September 4, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper editor’s trial for disrespecting king adjourned indefinitely Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa News Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Organisation Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa News April 15, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders regrets that newspaper editor Ahmed Reda Benchemsi’s year-old trial on a charge of “disrespect for the king” was adjourned indefinitely yesterday by a Casablanca court. The presiding judge said at the end of yesterday’s hearing that “the court could summon Mr. Benchemsi again if all of the prosecution case requirements are met.”“This is not a satisfactory decision,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The Moroccan courts will not help the cause of press freedom by burying their heads in the sand. We are still waiting for the government led by Prime Minister Abbas El Fassi to demonstrate a commitment to press freedom in the form of legislation. Meanwhile, Benchemsi continues to be exposed to the possibility of a prison sentence because of what he wrote in an editorial.”The editor of two weeklies, Nichane and Tel Quel, Benchemsi told Reporters Without Borders that the sine die adjournment showed that “the court was clearly trying to close the case without having to reach a verdict.” He added: “I am supposed to see this decision as a concilatory gesture. But the judge can call me back to court whenever he wants. If he does, the trial will resume and my lawyers will defend my innocence.”Benchemsi was summoned for questioning by the Casablanca judicial police at the start of August 2007 because of an editorial criticising a speech by King Mohammed about legislative elections taking place the following month. The latest issues of his two newspapers were destroyed at the printing press on the orders of the interior minister. His trial on a charge of disrespect for the king under article 41 of the press law opened on 24 August 2007. April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance June 8, 2021 Find out more News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say RSF_en to go further News Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists
February 18, 2021 Find out more June 13, 2016 Radio stations closed in eastern DRC, others threatened Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abuses Economic pressureFreedom of expression Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abuses Economic pressureFreedom of expression Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the closure or threatened closure of several radio stations in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the past few days on bureaucratic grounds. RSF believes the aim is to put pressure on the media and prevent hostile reactions to the now unavoidable postponement of the presidential election initially planned in October 2016 . RSF_en News Receive email alerts News February 24, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian to go further News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo In the latest case, radio stations in the Baraka region of the eastern province of Sud-Kivu were notified on 8 June that they will be closed if they do not pay 1,500 US dollars for a “broadcast permit.” This is a large sum for what are mainly community radio stations and most will be unable to pay. The head of the department of posts and telecommunications in the city of Baraka said the order came from the central administration and is meant to be applied throughout the country.In Bukavu, the capital of Sud-Kivu province, Radio Iriba FM was forcibly closed on 2 June on the orders of the provincial tax department on the grounds that it had not paid all its taxes. The station’s director, Donat Musema, is contesting the order and says he has paid most of his taxes, unlike other radio stations in Bukavu that are still operating. He regards its closure as a political reprisal for the fact that he sometimes interviews opposition representatives. Musema has been the target of frequent harassment and even death threats, for which a government employee was convicted in March. Meanwhile, Radio Paon, a community radio station in Munguredjipa, in the neighbouring eastern province of Nord-Kivu, is the victim of an act of censorship by soldiers and members of the National Intelligence Agency (ANR), who arrested the station’s manager, Aimé Kibendelwa, on 4 June and confiscated its transmitter. Kibendelwa was released on 7 June after MONUSCO, the United Nations mission in the DRC, intervened but the ANR is refusing to return the transmitter and is demanding 500 US dollars for it.“The authorities have acted without reference to the courts in these three cases,” RSF said. “This is a complete violation of the DRC’s law, which says that only a prosecutor has the power to close a media outlet. In the currently very tense political situation, it is vital that such politically-motivated intimidation of the media should stop, so that that they are free to do their job of providing news and information.”In a separate development, mobile phone companies have announced an increase in Internet service tariffs ranging from 35 to 500 percent, causing panic in the journalistic community, which largely relies on mobile Internet services to transmit and receive information. Tariff hikes on this scale would also limit the public’s ability to follow the news online, as most Congolese lack fixed-line Internet connections at home. The deputy minister responsible for Internet matters said he would examine the announced hikes, which seem to have been coordinated and, if so, would violate the rules on competition.The DRC is ranked 152nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma JUNIOR KANNAH / AFP Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders February 16, 2021 Find out more
RED BANK – Monmouth Boat Club’s incoming commodore and vice commodore know the club well.Incoming Monmouth Boat Club Commodore Skip Bugbeesailing on the Navesink River.Commodore-elect Skip Bugbee’s family joined MBC in the 1960s while Pat Corr’s family has been members since the 1950s. The two will lead a group of veteran and new flag officers and supervisors elected to manage the 133-year-old MBC for the coming year.The incoming commodore, who lives in Middletown, has served as treasurer, 2nd rear commodore and vice commodore as well as grounds supervisor.Corr, the incoming vice commodore who lives in Port Monmouth, has served as house supervisor and 2nd rear commodore and has been the responsible for maintaining the club hoists for many years. Corr’s dad also served as commodore.Joining Bugbee and Corr as flag officers are Joe Cahill, moving from financial secretary to 1st rear commodore; Jackie Cattanach, moving from 3rd rear commodore to 2nd rear commodore; Keith Johnson, moving from 1st rear commodore to 3rd rear commodore; Taugh Lynch, moving from assistant financial secretary to fleet captain; Peter Richardson, returning for his third term as recording secretary; David Cheslow, moving from assistant treasurer to treasurer; Bob Kent, taking over as assistant treasurer; and Tom Bean, assuming the financial secretary post with Tim Unsinn as his assistant.Supervisors for 2013 are: Bob Hill and Glenn Bloodgood, house; Randy Dickerson, floats; Bob Markoff, grounds; Grae Morrison, moorings; Eric McClathie, data administration; Renee Dasaro, junior program; Denis Farley, adult sailing; Jules Borrus, insurance; Dot Lucyk and Karen Gerstenmeir, social and Art Petrosemolo, web.New terms begin Jan. 1.
