusing on developing traditional British products, and can work directly with customers to make bespoke products.Bakery supplier Dawn Foods came to the show to launch a new generic brand ’Sweet Bakery Box’. Aimed at foodservice operators, the range includes cookies and milkshake muffins. Each product is wrapped individually and packaged in small cases.Among the other product launches at the show was a high-profile relaunch of Typhoo Tea’s decaffeinated tea range for the foodservice market and three new speciality teas, Assam, Earl Grey and English Breakfast.London-based chain Coffee Republic took a stand at the show to canvas potential franchisees. The chain now has 46 bars, 32 of which are franchises, said UK franchise director Kevin Frostick, and it plans to recruit new franchisees all around the UK.Caffè Culture also boasted a range of seminars, debates and demonstrations from industry experts, baristas and catering professionals, about issues facing the industry. The Caffè Theatre saw chefs and baristas provide practical food and latte art demonstrations, giving inspiration to those looking to offer new food and drink ideas to their customers. Meanwhile, business presentations from top names in the trade included Fiacra Nagle, CEO of O’Brien’s Sandwich Bars, and Phil Abbott, MD of the BB’s Coffee and Muffins chain.The show was certainly the place for the food-to-go supplier to see and be seen. nlast_img read more

Maximize your lending success

first_imgLending can make or break a credit union—especially during a recession. Attend NAFCU’s Virtual Lending Conference to learn everything you need to help keep your portfolio strong throughout the crisis, and even gain more loans and members. You’ll acquire the best, most innovative lending practices, ideas, and strategies—along with a comprehensive understanding of how to integrate them into your credit union—so you can push through the recession in as strong a position as possible. Attend to: Strengthen your understanding of the most up-to-the-second economic and regulatory data trends affecting your lendingGain powerful techniques for improving your loan quality, profitability and balances during a recessionDiversify your portfolio by harnessing best practices for boosting business lending, attracting younger members, and engaging in loan participationsImprove your ability to avoid portfolio bankruptcies and maximize your recoveryJump-start your loan marketing program with new strategies for overcoming a world with less branch trafficDiscover the latest and most promising trends in mortgages, auto financing and credit card paymentsGet lending’s best strategies and ideas so your CU can strongly push through the recession. Attend NAFCU’s Virtual Lending Conference.Register now for special virtual event pricing! NAFCU member: $1,649 now $599NAFCU nonmember: $2,449 now $799 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

European Commission re-shuffles staff at FISMA Directorate-General

first_imgMusical chairs for top positions affecting three key directors in the Cabinet of the European Commission’s Directorate-General (DG) for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union (FISMA) are due to come into effect on 1 May.Martin Merlin will take over directorship covering financial institutions.The DG looks after the regulation and prudential supervision of banking, retail financial services and insurance and pensions.Reporting to him, Nathalie Berger remains in position. Merlin’s background, starting in 1997, includes working on insurance and pension funds issues.He will replace Mario Nava, who will move to the directorate dealing with financial system surveillance and crisis management.This includes euro-zone and national financial systems, as well as crisis management.In Merlin’s former position in the Cabinet was Ugo Bassi. His role will embrace the Capital Markets Union programme, financial markets infrastructure, securities markets and asset management.In former years, Bassi’s responsibilities covered “capital and companies”.John Berrigan, as deputy director-general, continues to oversee the four policy directorates, including the one for investment and company reporting, for which the director’s post will be filled in due course.Director-general for FISMA remains Olivier Guersent, who reports to commissioner Jonathan Hill. On 1 September 2015, Guersent replaced Jonathan Faull, who was appointed director-general of the Task Force for Strategic Issues Related to the UK Referendum.The European Commission said it re-shuffled its staff at FISMA in an effort to “make the best use of its resources”.  Unchanged in her position is Pamela Brumpter-Coret, in charge of human and financial resources, and communication.last_img read more

TV a weighty problem for kids – study

first_imgNZHerald 17 July 2012 Watching two hours of television puts a millimetre on the waist of a child and reduces the ability to exercise, researchers have found. Scientists who followed 1300 children from age 2 to 4 found that for every hour of extra TV a child watched each week, their waist measurement increased by 0.5mm and their jumping ability decreased by a third of a centimetre. The average child watched 8.8 hours of television a week at the younger age and 14.8 hours when they got older. But one in six watched more than 18 hours a week, their parents told the Quebec Longitudinal Study of Child Development in Canada.  Experts recommend children over the age of 2 should watch no more than two hours of TV a day. Dr Caroline Fitzpatrick, of the University of Montreal, who led the study, said: “The pursuit of sports by children depends in part on their perceived athletic competence. Behavioural dispositions can become entrenched during childhood as it is a critical period for the development of habits.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10820088last_img read more

