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Journalist with Arabic-language TV station arrested and robbed

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first_imgNews News UgandaAfrica Uganda blocks social media and messaging apps, isolating election Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders today condemned yesterday’s arrest and overnight detention of a Mauritanian journalist working for an Iranian Arabic-language TV news station when he tried to enter Uganda from Kenya as part of his coverage of an African tour by Iranian President Mohammed Khatami.After detaining Mohammed Abdullah Ould Memmine of Al-Alam television on his arrival yesterday in his car at the border town of Busia, the Ugandan authorities took his money and held him overnight in a cell.”It is not normal that a journalist should be manhandled and treated like a terrorist just because he works for an Arabic-language news organisation,” Reporters Without Borders said.”The attitude of the Ugandan authorities betrays a feeling of impunity and shows that, despite the recent decriminalization of press offences, vigilance remains the order of the day in this country,” the press freedom organisation added.Reached by telephone, Memmine told Reporters Without Borders that the customs officials refused to let him into Uganda and stamped an entry ban in his passport. After asking him for money, they searched his car and took some 3,000 dollars and 400 euros. Memmine had to spend the night in very small cell with ordinary detainees.He has been working for Al-Alam since October 2003 and was covering the Iranian president’s tour of seven African countries (Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Mali, Benin, Zimbabwe and Uganda). Ugandan president threatens to “bankrupt” leading daily Uganda urged to free two journalist held since last week on libel charges March 12, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information to go furthercenter_img News January 19, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist with Arabic-language TV station arrested and robbed RSF_en Follow the news on Uganda News Organisation UgandaAfrica June 4, 2021 Find out more January 13, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Anne’s flag tension escalates

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first_imgSt Anne’s College Dean, Dr Liora Lazarus, condemned the response to Chao’s flag, although she admitted that she could see why it might have caused offence.She said, “Throwing stones at somebody for whatever political beliefs they hold is just not acceptable.“But we appreciate that there are some students in this College who do not agree with the hanging of the Tibetan flag.”One St Anne’s student, Edward Allbutt, an undergraduate in Arabic studies, described the violence that had taken place as “shocking”. He claims to have found the behaviour of some Chinese students strange. “It’s frankly bizarre that they think they can just casually complain to the authorities and so force someone to stop making a slightly controversial political statement.”Chao has expressed surprise at the controversy she has caused. She said, “I was disturbed by the reaction of the Chinese students studying in Oxford. I had expected a higher degree of open-mindedness from these people.”The College authorities claim that they do not want to intervene in this situation from any political angle and stressed that they wished to remain neutral.Lazarus stated,  “It is not the place of the College Dean to stipulate whether or not people should exercise their political rights.”“All the students are intelligent and are able to make this decision for themselves. The College respects everyone’s right to express their political belief and is certainly not taking a political stand.” To this she added, “Everyone has a right to hang up a flag should they chose to do so. At this stage we would like the students to come to a resolution on their own.”JCR President Amaru Villanueva Rance, said he supports students’ rights to express their beliefs, but added that he hoped students would be able to work through the issue without too much College interference. He said, “What we don’t want is latent animosity in College. We don’t want to cauterise debate and pretend nothing is going on. We also want to prevent the issue from snowballing.”There have been no further incidents of physical hostility from any students in St Anne’s.However Chao claims that due to the negative response, she no longer intends to remove her flag any time soon.She said, “Recent developments have placed me in a position where I cannot remove it. Chinese flags will stay up and it will legitimise their claim of being the victim in this scenario.” She added, “Some college students have even asked me to get hold of Tibetan flags, and the order is underway!”In a bid to settle the problem, Villanueva Rance said that he was willing to give time to the issue at last Sunday’s JCR meeting. “Before the meeting I mentioned that we would be talking about the flags issue. I was hoping that there would be a debate and that the students would work out a solution or a compromise.“We made reference to the situation during the meeting but it seems that no-one turned up to discuss it.”He added, “The JCR wants to protect freedom of expression and in this sense we support people’s freedom to exhibit their flags in public from their balconies.” Tensions have escalated at St Anne’s following an incident involving a student who displayed a Tibetan flag in her window.Last week third year Sophie Chau had stones thrown through her window. A number of Chinese students have now hung the Chinese flag in response to her Tibetan one.The day after the stone-throwing, carried out by three unidentified students, Chao was approached by a Chinese acquaintance in college who asked her to take down her flag. The student, who wished to remain anonymous, defended his decision. He said, “I asked Sophie if she could consider taking the flag down because we didn’t want to escalate this issue.“Hanging the ‘Snow Lion’ flag is a very serious criminal offence in China, as people perceive it as a symbol of violence. Any Chinese students would be disturbed by this flag.”Chao responded, saying that the Tibetan flag “is in no way anti-Chinese.”“The Tibetan flag is not pro-independence; it is a pro-human rights and this is not particular to China. This distinction is one that many Chinese people fail to make.”The political stand-off in St Anne’s has affected the student body, with Chao saying, “The atmosphere in College is slightly tense. My flag looks down on the Quad. It is provoking quite a bit of discussion.”One first year at St Anne’s described college atmosphere as “awkward”. She added, “Expressing political opinion is one thing, but it shouldn’t have to affect the community we all live and work in such a negative way.”last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Nearly $1 Million Approved for DCED Economic Initiative in Coal-Impacted Communities

