March 26, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists’ association targeted by secret police RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago October 12, 2018 Find out more Organisation News RSF_en CubaAmericas News New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council May 6, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) protested to the Cuban government today against the harassment of members of the Manuel Márquez Sterling Journalists’ Association by state security police and called on it to officially recognise the organisation. “The government cannot criticise independent journalists for supposedly not being trained while at the same time banning the Association from giving journalism courses to its members,” said RSF secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to interior minister Abelardo Colomé Ibarra. RSF learns that state security police moved on 21 March to halt one of the Association’s journalism classes in Havana by stopping three independent journalists (Jorge Olivera Castillo, Dorka Céspedes Vela and Omar Rodríguez Saludes) as they were on their way to the house of the Association’s president, Ricardo González Alfonso. Two other journalists already at the house (Carmelo Díaz Fernández and Victor Manuel Domínguez García) were intercepted as they left by a policeman who warned them the classes were illegal. Later, Association member Iván García Quintero was interrogated by two state security police about its activities. He was summoned by police for the same reason on 10 October last year. Similar incidents occurred at the end of last October. Nine journalists were warned by the authorities not to attend the courses or help organise them. The Association notes however that nothing in the country’s penal code outlaws the freedom to teach. In Cuba, where the Constitution says “freedom of expression and the media is subordinate to the goals of a socialist society,” only a government-controlled media is allowed. A hundred or so independent journalists, grouped into about 20 press agencies and other associations not recognised by the government, are constantly harassed and since 1995, about 50 journalists have fled abroad. to go further Follow the news on Cuba News CubaAmericas News October 15, 2020 Find out more
By Tim KellyBoardwalk strollers seeking a slice of Manco and Manco pizza last night were instead greeted with a dark store and a curious handwritten sign.A small paper sign was displayed next to a printed one listing the winter hours of the 12th St. store, normally 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays.Someone had written “We will reopen at 5 p.m. Fri Feb 24” in black ink on the paper sign. But at approximately 7:15 p.m. the lights inside the iconic Boardwalk store were turned off and the door was locked. This in the wake of the sentencing of owners Charles “Chuck” Bangle and his wife Mary earlier in the day on their conviction for tax evasion, structuring cash payments to avoid reporting requirements and lying to Internal Revenue agents.A call placed to the Ocean City store’s listed phone number was answered by a cheerful female voice. “You’ve reached Somers Point,” the woman said in reference to the Manco and Manco’s location in the ShopRite shopping center at Route 9 and Ocean Heights Avenue.When asked if the chain’s Ocean City locations would be open for business Friday, she said “No, not tonight.”When OCNJDaily’s photographer was on the scene Friday, a customer, who asked to remain anonymous, expressed disappointment the store was closed, and offered support for the Bangles.“We are all capable of giving-in to temptation,” the man said. “We are a Christian community. Chuck has done a lot of good in town. When his doors open again, I will be back with my family and friends.”A press release issued earlier in the day by the Camden office of U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman announced that Chuck Bangle, 57, a Somers Point resident, was sentenced to 15 months in prison. Bangle had previously pled guilty to a count on an indictment charging him with evading taxes on his 2010 personal tax returns, the release stated, as well as a count charging him with “structuring financial transactions in 2011 to avoid reporting requirements.”In addition to the prison term, Kugler sentenced Bangle to three years of supervised release, ordered him to pay restitution of $248,560 and fined him $5,000.Mary Bangle, 56, also of Somers Point was given three years of probation and fined $3,000, the release said. She previously pleaded guilty to a count on the same indictment, which charged her with knowingly making false statements.The sentences were handed down by U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler Friday at the federal court in Camden. More than 100 family and friends of the Bangles attended the sentencing hearing to show their support for the couple.Bangle is to begin serving his sentence in September. It was unknown in which federal prison Bangle would be confined.Thus ends a years-long process of investigating the cash business, the Bangles’ pleas and a four-times delayed sentencing. Bangle and his wife entered their guilty pleas in 2015.According to the indictment, Chuck Bangle reported $127,995 on his 2010 tax return, omitting $263,113 in income and avoided $91,577 in taxes. He also admitted to making cash deposits to a TD Bank account in amounts of less than $10,000 so that the bank would not be required to file a currency transaction report with the U.S. Treasury Department, according to published reports.None of this affected the popularity of the brand, which for decades had operated as Mack and Mancos, a name many longtime customers still refer to when discussing their favorite Jersey Shore pizza. In 2011 the name was changed following a buyout of the Mack family, former partners in the business.“Nothing has changed except the sign,” Chuck Bangle told the Press of Atlantic City at the time. “Same legendary pizza, same legendary service.”The long lines at 12th Street, customary in the summer months, were seen again last weekend at the beginning of the recent stretch of unseasonably warm weather. Tourists and locals waited patiently for their taste of Manco and Manco’s signature thin homemade crust and distinctive sauce.The chain includes two other Ocean City boardwalk locations and the Somers Point store.The Bangles are currently redeveloping the former Strand movie theatre into a Manco and Manco’s Pizza “Super store” at 9th and the Boardwalk.Work on converting the building continued unabated on Friday.