NBA: Magic Johnson can’t be part of Lakers’ official pitches to free agents

first_imgHorton-Tucker speculated that his injury might have hurt his draft stock, as questions about his athleticism and fitness seemed to drop him down among evaluators. But the 18-year-old guard also said he felt fortunate to land with the Lakers.The team held a Summer League practice in El Segundo on Friday afternoon, with much of the team’s key personnel in attendance: Frank Vogel, Rob Pelinka, and other top-level front office staffers. LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma were also present – the only two Lakers who are currently under contract for next season (until the Anthony Davis trade becomes official on July 6).That’s a promising sign to Horton-Tucker: Fewer bodies on the roster means a better shot at a meaningful role next year in his eyes.“It’s good,” he said. “It shows that I might have an opportunity to come in and earn some minutes. But I’m just going to take it a day at a time right now, just continue to try and get better every day.”The Lakers will play three games in the California Classic, which runs July 1 through July 3. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Talen Horton-Tucker, the No. 46 pick out of Iowa State, will sit out due to a stress reaction in his right foot that he’s been dealing with since the NBA Combine in May. The Lakers knew about the injury before they drafted him on June 20, and they will re-evaluate his health when the team begins Las Vegas Summer League play on July 5.“I don’t have any pain but just looking at it procedurally and doing everything the doctors want me to do,” he said. “It’s frustrating but God, he has everything happen for a reason so I feel like that got me here. So I’m just going to go with it and just live with it every day, so I’m cool.”Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersJohnson’s sway has been a sticking point for some time. As an executive, Johnson was criticized and fined for commenting on players on other teams, prohibited by the NBA’s rules against tampering that quickly frustrated him. Now no longer a team official, a team source confirmed to Southern California News Group that the NBA has still barred the 59-year-old Lakers legend from being a part of the team’s official presentations with Leonard or anyone else.It’s an awkward state of affairs: Johnson has created waves for the Lakers the past few months, starting with his departure itself, followed by accusing General Manager Rob Pelinka of “backstabbing.”He’s since altered his tune slightly, praising Pelinka on social media since the Lakers agreed to a trade for perennial All-Star Anthony Davis. Lakers owner Jeanie Buss suggested earlier this week at the NBA Awards that she and Johnson remain on good terms.Leonard is expected to meet with the Lakers, the Clippers and the Toronto Raptors (whom he won a championship with this month) once the free agency negotiating window opens Sunday at 3 p.m. PT. He averaged 26.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists in the regular season, and went on to win Finals MVP for his central role in the Raptors’ title run.HORTON-TUCKER TO MISS START OF SUMMER LEAGUEThe Lakers’ only draft pick this summer won’t be playing at the start of July when the team heads to the California Classic in Sacramento. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Officially, Magic Johnson is off the clock. But his influence on pending free agency decisions is still being debated.Johnson told ESPN on Friday afternoon that star free agent Kawhi Leonard was interested in meeting with him. But the former Lakers team president – who memorably and dramatically quit his job in April – cannot formally stump on behalf of his team, which hopes to draw the 27-year-old to the sunny shores of Los Angeles.Johnson’s comments seem to leave room that he could still meet with Leonard privately and try to steer him toward the Lakers, just not under the team’s direction.“A friend of mine called and says Kawhi wants to meet with you,” Johnson told ESPN. “I said no problem. I’m available if that’s what this man wants.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years last_img read more

