News March 4, 2019 Egypt : Shawkan freed from prison but must spend nights in a police cell RSF has been calling for Shawkan’s release after since his arrest. It launched the #MyPicForShawkan campaign, which was widely followed on social networks, including in Egypt despite the risks entailed there. As a result of a simultaneous campaign by RSF’s Washington bureau, the US Congress’ Human Rights Commission took up his case. A few days before the verdict in his trial, RSF and Amnesty International France staged a joint demonstration outside the Egyptian embassy in Paris to demand his immediate and unconditional release. RSF also supported Shawkan’s nomination for UNESCO’s Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, which he was awarded last year. (c) Khaled DESOUKI / AFP After being held arbitrarily for more than two and a half years, Shawkan was put on trial with around 700 other defendants in December 2016. When the trial finally concluded in September 2018 with Shawkan receiving a five-year jail term, he should have been freed at once because he had already spent more than five years in detention. EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Imprisoned RSF_en News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) hails today’s release of Mahmoud Abou Zeid, the Egyptian photojournalist also known as Shawkan, after more than five and a half years in prison, but deplores that the fact that he is still only half free because he is supposed to spend 12 out of every 24 hours in a police station for the next five years. Organisation Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution He was released at dawn today but is due to remain under strict judicial control for five years, spending part of his days and all of his nights, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., in a police cell. An appeal is under way which, if approved, could free him from the obligation to spend every night at a police station. Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff News Instead, for Kafkaesque reasons that are common in Egypt, he had to spend another six months in prison, and then another two weeks in a police station before finally being able to go home today. to go further February 6, 2021 Find out more With at least 32 professional and non-professional journalists currently held in connection with their reporting, independent journalism is dying in Egypt, which is ranked 161st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. January 22, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts February 1, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Egypt EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Imprisoned “Shawkan must now recover his complete freedom, not just 12 hours a day,” said Sophie Anmuth, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “A first battle has been won and we thank all those who joined in our efforts to get him freed. The campaign will continue as before, not just during Shawkan’s appeal but also to press for the release of the more than 30 other journalists detained in Egypt because of their work.” Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison Mahmoud Abou Zeid, also known as Shawkan had been held ever since 14 August 2013, when he was arrested as he was preparing to photograph the use of extreme force by police to disperse a massive sit-in by Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawiya Square, resulting in a bloodbath. Help by sharing this information
Open publication – Free publishing – More guinea Follow the news on Africa Africa Reporters Without Borders is today releasing a report on media freedom in two countries where the political situation is still fragile after recent transitions – Guinea, where President Condé’s private home was attacked with heavy weapons on 19 July, and Niger, where soldiers have just been arrested on charges of trying to assassinate President Issoufou and topple his government.Download the report “Turning the page, hopes for media freedom in Niger and Guinea” (PDF format – 3.5Mb).The result of fact-finding visits to Conakry from 22 to 27 May and Niamey from 26 to 30 June, the report describes the recent transitions to democracy in these two countries as periods favourable for media freedom. It goes on to evaluate the current situation and the challenges ahead.As regards Guinea, Reporters Without Borders deplores the fact that three media laws promulgated during the transition have still not been implemented. It also condemns the new government’s lack of interest in defending media freedom and expresses concern about the many repressive measures taken by the National Communication Council (CNC), a media regulatory body.The latest of these was a directive on 26 July banning “all state and privately-owned news outlets” from mentioning the attack on President Condé’s home – an order that violates an article in the national constitution enshrining media freedom as a fundamental right. It is tantamount to introducing prior censorship. Reporters Without Borders joins Guinea’s media associations in calling on the CNC to rescind this order.The situation is more positive in Niger. Media freedom violations are now rare and President Issoufou’s government has emphasized its desire to respect freedom of the media. The situation nonetheless continues to be fragile. This was seen when a journalist with the weekly Le Canard Déchaîné was briefly detained on 21-22 July although a law has decriminalized media offences. Niger could become a regional model of good governance and respect for media freedom, but it must first consolidate what has been achieved.In its conclusions, Reporters Without Borders urges Guinea’s President