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Gold stars: Fiji wowed at the Rio Olympics (Getty Images) The first four legs of the World Series have been cancelled, but World Rugby has announced a funding boost Olympic preparations for sevens teams up in the airIn less than a year we’ll be in the middle of the men’s and women’s sevens competitions at the Olympics in Tokyo, but there is much uncertainty around the sport in the shorter term.When the Games were postponed until 2021 due to the pandemic, many sevens players took the positives of having more time to prepare. As Black Ferns sevens star Kelly Brazier says: “It’s another year to be better.”However, there are growing concerns about what the immediate future holds for players and the sevens game as a whole.The Telegraph reported in July that England’s men’s and women’s sevens players had been told to look for jobs for the rest of the year with funding due to expire, while the WRU announced at the end of August that the Wales “men’s sevens programme will cease to operate in its current format for the forseeable future due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19”. Some players in other countries have retired or been released from contracts too.Related: Richard De Carpentier on the uncertainty facing sevens playersWorld Rugby has launched a sevens investment strategy to try to help teams prepare for the Olympics, with an initial fund of $2.5m (£1.92m) available to help national unions who have qualified for Tokyo.World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper said: “Rugby sevens is a key priority for World Rugby in our mission to grow the global game and we are pleased to be able to share details of this new investment.“Combined with the ongoing contingency work on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2021 and a supplementary international competition strategy, this will ensure that Olympic-qualified teams have the necessary training and high-level competition opportunities to optimise their performance and light up the biggest sporting stage at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.”Rugby World understands that Team GB, who will compete in both the men’s and women’s events in Tokyo, will be able to apply for funding from World Rugby, just as the likes of Australia and New Zealand can.A World Rugby spokesperson said: “We are in touch with all the relevant unions which form Team GB at the Olympic Games. The funding being made available is to support Olympic preparation and we look forward to receiving their application to best achieve this.”Tokyo-bound: England Women booked a place for Team GB by winning the Euro qualifier (Getty Images)The fact there are no tournaments on the horizon will certainly impact teams. The first four rounds of the new HSBC World Sevens Series – due to take place in Dubai, Cape Town, Hamilton and Sydney – have been cancelled, with a working group set up by World Rugby to decide on the best way forward for events in 2021.The Dubai and Cape Town legs were cancelled in July, while the New Zealand and Australia events, which were scheduled for late January 2021, were called off in September.There is now likely to be more than a year between World Series events, and those plans could still be impacted by the pandemic. The most recent tournaments were at the start of March (men’s) and February (women’s), and World Rugby is now working towards holding the Hong Kong and Singapore legs in April 2021.Related: New Zealand declared winners of World Sevens Series after season cancelledIt means that teams’ preparations for the Tokyo Olympics have been thrown into disarray. New Zealand sevens players will play in the Mitre 10 Cup (men’s) and Farah Palmer Cup (women’s) while many of England’s women’s sevens players are set to play in the Premier 15s, but 15-a-side rugby is not ideal in the lead-up to competing for the biggest prize in sevens. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. An Oceania sevens tournament in early 2021 is being mooted, along with other regional tournaments that may be easier to facilitate given current travel restrictions, but nothing is confirmed yet.Another big issue is finding the right time and venue to schedule the repechage with three teams still to book their place at the Games – one in the men’s event and two in the women’s. With several players in the women’s teams in the repêchage also involved in qualifying campaigns for next year’s 15-a-side World Cup, there is a growing fixtures backlog.Former Scotland back-row John Jeffrey, who sits on the World Rugby Executive Committee and Council, is chairing the working group to look at contingency plans and evaluate preparations for the return of international sevens.Double up: New Zealand’s men’s and women’s teams celebrate winning the home leg of the 2020 series (Getty Images)Yet with so much uncertainty around the restarting of international competitions and the