Woman journalist found with throat cut in southern Libya

first_img June 24, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Libya to go further Receive email alerts RSF_en Reporters Without Borders is shocked to learn that Naseeb Miloud Karfana, a TV journalist based in the southern city of Sabha, was murdered on Thursday 29 May. Her body was found together with her fiancé’s in the city’s northern Al-Hay Al-Jadida district. Her throat had been cut and she appeared to have been tortured.Naseeb had worked for the state-owned TV station Libya Al-Wataniya as its programme coordinators in Sabha for the past eight months, the station’s director, Ali Shaniber, said.Karfana left the TV station at about 7 p.m. with her fiancé, who came to collect her in his car, so that they could attend a friend’s wedding together. When she failed to arrive, her mother contacted the TV station, where an employee confirmed that Karfana had left.The authorities have not as yet released any autopsy reports identifying the exact cause of death of the two victims.Relatives said Karfana and her fiancé had recently received repeated threats from an unidentified person. Reporters Without Borders urges the competent authorities to carry out an impartial investigation without delay to identify the motive for this double murder, giving full consideration to the possibility of a link to Karfana’s work. “It is imperative that those responsible for this shocking murder are quickly found and brought to account, in order to end impunity in Libya,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said.“The environment in which journalists have to work in Libya is becoming increasingly intolerable. According to our tally, there have been more than 60 violations of freedom of information since the start of 2014, including two murders of journalists this week, although the motives for these murders have yet to be established.”Karfana’s murder came just three days after Muftah Buzeid, the editor of the state-owned newspaper Burniq, was gunned down on a central Benghazi street on 26 May (LINK). The situation is now extremely dangerous for journalists in Libya.The government must immediately take concrete and effective measures – executive, legislative and judicial ones – with the aim of containing the growing violence, including violence against the media. The new “free” Libya must accept its national and international obligations as regards freedom of information, expression and opinion. LibyaMiddle East – North Africa News June 2, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Woman journalist found with throat cut in southern Libya On Libyan revolution’s 10th anniversary, authorities urged to guarantee press freedom Organisation center_img Help by sharing this information News News News Six imprisoned journalists to finally appear in court in Istanbul LibyaMiddle East – North Africa December 17, 2019 Find out more Well-known Libyan journalist missing since his arrest February 23, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Timberwolves fire head coach Tom Thibodeau

first_imgJanuary 7, 2019 /Sports News – National Timberwolves fire head coach Tom Thibodeau FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMichael Reaves/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — Tom Thibodeau has been let go as the president of basketball operations and head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, the team announced on Sunday.The shakeup came following Minnesota’s 108-86 win over the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday. League sources told ESPN Thibodeau had no idea he was going to be relieved of his duties.“We would like to thank Tom for his efforts and wish him all the best,” Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said in a statement. “These decisions are never easy to make, but we felt them necessary to move our organization forward.”Along with Thibodeau, the Timberwolves also fired assistant coach Andy Greer.Assistant coach Ryan Saunders will step in as Minnesota’s interim head coach for the remainder of this season, the team said, while Scott Layden will stay put as general manager. However, sources tell ESPN Layden’s future with the team remains uncertain.Nearly halfway through the season, the Timberwolves are in 11th place in the Western Conference standings with a record of 19-21.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

Asset management roundup: Tech ETFs launched, TOBAM cuts carbon

first_imgSwiss asset manager Lyxor has listed a new exchange-traded fund (ETF) focused on companies in the robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) sectors.The fund’s portfolio has been built based on the work of parent company Société Générale’s (SocGen) thematic research team, as well as that of Martin Ford, a futurist and author.The Robotics and AI ETF invests in 150 stocks selected by SocGen’s big data process based on research and development expenditure, net sales, return on invested capital, and three-year sales growth.Lyxor claimed the “bespoke” approach meant the fund included companies making use of robotics or AI technology in their businesses, and not just those creating the technology or its components. Data company Statista has estimated that companies in the robotics and AI sectors could generate revenues of as much as $90bn (€77bn) by 2025.The ETF is listed in the UK, Germany and Italy and has a total expense ratio of 0.4%.Invesco’s S&P-based communications ETFMeanwhile, Invesco has listed a new ETF on the London Stock Exchange focusing on the communications sector of the S&P 500 index. It covers 26 stocks including technology giants Facebook, Netflix, Twitter, and Alphabet (Google’s holding company).The launch reflects the decisions of index providers S&P and MSCI to amend their company definitions. For S&P, this has meant reassigning companies from the consumer discretionary and technology sectors to the new communications category.The fund is the 11th in Invesco’s range of ETFs tracking specific S&P sectors. It has an annual ongoing charge of 0.14%.TOBAM to cut carbon footprint across fund rangeFrench asset manager TOBAM has adopted a carbon reduction policy for its main portfolios, aiming to cut its footprint by 20%.The strategy applies to its “anti-benchmark” equity funds and “maximum diversification” indices, according to a statement from the fund manager.Founder and CEO Yves Choueifaty said the company’s research had shown that reducing its carbon footprint would “not significantly affect the risk/return profile of our approach” or its portfolios’ diversification.“We believe that the capability to customise as well as add specific filters and/or constraints without impacting the nature of our investment philosophy is a core quality of the maximum diversification approach,” he added.Asset management acquirer adds to portfolio with liquid alts buyIM Global Partner, a French distribution group for asset managers, has acquired a 45% stake in liquid alternatives specialist Dynamic Beta Investments.The deal marks IM Global Partner’s fourth acquisition, following its purchase of stakes in US-based equities manager Polen Capital, corporate bond specialist Dolan McEniry, and global equities investor Sirios Capital Management.Dynamic Beta is based in New York runs a long/short fund-of-funds, and managed futures strategy, and a multi-asset absolute return fund.Mathias Mamou-Mani, head of risk management at Dynamic Beta, said: “Extensive research on hedge funds proves that most or all pre-fee returns of hedge funds can be captured through dynamically-adjusted portfolios of market instruments.“This validates our position that fee reduction can generate meaningful alpha for our clients.“We are excited to work with IM Global Partner to introduce our investment solutions to a broader range of investors.”last_img read more