Households are planning and budgeting harder than previous years, according to research conducted by Asda.The supermarket chain’s Asda Mumdex revealed that 33% of mums purchased presents for this Christmas in the January sales earlier this year. One in three stated that they won’t be purchasing presents for adults, instead choosing to focus on their children.The brand also anticipates an increase in online shopping. The Asda Mumdex, consisting of over 5,500 Asda mums, showed that ‘convenience shopping’ is a top priority as over half are planning to do more shopping online. A 14% increase on last year, 38% say that will make use of click & collect services.According to the figures, Asda revealed that 20% of shoppers are already making use of the Asda Christmas Savings Card. The card allows customers to save while they shop. Last year Asda paid out more than £1m in bonuses to customers.Families are also planning on saving money by not purchasing Christmas decorations. Cards have also fallen in importance, with 6% of mums who bought cards last year saying they won’t for 2013.Stephen Smith, chief marketing officer at Asda said: “Christmas is a really special time of year for our customers, but the strain of the festive season can be a lot to carry. Last year mums told us they were cutting back, but this year it’s all about planning and budgeting.“To help make Christmas a little less stressful and even more convenient, we’re expecting a record number of mums to do their Christmas shop online this year.”
Molina said several recent escapes from the Juvenile Halls and camps have involved similar problems. “Someone goes to the dentist and two youths escape,” Molina said. “It’s a constant theme on these escapes. It’s always a policy violation. The last time, someone left the keys on the counter and the escapee took the keys. Is there any accountability going on here?” Higa said the department has organizational problems and he plans over the next six months to put more people into positions where they can hold others accountable. Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky asked Higa if anyone listens to his directives. “The only way you can make them worth anything is if there is a consequence for not following them,” Yaroslavsky said. “This was not a financial issue. That’s become the default excuse around here in every department when somebody screws up, when somebody is incompetent or asleep on the job.” Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After hearing promises Tuesday that several employees will be fired for negligence in the escape of four teens from Sylmar Juvenile Hall, Los Angeles County supervisors questioned the management of the Probation Department. Probation Department chief Paul Higa told the board that an investigation into last week’s escape found that several employees had violated policy by leaving the inmates unsupervised. The youths kicked out a wall panel and escaped onto the grounds and over the fence of the complex, Higa said. They later carjacked a motorist and forced him to take them to South Los Angeles. Probation officers caught one of the teens last Friday, but the three others remain at large. “It’s my view that the negligence demonstrated both at the levels of the manager, supervisor and line staff violated the fundamental public trust … and probably even more importantly resulted in a serious breach of security that creates both harm and threatens the public,” said Higa, who vowed to fire those involved. Higa said a similar lack of supervision occurred at the Compton Courthouse on March 15, when sheriff’s deputies left three youths in a holding tank, where a 12-year-old boy was sexually assaulted. After hearing the reports, the supervisors expressed concerns that employees in the Probation Department and other agencies ignore direct orders from their supervisors, as well as board policies. “Fundamentally, there is something wrong here,” Supervisor Gloria Molina said. “Is it just one bad apple or are the policies so overlooked in this department that people just say, ‘Oh here is another policy?’ Things became a standard because of the way the department manages itself. “We pass motions and then look for them in the departments only to find out they never even heard of them, let alone implemented them.”
