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Two media assistants arbitrarily detained for more than one month

first_img February 11, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders has protested in a letter to the Yemen interior minister against the detention of Munif Damesh and Naif Damesh, fixer and driver arrested on 3 April 2005, while working for two foreign journalists.”Reporters Without Borders asks for the unconditional release of Munaf and Naif Damesh”, said the organisation. We remind you that under Article 8 of the Arab Charter on Human Rights signed by the League of Arab States, including Yemen, “no-one shall be arrested, held in custody or detained without a legal warrant and without being brought promptly before a judge”. This unacceptable situation has now lasted for more than a month and these two media assistants are being held without charge.”Shale Bauer, American journalist on the Yemen Observer and James Brandon, a freelance journalist working for the Christian Science Monitor, took on Munif Damesh, 22, and his brother Munaf Damesh, 17, as fixers for reporting in Saada. Their uncle Naif Damesh, 50, was hired as a driver.The five were arrested at a military roadblock on their way back and taken to the Political Security Office. Shale Bauer and James Brandon were released after about 12 hours. The younger brother Munaf Damesh was freed two weeks after his arrest but Munif and Naif Damesh are still being held for unknown reasons and have not been allowed to contact their family or a lawyer. News United Nations: press freedom situation “deeply worrying” in Yemen, according to RSF News YemenMiddle East – North Africa YemenMiddle East – North Africa May 9, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two media assistants arbitrarily detained for more than one month to go further Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information center_img Fixer for foreign reporters held in Aden for past five months RSF_en Yemeni journalist killed, nine wounded in Aden airport explosions News News Organisation February 26, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Yemen January 6, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Newspaper editor gunned down in southern city

first_img Receive email alerts February 16, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper editor gunned down in southern city ThailandAsia – Pacific Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom to go further Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at the murder of Pongkiat Saetang, the editor of the bimonthly Had Yai Post, on 14 February in the southern city of Had Yai. He was known for being critical of some local figures.”Any journalist in the south of the country who writes about corruption and nepotism will feel in danger if the police do not shed light on this case and consider all possible motives,” the organization said in a letter to interior minister Bhokin Bhalakula, asking to be kept informed of the results of the investigation.Saetang was shot twice in the back as he was riding his motorcycle down a street near a market on the morning of 14 February. The gunman fled on a motorcycle driven by an accomplice. Saetang died instantly.The press freedom organization SEAPA reported that the victim’s wife, Suchin Saetang, told the police the murder could be linked to various reports that had been published in the Had Yai Post about corruption and abuse of authority by some local politicians. She said her husband had received anonymous telephone threats.Aged 54, Saetang was sometimes scathing in his criticism of local political practices. Editing the Had Yai Post was his only known job. The police are not ruling out any motive in the murder.Two journalists were killed in Thailand in 2003 but it is still impossible to say if their murders were linked to their work as journalists. May 12, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Thailand ThailandAsia – Pacific Organisation Newscenter_img August 21, 2020 Find out more Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Help by sharing this information Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years News News RSF_en News June 12, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Field Hospital at MB Convention Center Nears Early Completion

first_imgA field hospital that was initially scheduled to open at the end of April inside the Miami Beach Convention Center will actually be completed by Monday, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.U.S. Army Col. Drew Kelly is charge of turning the convention center into a 450-bed hospital in under 14 days.His deadline was pushed forward to Monday when the COVID-19 peak projections changed. Hundreds of skilled construction workers are working around the clock in order to convert the building.In addition to bringing in hospital beds, the Army Corps of Engineers is building pressurized ICU pods and installing a large oxygen tank, and having to do it all in record time.Typically, they engineer and plan every step of the process far ahead of construction time.“But on this one, we were literally making a decision real time at four o’clock in the morning, to then — as the crew is standing there saying, ‘OK, here is how we’re going to do it,’” Kelly says. “We make the decision and keep moving. It’s been a total team effort with one goal, and that’s get it done on time.”The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers will hand over the site to the Florida National Guard when it is completed.Medical teams from the National Guard will treat coronavirus patients at the Miami Beach site, as well as overflow patients if area hospitals become overwhelmed.Miami-Dade County is the state’s virus hotspot, with more than 9,000 cases and 202 deaths as of Sunday morning.Miami Beach Convention Center to convert into field hospitallast_img read more

