to go further Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff RSF_en News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Organisation Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn of the release yesterday of the Australian freelance journalist Austin Mackell two days after he was arrested.He was detained in Mahalla, 120 km north of Cairo, with his translator Aliya Alwi, an American student, Derek Ludovici, and a trade unionist, Kamal Al-Fayyoumi. The two foreigners were immediately taken into custody, then released reportedly after a visit by the U.S. consul, whereupon they were escorted to Cairo pending a fuller investigation. The journalist’s lawyer, Sayed Fathi, said his client was unlikely to be deported.As we understand it, Mackell was covering the start of a general strike in Mahalla on 11 February, the first anniversary of the departure of former President Hosni Mubarak. Authorities accused him of inciting protests and paying workers to expand their strikes and demonstrations.Mackell has been particularly interested in the labour unrest that has underpinned anti-government protests in Egypt. His articles and blog, “The Moon under water”, which record the events of Egypt’s revolution, have irritated the military leadership, which has yet to pass the baton to the newly-elected civilian politicians. Jess Hills, the Middle East correspondent of the Australian newspaper Global Mail, described the circumstances of Mackell’s arrest on ABC News. She said the military rulers were nervous about the strikes that began a year ago. The transitional military government, which has been running the country since Mubarak’s fall, is fearful of the spread of labour unrest, while at the same time there is growing anger in the streets. This supports the argument that the journalist could have been framed by the authorities, anxious to stifle coverage of the popular discontent.Reporters Without Borders deplores the arrest, despite the fact that the journalist was released. We condemn this trumped-up arrest which is an infringement of freedom of information and we recall that Egypt has fallen 39 places 166th in the word press freedom index. Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Egypt News February 14, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Australian journalist arrested to silence coverage of key strike February 6, 2021 Find out more January 22, 2021 Find out more Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution February 1, 2021 Find out more
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Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists February 9, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Iran’s ambassador to Britain recognizes Iranian security forces killed Kazemi News After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Reporters Without Borders today hailed comments made yesterday at Oxford University by Iran’s ambassador to Britain in which he recognised that Iranian officials killed Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi while she was in custody in Tehran in July 2003.”We welcome this statement by an official contradicting the position of the Iranian judicial authorities, who concluded that Kazemi’s death was accidental, but it is necessary that the authorities in Tehran now confirm what he has said,” the press freedom organization said.”We also call on the judicial authorities to hold a new trial to establish who was responsible for this journalist’s death,” Reporters Without Borders added.Questioned during an address at St Antony’s College, Oxford, ambassador Seyyed Mohammad Hossein Adeli said, “I don’t support the killing by some shrewd security forces of that lady.” He added: “We are sorry for it.”Kazemi was arrested on 23 June 2003 as she was photographing the relatives of detainees outside Evin prison. She probably died on 10 July 2003, while still in custody. After trying to cover up for a week, the Iranian authorities finally recognized that she was beaten to death.Following an Iranian parliamentary enquiry and strong pressure from Canada and elsewhere in the international community, the judicial authorities blamed an intelligence official who had been one of Kazemi’s interrogators. He was charged with her death but was then acquitted in a sham trial on 24 July 2004. IranMiddle East – North Africa to go further Help by sharing this information June 9, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts March 18, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Iran News Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 RSF_en IranMiddle East – North Africa Organisation News News February 25, 2021 Find out more
The new “Disruptive” podcast from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University explores what motivates researchers and how they envision our future as it might be impacted by their disruptive technologies.In its inaugural episode, “Disruptive” host and 1969 Harvard alumnus Terrence McNally spoke with Wyss core faculty members Pamela Silver and George Church about the changes that can be made to an organism’s genome. Silver and Church explained how, with today’s breakthroughs in technology, such modifications can be conducted more cheaply, efficiently, and effectively than ever before.Researchers around the world are programming microbes to treat wastewater, generate electricity, manufacture jet fuel, create hemoglobin, and fabricate new drugs. What sounds like science fiction to most of us might be a reality in our lifetimes: the ability to build diagnostic tools that live within our bodies, or find ways to eradicate malaria from mosquito lines, or possibly even make genetic improvements in humans that are passed down to future generations.Silver, the Elliott T. and Onie H. Adams Professor of Biochemistry and Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School (HMS), and Church, the Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics at HMS, also revealed the high-impact benefits of their synthetic biology work, and discussed their careful consideration and prevention of unintended consequences in this new age of genetic engineering.Disruptive: Synthetic Biology | Wyss InstituteThe Wyss Institute’s Pamela Silver and George Church discuss the high-impact benefits of their synthetic biology work, as well as how they manage the potential for unintended consequences.
