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
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The Catalunya racetrack with snow covered seating is shown before a Formula One pre-season testing session in Montmelo, outside Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Feb. 28. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)Montmelo, Spain (AP) — Cold weather continued to cause havoc for Formula One teams on Wednesday, with snowfall delaying the third day of testing and keeping cars mostly in the garage.Parts of the track were covered in snow when teams arrived at the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona, and when conditions improved only five drivers ventured out.Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso was the only driver to post a time after running 11 laps on full-wet tires with his Renault-powered McLaren.“The poor weather conditions made things difficult all day long,” Alonso said. “In the few laps we did at the end of the day we managed to collect some good data for future development, so even with the little running we could complete, the information we got is very positive. I’m happy that despite a difficult day of testing for everyone, we made the best of it.” The other four drivers who made it to the track — Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull, Marcus Ericsson of Sauber, Robert Kubica of Williams and Brendon Hartley of Toro Rosso — only ran installation laps in the near-freezing temperatures.“We tried but it was nearly impossible to do anything so we stayed in the garage for most of the time,” said Kubica, Williams’ test driver.Mercedes, Ferrari, Force India, Renault and Haas didn’t get their cars out on the track. McLaren said Alonso was able to work on a series of tests and checks during his runs.“We adapted our program to maximize our time both in the garage this morning and later this afternoon when the track began to dry out,” McLaren racing director Eric Boullier said. “I’m satisfied that despite the challenges, we used our time efficiently today.”The unusually cold conditions near Barcelona have hindered the teams’ ability to learn much about their new cars throughout the week, with the track lacking enough grip for proper runs. It should be warmer for Thursday’s final session, but more rain was expected.There will be another four-day test session in Barcelona beginning next Tuesday. The season-opening Australian GP in Melbourne is March 25.“We shuffle our program around and try to fit all the work we need to do into seven days instead of eight,” Mercedes technical director James Allison said. “There’s just slightly less time available now. It is the same challenge for all the teams, so we take it on the chin and move on.”There were talks about adding extra days of testing in Barcelona, but the decision would need to be unanimously approved among the teams.It was cold for the first two days but cars were able to stay much longer on the track. They couldn’t run for most of the morning on Wednesday as organizers couldn’t open the track until visibility improved and the medical helicopter was cleared to fly.“Thanks for making me feel at home, Barcelona,” Ericsson, a Swede, said on Twitter after arriving at the snow-covered track.
Facebook25Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)State fishery managers have given the OK for the second razor clam dig this month, this one scheduled to begin Jan. 13 at two ocean beaches.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the three-day opening at Copalis and Mocrocks after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.The best digging typically occurs one to two hours before low tide, said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. Digging is not allowed on any beach before noon. The long weekend should provide an excellent opportunity for diggers to visit the coast for clamming, Ayres said. However, he noted the razor clam opening does not include the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday.The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates and evening low tides: Jan. 13, Friday, 7:17 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Copalis, MocrocksJan. 14, Saturday, 7:59 p.m.; -1.0 feet; Copalis, MocrocksJan. 15, Sunday, 8:40 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Copalis, MocrocksUnder state law, diggers at open beaches can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container. All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2016-17 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://www.fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.Both Long Beach and Twin Harbors are closed to razor clam digging due to elevated levels of domoic acid. A natural toxin produced by certain types of algae, domoic acid can be harmful or even fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities. WDFW will continue to monitor toxin levels at all ocean beaches.A list of razor clam digs tentatively scheduled through February can be found on WDFW’s website at http://www.wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html.
