Authorities free Al-Jazeera’s Cairo bureau chief

first_imgNews EgyptMiddle East – North Africa EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Organisation 28.04.2006 Call for release of Al-Jazeera’s Cairo bureau chiefReporters Without Borders noted today that Al-Jazeera’s Cairo bureau chief, Hussein Abdel Ghani, was released late yesterday on bail after being arrested in the southern Sinai resort town of Dahab in the morning on a charge of broadcasting “false information likely to harm the country’s reputation.” Ghani told his Qatar-based satellite TV station he was freed on payment of 10,000 pounds (1,400 euros) in bail. He was arrested for reporting that police were attacked yesterday in the town of Al-Sharkiya, which turned out not to be true. Ghani pointed out after his release that the attack was also reported by Egyptian and other foreign news media.————————————————————————–Reporters Without Borders has called for the release of Al-Jazeera TV’s Cairo bureau chief, Hussein Abdel Ghani, who was arrested today for broadcasting “false information likely to harm the country’s reputation.” Detained in the resort town of Dahab, where he went to cover the Sinai bombings of the past few days, he was taken to Cairo for questioning by state security investigators.“We call for the withdrawal of all the charges against Ghani,” Reporters Without Borders said. “He made a mistake but he recognised it immediately and it does not justify his arrest. We also question the methods used by the police – denying him access to a lawyer, taking him away by force, and subjecting him to a long interrogation before locking him in a cell.”Arrested at Dahab’s Novotel hotel, Ghani was initially taken to the local police station before being transferred to the office of the state security prosecutor in Cairo, where he was questioned at length without being allowed to contact his lawyer, family or employers.Prior to his arrest, Ghani reported on Al-Jazeera today that there had been an attack against policemen in the town of Al-Sharkiya, east of Cairo. The information was mistaken, and Al-Jazeera issued a formal retraction a few hours later. Several other Arab TV stations also issued similar erroneous reports about an attack in Al-Sharkiya without being bothered by the security services.Contacted by Reporters Without Borders, the Egyptian press union condemned Ghani’s arrest as a “serious press freedom violation.”Ghani is currently being held in an individual cell in Al Nozha prison in Heliopolis, east of Cairo. He has been Al-Jazeera’s Cairo bureau chief ever since the Qatar-based TV network was created in 1996. News February 1, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information April 28, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities free Al-Jazeera’s Cairo bureau chief News Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff January 22, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution February 6, 2021 Find out more RSF_en to go further Reporters Without Borders noted today that Al-Jazeera’s Cairo bureau chief, Hussein Abdel Ghani, was released late yesterday on bail after being arrested in the southern Sinai resort town of Dahab in the morning on a charge of broadcasting “false information likely to harm the country’s reputation.” News Follow the news on Egypt Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prisonlast_img read more

Summit encourages green purchases

first_imgThe consumer’s impact on the market for sustainable products was discussed at “Purchasing Power,” the fourth annual Green Summit presented by the Office of Sustainability, on Friday. The summit began with a “marketplace,” in which participants were given four different options of t-shirts, notebooks and cell phones and asked to choose which of the four options they would most likely buy in a store. Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves then welcomed attendees. “I challenge you to live up to the previous summits,” he said. He said the University is making progress and mentioned the Energy Studies program in engineering, improvements in recycling programs and tray-less days as successful ideas that have come from past summits. Affleck-Graves stressed the importance of the entire Notre Dame community in the effort to make Notre Dame greener. “It affects all of us,” he said. “Students, staff and faculty are the only way we will make progress on this front. It’s everyone doing their bit.” Rob Kelly, director of Procurement Services, also spoke at the summit, describing Notre Dame’s attempts to purchase green products. “If a change is economically feasible, that’s where we want to be,” Kelly said. He said Notre Dame is now looking to make printing and printing equipment more sustainable. “We have to find a balance between price, quality and sustainability,” he said. “At Notre Dame we aren’t ready to transition to using brown paper.” Jenny Mish, a professor at the Mendoza College of Business, spoke to participants about the difficulties of being a green consumer in the marketplace and how to make our purchases most effective as individual consumers. “Sustainability recognizes that we need to live in a way that doesn’t compromise future generations,” she said. She said individuals can make a difference by only consuming only our share of the world’s resources and no more. “If every person in the world consumed the way Americans did, we would need three worlds,” she said. Participants were then given the opportunity to discuss sustainability and the marketplace in small groups. Members were especially interested in how products received “green” labels and how many toxins were already present in their bodies. All the speakers stressed that the move toward sustainability is a long process and must be accomplished over a long period of time. “Notre Dame is dedicated to this initiative,” Affleck-Graves said.last_img read more

