RWB calls for investigative journalist’s immediate release

first_img March 8, 2017 Find out more Outspoken columnist threatened, his car torched North MacedoniaEurope – Central Asia April 22, 2015 Find out more RSF_en October 23, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 RWB calls for investigative journalist’s immediate release Sinister threat to Macedonian journalist and his family Help by sharing this information May 29, 2015 Find out more to go further Organisation center_img Receive email alerts Journalists repeatedly attacked in Macedonian political crisis News News Reporters Without Borders, Network for reporting on Eastern Europe (n-ost) and Civil-Centre for Freedom (a Macedonian human rights NGO) call for Macedonian journalist Tomislav Kezarovski’s immediate release and the quashing of his conviction on a spurious charge of revealing a protected witness’s identity.Sentenced to four and a half years in prison in October 2013, Kezarovski spent several months in prison last year before being transferred to house arrest. The outcome of his appeal hearing, scheduled for tomorrow, could result in his being returned to prison.“We call on the authorities to free Kezarovski and overturn this absurd conviction,” said Christian Mihr, the director of Reporters Without Borders Germany, who went to Skopje last weekend. “Kezarovski made only one mistake, criticizing the Macedonian authorities, and we see nothing wrong in that. On the contrary, we nominated him for the 2014 Reporters Without Borders Prize for his courageous work. The protection of investigative journalists should be a condition for Macedonia’s joining the European Union.”Civil-Centre for Freedom director Xhabir Deralla added: “Journalists in Macedonia need security and laws that protect their work instead of obstructing it.”In 2008, Kezarovski wrote an article about a murder case for the Reporter 92 newspaper in which he quoted from an internal police report that had been leaked to him. Five years later, in May 2013, he was suddenly arrested on the grounds that he revealed the identity of a protected witness.However, the witness had not yet been given protection at the time the article was written and anyway admitted in 2013 having given a false statement under pressure from the police. Kezarovski believes the real reason for his arrest was to make him reveal the identity of the person who leaked him the police report.An interim European Union report on Macedonia published this month criticizes the media situation there, including the misuse of its defamation laws and the fact that state institutions place almost no advertising in independent news media.In recent years, media freedom has declined dramatically in Macedonia, whose ranking in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index has fallen from 34th in 2009 to 123rd now. News North MacedoniaEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on North Macedonia Newslast_img read more

Oxford researchers trial drugs against Ebola

first_imgProfessor Adrian Hill of the Jenner Institute at Oxford University was pleased with the progress of the vaccine. He told Cherwell, “The safety data here have looked very satisfactory so far. The response we have seen from people coming forward to take part has been remarkable.” No significant adverse effects have been identified in non-human primates in response to the vaccine.The vaccine itself does not contain any infectious Ebola virus material, so cannot cause a person who has the inoculation to become infected with Ebola. The vaccine uses a single gene from the Ebola Virus to generate an immune response; this gene was initially extracted from a strain of the adenovirus present in chimpanzees.The clinical trial in Mali, performed by the Centre for Vaccine Development of Mali (CVD-Mali), the CVD of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and the Malian Ministry of Health, is providing the only clinical and immune response data to date of the vaccine in West African subjects.The team are comparing this data to the immune responses observed in adults given the vaccine in the UK and Switzerland.Professor Myron M Levine, director of the Centre for Vaccine Development, said, “This research is a testament to the hard work and cooperation of all the institutions involved. If this vaccine is proven to work, it could help alter the dynamic of this epidemic by interrupting transmission to the health care workers who are most at risk.”The Oxford trial is being funded by a £2.8 million grant from the Wellcome Trust, the Medical Research Council and the UK Department for International Development. The consortium’s funding is also enabling GSK to begin manufacturing thousands of additional doses of the vaccine so that if Phase 1 trials are successful, the next phases of the clinical trial programme can begin – which will involve the vaccination of frontline healthcare workers in Ebola affected countries.In addition to the development of the vaccine, a second research group at the University of Oxford are trialling a potential drug against Ebola. This treatment will be trialled next month by the humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders on Ebola sufferers in West African countries undergoing the Ebola epidemic.The aim of this treatment is to reduce death rates amongst patients who already have the disease, thus boosting survival. The Chief Investigator of this trial is Professor Peter Horby of the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health at Oxford University.The drug is called brincindofovir and is manufactured by a biotech company called Chimerix in the USA, who developed the drug.Professor Horby stressed the huge importance of developing resistance to Ebola, with both vaccinations and drugs, commenting, “The Ebola epidemic remains a major public health crisis of unprecedented scale, and urgent action is needed to contain this dreadful menace.”“Actions are needed on multiple fronts, including early case detection and isolation and treatment, safe and dignified burials, social mobilisation, but also trials of new vaccines and drugs.”“Conducting clinical trials in the midst of this crisis is extremely challenging, and we are having to develop new ways of working. But there is an imperative to move fast, and there is an enormous effort ongoing to fast-track the evaluation of drugs and vaccines.” Clinical trials of an experimental vaccine developed by a research team at Oxford University to protect patients against Ebola are progressing rapidly.In just over two months, almost 200 people have been given the potential vaccine, in safety trials performed in the UK, the USA, Mali and Switzerland. The first volunteer to receive the vaccine in this trial was Ruth Atkins of Oxfordshire, on the 17th September 2014.Since Ms Atkins, there have been 20 people at the US National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, 80 people at the University of Maryland School of Medicine Centre for Vaccine Development in Mali (a joint venture with the Ministry of Health of Mali), and 34 people at the University Hospital of Lausanne. It is hoped that by December, the number of trialists at the University Hospital of Lausanne will have reached 120.On Tuesday 18th November, the 60th and last healthy volunteer in a trial carried out by the University of Oxford received the vaccine.The vaccine is being developed by the transnational pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), in partnership with the US National Institutes of Health. The Chief Investigator of the vaccine development is Professor Adrian Hill, at the Jenner Institute at Oxford University.The aim of the vaccine is to protect people who don’t have Ebola from becoming infected, and is thus a preventative measure to ward against the disease. The vaccine is targeted at the Zaire Ebola Virus species, the strain currently prevalent in West African countries.If the safety and immunogenicity data from the Phase 1 trials are promising, the vaccine is expected to move into the next phases of study to further evaluate safety as well as effectiveness in protecting against Ebola infection in African countries.last_img read more

