Call for G8 members to react to detention of french media contributor and Radio Free Europe journalist

first_img Four-year jail term for independent website’s correspondent in Turkmenistan December 18, 2020 Find out more to go further Receive email alerts News Follow the news on Turkmenistan Reporters Without Borders is calling on members of the G8 countries to intervene on behalf of seven journalists and human rights activists who have been held in Turkmenistan for the past two weeks. “We have very good reasons to fear that they are being ill-treated,” the press freedom organisation said News Human rights activist, Annakurban Amanklytchev – who was working in collaboration with the broadcast company Galaxie-Presse and French TV channel France 2, Ogoulsapar Muradova, of US-run Radio Free Europe, her three adult children and two other human rights activists are being held secretly in custody.“We are urging members of the G8 – which will be meeting at a summit in St Petersburg from 15-17 July – to put pressure on the Turkmen authorities for the release of these seven people,” the press freedom organisation said.”The international community must urgently react to protect freedom of expression in Turkmenistan. This country is one of the worst in the world in terms of respect for human rights and press freedom. It is the responsibility of all of us to condemn this state of affairs and to do our utmost so that Turkmen journalists and human rights activists no longer suffer such harassment.”Journalist Catherine Berthillier of Galaxie-Presse had contacted Annakurban Amanklytchev in March this year to make a film ‘travel diary on Turkmenistan’ for the France 2 documentary programme “Envoyé Spécial”. Amanklytchev was arrested on 16 June. Witnesses who saw him at the offices of the National Security Ministry said, “He is being interrogated night and day and with extreme brutality. He has become unrecognisable and there are fears for his life.” Help by sharing this information TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia March 13, 2020 Find out morecenter_img TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia #CollateralFreedom: RSF now unblocking 21 sites in 12 countries March 31, 2020 Find out more RSF_en News Coronavirus off limits in Turkmenistan June 30, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for G8 members to react to detention of french media contributor and Radio Free Europe journalist Organisation Ogoulsapar Muradova, correspondent in Turkmenistan for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty was arrested in Ashgabat on 18 June. Members of the security forces went to her home and took her to the interior ministry without any arrest warrant or official summons. The same services have been holding her children, Sona, Maral and Berdy Muradova since 19 June. There has been no news of two human rights activists, Elena Ovezova and Sapardurdy Khakiev, who were also arrested on 16 June. The official accusations against the journalist and the other arrested human rights activists arrested were reported on the Ashgabat TV, controlled by the President Saparmurat Niazov. The authorities reportedly suspect them of being behind a plot against the head of state. Newslast_img read more

Hidden camera found in St. Mary’s Medical Center bathroom, WPB police investigate

first_imgAn investigation into how a hidden camera was placed in a bathroom at St. Mary’s Medical Center is underway.West Palm Beach Police recovered the small hidden camera from an employee bathroom at the hospital on Oct. 3.Police found digital images on the camera, and have shared the pictures in hopes that someone will recognize them and help identify who placed the camera in the West Palm Beach hospital’s bathroom.The images do not match any of the bathrooms at St. Mary’s, and police do not have any other information at this time.“As soon as we discovered the camera, we notified the police. “The hospital said in a statement. “We are fully cooperating with their investigation, and we have notified all employees who work in the area where the camera was found.”Police are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS.“You will remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward if your tip leads to an arrest.”last_img read more

