Kurdish journalists face up to fresh challenges

first_img Kurdish security forces interrogated five journalists who braved a ban on travelling to the Iraqi-Turkish border while the editor of the weekly Hawlati is facing a year in prison for “defamation” after a complaint by Iraqi president, Jalal Talabani. February 4, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Kurdish journalists face up to fresh challenges Organisation Follow the news on Iraq RSF_en December 28, 2020 Find out more Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Five journalists were stopped and questioned by Kurdish security forces after braving a ban on travel to Iraq’s border with Turkey, while the trial opened today of the editor of the independent weekly Hawlati, Abid Aref, accused of defaming President Jalal Tabani, for which he faces up to one year in prison.“We urge the authorities to take a stronger line in favour of press freedom,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “Speeches are not enough. Journalists who cover the news must have their rights protected.”“The passing of a new information law, still being examined by the regional parliament, will be a crucial first step for the future of the media in Kurdistan”, it added. Security forces arrested five journalists on 1st February near the Sengeser control post, in Suleimaniyah province, as they returned from the Kandil mountains on the Iraqi-Turkish border. Rahman Gharib (photo) was mistreated after he tried to resist the police. News December 16, 2020 Find out more News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace”center_img Help by sharing this information “We went there the evening before to meet people who are suffering from Turkish bombing. We saw that much of the infrastructure – including schools and hospitals – has been destroyed. We interviewed the residents of isolated villages and took photos of the damage”, the journalist told Reporters Without Borders.They were arrested as they tried to rejoin several colleagues who were waiting for them. Rahman Gharib, Bayez Mohammed, of Hawlati, Salam Abdallah, of the website Kurdistan Post, and freelance journalists Kerwan Salar and Mohammed Çawsin were questioned briefly. Surwan Omar, of the news agency Kurdistan News, was beaten by police when he tried to approach the group.Elsewhere, a defamation case brought by President Jalal Talabani against the editor of Hawlati opened today at a court in Suleimaniyah, 330 km north of Baghdad. Abid Aref faces up to one year in prison for carrying a report on 13 January by US researcher Michael Rubin of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, which was highly critical of several Kurdish figures, including the Iraqi head of state. The journalist was released after paying bail of one million Dinars (about 558 Euros) and the trial was postponed to a later date, not yet announced. Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” IraqMiddle East – North Africa February 15, 2021 Find out more News News Receive email alerts IraqMiddle East – North Africa to go furtherlast_img read more

Mario’s Pizzeria: New Owners, Still O.C. Favorite

first_imgMario’s, located at 1510 Bay Avenue in Ocean City, offers families a great place for a tasty Italian meal, while dining outdoors. (Photo courtesy the Baltz family) By MADDY VITALESome things in life are too good to change, too good to be altered, best just to stay the same.That is the case with Mario’s Pizzeria. It is under new ownership by Mary and Jonathan Baltz, of Upper Township, and Mary’s father, Michael Sannuti, of Ocean City. But it continues with the same old traditions.Mary has a wealth of experience in the restaurant business. She has worked at Mario’s since she was 15. Now 30, she has spent years learning from the former owners what it takes to create and grow a successful business.Brothers Ernesto and Joe Cannuscio sold the business to Mary, Jonathan and Sannuti this June.“People in Ocean City don’t like change. We love the longtime customers and want them to know that,” Mary said. “Everyone in Ocean City has been very supportive of us with all that is going on.”“They love the old owners. We want them to know that all of the same staff is here,” Mary added. “Ernesto still works here, too.”Cook James Lancomb, 33, has been making pizzas at Mario’s for 11 years.Other than some updates, a splash of new paint on the exterior and some additions to the menu, the family is pleased to continue to offer the same great food and service that vacationers and residents in Ocean City have come to love through the years from the restaurant.Located at the corner of 15th Street and Bay Avenue, Mario’s Pizzeria has been a popular fixture that has kept patrons coming back since it opened in 1977.“A lot of people who I served when I was 16 still come to Mario’s,” Mary said.“Vacationers even come in every year. They make it a tradition,” added Jonathan Baltz, who grew up and went to school in Ocean City.Customers have an array of specialty pies and fresh toppings to choose from, and an assortment of salads and appetizers.Delicious tomato pies, the tasty margherita pizza to a Sicilian pie that is something to feast on, it is a pizza-lover’s paradise. Homemade minestrone soup and rice pudding are also staples for the loyal customers.Jonathan described the margherita pizza, “It’s amazing.”And for those who relish the entrees, they won’t go away hungry after sampling the eggplant rollatini or chicken parm and even Mike Sannuti’s homemade meatballs.Mary Baltz are her father, Michael Sannuti, are excited to work together to continue Mario’s success.The menu, which is reasonably priced, is packed. There is even an extensive vegan menu with an assortment of plant-based entrees to choose from. The menu was created by Ernesto Cannuscio before the sale of Mario’s, and Mary and her family continue the popular vegan addition.Like at other restaurants, the COVID-19 pandemic has closed the inside dining service. But Mario’s remained open and expanded the outdoor dining. In addition, delivery and curbside pickup have kept the owners very busy. They are in the process of revamping the website so that customers could do online ordering, which will be offered soon, Mary pointed out.“We have it down to a science. People drive up and give their number and we run out their orders,” Mary noted.Mary said that the community has been very supportive of the restaurant, especially during the pandemic, when some people suggested it might not be the best time to buy a restaurant.But Mary, Jonathan and Michael knew otherwise.“We worked it out,” Mary said. “My dad was a big part of helping us and the customers have been so supportive and happy we are still the same Mario’s.”Mario’s is open Monday through Saturday at 11 a.m. and on Sundays at 3:30 p.m. For more information, call (609) 398-0490 or visit Mario’s on Facebook. Jonathan and Mary Baltz. (Photo courtesy the Baltz family)last_img read more

