Journalist held by “legitimate” Yemeni authorities on hunger strike

first_img Receive email alerts February 11, 2021 Find out more Fixer for foreign reporters held in Aden for past five months News YemenMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Yemeni journalist killed, nine wounded in Aden airport explosions YemenMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Several local media reported that he was arrested for taking a photo of a personalized box of tissues on the provincial governor’s desk during a filmed interview with the governor. Posted on social media, the photo was the subject of a great deal mockery because the box bore the governor’s portrait. Bukeir’s family say that it was on the governor’s orders that he was taken to a detention centre controlled by provincial military intelligence. to go further Organisation According to the information recently obtained by RSF, Bukeir was transferred to a hospital a month after his arrest. The Yemeni journalists’ union says his health worsened after he went on hunger strike in protest against his detention. Yemen is ranked 167th out of 180 countries and territories in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. February 26, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Abdullah Bukeir, a photographer held for the past two months in a region of Yemen controlled by the so-called legitimate government. He is on hunger strike and has been hospitalized. Bukeir has been held without charge or trial since 27 May in his hometown of Mukalla, the capital of the eastern province Hadramout. His wife and children are denied any contact with him and have no information about this current status. Hadramout is controlled by the government that is recognized by the international community and is backed by the Saudi-led Arab coalition. “We call for Abdullah Bukeir’s unconditional release,” said Sabrina Bennoui, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “It is unacceptable that the authorities, who are moreover recognized by the international community, should arbitrarily jail a journalist who simply shared a photo of interest to the general public and whose state of health is now so worrying that he has had to be hospitalized.” On the other side of Yemen, in a region controlled by the Houthi rebels, four journalists have been sentenced to death for spying and could be executed at any time. Their lawyer is currently appealing to a Houthi special court in Sanaa. News United Nations: press freedom situation “deeply worrying” in Yemen, according to RSF News July 24, 2020 Journalist held by “legitimate” Yemeni authorities on hunger strike RSF_en January 6, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Yemen Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Teen jumps off plane in Oklahoma City as he tries to avoid arrest by police

first_imgRafael Pardeiro/Twitter(OKLAHOMA CITY) — Police at Will Rogers Airport in Oklahoma caught up with a teen wanted on a felony warrant Monday afternoon — they just had to chase him across the runway to do so.According to the airport, when United flight 5706 landed in Oklahoma City at about 1:45 p.m. local time, a 16-year-old passenger on the flight from Houston ended up jumping off the plane to avoid arrest.“He has a felony warrant out of Cleveland County, OK and was going to be picked up from the airport by deputies,” Will Rogers Airport said in a statement. “Apparently he knew he was going to be picked up and when getting off the plane, he jumped from the plane down to the tarmac and a foot chase by airline, airport and law enforcement took place.”He was then taken into custody by Will Rogers police.The teen managed to jump from a roof to the jet bridge and then to the ground inside a construction zone, according to the airport.He suffered minor injuries, was removed from the tarmac via stretcher and taken to the hospital.“United Airlines is cooperating with law enforcement officials following an incident with a passenger after United flight 5706 arrived at the gate in Oklahoma City this afternoon,” the airline said in a statement to ABC News. “We refer any additional questions on this matter to the local authorities.”Airport operations were not disrupted, officials said.The teen was wanted on a warrant for second-degree burglary, Oklahoma City ABC affiliate KOCO-TV reported. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Winter distribution and haul-out behaviour of female Antarctic fur seals from South Georgia

