Government gets tough again in run-up to opposition rally

first_img Receive email alerts RSF seeks press freedom pledges from Maldives presidential candidates MaldivesAsia – Pacific Organisation to go further September 12, 2018 Find out more Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about the attitude of the Maldivian authorities, who in the past few days have expelled two foreign journalists (including one working for the online newspaper, arrested an opposition cartoonist and backtracked on plans to end the state’s broadcast media monopoly.“The government should be trying to defuse tension on the eve of a major opposition demonstration, but instead the police are intimidating, expelling or arresting journalists perceived as being sympathetic to the protest,” the press freedom organisation said.“We once again point out that an opposition media has as much right to work freely as a pro-government media,” Reporters Without Borders added. “The harassment of Minivan and journalists must stop.”The government accused Minivan of calling for the assassination of President Abdul Gayoom when the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) launched its campaign for the 10 November demonstration at the start of October. Thereafter, the authorities have been accusing the opposition of trying to foment an insurrection.The MDP portrays the 10 November demonstration as a national rally aimed at speeding up democratic reforms. Around 30 of its activists have already been arrested.Reporters Without Borders takes note of the fact that Maldivian and foreign journalists were able to freely cover yesterday’s demonstration outside MDP headquarters. The organisation reiterates its appeal to the authorities to let the press work freely, as officials undertook to do when they met with a visiting International Mission for Press Freedom in May.Phillip Wellman, an American reporter working in the Maldives for the online newspaper, was arrested together with Graham Quick, a freelance photographer working for the London-based Observer newspaper, on 3 November on the southern atoll of Gaaf Dhall, where they had gone to cover the arrests of MDP activists.They were held for several hours and questioned about the people they had met. The police officer interrogating them tried to erase their recordings and photos. The next day, after leaving the atoll, they were told by officials at Male airport that they had to leave the country and were put on flights to Colombo and London. Wellman had been in the Maldives since 10 October.Reached by telephone, government spokesman Mohamed Hussain Shareef told Reporters Without Borders the arrest and expulsion of the two journalists were justified because of their “activism.” He added: “They will be welcome in the Maldives in two weeks’ time.” and the Observer confirmed to Reporters Without Borders that the two journalists were working for them.Cartoonist and opposition activist Ahmed Abbas was arrested in Male on 3 November after leaving the United Nations offices where he had requested asylum. He is now being held in Maafushi prison, where he is being made to serve a six-month prison sentence that was imposed when he was convicted in absentia of “disobedience. Help by sharing this information July 15, 2020 Find out more November 7, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government gets tough again in run-up to opposition rally News Maldivian president’s comms chief accused of sexually harassing journalistcenter_img April 23, 2018 Find out more News RSF calls for open trial of Maldivian blogger’s accused murderers News His offence was to have told Minivan in August 2005: “What we should do to those in the Star Force (an elite police unit) who beat us, is to seek them out individually and for us to act in such a manner that makes them feel that beatings result in pain, otherwise they will not be subdued.”Minivan editor Aminath Najeeb and sub editor Nazim Sattar have also been charged with “disobedience to order.”Abbas, who is well-known for his sarcastic cartoons for Minivan and opposition websites, said he never received a summons to attend his trial, of which the verdict was published by the pro-government website on 1 November.Meanwhile, the information ministry did not keep its promise to end the state’s monopoly of radio and TV broadcasting on 31 October. It was announced on 1 November that the opening up of broadcasting to the private sector will be strictly controlled by the law, but that in the absence of legislation, this has been delayed. A draft law was sent to the parliament (the People’s Majlis) but has not yet been adopted.A government statement said the broadcast media will be monitored because of the negative effects of unconditional press freedom. In view of these developments, Reporters Without Borders fears that Minivan Radio will be refused a licence. Currently based outside the country, it is the only non-governmental radio station broadcasting in Dhivehi, the national language. Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about the attitude of the Maldivian authorities, who in the past few days have expelled two foreign journalists, arrested an opposition cartoonist and backtracked on plans to end the state’s broadcast media monopoly. Follow the news on Maldives MaldivesAsia – Pacific RSF_en Newslast_img read more

