England And Georgia Scrap In Training Session

first_imgthe Mail also say that during this, security for England policed the touchline to ensure the children and staff watching the session did not record or take photos of the two incidents.After the two flare ups, the majority of members from the two teams kept to themselves with only a few players from England and Georgia working together with controlled drills. The training session was ended by coaches with members of both teams shaking hands before leaving. Collapse Who is leading the way in the Six… In a training session, a fight nearly broke out between players from England and Georgia. By Victoria Brush. England’s Six Nations ends with defeat in Dublin England And Georgia Scrap In Training SessionDuring a training session in Oxford this Wednesday, two fights broke out between England and Georgia following attempts to perfect their scrum, according to reports.In preparation for England’s upcoming game against Italy on the Saturday 9, March, Eddie Jones invited Georgia to two days of training in Oxford. Hosted at St Edward’s School, tensions quickly intensified when punches were thrown between the two teams in front of onlooking schoolchildren.After England’s recent loss of 21-13 to Wales last Saturday, the international Georgia players were brought to Oxford to test the England players. Jones previously said that the Georgia team are “the biggest, ugliest, strongest scrum pack in the world.”Tough Preparation: England trained against Georgia to prepare for Italy next week (Getty Images)It is believed that Georgia initially started a fight after the two packs engaged in a scrum and the front rows broke apart. After the break, onlookers saw pushing and shoving from both teams. According to a report in the Daily Mail, things escalated even further with punches were thrown and some players allegedly dragged away by team-mates. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS England Six Nations Squad 2021 2021 Six Nations Injuries Update Expand Six Nations Table 2021 England Six Nations Squad 2021 All the latest news on players injured throughout… Six Nations Table 2021 Hot Contest: England and Georgia shake hands after training together (Getty Images) Coaches, including England’s leadership consultant Will Carling, were said to have intervened to stop the scrap. It has also been reported that once things to have calmed down, a second scrum ensued only for another fight to break out. 2021 Six Nations Injuries Update Expand At the end of the training session, Milton Haig said: “When two sides have a mind-set that they don’t want to give an inch or millimetre, you usually get a bit of tension. It is just making sure we control ourselves, as it is a great opportunity for us.”Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest news in rugby.last_img read more

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Apopka High football schedule announced

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here APOPKA BLUE DARTERS2017 Schedule* — indicates District 8A-4 contestWeek 1 — Fri. Aug. 25 — @ OcoeeWeek 2 — Fri. Sep. 1 — Miami NorlandWeek 3 — Fri. Sep. 8 — @ LakelandWeek 4 — Fri. Sep. 15 — @ Dr. PhillipsWeek 5 — Fri. Sep. 22 — BooneWeek 6 — Fri. Sep. 29 — @ Evans*Week 7 — Fri. Oct. 6 — @ MandarinWeek 8 — Fri. Oct. 13 — West Orange*Week 9 — Fri. Oct. 20 — BYE WEEKWeek 10 — Fri. Oct. 27 — Wekiva*Week 11 — Fri. Nov. 3 —  @ Oak Ridge Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSApopka Blue Darters Previous articleA seafood restaurant with a heart for givingNext articleWekiva Mustangs football schedule announced Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom center_img UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 5 playoff teams highlight tough schedule for Blue DartersTwo non-district road games early in the season against a perennial powerhouse and a state runner-up in 2016 highlight the Apopka Blue Darter 2017 football schedule.Apopka will travel down I-4 to take on the Lakeland Dreadnaughts on September 8th. Last season Lakeland finished 8-3 with a trip to the state playoffs. They are an astounding 152-18 in their last 170 games, including a 97-6 mark at home. The following week (September 15th) the Blue Darters return to Orange County to take on the Dr. Phillips Panthers. Last season DP had a 12-3 record, including an impressive runner-up finish in the 8A state playoffs. Apopka rallied at home to defeat the Panthers 15-14 in 2016. The non-district schedule also has a home contest against Miami Norland on September 1st, and a trip to Jacksonville to face Mandarin High School on October 6th.District play begins on September 29th against Orlando Evans, and concludes with crosstown rival Wekiva High School on October 27th. Last season Apopka rallied late in the fourth quarter to defeat the Mustangs 38-31 to win District 8A-4.In 2016 the Blue Darters ran off nine straight wins before losing to Timber Creek 40-39 in the playoffs. They finished the season 9-1 and 3-0 in district play.In the 2017 spring exhibition game, the Blue Darters blew open a 22-22 tie with 16 unanswered points as rising sophomoreJecoryan Davis-Hamilton rushed for 383 yards and three touchdowns on 42 carries and Apopka defeated Orange City University 38-22.The Blue Darters pre-season game is against Mainland High School (in Daytona Beach) at Roger Williams Field on the Apopka High School campus. Kickoff is at 7 PM on August 18th. Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 last_img read more

