The good, bad and ugly of iPad docks

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It’s here! Let us skip hand-in-hand through fields of rose petals and clouds of pure, distilled happiness, for the latest offering from Apple has finally descended to earth. The number of words scrawled in newspapers and online about the iPad 2, if placed end to end, would recede into infinity, twist back on themselves and poke you in the eye. Frustratingly, it’s as good as the hype. My laptop (my beautiful laptop) lies gathering dust. My mother, a woman so technophobic lift buttons bring her out in a cold sweat, is going to order one (which, at current estimations, should be delivered some time before the four horsemen of the apocalypse ride through the streets of London to herald the end of all civilization). It’s just too good to moan about. So on to accessories… Apple has effectively killed off the iPad-case market with its brilliantly innovative magnetic smartcover, strangling at birth its child’s-pencil-case rivals. So, then, to iPad docks.i-STATION PODIUM • £69.99 • LOGIC3The i-Station Podium resembles nothing more than a Victorian instrument of medical torture. A bizarre prong-like clamp pokes out of the back, giving you the worrying feeling it should be sterilised before use (in another life it would have been named the gyno-claw). When you clip your iPad into the rotating holster on the front it looks less hideous, although there is still far too much plastic going on for something designed to hold an Apple product. The sound quality is acceptable for something in this price range.i-STATION BASE • £59.99 • LOGIC3A second iPad-specific dock, the i-Station Base is far less obtrusive than its larger sibling. While it isn’t going to win any design awards, it’s smart enough in an accidentally-80s-retro way. It shows off the iPad without drawing attention to itself and, unlike the Podium, you wouldn’t be embarrassed to leave it lying beside your bed. Both docks have a handy app that allows you to use them as alarm clocks, which is a nice touch. The sound is tinny but if you just want something to make your iPad louder, you could do worse than this.ZEPPELIN AIR • £499.99 • BOWERS AND WILKINS It looks like a giant rugby ball from the future, where the game is played by robot super-beings able to lift its gigantic heft. Its USP is that it can wirelessly stream music from your iTunes library or your iPad. The problem is, setting it up is an endless Sisyphean task that will leave you wanting to gouge your eyes out just so you don’t have to look at its big oblong head any more, which is unacceptable for something the same price as a second hand Nissan Micra. But when you finally get there the sound quality and depth is unbeatable. last_img read more

Swiss Casinos Group joins Playtech’s iPoker network

first_imgSwiss Casinos operates land-based casinos in Pfäffikon, St. Gallen, Schaffhausen and Zürich, as well as an online casino offering via its Casino Zürichsee property in Pfäffikon. Poker Regions: Switzerland 1st December 2020 | By Robert Fletcher Tags: Playtech Swiss Casinos Group The arrangement will see Swiss Casinos, which runs four land-based casinos in Switzerland, gain access to Playtech’s online poker software and the provider’s iPoker network. The deal comes after Playtech also announced plans to relocate its tax residency from the Isle of Man to the UK early next year. Swiss Casinos Group joins Playtech’s iPoker network The provider’s board said such a move would allow its to host board meetings and make board decisions in the UK, as well as hold shareholder meetings in the country, which it said would help encourage greater shareholder participation. The proposal will be discussed at a general meeting later this month. “We have migrated major new brands to the iPoker network this year, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Swiss Casinos.” Playtech’s chief operating officer Shimon Akad added: “Having invested heavily in our new Poker web client, in addition to our native Poker app and popular downloadable desktop Poker Client, we can offer operators access to an exceptionally flexible platform as well as an ever-growing network. Switzerland-facing casino operator Swiss Casinos Group has become the latest business to commit to the Playtech iPoker online poker network. “Launching our online casino offering in partnership with Playtech over the past twelve months has been incredibly rewarding, and we are excited to be bringing the iPoker.com network to Switzerland for the first time,” Swiss Casinos chief executive Marc Baumann said. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter This online casino is also operated in partnership with Playtech. Topics: Online casino Poker AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Addresslast_img read more

