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Reporters Without Borders condemns restrictive accreditation system for local correspondents of

first_img to go further Follow the news on Algeria RSF_en Organisation Help by sharing this information AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa February 24, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders condemns restrictive accreditation system for local correspondents of AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa News Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria Receive email alertscenter_img News Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections May 18, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is concerned that the Ministry of Culture and Communications’ recent decision to limit accreditation of local journalists to a single foreign media outlet will threaten the foreign media’s ability to cover news in Algeria. A decree ratifying the new measure is expected to be adopted shortly.Reporters Without Borders has asked the Ministry of Culture and Communications to reconsider the measure and allow journalists to work for several foreign media outlets withoutrestrictions, as has been the custom in recent years. The organisation fears that the new measure may seriously hamper the work of correspondents for international media outlets. Reporters without Borders is also worried that the measure is partially aimed at limiting the reporting of Algerian news in the foreign press.While defending the restrictive measure, a ministry representative told Reporters Without Borders, “Inno country is a journalist allowed to work for several different media outlets. Correspondents must work exclusively for one media outlet.”For several years now, the Ministry of Culture and Communications’ Press and Accreditations Office has offered Algerian journalists the unrestricted option of working as correspondents for several foreign media outlets. An annualaccreditation was granted and was renewable upon request. Algerian journalists who work for the foreign press have not been issued their 2004 accreditation cards to date.According to Anis Rahmani, a journalist for the daily “El Khabar” and correspondent for the London-based newspaper “El Hayat” and Lebanese television station LBC, “This measure is aimed at suppressing news about Algerian events and avoiding international scrutiny. The step also represents a genuine threat for foreign media outlets. It is a calculated effort to limit their choice of correspondents in Algeria and stop them from working with those of their own choosing.”Haïthem Rabani, who works for seven different foreign media outlets, including the radio stations Voice of America and Deutsche Welle, expressed outrage over the newly-imposed restrictions. “The measure is likely to encourage newspaperand radio journalists to work under pseudonyms. Television journalists are most at risk. Because they have to send their reports via the studios of the national television station, they will not be able to use unofficial channels. Tapes of news reports may have to be sent out in the suitcases of grandmothers travelling abroad!”. News News May 12, 2021 Find out more April 29, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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News story: Extra dial-in and 1-2-1 sessions announced for Get the Ship in Shape: accounting for, and tracking, personnel competition

first_imgThe dial-in will be held on 27 February 2019, 10:00am to 12:00pmA dial-in session providing further detail on the problem space and a chance to ask questions in an open forum. If you would like to participate, please register on the Eventbrite page.The 1-2-1s will be held on 28 February 2019, 9:00am to 12:00pmA series of 20-minute one-to-one teleconference sessions; giving you the opportunity to ask specific questions. If you would like to participate, please register on the Eventbrite page.Please sign up using the Eventbrite links and contact [email protected] with any questions.last_img

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Diversification pays off for Warburtons

first_imgWarburtons has reported a 52% increase in operating profit after diversifying and expanding its range.The family-owned north-west bakery saw its turnover rise by 7.3% to £562.1m in the year to 28 September 2013.While faced with an 8.5% rise in the cost of raw materials – resulting from a jump in the price of wheat – the company still saw profits increase to £33.9m.The Bolton-based company attributes this success to the introduction of sandwich alternatives, such as wraps and sandwich thins, which have provided the biggest line of growth.In the directors’ report, chairman Jonathan Warburton said: “The Warburtons business has continued to focus on the quality of product and service in order to maintain differentiation in what continues to be a very competitive market.“Investment is focused on enhancing our capability to meet changing consumer trends. This focus on meeting customer needs continues, in order to ensure we are well-placed to progress in the future.”“We will remain committed to growth and diversification and continue to invest in our people, innovation and infrastructure, as well as in new growth areas, such as our free-from business.”The company, owned by the fifth generation of the family, has 12 bakeries across the country and, in March, was granted permission for a £20m revamp of its Burnley site, which will make wraps and sandwich thins.last_img read more

