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Detained cyber-dissident faces up to 15 years in prison

first_img Receive email alerts October 17, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Detained cyber-dissident faces up to 15 years in prison SyriaMiddle East – North Africa March 12, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Syria News When he appeared before an investigating judge in Damascus on 4 August, the charges mentioned were “weakening national sentiment” and “inciting civil and sectarian war” under articles 285 and 298. He confirmed that he wrote the articles cited by the judge.Aged 61, Saleh writes regularly for Elaph.com (http://www.elaph.com), a website that is censored in Syria because of its outspoken style of news reporting. Arrested and sentenced to three years in prison during the “Damascus Spring” in 2002, he was released on 9 September 2004.Arrested again on 29 May 2005, he was sentenced on 15 August 2006 to three years in prison for “spreading mendacious information.” He was finally released on 12 September 2007 on completing three-quarters of the sentence.Syria is the Arab world’s most repressive country towards those posting information online, although the Syrian constitution guarantees “the right to freely express one’s opinions by spoken word, in writing or in any other medium.”Reporters Without Borders calls for the release of Saleh and the three other cyber-dissidents detained in Syria: Firas Saad, Tariq Biassi and Kareem Arabji. Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists March 8, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law Reporters Without Borders condemns the charges of “spreading mendacious information aimed at weakening national sentiment,” seeking to “stir up sectarian strife” and “attacking the president” that have been brought against Habib Saleh, a cyber-dissident who was arrested without explanation in a market in his home town of Tartus on 6 May.The charges carry sentences ranging from two to 15 years in prison. No date has so far been set for his trial.“This is the third time in seven years that Saleh is being prosecuted because of the articles he writes,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Nonetheless, all he has done is call for governmental reform, democracy and freedom of opinion. The extravagant and disproportionate nature of the charges highlights the extent of the government’s inability to tolerate criticism and the injustice of his arrest.”Saleh is charged under articles 285 to 297 of the criminal code, which carry sentence of 3 to 15 years in prison and under articles 374 and 377, which a maximum of two years in prison.center_img RSF_en SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria News News News Organisation Reporters Without Borders condemns the charges that have been brought against Habib Saleh, a cyber-dissident who was arrested without explanation in a market in his home town of Tartus on 6 May.The charges carry sentences ranging from two to 15 years in prison. No date has so far been set for his trial. to go further February 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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It’s all about the borrower: How to compete for today’s ever-connected consumer

first_imgOnline and always connected, today’s consumers expect an “anytime, anywhere” experience when doing their banking, and a seamless, intuitive interface is key to keeping them on your website and on board with your financial institution. Lenders can no longer consider Web-based technologies as an “add-on”; it’s now integral to staying competitive.Financial consumers have raised their expectations, especially when it comes to lending. They’re no longer satisfied with a fill-in application form. They look for immediate answers on loan options, approvals and documentation, and lenders put themselves at risk if they find themselves unable to respond quickly.Lenders must integrate technology to provide the best user experience for their customers, and must carefully select solutions that provide easy-to-use applications and constant communication and tracking.With digital banking, delivering easy and satisfying online and in-person interactions to borrowers gives originators the opportunity gain new customers – and keep current ones – in this very competitive environment. Faster completion of what can be an intimidating end-to-end loan process, supplemented by helpful guidance from available loan officers, is what can really differentiate one lender over another – and make borrowers more willing to come back for more. continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Hoegh LNG Partners net income, revenue rise in Q1

first_imgImage courtesy of Höegh LNG PartnersHöegh LNG Partners, the Bermuda-based limited partnership formed by Norway’s Höegh LNG, reported a rise in its net income for the first three months of this year.In its quarterly report, the MLP said its net income for the first quarter reached $16.2 million, an increase of $17.2 million from net loss of $1 million for the same quarter in 2016.“The net income (loss) for both periods was significantly impacted by unrealized gains and losses on derivative instruments mainly on the Partnership’s share of equity in earnings of joint ventures,” Höegh LNG Partners said.The company posted revenue of $35.1 million in the period under review as compared to $21.7 million the year before.“Having closed the acquisition of 51% of the Höegh Grace at the beginning of the quarter, the Partnership has expanded and diversified its fleet to five FSRUs and added Colombia to the growing list of markets utilizing floating storage and regasification units to participate in the global LNG trade,” said Richard Tyrrell, Chief Executive of Höegh LNG Partners.“The acquisition enabled the Partnership to declare a 4.2% distribution increase for the first quarter of 2017 compared to the fourth quarter of 2016, representing an annualized cash distribution of $1.72 per unit – an increase of more than 27% since the IPO in mid-2014,” added Tyrrell.last_img read more