Kenya Commercial Bank Limited Group (KCB.ug) Q12019 Interim Report

first_imgKenya Commercial Bank Limited Group (KCB.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Kenya Commercial Bank Limited Group (KCB.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Kenya Commercial Bank Limited Group (KCB.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Kenya Commercial Bank Limited Group (KCB.ug)  2019 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileKenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB Group) is a leading financial institution offering retail and corporate banking services in Uganda through its subsidiary company. KCB Group offers financial solutions ranging from current accounts, overdrafts and loans to fixed and short-term deposits, mortgage finance, trade finance and forex, and business investment accounts. The banking institution participates in investments in treasury bills and bonds with the central banks. Wholly-owned subsidiaries in the banking group include Kenya Commercial Finance Company Limited, Savings & Loan Kenya Limited, Kenya Commercial Bank Nominees Limited, Kencom House Limited, KCB Tanzania Limited, KCB Sudan Limited, KCB Rwanda SA and KCB Uganda Limited. Kenya Commercial Bank Limited is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Graham Henry steps down as All Blacks Coach

first_imgAUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – NOVEMBER 01: All Blacks coach Graham Henry attends a press conference announcing his future plans at Auckland university RFC on November 1, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. Henry announced he is standing down from All Black Coach. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Henry also paid tribute and “a big thank you” to his fellow All Blacks coaches and management team.“Wayne Smith, Steve Hansen, Mike Cron and Mick Byrne are quality men and all outstanding in their individual coaching roles.“Also thank you to All Blacks Manager Darren Shand and his management team of Gilbert Enoka (Mental Skills Coach), Nic Gill (Strength & Conditioning Coach), the medical team of Deb Robinson (Doctor), Peter Gallagher (Physiotherapist), George Duncan (Muscle Therapist) and Katrina Darry (Nutritionist); Joe Locke and Jo Malcolm (Media Managers), Alistair Rogers (Performance Analyst), Errol Collins (Baggage Man) and Bianca Thiel (Executive Assistant), who I believe are the best in the world.“Finally I would like to thank everyone in ‘the big team’ at the NZRU head office in Wellington for their help and expertise. A special thank you to Chairman Mike Eagle and CEO Steve Tew, former Chairman Jock Hobbs and CEO Chris Moller, and the NZRU Board, especially those gentlemen who reappointed the coaches after the 2007 Rugby World Cup.” Henry and All Blacks Assistant Coach Steve Hansen have one more coaching role this year – the duo will coach the Barbarians against Australia at Twickenham, London, on Saturday 26 November.Graham Henry: a career of rugby highlights2004 – 2011Graham Henry finishes his All Blacks career as one of the most successful coaches of all time.  He coached the All Blacks to 88 wins in 103 Tests for a winning percentage of 85.4 percent, including 29 of the last 32 Tests and 48 of their 51 Tests at home.The All Blacks have held the Bledisloe Cup, played for against Australia, every year of Henry’s coaching reign; won the Investec Tri Nations five times; won three Grand Slams; and hold all the trophies against other major rugby nations: The Freedom Cup (South Africa), the Dave Gallaher Cup (France) and the Hillary Shield (England).He coached a team at the Rugby World Cup for a record 16 times (including Wales in 1999) and his 13 RWC wins are unchallenged.He has won the International Rugby Board’s Coach of the Year award a record five times (2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2011); been the Steinlager Rugby Award New Zealand Coach of the Year four times (1995, 2005, 2006 and 2008); and in 2008 also received the Pierre de Coubertin Trophy awarded by the International Committee for Fair Play (ICPF).Born on 8 June in 1946 in Christchurch, Henry attended Christchurch Boys’ High School and the University of Otago before embarking on a long career as a teacher – and rugby coach. He taught and coached the First XV at two Auckland schools, Auckland Grammar and Kelston Boys’ High School, becoming headmaster at Kelston in 1987 until his professional rugby coaching career began in 1996.He coached the Auckland provincial side to championship titles four years in a row from 1993 to 1996 and the Blues Super Rugby side to glory in 1996 and 1997. He coached Wales from 1998 to 2002, and in 2001 became the first Southern Hemisphere coach to coach the British and Irish Lions side.He returned to New Zealand in 2003 and was appointed All Blacks Coach with Wayne Smith and Steve Hansen as his assistants. Graham Henry has stepped down as Head Coach of the All Blacks after a successful World Cup campaign2011 Rugby World Cup–winning coach Graham Henry has announced he is stepping down as All Blacks Coach.Henry made the announcement at a media conference at his rugby club, Auckland University RFC, today following the All Blacks’ outstanding Rugby World Cup win nine days ago.However, Henry will not be lost to rugby – the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) is discussing the possibility of retaining him as a coach mentor for the country’s leading coaches.Henry finishes his All Blacks career as one of the most successful rugby coaches of all time: he coached the All Blacks to 88 wins in 103 Tests for a winning percentage of 85.4 percent.  As well as winning Rugby World Cup 2011, the All Blacks have held the Bledisloe Cup every year since 2003, won the Investec Tri Nations five times and achieved three Grand Slams against the Northern Hemisphere Home Unions.“Firstly, I would like to thank my mum Ann, my wife Raewyn and our three children Matt, Catherine and Andrew for their constant, unconditional support over the many years I have been coaching rugby,” he said. “It’s been an enormous privilege to coach the All Blacks and I am exceptionally proud of how the team has added to the All Blacks legacy over the last eight years, involving 103 Test matches.“I am also exceptionally proud of how they have developed an extremely professional and enjoyable culture and environment, and how they have reached out to people of all ages and put a smile on their faces, both here in New Zealand and overseas. So I want to say a special thank you and congratulations to all the players who have played during this time, especially to Tana Umaga and Richie McCaw, the two long-term captains.”last_img read more

