November 9, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Demonstration in support of beleaguered weekly TelQuel Help by sharing this information Around 300 people gathered yesterday in Casablanca in a show of support for the independent weekly TelQuel, which has been sentenced to pay a total of 1,960,000 dirhams (180,000 euros) in damages and fines since August.The participants include members of neighbourhood and youth groups as well as representatives of the Committee for Freedom of Expression and the Press, a new entity that brings together the National Union of the Moroccan Press, member of left-wing parties and human rights groups, the Truth and Justice Forum and a civil society group called ATTAC Maroc.Reached by phone, TelQuel editor Ahmed Benchemsi told Reporters Without Borders he was very moved by the show of support and said he saw it as “a sign that TelQuel has people’s trust.” Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara to go further NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say June 8, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News News The sentence of 900,000 dirhams (82,300 euros) in damages plus a fine of 10,000 dirhams (915 euros) which a Casablanca court passed on the independent weekly TelQuel on 24 October for libelling the head of a child relief NGO was “out of all proportion,” Reporters Without Borders said today, accusing the judicial authorities of hounding the weekly in recent months Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa News RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance April 28, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Organisation News ————————————————————————–31.10.2005 Weekly ordered to pay massive libel damages for second time in three monthsThe sentence of 900,000 dirhams (82,300 euros) in damages plus a fine of 10,000 dirhams (915 euros) which a Casablanca court passed on the independent weekly TelQuel on 24 October for libelling the head of a child relief NGO was “out of all proportion,” Reporters Without Borders said today, accusing the judicial authorities of hounding the weekly in recent monthsThe sentence brings the total in damages and fines which TelQuel has been ordered to pay in libel cases in the past three months to 1,935,000 dirhams (177,000 euros), the press freedom organisation noted.“We hope these sentences will be considerably reduced on appeal as the Moroccan media should not be choked to death by exorbitant libel damages awards,” Reporters Without Borders added.Last week’s sentence was prompted by a report in May that Touria Bouabid, the president of a child relief organisation, had been summoned by the police for questioning about embezzlement within her NGO. The information came from police sources and was reported in three other newspapers as well as TelQuel – Al Ahdath Al Maghribiya, Al Ayam and Al Ousbouîya Al Jadida. All four newspapers published retractions after the information turned out to be false, but Bouabid brought successful libel actions against all of them, although the sentences for the others were more lenient. Al Ousbouîya Al Jadida was ordered to pay 30,000 dirhams (2,750 euros) while Al Ahdath Al Maghribiya and Al Ayam were ordered to pay de 100,000 dirhams (9,150 euros). A senior member of TelQuel’s staff said: “The aim is no longer to educate us, but simply to bring us down.”In an earlier case, TelQuel managing editor Ahmed Reda Benchemsi and news editor Karim Boukhari were sentenced by a Casablanca court on 15 August to pay damages of 1 million dirhams (90,000 euros) and a fine of 25,000 dirhams (2 250 euros) for libelling a parliamentarian. They also got two months suspended prison sentences. The suit was prompted by an article entitled “A brunette’s secret” in which Boukhari described the career of a woman identified only by the pseudonym Asmaa who began as a “cheïkha” (popular dancer) and ended up becoming a legislator. The suit was brought by parliamentarian Halima Assali, who assumed the story referred to her. April 15, 2021 Find out more
PNM: No interest in keeping San Juan coal plant open FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):PNM Resources Inc. officials said their company firmly intends to close the coal-fired San Juan plant in 2022 and expressed confidence the New Mexico Legislature will pass a measure to provide financing for that effort.PNM Chairman, President and CEO Patricia Vincent-Collawn said in a Feb. 27 earnings call that the company, parent to utility Public Service Co. of New Mexico, stands by its plans to completely abandon the plant following final evaluation for replacement power resources in its request for proposals, along with completion of an updated load forecast and plant decommissioning study.The city of Farmington, N.M., on Feb. 24 announced it signed an agreement with a private holding company to keep the plant open, but the town has only an 8.48% stake in San Juan Unit 4, one of the two remaining operating units. PNM is the plant’s operator and majority owner.PNM Executive Vice President and CFO Charles Eldred said the company has every intention of shedding its ownership interest in San Juan, regardless of