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first_img October 27, 2016 Governor Wolf Announces Nearly $1 Million Approved for DCED Economic Initiative in Coal-Impacted Communities SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Energy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today the approval of $960,000 in funding through the Economic Development Administration (EDA) under the United States Department of Commerce and the EDA’s Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative to develop a plan that encourages the redevelopment of idled coal-fired power plants throughout the commonwealth.“Sites that once occupied Pennsylvania’s operational coal-fired power plants are very often in prime locations for redevelopment, boasting access to excellent existing infrastructure assets like rivers, highways, railroads, and utilities,” said Governor Wolf. “In addition to offering developer’s confidence in estimating potential project budgets, this effort is also likely to facilitate negotiations and transactions with plant owners. Efficiently returning these sites to the tax roll benefits surrounding communities and enhances the overall well-being of the commonwealth.”“Through this funding, the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) will identify potential redevelopment opportunities for decommissioned plants,” said DCED Secretary Dennis Davin. “Ultimately, this effort represents a coordinated and proactive business attraction strategy that will serve as model approach for incentivizing real estate transactions and transformational redevelopment of these properties.”DCED received approval for $960,000 in funding to address the redevelopment potential of closed coal-fired power plants across the state. The department, in partnership with power companies and regional and local economic development entities, will perform a combination of environmental and economic analyses at shuttered power plants in Pennsylvania to give potential developers an assessment of potential redevelopment costs and accelerate plans for reuse.Earlier this year, Governor Wolf announced the availability of $65.8 million through the Obama Administration’s POWER Initiative to develop new strategies for economic growth and worker advancement for communities that have historically relied on the coal economy for economic stability.The POWER Initiative is a multi-agency effort aligning and targeting federal economic and workforce development resources to communities and workers that have been affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries due to the changing economics of America’s energy production. The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is participating in the initiative with the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA).The Obama administration launched the POWER Initiative in 2015 and awarded nearly $15 million to coal-impacted communities, making investments in seven Appalachian states. Congress expanded the work of POWER for 2016, providing $50 million to ARC to assist communities across Appalachia, along with $15 million to EDA to assist communities nationwide.For more information on the POWER Initiatives including eligibility requirements and application information, visit www.eda.gov/power.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