TRAINER QUOTES -30- MARIO GUTIERREZ, SMOOVE IT, SECOND: “I thought I had it. She’s improving a lot and I was hoping to get that kind of race out of her. I thought we had it.” NOTES: The winning owner is Joe Masino of Gilbert, AZ, who campaigns as Class Racing Stable. IAN KRULJAC, SON OF TRAINER ERIC KRULJAC, BLINGISMYTHING, WINNER: “We gave her a nice little breather (before the Las Cienegas), but she was on her toes so we decided to go in and keep firing.”Any instructions to Tyler Baze? “Never. I thought we had our head down, definitely. I was a little nervous we were caught behind with nowhere to go, but Tyler’s got a good head on him and takes the rail, the shortest way around there.” TYLER BAZE, BLINGISMYTHING, WINNER: “I won pretty easy, I thought. I watched it again and knew I had the win. She’s just a nice filly. I broke her maiden first time out a couple of years ago at Hollywood. This is my first opportunity to ride her back and so I made the most of it. She’s a nice filly with a big heart.“It is so nice to win one of these for Eric. I was riding for him all the time when I was at Turf Paradise. I’m pretty sure this is the first stakes I’ve ever won for Eric. And (Ian Kruljac, assistant) Jr. is awesome; we’ve known each other forever. He works so hard; he’s at the barn every day at 4 a.m.” RAFAEL BEJARANO, BIRDLOVER, THIRD: “My filly broke beautifully. We had an easy pace, 23 and change, 48 and change…it was perfect. The other horses were just flying late and we got beat a head. She ran great, no excuse.” JOCKEY QUOTES
DDTV: He’s he most popular Fermanagh man in Co Donegal ever. And that’s not just because he moved here – it’s because as No2 to Jim McGuinness he has been part of the team which has taken our county to only its second ever All-Ireland final.But Rory Gallagher knows a tough battle lies ahead.And he warns of the serious threats Mayo pose to Donegal in the final this Sunday.Click to play DDTV: COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – COACH RORY WARNS OF MAYO’S ATTACK was last modified: September 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTV: COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – COACH RORY WARNS OF MAYO’S ATTACK
A research team headed by a biology professor at the University of New Mexico are claiming that mammals had a field day when the dinosaurs went extinct. They got bigger and more diverse, filling in the ecological wasteland left by the missing giant reptiles. Their analysis was published in Science.1 In addition, they think the mammals waxed and waned with the temperature. According to lead author Felicia Smith [U of NM], quoted in Science Daily, “Global temperature and terrestrial land area set constraints on the upper limit of mammal body size,” Smith said, “with larger mammals evolving when the earth was cooler and the terrestrial land area greater.” But isn’t there more to evolutionary theory than changing times? A look at how they used the term evolution in their paper shows a rather cavalier assumption that evolution just happened. As to how animals could evolve, they tried a random model, like Brownian motion on a large scale, and a saturation model, with evolution reaching to fill all available space somehow: “as maximum body size evolves, the evolutionary possibilities for increasing size are progressively exhausted.” Other than that, the authors treated evolution as a category of stuff happens, speaking of “the evolution of” this or that. They even invoked the convergence notion (01/26/2010): “the patterns suggest that large mammals convergently evolved to fill similar ecological roles.” As for the atmospheric and geographic influences on evolution, they were gracious enough to warn, “However, some caution should be used in the interpretation of our results.” There’s a lot of uncertainty, after all, about how oxygen levels and other environmental factors could influence evolution. “Nevertheless, the potential role of abiotic factors in the overall trajectory of mammalian evolution cannot be ignored, and the available data suggest interesting and important trends, which should be explored further.” Their last paragraph summed up their ideas:Our analysis implies that the increase in the maximum mass of mammals over the Cenozoic was neither a statistical inevitability driven by increasing species richness nor a random evolutionary walk from a small initial size, but rather reflected processes operating consistently across trophic and taxonomic groups, and independent of the physiographic history of each continent. We find no support for other hypotheses for the evolution of maximum body mass, including the expected increase in variance due to random divergence from a common ancestor or to increasing species richness; nor do terrestrial mammals ever approach sizes that might invoke biomechanical constraints. The K/Pg extinction provided the ecological opportunity for mammals to become larger. Terrestrial mammals did so in an exponentially decreasing fashion, reaching a more or less maximal size by 40 Ma as evolutionary possibilities for increasing body size were progressively exhausted and abiotic factors began constraining the upper limit.The authors did not speculate about the cause of