OIE chief says H5N1 still has pandemic potential

first_imgJan 16, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Dr. Bernard Vallat, head of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), believes the H5N1 avian influenza virus still has the potential to cause a human flu pandemic, the OIE said today in an effort to clarify news reports of comments Vallat made last week.At a meeting with reporters Jan 10, Vallat described the H5N1 virus as extremely stable and said the risk of a pandemic associated with it had been “overestimated” in the past, according to news service reports published the same day.Vallat’s reported comments drew criticism from preparedness proponents and infectious disease experts, including some quoted in a CIDRAP News article (see link below).Today’s OIE statement says Vallat’s comments came at an informal meeting with reporters, during which he discussed OIE activities and reporters asked about the H5N1 situation. The statement does not specifically criticize any of the reports of Vallat’s comments, but it says he made clear that the H5N1 virus still could evolve into a pandemic strain.”Dr Vallat said—as he has said in the past—that although the H5N1 virus is extremely virulent, it has shown to be quite stable over the last few years and its epidemiologic behaviour remained the same from the beginning of the crisis in 2003,” the OIE said.”He added that this observed stable behaviour of the H5N1 strain of the virus does not allow ruling out the risk of a mutation into a new dangerous form for humans, thus becoming a potential candidate for an avian influenza pandemic,” the statement continues.Vallat also told reporters that no one can predict when or how the next flu pandemic will occur and that H5N1 is just one of many flu viruses that could spark a pandemic, according to the statement.”Bird flu will always remain a risk, be it H5N1 or another [virus] and for that reason pandemic preparedness as well as permanent control of the pathogen at the animal source are important,” the statement quotes Vallat as saying.At the meeting, Vallat also reemphasized the need to strengthen the capability to detect and respond to emerging diseases in animals, especially those that can spread to humans, the OIE said.”He regretted that such capacities were not in place at the very beginning of the H5N1 avian influenza crisis, which delayed the reaction of countries, especially the poorest ones, first hit in South East Asia,” the statement said. “He welcomed today’s much better preparedness of countries to detect and control the disease.”See also: Jan 16 OIE statementhttp://web.oie.int/eng/press/en_080116.htmJan 11 CIDRAP News story “OIE chief’s downplaying of pandemic risk draws fire”last_img read more

NBA trade rumors: Cavaliers’ Kevin Love ‘not going anywhere,’ Collin Sexton says

first_img Kevin Love is latest NBA star to withdraw from Team USA The Cavaliers were one of the worst teams in the NBA last season and finished with a 19-63 record.“We have a good group of guys that want to be better and guys that haven’t given in to losing,” Love said in February, via the News-Herald. “That can be easy when so many games come at you so fast, but we’ve had a mentality that any given night we can win a basketball game. We’re going to continue to be like that.”Love signed a four-year, $120 million extension with Cleveland in July 2018.The Cavaliers do not want to deal the 30-year-old forward and would have to be “blown away” by an offer to consider moving him, according to an earlier report from Cleveland.com.Meanwhile, Cleveland selected Sexton out of Alabama with the No. 8 pick in the 2018 draft. He averaged 16.7 points and 3.0 assists while shooting 40.2% from 3-point range as a rookie.“(Love) was great,” Sexton said. “Once he got back from injury, he was great for us. He taught me a whole lot, and I can’t wait to keep learning from him.” Lakers free agency rumors: Los Angeles an ‘unlikely destination’ for JR Smith The Cavaliers parted ways with interim coach Larry Drew in April and hired John Beilein away from Michigan to replace him. The team fired Tyronn Lue after an 0-6 start to 2018-19.Cleveland added Vanderbilt guard Darius Garland, Belmont wing Dylan Windler and USC guard Kevin Porter Jr. in the first round of the 2019 draft last month. Kyrie Irving is ‘misunderstood,’ Nets’ Joe Harris says “Kevin (Love), he’s not going anywhere,” Sexton said during a recent interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio. “I feel like he’s not going anywhere.”#Cavs Point Guard @CollinSexton02 tells @EvCoRadio why Kevin Love means so much to him & the Cavs organization #BeTheFight pic.twitter.com/88DXC6Bsiz— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) July 23, 2019Love, a five-time All-Star, struggled with injuries throughout 2018-19 and played in just 22 games. Related News Collin Sexton believes Kevin Love will be on the Cavaliers’ roster next season.Love has been involved in multiple trade rumors this summer, but Sexton thinks his teammate will be staying in Cleveland.last_img read more