first_imgTelemetry-based techniques have revealed the foraging patterns of many land breeding marine predators, especially during the summer breeding season. However, during the winter, when freed from the constraints of provisioning their young, such animals are more difficult to track. Using geolocation (Global Location Sensing, GLS) loggers and satellite tags (Platform Terminal Transmitters, PTTs) we successfully tracked 16 female Antarctic fur seals from South Georgia during the austral winter. The majority of females concentrated their winter foraging in the waters around the breeding beaches (90% of locations were within 510 km). However, as the winter progressed, two of the seals spent a number of months to the south, in and around the seasonal ice edge, and five seals migrated north and northwest from South Georgia. Four of these seals clearly crossed the Polar Front and two reached the Patagonian Shelf, apparently exploiting the continental shelf edge and the Subantarctic Front. Activity (saltwater immersion) data suggested that seals spent the majority of the winter months at sea but there were rare occasions when seals hauled out, either on land or on ice floes. We obtained data from two individuals that enabled us to compare the performance of PTT and GLS devices. For these seals the mean distance between GLS and PTT locations was 122 and 132 km. Although the recovery rates were low in this study, given improvements in attachment techniques, we have demonstrated that these micro-geolocation loggers provide an ideal tool with which to study the long-term dispersal of diving marine predators at larger scales. This is the first study to show that female fur seals from South Georgia remain at sea for almost the entirety of the non-breeding winter period. Using land-based observations it has been assumed that the fur seal population at South Georgia has little temporal overlap with the krill fishery that operates mostly during the winter months in this region. We have shown that a large proportion of the female fur seals that breed on South Georgia potentially remain in the vicinity of the island and are thus in direct competition with the region’s fisheries activities.last_img read more

Dick Vitale wants more mid-majors in March Madness

first_img Written by March 22, 2019 /Sports News – National Dick Vitale wants more mid-majors in March Madness FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — NCAA college basketball analyst Dick Vitale has a message for the NCAA selection committee: find a way to get more mid-major programs in the tournament.“It’s great to see the David’s and the Goliath’s,” Vitale said in an exclusive conversation in ABC News before the NCAA Men’s Tournament began. The ESPN analyst discussed his advice for the NCAA, predictions, and recommended a recipe for family and friends watching the games.“I think it would be a lot better if we had more of what I call ‘David’s’ in the tournament. There are a lot of mid-major teams… that had great, great years that are not going to get in the tournament.” He points to Hofstra as an example.Teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Big Ten Conference (B1G), Big 12 Conference, Pac-12 Conference, and Southeastern Conference (SEC) are often recognized as Power Five schools. A mid-major team would come from a conference such as the Big Sky or MAAC. Hofstra, for example, is in the Colonial Conference.Vitale argues with 15th- and 16th-seeded teams in recent years knocking off Power Five programs, such as University of Maryland – Baltimore County defeating Virginia in 2018, it is time to open up the field.He believes mid-major teams who have better records than schools in Power Five conferences many times have a good of a chance of winning games and make the tournament even more exciting.Citing Loyola Chicago’s 2018 Final Four appearance, Vitale says, “It makes people want to watch… fans who don’t even follow the tournament wanted Loyola Chicago last year.”Vitale warned against expanding the field beyond 68 teams, however, saying the 36 at-large bids are acceptable for the men’s tournament, but having only a handful of spots being granted to mid-majors is “just not fair.”As for who Vitale thinks will win the tournament, he is betting against the mid-major teams in this year’s March Madness:“If Duke is healthy, and Zion Williamson is ready and all their players… they are the team to beat.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Rate at which agents are leaving Rightmove accelerates

first_imgHome » News » Marketing » Rate at which agents are leaving Rightmove accelerates previous nextMarketingRate at which agents are leaving Rightmove acceleratesLast year approximately 60 agents left the portal every month but during April nearly 300 agents quit Rigthmove, new research claims.Nigel Lewis29th May 20201 Comment2,637 Views Research shown to The Negotiator claims that nearly 300 agents left Rightmove during April with the greatest cluster of departures in Cheshire, Devon, Essex and Kent plus Tyne and Wear.This research is the first of its kind undertaken by an outside organisation and is based on using the total number of agents listed in each county across the UK by the portal.Richard Dixon of The Yorkshire Property Guide, who has begun compiling monthly totals of agents who list with Rightmove, says the May and June figures will be crucial for the four agent groups campaigning to persuade agents to leave Rightmove.“The next set of figures are hugely important for each side – Rightmove and the agent collective campaigns,” he says.“If my research shows next month that 500 offices have left Rightmove then it would be a great result particularly if it’s higher than that but, if it’s the same as April or less, Rightmove will be buoyed by this and this will strengthen their hand moving forward.”In its most recent strategic report published this year for 2019, Rightmove revealed that its total number of advertisers – i.e. agents and developers – dipped by 3% from 20,454 to 19,809.It therefore lost 645 agents during 2019 or 54 agents a month, a rate which appears to have at least quadrupled during the Coronavirus crisis. This means, if this slide continues, the portal could lose up to 2,000 agencies this year.Although this sounds optimistic, the four agent groups hoping to persuade agents to leave – or at least threaten to leave – the portal include between them some 2,500 estate agencies.Read more about agents leaving Rightmove. Richard Dixon The Yorkshire Property Guide Rightmove May 29, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 29th May 2020 at 7:00 amAnd I’m sure there will be more after the SayNoToRightmove / Iain White Webinar on 3/6.If you have not signed up please feel free to contact me for the link.Once that airs many will realise they need us more than we need them!#togetherwearestronger #agentsuniteLog in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