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Lady Bulldogs Defeat Lady Pirates

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs traveled to Greensburg on Thursday evening to face the Lady Pirates in an EIAC matchup. The Lady Bulldogs set the tone early in the game by scoring just 18 seconds into the match. Batesville took the opening kickoff down the right side of the pitch as Olivia Knueven hit a cross into the feet of Lauren Gutzwiller who took the shot towards the back post through a crowd of Greensburg defenders. Carlie Werner and Liz Heidlage teamed up to score the 2nd and 3rd goals for the Lady Bulldogs. Heidlage found Werner open in the box on each goal. Abbey Prickel netted the Lady Bulldogs 4th score on an unassisted effort that Prickel intercepted a Lady Pirate pass and took it 30 yards down the field and hit a rocket from 25 yards out for the score. Ellie Cassidy scored the 5th goal of the game as Werner laid the ball back to the 18 yard box and Cassidy struck the ball off the crossbar and into the net.    The Lady Bulldogs were able to find the back of the net 5 times through the first 8 minutes of the game. Heidlage scored the 6th goal of the game as Catherine Raab was credited with the assist. Werner added the 7th and 8th goals of the half on some brilliant finished. Werner received a pass from Knueven at the corner of the 18, made a nifty move to free herself from the Greensburg defense, and ripped a hard shot into the far net. Heidlage assisted Werner on the 8th score. Freshman, Betsy Reidy got in on the scoring to add the 9th goal for the Lady Bulldogs off an assist by Raab. The 10th and final goal of the first half was scored by Raab assisted by Allie Savage. In the second half, many of the younger players for the Lady Bulldogs got the bulk of the minutes and Batesville added one more score for the game. Gutzwiller netted her 2nd goal of the match assisted by Prickel.  Box Score:Werner – 4 goals 1 assistHeidlage – 1 goal 3 assistsGutzwiller – 2 goals Prickel – 1 goal 1 assistCassidy – 1 goalKnueven – 2 assistsReidy – 1 goalRaab – 1 goal 2 assistsSavage – 1 assistCourtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kyle Laker.last_img read more

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Nigeria Gave Us Nightmare, Says Mahrez

first_imgRiyad Karim Mahrez of Algeria going past Samuel Chimerenka Chukwueze of Nigeria during the 2019 African Cup of Nations match between Algeria and Nigeria at the Cairo International Stadium in Cairo, Egypt on July 14,2019. (Photo by Ulrik Pedersen/NurPhoto via Getty Images) “We knew we have an edge over Super Eagles and rightly dominated play for greater part of the first half but things changed in the second half.“They (Eagles) were more physical in play. Unfortunately, we could not double the lead and things changed against us with the fans rooting for Nigeria. We were lucky to get that last minute free kick and I buried it to the far corner of the net to give my country the ticket to the final.Mahrez admitted that the Desert Foxes studied  and realized that badly positioned Daniel Akpeyi was an edge for him shortly before the last free kick that earned Algeria the ticket.“I studied the wall and the position of the keeper. The best I can do was to lift and allow the ball travel few meters above the wall and rest in the appropriate corner of the net,” the Man City forward revealed at the post match conference..The free kick was more or less the last kick of the game as the centre referee signaled the end of the match with thousands of Algerian supporters inside the stadium erupted in wild jubilation.“We are happy not to have let our fans down because we never knew how the extra time will go since Nigerian players were still full of energy. We were stretched earlier in the quarter final match against Côte d’ Ivoire,” he recalled.On the final on Friday, Mahrez said he hoped for a good game against Senegal whom they played in the group stage. He however insisted that the setting is different now with so much at stake. “We hope to win the cup against after a long wait,” he concluded with optimism.Meanwhile, Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr could not hide his dismay following the exit of Nigeria from the AFCON 2019 tournament in Egypt.“I think my players lost concentration and were actually looking forward to going into extra time but in a match of this magnitude, you don’t overlook the micro seconds and this caused my team a big set back.“The match was a reverse of the match we played against South Africa when the VAR delay eventually worked in our favour after long minutes of wait but today it was ruled in our favour.  It is the same thing with the last minute goal that worked against us today.“Life must go on and I have to go back home and meet with my employer on the next line of action but more importantly, moving forward,” explained. Rohr laments over last minute goal against EaglesFemi Solaja in CairoMatch winner and Total Man of the Match, Riyad Karim Mahrez, yesterday gave an emotional judgment on the Nigerian team whom he said played beyond their expectation.The captain of the team said he was delighted to have scored the winning goal that took Algeria to the final of the tournament for the first time since 1990 when they hosted the event and won by a lone goal against Nigeria in Algiers.center_img Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Team SA to debate at Model UN

