Palestinian photographer held incommunicado by Israelis

first_img WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists News News July 3, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Palestinian photographer held incommunicado by Israelis Help by sharing this information May 28, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Mohamed Al-Azza, a Palestinian photographer held incommunicado and without charge in an unknown place of detention by the Israeli authorities for the past three days.Azza, who works for Palestinian News Network and Ma’an News, was arrested by members of the Israel Defence Forces at his home in Aida refugee camp, 2 km north of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, on 30 June.Family members and his lawyer said he was hit several times and sustained injuries at the time of his arrest.Azza was hospitalized after being hit in the face by a rubber-coated bullet fired by an Israeli soldier while covering an IDF incursion into his refugee camp on 8 April. According to the information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, the IDF had been looking for him ever since his release from hospital. News News RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes Follow the news on Israelcenter_img IsraelMiddle East – North Africa Organisation June 3, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists RSF_en IsraelMiddle East – North Africa to go further May 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Golf shoots for top-10 finish

first_imgThe Wisconsin Badgers men’s golf team will have a chance to improve upon a memorable season when they compete in the upcoming NCAA regional championships for the first time in more than 10 years. Earlier this week, the NCAA Division I men’s golf committee selected the University of Wisconsin men’s team to the field of 27 other teams to duke it out in the central regional May 17-19.The Badgers will enter the tournament as the 15th-ranked team with hopes of capturing a top 10 finish, which would guarantee a bid to the NCAA championships. Along with placing in the teams in the top 10, two individuals not on advancing teams will move on from each regional to the championship finals.”For the men’s golf program, I guess the theme is just steady improvement,” Schuman said. “And, you know, our motto is just to get better tomorrow than we were the day before.”The last time the Badgers qualified for the NCAA tournament was in 1994, when the team finished 15th overall and sent an individual to the NCAA finals. This year’s selection marks only the fourth time overall the Badgers have qualified for regional play, and the first NCAA qualifying bid for fourth-year head coach Jim Schuman.Along with the high-pressure environment of playing in such a prestigious tournament, the UW men’s golf team will also be pitted against tough competition and an extremely challenging course. The Central regionals will be held at the Rich Harvest Farms Golf Course in Sugar Grove, Ill. How the Badgers handle the picturesque par 72, 6,725-yard course, which boasts a very demanding tee shot on the tree-lined dogleg left 14th hole, could make or break their hopes of reaching the finals. The Badgers will also have to battle top-seeded University of Alabama and conference rivals Michigan State University and the University of Minnesota, seeded 10th and 11th respectively.Although the Badgers had some disappointing tournaments at Purdue and Ohio State earlier this year, overall the season has been one to remember. This year the men’s team had nine top 10 finishes in tournaments, including two consecutive first place finishes earlier in the fall season. During the Big Ten tournament, the men’s team finished fifth overall, the best finish for the Badgers since 1999 when they placed fourth overall. In only his second appearance in the Big Ten tournament, sophomore Patrick Duffy finished tied for 10th, a team high. More impressive was the fact that every Badger finished within the top 40.A large part of the team’s success in 2007 is due to the fantastic play of senior Garrett Jones, who is averaging 73.43 strokes per round. Jones remains on pace to break the career scoring record for Wisconsin, which currently stands at 74 strokes per round set by Ron Wuensche from 1988-92.”I look back, you know, he’s our senior, and he’s the guy that’s played the most for us,” Schuman said. “And when you look back at his career when he first got here, you know, he was a guy that had to shoulder most of the load just about week in and week out.”Coach Schuman will rely on Jones, the team’s only senior, to provide leadership to a young Badger team. But one player cannot carry a team, and underclassmen Jeff Kaiser, Dan Woltman and Duffy should be able to take much of the burden off of Jones. However, if the Badgers want to clinch a spot in the championships, they must keep their composure under pressure and play consistently.— UWBadgers.com contributed to this report.last_img read more

