Naizghi Kiflu, the dictatorship’s eminence grise

first_img RSF_en Reporters Without Borders today released a report on the career of Naizghi Kiflu, an adviser to the president of one of the world’s most repressive countries and currently its local government minister, who as information minister supervised the round-ups of government opponents and pro-reform journalists in September 2001.According to a former ruling party member interviewed by Reporters Without Borders, Naizghi did the government’s “dirty work” for more than 30 years. Yet nowadays he lives in London, has a permit to reside indefinitely in Britain, and receives treatment for a chronic condition free of charge at a public hospital. The report explains that, as a result of an Eritrean human rights activist’s complaint, the British police have since 2005 been carrying out a politically-charged investigation into allegations that he was responsible for torture. But the evidence gathered so far has been deemed insufficient to take him to court.The report contains hitherto unpublished revelations by Naizghi’s victims and former subordinates. It also explains how the Eritrean government uses the country’s diaspora to maintain its control over the population. Reporters Without Borders believes that the fact that one of the regime’s barons and a key figure in its repressive system is living in Europe despite his continuing political activities raises questions for democratic governments that are supposed protect the political refugees to whom it grants asylum.The report concludes with recommendations for the European Union and countries with a sizable Eritrean exile population. Aside from demanding the release of political prisoners, Reporters Without Borders thinks the least that the EU and leading democracies can do is to refuse to issue visas to members of the Eritrean government and other leading Eritrean officials until the repression ends. RSF urges Swedish judicial authorities to reverse Dawit Isaak decision Organisation Reports May 21, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Naizghi Kiflu, the dictatorship’s eminence grise October 27, 2020 Find out more Related documents Download the full reportPDF – 583.35 KB EritreaAfrica Follow the news on Eritrea Help by sharing this information EritreaAfrica center_img January 13, 2021 Find out more News to go further Receive email alerts April 14, 2021 Find out more Swedish prosecutors again refuse to investigate Dawit Isaak case News Reports Reporters Without Borders today released a report on the career of Naizghi Kiflu, an adviser to the president of one of the world’s most repressive countries and currently its local government minister, who as information minister supervised the round-ups of government opponents and pro-reform journalists in September 2001. Prisoner of Conscience Since 2001 – Why has Sweden not managed to bring Dawit Isaak home?last_img read more

Efforts to meet high demand for Irish passports welcomed

first_imgHomepage BannerNews The SDLP’s Brexit Spokesperson has welcomed efforts by the Irish Government to meet the increased demand for Irish passports.As Brexit negotiations continue ahead of Britain’s exit from the EU in 2019, MLA Claire Hanna is calling for increased North/South integration and co-operation.She is once again reiterating her call for an Irish passport office to be established in Derry as a step in ensuring the growing demand for Irish passports in the North is met.As Brexit Spokesperson, she says, the Irish Government has a critical role to play in safeguarding the rights and entitlements of people in the North as citizens of the European Union:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ By News Highland – January 3, 2018 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Twitter Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous articleAmy Winehouse’s dad claims her ghost is visiting him in his house nowNext articleGovernment criticised over LUH trolley numbers News Highland Efforts to meet high demand for Irish passports welcomed WhatsApp Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Harps come back to win in Waterford Twitterlast_img read more

News story: RAF jets strike chemical weapon facility in Syria

first_img The reprehensible use of chemical weapons in Douma is further evidence of the Syrian regime’s appalling cruelty against its own people. We will not stand by whilst innocent civilians, including women and children, are killed and made to suffer. The international community has responded decisively with legal and proportionate military force. Let these united actions send a clear message to the regime – the use of chemical weapons is categorically unacceptable and you will be held to account. At 0200 UK time on 14 April, British forces joined close Allies in a precision strike on Syrian installations involved in the regime’s use of chemical weapons against its own people. The strike was launched as a response to the chemical weapon attack on 7 April in Douma which killed up to 75 people, including young children; a significant body of information, including intelligence, indicates that the Syrian regime was responsible for this latest attack.As the Prime Minister has made clear, this pattern of behaviour must be stopped, not just to protect innocent people in Syria from these horrific weapons, but also because the erosion cannot be allowed of the international norms that prevent the use of chemical weapons.Our action is proportionate, specifically aimed at degrading the regime’s ability to use chemical weapons and deterring further such appalling acts; it is therefore focused on regime facilities linked to the production and use of chemical weapons.The UK element of the carefully coordinated joint action was contributed by four Royal Air Force Tornado GR4s and four RAF Typhoon FG4s in support. The Tornados launched eight Storm Shadow missiles at the Him Sinshar chemical weapons storage site. The military facility was a former missile base, located some fifteen miles west of Homs, where the regime is assessed to keep chemical weapon precursors stockpiled in breach of Syria’s obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention. Very careful scientific analysis was applied to determine where best to target the Storm Shadows to maximise the destruction of the stockpiled chemicals and to minimise any risks of contamination to the surrounding area. The facility which was struck is located some distance from any known concentrations of civilian habitation, reducing yet further any such risk.Detailed analysis of the effectiveness of the strike is currently underway, but initial indications are that the precision of the Storm Shadow weapons and meticulous target planning have resulted in a successful attack.Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:last_img read more