Environmental Commission in Transition

first_img“Since then, we’ve haddiscussions and it seems likethey’d like us to keep going,”Broege added. “The environmental commission is an integral part of this community, like every other community in this area. As long as the authorities remain the same, we owe it to our neighbors to keep going.” Borough councilman Robert Proto said the council plans to adopt a resolution at its April 3 workshop meeting to direct the borough’s planning board secretary to submit all site plan applications to the environmental committee for review. The resolution will also make a recommendation to Oceanport Mayor Jay Coffey that he appoint a member of the environmental committee to the township planning board, ensuring that it will be business as usual for the volunteer group of environmental specialists. Thomas Cox, the environmental commission vice chair said that not commenting on the amended campus site plan should not be held against the commission. OCEANPORT – Council officials hope to quell a storm of protest by residents upset over the decision to change the municipal environmental commission to a committee, which could curtail its authority. Council president Stephen Solan said the decision to transition from a commission to a committee was because the group had “not been acting as a commission for a very long time.” “It’s a fruitless effort because they have the votes to override it, but it was more of a statement if nothing else,” Coffey said. “The way people are being treated at these meetings is wrong. When you have 50 residents show up to oppose you, and so many of them speaking passionately and intelligently against an ordinance, read the room and table it for further discussion.” Solan added that as acommission, the volunteergroup is expected to act asan arm of the government,but had not been providingmeeting agendas, minutesor annual reports. “One of the arguments we heard was that we should want an extra set of eyes on things like site plan applications coming before the planning board. Then we solicit comments from all of our professionals concerning the site plan amendment and never hear anything from the environmental commission? Shouldn’t they want to be heard on something as important as this?” Solan asked. center_img Broege said after thatMarch 21 meeting severalmembers of the volunteergroup said they were readyto step down from their postson the commission. Thosedecisions to potentially walkaway came after severalmembers of the commissionand other residents spokeout against the governingbody’s decision to adopt anordinance that appeared tobe stripping the group of itsoversight permissions. Broege said that, duringthe meeting, it seemed likethe council intended to “takeauthority away from thecommission, in terms of thesite plan review process.” Another resolution on the docket at Thursday’s workshop meeting is one that, if adopted, would override that veto. But what prompted the adoption of the ordinance was when the commission failed to provide comments on a controversial amendment to a site plan that proposed the construction of a satellite campus for New Jersey City University on a parcel of land located in the Oceanport section of Fort Monmouth. “The council heard two main concerns from the commission members. They wanted continued representation on the planning board and the ability to review plans going in front of the planning board. We’re putting these two into a resolution to assuage the concerns of our volunteers,” added Proto, who said he and other council members met with environmental commission chair Robert Broege following a heated public meeting March 21. Proto said the transition from a commission to a committee is a move that will relieve the group of regulatory burdens, such as providing minutes, agendas and annual reports, and merely formalize how the group has been regularly operating. Despite the public push-back, the borough council unanimously adopted the ordinance, leading Coffey to invoke a mayoral veto for the first time since winning the seat in the 2015 general election. last_img read more

Giants roster continues to churn, what’s next for team in transition?

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The Giants parted ways with veteran catcher Erik Kratz Monday, announcing that they have designated the 38-year-old catcher for assignment.Kratz was the latest veteran to be sent packing, joining Gerardo Parra and Yangervis Solarte, who both signed as minor league free agents this offseason. The club needed to clear a roster spot for recently acquired outfielder Aaron Altherr, and with Buster Posey potentially available to return from the concussion injured list on Wednesday, …last_img read more

SA biogas production on the increase

first_img31 October 2013 Six biogas production operations in rural KwaZulu-Natal were approved this week by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa). Biogas is produced when organic matter breaks down in the absence of oxygen, and can be used as a renewable, clean energy source, especially in rural areas that are often off the national grid. In terms of national legislation, the owners of biogas operations not connected to the national gas pipeline grid do not have to be licensed, but they are required to register with Nersa. The biogas production operations that were registered are at Izimpongo Village, Melmoth and Mgwabi Village at Eshowe. Twenty-one similar operations in Limpopo and one in Pretoria have already been registered this year. This brings to 38 the total number of biogas operations registered in South Africa since 2011. “Most of these biogas operations are in rural areas and consist of a fixed dome plant that uses bio-digesters to produce biogas from waste material, which will be supplied to heating appliances in peri-urban and rural dwellings,” Nersa said in a statement this week. Gas production technologies open up energy options and help address the challenge of access to energy in South Africa’s most rural areas. As these projects use cow dung, pig manure, kitchen waste and agricultural residues to produce biogas through anaerobic digestion, they “enjoy wide support from communities, as waste material is readily available to many in rural and urban areas”, the regulator explained. Communities are able to use the technology to produce energy for their own needs, such as cooking, lighting, warmth and even generating electricity. This helps improve South Africa’s energy mix and alleviates some of the pressure on the national grid. Biogas also contributes to a cleaner environment as it reduces the need for wood fires. This reduces greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation and prevents the inhalation of smoke from woodfires which can cause health problems in rural communities. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Inyathelo celebrates selflessness

