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RSF calls for release of Al-Jazeera journalists

first_img News December 26, 2014 – Updated on April 29, 2016 RSF calls for release of Al-Jazeera journalists News Reporters Without Borders again urges the Egyptian authorities to free Al-Jazeera journalists Peter Greste, Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Baher Mohamed and end the judicial nightmare to which they have been subjected. A court is due to begin hearing their appeal on 1 January. EgyptMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en to go further The first anniversary of their arrest will be on 29 December. In June they were given sentences ranging from seven to ten years in prison on charges of disseminating false news and belonging to a “terrorist organization.” President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi alluded on 20 November to the possibility of a pardon if it serves the national interest.“We urge President Sisi to pardon the Al-Jazeera journalists, who are not guilty of the charges brought against them and were just doing their job at the time of their arrest,” Reporters Without Borders programme director Lucie Morillon said.“Their arbitrary conviction perfectly illustrates how the regime has been cracking down on foreign and local media personnel with real or imagined links to the Muslim Brotherhood. Journalists must not be persecuted in the name of combatting terrorism.”In a letter published at the start of December by Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, Fahmy – who was Al-Jazeera English’s Cairo bureau chief and who has dual Canadian and Egyptian nationality – said he and his colleagues were victims of the cold war being wage between Egypt and Qatar, where Al-Jazeera is based.He also criticized the failure of news media to provide journalists with adequate protection and said they should maintain a dialogue with the governments of countries where they send their journalists in order to prevent them from being arrested on spurious grounds.International supportThe jailed Al-Jazeera journalists have received a great deal of international support in the past year and their case has been much discussed on social networks. The #FreeAJStaff hashtag went viral and has been used more than 450,000 times.Reporters Without Borders has also campaigned for their release. Its actions included launching a petition in July that called for them to be freed and accused the Egyptian authorities of violating the new constitution adopted in January.When Sisi visited Paris in November, Reporters Without Borders addressed an open letter to French President François Hollande pointing out that the iniquitous proceedings against the Al-Jazeera journalists had cast doubt on the independence of the Egyptian judicial system. The Egyptian government had a responsibility to ensure that journalists receive the protection they need to report the news freely and safely, Reporters Without Borders said.Ever since the army seized power in July 2013, Sisi has orchestrated a regime of terror that has constantly targeted journalists working for media directly or indirectly linked with the Muslim Brotherhood, which has been classified as a “terrorist organization.”At least 30 journalists were arbitrarily arrested in 2014 on charges of organizing or participating in demonstrations or supporting a terrorist organization. According to the Reporters Without Borders tally, at least 20 news providers are currently being held arbitrarily, including several foreign citizens.One of the world’s biggest prisons for journalists in 2014, Egypt is ranked 159th out of 180 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. February 6, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Egypt Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff News Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information Organisation January 22, 2021 Find out more EgyptMiddle East – North Africa February 1, 2021 Find out more Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolutionlast_img read more

Are you a student ?

first_imgANY OTHER IDEAS ? Help by sharing this information November 23, 2009 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Are you a student ? Getting involved with Reporters Without Borders on the Press Freedom campaign will ask you to get in touch with one of our contacts in the United States. You can find them here.Here are a some ideas – Create a RWB club in your Universities to gather lost of RWB fans. The challenge ? Create a videoclip on press freedom. Have you seen this one ? Organisation center_img Begin by passing it on. Then, make your own, send it to [email protected] until March 15th and the winning University will host a press conference on World Press Freedom day with RWB’ well known speakers and reporters.- Create a special column on press freedom in your newspapers. You can ask for these inserts to be displayed but also talk about specific issues and write articles about jailed reporters or cyberdissidents.- Ask your dean to host a forum on that issue with some journalists of your local newspapers. You will be surprised to know that some of them might already be in trouble for they wanted to publish a news for you to read it. Actually, in the United States, 19 journalists have been sued since 2001. News RSF_en last_img read more