precarious financial state of many unions, there is also the possibility that sevens could lose momentum. It was a huge success at Rio 2016, with Fiji winning their country’s first-ever Olympic medal when taking gold in the men’s event and Australia triumphant in the women’s tournament, but will Tokyo be able to match it?Here are some questions we do know the answers to…When are the Tokyo Olympics taking place? The Games are now due to be held from 23 July to 8 August 2021 – the first time they have ever been postponed. The men’s sevens competition will run from 26-28 July, followed by the women’s on 29-31 July.How do teams qualify? The men’s and women’s tournaments each feature 12 teams, with hosts Japan qualifying automatically for both events. Eleven men’s and ten women’s teams have already qualified, via the World Sevens Series or regional events (see graphic below).Great Britain’s sides have their spots by virtue of England winning the European qualifiers, while Ireland’s men still have a chance via the repêchage tournament.Which countries are involved in the repêchage? The 12 teams taking part in the women’s event are Argentina, Colombia, France, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Samoa and Tunisia.Joining Ireland in the men’s dozen are Brazil, Chile, China, France, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Mexico, Samoa, Tonga, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
BEBO Renovation – Folding Box / sculp[IT]architects Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/590144/bebo-renovation-folding-box-sculp-it-architects Clipboard “COPY” ArchDaily Year: BEBO Renovation – Folding Box / sculp[IT]architectsSave this projectSaveBEBO Renovation – Folding Box / sculp[IT]architects Architects: sculp[IT]architects Year Completion year of this architecture project Houses 2013 CopyHouses, Renovation•Antwerp, Belgium Projects Year: CopyAbout this officesculp[IT]architectsOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentRenovationAntwerpHousesRefurbishmentRenovationBelgiumPublished on January 26, 2015Cite: “BEBO Renovation – Folding Box / sculp[IT]architects” 26 Jan 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Photographs: Fangfang TianSave this picture!A house is not equal to a home, home is a place belongs to a family.. Image © Fangfang TianRecommended ProductsDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20DoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System – LINEAText description provided by the architects. Kai Liu designed this white 3-story residence in a common Shanghai old-style lane.There are plenty of similar buildings in Shanghai which is not new, and located in a naturally-formed block, carrying the memories of this city.Save this picture!ContextThe original architecture was completed in 1947, which consists of 3 floors, 5.5 meters in width, and about 15.2 meters in depth. It faces south and has entrances in both sides. Due to the complicated compartments and deep depth, the overall indoor lighting was bad. As it was built long time ago, part of the building structure need to be repaired, we also reinforced the whole architecture, and unified the height of the entire building. The staircase in the northern side was torn down, Skylight and staircase are designed to be the center of the architecture, reshaping the whole logic and form of this 3-story building. Punched holes,the steel stairs can bring in light, The stairs go upward around the natural light patio from the 1st floor, extending the whole house vertically around the light.Save this picture!A White House. Image © Fangfang TianSave this picture!Refurbisment DiagramSave this picture!A complete home.. Image © Fangfang TianKai Liu designed a semi-opened area on the 1st floor which blurs the boundary between indoor and outdoor. After reconstruction, the original isolated courtyard has a new connection with the 3-story space. The semi-outdoor space adds enough warmth into living room. Sunshine, plant, interior, exterior, and blurry boundary allows spaces and life scene to switch freely. A hole is reserved in the courtyard, where to plant tree in Spring, which could accompany the kids to grow up – time is also a part of our design.Save this picture!A tree growing whit the kids. Image © Fangfang TianOn the 1st floor, the sunlight living-dining room and the kitchen are designed as a whole space, where family spend most of time together. We hope this space belongs to every scene of life, instead of being defined by functions. We designed a whole modular furniture wall, called “life board”, which can be decorated or assembled by accessories in diverse ways, along with life changing. From this point of view, we hope the future form of the design could be gradually shaped by daily life.Save this picture!Open up part of the roof to create a large skylight which brings in lots of natural light to the middle part of the space.. Image © Fangfang TianSave this