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A step forward and a step back in prime minister’s lawsuits against news media

first_img IraqMiddle East – North Africa February 15, 2021 Find out more Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan to go further News Reporters Without Borders deplores the libel suit that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has brought against the London-based Guardian newspaper. The press freedom organisation regards the lawsuit as all the more absurd as Maliki has just withdrawn a similar libel action against Kitabat, an Iraqi news website based in Germany.Maliki is demanding a million dollars in damages from the Guardian for describing his government as “authoritarian” in an article. He initially called for the closure of the newspaper’s bureau in Baghdad.A Baghdad court ordered Kitabat to pay 1 billion dinars (630,000 euros) in damages on 18 May as a result of lawsuit brought by the prime minister over a January article by reporter Ali Hussein accusing his chief of staff of nepotism.Maliki finally withdrew his action against Kitabat today. Reporters Without Borders welcomes this decision as the damages award threatened the website’s ability to continue operating. See also: “News website latest target in government’s legal offensive against independent media” RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” May 28, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A step forward and a step back in prime minister’s lawsuits against news media Follow the news on Iraq December 28, 2020 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa center_img December 16, 2020 Find out more News Help by sharing this information News Organisation Receive email alerts RSF_en News Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security”last_img read more

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Tanaiste expects members of government parties will support Mc Nulty in Seanad by-election

first_img Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By News Highland – September 29, 2014 Pinterest Google+ Twitter Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Fine Gael’s John McNultyThe Tánaiste says she spoke at length with the Taoiseach this morning over the Seanad by-election and State Board’s appointment controversy.Kilcar man John McNulty’s candidacy to fill a seat in the upper house for Fine Gael has been causing controversy for a week now after his short-lived appointment to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art.Joan Burton says she expects members of the Government parties to vote for him, despite reservations from Labour.And she’s told reporters that the coalition will change the way State Board appointments are made as a result………….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/joanbseanad.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry center_img Facebook WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Tanaiste expects members of government parties will support Mc Nulty in Seanad by-election 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Previous articleDepleted Harps head for final away game in WexfordNext articleMc Brearty says council must seek legal advice on Carrigart right of way row News Highland Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

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Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Monday October 15th

first_img Twitter Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Monday October 15th:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/17news.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook Google+ Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Monday October 15th Pinterest Facebook By News Highland – October 15, 2018 WhatsAppcenter_img Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Previous articleSt Eunan’s College target to stay in MacRory CupNext articleUpgrade works to start on Crolly Water Treatment Plant News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AudioHomepage BannerNews DL Debate – 24/05/21 FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ WhatsApplast_img read more

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Storms to bring dangerous holiday travel to South, West Coast

first_imgAlexandros Michailidis/iStock(NEW YORK) — A series of storms fueled by an atmospheric river are threatening to bring landslides, flooding, heavy snow and damaging winds to the West Coast as we head into the holiday week.The coastlines of Washington state and Oregon are under a flood watch Friday. By Sunday, some of that heavy rain will move into California.The Seattle and Portland areas could see 3 to 5 inches of rainfall through Sunday.Northern California could get 2 to 3 inches of rain, while Southern California may see about 1 inch.And in the mountains, several feet of snow is possible in the Cascades, while up to 18 inches is possible in the Sierra Nevada Range.Across the country, another storm will be targeting the South just in time for the holiday travel weekend.The storm will develop Friday night into Saturday in the western Gulf Coast and will move east on Sunday, bringing heavy rain from Texas to Florida and all of the Gulf Coast states.Northern Florida, Georgia and South Carolina will be the hardest hit, with some flooding possible.Some areas could see 3 to 5 inches of rain by the time the storm moves out next week.But the South will defrost in time for Christmas. On Christmas Day, temperatures are forecast to be in the 70s in Florida, in the 60s from Georgia through Texas, and the 50s in Virginia and Tennessee.The Northeast will also thaw out, with temperatures forecast to be in the 40s on Christmas.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Scoreboard roundup — 8/2/18

