Three journalists killed on 14 August, many others injured, detained or threatened

first_img August 16, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Three journalists killed on 14 August, many others injured, detained or threatened EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Egypt “Wednesday 14 August will be remembered as dark day for freedom of information,” Reporters Without Borders said. “With a total of three journalists killed in the course of their work, it was the deadliest day for the media that Egypt has ever experienced.”At least six other journalists sustained gunshot injuries on 14 August. They included Al-Jazeera journalist Mohamed Al-Zaki, who was shot in an arm, and an Associated Press photographer who was hit in the neck. It has not yet been possible to say with certainty who fired the shots.The police also arrested many local and foreign reporters, thereby preventing them from covering the use of force to disperse pro-Morsi sit-ins. They included Abdallah Al-Shami of Al-Jazeera, photographers Emad Eddin Al-Sayed and Abdulrahman Al-Mowahhed-Bellah of Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr, Radwa Al-Selawi, a reporter for the closed Muslim Brotherhood newspaper Al-Hurrya wa Al-Adala, and a journalist with the Misr 25, an Egyptian TV station.An AFP photographer was prevented from entering Nahda Square by a policeman who pointed his automatic rifle at him and ordered him to go back. Both the police and Muslim Brotherhood supporters confiscated material from journalists, especially their memory cards.German freelance photographer Sebastian Backhaus was arrested in Cairo on 14 August and is being held in a police station pending a court appearance for allegedly failing to respect the curfew imposed under the state of emergency proclaimed earlier that day. The curfew now in effect from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. is supposed to exempt doctors and journalists, who just have to submit to ID checks at the many army checkpoints. As a freelancer, Backhaus is not directly affiliated to a particular news outlet, but he is as much a journalist as any other and should be treated as such. Reporters Without Borders calls for his immediate and unconditional release.Reporters Without Borders is extremely concerned by the current situation of journalists in Egypt. As well as coming under fire, they are being subjected to a great deal of obstruction both by the security forces and demonstrators.“News providers must be able to cover developments without any threat to their physical safety,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge the Egyptian authorities and protest leaders to adopt whatever measures are necessary to protect journalists.”The danger to journalists is not limited to political demonstrations. They are also the targets of attack by unidentified armed groups.A three-member crew with the Russian TV news station Rossiya 24 was attacked while on their way to their hotel shortly after landing in Cairo on the night of 14 August. Unidentified individuals armed with knives stopped their vehicle and took all their equipment, including laptops, and nearly 6,000 dollars. The three journalists were not hurt.According to the latest reports, their attackers were found thanks to information provided by their taxi driver and other witness, and most of their equipment has been returned.A mainly Egyptian crew working for German public TV broadcaster ARD was attacked on August, 15 in Alf Maskan Square in the district of Ain Shams (North-East Cairo) when conducting an interview on the situation of Christians in Egypt. While their assailants smashed their camera and destroyed their recordings, the crew found refuge with the police, whose only comment – “For love of heaven, how can you walk around with a camera here?” – speaks volumes about the current situation. Receive email alerts News Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution News February 1, 2021 Find out more Organisation News January 22, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Updates this press release RSF_en Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders is dismayed to learn that two Egyptian journalists –reporter Ahmad Abdel Gawad and photographer Mosab Al-Shami ­– were also killed while covering clashes between security forces and deposed President Mohamed Morsi’s supporters on 14 August, as well as Sky News cameraman Mick Dean.At least 623 people were killed in the clashes, according to official figures.Gawad, a reporter for the Egyptian daily Al-Akhbar, lost a lot of blood when shot in the small of the back and died after being taken to hospital.Shami, a photographer with Rassd News Network (RNN), an alternative news outlet created during the Egyptian revolution in January 2011, was reportedly killed by a sniper’s shot that hit him in the chest. News to go further Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff February 6, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Schoodic Scramble scheduled for Saturday

first_imgWINTER HARBOR — The annual Schoodic Scramble charity golf tournament will be held for the 20th time when contestants take to the course Saturday, Sept. 9.The event will be held at Grindstone Neck Golf Course, one of the 100 oldest golf courses in the United States. Contestants will play 18 holes with either a morning or afternoon tee time.In addition to the golf, contestants will receive a free tournament hat and enjoy continental breakfast, lobster strew and wine. There will also be prizes for men’s, ladies’ and couples’ flights as well as a hole-in-one opportunity.Proceeds from the event will go toward furnishing patient exam rooms at the Eleanor Widener Dixon Memorial Clinic in Gouldsboro. The event has raised over $220,000 in proceeds since its inception.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFeatured sponsors for this year’s event are Darling’s Auto Mall, the Nathaniel Reed family, Sorrento Dental Associates, First National Bank, Winter Harbor Food Service, Rooster Brother, Kelco Industries, Dahl-Chase Pathology Associates, Merrill Furniture, Garbo Lobster and Stanley Scooters.last_img read more

