Six Eritrean journalists released after nearly six years in prison

first_img Swedish prosecutors again refuse to investigate Dawit Isaak case Reporters Without Borders is happy to learn of the probational release of six Eritrean journalists who had been held since a wave of arrests in February 2009.They are Bereket Misghina, Yirgalem Fisseha Mebrahtu and Basilios Zemo of Radio Bana, Meles Negusse Kiflu, who worked for Radio Bana and Radio Zara, Girmay Abraham of Radio Dimtsi Hafash and Petros Teferi.“We are delighted to learn of the release of these six journalists, which is an exceptional development in the terrible conditions prevailing in Eritrea, said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk. At this point, we don’t have additional information about the circumstances of their release or their state of health. We will obviously follow the situation closely.”At least seven other journalists who were rounded up in February 2009 – Mohammed Said Mohammed, Biniam Ghirmay, Esmail Abd-el-Kader, Araya Defoch, Mohammed Dafla, Simon Elias and Yemane Hagos – were released on probation in March 2013.The most dramatic event in the February 2009 wave of arrests was a raid on Radio Bana, a small radio station in the centre of the capital that broadcast educational programmes sponsored by the education ministry. All of its staff – about 50 journalists – were taken to Dobozito detention centre on the outskirts of the capital without any explanation being given.According to the figures compiled by Reporters Without Borders, 16 other journalists, including Dawit Isaak and Seyoum Tsehaye, continue to be detained in Eritrea.Eritrea is ranked last in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index for the seventh year running.For more information about Eritrea, click here. RSF urges Swedish judicial authorities to reverse Dawit Isaak decision Reports RSF_en April 14, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Eritrea EritreaAfrica January 13, 2021 Find out more News Organisation News (Photo : Steve Rhodes/CC By 2.0)(Slideshow : Google Earth image of the high security prison Era Ero) News Help by sharing this information January 22, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Six Eritrean journalists released after nearly six years in prison Receive email alerts EritreaAfrica to go further October 27, 2020 Find out more Prisoner of Conscience Since 2001 – Why has Sweden not managed to bring Dawit Isaak home?last_img read more

Union City Officer Dies in multi-vehicle crash, third loss to department…

first_img“It is with a heavy heart that the Union City Police Department announces the sudden passing of Police Officer John Kamel #433,” reads a tribute to Kamel, posted to the department’s Facebook page Friday morning.Kamel graduated from the Bergen County Police Academy in 2013, per the posting. He had been working walking patrols for the UCPD, and was said to enjoy his face to face contact with the community, often chatting with locals during his shift, the press release said. Kamel had served as a UCPD officer for four years and six months.“I am in complete disbelief over the passing of PO John Kamel,” Union City Mayor Brian Stack said in a statement. “The loss of John is tragic and my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”“The passing of PO John Kamel is tragic and heartbreaking,” added Chief Richard Molinari.” John’s love for the job was evident, and his loss will be felt by the entire community.”Kamel’s death marks the third in seven months for the department. Officer Ricardo Fernandez suddenly passed away in December. In May, Lt. Mark Zeitounian perished in a car accident.“To John’s mother Reda “Helen” and father Sami, we thank you for John. As you know, John loved being a police officer in Union City. Please know that he served the people of Union City, his neighbors, well as a faithful and dedicated member of our department,” the tribute reads.The Hudson County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, are investigating the accident. UNION CITY–The Union City Police Department lost another officer in a multi-vehicle crash Thursday, according to a department press release.At 6:30 p.m. July 27, both Union City and North Bergen police responded to a multi-vehicle accident on Kennedy Boulevard and 22nd Street. Union City Police Officer John Kamel, 26, was en-route to work and was involved in the accident. He passed away from his injuries shortly afterwards, per the release. ×last_img read more