picture!Floor PlansSave this picture!Life happens here everyday.. Image © Fangfang TianOn the 2nd floor, the door and the storage space are hidden behind the wall, which creates a clean and complete area. During sunny days, it will be a warm family space.Save this picture!A quiet and warm space.. Image © Fangfang TianThe kid’s bed, desk and storage space are connected through our design. The kid likes the house very much, climbing stairs, playing in the courtyard, which is also our design original purpose – to bring a bigger world to the kid, allowing him to know about the changing world from another dimension.Save this picture!A space belongs to the child.. Image © Fangfang TianFollowing natural daylight, going up along the steel staircase, we can see modified skylights, vertical lighting windows and a pure outdoor space. This is the area we modified most. The whole building starts from light and vertical space. For the main bedroom, we kept the slope structure of original building, unified the cloakroom and the toilet into a box, reserving the original architectural form to the largest extent and creating a new connection in the original space which is not big.Save this picture!We unified the cloakroom and toilet into a box which reserved the form of original architecture to the largest extent.. Image © Fangfang TianWe want to design something carrying beauty and happiness. There is not so much joy in life, and our life is filled with small happiness. What we love is not to possess good things or luxurious furniture, but a self-made life on our own. Having seen so many houses, the only concept we believe is that a person cannot be stuck with a settled life, whether in the house value or style.Save this picture!The natural light is the best decoration.. Image © Fangfang TianA house is not equal to home, home belongs to us and our family. A house is like a container to carry our growth, experience and hope. And design, brings more tolerance into life.Save this picture!Home is a container, carrying our everyday life.. Image © Fangfang TianThe city where we live and work is not perfect, and there are even some disorder traffic and a lot of garbage, but it is not an obstacle for us to design a warm house. This is a house of 1970s, witnessing the lives of generations. At this moment it seems to be reborn.This is the meaning of our life, to be better.Save this picture!More green, more vigor.. Image © Fangfang TianProject gallerySee allShow lessEtihad Museum / Moriyama & TeshimaSelected ProjectsHASE-BLDG.１ / Coelacanth and AssociatesSelected Projects Share CopyHouses, Refurbishment•Shanghai, China ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/886101/a-white-house-a-growing-home-rigi-design Clipboard Save this picture!Give the kid a bigger world.. Image © Fangfang Tian+ 44 Share A White House, A Growing Home / Kai Liu Area: 240 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/886101/a-white-house-a-growing-home-rigi-design Clipboard ArchDaily Architects: RIGI Design Area Area of this architecture project A White House, A Growing Home / Kai LiuSave this projectSaveA White House, A Growing Home / Kai Liu Houses CopyAbout this officeRIGI DesignOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentShanghaiHouse DesignRIGI DesignChinaPublished on December 28, 2017Cite: “A White House, A Growing Home / Kai Liu” 28 Dec 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Sloth’s House / Nautilo Arquitetura & GerenciamentoSave this projectSaveSloth’s House / Nautilo Arquitetura & Gerenciamento Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/939038/sloths-house-nautilo-arquitetura-and-gerenciamento Clipboard Manufacturers: Penetron, Castelatto, Deca, Lurca, M3SP, Mlsolutions, Planmetal, Portobello, SNSserralheria, Trimble Navigation, Unibox, reka iluminacao Architects: Nautilo Arquitetura & Gerenciamento Area Area of this architecture project 2018 Photographs Sloth’s House / Nautilo Arquitetura & Gerenciamento Area: 5996 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Lead Architect: ArchDaily CopyAbout this officeNautilo Arquitetura & GerenciamentoOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesGuarujáBrazilPublished on May 08, 2020Cite: “Sloth’s House / Nautilo Arquitetura & Gerenciamento” [Casa da Preguiça / Nautilo Arquitetura & Gerenciamento] 08 May 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