Worldwide Fiber Laser Industry to 2025 – Key Drivers, Challenges and Trends –

first_img WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Market segmentsComparison by ApplicationMaterial processing – Market size and forecast 2020-2025Advanced application – Market size and forecast 2020-2025Healthcare – Market size and forecast 2020-2025Others – Market size and forecast 2020-2025Market opportunity by Application 6. Customer landscape 7. Geographic LandscapeGeographic segmentationGeographic comparisonNorth America – Market size and forecast 2020-2025APAC – Market size and forecast 2020-2025Europe – Market size and forecast 2020-2025MEA – Market size and forecast 2020-2025South America – Market size and forecast 2020-2025Key leading countriesMarket opportunity by geographyMarket driversMarket challengesMarket trends 8. Vendor LandscapeOverviewVendor landscapeLandscape disruption 9. Vendor AnalysisVendors coveredMarket positioning of vendors 10. AppendixScope of the reportCurrency conversion rates for US$Research methodologyList of abbreviations For more information about this report visit View source version on CONTACT: Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager [email protected] For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900 KEYWORD: INDUSTRY KEYWORD: TECHNOLOGY NANOTECHNOLOGY SOURCE: Research and Markets Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/08/2021 06:31 AM/DISC: 02/08/2021 06:31 AM DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 8, 2021– The “Global Fiber Laser Market 2021-2025” report has been added to’s offering. The publisher has been monitoring the fiber laser market and it is poised to grow by $9.92 billion during 2021-2025 progressing at a CAGR of 12% during the forecast period. The report on fiber laser market provides a holistic analysis, market size and forecast, trends, growth drivers, and challenges, as well as vendor analysis covering around 25 vendors. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current global market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment. The market is driven by the increasing demand for high-powered fiber lasers, demand for enhanced productivity and declining demand for CO2 lasers. The fiber laser market analysis includes application segment and geographical landscapes. This study identifies the growth of the 3d printing market as one of the prime reasons driving the fiber laser market growth during the next few years. Also, demand for 1-2 kW laser sources and increasing demand for nanosecond pulsed fiber lasers will lead to sizable demand in the market. Companies MentionedABB Ltd.Amonics Ltd.Coherent Inc.FANUC Corp.IPG Photonics Corp.Jenoptik AGMKS Instruments Inc.NKT Photonics ASOMRON Corp.TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG The report on fiber laser market covers the following areas:Fiber laser market sizingFiber laser market forecastFiber laser market industry analysis The study was conducted using an objective combination of primary and secondary information including inputs from key participants in the industry. The report contains a comprehensive market and vendor landscape in addition to an analysis of the key vendors. The publisher presents a detailed picture of the market by the way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources by an analysis of key parameters such as profit, pricing, competition, and promotions. It presents various market facets by identifying the key industry influencers. The data presented is comprehensive, reliable, and a result of extensive research – both primary and secondary. The market research reports provide a complete competitive landscape and an in-depth vendor selection methodology and analysis using qualitative and quantitative research to forecast an accurate market growth. Key Topics Covered: 1. Executive SummaryMarket Overview 2. Market LandscapeMarket ecosystemValue chain analysis 3. Market SizingMarket definitionMarket segment analysisMarket size 2020Market outlook: Forecast for 2020 – 2025 4. Five Forces AnalysisFive forces summaryBargaining power of buyersBargaining power of suppliersThreat of new entrantsThreat of substitutesThreat of rivalryMarket condition 5. Market Segmentation by Application Previous articleYoungstown St. faces Rochester (MI)Next articleGlobal System in Package Technology Market Forecast to 2027 – COVID-19 Impact and Analysis – Digital AIM Web Support Local NewsBusiness Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Worldwide Fiber Laser Industry to 2025 – Key Drivers, Challenges and Trends – By Digital AIM Web Support – February 8, 2021 Pinterest Twitter TAGS  last_img read more