RB Schools to Get More Funding

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK – An almost 13 percent increase in state education funding for the 2013-14 school year for the Red Bank school district “will help us move forward,” Superintendent Laura Morana said.According to the state Department of Education (DOE), the district can anticipate getting a 12.9 percent increase, amounting to $339,218. It is the largest increase among districts in the Two River area.Atlantic Highlands will receive an additional $2,937 in state money for a 2 percent increase. Henry Hudson Regional will get an additional $3,330 for a 0.4 percent increase. Highlands will get a 1.3 percent increase or $8,347 while the Oceanport district will receive an additional $3,577 for a 0.8 percent increase for the coming school year.Most area districts’ funding is projected to remain flat. The area districts that are expected to receive the same amount of aid for 2013-14 as they did in 2012-13 are: Colts Neck, Fair Haven, Holmdel, Little Silver, Middletown, Monmouth Beach, Red Bank Regional, Rumson, Rumson-Fair Haven Regional and Shrewsbury.“I wish I could say the money was some gift for education improvement purposes or tax relief,” Red Bank Board of Education President Ben Forest said. “However, the commissioner [of education Chris Cerf] is acting on a basis of need.“Unfortunately, we’re going to be covering increasing costs and demands in our district,” Forest said.DOE spokesperson Barbara Morgan said state education officials relied on a formula, looking at what districts needed to provide a thorough and efficient education as prescribed by state standards, and at the local district’s ability to pay its fair share of it. When there was a gap between the two, state aid will allow those districts to reach what is called in education parlance the adequacy budget, according to Morgan.“That is what the state is providing,” through aid, she said.The Red Bank school district has seen an enrollment increase during the last couple of years, with this year and next seeing a 5 percent jump districtwide, according to Morana.“We’ll continue to see steady growth over the next five years,” the superintendent said.There are 13 districts across the state that have seen significant enrollment jumps and have been getting more state aid to help them address it, including Red Bank. The district also has been getting additional state money to cover expansion of its full-day pre-K program.But, Morana said, the district has to hire some additional teachers and faces rising costs for employee health insurance premiums, among other increases in spending.“There is a laundry list of items that we are now going to be able to begin addressing,” with the increased aid, she said.The additional aid also is “due to the fact that we’ve been underfunded for years and years,” Morana said.She was appreciative that Gov. Chris Christie and the commissioner are addressing what she sees as a shortfall.Without this and the other aid increases, the district would have faced tough choices for the enrollment jumps, including possibly expanding classroom size from its current 21-23 students to as many as 30 per class. “That would not have been a good decision. I could not in good conscience make a recommendation for that,” Morana said.The district will not be keeping all of the more than $300,000 additional aid, however. As required by the state, the district will allocate about a third of it to the Red Bank Charter School, Morana said.The district is slated to provide the charter school with $1.7 million for the 2013-14 school year, based on the state formula, according to the superintendent.last_img read more

Mallards Team of the Week — Nelson Ultimate Lumbersexuals

first_imgBusiness Business, a team from Edmonton &Vancouver, won the event for the third consecutive year.Nelson’s Lumbersexuals came so close to advancing, but had to settle with a 1-3 mark during the tournament.However, for the Lumbersexuals it’s more about having fun on the field . . . Playing hard but having a smile on your face while doing it.Mallard’s Source for sports, a firm believer in sportsmanship, would like to salute the Lumbersexuals with Team of the Week honours.The squad includes, Mark Arnold, Raine Prsa, Nicole Perrin, Mike Moore, Anna-lise K, Adam Beckman, Andrew Hanna, Eli Brownlee, Paul Landsberg, Will Maurice, Danica Lee, Jason Lynch, Jenn Ross, Shannon Carter, Sarah Crookshank, Kate Bergen, Travis Kamm, Meghan Booth, Kate Rustemeyer, Daphne Powell and Gabrielle Plamondon. Nelson Ultimate welcomed more than 250 players from throughout BC and Alberta to the annual Disc Break 2017 at the Lakeside Pitch.last_img read more

Total helps protect the leopard

first_imgRay Maota The leopard is elusive in nature and isseen here feasting on a springbok. Sperm is collected from a wild leopardfor research purposes.(Images: The Leopard Conservation Project)MEDIA CONTACTS• Fred BerrangeLeopard Conservation Project: Founder+27 82 813 8013RELATED ARTICLES• Big Five cat moves into new reserve• Bringing a taste of Africa to London• Gallery: South Africa’s wildlife• Kruger’s animal populations growingSouth African conservationist Fred Berrange is on a mission to protect the endangered leopard, with the help of petroleum giant, Total.Berrange believes that leopard poaching is just as rife as rhino poaching but isn’t publicised as the latter.“The leopard is as much in danger of extinction as the rhino, but not enough people are aware of this fact,” said Berrange.Berrange, who founded the Leopard Conservation Project in 2000, has saved 19 leopards from traps, snares, illegal cage traps and gin traps, this year alone and has captured and released 75 since its inception.The projects main focus is protecting leopards from poaching, poisoning, trapping and over-hunting but in recent years there has also been an emphasis on the collection of data regarding population, territory, genetics and diversity.Total is sponsoring the project with fuel so that the team of conservationists can move within different regions of the country collecting data on population and territory size, as well as the genetic relatedness and diversity of leopards.“Total’s sponsorship of our fuel is a massive win for us as it means that we can get to where we need to be when we need to be there,” said Berrange, speaking from Gravelotte in Limpopo Province, where he is tracking a leopard in search of food for itself and its cubs.Total is also the supplier of fuel to South Africa’s SANParks body which manages national parks.Reina Cullinan, Total South Africa’s marketing manager, said: “As a responsible company we are passionate about environmental issues and about preserving the country’s wildlife.“We believe that the Leopard Conservation Project is doing vital work in improving the prospects for leopards which are under constant threat from a variety of man related pressures and actions.”The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism along with the Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment and the Limpopo Economic Development Environment and Tourism have all accredited the project as a research organisation, enabling it to collect and process data that will expand the knowledge base of the elusive predators.The focus of the projectThe accreditation by the departments will help the project which covers a study area of 100 000km² in the Waterberg region of the Limpopo Province.The project has three areas of focus which are protection, research and education.Being a high-profile cat species, the leopard’s value in the tourism industry cannot be underestimated, so the LCP works closely with farmers, conservation bodies and other research organisations to protect its existence.As part of its research, the conservation project teamed up with the University of Johannesburg to “study the physiological, morphological, development and viability of the spermatozoa from the males of these untraditionally researched animals, which could lead to later success in assisted reproduction”, according to Berrange.This will entail the drawing of sperm from the male species to preserve and later use in assisted reproduction because “both tourist and local hunting activities of the leopard will result in a decrease of the ‘good’ gene pool within this species”.To research what motivates the leopards movement, how human habitation and development affects this movement, the leopards that are saved from traps or are sighted get collared to track their movement.The project uses GSM cell phone collars to monitor the collared leopard’s movements. In 2010, 10 leopards were collared.From the research, the population and territory sizes; photographic database of individual leopards; prey preference; infant growth and mortality rates, as well as male to female ratios in specific areas will be known.These findings will assist farmers better protect their livestock and will educate people on the issues facing the leopard due to us infringing on its territory.Helping outAlthough Total and other companies are aiding the project to fulfil its objectives, it is always in constant need of more help.“Some young leopards need to be hand reared and then released back into the wild, this process is costly. Please help the project through sponsoring equipment, services or by depositing into the LCP’s bank account directly,” said Berrange.Those that help out will have their companies logo displayed on the projects website, where they can also find the project’s banking details.last_img read more

