February 14, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders and Arab Commission for Human Rights stage conference in Paris to try to restore dialogue in Mohammed cartoons crisis to go further FranceEurope – Central Asia Organisation June 4, 2021 Find out more News FranceEurope – Central Asia News Follow the news on France Related documents Download the account of the proceedingsPDF – 184.64 KB Receive email alerts Fifteen speakers (including journalists, philosophers, writers, religious officials, a lawyer and a diplomat) called for talks and a calmer approach and urged an end to the violent reactions to the printing of the cartoons. An account of the proceedings is available. Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Reporters Without Borders, the Arab Commission for Human Rights and five other rights groups (the European Islamic Conference, Justitia Universalis, the Rencontre culturelle euro-arabe, Voix Libre and the Association of Human Rights Defenders) organised a conference in Paris on 9 February in an effort to restart a dialogue over publication of cartoons of the prophet Mohammed and find a way out of the violence this has caused.Fifteen speakers (including journalists, philosophers, writers, religious officials, a lawyer and a diplomat) called for talks and a calmer approach and urged an end to the violent reactions to the printing of the cartoons.Several spoke about what publishing the cartoons meant while others said freedom of expression must go hand-in-hand with respect for religious beliefs. RSF_en “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says The conference was chaired by Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard and Haytham Mana, spokesman for the Arab Commission for Human Rights.An account of the proceedings will be posted on the Reporters Without Borders website.Those taking part:- Régis Debray, French philosopher.- Mohamed Bechari, president of the French National Muslim Federation and vice-president of the French Muslim Council.- Odon Vallet, French historian, doctor of religious sciences, author of the Petit lexique des guerres de religion d’hier et aujourd’hui (Editions Albin Michel).- Nawaf Naman, from the Kuwaiti embassy in France.- Soheib Bencheikh, researcher in Islamic science and former mufti of Marseilles.- René Petillon, cartoonist on the French satirical paper Le Canard enchaîné.- Lakhdar Belaïd, journalist from the French daily France-Soir.- Arnaud Lévy, editor of France-Soir.- Axel Krause (USA), secretary-general of the Anglo-American Press Association of Paris.- Denis Garreau, a lawyer with the French Conseil d’Etat and the Cour de cassation (supreme court).- Rachid Benzine (Morocco), Islamic expert and writer, and author of Nouveaux penseurs de l’islam (Editions Albin Michel).- Moncef Marzouki (Tunisia), – Abbas Aroua (Algeria), writer and academic.- Marek Halter, French writer.- Noel Copin, former managing editor of the French Catholic daily La Croix Some said a similar conference should be held in the Middle East to try to come up with practical suggestions to end the crisis. Reporters Without Borders pointed out that the crisis had led to increased attacks on press freedom, including two journalists imprisoned in Jordan, one in danger of prison in Yemen and three sacked from their jobs in Algeria. A newspaper in Morocco was also being investigated. News May 10, 2021 Find out more News RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more
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GREGORY DIXON/Herald photoAfter an up-and-down regular season, the No. 5 Wisconsin women?s hockey team is excited for the start of the WCHA Playoffs. The Badgers suffered through a seven-game stretch earlier in the season when they went 1-5-1, but ended the year going 14-1-1 in their last 16 games.?One thing we have stressed to them is whether you have had a good season or a bad season, it is a fresh start,? head coach Mark Johnson said. ?Everybody is at the starting gates again, everybody?s record is identical, and everybody gets the opportunity to make a statement. We keep telling them that we need to be ready to go.?The third-seed Badgers will kick off their WCHA playoff title defense by hosting the sixth-seeded Minnesota State. UW had a lot of success this year against MSU, winning all four games and outscoring the Mavericks 15-6. The Badgers, however, are not taking the Mavericks lightly.?We try to not look ahead, no matter who we are playing,? goaltender Jessie Vetter said. ?Mankato is a very solid team, and they always play well against us. It is definitely not going to be an easy run to get past Mankato.?On offense this year, the Badgers? magic number has been three. UW has won every game when they have scored three or more goals, and they have lost or tied every game when they have scored two or less.?We have to try and win the 50-50 battles,? freshman Hilary Knight said. ?It is all about gathering the rebounds and just keep attacking.??We are obviously a good team defensively,? Johnson added. ?Therefore, if we can get three, four or five goals, we have a good chance of winning. The key for us is to be consistent, which we have been for most of the second half of the season.?The Badgers defense ? ranked No. 1 in the WCHA in goals allowed ? has been outstanding all season and must continue to excel if UW hopes to capture another WCHA title.?The main thing is we need to control the rebounds and not give the opponent second looks,? Vetter said. ?As long as I can make the first save, and then your ?D? helps you out with the second, you are going to be pretty successful.?While most of the team has playoff experience ? UW has won the past two National Championships ? the freshmen that the Badgers count on will be experiencing playoff hockey for the first time.?We are all nervous, but we are also excited,? Knight said of the freshmen class. ?The playoffs are what we work for, and our team has had success the past few years, so we want to try and keep that going.??Naturally, the freshmen are going to be nervous,? Johnson added. ?But that is what the captains and the veteran leaders are there for. The upperclassmen will have to help calm them down and get them ready for the game, but I am not too worried about it.?After finishing the season on a strong run, UW is going to try and maintain that momentum in the playoffs.?We are not reinventing the wheel now,? Johnson said. ?In the playoffs, you have to try and do all the things that you practiced during the year. Earlier in the year, we were a bit inconsistent, but now that our youth have had a full season of experience under them, we expect to compete very well.?