what Farmington has “theoretically” proposed. The company will not in any way accept a power purchase agreement or any involvement in the plant after 2022, he said.Vincent-Collawn said New Mexico state Senate Bill 489, also known as the Energy Transition Act, includes securitization financing provisions for San Juan’s closure that PNM has supported, along with the governor’s strong support.Vincent-Collawn pointed out the bill, which also would increase the state’s existing 20% renewable energy standard to 50% by 2030, is one of several measures that call for more renewable and carbon-free resources. The majority of the House and Senate, along with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, are Democrats, and energy policy has been a central focus of this year’s legislature. “So I can’t see any coal fitting into our plans,” she said.More ($): PNM stands by plans to close San Juan coal plant, urges passage of bill to help
Another gadget showcased as part of the demonstration was a remote-controlled, helicopter-like aircraft that weighs approximately one pound, reaches up to 1,200 feet and can fly continuously for about 30 minutes. Known as InstantEye, the system offers birds eye views of a disaster area, without risking the lives of rescue personnel. Other technologies demonstrated were three mobile applications that are part of the GlobalMedAid kit developed by the U.S. Army Medical Research & Materiel Command’s Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center. The kit includes an English to Spanish simultaneous translation application that facilitates the communication between healthcare personnel and disaster victims, a data capture solution for documenting care and treatment of the injured, and an application designed to improve training of medical personnel while deployed. Besides the display of innovative technologies for disaster relief, Mr. Hurtado also saw this demonstration as a venue for creating and tightening links between organizations and countries. “The relationships and contacts we develop and hone through science and technology engagements create networks that will be invaluable when something happens and we actually know who to call,” said Hurtado. In late September, after the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School releases a final assessment of GeoSHAPE and its operational utility, the tool will be integrated with the Pacific Disaster Center’s DisasterAWARE platform, and the U.S. Department of State Humanitarian Information Unit’s CyberGIS project, an existing effort to build web mapping and geographic data sharing applications focused on complex humanitarian emergencies. Looking further ahead, Hurtado envisions a myriad of initiatives and applications spinning off this geospatial information sharing tool, which can complement other USSOUTHCOM’s efforts to improve support to the response to natural disasters and humanitarian assistance crises in the region. It inform us plenty. It’s good to know what really happens in our country. Pray to God for the needs of the country. It’s very interesting. The initiatives are excellent in order to be somewhat prepared when a disaster occurs EXCELLENT NEWS COVERAGE! THE ACTIONS OF DRUG TRAFFICKERS SHOULD BE FOUGHT ON ALL LEVELS…EVEN AT A GOVERNMENT LEVEL. This is very well explained THE INITIATIVE AND APPLICATION ARE VALID, AND YOU HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF THEM. By Dialogo September 05, 2014 The main players in the simulated hurricane created to test GeoSHAPE were Honduras-based U.S. Joint Task Force-Bravo (JTF-B) – a task force able to dispatch airlift, logistical, medical, firefighting and other capabilities to support disaster relief missions –, and COPECO. Similar to U.S. Federal Management Agency (FEMA), COPECO is a government organization charged with providing the national response to disasters in the Central American country. Other participants were the Honduran Red Cross and Green Cross; representatives from the Military, Police and Firefighters; non-governmental organization World Vision, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Working simultaneously from their respective locations 52 miles away, JTF-B and COPECO’s operators used Android tablets and cell phones to enter hurricane-related events. Symbols for helicopter landing zones, water distribution points, hospitals, blocked roads, flooded towns… started crowding the maps at both sites. “The simulation tested how GeoSHAPE can enable organizations to collaboratively edit information from their locations and synchronize it across geographically dispersed servers to create a common picture of the disaster and the resources at hand,” says Scott Clark, director of geospatial programs at LMN Solutions, a Virginia-based IT company commissioned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop the software. Clark also underscored the open source, open standard nature of GeoSHAPE, which makes it possible for organizations to easily adapt the software to their needs without incurring great licensing expenses. The operational demonstration also offered the opportunity to showcase other technologies that might prove