Cavaliers edge Warriors to complete greatest comeback

first_imgOakland, United States | AFP |Past 10 winners of the NBA Finals:2016 – Cleveland Cavaliers2015 – Golden State Warriors2014 – San Antonio Spurs2013 – Miami Heat2012 – Miami Heat2011 – Dallas Mavericks2010 – Los Angeles Lakers2009 – Los Angeles Lakers2008 – Boston Celtics2007 – San Antonio Spurs Momentum swingsBack came Golden State, Green hitting three free throws and a 32-pointer in a 15-7 run to seize a 76-75 edge entering the fourth quarter after 17 lead changes and nine ties.Green scored 22 first-half points, hitting 8-of-10 shots from the floor and 5-of-5 from 3-point range after an 0-for-10 showing from beyond the arc in his prior three games.Green had four 3-pointers and a 3-point play in the second quarter and scored nine points in a 12-5 run that gave Golden State a 47-40 lead.He also had six rebounds and five assists in sparking Golden State to a 49-42 half-time edge as Warriors top scorers Thompson and Curry combined to shoot 5-of-17 overall and 3-of-12 in 3-pointers.James led the Cavaliers in the first half with 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists but also made four turnovers. ‘This is for you’“Cleveland, this is for you,” James screamed on the court after the frantic final seconds.“King” James had only the third statistical “triple double” in the seventh game of an NBA Finals, joining Jerry West in 1969 and James Worthy in 1988.James, in his sixth consecutive finals and seventh overall, led the series with 29.7 points, 11.3 rebounds and 8.7 assists plus more than two steals and two blocked shots a game — the greatest all-around numbers ever produced with a crown on the line.Only two other clubs down 3-1 in the finals had ever forced a seventh game, none in 50 years until the Cavaliers epic comeback.It was only the fourth time in 19 NBA Finals seventh games that the road team won, the first time since Washington captured the 1978 title in Seattle.Golden State suffered the worst choke in NBA Finals history after having won an NBA record 73 regular-season games.“It sucks,” said Draymond Green, who led the Warriors with 32 points. “It hurts to lose when you had a 3-1 lead.”The winner-take-all showdown captured the attention of US President Barack Obama, who watched the end of the game on Air Force One after returning from a family trip, and commanded high-priced fans, courtside tickets with a face value of $8,500 being resold for as much as $49,500.Fans saw a thriller after six lopsided prior outcomes in the historic series.James made three free throws and added a 3-pointer to give the Cavaliers an 89-87 lead, but Klay Thompson’s layup lifted the Warriors level with 4:39 to play.The teams each went six possessions without scoring after that, time and again thwarting their rivals until Irving’s 3-pointer.After another Cavaliers’ stop, James was fouled by Green as he tried for a title-clinching slam dunk. Instead, he made a free throw to produce the final margin and the Warriors could not close the gap in the dying seconds.The Warriors had not lost three games in a row since 2013.NBA scoring leader Steph Curry had 17 points while fellow Warriors 3-point sharpshooter Thompson managed only 14.The Warriors took their biggest lead at 54-46 but back-to-back 3-pointers by J.R. Smith and an Irving layup pulled the Cavaliers level early in the third quarter.Curry scored the next five points but then went 0-for-4 with three turnovers over more than three minutes and Cleveland went on an 14-2 run, Irving scoring 10 in the spurt that gave the Cavaliers a 68-61 advantage. LeBron James delivered one of his mightiest all-around performances and the Cleveland Cavaliers completed the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history Sunday, dethroning defending champion Golden State 93-89 to capture their first league title.James scored 27 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and passed off 11 assists to win the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player award for the third time in his career as the Cavaliers became the first club to rally from a 3-1 deficit to win the best-of-seven series title.“We were able to put together some spectacular games down 3-1,” a tearful James said moments after the victory. “This is special.“I kept that positive attitude. I don’t know why we had to take the hard road. Against all odds.”Kyrie Irving added 26 points, including the crucial 3-pointer with 52 seconds remaining to give Cleveland the lead for good, as the Cavaliers took the series 4-3 and brought Cleveland its first major sports champion since the 1964 NFL Browns, ending the longest such title drought for any American city. All-time NBA Finals Game SevensResults list from NBA Finals game sevens after Sunday’s showdown between Cleveland and Golden State (road teams won in 1969, 1974, 1978 and 2016):1951: Rochester Royals 79, New York Knicks 751952: Minneapolis Lakers 82, New York Knicks 651954: Minneapolis Lakers 87, Syracuse Nationals 801955: Syracuse Nationals 92, Fort Wayne Pistons 911957: Boston Celtics 125, St. Louis Hawks 123 (double-overtime)1960: Boston Celtics 122, St. Louis Hawks 1031962: Boston Celtics 110, Los Angeles Lakers 107 (overtime)1966: Boston Celtics 95, Los Angeles Lakers 931969: Boston Celtics 108, Los Angeles Lakers 1061970: New York Knicks 113, Los Angeles Lakers 991974: Boston Celtics 102, Milwaukee Bucks 871978: Washington Bullets 105, Seattle SuperSonics 991984: Boston Celtics 111, Los Angeles Lakers 1021988: Los Angeles Lakers 108, Detroit Pistons 1051994: Houston Rockets 90, New York Knicks 842005: San Antonio Spurs 81, Detroit Pistons 742010: Los Angeles Lakers 83, Boston Celtics 792013: Miami Heat 95, San Antonio Spurs 882016: Cleveland Cavaliers 93, Golden State Warriors 89Past 10 winners of the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player award:2016 – LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers2015 – Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors2014 – Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs2013 – LeBron James, Miami Heat2012 – LeBron James, Miami Heat2011 – Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks2010 – Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers2009 – Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers2008 – Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics2007 – Tony Parker, San Antonio SpursShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Second chance for 2010 tickets