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Fundraising Institute of New Zealand launches emergency international matched funds appeal

first_img About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Melanie May | 11 August 2020 | News Tagged with: crowdfunding matched giving New Zealand’s membership body for professional fundraisers & charities, FINZ, has launched an emergency appeal to help plug the gap in its income caused by the impact of the Covid-19 crisis, and prevent its potential closure.With the crisis resulting in a NZ$70,000 shortfall in income for the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand (FINZ), it is running an international matched giving emergency fundraising appeal.The Institute is asking fundraisers to be #hereforFINZ, and contribute financially. Donations up to $20,000 will be matched by a mixture of suppliers and fundraising friends throughout Australasia, UK and Canada including [email protected], SOFII, the Institute for Sustainable Philanthropy, and FundraisingEverywhere. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis In a direct mail letter sent out to fundraisers and featured in a case study on the SOFII site, Michelle Berriman, FINZ Executive Director, explains that the crisis saw FINZ move swiftly to support fundraisers through a shift in its education programme to provide webinars, advice and guidance, online groups and events, and more, enabling it to educate 1,100 between January and April, compared to 250 in the same period last year.But, with most of this free, and its usual income generating events cancelled, it has suffered a serious shortfall in funds, leaving it at risk.However, the letter says, it has rallied the support of sponsors, suppliers and fundraising friends, who have collectively pledged more than $20,000 and now it is calling on fundraisers to ‘become part of fundraising history’ and donate.FINZ is not alone among sector organisations to have asked for help. In France, the Association Française de Fundraisers is running its first ever crowdfunding appeal to help it replace some of the income lost as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, and enable it to continue its work.The AFF is hoping to raise €40,000 – enough to ensure 31 days of operation, and is currently just over halfway to meeting its target, with some 260 people having donated.Like FINZ, the AFF has funded itself through events and activities since launching 30 years ago, and has seen its income plummet with the pandemic forcing the cancellation of many of those planned for this year while at the same time it has increased its digital content to better support members.Meanwhile, the Italian Fundraising Association (ASSIF) recently reported that it trebled its income over the past three years. This growth has enabled it to weather the Covid storm so far and continue its activities during lockdown. More on this can be read in a recent story on the European Fundraising Association’s website. Fundraising Institute of New Zealand launches emergency international matched funds appeal  441 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  440 total views,  2 views todaylast_img read more

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Trump under fire — the ruling-class dilemma

