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Journalists censored, held in Sudan protests

first_img Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent Organisation April 10, 2020 Find out more News SudanAfrica Reporters Without Borders expresses its deep concern over the recent worsening condition of press freedom in Sudan. The country is already hostile to the work of journalists and seizures of journals and arrests of media professionals yesterday in connection with popular demonstrations raise fears of a major return of repression.“We condemn the wish of the Khartoum government to censor news by intimidating journalists and dissuading them from covering protest movements,” the press freedom body says.“As in Tunisia and Egypt the people, and in particular students, want to give voice to their yearning for freedom by shouting slogans such as ‘Revolution against dictatorship’. As in the case of neighboring Egypt the security forces have put down the movement with severity and have tried to prevent the media from reflecting these events.” Yesterday demonstrations were organized in several cities, in particular in Khartoum and Omdurman. They were initiated by social networks such as Facebook, where a group calling itself “January 30, a word to the sudanese youth” called for peaceful demonstrations. The protests demanded the end of “injustice and humiliation.” Drawing inspiration from the recent revolution in Tunisia and the uprisings under way in Egypt the demonstrators expressed their anger against the political, economic and social running of the country. Several dozen people were arrested, among them a number of journalists, including Hamza Baloul, correspondent of the Qatari newspaper Alsharq, Sarah Tag of the newspaper Alsahafa, Ali Haj Al-amin of Ajras Alhurrya, Hussein Khogali, editor of the daily Al-Wan, and Mohamed Amir Musa, from the Turkish news agency Al-ikhlas. A photographer working for Agence France-Presse (AFP) was held by the military for almost two hours and a dozen journalists were told not to cover the demonstrations. Some Internet sites were also blocked, in particular those calling for demonstrations. Overnight 30 January the dailies Alsahafa and Ajras Alhurrya were seized, preventing them from publishing the following morning. “Sudan, which already occupies 172nd place out of 178 in our world press freedom ratings, continues to confirm its role as bottom of the class in press freedom,” Reporters Without Borders said.“To be sure a diverse press does exist in Sudan but the moment it touches on sensitive subjects, repression is brutal. The demonstrators were protesting peacefully and the journalists who were arrested or prevented from doing their job were only carrying out their mission to inform. The authorities’ assertion that they were a threat to national security does not stand up.” The forthcoming partition of the country after the self-determination referendum in the south gives rise to many debates that the government wishes to crush. The referendum process was tarnished by some press freedom violations. Reporters Without Borders condemned recently the detention and charging of two journalists in the east of the country who risk the death penalty . The press freedom organization also recalls that five other journalists are at present in jail in Sudan: Gafar Alsabki Ibrahim, journalist with Alsahafa, held since 3 November 2010, Abdurrahman Adam, who works with Radio Dabanga, since 30 October 2010, and Abuser Al Amin, Ashraf Abdelaziz and Altahir Ibrahim (also known as Altahir Abugawhara), all three journalists working for the now-banned opposition daily Rai al-Chaab (The Opinion of the People), held since May 2010. to go further April 6, 2020 Find out more SudanAfrica News Follow the news on Sudan Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa Sudan : Press freedom still in transition a year after Omar al-Bashir’s removal Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts News January 31, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists censored, held in Sudan protests RSF_en March 29, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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A summer alcohol alternative

first_imgEmail Facebook Previous articleHungarian romance for MBNA music festNext articleBanana and pepper tarte tatin admin Print Twitter NewsA summer alcohol alternativeBy admin – April 21, 2011 482 center_img WhatsApp Linkedin Whether it’s enjoying long lazy days in the garden, trips to the beach or picnics in the park, for us, Summer is all about sharing time – hopefully in the sunshine – with our friends and family. Now you can make your perfect Summer’s day even better by sharing it with Shloer’s brand new Summer Fruit Punch. The limited edition flavour is light and fruity, perfectly refreshing on a sunny day.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up It’s all in the serve. Befitting of the grandest garden party, or simpaly enjoyed at a Sunday Social barbeque, Shloer’s Summer Fruit Punch is best served ‘dressed to impress’. Conjure up the typical tastes of summer: mint leaves, slices of orange and cucumber and fresh juicy strawberries, all served in a jug over ice – perfect for sharing.Shloer is available in White Grape, Red Grape, Rose, Apple and White Grape, White Grape, Raspberry and Cranberry, White Grape and Elderflower and new Summer Fruit Punch. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Harvard Museums of Science & Culture fetes 300,000th visitor

