Baathist regime has dissident journalist sentenced to three years in jail

first_img News News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en Organisation Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the three-year prison imposed today on Michel Kilo for “weakening national sentiment.” His conviction “is yet further evidence, if any were needed, of government meddling in judicial matters,” the organisation said. Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law Help by sharing this information March 12, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Syria February 3, 2021 Find out more Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria News Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage at the three-year prison imposed today on journalist and writer Michel Kilo for “weakening national sentiment.” Another dissident, Mahmud Issa, also got a three-year jail term.“There is something seriously wrong with a justice system that imposes long jail terms on anyone who dares to express views that are not in tune with Baathist thinking,” the press freedom organisation said. “Journalists and human rights activists have virtually no room for manoeuvre. Kilo’s conviction is yet further evidence, if any were needed, of government intervention in judicial matters.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We appeal to President Bashar Al-Assad – who is holding an entirely predictable referendum in two weeks that will allow him to continue to be president – to pardon prisoners of conscience and to put an end to the constant harassment of the most outspoken journalists.”Kilo and Issa were arrested in May 2006 after signing the “Beirut-Damascus, Damascus-Beirut” appeal for a radical overhaul of relations between Syria and Lebanon. Another signatory, human rights lawyer Anwar al-Bunni, received a five-year prison sentence on 24 April.Reporters Without Borders established a system of sponsorship 16 years ago in which international media are encouraged to adopt imprisoned journalists. More than 200 news organisations, journalists’ associations, press clubs and other entities throughout the world are currently supporting journalists by regularly calling on the authorities to release them and by publicising their cases. Kilo has been adopted by Le Pèlerin (France), France Bleu Azur (France), various Spanish forums, the Almería Press Association (Spain) and the Calafell City Hall (Spain). May 13, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Baathist regime has dissident journalist sentenced to three years in jail Receive email alerts Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists SyriaMiddle East – North Africa March 8, 2021 Find out more to go further Newslast_img read more

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Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet celebrates 31st year

first_imgThe 31st annual Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet which takes place Saturday, January 17, 2015.The Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet  is part of the Kal-West Interior Loppet Series races with both recreational and competitive distances for all ages.Included in registration is a beautiful ski along the picturesque trails of the Larch Hills, post race hot lunch, free pool pass, appy hour followed by an award ceremony and a family dance with pizza and beverages available.On-line registration is at www.SkiLarchHills.ca or entry forms are available through local ski shops.The final deadline for registration is Friday, January 16, 2015 at the SASCU Recreation Centre. One of the major races on the loppet circuit happens in the New Year at Ski Larch Hills 15 kilometers east of Salmon Arm off Highway 97Blast_img read more

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Amazon’s Renaissance Of Reading