Chad bans Islamic face veil after suicide bombings

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first_imgAnyone found wearing a burqa would be “arrested, tried and sentenced in summary proceedings”, he added.Chad’s government on Tuesday declared three days of national mourning for the 33 people killed and more than 100 others wounded in the blasts.Monday’s bombings, the first such attacks in the capital of Muslim-majority Chad, have been blamed on Boko Haram jihadists who have previously carried out bloody assaults on villages along the border with Nigeria.The Islamist militants have used female suicide bombers to launch attacks in the past by hiding explosive devices under their clothes.The attackers were on motorcycles when they blew themselves up outside two police buildings in the capital, N’Djamena.Chad President Idriss Deby said he was “not surprised” the country has been targeted because of the leading role its army is playing in a regional offensive against Boko Haram fighters operating out of northeastern Nigeria. Security officers stand at the site of a suicide bombing in Ndjamena, Chad, on MondayMuslim women in Chad will no longer wear their full face veil.This comes after the government banned the full face veil following suicide bomb attacks in the country on Monday.The government has blamed Nigeria’s militant group Boko Haram for the attacks which killed more than 20 people.“Wearing the full face veil which is also called ‘Burqa’ must stop immediately from today, not only in public places and schools but throughout the whole of the country,” Prime Minister Kalzeube Pahimi Deubet said in a speech to religious leaders the day before the start of the holy Muslim festival of Ramadaan.Any type of clothing that leaves only the eyes visible is a form of “camouflage” and is now banned, he added, asking the religious leaders to spread the message in their mosques, churches and holy places.Prime Minister Deubet said instructions had been given to security forces to “go into the markets and to seize all the burqas on sale and burn them”.Chad says the full face Veil is a camouflage for attackers from the Boko Haram grouplast_img read more

Scholes: Pogba will leave Man Utd

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first_img Promoted Content6 Best ’90s Action Movies To Watch TodayBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To Visit7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniversePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe 10 Biggest Historical Mysteries That Can’t Be Solved6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes, believes Paul Pogba will only stay if they qualify for next season’s Champions League.After their 2-0 win at Burnley on Saturday night, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team are up to the fifth spot in the Premier League table and are just one point off Chelsea ahead of their game in hand against Arsenal on Sunday.“The sooner United get into the Champions League the better,” Scholes told BT Sport, ahead of United’s game.“People like Paul Pogba, they have to play Champions League football, and if it doesn’t come here there’ll look elsewhere.”Speaking after United’s victory, Scholes believed United could definitely finish in the top-four.“I think they’ve got a really good chance. When they beat Tottenham and City… and when they come here tonight, United were in complete control other than 5-10 minutes at the end.Read Also:Pogba distributes anti-racism wristbands“A few weeks ago you thought the only way they were going to get Champions League was via the Europa League, but they have momentum now.”last_img read more

BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly confirms Women’s IPL

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first_imgImage Courtesy: BCCI/Gulf NewsAdvertisement cxkiNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7cjajWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E79z8( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) c2ivWould you ever consider trying this?😱1wvCan your students do this? 🌚ba9Roller skating! Powered by Firework All the rumours and guesswork going on around regarding Women’s IPL is now over, as BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has confirmed today that the much awaited tournament will be taking place. The four team tournament, also knows as the Women’s T20 Challenge and the Challenger series, will be having its third season this year. The camps are also confirmed to be set up by November.Advertisement Image Courtesy: BCCI/Gulf NewsBack in February, the Women’s T20 Challenge was confirmed to feature four teams this year. After months of uncertainty amidst the novel Coronavirus pandemic in India, the tournament’s decision comes on the heels of the men’s IPL confirmation.2020 Women’s T20 Challenge: Sourav Ganguly confirms Women’s IPL is ‘very much on’The Women’s tournament will be scheduled in accordance to the men’s IPL 2020, which will take place in UAE between 19th September and 10th November. The confirmation came from Sourav Ganguly himself, before the commencement of the IPL Governing Council meeting on Sunday.Advertisement “I can confirm to you that the women’s IPL is very much on and we do have a plan in place for the national team also,” Ganguly spoke to PTI prior to the GC meeting.ALSO READ: UAE cricket board aiming to fill 30-50% of the stadiums during IPLAdvertisement The surge of COVID-19 cases in India was the main factor for the men’s IPL to be shifted to the United Arab Emirates, second time the tournament saw an abroad venue since the 2009 edition in South Africa. It was also the factor behind the delay in confirmation of the  Challenger series, which saw its last two editions hosted in India.Image Courtesy: Sportzpics“We couldn’t have exposed any of our cricketers — be it male or female to health risk,” Dada continued, “It would have been dangerous. The NCA also remained shut because of COVID-19.”Although, the former Men in Blue captain said there are intentions to set up a camp for the women cricketers.“But we have a plan in place and we will have a camp for women, I can tell you that.” Ganguly added.While the BCCI prez did not confirm any possible dates for the Challenger series, internal sources confirmed that the tournament will likely be held between 1st to 10th November, similar to how the previous editions have taken place during Playoff and Finals week of men’s IPLs. However, the venues have not been revealed yet.The 2020 Women’s T20 Challenge will feature four teams. The two time champions Supernovas team, led by Harmanpreet Kaur, and the Trailblazers, captained by Smriti Mandhana will join up with former Women in Blue skipper Mithali Raj’s team Velocity from 2019, and one yet to be named fourth team included this year.The Supernovas are the two time champions of Women’s T20 Challenge. (Image Courtesy: IPL)If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also, follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comRoger Binny raises doubts over MS Dhoni’s current ability and fitness150 Day Wait: Badminton players receive green light from the government to train from 5 August Advertisementlast_img read more