Although its founders encountered a few obstacles throughout the club approval process, the Notre Dame Triathlon Club had a good year, said junior Karl Kingery, co-president of the newly formed club.Kingery, an experienced triathlete, and junior Brian Sheridan, co-president of the club, came up with the idea of creating a group dedicated to training for triathlons last year.“Brian approached me with the idea because he knew I had done triathlons in the past,” Kingery said. “I thought it was a great idea, so we went through all the hoops with the Student Activities Office and got it working.”During the process of gaining approval for the club, Kingery and Sheridan enlisted junior Kyle Nickodem to fill the position of club secretary.After garnering a sizable amount of student interest at Activities Night in the fall, the club officers said they were enthusiastic about the club’s first year.“About 130 people signed up at Activities Night, and a lot of people showed up at the first meeting, too,” Kingery said. “I think some people were turned off to the club because we can’t actually compete for Notre Dame.”Kingery said he hopes the club can become a member of the Collegiate U.S. Association of Triathlons (CUSAT) within the next two or three years, which would allow club members to officially compete as a team in triathlons.“RecSports requires that clubs be at tier three to compete against other schools,” Kingery said. “Since we’re not at tier three yet, we have to wait a few years before we can compete.”Despite its current non-competitive status, the Triathlon club holds four one-hour practices a week, with each practice focusing on a different triathlon event. Each club officer also unofficially leads a different aspect of practice based on their athletic specialties.“I lead the swim practices because I swam here freshman year,” Kingery said. “Brian and Kyle are big runners, so they lead those practices.”Kingery also said the current treasurer, freshman Tyler Saucedo, specializes in virtually everything involved in the club’s practices.Kingery said the club has attracted students from vastly different skill levels, from students who have never done a triathlon to people who have completed Ironman equivalent competitions.Saucedo said he agreed, and said anyone who is interested in triathlons to find out more about the club.“If people are trying to get in shape for summer triathlons, join the club,” Saucedo said. “If you haven’t done one or are just interested, come to practices, too.”In addition to functioning as a triathlon-training group, the club members participate in the biathlon held each fall on campus and hope to host a biathlon on campus next spring, providing SAO approves the club’s budget, said Kingery. The club is currently selling shirts for $15 as a fundraiser for the group.Kingery said he hopes to find a triathlon for students to compete in individually sometime in April.“Our main goal is competing, even if it is hard to find triathlons happening now,” Kingery said. “But I have high hopes for next year.”
In about ten days, the Crikvenica Riviera, which was recently declared the most successful health destination in Croatia at the Days of Croatian Tourism, will host an international conference dedicated to health tourism.Namely, in the Hotel “Omorika” in Crikvenica November 16 and 17, 2017 for the fifth year in a row to maintain Crikvenica International Health Tourism Conference (CIHT), a conference organized by the Tourist Board of the City of Crikvenica, and co-organized by Thalassotherapia Crikvenica and the Kvarner Health Tourism Cluster.The CIHT conference will bring together prominent and esteemed domestic and foreign lecturers and participants from the field of medicine and the economy, primarily tourism. In addition to lecturers from Croatia, experts from the USA, China, Ukraine, Poland, Russia, the United Arab Emirates and Germany will share their valuable knowledge and experience with the conference participants.It is a grand opening November 16, and the first day of the conference is divided into four parts, and this year for the first time one of them will not contain classic presentations, but a round table is organized on the topic “Health tourism – yesterday, today, tomorrow”. Gari Cappelli, Minister of Tourism, Kristjan Staničić, Director of the Croatian Tourist Board, Denis Kovačić, Deputy Minister of Health, Vladimir Mozetič, President of the Kvarner Health Tourism Cluster and Željko Miljanić, founder, majority owner and director of the Rident Polyclinic, will take part in the discussion.Participants expect a number of interesting presentations from the Crikvenica Tourist Board, which cover a variety of educational topics, such as respiratory rehabilitation, experiences and expectations of patients from the United States, different models and sources of funding in health tourism, how to increase profits by meeting patients, how satisfied patient becomes the best promoter, integrative medicine as a strategically important opportunity for our county and traditional Chinese medicine and many others.Participation in the CIHT 2017 conference is free, and applications are still ongoing, exclusively through the website: http://ciht.com.hr/registration-form/