Eclipse house / I/O architects

first_img Eclipse house / I/O architects Bulgaria Houses Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description “COPY” ArchDaily CopyHouses, Houses Interiors•Sofía, Bulgaria Viara Jeliazkova, Georgi Katov Architects: I/O architects Area Area of this architecture project 2019 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/931805/eclipse-house-i-o-architects Clipboard Area:  805 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs:  Assen Emilov Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project center_img Manufacturers: Reynaers Aluminium, Basalte, Bulthaup, Dekko, EDRA, Erco, OLIVARI, Rexa Design, Rimadesio, Sattler, Vola, XAL, Trox, VMZINC, Warrema Projects Photographs Eclipse house / I/O architectsSave this projectSaveEclipse house / I/O architects “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/931805/eclipse-house-i-o-architects Clipboard Save this picture!© Assen Emilov+ 28Curated by Paula Pintos Share Products used in this ProjectDoorsReynaers AluminiumSliding Systems – Hi-Finity®DoorsReynaers AluminiumPatio Door – CP 155Design Team:Viara Jeliazkova, Rositsa Hristova, Georgi Katov, Stefan ApostolovEngineering:Petar ChernevCity:SofíaCountry:BulgariaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Assen EmilovText description provided by the architects. Utterly introvert, this house is located on the last plot of a desired neighbourhood in the outskirts of Sofia, Bulgaria. The complexity of the program confronts the size of the site thus determining the tree structure of the house. Each of the three stories differs in both size and concealment strategy.Save this picture!© Assen EmilovSave this picture!© Assen EmilovThe vastest first story is underground yet naturally lit and directly connected to the street and the garden. The compressed and mostly open ground floor together with the small garden is hidden behind the hedge.Save this picture!Site planThe privacy and sunlight of the large upper floor are meticulously controlled by big scale sliding panels. Only the simple hovering pigmented zinc volume and the blind entrance are exposed to the street while the rest of the complex structure remains unrevealed.Save this picture!© Assen EmilovThe spaces inside are integrated around the light of the central atrium and pierced by unexpected space connections. The reflective roof of the deep veranda brings back garden view to the interior.Save this picture!© Assen EmilovSave this picture!© Assen EmilovThe linear underground space of the swimming pool has visual and physical contact with the garden while the bright garage is connected to the rest of the house through an under-stair periscope space.Save this picture!© Assen EmilovProject gallerySee allShow lessCall for Submissions: The 2020 AZ Awards for Design ExcellenceCall for SubmissionsConcrete Benches: Furniture for Inside and Outside the HomeArticles Share Lead Architects: Year:  CopyAbout this officeI/O architectsOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsSofíaSofiaOn FacebookBulgariaPublished on January 14, 2020Cite: “Eclipse house / I/O architects” 14 Jan 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialMetal PanelsDri-DesignMetal Panels – CopperIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsExterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsPure + FreeFormCustom Metal Cladding – Legacy Fund 1 BuildingWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodWood Fiber Partition Walls – ValchromatDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Vertical Pivot Door | BrezzaSkylightsFAKROEnergy-efficient roof window FTT ThermoToilets / BidetsBritexToilets – Accessible Centurion PanMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Sales of mobile phone location service raise funds