Marijuana banking blossoms: O Bee Credit Union goes “green” by targeting pot customers

first_imgby: Marguerite ArnoldWashington State based O Bee Credit Union – founded in 1955 to serve commercial accounts and private customers in the beer industry – has recently opened its doors to the cannabis industry. It currently has about 30 cannabis-related clients who deposit as much as $25,000 weekly, according to the credit union.Federal law still creates large risks for this kind of business and as a result, the board of O Bee was initially against the idea of serving commercial cannabis accounts. That said, last September, the credit union finally approved a plan to work with the industry and opened doors to commercial marijuana clients.“The opportunities inherent in serving a blossoming industry like the cannabis industry are there for any institution to see, and the early movers will benefit the most,” said Taylor West, deputy director of the National Cannabis Industry Association. “I’m sure O Bee’s experience working with another highly regulated industry gives them some insight and confidence in making what will be a smart business decision.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Bernd Leno reveals four key demands Mikel Arteta has made of Arsenal squad

first_imgAdvertisement Bernd Leno reveals four key demands Mikel Arteta has made of Arsenal squad Ljungberg reflects on Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with Everton, teases ArtetaTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 5:35FullscreenLjungberg reflects on Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with Everton, teases Arteta is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Ian Wright predicts Mikel Arteta already knows which Arsenal players he’s sellingMORE: Patrick Vieira denies interviewing for Arsenal job but admits he was ‘flattered’ by Gunners links Comment Arteta’s first game in charge is against Bournemouth (Picture: Getty)‘I think this was our main problem [before]. We played this season some good games, like this, but many games we were not good enough on this point.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I think this is the way he needs to push us. We understood the message. We didn’t let [Everton] have any ­transitions and the distances [between our defenders and their attackers] were much closer.‘This is the only way to play, because the Premier League is too strong to have one, two or three players that don’t defend.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette took part in training on Sunday after being among the group of players who missed the draw against the Toffees.There could be a clear-out at Arsenal in the next year, with a host of players including Ozil and Granit Xhaka linked with moves away from the club.Arsenal are not expected to do major business in the January transfer window, with limited funds available.center_img Coral BarryMonday 23 Dec 2019 12:58 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.7kShares Advertisement Arteta took his first training session at Arsenal on Sunday (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta demanded unity from his Arsenal squad ahead of his first training session as head coach.The Spaniard took charge of training on Sunday after watching from the stands as Arsenal drew 0-0 with Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.Arteta was waiting for the players in the dressing room at full-time and goalkeeper Bernd Leno revealed what was said.‘He didn’t speak too much about quality or about tactics, he just said he wants to see players who run, who support their team-mates, who defend the goal, play as a team,’ Leno explained.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

