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Is the Supreme Council a new predator of press freedom?

first_img Follow the news on Egypt September 10, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Is the Supreme Council a new predator of press freedom? Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution News News Reporters Without Borders is very disturbed by information minister Osama Heikal’s 7 September decision, after consulting with the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, to temporarily freeze the granting of satellite TV licences to recent applicants without saying how long the freeze will last.Heikal also threatened other TV stations, accusing them of indiscipline and saying he was asking the relevant agency to “take legal measures against satellite TV stations that jeopardize stability and security.” He said the measures were needed to restore order to the “increasingly chaotic media scene” and because of “concerns over incitement to violence.”His announcement and comments amount to a declaration of war on the broadcast media and, in particular, independent satellite TV stations that dare to criticize the Supreme Council’s policies. It is very disturbing that the council regards news media as sources of “harm to the country’s security and stability.” It is a return to the past, to the era of the ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak.Since taking over after Mubarak’s removal, the Supreme Council has repeatedly taken decisions that negatively affect media freedom in Egypt, endangering something that Egyptians fought hard for during their 18-day uprising.In one of the latest retrograde developments, a fine of 20,000 pounds (2,500 euros) that had been imposed on Kareem Reda, who writes the blog Sarkha, was upheld on appeal on 7 September. The blogger was fined as a result of a suit by Petrograde, a natural gas company, that accused him of defaming and insulting the company, damaging its interests and trying to harm the national economy because he launched a page on Facebook calling on people to boycott its services and not pay their gas bills it as long as it continued to export gas to Israel at below-market prices.The armed forces were already a taboo subject in Egypt before the revolution, but the taboo has been reinforced since the Supreme Council’s creation the day after Mubarak’s departure. Many journalists and bloggers who have tried to denounce abuses by members of the army or military police during the pro-democracy uprising are being prosecuted before military courts. The list of cases keeps getting longer.The blogger and conscientious objector Maikel Nabil Sanad, for example, was sentenced to three years in prison on 10 April for posting a report on his blog disputing the apparent neutrality of the armed forces during the January and February demonstrations and accusing them of arresting and torturing protesters. He was convicted of insulting the armed forces, spreading false information and disturbing public order.The sentence turned him into Egypt’s first prisoner of conscience since the revolution. He began a hunger strike in Cairo’s Al-Marg prison on 23 August despite suffering from heart problems. He subsequently stopped drinking as well, with the result that he had to be rushed to the prison infirmary. He insists that he will resume the hunger strike regardless of the outcome.The blogger Botheina Kamel was summoned by a military court for interrogation on 15 May after she criticized the armed forces in a programme on Nile TV.The blogger Hossam Al-Hamalawy and journalists Rim Magued and Nabil Sharaf Al-Din were interrogated on 31 May for nearly three hours about their appearances on the station ON-TV. Speaking on Magued’s programme on 26 May, Al-Hamalawy accused military police of violating human rights. The next day, Al-Din talked about the chances of an alliance between the Muslim Brotherhood and the army as part of a political transition.Rasha Azab, a reporter for the newspaper Al-Fajr, and Adel Hammuda, its editor, were interrogated by a military prosecutor on 19 June and were told they are to be tried because an article Azab wrote for Al-Fajr’s 12 June issue. Azab is facing a possible jail sentence for publishing “false information liable to disturb public security” while Hammuda is facing a possible fine for alleged negligence in his role as editor.The article was about a meeting between Cairo military commander Gen. Hassan Al-Ruwaini, a member of the Supreme Council, and representatives of a group called “No military trials for civilians” about the torture of demonstrators by civilian police. It quoted some of Gen. Al-Ruwaini’s comments including the apology he reportedly gave to a woman demonstrator attending the meeting. Gen. Al-Ruwaini denied making the comments attributed to him.Dina Abd-Al Rahman was fired as a presenter of the Dream TV programme Sabah Dream on 25 July after she got into an argument with a former air force officer during a live broadcast.The Supreme Council decided on 14 August to prosecute the blogger Asmaa Mahfouz on charges of inciting violence, disturbing public order and spreading false information in messages she posted on Facebook and Twitter. The ensuing outcry was such that it changed its mind a few days later. Although the trial of Mubarak began at the start of August, the military are perpetuating his regime’s methods of censorship and intimidation, announcing that there would be “no tolerance of insults” directed at the armed forces.Hassan Bahgat, 70, a former army officer who used to head ABC’s Cairo bureau, was sentenced to six months in prison by a military court on 17 August on a charge of “chanting anti-army slogans liable to defame the armed forces” in Tahrir Square at 1 a.m. on 6 August. The sentence was suspended but it could be activated at any time.Imad Bazzi (@TrellaLB), a Lebanese blogger who has been writing the Trella.org blog since 1998 and is executive director of CyberACT, was denied entry at Cairo international airport on 5 September. He said he was questioned about his online activism by three plain-clothes men at the airport before being put on the first plane back to Beirut.A smear campaign has meanwhile been launched in the government media against Egyptian NGOs that get funding from the United States. It is targeting only those that criticize the Supreme Council and poses a threat to many national human rights organizations. RSF_en to go further Organisation News February 6, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Receive email alerts EgyptMiddle East – North Africa February 1, 2021 Find out more News Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison Help by sharing this information Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff EgyptMiddle East – North Africa January 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