On a team dominated by youth, defeseman Eric Springer, Wisconsin’s lone senior, has four assists and a goal to his name this season.[/media-credit]In the middle of a four-game losing skid, the Wisconsin men’s hockey faithful still have plenty to look forward to as the final stretch of the season approaches.The Badgers (12-14-2, 7-13-2 WCHA) have dropped four straight games to conference foes despite outshooting their opponents 74-47 in their last two games and now find themselves second-to-last in the WCHA standings.With the WCHA playoffs approaching and home ice seemingly out of reach, head coach Mike Eaves said his team isn’t ready to back down just yet.“We have a choice now – we can roll over and play dead, but that’s not human nature,” Eaves said in his Monday press conference. “Human nature is to fight and to scrap. All we can do right now is get ready for Friday night.”The road doesn’t get any easier for the Badgers. No. 10 Denver comes to the Kohl Center this weekend looking to extend its two-game winning streak, which was started by an impressive series sweep of the then-No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers.Currently sitting in third place in the conference standings, Denver will surely be a difficult test for Wisconsin. The Pioneers bring a high-powered offense to Madison with the best power play conversion rate in the WCHA at 24 percent and rank third in the WCHA in scoring offense with 106 goals on the year.“A lot of things you’d say you would want in a top-rated team, they have those qualities,” Eaves said of Denver. “They compete their fannies off.”Eaves hopes the week off will help re-energize the Badgers after their longest losing streak of the season. UW dropped two games on the road to North Dakota and was then swept on its home ice by St. Cloud State last weekend.Heading into the bye, Wisconsin suffered a painful 2-1 defeat in which the team fired off 42 shots but was unable to get past SCSU’s to take advantage.“Usually when you have a week off they come in with a little more jump,” Eaves said. “We hope they use that jump to help us this weekend.”Although the weekend series with Denver poses an array of challenges, the Badgers will likely be aided by the return of junior forward Derek Lee, who is probable for Friday’s contest after only playing in seven games this season due to injury.With a roster dominated by young, inexperienced players, most Wisconsin hockey fans expected the 2011-12 campaign to be a rebuilding year for Eave’s squad. As such, the Badgers are in the bottom half of the WCHA in several categories including scoring offense and goals allowed.Although the Badgers sit near the bottom of the WCHA with just six regular season games remaining, signs are still pointing up for the future. The team will lose just one player next season to graduation, that of Eric Springer, the team’s lone senior.Springer, a native of Wrightstown, Wis., has four assists and a goal on the year but remains a leader in the locker room and will prove a tough loss off the ice for the Badgers.“I think when you’re the only senior it’s difficult because there is a lot of responsibility there,” Eaves said. “He’s playing his best hockey now because he’s comfortable with his role and he understands what he needs to do to help this team.“This team is in the middle of growth. Are we going to quit growing or continue to get better day by day? Just knowing these guys, I think that’s the path that we are going to follow.”Many of the young Badgers currently on the squad will experience UW’s dying days in the WCHA after 43 years and the birth of the Big Ten hockey conference in the 2013-14.The future institution recently voted to hold its conference tournament at neutral sites, rather than have teams themselves host games, a move with which Eaves felt OK.“Well, I think if you look at the big picture, it’s always good to have games in your own barn and to play in front of your own crowd,” he said. “… There has been a real good success in neutral site with the WCHA Playoffs and such, that I think that the Big Ten came back around and looked at it again with all the things they were finding about getting home sites, and it looked like a real good alternative.“I think there’s more upside to doing a neutral site.”