the dinosaur extinction. In the abstract, their hypothesis was summed up in the statement, “the primary driver for the evolution of giant mammals was diversification to fill ecological niches, [but] environmental temperature and land area may have ultimately constrained the maximum size achieved.” Reporters leapt onto this idea, saying “Dino Demise Led to Evolutionary Explosion of Huge Mammals” (Live Science), “Giants among us: Paper explores evolution of the world’s largest mammals” (PhysOrg) and “Size of mammals exploded after dinosaur extinction” (PhysOrg again), New Scientist confidently explained “Why mammals grew big and then stopped,” while the BBC News teased, “Dinosaur demise allowed mammals to ’go nuts.’” The quotes refer to a statement by lead author Felissa Smith, who pretty much summed up her idea in a colloquial way: “But we had a giant Earth with nothing big on it anymore; and so I think that ecological opportunity allowed mammals to just go nuts.” For the benefit of any culturally deprived readers, the BBC hastened to explain, “‘Going nuts’ meant land mammals diverging in shape and size.”1. Felissa Smith, “The Evolution of Maximum Body Size of Terrestrial Mammals,” Science, 26 November 2010: Vol. 330 no. 6008 pp. 1216-1219, DOI: 10.1126/science.1194830.Has a more vacuous scientific explanation ever been submitted in a serious scientific journal? This is nothing more than the “If you build it, they will come” theory of evolution. Simply provide the opportunity, and Darwin will send in his army of Tinker Bell helpers to zap the leftover animals with their mutation wands, and presto: giant mammals will emerge. It’s like a land grant or homesteading act advertised to pioneers: “Go forth and build your towns, your factories, your civilizations! Give me mammals to match my mountains!” The only caveat is that intelligent design is not allowed; everything must be undirected, purposeless, mindless, and random. Notice, further, that Smith and her co-conspirators ruled out all the other vacuous evolutionary explanations before coming up with their vacuous evolutionary explanation. Can’t say it was “statistically inevitable.” Can’t say it was a “random walk” in the evolutionary park. Can’t say it was biomechanical constraints, nor “expected increase in variance due to random divergence from a common ancestor” nor due to “increasing species richness.” No; all those vacuous, circular, question-begging Darwinian explanations are not vacuous enough. We need a really vacuous explanation: “we had a giant Earth with nothing big on it anymore; and so I think that ecological opportunity allowed mammals to just go nuts.” Any wonder why long ago we instituted a Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week award? For more nonsense about mammal evolution, see:12/24/2009 on natural variation vs. progress,12/18/2009 on Australian mammals,12/13/2009 on contenders for SEQOTW,12/11/2009 on the horse series,12/04/2009 on vacuous explanations,11/19/2009 on evolutionary works in progress,09/22/2009 on use of the Stuff Happens Law,06/30/2009 on the elephant explosion,06/03/2009 on evolution as a catch-all explanation,03/24/2009 on trying to fit animals in uncooperative evolutionary trees,07/04/2008 on explanation by assumption,03/06/2008 on translating Darwinese,01/21/2008 on backtracking earlier claims,04/25/2007 on telling time tales,03/29/2005 on mammals (or evolutionists) going crazy after the dinosaurs,08/27/2004 on the lack of an evolutionary tree in mammal genes,12/03/2003 on the convoluted story of African mammal evolution. For more on the “If you build it, they will come” theory of evolution, see 10/31/2010 and 07/14/2009 on Cambrian animals, 03/29/2007 on salt tolerance, 01/28/2005 on bats, and 08/25/2005 on fossil diversity. It’s an old custom in Darwin fantasyland. (Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
FinovateSpring 2010will again showcase the most cutting-edge financial and banking technology innovations to Silicon Valley and the world. With Finovate’s signature mix of short, fast-paced onstage demos (no slides are allowed) from handpicked companies and intimate networking time with their executives, this conference packs a ton of unique value into a single day.Come see the cutting edge of banking and financial technology and network with hundreds of the leading financial executives, venture capitalists, press, industry analysts, bloggers and fintech entrepreneurs. Early bird registration rates are available.5 October 2010: New York CityFinovateFall The Founder Showcase, by TheFunded.com, is an open startup pitch and networking event that highlights the newest cutting-edge businesses and helps innovators gain traction among the Silicon Valley elite. On Thursday, January 14th, 10 of the most promising early-stage companies, as selected by over 13,000 registered Founders and CEOs on TheFunded.com, will present to an audience of over 300 investors, founders, and members of the press. A panel of experts will critique the pitches, and an open ballot of those in attendance will determine the Founder Showcase Winner.ReadWriteWeb readers receive a 10% discount when registering, just use discount code “RWW”.26 January 2010: San Francisco, CaliforniaCatalyst ConferenceVator.tv , a leading platform for entrepreneurs and innovators to broadcast themselves, and provider of news and information through VatorNews, and Girls in Tech, a social network enterprise focused on education and empowerment of influential women in technology, are seeking five women-led startups across any stage to present at the Catalyst Conference on January 26, 2010 at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. To be one of the five, join the Catalyst competition today and win the chance to present. 