Feuding Greek Players Say World Cup Goals Will Come Vs. Japan

first_imgNATAL, Brazil – Despite their country’s dismal scoring record at World Cup finals, Greece players insist the goals will come in Brazil — starting on June 19 against Japan.Now playing in its third World Cup, Greece has only scored two goals to date — both in the 2010 tournament in South Africa. That record clearly needs to improve if the team is to advance beyond the group stage for the first time.The game at Natal’s Arena das Dunas is a must-win for both teams after they lost their opening matches in Group C. Greece was beaten 3-0 by Colombia after its supposedly rock-solid defense caved in, while Japan was edged 2-1 by Ivory Coast.Given the stakes, Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos had no doubts on June 18, promising “tomorrow, we will have goals.”His teammates were similarly convinced that Greece would overcome its problems in finding the back of the net.“It’s not a psychological hurdle, certainly not,” said defender Vasileios Torosidis, who will take any kind of goal to secure victory. “Tomorrow, I hope to win with an own goal or a goal, the important thing is to win,” he said. “We are not stressed. The World Cup is a celebration.”He’s one of only two Greece players who have celebrated a World Cup goal, notching the winner in Greece’s 2-1 victory over Nigeria in 2010. Dimitris Salpingidis also scored in that game.Greece also scored just two goals in four warm-up matches for the World Cup in Brazil as coach Fernando Santos searched for answers up front.However, there were several good chances to score against Colombia. Georgios Samaras hit the crossbar. Panagiotis Kone sent a shot just wide in the first half and later was denied by an outstanding reaction save by Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina.“Scoring has been difficult indeed,” midfielder Lazaros Christodoulopoulos acknowledged. “Every year is different, every match is different. We have to score tomorrow to keep ourselves alive.”Greek players insist a dispute during practice was minor and won’t affect team harmony heading into the match against Japan.The Guardian newspaper in London reported the dustup between Ioannis Maniatis and Georgios Tzavelas in training on June 18. Their teammates and coach Fernando Santos confirmed a confrontation between the two players but would not divulge details.The Guardian reported Maniatis threatened to fly home but calmed down and agreed to stay in Brazil. Papastathopoulos called the matter “trivial” and a good controversy for the media.The Greek football federation also issued a statement downplaying the incident, saying the team is committed to trying to advance out of the group stage.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Handicapped city

