RSF_en IraqMiddle East – North Africa News October 15, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Iraqi reporter working for Washington Post shot dead in Baghdad News News Organisation Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the murder of Salih Saif Aldin, an Iraqi reporter employed by the Washington Post bureau in Baghdad. His death bring to 204 the number of journalists and media assistants killed in the course of their work in Iraq since the start of the US-led invasion in March 2003.“There is no letup in the violence on the ground and Iraqi journalists are continuing to pay dearly,” the press freedom organisation said. “Eighty-eight per cent of the media workers killed in Iraq in the past four years have been Iraqi. Those working for foreign news media are in even greater danger. With Saif Aldin, 10 in this category have been killed since the start of the year.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We call on the Iraqi authorities to carry out a thorough investigation and arrest those responsible for Saif Aldin’s murder. It took place in broad daylight in front of dozens of witnesses, so there is no good reason for it to go unpunished.”Saif Aldin was shot in the south Baghdad neighbourhood of Sadiyah. His newspaper said he had gone there to interview residents about violence between Shiites and Sunnis. His body was found in the street covered with newspapers. Police who went to the scene said he was shot at close range in what appeared to be an execution-style murder. He was killed by a single shot to the forehead.Aged 32, Saif Aldin had worked for the Washington Post since 2004. In today’s issue, the newspaper said he received threats in 2005, when he was working in his home town of Tikrit, and that as a result the newspaper transferred him to Baghdad. In 2006, a 35,000-euro bounty was said to have been placed on his head after he reported that officials in Tikrit had looted a former palace.At least 53 journalists and media assistants have been killed in Iraq since the start of the year. Ten of them worked for foreign news media (Radio Free Europe, Newsweek, ABC, APTN, Reuters, New York Times and Washington Post). Receive email alerts to go further December 28, 2020 Find out more News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” February 15, 2021 Find out more Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan IraqMiddle East – North Africa Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Follow the news on Iraq December 16, 2020 Find out more
Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 11 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena More Cool Stuff Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena-based Wallaby Financial, a leader in mobile and web-based credit card optimization solutions, has released version 4.1 of its flagship iPhone application that reminds iPhone users which credit card will save them the most money before they check out anything from a store.The new technology uses geo-location, financial data, time of day and other factors to determine when to alert people to savings opportunities, and when not to.The new feature has minimal battery impact and operates intelligently to use phone services only when needed. Users shopping at supermarkets or eating at restaurants may receive real-time alerts with a quick visual reminder about which card to use without ever launching the Wallaby app.“Wallaby users know that technology can help them save time and money, so we continuously integrate the latest functions into our application to make sure customers get the best possible deals,” Matthew Goldman, Wallaby Financial Founder and Chief Executive Officers, says about the new version.“Our new feature, ‘Ambient Alerts,’ provides more opportunities to save and rack up rewards, and since our application works seamlessly across mobile and wearable iOS devices, it helps users optimize credit card use at the point of sale.”Designed to help consumers maximize credit card rewards, the Wallaby app helps consumers choose the optimal card for each purchase to ensure that they get the most points, miles, cash back or other rewards.The app is powered by Card Base, Wallaby’s proprietary database of more than 2,800 credit card profiles. In use, it recognizes the user’s location and delivers an unbiased card recommendation for a given purchase.Wallaby version 4.1 for iOS and Wallaby for Apple Watch are available in the App Store and at www.walla.by/mobile. Community News Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website HerbeautyThis Is What Happens To Your Face After DermaplaningHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKeep Your Skin Flawless With These Indian Beauty RemediesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Make a comment Subscribe Top of the News Business: Retail News Pasadena-based App Maker Introduces New Credit Card Optimization Version for iPhone Users From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 | 11:34 am
