Two Moroccan journalistes prevented from covering presidential election

first_imgNews Reporters Without Borders deplores yesterday’s arrest of two Moroccan journalists, Hicham El Madraoui and Mahfoud Aït Bensaleh, who had gone to Algiers to cover the presidential election for the Moroccan weekly Assahrae Al Ousbouiya.“Their arrest does not bode well for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s third term,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The international media have been prevented from covering this election properly. We hope the media will be allowed to cover Bouteflika’s next administration in a better manner.”The Algerian embassy in the Moroccan capital of Rabat told Medraoui and Bensalah at the start of month that they would able to obtain accreditation at the press centre in Algiers. On their arrival at Algiers airport on 8 April, they provided all the information required to enter the country. When they went to the press centre, they were told to come back the next day.They returned to the press centre at 8 a.m. yesterday but were turned away and were then arrested and interrogated for more than four hours at Algiers police headquarters. They were finally released after the Moroccan embassy intervened. On returning to their hotel, they found that their room had been ransacked. Plain-clothes policemen followed them yesterday evening.The police questioned them again this morning as they were about to leave for the airport and took their passports. The passports were returned only after the Moroccan embassy intervened and an embassy official accompanied them to the airport.Assahrae Al Ousbouiya editor Mohamed Reda At-Taoujni told Reporters Without Borders: “Moroccan journalists are used to having problems working in Algeria. No Moroccan journalist wanted to go to Algeria to cover the elections because they knew it would be impossible for them to work.”——–Three French publications banned on the eve of presidential election: http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=30789Open letter to Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika : http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=30769 to go further April 29, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News Receive email alerts AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections Reporters Without Borders deplores yesterday’s arrest of two Moroccan journalists, Hicham El Madraoui and Mahfoud Aït Bensaleh, who had gone to Algiers to cover the presidential election for the Moroccan weekly Assahrae Al Ousbouiya. April 10, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two Moroccan journalistes prevented from covering presidential election News News Help by sharing this information AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Organisation May 12, 2021 Find out more Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria Follow the news on Algeria May 18, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Don’t mix chemicals

first_imgUniversity of Georgia Cooperative Extension Agent Frank Watson discusses the proper way to dispose of excess chemicals.last_img

IN PHOTOS: Police respond to tractor-trailer rollover in Kirkwood

first_imgA trooper with the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit inspected the truck. The Department of Transportation assisted with traffic. The driver of the tractor-trailer was bleeding but refused transportation to a hospital. All photos are provided by the New York State Police Department. Police said the rollover occurred on Interstate 81. Troopers said the rig struck a guide rail, continued on the roadway, and eventually overturned. KIRKWOOD (WBNG) — The New York State Police Department responded to a tractor-trailer rollover in the town of Kirkwood around 11:45 a.m. Wednesday.last_img

I’ll keep Villa up, vows Sherwood

first_img Sherwood, who signed a contract until 2018, watched Sunday’s 2-1 FA Cup win over Leicester after being appointed at the weekend. He is yet to talk to Ron Vlaar about the skipper’s future, with his contract expiring at the end of the season, and the boss has prioritised survival for now. He said: “I’m not sure what the club have done with that. Obviously the club want to keep their best players. I’m sure the club will endeavour to try and keep Ron. “It’s not really for now. The focus is picking the right team and Ron focusing on playing and doing the best for the club. “I know it’s an obvious statement but none of them want to get relegated. It’s all right saying it they just have to show it.” But the ex-England midfielder insisted the Holland international is key to Villa’s survival hopes this season. “I was very impressed with him (against Leicester),” he said. “You need experience. Depending how long they have been here, unfortunately they have experienced themselves getting out of trouble at the end of the season. “We need to try and do that this season and then try to look forward. First things first, we need to stay in the division.” Press Association Tim Sherwood has vowed to save Aston Villa from the drop as he prepares them for the relegation run-in. Sherwood’s managerial experience comes from 28 games in charge at Tottenham last season, before he left in May. But he insisted, with 13 games to go this term, he expects to keep Villa in the top flight. He said: “All I can do is do my best and I think my best is going to be good enough. “Some experienced managers are very good and some are not very good. “I think experience is overrated. If it was all about experience Wayne Rooney wouldn’t play for Everton at 16. “(Pep) Guardiola didn’t have to go out and work in the lower leagues did he? It helps when you have the best players in the world. Don’t get me wrong. “Not everyone has to take the same pathway. “I am grateful for the opportunity here and I will give it everything.” The new boss takes charge for the first time when Villa host Stoke in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday. Villa are third from bottom and sacked Paul Lambert last week after a run of just two wins from 21 league games. last_img read more