first_imgRecipients of the Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards at the ceremony held at the Zip Zap Circus School in Cape Town. (Image: Inyathelo)Armed only with a sense of concern, responsibility, compassion and drive, 12 extraordinary individuals are making a huge impact on the lives of others.Each of them was honoured for his or her selflessness at the Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards, which took place at the Zip Zap Circus School in Cape Town. The school also provided entertainment for the night. Inyathelo is a non-profit organisation that seeks to strengthen civil society as a key component of South Africa’s democracy by developing a philanthropic movement to support both civil society and the country’s institutions.Zip Zap uses circus arts to assist young people who are at risk. It gives them access to opportunities and skills that will help them to grow into young leaders and ambassadors for South Africa.Speaking at the awards ceremony in the circus dome, Inyathelo executive director Shelagh Gastrow said: “Philanthropy is dependent on the interest, passion, commitment, generosity and foresight of individuals like those we have honoured tonight. Our awards seek to inspire others to give by recognising the incredible role models among us.“Individual giving can be the largest source of donor money in South Africa and philanthropists play a critical role in effecting real systemic change as they are able to support more innovative and often unconventional solutions to our numerous social, environmental and economic problems.”Held on 6 November, it was the eighth outing of the annual awards. So far, 80 individuals have been recognised for their personal giving that has contributed to sustainable social change in South Africa. They include: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu; nine-year-old rhino campaigner Afeefah Patel; the Ackerman family; Founder of Hope Warriors Children’s Charity Patrick Mashanda; former vice-chancellor of Rhodes University Dr Saleem Badat; and Alice Wamundiya, a former car guard from Rwanda who established an organisation to provide tertiary education for refugees.RECOGNITION IN 2014This year, the award winners were:Founding directors of the Adonis Musati Project for refugees, Gayle McWalter and Gahlia Brogneri: 2014 Inyathelo Award for Social Justice Philanthropy;Founder of the Chess Development Project, Jabulani Ncubuka: Inyathelo Award for Philanthropy in Youth Development;Founding patron of The Ampersand Foundation, Jack Ginsberg: Award for Philanthropy in the Arts;Co-founder of the Spread Luv Movement, Kgomotso Mokoena: Youth in Philanthropy;Founder and president of the DAD Fund to nurture young leaders, Lyndon Barends: Philanthropy in Education;Founder and director of Hlumelelisa for convicted offenders, Paul Bruns: Philanthropy in Rehabilitation and Job Creation;Youth activist and founder of Vanthswa Va Xivono, Samuel Ntsanwisi: Philanthropy in Youth Development;Mohamed Fayaz Khan: Philanthropy in Child Welfare;Founders and funders of the HELP after-school education programme, Anna-Marie and Jan Kaars-Sijpesteijn: Philanthropy Award for Support in Education; and,Founding chairman of The Atlantic Philanthropies, Charles Feeney: 2014 Inyathelo Lifetime Philanthropy Award for Giving While Living.Gastrow said the recognition of Feeney and The Atlantic Philanthropies was important. “Atlantic has served as a key partner for education, health and human rights organisations in our country. Led by the late Gerald Kraak, Atlantic’s giving in South Africa was strategic and impactful, creating a community of individuals and organisations committed to democracy. The closure of Atlantic’s activity here is a challenge to local philanthropy to step into the breach and to move away from working within a charitable paradigm towards targeting initiatives that bring about systemic change.”THE ATLANTIC PHILANTHROPIESCharles “Chuck” Feeney was born during the Great Depression in the US to working class Irish parents. He started his entrepreneurial endeavours at an early age by selling Christmas cards door-to-door and teaming up with a friend to shovel pavements during snowstorms.After high school he enlisted in the army and once he completed his service, he took advantage of the GI Bill, a government-funded education benefit for veterans, to attend Cornell University, becoming the first member of his family to go to college.According to Inyathelo, Feeney believes that people who have been fortunate to amass great wealth should use their wealth for a greater good. In 1982, he established The Atlantic Philanthropies, which has made grants totalling more than $6.5-billion (R71.3-billion), focused on promoting education, health, peace, reconciliation and human dignity.SPREAD LUV MOVEMENTThe Spread Luv Movement is the result of a group of eight successful friends who wanted to use their experience and knowledge to inspire disadvantaged young people, and help put them on the path to success.According to Inyathelo, Mokoena, an attorney specialising in labour and media law, placed her personal resources at the disposal of this project. Together with her professional colleagues and friends, she has provided career guidance and advice to hundreds of high school pupils at more than 45 under-resourced schools in and around Johannesburg over the past four years.Mokoena said: “Me and my friends, others whom we go back as far as high school, counted our blessings and thought how we could give back. It still surprises us every day how we started an NGO.”The movement also helps pupils apply for bursaries and many of the youngsters it has mentored have gone on to excel in their tertiary studies.last_img read more