Starting the conversation about eating disorders on campus Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Facebook ReddIt Kristen Weaverhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kristen-weaver/ Facebook Twitter Twitter Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store + posts Update: Suspect arrested in connection with death of TCC student Alum appearing on survival-style reality show ‘Stranded With a Million Dollars’ Kristen Weaverhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kristen-weaver/ Kristen Weaver is a junior journalism and Spanish major from Plano, Texas, and a managing editor for the109. She is addicted to taking pictures of her food and petting any and every cat she can find. Linkedin ReddIt Kristen Weaver Kristen Weaverhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kristen-weaver/ Linkedin Previous articleStream (Ep. 01 – American Horror Story, Marvel vs. DC and more)Next articleNew Wellness Center offers guidance for students Kristen Weaver RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR printA fire hydrant was spewing water near TCU a the intersection of West Cantey and Greene Avenue at around 2 p.m Tuesday.Hilda Zuniga from the Fort Worth Water Department said that the spewing was not an accident; she said it was necessary to flush out stagnant water in the pipelines.“We do it all over the city, because the water doesn’t move a lot during the summer as people are vacationing and we have to get fresh water through the lines,” Zuniga said.This isn’t the first time this same fire hydrant was spilling out water. The same procedure happened a few weeks ago at that intersection.Zuniga said that was because the water testing hadn’t come back with optimal standards yet. She added that the Fort Worth Water Department prefers for their water to be above the standard.“We like to keep things above the state level, above the standards,” she said.Zuniga said that by law, Fort Worth must keep its water moving all the time to ensure that it is as fresh as possible. It’s official: Caylin Moore is a Rhodes Scholar Kristen Weaverhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kristen-weaver/ Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday
ReddIt Twitter Linkedin Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Colin Post + posts Facebook Twitter printMany of TCU’s teams have gotten off to a successful start during the NCAA’s Early Signing Period. Here is a look at the most recent signings for five different teams.Men’s BasketballThe TCU men’s basketball team announced the signing of Francisco Farabello, P.J. Fuller and Diante Smith to their 2019-2020 class Friday.Farabello is a 6-foot-2 guard who plays for the NBA Global Academy in Canberra, Australia. Originally from Argentina, Farabello represented his home country in the FIBA U18 Americas Championship, averaging over eight points per game. According to 247Sports.com, he is a four-star recruit who is ranked No. 93 in the 2018 class.“Francisco is a heady, strong and physical guard who sees the floor and plays unselfish,” said head coach Jamie Dixon. “He’s versatile, can guard multiple positions and can shoot the ball really well.”Fuller is a 6-foot-4 guard who 247Sports.com also lists as a four-star. He won state titles at both Nathan Hale High School and, most recently, Garfield High School, where he averaged 17.7 points and 6.8 rebounds in his junior season. The No. 63 overall recruit and sixth-best shooting guard, Fuller will finish his high school career at Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada.“PJ is a versatile guard who can shoot the ball really well and is a really good athlete,” said Dixon. “He will also give us size at the guard position.”Smith, also a four-star, is a 6-foot-6 forward who averaged 17.5 points and 6.8 rebounds last season as a junior at Choctawhatchee High School in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. He is ranked No. 96 in the 2019 class.“Diante is a skilled wing with good size and an impressive wingspan,” said Dixon. “He’s athletic, very skilled and has an enormous upside.”The class is ranked third in the Big 12 and 15th nationally, according to 247Sports.com.Women’s BasketballThe TCU women’s basketball team announced the signing of Tavy Diggs and Maddi Puli on the first day of the NCAA’s early signing period.Diggs is a 6-foot-2 guard from Plano East High School, where she averaged 14.6 points and 9.2 rebounds as a junior. Prospects Nation lists her as a four-star recruit.Puli is a 6-foot-2 guard/forward from Werribee, Victoria, Australia. Listed as one of the top players in Australia, she won a gold medal with her national team at the 2017 U17 Oceania Championship, where she averaged 14 points, six rebounds and 1.4 steals. Puli is the 11th player from Australia that head coach Raegan Pebley has signed while at TCU.