Sudanese cameraman Sami Al-Haj begins sixth year in Guantanamo

first_img News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say RSF_en Organisation Help by sharing this information United StatesAmericas April 28, 2021 Find out more News The detention of Al-Jazeera assistant cameraman Sami Al-Haj, who tomorrow begins his sixth year without charge or trial in the US military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is “unconstitutional and contrary to international law,” Reporters Without Borders said today, describing the detention centre as “one the biggest legal and humanitarian scandals of recent years” and reiterating its call for its closure.Al-Haj is from Sudan, where the press freedom organisation met his family during a visit to the country in March (see release of 28 March, and accompanying video of the meeting).“How does the US government dare to lecture other countries about human rights when it does not respect them itself and flouts its own constitutional principles?” Reporters Without Borders asked. “The supreme court has ruled twice that holding ‘enemy combatants’ in Guantanamo is unconstitutional. On 7 June, the senate judicial committee came out in favour of ‘restoring’ habeas corpus for these prisoners, meaning they should appear before civilian and not military courts.”The press freedom organisation added: “Finally, a federal appeal court, ruling on the case of an individual held in South Carolina, pointed out on 11 June that the president does not have the power to order the armed forces to arrest and hold people indefinitely. US law and jurisprudence require that Al-Haj be set free.”The Pakistani security forces arrested Al-Haj at the Afghan border in December 2001. Although he had just been doing his job as a journalist, he was accused without any proof of being in the pay of Al-Qaeda and was handed over on 7 June 2002 to the US military, who transferred him to Guantanamo on 13 June 2002. Since then, no charges of any kind have been brought against him.Mistreatment, torture and denial of contact with his family have been Al-Haj’s lot for five years. According to the latest news provided by his lawyer, Clive Stafford-Smith (who was himself threatened by the camp authorities at one point), Al-Haj tried to assert his rights and began a hunger strike in January (see release of 6 March 2007). Camp guards force-fed him in reprisal. Petitioned by lawyers representing the camp’s 380 detainees, the supreme court has twice ruled that their detention and proposed trial by military tribunal are unconstitutional. A bill guaranteeing the application of constitutional rights to the alleged “enemy combatants” in Guantanamo was endorsed by the senate judicial committee on 7 June. It will now go before congress for a debate and vote. The federal government meanwhile continues to insist that US laws do not apply to those not held on US soil, although Guantanamo Bay is territory under full US control.Reporters Without Borders established a system of sponsorship 16 years ago in which international media are encouraged to adopt imprisoned journalists. More than 200 news organisations, journalists’ associations, press clubs and other entities throughout the world are currently supporting journalists by regularly calling on the authorities to release them and by publicising their cases. Al-Haj has been adopted by four Spanish media organisations – La Sexta, IPS-Comunica, La Voz del Occidente and Colexio de Xornalistas de Galicia – and six Canadian ones – Corriere Canadese, Atlas media, Magazine de Saint-Lambert, Mouton Noir, CIBL and Radio Canada Sudbury. Accused of terrorism, Sami Al-Haj, a Sudanese cameraman employed by Al-Jazeera, was transferred to the US base at Guantanamo Bay on 13 June 2002. Five years have gone by but still no charge has been brought against him. Reporters Without Borders, which met his family in Khartoum in March, is campaigning for his release. News News Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says June 7, 2021 Find out more to go further Follow the news on United States June 3, 2021 Find out more June 12, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Sudanese cameraman Sami Al-Haj begins sixth year in Guantanamo Receive email alerts United StatesAmericas last_img read more

