Reuters journalist harassed by state security

first_imgNews News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa EgyptMiddle East – North Africa News Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about Summer Said, a young woman journalist working for the Reuters bureau in Cairo who is being harassed by the security services. Security agents went to her home yesterday, saying she would regret it if she did not report at once to their headquarters in the south Cairo district of Lazoghly.The authorities have made it clear to her that they have detailed information about her, including her trips abroad. She suspects her phone is being tapped but refuses to bow to the intimidation. She plans to go abroad again soon and fears she could be banned from leaving the country, which would obstruct her work as a journalist.“This harassment is unacceptable, especially as this is not the first time that Said has been targeted by the security forces,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We will monitor her situation closely in the coming weeks.”In 2003, Said was subjected to several lengthy interrogations by state security agents, who suspected her of being a spy. She was working for the Cairo Times at the time, while finishing her studies.Said thinks the latest harassment is linked to enquiries she recently conducted for Reuters into the arrests by state security of 95 people on suspicion of belonging to banned organisations. Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison January 22, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Egypt Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img February 1, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Help by sharing this information News February 6, 2021 Find out more Organisation Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff September 8, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reuters journalist harassed by state security Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolutionlast_img read more

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Swans through to South Final

first_imgCarrick Swans are through to this year’s South Senior Hurling Final after they beat Ballingarry in Cloneen last night.Swans went in 3-6 to 1-13 ahead at the break and pushed on in the second half to win 4-18 to 3-14 in the end.They will now play Killenaule in the South final. Killenaule were also in South Senior action last night where they were beaten by Mullinahone in Fethard.last_img

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Publix Returning to Regular Hours, Ending Reserved Shopping Times

first_imgPublix announced Thursday that it is expanding its store hours, after operating on a reduced schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Beginning Saturday, May 16, stores will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.The company is also suspending its reserved shopping hours, according to its website. In addition, Publix pharmacies are also returning to their regular operating hours.“Thank you for your patience over the past several weeks while we’ve operated under reduced hours,” the company said in a statement.It adds, “We do understand some customers prefer to shop when the stores are less crowded. We encourage you to shop during the first hour of the day, when we can better accommodate that need.”last_img read more

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Emery forces long-serving Wilshere to seek new pastures

first_img0Shares0000Jack Wilshere has scored 14 goals in his 197 appearances since making his debut for Arsenal in 2008 © AFP/File / Ben StansallLONDON, United Kingdom, Jun 20 – England midfielder Jack Wilshere is to end almost two decades at Arsenal and leave on a free transfer after being told by manager Unia Emery he would not be a first choice next season.The 26-year-old — scorer of 14 goals in his 197 appearances since making his debut for ‘The Gunners’ in 2008 — said he had offered to take a pay cut, which persuaded former manager Arsene Wenger to recommend he be awarded a new contract. However, Emery told the injury-prone Wilshere — who missed out on making the World Cup squad after his form faltered towards the end of the season — even with that he would not be prominent in his planning for next season.“Following a number of extensive conversations with those at the club, and in particular a recent meeting with the new manager Unai Emery, I felt that I was ultimately left with little choice but to make the decision that I have due to purely footballing reasons,” he said in a post on Instagram.“Following my meeting with the new manager I was made aware that although the reduced contract offer remained, it was made clear to me that my playing time would be significantly reduced should I decide to stay.”Wilshere, who won the last of his 34 caps in the humiliating loss to Iceland at Euro 2016, said he would take his time deciding who he would play for next.Clubs such as Everton, Southampton and Crystal Palace — managed by former England handler Roy Hodgson — are reported to have shown an interest of late.“I’ll now be taking the time necessary to consider my options before deciding on the next stage of my career,” sad Wlshere.“There will be the opportunity to talk properly when the time is right but for now I would just like to thank everyone at the club for everything over the past 17 years.“In particular Arsene Wenger and his staff, all of my team-mates over the years, everyone at the academy for helping me fulfil my dream and of course the fans, who I have always shared such a special relationship with.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Woman appeals for help after losing precious rings on beach

first_imgBeachgoers at Rossnowlagh in South Donegal are being asked to keep an eye out for two rings which were lost over a month ago.A wedding ring and an engagement ring were lost by a woman in the area at the end of September 2019.She recently made contact with Gardaí in the hope of finding the precious rings and the appeal has since been shared far and wide. The rings were rose gold and the wedding ring had an inscription engraved on the inside.If you picked up the rings or have any helpful information, please call Ballyshannon Garda Station on 071 9858530Woman appeals for help after losing precious rings on beach was last modified: October 29th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:lost and foundringsRossnowlaghlast_img read more

