Two reporters banned from covering Polisario Front chief’s funeral

first_img Help by sharing this information May 18, 2021 Find out more Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria May 12, 2021 Find out more Organisation Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the decision by the Algerian authorities today (3 June) to prevent two newspaper reporters from flying to Tindouf (1,500 km southwest of Algiers) to cover Polisario Front leader Mohamed Abdelaziz’s funeral. Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections Follow the news on Algeria to go further News News AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Freedom of expression AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Freedom of expression June 30, 2016 Two reporters banned from covering Polisario Front chief’s funeral El Watan reporter Rbaha Beldjena and El Khabar reporter Lahcèn Bourbia were turned away at Houari Boumedienne Airport in Algiers although other journalists were allowed to fly to Tindouf to cover the event. Beldjena and Bourbia were referred to the prime minister’s office when they asked the reason for the ban. But no questions would be addressed to the prime minister’s office because today is a Friday and all government departments close on Friday in Algeria. “Banning El Watan and El Khabar journalists from flying to Tindouf to cover the Polisario Front leader’s funeral is extremely worrying,” said Yasmine Kacha, the head of RSF’s North Africa desk. “Furthermore, this incident comes just two day after RSF met with communication minister Hamid Grine, who gave assurances that he would do what was necessary to ensure that freedom of information is respected in Algeria.” At the meeting in Algiers on 1 June, RSF told the communication minister what action it thought should be taken to end harassment of the Algerian media. Algeria is ranked 129th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. News RSF_en News Receive email alerts April 29, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

New US pre-clearance deal opens up Shannon to private jet owners

first_imgNewsBusinessNew US pre-clearance deal opens up Shannon to private jet ownersBy Staff Reporter – March 13, 2019 1108 The US pre-clearance facility at Shannon Airport.SHANNON airport could soon become a stopping off point for some of the world’s richest and most influential jet-setters.Following the extension of the US customs and immigration pre-clearance agreement with the Irish Government this week, airport management said that the deal would allow them to market Shannon’s advantages as a transit stop for owners of private jets.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Currently, Shannon and Dublin are the only pre-clearance locations in Europe, with 1.9 million passengers availing of the service last year. In 2010 Shannon became the first airport in the World to offer private air crafts the same unique service.Shannon Airport managing director Andrew Murphy said that the US pre-clearance facilities would allow the airport to enhance services to airline customers and business jet operators.“This new agreement will extend the hours from 9am to 5pm daily and offer an out of hours service, which is something our executive jet customers have requested.“Our executive jet customers, in particular, can see the time-saving benefits that this new agreement will offer. It will allow them to fly directly from Shannon to their home airport without having to go to a designated clearance airport in the US first,” Mr Murphy explained.The agreement was approved by Government last January, and the signing represents the next step in assuring enhanced services at the US Pre-clearance facilities at Dublin and Shannon Airports.According to Transport Minister Shane Ross, the new provisions reflect agreements reached between Irish and US officials following detailed negotiations. The Agreement will now be referred to the Dáil for final approval before entry into force.“My Department has been engaging with the US since 2015 on the need to enhance and expand services and introduce flexibilities to pre-clearance in Ireland. The US has also been working for a number of years to expand the programme to other countries, where it is intended that a reimbursement framework for all services and facilities will be the norm as it has become in many US domestic airports.“The amendments allow reimbursement by the airport authorities of the costs of additional and enhanced pre-clearance services in Irish airports with US authorities continuing to fund a baseline level of service, on a par with that which is offered at present.“The additional costs will be borne by those benefitting from the enhanced services and will not be a charge on the Exchequer,” Minister Ross explained.The revised arrangements also reflect the agreement reached on a number of other issues, including merchandise compliance agreements, the designation of pre-clearance areas and new signage to be placed in pre-clearance areas”.From a US perspective, the new agreement enhances their Customs and Border Protection strategy of addressing continually evolving security threats “by allowing them work with foreign law enforcement and commercial carriers to prevent the boarding of potentially high-risk travellers while providing unique facilitation benefits”.According to a US Embassy spokesman, it will also allow for continued expansion of pre-clearance services in Dublin and Shannon, including extended service hours and increased staffing, cost recovery, and improved officer safety measures.by Miranda [email protected] Advertisement Previous articleLife is a Cabaret for Miss LavelleNext articleSocial enterprises given a voice at BNest Showcase Day Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp Twittercenter_img Linkedin Email Facebook Printlast_img read more