Brazil 2014: Sumaila fit to face Germany

first_imgGhana defender Rashid Sumaila has declared himself fit and available for selection to face Germany in Saturday’s crucial Group G match.The 21-year-old had a swollen toe and was forced off training on Wednesday but has now recovered fully Team doctor Baba Adamu had said the Mamelodi Sundowns player would be assessed to see if he can recover in time to offer head coach Kwesi Appiah options.But Sumaila has disclosed that he is ready to play.“I am feeling very ok with no pains. I didn’t think I could feel this way earlier in the week but things have really moved on very fast,” the centre-back said.“The game against the U.S was a hard pill to swallow but we have decided to move on from it and focus on the game against the Germans.”last_img read more

Saints clinch BCIHL title go from cellar to penthouse in one season

first_img“We had a 42-16 advantage in shots on goal and could have had a few more goals.”(Eastern goalie Jason) Greenwell was very good in net for Eastern and we weren’t great in terms of finishing plays. But overall it was a very strong team effort and a good bounce-back from a poor performance last weekend.”Kam Crawford opened the scoring for the Saints on the power-play midway through the first period when his wrist shot from the point found its way through a screen and past Greenwell.And the hosts doubled their lead four minutes on a similar play, this time with Dylan Smith wristing home from high in the slot with the man-advantage. Eastern replied before intermission, however, as Eagles captain Bret Kellogg’s nifty redirect of a Zach Maxwell point shot beat Saints starter Alex Sirard. The teams traded chances throughout the second, but the period remained scoreless until Connor McLaughlin slammed home a Crawford rebound on yet another Saints power-play with just five seconds remaining in the frame. The goal came just a handful of seconds after Sirard made a breakaway save on Ryan Pajimola with a chance for EWU to tie the game. Sirard maintained his perfect record and picked up his 11th win on the season with a 14-save effort. Greenwell was unlucky to take the loss following a 39-save performance. Crawford, McLaughlin and Cody Fidgett all picked up two points on the night, while Jordan Wood picked up an assist and now holds a 6-point lead over linemate Logan Proulx stop the league scoring charts.Sunday, Eastern snapped a 1-1 tie with four unanswered goals to rout the Saints. The final two markers came on speical teams, one power play and one shorthanded.Selkirk is back in action with a two-game road trip.The Saints meet TRU Friday in Kamloops before meeting SFU Saturday in Burnaby.Selkirk concludes the regular season with a home-and-home series against Eastern Washington.The first round of the playoffs are schedule for March 8-10.Eastern and UVIC are currently tied for the fourth playoff spot, each with 17 points. The Selkirk College Saints clinched its first B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League regular season title by splitting a pair of weekend games with Eastern Washington University.The title completes a worst-to-first season for the Saints, who finished dead last in 2012.The Saints opened the weekend by edging out the Eagles 3-2 Saturday at the Castlegar Rec Complex.The two points, coupled with SFU’s 4-2 loss to Trinity Western, assures the Saints no worse than a tie atop the standings and secured first place based on the league’s tie-breaking formula.Selkirk has 36 points with five regular season games remaining while Simon Fraser sit four points back with two games yet to play.Sunday, Selkirk lost 5-1 to Eastern Washington.”There are games where the score probably doesn’t represent the run of play and this was one of those,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois after Selkirk’s one-goal win at home Saturday.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — LVR No. 2

first_imgSomething happened to the Old Boys FC on the way to the Nelson Ford Men’s Open Indoor Soccer Championship — which proved to be music to the L.V. Rogers No. 2 squad.The Old Boys FC, early favourites to win the playoff title after going through the regular season undefeated, lost out in the semi finals opening the door for LVR No. 2 to defeat Net Predators 4-2 in the final to clinch the Nelson Ford Men’s Open Indoor Soccer Championship.Staff at Mallard’s Source for Sports want to add to the celebration with Team of the Week honours. The team includes, from left, keeper Jeremy Phelan, Lucas Spielman, Shota Ida, Dylan Bennett, Simon Sheppard, Ethan Perkins, James Millar and Ryan Lewis.last_img read more