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has released the nominees for the 2013 African Player of the Year and the African Player of the Year (Based in Africa). Twenty-five (25) players made the cut for the flagship African Player of the Year category, and twenty-one (21) for the African Player of the Year (Based in Africa).The winners will be announced at the Glo-CAF Awards Gala scheduled for Thursday, January 9, 2014 in Lagos, Nigeria. Ivorian Yaya Toure is the reigning African Player of the Year and Mohamed Aboutrika of Egypt for the African Player of the Year (Based in Africa).The nominees are (in alphabetical order); African Player of the Year Name CountryClub Ahmed MusaNigeria CSKA Moscow Asamoah GyanGhanaAl Ain Dame N’DoyeSenegalLocomotiv Moscow Didier DrogbaCote d’Ivoire Galatasaray Emmanuel Emenike NigeriaFenerbahce Islam SlimaniAlgeriaSporting Lisbon John Mikel ObiNigeriaChelsea Jonathan PitroipaBurkina FasoStade Rennais Kévin ConstantGuineaAC Milan Kwadwo AsamoahGhanaJuventus Luís Carlos Almada Soares – (Platini)Cape VerdeAC Omonia Mehdi Benattia Morocco AS Roma Mohamed Aboutrika Egypt Al Ahly Mohamed Salah EgyptBasel FC Nicolas NkoulouCameroonMarseille Pierre-Emerick AubameyangGabonBorussia Dortmund, Ryan Isaac Mendes da GraçaCape VerdeLille Saladin SaidEthiopiaWadi Degla FC Seydou KeitaMaliDalian Aerbin F.C Sofiane FeghouliAlgeriaValencia Sunday MbaNigeriaWarri Wolves Victor Wanyama KenyaSouthampton FC Vincent EnyeamaNigeriaLille Yao Kouassi Gervais ‘Gervinho’Cote d’IvoireAS Roma Yaya ToureCote d’Ivoire Manchester City African Player of the Year – Based in Africa NameCountryClub Adane GirmaEthiopiaSt George Ahmed FathiEgyptAl Ahly Alexis Yougouda KadaCameroonCoton Sport Ali MachaniTunisiaCAB Bapidi Fils Jean JulesCameroonCoton Sport Daine Marcelle-KlateSouth AfricaOrlando Pirates Fakhreddine Ben YoussefTunisiaCSS Getaneh KebedeEthiopiaBidvest Wits Idrissa KouyateCote d’IvoireCS Sfaxien Iheb MsakniTunisiaEsperance Luyanda Lennox BacelaSouth AfricaOrlando Pirates Mbwana SamattaTanzaniaTP Mazembe Moez Ben CherifiaTunisiaEST Mohamed AboutrikaEgyptAhly Rainford KalabaZambiaTP Mazembe Senzo MeyiwaSouth AfricaOrlando Pirates Soumbeila DiakiteMaliStade Malien Sunday MbaNigeriaWarri Wolves Tresor MputuDR CongoTP Mazembe Waleed SolimanEgyptAl Ahly Yannick N’djengCameroonEST The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has released the nominees for the 2013 African Player of the Year and the African Player of the Year (Based in Africa). Twenty-five (25) players made the cut for the flagship African Player of the Year category, and twenty-one (21) for the African Player of the Year (Based in Africa).The winners will be announced at the Glo-CAF Awards Gala scheduled for Thursday, January 9, 2014 in Lagos, Nigeria. Ivorian Yaya Toure is the reigning African Player of the Year and Mohamed Aboutrika of Egypt for the African Player of the Year (Based in Africa).The nominees are (in alphabetical order); African Player of the Year NameCountryClub Ahmed MusaNigeriaCSKA Moscow Asamoah GyanGhanaAl Ain Dame N’DoyeSenegalLocomotiv Moscow Didier DrogbaCote d’Ivoire Galatasaray Emmanuel EmenikeNigeriaFenerbahce Islam SlimaniAlgeriaSporting Lisbon John Mikel ObiNigeriaChelsea Jonathan PitroipaBurkina FasoStade Rennais Kévin ConstantGuineaAC Milan Kwadwo AsamoahGhanaJuventus Luís Carlos Almada Soares – (Platini)Cape VerdeAC Omonia Mehdi Benattia Morocco AS Roma Mohamed Aboutrika Egypt Al Ahly Mohamed Salah EgyptBasel FC Nicolas NkoulouCameroonMarseille Pierre-Emerick AubameyangGabonBorussia Dortmund, Ryan Isaac Mendes da GraçaCape VerdeLille Saladin SaidEthiopiaWadi Degla FC Seydou KeitaMaliDalian Aerbin F.C Sofiane FeghouliAlgeriaValencia Sunday MbaNigeriaWarri Wolves Victor Wanyama KenyaSouthampton FC Vincent EnyeamaNigeriaLille Yao Kouassi Gervais ‘Gervinho’Cote d’IvoireAS Roma Yaya ToureCote d’Ivoire Manchester City African Player of the Year – Based in Africa NameCountryClub Adane GirmaEthiopiaSt George Ahmed FathiEgyptAl Ahly Alexis Yougouda KadaCameroonCoton Sport Ali MachaniTunisiaCAB Bapidi Fils Jean JulesCameroonCoton Sport Daine Marcelle-KlateSouth AfricaOrlando Pirates Fakhreddine Ben YoussefTunisiaCSS Getaneh KebedeEthiopiaBidvest Wits Idrissa KouyateCote d’IvoireCS Sfaxien Iheb MsakniTunisiaEsperance Luyanda Lennox BacelaSouth AfricaOrlando Pirates Mbwana SamattaTanzaniaTP Mazembe Moez Ben CherifiaTunisiaEST Mohamed AboutrikaEgyptAhly Rainford KalabaZambiaTP Mazembe Senzo MeyiwaSouth AfricaOrlando Pirates Soumbeila DiakiteMaliStade Malien Sunday MbaNigeriaWarri Wolves Tresor MputuDR CongoTP Mazembe Waleed SolimanEgyptAl Ahly Yannick N’djengCameroonEST