first_img Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis A mobile phone location service which will allow parents to keep track of their children’s whereabouts has gone on sale in the UK. One pound from the £39.95 RRP of the KidsOK pack will be donated to the KidsOK Charitable Trust which provides donations to a variety of children’s charities and good causes.Parents can use this new service discreetly to ‘ping’ their child instead of calling or texting them, explained Richard Jelbert, CEO and co-founder of mTrack Services, the company behind KidsOK. The service allows parents to establish the location of their child’s mobile phone within 60 seconds and to 500m. Howard Lake | 5 August 2005 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Sales of mobile phone location service raise funds  13 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Barnardo’s to benefit from unofficial England World Cup anthem

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  24 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Barnardo’s to benefit from unofficial England World Cup anthem Barnardo’s is set to benefit from what might become the World Cup’s unofficial anthem – ‘Stand Up for England’ by rock band Koopa.The band’s record label, Mad Cow Records, will donate 20p for every CD sold and 10p from every download of the single to the charity. The single will be released 5th June 2006. Advertisement Tagged with: Celebrity Howard Lake | 7 May 2006 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Ebola Virus Disease not yet defeated in West Africa

first_imgEven though the three states where the Ebola Virus Disease struck last year have been declared free of the epidemic, cases have been reported over the last several weeks in Liberia.This West African state has maintained close ties with the U.S. since its founding as a republic in 1847. Freed enslaved Africans from the U.S. and their descendants have constituted Liberia’s governments for nearly 170 years.President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, one of only two African women presidents on the continent, continues to rely on funding and political direction from Washington. Thousands of Pentagon troops were deployed to Liberia at the height of the EVD crisis in 2014. They were downsized after the number of cases drastically declined.Recently Liberia has recorded two deaths from the dreaded disease. On July 16, a nurse died in a hospital in the capital, Monrovia, soon after she was checked in.This woman became the sixth case of EVD since it reappeared in June, after no cases had been reported for more than two months. The latest victim lived in Montserrado County, where Monrovia is located. It has been suggested that the Monrovia case is linked to five others from neighboring Margibi County.Reports say that the nurse was caring for her son who became ill. Health authorities in the country are tracking up to 140 people who may have had contact with the latest victim.“We have asked all county health officers to be on the alert,” said Francis Kateh, Liberia’s chief medical officer. “We are not saying the other counties have Ebola. But we need to alert them so that we wouldn’t experience the previous outbreak.” (USA Today, July 16)Ever since December 2013, when the most recent epidemic was first recognized, there have been 27,600 EVD cases, with more than 11,000 deaths. Liberia was the hardest hit, with more than 4,800 deaths.EVD was first recognized in 1976 in Zaire, now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo. There have been several outbreaks in nearly four decades, with the 2013-15 epidemic the most widespread and lethal.The outbreak of EVD in Liberia came only a decade after a 14-year civil war which killed thousands and dislocated many others. The already-limited infrastructure in the country was severely damaged during the conflict.The war also compounded the inherently dependent relations with the U.S. Since the 1920s, international banking interests and mining corporations have largely controlled the Liberian government.Such an outbreak of EVD was bound to cause extreme distress on the population and the economy, given the country’s inadequate resources to build medical clinics and hospitals and to train healthcare personnel. The blockading of large swaths of urban and rural areas during the height of the outbreak took a devastating toll on agricultural production, local commerce and delivery of social services.Sierra