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Thursday’s sports events:AMERICAN LEAGUETampa Bay 4, L.A. Angels 2Chicago White Sox 6, Kansas City 4Boston 15, N.Y. Yankees 7Texas 17, Baltimore 8Toronto 7, Seattle 3NATIONAL LEAGUESt. Louis 3, Colorado 2Washington 10, Cincinnati 4Philadelphia 5, Miami 2Atlanta 4, N.Y. Mets 2San Diego 6, Chicago Cubs 1L.A. Dodgers 21, Milwaukee 5San Francisco 8, Arizona 1WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONIndiana 84, Dallas 78L.A. Sparks 79, Minnesota 57Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. August 3, 2018 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 8/2/18center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

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New research lab positions WA as global energy hub leader and creates jobs

first_img Image: The new research laboratory will stimulate the economy and create jobs. Photo: courtesy of Pexels from Pixabay. Premier Mark McGowan has praised industry partners and The University of Western Australia (UWA) for a joint research laboratory that will position Western Australia as a global energy hub leader, stimulating the economy and creating jobs.The Premier announced the opening of the Centre for Long Subsea Tiebacks laboratory located at UWA, while attending the Resources Technology Showcase today.The centre will focus on groundbreaking long subsea ‘tieback’ discoveries that will enhance industry’s understanding of hostile deep-sea conditions. Subsea tiebacks are a ‘connection’ between a new oil and gas discovery with an existing production facility.The development of new long subsea tieback technology helps to unlock the economic viability of WA gas fields that have not yet been commercialised due to their location.The centre is a key focus area for the LNG Jobs Taskforce and is jointly funded by Chevron and Woodside with approximately AUD$600,000 per annum.Building an international reputation as a global energy hub for long subsea tiebacks will enhance jobs through the deployment of expertise and technology, as well as grow jobs and career opportunities in WA.The new centre will provide leading research and technology in one place. It will be highly integrated into industry and working on real-world challenges and solutions for the LNG sector.The State Government is partnering to deliver technology solutions for industry challenges that both create jobs and position Western Australia as a global leader in delivering sustainable development goals.Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:“Bringing more oil and gas projects online in WA means more jobs for Western Australians – and that’s my Government’s number one priority.“The new centre at UWA will unlock the technology to do this, aligning with our strategic vision to strengthen and diversify the WA economy, and establish our State as a global energy hub leader.“It’s incredibly important that we work together as a team – industry, education and Government – to create long-term jobs for all Western Australians.”Comments attributed to Chevron Managing Director Al Williams:“Chevron is proud to partner on this important initiative to advance technology, research and innovation in subsea tiebacks.“Greater industry collaboration such as through the Centre for Long Subsea Tiebacks is a key part of strengthening our local capability and delivering significant benefits across local jobs and local content.“With effective collaboration between industry and government, Perth can maximise the potential of its local industry and continue to grow as a global petroleum hub.”Comments attributed to Woodside Chief Executive Officer Peter Coleman:“The Centre for Long Subsea Tiebacks will drive research into new subsea engineering technologies for offshore oil and gas production and maintain WA’s competitiveness in the LNG market.“Woodside has been in partnership with UWA since 2005 and the opening of this research laboratory demonstrates our commitment to building Perth as a centre for excellence in LNG technology and skills.“We believe this partnership will play a crucial role in unlocking new gas resources off Western Australia’s north coast in support of our growth activities.”Comments attributed to UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Dawn Freshwater:“This collaborative research centre is a significant project that fulfils our aim of serving the community and improving people’s lives.“Not only will it enhance Perth and WA as a centre of offshore engineering excellence, it aligns with UWA’s plans to expand and strengthen global partnerships, as we work to become a pivotal knowledge hub for the Indian Ocean Rim region.” Source: Company Press Release The development of new long subsea tieback technology helps to unlock the economic viability of WA gas fieldslast_img read more