French Navy’s Frigate Visits Italian Navy

first_img View post tag: Italian Navy July 9, 2015 French Navy’s frigate La Fayette made a stop last month in the port of Naples, Italy. The unit, which sailed from the French port of Toulon, was engaged in normal training activities that included a stop in the Neapolitan city, where a delegation of the French crew was received at the admiralty building in Naples, by admiral Donato Marzano, the Logistic Commander of the Italian Navy.The meeting concluded with the exchange of crest. At the beginning of June La Fayette was scheduled to sail from the port of Naples to continue its training cycle and afterwards return to Toulon.[mappress mapid=”16435″]Image: Italian Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Frigate Share this article Authorities French Navy’s Frigate Visits Italian Navy View post tag: French Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today French Navy’s Frigate Visits Italian Navy View post tag: europelast_img read more

Hill Denies Wrongdoing As His Disciplinary Hearing Ends

first_imgBy Brandon BargerTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—Attorney General Curtis Hill firmly denied charges Thursday that he groped and grabbed a lawmaker and three legislative staff members at a March 2018 party marking the end of the legislative session.In calm, measured tones Hill testified that while he had a few drinks, he wasn’t inebriated at the gathering at AJ’s Lounge in Downtown Indianapolis and that his actions, while friendly, were not “rude, insolent or angry.”“I touched no one in a rude manner,” Hill said.Hill was the sole witness Thursday, the fourth and final day of his disciplinary hearing before retired Supreme Court Justice Myra Selby. Since Monday, she has presided in the paneled and ornate courtroom of the state Supreme Court over testimony – sometimes graphic, sometimes emotional – about what happened at that party.The disciplinary commission has accused Hill of touching the women in a rude, insolent or angry manner. For three of the women, the touching constitutes misdemeanor battery for unwanted contact. He is accused of grabbing the hand of the fourth woman when she tried to push his hand away and then forcing it toward buttocks, which amounts to a Level 6 felony.Thursday was the first time that Hill publicly gave his account of night. He was briefly called to testify on Wednesday morning by the disciplinary commissions legal team to spell out the duties of the attorney general, but did not return to the witness table that afternoon.So when the sun filtered through the Supreme Court’s stained glass windows the next day, Hill strolled into the chamber and took his seat, ready to testify in his own defense.Under questioning by Donald Lundberg, one of his three attorneys, Hill calmly denied each of the charges leveled against him.No, he said, he didn’t grab the buttocks of Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, D- Munster. Yes, he might have touched her bare back—she was wearing a backless dress—but he touched a lot of backs that night as he moved through the crowd.No, he didn’t touch the rear end of Republican legislative aide Niki DaSilva but believes she was one of the women he attempted to guide through the crowd to the bar.No, he didn’t tell Democrat legislative aide Samantha Lozano that “yes, you’re hot,” but instead agreed with her that it was hot in the bar, which was packed with more than 100 people.And no, he didn’t rub Democrat Senate staffer Gabrielle McLemore Brock’s back and doesn’t even remember meeting her.During the questioning by Lundberg, Hill sat in the chair with his legs crossed, glasses in one hand, his voice never changing pitch or wavering.Hill said he hadn’t planned to go to the party until he met a friend, lobbyist and GOP political activist Tony Samuel, at the Capital Grille. He went with Samuel to a bar at St. Elmo’s and then to the party at AJ’s Lounge.Through the night, Hill said, he had a glass of wine at the restaurant and bar, and at the party had a vodka martini that he “nursed” through the night plus a shot of Fireball whisky that he “sipped on.”However, Hill maintained that at no point during the night was he impaired.Disciplinary commission attorney Seth Pruden focused much of his attention on email chains that included Hill, Samuel and others as they talked about how to rebut the allegations as they became public.Hill said that just because he was on the email chain, doesn’t mean that he read them.However, he did respond “thank you, very enlightening” to one email chain with the subject line “Re: Background on disciplinary committee members.”In that email, Danny Diaz, a political consultant wrote: “Any objection to pitching story to conservative media that (Gov. Eric) Holcomb cronies and liberals are driving this?”Though the hearing is concluded, a lengthy process ensues before Hill knows his fate. First, the court reporter will prepare a record of the hearing. Then both sides will prepare their own findings, a last chance to argue their sides to Selby. Selby will reach her conclusion but the final decision is made by the Indiana Supreme Court.If they decide Hill was at fault, the justices could issue a punishment ranging from a public reprimand to stripping him of his license to practice law – a step that would preclude Hill from remaining as attorney general.FOOTNOTE:  Brandon Barger is a reporter for, a news website powered by Franklin College journalists.Print Friendly, PDF & Email Hill Denies Wrongdoing As His Disciplinary Hearing EndsOctober 24, 2019, Posted by Janet Williams FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Press release: £2.1m programme of improvements to River Thames locks