Canaries clinch Yobo deal

first_img The 33-year-old Nigeria international joined the Istanbul outfit in summer 2010, initially on loan, having played for Everton since 2002. Hughton, who has also brought in midfielder Jonas Gutierrez on loan from Newcastle this month, earlier said: “Joseph knows this division very well and has great experience, so let’s hope that one can be completed.” Fener also confirmed the deal on their website, with a statement which read: “Our player, Joseph Yobo, as a result of an agreement between the two clubs, will spend the rest of the season in the Premier League with Norwich City. “Yobo has shown in his time at Fenerbahce his experience, professionalism, and an exemplary attitude. We wish him success with his new club for the rest of the season.” Canaries boss Chris Hughton had been keen to bring in the former Everton man to provide needed cover for injured centre-half Michael Turner. The Barclays Premier League club posted on Twitter on Thursday evening: “#NCFC can confirm the loan signing of Joseph Yobo from Fenerbahce until the end of the season, subject to governing body approval.” Norwich have signed defender Joseph Yobo on loan for the rest of the season from Turkish club Fenerbahce.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: USA’s Jill Ellis explains why she waited so long to make substitutions vs. Spain

first_img Women’s World Cup 2019: USA’s Megan Rapinoe scores twice to advance to France quarterfinal Women’s World Cup 2019: 3 takeaways from USA’s close win over Spain U.S. women’s national team coach Jill Ellis received criticism for waiting so long to make substitutions during a close game against Spain that gave the United States a scare. Star forward Alex Morgan, who was subbed out halfway through USA’s group stage finale against Sweden with injury concerns, didn’t look 100% as she took several big hits. Veteran Megan Rapinoe looked exhausted as she scored twice on penalty kicks. And, overall, the U.S. missed on big opportunities as it couldn’t find the back of the net and needed a change in pace. Women’s World Cup 2019: USA’s Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe explain why they switched taking penalty kick Ellis waited until the 85th minute to replace Morgan with Carli Lloyd as the first sub. Rapinoe came out in the seventh minute of stoppage time, while Lindsey Horan (who has a yellow card) replaced Rose Lavelle.After the 2-1 win, Ellis explained why she didn’t make substitutions earlier. Here is Ellis’ full explanation:  Related News “You can’t just live cautiously, I think, when you’re in a knockout game. I think you have to coach in the moment and make those decisions. “It felt that we started to gain momentum, and I think as a coach you have to read that moment, because a player can look absolutely fatigued and then suddenly things change and they get their legs again. I think as a coach you have to kind of know your players and be able to read those moments. “So I think that was part of the decision to persist with the players we had — because I think there was momentum, and I think some of them actually grew into the second half. Yeah, listen, it’s three days less (rest than Spain had), it’s hot, it was physically demanding out there in terms of just the atmosphere of what we were in. “But I think some of the players actually kind of got their second winds, so to speak. That’s probably why we waited a little bit in terms of the substitutions. “Alex, we took her out; Carli gives us the same aerial presence, a fantastic aerial presence, work rate and (is) dangerous going forward.  “I think Lindsey (Horan), we knew that the game at times opened up, and I think our midfield had quite a bit of ground to cover in terms of trying to win the first ball and pick up the second ball. So I think that was a legs substitution there. “And then the last one, you look at that for time, and you always think if they were to tie it up, you always have to think if that happens, what do you want to look like — it’s all the planning that you go through before the game.”The Americans now shift their focus to facing host France in the quarterfinals Friday in Paris.last_img read more