A Tornado Watch is in effect for parts of Florida

first_imgTornadoes were reported last night in the Tallahassee area.As the cold front moves across Central Florida, it will bring showers and storms late Friday afternoon through early Saturday morning to South Florida.Palm Beach County: 10 to 20% rain chance through 6PM. 40 to 50% chance for showers and thunderstorms through midnight.Treasure Coast: 30% rain chance through noon. 50% chance for showers and storms 3 to 6PM. 40% chance for showers and thunderstorms 9PM through midnight.There’s a marginal risk these storms will turn severe with the main concerns being lightning, small hail with an isolated, but brief tornado possible.High temperatures will reach the low 90s. Overnight lows stay in the mid 70s.Wind will be from the south up to 20 mph, gusts up to 25 mph. Wind gusts may be stronger near storms. Stay with 850WFTL for any severe weather alerts or tornado watches/warnings. A slow moving front is rolling through central Florida and could spawn some tornadoes.The severe weather will eventually stall over South Florida this weekend.The National Weather Service has a Watch in effect until 11:00 this morning. The Watch covers Orange, Volusia, Pinellas, Hillsborough and other counties in the central and north. LissetteCBS4: TORNADO WATCH issued until 11AM for parts of North and Central Florida as conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes and severe weather. South Florida is quiet and dry now. But this weekend we will have the potential for some…— kflmiami427 (@kflmiami427) April 24, 2020last_img read more