Condé to publicly undertake to guarantee media freedom and respect for media diversity, the government’s secretary-general to immediately submit the three media laws to the supreme court (so that it can verify their constitutionality and thereby allow them to be published in the official gazette), and the government to ensure that Radio-Télévision Guinéenne continues to be a public service media that reflects all aspects of Guinean society.As regards Niger, Reporters Without Borders calls on senior officials to continue their efforts to promote media freedom and to reiterate their commitment to this, calls on the government to envisage measures likely to improve the economic environment for the media, and urges journalists not to forget the responsibilities of their mission to report the news.Pictures : Guinean president Alpha Condé on the left (AFP/Pascal Guyot) and Mahamadou Issoufou, Niger’s president, on the right (AFP/Seydou) Reports Help by sharing this information July 28, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “Turning the page” – report on hopes for media freedom in Niger and Guinea Receive email alerts News June 7, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders rallies former hostages in Paris, following the kidnapping of journalist Olivier Dubois. to go further Africa News Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeria June 10, 2021 Find out more June 8, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF_en Time is pressing, 20 years after Burkinabe journalist’s murder News Related documents Download the reportPDF – 4.28 MB
Email New role for Cllr John Sheahan Advertisement WhatsApp Homelessness is a real worry in Abbeyfeale Twitter NewsLocal NewsLimerick councillor threatens to boycott meetingsBy Alan Jacques – May 21, 2015 673 Facebook Print by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr Liam GalvinFINE Gael councillor Liam Galvin has vowed to stop attending council meetings if relevant staff are not present to answer his queries.Speaking at a special meeting in Newcastle West municipal district this Tuesday, local representatives took chagrin that certain council personnel were not present to deal with pressing issues. Cllr Galvin threatened to stop turning up for council meetings if key staff members were not in attendance in future.“I’m disgraced. This is the bread and butter of our operations and I won’t be attending if engineers are not present. I appreciate that they are busy but they can spare two hours a month,” Cllr Galvin fumed.Cllr John Sheahan (FG) asked the council executive what there policy is regarding staff attending meetings.“It’s time to put to bed once and for all this issue about staff being absent from meetings. We need local engineers here to deal with local queries. If Mrs Murphy has a pothole that needs fixing then we need the person who deals with fixing Mrs Murphy’s pothole present,” he said.Cllr Jerome Scanlan (FG) opined that if key personnel were not present at meeting that “there may as well not be a council”. He also claimed that the local authority has become “too fragmented” since the merger of city and county councils.Fianna Fail councillor agreed with Cllr Scanlan. He claimed that councillors now have to deal with customer service staff at the council, where as in the past they had direct access to key personnel in different departments.Sinn Fein councillor Seamus Browne told the council executive that he appreciated the impact of employment embargoes on overstretched staff.“They have a difficult job, but by missing meetings everybody’s life is being made more difficult,” said Cllr Browne.It was agreed that key council personnel would attend relevant council meetings where possible in the future to deal with issues of direct relevance to them. Previous articleLimerick councillors will not be bullied over GMA fundNext article4,681 on housing list in Limerick city and county Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSCllr Jerome ScanlanCllr John SheahanCllr Liam GalvinCllr Seamus BrowneFine GaellimerickNewcastle West municipal districtSinn Fein Advance sale of graves could lead to cemetery ‘apartheid’ Sarah’s winning recipe to keep cabin fever at bay Deputy Tom is fired up for the challenge Linkedin Living City review to focus on poor response in Georgian Limerick
Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Monday’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONWashington 106, Detroit 100Toronto 122, Atlanta 117Philadelphia 117, Brooklyn 111Milwaukee 111, Chicago 98New Orleans 126, Memphis 116New York 106, Cleveland 86Oklahoma City 112, Houston 107Orlando 106, Charlotte 83Miami 118, Sacramento 113 — OTBoston 139, L.A. Lakers 107Denver 107, Minnesota 100Utah 118, Indiana 88San Antonio 120, Phoenix 118Portland 129, Golden State 124 — OTNATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEColorado 6, Detroit 3Florida 5, Minnesota 4TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLBaylor 61, Oklahoma 57West Virginia 97, Texas 59Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund January 21, 2020 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 1/20/20