Add NoSQL Capabilities to MySQL With the HandlerSocket Plugin

first_imgTags:#cloud#news#Products 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Do you want to get the performance of a NoSQL database, but need to use MySQL (or the MySQL fork Percona Server)? DeNA developer Akira Higuchis’s HandlerSocket plugin adds NoSQL functionality to MySQL for handling tasks such as primary key lookups without caching. HandlerSocket runs as a daemon within MySQL mysqld process to simple CRUD operations on tables. It’s available for Linux-based installations of MySQL and is now included in Percona Server 5.1.52-12.3.According to a blog post by DeNA developer (and former MySQL/Oracle employe) Yoshinori Matsunobu, HandlerSocket has the following advantages:Supporting lots of query patternsCan handle lots of concurrent connectionsExtremely high performanceNo duplicate cacheNo data inconsistencyCrash-safeSQL can be used from mysql clientsAll operational benefits from MySQLNo need to modify/rebuild MySQLIndependent from storage enginesMatsunobu also notes the following disadvantages:Need to learn HandlerSocket APIsNo security featuresNo benefit for HDD bound workloadsThis seems like it could be a real game-changer in the database space as IT and developers wrestle with how to implement not-just-SQL solutions to various problems. klint finleycenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts last_img read more

Knicks hopes on hold after Kristaps Porzingis tears ACL

first_imgSanchez reaches deal to avoid prison time in tax fraud case Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ “He is a competitor, man. That’s one thing he wants to do, get the journey started right away,” teammate Courtney Lee said. “So I think he is mentally strong and he is mentally ready to switch his focus from playing and helping us make the playoffs to now rehabbing and getting back 100 percent and helping us when he gets back.”Well-wishers around the league think he will.“Setback for a major comeback!” the National Basketball Players Association tweeted, with a photo of Porzingis. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice PLAY LIST 01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City AFP official booed out of forum Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIEScenter_img 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting New York was already facing a tough climb from 11th place in the Eastern Conference, and that would have been difficult even with Porzingis carrying them.The Knicks probably would have needed to find some help by Thursday’s trade deadline, and perhaps they would have tried given Porzingis’ stated desire for a playoff push. But now they are better off playing for the lottery than the playoffs, and any moves they make would likely be with that in mind.That appeared to be the case Wednesday when they sent Willy Hernangomez, voted to the All-Rookie first team last season, to Charlotte. The Knicks got back a pair of second-round picks along with forward Johnny O’Bryant, who Perry said would be waived.“We were without second-round picks,” Perry said, “and we value first-round picks and second-round picks, but we were without picks in 2020 and 2021. So this deal allowed us to do that.”For now, the Knicks will likely give more time to rookie guard Frank Ntilikina, and Perry and Hornacek said players from the team’s G League affiliate could get opportunities.Porzingis had at least given New York reason to entertain playoff hopes in a season that started days after Carmelo Anthony was traded to Oklahoma City. Even the Knicks didn’t know if Porzingis was ready to flourish in the No. 1 role at 22.But he wanted the challenge and has been up for it, averaging 22.7 points and a league-leading 2.4 blocked shots per game.The only thing he couldn’t really do is put to rest injury concerns that often follow players at his age and size. He had missed at least 10 games in each of his first two seasons and will finish with only 48 games played in this one.He had come back stronger this season in hopes of becoming more durable and better handling the pounding in the post.Now he will have to work even harder to come back from a serious injury. An MRI revealed a torn left ACL, an injury that will sideline Porzingis for the rest of this season and perhaps a good deal of the next.“Obviously he was devastated that he has that injury and so are we,” coach Jeff Hornacek said. “It’s a tough thing to have happened. He’s had such a great year and we’re trying to grow with him.”Disappointment could be felt not only in New York but around the NBA. Porzingis is a popular player for his wide array of skills at 7-foot-3 that led Kevin Durant to nickname him a “unicorn,” but also for the personality he brought to New York when he arrived in 2015 as a teenager from Latvia.“Was hoping for the best news when I saw the play after the game,” LeBron James wrote on Twitter . “Best wishes and have a speedy healthy recovery.”Porzingis was set to play on James’ team next week when he made his debut as an All-Star, and he was also set to defend his title in the Skills Challenge. He hoped to return from Los Angeles to a playoff race after not coming close in his first two seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. That’s all that’s left after Porzingis was lost to a torn ACL, ending his All-Star season and probably any hopes the Knicks had of making the playoffs.They say they’ll keep playing hard, but the first trade they made after Porzingis’ injury showed they aren’t loading up for a playoff push.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Look, we want to compete every night,” general manager Scott Perry said Wednesday. “We want to continue to fight.”Porzingis had hoped they would fight all the way to the playoffs for the first time in his career. But those plans were derailed when Porzingis crashed to the court, punching the floor in pain after a dunk in the second quarter of a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night. New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis is helped off the court after being injured during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK — Without Kristaps Porzingis, there’s no reason for the New York Knicks to be thinking about the postseason.It’s time to look to their future.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

