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UN special rapporteur urged to visit Lebanon

first_imgNews December 22, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 UN special rapporteur urged to visit Lebanon Receive email alerts January 14, 2021 Find out more News LebanonMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders wrote today to Ambeyi Ligabo, the UN special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, asking him to go to Lebanon with a view to creating “a special international commission of enquiry into all the bombings that have targeted politicians and journalists.”The organisation also urged Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora to issue an official invitation to Ligabo, stressing that a visit by the special rapporteur “would send a strong signal of the international community’s commitment to do everything possible to rein in this series of killings in which journalists have been among the targets.”Voicing “deep concern about the growing number of targeted attacks on the press since the start of this year,” Reporters Without Borders said it wanted to draw the international community’s attention to the plight of Lebanon’s journalists, who have to endure terrible security conditions. The organisation added that there was reason to fear that more journalists could be the victims of violence in the very near future.The most recent victim was Gebran Tueni, the CEO of the Arabic-language daily An-Nahar and a parliamentary representative for Beirut, who was killed by a car-bomb on 12 December. His murder, on the eve of the publication of a new interim report by the international commission of enquiry headed by Detlev Mehlis, was a flagrant provocation to the United Nations. Samir Kassir, a columnist for An-Nahar, was killed by a car-bomb on 2 June. Both were well-known and respected journalists who knew they were under threat ever since former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri’s assassination on 14 February.This year’s other prominent press victim was May Chidiac, the star presenter of the Lebanese Broadcasting Corp (LBC), whose car blew up on 25 September in northeastern Beirut, resulting in her losing a leg and a hand, and “reinforcing the climate of terror for journalists now working in Lebanon,” Reporters Without Borders added. RSF_en Lebanese journalist found shot dead in car Organisation News Help by sharing this information February 4, 2021 Find out more Lebanon : Violence against reporters becoming more frequent in Lebanon LebanonMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders wrote today to Ambeyi Ligabo, the UN special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, asking him to go to Lebanon with a view to creating “a special international commission of enquiry into all the bombings that have targeted politicians and journalists.” November 11, 2020 Find out more News Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Follow the news on Lebanon to go furtherlast_img read more

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first_imgInspection and certification provider SAI Global/EFSIS is now able to carry out assessments against the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard. The standard looks at every aspect of how a company’s operations affect the environment, from waste management to its carbon footprint. Inspections can be carried out in conjunction with recognised food, national and proprietary standards.Master bakers have suspended all bread baking in Nigeria for a week, with effect from today, in protest at the frequent hikes in the cost of flour. Bakers were also told to increase the cost of a standard bread loaf by 20 naira (8p) when they resume work after the strike.Two-thirds of 512 UK senior managers quizzed in a nationwide survey believe that lack of management skills was the chief factor responsible for workplace bullying. The research, released by the Ban Bullying At Work campaign, was compiled in conjunction with the Chartered Management Institute.Bagel sales have jumped by 24.5% in the past year and are worth £43.8m a year, according to figures released by leading UK bagel manufacturer Mr Bagels. The Food Doctor bagel brand has also recorded value sales up 12.4% year-on-year.The results of a Home Grown Cereals Authority (HGCA) study into improving efficiency and profits in the cereal industry will be published this autumn. The study was conducted by HGCA over three years in conjunction with the Food Chain Centre and other organisations.last_img read more

USC looks to stay hot against Anteaters

first_imgComing off an uneven effort against No. 7 Loyola Marymount, the No. 2 USC women’s water polo team will visit No. 11 UC Irvine for a non-conference matchup.Despite the decisive 9-2 victory last weekend, the Women of Troy (5-1, 0-0) struggled in the first half, only leading 3-2 before the break.The Anteaters (5-3, 0-0) — like most opponents the team will face — are underdogs in this matchup, which is not to say that won’t pose a challenge to the Women of Troy.The Women of Troy hold a 13-6 all-time record against their former Mountain Sports Pacific Conference rivals. The Anteaters feature senior Kat Plummer, who earned the Big West Player of the Week honors for her five goals in the teams last two games. The Anteaters are a well balanced team led by Caitlin Haskell on offense who has 13 goals on the season, while featuring a duo of goalies that have helped the Anteaters to a winning record.Standout USC goalkeeper senior Tumua Anae reflected on the team’s sluggish start against LMU and how she and her teammates plan to prepare for this game.“Against LMU, we didn’t have the proper mind-set and focus,” Anae said. “On Saturday, from the moment we wake up until the game ends, we need to focus.”Anae also stressed the pregame stretch and meeting as times to block out any extraneous thoughts.While on paper the Women of Troy are heavily favored to win the game, they know better than to assume victory. For most teams that have won games as convincingly as they have, it is natural to become complacent.“It’s easy to get excited for big [conference] games, but this game gives us an opportunity to focus on remembering our goal of winning a national championship,” Anae said.As the offense remains potent, the Women of Troy will turn their focus toward improving their defensive effort against the Anteaters.Better shot selection will also help them avoid another lackluster start. This game offers the team a glimpse at the venue of next weekend’s UC Irvine Invitational — the biggest tournament remaining before the postseason. The team hopes to continue its winning ways before facing one of its toughest challenges this season.last_img read more

Microsoft warns anti-doping organisations against Russian hackers

first_imgRussian hackers in a group known as Strontium are targeting sporting organisations and anti-doping authorities in the lead-up to the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, according to Microsoft.Strontium, also known as Party Bear or APT28, often uses false Microsoft domains to execute their attacks. They use methods such as spear-phishing, in which they send fake emails that appear to be from a trusted source. Password spraying [attempting to use multiple common passwords to infiltrate accounts], exploiting weaknesses in firmware and the spreading of malware have also been employed.“Some of these attacks were successful, but the majority were not,” Microsoft said. “Microsoft has notified all customers targeted in these attacks and has worked with those who have sought our help to secure compromised accounts or systems.” Cyberattacks, spanning 16 organisations in three continents, began September 16 after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced its consideration of a ban on Russian athletes from all major sporting events, the BBC reported. The ban could include the 2020 Olympic Games and the 2022 World Cup.Russia was caught in 2016 operating a doping program that manipulated the urine samples of its athletes. Those samples showed positive evidence of performance-enhancing drugs simply disappeared under what a WADA report called the “Disappearing Positive Methodology.” President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, called the program an “unprecedented attack on the integrity of sport and on the Olympic Games. After a three-year-long ban, Russia resubmitted new information about their athletes which the WADA found filled with inconsistencies.“There’s evidence this data has been deleted,” said Jonathan Taylor, chairman of WADA’s compliance panel.“This is hypothetical at the moment, but if the experts maintain their current view, then the compliance review committee will make a recommendation to send a notice to Rusada [the Russian Anti-Doping Agency] asserting ‘you’re non-compliant’ and proposing consequences.”Those consequences could include no participation in world championships, such as the Olympics, by Russian athletes. Russia also may not be allowed to host any major sporting events.“What exactly are these discrepancies and what are they related to?” asked Russia’s sports minister, Pavel Kolobkov. “Experts in digital technology from both sides are already in collaboration. For our part, we continue to provide all possible assistance.” Strontium’s previous hacking activities led to the indictment of seven people in 2018 for, among other things, “attempting to delegitimize the efforts of international anti-doping organizations and officials who had publicly exposed a Russian state-sponsored athlete doping program and to damage the reputations of athletes around the world by falsely claiming that such athletes were using banned or performance-enhancing drugs.”None of the accused were arrested.last_img read more