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“Don’t leave news out of the race”

first_img Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest Receive email alerts April 18, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “Don’t leave news out of the race” News RSF_en Help by sharing this information BahrainMiddle East – North Africa BahrainMiddle East – North Africa News June 15, 2020 Find out more News German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors Obstacles to freedom of informationThe authorities have taken a number of measures to restrict journalists entering the country during the Formula One Grand Prix. Only those with “F1 visas” will be allowed entry from 7 to 21 April and they will be prohibited from “violating the security and national welfare of Bahrain.”This will allow the government to arrest journalists who try to cover the human rights situation because it can claim that this violates the country’s “security and national welfare.” So, journalists will be restricted to covering the Formula One event and will be unable to report on any of the on-going political unrest.A number of international media are meanwhile still awaiting visas for their photographers and cameramen. The authorities have already issued visas for the print media’s reporters but, careful as always of their image, are delaying the issuing of the precious visas for other categories.On 14 April, a week before the Grand Prix, the government approved an amendment to article 214 of the penal code, increasing the penalties for defaming the king and insulting the national symbols (flag and coat of arms) to five years in prison and a fine of up to 10,000 dinars (20,000 euros).If parliament passes the amendment, it will pose a major threat to freedom of expression and information, especially as the article is loosely worded and allows judges to interpret in an arbitrary manner.News providers in prisonAhmed Humaidan, a well-known photographer who has received 143 international awards for his photography, has been held since 29 December after months of continual harassment by the security forces. He is charged with attacking a police station in Sitra in April 2012, although he was there just to take photos of a protest.Reporters Without Borders recently condemned the inhumane treatment he has received while in detention and called for the withdrawal of the charges. After repeated postponements, his trial is now supposed to take place on 15 May. A court decided in a hearing on 16 April to keep him in detention.On 4 September 2012, the high court of appeal upheld the harsh sentences that a military tribunal had passed in June 2011 on 21 defendants accused of belonging to terrorist organizations and trying to overthrow the government.On 7 January 2012, the court of cassation rejected the appeals filed by 13 human rights activists, including the blogger Abduljalil Al-Singace, spokesman and head of the human rights bureau of the Al-Haq Movement for Civil Liberties and Democracy. As a result, he was one of eight people to be sentenced to life imprisonment.Ali Abdulemam, a fellow blogger and one of the Internet’s pioneers in Bahrain, was sentenced to 15 years in prison in absentia.Although the publication of the findings of Cherif Bassiouni’s Independent Commission of Inquiry in November 2011, under international pressure, forced the Bahraini judicial authorities to order a new trial before a civilian court, the judges still imposed long jail terms on human right activists and news providers.Lack of judicial independenceThe next hearing in the appeal against police officer Sarah Al-Moosa’s acquittal on a charge of torturing a journalist is due to be heard on 12 May. A Manama court cleared her on 22 October (LINK) of torturing and mistreating Bahraini journalist Nazeeha Saeed at Rifaa police station on 22 May 2011.Bahrain correspondent for France 24 and Radio Monte-Carlo Doualiya, Saeed filed a complaint against three of the police officers who were present while she was mistreated but only Moosa was prosecuted. Reporters Without Borders was shocked by her acquittal, and said it illustrated the judicial system’s lack of independence.The prosecutor’s office decision to appeal against the acquittal was clearly motivated by concern for Bahrain’s image and a desire to show the international community that everything possible is being done to punish those responsible for human rights abuses. But the appeal has repeatedly been postponed and there is only one defendant. The many other human rights violators will never be tried and punished. March 17, 2021 Find out more Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives News to go further October 14, 2020 Find out more Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Reporters Without Borders is launching a campaign entitled “Don’t leave news out of the race” for this weekend’s Formula One Grand Prix in Manama. The campaign visual shows an image of Bahrain’s uprising reflected in the helmet of a racing driver who is about to start the race.The aim of the campaign, which will be widely circulated on social networks, is to draw attention to the government policy of orchestrating disinformation about Bahrain’s street protests and the ensuing crackdown, and to the way news and information have been the crackdown’s collateral victims.The Bahraini authorities have skilfully used double talk for more than two years with western governments that have supported democratic aspirations in other countries but have been reluctant to condemn the suppression of democracy in Bahrain, instead accepting its rulers’ insincere promises and superficial reforms.On the eve of this world sports event, Reporters Without Borders wants to draw the international community’s attention to the continuing abuses in Bahrain. Ever since the start of the uprising in 2011, the government has clearly sought to impose the maximum restrictions possible on coverage of the demonstrations and the ensuing crackdown.At the same time, it has mobilized an impressive public relations apparatus to defend its image, promising change, playing up the meagre progress that has been made and waging a disinformation campaign in constant in press releases.The government boasts that, of the 176 recommendations by a working group during its Universal Periodic Review by the United Nations Human Rights Council in September 2012, it has accepted 145 fully and 13 partially. But these commitments are flouted as soon as the cameras leave. Journalists are still prevented from working freely. Organisation Follow the news on Bahrainlast_img read more

