Reporters Without Borders activists protest outside Algerian embassy on newspaper editor’s 500th day in prison

first_img Organisation April 29, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Unfurling banners and handing out leaflets, a score of Reporters Without Borders activists demonstrated outside the Algerian embassy in Paris today to mark Algerian newspaper editor Mohamed Benchicou’s 500th day in prison. Balloons in the colours of the Algerian flag were tied to the embassy railings with small bags of medicines attached in an additional gesture of support for Benchicou, who has been seriously ill for several months. May 12, 2021 Find out more News October 26, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders activists protest outside Algerian embassy on newspaper editor’s 500th day in prison May 18, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Unfurling banners and handing out leaflets, a score of Reporters Without Borders activists demonstrated outside the Algerian embassy in Paris today to mark Algerian newspaper editor Mohamed Benchicou’s 500th day in prison. Balloons in the colours of the Algerian flag were tied to the embassy railings with small bags of medicines attached in an additional gesture of support for Benchicou, who has been seriously ill for several months. The Algerian cartoonist Ali Dilem drew a cartoon for the occasion.“Mohamed Benchicou has now been in prison for 500 days,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We reiterate our request for his release and we voice our outrage at the obstinacy of the Algerian authorities in continuing to hound him. We are very worried about his health, which has declined sharply in recent months. He risks being paralysed if he does not get proper treatment soon. The Algerian government is responsible for his condition and must free him at once.”The press freedom organisation also tried to hand in a letter to the Algerian ambassador formally requesting Benchicou’s immediate release.“We insist today that the Algerian authorities stop harassing this journalist and free him at once,” the letter said, adding, “Mohamed Benchicou has been detained since 14 June 2004 and has already paid too high a price for his right to free expression.”The editor of the daily Le Matin, Benchicou has been the target of many libel actions in recent years and is serving a 30-month prison sentence. His newspaper opposed President Bouteflika during his campaign for re-election in April 2004 and has been banned since 23 July 2004. Benchicou is also the author of a book entitled “Bouteflika, an Algerian impostor,” that was published in February 2004. to go further News Follow the news on Algeria AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation News Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria RSF_en Newslast_img read more

The power of the branch – Is it here to stay?

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In a surprising recent survey, it seems in-branch service is not becoming as obsolete as we once thought. In fact, there is reason to believe it is making a come back. Much in the same way we all once thought the advent of ATMs spelled the demise of the branch, today’s emerging fintech advancements would seem to suggest the same.  When discussing the latest and greatest in mobile banking apps and tools, the conversation often veers towards the convenience and immediacy provided by these tools and their subsequent popularity and the increased demand for them. However, when delving further into the discussion, and as illustrated by various surveys, there seems to be a human element that is still preferred when facing a major or complex financial event.Theres no question that apps and on-the-go banking capabilities provided by the latest fintech are hugely popular and serve as the best way for many to manage various transaction types.  These tend to be smaller, daily maintenance transactions such as checking balances, making deposits, and money transfers. With the more recent introduction of instant remote credit card controls, a member can even report an account lost or stolen, or shut it down completely if potential fraud is suspected.  However, when it comes to the more complex and involved transaction types, where larger amounts of money are involved, an in-person appointment at a branch is still preferred, where a subject matter expert can discuss the details in depth and in private.  This might be applying for a car loan, a mortgage, or opening a savings vehicle like a college fund or CD. These appointments require more personalized interactions, tend to be more involved or lengthy in nature, and often hold the importance of a significant life event.  The savvy credit union will embrace this preference, even capitalize on it, as it often presents an opportunity for larger investments for the institution, and can build member loyalty as it partners with them on a the achievement of a financial milestone. continue reading »last_img read more

Amazon Warriors look to 2020 CPL with fresh hope

first_imgBy Stephan SookramTHE Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW) will be led by Chris Green for the 2020 season which begins on August 18. The entire tournament will be played in the twin-island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.But while it seems like only yesterday the GAW suffered its yearly heartbreak of making it to the final and losing, Green, who spoke via zoom call, said that he doesn’t want his team dwelling much on it.“I personally don’t want the guys spending too much time dwelling on the past and what could have been; we’ve got to move forward from that now and focus on what’s to come this year,” Green said, adding that he expects tough competition this year looking at the rosters assembled.Ashmead Nedd of West Indies celebrates the wicket of Jack Lees of South Africa during the ICC U19 Cricket World Super League Play-Off Semi-Final match between West Indies and South Africa at JB Marks Oval on February 01, 2020 in Potchefstroom, South Africa. (Photo by Jan Kruger-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)“Last year when we were there, after the game together, it certainly hurt. We went on that amazing run and then we were outplayed in the final.”He is, however, cognizant of what that game had taught the Guyana-based franchise, saying, “We learnt a lot from that loss and similarly, we learnt a lot from our successes as well; to go through and win 11 games in a row is an amazing feat and we would have loved to get the icing on the cake and bring that trophy home. But it has left a lot of us wanting more and desiring more and using that pain as a little bit of motivation for those who are still thinking about it.”BIO-SECURE ATMOSPHERETwo venues across Trinidad – Brian Lara Cricket Academy and Queen’s Park Oval – will host games for the 2020 edition in what is an unprecedented year for the sporting world due to the global pandemic COVID-19.Green elaborated on that, saying, “It’s been different. For seven days there is no atmosphere because you can’t see your team-mates. We set up a few zoom calls and face times just to keep regular contact with the guys and we are doing a lot of workouts on our balconies in the rooms and having good fun with that.“The seven days leading into the 14th day we are allowed out within our team group so it’s been nice to spend some time together again and catch up and start training together. So we are all excited for our first game against TKR and it would be nice to start off on the right footing.”MALIK LOSS, TAYLOR GAIN Amazon Warriors sage Shoaib Malik has opted out of this year’s tournament, citing international engagements with his native Pakistan team.A huge blow for the side that heavily depended on the all-rounder, GAW’s stand-in now substantive captain Green was candid about the 36-year-old’s loss.“Shoaib was massive last year to us. He is arguably one of the most experienced cricketers in T20 cricket with the number of games he has played and the role he played in the middle with the bat; just keeping us together and being an experienced head to turn to for the young ones.”He added that while Malik will be missed, he has left a legacy that a lot of persons have learnt from, joking that as captain, Green has big shoes to fill to follow the Pakistani.Malik will be replaced by veteran New Zealand top order batsman Ross Taylor who Green says, “Can play a very similar role to Green throughout the middle with the bat; supporting some exciting young talent from around the Caribbean and Guyana.”UNLEASH THE NEW BLOODSWith all the talk about the experienced heads in the squad and who replaces who, talks of the younger bloods playing an impact in the tournament were not sidelined.Kevin Sinclair, the West Indies Emerging Team right-arm off-break bowler who joined the first class setup this year and slow left-arm West Indies Under-19 rising star Ashmead Nedd,were both drafted into the GAW side.The spinning two will add new dynamics to the local franchises’ options – something Green says will only add to the team’s worth.“Two more spinners are going to have to play a role in this tournament with the rules and regulations where you have to play five out of the 10 games; so one or both of them will be really important.”“Hopefully, they are going to put in some performances where they can play more games and I have full confidence in them doing well. I’m really excited with what I’ve seen up close in the few training sessions we’ve had. They are great guys. They listen and work hard.”“I’m excited to unleash them throughout this tournament at various stages as well.”last_img read more