New year higher pay 2019 changes affecting small business

first_imgNEW YORK — Many small businesses will see their labour costs increase in 2019.Seventeen states are raising their minimum wages Jan. 1, and a number of others will follow suit later in the year. Some of the increases were scheduled by legislation passed in the last few years. Others are in response to the rising inflation rate. The minimum is also going up in some major cities, among them Oakland and other California cities.Many owners with minimum-wage workers also give raises to their other employees when there is a government-mandated increase. Bosses need to avert any resentment that could arise when some staffers get a bump-up and others don’t.Pay is also expected to be rising, possibly later in the year, for some salaried workers. The Labor Department is expected to issue early in 2019 its regulations on which employees must be paid overtime, and which are exempt. The Trump administration is rewriting rules written during the Obama administration that would have doubled the pay threshold at which workers would be exempt from overtime, to $47,476 from $23,660. An estimated 4.2 million people would have been able to begin earning OT under the rules. The new rules are expected to raise the threshold — the question still is, by how much?The overtime rules are most likely to affect workers with jobs like shift supervisor or assistant manager at restaurants and retailers or manufacturing companies. Many owners have already thought about how to protect their margins from a surge in labour costs. Some have said they plan to give affected staffers raises that would put them above the Labor Department threshold. Others have said they will pay these staffers hourly but limit how many hours a day or week they work.MILEAGE RATES GOING UPThe IRS has raised its standard mileage rate for deducting the cost of using a car for business during 2019; it will be 58 cents per mile, up 3.5 cents from 2018. The standard mileage rate is one of two methods for owners to account for how much they spend when they use a car for business; the second is based on actual expenses. Under that method an owner must calculate the percentage of miles the car is driven for business, and apply that percentage to expenses like lease payments, fuel, maintenance, repairs, insurance and depreciation.Under the new tax law, employees cannot claim a deduction for the use of their own cars on behalf of their companies._____For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: http://discover.ap.org/ssb_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.com/search/joyce%20rosenbergJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Suncor cites crude by rail woes as it calls for early end

first_imgIn order to support the higher cost of rail over pipelines, the differentials need to be higher than US$15-$20 per barrel, Imperial says. On a conference call to discuss Suncor’s fourth-quarter results, Williams said the production cuts are also having a long-term negative affect on investor confidence in Canada.The criticism came as Suncor reported a $280-million net loss in the fourth quarter of 2018, in part due to the very price discounts the curtailments were designed to reduce.Calgary-based Suncor said its average realized price in Canadian dollars for raw bitumen in the quarter was just $7.96 per barrel, versus $42.80 in the fourth quarter of 2017. Its average realized price for upgraded synthetic crude was $46.07, compared with $70.55.“If you look at what’s happened, the differential corrected _ and over-corrected _ very quickly and the unintended consequence of that is … rail economics are severely damaged and a lot of the rail movements are stopping or have stopped,” said Williams.“That’s going to have the opposite impact to what the government wants.”The difference in price between Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend oil and New York benchmark West Texas Intermediate widened to as much as US$52 per barrel in October, but shrunk to single digits in December and January. CALGARY, A.B. – Suncor Energy Inc. is calling on the Alberta government to make an earlier-than-planned exit from the oil curtailment program it enacted on Jan. 1 because of its “unintended consequences.”CEO Steve Williams says the program designed to draw down crude storage and free up space on export pipelines has worked too well, reducing local price discounts to the point that shipping crude by rail into the United States is no longer financially sustainable.The same charge was levelled last week by Imperial Oil Ltd. CEO Rich Kruger, who said his firm would cut its crude-by-rail shipments to near zero this month, a major setback in oil movements as it had been responsible for about half of Canada’s rail shipments in December.last_img read more

