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Editor of provincial newspaper targeted by campaign of intimidation

first_imgNews April 28, 2021 Find out more August 3, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Editor of provincial newspaper targeted by campaign of intimidation RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Help by sharing this information Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists News Receive email alerts RSF_en June 8, 2021 Find out more to go furthercenter_img Organisation Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara News Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Reporters Without Borders today condemned the harassment and intimidation of editor Brahim Fillali ever since he began publishing a new, local newspaper, Ici et Maintenant, in the southern city of Ouarzazate. This has included a recent arson attack on the newspaper which the police refuse to investigate.”We call on the Moroccan authorities to responded to the complaint brought by Brahim Fillali and to quickly catch those responsible for setting fire to his newspaper,” the press freedom organisation said, adding, “it is unacceptable that a journalist is unable to work freely and fears for his physical safety.”The intimidation began with a threatening letter on 26 November, just after Fillali had brought out the third issue of Ici et Maintenant. Then, on 3 June, he received an oral summons from the criminal investigation department of the Ouarzazate gendarmerie and was accused of writing about matters “affecting Moroccan institutions and national integrity.” He ignored two such warnings.Finally, the newspaper’s premises were set on fire on 23 June. Fillali immediately tried to file a complaint with the gendarmerie in Msemrir, but the police there refused to register it. The officer in charge said the investigation could not begin until Fillali identified a suspect – an attitude contrary to all logic and conventional procedure in police investigation.Published every two weeks and containing articles in both French and Arabic, Ici et Maintenant claims to be independent and self-financed. It has been clearly committed to covering human rights and other sensitive issues in the Ouarzazate area, including police violence against the population of Tinghir and a miners’ strike in Imini.Fillali attributes the harassment to the fact that his newspaper sided with the miners in Imini in their strike against the mine’s management over alleged embezzlement. He told Reporters Without Borders he now fears for his life. News April 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Pasadena Bar Association Gives Back to Community

first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Giving Back Pasadena Bar Association Gives Back to Community From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 | 12:07 pm Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena More Cool Stuff Community News Members of the Pasadena Bar Association recently participated in a Day of Service at the Union Station Homeless Services’ Adult Center in Pasadena. This family event day was spent with cleaning, soup kitchen help, painting and landscaping. The event took place on Saturday, Oct. 25th from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.PBA members Don and Maria Schweitzer of the Law Offices of Donald P. Schweitzer attended the event and enjoyed giving back to their community.About the Pasadena Bar AssociationThe Pasadena Bar Association (PBA) assists its members to develop and improve their practice of law by proving information, services, networking, career development programs and other resources. Since its founding in 1917, the PBA has vigorously pursued its stated purpose “to advance the science of jurisprudence, to promote the administration of justice, to encourage a thorough legal education, and to maintain the honor and dignity of the profession of law.” The PBA has initiated numerous programs, services and opportunities for its members, the profession, the judiciary and the community.For more information, visit http://www.pasadenabar.org/. HerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities People Don’t Love AnymoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Top of the News 7 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week last_img read more

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Colin Kaepernick could interest Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, analyst says

first_imgIt is said that when fate closes one door, it opens another.Thursday night, fate dealt the Kansas City Chiefs a rotten blow when reigning NFL Most Valuable Player Patrick Mahomes dislocated a kneecap. Chiefs teammate Travis Kelce told ESPN, “His knee didn’t even look like a knee. It was all out of whack. I couldn’t even describe it.”Clearly Mahomes won’t be coming back soon.But wait, was that a knock on the door? Yeah, we get it. Not a week goes by without a Colin Kaepernick …last_img

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Have You Or Someone You Know Ever Fake-Liked Something On Facebook?

