Two Norwegian journalists threatened with expulsion

first_img NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Two Norwegian journalists threatened with expulsion April 28, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders is deeply concerned by the arrests on 16 June of journalist Tor Dagfinn Dommersnes and photographer Fredrik Refvem of the Norwegian daily Stavanger Aftenbladet, who have been declared “persona non grata”.The international press freedom organisation called on the Moroccan authorities to allow the journalists, who complied with all the necessary formalities, to be allowed to travel freely. It recalled that Norwegian journalist Erik Hagen was expelled on 5 April 2004 and French journalist Catherine Graciet with French photographer Nadia Ferroukhi on 28 January 2004.”The Moroccan authorities keep a close watch on the activities and movements of journalists and try to stop any independent reporting on Western Sahara,” said the organisation.”We have accounts from foreign journalists who had not even interviewed their contacts when they were arrested and expelled. It is obvious that foreign journalists are followed and their phones tapped. These arrests and obstruction of press freedom are extremely serious. We call on the Moroccan authorities to cancel the decision to expel Tor Daghfinn Dommersnes and Fredrik Refvem”.Four security agents arrested the two journalists in their rooms at the Sofitel Hotel in Rabat on the grounds that they were “persona non grata” and were “breaking Moroccan law”. The journalists had press visas and permission to take photographs.They had arrived three days earlier and were about to interview someone about the Western Sahara question at 10am. Mommersnes had phoned the contact from the hotel the evening before to make an appointment. “The security services were very probably aware of the phone call and that led to our arrest,” Mommersnes told Reporters Without Borders by telephone as he was about to be expelled to France.Reporters Without Borders recalled that on 5 April 2004, Norwegian journalist Erik Hagen was deported from Laayoune in southern Morocco to Mauritania. Police arrested the journalist who had travelled there to meet human rights activists and former political prisoners.He was questioned by police for several hours about the reasons for his visit to the Sahara and was accused of working with the Polisario. He was expelled to Mauritania under escort by two police officers on a 26-hour bus ride. His passport was returned to him at the border. Knowing that journalists were not welcome in Western Sahara, he had said he was a tourist. “The authorities never even asked what permission I had during the questioning. It was because I was going to meet human rights activists, considered by police to be separatists and because my visit was a ‘provocation’ to the kingdom that I was expelled,” Hagen told Reporters Without Borders.French freelance journalist Catherine Graciet and French photographer Nadia Ferroukhi were expelled on 28 January 2004 when they arrived in Laayoune to meet human rights activists who back independence for Western Sahara. In the morning, before leaving Agadir, they had talked to students about the Western Sahara question. They were arrested a few hours later at a roadblock in Tarfaya and were questioned at length by security forces then taken back to Agadir and deported to France. The French Consul, who had asked to see them since they were French nationals, was unable to meet them. June 16, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 to go further April 15, 2021 Find out more RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Help by sharing this information RSF_en June 8, 2021 Find out more News Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa News News News Organisation last_img read more