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Pacific Partnership reaches Indonesia

first_img Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today Pacific Partnership reaches Indonesia and final mission stop Pacific Partnership reaches Indonesia and final mission stop Pacific Partnership 2016, embarked aboard hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), arrived in Padang August 19 for the fifth and final mission stop of 2016.This year marks the fifth time the mission has visited Indonesia and will include partner nations’ military forces from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea and the United States as well as experts from several non-governmental organizations including Project HOPE and HOPE Worldwide.Indonesian civilians and military, and Pacific Partnership personnel will work side-by-side during disaster response training, civil engineering projects, Women, Peace, and Security seminars, subject matter expert exchanges in medical procedures and a live field training exercise that will improve the capacity of the local government and partner militaries to respond to an earthquake in the West Sumatra province.“The medical projects are centered around subject matter expert exchange events and workshops focusing on dentistry, nursing, and medical considerations relating to natural disasters,” said Lt. Rebecca Wolf, country officer in charge of Indonesia for Pacific Partnership 2016. “Educational outreach teams will also conduct eye screenings, dental and public health hygiene lectures alongside Indonesian counterparts.”Participating nations of the Pacific Partnership mission have worked with the people of Indonesia during times of calm and also crisis that include the 2004 and 2005 tsunami relief operations in Banda Aceh and responding in the aftermath of the Padang earthquake in 2009.The humanitarian assistance disaster relief field training exercise in Indonesia will be the largest exercise of Pacific Partnership 2016. There will be more than 200 total participants involved in four locations in and around Padang. The scenario will involve Pacific Partnership personnel and participating Indonesian agencies, including local government leaders and the Indonesian military. The participating entities will need to plan and coordinate a collective response to two large earthquakes and the resulting aftermath.In addition to medical and HADR knowledge exchange events, U.S. Navy Seabees will work with Indonesian military engineers on three projects, including the construction of a community shelter and evacuation road that help build resiliency in the local community in case of natural disaster.Before arriving in Indonesia, Pacific Partnership 2016 completed five mission stops in Timor Leste, Philippines, Vietnam, Palau and Malaysia. View post tag: Pacific Partnership August 19, 2016 View post tag: US Navy View post tag: USNS Mercy Share this articlelast_img read more

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Oxford students happy, Durham students happier

first_imgIn a Lloyds Banking Group survey of the quality of life of students at universities throughout the UK, Oxford came in fifth place, behind Loughborough, Cambridge and Newcastle. The study was based on factors including student satisfaction, living costs, sports facilities and salaries after graduation.Although 88.2% of Oxford students are happy with their course, satisfaction amongst Durham students was even higher, at 90%, according to the Internationaal Student Barometer. Furthermore, while 90% of Oxford students were satisfied with their overall living experience, only 71% were happy with accommodation costs, college sport facilities and the cost of living. Durham, on the other hand, excelled in these areas, listed as having the second best sporting facilities in Britain, with students benefitting from the lower cost of living in the northeast in addition.Despite a lower quality of life, Oxford continues to lead the pack in a number of areas: according to the International Student Barometer, Oxford came first out of 200 international universities for the subject expertise of its lecturers. The first-year median salaries of Oxford graduates are similarly impressive, at £24,800 against Durham’s £22,000.Overall, there was little correlation between student satisfaction and academic performance. High-performing universities such as Imperial College, London and UCL all have relatively low student satisfaction.A first-year Classicist at St. Chad’s College, Durham, who was previously interviewed at Keble College, puts this phenomenon down to the “edgy and competitive” atmosphere he experienced at Oxford. He told Cherwell, “Durham is nowhere near as intimidating as Oxford was, and the emphasis placed on extra-curricular activities whilst maintaining academic rigour and interest is helping me to enjoy both while I am at university.”Whether the figures provide and accurate representation of quality of life, however, is uncertain. The quality of sporting facilities has a disproportionate impact on the results despite being based only on universities’ performances in British Universities and Colleges Sport competitions. Loughborough and Durham do well, having topped the BUCS table in the 2012/13 season, while Oxford’s croquet lawns and free gym membership do not score any points.The phrase “quality of life” is also unclear, attempting to combine the subjective satisfaction of students with objective factors such as the number of pubs within walking distance of an institution.Other polls have revealed a different story from the one put forward by Lloyds. This year’s National Student Survey of over 300,000 final year students in fact placed Oxford above Durham by one percentage point, while Bath, which is sixth in the Lloyd’s survey, comes top. Despite the problems with this data, the results as a whole are positive: the National Student Survey reported a very high satisfaction rate of 86% nationwide, marginally increasing on last year’s record. These surveys may not give a reliable picture of the marginal differences between the experiences of students in top universities, but do identify an encouraging overall trend.last_img read more