Kip Etter files injunction and application for restraining order against the rest of Wellington City Council

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Kip Etter, whose status as a Wellington Council member is currently in limbo, has filed a petition through a Wichita law firm for “temporary and permanent injunction” as well as “application for restraining order” against the rest of the Wellington City Council.Kip EtterThe petition was filed this afternoon in Sumner County Civil Court. It is a 14-page document through Ryan M. Peck, a Wichita attorney, who represents Etter.The petition was divided into two counts. In the injunction, Etter has asked the court to ask the defendant, which is the Wellington City Council, to:•recognize him as the rightful elected occupant of his city council seat until the end of his term on January, 13, 2020;•to cease and desist from any efforts to fill that council position with another individual;•to immediately cease and desist from any conduct tending to indicate that Mr. Etter is not the rightfully elected occupant of his city council seat;•for a permanent injunction requiring all defendants (individual city council members) from refraining from any actions or attempt to remove Mr. Etter from his council seat;•for an award of all monetary damages incurred as a result of defendants illegal actions;•for an award of reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs as permitted by law; and•for such other and further relief as this Court deems just and equitable under the law.In the second part of the petition concerning the temporary restraining order, the plaintiff is asking the court:•to require defendants to recognize him as a properly elected city council member for that petition;•require defendants to allow Etter to retain his seat as a city council member through the pendency of his litigation;•prohibit defendants from engaging in any activities intended to or designed to remove Etter from this council seat or appoint a successor to that seat during the pendency of this litigation;•for an award of reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs at permitted by law; and•for such other and further relief as this court would deem just and equitable.The council was listed individually in the petition as: City of Wellington mayor Shelley Hansel; Kelly Green Hawley, city council member; Jan Korte, city council member; Bill Butts, city council member; Jim Valentine, city council member and Vince Wetta, city council member.The petition describes the parties, the jurisdiction and venue, factual background, and the two counts.Sumner Newscow will provide a more detailed report of the petition in a later report.last_img read more

Jets’ Ryan defends coach accused of hitting woman

first_imgDennis Thurman (Courier Photo/File)FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets coach Rex Ryan defended the character of defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman, who was accused of slapping a woman at a New Jersey restaurant.Ryan opened his news conference Saturday after the second practice of rookie minicamp by talking about Thurman before taking any questions.“Dennis Thurman, I trust, I respect — I love Dennis Thurman,” an impassioned Ryan said. “As a person, it’s an honor to know Dennis. He’s a great person.”Thurman was accused of striking a woman during a discussion Wednesday at a restaurant in Morristown. Police said Thurman would not be charged, and no further investigation would take place. The Jets issued a statement Friday night saying the team “takes these matters seriously,” and they would continue to monitor the situation.“I know Dennis Thurman,” said Ryan, who has been friends with Thurman for 15 years. “And Dennis Thurman, the guy that I know, wouldn’t put his hands on anybody, let alone a woman, OK?”Ryan acknowledged he wasn’t at the restaurant with Thurman and never asked Thurman whether he did what he’s accused of.“I don’t need to ask,” he said. “I just know Dennis, not just on a professional level. I know him on a personal level and I’ve been around Dennis a long, long time and in a lot of different environments.”Ryan would not discuss whether any disciplinary actions would be taken, but added that he’s “confident” people would feel similar about Thurman’s character once “all the facts come out about everything.”Thurman and Ryan worked as assistants in Baltimore with the Ravens from 2002-07 and were reunited when Ryan became the Jets’ coach in 2009. Thurman was promoted to defensive coordinator before last season when then-coordinator Mike Pettine left to take the same job with the Buffalo Bills.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

