TV agency boss facing charges over food riots says he is being harassed for links with al-Jazeera

first_img Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff Receive email alerts EgyptMiddle East – North Africa News February 6, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today voiced concern about legal action against Nader Gohar, owner of Egyptian TV news agency the Cairo News Company (CNC), who was charged on 5 May with unlicensed broadcasting of food riots in the north of the country on 6 April. The al-Aguza correctional court in Cairo on 5 May charged Gohar with broadcasting protests without permission in the Nile Delta city of Mahalla against a hike in the price of basic foodstuffs, in which demonstrators were shown tearing down photos of Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak.The complaint was made against him by the public Egypt Radio Television Union and on 17 April, police searched CNC offices and seized satellite dishes and equipment belonging to foreign channels that work with the broadcast company. Cairo’s prosecutor-general questioned Gohar on three occasions and his trial is due to open on 26 May.Gohar denied to Reporters Without Borders that he had sent a team to Mahalla to cover the protests. “A lot of companies work without licences in Egypt. I am a victim of the state’s campaign of harassment against al-Jazeera, one of the TV channels I work with regularly,” he said. Gohar confirmed that he has not had a broadcast licence for several months, but added that the authorities had told him to wait for law reform before renewing his application.“Covering food riots is full of pitfalls for the media. Several journalists and bloggers were arrested during the events that shook the city of Mahalla in April,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“Legal proceedings started against Nader Gohar sound a warning to all Egyptian journalists who work with foreign media. We call on the prosecutor’s office to put an end to these proceedings and to give the journalist time to renew his work permit,” it said.Gohar, whose lawyer has not been given permission to see the file, faces a prison sentence and a harsh fine. The trial judge will be Sherif Kamal, who has handed down severe sentences to journalists in previous cases. Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Egypt May 7, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 TV agency boss facing charges over food riots says he is being harassed for links with al-Jazeera Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolutioncenter_img Organisation News News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa February 1, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News to go further January 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

SUU’s Angie Nickerson Named Big Sky Cross Country Athlete of Week

first_img Brad James September 18, 2018 /Sports News – Local SUU’s Angie Nickerson Named Big Sky Cross Country Athlete of Week Tags: Angie Nickerson/Big Sky Conference/SUU Women’s Cross Country/UC Riverside FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-Tuesday, Southern Utah University women’s cross country runner Angie Nickerson was named as the Big Sky Conference women’s cross country athlete of the week for a key win Saturday at UC Riverside.Nickerson was the Thunderbirds’ leading runner in the women’s 6-K at Riverside, Calif., running a time of 20:00.60.This is the first award of the season won by either the Thunderbirds’ men’s or women’s cross country squads. Written bylast_img

Champlain College Dedicates Schillhammer Hall

first_imgChamplain College Dedicates Schillhammer Hall BURLINGTON, Vt. Champlain College recently honored trustee emeritus and alumnus Richard W. Schillhammer Class of 1934 and founder of Queen City Printers (QCP), and his family, with the dedication of Schillhammer Hall. The building, located at 109 Summit St., formerly known as East Hall, has served as a residence hall since being acquired by Champlain in 1994. Dick has long been a respected community citizen and leader, said Champlain College President Dave Finney. For three generations, Champlain College has been entrusted with the education of the Schillhammers. In addition to Dick, his son John and daughter-in-law Ann are graduates of the College classes of 1960 and 1962, respectively. His granddaughter Shari and her husband Randy attended Champlain and earned their degrees in 1983. We are very fortunate to have the Schillhammer family as our alums and trusted friends. Shelley Richardson, vice president of development and alumni affairs at Champlain added, Dick Schillhammers recent gift to the College is a shining example of how our alumni continue to have an impact on the advancement of our unique mission in providing a relevant professional education and solidifying Champlains role in the Burlington and the broader community for years to come. A half century ago, Dick Schillhammer opened a small printing business when the commercial printing division at The Burlington Free Press closed its doors. He brought with him a reputation for excellent letterpress craftsmanship – a reputation that quickly earned Queen City Printers a loyal following among local businesses. Through the years, QCP evolved along with printing technology, but the company’s reputation as craftsmen above all else has endured. Today, under the direction of Dick’s youngest son, Alan, QCP combines state-of-the-art technology with old fashioned service and craftsmanship. Schillhammer Hall was constructed in 1894 by Oliver S. Presbrey, owner of the Cheever Iron Ore Company of Port Henry, N.Y. Presbrey died in 1920, and his widow eventually sold the house to City Engineer James Cashman and his wife, Ada. Cashman had a hand in many important construction projects in the region including Burlington City Hall, Memorial Auditorium and the “High Bridge” in Winooski. In 1937, the Doane family divided the house into apartments. The Doanes sold the house to Royal and Barbara Gibbo in 1976. Champlain purchased the property from Barbara Gibbo in 1994 and named it East Hall. With its new name, Schillhammer Hall will continue to serve as student housing, accommodating students during the academic year at Champlain.Champlain College, a private baccalaureate institution, was founded in 1878. Champlain has approximately 2,000 undergraduate students, presenting 32 states and 17 countries. It was ranked in the top tier of Best Comprehensive Colleges in the North by U.S. News & World Reports Americas Best Colleges 2009.Located in Burlington, Champlain College offers Education in Three Dimensions, a unique, multi-faceted approach to professional development, academic excellence and community-based life experience education over four years. Champlain also offers study abroad programs with campuses in Dublin, Ireland and Montreal, Quebec and extensive online and continuing professional educationTo learn more about Champlain College, visit www.champlain.edu(link is external).last_img read more

Wilson buys ex-RAF site in Warrington

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New chairman of Tipperary County Board

first_imgMichael Bourke from Upperchurch-Drombane has been elected chairman of the Tipp County Board.He succeeds Kilsheelan’s Sean Nugent for a three year term.Speaking to Tipp FM at last nights convention in Thurles Michael Bourke said solving the club fixtures crisis is high on his list of priorities.  He says this is as a result of having so many dual clubs and so many teams together with the success of inter county teams.Michael Bourke will now talk to club officers and players to see if they can change the thinking.John Devane from Boherlahan-Dualla was elected as the new County Board Vice-Chairman.PJ Maher, also from Boherlahan, was elected as the Development Officer, beating Joe Brennan of Ballyneale/Grangemockler by 156 votes to 62.John Costigan from JK Brackens and Jimmy Minogue from Nenagh Eire Óg were both elected to be Tipperary’s representatives on the Munster Council.last_img read more

GWI proposes countrywide replacement of distribution networks

first_imgGuyana Water Inc (GWI) Managing Director, Dr Richard Van West-Charles said that there was an urgent need for the replacement of all water distribution networks countrywide.The call comes on the heels of the two breakages on Thursday in the water distribution networks at Vlissengen Road, in the vicinity of the Popeyes fast food outlet. The repairs to this distribution network are scheduled to be completed by tomorrow.At a press conference on Friday, at GWI’s headquarters, Dr Van West-Charles said that within the past three months, there have been six breakages and 10 overall for the year. He disclosed that the last three breakages have cost the utility company $15 million. The breakages are a direct result of the aged pipe infrastructure that currently exists in Georgetown.He added that “as we improve the water production for Sophia and central Georgetown, once those systems are up and running, it means that central Georgetown will receive higher water pressure, which can rupture the system”. It was also disclosed that the Public Utility Commission (PUC) has approved a fixed charge of $250 for the maintenance of all distribution networks countrywide. This charge is expected to come into effect from October 1, 2018.“One of the things I would like to put to the (GWI) Board for approval is to have Central Government advance the cost for the replacement of these lines over a number of years, to be agreed upon. Also, that part of the fixed charge that comes to us is directed towards that cost,” Dr Van West-Charles stated. The Managing Director said the issue has engaged the attention of the GWI for the past two years, adding that it was imperative that the matter was addressed urgently.last_img read more