useful in the response to disasters. Among those was the CommCube, a portable Internet hotspot designed to support voice and data communications for up to 50 users in a 1,000 feet radius. A category 5 hurricane hits Honduras just before sunset, tormenting towns and people along its path. Behind, it leaves a toll of roofless houses, truncated lives, and thousands left with nothing but the hope of getting help quickly… now. Fortunately, Hurricane Gonzalo was only a figment of the imagination, the “perfect storm” crafted by the Science, Technology and Experimentation Division at the United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) and Honduras’ Permanent Contingency Commission (COPECO) to demonstrate and assess GeoSHAPE, a software application designed to revolutionize the way organizations collaborate in response to disasters. Take the earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010, for example. Tons of supplies were flown in and hundreds of organizations came to lend a helping hand, but they lacked an unclassified geospatial information exchange tool to coordinate relief efforts. “Operations like the response to the earthquake in Haiti revealed gaps in the methods for creating and sharing map data on critical aspects of the emergency response,” said Juan Hurtado, USSOUTHCOM’s Science Advisor. Where are water and food distribution points? What’s the condition of roads and bridges? Where are the locations of personnel and resources deployed in support of the rescue efforts? USSOUTHCOM’s quest for a technology solution that could answer that type of questions and close those gaps started in August 2012, when the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense-Rapid Fielding, funded the Rapid Open Geospatial User-driven Enterprise (ROGUE) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) project to develop a geospatial information sharing capability. GeoSHAPE, which stands for Geospatial Security Humanitarian Assistance and Partnership Engagement, was created under the ROGUE project as a combination of a web-based application that sits on a server, and a portable application called Arbiter for the collection of data and images in the field. “With GeoSHAPE, geotagged information can be shared almost in real time when an internet or cell phone connection is readily available. Otherwise, the information is sent as soon as a connection is established,” said Donald Jones, who managed the development of ROGUE for USOUTHCOM. GeoSHAPE can display disaster-relevant information in a map that anybody with a web browser and the appropriate permissions can see from anywhere in the world. “The outcome is improved situational awareness and fact-based decision making, hopefully bringing the response to people faster, more effectively,” he added. Progress on the program moved quickly and two years after the beginning of the JCTD, the software was ready to be demonstrated in an operational setting. The location chosen: Honduras. “Central America is often battered by hurricanes, mudslides, floodings… and our command has a long history of collaboration with Honduras in many areas”, said Hurtado, who early in his career spent a tour in the country. The Science, Technology and Experimentation Division that he heads at USSOUTHCOM was established in 2002 and since then has endeavored to develop technology solutions to regional challenges and to provide capabilities that address U.S. military operational requirements and also build U.S. and partner nation capacity to disrupt illicit trafficking, counter transnational organized crime and provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
R-Pharm said it received approval for Coronavir after Phase III clinical trials involving 168 patients with COVID-19.The drug was first approved for in-hospital use to treat COVID-19 in July, a government register showed.Coronavir’s trial was comparatively small. The European health regulator on Friday endorsed the use of the steroid dexamethasone in the treatment of COVID-19 patients after a study by UK researchers on several thousand patients.R-Pharm has started talks with pharmacies about orders, the company’s spokeswoman said, with Coronavir supplies expected to be rolled out in the near future, possibly as soon as next week.Coronavir is made at R-Pharm’s facility in Yaroslavl, about 300 km (186 miles) northeast of Moscow.Avifavir has been available in hospitals since June but has yet to be supplied to pharmacies. Russia has approved R-Pharm’s Coronavir treatment for outpatients with mild to moderate COVID-19 infections and the antiviral drug could be rolled out to pharmacies in the country as soon as next week, the company said on Friday.Coronavir’s approval as a prescription drug follows the green light for another Russian COVID-19 drug, Avifavir, in May. Both are based on favipiravir, which was developed in Japan and is widely used as the basis for viral treatments.R-Pharm’s announcement is another sign Russia is pushing hard to take a global lead in the race against the virus. It is already exporting its COVID-19 tests and has clinched several international deals for supplies of its Sputnik-V vaccine. Topics :