In Oceanport, Student Safety Is A Concern

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |OCEANPORT – A school shooting in Florida followed by an emotional Board of Education meeting have brought school safety concerns to the conversational forefront in Oceanport, and Councilman Steve Solan wants to take action.“I have two kids in our schools. One in Wolf Hill Elementary and the other in the Maple Place School. So anything that can be done to increase school safety I am all for looking into it,” Solan said.The tragic gun violence event that claimed 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last month continues to resonate in the borough, after overwhelming public opposition led the Board of Education to remove the former Commvault building – located a 2 Crescent Place – from consideration for the site of a new $30 million school complex.Rather than pursuing a more modern facility that meets modern security standards – like the one located on Crescent Place – Oceanport and Sea Bright students will remain in “unfit buildings for at least another two to three years,” according to School Board President Michelle McMulllin, who addressed the capacity crowd that gathered at the Feb. 21 board meeting.A presentation delivered on Jan. 24 – when the ex-Commvault facility was selected as the best of three proposed options – revealed that Oceanport’s current schools lacked intruder-protective entrances approved by the Department of Homeland Security, a safety concern that has Solan investigating new ways to address the matter.One option Solan says he will pursue is to have armed police officers stationed inside the borough’s schools, as the councilman hopes to take advantage of a bill signed in 2016 by former Gov. Chris Christie allowing armed, retired cops to provide security in our schools.“I think this is a very reasonable way to approach the issue,” Solan said. “The resources at a state level are there and I’m going to be scheduling a meeting very soon with our superintendent, Tom Farrell, to discuss it further.” Solan said. “I don’t think there’s any reason why we shouldn’t be looking to take advantage of that situation.”Along with Farrell, Solan will be inviting the borough’s Emergency Management Coordinator, Mauro “Buzz” Baldanza, as well as Oceanport Chief of Police Michael P. Kelly, who issued a statement to residents on March 2 addressing the safety of local schools, and his department’s response and tactical training.“The well-being of your children, who you entrust to our care, is our most important responsibility,” Kelly said. “The Oceanport Police Department is trained, prepared and ready to respond to any incident in a quick and decisive manner. Officers are all trained in Active Shooter Response and mitigation. We are continuously training with surrounding jurisdictions and we re-evaluate our tactics and response to any situation that may occur in our schools.”Kelly went on describe his officers’ daily regimen of school patrols, stating that officers are on-site at both Wolf Hill Elementary and the Maple Place School each day during the arrival and dismissal of students, and complete mandatory “hallway walks” multiple times a day. There are also three D.A.R.E. officers who are present in the schools while teaching their drug-awareness curriculum.Though Kelly has assured police presence at Oceanport’s local schools, Solan remains adamant that having a full-time Class III officer on-site should be a standard operating procedure, and is placing the burden on him and his peers on Borough Council and the Board of Education to develop a plan to fund the positions.“The biggest thing is figuring out how to pay for such an officer, but the good thing is there are no benefits involved because these are retired officers. It’s really just an hourly position. So whether it’s all paid for by the Board of Education, or it’s a shared cost with the police department, it’s something that needs to be discussed.”Solan hopes that with the discussion about school safety continuing, so will talks about how to upgrade the facilities at Wolf Hill and Maple Place.“I’ve done several walk-throughs, as has Chief Kelly, and there are safety upgrades that can be made immediately. Will they cost money? Absolutely. But I don’t think they will break the bank. These are necessities that need to find their way into the budget,” said Solan.“I know the school board has had its hands full talking about this school project. But other facets of our schools should not be lacking because of a lack of attention. I’m not saying that’s what happened, but sometimes things fall through the cracks and unfortunately it takes a tragic event to bring things back to light, when they should have been at the forefront the entire time.”This article was first published in the March 8-15, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson U12 Selects