ERC to meet with Opposition Commissioners

first_imgGECOM discriminationThe Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) will, in the new week, be meeting with the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) representatives on the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) as the ERC probes allegations of employment discrimination at the elections body.GECOM Chairman, James PattersonThe Opposition Commissioners at GECOM wrote the ERC last month, complaining of employment discrimination after GECOM Chairman, (rt’d) Justice James Patterson, used his deciding vote to break a deadlock which saw second-ranker Roxanne Meyers being appointed Deputy Chief Elections Officer over top-ranker and former DCEO, Vishnu Persaud.Asked about the complaint filed by the PPP Commissioners, ERC Chairman Dr John Smith told reporters at a media engagement on Saturday morning that his team will be meeting with the complainants on Monday.“We will be meeting on Monday with Opposition Commissioners of GECOM…and whatever comes in, we’ll deal with that… [But] some matters fall under labour, and not the ERC, so we have to remind them about that,” Smith explained.Nevertheless, the ERC Chairman posited that the task ahead is a difficult one, and after Monday’s meeting, a determination will be made as to the way forward in terms of whether there would be the need for investigative and legal inputs – resources which the ERC is now recruiting.“We will need some help, [because] if the pie chart that I saw is authentic, we really have a problem… We have our work cut out, nothing is going to be easy, going forward. We will try our best to be fair, but it may take some time [to resolve], because problems with roots take some time to resolve,” Dr Smith outlined.While the ERC is now putting together its resources, its Vice Chairman, Norman McLean, disclosed that the Opposition Commissioner had actually cancelled a previously scheduled meeting, thus further delaying the matter. Nevertheless, he noted that following Monday afternoon’s meeting with the PPP Commissioners, the ERC would subsequently meet the GECOM Chairman.“We’re looking to having a fair approach to whatever [the issue] is,” McLean asserted.The issue of Persaud being overlooked was disclosed by the PPP Commissioners, who had previously highlighted that candidates applying for posts at GECOM were being rejected or accepted based on their ethnicity and political alignment. This practice, the commissioners have said, has resulted in the Commission being staffed mainly with one ethnic group.However, questioned by <> about the concerns of ethnic imbalance at the Commission, and the impact this could have on the public’s perception of the entity, Justice Patterson had made a point to mention that a similar situation had existed before, when Doodnauth Singh was Chairman, and most of the staff at the Commission were of Indian descent.“I’m not concerned about any so-called ethnic imbalance… So this ethnic thing will drive us into disaster. I hate it… Be assured I’m not that sort; wrong man,” Patterson asserted.Meanwhile, in regard to overlooking Persaud for the DCEO post, Justice Patterson had said it is his call to vote for the candidate whom he thinks is “the proper person”, and he did just that. He added that there were other issues which led to him supporting the appointment of the second highest scored candidate, an Afro-Guyanese, over Persaud, an Indo-Guyanese.“There are other issues (regarding why Persaud was not selected), and I don’t wish to comment on them, because I don’t want to say anything that would hinder Mr. Persaud’s career, or him getting another job. So it’s my personal view, and nobody knows why in detail, but it’s easy to guess. I feel the choice is a right choice. My regime here excludes ethnicity. We want the correct person for the job, it doesn’t matter their race… I don’t look at ethnicity, I look at talent,” Justice Patterson posited.Persaud, who had been employed as a PRO at GECOM since 2001, had acted as the DCEO within the entity since 2014. However, when his contract expired during the period when there was no Chairman at the helm of the Elections Commission, he was informed that he had to re-apply for the position.In a subsequent interview with this newspaper, Persaud had said he is now contemplating his next step after his appointment was rejected — a move on which he opted not to share his personal thoughts or emotions. However, he did note that he has always done his work professionally, without any racial or political biases.Caption: ERC Chairman, Dr John SmithPix saved in photo as Dr John Smithlast_img read more

