Kidnapped foreign journalists freed

first_img February 24, 2021 Find out more News SomaliaAfrica Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia News News March 2, 2021 Find out more SomaliaAfrica Freeman and Cendon were kidnapped as they left from their hotel in Bosasso, in the northern semi-autonomous region of Puntland, on 26 November. They had been in Bosasso for about a week to report on piracy. to go further “While we welcome the release of Freeman and Cendon, it is intolerable that journalists are kidnapped for ransom in connection with their legitimate work,” NUSOJ secretary-general Omar Faruk Osman said. Help by sharing this information Organisation center_img Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about yesterday’s abduction of two foreign journalists – a Briton and a Spaniard – in Bosasso (northeastern region of Puntland). Two Somalis were with them when they were kidnapped. “We pin out hopes on the competent authorities, who should be aware that time is the key factor in achieving a positive outcome in this kind of case,” Reporters Without Borders said. RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region RSF_en News January 4, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Kidnapped foreign journalists freed The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) and Reporters Without Borders welcome the release today of British reporter Colin Freeman and Spanish photographer José Cendon, both employed by the London-based Daily Telegraph newspaper. “We reiterate our call for the immediate and unconditional release of three journalists – Amanda Lindhout, Abdifatah Mohammed Elmi and Nigel Brennan – who were abducted in Mogadishu on 23 August,” Faruk added._____________________27.11.08 – Two foreign journalists kidnapped in PuntlandReporters Without Borders is very concerned about yesterday’s abduction of two foreign journalists – a Briton and a Spaniard – in Bosasso, the business capital of the semi-autonomous northeastern region of Puntland. Two Somalis were with them when they were kidnapped.“This abduction is a reminder that banditry, piracy and politically-motivated crime pose a constant threat to foreigners – journalists and humanitarian workers – who go to Somalia,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We pin out hopes on the competent authorities, who should be aware that time is the key factor in achieving a positive outcome in this kind of case.”Gunmen intercepted the two journalists at around 10 a.m., shortly after they had left their hotel in central Bosasso, on Puntland’s northern coast, to go to the airport to fly to Djibouti. The British journalist’s identity is known but his employer does not want the media to name him. His Spanish colleague is freelance photographer José Cendón. Both were covering piracy in the Gulf of Aden. It is believed they are still being held in the area.One of the two Somalis with them when they were abducted was their fixer. The other one was understood to be a journalist. Their identities cannot be published for security reasons. There is so far no independent confirmation as to whether they are currently also being held against their will.Torn by clan rivalry and the greed of uncontrolled armed gangs, Puntland is used as a base by the “families” responsible for hijacking civilian vessels and organising smuggling between Somalia and Yemen. The area is also the fief of Abdullahi Yusuf, the president of Somalia’s transitional federal government.Three journalists and six humanitarian workers are currently hostages in the southern part of the country. Canadian reporter Amanda Lindhout, Australian photographer Nigel Brennan and Somali journalist Abdifatah Elmi have been held by an independent militia in Mogadishu since 23 August. Two foreign employees of Médecins du Monde were kidnapped near the Ethiopian border and four Action Against Hunger employees were kidnapped at Dhusa Mareb airport, to the north of Mogadishu.French freelance journalist Gwen Le Gouil was held hostage for eight days at the end of last year while in Bosasso to do a story on the smuggling of illegal migrants across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen, a crossing in which many lose their lives. This lucrative trade is controlled by small bands based on clan ties and backed by their own militias. The local authorities struggle to control the situation in the region, where a sizable proportion of the population lives off these various criminal activities. Receive email alerts Follow the news on Somalia RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists January 8, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Richemont contests at fair

first_imgThe prestigious Richemont Club’s competitions will for the first time be open to all, not just members, at Bakers’ Fair.Bakers’ Fair Autumn, on Sunday 2 October at the Bolton Arena, will host the competitions for the eighth year running.The event will also host a masterclass on cake pop-making from John Robertshaw of Bako North Western; a talk from the Soil Association on ’Demystifying organic’; and demonstrations from Richemont Club of Great Britain members.Visit www.bakersfair.co.uk for free registration and details.last_img