“We are really excited about adding these two quality young women to our program,” said Pebley. “I love the character, I love the fit, I love the skill and I love the length, but I especially love the potential that both Maddi and Tavy have to be great here at TCU.”The two players will begin as true freshmen in 2019.VolleyballThe TCU volleyball team announced the signing of four of Texas’ best players in Audrey Nalls, McKenzie Nichols, Afedo Manyang and Julia Adams this week.Nalls is a 6-foot-1 outside hitter from Waxahachie, Texas. She was a PrepVB top 50 junior and is listed as the No. 20 player on the PrepVB Senior Aces.Nichols is a 5-foot-10 setter from Southlake, Texas. She was the district 5-6A setter of the year last year and is listed as No. 34 on the PrepVB Senior Aces.Manyang is a 6-foot-3 middle blocker from Fort Worth, Texas. She was also a PrepVB top 50 junior and is listed as No. 41 on the Prep VB Senior Aces.Adams is a 6-foot-3 outside hitter from Plano, Texas. Along with being a PrepVB top 50 junior, she was the district 6-6A MVP and is listed as No. 18 on the PrepVB Senior Aces.Men’s GolfThe TCU men’s golf team announced the signing of Chris Berzina, Caden Christopherson, Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira, Gustav Frimodt and Aymeric Laussot on Thursday.Berzina attends Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth and is ranked 65th in his class by Junior Golf Scoreboard.Christopherson is 45th in his class out of Chandler, Ariz. He finished his senior season with a scoring average of -3.27 after finishing third at the Arizona State Championship.Fernandez de Oliveira, from Argentina, is the top-ranked golfer in his country. Last season, he made the cut at the Open de Argentina, which is the best professional tournament in Argentina.Frimodt holds a World Amateur Ranking of 141 out of Glamsbjerg, Denmark. He has finished top-10 in several international tournaments.Laussot is the No. 1 under-18 player in France. He holds a World Amateur Ranking of 335 and represented France in the 2018 European Boys Championship.Head coach Bill Montigel said that this signing class was important for the program, as they will be losing six seniors next season.“I feel like the guys we signed will be a great fit for TCU and our golf program,” said Montigel. “Everyone in this class has done a lot of special things in junior golf. I’m looking forward to them getting here in August.”Women’s GolfThe TCU women’s golf team announced the signing of the top two golfers in Texas for the class of 2019, Trinity King and Jennie Park.King attends Martin High School in Arlington, Texas, is ranked 39th nationally by Golfweek and is a three-time District 4-6A Champion.Park is ranked No. 29 nationally out of Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas. She has won two AJGA tournaments in her career.Head coach Angie Ravaioli-Larkin believes the two young golfers can grow to become two of the best in the nation. Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Taylor’s monster slam highlights big weekend for TCU Athletics Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Linkedin Despite series loss, TCU proved they belong against No. 8 Texas Tech TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks First TCU spring game since 2018 gets fans primed for a highly-anticipated fall Colin Post is a Sports Broadcasting and Journalism double-major from Houston, Texas. Along with sports writing, Colin hopes to work in sports announcing after he graduates. ReddIt Previous articleSoccer’s historic season ends in Round of 32Next articleWomen’s basketball defeat SMU fueled by Ray’s offensive showcase, 65-63 Colin Post RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ 16 players signed with various TCU programs this week. Photo courtesy: Fort Worth Star-Telegram Facebook
Security forces previously fired on the offices of the newspaper on 13 May 2009 (http://www.rsf.org/Soldiers-fire-on-Aden-based.html), after the information minister banned the newspaper from printing on 4 May in the name of the principle of the “country’s national unity” (http://www.rsf.org/Major-crackdown-on-independent.html). The situation deteriorated still further on 15 July when a journalist on the newspaper, Anis Ahmed Mansur Hamida, was sentenced to 14 months in prison for “attacking national unity” and “separatism” at the end of a politically motivated trial (http://www.rsf.org/Al-Ayyam-reporter-gets-14-month.html). He remains in prison. January 8, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Arrest of editor in chief of al-Ayyam Yemeni journalist killed, nine wounded in Aden airport explosions Editor Hisham Bashraheel described the scene to Reporters Without Borders: “The security forces started firing on the crowd at 16.07pm. The police even aimed at one of their own number to make it look like the demonstrators were armed, when in fact everyone came to protest peacefully”. 