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus Tags:#E-Books#e-commerce#web “The only thing more perfect than reading is more reading,” declared Amazon in a TV advert for its new Kindle eReader device. At a self-hosted event in Santa Monica today, Amazon launched new versions of its eReader and tablet products. Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos spent over an hour on stage, extolling the virtues of the new hardware. But perhaps more importantly, King Jeff showed that Amazon’s reign over the book publishing kingdom continues to advance.While Amazon faces stiff competition in the tablet market, in the eReader market Amazon is dominant. The latest version of the Kindle eReader, named the Paperwhite, boasts a higher resolution, front-lit screen and will retail from $119. It’s a compelling upgrade, but the real reason for Amazon’s dominance in the eReader market isn’t the hardware – it’s Amazon’s continued innovation and market power in eBooks. It’s notable that paper books have also grown, which is evidence of Amazon’s power in the book industry. As Borders and Barnes & Noble shut down more and more of their bricks-and-mortar stores, Amazon’s e-commerce business continues to increase sales – in both paper books and eBooks. Another reason for Amazon’s increasing book sales is that people are buying more books. In a Guardian article last month, Amazon.co.uk described this as a “renaissance of reading.” Amazon claims this renaissance was ushered in by the Kindle. The UK arm of Amazon told the Guardian that “British Kindle users were buying four times as many books as they were prior to owning a Kindle.” That statistic was repeated by Bezos today. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Kindle SinglesKindle Singles are short-form books that typically sell for a couple of dollars each. Bezos positioned Kindle Singles as halfway between a magazine article (under 5,000 words) and a book (over 30,000 words). 3.5 million Kindle Singles have been sold to date, said Bezos, 35 of which have reached the Kindle Top 50.Kindle SerialsToday Amazon introduced a new Kindle book format, which harkens back to an old literature publishing strategy: serials. Just as Charles Dickens used to publish his novels in monthly or weekly installments, Kindle authors can choose to release their books in serial form.From the consumer’s point of view, buy the first “episode” and you’ll receive all future episodes as they are released.Amazon is releasing eight serials initially, priced at $1.99 each (which includes all future installments). In addition, Charles Dickens’ books being re-released as Kindle Serials.All Hail King JeffAdd to the mix other Amazon offerings – like Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, Kindle-exclusive books and Kindle Highlights – and Amazon has a formidable service offering for books, of all kinds.Amazon reigns in the book kingdom, which seems to be a good thing for readers and authors. For readers: books are cheaper than ever before, the eReader hardware is getting better (as evidenced by the Paperwhite Kindle launched today), Web services are becoming more flexible (serials, singles) and social (Lending Library, Highlights). For authors: there is an easy and attractive self-publishing option (KDP) and more flexibility in format.Of course some of King Jeff’s subjects aren’t as happy: book publishing houses and competing book retailers probably see it more like The Spanish Inquisition, than a renaissance. But such is the price of progress. For now King Jeff reigns.Photos: The Verge eBook Sales Now 15% Of Total Book Sales According to BookStats 2012, a mid-year report from the Association of American Publishers and Book Industry Study Group, eBooks made up 15 percent of all trade book sales in 2011. In particular, in 2011 eBooks became the number one format for adult fiction.OK, most of that is 50 Shades of Grey, The Hunger Games and similar populist fare (says the snobbish english lit grad). But regardless, it’s undeniable that eBooks have finally taken hold of the publishing industry.Amazon is profiting mightily from eBook trends – whether or not it caused them. Its new eReader, the Kindle Paperwhite, will very likely increase its market leadership.It isn’t just eBook trends and new eReader hardware that is responsible for Amazon’s prime position in the book industry. The company is also shaking things up in book publishing and formats.Kindle Direct PublishingAmazon’s self-publishing service, called Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), gives authors 70% royalties. In a remarkable statistic, Bezos revealed that 27 of the top 100 Kindle books are from the KDP program. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts On stage today, Bezos confirmed that sales of Kindle eBooks overtook paper books around the beginning of 2011. Kindle eBook sales have trended steeply upwards since then. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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7 Ways to Stay Safe and Avoid Injuries on Video Projects

