Egyptian authorities must stop their attacks on media freedom

first_img EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts January 31, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Egyptian authorities must stop their attacks on media freedom News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa News Thomas Hughes, Executive Director, Article 19 Joel Simon, Executive Director, Committee to Protect Journalists Kirsty Hughes, Chief Executive, Index on Censorship Christophe Deloire, Secretaire Général, Reporters Without Borders Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison News Organisation RSF_en News February 1, 2021 Find out more February 6, 2021 Find out more Leading international media freedom and human rights organisations call on the EU and US to demand Egypt’s authorities drop charges against Al-Jazeera journalists and release those under arrest.Article 19, the Committee to Protect Journalists, Index on Censorship and Reporters Without Borders today said the Egyptian authorities must stop their attacks on media freedom and freedom of expression. The deteriorating environment for journalists to operate safely and report freely is of grave concern. The deliberate chilling of media freedom and free speech through arrests and criminalisation of legitimate journalism has all the hallmarks of the authoritarian Egypt of the Mubarak era.The organisations call on the leaders of the European Union and the US to demand that Egypt’s authorities immediately release the Al-Jazeera journalists and end their clamp-down on media freedom, free speech and freedom of assembly without delay. The EU and US must support all those standing up for democracy, human rights and media freedom in Egypt.Egyptian prosecutors have said that 20 journalists face charges though only 8 are currently under arrest. Four of these are believed to be foreigners and the other 12 said to be Egyptians. Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff Follow the news on Egypt Help by sharing this information to go further Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution January 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Ocean City Studies Proposal For Using Recycling Site For Dredge Spoils

first_imgThe city’s recycling yard on Shelter Road is being considered as a temporary site for disposing of dredge spoils. By Donald WittkowskiTucked behind a covered fence in a corner of Shelter Road is a mishmash of old TVs, trash cans, dumpsters, clothing bins, construction equipment and big piles of sand.This out-of-the-way site off Tennessee Avenue now serves as Ocean City’s recycling complex and storage yard, but it could play a major role in the town’s multimillion-dollar dredging program for 2017.A city engineering consultant has recommended using the Shelter Road recycling site as a temporary disposal facility for muddy sediment that would be dredged from the island’s shallow lagoons and channels next year.Mayor Jay Gillian said city officials are reviewing the proposal by ACT Engineers, but stressed during City Council’s meeting Tuesday night that he has not yet made up his mind.Mayor Jay Gillian, right, conferring with Business Administrator Jim Mallon, said the proposal needs further study.“We’re figuring it out whether it would work or not,” Gillian told Council. “We’ve got our eyes on it.”Already, ACT’s dredging plan has drawn strong opposition from homeowners who live in the Ocean Reef condominium complex next to Shelter Road. They fear it will cause their property values to fall.Regardless of what becomes of the recycling yard as part of the dredging program, the mayor said the city plans to clean it up. The complex doubles as a storage area for vehicles, construction equipment and materials for the Public Works Department. Some of that equipment may be moved to other locations, Gillian indicated.Dumpsters are used to hold paper, bottles, cans and other recycled items.Among the oddities at the recycling yard are scores of discarded TVs and storage bins filled with hundreds of abandoned bicycles. Big dumpsters are used to hold paper, glass, cans, plastic, concrete and other things that are recycled. The TVs were dropped off during hazardous-waste collection days that allowed residents to dispose of their old electronics. As required by state law, the abandoned bikes are being kept in storage until they are auctioned to the public, city spokesman Doug Bergen said.ACT’s proposal to use the recycling center as a temporary disposal site for dredge spoils could be complicated by the cost and logistics of the cleanup plan, Gillian said.“I just don’t know if we can make that work with the cost of moving things around,” he said in his remarks to Council.The recycling yard is surrounded by a covered fence.ACT Engineers has proposed running a temporary pipeline to bring dredge spoils to the Shelter Road recycling site. The gooey sediment would go through a “mechanical de-watering process” and then be hauled away by trucks to permanent disposal facilities outside Ocean City. It would not be stored at Shelter Road.The city must find a temporary site for dredge spoils because work on its main disposal facility has been delayed by a legal battle involving a company that sued the town after it was denied a contract for the project.Although the courts have ruled in the city’s favor so far, ongoing appeals in the lawsuit by Wickberg Marine Contracting Inc. make it doubtful that the main disposal facility, which is known as Site 83 and is located near the 34th Street Bridge, will be ready in time for the 2017 dredging program, officials said.Without the Shelter Road site as a backup, a series of dredging projects planned for 2017 are threatened. They include the Carnival, Venetian and South Harbor lagoons bordered by Tennessee Avenue and Shelter Road and the Bluefish and Clubhouse lagoons off Waterway Road.Gillian has proposed a $20 million dredging program for 2016, 2017 and 2018 to clear out the sediment-choked lagoons along the back bays. Some lagoons are so clogged that boat owners and fishermen are often trapped at their slips and can only travel on the waterways at high tide.The mayor held a town hall meeting Dec. 10 to discuss ACT’s plans for possibly using Shelter Road for dredge spoils. About 100 residents attended the meeting, including homeowners from the Ocean Reef condo complex that overlooks Shelter Road from Tennessee Avenue.Some residents spoke in favor of ACT’s proposal. However, Ocean Reef homeowners criticized the plan, claiming it would drastically reduce their property values and cause excessive noise and truck traffic in their neighborhood.Homeowners at the Ocean Reef condominium development have spoken out in opposition to using the adjacent Shelter Road site for dredge disposals.Gillian said the lagoons must be dredged to protect public safety, improve boating traffic and prevent bayfront property values from falling. But he told residents at the town meeting that he was undecided about ACT’s plan, a point he reiterated during Tuesday’s Council meeting.No timetable has been announced for making a final decision about ACT’s plan. ACT representatives assured residents during the town meeting that they scoured “almost every square inch” of the island for other possible sites before coming up with Shelter Road.last_img read more