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 16, 2015)–A public memorial for longtime Southern California trainer Mike Mitchell will take place Monday, April 20 at Santa Anita Park. The service, which is to begin at 1:30 p.m. and run until 3 p.m., will be staged in the track’s Chandelier Room.Mitchell, who passed away following a lengthy battle with brain cancer at age 66 on Tuesday, trained in California for nearly 40 years and is survived by his wife, Denise and their two daughters, McCall (Rounsefell) and Shea (Leparoux). Additional surviving family includes his four siblings; a twin sister, Cheryl, and three brothers, Earl, Jr., Guy and Casey.The Mitchell family has arranged for their pastor and the choir from their church, Fellowship Monrovia, to address those attending. There will also be a few other short speeches from designated speakers.At the request of the family, donations may be made in Mike Mitchell’s name to the Southern California Race Track Chaplaincy of America (RTCA). The family has also requested that light refreshments be served at the memorial. Guests should enter by car through Gate 5 and follow signage to the Mitchell Memorial in the Chandelier Room. –30–
Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games MOST READ At 35-years-old with a lot of mileage, Ranidel de Ocampo may not be the same player he once was, but Meralco head coach Norman Black thinks the veteran forward still has a lot left in his tank.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingDe Ocampo, who was traded to the Bolts as the main piece of a three-team deal on Monday, is in his 13th PBA season and will turn 36 in December.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “We’re not going to ask him to play 40 minutes for us, we just need him to play his role as a floor spacer and post-up.”Black also thinks de Ocampo can still play for “another four years if he wants to.”“I personally feel he’s not the type of player who depends on athletic ability. He is a very intelligent player.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “I don’t really look too much on age. I believe Arwind is 35-years-old an he’s playing one of his best basketball right now,” Black, who shared four titles with de Ocampo at Talk ‘N Text, told INQUIRER.net Tuesday. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES Santos, who has been playing really well for the San Miguel Beermen this season, is actually 36.De Ocampo, who joined Meralco in practice for the first time Monday, was a star during his nine year stay with Talk ‘N Text where he won six championships and two Finals MVP awards.Black is convinced de Ocampo is still one of the best big men in the PBA.“Ranidel is still one of the best, if not the best stretch four in the league today,” he praised.The champion coach added he doesn’t plan on using de Ocampo for an extended period of time on the court. What Black expects from him is to do what he does best: Shoot 3s and post-up.ADVERTISEMENT Pumaren’s double duty for Adamson, GlobalPort up for discussion by PBA Board Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
New Delhi: The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) has allowed the Dutch court administrator of Jet Airways to attend the Committee of Creditors (CoC) meetings of the debt-ridden carrier. A three member NCLAT bench said that the Dutch administrator would be part of the CoC meeting and would be given minutes of the meetings. The Appellate Tribunal also set aide the earlier order of the Mumbai bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), which had denied to recognise the Dutch insolvency proceedings. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra NCLT had barred Dutch Court Administrator from taking part in the Jet Airways insolvency proceedings in India. The Appellate Tribunal order came after the Resolution Professional of Jet Airways and Dutch Court Administrator agreed to co-ordinate in the insolvency proceedings ongoing in India. Earlier, during the last hearing, NCLAT had directed the Resolution Professional of Jet Airways and Dutch court to file the terms and conditions of their agreement. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days NCLAT’s direction came while hearing a petition filed by the Dutch Court Administrator against the order of the Mumbai bench of NCLT, which had declared overseas bankruptcy proceedings null and void. Earlier, on September 20, during the last hearing, NCLAT had asked the Resolution Professional of Jet Airways to cooperate with the Dutch Court Administrator, which is also conducting insolvency proceedings against the debt-ridden carrier. Jet Airways is facing insolvency proceedings in the Netherlands and was declared bankrupt in response to a complaint filed by two European creditors. In April, H Esser Finance Company and Wallenborn Transport had filed a petition citing unpaid claims worth around Rs 280 crore. Following this, a trustee in charge was appointed by the Dutch court and it had approached its Indian counterpart for access to the financial as well as assets of the airline. One of the Jet Airways aircraft, parked in the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, has already been seized. The grounded airline owes more than Rs 8,500 crore to lenders. It also has a large debt by way of accumulated losses to the tune of Rs 13,000 crore, vendor dues of over Rs 10,000 crore and salary dues of over Rs 3,000 crore. The consortium of lenders is led by SBI.
KOLKATA: Giyasuddin Sheikh, a resident of Hariharpara in Murshidabad district, died of a massive heart attack on Thursday morning. With his death, the total number of people who have died due to fear of proposed implementation of NRC in the state goes up to 12.Sheikh, who complained of acute chest pain, was taken to Murshidabad District Hospital, where he died soon after admission. His next of kin alleged that Sheikh had become panic-stricken after some local people told him that NRC will be implemented in Bengal soon. He subsequently tried to trace some old documents but failed. For two days, he did not talk to his family members and finally complained of acute chest pain. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMeanwhile, the Block Development Officers (BDOs) in different districts visited the houses and urged people not to get panicked. They said that issuance of digital ration cards or rectification of the voters’ list has nothing to do with NRC. It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has repeatedly said that NRC will not be implemented in Bengal. Like Wednesday, hundreds of people queued up at the headquarters of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), to get their birth certificates or make corrections in the name, address or the place of birth. The civic officials of KMC’s health department urged them not to get panicked or swayed by the rumour that NRC will be implemented in Bengal.
Mumbai: Plastic exports are expected to be subdued during this financial year at around $8.2-8.5 billion following the US decision to revoke Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) benefits to Indian goods, according to a report. India had exported $8 billion worth of plastics during in FY19, making it the 17th largest plastic exporter in the world and exported out of a global market of $600 billion, according to a report by US-based trade finance company Drip Capital. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”The exports were affected due to shocks to the export ecosystem, like the removal of the GSP by the US and increasing global concerns about the environmental impact of plastic. Recently the exports have begun picking up after the Centre announced fiscal measures. Even as the exports are picking up it will remain subdued at $8.2-8.5 billion in FY20,” Drip Capital co-founder and co-CEO Pushkar Mukewar said here. Policy interventions and market diversification offer solutions for exporters and can help the sector achieve stability and regain growth in the long-term, he added. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysWith Indian stakeholders are targeting plastic exports worth $25 billion by 2024-25, there is a need to tap other lucrative markets. Several other markets, including Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America can be tapped and diversifying to these regions would be the best solution for Indian exporters, the report said. In Southeast Asia Bangladesh, Japan and Malaysia has shown high growth in plastic imports over the years, since China stopped importing plastic waste in 2017.
Mumbai: Equity benchmark Sensex furthered losses to the fourth session in a row on Thursday, dropping about 199 points as financial sector trouble and renewed trade war concerns weighed on sentiments. After opening on a negative note, the 30-share BSE Sensex swung between a high of 38,310.93 and a low of 37,957.56, before settling at 38,106.87, showing a decline of 198.54 points or 0.52 per cent. Likewise, the 50-share NSE Nifty closed down by 46.80 points or 0.41 per cent at 11,313.10. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra The Sensex was pulled down mainly by losses in metal and banking stocks. Globally, markets came under an immense pressure after the US decision to impose new tariffs on European goods, triggering worries for the global economy. Besides, a series of negative headlines in the Indian banking and financial sector have been playing in the minds of investors, pulling the benchmark indices down for the past couple of sessions. On the Sensex chart, Vedanta was the biggest loser with 4.66 per cent decline. Other major laggards were were Tata Steel, IndusInd Bank, HDFC Bank, Kotak Bank, Axis Bank, HUL and Bharti Airtel, losing up to 3.36 per cent. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days On the other hand, Yes Bank surged about 33 per cent on Thursday after five consecutive days of fall after the bank said its financials are strong, with the liquidity position well in excess of regulatory requirements. Others top gainers were Tata Motors, ITC, HCL Tech PowerGrid, and M&M, gaining up to 6.16 per cent. Asian markets were down amid concerns over the US opening a new front in its trade war.