Gasoline companies to speak at public inquiry into BC pump prices Wednesday

first_imgThe utilities commission released a schedule and description of the so-called oral workshops, along with questions that will be asked, over the next two days. But it said it’s committed to staying on schedule and Parkland said Friday it would still participate.Other companies said they were reassured by the new confidentiality terms, including a spokesman for Husky, but didn’t commit to release the data.“The advance ruling on confidentiality does go a long way to satisfy Husky’s concerns,” Mel Duvall said in an email Thursday.“That said, we are still considering whether there are other measures that can be implemented by the BCUC that would provide further protection for the interveners.”Shell said it would provide the data ordered but requested the inquiry use the same confidentiality process that the National Energy Board used in proceedings dealing with pipeline access, including storing confidential material in a red folder.Suncor said it was preparing to submit the figures by Monday, while Imperial Oil said it still wasn’t comfortable doing so. Costco submitted two copies of a questionnaire Friday, one for the public and one with three additional answers it deemed confidential.Questions shared in advance by the utilities commission reveal some of the information the public may learn.They cover capacity and costs of using the Trans Mountain pipeline, whether refineries co-ordinate with one another to plan for maintenance repairs and shutdowns, and whether companies divert refined product from B.C. when gas prices are low.“We’ll be making findings on what we’ve found, whether it’s competitive or not, how the prices are set, why the prices are different here and why they fluctuate more than they do in other parts of Canada,” Morton said.The province has also asked the utilities commission to explore mechanisms the province could use to moderate price fluctuations and increases.Recommendations on the Trans Mountain pipeline are unlikely, Morton said, adding that he didn’t want to preclude anything prematurely.Ervin said there are a few options facing the province:— It can create a watchdog agency to monitor the elements going into the pump price and where they seem to change, in order to better understand and explain to the public what happens and why.— It can reduce taxes, which are among the highest in Canada, especially in the Metro Vancouver area where the carbon tax represents 9 cents per litre and the transit authority adds another 18.5 cents per litre.— Or it could pursue regulation of crude going into refineries, wholesale gasoline prices, or prices at the pump. Each of those regulations is “problematic,” he said.Crude and wholesale gasoline are globally traded commodities, he said. That means for example, that if wholesale gasoline prices are capped low, American wholesale buyers may buy them up leaving B.C. dry, he said.The Atlantic provinces regulate prices at the pump but that may have a counterproductive effect in B.C. Retail margins aren’t large and have actually declined over the last 20 to 30 years when inflation is taken into account, Ervin said.“It would most certainly have the consequence of putting gas stations out of business,” he said.Amy Smart, The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — An industry expert says a public inquiry into British Columbia’s record-breaking gasoline prices may increase the public’s understanding of a murky market but the provincial government’s options for response are limited.Michael Ervin, senior vice-president with consulting firm Kent Group that specializes in the downstream petroleum industry, said he also doesn’t expect the inquiry to uncover any bombshell revelations.The reason prices at the pump are so much higher in Vancouver and other B.C. cities than comparable jurisdictions all funnels down to supply and demand, he said. “We felt that under the circumstances it would not be unreasonable to provide them with that assurance,” Morton said in an interview.Calgary-based Parkland Fuel, which had raised concerns about confidentiality, also complained of tight deadlines in a letter from its lawyers to the commission on Tuesday.“The inquiry has the potential to profoundly impact Parkland’s business,” it said, adding that it is a voluntary participant and short notice on what the hearings would look like impedes their “full and fair participation.”“The only way to mitigate that harm is to delay the workshop.”center_img “It really comes down to very tight supply relative to pretty strong demand in the Lower Mainland and B.C. in general,” Ervin said in a phone interview.Premier John Horgan ordered the inquiry in May when prices at the pump reached $1.70 a litre, saying gas and diesel price increases were “alarming, increasingly out of line with the rest of Canada, and people in B.C. deserve answers.”He tasked the British Columbia Utilities Commission with overseeing the inquiry. A three-member panel chaired by CEO David Morton is set to begin its oral proceedings on Wednesday in Vancouver.But the inquiry has already encountered some hurdles.The utilities commission beefed up its confidentiality terms last week after six of seven fuel companies refused to share their retail margins, saying it would compromise their positions in a competitive market.The new terms grant advanced approval of confidential status to those who submit information that they identify as commercially or competitively sensitive under the new terms, rather than granting the status after the content is reviewed and deemed eligible.last_img read more

Businessman allegedly robbed of Rs 14 crore at gunpoint by unidentified men

first_imgNew Delhi: A businessman was allegedly robbed of Rs 1.4 crore at gunpoint by bike-borne men after intercepting his car in outer Delhi’s Rani Bagh area, police said Friday. The incident took place on Friday evening when Vinod, a resident of Rani Bagh, was returning home and suddenly his car was intercepted by the bike-borne men, they said. The men, wearing helmet, forced him to get off his vehicle by pointing a pistol at him and robbed of Rs 1.4 crore. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder One among them took his car while others fled on their motorcycles, the police said. The men drove away the trader’s car containing the money, but abandoned it some distance away, the police said. The police have recovered the car and are looking for fingerprints that may help them to nab the accused. Vinod’s car was found abandoned over a kilometre from the crime spot an hour later. The bag containing the cash was missing, police said. They are scanning through CCTV footage around the crime spot as well as the route to the place where the car was found abandoned. Further investigation is underway, police said.last_img read more