Barcelona captain Lionel Messi named FIFA’s The Bestby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona captain Lionel Messi has been named FIFA’s The Best Player of the Year.He beat Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk to the crown.Betting odds had Van Dijk as the favourite after winning the Champions League, but the Argentine rose above the Liverpool defender after finishing second in the first two years of the award, while he didn’t even reach a podium finish last year.”I want to thank everyone who decided to give me this recognition,” Messi said as he collected his trophy.”For me, individual awards are secondary and the collective comes first.”But today is a special day for me.”I have my wife and children here, and it’s the first time they’ve come.”Having them here to enjoy this is priceless.”They love football and they’re watching everyone around them shyly.”Messi dominated for Barcelona last season.Now, he’s favourite to go on and win the Ballon d’Or, as happened with Ronaldo twice and Luka Modric in 2018. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TORONTO – Canada’s main stock index closed lower Friday, but off its lows for the day, after markets reassessed U.S. President Donald Trump’s latest statements about imposing stiff tariffs on steel and aluminum.A global sell-off in stocks that began Thursday came back around to North America in morning trading after the president doubled down against growing backlash, saying “trade wars are good.”If a trade war does indeed break out, it could threaten a strengthening global economy, but investors seemed to question how far Trump will end up going throughout afternoon trading.The S&P/TSX composite index finished down 9.36 points to 15,384.59, led by losses in the base metals and energy sectors.South of the border, U.S. stocks worked their way back from much steeper losses, finishing Friday mixed.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 70.92 points to 24,538.06. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 index was up 13.58 points to 2,691.25 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 77.31 points to 7,257.87.Trump told industry executives Thursday he plans to impose a tariff of 25 per cent on imported steel and 10 per cent on aluminum, sparking fears of escalating retaliation between countries. While China shrugged of the proposed tariffs, the president of the European Union’s governing body suggested possible tariffs on blue jeans and motorcycles.“But unless there’s a follow through from trading partners in terms of retaliatory issues I don’t think it’s going to be that big an issue for the markets or the economy in general,” said Noman Ali, a portfolio manager with Manulife Asset Management.“It’s really a limited impact in some small, specific industries.”In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at 77.57 cents US, down 0.24 of a U.S. cent.On the commodities front, the May copper contract was unchanged to US$3.12 a pound and the April gold contract was up US$18.20 to US$1,323.40 an ounce. Bullion usually rises when investors are feeling more nervous about inflation and the economy.The April crude contract was up 26 cents to US$61.25 per barrel and the April natural gas contract was unchanged at US$2.70 per mmBTU.— With a file from The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Jared Kushner’s family company plans to buy another property in a New Jersey beach town where developers can get big tax breaks thanks to a new federal program pushed by Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump.Long Branch Business Administrator George Jackson says Kushner Cos. is negotiating to buy in the Lower Broadway section of Long Branch, New Jersey. The property is in one of thousands of Opportunity Zones that the federal government approved earlier this year offering tax breaks to entice investment in high poverty areas.It would be the fourth Kushner purchase in an Opportunity Zone in Long Branch since the program was included in last year’s tax overhaul law. Ethics expert say Kushner’s push for the program in Washington raises conflicts of interest issues.Bernard Condon, The Associated Press
BENGALURU: App-based cab aggregator Ola cannot run taxis and autos in Karnataka for the next six months, the state transport department has said in a notification. The licence has been suspended for “operating bike taxis” without permission, which were already banned in the state since the last one year. “Karnataka transport department has suspended the license of Ola Cabs across the state for six months. Licence has been cancelled for operating bike taxis without permission and not replying to the notices of transport department,” the transport department said in the notice issued in Kannadda on March 18. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The notification came to the light today as the cab-aggregator issued a statement on the suspension of license saying it is “evaluating the options to find an amicable solution wherein hundreds of thousands of driver-partners in the state of Karnataka can continue to work and serve the mobility needs of our citizens.” In January, Ola started running bike taxis in certain pockets of Bengaluru – but the cab aggregator says this was purely a “beta pilot” project in a bid to gather data for when the state’s policy allowed bike taxis. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KA showcause notice was then issued by the state to which Ola responded, requesting permission for a four-month pilot project. Ola said the services were by stopped February-end. Right now, there is no two-wheeler taxi policy in Karnataka. Calling the notification “unfortunate”, the company today said it is working closely with the authorities on the issue. “Ola is a law-abiding company that has always worked with the Government to develop livelihoods, improve mobility, and enable a new technology industry,” the statement read. “Despite other companies continuing to operate illegally, Ola halted our bike taxi experiment weeks ago, instead seeking the state’s cooperation to develop a legal framework for a pilot that will continue to take advantage of emerging opportunities in the mobility economy,” it said.
