RSF deplores censorship of Libyan weekly Al Wassat

first_img LibyaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Freedom of expression RSF_en LibyaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Freedom of expression Organisation to go further December 17, 2019 Find out more News News News Follow the news on Libya February 23, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Ten thousand copies of this Libyan newspaper, which is printed in Egypt, were seized at a Libyan military checkpoint on 22 April and again yesterday as they were being transported by road to their distribution point in the eastern city of Benghazi. One of the newspaper’s employers present at the seizure was threatened. The same soldiers detained and interrogated the local distributor for three days before releasing him on 24 April. As a result of these threats, the person in charge of distributing Al Wassat in the west of the country has told the newspaper’s management he cannot continue.“Censoring media outlets and intimidating their employees is unacceptable,” said Yasmine Kacha, the head of RSF’s North Africa desk. “The restoration of peace in Libya requires respect for media freedom. Journalists have a key role to play today in Libya. It is vital and urgent that they should be allowed to work freely.”Although a new, UN-backed Government of National Accord was installed in Tripoli on 30 March, the media continue to be subject to a great deal of harassment. In a press release on 31 March, RSF urged Prime Minister Fayez El Saraj to undertake publicly to protect media freedom.Libya is ranked 164th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns repeated seizures of issues of the weekly newspaper Al Wassat by Libyan soldiers and the intimidation of its distributors in recent weeks. Help by sharing this information On Libyan revolution’s 10th anniversary, authorities urged to guarantee press freedom Six imprisoned journalists to finally appear in court in Istanbul News June 24, 2020 Find out more Well-known Libyan journalist missing since his arrest May 12, 2016 RSF deplores censorship of Libyan weekly Al Wassatlast_img read more

Bogus callers targeting the elderly

first_imgFacebook Email NewsBogus callers targeting the elderlyBy Staff Reporter – January 11, 2016 874 Twitter Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up ELDERLY people, especially vulnerable pensioners, are being warned to be extra vigilant following reports of bogus callers trying to gain entry to rib their homes.Sgt Justin McCarthy of the Henry Street Crime Prevention Office said that in the past week, Roxboro Road Gardaí received two reports of bogus callers gained entry to the homes of elderly people to steal property from their vulnerable victims.The first incident happened at 5.20pm last Wednesday when a man posing as an ESB meter reader called to the home of an elderly woman at Raheen Gardens.“As he was let into the house, we believe a second male suspect entered the house and stole a sum of cash from an upstairs room” Sgt. McCarthy said.Later, on the same evening, a similar, but unsuccessful attempt was made to carry out the same scam at the home of an elderly person in Janesboro.Gardaí are asking neighbours and relatives to keep in touch with older people and warn them of the danger of bogus callers.Gardai at Roxboro Road are appealing for witnesses or information in relation to these incidents 061 214340 or 1800 666 111. Advertisementcenter_img WhatsApp Linkedin Print Previous articleState to send accused for trial on endangering Limerick pensionerNext articleLook out! It’s Duke Special Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

