Al-Jazeera producer sentenced in absentia to six months in prison

first_img News RSF_en News Help by sharing this information News An Egyptian producer employed by the Qatar-based satellite TV station Al-Jazeera, Howayda Taha, was sentenced in absentia yesterday, the eve of World Press Freedom Day, to six months in prison for preparing a report on torture in Egyptian prisons. She was found guilty of “harming national interest.”“We are outraged by this conviction, which confirms the fears we have repeatedly voiced since the start of the year,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Egypt has taken a dangerous road. The media and the Internet are now both under surveillance and are being censored with increasing openness. The authorities targeted Taha because she wanted to tackle a difficult but important issue, human rights violations in Egyptian prisons.”Taha was convicted by a state security court, which also fined her 20,000 Egyptian pounds (3,500 euros and set bail at 10,000 Egyptian pounds (1,750 euros). She now lives in Qatar and would have to return to Egypt to file an appeal.“This is an unfair and vindictive decision by the judicial institutions, because these institutions are not free in my country,” Taha said.Taha was stopped at Cairo airport on 8 January as she was about to fly to Qatar. The police seized videotapes found in her baggage that contained re-enacted scenes of torture based on the accounts of victims. She was formally charged on 13 January but was allowed to leave the country. to go further Organisation February 6, 2021 Find out more May 3, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Al-Jazeera producer sentenced in absentia to six months in prison January 22, 2021 Find out morecenter_img EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts Follow the news on Egypt Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison February 1, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Nussle calls for CU engagement to restore CDFI Fund, CDRLF

first_img continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle said CUNA would push to remove language placing NCUA under the appropriations process from the House financial services and general government (FSGG) appropriations bill released Wednesday.Nussle also called for engagement from the entire credit union system to restore the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund and the NCUA’s Community Development Revolving Loan Fund (CDRLF), which saw heavy cuts in the FSGG bill. CUNA has engaged with appropriators in recent weeks to secure full funding for both.The bill cuts the CDFI Fund to $190 million and does not fund the NCUA’s CDRLF for fiscal year 2018, and contains other items of interest to credit unions.“While the regulatory relief provided by the bill is welcome, CUNA continues to have significant concerns about a provision that would move NCUA under the appropriations process, which could blur the independence of NCUA and the credit union system,” Nussle said. “A separate, independent federal regulator and insurer is critically important to the credit union system, and we will work to ensure that the NCUA is not placed under the appropriations process in a final funding bill.last_img read more

Deulofeu nears Everton return

first_img Press Association Defender Seamus Coleman, who was an unused subsitute for Saturday’s win over Aston Villa after returning from injury himself, looks likely to start at White Hart Lane. “Everyone is massively needed. We are in a situation were a couple of players will come back from injury and that puts us in a better postion than we were a couple of weeks ago,” Martinez told evertontv. “Gerard he such a positive young man and the fact he has been missed so much at Everton is a reflection of the type of person he is. “We have the game on Sunday so we will be able to assess him as the week goes on but he is fully fit from a medical point of view. It is making sure he is match fit. “Seamus is fully fit from a medical point of view and although he was on the bench on Saturday it was too much of a risk to bring him on. January loan signing Lacina Traore is probably a week away from consideration after arriving from Monaco with a hamstring problem. “We will take our time with Lacina to make sure he is fully fit,” said Martinez. The teenager has been sidelined by a hamstring injury since December 14 but is now fully recovered, although his lack of match fitness will be taken into account by Martinez ahead of Sunday’s trip to fellow Champions League-chasing rivals Tottenham. However, with leading scorer Romelu Lukaku out for at least the next month with an ankle problem having the 19-year-old Deulofeu back is a welcome boost for the Toffees center_img Everton manager Roberto Martinez hopes to have his attacking options boosted by the return of on-loan Barcelona forward Gerard Deulofeu.last_img read more