Brisbane success story lists home

first_imgSteve Scanlan, chief executive of Brisbane IT recruitment firm Recon Solutions. Picture: Supplied.AWARD-winning Brisbane businessman Steve Scanlan has put one of his investments on the market, a massive five bedroom house in the city’s south.The man who heads up IT recruitment firm Recon Solutions — Recon being short for Recruit and Consult — has just come off months of successful negotiation over the sale of half his firm to listed labour hire juggernaut People Infrastructure.Named Brisbane’s 2017 Young Entrepreneur of the Year, he’s been living in a sky home in the city to cope with the demands of the rapidly expanding IT-based firms he co-founded including Recon Technology. The home has 16 solar panels, enough juice to run a few servers surely.The boxing enthusiast, whose mates include world welterweight champion Jeff Horn, previously put the investment property at 74 Blue Grass Crescent, Eight Mile Plains, on the rental market for $850 a week.He had bought it three years ago for $785,000, and has not put a price on the property now — opening that up for negotiation.The home was fully renovated inside and out — surely the technology side of the home would be pretty good one would think. It includes an indoor spa, solar heated pool, five bedrooms, three bathrooms, four toilets, 16 solar panels, five airconditioning units, a garden shed, and multiple living zones including a formal lounge, a family room and a rumpus room on a large 720sq m block. Scanlan invested in a major renovation on site after he bought it. Now this is the way to de-stress after a long week.Agent Zora Liu of LJ Hooker — Sunnybank Hills has marketed it as a “huge entertainer fully renovated”.“Absolutely everything is new from the superbly rendered exterior, new guttering and repainted roof to the beautiful new tiled floors, new plasterboard with fresh interior paint to the new windows, blinds, doors, carpet and lights.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK He has had the property rented out after he moved to the CBD.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agolast_img read more

