UN urged to act after court closes Khartoum Monitor

first_img April 6, 2020 Find out more Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent Organisation SudanAfrica Follow the news on Sudan Help by sharing this information June 13, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 UN urged to act after court closes Khartoum Monitor Reacting to the Khartoum high court’s decision yesterday to withdraw the English-language Khartoum Monitor newspaper’s licence and thereby force it to close, Reporters Without Borders today issued an “urgent appeal” to the United Nations not to let press freedom be “the poor relation” of the return to peace in Sudan.”What further act of censorship is the UN waiting for before it demands that the Sudanese authorities respect press freedom?” the organisation asked. “The government has the audacity to proclaim its support for democratic principles, yet it responds to the least criticism in the press with police surveillance and draconian court rulings.”One of Sudan’s three independent dailies, the Khartoum Monitor had already been closely monitored by the police since 21 May, with each issue subject to careful vetting by state security agents before it was printed.”Now the authorities have disinterred an old court case and schemed in secrecy in order silence the newspaper altogether,” Reporters Without Borders said. “If the international community does nothing to make them back down now, it will give them a clear green light to put a stranglehold on all of Sudan’s independent journalists.”The withdrawal of the Khartoum Monitor’s licence was ordered in letter with yesterday’s date by high court judge Ismat Sulaman Hassan. It upheld a lower court’s decision in July 2003 to suspend the newspaper’s licence after it published an interview in which Santino Deng, a former minister who has since died, accused the government of practising forms of slavery.The original closure order was subsequently lifted by an appeal court and the newspaper was able to resume publishing. Commenting on yesterday’s ruling, managing editor Alfred Taban said he was completely unaware that the case had been revived and referred to a higher court.The Khartoum Monitor has often defended the population in southern Sudan and, like many other newspapers and journalists, it had been the target of coercive measures in the past.It was raided on 21 May by state security police who demanded the withdrawal of a report and an editorial about deadly clashes between anti-riot police and civilians from the south and the western Darfur region in a camp for displaced persons south of the capital. The next day, the police told staff they would come to the printing press each evening to ensure the next day’s issue contained nothing that “went too far.” SudanAfrica News March 29, 2020 Find out morecenter_img News Receive email alerts RSF_en April 10, 2020 Find out more to go further News Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa News Sudan : Press freedom still in transition a year after Omar al-Bashir’s removallast_img read more

Hays teacher heading to NASA next month

first_img Pinterest Hays teacher heading to NASA next month By admin – May 18, 2018 WhatsApp Facebook Twitter 1 of 2 Pinterest Hays Steam Academy Fifth grade teacher Amanda Webber was selected for the LiftOff Summer Institute to be held at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas this summer. This nationally competitive program sponsored by NASA’s Texas Space Grant Consortium selects teachers who want to increase their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, art and math through space education. Hays Steam Academy Fifth grade teacher Amanda Webber was selected for the LiftOff Summer Institute to be held at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas this summer. This nationally competitive program sponsored by NASA’s Texas Space Grant Consortium selects teachers who want to increase their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, art and math through space education. WhatsApp Previous articleTEXAS VIEW: Now it’s tee time in southern DallasNext articleMidland event kicks off today admin Facebook The workshops center on aerospace or space science themes drawn from NASA’s engineering and scientific research programs, the release said.The weeklong institute also includes hands-on activities, field investigations and presentations by NASA scientists and engineers working on various missions, the release said.Webber said about 60 teachers are expected to attend and she’s excited about it. The Ector County Independent School District innovation department sent an email out about the opportunity and Hays STEAM Academy Principal Amy Anderson emailed it to teachers on campus.“I’m a nerdy teacher and science is a passion,” Webber said.Plus, she added that she’s always trying to continue her education and this would give her a chance to show her students what she’s learned and how to apply it to what they’re learning.“They ask us to bring a lesson plan to share. That way, we can get ideas from each other, from all these teachers across the nation and then (focus) on the applications of the science, math and engineering in the real world and outer space,” Webber said.LiftOff is a collaborative effort of the Texas Space Grant Consortium members and affiliates, NASA and industry.Getting some real-world experience to bring back to her students is going to be really neat, she said.The goal is even if the students don’t turn out to be a NASA scientist, they can be the teacher that inspires the next one, she said.Webber said she was surprised to be selected.“When I first applied, I thought it was just Texas. Then I started reading the information they sent after I was accepted and realized it was nationwide,” she said.It’s recommended that teachers bring an extra suitcase.She’s also signed up to be certified to work with moon rocks.Chief Innovation Officer Jason Osborne said he was pleased Webber was accepted to the LiftOff Summer Institute and to have her represent the district and community at the Johnson Space Center.“It’s a real honor and we’re excited too to learn from her when she comes back with a lot of new ideas things that the district can use …,” Osborne said.He said he found out about the institute because he’s in a NASA email community so they blast out opportunities sometimes. Osborne said he forwarded it on to the staff.He added that there are many things teachers can get involved in.Osborne said the district will again be involved in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program. The Texas Space Grant Consortium has agreed to grant ECISD $10,000 toward that program for the coming year.Students from Falcon Early College High School are going to Washington, D.C., at the end of June to present their work in front of scientists from NASA.Osborne said his office also is in the process of creating a professional development for teachers at Tulane University’s medical campus in July to tackle tissue engineering.He said there also is a possibility of sending teachers to the University of Texas at Austin to work with Kate Biberdorf, who was here in April to present “Fun with Chemistry.” Twitter Texas Space Grant Consortiu,Hays STEAM Academy fifth-grade science teacher Amanda Webber is heading to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston this summer for the LiftOff Summer Institute.STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math.Selection for LiftOff, which will include teachers from across the nation, is competitive. Set for June 24 through June 29, it is sponsored by NASA’s Texas Space Grant Consortium.With a theme of “Reach New Heights, Reveal the Unknown, Benefit all Humankind!,” it will give Webber and her fellow teachers a chance to attend workshops and work with professional scientists and engineers who are working on space exploration, a news release said. Local NewsEducationlast_img read more