SMC seniors promote type I diabetes awareness

first_imgNine Saint Mary’s seniors in communication professor Colleen Fitzpatrick’s non-profit public relations (PR) class will put the phrase “Once a Belle, Always a Belle” into action tonight when they host “Open Mic Night” to raise awareness for Type I diabetes in support of class of 2013 alum Katie Schwab.Schwab, who spent time working with the Notre Dame women’s basketball staff during her time at Saint Mary’s, entered a diabetic coma this summer as a result of Type I diabetes, senior Loretto Evans, a student in the class, said.Hearing about Schwab’s story encouraged Fitzpatrick, who was Schwab’s peer mentor during her time at Saint Mary’s, to re-structure her class in order to help raise support, Evans said.“I would definitely say this is unique to this year,” Evans said. “[Schwab] is no longer a student here, and yet we’re still doing everything we can to make [the event] successful. If you were to tell me a couple months ago I would be this into a class, I wouldn’t believe you.”In August, the hands-on class learned PR content such as fundraising and publicity, senior Nia Parillo said. Once the class covered all the necessary material, Parillo said they directed their focus to supporting Schwab.“Usually what [Fitzpatrick] does is take an already pre-existing local nonprofit group, and [the class] does PR for them,” Parillo said. “But this is a different case. She decided to change the curriculum, and we’ve been building ground up.”Through collaboration and brainstorming, Parillo said the class decided to host a bake sale and an “Open Mic Night.” The class exceeded their monetary goals during the bake sale, and she said they are hoping “Open Mic Night” will be even more successful.Senior Julia Dunford said the students selected an “Open Mic Night” format in order to create a unique event for Schwab that would provide opportunities for student interaction as well as discussion about Type I diabetes.“That’s part of the goal of the event, to not only fundraise for Katie and her family, but to raise awareness about Type 1 diabetes and the risks inherent with having Type 1 diabetes, especially as a young healthy woman,” she said.All fundraised money goes directly to a fund in support of Schwab, who is still in a diabetic coma, Evans said. Schwab’s family will attend the event as well, she said.“They are excited we’re doing this,” Evans said. “They’re all educators, so I think it’s even more impactful that [the support] is coming from a group of students who made this their mission.”Anyone is welcome to stop by to listen to music, share a talent, read some poetry, sing a song or share a good joke, Parillo said.There is a $5 admission fee, which includes two raffle tickets for an array of prizes, which are all donations from local companies and restaurants, Evans said.Dunford said she hopes attendees walk away with a better understanding of Type 1 diabetes and a greater sense of community.“We already have such a strong sense of sisterhood on campus, and this is a way to reinforce that, to help a fellow sister and learn a little bit along the way,” she said.Open Mic Night will take place Monday night from 7-9 p.m. in Rice Commons of the Student Center.More information about Katie Schwab can be found on her CaringBridge website.Tags: Colleen Fitzpatrick, Katie Schwab, Open Mic Night, Type I diabeteslast_img read more

The Latest: West Indies coach Simmons mixes with team again

first_img July 2, 2020 The Latest: West Indies coach Simmons mixes with team again The statement says both had no symptoms and that they were in self-isolation in the Serbian capital since testing positive 10 days ago.Djokovic was the fourth player to come down with the virus after participating in matches held in Belgrade and Zadar, Croatia. The others were three-time Grand Slam semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki.___Swiss soccer club St. Gallen says a player tested positive for coronavirus after visiting family in Serbia.The Swiss league leaders say they allowed Boris Babić to make the two-week trip while recovering from a serious knee injury. The All England Club says it will donate 200 portions of strawberries to workers on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic every day.The club says more than 26,000 strawberries that would have been used for Wimbledon are being prepared by staff for delivery.Wimbledon says it is a “small gesture of appreciation for the dedicated service of the NHS during what would have been The Championships Fortnight.”Wimbledon was canceled this year for the first time since World War II because of the pandemic. The tournament had been scheduled to start on Monday.The link between Wimbledon and strawberries is muddy but the main theory has to do with timing. Strawberry season in Britain just happens to coincide with the tennis tournament. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___West Indies cricket coach Phil Simmons has mixed with his squad again in Manchester after passing his latest test for the coronavirus. Simmons returned from his father-in-law’s funeral last week and had been self-isolating in his hotel room at Old Trafford.He had been watching the team’s intrasquad match from his balcony but was allowed to interact with his players after passing a third consecutive virus test.The first test against England starts on Wednesday.___The cancellation of the Wimbledon tennis tournament has led to a “berry” big boon for health care workers in London. Cream is optional.___Novak Djokovic says he and his wife have now tested negative for the coronavirus.The top-ranked player tested positive for the virus after playing in an exhibition series he organized in Serbia and Croatia with zero social distancing amid the pandemic.His media team says “Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena are negative for COVID-19. That was shown by the results of the PCR tests that both had in Belgrade.” Associated Press The 22-year-old forward tested positive upon his return. The club says he does not have symptoms and is in self-quarantine.St. Gallen says Babić has not had contact with his teammates.Attention on Serbia’s rising number of coronavirus cases followed Novak Djokovic and three other tennis players testing positive at a tournament he organized in Serbia and Croatia last month.___More AP sports: and read more