Sources: USMNT goalkeeper Zack Steffen completes $10M transfer to Manchester City

first_imgU.S. national team and Columbus Crew goalkeeper Zack Steffen has finalized his transfer to Manchester City after completing his medical and signing his new contract on Thursday, multiple sources have confirmed to Goal.The 23-year-old goalkeeper will join the Premier League champions for a transfer fee of $7.5 milion (£6m)  that could rise to $10m if Steffen reaches certain incentives.  With Steffen unlikely to succeed in his quest to secure a UK work permit, the American goalkeeper is expected to be sent out on loan, with La Liga side Girona a leading candidate to be his next destination. French club OGC Nice, which is coached by former New York City FC boss Patrick Vieira, is another potential destination.Steffen’s transfer is one of the largest ever paid for an MLS player, and has shattered the previous record for an MLS goalkeeper, which was the $3 million Manchester United paid for Tim Howard in 2003.Steffen is the latest MLS player to be acquired by Manchester City, which acquired former NYCFC winger Jack Harrison in January, as well as former Sporting Kansas City defender Erik Palmer-Brown, who signed on free transfer. Harrison is currently on loan with Leeds United, while Palmer-Brown is currently on loan with Dutch side NAC Breda.The 2018 MLS goalkeeper of the year, Steffen enjoyed a breakout year for club and country, emerging as the first-choice goalkeeper with the USMNT, and turning in several standout performances, including a strong showing in the national team’s 1-1 draw with France prior to the World Cup.Though Steffen does not currently qualify for a UK work permit, he could re-apply in the summer, and may stand a better chance to secure one if he can maintain his hold on the starting USMNT job in this summer’s Gold Cup. With his former Columbus Crew coach, Gregg Berhalter, having been hired as the new U.S. national team coach, Steffen stands a good chance of holding on to the job, though he is facing good competition from Club Brugge goalkeeper Ethan Horvath.Steffen’s transfer to Manchester City comes four years after he left the University of Maryland as a 19-year-old to join German club SC Freiburg. He endured an unhappy stint at Freiburg, leaving the German club after a year and a half to sign with the Crew.Steffen is seen as a potential long-term option for Manchester City, which currently boasts Brazilian national team goalkeeper Ederson as its starter. Steffen’s passing ability and ball-handling skills, as well as his experience playing in a possession-based system with the Crew, should help him adapt to Manchester City’s playing style and challenge for playing time once he is able to secure a work permit and join the first team.last_img read more

Biomimetics Matching Game

first_imgTry your hand at matching the organism with the new technology being developed from its design.A.  Human                            1.  Materials processesB.  Dog                                 2.  Flexible mineralsC.  Cricket                            3.  Propulsion systemsD.  Sponge                           4.  Flow imaging cameraE.  Frog                                 5.  Power GridAnswers:A: Live ScienceB. PhysOrgC.  Science DailyD.  Science DailyE.  PhysOrg (Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Fifa guarantees press freedom