Are you travel ready?

first_img18 December 2015As the December break begins, the Department of Home Affairs has launched a campaign to urge all South Africans to make sure they are “travel ready” before they go on holiday – particularly if they are travelling with children.Find out more about new requirements for children travelling through South African ports of entry – effective 1 June 2015 – on the Department of Home Affairs website.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img

John Kani showcases Xhosa in

first_img17 May 2016NATIONAL NEWS: John Kani appears in Captain America: Civil War> https://t.co/[email protected] pic.twitter.com/cBUwMwSaBP— Pretoria Rekord (@RekordNewspaper) May 6, 2016In the Hollywood blockbuster movie, Captain America: Civil War, South African star John Kani portrays the king of the Wakanda nation, a fictional African country. To give the role greater authenticity, Kani used Xhosa as the indigenous language of Wakanda during a scene with US actor Chadwick Boseman, who plays T’Challa, his son, heir, and the Black Panther.Kani recently spoke to the South African Sunday Times newspaper about the role and how he convinced directors Joe and Anthony Russo to give the characters a true African feel, as opposed to how the continent and its people have been portrayed on film in the past.“I asked the directors ‘why am I speaking English to my son?’ We are supposed to be from Africa.”The Russo brothers enthusiastically agreed. Kani taught Boseman a few phrases and how to get the unique Xhosa click perfect. Kani said the directors enjoyed the clicks because it gave the dialogue a sense of realism.Since opening at cinemas at the end of April, proud and pleasantly surprised South Africans took to Twitter to celebrate this small slice of Mzansi in Hollywood.Bravo @chadwickboseman & Dr. John Kani! The interaction between T’Challa & T’Chaka was Epic #CaptainAmericaCivilWar pic.twitter.com/QiXwumhzaC— Team Black Panther (@JerrellZod) May 16, 2016I didn’t know that John Kani is also in Captain America Civil War. I am so proud of him— Era Baloyi (@EraBaloyi) May 15, 2016That scene when John Kani speaks isiXhosa on the #CaptainAmerica movie, priceless #thisflag— #7XPSLchampsSundowns (@hector_mbatha) May 14, 2016Respect to John Kani for getting the producers to put isiXhosa into Captain America. — Sweeterman (@DuziNyosi) May 14, 2016Got so excited when I heard the legendary SA actor(John Kani) speaking isiXhosa on Captain America.— Liga Champion (@LulamaFCB_RCB) May 8, 2016Hear the rest of the interview with Kani on the making of Captain America: Civil War. He shares unique insights on the Hollywood blockbuster from the perspective of one of Africa’s most accomplished actors.John KaniKani has been acting for over 50 years, first finding widespread fame performing and writing with playwright Athol Fugard in Sizwe Bansi is Dead in the early 1970s. He performed the play on both the West End and Broadway. He also won a Tony award for his performance in 1975.He became the first black South Africa to perform as Shakespeare’s Othello in apartheid South Africa in 1987.During the 1970s, 80s and 90s, Kani appeared in a number of local and international films, including A Dry White Season, The Ghost In The Darkness and End Game, which dealt with the ANC-National Party negotiations during the final days of apartheid. Kani played Oliver Tambo to British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Thabo Mbeki.The Black PantherCreated in 1966, the Black Panther character is the first black superhero in American mainstream comic culture and the first to have an African origin story.He is the son of the King of Wakanda, where a meteorite imbued superpowers to the royal and his descendants to protect the country’s people and fight against evil threatening the continent.The Black Panther began as a supporting character in the X-Men, the Avengers, Spider Man and Daredevil. Soon the character had his own comic book title, where some of the best and most outspoken African-American and African writers and artists have built on the Black Panther’s mythology.A Black Panther standalone film is currently in pre-production, with award- winning director Ryan Coogler. Boseman will reprise his role. The film will be shot in Africa and feature actors and crew from the continent, including South Africa. The film will be released in 2018.Source: Sunday Timeslast_img read more