first_imgAll the indictments, plea bargaining, immunities, exposures, etc., amount to this: The anti-Trump forces in the ruling class are doing a dance with Trump.Donald Trump has suffered a series of blows from the anti-Trump forces in the ruling class and the legal establishment. This has undoubtedly encouraged progressive and revolutionary forces who rightfully want to see this reactionary, authoritarian, racist, misogynist Trump go down.Recent events have pummeled Trump. His campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was convicted at trial of eight criminal counts of fraud and tax evasion. His long-time lawyer and “fixer,” Michael Cohen, pled guilty and pointed the finger at Trump for campaign law violations. These developments came on the same day.The following day it was revealed that the CEO of the National Enquirer, David Pecker, who operates a pro-Trump scandal sheet, had been granted immunity to talk about how he worked with Michael Cohen to suppress stories critical of Trump by buying and then not publishing them.Twenty-four hours later it was revealed that the CFO of the Trump Organization, Allen Weisselberg, was also given immunity to testify. Weisselberg has been in charge of Trump Organization finances dating back to the days of Trump’s racist, pro-Nazi father, Fred Trump.Wall Street, Pentagon draw line — at Russia and DPRKShortly thereafter, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was forced to call off his trip to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea with one week’s notice. Pompeo had already chosen the head of Ford Motors to lead the delegation. Last week we noted that Trump’s military parade was canceled and how the Pentagon and the ruling class were resisting his attempt to realign U.S. imperialist foreign policy toward Russia, which the establishment has blocked. (“Revolt of the spymasters,” WW, Aug. 23)The latest move to cancel Pompeo’s trip to the DPRK is the ruling class’s answer to Trump’s attempt to realign U.S. foreign policy on the Korean peninsula. Finally signing a peace treaty with the DPRK — for a war that ended in a stalemate 65 years ago — is a condition for moving forward. The entire military and political establishment is opposed to this and finally won out, even as Trump was being weakened in court.The ruling class has laid down the line on the essentials. They can live with Trump’s fascist atrocities on the borders, separating immigrant families. They can shrug off his support for police brutality and murder in the Black and Latinx communities. They can live with his racist slurs against Africa and Haiti.But when it comes to basics, aggression toward Russia and opening up peaceful relations in Korea, Wall Street and the Pentagon draw a sharp line.Bosses reject impeachment for nowIt must be noted that these developments have been accompanied by a concerted effort to bury any incipient movement for impeachment, which has been quickened by Trump’s legal setbacks.This effort to quash any talk of impeachment comes from both the Democratic Party leadership and the Republicans alike. A long story in the New York Times tells how the Democratic Party hierarchy is trying to put out impeachment fires among rank-and-file Democrats. The party line is to protect the Mueller investigation and let it play out. (Aug. 25)Right now, the ruling class is wary of stoking an impeachment movement. There are at least two reasons. First, they are making tons of money in profit from the Trump tax cuts and deregulation. The entire trillion-dollar tax cut directly reduces corporate expenses and goes straight to the corporate bottom line. Profits have been shooting up for two quarters. No boss or banker wants to rock that boat.Second, they are afraid of provoking a right-wing rebellion from Trump’s base. They listen to Trump rallies, which continue on just as they were during the campaign, despite all the revelations about what a low-life racist, misogynist, bigoted crook Trump is. The bourgeoisie is always collaborative, conciliatory or cowardly in the face of the right wing — and this is a lesson the working class must always remember.All the indictments, plea bargaining, immunities, exposures, etc., amount to this: The anti-Trump forces in the ruling class are doing a dance with Trump. Right now the ruling class is trying to weaken him primarily with legal and publicity attacks. This may change under future circumstances, for instance, if the trade war with China gets out of control or some other catastrophic development threatens their capitalist  interests. But, ultimately, they hope to remove him through the 2020 election process.The best case political scenario for the anti-Trump forces in the ruling class is for the Democrats to win the majority in the House of Representatives. This will give them the power to call hearings, bring witnesses, subpoena testimony and documents, and wage a public relations war against Trump, while leaving the question of impeachment open.At the present time the masses are faced with three practical alternatives to removing Trump: indictment, impeachment or elections. All three are ruling-class solutions in arenas dominated by capital.The radical and revolutionary left were definitely growing, even before Trump got in. But given the present-day relationship of political forces, and given the relative numerical weakness of the revolutionary and radical left, these ruling-class solutions are the only paths to actually removing Trump at the moment.Ways to fight Trump and TrumpismHowever, there are many ways to fight Trump and Trumpism on the ground, such as bringing down racist symbols, fighting to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement, putting immigrant detention centers under siege, supporting the present prisoners’ strike, fighting police brutality, defending Native land rights, demanding women’s right to reproductive justice and LGBTQ rights, demonstrating against the war drive, etc. All of these are righteous struggles that can be directly related to the struggle against Trump. They can and must be waged.Propaganda and agitation against the Trump reaction are other important avenues to be used, especially as the bourgeois elections get closer. This is a time when the masses are open to listening to politics. The real left, the revolutionary anti-capitalist left, may not be decisive in the electoral arena, given the current relationship of forces. Some social democrats, however, are running as Democratic Party candidates.It may be that the role of the left will be best carried out by a campaign of demonstrations and propaganda. In some states, or more likely local contests, revolutionary forces may be able to participate in elections on a revolutionary basis for propaganda purposes as well as for gaining representation.Propaganda and agitation during the current campaign have to be sensitively crafted. They must bear in mind the anti-Trump sentiments of the undocumented who have suffered fascist-like measures on the borders, including the separation of families from their children. These fascist-like measures are not restricted to the borders, but are carried out by ICE in immigrant communities and at workplaces across the country.This propaganda must bear in mind the anger in the cities and Black communities all over the country against the police and Trump’s open support for police brutality and Confederate racism.It must acknowledge that there are close to a million DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients who have the threat of deportation hanging over their heads. In addition, hundreds of thousands, including Haitians, Hondurans, Salvadorans, Nicaraguans and others whose Temporary Protected Status has been lifted, are awaiting deportation.Bearing all this in mind, anti-capitalist, pro-socialist propaganda can be fashioned which not only condemns Trump, but also shows that salvation does not lie in the Democratic Party, a party whose leadership is inextricably tied to corporate and military interests.Socialism gaining popularityThere is much discussion and publicity about the growing popularity of the term “socialism.” Since the campaign of Bernie Sanders in 2016, the term has become respectable, particularly as capitalism decays and brings suffering and gross inequality to the masses. The term “socialist” got a further boost when Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Puerto Rican activist, a Sanders ally and a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, won a primary against an entrenched Democratic Party hack, Joe Crowley, who was in line to be named Speaker of the House after Nancy Pelosi. Ocasio-Cortez will represent a district that spans the Bronx and Queens.While her primary victory has inspired a great deal of enthusiasm among progressives, it has also bred illusions among many young people, especially on the left, that they are on the road to taking over the Democratic Party and bringing forward a program of wiping out inequality, winning universal health care, affordable housing, even government ownership of industries, etc.These illusions must be dealt with by Marxist arguments, and should not be contemptuously dismissed. For example, the most progressive president of the 20th century, Franklin Roosevelt, put down the independence movement in Puerto Rico in the Ponce Massacre of 1934. Roosevelt took U.S. imperialism into World War II, not initially against the Nazis but against Japanese imperialism, and justified the internment of Japanese people in the U.S.While Roosevelt is well remembered now for the New Deal, which granted some rights to the impoverished working class at the time, in preparation for war Roosevelt broke an aircraft strike on the West Coast, made alliances with southern Dixiecrats, allowed segregation to remain in place, including in the military, etc. And this was the most progressive Democratic Party president ever! He raged against “economic royalists” but did their bidding in the Pacific and later on in Europe. Before entering World War II, he said “Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars” — until U.S. imperialist interests were challenged.Only struggle will winHow did the working class win concessions from the Roosevelt administration?The New Deal was not a gift granted from above. It was won beginning with demonstrations of the unemployed in major cities; hunger marches; municipal general strikes in San Francisco, Minneapolis and Toledo in 1936; the sit-down strikes in Akron and Cleveland, culminating in the Flint sit-down strike the same year, which led to the organization of the United Auto Workers, the Congress of Industrial Organizations and the mass organization of the industrial working class.This was the force that led to the Works Progress Administration, Social Security, unemployment insurance, the right to strike and to organize unions, and many other gains associated with the New Deal.The same is true for the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act and other legislative gains, including the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision and those confirming lesbian and gay rights. They were won first in the streets in the bloody South and then by massive rebellions and marches in northern cities.Socialists trying to make gains by getting a foothold in the electoral system and the Democratic Party need to know that the great steps forward have come from the class struggle — the militant organization of the workers and the rebellions of oppressed communities.In the long run, only the mass struggle can bring social progress, and only revolution can bring socialism.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Frogs fall to Auburn 88-80 in fourth straight loss, move to 14-7 overall