Coco ladies shine at Lawn Bowls National Singles event

first_imgOur local hopeful Bank pulled out all the stops in winning all three qualifying rounds but just fell short at the quarter finals stage.The ladies competition was a different story with the Bangkok representatives being outplayed by the local girls who took all three top spots.  Thanom Karnrandee was well focused all the weekend but was just outfought in the semi final by Coco’s own Sue Bryant to set up the final against Lek Pettyfer, who had just overcome Songsin Chou from Bangkok.  Thanom went on to win 3rd spot against Songsin 21-15 and Lek was pushed all the way but held on to an early 8–0 lead to resist a run in from a resurgent Sue to win 21-17.The winners received 20,000 baht, runners up 10,000 baht and play offs 5,000 baht and a cup from the Lawn Bowls Association of Thailand in association with the Coco Club and sponsors Singha. The Lawn Bowls Association of Thailand held their annual Singles tournament at an indoor venue for the first time on March 2nd and 3rd.  The top 28 Thai male and female lawn bowlers were at Coco Club Resort, located just outside Pattaya, to enjoy a friendly but serious weekend of lawn bowling which would normally decide who will represent Thailand for the coming year.  Very competitive bowling was seen and after a day and a half of play and with the finals on a 1 hour 20 mins or first to 21 scoreline, there was no time wasting.  The men’s event went generally according to ranking with Bangkok based Ing (Acting Sub Lt. Sakpraset Mitsaha) just outstaying the younger challenge of Num (Tanumsak Kinsorn) by just one bowl (17-16) in the final and Bus (Acting Sub Lt. Aunurek Rotmanee) edging Tan (Chaithai Kanganakparn) 21-18 for the 3rd and 4th place.Winners pose with their trophies alongside organizers and officials at the Thailand Lawn Bowls National Singles tournament held at Coco Club Resort, Pattaya, Sunday, March 3.last_img read more

The Nelson Daily Team of the Week: LVR Bombers Swim Team

first_imgSmall in numbers, but big in heart and enthusiasm is the reason the L.V. Rogers Bombers Swim squad garners Team of the Week status for this week. The Bomber four finished with some impressive results at the Kootenay High School Swim Championships last week at the Nelson and District Community Complex Pool.The Bombers squad includes, from left, Becky Afford, Devyn Parker, Niallan Collier and Kevin Milde. Team sponsor Dave Afford is hopeful all member of the team will be front and center when the curtain rises on the B.C. High School Speed Swim Championships November 19-20 at the Aquatic Centre in Nanaimo.last_img

Man City Latest: ‘New deal for Silva as good as any new signing’, claims Kompany

first_imgVincent Kompany has told talkSPORT keeping David Silva at the club is as good as any new signing.The Spanish midfield ace signed a new five-year deal at the Etihad earlier this week, and captain Kompany was delighted to hear the news.He said: “Knowing David Silva and Sami Nasri are staying and they have long-term contracts is as good as any new arrival. It brings stability to the club. For as much as we talk about the hectic nature of our club it’s been very stable for the past 13 months or so and it’s a great place to be.”City have been busy in the transfer market this summer, signing the likes of Fernando, Eliaquim Mangala, Bacary Sagna and Frank Lampard.And Kompany admits he’s been impressed with all the new boys, especially former Chelsea ace Lampard, who has moved to City on loan from MLS side New York City.“I was surprised with the athleticism of Frank Lampard at his age,” added the Belgian defensive star. “He looks to me like he’s in his best form. He’s unbelievable in training.“The new players look like they are ready for the challenge and are ambitious to win things. And that’s what we need.“Our goal is to win the Premier League again. We’ve worked really hard to get to this level, so we’re going to make sure we maintain that. We want to keep the badge n the side of our shirts for a bit longer.“Winning the Premier League is something exceptional, you have to work hard for it and we’ll do exactly that to achieve it again.”last_img read more

Raiders mailbag: 2019 home, draft options and more

first_img1. @garthgerman: What do you think was the nadir of the season, and what helped turn it around to get more … It’s been a good run, mailbag family. We’ve reached the end of the regular season, and I thank you for all your great questions this year.(We’ll have semi-regular mailbags during the offseason, so we’re not breaking up for good)Here are the answers to 21 of your questions before the Raiders play the Chiefs on Sunday, though not one question was about that game!Happy reading.last_img