Meralco Manila repulses Kaya

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “The players stepped up and we are fortunate to have good subs,” said Manila coach Aris Caslib whose team faces JPV at home on Tuesday before clashing with Ceres Negros on Sunday.Over at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City, Ceres Negros returned to winning ways after a 5-0 drubbing of JPV Marikina. —CEDELF P. TUPASFEATURED 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 LATEST STORIES Substitute Jinggoy Valmayor scored in the 92nd minute as Meralco Manila subdued Kaya Makati, 1-0, Saturday night to keep top spot in the Philippines Football League.The former University of the Philippines standout headed home a cross from Daniel Gadia right at the death as the Sparks prevailed in a physical duel between the two Big City rivals.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax01:37Protesters 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 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Team Yellow tames Blue in PVL All-Star Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

Messi nets 4 goals to keep Barcelona with perfect record

first_imgBrazil midfielder Paulinho and Denis Suarez also scored for the Catalan club, while Sergi Enrich netted Eibar’s goal.Barcelona was without Ousmane Dembele, who injured his left thigh at the weekend and is expected to be sidelined for up to four months. The young France forward, Barcelona’s top signing during the transfer window, traveled to Finland to undergo surgery on a ruptured tendon. He made only three appearances after arriving to replace Neymar.Valverde left Luis Suarez on the bench and started with Gerard Deulofeu, Denis Suarez and Messi as a false “9″ in the attack. Paulinho, the Brazil midfielder who came off the bench to score the winner against Getafe on Saturday, also made it to the starting lineup.“Today we have been able to rest certain players and give playing time to others who needed to play and it turned out well,” Valverde said.___LOSING AGAINValencia won 5-0 with a hat trick by Simone Zaza to hand Malaga its fifth straight loss to start the season.Zaza scored his three goals eight minutes apart early in the second half to give Valencia its first victory after three straight draws and move the club into third place.Forward Santi Mina and Rodrigo also scored for the hosts at Mestalla Stadium. View comments Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi scores a penalty during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Eibar at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — Lionel Messi added to his impressive start to the season by scoring four goals and helping Barcelona rout Eibar 6-1 to extend its perfect record in the Spanish league on Tuesday.Messi converted a penalty in the first half and scored three more goals in the second to give Barcelona its fifth straight victory in the league.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges The Argentina playmaker took his tally to 12 goals in eight matches this season, including nine in the five league games.Messi had already scored a hat trick in Barcelona’s 5-0 rout of Espanyol in the Catalan derby two rounds ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe result gave Barcelona a five-point lead over Sevilla, which hosts Las Palmas on Wednesday. Real Sociedad, six points back, is at Levante on Thursday.Defending champion Real Madrid, seven points behind Barcelona, hosts Real Betis on Wednesday. Alex Gordon hits MLB’s record-setting 5,694th HR of season It has been a rather unexpectedly good start to the season for Barcelona, which began the league amid turmoil after seeing Neymar leave for Paris Saint-Germain and losing the Spanish Super Cup match to Real Madrid.It is the best start to the league for Messi, who in 2011-12 had scored eight goals after five matches.He is the league’s leading scorer, with four goals more than Simone Zaza of Valencia, who had a hat trick in a 5-0 rout of Malaga earlier Tuesday.“He is one of the smartest players I’ve ever seen on a field,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said of Messi. “You don’t really know how, but he is always in good position. He is extraordinary.”It was the fourth time Messi has scored four goals or more with Barcelona.ADVERTISEMENT Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more