Three bloggers freed

first_img RSF_en February 6, 2021 Find out more Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa News Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Egypt Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff July 27, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Three bloggers freedcenter_img Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that Abdel Rahman Ayyash and Magdi Saad, two bloggers who were arrested at Cairo airport on 23 July on their return from trips abroad, were released five days later. Ahmad Abu Khalil, a third blogger who was arrested on 23 July at his home, was freed on 10 August.——————————-27.07.2009 – Three bloggers arrested on same day Reporters Without Borders calls on the Egyptian authorities to explain why police arrested three bloggers – Abdel Rahman Ayyash, Magdi Saad and Ahmad Abu Khalil – last week, two of them on their return from a trip abroad. All three were arrested on the same day, 21 July.“These arrests seem to be yet further evidence of the desire of the security services to silence politically-committed bloggers,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge the authorities to state publicly why they are being held.”Ayyash, who writes for Al-Ghareeb (The Foreigner), was arrested at Cairo airport on his return from Turkey, where he took part in a youth conference. Saad, a member of the Muslim Brothers who keeps a widely-read blog called Yalla Mesh Mohem (It’s not important), was also arrested at Cairo airport on his return from a trip abroad. Khalil, who writes for Bayarek (The Lantern), was arrested at his home.Ayyash was transferred on 23 July to the Department of Police and National Security in Mansoura, 120 km northeast of Cairo. Saad was taken to the Department of Police and National Security in Cairo. Khalil’s place of detention is still unknown.Reporters Without Borders does not know if the three men were arrested because of their political activities or because of what they posted online.Their arrests came three weeks after another blogger, Wael Abbas, was arrested at Cairo airport on his return from attending a conference in Sweden in which he openly criticised the Egyptian government in the presence of members of the ruling National Democratic Party. He was held for a day at the airport on “national security” grounds.Egypt is on the Reporters Without Borders list of Enemies of the Internet. At least six bloggers were arrested last year because of their role in online discussion forums. Receive email alerts EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Organisation to go further February 1, 2021 Find out more News News January 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Flora Shedden launches crowdfunding campaign

first_imgFlora Shedden, runner-up in 2015’s The Great British Bake Off (GBBO), has launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund major structural problems to her new artisan bakery.The baker announced in January 2017 that she would be opening a bakery called Aran in her hometown of Dunkeld, Scotland, but plans to open the shop by spring have stalled due to the building issues.“We need your help restoring a derelict 200-year-old building and transforming it into an artisan bakery for the local community and beyond,” Shedden said on her Crowdfunder page.The former GBBO contestant has set a target to raise £8,000 by 2 May 2017, and is just under half way to reaching her goal at £3,905.The money raised through Crowdfunder will be spent solely on repairing the ceiling, reinstating the original windows and exposing the lovely wee range,” Shedden added.“Anything raised above and beyond our target will be spent on providing regular and free artisan baking lessons for schools and older members of the community.”Donations of up to £50 can be made via the Crowdfunder project website.last_img read more

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Digging Your Own Grave: Gareth Bale irks Madrid fans with “Wales, Golf , Madrid-…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Irish TimesAdvertisement pzlniNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3bsbWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6f( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) cf5unWould you ever consider trying this?😱1mgCan your students do this? 🌚a2Roller skating! Powered by Firework Wales secured their Euro 2020 with a 2-0 victory over Hungary but it was Gareth Bale who grabbed the headlines after celebrating the qualification with a flag that read “Wales, Golf, Madrid- in that order”. The antics have reportedly not gone down well with the Madrid faithful and the Welshman could be in for a rough ride in the Spanish capital. Advertisement Image Courtesy: Irish TimesIt is no secret that Gareth Bale is unsettled and is looking for an off-route from his stint with the 13-time Champions League winners. The winger’s lack of Spanish and obsession with golf has attained a lot of attention.Bale was offered an exit route to China but the deal was called off in the last moment leaving the 30-year-old stranded once again. The Welshman triggered the Madristas with his recent proclamation where he said that “It’s normal- with Wales, I’m speaking my own language and feel more comfortable. I definitely have a bit more excitement playing with Wales.”Advertisement The flag celebration seems to be the last straw for the fans as they did not hold back. A video from Madrid Sports showed the anger with the fans saying: “We have always defended you, Gareth Bale. We have had patience with your injuries, we have celebrated your goals and assists, and we have defended your passion for golf and your limited Spanish.Advertisement “But enough is enough. As it says on the flag, you are laughing at Madrid.”Surprisingly, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has shrugged off the incident as he only cares about Bale’s performance on the field.Read AlsoIgor Stimac after India’s 1-0 loss to Oman: Not being able to score goals main problem!Tottenham Hotspur announce Jose Mourinho as their new manager  Advertisementlast_img read more

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No excuses from boss Dalglish after Liverpool are beaten by Fulham

first_imgLiverpool boss Kenny Dalglish made no excuses after his team’s 1-0 defeat at home to Fulham.An own goal by Martin Skrtel gave the Whites their first ever top-flight win at Anfield.The result angered Dalglish, who rested a number of players ahead of his team’s FA Cup final against Chelsea.“I don’t think that can be described as a performance,” Dalglish told Sky.“I thought it would be fair to give them an opportunity to get some minutes on the pitch with an important game on Saturday, but the performance and the attitude was very poor and that’s not like us.”More reaction to follow later.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Kevin Durant is out for Game 4, though Kerr says no setback

first_imgOAKLAND — The moment called for Kevin Durant to scrimmage at the Warriors’ practice facility on Thursday. Then perhaps Durant could play against the Toronto Raptors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday at Oracle Arena. Instead, Warriors coach Steve Kerr shared news that has become too familiar since Durant injured his right calf almost a month ago.“Kevin will not play tomorrow,” Kerr said following practice on Thursday. “We will continue to get treatment, get on the court and continue to …last_img read more

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Oprah awarded honorary doctorate

first_img24 June 2011 Over 4 000 people gathered at South Africa’s University of the Free State on Friday to witness the awarding of an honorary doctorate in education to Oprah Winfrey. A palpable air of excitement punctuated the cold air in Bloemfontein as the university laid out the red carpet to honour one of the world’s supreme daughters. Despite calls for the observation of academic solemnity, nothing could stop the crowd from screaming and cheering their loudest as Miss Winfrey made her way towards the podium, accompanied by a procession of academics from the university. Dignitaries present at the ceremony included Free State Premier Ace Magashule and the mayor, while reonowned South African singer Sibongile Khumalo performed for a captivated audience. From humble beginnings in rural Mississippi to world record books as the undisputed queen of TV talk-shows, Winfrey looked proud and emotional in accepting the honour. Winfrey has honorary doctorates from Duke University and Princeton, among others. UFS says this particular degree is to recognize the immeasurable contribution she has made to the world. “Miss Winfrey had the world to choose from, but she chose our South Africa,” Vice-Chancellor Jansen said of the work Winfrey has done in the country. Winfrey attended Lincoln High School, but after her early success in the Upward Bound programme was transferred to the affluent suburban Nicolet High School, where she says her poverty was constantly rubbed in her face as she rode the bus to school with fellow African-Americans, some of whom were servants of her classmates’ families. Encouraged by her father, Winfrey made education her priority. She became an honours student, and was voted Most Popular Girl. She joined her high school speech team at East Nashville High School, placing second in the nation in dramatic interpretation. She won an oratory contest, which secured her a full scholarship to Tennessee State University, a historically black institution, where she studied communication. Her first job as a teenager was working at a local grocery store. At age 17, Winfrey won the Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant. She also attracted the attention of the local black radio station, WVOL, which hired her to do the news part-time. She worked there during her senior year of high school, and again while in her first two years of college. Winfrey then went on to make television history with her daily talk show. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Afrika takes top sevens accolade

first_imgThe lightning-fast Cecil Afrika saw offcompetition from two New Zealand rivalsto scoop the title of IRB Sevens RugbyPlayer of the Year.Image: International Rugby Board)MEDIA CONTACTS • Yusuf JacksonMedia manager, South African Rugby Union+27 82 739 7733Emily van RijswijckEastern Cape-born Cecil Afrika, top points and try scorer in the 2010/2011 HSBC Sevens World Series, was recently named the International Rugby Board‘s (IRB) Sevens Player of the Year.The award ceremony took place at the Vektor Arena in Auckland, New Zealand on 24 October, following the successful completion of the seventh Rugby World Cup which was won by hosts New Zealand. The awards also celebrated the 125th anniversary of the IRB.Sevens rugby fans will hardly be surprised, as the slightly built Afrika dominated the sevens rugby scene this year, despite a recurring jawbone injury which caused him to miss the Wellington leg of the tournament early in the season.Playing in the flyhalf position, pacy Afrika shone on the rugby field from a young age, where he first represented his country in the school side in 2006. In 2008 he was part of the under-20 squad which reached the third place playoff at the 2008 IRB Junior World Championships.The first tournament of the upcoming HSBC Sevens World Series season kicks off in Australia on 25 and 26 November.From there the series moves to Dubai early in December before arriving at the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality for the South African leg on 9 and 10 December.Top try scorerAfrika’s abilities overshadowed fellow nominees Tomasi Cama and Tim Mikkelson, both Kiwi players. Scoring 40 tries, the South African notched up an unrivalled 385 points, 86 more than Cama despite playing in one less tournament.The three shortlisted players were chosen by the management of all the participating teams.The 23-year-old Afrika helped South Africa secure tournament wins in Las Vegas, London and Edinburgh. But, like their counterparts in the main rugby event, the New Zealand sevens team were too strong for the competition and clinched the series with a convincing 150 points scored during the season.National sevens coach Paul Treu says Afrika’s best attribute is his ability to play consistently across all games, while his strong defence has saved many an almost-certain try.Treu remembers Afrika’s determination to make it to the top, saying that the flyhalf was not picked for the team three years ago. Despite this setback, Afrika trained with the team without a contract so that he could one day be considered.His determination paid off and he finally made his debut in the Dubai leg of the 2009/2010 series.“What he has achieved since then is just incredible and his rise through the ranks from a very humble childhood in Port Elizabeth to a star performer on the world stage is an incredible and inspiring story,” adds Treu.Arika dedicated the award to his teammates: “I am extremely proud of the award but I view it as an accolade for the team. My teammates, the coach and management all worked very hard and we endure the joy and pain together.”last_img read more

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Refugee children are given a ray of hope

first_imgThree2Six classes take place at Sacred Heart College and Observatory Girls Primary Schools. (Image: Sacred Heart College)There are many young refugees who, for various reasons, cannot enter the public schooling system in South Africa. Prompted by this need, two Johannesburg schools are playing their part to make sure as many of these children as possible can get an education.Refugees are displaced from the places of their birth for many reasons but mostly by conflict, meaning they often arrive in South Africa desperate and despairing, without the necessary paperwork and other items to join society. Three2Six Project, an afternoon educational bridging programme for refugee children who cannot go to state schools, allows the children to receive an education. Most of them come from extremely poor homes on the outskirts of inner city Johannesburg.There are two Three2Six projects: one at Observatory Girls’ Primary School, a government establishment, and another at Sacred Heart College, an independent institution. The Three2Six School is managed by the latter, which is also located in the eastern Joburg suburb of Observatory.Named after the hours that it takes place during the week, Three2Six serves 140 children aged between six and 13 years old whose families live in the neighbouring high-density and multicultural areas of Yeoville, Berea and Hillbrow. Part of its mission is to get their spoken and written English up to par for the day when they enrol at a conventional school.Refugee families are often unable to pay school fees; most of the children do not speak English when they arrive in South Africa; and sometimes families arrive at odd times during the year when school registration is no longer possible. The Three2Six programme aims to address this by offering a curriculum with a strong focus on literacy, numeracy and life skills.Esther Munonoka, the Three2Six project co-ordinator, told Independent Education: “Five years ago, the school sought to do something for the many children of refugee families who had fled conflict in their home countries. Hundreds of these children do not attend school. Their parents are unable to pay school fees and other school-related expenses. Other families have lost all their vital documentation. Still others arrive at a time when schools are unable to register them.”Independent Education is the official magazine of the Independent Schools Association of South Africa.LITERACY AND NUMERACYMunonoka said that the biggest obstacle was that most of the children did not speak English. “A special Three2Six remedial class gives extra assistance to those whose English is almost non-existent, and a library of donated books allows children a window into other worlds once a week.”Numeracy is also highlighted in the programme. “Numeracy is also crucial for these children from diverse backgrounds,” Munonoka said, “and the Three2Six mathematics programme is based on the national Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements (Caps) designed by the national Department of Education.”IMPROVING THEIR COMPLEX LIVESHaving faced extraordinary circumstances in their lives, Three2Six aims to support and enrich these children wherever possible.“A life skills programme allows children to explore their journeys, and on a weekly basis, they enjoy sport and iPad sessions,” Munonoka said. “Religious education sessions are available once per month and, since 2012, the National Children’s Theatre has included Saturday Three2Six workshops.“Three2Six aims to normalise the trauma of the refugee experience wherever possible. This often means providing items that other children may take for granted. All the students at this special place of learning are supplied with school shoes, uniforms, stationery and lunch, as well as regular food parcels to take home. Wherever possible, Sacred Heart assists with fundraising initiatives.”WHAT THREE2SIX OFFERSThree2Six not only covers the academic component of schooling, but also offers a holiday programme, sports, creative projects and outings. The after-school programme is not a full school day and does not provide for sports, arts or outings, the Three2Six project holds a holiday programme during the July/August school holidays.During the holiday programme, the children can revise their literacy and numeracy skills and knowledge. They can also enjoy soccer, netball, tug-of-war, sack races and other games that develop important team work, negotiation, motor skills and, of course, fitness.To develop their creativity, the youngsters take part in activities like creating juggling balls and their own puzzles, which allow them to develop different fine motor skills, hand-eye co-ordination and problem-solving skills.last_img read more