first_imgdan lyons To help people avoid that situation, we’re working on a post that will help you figure out how to “memorialize” the account of someone who has died so that Facebook won’t keep surfacing their likes in your feed. Send Us Your ExamplesMeanwhile we’re looking for more examples of fake likes. Our writer, Bernard Meisler, put his story together by asking people he knew on Facebook to look out for fake likes and send him examples. Now we’d like to find even more. Apparently this is happening a lot, and nobody seems to know why.Facebook told us it must be people accidentally pressing a “like” button on their mobile app. But can there really be that many people pressing the wrong button, all the time?If you have a theory, we’re all ears.My Friend The Financial PlannerMeanwhile, everyone we talk to seems to have a story about fake likes. Just this morning when I came in to work I opened up Facebook and found this: UPDATED: This story has been updated to include comments from Facebook. See below.Our story about dead people liking stuff on Facebook really struck a nerve. For some people this phenomenon isn’t just strange — it is downright painful. Like this person who commented on Reddit: It’s a post that went out this morning from my friend and neighbor, Catherine Valega, touting a new “miracle weight loss” cure that can “burn unwanted fat around your belly in 14 days.”I got suspicious. First because Valega is teeny-tiny. She’s an avid runner and probably weighs 100 pounds soaking wet. She’s not someone I’d expect had ever used (or needed) a miracle weight loss cure.More important, Valega is a financial planner and a wealth management specialist who lives in an affluent suburb of Boston. She uses Facebook to promote her professional services and to build her personal brand. Most of her posts are about college saving, retirement planning, insurance coverage — useful stuff.So I didn’t think she’d be polluting her feed with crappy posts about belly fat reducers.And I was right. Valega had no idea this had gone out under her name until I snapped a screen grab and emailed it to her. She was appalled, and removed it from her feed.[UPDATE: Facebook points out that the example above originated on Twitter, not on Facebook, which means Facebook should not be blamed for it. Also: A Facebook spokesman says there are cases where someone has liked a brand but simply doesn’t remember doing it. In other cases it’s possible someone got confused and clicked on an icon believing they were “liking” one thing when actually they were liking something different. For example, you might click on an icon for what you think is a new DVD release when you are in fact liking the retailer that is promoting the DVD. Finally, there are cases of “click-jacking” where people believe they are clicking on, say, a button to play a video, when actually they are being tricked into liking a product. In those cases the like goes out into their feed without their knowledge or consent. However, Facebook has been making a big effort to fight click-jacking, and has been successful in stamping out most of it, the spokesman says.]A Problem For FacebookSure, in a way this is kind of funny, but it’s also kind of not. If you’re using Facebook in any kind of professional capacity, these fake likes could become a problem.Not just a problem for you, but for Facebook. Because if the new reality of Facebook is that you need to constantly check your profile and make sure stupid stuff isn’t going out under your name, people are going to start leaving.Valega wasn’t pleased by the belly fat thing, but she’s more worried about what might happen next. One of her friends who would never shop at Walmart just had a “like” for Walmart go out under her name.Valega’s business, Greenbridge Wealth Management, is bulit around not just financial planning but social responsibility, sustainability, environmental awareness and other progressive ideas. A fake-like for Walmart could actually hurt her image.“If Facebook shows people that I like Walmart, that’s a business buster,” Valega says. “No way would I like Walmart or invest in Walmart.”Risky For BusinessSo being on Facebook becomes a risk. And what’s the reward? Valega says she’s never found a new client via Facebook. She just uses the site as a way to build a presence online. But now she thinks Facebook is “on the way out.”So help us out. Has anyone you know ever fake-liked something on Facebook? Send us examples. Maybe we’ll get some answers from Facebook — or, even better, a resolution. Related Posts Tags:#Facebook#fake likes center_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