first_img Read Full Story For the first time, Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (HMSC) topped 300,000 visitors in a single year since its formation in 2012.Dayu Huang of Boston, a Research Fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, was greeted by HMSC Executive Director Jane Pickering on June 25.  Surrounded by family, museum staff, and balloons, Huang was given a household membership and a special gift from the Harvard Museum of Natural History shop as reward for being the 300,000th visitor since July 1, 2017. Vanilla and raspberry-lemon cakes were served to mark the milestone.The Harvard Museums of Science & Culture is a partnership of four Harvard museums — representing six institutions — designed to coordinate captivating programming for all ages, permanent galleries, and dynamic rotating exhibits. Together, these institutions (Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Mineralogical & Geological Museum, Harvard Semitic Museum, Harvard University Herbaria, Museum of Comparative Zoology, and Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology) look after more than 28,500,000 objects that represent Earth’s history, life, and cultures.“HMSC invites visitors to connect with Harvard University’s distinctive collections and vital research on human civilizations, biodiversity, and the history of Earth and science,” said Pickering. “We look forward to welcoming the next 300,000 visitors to the galleries.”Since HMSC’s inception in 2012, there have been more than 1.5 million visitors to the four public museums, resulting in a 38.5 percent increase in attendance. More than 2,000 attended the free annual Summer Solstice event, with live music, activities, and free admission to all four museums. And HMSC has served over 250,000 K–12 students in the past six years.last_img read more

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Mel Tucker a solid hire for Michigan State after Spartans’ messy coaching search

first_imgAnd yet, much like Tennessee in 2018, Michigan State still found a suitable hire: Mel Tucker is expected to take the job Wednesday.AP Sources confirm Colorado coach Mel Tucker agreed to lead Michigan State’s football program. The MSU board is scheduled to meet this afternoon to approve the hire, a source said.— Larry Lage (@LarryLage) February 12, 2020MORE: Why did Mark Dantonio retire at Michigan State?This is the nature of coaching searches in 2020. They can get ugly for both sides. Michigan State trustee Brian Mosallam called Fickell a “waffling flake” after he turned down the Spartans. Tucker on Feb. 5 tweeted he was staying with Colorado , then left a week later. This is the same coach who once said, “There’s no transfer portal in the real world.”All of that will get tossed around the news cycle in the next 48 hours, and none of it will matter.Michigan State still landed a solid candidate to navigate the program through what is going to be a rough season or two. Tucker fittingly started his coaching career with the Spartans as a graduate assistant in 1997-98 and worked with Dantonio as an assistant coach at Ohio State. He spent 2015 as the defensive backs coach at Alabama under Nick Saban, then followed Kirby Smart to Georgia, where he was defensive coordinator from 2016-18.Tucker can recruit. According to 247Sports’ Composite rankings , Colorado’s 2020 class ranked No. 35 in the FBS, a nine-spot improvement from 2019 — and eight spots higher than the Spartans’ 2020 class. Michigan State hasn’t reeled in a top-25 class since 2016, when it was ranked No. 17. That was Dantonio’s highest-ranked recruiting haul.Michigan State needs recruiting classes that are fringe top-10 — the ones that Michigan and Penn State have — to get back in the mix in the Big Ten East. That will be Tucker’s challenge. The Spartans have to play catch-up with the Wolverines and Nittany Lions before entertaining the notion of competing with Ohio State again.Can it be done? Look at Tennessee: Jeremy Pruitt needed two seasons — and there were low points — but pulled in the No. 10 recruiting class in 2020. Phillip Fulmer is proclaiming that “The Vols are back!”MORE: Michigan State must know its coach won’t be the next Mark DantonioTucker faces another challenge in living up to the on-field standard set by Dantonio, which included a share of a Big Ten title and two outright championships and winning records against Michigan (8-5) and Penn State (6-4). Dantonio did that with a program-wide chip that worked until the last few seasons. Michigan State’s coaching search to replace Mark Dantonio was not executed well.Multiple candidates turned the Spartans down. The shadow of a lawsuit involving former assistant coach Curtis Blackwell still hangs over the program. The best candidate — Cincinnati’s Luke Fickell — stayed at a Group of 5 school instead. Michigan State had stability with Dantonio. That is not going to be easy to recreate for Tucker. The case involving Blackwell will need to run its course first. Fickell reportedly turned down the job because of concerns about the “campus culture.” Tucker’s reputation will be questioned, too, after his exit. Colorado fans probably feel like he’s the “waffling flake.”But the truth is Michigan State paid for their mistakes in the search. The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman reported the details of a substantial raise that would double Tucker’s salary. In the end, that’s where these coaching searches end. The money talks.The rest — you know what it’s called, and there was a lot in this case to sift through — walks.last_img read more