Adult Stem Cells Continue to Work Miracle Cures

first_imgChalk up two more amazing successes for adult stem cells (not derived from human embryos, like the controversial ES stem cells):1. Blindness:  The BBC News reported that stem cells from the back of the eyeball might be able to restore sight to those afflicted with macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness.2. Parkinson’s Disease:  EurekAlert reports that scientists at Thomas Jefferson University found a way to convert adult stem cells to dopamine-producing neurons.  This could lead to treatments for Parkinson’s disease and other diseases caused by a lack of dopamine.Vote for what works: vote for adult stem cell research.  Embryonic stem cell research – having no track record, no investors, and huge ethical concerns (see 10/21/2004 headline) – makes this vote a no-brainer.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Burned by Twitter’s API Restrictions, Developers Launch Distributed Microblogging Service

first_imgrStat.us is an OStatus-based microblogging service built by Steve Klabnik and others using Ruby, Sinatra and MongoDB. Because it uses OStatus, it’s compatible with Identi.ca and StatusNet microblogs. In order to follow someone from Identi.ca, just paste the ATOM feed from their profile into rStat.us. Theoretically this should work both ways, but I was unable to subscribe to my own rStat.us account from Identi.ca account.Klabnik and some friends started it after Twitter changed its terms of service and began discouraging developers to start new Twitter clients.Writing at The Changelog, Klabnik explained the origin of the project.If you didn’t hear, a week ago Friday Twitter changed their terms of service. This got a lot of people upset, including me. My friends and I started thinking about it, and the real problem is this: any software that’s owned by one entity, corporate or not, is open to the possibility of being abused.So we decided to fix it. Ten days later, here we are: http://rstat.us/ is born. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#cloud#saas Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market rStat.us is an extremely simple microblog. You can post a status, read replies, follow people and read their updates. That’s about it. “We pride ourselves on saying ‘no’ to lots of features,” the site says.The code is available on  Github, so you can start your own rStat.us server if you want to.This project is very similar to StatusNet, the microblogging engine that powers Identi.ca. But rStat.us is written in Ruby instead of PHP, which might attract more developers.It’s one of many projects addressing the problem of centralization and data portability on the Web. Others include Diaspora, Couchappspora,  Apache CouchDB and Unhosted. For more information on this movement, check out our interviews with some of the developers of these projects:Interview with J. Chris Anderson of the CouchDB sponsor company Couchbase.Interview with Michiel de Jong of Unhosted.Interview with Max Ogden of Couchappspora.Klabnik also maintains the cross-platform Ruby GUI toolkit Shoes and HacketyHack, the interactive Ruby tutorial we covered here. Both of these projects were created by why the lucky stiff. klint finleylast_img read more