NBA players, executives share thoughts on a ‘wide-open’ Western Conference next season

first_img Clippers’ rhythm is missing but their spirits strong before playoff opener Other teams are getting more uprooted: Portland, for example, will see key rotation players Al Farouq-Aminu, Seth Curry and Rodney Hood hit the market. While the Clippers hope to hit it big in free agency, many of the veterans who guided them in a six-game series against the Warriors might land elsewhere, highlighted by point guard Patrick Beverley.That’s another argument for the Rockets, Morey said: “Most teams are scrambling to keep their starting unit together. We got ours next year.”Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWhile a highly consequential free agency period begins on Sunday, the NBA is already beginning to size up what next season looks like. In the Western Conference, that’s a surprisingly complex question: Most of the contenders, to this point, have obvious flaws of one kind or another, and next year’s potential is mostly in the eye of the beholder.Several Western officials and players questioned about the future of the West at the NBA Awards Show on Monday night foresee a much more “wide-open” conference next season. Among those who will compete to succeed the injury-plagued Warriors, the Rockets, the Nuggets, the Trail Blazers, the Jazz and a few others stand out, as well as whatever foundation the Lakers assemble around All-Stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis. But few – outside of Morey – are willing to take a stab at who might rise above.Outside of the Lakers, one of the biggest offseason moves so far has been Utah’s trade for Memphis point guard Mike Conley, who they hope will address offensive shortcomings that have bounced them out of the postseason the past two years. Conley already has expressed enthusiasm with his new teammates – “I’m so glad I don’t have to play against Rudy (Gobert) or Donovan (Mitchell) again” – but didn’t want to speculate on who might stand out.“I can’t tell you favorites,” he said. “I can tell you we’re going to be very good and our goal is to win a championship.”While teams certainly will be looking to add players, stability might be a core indicator for others as to which teams might stand out. The Denver Nuggets, for example, have most of their talent under contract: Paul Millsap is the only key contributor who might be a free agent, and he still has a team option. Though capped out, Oklahoma City is also expected to retain a good portion of its starting group, and if Paul George and Russell Westbrook get healthy, they could be considered a threat despite consecutive first-round playoff exits. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers center_img The X-factor is free agency: Last summer, the NBA thought James coming West might rock the playoff picture. Even though that didn’t come to pass, a number of the East’s top players – Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, Jimmy Butler, Al Horford – are about to hit the market, and there’s a threat that even more stars could switch conferences.The pairing of James and Davis also has captured attention, though many Western competitors didn’t wish to comment much about it.“I think they’re doing everything they can to build the most competitive team possible for the next few years,” Jazz center Rudy Gobert said. “Not much else to say about it.”There are always rising and falling teams as well, and besides the Lakers, other squads on the cusp hope to punch their way into the playoffs next year. Dallas Mavericks wing Luka Doncic looked happy winning his Rookie of the Year award on Monday night, but before the ceremony, he expressed that he thought his team had “a great chance” of signing a big free agent.“I’m excited for next year, trying to get into the playoffs,” he said. “There’s a lot of amazing free agents, so we’ll see.” SANTA MONICA — After a half-decade of Warriors dominance, what will the West look like?Daryl Morey has a suggestion: Keep an eye on his Rockets.The Houston general manager has heard rumblings about his stars James Harden and Chris Paul not getting along and spent the better part of the month trying to quash the rumors. He’s dealt with the missteps of a new owner who has dragged a contract dispute with his head coach into the public light. Still, he wants people to remember that the Rockets twice took Golden State to at least six games, and often looked like the best Western threat to the Warriors’ dominance – why wouldn’t they ascend next season?“It’s been the strangest part of my career with the media,” he said. “There have been times we deserve terrible coverage. It’s not now. The discussion should be we are favorites next year and let people beat that up.” Clippers rookies key overtime victory over Oklahoma City Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Paralympic Team South Africa rocks!