South Bend man arrested on animal abuse-related charges

first_img WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews Twitter (Photo supplied/St. Joseph County Jail) A South Bend man faces multiple counts of using animals for dog fighting after causing the animals to begin fighting during a domestic incident.Police were called to a home on East Indiana Avenue on Wednesday, April 1, on a call regarding animal abuse and arrested Damian Brent Newhouse, 42.Newhouse’s wife called police after Newhouse allegedly put five dogs he had allegedly trained for fighting into a kennel, knowing the animals would turn on each other.Investigators say the dogs began to fight and Newhouse then poured lighter fluid on top of the cage an an attempt to threaten more harm.All five animals suffered injuries. One had serious injuries. Another had to be put to sleep.Police also found paraphernalia used for dog fighting inside the home.Newhouse is set to appear in court on Monday, April 6. Twitter Google+ Facebook WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – April 4, 2020 2 364 Previous articleIndiana finances take a big blow from coronavirus crisisNext articleLocal State of Emergency extended in Berrien County Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Google+ South Bend man arrested on animal abuse-related chargeslast_img read more

Credit-debit card fraudsters target the affluent

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr If you make $75,000 or more a year and have a college degree, you are more likely to receive a credit and debit card fraud alert from your financial institution, according to a new survey report from’s more, despite the best efforts of financial institutions and new security measures, many types of card fraud are still on the rise because criminals have become more devious.The Austin, Texas-based organization’s nationally representative sample of 1,000 U.S. adults surveyed found that 68% of those with annual household income of $75,000 or more have received a fraud alert compared with 40% of those making $30,000-$49,999 and 26% with income under $30,000.The same is true for educational attainment: 65% of college graduates have gotten a fraud notification, compared with 49% who attended some college and 25% who have a high school education or less. continue reading »last_img read more

Ashley can reach the top but must make changes, says Charles

first_imgTrainer Don Charles insists Ashley Theophane remains on course for a world title shot but needs to make changes – which could mean the Kilburn man spends less time in the United States.Theophane recently lost the British light-welterweight title in a shock points defeat against Darren Hamilton in Liverpool, where a third successful defence would have seen him secure the coveted Londsale belt outright.Charles, who also trains heavyweight Dereck Chisora, believes Theophane did enough to win that contest but his cautious approach did not go down well with the judges.And he puts that approach down to the fact that the 31-year-old has been based largely in New York.“Ashley was already on the verge of world level and he was offered a world title eliminator. Because he’s stubborn, he wanted to win the British title outright,” Charles told West London Sport.“I believe he won the fight by at least two rounds. But Ashley’s body language – he didn’t box like a champion – I think influenced the judges“He needed to put his foot on the pedal at points during that fight and didn’t do that. Over there (in the US) maybe the pace is slower, so he’s inherited bad habits.“I only put the finishing touches. He trains in America and then when he comes here he’s with me for four or five weeks.“We’re actually having a meeting about this. For him to go to the next level, we need to do things a little bit differently.“His attitude and his approach to fights will have to change. He trains like no-one else I know and is so fit, but he needs to change gears during the fight.”See also: Hatton: Theophane deserves world title shotFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Health meets recreation in a trend that sees gyms giving way to lifestyle centres