first_imgParticipants at the 2008 SA Model UNconference in the Cape Town MetropolitanCouncil debating chamber.(Image: SA Model UN) The imposing headquarters of the UnitedNations in New York.(Image: United Nations) The Johannesburg Model UnitedNations gets underway. (Image: AmericanInternational School of Johannesburg)Janine ErasmusAt the end of March a team of young South Africans heads to the US to represent their country at an international Model United Nations debate hosted by Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. The South African participation is organised by South African Model United Nations and Education Africa.The silver-tongued team has come through a series of testing events on both a provincial and national level, to claim their place in one of the world’s foremost schools debating competitions. From 2 to 5 April 2009 Team South Africa will face up to 2 500 other pupils from all over the world.The Model United Nations (UN) authentically simulates specific UN organs or conferences, such as the General Assembly, Security Council, World Bank, International Court of Justice or the Human Rights Council. Conferences may also replicate intergovernmental organisations such as the European and African Unions, or the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.Model UN programmes are run in schools and universities all around the world. In Africa there are programmes operating the length and breadth of the continent, including the Cairo International Model UN, the East African Model UN, the Johannesburg Model UN, the Nigerian International Model UN, and the Zambia Model UN at the International School of Lusaka.Stepping into diplomatic shoesDebates are modelled on those held in the UN General Assembly and, to further recreate the atmosphere of that hallowed chamber, pupils are required to step into the shoes of international diplomats of UN member countries.Each team is assigned a country to represent, and must convincingly embody the policies of their allocated country in various spheres, such as relevant international issues, debate and consultation, and development of solutions to world problems. Teams must therefore research and thoroughly understand their allocated country’s political, economic, social and cultural policies.The 2009 conference will feature a number of key committees including the UN Development Programme, the 2007 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Bali, The UN Human Rights Council, and South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.Crisis committees include Iraq 2003, the UN Security Council, the World Health Organisation, and the Peloponnesian War of 431-404 BC.All these structures are designed to give participating pupils an in-depth experience and understanding of global issues through investigation, communication and diplomacy.Debating their way to the topThe Model UN programme was established in 1995 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the United Nations. For pupils, the first step to debating on the international stage is participation in training workshops at provincial level. Schools are briefed on rules and procedures, as well as the topics of debate. Each team of four – two from an under-privileged school and two from an advantaged school – is allocated a country to represent in the debate.These teams then go forward to the provincial competition, where both topics and adjudicators are selected with the assistance of the UN. The winning team from each province becomes eligible to take part in the national event, and is assisted by a university tutor, usually from a political science or international relations background, in their preparations.The stakes are high as this is the stage during which the national team is selected. The national team comprises 12 members – the four from the winning team and one each from the other eight provinces.The finals for the 2009 international event took place in Pretoria in October 2008, with debate focusing on two hot topics; humanitarian intervention versus sovereignty in the case of Myanmar following Cyclone Nargis; and the indictment of Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court. KwaZulu-Natal walked away with top honours, and a further eight pupils were selected to complete the team.Education Africa, a Johannesburg-based non-profit organisation, co-ordinates the programme while the United Nations Information Centre assists with policy direction and adjudication.  The South African Model United Nations provides tutoring and topic selection, and chairs the debates.South Africa’s young public speakers have done the country proud in previous years, and it is expected that the 2009 event will be no exception. In 2006 the team walked off with nine out of the 12 international awards, taking two Outstanding Delegate awards, three Honourable Mention awards and four Mentions for their representation of Nigeria.In 2008 Team South Africa, representing Tanzania, brought home the award for Best Delegation as well as two Honourable Mentions. And nine of the 12 students won individual awards for outstanding performances in their individual committees.Stuart Meyer, chair of the schools development programme of the South African Institute of International Affairs, commented, “It was a wonderful time to be South African. Seeing our pupils walk down the aisle of the mighty hall of the General Assembly, two small dots to thunderous applause as they received their prizes, was a truly emotional moment marking a great achievement.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] articlesFraser-Moleketi takes top UN jobEducation in South AfricaUseful linksSouth African Model United NationsUnited Nations in South AfricaEducation AfricaCornell Model UN Conference 2009South African Institute of International AffairsUnited Nations Information CentresModel United NationsGlobal issues on the UN agendaDepartment of Educationlast_img read more

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