Kolkata: Lok Sabha candidates in West Bengal’s Birbhum district are seeking to exploit all modes of transport to attract attention. While one candidate chose bullock cart, another decided to drive an e-rickshaw. Actor-turned-politician Satabdi Roy, seeking to retain the Birbhum Lok Sabha seat she had won for the Trinamool Congress in 2009 and 2014, was seen riding an e-rickshaw all by herself while campaigning in villages of the Rampurhaat locality. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Roy, clad in a pink saree and donning sunglasses, also participated in a tribal dance with the women folk of the locality. Not to be outdone, her Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rival Dudh Kumar Mondal rode a bullock cart to interact with the people of another Panchayat area. The Birbhum constituency will go to polls on April 29 in the fourth of the seven-phased Lok Sabha election in the state.
Shillong: The Meghalaya government has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court stating that the families of the victims, who were trapped inside a coal mine in December and are untraced till now, have consented to call off search operations, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said Thursday.On the morning of December 13, a group of 16 miners went missing after water from Lytein river gushed into an illegal rat-hole coal mine in Lumthari village of East Jaintia Hills district in the state. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghOnly two bodies have been retrieved so far in the five-month-long search operation by teams of various agencies, including the NDRF, the Indian Navy and the Army. On January 28, the apex court had asked the Centre and the Meghalaya government to continue their multi-agency operations to trace the miners. “We have filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court informing that the family members of the miners have given their consent to call off the search and rescue operations. We are waiting for directions from the Supreme Court on the matter,” Tynsong said. In the affidavit, the government has attached the written consent received from the family members of the miners, he said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadDistrict Deputy Commissioner of East Jaintia Hills F M Dopth had submitted the letters to the state government on April 16, citing that the operation be called off as there had been no tangible result. Dopth, on his part, clarified that there was no reduction in the water level in the main shaft, where the miners were trapped, even after discharge of several crore litres of water. Until Tuesday, submersible pumps were engaged in flushing out water from the 370-foot-deep mine, which is interconnected with eight other abandoned mines, he said. “The operations came to a halt yesterday (Wednesday) as the Lytein river is in spate following incessant rainfall in the region,” the official explained. Last month, an interim relief package of Rs 3 lakh was paid to the miners’ family members, who claimed that the amount was too meagre for their sustenance.
New Delhi: The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has written to all chief secretaries including Delhi to take all possible measures to stop child marriages on Akshaya Tritiya.A letter which was written by NCPCR member Yashwant Jain said that the commission has observed that Akshaya Tritiya or Akha Teej is being celebrated in various parts of India as a day of good fortune to establish new businesses, new partnerships and new marriages. “Solemnization of child marriages and mass marriages on a large scale has been common practice in past years. Despite the fact that laws are in place, child marriages are being solemnized which is a matter of concern. This year Akshaya Tritiya or Akha Teej will be celebrated on 7 May 2019,” reads the letter. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesIt further said, “You must be aware that the PCMA 2006 seeks to prevent child marriages by making certain actions punishable and by appointing certain authorities responsible for the prevention and prohibition of child marriages. These persons are responsible for ensuring that the law is implemented. It is also the responsibility to the community to make use of the law.” It further added that CMPOs are to be appointed in every state to prevent child marriages, ensure the protection of the victims as well as prosecution of the offenders. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe letter revealed that the Commission is an apex body in the field of Child Rights and in accordance with its functions as mentioned in Section 13 (1) (a) of the CPCR Act 2005 requests you to direct all District Magistrates or Collectors, Deputy Inspectors General or Superintendents of Police, Sarpanches, Civil Society Organizations, Child Marriage Prevention Officers and Child Welfare Committee in the states/ union territories to take proactive steps and preventive measures to stop child marriages. The State Women Commissions and State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCRs) may also be requested to remain vigilant to prevent child marriages.