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Helsinki summit: Europe urged to remind Russia of its human rights commitments

first_img Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News BelarusEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Follow the news on Belarus News The EU-Russia summit opening today in Helsinki is meant to relaunch dialogue on a range of issues. Russia must be reminded that fulfilling the undertakings it has given to defend basic freedoms, including press freedom, is obligatory. Help by sharing this information News November 24, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Helsinki summit: Europe urged to remind Russia of its human rights commitments Receive email alerts May 28, 2021 Find out more Poland’s veto on talks about a new economic and energy partnership has not left the European Union and Russia without anything to discuss at the Helsinki summit that opens today, as the EU has a duty to remind Russia of its undertakings to defend basic freedoms, Reporters Without Borders said, condemning the tendency to regard human rights as secondary to economic issues.“Many converging factors point to a decline in press freedom in Russia, of which the latest and most dramatic has obviously been the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya in broad daylight in Moscow in October,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It brought to 21 the total of journalists killed for doing their job in Russia, in a climate of extremely disturbing impunity, since Vladimir Putin became president in March 2000.”The organisation continued: “Russian society must itself put a stop to this violence and we therefore urge Europe’s leaders to remind their Russian counterparts that the international community expects these murders to be solved. We ask in particular that no effort should be spared in identifying the perpetrators and instigators of Politkovskaya’s murder. Europe’s legitimacy and moral authority and the need to show support for Russia’s journalists and human rights activists are all at stake.”Reporters Without Borders added: “Russia is one of the signatories of the European Convention on Human Rights. It is also a member of the Council of Europe, and held its presidency until 15 November. It has therefore signed an explicit undertaking to respect and protect human rights. We urge the European authorities, as guarantors of respect for these values, to remind Russia that compliance with this undertaking is obligatory.”The EU-Russia summit was supposed to discuss the terms of a new economic partnership, as the current one expires at the end of next year, but Poland vetoed the opening of talks because of a Russian embargo on Poland’s meat and vegetable exports. Russia has responded by threatening to embargo all European meat from the start of next year, when Bulgaria and Romania join the EU. to go further Organisation “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says News BelarusEurope – Central Asia RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” May 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Video: Spectrum of the Seas Gets Its Azipods

first_imgBuilding a large cruise ships is far more complex than one might imagine. It takes a lot of ingenuity, precision, engineering and man hours to complete these floating cities sailing the seas.Cruise liner major Royal Caribbean released a video proving just that. The company’s new ship intended for Asian market, Spectrum of the Seas is currently taking shape at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.The vessel just got its two azipod propulsion systems installed, which will provide the cruise ship with a total of 41 Megawatts of power. Each azipod weighs 200 tons and takes 1.5 days to install. The ship’s propellers are set to follow suit in February, thus completing the ship’s propulsion system.The first steel parts for the Spectrum of the Seas were cut at the Meyer Werft shipyard in August 2017. The completion of the ship is planned for spring 2019.The ship is scheduled to set sail from Shanghai, China in June 2019. Specifically designed for the Chinese market, Spectrum of the Seas will be the next evolution of the cruise line’s Quantum-class of ships which will have a capacity of about 4,200 passengers.Once completed, it will be one of the five largest cruise ships in the world with a gross tonnage of 168,800 tons.Image and video courtesy: Royal Caribbeanlast_img read more

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Maxima Compliance appoints Francesco Bianchi as technical lead

first_img Share Related Articles Maxima opens Barcelona office to accelerate Complitech commercial capacity May 22, 2020 Maxima Compliance – ‘Mastering technical compliance to grow your global footprint’ June 9, 2020 HooYu – SBC webinar to examine COVID-19’s impact on global gambling sector May 4, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Submit Francesco Bianchi has joined Maxima Compliance as the new director of compliance operations in what has been regarded as a ‘landmark appointment’.Having recently served as the director of igaming operations at BMM Testlabs, Bianchi will oversee all of Maxima Compliance’s technical compliance offering, including technical compliance consulting services as well as its recently-launched Complitech product.Commenting on his new role, Bianchi said: “Maxima Compliance has quickly established itself as the most innovative and essential provider of compliance services in our industry.“Joining this team at a time when compliance has never been more important was an opportunity too good to turn down. I look forward to getting to work and providing the very best technical compliance support on the market.”Having amassed over a decade of experience in igaming compliance, Bianchi will join Maxima Compliance after working as the director of igaming operations at BMM Testlabs. He previously held senior compliance roles at GLI, NMi and Betfair.Antonio Zanghi, Founder and Managing Director of Maxima Compliance, said: “Maxima Compliance has grown rapidly over the past year, but this is really a landmark appointment for us. “Francesco is globally recognised as a leading expert across the entire spectrum of technical compliance. His knowledge from more than a decade in the industry is unparalleled and will be an invaluable resource for Maxima Compliance clients looking to gain an edge. “He is one of the few people who could make the strongest technical compliance team in gaming even stronger.”____________________________________This Thursday (18 June  @ 16:00 BST), Maxima Compliance will host an exclusive SBC Webinar – ‘Mastering technical compliance to grow your global footprint’ – showcasing its industry-tailored ‘Complitech’ compliance database. Click on the image below to register for the webinar.last_img read more

