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Despite Saleh departure plan, supporters and security forces still targeting journalists

first_imgNews Fixer for foreign reporters held in Aden for past five months Receive email alerts Follow the news on Yemen February 11, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information United Nations: press freedom situation “deeply worrying” in Yemen, according to RSF YemenMiddle East – North Africa Organisation YemenMiddle East – North Africa center_img December was a particularly black month for media freedom violations in Yemen although President Ali Abdallah Saleh agreed to a plan proposed by Gulf Cooperation Council in Riyadh on 23 November under which he is to stand down as president in February.Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns the continuing violations and urges the international community to intercede. December was above all marked by violence by government troops and Saleh supporters against journalists covering the “March for Life,” which set off from Taiz, a city 270 km south of the capital, on 20 December. There were many attacks on the marchers on 24 and 25 December as they arrived at the Sanaa district of Dar Salm. Security forces opened fire on the crowd. At least 13 demonstrators were killed and 50 were wounded. Journalists were among the victims. Among other demands, the protesters had been calling for President Saleh to be prosecuted for his use of violence against earlier demonstrations.On 24 December, Ahmed Al-Mussibli, a journalist with the opposition TV station Suhail TV, was beaten and arrested by security forces, and was held overnight. BBC correspondent Abdallah Ghorab narrowly avoided being arrested. Suhail TV cameraman Kamal Al-Mahfadi and reporter Walid Ablan sustained serious head injuries.Ahmed Al-Jabar, a member of the Yemeni Journalists’ Syndicate and reporter for the state-owned Saba News Agency, was hit in the face with a rifle butt by a Saleh supporter, sustaining an injuries below one eye. Soldiers also broke the windows of the car that members of the Journalists’ Syndicate were using to cover the march.Three journalists – Samia Al-Aghbary, Arwa Abdu Othman (a writer) and Marwan Ismail, who works for the Imanate news website – were accosted and arrested by members of the Republican Guard at a checkpoint on Sanaa’s 50th Street while accompanying the March for Life on 24 December. Two activists who were with them, Marwan Al-Wajihi and Nabil Soua’i, were also arrested. The soldiers searched their car and took their mobile phones and three cameras. All five were released that evening.Earlier this week, a group of gunmen tried to storm the Press Foundation in Taiz for the third time in three days on 2 January in defiance of clear instructions from the province’s governor. The foundation’s headquarters is located near the military police building and just a few metres from the provincial security directorate.Nasser Taha Mustafa, a former head of the Journalists’ Syndicate, was threatened in late December by Tarek Mohamed Abdallah Saleh, President Saleh’s nephew and commander of his personal guard, over his articles in support of the revolutionary movement.Two journalists with the 26 September newspaper, Ali Ghaleb Al-Harazi and Yahiya Al-Sadmi, were threatened for calling for the resignation of the newspaper’s editor, Ali Hassan Al-Chatr, who has a reputation for high-handed treatment of his employees and has had some of them thrown in prison in the past. The journalists began a sit-in at the newspaper to demand Chatr’s departure.Firing in the air, gunmen in civilian dress attacked an Al-Alam TV crew at around 2:15 p.m. on 23 December in Al-Qaedi, a neighbourhood on the outskirts of the capital. They grabbed cameraman Mohamed Hamran’s camera, hit him, took his identity card and, threatening to shoot the tyres of their car, forced the journalists to return to the city centre.Armed baltajiyas (pro-Saleh thugs) stormed the headquarters of the government newspaper in Sanaa on 20 December, threatening journalists at gunpoint and stopping the next day’s issue from coming out. The raid was prompted by new information minister Ali Al-Umrani’s decision to rename Hassan Abdel Warath as the editor of the newspaper, which is published by the “Revolution for the Press” foundation. Warath had resigned at the height of the anti-Saleh protests.Gunmen burst into the office of the Arab Information Agency in Sanaa on the night of 13 December, pointing their firearms at its director, Issam Al-Khaled, and his employees. The office houses more than a dozen Arab and international TV stations and news agencies.The prosecutor’s office ordered the journalist Omar Al-Amuqi’s release on 8 December on the grounds that there had been no justification for his arrest two days before.The journalist Abdelhakim Thi’il was freed at the end of December after being kidnapped in October and held incommunicado for two months in a national security prison operated by the intelligences services. His whereabouts were unknown until 12 December, when he was transferred to a regular prison centre and the head of the Journalists’ Syndicate, Marwan Damaj, was able to visit him.The precise reasons for his abduction and detention are still unknown. The authorities examined his computer and found photos and videos of baltajiyas and gunmen attacking and killing demonstrators in Sanaa’s Change Square. February 26, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en News to go further January 5, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Despite Saleh departure plan, supporters and security forces still targeting journalists Yemeni journalist killed, nine wounded in Aden airport explosions January 6, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Uncontrollable Violence in Honduras