Salah penalty sends ‘mature’ Liverpool seven points clear again

first_imgBrighton, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hailed his side’s maturity as Premier League contenders after breaking down an obdurate Brighton thanks to Mohamed Salah’s 50th-minute penalty in a 1-0 win on Saturday.Klopp’s men had lost their last two games in very contrasting fashion as Manchester City inflicted Liverpool’s only Premier League defeat of the campaign nine days ago before a much-changed side lost in the FA Cup to Wolves.Liverpool were far from their fluent best on England’s south coast, but ground out a vital win to move seven points clear of City at the top of the table thanks to a 13th clean sheet in 22 league games this season.“The headline before the game was ‘be ready’, the headline after the game is ‘very mature’,” said Klopp.“It’s so important. On the good days everybody can win; on average days not a lot of teams can win football games and, on a bad day, only a few can win.“Today was not a bad day but it was a difficult day because Brighton is doing really well.”Salah was just one a number of first-team regulars to return from Monday’s defeat by Wolves, but the Egyptian and the rest of Liverpool’s forward line were starved of service before the break as Brighton sat deep and the visitors dominated possession without any cutting edge.“It was very hard but that is how it is,” added Klopp. “I liked the performance. It wasn’t an opera of football but it was a really nice song.”– Salah’s signal of intent –Salah immediately signalled a change in Liverpool’s intent after half-time as his powerful shot at the end of a purposeful run was well saved by David Button. Brighton, though, were architects of their own downfall moments later. Salah was given too much room inside the area to turn and Pascal Gross then hauled down last season’s Premier League player of the year.“I feel for Pascal because Mo Salah is probably the most dangerous player once he gets in those positions one on one,” said Brighton boss Chris Hughton, who had no complaints over the penalty award.Salah stepped up to blast the penalty past Button and move level with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Harry Kane as the league’s top-scorer on 14 goals for the season.One moment of madness from Gross undid Hughton’s gameplan to defend and frustrate the league leaders.Yet, the German midfielder had a chance to make amends almost immediately with Brighton’s best opportunity to level, but his shot was bravely blocked by Fabinho.From then on Liverpool looked more likely to add to their lead than concede as Firmino’s fierce strike from outside the box was placed too close to Button before Georginio Wijnaldum and Sadio Mane fired wide.Salah passed up a glorious chance two minutes from time when he turned James Milner’s driven cross wide from point-blank range.That could have proved costly when Florin Andone escaped in behind the Liverpool defence in stoppage time, but his low cross found no takers.And Liverpool held out to ensure a largely forgettable 90 minutes could be remembered as another important step on course to the title come May.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo reveals how he ALMOST joined Arsenal

first_imgAdvertisement NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vscm8wWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7q3( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 03gWould you ever consider trying this?😱rmw5v7Can your students do this? 🌚4v0Roller skating! Powered by Firework Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest players in world football and his actual steps to stardom began at Manchester United. However, history could have been different as in Ronaldo’s own words : “I was one step from joining Arsenal.”Advertisement In Piers Morgan’s interview with Cristiano Ronaldo for iTV, Ronaldo reveals some big secrets to his fans and the world. A segment of the interview consists of Piers Morgan wanting to know how close Ronaldo was from joining Arsenal.Advertisement Morgan being an incredible Arsenal fan gifts Ronaldo an Arsenal jersey as a symbol of what-could-have-been.Watch the snippet from the interview here :Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

ADDRESS BY PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA AT THE INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATION UNION (ITU) TELECOM WORLD 2018