first_imgGarrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Twitter + posts Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Previous articleAnn Louden leaving TCU, heading to Adelphi University in NYNext articleTCU VGP (PAX South 2017 Special) Garrett Podell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR printThe Frogs kept their game against Auburn close for the first 25 minutes, but couldn’t close in the second half, falling 88-80.The loss to the Tigers was the fourth straight and dropped the Frogs’ record to 14-7 overall.With just under 15 minutes left in the game, Auburn sprinted ahead on 25-2 run that TCU failed to stop until there was about 7:30 left to play.“We’re on a slide here, and we have to go figure it out,” TCU head coach Jamie Dixon said. “They outplayed us, simply no other way to put it.”The Horned Frogs were outscored in the paint 56-48 and allowed the Tigers to score 20 second chance points.“I was surprised we were that bad defensively,” Dixon said. “We gave them layups, couldn’t guard the dribble, and we couldn’t finish up possessions on rebounds.”The central reason for TCU’s problems in the paint was Auburn’s first-year center Austin Wiley. He scored 25 points on 11-13 shooting.“Wiley had great numbers, but I feel like a lot of that came from his guards getting penetration out front,” Dixon said. “To his credit, he did his job, and his size stands out.”Things were made worse when TCU’s starting forward and the Big 12 leading rebounder Kenrich Williams fouled out early in the second half.“He brings a lot of toughness to our team, because you don’t have the nickname Kenny Hustle for nothing,” TCU guard Alex Robinson Jr. said. “He brings a lot of leadership to our team on the court, and I feel like we missed him today.”The Horned Frogs’ biggest problem over the course of their losing streak had been shooting, but on Saturday TCU shot 51 percent from the field. However, their free throw shooting hampered TCU’s scoring efforts, as they shot 9-20 from the line.“The 45 percent on free throws weighed on us,” Dixon said. “I thought we should’ve been up more in the first half , but that let us down.”The shooting problems appear to be hindering other areas of the Frogs’ game.“We have to address the shooting issue that’s bothering us way more than it should,” Dixon said. “You could feel the shoulders drop and the head going down after each miss.”Even with their offensive struggles, the Horned Frogs had a few bright spots in what was otherwise a rude awakening.Robinson Jr. led TCU in scoring for the sixth time this season with 20 points, and it was his second best game of the season, trailing only his career-high 24 in a Nov. 26 win over Washington. He added seven rebounds, six assists, two blocked shots and a steal.In his return to the starting lineup Saturday, JD Miller was two points shy of a career high, as he totaled 17 points, which also equaled a season high.  Miller’s six assists, tying Robinson for the team lead, doubled his previous career high of three established last year at Texas Tech.“I thought Alex did some good things, but he played too many minutes,” Dixon said. “We’re asking too much out of him, and it was good to get JD going.”But, losing at Schollmaier Arena poked a hole in TCU’s March Madness resume.“We’re still in position to make it at this point, but we have to change how we’re playing right now,” Dixon said. “I think we’re a little beat up right now, but it’s about how we’re going to respond.”The players want nothing more than to send their four seniors off the right way in spring.“We want to make it for our seniors who haven’t yet had the opportunity,” Robinson Jr. said. “Coach Dixon’s message was to stay together.”The Horned Frogs will have an even higher sense of urgency for the next game on Wednesday, a road contest with Kansas State. “I don’t want to say panic, but we need to re-group and change how we’re playing,” Dixon said. “We have to get back to playing defense.”TCU’s next game is Feb. 1 in Manhattan, Kansas against the Kansas State Wildcats. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food. Linkedin TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ ReddIt Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee Facebook Garrett Podell ReddIt Facebook The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Listen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. Collier Twitter Linkedin Boschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Men’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas TCU Horned Frogs guard Alex Robinson (25) goes to the basket on Auburn Tigers center Austin Wiley (50) and forward Horace Spencer (0) and guard Mustapha Heron (5) during the first half at Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena. (Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports) World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution last_img read more