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EHS fall sports meeting scheduled for Aug. 8

first_imgELLSWORTH — Ellsworth High School will be holding an informational meeting regarding the upcoming fall sports season at 6 p.m. Aug. 8 in the school auditorium.Athletes wishing to participate in football, soccer, cross-country, golf, volleyball or fall competition cheer must attend the meeting along with a parent or guardian. The meeting will cover the school and Maine Principals’ Association guidelines and procedures. Preseason schedules will also be handed out.In order to participate in practices, incoming freshman and transfer students must be registered students at Ellsworth High School. Those students can meet with the school’s guidance department from 8 a.m.-noon Aug. 10 to complete their registration processes.The aforementioned registrations will be done on an appointment basis. To set up an appointment, email Michelle Barnard at [email protected] or call extension 5504 at 667-4722 to set up a time.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe first day of fall practices is scheduled for Aug. 14, and teams are eligible to begin regular season play Sept. 1.last_img read more

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Baseball wonders why pitchers’ elbows keep tearing

first_imgIn this April 29, 2014 file photo, Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez sits in the dugout after pitching eight innings against the Atlanta Braves, in Miami.  (AP Photo/File)All of baseball is focused on a most precious 2 1/8 inches — the average length of the ulnar collateral ligament.This year, more than a dozen major league pitchers already have undergone Tommy John surgery — which involves replacing the elbow ligament with a tendon harvested from elsewhere (often the non-pitching elbow or forearm) in the patient’s body. All-Stars Patrick Corbin, Josh Johnson and Matt Moore have had the surgery, and NL Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez was scheduled to have his operation Friday.“It’s a problem. There’s no question about it,” baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said. “I’m almost afraid to pick up the paper every day because there’s some bad news.”The surgery forces a player to miss at least a full season, but many power pitchers — including Chris Carpenter (2007), Stephen Strasburg (2010) and Adam Wainwright (2011) — threw as hard with their repaired elbows as they did before. Matt Harvey is still recovering from surgery last year.The league hopes it can find ways to protect these million dollar elbows before surgery is required.Dr. James Andrews, one of the world’s top orthopedic physicians, will be meeting with a research committee Monday at Major League Baseball’s headquarters.“We’re going to put together a research project to help figure this out. We don’t know quite what to say at this point,” he said. “But, yeah, it’s got everybody’s attention.”A 2013 survey showed 25 percent of big league pitchers and 15 percent of minor leaguer pitchers had undergone the procedure.“This does not include the guys who didn’t make it back. These are the success stories,” said Glenn Fleisig of the American Sports Medicine Institute, who conducted the survey with  Stan Conte of the Dodgers.With the advent of high-tech scans such as MRIs, doctors usually can pinpoint exactly what’s wrong. And with pro pitchers under the watch of radar guns whenever they throw, the slightest drop in velocity triggers scrutiny.But for more than a century, pitchers came up with “sore arms” and “dead arms,” trying to pitch through pain.“Back then, you could be on your deathbed and you never told anybody because if you said, ‘God, my arm hurts,’ there were 15 guys waiting to take your place,” Tommy John said. “So I kept my mouth shut and just kept pitching, kept pitching, kept pitching.”UCL reconstruction has increased 10-fold in the first decade of the 21st century, Andrews and Dr. Jeremy Bruce wrote in the May issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, citing a paper by J.R. Dugas. Experts think young pitchers throw far more often now than they did a decade or two ago.“Baseball, once considered a seasonal sport, has become a year-round event in some regions of the United States, with increased team travel play and sponsored tournaments,” Andrews and Bruce wrote.An ASMI study published in 2011 examined 481 pitchers ages 9-14, and then checked with them 10 years later. Those who threw more than 100 innings in a year were 3.5 times more likely to need elbow or shoulder surgery or were forced to stop playing baseball.New York Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek says he’s performing the procedure more often among teenagers, who are not as strong as professionals and are trying to impress with high velocities.“When you’re throwing year-round, you don’t have much time for all this fitness stuff,” Altchek said. “So you’re fitness gets sacrificed, Your arm is overloaded. That’s a recipe for disaster.”The USA Baseball Medical/Safety Advisory Committee recommends limits of 50 pitches per game and 2,000 pitches per year for 9- and 10-year-olds, and 75 pitches per game and 3,000 per year from 11-14. The limit rises to 90 at ages 15-16 and 105 for ages 17-18, with no more than two games a week.Looking back, Harvey said he ramped up his arm for events as a teenager.“At 16 how much strengthening or throwing are you really doing in between those tournaments before you have to go blow it out again?” he said.Dr. Gary Green, MLB’s medical director, said the sport has been collecting data on injuries and lengths of layoffs in both the major and minor leagues since 2010. However, innings and pitch counts as amateurs aren’t tracked. Dr. Bert Mandelbaum, MLB’s director of research, is heading the probe.“We’re looking at it in terms of the demographics: Can we predict who is going to get this injury? Is there something in their training? Is there something in their biomechanics?” Green said.Fleisig concluded “how much you pitch and how hard you throw are the dominant factors.”After Dr. Frank Jobe’s pioneering operation on John in 1974, there were no more than four similar operations annually until a spike to 12 in 1996, according to research by Jon Roegele, who writes for the Hardball Times and Beyond the Box Score. The figure rose to 43 by 2003 and 69 in 2012 before dropping to 49 last year.Tom House, the former big league pitcher and pitching coach, has advocated strengthening muscles in the kinetic chain involved in throwing. John thinks the opposite approach should be taken.“These guys today, they spend more time in the weight room than they do on the mound. Strengths and weights are fine, but if that was everything, then Arnold Schwarzenegger would be a 20-game winner,” John said. “They just get so big and strong that there’s very little elasticity in their arms.”___AP Sports Writers Mike Fitzpatrick, Jon Krawczynski and Paul Newberry contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Musical Sensation Goh Kurosawa To Appear In Olympia