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QPR interested in Cork and Juventus keen on Taarabt, reports claim

first_imgQPR are among several clubs interested in Southampton’s former Chelsea midfielder Jack Cork, the Mail say.Crystal Palace, Swansea and West Brom are also said to be keen on the 25-year-old, who has a year left on his Saints contract.There continues to be speculation over the future of Loic Remy, with Arsenal reported to have pulled out of the supposed race to sign him from QPR.The Express suggest this will pave the way for a possible move to Tottenham or Liverpool for the France striker.Related West London Sport story: QPR chairman wants Remy’s future resolvedReports in Italy suggest Juventus are interested in signing Adel Taarabt from QPR following his recent loan spell at AC Milan.Taarabt’s future is uncertain following his return to Rangers.Meanwhile, the Express claim Chelsea are battling with Atletico Madrid for the signing of Napoli’s Jose Callejon.The Express also say defender Raphael Varane, who is apparently a Chelsea target, is unhappy with his Real Madrid contract.For more transfer speculation, including QPR being linked with Watford striker Troy Deeney, see this morning’s Paper Talk.See also:Rangers interested in forwards Deeney and Barrow, reports claimFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Evidence for Evolution, or for Uncontroversial Variation?

first_imgScience papers and articles often announce promising new evidence for evolution.  To distinguish Darwinian evolution from creation, though, requires evidence of a certain magnitude.  The staunchest Biblical creationist allows for a great deal of variation within kinds.  When evidences for evolution are announced, do they rise to the level of change Darwin theorized – like the change of one animal or plant into another, with new tissues, organs, and functions?  Do they support a grand story of the common ancestry of all living things from simple microbes?Mammals:  “Fossil shelved for a century reworks carnivore family tree,” announced PhysOrg.  A fossil from the American Museum of Natural History shelved since 1896 has been looked at anew.  The phrase family tree immediately connotes an image of Darwinian common ancestry.  One would expect the fossil would show progress in understanding evolutionary relationships.  The body of the article, however, shows problems instead of clarification:This analysis is the fifth time that early carnivore postcrania have been carefully described in detail.  Adding the information from this long-neglected fossil to the previously known data, though, does point researchers into new directions.  An analysis of 99 traits among 29 fossils and 15 living taxa resulted in a new evolutionary tree that shows that ‘M.’ uintensis is distantly related to the type specimens from the Miacis genus, suggesting that an extensive revision of the current understanding of the evolutionary relationships among early carnivore fossils may be needed.  But more significantly, the structure of the evolutionary tree suggests that adaptations to terrestrial or semi-terrestrial locomotion were more common than previously suspected in early fossil carnivores, preceding the split between the two major groups of living Carnivora, the Caniformia (a group that includes dogs, weasels, bears, seals and their relatives) and Feliformia (cats, hyenas, mongooses and civets).It appears that what was found was not the expected primitive carnivore, but a specimen that indicates just as much diversity of lifestyles as seen in modern carnivores.  The creature apparently was able to climb trees and walk on the ground.  But then again, so do raccoons today.  Curator John Flynn tried to explain: “It is typically thought that the miacoids of the Eocene—the basal fossil relatives of modern Carnivora that root the family tree—were arboreal.  But we now are beginning to see that there was a greater diversity of locomotor styles in early carnivores.”  The only thing that seems to have evolved here is the thinking of the evolutionists.Fish:  Over in Africa, evolutionists are still trying to figure out how the cichlid fish trapped in inland lakes evolved.  Cichlid fish have diversified in Lake Malawi and Lake Victoria in “a classic example of adaptive radiation and rapid speciation,” the authors of a paper in PLoS Biology said.1  (See also summary on Science Daily).  But the details of evolution they studied are mere shifts in the expression of existing genes and slight changes in existing proteins that affect sensitivity to wavelengths of light that differ, at most, by 100 nm, at the ends of the spectrum of sensitivity.  The words novel and innovation are missing from the paper.  There are no indications that something genetically new has arisen, even though the authors say, “Hundreds of new species have evolved in Lake Malawi within the past 1-2 million years and within a mere 15,000-120,000 years in Lake Victoria.  