Reporters Without Borders today criticised the government for its systematic restrictions on the right of foreign journalists to work in Iraq, accompanied by often crude attempts at manipulation.In a letter to the Iraqi authorities, the organisation noted that the government claims to want the foreign press to work freely in Iraq and wants journalists to accompany UN weapons inspectors as a guarantee of objectivity. But the recent unfortunate experience of a French television crew belied the promises of transparency, the letter said.French journalists Erick Bonnier and Céline Hue of the television news agency Tony Comiti Productions were denied the right to shoot footage while in Iraq from 9 to 26 November and, despite possessing all the appropriate authorisations, were unable to make the programme for which they had gone there.Cyril Drouhet, the editor in chief of Tony Comiti Productions, said the company “did it the official way,” obtaining press visas and all of the authorisations required by the Iraqi bureaucracy. Nonetheless its attempts to report on the “Oil Road” turned into a farce and after two weeks of “bullying, censorship and ludicrous pieces of pantomime by the official guide, who changed every day,” the two journalists returned home without having shot any footage, Drouhet said.In Baghdad, the police even banned them from filming rubbish on the grounds saying that “this is not good for the government’s image.” Drouhet added that in the enormous oil refineries in the northern city of Kirkuk, the only person authorised to give an interview was a pretentious old man who appeared from nowhere while the real workers were kept out of sight. News February 15, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Iraq Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Organisation News Help by sharing this information December 16, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts to go further IraqMiddle East – North Africa News Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” November 29, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 French TV reporters prevented from filming IraqMiddle East – North Africa December 28, 2020 Find out more News RSF_en
Norway’s sovereign wealth fund saw its highest-ever quarterly returns, as some European and Asian markets saw double-digit equity returns. Announcing overall returns of 5.3% in the three months to 30 March, Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) chief executive Yngve Slyngstad noted that, after weak returns from European equities late last year, markets rallied. The results came as oil revenues paid in by the Norwegian government fell further. After NOK151bn (€16.6bn) in oil revenue was paid in over the course of last year – significantly down from 2013 after oil prices fell – inflows fell further to NOK9bn in the first quarter of 2015, compared with NOK44.7bn for Q1 of 2014. When measured in Norwegian kroner, the Government Pension Fund Global reported its highest-ever return of NOK401bn, aided by equity returns of 7.5%.Japanese equities saw the best overall returns, at 14.5%, with Asia and Oceania as a whole returning 11%. NBIM also singled out German stocks for praise, as companies listed in the country returned 13.2%, well above the 8.5% return from European equities as a whole. Despite North American stocks only returning 5.3%, the fund noted that shares in Apple contributed the most returns across its equity portfolio, comprising more than 62% of the NOK7trn in assets, with Novartis and Daimler also singled out for their performance. The three firms were among NBIM’s largest holdings. Apple was second only to Nestlé, in which the fund held a stake valued at NOK51.5bn, whereas its stake in Novartis was worth slightly less at NOK42.1bn. Fixed income returned 1.6%, helped largely by the strengthening US dollar and the resulting 6% return. Euro-denominated fixed income fared less well, with a negative return of 4.1%. However, when measured in local currency, the euro-denominated holdings saw positive returns of 4.1%. Property holdings, which continued to grow over the course of the quarter, returned 3.1%, largely boosted by a 8.1% return from listed property. NBIM also emphasised its increasing focus on responsible investment, noting that it voted on 10 shareholder resolutions on environmental concerns. It added: “In Europe, we gave priority to work on the equal treatment of shareholders. In France, we engaged with a number of companies on new rules doubling the voting rights for long-term shareholders.” The matter of double voting rights is currently being discussed by the European Parliament as the chamber debates the Shareholder Rights Directive, but critics have warned that the proposed system would be flawed.