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Outbreak at Iowa pork plant was larger than state reported

first_imgFILE – This April 16, 2020 file photo shows the Tyson Foods pork processing plant in Columbus Junction, Iowa. One of the first coronavirus outbreaks at the Iowa meatpacking plant was more severe than previously known, with over twice as many workers becoming infected than the Iowa Department of Public Health publicly confirmed. The department announced at a May 5 news conference that 221 employees at the plant in Columbus Junction had tested positive for COVID-19. But records show that, days earlier, Tyson officials told workplace safety regulators that 522 plant employees had tested positive to their knowledge. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette via AP, File)COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa (AP) — One of the first coronavirus outbreaks at an Iowa meatpacking plant was more severe than previously known, with over twice as many workers becoming infected than the Iowa Department of Public Health publicly confirmed.The department announced at a May 5 news conference that 221 employees at the Tyson Foods pork processing plant in Columbus Junction had tested positive for COVID-19. But records show that days earlier, Tyson officials told workplace safety regulators that 522 plant employees had tested positive to their knowledge.A dozen of the plant’s roughly 1,300 workers were believed to have been hospitalized by then, and two died after contracting the virus.last_img read more

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Thurston County’s Medical Reserve Corps Honors Founder Dr. Diana Yu

first_imgSubmitted by Thurston CountyThurston County’s Medical Reserve Corps celebrated one of their own April 9 at their annual volunteer appreciation celebration.Dr. Diana Yu, founder of the Thurston County Medical Reserve Corps and the county’s Health Officer for nearly 20 years, was honored with the group’s first Volunteer of the Year Award. Medical Reserve Corps volunteers chose Dr. Yu as the recipient and namesake of the new award to honor her hard work and dedication to public health in Thurston County and for creating the group of emergency response volunteers. As Dr. Yu plans for her retirement later this fall, MRC volunteers noted the award is for Volunteer of the Year, but Dr Yu’s contribution to the health and well-being of Thurston County residents spans her entire career—well beyond just the previous 12 months.“I’m overwhelmed,” said a surprised Dr. Yu. “You know, all I really did was talk a lot of other people into doing what they love to do—volunteer for their community.”“There are people in the local health community who have known for years that Dr. Yu is a force of nature when it comes to protecting the public’s health in our area,” said Director of Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Don Sloma, who presented the award Tuesday. “It’s really great to see her recognized for all that she does for this community.”Dr. Yu’s dedication to the Medical Reserve Corps in Thurston County was also noted by those outside the county borders. Captain Robert J. Tosatto of the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General in Maryland and director of the national Medical Reserve Corps program sent a letter thanking Dr. Yu for her commitment to the program and commending her for growing the program over the past 11 years into the strong network of dedicated volunteers it is today.Thurston County Commissioners Sandra Romero and Cathy Wolfe expressed appreciation for all of the Medical Reserve Corps volunteers and their commitment to the health of Thurston County. They noted that that MRC volunteers donated more than 1100 hours of their time in 2012 for training and health events, including several back-to-school vaccination clinics organized in part to help curb the whooping cough epidemic in Washington state.The Thurston County Medical Reserve Corps is a community-based volunteer program that strengthens and expands the local public health system’s response during a health emergency or disaster. Members include medical and non-medical professionals who contribute their unique skills and expertise to prepare for and respond to health emergencies. The Thurston County MRC is one of over 900 nationally recognized Medical Reserve Corps units.Are you interested in volunteering with e Thurston County Medical Reserve Corps? You don’t need to be a doctor or nurse to volunteer. Visit the Thurston County MRC website at http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/health/admin/preparedness/mrc.html, or contact Sue Poyner, Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Department, at (360) 867-2551 or [email protected] to learn more. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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UPDATE: Canada wins Spengler Cup with 7-2 win over HC Davos