TWO people rescued off the Donegal coast were not wearing lifejackets and were uncooperative with their rescuers, the Irish Coast Guard said today. A spokesman said that Greencastle Coast Guard boat and shoreline team and Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 118 were tasked to two persons in the water in Lough Foyle from an overturned boat.“The Coast Guard boat recovered both from the water at 8pm – they hypothermic but otherwise well but were uncooperative,” he said. “Neither were wearing lifejackets and Gardai were on scene.”He said the Greencastle Coast Guard shoreline team also then came across an injured young female and requested the ambulance be diverted to the scene.The incident is just the latest around Ireland where people have taken to the sea without lifejackets. COAST GUARD ANGER AS ‘UNCOOPERATIVE’ DUO FOUND WITHOUT LIFEJACKETS was last modified: August 12th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:coast guardGreencastlerescue
In a bid to help the people of Dunfanaghy and surrounding areas to get fit and healthy this winter, three local businesses have teamed up!Aidan Hunter Fitness, together with Arnou Café & Gourmet Burger Bar and The Shandon Leisure Centre have devised a clever initiative to encourage local people to get moving, socialising and doing something positive for their health & wellbeing, while also supporting local businesses.The program, which launched very successfully this week, will run until April 30th 2017 and is suitable for people of any age or fitness level. If you lack the motivation to get up and out on these short, dark days then #getdunfanfit will be ideal for you!Each participant receives a Loyalty Card which will be stamped every time the owner either completes a gym session or fitness class with Aidan Hunter Fitness, enjoys a swim in The Shandon Leisure Centre or orders a tasty dish from the new health-focused menu, which was co-designed with Aidan Hunter, in Arnou Café & Gourmet Burger Bar.Once the Loyalty Card is complete the lucky holder can cash it in for one of the following rewards: a Thermal Suite Session in the Shandon Spa, 2 Gym Sessions & a Weigh-In with Aidan Hunter or a Gourmet Burger & Dessert in Arnou Café & Gourmet Burger Bar.Pick up a loyalty card at any of the three businesses and start collecting your stamps today! Don’t sit in, come #GetDunfanFit this winter!! New winter fitness initiative launched aimed at getting Dunfanaghy fit was last modified: November 17th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
A star-studded line-up of international sport celebrities and performing artists featured at the 2010 Fifa World Cup Final Draw show on Friday 4 December. Zoopy TV catches up with some of the VIPs as South Africa rolls out the red carpet for the world.Click arrow to play video.
9 October 2012South Africans should start getting excited about hosting what will be the world’s largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), says President Jacob Zuma.Zuma, making his first visit to the site where the core of the SKA will be constructed, in Carnarvon in the Northern Cape, said on Tuesday that hosting the SKA meant the country was on the cutting edge of science, adding that the project was receiving the full support of the government.Earlier this year, the SKA Organisation announced that South Africa and Australia would share the hosting of the most advanced scientific project in the world. The two biggest components of the SKA will be built in Africa, while one will be built in Australia. About 70% of the facility will be built in Africa.Both South Africa and Australia have been working on precursors to the SKA, the MeerKAT telescope and the six-dish SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) respectively.‘On the cutting edge of science’Zuma said that few would have thought such a massive development could take place in an area as remote as Carnarvon. He said it was proof that as a country, “we have made it”.SKA project director Dr Bernie Fanaroff told SAnews that with the completion of the SKA telescope, South Africa would be rated among the best in the field of science and technology, adding that the project would attract lots of foreign investment into the country.Fanaroff described the SKA project as the world’s biggest scientific instrument. “The project is going to reveal new things globally, and our young people will no longer have to travel to overseas to study science.”MeerKAT project taking shapeThe MeerKAT telescope is currently taking shape in South Africa’s Karoo region, with close to 100 young scientists and engineers working on the project. It will be the largest and most sensitive radio telescope in the southern hemisphere until the SKA is completed around 2024.Currently, seven fully operational dishes have been built in Carnarvon. By 2016, there will be about 64 dishes completed and operational and by 2024, it is expected that there will be about 2 000 dishes.Asked about the benefits of the project for the local community, Fanaroff said many residents had been employed to the project, and local businesses were receiving a boost by the many visitors to the area. Many tourists who wanted to visit the SKA were also supporting local accommodation establishments.Seventeen-year-old Jason Slaverse, a Grade 12 student at Carnarvon High, told SAnews on Tuesday that the SKA project had sparked his desire to pursue computer science as a career, although he has had a passion for science since he was young.Source: SANews.gov.za
Press release: South Africa’s FDI profile positions the country as a highly attractive investment destination
