Joint letter to the King of Bahrain: Bahrain must cease judicial harassment of Faisal Hayyat and other Bahraini journalists

first_img June 15, 2020 Find out more Bahraini journalist Faisal Hayyat German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors March 17, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News RSF_en BahrainMiddle East – North Africa ImprisonedFreedom of expression Organisation Follow the news on Bahrain Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives to go further BahrainMiddle East – North Africa ImprisonedFreedom of expression King Hamad,We, the undersigned, express our deep concern with the Government of Bahrain’s campaign targeting journalists and activists exercising their right to free expression. On 9 October 2016, the Public Prosecution charged Faisal Hayyat, a sports journalist and social media activist, with insulting a sect and a religious figure. The government’s repeated harassment of Faisal and other online activists demonstrate the ongoing criminalization of free expression in Bahrain.Faisal Hayyat is a renowned journalist and has appeared on various sports channels and has written for local Bahraini newspapers, Alalam, Albilad, and Akhbar Al Khaleej. He directs and presents short video programs online that provide critical perspectives on local politics.Bahraini officials previously arrested Faisal in April 2011 for his involvement in the 2011 pro-democracy protests. The Bahraini security forces detained him for 84 days. During his detainment, authorities subjected Faisal to physical and psychological torture, including sexual harassment and degrading treatment. He has been vocal about this and recently published a letter on social media to the Bahraini Minister of Interior detailing the torture to which the government had subjected him. Government authorities never provided compensation for the abuse and never held any officials accountable. In the letter Faisal mentions, “I write this and I know it may cost me my freedom.”On 7 October, Faisal published tweets commenting on events from early Islamic history. Two days later, Faisal was arrested and charged with “insulting a sect.” The government is therefore treating Faisal Hayyat’s opinion on events of Islamic history as a criminal liability. The government’s decision to prosecute him infringes both his freedom of expression and religion. The undersigned NGOs believe Faisal has been targeted as part of a silencing campaign against critical voices of the government. Recently, the Bahraini government has brought further criminal charges against human rights defender Nabeel Rajab for an open letter published in the New York Times, and against political opposition leader Ebrahim Sharif for an interview he gave with the Associated Press. Furthermore, the opposition politician Fedhel Abbas received three years in prison for tweets criticizing the war in Yemen.We, therefore, call on the authorities to respect Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which mandates that “Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression.” The Bahraini government must also respect Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which mandates that “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontier.” As organizations concerned with the right to freedom of expression, we call on the Government of Bahrain to:Immediately and unconditionally release Faisal Hayyat, Nabeel Rajab, and all internet users arrested and imprisoned for merely exercising their right to freedom of expression; andAbide by international human rights standards, including the ICCPR and UDHR, by upholding the right to freedom of expression without any restrictions.Signed,Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in BahrainAdil Soz – International Foundation for Protection of Freedom of SpeechAfghanistan Journalists CenterAfrica Freedom of Information CentreAlbanian Media InstituteARTICLE 19Bahrain Center for Human RightsBytes for AllCambodian Center for Human RightsCanadian Journalists for Free ExpressionCenter for Independent Journalism – RomaniaCentre for Independent Journalism – MalaysiaFreedom ForumFreedom HouseFree Media MovementGulf Centre for Human RightsHuman Rights Network for Journalists – UgandaHungarian Civil Liberties UnionIndependent Journalism Center – MoldovaIndex on CensorshipInstitute for Reporters’ Freedom and SafetyInstitute for the Studies on Free Flow of InformationInternational Federation of JournalistsInternational Press CentreInternational Press InstituteMaharat FoundationMARCHMedia, Entertainment and Arts AllianceMedia Institute of Southern AfricaPalestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms – MADAPEN InternationalReporters Without BordersSocial Media Exchange – SMEXSouth East European Network for Professionalization of MediaVigilance pour la Démocratie et l’État CiviqueWorld Association of Community Radio Broadcasters – AMARCWorld Association of Newspapers and News PublishersBahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD)Bahrain Press Association (BPA)Burundi Child Rights CoalitionEnglish PENEuropean – Bahraini Organisation for Human Rights (EBOHR)European Center for Democracy and Human Rights (ECDHR)Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED)Union de Jeunes pour la Paix et le Développement News News Campaigns October 14, 2020 Find out more Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest Receive email alerts November 28, 2016 Joint letter to the King of Bahrain: Bahrain must cease judicial harassment of Faisal Hayyat and other Bahraini journalistslast_img read more