TRINIDAD and Tobago clubs made a clean sweep of the 15th edition of the Diamond Mineral Water Hockey Festival that concluded on Sunday evening at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, which meant that they were able to gain revenge on their local counterparts, who had dealt them a similar hand in the finals of the 2018 festival.As if the 2019 finals were scripted, it again came down to a penalty shootout to dictate the male winners, but unlike the 14th edition, where the Pepsi Hikers had triumphed, this time it was the visiting Queen’s Park Cricket Club (QPCC), who would end with the championship trophy.Meanwhile, George United and QPCC registered wins in the finals of the female and Over-35 competitions respectively.QPCC also won the Over-35 title.George United withstood a spirited run by the GBTI GCC Tigers, while four goals from Raphael Govia and three from Jerazeno Bell spurred QPCC to a three-goal victory against Bounty GCC Vintage in the Over-35 battle.In the male final, QPCC were able to score three quick goals in the third period after both sides were scoreless at the half. The Hikers though batted back with Jamarj Assanah, Aroydy Branford and Andrew Stewart all finding the back of the net to leave the score tied at 3-3 by the end of regulation.It then came down to penalties, and QPCC made no mistakes to win 3-2.Earlier, QPCC had also won the Lucozade Over-35 final by an 11-8 margin, owing to an early dominance.Govia had scored twice, and Bell had scored one of his goals early to carry the visitors 4-0 ahead by the end of the first quarter. Although Kevin Spencer single-handedly led GCC’s comeback with a game high, six goals, five of which were consecutive, GCC could not match the firepower of their opponents.The ExxonMobil Women’s final was also an exciting clash as the local women battled back from four goals down, but again it was not enough as the clash ended 5-4 in favour of the T&T team.George United captured the female title.Brittney Hingh scored the opening goals for the winners, before captain Brianna Govia scored a pair and Savannah de Freitas sealed the win.For the GCC Tigers, Captain Sonia Jardine opened the scoring in the 28th minute, before Princessa Wilkie made it 2-5 in the 32nd minute. Although Marzana Fiedtkou and Gabriella Xavier also found the back of the net, time ran out on the Tigers’ run, which left the game at 5-4 in favour of the visitors.
Victor Ogunje in Ado EkitiThe Oluyemi Kayode Stadium in Ado Ekiti was yesterday erupted in protest, as Ekiti State athletes to the 2018 National Sports Festival showed open disapproval over alleged embezzlement of N7 million approved by the state government for the fiesta sports fiesta will kick off in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja tomorrow.The protesters pointedly accused the management of the state’s Sports Council of pocketing five million Naira made available by the state government and declared a paltry two million Naira as the only approved fund for the team to travel to Abuja for the festival. An athlete, who craved anonymity told journalists that the negotiations on the funds to be released between state government and the Sports Council have been on for some times now. “It started from N32 million to N19 million and they eventually agreedon N7 million but they are now telling us that only N2 million was approved by the state government for us to go for the NSF in Abuja.“We have been preparing for the sports festival which starts onThursday December 6, in Abuja since about three months ago. The athletes have been engaging in open camping all the while with most of us coming from across the 16 local government areas of the state,” the athlete further revealed.However, the General Manager of Ekiti State Sports Council, Deji Samo, accused the protesting athletes as being sponsored for personal interests.Samo dismissed the athletes’ allegations, saying: “We have sent our file to the governor. We are expecting his response.“It is when we get approval for fund that we will know how many of the athletes will go for the festival. We will like to go to the competitionwith our medal hopefuls. He however admitted that lack of funds necessitated the open camp the athletes were put through during the preparation for the NSF.“Because of funds, we had to put the athletes through open camp. They have been preparing. All I know is that we are going to the games inAbuja and we will make the state proud”. About 150 athletes were earlier scheduled to represent the state at sports festival but lack of proper funding could mean less than 30 athletes may end up representing the state in Abuja.“We have been to the Governor’s Office last week Friday and theyassured us that funds will be made available for our participation.