Government asked to explain police attack on Al-Jazeera’s Rabat correspondent

first_imgNews June 16, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government asked to explain police attack on Al-Jazeera’s Rabat correspondent Reporters Without Borders wrote to Moroccan interior minister Chakib Benmoussa today asking why Al-Jazeera correspondent Hassan Fatih and his TV crew were beaten by police yesterday in Rabat while covering a sit-in by the relatives of 68 Islamist prisoners who are on hunger strike.“We have highlighted the progress made in recent months in Morocco as regards press freedom and now this attack unfortunately shows that violence against journalists persists,” the letter said. “This situation worries us.”Fatih, who said he planned to make a complaint, gave Reporters Without Borders this account of the incident: “We were covering the sit-in by the relatives of the detainees outside the justice ministry when the security forces asked us to leave the demonstration without giving any explanation. When we insisting on filming the demonstration, some police officers intervened in a very violent fashion. We succeeded in preventing one policeman from grabbing the videotape and smashing our camera. It is not the first time the police have tried to attack us. I was injured in the neck and shoulder.”Fatih was taken to hospital to have his injuries X-rayed and was given 20 days of off work. Aged 40 and a Moroccan citizen, he began his career in TV journalism working for the national public broadcaster RTM. He became the Rabat correspondent of NBC and then of Al-Arabiya before joining the Qatar-based satellite news broadcaster Al-Jazeera.The Moroccan National Press Union has called on the authorities “to protect journalists and to put a stop to the repeated attacks against them.” News RSF_en Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara Receive email alerts NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs saycenter_img RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance News Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa June 8, 2021 Find out more Organisation April 15, 2021 Find out more News to go further April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Délifrance commits to 100% recyclable packaging by 2025

first_imgBakery supplier Délifrance has pledged to use only 100% recyclable packaging by the end of 2025.Packaging concerns are top of the agenda for foodservice and retail operators, as well as their customers, according to Délifrance. As such, it has put a roadmap in place to put sustainability ‘front and centre’ of its business objectives.The roadmap is underpinned by three pillars:Reduce – Reducing the weight of each packaging component and the number of components in their packaging system. Adapting product and packaging sizes to reduce the impact of transportRecycle – Improve recyclability of Délifrance packaging including plastic colour, type and material combination. Actively switch from plastic to cardboard (or paper-based material)Reuse – Foster the use of recycled materials and increase reusable packaging within the Délifrance supply chain.“While the pandemic saw consumer preference to buy products with packaging for hygiene reasons, there is a grave reluctance to make single-use plastic a firm fixture in the longer term,” said Stéphanie Brillouet, marketing director for Northern Europe and North America at Délifrance.“Meeting these expectations and minimising our waste footprint is at the heart of our sustainability vision and the work we’re doing with our customers. The continuous innovation in packaging means we can now offer more practical alternatives.”Progress has been made already, she noted, with 98% of packaging already recyclable and 83% based on recycled materials.“Delightfully we are on track to meet our 2025 goal as we increase the use of recycled plastics as food safety and hygiene allows,” she added.The business’ sustainability approach is enhanced by a wider commitment to greener practices and follows the roll out of two initiatives: Go Clean, a pledge to deliver simpler recipes with more sustainable ingredients, and No Waste All Taste, designed to support customers in upcycling bakery products to limit food waste.Brillouet talked in depth about Délifrance’s clean label journey as part of a webinar hosted by British Baker called ‘Consumers, Covid and clean label baking – what’s next?’ The webinar, which also includes presentations and a Q&A with Mintel, M&S and IFF, is available on demand here.last_img read more