Banner Beach Season in Ocean City

first_imgBeachgoers continue to flock to Ocean City to take in the last bit of summer in a stellar beach season. By MADDY VITALEHeading into the last few weeks of summer, Ocean City Beach Patrol Chief Mark Jamieson summed up what he thought was the best description of the season.“This is a summer to remember,” Jamieson said in an interview Monday. “Definitely one of the best ones. I can only remember one day when it rained start to finish. This is a season to remember as far as consecutive sunny days.”Although he did not have statistics in front of him, he noted that what appeared to be packed beaches on any given weekend was no mirage.“This is the best summer in the last few years,” Jamieson said. “The beach count has risen.”Throughout the summer umbrellas dot the landscape of Ocean City’s beaches.Back in July, the city’s Chief Financial Officer Frank Donato said all of the indicators from beach tag sales to parking revenue showed that this may be a banner season in Ocean City with visitors flocking to the beaches, the Boardwalk, bayfront and downtown.“Pre-season beach tag sales are always good early indicators of what the summer season may be like,” Donato said then. “Most people come in to make their pre-season purchases to get the discounts. They are making a commitment to come back in the summer.”Beach tag sales are considered a key barometer of the strength of the summer season. Sales topped last year’s pre-season figure for purchases on or before May 31 by $62,000, for a total of $2,121,000 in beach tag sales.The city’s 7-mile-long beachfront, which is much bigger than neighboring towns, allows it to handle enormous crowds. At the peak of summer, an estimated 150,000 vacationers visit Ocean City, a community with roughly 11,000 year-round residents.Ocean City tops all of the other shore towns in the state in total beach tag revenue, often coming in at or near the $4 million mark.But as the summer draws to a close, so do guarded beaches. Lifeguards go back to college, high school and full-time jobs, Jamieson said.“When we are at full staff with administration, EMTs and lifeguards, we are at 185 people,” he said. “Right now, we are at 160. By the end of the week, there will be a significant loss in guards and our total staff will be about 140.”He stressed that beachgoers must swim only at guarded beaches.“As the number of lifeguards dwindle toward Labor Day, people need to keep an eye on updated beach closures,” he said of beaches without guards. “If you find the beach you are going to doesn’t have a guarded beach anymore, use a beach close by it.”Jamieson added that up to Labor Day, Ocean City Beach Patrol will guard certain beaches.“Always keep informed of the guarded beaches,” he urged bathers and other beachgoers.To keep updated on guarded beaches visit For questions, call 609-525-9200. First Aid Stations are located at First Street, 12th Street, 34th Street and the 59th Street Lifeguard Headquarters.Lifeguards will continue to protect many of the city’s beaches through Labor Day.Jamieson said Ocean City Beach Patrol has many dedicated staff members.“We are happy to be able to maintain the same closing schedule as the last few years,” he said. Jamieson noted that many of the guards go to school locally or in Philadelphia and come back to guard the beaches on the weekends until the end of the season to help with manpower.“They do a great job, especially considering the amount of people we have coming here throughout the summer,” Jamieson said. “We feel we do a good job for people who come to vacation in Ocean City.”The Boardwalk has been busy this summer, too.Ocean City Beach Patrol will no longer provide lifeguards at the following beaches for the rest of the season, according to a notice listed on• Seaview Road• Waverly Blvd.• Atlantic Blvd.• 13th Street• 16th Street (Surfing Beach)• 17th Street• 20th Street• 48th Street• 60th StreetOcean City Beach Patrol will guard the following beaches from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekends and holidays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.• Seaspray Road• Surf Road• North Street• Stenton Place• St. Charles Place• Delancey Place• Park Place• Brighton Place (Guarded until 7 p.m.)• Fifth Street• Seventh Street Surfing Beach• 8th Street (Guarded until 7 p.m.)• 9th Street (Guarded until 7 p.m.)• 10th Street• 11th Street• 12th Street (Guarded until 7 p.m.)• 14th Street• 15th Street• 18th Street• 22nd Street• 24th Street• 26th Street• 28th Street• 30th Street• 32nd Street• 34th Street (Guarded until 7 p.m.)• 36th Street• 39th Street• 42nd Street• 44th Street• 46th Street• 50th Street• 53rd Street• 55th Street• 58th Streetlast_img read more