first_imgThe derogation of roads in the North from UK HGV Levy is imperative for the continued success of economic relationship between Ireland and Northern Ireland for hauliers and truckers, says Deputy Joe McHugh.Joe McHugh TDThe Fine Gael Deputy says this is an issue that I have been raising in every capacity available to him.“I brought it up with both the First Minister, Peter Robinson, and the Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness during a recent visit to Stormont. I also followed up formally in writing with the hope that it would have a real impact with both. I have also raised the issue with the North South Ministerial Council (NSMC). “I attended a public meeting on the matter in Donegal and following this, I set up a meeting with Minister Varadkar and the Donegal Truckers to highlight the urgency around the introduction of this Levy, which will come into effect from 1st April.“Minister Varadkar has met with his British counterpart, Stephen Hammond, MP in seeking the derogation of certain key roads in Northern Ireland, as well as continuous engagement with members of the Parliamentary Party and I commend the Minister for his ongoing hard work at raising this issue on all fronts,” he said.The Donegal Deputy has been working closely with his colleagues in the Parliamentary Party and has asked An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, to raise the issue with the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, at their bilateral meeting next week.This issue was first brought to his attention by the Irish Road Hauliers Association, who have been campaigning tirelessly against the introduction of the Levy in Northern Ireland due to the harmful economic impact it will have on their members and the anti-competitive nature of the legislation, he said. “I am writing to the Minister for Communications, Energy and natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte as the Minister will be in the UK for St Patrick’s Day and will be in a position to raise it with his UK counterpart. I had an opportunity yesterday, at a meeting convened by the US Embassy on North-South relations, to discuss this issue with the CEO of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce and I highlighted the negative implications this Levy could have on British-Irish relations.“I have written formally, and in my capacity both as a Public Representative of Co. Donegal, who I believe will be impacted the most by the Levy, but also in my capacity as Chairperson of the Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement and Co Chair of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly, to Patrick McLoughlin MP,Secretary of State for Transport , as well as the Ambassador from the UK to Ireland, Dominick Chilcott, CMG and the Northern Ireland Minister for the Environment, Mark H Durkan, MLA.“Aside from writing to my colleagues and relevant political representatives, I have been continuously raising this issue at every opportunity so as to get the message out there that this legislation has been passed in Westminster, will come into effect from the beginning of April 2014, and that hauliers who use the roads in Northern Ireland will be affected by this Levy. I raised the issue during today’s Good Friday Agreement Committee meeting, which was supported by members of the Committee, and also raised it recently in Derry at a meeting with the North/West cross-border group.“This is a UK Levy being introduced on UK roads so it is imperative that those introducing the legislation and those who will be regulating and enforcing the Levy are aware of the impact this will have on Irish drivers who are forced to use Northern roads when traversing the country. What we are asking for is not special treatment, but for the implications of such a Levy to be considered in the context of both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland being a unique situation and extra consideration needs to be given to such legislation and the economic impact this will have on Irish businesses.“The social and economic relationship between Ireland, Northern Ireland, and the UK is a very close one and it is on this basis that I would encourage those who have deciding powers in this decision, to seriously consider and review the possibility of the derogation of certain roads in Northern Ireland.” DEROGATION OF ROADS IN NORTH FROM UK HGV LEVY IMPERATIVE – McHUGH was last modified: March 7th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:HGVJoe McHughtruckerslast_img read more


first_imgPeter CaseyA DONEGAL-based businessman says the county is falling behind because of its dreadful internet connections.Dragon’s Den star Peter Casey says he couldn’t do international video interviews from his Inishowen recruitment company base – because they couldn’t guarantee the connection.He said it was 2010 before we got anything consistently better than dial-up – and today, while a major provider offers a fibre optic system capable of 50 Mbps (megabits per second), “by the time it gets to our copper-wire “last mile”, it’s reduced to 6.5 Mbps down and just .5 up – far behind just about any internet-intensive businesses elsewhere on the planet.” Said Casey: “We have recently invested in cutting-edge technology that will allow us to conduct live interviews with anyone on the planet.“However, we won’t be able to use it in our Irish HQ (in Lisfannon) with its current connectivity unless we want to create a very bad impression with people that we want to hire for our clients.“This also reflects badly on our reputation as a high quality provider.“I grew up in Derry and came to know and love Donegal from a very young age. “I’ve invested my money, mind, heart and sweat here. My business is here. Although it’s a business that depends more than many on digital connectivity, it is still here.“But the digital infrastructure the Government has promised us for a long time now is not. And that, for me, is a major problem.”He said Dubliners on cable can get internet connections 50 times faster, complaining: “The democratic proposition that the internet gives everyone an equal opportunity to access information, education, and commercial opportunity is a myth.“Internet access depends as much on physical space as it does on cyberspace. The best speeds are delivered by fibre or cable. Live at any distance from urban Ireland, and you won’t get anything approaching the fastest service.“Rural Ireland is on the wrong side of a vast digital divide. On the right side is well-connected continental Europe as well as urban Ireland. Those of us in the country? We’re a world away from both places. A third world away, in fact. “Take a look at the amount of empty business premises in the typical village or town these days.“We cannot let this go on. A recent World Bank study found that for every 10-percentage-point increase in the penetration of broadband there is an increase of 1.3 percentage points in economic growth.“Broadband is essential to business and very good for any country. If only the cities have it, the countryside suffers economically, culturally, and politically. Disconnected, lovely towns and quaint villages become places to leave.“We are always boasting about our highly educated work force, but there is not much point in training people if they cannot communicate with each other and the rest of the world. “This digital inequality between urban and rural communities is making the economic inequality between these regions even greater.”In a weekend article Casey warned: “Quality, high-speed broadband is a necessity rather than a privilege in today’s society, and should be available in all areas, not just the largest.“Otherwise, we are in danger of creating fast Ireland and slow Ireland, the latter seeing areas such as Donegal continuing to slide to the bottom of the economic table.”DONEGAL SLIDING TO BOTTOM OF ECONOMIC PILE BECAUSE OF TERRIBLE INTERNET, WARNS DRAGON’S DEN STAR was last modified: August 25th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:buncranaDragon’s DeninternetLisfannonPeter Caseylast_img read more