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EMMA MAKES HER MARK ON NATIONAL SCENE

first_imgThe music was blaring, the laughter was long and loud, however the outfits were pretty ordinary, the quality of the performers was questionable, and the dance moves, well, the cast from the movie “Step Up” have nothing to worry about from this lot when they sign up to screen test the sequel…The National 18 Years Youth Development Squad were ‘competing’ in a friendly “dance off” competition as a team building activity at the TFA Inaugural Youth Development Camp at the Runaway Bay Sports Centre on Queensland’s Gold Coast in January 2006.Players had to perform random routines from across a range of categories – anything from ballroom to gangster rap… anything the guest mentors and coaches thought would stretch the dance repertoire of our brightest young touch football starlets.Players who adhered to the edict made famous in the movie “Strictly Ballroom” of “using their own flashy, crowd pleasing, non federation dance steps” were scored best by the mentors and coaches. The competition was set down along traditional State of Origin enemy lines, Qld v NSW…or so the competitors thought…At the height of the intense “dance off”, a new team entered the contest…Dressed in their fashionable “Jim jams”, and sporting bright green zinc with the letters “TAS” emblazoned across their faces, youngsters Emma Haines and Emily Hudson from Tasmania entered the fray.The outgoing Tasmanians danced up a storm and took the challenge right up to the opposition and made a huge statement about who they were, the pride they felt in their home State, and their place in the fabric of the National squad.Haines and Hudson (whose footwork was infinitely better on the field than on the dance floor) impressed all at the Inaugural Youth Camp with their talent, passion, skill, and enthusiasm for the sport.Their attitude to learning and improving was exceptional, and their ability to apply new knowledge was duly noted.Twelve months on Emily Hudson 16, is progressing well and is sure to be a leading light in the Tasmanian 18 Years Girls team at the National 18 Years Championships in Coffs Harbour from 19-22 September 2007.Emma Haines, after representing Crusaders at the last two National Touch League tournaments in the Women’s Open division, continues to go from strength to strength.Emma was one of 93 of Australia’s best Youth Touch Footballers who took their first steps towards selection for the 2009 Youth World Cup during a comprehensive training camp on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast from Thursday June 29 to Sunday July 1, 2007.The young talent described the opportunity to take part in the latest National Youth Camp as “awesome”. “It’s great meeting new people, getting new experiences and working with new coaches. Just to get information and to soak it all in is really good and you’re always learning something,” she said. The 19-year-old plays for local club Condors in the Southern Touch Association in Hobart and  has been playing Touch Football for seven years.Emma’s Dad Stephen, and mother Janet, are both long serving Tasmanian Touch Football representatives who have been  a constant support and the driving force behind Emma’s career.Stephen represented Tasmania at Men’s Open, Men’s 30s, and Men’s 35s level and was selected in the Australian Men’s 35s Merit team at the National Championships in 1992.Janet was a pivotal player in the Tasmanian Women’s Open Team for many years, and they are both immensely proud of their talented daughter’s achievements.“She absolutely loves Touch, she is so excited about being in the National squad and she just looks forward to every game she plays, at home or against the best players from Interstate. She works hard, and is very focussed on achieving her goals and we’re happy to support her in whatever direction she wants to take in the future,” Stephen said.Emma’s position as one of Australia’s leading Youth players will benefit her home state immensely. The bubbly youngster is already being promoted as a role model and a mentor to Tasmanian junior representative teams.She is sure to introduce some of the skills she picks up at events such as the National Youth Training camp to her local competition in the same way that current Australian Open stars Bo de la Cruz (Northern Territory) and Shelley Matcham and Rebecca Tavo (Western Australia) have done for their respective states.  Haines said she really enjoyed witnessing the difference in play on the mainland. “It’s a lot faster and there are better skills in other states because they’ve got a lot more players to choose from and higher level coaching. It’s good, but I still love playing at home because there are lots of friendships down here. That’s where I started so I always respect everyone.” Haines said the most enjoyable thing about Touch Football is the friendships and social aspect of the game. You couldn’t half tell, very rarely will you ever see the young Tasmanian with anything other than a huge smile on her face… even during fitness testing!The young tyro revels in the big time atmosphere and gives the impression that she belongs. She is confident and believes in her own ability, but is conscious of the gaps in her learning and seizes every opportunity to improve and develop.“I just try and be myself. You look at all the names and their talent and it is a bit intimidating, but once we get started, I just figure I’m like everybody else, and it’s heaps of fun. I have heaps to learn and I have a great chance to improve, so I just go as hard as I can,” Emma said.Current Australian Women’s Open Coach Kerry Norman was involved in the recent National Youth Training Camp and has watched Haines for the past three years.Norman said, as well as being immensely talented, one of the ‘Tassie Devil’s’ best attributes was her outgoing nature.  “The thing that impressed me was that she can come into a camp and probably not know anyone, but she’ll just fit in with everyone. She’s accepted really well by the others and she’s got a great personality for the sport,” Norman said.  The Australian coach also said Haines’ ability to put advice to good use was impressive. “When she’s given advice at a tournament she goes away and comes back and you can see that she’s grown as a player. I see Emma as a future representative, especially at youth level,” she said.  Emma’s fellow National 20 Years Youth squad members also see her immense value to the program as a player and a person. Queensland’s Alyce “The Rat” Hulbert, and NSW’s Nicole “Sero” Beck, were full of praise for the Tasmanian’s contributions at National Youth camps.“She’s great – full of energy. She talks to everyone and is always smiling, great fun to be around and she makes friends quickly. On the field, she never ever gives up and runs the whole time. I feel like she’s always got my back in defence as well, and she just seems to pick up with the squad where she left off last time. She learns quickly and she has everyone’s respect because she just competes hard always,” Hulbert said.Beck was similarly impressed with Haines’ progress.“Emma’s really outgoing and makes a real effort to get to know everyone…she loves the social things as well – she is not the least bit shy or self conscious. She definitely flies the Tassie flag! On the field, she is always asking questions and takes everything in. She is always keen and just gives everything she’s got. She always steps up and keeps going all day. She is a big asset to the program,” Beck said. Touch Football at the elite level has long been dominated by the “super powers” Queensland and New South Wales who with long established histories in the sport and strong links to the Rugby codes have been able to consolidate Touch Football as a mainstream game of choice.A plethora of skilled and experienced technical personnel in Queensland and New South Wales have also helped create an accelerated training and learning environment across their entire States to allow an elite level of competition to prosper.The sport is blessed to have Elite players and coaches in every State, but there is little doubt that the pathway to the top has a few more obstacles for talented players in the emerging States.The tyranny of distance, the reliance on Satellite coaching and correspondence, the limited quality high level week to week competition, the lack of consistent interaction and training with elite level peers, limited access to the latest developments in skills, techniques, and game play in the sport could all add up to significant roadblocks to representative participant development.These difficulties have been identified by each State, and as the sport continues to grow, more State’s are advancing High Performance Programs and camps to help improve, expand, and access representative pathways for players, coaches, and referees.Maree Tomlin, Tasmania’s Director of Elite Programs and a highly respected National Selector for the past thirteen years, is mindful of providing pathways for talented representatives in every State.“It’s really important that we offer experiences and programs, particularly for our Youth players. We don’t have well-established competitions and experienced coaches and a lot of Elite players, but we will be looking to improve the situation with the development of pathways with TFA and the High Performance area in the near future.We want talented players like Emma to have access to opportunities that will further her touch football career and we are very keen to help make the pathway smoother for a lot of our talented players in the future,” Mrs. Tomlin said.TFA High Performance Coordinator Wayne Grant is mindful of the need to provide effective High performance programs all over the nation.“We have identified the need to assist each State towards a High Performance Program. We are working closely with the States to assist them in developing representative pathways for their members. There are key areas TFA can assist the States with, such as identifying appropriate TID events, player development programs, access to elite player mentoring, coaching development and mentoring, and administration and support structures. It is a high priority to help review and implement High Performance processes that achieve the outcomes each State targets,” Mr. Grant said. For now Emma Haines will keep working hard and looking forward to her next chance to learn.She says her position in the current Youth World Cup squad is her proudest achievement in the sport. There is no doubt she is aiming to earn a berth for Australia in the 2009 Federation of International Touch Youth World Cup. “It would be so great getting to represent your country. It would be awesome playing at the highest level, to step up and see if you can make it,” she said.If Emma is a part of the final contingent she will be the first female Tasmanian to represent Australia at Youth World Cup level, and only the second Tasmanian in history behind Mark Holloway who played in the Australian 20 Years Mixed Team at the 2005 FIT Youth World Cup. Beyond that though, the young star has one major goal. “The ultimate would be to play for the Australian Women’s Open team,” she said. The dance skills may still need some work, but if the popular Tasmanian remains dedicated to her training and improving her skill level, maintains her outstanding attitude to learning, continues her rate of development on the field, and keeps that smile going for the duration, anything is possible.last_img read more

