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

Where in O.C.?

first_imgA quick test of observation and memory:Where in Ocean City can this monument be found? Tell us in the comments section. And try your hand at more “Where in O.C.?” challenges.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter“Like” us on Facebooklast_img

David Bowie and me

first_imgThe death of trailblazing music and style icon David Bowie from cancer on Sunday prompted an outpouring of tributes from his contemporaries, including the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, and Elton John, and merited prominent coverage from major media outlets such as The BBC, The New York Times, and even L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper.Over a nearly 50-year recording career, the London-born Bowie, 69, garnered popular success and critical acclaim as a singer, musician, songwriter, theatrical composer, producer, fashion innovator, and actor. He was a creative visionary whose ever-changing stage personae and musical explorations often transcended cultural norms. His work synthesized avant-garde ideas drawn from music, dance, theater, art, and fashion in ways that could be deeply challenging and were not always understood or fully appreciated at the time.As a showman, a style icon, a painter, and an actor, Bowie not only relentlessly pushed the limits of his own artistic expression, but that of other influential giants, including Brian Eno, Lou Reed, Philip Glass, and Iggy Pop. In the 1970s, his bold embrace of and experimentation with fluid notions of sexuality and gender identity served as a welcome lighthouse for many young people in the global LGBTQ community.The Harvard Gazette spoke with scholars from across Harvard about the man, his music, his influence on them, and his lasting legacy.James WoodProfessor of the practice of literary criticism, Faculty of Arts and SciencesI loved Bowie’s work, and in many ways it defined my youth, as it did the upbringing of anyone who grew up in Britain in the 1970s and ’80s. I’m struck by how universally loved he was, despite his radicalism as an artist. (In Britain today, even the Archbishop of Canterbury lamented his passing). One of the reasons for that is that if you listen to those great songs of the ’70s like “Life on Mars” and “Space Oddity,” you can hear not only that he wrote really good tunes, but also that his chords have their roots in the old music hall and dance band harmonies that were also influential on Paul McCartney. Young kids still sing Bowie’s tunes, in the way they sing Beatles songs: They are a universal possession.Timothy Patrick McCarthyCore faculty and director, Sexuality, Gender, and Human Rights Program, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy SchoolI mourn the loss of David Bowie. He was unmistakably an icon, but he was also a radical, liberating force who helped to fuel two generations of shifting cultural norms. When we talk about gender and sexuality as “performative” and “fluid,” when we think about identities as “social constructions,” we can look no further than David Bowie’s remarkable, boundary-blurring career for a master class on gender, sexuality, and cultural studies.K. Michael HaysEliot Noyes Professor in Architectural Theory, associate dean for academic affairs, Harvard Graduate School of DesignBy chance, I landed in architecture school in 1972, just at the time Bowie dropped “Ziggy Stardust.” The sheer coincidence meant that design culture would, from the start, for our entire generation, be associated with identity construction and gender fluidity. Bowie designed identity in a way we have only recently fully understood. It was no coincidence, then, that later, in 1995, Bowie would sing:All the majesty of a city landscapeAll the soaring days of our livesAll the concrete dreams in my mind’s eyeAll the joy I see through these architects’ eyes(“Thru’ These Architect’s Eyes”)Vijay IyerFranklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts, Faculty of Arts and SciencesAs with many great performers, David Bowie achieved a certain power through vulnerability. We felt it in the breaks of his voice, in his intuitive, fragmentary lyrics, in his unabashed androgyny, and his lifelong performative embrace of alterity. Bowie represented to generations of listeners an invitation to be fully, defiantly, flagrantly yourself, and to celebrate that quality in others. Jon Pareles stated it succinctly in The New York Times’ obituary for Bowie: “[H]is message was that there was always empathy beyond difference.”Jill JohnsonDance director, Office for the Arts Dance Program, Theater, Dance & Media, and senior lecturer, Department of Music, Faculty of Arts and SciencesDavid Bowie was one of the original transdisciplinary, genre- and gender-bending artist citizens. He was an exacting and fearless artistic daredevil. He was a limitless, timeless visionary — a storyteller and poet who lived beyond the confines of categories in service of his ideas. Long live the king.last_img read more