Here is Why Your Business Should Take Digital Adoption Seriously

first_imgWe live in an increasingly digital world. We shop, make appointments, order food and taxis, and document our lives online. Approximately 70 percent of us use social media to connect and share content, and most spend an astonishing four hours per day interacting with our smartphones. Deep learning and AI are changing the ways we consume and create media, and over the coming decade will completely transform how we drive, how we bank, what types of medical treatments we receive, and more.Most businesses know that the digital revolution arrived long ago and that the deadline they needed to hit for upping their digital presence was yesterday. However, with so many digital trends and buzzwords being bandied about, even firms with the best intentions may be at a loss for what tools they need, but more importantly how to integrate these tools with their business. Onboarding new technologies doesn’t have to be a gargantuan task. You just need the proper template: a sound digital adoption strategy.Exploring Digital AdoptionDigital adoption is what happens when digital tools are deployed by companies in pursuit of common goals, such as reinforcing relationships with customers, reducing human capital expenditures, and pursuing automation strategies. It’s no longer enough for businesses to have access to the most cutting-edge technologies. If your staff or customers are unsure of how to use these technologies or reluctant to use them, you won’t derive any of the benefits these tools promise. Correct digital adoption sees users guided through the ins and outs of the technology so that they not only feel comfortable but fully embrace it, and in the case of employees, universally incorporate it into their workflow.A basic example of digital adoption is Google’s G Suite business applications. The paid version of which is gaining traction with corporations like Airbus, Verizon, and Whirlpool. Poor digital adoption would be an employee writing a document on the Google Docs app, downloading it as a Microsoft Word document, and then emailing the document to a colleague. In the ideal scenario, the employee writes a document directly on Google Docs, then shares it through the app interface with several colleagues so that they can all edit it in conjunction, ensuring that everyone has access to the most up-to-date version. In the first case, the employee used Google Docs but didn’t maximize its potential in terms of time and efficiency. In the second scenario, the employee fully adopted Google Doc technology and was able to deploy it to reduce wasted time while simultaneously boosting her and her teammates’ productivity. Solving for EX and CXIn the second example, the employee experience (EX) was much smoother and less stratified than the EX described in the first scenario. As companies begin to understand that EX is intrinsic to employee motivation and retention, getting digital adoption right will become even more critical. Working to minimize superfluous technologies that overburden employees is a good start. The next step is choosing a system that takes employees on a personalized training journey, adapting itself to each person’s pace, strengths and weaknesses. Once employees are comfortable with the platforms critical to company operations, they’ll be more satisfied, have a greater context for their own work, and be more likely to relinquish their grip on the old way of doing things.Introducing customers to your newest digital offering is just as straightforward. While you can’t force them to undergo training sessions like you might an unenthusiastic or stubborn employee, you can utilize your marketing department to prepare and disseminate outstanding educational materials. It’s possible to both explain to customers how to use your new technology and convince them that this technology is something they want. With an extraordinary customer experience (CX) in mind, customers will buy into the new tools but also remain engaged with them. Generating a Positive ROI on Digital Assets The underlying purpose of digital adoption is to drive efficiency for business. In the internet era, the best tech to embrace often comes in the form of comprehensive business software. Content management systems (CMS), customer relationship management (CRM) platforms, and other software suites blend together business flows in a way that makes it easy to visualize what’s happening, implement sweeping changes, and address issues like bottlenecking or low customer retention rates proactively. Accordingly, the B2B enterprise software industry is on a tear and took in over $369 billion in 2017—a figure that is forecast to grow to $439 billion in 2019. More than improving efficiency, however, digital tools allow businesses to measure precisely how and why the changes they’ve made produce specific results.ROI from technologies is difficult to measure when a firm uses several different solutions, but many software platforms bring everything “under one roof” by outright replacing single-purpose technology or helping to plug it into the new interface. This brand of digital adoption allows businesses to see which key performance indicators (KPIs) work well, and why, whereas before this was difficult to quantify. Businesses can delve beneath surface level and, instead of paying attention to shallow metrics like the number of users per platform, can measure how employees and customers are interacting, how they benefit, and where they can squeeze more out of the technology. Ultimately, investing in a digital adoption strategy empowers businesses to determine which technologies are working, which are worth investigating, and which need to go.Tying Tech TogetherWhether we like it or not, the digital age is here to stay. Instead of playing catchup with continually evolving technologies, hands-on businesses can stay ahead of the curve by driving digital adoption and making it a top priority. By helping your teams and customers properly use and acclimate to any new technology you acquire, you’re setting your business up for success. With digital adoption, you improve time usage and productivity, keep employees and customers happy, reduce churn, and overall generate a positive ROI on your digital investments. The bottom line is, digital adoption keeps you competitive. If you haven’t yet, it’s time to get your head in the game. Follow the Puck How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Reasons to Outsource General Counsel Services f… Related Posts Ruben is a blockchain security consultant currently living in New York City. He helps organizations fundamentally redesign experiences to create new sources of value also digitally reinventing company’s operations for greater efficiency. Tags:#digital#Human Resources#innovation Reuben Jacksonlast_img read more