Photo name: WindiesCaption: Colin Munro flashes one through the off side ©Getty Images (CMC) – West Indies were once again well below par as they crashed to a 47-run defeat to New Zealand in the opening Twenty20 International here yesterday, to extend their wretched losing streak on the current tour.Chasing a challenging 188 at Saxton Oval, the Caribbean side’s batting crumbled yet again, and they could only muster 140 all out with six balls remaining.Andre Fletcher top-scored with 27, captain Carlos Brathwaite struck 21 and Ashley Nurse, 20 not out, but the Windies never came to terms with a demanding run chase and lost wickets regularly.They were torn apart by seamers Seth Rance (3-30) and Tim Southee (3-36) who both claimed three wickets apiece while medium pacer Doug Bracewell finished with two for 10.Glenn Phillips had earlier top-scored with 55 and Colin Munro chipped in with 53 as the Black Caps racked up 187 for seven off their 20 overs after they were sent in.Mitchell Santner supported with an unbeaten 23 at the end while seamers Brathwaite (2-38) and Jerome Taylor (2-41) were among the wicket-takets.The latest defeat was the sixth for West Indies in recent weeks following on from clean sweeps in the two-Test series and the three-match one-day rubber.Their start was a bright one when Taylor pinned Martin Guptill lbw for five with as many on the board in the second over, but Phillips and Taylor then combined in an 86-run, second-wicket stand to take control of the innings.The 21-year-old Phillips faced 40 balls and struck four fours and two sixes to mark his maiden T20I half-century while Munro blasted six fours and a pair of sixes off 37 deliveries.Nurse eventually accounted for Munro to a catch at long on by Brathwaite in the 12th over before leg-spinner Samuel Badree had Phillips bowled, missing a slog sweep in the 14th over.In all, five wickets tumbled for 40 runs in 31 balls as the Windies stalled the hosts’ momentum but seamer Kesrick Williams then conceded 25 runs in the final over, to let the Black Caps off the hook.Required to score at nearly 9-1/2 per over, West Indies wilted early. Chris Gayle departed for 12 in the third over, brilliantly caught by wicketkeeper Phillips running back and then diving to hold the left-hander’s spiralling top-edge.Off the very next delivery, Chadwick Walton (7) drove Rance to Anaru Kitchen at cover, to leave the Windies struggling at 19 for two.Fletcher and Shai Hope (15) then rebuilt the innings in a 42-run, third-wicket stand, temporarily halting the slide and offering hope of a Windies resurgence.The right-handed Fletcher looked in good touch, striking three fours and an extra cover-driven six in a 25-ball knock while Hope, on his T20I debut, consumed 17 balls and managed a single boundary.West Indies’ final decline started when Fletcher missed a charge at leg-spinner Ish Sodhi and was stumped in the 10th over and Jason Mohammed following in the next over for three, slicing Bracewell to Ross Taylor at point.When Hope pulled Bracewell to Munro at mid-wicket two balls later in the same over, West Indies had lost three wickets for six runs in the space of 10 deliveries to slip to 67 for five.Brathwaite slammed a pair of sixes in a brief 14-ball stay but once he picked out Tom Bruce at long-onn off Southee, all realistic hopes of a Windies victory also perished.SCOREBOARDNEW ZEALAND inningsM. Guptill lbw b Taylor 5C. Munro c Brathwaite b Nurse 53G. Phillips b Badree 56T. Bruce lbw b Taylor 2R. Taylor c Taylor b Brathwaite 20A. Kitchen b Williams 12M. Santner not out 23D. Bracewell c & b Brathwaite 0T. Southee not out 10Extras: (b-1, lb-1, nb-4) 6Total: (7 wkts, 20 overs) 187Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-91, 3-118, 4-120, 5-149, 6-153, 7-158.Bowling: Badree 4-0-22-1, J. Taylor 4-0-41-2, Williams 4-0-52-1 (nb-4), Brathwaite 4-0-38-2, Nurse 4-0-32-1WEST INDIES inningsC. Walton c Kitchen b Rance 7C. Gayle c wkp. Phillips b Rance 12A. Fletcher stp. Phillips b Sodhi 27S. Hope c Munro b Bracewell 15J. Mohammed c Taylor b Bracewell 3R Powell c Phillips b Southee 6C. Brathwaite c Bruce b Southee 21A. Nurse not out 20K. Williams c Phillips b Santner 3J. Taylor c Bruce b Southee 20S Badree lbw b Rance 2Extras: (lb-3, w-1) 4Total: (all out, 19 overs) 140Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-19, 3-61, 4-66, 5-67, 6-93, 7-94, 8-103, 9-131.Bowling: Rance 4-0-30-3 (w-1), Southee 4-0-36-3, Bracewell 2-0-10-2, Kitchen 1-0-10-0, Santner 4-0-21-1, Sodhi 4-0-30-1.Result: New Zealand won by 47 runs.Series: New Zealand lead three-match series 1-0.