Accessibility Awareness Day on Friday

first_imgFort St. John City Councilors and members of the media will be hitting the pavement in wheelchairs this Friday. The Rick Hansen Foundation will be collaborating with SPARC BC and Measuring up the North, to host Access Awareness Day on May 29th. Spokersperson Lori Slater says the event will take participants through a planned route through the city. – Advertisement -She says it will give participants a chance to feel what it’s like to use a wheelchair in everyday activities. [asset|aid=1427|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=39c0c01f2483ce1f27c5cb512060a212-Slater 1_3_Pub.mp3] There will be around 12 participants attending the event. Wheelchairs are being donated by several organizations and individuals.Advertisement Slater says she hopes it doesn’t rain on Friday, but she might continue the event even if it does. [asset|aid=1428|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=39c0c01f2483ce1f27c5cb512060a212-Slater 2_3_Pub.mp3] Anyone interested in participating can call Lori Slater at 250-787-1912. Slater says if there are no wheelchairs available, those interested can walk the route.After the event, Slater says there will be an information session on accessibility at the North Peace Leasure Pool, around 5:30 pm.Advertisementlast_img read more

Stephen Curry scores 15,000th career point

first_imgSo, the Warriors’ star dribbled down the court. Then he hoisted a 31-foot 3-pointer. And like most of them that he has taken in his … CLICK HERE if you are unable to view this photo gallery or video on your mobile device* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *OAKLAND – With the ball in his hands and the open court in front of him, Stephen Curry did not see anything that could stop him.last_img

49ers’ Jordan Matthews heads to France to see wife in World Cup

first_imgSANTA CLARA – Wide receiver Jordan Matthews is heading for a storybook destination now that 49ers minicamp is complete. He’s off to France, where his wife, Cheyna, is playing for Jamaica in its first-ever Women’s World Cup.“We’re in this crazy phase right now,” Matthews said after Wednesday’s practice. “She’s watched me play on this (NFL) stage, and now she’s playing on the biggest soccer stage in the world.”It’s a fabulous phase that Matthews’ former Philadelphia Eagles teammate, Zach Ertz, …last_img