first_imgMallard’s Source for sports would like to honour the squad with Team of the  Week accolades.The squad includes coach Lisa Ranta, Adam Strautman, Kyle Kabatoff, Moss Caney, Jacob Robinson, Dante Cimolai, coach Greg Haydu, Lachlin Klammer, Noah McBriar, Ryan Pearce, Solance Patenaude, Xavier Moore, Quinn Tondu-Mcdonald, Matteo Faraguna, Tanner Ranta, Nicholas Haydu, Rohan Moola and Nate Hernandez. The Nelson Selects U12 Boys Soccer squad made it a weekend to remember, travelling recently to attend the West Coast Cup tournament in Langley.The Selects finished with a 0-2-2 record, playing four very close ball games against opposition from Langlely, North Delta and Maple Ridge in the U13 Silver Division.The tournament was the first taste of provincial competition for the team and, playing on the Lower Mainland, the Selects got the opportunity to attend a Vancouver Whitecaps game.last_img read more

AMAZING 87 DONEGAL KIDS HAVE THEIR WISHES GRANTED

first_imgPictured at the launch of Wish Day in Donegal on Friday 8th April in aid of Make-A-Wish were Irene Timmins & Emma Horgan from Make-A-Wish Ireland.To date, 87 children from Donegal have had their wishes come through with Make-A-Wish® Ireland since the organisation started in Ireland in 1992.Each year, Make-A-Wish ensures that wishes are granted to children who are battling life threatening medical conditions such as cancer, brain tumours, cystic fibrosis, heart disease, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy and many others.Make-A-Wish is 100% funded through donations and fundraising and to support the ongoing work with children from Donegal and throughout Ireland, Make-A-Wish need the help of volunteers in Donegal to keep the great work going.Wish Day will take place on Friday 8th April and Make-A-Wish is seeking the help of 20 volunteers throughout Donegal to give just a few hours of their time to support Make-A-Wish. Irene Timmins Head of Fundraising for Make-A-Wish said, “On Wish Day, Friday 8th April, volunteers throughout Donegal will be raising awareness for the work of Make-A-Wish while also helping to raise funds through the sale of beautifully designed badges. A successful Wish Day will enable us to grant more wishes to children living with life-threatening medical conditions. We have brave children on our waiting list from Donegal and with the support of people from throughout the community, Make-A-Wish can grant the wishes to these deserving children.”Wish Day will take place across Ireland on Friday 8th April and Make-A-Wish volunteers will be located throughout Donegal. To sign up to volunteer visit www.makeawish.ie or contact Barbara Kilbride on (01) 2052012 / [email protected] Since its inception in 1992, Make-A-Wish® in Ireland has granted wishes for over 1,800 children and realised their greatest wish and experienced the hope, strength and joy each wish provides. In all possible cases Make-A-Wish grants the child’s first wish ensuring that all immediate family members participate. In doing so it provides long-lasting and happy memories for those relatives, whatever the future may hold. To continue with its work and succeed in its aims, Make-A-Wish rely overwhelmingly on the kindness of the general public as they receive no government funding.AMAZING 87 DONEGAL KIDS HAVE THEIR WISHES GRANTED was last modified: February 15th, 2016 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:donegalMake A Wish Foundationlast_img read more