05.01.2010 – Siege lifted of newspaper al-Ayyam More than 200 demonstrators answered a call from several Yemeni human rights organisations to hold a ‘sit-in’ outside the offices of the newspaper al-Ayyam in Aden, in protest at the forced closure of the daily since May last year and to call for its reopening. It is not known where they are being held or what the charges against them are. Organisation The 66-year-old editor of the daily al-Ayyam, Hisham Bashraheel, was arrested on 6 January, the day after the security forces lifted a 24-hour siege of his newspaper in Aden. One of his sons, managing editor, Hani Bashraheel, was also arrested at the same time. Another son of Hisham Bashraheel, Mohammed Hisham Bashraheel, was arrested on 5 January. Help by sharing this information —— Reporters Without Borders condemned Yemen’s attempt to use the current anti-terror push to crush human rights after security forces today fired on a crowd of protestors staging a ‘sit-in’ outside the offices of a banned newspaper. Around 30 people gave themselves up at the start of the afternoon today, including the editor’s son, Mohammed Hisham Bashraheel, after negotiations between the security forces and the daily paper’s management. to go further 4 January 2010 – Army machineguns protestors outside newspaper office amidst growing clampdown “The Ali Abdallah Saleh government is taking advantage of support from foreign powers in the fight against terrorism on its soil to deliberately violate people’s rights”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. Shooting that began yesterday resumed this morning and one guard was reportedly killed. Six were apparently then injured among both the security forces and the guards. News YemenMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en Follow the news on Yemen YemenMiddle East – North Africa January 6, 2021 Find out more Further, nothing has been heard since 18 September of journalist Muhammad al-Maqalih, who disappeared in unexplained circumstances. Many Yemeni journalists believe the security services were responsible for his abduction, despite their denials. Fouad Rashid, editor of the website Al-Mukalla Press, and Salah al-Saqladi, editor of the website Adengulf-website, are also still being held. “We are surrounded. There are soldiers and police everywhere,” he added. “We have heard them calling for reinforcements. The demonstrators are still gathered at the entrance. It will be dark in Aden soon and we fear the worst”, the worried editor said. Receive email alerts Fixer for foreign reporters held in Aden for past five months News News Police today lifted a siege of the newspaper al-Ayyam, after 24 hours of clashes between security forces and the newspaper’s own armed guards. Sources contacted by Reporters Without Borders said that two people were killed in the confrontation, one newspaper guard and one member of the security forces. Seven more were injured. Witnesses said that a guard mortally wounded a police officer and injured another, but this version of events was denied by the editor, Hisham Bashraheel, who said that police had deliberately fired on their own colleagues to make it appear as if demonstrators – who had rallied outside the banned newspaper to hold a solidarity ‘sit-in’ – had been armed. ——— News United Nations: press freedom situation “deeply worrying” in Yemen, according to RSF February 26, 2021 Find out more “The international community must remind the Sanna government that the legitimate fight against terrorism can never be used to justify cracking down on the media”, it said. The state of press freedom in the country has considerably worsened since May 2009, particularly in the south of the country. Nothing has been heard of Khalid Jahafi a journalist on the opposition news website Alsahwa.net since security forces arrested him on 27 December 2009 while he was taking photos of clashes between police officers and supporters of the southern pro-independence movement (http://www.rsf.org/Crackdown-on-media-reinforced.html). Shafi’ al-Abd, a journalist on the newspaper al-Nada, as well as four members of the leadership of the Federation of Southern Youth, were arrested by police in Aden on 28 December, before being moved to Khor Maksar jail in Aden province. The journalist has been charged with forming a political party hostile to “security and national unity”. A court in Lahij province has also postponed indefinitely and without explanation the trial of journalist Iyyad Ghanem, who is in worsening health from a two-week hunger strike. He has been in custody for six months after filming a rally by supporters of the southern rebel groups in the city of Korsh. 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Sudan : Press freedom still in transition a year after Omar al-Bashir’s removal Receive email alerts News April 10, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the illegitimate closing of newspaper Al-Tayar by Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS). Al-Tayar’s journalists think that the closure is a punishment for an editorial in which Editor in chief Mirghani criticized the finance minister’s announcement of caps on subsidies for fuel, electricity and wheat, and called for the minister’s resignation. The newspaper also quoted the minister as describing Sudan as a “consuming and non-productive nation.”Mirghani who announced the closure reported that the day before he had already received a phone call from a NISS officer ordering him not to print the latest issue. When he did not comply, the issues were seized by NISS personnel the same day, again without any reason being given.