“Going by the amount released, the athletes will have to make do withN3,000 per day for the 10-day event. Even the bus to convey the athletes toAbuja has not been repaired . All we want is for them to produce andshow us the document for the approval of the money, ” he added.Meanwhile, the state chapter of the Sports Writers Association ofNigeria (SWAN) will today hold its 2018 edition of the SWAN Cup competition.This year’s edition, tagged Prince Adeyemi Imperial Alabi SWAN Cupwhich will feature the game of Tennis will hold at the Tennis court ofthe Trade Fair Complex on Iyin Road in Ado Ekiti by 10:00am.Sports journalists from the various media establishments and NUJChapels in the state are to slug it out in the annual events withtrophy and cash prizes to be won.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Finally shaking off jet lag and practicing with his new teammates, Clarkson takes the GBK Basketball Hall floor as the focal point of the Nationals when they try to bring down the “Great Wall.”“Our main concern is their size,” coach Yeng Guiao told the Inquirer. “If we can control their size, then we have a big chance. If we can’t do that, sa kangkungan tayo pupulutin (we’ll end up in the dumps).”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’But Clarkson won’t be a do-it-all guy for Team PH.“What we want him to do is make the team better,” Guiao said. “He has able teammates who can support him. Paul Lee is playing exceptionally well, and you all saw what Stanley (Pringle) could do. With his intelligence [on the floor], JC can get everyone involved. And that’s what we’re looking for.” Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Strong PSC-LGU bond key to success Pringle scored 18 points on 6-for-9 shooting in a 96-59 victory over Kazakhstan on Thursday and together with Lee, Guiao believes Gilas has a formidable backcourt rotation that can cut down the hulking Chinese, who will be led by7-foot-1 Zhou Qi, a backup center for the Houston Rockets.Meanwhile, Guiao was appointed to coach the PH 5 for the next two games of the Fiba World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers next month. But Guiao told the Inquirer his focus is on China at the moment.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil JAKARTA—Jordan Clarkson will treat the Philippines-China tussle like he would any other game, but for the Filipinos, the anticipation is numbing.Clarkson finally gets his baptism of fire in international play at 5 p.m. on Tuesday (PH time) in the 18th Asian Games, and the way he will lead—and ultimately, carry the team—will more or less dictate the result of how far the Filipinos will go in the medal chase.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?
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SAN FRANCISCO–Charles Johnson, one of the principal owners of the San Francisco Giants, doesn’t keep up with the news.That’s the explanation Johnson’s attorney Joe Cotchett offered Monday when asked why Johnson and his wife Ann each donated the maximum $2,700 to the campaign of Cindy Hyde-Smith, a Republican U.S. Senator from Mississippi who has come under fire recently for expressing racist remarks.“I’m not so sure that Charlie reads the paper every day the way you and I read the paper,” …
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Kevin Williams is the senior director of experience strategy at Rockfish Digital, a division of VML that strategizes and develops cutting-edge technologies for brands such as Southwest Airlines, Kimberly-Clark, and Valvoline. A product strategist and user experience guru at heart, Kevin uses design thinking and tools like machine learning to help brands wow their customers. Prior to joining Rockfish in August 2015, Kevin served as a senior UX architect for AT&T and the UX manager for One Technologies. Never underestimate the fickleness of a tech enthusiast. Drop $100 on an Amazon Echo? No problem. Pay about half that for a smart lightbulb like LIFX Color? Not a chance.Frankly, price isn’t the reason only one in 10 households is connected via the Internet of Things. Rather, Gartner’s 2016 survey found that 75 percent of consumers are content to leave their recliners to manually adjust the thermostat or blinds. Give up Alexa? No way — Americans love their smart speakers, with 42 percent calling them “essential” for daily life. Yet they’re indifferent to the many IoT innovations that make smart speakers worthwhile.So what’s going on? Are Americans no longer dreaming of the Jetsons-esque future they once were? Or are tech firms simply struggling to get the word out about their IoT offerings?Well, considering that tech companies sink more of their revenues into marketing than those in any other sector, the issue isn’t consumer unawareness. In fact, it’s a trio of issues — clumsy integrations with the user’s life, lacking data security and privacy protections, and dubious value propositions — that can’t be solved simply