Tech Taking Center Stage

first_imgEditor’s Note: This feature originally appeared in the August issue of DS News.Since the beginning of this year, I’ve had the opportunity to attend several industry conferences—something that has allowed me to discover the latest news and industry developments, as well as attend networking events and meet other industry experts. Typically, these events are great opportunities to connect with other financial service professionals and discuss the challenges they are facing and potential solutions. Through a number of discussions with industry professionals, one of my biggest takeaways was that while many financial organizations are discussing technology modernization plans and digitization strategies, not many have yet taken steps to implement those strategies. Additionally, there seems to be some confusion around what digital transformation actually means. In my discussions, I found that transforming through technology means very different things for different individuals. Early on, it meant incorporating digital touchpoints for customers and the outside world. Today, servicing experts have realized that you can’t be fully digital to the outside world until you embrace digital processes internally within your organization. Many financial institutions are determined to replace legacy technology systems to remain competitive and keep up with consumer expectations. They realize the potential threat that new entrants pose but before they can be fully digital in their processes and interactions with customers, they need to embrace digitization within their own four walls. To achieve this—and the ultimate goal of digital transformation—I believe the lenders are going to need to invest in and embrace technologies that do the following. CAPTURE AND EXTRACT DATA As the cost of loan production and acquisition continues to rise, one of the biggest potential cost savings lies in the reduction of human touchpoints in the lending process. Capture technology has continued to advance by leaps and bounds, and it should be considered one of the foundational elements in transforming the lending process. Borrowers’ expectations have changed dramatically in recent years, and more and more often, they expect faster response times and an overall end-to-end digital loan experience.With this higher demand to interact digitally, more lenders are seeking ways to reduce manual processes and implement solutions that improve accuracy, efficiency, and security. With intelligent-capture solutions, lending processes are digital from the very start, because these applications accurately extract data and classify documents for them to be used downstream. This promotes a more-efficient way to process all incoming information—regardless of the format, it comes in. Intelligent capture and optical character recognition (OCR) tools drastically reduce the need to manually classify documents and hand-key data from even the most complex, diverse document types, including bank statements, tax returns, closing disclosure forms, HUD-1 documents, and more. This template-free extraction solution accurately captures borrower data from both structured and unstructured documents. With greater accuracy, lenders have more confidence that the information being captured is consistent throughout the process. Organizations also gain greater transparency and accountability in their processes to ensure tasks are completed on time. Exceptions and missing information are addressed almost immediately because the solution catches those errors and notifies the right people to address the issue before it moves into the next step of the process. AUTOMATE PROCESSESOnce information is accurately captured, lenders want better ways to move documents, data, and information to the appropriate people and keep the process moving. Workflow management/business-process automation technology automates processes and allows employees to share work more efficiently. By matching work tasks with the appropriate employees, organizations can ensure work goes to the right person, thus minimizing the reliance on paper shift throughout the lending cycle.These solutions can be set up to route work based on business rules, workload, specialization, or a number of other factors to keep processes moving consistently. Additionally, any supporting documents needed to make a decision are linked and quickly accessible, eliminating the need to search for information and take time away from the task at hand.Some of the benefits servicers are seeing with an automated workflow toolset include higher efficiency, faster speed to resolution, greater consistency in processes, and cost reduction. This is extremely relevant for the industry because the cost to produce a single loan is higher than ever before due to increases in regulations and the fees associated with loan processes. The best way to counter these added costs is to invest in technology that streamlines back-end processes and reduces human touchpoints.Additionally, many process automation applications include reporting dashboards that allow lenders to gain greater insight into processes, determine if they are completed in a timely manner, and if they’re not, hone in on any bottlenecks holding things back. These real-time insights into the status of processes, completeness of records, and health of your systems allow managers and executives to take action when and where needed. In addition to increased visibility, these systems have auditing capabilities that let you easily view information, missing documents, or aging/expiring information, thereby supporting compliance initiatives and identifying the existence and accuracy of information.IMPROVE THE CUSTOMER EXPERIENCEA majority of the technology investment for the servicing industry is in applications that provide better methods of customer interaction. Because of customers’ preferences to keep processes as digital as possible, the industry has seen an increase in applications and originations initiated through online and mobile channels. This same mindset extends to the servicing side as well. Customers demand real-time information and want this information available through a number of different channels.Digitizing the lending process is more important than ever to connect line-of-business applications to ensure they can pass information back and forth, as well as bring greater visibility and accuracy to data. Solutions like content services platforms can act as an information hub or as a point of integration to connect disjointed systems and share data easily. This allows systems—and employees—to access or share information without searching multiple applications, thus reducing overall servicing costs, increasing margins, and providing the customer service necessary to keep loans performing at a high rate.BETTER INTEGRATE WITH OTHER TOOLS AND APPSToday’s loan-servicing platforms are big, powerful applications that are the core of a servicer’s business. Although key to an organization’s success, the size and power of these applications come at a cost. Typically, that cost is their ability (or lack thereof) to rapidly change and update their platforms to better accommodate technologies like those listed above. As a result, core vendors, as well as their customers are looking for ways to integrate these technologies that aren’t native to the core application. And those integrations need to happen faster and easier than they have in the past.One of the major issues many financial institutions face is siloed information, which makes it difficult for employees to locate, interact, or report on data when they cannot find information quickly. By integrating line-of-business applications—like origination systems— with a content-services platform, lenders are better able to connect people, processes, and data and eliminate the need to switch between multiple software applications. While digital transformation and technology modernization goals have pushed many lenders to update loanservicing systems, many aren’t ready to take the full leap yet. Content-services platforms can act as a bridge to modernization until lenders are fully prepared and can continue to deliver enhanced value after core replacement projects are completed.Origination, as well as servicing platforms, are also moving toward better integration models, utilizing restful APIs and other modern technologies that will be more commonplace from one application to the next. This will allow things like content-services applications to act as information hubs, sharing between the core systems and those third-party technologies that will be required to recognize the full breadth of digital transformation. WHERE MORTGAGE TECH IS HEADED The increasingly strict regulatory environment for loan servicing has many servicers looking fortechnology that will provide greater transparency and automation. Although the technology space is evolving and changing quickly, I see capture, workflow, and content services platforms as some of the key functionality currently shaping and transforming the financial services industry. These help lessen the burden of regulatory compliance, reduce the growing origination and servicing costs, and enable greater customer experience on the whole.To achieve the fully digital vision that many organizations desire and to meet the expectations of their customers, today’s servicers need to embrace core technology tools that will propel them on this journey of transformation. It’s important to select tools that will not only make information digital from the beginning but also keep it digital throughout the process. There’s nothing more annoying for borrowers than a hybrid digital-and-paper process that only gives them visibility to part of the process. The solutions above–intelligent capture, business process automation, more channels to improve customer experience, and better integration tools—will help servicers become faster and more consistent and will improve the overall experience for their customers along the way. Be part of continuing the tech discussion at the upcoming Five Star Conference and Expo, September 16-18 in Dallas, Texas. To learn more, visit FiveStarConference.com.  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tech Taking Center Stage About Author: Steve Comer Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Tech Taking Center Stage Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Share Save August 5, 2018 1,999 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Print Features 2018-08-05 Kristina Brewer Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Steve Comer is the Director of the Financial Services sales team at Hyland, a leading provider of content services solutions to better manage content, processes and cases. Comer has spent the past 12 years working with financial services customers to develop strategic plans to improve their operational efficiencies through the use of OnBase, an enterprise-class solution for capture, workflow, business process management, and case management capabilities. Previous: The Favored Option for Vacant Property Security Is … Next: The Week Ahead: Victories Toward Progress Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Sheffield Wednesday v QPR line-ups: Duo start for Rangers