27 – 28 January 2010: Amsterdam, The NetherlandsEnterprise Social 2.0: Rip or ROI?This senior executive event will bring together decision makers from the Top Fortune companies to discuss innovative strategies on how to maximise business performance through social media engagement. The event will include keynote speeches, best-practice presentations as well as interactive discussion sessions.The summit will provide excellent opportunities for you to hear international experts discuss best practices on how to drive business performance using Web 2.0 and social media. Key issues to be discussed include:How to integrate social media programs successfully into business strategies?Building business momentum, visibility and market growth through social mediaMeasuring success and influence using metrics and analytics: what are the tools and techniquesIntegrating viral marketing and social media into traditional marketing mixDeveloping and activating audiences using social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook, blogs1 – 5, February 2010: New York City, Berlin, London, San Francisco, Toronto, São PauloSocial Media Week The second annual Social Media Week conference will explore the profound impact that social media has on culture, business communications and society at large.The conference is designed as a series of localized events, which city partners are responsible for organizing. Programs will span a variety of formats, ranging from talks and panel discussions, to interactive workshops, seminars and networking events. Registration will open in January 2010 and the majority of events will be free thanks to the global sponsors and event partners.You can find more information at http://socialmediaweekny.com.4 February 2010: San Francisco, CaliforniaVator SplashVator.tv, a leading platform for innovators and entrepreneurs to broadcast themselves, is holding its inaugural Vator Splash event on February 4, 2010 at the Cafe du Nord in San Francisco. Catch onstage presenters: Zynga CEO Mark Pincus, Smule CEO Jeff Smith, August Capital VC Howard Hartenbaum and Google Ventures VC Bill Maris. Ten promising startups will also get to present onstage. Enter the Vator Splash competition if you want to present.ReadWriteWeb readers get a 25% discount on their tickets using the code VatorReadWriteWeb.8 February 2010: Tampa, FloridaSocial Fresh TampaThis is the social media conference that comes to you. Social Fresh is a one-day, case-study-rich conference targeted for marketers. Social Fresh Tampa will have 30+ speakers, including Chris Barger of GM, Maggie Fox of Social Media Group and John Andrews of Collective Bias (formerly of Walmart).ReadWriteWeb readers get a 15% discount with the code “RWW15”.10 February 2010: New York CityOnline Community Unconference East 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Events Guide#web FinovateFallwill return to Manhattan on Tuesday, October 5 to showcase dozens of the biggest and most innovative new ideas in financial and banking technology from established leaders and hot young companies. The Fall event is the original and largest Finovate and features a single day packed with our special blend of short, fast-paced onstage demos (no slides are allowed) and intimate networking time with top executives from the innovative demoing companies.FinovateFall is a unique chance to see the future of finance and banking before your competition and find the edge you need in today’s market. Early bird registration rates are available.Download this entire events calendar in iCal format. Social Networking World ForumEnterprise social mediaSocial TV World ForumMobile Social Networking ForumThe event features key speakers from global brands, organizations, social networking publishers and developers, pioneering social media leaders, top agencies, content producers, and more.Full workshop program within exhibition areaEvening networking receptionPre-show online meeting planner for delegatesFree pass for exhibition only11 May 2010: San Francisco, CaliforniaFinovateSpring Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts The Online Community Unconference East is a gathering of online community professionals – managers, developers, business people, tool providers, investors – to discuss experience and strategies in the development and growth of online communities. As we have found with our past events, the best source of information on all of these challenges is other knowledgeable practitioners. The event runs from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Digital Sandbox.11 February 2010: New York CityNYC Venture Capital and Angel ShowcaseFundingPost is hosting a VC showcase where 20-plus