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RSF asks UN to intervene to end systematic arbitrary detention of journalists in Egypt

first_img May 7, 2020 RSF asks UN to intervene to end systematic arbitrary detention of journalists in Egypt Some journalists have been given prison sentences of totally disproportionate length. Ismail Al Sayed Mohamed Omar Tawfik, also known by the pseudonym of Ismail “Alexandrani,” was sentenced on 22 May 2018, after more than three years of provisional detention, to ten years in prison for “participating in a terrorist group,” “participating in a criminal conspiracy,” “illegally obtaining and divulging state secrets” and “spreading rumours in order to harm the national interest.” His crime was criticizing the authorities in several international media outlets such as Al Jazeera and Orient XXI and observing the situation in the sensitive Sinai region a bit too closely. Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution Organisation RSF_en January 22, 2021 Find out more Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison Other journalists are being kept arbitrarily in detention although orders have been issued for their release. This is the case, for example, with Mahmoud Hussein and Badr Mohammed Badr. The former, who was arrested in December 2016 for “spreading false news,” spent two and a half years in pre-trial detention before a court ordered his release. He was nonetheless not released and instead continued to be held on the grounds that new proceedings had been initiated against him on spurious charges of “participating in a terrorist group.” He is still being held pending trial. The latter, Badr Mohammed Badr, who was arrested in March 2017 for “participating in a terrorist group” and “spreading false news,” was the subject of a release order issued by a court on 24 November 2019. He was not however freed and instead disappeared for nearly three months, reappearing on 25 February 2020 before a court where new proceedings on unspecified charges were initiated against him. He, too, continues to be detained. February 1, 2021 Find out more to go further All of these journalists have been subjected to procedural irregularities including denial of access to their lawyers, excessively long provisional detention, denial of medical care and failure to respect trial procedure. Many of them, such as Esraa Abdel Fattah, Solafa Magdy and Mohammed Ibrahim Radwan, have also been subjected to violence or even torture during provisional detention. Many of them, as the families of Solafa Magdy and Mahmoud Hussein testify, have had their visiting rights severely restricted during the Covid-19 pandemic, making their detention even harder to bear. News News Most of these ten journalists are being subjected to prolonged provisional detention of indefinite duration. This is the case, for example, with Esraa Abdel Fattah, held since October 2019, Solafa Magdy, held since 26 November 2019, Adel Sabry, held since 3 April 2018, and Hisham Fouad and Hossam Moanis, who have been held since 25 June 2019. Some of these provisional detentions have even been prolonged beyond the maximum period allowed under Egyptian law. This is the case with Moataz Wednan, who has been detained provisionally for nearly two and a half years. EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedFreedom of expressionUnited NationsViolence center_img Sent on 30 April, RSF’s letter details the cases of ten journalists. The examples reflect the diversity of situations of arbitrary detention in Egypt, but all of the journalists are imprisoned on spurious grounds such as “participating in a terrorist group,” “spreading false news” or “inciting demonstrations.” The circumstances of their arrests and the interrogations they have undergone show that their only crime was exercising their right to freedom of expression and information, and expressing criticism of the Egyptian authorities. Follow the news on Egypt Receive email alerts As well as being denied due process and subjected to enforced disappearance and even acts of torture, these journalists continue to be detained arbitrarily while the Covid-19 epidemic rages in Egypt, exposing them to the risk of infection and death. RSF therefore asks the Working Group, a subsidiary body of the UN Human Rights Council, to intervene as a matter of urgency with the Egyptian authorities in order to put an end to these systematic violations. News Like Badr Mohammed Badr, other journalists have disappeared while detained by the authorities, contrary to international law, which says the lawyers and families of detainees must be able to contact them. Esraa Abdel Fattah and Solafa Magdy disappeared for 24 hours after their arrest. Moataz Wednan disappeared for a week. Mohamed Ibrahim Radwan disappeared for 11 days after being arrested in April 2018. He reappeared before a court for trial on charges of “participating in a terrorist group” and “spreading false news.” After he had spent 15 months in provisional detention (longer than the maximum period allowed under Egyptian law), his release was ordered on 31 July 2019, but he continued to be held for another ten days for no legitimate reason. Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff News February 6, 2021 Find out more At a time when at least 29 journalists are imprisoned in Egypt, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has written to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention accusing the Egyptian authorities of systematically detaining critical journalists in an arbitrary manner, and asking the UN to intervene urgently to ensure respect for the right of these journalists to freedom of expression and due process. EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedFreedom of expressionUnited NationsViolence Egypt is ranked 166th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Help by sharing this information last_img read more