These Are the Most Dangerous U.S. Cities

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Staff Writer Tagged with: Blight crime rates dangerous cities NeighborhoodScout Vacancy rates NeighborhoodScout, a web-based analytics platform, recently released its 2018 list of the Top 100 Most Dangerous U.S. Cities.They compiled the list by examining violent crime reports of cities with a minimum population of 25,000. They then took the number of crimes reported in the city, along with the population total, and divided by 1,000 to determine the crime rate.Violent crimes used for this analysis include murder, rape, armed robbery, and aggravated assault. The calculations made from these reported incidents gives a rate for violent crime per 1,000 residents.CEO and Founder of NeighborhoodScout, Dr. Andrew Schiller, said smaller, industrial-satellite cities continue to struggle with crime.“Limited economic opportunity plays a role in such communities and highlights the divide between the safe bedroom communities within large metro areas near major urban centers like Boston, Chicago, and New York, and the high-crime industrial-satellite communities,” Schiller said.The list shows Monroe, Louisiana, as the most dangerous city in 2018. Monroe, a medium-sized city with 49,297 people, is situated about 100 miles away from two larger cities—Shreveport, Louisiana (194,920 people), and Jackson, Mississippi (169,148 people). In comparison to the rest of the country, Monroe is considered lower middle class and has a relatively high rate of people living in poverty.One major factor affecting Monroe is the lack of a large business and economic center within reasonable commuting distance, which makes it more difficult for residents there to find higher paying jobs. The city’s above-average housing vacancy rate, along with a lower quality of public schools, reduces economic activity in the area and makes attracting and retaining skilled workers more difficult.Other cities with similar scenarios to Monroe include Chester, Pennsylvania, and Homestead, Florida.NeighborhoodScout data also shows states with the highest number of dangerous cities. According to the data, Michigan has the largest number of Most Dangerous Cities in the U.S. with nine coming from that state. Other states with high counts of dangerous cities include Illinois (5), California (7), and Florida (8).NeighborhoodScout’s crime data analysis is the most comprehensive study available due to it factoring in crimes reported by every local law enforcement agency in the country. March 8, 2018 8,398 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Fed’s Beige Book Builds Case for Further Rate Hikes Next: Housing Industry Experts Weigh in on Import Tariffs The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Home / Daily Dose / These Are the Most Dangerous U.S. Cities Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Blight crime rates dangerous cities NeighborhoodScout Vacancy rates 2018-03-08 Staff Writer Share Save Subscribe in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Journal, Market Studies, News Sign up for DS News Daily These Are the Most Dangerous U.S. Citieslast_img read more

Elkhart Mayor, Police Chief and community come together to talk civil justice

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Elkhart Mayor, Police Chief and community come together to talk civil justice By Network Indiana – September 18, 2020 3 330 Google+ Pinterest (Photo supplied/Rod Roberson for Mayor) City leaders in Elkhart are discussing ways to move forward in these times of unrest between many communities and police departments across the U.S.Mayor Rod Roberson and Elkhart Police Chief Kris Seymore took part in a panel discussion with local faith leaders and community activists in an effort to work together to solve problems. They worked with community activist Curbiee Coleman, who organized protests against police brutality months ago after the death of George Floyd.“If we don’t talk about the conversation then we can never understand what the community, what their issues are and we can never understand the issues that the police have,” she said. “These conversations are important to have, otherwise I don’t think we could come to an agreement or a solution.”Roberson and Seymore discussed de-escalation training, excessive force reporting, and how to improve relations between the police and the city’s black community. Coleman praised their willingness to make it easier for the public to ask them questions and get meaningful answers to those questions.Roberson and other city leaders did say they are not defunding the police department. Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleMichigan health insurers to provide COVID-19 testing, treatment at no cost through end of 2020Next articleMichigan judge rules to count all ballots postmarked before Election Day Network Indianalast_img read more