Funding granted to support disadvantaged communities in Donegal

first_imgFunding of over €150,000 has been granted to support communities in disadvantaged areas in Donegal, it was announced on Wednesday. The initial financial support comes through the Community Enhancement Programme.Speaking after the announcement, Minister Joe McHugh said: “Funding like this has the specific aim of targeting investment where it’s needed, to support projects that improve communities and back the people who work hard on the ground to instil and develop a sense of pride and belonging. “This first tranche of funding of €159,461 under the Community Enhancement Programme will help make noticeable and practical differences to people’s lives.“Money can be used for example for landscaping and lighting in towns or villages or improving communications and internet access for a community.”The Community Enhancement Programme, run by the Department of Rural and Community and Development, will focus its work on improving facilities such as community centres and amenities, town parks and common areas and spaces, CCTV and energy efficiency projects.Minister McHugh said: “I want to see the funding grow this year in the same way it did last year when it soared from the initial tranche of €159,461 to more than €600,000. “And I look forward to seeing as many projects as possible being supported.” Funding granted to support disadvantaged communities in Donegal was last modified: March 27th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Letterkenny people surprised by random acts of kindness – Picture Special

first_imgPeople out shopping and working in Letterkenny got a great festive surprise on Friday as a troupe of happy elves delivered random acts of kindness.The merry team from Letterkenny Youth & Family Service were out and about gifting people with hot chocolates, sweets and gifts – all for the season of goodwill! Advertisement This initiative was possible from the donations made at the highly popular LYFS Sensory Santa the previous night.Loaded up in LYFS Mobile Unit with helpful elves from LYIT, Amy Canning, Aine Wilkinson, Beth Deeney, Clodagh Fitzsimmons, Chloe Sweeney, Eimear Mc Laughlin, Kiera Treacy, and staff members Louise and Sinead set off around Letterkenny to meet old friends and new.Lovely knitwear gifted on the cold day by LYFS Knitting Group was well received. Advertisement The team visited Letterkenny Shopping Centre, Good And New Charity Shop, CBM Signs, Donegal Oil Company, Letterkenny Retail Park in the morning.In the afternoon they make some special visits to Letterkenny Hospital Emergency Dept. & Letterkenny Oncology Ward.Impromptu singing and dancing at the Letterkenny Bus Station and Mr. Chippie made for a really festive atmosphere. “Thanks to all who made us feel so welcome,” said Garry Glennon, LYFS manager.See photos from the day below:Letterkenny people surprised by random acts of kindness – Picture Special was last modified: December 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Women in Science awards