first_img Teddington Lock, Teddington, Middlesex – refurbishing the concrete-lined lock chamber of the launch lock, one of three different locks at this unique site, at a cost of £450,000 This year’s £2.1m programme of work is one of the most extensive for some time. The work our specialist navigation engineers, craftsmen and contractors will carry out is absolutely vital. It will directly support both recreational and commercial boating on the Thames, and indirectly support the many thousands of businesses along the river sustained by the spending power of our boating customers. That’s not just marinas, boat yards and chandleries, but shops, hotels, restaurants, pubs, visitor attractions and so on. In order of value the major projects are: The Environment Agency has launched its annual winter programme of investment into the infrastructure that enables and enhances boating activity on the non-tidal River Thames.It will carry out major projects at 5 of the 45 lock sites it owns and operates along the 135 miles of river, for which it is the navigation authority – from Cricklade in Wiltshire to Teddington in Middlesex – but all sites will benefit from some level of investment.Work began on 29 October, and will continue through to March next year, avoiding the peak boating months to minimise disruption to river-users.Barry Russell, River Thames Waterways Manager, at the Environment Agency, said: Caversham Lock, Reading, Berkshire – refurbishing the concrete-lined lock chamber at a cost of £400,000 Day’s Lock, Little Wittenham, near Abingdon, Oxfordshire – fabricating 4 brand new gates at our workshop in Osney at a cost of £100,000 for installation in 2019/20 ENDSNotes to editorsBarry Russell, Environment Agency Waterways Manager, is available for interview at any of the sites listed. Filming opportunities can be arranged around the most visually striking elements of the work for example, when lock when lock gates are craned in or out of position. Please call to discuss and arrange.For the latest updates on the programme go to the River Thames page.All media enquiries: 0800 141 2743. E-mail to [email protected] us on Twitter at @EnvagencySE. Molesey Lock, East Molesey, Surrey – replacing the facing timber on all 4 lock gates at a cost of £70,000. Rushey Lock, Buckland Marsh, near Faringdon, Oxfordshire – replacing the facing timber and balance beams on all 4 lock gates at a cost of £100,000 Additional works include refurbishing the concrete sill underneath the tail gates at Cookham Lock near Maidenhead in Berkshire, structural surveys of the lock chambers at King’s Lock near Wolvercote in Oxfordshire and Whitchurch Lock near Reading in Berkshire. The agency is also refurbishing mooring facilities at Blake’s Lock in Reading.Other work being carried out as part of this year’s programme includes upgrading lock control systems so they are easier for members of the public to operate on their own; repairs to numerous towpath bridges; bank protection works at a number of locations; improved site-security systems and a survey of all lock offices to check on their condition and identify where improvements could be made to improve staff welfare and facilitate greater commercial activity.Barry Russell continued: We’re proud to be the custodians of the navigation infrastructure on the non-tidal Thames, and we take the responsibility that comes with it very seriously. This includes major structures like locks, weirs, lock houses, access roads and bridges. Many have significant heritage value, and collectively they have a replacement cost in the region of £1bn. Keeping everything in safe working order is absolutely vital to ensure boating on the Thames is not only possible in the first place, but also as safe and enjoyable as we can reasonably make it. The income we get from boaters’ registration fees isn’t enough to cover the cost of all the work we need to do each year, however. Fortunately, we receive a significant top-up from government that we invest very carefully to ensure maximum value-for-money for the wider tax-paying public.last_img read more

