RSF decries closure of two radio stations in Libya

first_img RSF_en Organisation LibyaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence Armed conflictsImpunityPredatorsViolenceFreedom of expression December 17, 2019 Find out more February 23, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Six imprisoned journalists to finally appear in court in Istanbul Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the arbitrary closure of two radio stations in the past few days in Libya – Al Wassat in the eastern part of the country and the local radio station in the western city of Gharyan. LibyaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence Armed conflictsImpunityPredatorsViolenceFreedom of expression Follow the news on Libya to go further Well-known Libyan journalist missing since his arrest News March 1, 2017 RSF decries closure of two radio stations in Libya On Libyan revolution’s 10th anniversary, authorities urged to guarantee press freedom Receive email alerts June 24, 2020 Find out more In a post on social media on 27 February, Al Wassat media group chairman Mahmud Shammam reported that the radio station’s transmitter in Tobruk had just been seized by security forces attached to the army that controls eastern Libya. The same day, Al Wassat’s headquarters in Benghazi was suddenly raided and closed and material was confiscated. The only reason given for its closure was the claim that its signal was interfering with the local government’s broadcasts. It was the militia in charge of protecting Gharyan’s local radio station that demanded its closure on 23 February without giving any plausible reason. It has not broadcast since then. Attempts to resolve tension between the militia and Gharyan’s local authorities, so that the station can resume broadcasting, have so far been unsuccessful. “The situation in Libya is extremely worrying and we request the immediate reopening of these radio stations,” RSF editor in chief Virginie Dangles said. “Regardless of the criticisms that can be levelled against them, their closure was sudden, disproportionate and arbitrary, and will only help to block the problematic transition that Libya has been experiencing since 2011.” Several cases of journalists being the targets of abduction or violence have also been reported to RSF in the western city of Tripoli but the victims are terrified of the many militias operating in the city and have asked not to be identified. The conflict between the rival governments in the east and west of the country since the start of 2016 has resulted in a climate of complete impunity for crimes of violence and abuses against journalists and media outlets, which makes it very dangerous for them to operate.Libya is ranked 164th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. News Newslast_img read more

Three Ways Your Servers are like a Good Pair of Boots

first_imgNo, you can’t walk all over them. Our PowerEdge servers are stress-tested for natural disasters, but I digress.I recently had a conversation with a cobbler about the construction of his boots and what differentiated his product from some of his lower-priced competitors. He emphasized the importance of a good pair of shoes constructed with good materials that move with your feet and stand ready to endure the occasional repair. After this conversation, I got to thinking about the relationship between shoes and servers, as one does.I found myself talking to the cobbler that day because I, like many people, wear my boots into the ground, quite literally, before I make the trip to the shoe store. However, by purchasing “white box” boots and wearing them down, I was unnecessarily subjecting myself to foot pain and sole blowouts. Bringing this back to servers, I was making the same mistake as 40% of companies do by ignoring the need to refresh until it is too late.So how exactly are servers like a pair of shoes?Servers are the bedrock of your core operations and play a huge role in your day-to-day performance Your servers may seem fine after four years of use and even perform well during day-to-day tasks, but it’s not Carl from accounting’s email archive that keeps you up at night – it’s your company’s mission-critical applications that do. Your servers, like shoes, are always running in the background. You probably won’t give servers much thought unless something goes wrong because you just accept that they will get you where you want to go.There is a myth circulating that servers are a commodity. If that is true, then shoes are a commodity as well. Sure, technically you can walk in any shoe, but you and I both know that we don’t want to just walk in shoes. They need to support our feet, mold to our gait, and not fall apart. Every. Single. Day. So, in that respect, servers are in no way a commodity. Construction, performance, and service matter in servers and boots. Construction, performance, and service don’t matter in true commodities like corn and oil.  Good servers won’t last forever, but they will adapt to fit your needs “White box” boot companies cut corners under the hood by swapping in cheaper materials, failing to vet vendors, and ignoring customer needs throughout the lifecycle of the shoe. Three months later, you’re running to a meeting and your heel comes unglued.While your servers aren’t held together by glue (at least I hope not. If so, we should talk…), the analogy still holds. Dell EMC PowerEdge servers are assembled from a trusted supply chain of vendors carefully monitored with your performance and security top of mind. We don’t cut corners in our own data centers, so we certainly will not cut corners in yours.When you purchase a Dell EMC PowerEdge server, much like a good pair of boots, your relationship with us continues well beyond the purchase. With our OpenManage software and iDRAC BMC, we are with you every step of the way, ensuring your servers are operating at peak performance when it matters most. If something goes wrong, we are here to get you back up to speed.Of course, even the best servers and boots need a refresh due to changing times. If your toe is poking out or those Spice Girls platform boots just aren’t your style anymore, you’ve probably waited too long to refresh your boots. If you are slogging through data-intensive AI applications on a four-year-old server, you probably should have refreshed last year. But no worries, Dell Technologies is there to get you plugged in, back up, and running. Trusted materials and construction matter A good pair of shoes will mold to your foot and flex throughout the day depending on your activity. A good server will do the same.PowerEdge servers scale to your needs, freeing up more space to run more critical applications or helping you reduce your data center footprint. Further, our kinetic infrastructure moves us closer to full composability by running the right resources for the right workloads as your business needs fluctuate. What does all this mean? Your data center will flex like a shoe, hugging the sides of your feet, providing comfort and preventing blisters from morning to night.So, in conclusion…Don’t let your servers wake you up in the middle of the night with blisters and foot pain. Refresh regularly with trusted Dell EMC PowerEdge servers – optimally every three years.To learn more about PowerEdge, visit, or join the conversation on Twitter @DellEMCservers.last_img read more