View post tag: fast View post tag: Webber View post tag: Bernard February 13, 2012 View post tag: first View post tag: C. View post tag: Navy US Coast Guard Receives First Fast Response Cutter Industry news View post tag: Guard View post tag: receives The U.S. Coast Guard took delivery of its first fast response cutter, the Bernard C. Webber, Friday in Miami.Webber is the first of 58 planned Sentinel Class patrol boats replacing the Coast Guard’s venerable but aging Island Class patrol boat fleet. “Consistent with the Sentinel Class name, the cutter Webber will guard our coasts and its citizens and protect the nation’s vital maritime interests,” said Rear Adm. Karl Schultz, Coast Guard director of governmental and public affairs.Patrol boats like Webber are the workhorses of America’s littoral maritime fleet. Possessing superior speed and flexibility, Coast Guard patrol boats deliver the Coast Guard’s unique blend of military capability, law enforcement authority and lifesaving expertise wherever needed along the coast. The Sentinel Class patrol boat is one of many critical recapitalization efforts the Coast Guard is managing to responsibly rebuild the capabilities that make the service our nation’s frontline maritime first responder.“The United States is a maritime nation that depends heavily on the sea for commerce, security, sustenance and recreation and the new fast response cutter is an essential element of the Coast Guard’s offshore and coastal presence that America requires to protect its maritime interests,” said Schultz.The Sentinel Class patrol boats carry the names of enlisted Coast Guard heroes to honor a long line of Coast Guard men and women who have distinguished themselves since the establishment of the nation’s Revenue Marine in 1790.Bernie Webber, namesake of the fast response cutter Webber, led a crew of three Coast Guardsmen aboard a 36-foot rescue boat, in 60-foot seas, to rescue 33 mariners from the wreckage of the tanker Pendleton near Chatham, Mass, in 1952. The skill and bravery he and his crew demonstrated that stormy evening epitomizes what it means to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard and are demonstrate the service’s values of honor, respect and devotion to duty. The men and women of the Coast Guard still staff a nation-wide network of boat stations – just as Bernie Webber and his crew did – performing extraordinary life-saving and security operations for the nation.The 154-foot fast response cutter is capable of speeds in excess of 28 knots and operating in seas up to 20-feet. It’s armed with a remotely-operated and stabilized 25-mm chain gun plus four, .50 caliber machine guns, modern C4ISR equipment, four-person berthing areas and a crew of 21 enlisted personnel and three officers.The Bernard C. Webber will be homeported in Miami and is scheduled for commissioning April 14. The Coast Guard’s first six fast response cutters will be stationed in Miami. Plans call for the first 18 fast response cutters to be homeported throughout the Southeast U.S. and Caribbean.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 13, 2012 View post tag: Naval View post tag: response View post tag: coast View post tag: Cutter Back to overview,Home naval-today US Coast Guard Receives First Fast Response Cutter View post tag: US View post tag: News by topic Share this article
Bennie H. Jeng, MDP rofessor and ChairDepartment of Ophthalmology and Visual SciencesUniversity of Maryland School of Medicine419 W. Redwood Street, Suite 470Baltimore, MD [email protected] UMB is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Allqualified applicants will receive consideration for employmentwithout regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race,color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteranstatus, age, or any other characteristic protected by law orpolicy. We value diversity and how it enriches our academic andscientific community and strive toward cultivating an inclusiveenvironment that supports all employees. The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at theUniversity of Maryland School of Medicine is seeking afellowship-trained, BC/BE full-time faculty member in the area ofneuro-ophthalmology at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professorlevel, however, final rank and tenure status will be commensuratewith selected candidate’s experience. Both clinician-educators andclinician-scientists are welcome to apply. The qualified applicantwill be expected to provide outstanding clinical care andparticipate actively in the residency training program. With theclinical practice extending from our main campus downtown(including the Veterans Affairs Medical Center) to some of oursuburban locations, a very comprehensive and diverse patientpopulation awaits. There are extensive opportunities for clinicalresearch both within and across the School’s departments. Bothlaboratory space and resources in the Department are available forindividuals with basic research interest, and there is potentialfor participation in the Optic Nerve Research Institute.The campus is located in the heart of downtown Baltimore, rightnear Camden Yards and M&T Bank Football Stadium. It is onlyminutes away from the Inner Harbor, Maryland Science Center, andthe National Aquarium. In addition to Baltimore’s many outstandingattractions, from fine arts and orchestras to professional sportsteams, first-class dining and shopping, and numerous historicalsites, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City are withineasy reach, as are beaches to the East and mountains to the West.Educational excellence abounds, as do family-friendly neighborhoodsand urban living options.Qualifications :For additional questions after application, please contact:
× JERSEY CITY – Police officers from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey conducted a PATH PAPD Safety and Security Awareness Day at Journal Square Station on Nov. 21 during the morning rush-hour and on Nov. 20 during the evening rush-hour.Port Authority officers conducted searches of passenger’s backpacks and laptop bags.The primary objective, according to a release from the authority, was to keep the PATH System safe via a PAPD Public Awareness Campaign “See Something – Say Something.”