first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin0 Goh Kurosawa with Sharp Three will appear live in Olympia, Monday, November 12, 2012, 8pm, at The Royal Lounge.Through music, guitarist/composer Goh Kurosawa offers compositions/improvisations of soundscapes, images, memories, experiences, places, people, the future, and emotions. People have identified his style with musical genres such as creative music, acoustic, electric, bossa nova, jazz, folk, rock, flamenco, Latin, Balkan, classical, world music, experimental and beyond. Furthermore, Goh is sometimes referred to as a musical wakonyosai: a musical approach to the Western knowledge with the Japanese spirit.Goh has made appearances by performing and teaching at festivals, universities, clubs, among other live venues in the US, Canada, France, South Korea, Mexico, Taiwan, Brazil, and Japan. Other credits include collaborations with guitar giant Miroslav Tadic (The Grand Mothers Reinvented, David Torn, and Dusan Bogdanovic), Masaki Yamada of the legendary Japanese rock band Loudness, Grammy Award-winning jazz artist Charlie Haden, Kelli Ali (Linkin’Park, Bootsy Collins, and Marilyn Manson) of One Little Indian Records, Alan Paul of the Manhattan Transfer, and master percussionist John Bergamo (Frank Zappa’s Abnuceals Emukka Orchestra, John McLaughlin’s Shakti, and Hands On’Semble).Joining him are Kai Kurosawa and Chuck Van Haecke.Kai is one of the leading figures in tapâ style guitar playing as well as modern & traditional bass guitars. He is a dark knight on the one of a kind 24 string “Beartrax-Big Mama Bear” instrument which he designed.Groovin’ with the Kurosawa Brothers on drums is Chuck who completes the S3 trio with his exceptionally creative tasteful approach to time, space, and silence.For more information about Goh Kurosawa and Sharp 3, visit www.sharpthree.com/english/index.htmlLive jazz happens every Monday night at The Royal Lounge. See www.olympiajazzcentral.com for a full listing of events.There is a $5 suggested donation for this event.last_img read more

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Giant Fossil Penguins Lived in Warm Waters

first_img“Giant prehistoric penguins?  In Peru?” puzzled a reporter on Science Daily.  “It sounds more like something out of Hollywood than science,” but a fossil penguin you could look eye to eye with has been found that far north.  “We tend to think of penguins as being cold-adapted species,” said one of the discoverers,” but not all species live in cold waters.  These fossils “seem to contradict some of what we think we know about the relationship between penguins and climate,” she said.    This one was surprising not only for its locale and size (1.5m standing height).  It comes from a stratum considered “tens of millions of years earlier than expected and during a period when the earth was much warmer than it is now.”  See also National Geographic and EurekAlert.Summing up: (1) the fossils are tens of millions of years out of order.  (2) One of the two species was larger than any penguin alive today – as tall as a human.  (3) It had a larger beak: “Both new species had long narrow pointed beaks — now believed to be an ancestral beak shape for all penguins.”  (3) It was found at an equatorial latitude, indicating a richer biodiversity in the past.  (4) Everyone was surprised by these findings.  Conclusion: another victory for evolutionism.    Encore:  (5)… “during a period when the earth was much warmer than it is now” (36 million years ago).  Conclusion: we must take drastic measures because humans are responsible for global warming.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Farmer-led movement for soil health receives $4 million boost