Five 2020 financial services tech trends to watch

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The tech revolution in financial services continues to evolve, coaxing organizations to change and grow along with it. The new year and decade will present the industry with fresh challenges and greater opportunities.What tech trends should you keep your eye on in 2020? We have five thoughts and a suggestion for how to tie it all together.1. The Transformation Of Digital Transformation A renewed focus on customer experience has changed the digital transformation conversation. While digital transformation once defined the evolution of business processes from manual and paper-based to electronic, the term has now become the foundation for the modern customer experience.last_img read more

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Manchester United boss rescued again by fine margins | Football News

first_img But it is all so predictable. Had 10th-placed United not beaten Brighton almost a year ago to the day, Solskjaer may have been sent his P45, but a convincing win, and two defeats in 25 to end the season, vindicated the Manchester United boss. Perhaps it was a turning point.Perhaps not, because here we are again. With three points at Goodison Park assured and an encouraging performance to match, Solskjaer – who United still consider their long-term option – lived to fight another day. The quality of their performance, including the second-longest passing move across the league this season to craft their equaliser, deserves better than being questioned as another false dawn.But the legacy they have built under Solskjaer, if not since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure in 2013, is more conclusive. This must be what frustrates the manager the most; when the chips are really down, and it’s truly now or never, that’s when players finally pull it out of the bag.Just to labour the point, this is what Manchester United are capable of when they are at their best. “We were set-up to fail,” Solskjaer fumed to BT Sport. “We’ve been to Turkey on Wednesday night, come Thursday morning we’re back in, we’re playing Saturday lunchtime, it’s an absolute shambles. I can’t praise the boys enough for the character they’ve shown – that’s all I want to talk about.”But longer-term, all the Jadon Sanchos in the world aren’t going to close the gap on Liverpool and even Manchester City without showing this kind of backbone against, say, Crystal Palace. Or avoiding the manner of their utter humiliation by Tottenham last month.The million-dollar question is… Why is it like this? “From a distance, it looks like it’s just nice,” according to Sky Sports pundit and former Arsenal forward Paul Merson. “If I’m George Graham – and we’re a successful team – if we got beaten like United did at Arsenal last weekend, I guarantee he won’t be coming out and talking about what a great bunch of lads they are. That’s the last thing he’s saying.“It just comes across like it’s just a nice place to be.”Things being too cosy may not account for United’s wonderous form in the second half of last season, which left them at around level par with expectations and earned Solskjaer the credit he deserved.But here we are. Back to predictably unpredictable square one. The boom and bust of United’s streaky existence, just as it has been since the same since the day Solskjaer was named permanent manager.For today, it’s all smiles and rightly so. United were largely excellent. They may well go on to convincingly beat West Brom and Southampton in their next two games. Perhaps even Manchester City after that. But how long before we’re all back here again? A month, maybe three, or next season? Their defensive issues came straight to the fore as they were carved open with ease for Bernard’s opener, and they displayed the textbook attacking potency they have enjoyed against more open opponents since the manager arrived to deliver their rapid turnaround. Even before half-time, it was nothing we’ve not already seen over the last two years.But just as fine margins were used to defend the narrow defeat United fell to against Arsenal last weekend, so too did they pave their way to victory at Goodison Park. Everton’s Lucas Digne hit a post with Dominic Calvert-Lewin unmarked at 1-1, and moments before Edinson Cavani’s injury-time third, Abdoulaye Doucoure may well have earned the hosts a point had he made any decent connection with Alex Iwobi’s tee-up. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw his side beat Everton 3-1Image:Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw his side beat Everton 3-1 Those fine margins have long been the story of United’s rises and falls, especially under Solskjaer, but they cannot continue to define his reign indefinitely.- Advertisement – With pressure mounting on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United again pulled a good win out of the bag when he most needed it – but how many times can we end up here?On the face of it, United’s 3-1 win at Everton in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off did not tell us much about Solskjaer’s side that we did not already know.- Advertisement – After Wednesday’s dire defeat in Istanbul there was little on paper to indicate the resilience they would show to avoid their worst start to a league campaign since 1987. Three points later, they are now in a better position than they were this time last season and look the potent outfit Solskjaer desires, and little surprise “character” was the word on his lips when speaking to BT Sport after the game.His side had travelled most of the way across Europe and had barely two days to prepare since their midweek shambles, but ran nearly 5km further than they had done six days ago against Arsenal. 0:39 – Advertisement – Graeme Souness says Manchester United’s players should take responsibility for their actions after their latest defeat, the 2-1 Champions League loss at Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Singapore president once backpacked in Yogyakarta, says royal