first_imgBy Dialogo March 01, 2013 The 2012 murder rate was slightly lower to that of the previous year, but it is still far higher than the worldwide average, considered to be 8.8 by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Observatory of Violence at the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH) said in a report. A law passed by the government forbids two men from riding a motorcycle together, to hinder the operation of hit men or hires assassins. Honduras holds the highest murder rate worldwide, with 91.6 murders per 100,000 inhabitants according to the 2012 UN Homicide Statistics Report, despite the government policy directing military officers to patrol the streets, violence experts said on February 27. Police and military presence is felt not only in urban areas, but also in shanty towns, as well as on public transportation. Recently, President Lobo sent 2,000 troops to patrol the streets of the country’s most violent cities to support a police force of 14,500 members that is struggling with the crime wave that is sweeping the country. Likewise, telephone wiretaps have been approved, cameras have been installed on the streets in main cities, and a report system using a 911 line has been established.last_img read more

Cops Seek Tips in Central Islip Hit-And-Run; Release Photo of Minivan

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Police said this minivan was involved in a hit-and-run in Central Islip on Aug. 17. Police believe the driver’s side mirror was damaged and the front windshield may have also been damaged. (SCPD)Suffolk County police are asking for the public’s help in locating and identifying the driver of a minivan who seriously injured a 25-year-old Central Islip man last month and then fled the scene. Police Wednesday released a photo of the dark-colored minivan that was involved in the Aug. 17 hit-and-run. Authorities believe the minivan has a damaged driver’s side mirror and may have a broken front windshield. The Vehicular Crime Unit is also interested in speaking with a Good Samaritan who was driving a white sedan at the time of the incident and backed up their car to stop the victim from being struck a second time by the minivan, police said. The person left the scene before speaking with cops. This is the second time since the incident that police have requested help from the public to identify the driver. Police said the minivan struck and seriously injured Edgar Abrego on Carleton Avenue and Brightside Avenue at 9:25 p.m. After striking Abrego, the driver fled the scene, police said. Abrego was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital with injuries to his head and body. A police spokeswoman did not have an update on his condition. Detectives are asking anyone who may have traveled on Carleton Avenue around the time of the incident or who may have seen a dark-colored minivan with similar damages to call the Vehicular Crime Unit at 631-852-6555 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls are confidential.last_img read more

7 tips for financial spring cleaning

first_imgby: Vera GibbonsWith spring rapidly approaching, it’s not only a great time to spruce up your home and organize your closets, but it’s also an ideal time to clean up your finances. Here are some ideas from some top consumer finance advisers:Sweep away winter bills Here’s a scary statistic: Consumer Reports estimates that 7% of all shoppers go into a new holiday season carrying debt from the previous one. And it’s costly (To see the real cost of carrying a balance, try this calculator). You certainly don’t want to continue making payments on your holiday purchases for another 9 months.“Clearing away this debt in the spring will strengthen your finances and free you up to save money for the remainder of 2015,” says Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, founder, The Money Coach.Polish your budget We’re three months into 2015. How are you doing so far? Over budget? Under budget? Have you spent more, or less, than you planned to in certain areas? If you’re close to your expectations, great, but if you’ve veered off track for any reason – perhaps because there’s been a job switch, you had a baby, bought a new house, or there’s been another life change – it’s time to re-evaluate the situation, says consumer finance expert Andrea Woroch. “Your budget will need to be refreshed to meet current needs as well as short and long-term savings goals.” continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Humpy placed second after day one of Blitz competition in Moscow

first_img Written By Last Updated: 30th December, 2019 11:38 IST Humpy Placed Second After Day One Of Blitz Competition In Moscow Indian Grandmaster Koneru Humpy stayed in the hunt for a second title at the women’s World Rapid and Blitz Championships after being placed second First Published: 30th December, 2019 11:38 IST LIVE TV Indian Grandmaster Koneru Humpy stayed in the hunt for a second title at the women’s World Rapid and Blitz Championships after being placed second along with three others in the blitz competition.The 32-year-old Indian, who won the Rapid title on Saturday, started the two-day blitz competition by winning her games in the five rounds to share the top position at one stage.Humpy drew the next two games before winning against Monika Sacko in the eighth game.She, however, lost to day one leader Katerina Lagno of Russia in a dramatic battle in the final round of the opening day.Lagno showed great determination to defend her 2018 title as she scored 8 points out of 9 to grab the top position.Lagno was chased by four players — Alexandra Kosteniuk, Humpy Koneru, Daria Charochkina, and Alina Kashlinskaya — all on seven points.Humpy had claimed the World Women’s Rapid Chess Championship title after drawing the Armageddon game against Lei Tingjie of China here on Saturday. SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img WATCH US LIVE COMMENT Press Trust Of India FOLLOW USlast_img read more

AMBER Alert toddler found, triple murder suspect arrested in Florida

first_imgEarly Wednesday, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued an Amber Alert for 2-year-old King Crockett, who was last seen in Gainesville.The boy’s father is suspected of killing three people in Georgia, and then taking his 2-year-old son.Tampa Police Department spotted a vehicle driven by the suspect, Caesar Crockett south on Interstate 75 near Bruce B. Downs Boulevard in Tampa. Police tried to get the suspect to pull over, but police said Crockett refused to stop.He led the officers on a high-speed chase in Tampa Wednesday night.When officials finally stopped the vehicle, Crockett turned in his son, where officials were able to take the child somewhere safe. It then took nearly 6 hours for Crockett to turn himself in.The suspect, Caesar Crockett, was wanted by authorities in Georgia after he is accused of killing the boy’s mother, stepfather and sister.Alast_img read more

DANILOVNA, LADY VALEUR, BELVOIR BAY & NODIAC ALL PROMINENT IN WIDE OPEN GRADE III, $100,000 AUTUMN MISS STAKES SATURDAY AT SANTA ANITA

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 26, 2016)–Three Irish-bred fillies, Danilovna, Lady Valeur and Nodiac, along with English-bred Belvoir Bay, head a wide open field of 10 three year old fillies going one mile on turf in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Autumn Miss Stakes at Santa Anita. NODIAC: Trained by Phil D’Amato, she flew from far back to be third, beaten 1 ¼ lengths by Belvoir Bay in the Unzip Me Oct. 1. Owned by Little Red Feather Racing and Marsha Naify, this Irish-bred daughter of Kodiac is 3-1-1-1 at a mile on grass and sports a 9-2-2-4 mark overall. As she did down the hill, look for her to try and exploit a fast early pace scenario. DANILOVNA: An impressive come from behind winner of her U.S. debut at Belmont Park on Sept. 22, this Graham Motion-conditioned daughter of Dansili will cut back in distance from a mile and a sixteenth on turf in what will be her fifth career start. Owned and bred in Ireland by Bjorn Nielsen, she was away slowly at Belmont and will hope to break running on Saturday with Flavien Prat engaged to ride. BELVOIR BAY: Owned by Team Valor International and Gary Barber, she has won three out of her four Southern California starts and seeks her third consecutive victory for trainer Pete Miller. A gate to wire winner of the Unzip Me Stakes going 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf on Oct. 1, the English-bred has one win from three tries at a mile on turf. She is 10-5-1-0 overall. LADY VALEUR: A good second two starts back in the one mile turf San Clemente Handicap on July 23, this Paddy Gallagher-trainee made the early running in the Grade I, 1 1/8 miles turf Del Mar Oaks prior to tiring and finishing ninth. Idle since, she has the look of a fresh and dangerous commodity for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and retains the services of leading man Rafael Bejarano. With all of her races coming on grass, she has two seconds at a mile and is 9-2-4-0 overall. THE GRADE III AUTUMN MISS STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRace 8 of 9                                                                                                          Approximate post time 4 p.m. PDT Danilovna–Flavien Prat–120Great Page–Tiago Pereira–122Lady Valeur–Rafael Bejarano–120Cover Song–Kent Desormeaux–120Barleysugar–Gary Stevens–122Nodiac–Santiago Gonzalez–120Lookout Sister–Martin Pedroza–122Sweet Dragon Fly–Joe Talamo–120Dreamarcher–Mario Gutierrez–122Belvoir Bay–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–124First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more

What fueled 49ers only undrafted rookie to make the cut?

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.SANTA CLARA – Of the 53 players who made the 49ers roster Saturday, nine entered the NFL undrafted, and only one of them broke through this year: linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair.Al-Shaair beat out a couple veterans who walked away with guaranteed millions, all so the 49ers could reward an undrafted rookie who came from unheralded Florida Atlantic with a knee fresh off a torn anterior cruciate ligament.Sure, his ACL …last_img read more

South Africa’s ‘quantum’ football stadium

first_img28 May 2010 The Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban’s spectacular 2010 Fifa World Cup venue, has scored not only an engineering first for an African stadium with its majestic arch. It has also become the world’s first “quantum” stadium. Quantum “cryptography”, which in layman’s terms refers to anything written in secret code, is a new technique of providing ultra-high communication security by encoding data within quantum particles. A person who tries to intercept an information feed protected in this way without being noticed must first break the established laws of quantum mechanics. “This is the first public global event to use such a quantum-based encryption solution,” says Professor Francesco Petruccione of the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Quantum Technology, which has led the project in partnership with the city of Durban. “The project will provide a high-level security system along the optical fibre communication link between the stadium and the Joint Operations Centre during the World Cup,” Petruccione said last week. “To achieve this, we use quantum mechanical methods to distribute ultra-secure encryption keys.” Information conveyed through optical fibre links is often not encrypted, and therefore vulnerable to tapping using equipment readily available via the internet, Petruccione noted. The quantum-based system will make it virtually impossible for hackers to tap into communication between the two points via telephone, e-mail and video links. KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize last week congratulated Petruccione and his team, comprising mainly academics and post-graduate students, for what he called a “remarkable innovation”. University of KwaZulu-Natal deputy vice-chancellor Rob Slotow said the university was pleased that it could make a contribution to the running of the World Cup. “Especially in this, the most spectacular stadium in South Africa,” he added. Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

Floating Solar: A Win-Win for Drought-Stricken Lakes

first_imgJapan is a pioneer in this approachJapan has been a pioneer in floatovoltaics. It began modestly, floating enough panels on two reservoirs in Hyogo Prefecture to meet the electricity needs of roughly 920 households. Now it is scaling up. On a reservoir in Chiba Prefecture, a plant slated for completion in 2018 will generate power for nearly 5,000 households.In Japan’s relatively mild climate, preventing evaporation may be less critical than in the American Southwest. But the prospect of tapping solar power without taxing scarce land resources has its own merits in a small, densely populated country that is searching — post-Fukushima — for alternatives to nuclear power.A rendering of a major floating solar project under construction in the Yamakura Dam reservoir in Japan.Floating solar arrays also are being installed on a reservoir in the Brazilian Amazon. About 910 square miles of rainforest were flooded several decades ago when Brazil’s reigning military regime built the Balbina Dam, submerging millions of trees and destroying indigenous homes and hunting grounds. Today, due to persistent droughts and the languid flow of the river that feeds the Balbina Reservoir, the dam operates at only a fifth of its rated power capacity.Soon, though, an expanding network of floating solar modules may help redeem this failed hydroelectric venture. In its pilot phase, a five-megawatt solar installation will cover an area equal to about five football fields and will generate enough power for roughly 9,000 households. Later, if all goes well, planners hope to build a massive 300-megawatt project that would produce enough electricity for about 540,000 Brazilian homes.The list of pending or completed floatovoltaic projects goes on. In India, a pilot-scale installation has been successfully tested on a lake on the outskirts of Kolkata, and developers are negotiating for much larger floating solar plants on lakes in the state of Kerala. In California’s Sonoma County, sewage treatment ponds are now being equipped with floating PV arrays. And in the United Kingdom, Europe’s largest floating solar installation is nearing completion on the Queen Elizabeth II Reservoir outside London. Another is being built on a reservoir near Manchester. There, as in Japan, efficient use of available land resources is a key driver. RELATED ARTICLES Undamming Rivers Could Make Room for PVFor Storing Electricity, Utilities Turn to Pumped HydroHow Much Water Does it Take to Turn on a Light Bulb?The 10 Most Important Water Stories in 2014 Surge in Renewables Remakes California’s Energy LandscapeWill Tidal and Wave Energy Live Up to Their Potential? The Colorado River’s two great reservoirs, Lake Mead and Lake Powell, are in retreat. Multi-year droughts and chronic overuse have taken their toll, to be sure, but vast quantities of water also are lost to evaporation. What if the same scorching sun that causes so much of this water loss were harnessed for electric power?Installing floating photovoltaic arrays, sometimes called “floatovoltaics,” on a portion of these two reservoirs in the southwestern United States could produce clean, renewable energy while shielding significant expanses of water from the hot desert sun.The dual energy and environmental benefits of floating solar arrays are already beginning to earn the technology a place in the global clean energy marketplace, with floatovoltaic projects now being built in places as diverse as Australia, Brazil, China, England, India, Japan, South Korea, and California. And nowhere could they prove as effective as on lakes Mead and Powell, the two largest man-made reservoirs in the U.S. Different issues in the U.S. SouthwestThough the U.S. Southwest is far less land-constrained than the U.K., the open desert is coming under increasing stress as solar developers seek suitable lands for their utility-scale projects. Protecting the desert tortoise has been a major concern at some sites, including two photovoltaic plants on Moapa Paiute tribal land in southeastern Nevada, just a few dozen miles from Lake Mead.In California, renewable energy advocates and conservationists have been at serious odds over the prospect of developing large solar sites in desert areas and adjacent lands in seven counties.Floating solar arrays on reservoirs like Lake Mead and Lake Powell won’t supplant the need for land-based solar in California and other parts of the Southwest, but they can ease some of the pressure on fragile desert ecosystems.As we confront the mounting impacts of global warming, maintaining a viable balance between water supply and demand in warmer climates will be especially challenging. In the sunny Southwest, reducing water losses to evaporation should be part of a wide-ranging water conservation strategy. Floating solar farms have a role to play, curbing water waste as they produce carbon-neutral power.center_img Water savings and power generation would be significantThe U.S. Bureau of Reclamation estimates that 800,000 acre-feet of water — nearly 6% of the Colorado River’s annual flow — is baked off Lake Mead’s surface by the searing desert sun during an average year. Lake Powell loses about 860,000 acre-feet annually to evaporation and bank seepage. Since floatovoltaics can reduce evaporation in dry climates by as much as 90 percent, covering portions of these two water bodies with solar panels could result in significant water savings.Extrapolating from the spatial needs of floating solar farms already built or designed, the electricity gains from installing floatovoltaics on just a fraction of these man-made desert lakes could be momentous. If 6% of Lake Mead’s surface were devoted to solar power, the yield would be at least 3,400 megawatts of electric-generating capacity — substantially more than the Hoover Dam’s generating capacity of 2,074 megawatts.This solar infusion could give the power-hungry Southwest a major boost in renewable electricity, and at least some of that power could piggyback on underused transmission lines built for the Hoover Dam.A key selling point of floatovoltaics is the extra energy punch they deliver when compared to terrestrial photovoltaics in a similar climate. Hovering just above sun-shaded lake water, the floating photovoltaic panels would operate at cooler temperatures than solar arrays on desert land – a key factor in improving the productivity of semiconductors, including PV cells. One project proponent expects a 50% boost in electricity per watt of installed power from her company’s planned solar arrays at a sun-saturated sewage treatment pond in Jamestown, South Australia.In Nevada, Arizona, and Utah, those who enjoy boating, fishing, snorkeling, and swimming on Lake Mead and Lake Powell may not immediately embrace the idea of solar arrays competing with their recreational activities. Yet with beaches retreating and marinas stranded on dry land, the benefits of curbing water loss are becoming increasingly clear. Moreover, at a time when some hydrology experts and conservationists are saying that Lake Powell should be partially drained to restore Glen Canyon and salvage Lake Mead, which is about 360 miles downriver, building solar power on a portion of these ailing artificial lakes may seem like a smarter alternative. Philip Warburg is the author of two books on renewable energy , Harness the Sun and Harvest the Wind. This post originally appeared at Yale Environment 360.last_img read more