SPOTTED: Former NFL Quarterback Billy Kilmer Visits Santa Anita Park on Super Bowl Sunday

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first_imgSanta Anita’s Millie Ball interviewed legendary NFL quarterback Billy Kilmer prior to the track’s Super Bowl Starter Handicap today at Santa Anita.  Kilmer, who logged 16 years in the NFL and led the Washington Redskins to victory versus the Dallas Cowboys in the 1972 NFC Championship game, was a two-time All Pro and played in Super Bowl VII against the undefeated Miami Dolphins in January, 1973.last_img

No bedbugs for early humans

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first_imgArchaeologists sorting excavated material at Sibudu cave. (Image: Christine Sievers) Leaves in a plaster jacket. In the latest discovery new evidence of well preserved and fossilised plant bedding, dating back 77 000 years, has been found.(Image: Marion Bamford) Sibudu sediments showing evidence for the burning of plants. (Image: Lyn Wadley) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lindsay Marshall   Maropeng  +27 14 577 9021 RELATED ARTICLES • Maropeng sets green standard • Maropeng top evotourism destination • Angola a fossil hotspot • SA varsity leads the way in geosciencesWilma den HartighArchaeological excavations have delivered yet another significant find – this time at a rock shelter near Durban in KwaZulu-Natal province. The fossil discovery, made by a team of researchers, reveals fascinating insights into the development of behavioural practices of early modern humans in Southern Africa.Archaeologists have been excavating the middle Stone Age site at the Sibudu cave, a sandstone cliff in northern KwaZulu-Natal about 40km north of Durban, since 1998.In the latest discovery new evidence of well preserved and fossilised plant bedding, dating back 77 000 years, has been found.The fossilised leaves and other artefacts discovered at Sibudu, such as the oldest bone and arrow, the oldest needle, and fossilised grass stems and leaves, are now on show in a new fossil display at Maropeng at the Cradle of Humankind in Gauteng.Evidence of modern human behaviourThe discovery is an important addition to South Africa’s existing archaeological collection.What makes the plant bedding discovery so significant is that it reveals new information about the evolution of modern human behaviour, and shows how early Homo sapiens lived.Lindsay Marshall, curator at Maropeng, says that similar evidence has been discovered elsewhere in the world, but these discoveries date back to a more recent period than that of the Sibudu caves.The newest discovery is 50 000 years older than earlier reports of preserved bedding.The fossilised leaves reveal that early humans were using plants with insect repellent properties and placing them on the ground to sleep on – and possibly to live and work on too.This discovery could also be the earliest evidence of modern floor coverings, such as the carpets that we have in our homes today.According to the research team, led by Wits University archaeologist Prof Lyn Wadley, the findings suggest that during the Middle Stone Age, 77 000 years ago, our human ancestors had the cognitive ability to choose plants that contained insect repellent to sleep on.The fossilised grass stems and leaves were most likely sourced from the uThongathi River near Sibudu. Wits botanist Marion Bamford identified the leaves as belonging to Cryptocarya woodii, also known as the Cape laurel or river wild quince.The leaves of this tree contain chemicals that are insecticidal, and would be suitable for repelling mosquitoes.Wadley says that the selection of these leaves for the construction of bedding suggests that early inhabitants of Sibudu had an intimate knowledge of the plants surrounding the shelter, and were aware of their medicinal uses.Microscopic analysis of the bedding, conducted by Christopher Miller, a junior professor in geoarchaeology at the University of Tübingen in Germany, suggests that the inhabitants repeatedly refurbished the bedding during the course of occupation.In what could be an early form of house cleaning, the microscopic analysis found that the inhabitants of Sibudu regularly burned the bedding after use, possibly as a way to remove pests.According to Miller, this would have prepared the site for future occupation and indicates a novel use of fire for the maintenance of an occupation site.A rare fossil displayMarshall says that this discovery is one of a long list of important finds at Sibudu over the past decade. Over the years, this rock shelter has become a highly valuable site for archeological research.Other items discovered during the excavations include perforated seashells, believed to have been used as beads.“It is interesting to wonder what the beads were used for,” she says. “They were probably used either as gifts or for exchanges with other communities. Either way they had value,” she says.Wadley considers the discovery of the fossil plants and the perforated shells as major career highlights.“Sibudu is only the second site in South Africa where these shells have been found,” she says. “The other is Blombos Cave in the Western Cape.”Sharpened bone points which could have been used for hunting were also found at Sibudu, and indicate some of the earliest examples of modern human technology.The exhibition consists of lots of smaller items such as pieces of stone tools, tiny shells and fossilised leaves that can be viewed with magnifying glasses placed in each display cabinet.At a glance it might seem like a random collection of bits and pieces of stone, but what you are actually looking at are rare finds that are usually not displayed in exhibitions open to the public.“In the exhibition you look at small things, but their historical significance is huge,” says Marshall. “These discoveries are usually reserved for laboratories and journals.”• The exhibition, What makes us human: The significance of the Sibudu cave shelter, runs until the end of May at the Maropeng.last_img read more