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Judge orders journalist to reveal her sources

first_img The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Follow the news on South Africa News Organisation RSF_en On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia Help by sharing this information South AfricaAfrica Twitter arbitrarily blocks South African newsweekly and several reporters over Covid vaccine story November 27, 2020 Find out more Newscenter_img News to go further Reporters Without Borders protested today against a South Africa judge ordering a journalist to reveal her sources to support claims that national director of public prosecutions Bulelani Ngcuka was a spy for the intelligence services under the country’s white minority apartheid regime.A commission of enquiry headed by Judge Joos Hefer said on 16 October that Ranjeni Munusamy, formerly with the Sunday Times, must disclose them despite objections by her lawyers. “We are astonished the commission is doing this,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “South Africa has shown its commitment to freedom of expression, so it would be regrettable if a commission looking into a dark period of the country’s history violated such a basic principle of journalism.” Munusamy accused Ngcuka in an article in City Press on 7 October and said she had documentary evidence. Since the Hefer Commission ordered to reveal these sources, she has received threatening phone calls warning that she will be harmed if she does. Munusamy has stressed that she will not testify before the commission. The High Court will rule on 3 November whether she is legally obliged to or not. Judge Hefer has turned to other journalists to give evidence but all have refused to do so until the High Court has ruled. Reports February 4, 2021 Find out more South AfricaAfrica Receive email alerts October 21, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Judge orders journalist to reveal her sources November 19, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Asia

first_img June 7, 2021 Find out more RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more Asia – Pacific Democratic Asian countries gain groundAsia-Pacific country rankings can be impressive. New Zealand is one of the ten top winners and Japan (11th), Australia (18th) and Hong Kong (34th) occupy favourable positions. Two other Asian democracies, Taiwan and South Korea, rose 11 and 27 places respectively, after noteworthy falls in the 2009 Index. Although some problems persist, such as the issue of the state-owned media’s editorial independence, arrests and violence have ceased.Some developing countries have managed to make solid gains, particularly Mongolia (76th) and the Maldives (52nd). As a rule, the authorities have been respectful of press freedoms, exemplified by their decriminalisation of press offences in the Maldives.An occasional ranking in this Index can be deceptive. Fiji (149th), for example, rose three places, even though the government has passed a new liberticidal press law. The year 2009 had been so tragic, with soldiers invading news staff offices, that the year 2010 could only seem to be somewhat more tranquil. Sri Lanka (158th) jumped four places: less violence was noted there, yet the media’s ability to challenge the authorities has tended to weaken with the exile of dozens of journalists.In this Index based upon violations of press freedoms, Asia, has earned a low ranking for yet another year. Even when a country’s press enjoys freedom, too often it also has to endures violence from non-governmental actors. When the press lives under the control of an authoritarian regime, it is obliged to censor and to self-censor. Chinese intellectual Liu Xiaobo was sentenced to eleven years behind bars for denouncing this situation – a struggle which was rewarded by the Nobel Peace Prize – bringing new hope to the Asia-Pacific area. Download the PDF version News News October 20, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Asia to go further Asia – Pacific Asian Communist regimes still hold the lowest rankingsAsia’s four Communist regimes, North Korea (177th place), China (171st), Vietnam (165thj) Laos (168th), are among the fifteen lowest-ranked countries of the 2010 World Press Freedom Index. Ranked just one place behind Eritrea, hellish totalitarian North Korea has shown no improvement. To the contrary: in a succession framework set up by Kim Jong-il in favour of his son, crackdowns have become even harsher. China, despite its dynamic media and Internet, remains in a low position because of non-stop censorship and repression, notably in Tibet and Xinjiang. In Laos, it is not so much repression which plagues this country of Southeast Asia as its single party’s political control over the whole media. On the other hand, Vietnam’s Communist Party – soon to hold its own Congress – and its open season against freedom of speech is responsible for its worse than mediocre ranking.Among the last thirty countries of Reporters Without Borders’ Index are ten Asian nations, notably Burma, where the military junta have decided that the prior censorship system will be maintained despite the upcoming general elections in November.India’s and Thailand’s rankings drop due to a breakout of serious violencePolitical violence has produced some very troubling tumbles in the rankings. Thailand (153rd) – where two journalists were killed and some fifteen wounded while covering the army crackdown on the “red shirts” movement in Bangkok – lost 23 places, while India slipped to 122nd place (-17) mainly due to extreme violence in Kashmir. The Philippines lost 34 places following the massacre of over thirty reporters by partisans of one of Mindanao Island’s governors. Despite a few murderers of journalists being brought to trial, impunity still reigns in the Philippines. Also in Southeast Asia, Indonesia (117th) cannot seem to pass under the symbolic bar separating the top 100 countries from the rest, despite remarkable media growth. Two journalists were killed there and several others received death threats, mainly for their reports on the environment. Malaysia (141st), Singapore (136th) and East Timor (93rd) are down this year. In short, repression has not diminished in ASEAN countries, despite the recent adoption of a human rights charter.In Afghanistan (147th) and in Pakistan (151st), Islamist groups bear much of the responsibility for their country’s pitifully low ranking. Suicide bombings and abductions make working as a journalist an increasingly dangerous occupation in this area of South Asia. And the State has not slackened its arrests of investigative journalists, which sometimes more closely resemble kidnappings. 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#VIDEO Attempted murder on gangland figure as he walked to gym