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A revolutionary effort to support on-farm conservation has added a new partner representing major agricultural companies, food companies and environmental groups. The new collaboration will accelerate the Soil Health Partnership‘s leadership in helping farmers adopt practices that protect natural resources while potentially increasing profits.At the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, the industry-leading companies and environmental organizations today announced the launch of the Midwest Row Crop Collaborative. Its goal is to support, enhance and accelerate the use of environmentally preferable agricultural practices.The Midwest Row Crop Collaborative’s founding members include Cargill, the Environmental Defense Fund, General Mills, Kellogg Company, Monsanto, PepsiCo, The Nature Conservancy, Walmart and the World Wildlife Fund.  The overall shared goal is to help achieve a 45% nutrient loss reduction by 2035 across the Upper Mississippi River Basin – chiefly nitrogen and phosphorus.As part of this effort, the Collaborative has committed to raise $4 million over five years to augment the Soil Health Partnership, a farmer-led initiative of the National Corn Growers Association established in 2014.With more than 65 farm sites already enrolled in nine Midwestern states, the new funding commitment recognizes SHP as the leader in field-scale testing and measuring of management practices that improve soil health. These practices include:Growing cover crops to prevent erosion and nutrient losses,Implementing conservation tillage like no-till or strip-till, andUsing advanced, science-based nutrient management techniques to reduce nutrient loss.“Through healthy soil, farmers can play a major role protecting water quality and the environment-while also optimizing their crop yields and economic returns,” said Nick Goeser, director of the SHP. “We’re honored to welcome the Midwest Row Crop Collaborative to our program. Their support will amplify our research and communications efforts in helping farmers find practices that work best for them.”The new alliance will help SHP achieve the goal of enrolling 100 farms a full two years earlier than planned. It also underscores SHP’s key milestones and early vision, a vision advanced by initial and continuing funding from Monsanto, Walton Family Foundation, NCGA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These early supporters helped form SHP’s operating and data collection structure, while recognizing common goals.“As a farmer, I am committed to soil health because I know we have to constantly improve how we care for our land and how we farm it,” said Roger Zylstra, a farmer in Lynnville, Iowa enrolled in the SHP. “This funding commitment is significant to me because now we have more support from the large food and ag companies as well as environmental groups pushing for change. They’re showing us we don’t have to do it alone.”last_img read more

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Electronic Arts Continues To Weather More Storms

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout The hits just keep on coming for beleaguered Electronic Arts this month. After the meltdown of their SimCity launch, the company is now dealing with the resignation of their CEO and the announcement of a new security exploit that could harm users of EA’s Origin distribution platform.CEO John Riccitiello announced the end of his six years at the helm of EA yesterday, according to the Wall Street Journal. The resignation goes into effect on March 30.In his farewell letter to EA employees, Riccitiello cited the shortcomings in EA’s financial results as the primary reason for his departure.“It currently looks like we will come in at the low end of, or slightly below, the financial guidance we issued to the Street, and we have fallen short of the internal operating plan we set one year ago. And for that, I am 100 percent accountable,” Riccitiello wrote.Given the technical troubles the company has faced of late with the aforementioned release of SimCity, speculation will no doubt occupy industry analysts’ minds about the connection between the events. While it is doubtful SimCity’s problems were directly responsible for Riccitiello’s departure, it could have very well been the indirect straw that broke the camel’s back.Meanwhile, at the Black Hat security conference in Amsterdam last week, researchers Donato Ferrante and Luigi Auriemma from security firm ReVuln demonstrated a zero-day exploit that could affect users of Origin, enabling malicious code from third-party servers to be downloaded onto a user’s machine rather than the gaming software they were looking for. Related Posts The vulnerability, which is related to a similar problem found with the Steam gaming platform, exploits a Uniform Resource Identifier flaw within the Origin client application that’s installed locally, a flaw that could enable attackers to manipulate an origin:// link that would normally be used to connect to the Origin service. By inserting a modified origin:// link, the exploit could enable the download of a Windows dynamic link library (DLL) file, which could effectively begin the process of owning a victim’s computer.The ReVuln researchers’ report is compelling, but it is important to note that this exploit is only hypothesized at this point, and not something that has been seen in the wild yet. Still, Origin users should be sure they are always prompted for confirmation whenever they click a link that should go to the Origin service, just to be safe. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… brian proffitt 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#Electronic Arts last_img read more