Every food-based business has big waste disposal and recycling issues to consider and bakery is no exception.The food industry is responsible for almost twice as much food waste as householders, according to statistics from environmental advisory body Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), and such waste needs to be handled responsibly.Philip Simpson, commercial director at PDM Group, which provides environmentally sustainable recycling and process services for the food industry, says: “It’s no longer acceptable to send bakery waste to landfill and, as the environment becomes an important business objective, finding sustainable disposal options is top of the agenda.”Landfill is increasingly taboo because it produces greenhouse gases that are hugely harmful to the environment. We are also running out of holes in which to put the waste.Bakery waste includes meat products, dough that does not come up to spec, broken biscuits, bits of cake, bread, fats, oils, sugar dust, sacks, litter, plastics, paper, cardboard, metals, batteries, office and bakery equipment and pallets.Simpson says such waste is an important resource and can be used to make a variety of new products. Bakery waste that does not contain meats can be used to produce animal feed, for example, and waste such as sausage rolls and meat pies can be used to create renewable energy.Cawleys Waste Management, which handles a wide range of foodstuffs, says waste dough can be routed through anaerobic digestion or in-vessel composting. In anaerobic digestion, organic material is blended and bugs that occur naturally within the environment will start eating the matter, giving off a methane gas material that can becaptured and used for power.With in-vessel composting, the methane that is produced is not captured; it is an option for reducing waste that produces a compostable material.Tony Goodman, Cawleys’ sales director, says waste is also produced by individuals taking wrapped food into work. “This will be prevalent in any commercial bakery business and is collected as mixed general waste,” he says.General office waste is most commonly sent to landfill, or to material recycling facilities. Goodman says there is little in a bakery that cannot be recycled.”If companies have a real wish to become ’zero landfill’ and put in systems at source to segregate and recover the material, a solution can be found to give a 100% recycling route,” he says.”Most bakeries have systems in place for animal feed but they’ve been a bit lacking in processes to deal with more general waste on site such as office and industrial waste produced by the activities of factories. It’s more difficult for small independent high street bakers and easier when you have volume of any type of material to deal with,” Goodman says.Cawleys estimates savings of 25%-50% can be made within six months, depending on the size of the business.Hayden’s Bakeries, a £23m turnover business supplying patisserie to Waitrose and Marks & Spencer, says managing the waste the company creates and the savings from reducing the creation of waste at source is worth thousands of pounds a week.The business underwent major changes two years ago when managing director Paul Smith joined. This included work on material control, reducing stocks, a just-in-time ethos and improved planning and forecasting.Hayden’s introduced new manu-facturing methods and standardisation, and used data analysis and root-cause problem solving, tackling waste at source.Operations director Stephen Brooks says: “We’ve set up a waste-stream management area, we recycle cardboard and aluminium. We are recycling a lot of plastic. All our food goes to processing for conversion to feedstuff, pallets and delivery crates are broken down and we recycle scrap metal.”The business has a dedicated full-time waste control operative and, as a result, has virtually eliminated over-production while achieving high levels of customer service. Overall waste has been reduced and food waste, in particular, has been cut by 40%. “All those waste streams were previously given to landfill,” Brooks says.Baynes, in Fife, makes ’green’ waste disposal a priority, with the help of Cyrenians Organics Recycling Enterprise (Core).General manager George McKay says all cardboard, paper and plastics throughout the business is recycled and it has different bins