first_imgSwimming Athletics Ampie Louw, Pistorius’ coach, reckoned his charge could have gone even faster, but said a virus Pistorius had been fighting for the past week had taken its toll. After Lombard’s win, Langenhoven – who Lombard called “the story of the Paralympics” – outpaced two Chinese athletes to capture the T12 200 metres. Langenhoven set a new world record when he won the T12 pentathlon, then added a new Paralympic record in winning the long jump, before earning his third gold on Tuesday by taking victory in the 200 metres in 21.94 seconds. Mixed Individual Road Race CP 1/CP 2 Riaan Nel Track Men’s Sprint (B&VI 1-3) Gavin Kilpatrick, Michael Thomson GOLD Equestrian SILVER 17 September 2008 Pistorius didn’t want to talk about his illness afterwards. “To have taken part in the very last race of this year’s Paralympic Games was an unbelievable honour and a very emotional moment,” he said. “Tonight I didn’t run only for myself, but for the whole of South Africa. That is why it was more than important for me to do well. The world has to know that we South Africans are winners.” Ilse Hayes, the winner of the F13 long jump, added a silver medal to her personal haul when she clocked 12.45 seconds in the 100 metres final. All that remains in Beijing is the closing ceremony, at which veteran swimmer Tadhg Slattery will carry the South African flag. Hand Cycling Women’s Long Jump – F13 Ilse HayesMen’s Pentathlon – P12 Hilton LangenhovenMen’s Long Jump – F12 Hilton LangenhovenMen’s 200m – T12 Hilton LangenhovenMen’s 100m – T37 Fanie van der MerweMen’s 200m – T37 Fanie van der Merwe Men’s Discus Throw – F42 Fanie Lombard Men’s 100m – T44 Oscar Pistorius Men’s 200m – T44 Oscar PistoriusMen’s 400m – T44 Oscar Pistorius Individual Championship Test – Grade IV Philippa Johnson Individual Freestyle Test – Grade IV Philippa Johnson Athletics SOUTH AFRICAN MEDAL WINNERS South Africa’s Paralympians astounded and amazed as they finished sixth in the final medals standings with 21 gold, three silver and six bronze medals. The Rainbow Nation also produced three of the stars of the Beijing Paralympics in Natalie du Toit, Oscar Pistorius and Hilton Langenhoven. Cycling Fanie Lombard set South Africa on the right path on Tuesday when he won the F46 discus by more than two metres with a distance of 46.75 metres. It was the eighth gold medal of Lombard’s Paralympic career, which also includes two silver and two bronze medals. Men’s Individual Road Race – Ernst van Dyk Women’s 100m – T13 Ilse HayesMen’s Long Jump – F46 David Roos Du Toit bagged five gold medals from five events she entered in the SB9 swimming – and was named the female winner of the Whang Youn Dai Achievement Award for the 2008 Games – while Pistorius raced to the treble of 100, 200 and 400 metre titles in the T44 class. Paralympic Team South Africa, throughout the Games in Beijing, have produced one feel-good story after another. No doubt, when they return to South Africa, it will be to a heroes’ welcome. They deserve it. “Blade Runner” Pistorius then brought the curtain down on the track programme in Beijing, obliterating the field to win the T44 400 metres in a new world record time of 47.49 seconds, finishing a massive 3.49 seconds ahead of runner-up Jim Bob Bizzell of the USA. Cycling Women’s 100m Butterfly – S9 Natalie du Toit Women’s 200m Individual Medley – SM9 Natalie du ToitWomen’s 50m Freestyle – S9 Natalie du ToitWomen’s 100m Freestyle – S9 Natalie du Toit Women’s 400m Freestyle – S9 Natalie du Toit Women’s 100m Backstroke – S10 Shireen Sapiro Men’s 100m Breaststroke – SB9 Kevin Paul Men’s 400m Freestyle – S13 Charl Bouwer Men’s 100m Breaststroke – SB5 Tadhg Slattery Swimming Fanie van der Merwe completed a sprint double in the T37 class when he captured the 200 metres in a new world record 23.84 seconds. After South Africa’s disappointing performance at the Olympic Games in Beijing, many South African sports fans feared the country’s Paralympic team might suffer the same fate. They need not have worried, as the team not only achieved their hoped-for goals, but exceeded them. The men’s T54 marathon for wheelchair athletes, the final event of the Games on Wednesday, also produced South Africa’s final medal. Ernst van Dyk, winner of a gold medal in hand cycling, added a bronze in the marathon as he finished just one second behind the winner, Kurt Fearnley of Australia. Athletics BRONZE Men’s 100m – T35 Teboho MokgalagadiMen’s Javelin Throw – F35/36 Nicholas Newman Men’s Shot Put – F42 Fanie Lombard Men’s Marathon – T54 Ernst van Dyk Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Ministry of Health PHO need to do more to ensure safety of

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Office of the Auditor General of British Columbia has released a report that looks at the safety of the Province’s drinking water.According to Auditor General Carol Bellringer, the report, titled ‘The Protection of Drinking Water: An Independent Audit’, concludes that the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer are not sufficiently protecting drinking water for all British Columbians.“We undertook this audit because of the considerable importance of safe drinking water and because the risks to drinking water are increasing. We found that overall, the Ministry of Health and the PHO’s accountability to ensure drinking water was protected is concerning.” Bellringer says while the Ministry has taken some action to mitigate risks to drinking water, more needs to be done as they have not developed a strategy to address which water systems are at risk.Bellringer also says B.C. has not had a known outbreak of a waterborne illness since 2004, but if a single event that contaminates drinking water were to happen, it could cause serious health impacts for numerous people.The full report is available on the Auditor General’s website.last_img read more