Leone and Guinea report casesSierra Leone and Guinea, the other two West African states which constituted the epicenter of the outbreak, have also reported several Ebola cases in recent weeks.The political history of Sierra Leone, a former British colony, is similar to that of Liberia. The country was established in the early 19th century for the resettlement of freed Africans after the conclusion of the war between London and its 13 colonies that became known as the United States.The Liberian civil war during the 1990s spilled over into Sierra Leone, doing damage to the society that it has still not fully recovered from. With the conclusion of the war more than 10 years ago, the Pentagon has utilized the country as the training ground for the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). Soldiers trained by the U.S. Army Africa, a wing of AFRICOM, have been deployed to Somalia as participants in the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM), which is financed heavily by Washington and the European Union.Ghana’s Daily Graphic reported, “The outbreak reared its head at a time when the country’s health officers were unprepared for the Ebola battle. The unpreparedness of government to face such a battle was clearly manifested by the few ambulances allocated to referral hospitals in the district headquarters towns. Although some districts have gone for months without recording any case of Ebola, new cases are still being recorded within the Western Area in which the capital city is situated, as well as Portloko and Kambia in the north of the country.” (July 16)In the same report, William Sao Lamin, a programs officer for the nongovernmental organization Health Alert, told Politico SL that Sierra Leone’s medical sector encompasses a staff of 6,000 serving 1,200 health units and 19 referral hospitals across the country. More than 150 of these health officials succumbed to EVD, including 12 physicians.Lamin explained that prior to the outbreak, the health sector was already strained with acute shortages of qualified personnel. “The volunteers in the hospitals cannot be relied upon as they are untrained and unpaid,” he stressed.One of the physicians who died from EVD, Dr. Shek Umar Khan, was the only virologist in the country attached to the Lassa Fever Unit in the Kenema Government Hospital.In Guinea — a former French colony which has undergone several military mutinies and coups since the country’s founder, President Ahmed Sekou Toure, died in 1984 — the social and economic conditions have not been conducive to the building of health care treatment centers with trained personnel. Guinea has been cited as the source of the outbreak in late 2013, which spread rapidly into Liberia and Sierra Leone.The World Health Organization, which monitors the number of cases and coordinates responses in conjunction with regional governments, admits that it failed in not moving rapidly enough to stem the tide of the epidemic. WHO officials now say they are far more prepared to address the cases that have surfaced over the last few weeks.Vaccine testing continuesEfforts to develop a vaccine have met challenges in West Africa over the last several months, with the decline in the number of infections. Meanwhile a trial involving an inhaled vaccine in monkeys has shown positive results, according to researchers.Despite a considerable amount of discussion since 2014 about the development of a vaccine, no medicines have been approved that can cure the disease in humans. Scientists claim that a treatment known as TKM-Ebola-Guinea has the ability to kill the Makona strain of the virus, at least in primates. The vaccine has not been tested on humans. (Tech Times, April 23)Vaccine researchers have revealed that the drug is made by Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp. and is supposed to work by blocking genes that replicate the virus.In another trial ZMapp, an Ebola drug manufactured by Mapp Biopharmaceutical, cured primates in lab experiments. Nonetheless, the primates were infected with another strain of EVD.“We can’t say for certain that an experimental drug that works against one strain will work in another, even if they’re almost identical genetically,” noted Thomas Geisbert of the University of Texas Medical Branch, who is a senior investigator in the study. (Reuters, April 22)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Journalists attacked, threatened and abducted by militias