Ambulances just for pregnant women

first_imgDr Magome Masike, the province’s MEC for health, says that the North West is going all out to bring down maternal and infant mortality rates.(Image: NW Department of Health) This South African infant is in good hands, but many others have no access to health care just before, during and after birth.(Image: UConn School of Nursing Study Abroad) A milk bank has been established at, among other facilities, the Joe Morolong Memorial Hospital.(Image: Joe Morolong Memorial Hospital)MEDIA CONTACTS • Tebogo LekgethwaneSpokesperson, North WestHealth Department+27 18 388 3774 or +27 82 929 9958 Romaana NaidooThe North West province has stepped in to curb maternal and infant mortality, and ensure that pregnant women safely deliver their babies at health care facilities, thanks to the establishment of maternity waiting homes and a new fleet of 10 dedicated obstetric ambulances.“In our province we have established that there are women who have been giving birth outside health facilities or in transit to the health facility,” said Tebogo Lekgethwane, spokesperson for the North West Health Department.“This has had negative impact on maternal and infant mortality because by giving birth outside a health facility without nurses in attendance, a pregnant mother and the infant are exposed to risks and complications which would have been immediately attended to if they were in a facility.”During a speech in Mmabatho on 22 May, where he explained the breakdown of the department’s R7.6-billion (US$760 000) budget, North West Health MEC Dr Magome Masike explained that the provincial department established maternity waiting homes and bought obstetric ambulances for the exclusive transport needs of pregnant women.He mentioned that 13 maternity waiting homes were established and that 10 were functional across the four municipal districts in the province. Seven were located in the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati district munipality – a “largely rural” area – three in Bojanala, two in Ngaka Modiri Molema and one in Dr Kenneth Kaunda.The department also aimed to increase the number of waiting homes in 2013 and 2014. “We are on course to saving mothers and babies at birth,” said Masike. “Maternal mortality rate in South Africa has declined from 176 per 100 000 live births from 2008 to 2010, to 153.2 per 100 000 live births in 2011.” In the North West, he added, the corresponding figure was 145.6 per 100 000, down from 229.5.He explained that in the 2008 – 2010 reporting period, the North West, Free State and Northern Cape were the worst three performing provinces in terms of maternal mortality. Now the North West is one of country’s top three performing provinces, according to a report released in 2011 by the National Committee for the Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths.Masike also noted that three more milk banks had been established at the Job Shimankane Tabane, Joe Morolong and Mafikeng provincial hospitals, in addition to the one at Potchefstroom hospital.“Maternity waiting homes will allow women to be nearer to health facilities in the last two weeks towards delivery due date,” Lekgethwane explained. “Obstetric ambulances will immediately be accessible to pregnant mothers at the time of emergency and this will improve the response time because they will only respond to maternity cases.”The special obstetric ambulances differ from other ambulances, Lekgethwane said, in that they will be converted to meet the specific demands of a pregnant mother – so they will carry equipment needed in case a mother gives birth in transit. The team will include a midwife to ensure the safe delivery of the child, should this happen in transit or at home.Tackling maternal mortalityAccording to a report released in 2011 by Human Rights Watch, titled Stop Making Excuses: Accountability for Maternal Health Care in South Africa, the UN estimated that 4 500 women die each year in South Africa because of preventable and treatable pregnancy and childbirth-related causes.This report was based on field research between August 2010 and April 2011 with maternity patients, families, community caregivers, health and human rights experts, health workers, government officials, and representatives of donor and international agencies.However a 2012 report, issued in 2012 by the Committee on Morbidity and Mortality in Children under Five Years, indicates that the national infant mortality rate has dropped from 47.4 per 1 000 live births in 2007, to 38.1 per 1 000.The statistic for the North West showed a clear improvement, from 77.6 per 1 000 live births to 48.4 per 1 000, while the under-five mortality rate decreased from 62.1 per 1 000 in 2007 to 50.7 per 1 000.According to the North West’s MEC for finance, Paul Sebegoe, the provincial economy is driven mainly by the mining, agriculture and tourism sectors, and is expected to grow by around 2% on average in 2013.“We cannot afford to deny the masses of our people their right to dignity and decent life, and infrastructure development remains key towards unlocking development opportunities for the people of this province,” he said. “If we do not succeed we would have failed all of us.”The North West provincial population contributed 7.2% to the total population in 1996; 6.7% in 2001 and 6.3% in 2007.The recently published census data by Statistics South Africa indicated that the province has a population of 3.5-million, resulting in a slight increase in national population share to 6.8% in 2011.This is attributed to various factors such as migration, increased birth rate and increased life expectancy.last_img read more