The Latest: Former champ Stephens wins opening match at Open

first_imgWilliams hit 13 aces and lost only six points on her first serve. Williams, who turns 39 this month, has won the tournament six times and has been runner-up each of the past two years. She’s seeded No. 3 and hoping to tie Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.___6:40 p.m.Wild card J.J. Wolf pulled off an upset at the U.S. Open, beating 29th-seeded Guido Pella 6-2, 0-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the first round. Californian Ernesto Escobedo has moved into the men’s singles bracket at the U.S. Open, filling the spot that opened when Benoit Paire tested positive for the coronavirus shortly before the start of the tournament.Spain’s Marcel Granollers was first in line to fill Paire’s spot, but he declined in order to focus on doubles. Escobedo then moved in and will face Kamil Majchrzak on Tuesday.___11 a.m.The second day of the U.S. Open is underway at Flushing Meadows with the Williams sisters ready to play and Andy Murray taking a big step in his comeback from hip surgery. Former champion Sloane Stephens has won her opening match at the U.S. Open, beating Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania 6-3, 6-3.Stephens won the title in 2017 when she was ranked No. 83. She’s seeded 26th.Stephens played on Court 17, and said a match with few spectators required an adjustment.“It’s back to girls’ 12, where it’s you and your parents, and the girl you’re playing and their parents,” she said.___ ___More AP tennis: and 3 p.m.Sumit Nagal became the first Indian man to win a match at the U.S. Open in seven years.The 23-year-old resident of New Delhi beat Bradley Klahn 6-1, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Nagal came in ranked No. 124 in the world.___2:10 p.m. In a video posted on Twitter on Tuesday, the Spaniard she was diagnosed recently.“I’m fine and calm at the moment and willing to face whatever comes,” Suarez Navarro said.She turns 32 on Thursday.Suarez Navarro has been ranked as high as N. 6 and is currently No. 71. She is a seven-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist, including at the U.S. Open in 2013 and 2018.___ The Latest: Former champ Stephens wins opening match at Open September 1, 2020 3:45 p.m.Two seeded men at the U.S. Open — No. 2 Dominic Thiem and No. 32 Adrian Mannarino — have been fined because someone in their entourage violated the tournament’s COVID-19 protocols.Mannarino was docked $2,500 for unsportsmanlike conduct, and Thiem was fined $1,500.Mannarino has acknowledged he is part of a group of players who were in contact with Benoit Paire, the only U.S. Open entrant to test positive for the coronavirus so far. That group was placed under additional restrictions in case they might have been exposed to the virus by Paire.The U.S. Tennis Association specified that Thiem’s entourage violated the rule requiring universal masking. There was no explanation of what exactly Mannarino’s entourage did wrong. Murray is a former No. 1-ranked player whose resume also includes two Wimbledon championships and two Olympic singles gold medals. The 33-year-old had hip surgery in January 2018, then again in January 2019, shortly after a first-round loss at the Australian Open. He figured he would need to retire from tennis.But Murray eventually returned to the tour last season. A pelvic problem — combined with the sport’s coronavirus-caused hiatus — kept him off the tour from last November until August.Murray faced a match point Tuesday while down 6-5 in the fourth set, but he saved it with a 127 mph service winner.___center_img The only two fines for female players announced so far were $3,000 each for Paula Badosa and Arantxa Rus for getting coaching help, which is not allowed at Grand Slam tournaments.___3:20 p.m.Former top-10 player Carla Suarez Navarro has announced that she will need six months of chemotherapy to treat Hodgkin lymphoma.Suarez Navarro pulled out of the U.S. Open last month. 9:15 p.m.Venus Williams has lost in the opening round at the U.S. Open for the first time in her long career.Williams had been 21-0 previously, but she was beaten by No. 20-seeded Karolina Muchova 6-3, 7-5 on Tuesday night.It was small consolation to Williams that by appearing in the tournament for the 22nd time, she broke the women’s record in the Open era. She had been tied with Martina Navratilova. Williams’ sister, Serena, was among the few spectators for the match. Serena won her opening match earlier in the day. Sam Querrey was knocked out of the first round of the U.S. Open by a player who missed more than two years because of a hip injury.Andrey Kuznetsov beat Querrey 6-4, 7-5 (6), 6-2 to complete the long comeback, getting his first tour-level win since 2017. The Russian returned to play last month at a Prague Challenger event and lost his only match after a two-year, seven-month layoff because of the hip. Kuznetsov was ranked No. 39 in 2016 before the hip problems sidetracked his career. He’s the first unranked player to win a Grand Slam match since Nicolas Kiefer at Wimbledon in 2007.___1 p.m. The 40-year-old Venus was the oldest player in the draw. She fell to 1-7 this year.___7:10 p.m.Serena Williams began her latest attempt to win a 24th Grand Slam singles trophy by beating Kristie Ahn in the first round at the U.S. Open.The two Americans split the first 10 games before Williams pulled away to win 7-5, 6-3. The victory was her 102nd at the tournament, breaking the tie she held with Chris Evert for the most by a woman in the Open era. Associated Press The 21-year-old Wolf is in the main draw for the first time. Pella reached the third round of the U.S. Open in 2018 and the third round of the Australian Open earlier this year.___5 p.m.Andy Murray saved a match point and put together his 10th career comeback from two sets down to win his first Grand Slam contest in nearly 20 months.The 2012 U.S. Open champion, still working his way back from a pair of operations on his right hip, overcame 13 double-faults and a big deficit to beat Yoshihito Nishioka 4-6, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4), 6-4 in 4 hours, 39 minutes. Serena Williams is scheduled to play during the day and Venus at night, looking to add to their combined eight titles at the U.S. Open. Serena has won the championship six times but has been runner-up each of the last two years in New York.Murray is playing his first Grand Slam event since the 2019 Australian Open, before hip problems forced him to have surgery and start a long comeback.Murray faces Yoshihito Nishioka in Arthur Ashe Stadium, followed by Serena Williams against Kristie Ahn.The first day of the tournament didn’t have any notable upsets. Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka both advanced in night matches.The weather is favorable, with a forecast of partly cloudy skies and temperatures around 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius). Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):___10:15 p.m.last_img read more

DeSantis Drops Florida Quarantine Order for New York Travelers

first_imgPeople traveling to Florida from three northeastern states just got a break.Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday quietly rescinded an executive order that required travelers into the Sunshine State from areas with “substantial community spread” of COVID-19 to quarantine for two weeks.The rule had affected those coming from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.DeSantis implemented the requirements on March 23, when New York City was a hotspot for the new coronavirus. Since then, new cases of COVID-19 have fallen in New York.Meanwhile, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s order requiring travelers from Florida and 34 other states to quarantine for 14 days when they arrive to his state remains in effect.To read DeSantis’ full executive order, click here.last_img read more