“This arbitrary closure is extremely worrying,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “At a time when the national dialogue that started last October is supposed to be addressing Sudan’s economic and security issues, such censorship measures just reinforce doubts about the government’s food faith. We call for Al-Tayar to be reopened at once so that it can continue providing the public with news coverage, including coverage of economic policy.”Attacks against this independent paper are neither rare nor new. According to Al-Tayar’s editor, eight issues of the newspaper have been confiscated since the start of the year, four of them in February alone.The NISS already closed Al-Tayar in 2012 after it criticised the agency’s electronic spying on opposition parties and published a report on corruption in state agencies. It was not allowed to reopen until May 2014, after winning a lawsuit against the NISS.The NISS often seizes entire newspaper issues either to suppress a news story or to punish a newspaper for an already published story. International public opinion was alarmed by the spectacular seizure of 14 newspaper issues in one fell swoop in February. Such seizures inflict terrible losses on the newspapers, which incur the costs of printing the issue without recovering anything from sales.The NISS had shown restraint in recent months, seizing no newspaper issue since 20 September. Sudanese media experts attributed this to a desire to help smooth the way for the National Dialogue that began in October and is due to end in January.Sudan is ranked 174th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa SudanAfrica Follow the news on Sudan Help by sharing this information SudanAfrica Organisation News to go further December 16, 2015 – Updated on March 8, 2016 Intelligence agency shuts down critical newspaper News RSF_en April 6, 2020 Find out more News Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent March 29, 2020 Find out more
WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Cllr Cian Prendivilleby Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr Cian PrendivilleANTI Austerity Alliance councillor Cian Prendiville is urging those boycotting water charges to “keep up the pressure”.And the man who came within 278 votes of taking the seat from Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan in the recent General Election has also hit out at Limerick TD Willie O’Dea over comments made on national radio encouraging those boycotting water charges to pay up.The City North representative pointed out that when asked about water charges during an interview on Newstalk last week, the Fianna Fail poll-topper commented: “Our position is that we cannot refund people, people paid, it was the law…. People who haven’t paid have an obligation to pay.”Cllr Prendiville was not at all impressed with Deputy O’Dea’s answer and is encouraging people to keep up the boycott.“This attempt to push people into paying will not work and the boycott will grow and it will finish off the Irish Water quango,” he warned.“The only reason the abolition of water charges is even on the agenda is because people boycotted. That boycott took power out of the hands of the politicians and is making this charge simply unworkable.“People shouldn’t fall for Fianna Fail’s tricks, they had originally planned to introduce water charges of €500 a year. People should keep up the pressure on the politicians by building the boycott.”According to Cllr Prendiville, many of those who did pay the charges were “scandalously intimidated by Irish Water and the government”. He believes they should now be refunded.“Those who previously followed the advice of O’Dea and paid should not throw good money after bad. They should join the boycott. Boycotting is a totally justified form of civil disobedience, used by countless campaigns throughout history,” he concluded.In response, Deputy O’Dea commented: “It is regrettable that Cllr Prendiville has taken a small section of a long interview and blown it out of context. The Fine Gael and Labour Government brought in legislation to enact water charges, legislation which I and Fianna Fail vehemently opposed.“However, although it is currently the law of the land, I fully subscribe to Fianna Fail policy that Irish Water and water charges should be abolished and I am confident that if Fianna Fail are in Government there will be no water charges.” TAGSAnti Austerity AllianceCllr Cian PrendivilleFianna FáilIrish WaterlimerickWillie O’Dea TD WhatsApp Print Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live NewsLocal NewsKeep them under pressureBy Alan Jacques – March 12, 2016 812 Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Email Previous articleAdare hint at a grand coalitionNext articleIntroducing Sankhara’s jazz guitar and piano act Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Advertisement Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash