Reporters Without Borders meets Al-Jazeera cameraman’s family in Sudan

first_img Follow the news on United States News April 28, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say United StatesAmericas United StatesAmericas to go further Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard met the family of detained Al-Jazeera assistant cameraman Sami Al-Haj in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum on 19 March. Ménard promised the family that the organisation would do everything possible to help free Al-Haj, who has been held by the US military at its Guantanamo Bay base in Cuba for nearly five years. News Receive email alerts Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says RSF_en March 28, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders meets Al-Jazeera cameraman’s family in Sudan WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists June 3, 2021 Find out more Organisation Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard pledged to keep pressing the US government to release detained Al-Jazeera assistant cameraman Sami Al-Haj when he met with Al-Haj’s brother, Asim Al-Haj, sister, Wafa Al-Haj, and cousin, Hoyam Abdel-Atti, in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum on 19 March.A Sudanese national, Al-Haj was arrested by the Pakistani armed forces on the Afghan border in December 2001. He has been held by the US military at its Guantanamo Bay base in Cuba since 13 June 2002. During a 30-minute meeting at the headquarters of the Khartoum Centre for Human Rights and Environmental Development (KCHRE), Ménard assured the family that Reporters Without Borders would continue to wage an active campaign for his release. He asked them if they had any news of him and promised to relay any appeal they would like to make for his release.After thanking Sudanese and international press freedom organisations for campaigning on his behalf, the relatives voiced concern about his health, especially as a result of the hunger strike he began on 7 January. He now has difficulty in standing. They have had extremely infrequent contacts with him and the news from Guantanamo is “very disturbing,” his brother said. In all, the family has received only six letters from him, which were passed on by the Red Cross. One of the letters took two years to reach them.The relatives appealed to the United Nations, in particular, to the Human Rights Council, to help obtain Al-Haj’s release. His sister said the emir of Qatar had promised to intercede on his behalf. She also appealed to the US authorities to recognise that “Sami Al-Haj is innocent, that he was in Afghanistan as a journalist.” She said the family was financially dependent on him and his only son “asks after him a great deal.” Addressing the US authorities, his brother said: “If you have no serious charges to bring against my brother, why do you maintain this crushing secrecy about his case?” Reporters Without Borders established a system of sponsorship 16 years ago in which international media are encouraged to adopt imprisoned journalists. More than 200 news organisations, journalists’ associations, press clubs and other entities throughout the world are currently supporting journalists by regularly calling on the authorities to release them and by publicising their cases. Al-Haj has been adopted by four Spanish media organisations – La Sexta, IPS-Comunica, La Voz del Occidente and Colexio de Xornalistas de Galicia – and six Canadian ones – Corriere Canadese, Atlas media, Magazine de Saint-Lambert, Mouton Noir, CIBL and Radio Canada Sudbury. June 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

ELAM: Energy Shares Continue Bull Rally

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness By admin – January 14, 2018 Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest ELAM: Energy Shares Continue Bull Rally Previous articleMASTER GARDENERS: A greenhouse for every gardenerNext articleHubbard to moderate JBS lecture admin Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter West Texas Food Bank Logo “U.S. President Donald Trump is set to review whether to waive or re-impose sanctions on Iran this week, a decision that has implications on Iran’s oil exports.”—Wall Street Journal, January 11, 2018As I write Friday morning oil is off a smidge of $0.35. Everything energy rallied yesterday. And reason number one is the weak U.S. Dollar.Thursday the U.S. Dollar Index dropped .46 to close at 91.61. The prior low set in September was 91.00. So a test of that level is coming up. When the U.S. Dollar drops in value, commodities priced in dollars rise in value to compensate for the currency loss. So industrial metals, gold, and energy have been on a tear lately. Keep an eye on the 91 level, a break below there would likely spur even more energy bullish speculation.Wall Street Journal, January 11, 2018U.S. President Donald Trump is set to review whether to waive or re-impose sanctions on Iran this week, a decision that has implications on Iran’s oil exports.Apache APA is attempting to break out of its trading range, bounded by $39-46. Volume rose significantly on Thursday. Apache rose $2 or about 4.5 percent on Thursday. It is now set to probably challenge the $51 previous high set last July.The Energy Service Sector is always of interest in the Permian Basin. The ETF for that sector is XES. XES is finally rallying. It rose 3 percent yesterday to $19.11. It is posed to challenge the last high several months back at $24.FRAK is the ETF for Shale Producers. It too is rallying at $16.69. The last high was $19. But the high recorded during triple digit prices was $32. An indicator termed on balance volume is just now turning up on the weekly chart for FRAK. This is quite bullish.What about the actual prices of the commodity itself? The previous high for West Texas Intermediate was about $60 recorded in mid-2015. A close today at this $65-66 level breaks oil out of this multi-year range. That would set my sights on $80. You heard it here first. This is further confirmed by unleaded gasoline breaking out of its range to $1.84. The cold weather in the Northeast has heating oil up from $1.75 three months ago to $2.07 today. So all three sectors are confirming breakouts.The laggard group has been the Drillers. These stocks are still mostly trading literally below book value. And yes I purchased more of them Thursday. Ensco ESV broke out of its trading range going back to last March of 2017. ESV has $5.90 cash per share. But it is trading for $7.36! That means one is only paying $1.46 for all the fixed assets the company owns! Warning, do your homework, the drilling business is a dicey play. But if oil prices continue upward it seems reasonable to expect these stocks would at least return to book value.BP Prudhoe Bay BPT has broken out of its year long range. This is based on its all Alaska exposure and the fact that the U.S. Government is expanding drilling opportunities there. Whether Big Oil will take the challenge with a November election looming, well we shall see.Natural gas futures rose a whopping 10.34 percent Thursday. That is very close to reversing the downtrend that has kept price below $3.So for now things are quite bullish for energy.If you have an extra $2.8 million lying around, here’s another idea. Lyndon Johnson’s ‘ranch’ is for sale. Okay by West Texas standards, 142 acres is a back yard, but this is scenic Central Texas. An Italian painter owns it now. Included is the 2,848 square foot home, as well as various other buildings. Yes that is almost $20,000 an acre but this is not just land, it’s history. For the J. R. Ewing yearning to make a statement, this is surely the way to do it.last_img read more

Barons of Suburbia

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York It’s a rainy Saturday. The Nutty Irishman in Farmingdale is getting busy. I walk a few doors down on Main Street to Empire Gaming, a new comic book store. Someone at the front desk points to a small room.There’s a man at one end with an army of miniature characters on the table in front of him, some maps, all sorts of books filled with numbers and charts and a chainmail bag full of dice—6 sided, 20-sided, all different colors and shapes. He’s my dungeon master and he’s been one since 1979. He’s about to help me enter the world of the table-top role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons.“You’ve all been hired by the good king of Benchleydale to put a stop to the rampaging giants who’ve torn the land of men asunder,” he tells me. “Your mission: Infiltrate the Hill Giant Fortress, exterminate the giants and their allies, find out why they’ve become militant, and find out who (or what) is behind all this mayhem.”But before I depart on this noble journey I have to create my D&D persona—Demetria the Spell Caster.“Does your character wear a hooded cloak, or a robe perhaps?” says my DM. “If so, what color? Let your imagination run wild.”“I’ll take a purple hooded cloak!” I answer.Now it’s time to roll the dice and equip myself for the journey ahead. My DM makes some recommendations.“But what would I need 50 feet of rope for?” I ask him.“Perhaps you’re in a cave and you need something to scale the wall.”“Can I have a pony?”“Yes, you can have a pony. But remember that pony has to eat.”Sweet.Now I have to bring my character to life in the form of a 1.5-inch pewter miniature. I search the Internet till I find one that looks like me. A few days later it arrives, a little silver statue I have to turn into Demetria. I put a layer of primer on it, then some color. Brown for the staff she holds in her left hand and blue for the crystal ball she holds in her right. Hair: brown. Hooded cloak: purple. A final layer of acrylic glaze and she’s good to go.I plan to pick up a player’s handbook, but before I know it, Sunday comes around and it’s game time.I walk past The Nutty Irishman again, wonder if I should do a few shots first, then continue on to Empire Gaming, where my Dungeon Master sits behind a cardboard wall. There are 11 others with me—Cidhella the Barbarian, Dusk the Assassin, Lauranna the Thief, Bert the Bard, to name a few—seated around the table. In front of us is a hand-drawn map of Benchleydale, a Tolkien-esque land under attack.Celtic music is playing low in the background. We all place our miniature selves in front of us and a can of Pringles begins circulating the room. We trade items. As a spellcaster I cannot use weapons or certain instruments. Unfortunately I have a bunch of them so I make a trade. An instrument of the Bards for a potion of clairvoyance and a potion or clairaudience.I really wish I read the handbook.We pick our first stop on the map—a refugee camp of survivors. We listen to their stories as relayed to us by the DM. We continue to the town of Snowbite, where trolls attack us. Two mini trolls are put on the table. It’s time for battle. Fighters up front. Magic users in the back.“Does anyone have any spells we can use first?” someone asks. “I have burning hands!” shouts another. With that, she gestures with her hands and the DM rolls the dice, to determine the success of the attack.“You hit him,” he says. “Roll again.”She rolls a good number. The troll is weakened. Someone else has a flask of oil. He rubs it on the imaginary troll’s head and someone else sets it on fire.God, I wish I read the handbook.“The troll is dead,” says the Dungeon Master. The others are soon vanquished in similar fashion.We move farther along the map, and find a sea serpent in Loot Lake, guarding hundreds of treasure chests at the bottom. We start retrieving them. Lauranna the Thief cracks one open with a roll of the dice and finds gems inside. She attempts to open the second but it has a trap. She rolls to deactivate the trap. It doesn’t work. She is stuck by a poison needle.Thankfully, Burt the Bard, a few feet away, has a Slow Poison spell to hamper the effects. Lauranna rolls the dice to see how sick she is. The DM tells her she won’t make it through the night.We move on to a fishing village to find an antidote to cure her. I, Demetria, am the spokesperson. I go to one of the villagers and ask, through the DM, if there is a healer around town. He asks me what happened and he wants details.Do I give him details?“I don’t know if I should be telling you that—are you bad or good?” I ask, breaking character. We make up a story, which I fumble a little bit. I said Lauranna was hurt by poisonous trolls. I was supposed to say she was hurt by trolls with poisonous arrows. There is no such thing as poisonous trolls. The DM, speaking as the villager, questions my answer. Then another member of our party comes to my rescue.“I jump up and hold a knife to his throat and say, ‘Get me a doctor!’” yells Odin, sitting across from me.I really, really need that handbook.We get the antidote, and return to the lake. We now have a lobster claw apparatus to pick the chests out of the water and crush them open to avoid traps. Some contain body parts of a dead general. We need to find out what happened to him.Luckily, we have someone with a Reanimate the Dead spell on hand. The general comes to life and speaks through the DM. He was killed by someone named Dr. Pain for disobeying orders. We’re getting closer.It’s now time to find the evil doctor who the general tells us is in the Hell Giant Fortress. We get on our way, but the session comes to a close. We’ve played a solid four hours and moved about six inches on the map, but the journey isn’t over.“We meet again in two weeks,” says the DM.But for now the imaginary world disappears and everyone leaves, scattering in different directions, going back to the land of mere mortals.I stepped onto the street and wondered if I actually did have those shots, after all. And when I got home, I ordered that handbook.last_img read more

4 kid-friendly lessons on leadership

first_imgAs a leader, you’re shaping the minds of young professionals and preparing them to be leaders in the not-so-distant future. As a parent, you get the privilege of creating young leaders in your home. Here are four lessons you can teach your kids to get them on a path to leadership.How to communicate: One of the biggest problems in the workplace is a lack of good communication. By teaching your kids how to effectively communicate from a young age, you’re setting them up for success down the road. Make it so your kids are comfortable enough to talk to you about whatever it is that is bothering them, while setting the example of what it looks like to be a good listener.How to learn from mistakes: Everyone makes mistakes and that’s okay. Teach your kids that mistakes happen and they’re a great way to learn valuable lessons. It’s also a great time to teach children about getting back up after you fall down. Instill persistence in your children and teach them the importance of persevering.How to ask for help: You can’t always find success if you’re completely on your own. Even the most talented pro athletes have top notch trainers, coaches, and teammates. Teach children about the importance of teamwork, and how help from others can propel them to success.How to use their head: The answer to every problem isn’t always right in front of your eyes. Coming up with new ways to solve a problem is vital in leadership. When your kids are facing issues they find tough, give them opportunities to come up with interesting ways to solve them. 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Detailslast_img read more

School of Pharmacy adds new degree

first_imgPhoto from USC School of Pharmacy websiteThe USC School of Pharmacy launched a new bachelor’s of science degree in pharmacology and drug development starting this semester.The major primarily focuses on clinical pharmacology and will teach students about the basic receptor targets in the human body, how pharmaceutical drugs act on those targets and how one should think about a patient.The major was developed by Daryl Davies, a professor at the School of Pharmacy, and will make USC one of only five universities nationwide to offer an undergraduate program in pharmacology.Davies says that although many students are thoroughly prepared in the fields of biology, chemistry and biochemistry, they do not understand how to utilize all of these sciences when considering a patient.“We didn’t have a solid major that trained students how drugs worked in the body, why we need prescription drugs, why a particular dose works well in one person, but not well in another, why we have side effects and why is it that thousands of people die every year from drug-drug interactions and improperly prescribed drugs,” Davies said.The pharmacology degree intends to arm its students with the necessary skills for a future in their desired field.“The new major is designed to prepare USC undergraduates for advanced clinical training in health-related fields including pharmacy, medicine and dentistry,” said Michele Keller, the director of communications for the School of Pharmacy, in an e-mail to the Daily Trojan. “It will also lead to new opportunities for students who are considering careers in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries.”Some undergraduates students have already taken the opportunity to switch into the new major. Annie Xie, a sophomore who recently switched into the pharmacology program from biology, believes that the program is suitable for students with a wide variety of aspirations.“I think USC students might be interested to know that the pharmacology and drug development major is not exclusive to pre-pharmacy students,” Xie said. “I think that all future clinicians — doctors, nurses, dentists and pharmacists — could benefit from the classes offered in this major.”After graduation, Xie hopes to pursue a doctorate in pharmacy at USC, and she believes her major will thoroughly prepare her for the next step in her career.The new program also offers a number of new courses designed specifically for non-science majors, such as “Pharmacology and Sociology of Drug Abuse” and “21st Century Medical Issues and the Law.”last_img read more

Benefit dinner for Kevin Beggs and family will be held Saturday, Aug. 3

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — There will be a benefit dinner for Kevin Beggs and family on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus at 201 E. Harvey Ave. Also carry out will be available for those who can not stay for dinner.There will also be a bake sale at the same time coordinated by Jane Cole. You can contact her with baked goods at 326-5500.The dinner will include pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, potato salad, dessert and drink for $7 a plate. Any donation is thankfully accepted.All proceeds will go to the family. An account has been established for Kevin at Panhandle Credit Union titled “The Kevin Beggs Family Benefit Fund.”last_img read more

Club’s inclusive pledge pays off for new golfers

first_img19 Oct 2018 Club’s inclusive pledge pays off for new golfers Durham City Golf Club has welcomed three young men with autism into golf as part of its pledge to be an inclusive club.The club is working with the North East Autism Society, based at Chester-Le-Street, County Durham, and three new players – Steve, Lewis and Mark – have been taking golf lessons over the last few weeks.The successful venture has been part-funded by England Golf after Durham City signed up to its Inclusive Club Pledge. As a result, the club will receive support to improve the experience of disabled people, bring inclusive thinking into the planning of further activities and build further links within their community.Steve (pictured), Lewis and Mark have all been encouraged by Head Professional Tom Cranfield to develop their skills on the practice area, putting green and out on the course.Each of the sessions have been enthusiastic, fun filled and enjoyable, both for the young adults and their coach. Tom, who is coaching disabled adults for the first time, said: “These sessions have been not only enjoyable but very rewarding personally and as a coach I have also learned such a lot.”There’s a clear rapport between coach and students with lots of “high fives” exchanged during the sessions and some wonderful moments, such as Steve’s huge hug for Tom to show how much he enjoyed playing on the course.Clubs which would like to sign up to the pledge, and show their commitment to including disabled people and making golf a game for all, should contact [email protected]  Tags: Autism, City of Newcastle Golf Club, Inclusive Club Pledgelast_img read more