These two haplochromine radiations provide a large number of closely related, yet ecologically and morphologically divergent, species.”  The fish are still cichlids; they could be classified as variations rather than species.  Furthermore, the rates of variation differ widely between the two lakes.  It would seem that no natural law has been found that could illuminate Darwinian evolution in general: “The rapid changes in opsin gene expression that we observed among these closely related cichlid species are unprecedented in vertebrates.”Whales:  In five million years, just 2.5 times the interval in which the fish mentioned above changed little, whales are thought to have evolved from a cow- or dog-like land animal.  A pompous-sounding headline on PhysOrg would lead a casual reader to expect a breakthrough discovery: “Australian fossil unlocks secrets to the origin of whales.”  It touted “groundbreaking discoveries” to follow – but then disappointed with a mere re-interpretation of a fossil that had been sitting in a museum since 1939.  Dr Erich Fitzgerald decided to “hypothesize it was a bottom-feeding mud-sucker that may have used its tongue and short, blunt snout to suck small prey from sand and mud on the seafloor.”  According to Dr. Fitzgerald, “This indicates early and varied experimentation in the evolution of baleen whales.”  While the reader is left wondering who the experimenter is, the article was quick to announce that Darwin would be proud. “The research conducted by Dr Fitzgerald supports Charles Darwin’s speculation in The Origin of Species, that some of the earliest baleen whales may have been suction feeders, and that their mud grubbing served as a precursor to the filter feeding of today’s giants of the deep.”    A little closer reading, though, shows that Mammalodon colliveri was already considered a “primitive toothed baleen whale, one of a group of whales that includes the largest animal ever to have lived, the blue whale.”  An artist reconstruction in the BBC News shows the creature to look whale-like in most respects: flippers, tail, sleek body and all.  (It should be kept in mind that soft part reconstruction is highly subjective.)   Moreover, “Mammalodon is a dwarf, having evolved into a relatively tiny form from larger ancestors.”  That would seem a regression, not an evolution, if the blue whales were on the same branch of the tree.  How did the advanced baleen whales evolve their baleen if a dwarf experimenter was off over in Australia grubbing in the mud, doomed to become a dead-end line?  Dr Fitzgerald was unable, nonetheless, to contain his excitement over his old bones.  Because another family member of Mammalodon was found nearby, “Clearly the seas off southern Australia were a cradle for the evolution of a variety of tiny, weird whales that seem to have lived nowhere else.” Dinosaurs etc.:  National Geographic displayed the “Top Ten Dinosaur and Fossil Finds: Most Viewed of 2009.”  Most of the ten show extinction, not evolution.  The first eight show no progression from simple to advanced.  If anything, they show that the past had more diversity and larger sizes than today – giant snakes, giant crocodiles, giant arthropods, and, of course, giant dinosaurs.  Even so, NG acknowledged that “a third of dinosaurs” may never have existed due to human classification errors.  The last two entries are the controversial Ardi and Ida.  These alleged missing links arguably shed more controversy than light on the story of human evolution.  Regarding Ida, NG said, “The publicity frenzy made National Geographic News’s brief coverage our most viewed page of the year—and inspired a backlash as some experts, including one here at Nat Geo HQ, suggested Ida was more media event than milestone.”  Sure enough, the link to Brian Cooley’s blog on NGM Blog Central is quite critical of the media hype over Ida.Interesting as the varieties of extinct fossils are, the perceptive reader may be left wondering what they have to do with evidence for the evolution of carnivores, fish and whales from non-carnivores, non-fish, and non-whales. 1.  Hofmann et al, “The Eyes Have It: Regulatory and Structural Changes Both Underlie Cichlid Visual Pigment Diversity,” Public Library of Science: Biology, 7(12): e1000266. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000266, December 2009.We really tried to have a good time at the Darwin Party, but the event didn’t live up to the hype.  The place was filled with boors overcome with their own perceived self-importance.  Everywhere we turned, people were trying to sell us a bill of goods.  So we left and went to the other celebration instead.  MC2U&HNY2!(Visited 39 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Pervez Musharraf versus Vikram Verma on India-Pakistan cricket ties