GHPL: Liberty coach, David Ocloo, quits job after 5 weeks

first_img”Through this letter, I hereby announce my resignation from the position of Head coach for Liberty Professionals effective 20th January, 2020.”It has been a pleasure working with you and the entire Liberty Professionals team for the past one and half month. In my time here, I have grown professionally and made life-long friends.”I would like to thank the CEO and General Manager for their  support and confidence in me. I will do also like to thank the players for their co-operation and faith in me .You have my full commitment and cooperation for a smooth transition of responsibilities.”I wish you  and Liberty Professionals the very best going forward.” Liberty Professionals will have to find a new head coach for their team after David Ocloo quit his job on Tuesday.Sources close to the club say that the coach informed the club of his decision on Tuesday two days after the team lost 2-1 to Accra Hearts of Oak in the Ghana Premier League.Ocloo was brought in to replace Reginald Asante who had to go and further his coaching education and get the required paperwork to coach in the league.His resignation letter which he sent to the club read: The club is yet to officially comment on the development but the club will see the news as a blow especially as it was dealing with the revocation of their licence to play the Carl Reindorf Park.The Ghana FA said on Monday that the ground lacked certain things to make it suitable for Premier League action and thus, the club had to put things right in order to host matches in Dansoman.Sources say that team is already working on these improvements to secure the venue for the rest of the season.Liberty will now have to find a coach for their impending Week 5 clash at WAFA on Friday at Sogakope.last_img read more


first_imgFianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue has called on the Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte to guarantee that the National Broadband Plan, to be published next month, will address the serious deficiencies in broadband access in many areas of Co Donegal.Deputy McConalogue has raised serious concerns about recent comments from the Next Generation Broadband Taskforce that “spatial distribution patterns in Ireland make the delivery on a commercial basis of high speed broadband to more isolated rural areas cost prohibitive for industry.”The Donegal North East TD commented, “Minister Rabbitte announced his broadband plan amid great fanfare last year and claimed that nearly every household and business in Ireland already has access to competitively priced broadband.  But we can see in Donegal that is certainly not the case. “The Broadband services in many areas of this county are poor at best.  The Programme for Government committed to bring fibre-power broadband to 90% of homes and businesses in Ireland. The progress of that plan, if any, certainly can’t be seen in Donegal.“The consequences of poor broadband services are significant for this region. The Taoiseach himself has said that the internet industry is the key to Ireland’s economic recovery. How can we expect to retain and create jobs in Donegal if the basic service is not being provided?“The Next Generation report has asked for contributions from the public. I would urge the people of Donegal to make their voices heard and contact [email protected] to demand improvements to broadband in their area.“Donegal has been left behind when it comes to high-speed broadband and we need to be brought up to speed with the rest of the country. In the interests of economic recovery and job creation, Minister Rabbitte must ensure his plan is fair to every region in f the country. No business or household can be left behind.  I am calling on Minister Rabbitte to deliver on his promise and guarantee full broadband access in Donegal.”  ‘DONEGAL MUST NOT BE LEFT OUT AGAIN OVER BROADBAND’ – TD was last modified: May 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:’DONEGAL MUST NOT BE LEFT OUT AGAIN OVER BROADBAND’ – TDlast_img read more

Eastern Cape’s 2010 festivals

first_img29 April 2010 A myriad of festivities awaits football fans visiting South Africa’s Eastern Cape – where the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium is situated – for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™. The province will be alight with a fever of festivals, from culture in Grahamstown to cultured oysters in Knysna, from surfer’s paradise in Jeffreys Bay to wonder on the “Wild Coast”. A major attraction for tourists looking for a dose of culture in the “province of festivals” will be the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, running over 15 days from 20 June through 4 July.National Arts Festival, Grahamstown The festival is South Africa’s premier annual arts and culture event, hosting both top-notch international acts and South Africa’s best known performers, writers, directors, musicians, dancers and choreographers – “a great mix”, says National Arts Festival chief executive Tony Lankester. “It is a melting point of ideas and creative energy that will invigorate and excite anyone … We look forward to welcoming the world,” said Lankester. With almost 500 productions and 2 500 performances, it will be a cultural welcome unlike any other. And this year’s event has been specially structured to attract football fans. “With the World Cup in mind, we want to showcase the best South Africa has to offer across every genre so our performers can put their work at the feet of the world,” Lankester said. “Because the World Cup is a global celebration, we wanted to ensure our programme featured some strong, exciting, vibrant, celebratory international work. We’ve got that mix right, and I think we’re poised for a great event.” With Grahamstown just over an hour’s drive from the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro/Port Elizabeth, and about two hours’ drive from East London/Buffalo City, the festival is perfect for both “bite-sized” day trips and extended stays. “In between the games, we would encourage tourists to sample some of the local culture,” Lankester said. “Visiting another country is an exciting opportunity to do more than just sightsee – it is a chance to immerse yourself in the fabric of the nation and, in South Africa’s case, there is no better place to do that than the National Arts Festival.”Knysna Oyster Festival Lankester said visitors to the Eastern Cape would not be disappointed, as South Africa’s “hidden gem” had an incredible variety on offer. Just on the border of the Eastern and Western Cape is Knysna, which will host the Dutch and French football teams over the Fifa World Cup, and the week-long Knysna Oyster Festival from 2-11 July. About three hours’ drive from Port Elizabeth, Knysna marks the beginning of South Africa’s famous “Garden Route” – the beautiful stretch of coastline to Cape Town – renowned for its sweeping landscapes, coastal towns, cuisine and, closer to the Mother City, wine. Oyster Festival organisers say the presence of the Danish and French will add a World Cup flavour, but that the festival will also be an escape from the fever pitch. “We will incorporate Danish and French elements in our programme (including Danish and French villages),” said festival manager Nicci Rousseau-Schmidt. “Menus are being translated into French, restaurants will offer French and Danish dishes, so Knysna will be very cosmopolitan this year. “For local tourists, we market the festival as the best 10 days of 2010 – with a month holiday, what better place to be?” The Knysna Oyster Festival programme has over 100 scheduled events. “Other than the [World Cup] stadiums, the festival is the perfect place to meet and interact with some South Africans, and do what they do best – have fun in beautiful surroundings,” Rousseau-Schmidt said.J-Bay, Wild Coast For a more chilled experience – flush with waves and surfers – the Billabong Pro in Jeffreys Bay (known as J-Bay) takes place just after the World Cup, from 8-18 July, and is only a 45-minute drive from Port Elizabeth. Top surfers from around the world come and transform this coastal town into a chilled paradise. If you can bite off more than you can chew, the weekend-long Somerset East Biltong Festival, offers a meaty South African treat over the weekend of 16-17 July. Other festivals, complementing formal Fifa World Cup events, take place on the part of the “Wild Coast” nearest East London. The Wild Coast Wet ‘n Wild Festival is a sports and entertainment extravaganza taking place in Chintsa, 40 minutes from East London, from 28 June to 5 July. Also close by is the Wild Coast Jikeleza Country Fair, from 4 to 5 July. Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