FOMC expected to raise rates tomorrow

first_img The Federal Open Market Committee begins its two-day meeting today, after which it is expected to announce an increase in the federal funds target rate.The range has been set at 0 to 0.25 percent since 2008. Observers have been awaiting the rate increase for months, while the committee has repeatedly indicated they were still waiting for inflation to increase and for the labor market to improve. The committee had also expressed unease about economic instability abroad. continue reading » The Federal Reserve 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

6 steps for effective crisis leadership

first_imgMaurice Smith Just as crises come in all shapes and sizes, there is a leader within everyone.“Leadership doesn’t just reside with the CEO,” says Maurice Smith president of Local Government Federal Credit Union and Civic Federal Credit Union, both in Raleigh, N.C. “We want to be more resilient than that. We want leadership at different levels so when a challenge arises, we have more people ready to meet that challenge.”During the 2020 CUNA HR & Organizational Development Council Virtual Conference Collection, Smith outlined six steps leaders should take to be prepared to meet the next crisis head-on:1. Tap into personal testimony. Pay attention to how others react to a crisis. You’ll see examples of people who successfully navigate a crisis along with those who react badly, and you’ll gain insights on how you can react productively and not create additional challenges, Smith says.“You can’t ignore who you are as an individual and what you learned outside the walls of the credit union,” Smith says. “Tap into that testimony. It will be useful in a crisis.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img continue reading »last_img read more

UFC: Conor McGregor could face legal charges for pub brawl in April

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US 10 months ago UFC: Conor McGregor expresses interest to join rival company COMMENT Conor McGregor is reportedly facing a single charge of assault for punching an old man in Dublin a few weeks back and he had to appear in the court. The former UFC Double Champ has recently announced his comeback in January 2020 after a lot of speculations, but it seems that his personal life drama is still nowhere close to ending. Conor McGregor has faced a lot of legal charges in recent times and it is surely troubling the Irishman ahead of his UFC return. He was allegedly charged for breaking a fan’s mobile few months back, then a sexual assault charge was raised against him and now McGregor has to attend court sessions for punching an old man in a pub of Dublin on April 6.Also Read- Conor McGregor Announces UFC Comeback, Talks About Khabib RematchUFC: Conor McGregor chargedConor ‘The Notorious’ McGregor had to appear in court on Friday for his alleged punch over the old man’s face. According to the complaint filed, Conor McGregor punched an old man named Desmond Keogh at Marble Arch pub in Drimnagh on April 6. McGregor was promoting his Irish whiskey ‘Proper 12’ and Desmond refused to try it, the former double champ didn’t like it and allegedly assaulted Desmond. Conor McGregor appeared in court briefly and said that he would enter a plea. The case was adjourned for a while after that. Have a look at the CCTV footage that caught Conor punching the man. Raj Sarkar Also Read- MMA: Tyson Fury Eyes Move To MMA, Conor McGregor Agrees To Train HimAlso Read- UFC News: Mike Tyson Has Some Advice For Embattled Conor McGregor 10 months ago Conor McGregor: Dana White reveals Donald Cerrone as his next opponent Also Read- Conor McGregor: Dana White Reveals Donald Cerrone As His Next OpponentUFC: Conor McGregor’s UFC StatusConor McGregor has been out of UFC since his loss against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. However, after a lot of callouts and social-media beef, Conor has finally announced his return. In his latest press meet, McGregor said that he does not care about his opponent and he will fight anyone UFC offers him to. However, he has surely expressed his urge to fight the winner of BMF belt first and the winner of Tony Ferguson vs Khabib Nurmagomedov next. The recent legal tensions can hamper Conor McGregor’s UFC plans and there can be a delay in his UFC return. Last Updated: 1st November, 2019 23:14 IST UFC: Conor McGregor Could Face Legal Charges For Pub Brawl In April Conor McGregor had to attend due to legal charges against him. Conor allegedly punched an old man in a Dublin pub for refusing his whiskey. Know more about it FOLLOW UScenter_img 10 months ago UFC News: Mike Tyson has some advice for embattled Conor McGregor LIVE TV 10 months ago UFC: After a feud with Khabib, Conor McGregor is going to Moscow First Published: 1st November, 2019 23:14 IST Written By WATCH US LIVE WE RECOMMEND 10 months ago UFC: Conor McGregor wanted to return and fight in the December 14 cardlast_img read more

England’s fallen Champions League trio eye FA Cup redemption

first_imgTottenham will have to get used to life without talismanic striker Harry Kane with an ankle ligament injury ruling him out until next month.However, the form of Son Heung-min means the England international might not be as badly missed as feared.Kane hobbled off with Mauricio Pochettino’s men trailing 1-0 at Bournemouth last weekend, but Son inspired an emphatic response by scoring twice in a 4-1 victory to take his tally to seven goals in his last four games.Chelsea also have little time to recover from a European hangover after being swept aside by two goals and an assist from Lionel Messi to lose 3-0 to Barcelona on Wednesday.Unlike United, the English champions could at least say they went down with a fight as they hit the woodwork twice and looked a more potent attacking threat with Olivier Giroud acting as a focal point rather than Eden Hazard playing as an auxiliary centre-forward.The Frenchman is expected to keep his place on Sunday against a dangerous Leicester side who have the luxury of prioritising the Cup as they lie eighth in the Premier League, outside the race for Europe or against relegation.In the other quarter-final Mark Hughes takes charge of Southampton for the first time hoping to avoid becoming the third-tier Wigan Athletic’s fourth Premier League scalp of an amazing Cup run.FixturesSaturdaySwansea v Tottenham (1215)Manchester United v Brighton (1945)SundayWigan v Southampton (1330)Leicester v Chelsea (1630)Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United have little time to lick their wounds from an embarrassing Champions League exit as Brighton’s visit to Old Trafford in Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final represents their last realistic hope of winning a trophy this season.However, United aren’t alone in seeing the Cup as a last chance for silverware as Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea travel to Swansea and Leicester also needing to win a Wembley final on May 19 to salvage their season.All three crashed out at the last 16 stage of the Champions League, but it is United’s exit to Sevilla that has attracted the most stinging criticism due to manager Jose Mourinho’s overly cautious approach.Chants of “attack, attack, attack” rained down from frustrated United fans at Old Trafford on Tuesday as doubts over Mourinho’s suitability to lead a club made famous for attacking sides under European Cup winning managers Matt Busby and Alex Ferguson grow.Despite sitting second in the Premier League, United trail local rivals Manchester City by 16 points and could even suffer the indignity of seeing City crowned champions when the sides met early next month.In that context, victory over Brighton is a must to maintain the impression that progress is being made under Mourinho, who was handed a contract extension to 2020 as recently as January.“We have one trophy to chase and that is the FA Cup,” said United striker Romelu Lukaku, who was one of few players to emerge with any credit from the Sevilla defeat after netting his 24th goal of the season.“We wanted to go far in the Champions League, that is what a club like Manchester United needs to do and we didn’t do it so we are disappointed.”Mourinho’s decisions on whether to start under-performing star duo Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez will be heavily scrutinised.Sanchez has been an ever-present since signing from Arsenal last month despite a string a poor performances and a meagre return of one goal in 10 appearances.Pogba was only introduced for the final half hour on Tuesday, but did little to justify a return to the starting line-up.Son to shine for Kane-less Spurs?last_img read more

HOLLENDORFER’S SILVER ASSAULT HEADS COMPETITIVE FIELD OF 2-YEAR-OLDS IN $125,000 SANTA ANITA JUVENILE AT 5 ½ FURLONGS ON SATURDAY