first_imgWomen were the largest untapped global reservoir of talent, the audience was reminded at the Women in Science awards, where the country’s leading female scientists were recognised for their work.Dr Lephoto Tiisetso is conducting research into natural ways to control pests in agriculture. (Image: Lephoto Tiisetso )Sulaiman PhilipThe full scientific potential of our country would only be realised when all our young women were able to enjoy access to the best facilities and education, said Minister Naledi Pandor.She was speaking at the Department of Science and Technology’s annual Women in Science awards. The awards, presented for the first time in 2003, recognises and rewards leading female researchers and scientists.In her welcome message, Pandor pointed out that the awards showed that women could excel in science and research. The award winners, the minister said, were able to manage the conflict between family and career to become role models to young girls and boys. The ceremony was held on 17 August, in Sandton.This year’s keynote address was delivered by Dr Nolulamo Gwagwa, chief executive of Lereko Investment. Quoting Hillary Clinton, she reminded the audience that women remained the largest untapped global reservoir of talent.The women recognised by the awards, through a nomination or award, were role models for young girls and boys, Gwagwa said. She said the continent’s future depended on young people who followed their role models into innovative and technology driven careers. Turning to her host, Pandor, she joked: “When we talk about radical economic transformation, we should not only talk about race. We must talk about gender as well.”The doctor added that a brighter future for Africa depended on more women becoming involved in sectors linked to technology and innovation. She challenged the audience to encourage young girls not to give up on their dreams of choosing careers based on STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths). Young girls needed to be encouraged to be ambitious. “We must tell young girls driven by burning ambition that it is okay and natural for women to be ambitious.”WINNERS:Distinguished women researchersNatural and Engineering SciencesWinner: Professor Alta Schutte (North West University): Schutte was the first researcher to investigate the correlation between high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease in black African populations. Her work has influenced health policy across the continent. She is also chair of the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) Early Detection and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease programme, funded by the Department of Science and Technology.Runner-up: Professor Resia Pretorius (Stellenbosch University): A professor in the university’s department of physiological sciences, Pretorius developed diagnostic tools that led to the discovery of blood microbiomes in inflammatory conditions. Her research has also led to the discovery of a component of blood membrane that leads to the onset of conditions such as type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.Professor Resia Pretorius research has also led to the discovery of a component of blood membrane that leads to the onset of conditions such as type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson. (Image: Department of Science and Technology)Runner-up: Professor Colleen Downs (University of KwaZulu-Natal): A zoology professor, Downs has a research interest in how changing land use affects the behaviour of land animals and ecosystems. Her research has played an important role in conservation efforts in South Africa. Her findings have been used by national and municipal government to inform their town planning and the development of green spaces.Humanities and Social SciencesWinner: Professor Azwiihangwisi Mavhandu-Muduzi (University of South Africa): A professor in the department of health studies and a nurse, Mavhandu-Muduzi’s research focuses on new HIV infections and improving the quality of life of HIV-positive students at rural universities. She developed new guidelines for advocacy, care and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trangender, intersex and queer students. These new guidelines and the management model she developed have helped to empower HIV-positive women as well as gay and non-gender conforming women in the workplace.Runner-up: Professor Saloshna Vandeyar (University of Pretoria): A professor of of diversity in education, Vandeyar has done research on teaching in culture-rich classrooms and managing teen pregnancies in school environments.Runner-up: Professor Venitha Pillay (University of South Africa): Pillay’s research on women and how gender shapes scholarship is funded by the National Research Foundation. The study is based on her two published books – Academic Mothers (2007) and Academic Mothers in the Developing World: Stories from India, Brazil and South Africa (2017). Her research is guided by the National Development Plan goal of educational empowerment for women.Professor Venitha Pillay’s research is guided by the National Development Plan’s goal of educational empowerment for women. (Image: Department of Science and Technology)Research and Innovation Leading to Socioeconomic ImpactWinner: Professor Henrietta de Kock (University of Pretoria): De Kock’s research into the sensory properties of food and beverages contributes to the wellbeing of African consumers. With a growing urban population to feed, her work looks at ways to use Africa’s biodiversity to create food that is nutritious and appetising.Distinguished Young Woman ResearchersNatural and Engineering SciencesWinner: Dr Philiswa Nomngongo (University of Johannesburg): A lecturer in analytical chemistry, Nomngongo’s nanotechnology research focuses on environmental pollution monitoring, desalination and water treatment.Dr Philiswa Nomngongo is a lecturer in analytical chemistry at UJ. (Image: Department of Science and Technology)Runner-up: Professor Genevieve Langdon (University of Cape Town): The deputy head of the university’s mechanical engineering department, Langdon was nominated for her work on blast protection for structures. She has spent her career mentoring the next generation of South African scientists. To date she has supervised more than 50 honours projects, 10 MSc and three PhD students.Runner-up: Professor Tricia Naicker (University of KwaZulu-Natal): The youngest associate professor in the university’s College of Health Sciences and the youngest academic leader/head of discipline for pharmaceutical sciences, Naicker received her PhD after studying asymmetric organocatalysis, the first time it had been studied in Africa. She was nominated for her patented work on new molecules that target drug resistant bacteria.Humanities and Social SciencesWinner: Professor Roula Roula Inglesi-Lotz (University of Pretoria): An associate professor in the department of economics, Inglesi-Lotz runs a research methodology course for honours students and has supervised 12 MCom students. She sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Energy of Southern Africa and developed the first course on energy and environmental economics at masters level.Runner-up: Dr Nomusa Makhubu (University of Cape Town): A senior lecturer at Michaelis School of Fine Art, Makhubu’s research covers the political role of public art as it relates to gender and class. This month, she begins a tenure at Harvard as a Harvard-UCT Mandela Fellow.Research and Innovation Leading to Socioeconomic ImpactWinner: Dr Lephoto Tiisetso (University of Witwatersrand): Last year Tiisetso was one of 87 women selected to participate in the TechWomen Emerging Leaders programme. She is also one of the Mail and Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans to watch. Her research in molecular genetics involves finding insect killing nematodes to naturally control pests in agriculture.TATA Masters scholarshipsNomabhongo Masana (Central University of Technology): Masana’s research focuses on the benefits of cloud-based computing and how the technology can be integrated into the public sector health service.Yonela Mgwebi (University of the Witwatersrand): Mgwebi’s research involves non-corrosive coatings for metals used in power generation. Her research aims to find cost effective ways to produce energy and steel.Emily Muller (University of Cape Town/African Institute for Mathematical Sciences South Africa): Muller is researching how social networks influence student performance with the hope of building predictive models to improve organisational structures.TATA Doctoral scholarshipsMarilize Everts (University of Pretoria): A published researcher, Everts is looking at ways to improve heat transfer in power generation equipment.Loretta Magagula (University of Cape Town): A PhD student, Magagula is researching cancer-causing mutations in African populations. She is concentrating an breast and colorectal cancers, which are widespread in the black African population.Funeka Nkosi (University of Johannesburg/Council for Scientific and Industrial Research): Working from the council’s labs, Nkosi is reasearching ways to improve the performance of lithium-ion batteries. She is testing manganese oxide-based metals to find ways to use locally mined minerals.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Olympics: Kids to choose Tokyo 2020 mascots