Premier Foods: the highs and lows

first_imgAfter the controversy that has emerged around Premier Foods regarding its ’pay and stay’ policy, British Baker looks back at the company’s highlights and lowlights over the past few years.Scroll through the timeline of Premier Foods’ past headlines below, and click on the links to read the full story. Premier Foods: the highs and the lows on Dipity.last_img

Round-up: Real Bread Week so far

first_imgTamarisk FarmTamarisk Farm’s Adam Simon and Rosie Gilchrist are holding a special a special stall at Bridport Street Market in Dorset tomorrow (3 March). They will be selling organic wheat and rye flours, grown and milled at West Bexington alongside sourdough loaves made with the flour. Also, a handful of lucky visitors to the stall will receive a sourdough starter to help them make their own bread at home.EatsterlySourdough are like children, and should be given a name that reflects their personality and characteristics. EatsterlyLDN is giving its Twitter followers the chance to name its sourdough – a young, Pisces born dough that likes acidic environments, dislikes telemarketing cold calls.  Suggestions so far include Mick Jagger and Krust Cobain. Apparently Starter McStarter Face has already been taken.How have you been celebrating Real Bread Week? Send your photos and information to [email protected] Ma BakerLiz Wilson and the Ma Baker team are hoping to impart their skills and knowledge to Londoners by holding bread classes throughout the week. Courses include Italian and artisan breads, an introduction to bread and, of course, sourdough.Vicky’s BreadCornwall-based Vicky’s Bread has been celebrating by creating a different sourdough every day this week. Monday saw the creation of a wholewheat levain, followed by a smoked chilli sourdough. A fig, hazelnut and pumpkin seed loaf made an appearance on Wednesday with a special butternut squash and cranberry sourdough planned for tomorrow (Friday 3 March). Bread AheadKicking off the week, Bread Ahead offered amateur bakers the chance to win an £80 Bakery School voucher by dropping off their home baked ‘real loaves’ for a competition. Former BBC news editor Mark Ellis (pictured) was awarded the prize for his sourdough.“Of the 28 entries in the home baking competition, 24 were genuine sourdoughs, an indication of the popularity of this delicious, and perhaps more nutritious, way of leavening a loaf,” said Chris Young, Real Bread Campaign coordinator.Brook Food EquipmentThis equipment supplier is encouraging its customers to get back to basics this Real Bread Week by offering 25% discount on every Couche Cloth and Bannetons alongside free UK mainland delivery.The Epsom BakehouseRhiannon from The Epsom Bakehouse took to Facebook to offer hands-on baking advice in response to her followers’ questions. It included basics such as kneading teacake and other enriched doughs to discussing what types of yeast work best for these kind of doughs. She also explained how to store and use a rye starter.center_img The 10th annual Real Bread Week is underway. Bakers across the country are celebrating additive-free loaves by creating special products, running workshops and through social media activity.Running from 24 February to 4 March, the celebration was started by the Real Bread Campaign in 2009 which is encouraging bakers to use the #RealBreadWeek. Hundreds of bakers and novices have taken to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to share their beautiful creations, top tips and recipes.And the snow has, arguably, been favourable for the campaign. While some retailers struggle with stock levels thanks to the ‘Beast from the East’, Twitter users are encouraging shoppers to pick up ingredients to make their own loaves instead, offering recipes to aid them in this.Here’s some highlights from Real Bread Week so far:Sugardough Bread & CakeSay hi to Keith – Sugardough’s nine year old sourdough starter. To celebrate Real Bread Week, the bakery is giving away pieces of Keith every day to a handful of lucky. They’ll be given a kilner jar, instructions to keep it alive and a bread recipe to make sure Keith is happy in his new home.Doves FarmFlour supplier is encouraging bakers to get social this Real Bread Week by supporting numerous competitions on social media. It’s offering 10% off all flour bought from them, and offering Twitter users the chance to win an ancient grains hamper if they tweet a one minute #DayInTheLoaf video.Doves Farm’s Clare Marriage also hosted a bread making class on Thursday complete with live demonstrations, hints and tips on how to make the perfect loaves.last_img read more