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first_img Organisation Reporters Without Borders voiced alarm today at a resurgence in curbs on press freedom in Morocco following four cases in the past two weeks that have shown which sensitive issues journalists may not cover without paying a price.”Moroccan journalists are free to work as long as they do not cross the lines set down by the royal palace,” the press freedom organization said. “Three subjects have been clearly identified as off-limits in three recent cases – internal affairs at the palace, the issue of Western Sahara and the various kinds of trafficking in which senior officials are sometimes implicated. Journalists who do not censor themselves are severely punished.”Reporters Without Borders said the Moroccan authorities last year gave a few encouraging signs as regards press freedom, but now they have backed away by clearly adopting a policy aimed at reining journalists in.The organization added: “We firstly call for an end to the use of the courts to silence critical journalists, secondly for the police and judicial authorities to find and punish those who physically attacked journalist Abderrahmane Bensfaia, and finally for the palace to stop displaying such extreme irritability, most often in the form of threats.”In the most recent of the four cases, a Rabat court yesterday sentenced Ali Lmrabet to a ten-year ban on working as a journalist and a fine of 50,000 dirhams (about 4,500 euros) over a defamation suit prompted by remarks he made about the Sahrawi refugees living in camps in Tindouf, in southwestern Algeria.Hamid Naimi, the editor of the weekly Kawaliss Rif (Stories of the Rif), was last month convicted on several libel counts in Nador (550 km northeast of Rabat) in cases dating back to 1998 that had been closed but were reactivated after he published an article in November about the embezzlement of public funds by a number of Nador officials. A Nador court heard around 40 of these renewed complaints within a week and sentenced him to a cumulative sentence of three years in prison and a fine of around 40,000 euros.Since creating his newspaper in 1996, Naimi has often incurred the wrath of the authorities, especially by his calls for independence for the Rif region.Abderrahmane Bensfaia, the correspondent of the Arabic-language national daily Annahar Al Maghribiya (Moroccan days) in El Jadida (200 km south of Rabat), was slapped and kicked by thugs employed by the owner of several local restaurants and bars on 22 March while researching a report on tourism, especially sex tourism. He filed a complaint the same day but, when reached by telephone, he said the investigation was stalled as the authorities had not questioned the perpetrators.The Arabic-language weekly Al Jarida Al Oukhra (The Other Newspaper) received a “warning” from Abdelhak El Mrini, the director of protocol at the ministry of the royal family, after it ran a story on 6 April about the daily activities of Princess Lalla Selma, the wife of King Mohammed VI. Mrini accused the newspaper of “meddling in the princess’s private life” and added, “any information or news about the private life of members of the royal family fall strictly within the domain of the ministry of the royal family and protocol.”Ali Anouzla, the weekly’s editor, told Reporters Without Borders he did not think they wrote anything negative about the princess. On the contrary, he said, the story portrayed a woman close to her people who perfectly combined tradition with modernity. “This letter has no legal basis,” he said. “Royal protocol is not qualified to judge the work of journalists, which is regulated by the law, not ancestral customs. This is the difference between the rule of law and a state of exception,” he added. to go further April 13, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Western Sahara, government corruption and palace life are all off-limits for the press Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa News Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists June 8, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information center_img April 15, 2021 Find out more RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara April 28, 2021 Find out more Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa News RSF_en last_img read more

first_imgA young estate agent working for a multi-branch sales and lettings agency in Essex changed his name by deed plot to ‘Mr Irish Dog Foods’ in order to help to cash stolen cheques, a court has heard.Inner London Crown Court heard that George Sourou, 23, along with three co-defendants each from London and the South East had become ‘money mules’ in order to cash missing cheques issued by supermarket Aldi to various food and household goods suppliers.The court case has at times taken a bizarre twist as the four defendants have been accused of changing their names to mimic the names of several Aldi suppliers including Canadian food company Biscuits Leclerk, bin liners manufacturer Kordis and canned food manufacturer Shaper Hagaart, among others.The four defendants did not know each other and the judge in the case has taken into account their secondary roles in the criminal enterprise.Recovered fundsSourou is accused of receiving a cheque for £17,833 of which £9,995 was recovered after his arrest. The three other defendants in the case cashed cheques worth a total of £47,800, taking the group’s haul to £65,783 before the frauds were detected and subsequent cheques were blocked.The prosecution revealed that all the offences were committed against HSBC bank who provided banking services to Aldi. All four have admitted entering into a money laundering arrangement and acquiring criminal property.They were each handed six-month suspended sentences and ordered to carry out between 80 and 120 hours unpaid work.Read more about money laundering. George Sourou money landering Aldi money mules December 17, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Suspended sentence for young agent caught up in ‘money mule’ fraud previous nextAgencies & PeopleSuspended sentence for young agent caught up in ‘money mule’ fraud23-year-old negotiator working in Essex changed his name in order to help launder stolen cheques.Nigel Lewis17th December 201902,226 Viewslast_img read more