first_imgRead the full text of the address by South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telcom World 2018 on Monday 10 September at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre, eThekweni.Programme Director, Minister Nomvula Mokonyane,Acting Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Mr Sihle Zikalala,Executive Mayor of Ethekwini, Ms Zandile Gumede,Ministers and Deputy Ministers,Secretary General of the ITU, Mr Houlin Zhao,AU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, Dr Amani Abou-Zeid,Members of the diplomatic corps,Distinguished delegates,Esteemed guests,Ladies and Gentlemen,It is a great privilege to address this opening session of the ITU Telecom World 2018.It is an honour as the government and the people of South Africa to host this event for the first time on the African continent.For us, the ITU Telecom World provides a guide to the future.The deliberations that take place here concern the economy and society of tomorrow that we are building today.We are at the dawn of a digital revolution that will reshape the way we work, they way we live and the way we relate to each other.Technological change is proceeding at a pace far greater than anything humanity has experienced before.It is through forums like this that we are able not only to anticipate technological change, but also to harness it for the advancement of humanity.It is through bodies like the International Telecommunication Union that we craft a digital agenda for inclusivity, sustainability and development.We have the means and the responsibility to direct the evolution of information and communications technology towards the achievement of a better life for all the peoples of the world.It is our task to ensure that the 4th Industrial Revolution improves the human condition and that no one is left behind.It is our task to ensure that this digital revolution responds to the needs of the developing world.It must assist in overcoming unemployment, not exacerbate it.It must bridge the digital divide, not widen it.It must employ the latest in communications technology and data analytics to solve some of the world’s greatest development challenges.The decisions we make now, as individual countries and as a global collective, will determine whether the 4th Industrial Revolution is the opportunity that so many people anticipateor the threat that so many people fear.As our economies become increasingly dependent on information and communication techology, it is critical that governments work more closely with industry to maximise the value of digital innovations.It is equally critical that both government and industry develop effective collaborative relationships with the communities they are both expected to serve.It is such relationships that are required, for example, for the accelerated rollout of broadband in areas that are generally seen asnot being economically viable.And yet, the presence of broadband in such areas is vital for the viability of the economy.The rapid expansion of broadband reach and accessibility is a priority in South Africa because it is a key determinant of economic inclusion.There are currently 20 million South Africans who do not use the internet, for a range of reasons such as unaffordable data prices, lack of internet-enabled devices and lack of access.Yet, about 87% of households in South Africa have access to mobile phones, presenting us with a great opportunity to overcome digital exclusion and to drive inclusive growth and innovation.Government has recently decided to accelerate the licensing of the radio frequency spectrum in the 2.6Ghz, 700Mhz and 800Mhz bands to hasten the growth of mobile communications.We have finalised consultations with the telecommunications industry and other stakeholders to ensure allocation of spectrum reduces barriers to entry, promotes competition and reduces costs to consumers.Following a Cabinet decision last month, our regulator ICASA is now preparing to licenceavailable high demand spectrum.In addition, we have begun work in preparation for 5G spectrum licensing as part of our efforts to build a smarter digital economy.Earlier this year, we announced plans toestablish a Digital Industrial Revolution Commission to ensure we are in a position to seize the opportunities of the rapid advances in information and communication technology.We are informed by research that associates investment in ICTs with such economic benefits as higher productivity, lower costs, new economic opportunities, job creation, innovation and increased trade.Information and communication technology also helps provide better services in health andeducation and strengthens social cohesion.Our work in this area coincides with agreement on the establishment of an African Continental Free Trade Area, which will create a single market of over a billion people.At the Plenipotentiary of the African Telecommunications Union held last month in Nairobi, South Africa was mandated to lead a five-country committee to coordinate the development of the continental response to the 4th Industrial Revolution.This is a task that we undertake in support of the African Union’s Agenda 2063, which seeks a continent with diverse and inclusive economies,advanced infrastructure and a skilled and capable population.In promoting this vision, we see a key role for technology.It was precisely this – the developmental role of technology – that South Africa’s founding President Nelson Mandela affirmed when he addressed the 7th World Telecommunications Conference and Exhibition in Geneva in 1995.It was the first year that South Africa participated in the global event as a full member of the ITU.In his speech, President Mandela said it was crucial for South Africa and the entire African continent to be part of the organisation that would drive international policy, technological development, cooperation and skills transfer.Now, in the year of the centenary of his birth, let us be guided by his vision of a world in which everyone is connected, not only by technology, but also by a common humanity.Since rejoining the ITU, South Africa has worked with other member countries to advocate for the transformation of the institution and the entire global communications landscape to promote equality and inclusivity.In the World Summit on Information Society,held in Geneva in 2003 and Tunis in 2005, we advocated for a people-centred and development-oriented information society, where citizens’ lives are enhanced by ICTs and member states are recognised on an equal footing.We continue to champion the internet as a tool for social and economic development.We support universal broadband and universal broadcasting to connect all citizens and ensure that they have access to information.Most recently, we have advocated for the safety of ICT infrastructure and secure use by all online.Important to Africa and developing countries is the need for countries to share manufacturing and localisation opportunities to allow equal access and shared growth throughout the world.We support equitable access to global ICT resources such as orbital slots, satellites and governance of the internet.Distinguished Guests,Ladies and Gentlemen,We firmly believe that there is a strong correlation between innovation and growth.South Africa recently embarked on an investment drive to attract $100 billion in new investment in the country over the next five years.This is part of a broader effort to set the economy on a new path of growth, employment and transformation.We will be holding an Investment Conference on 25-27 October, where we will showcase the country’s lucrative investment offerings.We are determined that the ICT sector be an integral part of this investment drive, with a focus on infrastructure investment, e-commerce, local manufacturing of equipment, and innovation.South Africa has demonstrated its capabilities in the development and deployment of information and communications technology.We expect that the Investment Conference will help to demonstrate the country’s great potential.In conclusion, we are certain that Telecom World 2018 will produce innovative solutions tosocietal challenges and establish a platform for greater inclusive growth.I thank our industry partners and state owned companies that heeded the call to support government in hosting this event for the first time on African soil.Special thanks to the Secretary-General, the entire leadership and officials of the ITU for having shown confidence in our country to host this event.To our guests from across the continent and across the world, we are honoured and delighted to welcome you to our shores.It is my pleasure to officially declare the ITU Telecom World 2018 open.I thank you.last_img read more