by boosting budgets or buying ads. To up the adoption ante, IoT firms need to learn some important lessons in product design and consumer protection.Making IoT Adoption a No-Brainer, Not a MigrainePart of the reason Americans aren’t adopting IoT devices en masse is that IoT integrations take work. A “Star Trek”-worthy home simply isn’t a priority for a young mother chasing down sleep, no matter how much she loves technology.Instead of removing barriers for that mother — “eliminating the jump,” so to speak — most IoT companies expect her to wade through jargon, create new accounts, and fumble with supposedly cooperative interfaces. Part of this is inherent to IoT products, which must coordinate with other software or hardware, but the bottom line is that consumers crave simplicity.Unsurprisingly, the tech companies that make adoption easiest tend to be the ones with the most adopted products. Everyone uses Google products, for example, because they play so well together. When I ask Google Home to add events to my calendar, I love that it also pushes reminders to my phone or smartwatch. It’s seamless, smart, and hype-worthy.Expect IoT companies to become better at fueling the hype engine. Not only will they learn to master the “efficient handshake,” bringing easier-to-use products to market more efficiently, but they’ll tap tools like Kickstarter to secure buy-in from fans, creating trust through transparency and a sense of shared investment.Putting Consumers in the Data Driver’s SeatEven IoT companies that make adoption easy, however, face a trust barrier. Consumers have seen connected Jeeps hacked on the highway, cardiac implants compromised, baby monitors broken into, and more.Although stronger device security is paramount to greater adoption, IoT companies must go a step further: They need to put consumers in control of their own data. People who’ve put their trust in an IoT company shouldn’t have to jump through hoops or pay to “request” their own data. And they certainly shouldn’t have to parse legal documents just to discover how the IoT company will share that data.Right now, when an IoT user shares their information, they’re essentially surrendering it for sake of marketing. Customers avoid doing so because not only do they not benefit, but they also put their data at risk of being stolen or used against them later by an insurer, employer, or financier. The IoT world needs something akin to the restaurant and ride-sharing industries’ online rating systems. Both users and businesses in those sectors derive value from customers sharing their experiences.Even IoT health and wellness companies, which have an even greater responsibility to be good data hosts than their peers, can’t claim to put users in control of their own data. Fitness tracking companies, including Fitbit, were caught flat-footed when InformationWeek reported that their accompanying apps leaked customer information and left the door open to data forgery. For Fitbit or any other IoT company, better data stewardship could be a real differentiator.Distinguishing Between Distractions and EnhancementsData protections, however, can’t solve the problem of gimmicky IoT products. Voice apps that work with Amazon Echo or Google Home may be cool, for example, but do consumers really need them? Evidently, consumers don’t think so, with just 3 percent of first-time users continuing to use the apps two weeks later.That’s the ugly truth about many IoT devices: They just don’t solve a real consumer pain point. If more than one in 10 homes is to be connected to the IoT, then costly “smart home” products must do more than just dim the lights.Take robot vacuums, which operate — and provide fodder for amusing cat videos — in 20 percent of homes. Even that isn’t a great adoption rate, considering how long they’ve been available, but there’s a reason they’re twice as common as connected homes. Everyone sees value in a machine that can autonomously pick up dust from his floors.IoT is still a young market, but it needs to flush out the offerings destined to go nowhere. A simple safeguard is a “shoe first” strategy that allows stakeholders to try out prototypes. Tech firms tend to be great at prototyping for the stakeholders, but they all too often forget about consumers. Consumers tend to think about “cool” when testing a product, while stakeholders often consider things like adoption, data security, and iterative potential.So is the world ready for the IoT? More so, I think, than today’s adoption numbers imply. The truth is that many IoT companies aren’t creating secure products with real value and customer data protections. The products that tick those boxes best are being adopted, but they’re in the minority. Until that changes, don’t expect IoT adoption rates to, either. Kevin Williams Follow the Puck Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Tags:#Internet of Things#IoT#smart home devices