VC funds and angel groups will be exhibiting their firms during a great cocktail party setting. Each fund will have their own table setup for the sole purpose of meeting great new companies.Additionally, there will be an optional pitching workshop from 2:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. The cost to participate in the workshop will be $400. This workshop includes the $125 ticket to the event, and a 1/4 page listing in the Venture Guide Magazine. This event is sponsored by Credit Suisse, and takes place at One Madison Avenue, from 6-9:15 p.m.18 February 2010: Silicon Valley, CaliforniaFuture of FundingActive limited partners, top rated venture capitalists, and successful entrepreneurs are invited to Silicon Valley on February 18, 2010 to discuss the Future of Funding. The venture capital bubble has burst, and change is coming. Now is the time to have a constructive dialog about the future with all of the stakeholders at the table.Don’t miss the opportunity to partake in this exclusive event hosted by TheFunded. Please visit www.futureoffunding.com to see speaker and event details.ReadWriteWeb readers use the code “RWW” and get 10% off.15 – 16 March 2010: London, England2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum — LondonThe 2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum takes place at the Olympia Conference Centre in London. The two-day event features four dedicated conference streams: It’s the last week of 2009 and time look ahead to all the conferences and events you could be attending in 2010. As always, you can download the entire event calendar in iCal format or import it into your Google Calendar. You can also import individual events using the link beside each entry. This events guide is a weekly feature here on ReadWriteWeb.Know of an event taking place that should appear here? Let us know in the comments below or contact us.11 January 2010: Nashville, TennesseeSocial Fresh NashvilleThis is the social media conference that comes to you. Social Fresh is a one-day, case-study-rich conference targeted for marketers. Social Fresh Nashville will have 30+ speakers, including Jason Falls of Social Media Explorer, Gavin Baker of Ruby Tuesday and John Andrews of Collective Bias (formerly of Walmart).ReadWriteWeb readers get a 15% discount with the code “RWW15”.14 January 2010: Palo Alto, CaliforniaThe Founder Showcase Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting ReadWrite Sponsors A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
BARCELONA, Spain — A Barcelona official has denied the Spanish soccer club is trying to bring back Neymar amid reports the Brazil striker wants to leave Paris Saint-Germain.Barcelona vice president Jordi Cardoner says “probably Neymar wants to return to Barca … but we have not put that topic on the table.”He adds “what appears to be correct as of today, from what I have read, have heard, what seems true, is that Neymar wants to come back to Barca.”Neymar forced his way out of Barcelona in 2017 when PSG broke the record for a transfer by triggering his contract’s 222 million euro (then-$262 million) buyout clause.The 27-year-old Neymar has since been hit by injuries and a rape accusation, which he denies.In his four seasons at Barcelona, Neymar scored 105 goals and won the Champions League, Club World Cup, two Spanish league titles and three Copa del Rey titles.But Neymar is also embroiled in different legal cases in Spain regarding alleged improprieties in his transfer from Brazilian club Santos and a dispute with Barcelona over a signing bonus.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Jammu: The administration has identified 25 government-run schools in Jammu and Kashmir summer capital Srinagar to equip them with modern infrastructure and facilities to improve their learning outcome, an official said. The aim is to transform the government schools in the district into vibrant and competitive institutions of learning, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said. “The process starts with developing 25 pilot schools on modern lines, refurbishing entire school buildings, equipping them with modern infrastructure and revamping their academic structure aimed at improving their learning outcomes,” he said. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh The pilot schools were selected out of the total 52 government schools identified from across the district based on various parameters, including that of land and building availability and student roll and staff strength, Choudhary said. The deputy commissioner said he was informed during a meeting on Thursday that funds for modernisation of the 25 schools have been released. The total amount released to these schools so for is Rs 3 crore, he added. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Choudhary said the schools will be refurbished or rebuilt on a mission mode. These pilot schools will be autonomous in their functioning and will have complete decision-making powers aimed at facilitating achievement of goals of excellence, he said. The larger aim of the project is to rebuild the public education system starting with these pilot schools and then replicating the model across the district, he added.