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Ndamukong Suh doesn’t care about his bad reputation

first_img Rob Gronkowski has no intention of coming out of retirement Ndamukong Suh isn’t bothered by the fact that he’s earned a bad rap as one of the dirtiest players in the NFL.While speaking Friday at his introductory press conference in Tampa Bay, the Buccaneers defensive tackle said his reputation has become “irrelevant” to his life but he still believes people should get to know him before passing judgment. “Before you pass judgment on somebody, I always take the time to get to know them either having coffee with them or whatever it may be, and then be able to go from there,” Suh said, via the team’s official website. “I think when people have seen lists of me as you mentioned, it’s been in a negative light rather than a positive light and that’s due to outlets of media, social media, whatever it may be.”I can deal with that because I know who I am as a person, I know who my parents are, the kind of child they brought up, and it’s irrelevant in my life. I think the people that know me the best see me always in a good light, see the troubles and tribulations I’ve gone through as any human being goes through in their life.” Related News Lions running back C.J. Anderson found his fit in Detroit Packers coach Matt LaFleur throws out first pitch at charity game in walking boot Suh, 32, was selected by the Lions with the No. 2 overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft and remained in Detroit until he signed a six-year contract worth $114 million with the Dolphins in March 2015.He was released by Miami last March and signed a one-year deal with the Rams shortly after getting cut, racking up 59 tackles and 4.5 sacks during the regular season.Suh added 10 tackles and 1.5 sacks in the playoffs before Los Angeles fell to New England in Super Bowl 53. As for remaining on the so-called list of dirty players around the league, Suh is willing to just let his stats speak for themselves.”Being on a list is good and bad, whatever you want to continue to look at it as,” Suh said. “But I’ve been very lucky and very blessed in this league to play at a high level, and I want to continue to do that.”last_img read more

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The Exercise and Menopause Connection

first_imgWomen who are experiencing symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, irritability, and depression as a result of perimenopause, menopause or post menopause may find relief with regular exercise.According to Amanda Price-Salazar, a certified personal trainer, nutritionist, and owner of Edge Fitness, these symptoms, alone or combined, can compromise a woman’s quality of life. However, the good news is that exercise can help.It’s widely accepted that physical activity yields health benefits and is an effective way to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, hypertension, type 2 Diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, anxiety, and depression.Many research studies indicate even moderate, rather than vigorous, physical activity has the most positive effect on menopause symptoms. Women who participate in moderate-intensity physical activity reported higher menopausal quality of life and lower total number of symptoms than women who engaged in either low or high intensity physical activity.On the other hand, women with low physical activity levels report the highest frequency of symptoms and the greatest discomfort. When it comes to exercise, listening to your body and using moderation is the key.Price-Salazar gave these exercise tips for menopausal women:Keep exercise intensity moderate (target heart rate = 50% to 70%).Group fitness classes are a great option for women seeking guidance in their fitness to combat the effects of menopause.Keep body temperature at your comfort level to avoid an increase in vasomotor symptoms, such as hot flashes and night sweats.Add cardiovascular, Pilates and/or meditation components to improve quality of life.Add resistance training and Pilates to increase bone mineral density and help maintain a healthy body mass indexStrive to exercise 60 minutes daily for a minimum of 12 weeks to garner the best results.Price-Salazar adds that nutrition is also very important. During menopause, eat a variety of healthy whole foods to get all the nutrients you need.Here are some guidelines:Get enough calcium. Eating and drinking two to four servings of dairy products and calcium-rich foods a day will help ensure that you are getting enough calcium. An adequate intake of calcium for women aged 51 and older is 1,200 milligrams per day.Pump up your iron intake. Eat at least three servings of iron-rich such as lean red meat, poultry, fish, eggs, leafy green vegetables, nuts, and enriched grain products. The recommended dietary allowance for iron in older women is 8 milligrams a day.Get enough fiber. Eat whole-grain breads, cereals, pasta, rice, fresh fruits, and vegetables. Most adult women should get about 21 grams of fiber a day.Eat fruits and vegetables. Include at least 1 1/2 cups of fruit and 2 cups of vegetables each day. Facebook49Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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