first_imgFruition are gearing up to release a new album on February 2, 2018, Watching It All Fall Apart, via LoHi Records. In celebration of the upcoming release, the Portland, Oregon-based band have shared the lead single from the album, “I’ll Never Sing Your Name”. Additionally, they will hit the road in 2018. The album is now available for pre-order on CD, digital or limited edition color swirled vinyl, as well as deluxe bundles via the band’s store here.In a departure from their usual DIY approach, Fruition teamed up with producerTucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists, Modest Mouse) to adorn their folk-rooted sound with delicately crafted elements of psychedelia and soul. Showcasing the band’s three singer-songwriters’ (Jay Cobb Anderson, Kellen Asebroek, Mimi Naja) sublime harmonies they first discovered during an impromptu busking session in 2008, Watching It All Fall Apart finds them fully embracing their rock-and-roll sensibilities bringing a gritty vitality to each track. “We’re at the point of being comfortable in our skin and unafraid to be whatever we want as time goes on,” Anderson notes.In the making of their forthcoming record, the band pursued a purposeful inventiveness that resulted in their most intricately textured work to date. “Tucker helped us push ourselves to create something that glistens in subtle little ways that you might not even pick up on at first,” says Asebroek. “We got to play around with all this analog gear and these weird old keyboards we wouldn’t ordinarily use, like a bunch of kids in a toy store where everything is free.”Enjoy Fruition’s new single “I’ll Never Sing Your Name” below.Closing out the year with a NYE run of the Pacific Northwest that includes two hometown shows at the 1400 seat Crystal Ballroom, Fruition will be headed back out on the road from February to April, with two release-week celebration shows at The Ogden Theater (Denver, CO) on February 2nd and 3rd. First leg of tour dates below.Watching It All Fall Apart tracklist:1) Stuck On You2) Northern Town3) There She Was4) I’ll Never Sing Your Name5) Let’s Take It Too Far6) Turn To Dust7) FOMO8) I Should Be9) Lonesome Prayer10) EraserFruition Tour Dates:12/29 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Cafe12/30 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom12/31 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom01/25 – Missoula, MT @ Top Hat01/26 – Billings, MT @ Pub Station01/27 – Bozeman, MT @ Eagles Ballroom01/30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ State Room02/02 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre02/03 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre02/07 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada02/08 – St. Louis, MO @ Atomic Cowboy Pavillion02/09 – Chicago, IL @ Martyrs02/10 – Columbus, OH @ Woodlands Tavern02/14 – Lexington, KY @ The Burl02/15 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar02/18 – Nashville, TN @ 3rd and Lindsley02/21 – Fayetteville, AR @ George’s Majestic Lounge02/22 – Wichita, KS @ Barleycorn’s02/24 – Steamboat Springs, CO @ WinterWonderGrass Festival02/25 – Steamboat Springs, CO @ WinterWonderGrass Festivallast_img read more

first_imgThe two-day event was hosted by the Iroquois Healthcare Alliance which represents 56 hospitals in Upstate New York. As a founding partner of The Choice Care Card, Robert is an expert in the consumer-driven health field. In his presentation, Robert focused on the integration of personal care accounts and wellness programs. Personal care accounts provide a new funding vehicle for basic healthcare expenses, and also provide employers a tax-advantage vehicle for employee wellness incentives.The Choice Care Card, LLC is recognized as a pioneer and leader in the success of debit card based consumer driven health care plans. The Choice Care Card was ranked in the top ten of Consumer Driven Health Care Plan Providers by Business Insurance in both 2003 and 2004. The Choice Care Card is marketed nationwide and can be offered with any insurance plan, large and small group, fully insured or self-funded. Additional information about The Choice Care Card is available at www.choicecarecard.com(link is external).The Benefit Group of New England based in Montpelier, Vermont is a group insurance agency & consulting firm serving over 350 New England employers. For more information on this topic or any inquiries please call The Benefit Group of New England at 1-877-479-3546 or e-mail at [email protected](link sends e-mail). Visit at www.benefitgroupne.com(link is external)The Iroquois Healthcare Alliance, located in Clifton Park, NY advocates on behalf of 56 hospitals and health care system members and the communities they serve in Upstate New York. The Alliance serves as a regional resource and leader in promoting the public understanding of, and support for, the health care system serving the communities in the region. IHA serves Members located in 31 Upstate counties, which include the cities of Albany, Syracuse, Utica, and Binghamton as well as surrounding areas. Visit at www.iroquois.org(link is external)last_img read more

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Weak leadership is commonplace among CEO’s across all industries and credit unions are no exception. The financial and emotional impact on the credit union, its stakeholders (members) and the community that relies upon the credit union is problematic to quantify; however, the costs must include reputation risk, high-staff turnover, inability to accomplish approved strategies and low morale. All drain limited resources and hit the bottom-line.Reputation risk displays itself in declining membership growth, increased scrutiny by the local press and examiners, and staff turnover costs are estimated to be in a range of 25% to 200% of annual salary. As the credit union fails to grow loyal members, productivity ratios decline and so begin a downward spiral placing undue stress on staff, the board of directors and you, the CEO.In my 29 years as a credit union executive, here is what I observed as common causes of poor leadership and how you can avoid them:1. Be passionate about your role awareness and self direction as a leader. What does that look like? continue reading »last_img read more