SA prof best in invasion biology

first_imgSouth Africa’s lush indigenous vegetation,such as this forest in the Eastern Cape’sTsitsikamma National Park, is under threat from invasive plants. (Image: For more free photos, visit the image library) Stellenbosch University’s Professor Dave Richardson. (Image: Stellenbosch University) MEDIA CONTACTS • Engela DuvenageSU Faculty of Science+27 21 808 2684 or +27 82 874 1291 RELATED ARTICLES • World honour for SA botanist • Protea hotspot under scrutiny • Kew shows Africa’s plant wealth • SA scientist lauded for polar workJanine ErasmusSouth African Professor David Richardson has been rated the world’s most influential and productive scientist on matters relating to invasion biology.This emerged after a bibliometric study conducted by scientists of the Laboratory of Biological Invasion and Adaptive Evolution of the Chinese Academy of Science.Bibliometrics refers to the measuring of texts and information using a defined set of methods. It has various uses, for instance in analysing frequency of citation, the impact of a researcher or group of researchers, or the impact of a particular paper.The principal investigator of the Chinese team was Professor Yi-Feng Chen. Chen and co-author Hao Qiu, also of the biological invasion laboratory, published their findings in the peer-reviewed journal Scientometrics in 2009.The study, wrote Chen and Qiu, was conducted using data from the Science Citation Index specifically dealing with biological invasions.These specialised papers, all published between 1991 and 2007, were further analysed using an indicator known as citation per publication, to understand the impact of articles, institutions and journals.The Science Citation Index was originally established by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) in 1960, and is now part of the ISI Web of Knowledge, owned by information provider Thomson Reuters. The online version of the index covers 6 650 scientific journals from around the world, spanning more than 150 disciplines.The team analysed 3 323 articles published in 521 journals by 7 261 authors from 1 905 institutions in 100 countries. Of all of these, it was found that Stellenbosch University’s Richardson was the most productive author, and the most influential, in his field.Research results showed that Richardson published 41 ISI-listed papers relating to biological invasions during the period of analysis, giving him a CPP rating of 10.9. At the same time he also co-authored another 18 papers.Richardson, a Canadian researcher and a third scientist from the Czech Republic are the only three non-Americans listed as most influential in this field. This does not imply that the most serious plant invasions occur in the US, wrote the authors, but rather reflects the amount of funding available.Stellenbosch University reported that Richardson was encouraged to see how influential the global scientific community viewed South African research in the field, but added that the country was still a very small player on the world stage in terms of the current number of researchers, and the amount of resources available.Since the Chinese study only covered publications between 1991 and 2007, much of the recent work done by the university’s DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology (CIB) staff was overlooked.“If the study was repeated for the last five years, South African research would definitely feature even better,” said Richardson.Leader in his fieldRichardson, an ecology professor and pine tree specialist, is the deputy director for science strategy at the CIB.With 90 peer-reviewed journal articles, 18 peer-reviewed book chapters and three books to his name, Richardson is rightfully considered a leading expert in the field of invasion ecology, particularly with regard to alien tree invasions.Invasion biology, the study of biological invasions by alien plants and their impact on ecosystems, is a fast-growing scientific discipline whose importance has only been recognised in recent years, although its concepts were first put forward by Charles Darwin.Richardson is a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Species Survival Specialist Groups on Invasive Organisms as well as Conifers.He is also editor-in-chief of the conservation journal Diversity and Distributions and sits on the editorial boards of Biological Invasions and Ecologia Mediterranea, as well as on several advisory panels and committees.Richardson’s work on tree invasions highlights the basic ecology of invading species and also discusses management issues.Much of his knowledge has been gleaned from the study of the genus Pinus, or pine trees. According to the professor, the 111 known species of pine serve as good examples of the ecology of plant invasions in general because many species occur outside their natural habitats, and have successfully adapted.Threat to indigenous speciesAccording to the Department of Water Affairs, invasive alien species are causing billions of rands’ worth of damage to South Africa’s economy every year. About 10-million hectares of the country is under siege from invaders, and they constitute the most serious threat to South Africa’s famed biodiversity.Most aliens are plants, although there are other fish, birds, mammals, insects and microbes that threaten to wipe out indigenous species if left unchecked. For instance, the Mediterranean mussel (Mytilus galloprovincialis), which is thought to have arrived in South Africa in the late 1970s, most likely attached to a ship’s hull, has eradicated a large percentage of South Africa’s indigenous molluscs along the country’s shoreline.The water affairs department reports that there are around 9 000 non-indigenous plants in South Africa – of these, 198 are classified as major invaders that interfere with the natural functioning of delicate indigenous ecosystems. A few of the most common plant invaders in South Africa are the black, silver and green wattles, the bluegum, the lantana, the syringa, and the popular jacaranda.Alien species inhibit productive use of land and exacerbate soil erosion. They consume vast quantities of water, a precious resource on the African continent, as indigenous species have adapted to dry conditions by using minimal qualtities of water.By clogging waterways and using up oxygen, alien aquatic plants such as the water hyacinth and salvinia water fern pose serious problems to fisheries and agriculture, leisure activities, and water supply.Various methods of control are available to biologists. These include mechanical removal, chemical destruction of aliens, and biological control with species-specific insects and diseases that target only the invader. An integrated approach produces the best results.South Africa’s water affairs department runs more than 300 projects in all nine provinces under its Working for Water (WFW) programme. Since it was established in 1992, WFW has overseen the clearing of more than a million hectares of previously overgrown land. Many of the workers, who receive on-the-job training and skills development, are previously unemployed, and 52% of them are women.WFW has stated that alien plant infestations will double within 15 years if nothing is done now to stop them.last_img read more