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Getting Dressed to sell

first_imgBeing with it and modern is very difficult these days. There are those who tell me it is old-fashioned to wear a tie and jacket on even semi- formal occasions.But why can I not wear what I consider correct? To me, it is just a mark of respect to my host to attend a dinner at a good hotel or restaurant being what I consider properly dressed.The same goes for business and board meetings, unless it is made clear to me that it is informal. That does not mean I wish to enforce my standards on others. They can ’let it all hang out’ if they so wish.dress to impressYet research in America on the topic of dress has turned up some surprising results. A salesman wearing a navy blue suit, blue tie, and black shoes will always sell more than a salesman in a beige suit and brown shoes. Apparently, dark blue clothing suggests gravitas, responsibility and trustworthiness. While you may question whether this is correct, I know that, if I were a salesman, I’d play safe and wear blue.Way back in the 1950s, I knew a salesman who was earning £20,000 a year, when most were earning £1,000 a year. His attention to detail was amazing. He told me, for example, that he hated wearing a hat, but always carried one in his hand with his briefcase, as there were still a few buyers of the old school who liked to see a salesman with a hat. His view was that having a hat offended no one, so, logically, why offend the few who liked to see the old pre-war standards maintained.We should put the same effort into the details of our business – for example, does the shop front need painting and are the sills cleaned every day? How often do we see some trivial chip on a cabinet, dirty glass or a slight tear in the upholstery on a seat in the coffee shop? Are the shop uniforms bright and modern? I have still seen the old brown and white check and mop hats on staff, which was dated even 10 years ago.Often, price tickets are looking worn and soiled, but surely there is no excuse; the cost of replacement is so low, that it’s more a case of familiarity breeding contempt. We often say the devil is in the detail and that holds very true in our own businesses.don’t procrastinateThere are those who procrastinate and, while this may have a good side as it leaves you something to do tomorrow, it will not help your bottom line. I did get an invitation to a convention for procrastinators, but they could not decide upon a date for the meeting! So I try never to put off asking my MD, Neville, to do whatever needs doing.I think we would all agree that we have to spend more time on marketing our products. With the great improvement in colour printers and computer software, there is no excuse for not having good colourful labels, posters, price ticketing and so on. nlast_img read more