first_img(Image: stock.xchng)MEDIA CONTACTS • Femida MehtarExecutive directorSA National Editors’ Forum+27 11 484 3630+27 11 484 3617+27 84 784 [email protected]• Wolfgang EichlerFifa media officer+27 11 567 2010+27 83 2010 [email protected]• Delia FischerFifa media officer+27 11 567 2010+27 11 567 2524+27 83 201 [email protected] AlexanderWorld football body Fifa has reassured the South African and international media that the purpose of its terms and conditions for accreditation for reporting on the 2010 World Cup “is not, and has never been, to restrict press freedom”.In a statement issued on 1 February, Fifa said: “The purpose of the media accreditation terms and conditions is to regulate the behaviour of people entering the 2010 Fifa World Cup venues, first and foremost to ensure the safety of everyone in those venues.”This follows growing media concerns over Fifa’s conditions, expressed mainly by the South African Media Interest Group (Samig), which is made up of members of the South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) and industry body Print Media South Africa. According to The Media Online, the main points of contention are:Newspapers will not be able to push pictures on to their mobile platforms (they can, however, push text).There are restrictions on newspapers doing video packages for their websites.Reporters will not be able to report on the names of hotels in which the teams are staying.No newspapers will be able to sell papers within the restricted zone around stadiums, which has a radius of about 800 metres.Although Fifa commits itself to guaranteeing freedom of expression, there is also a clause that says that news organisations may not bring Fifa into disrepute.Many of the terms and conditions apply to reporters and photographers and their “organisations” (suggesting their colleagues, some of whom will not be covering the World Cup) rather than “employer” (their editors).The dispute intensified last week, with three major South African news organisations – Avusa, Media24 and Independent Newspapers – appointing law firm Webber Wentzel to “engage in a constructive way” with Fifa over the accreditation terms and conditions.Although there was no threat of legal action, Dario Milo, of law firm Webber Wentzel said at the time that the media houses believed the terms and conditions “unjustifiably limit media freedom”.“The particular provisions that our clients take issue with are those that empower Fifa to unilaterally withdraw the accreditation of any journalist or unilaterally change the conditions, and also provisions which restrict reportage where, in Fifa’s view, this may harm the reputation of the Fifa World Cup,” he said.On Monday Fifa attorneys sent Webber Wentzel a written assurance that it was not seeking to restrict press freedom, and issued a media release to back it up. On the same day, Samig held a meeting with Sanef, other media industry bodies and Larry Kilman from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).“Fifa would like to make it clear that it does respect the freedom of the press,” Fifa said in the statement. “Editorial independence in the coverage of the Fifa World Cup is guaranteed and this principle is enshrined in Article 1 of the terms and conditions, the second paragraph of which states as follows:“‘For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in the terms and conditions is intended to be, or shall be interpreted as restricting or undermining the editorial independence or freedom to report and comment of Accredited Parties.’“This is an overall principle and, as the wording implies, the terms which are the cause of the complaint must always be read bearing this principle in mind.”Fifa concluded by pointing out that there had been no restrictions to press freedom during the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup, held as a dry-run for the 2010 event.“There were no complaints regarding press freedom on that occasion and there is no instance of Fifa have abused the provision to restrict press freedom,” Fifa said. Full text of the Fifa statement:We have had joint consultations with the key stakeholders from the international press, including WAN (World Association of Newspapers) and AIPS (Association Internationale de la Presse Sportive, or International Sports Press Association), during the drafting process of the terms and conditions and we have incorporated into the terms and conditions some of the suggestions that they have made. We have also had meetings with Sanef and with other representatives of the South African media. The contacts with WAN, AIPS and other media stakeholders have been very fruitful during the past years and we even have a standing media committee at Fifa which includes representatives of AIPS, WAN, individual journalists and photographers as well representatives from each Confederation. The purpose of the media accreditation terms and conditions is to regulate the behaviour of people entering the 2010 Fifa World Cup venues, first and foremost to ensure the safety of everyone in those venues. The purpose is not, and has never been, to restrict press freedom. Fifa would like to make it clear that it does respect the freedom of the press. Editorial independence in the coverage of the Fifa World Cup is guaranteed and this principle is enshrined in Article 1 of the terms and conditions, the second paragraph of which states as follows: For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in the terms and conditions is intended to be, or shall be interpreted as restricting or undermining the editorial independence or freedom to report and comment of Accredited Parties. This is an overall principle and, as the wording implies, the terms which are the cause of the complaint must always be read bearing this principle in mind. We should also point out that the particular provision which has been complained about as restricting the freedom of the press was contained in the media accreditation terms and conditions for the Fifa Confederations Cup South Africa 2009. There were no complaints regarding press freedom on that occasion and there is no instance of Fifa have abused the provision to restrict press freedom.last_img read more


first_imgPresident Cyril Ramaphosa has commended the country’s law enforcement authorities for their action which led to the arrests of two suspects linked to the brutal murders of University of Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana and SA boxing champion Leighandre Jegels.​​​Mrwetyana’s alleged killer was arrested and charged with rape, murder and defeating the ends of justice. The man suspected of killing Jegels was also arrested and has since died in hospital.​​​The murder of these two young women; one at the hands of a stranger and the other killed by a man who was reportedly her boyfriend remain a stark reminder that the women of South Africa are not safe, either in their homes or in the streets.​​​On Monday 2 September 2019, the body of a 14 year old girl was found in a backyard in Cape Town, adding to a grim body count of murdered women and girls across the country.​​​“This is a very dark period for us as a country. The assaults, rapes and murders of South African women are a stain on our national conscience.” President Ramaphosa said.​​​The President added: “We have just commemorated Women’s Month. Sixty three years after the women of 1956 marched for the right to live in freedom, women in this country live in fear – not of the apartheid police but of their brothers, sons, fathers and uncles. We should all hang our heads in shame”​​In 2019, the Presidency signed the Declaration on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide with various civil society formations and has directed that urgent attention be given to its implementation, particularly on immediate measures around support to victims and access to shelters and places of safety.​​​The President has sent his deepest condolences to the Mrwetyana and Jegels families and urges all South Africans to keep them in their thoughts during this very traumatic time. The President will be meeting with the leadership of the police later on today to be briefed on, amongst others, steps being undertaken to stem the tide of gender based violence in the country.​​​Enquiries: Khusela Diko, Spokesperson to the President – 072 854 5707​​Issued by the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa​last_img read more