San Beda survives Perpetual

first_imgRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It wasn’t the type of performance San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez wanted from his team especially at this point of the season, but the Red Lions once again figured out a way to pull through against a team with little to lose.The Red Lions ground out a 55-50 victory over the Perpetual Help Altas Tuesday to stay within the coattails of unbeaten Lyceum in NCAA Season 93 at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9302:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:37Protesters 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 students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary But the win left Fernandez concerned with the Lions, who he felt did not play up to their standards.“Well, we’re happy we got this win, but we have to go back [to the gym] tomorrow (Wednesday) and maybe think of what our priorities are,” said Fernandez.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 shutout“We only had 11 assists, not San Beda basketball. Our defense really stepped up, but really, our offense is questionable. We just have to go back and review everything.”Robert Bolick finished with 15 points while Donald Tankoua added 14 points for the Lions, who only had seven players in the scoring column—a far cry from the balanced offense the team is known for. LATEST STORIES National U, Adamson start semis bids Nonetheless, the Lions raised their record to 14-1, a full game behind the Pirates. The Altas dropped out of the Final Four race with their 10th loss in 14 games.Later, Jose Rizal U firmed up its hold of third spot with a 90-77 drubbing of St. Benilde, which is already out of the running for a postseason berth.The Heavy Bombers shot 58 percent from the field, the highest in the league this season, as they rolled to a ninth victory against six defeats.The win puts JRU in pole position to reach the next round in what is shaping up to be a three team race for the two remaining Final Four berths.“This win gives us a good chance, but we still have to beat San Sebastian,” said JRU coach Vergel Meneses.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentslast_img read more

Windy conditions force shooters to miss medals

first_imgIt was a rough day for Indians at the Aoti shooting range on Monday as they failed to make the final in any event on a windy day at the Asian Games. The first Indian woman to become a shooting world champion, Tejaswini Sawant, and Gagan Narang were way off target in their respective 50m rifle prone events.Having collected three silver and a bronze on the first two days of competition, the Indians found it hard to adjust to the swirling wind with Narang finishing a lowly 24th with 587 points.Hariom Singh was 13th out of 54 shooters in the qualification stage, shooting 590. The third Indian entrant, Surinder Singh Rathod, was 27th with a tally of 586 and the Indian squad finished fifth in the team event with a total of 1763 points, 22 adrift of gold medal winners North Korea.Tejaswini too flunked badly as she shot 588 to end up 11th while teammates Meena Kumari (586) and Lajja Gauswami (585) finished 14th and 16th individually. The team scored 1759 for a fifth-place finish.Vijay Kumar could not sustain his form in his pet event – the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol – finishing 17th with 568 points behind teammates Rahul Panwar (572, 10th) and Harpreet Singh (571, 11th). Chinese shooters grabbed five gold medals while South Korea managed three on Monday.last_img read more