first_imgHere are seven tips to keep in mind while on set to avoid injury — or developing unsafe and unsustainable filmmaking habits.I remember one of the very first professional video shoots I ever went on. It was right out of college, at the start of a short internship with a local production company. I’d never been on a “real” production set — one that wasn’t just film school friends experimenting with their cameras and gear. There were tons of people involved, and everyone knew what they were doing at any given time. They also took a great deal of care in every aspect of the production.I noticed that, despite their careful intentions, stress and injuries can still happen, even on the most safe and professional sets. One of the company’s principal partners, who only showed up to bring an extra camera and tripod over lunch, pulled a muscle in his back as he ran up the stairs of the office building of the shoot. He was out of breath and in pain as he dropped off the gear and left — swearing at himself for not being more careful.The lesson for me — as it should be for you and anyone in the industry — is that if you want to make this a lasting career, you’ll have to find ways to be extra careful about staying safe and avoiding unnecessary stress injuries.I know that when you’re first starting off in the film and video profession, it might feel like it’s an industry that necessitates constantly working at a blistering pace. And, while we’re not here to tell you to slow your roll or ease up on your grind (because sometimes that’s exactly the mentality it takes to break in), the following is a helpful guide to keeping cool and staying injury-free.1. Don’t Overexert YourselfImage by MR.Yanukit.I’d say the biggest cause for injuries in this profession comes from people who are simply trying to do too much at once. This doesn’t mean you can’t work hard or fast; it does mean that you should always be aware of yourself and your limitations on set. Yes, you could manage an A-Cam and B-Cam at the same time, but not if they’re thirty feet apart and the space between them is full of boxes and wires and gear. You might want to keep those two cameras closer and make sure the space between them has a direct (and lit) path that you can safely traverse.It means finding creative and pragmatic solutions — in every situation — where you feel comfortable and safe in your ability to perform at your highest and most productive level.2. The Importance of Roles and a CrewThis can be hard for filmmakers like myself who’ve made a career, at times, out of taking on “one-man band” or “Shreditor — solo shooter, producer, editor”-type projects. But, often the reasons for having a crew aren’t based in vanity or unnecessary perfectionism, it’s because it’s a safer, more controlled option.When you’re focusing on everything at once, as far as production goes (getting the camera set up, fixing the lighting, testing the audio, managing the client, etc.), safety can quickly take a backseat to more immediate concerns. That’s why having specific roles (the DP focuses on the camera and composition, the gaffer works on the lighting with the DP, the sound engineer keeps tabs on the audio levels, and the producer handles the clients) is essential.3. Use Carts and Dollies for GearImage by Jeff Baumgart.As the production value of shoots increases, so does the size and amount of gear. When you’re just starting out with small cameras, you’ll often have small tripods and lighting setups, etc. But, as you start working with higher-quality cinema cameras and setups, the bulkiness of the industry-standard gear can quickly become too much to handle, by ordinary methods.I highly suggest that when you begin taking several trips to load in gear, it’s time to invest in either carts or dollies. Many production companies have dedicated trucks that include these further transportation tools, just for that purpose. It makes moving a lot of gear at once more viable, and it also saves you from putting all that weight on your back or shoulders, every time.4. Always Take the Elevator over the StairsThis was also a lesson I quickly learned on Day One. Often, when working in corporate and commercial video, you’ll find yourself shooting on-location in offices and high-rise buildings. Yes, taking the stairs over an elevator for personal reasons may mean better fitness and more steps in a day, but when you’re carrying cameras or gear, it also means unnecessary risks.In addition, it puts the gear you’re carrying at risk. For example, it should be a hard and fast rule that (unless a shot calls for it) you should never run when carrying an expensive camera. Well, that should be doubly true when you’re taking said camera up a flight of stairs. Don’t risk it. Be safe. Always take the elevator.5. Tape Down Those Pesky WiresImage by Wichaiwish.If you talk to any video professional who’s been in the industry for awhile, they’ll tell you that the highest number of accidents on shoots comes from tripping. And the number one cause of tripping is always loose wires. They’re like tumbleweeds that seem to move around, always finding a way to snag you.Taping down wires should absolutely be a part of your setup. Gaff tape works great. And don’t skimp on it (it’s not cheap, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s inexpensive compared to what an injury would cost). Do it every five to ten feet, if you have to. Just make sure wires are safely out of the way.6. Don’t Skip on InsuranceInsurance shouldn’t be considered a luxury, it should be a necessity. Insuring your production and your cameras and gear not only protects you in case of injuries or accidents (to an extent), it grants you peace of mind in perilous situations.If a C-stand holding a light high in the air starts to fall, it could mean a good deal of damage to the light and the gear. However, if you’re worried about that damage and, as a result, have yourself or a crew member dive heroically to save it, the potential for physical injury is even worse.7. Set and Keep a Responsible ScheduleImage by Narin Nonthamand.And finally, perhaps the greatest way to avoid injuries and stress, in general, is to make sure you set and maintain a responsible schedule. This allows you to devote the time you need to getting things done at a safe and reasonable pace. That means allotting at least an hour or two, on the schedule, for both setup and takedown on a shoot.If you start trying to push yourself and your crew to perform at an unreasonable pace, these safety protocols and hard work ensuring a stress-free set can quickly fly out the window — all because you didn’t give yourself the time you need. Respect yourself and others, make sure you schedule the time you need.Cover image by gnepphoto.For more production tips and advice, check out these articles.Inside the Electric Department: Lighting, Tools, and Safety Skills7 Filmmaking Safety TipsWorking as a Grip: Essential Tips for Safety and SuccessThe Four Most Dangerous and Avoidable Accidents on a Film SetLight up Your Action Scenes with These Explosive Shoot-Out Tipslast_img read more

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10 months agoArsenal boss Emery rules out Ozil move: We need him

first_imgArsenal boss Emery rules out Ozil move: We need himby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery has ruled out a January move for Mesut Ozil.The German has fallen out of favour as of late and missed Wednesday’s EFL Cup quarter-finals with Tottenham, with Emery citing “tactical reasons” behind the decision.However, the Spaniard insists Ozil remains important to his plans.He told reporters: “I want every player with a good mentality to help us. He can give us his quality and his characteristics. We need Mesut Ozil.”Every player wants to play and help the team when we need them. The frustration is the same for everybody when they haven’t played a match.”I have told him what we need from him. He has the commitment to help us and the quality and the characteristics to help us when the team need him on the pitch.”Tomorrow he is in the 18 players in the squad.”When asked again on whether Ozil’s future lies at Arsenal, Emery said: “Yes, why not?” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Tell the government it has to play a leading role