first_imgThe visit lasted in two hours, from around 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.Halimah was greeted by the Beksan Lawung Jajar sacred welcome dance, which was created by Sultan Hamengkubuwono I in 1755.During the official visit, the royals gave a tour of the palace by showing Halimah its historical objects, including a 19th century manuscript collection, leather puppets, a tea set from Sultan Hamengkubuwono VII as well as ancient kris daggers.The youngest princess, GKR Bendara, said Halimah seemed excited during the tour, especially with regard to historical objects linked to Sir Stamford Raffles, the founding father of modern Singapore.GKR Bendara said in the past Yogyakarta had around 300 ancient manuscripts, but during the rule of Sultan Hamengkubuwono III – from 1810 to 1811 and 1812 to 1814, Raffles took many manuscripts out of Yogyakarta that now are scattered around the world.GKR Bendara said Yogyakarta and Singapore had the potential to work together on exhibitions to commemorate Raffles in the future. (gis)Topics : Re-sharing Halimah’s story, GKR Mangkubumi said that Singapore’s first female president went on a budget trip to Yogyakarta, just like any backpacker. Halimah ordered her own tickets, visited the palace, and enjoyed a dance performance at Sri Manganti Hall in the palace, added the royal. Culture is one of Halimah’s biggest interests, hence the Yogyakarta trip, GKR Mangkubumi said.Wednesday’s visit was Halimah’s first visit to Yogyakarta as Singapore president.Yogyakarta Sultan Hamengkubuwono X and his wife, GKR Hemas, along with princesses GKR Mangkubumi, GKR Candrakirana, GKR Hayu and GKR Bendara welcomed Halimah, who was accompanied by husband Mohammed Abdullah Alhabshee, to the palace. A Yogyakarta princess has revealed that the President of Singapore Halimah Yacob enjoyed backpacking in Yogyakarta some time ago.Yogyakarta sultanate crown princess Gusti Kanjeng Ratu (GKR) Mangkubumi said that Halimah shared with the royal that she felt nostalgic when she visited the Yogyakarta Palace on Wednesday. The crown princess greeted the president on the said visit.“She said four years ago she went to Yogyakarta as a tourist,” the crown princess said on Wednesday as quoted by last_img read more

