Receive email alerts April 27, 2016 – Updated on August 19, 2016 RSF Sweden awards press freedom prize to Syrian group “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently” This year’s Press Freedom Prize from the the Swedish section of Reporters Without Borders is awarded to the Syrian group of citizen journalists Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently. The group provides one of the very few independent voices from within IS controlled territory in northern Syria. Several members of the group have lost their life to get information out to the public. March 12, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS) is awarded RSF Sweden’s Press Freedom Prize for “their courage to keep reporting, huge personal risks, from a conflict with an almost total information blackout”. Syria has become the world’s deadliest country for journalists. Professional and citizen-journalists alike are now caught between the various parties to the conflict – both the regime and its allies and the various armed opposition groups including the Kurds and Jihadi fighters such as Islamic State. RBSS was created in 2014 as the Islamic State (IS) invaded Raqqa and proclaimed it to be the capital of their Caliphate. At the time the group consisted of 17 anonymous members. They gathered information from within the hermetically isolated city and smuggled it out of the country. RBSS is still one of the few independent sources of information from within IS controlled territory. “There’s almost a complete lack of independent information from areas controlled by the Islamic State. Almost everything is propaganda. RBSS’s work is crucial to understand the situation and the personal risks they take is hard to overestimate to bring stories out of the warn-torn country”, says Jonathan Lundqvist, President of RSF Sweden.RSF Sweden has awarded an annual Press Freedom Prize since 2003. Previous recipients of the award include Dawit Isaak, Martin Adler, Anna Politkovskaya and Malahat Nasibova.Syria is ranked as number 177 of 180 countries surveyed in Reporters Without Borders’ Press Freedom Index, updated as late as last week.Award Ceremony in Stockholm, May 3 2016.The RSF Sweden Press Freedom Price will be awarded to Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently at a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden on the World Press Freedom Day, May 3.Sarmad Al Jilane from RBSS will be present to accept the award on the group’s behalf. Journalists Khaled Alesmael, Bitte Hammargren and Hanin Shakrah will be in a panel to discuss recent developments in Syria.Date and time: Wed, May 3, 2016, 5 – 6:30 pmVenue: Kulturhuset Statsteatern, Sergels torg, StockholmContact detailsJonathan LundqvistPresident, RSF [email protected]+46 70 551 21 50 Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law Help by sharing this information News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Events RSF PrizeCitizen-journalistsInternet Follow the news on Syria March 8, 2021 Find out more to go further News Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Organisation News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Events RSF PrizeCitizen-journalistsInternet Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists February 3, 2021 Find out more
Food manufacturer Bakkavor is to close its pasta production site at Scunthorpe. The plant will close on May 30.The decision comes after a 90-day consultation period, and affects 107 staff. A spokesman for the company said “the business is fully committed to doing everything possible to minimise its impact. “Bakkavor is working closely with the affected employees, focusing on finding them alternative roles at its other sites or with other employers in the region”.Bakkavor is an international food manufacturing company, which makes food for both hot and cold consumption, including pizza and speciality breads. Last month, it bought Italian pizza company Italpizza.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Billy Joel performing in Jacksonville, Fla. in 2007.The Piano Man is going to be in a permanent New York State of Mind.Billy Joel announced Tuesday that he will be performing monthly concerts at the newly renovated Madison Square Garden starting in January for as long as there is demand.“Playing The Garden is an experience that never gets old,” the singer/songwriter from Long Island told reporters during a news conference while reminiscing about first stepping on stage there 35 years ago. “If you have a great audience you usually have a better show.”The partnership with the venue, dubbed Billy Joel at The Garden, was termed MSG’s fourth franchise after the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty professional sports teams.Joel, who performed a total of 46 shows at MSG, including a run of 12 in 2006, recently played a surprise charity concert at The Paramount in Huntington before he announced he’ll play The Barclays Center in Brooklyn on New Year’s Eve.He had previously announced four upcoming dates at MSG: Jan. 27, Feb. 3, March 21 and April 18. MSG officials said Tuesday that he’ll also perform at the venue on May 9, his 65th birthday, with future monthly performance dates to be announced.“Billy, having you as our music franchise feels a little bit like having the pope as your parish priest,” said James Dolan, executive chairman of The Madison Square Garden Company and CEO of Cablevision Systems Corp. “We look forward to so many unforgettable nights next year and beyond.”Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who was also on hand for the announcement, noted that Joel—best known for hits such as “The Ballad of Billy the Kid,” “Only the Good Die Young” and “Movin’ Out,” which was turned into a Broadway musical—will be honored by President Obama this weekend at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.“Billy tells the New York story because Billy is the New York story,” Cuomo said. “Billy Joel is truly one of New York State’s great treasurers.”Ticket prices range from $64 to $124, according to the Ticketmaster website.
Mobile payments are on the rise, with Millennials and men leading the pack. According to a recent survey of 1,000 U.S. adults by point of sale systems manufacturer Harbortouch, Millennials make up the highest percentage of mobile payment users, with 42 percent falling into that demographic. In addition, men are two times more likely to use some form of mobile payment than women.Interestingly, one in four people named the restaurant industry (out of a choice of seven total industries) as the most likely to see widespread mobile payments adoption in the near future.“One of the more interesting findings we uncovered from our survey is the growing desire for consumers to use mobile payment technology at restaurants,” Harbortouch CEO Jared Isaacman said in a press release. “Currently, most mobile payment transactions happen in retail environments. There is now a unique opportunity for restaurants to gain a competitive advantage by making mobile payments part of the dining experience.”Of those respondents not currently using mobile payments in restaurants, 20 percent cited problems with logistics as the reason. Specifically, one in five said issues such as waiting for servers to retrieve the bill and figuring out how to calculate a tip had hindered their mobile pay experience. Well-designed mobile payment apps have the potential to eliminate these irritations. continue reading » 69SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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