Life-Saving Data

first_imgThe University of Georgia’s 86 weather stations record data 24 hours a day, seven days a week across Georgia. Farmers use this data to help them determine when to plant and treat their crops. During Hurricane Michael, the system helped the National Weather Service to track the storm and save lives.“Many of the National Weather Service’s sites stopped working as the storm moved through the area,” said Pam Knox, an agricultural climatologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and interim director of the university’s weather network. “Afterwards, the National Weather Service specifically mentioned to me how much they appreciated being able to use our network data to monitor the storm conditions when their own stations went down.”Formally named the Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network, the UGA system records air temperature, rainfall, relative humidity, solar radiation, wind speed and direction, soil temperature at depths of 2, 4 and 8 inches, atmospheric pressure and soil moisture. Data from the stations are summarized at 15-minute intervals, and at midnight, a computer on the UGA Griffin campus calculates a daily summary of that information.The National Weather Service has a weather tracking system, but according to Knox, severe weather is often “localized,” which makes UGA’s data especially valuable. In the case of the recent hurricane, the National Weather service relied on the wind speed and pressure data from UGA. The service has also used the stations’ precipitation data during flash flooding events.“During Hurricane Michael, the National Weather Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Hurricane Center all wanted our data, and they wanted it yesterday,” Knox said. “We were getting bombed with requests and our weather network was the only one reliably operating in the area being hit by the hurricane.”For meteorologists and climatologists, the more data you can get, the better, Knox said. During Hurricane Michael, the UGA stations were some of the only sources of data in more remote parts of the state. One of the automated stations in Donalsville in Seminole County recorded the strongest gust of wind measured in Georgia during the storm. The 115 mph gust will be included in the final storm report put out by the National Hurricane Center, and it may not have been recorded except for the UGA station.The morning of Oct. 11, after Hurricane Michael had traveled across southeast Georgia, all but two of the stations were online and operating normally.“The stations themselves were fine, but cell service in the area was disrupted and we could not communicate with the stations until it came back online,” Knox said. “Fortunately, we were able to recover the full datasets from those stations once communication was restored.”The weather station in Sasser lost its wind vane and a power outage on the UGA campus in Griffin, Georgia, where the weather data is stored and analyzed, slowed down the ability to share data for a few hours, Knox said. Each weather station has a battery-operated backup system that can store up to four months of data.Knox attributes the weather stations’ success to equipment and personnel. The stations use solar panels which limited disruptions due to power outages, a widespread problem along Hurricane Michael’s path.“The UGA support staff who keep the network running did an outstanding job taking care of problems as soon as they happened,” she said.UGA contracts with Earth Networks, the world’s largest weather observation and detection network, to share the network’s data. Bill Callahan, vice president of federal programs for Earth Networks, says data from the UGA weather network is critical daily and during large impact weather events. “Weather impacts every segment of our nation’s economy and is key to promoting safety, efficiency, continuity and productivity,” he said. “The University of Georgia has been a strong partner in the National Mesonet Program since its inception a decade ago, and we look forward to continuing to extend that relationship going forward.”The National Mesonet Program is an observational weather network funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.UGA weather data is in high demand, but Knox says the system runs “on a shoestring budget” with the largest expense being personnel. Each weather station costs $12,000 to establish and about $2,000 a year to maintain. Knox and five UGA employees make up the weather station staff. Several commodity groups contribute to the cost of running the network, she said.For more information on the weather network, visit www.weather.uga.edu.last_img read more

888 appoints media expert Anne de Kerckhove as new governance advisor

first_img Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Share 888 appoints VC expert Limor Ganot as a corporate advisor July 20, 2020 888 calls for Betgenius sportsbook makeover June 25, 2020 Share London listed online gambling group 888 Holdings has moved to strengthen its governance advisory, confirming the appointment of Anne de Kerckhove as a new non-executive director.A seasoned media technologies and gambling executive, Kerckhove is currently the chief executive digital subscription firm Iron Group.Kerckhove has prior industry experience having served as International Managing Director of gaming systems provider Inspired Gaming (2006 – 2009). She has further held executive leadership positions at broadcasting technology firm Videology Group.In its update, 888 governance details that Kerckhove will serve on the company’s Remuneration, Nomination, Audit and Gaming Compliance committeesConfirming the appointment 888 Holdings Chairman Brian Mattingley said: “We are delighted to welcome Anne to the 888 Board. I am confident that her skill set and broad experience will be of considerable benefit to 888 as we continue to grow and develop as a global leader in online gaming.” Related Articles StumbleUpon Submitlast_img read more