Call for leniency for Muntadar al-Zaidi after shoe throwing protest

first_img Follow the news on Iraq Help by sharing this information RSF_en Reporters Without Borders today called for the release of Iraqi journalist Muntadar al-Zaidi, of al-Bagdhadia television arrested after hurling his shoes at George W Bush at a Baghdad press conference during a surprise visit by the US president on 14 December 2008.“We obviously regret that the journalist used this method of protest against the politics of the American president”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “But for humanitarian reasons and to ease tension, we call for the release of Muntadar al-Zaidi who has been held by the Iraqi authorities for two days.”“Given the controversy surrounding this incident, we urge the Iraqi security services to guarantee the physical wellbeing of this journalist, who was clearly injured during his arrest”, it added.“While we do not approve of this kind of behaviour as a means of expressing an opinion or convictions, the relaxed way in which George W Bush spoke about the incident afterwards, should give the Iraqi authorities all the more reason to show leniency”, the organisation concluded.Head of operations at the interior ministry, Abdel Karim Khalaf, told Reporters Without Borders that Muntadar al-Zaidi had been caught red handed and that he faced proceedings under Articles 223, 225 and 227 of the Iraqi criminal code. The journalist could be sentenced to up to seven years in prison for “insulting a foreign head of state”. Muntadar al-Zaidi is being examined by judges in connection with the investigation. Abdel Karim Khalaf said the he had not been subjected to any ill-treatment before concluding, “A journalist’s only weapons are words”. IraqMiddle East – North Africa Muntadar al-Zaidi achieved instant notoriety as a result of his gesture seen on television screens around the world. News “We obviously regret that the journalist used this method of protest against the politics of the American president”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “But for humanitarian reasons and to ease tension, we call for the release of Muntadar al-Zaidi who has been held by the Iraqi authorities for two days. IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Organisation Newscenter_img December 28, 2020 Find out more Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” News February 15, 2021 Find out more Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan News December 16, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for leniency for Muntadar al-Zaidi after shoe throwing protest Receive email alerts to go further December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Cake and biscuits market in slow growth, but future positive

first_imgThe biscuit and cake market has seen a “subdued” growth, threatened by home baking and competition between confectionery, health foods and ice cream products.According to Biscuits & Cakes, a market report by intelligence provider KeyNote, the total market value grew by 1.8% in 2014.As a result, to remain competitive the report said cake and biscuit manufacturers have had to sacrifice profitability in order to invest in new product developments, marketing campaigns and promotional activity.Despite this minor growth, the report also forecasts that the total UK biscuits and cakes market will exhibit value growth of 9.3% between 2015 and 2019.It said key drivers in the market were price, convenience and health — with Belvita’s launch of breakfast biscuits in 2010 cited as the most significant innovation of the last five years for the market. In 2014, the healthier biscuits subsector was estimated to be worth £612m, representing value growth of 2.5% from 2013.In the next few years the report predicts that the demand for premium biscuits and cakes will rise, contributing to value growth.It also said it would expect a growth in brand crossovers. The report stated: “The growing number of product crossovers is increasingly blurring the lines between established markets in the UK marketplace. As market saturation becomes worse, this trend is expected to develop as manufacturers look to maintain a steady launch of NPDs.“In January 2015, Mondelēz launched Dairy Milk Oat Crunch — a chocolate and biscuit combination targeted as an elevenses snack — following the 2014 launch of its Dairy Milk with Ritz and Dairy Milk with LU crossovers. These products are enhancing the choice of products at retail, exacerbating the complexity of consumer decisions at PoS.”last_img read more

The Tax Administration is moving to oversee fiscalization in the accommodation service sector

first_imgALL INSPECTIONS IN TOURISM ARE UNITED. FROM NOW ON, TOURIST INSPECTORS WILL BE ABLE TO ENTER UNREGISTERED FACILITIES  BUSINESS CONDITIONS SUPERVISED BY THE TOURIST INSPECTION AND THE PRINCIPLE OF OPPORTUNITY RELATED NEWS: – N 77.11 – Renting and leasing of cars and light motor vehicles i   – I 55.10 – Hotels and similar accommodation ( hotels, hotel resorts, apartment hotels, motels) Supervisory activities will include taxpayers who perform the activity:   – C 10.7 – Manufacture of bakery and confectionery products,      Tax and Customs Administration in the period from 23 to 29.5.2019 May XNUMX. will carry out fiscalization inspections on the entire territory of the Republic of Croatia with the aim of preventing the gray economy and protecting the State Budget and taxpayers who duly fulfill their tax obligations.  THE STATE INSPECTORATE STARTED WORKING last_img read more

Israel, UAE discuss deeper cooperation against COVID-19

first_imgThe health ministers of Israel and the United Arab Emirates spoke by telephone Monday to discuss cooperation in the fight against the novel coronavirus, Emirati state media reported.The call between Emirati minister Abdul Rahman Al-Owais and his Israeli counterpart Yuli Edelstein came after the announcement on August 13 that the two nations would normalize ties in a historic US-backed deal.The two ministers discussed ways to “strengthen cooperation in the medical field” related to the pandemic, the official Emirati agency WAM reported.  Topics : And earlier this month, the UAE’s APEX National Investment and Israel’s TeraGroup signed an agreement to jointly develop research and studies on the novel coronavirus, WAM reported.center_img They spoke about possible scientific and medical partnerships including vaccine trials and treatments as well as a possible exchange of delegations, it said.Even before their move to normalize ties, which makes the Gulf state only the third Arab country to seek to establish full diplomatic ties with Israel, firms from both countries had agreed to collaborate against the respiratory disease.Two Israeli defense companies signed a deal with an Emirati company in July to develop a non-invasive coronavirus screening test which could produce results in minutes.State-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the country’s largest aerospace and defense firm, as well as the government’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, last month signed the memorandum of understanding with Abu Dhabi-based technology company Group 42.last_img read more