BC premier says wildfires prompted unprecedented second state of emergency

first_imgVANCOUVER – British Columbia Premier John Horgan says successive governments have budgeted “laughable” amounts of money to fight wildfires that are becoming all too common.Horgan was flanked by the federal defence minister, the mayor of Prince George and a First Nations chief in Prince George as he said the sky in the northern city had turned jet black earlier in the day from fires burning in nearby communities.The premier says wildfires have prompted an unprecedented second state of emergency in the province in the last 12 months, after floods this spring, but he’s confident there’s enough contingency in the budget to provide the needed support.Horgan travelled to the central Interior to meet with first responders who are fighting some of the more than 500 wildfires burning across the province.More than 2,000 evacuees are in Prince George after being ordered out because of an 850-square-kilometre blaze threatening an area from Fraser Lake to Fort St. James.Horgan is also expected to travel to Burns Lake, where three out-of-control fires have prompted evacuation orders and alerts to the east, south and southwest of that village.last_img read more

CTV Debuts 1 This Fall

first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO – With three hot new series, combined with surging veteran programs, growth on key nights, and ratings wins across the schedule, the fall season is off to another impressive start on CTV, Numeris data confirms.CTV’s THE CONNERS, THE ROOKIE, and MAGNUM P.I. are three of the Top 5 new series in all key advertiser demos and total audience, with THE CONNERS landing last week as the biggest debut of any new fall series among A25-54.In addition, CTV’s Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night lineups have all shown exceptional growth in all key demos over last fall. And the story gets even better on Thursdays, with the network winning every hour of core-primetime (8 to 11 p.m.), more than doubling its closest competition among total viewers and all key demos. About CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 17 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment As a result, CTV is home to eight of the Top 10 programs in the key demos with a lock on the Top 4 overall, including perennial favourite THE BIG BANG THEORY, sophomore hit YOUNG SHELDON, new series THE CONNERS, and THE GOOD DOCTOR, which returns for its second season as Canada’s most-watched drama.“Fresh hits, sophomore break-outs, and growing fan-favourite series have delivered on our promise to clients to provide a safe, advertiser-friendly schedule featuring character-driven aspirational dramas and family-friendly comedy,” said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media.“With a solid debut out of the gate, advertising demand for premium programing on CTV is very strong this fall,” said Perry MacDonald, Senior Vice-President Sales, English Video and Radio, Bell Media.With four week’s worth of data available from Numeris, highlights of CTV’s 2018/19 season to date include:CTV has the most Top 10 and Top 20 programs amongst all competitors this fall.THE CONNERS debuted with nearly 1 million A25-54 viewers, leading all other new program premieres by 30% in the demo.Canada’s most-watched television series THE BIG BANG THEORY is seeing growth among total viewers and A25-54 in its12th season.Canada’s love affair with THIS IS US continues to grow with audiences up 26% for A25-54 in its third season.STATION 19 has seen impressive growth in its sophomore season with 29% growth with A25-54.New to CTV this fall, THE RESIDENT has doubled its average audience in its second season, and has seen growth week-to-week since its debut four weeks ago.Long-time favourites GREY’S ANATOMY, LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT, and BLUE BLOODS have all seen growth since last fall.NFL ON CTV has seen double-digit growth versus last season.CTV NATIONAL NEWS is up double digits with all key demos.Source : Source: Numeris, Sep 24, 2018 – Oct 21, 2018 vs. same weeks last year (Sep 25, 2017 – Oct 22, 2017). Primetime Mon-Sun 7p-11p. Station 19 & The Resident vs. Spring 2018 season. Key Demos A18-34, A18-49, A25-54. Preliminary data subject to change, with playback up to October 22, 2018.Social Media links  @CTV – Twitter @CTV – Instagram CTV – Facebook Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgIanthe Pratt PrimaryProvidencialesGrades 4 and 5 to join Grade 6 Clement Howell HighProvidencialesForms 4 and 5 Eliza Simons Primary Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 10, 2017 – Providenciales – The Ministry of Education appreciates the understanding that parents and the general public demonstrated over the past few weeks as we worked out the logistics for the resumption of school since the passage of hurricanes Irma and Maria.   