first_imgSILVER ASSAULT: Breaking from the far outside, this Kentucky-bred colt by the Distorted Humor stallion Maclean’s Music zipped to the lead in his debut June 25 and was an impressive gate to wire winner among a field of 10 here on June 25. Owned by Harvey Clarke and Paul Braverman, Silver Assault is headquartered with Hollendorfer at Santa Anita and looks like the post time favorite. Rebel War–Tiago Pereira–118Green With Eddie–Flavien Prat–122Secret House–Rafael Bejarano–122Silver Assault–Martin Garcia–122Right Hand Man–Stewart Elliot–122California Diamond–Edwin Maldonado–122First post time on Saturday is at 1:30 p.m. Admission gates will open at 11:30 a.m. For scratches, changes and morning line information, please visit santaanita.com. ARCADIA, Calif. (July 6, 2016)–An impressive first-out maiden winner going five furlongs, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer’s Silver Assault heads a competitive field of six 2-year-olds going 5 ½ furlongs in Saturday’s $125,000 Santa Anita Juvenile Stakes. Silver Assault’s primary competition would appear to be a pair of Doug O’Neill trainees, Secret House and California-bred Green With Eddie.Originally run at Hollywood Park in 1938 as the Hollywood Juvenile, the Santa Anita Juvenile will be run for the third consecutive year at The Great Race Place and for the 77th time in its rich history on Saturday. GREEN WITH EDDIE: Owned and bred in California by Paul and Zillah Reddam’s Reddam Racing, LLC, this bay colt by the red-hot sire Square Eddie was ultra-impressive in breaking his maiden versus six rivals by 3 ½ lengths here in a 4 ½ furlong test for state-breds on June 3 at odds of 3-5. Although he debuted in restricted company, his sizzling final time of 51.40 contributed to an outstanding Beyer Speed figure of 73 and a berth in Saturday’s Juvenile.center_img THE $125,000 SANTA ANITA JUVENILE IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRace 8 (of 9)                                                                                                       Approximate post time 5 p.m. PDT SECRET HOUSE: In a visually impressive debut of his own, this Kentucky-bred colt by Tiznow fairly toyed with four rivals as he skipped to a 3 ¾ length win going 4 ½ furlongs in 52 flat on May 27. Owned by Head of Plains Partners, LLC and Sheep Pond Partners, Secret House won in virtual gate to wire fashion and appeared full of run at the wire and galloping out into the Club House turn. He should appreciate the extra furlong and could be the horse to beat.last_img read more

Brent Burns bolsters his Norris Trophy resumé in Sharks win

first_imgDETROIT — In a span just 55 seconds, the Sharks recorded a string of significant milestones, scoring a pair of goals that propelled the team to a come-from-behind win over the Detroit Red Wings with Erik Karlsson sidelined by injury.Joe Pavelski netted both second period goals, becoming just the 12th American-born player in NHL history to reach the 350-goal mark. Brent Burns picked up an assist on the first goal at 15:50, a power play marker, earning his 70th point in his 63rd game, becoming …last_img read more

Did Nature Dictate Biological Codes?

first_imgPangloss was a character in Voltaire’s Candide made to caricature philosophers who give simplistic, optimistic answers to difficult questions.  Dr. Pangloss was fond of saying, a la Leibniz, that we live in the best of all possible worlds.  One evolutionist described a theory by two other evolutionists as possibly a “Panglossian argument” about the origin of life.  It was reported in Wired Science.    Ralph Pudritz and Paul Higgs of McMaster University in Ontario, Canada recently published a theory of biological determinism: namely, that certain amino acids, being more thermodynamically likely than others, might lead to a universal code of life.  If amino acid formation leads to a preponderance of certain types over others, whether formed in meteorites, deep-sea vents or spark-discharge experiments like the famous one by Stanley Miller, then perhaps all life in space is constructed on the same building blocks.  The idea is “necessarily speculative,” Pudritz admitted, but “This may implicate a universal structure of the first genetic codes anywhere.”    Wired Science reporter Brandon Keim, wielding robust faith in the power of Darwinian selection, and a swift parry of the purpose-driven life, elaborated:Pudritz and Higgs speculate that these 10 common amino acids met the needs of the earliest replicating molecules, with other, rarer acids used by the nascent genetic code as they formed or arrived – a process called “stepwise evolution,” culminating in the genes that gathered 3.6 billion years ago in a common ancestor of all complex life.This is what Harvard biologist Irene Chen found a bit Candidian.  She thought the idea is “interesting,” but then said, “in the absence of some experimental backup, it’s generally difficult to know if this kind of analysis is a Panglossian argument.” Inspired by Drs. Pudritz and Higgs, we have a speculative theory for the origin of English.  Certain letters are easier to write than others.  The letters l, c, i, n, o, u, v, x and z are more likely to be found in nature.  These organized themselves into the common ancestor of all English novels and scientific papers.  In a process of stepwise evolution, the rarer letters used by the nascent language were incorporated as they formed or arrived, culminating in the memes that gathered 500,000 years ago in the evolving brain of Homo erectus (04/08/2009).  Since these met the needs of the earliest replicating memes of the time, natural selection led to a scientific paper that explained its emergence without the need for designers like Pudritz and Higgs.  This is the best of all possible worldly explanations to shield evolutionary theory from falsification, says Dr. Pangloss.(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