first_imgShannondoc operating but only by appointment Email Facebook Previous articleGAA – Weekend results from Limerick GAANext articleBottom Dog’s bite of the Big Apple Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Nissan Navara in the car park of University of Limerick where Christy Keane was shot this Monday morning.Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up CONVICTED drug dealer and well known gangland figure Christy Keane (54) had to crawl 100 yards to the safety of a running track this Monday morning after two masked gunmen shot him at close range as he walked from his jeep to the elite sports training facility at the University of Limerick for his regular early morning gym workout.The married father of two, whose brother Kieran Keane was murdered in 2003 during the height of the gangland feuding, is in intensive care at the University Hospital in Limerick as medical staff battle to treat the gunshots wounds to the chest and arms that leave the 54-year-old in critical condition.Superintendent Derek Smart of Henry Street Garda Station said that the victim of the shooting was approached by two men as he walked across the car park to the gym. They opened fire before fleeing the area on foot.The alarm was raised and emergency services were called to the scene. Supt Keane had these details.“This could very well be treated as an attempted murder”, Supt Smart said but added that they were not aware that there was any threat made to the victim’s life before this attack.A short time after the shooting , a red 132 D registered Ford Focus car was found on fire near Monaleen school, while a white, UK registered high-powered Volvo estate car was found on fire in Drombana, not far from the area where Christy’s brother Kieran was murdered and Owen Treacy was stabbed 17 times.Christy Keane was jailed for ten years in 2000 for possession of €240,000 worth of cannabis – remains in a critical condition at University Hospital Limerick as a major garda investigation begins.The areas where the two cars were found as well as a number of scenes at the University of Limerick have been cordoned off for technical and forensic examinations.It’s understood a woman not connected to Mr Keane witnessed the shooting as she was also going to the gym this morning but gardai are appealing for any witnesses to contact them.A spokesperson for the University of Limerick,where 12,000 students study, said the campus is open as usual this morning, however students are off for the summer.“All University facilities are open and functioning as normal, including the University Arena.”Gardai in Henry St. are appealing for witnesses or anyone who may have any information to contact them on 061-212400, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station. First Irish death from Coronavirus WhatsApp TAGSattempted murderchristy keanefeaturedfeudganglandgunlimerickshooting NewsBreaking news#VIDEO Attempted murder on gangland figure as he walked to gymBy Staff Reporter – June 29, 2015 1046 center_img Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Advertisement Twitter Print No vaccines in Limerick yet Linkedin Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHLlast_img read more

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Allahabad High Court Asks Centre About Policy For Vaccination Of Physically Disabled; Orders Establishment Of Public Grievance Cells In All Districts