Kasich urges TPP progress

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The prime ministers of Australia and Singapore in a joint press conference in Canberra, Australia, urged the United States to stay engaged in the Asia-Pacific region and called on the U.S. Congress to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. The two countries are part of the TPP, whose 12 nations have a combined 800 million consumers and represent more than 40 percent of the world’s GDP.“The ratification of the TPP by the U.S. Congress would be of enormous importance to the region and … a profoundly strategically important commitment,” said Malcolm Turnbull, Australian Prime Minister.Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore’s prime minister, who said, “we all hope the U.S. will ratify [TPP] soon,” told reports that it’s important for the United States to stay engaged in the Asia Pacific “on a broad range of areas.”Also weighing in this week on the trade deal, was Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who said in a Washington Post op-ed that how congressional lawmakers vote on the TPP “will affect the course of the United States’ security, prosperity and global influence for the rest of the 21st century and determine whether we advance or retreat from our leadership role at a time of worldwide turmoil and uncertainty.”last_img read more

Fernandez enjoys coaching players from other schools in NCAA All-Star

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first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Fernandez was finally able to get one against Robinson, as the Saints team, made up of stars from San Beda, Letran, San Sebastian, Perpetual, and St. Benilde, escaped the late rally from the Heroes crew, comprised of standouts from Lyceum, JRU, EAC, Arellano, and Mapua.The Red Lion mentor  the rare chance to have players like Rey Nambatac, Bong Quinto, and eventual All-Star MVP Prince Eze in his team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“They’re really good. You know them when you’re facing against them, but once you coach them, you can really see their basketball IQ,” he said.Fernandez was also caught by surprise with how the unheralded players from the Golden Stags and the Blazers worked hard in practice. Coach Boyet Fernandez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Beda coach Boyet Fernandez isn’t putting too much thought his victory over Topex Robinson when his Saints prevailed over the Heroes, 84-80, in the 2017 NCAA All-Star Game on Friday.“It’s a different situation. Even though Topex is coaching the other team, it’s still an All-Star game and we’re just enjoying today’s game. It’s for the fans and the students of the member schools of the NCAA,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “I’m surprised of the three San Sebastian players. They can play and they just play. The same goes with St. Benilde. They really enjoyed their time even if they came from different schools,” he said, praising the attitude of San Sebastian’s Ian Valdez, Kevin Baytan, and Alvin Baetiong, as well as St. Benilde’s JJ Domingo, Edward Dixon, and Gerard Castor.With the midseason festivities now done with, Fernandez’ focus is back in the second round as San Beda returns to action against St. Benilde.“We know the second round will come on Tuesday. We’re enjoying this now and tomorrow, we’ll already focus on the second round,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT PBA: Globalport stuns TNT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next LATEST STORIESlast_img read more