China virus toll hits 722, with first foreign victim

first_imgVice Premier Sun Chunlan, on a visit to quarantined Wuhan this week, instructed officials to take a “wartime” approach as they implement drastic measures that include combing the city for feverish residents.With panic spiralling around the globe — more than 320 cases have emerged in nearly 30 other countries — researchers were racing to find treatments and a vaccine to fight the virus.Hong Kong quarantine Hong Kong began enforcing a two-week quarantine for anyone arriving from mainland China, under threat of both fines and jail terms.Most people will be able to be quarantined at home or in hotels but they will face daily phone calls and spot checks.The financial hub has 25 confirmed cases with one patient who died earlier this week.The city has been on edge as the virus has revived memories of the SARS outbreak that killed 299 in the semi-autonomous city.Hong Kong officials hope the new measures will virtually halt the flow of people across the border while allowing the city to remain stocked with food and goods from the mainland.The SARS epidemic left profound psychological scars and saddled residents with a deep distrust of authorities in Beijing who initially covered up the outbreak.In the last week, Hong Kong has been hit by a wave of panic-buying with supermarket shelves frequently emptied of staple goods such as toilet paper, hand sanitiser, rice and pasta.The government has blamed unfounded rumours of shortages. Cruise ship quarantined Other governments around the world have hardened their defences, with several countries banning arrivals from China and advising their citizens to avoid travelling there.Major airlines have suspended flights to and from China.Asian cruise ships have become a focal point as dozens of cases have been confirmed on a vessel off Japan’s coast.Sixty-four people aboard the Diamond Princess off Yokohama have tested positive and passengers aboard the cruise ship have been asked to stay inside their cabins to prevent new infections.Another cruise ship carrying a passenger suspected of infection with coronavirus will not be allowed to dock in southern Japan, the government said.In Hong Kong, 3,600 people were confined aboard the World Dream, where eight former passengers have tested positive for the virus. Hero doctor On the mainland, the death Friday of a Wuhan doctor who was reprimanded by police after he had sent messages warning about the virus back in December sparked a rare outpouring of grief and anger on social media.Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist who contracted the disease while treating a patient, was eulogised as a “hero” while people on Twitter-like Weibo railed against “fat officials” and demanded “freedom of speech”.Videos shared on Weibo showed a small group of people blowing whistles late Friday in front of a floral tribute to Li at Wuhan Central Hospital, where he died.As people across China fumed, the government expressed condolences and ordered an investigation. Wuhan’s government will award Li’s family 800,000 yuan ($114,000) in compensation covered by “work-related injury insurance”, according to the official Xinhua news agency. Scientists scramble Researchers, meanwhile, are scrambling to develop a drug to combat the virus.The US health department is working with pharmaceutical firm Regeneron to develop a treatment using a class of drug that has boosted survival rates among Ebola patients.Two weeks ago Chinese doctors confirmed they had been giving anti-HIV drugs to coronavirus patients in Beijing, based on a 2004 study published after the SARS outbreak that showed “favourable” responses.Scientists around the world are also working to develop a vaccine, which experts say could take months.Topics : A Japanese man in his 60s with a suspected coronavirus infection also died in hospital in Wuhan, the Japanese foreign ministry said, adding that it was “difficult” to confirm if he had the illness.The only fatalities outside the mainland were a Chinese man in the Philippines and a 39-year-old man in Hong Kong.Nearly 35,000 people have been infected by the new strain, which is believed to have emerged in a market selling wild animals in Wuhan last year before spreading across China.The epidemic has prompted the government to lock down cities home to tens of millions of people, as anger mounts over its handling of the crisis, especially after a whistleblowing doctor fell victim to the virus. The death toll from China’s coronavirus outbreak soared to 722 on Saturday, including the first foreign victim, as Hong Kong imposed a mandatory quarantine on mainland arrivals to block the spread of an epidemic that has caused global panic.With 86 more people dying in mainland China — the highest one-day jump so far — the toll was closing in on the 774 killed worldwide during the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic.A 60-year-old US citizen diagnosed with the virus died on Thursday in Wuhan, the city at the epicentre of the health emergency, according to the US embassy, which did not provide more details about the person.last_img read more