Global Reviews: Monitoring sports betting brand impacts between mobile & desktop experiences

first_imgShare Tabcorp double burdened by covid and group impairment charges August 19, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020center_img Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Why is there such a difference for Paddy Power?On both desktop and mobile, the top reason for considering Paddy Power was familiarity with the brand name. In fact, in both cases, this reason ranked higher than the average with 55% on desktop and 63% on mobile. This in itself is a strength for Paddy Power in that their name alone is a carrier for being considered as a brand to place a bet through.The next most common reason for considering Paddy Power amongst desktop users is the good odds/offers. This is not the case amongst mobile users. To better understand why this is the case we looked at the online experience for locating the betting options. On desktop site, the evaluation of locating the betting options was much higher than on the mobile site. On desktop punters evaluated the experience at 50% compared to 38% on mobile. Far more people encountered a problem whilst locating betting options when using the mobile site than using the desktop site.Information about the odds on offer is of great importance for punters when they’re using betting sites with punters rating it at 4.4/5 for importance. If this information is not easily accessible as appears to be the case on the Paddy Power mobile site, then punters will consider other brands and place their bets through another site.Paddy Power is not alone here. Betfair has the opposite problem whereby punters experienced fewer problems on their mobile site than on their desktop site and this is reflected in the number of punters considering them across the 2 devices.As a general rule, straight replication of a site across devices is not recommended and rarely works. Even so, it is important to review how each site is performing and where they may be falling short against each other.Learning from yourself can be just as beneficial as learning from competitors and can make a difference in the online experience presented to customers._____________________Suzy Sliwczynski – Marketing Manager – Global Reviews Submit Suzy SliwczynskiSuzy Sliwczynski Marketing Manager at user experience and digital consultancy Global Reviews breaks down sports betting brand factors with regards to consumer intent and engagement on desktop and mobile experiences. In an ultra-saturated market does branding count towards a consumer’s final choice and purchase?_____________________When placing a bet online, there are many considerations that punters go through when they are shortlisting brands to decide which website they will ultimately place a bet with. The top criteria for many punters is being familiar with the brand name and a site that has good odds/offers. Whilst these are the top 2 reasons for considering a brand, there are variances in preferences when using a desktop or mobile device.For those researching and betting on a desktop computer having good odds/offers is on par with being familiar with the brand name coming in at 53% and 52% respectively. Meanwhile, those researching on a mobile device are more likely to consider a brand because of familiarity with the name (53%) rather than a brand that has good odds/offers (41%).A visually appealing website and previous use are the next most common reasons for shortlisting a brand for those on desktop computers. Previous use also ranks highly for those on mobile devices along with the site appearing to look easy to use.These small differences in what makes a punter consider one brand over another is reflected in which brands are put on the shortlist.Ladbrokes, Paddy Power and William Hill are by far the most considered brands overall, however, there is a bit of a difference between devices. On desktop the 3 brands are within 1% of each other with Ladbrokes and William Hill both on 51% and Paddy Power on 50%. For those on mobile devices, Paddy Power does not rate as closely. William Hill and Ladbrokes are considered by 47% and 46% respectively, while Paddy Power sits further behind on 38% putting them just 3 points ahead of Sky Bet and Bet365 compared to the 14-point difference on desktop.last_img read more

Mali secure first U-20 AFCON title on penalties

first_imgMali beat Senegal 3-2 on penalties to claim their maiden Total U-20 Africa Cup of Nations title following a 1-1 stalemate after extra time in Niamey. The Aiglons held their nerves in the pulsating shootouts to hand Senegal their third successive defeat in the final.Mamoutou Kane’s charges open the score at Stade General Seyni Kountche after fifteen minutes when Boubacar Traore hammered home Hadji Drame’s delivery as Senegal found themselves behind for the first time in the tournament. Youssouph Dabo’s Les Lionceaux replied seventeen minutes from normal time through FC Metz’s Amadou Ndiaye who volleyed in the equalizer from close range to force the match to extra time and penalties. Senegal missed their first spot kick when midfielder’s spot kick hit the post. The young Malians converted their three consecutive penalties through Boubacar Traore, Lassana Ndiaye and Abdoulaye Diaby.  The tournament’s leading goalscorer Amadou Ndiaye missed his kick before teammate Ousseynou Niang also missed to secure Mali the title. Leading goalscorer –Amadou Ndiaye (Senegal) Player of the tournament Moussa Ndiaye Fair Play Award Senegallast_img read more