I just don’t understand! Military family stressors and the role of providers

first_imgFlickr [No title by Minnesota National Guard, April 1, 2015, CC BY-ND 2.0]Home visitors often see how stress impacts a family’s life. Sometimes they understand the circumstances that are causing the stress especially as it relates to parenting a child with a disability. Sometimes providers have personal experience with the stress a family is experiencing such as divorce, loss of a loved one, financial stress, juggling work and parenting. However, when families are in a context less familiar to the home visitor, such as the context of a military family, it can be difficult for providers to understand what the family might be experiencing. This can create a great deal of stress on the provider as they try to figure out how to best serve a family in a circumstance of which they themselves have little understanding.One way a provider can understand an unfamiliar circumstance is to learn more about it. Military families face unique challenges such as family separation due to deployment, frequent relocations leading to isolation from extended family and support systems, and coping with the effects of combat. The Family Development Early Intervention (FDEI) concentration area of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) recommends the following articles to help providers become more familiar with the challenges that military families face:Osofsky, J. D., & Chartrand, L. C. (2013). Military children from birth to five Years. The Future of Children, 23(2), 61-77. doi:10.1353/foc.2013.0011Paris, R., Acker, M. L., Ross, A. M., & DeVoe, E. R. (2011, November). When military parents come home: Building “Strong Families Strong Forces,” a home-based Intervention for military families with very young children. Zero to Three, 32(2), 36-42. (This article is available free for Zero to Three members)Russo, T. J., & Fallon, M. A. (2014). Coping with stress: Supporting the needs of military families and their children. Early Childhood Education Journal, 43(5), 407-416. doi:10.1007/s10643-014-0665-2Additionally, the FDEI team will present their final webinar of 2016 on Dec. 8, entitled “Strategies to Support Families Experiencing Difficult Circumstances.” This webinar will help providers understand the stresses military families face and how these might impact young children with disabilities. Also, resources that are available to families will be shared. Providers will hear from Robyn DiPietro-Wells, a member of the FDEI team, and her husband, a retired military officer, to understand more about some of the services that are available and why it is important for providers to learn all they can about the challenges military families face. Join us on Dec. 8 at 11:00 a.m. EST!This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and YouTube.last_img read more

Cavani scores 2 as leader PSG coasts to 3-0 win against Nice

first_imgKin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Trump defends ‘nice’ call with Ukrainian president, attacks Biden PLAY LIST 01:20Trump defends ‘nice’ call with Ukrainian president, attacks Biden00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa But this current side is bereft of confidence, and this loss was Nice’s seventh so far — four more than all last season.Apart from one snapshot from striker Mario Balotelli, Nice made no impact at all in Paris.While Favre’s side is drifting toward the relegation zone, PSG’s win moved it seven points clear of second-placed Monaco.Nice goalkeeper Yoan Cardinale pulled out before kickoff and was replaced by Argentine Walter Benitez, who conceded after only three minutes. Di Maria whipped in a free kick from the left and Cavani met it with a diving header that Benitez fumbled at the near post.Benitez made another mistake when he mistimed his run off his line as he tried to intercept Di Maria’s quick pass over the top, and Cavani poked the ball around him before tapping home.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Bulls exercise options on Portis, 4 other players Having netted a career-high 49 goals in all competitions last season, Cavani already has 11 league goals in 10 games and 15 in 13 overall.PSG coach Unai Emery recalled Argentina winger Angel Di Maria and he set up Cavani’s goals, the second witha clever pass over the top of a static defense that is leaking goals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCoach Lucien Favre’s side was the last team to beat PSG in the league, winning 3-1 at home on April 30, and also drew 2-2 away.Nice finished third last season. PSG’s Edinson Cavani celebrates the opening goal during a French League One soccer match Paris-Saint-Germain against Nice at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)PARIS — Edinson Cavani continued his remarkable scoring form with two goals as unbeaten league leader Paris Saint-Germain beat lackluster Nice 3-0 on Friday.Brazil star Neymar was suspended after being sent off in last Sunday’s 2-2 draw away to Marseille. It made little difference, especially with Cavani further underlining his importance.ADVERTISEMENT Cavani’s cushioned header from left back Yuri Berchiche’s cross caused confusion and Nice center half Dante turned the ball into his own net in the 52nd — under pressure from Di Maria and right back Dani Alves.Defending champion Monaco has a tough match away to Bordeaux on Saturday and must cope without Radamel Falcao, the league’s top scorer with 13 goals in nine games. The Colombia striker has muscle fatigue.Keita Balde, who joined from Lazio and scored his first Monaco goal last weekend, is expected to lead the attack. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more