Cost Transparency Initiative delivers new tools ahead of ‘final push’

first_imgThe new resources launched today include:a new fiduciary management template;additional reporting fields in the liability-driven investments (LDI) template;real estate investments guidance on completing the templates; andmapping guidance for private equity investmentsThe latter refers to guidance intended to explain how the Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA) fee reporting template, which is already widely used by private equity firms, can be reconciled with the CTI templates.The CTI also added FAQs, case studies, and other guidance, including on timeline and expectations. Major public funds such as Royal Mail, RBS, Kingfisher, and National Grid, have publicly stated their commitment to using the CTI framework. “The expansion of templates to include a focus on fiduciary and LDI will continue to help increase adoption of standardised data collection and reporting” Patricia Sharman, UK managing director at CACEISMel Duffield, chair of the CTI, said: “With three quarters of pension schemes and consultants reporting a good level of awareness of the Cost Transparency Initiative and wide-spread take up from asset owners large and small, I am really pleased with the progress of this really important initiative to help investment managers and schemes report and understand their costs and deliver better value to savers.“We are now entering a final push to encourage remaining schemes to adopt the templates and guidance and will continue to promote the benefits both savers and pension fund trustees can gain from their use.”Patricia Sharman, UK managing director at CACEIS, which took over KAS Bank in 2019, welcomed the new CTI tools. “We’ve seen a significant increase over recent months in asset managers submitting data via CTI templates and the expansion of templates to include a focus on fiduciary and LDI will continue to help increase adoption of standardised data collection and reporting,” she said.“The inclusion of a specific LDI template in particular will be welcome for defined benefit schemes.”The CTI, which is a partnership between the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association, the Investment Association, and the LGPS advisory board, has previously said it would review levels of reporting against its published templates after the end of April 2020 reporting period and, if take-up is not up to expectations, discuss with regulators and other market participants how to increase usage.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. The Cost Transparency Initiative (CTI) has published new resources, such as mapping guidance for private equity investments, as it looks to drive further adoption of the framework by pension schemes and asset managers following strong take-up so far.The initiative launched its first major package of templates and guidance a year ago, and today said that feedback from service providers demonstrated strong levels of take-up of the CTI framework from schemes ranging in size and structure.It said “huge efforts” had been made by asset managers, pension schemes and advisers to ensure the CTI framework became the industry standard.In the local government pension scheme (LGPS), which incorporates the CTI framework in its transparency code, as at 1 April 2020 all pension funds and asset pools were making use of CTI standard reporting.last_img read more

Bellew, Haye Get BBB of C Warning ahead of Heavyweight Bout

first_imgTony Bellew and David Haye have been warned by the British Boxing Board of Control about their conduct during this week’s filming of The Gloves Are Off, says promoter Eddie Hearn.The bitter rivals will come face to face for the first time since their press conference bust-up in November and have continued to trade insults ahead of their heavyweight grudge fight at The O2 on March 4.Tempers boiled over as they posed for press conference pictures as Bellew shoved Haye, who responded by aiming a punch at the Merseysider, and the Board has vowed to take severe action if there is a repeat of these scenes. Hearn, who is Bellew’s promoter, told Sky Sports: “Of course you’re in a situation where it’s the first time they have come face to face since the last time where one pushed one and one hit the other, so it’s not ideal.“But I think Tony is sensible enough and they have both been warned by the British Boxing Board of Control. Any more problems and they both have the threat of their licence being taken away.”Asked if he will speak to Bellew, Hearn said: “One hundred per cent, both of them actually.“David is not really going to listen to me, but I feel like I have got a relationship with Tony where I can. But when you’re a foot away from another man that you dislike and the insults are being traded across the floor, anything can happen.“That’s also the beauty of the show. We need to keep the rawness of that and also remember that we have a reputation to keep, and an image to protect for the sport of boxing.”Bellew has suggested that Haye could ‘quit’ if the fight becomes too demanding, while the Londoner insists he is physically better than ever, and Hearn believes both will be trying to gain a mental edge on The Gloves Are Off.“Haye and Bellew are very intelligent, they have been around the sport for a while, and I think they are going to be trying to play mind games with each other as well in this,” said Hearn.“This will be interesting to watch. Not just from the rawness and the volatility of the two of them, but actually from a mental aspect as well. I think they will both try and get under each other’s skins in various different ways.”Bellew has demanded an apology from Haye for his punch at the press conference, but Hearn doubts whether he will receive one.He said: “No I don’t. I don’t know how he thinks that’s going to come, in the form of flowers, or maybe a box of Milk Tray, but no, I can’t see it. Perhaps he should ask for one.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_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: and read more

Murdock Trust Approves Grant of $800,000 for Saint Martin’s University’s New…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversitySaint Martin’s University is $800,000 closer to breaking ground for its new science building—a 30,000 square-foot classroom and laboratory facility—thanks to a grant from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust of Vancouver, Washington.“The University is grateful to the Murdock Trust for its generous support of the Science Initiative and our STEM students,” said Saint Martin’s University President Roy Heynderickx, Ph.D. “According to recent reports, Washington is one of the top states in the nation in the concentration of STEM jobs, but much lower in the proportion of STEM degrees produced. The new science building will allow Saint Martin’s to recruit and graduate more STEM students who will make valuable contributions to Washington and its economy.”As Saint Martin’s nears its fundraising goals for the Science Initiative, the University plans to break ground this fall on a new 30,000-square-foot classroom and laboratory facility that will house its growing natural and physical science programs. The new science building, which is scheduled to open in fall 2019, will include laboratories, classrooms, collaborative research spaces and offices. It will be strategically located near Cebula Hall and adjacent to the Panowicz Foundry for Innovation and the E.L. Wiegand Laboratories, which houses engineering, computer science and industrial labs, creating a STEM complex at the core of the campus.“As a part of its strategic vision, students choosing to study in a field of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, have blossomed at Saint Martin’s University,” said Moses Lee, Ph.D., program director for research and science at the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. “This growth is a result of the university’s strategic investment in building up its STEM programs, the construction of this modern and well-equipped science building within the STEM complex and the creation of a vibrant culture in undergraduate research. The Murdock Trust is pleased to the stand behind this vision and this exciting project.”“This wonderful grant from the Murdock Trust is instrumental to our continuing focus on increased faculty-student research and teaching collaboration. It will also accelerate the pace of student and faculty scholarship as well as successful grant-writing,” said Jeff Crane, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and interim dean of the School of Business.Since 2013, Saint Martin’s University has experienced marked growth in enrollment across all of its STEM departments. The Murdock Trust previously made two grants to the University’s Engineering Initiative—one in support of the building of Cebula Hall and one in support of the construction of the Panowicz Foundry for Innovation and the E.L. Wiegand Laboratories. After the launch of the Engineering Initiative in 2010, the civil and mechanical engineering programs have seen a 30 percent increase in students. This has led to a greater demand for mathematics and physics classes, which are prerequisites for engineering. In addition, biology majors have grown to represent ten percent of all University students and the chemistry department is at its highest enrollment ever.M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, created by the will of the late Melvin. J. (Jack) Murdock, provides grants to organizations in five states of the Pacific Northwest—Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington—that seek to strengthen the region’s educational and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways. More information is available at Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 13 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 27 majors and ten graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,300 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and more students to its extended campus located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust ( was created in 1975 to enrich the quality of life in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. From day one, our mission has been to serve individuals, families and communities across the Pacific Northwest by providing grants and enrichment programs to organizations that strengthen the region’s educational, social, spiritual and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways. We partner with a wide variety of organizations whose missions contribute to serving the common good. Our team carries out the Trust’s work by: 1) Serving our constituencies through strategic grants and enrichment programs that help organizations advance their mission, build capacity and increase effectiveness; 2) Convening people to identify emerging regional challenges, opportunities and areas of mutual interest; 3) Promoting idea-sharing and networking among individuals and organizations; and 4) Encouraging thoughtful, purposeful stewardship and investment of resources.last_img read more