Optimum hay yields need optimum fertility

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With the weather finally allowing hay harvest to get underway across Ohio, it’s also a good time to consider strategies for replacing the soil nutrients that are removed during harvest. Since hay is the basis for most Ohio winter beef cow rations, it’s common for cattlemen to occasionally pull soil samples from hay fields that don’t seem to be as productive as they once were. Often times they’re surprised to discover the fertility is low, especially in fields that have been in hay for some time.It’s not uncommon to hear a farmer suggest they didn’t realize the mechanical harvest and removal of forages took with it a significant amount of soil nutrients. From there conversations sometime evolve into comments like, “But I always thought forages were good for the soil. Don’t we constantly hear that cover crops are good for soil health?” The response is simple — the plant material generated from a “cover crop” is seldom removed from the field, thus does not take with it the soil nutrients it utilized while growing.The fact is, similar to each bushel of corn that we know removes 0.37 pounds of phosphorus (P2O5) and 0.27 pounds of potash (K2O) when harvested, a mechanically harvested ton of forage takes with it 13 pounds of P2O5 and 50 pounds of K2O. To put that into perspective, consider that the total average annual hay yield in Ohio is, and has been for decades, a little less than three tons per acre. At the fertilizer crop removal rates mentioned above, that amounts to an annual removal of 39 pounds of P2O5 and 150 pounds of K2O per acre. Go one step further — since corn grain only removes about 0.27 pounds of K2O per bushel, it would take a yield of over 555 bushels of corn to remove the same amount of potash that an average Ohio hay yield removes annually from a field. This is regardless the quality of the forage that’s harvested.Recognizing that phosphorus and especially potash make up a significant portion of the dry matter in a forage plant, it should be apparent that we can’t sustain production in the absence of either. It’s certainly possible to delay fertilizer application on a hay field but those savings are short term. Never replacing the nutrients removed through harvest results in “mining” of the soil and if the practice continues over a period of years, yields and stand quality decline.Since nearly all the phosphorus sources we presently have available include some nitrogen, when replacing fertility immediately after the first cutting we also enjoy benefit for grass based hay fields to utilize the nitrogen that comes along with the phosphorus for additional forage growth.The basics of fertilizing hay fields are simple:Soil Test, always soil test! In cases where manure nutrients have been utilized or fertilizer applied infrequently over the years, it’s the only way to know if fertility is a yield limiting factor. If we don’t know what we presently have, we can’t possibly know what we might need! Contact your local OSU Extension office for help finding a soil testing lab.Read the soil test carefully or get help reading it. I’d discourage anyone from blindly accepting the fertilizer recommendations that sometimes come back with a soil test. In some cases I’m not even certain I believe the little graphs that are sometimes found on the soil test results that indicate a sample might be high, medium or low in a nutrient. What I’ve been told by more than one Ohio testing lab when I asked how their recommendations are generated, is after they establish the nutrient levels in the soil through their laboratory procedures, the recommendations are typically generated based on the opinions of the company who might have submitted the sample for the land owner. That said, unless you send in the sample yourself, you may get back a recommendation based on data other than what Ohio State or other Midwest university research might suggest is appropriate as published in OSU Extension Bulletin E-2567, Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations. Ask your local Extension Ag Educator for help in developing a recommendation if you have questions.If one insists on fertilizing without the benefit of knowing the present fertility levels of the hay field, or if you know your present fertility levels meet or slightly exceed critical minimum levels, then it’s prudent to base fertilizer application rates on actual or expected crop removal. As mentioned previously, we know every ton of hay removed (regardless of quality!) takes with it 13 pounds of P2O5 and 50 pounds of K2O. No matter how you slice it, that’s a ratio of roughly 1 to 4, phosphorus to potash. Without benefit of a soil test to tell us otherwise, fertility needs to be replaced in that ratio based on how much hay is harvested.Hay harvested means soil nutrients are removed, immediately after the first cutting harvest is an excellent time to apply fertilizer to a hay field, and one ton of hay removes P and K in a ratio of roughly 1 to 4, or 13 pounds P2O5 and 50 pounds of K2O per ton of hay. To maintain current fertility levels and productivity in your soils, it must be replaced in a ratio of 1 to 4 or 13 to 50, per ton of hay removed annually!last_img read more