Movie Review: Mary Kom is strictly average

first_imgRohit Khilnani’s rating: Untitled Document Tweets about “#marykom”Movie VideosIn conversation with the cast of Mary KomWe caught up with Priyanka Chopra who’s awaiting the release of her next Mary Kom to find out about her experience while shooting for the film.PhotosPriyanka Chopra launches ‘Mary Kom doll’ in New DelhiPriyanka Chopra, who is garnering praises for her power packed performance in her upcoming film Mary Kom, visited the capital to launch the ‘Mary Kom’ doll as part of the film’s promotion. Mary Kom is a biographical sports film based on the life of Indian boxer MC Mary Kom also known as Magnificent Mary.There was never a doubt that her story needs to be told. It indeed is an inspiring one. Omung Kumar tries hard to recreate it on celluloid.Mary Kom’s father is against her taking up boxing because she may spoil her face but she goes against his wishes and and takes up boxing. At one point he tells her to choose between him and boxing and Mary Kom chooses boxing. She learns quickly under the guidance of her coach M Narjit Singh (Sunil Thapa). Soon she goes from winning one title to making India and her family proud.Her coach abandons her when she decides to marry her friend who has been a great support. He is angry as he knows that after marriage she will focus on her family life and boxing will take a back seat and that’s exactly what happens. Mary Kom is blessed with two kids and gradually she is becoming a forgotten hero. It hits her when she is traveling by bus and the child sitting opposite her talks about Mary Kom but does not recognize her.advertisementWith the help of her supportive husband who does everything possible to get her back in the fighting ring she makes a comeback.Suhani Singh’s review | Koel Purie’s review | Faheem Ruhani’s review | Saurabh Dwivedi’s reviewThe story is predictable from the word go and there are absolutely no surprise elements. A lot could have been done with such a strong protagonist but the director doesn’t experiment.The best part about the film is the casting. Priyanka Chopra has worked hard to get into the skin of the character and it shows. In fact it’s tough to imagine any other Bollywood actress to pull it off the way she has. Even her coach played by Sunil Thapa and her husband in the film, actor Darshan Kumar put in sincere efforts from their side. Director Omung Kumar managed to get great performances out of these actors but didn’t manage to pump in soul in the legendary tale of an Indian boxer who is a world champion.A film on sports has to have the right music but Shashi – Shivamm’s music doesn’t do the trick. It’s not bad but could have been much better.Mary Kom’s story is a great one and we all know that. The film falls short in doing justice to Magnificent Mary.last_img read more