XBRL: Financial Content Management Language

first_imgOver the last week Jon Udell of InfoWorld has had a podcast and a number of blog entries about XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language). Since 2000, many have expected to see a revolution in the accounting and financial industry because of XBRL.  It just didn’t happen though because industry acceptance was lacking.  But that seems to be changing.  In October 2005, the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Federal Reserve Board launched an XBRL project that mandates banks to submit quarterly reports in XBRL format.  8300 banks are now participating.  The SEC is also moving towards standardizing XBRL as the language for exchange and reporting of financial information.  EDGAR Online is providing company financial statements in XBRL format.  And XBRL is gaining ground in Europe too.XBRL as a standard exchange format will revolutionize the way financial data can be communicated, often shaving days or even months off of existing processes.   Company financial records can be consolidated.  Manual re-entry or data transformations will be eliminated.  XBRL will further commoditize/standarize datasets operated on by accounting software and ERP packages.Further, XBRL will form the foundation for software tools and applications that will help corporations provide the greater transparency that compliance regulations like Sarbanes-Oxley have been demanding.  Financial comparative analyses of companies can be run at the push of a button. This will be a huge plus for securities analysts and investors.Technologies like XBRL and ECM (Enterprise Content Management) document and records management are key towards giving companies and their auditors greater control in finding corporate information.last_img read more

Natural Fibers, Part One: The Ultimate in Comfort

first_imgSurrounding ourselves with natural fibers is like comfort food—inviting and comfortable in so many ways. All-natural materials like cotton, wool, soy silk, flax/linen, ramie, bamboo, Tencel, corn, jute, and hemp also have less embodied energy than their petroleum-based counterparts.Naturally (pun intended), even these have environmental impacts. As noted in Green Building Advisor’s Product Guide, conventional cotton is grown with significant chemical fertilizer and pesticides. Wool and silk—animal products imported from overseas sources— typically are treated with chemicals to ward off moth infestation and microbial growth. Hemp and jute, also primarily from overseas sources, are fairly resistant to pests, both as plants and after manufacture into fabrics.As a rule, however, natural fibers tend to require minimal processing before manufacturing, which reduces their environmental impact over the entire life cycle. Eco characteristics generally include the minimal use of chemicals and pesticides; responsible land management and sustainable ranching/farming practices; certifications; and fair trade practices. Take into account as well the raw material selection, production, dye process, usage, and disposal in addition to the consumption of energy, water, and chemicals.last_img read more

All About Vapor Diffusion

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Building scientists talk about several different moisture transport mechanisms. Most of these mechanisms — for example, water entry due to a roof leak — are easy to understand. Other transport mechanisms, like vapor diffusion, aren’t quite as intuitive.First, some basic definitions. Water vapor is water in a gaseous state — that is, water that has evaporated. It is invisible.Water vapor diffusion is the movement of water vapor through vapor-permeable materials. Vapor diffusion happens through a solid material even when the material has no holes.A typical example of vapor diffusion happens when a material — for example, gypsum drywall installed on a wall — separates two zones. If the air on one side of the drywall is very damp, and the air on the other side of the drywall is very dry, moisture in the air will diffuse through the drywall.To understand how this happens, imagine how drywall takes on water when it is damp. On a dry day in Arizona, drywall is crisp. When scored with a sharp knife, it can be easily snapped. However, if a sheet of drywall is left for a week lying flat on a damp basement slab in Vermont, it gets limp and noodly. Drywall absorbs moisture like a sponge from either face, and it also dries out readily from either face via evaporation.If the drywall is screwed to a stud wall that separates a damp area from a dry area, the drywall absorbs moisture on its damp side. Moisture evaporates from its dry side. The moisture has moved through the drywall by diffusion.When water vapor diffuses through a vapor-permeable material, the driving force is either a vapor pressure difference (in which case the water vapor moves from the zone of higher vapor pressure to the zone of lower vapor pressure) or a… center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