Third alleged victim steps forward, accuses Fine of molestation

first_img Published on November 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Debbie: [email protected] | @debbietruong Comments A third person has stepped forward and accused Bernie Fine, associate head coach of men’s basketball, of sexual molestation. The accusations prompted the hours-long search of Fine’s home Friday.  Zach Tomaselli, 23, of Lewiston, Maine, told Syracuse police he was molested by Fine in a hotel the night before SU played an away game against Pittsburgh in 2002, according to an article published in The Post-Standard on Sunday. Tomaselli, who was 13 years old at the time and lived 78 miles north of Syracuse, said nobody witnessed the alleged abuse and he has no physical evidence of the abuse happening. Tomaselli — who faces sexual assault charges against a 14-year-old boy in Maine – told The Post-Standard he was interviewed by Syracuse police detectives Raul Santana and Clark Farry for more than four hours Wednesday afternoon in Albany. Tomaselli described Fine’s home, in detail, in his affidavit to police, alleging that Fine invited him to his residence in DeWitt, following a second SU game in 2003. Rose Ryan, Tomaselli’s friend, said she accompanied Tomaselli to the Marriott hotel room in Albany, where the pair met with police, according to the article. Ryan signed a statement over to Syracuse police, stating Tomaselli told her of the alleged sexual abuse in 2002. There was no answer when The Daily Orange called a phone number listed for Ryan.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Tomaselli’s statement was used as proof of possible crimes when federal prosecutors applied for a search warrant to Fine’s home, according to the article. In the article, Tomaselli said he spoke with Bobby Davis, Fine’s first accuser, several times in brief phone interviews after ESPN broke the story, citing that Mike Lang, a second alleged sexual abuse victim, as corroborating Davis’ claims. In April, Zach Tomaselli was arrested by Lewiston police on charges of gross sexual assault, tampering with a victim, two counts of unlawful sexual contact, five counts of visual sexual aggression against a child and unlawful sexual touching, according to the article. Tomaselli was accused of having sexual contact with a 14-year-old male camp attendee, where he acted as a counselor. Tomaselli pleaded not guilty. Fred Tomaselli said in a phone interview Sunday that he never met Fine or allowed his son to attend the Pittsburgh game in 2002. Fred Tomaselli said his son was a victim of abuse by a neighbor when he was growing up in Texas, but the Tomasellis didn’t find out about the abuse until after they moved to Maine. Instead of seeking help, Fred Tomaselli said his son became a predator, and ‘master liar and manipulator.’ ‘He has nothing to lose,’ Fred Tomaselli said of his son. ‘He’s still bitter.’ Aside from a 30-minute conversation last year, Fred Tomaselli said he and Zach have not spoken in years, as Zach tends to get ‘abusive’ during conversations. In The Post-Standard article, Zach Tomaselli said he first crossed paths with Fine toward the end of 2001, when he attended an autograph session on campus. Fine invited Tomaselli to the Pittsburgh game on Jan. 22, 2002, where, following a team dinner, Fine took Tomaselli to the hotel room, where Fine watched a pornographic movie and ‘fondled Tomaselli’s penis in bed,’ Zach Tomaselli said in the article. On Feb. 1, 2003, Fine arranged for Zach Tomaselli and his father to attend a Syracuse-Pittsburgh game in the Carrier Dome. Following the game, the father and son bumped into Fine, who then invited the two to a party at Fine’s home, Zach Tomaselli said. Zach Tomaselli said his father was not able to attend, but allowed Zach Tomaselli, who was 14 years old at the time, to stay over. Zach Tomaselli said he never spoke to Fine after the associate head coach dropped him off the next morning at Hancock Air Base, where Fred Tomaselli worked. [email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more