By becoming a sports director of Bayern from Munich, Hasan Salihamidzic managed to reach the football peek that was unreachable to any other man from Bosnia and Herzegovina, and he started a new career in a great way and set himself a more difficult task than we would ever expect.Bayern is one of the largest clubs in the entire world, and according to many, the best-organized one in terms of functioning, allocation of funds and the fact that it is led and managed by football legends, and not by some lawyers or tycoons. To become a sports director of such a great club is a big deal for Salihamidzic, and it is a big thing for BH football as well.Matthias Sammer, Salihamidzic’s predecessor, was known as one of the best sports directors in the world of football, a man who did not make a single wrong step in his mandate and with whom the club formally reached the top of Europe.Salihamidzic’s incredible amount of effort, commitment, and a great struggle, was manifested in the fact that he became the best player of Bayern in history, the predecessor of that kind of players in the Bundesliga. There is no position that he did not play, and he covered all side positions on a regular basis.Today’s Bayern is difficult to explain team of top players, especially when we know for which amounts of money the players are bought from Spanish or English rivals. Expectations from a sports director in this business of sporting excellence are extremely high.Hasan will play the same card this time again, and he will play on energy, effort and mobility, positive attitude and football DNA. How all of that will look like in club offices instead of football field remains to be seen. The fact that he never ran away from the obligations as the player but always was one of those who fill the team, the key player, the one who is there in the hardest times, will help him as well.Our Hasan Salihamidzic is facing the greatest challenge of his life, the greatest because he did not even believe that he could ever get it. He always performed above all the expectations, and this time it has to be like that in order for the result to be optimal. If anyone can go so high thanks to the effort, self-reliance, and faith, it is him.(Source: Rijad Durkic/Klix.ba)
Donegal Minister Joe McHugh has today announced an improved grant of more than €77,500 for a top-class clubhouse at CLG Na Dúnaibh.The cash boost is €7,500 more than what was sanctioned for the club in April of this year.€70,992 of the grant will now be put towards works to the clubhouse works and an additional sum of €6,599 was granted for fire safety measures and specialist fire retardant paint finish. The additional support for CLG Na Dúnaibh welcomed by Minister Joe McHugh, who said it is important to make sure the works to the clubhouse are of a high standard.“A total grant of €77,591 will go a long way to turning CLG Na Dúnaibh into an even better facility for Gaelic games and promote our language. It will build on the huge success of summer 2018 when the club was the proud host of Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta with clubs from all over the country bringing players, their families and supporters into north Donegal. Support like this builds on that, cements its place in the local community and everything it does to promote the language,” Minister McHugh said.Minister Joe McHugh at Na Dúnaibh for Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta in 2018.“Beidh an maoiniú breise seo inniu ina cuidiú mór do CLG na nDúnaibh agus iad ag déanamh iarracht mhór na Gaeilge a chur chun cinn sa cheantar.“Beidh áiseanna ar dóigh forbartha ag an club in aice le cladaigh thuaisceart Dhún na nGall le tacaíocht ó dheontas de os cionn €70,000 ó Roinn na Gaeltachta. “The cash boost for Na Dúnaibh will go a long way to promoting the Irish language, encourage youngsters in sport and make sure the best facilities are available for members of all ages.”A total grant has been approved by Aire Stait don Ghaeilge, Gaeltacht & na hOileáin Sean KyneMinister McHugh said: “I’d also like to see the club work with the local language planning team and Ceim Aniar to ensure language is at the core of the club’s events and activities. “I look forward to seeing the top class facilities that this money helps to build.” Improved grant announced for CLG na nDúnaibh clubhouse was last modified: August 7th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
5 October 2005South Africa and Iraq have resolved to increase political and trade relations, especially in the oil sector, and South Africa is seriously considering opening a mission in Baghdad.This emerged following the first South Africa/Iraq meeting between Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad and his Iraqi counterpart, Talib Al-Bayati, at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Tuesday.Pahad told reporters that the parties discussed broad economic relations, and that the Iraqi delegation had informed them that the Iraqi oil industry had “tremendous” potential for involvement and investment.Iraq has the second-largest oil reserves in the world.Pahad said the relevant departments from both sides would look further into the potential of economic relations between the two countries. The two deputy ministers also discussed the potential of visits between the two countries’ business sectors.“The deputy minister [Al-Bayati] has stressed that there is a lot of potential in Iraq in the post-conflict situation and reconstruction and development process for international partnerships generally and specifically for South Africa,” Pahad said.Economic trade between South Africa and Iraq increased from over R90-million in 2004 to over R200-million during the first five months of 2005.“There are a lot of Iraqi business people based in [neighbouring] Dubai, Jordan and Kuwait, and we think that can become the starting point between the business sector and parastatals,” Pahad said.He added that he had received a “thorough” briefing Al-Bayati on the constitutional process unfolding in Iraq, including the referendum on the draft constitution that is scheduled for later in October, to be followed by elections in December.“[The Iraqi] government is confident that there will be a very successful turnout and that a political process is on the roll,” Pahad said. “We also received a briefing on the security situation there.”He said the South African government had always believed that Iraq was “very strategically placed” and that when peace finally came it would be a major player in the Middle East region.The South African delegation to the meeting briefed the Iraqi delegation on developments in the country and the continent, as well as South Africa’s interest in increasing economic relations in the Middle East region.Al-Bayati said Iraq viewed South Africa – the only African country in which Iraq has an embassy – as important, and that it envisaged strengthening existing political and economic relations with SA.