Finally! ‘Find in Page’ Comes to Mobile Safari

first_imgWhat important Web browsing feature is sorely missing from mobile Safari, the iPhone’s built-in browser? If you’re like us, you probably said the ability to search for text within a Web page. We’re accustomed to using this feature in the grown-up Web browsers on our desktop and laptop machines, but sadly, it’s lacking when we switch over to the mini-browser built into our mobile phone.Until now, that is. In yet another case of “there’s an app for that,” there is, in fact, a new iPhone application that adds the “find within a page” feature to the iPhone browser. And it’s well worth the $0.99 fee to finally have this function at our disposal again. Find in Page for iPhoneThe application “Find in Page” (iTunes URL), which was released last month in the iTunes App Store, is essentially a browser bookmarklet that adds an extra feature to mobile Safari. Not only does “Find in Page” locate all instances of a word within the displayed Web page upon launch, it also counts them, highlights them and lets you move from once instance to the next (and back again) by tapping arrow buttons. Of course, there are other free bookmarklets out there that provide similar functionality, but this one feels very much like a part of mobile Safari itself. It feels built-in.The key differentiating factor that makes this pseudo plugin stand out from the rest is the semi-transparent toolbar that appears at the bottom of the screen once the bookmarklet is activated. From here, you can access the arrow buttons, word count information and you can pull up the search window again if you want to edit your current search or start a new one. Also, if you perform multiple searches, you can do so without having to reload the page – a definite time-saver. Finally, an “X” button closes the toolbar when you’re finished. sarah perez Tags:#Apple#Browsers#Product Reviews#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Although this small application may not sound as exciting as a revolutionary new feed reader or a brand-new interface for Facebook, it’s arguably going to be one of the most useful applications you’ve ever installed on your iPhone. For that reason, we think it’s well worth the $0.99 the developer is charging for the app. We’ve certainly paid far more for applications we’ve used much less than this. However, for those of you who balk at paying anything for apps, especially for ones that are essentially just a bit of code, you’ll be happy to know that a free “lite” version of this tool will be coming mid-month. Stay tuned to the App Store for its release. Otherwise, you can grab the paid version here. last_img read more

Subscribe to Parts of HTML Pages with Superfeedr Fragments

first_imgTags:#hack#Tools How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Related Posts Why You Love Online Quizzescenter_img Last month, real-time feed service Superfeedr introduced the option to subscribe to any type of arbitrary content – such as static HTML pages, V Cards, JSON and more. This week the company announced the ability to subscribe to only fragments of HTML pages. As an example, Superfeedr explained how to subscribe to just the “current conditions” on The New York Times Weather page.The basic use case for both subscribing to arbitrary content and subscribing to fragments is obvious: you can monitor when something on the Web changes. For example, if a company you want to work for has a job listings site but doesn’t have a feed for those listings, you could monitor just the part of the page that lists open positions. One person in the comments of the announcements mentioned using it to monitor price changes. There are some really interesting real-time intelligence gathering applications that could be built with this. But what are some less obvious uses?It seems like you could use this to embed and automatically update content from other sources into your own Web projects. For example, if you wanted to include a weather widget on your dashboard, you could use this to scrape weather data from The Times. The ethics of scraping is debatable, but you get the idea.Interestingly, enterprise software company SimplyBox has using fragments as a means to “remix” applications. Perhaps it should partner with Superfeedr to improve this feature.Scraping still seems like a pretty obvious idea. What else could you use this for? klint finley Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

China stops skid, Korea stays spotless in AVC

first_imgChinese-Taipei will be locked in a bottom-four seed come the quarters as it slipped to 0-3.Wu Wei-Hua led Chinese-Taipei with a game-high 25 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIn the second game, Korea remained undefeated after dealing Kazakhstan a quick defeat, 25-21, 26-24, 25-10, to improve to 3-0.Kim Yeon-koung had her highest-scoring game of the tournament with 18 points while Hwang Minkyoung added 12. NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Korea, though, lost Yang Hyojin after the 27-year-old injured her back during the game.Yekaterina Zhdanova had 12 points to lead the Kazakhs (2-1). Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Alora aims to prove she deserves to be flag-bearer by winning SEAG gold Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Photo from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—China has stopped its downward spiral in the qualifying stage of the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship after squeaking past Chinese-Taipei in five sets, 25-22, 19-25, 20-25, 25-21, 15-11, Monday at Alonte Sports Arena here.Captain Liu Meng Ya had 22 points to lead the Chinese as they improved to 1-2 while Jin Ye added 19.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

17 days agoPablo Machin delighted taking charge of Espanyol

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Pablo Machin delighted taking charge of Espanyolby Carlos Volcano17 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePablo Machin is delighted taking charge of Espanyol.The former Girona coach succeeds David Gallego, who was sacked yesterday.Machin said at his presentation: “Thank you for the confidence shown and for the love that I am already feeling in these hours and I will surely be reciprocal with the fans. “I come to a historic club, at a time that is what it is. I have a great hope, but also a responsibility to leave it in the place it deserves.”It is an exciting year, we are in three competitions, although never leaving aside LaLiga.”What I can promise is maximum involvement, I will require the technical staff and the environment to do the same. I know for success we need that.” last_img read more