Tie My Netflix Account to Facebook? No Thanks

first_imgNetflix’s long-delayed integration with Facebook is here. This week, the company will roll out the option to customers in the U.S., where the archaic Video Privacy Act was recently amended to permit this type of feature. The integration is not as annoying as it could be, but I’m going to sit this one out.First, the upside: It’s great that Netflix was able to get an outdated law changed to remove an illogical stumbling block to innovation. If only it was always so easy. And in theory, I see why showing me my friends’ recently-viewed movies could have some value. On a basic level, this feature makes sense.(See also: Thanks Congress, But We Need Privacy Laws, Not More Social Sharing)Netflix also deserves some credit for limiting the integration so that it doesn’t barf my entire viewing history onto Facebook by default. I have to explicitly tell Netflix that I’d like to be that obnoxious. Instead, it uses Facebook’s social graph to help recommend shows and movies within Netflix itself.But do we need more frictionless sharing? Here’s something nobody ever says: “I really love the way I can see everything my friends are listening to on Spotify via Facebook.” They might say, “My friend posted a YouTube video of this awesome new song” or “I noticed everybody was posting about this new album, so I checked it out.”  There are a few problems with this model.I Don’t Want To Share EverythingNot every detail is worthy of sharing, because not every detail is important. If I watch five minutes of a movie to see if I like it, it shouldn’t get the same social vote as my all-time favorites. Netflix has much more valuable data than simply “John Paul watched Arrested Development.” It knows about my historical viewing habits, informed in part by ratings and preferences I’ve explicitly declared. That’s much more insightful than whether or not I clicked the play button. Hopefully these signals will find their way into Netflix’s social integration in time (if they’re not lurking under the hood already). Sometimes we like to indulge in things that we wouldn’t necessarily tell the world about, just like I might occasionally blast “This is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan on Spotify in the middle of my workday when nobody’s around. (Now you know). On Netflix, you’ll be able to opt out of sharing on a video-by-video basis, which is smart. But I still think sharing should be an opt-in experience, not an opt-out one. Something should be important enough for me to *want* to share it and then willingly expend the effort required to do so. I shouldn’t have to stop before playing each video and think, “Wait, do I want to *not* share this?”  If we have to think a thought like that, we’re probably sharing way too much. I’m Not The Only One Who Uses My Netflix AccountChances are, you’re not the only person watching TV shows and movies on your Netflix account. I know I’m not. If my roommate is binging on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, do you really want me to auto-recommend shows to you? A roommate is one thing, but what about an entire family? As Techcrunch’s Sarah Perez writes, anybody who connected to her via Facebook and Netflix is going to see a lot of Dora the Explorer, Tinker Bell and Sesame Street, because that’s what her young daughter likes to watch. The more crowded your household is, the less useful this data becomes. Thankfully, Netflix is working on personalized profiles to help solve this problem, but they’re not ready yet. Until that feature launches, this one is going to be decidedly imperfect. I Already Know What My Friends Like, Because We Talk To Each OtherWith or without Facebook, television and movies are already an inherently social type of content: We watch them with friends and family and we talk about them in social gatherings. I already know what my friends like, because we’re human beings who, despite heroin-grade addictions to technology, still talk to each other face-to-face.  Seriously, I feel like I have a pretty good idea of the shows and movies that people I know like, with or without an algorithm. It’s entirely possible Netflix could dig up some gem via Facebook’s social graph, but if it’s worth watching, I’m sure I’ll come across it eventually. Besides, I don’t know about your queue, but mine is perpetually overloaded. Doesn’t Facebook Already Know Enough About Us? Companies like Facebook already know so much about us. Do we really need to funnel more data about our lives onto their servers? I realize this is just an inevitable feature of our digital world and that I should suck it up. And usually, I do. Google knows even more about me than Facebook. I willingly hand over all that data, but it’s getting to the point where if divulging a new set of data about myself to some company isn’t going to add a significant and obvious value to my life, I’m going to skip it.Of course, I’m already surrendering this information to Netflix by using their service in the first place. But my relationship with them is clear: I pay $8 per month and I get to stream whatever content they’re offering. They use data about me to improve the experience, and I happily keep shelling out that money.  With Facebook, it’s less clear. I joined without much thought eight years ago, am vaguely addicted to it and constantly wonder how much value I’m really getting out of the service. It weirds me out sometimes. I think about quitting.It’s also still forging its business model. It won’t rely on subscription fees, but instead will find a way to turn that data about me into dollars.  That’s fine, in theory, but I don’t know exactly how they’ll do it or if I trust them in general.  12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#Facebook#frictionless sharing#Netflix#Streaming video john paul titlow 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts last_img read more