first_imgAn artist’s impression of Durban Stadium. (Image: City of Durban. For more free photos, visit the image library.)The second phase of ticket sales for the 2010 Fifa World Cup kicked off on Monday 4 May, with some 100 000 tickets up for grabs. These exclude tickets for the tournament’s two semifinals and the final – matches 61, 62 and 64.From this phase onwards tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications can be made at First National Bank (FNB) branches or via the Fifa website.South Africans applying for tickets at FNB branches will have to present a valid form of identification, and foreigners their passport. Those applying on behalf of friends or family will have to provide the details of these persons, including their identity numbers, names, dates of birth and nationality.Individual ticket applications are limited to up to four tickets per match, and up to seven matches in total, with prices starting at US$20 (R140). Applicants will be informed within 10 working days whether or not their application has been fully or partly successful.Tickets will be ready for collection at the Fifa venue ticketing centres from April 2010 onwards.For more information e-mail [email protected] or fax +41 43222 6800.Confederations Cup 2009Meanwhile, some 320 000 tickets are still available for the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup, which runs from 14 to 28 June.To help boost ticket sales in South Africa, four ticketing centres have been set up in the tournament’s host cities of Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Rustenburg. They are open from 9am to 6pm, seven days a week, and can be found at:Johannesburg: Sandton Isle, corner of Rivonia Road and Linden Street, SandownPretoria: Brooklyn Mall, corner of Middel and Fehrsen Streets, New MuckleneukBloemfontein: Lochlogan Waterfront Mall, corner of Charles Street and First AvenueRustenburg: Waterfall Mall, 1 Augrabies AvenueFrom 11 May, South Africans will also be able to buy Confederations Cup tickets by calling the Fifa ticketing call centre on 083 2010 010.Also from 11 May, four ticket collection points, two each in Johannesburg and Pretoria, will be provided in the following FNB branches:Johannesburg: Eastgate Shopping Centre, GardenviewJohannesburg: Maponya Mall, Old Potchefstroom Road, Klipspruit, KliptownPretoria: Sunny Park, corner of Esselen and Trevenna Road, SunnysidePretoria: Hatfield, Hillcrest Boulevard Shopping Centre, Lynwood RoadThese collection points will be open during normal FNB trading hours.At all locations customers need to bring their:Credit card (if they used the card to buy tickets via www.Fifa.com)Ticket purchase card from their hard ticket application form (if they used the paper application form to purchase tickets)Proof of identity to confirm they are the person who ordered the ticketsDo you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] articlesNo swine flu threat to Confed CupNo power cuts in 2010Ticketing centres for Confed CupFrom Finland to SA’s Fifa CupWorld Cup ticket frenzy Useful linksFifaFirst National BankSouth Africa 2010SouthAfrica.info – 2010last_img read more