first_img23-year-old Abhinav Nagar set out to explore this Christmas charm a couple of years ago in and around St James’ Church in Kashmere Gate, known to be the oldest surviving church in Delhi. Accompanying him were his three friends, all students from the same college, nurturing generous dreams of a grand future full of accomplishments. Nagar remembers chatting amiably with his friends and enjoying the cool breeze and the Christmas air. But what happened next changed their lives forever. Also Read – Find your own happinessThere was total blackness as a cow darted in front of their vehicle, forcing Nagar to lose control of the car completely and crash into a nearby lamp-post on the pavement. He hit his spine instantly and his friends were injured too. Nagar woke up the next day in hospital. He could not move either of his legs and his doctor told him that he could never walk again. At 23, Abhinav became wheelchair-bound, overnight, and his life changed forever.This is not an isolated case of compulsive disability. There are hundreds and thousands of people all over the world witnessing their lives change all of a sudden due to a mishap, accident or some disease. But what we, the other half of the population who can walk, run, jump and enjoy life and every bit of it, do not realise is the pain these people experience everyday to walk that extra mile which once seemed impossible. Also Read – Into the wildThere are ambitions plans to turn Delhi into a smart city. But our national Capital is thoroughly devoid of a disabled-friendly infrastructure and basic sensitivity essential to make this place accessible to them too. There is a gross negativity prevailing for the differently-abled, who are always subjected to mercy of others for any kind of help or acceptance. It would thus be a great idea to create an infrastructure or give them an ambience that would not make it imperative for them to move around with someone else’s help or acceptance. A recently conducted study reveals that some of the city’s busiest places like Connaught Place, Lodhi Road, Sarai Kale Khan and Nehru Place are devoid of street infrastructure for the differently-abled and even for the elderly to navigate. These places are even inaccessible for those with reduced mobility, pregnant women, children, persons carrying luggage and those with temporary ailments. Some of the key problems found at Connaught Place were lack of proper signages and audio signals, non-continuity of tactile pavers and pelican crossings. Footpath height and width varied at many places and there was lack of kerb ramps and pedestrian crossings in front of busy bus terminuses like the ISBT, coupled with open drains on footpaths and encroachments by hawkers.Abha Khetarpal, president of NGO Cross the Hurdles says: “Essential services like banks, ATMs, post offices still remain inaccessible for the differently-abled. Even many of the doctors’ clinics and diagnostic centres are not disabled friendly. Schools do not have proper infrastructure to accommodate students with disabilities. Though public buildings, many stadiums might have ramps for wheelchair users to enter the premises but washrooms inside the campus are inaccessible. Personally speaking, I have found no washrooms for disabled people at Thyagraj stadium near INA market that was built as a venue for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.”She further elaborates: “Movie theatres again are not friendly. ‘Disabled friendly’ does not mean just a ramp being made outside the premises for wheelchair users. It must cater to the needs to all the different kind of disabilities. Tactile surfaces and Braille signage are rarely found. Many hotels and restaurants still remain unfriendly.”The differently-abled also face insensitive behaviour of bus drivers and conductors, who many a times charge more than the designated fare, despite travel for the visually impaired being free in all state-run Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses and the National Capital Region (NCR). But statistics show that this is not restricted to Delhi or the NCR area alone. The 70 million disabled in India face similar problems in other parts of the country too and, possibly, things are much worse. Transportation in every Indian city and town has failed disabled citizens to live a smooth and uncomplicated life. Lack of awareness, contempt and lapsed policies contribute to their plight. Though low floor buses in several metropolises including Delhi are initiatives for making transportation smooth, it has hardly come as a boon.Javed Abidi, director, National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People in India mentions in a report: “Despite it being a norm, there are no ramps to get on to the bus stands in the national capital. It’s a shame that the DTC plays hoax on us by painting disabled-friendly pictures and signages at bus stops, as they never practice what they preach.” Unfortunately, there has been little done in this direction to address the issue.Khetarpal adds: “No railway station in Delhi has a lift. Though the bus stops show the universal symbol of disability has broken ramps or are just unreachable due the rugged surfaces or the large number of street vendors and hawkers.”Though many new pavements and sidewalks in most New Delhi Municipal Council and Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) areas are spacious and well-laid, many of them are blocked by bollards or small iron posts through which a wheelchair can’t pass.According to disabled rights organisations, the special ramps constructed on many roads have faulty designs and do not follow international standards. Ideally, for a height of one metre the ramps should be 18 metres long (1:18 gradient). But the ramps are built on a 1:12 gradient and are steep. Moreover, they also do not provide a landing after every five metres. Even the parks in the national capital are not disabled-friendly. Summed together, there are as many as 14,000 parks in total but all of them more or less lie in a state of shambles and do not support visitors with disabilities. However, Mukesh Yadav, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of South MCD says: “Almost all our parks are disabled-friendly. All of them are at the ground level so there is particularly no need for a ramp. Also, there is one gate at the entrance of every park through which a wheelchair can easily enter.” But in reality, the story is a little different.Kanika Dua, an MA Psychology student in Delhi University who is partially visually impaired, says: ‘I’m very lucky that the crowd in my university is very good. People do help and try to understand our problems. Cops are very helpful. But when I go out of the campus, it is a little difficult as I don’t know all the roads, there are no Braille signages and mobility becomes an issue.’The Delhi Metro, often referred to as the lifeline of the national Capital, and rightly so, has stood the test of time in the last decade regarding performance. There is little doubt that the Metro has contributed in no small measure to taking Delhi and its infrastructural facilities to the next level! But this is just one side of the picture. Delhi Metro does seem ill-prepared not just for emergencies but also when it comes to helping the disabled with wheelchairs. The number of wheelchairs and stretchers at one of the busiest stations Rajiv Chowk, is limited to only three and five respectively!Shopping arcades and malls in Delhi are considerably better in terms of providing a friendly ambience for the disabled. Sonali Manilal, Marketing Head, DLF Promenade says: “The mall has reserved parking for physically challenged and senior citizens in B1. The parking has been reserved next to the elevator lobby with dedicated parking attendants. For physically challenged patrons, the mall is equipped with a dedicated and customized hydraulic elevator; all prominent entrances have wheel chairs stationed with an attendant; each shopping floor houses washrooms for the disabled.” In case of an emergency, she adds: “The staff is well trained in basic life saving skills and safety trainings. There is a medical room with bed and important medical equipment. The concierge is trained to use basic medical techniques and is always equipped with medical kit.” But for the past few years, there is a growing political momentum behind the need to take disability provision seriously.If available figures are to be believed, people with disabilities are more likely to be unemployed, illiterate, to have less formal education and less access to support networks. They are further isolated by discrimination, ignorance and prejudice. The World Bank estimates that about 20 per cent of the world’s poorest people are disabled. Poverty causes disability through inadequate access to medical treatment and vaccinations, and exposure to unsanitary and unsafe living and working conditions. Children with disabilities in India rarely progress beyond primary education, with school enrolment less than 10 per cent in many areas. This then reinforces social alienation and leads to very limited employment opportunities, leading to abject poverty. A universal barrier-free environment is every Indian’s dream. Reassuringly, a few have been lobbying for it for some time now, working towards creating and maintaining environments in which all people can participate in ways that are equitable, dignified, independent and safe for all. Obstacles of any kind affect the lives of people to a great extent, and it is not difficult to imagine the plight of millions of disabled people who face hurdles at every single step.last_img read more