Mother charged after 3-year-old son nearly drowns in Florida hot tub

first_imgDaytona Beach Shores Dept. of Public Safety(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — A woman in Florida is facing charges including neglect after her 3-year-old son nearly drowned in a Daytona Beach resort hot tub while she was allegedly intoxicated, according to authorities.Apryl Connolly, 36, of Deltona, Florida, was with the boy and his twin brother and the children’s father in a hot tub at Perry’s Ocean Edge Resort in Daytona Beach around 10 p.m. Sunday.The father was swimming with the boys in the hot tub when they were alerted that the pool area was closing. He then took the boys to a table where Connolly was so he could pack up the family’s belongings, according to an affidavit from the Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety. “At the time, he left both children in the custody of the defendant who was seated at the table,” the affidavit said. “A short time later, he saw people jumping in the hot tub and exiting the water with the victim.”Surveillance footage released by authorities, which has no sound, showed the children standing unsupervised on the hot tub’s interior seat before one boy steps into the middle of the hot tub and goes underwater.Wanda Van Blarrume, the resort desk clerk, was watching the surveillance video from the lobby and alerted staff member Michael Johnson that the boy may be drowning, the incident report said.About two minutes after the boy initially went underwater, the footage showed Johnson turning the hot tub’s jets off, jumping into the tub and pulling the child out.“Mr. Johnson initially began CPR and was later joined” by the children’s father, the affidavit said. According to police, the 3-year-old did not have a pulse and was not breathing.Another woman who was at the resort took over CPR until the child began to breathe on his own. The child was rushed to Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital in serious condition, police said.“While people are attending to the victim, the defendant can be seen pacing the deck around the hot tub,” the affidavit said.In addition to being charged with child neglect, Connolly was also charged with destroying/tampering of evidence after officers reviewing the surveillance footage saw her throw something from her purse in the garbage.As officers looked into the garbage can, according to the affidavit, “the defendant began to laugh and stated, ‘They must be looking for the blue pill I threw out.’”Authorities said a blue pill was later found in the garbage can and it was submitted for testing. Connolly allegedly told officers that the family had arrived to the hotel earlier that day and that the adults had consumed alcohol before and while in the pool area. She told police she did not know what the pill was but had gotten “nervous” after her son was found in the hot tub and tossed it, according to the affidavit.“The defendant admitted to feeling ‘buzzed’ and that she thought other people were watching over her kids and that she could relax,” the affidavit said.Police said that in subsequent interviews with investigators Connolly and the children’s father each had allegedly admitted to consuming marijuana, alcohol and oxycodone. She also admitted to consuming Suboxone, the affidavit said.Connolly was arrested and is in jail without bond, the incident report said. No lawyer was listed for the suspect in court records.Police told ABC News on Tuesday that the boy is in stable condition and is doing fine.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Call for retailers to protect staff against violence

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Increasing numbers of staff in the retail sector are victims of violence,according to a recent survey by the British Retail Consortium. The eighth annual Retail Crime Survey shows that five employees in every1,000 were victims of violence in 2000 compared with four per 1,000 in 1999. The main cause of physical violence was theft by customers, which accountedfor 75 per cent of cases in 2000, compared with 53 per cent in 1999, and verbalabuse has also increased over the same period. Bruce Robertson, head of HR for Pret à Manger, thinks the retail sectorshould adopt a zero-tolerance attitude to reverse the trend. “Everyemployer has a moral duty to protect the people who work for them. Stores indifficult areas may need a security guard. This should be seen not as a costbut as a necessity.” Ray Baker, sustainable development controller for DIY chain B&Q, saideffective training and good working practices help minimise risks to staff. The survey reveals that the number of staff being threatened with violencefell from 18 per 1000 staff in 1999 to 14 per 1,000. The findings are based on a postal survey, which drew responses fromcompanies trading through 17,164 outlets in the UK. Related posts:No related photos. Call for retailers to protect staff against violenceOn 17 Jul 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Next-generation youth banking using cards & apps blows away the old

first_imgA growing number of fintechs and banking startups in the U.S. and other countries is targeting Generation Z, and even reaching into the younger Generation Alpha, children born after 2006.In the U.S., roughly 25% of the population is under 19. In Europe teenagers and younger kids comprise around 20% of the population. This represents a tremendous market, but typically incumbent banks don’t aim many products and services at Gen Z because they aren’t currently profitable. This contrasts with more financially mature Millennials.Newcomers are outflanking incumbents. The legacy institutions’ lack of interest created a two-fold market niche for challenger banks and fintechs: serving the current “pocket money” needs of young people and building the loyalty of today’s youngest customers for the coming years.73% of American parents provide a regular allowance to their children, a total of $41 billion per year, according to RoosterMoney’s Kids Allowance Report. Part of pocket money is earned from domestic chores. Parents say their goal is to teach children about financial literacy, involve them in useful activities and help them to form healthy spending habits. The parents lived through the Great Recession and want to inculcate thrift. Indeed, in comparison to older generations, Gen Zers tend to save almost as much as they tend to spend right away. When they spend, it’s typically on food — mostly sweets, eating out, video games, toys and books. Most Gen Z consumers prefer in-store shopping rather than ecommerce. However, the older they grow, the more online transactions they make. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more