first_img Well-known Libyan journalist missing since his arrest Organisation Help by sharing this information News On Libyan revolution’s 10th anniversary, authorities urged to guarantee press freedom Six imprisoned journalists to finally appear in court in Istanbul June 11, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists attacked, threatened and abducted by militias LibyaMiddle East – North Africa Related documents 130611_cp_libye_ar-2.pdfPDF – 246.8 KB Follow the news on Libya News Receive email alerts to go further February 23, 2021 Find out more LibyaMiddle East – North Africa News News Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Reporters Without Borders is extremely concerned about the deteriorating security situation in Libya and the behaviour of certain militias towards media personnel. Journalists have repeatedly been attacked, threatened or kidnapped by militias in recent months.RWB urges the Libyan government to guarantee the safety of journalists and to control the behaviour of militias operating under the command of the defence or interior ministries or integrated into other state entities, even if only on an ad hoc basis. Those responsible for abuses against journalists must be punished.A journalist with an international news agency was arrested by members of a militia in broad daylight in Benghazi on 20 May for “interrogation.” He was finally released late in the evening after being hit, insulted and threatened.An international news agency photographer and local citizen-journalist Mohamed Abu Janah were arbitrarily detained for several hours on 28 May at the Benghazi headquarters of “Libya Shield No. 7,” an armed unit formed by revolutionary militiamen loosely attached to the defence ministry. The photographer was initially summoned by one of the unit’s commanders to take photos of their HQ, But as he and Janah left, they were approached by four militiamen who temporarily seized his camera and took them to a room where they were subjected to four hours of interrogation accompanied by threats and insults.They were finally released after young activists staged a demonstration outside the militia’s headquarters. The militiamen claimed that the two journalists were detained for breaking into their HQ but the journalists said this was completely untrue.A gunman in civilian dress arrested an American journalist and his Libyan fixer, Mohamed Essul, outside the interior ministry in Tripoli on 29 May while they were trying to cover a protest by militiamen demanding higher wages and criticizing Mohamed Sheikh’s appointment as interior minister.The two journalists were taken to the Al-Sad katiba (brigade), which claims to be responsible for the security of diplomatic missions. There they were interrogated at length about their activities and were promised an interview with the interior minister.After several hours, they were taken to another katiba in the Tripoli district of Fernaj, where they were again questioned at length about their work. They were finally released after a total of six hours without being given any explanation or an interview with the minister.Other cases of arbitrary arrest and detention, attacks and grave threats against journalists by militiamen have also been reported, above all in Benghazi and Tripoli, but also other cities.Reporters Without Borders is aware that the new Libyan state is undergoing a difficult transition but it reminds the authorities of Libya’s international and national obligations as regards freedom of information, expression and opinion, and urges them to protect all journalists working in Libya.The development of free, independent, pluralist and transparent media is essential for the creation of democratic state in Libya. RSF_en June 24, 2020 Find out more December 17, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Shock at murder of leading newspaper columnist Samir Kassir in car-bombing