first_img“India should play cricket with Pakistan. I am all for keeping sports and politics separate.” PERVEZ MUSHARRAF, Pakistan President “How can we send the cricket team to Pakistan when they are supporting terrorist activities in Kashmir?” VIKRAM VERMA, Union Sports Minister,”India should play cricket with Pakistan. I am all for keeping sports and politics separate.” PERVEZ MUSHARRAF, Pakistan President”How can we send the cricket team to Pakistan when they are supporting terrorist activities in Kashmir?” VIKRAM VERMA, Union Sports Ministerlast_img read more

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Top government officials caught red-handed poaching at Corbett National Park

first_imgA herd of tame cheetal at Corbett Park: Easy targets for poachersUttar Pradesh is famous, or rather infamous, for three Cs – crime, corruption and casteism. Last fortnight, it added a fourth “C” to the black list – conservation.The origin of the latest addition was the internationally famous Corbett National,A herd of tame cheetal at Corbett Park: Easy targets for poachersUttar Pradesh is famous, or rather infamous, for three Cs – crime, corruption and casteism. Last fortnight, it added a fourth “C” to the black list – conservation.The origin of the latest addition was the internationally famous Corbett National Park, a wildlife preserve that is rated one of the best in the world, teeming with deer, elephants, tigers and other assorted animals who have been housed in the sprawling parkland to keep them safe from poachers.Till last fortnight, the park’s wardens had succeeded admirably in their task till senior officials of the Uttar Pradesh Government decided to take a hand, or, as it turned out, a collection of hooves. The officials, including the commissioner of adjoining Moradabad, the district magistrate of Bijnor, the sub-divisional magistrate of Nagina and the superintendent of police, Bijnor, arrived at the park by a boat belonging to the state irrigation department for what they described as a “picnic”.The party, however, was unusually equipped for a picnic. Two members were sporting revolvers in shoulder holsters while a third carried a single barrelled shotgun. By law, which these same gentlemen were required to enforce, the carrying of firearms in Corbett Park is forbidden. The officials, as it eventually transpired, were there for one reason only – poaching. Their target, the herds of tame cheetal that populate the park and can be shot with criminal ease by people supposedly immune to the law.According to the sequence of events, the commissioner and his party beached at a place called Leedkhalia, a comparatively remote section of the park bordering the lake where cheetal usually graze in large numbers. Unluckily for the party, however, there was another group of people fishing nearby but out of sight.advertisementAccording to the second group, which comprised well-known conservationist Brijendra Singh, Trevor Fishlock, the New Delhi correspondent of the Times, London and their wives, they had spotted the other boat approaching but had taken little notice since irrigation officials often visited the area in the same boat. Having finished fishing for the day and with dusk approaching, the anglers decided to head for land and have tea before returning to their hired cottage.No sooner had they settled down, than the tranquility of the park was shattered by a shotgun blast followed closely by four more. Grabbing his binoculars, Singh focussed on the other boat and saw the occupants running towards the forest.Immediately, Singh, Fishlock and their wives scrambled into their boat and headed towards the launch moored some 500 metres away. As they approached, Singh could see the other party desperately trying to get back into the launch and start it. Fortunately for them, the launch refused to start and their boat was able to approach and stop in front of the launch.Confrontation: On inquiry, the occupants of the launch put on an air of injured innocence and denied that they had anything to do with the shooting. Since it was fairly obvious who the culprits were, Singh asked Fishlock to stay with the launch and stop them from moving while he along with the boatman, investigated the matter. Having barely entered the forest, they stumbled across a trail of blood, obviously left by a wounded animal. Since it was getting dark, Singh collected the blood-stained grass and returned to the launch where he confronted the party with the evidence. Fishlock then informed him of the bureaucratic pedigree of the party. At first, the officials tried to convince Singh and Fishlock to let them go since, according to them, the commissioner had come out for “a little fun”. When that failed to work, they tried the traditional form of bureaucratic bluster interspersed with thinly veiled hints. Singh and Fishlock, however, refused to give in and demanded that the commissioner accompany them to the field director’s office some distance away.By now, two forest guards had arrived and the entire party was escorted to the field director C.B. Singh of Corbett Park where the statements were recorded and the shotgun confiscated before the commissioner and his party were released. Said Singh: “It was a serious offence and we are determined to see that they pay for it “The next day, the field director and Singh returned to the original spot and following the blood-stains discovered the remains of a cheetal which had been freshly-eaten by a tiger. In an adjoining patch of the forest, the search party stumbled across a wounded cheetal which limped away before they could capture it for treatment. Armed with definite proof that the commissioner’s party had killed one cheetal and wounded another, a case has been lodged for contravention of the Wildlife Preservation Act.advertisementUnder any other circumstances, the commissioner and his party would have got away because of the local clout they wield. But there are two factors that weigh heavily against them. One is that Congress(I) MP and Gandhi family member Arun Nehru was present in the park when the incident occurred and expressed his willingness to brief the prime minister personally about the incident and see that the culprits were brought to book.The other is that Mrs Gandhi also happens to be chairman of the Indian Wildlife Board and also of the steering committee for Project Tiger and her feelings regarding conservation and preservation of wildlife are well-known. If she does decide to take a personal interest in the matter, the “stag party” could prove costly.last_img read more

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Indian farmers march seeking better prices for produce

first_imgNEW DELHI — Thousands of farmers are marching to India’s Parliament demanding higher prices for their produce and a government waiver on their farm loans to alleviate hardships.Waving red, yellow and green flags and banners representing farmers’ organizations, the protesters also demanded diesel and fertilizers at lower prices and blamed the Hindu nationalist government for hardships caused by years of declining earnings in the agriculture sector.Rain-dependent agriculture employs more than half of India’s 1.3 billion people, but shrinking earnings mean it now accounts for only 15 per cent of India’s economy.Failed harvests force poor farmers to borrow money at high interest rates to buy seeds, fertilizers and food for their cattle. They often mortgage their land and, as debts mount, some are driven to suicide.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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