first_imgNews UpdatesAllahabad High Court Asks Centre About Policy For Vaccination Of Physically Disabled; Orders Establishment Of Public Grievance Cells In All Districts Akshita Saxena11 May 2021 10:29 PMShare This – xImage Courtesy: Getty ImagesThe Allahabad High Court on Tuesday asked the Central Government to come out with a plan for inoculation of physically challenged persons, who cannot visit the vaccination centres, against the Covid-19 virus. A Division Bench comprising of Justices Siddhartha Varma and Ajit Kumar has also asked the Centre and the State to devise a plan for vaccination of such persons under the age group of 18-45 years, who cannot possibly register themselves for vaccination on the COWIN App.Advertisement “We direct the Central Government to place before us as to how it proposes to inoculate those physically challenged persons who cannot be brought to the vaccination centres and then those who cannot make online registration… We may further observe that a large number of our population still resides in villages and there are people who are only labours between the age group of 18 and 45 and cannot themselves register online for vaccination. The Central Government and State Government are directed to place before this Court the programme by which they would vaccinate those illiterate labours and other villagers between the age group of 18 and 45 years if they are not able to register online for vaccination,” the order stated.Advertisement COVID-19- Doorstep Vaccination Of Elderly, Disabled And Others Who Can’t Approach Vaccination Centres: Orissa HC Seeks Centre’s Response During the hearing, the State Government had expressed its inability to adopt special guidelines for vaccination of physically disabled persons as it is following the Central Government guidelines which does not provide for the same. Seemingly unconvinced, the Court has now asked the State Government to explain as to what is the difficulty with it if it opts to a guideline to inoculate physically challenged persons even in the absence of the Central Government guidelines, on the next date fixed.Advertisement Advertisement On the issue of vaccine procurement, the Bench stated that purchase of vaccine shouldbe done at a “war footing” given the recent surge in Covid positive cases which is now also engulfing the remote rural areas. “We hope and trust that the State Government would try to purchase as many vials of desired vaccine as possible to vaccinate maximum number and at least more than 2/3 of the population in 2-3 months’ time,” it said.Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Public Grievance Cell The High Court has also directed the UP Government to open, within 48 hours, a “Public Grievance Cell” in every district so that (i) people can directly approach and get their complaints regarding Covid management registered and examined; and (ii) viralled news regarding Covid management may be looked into. The said Grievance Committees shall include: a Chief Judicial Magistrate (or a judicial officer of similar rank to be nominated by the District Judge)a Professor of a Medical College (to be nominated by the Principal of Medical College and if there is no medical college then a level-3/4 doctor of district hospital to be nominated by Chief Medical Superintendent of that district hospital)an administrative officer of the rank of Additional District Magistrate (to be nominated by the District Magistrate) In rural areas, the Bench said, complaints may be made directly to SDM of concerned Tehsil who shall transmit the same to Pandemic Public Grievance Committee. Covid management in rural areas In its order, the Division Bench noted that the Covid-19 pandemic is now also engulfing in it the remote rural areas, smaller cities and towns where health infrastructure may not be robust. It also noted that even though directives may have been issued by the Government for providing life-saving gadgets to the health centres in these areas, little is known as to how many of such devices have really been installed. “Such details are required to be known because in rural areas by and large the facilities are not available and the villagers are dying of Covid for want of proper care. Similar is the situation in the smaller cities,” the Bench said. It has accordingly directed that in respect of the districts of Bahraich, Barabanki, Bijnor, Jaunpur and Shravasti, following details of City and Rural areas shall be submitted: Number of city population;Number of level-1 and level-3 hospitals with details of beds;Number of doctors, anesthetists in level-2 level-3 hospital;Number of Medical and paramedical staffs;Number of BiPAP machines and High Flow Nasal Cannula Masks;Number of rural population tehsil-wise;Number of community health centres;Availability of beds in community health centres;Number of life saving gadgets like High Flow Nasal Cannula Masks, BiPAP Machines;Number of oxygen concentrators with capacity details in community health centres;Number of medical and para-medical staffs;Number of testing done in these places (urban and rural), from March 31 till date and laboratory from where the testing is being performed. Computation of Covid deaths to include persons who showed symptoms but could not be tested in time The Division Bench has opined that in these days of Covid surge, if a person is admitted to the hospital with ILI (Influenza like infection) and where only antigen testing has taken place or in the event RTPCR is delayed and in the meanwhile patient dies and if such deceased persons had no history of having cardiac or kidney problem then, presumption should be raised that such death was caused by Covid infection only for the limited purpose of maintaining records and also following Covid protocol for the disposal of dead body. “Government officials and the hospitals cannot be permitted to shirk away from their responsibility in ensuring that dead body of such deceased persons is disposed of strictly as per the Covid Protocol. Nobody is admitted to a hospital unless he has landed himself in a condition where the SPO2 level has gone down i.e. below 94 and, therefore, to take such deaths as non- Covid deaths would be a blunder,” the Bench remarked. The direction comes after the Principal of Medical College, Meerut informed the Court that prior to the date of death, 20 persons who allegedly died due to lack of Oxygen, were admitted to the hospital and while three of them were having Covid positive report, the others had been put to antigen test which turned out to be negative. He stated that such deaths cannot be attributed to the Covid infection as those were only suspected cases. Unable to accept this explanation, the Bench observed, “If no True Natt is there and if antigen turned out negative of a patient, such patient’s case is taken as suspected one only and so no Covid protocol is followed and if he dies, his dead body is handed over to the members of family of the deceased without Covid protocol. It is quite a serious issue. Even if it is the case of suspected death of Covid patients for antigen testing, we are of the view that all such cases of death should be taken as Covid deaths and no hospital can be permitted to hold these cases as non- Covid cases so as to reduce number of Covid deaths in that particular hospital.” Food provided to Covid patients at Hospitals The Bench had sought details regarding food supplied to the hospitals of Level-1, Level-2 and Level-3 category. It was informed that Rs.100 is allocated per patient in Level-1 category hospital. Taking exception to such meagre allocation, the Division Bench observed that proper nutritious food must be given to all Covid-19 patients without any exception. “It is well known fact that the Covid patient needs highly nutritious food that should include fruits and milk in his daily diet and we fail to understand as to how with Rs.100 per capita budget the Government is managing three times meal in Level-1 category hospital with 2100 required calories. No details have been given regarding Level-2 and Level-3 hospitals. We want food details with calories count of each item in respect of the hospitals of all the category,” the order stated. Also Happened: Allahabad High Court Says Compensation Must Be At Least ₹ One Crore For Death Of Polling Officers Due To COVID During Election Duty Also Happened: Allahabad High Court Stays Coercive Action Against Lucknow’s Sun Hospital, Its Staffers For Allegedly Spreading ‘False Rumours’ About Oxygen Scarcity Case Title: In-Re Inhuman Condition At Quarantine Centres… Click Here To Download OrderTags#Allahabad High Court Covid19 Vaccine Vaccination of Persons with Disability #COWIN Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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