first_imgAdvertisement As part of the next phase of the consultation, the Minister is encouraging Canadians to share their stories and their advice.Please take the time to engage so performers like you are part of this important process.There are different ways to take part:Register on the government’s consultation website so you can submit ideas and support positive proposals;Click here to read and share your own stories about Canadian digital content, its importance and impact;Click here to submit your thoughts on how to promote, support and address Canadian Content in a Digital World;Support strong arguments and positive ideas. You can “vote” for positive ideas and comment on inspiring stories: on the challenges of digital transformation, on supporting artists, on promoting creativity and on what Canadian content means for you;Stay tuned for other events you can take part in, either in person or via social media.Think about the issues and what resonates with you then respond with your own priorities and thoughts.The government is seeking input on three questions:How do we support Canada’s artists, content creators and cultural entrepreneurs in order to create a cultural ecosystem in which they thrive and that will benefit the growth of our middle class at home, and help them reach beyond our borders?Dedicated creative talent combined with government investment and balanced regulation has created a world-class creative industry here in Canada;The core of the Broadcasting Act has always been a legislated commitment that Canada’s broadcasting system should be owned and controlled by Canadians, and operated for the benefit of Canadian people. These values have been key to Canada’s success; Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, has launched the next phase of consultation into Canada’s cultural and creative economy in this Digital Age.This is an opportunity to advocate for progressive policies that build our sector, create jobs and put Canadian stories on our screens.More urgently, this is our chance to push back against the critics who want to tear down Canada’s cultural policies. Recent decisions from bodies like the CRTC have been eroding the approach that’s helped to build a world-class industry. This consultation is an opportunity to embrace the key role creative talent plays and ensure balanced regulation is there to support them.center_img “The engine that drives Canada’s creative economy is work that’s written, directed, produced and performed by Canadians. Canada’s creative economy won’t thrive unless government takes a leading role promoting Canada’s creative talent.”– ACTRA National President Ferne Downey Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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APTNs Political Panel discusses PIN messages transparency and Terry Nelson

first_imgAPTN National NewsAPTN National News has been bringing you stories about a loophole in Access-to-Information legislation, and how PIN-to-PIN messages on BlackBerries are slipping through the cracks. Now, the Political Panel sits down with anchor Michael Hutchinson to talk about the issue.Also, the Panel discusses former Roseau River First Nation chief Terry Nelson’s plan to address the Iranian Parliament.last_img

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Alaska Airlines flights back in the air after power outage

first_imgSEATTLE — Alaska Airlines flights are back in the air after a nationwide ground stop that was apparently caused by a power outage.The airline says all its flights were grounded between about 4:20 a.m. and 5:15 a.m. after a power outage in the Seattle area, where the airline’s operations are based.Airline spokeswoman Oriana Branon says the power went out around 3:30 a.m. and came back on about an hour and a half later.She says 27 flights were delayed and five were cancelled.She says inconvenienced customers are being offered compensation on a case by case basis.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Not many people know that Im brother of Ayushmann Aparshakti Khurana

first_imgNew Delhi: Actor Aparshakti Khurana believes the many film-goers are still oblivious to one key fact of his life: that he is the brother of Bollywood star Ayushmann Khurrana. The 31-year-old actor, who started his career as a radio jockey and later became an anchor on Indian television, made a successful switch to films with 2016 blockbuster “Dangal”, featuring Aamir Khan, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Zaira Wasim and Sanya Malhotra. He followed up with films like “Badrinath Ki Dulhania”, “Stree” and most recently “Luka Chuppi”. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot Unlike his big brother Ayushmann, who made a debut as a lead hero with “Vicky Donor” in 2012, Aparshakti has mostly played supporting parts in the films, but he is fine with it. “Whenever I meet people, they call me Bittu of ‘Stree’ or Omkar of ‘Dangal’. And I believe not many people know that I’m the brother of Ayushmann. When they do get to know that we are brothers, then sometimes they are shocked and sometimes they say ‘Yeah, you sound so similar’ or ‘you look similar’. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversary “I think it happens also because we both share different space. His space is completely different than mine. I have had a different journey than he had,” the actor told PTI. Aparshakti says that his career trajectory is also not similar to other Bollywood star kids or brothers, who have almost always been launched as a lead. “My journey is different from other star brothers, kids or sisters. I think that is one of the main reasons that people don’t question me on this. So far, the media and the audiences have not really roped me into the ambit of nepotism. “No one has really come up and said that I have been launched by someone. I’m still playing the friend of a film’s hero. No star kid has ever done this role but I have done it in five films.” The actor says he does not believe in planning anything and he just goes with his gut when it comes to making decisions. “There was a time in my school and college days when I really used to plan and they never shaped up, both at the personal and professional front. And I think whenever you plan things and they don’t happen, then you feel heartbroken. I have stopped planning things. I have stopped planning life, be it personal or professional,” he says. “I don’t really sit down and think like ‘I’ll do these things now.’ I just do things the way I want to do and the way they come to me,” he adds. After “Luka Chuppi”, the actor will be next seen in “Jabariya Jodi”, “Street Dancer” and “Kanpuriye”.last_img read more

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