Delaware County Sheriff warns against damaging or stealing political signage

first_img(WBNG) — The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office is reminding all residents that removing, altering, or damaging political signage is a crime. Ahead of November’s General Election, Delaware County Sheriff Craig DuMond says he has had more complaints about political signs being stolen from lawns and private property. According to DCSO, you could face a variety of charges, including trespassing if the sign is on private property. DuMond says no matter your political opinion, stealing or defacing property is still a crime. “It simply just isn’t worth it. Just allow people to have their protected freedom to display their political sign,” said DuMond. “If you don’t agree with it, great, you can straighten that out at the ballot box.” Sheriff DuMond also says many homes now have video surveillance video, which greatly assist law enforcement in identifying a suspect.last_img read more

Adams warning for Gunners

first_imgFormer Arsenal defender Tony Adams would love to succeed Arsene Wenger as Gunners manager, but insists the team must be rebuilt if they are to challenge for silverware. “One hundred per cent I’d like to be Arsenal manager,” Adams told Zapsportz.com “Of course my heart says ‘yes, yes, yes’, but my head says ‘can I win with this current team?’ My answer is no, I can’t and I am not sure anyone can. “I would want assurances if I walk through the door, those assurances meaning I’m given the go ahead to build a new team. “I would get my teeth into building a new team but to achieve that, you would need to spend. “To keep hitting the top four and qualifying for the Champions League is great, and Arsene has done such a great job, but there is going to come a day, and that won’t be far away, when Arsene leaves. “For a long time he has been a one-man band, but that won’t happen again. The next man appointed will be the head coach, not the manager.” Adams believes one of Arsenal’s greatest failings is a wage structure that pays top players too little and average players too much and also questions his tactics. “I know Arsene would not spend £25million on buying Bayern’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer for example, no matter how much he might need a new keeper,” Adams said. “I think that is a great policy, but the club needs to restructure its wages spend, that is a vastly different matter. “The club are paying in excess of £150million on players’ wages but there have been a lot of average players on £50,000 a week when the big teams now need four or five players on a lot of money. “Arsenal do not attract those big players because of their wages structure.” Adams added: “Also, Arsene plays too open. I’ve more of a defensive eye. That’s not to say I would be defensive, but the club have bought too many players like Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky and not enough Patrick Vieira types.” Wenger has come under renewed criticism for his failure to make any significant signings during the transfer window with the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust declaring it would be currently “inappropriate” to offer him a new contract. Adams, who made 504 appearances for Arsenal between 1983 and 2002, believes that whoever replaces Wenger will be given a different role to the Frenchman. Press Associationlast_img read more

Quinton de Kock won’t be SA’s Test captain, confirms Graeme Smith

first_imgJohannesburg: Graeme Smith, who has been appointed South Africas director of cricket for the next two years, has confirmed that Quinton de Kock will not be given the extra responsibility of Test captaincy.“The one thing I can confirm is that Quinton will be our white-ball captain and he won’t be the Test captain going forward,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Smith as saying on Friday.“We want to keep Quinton fresh and playing well. I’ve always believed, having been in the job myself, that captaining all three formats is challenging. We’ve seen a number of nations trying to figure out what’s best and I think across three formats, it probably doesn’t work.”“From a workload and mental capacity, we felt that to burden him with all three formats wouldn’t be beneficial for us. And with the style of personality and player that he is, we want to keep him as expressive as possible,” he added.The wicketkeeper-batsman was handed South Africa’s country’s white-ball captaincy in January and succeeded Faf du Plessis, who also stood down from the Test captaincy last year but remains available as a player.With the Proteas not scheduled to play any Tests before a tour to West Indies in July-August, Cricket South Africa will have time to decide whom to appoint Test captain.Smith, however, gave no indication of the likely replacement of du Plessis.“There’s no one person you can pinpoint,” he said. “There are a lot of players on a similar level.”But the new CSA director indicated that the Proteas could take a chance on someone with potential. “We’ve got to understand the personalities, look at the people and maybe take a risk on someone potentially and back them,” Smith said. “Coming from a person who a risk was taken on, it is something we would consider,” he added. IANSAlso Read: Team India ‘unbelievable’ but we are confident: Quinton de KockAlso Watch: COVID-19 prevention: Kamrup(M) district administration selling vegetableslast_img read more

Premier League restarts on 17 June with Man City v Arsenal, Villa v Sheff Utd

first_imgThe Premier League season is set to restart on 17 June with Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal, the BBC has learned.The matches are the two games in hand.A full fixture list would then be played on the weekend of 19-21 June.Clubs are still discussing the idea at a meeting on Thursday, but it is understood all have agreed in principle at this stage.There are 92 fixtures still to play.The Premier League was suspended on 13 March because of the pandemic and it will be 100 days after Leicester City’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa on 9 March that competition will resume, with games now behind closed doors.On Wednesday, clubs unanimously voted to resume contact training, having started non-contact training last week.So far 12 people have tested positive for coronavirus after 2,752 tests across the league.Premier League players and staff will continue to be tested twice a week, with the capacity increased from 50 to 60 tests per club for the fourth round of testing.Any players or staff to test positive must self-isolate for a period of seven days.Plans for the third phase of Project Restart include a step towards normal training and build-up to competitive games.Liverpool currently sit 25 points clear at the top of the table while Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich City are in the relegation places.The Reds, chasing a first league title in 30 years, could clinch it with victory in their first game back should second-placed Manchester City lose to Arsenal. Source: BBClast_img read more