Cycle makers wheel in profits on aware India

first_imgThe bicycle has come a long way-from being just an affordable mode of transportation for the lower and lower middle class travellers a few years back, to a lifestyle choice that indicates concern for good health and environmental issues, such as containing pollution, in the present day context.”Now, bicycles are used for leisure, fitness, fun and recreation,” said Y. S. Upadhyay, senior vice president, Hero Cycles Ltd.Consumers are increasingly accepting that cycling is good for health and are inculcating the habit of riding a bicycle for leisure, to work as well as for sporting activities, such as mountain biking.”Bicycles today offer more than just the simple pleasure of cycling. From fitness and trekking to racing, bicycles today cover a much broader spectrum of activities than in the days of their predecessors,” said Shiv Inder Singh, managing director, Firefox Cycles.”India produces approximately 10 per cent of the world annual bicycles output, which is estimated at 12.5 crore units. Annual domestic demand for bicycles in India is approximately one crore units, out of which around 25 lakh units are bought by the government for various welfare schemes. Exports are largely made to Africa and the less developed economies. Negligible numbers are exported to western markets,” added Singh.Earlier, bicycles selling for between Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 were considered high- end. However, now with global brands moving into the country this definition is changing with price points starting from Rs 15,000 and goes up to as high as a few lakh rupees.Not just price points, even the definition of the segments is changing. Hitherto, cycles were segmented as used by gents, ladies, children and the high-end ones. But now, in line with the global trend, lifestyle bikes are being segmented as per their usage. Thus, there are road bikes, mountain bikes, tourers, hybrids and BMX, to name a few. Virtually all the big names – Trek, Giant, Merida, Conondale and Gary Fisher – are present in the country.However, the market for high-end markets is just emerging.”Firefox enjoys 40-50 per cent market share in the high-end bicycle category. The high-end bikes constitute less than one per cent of the total market in terms of numbers and much higher in terms of value,” said Singh.Leading brands like Hero, TI Cycles, Atlas and Avon jointly make up 90 per cent of the country’s bicycle industry in terms of volume.”This fiscal approximately 1.4 crore units were sold. The cycle industry hopes to grow and touch a minimum of 1.5 crore units next fiscal,” said Upadhyay.Hero Cycles sold 56 lakh units this fiscal at a growth of 11- 12 per cent.”Two segments have seen visible growth, the children and the high-end segments. Rise in the number of nuclear families may be considered as one of the reasons where parents are willing to spend more on their children,” said Upadhyay.On new models, Singh said, “We are in a continuous process of upgrading our models and keep them at par with international standards. We will certainly be launching a few new models also.” Firefox cycles for children now cost Rs 3,000 and upwards, Rs 23,000 for adult bicycles and Rs 16,000 onwards for the Trek category.Courtesy: Mail Today  advertisementlast_img read more

Serena Williams’ warmup jacket is fit for a ‘queen’ and ‘goddess’

first_imgLast year, French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli said the black catsuit with clot-preventing compression tights that Williams wore during the 2018 French Open wouldn’t be accepted again at the tournament.Williams also addressed an announcement last week by Nike, her sponsor, that it will better respect the contracts of athletes who become pregnant.The move came in response to articles published in The New York Times in which current and former Nike-sponsored runners — including six-time Olympic champion Allyson Felix — described financial penalties that Nike athletes faced if they wanted to have children.“It started with making a statement with me, and they said they want to make a change,” Williams said. “They want to support women that want to have families and that want to be moms. I’m glad that statement was made. … That’s what it’s about. It’s about learning from mistakes and doing better.“As time goes on, as technology changes and as the world changes,” she added. “People realize that we have to change our policies.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ “Those are things that mean a lot to me and reminders for me and for everyone that wants to wear it,” Williams said. “Just remind everyone that they can be champions and are queens. So I love that about it.“It is a lot to carry, but so is being Serena Williams,” said Williams, who made her return to Grand Slam competition in Paris a year ago after missing five majors because of the birth of her first child.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe 23-time Grand Slam champion took off the jacket before the match and played in a matching two-piece outfit.Later in the match on a cool and windy day on Court Philippe Chatrier, Williams put on a plain black sweatshirt. LATEST STORIES Serena Williams of the U.S. takes off her jacket with French text reading “Champion”, “Queen”, “Godess”, and “Mother” after warming up prior to her first round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Monday, May 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)PARIS — “Champion,” ”queen,” ”goddess” and “mother.”Those were the words, in French, printed on a black-and-white warmup jacket that Serena Williams wore before her opening match at Roland Garros on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Neymar loses Brazil captaincy to Dani Alves for Copa America Williams said the mid-match outfit change didn’t have anything to do with the temperature, though.“No, I’m just crazy, to be honest. I think everyone knows that now,” she said after overcoming a slow start for a 2-6, 6-1, 6-0 victory over 83rd-ranked Vitalia Diatchenko. “I just needed to change. I was like: ‘I’ve got to try something different. It’s not my forehand, it’s my clothes; right?’”Just like when Williams often changes her hairstyle mid-match into a bun.“Because it’s definitely not my serve. It must be my hair,” she said. “It makes no sense. So it’s all in my head.”Williams’ on-court fashion choices have drawn attention for much of her career.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more