The EY 2017 Attractiveness Programme Africa, measures the FDI attractiveness of 46 African markets and moreover indicates that South Africa experienced an increase of 6.9% in FDI flows to the market in 2016. (Image:EY 2017 Attractiveness Programme Africa)Johannesburg, Monday 22 May 2017 – The South African Nation Brand continues to be the largest recipient of FDI on the African continent, and is the largest source of intra-regional investment – this is in addition to having recently made a comeback in the top 25 most attractive global investment destinations.This is according to findings from the EY Attractiveness Programme Africa 2017, the AT Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index, as well as the Brand South Africa’s Investor Perceptions Research.Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Research – Dr Petrus de Kock says the findings on South Africa’s FDI profile underlines the fact that global investors have confidence in the market, and see the country as an attractive investment destination. “Opportunities identified in these respective indices should be vigorously pursued through a collaborative approach between business and government in South Africa – especially after the credit ratings downgrade,” adds Dr de Kock..Major findings from these indices are that South Africa attracted 20.6% of all FDI projects on the African continent in 2016 with an increase of 6.9% on 2015; the country is the 6th largest source of FDI in the African economy; and the diversified economy, geographical location, infrastructure (hard and soft) and logistical capabilities – play a major role in attracting investment, trade and related global economic activity.“South Africa continues to attract the bulk of FDI projects destined for the continent with a share of 20.6%, Egypt at 11.7%, Morocco at 12%, Nigeria at 7.5%, and Kenya at 5.9%. Notable in this regard is that EY indicates investment flows favoured Africa’s more diversified markets. This means South Africa’s economic profile and diversification remains a key attractiveness feature. The EY 2017 Attractiveness Programme Africa further notes that even as its economy remains under pressure, South Africa retains its appeal as a launchpad for growth across the continent,” said Dr de Kock.The EY 2017 Attractiveness Programme Africa, measures the FDI attractiveness of 46 African markets and moreover indicates that South Africa experienced an increase of 6.9% in FDI flows to the market in 2016. The sectors that dominated include: Consumer Products and Retail – projects more than doubled from 19 in 2015 to 41 in 2016.The 2017 A.T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index is characterised by a perception of safety in developed markets – Europe in particular. However, the 2017 Index marked the emergence of newcomers UAE, New Zealand, and South Africa – a clear sign of slight increase in investment intentions in emerging markets according to Dr de Kock.“According to the AT Kearney FDI Confidence Index, South Africa GDP growth is expected to reach 0.8% in 2017 and double to 1.6% in 2018, A.T. Kearney notes that with the country’s improvements in infrastructure and education, investors view South Africa as being poised to lead one of the world’s next major manufacturing hubs,” concluded Dr de Kock.Follow the conversation on #SANationBrand
Tags:#start#startups Sprouter’s 10,000-plus users can now link their accounts and send updates back and forth between the two services, either by choosing to push all of their updates out from Sprouter, or by using the #Sprouter hashtag in Twitter. “Twitter has a huge audience, and we recognize that many Sprouter users also use the service,” says CEO Sarah Prevette. “Now it’s easy for members to keep both accounts up-to-date while still leveraging the niche power of Sprouter – Twitter integration will only add to the number of conversations taking place and resources being shared.”In addition, tools for discovering contacts from Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Gmail now make Sprouter a less lonely experience. When I tried them out, they all worked with the exception of Facebook, which after connecting left me with a blank page. Multiple attempts on various browsers returned the same issue; Sprouter’s community manager Erin Bury says they are looking into the error. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market chris cameron Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A few weeks ago we brought you a brief list of social networks for meeting and conversing with entrepreneurs, and in the comments section we received lots of suggestions that could have made the list as well. One such suggestion was Sprouter, which is, for lack of a better description and despite having a few unique features, a Twitter clone for entrepreneurs. Users can enter a 140-character status update and see both a public timeline and a list of updates from the users they follow, which can be filtered into groups. Users can also create “Events” and “Topics” around which to talk about by using hashtags – a nice feature that adds on what the Twitter culture has developed. When I checked out Sprouter a few weeks ago, it was lacking a few obvious features, namely Twitter integration and the ability to find friends on other social networks. Just yesterday, however, both of these features made their debut on the service, making it exponentially more useful. Related Posts Previously, the most glaring problem with the service was that I had no idea if anyone I knew was on Sprouter. With the contact importer I now know that a handful of my contacts are in fact using the service, and with the new Twitter integration, I could see myself and others making use of this service to share information and communicate with entrepreneurs.One of the features that helped Twitter become a break-out success was their support for SMS updates and their API, which spawned countless desktop and mobile applications. Sprouter says they have an iPhone application on the way in order to view and post statuses, but the new Twitter integration with the #Sprouter hashtag makes any Twitter client a portal through which to post to the service. To get more familiar with Sprouter, check out their screencast embedded below.