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JSIF Helping Youth to Refocus

first_imgThe ongoing efforts by state agencies to curb antisocial behavior in schools, especially through the behavior modification therapy and violence prevention programme, financed by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), has helped a significant number of students in St. James, to rededicate themselves to learning and reduce violent behaviours. The initiative is funded by the Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF), and seeks to modify disruptive behavior of young people in inner-city communities, while also helping parents to develop skills that can help the growth of children, and strengthening the capacity of guidance counsellors and deans of discipline. “I used to be angry with myself all the time; at school if students say anything to me I was ready to fight. My guidance counsellor told me about this camp, I never wanted to come…when I came I never socialized, I sat in a corner by myself, after I started to grow and talking with the others, and socializing,” St. James High School, Sade McIntosh revealed, while speaking at a recent closing out ceremony held at the Family and Parenting Centre, in the parish where the programme is administered.     “When I went back to school, I was not angry anymore. I was not ready to fight anybody anymore. I was just calm and gentle,” she added. The programme ran for some 12 months and catered for 360 students. It saw 216 youth from the cohort partially taken from the formal school system for five hours per week and given behavior modification therapy for two weeks. The participants were those who may have been suspended from schools, and those who were exhibiting behaviors indicating that suspension from school would be the next course of disciplinary action. The sessions included life skills development and pro-social behavior development. The project also incorporated training of 300 parents and caregivers in non-violent alternative disciplinary skills, and provided them with handbooks for future and long-term use. Mother of four, Miss Trivonnie Ajoe, said the programme taught her how to talk with her children, and “how to share and keep a relationship with them-we are encouraging people to come to this meeting (the Centre), don’t feel that life is done as you see it; there is much more ahead of you,” she said. Head of the Centre, Dr. Beverley Scott, reported that most of the participants had displayed variant normal behaviors, but after the modification intervention, screening revealed that most of them could return to the regular school system on a permanent basis, while three students were referred to other agencies for further intervention. “St. James High School was plagued by fights and violence. A number of my students that were giving problems I referred them there (the Centre), some of them I deliberately took them out of school for up to two weeks, had them attend the Centre before they came back to school. The Centre worked wonders for them,” stated Guidance Counsellor at St. James High, Radcliffe Virgo. For his part, Dean of Discipline at the Green Pond High School Donald Webley, said the intervention initiative allowed him to send students to the Centre, and also to have Dr. Scott conduct parent conferences and workshops at the school. Project Manager at JSIF for the JSDF, Ayanna Demetrius, said the programme administered for parents who are challenged and their offspring, was timely and “very much in line with the Ministry of Education’s thrust to incorporate parents with students and teachers as a means to promote good parenting and force parents to take equal responsibility  for their children’s education. “The pull-out component was the other element which was specially designed for youth in crisis, who had been temporally removed from formal school system. These students, some had been expelled from the formal school system, some were at home…had been suspended for an extended period and required the completion of therapy before being admitted back into the school system,” Mrs. Demetrius explained. The projected cost some $ 25million, and had participation of 24 guidance counsellors from the 12 participating primary and high schools in the parish. Mrs. Demetrius said after the successful “meeting of the programme goals,” every effort was made to reintegrate participants into the formal school system. “For some students who had been expelled, after the completion of the therapy, they are returned to school, referred to other schools, the Family Court, or in some cases, the hospital for mental health problems,” she said. Parents and guardians were trained to use non-violent discipline, and guidance counselors and deans of discipline were trained to detect and refer children for therapy in a timely manner. The project also included the provision of handbooks to both students and parents.last_img read more