As previously mentioned, our priority was to get the senior students at both the primary and high school levels back to school as quickly as possible.   While this is so, the Ministry is keen to ensure that students resume classes in conditions that are safe and healthy –  free from mold and other hazards.   To this end, the Ministry of Education has partnered with the Public Works Department and the Environmental Health Department and we are pleased to announce the reopening of the following schools and for the following students with effect from, Tuesday, 10th October 2017: Long Bay HighProvidencialesForms 1 and 2 H. J. Robinson HighGrand TurkForms 1 to 5 Grand TurkInfant 1 to Grade 6 at the Ona Glinton Primary SchoolIsland/locationForms or Grades Enid Capron PrimaryProvidencialesGrades 4, 5 and 6center_img Ona Glinton PrimaryGrand TurkInfant 1 to Grade 6 The Ministry of Education commits to continue updating you via further announcements in the coming days, as we work together to return our students to a state of normalcy. The Public is hereby reminded of the reopening of the following schools: SchoolIsland/locationForms or Grades Oseta Jolly PrimaryProvidencialesGrades 4 to 6 at the Gustavus Lightbourne Sports ComplexGrades 2 and 3 at the Edward Gartland Youth Centre Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Defiant Ranieri vows to never give up

first_imgAfter their 2-1 loss at Turf Moor on Saturday, Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri says his team will not “give up” as they look set for a relegation battle.Fulham lost 2-1 at Burnley as they conceded two unfortunate own goals from Joe Bryan and Denis Odoi after Andre Schurrle had given them the lead in the second minute.Their 14th defeat of the Premier League season has left them five points off Premier League safety, but Ranieri has vowed to keep fighting.“It’s unbelievable. Football is fantastic,” he told Sky Sports.Burnley FC v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“I think we deserved more than the draw but as for the football we scored early and played well.“They had three chances and scored two own goals. It’s unbelievable. We can draw the match in the first half but we hit the crossbar. In the second half, they save on the line. It’s a bad moment but we are alive.“We never give up. We continue to fight.”last_img read more

And all that Jazz

first_imgThe 3rd Delhi International Jazz Festival, organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) features 10 bands from 10 countries and 4 bands from India this year and kicked off Friday, 15 March. The festival will be held at Nehru Park, New Delhi from 15-18 March, 2013 and is the largest ever jazz festival, with performances across four days.The first 3 Day International Jazz Festival was conceived by ICCR as a gift to Delhi on its Centenary. The Festival is  a ‘tool of cultural contact’ spanning Asia, Africa, North America and Europe, the festival weaves together the message of music and culture. The festival is held within the lush green environs of Nehru Park with mesmerizing music playing under the stars, to delighted audiences. As part of the inclusive nature of the festival, entry is free. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ ‘Every major city such as Montreal, London, Stockholm and Edinburgh has a world class Jazz Festival that is not just named after the city but almost defines its cultural ethos. With a truly International Jazz Festival Delhi has been included in this list to make it a truly world class city,’ said Dr. Suresh K Goel, Director General ICCR.‘The Delhi International Jazz Festival has put Delhi on the Jazz map of the World and made it a veritable International cultural destination. It has become an annual feature and has now been firmly established as an iconic event in Delhi’s cultural calendar. The festival at Nehru Park would have well-known names such as New Bone Quintet Band from Poland, Sindi & Mimi from South Africa, Ararat from Israel, Sachal Vasandani from the USA, Imany from France, Malcom Braff Trio from Switzerland etc,’ added Goel. The festival always had support from France and has participation from USA for the first time will also include well-known Indian bands such as Louiz Banks, Dhruv Ghanekar, Toshanbar and Radha Thomas ensemble.last_img read more