Jamaica and China Sign Four Agreements

first_img The Jamaican Government, August 21, signed four agreements with the People’s Republic of China worth millions of dollars, as Prime Minster, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller continues her official trip to that country.Chief among them is an agreement with the China Exim Bank for a preferential loan for the Major Infrastructure Development Project (MIDP).The others are Letters of Agreement on economic and technical co-operation between both governments; Letters of exchange on the construction of infant schools by the Government of China for Jamaica; and Letters of exchange on the feasibility study, ‘Teaching Building of the Confucius Institute’, by the Government of China for Jamaica.The agreements were signed on behalf of the Jamaican Government by Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. A.J. Nicholson at the Great Hall of the People in the Chinese capital, Beijing, minutes after a meeting between Mrs. Simpson Miller and her delegation and the President of the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Xi Jinping.Under the MIDP, several hundred kilometres of roadway will be rehabilitated; bridges and retaining walls will be constructed or rehabilitated as well as the completion of sub-projects started under the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP). The project is slated to provide employment for thousands of Jamaicans.In the meantime, both countries signed an agreement with a view to further developing friendly relations and economic and technical co-operation between the two countries.Under this agreement, the Chinese government will provide grant aid in the amount of RMBY 100,000,000 or approximately US$16 million. This will be used for projects to be mutually agreed on through consultations between the two countries.“Detailed accounting procedures for the disbursement of funds concerning the implementation of the agreement shall be settled between the Accountant General’s Department of the Ministry of Finance and Planning of Jamaica and the China Development Bank,” the agreement states, adding that it shall remainin force until both governments have fulfilled all their obligations stipulated in the agreement.For another agreement, the Chinese government has agreed to dispatch a technical group to Jamaica for a feasibility study on the project – ‘Teaching Building of the Confucius Institute’ –  on the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies. If this is feasible, a specific supplementary agreement will be signed between both governments.“The cost, in the amount of RMBY500,000 for implementation of the mentioned feasibility, shall be disbursed from the grant aid stipulated in the Agreement on Economic Co-operation between the Government of China and the Government of Jamaica signed on February 1, 2005,”  the agreement states.“The Government of China shall designate an institution to issue a bill, in quadruplets, to settle accounts through the China Development Bank Corporation and the Accountant General’s Department of the Ministry of Finance and Planning of Jamaica,” it adds.The Prime Minister arrived in the People’s Republic of China on August 20 for a five-day official visit.Mrs. Simpson Miller is accompanied on the trip by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. A.J. Nicholson; Minister of Water, Land, Environment, and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill; Permanent Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister, Onika Miller; Special Envoy and Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Carlton Davis; and members of her security detail.The Prime Minister and her delegation are scheduled to meet with the leadership of important state institutions such as the China Export-Import Bank and the China Development Bank, as well as major firms currently doing business in Jamaica and those with strong investor interest.She is also slated to have discussions on development challenges associated with climate change and global warming and, in particular, those faced by Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in implementing necessary climate adaptation mechanisms and recovering from the significant damage caused by natural disasters.The Prime Minister will participate in discussions regarding the role of the Group of 77 (G7) nations and China in the effective operation of the United Nations (UN) and multilateral systems to ensure that the voice and representation of emerging and developing countries are enhanced in the global political and economic frameworks.A small private sector delegation has also accompanied the Prime Minister to explore trade and investment opportunities with officials and business interests in China. They will attend a business forum on Friday, August 23. Both countries signed an agreement with a view to further economic and technical co-operation Story Highlights The Jamaican Government, August 21, signed four agreements with the People’s Republic of China worth millions of dollars Chief among them is an agreement with the China Exim Bank for a preferential loan for MIDPlast_img read more