first_imgHigh on life: Dancing to Bollywood songs is the zingy way to reduce inchesFor a dank, sweaty place stacked randomly with treadmills, cross trainers and weights, the gym of the early 1990s was an unlikely hotspot for the emerging breed of the health-conscious yuppie.But with the craze showing scant signs,High on life: Dancing to Bollywood songs is the zingy way to reduce inchesFor a dank, sweaty place stacked randomly with treadmills, cross trainers and weights, the gym of the early 1990s was an unlikely hotspot for the emerging breed of the health-conscious yuppie.But with the craze showing scant signs of dying out, the health centres were forced into a facelift – sauna, massage and steam rooms. Even jacuzzis were crammed in to stretch the salubrious experience.It was an expansion that never stalled. In a transition that has edged out its predecessor much like an extinct species, today’s gym is embellished with a flurry of accoutrements designed to lure the laziest of gym rats. So after the workout, one can have a shampoo, blow dry or a hair cut, sip a decaf with wholegrain muffins in the cafe, chill out in the spa, get an oxygen hit, even buy a few paintings while leaving. Gym rat? More like a pampered poodle.Take Moksh in south Mumbai. A beauty salon, cafe, an exercise studio and a spa all rolled into one in 11,000 sq ft of space, it shies away from being the quintessential gym. It also offers pre-film screenings and displays affordable art by famous Indian painters for its members, besides ante-natal and post-natal exercise classes, salsa, Art of Living, yoga and jazz ballet. For those who want an energy boost, there is an oxygen bar.De-stress zone: Relaxing at Moksh in Mumbai can mean time spent at the oxygen bar as much as at yoga, salsa or jazz ballet classesThe new recreation-cum-fitness urge is making gym owners across the metros sit up and herald changes. In cities where distances limit recreation, it is becoming a fad among entrepreneurs to throw in that extra something to attract the fitness-conscious and the uninitiated.Says Swati Bhargava, sales and marketing team, Jay Wellness Centre (JWC) in Kailash Colony, Delhi: “These are no longer just gyms. They are lifestyle centres that address your needs round the clock, operating on flexi-time.” Which means you can walk in for a workout, a breakfast, even a visit to the doctor any time of the day.advertisementIt’s clearly an idea whose time has come. Darshana Gupta, 45, gets restless if she can’t squeeze in her workout every three days, but till only eight months ago, the housewife, unlike most fitness buffs, had not set foot inside a gym. Today, she’s dancing the salsa and shimmying to the latest Bollywood tracks in her Filmy Fit class in order to reduce. She is one of the 3,000 members at Exert, Mumbai, which houses a spa, a salon and a cafe, Injest, under the same roof.Says Anuradha Yusuf, proprietor of Exert: “There is a lot of spillover. Members like to indulge themselves after a workout with a spa package. They also spend time buying sports accessories from the pro shop as much as they enjoy sipping coffee in the cafe.” Gupta, who spends 10-15 hours a week at Exert, says, “I come to the gym to exercise to the Hindi film songs and practise my salsa moves.” She chose from a variety of speciality classes like kickboxing, tae bo, taekwando, kung fu, spinning and power punch on offer in her gym.Health drink: Coffee after a workout is a cool way to unwind at Inch by Inch, MumbaiIn Delhi, 26-year-old businessman Ravish Kapoor spends a good part of his mornings at the JWC, “a gym five minutes from my workplace”. So practically every weekday, Kapoor carries his work clothes and shaving kit to the gym for dressing up after the workout. “I have moved my bathroom in here,” he jests. The centre is conveniently equipped with a salon, sauna, jacuzzi, health cafe, even an underwater gym.The routine also gives him time to catch up with his “buddies” who are also members. To cater to surging desire to be fit more and more gyms and health centres are propping up. So, Inch by Inch – The Body Temple on Mumbai’s Marine Drive has a low-cal cafe with several extra services thrown in, while Qiuses Dynamix, an exercise studio, to offer classes ranging from kickboxing to taekwando. A swimming pool on its multilevel gym for aqua aerobics is the latest lure offered by Zaf in Mumbai, and 02 in Chennai, which started with a gym and a dance floor last year, now has two exercise and dance studios, a health bar and a gallery for art shows.The mushrooming of fitness centres has given rise to a new trend – gym hopping. For Mumbaikar Zarina Mittal, 31, who has changed three gyms in the past nine months, being seen at the latest fitness destination is also an ego massage. “The gym you go to is a style statement. So at Moksh, I am not just exercising but also gossiping, going on shopping sprees, partying at the in-house restaurant and going out with friends formed here.”advertisementSuch luxury does not come cheap. The annual membership at Moksh varies from Rs 30,000 to Rs 60,000 depending on peak/non-peak hours, with free sessions at the oxygen bar and discounts thrown in. The rates are similar at the JWC, and membership includes yoga, aerobics, aqua aerobics classes and “recreational events”. But as Kapoor says, it helps relieve stress and more important, it’s fun. Which seems to be the latest credo fitness centres are living by.-with Methil Renuka in Delhi and Arun Ram in Chennailast_img read more