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesYoungster Niko Hamalainen makes his full debut for QPR at Hillsborough, where there is also a starting place for Ben Gladwin.Hamalainen came on for the injured Joel Lynch against Bristol City in midweek and starts because Lynch is unavailable.The fit-again Gladwin comes in for Jordan Cousins, who has also been ruled out.Sheffield Wednesday are without goalkeeper Keiren Westwood, who has a back injury. Cameron Dawson deputises.Sheffield Wednesday: Dawson, Jones, Lee, Reach, Hooper, Lees, Hutchinson, Hunt, Pudil, Bannan, Forestieri.Subs: Kean, Fletcher, Loovens, Palmer, Wallace, Buckley, Nuhiu. QPR: Smithies, Perch, Onuoha, Caulker, Hamalainen, Borysiuk, Luongo, Gladwin, Chery, Washington, Sylla.Subs: Ingram, Wszolek, Polter, El Khayati, Shodipo, Henry, Kakay.Click here for the latest QPR transfer gossipClick here for today’s QPR quiz   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

New-look Arcata boys basketball team drops season opener to Windsor

first_imgMcKinleyville >> As much as basketball is a game of runs, if you dig yourself too deep of a hole early on it’s simply impossible to fully recover.No need to look further than the new-look Arcata High boys basketball team’s season opener on Thursday night.Arcata, with only one senior on its roster this season, struggled mightily offensively out of the gate, as Windsor built an early double-digit lead and went on to claim a 61-30 win over the Tigers in the opening round of the 32nd annual …last_img read more

Housing Is Back. Is It Better?

first_imgTens of thousands of homebuilders in this country went out of business during the recession, as new-home starts contracted by 75%. One of the biggest sectors of the American economy was devastated.Against this backdrop of corporate carnage and financial distress, builders searched desperately for a market niche—a new type of home, a better location, or a new mode of operation—that might ensure their survival. Innovative new homes got smaller, and they also got greener and more energy efficient. Builders went beyond the superficial “greenscaping” of the previous decade, when about the most they would do is install compact-fluorescent light fixtures or carpets made with recycled soda bottles. In many cases, they reassessed all the products they were using to build houses, deleting ones that weren’t absolutely necessary and adding substitutes that performed better and lasted longer. Most important, some builders reexamined the engineering and the systems they used to build homes. They completely overhauled the inner workings of the houses they built and, in a huge break from tradition, called greater attention to the way the houses were built rather than to things like antiqued cabinets or built-in wine chillers. Looking under the hood—and in the walls One of the most exciting examples is the deconstructed model home done by Meritage Homes, the tenth-largest homebuilder in America. Meritage, which builds throughout the West and Southwest, began inviting potential buyers to look under the hood, so to speak—to see into the floor, ceiling, and walls. While half of their displays may be tricked out like the typical model home—with draperies, stainless-steel appliances, and tile floors—the other half look like they belong in a building-science museum. The idea is not only to lay bare superior construction practices but also to get people… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