first_imgMore than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO Budding designers have a two-week window from August 1 to 14 to submit entries, after which a mascot panel will compile a shortlist in December.Japanese schoolchildren, who could have a better handle on the squidgy mascots than organizers who have hitherto bungled the rollout of the Olympic stadium and official logo, will finish voting on the shortlist in January.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe winning designs will be announced in March, with the mascots to be given official names by August 2018.Mascots—often referred to in Japanese as ‘yuru-kyara’ (soft characters)—are big business in Japan and have become part of the cultural landscape. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The market for characters like Kumamon, a giant black bear with red cheeks which represents Kumamoto prefecture, and his bitter rival Funassyi—a hyperactive ‘pear fairy’ with a love for heavy metal—is an eye-watering $30 billion a year, with mascots adorning everything from key-chains to planes.Tokyo organisers are battling to rein in runaway costs for the 2020 Olympics which have cast a shadow over preparations.The city’s bid committee estimated costs of $7 billion and projected an economic windfall in excess of $25 billion.But a panel of experts have warned the overall budget could exceed that without drastic cuts.That warning came after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tore up the original plans for the Olympic stadium over soaring costs and organizers scrapped the first design for the 2020 Games logo after accusations of plagiarism. JBADVERTISEMENT Image: AFP/Toru YamanakaDespite several high-profile gaffes in their 2020 Olympic preparations, Tokyo 2020 organizers reckon choosing the Games mascots will be child’s play—so much so they’re leaving the decision to schoolkids.Japanese organizers announced Monday that the official 2020 mascots would be decided by a nationwide competition, in which members of the public will submit designs before elementary schoolchildren across the country select winners from a shortlist.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Mindanao Children’s Games pushing through in Davao City LATEST STORIES South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF View commentslast_img read more

Sport For Women Day A Success

first_imgTouch Football was one of many sports to show its support on the day, with plenty of people taking the opportunity to try their hand at the sport. ACT representatives Kath Finn, Erin Sutcliffe, Sarah Fenton, Cass Fisher, Alannah Radovanov, Jacinta Williams and Kasey and Christine Dragisic showed their support of the day, helping people at the passing target as well as displaying some of their skills on the field. Matilda’s Sarah Walsh and Caitlin Munoz proved that they aren’t only good at Football, both impressing at the Touch Football passing target. To see some photos of the day, please visit the Touch Football ACT website and click on the ‘Photo Gallery’ section of the top menu – To find out more about Sport For Women day and Sports Hydrant, please click on the link below: read more