Football Fridays fever mounts

first_imgSouth Africa’s 2010 mascot Zakumiinteracted with government employees atthe Football Fridays launch. Diski Dancers teaching governmentofficials the dance. Deputy health minister Molefi Sefularoblows on his vuvuzela. (Images: BonganiNkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Terrence Manase The Presidency+12 300 5436 or +27 82 338 6707RELATED ARTICLES• Peace football tournament for SA • Stadiums ‘on track’ for 2010• Get kitted for Football FridaysBongani NkosiThe South African government has thrown its full weight behind Football Fridays – a campaign to drum up support for national football squad Bafana Bafana ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Football Fridays was officially launched at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 30 October 2009 and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe was there to give his seal of approval.“We would like to make the call to all South Africans, especially public servants, to wear football jerseys every Friday in anticipation of this great celebration coming our way next year … the Football Friday concept is one such initiative that government fully supports,” he said.The drive was introduced in September by the International Marketing Council (IMC) and has since been encouraging the public to don shirts of their favourite team, be it Kaizer Chiefs or Manchester United, at the end of every working week.As the custodian of Brand South Africa, the IMC’s primary task is to promote the country as a destination “Alive with Possibility”.“Fly the Flag for Football”, of which Football Fridays is a part, and “Feel the Diski Rhythm: it’s time to celebrate 2010!” are further IMC initiatives designed to ignite football spirit in South Africa before the World Cup kicks off here in June next year.At Friday’s launch government officials and Union Buildings employees turned out in their droves to be introduced to Football Fridays in style. “We must ensure that every public servant wears their jersey every Friday,” said the Presidency’s chief operations officer Jesse Duarte.The intention is to get every working South African in his or her football jersey every Friday, including those in the private sector, where the initiative is already taking shape, said Irvin Khoza, chairperson of the 2010 Local Organising Committee.Besides getting the nation in the desired mood for an exciting tournament, Football Fridays will also inspire national unity that is “required to host a successful World Cup”.“Football Fridays is a brilliant concept. We encourage everybody to support it,” Irvin said.“We believe that [Football Fridays] will help us define our South Africanness,” said IMC CEO Paul Bannister.Bafana Bafana gears upFootball Fridays, said Sports and Recreation Minister Makhenkesi Stofile, is all about “laying a solid foundation to build a movement around Bafana Bafana”.The minister added that the initiative will go a long way in reigniting the spirit shown to the national team during the Fifa Confederations Cup in June 2009.Bafana, which had struggled during the eight matches in the run-up to the tournament, put in a sterling performance at the Confed Cup. It collected four points in the group stages and went on to lose 1-0 to Brazil in the semi-finals. Many a local football critic commended the team for their accomplishment.Just recently the South African Football Association reinstated Bafana’s former coach, Carlos Alberto Parreira, which will undoubtedly boost the squad’s morale.The Brazilian coach, who is famed for bringing brought World Cup victory to his country, is replacing fellow Brazilian Joel Santana who had a difficult time during his South African tenure.At the launch world football icon and former Bafana captain Lucas Radebe said South Africa’s recent below-par performance is not likely to continue into 2010. “I believe that this is a blessing in disguise … the team will really perform well at the right time. The players must know that they have the support of the nation.”But Bafana Bafana isn’t the only team South Africans are expected to support during next year’s spectacle: all African teams participating need the backing of the nation.To date Ghana and Ivory Coast have secured their places, alongside South Africa, which qualified automatically as the host nation. The last African nation to be represented at the World Cup has yet to qualify.Motlanthe was quick to congratulate the placing of the two West African teams, which look set to deliver a promising performance.“Bafana will not lack support, but we must ensure that the other African teams are largely backed … we call on all South Africans and Africans to come together as a one team,” Khoza said.“[It is] an event that will send a message to the world that Africa’s time has come,” he added.Welcoming the worldFootball Fridays also aims to inspire South Africans to give a warm welcome to international football fans and become top-notch hosts during the World Cup.“We must also ensure that those who come to our shores want to come back again. We must make them love South Africa,” said Stofile.To ensure a smooth and safe World Cup, government has invested R1.3-billion (US$164.9-million) to boost security in the country. As part of this, 41 000 police officers, including 10 000 reservists, will be deployed to monitor the month-long event. The officers will be supported by 10 000 staffers from various government departments to form the Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure.During next year’s World Cup dedicated investigation teams and special courts will be set up to deal with all football-related crimes on a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week basis, Motlanthe pointed out.The special courts and police stations will be set up close to host venues, “making processing and prosecutions much quicker, especially if or when a foreigner is affected”.“We have every confidence in our security establishment to secure this event,” he said.World Cup visitors will also be treated to a much-improved public transport system, made possible by government’s R11.7-billion ($1.48-billion) investment.The world-class Rea Vaya bus rapid transit system, already operational in Johannesburg, will be extended to the host cities of Cape Town, Pretoria/Tshwane and Port Elizabeth, while other modes of public transport are also being beefed up around the country.“I have no doubt that when the last whistle blows, our country and continent will never be the same again,” Motlanthe said.Time to Diski!With South Africa being a country of rhythm, there has to be a dance style to rouse excitement ahead of the 2010 spectacle – and the Diski Dance is there just for that. It will be the official theme dance for the nation during the tournament.All South Africans are encouraged to learn the dance, created by choreographer Wendy Ramokgadi.“I urge all of you to learn the Diski Dance as part of being a good host and welcoming the world in a celebratory style,” said Motlanthe.Groups of young dancers have been deployed across the country to teach the public the moves, said senior dancer Cassius Tlhotlhalamaja. “People are interested in Diski Dance. It is becoming a trademark,” he added.The dance, which imitates “diski” moves, is easy to learn, with the full version just five steps long. The entire piece can be performed in less than three minutes, experts say. “Diski” is a South African township slang word for football.The dance is also being promoted through commercial media, with a Diski Dance advertisement having already hit local television stations.“It’s our South African Macarena and our R Kelly step in the name of love,” Tlhotlhalamaja said.last_img read more