6 Tips for Building Better iPad Presentations

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min read The new iPad’s brilliantly clear Retina display and its travel-friendly size help make this third-generation tablet one of the most useful mobile sales tools on the market. The reason is simple: Presentations pop on the high-resolution screen.But most users only scratch the surface when it comes to an iPad’s capabilities for delivering dynamic business presentations. From creating the most effective content to finding the right apps and tools, here are six tips to help you make better iPad presentations:1. Play to the iPad’s strengths.Keep presentations simple. For text, images and other content, bigger is usually better for getting the message across on the iPad screen, which is slightly larger than nine and a half inches across diagonally.If you really need to have highly-detailed slides, consider passing the device around the room to let your clients have a closer look. That way, you can take advantage of things that make the iPad unique — such as its portability and screen proportions.Related: With a Dazzling Display, the New iPad Will Be Attractive for Many Business Owners2. Use a projector for larger groups.iPads can be handy for one-on-one demos, but try using a projector for larger groups. ViewSonic, Dell, Optoma and other companies make portable projectors that are compatible with tablets.At $349, the ViewSonic PJD5123, can be worth the price because it combines high picture quality with portability. Some users, however, might find it heavy at five pounds. If a lightweight device is an absolute priority then the Dell M110 — which weighs less than a pound — might be worth the higher cost (about $540).You can also wirelessly stream a presentation on your iPad to an HDTV using Apple TV and AirPlay. All you need is to connect the Apple TV device ($99) to the TV, have access to a WiFi connection and work with the AirPlay app on your iPad.3. Try a remote.Flipping through slides by hand can be distracting to an audience. But by turning your iPhone into a remote, you can move around and give touch-free presentations.For basic presentations using Keynote — Apple’s version of Microsoft PowerPoint — it’s possible to use the iPhone as a remote with Keynote Remote, which is available for 99 cents from the iTunes App Store. For more advanced presentations, 2Screens Presentation Expert ($4.99 plus $2.99 for the 2Screens Remote app) can be used with an iPhone remote for viewing slideshows, documents or taking on-screen notes. It also can turn the iPhone into an on-screen laser pointer.Related: 5 Tips on How to Present Like Steve Jobs4. Go beyond PowerPoint.Microsoft PowerPoint, once the de facto standard for business presentations, is no longer the only tool to use. Two alternatives are Web-based slideshow apps Prezi and SlideRocket. Both include HTML5 presentation players built specifically for the iPad, including such features as multi-touch gestures.SlideRocket specializes in HD video and animations, while Prezi uses a unique visual approach to present “mind maps” that show how ideas are related. There are free versions of each, but paid subscriptions — which include more features such as improved branding tools and extra online storage — start at $24 per month for SlideRocket and $59 per year for Prezi.If you’re still tied to using PowerPoint, you can access Microsoft Office content on the iPad using apps such as Quickoffice Pro ($19.99), which also doubles as a presentation and editing tool.5. Add interactivity with a live whiteboard.Make staid PDFs, documents and simple presentations more interactive by turning the iPad into an electronic whiteboard. Apps such as Air Sketch ($9.99) and Power Presenter ($1.99) let users put notes on documents, websites and slideshows. It’s a way to record brainstorming sessions or get audience feedback.For more stylish notations, try using an iPad stylus such as the Pogo Sketch Plus ($14.95) from Ten One Design.Related: Using an iPad to Boost Productivity (Video)6. Master on-the-go design with improvised graphics. Due to a tablet’s smaller screen and the inability to switch between applications quickly, some professionals might find crafting a presentation easier on a laptop or desktop. But the iPad does include tools for drawing improvised presentations.For making quick, clean flowcharts and other presentation graphics, consider apps such as TouchDraw ($8.99) or the more richly-featured OmniGraffle ($49.99) which offers diagramming, templates and freehand drawing tools to illustrate business processes. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. June 20, 2012 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