Court martial of Major Gogoi completed he may now face reduction in

first_imgNew Delhi/Srinagar: The court martial proceedings against Major Leetul Gogoi, who was at the centre of the 2017 ‘human shield’ controversy, have been completed and he may face reduction in seniority as a punishment for “fraternising” with a local woman in Srinagar last year, officials said. The court martial process against his driver, Sameer Malla, who was facing charges of unauthorised absence from the unit, was also completed recently in the Kashmir valley and he is likely to be given a “severe reprimand”. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsMalla was recruited in the Territorial Army in 2017 and he was posted with 53 sector of Rashtriya Rifles, a counter-insurgency force fighting militancy in J&K. After completion of Summary of Evidence against Major Gogoi and his driver in early February followed by the initiation of court martial proceedings, the two men have been held guilty on two counts — “fraternising” with a local in spite of instructions to the contrary and “being away from the place of duty while in operational area”, the officials said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayStatements of the accused as well as other witnesses were recorded by the Army court and the punishment, which will be vetted by the Army headquarters, has been given, they added. The Army (CoI) had recommended disciplinary action against Major Gogoi after it indicted him as well as his driver for the Srinagar hotel incident on May 23 last year. Major Gogoi was detained by police following an altercation with the hotel staff when he was allegedly trying to enter inside with an 18-year-old woman. The woman had expressed her unwillingness to depose during the court martial proceedings and informed the Army authorities that she had given a statement before a magistrate and the same should be treated as her final stand. The woman had also stated that she had gone out with Major Gogoi of her own will, besides disclosing that she had become a friend of the Army officer through his fake Facebook profile, where he had named himself Ubaid Arman. Immediately after the incident came to light last year, Army chief Bipin Rawat had said that exemplary punishment would be given to Major Gogoi if he was found guilty of “any offence”.last_img read more

Australian teen escapes with caution for egging farright senator

first_imgSydney: An Australian teenager lauded worldwide for egging a far-right senator who made offensive comments about the Christchurch mosque attacks was let off with a police caution for the incident Tuesday. William Connolly, now better known as “Egg Boy”, cracked an egg on the head of Fraser Anning during a March 16 press conference, prompting the senator to hit him several times in the face. The controversial politician had a day earlier drawn international condemnation when he blamed the attacks in New Zealand that killed 50 people at two mosques last month on immigration. Connolly’s act spawned viral memes and drew support from around the world, with a GoFundMe page raising more than Aus 80,000 (US 57,000) to help with any legal fees and “more eggs”. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe 17-year-old said he would donate money raised to the victims of the attacks. Victoria state police said after investigating footage of the incident they would not be pressing charges against Connolly. “The 17-year-old Hampton boy has been issued with an official caution in relation to the incident,” police said in a statement. They said Anning had also escaped charges. “On assessment of all the circumstances, the 69-year-old’s actions were treated as self-defence and there was no reasonable prospect of conviction,” police said. Several men could be seen pinning Connolly to the ground after the egging.last_img read more

You may have noticed that the United States isnt

center_img Russia is projected to produce 64 million pounds per year by 2020. The majority – 40 million pounds – will come from Russia itself, and the remainder from its foreign projects in Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Mongolia. But there’s an often forgotten subsector of uranium production: the processes necessary to convert U3O8 into something that power plants can use. For that purpose, yellowcake is first converted into uranium hexafluoride (UF6) at a conversion facility, then enriched, or concentrated, at an enrichment plant. Russia’s main conversion facility is at Angarsk, with a capacity of 42 million pounds of uranium per year. A small facility near Moscow, rated at 1.54 million pounds per year, primarily converts recycled uranium. Russia can claim about one-third of the uranium-conversion capacity worldwide. Rosatom, the regulatory body of the Russian nuclear program, is also looking to set up an additional conversion plant by 2015, with the planned capacity currently unknown. The United States normally owns 20% of the world’s conversion capacity; however, its plant, Metropolis, is currently shut down for maintenance and upgrades. Though the plant is scheduled to reopen in June 2013, the current shutdown just adds to the growing scarcity of UF6.last_img read more