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Aboriginal Affairs cant produce data for onreserve First Nation student spending

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The department of Aboriginal Affairs can’t say how much it spends per-student for on-reserve First Nation education.A department official told APTN National News the department didn’t have the data readily available showing how much the department spends on First Nations students attending schools on-reserve.APTN requested the information Wednesday.Earlier this week, in an effort to undercut First Nations leaders’ demand for more education funding, Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan released a series of numbers he said showed Ottawa gave more per-student for First Nations education than the provinces. Despite the government research, officials don’t have information on the amount of money spent on reserve students alone.Without that data, the numbers are misleading because they include how much Aboriginal Affairs spends on putting First Nations students into the provincial system, according to the Assembly of First Nation.  And that inclusion would inflate the department’s $13, 542 per-student figure because about 36 per cent of First Nations students attend provincial schools, said the AFN.The Assembly of First Nations says the department only spends $7,101 per student for on-reserve education.Statistics Canada says the average Canadian student receives $10, 439.The AFN claims there is an about $3 billion funding gap between on-reserve education and the rest of the country.A department and AFN commissioned blue-ribbon panel found that at least 100 on-reserve schools provided unhealthy learning environments for students.First Nations leaders gathered this week at an education summit in Gatineau, Que., across the Ottawa River from Parliament Hill. Chiefs rejected the Harper government’s plan to introduce legislation on First Nations education and are now mulling a plan of action that could include blockades or an occupation of Parliament Hill.last_img read more

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NS projects increased budget surplus of 345 million for 201819

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s projected surplus is up $5.1 million to $34.5-million for 2018-19, mainly due to energy giant Shell walking away from six offshore exploration licences.In a budget forecast update released Thursday, Finance Minister Karen Casey said her department is projecting a $93.3-million increase in total revenue over the budget tabled in March — a figure that includes $60.4 million from Shell’s licence forfeiture, and a $30-million increase in personal income tax revenue due to “higher projected personal taxable income.”The department said Shell was to spend $996 million in total, and the forfeiture figure represents a 25 per cent penalty on the $241 million that was left unspent by the company.About $25.7 million of the forfeiture money is to be spent on a long-service award payout to 1,400 long-term care nurses, while Casey said the remainder — upwards of $36 million — will be spent at a later date as the government sees fit.“There are many projects that government considers,” said Casey. “Some of those do become projects that can be announced, and until they are it would be folly for us to announce them.”Casey admitted it’s not the best way for the government to rake in revenue.“I wouldn’t say it’s a happy windfall. I would say that it’s a forfeiture that’s come back to the government and we are going to be wise and prudent in how we use it.”Casey’s reluctance to tip her hand on the use of the money drew fire from opposition critics.“I think with all the questions that we’ve had in the house on the transparency of this government, and to actually say we have $36 million and we aren’t going to tell you what we are going to do with it is absolutely irresponsible,” said Progressive Conservative finance critic Chris d’Entremont.NDP Leader Gary Burrill also questioned the government for being tight-lipped about its plans, saying there are plenty of areas that could use extra financial support.“Particularly we see this in the world of health care, primary care, emergency care, long-term care,” Burrill said. “The investments are desperately needed and the government needs to focus less on the accumulation of a surplus and more on making the investments that are required.”Casey said departmental spending is expected to increase by $113.2 million, mainly due to $70.8 million more than originally budgeted for health care services including such things as increased ambulance call volumes and increased costs for special pharmaceutical drugs.The government said additional appropriations totalling $115.9 million would be needed.Total expenses are forecast at $10.95 billion — $88.4 million higher than the budget estimates.Meanwhile, the projected excise tax on recreational cannabis has been revised down by $5.9 million from the budget because of the changing of the federal legalization date. In March the government had issued a rough projection of about $20.8 million in fresh taxes and duties from projected sales of about 12 million grams of cannabis.Casey said complicating matters in forecasting cannabis revenues is the fact that implementation costs still aren’t fully known yet.The minister was asked whether that’s created concerns for future revenue projections.“It’s one of those things that is very uncertain,” said Casey. “Those (projections) are all estimates, there are no concrete numbers yet.”last_img read more

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