SA store shows new way to farm

first_imgFarming for the future will ensure that Woolworths suppliers grow quality produce while minimising the negative impact on the environment. (Image: Woolworths)South African retailer Woolworths – which specialises in upmarket clothes and food – has pioneered a new, cost-effective farming method to improve the quality of its fresh produce while protecting the environment.The initiative, known as Farming for the future, “is a significant paradigm shift and a giant leap forward on how we farm fresh produce in South Africa”, Woolworths CEO Simon Susman said at the launch in Johannesburg on 3 November 2009.“In my view, Farming for the future will help to secure the sustainability of South Africa’s soils, water resources and productive capacity in the long term.”Good news for consumersSeveral years ago Woolworths realised that the conventional farming methods used by its suppliers were unsustainable as they were “depleting the soil’s capacity to produce quality fruit and vegetables as its carbon and biodiversity content shrunk,” said Susman.To rectify this, the retailer called in its agricultural experts to work hand-in-hand with suppliers and, over three years, an alternative production method was developed. Initial trials showed that as yields and quality became more consistent, less water and fewer inputs were needed.Farming for the future techniques are now being implemented at all Woolworths supplier farms around the country, with 50% of the chain’s fresh produce already being grown this way. The method, Susman explains, is “somewhere between organic farming and current, conventional farming practices”.The retailer wants all its locally grown fruit and vegetables to be farmed organically, or through the Farming for the future approach by 2012. This is a significant undertaking as it accounts for more than 90% of its fresh produce.The good news for consumers is that the new method costs no more than conventional farming, so prices won’t be affected. Farming for the future fresh produce will be packaged with a special logo and will be available in Woolworths stores later in November.Focusing on soil healthFarming for the future concentrates on composting and increasing soil’s humus content, enabling it to absorb more carbon dioxide. “It re-establishes the soil as one of the key carbon sinks, so we’re taking carbon dioxide out of the air and putting it back in the soil,” Susman said.“We found that most of our fruit and vegetables were grown in soil that was increasingly depleted of minerals and nutrients,” said Susman. “Conventional farming methods extract minerals and nutrients from the soil, so over time, more and more fertilisers are needed.”With more use of organic fertilisers, farmers will be less reliant on chemical products that deplete the soil. The health of farmworkers will also improve as there will be less exposure to harmful pesticides and herbicides.Healthy soil requires fewer chemical interventions, so chemical run-off into water systems will be reduced, helping maintain water quality, said Susman. Good soil also retains more water, so crops will need less irrigation.Improved biodiversityFlip Nel is a farmer from Limpopo province with 26 years of experience. He converted to Farming for the future methods after being impressed with them in a trial and now supplies Woolworths with a range of fresh produce, including baby cucumbers and tomatoes.Six years ago Nel realised that the soil on his farm was losing quality. He said he had to find an alternative production method as “we couldn’t get the same yields and returns on our inputs”.Conventional practices, cultivation, fertilisation and chemical pest control worked against nature, said Nel, but “Farming for the future is an attempt to turn that around”.The farmer has also noticed that his land’s biodiversity has improved since switching methods.Developing farmersIn addition to helping its main suppliers adopt Farming for the future techniques, Woolworths is working with upcoming, small-scale farmers in Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal so they can become suppliers as well.“They [small-scale farmers] are really improving the quality of their produce faster than we imagined … it may not be long before they supply the bigger markets,” said the chain’s soil scientist Kobus Pienaar.“But we also want them to be able to supply their communities and so far they have been successful in that.”Leading exampleFarming for the future could change the nature of production across South Africa and others are welcome to adopt it, said Woolworths head of food Julian Novak.The initiative is also supported by the South African arm of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Mark Botha, head of Living Lands at WWF, said in a statement: “Maintaining ecosystem integrity is a major challenge facing South African farmers. This includes issues of soil health, over-allocated and degraded water resources and biodiversity destruction.”“As key players in the food value chain, retailers and their suppliers can make a meaningful contribution to accelerating the adoption of better management practices in agriculture. We commend Woolworths for taking the lead in driving positive change in this competitive sector,” he added.last_img read more

Saudi on track to restore third of lost oil output experts

first_imgRiyadh: Saudi Arabia, the world’s top oil exporter, is expected to restore Monday at least a third of the production lost to weekend attacks on two major oil facilities, according to experts and reports. The Saturday strikes on national energy giant Aramco’s Abqaiq processing plant and Khurais oil field knocked 5.7 million barrels per day (bpd) off production, over half of the OPEC kingpin’s output, sending shockwaves through markets. Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said Sunday the kingdom would use its vast inventories to partially compensate for the lost production, and the US also authorised the release of its reserves. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US But oil prices saw a record surge on Monday, with key contracts more than 10 percent higher as finger-pointing at Iran fuelled fresh geopolitical fears. The Energy Intelligence specialist newsletter cited industry sources as saying Aramco was “close to restoring as much as 40 percent” of the lost production, or about 2.3 million bpd. The Wall Street Journal cited people familiar with the damage estimates as saying the hit facilities would take weeks to return to full production capacity. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls However, one of its sources told the newspaper: “We should be able to have two million barrels a day back online… by tomorrow (Monday).” Industry consultant Energy Aspects also estimated the country would be able to restore almost half the lost production as early as Monday. Aramco said Saturday it would provide an update within two days, and all eyes are on official word on the state of play, which could offer reassurance to jittery markets. A report by Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya television said Monday however that Aramco was ready to restart the Khurais plant, which handles 1.5 million bpd. Saudi Arabia pumps 9.9 million bpd, almost 10 percent of global demand, of which seven million bpd is destined for export. The kingdom also has a spare capacity of around two million bpd that it can draw on at times of crisis. Yemen’s Iran-aligned Huthi rebels have claimed responsibility for Saturday’s strikes, one of the most destructive attacks on Saudi oil facilities, but the kingdom has not yet officially accused any side. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pointed the finger squarely at Tehran, saying there was no evidence the “unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply” was launched from Yemen. US President Donald Trump has raised the possibility of military retaliation, saying Sunday that Washignton was “locked and loaded” to respond to the attack. Tehran denies the accusations but the news revived fears of direct conflict after a series of attacks on oil tankers in sensitive Gulf waters earlier this year that were also blamed on Iran.last_img read more