Premier League: Unai Emery Pleads for More Time as Arsenal Lose to Leicester

first_img arsenalJames Maddisonjamie vardyLeicester City First Published: November 10, 2019, 10:06 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Leicester: Arsenal manager Unai Emery pleaded for calm and patience after his side lost 2-0 at Leicester on Saturday to fall eight points behind the Premier League’s top four.Jamie Vardy and James Maddison were the architects of another fine victory for the Foxes, who moved into second, as the English duo struck in the space of seven second-half minutes. A return to the Champions League next season was Emery’s target after a summer of heavy investment in reshaping his squad.But Arsenal will fall nine points behind the top four should Manchester City avoid defeat away to league leaders Liverpool on Sunday.”We are very ambitious in our target, but we know we need time and patience,” said Emery, who faces an anxious wait to see if his wish will be granted by the Arsenal board with a two-week international break coming up.After early signs of promise at the start of the Spaniard’s reign last season, Arsenal have now taken fewer points in Emery’s first 50 Premier League games in charge than the final 50 of Arsene Wenger’s 22-year tenure.In the face of mounting speculation over his future, Emery surprisingly maintained Mesut Ozil alongside the front two of new captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.That bold strategy nearly paid off when Lacazette fired the first big chance of the match inches wide after Aubameyang had burrowed his way into the area.”If we score the first goal, we could have controlled the game. We didn’t do it and they did,” added Emery.Thereafter, it was Leicester who showed the greater threat going forward.Wilfred Ndidi missed a glorious opportunity when he smashed off the crossbar with the goal gaping from Ricardo Pereira’s cutback four minutes into the second half.Arsenal were the first to put the ball in the net when Aubameyang supplied a characteristically clinical finish but was rightly flagged offside.Vardy has an excellent record against Arsenal and when his chance came, the Premier League’s top scorer was ruthless with a low finish past Bernd Leno from Youri Tielemans’s pass.”It was a brilliant goal and from there I thought we took control of the game,” said Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers.Vardy turned provider for Leicester’s second as he laid the ball back into the path of Maddison to drill a low shot in from outside the box.”People say they enjoy watching us but we enjoy playing so much. It’s a great feeling,” said Maddison.Arsenal offered precious little after going behind and have now won just two of their last 10 league games. last_img read more

Attention shoppers Naked man takes run down aisles of Saskatchewan food store

first_imgPRINCE ALBERT, Sask. — The Crown wants a year in jail for a man convicted of running naked through a grocery store and into a meat cooler in northern Saskatchewan.The prosecution also wants Calvin John Jobb to pay the Prince Albert Superstore almost $200 to cover food that had to be thrown out after his jog down the aisles.Jobb, who is 51, pleaded guilty to charges, including indecent exposure and mischief, related to his actions in early March.The defence wants a six-month term for Jobb and says he was hallucinating, scared and very hot after taking what he thought was marijuana.Court heard during sentencing arguments on Monday that Jobb swung a broom stick, yelled at customers, damaged cash registers, threw meat and jumped into a meat cooler.He is to be sentenced May 22.An eight-year employee described Jobb as “acting like a wild animal” and yelling “just shoot me” when police tried to arrest him.Prosecutor Gail Douglas said it took four officers to get Jobb out of the store and, at one point, he grabbed one of the officer’s Tasers.Legal-aid lawyer Robert Rooney said his client was “in pretty rough shape” on the day in question.“He knew he was consuming something. He didn’t know exactly what it was and he found that terrifying.”Rooney said Jobb has been seeking help to get and stay sober. He said the “public shaming” on social media has been difficult for Jobb.“I’m sure just the Facebook aspects of this case would deter someone from doing this,” Rooney said.“He is hoping to get on with his life.”(paNOW)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Taseko tries again showdown looms

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe federal government turned them down once, but a Vancouver-based mining company is trying again to push through a controversial mining project.Taseko Mines says it wants to revive its prosperity mine project in British Columbia’s interior, near Williams Lake, B.C.The federal government initially turned down their proposal last year, saying any mining projects would damage the environment.In a recent news release, Taseko says its new proposal will not impact the environment and wildlife.Rising gold and copper prices will bring in more money to save the environment.First Nations group in the region are again opposing Taseko’s plans.Chief Marilyn Baptiste says no matter how the company spins it, the mine will damage their territory.last_img read more