for each material used. The green ethos covers every aspect of the business, including buying tuna in foil pouches instead of boxes and tins, while it recycles waste-meat products which are fed to hunting hounds.McKay says the company has reduced its monthly landfill by 90% thanks to a regime put in place by technical manager Eleanor Hutchison.Hitting landfill targetsUnited Biscuits announced earlier this year that four of its 14 UK sites had hit its zero-waste-to-landfill target (British Baker, 2 February).The company increased its recycling volume last year by 19%, improved the recycling percentage from 70% the previous year to 95% and decreased landfill volumes by 55%.Food Partners, part of Adelie Group, a significant player in the chilled ’food for now’ market, advocates involving all staff in an approach introduced at the end of last year to ensure nothing from the business is sent to landfill.The Kilmarnock company, which makes a wide range of traditional sandwiches, filled paninis and wraps, uses what it describes as the latest eco-technology whereby all waste, including food waste is treated as a precious resource and diverted to other uses including creating energy to power homes, fertiliser to return nutrients and condition to the soil, and feed for livestock as part of its Ready, Steady, Green campaign.The company, which produces £3m of fresh sandwiches each week, recognised its scale of manufacturing could have a heavy footprint on the planet. Ready, Steady Green diverted nearly 300 tonnes of food waste from landfill and generated 57,000 KwH of electricity from the same waste in the first three months of operation.Cawleys’ WasteSolve carried out an audit and identified different recycling processes according to the type of food at each manufacturing site, and the location of various recycling facilities.The Waitrose supermarket chain is one of those rolling out the use of Cawleys’ commercial collection service to 50 of its stores across the UK within the East Midlands and London.The business collects its food waste in biodegradable corn starch bags which are placed in 360-litre bins. Food material is taken to a BiogenGreenfinch anaerobic digestion plant. Other material goes through a de-packaging machine. The packaging is shredded and sent to Cawleys’ materials recovery facility in Luton, Bedfordshire, which recycles card, paper, plastic, scrap metal and wood.Greggs’ target this year is to divert a further 10% of waste from landfill. The chain extended its waste contract with specialist, waste management company Biffa for another two years in 2010 and continues to work with it on various recycling initiatives.A spokeswoman says: “We are committed to reducing the amount of waste we send to landfill and are pleased with our progress so far in 2008 we diverted 20% of waste from landfill, followed by an additional 18% in 2009 and 36% in 2010.”Its recycling initiatives include anaerobic digestion and composting. Pies fuel the country Greenergy, which supplies one-fifth of Britain’s road fuel, last week began producing biodiesel from food waste. In a partnership with edible oils recycling specialist Brocklesby, unsaleable food products, which would previously have gone to landfill or compost, are now being converted for biofuel and energy production. The company is making biodiesel from high fat solid foods such as pies, sausage rolls and pastry, which typically contain between 25% and 30% oil and fat. The finished biodiesel is then blended in small quantities into the diesel that Greenergy supplies to petrol stations around the country.
David Wood Baking, the Leeds-based bakery wholesaler, has acquired the ready meals firm Creative Foods.Flintshire-based Creative had been threatened with closure and the loss of 142 jobs, after owner the Brakes Group said the site was no longer viable.Its divisional director, Ranald Forbes, said the company was pleased it had found a buyer to retain the plant as a going concern.David Wood Baking makes a range of frozen ‘bake off’ and craft bakery products from six sites around the UK. It supplies a number of retailers including Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and other supermarket chains.Last year it also acquired the Italian breads division of Maple Leaf, based in Park Royal, London, for an undisclosed sum as the business continues to expand.