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Goalie Chris Froschauer emerging as inspiration in lone year with OSU mens

OSU senior goalkeeper Chris Froschauer (32) prepares to kick the ball during a game against Cleveland State on Oct. 21 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won 1-0. Credit: Christopher Slack / Lantern PhotographerChris Froschauer came into the first Ohio State men’s soccer spring practice prepared to command the defense with his boisterous voice. He kept his composure when his team started the season 1-4-2. His eight straight wins that followed the rough first half of the season proved that his chemistry with the backline is now on point.By the above accounts, one could conclude that Froschauer is a seasoned Buckeye — a veteran that climbed the OSU roster to become a starter his senior year. However, the senior goalie has only been a Buckeye for 16 games.After starting nearly 60 games for the Dayton Flyers men’s soccer team, where he compiled more than 200 saves, Froschauer decided to take a leap of faith about 80 miles east.“I figured if I wanted to take a chance somewhere else and do something, why not do it now,” Froschauer said. “I get to play college soccer one time, so I went for it.”The former three-year starting goalie for the Flyers hit a ceiling in Dayton. A greater challenge with higher rewards awaited him in Columbus, and the Buckeyes had recently lost perhaps the most heralded goalie in program history to graduation: Alex Ivanov.“He’s very loud,” junior forward Christian Soldat said of Froschauer. “He was one of those guys that right away (made) himself known.”The stars were aligned, but Froschauer had a small window for meshing with his new teammates on and off the field.“I think that he felt confident in his ability to come in and help us out, and we were confident in him as well,” senior midfielder Zach Mason said. “I think it was just something where it was a perfect fit.”Froschauer actually became acquainted with Mason the summer following his freshman year of college. Both him and redshirt junior midfielder Alex Ranalli were teammates of Froschauer’s on the Columbus Crew U-20 team.OSU was still foreign territory for him, but his beaming personality made the transition phase pass right by and his initiation into the tightly knit team swift.“If we were a family, I would say he’s our goofy brother; the one that keeps everyone loose, everyone laughing,” Mason said.The loose characterization was important during the Buckeyes’ four-game skid earlier this season. Following a fourth straight loss, a 2-1 defeat to Northwestern, the team became fed up.“After the Northwestern game we all kind of sat down together and decided that we didn’t want to do this anymore,” Froschauer said. “We wanted to turn our season around, which is what we’ve done.”And Froschauer was pivotal in that turnaround. A program-best eight-game winning streak was aided by the senior’s six clean sheets.Even when the team was struggling, Froschauer was still keeping calm. That trait has helped him save 54 goals while only allowing 15 this season. His communication skills have also led to victories fueled by teamwork, as evidenced by his conference-best seven shutouts.The backline was shaky at the beginning of the season, but Froschauer quickly got vocally accustomed to his teammates. His actions were instantly infectious.“He’s very vocal in the games and in practice, and he’s just a goofy kid,” Soldat said. “He’s always a happy guy, he’s always loud and he wants to be in the conversation.”The continually growing relationship between Froschauer and the defense is peaking at just the right time. The Big Ten tournament is set to commence in two weekends, and the Buckeyes will be fighting back for the No. 1 seed after losing the spot to Rutgers in their previous game.“We’ve definitely come to understand each other better; what my tendencies are, what their tendencies are,” Froschauer said.The four-year starter has been the perfect source for the team to gather momentum. Opponents are taking fewer shots on goal thanks to a firmer defense, and Froschauer is putting the offense in position to give the Buckeyes a victory in almost every outing.When questioned about his goalie’s greatest quality, Mason snapped back quickly: “His confidence.” It also happens to be spreading team-wide.“It really is contagious in the team,” Mason said. “I think if you have a confident goalkeeper that helps the defense be confident, midfields and all the way up to the forwards.”Froschauer is definitely making the most out of his bold decision to finish off his collegiate soccer career at OSU. His teammates have been channeling his positive attitude and will to win, and it is resulting in a climb up the standings.“He’s the voice from the back,” Mason said.Froschauer’s poise instills faith in his teammates. He has only known them for eight months. read more

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