“There is a lot of potential resources in Iraq such as oil, gas and minerals,” Al-Bayati said. “Iraq needs oil for reconstruction, and we need all kind of help from friendly countries, and South Africa can do a lot to help the Iraqi people and government.”On security issues, Al-Bayati said Iraq was up against groups like the Al-Qaeda that did not believe in democracy and attacked women and children.“They consider everybody who takes part in elections, referendums or democratic processes as infidels who deserve to be killed. Car bombs are targeting innocent civilians and it is our responsibility to protect our people and maintaining security.“We had a vacuum of power because of the collapse of the [Saddam Hussein] regime and the dismissal of the army and police force, but now we are in the process of rebuilding our army, police force and security organisations,” he said.He added that when the elected Iraqi government took over the running of the country, its security forces would be capable of maintaining security, and would discuss taking over from the multinational force deployed there.“We will keep them for as long as they are needed and they will not be kept [in Iraq] longer than they are needed,” he explained.Source: BuaNews
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Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitter The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today set out best practices for TV service providers to ensure Canadians are offered real choice regarding their services and have information about their options.To follow these best practices, providers should, among other things: provide information about the new choices that will be available as of December 1, 2016; keep their offers simple and transparent; offer deals and discounts regardless of the entry-level package selected; provide online tools allowing subscribers to easily add or remove channels; and offer different options to obtain a set-top box.The CRTC is also renewing the licences of most TV service providers for one year, rather than the usual seven-year term. This will enable the CRTC to closely monitor the TV providers’ practices as they implement the new TV choices. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment These new options will enable Canadians to create their own package for TV services. Canadians are encouraged to shop around to ensure they are aware of what is available in the market if their service provider’s offers don’t meet the needs or the budget of their household. There are many online tools on the CRTC’s website to help Canadians find the best services and negotiate with their provider.Quick FactsSince March 1, 2016, all licensed television service providers must offer a basic package priced at no more than $25 a month (not including equipment).Some smaller providers like Access, Zazeen, Rangtel and Beanfield have been offering the small basic package at less than $25 a month without having to subscribe to other services.Since March 1, 2016, Canadians also have more options to add to that basic service, as TV service providers must offer channels either individually or in packages of up to 10 channels.Starting on December 1, television service providers will have to offer both pick-and-pay and small packages.The service providers’ actions regarding these new TV choices will be closely monitored in the year to come to ensure that they respect the best practices highlighted by the CRTC.As a result of the CRTC proceeding, some providers announced plans to change practices that were not consumer friendly.Canadians have multiple options to watch TV programming, which can include a combination of the new basic package, individual channels, small packages, free over-the-air stations and Internet streaming services.Canadians are encouraged to use the new CRTC online tools to help them identify their needs and budget, shop around and negotiate for TV services.Quote“Starting on December 1, Canadians will have greater flexibility in choosing how they subscribe to TV services. We have set out best practices for television service providers and created online tools to help Canadians navigate this new world. We encourage Canadians to shop around, as some providers are offering consumer-friendly options that include a basic TV package at less than $25 per month.”– Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman and CEO, CRTC Facebook
(Ieweras, whose name means “she helps bring the thunder and lightning,” died on June 4. Facebook photo)By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsA U.S. federal judge dismissed an indictment this week against an Akwesasne man who became a fugitive to be with his dying daughter.James Gray was one of five men indicted in 2012 by federal authorities for allegedly operating a casino illegally on the U.S. side of Akwesasne. Gray was wanted on a federal warrant. He fled Akwesasne following the indictment to be with his 16 year-old daughter Ieweras Gray who was undergoing treatment for leukemia in Ottawa.Ieweras, whose name means “she helps bring the thunder and lightning,” died on June 4.Three of the five men named in the indictment were found not guilty by a jury this past December following a six-week trial in Albany, NY.Gray was recently in Akwesasne to bring his daughter’s ashes back to the community for the funeral ceremony held at the Kanienkehaka Kaianerehkowa Kanonhsesne longhouse. Her ashes will be spread out over the Pacific Ocean off the California coast.James Gray. Photo courtesy of Charles KaderU.S. federal Judge Thomas McAvoy this week granted a request filed by U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian to dismiss the indictment against Gray and another man, Anthony Laughing. Laughing was set to be retried after falling ill during the initial trial. At one point, he was taken from the courtroom with chest pains.Hartunian said the motion to dismiss was made “after considering all of the circumstances of this case and in the interest of justice,” according to court documents.U.S. authorities, including Homeland Security, with the help of the St. Regis Mohawk tribal police, raided the Three Feathers Casino in December 2012. The raid followed an investigation that included the use of undercover officers who visited the casino with hidden cameras.Thomas Square, one of the indicted men, spent nearly 11 months in jail before the trial because he refused to submit to the authority of the U.S. court system.In the end, the jury acquitted Square and Roger Jock, who are both from Akwesasne, along with Joseph Hight of Georgia.The prosecutor’s case took up most of the trial time, while the defence rested its case after one [email protected]@JorgeBarrera