Chelsea v Swansea line-ups: Costa starts, Falcao on bench, Swans man out

first_imgDiego Costa starts up front for Chelsea against Swansea despite missing the last two pre-season fixtures with his ongoing hamstring injury.Summer signing Radamel Falcao and fellow striker Loic Remy are both among the substitutes.Cesc Fabragas and Nemanja Matic are the deep-lying midfield duo, with Oscar playing as the number ten and Willian and Eden Hazard on the flanks.Swansea’s Jordi Amat misses out because of a foot problem but new signing Andre Ayew starts.Chelsea were the only side in England’s top four divisions to go through the entire 2014/15 undefeated at home in the league.The run included a 4-2 home win over Swansea in the early stages of the campaign and a thumping 5-0 victory in the reverse victory.Costa scored five goals in the two games, netting a hat-trick at Stamford Bridge in September and a double in January.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa. Subs: Begovic, Zouma, Ramires, Mikel, Moses, Remy, Falcao.Swansea: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Ki Sung-Yueng, Shelvey, Sigurdsson, Ayew, Montero, Gomis. Subs: Nordfeldt, Rangel, Bartley, Tabanou, Cork, Routledge, Eder.Follow West London Sport on Twitter Find us on Facebooklast_img read more

Draymond Green and Kevin Durant didn’t comment after Game 2 fiasco — but Draymond’s mom did

first_imgThe Warriors’ historic defeat in Game 2 of their playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers left at least two people speechless.Draymond Green and Kevin Durant left the building without fielding queries from the media after the biggest blown lead in NBA postseason history. And while it’s true that sometimes it’s better to hold your tongue after a disappointing and emotional experience such as the Warriors endured Monday night, this too is true:Mary Poppins suggests the adjective …last_img read more

Sasol plant boost for plastics manufacturers

first_img15 January 2014 South Africa’s plastics manufacturing industry received a boost on Tuesday as Petrochemicals giant Sasol inaugurated a new ethylene purification unit in Sasolburg in the Free State province. The plant was officially opened by Sasol chief executive David Constable and Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. Sasol said in a statement that the new plant, representing a R1.9-billion investment, would address the growing demand for polyethylene material while allowing Sasol to make better use of existing downstream polyethylene facilities. “Through the installation of the new ethylene splitter, considerable production capacity has been freed up to produce more ethylene,” Constable said. “In so doing, our investment in [the new unit], together with a new compressor unit in Secunda, will provide the South African plastics manufacturing industry with an additional 47 000 tons of polyethylene annually.” Sasol said half of this production would be reached within the next six months, with the plant expected to reach full capacity by 2017. Sasol Polymers MD Marinus Sieberhagen said the plastics industry was a significant contributor to South Africa’s economy, with local demand for polyethylene polymers growing at a rate of 4% to 5% annually. The plant was also designed to reduce hydrocarbon flaring, which will in turn reduce the carbon footprint of Sasol’s total ethylene production in the country. According to the company, a significant amount of construction and engineering work on the ethylene purification unit was sub-contracted locally, resulted in knowledge transfer and skills development in construction and advanced welding techniques. “At the height of construction, we were able to create 1 000 construction jobs, predominately sourced from the local community in Sasolburg,” Constable said, adding that the project demonstrated Sasol’s focus both on unlocking the potential of the country’s chemical assets and on supporting local communities. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more