Ohio State field hockey come back against Kent State to end losing

Then-sophomore midfielder Mona Frommhold (8) plays the ball during a game against Penn State Oct. 19, 2012, at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU lost, 3-0.Credit: Courtesy of FacebookThe Ohio State field hockey team suffered four consecutive losses, but ended its slump with a 4-3 win over Kent State.OSU claimed its first win since Sept. 6 when it took on the Golden Flashes at Murphy-Mellis Field Tuesday afternoon in Kent, Ohio a game in which both teams were able to score twice in the first half. Freshman forward Brooke Hiltz stood out for the Buckeyes, netting two goals, once in each half and adding an assist.The Golden Flashes got on the board early in the game, when junior midfielder Hannah Faulkner scored seven minutes in. The Buckeyes answered quickly, though, as Hiltz scored the first goal of her career less than two minutes later. Sophomore forward Peanut Johnson put the OSU in the lead with another first half goal, before Kent State was able to tie the game up heading into the break.The Golden Flashes came out of halftime quickly, taking a 3-2 lead just 27 seconds after the intermission.The Buckeyes completed the comeback with another goal from Hiltz coupled with one from senior midfielder Mona Frommhold in the 52nd and 54th minutes respectively.Coach Anne Wilkinson said the offense stepped up and was able to control themselves through the ups and downs of the game.“Our focus was mainly on our offense this game,” Wilkinson said. “I am pleased with the win … it was nice to see us finishing.”Wilkinson said it is never easy winning on another team’s turf, let alone an in-state team that targets OSU. She added it is nice to be going into a Big Ten game coming off a win.“It was a great game for both teams,” Wilkinson said. “It was a high pace game and it was nice to see a lot of people step up in different areas.”Frommhold said it was a tough match, going down two times, but the team pushed one another to finish the game.“We played really (well) together,” Frommhold said. “We supported each other and motivated each other through the whole game.”OSU is scheduled to take on Michigan State Saturday in East Lansing, Mich., at 1 p.m. This is the first Big Ten opponent the Buckeyes will face this season. They are scheduled to return to Buckeye Varsity Field Tuesday to take on No. 25 Louisville. read more

Lingard certain that Pogba will get only better

first_imgPaul Pogba has been heavily criticized ahead of the upcoming World Cup for his performances in the national team but Jesse Lingard believes that his Manchester United teammate will get only better.Lingard has been friends with Pogba since Frenchman’s first spell at the club and he believes that he is still young and will be only improving in his further career – and there is no need to criticize him like that.The Manchester United attacking midfielder spoke about Pogba as he said, according to Daily Mail:ole gunnar solskjaer, manchester unitedReport: Up to seven first team players out for United George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Manchester United have some serious injury problems with up to seven first-team players out.This Saturday, United have a Premier League clash with Leicester City….“He is always going to get that. But he’s a great human being off the pitch and he brings that on to the pitch as well.”“We were very close. He came over when he was 16 and we played for a few months. Ever since then, we’ve remained friends.”“Paul is only going to get better. He is still young, he’s still learning the game. The world is at his feet.”last_img read more