Resource Discovery: Video on Experiencing PTSD

first_imgBy Kacy Mixon, PhD, LMFTPost-deployment mental health issues can sneak up on many military personnel and can have lingering effects on their families. We’ve discussed how post-traumatic stress symptoms and traumatic brain injury can negatively impact military families. Luckily, the stigma surrounding military mental health issues is shifting. Today’s Resource Discovery features a video from the Real Warriors Campaign YouTube channel. It highlights the experience of Staff Sergeant Josh Hopper, USMC and how he courageously sought out treatment for PTSD with the help of a military community coordinated response.                                                                             Video hyperlink This post was written by Kacy Mixon, PhD., LMFT, Social Media Specialist, a member of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

The Cameras and Lenses Behind 2019’s Oscar-Nominated Films

first_imgA look at the cameras and gear used to capture all of the 2019 Academy Award nominees for Best Picture and Best Cinematography.ARRI maintains their stranglehold as the standard cinema camera package for Oscar-nominated films. Check out the cameras and lenses behind 2019’s Oscar-nominees for Best Motion Picture and Best Cinematography to see what cameras made the list. (You can find previous nominees here: 2018, 2017, 2016.)A Star Is BornBradley Cooper and Matthew Libatique via Clay Enos/Warner Bros./MGM.Oscar Nominations: 8 — Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Song, Best Sound MixingDirector: Bradley CooperDirector of Photography: Matthew LibatiqueCamera: ARRI Alexa MiniLenses: Angenieux Optimo Anamorphic 30-72 & 56-152 Lenses, Cooke Anamorphic/i SF Camtec Vintage Series, Kowa Cine ProminarRecording Format: Codex ARRIRAW (2.8K) (3.4K)Black PantherRyan Coogler, Hannah Beachler, and Rachel Morrison on set. Photo Credit: 1st AD Lisa Satriano. (Read our interview with Oscar-nominee Hannah Beachler.)Oscar Nominations: 7 — Best Picture, Best Costume Design, Best Original Song, Best Original Score, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Production DesignDirector: Ryan CooglerDirector of Photography: Rachel MorrisonCamera: ARRI Alexa XT PlusLenses: Panavision PrimoRecording Format: Codex ARRIRAW (3.4K)BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee, Topher Grace, and Adam Driver on set via Focus Features.Oscar Nominations: 6 —Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Film EditingDirector: Spike LeeDirector of Photography: Chayse IrvinCamera: Aaton Penelope, Aaton XTR Prod, Arricam LT, Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL2Lenses: Zeiss Master Prime, Panavision Super Speed MKII, Ultra Speed MKII, PVintageRecording Format: 16 mm (Eastman Double-X 7222) and 35 mm (Kodak Vision3 250D 5207, Vision3 500T 5219, Eastman Double-X 5222, Ektachrome 100D 5285)Bohemian RhapsodyPeter Robertson, Tom Sigel, Rami Malek, and Hamish Doyne-Ditmas via Alex Bailey/20th Century Fox.Oscar Nominations: 5 — Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Film EditingDirector: Bryan SingerDirector of Photography: Newton Thomas SigelCamera: ARRI Alexa 65, ARRI Alexa SXT, Arriflex 35 BLLenses: Hasselblad Prime DNA & Prime 65-S, Cooke Speed PanchroRecording Format: ARRIRAW (6.5K) (3.4K)Cold WarLukasz Bak via Amazon Studios.Oscar Nominations: 3 —Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Foreign-Language FilmDirector: Pawel PawlikowskiDirector of Photography: Lukasz ZalCamera: ARRI Alexa XTLenses: Cooke S5, Zeiss Ultra Prime, Angenieux OptimoRecording Format: Codex ARRIRAW (3.4K)The FavouriteOn set via Atsushi Nishijima/Fox Searchlight.Oscar Nominations: 10 — Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Film EditingDirector: Yorgos LanthimosDirector of Photography: Robbie RyanCamera: Arricam LT, Arricam ST, Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL2Lenses: Panavision PVintage, Nikon NikkorRecording Format: 35 mm (Kodak)Green BookPeter Farrelly on set via Focus Features.Oscar Nominations: 5 — Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Film EditingDirector: Peter FarrellyDirector of Photography: Sean PorterCamera: ARRI Alexa MiniLenses: Leica Summilux-CRecording Format: ARRIRAW (3.4K)Never Look AwayOn set via Nadja Klier/Buena Vista International.Oscar Nominations: 2 — Best Cinematography, Best Foreign-Language FilmDirector: Florian Henckel von DonnersmarckDirector of Photography: Caleb DeschanelCamera: ARRI Alexa XT PlusLenses: Zeiss Master PrimeRecording Format: ARRIRAWRomaAlfonso Cuarón and Yalitza Aparicio as Cleo on the set via Carlos Somonte/Netflix.Oscar Nominations: 10 — Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Foreign-Language Film, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Production DesignDirector: Alfonso CuaronDirector of Photography: Alfonso CuaronCamera: ARRI Alexa 65Lenses: Prime 65Recording Format: ARRIRAWViceVice set via Annapurna Pictures.Oscar Nominations: 8 — Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Film EditingDirector: Adam McKayDirector of Photography: Greig FraserCamera: Arricam LT, Arricam ST, Arriflex 235, Arriflex 435, BolexLenses: Cooke Anamorphic/i, Todd-AO, Zeiss Super Speed, Angenieux HRRecording Format: 16 mm (Kodak Vision3 500T 7219), 35 mm (Kodak Vision3 200T 5213, Vision3 500T 5219) and 8 mm (Kodak Vision3 500T 5219)The 2019 Academy Awards will be presented on February 24th at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.Cover image via A Star Is Born (Clay Enos/Warner Bros./Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer).last_img read more