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Eye to the future

first_imgBenier – how do you pronounce it? Well, it’s not ’benny-er’, though many of us may have thought so. It’s more like ’ben ear’ and MD David Marsh has a useful way of helping customers and hapless journalists remember. He says we should just think of the phrase ’bin ’ere, done that!’ and it works! Just try it.He doesn’t actually mind how you pronounce it, but he does mind that everyone knows what Benier stands for: space-saving, labour-saving, automated machinery for plant and industrial bakers who want high-quality engineering for their products using very few operatives.Benier (UK) is based in Milton Keynes and operates 24 hours a day. If you want an engineer on New Year’s day – or night – you’ll get one. But Benier machinery is made in Holland, not too far from Schiphol airport. At its Dutch headquarters, the company employs 120 people who design and make machinery.Founded in 1898, Benier specialises in industrial and mid-sized automated dough make-up plants for breads, including baguettes. Erik Van Opstal, MD of Benier Nederland, tells British Baker: “Worldwide, technical service standards are not improving, so our twin aims are to excel and to anticipate. We look at what the customer wants for the future. For example, direct processing of the dough from divider to moulder, without rounding or pre-proving, saves money, energy, maintenance and hygiene. There is also less damage to the dough. We have just carried out major development on dough make-up equipment to facilitate this.”David Marsh interjects: “We have also improved access for hygiene purposes. Bakeries are not yet at the hygiene level of industrial meat processors in the UK, but supermarket auditors are driving standards higher all the time.”We can now have fully industrial bakeries with just two to four ’minders’ or operatives. Yet, we still have a need for five people for cleaning. Shouldn’t that be where we put research and development too? And we have! We’ve provided much easier access to cleaning with streamlined parts, or machinery that opens up for quick access.”On the factory floor at Benier, equipment is fully built and tested before being despatched to the UK. All machinery is delivered with modems to enable on-line diagnostics. And when UK delivery takes place, UK-based installation and service teams are on-site. Marsh explains: “Benier headquarters here in Holland accommodate project planning, design, quotations, engineering and remote diagnostics. They have been enlarged to accommodate two new areas: a much bigger test bakery of 600sq m, serving the whole Kaak Group (parent company of Benier), and a new research and development area for prototype machinery to be tested with live dough processing.”He adds: “Quality control is something we always have to assume we are not doing well enough. To improve it, we need open dialogue. It is imperative to record, monitor and communicate, with everything measured by a dedicated quality control manager who reports here to Erik. We also ask clients for feedback and that is integrated into the quality control system.”Customers who buy from Benier UK include the biggest plant bakeries – Warburtons, Allied and Hovis – and some of the most successful craft bakeries such as Betty’s of Harrogate, Birds of Derby and top supermarkets.It does not really matter how you pronounce Benier. What matters, says Marsh, is that you are satisfied with the breads and rolls Benier plant produces and the performance of the machines that make it.—-=== At a glance ===l Benier Nederland manufactures equipment for dividing, rounding, proving and mouldingl As part of the Kaak Group, Benier (UK) also supplies silos, mixers, checkweighers, ovens, conveyors and bakewarel Customers include large plant bakeries and mid-sized craft and industrial bakeriesl Benier (UK)’s David Marsh began working life as an engineer. He joined the company in 1988 and became MD in 1992—-=== Dutch supermarkets ===From Benier’s headquarter, British Baker travelled to The Hoogvliet supermarket bakery near Schiphol. Hoogvliet’s is a real eye-opener. It operates on a completely different business model to that of the UK – supplying its own 34 stores – so there are no in-store bakeries as such. Very few operators are in evidence, as almost everything is automated. Hoogvliet makes breads and rolls using Benier and Kaak Group equipment throughout.The supermarket’s own brand is called Daily Fresh. Though the bread and rolls are made to be eaten fresh each day, they will last two to three days.As we go round Marsh says: “Look at the investment. Often in the UK, bakers are not achieving a high enough price or margin for bread to enable such investment in automation. On the Continent they are continually moving forward with technology, product development and innovation.”The fully automatic bakery runs to a master schedule. At the front end, where 16,000 rolls and 3,000 breads per hour are conveyed to final proof then automatic bake, there are just two supervisors across the whole plant. Spiromatic conveyors bring the flour up to the bakery, which is on a mezzanine level. The flour and ingredients are then mixed in Diosna spiral mixers.Marsh says: “For bread rolls our single pocket divider is ideal for in-store bakeries handling 600-700 dough pieces per hour. The fastest multipocket dividers will handle 9,000+ but while it must be fast, it must also be dough-friendly, so our industrial dividers use servo-driven motors, which we pioneered. They can be easily programmed to optimise the dividing process.”A Kaak conveying system then transfers them to final proof. The Kaak multi-step prover works on the paternoster rail system: while stepped rails on the left travel up, those on the right come down, with a centre chain shared for balance. The rolls are then automatically transferred to the bottom deck of a multi-deck (four) Daub travelling oven. Bread is baked in the other three decks.On the bread side, three 240k spiral mixers automatically incorporate ingredients. After mixing, automated bowl handling takes over (though it could be done manually) and the dough is divided and checkweighed into dough pieces.For breads, the Hoogvliet bakery uses a ’green dough process’ common in Holland, which gives 55 minutes first proof (compared to three or five minutes with the UK Chorleywood Bread Process). Breads include seeded, malted and plain.After the breads emerge from the prover, they are baked at a rate of up to 3,000 per hour and automatically cooled before being automatically conveyed to the packaging area for dispatch.last_img read more

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