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

Deadline for Riverfest’s new Busking Competition extended

first_imgNewsDeadline for Riverfest’s new Busking Competition extendedBy Staff Reporter – April 28, 2015 767 Previous articleFunding appeal for earthquake victimsNext articleJan to get Limerick kids running Staff Reporter Calling Limerick’s Creative Kids! TAGSartsBuskers competitionDolansDolans Warehousegigsgreat limerick runlimerickmusicRed door productionsriverfest2015Steamboat music Advertisement Limerick Artist Receives Arts Council Next Generation Award worth €20,000 Belltable:Connect invites applications for Translating Live to Online Workshops this Autumn Facebook Mick Flannery’s Virtual Tour of Ireland in Dolan’s tonight Printcenter_img by Aoife [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THE deadline for application to the Busking Competition, , has been extended to Wednesday evening April 29.  The competition will host some of Limerick’s talented street musicians as they sing their hearts out, performing for some top quality prizes. Buskers will be located throughout Limerick’s pedestrianised streets, through designated pitches on Cruises street, Todds Bow, Chapel Street and Denmark Street. Music from the buskers will kick-off at 6pm on Sunday May 3, with judges visiting each pitch, adjudicating on performance, instrumental, vocal skills, passion and interaction with their audience. Two finalists will then be chosen to perform on stage at Upper Denmark Street, where the winner will be announced. Prizes include €500 worth of recording time with Red Door Productions, €750 worth of vouchers towards music equipment from Steamboat Music and opportunity to play in Limerick’s award winning music venue – Dolans Warehouse. To apply got to to download an application form. Linkedin Twitter Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Post Show | Ham Sandwich Arts Council congratulates three Limerick artists on Covid-19 award WhatsApplast_img read more

Bushwick retrofit project provides blueprint for greening buildings

first_imgTagsArchitecture & Designgreen buildingsResidential Real Estate Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink 75 Linden Street is one of the houses being retrofitted with eco-friendly designs in Brooklyn. (Getty, Google Maps) New York City’s sustainability goals for the next decade are ambitious: The Climate Mobilization Act of 2019 mandates that the city must cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030. And a good chunk of that must come from buildings, which contribute close to 70 percent of the city’s total carbon output.Landlords have been fretting over how to make their buildings more green since the legislation passed last year, but a new project underway in Brooklyn may provide a blueprint.The project, called Casa Pasiva, will retrofit nine buildings in Bushwick, all of which have affordable apartments, with eco-friendly design touches. Upgrades such as new facades with rigid insulation and a self-cleaning finish that repels water will help them meet strict passive house standards, according to the New York Times.ADVERTISEMENTOther elements that will help the buildings become more green include electric induction stovetops (rather than gas) and a rooftop system that will help purify and circulate air. The updates will affect 143 units in total.The $20 million retrofit project is being undertaken by RiseBoro Community Partnership, a local organization, and architect Chris Benedict, who conceived the design elements for the buildings. The New York State Energy Research & Development Authority also kicked in about $1.8 million through its RetrofitNY program, which aims to help building owners find budget-friendly ways to make their buildings more sustainable.But rehabbing buildings to make them more sustainable isn’t just a way to reduce carbon emissions; it may also help landlords cut costs. RiseBoro’s Ryan Cassidy told the Times that the retrofits will save $180,000 per year in energy costs for its buildings.“Our mission is long-term affordability, and low energy use is a stabilizing force,” he said. “It’s good for the environment, but it’s also good for our budgets.”[NYT] — Amy Plittcenter_img Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Tickets Now On Sale for Benjamin Scheuer’s The Lion

first_img Related Shows Tickets are now available for The Lion, an autobiographical musical written and performed by singer-songwriter Benjamin Scheuer. Directed by Sean Daniels, the limited engagement will play from June 10 through July 13 at City Center. Opening night is set for June 26. View Comments The Lion The Lion is a true story of love, loss, family loyalty and the redemptive power of music. Songs from the tuner are featured on Scheuer’s album, The Bridge. The Lion has been previously performed in various incarnations at Lincoln Center, the St. James Theatre in London and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The production will have set design by Neil Patel, costume design by Jennifer Caprio, lighting design by Ben Stanton and sound design by Leon Rothenberg. Show Closed This production ended its run on July 13, 2014last_img read more

Cross-generational marketing strategy

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Amanda LoweryIf you’re like most credit unions, you have a lot of Baby Boomer members. Your most high-value current audience is the smaller Gen X crowd, because they are in the peak earning, spending and borrowing years of their lives. And you’d like to attract more Millennials, because you know that without them your organization can’t survive or grow. Three different age groups with different sets of financial needs, media habits, and expectations. But are they really so different after all?MoneyBaby Boomers are the wealthiest generation, controlling about 70% of U.S. disposable income. But by 2018, Millennials will pass Boomers in terms of annual spending power. Both groups are better spenders than savers. The majority of Boomers (60%) have less than $100,000 saved for retirement and most plan to work well past 65. More than half of Millennials consider themselves “savers” even though they spend 82% of their income. And what about Gen X? They’re a smaller generation, but they represent your greatest borrowing potential at this stage of their lives.MediaAt one end of the spectrum, you have a group for whom black and white TV was once high tech. At the other end, you’ve got a demographic that never knew a world without the internet and smartphones. Yet all three of these age groups have made technology an integral part of their lives. Today, Boomers tend to be active in social media and social networking; their mobile use has skyrocketed in the past 3 years. Millennials average 35 hours per week on digital channels, consuming a wide variety of content. And Gen X constitutes the largest online video audience and watches more TV than any other group. They’re also more likely to use their smartphones for payments than any other age group. continue reading »last_img read more

Identify and overcome procrastination tendencies

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Procrastination is something we’re all guilty of. There are only so many hours in a day to get things done, and it’s easy to push things off if we’re feeling rundown or uninspired – especially if we’re not looking forward to the task.A recent article from Fast Company dives into research from psychologist and success coach Dr. Linda Sapadin, who’s identified procrastination personality types. As a leader, it’s important to understand which type of procrastinator you are and also which types your direct reports are so you can help them work through it.Here are the six procrastination personalities from Sapadin and ways to overcome these tendencies:The Perfectionist: This type of procrastinator puts things off because they expect too much from themselves. They don’t want to start a project until they feel they have what they need to complete it. Or they don’t finish it because they don’t think it’s good enough. Implementing time constraints will help this procrastinator finish projects in a timely manner. continue reading »last_img read more

Other Sports NBA In India: Indiana Pacers Rout Sacramento Kings 130-106 In Second Friendly

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Mumbai: With some breathtaking basketball on display, Indiana Pacers maintained their domination as they trounced Sacramento Kings 130-106 in the second pre-season friendly game between the two NBA sides on Saturday. The upcoming season of the National Basketball Association (NBA) commences on October 22.In the NBA debut in India, the Pacers had eked out a 132-131 victory against the Kings on Friday, but on Saturday it was altogether a different ball game and the Pacers had a comfortable outing, as they dominated all the four quarters in the match which was attended by Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju.The stars for the Pacers were Alize Johnson (17 points), Jakarr Sampson (15 points), Myles Turner (12 points), Jeremy Lamb (11 points) and Edmund Summer and Domantas Sabonis (both 10 points each).DJ Warren started the proceedings with a two-pointer for the Pacers and then collected a lone point, but Marwin Bagley’s jump and dump shots put the Kings slightly ahead as he grabbed back to back two-pointers. It was neck-to-neck then with Pacers 15-14 ahead with five minutes left in the opening quarter.A three-pointer by Marwin Bagley put the Kings 19-17 ahead, but soon the Pacers restored parity. But, the drinks break seemed to have rejuvenated the Kings as they tested the Pacers defence to move 28-23 ahead. And the Kings maintained a slender five-point lead — 30-25 — at the end of first quarter.With a quick-pointer, Sabonis reduced the gap to 27-30 for the Pacers with a cutting dunk shot. Two back-to back three-pointers by Pacers meant that both the teams were leveled at 33-33.However, from then, there was no looking back for Pacers as Aaron Holiday collected five points — a  three pointer followed by a basket — and was joined by Justin Holiday’s three-pointer as they were 46-37 ahead.It seemed that Aaron Holday, Justin Holiday and Edmon Summer were on song as they kept adding to their points as Pacers maintained 11-point lead at 55-44, going into another time-out.But two-consecutive three-pointers by D Demon and Buddy Hield brought the Kings back into the contest. However, Sampson and Summer kept collecting points for the Pacers with ease and Summer ended the second quarter with another breath-taking two-pointer as they lead 71-59.Kings started the third quarter with two consecutive three-pointers, but then completely lost the plot as Pacers players, particularly Turner and Sabonis, kept collecting points and their lead swelled to 80-69. Lamp, Sampson and Turner kept on adding to the team’s tally of three-pointers as the Pacers marched ahead with a 17 point lead going into the fourth quarter and were cruising at 96-79.And the fourth quarter was no different, and with lay-shots, dunks and jump shots, the Pacers maintained their lead as the Kings were always playing the catch-up game.Earlier, in the day, the Pacers and the Kings laid the foundation of a legacy project at a civic school here. They will support five schools with technology equipment, trained teachers, a basketball court and improved infrastructure facilities.NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo was present on the occasion. last_img read more