The blur that was Justin Biebers rise to superstardom

first_imgJustin Bieber, seen at left, announced his engagement to model Hailey Baldwin, seen at right, in the summer of 2018. (Canadian Press/AP) Login/Register With: Advertisement Usher told CBC Radio’s q that Justin Bieber is a natural star performer.(Chris Pizzello/AP) What’s next for Bieber appears to be his wedding, as the singer confirmed his engagement to American model Hailey Baldwin this past summer. (Some reports suggest the couple may have a marriage licence already.) Advertisement But before the marriage proposal, before the tattoos, before the legal issues, before his pet monkey became the property of Germany, Bieber was an up-and-coming pop star and the world did not yet know every detail of his life story.‘He just had it’Born in southwestern Ontario in 1994, Bieber showed musical talent from a young age and took music lessons when he was growing up.As he got older, Bieber did some busking on the streets of Stratford, Ont., his hometown, which is about a two-hour drive from Toronto. At just 24 years of age, Justin Bieber has accomplished a lot.He’s sold millions of records and toured the globe. His videos have racked up billions of views on YouTube.last_img read more

Growth has been strong but productivity still low Bank of Canada deputy

first_imgSHERBROOKE, Que. – Economic growth in Canada has been strong in recent quarters, but significant challenges remain and productivity levels are still well below those in the United States, a senior Bank of Canada official says.Speaking to the Sherbrooke Chamber of Commerce, Bank of Canada deputy governor Sylvain Leduc said Tuesday that productivity growth could be increased by reducing the barriers that future fast-growing firms may face.Leduc says a report from the World Bank noted that Canada is one of the easiest countries to start a business, but he added that it is more difficult for firms to grow beyond a certain point.He says the recent free trade deal with Europe and an agreement earlier this year to help reduce barriers to interprovincial trade are encouraging examples to help firms grow.Leduc said that while about half of new firms close their doors within five years of starting, those that do make a name for themselves tend to grow rapidly and referred to them as “gazelles.”“These young, transformative companies that are growing at dizzying speeds have a good chance of developing new technologies that increase productivity,” he said.Leduc says the pace of economic growth is expected to slow over the next few quarters, but noted it should still exceed that of potential output.“We therefore expect an increase in entry rates and a decline in business exits over the coming quarters,” he said. “Moreover, the contribution of new firms to increasing the productive capacity of the economy could give rise to a virtuous circle of growth.”The Bank of Canada raised its key interest rate target last month for the second time this year following a strong start to the year for the economy.However, governor Stephen Poloz signalled last week that the bank would take a more cautious approach to any future rate hikes.last_img read more

Environment Minister wants transparency from Kenney

first_imgALBERTA – Alberta’s environment minister says Opposition Leader Jason Kenney’s plans to eliminate regulations and labour rules will likely hurt working people.Shannon Phillips says transparency is critical, so Kenney needs to explain what exactly he’ll cut if he wins power.The United Conservatives are still consulting on the party’s policy platform ahead of the spring election, but Kenney dropped some hints in a speech last week to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.Kenney told the audience he will repeal labour rules enacted under the N-D-P that he says are hamstringing businesses, and that his party wants to cut bureaucratic red tape by a third.last_img read more

Enbridges McMahon Gas Plant requires a complete shutdown

first_imgFlaring is a common and safe process monitored continuously by highly trained personnel. There is no risk to the public as a result of this activity.For more information, please contact Michaela Bjorseth at 250-262-3538 UPDATE – Media representative says there was a pipe marked for further inspection, shutting the plant down and flaring is the safest way to remove the gas from the plant in order to inspect the pipe further. This was not due to an incident.TAYLOR, B.C.- A process concern that requires immediate attention will have Enbridge’s McMahon Gas Plant taken offline today to investigate.To facilitate safely, the plant requires a complete shutdown and operations personnel will begin flaring this afternoon expecting completion later on this evening.last_img read more