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5 Geocaches in 30 Seconds – Geocaching.com Presents

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a month agoBournemouth boss Howe: We’re trying to reach level of Southampton

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Markets Right Now Stocks open broadly higher on Wall Street

first_imgNEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening broadly higher on Wall Street, building on two days of solid gains.Traders were showing an increased appetite for risk Tuesday, sending shares of technology and industrial companies higher.Global Payments jumped 2.5 per cent and railroad operator Union Pacific soared 9.4 per cent after naming a new chief operating officer.PG&E plunged another 13 per cent after the S&P ratings agency cut the California utility’s debt rating to junk.The S&P 500 index rose 26 points, or 1.1 per cent, to 2,577.The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 283 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 23,818. The Nasdaq rose 80 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 6,906.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 2.71 per cent.The Associated Presslast_img read more

George Canyon Announces Second Show – Presented by Top Notch Oilfield Contracting

first_imgCanyon rose to becoming one of Canada’s hottest Country Music stars in the early 2000’s and has won countless accolades and awards, including Juno Awards, CCMA Awards, and ECMA Awards to name a few. He has been inducted into the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame, recorded 12 albums, and was recently presented a certified Platinum Award for his debut album ‘One Good Friend’. With country hits like Just Like You, I Believe in Angels, Drinkin’ Thinkin’, Daughters of the Sun, I Got This, I Want You To Live, Slow Dance and many more, he is also a highly regarded humanitarian, strong supporter of the military, and, most important, a proud father and devoted husband.With over 20 Top 10 singles, Doc Walker is one of the most recognized Canadian country acts of the past two decades. The group has received multiple Canadian Country Music Awards, including Fans’ Choice, Group or Duo of the Year, CMT Video of the Year, Single of the Year, and Country Music Program or Special of the Year. In addition, Doc Walker has been nominated for several JUNO Awards for Country Album of the Year, including a win in 2009 for the album Beautiful Life.Charlie Major is a true Canadian legend. He has sold nearly half a million records in Canada alone, and has been the recipient of 3 Juno Awards and 7 CCMA Awards. Rising to the forefront of the Canadian Music scene in the early to mid-nineties, Major holds the distinction of having six consecutive #1 hits (every single released) off his debut album prior to the inception of BDS.Canada’s Manny Blu made his debut with the release of his first single “X on my Heart” earlier this year. Currently preparing to release his premiere EP Leave It Like It Is in summer 2019, Manny is eagerly awaiting the chance to share his new music with the world. For more information on George Canyon please visit: FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – One of Fort St. John’s favourite country acts is returning to the Lido Theatre.  George Canyon announced his “Hit After Hit Tour” last week and the May 1st show sold out in less than 36 hours. Now a second show has been added on May 2nd to ensure all of George’s fans get to see the show this spring.  George is thrilled to hit the road on this National Tour, joined by Doc Walker, Charlie Major and newcomer Manny Blu.  Tickets for May 2nd will go on sale this Friday March 15, 2019 at 10 a.m. through www.energetictickets.ca, or in person at Systems Sound Source on 100TH Street.Tickets will be $55 (plus fees and taxes) for Reserved Dance Floor Seating and $60 (plus fees and taxes) for reserved seating. Sign up for the newsletter at www.energetictickets.ca/newsletter/ to receive the pre-sale access code tomorrow, March 14th.center_img www.georgecanyon.comwww.facebook.com/georgecanyonwww.instagram.com/georgecanyonwww.twitter.com/georgecanyonlast_img read more