Dillinger sparks, completes Bolts’ Game 1 comeback

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “I’m just trying to do my part on the team. All the guys have the confidence to let me shoot, so I just try to stay in my lane. If the ball comes, I’ll shoot it if it’s open, but if it’s not, I’ll pass it up,” the veteran forward said.“It’s just a good grind out win. Both teams weren’t shooting well and we’re just lucky to hit the big shots and that’s just how it works in the playoffs.”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 shutoutThe 33-year-old Dillinger pumped in eight of his team’s last 15 points down the stretch but what he was more proud about was the Bolts living up to their reputation as one of the best defensive teams in the league.“Coach had a good game plan defensively and as long as we talk out there, we’re gonna be okay,” he said. “We’re the number one defensive team in the league and we’re a good defensive team for a reason, so as long as we listen to coach, we talk out there and communicate, we’ll be okay.” PBA IMAGESBIÑAN — Meralco’s big comeback win over Star in Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals started and fittingly, ended with Jared Dillinger.Dillinger sparked the Bolts’ rally from a 17-point lead in the first half before completing his team’s comeback from 12 points down late.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments But Dillinger hopes Meralco breaks its bad habit of falling behind games. In three of its last four games, Meralco needed to overhaul big leads to win dating back to its final game in the the elimination round against San Miguel Beer.“I really don’t know what’s going on. We need to stop doing that. I’m getting no sleep. It’s just so hard to go behind and just win. It’s mentally and physically draining,” he said. “Coach says it all the time, a win is a win and we’ll take it, but I’m tired coming back from behind. Can we just get a normal one?”Game 2 is on Tuesday at Sta. Rosa, Laguna with the Bolts looking to grab a commanding lead in the best-of-5 duel.“This is just one game in the semis. We got long ways to go.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients center_img Video games in the Olympics? Here’s how it might work MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Gameslast_img read more