first_imgFor television information go to:http://www.tsn.ca/canadian_hockey/feature/?id=4385Kinrade, Team Canada one win away from Spengler Cup titleChip off a little rust and what did we find — plenty of offence from Team Canada at the 2012 Spengler Cup.Matt Duchene scored twice and added an assist as Team Canada criused to a 5-1 semi-final victory over HC Fribourg on Sunday in Davos, Switzerland.Since Canada lost its first game of the tournament to German team Adler Mannheim on Boxing Day the squad had outscored the opposition 10-1 in two games.Jason Spezza, Marc-Antoine Pouliot and Carlo Colaiacovo also scored for the Canadians, who feature Nelson Minor Hockey grad Geoff Kinrade on the blueline.The 27-year-old Kinrade has been tabbed by national media as one of the no-names on the roster that features the likes of NHLers like Spezza, Patrice Bergeron, John Tavares, Tyler Seguin, Jonathan Bernier, Carlo Colaiacovo, Devan Dubnyk, Sam Gagner, Matt Duchene, Cam Barker and Ryan Smyth.Kinrade, who played for the Nelson Leafs of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League after a great minor hockey career, was invited to the roster by Hockey Canada due to a shortage of Canadian defencemen playing in Switzerland this winter, which benefits Kinrade, Maxim Noreau and Travis Roche.And the players have not let the coaching staff, or teammates, down, playing solid minutes.”It’s a dream come true,” Kinrade, who plays for SC Bern of the Swiss Nationaliga told Tim Wharnsby of Hockey Night in Canada.”In my career, I’ve bloomed late. When I was eligible for the Canadian under-20 team I wasn’t even close. But to be part of this team the last few days has been surreal.”Devan Dubnyk, in his second straight start, made 25 saves to register the win in goal for Canada.Team Canada, an 11-time winner of the Spengler Cup, advances to the championship against the winner of Sunday’s late game between host HC Davos and Vitkovice Steel.TSN is scheduled to televise the Spengler Cup Final Monday (December 31) at 3 p.m. PST.See complete television schedule at:http://www.hockeycanada.ca/index.php/ci_id/197934/la_id/1.htm Team Canada made it look easy in the final of the Spengler Cup Monday, dumping the host club and defending champion HC Davos 7-2 to capture the title for the 12th time.Canada’s Patrice Bergeron, finishing the game with four points, scored 46 seconds into the game and Canada never looked back.It was Canada’s  first Spengler Cup title since 2007.John Tavares and Team Canada captain Ryan Smyth each scored twice while Jason Spezza and Derrick Walser added singles for the winners.Raphael Diaz and Dario Bürgler  replied for HC Davos.Canada outshot the hosts 39-30 making a winner out of netminder Devan Dubnyk — his third consecutive victory in the tournament.The Team Canada roster included Nelson native Geoff Kinrade who keyed a defence that allowed five goals in four games and outscored its opponents 17-3 during the final three games.Team Canada meets HC Davos in final of Spengler CupTeam Canada has a date with the defending champs in the final of the 2012 Spengler Cup.The host club edged HC Vitkovice Steel 5-4 in the second semi final Sunday in Davos, Switzerland.The game is a rematch of an early round robin contest between the two teams, a game won 5-0 by Team Canada.Patrick Kane scored in the final minute of regulation time to give HC Davos the thrilling victory.HC Davos is the defending champion.Canada is an 11-time winner of the Spengler Cup Tournament.last_img read more

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Groves to face Froch in world title clash

first_imgGeorge Groves will challenge Carl Froch for the world super-middleweight title later this year. The fight is expected to take place on 23 November, with the venue soon to be confirmed.Nottingham’s IBF champion Froch, 36, has long been mooted as a possible opponent for the unbeaten Groves, 25, who is currently Commonwealth champion and has also held the British title.Groves, from Hammersmith, was initially expected to take on WBO title holder Robert Stieglitz ahead of a possible showdown with Froch next year.But he was subsequently installed as the IBF’s mandatory challenger and Eddie Hearn, who promotes both fighters, recently revealed that talks were taking place with a view to the pair meeting sooner rather than later. Froch is also billed as the WBA champion, a title he effectively shares with American star Andre Ward, who beat him in 2011 and has the official title of the organisation’s ‘super’ champion.That defeat is one of only two suffered by Froch in his 33-fight career, during which he has been world champion three times.The step up to world level will come in Groves’ 20th professional fight and the Londoner insists he is ready for the challenge.Groves said: “If you look at good world champions – current, present and previous – they usually step up around the 20-fight mark and at around the age of 25.“We know what we have to do. I’ve been written off and been the underdog before and I relish it.“It’s the perfect fight for me. There will be a massive British audience and it’s against an established British world champion.”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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Warriors-Hawks cheatsheet: Any KD-Draymond residual to be concerned about?