This week on Packt Hub – 4 May 2018

first_imgMay’s opened with a bang! Plenty of big announcements and major new releases in Web (Angular 6, Node 10, Flask 1.0), programming (Scala 3) and data science (PyTorch 1.0, Neo4j 3.4 among others). Also, read our coverage of key conferences that happened this week: Facebook’s F8, Angular’s ng-conf and KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe in our tech news section this week. Tutorials this week are all about building bots and apps from a JavaScript foodie bot, to a Kotlin weather app to an interactive Twilio chatbot. Also learn all about Angular pipes, JavaScript design patterns, creating multithreaded apps in Qt, lighting, and effects in Unity 2018 and more in this week’s tutorials. In this week’s tech insights, we focus on trends in digital forensics such as IoT forensics and take a closer look at serverless computing. Learn why 2018 is the year of graph databases, why Kotlin is better than Java and more. Without further ado, here’s what you may have missed in the last 7 days – Tech news, insights and tutorials… Tech news Tech conferences this week Facebook’s F8 Conference – 5 key announcements [Editor’s Pick] ng-conf 2018 highlights, the popular angular conference Big vendor announcements at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe Data news in depth Swift for TensorFlow is now open source [Editor’s Pick] Can a production-ready Pytorch 1.0 give TensorFlow a tough time? [Editor’s Pick] Thanks to DeepCode, AI can help you write cleaner code Splunk leverages AI in its monitoring tools Neo4j 3.4 aims to make connected data even more accessible Development & programming news in depth Angular 6 is here packed with exciting new features! [Editor’s Pick] Node 10.0.0 released, packed with exciting new features [Editor’s Pick] Flask 1.0 is here: updates and improvements What Scala 3.0 Roadmap looks like! [Editor’s Pick] npm v6 is out! Oculus Go, the first stand-alone VR headset arrives! Someone made a program to make it look like you’re typing on Slack when someone else is Cloud & networking news in depth Introducing Azure Sphere – A secure way of running your Internet of Things devices Nvidia Tesla V100 GPUs publicly available in beta on Google Compute Engine and Kubernetes Engine Tutorials Data tutorials How to create multithreaded applications in Qt [Editor’s Pick] Implementing Automation Process with Salesforce CRM Build a custom Admin Home page in Salesforce CRM Lightning Experience Development & programming tutorials Web development tutorials 8 built-in Angular Pipes in Angular 4 that you should know [Editor’s Pick] Using Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) to create an SNS topic Build a foodie (restaurant recommendation) bot with JavaScript How to build a weather app using Kotlin for JavaScript [Editor’s Pick] Building a two-way interactive chatbot with Twilio: A step-by-step guide Game and Mobile development tutorials How Android app developers can convert iPhone apps Implementing lighting & camera effects in Unity 2018 Programming tutorials Implementing 5 Common Design Patterns in JavaScript (ES8) Seven wrongs don’t make the one right: Solving a problem with Functional Javascript [Editor’s Pick] How to call an Azure function from an ASP.NET Core MVC application Other Tutorials How to build a sensor application to measure Ambient Light [Editor’s Pick] Amazon S3 Security access and policies This week’s opinions, analysis, and insights Learn all about MYSQL performance benchmarks, what is active learning, what are hybrid apps, what is mob programming and more in this week’s insights. Data Insights 2018 is the year of graph databases. Here’s why. [Editor’s Pick] 12 most common MySQL errors you should be aware of ICLR 2018 Paper in Two minutes: Zero-Shot learning for Visual Imitation [Editor’s Pick] You can now make music with AI thanks to Magenta.js Development & Programming Insights 5 reasons to choose Kotlin over Java 5 reasons you should learn to code Other Insights Tech hype cycles: do they deserve your attention? IoT Forensics: Security in an always-connected world where things talk [Editor’s Pick] What is Digital Forensics? Should you go with Arduino Uno or Raspberry Pi 3 for your next IoT project Align your product experience strategy with business needs Serverless computing wars: AWS Lambdas vs Azure Functions Missed what happened in April? Here’s a quick Recap. Last week on Packt Hub – 27 April 2018 See discussions around GDPR, major updates for Tableau 2018.1, MySQL 8, Bootstrap 4.1 and Salesforce spring 18 in tech news this week. See why Hadoop is dying, learn about Mob programming, Hybrid apps, Progressive web apps, and more from this week’s insights. Build an ARCore app in Android, learn advanced Rust programming, see how data scientists test hypothesis, and more in this week’s tutorials. That week on Packt Hub – 20 April 2018 That week on Packt Hub – 13 April 2018 That Week on Packt Hub – 6 April  2018last_img read more