first_img January 14, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information to go further Organisation RSF_en News LebanonMiddle East – North Africa News News Follow the news on Lebanon February 4, 2021 Find out more News Samir Kassir was killed when his car blew up today in Beirut. A writer and historian with both French and Lebanese citizenship, Kassir had been criticising Syria in his columns for the An-Nahar daily newspaper for the past ten years. “The French authorities and the UN commission investigating the assassination of Rafik Hariri should pay particular attention to this new act of terrorism, said Reporters Without Borders. The organisation pledges to remain mobilised until justice has been done. Lebanese journalist found shot dead in car Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard, who was in Beirut on 2 June, voiced dismay at the murder of columnist Samir Kassir of the An-Nahar newspaper, who was killed when his car blew up on the morning of 2 June in Beirut.”We are in a complete state of shock after Samir Kassir’s cowardly murder,” Ménard said. “We have lost a friend, and press freedom has lost a passionate defender. We share his family’s grief and anger, and we extend our heart-felt sympathy to the entire staff of An-Nahar.”Ménard added: “The French authorities and the UN commission investigating the assassination of Rafik Hariri should pay particular attention to this new act of terrorism. Those responsible for the murder, which targeted a great journalist, must be identified, arrested and punished. We promise to remain mobilised until justice has been done.”Kassir was killed when his white Alfa Romeo car, which was parked outside his home in the Christian neighbourhood of Achrafieh in East Beirut, exploded at 10:45 a.m. (07:45 GMT). Interior minister Hassan Sabeh told journalists on 3 June that Kassir was killed “by the explosion of a charge of 500 to 700 grams of plastic explosive attached to the chassis of his car beneath the driver’s seat, which was set off by remote control.” A woman whose identity was not released was injured by the blast.Lebanese army soldiers rushed to the scene of the bombing. Prime Minister Nagib Miqati, French ambassador Bernard Emié, German ambassador Rudolf Kniess and European Commission representative Patrick Renault all went to the scene as well.A writer and historian with both French and Lebanese citizenship, 45-year-old Kassir had been writing columns for the past 10 years for An-Nahar (“The Day” in Arabic), a moderate daily newspaper with a circulation of 55,000. He was also the correspondent of the French-language international television station TV5 and had written for many years for the French monthly Le Monde Diplomatique. He was also professor of political sciences at Beirut’s St Joseph university.Well-known for his anti-Syrian positions and his criticism of the “Lebanese police state,” he had been harassed and threatened for years. In 2000, he was harassed by Lebanese state security police and his Lebanese passport was confiscated. He later said he was constantly followed by Lebanese and Syrian intelligence agents. Former prime minister Hariri had given him protection at that time. His last column, on 27 May, was headlined “Gaffe after gaffe” and criticised “the continuing repression in Syria.”Kassir was one of the founders of the opposition Movement of the Democratic Left and was an active participant in the anti-Syrian protests in the spring of this year. After meeting on the evening of 2 June, the Lebanese opposition called for the resignation of President Emile Lahoud and urged all Lebanese to observe a day of mourning and a strike on 3 June, which ended up receiving little support.The Lebanese press was glowing in its tributes to Kassir, calling him a “martyr to freedom and democracy.” In response to an appeal from the daily An-Nahar, hundreds of journalists dressed in black and white observed an hour of silence from 7 to 8 a.m. on 3 June in the centre of Beirut, raising their fists in the air at the end.President Lahoud said he “condemned the murder” and announced that he would ask the head of the UN commission investigating Hariri’s 14 February assassination to extend their enquiries to include Kassir’s murder. Lahoud also said he would chair an extraordinary cabinet meeting to “consider and adopt measures needed to protect journalists and the media against all attacks.”Kassir’s widow, Gisèle Khouri, a leading presenter for the privately-owned TV station, the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC), called for an international investigation with French participation. Kassir was “also a French citizen” and the French authorities “must participate in the investigation into his murder,” she said. She has the support of the anti-Syrian opposition.French President Jacques Chirac said he condemned Kassir’s murder “with the utmost firmness” and suggested that those responsible had aimed to attack “the freedom of the Lebanese.” In a message to Khouri, the text of which was released on 3 June, Chirac said: “I learned with horror of the murder of Samir Kassir. There are no words to describe this revolting crime.”UN secretary-general Kofi Annan also condemned Kassir’s murder, describing him as “a leading journalist known for being outspoken.” Annan called on the Lebanese government “to bring the perpetrators and instigators of this terrible murder to justice, to put an end to impunity and to ensure respect for press freedom.” Referring to the legislative elections which began five days ago in Lebanon, Annan also called on “all sides to safeguard national unity and calm during this important electoral period.”Sign the petition Lebanon : Violence against reporters becoming more frequent in Lebanon LebanonMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts June 3, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Shock at murder of leading newspaper columnist Samir Kassir in car-bombing Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” November 11, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more