first_imgThe Warriors (11-3) will try to overcome the potential fallout from the Draymond Green-Kevin Durant beef and beat the young Atlanta Hawks (3-10) tonight.Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup…When/Where: Oracle Arena, 7:30 p.m.Hawks’ projected starters: Omari Spellman, Alex Len, Trae Young, Kent Bazemore, Taurean Prince How the Hawks are doing: While Atlanta has one of the worst records in the league, they’ve shown to have intriguing prospects — namely point guard …last_img

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Paleontologist Becomes an Outcast After Publicly Renouncing Faith in Darwinism

first_img(Visited 2,018 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Contributing author Jerry Bergman has two books out on the persecution of Darwin skeptics, and a third one is coming out soon. As you read case after case, you will be shocked at the bigoted intolerance of the Darwin lobby against anyone who doubts their views. Scientists, reporters, teachers and other professionals have lost jobs, been denied tenure, and otherwise marginalized or ridiculed for –what? the crime of finding the Darwinian faith unconvincing in one way or another. Darwin bigots take extraordinary efforts to prevent criticism of their views from being heard. If you value freedom of expression and association, and think science needs to hear dissenting views from a fossilized consensus, do your part to defend the rights of Darwin skeptics.  —Ed. by Sal CordovaOnce upon a time, the distinguished paleontologist Günter Bechly was on German national TV celebrating Darwinism, but then something happened. He read books about intelligent design and found them compelling. On a web page, Bechly describes part of his transformation from Darwinist to an advocate of intelligent design (ID). His story is also told by the Discovery Institute in a YouTube video.Günter Bechly’s views changed when he read ID books (Discovery Institute)Though Bechly now accepts ID, he would not be classified as a typical creationist. He had no religious background in his youth or adult life. Nevertheless, it is obvious he has had a radical change of views on many levels after making an honest effort to learn about the reasons some scientists doubt Darwinism. These radical changes include his conversion from Darwinism to ID first, and later from atheism to Catholicism. This did not sit well with the Darwin lobby.A follow-up insult incident happened recently. As David Klinghoffer points out at Evolution News & Science Today, Wikipedia erased the memory of Bechly’s accomplishments.Günter Bechly is a distinguished paleontologist, specializing in fossil dragonflies, exquisitely preserved in amber for tens of millions of years. After revealing his support for the theory of intelligent design, he was pushed out as a curator at the State Museum of Natural History in Stuttgart, Germany. He subsequently joined Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture as a Senior Fellow. Now we learn that our colleague has suffered another act of censorship: he has been erased from Wikipedia, ostensibly for not being “notable” enough.But this recent insult by Wikipedia is nothing compared to what happened earlier at the German Natural History Museum. Evolution News reports:Now, with the debate about intelligent design (ID) taking place on an increasingly international stage, we reach across the Atlantic to name Germany’s Natural History Museum in Stuttgart as our 2017 Censor of the Year.If you follow us at Evolution News, you’ll already have an inkling of the story that lies behind this choice. On Friday we announced a new Senior Fellow with the CSC, the distinguished German paleo-entomologist Günter Bechly, formerly curator of amber and fossil insects at the Natural History Museum. In welcoming Dr. Bechly, a specialist in dragonflies, we left out one thing. After coming out as an ID sympathizer in 2015, following his private exploration of the evidence for design in nature, Bechly was the victim of retaliation and censorship by his institution. Though the addition of Dr. Bechly to our scientific community is a wonderful boon to us, the ensuing parting of the ways with his museum came with heavy personal, professional, and health costs.Bechly joins a line of several former Darwinian scientists who rejected the naturalistic story for the origin of biological complexity, and suffered for it. The list includes Dean Kenyon, Richard Lumsden, Caroline Crocker and many others.Sal Cordova, who has worked as a scientist, engineer, and a leader in the ID movement, has 4 science degrees and is working on a PhD. See his Author Profile for more information and for his previous CEH articles.last_img read more

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